Class of 1948
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Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “I hope you can join us for our 75th Reunion, but even if you can’t make it, please share your news with me at firstname.lastname@example.org; 401-751-6139.”
Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “Wow, can you believe we will be having our 74th reunion in 2022?! Will you join me in making this a very special celebration of the Spirit of ’48? I would love to hear all about you, so let’s catch up on 74 years. Here’s a quick update from me, president of the Class of ’48. I am retired in Providence, R.I., living at Laurelmead with many, many Brown professors and alums. I have three children, 12 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Can you beat my great-grandchildren record?”
Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “I missed seeing all of my Pembroke classmates at our 70th reunion. I still live in Providence at Laurelmead Cooperative retirement home with many Brown professors and alums. My family member count now is 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. I would love to hear from anyone from the class of 1948.” Contact Gloria at 355 Blackstone Blvd., #530, Providence, 02906; email@example.com.
Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “Since 2008 I have been living at Laurelmead. I have spent my winters in Palm Beach, Florida, since 1982 and fully returned to Providence (no more ‘snow birding’) in 2015. I have everything I need in life except Florida sunshine so I take my vitamin D pills every day. I play duplicate bridge every week and join the poker game at night and still find time to volunteer at Miriam Hospital. Many of my life-long friends that I followed to Laurelmead are no longer here, but I am surrounded by new friends, many of whom are also members of the Brown family, including Paul Alexander ’67, ’69 ScM; Janet McWain Colby ’60; Rosemary Mizener Colt ’84 PhD; Abraham Ehrenhaus ’45; Marilyn Silverman Ehrenhaus ’49; Deborah Mulcare ’68; John Schultz ’62 ScM,’68 PhD; Daniel Siegel ’57; Eugene Weinberg ’51; Robert Wood ’58; Louise Wood ’75 MAT; and Lucinda Dohanian-Welch ’00. We also have many esteemed Brown faculty members, past and present, including Lewis Lipsitt, Robert Davis, Laura Durand, Frank Durand, Francis McNelis, Gordon Wood, John Coleman, Annette Coleman, Robert E. Lanou, Richard Yund, and Nancy C. Rhodes, who was an associate director of admissions at Brown.”
Wendy Shattuck’s father, Merrill B. Shattuck ’48, passed away on Sept. 24. (see Obits).
Jean Robertson Finn writes: “The furthest thing from my mind was attending my 70th reunion at the age of 91. However my son, Tom ’78, was celebrating his 40th and convinced me to go. I stayed in Keeney Quad and it was convenient for most events. Although understandably the class of 1948 was poorly attended, Gloria Markoff Winston, our class president, and I bonded and attended several programs together and even marched down the hill. It was a wonderful weekend and I was so glad I went. At present, I’m living in an independent community, Waterman Village, in Mount Dora, Florida. I’m very pleased with all the accommodations and the activities available.”
Mary O’Neill Hyde ’13 AM (see Gloria Markoff Winston ’48).
Class copresident Gloria Markoff Winston reports: “The Pembroke class of 1948 is still basking in the glow of our 70th reunion. Despite the fact that only a few of us could attend, it was an opportunity for many more to reconnect. Class officers Barbara Oberhard Epstein, Betty Montali McKenzie, and I spent countless hours on the phone calling classmates prior to reunion weekend. Unfortunately, many could not physically make the trip, but the phone conversations provided each of them with the opportunity to be connected in spirit. In addition to the wonderful phone calls, we sent classmates a letter requesting that they send back news about their lives, which we all enjoyed reading. Those in attendance were Ginnie Callas, Barbara Kent Elliott, Jean Roberston Finn, and me. A highlight of the weekend was that we enjoyed the company of one of our former Helena Hope Gammel Pembroke 1948 Scholarship recipients, Mary O’Neill Hyde ’12, ’13 AM. Mary came from her home in Massachusetts to join us for lunch. Mary is an Irish immigrant, who after having four children, attended Brown as a returning undergraduate (RUE) student. She served as a RUE counselor and mentor while at Brown. She completed her baccalaureate degree in history and went on to earn a master’s in comparative political studies. The weekend was jam-packed with events, lectures, concerts, and dinners at the Hope Club, all culminating in the procession through the Van Wickle Gates and down College Hill. I was the class marshal. Thousands of degree candidates, faculty, and honorees lined either side of the street. People whistled and cheered and applauded, and the band played as alumni passed through the crowd, with our class very near the front.”
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Jack Crowley writes: “I have been retired from IBM for 29 years. Eight years ago, I finally ended up at The Village of Waterman Lake in Greenville, Rhode Island. Marion Jagolinzer Goldsmith ’43 moved here in June 2016. She was assigned to the same table I was in the dining room. Since then Marion and I have become a pair at Waterman Lake and rehash our time at Brown.”
Lucille Pieri Martin celebrated her 90th birthday in January with friends and relatives, including her four children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
From the May/June 2017 Issue
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From the September/October 2016 Issue
Lew Shaw writes: “Still going strong at 90!” Lew writes a column and profiles a musician each month for The Syncopated Times. He has held positions in corporate public relations, headed his own advertising agency, worked as a newspaper reporter, and taught college courses in creative writing, marketing, and problem-solving. He was instrumental in the formation of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society and has served on numerous boards, including president of the American Federation of Jazz Societies.
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Barbara Oberhard Epstein writes: “My classmate Gloria Markoff Winston and I are copresidents of our class, and we and our classmates salute Brown’s 250th anniversary. I have always been active with Brown. Since graduation I have held many offices, been on the Associated Alumni, and every year I interview prospective students. My late husband, Herbert Epstein, was Brown ’49. I am proud to say that our son, David Epstein ’74, has followed with his devotion to Brown. While a student he was manager of WBRU. Since graduation he has cochaired the Brown Alumni Fund, received an Alumni Service Award, and been copresident of the Brown Club of Central New Jersey, which was the first alumni club to honor President Christina Paxson before she took office. We are truly a Brown family!”
Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “I look forward to celebrating Brown’s 250th anniversary with my sisters Bernice Markoff Gourse ’41 and Dorothy Markoff Nelson ’35. Dotty in her 100th year led the Commencement procession in May. Dotty and I live in Providence and Palm Beach, Fla. We enjoy the very active Brown Club of Palm Beach. Bernice—‘Bunny’—lives in Sarasota, Florida. I have 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren live in Jerusalem. In addition to Brown, my family has many Williams College ties. I keep busy, volunteering at the Miriam Hospital in Providence and the Good Samaritan Cancer Institute in Palm Beach. I enjoy playing lots of bridge and trying to keep up with my ever-growing family.”
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Lew Shaw received the Distinguished Arizonan Award from the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame in recognition of his extensive community service and long involvement with the foundation. A charter member, he served as executive director of the Valley of the Sun Chapter for 18 years. He was the recipient of the NFF Chapter Leadership Award in 1996.
Virginia Wilson Smith writes: “I met my husband, Howard Smith, on a blind date in 1947. We married in September 1948 and had 53 years together. Our four sons have produced only one grandchild: Caitlin, daughter of Douglas ’71 and his wife, Julia Bonham Smith. Caitlin graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2011. She has been awarded a full tuition scholarship for a PhD in archeology by the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and is now living there. I’m so very proud of her.”
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Gordon R. Pyper writes that he still has an active calendar.
From the November/December 2013 Issue
The Pembroke class of 1948 celebrated its 65th reunion during the 2013 Commencement weekend. Class copresidents Barbara Oberhard Epstein and Gloria Markoff Winston write: “We all had a great time meeting and greeting classmates at cocktails and dinner on Friday at the Hope Club. Saturday evening, we all met again at the Hope Club for our gala dinner. As always, this was an unforgettable event. After Saturday’s luncheon in the Chancellor’s dining room at Sharpe Refectory, the Pembroke class of 1948 held a class meeting. Those who attended were: Virginia Callas, Dorcas Hamilton Cohen, Betty Daly Connelly, Alice Forstall Dana, Barbara Oberhard Epstein, Phyllis Papani Godwin, Gloria Berger Golden, Barbara Solomon Goldstein, Adya Andreevsky Gram, Betty Montali McKenzie, Barbara Ammon Parker, Lenore Saffer Tagerman, and Gloria Markoff Winston.
“During the meeting, class officers were elected for the next five years. Elected as copresidents were Barbara Oberhard Epstein and Gloria Markoff Winston. Reelected were secretary Jeannette Jones Pollard, treasurer Betty Montali McKenzie, and nominating chair Tish Orr Daley.
Our Helena Hope Gammel Scholarship recipient, Jennifer Avery ’16, attended our meeting and talked briefly. She comes from Bedford, Mass., and is a fine arts concentrator. She described her aims at Brown and RISD and thanked our class, saying she would be ‘forever grateful for this opportunity.’
“We also received news from two previous scholarship recipients. Aazam Vahdatshoar ’06 is working at Harvard in the stem cell biology laboratory and will receive a master’s in biology from Harvard Extension School this May after taking night classes. She thanked our class for giving her this opportunity. Our other recipient, Leslie Jonas ’96, also expressed her gratitude to our class and to Brown for an education that has enriched her life. After several years of building her career, Leslie opened her own design firm, Jonas Design (www.jonasdesign.com ).”
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Shirley Walling Mayhew writes that Alice Forstall Dana and her daughter made a visit to Martha’s Vineyard and took Shirley to lunch. She and Alice shared memories of the years spent at Pembroke together some 65 years ago.
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Richard O. Chakroff writes: “Are there any ’48 BSME graduates still kicking? Please speak up!”
From the September/October 2011 Issue
Lucille Pieri Martin has two new great-grandchildren: Claire Elizabeth Thompson, born Nov. 9, and Beckett James Thompson, born Dec. 5.
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Edward Hamblin writes to the classes of '48 and '49: "A voice from the wilderness (actually the coast of Maine). As an elder GI, I entered Brown in 1946 in the class of '49. I accelerated and graduated in '48. As a consequence of the acceleration and engineering requirements, I hardly know anyone in '48 or '49—my loss. I applaud Brown for its rise to a first-rate university—the Ivies have set the bar in many areas. But I decry the cost of tuition, up over 100 times the cost of tuition in 1948 ($400); excess is everywhere. I hope Brown graduates will go somewhere other than to play the financial game—they are needed in other arenas. At age 92 I watch the scene of American activities with interest, amazement, and some trepidation. The Brown Alumni Magazine is well done."
Col. Paul A. Lucey writes: "Last June, the South Korean government invited a group of Korean War veterans to be guests for a week of memorials honoring those who served in the war." Paul and Lt. Gen. William Maloney '51 were among the guests. Both are proud alums of the Brown NROTC.
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Jack Howland (see John Mayhew '43).
Shirley Walling Mayhew (see John Mayhew '43).
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Jack Howland and Shirley Wesley Mayhew (see John Mayhew Jr. '43).
Evelyn Roberts Nichols writes that she enjoys the good life in a retirement village where she participates in bridge, golf, theater, and plentiful arts events.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Jack W. Frankel recently returned from Tibet, where he lectured and collected herbs used in traditional medicine to test for activity against cancers and viruses. He is also organizing a large group of scientists who have been members of the American Society of Microbiology for more than 50 years. In honor of his many research contributions, the Jack W. Frankel Lung Cancer Conference Center has been built at the Univ. of South Florida Medical Complex.
From the July/August 2010 Issue
John Manyak and Janet Harvey Manyak recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They married a little over a year after their graduation. Janet earned a bachelor's degree in French and later worked at the United Nations; after earning a bachelor's degree in economics, John began his postgraduate studies at Columbia. They moved to Boston, where he completed his MBA at Harvard. Now they reside in Vero Beach, Fla., and Douglas, Mass., and enjoy frequent visits to Brown to see their granddaughter, Janett Bass '13. John and Janet have four children: Susan, James, David Manyak '75, and Nancy Manyak Bass '80. John and Janet also enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Jim Lovell writes: "The Pembroke class of '44 is considering making me an honorary member because of my good record attending their annual luncheons with my wife, Flora Hall Lovell '44."
Paul Lucey is currently a Maine Troop Greeter in Bangor, welcoming incoming and outgoing troops at the Bangor International Airport.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Lucille Pieri Martin writes that her third great grandchild, Chase Andrew Thompson, was born on Oct. 11.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Evelyn Nichols sold her mountain home and lives in a retirement village in North Carolina. She enjoys riding horses, playing golf, and taking advantage of the cultural amenities the village offers.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Charles F. Bassett, widowed twice, remarried on May 1 to his long-time friend Rita Nordquist, who has also been widowed twice. The couple resides at 244 Dellwood Rd., Rochester, N.Y. 14616.
