Obituaries
— Class of 1961

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Jan, 2019

Janice Kollet Gorton ’61, of Warwick, R.I.; Sept. 19. She was the owner and president of PeKo Creations and past president of Warwick Figure Skaters. She is survived a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, including Arlene Gorton ’52; and ten nieces and nephews.
 

 

Jan, 2019

Ernest R. DelMonico ’61, of New Haven, Conn.; Aug. 29. He joined Second National Bank of New Haven after college and rose to the level of vice president, but rather than a career in banking, he chose to become an entrepreneur and started growing and selling multiple computer banking companies, including Bankputer Inc. and Financial Interactive Systems. He also developed commercial and residential real estate properties in New Haven. In 2001, following the death of his father, he took control of the family hat business, DelMonico Hatter, and grew it to be one of the top selling hat businesses in the United States. He won numerous industry awards, including National Hat Retailer of the Year in 2007, and was recognized by Business New Haven as Small Businessperson of the Year in 2008. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and he enjoyed traveling, biking, playing tennis, the theater, and classical music. He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, including son Bruce ’91; six grandchildren; and two sisters.

 

Nov, 2018

William G. Shade ’61, ’62 MAT, of Bethlehem, Pa.; June 17. He taught history at Temple Univ. before joining the faculty at Lehigh Univ. in 1966, where he served as director of American Studies for 25 years. He also taught at Lafayette College, the Univ. of Virginia, the Univ. of Limerick in Ireland, the Univ. of Nottingham in England, and most recently at Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. in Russia. He was the author and/or co-author of numerous scholarly papers, articles, and reviews, including Lawrence Henry Gipson: Four Dimensions; Seven on Black: Reflections on the Negro Experience in America; Our American Sisters: Women in American Life and Thought; Democratizing the Old Dominion: Virginia and the Second Party System 1824–1861; and Banks or No Banks: The Money Issue in Western Politics, 1837–1865. He was editor of the Pennsylvania History Journal from 1968 to 1973 and served on the advisory board to the Secretary of the Interior on National Parks, Historic Sites, Monuments, and Buildings. He was a member of the American Historical Assoc., the Pennsylvania Historical Assoc., the Social Science History Assoc., and the American Assoc. of University Professors. He enjoyed jazz music and traveling the world. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and four grandsons.
 

 

Sep, 2018

Joseph A. Cerutti ’61, of Center Harbor, N.H.; May 13. He taught industrial arts at Ashland High School (Massachusetts) before beginning a long career in the home building business. He worked for William Bell Associates in Ashland, Brill Homes in Vermont, and Hodgdon Homes in Maine before moving to Center Harbor to work at Prescott Homes in Meredith, N.H. In 1982 he cofounded Cerutti Custom Homes, which he managed until his retirement in 2007. He was an active member of the Lakes Region Home Builders Assoc. and in 1994 was named the Lakes Region Home Builder of the year. At Brown, he was a member of the football and rugby teams, ROTC, and Kappa Sigma. He enjoyed hiking, skiing, reading, traveling, and attending the theater. He is survived by his wife, Susan; two sons; a daughter-in-law; four sisters; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Sep, 2018

William R. Biers ’61, of Columbia, Mo.; Apr. 12, from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was employed at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, before joining the faculty at the Univ. of Missouri in 1968. He taught classes in Greek art and archaeology until his retirement in 2001. In retirement he continued to teach Ancient Technology, a course he created to interest undergraduate engineering students. He served on many university committees, including the campus library committee, of which he was chair from 1999 to 2001. A classical archaeologist, he excavated in Turkey and Israel; was director of excavations at ancient Phlius, Greece; and was codirector of excavations at Mirobriga, Portugal. His many publications included The Archaeology of Greece: An Introduction; Mirobriga: Investigations of an Iron Age and Chronology in Classical Archaeology; and Art, Artifacts and Chronology in Classical Archaeology. He is survived by his wife, Jane; a daughter; a daughter-in-law; and two grandsons.
 

 

Jul, 2018

Julia Baltzell O’Malley ’61, of Weymouth, Mass., formerly of Bay Shore and Huntington Station, N.Y.; Feb. 11, of pneumonia. She worked as a purchaser for Litton Industries, Eaton, and other instrument manufacturers until her retirement in 2000. She enjoyed classical music, played the piano, and supported animal welfare organizations. She is survived by two sons, including Mark ’87; two granddaughters; and two sisters.

 

Jul, 2018

Robert B. Kirchberger ’61, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of Rockville, Conn.; Feb. 18. He cofounded Videoplay Industries, in Vernon, Conn., which he ran for 30 years. He enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Vonda; three children, including Eric ’92; a son-in-law; five grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and seven nieces and nephews.
 

