Frederick J. Moury ’39, of Elizabethtown, Pa.; June 1. He had retired from a career as an electrical engineer with General Electric. He was an elder and Sunday School teacher at Aldan Union Church. He was also active with the independent living residents at Lebanon Valley Brethren Home and frequently taught Sunday School there. He enjoyed reading and playing Scrabble and was an avid Phillies fan. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
Wilbur E. Becker ’40, of Saint Simons Island, Ga., formerly of Moneta, Va.; July 31. He was employed for more than 30 years with Hercules Inc., in various positions, including senior chemist, assistant plant superintendent, plant manager, and eventually director of human resources. After retiring from Hercules, he was employed as the director of personnel for New Castle County, Delaware, for two years. He was involved in numerous organizations while living in Georgia and Virginia and was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Lions Club, the St. Simons Island Rotary Club, the Associated Industries of Georgia, and the board of directors of the American National Bank. He enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three children and their spouses; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
John H. Evans ’40, of Tiverton, R.I.; May 31. He was an ordained minister who served the Episcopal dioceses of New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. In 1949 he was assigned to Seamen’s Church Institute of New York City for six years. There, in addition to his ecclesiastical duties, he would offer music therapy to convalescing merchant sailors. Though he could not read music, he played various instruments, most notably the harp, and would perform along the New York City waterfront sidewalks and Manhattan Beach, or he could be found singing and walking down Wall Street with many followers. He was one of the last chaplains to serve Ellis Island detainees before the facility closed in 1954. Known as the “Singing Preacher,” newspapers wrote about him and television’s Crossroads series filmed an episode entitled “The Singing Preacher” in 1963. He enjoyed writing lyrics and poetry. His poem “The Pleas of a Patriot” appeared in a 1996 volume of the National Library of Poetry in Owings, Md. After retiring in 1980, he served as minister of the Church of the Holy Cross in Middletown, R.I., from 1982 to 1991. He was a member of the American Harp Society and the Episcopal Actors Guild of New York. He is survived by nine nieces and nephews.
Henry N. Lee ’41, of Newark, Del.; June 6. He taught in the Univ. of Delaware’s department of music from 1950 until his retirement in 1984. He was the organist and choir director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church for 25 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed gardening and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Jane; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; six grandchildren; and a sister.
Ruth Labush Tolchinsky ’41, of Warwick, R.I.; June 24. She was a teacher at Wyman Elementary School in Warwick for 26 years. She retired in 1984. She volunteered with Save the Bay and at the Providence Convention Center Visitors Bureau. She was a member of Temple Emanu-El and the Women’s Auxiliary at Miriam Hospital and was a life member of Hadassah. She enjoyed performing in plays, singing, attending the theater, and playing bridge and tennis. She is survived by daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Benjamin H. Ballard ’42, of Ross, Calif.; June 16. He was active in the marine electronics industry as vice president and sales manager for Applied Electronics Co. and later Konel Corp. In 1969 he founded the B.H. Ballard Co. Inc. He was a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club and the Veteran Wireless Operators Assoc. and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He ran until the age of 94. He is survived by his wife, Eloise; four children; and four grandchildren.
Alice Simister Reynolds ’42, of Danville, Calif., formerly of Scotia, N.Y.; July 3. She taught kindergarten in Scotia before moving to California and teaching elementary school in the San Ramon Valley school district. She was active in several organizations, including the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, the San Ramon Valley Historical Society, the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Phi Beta Kappa. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, and painting. She is survived by two daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson.
Leona Gratenstein Palmer ’44, of Beverly Hills, formerly of Carmel, Calif.; Mar. 24. She was a homemaker. She is survived by a daughter; three sons, including Henry Barnston ’79; four grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Biers ’40.
Richard W. Sarle ’44, of Kensington, N.H., formerly of Auburn and Rumford, Me.; June 28, after a brief illness. In Rumford he worked for the Oxford Paper Co. for 25 years. He then became the engineer/director of the Lewiston Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority. He retired in 1987. After retiring he owned and operated Auburn Travel Service for 25 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He was proud of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of the Order of the Arrow, the Eastern Star Pine Cone Chapter in Auburn, the Scottish and York Rites, the Shriners Kora Temple, and the American Legion, and a life member of the Masons. He enjoyed painting, water and snow skiing, sailing, playing golf, and traveling. He was a national ski jump judge during winter weekends and served as a referee for the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. He is survived by a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; four grandsons; brother Rodney ’46; and several nieces and nephews.
Barbara Fuchs Brown Ghareeb Cinco ’45, of Springfield, Mass.; July 16. She worked at Longmeadow Flowers for many years and later as a secretary at Mutual Insurance in Springfield. She enjoyed travelling around the world and entertaining. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Edward E. Davis ’45, of Providence; Aug. 4. After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves, he began work with the Gulf Oil Corp. in northeastern Connecticut. In 1952 he accepted a position with the George C. Moore Co. in Westerly, R.I., serving in several capacities, including sales management, corporation secretary, and chairman of the pension committee. He enjoyed sailing, swimming, skiing, running, and riding motorcycles. He is survived by two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law.
Nathan Ludman ’45, ’49 ScM, of Bloomfield, Mich., formerly of Providence and Cranston, R.I.; July 28. He was a retired industrial engineer formerly employed with the Leonard Valve Co. in Cranston. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed dancing and swimming. He is survived by three daughters; two sons-in-law; three grandchildren; a sister; a brother, Harold ’49; niece Evette Ludman ’83; and nephews Neil Ludman ’79 and Mark Ludman ’75, ’79 MD.
Barbara Sherwood Sinkinson ’45, of Wyomissing, Pa., formerly of Nashville, Tenn., and Industry, Me.; Aug. 13. She was a homemaker and volunteer. While living in Nashville she was active in the local chapter of the American Red Cross, serving as chairman of volunteers and on the board of directors. While in Industry she was active as secretary of the Northern Lites Snowmobile Club and a member of the Clearwater Lake Assoc. and the West Shore Road Assoc. At Brown she was crowned the May Queen of 1945. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, niece Sally Peck ’00, and nephew Stephen Peck ’73.
G. Frances Martin Costelloe ’46, of Brattleboro, Vt., formerly of West Haven, Conn., and Newton, Mass.; Mar. 29. She worked as a research associate for John F. Costelloe, tax director at RCA, who eventually became her husband. She stopped working to raise a family. After moving to the Berkshires, she returned to full-time work as a development associate at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She later spent several years working in the law library at Boston College before moving to the school’s development office, where she became a manager of prospect research. She enjoyed the arts and volunteered with the New Repertory Theater in Watertown, Mass. In Brattleboro she served many years on the board of the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library and was a writing contributor with several area writing groups for years. She also volunteered backstage, researched, and wrote production notes for theatrical productions staged at Leland & Gray Union Middle and High Schools in Townshend, Vt. She was one of Brown’s first female Commencement orators and, following her own commencement advice, she travelled to Rome, Frankfurt, Berlin, Stockholm, Singapore, Brussels, Venice, Paris, and Ireland. She is survived by daughter Ann Landenberger ’76 ’94 MAT; two sons, including Kevin ’74; two daughters-in-law; son-in-law Bruce Landenberger ’76; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Leslie Martin ’70.
Robert E. Schlier ’46, ’53 PhD, of Leominster, Mass., formerly of Concord, Mass.; June 16, 2015. He was a former assistant professor of physics at Brown. He later worked at Avco in Wilmington, Mass. He is survived by five children, including Janet Schlier ’75; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Margaret Holmes Barron ’47, of Uxbridge, Mass.; Mar. 14. She was a nursing supervisor and retired in 2000 from Woonsocket Health Center in Rhode Island. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, the beach, and spending time with family. She is survived by seven daughters, two sons, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
William A. Donovan ’47, of White Plains, N.Y.; Sept. 18, 2015. He was a retired lawyer. He is survived by a niece, Maeve Duncan ’87 and a nephew, Daniel Donovan ’85.
