November 3rd, 2017


Roy L. Roberts ’42, of Portola Valley, Calif.; May 5. He was president of Roy Roberts Inc. and previously worked as a research engineer at North American Aviation in Downey, Calif. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves and is survived by a son.

Doris Fain Hirsch ’44, of East Providence, R.I.; Aug. 10. She worked as a social worker in Providence for three years before joining the family business, Balfred Floor Covering, where she worked until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of Temple Beth El and Hadassah. She is survived by a daughter; son John ’74; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; niece Barbara Fain ’81; and nephew Eric Fain ’82.

Joseph M. Corcoran ’45, of Springfield, Mass.; July 11. He was a dermatologist in Springfield and was on staff at Mercy Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center, and the former Wesson Hospital. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and Holy Name Church, both in Springfield, and was a member of several medical societies, including the American Board of Dermatology, and Sigma Chi. He enjoyed sailing, ice skating, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Betty; three daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

David N. Goldstein ’45, ’49 ScM, of Lake Worth, Fla., formerly of West Peabody, Mass.; May 24. He retired in 1986 as a senior design engineer at General Electric in Lynn, Mass. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Engineering Assoc. He is survived by a daughter; son Jeffrey ’77; and three grandchildren.

James E. McHale ’46, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Pawtucket, R.I.; Jan. 23. He worked at J.J. McHale and Pawtucket Ready Mix, a family concrete business, of which he was later vice president. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. A pilot, he enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and spending time with family. He is survived by two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  

Robert M. Austin ’47, of Lancaster, Pa.; June 12. He joined the family business, Roofers Supplies in Bergenfield, N.J., and retired in 1989. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the board of trustees of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism in Harrisburg, Pa., for more than 30 years and on the board of trustees of the First Baptist Church of Hackensack, N.J. He enjoyed woodworking and playing golf. He is survived by a daughter, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Austin P. Jackson ’47, of Springfield, Ill.; June 12. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked as an engineer for 25 years and a manager for 10 years at Olin Brass in East Alton, Ill. He was a longtime member of St. Ambrose Church in Godfrey and a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, singing, and traveling, especially to Ireland. He is survived by three daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

George P. Shafran ’47, of McLean, Va.; June 7. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later with U.S. Naval Intelligence at the Pentagon. Following his military assignments, he founded Better Homes Realty in 1951 and in 1965 was appointed Realtor of the Year by the Virginia Real Estate Assoc. In the 1970s he founded Homes for Living, a network of 2,200 real estate offices throughout the United States and Canada. He later had a second career as a business consultant helping public and private companies. He served on multiple bank boards and was director emeritus of Cardinal Bank. He served on the board of directors of the American Council for Capital Formation and on the board of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Economic Development. He was a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor of Virginia in 1971 and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was appointed to President Reagan’s Commission on Housing in the 1980s, served on the board of Fannie Mae, and was chairman of the board of AAA Mid-Atlantic. He was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for more than 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Angela; a daughter; three sons; two daughters-in-law; and seven grandchildren.

Theodore D. Colvin ’48, of Warwick, R.I.; July 17. For 35 years he was an investment research analyst for the former Rhode Island Hospital Trust Bank. He retired in 1983. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed reading, traveling, and the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a brother; a niece; and three nephews.

Daniel Moore Jr. ’49, of Providence; June 25. He was a physician with a private cardiology practice. He retired in 1998. He also was a staff physician at Butler Hospital and at St. Elizabeth Home in Providence, where he was medical director and chief of staff from 1978 until his retirement. A clinical instructor at Brown, he served as president of the Rhode Island Medical Assoc. and the Rhode Island Society of Internal Medicine and was a member of the American Medical Assoc. and St. Sebastian Church. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy McKenna Moore ’50; four daughters, a son, three sons-in-law, and 14 grandchildren.

B. Dan Pinick ’49, of Sequim, Wash.; June 23, of esophageal cancer. He practiced law for one year at a private firm in Wichita, Kans., then worked in business management for Boeing in Seattle, from which he retired 43 years later. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf. He is survived by his wife, Joanna; three daughters; four sons; two stepdaughters; two stepsons; 22 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Robert D. Schlenger ’49, of Watchung, N.J.; Apr. 29. He was a commercial real estate broker in Newark and Millburn, N.J. for more than 50 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine and a member of the Newark Junior Chamber of Commerce and Pi Lambda Phi. He is survived by his wife, Irene; two daughters; three stepchildren; and two grandchildren.

