Obituaries
— Class of 1947

Apr, 2022

Gerald F. Tucci ’47, of Port Washington, N.Y.; Oct. 2, after a short illness. His attendance at Brown was interrupted by service in the Navy; after graduating, he attended Harvard Business School and graduated with an MBA. His career included work for the American Can Company, the Artcraft Hosiery Company, and Leach and Garner before he transitioned to being an entrepreneur in 1963, starting Micro Contacts. During the course of his career he obtained several patents and bought/founded other companies. After the passing of his wife, his son joined Micro Contacts and all the other companies morphed into Microtechnologies. He was well known and remained friendly with many university, neighborhood, and club friends over his lifetime. He is survived by his longtime companion, Hilda Ostheimer; three children and their spouses, including son Francis ’91 and daughter Amy Tucci ’00; and eight grandchildren. 

 

Apr, 2022

Doris “Dolly” Fisher ’47, of Worcester, Mass.; Oct. 11. She was a real estate executive with Fisher Properties and Dorel Realty in Worcester for many years. She was also a founding member of Beth Israel Synagogue and its sisterhood and a member of the Genesis Club of Worcester, and the Worcester Chapter of Hadassah. She enjoyed playing bridge, golf, tennis, swimming, and traveling. 

Jan, 2022

John B. Lawlor ’47, of East Greenwich, R.I., formerly of Rumford, R.I.; Aug. 15. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and upon completion of his active duty he began his medical residency in urology at Rhode Island Hospital. He completed his surgical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and returned to Rhode Island to join the staff at Rhode Island Hospital. In 1976, he was named chair of the department of urology, overseeing the urological training of Brown University medical residents, and he established Urological Associates (now Brown Urology). He took pride in teaching the next generation of physicians. He volunteered with his parish, participated in medical missions to Romania, and helped those new to the U.S. learn English. He was a lifelong learner, taking computer classes in his 80s so he could email his grandkids and learning to Zoom with family and watch movies on Netflix while isolated during the pandemic. He never stopped reading and enjoyed sailing. He is survived by four daughters, including Elizabeth Lawlor ’82; a son; a son-in-law; seven grandchildren; and six great-granddaughters. 

Jan, 2022

Joseph E. Jones ’47, of Millcreek, Utah; Aug. 10. His career encompassed a variety of positions, including working for the FBI and serving as director of security/chief of police at the University of Utah, working as a financial advisor and realtor, and serving as regional representative for the American Cancer Society. He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as high councilor and sang in the choir. At Brown he was a member of the men’s soccer team and he was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. In retirement he enjoyed gardening. He is survived by his wife, Donna; 10 children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. 

 

Jan, 2022

Stanley Blacher ’47, of Providence; Aug. 7, after a brief illness. He was president of Blacher Brothers, Inc., which was comprised of manufacturing and real estate businesses. He was active in his community and served as a member of the Capital Center Commission, chairman for the Providence Redevelopment Agency for almost 20 years, treasurer and trustee of the Miriam Hospital Foundation, a member of the Corporation of Rhode Island Hospital, trustee of the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, and a member of the board of Fleet National Bank. He proudly represented his class as class marshal at his 70th class reunion and enjoyed playing golf at Ledgemont Country Club, which was cofounded by his father. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Cohan Blacher ’49, and two sons, including Richard ’73. 

Oct, 2021

Albert T. Owens ’47, of Albuquerque; Apr. 7. He served as an officer in the Navy for 11 years on destroyers. Following the Navy, he received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He joined Hughes Aircraft as a telemetry engineer and eventually became program manager of communication satellites in the company’s space systems division. He retired in 1988. He is survived by a son, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Aug, 2021

