September 9th, 2016


S. James Beale ’37, of Jacksonville, Fla.; May 4. He was a retired physician. After he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II he returned to Jacksonville and began a private practice as a family physician. He also worked at St. Luke’s Hospital. He served on several boards and medical societies, including the Child Guidance Clinic and the Duval County Medical Society. He was a member of the Medical Audit Committee and Chief of Emergency Medicine.  He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, 10 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

William E. Fay ’38, of Chicago; Jan. 7. He was a retired executive vice president of Smith, Barney & Co. in Chicago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve and past president of the board of trustees of the Brain Research Foundation at the Univ. of Chicago. He was also director and chairman of the Investment Committee of United Charities of Chicago, a Brown trustee emeritus, and a member of Delta Upsilon. He is survived by a son.



Walter J. LeBlanc ’41, of Odessa, Tex.; May 15, 2014. He worked for B.F. Goodrich as a research physicist and became manager of its aircraft brake plant, where he worked for 35 years. He relocated to Pecos and spent the next 15 years as technical director and, finally, president of Goodrich’s Automotive Proving Grounds. He retired in 1986. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Ernestine; three daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Natalie Rosen Seigle ’41, of Longboat Key, Fla., formerly of Providence: May 11. She was a retired associate professor at Providence College, where she taught business communications. She was the author of the textbook Dynamics of Business Communications as well as many articles in business communication journals. After retiring and moving to Florida, she continued as an instructor for Writing Your Personal Memoir and later taught Contemporary Israeli Women Writers at Temple Beth Israel in Longboat Key. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a brother.

George T. Giraud ’42, of Providence: Apr. 17. He was a retired investment adviser. He worked at Goodbody & Co. in Providence before joining Paine Webber, from which he retired as senior vice president. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He was involved in his local community and served on several boards, including the Providence Society of Financial Analysts, the Providence Boys and Girls Club, and the Legal Aid Society. He enjoyed traveling, antique cars, and studying international affairs. He is survived by his wife, Anne Freeman Giraud ’42; a daughter; three sons, including Roger ’70; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; and six grandchildren.

Kathleen Kelly Woodford ’42, of Morristown, N.J.; Apr. 14. She worked at the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C. In 1964 she moved to Morristown, where she was a substitute teacher for several years. From 1973 to 2003 she worked with the New Jersey Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Office in Morristown. She enjoyed gardening, walking on the beach, listening to classical music, and attending the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She is survived by two daughters, four sons, three daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, 11 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Charles H. Maspero ’45, of Bronxville, N.Y.; Apr. 28. He was a retired investment adviser. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He is survived by a nephew.

Charles M. Burton ’46, of Houston; May 24. After he started his own business as an insurance broker, his firm was acquired by Corroon & Black, where he then held positions as president and chairman for more than 25 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He was an active member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. He is survived by three daughters, five sons, three daughters-in-law, three sons-in-law, 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister.

John B. Lee ’46, of New Canaan, Conn.; Apr. 13. After graduation, he worked under Paul Schweikher, dean of the Yale School of Architecture; city planner Oscar Stonorov; and New Canaan architect Eliot Noyes before founding his own firm, John Black Lee & Associates, in 1952. He later served on the staff of the Yale School of Architecture as a visiting critic. His work was chosen for exhibition at the New York Architectural League and the New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and was featured in numerous magazines and architectural journals. He designed and engineered eight prominent modern houses in New Canaan, all included in the acclaimed New Canaan Glass House Tours. He received many awards and honors, including the American Institute of Architects Award of Merit. A sailing and underwater swimming enthusiast, he was a scuba instructor at the local YMCA and wrote Free Diving: With Mask, Snorkel, and Fins in 1984. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects and served on the New Canaan planning and zoning commission and contributed to the environmental commission. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

John Dake ’47, of Dallas; May 24. He had a long retail career, retiring from Dillard’s Department Store as a divisional merchandise manager. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Lois; a daughter; a son-in-law; and two grandchildren.

Anthony B. Hoying ’47, of Sun City Center, Fla.; Mar. 28. He retired in 1983 from the John Deere Co., where he worked in various managerial positions in the United States and Australia. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He volunteered in community organizations and was a past Grand Knight and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council in Sun City Center. He was also cochair of the SCC Lions Club and a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He is survived by five children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

John Macarchuk ’48, of Worcester, Mass.; Apr. 7. He worked at State Mutual Life Assurance Co. of America in Worcester. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army. He was a fellow in the Society of Actuaries and a member of the Boston and Hartford actuaries clubs. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and two granddaughters.

