September 28th, 2017


Sara Dowty Toney ’35, of Pasadena, Fla., formerly of Bethesda, Md.; Mar. 13.

Eunice Estes Strobel ’39, of Glendale, R.I.; May 4, 2016. She taught for more than 25 years in the Burrillville (R.I.) school department. She is survived by a son, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a niece, and a nephew.



Bernice Markoff Gourse ’41, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Providence; May 11. She worked as the director of volunteers at Miriam Hospital in Providence and later in the family business, Paramount Greeting Cards, as an editor and writer developing new lines of cards. While at Brown, she was a costume designer for Sock & Buskin and Brownbrokers. She was active with the Girl Scouts and the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island and served as president of the Temple Beth El Sisterhood and the National Council of Jewish Women. She participated in reunions and maintained many Brown friendships. She enjoyed reading, photography, cooking, and traveling. She is survived by a daughter; a son; three stepchildren, including Richard Gourse ’71, ’73 MAT, ’80 PhD, and Judith Gourse Hoffman ’76; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Gloria Markoff Winston ’48.

Mary Lewis Chapman ’42, of Springfield, Va.; May 17. A retired nurse, she was a member of the American Assoc. of University Women. She is survived by a daughter.

Selma Schlossberg Kroll ’42, of Wakefield, R.I.; May 23. She worked as an analytical chemist at Olin Chemical in East Providence, R.I. She was a member of the Warwick Civic Orchestra, West Bay League of Women Voters, the Rhode Island Assoc. of Retarded Citizens, the Brown Club of Kent County, and the Potowomut Golf Club (all in Rhode Island). She was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed playing duets with her granddaughter. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf and solving crossword puzzles. She is survived by two daughters and a granddaughter.

Albert Finger ’46, of Bristol, R.I.; May 14. He was the owner of the former Morris Finger & Sons Furniture Store in Bristol and a member of Temple Beth El. He is survived by a daughter.

Mildred Factoroff Pivnick ’46, of Warwick, R.I.; Apr. 9. She worked for the Warwick public school department as an elementary-school teacher, guidance counselor, and principal until she retired in 1985. She enjoyed playing cards and golf and traveling. She is survived by her daughter, Heidi Bomengen, PO Box 860, Killington, Vt. 05750; a son-in-law; and five nieces.

Morris A. Stout III ’46, of Glenside, Pa.; May 28. He worked for 34 years at Sun Oil and 25 years with Century 21 Gerhard Co., both in Pennsylvania. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. He was a volunteer fireman for Chestnut Hill (Pennsylvania) and also volunteered at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed visiting the Pocono Lake Preserve, sailing, bird-watching, gardening, woodworking, and playing bridge. He is survived by three daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister.

John R. Decker ’48, of Stuart, Fla., formerly of Jefferson and Port Washington, N.Y.; Apr. 27. He worked for the former Burlington Hosiery Co. in New York City and later founded his own New York City business, Grissman & Decker Hosiery. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He taught Sunday school at Trinity Episcopal Church in Red Bank, N.J., and enjoyed trout fishing, playing chess, traveling, and listening to classical music. He is survived by his partner, Colleen Weston; three daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; six grandchildren; and nephew Andrew Decker ’80.

Frederick M. Fradley ’48, of Stockbridge, Mass., formerly of Media, Pa., and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; Apr. 2. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, he graduated from Brown and earned an MFA in architecture from Princeton. There he received the Lowell M. Palmer Fellowship, the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship in Architecture, and the Princeton Scholar Award. He worked as an engineer for Turner Construction and as a project manager for Vincent G. Kling Architects before founding Bower and Fradley Architects in 1961 (all in Philadelphia). He retired in 1978. He enjoyed sailing and spending summers in Maine and winters in St. John. Phi Delta Theta. He is survived by a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; a brother, Peter Fradley ’50; and a nephew, Kenneth Fradley ’76.

John Mealey Jr. ’48, of Indianapolis and Fort Myers, Fla.; Mar. 22, of pancreatic cancer. After receiving his medical degree from the John Hopkins medical school and serving an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served as a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. In 1960 he was appointed a teaching fellow in surgery at Harvard and in the fall of that year joined the surgical faculty of the Indiana Univ. School of Medicine. He became a full professor in 1969 and became a professor emeritus of neurosurgery in 2000. A founding member of the pediatric section of the American Assoc. of Neurological Surgeons, he was involved in clinical and experimental research on malignant brain tumors. He was a member of the Brain Tumor Study Group of the National Cancer Institute and furthered the use of radioisotopes in brain tumor diagnosis at Indiana Univ. Medical Center prior to the introduction of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. He authored or coauthored more than 100 scientific papers. He was past president of the Indiana Neurosurgical Society and a member of the National Cancer Institute, the Indianapolis Medical Society, the Indiana State Medical Assoc., the American Medical Assoc., the American College of Surgeons, and the American Assoc. of Neurological Surgeons. Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Pi. He belonged to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis and enjoyed growing azaleas and rhododendrons, golfing, and reading. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three sons; three grandchildren; a sister, Beverly Murphy ’52; a stepson; and two step-grandchildren. 

Jack E. Rotman ’48, of Westport, Conn.; Sept. 20, 2016, of congestive heart failure. He was founder and president of Industrial Marking Supply in Bridgeport, Conn., from which he retired in 2006. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed playing tennis and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Joan; four children, including Betsy Rotman Pace ’75; seven grandchildren, including Elizabeth Pace ’09; a brother, Stanley ’46; a brother-in-law, Ronald S. Wilson ’50; and several nieces and nephews, including David S. Wilson ’77 and Victoria Wilson ’14.