John Campbell has lived in Charlton, Mass., since Oct. 2008. He writes that his wife, Achsah Shedaker Hinckley, was instrumental in making the move from Hardwick, where the couple spent more than 50 years. John writes: "This is one of the finest retirement communities anywhere ‚Ä¶ The resident community is warm, caring, and supportive. I'm very happy to be here. Unfortunately, Achsah passed away in March from pancreatic cancer."
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Jack Frankel writes that he recently returned from his fifth trip to Tibet, where he collected a wide variety of herbs used in traditional medicine. He also gave two lectures.
William Peterson '48 AM reports that he is cataloguing the Rockefeller Library's theater programs.
Mary McNulty Stoughton (see Priscilla Woodbury Watson '43).
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Lew Shaw and his daughter, Martha, have an award in their names by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. The award recognizes an Arizona high school student-athlete who overcame adversity to participate in the sport. According to Chapter President Janie Riddle, "This award acknowledges Lew's 60 years of involvement with the National Football Foundation, including 18 years as chief operating officer of this chapter, and appropriately honors the memory of his daughter, Martha, an accomplished student and athlete and highly respected health care professional who lost her courageous 11-year battle to cancer last February."
From the March/April 2009 Issue
In October, Melissa Tinker Howland and Shirley Walling Mayhew shared adjoining rooms at Martha's Vineyard Hospital as a result of broken bones from falls at their West Tisbury homes. The two women also shared a dorm as incoming Pembroke freshmen 44 years ago. Visiting husbands Jack Howland and John Mayhew '43 (both wheelchair-bound for assorted problems) commiserated with each other as well. John said, "Welcome to the rusty years."
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Charles A. Kernitz writes that he is still kicking.
Nell Glaser Whipkey (see Matthew Salzler '02).
From the September/October 2008 Issue
Class secretary John Nowell reports: "Thirty-six men from the class returned for our 60th reunion along with an equal number of Pembrokers. It appears we set a few records for 60th reunion classes in the number attending, percentage contributing to the Annual Fund, and amount contributed—more than double our goal. Good reason for the sun to shine upon our activities for a great weekend together. At the class meeting, the following officers were elected for the next five years: Bob Huckins, president; Jim Elder, vice president and treasurer; John Nowell, secretary and activities chair."
Shirley Walling Mayhew and husband, John '43, write: "Our granddaughter Katie Mayhew, a sophomore at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, daughter of Deborah Mayhew '73 and niece of John Mayhew III '71, won the Sing-Off of the Boston Pops Orchestra after beating more than 250 applicants from across Massachusetts. She sang 'Being Alive' in front of the Pops orchestra at the Esplanade in Boston on the Fourth of July in front of a crowd of 500,000 people, and was watched by millions on TV."
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Don't forget to register for our 60th reunion May 23–25. Plans for the great weekend include a welcome reception, the Brown Bear Buffet, Campus Dance, a Saturday luncheon under the Maddock Garden tent, and dinner at the Hope Club before WaterFire. On Sunday we will march down the hill followed by the 50+ Luncheon. We look forward to seeing you there. If you haven't received a registration packet, please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-7783.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Class secretary John Nowell reports: “Save the dates, May 23-25, 2008, for our 60th Reunion. The Reunion Committee met on September 26, 2007, to review the schedule of events and set future meetings to complete details. Friday will begin with registration, an afternoon reception, and the traditional Brown Bear Buffet at the Sharpe Refectory, followed by Campus Dance. Saturday will feature breakfast at class headquarters, campus forums, lunch under a tent in the Maddock garden, class dinner at the Hope Club, then WaterFire in downtown Providence. The reunion will conclude with the Commencement procession Sunday morning, and a luncheon for the 50-plus classes at the Sharpe Refectory. To help you attend, an “angel” has donated a gift to pay for registration and all meals, and the University will provide lodging on campus. Details will be mailed later from the alumni relations office at Brown.”
Justin Green, who looks forward to the 60th reunion, now lives in Knoxville, Tenn. He writes that he was drawn there to be near his daughter: “I remain in good health and am enjoying life with Ellie, my partner since 2003. We attended her 50th at Bryn Mawr last spring, and she will be joining me for the 60th. I hope we have a good turnout, and with a lot of luck I’d like to be around for the 70th. I keep busy giving lectures on politics and public policy to various groups and making occasional appearances on community TV. On Oct. 5 I attended the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. There I was able to hear Valerie Tutson ’87, ’90 AM, a founding member of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers. Because only the best tellers are invited to this world-famous festival, I expected much from her performance, and I was not disappointed. She is a great storyteller who puts both a great deal of feeling and humor into her tale telling.”
Shirley Walling Mayhew (see John W. Mayhew ’43).
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Eve Roberts Nichols writes: “I’ve been enjoying the beauty and ambiance of Penick Village, a lovely resort town, since May 2005. I spend my summers in the North Carolina mountains.”
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Earl Bucci (see Scott Swanezy ’77).
Jack W. Frankel just returned from a trip to Tibet, China, to collect herbs for testing against infectious diseases and cancer. He is working with others on preparing a television series on microbiology. He is a professor at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida.
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Class president Nancy Cantor Eddy reports: “A mini-reunion was held on May 27 at the Brown Faculty Club for thirteen classmates, plus two who graduated in 1949, Marjorie Logan Hiles and Henny Wenkart. Also present were two of the Pembroke class of ’48 Helena Hope Gammell RUE scholarship recipients—Aazam Vahdatshoar ’06 from Iran and Larysa Myrvoda ’08 from Ukraine. Aazam talked about her future plans for graduate school in genetic research, and Larysa about declaring her concentration in commerce, organizations and entrepreneurship. Class president of Pembroke ’49 Marjorie Logan Hiles also spoke about the class’s recent sightseeing trip to Washington, D.C., and to Concord, Mass. Others in attendance at the mini-reunion were Barbara Oberhard Epstein, Gloria Markoff Winston, Elaine Lipson Kroll, Breffney Feely Walsh, Constance Hurley Andrews, Michelina Rizzo, Muriel Simon Flanzbaum, and Lotte Van Geldern Povar ’62 MAT.
Class secretary Constance Hurley Andrews expresses the class’s sympathies to Jacqueline Archambault Smith on the passing of her husband, Russell T. Smith, DDS, who died on Feb. 16.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Ernest S. Frerichs, president of the Dorot Foundation, was one of twenty-five individuals and foundations honored May 10 at the 25th anniversary celebration of the New Israel Fund, at the Hotel Pierre in New York City. Former president Bill Clinton gave the keynote speech.
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Jeannette Jones Pollard (see Bill Corrigan ’58).
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Lew Shaw (see Gordon Morton ’93).
From the March / April 2004 Issue
William M. Peterson ’48 AM writes: “I am dramaturge for the Peccadillo Theater at the Bank Street Theatre in New York. It produces neglected American plays from about 1910 to 1960; recent performances have been of works by Eugene O’Neill, Dawn Powell, John O’Hara, and Dorothy Parker."
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Norma Truxell Green writes: “Now that the North Carolina mountains are such a tourist attraction, I would like to extend an invitation to call me when you visit.”
Ruth Carew Laurent was honored on June 1 by the Community Church of Providence for her forty years as music director and organist. After more than 2,000 masses, Ruth is turning in her robe to devote more time to composing her own music. The church honored Ruth with a service of music she selected, along with a few of her own compositions.
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Breffny Feely Walsh reports: “Our 55th reunion, to be held May 23–26, is rapidly approaching. Registration is on Friday followed by dinner at the Faculty Club and the traditional Campus Dance. On Saturday the Pembroke class luncheon will take place at the historic Aldrich House. The men’s luncheon will be held in the Chancellor’s Dining Room at the Sharpe Refectory. Dinner on Saturday will be at Café Nuovo, which overlooks the renowned Providence Riverwalk. The Pops Concert ends the day. Sunday will include the traditional memorial service, an hour with President Ruth Simmons, and a trip to the Haffenreffer Museum on Mount Hope Bay, where we will enjoy a clambake. And finally, who can resist the Monday walk down College Hill—for many the highlight of the weekend? Complete details will be mailed in March. If you plan to stay off-campus, we recommend that you make reservations now. If you have any questions, contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or reunions @brown.edu.”
William M. Peterson ’48 A.M. writes: “I’m now professor emeritus of English at Southampton College. I teach occasionally in the M.F.A. writing program. I also keep busy as dramaturge for the Peccadillo Theater Company at the Bank Street Theatre in New York City.”
Richard Wise (see Todd Wehmann ’94).
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Reunion chairs Nancy Cantor Eddy and John Nowell write: "Make plans to be with us for your 55th reunion May 23-26, 2003. Scheduled events include dinner at the Brown Faculty Club, Campus Dance, a class luncheon, dinner at Cafe Nuovo, the pops concert, a clambake at the Haffenreffer Estate, and the Commencement march. Look for your fall mailing. We welcome planning assistance. Any questions, call reunion headquarters (401) 863-1947; firstname.lastname@example.org."
Nancy Cantor Eddy and her husband, William, are the grandparents of triplets, Gianna Marie, Isabella Corinne, and Kelsey Lynne, born April 19. The parents are son Wayne and daughter-in-law Tina Eddy of Hopkinton, Mass. They also have a 4-year-old son, Matthew James Eddy.
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Nancy Cantor Eddy organized a mini-reunion for the classes of '45, '48, and '49, which was held on May 25 at the Brown Faculty Club. Twenty women were present. Nancy and fellow reunion cochair John Nowel write: "We have started making plans for our 55th reunion. We are doing all we can to make this a wonderful weekend, but you are the ones who can make a difference. Please mark the dates May 23Ð26, 2003, on your calendars and make plans to join us. If you have any questions or have suggestions for events, contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947; email@example.com."
From the May / June 2002 Issue
Class president Nancy Cantor Eddy reports: Pembroke class of '48 has invited Pembroke classes of '45 and '49 to a mini-reunion Saturday, May 26, at noon at the Faculty Club.
John Logan's play Never the Sinner, winner of the 1998 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, ran for three days at the Blackfriars Theatre at Providence College in February.
From the November / December 2000 Issue
Jack W. Frankel, director of the Florida Department of Health’s Tampa Branch Laboratory, was honored on Oct. 21, 1999, at the Pasteur Institute in Paris for his pioneering research in virus vaccine development. Jack, who was a colleague of Jonas Salk, provided the first commercially prepared polio vaccine for use in children and was the first investigator to present evidence that protective antibodies are produced following inoculation with measles and German measles vaccines. He is a professor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Pembroke class president Nancy Cantor Eddy, of Framingham Center, Mass., reports that on Saturday, May 27, the class held a combined mini-reunion luncheon with the classes of ’47 and ’49 at the Faculty Club. There were twenty-four present, including the Pembroke class of ’48 scholarship student, Gloria Hill ’01. Because of the overwhelmingly positive response, plans are underway to have another luncheon next year.
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Irving L. Barger writes: "I retired in 1989 as vice president of Aerojet Ordinance Co. I volunteer with the Costa Mesa Police Department and would like to hear from the old gang at Hegeman A."
Mary Elizabeth Burke Cagle, widow of Fred A. Cagle (see Obituaries), says that donations may be made in her husband’s name to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, P.O. Box 414158, Miami 33141; or to the Brown Annual Fund, Box 1976, Providence 02912.
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Editor’s note: A class note in the March/April issue mispelled Connie Taylor Howard’s name and included an incorrect mailing address.
Pembroke class president Nancy Cantor Eddy, of Framingham Centre, Mass., writes that she has arranged a mini-reunion luncheon that includes the classes of ’47, ’48, and ’49. It will be held on May 27 at noon in the Faculty Club. Reserve a seat by calling Paula DeBlois, associate director of alumni relations, at (401) 863-1947.
From the March / April 2000 Issue
Class secretary Constance “Connie” Hurley Andrews reports: “In October I flew to the Netherlands to visit with a Dutch family in Kerkrade, which is near Maastricht. Ours is a friendship that began shortly after the Battle of the Bulge, when my husband, Elliott ’47, was part of a unit that liberated the area. The friendship continued through the marriage of the family’s eldest daughter in 1952 and her 40th wedding anniversary in 1992; a visit to Matunuck, R.I., by the youngest son and his wife in 1998; and my return there in 1999. From Kerkrade, I joined five friends in Amsterdam and on to Bruges and Paris. My companions included Jane Walsh Folcarelli ’47 and Tish Helen Orr Daley. Altogether it was a fine trip.