Harry C. Luff ’47, of Orlando, Fla.; May 26. He was a retired executive vice president of Orlando Utilities Corp. and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed surfing into his 70s, sailing, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, tennis, and golf. He is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Marie Monaco Conway ’48, of Fairfax, Va.; June 28, after a brief illness. She taught school in Rhode Island for a short time before accepting a position to teach elementary school to the children of American military families stationed in Germany. Once back in the United States and married, she became a homemaker who was active in her local Catholic church and volunteered at several organizations, including Fairfax FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help). She is survived by her husband, Edward; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.
Dana G. Leavitt ’48, of Napa, Calif.; June 3. He was a corporate executive with Transamerica Corp. for 26 years, and in 1975 was elected to the board of directors. In 1979 he was elected chairman of Occidental Life Insurance Co. of California. After retiring from Transamerica, he served as a director of Syntex Corp., Pritchard Services Group of America, and other companies. He was a trustee of Brown, Lewis and Clark College, the Queen of the Valley Hospital, and the National Wildflower Research Center, where he served as president. He was also a director of Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Oakland. He was active in the Young Presidents’ Organization and a member of the Pacific Union Club, Glenbrook Club, Orinda Country Club, and Delta Kappa Epsilon. He enjoyed collecting early Western art and developing his vineyard at Blue Oak Hill, where he grew grapes for leading Napa Valley wineries. He is survived by his wife, Frances; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and many nieces and nephews.
Martin I. Mondlick ’48, of Albuquerque; Aug. 8, of vascular dementia. He was a retired real estate broker and part-time teacher. He was an adjunct associate professor at the Univ. of Albuquerque from 1965 to 1967 and adjunct professor of management at the Anderson School of Management, Univ. of New Mexico, from 1967 to 1980. During the 1980s he served on the Real Estate Advisory Committee to the Board of Regents of the Univ. of New Mexico. He also served on the board of directors of the All-Indian Development Assoc., Charter Bank, Sandia Preparatory School, the Univ. of Albuquerque, and Congregation Albert, where he was president from 1970 to 1972. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a son; two daughters-in-law; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Richard G. Adams ’49, of Lakewood, N.J., formerly of Greenville, S.C.; Aug. 7. He was a chemical engineer employed with Owens Corning Fiberglass in Rhode Island before working at Exxon Research in New Jersey. He later worked at J.P. Stevens Research Laboratory in New Jersey and continued in Greenville. In Greenville, he worked on aerospace materials, including woven fabric heat shields for the NASA space shuttle. After retiring and moving back to New Jersey, he was retained as a consultant for J.P. Stevens for an additional 19 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a member of the American Society of Testing Materials, the Society of the Plastics Industry, and Lavallette Yacht Club, where he served as commodore from 1973 to 1974. He was a skilled woodworker and enjoyed racing sailboats and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Susan Boyd ’72; a son; a daughter-in-law; son-in-law John Boyd ’72; four grandchildren, including Alison Boyd ’09; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Laurence P. Berri ’49, of Saint Louis, Mo.; Aug. 6, 2015. He was a retired architect and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by three children, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Conrad Brown ’49, of Ghent, N.Y., formerly of Peekskill, N.Y.; June 16. Raised as a Quaker, he joined the American Field Service as an ambulance driver during World War II and after one year joined the U.S. Army ski troops. After graduating from Brown he spent three years teaching skiing at Mad River Glen and Sun Valley. He wrote Skiing for Beginners. He later moved to New York City and began a career as a writer and editor of books and magazines. He was editor-in-chief of Craft Horizons, associate editor at House Beautiful, and subsequently a senior editor at the Macmillan Co. and Grosset & Dunlap Inc. He had been a paraplegic for more than 40 years and had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Meg; a daughter; two sons and sister Alison Davis ’44.
James F. Collins ’49, of Woodstock, Vt., formerly of Bethesda, Md.; July 6. He was a sales and administrative engineer with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp., then served five years with Cerro Corp. (New York) as manager of the development division. In 1962 he was appointed deputy assistant secretary of commerce for business policy in the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. From 1972 to 1987 he served as executive vice president of the American Iron and Steel Institute. He left AISI to form the National Steel Producers Assoc., which later became the Steel Manufacturers Assoc. He retired in 1991 but remained a consultant with the SMA until 2008. During World War II and the Korean War he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by a daughter; three sons, including Michael ’85 and Alexander ’96; a son-in-law; three daughters-in-law; and seven grandchildren.
William P. Dynan ’49, of Greenwich, Conn.; July 23. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II and graduating, he took a job with Dun & Bradstreet and later went on to work for Wilson Brothers. In 1957 after settling in Greenwich, he started work at Puritan Sportswear before starting his own business, Gateway Apparel. He was active with various charities and was a member of the Retired Men’s Club of Greenwich. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughters Karen Dynan ’85 and Nancy Fischman ’87; two sons; a son-in-law; and six grandchildren.
Harold I. Mallory ’49, of San Antonio, Tex.; July 6. He worked for General Electric Co. in Tampa, Fla., and later in Dallas. In 1952 he started his own business, Mallory Lighting Associates. He retired after 61 years in the business as a sales representative for Litex Industries and Ellington Fans. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and enjoyed playing tennis. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two daughters; two sons; two daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Jeanne Cronin Rodes ’49, of South Bend, Ind.; June 2. She was a French instructor at Saint Mary’s College and later shifted to the English department. Saint Mary’s presented her with the Maria Pieta Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 1999 she received the Reinhold Niebuhr Award for social justice from the Univ. of Notre Dame. She wrote poetry, and many of her poems could be read in campus publications, in addition to a chapbook, Armies of the Heart. She enjoyed reading and collecting books. She is survived by two daughters, five sons, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Edward L. Wheeler ’49, of Southbury, Conn.; July 4. He was a research scientist in the field of rubber chemical products and was employed by Uniroyal Chemical Co. of Waterbury, Conn., from 1956 to 1997. After retiring he continued to work as a consultant and technical advisor. In 1995 he was awarded Uniroyal’s first “Distinguished Fellow” certificate. In 2011 Chemtura Corp. (formerly Uniroyal) honored him by naming its new laboratory facilities in Naugatuck, Conn., the Nudenberg-Wheeler Technology Center. Over the course of his career he held 45 patents and seven technical achievement awards and authored numerous research papers. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forces. He played violin in the Brown orchestra and continued to play in the Waterbury Symphony until 1971. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Watertown Golf Club, where he served as president for eight years. He is survived by a brother, Norton ’44; a sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
William F. Bishop ’50, of Warwick, R.I.; July 21. He was an electrical engineer employed at Leesona Corp. in Warwick for most of his career. He was later employed at Marshall and Williams Co. in Providence. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Harmony Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Rhode Island Shriners, and the German American Cultural Society. He enjoyed woodworking. He is survived by daughter Christine Chapman ’79; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; a grandson; two step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Robert B. Bryant ’50, of Westfield, Mass.; June 1. He owned Bryant School Supply in West Springfield, Mass., along with stores in West Hartford and Hamden, Conn. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy and continued in the U.S. Naval Reserve for more than 43 years. He enjoyed poetry, history, sailing, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Audrey; five sons; and many grandchildren.
Edward L. Fink ’50, ’68 MAT, of Providence; July 18. He taught chemistry at Cranston (R.I.) West High School for many years before serving as department chairman at Cranston East High School. After earning a graduate degree, he worked part-time as a chemist at Rhode Island Hospital. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Berkelhammer Fink ’56; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; seven grandchildren; two brothers; and nephew Fred Berkelhammer ’80.
Jean Stilwell Harlow ’50, of Paoli, Pa.; July 26. She worked as a geologist in Minnesota and Massachusetts prior to marrying and starting a family. She was a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America, volunteered at the Diamond Rock Schoolhouse, and was a congregant at St. Francis-in-the-Fields. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren.
