By The Editors / November / December 2004
June 14th, 2007


Doris E. Johnson ’26, of East Greenwich, R.I.; April 13. She was a librarian in the medical libraries of Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital. In the 1950s she was a founder of the Association of Rhode Island Health Sciences Librarians, the first such association in the country. She earlier worked at the New York Public Library. In 2001 she marched down College Hill to represent Pembroke’s 75th reunion class. A member of the Providence Bridge Club, she enjoyed knitting and reading. She was a member of St. Stephen Church and leaves no immediate survivors.


Frances Miller Sage ’30, of Vestal, N.Y.; Sept. 4, 2003. Phi Beta Kappa.

Mary Arnold Sherman ’31, of Lincoln, R.I.; July 24. She was a member of Christ Church and is survived by several nieces and nephews.

William Bojar ’33, of Providence; July 12. He was president of Bojar Co., a family-owned jewelry-manufacturing firm, until he retired in 1996. He was a longtime congregant and life trustee of Temple Beth-El in Providence. He enjoyed photography, swimming, gardening, and boating. He is survived by two sons, including David ’67; four grandchildren; two brothers, including Samuel’36; and a sister, Frieda Bojar Rosenthal ’42.

Vivienne F. Coté ’33, of Pawtucket, R.I.; July 13. She taught French, Latin, and public speaking at West Senior High School in Pawtucket from 1940 until she retired in 1976 as head of the foreign languages department. She had been coach of the debating team for more than twenty years, as well as adviser to the French club, director of Model Legislation, adviser to the Model Assembly, and director of the Alliance Française Junior. She previously taught math and French at Slater Junior High School in Pawtucket. She was a member of the Rhode Island Federation of Retired Teachers and the Blackstone Valley Retired Teachers Association. She was past president of the Alliance Française de Providence, the American Association of Teachers of French, and the Rhode Island Foreign Language Association. She was former president of the Gamma chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. She received two medals from the Alliance Française de Paris, and the French government named her a Chevalier des Palmes Academiques in 1976. She also received a medal from the American Association of Teachers of French. She was twice honored by the Rhode Island chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. She was a board member of the Blackstone Valley Shelter for ten years, a past president of the GFWC Pawtucket Women’s Club, and a member of the Slater Mill Association. She leaves no survivors.

Edward Noorigian ’34, of Stoneham, Mass.; Jan. 20. He was an electrical engineer at New England Electric System from 1939 to 1977. He was a life fellow of the Power Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is survived by a son, a daughter, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Guy H. Burt ’35, of Miami Lakes, Fla.; June 26. He owned Lloyd Products Co. and held more than fifty U.S. patents. He received the U.S. Navy “E” award for developing parts for radar- and submarine-detection devices during World War II. He was also president of Guy H. Burt Insurance Agency and was a Realtor. He had been chairman of the HBPA Insurance Committee. In the mid-1960s he became active in thoroughbred racing and held stakes in such winners as Solo Landing and Holly-O. A golfer, he won many pro-am tournaments and was a member of La Gorce and Miami Shores country clubs. At Brown he played varsity football, baseball, and basketball. He was active in alumni activities. At the age of thirteen he became the youngest Boy Scout in Rhode Island to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Alpha Tao Omega. He is survived by a son, Lloyd, 8330 N.W. 185th St., Hialeah, Fla. 33015; two daughters; three grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters; and his companion, Betty Harvey. He was the husband of the late Ethyl Burt.

Marion Nield Fairbrother ’35, of Worcester, Mass.; July 6. Until she retired, she conducted research interviews for McGraw Hill Publishing Co. and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of the Census . She was a lifelong member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry, the altar guild, and the outreach committee. She also taught Sunday school and was a member of the women’s bell-ringing group. She was member of many organizations, including the Worcester County Women’s Republican Club, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Worcester County Horticultural Society. She is survived by a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Prescott W. Gustafson ’36, of East Providence; May 4. His full obituary appeared in the September/October issue. He is survived by two brothers, twins Clifton ’41, whose name was inadvertently omitted from the BAM obituary, and Clifford ’41.