Dorothy Ziebell Denney ’49, of Havana, Fla.; Jan. 23, 2016.

Frances Bell Griswold ’49, of Houston; Apr. 12. She was a retired teacher who’d taught in New Jersey, New York, and California before settling in Houston in 1973, where she opened a 25-year private practice providing remedial assistance to both children and adults with dyslexia. She was a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf and traveling. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.

William L. Spillane ’49, of Providence; May 12. He was an engineer for the City of Providence and a lifelong member of Saint Anthony Parish. He is survived by many cousins. 



Norman R. Glick ’50, of Palm Beach, Fla., and Worcester, Mass.; May 24. He was the founder of Bancroft Securities, a stock brokerage in Worcester, and Bancroft Travel. He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and of the Jewish Healthcare Center, both of Worcester. He enjoyed playing bridge and traveling. He is survived by a brother, a sister-in-law, several nieces and nephews, and extended family friends.

Samuel B. Simpson ’50, of Pascoag, R.I.; May 22. He worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance for 20 years and was co-owner of Simpson & Young Insurance Agency in Pascoag from 1984 to 2008. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy and received several medals of honor. He was past president of the Burrillville (R.I.) Lions Club, past treasurer of Burrillville Little League, and a former member of the Burrillville School Committee and Pascoag Community Baptist Church, where he was also treasurer. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; a daughter; three sons; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Theodore A. Whiting ’50, of El Cerrito, Calif.; Dec. 17, 2015.

Peter J. Calise ’51, of Wellington, Fla., formerly of Storrs, Conn.; Apr. 25. He was an anesthesiologist in Jacksonville, Fla., and later chief of anesthesia at Windham Hospital in Connecticut. After retiring, he moved back to Florida and enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Marsha; two daughters; two sons; and a sister.

James B. Carroll ’51, of Glastonbury, Conn., formerly of Rockville, Md.; Apr. 29. A physicist, he worked as a research engineer at Pratt & Whitney; a development engineer for United Aircraft in East Hartford, Conn.; and a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Energy Administration in Washington, D.C. He retired from Optelecom in Gaithersburg, Md., where he developed fiber optic components. He taught Sunday school at the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury and was a founding member of the Glastonbury Woodledge Pool Club and a member of the Glastonbury Historical Society. He enjoyed cooking, painting, gardening, and reading. He is survived by five children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Harry L. Dicks ’51, of Blackstone, Mass.; May 28, after a brief illness. He worked for the CIA in several foreign stations and later became an addiction counselor for AdCare in Worcester, Mass. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and gardening. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

George J. Hagi ’51, of Glastonbury, Conn.; May 30. He owned and operated the former Hockanum Restaurant in East Hartford, Conn. A longtime member of St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hartford, he captained many of their interchurch sports teams. He was an active leader of the Greek ministry G.O.Y.A. and of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Assoc. In retirement he volunteered as a State of Connecticut long-term care ombudsman advocate. He was on the board of directors at the Gengras Center School at the Univ. of St. Joseph and was a member of Masonic Lodge #128. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, and rooting for the Boston Red Sox and the Green Bay Packers. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, four grandchildren, stepchildren, and step-grandchildren.

Ray L. Hurd ’51, of Westport, Mass., and Stuart, Fla.; Apr. 10. He was a division manager for Cornell Dubilier of New Bedford, Mass., from which he retired in 1982. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. A communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, he was also a member of the Wamsutta Club. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and wintering in Florida. He is survived by his companion, Anne Perreira; two daughters; three sons; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Amedeo C. Merolla ’51, of Warwick, R.I.; Apr. 28. He began a 36-year military career by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve while a Brown student. In 1955 he enlisted in the Rhode Island Army National Guard (RIARNG) military police command and in 1957 was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He had a distinguished military career, serving as State Inspector General of the RIARNG and as State Staff Judge Advocate of the RIARNG. He became a brigadier general in 1984, and the following year became Assistant Adjutant General and Deputy Commanding General of the RIARNG, where he served until his retirement in 1987. He then served as Commander of the Rhode Island State Defense Force until 1997. In 2005 he earned the honorary rank of major general in the Rhode Island Militia. He received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Rhode Island Cross. He was the senior managing partner at Merolla, Accetturo & Lough in Warwick, where he practiced with his daughter and son. During his legal career, he served as Judge Advocate General and Assistant Providence City Solicitor, as well as legal counsel to the Rhode Island Secretary of State and the Rhode Island Public Buildings Authority, as well as to Congressman James Langevin. He was the director of the Rhode Island Department of Administration and a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Task Force, the Rules of Evidence Committee, the Committee for Admission to the Bar, and the Committee on Clerkships. He was a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar associations for more than 60 years. He was a former president of the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Assoc., a past member of the board of governors of the Assoc. of Trial Lawyers of America, and past president of the board of governors of the Rhode Island Assoc. for Justice. He served as chairman of the Warwick School Committee, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Warwick, trustee of St. Gregory the Great Church, Commodore of the East Greenwich Yacht Club, Grand Knight of the Monsignor Dillon Council of the Knights of Columbus, and president of the Warwick Figure Skaters. He is survived by his wife, Norma Barclay Merolla ’52; three daughters, including Katherine Merolla ’76; a son; a daughter-in-law; three sons-in-law, including George Kay ’76; nine grandchildren, including Jeremy Kay ’07, Nicholas Kay ’09, Robert Hogan ’15, and Jennifer Hogan ’18; a brother; a sister-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

Paul J. Bordieri ’52, of Cranston, R.I.; May 31. A practicing attorney in Providence from 1957 to 2010, he held positions as legal counsel to the Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitative Services and the State Department of Social Welfare and was Providence City Assistant Solicitor. He was also a member of the General Assembly Legislative Council staff, president of St. Ann’s Holy Name Society, a member of the board of governors at Metacomet Country Club, and a member of St. Anthony’s Council Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter; a son; and two brothers.