David B. Jacobson ’50, of Stamford, Conn.; June 23. For more than 50 years he worked with his father, brother, cousins, and uncles in a number of family meal and food industry businesses, including Idle Wild Foods, a Fortune 500 Company. He was a men’s club president at Westchester Reform Temple, a member of the temple choir, and active philanthropically. In 1979 he and his wife established the Barbara & David Jacobson Scholar in Residence Fund at Westchester Reform Temple. In 1989 he and his brother established the Arthur B. & David B. Jacobson Scholar Fund in Brown’s Judaic Studies Department. He enjoyed playing golf and was a founding member of Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. In later years he became an avid tennis player and was a two-year winner of the Senior U.S. Maccabi Tennis Team. He is survived by three children and two grandchildren.
Francis B. Laughlin Jr. ’50, of Chelmsford, Mass.; July 3. He was the owner and president of the manufacturer of paper boxes, A.F. French & Co. in Lowell, Mass. He was active in his community, serving on the board of trustees of Lowell General Hospital, the Lowell Cemetery, and the Central Savings Bank. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chelmsford. He was an accomplished tennis player and a founding member of the Chelmsford Swimming and Tennis Club. He also enjoyed skiing and jazz music. He is survived by his wife, Janet French Laughlin ’50; five children, including Pamela Emerson ’79; seven grandchildren; and a sister.
Gordon Maver ’50, of Hingham, Mass., formerly of Bethlehem, Pa.; June 10. He was a controller for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 27 years. He retired in 1984. He enjoyed golf and attending the Masters Tournament with his wife each spring for 40 years. He is survived by a brother and many nieces and nephews.
Ralph B. Payton Jr. ’50, of Avon, Conn., formerly of Granby, Conn.; June 16. He had a career with the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. for 41 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Ada Montecalvo Semple ’50, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., formerly of Kensington, Md.; July 3. After raising a family, she worked as a math teacher before moving to Florida, where she finished her teaching career at Palm Beach Gardens High School. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, three daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.
Robert E. Sharkey ’50, of Pleasanton, Calif.; July 30. He was a retired physician and radiologist. He was instrumental in establishing a birth defects clinic at New York Hospital. In 1964 he moved to California to work as an associate director of the pediatric department at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and studied radiology. In 1974 he became a board certified radiologist and was employed at the Permanente Medical Group in Hayward. He retired in 1994. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and the Korean War. He dedicated time to many charities, including accepting an appointment as program consultant for the National Foundation of the March of Dimes; volunteering as a physician in Haiti, Mexico, and Israel; and supporting the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Africa. He also helped in the establishment of a children’s hospital in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. He enjoyed sailing, reading, cooking, the theater, and reviving weathered furniture. He is survived by his wife, Madrene; five children; seven grandchildren; and three stepchildren.
Robert M. Shepard ’50, of Kingston, Mass., formerly of Hingham, Mass.; June 18. He worked as an electrical engineer for the MITRE Corp., Boeing, and Grumman Aircraft. He was a member of the Hingham V.F.W., the Democratic Town Committee, and the Old Ship Church in Hingham. He is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law, a grandson, and a brother.
Donald H. Spalding ’50, of Winter Park, Fla.; Apr. 4. He was director of the subtropical horticulture research station in Miami, a research facility of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. He retired in 1988 after 30 years of service.
Joshua A. Tobey ’50, of Centre Hall, Pa.; June 30. He had a career with Sears Roebuck and Co. that included a variety of roles across the New England and Mid-Atlantic states. In 1989 he retired from Sears after 39 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. At Brown he was a member of the track and field team. He continued running and competing throughout his life and ran a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay in Maryland for the 2002 Winter Olympics. In 1987 he was inducted into the Brown University Sports Hall of Fame. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of Grace United Methodist church in Centre Hall and the Centre Hall Area Library Assoc. He served on the State College Youth Services Board and the State College Chamber of Commerce and coached numerous local youth teams. He is survived by his wife, Doris Saunders Tobey ’50; four daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother Jonathan Tobey ’50.
Mary Heyl Walton ’50, of Gibson Island, Md.; May 3, 2015, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Harry S. Cheyney ’51, of Buffalo, N.Y.; July 16. He was a retired vice president of Niagara Machine & Tool Works. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by two daughters, a son, two sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren.
Warren B. Coburn ’51, of Timonium, Md., formerly of Massapequa, N.Y.; Nov. 14, 2015. He was a retired vice president of Consolidated Edison Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to joining Con Edison, he held several management positions with the General Electric Co. He was very involved in the Brooklyn community, including a stint as acting commissioner of the Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Commission. He was also a member of the board of directors and former chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Brooklyn Development Assoc. He served as a trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was a former president of the Brooklyn Arts and Cultural Assoc. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, and son, James ’01, ’03 ScM.
Parker D. Handy ’51, of Essex, Conn.; July 24. He had a career in advertising and marketing. He was vice president of Dancer Fitzgerald Sample Inc., director of advertising at International Paper Co., and marketing director of City Trust, and was in market development at Pepperidge Farm. He retired as director of development of the Connecticut Audubon Society. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served on the board of Westover School in Connecticut. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, duck and upland bird hunting, and painting. He is survived by his wife, Sally; five daughters; five sons-in-law; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
James S. Keat ’51, of Baltimore; July 6. He was a former Baltimore Sun assistant managing editor and foreign correspondent whose advocacy of freedom of information became the keystone of a career that spanned more than 40 years. He conducted research in West Bengal, India, for a year prior to joining the Baltimore Sun staff in 1956. He covered the early days of the civil rights movement, then worked a year in the Sun’s New Delhi bureau in 1962, then returned to Baltimore as the Evening Sun editorial writer. He returned to New Delhi as bureau chief in 1965, covering the India-Pakistan war. In 1968 he was named editor of Perspective, a commentary and analysis section published in the Sunday Sun, and in 1969 was named foreign editor, joining the Washington bureau covering the White House and State Department. He traveled to China with President Nixon in 1972. From 1975 to 1991 he was an assistant managing editor overseeing foreign, national, and metropolitan news. During the four years leading up to his retirement in 1995 he worked as the Sun’s editorial page coordinator, handled letters to the editor, and wrote occasional editorials and columns. He continuously worked to strengthen freedom of information laws through the Maryland, Delaware, and District of Columbia Press Association. In 2000 the MDDC named its annual Freedom of Information award for him, and in 2005 he was the second recipient of the MDDC Distinguished Service Award. He was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Additionally, in 2005 he was a founder of the Maryland Foundation for Open Government. He enjoyed listening to classical and bagpipe music. He appreciated good food, wine, and beer. He is survived by his wife, Christine; a stepdaughter; and two grandchildren.
William J. Parks ’51, of Murrieta, Calif.; July 26. He was an estimator for Rodgers and Davies Construction of Ontario, Calif. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was also an avid woodworker and enjoyed computer programming and puzzles. He is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.
George Taborsky ’51, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; June 3, after a long illness. After finishing his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Carlsberg Foundation in Copenhagen, Denmark, he returned to the United States and began teaching in Yale’s biochemistry department. In 1970 he joined the faculty of UC Santa Barbara and remained there until his retirement in 1992 as professor emeritus of biochemistry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an active member of the UCSB community. He is survived by his wife, Eva; a daughter; a son; two grandchildren; and a sister.
Olivia Dimopulos Tommaney ’51, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; July. 26, of a stroke. She was a high school English teacher in Haverhill, Mass., for more than 20 years. She retired in 1992. She enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Kane of 1969 Brista de Mar Cir., Atlantic Beach, Fla. 32233; a son-in-law; and two grandsons.
Robert W. Brunelle ’52, of Stuart, Fla.; Dec. 15, 2015.
Lois Stelley Chapman ’52, of Pittsfield, Mass.; July 20. She taught third grade in Wellesley, Mass., for three years, after which she moved to Europe for a year, dividing her time between Switzerland and Germany. Over the next 18 years she raised a family and helped run Packard Manse, a nondenominational conference center in Stoughton, Mass. In 1968 her family spent a year living in an impoverished neighborhood in Northeast Brazil. Between 1979 and 1989 she lived in the Netherlands, where she held an administrative role in Balton, a trading company based in Israel. Returning to the United States, she moved to the Berkshires and worked at the Red Cross. In 2012 she moved to Pittsfield and was active in many community organizations. She volunteered as a reading assistant in the Pittsfield public schools. She enjoyed gardening, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. She is survived by her partner, Titia Hoeksema; two daughters; two sons; a son-in-law; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister.