Paul W. Holt ’36, of St. Croix, V.I.; June 19. He was a vice president of Sikorsky Aircraft until he retired in 1974. He then served as vice president of Antilles Air Boats Inc. in St. Croix. He is survived by his wife, Gail.

David Mittlemann ’36, of Manchester, Vt.; March 28. Survivors include a son, Josef ’72, and grandchildren Justin ’00 and Juliet ’04.

Elsie Rawson Richmond ’38, of Mesa, Ariz.; Jan. 24. She served in the U.S. Navy and is survived by a daughter.

Rita Donnelly Flynn ’39, of Gloucester, Mass., and Lake Park, Fla.; June 8. She was a middle-school teacher in Framingham, Mass., for fifteen years. She was previously a psychiatric social worker. She enjoyed swimming, bowling and watching the Red Sox. She was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and volunteered at libraries in Florida. For many years she was an active member of Catholic churches in Massachusetts and Florida. She is survived by a daughter, Josephine, 673 Washington St., Gloucester 01930; three sons; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Herbert L. “Rusty” Rosen ’39, of Pawtucket, R.I.; June 30. He co-owned Franklin Supply, an automotive and industrial supply company, until he retired in 1981. He was active in the John Bartlett Society and had been a tutor at Martin Luther King Jr. School. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El and served on the board of the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Society. He was active in the Brown Community for Learning in Retirement. A bridge and tennis player, he is survived by his wife, Barbara, a son, a grandson, and a sister.

Audrey Raiche Souza ’39, of South Kingstown, R.I.; April 13. She was a social worker with the Rhode Island Department of Social Services for several years before retiring in 1978. She had earlier worked as a caseworker in Johnston and Warwick, R.I. She was a member of Christ the King Church and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the RSVP program. Active in the Brown Alumni Association, she is survived by a daughter, Edna Gothberg, 42 Wingate Rd., Wakefield, R.I. 02879; three grandchildren; and a brother.


David L. Hall ’40, of Schenectady, N.Y.; Nov. 26, 2003.

James W. Correll ’41, of Hempstead, N.C.; March 26, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a neurological surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City from 1955 to 1987. A pioneer in surgery on the carotid artery to prevent stroke, he contributed to the understanding of stroke and to the role of the autonomic nervous system and lipid release. He served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed boating, fishing, and hunting. A member of many medical societies, he is survived by his wife, Cynthia, a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren.

Harry A. Dinham ’41, of Mobile and Spring Hill, Ala.; June 25. He retired in 1983 as senior vice president and trust investment officer at Merchants National Bank, where he spent more than thirty years as the bank’s trust-investments expert. He was earlier an investment adviser at the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago. He served for seventeen years on the faculty of the National Graduate School for Trusts at Northwestern. He was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and executive officer in the Naval Reserves. Active in professional and civic activities, he was president of the English Speaking Union, chairman of the Kate K. Middleton Fund, and secretary and treasurer of the Mobile Kiwanis Club. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Spring Hill, serving as senior warden, superintendent of the Sunday school, lay reader, licensed chalice bearer, building warden, and finance committeeman for the school building drive. He is survived by two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Herbert H. Maass Jr. ’41, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; June 21, after a struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was a financial analyst, most recently at Morgan Stanley. He earlier practiced law at his father’s firm. He was an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II at Bletchley Park, England, where he assisted in breaking German code. A tennis player, he was a member of the Beverly Hills Tennis Club. He was also on the board of the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, Calif. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, six children, and five grandchildren.

Leonard Geller ’43, of Brookline, Mass.; Oct. 26, 2003, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Active in the shoe industry, he retired in 1992 as owner of Fantura Shoe Corp. in New York City. He was involved in his synagogues, Ohabei Shalom in Brookline and Rodeph Shalom in New York City. . He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; two sons; a daughter, Laura ’71; and a brother, Marvin ’48.

