Class of 1941

Sep, 2018

Morris Schwartz’s granddaughter, Adeline Schwartz, joined the class of 2022. Other alumni family members are Abraham Schwartz ’41, Elaine Revkin Rakatansky ’65, Barbara Revkin ’70, and Rebecca Haumann ’13.

 

From the November/December 2014 Issue

Bernice Markoff Gourse (see Gloria Markoff Winston ’48).

From the November/December 2013 Issue

Mildred Robinson Field writes that she was feted at a 93rd birthday party given by her children and their mates—Bruce and Joyce Pastor and Steven ’63 and Deborah Field—on Aug. 10 at the Belmont (Mass.) Country Club. Also present were her four grandchildren, her three great-grandchildren, her brother, several nieces and nephews, and close friends from the area.

From the July/August 2011 Issue

Ruth Bragdon Donovan writes: " My husband, Charles (Dartmouth '43), and I are still holding on in Pottstown, Pa. Our children, Mary and Michael, light up our lives."

C. Harrison Meyer writes: "My wife of 41 years, Barbara, passed away in August 2009. I'm trying to stay in my home with help from family members and neighbors. I would have loved to gotten back to Brown once more for the 70th reunion, but walking is difficult at age 91. I guess I'm lucky to still be around."

From the March/April 2011 Issue

The class of 1941 reunion committee met to finalize planning details for the 70th reunion in May. All the events are affordable and will be held on campus for convenience. We hope you will be able to join us and celebrate how far we have come in 70 years. So register early!

From the January/February 2011 Issue

Mildred Robinson Field was in Massachusetts in August and September. During that time she celebrated her 90th birthday with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, then returned home to Sarasota. She writes that she is looking forward to her 70th reunion in May and that she has missed only one in all these years.

Bob Griffin writes that because walking is not easy for him, he is not sure he will attend the 70th reunion. His grandson set him up on Facebook, and Bob would be happy to hear from other young folks from his class.

From the July/August 2010 Issue

Abraham Schwartz (see Morris Schwartz '49).

 

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From the May / June 2009 Issue

Frances Tompson Rutter and her husband, Bill, enjoy their independent living in Tulsa.

From the March / April 2009 Issue

Bill and Frances Tompson Rutter moved to a first-floor apartment in Tulsa, Okla., on November 13 after Bill had back surgery and had a pacemaker implanted.

From the January / February 2009 Issue

Wallace Allen writes: "Our class shrinks. I recall in 1938 meeting Andrew Sabol, who became my roommate, longstanding friend, and brother-in-law. He died in July 2008. His wife, my sister, who was also a librarian at Brown, died in 2006. I salute the members of the class of 1941—the Pearl Harbor class."

John R. Mars has moved following the death of his wife of 63 years.

From the September / October 2007 Issue

Louise Fitzpatrick Cafferty is doing well and always looks forward to news from the class of 1941.

Frances Tompson Rutter writes: "Over a year ago I was anticipating our move from Vermont to Oklahoma, a big change for someone who has always lived in New England. However, Bill and I are pleased with Tulsa, which is a very well-planned city with two excellent museums. Of course, having our daughter, Joan, nearby is wonderful."

From the May / June 2007 Issue

Frederick H. Jackson (see Isabel Jackson Freeman ’69).

Abraham Schwartz (see Beverly Schwartz Rosen ’53).

From the January / February 2007 Issue

William A. Jewett writes: “Busy writing memoirs as time runs out. After my whole life in the U.S. on the East Coast, I now live on a thirty-six-acre ranch with more animals than people.”

From the May / June 2006 Issue

Reunion ’06 weekend is almost here—May 26– 28. Return to campus to renew ties with old friends. Start with Campus Dance and finish the weekend by passing once again through the Van Wickle Gates. Visit the reunion Web site for complete details: http://alumni. brown.edu/news_events/reunions.

Frederick H. Jackson (see Isabel Jackson Freeman ’69).

Abbott A. Mongeau’s wife, Jane, passed away on Jan. 30. They had celebrated their 65th anniversary on Jan. 1.

From the March / April 2005 Issue

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: “Rev. Robert Allen Tourigney was recognized at a special luncheon commemorating the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in December. He and his wife, Helen Tasman Tourigney, are continuing in good health, although he indicated they are slowing down somewhat due to age.”

From the September / October 2004 Issue

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. relayed news of Bob Tourigney’s 60th wedding anniversary celebration last spring at a local country club with friends and family.

Celeste Griffin sends the class’s condolences to Louise Fitzpatrick Cafferty, who writes that her husband, Frank, died suddenly of a heart attack on Dec. 31. “After fifty-four years of being married, it’s taking me some time to adjust,” Louise writes.