“Connie Taylor Harvard and her husband, George ’49, are great RV travelers. They spent nine weeks last summer at the ecumenical Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., where their brains were dusted off and their spirits renewed. They slowly made their way to Cape Coral, Fla., stopping in Buffalo, and at RV resorts in Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Hilton Head, S.C.; and Titusville, Fla.
“Barbara Solomon Goldstein writes: ‘The fertility gods have been smiling on the Goldsteins this year. Our daughter, Diane, gave birth to Abigail Elizabeth Goldstein on June 18, and our daughter-in-law, Helene, gave birth on Aug. 28 to Ilana Naomi Goldstein, bringing the total to five grandsons and two granddaughters. On Aug. 22, 1998, our son, Neal Stanley Goldberg ’82, married Ana Querro. They live in Glendale, Calif., where he works at Disney Studios and she is a community activist.’
Alan Flink writes: “I survived the 50th reunion and am still practicing law regularly at Edwards & Angell in Providence. In November I was elected to the board of Rhode Island’s Common Cause, and I received a public-service achievement award for being a ‘consistent champion of merit selection of all Rhode Island judges.’ ”
William M. Peterson, of Southampton, N.Y., writes that he retired last year from Long Island University’s Southampton College and is now teaching literature as professor emeritus. Last January he gave a paper at the Eugene O’Neill conference in Bermuda.
From the July / August 1999 Issue
Report from class secretary Constance Hurley Andrews: "At the call of the president, Nancy Cantor Eddy, officers and reunion committee members of the women's class met for lunch at the Brown Faculty Club on March 12. On Saturday of Commencement weekend, we had an off-year reunion luncheon, same place, with our class scholarship recipient, Elizabeth Corey '00 R.U.E., as our guest."
Jack Lawrence, Weston, Conn., reports that he and his wife, Dr. Connie Lawrence, welcomed their fourth grandchild on Feb. 9. (see Pamela Lawrence Endreny '86).
Louise "Mac" Tansey McLaughlin and her husband, Jim '46, have returned to the United States after living abroad for more than thirty years. They are checking out various places in which to settle down. Louise writes: "During our years overseas, we've worked in the U.S. Virgin Islands, El Salvador, Spain, Russia, Lebanon, and Italy, where we own a farmhouse in Cortona, Tuscany. Our children and grandchildren are spread across the country, so we are getting plenty of advice as to where or where not to resettle. We enjoyed reading about the 50th reunion of the class of '48, courtesy of Ginnie Drake Case, and are delighted to hear about so many dear classmates, their lives, and their activities."
Budd Schwartz, Westport, Conn., flew to Florida on Jan. 25 to visit classmate and roommate Donald Haas and his wife, Florence. Their other roommate, Bob Hirschenbaum '49, drove up from Boynton Beach, Fla., with his wife, Harriet, to join them. Budd writes: "Don and Florence had a lovely party on Jan. 30 to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and repeat their marriage vows. Everybody had a wonderful time."
From the May / June 1999 Issue
Ernie Frerichs writes to say that on Nov. 22 he was presented with Hesed ve-Emet,Studies in Honor of Ernest S. Frerichs, edited by Jodi Magness, professor of classical and Near Eastern archaeology at Tufts University, and Seymour Gitin, director of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. The presentation was made by friends, colleagues, and former students at the annual reception of Brown's religious studies department and Judaic studies program. Ernie, executive director of the Dorot Foundation in Providence, is a former dean of Brown's graduate school, former chair of the religious studies department, and former director of the Judaic studies program.
Norman Robinson (see John A. Ward '59).
From the March / April 1999 Issue
Report from Class Secretary Constance Hurley Andrews: "In October, following their 50th reunion, Dorcas Hamilton Cohen and her husband, Sol, met up with me, entirely by coincidence, during a two-week Elderhostel in Ireland. We have started collecting photos for the 55th reunion album."
From the January / February 1999 Issue
John H. Campbell, Hardwick, Mass., writes: "My wife, Achsah Shedaker, and I have enjoyed travels abroad this spring and summer. In May we flew from O'Hare to St. Petersburg, Russia, with our former rector and eight other courageous souls. The city, regrettably, is in deplorable physical condition. Museums, cathedrals, and palaces, however, are every bit as beautiful as reputed. For us, it was literally a once-in-a-lifetime experience; the highlight was the short (two hours) visit with the babushka whom Achsah helps to support through the Telios Foundation. Needless to say, Russia's political and economic woes are more meaningful to us than would be the case had we not gone. In July, we again traversed the Atlantic to the U.K., where we walked in Yorkshire and in Wales; we'd done the same three years earlier in England's Lake District. In our opinion, there is no better way to appreciate the people and the countryside. Good hiking shoes and healthy appetites are a must; we always return in good shape, physically and mentally."
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Lester Rand submitted a poem about his recent 50th reunion. In one stanza, he writes: "But quickly recollections here and there did appear/ And time miraculously slid backward year by year./ In a short while the long interval was somehow compressed/ As friends and acquaintances of long ago were rather quicky assessed."
From the September / October 1998 Issue
The 50th reunion weekend, May 22-25, was a wonderful success. For the women, it was led by Pembroke class president Nancy Cantor Eddy, reunion chairperson Betty Montali Smith, and their large committee. Ideal weather greeted the 145 Brown and Pembroke alumni who attended, which represents 28 percent of the class - an all-time record for a 50th reunion. There were seventy-five women from all over the country at the Pembroke Hope Club luncheon on Saturday. One even came from Argentina.
We elected class officers for the next five years: Nancy Cantor Eddy, president; Breffny Feely Walsh, vice president; Constance Hurley Andrews, secretary; Barbara Baker Johnson, treasurer; Janet French Laughlin, reunion chair; and Constance Hurley Andrews, Michelina Rizzo, and Breffny Feely Walsh, nominating committee. Dues were increased to $25 per year. Two of the thirteen students supported by the Pembroke Class of 1948 Scholarship, Lydia English '85, an associate dean at Brown, and current recipient Elizabeth Corey '98, spoke to the gathering.
Friday night there was a reception at reunion headquarters, Alpha Chi Omega, followed by the wonderful Brown Bear Buffet and Campus Dance. On Saturday, the Commencement forums were followed by dinner at the Squantum Club and the Pops Concert with Ray Charles. Highlights of the weekend were breakfast at the Faculty Club on Sunday morning with Brown's 17th president, E. Gordon Gee, and the alumni waterfront festival at Waterplace Park. The cocktail buffet at Café Nuovo, hosted by Don Patrick, was wonderful. And of course there was the procession through the Van Wickle Gates and down College Hill, with the crowd cheering all the way to the meeting house. We will remember our 50th reunion for a long time.
- Nancy Cantor Eddy, class president
- 50th reunion attendees included: Constance Hurley Andrews, Aline Archambault, JuneAnne Mullane Aumand, George Ball, James Bartley, Virginia Silva Baxter, Pauline Chartier Bergevin, Richard Bishop, George Bland, Norma F. Borthwick, Chris Brainard, Philip Bray, Robert Britton, Earl Bucci, Gloria Bean Buckberg, Ann Henry Buffum, Clayton Burtt, Willard Butcher, Virginia Callas, Marie G. Capalbo, Irwin Chase, Robert Chase, Dorcas Hamilton Cofer, Aaron Cohen, Robert Conley, Elizabeth Daly Connelly, Marie Monaco Conway, Paul Cook, Ruth Itschner Cooper, Roberta Connolly Coyne, Lois Cole Creighton, Royce Crimmin, Samuel Crooks, Kenneth Crowe, John Crowley, Roswell Cummings, Helen Orr Daley, Alice Forstall Dana, Barbara Davis, Mary Hall Deadrick, John Decker, Gloria Cohan Dinerman, William Eastham, Nancy Cantor Eddy, James Elder, Barbara Kent Elliott, Robert Elsner, Barbara Oberhard Epstein, Emmett Esary, Albert Feldman, Muriel Simon Flanzbaum, Alma Jackvony Fontana, Anthony Fontana, John Joseph Fraizer, Ernest Frerichs, Marcia Lisiecki Gaines, Helena-Hope Gammell, Paul Garabedian, Marvin Geller, Phyllis Papani Godwin, Gloria Berger Golden, Barbara Soloman Goldstein, Alden Goodnow, Adya Andreevsky Gram, Ernest Greenberg, Howard Arthur Greis, Elizabeth Walsh Hill, Leila Burt Holden, Marvin Seymour Holland, Constance Taylor Howard, Robert Huckins, William Hughes, Barbara Baker Johnson, William Johnston, Lester Karstadt, James Kindelan, Elaine Ambrifi Kirby, Barbara Canning Klimm, Elaine Lipson Kroll, Janet French Laughlin, Ruth Carew Laurent, John Lawrence, Paul Lehan, Samuel Leonard, Morton M. Lewis, George Lima, Frederick Lohse, Emery B. MacFarlane, Terence Mahoney, Janet Harvey Manyak, Morton Marks, Annette Caust Martin, Lucille Pieri Martin, Ruth Gadbois Matarazzo, Anne Swenning Mathews, Gordon McGovern, Irving Miller, Muriel Mulleedy Mulgrew, John Murphy, Mary Mycek, Helen McCauley Norton, John Nowell, Lou O'Brien, Gerald Olin, Marie Fisher Ostergard, Barbara Ammon Parker, Donald Partrick, Richard Philbrick, Jeannette Jones Pollard, Lotte vanGeldern Povar, Joan Connelly Ramsaur, Lester Rand, Teresa Renola, Alfred S. Reynolds, Michelina Rizzo, Norman Robinson, Robert Rothman, Stuart Ruth, Leon Sadow, Burton Samors, Selma Herman Savage, Budd Schwartz, Robert Siff, Jacqueline Archambault Smith, Elizabeth Montali Smith, Lloyd Spindell, Thelma Andrews Spriggs, Barbara McElmeal St. Martin, Mary McNulty Stoughton, Harrison Sussman, Lenore Saffer Tagerman, Margaret McHugh Thibodeau, Austin Thompson, Patricia E. Tierney, Florica Cicma Van Epp, Vera Cardesi Vine, Breffny Feely Walsh, Phyllis Fine Weinberg, Robert J. Welch, Patricia Westbrook, Frank White, Arvid Carl Willen, Gloria Markoff Winston, and Richard Wise.
Elizabeth Daly Connelly, Wellesley, Mass., was an English teacher in Holliston, Mass., for twenty-three years. She has four children. She sees JuneAnne Mullane Aumand of Greenfield, Mass., and Tish Orr Daley of Pawtucket, R.I. Elizabeth, who went to Tuscany, Italy, with the Brown Travelers, audits art history classes at Wellesley College and plays golf.
Bettie Lou Carpenter Conyngham, Shavertown, Pa., has traveled extensively with her husband, who is a salmon fisherman. They recently visited the West Indies, England, and Scotland. They have four children, including Sarah '83, and seven grandchildren.
Barbara Davis, Lexington, Mass., obtained a master's in library science in 1952 and was
a technical-information-service manager for Cabot Corp. for thirty-nine years. She has been active in the American Chemical Society, where she served as secretary and chair for the division of chemical literature. A past president of the Boston Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, Barbara is a volunteer at the Lexington Senior Center and worked for five years at the Buckman Tavern Book Shop. She remains active in Republican politics, serving as a delegate to the state convention in Worcester, Mass., and treasurer of the Women's Republican Club in Lexington. She swims three times a week, and has traveled to Russia, Scandinavia, England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Perla Raijiman de Arditi lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with her husband, Felix, who owns New Pharma, a laboratory for pharmaceutical products. Their son, Gustago, is an architect, and their daughter, Deborah, works for a laboratory. They also have three granddaughters. Perla taught English for thirty-five years at the University of Buenos Aires and is now retired. For twenty years, she interviewed prospective Brown students from Argentina.
Gloria Berger Golden, Cranston, R.I., has been sales consultant at Finelle Cosmetics for sixteen years. She has three children and three grandchildren.