Marion L. Crowley ’52, of Peabody, Mass.; May 28, after a brief illness. She was the administrative assistant in the Office of the Dean at Harvard for 43 years. An avid sailor, she was a paid crew member on the ketch Yankee in the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas and on European rivers and canals. She is survived by a sister-in-law and many cousins.

Howard R. McGee ’52, of Ormond Beach, Fla., formerly of West Chester, Ohio; Nov. 16. He worked as a district group representative for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance and as a salesman for Mobil Oil. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta.

Richard C. Sprinthall ’52, of Longmeadow, Mass.; Apr. 26. He was a professor at American International College in Springfield, Mass., for 50 years, where he was also chairman of the psychology department and director of graduate studies. He authored several textbooks, including Educational Psychology, Basic Statistical Analysis, and Criminal Justice 101. He was a deputy sheriff and helped to calculate the recidivism rate at the Hampden County Jail and House of Correction in Ludlow, Mass. He was listed in Who’s Who in American Education, American Men and Women of Science, and Contemporary Authors. A communicant of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Longmeadow, he was also a member of the American Psychological Assoc., the American Statistical Assoc., the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and the Sons of the American Revolution. He enjoyed playing the saxophone, trumpet, and piano; telling stories; sailing; and solving crossword puzzles. He is survived by his wife, Dianne; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, Norman ’54, ’59 AM; and several nieces and nephews, including Thomas Lloyd ’69.

William C. Black ’53, of Hackensack, N.J.; Apr. 25. After graduating from the Cornell medical school in 1957, he served three years in the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans. He was also an instructor in medicine at Tulane until 1964, when he opened a private practice in Rutherford, N.J. He was on the staff of Hackensack Univ. Medical Center from 1964 to 2009, where he was chief of the renal hypertension division, chair of the Department of Medical Education, and senior vice president of medical academic affairs; he was also instrumental in establishing a nationally recognized annual pediatric conference. After retiring, he worked as a consultant for health-care executive search firm Foley Proctor Yoskowitz in Morristown, N.J. He was a member of the Bergen County Medical Society, the American Society of Nephrology, and the Assoc. for Hospital Medical Education. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Hackensack, where he served as warden and on its vestry. He is survived by his wife, Wendy; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; and three grandchildren.

William H. Gindin ’53, of Redding, Conn.; May 24. He was the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Trenton, N.J. He operated a private law practice in New Jersey and in 1985 became one of the first judges appointed under the Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984. He served as Third Circuit representative on the board of governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. He was an editor of the New Jersey State Bar Assoc. Journal and a contributing author of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Manual. He was a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League; past president of the Plainfield Rotary Club and the Plainfield, N.J., Temple Sholom; a chairman of the Plainfield Human Relations Commission; a member of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court; and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Emily; two daughters; two sons; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Raymond A. Meyrowitz ’53, of Gainesville, Fla.; May 26. He was a regional claims attorney with Nationwide Insurance in Gainesville. He was active in the Arc of Alachua County and Arc of Florida, where he served as vice president, president, and director. He enjoyed traveling, reading, cooking, and attending the theater and opera. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a daughter; a son; and two granddaughters.

Robert K. Sharpe ’53, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; July 14. He was a retired writer, director, and filmmaker. He was former president of Robert K. Sharpe Productions Inc. and Photography and Imaging Inc. His first job after graduation was with Encyclopedia Britannica, filming the route for a documentary on the Oregon Trail. In 1958 he made a documentary about Chicago, The Forgotten, which was selected by the National Education Assoc. to represent the United States at the World Film Festival. He ventured into television as writer/director for NBC’s Omnibus programs, directed the Twentieth Century series with Walter Cronkite, and later joined the CBS staff for the Seven Lively Arts series. He also wrote and directed films for Harvard Univ., the U.S. Information Agency, and the Office of Economic Opportunities. His film Before the Mountain Was Moved was nominated for an Academy Award. He was a longtime photographer whose work was published in the Chicago Tribune, Popular Photography, and the New York Times and exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He served as president and was on the board of the photography committee of the National Arts Club and was a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Directors Guild of America, and Phi Beta Kappa. He was a ham radio operator and also enjoyed listening to classical and jazz music. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and six grandchildren.

Asa O. Gallup ’55, of Granada Hills, Calif.; Aug. 19, 2016.

Ray Malkiewicz ’55, of Escondido, Calif.; Feb. 19, of complications following a stroke. He retired in 2009 after spending more than a half century in the sleep products industry. He began his career as a sales representative with Simmons Bedding, became sales manager and then a vice president at the Atlanta headquarters. After 21 years with Simmons, he and a partner purchased Wickline Bedding. He was involved with the International Sleep Products Assoc. (ISPA), serving on the Sleep Products Safety Council, the board of directors, and the finance, nominating, and trade show committees. In 1995 he became ISPA president and in 2010 he received the Russell L. Abolt Exceptional Service Award. At Brown he played football and basketball and was invited to try out for the Boston Celtics. In 2007 he was invited to Tony Gwynn’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction, where he met Yogi Berra and Willie Mays. He enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events, as well as sports trivia, fantasy football, and watching football with his wife. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Florence; four children; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister.