Marilyn Clark Nicklas ’52, of Madison, Conn.; July 18. She was employed at Union Trust Bank (now Wells Fargo) in Madison for more than 35 years. After retiring, she traveled the world. She is survived by four daughters, four sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren.
Mason W. Nye ’52, of Palm Harbor, Fla., formerly of Suffield, Conn.; June 3. He taught English at Suffield Academy from 1958 to 1996 and summer school at Salisbury (Conn.) School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Joy; four children; and five grandchildren.
A. Nicholas Reggio ’52, of Groton, Conn., formerly of Wellesley, Mass.; June 29, 2015. He was a retired price analyst for Raytheon Co. During World War II he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three daughters; two sons; two daughters-in-law; three sons-in-law; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Robert K. Sharpe ’53, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; July 14. He was a retired writer, director, and filmmaker. He was former president of Robert K. Sharpe Productions Inc. and Photography and Imaging Inc. His first job after graduation was with Encyclopedia Britannica, filming the route for a documentary on the Oregon Trail. In 1958 he made a documentary about Chicago, The Forgotten, which was selected by the National Education Assoc. to represent the United States at the World Film Festival. He ventured into television as writer/director for NBC’s Omnibus programs, directed the Twentieth Century series with Walter Cronkite, and later joined the CBS staff for the Seven Lively Arts series. He also wrote and directed films for Harvard Univ., the U.S. Information Agency, and the Office of Economic Opportunities. His film Before the Mountain Was Moved was nominated for an Academy Award. He was a longtime photographer whose work was published in the Chicago Tribune, Popular Photography, and the New York Times and was exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He served as president and was on the board of the photography committee of the National Arts Club and was a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Directors Guild of America, and Phi Beta Kappa. He was a ham radio operator and also enjoyed listening to classical and jazz music. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and six grandchildren.
E. Marion Simons Thompson ’53, of San Francisco, formerly of Spokane, Wash.; June 26. While in Spokane, she ran a consulting business and was actively involved in several women’s causes and political organizations. She eventually moved to San Francisco, where she continued her marriage and family therapy consulting business, donated much of her time and services to underserved communities in the East Bay area, and was involved with Planned Parenthood. She is survived by her husband, Roger; two sons; two daughters-in-law; and two granddaughters.
Donald H. Breslow ’54, ’57 ScM, of Framingham, Mass.; June 9. He worked as an electrical engineer for 40 years at such Boston-based companies as Raytheon, Itek, and Litton. He held 10 patents relating to his work on optical encoders. He also served as an adjunct faculty member in the engineering school at Northeastern Univ. for many years. In retirement he continued to work as an engineering consultant. He enjoyed bridge, cribbage, horseback riding, carpentry, gardening, hiking, and boating, and was a loyal Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins fan. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a daughter; son Rick ’79; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; three grandchildren, including Sam ’14; a brother, Roger ’63; a sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Maureen M. Wright ’54, of Trumbull, Conn.; June 14. After raising a family, she resumed her education, earning a master’s in psychology. She then worked in the Darien, Conn., public schools as a student psychologist until her retirement in 1991. She volunteered with several local charitable organizations, including Meals on Wheels; taught religious school; and was president of the Sikorsky Pilots Wives Club. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, three daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, 14 grandchildren, and two nieces.
William Fletcher III ’55, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., formerly of Barrington, R.I.; Apr. 21, of a heart attack. He worked in a psychiatric hospital in Mandeville, La., before moving to California and working in an AIDS Program counseling patients and family members. He also taught a social work course at San Diego State Univ. He enjoyed boating, swimming, traveling, and playing the piano.
R. Peter Harvey ’55, of Glastonbury, Conn.; June 20. He had a long career in the insurance industry. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a recipient of the St. Joseph Medal, awarded by the archdiocese of Hartford for special service to his parish. He is survived by his wife, Sheila, of 129 Morgan Dr.. Glastonbury 05033; three daughters; three sons, including Peter C. Harvey ’80; six grandchildren; and brother-in-law John J. Monaghan ’55.
Willis H. Riccio ’55, of Providence; July 29. He was the regional administrator for the New England Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was also a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island assigned to prosecute securities fraud cases. He served in that position until November 1985, when he left to join the National Assoc. of Securities Dealers as vice president and director. He joined Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC of Providence in 2000 and retired as Senior Counsel at Looney & Grossman LLP of Boston in 2010. He was an adjunct professor of securities law at the New England School of Law and was a guest lecturer on securities regulation at several universities and law schools. In 1992 he was invited by the Polish government to speak on securities regulation in Warsaw. He published 30 articles related to securities law. Lawdragon included him in the 2008 listing “100 Securities Litigators You Need to Know in Securities Litigation”; in 2009 an interview with him was added to the Virtual Museum and Archive of the Securities & Exchange Commission Historical Society. In 2010, he was included in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Securities Law. He was a member of the Rhode Island Bar Assoc. and the Rhode Island Officials Assoc., and was a season ticket holder for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He is survived by his wife, Donna; a daughter; two grandchildren; and a sister-in-law.
Paul J. Robinson ’55, of Palm Springs, Calif.; Apr. 4. He worked at Brown & Sharpe and served in the U.S. Army. In 1954 he moved to California and purchased Frey Industrial Supply in Burbank. He was proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed telling stories.
Edmund R. Sutherland ’55, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; June 6. He had a career in banking as a trust officer with National Bank of Detroit, Ann Arbor Bank, Manufacturer’s National Bank, and Comerica. At Brown he was a member of the tennis team and Phi Gamma Delta. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Yondotega Club and the Country Club of Detroit, where he served as president from 1988 to 1989. He enjoyed golf, bridge, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Paula; a daughter; two sons; a daughter-in-law and seven grandchildren.
Harold C. Arcaro Jr. ’56, of Providence; July 1. He was a retired attorney. From 1966 to 1972 he represented the Providence East Side district in the state senate. He was involved in numerous community organizations and served as president of ARTS Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra. He sat on several boards, including the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Bradley Hospital. In 1968 he was recognized as the Providence Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of Providence. He enjoyed cooking. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and a sister.
Donald D. Bowen ’56, of Tulsa, Okla. June 13. He was a retired professor of organizational behavior in the College of Business at the Univ. of Tulsa. He received many honors for his academic publications and university service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and is survived by his wife, Polly; four sons; three daughters-in-law; and five grandchildren.
Richard L. Crawford ’56, of Center Tuftonboro, N.H., formerly of Franklin, Mass.; July 24. He worked at M&C Nuclear in Attleboro, Mass., as a spectographer; then at Texas Instruments, designing and producing rechargeable batteries for the space program; and finally at Thermo Jarrell-Ash in Waltham, Mass., designing optical emission spectrographs. He was the recipient of several patents. He retired in 1995 and moved to Center Tuftonboro, where he worked with Ossipee Mountain Habitat for Humanity and served on their board. He was also chairman of the Hidden Valley Property Owners Assoc. and commissioner of the Lower Beach Pond Water District in Tuftonboro. He enjoyed hiking the New Hampshire mountains, swimming, sailing, snorkeling, reading, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Martha; two daughters; son David ’86, ’92 PhD; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.
Albert H. Malzan ’56, of Cypress, Calif., formerly of Falmouth, Mass.; Nov. 29, 2014. He worked for the Atlantic Gas Refining Co. In 1960 he moved to California and was a financial advisor for Rocketdyne. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by a brother and a niece.
