Obituaries
— Class of 1976

Jan, 2020

Charles F. Wochomurka III ’76, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of Franklin, Tenn.; July 28. After graduating, he went to work for his family’s button business. He then went on to work for more than 20 years at Cummins Engine Co. in various roles spanning several states. He was strong in his Catholic faith and active in parishes where he lived. He enjoyed sports, both professional and local. He is survived by his wife, Jayne; three sons; five grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.  

 

May, 2019

Edith Andrews Tobin ’76, of San Francisco; Jan. 23, of complications from a brain tumor. While at Brown, she was a member of the women’s track team and spent a summer working on an archaeological dig. After graduation, she traveled the world and visited six continents. A fixture in society columns, she sometimes was a guest and sometimes was a host but always was involved in the greater good. Some of her gala beneficiaries were the Edgewood Center for Children and Families and the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. She worked as a docent for the Asian Art Museum in 2015 and served on several boards, including Grace Cathedral. She enjoyed time spent at Lake Tahoe and hiking. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; a daughter; two sons; her mother; and two brothers.

Jan, 2019

Kenneth L. Stein ’76, of Chicago; July 18, from metastatic brain cancer. An outstanding diver at Brown and captain of the 1976 swim team, he competed in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in 1976. After Brown he became a plastic surgeon in Chicago, holding board certifications in plastic and reconstructive surgery and in otolaryngology. He traveled annually with Hearts in Motion, a mission group that provided free surgery to treat craniofacial anomalies to Central Americans in need. He was a member of numerous medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Assoc., the Chicago Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the Latin American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He enjoyed entertaining and sang with the Rockin’ Docs Band for more than 30 years. He is survived by his three sons; four sisters; a brother; two sisters-in-law; and 11 nieces and nephews.
 

 

Jan, 2019

Gail R. O’Day ’76, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Sept. 22. She was the dean and professor of New Testament and Preaching at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She began teaching at Hamilton College in 1982 as an instructor in the religion department. From there she served at Eden Theological Seminary and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology prior to joining Wake Forest. Over the course of her career she wrote numerous New Testament reference works and articles and co-authored Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide. She was general editor of the international Journal of Biblical Literature and on the editorial board of The New Interpreter’s Bible. In 2014 she became a member of the 4,000 Footers Club, for hiking all 48 mountains above 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. She was an articulate advocate for theological education and is survived by her husband, Thomas Frank; her mother, Sally Wilcox O’Day ’53; four sisters; a niece and a nephew.

 

Jan, 2019

Kevin N. Anderson ’76, of Washington, D.C.; May 23, of kidney disease. He spent 10 years as a business reporter and editor at USA Today covering health issues until leaving in 1992 to be communications director for the Alliance for Health Reform. In 1993 he joined the White House Office of Communications, where he served as a chief health policy spokesperson during the rollout of the President’s Health Reform Plan. He later joined his wife in co-founding a corporate and government communications consultancy, where he consulted on health management and policy. Throughout his life he advocated for social justice issues; his most recent cause was sanctuary for refugees, which led to him joining the Good Neighbors Capitol Hill Refugee Resettlement Project. He sang in the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church choir and was an avid fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and a brother.
 

 

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