Mary Eng Hom lives in Fall River, Mass. Her husband, Danny, died eight years ago. She works four days a week at her son's restaurant, Mark You. She has two sons, a daughter, and a grandson.
Louise Stewart Lane, Richmond, Va., has two sons. A writer for twenty years, she has been published in the Wall Street Journal and written three children's books.
Constance McIlwain Michael, Milwaukee, Wis., is married to Bayard Michael, a lawyer. She is president of College and Endowment and has traveled to Europe several times. Constance has interviewed prospective Brown students for many years.
Kendrick Robertson Nuttall lives in Madisonville, Ky., has four children and seven grandchildren, and is retired. She was a part-time design consultant and now serves as a museum docent, travels, plays bridge, and works at her church.
Ann Clarke Palmer, Madison, Wis., has a daughter and two grandchildren. She is retired from her position in the admissions office at Edgewood College in Madison. Previously she was an actuary and secretary for Huttleson Associates, also in Madison.
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Ted Bluhm, Webster, N.Y., has published six books in the field of political science. He has been retired since December 1992 and continues to write in his field, but has also ventured into novel writing. Ted recently finished an adventure-mystery and is looking for a literary agent. Ted writes: "Elly and I travel a lot and enjoy visiting our three children and seven grandchildren."
Perla Raijman de Arditi lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Gloria Cohan Dinerman writes: "I'm still playing a fierce game of tennis. I had a heavy business-related travel schedule last year, including stops in Seattle, Anchorage, Copenhagen, and other points north and west. I'm looking for someone who has done a Brown travel trip; any recommendations?"
Barbara Oberhard Epstein, Newport, R.I., lost her husband, Herbert '49, in 1984. She has a "significant other," Zal Newman '50. Barbara's son, David '74, is married to Tamara Jacobs and is an investment banker with Bentley Association in New York City. He won the Brown Alumni Service Award in 1994, when he was co-chair of the Brown Annual Fund. David and Tamara have one child, Avery, 6. Barbara's other son, Frederick, lives in Tempe, Ariz., and works as the manager of information technology for the Olin Corp. and has two children, Sam, 10, and Danny, 7. Barbara's daughter, Debbie Reissman, is married with two children, Tyler, 11, and Hannah, 8. Andreas is a sales engineer in Spokane, Wash. They live in Longmeadow, Mass. Barbara keeps very busy as a trustee of the Bank of Newport and the chair of the audit committee. She is chair of the Public Housing Authority, trustee of Newport Hospital, honorary member of Rotary International, trustee of Touro Synagogue, on the board of the society of friends of Touro Synagogue, on the board of directors of the Newport Council of Navy League, and life member of the Naval War College Foundation. Barbara travels with Lenore Saffer Tagerman. In 1997 they went to several national parks. Every year Barbara takes her whole family (thirteen people) to Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for a week. (This note was submitted by Nancy Cantor Eddy.)
Jean Robertson Finn writes: "We are enjoying the good life at Carolina Trace in Sanford, N.C. Give us a call and visit. You won't want to leave. Our five children have produced five wonderful grandchildren so far. Unfortunately, three are in California - not close."
Alma Jackvony Fontana, East Greenwich, R.I., worked on the 50th reunion yearbook with husband Tony, Dorcas Hamilton Cofer, and John Nowell.
Justin J. Green retired to Prescott, Ariz., in 1991. He keeps busy writing a weekly political column for the local daily newspaper and working on a weekly political television talk show. He also plays racquetball three days a week and surfs the Web regularly.
Edward W. Hamblin, Peterborough,N.H., writes: "After graduating, I spent twenty-five years in large and small companies as an engineer and manager. Ithen went into vocational education for eight years and home health administration for six years. I'm now retired and do a lot of volunteer work for the homeless. I'm also working in the area of social justice and trying to get ultra-conservative New Hampshire to support a liberal agenda." Edward and his wife, Becky, have three daughters "scattered around the U.S."
John I. Hillyer, Asheville, N.C., is the co-author of The Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Western North Carolina's Majestic Rival to the Appalachian Trail (Outcomes Unlimited Press). John is a master woodcarver and teaches two classes in woodcarving; his wife, June, teaches weaving. John's friend and former roommate, Bill Roach, reviewed the book in the Florida Times-Union. Bill is professor emeritus of journalism and communications at the University of North Florida and a longtime camper. He lives in Jacksonville, Fla.
Robert G. Huckins retired from Smith Barney in July 1997 after forty-five years in the investment business. He also resigned from various civic responsibilities, including chair of the board of Roger Williams Medical Center and chair of the executive board of the Business Development Co. of R.I. Last July, Robert and his wife, Dianna, sold their horse farm in Chepachet, R.I., where they had lived for forty years. They relocated to Escondido, Calif., near their son, R. Gordon '79, who lives in San Diego. Robert and Dianna are in the process of designing and constructing a retirement home overlooking the San Pasqual Valley and the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
William S. Johnston writes: "Having sold my own firm and retired four years ago, I found I had waited too long to do so, as my wife of forty-seven years, Catherine, passed away April 27, 1997. I have sold my home in Scarborough, N.Y., and intend to move back to my old home in Thomaston, Conn."
Irene Wojcik LaRochelle lives in Baton Rouge, La., with her husband, John, a research chemist. Their daughter Marie Firmenich lives in Switzerland with husband Philip and daughter Nadete, 21/2. Irene and John's eldest daughter, Laddie Hall, lives in San Francisco with husband Ted and son Christopher, 17. Irene and John's son, John, and wife Marita, live in Austin, Tex., where he is in the insurance business. They have a son, Andrew, 9. Son Steven and wife Pat live in Baton Rouge, where Steven works for Health Sphere, a management and consulting firm. They have two children, Rebecca, 18, and Paul, 17. (This note was submitted by Nancy Cantor Eddy.)
Robert W. Leeds's wife, Patricia, passed away Dec. 23, 1996. He retired to Albuquerque, N. Mex., from White Plains, N.Y., in December 1986.
Frederick W. Lohse Jr., Attleboro, Mass., writes: "My wife and I have two children, Frederick III and Gwendolyn. Fred went to University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has two graduate degrees from Harvard. He lived in Japan for two years. Gwen went to Smith College. She is a consultant with Coopers & Lybrand in Washington, D.C. I owned and operated Standard Atomizer Co. Inc. for nearly forty years. We manufactured atomizers and pumps for the perfume industry."
Emery B. MacFarlane, Saratoga, Calif., has spent forty years as an educator, both in the private and public sectors.
Evelyn Roberts Nichols spends May through October in a North Carolina mountain home, playing golf, hiking, gardening, and doing lots of fund-raising for a hospice. In the winter, she lives in Fayetteville, in the sandhills of North Carolina. Evelyn travels at least once a year; she was in Africa with the Brown Travelers in January.
Skip Fisher Ostergard, Moreland Hill, Ohio, is still working as a real estate agent. Skip writes: "I'm the mother of five, grandmother of nine. Traveling overseas is my passion. Eighteen trips so far."
Donald G. Partrick, Islandia, N.Y., writes: "I'm having a great time working in real estate, hunting, fishing, building a wild-life preserve, coin collecting, body surfing, and working out." Donald, an author, is also involved in martial arts, traveling, and investing.
Lotte Van Geldern Povar, Boca Raton, Fla., writes: "Morris and I find retirement fascinating.We play tennis, swim, read a lot, and take courses at Florida Atlantic University."Daughter Gail (Cornell '72, Vermont '76 M.D.) lives in Bethesda, Md., with her husband and two children. SonTedd (Lake Forest '74, North Carolina '75 M.P.H.) is a city manager and consultant on staff at the University of Virginia. He lives in Richmond, Va., with his wife and four children.
Burton I. Samors saw Budd Schwartz en route to the Cape last summer. Burton writes: "Budd is retired, but taking courses in order to stay sharp. He still plays a lot of good tennis." Burt also speaks to Paul Abramson '49 and Herb Iselin '42 about Brown sports, especially football. "We are usually disappointed [by the football team]," Burt adds, "but they are better than they used to be." Burt lives in Providence.
Elizabeth Montali Smith, Warren, R.I., wrote the following prior to the reunion: "Soon we'll have the opportunity to march through the Van Wickle Gates and down the Hill at our 50th reunion. Isn't it great to think that some things never change in this topsy-turvy, ever-changing world? This will be it! Live! No TV or music personalities, but women and men who have experienced all that life has offered. It has been unique to each one of us because we had those four special years to learn and achieve at Pembroke and Brown, no matter what happened during our lifetimes."
Florica Cicma Van Epp and her husband, Jim '46, Wilmington, Del., are well and happy. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 13. Their son, James, manages the instrument lab at Brown.
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Nancy Cantor Eddy and her husband, Bill, spent a weekend in February at a "wonderful" mini-reunion with classmates she hadn't seen in fifty years. The gathering took place at the Hardwick, Mass., home of Achsah Shedaker Hinckley and her husband, Jack Campbell, a lawyer whom she married two years ago. Achsah and Jack will be in St. Petersburg, Russia, for two weeks in May, and in July they will embark on a weeklong hiking trip in Yorkshire Downs, England, followed by a week in Wales. They hope to attend the 50th reunion.
Also present at the mini-reunion were Jane Weinert Nichols and her husband, Alan '47. Jane and Alan live on fifteen acres of land in Sandwich, N.H., with their black Labrador retriever. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. In May they will take an eight-day canal trip, beginning in Wrenbury, England, and then head to Scotland for a week. They will be joined by Bob Gifford '46, husband of the late Jane Luerssen Gifford. Nancy, Jane Nichols, and Jane Gifford were roommates in Pembroke's East House dorm during their freshman year.
Nancy and Bill announce the birth of their second grandchild, Maxwell James Eddy, on Feb. 10. Maxwell's father, Wayne, is Nancy and Bill's youngest son. Wayne is president of Work and Leisure, a company that sells orthopedic and safety equipment, in Hopkinton, Mass. Nancy is pleased to announce that her grandniece, Courtney Naliboff of Vienna, Maine, was accepted to Brown early action and plans to enter in the fall.
Selma Gold Fishbein, Providence, is a bookkeeper for her husband, Joseph, who is a dentist. Selma and Joseph have four children and twelve grandchildren, the oldest of whom is a freshman at Harvard. Their oldest daughter, Shari Fishbein-Mandel, is married and has four boys. Their son, Keith '76, '80 M.D., is a cardiologist in New Jersey. He is married to Nancy Feldman '76, an ob-gyn, and they have three children. Selma's daughter Janni Slotkis is married and has three children, and her youngest daughter, Amy Waisel, is married and has two children.
Irene Wojcik Larochelle and her husband, John, live in Baton Rouge, La. John is retired, and the couple spends time visiting their two sons and two daughters. In September 1996 they spent a week in La Rochelle, France, where John's family is from.
Evelyn Roberts Nichols, Mars Hill, N.C., is a nurse and still active with Hospice. She reports that she recently took a "fantastic" two-week trip to Kenya with the Brown University Travelers and Professor Nancy Jacobs. Evelyn says Jacobs was a "wonderful, informative leader" and recommends the experience to others.
Lenore Saffer Tagerman, Belmont, Mass., went on an African safari in February 1997. In October, Lenore and Barbara Oberhard Epstein visited Bryce and Zion National Parks, the Grand Canyon, and Sedona, Ariz. Lenore also traveled to Australia and New Zealand for three weeks in December and to Costa del Sol, Spain, in March. She was headed to Monterey, Calif., in May and to Turkey at the end of the summer. Lenore, who plans to attend the 50th reunion, is an active tennis player and recently took up bridge and golf.
Thelma Chun-Hoon Zen is recovering from a long illness and doing much better. She has four children: Eric, a lawyer; Mark, a psychiatrist; Burke, a teacher; and Kara. - Nancy Cantor Eddy, president
From the March / April 1998 Issue
We trust your calendar is marked for our 50th reunion weekend, May 22-25. The committee has planned a very special time and is looking forward to a large gathering. The reunion will offer a great opportunity to renew old friendships, exchange life tales, and once again walk through the Van Wickle Gates. Don't miss it. If you have any questions, call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947. - Breffny Feely Walsh, secretary
Ernest S. Frerichs, Providence, was awarded the first Charles U. Harris Award at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), the major scholarly society for Near Eastern archaeology. The award was given in recognition of Ernie's long-term and outstanding service as an ASOR officer and trustee.