Nathan M. Grace ’57, of Holden, Mass.; July 28, following a short illness. He practiced law in Worcester for 35 years and also owned Sixth Avenue Construction Co. for 20 years. He was a member of Temple Emanuel Sinai and a 50-year member of the Level Lodge of Masons. He enjoyed traveling and is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter; son Charles ’94; four stepchildren; eight grandchildren; two sisters; a brother; and a niece.
Robert R. Krikorian ’57, of Cumming, Ga.; Aug. 3. He was a retired research chemist formerly employed with Chemtan in New Hampshire, the General Electric Co. in Pennsylvania, and the Shell Chemical Co. in New Jersey. He is survived by three daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, and a brother.
Marguerite Mendelsohn Lavin ’57, of New York City; June 7, of Lewy body disease. She began teaching in the New York City public schools and went on to teach art to elementary school children at the Springside School in Philadelphia. After teaching, she later worked with molds, helping to create dinosaur models at the Museum of Natural History. She also worked in rights and reproductions at both the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. She was an avid reader and an engaged political activist and enjoyed photography.
William J. Watson ’57, of Stafford, Va.; July 18, of acute leukemia. He worked in management for Northern Virginia Defense Contractors for 42 years. He was a pilot and 48-year member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc. and a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn.
Patricia Carlson Collett ’58, of Lone Tree, Colo.; June 22. She worked for Texas Instruments, training customers in the use of the TI early computers, and later worked at the Federal Reserve in Denver. After earning her PhD, she became a driving force in the Univ. of Denver reading clinic and taught speech communications. She traveled the world and taught in Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and Greece. Once back in Colorado, she set up an online speech communication course for the Colorado Community College system. She enjoyed figure skating and was a judge for the U.S. Figure Skating Assoc. She was an active member of the Living and Aging Well Committee and the American Assoc. of University Women and volunteered at the Evergreen Jazz Festival. She also liked planning family activities and listening to jazz music. She is survived by her husband, Erik; two daughters; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.
John M. Corbett ’58, of Aiken, S.C., formerly of New Castle, Pa.; July 12, of cancer. He was an orthopedic surgeon working at New Castle Orthopedic Associates. He retired in 2001. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Eastern Orthopedic Assoc., and Delta Phi. He enjoyed traveling and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 470 Anderson Pond Rd., Aiken 29803; a daughter; a son; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
David J. Finkelstein ’58, of Brookline, Mass., formerly of New York City; Dec. 24. After graduating from Brown and Harvard Law School, he studied Chinese at the East-West Center in Honolulu and became the East Asia specialist at the Ford Foundation in New York City. He enjoyed writing and had articles in the New Yorker, the Observer, the Washington Post, Sports Afield, and Marlin Magazine, where he was a contributing editor. He was also the coauthor of Greater Nowheres, a book about Australia. He was a former karate teacher and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by a niece and a nephew.
William F. Gleason Jr. ’58, of Delray Beach, Fla., formerly of Greenwich, Conn.; Jan. 19. He joined Continental Insurance Co. of New York City in 1963 and was named assistant to the secretary and tax counsel in 1966. He retired from Continental as senior vice president. He was a member of the American Bar Assoc. and the New York County Lawyers’ Assoc., and served as chairman of the Tax and Legislative Committee of the Society of Insurance Accountants.
Sarah Whitcomb Keen ’58, of Arlington, Va., formerly of Washington, Pa.; June 21, after a brief illness. She taught English at William Allen High School in Allentown, Pa., and at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. She also worked as a field director for the Girls Scouts of America and later cofounded College Search, a business to help southwestern Pennsylvania students gain admission to colleges and universities all over the country. She was an active volunteer in her community and cofounded the Literacy Council for Southwestern Pennsylvania. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of Washington and Jefferson College. She served nine years on the board of directors of the Citizens Library in Washington. She enjoyed travelling. She is survived by her husband, Bill; three daughters, including Suzanne P. Keen ’84, ’86 AM; three sons-in-law; five grandsons; and a brother.
Peter L. Sugden ’58, of Valparaiso, Fla.; June 12. He was a civil servant in logistics for the U.S. Air Force, serving in Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Iceland, Germany, and Japan. He performed in several theater productions while stationed in various areas. He is survived by his wife, Glenda; two daughters; a stepson; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Marshall L. Williams ’58, of Framingham, Mass.; Apr. 22. He had a career in commercial real estate finance. He had been employed with State Mutual Life, John Hancock, Bank of Boston, Bank of New England, several real estate investment trusts and Fleet Boston Financial Corp., where he retired in 1996 as senior vice president. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force following graduation from the ROTC Program at Brown and attended Intelligence Officer’s School at Sheppard AFB in Texas. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1988 after serving 30 years and reaching the rank of colonel and commanding the USAF Reserve Intelligence Service at Hanscom AFB in Bedford, Mass. He was a coach in the Framingham Youth Ice Hockey Program for several years and was an active member of Plymouth Church and Framingham Senior Golf League. He enjoyed traveling and is survived by his wife, Bernice; three sons; three daughters-in-law; and six grandchildren.
Grover C. Bailey III ’59, of Waynesboro, Pa.; June 15. Following service in the U.S. Navy, he worked as a manager for several companies and later owned and operated Waist High Gardens and was a partner at the real estate firm Snyder Bailey and Associates Inc. He retired in 2005. He enjoyed spending time with family, rooting for the Washington Nationals, and feeding the birds. He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons; two daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
John F. Ballard ’59, of Maitland, Fla.; June 15, of cancer. He was a Winter Park realtor for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Greater Orlando Realtors Assoc., the Interlachen Country Club, and the Winter Park Rotary Club. He enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Joan; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; four grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers, including Edwin ’54.
Robert B. Cox ’59, of Sherman, Conn.; June 18, of complications of a heart attack. He was a New York advertising executive at several major ad agencies, including Wells, Rich, Greene; Needham, Harper & Steers; Needham Harper Worldwide; and Young & Rubicam, before starting his own firm, The Cox Group. He has been credited for the radical overhaul of standard car and truck advertising by showing a vehicle in profile. During his career he oversaw teams that created memorable campaigns, including Honda’s “We Make It Simple,” Xerox’s “the office of tomorrow,” Ford’s “Quality is Job 1,” Amtrak’s “All Aboard!” and the “Just Say No” pitch for Nancy Reagan’s fight against illegal drugs. He is survived by his wife, Loretta; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; a sister; and his former wife, Maria Polich.
James J. Holsing ’59, of Longmeadow, Mass.; July 27. He was a senior sales product marketing manager employed with Hamilton Standard, a division of United Aircraft Corp. in Connecticut. He had worked with the NASA Apollo missions as a client. He was also a food and wine connoisseur, later appointed the executive director of the International Society of Wine Educators. He taught several courses and led many wine tours for the Society of Wine Educators. He was a contributing editor to the former Pursglove Wine Letter, a tasting coordinator for the Epicure Society, and a board member of the National Wine Coalition. He received many citations and awards from wine organizations all over the world. He is survived by his wife, Joy; a daughter; two sons; and a daughter-in-law.
Robert A. Ramsden ’59, of Rumford, R.I.; June 26. He had a career in textiles, working at Mackie Spinning Co. in Sumter, S.C., followed by many years in sales for Carolina Maiden Corp. and Bishop & Co. before founding his own textile business, RARities in Rumford. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford. He is survived by two daughters, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren, a sister, and brother Richard ’59.
James R. Ward ’59, of Deland, Fla., formerly of Erie, Pa.; Feb. 10, 2015. He was a retired engineer for General Electric in Erie. He is survived by his wife, Amelia.
William Read Jr. ’60, of Lincoln, Mass., formerly of New Hampton, N.H., and Littleton, Mass.; May 7. He was an electrical engineer with Raytheon in Littleton for more than 35 years. Upon retiring, he and his wife moved into an octagon house they designed in New Hampton. He was a past master of the Tahattawan Lodge in Littleton and a Shriner of the Aleppo Lodge. He enjoyed woodworking, travelling in his RV, American history, reading, and bird watching. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; and eight grandchildren.
