May 4th, 2017


Jeanette Friedman Dillabough ’37 of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Jan. 3. She earned a master’s in public health nursing from Columbia and was retired from a career in nursing. She was on the board of directors of the Visiting Nursing Service for more than 40 years and later enjoyed volunteering at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem. She was an active member of the American Association of University Women for more than 60 years and was president from 1959 to 1961. She was also a member of Temple Emanuel, Hadassah, and the Sisterhood of Temple Emanuel. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Richard B. Hutton ’39, of Southington, Conn.; Dec. 16. He was a retired president of P. Hutton & Son, a men’s clothing store in North Haven, Conn. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; four daughters; two sons, including Douglas ’71; a daughter-in-law; four sons-in-law; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.



Harvey M. Spear ’42, of New York City; Jan. 22. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he earned a J.D. from Harvard and additional advanced degrees from George Washington Univ. After a short period of time working as a certified public accountant in Maryland, he began working in Washington, D.C., as an assistant U.S. attorney, a legal assistant to the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel SEC, and as an examiner in the Division of Corporation Finance. In 1950 he served in the U.S. Department of Justice as special assistant to U.S. Attorney General J. Howard McGrath. In 1956 he was a legislative assistant to R.I. Sen. John O. Pastore. In 1954 he moved to New York City to form the law firm of Spear & Hill, and in 1962  became special counsel to R.I. Sen. Claiborne Pell. He later joined the New York City law firms Jacob Persinger & Parker; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft; and McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. He served as special counsel to the Committee of Independent Directors of Ferrofluidics Corp. and the Committee of Independent Directors of Tesoro Corp. He was chief counsel to the commission in charge of investigating the collapse of the Rhode Island Share and Deposit Indemnity Corp. in 1991. An active alumnus, he was a class marshal, vice president of his class, and former president of the Brown Club of New York. He owned horses and was president of the Washington International Horse Show. He also enjoyed classical music and the opera and served as chairman of the executive committee of the Metropolitan Opera National Council. He was president and treasurer of the American Friends of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1963 to 1969 he was treasurer of the New York City Democratic Committee. He was a member of the Administrative Council of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights and a member of the President’s Council of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; a daughter; a granddaughter; and a brother.

James G. Scanzaroli ’44, of Rochester, N.Y.; Nov. 20. He was employed with Eastman Kodak for 37 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He volunteered at Friendly Home Senior Living in Rochester and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by cousins.

Henry D. Epstein ’46, of New York City; Dec. 24. He was president and CEO of Memotec Communications. He earlier worked at General Electric, was a vice president and general manager of Texas Instruments, a vice president of Loral Corp., and chairman and CEO of Penril Datacom Networks. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Sigma Xi. He was an art collector and an artist. He traveled widely and collected antique Holy Land maps. He enjoyed writing poetry and songs. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Thomas ’50.

Joseph D. Hersey ’47, of Millis, Mass.; Jan. 8. He was an electrical engineer and the owner of the former Industrionics Co. in Millis. He wrote and published many books and was known for his storytelling. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by four children, 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Gerald W. Buckley ’48, of New Bedford, Mass.; Dec. 20. He was the proprietor of New Bedford Tire Co. for many years.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Sigma Nu. He is survived by his wife, Cecelia; six children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

H. Alan Timm ’48, of Falmouth, Me.; Jan. 3. He retired in 1984 as president and CEO of the Bank of Maine. From 1985 to 1987 he was director of the Maine State Lottery. He was president of the Augusta Board of Trade, a trustee of the Maine Maritime Academy, a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a president of the Kennebec Valley Medical Center, a president of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, a chairman of the Regional Advisory Council of the Small Business Administration, and a chairman of the Maine Recreational Authority. He was a member of the Family Violence Project in Augusta and the Augusta Country Club, which he served as president of the board of governors. Lambda Chi Alpha. He enjoyed traveling with his late wife. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.

Robert L. Luce ’49, of Hempstead, N.Y.; Dec. 12. He was a senior vice president at Fitzgerald Gardner in New York City before  becoming a resource opportunities director at Long Island Youth Guidance. An Eagle Scout and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service, he served for eight years on the Nassau County Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and for two years as a district chairman of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Pelham Men’s Club and Alpha Delta Phi. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; a daughter; two sons; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; and a brother.

