Class of 1943

Jul, 2018
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From the November/December 2017 Issue

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Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith (see Jack Crowley ’48).

From the September/October 2017 Issue

Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith writes: “After living in Sarasota, Florida, for the past 20 years, I have returned home to Rhode Island. It is wonderful to be near family and close to Brown again. I now live at the Village at Waterman Lake in Greenville, and I enjoy finding other Brown grads who have retired here. It is exciting to know that next year will be our 75th reunion. At our 70th I was elected class president, much to my surprise. I pray that we will again meet and celebrate our years at Brown.”

From the September/October 2014 Issue

Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith writes: “It was bittersweet to return for my 70th reunion in May 2013. There were just nine of us who attended. We deeply missed all those not with us, but it was so good to see those who came! They were Ruth Bains Hartmann, Jack Hess, Elaine Robinson Kaufman, Bill McCoy, Roberta Daley Mueller, Ruth Webb Thayer, and Bob Traill. Fred Irving, our past class president, came to the march down College Hill. It was so important for him to be there. There were many changes on the campus for us to admire, and as always, the familiar warm Brown spirit was ours to cherish again. Let us hope we will be back for our 75th reunion!” Jack Hess conducted the class meeting; Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith was elected president; and Bob Traill was elected vice president. Marion and Bob will serve for the next five years.

From the March/April 2014 Issue

Sybil Pilshaw Gladstone (see Susie Gladstone Schub ’76). 


From the January/February 2013 Issue

Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith writes: “Celebrated my 90th birthday in Newport, R.I., with my whole loving family. Rented a large house, so there was room for all! I treasure my continuing contacts with dear Brown friends. I hope to see classmates in May at reunion.”


From the September/October 2012 Issue

C. Robert Carlisle and Carol Taylor Carlisle write from Simsbury, Conn.: “We’re enjoying an apartment overlooking a forest with changing seasons and a variety of animals. We also enjoy the friends we have made here at McLean, including four other Brown graduates.”

Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith (see Glenna Robinson Mazel ’49).


From the November/December 2011 Issue

Elaine Robinson Kaufman (see Glenna Robinson Mazel '49).

From the July/August 2011 Issue

Leota Cronin Hill moved to a retirement complex and writes that she is enjoying having fewer responsibilities.

From the March/April 2011 Issue

Malcolm R. Lovell Jr. lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Celia Lovell. He turned 90 on Jan. 1, celebrating at his home in Georgetown with close friends and family, including his four daughters and 11 grandchildren. He continues to enjoy presentations and forums at the Brookings Institution, of which he is a longtime member, and walks with his dog, Katie. He remembers his years at Brown fondly.

John Mayhew celebrated his 90th birthday at the Windemere Nursing Home on Martha's Vineyard, where he lives. More than 60 people gathered to wish him well, including former teachers, students, and many friends. The party was hosted by his wife, Shirley Walling Mayhew '48; son Jack Mayhew '71; and daughter Deborah Mayhew '73. An honored guest was Jack Howland '48.

From the January/February 2011 Issue

Frederick Irving is class president. He regrets to report that his wife of 64 years died on Feb. 8, 2010. She was the author of This Too Is Diplomacy: Stories of a Partnership. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Although a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Columbia, she was a great supporter of Brown.

John Mayhew celebrated his 90th birthday at the Windemere Nursing Home on Martha's Vineyard, where he lives. More than 60 people gathered to wish him well, including former teachers, students, and many friends. The party was hosted by his wife, Shirley Walling Mayhew '48, son Jack Mayhew '71, and daughter Deborah Mayhew '73. An honored guest was Jack Howland '48.

From the May/June 2010 Issue

Robert Carlisle and his wife, Carol Taylor Carlisle, just celebrated their 89th birthdays. They are enjoying life.


From the January/February 2010 Issue

Robert and Carol Taylor Carlisle live in a small independent retirement community in Simsbury, Conn., alongside three Brown friends: Lina Fitzgerald Wagner, Steve Garratt '49, and Charlie Alfieri '44. They write: "We're still active, but the pace never seems to slow down—or is it that we have slowed down and have to hurry to keep up?"



From the July/August 2009 Issue

Priscilla Woodbury Watson writes that class members living at her same continuing care retirement community in Bloomfield, Conn., include Stanley Taylor '42 and his wife, Shirley; Will Robin and his wife, Elaine; Alexander Watson and Priscilla Woodbury Watson; Mary McNulty Stoughton '48 and her husband, George; and Grace Hahn Holcomb '44.

From the March/April 2009 Issue

John Mayhew (see Melissa Tinker Howland '48).

From the January/February 2009 Issue

James Munves' book Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, originally published by Scribner, has been reissued under the Authors Guild back-in-print program.

From the November/December 2008 Issue

Stu Crump and Jill Sorenson '98 recently met at a special program at the Lakewood Country Club, in Rockville, Md. Jill was the guest presenter at a public service awards ceremony.