Ann Gerrish McKissock ’48, of Westwood, Mass.; May 10. She had worked for the Westwood school system as a tennis and ski coach. She was an active member of the Women’s Golf Assoc. of Mass., the U.S. Senior Women’s Golf Assoc., and the Dedham (Mass.) Country and Polo Club, where she was a two-time club champion. She volunteered at the Westwood Senior Center, the Glad Rags Donation Center, and the First Parish Church. She enjoyed playing golf, skiing, and sailing with her family. She is survived by a daughter, two stepsons, four grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

Charles B. Officer Jr. ’48, of Lebanon, N.H.; Apr. 13. He worked as a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, then taught at Rice Univ. in Houston from 1955 to 1958. He later opened his own consulting company, Alpine Geophysical Associates Inc. in Norwood, N.J. In 1968 he moved to Hanover, N.H., where he began a scientific writing career that spanned several decades and resulted in more than 10 books, including Tales of the Earth. He also taught earth science classes at Dartmouth. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by eight children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

James A. Cooney ’49, of Greenville, S.C.; May 20. He was a retired marketing manager at Morton Chemical in Greenville and a past president of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. At Brown he was captain of the basketball team. He was a member of the American Assoc. of Textile Chemists and Colorists and the American Assoc. for Textile Technology. He enjoyed playing tennis and won the 1988 State Senior Tennis Doubles Championship. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter; two sons; seven grandchildren; and a brother.

Geneva Christie Goodwin ’49, of South Dennis, Mass.; May 25, after a brief illness. She worked as an office manager and later in real estate sales. She volunteered with Elder Services and the Cape Cod Foundation. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and knitting. She is survived by her husband, Leonard; two daughters; three sons; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.



Howard R. Palmer ’50, of Binghamton, N.Y., formerly of Endwell, N.Y.; May 21. After briefly working at GE and IBM, he opened his own State Farm Agency in Endwell in 1956, becoming a top-producing agent for 50 years. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army and served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a Rotarian and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and owning race horses. He is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren, a sister, and nieces and nephews.

William J. Wallace ’50, ’58 MAT, of Cumberland, R.I.; Feb. 9. He was an English teacher at Tolman High School in Pawtucket, R.I., for 34 years. After retiring in 1984, he was a substitute teacher for several years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. He is survived by a son, a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, and nieces and nephews.

Albert A. Capozzoli Jr. ’51, of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of East Greenwich, R.I.; Aug. 28, 2015. He was a retired dentist.

Robert S. Hazlett ’51, of Bristol, R.I.; Apr. 21. He retired as an attorney in 1985 and retired a second time as a library assistant at the Providence Journal in 1990. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He was a parishioner of St. Michael’s Church in Bristol and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a stepdaughter; two stepsons; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a brother; and a nephew.

Frances Wexler O’Connell ’51, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; Oct. 17, 2015. She spent 10 years as a corporate writer and editor for the Prudential Insurance Co. and 15 as a homemaker and volunteer before embarking on a second career as a writer for network and public television. She was the recipient of the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Award for her teleplay But Two Can. She also taught playwriting at Drew Univ. and was a literary manager for the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. She published the novels The Apostate’s Daughter and The Foreigner. She was a member of the Writers Guild of America. She is survived by daughter Alison O’Connell Neumann ’78.

Francis C. Andriliunas ’52, of Athol, Mass., formerly of Poquoson, Va.; Apr. 22, after a long illness. He was a career military man. While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps he was posted in Spain and at various bases in the United States and saw active service in Korea, Okinawa, and Vietnam. He received numerous commendations for his logistical skills, particularly after an assignment to the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a brother.

Gerald Grant ’52, of Fort Worth, Tex., formerly of Chicago; Apr. 17. He worked in the packaging business at St. Regis Paper Co. and Stone Container Corp. for 25 years. He later became a financial adviser with Merrill Lynch, Kidder Peabody, and Raymond James. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army. He sat on several Chicago boards and enjoyed teaching an investment class at the Latin School’s adult education program. He was a member of the Saddle and Cycle Club, the Port Royal Club, and the University Club of Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; three daughters; a son; seven grandchildren; and two brothers.