Edmund J. Tucker ’43, of Las Vegas; May 14. As an electronics specialist at EG&G in Rhode Island, he helped in 1957 to disarm an atom bomb, named Diablo, that had failed to explode at a Nevada test site. He worked for EG&G from 1953 to 1968. He had also been a stagehand for twenty years. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in the 104th infantry division and is survived by a son, three daughters, twenty-six grandchildren, thirty-nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Justine Tyrrell Priestley ’43, of Oak Bluffs, Mass.; Aug. 4. In 1961 she began a ten-year tenure as the only white reporter and columnist at the New York City Amsterdam News, which at the time was the largest-circulation African American newspaper (see The Classes, November/December 2003). Writing under the byline Gertrude Wilson, she reported on the 1963 March on Washington, rode on Bobby Kennedy’s funeral train, covered the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and knew Martin Luther King Jr. She spent the night after Malcolm X’s assassination with his widow. She was previously executive director of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, which provides hundreds of grants to college students. She founded Priestly, Smadbeck & Mone, a Martha’s Vineyard real estate firm. She supported many Martha’s Vineyard organizations and is survived by her husband, Bob ’42; four sons; five stepchildren; nine grandchildren; two brothers, James Tyrrell ’45 and George Tyrrell ’50; and three sisters, Elizabeth Tyrrell Donahue ’45, Louise Tyrrell Kaczowka ’40, and Ruth Tyrrell Morse ’47.

Austin K. Hines ’45, of Sarasota, Fla.; June 5. He retired from the Seiler Corp. of Waltham, Mass., after forty years. A U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, he served in Italy as a B-17 bomber pilot. He played the violin in the Suncoast Mummers String Band. A member of the Brown Flying Club as an undergraduate, he flew one of the planes that dropped leaflets over URI prior to a big football game. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, 6273 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota 34242; two daughters; and five grandchildren.

Malcolm C. Smith ’45, of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; June 25. He worked at New Jersey Machine Inc. for thirty-eight years, retiring as vice president of Midwest operations. He also served as the company’s sales engineer, Midwest sales manager, national sales manager, and director of marketing and sales. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a lieutenant, junior grade, in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was a licensed private pilot with commercial and water ratings and was a plane owner for twenty-three years. He was a lifetime member of the First Flight Society and a member of the Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, serving as clerk of the Sessions. For more than ten years he was active in the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department. He belonged to the Duck Woods Country Club and was active in many community projects. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Joyce Lakey Ayers ’46, of Clarksville, Tenn.; June 14, after a short illness. She retired as a psychologist for the state of Kentucky. Early in her career she worked at a biology lab at hospitals in the Nashville area. Her hobbies included making and collecting porcelain dolls. She is survived by a daughter, Lynne Freeman, 1505 Pear Tree Cir., Brentwood, Tenn. 37027; a son; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

James B. Evans Jr. ’48, of Andover, Mass.; Feb. 15. He was a retired engineer at Bell Telephone Labs.

M. Jason Houck ’46, of Hilton Head, S.C.; June 14, after a long illness. He was the retired chairman of his family’s food brokerage firm in New York City. He earlier worked in market research in Chicago. He was on the executive and advisory committees of the National Food Brokers Association. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served on the aircraft carriers Mission Bay in the Atlantic and Bedoing Strait in the Pacific. He was a member of the American Yacht Club. Phi Delta Theta. He is survived by a son.

Lawrence D. Joselit Jr. ’46, of Highland Park, Ill.; Sept. 14, 2003. He was a retired advertising manager and is survived by his wife, Jill, a son, a daughter, and a grandson.

Samuel J. Schoenfeld Jr. ’46, of Scranton, Pa.; March 17. He was a paper chemist until he retired in the 1980s. He served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and enjoyed cooking, reading, and traveling. He is survived by two sisters and a brother.

Lloyd O. Heizer ’47, of Big Sandy, Tex.; June 15. He was an electrical engineer and a manager at Texas Utilities Electric Co. until he retired in 1982. Active in his church and community, he repaired televisions, radios, clocks, and watches. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. He is survived by his wife, Nona, two daughters, a son, three grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and three brothers.

