Obituaries
— Class of 1958

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Apr, 2022

Susan Adler Kaplan ’58, ’65 MAT, of Providence, R.I.; Oct. 30. After graduating in 1958, she moved to New York. One year later, she returned to Providence to marry, continue her education, and work as a manager/secretary in the theater arts department. After a year and a half of managing work, she began to teach English at Classical High School, which she did for 28 years before moving into administration. She held various positions with Rhode Island Writing Assessment, Rhode Island Writing Project, and Blackstone Academy. Her love for teaching extended to roles as an adjunct professor at Providence College and Roger Williams University; she also did consulting in New York and California, and in Egypt with the Ministry of Education. She remained affiliated with Brown as a trustee, a trustee emerita, and chair of the Corporation emeritus executive committee. She chaired 100 Years of Women at Brown and served as the associate chair of Brown’s Advisory Council on Relations with Tougaloo College. She also chaired the Ogden Lectures on International Affairs. Her honors included an Outstanding Teacher Educator Award, a Brown Bear, an Ittleson Award, and being voted Teacher of the Year by Good Morning America. She was a proud supporter of Trinity Repertory Company in honor of her late husband, who was a founding member. She also served on the boards of Temple Beth-El and Miriam Hospital. She is survived by a granddaughter, a sister, and many nieces and nephews. 

Apr, 2022

Joseph J. Tebo ’58, of La Jolla, Calif.; Sept. 10, of bladder cancer. After graduating he worked at the Atlantic Richfield Company for 30 years. During his tenure, he was promoted to president of AM/PM International and opened stations in Brazil, Japan, and Indonesia. After his time at ARCO, he continued his career as president of Price Ventures at Price Club (now Costco), then later became CEO of Trusonic, a music and technology company. During his time at Brown, he was a member of the men’s basketball team and cocaptain of the 1957-58 season, was named first team all–Ivy League in 1956, and received honorable mention honors in both 1957 and 1958. In 1978 he was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2006 he was named to Brown’s 100th anniversary team by being selected as one of the 15 greatest players in Brown basketball history. He is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter; and a son. 

Apr, 2022

Radley Sheldrick ’58, of Westborough, Mass.; Oct. 29, after a long period of declining health. Upon receiving his chartered property casualty designation, he handled both reinsurance and excess and surplus lines claims at Cameron and Colby, where he progressed to secretary of the company. His final years of employment were spent at F.M. Global in Waltham, Mass., as vice president, where he oversaw reinsurance audits in the London market. In retirement, he continued working in arbitration in the U.S. He was his happiest while racing his sailboat on Pleasant Bay. He was both race committee chair and vice commodore of Chatham Yacht Club. He also enjoyed skiing, fishing, birding, and traveling the world. He is survived by his wife, Karen; a daughter and son-in-law; son Radley ’93 and his wife; and six grandchildren. 

Apr, 2022

James F. Ott ’58, of Melbourne, Fla., formerly of Chicago; Oct. 10, of congestive heart failure. After Brown he earned an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and his CPA in 1978. He worked in Chicago in various senior financial executive positions, including at AmPro Corp., The Middleby Corp., Chicago Title and Trust Co., the L.E. Meyers Co., Blunt Ellis & Simmons, Eastman Dillon Union Securities & Co., and White Weld & Co., eventually relocating to Melbourne. He retired in 1999. He served in the Illinois Air National Guard and was a member of the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Investment Analyst Society of Chicago, the Financial Executives Institute, and the Economic Club of Chicago. He enjoyed reading and collecting classic movies from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. He is survived by his wife, Edna; four children and their spouses; and eight grandchildren. 

Apr, 2022

Maxwell R. McCreery ’58, of Chilmark, Mass., formerly of Darien, Conn.; Oct. 22. Completing ROTC at Brown, he graduated as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and served in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Maine. After military service, he began a 25-year career at Exxon as a regional sales rep in Northampton, Mass., then as a regional sales manager in Buffalo, N.Y., and finally at the New York City headquarters, where he headed an executive recruiting team. He retired early and had a second career working in outplacement, where he enjoyed helping people find jobs. Actively involved in his community, he started a girls basketball league at the Darien YMCA and was a founder of the Darien Nature Center and Friends of Woodland Park. He served on the board of the Friends of Sengekontacket and United Way, and was on the Board of Selectmen for the town of Darien and the Board of the Democratic Town Committee. He was also president of the Brown Club of Fairfield County. In his 70s he trained and volunteered as an EMT for Tri-Town Ambulance Service and he delivered meals for Meals on Wheels each Tuesday. He is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters Margaret ’87 and Georgia ’89; two sons-in-law; four grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; and 18 nieces and nephews. 

 

Apr, 2022

Donald MacKenzie III ’58, of Concord, Mass., formerly of Acton, Mass.; Sept. 24. After Brown he briefly worked for Mobil Oil Co. and then joined New England Telephone, the beginning of his career in the telephone industry. He held managerial positions there as well as at AT&T and Bell, and was chairman and CEO of NYNEX Information Resources. In the two years prior to his retirement, he was president of the Telephone Pioneers of America. In retirement, he began a charitable foundation fund and was involved with many boards, including Boston Urban Ministries, Acton Library Foundation, and the Discovery Museum. For 40 years he was the moderator for the town of Acton, the longest serving moderator in the town’s history and one of the longest in the state. He also served nine and a half years as chairman of the personnel board. He was a strong believer in volunteerism and giving to the community; he served as president of the Mass Moderators Association. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis and is survived by his wife, Patricia Pennal Mac-
Kenzie
’59; a daughter and son-in-law; two sons; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law; and two nieces.

Apr, 2022

George A. Benway Jr. ’58, of Mashpee, Mass.; Oct. 6. After Brown he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and served on the USS Hartley during the Cuban Missile Crisis naval blockade. Later he taught at the Officer Candidate School. Upon discharge from the military, he married and moved to Mashpee, where he raised a family and started his firm, Benway Real Estate. He was a Mashpee selectman for many years and was proud to be the first Cape Cod Commissioner for the Town of Mashpee. In later years he also served as the Mashpee town moderator. When not busy with his real estate business or Mashpee town business, he was an avid boater. He enjoyed winter skiing, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family. He is survived by three sons and their spouses, six grandchildren, and his former wife, Carolyn McDonald Benway. 