Frederick H. Wilson Jr. ’49, of Providence, formerly of Orleans, Mass.; Hagerstown, Md.; and Darien, Conn.; July 10. He was an investment broker with Kidder, Peabody & Co. in New York City and later with Wheat First Securities in Maryland, from which he retired. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was an accomplished sailor, and was commodore of the Brown Yacht Club and president of the Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Assoc. In 1976 he was inducted into the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Orleans Rotary Club, treasurer of the Historical Society of Orleans, and member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He raced at the Orleans Yacht Club and helped establish an adult learn-to-sail program. He enjoyed traveling and playing tennis and golf. He is survived by two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.



Elinor D. Alpern ’50, of New York City; Dec. 21, 2016, after a brief illness. She was a retired administrative assistant at Paramount Pictures in New York City. 

Stanley A. Dolin ’50, of Sun Lakes, Ariz., formerly of Stamford, Conn.; Mar. 15. He was a retired physicist for Omega Engineering in Stamford and had earlier worked in Massachusetts as engineering manager at the Foxboro Co. and in Connecticut as vice president of operations at INTEC and senior project engineer at Perkin Elmer. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a fellow of the Optical Society of America, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and adjunct professor of physics at the Bridgeport (Conn.) Engineering Institute. He enjoyed reading and playing tennis. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Dolin; a daughter; and son Eric J. Dolin ’83.

James S. Forsyth ’50, of Little Silver, N.J.; July 1. He worked at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank of Chicago in New York City before retiring. He enjoyed spending time at the Jersey shore and in the Adirondacks. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Brown Club in New York City. Phi Delta Theta. He is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters; two sons; a daughter-in-law; three sons-in-law; 11 grandchildren; a brother; and a sister-in-law. 

Truman J. Hedding Jr. ’50, of Mesa, Ariz.; July 17. A 30-year U.S. Air Force veteran, he served in both Korea and Vietnam and reached the rank of  Lt. Colonel. He taught technical school avionics, finishing as an air division chief of logistics. He later worked as a stockbroker with Dean Witter Reynolds in Sun City, Ariz., then became a senior flight instructor at Turf Soaring School in Peoria, Ariz. He was eventually appointed a glider examiner by the FAA. He received many awards, was a member of Sigma Chi, and enjoyed traveling all over the world. He is survived by his wife, Davene; 10 children; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters.    

Philip C. Steiger ’50, of Longmeadow, Mass.; July 5. He was vice president of merchandising for the family business, Albert Steiger Company, in Springfield, Mass. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was past president of the Baystate Visiting Nurse Assoc. and Hartford Chamber of Commerce. He served on the United Way Community Council and was a member of the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow. He enjoyed the opera, traveling, skiing, and playing golf, tennis, and bridge. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; a daughter; three sons; five grandchildren; and a brother.

Bertram A. Udovin ’50, of Lake Mary, Fla., formerly of Woodbridge, Va.; July 14. He started a naval career during World War II as a U.S. Navy flight officer and later served in the Korean War and in the reserves until 1985. He worked as a supply system analyst for the U.S. Navy until his retirement. He enjoyed performing and teaching magic to all ages. He was president of the Washington Chapter of the Society of American Magicians. He is survived by his wife, Frances; three daughters; three stepsons; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Carlton H. Yates ’50, of Portsmouth, R.I., formerly of Swansea, Mass.; June 8. He worked for Firestone Industrial Rubber Products in Fall River, Mass., for 20 years. After becoming a vice president, he left the company in 1972 to found C.H. Yates Rubber in Fall River, Mass., with his wife. Together they built a three-generation family business manufacturing rubber and plastic caster wheels. He continued to serve as president and work full-time until his death. An active member of Christ Church in Swansea, he served as treasurer and as a member of the vestry and the finance committee. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Gilbert J. Borjeson ’51, of Sandwich, Mass.; July 10. A commercial fisherman and boat builder, he was a board member and longtime adviser with the Massachusetts Commercial Fishermen’s Assoc. and an original member of the Sandwich Marina Committee. An outstanding athlete, he cocaptained the Brown football team and captained the track and field team, for which he won the national AAU title in the 35-pound weight throwing event. In 1951 he competed in the Pan American Games and qualified for the Olympic trials in 1952.  He enjoyed fishing, scuba diving, hunting, and spending time on his houseboat in Key Largo, Fla. He is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, brother Richard Borjeson ’56, and several nieces and nephews.   

Douglas E. Girard ’51, of New London, Conn.; July 18, 2016. He was a retired procurement specialist at United Nuclear in Uncasville, Conn. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette.

Daniel J. MacDonald ’51, of East Greenwich, R.I.; July 1. He was founder and CEO of M&G Materials Handling in East Providence and a distributor of Yale Industrial Trucks for Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. He was also a director of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Assoc. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Pauline; two daughters; two sons; two daughters-in-law; 10 grandchildren; and a sister.