From the July / August 2004 Issue

From class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr.: “William A. Jewett recently played an old 8mm film and saw Jack Crosby with a bear club on the football field. He also broke down the surviving members of the class of 1941 by profession: twenty-six MDs or doctors, seven military personnel, two professors, three clergy members, one judge, and all the rest unknown.

Russell O. Newton wrote that he and Barbara Kraft Newton ’42 still live at 2746 Old Oak Walk, Seabrook Island, S.C. 29455. ‘We are convinced,’ he says, ‘that living is easier in South Carolina than in Rhode Island. We are thinking about our 65th reunion, which is just around the corner, and hoping we will be there. If we make it, it will be our last trip north (excepting only Swan Point).’

“The Rev. Robert Allen Tourigney called Earl Harrington on March 1 to report that Bob had his carotid artery reamed out and is now okay. He added that Mrs. Helen Tasman Tourigney is wonderful.’ ”

Mildred Robinson Field, co-president of the Sarasota-Manatee Brown Club writes that about fifty members turned out on Feb. 12 for a warm reception for President Simmons. The club also helped arrange a luncheon the following day for fifty College Hill Society members from Sarasota, Tampa, and Naples.

Richard T. Hauck writes: “Age is catching up with my wife, Arlene, and me. We have given up winters in Florida. We are living a quiet life in East Providence and taking each day as it comes.”

Philip W. Porter Jr. (see Jonathan Cole ’67).

From the May / June 2004 Issue

Class assistant treasurer Celeste F. Griffin reports that after a long hot summer in Okanagan, Canada, Madge Thomson McCririck is back in the city with her 12-year-old cockapoo, from whom she is inseparable.

From the January / February 2004 Issue

George V. Snell writes: “I’m still enjoying my retirement. I now have both daughters and sons-in-law living in Beaufort, along with a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. My golf shots just seem to be getting shorter.”

From the November / December 2003 Issue

William Jewett was the community member recipient of the International Eye Foundation’s seventh annual Promotion of Peace and Vision Award.

From the July / August 2002 Issue

Mildred Robinson Field, of Sarasota, Fla., writes: "On April 12 the Senior Friendship Center for Healthy Aging in Sarasota dedicated the new David L. Field Dental Clinic in honor of my late husband, David '36, who passed away in 1997."

From the May / June 2002 Issue

John J. Cooney Jr. (see Anne Cooney D'Antuono '46).

Bob Rapelye writes: "Granddaughter Meg Rapelye is serving as deck and boarding officer with U.S. Coast Guard."

Walter Mullen writes: "Son Tom is the first non-religious president and CEO of the Mercy Medical Center since its inception in 1874."

From the November / December 2000 Issue

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: “Correspondence during early summer slowed to a halt – everyone must be enjoying trips, vacation homes, and family visits.

John Liebmann planned to visit Maine in August and to attend the Brown homecoming weekend on Sept. 23. We expected several other class officers to attend the alumni leadership meetings that weekend.

Bob Tourigney called in early August to discuss class matters and to get up-to-the-minute news on the happenings on campus. Bob is an energetic supporter and promoter of Brown.

“University representatives in charge of reunion planning and fund-raising have been in touch with class of ’41 officers. You will hear more about reunion developments during the fall and winter. I hope we have a large turnout for our 60th reunion—let’s give reunion chair Lucky Fogliano Gallagher 100 percent of our support!”

From the September / October 2000 Issue

Reunion chair Lucky Fogliano Gallagher writes: "Your committee has started making plans for our 60th reunion, which is rapidly approaching. We are doing all that we can to make this a pleasurable weekend, but you are really the ones who can make everything work. Please mark the dates May 25-28 on your calendar and make plans to join us. In the meantime we shall keep you abreast of things as they develop."

Pembroke class treasurer Celeste Griffin reports: "Jane Clapp Burgess may attend the 60th reunion. She frequently sees Rae Mulready Sammis ’39, who also lives at Medford Leas. Jane and Rae lived in the same dormitory at Pembroke. Rae, Jane, and Jane’s husband, Sam ’38, enjoy talking about the ‘good old days’ over lunch. Rae remembers Sam’s dog, Clipper, who was required to wait on the stoop of East House whenever Sam called.

"Louise Fitzpatrick Cafferty thinks of Providence when watching the television show Providence. She is not certain whether she will attend the 60th.

"Sylvia Rose Pitnof is still involved with music-making and looks forward to seeing old friends in May."

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: "We have received the following feedback from classmates in response to our spring newsletter: George P. Conard writes, ‘No important news since we sold the farm more than two years ago and moved into a condo.’

"Harold W. Detwiler still lives in Summerton, S.C. He’s a ‘maybe’ for the 60th reunion, as is George A. Schuetz. Planning to attend the reunion are Sidney Kramer, Robert Rapelye, and Jim Nestor and his wife, Eileen. Abbott A. Mongeau, who also plans to attend, expected his first great-grandchild in June.