William C. Berkson ’61, of San Francisco; June 16, from a heart attack. He was a poet, an art critic, a curator, and a teacher. In his early career he was an editorial associate at Art News magazine, a guest editor at the Museum of Modern Art, and an associate producer of a program on art for public television. He taught literature and writing workshops at the New School and Yale Univ. In 1970 he moved to Northern California and began editing and publishing a series of poetry books and magazines under the Big Sky imprint. He taught a graduate seminar in art criticism at the California College of Arts and Crafts before joining the faculty at the Art Institute in 1984. There he taught art history, art writing, and poetry. He also served as interim dean in 1992 and directed the Letters and Science and public lectures programs. In the mid-1980s he resumed writing art criticism on a regular basis, contributing monthly reviews and articles to Artforum from 1985 to 1991. Additionally, he was a corresponding editor for Art in America in 1988. Since 2008 he was a contributing editor for artcritical.com and had written for such magazines as Aperture, Modern Painters, and Art on Paper. He has written more than 20 books and pamphlets of poetry. He cocurated exhibitions at the CUE Foundation in New York City and at the Italian Cultural Center in San Francisco. He was the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2008 Goldie for Literature from the San Francisco Bay Guardian and was the 2006 Distinguished Paul Mellon Lecturer at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He is survived by his wife, Constance; a daughter; a son; a stepdaughter; a stepson; and six grandchildren.
Peter N. Sjostrom ’61, of Winston-Salem, N.C., formerly of Wethersfield, Conn.; June 28. He was a retired sales executive for Connecticut Spring Corp. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching the thoroughbreds at Saratoga Race Course and playing his acoustic guitar. He was interested in history and followed politics and the stock market. He is survived by a daughter, a grandson, a sister, and his former wife.
John Tasker ’61, ’64 AM, of New York City; June 21. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he spent several years working in the sales and marketing division of Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. Inc. Later he had a long career in the antique trade business in Manhattan, concentrating in American Craftsman style and mid-century modern works. At Brown he was the manager of the crew team for three years, and an instrumental part of the group that transformed crew from a club sport to a varsity sport. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, and attending the opera. He is survived by his twin brother, Arthur, P.O. Box 54, Greenport, N.Y. 11944; a sister-in-law; a niece; a great-nephew; and many family and friends.
Charlotte A. Casgrain ’62, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Cos Cob, Conn., and Stonington, Me.; July 29. She taught French in the Greenwich, Conn., public school system for 35 years. She was a former camper and later assistant director with the Maine French camp Les Chalets Français. She turned her Stonington home, Près du Port, into a B&B, which she ran for 25 years. Her name appeared in Who’s Who in American Women. She is survived by her sister, Louise Noyes-Balboni ’65 MAT; and nieces and nephews.
Carolyn Potts ’62, of Bolton, Conn.; June 10, after a short illness. She was a retired fiscal control officer with Connecticut state agencies. She enjoyed reading, sailing, cats, and dogs. She is survived by her mother, a sister, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.
Robert E. Gianni ’63, of Pittsburgh, formerly of New York City; Nov. 27, 2014.
Cara Horowitz ’64, of Fort Lee, N.J.; July 26. She was a public school teacher for the Fort Lee Board of Education for more than 35 years. She enjoyed traveling and experiencing different cultural events.
Cynthia Samaras ’64, of Cranston, R.I., formerly of Boston; June 29. She was fluent in more than five languages and had a career in international communication spanning more than 47 years. She was the director of the Berlitz School of Languages in Boston until 1984. She later became the owner, CEO, and executive director of the Inlingua School of Languages in Boston and Boston Translation Co. She is survived by her mother, a sister, a brother, and a sister-in-law.
Harry W. Leszchyn ’65, of North Plainfield, N.J.; June 25, after a long battle with mesothelioma. He worked for the Atlantic County Office of the Public Defender and subsequently became the deputy public defender in charge of the Cape May County Public Defender’s Office and later the deputy public defender for the Cumberland County Public Defender’s Office. He was a skilled marksman and a former Brown rugby and varsity football player. He is survived by a sister.
Nancy Rich Comley ’71, ’77 PhD, of Warren, R.I., formerly of Jamaica, N.Y.; Aug. 5. She taught at Trinity College and the Univ. of Oklahoma, but spent the majority of her career at Queens College, where she was an English professor and department chair. She enjoyed writing and produced both textbooks and literary criticism, including The Practice of Writing and Hemingway’s Genders. She is survived by two daughters, including Ellen Comley ’80; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Dennis W. McBreen ’71, of Springfield, Ore.; Apr. 22, of cancer. He was a geologist. His career enabled him to travel to multiple cities throughout the United States before his retirement in 2014 in Oregon. He was an avid sailor and fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Betsy; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; two grandsons; his mother; and a sister.
Michael J. Dick ’73, of Dryden, N.Y.; June 14, of biventricular heart failure. He worked for the New York State Senate, serving as director of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission and as an aide to the late New York Senator Bernard C. Smith. After becoming an attorney, he worked for the New York State Office of Court Administration, serving as a confidential law clerk for three New York State Supreme Court justices. He also served as a family court hearing examiner. He retired in 2007. He was a member of the Dryden United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed playing golf and swimming before receiving his LVAD heart pump in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; a daughter; his father; two sisters; a brother; and 12 nieces and nephews.
James T. Galloway II ’74, of Dowell, Md.; July 25. He was employed as a craftsman and owner of JTG Masonry until his retirement. He enjoyed football, fishing, hunting, sporting events, motorcycles, and spending time with family. He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins. He is survived by his wife, Laura; two daughters; a son; his mother; a sister; and a brother.
Roberta Linton Bennett ’76, of Warren, Vt.; July 30, of cancer. She was a founding partner and principal broker at Lincoln Peak Properties in Waitsfield, Vt. She was an avid four-season athlete and enjoyed skiing at Sugarbush. She is survived by three daughters, a son-in-law, a sister, and two brothers.
Robert T. Mulgrew ’79, of Carlsbad, Calif.; Aug. 2. He taught high school Latin and English, in addition to coaching boys’ and girls’ basketball at schools in New York, North Carolina, Florida, and California for 35 years. At the time of his death he was the English Department chair at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Francesca; two children; a sister; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.
Paul V. Strehlow III ’79, of Evanston, Ill.; June 29, of injuries suffered in a fall. He was a tax attorney. He worked for several law firms, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, and the U.S. Treasury Office of Tax Policy, and retired as an executive director at Ernst & Young. He is survived by his wife, Linda; a son; his father; a sister; and a brother.
Scott S. MacKay ’83, of Asheville, N.C.; July 14, from complications associated with multiple sclerosis. He worked as a fisherman and a theater set designer and builder, and eventually found his calling as a substance abuse counselor working at the Craggy Correctional Center in Asheville, N.C. He contributed to his community by drafting letters to the editor of the Citizen Times until he could no longer work the keyboard. He is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons; two grandchildren; and three brothers.
Adam Rubin ’84, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; May 14. He worked as a New York stockbroker until 2005 when he resigned to start his business, thewoodman, a Brooklyn-based firewood provider. His story appeared in the March/April ’08 issue of BAM http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Alumnimagazine/content/view/1968/40/ . He was an avid runner, film enthusiast, and history buff. He is survived by his girlfriend, three sons, his mother, three sisters, and three nieces and nephews.
Kevin Patrick ’87, of Isle of Palms, S.C.; Feb. 7, of an accidental fall. At the time of his death he was pursuing a PhD at Georgetown Univ. His career took him to work in the U.S. Congress and to assist the office of President Nelson Mandela. He is survived by his wife, Andrea; a son; his parents, Gardner and Barbara Murphy Patrick ’58; and two brothers, including Michael ’91.