Florence Castro Walsh ’49, of Needham, Mass.; Dec. 21. She retired from the American Red Cross after many years of service as a nurse. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Needham and enjoyed gardening and traveling. She is survived by five stepchildren and six grandchildren.



Edmund F. Capozzi ’50, of Cranston, R.I.; Jan. 5, after a short illness. He was CEO of Modern Industries in Providence. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Hope Club and the Dunes Club in Narragansett, R.I. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a daughter; a son, Edmund Jr. ’82; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and four grandchildren.

Philip C. Curtis Jr. ’50, of Los Angeles; Dec. 19, from Parkinson’s. He was a professor and chairman of the math department at UCLA. He joined the faculty in 1955 and remained there 50 years, retiring with emeritus status. He was a founder of UC’s Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project and an advocate for improving mathematics education in secondary schools. He was a member of the UC Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools, the Mathematical Assoc. of America, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. The UCLA Philip C. Curtis Jr. Center for Mathematics and Teaching was named in his honor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and enjoyed listening to opera and other classical music, reading history, riding trains, hiking, cross-country skiing, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Smith Curtis ’50; two daughters; three sons, including Philip C. Curtis III ’73; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Norman Ebenstein ’50, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of West Hartford, Conn.; Dec. 20. He founded Capital Commercial Properties and served as its president for more than 50 years. He contributed to regional and national nonprofits, served as president of the local chapter of B’nai B’rith, and created the Norman Ebenstein Foundation to support philanthropic activities. After earning his law degree from Boston Univ., he practiced at Horwitz & Ebenstein in Hartford. At Brown he was a member of the varsity baseball team. He enjoyed playing tennis into his 80s. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Gorlick Ebenstein ’51, ’68 MAT; a daughter; a son, Douglas ’75; a daughter-in-law; and two granddaughters, including Lori Ebenstein ’17.

Joan Benson Ehrenbeck ’50, of Ashburn, Va., formerly of Bedford, Mass.; Dec. 27. She was involved with the Girl Scouts of America and was a recipient of one of its highest awards, the Curved Bar Award. She also became a leader and camp director. Later she worked for New England Telephone and Telegraph and H&R Block. She volunteered to provide tax services to the elderly and served as pianist for Heritage Hall in Leesburg. She taught Sunday school in the Presbyterian church, where she was also an elder and deacon. She is survived by her husband, Raymond; a daughter; a son-in-law; and four grandchildren.

A. Scott Hazel ’50, of Orange City, Fla., formerly of Cherry Hill, N.J.; Jan. 1. He was a mechanical engineer and, after working for several companies, in 1963 became the founder and president of A.S. Hazel Associates in Cherry Hill. He was a 30-year member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cherry Hill and retired to Florida in 1995. He enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by four sons, four daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, a sister, a brother-in-law, a niece, and two nephews.

Arnold W. Mycock ’50, of Cotuit, Mass.; Apr. 22, 2016. He was a lifelong employee and 66-year volunteer of the Cotuit Athletic Assoc. He served as general manager for the Cotuit Kettleers for 44 years and general manager emeritus for 22 years. In 1962 he was one of the founding members of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL). He received numerous awards for his service, including the 1988 first CCBL Franchise Person of the Year; the 1993 Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Award for Contributions to Youth, Coaching and the Game of Baseball; and the 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association’s Meritorious Service Award. He was a member of the inaugural class of the CCBL’s Hall of Fame in 2000. Each year the league’s champion team is presented with the Arnold Mycock Championship Trophy. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and is survived by nieces and nephews.

Nancy Luther Sleicher ’50, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Johnston, R.I.; Jan. 3. She worked as a nurse  until retiring in 1975. She volunteered at the local food bank, was involved with the Girl Scouts of America, was a choir member of the North Scituate Baptist Church, and was a 30-year member of Harmony Heritage Chorus. She enjoyed hiking, canoeing, reading, playing cards, rescuing cats and dogs, and completing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle. She is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Bedros “Peter” Aproian ’51, of Providence; Jan. 11. He was a research physicist for the Naval Undersea Warfare Systems Center, where he worked on nuclear submarines and confidential long-range research problems. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He enjoyed reading, painting, and spending time with family. He is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews.

