Obituaries
— Class of 1957

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Jan, 2020

Dorelyn Foster Anderson ’57, of St. Cloud, Minn.; Aug. 22. She was an avid reader and community activist. She is survived by her husband, Myron ’59 PhD; a son; a grandson; and two brothers.

 

Nov, 2019

Richard H. Pierce ’57, ’63 PhD, of Westwood, Mass.; June 1, of a heart attack. He was a Classics and Egyptology professor at The University of Bergen, Norway. He traveled frequently back to the United States and was active working in Sudan and Egypt, was an adviser for numerous Sudanese PhD students as well as Norwegian students, and worked with colleagues in a variety of disciplines at the university. He is survived by his wife, Wenche, and a son.
 

 

Nov, 2019

Warren A. Larson ’57, of Lanesborough, Mass.; July 13. After a year of employment as a production supervisor with DuPont in Buffalo, N.Y., he served three years in the U.S. Air Force at Charleston AFB, S.C., as a chief of administration. Following military service, he was employed at Sprague Electric Co. in North Adams, Mass. He retired in 1991 as quality control manager. He was a member of the Mystic Lodge of Masons and the Berkshire Royal Arch Chapter of Masons. He enjoyed baseball card collecting, gardening, photography, fishing, hunting, and attending sporting events. He is survived by four children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren, a great-grandson, a sister and brother-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.
 

 

Nov, 2019

Kenneth L. Greif ’57, of Washington, Conn., formerly of Baltimore; Aug. 20. He earned a law degree in 1961 from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 1968, he obtained a master’s degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. He practiced law for several years at Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman before joining the Park School faculty in 1963, where he served as English department chair and advised the school’s literary journal, Parkpourri. He retired in 1997. He maintained a second home in Washington, where he taught English from 2002 to 2004 at The Gunnery private school. He is survived by a daughter and four grandchildren.
 

 

Nov, 2019

Donald P. Bullock ’57, of Plymouth, Mass.; July 7, after a series of lengthy illnesses. He had a successful sales career that took him all over New England. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and enjoyed collecting antiques, woodworking, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Marianne; a daughter and son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.
 

 

Nov, 2019

Arthur C. Bartlett ’57, of Blairsden-Graeagle,Calif., formerly of Portola Valley, Calif.; May 2. He was a ski instructor before beginning his career in educational publishing at Addison-Wesley. In 1977, he joined W.H. Freeman & Co. and pursued his career in college textbook publishing. He and a former president of Addison-Wesley cofounded Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Inc., in Boston in 1983, though he worked out of the Portola Valley office. The company sold in 2007 and became Jones & Bartlett Learning, a subsidiary of Ascend Learning. He retired in 1997 and moved to Blairsden-Graeagle. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and skiing. He was also a fan of the Boston Red Sox and Stanford football. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter and son-in-law; and a granddaughter.
 

 

Sep, 2019

Robert M. Press ’57, of Houston; Apr. 22. He and his wife owned and operated Lorandi Optical in Houston until they sold the business in 1998. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; two daughters; a son-in-law; and five grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019

Michael L. Wilder ’57, of Victor, N.Y.; Mar. 25. He worked at Pfaudler, Inc., prior to owning and operating Rando Machine Corp. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed history, reading, and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three children and their families; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019

Robert Saltonstall Jr. ’57, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., formerly of Concord, Mass.; Apr. 2. He had an accomplished career that included president of The O’Day Company (Mass.), general manager of Waterville Valley (N.H.), vice president for operations at Harvard and associate dean for operations at Harvard Medical School. He also headed Harvard’s United Way Campaign and was president of and member of the board of directors at the Dance Umbrella in Boston. An avid collector of ceramic contemporary art, he volunteered at the Palm Springs Art Museum for more than 10 years. At Brown he was a member of the varsity hockey team and after Brown enjoyed sailing, winter skiing, and traveling the world experiencing new cultures. He is survived by his wife, Jane; four children; eight grandchildren, including Caroline Saltonstall ’13, Elizabeth Saltonstall ’15, and Ryan Chace ’20; two sisters, including Nathalie Forbes ’62; a brother; and former wife, Elizabeth Chace ’59.