"John F. McVay writes that he retired in 1992 from practicing medicine. He has moved to 408 Essex Village, Lynnfield, Mass. 01940. His wife, Elinor, died in April 1999. All four children live within forty miles. His two married children, plus three grandchildren, live in Lynnfield.

"Themistocles G. Stephanos has moved to 653 Ainapo St., Honolulu 96825."

From the July / August 2000 Issue

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: "On Friday, April 28, the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, endorsed by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, honored the late Walter F. Jusczyk. The banquet and induction ceremonies were held at the convention center in Providence. Attending were Walter’s widow, Eleanor, and other relatives and friends. I represented our class."

From the May / June 2000 Issue

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: "Lucky Fogliano Gallagher has started the ball rolling for our 60th reunion. Be sure to mark your calendar for May 25-28, 2001. Lucky, Celeste Griffin ’65 A.M., and I attended the reunion-planning workshop at Maddock Alumni Center on March 11.

"John Liebmann reminds us that planned giving offers many avenues for investing in Brown’s future while retaining your present-day income. For information on philanthropic investment opportunities at Brown, contact Marjorie Houston, director of gift planning, Brown University, Box 1893, Providence 02912; (401) 863-1459.

"Louise Whitney Harrington ’39 and I have several Brown grandchildren who are doing well. The oldest, Sarah Younkin ’97, is attending Case Western Medical School in Cleveland. Her brother, Samuel 00 will graduate in May with a degree in engineering. Their cousins are twins Ian ’01 and Jeremy Hochberg ’01, both classics majors. Ian is spending the spring term in Italy on an exchange program. Jeremy spent last summer in Greece."

From the March / April 2000 Issue

Brown class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: “To our question, ‘Are you retired?’ Lou Duesing writes an emphatic ‘Yes!’ His favorite activity is golf, and he plans to attend the 60th reunion.

Robert Myers writes that he retired in 1998 after twenty years in advertising in San Francisco. His brother, George ’38, died in 1962 at age forty-six. George was a talented illustrator of women’s fashions at Lord & Taylor; Carson, Pirie, Scott; Ransohoff’s; and others. His favorite retirement activities are listening to all types of music except rock and rap (he especially likes Broadway show tunes and opera); playing the piano; going to the theater; reading mysteries; playing with his seven dogs and two cats; dining out; and having dinner parties at home.

Clifford S. Gustafson writes that he hopes to attend the 60th reunion. He is retired and enjoys sailboat racing in Nantucket, Mass., and swimming in Little Compton, R.I.”

Anita Ramos Schaff, of Phoenix, writes: “For the first time, our sons, who are commanders in the Judge Advocate General corps, are both in the United States. Gary is the staff judge advocate at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif. Chandler, who transferred from Spain in August, is the deputy force judge advocate at Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific in San Diego. I’m 81 1?2 and still working. I was honored at the Lulac Millennium Tribute to Arizona’s Hispanic Community on Nov. 13 in Phoenix. Lulac is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States and Puerto Rico.”

From the January / February 2000 Issue

Men's class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: "Bill Sheffield received news, dues, and contributions to the Walter Jusczyk Memorial Fund from John R. Mars, Jack Crosby, Gilbert S. Panson, Benson R. Frost Jr., Bill Armstrong, Austin Volk, R. Douglas Davis, William Werber, and Robert M. Schaper. John, Austin, William, and Robert send their warmest regards. Douglas lives in an assisted-living community."

"Jack misses seeing and hearing from Eliot Rice and Walter Jusczyk. Jack writes, 'With Hillhouse Ltd. out of business, I don't have much of a reason to go to Providence.'

"Gilbert recently attended a reunion of scientists and engineers who worked on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II. Oak Ridge was where uranium isotopes were separated to provide fissionable material for the first atomic bomb. He met up with Wally Davis Jr., who lives in Oak Ridge. Gilbert writes, 'We had a great time reminiscing about our undergraduate days.'

"Benson, who continues his law practice and remains in reasonably good health, writes, 'I share a home with my retired sister. We are indeed fortunate and comfortable.'

"Bill talked with Judge Harold Detwiler in South Carolina. Bill writes, 'He sounds great and is partially retired, spending several hours a day in the office. Last fall he was traveling in Russia. We survived Hurricane Dennis with no damage, but lots of wind and some rain. We are in the agricultural section of North Carolina, where the ground is stoneless and flat as a pancake. I haven't used the electric snow shovel since we moved here. We do most of our traveling in a motor home.'

"Bob Rapelye heard from Vic Hillery, who traveled by riverboat from St. Petersburg to Moscow in July. 'It was an eye-opening experience,' Vic writes. 'The country is in bad shape. However, the Hermitage is still spectacular.' Vic adds that Marv Boisseau and his wife, Willa, recently visited Israel and planned to visit Hawaii in August. A previously planned trip to Iceland and Greenland was canceled. Vic writes that Harry O'Melia and his wife planned a summer trip from their home in Mesa, Arizona, to North Carolina, where they used to live."