John J. Russell ’51, of Milford, N.H.; June 20. He worked as a financial auditor for General Electric for more than 35 years. After he retired, he and his wife visited vineyards in France and attended operas in Vienna. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enjoyed playing bridge and cribbage. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, four stepchildren, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Ivan Spangenberg III ’51, of Wilton, Conn.; June 18, from injuries suffered in a fall. He was retired from Merrill Lynch. He was a Wilton fire commissioner, a Little League coach, a volunteer at the Wilton Historical Society and Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital, and president of the Lions Club. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. At Brown he was a member of the baseball team and Phi Kappa Psi. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and pulling grandchildren and great-grandchildren in a wooden train he’d built and attached to a tractor. He is survived by his wife, Della; four daughters; two sons; two daughters-in-law; three sons-in-law; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gideon S. Applegate ’52, of South Newfane, Vt., formerly of Rumford, R.I.; Dec. 4, 2016. After playing in the Negro National League and serving in the U.S. Navy, he attended Brown and played varsity sports for two years before playing in various B and C level professional leagues. He was one of the first black players to sign with the Boston Braves and later with the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Following  his baseball career, he worked as a cartographer at the former Defense Mapping Agency in West Warwick, R.I., for 35 years. While living in Rhode Island, he was a member of the Rhode Island Football Officials Assoc., refereeing high school and Pop Warner games. He was inducted into the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fame in 1992 and in 1997 received the Elizabeth Porter Award from the Rhode Island Football Officials Assoc. He was a member of the Eastern Assoc. of Intercollegiate Football Officials and the Haven United Methodist Church in East Providence. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; two sons, including G. Scot Applegate ’09 AM, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Stephen H. Maclachlan ’52, of Penfield, N.Y.; June 18, after a brief illness. He worked at First Pennsylvania Bank in Philadelphia; Lincoln First Bank in Syracuse, N.Y.; Empire of America in Buffalo, N.Y.; and Fleet Bank in Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y. He was a member of the New York Business Development Corporation. He enjoyed the arts, history, sports, animals, and opera music. He is survived by a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Warren A. Witzmann ’52, of Henderson, Nev., formerly of South Yarmouth, Mass., and Middletown, R.I.; June 4. He was an administrator at several New England hospitals, including 13 years at Newport Hospital in Rhode Island. From 1983 to 2012 he lived in South Yarmouth and volunteered at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and at Cape Cod Hospital before moving to Henderson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Erna; two sons; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Rowland Coleman Jr. ’53, of Weston, Conn.; July 4. He worked at Citibank in Manhattan, from which he retired as vice president. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, sailing, gardening, and the New York Giants. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; a brother; a sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Arthur T. Petit ’53, of Montreal, Canada; June 14, after a short illness. With his brother he helped lead the executive team of Dominion Sprinkler Company in Montreal and later was executive vice president for more than 30 years at Viking Fire Protection in that city. He was a skilled athlete and committed coach, a former cocaptain of the Brown hockey team, and a member of Brown’s notable 1950–51 Athletics Hall of Fame ice hockey team. He is survived by his wife, Mercedes; five children, including Darrell ’82; and five grandchildren.

Janice Kennedy Doctor ’55, of South Portland, Me.; June 10. After studying at RISD, she worked at Ginn & Co. in Boston and then married and moved to Germany. Returning to South Portland, she taught at South Portland High School then conducted art classes for senior citizens throughout greater Portland. She later worked at Seaside Nursing Home and Hillside Nursing Home in South Portland. Inspired by Prof. Walter Feldman’s class, she developed a love of woodcuts that became her senior project at RISD and in 2010 part of a children’s book she self-published consisting of five of her woodcuts. She served on the board of the South Portland Housing Authority and was instrumental in the formation of the Ferry Village Neighborhood Conservation Assoc. She enjoyed spending time with family and is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law, and a grandson.

Robert N. Forest ’55, of Lincoln, R.I.; Aug. 6. He was a retired consultant in vocational education for the Rhode Island Department of Education. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Emilie; a daughter; a son; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Robert B. Womsley ’55, of Highlands, N.C., formerly of Dayton, Ohio; Dec. 13, 2016. He was an attorney and former partner of Coolidge, Wall & Womsley in Dayton. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; a son; a daughter-in-law; and five grandchildren.

