Obituaries
— Class of 1955

Jan, 2020

Peter W. Lisbon ’55, of San Diego, Calif.; May 2.  

 

Jan, 2020

Stephen D. Booth ’55, of Brattleboro, Vt.; Aug. 19, of kidney and respiratory failure. He had a long career teaching at schools in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Rhode Island before retiring to a slower paced life in Vermont. He was a voracious reader and historian and enjoyed researching his family tree. He also enjoyed jazz music and Broadway tunes. He is survived by his wife, Steffi; two sons; a stepdaughter; two stepsons; and four grandchildren.   

 

Nov, 2019

Richard K. Moore ’55, of Locust Valley, N.Y.; Aug. 2. He worked at J.P. Morgan for 30 years as a vice president in corporate finance and international private banking, both in New York City and London. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged with the rank of captain. He is survived by four daughters; five grandchildren; a sister, Jacqueline Moore Copp ’54; and niece Catherine Colley ’82.

 

Nov, 2019

Richard B. Lund ’55, of Clemson, S.C.; June 11. He was a retired organic chemist who spent the majority of his career working for the Ciba Geigy chemical corporation. He held some original patents for epoxy glue and benzodiazepines. He enjoyed sailing, woodworking, clock building, and milling model engines. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; a daughter; two sons; and two grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2019

Shirley Denno Fusco ’55, of Wilbraham, Mass.; June 16. She was store manager at Denno’s Jewelers in Pittsfield, Mass., and active in school, community, and church groups. She was a member and past vice president of the Wilbraham Women’s Club and member of the Wilbraham Garden Club. She enjoyed traveling and playing golf, bridge, and tennis. She is survived by two daughters, including Carol J. Kressen ’86; two sons-in-law; and five grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2019

William P. Condaxis ’55, of West Roxbury, Mass.; June 23, after a period of congestive heart failure and dementia. He worked as a retail executive for Jordan Marsh (now Macy’s) in Boston, Elizabeth Arden in New York City, and Mervyn’s (now Target) in California and Texas. After working and living in Hong Kong for three years, he retired in 1995 to Cape Cod. He moved to Norwood, Mass., in 2006 and to West Roxbury in 2014. He was a U.S. Navy World War II and Korean War veteran. He enjoyed playing cards, skiing, reading, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Frances; four children, including Paula Condaxis Angell ’78; four grandchildren; and a sister.

 

Nov, 2019

John P. Burke ’55, of Salisbury, N.C., and Buffalo, N.Y.; Jan. 20. He was a retired certified public accountant. He served as a lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1963. He enjoyed volunteering in his community, reading, skiing, sailing, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; four children; and four grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019

Joseph F. Granger Jr. ’55, of Matthews, N.C.; Mar. 10. His career was spent in the employee benefit and insurance industry and he retired as senior vice president at Marsh & Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. He spent 25 years as a member of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials and enjoyed playing tennis and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.

May, 2019

Margot Wood Morgan ’55, of Old Saybrook, Conn.; Jan. 23. She was a retired Old Saybrook High School English teacher. She was secretary of the Old Saybrook Board of Education from 1992 to 1994 and chairwoman from 1994 to 1995. She enjoyed time spent each summer in Maine. She is survived by her four children and four children from her second marriage, including John Morgan ’81 MAT; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

May, 2019

Paul H. Letiecq ’55, of Albion and Holley, N.Y.; Nov. 7. He served as the pastor of the Holley Presbyterian Church for ten years. He later served as pastor of the Universalist Church of Middleport for more than 20 years. He was a member of Planned Parenthood, past president of the Cobblestone Society, and active with the prison ministry at the Orleans and Groveland Correctional Facilities. He enjoyed playing tennis, gardening, and supported NPR and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is survived by three sons and their spouses; two brothers; a sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Mar, 2019

David V. Yale ’55, of Wallingford, Conn.; Oct. 31. He worked at Pratt & Whitney before moving to Prudential Insurance in sales and lastly to Nationwide Insurance in claims management, where he remained until his retirement. At Brown he played varsity football and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by two sons, four grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

 

