Class of 1959
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Ted Grand writes; “After years of flying below the radar, here is what goes on with me. I am within a month or so of publishing a book that describes much of my scientific work and a few adventures doing fieldwork. It is a treatise in mammalian biology from moles and prehensile-tailed porcupines, many primates, and African hoofed species, to elephants and rhinoceros. I include a few academic stories, two of which involve favorite undergraduate teachers, I.J. Kapstein and Leallyn Clapp.”
After 60 years as a classics, ancient history, and archaeology professor at SUNY Buffalo and Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Stephen L. Dyson has put away his academic robes for retirement. Steve and his wife, Pauline, marked their 60th wedding anniversary this past summer with family, including six grandchildren, in attendance at a gathering planned by their daughter Stephanie Dyson ’85 and sons Christopher (’87 Yale) and Jon-Paul (’91 Oberlin).
Jane Cayford Nylander writes: “I’m pleased to pass along the news that my new book “The Best Ever!” Parades in New England, 1788-1940 has been published by Bauhan Publishing, Inc. and Old Sturbridge Village. OSV has made parades a major theme of their 75th anniversary celebration and mounted a special exhibition on the topic at four sites within the museum. Digging deep into local historical societies and museum collections to research this topic has been a vastly entertaining retirement project over the last 16 years and I’ve found new material in every corner of New England. The book includes 308 illustrations that reveal an aspect of popular culture that has seldom been studied. I’m hoping the book will bring forth even more when readers begin to wonder what may be squirreled away in attics and archives close to home.”
Arthur L. Levin ’62 AM spent the pandemic transferring last year’s booked Portugal and Paris trip to this year, apparently so he could now transfer it to 2022. But, more promisingly, he completed both vaccine shots and his first book, the latter published at COVID’s peak in 2020 via Amazon. He describes the book as “a happenstantial array of poetry and aphorisms, Mined Over Matters: Random Thoughts Reformed.”
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “Our current Class of 1959 National Scholar is Ulysses Chevez ’23, an engineering major. Remember to help keep our class scholarship funded.”
Bob Sanchez continues his extraordinarily active life. The Brown Club has provided many interesting and engaging programs and outings: talks from faculty and administrators about campus and academic activities, a visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, a visit to an Everglades nature preserve, and a trip to Fort Myers to watch the Boston Red Sox. Bob attended a gathering at which the New Curriculum was the topic of discussion. “A number of those attending the gathering were actually on campus during the negotiations among the faculty, the administration, and the students. Robert Lynch ’69 was active in the brouhaha over the NROTC remaining or leaving. He wrote an interesting piece putting the events in context, The Almost Forgotten Story of How Brown University’s New Curriculum was Nearly Derailed by Subterfuge.” Bob keeps in touch with: Stan Dobson, Jim Furlong, Warren Healey, George Held, Pete Howard, Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT, Jerry Levine, Jim Moody ’65 ScM, Tom Moses, John Reistrup, Charlie Shumway ’66 AM, Sandy McFarland Taylor, Bill Traub ’59, George Vandervoort, and Roger Williams.
Aaron Mendelson fully retired from Northwestern Mutual five years ago and has been involved in urban education in Springfield, Mass. In 2011 he was a founding trustee of Veritas Preparatory Charter School, in addition to working with a group of business leaders in Springfield to improve the district schools. Sadly, his wife of 59 years, Cyndy, passed away in early summer 2019, having suffered from Alzeheimer’s for nine years. He is now living in a retirement community in Longmeadow, Mass., where he is very active. He remains close to fellow classmates Jerry Moskowitz and Alan Weber, whom he visits in Mill Valley, Calif. He writes: “Thankfully my health is good and I am able to remain active and happy.”
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “There were 70 class of 59’ers, plus some spouses and children, who returned to campus for their 60th reunion. Good for us! Yet there were 71 on our five-year ‘In Memoriam’ list. Our regrets. The Friday and Saturday night Faculty Club and University Club dinners were delicious. In addition, our Pembroke Club luncheon under the tent at Maddock featured a talk by our current class of 1959 scholarship recipient, Violet Sackett ’20. Thirty-two women, and a couple of loyal daughters, reminisced about their years on campus and beyond. Our class meeting was chaired by our new president, Diane Scola, who rendered a fitting memorial to our late president of many decades, Clark A. Sammartino. Officers David Merchant (Treasurer) and Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth (Secretary) gave reports and Reunion Committeeman and Brown’s Sports Archivist, Peter Mackie, spoke on A Brief History of the Brown Bear. Sunday’s weather was glorious for our class contingent’s procession down the Hill, led by Class Marshals Caryl-Ann and Charlene Ingraham Underhill.”
Carol Holzapfel McCutcheon writes: “I retired about ten years ago from practicing psychotherapy and started spending six months a year in Italy. My two kids live in Florida. I visit them often and each has two children, all in high school. Hard to believe it’s our 60th Reunion.”
Sally Spaugh Mahan writes: “Two and a half years ago, after Jerry retired from Penn State University as a distinguished professor of physics, we moved to Acton to be closer to our daughter Susan and her family. This is returning home for me, because my roots are here in the Boston North Shore. We are enjoying the challenge of becoming involved in another new community.”
Martha McKay Frigoletto writes: “My husband of 50 years, Fredric Frigoletto ’54, passed away in 2016. He had lived with a heart transplant for 13 years. I am blessed with our two daughters and seven grandchildren who live in the same town—Wellesley, Massachusetts. I’d love to hear from any near or far ’59ers.”
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “Our thanks to the 60th Reunion Gift Committee; Liz Zopfi Chace, Diane Scola, and Peter Mackie. The current recipient of our Class of 1959 Scholarship fund, Violet Sackett ’20, who was the guest of honor at our Pembroke Luncheon and speaker at our 1959 Class Meeting on Saturday afternoon, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology, focused on climate change and the impacts on our ecosystem. She is also a captain of the Brown Running Club.”
Tony Morgan writes: “After a long and successful career in market research and advertising (Exec VP, TBWA Advertising), I have spent the last dozen years writing mostly fiction. Two novels were followed by an anthology of some 30 short stories, literary essays, and personal remembrances called The Book of Morgan. Two years ago, I helped to create another anthology of local authors which I edited and to which I contributed. I am expecting twin grandkids and they are included in my latest true story, My Great Uncle Oetzi, which begins 5,000 years ago.”
Lee Jacobus ’59 AM writes: “Joanna and I met Anita and Gus White over the holidays at the home of a mutual friend. We had a good talk/mini-reunion. In February, I had lunch with Ned Perkins ’59, and Bill Chadwick ’58, both of whom now live nearby. We had some reminiscences of Brown in the days of our youth.”
Jim Steiner writes: “My wife Jill and I are spending eight months in Miami Beach and four months on Fire Island, New York. I’m still working and very happy and still singing. Can’t wait to see my classmates.”
Diane Scola is great-grandmother to Beckett Scola Dexter.
Len Santos hopes “to see many of my ’59 classmates at our upcoming reunion, for it ’s ‘RAHRAH Brunonia’ time once again.” He and his wife, Ardis, have been enjoying life residing in the Hershey, Pa., area, Chocolate Capital of the World. For the last 27 years, they have wintered in Oahu.
Jane Nylander is serving as a trustee of Old Sturbridge Village, an honorary trustee of Historic Deerfield, and was elected trustee emerita of the New Hampshire Historical Society. She lives in Portsmouth (N.H.) and has completed a book about New England parade floats, 1788-1940.
Roger Morrison has retired to St. Petersburg after a very interesting career in advertising with J.Walter Thompson Co. (NYC) and Eastman Kodak in Rochester (N.Y.).
“Retirement suits us well,” writes Marcia Gallup MacDonald. “We live five months in Branford, Connecticut, and seven months in Vero Beach, Florida. I am very interested in attending our 60th reunion.”
Alfred and Joan Rosensweig Lucco are “extremely delighted that their grandson, Henry Willard Lucco, enrolled in Brown’s freshman class of 2022.”
B.G. Koether is celebrating the 50th birthday of the founding of his company, KitchenBrains. His daughter and two sons are all intimately involved with the company and he is still working full-time. His seven grandchildren range in age from 21 years to 6 months.
Phyllis Long Gressens writes: “I spent a delightful two weeks in Italy with daughters Margaret Gressens ’83 and Kate, my son-in-law, and my grandchildren—a week in a beautiful villa in Tuscany and a week in Rome and other destinations. I have enjoyed reunions with my classmates and have been looking fondly at a picture of myself, Joan Papkin Mann, Marcia Gallup MacDonald, and Joan Mintz Parlin on the porch of Allinson. Judy Cameron Whittaker was missed last year. We turn 80 this year! How did this happen? We were saddened by the death of Sheila McHale Bailey, a fellow Allinson grad.”
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “Hey ’59ers, please send in your class dues and some news about you. Some of this financial support will help subsidize our 60th reunion fees and the news? Always nice to hear from you now and then. Our 60th Reunion Committee—Ben Brown, Liz Zopfi Chace, Carol Canner Gjelsvik, Peter Mackie, David Merchant, Clark Sammartino, Charlene Ingraham Underhill, and myself, have been meeting and planning for our Memorial Day weekend get together. The 60th reunion headquarters will be on the Keeney Quad (buildings with elevators). All University and class events will be nearby so we can walk to them readily, if not easily. There will also be on-call shuttles available throughout the weekend. Events kick off with the new All-Class Reunion Party on Friday afternoon, May 24, and proceed through Commencement March down the Hill, and a Grab ’n’ Go Lunch on Sunday, May 26. We will have our class meeting for all class members outside Maddock on Saturday afternoon, including an update on our Class of 1959 Scholarship Fund. Hoping to see you all there.”
Sid Baumgarten is still actively practicing law. He moved to the Woolworth Building near City Hall (NYC), which is now close enough to walk to work. He is currently president of the Financial District Lions Club, vice chair of the New York County Lawyers Committee on law-related education, and chairman of New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc., a premier drug rehab program he has been involved with for 41 years. He is also an arbitrator for the court-administered program for fee disputes. He writes: “As long as I am still upright, I enjoy hunting deer, ducks, pheasants, whatever, always joined by my son Roger ’82. My brothers, Joel ’59 and Sam ’65, and my two sons, Fred ’79 and Rog, are all doing well.”