Jan, 2022

Robert A. Wood ’58, of Placida, Fla.; July 3. He moved to Florida after retiring from his career in the investment business. He enjoyed playing golf, chocolate chip cookies, and making people laugh. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children; three grandchildren; a sister; and many nieces and nephews. 

Jan, 2022

Stuart E. Money ’58, of Jersey City, N.J.; July 24, after a brief illness. He had a career in financial management. He began working for Texas Instruments, then served as executive director of St. Luke in the Fields Church in Greenwich Village, and retired in 2007 as executive director of the Archdiocesan Investment Fund of the Episcopal Church of New York. He enjoyed history, the origins of language, classical music, and traveling. 

Jan, 2022

Peter Megrdichian ’58, of Cranston, R.I.; July 10. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he attended Brown and later earned a master’s in public administration from URI. He entered state service at the Department of Personnel in 1960 and in 1968 was promoted to assistant hospital administrator at Rhode Island Hospital. In 1974, he was promoted to chief administrative officer. It was during his tenure the hospital achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission of Hospitals. He retired from state service in July 1989 and entered private business. He worked in real estate and was an administrator in a home health care company. He retired permanently in 1993. He was an active member of the Armenian Church Youth Organization of America, was past commander of the Knights of Vartan Arax Lodge and past master of the Fraternal Order of Masons, and served on the board of directors for the Cranston YMCA. He enjoyed playing softball and was a Boston Red Sox and New York Giants fan. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; two sons and daughters-in-law; four grandchildren; a sister; and brother Michael ’59.

Jan, 2022

Connie Engle Black ’58, of Hendersonville, N.C.; Aug. 12, from complications of a stroke. After college, she traveled to Germany as part of an exchange program, Experiment in International Living, and learned to speak the language there. When the program ended, she stayed on working as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army in Nuremberg, where she met her future husband. They lived in Indiana and she received a master’s in library science from Indiana University. They relocated to New York, where she began a family and worked at the Spring Valley Public Library and the White Plains Public Library. In 1978, the family moved to Michigan and she worked at Wayne State University Library and the Michigan Library Consortium. During that time, she obtained a second master’s in administration from Michigan State University. She retired in 1992 to North Carolina, where she and her husband built a log home on 22 acres of forested land in the mountains, though she continued to work with the Downtown Hendersonville Development Project and later at the cataloging department at Brevard College. She enjoyed traveling and is survived by her husband, Earl; two sons; and a granddaughter. 

Oct, 2021

James V. Thomas ’58, of Middleborough, Mass.; May 25. In addition to Brown, he attended the Aetna Insurance School in Hartford, Conn., and Northeast Broadcast School in Boston. After his military service, he was honorably discharged in 1962 and for many years worked as a licensed broker in the insurance agency established by his father. He also worked as a machine operator for Ocean Spray and a shipper/receiver for Talbots. He was active in his community and served in several elected positions during his lifetime, including deacon of Central Congregational Church and two terms as town moderator. In the late 1970s, he cofounded and published The Nemasket River Journal, whose opinion pages espoused his beliefs of a free press, the power of the individual, transparency, and accountability. He was an accomplished bridge player who attained a Life Master designation from the American Contract Bridge League. He also enjoyed reading and sports, was an aficionado of the Great American Songbook, and was an amateur musician who participated in local musical reviews. He was the original bass drummer for the Middleborough Chowder & Marching Society. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; a daughter and son-in-law; two sons; a daughter-in-law; three grandchildren; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

Oct, 2021

Henry Meade Summers ’58, of Saint Louis, Mo.; May 26, of a heart attack after a long illness. After Brown he went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School and started practicing law at the former Thompson Mitchell firm. He was involved in the area of historic preservation. He was an officer of the board of trustees of Landmarks Association of St. Louis and served as its president in the 1970s. He funded The H. Meade Summers Jr. Award for Lifetime Contribution for Historic Preservation and additionally served on the board of trustees of the Missouri Historical Society and the Missouri History Museum in the 1980s and was chairman of the Missouri State Bicentennial Commission. He enjoyed singing and was a former member of Brown’s Jabberwocks. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and six grandchildren.

 

Oct, 2021

Edwin A. Levy ’58, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of New York City; May 28. He was a businessman, investor, and philanthropist, and the cofounder of Levy, Harkins & Co., Inc., an investment advisory firm started in 1979, where he served as chairman of the board. For 20 years prior, he worked at Bear, Stearns & Co., becoming a general partner in 1971. He joined the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s board of directors in 2002. An avid golfer, he channeled his passion for the sport as the creator of the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s annual golf fundraiser “Breaking PARkinson’s.” He was also involved with Bound for College, a local Florida charity providing college-readiness resources to disadvantaged students. He is survived by his wife, Carolyne; two sons and daughters-in-law; three grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and several nieces and nephews. 

Oct, 2021

Thomas C. Jones ’58, of Palm City, Fla.; Aug. 12, 2020. Following his service in the U.S. Navy, he earned an MBA at Harvard Business School followed by a career in marketing and management consulting, eventually forming his own firm, Tom Jones and Company, which he led until his retirement. In later years, he and his second wife, Erna Bazlen Jones, moved to a farm in Whiting, Vt., where he continued his love of the outdoors, sports, and travel, until eventually settling in Florida. He ran in both the New York City and Boston marathons. A longtime lover of the opera, he spent many years on the board of the Opera Company of Middlebury, Vt. He is survived by his wife, Erna; three children and their spouses, including son Michael ’85; two stepchildren and their spouses; four grandchildren; and many nephews.

Oct, 2021

Kevit R. Cook ’58, of Palm Beach, Fla.; Apr. 28. He was an avid sportsman and member of the Northeast Harbor Tennis Club. He is survived by his wife, Gail; two daughters, including Cecily Cook ’85; and three grandchildren.