Enid “Sue” Andersen Chace ’51, of Lawrence Twp., N.J.; Nov. 19. She was a retired elementary school teacher and homemaker. She was active in the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, N.J.; the Nassau Club of Princeton; and the Princeton Garden Club. She was also an avid golfer at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton. She was a docent at the Princeton Univ. Art Museum for 25 years and enjoyed playing bridge. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, six grandchildren, and a sister-in-law.

Russell S. Holland ’51, of Elkton, Md.; Jan. 10. He worked in the research and design and marketing products department at DuPont in Parlin, N.J., from which he retired in 1990. He was president, treasurer, and director of the Glen Farms Civic Assoc.; volunteered for the Cecil County Men’s Shelter and Elkton Community Kitchen; and was on the boards of the Appleton Regional Community Alliance and the Cecil County Public Library Assoc. He was also an elder and choir member of the Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church in Newark, Del. He enjoyed singing and photography. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter; a son-in-law; two grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Edward A. Lepage ’51, of Chelmsford, Mass.; Dec. 20. He worked as an electrical engineer for Alpha Industries in Woburn, Mass., until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks. He is survived by his wife, Violet; a daughter; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

Norman D. Harvey III ’52, of Little Compton, R.I., formerly of Watertown, Mass.; Dec. 27. He worked at Weyerhaueser in Watertown before settling in Little Compton. He retired in 1989. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the vestry and a junior and senior warden at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown. He also served 12 years on the Little Compton school committee. He was a past president of the Little Compton PG Club and a member of the Little Compton recreation committee, which was responsible for rebuilding the town basketball courts. He enjoyed gardening, music, and dogs. He is survived by two daughters, a son, and a sister-in-law.

Owen W. Heleen ’53, of New Bedford, Mass.; Dec. 25, after a long illness. He was an independent real estate appraiser. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; five children; nine grandchildren; and a cousin.

Isobel Hinckley Glover ’54, of New York City; Jan. 28. She began working in the fashion publishing industry and later worked alongside her husband at Price Glover, specializing in antiques and reproduction lighting. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Thomas H. Simon ’54, of Grantham, N.H., formerly of Cincinnati; Dec. 30. He was president of Schaefer Tailoring Co. in Cincinnati until 1976. He later founded People, Places, and Things in Cincinnati, which he led until 2014. He was a past president of the Brown Alumni Club of Cincinnati. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two children; three grandchildren; and three stepchildren.

Samuel L. Barr ’56, of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Pennsylvania; Jan. 10. He was a salesman for Metropolitan Insurance in Providence before taking on a career in finance. He was a senior trust officer for the Delaware County National Bank in Chester, Pa., and held senior trust officer positions at other banks in Pennsylvania and Miami. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He served on the boards of the United Way, the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Girl Scouts of America. He enjoyed, in his words, “the put back” and was a major donor to hospitals, cancer research centers, and other organizations. He is survived by his wife, Lea; three daughters; a son; three sons-in-law; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Margaret “Dazzle” Devoe Gidley ’56, of East Providence; Dec. 14. She taught piano privately and at Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island. She was a soloist for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in 1956 and a pianist for the Providence Civic Orchestra for Senior Citizens until her death. She served as class secretary and was a member of the boards of the Chopin Club, the Chaminade Club of Providence, and the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra. She was a former chairwoman of the Governor’s Arts Awards Committee and served on the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She was also a member of Central Congregational Church in Providence and enjoyed playing tennis. She is survived by two sons, two daughters-in-law, a grandson, and twin brother Harry Devoe ’56.

John T. O’Neill ’56, of Washington, D.C.; Dec. 4. He worked at American Univ. in Washington, D.C., and as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy until his medical disability retirement. He then volunteered for more than 20 years at the VA Hospital in Washington. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he enjoyed fishing, world events, history, and politics. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; a brother; a sister-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Rita Albanese Simonetti ’56, of Cranston, R.I.; Dec. 31. She worked as a medical laboratory technician at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston and at the Charles V. Chapin Hospital in Providence. She was also a certified teacher in the Cranston and Providence school systems and a realtor. For more than 20 years she was a volunteer for Brown, raised funds for major gifts and for reunion class gift campaigns. She was elected reunion class gifts campaign chair and was a Commencement marshal. She was awarded citations for her work. She is survived by five sons, including Anthony ’82; two daughters-in-law; and three grandchildren.