James Steiner writes: “My wife, Jill, and I are spending eight months in Miami Beach and four months on Fire Island, New York. I’m still working. After selling my business in 2014, my buyer walked away and I got the business back. I’m very happy and still singing. Can’t wait to see my classmates.”
Peter J. Skowronek Jr. writes that he and his wife, Anne, are enjoying retirement as they continue to volunteer in their community. They are also enjoying interacting with their nine grandchildren as they pursue their careers as well.
Leonard B. Santos writes: “My wife, Ardis, and I have been enjoying life while residing in the Hershey, Pennsylvania, area. For the last 27 years we have spent the winter months visiting Oahu, Hawaii. During our travels over the years we have also visited the Brown campus on several occasions. I thoroughly enjoyed my discussions with numerous students and was also impressed with the progressive and positive happenings at our alma mater. I hope to see many of my ’59 classmates at our upcoming reunion, for it’s RAH, RAH Brunonia time once again.”
Jane Cayford Nylander is serving as trustee of Old Sturbridge Village and was elected trustee emerita of the New Hampshire Historical Society. She is in the process of completing work on a book about New England parade floats to be published in 2020.
Dudley B. Morrison Jr. writes that he is in his eighth decade and remaining active in Scottish country dance and the church choir. “If all goes well, I plan to attend my 60th reunion.”
Mel S. Lavitt writes: “Wendy and I are living in Park City, Utah, as are our two daughters Kathy Lavitt ’85 and Meredith Lavitt ’92 and our three grandchildren. Life is wonderful in Utah and I am chairman of the Incentives Committee for the Governors Board of Economic Development, as well as being actively involved in the Utah tech community.”
Carol Canner Gjelsvik writes: “I hope to see some Angell Housers at the big reunion. Atle ’60 ScM, ’62 PhD, and I live about 45 minutes south of Providence and are enjoying the beauty and nature on the water near Wickford. We have extra bedrooms if you want to come early or stay later with us, just get in touch. There is a nearby train to Providence and a hotel in easy walking distance. My big push lately is to save the pollinators. My exercise is creating a native plant pollinator garden at a nearby farm.”
Sandra Giles Perrault writes: “Some former Sharpe House girls have stayed in touch for over 60 years and get together periodically. Those who live in Massachusetts—Johanne Bennett Morrison, Pat Pennal MacKenzie, Judith Lister Yelle, and me—gather throughout the year to celebrate our respective birthdays. We have also traveled extensively together since 1994. Twice a year we visit with Joan Wallace Hawkinson and her husband, Don ’58, when they come to Maine from Minneapolis. We also stay in touch with Anne Crook-all Hockenos (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Jan Yeutter Shapiro (Rochester, N.Y.). Judy Yelle moved into assisted living after the death of her husband, Lou. Pat MacKenzie and her husband, Don MacKenzie ’57, sold their home in Acton and moved to Concord. We are all looking forward to our 60th reunion next year.”
Michael S. Davidson and Mary Wickens (Wheaton ’65) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Michael, despite having turned 80 in June, has undertaken the role of president of Morningside Retirement and Health Services, Inc. He and Mary still live in New York City, near Columbia. He writes: “We delighted in the recent birth of our fifth grandchild in February. Would love to hear from Brown friends.”
Richard Grenier retired in 1995 after three years with Pennsylvania Power & Light in Allentown, Pa., and 33 years with Corning Inc., working out of his home in the Philadelphia area. He has been a widower since 2007, and has three children and eight grandchildren, all nearby. He has a summer home in Avalon, N.J.
E. Thomas Jones writes that he is “excited about the next four years of Brown football. The son of close friends in California, Austin Whitsett, has chosen Brown over a number of major colleges. He was the running back on the high school state championship team this past season.” He adds: “While searching for military caps as Xmas gifts for my deceased brother’s two sons, I found that my Sigma Nu fraternity brother Ron Harrison ’59 was based on the same carrier as my brother, who was JFK’s Marine One chopper pilot.”
Roger Vaughan published his 17th book in 2017, The Medal Maker—The Life of Victor Kovalenko, about a sailing coach whose teams have won more Olympic medals than those of any sailing coach in history. Kovalenko was born in Ukraine in 1950 when it was part of the Soviet Union. He became a national champion. His success as a coach caused jealousy and political harassment from his comrades. When Australia offered him a job in 1996, he took it. He is a member of Australia’s sports hall of fame, and has been honored with the Order of Australia. A film Vaughan has been working on for two years, Of Rails and Sails, the Life of Arthur Curtiss James, premiered in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 14, at the Jane Pickens Theater, which was sold out. A biography of James is a work in progress that should be available in the fall of 2018.
The 2017 Tony Awards marked David Toser’s 30th year as costume designer/stylist/ co-ordinator. He says “younger talent will take it from here, and he will concentrate on theater productions, his first love.”
Arthur Levin ’62 AM remains active in Sarasota, Fla., attending cultural events. He manages to also fit in being president of his condominium association.
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “For over a decade, a group of Pembroke ’59ers have met for lunch once a month. Annually, Charlene Ingraham Underhill treats us to a holiday luncheon at her home in Rumford, Rhode Island. Attending were: Sue Merriweather Cory, Ann Dunham, Becky Hill Eckstein, Virginia Calitri Eagan, Jean Guiliano George, Carol Canner Gjelsvik, Mary Frances Kiernan, June Walker Mitchell, and Marion Baker Slater.”
Arthur Levin ’62 AM (see ’59).
Joseph M. Kusmiss’s book of haiku, End of Summer, was published by Red Moon Press.
Frederic J. Fleron Jr. ’61 AM writes: “Lexington Books published my latest book, Russian Studies and Comparative Politics: Views from Metatheory and Middle-Range Theory. A previous book I coauthored was titled Can Democracy Take Root in Post-Soviet Russia? Explorations in State-Society Relations. I am currently working on a book titled The Politics of Technology and Culture: Toward a Social Science Philosophy of Technology.”
From the September/October 2017 Issue
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Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes that a number of ’59-ers attended 125 Years of Women at Brown in May, including herself, Mimi Hughes Carroll, Liz Zopfi Chace, Arlene Brown Eskilson, Carol Canner Gjelsvik, Marcia Gallup MacDonald, Ellen Almond Stuart, and Charlene Ingraham Underhill.
Arlene Brown Eskilson writes: “My daughter Christine Eskilson ’81 took me to the inspiring Launchers and Leaders: Brown Women and Entrepreneurship forum Commencement weekend. I met up with only one ’59-er, Beth Harper Chappel. The conference panels and speakers were awesome and it was neat to see Andrews and Miller, but Bates House, where I also once lived, has apparently long since been gobbled by bricks. I am a retired Lake Forest College sociology professor and current antiques dealer. In addition to my Brown daughter, my son is Stephen Eskilson ’90 AM, ’95 PhD.”
From the July/August 2017 Issue
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Patricia Pennal MacKenzie celebrated her 80th birthday in April at a party hosted by her husband, Donald MacKenzie ’58. Helping her celebrate were her friends Johanne Bennett Morrison and her husband, Donald E. Morrison ’57; Sandra Giles Perrault and her husband, Thomas; and Judith Lister Yelle.
From the May/June 2017 Issue
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Carol Canner Gjelsvik and her husband, Atle ’60 ScM, ’62 PhD, are living in Rhode Island. Their children, daughter Annie Gjelsvik ’91, ’03 PhD, a Brown professor in public health, and son Erik and their families live nearby. Carol writes: “Atle and I enjoy classes, visits, and our life here. I just coordinated a butterfly/pollinator garden. Save the monarchs. Plant milkweed.”
In August, Joan Parlin became a great-grandparent to Phoebe Louisa Grace Parlin. Joan writes: “We feel very blessed to have 10 grandchildren.”
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Nancy Angelo writes: “I married Thomas Mather (Fordham ’60) in 2014. We divide our time between Maryland and Florida and any place that has a golf course. On another note, my great (and she is great) niece, Olivia Rosenbloom, is class of 2020.”
Philip J. DiSaia writes: “I’m working part-time as professor emeritus at UC Irvine. I keep busy with six grandchildren: five boys and one girl. I’m planning yet another trip to Italy with my wife, Patti, and friends.”
Dr. Richard Haskell writes that he’s living in and loving Florida. “I’m playing old-time hockey and sailing from my backyard dock.”
Arthur L. Levin remains a civic and cultural activist in Sarasota, Fla. He is president of his condo association, overseeing a $6.5 million renovation project; a director of the Downtown Sarasota Condo Association; and a stakeholder representative on the Bayfront 20:20. He and his wife, Marcella (Barnard ’59), support works at the Ringling Museum of Art, New College New Music, and Players Community Theatre, among many others.
Caryl-Ann Nieforth Miller writes that her granddaughter, Lindsey Miller Bloomsberg, graduated from Lesley Univ. with a degree in art therapy and is now living in New York teaching preschool and getting a master’s in early childhood education.
Joan Mintz Parlin writes: “My husband and I are excited to be expecting our first great-grandchild. We’re lucky to be still healthy enough to enjoy taking bicycle trips.”
C. Keith Payne is still living in Fairport, N.Y. He is retired, with grandchildren in Chicago, Connecticut, and Colorado. He has severe arthritis but remains active in his local Catholic church, as does his wife of 56 years.
James Steiner writes: “My wife and I are spending eight months in Miami Beach, and I am still singing and enjoying my new life. If anyone is close to us, please get in touch.”
Rabbi Daniel Wolk writes: “I have been enjoying writing a blog with a lake in the Adirondack Mountains as a metaphor for the ever-present opportunities to enrich life (www.talesoffinding.com ). I am currently Rabbi Emeritus from Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye, New York.”
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Clark Sammartino was a judge at the I.B.F. Heavyweight Championship on Apr. 9 in London, England, between champion Charles Martin of the United States and Olympic Gold challenger Anthony Joshua of the UK.