Sybil Pilshaw Gladstone writes: "I was thrilled to see the photos of my 65th reunion in the BAM. On that day I marched down College Hill with my husband, Richard (MIT '40) , as well as my daughter and son-in-law, Susie Gladstone Schub '76 and Barry Schub '76, and my grandson Jeff Schub '07. For several years I have attended classes in the lifetime learning program at Brandeis, and in the past year I coedited a journal of original writing and photos there. Fortuitously, I enjoyed a friendship and a wonderful working relationship with Joan Becker Kleinman '67, my coeditor. Under the aegis of the Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston, I volunteer as a visiting mom calling on new mothers in need of support. The most exciting news is that my husband and I have a beautiful great-granddaughter, born June 27, the child of Rabbi Sharon Clevenger and Jason Clevenger of Newton, Mass." 

From the September/October 2008 Issue

John R. Hess reports: "Forty-plus class members and guests attended some part of Reunion weekend. Class members returning included the following: Bob Achorn, Bob Barningham, Carol Taylor Carlisle, Bob Carlisle, Seth Gifford, Sybil Pilshaw Gladstone, Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith, Ruth Bains Hartmann, Jack Hess, Elaine Robinson Kaufman, Bill Kaiser, Bob Kramer, Walter Lister, Helen Armbrust Pfeifer, Nancy Hess Spencer, Ruth Webb Thayer, Edna Coogan Snow, Bill McCoy, Mary Grosse Murray, and Enid Wilson. At the Saturday class meeting, officers elected were: president Fred Irving, vice president Nancy Hess Spencer, and joint secretaries Mary Grosse Murray and Jack Hess."

From the May/June 2008 Issue

Bernice Parvey Solish writes: "George '41 and I were married 62 years in April. We are in relatively good health—a few bumps in the road here and there. We are living in California and enjoying every minute of it. Our three children are doing fine. They are all physicians and two are married to physicians and the third to an astrophysicist—she puts things up in space."

From the March/April 2008 Issue

Plans are under way for our 65th reunion. Co-chairs Edna Coogan Snow and Jack Hess hope a large number of you have marked May 23–25 on your calendar. The weekend will focus both on reunions and on recognizing the Class of 2008. We will begin with a reception on Friday, May 23, and wind up with the graduation procession on Sunday, May 25. Details will follow.

From the January / February 2008 Issue

Edna Coogan Snow and Jack Hess, cochairs of our upcoming 65th reunion, hope the dates May 23-25, 2008, are marked on your calendar. The dual function of reunion and recognition of the graduating Class of 2008 will be the focus of the weekend, beginning with a reception on Friday, May 23, and winding up with the graduation procession on Sunday, May 25. Details will follow.

Ernest Colarullo writes: “Looking forward to the 65th reunion. Still hale and hearty at 87. I’m expecting a robust stock market in 2008 along with big changes in Washington, D.C., which will still be too conservative, however. I see Ann Plankenhorn Collins ’42 and David Lubrano ’52 in downtown Hingham from time to time.”

John and Shirley Walling Mayhew ’48 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September at a party given by their three children: John W. Mayhew III ’71, Deborah June Mayhew ’73, and Sarah Lee Mayhew (UC Davis ’84).

From the September / October 2007 Issue

Please save the dates, May 23-25, 2008, and return to Brown for our 65th Reunion. Cochairs for the event are Edna Coogan Snow and Jack Hess. We are planning reunion activities on or within walking distance of the Brown campus. You will receive more details in the fall. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to update your mailing address, please call the alumni relations office at (401) 863-3307.

Robert and Carol Taylor Carlisle are still busy with volunteer activities in Simsbury, Conn., where they have lived for fifty years. Two of their granddaughters are special-education teachers in the Simsbury school system.

Sybil Pilshaw Gladstone writes: "It was a great pleasure to attend the 2007 graduation, magna cum laude, of my grandson, Jeffrey Scott Schub, accompanied by his parents, Susie Gladstone Schub '76 and Barry Schub '76, and his brother, Robert '06. We were joined by my husband, Richard E. Gladstone, and our granddaughter, Rabbi Sharon Clevenger of Newton, Mass."

Ruth Webb Thayer attended a luncheon with the Brown Club of Southwest Florida in Naples this winter. Brown Professor of Biology Kenneth R. Miller '70 was the speaker.

From the March / April 2007 Issue

Stuart F. Crump, of Rockville, Md., is still very active with senior activities and the Rockville Lions Club, where he has been a member for the past twelve years.

From the January / February 2007 Issue

Class secretary Ruth Thayer reports: “Our 65th reunion is May 2008—less than two years away—and we would like to communicate with you by e-mail. We will still send out mailings by postal mail, so don’t worry if you don’t have an e-mail address. If you have an e-mail address, please call (401) 863-2307 or e-mail alumni_ This will help reduce our mailing costs.”

Bob and Carol Taylor Carlisle are still living in a retirement community in Simsbury, Conn., less than a mile from where they lived on Firetown Road. They have their old friends, plus new ones, and all the same doctors, dentists, and volunteer jobs. They are enjoying the symphony, theater, and parties. They haven’t traveled since their summer 2005 trip on the Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest. Their children are all employed and thinking of retirement. They have three grandchildren—both girls are teaching autistic children in local public schools, and their grandson is a junior at New York University.