W. Peter Pemberton ’55, of Warwick, R.I.; May 29. A lifelong athlete, he played baseball at Brown and for the Providence Local 57 Engineers baseball team before signing a contract with the Milwaukee Braves. In 1966, as a member of the Providence Local 57 Engineers, he was selected by the North American Fastpitch Assoc. as its All-World second baseman and played in the National All-Star Game that year. He played in seven world tournaments throughout his career. He worked for Textron for more than 30 years as director of sales promotions in their Speidel division. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a member and governor of the Warwick Country Club. He enjoyed skiing, gardening, and animals. He is survived by his partner, Carole Satmary; two daughters; two sons-in-law; four grandchildren; a brother, Gilbert ’56; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Thomas ’79.

John A. DeCesare ’57, of Guilford, Conn.; Apr. 23. He was a graphic designer for 50 years at Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals in Norwalk, Conn., and BBDO in New York City before founding DeCesare Design Associates in Darien, Conn. He received many graphic design awards and was a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Type Directors Club. He enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, and playing tennis. He is survived by his wife, Moira; three sons; five grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

Burnley L. Miles ’57, of Colfax, N.C.; May 20, of complications from Alzheimer’s. After serving in the U.S. Air Force he worked for AT&T in Greensboro, N.C. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro and enjoyed spending time with his family, hiking, camping, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Madeleine Kimberly Miles ’55; three sons; and eight grandchildren.

Robert M. Gardner ’59, of South Kingstown, R.I., formerly of Hawthorn Woods, Ill.; Apr. 2, of heart failure. He was a buyer for Montgomery Ward of Illinois. He enjoyed traveling the world. He is survived by four children; three stepsons; 17 grandchildren, including Hannah Santos ’19; four great-grandchildren; four siblings, including Georgiana Hofmann ’60; and nieces Helen Flannery ’91 and Martha Lahti ’00.

Roger L. Kingman ’59, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Houston, Tex.; Nov. 15. He was a self-employed management consultant.

Arnold B. Lovell ’59, of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; Apr. 1, from complications of a fall. He was an associate at Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York City and a partner at Botein, Hays, Sklar & Herzberg in New York City. He retired in 1996 as a senior vice president and general counsel at Dun & Bradstreet in Murray Hill, N.J. He was a member of the Knickerbocker Club in New York City and enjoyed carving decoys, reading, fencing, fishing, and playing bridge. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Norris Lovell ’60 of PO Box 215, Pound Ridge 10576; two sons; two granddaughters; and a brother, Malcolm ’43.



Barry E. Ellert ’60, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Binghamton, N.Y.; Feb. 10, of myelofibrosis. He worked for Travelers Insurance in Albany, N.Y., and Cleveland. After moving to Binghamton, he managed apartment buildings. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed gardening and playing golf. He is survived by his companion, Dawn McHale; a sister-in-law; a niece; and several cousins.

Paul J. Gilman ’60, of Framingham, Mass.; Apr. 15. He was a sales representative of Charles Gilman & Sons in Norwood, Mass. He is survived by a sister, a brother, a sister-in-law, and a brother-in-law. 

Peter H. Scott ’60, of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Barrington, R.I.; Apr. 10. He was a vice president of research and development at Cooley Inc. in Pawtucket, R.I., and a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Society of Plastic Engineers, and the American Society of Testing and Materials. He was an avid runner and biker and enjoyed sailing and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a daughter; two sons; a stepson; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Wilson B. Brown ’61, of Denver; May 15. After receiving his PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, he received Fulbright fellowships to work in Peru and Thailand. He taught at Colby College and at Northern Illinois Univ. From 1983 to 2004 he taught economics at the Univ. of Winnipeg. He moved to Denver in 2011, where he enjoyed nature, writing poetry, and studying languages. He also enjoyed summers on Georgian Bay Island in Ontario. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer S.H. Brown ’62; son Matthew ’86; and two granddaughters.

Mark Foster ’61, of Tucson, formerly of Denver; Oct. 21. After a year as a visiting assistant professor of history at the Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis, he moved to Denver and joined the faculty of the Univ. of Colorado, Denver. He stayed there for 33 years and was promoted to full professor in 1981 and emeritus professor in 2005. Author of 11 books and several articles, he was a member of the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Assoc. At Brown he was on the track, cross-country, and golf teams. He is survived by his wife, Laurie.

Thomas W. Henderson ’61, of Pittsburgh; May 16. He was an attorney who began his career as a public defender before moving on to asbestos- and Agent Orange–related litigation during the 1970s and 1980s. After retiring from law in the early 1990s, he became part of the Pittsburgh investment group Staley Capital Advisors. He served on the boards of the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He was a bridge Life Master, a fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams, and a member of the Longue Vue Club and the Ross Mountain Club (both in Pennsylvania). He is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter, Susan Zinner ’92; a son, Paul ’90; and four grandchildren.

