GS Class of 1953

Obituaries

Jun, 2022

Glendon E. Collins ’53 ScM, of Phoenix; Dec. 4. In 1953, he began as a uranium exploration geologist for the Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque. In 1957, he transferred to a lands and mineral examiner job with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Sacramento, Calif. Assignments in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Riverside, Calif., followed before he moved to Arizona in 1965 to become land office manager for the BLM. A second career began in 1984 with the Arizona State Land Department, from which he retired in 1994 as Deputy State Land Commissioner. In retirement, he served on numerous boards and committees, including BLM’s Arizona Resource Advisory Council and the Public Lands Foundation. He was the recipient of many awards, including the distinguished service award by the Department of the Interior and the Lifetime Service Award from the Public Lands Foundation. The Public Lands Foundation Archives was renamed the PLF Glendon E. Collins National Archives in recognition of his contributions. He enjoyed baseball, hiking, camping, golf, and the cabin he and his wife built in Bert Lee Park in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff. He is survived by his wife, Marion; six children; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers and sisters-in-law.

 

Sep, 2020

Maxwell M. Mozell ’53 ScM, ’56 PhD (see ’51).

Aug, 2020

Maxwell M. Mozell ’51, ’53 ScM, ’56 PhD, of New York City; Mar. 28, from COVID-19. He served in the U.S. Navy in Florida, assigned to study flight and g-forces as part of the nascent space program, then became a distinguished national and international leader in the field of chemosensory research. He was professor emeritus of neuroscience and physiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a former dean of its College of Graduate Studies. In 1978 he founded the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, which studies the science behind taste and smell, and was editor of its journal Chemical Sciences. He published 78 peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters, served as chair of the International Commission on Olfaction and Taste, and was the recipient of many prestigious awards. He enjoyed politics, traveling, boating, swimming, playing chess, and wearing bow ties. He is survived by partner Beatrice Farnsworth, a son, four daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Nov, 2018

Tom N. Cornsweet ’53 ScM, ’55 PhD, of Prescott, Ariz.; Nov. 12, 2017, after a lengthy struggle with multiple illnesses. He was an experimental psychologist and inventor of ophthalmic instrumentation. He was a professor of psychology at Yale, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine, where he was awarded the American Academy of Optometry’s highest award, the Charles F. Prentice Medal, in 1985. He has written several papers and books and at the time of his death was working on a new book in reference to the theory of how we see color. He is survived by his wife, Diane; three daughters; two grandchildren; and a sister.

 

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