Joseph J. Bologna ’56, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Aug. 13, of pancreatic cancer. His first acting stint was the lead in Brown’s Stalag 17. He followed up with other Brown stage productions, but was known around campus for writing jokes and assisting with speeches for some of the deans (see “Joseph Bologna: The Worst Student Makes the Screen’s Best Comedy,” BAM, March/April 1972). After graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was later hired by a New York City advertising agency to write and direct television commercials. Missing joke writing, he wrote material for the stand-up comic Renee Taylor, whom he soon married. With her he coauthored the Broadway play Lovers and Other Strangers, which became an Oscar-nominated 1970 film. Made for Each Other, their next collaboration, was a 1971 satire based on their own love story; it was Joe’s screen debut opposite his wife. In 1973, he was a mobster in the TV movie Honor Thy Father and a police officer in Cops and Robbers. Joe and Renee won a 1973 Emmy for their TV special, Acts of Love and Other Comedies. Their 1981 Broadway play, It Had to Be You, that they cowrote and costarred in, was later turned into a feature film. He played comedic roles in Blame It on Rio (1984), Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), Big Daddy (1999), and Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006). Joe also appeared in several television movies and shows throughout his career, including Paradise (1974), Woman of the Year (1976) and the series Rags to Riches. In 2001 the Bologna-Taylor team wrote and starred in the Broadway show If You Ever Leave Me… I’m Going With You!. His last film performance was in Tango Shalom, an indie comedy directed by his son, and his last television appearance was in a 2010 episode of C.S.I. He is survived by his wife, Renee, and a son.

Augustus Trowbridge ’56, ’64 AM, of New York City; July 9, after a long struggle with vascular dementia and cancer. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, and after years of teaching English and social studies at the Dalton School in New York City, Gus and his wife, Marty, founded the Manhattan Country School in September 1966, whose mission was to embrace the educational importance of racial and economic diversity, equity, cooperation, and interdependence. He recounted the school’s origins in the 2005 book Begin with a Dream: How a Private School with a Public Mission Changed the Politics of Race, Class, and Gender in American Education and he was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of the BAM (“School for Change,” ). He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Bank Street College of Education in 1996. At Brown he was president of the Brown Youth Guidance Program and a member of the Sphinx Club and Alpha Delta Phi. He is survived by his wife, Martha Dwight Trowbridge ’57; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and six grandchildren.

Barbara Gross Goodman ’57, of Middlebury, Vt., and Key Largo, Fla., formerly of Chappaqua, N.Y.; Jan. 29, of complications of Alzheimer’s. She taught high school English in Newport, R.I., before moving to New York, where she was involved with several liberal causes. She swam and played tennis into her 70s and enjoyed painting and animals, particularly dogs. She is survived by her husband, Jack; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; and seven grandchildren.

Nancy L. Hamilton ’58, of Lady Lake, Fla., formerly of Pearl River, N.Y.; June 26, from complications after a stroke. She worked for several years as the art department secretary at the Univ. of Maine. She later became a realtor in Portland, Me. She enjoyed raising her children, reading classic novels, watching classic movies, and traveling. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and six grandchildren.

Carolyn North Curtis ’59, ’62 MAT, of Worcester, Mass.; June 6. She was a retired teacher. She taught at the Wheeler School in Providence and later in the Worcester Public School system. She was active in the PTA and worked on local and national campaigns. After retiring, she joined a book club with former educators and enjoyed gardening, baking, camping in Maine, and spending time at Newport (R.I.) beaches with her family. She is survived by three daughters; a son, Andrew Curtis ’92; a daughter-in-law; and four grandchildren.

Stephen F. Ekstrom ’59, of New London, N.H.; Aug. 4, after a long illness. He was a dentist in Concord, N.H., and a skilled athlete. He was a New Hampshire State Golf Junior Champion in 1956 and won the New England Junior Crown that same year. In 1963 he won the Pierce Memorial Trophy from Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. He was a longtime member of the Concord Country Club and Bald Peak Colony Club. In addition to athletics, he enjoyed painting, furniture repair, and antique frame restoration. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children; three stepchildren; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Bernard P. Lane ’59, of Setauket, N.Y.; July 5, of cancer. He was an associate professor of pathology at NYU School of Medicine before joining the faculty at Stony Brook Univ., from which he retired in 2014. He was a director of the electron microscopy laboratory and chairman of the board of directors of the clinical management plan at Stony Brook Univ. Hospital. He served as president of the Suffolk County Medical Society, the Suffolk County Society of Pathologists, and the Long Island Division of the American Cancer Society. He also served as chairman of the national group on faculty practice of the Assoc. of American Medical Colleges. He enjoyed music and played the trumpet. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a daughter; two sons; and four grandchildren.



Wilbur T. Albrecht II ’60, of Cazenovia, N.Y.; June 17. He was emeritus professor of English at Colgate, where he taught since 1967. Before that, he taught literature at Drexel Univ. in Philadelphia. He was instrumental in the creation of Colgate’s semester-long study group in Manchester, England, and for a decade he directed the Colgate University Press. He retired from active teaching in 2003. A licensed pilot, he enjoyed birding, reading, and traveling to all seven continents. He is survived by his wife, Janette Sun Albrecht ’60; a son; and a sister.

Cynthia Hoffman Morin ’60, of Nashville; Feb. 3, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Richard.