Oct, 2021

Jack Coffin Jr. ’58, of Sebring, Fla.; June 23. His education at Brown was interrupted by military service in Korea in 1953-1954, after which he resumed his studies and was a member of the football team. After graduating, he was employed with Procter & Gamble for 35 years and later became the owner of Pilgrim Stables at Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he enjoyed participation in harness racing. He was a communicant and Vestry member of St. Matthews Parish in Jamestown, R.I. for many years and became a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4300 in Sebring. He enjoyed golf, cooking authentic Chinese dishes, watching sports with his sons, and movies with his daughter. He was an avid fan and collector of all things John Wayne. He is survived by three children, two grandsons, a great-grandson, a sister, and a brother.

 

Aug, 2021

Nathaniel B. Atwater ’64 AM (see ’58).

Aug, 2021

Andree J. Guay Wells ’58, of Nashville; Dec. 16. After earning a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University, she worked for many years as a public health nurse, a nursing supervisor and a professor of nursing. She is survived by three children and their spouses and 10 grandchildren.

Aug, 2021

Kenneth A. Kurze ’58, of Middletown, R.I.; Feb. 24. In 1959, he became a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer and throughout his 30-year service traveled to India, Nepal, Morocco, France, Barbados, and Austria. He and his wife raised their four children on four continents. He was fluent in German, French, and Hindi. In 1982, he completed the U.S. Naval War College Senior Course in Newport, R.I. He received the U.S. Department of State’s Individual Meritorious Honor Award for his handling of political affairs at the U.S. Consulate in Bombay during the 1971-72 Bangladesh War crisis, and the Individual Superior Honor Award for his actions on Grenada to assess the political situation and to ensure the safety of Americans on the eve of the 1983 U.S. invasion/intervention. He retired to Middletown in 1989 and was active in the community. He was an accomplished pianist, an occasional painter, and an avid philatelist. He is survived by daughter Barbara Kurze ’82; three sons; a daughter-in-law; and three grandchildren.

Aug, 2021

Edward S. Flattau ’58, of Washington, D.C.; Apr. 8, of prostate cancer. He attended Columbia Law School but left after two years to begin his journalism career as a general assignment reporter with United Press International Albany (N.Y.) Bureau. In 1964, he became a political correspondent for UPI in New York State and in 1967, he transferred to UPI’s Washington bureau, where his beat included Congress, various federal agencies and on occasion, the White House. His prize-winning column first appeared when he took over the assignment from the late former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall. His Washington-based column has appeared in as many as 120 daily newspapers at various times during the past five decades. He won 10 national journalism awards, reported from five different continents, and covered the key issues and figures associated with modern day environmentalism. In 2011, the Washingtonian Magazine named him the “Best Columnist” in the nation’s capital. He is the author of numerous books. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; a daughter; and son Jeremy ’01.

Aug, 2021

Domenic E. D’Eramo ’58, of Millis, Mass.; Mar. 18, after a long illness. After working for Consolidated Edison on Staten Island, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He married in 1961 and settled in Millis in 1967. From 1962 to 1999 he worked for Sverdrup Corporation, beginning as a project manager, and ascended to regional executive working out of the company’s Boston office. He worked on or managed major construction projects, such as the Red Line Extension from Harvard Square to Alewife Station, the Ted Williams Tunnel, and the Old Colony Railroad Restoration project. After retiring from Sverdrup he worked for Rizzo & Associates, where he was part of the team designing the infrastructure for Gillette Stadium. A longtime member of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE), he was one of the founders of the Engineering Center, a nonprofit dedicated to the development of young engineers. He also served as BSCE president in the late 1980s and was named a fellow by BSCE. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served two terms on the Millis Board of Public Works. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children and their spouses; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Aug, 2021

Nathaniel B. Atwater ’58, ’64 AM, of Little Compton, R.I.; Feb. 11. He earned a PhD in medieval literature from Exeter University in England and taught English at UMass Dartmouth. He retired in 1991. In retirement he served two terms as president of the Little Compton Historical Society. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, Indian artifact hunting, and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter and son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; two grandsons; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.

Jun, 2021

Judith Lamb Juncker ’58, of Limerick, Me.; Feb. 11. She worked in the Gloucester Public Schools teaching second grade at Veteran’s Memorial School until her retirement. She also worked at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. She was an active member of the Annisquam Village Church, a librarian at the Annisquam Village Library, and a member of the Chorus North Shore, Annisquam Sewing Circle, and Maine Mineralogical Society. She is survived by three children and their spouses; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother-in-law. 

Apr, 2021

William E. Williams Jr. ’58, of Campton, N.H.; Nov. 1, after a short period of declining health. He had a career in real estate sales and development in New Jersey and with the Dunning Home Group in Hopkinton, N.H. He served two terms in the N.H. General Court and two terms on the Select Board in Sugar Hill. In retirement, he worked for the beaches in Wells and Ogunquit, Maine. In addition, he and his second wife operated the Inn at Skunk Hollow in Sugar Hill for almost eight years. He was an accomplished ice hockey official and past president of the National Ice Hockey Association for metropolitan New York and New Jersey, as well as a soccer official for almost 40 years and a baseball official in both New Jersey and New Hampshire. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He is survived by his wife, Lee; four children and their spouses; a stepson and his wife; nine grandchildren; one step-grandson; nine great-grandchildren; and a nephew.

Apr, 2021

Robert W. Westgate ’58, of Newington, Conn.; Dec. 7, of complications related to COVID-19. He spent three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy deployed in Europe and throughout the Mediterranean. In 1964, he and his family moved to Newington and he began his career as a safety engineer at Travelers Insurance Company. He earned his MBA at night from the University of Hartford and spent 20 years as an evening instructor at Central Connecticut State University teaching organizational behavior and management courses. He sang in the Silk City Men’s Chorus and enjoyed woodworking projects and traveling to Maine. He is survived by his wife, Betty; a daughter and son-in-law; two sons and daughters-in-law; and eight grandchildren.