 

Jul, 2018

Howard M. Bromage Jr. ’61, of Enfield, Conn.; Mar. 10. He founded and ran Bromage-Wilcox Insurance Agency in Enfield for 40 years. An avid sportsman, he played varsity baseball at Brown and had a lifelong softball career in the Enfield league with the AMVETS team and in the senior leagues of Vernon and Wallingford, Conn., and Ludlow and Cape Cod, Mass. He was honored for his many athletic accomplishments and years of service to the town of Enfield by being inducted into the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Lois; a daughter; three sons; two daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; a brother; and six nephews.

 

Jul, 2018

Toyo Uyeyama Biddle ’61, of Summit, N.J; Feb. 12. She worked in the federal government to advance civil rights for disadvantaged students, minorities, and women, including four years as director of Asian American Affairs in the former Department of Health, Education & Welfare. For 20 years she worked to improve and manage the Department of Health & Human Services refugee resettlement and immigrant services, focusing on helping the Hmong population. She was instrumental in establishing One-Stop Centers to provide support services. After retiring from the federal government, she maintained an active interest in policy and politics until her death. She is survived by three daughters, including Ann Biddle ’83; two sons-in-law; five grandchildren; and a brother.

 

May, 2018

David A. Breazeale ’61, of Novato, Calif., formerly of Farmingdale, N.J.; Dec. 6, of cancer. After serving in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps in the Midwest and Korea, he became a math teacher and computer programmer in Newark, N.J. In 1975 he was recruited by Bank of America and moved to California. After 22 years, he left Bank of America and formed his own consulting firm, Deerfield Systems. For the last 10 years of his career he was an IT manager with McKesson Corp. He was a deacon and a member of the men’s bible group and property committee at the Presbyterian Church of Novato. He enjoyed gardening and classical and jazz music and was a fan of the New York Giants and Knicks. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Apr, 2018

Jack D. Fisher ’61, of Bedford, Mass., formerly of Natick, Mass.; Nov. 8. He had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired as colonel, serving in the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. For 11 years, he was commander of troops in Saudi Arabia and for more than 21 years was a consultant with Odyssey at Hanscom Air Force Base. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He enjoyed family genealogy. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters; two sons; two daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Apr, 2018

Stephen M. Haas ’61, of LaJolla, Calif., formerly of New York City; Nov. 30. He founded Stephen M. Haas Legal Placement Inc., an executive search firm, in New York City, which specialized in assisting law firms and corporations in recruiting attorneys.

Apr, 2018

Frederic C. Marston III ’61, of Ewing, N.J.; Oct. 27. He was a marketing communications executive in New York City with Benton & Bowles and Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising agencies before moving to California to join CRM Inc. publishing company. Because of his experience with college marketing, he was recruited by Playboy magazine to direct the company’s college bureau. He later returned to advertising with Grey North and d’Arcy MacManus & Masius in Chicago, before joining Manpower Inc. in Milwaukee in 1980 as vice president of U.S. marketing and public relations. He spent the last 12 years of his career as a senior vice president with BVK in Milwaukee and then retired to New Jersey in 1997, where he worked part-time as a public relations consultant and an editor at Princeton’s weekly community newspaper, Town Topics. He enjoyed skiing, tennis, and golf and was a Life Master at tournament bridge. He is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law, two brothers, two sisters-in-law, and 11 nieces and nephews.

Apr, 2018

William D. Stamper ’61, of St. Louis, Mo.; Dec. 1, from complications of dementia. He was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and later was president of the W.D. Stamper Co. in St. Louis. He enjoyed flying planes, sailing, playing poker with his poker group, and bicycling. He served on several boards, including the Central Institute of the Deaf, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the St. Louis Art Museum. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law.

Feb, 2018

Lauren E. Andrews ’61, of Glocester, R.I.; Aug. 19. He taught English and math in the Providence school system but left teaching for banking. He retired as senior vice president and senior loan officer at Citizens National Bank. He was treasurer of the Town of Glocester, president and treasurer of the Glocester Heritage Society, treasurer of the Glocester Lions Club, treasurer of the Danielson Rotary, and a member of the Danielson Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a son; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Feb, 2018

Francis H. Monahan ’61, of Wyckoff, N.J.; Aug. 25. He began his career as a stockbroker at GA Saxton and later was senior vice president for EF Hutton and Prudential Securities. He was a 22-year member of the Wyckoff Van Pool carpooling service and recipient of a Lifetime Van Achievement Award. He was an accomplished athlete, having played football, basketball, baseball, and golf at Brown. After college he played competitive squash for 25 years and won several tournaments as a member of the Downtown Athletic Club. He also enjoyed coaching his sons’ sports teams. He is survived by his wife, Lois; three sons; two daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; and a sister.

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