From the July/August 2016 Issue
Carole Walker Trickett writes: “I am honored to be one of the portraits in Penny Hood’s work, Portraits of Courage, which is composed of paintings of adults who have survived childhood sexual abuse. The portraits have been exhibited at many venues, including Mount Holyoke College. I have retired from a more than 50 year career in clinical social work. My sweet husband of 53 years recently passed away. He was a restoration carpenter and restoration mechanic, particularly of V-12 Lincoln engines.”
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Martha McKay Frigoletto (see Fred Frigoletto Jr. ’54).
Caryl-Ann Miller Neiforth writes: “My niece, Emily Mae Miller ’19, happily entered the Van Wickle Gates with the Brown first-years last fall. She is the granddaughter of the late Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35. Her third-generation family cousin is Andy Feldman ’86, ’91 MD.”
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Clark Sammartino writes: “I was a judge at the super middleweight world championship between Peter Quillin and Michael Zerafa and the super welterweight championship between Jermall Charlo and Cornelius Bundrage. Both fights were at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.”
Bill Traub writes: “Excited to see the Brown vs. Harvard football game shown in the area on Sept. 26, 2015.”
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Joseph Kusmiss published a book of haiku poetry titled End of Summer.
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Jane Allison Lean writes: “Hi, everyone. I am recalling what fun it was to call a number of you to request funding for our class gift at our reunion last year. Everyone did a great job and was so receptive! It was also great to feel connected again immediately. I still live in northern Michigan in a resort area. We were here all winter with the snow and cold, and it was great, despite a large number of whiteouts. I do have an SOS, however: One of the classmates I contacted last year has a daughter who makes and sells really great-sounding lunch boxes—good for the environment and good for food—but I can’t remember who that was! If you see this, would you contact me? Also, to every one of you who has some interesting stories to tell: write them in to the BAM! We all like to hear from you, but the class of ’59 doesn’t send much in. Regards to everyone.”
From the May/June 2015 Issue
Martha McKay Frigoletto (see Fred Frigoletto ’54).
Clark Sammartino was a judge at the triple unification of the World Light Heavyweight Championship in November between future Boxing Hall of Fame pugilist Bernard Hopkins and undefeated Russian Sergey Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Kovalev won in a shutout decision.
From the March/April 2015 Issue
James Steiner writes: “My business, Reunion Outfitters, produced a jacket for the class of ’74 2014 reunion. Carey Timbrell ’74 was the class member I worked with, but sadly Carey had a heart attack and passed away late in 2013. What a loss. A wonderful human being. May he rest in peace.”
From the Janaury/February 2015 Issue
Joan Mintz Parlin writes that she and her husband, Blackie, recently bicycled in France, Austria, and the Czech Republic. They look forward to their upcoming cycling trip in Vietnam.
Clark Sammartino was a judge at the Shawn Porter versus Paul Malignaggi Super Welterweight World Championship in Washington, D.C.
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Clark Sammartino was a judge at the Shawn Porter vs. Paul Malignaggi International Boxing Federation Welterweight Championship of the World in Washington, D.C.
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Clark Sammartino was recently a judge for the WBO Super Middleweight World Championship between Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz in Magdeburg, Germany.
William Silver writes: “Jazz buffs should check out my daughter, Audrey Silver ’86, at audreysilver.com .”
From the May/June 2014 Issue [55th]
It’s our 55th! Come back, catch up, and look forward! Rooms are available at our headquarters in the Delta Tau Lounge (Olney House). Friday begins with our class photo at 2 o’clock under the Maddock Garden Tent. After that, enjoy cocktails and dinner in the Chancellor’s Dining Room, then stroll out to the College Green for Campus Dance. On Saturday enjoy a free full breakfast at the Sharpe Refectory before having coffee with the president and attending inspiring reunion forums. The Pembroke Luncheon is always a treat and will be held at the Hope Club. Parking is available. (A special registration fee is available for those attending the luncheon only.) The Saturday class celebration dinner will be in the historic University Club, and at dusk join Rhode Island’s own WaterFire downtown. On Sunday, the commencement procession is a must, as the class of 1959 marches down the Hill together once again. All events this year are generously subsidized by our class treasury. Hope to see you on May 23–25!
Frances Gibson Duckett joined her daughter, Catherine Duckett ’83, in Long Branch. She talks about her Brown experiences often. She would love to hear from her former co-op members from Bates House as well as from other Brown friends. Frances still paints and spends time outdoors puttering in the garden.
Phyllis Long Gressens, Marcia Gallup MacDonald, Joan Pipkin Mann, and Joan Mintz Parlin had a wonderful mini-reunion in the fall at Brown. They toured campus, visited their freshman dorm, Allinson House, and attended Providence WaterFire.
From the March/April 2014 Issue [55th]
It’s our 55th! Come back, catch up and look forward! Headquarters: Delta Tau Lounge (Olney House)—rooms available. Friday begins with our class photo, cocktails and a preselected served dinner in the Chancellor’s Dining Room, followed by Campus Dance on the College Green. Enjoy a free full breakfast at the Sharpe Refectory Saturday before coffee with the President and inspiring reunion forums. The Pembroke Luncheon is always a treat and will be held at the Hope Club. Parking lot available. Class photo is at 2 pm. (Special Registration fee again offered for those attending the luncheon only.) Brown ’59 lunch and photo will be in the Maddock Garden Tent. Take a nap, or attend another alumni forum before the class celebration dinner in the nearby historic University Club. All events this year are generously subsidized by our class treasury. At dusk, join Rhode Island’s own WaterFire downtown. Sunday, the commencement procession is a must, as the class of 1959 marches down the Hill together once again. Hope to see you on May 23-25!
Gayla Burnside Gordon writes that she traveled to New York City in June to watch the final shoots of her son-in-law’s movie 5 to 7, starring Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Berenice Marlohe, and Anton Yelchin. In August Gayla travelled to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to babysit while her daughter played in the Grand Teton Festival. And in September Gayla met her four best friends for their 30th trip to Cape Cod and Nantucket, Mass. She writes: “I shipped my 1957 Rolls Royce to my kids in L.A. I am sure they’ll have many years of fun with it as we did in the 1960s, driving it all over Spain and North Africa.”
Jim Steiner is looking forward to seeing classmates at his 55th and at the 65th Jabberwock reunion. He still sings a cappella with the Big Apple Chorus in New York City. He writes: “I’d love to see classmates and former Jabberwocks at my rehearsal in New York.”
From the January/February 2014 Issue
Carol Canner Gjelsvik and Atle Gjelsvik ’60 ScM, ’62 PhD are enjoying life in Rhode Island. Carol writes: “Providence is such a different place from when we went to school—much more upscale, to say the least. Theater is great here, as are the restaurants. There are lots of retired people. I hope to hear that many of you are coming to our 55th. I look forward to seeing you there. Let me know if you are coming.”
Eleanor Levinson Lewis (see Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35).
Edward Perkins writes: “Barbara Perkins ’60 and I celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary in August. We are fortunate to have two of our three daughters and their families living in the area; our third has a summer house here. Much of our time is spent with families and many civic activities. Sailing and boating are still favorite activities.”
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth (see Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35).
Charlene Underhill (see Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35).
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Susan Goff Pearl writes: “I have retired after 30 years as historian for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, though I continue doing contract research for various government offices, organizations, and individuals. Much of my time is spent operating the Prince George’s County (Md.) Historical Society library and responding to research inquiries. I dusted off my violin, and for the last eight years have been playing in the Prince George’s Philharmonic orchestra—a great joy, after having put my violin away too many years ago. Brings back great memories of four years in the Brown Orchestra. I also serve on the Philharmonic’s board of directors, and am learning the details of concert production, costs, grants, and venues. During the summer of 2011, I spent two weeks in Greece at a special reunion at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where as a University of Michigan graduate student I had spent the academic year of 1961–62 (on a Brown fellowship). My husband, John Pearl (University of Michigan, PhD), has retired from NASA, but as an emeritus scientist continues to work with data from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Our sons, Christopher Pearl (Univ. of Vermont ’88; Univ. of Oregon ’95 MS) and Alex Caputo-Pearl ’90, UCLA ’96 AM, live on the West Coast with their families, so John and I do most of the traveling. John has regular science meetings in Europe, so we make sure to enjoy each of the interesting places where these meetings are held. We’ve kept happily busy, but will soon have to decide whether to stay in Maryland or to retire to the West Coast and watch our four grandchildren (ages 2 through 9) grow.”
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Jim Botwick has retired a second time. After almost 25 years of private dental practice, he moved to Hilton Head and started Isle Care, an inspection and service company for absentee owners on the island, which he ran for another 27 years. He writes that he plans to keep volunteering, spend more time on the golf course, maybe get in a few more ski trips, and just “enjoy life.” He plans to work as hard in retirement as he did in his past careers and looks forward to being just as successful. His wife, Cheryl, is continuing with her own law practice, but they will also make time to visit their four kids and three grandkids scattered all over the United States, and continue their vacation travels. They have already traveled extensively, including trips to Antarctica, the North Pole, and the Galapagos Islands. Next up are trips to Tanzania, and then Peru’s Machu Picchu and the upper Amazon River Basin.
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Gayla Burnside Gordon writes: “I split my time between my homes in Pasadena, California, and Alexandria, Virginia. I recently lost my husband after 50 years of marriage. After Brown, I taught migrant pickers’ children, then Head Start. After spending four years in Madrid, Spain, I returned to open two antique shops and spent 30 years restoring houses in the Pasadena Historic District. My older daughter and husband, both attorneys, helped me restore a 1906 cottage this year. My younger daughter, a former concertmaster of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, now plays with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra and is a studio musician. She recently worked on the film Life of Pi. Her husband was the producer of Mad About You, and last year he was the coexecutive producer of Mad Men. I go with her to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the Grand Teton Music Festival every year. I have been accompanying my son on some of his surgical cleft missions to Central and South America. Finally, I have six accomplished, fun grandchildren who are constantly challenging me physically and mentally. I would love to hear from old and new friends.”
