Obituaries
— Class of 1942

Apr, 2022

Dorothy Johnson Danielson ’42, of Golden Valley, Minn.; Sept. 4, at 101 years of age. She was a retired secretary and is survived by a daughter and son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Oct, 2021

A. Stanley Cross Jr. ’42, of Colfax, N.C., formerly of North Attleboro and Pittsfield, Mass.; May 16 at 100 years of age. While working for G.E. he was recruited to work on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He worked on uranium enrichment and met his future wife, who was also employed at Oak Ridge. At the end of World War II, they married and moved to Pittsfield, Mass. He spent most of his career working for Englehard Corp., where he held positions as a metals specialist, a sales manager, and a production plant manager. While raising their family, they were transferred to North Attleboro, Mass., in 1972. He retired in 1986 and relocated to North Carolina before moving to Colfax in 2011. He was an avid reader of history and enjoyed genealogy, bird watching, sailing, nature photography, and stamp collecting. He is survived by daughter Ellen Wilson ’74; a son; two daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Jun, 2021

Eleanor Mishel Leventhal ’42, of Dedham, Mass.; Jan. 2. She was a former trustee of Temple Shalom and Beth Israel Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center). She was an active member of the Beth Israel Hospital Women’s Auxiliary for 50 years and a volunteer cochair of the hospital’s gift shop, using retailing skills developed from an early job at Filene’s to make the shop a success. For 15 years she served on the board of what was then the Hospice of the Good Shepherd (now Good Shepherd Community Care). She enjoyed her book group, gardening, and playing bridge. She is survived by three sons, including John ’69 and his wife, Beverly Hodgson ’70; three grandsons, including Adam Leventhal ’01 and Daniel Leventhal ’07; three great-grandsons; sister Audrey Cooper ’45; and 10 nieces and nephews, including Emily Leventhal ’00.

Aug, 2020

Margaret Marlborough Matthews ’42, of Millbury, Mass.; Feb. 5. She taught English and then became the media librarian at Millbury High School. She was active in the community and was a member of the Millbury Historical Society, the Millbury Women’s Club, and Millbury Embroiderers Guild. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Jun, 2020

Edward A. Carr ’42, of Germantown, Tenn.; Nov. 8. He was a retired chair of the department of pharmacology and therapeutics at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He graduated from Harvard Medical School, was an intern at Rhode Island Hospital for one year, served for two years in active duty in the Army Medical Corps, and then returned to Harvard Medical School, where he was a research fellow and instructor in pharmacology. After completing his residency in internal medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, he joined the University of Michigan Medical School faculty as an assistant professor of internal medicine and pharmacology, then left to serve in the U.S. Navy, taking part in early research on anthrax as a biological warfare weapon. He returned to Michigan and was appointed an associate professor in 1957, professor of pharmacology in 1962, and professor of internal medicine in 1967. He later served as professor and chair of pharmacology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine for two years before moving to the University at Buffalo in 1976. He served 12 years as department chair and became an emeritus professor of medicine and professor of pharmacology and therapeutics in 1992. He was a member of several scientific advisory committees for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Veterans Administration, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He was a consultant to hospitals and to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. His memberships were many, including the American College of Physicians, American Thyroid Association, and American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, by which he was honored with the Henry W. Elliott Distinguished Service Medal in 1981. He also received a Commendation for Teaching Excellence in 1989, and the University at Buffalo presents an award in his name to outstanding pharmacology students each year. He enjoyed baseball and foreign languages. He is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.

 

Apr, 2020

Robert M. Wood ’42, of Easton, Md.; Sept. 20. During his time at Brown he received a commission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served in the army during World War II and was recalled for the Korean War, during which he was assigned to the general staff at West Point. In 1954 he began his civilian career in finance and utilities, working in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. He remained in the army reserves and retired in the 1970s with a rank of lieutenant colonel. An avid sailor, he taught midshipmen sailing fundamentals as a coach in the U. S. Naval Academy’s Sailing Squadron program. He is survived by a daughter; two sons, including Robert Jr. ’81; six grandchildren; and 10 great-
grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019

Volmar A. Mereschak ’42, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Phillipsburg, N.J.; Mar. 11. In addition to opening a private ob-gyn practice in Phillipsburg, he also served as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Warren Hospital for 34 years. He retired from practicing medicine in 1990. He was a member of numerous medical societies and a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Phillipsburg. He enjoyed playing golf and collecting steins, coins, and antiques. He is survived by his wife, Adele; five daughters; four sons-in-law; and eight grandchildren.
 