From the September / October 2006 Issue


Sybil Pilshaw Gladstone writes: “It was a joy to attend the May 28 graduation of my grandson, Robert Jay Schub ’06, accompanied by my husband, Richard (MIT ’40). We were joined by Rob’s brother, Jeff ’07, and his parents, Barry ’76 and Ronnie SueGladstoneSchub ’76. I look forward to marching through the Van Wickle gates at my 65th reunion in 2008.”

From the July / August 2004 Issue

Robert Kramer writes that he recently watched the men’s basketball team beat Penn and lose to Princeton in exciting games. He attended with Athletic Director Dave Roach and Brown Sports Foundation executive director Ron Dalgliesh ’91.

From the January / February 2004 Issue

Walter Lister writes: “I’ve endured a couple of heart operations—two stents—and a pacemaker, but I’m doing just fine.”

From the March / April 2003 Issue

Reunion weekend, May 23–26, is rapidly approaching. Registration information will arrive in the spring. If you do not receive the fall reunion mailing, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or

Don Corzine, of Carmel, Calif., writes: “I have published my fourth novel, Grudge, a murder mystery that attempts to answer the question: Who is eliminating the survivors of Navy Flight Red Twenty and who is extorting millions from some of Santa Monica’s wealthier citizens? I have been writing since I was nine and have sold stories to national magazines. My previous three novels are Decoration or Dishonor?, Deadly Client, and The Eight Million Dollar Ploy.” Don lives with his wife, LaVonna; two dogs; and a very large Siamese cat.

From the November / December 2002 Issue

John R. Hess writes: "Mark your calendars for our 60th reunion May 23-26, 2003! Plans are under way for a great weekend. Details will follow shortly." John will serve as reunion cochair with Ruth Webb Thayer.

From the July / August 2002 Issue

Walter Lister, of Larchmont, N.Y., who has worked for the New York Herald Tribune, CBS News, and Prodigy, has been a volunteer editor since 1996 at the International Executive Service Corps in Stamford, Conn. Walter writes that the IESC recently honored him with a David Rockefeller Spirit of Service Award.

From the May / June 2002 Issue

George Flynn writes: "I'm still a trustee at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine. I have produced a second video, Lobster and Scallop Fishing in Penobscot Bay."

From the July / August 2000 Issue

June Moss Handler, professor emerita at Kean University in New Jersey, was the guest of honor at the 15th anniversary conference of the Coalition of Infant Toddler Educators, held in March in Iselin, N.J. June is on the boards of the Bergen County, N.J., Office for Children, the Bergen County Family and Social Service Federation, and the statewide Center for Early Childhood Dissemination, Advocacy, Research, and Training. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta.

From the March / April 2000 Issue

Lt. Robert Kramer (U.S. Naval Reserve, retired) writes that he received the Kenneth Kalmbach Award for best district-wide communications in 1998. He is president of the fourth district of the Naval Reserve Association in Swarthmore, Pa.

From the July / August 1999 Issue

James Munves's novel, Andes Rising (New Directions), was published in May. It is a tale of a missing physicist haunted by a turn-of-the-century ornithologist, as told by a rabbi sent to Colombia to find him.

From the May / June 1999 Issue

Ruth Bains Hartmann lost her husband, Erich Hartmann, on Feb. 4 to heart failure. Erich was a photojournalist for Magnum Photos and served as its president. His contemporary photographs of Nazi concentration camps were published as In the Camps by W.W. Norton in 1995. His photographs have been published in many magazines, including the October 1995 issue of the BAM, Fortune, Life, the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Paris Match, Stern, Time, and Vogue. At the time of his death he was planning an exhibition tentatively titled "Where I Was," which will open in spring 2000 in Austria. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Celia '78; a son; a sister; and a brother.

From the March / April 1999 Issue

John Hess announces the marriage of his granddaughter Korinne Russell Hess to Timothy Mark Sullivan on Aug. 29 in Channing Memorial Chapel, Newport, R.I.

From the January / February 1999 Issue

Dorothy Haslam Comery writes: "Last summer I enjoyed running my bed-and-breakfast at 535 Ocean Ave., Newport, R.I. My husband, Bob Comery '57 Ph.D., died two years ago. At first I thought I would close up shop, but after hearing from former guests wanting rooms, I was in business again. I meet lots of entertaining people."

Flint Ricketson wrote in September: "After fifty-five days of one-hundred-plus-degree temperatures, we are heading for New England next week to cool off! Lobsters, boat rides, and trees, all rather scarce in Arlington, Tex."

From the September / October 1998 Issue

LV in Roman numerals means fifty-five. To those who attended our 55th reunion, the letters L and V now have added meaning - LaVish, LeVity, LiVley, and LoVely all describe the Memorial Day weekend when the class of '43 gathered to celebrate our years at Brown and Pembroke more than half a century ago.

The dining and decorations were LaVish - from Friday's hors d'oeuvres at the headquarters cocktail party and the Brown Bear Buffet at the Refectory, to Saturday's luncheons and the evening banquet at the Wannamoisett Country Club, to Sunday's brunch at the Rhode Island Country Club, to Monday's luncheon following the Commencement march. Not to be forgotten were the breakfasts and the "afterglows" with a trio playing '40s music late each evening in our Wriston Quad headquarters.