Lois A. Rappaport writes: “In addition to being an earth and space explainer at the American Museum of Natural History, I am also a backstage tour guide at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.”
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Ann Chmielewski Anderson writes: “I have been appointed as corporator on the board of trustees of Simmons College in Boston. Jack Anderson ’58 and I welcomed our first granddaughter after four grandsons. She was born to Uyen and Brian Anderson ’90 on May 28, 2011. I summited my 22nd 14er this summer—14ers are mountains in Colorado over 14,000 feet.”
Richard Cleary writes: “On Nov. 3, my daughter Sharon Cleary Eastman ’91 was inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame. Sharon was a diver and cocaptain of the Brown women’s swimming and diving team.”
W. Bowdoin Davis Jr. published the article “Copyright’s Immoral Rights?” in Volume XXVII of Visual Resources, the issue entitled “The Crisis in Art History.”
Constance Ames Gillen and her husband, Bill Gillen, lost their beautiful daughter Emily to breast cancer in August. She was a professor of Spanish linguistics at the Univ. of Calgary. They are now raising their granddaughter Beatrice in their Amherst home, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Peter Goldbecker retired from Amica Insurance after 39 years and is living in Brant Lake, N.Y. Peter writes: “I enjoy cruising on Lake Champlain and various canal systems. I spend time during the winter in Sarasota, Fla., and volunteer in various organizations both in New York and Florida. Last year I also celebrated 50 years of marriage to my wonderful wife.”
Carol Canner Gjelsvik and Atle Gjelsvik ’60 ScM, ’62 PhD, are enjoying life in Rhode Island, sometimes meeting classmates at Brown functions and Pembroke ’59 lunches. Carol writes: “A great pleasure is BCLIR, which used to be Brown Community Learning in Retirement, but is now a separate nonprofit. We enjoy coordinating peer learning classes, as well as being active members of them, keeping our brains alive. It is nice to be near our kids and grandkids. Annie Gjelsvik ’91, ’03 PhD is a professor at Brown in public health, and Erik has a handyman’s business.”
Barbara Clark Jeffers and John H. Jeffers ’58 attended the ceremony and festivities last spring for their granddaughter Rachael L. Jeffers ’12 AM, who earned a masters in public humanities. Rachael is the fifth generation of the Jeffers family to attend Brown.
J. Stewart McLaughlin closed his law office on July 1. He is still active part-time as an administrator of Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, N.Y., and writes that he “hopes to ease into retirement gracefully.”
John Quinn retired from advertising and direct marketing in 1998. He has been living aboard his 36-foot ketch, cruising the U.S. East Coast and Canadian coast. He wrote three suspense novels, which can be uploaded to Amazon Kindle. Brown is a plot element in This Man’s Father, which also includes historical exposition on the University. He writes, “Although I haven’t been able to grab the golden publishing ring yet, hope springs eternal.”
Leonard B. Santos writes that he had a few mini-reunions in the last year with Manuel Kyriakakis ’58 and his wife, Elaine; Joe Tebo ’58 and his wife, Ann; and Phil DiSaia and his wife, Patti. Leonard took a one-week trip to New England to visit friends, eat great seafood, and catch the fall foliage. He spent the winter in San Diego and Honolulu visiting friends and classmates. He is looking forward to the 55th and hopes to rekindle old friendships and make some new ones.
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Roger Vaughan wrote a new book with ESPN/NHL analyst Barry Melrose, titled Dropping the Glove: Inside the Fiercely Combative World of Professional Hockey, which was released in October.
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Joan Papkin Mann writes that the 1959 Allinson House–mates—Joan Mintz Parlin, Marcia Gallup MacDonald and Phyllis Long Gressens—had a mini-reunion at Phyllis’s home in the Outer Banks, N.C.
William H. Traub lives about 40 miles northeast of Phoenix.
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Arthur L. Levin ’62 AM lives in Sarasota, Fla., with his spouse, Marcella. They were married 50 years in February. He has retired from an international career as a computer scientist with IBM and continues to be active politically, civically, and as a professional wine expert and writer. He recently served on the decennial committee charged by the Sarasota city commission to review the city charter and recommend changes. He’s a past president of the local Brown Club and is in his sixth year as a director and treasurer of his condo association.
James Steiner writes: “I look forward to playing softball on the 75-and-older travel team made up of players from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Still singing with the Big Apple Chorus and welcome all former Jabberwocks to join.”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Martha McKay Frigoletto (see Fred Frigoletto '54).
H. William Hodges III continues to practice law in Rockville Centre on Long Island. William writes: "Looking forward to May 2012 joining many of my classmates from Brown '59 for our 50th reunion at the Univ. of Virginia Law School."
Arthur Levin '62 AM continues to enjoy life in Sarasota, Fla., with spouse Marcella (they'll be married 50 years in February). Retired from an international career as a computer scientist with IBM, he continues to be active politically, civically, and as a professional wine expert and writer. He recently served on the Sarasota decennial committee, which reviewed the city charter and recommended changes. He is a past president of the local Brown Club and is in his sixth year as a director and treasurer of his condo association.
Jack Quinn writes he has achieved his lifelong dream of sailing his 36-foot Allied Princess ketch, Fortune, along the east coast of North America. He recently uploaded his second novel on Amazon/Kindle. This Man's Father features a presidential candidate who graduated from Brown in 1942, and includes historical details and famous graduates of the University who play a part in solving the mystery of the senator's identity.
Elizabeth Taft retired in June 2002 but continues to work as a relief case manager at the Stanford Hospital and clinics. Elizabeth writes: "I hike, sing in the church choir, and am now on the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto, Calif. I am also doing some genealogy."
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Sandra Giles Perrault writes: "A mini-reunion of Sharpe House 'girls' was hosted in August by Pat Pennal MacKenzie at her beach home in Maine. Reminiscing about their 56 years of friendship were Joanie Wallace Hawkinson, who traveled from Minneapolis; Anne Crookall Hockenos, from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and Judith Lister Yelle, Johanne Bennett Morrison, and Sandra Giles Perrault, from Massachusetts."
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: "The Class of 1959 National Scholarship continues to support two Brown undergraduates, and has added a third. Daniel Chang '12 is a Latin American and Caribbean studies major. New York City's Lucy Fanelli '12, majoring in electrical engineering, is hoping to do research this summer, and our new student, Zach Salmon '14, who is an athlete and musician with academic interests in linguistics and physics, writes us, 'You have given me an unbelievable opportunity, one that will shape my entire life.' Donate to our Class of 1959 Scholarship!"
Leonard B. Santos writes that he is "finally fully retired!" He is now enjoying a life of traveling, golfing, spending time with his grandchildren, and giving back. He and his wife recently returned from their annual visit to the Hawaiian Islands, now a 25-year tradition. Leonard writes he enjoyed the 50th class reunion and looks forward to 2014. "Anyone out there thinking mini-reunions? Clock's tickin'!"
William Silver's daughter, Audrey Silver Levin '86, was a cofounder of the Higher Keys and has continued her love for song as a jazz singer in New York City. Visit www.audreysilver.com.
Linda Davis Williams writes: "My husband of 50 years died in May 2009. I'm trying to learn how to play by myself. If you come to Texas, let me know. I really enjoy memories of Brown—probably a different Brown from today's campus."
From the May/June 2011 Issue
John M. Cohen maintains an active medical practice running a seven-person general pediatric group in Newton, Mass. He writes: "We certainly are practicing in interesting times, but pediatrics keeps you thinking young."
From the March/April 2011 Issue
James T. Botwick completed the National Geographic expedition to the North Pole in June 2010. He also did the National Geographic expedition to Antarctica in November 2007.
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth announces that the only Brown Bear awarded at the 2010 Alumni Fall Weekend went to Liz Zopfi Chace at the Annual Alumni Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon. Charlene Ingraham Underhill received the Alumni Service Award.
Philip DiSaia became professor emeritus in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Irvine on Nov. 1. He will remain clinically active on a part-time basis and will continue his role as chairman of the Gynecologic Oncology Group.
Richard Judkins has retired after 50 years in medicine in both academic and private practice. He now winters in Palmetto, Fla., and summers in Rogers, Ark.
Martin Kleinman retired from medical practice and has been appointed clinical professor of medicine emeritus at the Univ. of Rochester College of Medicine and Dentistry.
Arthur C. Lamb Jr. writes: "In responding to a request for biographical information, I discovered that it appears I was the youngest member of the class '59." Arthur is now retired as chief psychiatrist for the California Department of Corrections and continues to practice forensic psychiatry in private practice. He is semi-retired to his country home in Winters, Calif., with his wife of 48 years, Norma.
Steve North (see David Beckman '66).
Over the years, Jack Rosenblum and his wife, Corinne, have gone on a number of international biking vacations. They have found that "with driving, the scenery goes by too fast; with hiking, you see too small an area; but biking strikes a middle ground, an ideal way to savor and appreciate scenic beauty. Plus, it keeps us (more or less) young."
Clark Sammartino, who is considered one of the world's best judges in professional boxing, was featured in the BAM last spring and a Providence Journal article last fall. He is the president of Blue Fin Capital in Providence.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: "The Class of 1959 Scholarship Fund will continue to support undergraduates Daniel Chang '12 and Lucy Fanelli '12. Do continue to support the class scholarship fund. Past recipient Richard Rabbitt '10 writes, 'My most meaningful volunteer work at Brown was with the Developmentally Disabled Literacy Program. I have tutored the same mentally challenged woman since my freshman year and saying goodbye to her is going to be just as sad as saying goodbye to all of my friends.'"
Joan Papkin Mann writes: "Reconnecting after 50 years through the Reunion Yearbook, a mini-reunion of Allinson House residents was held in Vero Beach, Fla. Judy Cameron Whittaker and Marcia Gallup MacDonald hosted Phyllis Long Gressens, Joan Mintz Parlin, and me for a fabulous three days!"