Hazel Kingsley Turley ’56, of Jamestown, R.I.; Dec. 18, of Alzheimer’s. She was the youngest nursing instructor at Rhode Island Hospital in 1958 and was featured in the Providence Journal. She later worked as a nurse at Nantucket (Mass.) Cottage Hospital and continued nursing in Washington, D.C., and California before she returned to Rhode Island Hospital, where she became assistant director of nursing. She also worked for the Newport County Community Mental Health Center in Middletown, R.I., as an advocate for senior citizens. She was an active member of the Republican Party and ran for school committee and state representative in Lincoln, R.I. She was a member of the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters, and the Pembroke Alumnae Assoc. She served on the Governor’s Commission on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases, educating the public about Lyme disease. An avid writer, she published Images of America: Narragansett Brewing Company in 2007. She is survived by three daughters; two sons; two daughters-in-law, including Ann Kieron Turley ’92; three sons-in-law; nine grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.

John P. Beeman ’57, of Guerneville, Calif.; Aug. 8. He appeared in several plays in New York City and Los Angeles and later made appearances on television series and in movies. He is survived by four nieces and a nephew.

Kerrigan G. Hanoian ’57, of Providence; Nov. 25. He began his career as a social worker at the Rhode Island Department of Child Welfare and then was a director at Progress for Providence. He later was a manager of the Kent County Probation Department and worked as a probation and parole officer for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections for more than 20 years before retiring. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; a daughter; a son-in-law; a granddaughter; two sisters; a brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Artemas M. Pickard ’57, of Falmouth, Me., formerly of Stamford, Conn.; Dec. 1. He was employed by IBM for 35 years. A veteran of the U.S. Navy and a licensed coast guard captain, he also served as a commodore for the Wilson Cove (Conn.) Yacht Club, a commander of the Rowayton Sail and Power Squadron, a commander of the Portland Sail and Power Squadron, and a president of the Brown Club of Fairfield County (Conn.). He is survived by his wife, Mary Bayley ’57; a daughter; a son, Thomas ’87; a son-in-law; and three granddaughters.

Harold A. Taylor ’58, of Summit Point, W. Va., formerly of Arlington, Va.; Jan. 11. He retired from the U.S. Bureau of Mines as a mineral analyst physical scientist in 1995. He later founded Basics/Mines, working as a marketing consultant for industrial minerals. He was active in prison ministry and enjoyed singing in the St. James the Greater Roman Catholic Church choir, with which he sang for Pope Benedict XVI. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Richard D. Claiborn ’59, of Guilford, Conn.; Nov. 25, of a hemorrhagic stroke. While at Brown he captained the 1959 swim team. After graduating, he completed Navy Officer Candidate School and served in Vietnam. He went on to serve 20 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He worked at William J. Mack printers in North Haven, Conn., for 32 years before retiring in 2003. He then volunteered at the Father McGivney Cancer Center at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven. He was a member of Abington Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and enjoyed swimming, playing tennis, bridge, and golf. He is survived by his wife, Kay, of 10 Long Hill Farm, Guilford 06437; two daughters; two sons-in-law; five grandchildren; three siblings; and several nieces and nephews.

Eleanor Levinson Lewis ’59, of Providence; Dec. 24. She taught elementary school music in the Newton (Mass.) public schools and English as a Second Language to adults. She served as a lay leader at Temple Sinai in Brookline, Mass., and at Temple Emanu-El in Providence. She was chair of the editorial board of the local Jewish community paper in Providence and sang alto with the Providence Singers for 25 years. She is survived by her husband, David ’57; a daughter, Deborah Lewis ’84; a son, Steven ’87; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; a brother; and two nephews.

Peter B. Salsbury ’59, of Derby, Conn.; Nov. 6. He retired from the former City Trust Bank in 1979 as senior vice president and treasurer. He was also the former owner of the Chalker Beach Store in Old Saybrook. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a chairman of the United Way of Greater Bridgeport. His memberships included the University Club of Bridgeport, the Country Club of Fairfield, and the Jaycees. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; three daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; and seven grandchildren.