Charles J. Sheaff ’47, of Peru, Ill.; June 19, after a long struggle with lung cancer and respiratory disease. He taught for twenty-four years and chaired the science department at LaSalle-Peru Township High School. He sponsored educational trips for more than 150 students to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and Cancún, Mexico. He also served as faculty chaperone at many games and student events. He began his teaching career at Mendota High School in Illinois. He was previously a pharmaceutical sales manager at E.R. Squibb and Sons for twelve years. He was president of the LaSalle Elementary School Board. He cofounded the Excellence Foundation, a nonprofit group that gives money to supplement programs in the LaSalle elementary schools. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. After self-hypnosis helped him to quit smoking, he learned how to teach the technique to others. He is survived by his wife, Lois Burkybile, two daughters, two sons, a stepdaughter, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

F. Burton Nelson ’47, of Chicago; March 22, after a short illness. He was a professor of ethics and theology at North Park Theological Seminary from 1960 until he retired in 1996. He continued to teach Christian ethics nearly full-time, and to teach and speak in local churches. He was an expert on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor who was executed by the Nazis; he was vice president of the English-language section of the International Bonhoeffer Society for more than ten years. He was chief consultant for a documentary, Hitler and the Pastor. He was also known for his efforts in Jewish-Christian dialogue and Holocaust studies. He was on the Church Relations Committee of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., was a senior associate at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and was on the adjunct faculty at the Holocaust Memorial Foundation in Illinois. He earlier served as a minister at many Covenant churches, including in Providence and West Warwick, R.I., Garyton, Ind., and Chicago and Evanston, Ill. He is survived by his wife, L. Grace, 5348 N. Bernard St., Chicago 60625; five daughters; a son; eight grandchildren; and his stepmother.

Thomas F. Dorsey ’48, of East Lyme, Conn.; May 18, of lung cancer. He was an English teacher and football coach at Waterford (Conn.) High School for twenty-nine years. In the late 1960s, while serving as chairman of the English department, he successfully defended the school’s right to teach such books as The Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath. He scored the SAT essay section in the 1970s and 1980s and taught an SAT preparation course for more than twenty years. He earned several awards for his coaching, including the O’Keefe Service Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Early in his career he taught at Salisbury School in Connecticut and at Phillips Exeter Academy. He was a member of St. Matthias Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the New London Country Club. At Brown he was president of his class and was an All-American running back drafted by the Chicago Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dons. Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Tau Delta. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, 129 Chesterfield Rd., East Lyme 06333; a daughter, Kristina ’86; a son; two grandchildren; and a sister.

Joyce Elleman DeVries ’48, of Minnetonka, Minn.; June 23. A homemaker, she supported the Minnesota Orchestra, the Hennepin County Library Board, Meals on Wheels, and the Salvation Army. She volunteered for twenty years at the communication center of Minnesota State Services for the Blind and was certified as a Braille transcriber by the Library of Congress. She enjoyed gardening and playing tennis and piano. She and her husband refurbished a small farm in Minnesota. She joined the American Red Cross in 1943. She is survived by her husband, Dirk, two daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.

Robert D. Knees ’48, of Redwood City, Calif.; June 15. He was a retired English teacher and tennis coach at Aragon High School in San Mateo, Calif. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. A sports fan, he enjoyed going to Stanford basketball games. He was an accomplished rose cultivator. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two sons, five grandsons, and a sister.

Robert A. Nickerson ’48, of East Providence; June 2. He was a self-employed engineer for more than twenty years. He was earlier an engineer at Maguire Associates in Providence and for the state of Rhode Island. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served aboard a destroyer in the Pacific. He was a member of the Rhode Island Engineering Society and Covenant Congregational Church. He enjoyed genealogy research and is survived by his wife, Shirley.

Norman E. Grenier ’49, of Cherry Hill, N.J.; June 1. He was a retired attorney for RCA. A U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and New England waters. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, three sons, and two brothers.