William Taylor ’60, of Worcester, Mass.; July 15, from complications of congestive heart failure. He was a high school foreign language teacher for more than 30 years. He was also a director and actor in the Worcester and Boston areas, most notably at the Worcester Foothills Theater, the Worcester Shakespeare Company, and at Worcester Academy. He was a founding member of the Worcester-based Entr’Actors Guild. He is survived by a sister and an aunt.

James B. Ives ’61, of Boston; July 28, of a heart attack. He is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Dorothy Bradley Mann ’61, of Wakefield, R.I.; June 1. She worked for many years as a systems analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. She was an active volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She is survived by two daughters, a son, two grandchildren, and a brother.

Allan M. Gittleman ’64, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of West Warwick and East Greenwich, R.I.; June 24. He worked as an investment adviser for more than 50 years. In 1988 he joined the Providence investment firm of Janney Montgomery Scott as vice president. He was an avid collector of Americana and wrote Scripophily, a guide to the collection of antique stock and bond certificates. He enjoyed jazz music and provided scholarships to musicians through Jazz in the Hills. He also enjoyed skiing, sailing, and playing baseball, tennis, and golf. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; two daughters; two sons-in-law; four grandchildren; two sisters; two brothers-in-law; a sister-in-law; an uncle, Robert Gittleman ’49; a cousin, Richard Gittleman ’77; and many nieces and nephews.

Peter J. Levin ’64, of Chevy Chase, Md.; July 31, after a brief illness. After graduating from law school, he received two teaching and professional fellowships that took him to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He returned to Washington, D.C., in 1969 and became a litigator at Pierson Semmes & Bemis. After trying several major complex energy cases, he joined former law partners at the Tobacco Project of the National Association of Attorneys General in 2000, where he later became chief counsel. At NAAG he worked with state attorneys general around the country to coordinate the nationwide enforcement of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between 46 states and major tobacco companies. He retired in 2013. He served on the board of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington and as president of the board of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. He enjoyed the theater, reading, visiting museums, attending lectures, taking classes, playing tennis, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sons; and two grandchildren.

Richard Benson ’65, of Newport, R.I.; June 22, of heart failure. A photographer, he taught at Yale for more than 30 years and was dean from 1996 to 2006. He was a MacArthur fellow in 1986 and received two Guggenheim fellowships. He authored The Printed Picture and North South East West. He also enjoyed building intricate clocks and steam engines. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters; two sons; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Patrick D. McDonald ’65, of Holliston, Mass.; Aug. 9. He was director of strategic development at Waters Corp. in Milford, Mass. He held nine patents and wrote numerous scientific articles in chemical journals. He enjoyed photography and singing and was a cantor at St. Mary’s Church in Holliston for more than 43 years. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; sons Patrick ’92 and Michael ’97; a sister; and a brother.

William B. Rozell ’65, of Juneau, Alaska; June 29. He was an attorney in Ohio, New York, and Alaska. He was honored as a life member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in 1998, included in the 30th anniversary edition of Who’s Who in American Law in 2007, and added as a Top Attorney to the American Registry of Business Excellence in 2011. He was past president of the Alaska Bar Assoc. and a trustee of the Alaska Bar Foundation. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. He is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, and a sister.

Susan E. Geary ’67, ’74 AM, ’76 PhD, of North Providence, R.I.; July 17, 2016. She worked as a director of special projects and associate director of the Brown Annual Fund and later was special assistant to the vice chancellor at Brown before accepting a position at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. She is survived by her husband, Jose Amor y Vazquez ’52 AM, ’57 PhD.

Richard F. Mauro ’67, of Richardson, Tex., formerly of Denver, Colo.; May 22. After working at several Denver area law firms, he founded Parcel & Mauro in 1985. In 1992 he left law to manage gold funds and formed Castle Group Inc., where he worked with the International Finance Corp. He was also an adjunct professor at the Univ. of Denver College of Law and contributed to numerous legal journals. He returned to the law in 2001, but re retired in 2003 due to failing health and moved to Dallas in 2014. He served as president of the Colorado Open Space Alliance and president of the Colorado Chapter of the Assoc. of Corporate Counsel. He was a member of the board of directors of the Denver Athletic Club and was on the boards of several mining companies. He is survived by his wife, Vonnie; daughter Lindsay Wakabayashi ’91; a son-in-law; two grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; and four brothers, including Mark Mauro ’75.

Joseph R. Randall ’67, of East Setauket, N.Y.; Apr. 14. He was a retired manager for State Farm Insurance in Mount Sinai, N.Y. Previously he was a stockbroker and teacher in the New York Mills School system. He was a member of Brown’s  All-Ivy football team of the decade, elected to the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978, and had been a draft pick by the NFL St. Louis Cardinals. He is survived by his wife, Luba.