Ayres Holmes Stockly ’47, of Falmouth, Me.; Jan. 9, of congestive heart failure. During his time at Brown, he spent the first two years in the NROTC. He was a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Architecture, Art and Planning in 1953 and was then drafted back into the Navy for two years, serving in the Pentagon in Naval Intelligence. Following his military service, he moved to New York City and worked in the office of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson when the Seagram Building was their principal project. In 1958, he and his wife traveled abroad to study architecture in Japan, Cambodia, India, and Italy, subsequently moving to Falmouth in 1966, where he established his architectural practice, Stockly Associates Architects, in Portland, which continued until his retirement in 1990. He was a supporter of Greater Portland landmarks and contributed to the rehabilitation of City Hall Auditorium, now Merrill Auditorium. He enjoyed spending time with his family on Vinalhaven Island (Me.). He is survived by his wife, Didi; three children, including daughter Mariana Stockly Tupper ’83; and five grandchildren.

Aug, 2021

Burton Bellow ’47, of Rockville Centre, N.Y.; Jan. 25. After graduating, he worked as an applied physicist for the U.S. Navy’s Underwater Sound Laboratory in New London, Conn., and then for several companies, including Pratt & Whitney, Kaman Aircraft, and General Applied Science Laboratory. In the mid 1960s he turned his attention to teaching, serving as an instructor at Adelphi University and Nassau Community College, and finally as a professor of physics at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., from which he retired in 1999. He enjoyed traveling, book clubs, playing piano, bridge and chess, and spending time with his family. He was a lifelong fan of Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox. He is survived by his two sons, a sister, and nieces and nephews.

Jun, 2021

Frederick J. Schachinger ’47, of Wayne, Pa.; Jan. 8. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked for Sears, Roebuck and Co. in New York City. He retired to Wayne after 35 years and enjoyed the outdoors, sailing, and building and repairing. He is survived by his wife, Mary; five children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Jun, 2021

Irving B. Lees ’47, of North Palm Beach, Fla.; Nov. 26. He was an ob-gyn in Palm Beach for more than 40 years, serving at Good Samaritan, St. Mary’s, and Palm Beach Gardens Hospitals. He served in the U.S. Navy and spent weekends and summers with the family sailing out of the Sailfish Club, receiving awards as skipper and navigator for the Southern Ocean Racing Conference and Block Island races. He taught judo and played the drums. He is survived by four children and their spouses, including son Madison ’79 and daughter-in-law Susan Lesueur Lees ’79; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Apr, 2021

Gustav Getter ’47, of New Rochelle, N.Y.; Oct. 18. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended Brown for officer training. He also earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Polytechnic Institute. Upon return to civil life, he worked as an engineer prior to founding his own firm. His engineering firm­—which through a variety of partners and mergers always bore his name—created internationally recognized and award-winning designs, specifically the Hush House, which continues to be in use by the U.S. Navy and other armed forces in several locations to this date. The Hush House is a building in which a jet can be parked and turned on in order to test it, while keeping the outside quiet and clean from exhaust. Despite selling his firm—Getter, Segner, and Gironda—to Sverdrup Corporation and retiring, he remained available to answer questions from those who continued to seek his advice. He was awarded the Department of the Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command Certificate of Commendation and the American Council of Engineering’s Engineering Excellence Award. He authored chapters on highways, bridges, pavements, and harbor engineering in Civil Engineering Data Book, a standard reference work. Gus sponsored two foster children located in Manila and visited them on multiple occasions. He volunteered with the United Way of Westchester County, was a member of Temple Israel Brotherhood, and enjoyed skiing into his 80s and ballroom dancing with his wife Ruth, who died just three days before he did. He is survived by daughter Elizabeth Getter ’81; son Chip ’76; a son-in-law; and two step-grandchildren.