John R. Mars (see John Neil Buxton '69).

Lew Shaw reports that he has received a U.S. patent for a signal-transmission system that transmits television pictures over standard dial-up telephones. He has two other patents pending for wire transmission of video, voice, and computer data over telephone and cable, and for wireless transmission.

From the November / December 1999 Issue

"Bob Tourigney and Helen Tasman Tourigney toured the Chesapeake Bay area with their youngest grandchild, Darcie. Included in their itinerary were Wilmington, Del.; Baltimore; Annapolis; and Norfolk, Va. They stopped at Assateague Island, where the wild ponies roam. They also made a nocturnal visit to Edgar Allen Poe's gravesite, where the tour guide read Annabel Lee as the group sipped sherry. We look forward to Bob's report on their scheduled July trip, on which they will take one or more grandchildren.

"Hap Nash, active as usual in supporting Brown sports, has established and continues to contribute to a Brown Sports Foundation memorial fund in memory of his brother, Thomas Nash '40, whom many of us knew and fondly remember.

"Response to the spring newsletter questions provided the following information about 1941 alumni. Retired: 89 percent. Top six favorite retirement activities: reading, golf, travel, TV, bridge, and writing. Other fav-orites: working on the computer, taking classes, working as a court monitor, fishing, growing vegetables, exploring financial markets, participating in military organizations, painting watercolors, photography, politicking, preaching, sailing and cruising, shopping with the wife, sightseeing in New England, singing with choral groups, tennis, walking, and wintering in Florida. Least favorite activities: going to meetings and walking the dog. Number of alums whose children or grandchildren have attended Brown: five. Hoping to attend the 60th reunion: yes, thirteen; no, two; maybe, three. Types of articles we'd like to see more of in the BAM: on-campus stories, expert commentary on world affairs, 'The Prescription Paradox' (see March/ April). Types of articles we'd like less of: health subjects."

From the September / October 1999 Issue

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: "Marvin Boisseau's favorite retirement activities are politicking and traveling. He takes two trips per year and intends to continue as long as he can. In 1996 he visited Central America, Germany, and the low countries; in 1997 he headed to Peru and Bolivia, and to France and Monaco; in 1998 he traveled to East Africa, England, Wales, and Scotland; and this year he visited Egypt and the holy land, and has plans to see Iceland and Greenland.

"Roger H. Brown writes: 'Technically in the class of '41, I transferred to Harvard Dental School in 1939. During the invasion and occupation of Okinawa in 1945 and 1946, I served in the 87th Field Hospital as a dental officer (like in M*A*S*H). I was a partner in a dental practice in Providence, and later in Cranston, R.I., from 1947 to 1987. I retired to Narragansett, R.I., then moved to Concord, N.H., in July 1995. My wife, Janet, and I enjoy living in an independent retirement community that overlooks the Merrimack River. We have four wonderful children and six grandchildren. The eldest grandson married in May. Our creative writing class inspired us to write two books, and we are in the process of a third one. We have written nearly 100 papers on various subjects.'

"Jack Clayton writes: 'Our eleventh and most recent cruise was a trip around the British Isles, where we enjoyed learning more about Nancy's Scottish heritage and my English heritage. The flight back on the Concorde was exceptional. Our grandchildren, who are graduating from college and high school, are getting too old to be ours. Long-distance traveling seems to be getting more difficult. We don't understand why! The 60th reunion is too far away for us to know whether we'll make it or not. We hope we can.'

"Allen R. Ferguson reports that he and his wife, Audrey Mitscher Ferguson '42, lunched with Elmer Fiery '48 and his wife, Catherine, on April 17. Allen and Elmer were aviation cadets in California in 1943. Elmer went to the 8th Air Force in England, while Allen went to Italy and the 15th Air Force as a B-17 (Flying Fortress) pilot. Audrey was a woman marine serving at Camp LeJeune, N.C., and at the Marine Corps Depot in Philadelphia. Elmer and Allen reminisced at the lunch, remembering Milton Dupouy, who died in a training accident, and whose older brother, Channing, was a classmate. The marriage of Allen and Audrey in 1944 was something of a Brown show. Audrey's maid of honor was Margaret Marlborough Matthews '42, and Allen's sister, Ruth Ferguson Mitchell '45, was another attendant. Allen's best man was his brother, Duncan '34, and one usher was his cousin, Bob Martin '44. Duncan and Bob were both physicians and are now deceased.

"Clifford Gustafson and his wife, Eleanor, attended Walter Jusczyk's funeral and were impressed by his son's eulogy.