There was much LeVity when we gathered, reminisced, and told tall tales about our exploits during our days on the Pembroke and Brown campuses, swapped jokes, remembered our friends and loves, and caught up on our lives since those halcyon days.

LiVely is truly the word for the '43ers who danced at Friday's Campus Dance and listened enthusiastically to Ray Charles and the Rhode Island Philharmonic at the Saturday evening Pops Concert on the Green. We joined the Sunday throngs to hear the annual "Hour with the President" (and were favorably impressed by our new President Gee), and marched down the hill to the First Baptist Meeting House on Monday.

LoVely was the memorial service on Sunday morning. We met in Sayles Hall to remember and pay respects to our recently deceased classmates. Lovely also was the perfect weather on Sunday evening, when we were delighted with the beautiful new downtown Providence. We strolled along the walkway by the river watching its canoes, a gondola, and a sightseeing boat - much like in San Antonio. And we've made no mention of the "extras" - excellent theater on campus, several outstanding concerts, and the Saturday seminars by distinguished professors. So much to choose from and only three days.

The weekend received much praise for being well-planned and providing interesting and festive activities as well as time to visit. Thanks to the planning committee chaired by Jack Hess, Ruth Webb Thayer, and Nancy Hess Spencer.

During the business meeting on Saturday, new officers for the next five years were elected: Ray Abbott, president; Edna Coogan Snow, vice president; Bob Radway, secretary for men; and Marge Roffee Milroy, secretary for women. We're looking forward to our 60th. Plan to come back in 2003. - Carol Taylor Carlisle


  • The LiVely classmates and spouses who enjoyed the LeVity, the LaVish food, and the LoVely weather were: Raymond Abbott, Mary Anthony Barney, Albert Beachen, Robert Bell, Hope Brown, David Buffum, Lois Lindblom Buxton, Carol Taylor Carlisle, Marguerite Connelly Carroll, Dorothy Haslam Comery, Stuart Crump, Marie Laudati D'Avanzo, Russell Dolan, Anne Tremontozzi Dunn, Jay Fidler, Robert Fisler, Sherrill Foster, Joseph Gainer, Flora Lazarus Ginns, Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith, Evelyn Reilly Gunning, June Moss Handler, Ruth Bains Hartmann, John Hess, Leota Cronin Hill, Virginia Stevens Hood, Frederick Irving, William Jenney, George Joelson, David Joseph, Ruth Just, Elaine Robinson Kaufman, Robert Kramer, Walter Lister, Charles Littlefield, Joseph Lombardo, Sidney Marks, William McCoy, Philip Merdinyan, Kingsley Meyer, Carol Jenckes Meyer, Marjorie Roffee Milroy, Mary Grosse Murray, Virginia Crosby Newman, Earl Nichols, Lorena Pacheco, Eliot Parkhurst, William Parry, Edith Plofsky Pearlman, Helen Armbrust Pfeifer, Robert Radway, Flint Ricketson, Frances McEnneny Risko, Irving Rubin, Marie Halloran Ryan, Walter Sammartino, Edna Coogan Snow, Bernice Parvey Solish, John Spalding, Nancy Hess Spencer, John Tansey, Ruth Webb Thayer, Ralph Washburn, and Enid Wilson.


    Marge Roffee Milroy, class secretary, extends the class's sympathy to Ruth Weed Szabo on the death of her husband, Joszef, on April 21. Joszef was the chief artist at the Paramount Greeting Cards Co. in Pawtucket, R.I., before retiring in 1982. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and sister.

From the July / August 1998 Issue

Russell W. Brower, La Pime, Oreg., went on a forty-day trip to Mexico beginning in January.

George B. Flynn, Hartford, Conn., has been a trustee of Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, for fifteen years; he recently stepped down as president. George is also a trustee of the Iwo Jima National Monument in New Britain, Conn., and senior adviser to the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine.

Sybil Pilshaw Gladstone, Chestnut Hill, Mass., writes: "I am involved in a tutoring program, which means meeting with elementary-school principals to describe the services RSVP tutors offer, recruiting tutors, and working with students on a regular basis. My husband and I enjoy concerts, opera, theater, and museums in Boston and New York. The eldest of our six grandchildren graduated from the University of Virginia in May."

Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith, Seekonk, Mass., writes: "It was a year of great sadness and some memorable happiness. In October our beautiful and beloved oldest daughter, Dr. Dorothy Goldsmith Jansma, died unexpectedly. In September she and I had enjoyed a week in London and Paris to celebrate her 50th and my 75th birthday. In June, Jim and I celebrated our 51st wedding anniversary with a tour through Italy."

June Moss Handler, Hackensack, N.J., has been doing lots of pro bono work on social-service boards. June reports that she's also been on "interesting trips and spending time with my extended family. I'm busy. Life is still exciting."