William C. Henry ’49, of Dover, Del.; June 7. He was an engineer at the Delaware Division of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. He was earlier director of public works in Wilmington, Del., for nineteen years and was the engineer for Sussex and Kent counties for several years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He enjoyed traveling and motorcycling. A longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church, he was also past president of the Kent and Sussex County chapter of the Delaware Society for Professional Engineers. He was a member of the Water Pollution Control Federation, the American Waterworks Association, and the American Public Works Association. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, five daughters, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Michael J. Skrypa ’49, of Florham Park, N.J.; June 13. He was a research scientist at Allied Signal Corp. for thirty-one years. He had also been a managing associate at MISKCO Associates. He held numerous patents. He served stateside in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. A member of Retired Employees of Allied Signal and the New Jersey chapter of the American Chemical Society, he is survived by his wife, Aldona, two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren.

Donald E. Strobel ’49, of Naples, Fla.; Aug. 25, suddenly. He worked for the American Fabrics Co. in Bridgeport, Conn., for forty years. A former resident of Dover, Mass., he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. A lifelong golfer, he won numerous championships. At Brown he played football and baseball. Delta Kappa Epsilon. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, four children, and seven grandchildren.


Allan A. Campbell ’50, of Coventry, R.I.; July 23, of cancer. He was production and inventory control manager at Harris Graphics in Pawcatuck, Conn., until he retired in 1992. He represented the third generation of his family to be associated with the A.A. Campbell Coal, Hay, and Grain Co. He also worked for the Leesona Corp. of Warwick. He was an active volunteer at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, served on the Coventry Zoning Board of Review, and was board treasurer of the Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church. A master gardener and sports fan, he enjoyed traveling, reading, and watching birds at his feeders. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, Brian ’73; three daughters; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Harold ’53.

Shirley Brown Gay ’50, of Old Tappan, N.J.; July 5. She is survived by her husband, Walter ’50, 18 Old Farm Rd., Old Tappan 07675; three children; and three grandchildren.

Mary A. Grillo ’50, of Columbia, Md., June 6. She taught anatomy at UC San Francisco and conducted research at Harvard, Case Western Reserve, and Columbia. She was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to the Univ. of Paris. In retirement she pursued art, music, science, and travel. She also worked with local after-school science programs and volunteered at her local senior center. She was active in her church. She is survived by a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law.

Victor F. Regine ’50, of Portsmouth, R.I.; June 7. He owned and operated Rex Finance Co., in Providence and developed Glenn Farms and Oakland Farms. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a communicant of St. Barnabas Church. A competitive golfer, he had been a member of Metacomet Country Club and Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, a brother, and a sister.

Fred H. Varner ’50, of Cumberland, R.I.; June 13. He was a research and development specialist at the Grinnell Corp. in Providence until he retired in 1983. For eight years he produced the public-access television show Pet Talks. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. A member of the former First Presbyterian Church of Lonsdale, he was a charter member of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. He enjoyed gardening, visiting the ocean, listening to classical music, and doing crossword puzzles. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Lee, a daughter, and a sister.

Walter L. Coe Jr. ’51, of Chicopee, Mass.; June 3. After retiring from the military he was director of security at the former Forbes and Wallace Co. and was a police officer with the U.S. Department of Defense in Westover, Mass. A U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, he was a pilot in the European theater and served in the Asiatic Pacific theater as a provost marshal in Japan. He later served tours in Korea and Turkey, where he was the U.S. Air Force deputy chief of police. His final assignment was as chief of police and director of security for military aircraft and the nuclear storage arsenal at Westover Air Force Base. He retired from the air force as a major in 1968. He is survived by a son and two grandsons.

William A. Gammino Jr. ’51, of Warwick, R.I.; July 5. He worked at Tilcon-Gammino Inc., formerly M.A. Gammino Construction Co., for forty years, retiring in 1993 as a construction manager. He later worked at Cataldo Associates. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific. He was a member of the Brown Club of Rhode Island. Delta Phi. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, a son, two daughters, and six grandchildren.