Joan Jacobson Knapton ’60, of Churchville, Md.; Nov. 15. She was a retired social worker in Baltimore. At Brown she was a member of the Chattertocks and continued to enjoy music as a choir member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She also enjoyed reading and needlepoint. She is survived by her husband, John; four daughters; three sons, including William ’95; and 25 grandchildren.

Charles H. Aymond ’62, of Jackson, Mich.; Jan. 25, of cancer. He was a retired lawyer and partner at Aymond, Sullivan, Whedon & Thompson in Jackson. He was a trustee and chairman of the Jackson Community Foundation, a chairman of the John George Home, a chairman of the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and a member of the Ella Sharp Park board. He was a member of the Michigan State Bar for 50 years. In retirement he was the director of the Ella Sharp Museum, an antique collector, and a gardener. He is survived by his wife, Dana; two sons; and six grandchildren.

Bradley G. Easterson ’62, of Northfield, Minn., formerly of South Glastonbury, Conn.; Nov. 24, 2015, of a brain aneurysm. He was a retired executive director of American PIE in South Glastonbury and president of the former Jonathan Wisconsin Inc. in Marlborough, Conn. He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, and playing music. He is survived by his wife, Toni; three children, including son, Thomas ’88; a grandson; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Francis P. Dibella ’64, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Dec. 10, from neurofibromatosis and Parkinson’s. He was a research scientist at Upjohn for many years and retired in 2007 from Pfizer. He enjoyed classical music, playing chess, watching birds, gardening, and cheering for Boston sport teams, especially the Red Sox. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters; and a son.

Kathryn Costa Houlihan ’66, of Southbury, Conn.; Dec. 23. She worked as assistant director of financial aid at Housatonic Valley Community College and earlier as a financial aid adviser at Fairfield Univ. She was active in many community and volunteer programs and was a member of two book clubs. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with family. She is survived by her companion, George Hensinger; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; and a sister.

James T. Minuto ’66, of Providence, formerly of West Hills, Calif.; Dec. 15, of cancer. He worked as a city planner in Cranston, R.I., and Cambridge, Mass., before relocating to California in 1978 to work for the Southern California Assoc. of Governments in Los Angeles. He practiced law full-time after earning a law degree from Loyola Law School in 1982. In 1999 he returned to Providence, where he taught political science and American history at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). He established the political science club at CCRI and was a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He enjoyed dancing to rock-and-roll music, walking his dog, playing Trivial Pursuit with his children, and talking about the state of the world. He is survived by his wife, Janice; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; a brother; a sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

A. James Watt ’67, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Holmdel, N.J.; Nov. 29. A retired dermatologist, he was a former assistant chief of dermatology at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital on Staten Island and a clinical instructor in dermatology at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a member of Brown’s track team and Theta Delta Chi. He is survived by brother Charles Watt ’71.

Corrine Reardon Capalbo ’68, of Cranston, R.I.; Nov. 21. She was a special education teacher in Woonsocket, R.I., for 28 years. In 1995 she received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Arc of Northern Rhode Island. In retirement she taught religious education classes. Corrine loved Brown and the foundation it provided for her future pursuits. At Brown she was mentored and became a lifetime friend of the cultured and scholarly, Mr. Arnold Vanbenschoten, of the John Hay Library. He and a host of brilliant professors provided their guidance and example in channeling Corrine’s innate intelligence, compassion for others and interpersonal skills, to lead a productive and inspirational life as an exemplary wife, mother, grandmother, relative, friend and award-winning general and special educator. She is survived by her husband, William ’57; three sons; three daughters-in-law; three grandchildren; two sisters; two brothers-in-law, including Carmine J. Capalbo '48 and several nieces and nephews.

Edmond S. Zaglio ’68, of Woodbridge, Va., formerly of Torrington, Conn.; Dec. 16. He was a career employee of the forestry division of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. At Brown he was a four-year member of the men’s soccer team and a member of the undefeated 1967 team that was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed working with stained glass and wood, collecting coins, gardening, and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette; a daughter; a son; four grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and many nieces and nephews.