Paul E. Thompson ’61, of Pembroke, Me.; Apr. 21. He served in the U.S. Army Special Forces until 1967, when he worked for the Brookline (Mass.) Chronicle. He was also an editor of publications at Damon Corp. and Boston Gas and an editor of the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. He attended the Massachusetts Fire Academy and obtained an associate’s degree from Massachusetts Bay Community College. He served as a member of the Norwood (Mass.) Fire Department and later the Cutler (Me.) Fire Department. He was also a fire safety researcher and writer for the National Fire Protection Assoc. In 1983 he founded a local newspaper, the Current, which was published locally for several years. He later worked as a news editor for WMCS/WALZ radio station in Machias, Me. Due to his background in fire safety and the military, he went on to become the emergency manager for Washington County (Maine) and retired from that position in 2006, after 19 years. He was a member of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Calais, Me., where he served as a lector and on the parish council. He was also a member of the St. Croix Ham Radio Club and the Calais Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by his partner, Gwendolyn Jones; two daughters; a son; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, Stephanie Harris ’64; and a brother.

Joseph J. Frankel ’62, of Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Asbury Park, N.J.; June 2. He spent 33 years at Prudential Financial, retiring as vice president and New Jersey counsel responsible for all New Jersey government affairs. He served as mayor of Eatontown, N.J., for 24 years. He was a member of the New Jersey, New York, and Monmouth County, N.J., bar associations and a member of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors board of directors. He is survived by his wife, Sue; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren. 

Clare Gregory Kastner ’65, of Newton, Mass.; Apr. 15. She worked at the Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center and then as a teacher in the New Careers Program at Action for Boston Community Development before returning to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She became a nurse at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Plain, Mass. During retirement, she volunteered as a teacher’s aide with the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester and at the Auburndale Community Library in Newton and worked part-time for the City of Newton Visiting Nurses program. She was a trustee of the First Unitarian Society in Newton and a member of the Journey Song Group. She is survived by her husband, Peter; two sons; three grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother.

Drifter D. Smith ’65, of Flagstaff, Ariz., formerly of Vallecito, Calif.; May 3. He worked as a guide on rivers in California and Utah for several years before moving to Arizona, where he guided oar trips through the Grand Canyon for Arizona Raft Adventures. He worked as a river guide for 30 years. He was past president of Grand Canyon River Guides. He is survived by his wife, Sue Ordway; a sister, Shirley Smith ’67; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.

Winston L. Adair Jr. ’66, of Temple Terrace, Fla.; Apr. 6, of complications from Alzheimer’s. He was a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Univ. of South Florida College of Medicine. He retired in 2010 after 35 years of teaching. He was a collector of moths and butterflies and contributed some of his specimens to the Florida Natural History Museum. At Brown he was on the swim team and a member of Zeta Psi. He enjoyed fishing, diving, and genealogy. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a daughter; a son-in-law; two granddaughters; and a sister.

Lucinda Higgins Cooper ’66, of London, England; Mar. 1, of multiple myeloma. She combined her early counseling career with the practice of Tibetan Buddhism and was a teacher of mindfulness meditation in London. She was on the faculty of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor Univ. in the U.K. She is survived by a brother.

James P. Corones ’66, of Annapolis, Md., formerly of Ames, Iowa; Apr. 28, from complications of paraneoplastic syndrome and small-cell lung carcinoma. He was an assistant professor  at Iowa State Univ. (ISU) and in 1982 was promoted to professor. He taught math and directed the applied mathematics program within Ames Laboratory, an ISU-managed U. S. Department of Energy facility. He collaborated with researchers across the world and was twice named the National Academy of Sciences Exchange Scientist. He served in other administrative posts and on many editorial and advisory boards. In 1997 he founded Krell Institute in Ames, a nonprofit organization designed to promote the education of superior scientists for the U.S. workforce. He retired from Krell in 2016. He enjoyed jazz, blues, and classical music; Greek coins and antiquities; poetry and literature; national and international politics; fossil and rock polishing; fishing; gardening; and various sports. He is survived by his wife, Lou; two sons; and his former wife.

Robert S. Burgess Jr. ’67, of Santa Rosa, Calif., formerly of Hanover, N.H.; May 7, of a heart attack. He spent a summer in Guatemala with the Peace Corps and was a member of VISTA in Hawaii before embarking on a career as a social worker. He held welfare, social service, and prison administration jobs in Illinois, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. At the time of his death he was working for Magellan Healthcare as a contract therapist for people serving in the armed forces. He enjoyed Siddha Yoga. He is survived by two sisters; a brother; an aunt, Abby Burgess Rockett ’44; nieces; nephews; and cousins, including Martha Burgess Kroch ’66, Edward T. Burgess ’66, Katharine Rockett ’80, and Angus Rockett ’80.

Margaret Whalon Lewis ’67, of Peace Dale, R.I.; Feb. 15, of cancer. She was a retired math teacher. She taught at the Prout School in Wakefield, R.I., for many years and received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 1993. She enjoyed traveling with her family, nature and beach walks, reading, and playing games and solving puzzles with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, James T. Lewis ’66 ScM, ’69 PhD, of 156 Dendron Rd., Peace Dale 02879; two sons, including Scott ’93; two daughters-in-law; and five grandchildren.

Robert E. Lyon ’67, of Syracuse, N.Y.; Mar. 27. He was an archivist and researcher at the Syracuse Univ. Library and the Onondaga Historical Assoc. Later he worked as a team leader at the Communication Service for the Deaf and Onondaga Community Living. He is survived by a brother, two nieces, and three nephews.