Roger L. Tiffany ’48, of Medina, Ohio; July 15. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in military intelligence in Ann Arbor, Mich. He later received a master’s of divinity from Episcopal Theological School and was ordained to the priesthood in 1951. He married and raised a family in Port Clinton, Ohio, where he was the rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. He and his wife retired to Medina in 1992. He is survived by three daughters; two grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a brother-in-law.
Robert H. Reilly ’48, of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Bergen County, N.J.; Aug. 21. He was a licensed professional engineer and retired in 1991 as director of engineering at Hoke, Inc. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is survived by two sons, including James ’73; two granddaughters; and three great-granddaughters.
Robert R. Elsner Jr. ’48, of Milwaukee; Aug. 23.
Royce B. Crimmin Jr. ’48, of Bradford, Mass.; July 6. Well-known throughout New England as a champion runner, he attended UNH, Dartmouth, and MIT, and graduated from Brown. He went on to qualify for the Olympic trials. He spent most of his career as an insurance broker at Fairfield & Ellis, which later merged into Corroon & Black. He retired as senior vice president in 1989. He was a lifelong learner, and after losing his vision in later years, enjoyed listening to audiobooks. During retirement, he and his wife traveled the U.S. and overseas and he played golf in England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was a member of numerous societies, including Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. He is survived by his wife, AnnaMay; two daughters and sons-in-law; two sons; three daughters-in-law; 14 grandchildren, including Matthew Crimmin ’03; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
John W. Foley ’48, of New Rochelle, N.Y.; May 27. He enlisted in the V-12 Navy College training program at the age of 17 to train as a Navy pilot during World War II. He then attended Middlebury College, graduated from Brown, and enrolled at Brooklyn Law School, earning his law degree at night while working full-time. He worked at Allstate for 26 years and then switched jobs three times in his 50s. The highlight of his career was being head of global claims for insurance broker Marsh McLennan, which he joined in 1977. His retirement from Marsh occurred in stages. He retired from his full-time position in 1996 and continued consulting for the firm for an additional six years. Marsh tapped him again during the Spitzer investigation to review more than 10,000 claim files related to the lawsuit. He traveled the world extensively. He is survived by six children, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three nieces, and a nephew.
Robert M. Peters ’48, of Indiana, Pa.; Feb. 14. He spent his entire working career with ALCOA. He retired in 1988. He was a longtime member, deacon, and elder at Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed fishing and playing golf. He is survived by a daughter, a son, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and 17 grandchildren.
Barbara Kent Elliott ’48, of Tiverton, R.I., formerly of Concord, Mass.; Jan. 8. She earned a master’s degree in education from Northeastern. She began her teaching career in Department of Defense schools overseas, followed by 29 years in the Concord elementary schools as a reading/language arts teacher. She volunteered at the Concord Museum, became a member of the guiding staff and was later named a trustee. She was also a summer volunteer at the Atwood House Museum in Chatham. She was a member of numerous societies, including the Concord Garden Club, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and several genealogical associations. She is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews.
Edward X. “Ted” Tuttle ’48, of Birmingham, Mich.; Nov. 21. After obtaining architectural degrees from Princeton and the University of Michigan, he worked for Giffels and Vallet, participating in projects in Europe and the Middle East. He became a Michigan registered architect in 1956 and in 1959 he opened his own architecture business and was commissioned to remodel the Battle Creek Gas Company building. He also designed a gas station, a diner, and—working with artist Betty Conn—a 30-foot tall Paul Bunyan lumberjack made almost entirely of Kaiser auto parts. “Kaiser Paul” stands at Alpena Community College as the mascot of the Lumberjacks. He designed and built his own home in Southfield. Both he and his wife were involved with Mensa; a fellow member suggested he would be well suited as a specialist in architectural and engineering litigation. He graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1977 and joined the firm of Denenberg Tuffley, where he worked until his retirement in 1991. He then continued to consult privately as a forensic architect and travel with his wife. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister.
Ben Z. Taber ’48, of El Paso, Tex.; Dec. 25. After service in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Brown to complete his undergraduate degree and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He was board certified and a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He practiced in El Paso from 1958 to 1963; moved to the East Coast and worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on newly discovered oral contraceptives; then moved to California, where he was medical director of Syntex Corp. He became clinical associate professor of ob-gyn at Stanford University Medical School and director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, finally retiring to El Paso in 1990. In addition to numerous articles and scientific publications, he authored Manual of Gynecological and Obstetrical Emergencies and Proving New Drugs. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; three children and their spouses; and four grandchildren.
Joseph A. Favino ’48, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Newburgh, N.Y.; Nov. 14, after a long illness. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was sent to Brown, where he met his future wife. He grew his father’s plumbing and heating business, expanding it into Favino Mechanical Construction, an HVAC contractor in the Hudson River Valley. He was a longtime member of the board of trustees of the Unions America Local 269 (plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters) and participated in many collective bargaining negotiations as well as serving on Newburgh planning and zoning boards. He enjoyed fishing and playing golf and achieved five holes-in-one during his lifetime. He is survived by five children and their spouses, including daughter Catherine Favino ’75; three grandchildren; two great-grand-
children; and a half-sister.
Virginia “Ginger” Bellows Henderson Schultz ’48, of Alexandria, Va., and Nantucket Island, Mass.; Sept. 11. After divorcing John B. Henderson ’46 in 1977, she moved to Nantucket Island and became active in the League of Women Voters and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. She remarried in 1983 and enjoyed sailing and scalloping on Nantucket Island. She is survived by three daughters, including Sophie Henderson ’87 and her husband Nicholas Kalogeropoulos ’88; grandson Stephen Young ’16 PhD; and three great-grandchildren.
Theresa Mastrangelo Mahoney ’48, of Lunenburg, Mass.; Oct. 26. For 45 years she was an educator at St. Anthony’s School, where she was afforded the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects and grade levels. She also led the drama club, judged and prepped students for the National Spelling Bee, and taught religious education. She continued to teach Latin and French to 8th grade students part-time until she fully retired at the age of 82. She was an avid reader. She is survived by four children and their spouses; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Philip D. Holmes ’48, of East Falmouth, Mass.; Oct. 18. He entered Brown only to leave shortly thereafter to serve in the Maritime service. Upon returning home from war, he completed his Brown degree and began a civil engineering position at the Otis Air Force base in Bourne, Mass. (now Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station). After several years at Otis, he started his own civil engineering company in Falmouth; after choosing a partner, the company became Holmes & McGrath Inc. In 1983, Philip and his wife moved to Maine, where they managed their 250-acre woodlot and grew several acres of balsam fir Christmas trees—it was a place families came to cut their own tree, have a sleigh ride, and drink hot chocolate. They returned to Cape Cod in 1999 to be closer to their children and growing family. He is survived by his wife, Jean; five children; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Frances “Billie” Ridge Babcock ’48, of Glastonbury, Conn.; Oct. 9. She met her husband Jim, who passed two months prior to her death, at Brown. After graduating, they married and started a family. While her life was dedicated to her family, she had a brief career as a stewardess for Pan Am and later as a travel agent with Holidays Unlimited, which she owned with her brother. Both of those positions offered her opportunities to travel and her destinations covered the globe. She will be remembered for her hand-knitted socks and Afghans, her paintings, and her cooking. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Phillip R. Jones ’48, of Mansfield, Mass.; July 26. After Brown he attended Boston University for two years in the evening studying advertising and marketing and later attended summer sessions at the Harvard Business School in marketing and communications. He spent his entire professional career in advertising, marketing, and public relations, eventually becoming owner and president of Lyons Advertising in Attleboro (Mass.) for more than 50 years. He served on several boards and was a trustee and member of the Board of Investment of Attleboro Savings Bank and Attleboro Pawtucket Savings, as well as a corporator of the Bristol County Savings Bank. He was president of MAAN (Mutual Advertising Agency Network), which later became MAGNET, a worldwide association with more than 50 advertising agency members in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America. He was also a member of Boston Ad Club and Providence Ad Club and served on the board of governors of the Blue Water Sailing Club. Sailing was more than a passion. He sailed the East Coast from Nova Scotia to Chesapeake Bay. In 1983, he participated in an ocean yacht race from Marion, Mass., to Bermuda in his 37 ft sloop Dauntless with a crew of six, placing 2nd in class and 3rd overall in a fleet of 150 boats. He also enjoyed hunting, skiing, sailing, gardening, and travel. He is survived by a son.
James W. Babcock ’48, of Glastonbury, Conn.; Aug. 1. He was an engineer at the aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. After retiring, he embarked on a second career as a travel agent with Holidays Unlimited in South Glastonbury. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and happiest when spending time on the water swimming and sailing with his family. He is survived by his wife, Frances “Billie” Ridge Babcock ’48; two sons and daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mary J. Mycek ’48, of Shelton, Conn.; June 2. She received a PhD in 1955 in biochemistry from Yale. After spending two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University in New York City, she took a position at the New York State Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. It was there that she was instrumental in identifying the enzyme transglutaminase and characterized the reaction it catalyzed. In 1961, she accepted a position in the department of pharmacology at what was then Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry and later became the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She rose to the rank of professor and, after retiring in 1991, continued in an adjunct capacity for 13 years. Her research centered on the mechanism of tolerance to barbiturates in the brain. She authored many publications, among them three editions of Lippincott’s review text, Pharmacology. She served on several study sections at the National Institutes of Health and chaired the Committee on Pharmacological Sciences in 1980-82. In addition, she was the secretary of the Biochemical Pharmacology Discussion Group at the New York Academy of Sciences from 1961-71. She was an emeritus member of Sigma Xi, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, where she chaired its subcommittee on women in pharmacology. In 1994, she was presented with the Outstanding Woman in Science Award from the Metropolitan Chapter of the American Women in Science in New York City. She enjoyed her association with the Derby Historical Society, where she was a life member, serving on its board of directors and editing its newsletter for 10 years. The Society honored her with its Dorothy Larson Award in 2004. Her interests in history led to a collaboration in writing a booklet about Ebenezer Bassett, a Derby man who was the first Black man to serve as a United States ambassador. In 2010, the Ebenezer Bassett booklet received the Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations. She volunteered in the cardiac rehabilitation unit at Griffin Hospital, in the vertebrate paleontology section of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale, and with Recording for the Blind in New Haven. She is survived by many cousins.
Barbara Ammon Parker ’48, of Lenox, Mass.; May 10. She was a librarian at Mount Wachusett Community College for many years before taking a position as a librarian at UMass Amherst in 1982. After retiring, she moved to Vermont and traveled extensively. When she was no longer able to maintain that property, she moved to Kimball Farms independent living in Lenox and stayed active organizing their library. She enjoyed sewing, beekeeping, and gardening and is survived by two sons.
Elaine Jensen Kuhrt ’48, of Cheshire, Conn., formerly of Simsbury, Conn.; May 18. In March 1976, she and her husband conducted their first church service in their living room with 24 people in attendance. This was the start of the Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, now in its 45th year of service. She held several titles, including church choir director. She enjoyed volunteering in many capacities and traveling. She is survived by four children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Barbara Canning Klimm ’48, of Hyannis, Mass.; May 24. She worked many years in the Barnstable School system and served as an elected Barnstable Town Meeting member. She also volunteered at the Hyannis Public Library. She enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting, and classical music. She is survived by five children and their spouses, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Henry B. Williamson III ’48, of Centerville, Ohio; Mar. 23. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and achieved the rank of master sergeant and received the Bronze Star for his contribution during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he attended Brown and later served in the Army Reserves, where he worked for U.S. Army intelligence in Europe during the early 1950s. Following his second term of military service, he began working in the television industry in Texas and later in Los Angeles, working as an announcer and producer. In the early 1960s he began a career in the advertising business in New York City. He married and settled in Ohio. As a World War II veteran, he visited the bedsides of terminally ill Dayton area veterans presenting flag pins in honor of their military service. He gave presentations to local high school and college students, as well as to various civic organizations, recounting his experiences during World War II. He was an active member in the VFW Post 9550 in Centerville, a volunteer at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, and an active member of the Vineyard Church. He is survived by his wife, Christine; two daughters; a son; two sons-in-law; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
James Lovell ’48, of Sandwich, Mass.; Apr. 26, from complications of a stroke. Prior to working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna, N.Y., he worked at General Electric for 40 years in Schenectady, N.Y., Lynn, Mass., and Cincinnati. He retired in 1987. He was an accomplished pianist, sharing his talents as rehearsal pianist for Schenectady Light Opera, as well as playing for church services. He sang in the Brown Glee Club and with the Cuttyhunk Cruisers, and was a chorus member and soloist for the Burnt Hill Oratorio Society, the Burnt Hill United Methodist Church choir, and the KAPL Chorale. He was a member of the Scotia-Glenville Rotary Club and he was proud of attending a Rotary meeting in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland, where he celebrated his 90th birthday on a youth hosteling adventure with his eldest daughter. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and in addition to music had wide and varied interests, including geology, Greek mythology, astronomy, physics, golf, gardening, skiing, and swimming. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He is survived by five children and their spouses, including daughter Rebecca Lovell Scott ’69 and son Bruce ’71; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Francis D. Johnson ’48, of Bristol, R.I., formerly of Belmont and Weston, Mass.; Mar. 1. After receiving his MBA from Harvard, he began working as a consultant. Additionally, he worked at a service station at night pumping gas and working on cars. During his lifetime his many jobs included business consultant, construction worker, professor, and post office clerk, while never calling in sick. He retired from the USPS at 78. He spent many years involved at St. Peter’s Church in Weston. He is survived by six children and their spouses, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother.