Mar, 2019

Alice Emmert Ward ’55, of Wellesley, Mass.; Oct. 29. She worked for many years as a chemist at Dow Chemical in Midland, Mich., and at Ciba Labs in Summit, N.J. She later taught in the computer labs in local schools, including Wellesley Middle School. She was a Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout den mother, soccer coach, and longtime supporter of Wellesley youth athletic programs. Following retirement, she was active with the Wellesley Council on Aging. She enjoyed spending summers at Big Island Pond in Derry, N.H., with family and friends. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Mar, 2019

Henry Juncker III ’55, of Gloucester, Mass.; Oct. 11. He taught in the Marblehead Public School system for more than 50 years. He was an active member of the Annisquam Village Church, where he served as a clerk, Sunday School teacher, and choir member. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was also a longtime member of the Chorus North Shore. He is survived by his wife, Judith Lamb Juncker ’58; three children and their spouses; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister; and a brother-in-law.

 

Jan, 2019

Geoffrey H. Spranger ’55, ’67 MAT, of Middletown, R.I.; Aug. 2, following a brief illness. While at Brown he was captain of the sailing team and during summer breaks he was a sailing instructor at Bristol and Barrington Yacht Clubs. Following graduation, he was hired as an English/social studies teacher, sailing coach, and dorm master at St. George’s School in Middletown, where he remained on the faculty until 1971. In 1958 he purchased a Hereshoff Class S-Boat, which he raced for 10 years, winning the class championship in 1968. In 1971 he left teaching to become an associate editor at Sail magazine, where he remained until 1979. He then accepted the position of editor for The Practical Sailor, steering the publication until 1987. In his final working years, he was the salesroom manager at Jamestown Distributors, retiring in 1998. Highlights of his sailing and racing career include being a member of the Newport to Bermuda Race crew in 1964, reporting on racing for the America’s Cup for the Newport Daily News, and acting as copublisher of the America’s Cup Report in 1980 and 1983. His last boat, a custom yacht he spent 10 years building, allowed him and his wife to cruise and race for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Betsy; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019

Rose DiTommaso Marcaccio ’55, of North Providence, R.I.; July 28. She was an elementary school teacher in North Providence for many years, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Sundial Garden Club. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She is survived by her husband, Edward Marcaccio ’54; two sons, including Edward Jr. ’82; two daughters-in-law; four grandchildren; and a sister.

 

Jan, 2019

Sylvia Blackledge Earle Legault ’55, of Somerset, Mass.; Aug. 15, after a brief illness. She began teaching in Rehoboth, Mass., and then in the Fall River (Mass.) public school system. She taught fifth grade at Fowler Elementary School in Fall River for more than 30 years, retiring in 2004. She was a classically trained pianist and gave piano lessons prior to her teaching career. She sold Avon for many years and enjoyed reading, traveling, and watching her grandkids play sports. She is survived by her husband, Ron; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and  her grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019

Carl M. Albert ’55, of Cathedral City, Calif.; July 28. He and his brothers owned Plainville Wayside Furniture in Plainville, Conn., for 30 years. During winters he volunteered at Haystack Mountain in Vermont as a ski patrolman. After retiring in 1993, he and his wife sailed from the East Coast through Panama to the West Coast and settled in California, where Carl taught computer classes for the past 18 years and volunteered at the Indian Wells Tennis tournament. He was a U.S. Army veteran and enjoyed traveling, skiing, and playing tennis and golf. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three children; and five grandchildren.

 

Sep, 2018

Eliot Fiske Sugerman ’55, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio; Mar. 30. She was a college consultant in the Cleveland area before retiring to Sanibel Island, Fla., in 1982 and selling real estate with Merrill Lynch Realty. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge and tap dancing. She is survived by her companion, Jerry, and two daughters.

 

Sep, 2018

Edmond A. Neal ’55, of Cranston, R.I.; Apr. 10. He was president of the former Russell Harrington Cutlery in Southbridge, Mass. He retired in 1996. He had also been president of Washington Forge in New Jersey and the American Cutlery Manufacturers Assoc. He was on the board of Hyde Manufacturing Co. and Harrington Hospital in Southbridge and a deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; two daughters; five sons, including Edmond A. Neal III ’76; three daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Judy Neal Murray ’63; a brother, Kenneth R. Neal ’66; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; and a niece, Stephanie Nicolas ’94.