Sandra R. Lloyd ’52, of Atlanta, Ga.; Mar. 21, of a heart attack. She was a manager of budgets and performance for ARCO Products Co. She retired in 1991. She is survived by a brother.

Russell C. King ’52, of Roseville, Calif., formerly of Austin, Tex.; Mar. 15. He was a retired staff engineer for Lockheed Austin Division.

Robert A. Plante ’52, of Fall River, Mass.; Apr. 22. After serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and then attending Brown, he pursued a career as a design sonar engineer. He was an avid reader who also enjoyed traveling, bicycling, walking, and running; he completed the Falmouth Road Race 13 times. He is survived by four children.

William H. Fleming ’53, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Tarpon Springs, Fla. and Ponce, Puerto Rico; May 4. He was a psychiatrist and director of the psychiatry department of the school of medicine at the Pontifical Catholic University in Ponce. He was in private practice for many years before moving to Florida in 1988, where he practiced at the VA Clinic in New Port Richey. He enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Power Squadron and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. After retiring, he moved to Port St. Lucie and volunteered with several organizations, including the Audubon Society, Hospice, and the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s office. He is survived by his wife, Judith; two daughters; a stepdaughter; two sons; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and a sister.

Eugene J. McGovern ’53, of Seekonk, Mass.; Apr. 19. He was president of Citiworks Inc. in South Attleboro, Mass., for more than 50 years. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Pawtucket (R.I.) Rotary Club and the Wannamoisett Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; three daughters; a son; three grandchildren; and a sister.

Mary Jean Kelly McKenna ’53, of Newport, R.I.; Apr. 21. She was a member of several local committees, including the Newport Democratic City Committee, the Rhode Island Democratic State Committee, the Newport Irish Heritage Assoc., and the board of the YMCA. She is survived by seven children, including Margaret Enkler ’82 and Elizabeth McKenna ’87; and 12 grandchildren.

Vernon Lee Norwood ’53, of Tequesta, Fla., formerly of Mercer Island, Wash.; Mar. 30. He was a stockbroker, author, ornithologist, and entrepreneur. He was an Eagle Scout who, after Brown, served in the U.S. Navy. He then went to New York City to work at Merrill Lynch as a stockbroker, acquiring a trading seat at the New York Stock Exchange at the young age of 25. Outside work he joined wildlife expeditions, including one to tag endangered white rhinos. He eventually purchased and ran the Ponce De Leon Springs resort in central Florida. Several years later he sold the resort and relocated to Mercer Island, where he ran several businesses, including Apex Wholesale, the Buhach Co., and several smoke shops. He was known as the “Populist Birder” for his weekly column in the Mercer Island Reporter. He also contributed articles to the New York Times, Time magazine, and the Seattle Times. He was a lifetime member of the National Audubon Society, and his pioneering bird census efforts took him to many countries. He was also a member of the Washington Ornithological Society and the International Crane Foundation. His charitable contributions included work with the Seattle branch of the Salvation Army and, most notably, the renovation of Brown’s American Civilization building located at 82 Waterman St., which was named Norwood House in 1982 in recognition of his generosity. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three daughters; three sons; seven grandchildren; and a sister.

George T. Gergora ’54, of Indialantic, Fla.; Apr. 30, after a long illness. A former engineer at Sperry Gyroscope in New York, he retired as director of business development from Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Fla. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the National Space Club, and the American Defense Preparedness Assoc. He served on the Indialantic Planning and Zoning Board and was a patron of the Melbourne Chamber Music Society, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Museum of Art and Science, and the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology. A member of the pastoral council at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, he enjoyed traveling, especially to Italy. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two daughters; a son; two sons-in-law; two granddaughters; and three sisters.

Hajime Seki ’54, of San Jose, Calif.; Jul. 9, 2015. He was a retired scientist for IBM. He enjoyed skiing and sailing. He is survived by his wife, Keiki.

Jerold O. Young ’54, of Newton Center, Mass.; May 4. He was president and chairman of the Harold W. Young confectionary and snack brokerage firm in Wellesley, Mass., for more than 60 years. He was a member of the Candy Hall of Fame and a supporter of Beth Israel Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the New England Celiac Organization, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He enjoyed traveling and sailing. He is survived by his wife, Abbe Robinson Young ’58; daughters Elisabeth Young Harris ’82 and Marjorie Young Chimes ’84; son Andrew ’86; a daughter-in-law; son-in-law David Harris ’80; and six grandchildren, including Jason Harris ’10, Alexander Harris ’13, Carina Young ’17, and Daniel Chimes ’17.