A. James Watt ’67, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Holmdel, N.J.; Nov. 29, of a stroke. A dermatologist in New Jersey for 30 years, he was former assistant chief of dermatology at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital on Staten Island, and a clinical instructor in dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. After earning his MD in 1971 from George Washington Univ. School of Medicine, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. At Brown he ran track and cross-country and was president of Theta Delta Chi. He is survived by a daughter and two brothers, including Charles R. Watt ’67.



Lee M. Biggart ’70, of Austin, Tex.; May 12. He owned Austin Motocross Park before becoming a legislative assistant to Gov. Bill Clements. He was later appointed chairman and commissioner of the Texas Water Commission, then entered private practice on environmental law and legislative representation. He was a partner at Johnson, Johnson & Biggart and later founded Biggart & Soward, then Biggart and Associates. He was a national equestrian jumper and on the cheerleading team at Brown. He enjoyed windsurfing, waterskiing, golf, tennis, and squash, as well as music and art. He is survived by his wife, Dianne; a daughter; two sons; and four grandchildren.

John K. Patberg ’70, ’72 ScM, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Princeton, N.J.; May 9. He worked in the research and marketing divisions of Western Electric in Morristown, N.J. He left to join Coopers & Lybrand and became a partner in 1994, helping start-ups and small businesses grow. In 1998 C&L merged with Price Waterhouse, and in 2002 the consulting practice was sold to IBM. He then retired and assisted the Trenton Literacy Movement and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Florida. He enjoyed playing in bridge tournaments, cooking, hosting parties, and playing tennis. He is survived by his wife, Dee; a daughter; a brother; a sister-in-law; and three nephews.

Peter E. Gidwitz ’72, of Chicago; June 5. He was the president and chairman of Burnham Development Co. in Chicago. He was also chairman of the Illinois Industrial Development Authority, a licensed Illinois real estate broker, and a property manager certified by the Institute of Real Estate Management. He was the former president of Burnham Realty Co. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the MS Society. He is survived by two daughters, including Lauren Gidwitz ’06; a son, Jay ’10; a sister, Nancy Gidwitz ’70; three brothers, including Ron ’67; three sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; two stepchildren; several nieces and nephews, including Lydia Gidwitz ’08; and his former wife, Melissa Moe. 

Christopher L. Nagle ’72, of West Point, Va.; Mar. 30, from complications of a brain-diminishing disorder. He began his archaeology career in Alaska before working with William Fitzhugh in Labrador. He was a key member of the 1977–78 Torngat Archaeological Project. He taught archaeology, GIS, quantitative methods, and computer applications courses at Catholic Univ., the Univ. of Maryland, and Georgetown. He also worked as a computer analyst at the Federal Aviation Administration and was a senior statistical consultant at the Univ. of Maryland. From 1992 to 1993 he did cultural resource management work for Dames & Moore, and between 1995 and 2003 he was the manager of network integration services and academic technology/GIS coordinator at Georgetown. From 2003 to 2008 he operated the Nagle Research consulting firm and then was a senior lithic analyst at Statistical Research. In 2010 he settled in Virginia. He published numerous papers and was the recipient of several fellowships and grants, including a postdoctoral fellowship in materials analysis at the Smithsonian’s Conservation Analytical Laboratory. He is survived by a son; a stepdaughter; a sister; a brother; and his former wife, Greta Hansen.

Bradford A. Penney ’72, of Springfield, Va.; Apr. 14, after a short illness. He worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide, legal counsel, and lobbyist. While at Brown he was the voice of Newscope, a weekly synopsis of world events on WBRU. He also worked briefly as a correspondent for ABC News, covering the 1968 Republican Convention in Miami. He attended Cornell Law School and took his first professional position with Tillinghast, Collins & Graham in Providence. He went to Washington, D.C., where he served on the staff of U.S Senator Claiborne Pell and became chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his later years, he served as a counsel to and lobbyist for several nonprofit organizations, most recently the Alliance for Clean Energy. He enjoyed baseball and Civil War history. He is survived by two sons; a cousin, Deborah Jensen Malley ’74; his former wife, Helen; and many friends. 

Dana Woldow ’73, of San Francisco; Apr. 10, of ovarian cancer. She worked as a cook and a portrait photographer before moving to San Francisco in 1977 and becoming involved in public schools. She formed the San Francisco Unified School District’s Student Nutrition and Physical Activity Committee, whose mission was to address childhood obesity, promote physical fitness, remove junk food from schools, increase participation in the National School Lunch Program, and increase nutrition education. She was instrumental in establishing the Grab N Go free breakfast program at Balboa High School. In 2007 she was awarded the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service, and in 2010 Balboa High School dedicated the Dana Woldow Grove in honor of her work improving school menus. She was a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and enjoyed the San Francisco Symphony and owls. She is survived by her husband, Mark Schreiber ’79; three sons; her mother; a sister; and a brother.

William W. Jackson ’74, of Fairfield, Conn; Apr. 29. He worked in instrumental engineering with firms in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and was a certified tax preparer and a substitute teacher in the Fairfield and Bridgeport school systems. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, windsurfing, traveling, and the New York Yankees. He is survived by a sister, a brother-in-law, and nephews.

Christopher B.R. Brown ’75, of Hanover, N.H., formerly of Winooski, Vt.; Oct. 7, 2016, of pancreatic cancer. After graduation, he ran away with the circus, worked in oil fields, and traveled to Machu Picchu before marrying in 1983 and settling in Vermont. In 1991 he moved to Hanover and started Brown/Barry Carpentry. He coached track-and-field from 1993 to 2015 and volunteered at the Sandy Island Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. In 2014 he was elected to the New Hampshire state legislature but was forced to resign two years later due to illness. He enjoyed traveling and attending track meets nationally and internationally. He is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Chertoff ’77; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; his mother; three sisters; and a brother.

