Obituaries
— Class of 1983

Sep, 2019

Jonathan R. Spencer ’83, of Arlington, Va.; May 13. He was an attorney. He served as general counsel of the Museum of Science Fiction in Washington, D.C., was vice president and associate general counsel of Verisign, general counsel of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, and associate general counsel of Cable & Wireless Communications. He is survived by three brothers, two sisters-in-law, and 10 nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019

Vishwas A. Narurkar ’83, of San Francisco; Feb. 1. He was chief of the dermatology division and assistant professor of dermatology at UC Davis, where he helped to develop laser technology for laser hair removal. Additionally, he established the Bay Area Laser Institute and joined the practice of Dr. Kathy Fields. He lectured at national and international scientific and medical meetings for 20 years and expanded his career into areas of clinical research, participating in over 50 clinical trials in lasers and injectables. In 2005 he cofounded Cosmetic Boot Camp, a pre-eminent meeting for aesthetic core physicians. Phi Beta Kappa. He enjoyed traveling and lecturing and is survived by his partner, Mike Hirner.

 

May, 2019

Paul D. Quick ’83, of San Francisco; Nov. 2, of multiple organ failure post heart transplant. He was last employed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), Tom Waddell Health Center/Homeless Programs, where he practiced general internal medicine and HIV care. He was the medical co-chair of Project Homeless Connect and had been working to re-establish a Tenderloin adult day health program for the HIV population. Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at age 1, he underwent open heart surgery at age 5 and was pronounced cured. During his 20s he had abnormal heart rhythms and by age 44 developed progressive congestive heart failure due to a gene deletion. He attended Brown but left in 1981 without a degree and moved to California, where he attended City College and became an emergency medical technician working in the East Bay area. After attending Stanford-Foothill Paramedic Program in 1985, he worked as a paramedic in East Oakland with Allied Ambulance. In 1988 he joined the San Francisco DPH Paramedic Division. He returned to City College part-time while working as a paramedic and in 1991 graduated. He then returned to Brown and graduated in 1993 with a concentration focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to HIV/AIDS, sexuality, and addiction. Back on campus he appeared in two plays, was a contributing writer to the Brown Daily Herald, and served on the Committees for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues and Independent Concentration Studies. He was named a 1993 Joslin award winner. He received his MD from UC School of Medicine at Davis in 1997 and trained in primary care internal medicine at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School from 1997 to 2002. He practiced at St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco before returning to DPH as a physician in 2002, working full-time until his cardiac disease forced him to retire in 2008, when he was placed on the heart transplant list. He was active in politics and the labor movement. He was an organizer for the Service Employees International Union and a member of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. He was elected to the San Francisco Green Party County Council in 2004 and was a dedicated San Francisco Giants fan. He is survived by cousins, friends, coworkers, and patients whose lives he touched.

May, 2019

Marlene G. Brown ’83, of West Windsor, N.J.; Oct. 26, of breast cancer. After earning a JD from Rutgers Law School-Newark, she worked at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche and later clerked for Judge Lawrence Lasser, presiding judge of the New Jersey Tax Court. Following the clerkship, she had a long career with the State of New Jersey Division of Law, most recently as senior deputy attorney general and section chief. She argued several significant cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and served as a fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General U.S. Supreme Court Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. She was active with Congregation Beth Chaim, serving as sisterhood president, was a board member of the Central Jersey Youth Orchestra, and was an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center. She enjoyed music, the theater, swimming, and traveling. She is survived by her husband, David; two sons; her parents; a sister and brother; and two nieces.

Jan, 2019

Russell D. Leblang ’83, of Swampscott, Mass.; Aug. 25, after a year-long battle with hepatic angiosarcoma. He founded Landay, Leblang & Stern law firm, where he built a successful practice in international trade finance, traveling widely, including twice a year to South America. He was an avid marathoner and is survived by his wife, Deahn L. Berrini ’83; son Alexander ’12; a daughter; his mother; two brothers; and nine nieces and nephews.

 

Sep, 2018

Paul R. Kemp ’83, of Seattle; Aug. 12, 2017. He was injured shortly after graduating from Brown, leaving him quadriplegic. After a year in the hospital and rehab, he moved to Seattle to continue his studies and obtained a ScM from the Univ. of Washington in 1993. He is survived by his mother and many friends.  

 

Feb, 2018

James M. Scott ’83, of Baltimore; Sept. 20, of liver cancer. He was a noted costume designer whose work was featured on stage and in operas. He began designing his first costumes as a student for Brown productions and, after graduating, went on to earn an MFA in theater from NYU. His professional career as a costume designer began with the Cubiculo Theatre in New York City in 1986 with the production of The Yellow Wallpaper. He did costume design work for several theaters in New York. In 1989 and 1990 his work was featured in Vineyard Theater productions, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Philadelphia Drama Guild. In addition to theater work, he enjoyed designing for the Wolf Trap Opera Co., the Minnesota Opera, and Juilliard Opera Center Productions at Lincoln Center. He designed costumes for the American Ballet Theatre and for The Barber of Seville, directed by Placido Domingo. He was an amateur figure skater and designed costumes for ice skater Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic for his 2007 World Championship and the 2014 Olympic games. He was an avid world traveler and enjoyed classic Hollywood films and solving crossword puzzles. He is survived by his father and a sister.

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