"Sidney Kramer celebrated his 80th birthday by taking a Mediterranean cruise with his wife, Dorothy. A month in Palm Desert, Calif., followed. Dorothy documented the cruise in an article published in the April 15 issue of the Rhode Island Jewish Herald. The article, forwarded to Bill Sheffield, concludes with this sentence: 'Our wish - if you go to the Island of Rhodes - is that you will go to the synagogue to pay your respects to a community of Jews who were wiped out by the Nazis.'

"Walter J. Mullen Jr. writes that all his children attended the University of Maryland. His son, Jack, was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year at the Baltimore County campus. Son Tom is president of a hospital and daughter Jeanne is a fund-raiser and fund manager for an Atlanta hospital.

"Allan S. Nanes reports that last September he returned to the Washington, D.C., area, specifically to Silver Spring, Md., after twelve years in California. He definitely feels more at home in the East, but hesitates to say where he will be in five years. His grown children and ex-wife remain in California. While in the Los Angeles area, he wrote English editorials for a Korean-American newspaper. He now works for a Sikh-American organization, contacting political figures and writing press releases. He writes, 'I learn something new almost every day.' He has corresponded for a number of years with Dave Ebbitt. They hold forth on the state of the world, the state of our culture, and the state of Brown. He also occasionally has lunch with Allen Ferguson, who also lives in Silver Spring.

"Abraham Schwartz and his wife, Dottie, have been reveling in their retirement since 1994. They have homes in Boca Raton, Fla., and Cherry Hill, N.J. Their daughter, Jane, retired from an administrative position with Metropolitan Life to raise a family of two daughters and one son. Their son, David, lives nearby in New Jersey, where he is an otolaryngologist and a head and neck surgeon. Abraham and Dottie met President Gee at a Brown Club meeting at Palm Beach. 'He is an impressive person!' Abraham writes."

From the July / August 1999 Issue

Report from class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr.: "Bob Gosselin writes, 'I think our class notes might be an appropriate place to share some recent remarks by our classmate Donald A. Smith. He wrote to me last Christmas, in his usual precise handwriting, from Surfside Beach, S.C., where he and Liz lived for many years. Don wrote: "You may or may not be pleased to hear that I have finally taken your advice and bought a computer. Thus far it's about the worst mistake I've ever made...but ribbons for my typewriter are no longer available. Judy [Don's daughter] keeps pushing the Internet, and the whole world wants me to visit their Web sites. But I just can't work the damned thing...Well, I'll have to get some more tutoring and who knows, the next time I write, maybe it'll be in justified lines of Times Roman Bold." Don died on March 10. Good humor and quiet courage justified his lines better than any computer ever could.'

"John Liebmann, Sandy Udis, and I have contacted many generous classmates for the Brown Annual Fund. I have chatted with Bill Allen, Ben Ambrosini, Fred Drennan, Henry Eldredge, Bill Sheffield, Bob Rapelye, and Bob Tourigney. Hope to talk with others in the next several weeks. Comments will be reported in the 1941 spring newsletter. You will learn of operations and recoveries, travels to the Southland, cruises on rivers and oceans, and the growing accomplishments of grandchildren."

From the May / June 1999 Issue

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr.reports: "Jack Crosby asked for the address of Bill Jewett. Jack feels the loss of Eliot Rice and Walter Jusczyk very much. Seeing them was always the high point of his visits to Providence, Jack writes, adding, 'life remains tranquil on Cape Cod - lots of golf, sojourns to the Caribbean, and family around the U.S. to see.' Celeste Griffin, women's class treasurer, has been doing a great job gathering dues and current information about our 1941 women located throughout the country. Our congratulations and thanks to her!"

From the March / April 1999 Issue

Report from Class Secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr.: "Sam Bloch and his wife, Thelma, came to Providence over the Nov. 7 weekend, visiting art museums and enjoying a good meeting with Director of Admissions Michael Goldberger. The couple viewed our 1941 memorial plaque in Manning Chapel. Two weeks later, Sam attended the Brown-Columbia football game, then he and Thelma visited family in Boston over Thanksgiving. In December, Sam had successful triple-bypass surgery.

"Harry Greenwald has been in contact with John Liebmann to check on John's progress recovering from a broken hip. John uses a cane, but only outdoors.

"Bill Buffum, retired Providence architect, recently visited Doug Kennedy, who is also retired, in Stuart, Fla., and found him happy and in good health. Both are summer neighbors in Little Compton, R.I.

"Bob Rapelye has created a slide show of the Impressionist painters and the Orsay Museum in Paris. He and his wife, Rufus, visit France frequently. This summer Bob attended Clifford Gustafson's 80th birthday party on Nantucket. Bob and Cliff posed together for a picture _ they both look great!

"Vic Hillery has donated a copy of his co-authored book, Paths of Armor, to the John Hay Library military collection. The book recounts the experience of Vic's 5th Armored Division from Normandy into Germany in World War II. Vic attended the Division Reunion in Omaha in early October. Item of interest _ Vic's birthday is Nov. 11, Armistice Day (now Veterans' Day).