Apr, 2021

Harold A. Meyer Jr. ’58, of Washington, Conn., formerly of Ridgewood, N.J.; Nov. 8. He was active in the Brown University Club of NYC and New Jersey and involved with many local community activities. He is survived by his wife, Louise Burdett Meyer ’59; a daughter and son-in-law; son, Harold III ’86; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Apr, 2021

Calvin E. Horsman ’58, of Denville, N.J.; Nov. 1, following a brief illness. Upon graduation from Brown and after serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to New Jersey to raise his family and pursue a career in insurance. He operated his own insurance agency in Morristown for years before retiring. He was a supporter of various local and regional charitable organizations and a longtime member of Saint Mary’s Church (Denville) and the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Morris County. He is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Apr, 2021

Walter W. Fisher Jr. ’58, of Brookfield, Conn.; Jan. 23, 2020. He worked at MetLife in New York City and in the late 1960s accepted a position at Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, N.Y. In 1974, the family relocated to Candlewood Shores in Brookfield, where they shared many years of adventure and happiness. Walter was a production manager for Davis & Geck for 35 years and in retirement remained active by doing volunteer work at the Congregational Church of Brookfield and at the Brookfield Library. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and enjoyed traveling to England, France, Scotland, and Hawaii and spending time at his Bermuda timeshare. He is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, a sister, and a brother.

Apr, 2021

E. Robert Finnegan ’58, of Ormond Beach, Fla., formerly of Madison, Conn.; Oct. 24, after a long illness. He was a disaster recovery specialist with FEMA for 20 years and managed the 9/11 disaster relief center for FEMA in lower Manhattan. He spent time in Guam, Hawaii, and locations throughout the U.S. for months at a time after hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. Prior to that, he was an owner of Beazley Realtors in Clinton, Conn., and during the 1970s he was principal of Daniel Hand High School in Madison, and East Hampton High School (Conn.). He enjoyed carpentry and sports, which included announcing the Friday night football games for Daniel Hand High School for years, and was an avid New York Yankees and Giants fan. He is survived by his wife, Carol; four children and their spouses, including daughter Kim Finnegan Drexler ’82; two stepchildren; and nine grandchildren.

Apr, 2021

Nancy Burgatti Dunleavy ’58, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Miami, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Stratford, Conn.; Sept. 24. While living in Cherry Hill, she and her husband started Cherrydun, a kennel that bred Sealyham terriers. They moved to Stratford, were involved in the theater community, and began raising four foster children. In 1980 they moved to Miami, where Nancy worked for the U.S. Passport Office and continued to raise Sealyhams as well as perform volunteer work. In 2006, after her husband’s retirement, they moved to Ocala and advanced from dog breeders and trainers to judges and mentors. She is survived by a sister; a brother; brother-in-law Thomas Dunleavy ’60; and six nieces and nephews.

Apr, 2021

John W. Brown ’58, of La Jolla, Calif.; Sept. 15. He graduated from UConn School of Law and began his legal practice in Greenwich, Conn., specializing in trusts and estate planning. In 1974, he and his family relocated to La Jolla, where he established the estate planning division of Jenkins & Perry. He was later a founding member of Brown, MacDonald & Ravin. John played significant leadership roles in many local professional arts and charitable organizations over the years. He served as chair of the Estate Planning Trust & Probate Section of the San Diego County Bar Association and the La Jolla Probate Section. He was a longtime member and past president of the Rotary Club of La Jolla and also served on the boards of the San Diego Symphony, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, the San Diego Brown Club, and New Entra Casa. His wife became a federal prosecutor in the 1970s, and the two combined their practices and formed Brown & Brown in 1988. Their daughter Meredith Brown ’87 joined the firm in 1991, and John continued to practice with Brown & Brown until his death. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

Apr, 2021

Robert M. Barta ’58, of Maynard, Mass.; Sept. 29. He worked for General Dynamics Electric Boat Company until moving in 1965 to Rockville, Md., where he worked for the Vitro Corporation. In 1973, he moved with his family to Maynard and worked for Dynamic Research Corporation and later for the Bradford Corporation, retiring in 1996 after 22 years as a reliability engineer for Naval Sea Systems Command. He enjoyed grilling, traveling, and working on jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles and had a passion for partaking in Revolutionary War reenactment. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a daughter; three sons and daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Jan, 2021

Charles Paley ’58, of Providence; July 25. He survived COVID-19 pneumonia only to succumb to a wound infection acquired during his recovery. He served in the Army National Guard while employed in retail management positions by W.T. Grant. Later in life, after earning a master’s in social work from Hunter College, he joined the psychiatry department at Metropolitan Hospital. He completed Hunter’s post-master’s program in individual therapy and started a part-time private practice, which he operated until 2007. He enjoyed being a member of The Remsenburg Association and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons, and despite Parkinson’s progression, he enjoyed grandchildren visits and wearing his 50th Reunion Brown cap. He is survived by his wife, Ann-Marie; a son and daughter-in-law; and two grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

Michael F. Larratt ’58, of Winter Park, Fla.; July 18, 2019, of complications of Parkinson’s. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Kleemeyer-Larratt; four sons and their spouses; and nine grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

Ronald J. Darling ’58, of Tampa, Fla.; June 26. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine at Marquette University School of Medicine and served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1963 through 1971 with the 452nd General Hospital. After completing his residency in otolaryngology with the Wood Veterans Administration Center and with the Marquette University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, he practiced full-time at the Veterans Administration and held the position of instructor of surgery at the Marquette University School of Medicine. In 1968, he opened his ENT practice at Moreland Ear Nose and Throat Group in Waukesha and continued to practice until he had a stroke in 2012. He enjoyed making people happy by telling bad jokes and silly limericks. He is survived by his wife, Jane; three children, including son Fritz ’97; seven grandchildren; and a brother.

Jan, 2021

Barbara Whipple Chaplin ’58, of Portland, Ore., formerly of Madison, Conn.; Nov. 26, 2019, after a short illness. She was an English teacher and traveled extensively before settling in Connecticut, where she spent countless hours as a volunteer and supporter of local Madison public school programs, recreational and sports team organizations, and church and charitable organizations. After raising her sons, she earned her master’s degree in psychology and served as a volunteer for numerous years in rehabilitation hospital service programs. In 1994, she moved to Oregon and was a volunteer at Metropolitan Family Service. She is survived by four sons and their spouses, nine grandchildren, and a brother, Raymond Chaplin ’63.