John R. Andrews ’76, of Camp Hill, Pa.; June 5. After military service in the U.S. Navy, he attended graduate school at the Univ. of Pittsburgh before accepting a position as a chemical engineer with Champion Paper. He relocated to Ohio and North Carolina before settling at Camp Hill, where he worked in real estate and volunteered with the National Ski Patrol and was president of the East Pennsboro School Board. At age 60 he earned his RN degree and until his death worked as an intermediate care nurse for Select Specialty Hospital in Camp Hill. He enjoyed skiing, kayaking, soccer, running, music, and writing. He is survived by his wife, Beth; a daughter; two sons; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; a grandson; two sisters; three brothers-in-law; a sister-in-law; and a mother-in-law.

Joan M. Pelland ’77, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of New Orleans; May 14, from complications of Parkinson’s. While earning her master’s in library science from Simmons College in Boston, she worked at Brown’s John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. She went on to work in the law school library at Loyola Univ. in New Orleans and later worked at the New College of Florida, from which she retired as dean of libraries after more than 30 years. She was a member of the American Library Assoc. She is survived by her husband, John Scott Campbell ’79 PhD.

Felicia Moreland Robinson ’78, of Keene, N.H.; Apr. 15, of ovarian cancer. She was a certified nurse midwife for many years. As director of the Cambridge (Mass.) Midwifery Practice at Cambridge Health Alliance, she was instrumental in cofounding Full Circle Midwifery in Nashua, N.H. She was later a nurse manager at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, N.H., and at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. She was a member of Keene Unitarian Universalist Church. She is survived by her husband, David Robinson; a daughter; a son; two brothers; and an aunt, Ann Kingsbury Resch ’53.

Frederick S. Holmes III ’79, of Falls Church, Va.; Feb. 6, following complications from a heart attack. He enjoyed astronomy, chess, and spelunking. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; two daughters; his father; a sister, Susan Holmes ’82; a brother-in-law, Matt Heller ’82; and many nieces and nephews.



Eliza Stokes Adams ’82, of New York City; Apr. 24, of cancer. She had a career in finance, starting at the Sumitomo Bank and then at the Bank of New York Mellon before being diagnosed in 2005 with breast cancer. After discovering the cancer had metastasized and had progressed to her liver, she became an independent patient and research advocate. At Memorial Sloan Kettering she worked with the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium, where she acted as a lead advocate providing patient perspective in reviews of clinical trials on the Triple Negative Working Group and participated in the Patient Advocate and Hormone Resistant working group. She was an active volunteer at SHARE, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network, and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance. In 2015 she was the recipient of the inaugural Susan G. Komen Thriver Award. She was a member of the Empire Dragon Boat Teams (NYC) and a volunteer for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Pan Mass Challenge. She enjoyed any opportunity to be involved in anything that advanced the cure. She is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Easton ’80; a son; her mother; two sisters, Virginia H. Adams ’77, ’85 AM, and Josephine L. Adams ’80; two nieces; and three nephews.

Randall S. Baird ’88, of San Francisco; Apr. 5. He was a former consulting manager with Arthur Anderson, Deloitte & Touche, and Accenture before establishing 3cept to both minister to individuals and accomplish technology projects for businesses. He sang in the Calvary Presbyterian Church choir before joining Glide Memorial United Methodist Church’s ensemble. He also served as president of the Brown Club of San Francisco. He is survived by two sons; his mother; his father, G. Stewart Baird ’51; and a sister.



Scott Roland ’95, of Edinburgh, Scotland; Apr. 2, of myeloid leukemia. He worked as a senior verification engineer at Verilab in Munich, Germany, prior to transferring to Edinburgh with Verilab. He enjoyed traveling, running, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, good food, and local ales. He is survived by his wife, Julie Galante ’95, and his parents.

Chelsea M. Harper ’97, of Portland, Ore.; May 27, of complications due to metastatic breast cancer. She was a dance movement therapist, author, parent educator, and supporter of young cancer survivors. She was a performer in musical theater and dance and a member of women’s choruses in Portland. She helped to guide therapeutic wilderness trips for young people. In 2013 she helped create a crowdfunding campaign, The Storybook Project, and published a personalized storybook to help mothers talk with their young children about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Doherty III; a daughter; her mother; a sister; a brother-in-law; and a nephew.

Peter M. Donohue ’98, of Warwick, R.I.; Apr. 12, after a brief illness. He served in the U.S. Navy as a civil engineer with the Seabees. He is survived by his parents; a sister, Elizabeth Donohue Humphrey ’01; a brother, Derek ’93; four nieces; and a nephew.



Kimberly Sherwood McNish ’01, of Baltimore; Feb. 10 of lung cancer. She was married in Manning Chapel in June 2001, and, after graduating from Harvard Law School in 2004 she joined Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., as an attorney in their insurance litigation group. She is survived by her husband, William; her mother; a sister, two brothers; and nieces and nephews.

Dan Hanegby ’07, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; June 12, after a cycling collision in New York City. After a stint at Morgan Stanley, he became a director of the investment banking division for Credit Suisse Group in New York City. From 1999 to 2002 he was a staff sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces. An avid tennis player, he was ranked number one in Israel at age 16. He was captain of the Brown team and was an All-Ivy selection in doubles. He is survived by his wife, Sasha; a daughter; a son; and his parents.