James W. Freeman ’48, of Cambridge, Mass.; Mar. 21. After obtaining a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, he was one of the principals in a small, client-centered architecture practice, culminating in his work with Freeman, Brigham, and Hussey. He designed buildings for Cushing Academy, Shady Hill School, Concord Academy, Wheelock College, and Emerson College, as well as the Riverview apartment complex, and private residences in the greater Boston area. He was an advocate for preservation and fought to preserve farmlands and forests. In retirement, he was engaged in efforts to protect the architectural heritage of Cambridge. He enjoyed attending the Boston Symphony and traveling with his wife. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by his wife, Ann; four sons and their spouses; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Barbara Oberhard Epstein ’48, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Mar. 12. She worked for two years as a social worker in Providence after graduating and then married in 1950 and moved to New York City. In 1953, following the birth of her first child, she moved back to Rhode Island and she and her husband joined her father’s business, Max Oberhard, Naval and Civilian Outfitters. Throughout the years they enjoyed traveling the world, including a trip on the Orient Express. She sold the business in 1986 after her husband’s passing and reconnected with her high school classmate, Zalman Newman. She was a trustee emeritus and life member of the Naval War College Foundation and was a member of the board of the Newport Council Navy League, trustee of Bank Newport, and trustee of Newport Hospital, served as chair of the Newport Public Housing Authority, and was an advisory committee member of R.I. Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a board member of Child and Family Services, and a member of the Newport Rotary Club. In addition she was an active member of the Jewish community, serving as a board member of both Touro Synagogue and the Touro Synagogue Foundation. She was a past board member of Jewish Alliance of RI and a life member of Hadassah. She was a president of the Newport County Chapter of the American Association of University Women and the 1986 Honoree of the AAUW Educational Foundation. She also served as a president of her class and was a past president of the Newport County Brown Club. She is survived by her companion, Zalman Newman; a daughter and son-in-law; two sons and daughters-in-law, including son David ’74; and five grandchildren.
Thomas E. Pitts ’48, of Cranston, R.I.; Dec. 14. He was a mechanical engineer with Linde Air Products in Buffalo, N.Y., and then at IBM in Hyde Park, N.Y. In 1954 he returned to Rhode Island and began working at the Universal Winding Company. During his long career there (and with its successor Leesona Corporation) he designed a shoulder-mounted recoilless anti-tank gun, coilers used by the Ford Motor Company to make automobile horns, and advanced yarn winding machines. In mid-career he became chief engineer at Mount Hope Manufacturing. His work took him to India, Thailand, Egypt, and Western Europe. In retirement, he enjoyed sailing and playing tennis well into his 80s. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by two sons and their spouses, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Richard C. Kiss ’48, of Pompton Plains, N.J., formerly of Verona, N.J.; Feb. 5. After Brown he earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Newark College of Engineering, where he later became an adjunct professor. His career began as an engineer for Wright Aeronautical before joining Westinghouse Electric Lighting (later Philips), where he worked for more than 30 years. He held various positions in manufacturing and quality control and traveled internationally assisting in foreign operations. He enjoyed camping and boating and is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and grandchildren.
Virginia Silva Baxter ’48, of Riverside, R.I.; Feb. 2. She worked as a secretary at Brown for 25 years before retiring in 1999. She was a member of the Riverside Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed traveling. She is survived by a daughter, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Ernest M. Greenberg ’48, of Dedham, Mass.; Jan. 16. He earned his medical degree from SUNY, completed his internship and residency training in anesthesiology at Grasslands Hospital (N.Y.), then worked in the anesthesia department at Framingham Union Hospital for 36 years. He was chief of anesthesiology (1974-76), medical director of respiratory therapy (1968-78), and president of Anesthesia Associates of Framingham, Inc. (1981-92). He was also an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology at Boston University. He was board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology. After retiring in 1992, he became a volunteer at the former New England Wildflower Society and the Arnold Arboretum. He was a longtime member of Temple Beth Am and a U.S. Army World War II decorated veteran. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Libby; three children and their spouses, including son Mark ’76, ’79 MD; and six grandchildren.
Myron L. Stein ’48, of Amherst, Mass.; Sept. 16. After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and completing residencies in psychiatry and child psychiatry, he taught, consulted and began a private practice. He was assistant professor of child psychiatry at Cornell Medical School and SUNY Syracuse. In 1965, he helped found the Center for Preventive Psychiatry in White Plains, N.Y., and served as its associate director until 1973. In 1974 he moved to Amherst and consulted for Pioneer Valley hospitals and mental health clinics and Amherst and Northampton schools. He is survived by his wife, Iso; three sons, including Alex ’84 and Andrew ’86; three daughters-in-law; and a grandson.
Virginia Wilson Smith ’48, of Duxbury, Mass.; Oct. 9. She was a homemaker. While at Brown, she was a member of the fencing team, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa. She was an avid gardener and landscaper, the family genealogist, a talented artist, and an award-winning photographer as a member of the South Shore Camera Club. She is survived by four sons, including Douglas ’71; three daughters-in-law; and three granddaughters.
Paul J. Rosch ’48, of Yonkers, N.Y.; Feb. 26, 2020, due to complications from a fall. He was chairman of the board of The American Institute of Stress, clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at New York Medical College, and a clinical professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also served as president of the New York State Society of Internal Medicine, vice president of the International Stress Management Association, and chairman of the International Foundation for Biopsychosocial Development and Human Health. He was the recipient of many honors, including the New York State Medical Society’s Outstanding Physician Award, the Schering Award, and the American Rural Health
Association’s International Distinguished Service Award. His many memberships included The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation. He was editor-in-chief of Stress Medicine and was on the editorial board of several journals.
Michelina Rizzo ’48, of Providence; Oct. 19. She started her teaching career in 1949 in Providence, where she taught at Kenyon School until transferring to Brigham School in 1956. Upon obtaining her master’s from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1959, she taught at Central High School from 1960 to 1967, including a one-year hiatus after receiving the Charles E. Merrill Fellowship to study abroad in Italy during the 1962-63 academic year. After Central she transferred to Classical High School, from which she retired in 1982. Throughout her career, she was an active member of the teacher’s union and many educational associations. She enjoyed traveling and is survived by a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
Ruth Gadbois Matarazzo ’48, of Portland, Ore.; Nov. 13. After graduating with honors in psychology, she remained at Brown for one term as a graduate school teaching assistant. During that time she met her future husband, Joe, also a psychology graduate, but after being advised by several professors that it would be harmful to their marriage if they both became psychologists, Ruth applied for, and was accepted into, a one-year business program for women at Radcliffe. Upon graduation, she accepted a position in the personnel department of Marshall Field’s department store while her husband started his PhD program at Northwestern Univ. After learning that men were earning more than twice the wage of women doing the same work, she was compelled to continue her doctoral studies once they moved to St. Louis in 1950. She received her PhD in 1955 from Washington University. She was the only woman in her graduating class and during her clinical training was the first woman admitted into the VA’s hospital internship program. In 1955 she and her husband both accepted positions at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital. She was a research fellow and later became a staff psychologist. In 1957, both she and Joe were recruited to establish the first medical psychology department at University of Oregon Medical School, Oregon Health & Science University’s precursor, now called the department of behavioral neuroscience. She was the second full-time female faculty member at the school and went on to serve as a distinguished researcher, clinician, and educator. She specialized in neuropsychology, treating patients with brain injuries and psychiatric conditions and serving as a well-regarded expert witness in court cases. Another of her achievements was her leadership in helping women in medicine and science. She arrived at the school eight months pregnant and worked until she gave birth to her first child. Her example helped change policy for working women at OHSU. She served as a liaison to the Association of American Medical Colleges advocating for women faculty, including the participation of women on medical school committees. She served on numerous editorial review boards and held leadership positions in local, regional, and national psychological associations. She was the recipient of the 2007 Presidential Award of the American Psychological Association for her lifetime of professional contributions and public service. She enjoyed classical music and the opera and served as a founding member of the board of directors of the Portland Opera Association. She is survived by her husband, Joe ’47; two daughters, including Elizabeth Holman ’81; son Harris ’79 and his wife; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Janet French Laughlin ’48, of Chelmsford, Mass.; Nov. 4. After marrying and raising a family, she obtained her real estate license and worked at Emerson Real Estate in Chelmsford and Westford. She was an active member of the Chelmsford Garden Club and enjoyed skiing, eventually building a ski house in Intervale, N.H. She is survived by five children and their spouses, including daughter Pamela Emerson ’79; and seven grandchildren.
Donald G. Harrington ’48, of Endwell, N.Y., and Colchester, Vt.; Nov. 15. He worked for Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Conn., before joining IBM in Schenectady in 1950 as a customer engineer in product testing. He moved on to become manager of laboratory operations at Glendale and retired as controller of IBM Glendale in 1984. He enjoyed collecting and restoring antique automobiles and for 20 years showed his cars at meets and drove them in various parades. He was president of the Southern Tier Model As. He was also a ham radio operator and enjoyed flying radio-controlled planes and woodworking. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and is survived by two daughters, a son, three sons-in-law, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Patricia Aloe Haight ’48, of Pasadena, Calif.; Oct. 29, of kidney failure. She worked in public relations in New York City before marrying and starting a family. She enjoyed the Dodgers, USC football, and playing bridge and golf. She belonged to five different golf clubs in two states and was an official in the 1984 Olympic Games. She collected more than 200 silver spoons dating back to the 19th century and enjoyed traveling, visiting 68 countries on five continents. She was active in community organizations, including 25 years with the Pasadena Tobacco Prevention Coalition. She is survived by five daughters and five grandchildren.
Carmine J. Capalbo ’48, of Greenville, R.I.; Oct. 3. After serving in World War II and upon discharge from the U.S. Army, he graduated from Brown and then received his medical degree from Georgetown Medical School. Surgical internships followed at Rhode Island Hospital, where he remained as a surgical staff member for 46 years. He was also a clinical associate professor emeritus of surgery at Brown. His memberships included the American College of Surgeons, New England and Providence surgical societies, and Rhode Island and Providence medical societies. He was known as “Cap” or “Cappy” to staff colleagues and truly enjoyed patient care and clinical practice. He is survived by five children and their spouses; eight grandchildren, including Sarah Engle ’11; two brothers, including William ’57; and two sisters-in-law.
George F. Bland ’48, of Salisbury, Md.; Nov. 4. He was a longtime IBM executive before being named assistant dean of student services at N.C. State University School of Engineering. He was also named associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Subsequently he was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Virginia. He enjoyed flying, sailing, model railroading, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Brown Bland ’55, and two sons.
Thelma Andrews Spriggs ’48, of Norton, Mass.; Mar. 6, of complications from Alzheimer’s. She earned a master’s degree from Northeastern University and taught for the U.S. Army in Germany after World War II. Upon her return to the United States, she taught math at Attleboro High School (Mass.). She enjoyed traveling, gardening, music, and theatre. She is survived by a daughter and a brother.
Barbara Brightman Northrop ’48, of Barrington, R.I.; Aug. 8. She balanced the books for several companies, including her daughter’s graphic design business. She enjoyed singing, playing the piano, solving crossword puzzles, and traveling. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.