Nov, 2020

Diane Demirjian Markarian ’58, of Bethesda, Md.; July 2. She taught elementary school in Warwick, R.I., and in Anne Arundel County, Md., and later held various professional roles with Old Colony Bank, Mass. She served as chair of the Hopedale School Committee, Mass., and was a longstanding member and officer of the Portsmouth Garden Club, R.I. She enjoyed antiques, playing bridge, tennis, dancing, skiing, gardening, crocheting, knitting, sewing, solving crossword puzzles, and cooking. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Shant Markarian ’54; a daughter, Kris Markarian ’84; two sons; two grandchildren; three sisters, including Virginia Demirjian Dadourian ’59; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Nov, 2020

Thomas M. Wilson III ’58, of Baltimore; Apr. 24. After serving two years in the U.S. Army in Germany, he married and moved to Baltimore, where he worked in sales for Mid-Eastern Box Company. He earned his JD from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1971 and in 1974 established the State of Maryland’s Antitrust Division, which he headed for five years. He successfully defended before the U.S. Supreme Court on antitrust and commerce-clause constitutional issues. In 1979 he joined Tydings & Rosenberg, where he developed and chaired the firm’s antitrust practice. He lectured and published in the U.S. and abroad on antitrust and trade regulations issues, as well as testifying before Congress. A former fellow of the American Bar Foundation, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year from 2007 and was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Baltimore for his antitrust litigation practice by the same publication in 2014. He retired from Tydings Law in 2017. He enjoyed traveling and attending the opera and was a fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens. He is survived by three children and four grandchildren.

Nov, 2020

W. Scott Roberts ’58, of Scituate, Mass.; June 1. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he attended Brown, where he was treasurer of Phi Gamma Delta. After graduation, he joined the Gillette Company as a sales representative in New York City. Over the next 40 years he held many positions there, was recognized with numerous industry awards, and retired as corporate vice president of trade relations in 1999. He volunteered for the town of Scituate, chairing the town advisory committee and helping preserve conservation land. He was a Bruins, Pats, and Sox fan and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Pat; three children, including son Scott Roberts ’88; nine grandchildren; and 17 nieces and nephews.

Nov, 2020

David B. Peterson ’58, of Melbourne, Fla.; Apr. 18. While at Brown, he enrolled in the ROTC program, then entered the U.S. Marine Corp and was discharged with the rank of captain. He spent most of his career working for the RCA Corp., assisting with the space tracking program. He was a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation and participated on many committees. He enjoyed solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles and reading two newspapers a day. He is survived by a brother and several nieces and nephews.

Nov, 2020

Donald C. Dowling ’58, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; Apr. 12. He was a lawyer whose criminal and civil career spanned 52 years and three countries. In 1961, he became a field research associate of the American Bar Foundation, studying law and procedures concerning the commitment and discharge of the mentally ill. He then moved to Chicago and entered private practice, specializing in trial work, until accepting an appointment as the National Defender Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. A position with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to work on aspects of the Portuguese penal code in Lisbon followed. After returning to the U.S., he worked at GTE International in New York City, then practiced for 33 years as chief trial attorney and head of the Capital Division in the office of the Public Defender in Palm Beach County, Florida. He started his own civil and criminal practice and then later became a partner at Spinner, Dittman, Federspiel & Dowling. He is survived by his wife, Andree Marie-Therese; three children and their spouses, including Luc Dowling ’98; five grandchildren; a sister; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews. 

Nov, 2020

Robert R. Cole ’58, of Westwood, Mass., formerly of Darien, Conn.; June 11. He started his career at Citibank in 1961 and moved to MacKay Shields in 1966, where he was a partner for 22 years. In 1988, he cofounded White Oak Capital Management and ran the business for the remainder of his career. He was a member of several golf and country clubs and an avid tennis and paddle tennis player. He enjoyed traveling and spending summers in Little Compton, R.I., with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters; a son-in-law; seven grandchildren; and a sister.

Sep, 2020

Jane Horwich Weinberg ’58, of Fair Lawn, N.J.; Mar. 28. She was a teacher in the public school system prior to starting her own SAT tutoring business and helping students reach their college goals over a span of 40 years. She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, and two grandchildren.

Sep, 2020

Martin E. Plaut ’58, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Feb. 17. For four decades he was a professor of medicine at SUNY-University at Buffalo School of Medicine. He taught internal medicine at Buffalo General Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo. He was a 50-year member and past president of the Roswell Park Medical Club in Buffalo and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. At the time of his death, he was preparing a talk on the novel coronavirus. In addition to scholarly research, he published three novels and The Doctor’s Guide to You and Your Colon. He regularly attended performances at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and enjoyed visiting art galleries and reading the New York Times. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; two daughters; son Benjamin ’91; two grandchildren; and a brother.

Sep, 2020

Fred “Woody” Nordenholz ’58, of WinstonSalem, N.C.; Mar. 7. He began his career at Western Electric and served in various management positions before leaving in 1986 to accept the position of president of the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. In retirement, both he and his wife earned master’s of arts degrees in liberal studies at UNC at Greensboro. He enjoyed reading and had a special interest in American history and politics. He also enjoyed cross country skiing at The Home Ranch in Clark, Colo., which was a special place for him, having arranged for a group of children with cancer and their families to spend a week of healing and equine therapy there. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; two daughters; and a son-in-law.

Sep, 2020

Peter C. Charron ’58, of Gulfport, Fla.; Feb. 24. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force followed by a computer position with RCA at Cape Canaveral, then went to IBM, where he worked for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; four children; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Jun, 2020

Frank D. Young ’58, of Kennett Square, Pa.; Jan. 17. He attended Brown and ran track for one year before transferring to the U.S. Naval Academy. He had a varied career as a naval officer, field training engineer, high school math teacher, and computer programmer. He was an avid runner, active in his community, and volunteered with several organizations, including the Freeport Historical Society and the Nassau County Math Teachers Assoc. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; two daughters and sons-in-law; two sons and daughters-in-law; 11 grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

 

Jun, 2020

Henry E. Jakubiak ’58 of Glen Cove, N.Y.; Nov. 14, of cancer. He had a career as an economist for the International Monetary Fund. He is survived by his wife, Susan; a daughter; a son; and two sisters.