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Allinson House alumnae held a three-day mini-reunion in Vero Beach, Fla. Marcia Gallup MacDonald and Judy Cameron Whittaker hosted Phyllis Long Gressens, Joan Mintz Parlin, and Joan Papkin Mann.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Whitney Lane of Lane Photography (N.Y.) is volunteering to give photography seminars to interested veterans at a local campus. Whitney was a unit photographer in the U.S. Marine Corps and has traveled extensively over the past 40 years doing photography. His work can be seen at www.whitneylane.com. He encourages other photographers to donate their time to enrich the lives of veterans who are at home or who are coming home. Lane Photography is where he and his wife, Betsy, are active in their respective photographic careers.
Patricia Brady McNeil is traveling around the world with her friends. She continues her water aerobics routines three times a week.
Jim Steiner is engaged to Jill Berke. He is actively singing and playing softball.
Robert C. Wood Sr. celebrated New Year's in Waterville Valley, N.H., with his wife, Anne, and their youngest daughter, Jennifer, and her family. He is still involved in the antique furniture business.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Class secretary and 50th Reunion chair Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: "The Brown Annual Fund announced that 'In celebration of the Class of 1959's 50th Reunion last year, 57.5% of the class contributed $492,718 to the BAF and a total of $3,121,024 to bolster all areas of the University.' Congratulations!
"The results of the 2009 University reunion survey are in, with 89 of our 202 attendees responding. Overall reunion experience was rated 'Terrific, I'd do it again' by 58%, while 97% were most interested in class events and 86% of our ever-optimistic class expect to attend their next reunion.
"Our 50th reunion welcome reception on Friday afternoon at class headquarters featured a showing of archival newsreels of our four years at Brown. Peter Mackie pieced this marvelous reminiscence together and hosted its premier performance. The four-DVD set that covers 1955 through 1959 is now available for $20. Make your check out to Brown University Archives and send it to Jay Gaidmore, University Archivist, Brown University, Box A, Providence, R.I. 02912. For more information, contact Jay."
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Arthur Levin '62 AM enjoyed a Brown Travelers trip to Spain last spring, and then saw old friends and new at the 50th reunion in Providence. He is now busy setting up a program for the coming year as president of the Sarasota-Manatee alumni club.
Jim Steiner writes that he and his fianc√©e, Jill Berke, enjoyed a wonderful 50th reunion. Jim still plays competitive softball and travels the country with a 70+ team. You can also see him on YouTube, where he sings with an organization called Grandparents Who Rock.
Beatrice Marx Prosnitz (see Hilary Farrell '05).
From the November/December 2009 Issue
The class of 1959 sends deep condolences to the family of Ret. Col. James Ingram Mayer, U.S.A.F., who passed away on July 31 (see Obits). Jim is remembered for his wonderful wit, friendship, and long volunteer service to Brown. Class members will receive a 50th reunion hat for a $25 donation to the Jim Mayer Fund at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation. Send a check and your mailing address to Jim Steiner.
Dante Ionata '59 (see Victoria Ionata Green '95).
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports that on reunion weekend she and classmates Laura Thomasson Fishman, Kathy Hempstead Humm, Nina Wiita Kroos, Jackie Jones '63 MAT, Diane Scola and Liza Taft met with Jane Lancaster '93 AM, '98 PhD of the Pembroke Archives Oral History Program, to discuss the issues of educated women of the 1950s from the vantage point of their 50th reunion. A DVD of the meeting is now available for $10 from Christy Law Blanchard, director of alumnae affairs, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Box 1958, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912. There are also white Pembroke College in Brown University sleep shirts available for $12.50, payable by a check made out to Class of 1959 and mailed to Elly Lewis 165 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, R.I. 02906.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Jane Cayford Nylander was elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and received the first president's award from Old Sturbridge Village, recognizing her work in historic preservation and museums. She writes, "Our '59 reunion was a high point of the year."
Alan Stuart '59 (see Susan Goldberger Jacoby '67).
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Eve Naramore Skerritt (see Joan Winter Skerritt '84).
From the May/June 2009 Issue [50th]
Jim Mayer and Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth, 50th Reunion cochairs, write: "When was the last time you made plans to get together with all your classmates? Five years ago? Twenty-five years ago? Fifty years ago? Now's the time! Join us for our 50th reunion, May 22–24."
William Silver is looking forward to the reunion and catching up with old friends.
From the March/April 2009 Issue [50th]
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth and Jim Mayer, reunion cochairs write: "Class of 1959, the big five-oh is finally here! A chance to sleep for free in your old dorm bed! Well, maybe not the same one, but at our 50th Reunion in May, you can stay the weekend gratis in the current version, if you wish. Please join your classmates over Memorial Day weekend, May 22–24. We want as many of you as possible to return for the biggest of them all. We also want everyone, returning or not, to complete the questionnaire you have been mailed. Add a picture of yourself alone or with family, bring us up to date, and add some thoughts about you and the Brown experience. All classmates will receive a 50th Reunion Yearbook. If your back isn't up to a dorm bed, make your reservations early—hotels fill up quickly!"
From the January/February 2009 Issue [50th]
Constance Ames Gillen retired from her job as a psychologist at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She and her husband, Bill, still run Sunset Farm and are vendors at the Amherst farmers market. They have six grandchildren, and Constance currently cares for her 99-year-old mother.
Whitney Lane writes: "After graduating from Brown, I was off to RISD, where I majored in art, graphic design, photography, and life. This was followed by a stint with the U.S. Marine Corps., where I was the unit photographer. After motorcycling around Europe for six months, I settled down and worked for various advertising agencies in New York City for 10 years. Then it was time to open Lane Photography Studio in Ossining, N.Y., where my wife, Betsy, and I are very active in our respective photographic careers. My website is www.whitneylane.com."
From the November/December 2008 Issue [50th]
Elizabeth Harper Chappel has been working in commercial real estate for 25 years. She is the vice president of leasing and investment sales at CB Richard Ellis in Stamford, Conn.
Bowdoin Davis's new book, Max Ernst's Lines From a Marriage, is available from the publisher, Midmarch Arts Press, in New York City, and from the Maryland Institute College of Art bookstore.
From the September/October 2008 Issue [50th]
Anthony Morgan has just published his first novel, Incident at Heidelberg, a look at the events of the first half of the 20th century written from a unique perspective.
Al Stern writes: "President Simmons recently paid a visit to the Brown Club of Cape Cod at the Hyannis Golf Club. She spoke on Brown's new financial policy of eliminating student loans in some cases, improvement to its facilities, the expansion of its faculty, and the overall direction Brown plans on taking in the future. The Brown Club of Cape Cod presented President Simmons with a certificate of appreciation and a Brown Club mug."
From the July/August 2008 Issue
Mel S. Lavitt writes: "After more years than I can count, we sold our investment banking firm, C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, and I am now living full-time in Park City, Utah, with my wife, Wendy; our two daughters, Kathy '85 and Meredith '92; and their children, Ian, Whitney, and Griffin. The snow is great!"
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Clark Sammartino (see Elaine Berlinsky Fain '70).
Barry E. Schwartz writes: "Hola, my classmates. I've been living in paradise (aka Costa Rica) for the past four years. With my small foundation I've been able to fund, totally or partially, seven projects: three daycare centers in addition to a school, medical clinics, and a library. Two of my classmates and I would like to challenge you all to a team mini-triathlon during 50th-reunion week. How about a 400-meter swim, two- to three-mile bike ride, and one- to one-and-a-half-mile run? Let me know if you'd like to accept the team challenge."
Alfred B. Smiley is still very active in historical preservation in Wallkill, N.Y.
Charlene Ingraham Underhill writes: "I have written a book for children ages 2-5, A Day With Zimp and Chee. It's on the internet!"
From the March/April 2008 Issue
John R. Jolly has completed 30 years of playing in a local steel drum band started by a group of business executives in 1965 in Sleepy Hollow, New York. He, along with Lannie Taliaferro '74, another band member, has played at boat shows, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and island parties.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Caryl Ann Miller Nieforth writes: “Our 50th Reunion will be held May 22–24, 2009. Who’s interested in helping out?”
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Philip J. DiSaia writes: "In January 2007 I won the Frederick Naftolin Award for Mentorship from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, which recognizes the contribution to training and career development of investigators in the field of reproductive and women's health. In the same month I was also nominated and sponsored by the Orange County Medical Association, and listed in Orange Coast Magazine as a Physician of Excellence. In January 2006 I was one of six UC Irvine doctors named â€˜America's Top Doctors for Cancer' by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and in February 2006 I received the silver medal for a Brilliant Career in Medicine by the Veracruzano Center for Prevention of Cancer in Women, Veracruz, Mex."
Martha McKay Frigoletto (see Fred Frigoletto '54).
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: "The Providence Public Library annually uses the Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth Fund to purchase five Brown-related books for the Rochambeau Branch in commemoration of her outstanding volunteer contributions to both the library and her alma mater. The 2007 books are: Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads, by Sheila Curran and Suzanne Bavly Greenwald '89; Dear John, Dear Coltrane by Michael Harper, professor of English and former Rhode Island Poet Laureate; Symbolic Essence and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American Culture by William Jordy, professor of art; Main Street, USSR by Irving R. Levine '44, and Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans by Wallace Terry '59."
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Sheila McHale Bailey’s husband, Bill, died Aug. 26, 2004, after a long bout with cancer.
Dante Ionata (see Victoria Ionata Green ’95).
Arthur Louis Levin ’62 AM continues to write wine columns biweekly for several newspapers in N.Y. and Fla. An archive can be found at www.pelicanpress.org.
Jim Steiner writes: “2007 is a special year. I am a rookie on my 70-year-old traveling softball team and I won the ‘Sing New Jersey’ singing contest in the adult division (25 and older). I’ll be making a fourteen-song CD and have a cabaret act at Trumpet’s, a jazz club in Montclair, N.J. Life is good.”
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Leonard J. Deftos writes: “I have combined my career-long interest in medicine with my recent interest in law by developing a masters degree program in health law offered jointly by the University of California, San Diego, where I am a professor of medicine, and the California Western School of Law, where I am a professor of law. The unique program is designed to foster interaction and cooperation between the two disciplines. It is described at http://hlaw.uscd.edu.”