Neut L. Strandemo ’67, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Feb. 15. He practiced law at Strandemo & Sheridan in Inver Grove Heights. He is survived by his wife, Patricia.



Kimberly Quaid Decordon ’77, of Indianapolis; July 26. She was a professor of medical and molecular genetics and director of the predictive testing program at the Indiana Univ. School of Medicine. She provided counseling and testing for individuals with and at risk for Huntington’s Disease, early onset Alzheimer’s, and Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease. She was codirector of the genetic counseling program and was a faculty investigator at the IU Center for Bioethics. She also served as director of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at Indiana Univ. Over the course of her career she held academic positions at the Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine and the department of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She served as chair of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Study Section of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the NIH from 2005 to 2007. She authored or coauthored more than 35 books, chapters, and peer-reviewed publications focused on ethical issues in genetic testing. She enjoyed cooking, old movies, and spending time with family in Matunuck, R.I. She is survived by her husband, Luis; two daughters; three siblings; a niece; and two nephews.

Gerald L. Massa ’77, of Bristol, R.I.; July 29. He worked as a district sales manager and a division product manager for United States Gypsum Co., in Tarrytown, N.Y., before moving back to Rhode Island and establishing a 33-year career in the financial services industry. At the time of his passing, he was president of the Brown Football Assoc (BFA). He was instrumental in establishing programs in career counseling and alumni mentoring in support of Brown football players, as well as spearheading fund-raising campaigns. In 1991 the BFA honored him with the Andrew J. Joslin ’65 Award to recognize his outstanding contributions to Brown football and in 2002, he received the Brown Sports Foundation’s Jay Berry ’50 Award. He captained the lacrosse and football teams and played varsity volleyball for two years at Brown. He was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 and received the Paul L. Maddock ’33 Award for service to Brown Athletics. He served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Providence Economic Development Partnership and Justice Assistance. He is survived by his wife, Lois; a sister; two brothers; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.



Donya A. Powers ’80, of Providence; May 19. She started a family medicine practice in Seekonk, Mass., in 1986 and was affiliated with Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Mass. In 1992 she moved her practice to Providence and then Pawtucket, R.I. She held numerous hospital appointments throughout her career, including medical staff president at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, medical director for Hospice of CVNA in Attleboro, and clinical associate professor at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine. In 1994 she earned a fellowship from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). She served on the AAFP’s Commission on Science and later was a member of its National Research Network, for which she presented original clinical research internationally at World Family Medicine meetings. She was a volunteer with the AAFP Foundation’s Physicians with Heart program, traveling to Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the Republic of Georgia to deliver humanitarian aid to local hospitals and lead educational sessions for local family physicians. She enjoyed reading mystery and science fiction stories, cooking, photography, ballroom dancing, and traveling. She is survived by a brother, a sister-in-law, and two nephews, including Andrew Y. Powers ’15.

Emily H. Rubenstein ’80, of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Boston and San Francisco; June 21, of complications from Cushing’s Syndrome, lupus, and diabetes. After Brown, she earned a JD from Northeastern Law School and worked for as an associate with the former law firm of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon in San Francisco. She is survived by two sons, her parents, and two brothers.

Robert K. Stirling ’81, of North Salem, Ind.; June 9. He worked in the construction business for 40 years. He was an elder of Eagle Church in Whitestown, Ind., and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Tanya; two daughters; two sons; eight grandchildren; and two sisters.

Donald Leichter ’82, of New York City; July 1, of bulbar ALS. He was the clinical director of the Beth Israel Continuing Adult Day Treatment Program until the program closed. He then was the director of mental health assessment at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. From 2011 to 2015 he was director of clinical services at the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health. He was an avid art collector and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his husband, Mario Prats; a sister; a brother-in-law; an aunt; a nephew; and several cousins.

Thomas J. Paulhus ’83, of North Kingstown, R.I.; July 19. He was an active member of the downtown nonprofit community arts center AS220 Providence. An avid hockey player, he played into his 50s. He is survived by his father, two sisters, two brothers, two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Louise Pubols ’88, of Portland, Ore.; July 24, of cancer. She was a historian at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and later as senior curator of history at the Oakland Museum of California. She published The Father of All: The de la Guerra Family, Power, and Patriarchy in Mexican California in 2010, for which she earned the Ray Allen Billington prize from the Organization of American Historians in 2011. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Taylor; a stepdaughter; and her parents.



