— Class of 1989

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Jan, 2020

David L. Swanson ’89, of Durham, N.C.; Sept. 2, of cardiac arrest while hiking Roan Mountain. He hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and trails around the country and the world. For the past 25 years he worked as an investment advisor with his father. He worked to improve health care in developing countries, especially in Africa, and he fought for racial and economic justice. He enjoyed writing prose and poetry and songs and also spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Sally; two children; his father; a sister; two brothers; and nieces and nephews.


May, 2019

Nicole Cingiser ’89, of Norwalk, Conn.; Nov. 12, of breast cancer. She took a semester-long sabbatical from Brown to work as an intern at The Children’s School in Stamford, Conn., where she returned to teach after graduation. Her tenure at the school lasted 29 years and she developed curriculum, assessment strategies, professional development practices, and technology integration. She is survived by her parents, Marjan and Michael Cingiser ’62, Brown basketball Hall of Famer and former Brown men’s basketball coach; two sisters, including Karen Cingiser ’85; a brother; a sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law; five nieces; and a nephew.

Mar, 2019

Katharine Willrich Nordahl ’89, of Westwood, Mass.; Aug. 15. She spent many years in leadership positions within MassHealth ranging from directing the MassHealth managed care program to designing the Senior Care Options program. She also served as an assistant commissioner for the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, where she led the agency’s work monitoring the impact of the state’s health reform law and analyzing health care cost trends in the Commonwealth. Lastly, she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation directing the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute. In 2016 she was honored with the Boston Center for Independent Living’s Marie Feltin Award for her work advancing innovative Medicaid policy in Massachusetts, and she was again honored in 2018 by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for a lifetime of dedicated public service. She is survived by her husband, Erik; two sons; her father and stepmother; and three brothers and their families.  


Feb, 2018

Gregory Maney ’89, of Hempstead, N.Y.; Sept. 2, of brain cancer. He was a sociology professor at Hofstra Univ. and codirector of the university’s Center for Civic Engagement. He was instrumental in establishing the university’s Irish studies program, did conflict-resolution work in Ireland and Israel, and helped found the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, his parents; and a brother.

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