Christopher W. Marx ’51, of Cheshire, Conn.; March 10, of respiratory failure. He owned Christopher Marx Associates, Consulting Engineers of New Haven, Conn., for thirty years until he retired in 1998. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he served in Germany for three years in the intelligence division. He was past president of Connecticut Engineers in Private Practice, president of the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, national vice president of the American Consulting Engineers, and national chairman of the Coalition of American Structural Engineers. He received many honors. He enjoyed tennis, badminton, Duplicate Bridge, and crossword puzzles. He is survived by his wife, Adelaide, 71 Cherry St., Cheshire 06410; a son; two daughters; and a granddaughter.

Richard H. Demers ’52, of Chicopee, Mass.; June 17. He was mayor of Chicopee from 1966 to 1970, when he was elected representative to the Massachusetts General Court, where he served until 1980. As chairman of the court’s committee on commerce and labor, he was responsible for all legislation regarding workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, and labor and industries. He chaired the Joint Commission on Federal Base Conversions, which created the Massachusetts Government Hand Bank and the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. He created eight agencies that gave Massachusetts businesses access to public and private money. In 1980 he was appointed undersecretary of economic affairs, serving under governors King and Dukakis. He retired from public service in 1989. As mayor he built three new schools and was instrumental in constructing the city’s water pollution control facility and interceptor sewer lines. He established the water chlorinating plant, weekly trash collections, and the 7 Million Urban Renewal Program for the city. He earlier was a school committeeman and assessor in Chic­o­pee and the owner of Glenwood Hardware Co. of Springfield, Mass. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. A member of Knights of Columbus, Council #4044, and the Beavers Club of Holyoke, he is survived by his wife, Lauria, four sons, a daughter, and fourteen grandchildren.

Robert G. Meisell ’53, of Larchmont, N.Y.; May 17, of a sudden heart attack. He was a radiologist at Cornell-Weill Medical Center in New York City for three years. He was previously a radiologist for thirty-six years at New York Hospital Medical Center in Queens, N.Y. An associate professor at Cornell medical school, he was a fellow of the American College of Radiology, past president of the Long Island Radiological Society, and officer of the New York State Radiological Society. He enjoyed the performing arts and classical music. He is survived by a son, John ’89, and a daughter.

Kenneth B. Bourne Jr. ’54, of New York City; June 1. He worked for Singer Sewing Machine Co., principally in Asia, and was the last member of the company’s founding family to be associated with Singer. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Carole, and a sister.

Barbara A. Gingold ’54, of Hamden, Conn.; Feb. 27. She was a psychotherapist and is survived by a sister.

Claude B. Goulet ’56, of Spartanburg, S.C.; June 12, after a brief illness. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1951. He spoke fluent French and wrote How to Be a Happy and Successful Investor (Exposition Press). A member of his Catholic church, he is survived by neighbor Carol B. Anderson and a cousin.

Richard L. Mastrobuono ’56, of Helen, Ga., Dec. 28, 2003. He was retired from Lockheed Martin and was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, four sons, a daughter, and nine grandchildren.

Mario J. Sculco ’56, of Norwich, Conn.; July 3. A neurosurgeon, he established his practice in 1966 at the W.W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, where he initiated neurosurgical training programs for the nursing staff. He was the only neurosurgeon in his community for twenty-five years. He is survived by his wife, Lois; two sons, including Thomas ’90; a daughter; four grandchildren; a brother; and two sisters.


Donald B. Almeida ’60, of Little Compton, R.I.; July 5, suddenly. He was systems director at the Providence Journal Co., for twenty-three years. After retiring in 1996, he became a part-time consultant at Transition Partners. He was a member of United Congregational Church in Little Compton and enjoyed skiing, running, golfing, sailing, and biking. Phi Kappa Psi. He is survived by his wife, Deanna; three sons, including Eric ’84; a daughter, Lauri Almeida O’Brien ’89; six grandchildren; and a sister, Audrey Almeida Blackman ’58.