 

Jul, 2019

Richard W. Miller ’57, of Orleans, Mass., formerly of Westwood, Mass.; Mar. 13. After graduation he served in the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant and assistant provost marshal in charge of 200 military policemen. He left the service in 1960 but remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with the rank of captain. He located to Boston and opened his own insurance agency, which he ran for 35 years. As a mortgage broker and real estate appraiser, he represented several banks and insurance agencies. He continued his ties to Brown as president of the Brown Club of Boston and enjoyed interviewing prospective students. He volunteered in Westwood, serving on multiple town boards and as a youth sports coach. After relocating to Orleans, he became active in the community. He enjoyed swimming, running, and playing golf and tennis. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; five children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a brother.

 

Jul, 2019

Mary Patten Lafferty ’57, of Silver Spring, Md.; Mar. 22. She was a former systems analyst at NIH in Bethesda. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed world travel. She is survived by six daughters, four grandchildren, and a brother.

 

Jul, 2019

Joseph DuPont Jr. ’57, of Tucson; Apr. 6. He worked for his father’s trucking company, DuPont Express, as well as for Narragansett Brewery until graduating from Brown. He then entered the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed a 28-year career as a pilot. He served in both Korea and Vietnam and was awarded several combat medals from both the U.S. and the Republic of Vietnam. He retired in 1985 as a lieutenant colonel from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and worked at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for 12 years. He enjoyed solving crossword and Sudoku puzzles, reading mystery books, and trips to Hawaii, France, and Italy with his wife. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; three children; and a granddaughter.

 

Jul, 2019

Abbie Mustermann Paterson ’57, of Ludlow, Vt.; Mar. 25, after a short illness. She is survived by a daughter.
 

 

May, 2019

Robert H. Ackerman ’57, of Cambridge, Mass.; Dec. 18. He worked in pioneering research in the fields of stroke imaging and prevention, including private patient practice, consulting with private companies, and in educating students and faculty in the field of medicine. He helped in the development of non-invasive modalities for the diagnosis of carotid disease and the use of positron emission tomography in the study of ischemic stroke, and was the program director of the National Institutes of Health funded Interdepartmental Stroke Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and a member of their medical school admissions faculty for many years. In the early 1990s he was a distinguished scientist in the department of radiologic pathology of the Armed Forces Institute. In 2013 Massachusetts General Hospital honored him by renaming the MGH Neurovascular Laboratory, which he had founded in 1974 and where he was serving as chairman emeritus, as the R.H. Ackerman Neurovascular Lab. The lab was one of the first non-invasive labs in the country dedicated to using ultrasound to understand blood flow to the brain to identify patients at risk or who have experienced stroke. For many years, he served on several advisory boards and sponsored notable charities, including well known public and private organizations throughout the Boston metro area. An avid rower, he often competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, as well as other best in class competitions, such as Henley Royal Regatta in England. He enjoyed gardening, writing stories, playing the piano, and traveling. He was a member of the American Board of Radiology, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the Cambridge Yacht Club, and the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, Mass. He is survived by a stepbrother and several nieces and nephews.

May, 2019

Marva Dates Belt ’57, of Phoenix, Md.; Dec. 9, of cancer. She was a retired librarian of Enoch Pratt Free Library. She was active in civil rights issues and was a member of the Maryland Congress of Racial Equality. After retiring from the library, she commuted daily to Moorland Spingarn Research Center at Howard University and researched the enslaved people and Native Americans of Northumberland County, Va. She also did research for the play Having Our Say, based on the book by Bessie and Sadie Delany,  and edited Dr. Roland McConnell’s book, History of Morgan Park. She is survived by her husband, Stephen; a sister; a brother; a sister-in-law; niece Karen Dates Dunmore ’86; and three nephews.

Mar, 2019

Richard D. Thomson ’57, of Nantucket, Mass.; Nov. 22. He worked in advertising, specializing in marketing, and was known for his work with Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Ford, Unilever, Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Oscar Mayer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three sons, including Peter ’89; a daughter-in-law; and three grandchildren.

Mar, 2019

Leonard S. Ridley ’57, of Springville, Utah, formerly of Fairhaven, Mass.; Oct. 18. After earning a master’s degree at Boston University’s School of Social Work, he was employed in child protective services and the Rodman Job Corps Center in New Bedford, Mass. In 1968 he established a residence in Connecticut and initially worked as executive secretary on a special governor’s committee assisting in the development of a multi-faceted children’s service department. Subsequently, he worked as a psychiatric social worker at an experimental child guidance center in Hartford’s inner city. He concluded his career as a supervisor at a Connecticut psychiatric hospital for adolescents in Meriden, Conn., in 1992. He enjoyed painting, writing, and blogging poetry. He is survived by his wife, Janet; four sons; five grandchildren; and several stepchildren.
 