David C. Bosch ’90, of Sunnyside, N.Y.; May 18, of a stroke while swimming. He was a director of commercial planning and development of the Gateway Project of Amtrak. He was earlier director of leasing and acquisition for the State of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. From 1993 to 1995 he served in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa, and prior to that he was a legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a member of the Central Park Track Club, the New York Road Runners, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, and the board of the Rudolf Steiner Fellowship Foundation. He enjoyed growing and marketing certified organic garlic, running long distances and swimming, traveling, and reading. He is survived by his father, a brother, two sisters, and seven nieces and nephews.

Jeffery C. Mingo ’96, of Homewood, Ill.; Mar. 15. After graduate school he worked as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Guam. He later was a caseworker for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and at the time of his death was pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the Univ. of Chicago. He supported Amnesty International and other social justice organizations. He enjoyed Hip-Hop House and Drum ‘n’ Bass music, traveling, and eating different cuisines. He is survived by his mother, three sisters, a brother-in-law, a niece, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jeffrey A. Fleishman ’97, of Saint-Maur -des-Fossés, France; Dec. 22, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Severine, and his parents.



Joshua E. Brayman ’00, of Surrey, U.K.; Sept. 30, 2016. He was director of MarketStack from 2010 until the time of his death. He previously had been employed with RBS Global Banking and Morgan Stanley. He attended Oxford Univ. as a student of law. He enjoyed martial arts, computer programming, and learning languages (French, German, and Japanese). He is survived by his wife, Philippa; two children; his parents; and a brother.

David A. Crist ’06, of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Dec. 6, 2016, from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He is survived by his parents.

Nicolas Gomez-Hall ’13, of Coronado, Calif.; Dec. 2, 2016, in the Ghost Ship Warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif. He had been working as a publishing assistant at Counterpoint Press in Berkeley and was a recording artist/touring musician with Nightmom. After graduation he worked as a bilingual program coordinator for Providence elementary school programs and ran an after-school program at William D’Abate Elementary School in Providence. He was a passionate advocate for social justice and enjoyed exploring the world and meeting new people. His family has established the Nick Gomez-Hall Artists’ Fund in his honor to contribute to nonprofit causes he cared about. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, a sister-in-law, his grandmother, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.



Albert Wilansky ’47 PhD, of Bethlehem, Pa.; July 3. He taught mathematics at Lehigh Univ. for 45 years, retiring as a distinguished professor in 1991. He received many awards and lectured at universities around the world. For 18 summers he taught math to gifted high school students thanks to annual grants from the National Science Foundation. The author of more than 80 articles, he was also a professional musician for a short time and enjoyed playing piano, clarinet, and writing songs. He was a member of the Bethlehem Municipal Band. He is survived by five daughters, three sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.

Stuart D. Baxter ’48 ScM, of Ottawa, Ontario; Jan. 8. Until 1969 he was the chief of the computation center at the National Research Council Canada, where he set up its first IBM mainframe. He then became a department head and professor at Queen’s Univ. in Kingston, Ontario. He served on the former Opera Lyra Ottawa board. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a son-in-law, and nieces and nephews.   

David N. Goldstein ’49 ScM (see ’45).

Paul Ilie ’56 AM, ’59 PhD, of Redondo Beach, Calif.; July 18. He was a literary scholar and critic in the fields of comparative literature and the history of ideas. He taught Spanish in the romance languages department at the Univ. of Michigan, where he was named an associate professor in 1965 and Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature in 1968. He also published in Comparative Literature, Criticism, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, as well as in PMLA and Hispanic Review. From 1969 to 1970 he was a guest professor at the Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem. He joined USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 1982, and taught for 15 years before retiring as a professor emeritus. He authored eight books, some of which focused on the Spanish philosopher Unamuno and the Spanish Vanguard period, and more than 100 academic and literary articles on various subjects. He received a Guggenheim fellowship to expand his studies in Spanish and Portuguese literature in 1965, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Del Amo Foundation. In addition to serving as advisory editor of numerous learned journals, he was a member of the Modern Language Assoc., the American Assoc. of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Société Internationale d’Études du Dix-Huitiémé Siécle. He is survived by his wife, Marie-Laure; a nephew; and several cousins.

John V. Canfield ’59 AM, ’62 PhD, of Ontario, Canada; Aug. 6. He taught at Cornell and was a professor emeritus at the Univ. of Toronto. A Wittgenstein scholar, he was inspired by Wittgenstein and Buddhist practice to become a founding member of the Toronto Zen Center and Springwater Center. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; five children; seven grandchildren; and two brothers.

Clare Burke Renasco ’63 MAT, of Little Compton, R.I.; July 18. She taught English and Spanish in the Cranston and North Providence school systems and at Rhode Island Community College for 11 years. She was a member of the Little Compton Village Improvement Society, the Little Compton Historical Society, Friends of the Brownell Library, and the Sakonnet Garden Club of Little Compton. She is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law, two granddaughters, a great-granddaughter, and a sister-in-law.