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Patricia Brady McNeil writes: “I’ve joined the travelers group. In the past year I went to Santa Fe, Peru, and Berlin. Now I’m off to Egypt and Africa. It sure is nice being retired!”
Raymond Sullivan writes: “Having retired from the practice of surgery in Waterbury, Conn., after thirty years, I have recently written my first historical novel, Contentment: A Novel of New England’s Birth, which offers a keen insight into the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the development of New England Puritanism. It is published by iUniverse and is available through them, online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or on order from most major bookstores. My son R.J. ’86 (Georgetown Med. ’91) practices orthopedics in Hartford and my daughter-in-law Cathy Beermann Sullivan ’86 practices pediatrics there. Hello to all of my classmates from ’59.”
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Connie Ames Gillen retired as a psychologist at Hampshire College after thirty years. She continues to farm organically and can be visited every Saturday morning (in season) at the Amherst Farmers’ Market.
Arthur Levin is semi-retired between Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Sarasota, Fla. He continues to write wine columns for several newspapers. Archives of some can be found at www.pelicanpress.org.
Jim Steiner writes: “I’m still living in Montclair, N.J., and singing with my son Michael in the Big Apple Chorus in New York City. I’m also playing on a traveling 65-and-over softball team. I’m enjoying my three-year-old grandson Sam and life in general.”
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Jeannie Callahan writes: “I have retired from my career as a special education teacher, and I’m enjoying participating in various community-based volunteer and educational activities. My home base during winter months is Florida, but otherwise I’m happily situated here in the Northeast. There are a couple of my classmates—fellow ‘angels’—in the area, so it’s fun to visit.”
Pat Pennal MacKenzie (see Amy Williams ’96).
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth was honored by the Providence Public Library for her outstanding work as a former president and longtime board member of the Friends of Rochambeau branch. She has retired after almost a decade as chair of its book sale committee. The library has established a Caryl-Ann Nieforth book fund, which until 2010 will add to the Rochambeau collection five books per year; each will be authored by a Brown faculty member and will bear a bookplate in Caryl’s honor.
Daniel Wolk (see Jonathan Carmel ’92).
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Norman Bogar writes that he’s enjoying retirement, traveling to China and Russia. His first grandson was born to Erika and Rogers King, and Norman was expecting his first granddaughter, due to Adrienne and Gregory Schmitt, in January.
Elizabeth Z. Chace writes: “We have moved to a wonderful loft apartment in downtown Providence. I have a great view of the Baptist Church—remember, it was where we graduated! I’m really involved with Brown these days and enjoy being a fellow. All our children are well and our thirteenth grandchild arrived last spring.”
Raynor W. Clark reports that he’s enjoying retirement, delivering truck parts in eastern Connecticut several days a week. “I continue my duties as fire marshal in Killingworth.”
John M. Cohen is still practicing pediatrics full time in Newton, Mass.
Ginny Demirjian Dadourian writes: “Life has been good. We retired, spending three winter months in Naples, Fla., and the rest of the year in Long Island, N.Y. Sorry to miss our 45th. With our five children (all married with kids) and eleven grandchildren (soon to be twelve), we use Memorial Day weekend as our yearly get-together. If I’m still here for our 50th, I’ll skip the family and come to Brown! Regards to all our classmates.”
Kenneth H. Hauck writes that he’s “mostly retired,” traveling between Ft. Myers, Fla., and Vail, Colo. “I’m enjoying four grandchildren and keeping fit with tennis, golf, rock climbing, and scuba.”
Thomas M. Immermann writes that he retired in January 2003. “It’s true what is said return home to our business. That put me back in the office until 1997, when I retired for sure. Barbara and I live in Clinton, N.Y., in the summers, and Naples, Fla., from Oct. 10 to May 15. Hopefully the hurricane season has run its course as I head south.”
John says he’s been in contact with the widow of R. King Patterson ’58; “If you’d like to reach her, call me in Naples.”
Sally Mahan Spaugh writes: “No, we have not yet retired, but three years ago we moved from Tennessee to Pennsylvania, where my husband, Jerry, is a distinguished professor of physics at Penn State Univ. An added benefit to this move is that it brings us closer to our three children, who are all located in the Northeast.”
Elizabeth Boole Tucker writes: “I am still an active volunteer in several community organizations plus my church. My time is divided between our homes in New Jersey and Naples, Fla. I also enjoy visiting our three grandchildren, all in the Charlotte, N.C., area.”
Charles Waterman writes: “I continue as CEO of JWI, an international business consulting firm in Washington, D.C.”
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Philip J. Di Saia has been named the nation’s Cancer Fighter of the Year by a blue-ribbon board consisting of representatives from major medical and cancer centers across the United States. Philip is professor of gynecologic oncology, associate dean for clinical affairs, and vice chancellor of health sciences at the Univ. of California, Irvine.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Jane Moseley Bronk writes: “My first grandchild, a girl, was born on Jan. 4. I retired in June from Loomis Chaffee School after thirty-three years as an English teacher.”
W. Bowdoin Davis Jr. received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Maryland Institute College of Art, where he is professor emeritus, on May 17.
H. Corbin Day received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Birmingham-Southern College on May 29. He is chairman of the executive committee of Jemison Investments Co.
Margaret Guthrie reports the publication of her eighth cookbook, Racing to the Table (Eclipse Press): “It’s about the horse-racing world and is full of recipes from owners, breeders, trainers, and veterinarians—anyone involved in the sport.”
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Cynthia Wayne Acker writes that her son Richard ’91 is regional land coordinator for the Openlands Project in Chicago. Her daughter Jennifer ’94 is a project manager with Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Jennifer’s husband, Lars M. Bishop ’94, is chief technology officer at NDL in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ann Chmielewski Anderson writes: “John ’58 and I moved to Boulder, Colo., in Januar, 2001. We live on a mountain and it is beautiful. Our son, Brian ’90, and his wife moved to Broomfield, Colo., after he finished his psychiatry residency at Case Western in June 2003. Our daughter, Kirsten, is married and lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their son, Liam.”
Mudge Johnson Anderson writes that she and her husband, Phil, took their first RV trip with friends into national parks in September. “Hiking was spectacular,” she says. “My childhood friend challenged me to get my violin out of the attic and get going after a forty-five-year hiatus. She found us a string group in Plymouth, so twice a month we walk the beaches and make music together. With three grandsons nearby and church within walking distance, life is full and good. I’m grateful for good health and take none of it for granted. Now if we could just figure out what to do in Iraq!”
W. Scott Bearce writes: “My wife, Diane, and I are both retired and enjoying a life of skiing, golf, tennis, and travel. We also spend a lot of time with our six grandchildren.”
Norman J. Bogar writes that he retired in 1999 from United Container Machinery as executive vice president and general manager.
Donna B. Lewiss Brock writes that she moved back to the Northeast two years ago and now lives in in Concord, Mass. She enjoys the town, her new job with the Missile Defense Agency at nearby Hanscom Field, and being close to her children, their spouses, and her new granddaughter, Lilly Annabelle Brock, who was born Oct. 15.
C. Bennett Brown Jr. and his wife, Ursula, moved to Little Compton, R.I., last April after he retired. “We enjoy being back in familiar surroundings,” he wrote in the spring, “and are looking forward to our 45th reunion.”
Richard L. Canepa retired from teaching English and Latin after thirty-eight years. During that time he also coached football, track, and tennis. “I continue to coach boys varsity tennis,” he writes. “Both Bev and I are avid tennis players and compete in the USTA New England tournament circuit. We are currently number one in New England in super-senior mixed-doubles. We also have two wonderful granddaughters to enjoy.”
Connie Reimers Cowen wrote in the spring: “My husband, Tom ’57, and I are looking forward to our 45th reunion.”
Nina Seybold Atwater Dodd writes: “I am so happy to return for the 45th! Although I married in 1958 to Deuton V. G. Seybold, I returned, with Dean Lewis’s great kindness, in the fall of 1959 and graduated in 1961. But I truly believe I’m a member, with dear friends, of the class of 1959. I am a journalist and floral designer and have just published a book of poetry with my daughter, Aubrey Atwater Donnelly ’85, which also contains my mother’s poetry—three generations! I am well, I am curious, I keep moving, and I am grateful for my children, Elizabeth Seybold Parsons, Rosemary Atwater, and Aubrey, and grandchildren Timothy Seybold Parsons, 13, and Anna Rose Parsons, 9.”
Philip DiSaia received the UC Irvine Medal in November in recognition of his support for teaching, research, and public service. He is the Dorothy J. Marsh chair in reproductive biology, chief of gynecology and gynecologic oncology at UCI Medical Center, and a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and radiological sciences in the College of Medicine.
William B. Hayes writes: “I retired on Jan. 1 from Century Furniture Co. in Hickory, N.C., after forty-one years in the furniture industry. My wife, Berkeley, and I have lived in Morganton, N.C., since 1983. We will move our permanent residence to Stone Harbor, N.J., a great little town on the south Jersey shore, but we will spend the winters in Palm Desert, Calif. Summers on the Jersey shore will give us more time with our six (soon to be seven) grandchildren, who are the sons and daughters of our three married sons, Bill Jr. ’87, Jay ’89, and Brooke (Penn ’92). We have enjoyed many of the past reunions and look forward to visiting with everyone in May.”
John M. Howard writes: “I retired from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla., after sixteen years as headmaster. Over those years the school grew from 222 students to 775, while its faculty expanded from twenty-seven to seventy-three and its assets went from $1.5 million to just under $20 million. I have never regretted my education at Brown.”
Katherine Hempstead Humm writes: “I am no longer ‘gainfully’ employed but seem busier now than when I held a full-time job. I’m on the boards of the York (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra and the York Community Theatre, and I volunteer for Hospice and the York Hospital. Our three engineer daughters have all married engineers, and I have no doubt that our five (to date) grandchildren will follow the lead of their parents and my engineer husband, Bill. My continuing goal, as the lone member of the family with a nonscientific degree, is to nurture their understanding of the value and importance of the arts.”