 

Mar, 2019

Lois Kaufman ’57, of Fullerton, Calif.; Nov. 22, of squamous cell sarcoma. She was a retired teacher and homemaker. She is survived by her husband, K. Richard Kaufman ’57; two sons; and two grandchildren.
 

 

Jan, 2019

Charles R. Meader ’57, of Grantham, N.H., formerly of Norwell and Hingham, Mass.; Sept. 22. After serving as a general medical officer in Vietnam, for which he earned a Bronze Star, he moved to Norwell and worked in the South Shore Medical Center. Later he moved to Hingham and began a private medical practice, which he maintained for many years. He eventually moved his practice to Nashua, N.H., and after retiring from clinical practice, moved to Concord, N.H., where he was a medical consultant in the Social Security Disability Determination Services office of the State Department of Education. He retired from that position and moved to Grantham. He was the author/creator of DiagnosisPro, a computer diagnostic tool. He sold the program, but continued to contribute information to the company operating it for several years. He is survived by his wife, Marthe; five children; two stepchildren; eight grandchildren; two sisters; and his former wife, Roberta Kelly Meader.  

 

Jan, 2019

Richard Marcus ’57, of Pittsburgh; Aug. 9. After obtaining a Juris Doctorate from the Univ. of Pittsburgh, he pursued a business career and for 46 years operated General Materials Terminals on the Ohio River, which was begun by his father. During the 1970s he became an adjunct professor at the Univ. of Pittsburgh in the Administration of Justice Department. He is survived by daughter, Susan Jacobson ’82; son, Joel ’85; three grandchildren; and a sister.

 

Jan, 2019

Robert A. Freeman ’57, of Keene, N.H.; Oct. 15. He taught English at Dennis-Yarmouth High School on Cape Cod and later at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mass. In 1969 he completed his theological studies at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., and served as rector in churches in Newport, Vt., and Lee and East Hampton, Mass. He retired as rector at St. John Episcopal Church in Walpole, N.H. He enjoyed designing gardens and landscapes, collecting model trains and reading. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and a daughter.

 

Jan, 2019

V. Dale Meyer Dermer ’57, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Pittsburgh; Aug. 13. Having left Brown early, she continued working toward her degree while starting a family. She obtained a degree in English literature from the Univ. of Pittsburgh in 1975. She began playing duplicate bridge in the early 1970s and was closing in on becoming a triple life master. Among her many accolades in contract bridge, she won the North American National Women’s Pairs Championship in 1985, for which then Mayor Caliguiri declared April 27, 1985, as Dale Dermer Day in the city of Pittsburgh. She is survived by five children, including son David ’83; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018

Nancy Myer Hopkins ’57, of Scarborough, Me.; July 5. She was a private consultant on family and child relations. She was involved in refugee resettlement with Lutheran Social Services in Minnesota. She was also a lecturer and consultant on clergy families. She enjoyed gardening, sailing, painting, sheep raising, and travel. She is survived by five children and six grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018

James P. Cohen ’57, of Santa Fe, N. Mex.; June 2. He enlisted in the National Guard after Brown, followed by a time working in the family business, the Loma Dress Co., in Manhattan. He sold his shares at the age of 40 and retired to make ceramic sculptures. He enjoyed classical music and the opera and served for many years on the boards of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, he was on the board of Performance Santa Fe. He was also a master gardener, and his home garden appeared in the book Behind Adobe Walls: The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos. He enjoyed playing tennis, dancing, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Linda; son Richard ’90; and two grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2018

Joyce Williams Warren ’57, ’60 AM, of Roslyn Heights, N.Y.; Dec. 17. She was a professor of English and director of Women’s Studies at Queens College in New York. She was the author of The American Narcissus: Individualism and Women in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction; Fanny Fern: An Independent Woman; and Women, Money, and the Law: Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Gender, and the Courts, as well as the children’s book A Mouse to Be Free. She served on her local library board and was active in environmental and community organizations. She is survived by her husband, Frank ’57 AM, ’62 PhD; four children, including Catherine Warren ’88, and their spouses, including Anthony R. Loumis ’99; and five grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2018

Carlton V. Phillips ’57, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Feb. 8. He was an officer in the Korean War and retired from the Reserves in 1984 as a colonel after service in the Aviation Systems Command. At the age of 80, he continued to give civil air patrol cadets sailplane orientation rides. He founded an aviation business and later a regional investment banking firm. He was active in his church and was a member of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Mayflower Society and chapter president of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is survived by four daughters, three sons, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister.