Alden M. Anderson ’62, of South Pomfret, Vt.; June 23, after a long struggle with cancer. He served as president, CEO, and board chairman of the former Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank until he retired in 1991. He began his career at the bank in 1964 as a teller. After retiring, he and his wife sailed from Maine to the Caribbean and farmed sheep in Vermont. He was active in professional and charitable organizations. He served on the executive council of the Rhode Island Bankers Association and chaired the Business Advisory Council at URI’s College of Business Administration. He was a trustee of the URI Foundation, served on the boards of Women & Infants Hospital and Save the Bay, and was board chairman of the Rhode Island Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, Libby, a daughter, three sons, five grandchildren, and a brother.

Roy R. Cioletti ’66, of Manassas, Va.; June 5, from complications of lung cancer. A doctor, he had a private practice, Crestwood Pediatrics. He was a leader in creating the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Hospitalist Group, and the Pediatric Emergency Department at Prince William Hospital. At the hospital he was at various times a board member, president of the medical staff, chairman of the department of pediatrics, and a member of the credentialing committee. He was also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and a member of the Prince William County and Virginia medical societies. He enjoyed golfing and playing the guitar. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, 7857 Knightshayes Dr., Manassas 20111, and two sons.

Richard E. Guttenberg Jr. ’66, of Lexington, Mass.; Nov. 22, 2003. He was vice president of the Audubon Institute in New Orleans. He was previously president of Thompson Island Outward Bound off the shore of Boston Harbor.

Arthur E. Dunstan ’69, of Ruidoso, N.Mex.; June 13. He was a controller at Ford Motor Co. for twenty-six years. An avid golfer and tennis player, he was also a math tutor at Mescalero Apache School in New Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, a daughter, two brothers, and two sisters.


Shaw T. Tao ’71, of Shanghai, China; Feb. 22, 2003, of a heart attack. He was director of Hermes International Advisory Ltd. in Shanghai. He is survived by two sons.

Dennis J. Meyer ’75, of Glendale, Ariz.; May 28. He was a pioneer in developing Global Postitioning System technology and worked on many U.S. government defense contracts. He enjoyed sports. He is survived by his mother, Lucilla; his companion, Francine Barr; two daughters; two brothers; and three sisters.

Mary Warner Taffs ’75, of Hillsboro, Ore.; April 21, unexpectedly. She retired in 2000 from Mentor Graphics, where she headed a team that prepared software for Boeing aircraft. She then published nine novels and was working on several more at the time of her death. A quilter, she was also an editor at Awe-Struck E-books. She was a board member and officer of two condominium associations and is survived by several cousins.

Caitlin Cofer Rotchford ’78, of New Vernon, N.J.; June 30, after a long struggle with multiple system atrophy. She was a publishing executive for twenty-five years, specializing in educational books for children. She was president of Pearson Learning and Modern Curriculum Press, was executive vice president of Prentice Hall College, and ended her career as president of Weekly Reader. She earlier worked for AT&T. She is survived by her husband, Brian, Glen Alpin Rd., Box 415, New Vernon 07976; two sons; her mother, Dorcas Cofer Cohen ’48; her father, Frederick ’48; a sister; and a brother.


Roslyn L. Young ’80, of New York City; Jan. 17. A violist, she performed with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Rome Opera Orchestra, and the Palermo Symphony. She played for Pope John Paul II and performed with numerous chamber music groups and the Early Music Festival in New London, Conn. She played in summer theaters, the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the Saratoga Opera. She is survived by her husband, Glenn Alpert; her mother, Jean, 267 Church St., Guilford, Conn. 06437; a daughter; a son; four sisters; and two brothers.

Jack A. Schwartzman ’83, of Redwood City, Calif.; July 16. A lawyer, he was a partner of Griffiths, Castle & Schwartzman and a successful mediator throughout northern California. He was a mediation panelist for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; the San Mateo County Superior Court; and the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He was a member of the San Mateo and American bar associations and the State Bar of California. He was president of the Harvard Mediation Program in 1985–86. He is survived by his wife, Valerie Berland; his mother, Ellyn Schwartzman; and two siblings.