 

Jun, 2020

John Downes ’58, of Bridgeport, Conn.; Aug. 8, 2019, after a short illness. He was the author of many books and was a financial consultant and writer whose career encompassed banking, corporate and public finance, and investor relations. His books included Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms, The Barron’s Finance and Investment Handbook, and Investing and Personal Finance: Thriving in Today’s Investment Landscape. In addition to being a follower of current events and an avid reader, he was also a jazz pianist. He is survived by daughter Anne Downes Whelan ’91; two grandchildren; four sisters; nephew Hugh Nicholson ’88; and his former wife, Katherine Downes.

 

Jun, 2020

Judith Applegate ’58, of Princeton, N.J.; Dec. 3, after a long illness. She ran a successful antiques business in Massachusetts and Connecticut before returning to New Jersey in 1994. She held various adjunct teaching positions throughout her career, most recently with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum graduate program, the Bard Graduate Center, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her professional career in the arts included work as an assistant curator with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; director of education and chief curator at the deCordova Museum (Mass.); director of New York’s Place des Antiquaires; vice president of Citibank Art Advisory Services; and director of Litchfield County Auctions (Conn.). Returning to New Jersey, she enjoyed helping with the Master Gardeners of Mercer County and continued to run her own art and antiques appraisal business before retiring in 2016. She is survived by a daughter, two grandchildren, a niece, and two nephews.
 

 

Apr, 2020

Robert J. Lawton ’58, of Fort Myers, Fla.; Oct. 23. He was an international corporate executive of 27 years in Latin America and Asia. He enjoyed jazz music and sports. He is survived by his wife, Susan; three children; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Apr, 2020

George D. Lamborn ’58, of Vero Beach, Fla.; July 17. He had a long career in the commodities industry. He served numerous financial organizations, among them the Chicago Board of Trade and New York Mercantile Exchanges, the NY Commodities Exchange, as well as markets in London and Asia. In 2005 he was inducted into the Futures Industry Hall of Fame. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, skiing, fishing, hunting, and traveling. He is survived by four children, a grandchild, a sister, and two former wives.

 

Apr, 2020

Richard S. Harrison ’58, of Warwick, R.I.; Oct. 20. He taught biology and biochemistry at Cranston East High School, retiring as director of guidance in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Rose; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.

 

Apr, 2020

Jane W. Givens ’58, of Frederick, Md.; Nov. 9. She was a special education teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools for 18 years and continued to teach in Frederick County until 2017. She volunteered as a teacher of illiterate adults in the Montgomery County Literacy Council Program and in church educational programs, and for 23 years she was a leader of Recovery Inc., a self-help group for those suffering from nervous disorders. She liked animals, especially dogs, and supported many charities to help protect and care for them. She is survived by her husband, Robert; five children and their spouses; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2020

Martin Bernheimer ’58, of New York City; Sept. 29, of a long battle with sarcoma. He was a former Los Angeles Times music critic and a Pulitzer Prize winner. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1940 and at the age of 14 submitted his first article to Opera News, which was accepted but later scrapped. At Brown, he studied music history and musicology. He also moonlighted as a supernumerary in opera productions with professional companies performing in Boston. As a graduate student back in Munich, he attended the renowned Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, where he studied musicology on a grant from the German state of Bavaria. Around this time, he published his first article in the New York Times, a short piece on Munich opera. Upon returning to the U.S., he enrolled at NYU and was a NYU part-time lecturer. In 1961 he became a temporary music critic at the New York Post and that same year was made a contributing editor for the Musical Courier. From 1962 to 1965, he served as assistant to the music editor of the Saturday Review and managing editor of the Philharmonic Hall Program. He joined the Los Angeles Times in 1965 and became the chief music critic. He stayed with the newspaper for 31 years and won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1982 and ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award in 1974 and 1978. He was a member of several music-related education programs and became a faculty member of the Rockefeller program for the training of music critics at USC in 1966. In 1969 he joined the music faculty of UCLA and in 1982 became an honorary member of Pi Kappa Lambda. He was a regular lecturer and taught criticism at Cal State Northridge, San Diego State, and California Institute of the Arts. After leaving the paper, he served as a correspondent in New York for the London-based Financial Times covering opera, classical music, and dance. He also served on the board of Opera Magazine. He is survived by his wife, Linda; three daughters; a son; and his former wife, Cindy Bernheimer. (See “Music Appreciation” in the 2012 November/December BAM)  

 

Jan, 2020

Cynthia N. Peterson ’58, of Petersburg, N.Y.; June 16. After Brown, she went to the Yale School of Architecture. Among her jobs while studying at Yale was working on projects with the noted architect Paul Rudolph. After Yale, she then went to New York City, where she worked for the firm of Davis Brody. While there she worked on design plans for a University of Buffalo renovation, among her many projects. Leaving Davis Brody, she was then a professor of architecture at City College in New York City, a position she held until 1992, when she retired to Petersburg. In her retirement she served as an architectural consultant for the rebuilding of a portion of the public library in Petersburg, and for a while she was a rural mail carrier and even a ski instructor at Jiminy Peak. She donated her body to Albany Medical College and is survived by her sister, Diana Peterson Muzzarelli ’62.

 

Jan, 2020

Jean White Mosler ’58, of Hackettstown, N.J.; Aug. 26. She was a library director  at Hackettstown Library for many years before retiring. She is survived by many friends.

 

Jan, 2020

Alfred U. Howes ’58, of Providence; Aug. 22. He was a licensed navigator in the Merchant Marine for most of his career. He enjoyed spending time at the family farm in North Hero, Vt. and in 2000 donated the property to the Lake Champlain Land Trust. He was active at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.  

 

Nov, 2019

Susan Langdon Kass ’58, of San Francisco; June 28. She taught high school biology in the Bay Area, then in 1975 found Scottish Country Dancing. In 1985 she studied for and passed the exam to become a Scottish Country Dance teacher and taught in San Francisco for more than three decades. In 2008 she was recognized for her contributions in promoting the Highland Games with a certificate of appreciation. In addition to Scottish Country Dance, she enjoyed swimming and teaching young children to swim at the UCSF Fitness Center. She also liked gardening. She is survived by her husband, Sid; a daughter; a son; two granddaughters; and two sisters.
 