Apr, 2021

Elizabeth Reilly Socha ’47, of East Providence, R.I.; Oct. 7. She was employed for many years as chief clinical psychologist for the State of Rhode Island. A long-time member of the American Psychological Association, she was a vocal advocate for those with intellectual and emotional challenges. She was an active member of the Pembroke Club of Providence for more than 70 years, serving in many positions, including past president and hospitality chairperson. She was also a member of St. Martha’s Rose and Altar and the East Providence Historical Society. Elizabeth was a master quahogger and instructed many generations in its finer points. She is survived by two daughters; three sons, including Stephen ’76; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Apr, 2021

James C. Sisco ’47, of Smithfield, R.I.; Dec. 17. He worked in the insurance industry for Mutual of New York. He also worked as an accountant for many years before retiring. He was an active member of AARP and the Sons of Italy and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He is survived by a daughter, a daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Apr, 2021

Raymond S. Barnstone ’47, of Framingham, Mass.; June 17. After Brown, he went on to graduate from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He had a long and successful career in financial management at Raytheon, Booz Allen, Honeywell, and Codex. He was also a part-time professor of finance for more than 40 years at Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He was a member of Temple Beth Am in Framingham for more than 50 years and was active in its Brotherhood. In retirement he enjoyed photography and traveling with his wife Helen, exploring New England, California, Europe, and Japan. He is survived by four children, including son Wayne Barnstone ’77; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Nov, 2020

Stanley E. Sugarman ’47, of Baltimore; May 7, of cancer. He was a retired landlord and real estate business owner. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduating from Brown, he moved to Washington, D.C., and began teaching science at John Philip Sousa Junior High School. He married and settled in Baltimore and became a co-partner of Homewood Realty for many decades. Disturbed by the fact that African American soldiers who returned from fighting in the Korean War were being denied housing, he provided high-quality and affordable housing to low-income people in Baltimore. He was twice the president of the Property Owners Association and taught landlords about the principles of providing high-quality property management. He eventually had two real estate firms, Homewood Realty and Sugarcorn Realty, and managed a portfolio of 500 rental units. He was an avid cyclist and a member of the Baltimore Cycle Club. He is survived by his partner, Phyllis Posner; a daughter; and five grandchildren.

Aug, 2020

Phyllis Markoff Homonoff ’47, of Shrewsbury, Mass., formerly of Warwick, R.I.; Feb. 7. She worked at Jewish Family Services before marrying and founding Harold’s Furniture in Rhode Island, which she and her husband operated for 50 years. She supported several Rhode Island civic organizations and charities and particularly enjoyed coffee ice cream. She is survived by three children and their spouses, including son Marvin ’71; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Aug, 2020

John L. Dixon ’47, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Feb. 28. He worked at Downingtown Ironworks in Exton, Pa., for 10 years before moving to Tuscaloosa to open Southern Heat Exchanger, Inc., which is now one of the largest designers and manufacturers of heat exchangers in the world. He was an avid reader and lifelong learner. After retiring from Southern Heat, he studied photography at the University of Alabama and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree. He chaired several committees within his church and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. He was also a docent at the former Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art. He enjoyed sailing, gardening, and traveling. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy aboard a minesweeper. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three children and their spouses; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Jun, 2020

William P. Sayer ’47, of Dayton, Ohio; Jan. 2, after a brief illness. He worked as an accountant at Standard Register and SCM Allied Egry Business Systems. He enjoyed singing in his church choir for many years, painting, sailing, and playing tennis. He is survived by seven children, 15 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Jun, 2020

George Deckey ’47, of Eastchester, N.Y.; Jan. 10. He was a professor of chemistry at RISD from 1947 to 1966 and at Rhode Island College from 1966 to 1987. For several years he was a member of the admissions committee at RISD. He volunteered at Save the Bay, the American Chemical Society, and the Arabic Education Foundation. In 1993 he was awarded the Esther B. Small Award for Volunteer of the Year at Save the Bay. He enjoyed carpentry and restoring antique furniture. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; son George ’84 and his spouse; son Robert ’85 and his spouse; daughter Chantal Simon ’86 and her spouse; son Jeff ’88 and his spouse; 11 grandchildren, including David Deckey ’15, Ben Deckey ’20, and Isabella Deckey ’22; a brother-in-law; a niece; and four nephews.