 

Sep, 2018

Norman M. Bouton ’55, of Washington, D.C.; Apr. 7. He served his country as a U.S. Naval lieutenant and Foreign Service Officer. He was posted in Rio, Naples, Athens, and Mexico City, and was chargé d’affaires in Antigua. He enjoyed sailing, medieval history, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Jane Philipp Bouton ’56; three children; and five grandsons.

 

Jul, 2018

Leslie Travis Wendel ’55, of Newtown, Pa., formerly of Brooklyn, Conn., and Providence; Jan. 1. She was a reporter for the Hartford Courant from 1971 to 1978, and through 1995 she was a freelance journalist whose articles had appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Chicago Sun Times. From 1978 to 1986 she was director of communications and donor relations at Brown. She then spent five years as managing director of Wendel Associates before returning to Brown in 1991 as coordinator of the Friends of the Library. She was editor of Special Collections at Brown University: A History and Guide and The Carberry Cookbook. In 1999 she was the recipient of Brown’s William Williams Award for distinguished contributions to the Brown University Library. She was a longtime board member of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and served two terms as president. In 1990 she spent time in Argentina weighing, measuring, and banding penguins as part of a research project of the New York Zoological Society. She was a member of the Women’s League of Washington College and a former Regent of Old Kent Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by two sons, including Andrew ’85; a grandson; and two brothers.

Jul, 2018

W. Kent Montgomery ’55, of Oakham, Mass.; Feb. 19. He was the vice president of human resources at Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Mass., and later a human resource consultant with Montgomery Associates in Oakham prior to his retirement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; four sons; two daughters-in-law; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

 

Jul, 2018

Gerold N. Borodach ’55, of New York City; Feb. 15. He was a retired physician and anesthesiologist. He was a member of the American Medical Assoc. and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He is survived by his wife, Ardell Kabalkin ’57; a daughter; sons Andrew ’93 and Samuel ’87; and a son-in-law, Kenneth Elmore ’85.
 

 

Jul, 2018

Vaino A. Ahonen ’55, of Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.; Feb. 4. He had a career in international banking. He retired in 1991 as senior vice president at Summit Bank, which later became Bank of America. He was active in the New Jersey Trade Council, where he served as vice chairman, director, and treasurer. He was also a trustee of the Bergen Philharmonic and the Community Resource Council. He is survived by nieces and nephews.

 

May, 2018

Lorle Patzau Wolfson ’55, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Dec. 8. A commercial interior designer, she worked as a resource coordinator with several firms in Philadelphia, which allowed her to collaborate with other designers. She eventually established her own resource consulting business, Resourcing. She was involved with the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, Pa.; served as a host family for many foreign students; and was a board member and volunteer for Philadelphia’s Nationality Service Center, which serves immigrants. She enjoyed cooking, knitting, and needlework. She is survived by her husband, Bertram ’52; a daughter; a son; five granddaughters; and a brother.

 

May, 2018

John Shearing ’55, of Los Angeles, formerly of Port Murray, N.J.; Dec. 3. He was a Broadway sound designer. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After Brown, he joined his father at Masque Sound & Recording in New York City. After his father’s death, he bought out his partner, and under his direction Masque became a leading Broadway sound shop whose credits include Grease, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death. He was instrumental in establishing Local 922 Sound Designers Union, of which he became president. He enjoyed skiing all over the world, sailing, playing golf, and cooking. He is survived by his wife, Jane; five children and their spouses, including sons Geoffrey ’94 and James ’98; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

May, 2018

Everett A. Pearson ’55, of Warren, R.I. and Estero, Fla.; Dec. 24. Along with his cousin, Clinton Pearson ’52, he founded Pearson Yachts, a pioneer fiberglass boat building business company that was later owned by Grumman. He published The Lure of Sailing in 1965. With Frederick Tillotson ’68, he started Tillotson-Pearson Inc. (TPI) in Warren, which built wind blades for US Windpower, materials for Disney, and numerous other products. He earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Assoc. In 2002 he sold most of the business and eventually started Pearson Pilings. An avid sailor and a member of the New York Yacht Club, he competed in local-yacht-club and ocean racing. He also enjoyed playing tennis and golf. He was captain of the Brown football team and inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

May, 2018

William J. Frazier Jr. ’55, of Darien, Conn.; Jan. 27. He worked in finance for more than 20 years in New York City and ended his career at Lummis & Co. in New Canaan, Conn. He served as a Eucharistic minister, was captain of one of the local senior men’s tennis teams, and refereed youth hockey until his retirement at age 82. He was a supporter of the Stamford Symphony and the Connecticut Grand Opera, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a former Brown rowing team member, and a member of Beta Theta Pi. He enjoyed hockey, tennis, biking, and skiing. He is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters; a son; two sons-in-law; four grandsons; and a brother.