 

Nov, 2019

Deane K. Fox Jr. ’58, of Lewisville, Tex.; Dec. 3, from Alzheimer’s. He had a career in sales working with the insurance and plastics industries. He retired in 2008 and enjoyed volunteering at the YMCA, sailing, biking, and cooking. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters and their spouses; four grandchildren; a brother; a sister-in-law; and two nephews.

 

Nov, 2019

Judith Riley Doherty ’58, of Westfield, Mass.; May 23, after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was the co-owner of Riley’s Sausage Company in Holyoke, Mass. She also worked at ES Sports, Clayton Insurance, and the former Yankee Pedlar Inn in Holyoke. She was active at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a member of the board of directors of Saint Paul’s nursery school. She is survived by two daughters, two sons, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2019

Joseph Des Roches ’58, of Warwick, R.I.; Feb. 10. He was employed with the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training for 43 years. He retired in 2008 as chief of employment services. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Warwick, a former member of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick, and a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He is survived by his wife, Norma.

 

Nov, 2019

Betsy Froehlich Hill ’58, of College Park, Md.; Aug. 11. She taught English as a second language in the Washington, D.C., area for many years. She also served as a docent at the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery. She is survived by two daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, a sister, a brother-in-law, and six nieces and nephews.
 

 

Sep, 2019

Thomas B. Bigford ’58, of Williamsburg, Va.; Apr. 11. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, followed by management positions with Carnation in Los Angeles, Ogilvy & Mather in New York, and Ketchum Advertising in San Francisco. He is survived by his wife, Annie; a daughter; a son-in-law; a grandson; two sisters; and a brother.

 

Jul, 2019

Edward D. Onanian ’58, of East Greenwich, R.I.; Apr. 1. His career was spent at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., focusing on labor management relations. Some career highlights included initiating a program for global economic conferences in Paris; being part of an official delegation to Israel led by the U.S. Secretary of Labor; and representing the U.S. in the Geneva economic conferences. He was an active member of the Armenian church and is survived by his wife, Zvart; two daughters; a son-in-law; two grandsons; and a brother.

Jul, 2019

Lawrence T. Kocher ’58, of Windsor, Calif.; Mar. 16, of complications of Parkinson’s disease. After receiving a master’s degree in education at Harvard, he began his teaching career in Madison, N.J. He moved to California in 1961 and taught at Woodside High School until 1963. He received a master’s degree in history from Stanford and taught at San Carlos High School until 1982. His passion for history earned him a Fulbright Scholarship to India to study in 1967. Upon his retirement, he became a docent at the Immigration Station on Angel Island and a docent at de Young Museum in San Francisco. He became a master gardener and drove for Meals on Wheels, in addition to attending Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State Univ. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a son; and a sister.

 

Jul, 2019

Neal B. Mitchell ’58, of Northbridge, Mass.; Apr. 8. After graduating from Brown, he received a graduate degree in structural engineering from MIT and was awarded a fellowship to work with engineers and architects including Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy, Eduardo Torroja in Spain, and Manuel Rocha in Portugal. He held teaching positions at RISD, Tufts, Cornell, and Harvard. At the time, he was the youngest assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design at the age of 29 and then the youngest full professor on the Harvard College Faculty, where he started a technology laboratory that achieved an international reputation in teaching innovation and structural engineering. He served on three different Presidential Committees that studied aspects of education in the U.S. In the early 1970s he founded a consulting company that developed a series of management and engineering computer programs that became widely used around the world and marketed by IBM. The firm worked on many industrial and military programs, from the development of the General Motors subsidiary Saturn to the Penguin Missile Program for NATO, as well as many large building and civil engineering projects worldwide. He was recognized as a world leader in program management and lectured worldwide to major Fortune 500 corporations. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. He generously supported undergraduate summer research at the School of Engineering through the Neal B. Mitchell ’58 Award – Systems Thinking Project. He was involved in local government and lent his expertise to several local building, planning, and construction projects. He also helped to develop and teach a systems engineering course to high school students. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and is survived by his wife, Kristin; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; and five grandchildren.

 

May, 2019

Catharine Calvo ’58, of Providence; Dec. 5. For 15 years she taught young school children, creating a unique classroom environment while she pursued her theatrical hobby. She guided the development of the Parents Cooperative School in Narragansett, R.I. She was a founding member of the Trinity Repertory Company and worked with the company as a lighting director for two and half years. She was a house manager at Providence Performing Arts Center, vice president of the board, on the production committee of Barker Playhouse, and spent more than 50 years with summer stock and community theater around New England. She experienced every aspect of theater and enjoyed set construction and technical elements. She is survived by a sister and several nieces and nephews.

Mar, 2019

John P. Hopkins ’58, of Goshen, N.H.; Nov. 13. After teaching at Northeastern Univ. and at a private school in Great Barrington, Mass., he moved to Goshen in 1964 and taught English at Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H. In 1972 he changed career paths and opened a plumbing and heating business. He was also a volunteer firefighter for more than 50 years, a selectman, a school board member, and a budget committee member. He is survived by six children, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Nov, 2018

William H. Tozier ’58, of New York City; May 29. He had a long career in banking, the majority of which was spent in London working for Smith Barney. He retired in 2001. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and a member of Sigma Nu. He is survived by two daughters and two sisters.

 

Nov, 2018

William R. Starke ’58, of Albuquerque, N. Mex.; May 23. He was the proprietor of the Northern Hotel in Fort Collins, Colo., until its sale in 2000. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed both participating in and watching sports. He is survived by five children, 10 grandchildren, and a sister.

 

Nov, 2018

Benjamin F. Dudley II ’58, of Falmouth, Me.; June 28, after a brief illness. He worked for many years as a systems analyst for Hannaford Brothers and later was employed with the Maine Turnpike Authority. He enjoyed music, reading, and animals. He is survived by five children.