Michael T. Gregory ’63 MAT, of Sandwich, Mass.; July 28. He worked as a chemistry teacher and science department head in Abington, Mass., for 26 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After retiring, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, cooking, woodworking, and golf. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, 16 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Hae Y. Pyun ’64 ScM, of Andover, Mass.; July 1. She was a research chemist at the Boston Univ. School of Medicine for more than 20 years, where she coauthored several papers. She was a member of the North Boston Korean Methodist Church and enjoyed traveling and the Boston Red Sox. She is survived by two daughters, three grandchildren, and two sisters.

Paul J. Ring ’64 PhD, of Andover, Mass.; Aug. 3. He was a professor of physics at the UMass Lowell. He also was a consultant at Kennecott Copper Corp. in Lexington, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three daughters; a son; four grandchildren; and a brother.

Augustus Trowbridge ’64 AM (see ’56).

Richard E. Olsen ’69 AM, ’71 PhD, of Millerton, N.Y.; July 21. He was chair of the philosophy department at Adelphi Univ., the author of several articles, and a participant in National Endowment for the Humanities and Mellon Grant Foundation projects. A scholar of both Western and Asian philosophy for more than 20 years, he lived as an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk in Thailand while studying Buddhist philosophy and vipassana meditation. He taught meditation at Adelphi and in his community. He is survived by two stepdaughters, a brother, a sister-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

Richard R. Davenport ’71 MAT, of Holderness, N.H.; Feb. 11. He was a secondary school teacher in Westchester County, N.Y., for more than 40 years. He was president of and chief negotiator for his local teacher association. Having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he resurrected his interest in aviation in 1986 by taking flying lessons and acquiring a Cessna 182, with which he flew cross-country in 1989 and commuted between homes in White Plains, N.Y., and Holderness. He was involved in environmental causes and was an active member of organizations devoted to the preservation of natural areas around Squam Lake, N.H. He is survived by his wife, Derry, and several nieces and nephews.

Susan E. Geary ’74 AM, ’76 PhD (see ’67).

James F. Burgess ’81 AM, ’87 PhD, of Providence; June 26. He was a professor at Boston Univ., where he directed the health economics program, and was a researcher for the VA Management Sciences for Health and the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research. In 2015 he received the John Eisenberg Award for Excellence in Mentorship from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An avid Diplomacy player, he promoted the game via his personal publication, The Abyssinian Prince 107, and served as coeditor of Diplomacy World magazine. He also helped organize Diplomacy conventions. He was a member of All Saints Memorial Church in Providence, where he sang in the choir, chaired the discernment committee, and served as senior warden and chair of the finance committee. He enjoyed spending time with family at Pequawket Lake in Maine. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Dunning Burgess; his mother; two stepsons; two grandchildren; and three brothers.

Judith Romney Wegner ’83 AM, ’86 PhD, of Providence; Feb. 2. She was an attorney and a former professor of religious studies at Williams College in Massachusetts. She published articles on the status of women in Jewish and Islamic Law. She was a member of Temple Emanu-El, the American Academy of Religion, the Assoc. for Jewish Studies, the Jewish Law Assoc., the Rhode Island Bar Assoc., and Phi Beta Kappa. She is survived by her husband, Peter; three sons; four grandchildren; a sister and a brother.

Frederick W.J. Stigers ’90 PhD, of Columbus, Ohio; June 22, of cancer. He was a freelance writer and served as an elected trustee of Clinton Township in Franklin County, Ohio, for 12 years. He enjoyed bird-watching, especially the migrations over Lake Erie and the Platte River. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Bedard Stigers ’82; a daughter; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; his mother; three siblings; and in-laws George and Mariette Perron Bedard ’57.

John M. Funaro ’92 ScM, of Chepachet, R.I.; June 20. He worked at Johnson & Johnson in Philadelphia. He is survived by two sisters, two brothers-in-law, and six nieces and nephews.



Jimmie D. Doll, of Providence; Jun. 11. He joined the Brown faculty as a full professor in 1989 and was named the Jesse H. and Louise D. Sharpe Metcalf professor of chemistry in 1995. He retired in 2014. He was a faculty member at the Univ. of Illinois and SUNY Stony Brook and a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory before coming to Brown. He was an expert on using computer simulation techniques to model the motions of atoms and molecules, and his development for looking at quantum mechanical problems aided researchers in the chemical physics field. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and a son and his family.

Jorge H. Sturam, of Providence; July 23. He was an allergist certified in allergy and pediatrics and practiced in Providence for 50 years. At Brown he was an adjunct professor of medicine and served as a physician with Rhode Island Hospital. He enjoyed dancing, sailing, traveling, reading, and spending time with his grandsons. He is survived by two daughters, four grandsons, a brother, two nieces, and a nephew.
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