"Russell C. Carey '91, secretary of the university, wrote to Earl W. Harrington Jr. about the Civil War memorial tablet, which is adjacent to our 1941 World War II memorial plaque in Manning Hall. It was commissioned and paid for by undergraduate students in memory of twenty-one Brown men who died in the Civil War. The following address was made by Professor Jeremiah Lewis Diman (1831_81) at the dedication in 1866:

" 'To the faculty and to the students alike, it seemed eminently fit that such a memorial should be erected here; that here, as we gather to our daily devotions, we might be reminded of those who, only a short time since, sat with us on these benches, and joined with us in our accustomed hymns of praise; and that here those, who in years to come shall fill our places, may learn that study is not an end in itself; that liberal culture looks to larger results than are included in mere academic success; that the finest discipline becomes contemptible if not coupled with the manly virtues. Not what we learn, but the use we make of our learning is what tells the story. Surely if the instructors in this institution ever grow negligent in inculcating these high lessons, the very stone will cry out.' "

From the January / February 1999 Issue

Robert Allen Tourigney, Woodlands, Tex., had a hip replacement in May and is back on the golf course. "Helen Tasman Tourigney and I enjoyed a week on the Mississippi Queen with our younger daughter and her two children," he writes. "I continue to preach every Sunday at one parish or another in this huge diocese of Texas."

Anita Ramos de Schaff, Phoenix, writes: "My eldest son, Gary, is a commander, staff judge advocate, at the Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, Calif. My youngest son, Charles, the staff judge advocate for the naval base in Rota, Spain, has just been promoted to commander. I celebrated my eightieth birthday on May 27 in Spain with Charles; his wife, Mercedes; and my first granddaughter, Sofia, who celebrated her first birthday on Nov. 7. Friends and relatives came from different areas of Spain and Europe to celebrate my birthday. In June, I celebrated this milestone in the United States."

Report from class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr.: "Sandy Udis, men's class president, advises that Electra F. (Lucky) Gallagher has agreed to chair the 60th reunion. She will be supported by a committee of '41 men and women. Plan on attending this big reunion; details will be available well in advance of the May 2001 dates. John Lieberman telephoned to discuss the Brown Annual Fund. He will not come to Providence in the fall because he is recovering from a broken hip suffered in mid-September. Reconstructive surgery was successful, so John is now mobile, but still undergoing therapy."

From the November / December 1998 Issue

Class secretary Earl W. Harrington Jr. reports: John Liebmann and his wife Ellin stopped in Providence on their way to Maine in July. John, editor of our class newsletter, says the next issue should be out in late winter. All classmates should pen a memo to John. Tell him about yourself and classmates you are in touch with.

Marian W. LeGros called to advise that her husband, Emile A. LeGros, died July 26. Emile was a loyal Brown man in every respect. During twenty years of disability, he maintained a lively Brown-oriented correspondence.

If you have not yet contributed to the Walter Jusczyk '41 Memorial Fund, you may send a check to the fund committee at Box 1925, Providence 02912. This fund provides financial aid to a worthy athlete in his senior year who will be entering a graduate program in dentistry or medicine. Make checks pay-able to Brown University, Walter F. Jusczyk Memorial Fund.

Bob Rapelye, Providence, writes: "Wall Street Journal readers may have recognized a classmate's name in the July 24th edition. In a letter to the editor, Vic Hillery noted the inaccuracies in the HBO film When Trumpets Fade, which is about the Huertgen Forest battle of World War II. Vic should know. He was there." Hillery is co-author of Paths of Armor, a history of his Fifth Armored Division.

The Rev. Robert A. Tourigney reports the successful replacement of his right hip joint. Bob continues to support his many interests, including Brown.

President E. Gordon Gee wrote to me regarding our World War II memorial plaque: "Each time I pass the Class of 1941 plaque inside the west entrance to Manning Chapel, I am reminded of the extraordinary young men of '41 and am filled with gratitude for your and your classmates' unwavering dedication and service to Brown."

From the September / October 1998 Issue

We hope to publish a 1941 class newsletter before the end of 1998. The cooperation of all classmates is encouraged so that editor John Liebmann will have ample news to include.

Allen Ferguson, Silver Spring, Md., wrote, following the recent death of Ross Davis. "Ross and I had become rather well acquainted since our 50th reunion. In recent years we met for lunch about once a month, either at the Cosmos Club or the Harvard Club. Ross's death is a reminder that our ranks are thinning. I hope we can have another reunion fairly soon."