Shirley Walling Mayhew ’48, of West Tisbury, Mass.; Aug. 21. She served on the West Tisbury School Board, was the children’s librarian in the Music Street Library for a year, volunteered at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the West Tisbury Library, was active in the NAACP and civil rights movement in the 1960s, and served a year as Sunday School superintendent in the West Tisbury Congregational Church. Having left Brown before completing her degree, while her children were still young, she returned to college in 1963 and after two years earned her bachelor’s degree. From that experience she published Seasons of a Vineyard Pond: A Journal in 1973. From 1966 to 1986 she taught junior high language arts at the Edgartown School. Along the way she also completed a master’s degree, writing a thesis on the age group she was teaching. She began traveling in 1968 and by 2004 had visited 14 states and 25 foreign countries, and she had taken 11 trips to six Caribbean islands. She made repeat visits to a tiny mountain village in Peru, where she became a benefactor, raising money each year for the village school. She also taught herself photography and began dabbling in watercolor painting in her 80s, selling some of her paintings at artisan fairs. Beginning in 1992 and continuing through her last week of life at 94, Shirley published numerous essays and photographs in many island and off-island publications. In 2014 she self-published a memoir, Looking Back: My Long Life on Martha’s Vineyard, which was highlighted in the January/February ’15 BAM article, “Island Life.” She had appeared another time in BAM in the January/February ’09 BAM article “A Pembroke Romance.” She later self-published four additional books. She is survived by two daughters, including Deborah Mayhew ’73; son John Mayhew III ’71; a daughter-in-law; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister.
John F. Crowley ’48, of Greenville, R.I.; July 28. He served in the U.S. Navy prior to attending Brown. After graduation, he was hired by IBM and worked there for 40 years. He is survived by three sons and a grandson.
Elizabeth Stone Ellis ’49, of Manchester, Conn.; May 4. Her husband bought two weekly newspapers and in 1967 she went to work in their circulation departments. The two merged into the daily Journal Inquirer a year later and she became the publication’s assistant publisher in 1970. She rose to publisher in 1973, overseeing the newspaper’s expansion in a time when the industry was mostly run by men. The New England Newspaper and Press Association honored her in 2000 with its prestigious Yankee Quill Award in recognition of her contributions to both journalism and the communities the Journal Inquirer covers. The newspaper also won the association’s Newspaper of the Year award under her leadership in 1987. She is survived by her husband, Neil ’48; two daughters and their spouses; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Alden C. Goodnow Jr. ’48, of Danvers, Mass.; May 21. He attended Brown but interrupted his studies to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning from the war, he completed his baccalaureate studies and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. He married in 1951 and began his career in Manhattan at Shell Oil. He then returned to Danvers, where he established Goodnow Real Estate & Insurance Agency, which he owned and operated for more than 50 years. He was a member of Danvers Rotary Club, president of Danvers Historical Society, and a trustee, church moderator, and choir member of Maple Street Congregational Church, forming a barbershop quartet with some of the other choir members. He was an avid Red Sox fan and proud to be the “Hats off for Heroes” honoree at Fenway Park in September 2018 for his service in World War II. He enjoyed building model trains and built and collected many ship models over the years. He is survived by his wife, Lois Booth Goodnow ’50; three daughters; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; and a niece.
Albert Feldman ’48, of Henderson, Nev.; July 7. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
Ruth J. Itschner Cooper ’48 of Northampton, Mass.; May 10. After Brown she went on to earn a master’s degree in music from Colorado College. Her career in singing and teaching voice lasted more than 60 years. She began her career in New York City, where she met and married John Cooper, an aspiring composer and pianist. Together they traveled to India and taught at the Calcutta School of Music. Eventually they returned to the U.S. and lived and worked in New York and California before settling in Massachusetts. She enjoyed learning languages, particularly German, French, and Italian. She also enjoyed writing poetry, playing card games, birds and wildflowers. She is survived by her husband; a daughter; and two grandchildren.
Barbara Lanz Whiton ’48, of Manchester, Conn.; Feb. 21. She was a substitute teacher at East Hartford High School for 19 years before her retirement. She was a longtime active member of Center Congregational Church in Manchester and enjoyed gardening and sewing. She is survived by her husband, Albert; a son and daughter-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Austin B. Thompson ’48, of Westborough, Mass.; Mar. 11. He was a manufacturer representative for several different companies throughout his career. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Williamstown. He is survived by a daughter and her partner; son Austin B. Thompson III ’75 and daughter-in-law Dorothy Harvey Thompson ’75; four grandchildren, including Nathanael Thompson ’01 and Ethan Thompson ’04; and five great-grandchildren.
Frank M. Precopio ’48, of Lansdale, Pa.; Feb. 13. After earning a PhD in chemistry from Yale, he joined the General Electric Company in their research facility in Schenectady, N.Y., working on wire and cable coatings. In 1955 he filed a patent for peroxide cured polyethylene, which later became known as crosslinked polyethylene and revolutionized the wire and cable industry. He left GE after 15 years and became the director of research at Amchem Products in Ambler, Pa. The company developed several significant products under his direction and eventually he became president, serving as vice president and general manager after Amchem was acquired by Henkel Corp. He retired in 1990. Having helped his son purchase Summers Laboratories’s line of dermatological pharmaceuticals, he joined Summers Labs as research director. He retired from Summers Labs in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Rita, and two sons.
Joseph A. Poor ’48, of Rumford, R.I., formerly of Ironwood, Mich.; Feb. 23. He had a 54-year career in engineering that began with work in Minnesota and continued in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan, before moving to Rumford. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and enjoyed fishing, bowling, and playing golf. He is survived by four children and a grandson.
Irving E. Miller ’48, of Miami Beach, Fla.; Mar. 16. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he began brokering tracts of land and eventually moved into many areas of real estate, including hotel/motel, housing, and subdivision development. He enjoyed playing golf, antique shopping, and collecting beer steins. He is survived by Amalia Miller; five children, including son Roger ’89; three stepchildren; 17 grandchildren, including grandson Cody Simmons ’10, ’11 ScM; seven step-grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Donald R. Gray ’48, of Glen Rock, N.J.; Feb. 5. He was a retired assistant vice president of Chubb & Son in New York City and a retired captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was on active duty during the Korean War. He was a member of the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association and the Knights of Columbus, and served on the Pastoral Council and other ministries of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. He is survived by his wife, Joan; five children and their spouses; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Gordon R. Pyper ’48, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Vermont; Dec. 23. He was a professor of civil engineering at Norwich University for 23 years. He spent a decade with Dufresne-Henry Engineering Co. in North Springfield, Vt., and a decade as commissioner of water resources for the state of Vermont. He served in the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed sailing the waters of Lake Champlain. He is survived by a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, and a sister.
Alice Forstall Dana ’48, of Scituate, Mass., formerly of Huntington, Conn.; Jan. 3. She worked as a nurse for more than 40 years. She sang in her church choir and was an avid sports fan who followed the Boston Red Sox, Brown, and UNH sports teams. She enjoyed knitting, traveling, and playing Mahjong and Scrabble. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, two sons and daughters-in-law, four grandchildren, and sister-in-law Louise Dimlich Forstall ’51.
Robert C. Spencer ’48, of Burnt Hills, N.Y.; Oct. 19. After serving in the U.S. Navy and graduating from Brown and Columbia University with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, he joined General Electric Co. He held various engineering and management positions at GE for his entire professional career, retiring in 1987. He participated in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was elected a Fellow in 1976. He co-authored a groundbreaking paper in 1963 providing a method for predicting the performance of steam generators and participated in the development and authorship of the ASME steam tables, for which he received the George Westinghouse Gold Medal in 1987. He was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and enjoyed whitewater canoeing, camping, mountain climbing, Sunfish sailing on area lakes, and sculling on the Mohawk. He is survived by two daughters, a son, a son-in-law, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Leon D. Sadow ’48, of Plymouth, Mass., formerly of New Bedford, Mass., and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Oct. 29. After serving in the U.S. Navy and graduating from Brown, he was the proprietor of Sadow’s Clothing Store in New Bedford. He enjoyed playing bridge and became a Life Master in 2018. He is survived by his wife, Alma; two daughters and their spouses, including Debra Koenig ’75; son Richard ’83 and his spouse; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Robert H. Rothman ’48, of Providence; Nov. 4. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he returned to Brown and, after graduating, joined his father’s jewelry manufacturing business, the Charles Rothman Co. He was actively involved in community projects and associations, including as past master of Redwood Masonic Lodge, past president of Providence Radio Association, and chair of the board of the Roger Williams Medical Center. He obtained a private pilot license and flew for 50 years, visiting 26 countries. He is survived by his wife, Janis; two daughters and their spouses; son William ’73 and his wife; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Lucille Pieri Martin ’48, of Cumberland, R.I.; Sept. 15. She served on the Cumberland Conservation Commission for more than 30 years, was a member of the Cumberland Garden Club, and was a charter member of Abbott Run Valley Club. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Earl M. Bucci ’48, of Schenectady, N.Y.; Oct. 10, after a brief illness. An Eagle Scout, he was scoutmaster of Troop 523 in Manhattan for three years and worked at the New York Times before entering law school. He maintained his own law offices as a practicing attorney for more than 50 years. He served as associate counsel to the president pro tempore of the New York Senate and routinely volunteered his talents as chair of the committee for the administration and distribution of decedents’ estates for the American Bar Association, as a member of the executive committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association, as president of the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York, and, by appointment of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, on the Committee on Character and Fitness. He was committed to civic engagement, serving as president of the boards of Schenectady’s Symphony Orchestra Association and its Senior Citizens Center, and as president of the Brown University Club of northeastern New York. He was an honorary life member of The Nature Conservancy for his gift of 100 acres in Adirondack Park and a member of Beta Theta Pi. He is survived by his son Michael ’78, two daughters and six grandchildren.
Stephen N. Wiener ’48, of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Brevard, N.C.; Aug. 2. For more than 45 years he served on the staff of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland as director of radiology, president of the medical society, and chairman of the hospital’s medical advisory board. During the 1970s and 1980s he led Mt. Sinai’s radiology department during a period of scientific and technological growth. As one of the first hospitals to obtain an MRI machine and in collaboration with Picker Corp., he and his colleagues performed some of the first-ever experiments using the machine and helped to establish Mt. Sinai as a leader in the field. During the course of his career he was a team radiologist for the Cleveland Browns football team, a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University, a fellow of the American College of Radiology, and he published numerous medical and technical journal articles. He retired in 1998 and divided his time between homes in Cleveland and Florida, staying active in both communities teaching computer skills to the elderly, designing websites for nonprofits, and participating in book clubs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and enjoyed sailing, playing tennis and pickleball, and singing with the Sleepless Knights a cappella group in Cleveland. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, June; sons Clifford ’76 and Andrew ’80; two grandchildren; a brother, Howard ’52; and nephew Daniel Wiener ’77.
Priscilla Mandalian Morse ’48, of Sequim, Ore.; Sept. 29. After graduating and marrying, she moved several times due to her husband’s profession and eventually settled in Sequim, where she was active in the community. She was a member of several hospital guilds, including Sequim Dungeness Hospital Guild, and was a member of a few bridge clubs, including Cards for Cardiacs. She served as parish secretary of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and sang in the Church of St. Joseph chorus and Port Angeles Community Chorus. She is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
George F. Hurley ’48, of Oriental, N.C.; Oct. 7. He served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot. After retiring from the aerospace industry, he became involved in various civil and community organizations, including the Amateur Radio Club, the Civil Air Patrol, the Sailing Club of Oriental, the Pamlico County Law Enforcement Assoc., and Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed flying, hunting, and sailing. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; three children; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
H. Vaskin Aposhian ’48, of Rockport, Mass.; Sept. 9. He was a professor and scientist at Vanderbilt, Tufts, University of Maryland, and the University of Arizona. He taught microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology. His research focused on mercury, lead, and arsenic, as well as gene technology and autism. He mentored numerous graduate students, supervised their research and dissertation, and published several papers in various scientific journals. He retired from the University of Arizona as professor emeritus but remained active in his field for many years writing articles, speaking at conferences, serving as a consultant, and testifying as an expert witness in court cases. He was the recipient of many awards and enjoyed reading, especially military history, the New York Times, and spy novels. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, and a niece.