 

Jul, 2018

Thaddeus S. Newell III ’57, of Rochester, N.Y.; Jan. 20. He worked more than 30 years at Lincoln Rochester Trust Co., retiring in 1990 as a senior vice president. He volunteered for the United Way of Greater Rochester and chaired the Rochester Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross, from which he was awarded the Clara Barton Award. He enjoyed fishing and playing golf and was a member of several golf clubs. He is survived by his wife, Sherley; three sons; six grandchildren; brother Frances D. Newell ’58; a niece; and a nephew.

 

Jul, 2018

Walter L. McGarry Jr. ’57, of Cranston, R.I.; Feb. 22. He had a 43-year career in human resource management positions. He enjoyed volunteer work and served on the board of Access Point of Rhode Island. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; a brother; a sister-in-law; and nieces and nephews.
 

 

Jul, 2018

Marc M. McClelland ’57, of San Antonio, Tex.; Mar. 4. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he joined United Airlines as a pilot. He returned to the military and had a 33-year career before retiring in 1987 as vice commander. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Celia; three sons; a daughter-in-law; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a half-sister; and a half-brother.

 

May, 2018

Suzanne May Garber Massy ’57, of Northampton, Mass.; Oct. 11. She was a librarian at the D’Amour Library at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., before retiring in 2000. She was also a Town of Wilbraham library trustee for 10 years and president of the Massachusetts Library Trustees Assoc. She enjoyed traveling, hiking, and biking. She is survived by her husband, William; two sons; six grandchildren; a stepdaughter; and two step-grandchildren.

 

May, 2018

Ralph L. Leonard Jr. ’57, of Effingham, N.H.; Jan. 17. He joined his father’s real estate business, Ralph L. Leonard & Son, in Beverly, Mass., and after his father retired, operated the business as Ralph Leonard Associates until his own retirement in 2016. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, boating, and horseback riding. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; seven children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a sister; and a brother-in-law.

 

Apr, 2018

Frederick J. Mernick ’57, of Wakefield, formerly of East Greenwich, R.I.; Oct. 19, after a lifelong struggle with diabetes. He was vice president of Matec Inc., for 30 years. A U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran, he was also a former clerk of the State of Rhode Island Judiciary Committee, a former member of East Greenwich Town Committee, and a former chairman of the East Greenwich Juvenile Hearing Board. He is survived by his wife, Ann; two daughters, including Lee Chartier ’77; three sons; three daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; 12 grandchildren; and three sisters.

Apr, 2018

Robert A. Norman ’57, of Pinehurst, N.C.; Dec. 1. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years, retiring in 1987 as a brigadier general and command pilot. He was variously assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kans.; the Pentagon; and Ramstein and Sembach Air Bases in Germany. His final assignment was as deputy defense adviser to the U.S. NATO mission in Brussels, Belgium. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, he remained with his family in Brussels, where he headed the European office of E Systems and then Raytheon Industries. In 2000, he retired from industry and moved to Pinehurst. He was active in the Military Officers Assoc. and the Republican Men’s Club, and he enjoyed flying his airplane and playing tennis and golf. He is survived by his wife, Christa; a daughter; a son-in-law; three granddaughters; and a sister and brother-in-law.

Feb, 2018

Raymond E. Dunleavy ’57, of Ocala, Fla.; Sept. 27, of cardiac arrest. He had a career in investment banking and pension investment with banks in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Florida. He retired from SunTrust Bank in 1996. He enjoyed raising and showing Sealyham Terriers and was a member of the American Kennel Club. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Burgatti Dunleavy ’58; a brother, Thomas ’60; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Feb, 2018

Alan E. Fishkin ’57, of Oklahoma City; Oct. 5. He is survived by a brother and nieces.

Feb, 2018

William L. Haslam ’57, of Quincy, Mass.; Aug. 13, after a brief illness. He served in the National Guard before beginning a career in publishing. He retired in 1993 as general manager of Prime National Publishing Corp. in Weston, Mass. He was an avid New England sports fan and former president of the Baseball Card Collectors Association of America. He enjoyed traveling and is survived by his wife, Verna; a daughter; a son; two stepdaughters; three grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and two nephews.

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