From the July / August 1998 Issue

Earl W. Harrington Jr., class secretary, submitted news about the memorial plaque: "This bronze plaque commemorating our classmates killed in World War II is to be permanently mounted. Sandy Udis, class president, successfully petitioned for the mounting in the west foyer of the first floor of Manning Hall. Russell C. Carey, executive assistant to the president, and I met on April 1, and I delivered the plaque to Russell. Together we viewed the mounting location and agreed that it will very effectively serve the purpose to which so many contributed to make this memorial to our classmates. Associate Director of Government and Community Relations Jim Rooney '89, who helped us carry out our very successful 55th reunion, has been instrumental in helping us. Robert Rapelye is the designer of the plaque and the driving force behind its production. Austin Volk lit the spark that started the project. Bob says, `Manning Hall is a venerable building that sees much student activity, and it features prominently on campus tours.' "

John L. Benn and his wife moved in June to smaller quarters at St. Andrew's Estates N., 6152 N. Verde Trail, Boca Raton, Fla. 33433. Before the move, John competed in the International Tennis Foundation's tournament for players over 75.

George P. Conard and his wife are moving to a condo in Hellertown, Pa. They will use the same mailing address. The Conards are in good health and send their regards to their '41 classmates.

James W. Correll, Hempstead, N.C., retired in 1990 as a neurological surgeon and a professor at Columbia University's School of Surgeons and Physicians. He is still consulting on neurological problems.

Benson R. Frost Jr. answered John Liebmann's recent phone call with his usual cordial greeting. Ben's news: "Modern science and medicine are amazing. I went in for a cataract operation on a recent Wednesday. On Friday, I was able to drive the car to my law office." Ben sees his cousin and neighbor, Robert W. Closs, who also has made excellent progress after surgery five years ago. Ben's dad was Brown class of 1908 and, like Ben, a Rhinebeck, N.Y., lawyer. Ben says that Charlie Bechtold has tried to get him to come back to reunions. ("Ben, come on back to the 60th in 2001," Earl urges.)

Victor J. Hillery still lives in Madison, N.J. He heard recently from Marvin Boisseau, who had an eventful trip to Africa, where Mrs. Boisseau unfortunately suffered a health problem. She is now fully recovered. Vic sends "regards to all '41ers."

John Liebmann, head class agent, has been contacting classmates soliciting participation in the Brown Annual Fund. He is a dedicated Brown man and does a great job for the University. He also feeds items of interest for inclusion in the BAM.

Bob Rapelye reports that he and his wife, Rufus, discovered a "reasonable" studio apartment rental in Paris, France, and stayed there for two weeks in mid-April. Bob will be glad to share his contact with any interested classmate.

George A. Schuetz Jr., Red Bank, N.J., is working on a reduced schedule of two to three days a week in the family business. He and his wife and daughter are enjoying life in New Jersey. (Earl Harrington submitted all class of '41 notes.)

From the May / June 1998 Issue

Walter L. Creese, North Andover, Mass., received an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisville in October. The citation read, in part, "To the degree that Louisville's architectural heritage has been preserved, much is owed to you." Walter is chairman emeritus of the division of architectural history and preservation at the University of Illinois.

John J. Cooney Jr., Nashville, Tenn., spent the Christmas holidays with his daughter, Deborah '67, and his son, John F. '70, both of whom live in the Washington, D.C., area with their families. The elder John is the former director of the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's estate near Nashville. Deborah is editor of Public Policy Research and works in the government archives and the Library of Congress. John F., formerly with the Solicitor General's office, is a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm. John J. writes that his children are "members of the third generation of Brown Cooneys who have spent a major part of their careers in public service." John J. Cooney '08 was Rhode Island's attorney general.

Aurea Cancel Schoonmaker's husband, Edgar, passed away in December. Edgar was a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Service and the manager of the Tweed-New Haven (Conn.) Airport.

From the May / June 1998 Issue

Walter L. Creese, North Andover, Mass., received an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisville in October. The citation read, in part, "To the degree that Louisville's architectural heritage has been preserved, much is owed to you." Walter is chairman emeritus of the division of architectural history and preservation at the University of Illinois.

John J. Cooney Jr., Nashville, Tenn., spent the Christmas holidays with his daughter, Deborah '67, and his son, John F. '70, both of whom live in the Washington, D.C., area with their families. The elder John is the former director of the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's estate near Nashville. Deborah is editor of Public Policy Research and works in the government archives and the Library of Congress. John F., formerly with the Solicitor General's office, is a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm. John J. writes that his children are "members of the third generation of Brown Cooneys who have spent a major part of their careers in public service." John J. Cooney '08 was Rhode Island's attorney general.

Aurea Cancel Schoonmaker's husband, Edgar, passed away in December. Edgar was a meteorologist with the U.S. Weather Service and the manager of the Tweed-New Haven (Conn.) Airport.

From the March / April 1998 Issue

Plans for our 60th reunion will soon be under way. The reunion committee will meet in 1998 and invites comments from classmates. Send them to Earl W. Harrington Jr., 24 Glen Ave., Cranston, R.I. 02905.