Robert Kramer, Swarthmore, Pa., was appointed president of the Naval Reserve Association for the 4th Naval district. He is also vice commander of the Naval Order. He participated in the Brown golf outing at the Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville, Mass., in May 1997. Robert writes: "Bruce Donaldson was not present, but he did sponsor two holes." Robert also played in the football team's annual golf tournament at the Rhode Island Country Club in June 1997 and in the hockey team's annual golf outing at Agawam Hunt Club in August 1997. "All outings were well attended and highly successful," Robert reports. "Joe Lockett '42 is the promoter of the golf outing that is named for him."

Lorena L. Pacheco, Fall River, Mass., is a volunteer in patient registration at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

William H. Parry, Mystic, Conn., has two new grandchildren by his son, Jeff '81. "This makes seven future Brunonians," William writes.

Flint Ricketson writes: "We are working to bring the Summer Olympics in 2012 here to Arlington, Tex., home of the Texas Rangers. No joke - we're serious. The city council just agreed to pay the $150,000 application fee. My goal is to attend."

Irving C. Rubin, Shawnee Mission, Kans., writes: "We are enjoying my retirement and are doing a lot of traveling. I have gotten a good start in the computer world, but there are days when I'd sell my equipment for a very low price." Irving took a trip to Asia at year's end, spending New Year's Eve at the Jockey Club in Hong Kong, followed by a cruise on The Song of Flower. The trip followed the coast of Vietnam and ended in Singapore.

Lucy Volpigno Salvatore, Vero Beach, Fla., writes: "We are still in Florida and enjoying the sun. Our children are scattered: Joseph is an oncologist in Arizona, and Allegra has moved to Indianapolis, where her husband is vice president of Thomson Electronics." Lucy and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Lucy's 55th reunion.

Bernice Parvey Solish, Brooklyn, N.Y., writes: "George retired in May 1997, and it seems we haven't stayed in one place very long. We enjoyed a marvelous trip to Eastern Europe in July. We played nanny and chauffeur for our two grandchildren in San Carlos, Calif., after our daughter had knee surgery and needed our help. In between then and now, we managed to spend some time at our ranch in California and our home in Boston. Within a year we will be out of New York and dividing our time between the East and West coasts."

Thomas N. Tamburri, Sacramento, Calif., writes: "I've been living alone since Vivian, my wife, passed away eight years ago. I travel, play a lot of golf, and enjoy watching my grandchildren do so well scholastically. Last year I took them on a tour of Italy, and we met my cousins in Rome and Isernia, a little town in the Apennines from where my parents came. Occasionally I get to the East Coast to visit my sisters in New Jersey and Providence."

John S. Tolman, Venice, Fla., went from Brown to the Bentley School of Accounting, after which he worked in public accounting for ten years. From public accounting, John went into private accounting until 1984, when he retired as administrative vice president/controller of Chapman Manufacturing Co. in Avon, Mass. He has two children, John Jr. and Ellen, and two grandchildren, Casey and Chloe. John writes: "I'm now into real estate with J. Booth and Co. in Venice. I've done some traveling to Hawaii, Mexico, South America, and parts of Europe. When I win the Florida Lottery, I'll book a trip around the world. My big question is, where did 50 years go?"

Ralph S. Washburn's daughter, Virginia Washburn Hopcroft '69, is a reference librarian in charge of government documents at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Ralph lives in West Dennis, Mass.

From the March / April 1998 Issue

Is the "Reunion Weekend 1998" magnet still on your refrigerator? You probably don't need a reminder to return to the biggest 55th reunion Brown has ever seen. If you haven't received the registration mailing by mid-April, call (401) 863-1947. Plans include the following:

Friday, May 22: Cocktail party, Brown Bear Buffet, Campus Dance, and "Afterglow."

Saturday, May 23: Continental breakfast, forums, ladies' luncheon, men's luncheon, class photo, banquet at a nearby country club, and Pops Concert.

Sunday, May 24: Our third day will be slower paced with the traditional Hour With the President. Walk around and see how Brown has grown since we were students. We will gather for a memorial service for our departed classmates. Then: downtown to Waterplace Park for a festival with gondolas, an open-air theater, and an exciting atmosphere.To conclude the day, we'll have a light supper at '43 headquarters.

Monday, May 26: Commencement with the march down the Hill. We'll carry our big 1943 banner and walk between the cheering lines of the graduating class. Stay for the Fifty-Plus Luncheon, provided by the University.

We look forward to seeing you! - Carol Taylor Carlisle, president

Thomas D. Burns was named one of Massachusetts's twenty-five most influential lawyers by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. He is founder of the Boston law firm Burns & Levinson and has represented some of the country's largest insurance companies and corporations in Massachusetts and other New England states. Thomas has argued more than 100 cases in the Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.