Wolfgang W. Millbrandt ’70, ’75 ScM, of Mason, N.H.; Nov. 26, after a long illness. He was a computer software developer for SeaChange International, Inc. He was instrumental in the development of a computer-assisted typesetting application for the layout of newspaper advertisements and editorial content, which he later developed into a commercial application for Digital Equipment Corp. He was a member of the Mason Volunteer Fire Dept. for 10 years and served on the board of selectmen for 20 years. After retiring from local politics, he wrote a blog, the “Mason NH Gazette,” under the pen name Wentworth and enjoyed informing the public of local happenings. He is survived by his wife, Dotsie Noren Millbrandt ’72; his mother; and two sons.

John H. Valdes ’71, of Pinehurst, N.C., formerly of Washington, D.C.; Jan. 25, 2016, from salivary gland cancer. He was director of legislative services and assistant counsel of the National LP-Gas Assoc. in Washington, D.C. He entered the commercial real estate industry in the early 1980s and worked for Barnes, Morris, Pardoe & Foster and The Penrose Group. He mentored new brokers and represented clients in land sales in the Dulles corridor. He was instrumental in the development of the Loudoun County Parkway extension in 2003. He enjoyed sailing, traveling, and playing tennis and golf. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; his mother; two sisters; and a brother.

Terry-Nan Tannenbaum ’73, of Montreal, Canada; Mar. 17, 2016, of lung cancer. She was a public health physician and lung cancer advocate. She joined the Montreal Public Health Department as it battled tuberculosis in the city and later oversaw efforts to contain the outbreak of swine flu in 2009. She spent time in Ecuador in 2000 helping to develop programs to fight tuberculosis. From 2001 to 2005 she was president of the management committee at Dawson College. She mentored medical students and was a public speaker and a crusader for equality in health care before her diagnosis in 2014. She enjoyed hiking before her health declined and eventually began a blog, which can be found on the Canadian Lung Association’s webpage, about her experience as a doctor turned patient. In recognition of her work in lung health, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal in 2002. She is survived by her husband, André Dascal; a daughter; a son; her mother; a sister; and a brother.



Kate Livingston Vale ’87, of Arlington, Mass.: Nov. 27, due to complications from Crohn’s disease. She worked at Bates College in Lewiston, Me., as the vice president for information and library services. Before Bates she was director of digital learning at Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health and also served as its director of academic technology. She earlier worked at MIT and also in Brown’s Computing and Information Technology department as a coordinator of consulting services. As a Brown student she worked as a DJ at WBRU and was a member of the Brown Band. She enjoyed knitting and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Marshall Vale, and two children. 



Matthew J. Kohansky ’01, of Attleboro, Mass.; Jan. 15. He worked at Wise Construction in Winchester, Mass.. A gifted hockey player, he was a member of the hockey teams at both Mount Saint Charles Academy and at Brown and went on to play for the Fayetteville FireAntz. He enjoyed watching and cheering all Boston sports teams, playing golf, and spending time with family. He was an active member of the Recovery Services Community Program. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, a nephew, many cousins, and his former wife, Anna Fisher.

Peter B. Gimbel ’05, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; Jan. 9, of pulmonary complications from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He was a social worker at the Dawn Center for Independent Living in New Jersey, counseling people with disabilities and writing articles on related subjects. He eventually moved to web design, communicating with his computer by blowing Morse Code through a straw-like tube. He published a blog at  in which he related lessons of life. Undeterred by Duchenne, which required him to use a wheelchair since he was 11, he studied abroad during college and received academic honors for his undergraduate- and graduate-level achievements, speaking in classrooms and at conferences. He enjoyed nature, science, music, and sharing those interests with his daughter. He is survived by his wife, Jessica Resnick-Ault ’02; a daughter; his parents; and two sisters.

Jessica L. Fisher ’16, of State College, Pa.; Jan. 25, after a two-year battle with brain cancer. She graduated with honors as a Sigma Xi scholar and the recipient of the Sarah LaMendola Undergraduate Research Award for outstanding research in geological and environmental sciences. She was also a member of the Fusion Dance Company, serving as artistic director and soloist during her senior year. After graduation she worked as an intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. She enjoyed studying fossils and considered each day an opportunity. She is survived by her fiancé, Lars Berg; her parents, Donald ’88 PhD and Mary Ellen ’89 MD; her grandparents; and a sister.



John B. Lyon ’52 ScM, ’54 PhD, of Flowery Branch, Ga.; Nov. 17. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory Univ. in 1954, he joined the Emory faculty. He retired as a professor of biochemistry in 1993. He was a member of the Lake Lanier Sailing Club and Psi Upsilon. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a grandson; three sisters; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.