 

Jan, 2020

Domenic C. Canna ’47, of Bristol, R.I.; Oct. 7. He was retired after a 40-year career as senior agent for Allstate Insurance Company. He was active in his community and enjoyed the outdoors and traveling. He is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2019

Charles T. Hutchinson ’47, of East Greenwich, R.I.; July 1. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked at American Thread Company for 27 years. He worked his way up the corporate ladder from editor of the company newspaper to vice president of human resources. In 1984 he joined CVS as a senior vice president of human resources and retired in 1990. He spent the next 18 years doing pro bono human resources work for several local nonprofit organizations, including Tides Family Services. He enjoyed sailing, golfing with his grandson, playing tennis, summers on the Cape and traveling the world with his wife, Lillian, who survives him. He is also survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
 

 

Nov, 2019

Marghretta Gilbane Hogan ’47, of East Providence, R.I.; May 15. She worked as a manager at the former Gladdings Department Store in Providence and as a senior analyst at WSBE Channel 36 Public Television in Rhode Island. She served as corporator of Women & Infants Hospital and was secretary of the Manhattanville Club of Rhode Island, and treasurer of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Pawtucket Medical Association. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2019

Joan Van Raalte Hellinger ’47, of Beverly Hills, May 26. She worked as a reporter and editor in New York City before marrying and moving to Beverly Hills. She continued to learn, earning a master’s in counseling at age 52 and at age 64 completing a doctorate in psychology and psychoanalytic training at the California Graduate Institute, where she spent more than 20 years as a teacher and training analyst. She enjoyed helping family and friends and is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, two grandchildren, a brother, and a niece.

 

May, 2019

Richard Morris ’47, of Cumberland, R.I.; Dec. 14. He entered the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., in the fall of 1947 and received his Master’s of Divinity in 1950. He served at All Saints Episcopal Church until 1952, when he became the first rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in North Syracuse, N.Y. In 1965 he accepted the position of rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood, Ohio, where he remained for 20 years. In 1985 he retired from parish ministry and moved to Pittsboro, N.C., and was interim rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh. In his retirement he also became a liturgical consultant to churches. He returned to New England in 1999 and became an active member of Church of the Advent in Medfield, Mass. Working with the church’s vestry, he oversaw the construction of a columbarium to honor the ministry of the parish’s founding rector, his grandfather, Rev. Guy Wilbur Miner. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; six children, including Jonathan ’78; 20 grandchildren, including Margaret Thorsen ’15, ’19 MD; eight great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

May, 2019

Harry B. French ’47, of Gladwyne, Pa.; Dec. 7. He worked as an investment banker in Philadelphia. During that time, he discovered a struggling company that developed a handheld searchlight. The company became Streamlight Inc., founded in 1973 and now in its 46th year. In 1994 he was made chairman of the company. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and enjoyed boating, skiing, Dixieland jazz music, and watching sports. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; four children; and seven grandchildren.

May, 2019

Jean Hansen Biggs ’47, of Oak Park, Ill., formerly of Kingsville, Tex.; Jan. 16. She was a retired library director. She held professional positions in Dartmouth College Library, North Carolina Law Library, the Presbyterian Pan American School of Kingsville, and the First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown. She enjoyed reading and is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, and two granddaughters.

Mar, 2019

Sybil Tanenbaum Zeftel ’47, of Wilmington, Del.; Dec. 5. She was a high school math teacher in Wilmington for many years. She was active in community and political life, serving in leadership roles in the National Council of Jewish Women, League of Women Voters, and Jewish Family Service. In retirement she volunteered with supportive services for domestic violence victims and the homeless and served on the board of Sojourners’ Place. She enjoyed playing bridge, solving crossword puzzles, the opera, and travel. She is survived by three children, including Mona Zeftel ’74 and Peter ’78; six grandchildren; sisters Leslie Puner ’48 and Lynne Switzky ’64; and a brother.