Aug, 2023

Robert Traill ’43, of South Portland, Me.; Mar. 6, at 100 years of age. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and earning the Bronze Star for meritorious service, he joined Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, a predecessor to ExxonMobil, and was employed for 33 years as a marketing representative and manager. In 1979, he and his wife founded Olsten of Southern Maine in Portland, a temporary help franchise. It was sold in 1991, after which he joined St. Joseph’s College as director of corporate relations. In later years, he was a professional recruiter and retired as director of diversified recruitment for Bonney Staffing Center. He was a member of the Portland YMCA board of directors, chair of the Cumberland County Private Industry Council, president of the Rotary Club of Portland, and past chairman and life member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board of Portland. He stayed physically fit by biking and working out at the gym weekly well into his nineties. He enjoyed cruising with his wife and volunteering to help kids read at Lyseth Elementary School. He is survived by four children and their spouses, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


Jan, 2022

William L. Robin ’43, of Bloomfield, Conn.; June 21. He was a veteran of World War II who enjoyed engaging with people. Once retired and living on Cape Cod, he started men’s discussion groups and continued doing so after moving to Bloomfield at Duncaster Retirement Community. He enjoyed playing tennis, swimming, and cycling. He is survived by four daughters and their spouses, including Susan Bookbinder ’69; 10 grandchildren, including Sophia Manuel ’11 and Aaron Isenstadt ’13; and three great-grandchildren.

Jan, 2022

Henry C. Adams ’43, of Cape Elizabeth, Me.; Aug. 13, at the age of 100. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from service with the rank of colonel. He worked for New England Telephone Company for more than 30 years and retired as the assistant to the vice president in Portland. While with the company, he was also chairman of the board of the Capital Business and Assistance Corporation. He was a communicant of the First Congregational Church of South Portland and served on the Cape Elizabeth Town Council for nine years, including twice being elected chairman. He also spent time on the planning board. He was treasurer and scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop and awarded the Silver Beaver Award for his lifetime involvement with scouting. Always active in his community, he served in several town capacities, which led him to receive the 2004 Service Above Self award from the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club. One of his many achievements was his involvement in the preservation of Fort Williams Park and the development of the Museum at Portland Head Light, serving as chairman of the Fort Williams Advisory Commission. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 


Jun, 2021

Robert Leadbetter ’43, of Sarasota, Fla.; Sept. 14. He retired from a management position in the harmonic drive division of USM Corporation. He was a sports enthusiast and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife Anna.

Apr, 2021

Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith ’43, of Greenville, R.I.; Nov. 13. She earned a master’s degree in child development and family relations from the University of Rhode Island in 1971 and became an innovator in childcare programs in the State of Rhode Island. She served in the State House under Gov. John H. Chafee, creating standards for home-based childcare and helping to upgrade licensing for all Rhode Island daycare centers. She was founder, president, and honorary board member of the Mount Hope Day Care Center and headed Project ENABLE (Education and Neighborhood Action for Better Living Environment) of the Urban League of Rhode Island. She was also an adjunct professor and instructor in the psychology and sociology departments at Rhode Island College. Among her many accomplishments were the creation of a family day care education program, including a 10-part TV series (Family Day Care and You) produced locally by WPRI and subsequently used throughout the U.S. and Canada. She served as president of the 50th and 75th reunions of the Brown University Class of 1943. In memory of her deceased daughter Dorothy, she, along with her husband, sister, and extended family, founded—under the auspices of the Tomorrow Fund—a summer day camp for young cancer patients at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Camp Dotty has served children ages 4-7 since 1996. Additionally, she and her sister Lois Jagolinzer Fain ’49, with their father Carl Jagolinzer, established the annual Dorothy and Dr. Carl Jagolinzer Commencement Recital and Concert of Brown University’s Music Department in 1981, in memory of their mother Dorothy, who died in 1945. She was president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women and later served as president of the Sarasota-Manatee section. She served on the board of the Brown Alumni Club and the board of the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, and was involved in Volunteers in Action, Volunteers in Rhode Island Schools, Rhode Island Congress of Parents and Teachers and many other organizations. Her numerous honors include a proclamation by the State of Rhode Island Permanent Advisory Commission on Women for Service to Women in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Association for Home Day Care for outstanding concern and leadership, and the Citizen of the Year Award from the South Providence Tutorial Program. In her later years, she wrote stories about her mother and father and family times together and created a small book full of memories and family history for her children and grandchildren. She was known for her handwritten notes in her inimitable turquoise ink and cards to commemorate all kinds of occasions, her thoughtfulness towards others, and for always being fashionably dressed. She enjoyed bringing people together, cooking, and entertaining, and was famed for her apricot whip pie and chicken paprikash. She is survived by a daughter, a son and daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, and sister Lois Jagolinzer Fain ’49.

Apr, 2021

Joseph R. Lombardo ’43, of Norwell, Mass., formerly of West Hartford, Conn., and Duxbury, Mass.; Sept. 23. He served on the Hartford Board of Education and was employed by Connecticut Mutual for 34 years. He had been an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. In retirement he and his wife traveled to Europe and all across the U.S. following their passion for the arts, music, and culture. He was not just a patron of the arts but also performed as a bass player in jazz bands. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, a son and daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, a sister, a brother, and nephews John Lombardo ’76, Michael Lombardo ’79, and Jeffrey Lombardo ’84.