Barbara Clark Jeffers writes: “We sold our twenty-year-old business, Brevard Learning Clinic, to a national corporation last August. I will continue as executive director for a while. John ’56, ’63 MAT and I celebrated his retirement with a spectacular cruise around the British Isles with the Brown Travelers and Swan-Hellenic.”
Jacqueline Jones ’63 MAT has retired from her adjunct teaching job. Last summer she went to her 30th reunion from the Univ. of Paris, where she saw old classmates and spent three weeks reliving her Paris years.
Richard F. Judkins writes: “After forty years in both academic and private-practice medicine, I retired on July 1, 2003. I continue to participate in medical- and surgical-mission trips to the ‘Third World.’ My oldest daughter, Jennifer, has followed her dad and practices ear, nose, throat, head, and neck surgery locally in Providence. See you on the campus.”
Ann Golembewski Kagdis writes: “Retired five years ago after thirty-seven years in public education, the last twenty-six as building principal in Newark, N.J. I then started a second project for five years as an assessor with the Foundation for Educational Administration and opened an antiques and collectibles shop in Fairfield, Maine, summer season only. Now I’m headed back to sunny Florida where I’ve been photographing sea and sky.”
Robert P. Kasper retired from his chemical-engineering position with Givaudan Flavors, in East Hanover, N.J., on Halloween 2002 but continued to consult for Givaudan sporadically until last September. His wife, Adrienne, expects to retire from her human-resources position with Data Color International in early 2005. Robert’s daughter Sandra received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2001 from American Univ. in Washington and continues to live and work in nearby Maryland.
Elizabeth Forstall Keen writes: “Don and I continue to enjoy retirement in central Florida. We keep busy with church, community activities, golf, visits with our five grandsons, and traveling. Our latest adventure was a three-week tour of China and Tibet.”
Lewis L. Krieger writes: “My daughter Liz Krieger ’97 is moving to New York City, having spent the last five years living first in San Francisco and then in Paris. She is a writer.”
Nina Wiita Krooss wrote in the spring: “Robert Krooss, my best friend and husband of forty-three years, died two years ago of cancer. Fortunately, a wonderful family has provided comfort and support. My daughter, Marnie, and her son, Kristian, live near me in Mountain Lakes, N.J. My son Jack, his wife, Susan, and their daughters Lydia and Vanessa live in San Francisco. Together we also managed the sale of Robert’s company and other estate matters. I am looking forward to seeing Brown and the classmates at our 45th reunion.”
Ben Koether (see Jonathan Cole ’67).
Marcia J. Lawton writes: “In 2003 I fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a book. It’s called Beacon of Hope: A Guide to Internal Truth and is based on my life’s journey. Details are available at www.beaconofhope.us.”
Carl M. Lieberman writes: “Still practicing otolaryngology in Framingham, Mass., and still loving it. Daughter Joanna ’89 is a teacher in Cambridge, Mass. Daughter Hilary is a dean at Barnard, and son David is a medical student at Cornell. Son John is 12, daughter Sarah is 9.”
Carole Fishbain Liebson writes: “Shortly after the last reunion, I received a master’s degree in linguistics, and my husband and I moved into our new ‘old’ house. I’m still teaching English as a second language at a community college.”
Charles E. Mangan is retired.
David MacCallum wrote in the spring: “Just finished my career in investment banking which, as we all know, started in the Eisenhower administration. Worked in investment research, corporate finance, and venture capital in the health care industry—a field I knew nothing about as I never took biology and am still not sure where Wilson Hall is. I now run a hedge fund, finally having fun most days. I’m married to a wonderful woman, am the father of three (one of whom graduated in June ’03), and living in the Big Apple. Looking forward to being with the class of ’59. Still the greatest four years of my life.”
Grace Azevedo Murphy ’67 AM writes: “My daughter Grace ’Babs‘ ’89 married John Cregan (Boston College ’83) on May 22, and my son David ’95 is marrying Suzanne Valliere (UConn ’92) on July 24. My son Bill (Harvard ’88) is teaching international relations at Penn. Dave and I are well, traveling a lot and enjoying our lives.”
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: “I chair the book sale for Friends of Rochambeau, library of my childhood. Deck has two bands that play at contra dances, which we frequent, and he’s now crafting violins. Daughter Deb Bloomberg, RN, is assistant director of admissions at Chestnut Hill (Mass.) School. Son Andy Feldman ’86, ’91 MD is chief of residents and fellows in pathology at National Cancer Institute (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. Mother, Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35, celebrated her 90th birthday at the Faculty Club.”
Michael and Brooke Hunt Mitchell (see Katherine Mitchell Constan ’88).
Theodore Osmer writes that he retired from Guardian Life Insurance in November and is renovating a house and otherwise taking it easy.
David N. Page writes: “I retired from an active institutional and commercial architectural practice in New Hampshire in 2000. The last twenty years have been primarily involved with the multiphase renovation and expansion of the N.H. State Prison and development of the new U.S. District Courthouse in Concord. Recent volunteer activities have included a thirteen-year tenure as a public member of the N.H. Judicial Council, working to improve administration of justice in the state, and a recent appointment to the N.H. Supreme Court’s Professional Conduct Committee, which reviews and acts on claims against attorneys. My wife, Lee, and I live on Lake Sunapee and look forward to visits from our two boys, their wives, and our two granddaughters. We winter in Vero Beach, Fla.”
Vail Berkman Palomino writes that her son Adrian is a first-year medical student at UC San Francisco and daughter Lindsay is a pheresis nurse at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, Calif.
George J. Posejpal wrote in the spring: “I was recalled to the San Angelo Saints as director of sales on Christmas Eve. I am now in Texas again. (Check the map for San Angelo.) See you all at reunion time.”
Leonard B. Santos wrote in the spring: “I’m enjoying retirement in central Pennsylvania, where eating Hershey chocolate has become a hobby (obsession?). Visited the alma mater in October during a nostalgia jaunt through New England and thoroughly enjoyed a leisurely walk around the beautifully maintained campus—it sure brought back fantastic memories. Looking forward to our 45th and hope to see and get reacquainted with old friends and classmates.”
John Sherman wrote in the spring: “Marcia and I are happily retired in Clemson, S.C., a lovely little college town with friendly people, great weather, and a surprising range of indoor and outdoor activities. The nearby lakes stretch into North Carolina, and we’ve taken up kayaking to enjoy them more fully. I’m active in the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and sing in the church choir. We see Marji and Jim Mayer as well as Gail and Andy Davis from time to time. We’re looking forward to the reunion and a chance to reconnect with classmates.”
Jim Steiner writes: “I’m still in business doing costumes for college reunions and performing groups. I sing with the Big Apple Chorus, a barbershop group in New York City, and am still traveling the country playing center field with a 65-plus softball team. I played baseball in the alumni game on Commencement weekend and urge my fellow players to join me. I became a grandfather for the first time seven months ago and love it.”
John A. Ward writes: “I am still enjoying life in Brewster, on Cape Cod. I spoke with my roommate, Joel Di Paola, and we plan to get together this year.”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Reunion weekend is May 28–31. For more information, contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or email@example.com.
Raynor W. Clark writes: “I retired last year from the Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s Office after sixteen years. I am still a local fire marshal and past fire chief in my hometown of Killingworth, Conn. My oldest son is a career and volunteer firefighter. Second son Scott ’95 is in the investment business in California, and my daughter is in the development office at Harvard. I’m looking forward to the 45th.”
Peter Mackie (see Gordon Morton ’93).
From the March / April 2004 Issue
Your 45th reunion plans are complete, and we hope to see you back at Brown on May 28–31! Join fellow classmates for a great reunion weekend. Registration information will arrive soon, so please make your reservation early. Register online at alumni.brown.edu. Contact reunion headquarters with any questions at (401) 863-1947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
L. J. Deftos writes: “When I received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Univ. of Vermont School of Medicine, I began to realize that I had been remiss in maintaining my alma mater connections, so here is an ersatz forty-plus-year update. After Brown, I graduated from the Univ. of Vermont School of Medicine and trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. I continued my medical training at the National Institutes of Health, and in 1968 I became a clinical and research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1972 I moved to UC San Diego as chief of endocrinology at the VA Medical Center and rose to the rank of professor of medicine, my current position. My clinical, teaching, and research activities focus on disorders of calcium and skeletal metabolism. A growing interest in scientific evidence led me to a JD degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1994 and an LLM from the Univ. of San Diego School of Law in 2000. My wife, Marie, is a professor in the business school at San Diego State Univ. We have a daughter, Marina, and a son, Michael.”
Yvette Greifer Kahn and Judy Kirsh (see Stephen Filler ’69).
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: “My mom, Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35, was feted at the Brown Faculty Club on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Alumni present included Beatrice’s brother, Dr. Edwin Z. Wattman ’45, and her sister-in-law, Frances Singer Wattman ’39. Other guests included Grace Kennison Alpert ’51, Harold Harris ’50, and Martin Temkin ’50.
Brooke Hunt Mitchell writes: “See the Jan./Feb. issue of BAM for my recent debut as a children’s book illustrator for the Catch the Moon CD and accompanying book, which included music by Lisa Loeb ’90 and my daughter, Elizabeth Mitchell ’90. It was great fun.”
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Mark your calendars for our 45th reunion, May 28–31. It promises to be a great weekend. Registration packets will be mailed out in April. If your address changes, or if you haven’t received any reunion-related mailings in this academic year, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or email@example.com.
Philip DiSaia received UC Irvine’s top honor, the UCI Medal, in recognition of his exceptional support for the university’s mission of teaching, research, and public service. Philip holds the Dorothy J. Marsh Chair in Reproductive Biology and is chief of gynecology and gynecologic oncology at UCI Medical Center.
Carol Canner Gjelsvik and Atle Gjelsvik ’62 Ph.D. write: “We are delighted that our daughter, Annie Gjelsvik ’91, found a fabulous boy, Karlo Berger ’86. Cousin Lizzie Canner ’91 introduced them.” (See also Annie Gjelsvik ’91.)
John Howard ’65 M.A.T. has retired after sixteen years as headmaster of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla. While Howard was headmaster, the school expanded its campus, tripled its enrollment, and increased its operating budget sevenfold.