Charlene E. Lat ’01, of New York City; June 18. At the time of her death she was pursuing a master’s in math education at New York University. As a student she was editor in chief of the Brown Journal of World Affairs. She spoke French and Russian and enjoyed dancing, baking, playing the piano, and writing. A parishioner of St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church in Saddle River, N.J., she is survived by her parents, Emmanuel and Zenda, 1 Algonquin Tr., Saddle River 07458; a brother; a grandmother; and a grandfather.


Robert B. Heiart ’56 PhD, of Brick, N.J.; June 29. He was a research scientist at DuPont Inc. for more than thirty years, before retiring in 1984. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, five grandchildren, and a sister.

Roger W. Nani ’56 AM, of Smithfield, R.I.; June 8, after a six-month illness. He worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island for twenty-six years before he retired in 1995. He was earlier a real estate officer at the Providence Redevelopment Agency. He was a member of the Brown Club of Rhode Island and the Greenville Public Library Association. A communicant of St. Phillip Church, he enjoyed reading and gardening. He was a New York Yankees fan. He is survived by his wife, Maria, a daughter, a son, a granddaughter, and a sister.

Erich W. Sippel ’75 PhD, of Wayne, Pa.; April 10, of a heart attack. He was president of Erich Sippel & Co., a consulting firm to senior management in financial services, for eleven years. He spoke and published widely in the area of management consulting. He was a member of the Union League of Philadelphia and Waynesborough Country Club. He enjoyed reading and jogging. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, Box 340, Devon, Pa. 19087; a son; and a daughter.

D. Landon Coleman ’82 AM, of Decatur, Ga.; June 23, of liver disease. He had recently become associate professor and chair of the department of theater and dance at his undergraduate alma mater, Principia College in Elsah, Ill. At the start of his career he taught English, drama, and speech at several colleges and preparatory schools in Rhode Island and New York. In 1988 he joined the faculty of Georgia Perimeter College (formerly DeKalb College), where he taught humanities and fine arts and twice received the President’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He directed several performances at GPC, including his own work, Picture This, which received a Jefferson citation for Best New Work in 2000. The following year it was produced in Rome, in both English and Italian; in 2002 a monologue from the play was published in Monologues for Men by Men (Heineman). Coleman received the Exxon Education Foundation’s Innovation Award in 1997 for integrating theater performance into the broader college curriculum. His plays were performed on stages around the country, including ones in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C. In 1991 his work Childes’ Play received the Paul T. Nolan Award from the Deep South Writers Conference. The following year his play In Harmes’ Way won the Morton Sarrett National Playwriting Award, and in 1995 he received the Maxim Mazumdar National Playwriting Award for Beyond the Pale. He volunteered with Project Open Hand/Atlanta. He is survived by many friends.

Shilpa Raval ’98 PhD, of New Haven, Conn.; May 23. She was an assistant professor in the classics department at Yale. She was previously an assistant professor of classics at the Univ. of Missouri at Columbia from 1998 to 2000. She is survived by her husband, Theodore Bromund; her father, Janardan; and a sibling.


Mildred Widgoff, of Barrington, R.I.; July 20. She was a professor emerita of physics. At the age of nineteen she worked on the Manhattan Project in the development of an atomic bomb. She then served as a research associate at the Brookhaven (N.Y.) National Laboratory, as a consultant in the physics department at Brookhaven, and as a research fellow at the Cyclotron Laboratory at Harvard. She had also been a consultant for Cambridge Electron Accelerator Group. She joined the Brown faculty in 1958 and served as executive officer of the physics department from 1968 to 1980. She was a member of the faculty policy group, the executive committee of the Inner City Teachers of Science, the Presidential Advisory Group, the committee to review the undergraduate curriculum, the medical council, and the committee on nominations. She chaired the American Physical Society committee on the status of women, as well as the New England division of the society. She was also a member of its committee on professional concerns and manpower and a member of the National Science Foundation’s panel for faculty awards for women. She retired in 1996. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi and was a fellow of the American Physical Society. She is survived by a son and a sister.

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