Carl L. Goodzeit ’55 ScM, of DeSoto, Tex.; Jan. 25. He worked as an engineering consultant. For most of his career he was a senior engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy, working in the physics department at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. From 1990 to 1994 he was a senior engineer and group leader for the magnet division. He held several patents and wrote many scientific articles. He enjoyed playing tennis and guitar, cooking, sailing, and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Connie; four children; and five grandchildren.

Charles W. Suver ’64 AM, of Seattle; Dec. 29. He was a professor of economics at St. Martin’s and Gonzaga universities. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Economic Assoc., the American Statistical Assoc., the American Finance Assoc., and the Econometric Society. He enjoyed climbing challenging peaks in the North Cascades with his brother. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; four daughters; four sons; four daughters-in-law; four sons-in-law; and 22 grandchildren.

Kenneth G. Nolte ’66 ScM, ’68 PhD, of Tulsa, Okla.; Jul. 6. He was the cofounder of the Nolte-Smith consulting business (now NSI Technologies). He previously worked at Amoco Research for 16 years and was a technical adviser for hydraulic fracturing research and development at Dowell Schlumberger in Tulsa. He wrote more than 22 technical papers and held six patents. He was a distinguished lecturer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He is survived by three children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Likhit Dhiravegin ’72 AM, ’73 PhD, of Bangkok, Thailand; Nov. 20, of cancer. He was a political scientist lecturer at Thammasat Univ. before becoming dean of the faculty of the political science department in 1983. In 1988 he was appointed vice-rector of the university and in 2004 he became a fellow of the Royal Institute of Thailand. He also wrote for the Bangkok Post.

Michael J. Moakler ’74 AM, of Warwick, R.I.; May 3, 2016. He was a teacher at Central High School and Classical High School in Providence. He was an active parishioner at St. Timothy’s Church in Warwick. He is survived by two sisters and a brother.

Wolfgang W. Millbrandt ’75 ScM (see ’70).

Bernard R. Hawke ’77 ScM, ’79 PhD, of Honolulu; Jan. 24, 2015. He joined the Univ. of Hawaii’s small group of planetary geologists that later grew to become part of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. In 1983 he was instrumental in establishing the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, one of NASA’s regional planetary image facilities, and remained director until his death. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He is survived by a brother, a sister-in-law, and two nephews.

Xian O’Brien ’10 PhD, of Providence; Nov. 15. After earning her PhD, she stayed at Brown for her postdoctoral work, which culminated in a faculty appointment. Her research goal was to develop new drugs to improve the ability of the human immune system to fight disease. She published several scientific papers and assisted in training many investigators. She is survived by her partner, Michael Cross; her mother, an aunt, and many cousins.

Mark J. Baumer ’11 MFA, of Providence; Jan. 21, after being hit by a car during an attempt to walk barefoot across the country to raise awareness about climate change. Before starting his walk, he was a senior library specialist at Brown. An accomplished poet, he won Quarterly West’s novella contest and the 2015 Black Warrior Review poetry contest. He received a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship award in poetry in 2016. This was his second journey across the United States; in 2010 he walked across America and wrote a self-published book, I Am a Road. He had hoped to raise funds for the FANG Collective, an environmental activist group in Pawtucket, R.I. His blog ( ) chronicled his journey.



Michael B. McKeown, of Barrington, R.I.; Dec. 21, from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was a faculty member at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies before joining the Brown faculty in 2000 in the department of molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. As a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow, he examined the effect of genetics on biological processes in complex organisms using the sexual behavior of the Drosophila as a model. He taught and developed both graduate and undergraduate courses in genetics and served as the director of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute undergraduate science education grant awarded to Brown. He also served as the director of graduate studies for the department of molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry at Brown from 2001 to 2009 and was honored with the Elizabeth H. Leduc Award for Teaching Excellence in the Life Sciences in 2010. He was active in K–12 mathematics and science education issues and, with his wife, founded Mathematically Correct, a nationwide math advocacy group. He was active in writing the San Diego Math Standards and in the early stages of writing the California Science Standards. He was a lecturer at several colleges and published numerous scientific articles. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Erica; a daughter; and two sons.
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