— Class of 1975
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Guy H. Tuttle ’75, of Atlanta; Mar. 28. He was an award-winning art director and production designer for Atlanta film and television for more than 30 years. In 1985 he launched Special Projects to provide art direction, set design, construction services, and prop rentals for television, motion picture, and commercial productions. He cofounded Televent, LLC in 1988 to offer design, management, planning, and technical production. He served as art director for Greenleaf and Step Up, was production designer for The House Next Door, and oversaw production and management of Turner Broadcasting’s Annual Trumpet Awards for 13 years. Since 2002 he worked with Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Art Directors Guild, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and he served on several boards. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; two sisters; and two brothers.
Marilyn J. Dawson ’75, of New York City, formerly of Washington, D.C.; Feb. 2, of cancer. After graduation she moved to Washington, D.C., and began working for an international aid and development organization. A few years later she started working at the United Nations, and because of her fluency in four languages, she had multi-year assignments in Brazil, Jamaica, the Philippines, and Africa. After years of working abroad, she was assigned to the U.N. headquarters in New York City, where she remained until retiring. She volunteered at Calvary Baptist Church and later Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. She studied and painted and enjoyed museum visits, yoga, and travel. She is survived by her life partner, Marvin Dutton; her mother; two brothers; and nieces and nephews.
Mark R. Gordon ’75, of Purchase, N.Y.; June 14, of brain cancer. He worked in the financial services industry and was an executive vice president at AllianceBernstein L.P. An accomplished bridge player, he won two U.S. national championships and a world championship. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Caughy-Gordon ’75; son Bernard ’07; two daughters; three grandchildren; and two brothers.
Susan Hayes Woods ’75, of Ocala, Fla.; Apr. 16. She was a riding instructor and competitor. She practiced dressage at her Four Winds Farm and traveled to judge and give instructional clinics across the country. A self-taught environmentalist, she worked on land use, farmland preservation, and water management in north-central Florida. She was honored by 1000 Friends of Florida and received a Florida Community Stewardship Award. She was recognized with an Unsung Hero Award by the UF Public Interest Environmental Conference. She was also a Reiki master and a student of Shamanism. She is survived by her husband, Bill; a sister; and a brother.
John R. Monsees ’75, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Jan. 27, of brain cancer. He was a CPA with Deloitte Haskins & Sells and then became a CFO of a regional home builder. He was an avid hiker and enjoyed swimming, skiing, cycling, and running. He participated in numerous marathons and triathlons. He is survived by his wife, LaDonna; a stepdaughter; a stepson; and a sister.
Mark D. Silva ’75, of Alexandria, Va.; Aug. 1; of brain cancer. A political reporter, he began his career at small newspapers in Michigan and North Carolina before joining the Miami Herald in 1979. He reported on the 2000 presidential election recount for the Miami Herald and was a political correspondent for the Orlando Sentinel. After the Sentinel, he joined the Chicago Tribune’s Washington bureau, covering the George W. Bush administration. Later, at Bloomberg News in Washington, he shifted from reporting to management and headed a group of people covering government. Most recently he was an assistant managing editor for U.S. News & World Report, where he oversaw its “Best States” platform, ranking the 50 states on how they serve their residents. He wrote the 2008 book McCain: The Essential Guide to the Republican Nominee. He contributed to pioneering blogs, including The Swamp for the Tribune and Political Capital for Bloomberg News. He enjoyed craft beers, nature photography, and playing blues on his guitar. He is survived by his wife, Nina; a daughter; a son; and a grandson.