John C. Corelli ’54 ScM, of Albany, N.Y.; Apr. 10, after a long illness. He worked at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory before joining the nuclear engineering department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he spent the next 35 years. In retirement he volunteered with the North Bethlehem Fire Department in Albany for 20 years and served as the fire commissioner. He enjoyed working as Santa Claus at Crossgates Mall in Albany for 17 years. Upon his passing, he was accepted into the anatomical gift program at Albany Medical College, where he will continue to teach medical students. He is survived by his partner, Brenda Zelenke; a daughter; a son; two grandsons; a sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. 

Thaddeus W. Tate Jr. ’60 PhD, of Virginia Beach, Va.; Apr. 8. He worked for the National Park Service at Colonial National Historical Park at Yorktown, then Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, and finally Colonial Williamsburg, where he became an assistant director of research. He was a research historian for the 1957 film The Story of a Patriot. He joined the faculty of the College of William & Mary, where he taught early Virginia and American history while also serving as book review editor and later editor of the William & Mary Quarterly. In 1972 he was director of the Institute of Early American History and Culture. He published numerous articles and coedited and contributed to The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays in Anglo-American Society; Saints and Revolutionaries: Essays on Early American History; and Colonial Virginia: A History. He was the author of the two-volume history published to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the College of William & Mary. He held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a visiting scholar at the Univ. of Virginia. After retiring from William & Mary and the Institute of Early American History and Culture, he served as founding director of the Commonwealth Center for the Study of American Culture at William & Mary. William & Mary awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2011. He served as president of the Episcopal Church Historical Society and received an honorary doctorate from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Phi Beta Kappa. He enjoyed traveling by train and hiking.

Ralph B. Turner ’67 PhD, of Gaithersburg, Md.; Sept. 10, 2016. He was a retired mathematician at Howard Univ. He is survived by four sisters, nieces, and nephews.

John K. Patberg ’72 ScM (see ’70).

Kenneth J. Relihan ’72 MAT, of Springfield, Vt.; Apr. 29, from complications of septic shock. He was a teacher in Virginia, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Most recently he was the curriculum coordinator with the New Hampshire Department of Education in social studies, foreign language, and gifted education. He enjoyed fishing, bird-watching, history, and reading. He is survived by his wife, Lenore, and two sons.


Martin J. Beckman, of Providence and Germany; Apr. 11. He was an acclaimed scholar who won numerous awards and several honorary degrees for his groundbreaking work in transportation theory and location theory. From 1951 to 1959 he served as a research associate and assistant professor of economics at Yale before joining Brown’s economics department as associate professor in 1959. He became full professor in 1961. He was simultaneously professor of econometrics, operations research, and economics at the Univ. of Bonn, Germany, from 1962 to 1969, and from 1969 on he held a simultaneous appointment as professor of applied mathematics at the Technical Univ. in Munich. He retained residences in Providence and Germany, filling both homes with numerous books. While in Providence, he continued to publish manuscripts for many years after becoming a Brown professor emeritus. He enjoyed listening to music, reading, and traveling the world. He is survived by four children: Sybilla Beckmann-Kazez ’80, Carl Beckmann ’84, Chantal Beckmann-Garcia ’86, and Gwendolyn Beckmann ’92; eight grandchildren, including Arianna Kazez ’15; two siblings; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert E. Curran Jr., of Seekonk, Mass.; May 2. He had a private ophthalmology practice in Pawtucket, R.I., for 42 years. He served as the chief of the division of ophthalmology at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket from 1977 to 2013. He was a clinical assistant professor of surgery in ophthalmology at the Warren Alpert Medical School from 1977 to 2016 and earned multiple distinctions for teaching at the eye clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. He published 16 papers on internal medicine and pediatric ophthalmology. He is survived by his wife, Margaretta: a daughter; two sons; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; two grandchildren; a sister; a sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Wendell S. Dietrich, of Providence; Apr. 13, from complications of Parkinson’s. He was a professor of religious studies and Judaic studies at Brown from 1958 until his retirement in 2000. During his career he held visiting positions at Dartmouth, Princeton, and the Kaplan Center for Jewish Studies at Cape Town Univ. in South Africa. He was a member of the American Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and Phi Beta Kappa. He was chair of the religious studies department. He is survived by his wife, Betsy; a daughter and her partner; a son; a daughter-in-law; and two grandchildren. Send any recollections  to ; be sure to put Wendell Dietrich in the subject line.

Marida Hollos, of Providence, Apr. 11. She joined the Brown faculty in 1974 and retired from the department of anthropology in 2015. She conducted research projects in southern Nigeria and in the 1990s added a new area of research to her courses, known as demographic anthropology. She published more than 50 articles and book chapters and was the recipient of a Brown Excellence Award. She is survived by her husband, James Anderson; a daughter; and a brother. Send any recollections to ; be sure to put Marida Hollos in the subject line.

Robert J. Rohr III, of Hanover, N.H.; Oct. 24, 2016, from complications of pneumonia. He was an assistant professor of economics at Brown from 1967 to 1981, when he left to become a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He remained engaged with graduate students at  Brown and with the Brown Club of the Upper Valley. From 1996 to 2016 he was chief consultant at Northpoint Consulting Group in Hanover, N.H. He enjoyed skiing and collecting Southwestern art. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter; and a son.

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