Thomas S.T. Gimbel ’07, of Glen Cove, N.Y.; Jul 14, of heart failure associated with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He was a teacher, author, and ordained Christian minister. He was a language teacher at Portledge School in Locust Valley, N.Y.; a director of Youth Ministry at St. John’s of Lattingtown Episcopal Church; and an Adult Bible Studies teacher. Early in his life he appeared on the MDA Labor Day telethon and later spoke at Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy conferences. While he still had use of his arms he was a painter and a cartoonist. As his condition progressed, he used the Internet to tutor students and compete at chess. In 2007, writing by blowing Morse code through a straw-like tube attached to his computer, he published God’s Words in Human Voices. Muscleman, his yet to be published autobiography, is in its last editing stages. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, and brother Peter ’05.
Victor Yoon Chul Chang ’16, of Valley Stream, N.Y.; May 16. At the time of his death he was a psychology concentrator. He worked at the Gate as a supervisor with BuDS. He was a member of the Korean-American Student Association and enjoyed writing poetry, playing games, and solving puzzles, especially Rubik’s cube. He is survived by his mother and two brothers, including Daniel ’12.
David S. Burgess ’40 PhD, of Peoria, Ariz.; May 29. During World War II he worked at the U.S. Naval Research Labs in Washington, D.C. He later moved to Arkansas and taught chemistry at the Univ. of Arkansas. In 1952 he accepted a position with the Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh as a chemist specializing in combustion and mine safety. He left the Bureau briefly to work for Thiokol in New Jersey and returned to the Bureau, from which he retired in 1979. He retired to Sun City and volunteered with the Sun City Prides, Reading for the Blind, and the local food bank. He enjoyed genealogy, golf, and traveling. He is survived by two daughters and a granddaughter.
Nathan Ludman ’49 ScM (see ’45).
Robert N. R. Mulford ’50 PhD, of Los Alamos, N.Mex.; May 8. He worked at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, retired after 40 years, and was known for his contributions to plutonium chemistry and thermodynamics. His work contributed to the Voyager spacecraft. During World War II he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a craftsman and enjoyed boatbuilding and cabinetmaking. A devoted outdoorsman, he liked to ski and was a founder of Los Alamos Mountaineers. He is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter; and two grandsons.
Vincent J. Stakutis ’50 ScM, ’54 PhD, of Woburn, Mass.; May 1. He worked as an atmospheric physicist researcher at AF Cambridge Research Laboratories in Bedford, Mass. He extended his work with the MITRE Corp. He appeared in Who’s Who and American Men of Science and was a member of the American Societies of Acoustics, Geophysics, and Meteorology. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, and eight grandchildren.
Jeanne Mershon Condie ’51 AM, of Ashburn, Va., formerly of Stamford, Conn., and Berkeley Heights, N.J.; July 24. She was an associate pharmacologist at Schering-Plough Corp. in Connecticut until 1961. After marrying and moving to Berkeley Heights, she was involved with several community activities. She returned to work in 1979 at Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey, where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Quality Assurance Unit’s inspection and auditing procedures. After 15 years she retired and moved to Ashburn. She was an active member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, Va., and enjoyed her book, knitting, and bridge clubs. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, two granddaughters, a sister, and a brother.
Charles H. Messina ’51 ScM, of Whippany, N.J.; June 26. He had a long career in the pharmaceutical and medical publishing industry. He was a sales manager at the New York office of the Wm. S. Merrell Co. and vice president of Medical World News, a division of HEI Publishing Inc. He retired as a publisher at MEDICO Interamericano medical journal. He was active in his community and enjoyed fishing. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Ula; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters.
Ernestine Schultz Beyer ’53 AM, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; May 25. She was active in Ann Arbor’s political, educational, cultural, and social arenas. In 1970 she cofounded the Ann Arbor Bicycle League, which lobbied for and planned Ann Arbor’s comprehensive bike path system. She enjoyed the outdoors, hiked in 57 national parks, and traveled around the world, including a visit to every continent. She is survived by two daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.
Robert E. Schlier ’53 PhD (see ’46).
Margita Sterste ’54 AM, of Chicopee, Mass.; July 24. She was a senior pension analyst for Mass. Mutual Life Insurance and Phoenix Insurance Co., from which she retired. She is survived by a brother and two nephews.
Donald H. Breslow ’57 ScM (see ’54).
Bradford A. Hall ’59 ScM, of Orono, Me.; July 11, after a brief illness. He joined the department of geology at the Univ. of Maine and spent his career teaching, conducting research, mentoring graduate students, and chairing the department before retiring as professor emeritus. His research took him to India, Eastern Europe, Southern Africa, and Antarctica. He enjoyed fly-fishing, traveling, gardening, woodworking, cooking, and reading. He is survived by his wife, Roseanne; two daughters; a son-in-law; and two grandchildren.
Ruth Gordon ’61 AM, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; July 18. She was a teacher, a writer, a librarian, and an activist. She taught throughout California and in Italy at the Aviano Dependents School (USAF). She served as a lecturer and director of practicum at the Univ. of San Francisco. During that time she was a National Defense Education Act scholar. Her library career in Northern California consisted of positions as director of school libraries for the Lassen County Office of Education in Susanville; director of libraries for the Cloverdale Unified School District; and librarian at Kenilworth Junior High School in Petaluma. She also served as a consultant for several library projects and as the managing editor of Critical Reviewing Unltd. From 1991 to 1995 she was a counselor with the American Library Assoc. She served on the board of directors for the Assoc. for Library Services to Children from 1986 to 1989, and was chair of the Notable Children’s Books Committee and president of the Assoc. of Children’s Librarians of Northern California. She wrote and/or edited poetry and prose, including Feathers, Peeling the Onion: An Anthology of Poems, Time is the Longest Distance, and Under All Silences: Shades of Love. She enjoyed hiking, gardening, and photography, and was a fan of the Oakland Athletics. She is survived by her wife, Victoria Marugg; three nieces; and five grandnieces and nephews.
Robert J. Gasiorowski ’63 MAT, of Birmingham, Mich.; May 22. He taught biology, chemistry, and environmental science for 32 years at Royal Oak Kimball High School in Toledo. He also worked as a naturalist for the city of Royal Oak, where he would steward the natural parks and lead nature walks. He was active in banding birds for research and enjoyed fishing and water activities. He is survived by two sons, a daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.
Thomas Shen ’63 ScM, of Lexington, Mass.; June 15, after battling Parkinson’s disease for many years. He was a retired professor of mechanical engineering at UMass Dartmouth. He enjoyed music and singing. He is survived by his wife, Stella; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; three grandchildren; six siblings; and many nieces and nephews.
John Tasker ’64 AM (see ’61).
M. Austin Betz ’67 MAT, of Tempe, Ariz.; June 8. He joined Arizona State Univ. in 1974 and retired in 1999 as professor emeritus in the College of Education. He is survived by an aunt and cousins.
Barbara Story Waterman ’67 MAT, of Barrington, R.I.; July 31. She was a retired Barrington elementary school teacher. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Barrington Yacht Club. She is survived by her husband, Byron; a daughter; three grandchildren; and two brothers.
Calvin A. Woodward ’67 PhD, of Valdosta, Ga., formerly of Fredericton, New Brunswick; Apr. 14. He was a professor in the political science department at the Univ. of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada, before retiring from Valdosta State Univ., where he taught in their political science department and held the Pfizer Chair for International Relations. He published books and journal articles related to the political science field. He enjoyed traveling. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren.
Edward L. Fink ’68 MAT (see ’50).
William J. Chevalier ’69 MAT, of Peterborough, N.H.; July 2, after a long illness. He worked for NASA as a physicist on the Lunar Lander for the Apollo 11, and worked for the Department of Defense for 29 years, retiring as an operations research analyst. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of his church. He enjoyed hiking, camping, stargazing, and sports. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two daughters; four sons; 13 grandchildren; a sister; four brothers; and several nieces and nephews.
Thomas J. McGlew ’69 AM, of Edinburgh, Scotland; May 24. He taught in the sociology department at the Univ. of Edinburgh for more than 40 years. He also served as head of the department and associate dean of the faculty of social sciences. Interested in health-related research issues, he sat on various advisory boards of the Scottish Health Service, as well as chairing many local organizations devoted to mental health and family support issues. He also maintained a private consultancy practice. He was a devoted Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed hillwalking in Ireland. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; a daughter; two sons; a son-in-law; two grandchildren; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.