 

May, 2018

Ernest H. Fontan Jr. ’55, of Kissimmee, Fla., formerly of Lyndhurst, N.J.; Sept. 20. He was a retired corporate manager and a former salesman for Shore’s Men’s Store in Kissimmee. He is survived by his wife, Avalon; three sons; a daughter-in-law; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 

May, 2018

John W. Cobb ’55, of Newburgh, N.Y.; Dec. 31. After a stint in advertising, he spent 30 years in the restaurant business, then practiced law with Cobb & Cobb for 24 years. He was a member of the New York Bar Assoc. and Psi Upsilon. He is survived by his wife, Verna Werlock Cobb ’57; five children, including son Stephen ’86; and 15 grandchildren.

 

Apr, 2018

Bruce A. Bradley ’55, of Monmouth Beach, N.J.; Nov. 9. He was a supervisor at Kiely Construction for 42 years before retiring. He also served as Monmouth Beach commissioner for 19 years, was a 54-year member of the Monmouth Beach fire department, and a longtime member of the Monmouth Beach board of education and recreation departments. He is survived by his wife, Rita; four children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister.

Apr, 2018

Claire Fredette Sennott ’55, of Amherst, Mass.; Nov. 10. She was an artist and homemaker. She is survived by three daughters, a son-in-law, and five grandchildren.

Feb, 2018

Robert B. Conner ’55, of Newport, R.I.; Sept. 8. He worked at Raytheon in various positions for 40 years and retired in 2000 as an international marketing executive. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and active in numerous local and national sailing organizations. He was a certified International Sailing Federation judge, president of the Narragansett Bay Yachting Assoc., treasurer of the US Sailing Assoc., chairman of the Rhode Island Olympic Sailing Trials, and a director of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Regatta. He was a member of the New York Yacht Club Race Committee during the 1970s America’s Cup years and later served as chairman of the New York Yacht Club Race Committee and chairman of the New York Yacht Club Jury. He enjoyed listening to classical music and opera. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and several nieces and nephews.

Feb, 2018

Thomas S. Cottrell ’55, of Cutchogue, N.Y.; Sept. 17, of a stroke. After serving in the U.S. Navy and earning his MD, he became senior associate dean of New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., in 1968. In 1979 he joined the faculty of Stony Brook Univ. as a founding member of the School of Medicine, where he was known as Doctor Tom. He had a 21-year tenure as executive associate dean and associate professor of pathology before retiring in 2000 as professor emeritus. He is survived by his wife, Jane Chichester Cottrell ’57; daughters Anne Cottrell Patin ’87 and Sarah Jane Lazar ’90; a son; two grandsons; and a brother, Stephen ’57.

Feb, 2018

Stewart H. Moir ’55, of Palm Desert, Calif.; June 13. He is survived by his wife, Ruth.

Feb, 2018

Dolores LaPorte Nazareth ’55, of Cumberland, R.I.; Sept. 30, of cancer. She was a homemaker recognized by the Rhode Island Association for Retarded Citizens for her advocacy for the developmentally disabled. She was active in alumni affairs and enjoyed genealogy. She is survived by her husband, George; four children, including Annette Nazareth ’78 of 3060 Foxhall Rd., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; eight grandchildren, including Stephanie Minor ’07 and Roger Ferguson III ’13; and one great-grandson.

Feb, 2018

Margaret Harper Peterson ’55, of Wolfeboro, N.H.; Sept. 25. She was a longtime active member of the Melvin Village Community Church, where she participated in the bell choir. She is survived by two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Feb, 2018

Albert O. Saart ’55, of Cranston, R.I.; Aug. 22. After serving in the U.S. Navy and working in the corporate world, he owned and operated Island Lock and Key on Aquidneck Island (R.I.) until he retired in 2007. He was an avid reader and enjoyed the history of World War II and watching Animal Planet. He leaves his partner, Marion Moreid; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; and two sons-in-law.

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