 

Mar, 2019

John H. Fooks ’47, of Canonsburg, Pa.; Nov. 30. He was employed at Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 46 years and served as vice president and director of productivity and quality control. He was a member of Delta Upsilon. He is survived by his wife, Rosalie; four children; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Mar, 2019

Irving A. Berstein ’47, of Indian River Shores, Fla.; Oct. 26. He was the founder, chairman, and CEO of Hygeia Sciences Inc. Hygeia developed and sold First Response brand over-the-counter pregnancy tests and ovulation predictor tests. Hygeia was then acquired by Tambrands, Inc., maker of Tampax brand products. Previously he served as CEO of Controls for Radiation, and later he was on the founding team that led research development at Harvard-MIT health sciences and technology division. He was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the World Presidents’ Organization, and the Chief Executives Organization. He enjoyed playing tennis and is survived by his wife, Sue; two sons and their spouses; and three grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019

Henry A. Wilkins ’47, ’49 ScM, of Leesburg, Va.; Aug. 21, of cancer. He was an electrical engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corp .(Md.) and retired in 1994 from Asea Brown Boveri Inc. (Md.) as an account executive. He served in the U.S. Navy during both World War II and the Korean War and was a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Radio Engineers, and Phi Gamma Delta. He is survived by four daughters; two sons; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019

Wilson J. Remick ’47, of Rochester, N.Y.; Sept. 1. He was employed as an engineer in the General Electric Company’s aerospace division for 35 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and Delta Upsilon and is survived by a daughter; a son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019

Arthur W. Eade ’47, of North Adams, Mass.; Aug. 25, after a brief illness. He taught math at Hamden High School (Conn.) and later became head of the math department. He co-authored a series of high school math textbooks published as part of the Prentice Hall Modern Mathematics series. After moving to Massachusetts, he taught at Northfield Mt. Hermon for a year and then joined North Adams State College (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) math faculty, where he became an associate professor. During his tenure at MCLA, he helped found the computer science department. He suffered a stroke in 1983 and retired the following year. An avid ham radio operator, he was also a talented photographer, a World War II Navy veteran, and a member of the American Federation of Teachers. He enjoyed jazz and opera music and playing chess. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a daughter; three sons; a grandson; a niece and two nephews.
 
 

 

Jan, 2019

Elliot T. Bugbee Jr. ’47, of Longmont, Colo.; July 29. He worked at Triangle Publications as an advertising sales representative and in 1958 was appointed to the national advertising staff of TV Guide magazine. Possessing a baritone voice, he was in the New York company of Oklahoma! and was a member of Actors Equity and the American Theatre Wing. Additionally, he was a soloist at several New York City churches. He was also a member of the Advertising Club of Greater Boston and the former Lantern Club. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed hiking in New England mountains, canoe trips on northern Maine lakes, and, after retirement in 1988, took pleasure in woodcarving. He is survived by his wife, Anne; two sons; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; and a brother.

 

Nov, 2018

Mary Hodnett Hay ’47, of Hilton Head, S.C., formerly of Portsmouth, R.I.; July 6. She was a school teacher in the Providence and Portsmouth school systems before becoming a homemaker. She resumed teaching once her children began attending school. She volunteered in the Bluffton (S.C.) library and enjoyed reading and playing golf. She is survived by her husband, Robert ’47; sons Robert Jr. ’75 and Michael ’78; daughter, Margaret Hay ’81; four granddaughters, including Catherine Hay ’15; and sisters Jane Hodnett ’48 and Barbara Hodnett ’52.

Nov, 2018

Richard H. Bube ’47, of Santa Clara, Calif.; June 9. He was professor emeritus at Stanford Univ. Between 1948 and 1962 he was a member of the research staff at the RCA David Sarnoff Research Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. In 1962 he joined the faculty of Stanford, where he served as a professor in the departments of materials science and electrical engineering. From 1975 to 1986 he was chairman of the department of materials science. He was the author of six scientific books and more than 300 research publications. As both a Christian and a scientist, he wrote seven books and more than 100 articles on issues in science and Christianity, striving to help scientists understand Christianity and Christians understand science. He was also a faculty sponsor for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Stanford and taught an undergraduate seminar on the interaction between science and Christianity for 25 years. He taught adult education classes at several churches and was a member of the American Scientific Affiliation, as well as editor of its journal for 25 years. He was also a member of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and Sigma Xi. He is survived by four children and their spouses and five grandchildren.