Russell F. Shaw ’55, of Los Alamos, N. Mex.; Apr. 15. He was a pediatrician in Los Gatos, Calif., and later in Los Alamos for several years. He became specialized in occupational and environmental medicine and worked as an occupational medicine physician at Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory. After retiring, he worked as an occupational medicine physician in Amarillo, Tex., for three years. He enjoyed genealogy research projects. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; a daughter; three sons; and a brother.

Lucy Theis Bergman ’56, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; Apr. 11. She owned Busch’s Seafood Restaurant in Ocean Ridge, Fla. Later she worked for 13 years at U.S. Trust Co. in Palm Beach, from which she retired in 2002. She enjoyed traveling and playing gin rummy and was a Miami Dolphins fan. She is survived by a son, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Elaine Ostrach Chaika ’56, ’72 PhD, of Providence; May 1. She joined the Providence College faculty in 1971, where she taught linguistics. She also taught at RISD and Bryant College. She published numerous linguistics articles in various academic journals and authored several books, including Language: The Social Mirror and Linguistics, Pragmatics, and Psychotherapy. She presented at annual meetings of the Linguistic Society of America and the Northeast Modern Language Assoc. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling, and animals. She is survived by her husband, Bill; two sons; and five grandchildren.

Gerard J. Connell ’56, of Longwood, Fla.; May 4. He was an assistant director of research and development for Grumman Aerospace (N.Y.), where he worked on projects related to the Apollo missions and the space shuttle. In 1973 he moved to Longwood and became vice president of research and development at Martin Marietta. He was later vice president over the southeast division of Leasametric. He consulted on the Tokomak Fusion Test Reactor in Princeton, N.J. In 1985 he became president of W.A. Brown Inc., retiring in 1999. From 1999 to 2003 he was on the board of directors for the Seminole County Humane Society. He was elected to the Longwood city council and later elected mayor. He is survived by five children and seven grandchildren.

Robert A. Elkins ’56, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Bernardsville, N.J.; Sept. 16, 2015. He was a retired partner with the law firm Elkins & Elkins in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Christine.

Langdon S. Smith ’56, of Albuquerque, formerly of Rome, Italy, and Paris, France; May 10. He was the director of resource programming for the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations. His relief work brought him to Cambodia, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Chad. In 1973 he was recognized for his work by the Tunisian Minister of Social Affairs. Before working at WFP, he worked with CARE in Africa and Asia. After retiring from the United Nations, he held various consultancy assignments in Cambodia and Thailand. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Arthur G. Adams ’57, of Suffern, N.Y.; May 16. He was a self-employed manufacturing representative and past president of the Lehigh, Erie and Wallkill Transportation Co. He wrote many books about the Hudson Valley and was a former president of the Hudson River Maritime Center. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, three grandchildren, and a sister.

George R. Fahnline ’58, of Centerville, Ohio; May 6. He was a contract specialist at the U.S. Air Force–supervised Defense Electronic Supply Center in Kettering, Ohio, for 31 years. He spent five years at the Joint Logistics Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio. He was a member of the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Centerville, the Washington Township Enrichment Center, and the Sons of the American Revolution. He enjoyed playing bridge and working on his family genealogy. He is survived by his wife, Ann; a sister; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

Charles Martell Jr. ’58, of Sacramento, Calif.; Apr. 23. For 48 years he had a career in library sciences as dean and university librarian at California State Univ. in Sacramento (CSUS) and as an associate librarian at various universities. He contributed more than 85 articles to the field of library science and helped create a history and photography website for the library at CSUS. He was instrumental in establishing the Japanese American Archival collection and Cambodian Oral History collection at CSUS. He retired in 2000 but remained an on-call librarian at 14 Sacramento public libraries. He later taught graduate students for three years as a professor for academic library services for the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel Univ. in Sacramento. He published two books of poetry, exhibited his photography in 1996 and 1999, and exhibited his watercolor paintings in 2005 and 2006. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and composed 16 travel photo books of all seven continents. He is survived by his wife, Leyla; a daughter; a son; a granddaughter; two stepchildren; three step-grandchildren; a sister; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

James D. Turner ’58, of Windham, N.H., formerly of Santa Ana, Calif.; Sept. 11, 2015.