 

Jul, 2019

Florence Mullins Barrett ’42, of Englewood, Fla., formerly of Narragansett and North Kingstown, R.I.; Feb. 16. She met her husband while taking flying lessons and held onto her pilot’s license until starting a family. She enjoyed swimming and continued to do so three times a week until age 90. She is survived by two daughters; two sons; two sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

 

May, 2019

Judith Kennedy Johnson ’42, of Oakland and New Vineyard, Me.; Nov. 4. She had a family farm and used the wool from her sheep to make hand-knitted designs; she also drew and created watercolor landscape paintings. A skilled gardener, she was a founding member of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assoc. and UpCountry Artists. She played the mandolin and enjoyed sharing her collection of music from all over the world with friends and family. A dedicated Democrat, she served as an Oakland Selectman during the 1960s. In 1992 she was a founding benefactor for the New Vineyard Public Library. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, two grandsons, and a granddaughter.

Nov, 2018

Willard C. Parker ’42, of Seaford, Del.; July 1. He was a retired insurance executive, a former harness-race horseman and driver, and active member of the BAA. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He is survived by a daughter; a son, Willard C. Parker II ’69; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Nov, 2018

Dorothy Bragdon McCormick ’42, of McLean, Va.; Apr. 11. After graduation, she was commissioned in the U.S. Navy. Upon the conclusion of World War II, she entered service in the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. She eventually transitioned into the role of mother, homemaker, and volunteer for various organizations, including several years as a docent at the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History. In 1964, she founded the Country Play School, which eventually was reestablished as the Country Day School in 1971. She was the recipient of the 1970 Business and Professional Club Woman of Achievement award and in 1998 received a Certificate of Achievement from the American Assoc. of University Women. She retired in 2002. She is survived by six children and six grandchildren.

Sep, 2018

Ellen A. Hills ’42, of Skowhegan, Me.; May 3. She worked as a nurse, nurse educator, and private duty nurse. Later, after obtaining her teaching certificate, she taught first grade in North Reading, Mass. She continued to teach until her retirement in 1975. She was actively involved in protecting the environment and was the founder of Maine’s first green cemetery—Rainbow’s End, which was featured in a 2008 Classes profile in the January/February issue of BAM. She enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, rug hooking, quilting, embroidery, and traveling. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, 11 grandchildren, and two brothers.

Sep, 2018

Florence Northcott Cox ’42, of Vienna, Va., formerly of Cumberland, R.I.; May 15. She taught at Scott Elementary School in Warwick, R.I., for 19 years and owned Bay View Realty Co. in Jamestown, R.I. She was involved in many organizations in Rhode Island, including the Blackstone Valley Historical Society and Learning for Life. She was a member and Sunday school teacher of the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church in Cumberland. She is survived by three daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2018

Edith M.L. Herrmann ’42, of Whitehall, Pa., formerly of Elizabeth, N.J.; Feb. 16. She was employed as the senior librarian of the catalog and reference department at the Hillside Public Library in Elizabeth for more than 30 years. She retired in 1990. She was a former deacon and choir member at Second Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth.
 

 

Feb, 2018

Joseph B. Bidwell ’42, of Tucson, Ariz.; July 3. He began a 39-year career with General Motors as a summer intern in 1941 and became a full-time employee in their research laboratories. From 1944 to 1946 he served at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and then rejoined the GM Research Laboratories as head of the mechanical development department. He retired in 1981 as executive director of GM Research Laboratories. He held 17 patents and was a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and a member of Sigma Xi. He enjoyed winemaking, gardening, shooting, photography, flying, and traveling. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Feb, 2018

Ann Plankenhorn Collins ’42, of Hingham, Mass.; Oct. 2. After graduation she entered the WAVES during World War II. She was vice president of Plankenhorn Braidworks & Penn Garment Co. in Pennsylvania during the 1940s and co-owned and managed a travel agency during the 1990s. In addition to raising a family, she was director of the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a director of the Family Counseling and Child Guidance Center, where she served on several committees. She was named Hingham Citizen of the Year in 2010. She was a member of various clubs and enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and sailing. She is survived by five children, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Feb, 2018

Alexander M. Watson ’42, of Bloomfield, Conn.; Aug. 2. He worked at Pratt & Whitney until he retired in 1977 as assistant manager of marketing operations. He was an active member of Immanuel Congregational Church of Hartford for more than 35 years, serving as moderator, senior deacon, and choir member. He was on the board of directors for CONCORA, the Hartford-based professional chorale. He was secretary for the Society of Automotive Engineers, Southern New England division, and a member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and Kappa Sigma. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

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