Obituaries
— Class of 1964

May, 2019

Richard J. Goetsch ’64, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Jan. 19. He received a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1967 and was managing counsel for BP. He practiced antitrust and commercial law in both Cleveland and Chicago and retired in 2008. He enjoyed reading, traveling, working on a new construction or landscaping project, and classical music. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; daughter, Sallie Goetsch ’89; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and two grandchildren.

May, 2019

Mary Jo Dieckhaus ’64, of Newport, R.I., formerly of New York City; Jan. 14, of cancer. After graduating she went on to a career in public and investor relations in New York City. Following positions at Burson-Marsteller and Gavin Anderson and Co., she formed her own company, DD & W Ltd., which provided investor relation services for international companies and organizations. She retired to Newport in 2008 and was a volunteer at the Redwood Library and the Newport Historical Society. She is survived by a sister; two nieces, including Ann Waugh ’86; and a nephew.

May, 2019

James C. Deveney Jr. ’64, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; Jan. 10, of cancer. Following service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he began a lifelong career in education, teaching and coaching at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Pingree School in South Hamilton, and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge. His discipline was mathematics. An avid golfer, he won multiple golf club championships and competed in United States Golf Association New England and Massachusetts State events. At Brown he was captain of the golf team and a member of the hockey team. He was a trustee of the former Governor Dummer Academy and president of the Hickory Shafts, a distinguished group dedicated to the traditions of golf. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and a sister.

Mar, 2019

Elnora Beth Livezey ’64, of Inwood, Calif.; July 9. After college she worked for two years with the civil rights movement as a field worker with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where she initiated a Head Start program and participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery. She earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1969 and was selected to serve as assistant editor on the Law Review. After law school she worked for a year for the nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City, where she participated in the defense of the “Chicago Seven.” She later joined a pioneering law collective in Los Angeles, where she litigated some of the first Title VII cases to go to trial following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. She moved to Shasta County, Calif., in 1979 when hired by Dugan Barr to work at his law firm handling civil lawsuits. In 1985 she became a partner in the firm of Barr, Newlan & Sinclair, but resigned in 1988 to open an independent law practice. A year later she was selected Commissioner by the Judges of the Shasta County Municipal Court. She retired in 2004. In retirement she volunteered legal expertise, was involved in a local dance group, and enrolled in Timeless Wisdom Training. She is survived by three sisters, nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Mar, 2019

Robert G. Bidwell ’64, of Reston, Va.; Oct. 20. He retired as special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Energy. He coached Reston youth soccer and basketball and enjoyed playing golf, fly-fishing, scuba diving, reading, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Sue; three sons; two grandchildren; and two brothers.

 

Sep, 2018

Clifford Adelman ’64, of Kensington, Md.; May 3, of cancer. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sons.
 

 

Jul, 2018

John J. Theodoros ’64, of Littleton, Mass.; Feb. 21, of complications from kidney disease.

 

Apr, 2018

Phyllis Tesler Breslow ’64, of Peabody, Mass.; Nov. She worked at the Medford Public Library as head librarian in the children’s department. She enjoyed traveling. She is survived by a daughter, a sister, a brother, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and five nieces and nephews.

Feb, 2018

Joseph E. Green ’64, of Woodstock, Conn.; Aug. 11. He was employed by Arthur Young, Price Waterhouse, and several other firms in New York City and Boston before opening his own office in Weston, Mass., in 1995. A ham radio enthusiast, he belonged to the American Radio Relay League , the First Class CW Operator’s Club, and the CW Operator’s Club. He enjoyed cruises to the Caribbean and traveled twice on the Queen Mary 2. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; a daughter, Barbara Green ’88; a son; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; a sister; an aunt; and two nieces.

Feb, 2018

Burt W. Howell ’64, of Homosassa, Fla.; Aug. 26. He was president and treasurer of Design for Industry, which created exhibits for trade shows, Fisher Price, and other companies. He later was a custom woodworker and designer for Thinking Outside the Square, which designed visitor information areas and museum exhibitions. In retirement, he was an avid golfer and took part in the National Suncoast Junior Golf Assoc. He is survived by his wife, Connie; a daughter; a son; and two brothers.

Feb, 2018

Tom Draper ’64, of Milford, Del.; Sept. 7, from injuries sustained in a biking accident. After graduating, he returned to Delaware and purchased a radio station, which became WTHD. Five years later he signed on WAFL-FM, which brought country music to the area. As the owner and president of Draper Communications, he expanded the company with the purchase of TV stations: WBOC-TV, a CBS affiliate in Salisbury, Md.; KOAM-TV, which covers Pittsburg, Kans., and Joplin, Mo.; and KGBT-TV in the Brownsville, Tex., area. In 2015, he launched WBOC-FM radio and at the time of his death was about to launch Delmarva’s newest television station, Telemundo Delmarva. A multisport athlete at Brown, he was captain of the 1964 lacrosse team, All-American and All-Ivy in lacrosse, and was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame. He remained active, biking each day, and enjoyed hunting, hiking, and skiing. He is survived by his partner, Francesca Curtin; two daughters, including Mariah Draper Calagione ’93; two sons; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; nine grandchildren; and two sisters.

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