Marshall L. Williams ’58, of Framingham, Mass.; Apr. 22. He had a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of colonel and commanded the U.S. Air Force Reserve Intelligence Service detachment at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass. After the military, he worked in commercial real estate finance for several large institutions, including State Mutual Life, John Hancock, Bank of Boston, Bank of New England, and Fleet Bank. He retired in 1966 as a senior vice president of Fleet Bank. He enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Framingham Senior Golf League and Plymouth Church. He is survived by his wife, Bernice; three sons; three daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; a brother; and a sister-in-law.

Robert P. McKendall ’59, of Plymouth, Mass.; Feb. 27, from kidney failure. He was a teacher and a fund-raiser for nonprofit organizations. He was a poet and a composer of song lyrics. He is survived by brothers Benjamin ’52 and David ’54.



William J. Culbert ’60, of Philadelphia; Apr. 9, of complications of influenza. He operated Lensco Products for three decades until he sold the firm and retired in 2009. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and enjoyed collecting American crafts, listening to classical music, swimming, and playing tennis. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters; a son; and two grandchildren.

Howard Kashner ’62, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; Jan. 4, after a brief illness. Before entering private law practice, he served as a trial attorney for the Appellate Section of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1965 to 1968. He had been a partner at the law firm of Moses & Singer, legal counsel to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, and was currently serving as senior legal adviser for Royce & Associates LLC. He was the author of “Financing Limited Partnerships and Their Partners: Caveat Creditor” and “Majority Clauses and Non-Bankruptcy Corporate Reorganizations Contractual and Statutory Alternatives” in The Business Lawyer. He was a member of the New York State and American Bar Associations and the subcommittee on investment companies and investment advisers. He is survived by his wife, Rita; daughters Elizabeth Kashner ’89 and Megan Kashner ’92; five grandchildren; and two brothers.

John E. Morris III ’62, of Dallas, Pa.; May 16. He served in the U.S. Air Force with the Office of the Judge Advocate General as a captain in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He practiced general law throughout his career, except for a five-year period in which he served as general counsel and executive vice president for the Nesbitt ,Memorial Hospital and the Wyoming Valley Health Care System. He served on several boards, including the Wilkes-Barre YMCA and the Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis. He was a member of the budget committee of the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Assoc. and past post commander of the Wilkes-Barre American Legion. He was also a member of the Clemo Hunting and Fishing Club and the Lower Toby Sportsmen Club. He volunteered with the United Way of Wyoming Valley. As captain of Brown’s swim team, he set many pool records and represented Brown at both the ASU and NCAA championships. He won the New England Swimming Championships in the 220 and 440 freestyle in 1960, 1961, and 1962. He was inducted into the Wyoming Seminary Sports Hall of Fame. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, and former wife Claire Morris.

Robert T. Souers ’66, of Portland, Ore.; Mar. 28, 2015. He was director of corporate relations for Marriott Corp. Prior to joining Marriott he worked as a manager of corporate news for Sperry Corp. He was a member of the Public Relations Society of America. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and two children.

Robert S. Welch Jr. ’66, of Baltimore, Feb. 28, of cancer. He was a former Goucher College dean, philosophy lecturer, and acting president. He taught in Rhode Island public schools for four years before obtaining his graduate degrees. He later became a UMass Amherst administrator and assisted students who were enrolled in special programs. In 1985 he was named a dean at Johns Hopkins, working in admissions, financial aid, and student life. In 1989 he was appointed Goucher College’s associate dean and later dean of their academic affairs. He was instrumental in expanding the college’s program of continuing education, and the Robert S. Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies was named in his honor. Goucher’s trustees also named him its acting president for the 2000–01 school year. In 2001 he returned to teaching philosophy and retired in 2014. He was a skilled home beer brewer and an integral part of an effort to rejuvenate his neighborhood by helping at the Charles Village festival, where he ran the beer sales. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Farrell Welch ’68, ’69 MAT; a son; and a sister.

Elaine Cardall Kerr ’67, of Mattoon, Ill., formerly of Yardley, Pa.; May 26. She is survived by a sister, Carolyn Cardall Newsom ’62, and a brother.

David Wile ’67, of Santa Monica, Calif.; Aug. 26, 2015. He was a research professor at USC Information Sciences Inst. before joining Teknowledge Corp. in 2001. In 2010 he became an independent consultant. He is survived by his wife, Linnea, and son, Erik ’97.