Frederick E. Danker ’73 PhD, of Framingham, Mass.; Aug. 7. He was an English teacher at Quincy High School in 1958 and went on to teach at Quincy Junior College and Boston State College. In 1982 he joined the faculty at UMass Boston and retired in 1996 as a professor emeritus. He continued to teach in the summer school program until 2002, while also researching and writing. His many publications were in the areas of Spanish literature, Renaissance drama, folklore, popular culture, and music. He enjoyed spending time with family and traveling to Nova Scotia. He is survived by his wife, Anita; a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; and a grandson.
Diana W. Mann-Schnake ’73 PhD, of Brunswick, Me.; June 21. She had a successful career in real estate for 30 years, owning her own brokerage, Park Row Associates, which she later sold to a larger company. She was also a certified mediator who volunteered for the Alternatives to Violence Project, teaching conflict resolution skills to prison inmates. She helped found the Brunswick Quaker meeting and was a member of the Bath Noon Rotary Club. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and participating in Elderhostel and Road Scholar programs, where she studied indigenous cultures. She is survived by five children, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Barbara Habrukovich Lord ’73 AM, of Manchester, Conn.; July 6, after a long illness.
Ronald S. Rosenbaum ’73 MAT, of St. Paul, Minn., formerly of Boston; May 29, from multiple myeloma. He taught at Central High School in St. Paul, specializing in alternative programs for students before being hired as a headmaster at South Boston High School in 1976. He and a Massachusetts Department of Education colleague wrote, produced, and directed an Emmy-nominated documentary on special-needs individuals who would lose state services upon turning 21. That led to his developing and cohosting a Boston TV talk show, Forum 38. He subsequently wrote features for the Boston Globe Sunday magazine and completed a law degree at Northeastern Univ. He eventually returned to St. Paul to practice law. In 1998 he debuted Holding Court on WCCO-AM, which later became an hour-long podcast. In his final career, he became an agent/lawyer for top Twin Cities media talent. He also provided commentary on legal and political issues on KFAN, and in 2015 he co-introduced Enough Said, a weekly current events show on Fox 9 Twin Cities. He traveled to six continents and enjoyed visiting Las Vegas and going to Asia to visit his son. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; a son; his mother; a sister; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.
Jane K. Laurent ’76 PhD, of Charlotte, N.C.; Apr. 18. She was a history professor at the Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte, retiring as an emeritus faculty member. She enjoyed cooking and solving crossword puzzles. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Barilovits III; a daughter; a son; her father; and two sisters.
Nancy Rich Comley ’77 PhD (see ’71).
Robert D. Kessler ’77AM, of Woodstock, Vt., formerly of Hope, Idaho; July 7. He held various positions during his career. He wrote poetry, producing Anyone’s Guess: Collected Poems; he was an insurance adjuster and a counselor at residential treatment schools for adolescents; and he trained in fast-river kayaking and wildland firefighting. He later attended the Culinary Institute of America and the American Cheese Society to advance his knowledge of fine wines, cheeses of the world, international cuisine, and small business management. While in Idaho he owned and managed several restaurants, including the Old Ice House Pizzeria, the Hope Market Café, and the Bistro at the Inn on Sand Creek. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, and literature. He is survived by his wife, Mila.
Robert T. Lombardi ’77 MAT, of Meriden, Conn.; June 23, from a rare brain tumor. He taught social studies at Newington High School (Conn.), retiring in 2012. He was recognized as an outstanding teacher in 1991 and 1993. In addition, Newington High School created the Robert Lombardi Award to be given to a senior exemplifying a challenging course load in history and social studies. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where he served as its junior warden and a member of its search committee for many years. He enjoyed hiking, cross-country skiing, good food, and friends. He is survived by his wife, Karen; two sons; and several family members.
David S. Bell ’79 AM, of Skokie, Ill.; July 18, of cancer. He worked for Chicago Youth Services, handling a variety of responsibilities. He enjoyed reading and participating in a book club. He is survived by a brother and nieces and nephews.
April R. Selley ’81 AM, ’83 PhD, of Schenectady, N.Y.; July 13. She taught literature and creative writing for 13 years at the College of St. Rose in Albany and American literature, creative writing and poetry for 15 years at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. In 1990 she was awarded a Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Portugal and in Japan. She was an avid traveler and visited 31 of the United States and 21 countries on four continents. She wrote and published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in addition to articles on American literature and popular culture. She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Schenectady.
Deborah J. Linderman ’83 PhD, of Iowa City, Iowa.; Apr. 30. A professor of education, she taught at the Univ. of Ohio. She is survived by a brother.
Kevin Lourie ’86 AM, ’90 PhD, of Lincoln, R.I.; Aug. 1. He taught at the Hebrew Univ. in Jerusalem for two years before returning to Providence to further his education and help improve the lives of impoverished Providence citizens and young jail inmates through community outreach as a faculty member at Brown. He wrote extensively about his career adventures, including six months of research in London living with heroin addicts. After obtaining his degree in psychotherapy, he launched his own career helping young people with emotional difficulties. He was an avid hiker and enjoyed running road races. He is survived by a daughter, his father, a stepmother, a sister, a sister-in-law, and a nephew.
John J. Bert, of Warwick, R.I.; July 25, of cancer. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology and was in private practice in Bristol, R.I. until joining Ob-Gyn Associates in Providence in 1989. In addition, he joined the Brown faculty in 1982 and was a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School until his death. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He enjoyed reading, traveling, the arts, cycling, and sailing. He is survived by his wife, Teresa; a sister; two brothers; and two nieces.
Ulf Grenander, of Providence; May 12. He contributed greatly to the fields of computational statistics, image processing, pattern recognition, and artificial intelligence. His career path took him to UC Berkeley, the Univ. of Chicago, the Univ. of Stockholm, and Brown. Since 1966 he has been in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown, where until his retirement he held the position of L. Herbert Ballou University Professor. He is the author of 14 books, including A Calculus of Ideas: A Mathematical Study of Human Thought, and numerous technical papers in more than a dozen applied fields. He has received many honors, both in the United States and internationally, including being named an Arrhenius Fellow, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an Honorary Fellow for the Royal Statistical Society of London. He was awarded the Prize of the Nordic Actuaries and the Arnberger Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science; in 1962 King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden presented him with Nordstjarneorden (the knighthood of the Polar Star). He was a member of several organizations, including the Swedish Nobel Prize Committee, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. He enjoyed reading, traveling, and sailing. He is survived by his wife, Emma-Stina; two daughters, including Angela Grenander ’78, ’81 MD; son Sven ’74; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; and six grandchildren, including Alexander Raufi ’08, ’13 MD and Ariana Raufi ’09, ’14 MD.
John Imbrie, of Seekonk, Mass.; May 13. He was an expert on global climate. He joined the Brown faculty in 1967, where he held the Henry L. Doherty chair of oceanography and introduced a course called Introduction to the Ocean. He is best known for his paper “Variations in the Earth’s Orbit: Pacemaker of the Ice Ages,” which was published in Science in 1976 and helped verify the theory of Milutin Milankovic´, which is known today as the Milankovitch cycles. He received numerous awards and honors, including the 1991 William H. Twenhofel Medal by the Society for Sedimentary Geology. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1978 and was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter; a son; and three grandchildren.
Louis Sorrentino, of South Deerfield, Mass.; June 12. He served for five years as a medical missionary in Japan before completing his psychiatric training at Boston State Hospital. He began a psychiatric practice in Rhode Island in 1960 and was on the staff of Rhode Island Hospital and Butler Hospital, and was a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School. He was a member and past president of the Rhode Island Psychiatric Society, the American Medical Assoc., and the Rhode Island Medical Society. He was active with the Rhode Island Medical Society Physician Health Committee and the Rhode Island Group Psychotherapy Society, of which he was a founder. He is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother.