May 3rd, 2007


Anona Holloway Kirkland '27, of Balboa, Panama; Jan. 18. She wrote the women's page at the Panama Star and Ledger for forty-five years. She was the organist at St. Luke's Cathedral in Panama and played at various chapels on the Panama Canal military bases. She was a member of the Inter-American Women's Club, the Soroptimist Club, the Canal Zone Historical Society, and the Women's College Club, all in Panama. She volunteered at Gorgas Hospital and worked at the Well Baby Clinic in Balboa. She was named a Notable Citizen by the commission for civic and moral values in Panama. She was also awarded the Silver Service award and the Key to the Locks of the Panama Canal for community service. The American Society of Panama honored her for improving relations between the United States and Panama. She had earlier worked on Martha's Vineyard at the telephone company and for the Vineyard Gazette. She is survived by a son, a daughter, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Saunders Brodhead '28, of Hono-lulu; April 7, after a brief illness. She was an ichthyologist at the Museum of Science in Buffalo, N.Y., where she found ways to clean up pollution in Lake Erie. She was later a minister's assistant at the Central Presbyterian Church. She witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor from her dining room window. A longtime volunteer, she rolled bandages during World War II and later served with the Girl Scout Board, the Episcopal Church Women of Hawaii, and the Punahou School PTA. She also helped her husband run his business. She enjoyed traveling and is survived by three daughters, four grandchildren, six great-grandsons, and a sister.

Doris Beebe Smith '29, of West Lafayette, Ind.; Feb. 13. She taught high school at Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy in Norwich, Conn. She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church and the American Literature Club. She traveled around the United States after her husband's retirement.


Warren P. Leonard '30, of Rochester, Vt.; March 28. He cofounded the Hampton Day School in Bridgehampton, Conn., before teaching at the St. Stephen's School in Rome from 1970 to 1978. He was previously headmaster for ten years at the Storm King School in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., and a teacher, college adviser, and assistant headmaster at the Putney School in Vermont. He also spent two years as an engineer at Stone Webster. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in New York City. He played the flute and piccolo with the Rochester Town Band and the Grafton Coronet Band, and served as a substitute teacher for two years in the Rochester schools. At Brown he served as director of the band. He is survived by his wife, Marion Boettiger Leonard '31, P.O. Box 437, Rochester 05767; two sons; and two sisters.

Alfred E. Toombs '31, of Mt. Dora, Fla.; Feb.18. He owned Textile Webbing Corp. until he retired in 1973. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Seaman Toombs '32, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Ida M. Riley '32, of Barrington, R.I.; Feb. 28. She was a tax examiner at the Rhode Island Department of Employment Security for twenty-four years until she retired in 1970. A communicant of St. Luke Church, she was a member of its Young at Heart Club. She also was a member of the Holy Spirit of Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. She is survived by a sister and a nephew.

Frieda Lisker Corris '35, of Providence; Feb. 13, 2004.

Sara "Sue" Bloom Paul '35, of Waban, Mass.; March 31, of pneumonia and congestive heart failure following a hip operation. She is survived by a daughter, a grandson, two brothers, and a sister.

Jack W. Flower '36, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; April 1, of cancer. He worked at Swift Woolen Co. for forty years until he retired in 1975. A U.S. Army captain during World War II, he served in the European Theater and received a Purple Heart. He is survived by a brother, Richard '44, 84 Cattail Run Rd., Charles Town, W.Va. 25414.

Dorothy Johnson Atkins '37, of West Hartford; July 29, 2001.

Thelma Halverson Ebbitt '37, of Middletown, R.I.; Jan. 31. She taught for twenty years in the Newport, R.I., public elementary schools. She earlier worked in the brokerage business with Kidder, Peabody and Co., in Newport. A member of several retired teachers groups, she was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Edward King Senior Center, the Preservation Society of Newport County, the Newport Art Museum, Redwood Library, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Save the Bay, Friends of the Waterfront, Friends of Whitehall, and the Point Association. She is survived by two daughters, including Karen Steers Ebbitt '63, 9 Watson St., #3, Cambridge, Mass. 02139; a son; and two granddaughters.

Alice H. Blake '38, of Jacksonville, Fla.; May 6, 2004. She taught math and social studies in grades six through eight in Phoenix, Ariz. She enjoyed traveling, camping, and the opera, and she raised, trained, and judged dogs, particularly Collies and Shelties. A lifelong member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, she served as an alto in the choir. She is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Sylvia Corr Kenner '39, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Providence; Feb. 4. She was a member of the Women's Association of the Rhode Island Jewish Home for the Aged, the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, the Miriam Hospital Women's Association, the Women's Association of Brandeis Univ., Hadassah, and Temple Beth El and its Sisterhood. She was also a member of the Kravitz Performing Arts Center and the Florida Ballet. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren, including Naomi '02.


Barbara MacCarthy Geraci '40, of Lubbock, Tex.; March 13, of emphysema. She was a civilian librarian at the U.S. Department of the Army, supervising fifty-nine libraries in the central part of the island of Honshu in Japan. Her husband's military career took her to many parts of the United States and Germany, where she volunteered and worked in libraries. She set up an elementary school library in Tucson, Ariz. She earlier worked for five years in the Cleveland Public Library system. A member of the Twentieth Century Club, the West Texas Museum Association, and the Women's Council of Westminster Presbyterian Church, she was a life member of the Friends of Lubbock City-County Library and a charter member of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists. She volunteered for sixteen years at the Presbyterian Center Doctor's Clinic. She is survived by her husband, Albert, 7001-A Hartford Ave., Lubbock 79413; two sons; a daughter; five grandchildren, and a brother.

Charles H. Bechtold '41, of Wakefield, R.I.; March 19, of Parkinson's disease. He was a senior program officer in student financial aid at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in New England from 1966 to 1982. He was earlier president of Charles H. Bechtold Insurance and was manager of the Rhode Island office of American Surety Co. He served for five years in the Rhode Island Senate and for four years as deputy minority floor leader in the state House of Representatives. He was a member of the Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the U.S. Marine Corps League, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Society of Colonial Wars, and the Kingston (R.I.) Congregational Church Council. He chaired the New England Board of Higher Education. He was com- mander general in the Rhode Island Commandary of the Military Order of Foreign Wars. He was honored as a Red Cross volunteer and a hospital volunteer at South County Hospital. He was also president of the town council of South Kingstown, R.I., and the Rhode Island chapter of the Reserve Officers Association. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War, retiring as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1975. He enjoyed sailing. Sigma Chi. He is survived by his wife, Sally; three daughters, including Andrea B. Highland, P.O. Box 36, New Midway, Md. 21775; a son; and six grandchildren.

David R. Ebbitt '41, of Portsmouth, R.I.; March 3. He was a senior editor in the textbook division at Scott-Foreman & Co. in Chicago for many years. He and his late wife wrote the Writer's Guide and Index to English (Oxford Univ. Press). A direct descendant of Nicolas Easton, an original settler of Newport, R.I., he was a knowledgeable jazz fan. He showed an exhibit of his humorous sketches, most featuring his basset hound, at Swinburne House in Newport. A member of the Brown swim team, he swam regularly until a few years ago. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by two nieces, including Karen Steers Ebbitt '63, 9 Watson St., #3, Cambridge, Mass. 02139; and a nephew.

Donald E. Hall '41, '48 AM, of Sacramento, Calif.; Jan. 5. He was deputy superintendent and head of research and development at the Sacramento City Unified School District. He was a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. An active member of All Saints Memorial Episcopal Church, he was an aide in his daughter's classroom at Ethel I. Baker School three days a week until his death. He is survived by a daughter.

Paul D. Shapero '41, of White Creek, N.Y.; Feb. 7, after a long illness. A lawyer, he practiced in Stamford, Conn., until 2001. He was previously a probate judge in Stamford. He was corporation counsel to the city of Stamford, cofounder of the Long Ridge School, and president of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra, the Child Guidance Center, the United Fund, and the Ferguson Library board. He was a former member of the Connecticut state legislature and a member of the Connecticut Bar. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Philippines. He is survived by his wife, Amy, a daughter, a son, and a granddaughter.

Eugene C. Coughlin II '42, of Freeport, Maine; Dec. 31. He worked for thirty years at the former Oxford Paper Co. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in Europe under General George C. Patton. Coughlin enjoyed golfing, skiing, playing tennis, reading, and traveling. He was a member of the Maine Audubon Society. He is survived by his wife, Constance, a son, three daughters, twelve grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Robert P. Fisler '43, of Newburyport, Mass.; April 10. He was corporate vice president at Time Inc., where, over thirty-five years, he played a major role in the launching and nurturing of Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune, and Money magazines. After retiring he became a member of the International Think Tank at Middlebury College. A longtime supporter of Brown, he donated his writing, editing, and public-relations services to the University for many years. He received the Brown Bear Award and professional recognitions including the Irving Wunderman and Silver Apple awards. A U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, he flew the China-Burma-India Hump and was a member of the Hump Pilot Association. He was an avid golfer, curler, and aviator. He is survived by three daughters, including Helen A. Fisler-Parker; two sons, including Peter Giles, 1801 Lombard St., San Francisco 94123; and five grandchildren.

John B. Harcourt '43, '52 PhD, of Ithaca, N.Y.; April 17. He was the emeritus Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Ithaca College. He joined the department in 1953 and served over the years on the board of trustees, as chairman of many committees, and as an active member in the foundation of the United Christian Fellowship. He received the Alumni Meritorious Service Award and was named an honorary alumnus. The author of The Ithaca College Story, he was named college historian in 1984. He was a charter member and past president of the Ithaca College chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. He was a member, vestryman, and faculty member at St. John's Church. He was also former chairman of the Tompkins County chapter of the American Red Cross. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Trueb Harcourt '47, '49 AM, a daughter, a son, and a granddaughter.

Elisabeth Campbell O'Connell '43, of Red Bluff, Calif.; March 3. She was a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor and psychologist for ten years, retiring in 1990. A submarine watcher during World War II, she enjoyed playing tennis and is survived by six daughters, including Karen, 21575 Noblecrest Ct., Red Bluff 96080; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister.

William H. Parry '43, of Mason's Island, Conn.; March 25. He was a senior systems engineer at General Dynamics Computer Lab in Norwich, Conn., retiring in 1986 after twenty years with the company. He was earlier a manager at Radio Corp. of America, which gave him the David Sarnoff Golden Achievement Award. He was also a planning consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Chicago, an industrial psychologist at Remington Rand, and a senior partner at Management Process Co. During World War II he was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Forces, serving as a navigator and receiving several air medals. He was a member of the Masons Island Yacht Club, the Masonic Lodge of Rhode Island, the Society for the Advancement of Management, the industrial division of the American Psychological Association, and the American Management Association. He enjoyed reading and flying his Piper Cub. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, three sons, including Jeffrey '81 and Paul '92; two daughters-in-law, including Robin Springberg Parry '90; and eight grandchildren.

Robert D. Schmalz '43, of Fripp Island, S.C.; Feb. 6. He retired from the Baxter Laboratory in Deerfield, Ill. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort, S.C., the Fripp Island Chapel, and the Fripp Men's Golf Association. He was a pilot during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Mary, a daughter, three sons, two stepdaughters, two stepsons, eight grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

John F. Ahearn Jr. '44, of Shoal Creek, Ala.; March 7. He retired as senior vice president of corporate planning at Sonat Inc. He earlier worked at Kern County Land Co. in San Francisco and at J.I. Case Co. in Racine, Wis. A member of the Mountain Brook Club and Shoal Creek, he enjoyed traveling, trout fishing, and playing tennis. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War, retiring as commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He is survived by his former wife and a brother.

David G. Coogan '45, of Boonton, N.J.; Jan. 15, after a short illness. A municipal bond specialist, he retired from Seelaus and Co. in 1997. He was previously cofounder of Coogan, Gilbert, and Co., which he operated for ten years. A captain in the U.S. Marines, he served in World War II and the Korean War. He was also a former professional tennis player. He skied until he reached age 80 and was a golfer, scoring three holes-in-one. He was a founding member of St. Catherine of Siena Church and served on the board of St. Clare's Hospital Foundation. He was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society. He is survived by his wife, Mary Keating Coogan '47, a son, three daughters, ten grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, a brother, and a sister.

Robert Lindsay '45, of Wethersfield, Conn.; Feb. 17. He retired in 1989 as the Brownell Jarvis Professor of Physics at Trinity College in Hartford. He joined the department in 1956 and served as its chairman from 1985 to 1987. He published many papers on the magnetic behavior of metal hydrogen compounds. He edited the 1979 book Early Concepts of Energy in Atomic Physics.

Alden E. Leach '46, of Barrington, R.I.; Dec. 29. He is survived by a son and two daughters.

Charles S. Tsouprake '46, of New Bedford, Mass.; Oct. 23. He was the first Greek American lawyer in New Bedford, practicing there for fifty-one years until he retired in 2002. He wrote the original charter for the employee union of New Bedford Gas Co., and successfully represented the union before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1974. He was also an assistant district attorney. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. While attending Brown he was the football coach at Attleboro (Mass.) High School in 1944. He also helped develop and coach the first football team at the New Bedford Textile School. His last coaching assignment was in 1974 as an assistant coach at New Bedford High School. He was a member of the Murphy Club and an avid golfer. He is survived by two sons; three daughters, including Elizabeth '78; four grandchildren; a sister; and three brothers.

L. Austin Weeks '46, of Miami; Feb. 27, of congestive heart failure and complications from emphysema. A geologist, he led an expedition 600 miles deep into the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean. He also studied plankton in the Antarctic and did consulting work in Israel. He worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and directed two businesses, Weeks-Tator Consultants and Weeks Petroleum, until he retired in 1984. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in Japan, where he decoded messages on Radio Tokyo. He helped fund the L. Weeks Center for Recording and Performance at the Univ. of Miami's School of Music and the Marta and L. Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology Center. A pianist and composer, he also enjoyed photography. He is survived by his wife, Marta, a son, and a daughter.

Ernest A. Di Bartolo '47, of Siesta Key, Fla.; Jan. 19. He retired as a hydraulics engineer at Sun Hydraulics. A U.S. Navy veteran, he is survived by his wife, Gail, a sister, and a brother.

Melva Abramson Lenox '47, of Palo Alto, Calif.; March 31, after a six-year battle with cancer. She was a resource specialist for learning-disabled children in the Palo Alto Unified School District for eighteen years. After retiring in 1988, she founded the Early Literacy Program, which today serves schools in several communities and has more than 100 volunteers. She was president of her dorm at Pembroke and was awarded the Pembroke Key. She enjoyed sailing, tap dancing, and playing bridge. She is survived by her husband, Stanley, three sons, six grandsons, a sister, and a brother.

Marilyn Carroll Schleck '47, of Madison, Conn.; April 23. She worked for many years in residential real estate. She was earlier a homemaker and a volunteer at various schools, libraries, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations in Morristown, N.J., and Gloucester, Mass. She organized the Madison Tigers Football Fan Club. A longtime member of the Madison Garden Club and the Madison Beach Club, she enjoyed reading and playing golf and bridge. At Pembroke she was a standout player on the field hockey, swim, and basketball teams. She is survived by her husband, John '47, three daughters, a son, seven grandsons, and a sister.

Joseph C. Calitri '48, of Windham, N.H.; Jan. 8, 2004. He was director of public relations at American Cyanamid in Wayne, N.J., until he retired in 1989. He had also been a writer and editor at UPI in Albany, Boston, and New York City, and a reporter at the Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, Mass. He served on the school board and the Citizen's Council for Better Schools in New York City. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Drusilla; three daughters, including Dana '80; five grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

Edith Rubin Dondis '48, of East Falmouth, Mass.; Feb, 16. A homemaker and fund-raiser, she was author and creator of The Fund Raising Kit. She served as a trustee of Falmouth Hospital and on the board of Citizens Scholarship Fund in Fall River, Mass. She was a member of the Brandeis Univ. Women, Women's American ORT, Hadassah, the Hebrew Ladies Helping Hand Society, and the sisterhoods of Temple Beth-El and the Falmouth Jewish Congregation. She is survived her husband, Nathan, two daughters, three grandchildren, and a brother, Irving '43.

William C. Helmly Jr. '48, of Cumming, Ga.; April 24, 2000.

Hartley F. Roberts Jr. '48, of Topsfield, Mass.; Dec. 14, after a brief illness. He worked in patient accounts at Beverly (Mass.) Hospital. He was earlier a senior underwriter at Maurice H. Saval Inc. for more than twenty-five years. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, and two sisters.

Eugene E. Bergen '49, of Southbury, N.J.; Jan. 12. He worked for many years in sales promotion at Electrolux and sold real estate in Glen Ridge, N.J. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the Iwo Jima invasion. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.


Carl Antonelli '50, of Providence; Jan. 17, after a long illness. He was among the first faculty members in the engineering school at Roger Williams College. He chaired the department for several years. He was previously an insurance engineer at Affiliated Factory Mutual. An inventor, he held several patents, most notably for the Can't Boil Over Coffee Pot. He was on the state Board of Registrars for Professional Engineers and ran for a councilman's seat in Providence in 1964. In his later years he wrote humorous books. He also enjoyed reading and the opera. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He is survived by his wife, Rose, a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren, a great grandson, two sisters, and a brother.

Max Dinerman '50, of Los Angeles; March 24, 2001.

Paul J. Good Jr. '50, of Westport, Conn.; Jan. 23, of a stroke. He headed the journalism and public relations department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1981 to 1991. As a journalist he reported on the civil rights movement in the 1960s for ABC News and as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. He wrote several books on race relations: The American Serfs: A Report on Poverty in the Rural South (Putnam, 1968), The Trouble I've Seen: White Journalist/Black Movement (Howard University, 1975), and the novel Once to Every Man (Putnam, 1970). He joined ABC in 1960, serving as bureau chief for Latin America and in Atlanta. His freelance work appeared in the Nation, the Washington Post, and the New York Times Magazine. Over the years he interviewed such civil rights leaders as Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy. He also wrote two monographs for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, "Cycle to Nowhere" (1968) and "Cairo, Illinois: Racism at Floodtide" (1973). He was earlier a rewrite man at the New York World-Telegram and the New York Sun, and a news writer, editor, and producer at NBC. He is survived by a daughter and a grandchild.

Robert E. Hix '50, of Bellevue, Wash.; Nov. 27, of heart problems. He worked in banking and insurance in New York City and Seattle, and later worked in retail at Pacific Outfitting Co. for ten years. He served in World War II in Europe, first as a parachutist in the 17th Airborne Division and then as a military policeman. He enjoyed classical music and jazz piano. A hiker, he climbed Mount Rainier several times. He is survived by his wife, Vera, a daughter, and three nieces.

Arthur A. Horne '50, of Wareham, Mass.; Feb. 13. He retired from F. Dyne Electronics. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal, and the Asiatic Pacific Medal. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and dancing. He is survived by his companion, Irene Belville, two sons, and six grandchildren.

Elmore B. Roberts '50, of Wolfeboro, N.H.; Jan. 24. He chaired the language arts department at Carl C. Cutler Junior High School for fifteen years, retiring in 1982 after twenty-one years at the school. He previously taught ninth-grade English at Robert E. Fitch Junior High School. He was also a minister. He is survived by his wife, Dot, a daughter, a granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.

Alan E. Besas '52, of Norwalk. Conn.; Feb. 12, after a stroke. He was a retired orthodontist. A diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, he was president of the Darien Rotary Club and a member of the Wilton (Conn.) Rotary and the New Canaan (Conn.) Senior Men's Club. He was treasurer of the Waveny Chamber Music Society for twenty-two years. He played golf and tennis and was a member of the Lake Club in Wilton. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Coral Sea. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; a daughter, Diana Besas Bustamante '85; four stepchildren; six grandchildren; and a sister.

Robert L. Underwood Jr. '52, of Arlington, Mass.; Jan. 29. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two children, and a sister.

John B. Hunter '54, of East Falmouth, Mass.; Feb. 14, unexpectedly. He worked at Stop & Shop, retiring as lead detective after ten years. He previously worked for ten years at AMICA Insurance. He collected paper currency from around the world. His other hobbies included studying world history. He also enjoyed baseball and was a Little League coach. He is survived by his wife, Rita, two sons, five stepsons, two grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, a great-grandson, a sister, and his former wife.

Frank M. Lentz Jr. '54, of Seal Beach, Calif.; Jan. 2 He worked at the California Division of Highways for thirty-five years. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1956 and spent most of his military career at El Toro Marine Base. He was an avid reader, a sports fan, and an accomplished chess player. A youth soccer coach, he founded the Hurricanes Soccer Club in the late 1970s. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.

Herbert F. Ostrach '55, '60 MAT, of Winter Springs, Fla.; Feb. 21, after a brief illness. He was C.E.O. of Five Star Staffing, which had offices in Orlando, Lakeland, and Tampa, Fla., and in Hauppauge and Jericho, N.Y. An active member of the National Federation of Independent Business, he fought for worker's compensation reform and other business tax reforms. He was previously a teacher for eighteen years in Massachusetts at Attleboro High School, Newton South High School, Newton College of the Sacred Heart, and Boston College. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he served in France. He is survived by his wife, Teresia Hamel Ostrach '60; a son; two grandchildren; and a sister, Elaine Ostrach Chaika '72 PhD.

James M. Brighenti '56, of Portsmouth, N.H.; March 2, after a brief illness. He was an auditor at Pease Air Force Base and Yokota Air Force Base in Tokyo. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he earlier served in North Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States. He was a longtime communicant, volunteer, and usher at Immaculate Conception Church in Portsmouth. A life member of the National Rifle Association and the Air Force Association, he was also a member of the Retired Officers Association, the North American Hunting Club, the Piscataqua Rifle and Revolver Club, the Sons of Italy, and the Knights of Columbus. He volunteered with AARP and the Internal Revenue Service to complete tax forms for nursing-home residents. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, three sons, three daughters, thirteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother, and two sisters.

R. David Carver '57, of Bronx, N.Y. Aug. 3.

Margaret Speer Hotton '57, of Marietta, Ga.; Jan. 22, 2003.

Virginia Caldwell Seid '57, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Nov. 9.

John L. Oliver '59, of East Hampton, N.Y.; Feb. 28, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He worked in advertising for more than thirty years in various offices of the Interpublic Group of Companies. He was a longtime member of the Devon Yacht Club, Amagansett, and the University Club in New York City. He is survived by his wife, Anne; a daughter, Victoria '82; and his mother, Janice Sullivan.


Susan Andrews Webb '60, of Carver, Mass.; Feb. 5, after a long illness. She retired after twenty-five years as a cranberry farmer. She earlier worked at Grossman's for twenty years. A private pilot with 800 hours of flight time, she also had a real estate license. She is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, and a sister.

Roger L. Campolucci '61, of Delanco, N.J.; March 5, of cancer. He was vice president and assistant general counsel at the Boeing Co. until he retired in 2000. He was earlier vice president of RCA Corp. and a house attorney at Princeton Univ. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis. He is survived by his wife, Sally, 59 Pennington Ct., Delanco 08075; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

Samuel D. Sonnabend '61, of University Park, Fla.; Dec. 26. He worked at American Income Life Insurance in Jackson, Miss., and is survived by a daughter, a son, and a sister.

Joan Ojala Boudrot '62, of North Falmouth, Mass.; Jan. 25, from complications of a brain tumor. She worked in advertising in Boston and Philadelphia for more than twenty-five years. She also worked in real estate. She supported the Special Olympics and was an avid sailor. As a child she excelled in 4H. She is survived by her husband, Richard, four stepdaughters, and seven step-grandchildren.

Randall D. Baptista '64, of Acushnet, Mass.; Feb. 21, of cancer. He was a corporate scientist at Anteon Corp. in Rhode Island until he became ill. He earlier worked at the Naval Underwater Systems Center, Raytheon, Hughes Aircraft Co., and Advanced Technology. He cohosted the Wax Museum oldies radio show on WATD-FM for several years with his son. He was a crew member of Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway teams during the 1960s. He coproduced several local concerts that featured 1950s performing artists. He was also a longtime member of the United in Group Harmony Association. He served on the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament committee and was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church. He enjoyed traveling, writing, and working on cars. He is survived by his wife, Carol, his mother, Genowefa, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, and his mother-in-law.

Doris Bourgette La Rocque '64, '65 AM, of Pawtucket, R.I.; Feb. 6. She was a French professor at the Community College of Rhode Island from 1965 until 1985 and was founding chair of the modern languages and cultures department at the former Rhode Island Junior College. She was a member of the Rhode Island Foreign Languages Association and the American Association of Teachers of French. An accountant early in her career, she was also chief clerk of the Central Falls (R.I.) Draft Board from 1940 to 1942. A member of Our Lady of Presentation Church in North Providence, she is survived by her husband, Everett, three brothers, and two sisters.

Robert M. Eastman '66, of Seattle; Jan. 20, of a heart attack. He was a public health worker on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. He earlier worked at the federal Women, Infants, and Children program in Bellingham and Mount Vernon, Wash. He served in the U.S. Navy in California, the Philippines, and Japan. He also worked for a variety of restaurants and as a taxi driver. He is survived by his mother, Esther, a sister, and a brother.

Thomas A. Blanchette '69, of Pawtucket, R.I.; March 30, of cancer. He was a self-employed attorney for thirty years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. An assistant Boy Scout leader for Troop 18 in Pawtucket, he enjoyed astronomy, wine tasting, and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Jane Ann; his father, Rolland; a son; three sisters; and four brothers.


John Sado '70, of Arlington, Va.; March 4, of brain cancer. He was branch chief at the Surface Transportation Board from 1973 to 2005. A member of the Washington, D.C., Bar, he is survived by his wife, LaNell, a daughter, and a son.

Linda E. Saltzman '71, of Atlanta; March 7, of cardiac arrest. She was a distinguished scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1984 and an internationally recognized expert and scholar on intimate-partner violence, also known as domestic violence. Her work focused on preventing family and intimate-partner violence and sexual violence, on public-health surveillance of violence against women, and on violence as it relates to pregnancy and other reproductive health issues. She helped develop and pilot-test uniform definitions for intimate-partner violence and sexual violence. She was also a consultant to federal and state health officials nationwide and to researchers and practitioners. She previously served on the faculty at Mankato (Minn.) State University. She is survived by her partner, Charles J. Weeks Jr.; her mother, Dorothy; a sister; and two brothers.

Thomas V. Moser '72, of Bedford, N.H.; Jan. 23, of heart failure while skiing. An orthopedic surgeon, he started a sports medicine and knee surgery practice in Bedford in 1989. He was affiliated with the Catholic Medical Center board, he was also active in many research and medical education programs. He was a Florida all-state football selection in high school and played on the Brown football team. He went on to become a top-level rugby player, playing against major club teams on international tours in England, Ireland, and France. He was selected for the Eastern Rugby Union All-Star Team and the New England Select Side, and was captain of the Boston Rugby Club. From 1988 to 1994, he played for U.S. Masters XV, competing in the Bermuda World Rugby Classic Tournament. He was also a skier and cycler. An avid traveler, he had a deep interest in classical history and world cultures. He is survived by his wife, Christine, three daughters, and ten siblings.

Robert C. Cafritz '75, of Washington, D.C.; July 30, 2004. His death was ruled a suicide. He was formerly a curator of nineteenth-century art at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

John T. Bennett '76, of Orchard Park, N.Y.; Aug. 27, 2004.

Peter D. Bensley '77, of Newburyport, Mass.; Jan. 18, in an automobile accident. He was president and founder of Bensley Construction, which renovates homes in historic New England neighborhoods. He previously cofounded PBK Development Co. in Boston. An outdoorsman and craftsman, he enjoyed hiking, skiing, and playing squash and tennis. He served as a coach and was involved in community and school projects. He is survived by his wife, Lianne; a son; a daughter; his parents, Audrey and Gordon; his grandmothers, Else Nye and Helen Bensley; two brothers; and two sisters.

Valerie J. Drysdale '78, of Albany, N.Y.; March 18, after a long illness. She worked for the Albany School District. She previously worked in advertising for several firms in New York City. She is survived by her parents, Emil and Joyce, two brothers, and a sister.


Robert E. Lazo '85, of Berkeley, Calif.; Dec. 31, of cancer. A San Francisco labor lawyer, he specialized in racial and sexual harassment and discrimination cases. He was an attorney for Sharon Smith, the partner of the Pacific Heights, Calif., woman killed in a dog attack outside her apartment in 2001. He created the firm Employment Lawyers' Group in San Francisco in 2000. He earlier practiced with several San Francisco attorneys, including the labor law firm Littler Mendelson. A bass player, he recorded jazz and world music in a studio in his home. He also practiced the Japanese martial art aikido. He is survived by his wife, Gina; his father, Edward; his mother, Bernadette; and three sisters.


Alexandra B. Rudnitsky '96, of New York City; Jan. 17, of cardiac arrest. She was a poet and teacher. The manuscript of her first book of poetry was recently accepted for publication. She is survived by her husband, Alexander Stille; her parents, Ed and Vicki; a son; and two brothers.


Frances Murphy Hamblin '40 PhD, of Rochester, N.Y.; Feb. 17. She was a professor of philosophy at Wells College, Brown, the Univ. of Rochester, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is survived by two sons and a stepdaughter.

David R. Ebbitt '42 AM (see '41).

Donald E. Hall '48 AM (see '41).

Ina McDonald Bilodeau '49 ScM, of New Orleans; Dec. 1, 2003.

Carl H. Reynolds III '49 ScM, of Long Beach, Calif.; March 31, 2004.

John B. Harcourt '52 PhD (see '43).

Daniel W. Raaf '53 PhD, of Oshkosh, Wis.; Aug. 7, 2003.

Yung-Hsuan Chou '54 AM, of Kingston, Mich.; April 19. He was rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Lapeer, Mich., for thirty years, retiring in 1989. He was earlier founding rector at St. Dunstan's Church and an assistant at St. John Church. He was active in the United Way, the American Cancer Society, and the Regional Health Coordinating Council. A columnist for the Lapeer County Press for twenty-five years, he is survived by three sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

John A. Dillon Jr. '54 PhD, of Louisville, Ky.; Feb. 22. He was dean of graduate studies until 1990 at Spalding Univ., where he'd previously been provost. He then taught physics until he retired in 1986. He also directed the interdisciplinary Systems Science Institute and was university coordinator for energy and environmental affairs. He was previously dean of the graduate school and vice president of academic affairs at the Univ. of Louis-ville. Early in his career he was on the Brown faculty. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Herbert F. Ostrach '60 MAT (see '55).

Walter L. Beckwith Jr. '61 ME, of West Warwick, R.I.; Jan. 16. He was a mechanical engineer at Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co. from 1977 until he retired in 2001. He earlier worked at Leesona Corp. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, chairing several committees. A communicant of the former Church of the Resurrection, he served as warden, vestryman, and a Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island Council and Mt. Vernon Lodge. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Claire, two sons, a daughter, a brother, and seven grandchildren.

Walter J. Casey Jr. '64 MAT, of Hingham, Mass.; Jan. 4, after a long illness. He was a teacher and football coach at Brighton (Mass.) High School. He also taught at Northeastern Univ. and coached at Hyde Park High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, two brothers, three grandchildren, and a sister.

Doris Bourgette La Rocque '65 AM (see '64).

Roger C. Johnsen '68 PhD, of Tigard, Ore.; Oct. 16. He was a professor at Adelphi Univ. in New York City until he retired in 1977. He is survived by an aunt.

Daniel Sweet '69 PhD, of Clifton, N.J.; Nov. 14. He was a professor of mathematics at the Univ. of Maryland at College Park, where he taught for thirty-six years and received numerous awards for teaching and service to the university. He is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons, and a brother.

Earl F. Briden '70 PhD, of Cranston, R.I.; Jan. 28. He taught English at Bryant Univ. and served over the years as dean of faculty, dean of undergraduate studies, chairman of the English department, and coordinator of the communication program. A Mark Twain scholar, he published many articles and book reviews and contributed to the Mark Twain Encyclopedia. He was a member of the Mark Twain Circle, an affiliate of the Modern Language Association. He was awarded the Bryant Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award in 1994 and the Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Liberal Arts in 1989. He served on university committees for strategic planning, curriculum, and diversity. He was earlier a faculty member at the Univ. of New Hampshire and at Leander Peck Junior High School in Barrington, R.I. He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander and driver, relieving units patrolling the East German border. A communicant and lector of St. David's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, he is survived by his wife, Marjorie, two sons, a stepdaughter, two stepsons, seven grandchildren, his stepmother, his former wife, two brothers, and two sisters.

William B. Hanson '72 PhD, of Fredericksburg, Va.; Jan. 31, of pulmonary fibrosis, nine years after a lung transplant. He was a professor of sociology at the Univ. of Mary Washington for twenty-four years and former chairman of his department. A champion of social justice, he coauthored Life with Heroin: Voices from the Inner City (1985) and many other publications. He helped establish the James Farmer Memorial and supported the James Farmer Multicultural Center at the university to honor the late civil rights leader and faculty member. He advocated for campus disability rights and for a living wage for all college employees, and helped to form the Martin Luther King Day celebration committee at the university. In Fredericksburg he was active in the Food Relief Clearinghouse, the Housing Coalition, the Nuclear Freeze Alliance, and the Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter. He was earlier an associate professor at California State Univ. at Bakersfield and an assistant professor at Providence College. He played college baseball and served as an assistant coach for local youth teams. After receiving a lung transplant in 1996, he became a vocal advocate for organ donation. He is survived by his wife, Roxane, 12 Ridgemore Cir., Fredericksburg 22405; a daughter; a son; and two brothers.

Josselyn Hallowell Bliss '75 MAT, of Reho-both, Mass.; March 7, 2002. She was a co-founder and director of Lifecoach, a Providence organization for the study and treat- ment of learning disabilities. She is survived by her husband, Thomas '65; two daughters, including Mary '92, '01 MD; three sons; two grandchildren; and a brother.


Paul S. Symonds, of Providence; March 28. After joining the faculty in 1951, he served as chairman of the division of engineering from 1959 to 1962. The author of more than ninety- five publications, he was considered a critical contributor to the fields of plasticity and nonlinear dynamics. He also taught at Cambridge and Oxford universities in England and at the University College of Swansea in Wales. He received an honorary degree from the University of Mons in Belgium. In recent years he was the caregiver for his wife, who has Alzheimer's disease. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

What do you think?
See what other readers are saying about this article and add your voice. 
Related Issue
July / August 2005