Edward J. Szymanoski Jr. ’71, of Alexandria, Va.; Apr. 9, of cancer. He was instrumental in the founding of the Federal Housing Authority Home Equity Conversion Mortgage Program (HECM). His career began as an economist in the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Economic Affairs (HUD). In 1985 he accepted a job at the department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Following two years with the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, where he served as the manager of economic analysis and research and acting associate director, he returned to HUD in 2002 as deputy director of the FHA Office of Evaluation. His federal career spanned 40 years. During that time he spoke at conferences, briefed top government officials, visited international delegations on federal housing programs, and wrote numerous papers. He was recognized worldwide for his expertise in reverse mortgage lending and worked in collaboration with the World Bank on HECM-related projects in Russia, Hungary, and Latvia. His work influenced the research that investigated the root causes of the 2008 financial crisis and in evaluating the impacts of the federal assistance programs that followed, including the implementation of the HUD/Treasury Housing Scorecard, released in June 2010. He is survived by his wife, Lauren; a son; and several cousins.

Robert W. Bigelow ’72, of Chadds Ford, Pa.; Oct. 21, of cancer. He was head of the lens division of Braun North America Cameras, a division of the Gillette Co., in Boston. He left to become vice president of New England Business Services. He later joined Rapid Forms as vice president of marketing until retiring to Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a granddaughter; a sister; and two brothers.

Sharon Prentice Wollenberg Delton ’72, of Tempe, Ariz.; Apr. 6. She worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Quality in the 1970s and 1980s. She is survived by her husband, James; a daughter; a son; and a brother.

Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy ’73, ’73 AM, of New York City; Mar. 21, 2015. She was an associate professor of Russian literature and chair of the Slavic Department at Barnard College. She was a member of the faculty of the Harriman Institute of Columbia Univ. She was president of the American Assoc. of Teachers of Slavic and East European Language (AATSEEL) and a member of the Kennan Institute’s advisory council. She sat on the board of directors of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and chaired the executive committee of the Slavic Division of the Modern Language Assoc. In 2011 she received AATSEEL’s Award for Outstanding Service to the profession. She wrote several books, including Abram Tertz and the Poetics of Crime and a translation with Slava Yastremski of Tertz’s Strolls with Pushkin, and she coedited Under the Skies of My Africa: Alexander Pushkin and Blackness.

Pearl Davis Rezendes ’73, of Riverside, R.I.; Apr. 27. She was a banker at the former Fleet National Bank and retired from Bank of America in 1978 as a vice president. She was active with the United Way of Southeastern New England and the YWCA of Greater Rhode Island, where she was a past president. She enjoyed attending sporting events. She is survived by a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a grandson; three sisters, including Christine Davis Jones ’84; a brother; and several nieces and nephews, including Linda Davis Griffin ’91.

Francis J. Jamiel ’77, of Warren, R.I.; Jun. 6, of cancer. He was the former owner of Jamiel’s Shoe World in Warren. He enjoyed football, and for his accomplishments he was named to the Brown Hall of Fame, the Warren Hall of Fame, and the Rhode Island Gridiron Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed spinning, eating oysters, and listening to reggae music. He is survived by his wife, Jayne; his mother; four daughters, including Michaella Jamiel ’06; three brothers, including Joseph ’80; and several nieces and nephews.

Christopher Kalnik ’78, of Huntington Woods, Mich., formerly of White Plains, N.Y.; Sept. 6, 2015, of prostate cancer. He was a senior marketing representative with IBM in New York and later a partner and managing director with Technology Partners International, where he worked for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Gina; a daughter; a son; his parents; and two brothers.



Daniel B. Hurwich ’83, of Munster, Ind.; Feb. 23. He was a gastroenterologist who practiced for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Karyn; three children; his mother; and a sister.

Charles R. Stoebner ’85, of San Marcos, Tex.; Nov. 16, 2015. He is survived by his father.

Dorothea Riggs Dickerson ’86, of Blacksburg, Va.; Jul. 21, 2015. She was an active member of Tried Stone Christian Center and involved in Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. She previously worked as a writer and editor in Blacksburg and was a project development adviser for the Mennonite Central Committee during a three-year assignment to Bangladesh. She taught English in Japan for more than a year. She is survived by her husband, Bryan; a daughter; and a son.

Elizabeth Dare Patterson ’89, of London, England; Sept. 30, 2015, of ovarian cancer. She was known to Brown friends as Zeb. She worked in the publishing industry, first at Bloomsbury and later at Transworld Publishers. She was involved in her community, where she helped establish a book club and enjoyed serving as a governor in her children’s school. She also helped her husband build a bespoke kitchen business. She is survived by her husband, Keith; three daughters; and her parents.