Jan, 2021

Roberta Daley Mueller ’43, of South Kingstown, R.I., formerly of Bloomington, Ind.; May 23. She worked in the Lighthouse Bookstore in Rye, N.Y., while raising her children. After moving to Bloomington, she earned a master’s in library science at Indiana University and later worked for the Monroe County Library system for more than 20 years and taught in the School of Library Sciences at Indiana Univ. In retirement, she volunteered with the Ellettsville Library and the Red Cross, where she managed charitable book sales. After the death of her husband, she moved to Rhode Island and volunteered with the Washington County Coalition for Children and South County Hospital. She enjoyed traveling, including African safaris and trips up the Amazon River and to the Galapagos Islands. She is survived by two sons, including Stephen S. Mueller ’69 and their spouses; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

Robert C. Judd ’43, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; July 9. After graduating and serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he worked for Sears Roebuck and Company. He retired in 1980. He was active in his community and enjoyed spending time with family in the summers at the Dering Lodge on Green Lake in Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, June; five children and their spouses; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Aug, 2020

Arlene Rome Ten Eyck ’43, of East Providence, R.I.; Mar. 1. She worked for a short time as a social worker before joining the staff at Bradley Hospital. For six months she was a teacher assistant at Moses Brown School and then returned to Bradley Hospital to be director of education. She later worked at several schools in Massachusetts as an educational therapist but returned to the East Providence public school system and remained there for nine years. During summers she worked as a summer camp counselor and enjoyed being a Cub Scout den mother. She was a trustee for the Ann Ide Fuller Library in East Providence and cofounder of the East Providence Friends of the Library. She was an active member of her Pembroke class and served as class secretary, treasurer, and reunion committee chairman, initiating several off-year class luncheons. Additionally, she established the Rose Low Rome Poetry Prize, followed by the David Rome Prize, and the Arlene R. and Peter H. Ten Eyck Prize at Brown. She held several titles as a member of the Mediator Fellowship in Providence and was active with the R.I. Chapter of Mensa for more than 25 years. She enjoyed reading, antique collecting, cooking, gardening, and playing bridge. She is survived by her husband, Peter.

Jun, 2020

Ruth Weed Szabo ’43, of Cranston, R.I.; Jan. 22. She worked for the U.S. Government with the OSS and the CIA from 1943 to 1953 in Sri Lanka, Rome, Cyprus, and Washington, D.C. Following her retirement from the government, she was a verse writer and assistant editor for Paramount Greeting Cards in Providence. In 1965 she earned a master’s of library science degree from URI and for the next 22 years was in charge of the medical library at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She retired as the coordinator of library services for both St. Joseph’s and Our Lady of Fatima hospitals. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and gardening. She is survived by her sister Edna Weed Logan ’46 and several nieces and nephews.


Jun, 2020

Katharine Caruthers Schultz ’43, of San Francisco; Dec. 1, after a brief illness. After graduating she moved to California, where she worked as a medical lab technician before marrying and starting a family. She was a community volunteer and a talented quilter. She enjoyed music and was passionate about many causes that helped people and the planet. She is survived by her children, extended family, and friends.


Apr, 2020

Phyllis Grossman Spear ’43, of Clearwater, Fla.; June 22.


Apr, 2020

Sybil Pilshaw Gladstone ’43, of Dedham, Mass.; Nov. 27. She was an English teacher in Marlborough, Mass., before becoming a journalist for the Boston Traveler. After earning a master’s degree in counseling, she worked as a guidance counselor at Thurston Junior High School in Westwood, Mass. She continued her education by taking courses at Boston University, Brandeis, and the Museum of Fine Arts. She volunteered at the Women’s Lunch Place, tutored immigrants through Literacy Volunteers of America, served domestic violence survivors at Second Step in Newtonville, and helped launch Newton’s Child Assault Prevention Program. She also launched the Family Table food collection program. As a founding member of Temple Shalom of Newton, she served on the Temple’s PTA and board of trustees and on the committees for Cantor Search, Social Action, Caring Community, and Religious Practices. She thoroughly enjoyed helping people any way she could. She is survived by three children, including daughter Susie Schub ’76 and son-in-law Barry Schub ’76; six grandchildren, including grandsons Robert Schub ’06 and Jeffrey Schub ’07; and seven great-grandchildren.


Nov, 2019

Helen Armbrust Pfeifer ’43, of Mequon, Wisc.; Aug. 14. She earned a master of library science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981 and worked as a docent and librarian at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She was active in her church, was part of a quilting group, and enjoyed playing bridge. She is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


Jul, 2019

Sidney Marks ’43, of Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Newton, Mass.; Feb. 4, after a short illness. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became involved in the family business, M&M Transportation Co. in Cambridge, Mass. Throughout his life he pursued his passion for jazz music and played with many famous jazz musicians and with the Palm Beach Pops Orchestra. He also enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and skiing. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law; two sons; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.


Jul, 2019

Helen Gardiner Caird ’43, of Pasadena, Calif.; Jan. 11. She was a technical writing supervisor at Jet Propulsion Laboratory until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship, president of Pasadena Area Liberal Arts Center, and former president of the Society for Technical Communication. She enjoyed playing the organ, attending concerts, visiting museums, traveling, and hiking.