 

Sep, 2018

James Alaimo ’58, of Cumberland, R.I.; May 10. Better known as “Gerry” to the Brown community, came to Brown as a basketball center and left as one of the University’s all-time leading scorers with 1,046 points, having served as co-captain of the Bruins in his senior year, been named to the All-Ivy team, and won the J. Richmond Fales Trophy as the player who had made the greatest contribution to Brown basketball. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army, worked for a short time in the insurance industry and returned to Brown in 1963 to coach the freshman team. After one year, he left to coach Middlebury College basketball, where he remained for five years before returning to Brown as head coach. In 1974 he was inducted into Brown’s Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2006, in recognition of his accomplishments as a player, was named to Brown’s All-Time Team at the 100th anniversary celebration. After 10 years as head coach at Brown (1969-1979), he accepted a position as an administrator in the Providence College athletic department. He retired from Providence College in 2001 as senior associate athletics director and was inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

Sep, 2018

David Jenkins ’58, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; Apr. 18. He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in the Episcopal Church on June 17, 1961, and then to the Sacred Order of Priests on Dec. 23, 1961. He would continue to serve until his passing. He served at churches in the dioceses of Rhode Island, New York, the Windward Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago. From 1970 to 1991 he held multiple administrative and leadership positions at SUNY Albany. In 1991 he took early retirement from academia, bought a sailboat, and headed to the Caribbean to serve. In 2002 he sold the boat and moved to Florida. He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, nieces, and nephews.  

 

Jul, 2018

Richard E. Neal ’58, of Andover, Mass.; Jan. 20, of cancer. Following 40 years in education, he retired in 1998 as superintendent of the Andover Public School System. In 1989, he was named Middle Level Administrator of the Year for Massachusetts. An avid sports fan, he coached with Andover Little League and was founder of the Andover Hockey Assoc., where he also coached the Andover Bantam hockey team. In retirement, he worked for another 17 years at the TD Garden in Boston as a guest relations supervisor and was a supervisor for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. He is survived by two daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law, six grandchildren, a brother, and a sister-in-law.

 

Jul, 2018

James W. Hanner ’58, ’62 MAT, of Amherst, Mass., formerly of Arcadia, Calif.; Feb. 8. He was a retired financial consultant. He enjoyed singing in the Valley Light Opera and the Hampshire Choral Society. He also enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his wife, Martha; a daughter; a sister-in-law; and a brother-in-law.

 

May, 2018

Charles H. Turner ’58, of Edmonds, Wash.; Jan. 8. He had a private law practice in Chicago in the 1960s, worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office there from 1962 to 1965, and was with the regional solicitor’s office of the U.S. Department of Interior in Portland from 1965 to 1967. He was appointed U.S. Attorney for Oregon under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush and was lead prosecutor in several highly publicized criminal cases. Among these were the prosecution of the American Indian Movement figures in the aftermath of AIM’s occupation of the Wounded Knee site in South Dakota; the case of a Portland State Univ. professor who plotted to bomb the National Guard armory in Portland; and the case of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and members of his commune for the bioterror attack in The Dalles, Oregon, in which Turner was targeted for assassination. He retired from the U.S. Attorney’s office in 1993. He was a Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed history, especially Civil War history. He is survived by his wife, Sharol; a daughter; a son; three grandsons; a sister; and a brother.

May, 2018

Joseph A. Santangini ’58, of Providence; Sept. 21.

 

May, 2018

Edward W. Poitras ’58, of Haines City, Fla., formerly of Winter Haven, Fla.; Dec. 30. At Brown he was a member of the Glee Club and the University Chapel Choir, and worked at WBRU. After graduation and service in the U.S. Army, he worked as a radio broadcaster in Binghamton, N.Y. He later moved to Winter Haven to manage Poitras Groves citrus operations and audition for the Bach Festival Choir of Winter Park, Fla., of which he remained a member for 20 years. He was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church for nearly 50 years and directed its music ministry. He also worked with Christian Prison Ministries and at the time of his death was an officer and treasurer of Faith Alive Ministries. He is survived by his wife, Kay; three daughters and their spouses; six grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law; and three nieces.

 

May, 2018

William G. Olsen Jr. ’58, of New Ulm, Tex.; Dec. 24. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he worked at IBM as a computer programmer. Later he became a consultant in custom programming. He enjoyed building and fixing things, including his home in New Ulm. He also liked cooking and recipe sharing. He is survived by four children, six grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

 

May, 2018

Charles H. Kershaw III ’58, of Contoocook, N.H., formerly of Barrington, R.I.; Dec. 14. Before joining the U.S. Air Force, he practiced family medicine in Barrington for 15 years. He was a flight surgeon and commander during his 22 years of military service and retired as a colonel. He was a member of the Order of DeMolay and served as a master counselor. He enjoyed sailing, fishing, raising Appaloosa horses, and playing guitar. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; three daughters and their spouses; and eight grandchildren.

 

Apr, 2018

Peter Gemski ’58, of Asheville, N.C.; Mar. 15, 2017, of heart failure. He was chief of the Department of Molecular Pathology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C., from which he retired in 1996. He was a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of the American Society for Microbiology, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He enjoyed jazz, playing the trumpet and flugelhorn, and acting as a band leader and arranger. He is survived by his wife, Lenny; a son; a daughter; three grandchildren; a sister, Olga Gemski Robinson ’57; a brother-in-law, John Robinson ’56; and a nephew, Chase Robinson ’85.

Apr, 2018

Judith Abbott Myers ’58, of Atlanta, Ga.; Oct. 11. She was a homemaker active in her community. She enjoyed playing tennis. She is survived by her husband, Dirck; three daughters; and five grandchildren.

Apr, 2018

Earle Webster Jr. ’58, of Raleigh, N.C.; Nov. 7. He worked as a sales manager for Blasch Precision Ceramics of New York before retiring to North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; a daughter; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Feb, 2018

Fremont J. Camerino ’58, of Niles, Ohio; Sept. 29.

Feb, 2018

Ronald E. Oberg ’58, of Glastonbury, Conn.; Sept. 8, of cancer. He was an information systems administrator for the State of Connecticut until he retired in 1998. He was a longtime member of the Glastonbury Yacht Club and is survived by his wife, Mary; three children and their spouses; three grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

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