Bill Allen and his wife, Doris, are back in the western hills of Massachusetts enjoying the great outdoors.

William H. Armstrong reports that there are not many Brown grads in northeastern North Carolina. He sends his thanks to Bill Sheffield for all his work for the class.

Marvin Boisseau writes: "Like Vic Hillery, since my retirement my wife and I have become world travelers. We've been to six of the seven continents since 1987. Like Al Ferguson, I thought the world would be a much better place by the end of the century. I think we were wrong in forgetting that human beings have not changed much over the millennia (and are not likely to)."

Jack Clayton writes: "Nancy and I appreciate receiving all the news regarding '41 guys and gals still around. Last year we were able to take a cruise around the British Isles (England for me and Scotland for Nancy). It gets a little tougher each year to travel."

Arthur Holleb says that he corresponds regularly with his former Brown roommate, Dave Ebbit, of Newport, R.I., and with Paul Pollinger, of Calabasas, Calif., with whom he went to medical school.

Emile LeGros, Stamford, Conn., wrote a letter to Earl Harrington in October reminiscing about the great days in Brown engineering from 1937 through 1941.

John Liebmann, head class agent for the Brown Annual Fund, has organized a solicitation team for the 1997-98 fund year. He urges classmates to respond when he or a member of his committee contacts you, and he thanks those who have already given.

Walter J. Mullen Jr. wrote to Bill Sheffield to compliment him on the newsletter. "Bob Steinsieck's piece was stirring," Walter writes. "His son was a real hero." Walter hopes to make the next reunion.

Paul Rohrdanz and his wife, Sally, attended the alumni leadership weekend at Brown in October. Their two sons (one a doctor and the other in computer systems) live in the San Francisco Bay area. Paul and Sally visited them over the Christmas holidays. Their daughter lives near Buffalo, N.Y.

Abe Schwartz and his wife, Dottie, enjoyed a magnificent summer in Cherry Hill, N.J., with their children and five grandchildren. "We miss the Providence area, our small extended family there, and our many friends," Abe writes. "We loved Brown's prominent place in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of national universities."

William P. Sheffield III, Kingston, R.I., and his wife, Pat, returned in October from a trip in and around France, which included barging on picturesque rivers. Bill thanks the classmates who have already sent in class dues. - Earl W. Harrington Jr., secretary

Esta Whitman Bernstein has moved to Lake Worth, Fla. After some adjustment, she is happy with the decision.

Jane Clapp Burgess and her husband, Sam '38, now have an e-mail address.

Ruth W. Harris went on a two-week Mediterranean cruise in September. She visited ruins in Turkey, Greece, and Italy, and writes, "It proved to be an interesting review of courses in art history and biblical literature I took at Brown."

Irene Lally, Cranston, R.I., and Lucky Fogliano Gallagher, Pawtucket, R.I., had a wonderful time on the Brown-sponsored trip to Burgundy and Provence in October. After three days in Paris they took the train to Lyons, where they joined the cruise ship and sailed the Saone and Rhone Rivers for eight days.

Dotty Ann Nelson McClelland has discovered cooking classes: "Bread Around the World" at Baltimore International Culinary Insitute and "Bread Weekend" at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. "Both of them were delicious!" she reports. "You get to eat all your work. I do enjoy a week with fellow foodies."

Natalie Rosen Seigle, Longboat Key, Fla., is a governor of the Sarasota (Fla.) University Club and a member of the board of the Pines Foundation, an organization that takes in elderly people who have outlived their retirement income.

Ruth Harris Wolf and her husband, Irving, went on a safari to Kenya for seventeen days in July. Ruth writes: "It was an unforgettable experience! Highly recommended." - Celeste F. Griffin, treasurer

Anita Ramos Schaff's oldest son, Gary, was promoted to commander in the Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAGC) of the U.S. Navy in September. He is the staff judge advocate for the naval hospital camp in Pendleton, Calif. Her youngest son, Charles, a lieutenant commander in JAGC, was transferred to Spain, where he is the staff judgeadvocate for the U.S. naval station. She visited Charles in December, when her daughter-in-law had their first child, Sofia.

Ruth Harris Wolf reports that the Pembroke College Class of 1941 Scholarship recipient this year is Bethany Maher '01 of Gilford, N.H. The Ruth Harris Wolf Scholarship recipient is Monique Wheeler '01 of Hollis, N.Y. Both will graduate in 2001, which is the year the class will celebrate its 60th reunion. "We will meet with these talented young women during their four undergraduate years," Ruth writes, "usually at lunch in the fall and spring." Other classmates who attended the luncheon this fall were Sophie Schaffer Blistein, Lucky Fogliano Gallagher, Bunny Markoff Gourse, and Celeste Griffin.

 

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