Jacqueline Archambault Smith ’48, of Wakefield, R.I.; June 23. She was a talented watercolorist. She enjoyed spending summer days with family and friends at Green Hill Beach and reading to her grandchildren. She is survived by five children, including son Dominic L. Smith ’87 and his wife, Annik Gagnon Smith ’87; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A. Sheffield Reynolds ’48, of Warwick, R.I.; Apr. 12. He worked for 45 years at Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank before retiring as senior vice president of commercial lending. He later worked for three years as a consultant for Bank Boston. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. A Mason for 64 years, he was the recipient of an Exemplary Service Medal from Adelphoi Lodge in 2005 and served the Masonic Grand Lodge of Rhode Island as grand master in 1978. He was a member of the Rhode Island Shriners and elected Potentate in 1989. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Providence and a recipient of the Honorary 33rd Degree. He is survived by two children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Louis J. Pugliese ’48, of Providence; Mar. 21. He was a draftsman for companies before founding Providence Design Associates. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed painting and exhibiting his work in a variety of community settings. He is survived by three daughters; a son; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister.
Joseph C. Lepanto ’48, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Feb. 22. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and moved to Philadelphia in 1966, where he worked as a senior partner with the law firm of Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer & Jamieson until his retirement. In addition, he served as chair of the Business Law Section, as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and was a member of the National Association on Bond Lawyers. He is survived by five children; grandchildren; and two sisters.
Elizabeth D. Knox ’48, of Columbus, N.C.; Apr. 4. She worked as a millinery buyer for a large retail group in the Northeast before moving on to management training. She developed and led personnel training programs prior to joining Travelers Insurance and Citigroup as a trainer. She was an accomplished painter and was a member of the Tryon Painters and Sculptors Guild. She enjoyed traveling and playing golf.
William E. Eastham ’48, of Milwaukee; Mar. 16. He began working at Pate Oil Company, which was eventually sold to Standard Oil (now Exxon), and left after years to manage the Milwaukee office of Manpower, Inc. After 11 years with Manpower, he decided he wanted to start his own business and in 1982 bought Crafted Plastics, Inc., in Sheboygan, Wis. He owned the company for 26 years. In retirement he played golf, tennis, softball and bridge, skied, hiked, and traveled the U.S. coast to coast. Until the age of 92, he was ski racing on both the local and national levels. He was a member of the Heiliger Huegel Club and served as a member of the ski patrol. He volunteered with the Rotary Club and sat on many boards, including the YMCA. He enjoyed music and attending the Florentine Opera, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and is survived by four children and their spouses; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister.
Morton Y. Paige ’48, of Providence; Nov. 29. He was an insurance executive with United Life and Chubb Life for many years, and was a partner in Young Paige Insurance Agency of Pawtucket. He was active in many Jewish organizations, including Temple Torat Yisrael, Temple Emanu-El, Touro Fraternal Association, Jewish War Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by two children; two grandchildren; a sister; and nieces and nephews, including Robert E. Levin ’75, ’78 MD.
John J. Murphy Jr. ’48, of Topsham, Me., formerly of Stamford, Conn.; Sept. 5, 2017. He worked for General Electric. Following the death of his wife in 1963, he moved to Stamford and pursued a successful career as a marketing executive. He retired to Topsham in 2004. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a community volunteer, and he enjoyed jazz music. He is survived by eight daughters; 19 grandchildren, including Timothy Berger ’99; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
Jane A. Hodnett ’48, of Providence; Sept. 15. She taught school in Providence for 39 years. She enjoyed sewing and playing golf and bridge. She is survived by a sister, Barbara Hodnett ’52; a brother-in-law; and seven nieces and nephews, including Robert J. Hay Jr. ’75, Michael Hay ’78, Margaret Hay ’81, and Catherine Hay ’15.
William T. Bluhm ’48, of Rochester, N.Y.; Nov. 16. After receiving his master’s and PhD, he taught at Brown for four years, then joined the faculty of the Univ. of Rochester in the department of political science, where he remained for more than 30 years. He was the author of numerous articles and several books dealing with political philosophy and ethics. During World War II he served in the U.S Army and was awarded the Bronze Star. He enjoyed bird watching, reading mysteries, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; three children; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Robert M. Siff ’48, of Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Worcester, Mass.; Sept. 11, from Alzheimer’s disease. After completing his freshman year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he helped liberate two concentration camps. Fluent in German and Yiddish, he also served as an interpreter for the military and earned a Bronze Star. After the war he completed his studies at Brown and went on to become president and CEO of B-W Footwear, Ambassador Shoe, and BWA International. He was also president and director of the Two/Ten National Foundation, the shoe industry’s philanthropic organization, and served as director of the Mechanics Bank of Worcester. Active in Brown affairs, he was secretary, vice president, and president of the Brown University Club of Worcester County and worked as a University fundraiser. He served on the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, the EcoTarium museum of science and nature, Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Worcester Jewish Healthcare Center, as well as being past director of the Worcester Area Association for Retarded Citizens. In addition, he worked for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and has served on various fundraising committees for charitable, religious, and educational institutions. He was the recipient of the Two/Ten Footwear Foundation T. Kenyon Holly Memorial Award and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts honored him by dedicating the Robert M. Siff State Square in Webster, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son Larry ’84; daughter Karen Siff Exkorn ’82; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and four grandchildren, including Emily Siff ’19, Andrew Siff ’21, and Matthew Siff ’21.
Merrill “Mel” Shattuck ’48, of Oakland, Calif.; Sept. 24, of Alzheimer’s disease. After earning a master’s in industrial psychology from the Univ. of Wisconsin Madison, he began a long career in California, mostly as an executive search consultant helping to shape the leadership ranks of early Silicon Valley tech firms, including Digital Equipment Corp. and Varian Associates. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, serving in the paratroops. At Brown he was involved with the Glee Club, the Brown Daily Herald, Sock & Buskin, and Lambda Chi Alpha. He earned initiation into Phi Beta Kappa, for which he later served as president, Teaching Excellence chair, and vice president of membership of the Northern California chapter. He enjoyed nature, photography, and his daily newspaper, and was considered a shameless punster until his death. He is survived by daughter, Wendy E. Shattuck ’85; a son-in-law; a granddaughter; and brother, Whitney ’54.
Virgil Marson ’48, of Naples, Fla., formerly of North Hampton, N.H.; Oct. 2. Before attending Brown, where he was captain of the football team, he served in the U.S. Army. During a bombing mission he became a prisoner of war for a year and received the Purple Heart. After graduating, he cofounded The Andover Shop, men’s clothing shops in both Andover, Mass., and Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass. In the late 1960s he began pilgrimages to the U.K. to work with weavers in Ireland and Scotland’s Shetland Islands to produce tweeds of his own design, eventually becoming known as The Prince of Tweeds. He dressed presidents and celebrities. An avid theater enthusiast, he would travel to Manhattan to attend Broadway shows and frequent jazz clubs. He is survived by a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; a grandson; two sisters; and companion, Sheila Mahoney.
Marvin N. Geller ’48, of Brookline, Mass.; Apr. 13. He was a retired Boston attorney who practiced primarily in the areas of real estate and secured lending, corporate securities, and corporate reorganization. A former president of the New England Region American Jewish Congress and former chairman of the property committee of Community Housing for Adult Independence, he was also appointed as the commissioner of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission in 1984. He was an avid swimmer and a supporter and advocate for those with intellectual disabilities. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by four children, including Ann Geller ’73; six grandchildren, including Nathan Weinberger ’13; and three great-grandchildren.
Richard A. Wise ’48, of Dover, Mass.; Apr. 28. He was employed as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. After returning to the New England area, he was employed with USM Corp., becoming general patent counsel. In 1971 he accepted the position as patent and trademark counsel of the Gillette Co. in Boston. He then became Of Council for Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds of Lexington, Mass. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and life member of Norfolk Lodge AF&AM in Needham, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Domenic A. Vavala ’48, of Johnston, R.I.; Feb. 13. He was emeritus professor of health sciences and nutrition at Johnson & Wales Univ. and a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service. He held teaching and research positions at U.S. Air Force medical schools and hospitals before joining Johnson & Wales in 1973. He was the recipient of the Academic Pals in Gold by Minerva Univ. in Italy and was a fellow of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of the Royal Society of Health in London, the Texas Academy of Science, Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Sigma. He is survived by a cousin.
Fred R. Collins ’48, of Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Pittsburgh and Massena, N.Y.; Mar. 2. He joined Alcoa Laboratories in New Kensington, Pa., conducting research and developing an aluminum welding metal alloy used on the fuel tanks of the Saturn V rocket. In 1967 he was named manager of the electrical products division of Alcoa Labs in Massena, N.Y. In 1975 he joined the headquarters staff of Alcoa Conductor Products Co. in Pittsburgh, retiring as vice president in 1985 and moving to Green Valley. He was active in several local organizations and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Welding Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Sigma Xi. He enjoyed playing piano and organ, singing in barbershop quartets, and four-wheeling in his vintage Isuzu Trooper. He is survived by five children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Jeannette Jones Pollard ’48, of Essex, Conn., formerly of Devon, Pa.; Feb. 8. She devoted her life to family, arts volunteering, education, historic preservation, and travel. She worked briefly in publishing and was active with the Essex Historical Society. A supporter of the Philadelphia Orchestra, she served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Landmarks Society of Philadelphia, and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She was a Pembroke class secretary for many years and with her husband, William A. Pollard ’50, provided Brown scholarships. They contributed the lead gift in the renovation of Meehan Auditorium, whose ice rink was renamed the Pollard Family Rink at Meehan Auditorium. In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, including Judith Danforth ’77, Wendy Pollard ’81, and Edith Tower ’85; three sons-in-law, including Murray Danforth III ’77 and Caleb Tower ’85; eight grandchildren, including Merebea Danforth ’06, Benjamin Kurtz ’08, William Kurtz ’08, and Julia Metzger ’13; and four great-grandchildren.
Raymond E. Kassar ’48, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of New York City and San Francisco; Dec. 10, of Lewy body dementia. He was president of Burlington House and served on the board of directors of Burlington Industries before joining Warner Communications in 1978, where he was appointed president and CEO and was instrumental in the rapid expansion of Atari. He was director of the board of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation and was an avid art investor and collector. In 1982, Brown dedicated the Edward W. Kassar House at 151 Thayer Street, which housed the mathematics department, in memory of his father. A member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Bedding Company, he enjoyed his Vizsla dogs and playing tennis. He is survived by his spouse, David Ferguson, and several nieces and nephews.
M. Patricia Payne Fleck ’48, of Wakefield, R.I., formerly of Madison, Conn., and Reston, Va.; Oct. 30, after a brief illness. She was a retired teacher who taught in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Virginia. She was a member of the American Association of University of Women, the Brown Club, and the Pembroke Club. She is survived by two daughters; three sons; five grandchildren; a sister, Mavis Perkins ’52; and 22 nieces and nephews, including Elizabeth Perkins ’76 and Kathleen Perkins ’80.
Marjorie Foote Knievel ’48, of Berthoud, formerly of Loveland, Colo.; Nov. 1, following a brief illness. She was a homemaker and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Loveland. After moving to Berthoud, she joined the First Presbyterian Church of Berthoud and volunteered at the McCarty-Fickel Home Museum. She served on the board of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District for 12 years and was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Loveland Rotary Club. She was an avid stamp collector and enjoyed playing bridge. She is survived by two sons and their wives, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, and six nieces and nephews.
Barbara McElmeal St. Martin ’48, of Exeter, N.H., formerly of Framingham, Mass.; Nov. 7. After being employed by the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C., she became a teacher in the Framingham school district. She later worked as a travel agent and bookkeeper in Natick, Mass. and was a longstanding member of St. Matthias Choir, as well as a member of the League of Women Voters, Framingham Town Meeting, and the Red Hat Society of The Meadows. She is survived by two daughters, three sons, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law; and eight grandchildren.
Cecilia Anderson Banks ’48, of Simsbury, Conn., formerly of Huntington, N.Y.; Aug. 8. After raising a family, she earned a nursing degree and had a 20-year career at Huntington Hospital. She is survived by two daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren.
Elaine Lipson Kroll ’48, of Providence; Sept. 18. She was a homemaker and lifetime member of Hadassah, which awarded her its Presidential Award. She was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Assoc. and was on the board of trustees of the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El. She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Marjorie Hartmann Lieneck ’48, of Northampton, Mass.; Oct. 10. She taught English at Concordia Prep School of Concordia College and at Hastings High School, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., where she was both teacher and department chair for 22 years. She served on several committees and councils. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.