Eric R. Putter ’93, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; Sept. 8, 2015. He was an entrepreneur. He enjoyed music and dogs. He is survived by his wife, two children, and his parents.



Ziad Kharbush ’13, of Dubai, formerly of Livonia, Mich. May 21, due to complications of diabetes. He worked for PricewaterhouseCooper’s Middle East health-care consulting team and, throughout his life, tried to spread awareness of Type 1 juvenile diabetes. He was a former Brown wrestler and enjoyed animals and fishing. He is survived by his parents, a brother, and five nieces and nephews.



Norman A. Tardiff ’41 ScM, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Apr. 27. Prior to serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was an instructor in zoology at UConn. After the war he owned and operated Tardiff’s Jewelers in Wappinger for 30 years. He was a member of the Chelsea Yacht Club and was its historian for 12 years. He enjoyed sailing the Hudson and in 2001 published A Boatman’s History of the Hudson River. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Margaret Yuza Keck ’48 ScM, of Boyertown, Pa.; May 10. She taught physics in the Easton, Pa., school district for many years. She was a member of the Exeter Friends Meeting House in Douglassville. She is survived by three sons, 14 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Alexander N. MacDonald ’53 AM, of Enderby, B.C.; Apr. 1, 2015. He taught at the Univ. of British Columbia for 25 years. In retirement he enjoyed biking, traveling, and watching football. He is survived by a daughter, two granddaughters, a niece, and three nephews.

William J. Wallace ’58 MAT (see ’50).

Marilynn Goldsmith Benedict ’61 ScM, ’65 PhD, of Pittsburgh; Apr. 23. She was on the faculty at the Univ. of Pittsburgh and was instrumental in creating the Women’s Studies Program there. She was a birth control counselor before obtaining two PhD degrees, one in counseling education and one in psychology. She was affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Pittsburgh. She was the head of the Pittsburgh Jung Society and enjoyed creating wearable art. She is survived by her husband, John; two stepchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

Harvey Selib ’62 AM, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Jul. 20, 2015. He was a retired systems programmer with Calspan Corp. in Buffalo. He is survived by his wife, Marsha.

Elaine Ostrach Chaika ’72 PhD (see ’56).

Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy ’73 AM (see ’73).

Earl A. Shorthouse ’73 AM, of Hydesville, Calif.; Apr. 14. He was a craftsman and furniture maker. He enjoyed reading, especially the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. He is survived by his wife, Randi; a daughter; four grandchildren; and a sister.

Michael E. DiRamio ’90 AM, of Weymouth, Mass.; May 26. He was a former philosophy instructor and senior lecturer at Northeastern Univ. Skilled in hypnotism, he ran various smoking cessation programs funded by the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health and volunteered his time doing hypnotism work. He was a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. He is survived by his mother, a brother, a sister-in-law, and several cousins.



Sears R. Jayne, of Cambridge, Mass.; Apr. 11, 2015, of a stroke. He taught at UC Berkeley, the Univ. of Virginia at Charlottesville, the Claremont Graduate School, Pomona College, and Queens College before joining the Brown faculty in 1969. At Brown he taught English and comparative literature until his retirement in 1981 due to hearing loss. He published many articles, reviews, and books, including Plato in Early Medieval England; Library of John, Lord Lumley; and Library Catalogues of the English Renaissance. He spoke regularly at scholarly meetings and served on several editorial journal boards. He enjoyed research projects, particularly the Charles Sumner and the Visual Arts (2011) project at the Boston Athenaeum, which consists of five volumes he created with his wife, Mae. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He won a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, and an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship and spent research sabbaticals in England and Italy. He enjoyed reciting Shakespeare. He is survived by three daughters, nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Rev. Howard V. O’Shea, of Wyckoff, N.J.; Mar. 26. He worked as a reporter for United Press International before being called to the Franciscan Order, where he was ordained a priest in 1958. He taught philosophy and theology at Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Saint Francis College, and Holy Name College, before joining Brown as chaplain. He left Brown in 1994 to serve as chaplain for foreign students in the Archdiocese of Aix-en-Provence in France. During summers, he provided relief for priests in need of vacation by running parishes in England and Sweden. He retired from full-time ministry in 2011 and lived at Saint Anthony Shrine in Boston until 2015.

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