Nov, 2018

Julian M. Brownstein ’47, of New Britain, Conn.; June 6. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II he had a career in radio sales. He later established Julian Associates in Newington, Conn., and began a career as an executive recruiter. He is survived by his wife, Joan; six children; and grandchildren.

Sep, 2018

William E. Stone ’47, of Philadelphia, Pa.; May 7. He was a retired pastor who had served in several locations, including Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He was a member of the 112th Field Artillery Assoc., the Military Chaplains Assoc., and the Retired Officers Assoc. of Philadelphia. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren, a great grandchild, and a brother.

 

Jul, 2018

Ralph E. Heinzerling ’47, of Port Washington, N.Y.; Jan. 25. He was a freelance commercial artist and an accomplished sailor who won countless races; crewed on sailboat races to Hawaii, Buenos Aires, and Bermuda; and was the 1942 Snipe World Champion with his brother. He ran marathons and half marathons for more than 30 years into his early 80s. He also enjoyed playing golf, fishing, gardening, reading, and classical music. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and member of Kappa Delta Rho. He is survived by three children and their spouses, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2018

Fred L. Corey ’47, of Woonsocket, R.I.; Feb. 16. He started a career in the construction business, working for 10 years at the Dimeo Construction Co. in Providence. In 1959 he was appointed Public Works Director for the City of Woonsocket, where he served until 1966. In 1970 he founded the Corey Construction Co., from which he retired in 1991. He additionally served as Public Safety Director for the City of Woonsocket and was president of the Municipal Public Works Assoc. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church. He enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
 

 

May, 2018

Mary Keating Coogan ’47, of Boonton, N.J.; Dec. 20. She was a real estate agent with Mountain Lakes Realty in New Jersey and cofounder of The Barn Theater in Montville, N.J., sitting on its board of directors for many years. She enjoyed tennis, skiing, golf, and cheering for the New York Giants. She is survived by three daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Apr, 2018

Eileen Cummings Heaton ’47, of Providence; Nov. 10. She was a secretary at Brown and a substitute teacher at St. Pius V School and a volunteer at Fatima Hospital, both in Providence, and a member of the Garden Club. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren.

Feb, 2018

Peter A. Neidecker ’47, of Buena Vista, Colo.; Aug. 28, after struggling with heart issues and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He later worked as a consultant in New York City then as a plant manager and director of Dominion Chain Co. in Toronto, Canada. In 1959, he founded National Wire in Denver. He served as president of the United Way of Niagara County, Canada, was on the board of trustees of the Kent Denver School, and was a member of the Rotary Club in Englewood, Colo. Delta Kappa Epsilon. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, fly-fishing, and playing tennis. He is survived by his wife, Dody; three children; eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Feb, 2018

Drusilla Johnson Spraitzar ’47, of Newark, N.J.; June 2. She was a homemaker and enjoyed baking, poetry, and solving the New York Times crossword puzzles. She is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and four great-grandsons.

Feb, 2018

Philip Wilson ’47, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Sept. 22. At Brown he earned the Foster Prize in French and was a Francis Wayland scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After Brown he entered the Portsmouth Priory, now the Portsmouth Abbey. In 1951 he took his vows to become a monk, continued his theological studies in Oxford, England, and was ordained a priest in 1953. His first mass was said at St. John’s Church in Warren, R.I. He lived a life of service to both the monastery and the school.

Feb, 2018

Nancy Joy Eaton Zang ’47, of Nashville; Jan. 9, 2017. She was a retired realtor. She is survived by a son.

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