Obituaries
— Class of 1943

Nov, 2019

Helen Armbrust Pfeifer ’43, of Mequon, Wisc.; Aug. 14. She earned a master of library science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981 and worked as a docent and librarian at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She was active in her church, was part of a quilting group, and enjoyed playing bridge. She is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019

Sidney Marks ’43, of Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Newton, Mass.; Feb. 4, after a short illness. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became involved in the family business, M&M Transportation Co. in Cambridge, Mass. Throughout his life he pursued his passion for jazz music and played with many famous jazz musicians and with the Palm Beach Pops Orchestra. He also enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and skiing. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law; two sons; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019

Helen Gardiner Caird ’43, of Pasadena, Calif.; Jan. 11. She was a technical writing supervisor at Jet Propulsion Laboratory until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship, president of Pasadena Area Liberal Arts Center, and former president of the Society for Technical Communication. She enjoyed playing the organ, attending concerts, visiting museums, traveling, and hiking.

 

May, 2019

Elizabeth Long Byers ’43, of Lancaster, Pa.; Jan. 8. She worked at Murray Insurance Agency in Lancaster before starting a family and later volunteered in the business office of the former St. Joseph Hospital. She enjoyed traveling and playing bridge, reading, and solving the New York Times crossword puzzle. She is survived by a daughter and son and their spouses, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Mar, 2019

Malcolm R. Lovell Jr. ’43, of Washington, D.C.; Oct. 26. After graduating from Harvard Business School, he served as an industrial relations executive for Ford Motor Co. and American Motors Co. He later directed state employment programs for Michigan Gov. George Romney and served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Manpower under President Nixon. He was president of the Rubber Manufacturers Assoc. in 1981 when President Reagan asked him to be a member of the transition team for the Department of Labor, which led to him becoming Under Secretary of Labor Administration. He was also a guest scholar at the Brookings Institute and a distinguished visiting professor at George Washington Univ., and served as president of the Natural Rubber Shippers Assoc. and the National Planning Assoc., as well as chair of the Tire Industry Safety Council. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy with an intelligence group in China and received a Secretary of the Navy Letter of Citation and the Hung Hua decoration from the Nationalist Chinese Government. He is survived by his wife, Celia; four daughters; and 11 grandchildren, including Rebecca Tilson ’07.

 

Nov, 2018

James M. Keck ’43, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Cranston, R.I.; May 22. After graduating from the College of Dental Surgery at Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He returned to Cranston and began a 30-year dental practice. He later worked for the State of Florida in Gainesville. He was a founding member of Temple Sinai, past president of the Rhode Island Dental Assoc., and a member of the Rhode Island State Dental Society, the American Dental Assoc., the New England Dental Society, and the Alpha Omega Dental Society. He enjoyed playing the trumpet as a member of the Duke Belaire Band. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, and playing golf and was an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan. He is survived by his companion, Madeline Cotoia; and three children.  

Jul, 2018

Helen Lasek McCarthy ’43, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Feb. 17. She taught for a year on an Indian reservation in Toppenish, Wash., then for two years at the Univ. of Arizona before marrying and teaching in the Tucson school system for 12 years. From 1964 to 1965 she did research in Rome, returned to the United States in 1966 and took an appointment at Santa Barbara City College, where she taught language and literature classes for more than 26 years. She retired in 1992. She enjoyed traveling, especially to England and throughout Europe. She is survived by her husband, Patrick, and a niece.

 

May, 2018

Marie Laudati D’Avanzo ’43, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Cranston, R.I.; Dec. 5. A retired elementary school librarian for the Cranston school district, she was an avid golfer, tennis player, and bowler who won numerous local duckpin bowling championships. She enjoyed summers with family and friends at her beach house in Matunuck, R.I. She is survived by her husband, Donald; two daughters; a son, Donald ’73; four grandchildren; a sister, Elaine Laudati Regine ’45; nieces Phyllis Cox ’65 and Kimberleigh Cox ’90; and nephew Louis Regine ’73.

 

Apr, 2018

Nancy Hess Spencer ’43, of Providence; Oct. 22. She worked as a writer for the Providence Journal Bulletin and later moved to advertising. She was listed in Marquis’s Who’s Who in American Women. She returned to school and obtained an additional bachelor in fine arts from Rhode Island College and became a printmaker. She joined a group of 18 Rhode Island women who exhibited their work as Nineteen on Paper. She volunteered with the International House in Providence, where she taught ESL classes and studied French. She was a lifetime member of the Providence Art Club and enjoyed traveling. She is survived by two daughters and nieces and nephews.

Feb, 2018

Betty Bernstein Lubar Levin ’43, of Santa Rosa, Calif., formerly of White Plains, N.Y.; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Albuquerque, N. Mex.; Aug. 19. She worked for 12 years as an adult guidance counselor in a Manpower Development Training Program, co-ran a catering business, and studied handwriting analysis at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She moved to Mexico, where she lived for 16 years, and in 1991 moved to Albuquerque. In 2006, due to macular degeneration, she moved to Santa Rosa to be close to her daughter. She enjoyed literature, music, cooking, and traveling. She is survived by three daughters, including Judith Lubar Roth ’67.

Feb, 2018

Mary Easton Swift Spence ’43, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Sept. 30. She was a homemaker and volunteer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Phi Beta Kappa. She enjoyed traveling and is survived by four children, including sons E. Clinton ’67 and Peter ’69 and their spouses; two stepsons; five grandchildren; one step-grandson; two great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Feb, 2018

Robert W. Walker ’43, of Peterborough, N.H., formerly of Cranford, N.J.; Aug. 10, after a brief illness. During World War II he participated in the government synthetic rubber program at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. In 1946 he joined the pharmaceutical laboratories of Merck & Co. in Rahway, N.J., as a research chemist. He retired in 1984 as a senior research fellow in drug metabolism. He was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society, a past president of the Echo Lake Naturalists Club in Westfield, N.J., and he participated in many nature-oriented organizations. He enjoyed birding, gardening, hiking, traveling, photography, and classical music. He is survived by his wife, Molly; three children and their spouses; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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