May, 2019

Elizabeth Long Byers ’43, of Lancaster, Pa.; Jan. 8. She worked at Murray Insurance Agency in Lancaster before starting a family and later volunteered in the business office of the former St. Joseph Hospital. She enjoyed traveling and playing bridge, reading, and solving the New York Times crossword puzzle. She is survived by a daughter and son and their spouses, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Mar, 2019

Malcolm R. Lovell Jr. ’43, of Washington, D.C.; Oct. 26. After graduating from Harvard Business School, he served as an industrial relations executive for Ford Motor Co. and American Motors Co. He later directed state employment programs for Michigan Gov. George Romney and served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Manpower under President Nixon. He was president of the Rubber Manufacturers Assoc. in 1981 when President Reagan asked him to be a member of the transition team for the Department of Labor, which led to him becoming Under Secretary of Labor Administration. He was also a guest scholar at the Brookings Institute and a distinguished visiting professor at George Washington Univ., and served as president of the Natural Rubber Shippers Assoc. and the National Planning Assoc., as well as chair of the Tire Industry Safety Council. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy with an intelligence group in China and received a Secretary of the Navy Letter of Citation and the Hung Hua decoration from the Nationalist Chinese Government. He is survived by his wife, Celia; four daughters; and 11 grandchildren, including Rebecca Tilson ’07.


Nov, 2018

James M. Keck ’43, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Cranston, R.I.; May 22. After graduating from the College of Dental Surgery at Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He returned to Cranston and began a 30-year dental practice. He later worked for the State of Florida in Gainesville. He was a founding member of Temple Sinai, past president of the Rhode Island Dental Assoc., and a member of the Rhode Island State Dental Society, the American Dental Assoc., the New England Dental Society, and the Alpha Omega Dental Society. He enjoyed playing the trumpet as a member of the Duke Belaire Band. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, and playing golf and was an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan. He is survived by his companion, Madeline Cotoia; and three children.  

Jul, 2018

Helen Lasek McCarthy ’43, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Feb. 17. She taught for a year on an Indian reservation in Toppenish, Wash., then for two years at the Univ. of Arizona before marrying and teaching in the Tucson school system for 12 years. From 1964 to 1965 she did research in Rome, returned to the United States in 1966 and took an appointment at Santa Barbara City College, where she taught language and literature classes for more than 26 years. She retired in 1992. She enjoyed traveling, especially to England and throughout Europe. She is survived by her husband, Patrick, and a niece.


May, 2018

Marie Laudati D’Avanzo ’43, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Cranston, R.I.; Dec. 5. A retired elementary school librarian for the Cranston school district, she was an avid golfer, tennis player, and bowler who won numerous local duckpin bowling championships. She enjoyed summers with family and friends at her beach house in Matunuck, R.I. She is survived by her husband, Donald; two daughters; a son, Donald ’73; four grandchildren; a sister, Elaine Laudati Regine ’45; nieces Phyllis Cox ’65 and Kimberleigh Cox ’90; and nephew Louis Regine ’73.


Apr, 2018

Nancy Hess Spencer ’43, of Providence; Oct. 22. She worked as a writer for the Providence Journal Bulletin and later moved to advertising. She was listed in Marquis’s Who’s Who in American Women. She returned to school and obtained an additional bachelor in fine arts from Rhode Island College and became a printmaker. She joined a group of 18 Rhode Island women who exhibited their work as Nineteen on Paper. She volunteered with the International House in Providence, where she taught ESL classes and studied French. She was a lifetime member of the Providence Art Club and enjoyed traveling. She is survived by two daughters and nieces and nephews.

Feb, 2018

Betty Bernstein Lubar Levin ’43, of Santa Rosa, Calif., formerly of White Plains, N.Y.; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Albuquerque, N. Mex.; Aug. 19. She worked for 12 years as an adult guidance counselor in a Manpower Development Training Program, co-ran a catering business, and studied handwriting analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She moved to Mexico, where she lived for 16 years, and in 1991 moved to Albuquerque. In 2006, due to macular degeneration, she moved to Santa Rosa to be close to her daughter. She enjoyed literature, music, cooking, and traveling. She is survived by three daughters, including Judith Lubar Roth ’67.

Feb, 2018

Mary Easton Swift Spence ’43, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Sept. 30. She was a homemaker and volunteer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Phi Beta Kappa. She enjoyed traveling and is survived by four children, including sons E. Clinton ’67 and Peter ’69 and their spouses; two stepsons; five grandchildren; one step-grandson; two great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Feb, 2018

Robert W. Walker ’43, of Peterborough, N.H., formerly of Cranford, N.J.; Aug. 10, after a brief illness. During World War II he participated in the government synthetic rubber program at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. In 1946 he joined the pharmaceutical laboratories of Merck & Co. in Rahway, N.J., as a research chemist. He retired in 1984 as a senior research fellow in drug metabolism. He was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society, a past president of the Echo Lake Naturalists Club in Westfield, N.J., and he participated in many nature-oriented organizations. He enjoyed birding, gardening, hiking, traveling, photography, and classical music. He is survived by his wife, Molly; three children and their spouses; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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