Charlie Mangan writes: “I’m retired in Philadelphia.”
Joan Mintz Parlin writes: “I retired as principal of the middle school at Newark Academy in Livingston, N.J. I enjoyed working there for nineteen years. I am teaching ESL as a volunteer through the Literacy Volunteers of America program and spending time with our three children and ten grandchildren.”
Robert Stein (see Megan Kathleen Bourgeois ’97).
Carroll Trainor Stein (see Megan Kathleen Bourgeois ’97).
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Philip J. DiSaia, division chief of gynecologic oncology at UC Irvine Medical Center, has been elected to a four-year term as president of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As president he will oversee the processes of certification and recertification of obstetricians and gynecologists across the nation.
Leslie Eber (see Adam Smith '96).
Ruth Sidel Espo writes: "Steve '52 and I had a wonderful time at his 50th reunion. I'm happy to report that I just retired from many years in the field of development and am content spending my days playing golf. We are expecting our first grandchild on Thanksgiving Day."
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Bow Davis writes that he has published Duchamp: Domestic Patterns, Covers and Threads (Midmarch Arts Press). Bow is a longtime art historian at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
From the May / June 2002 Issue
Leonard J. Deftos writes: "When I received the Distinguished Alumnus Award last June from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, I realized that I had been remiss in maintaining my Brown connections. I'm currently a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where I serve as chief of endocrinology at the VA Medical Center. I also received a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1994. My wife, Marie, is a professor in the Business School of San Diego State University. My son, Michael, is enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Washington in Seattle."
S. Albert D. Hanser writes: "I managed to flunk retirement after having cleaned the garage three straight days and being threatened with therapy by my wife. I started the Sanibel/Captiva Trust Company, an independent private trust company, providing comprehensive investment and financial services. My son Albert '96 works for Deutsche Bank in London."
Arthur Levin '62 A.M. writes that he retired from his dual career as a computer scientist and information technology manager and sommelier but continues to work as a food and wine columnist and wine consultant. He and his wife, Marcella, now divide their time between Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Sarasota, Fla. Read his work at www.ichef.com.
Fourtin Powell writes: "I am slowly recovering from cancer surgery. I have given up my part-time land-use planning consulting for now."
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Dave Hoiles Sr. announces the birth on Feb. 29 of his grandson, Maxwell Gray Moody, who is the son of Dave’s youngest daughter, Kate, and her husband, Brian. Maxwell was welcomed by two brothers, his aunt, Vickie ’89, and his uncle, David Jr. Dave adds that he would like to make contact with Richard Carnes and Edward Olivier.
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: "I was awarded the Nan Tracy ’46 Award for outstanding class leadership at the annual meeting of class officers on Oct. 1. Guests included my mother, Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35, my aunt, Frances Singer Wattman ’39, and my uncle, Edwin Z. Wattman ’45. My son, Andrew L. Feldman ’86, ’91 M.D., is a surgical fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. I was also acknowledged at the Homecoming game and the alumni recognition ceremony during leadership weekend. I was an aide to the chief marshal at last year’s Commencement March. I have been class secretary and a reunion-committee member since graduation.
"Jack Rosenblum and Corinne Dugas have been married for more than twenty years and have a teenage daughter. Jack has a law degree and a doctorate in education, and Corinne has a master’s in education. Working with couples is one thing they enjoy doing together. As a post-retirement project, Jack has founded LoveWorks: Skills for the Journey of Committed Partnership in Deerfield, Mass."
Gail Cohen Borod (see Marshall H. Cohen ’54).
Rube Weiner announces the birth of his grandchild, Leah Rose Brandstein, on Aug. 17, 1999. Leah is the daughter of Karen Weiner Brandstein ’89 and Michael Brandstein ’88, ’95 Ph.D., of Acton, Mass. Karen teaches third grade in Concord, Mass., and Mike is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Harvard. Rube still lives in Ithaca, N.Y., with his wife, Elline. They migrate to Naples, Fla., in the winter.
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Brooke "Bonnie" Hunt Mitchell writes that she has another son-in-law (see Elizabeth Mitchell ’90) and another grandchild (see Katherine Mitchell Constan ’88). "Life is good," Bonnie writes, adding that she has more time to spend on painting and on the issue of hunger.
Michael W. Mitchell (see Elizabeth Mitchell ’90).
From the March / April 2000 Issue
Allen I. Polsby was recognized by U.S. Representative Sam Gejdenson on Oct. 25. At the time, Allen was the outgoing associate general counsel for legislation and regulations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The congressman said, “For the past twenty-five years and more, Mr. Polsby has had a hand in the technical, legal aspects of virtually every appropriations measure that has affected HUD and funding for assisted housing and community development.... One needs only to compare an appropriation law of twenty-five years ago with a current one to see Mr. Polsby’s impact.”Allen started his civil-service career in 1963 as a trial lawyer at the Civil Aeronautics Board, then went to HUD three years later. He has drafted such bills as the Federal Housing Corporation Charter Act and America’s Private Investment Companies Act, which is part of President Clinton’s New Markets Initiative. Allen lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife, Gail, a private psychotherapist and a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry. They have two children, Dan, a lawyer, and Abigail, a wilderness guide.
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Marsha Goyett MacDonald (see Vince MacDonald Jr. '90).
Ernest von Simson, of New York City, writes: "I have sold my company, the Research Board, and started a new consulting firm, Ostriker, von Simson Inc., from which I am time sharing with my four grandchildren, Gace, Clair, Jad, and Adam.
From the November / December 1999 Issue
Bill Hodges has been appointed a judge of the District Court of Nassau County on Long Island. "After I'd been practicing law for thirty-three years, my wife suggested it was time to put all this practice to good use," Bill writes. Son Jonathan '98 is associated with the New York City law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe.
From the September / October 1999 Issue
Joan Appel Lester, of Lexington, Mass., has earned a doctorate in Native American art from the Union Institute. Her dissertation is History on Birchbark: The Art of Tomah Joseph, Passamaquoddy: A Retrospective Study, Exhibit and Catalog Rethinking Turn-of-the-Century Tourist Art. Joan is an educator and curator at the Boston Children's Museum and a lecturer in Native American studies at Tufts University.
From the July / August 1999 Issue
Philip J. DiSaia, Santa Ana, Calif., received an honorary degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Genoa in Italy. He writes that he received the award "in a very colorful ceremony, following the dedication of a new women's hospital at the university medical center." His lecture was titled, "Advances in Hormone Replacement Therapy and Cancer." Fewer than twelve such honorary degrees in medicine have been awarded to foreign doctors. Philip is a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UC-Irvine, where he holds the Dorothy Marsh Chair in Reproductive Biology.
Jacqueline Jones, Wethersfield, Conn., retired in June from teaching secondary-level Spanish. She now teaches two classes per semester at Central Connecticut State University.
Peter Skowronek, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and his wife, Anne, were looking forward to the 40th reunion and quinquennial life experience with the Brunonian family.
From the May / June 1999 Issue
John A. Ward writes: "During 1998 I moved to Brewster, Mass., after living in Dennis for sixteen years. I spend my time gardening; playing my piano, some golf, and some tennis; and doing beach activities. I live near w '48 and his wife, Natalie '68 A.M. There is much to do here on Cape Cod, and we have a very active seniors' group in town."
From the March / April 1999 Issue
The countdown has started for the 40th reunion, May 28_31. It will be a great weekend, but it won't be the same without you! Join us as at such traditional favorites as Campus Dance, the Pops concert, and a delightful class dinner. We will also enjoy downtown Providence's newest tradition, WaterFire. Registration packets will arrive soon, so reply early and stay for the entire weekend. Please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 with any questions.
Report from Class Secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth: "Kim and Liz Zopfi Chace received the Providence Mayor's Renaissance Award in recognition of their outstanding leadership and philanthropy in promoting the arts.
Andrew L. Feldman '86, '91 M.D. married Christen Iannone in Providence on Nov. 7. Alumni in attendance included the groom's grandmother, Beatrice Wattman Miller '35, and the groom's parents, Martin L. Feldman '58 and Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth. Andy is a surgical fellow at the National Cancer Institute, and Christen is an intern at the Institute of Child and Adolescent Behavior, Bethesda, Md."
Lois Graboys, Barrington, R.I., announces that her daughter, Rabbi Angela Graboys Rudner '84, gave birth to her first child, Julianne, on Nov. 13. Angela lives in Baltimore with her husband, Lewis, and has most recently been teaching Judaic studies at the University of Maryland_Catensville campus.
Rube Weiner and wife, Elline, live in Ithaca, N.Y., when they are not wintering in Naples, Fla. Rube practiced internal medicine from 1967 to 1990 in Ithaca; since then, he has been developing real estate. Daughter Karen '89 and her husband, Mike Brandstein '88, both achieved top academic honors at Brown. Rube's two sons, Walt and Dave, did similarly at the University of Rochester. All are in excellent health. "I eagerly look forward to the 40th reunion in May," Rube writes.
From the January / February 1999 Issue
Save the dates, May 28-31, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our graduation from Brown. The reunion planning committee is gearing up for a great weekend and hopes that you can join in. Don't forget to send back those reunion biographies! If you need another copy of the biography survey or did not receive the fall mailing, please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Al Stern (see Keelan Stern '89).
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Classmates, get ready to join us, May 28-31, for the 40th anniversary of our graduation from Brown. We hope you will be able to join us as the reunion planning committee gears up for a great weekend. Please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 with your questions or suggestions.
H. Wilson Hodges was elected as a fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association. He was one of fifteen attorneys elected from the state of New York. His youngest son, Jonathan '98, graduated from Brown this year.
From the September / October 1998 Issue
Commencement weekend 1999 will be our 40th reunion! Come back and reminisce at Campus Dance, or while walking across the Green, or in Sayles Hall. Meet our new president and see Waterplace Park, Water Fire on the river, the Providence Mall, and the future home of the Haffenreffer Museum. Women, I hope to see you all at the Pembroke luncheon!
- Caryl-Ann Miller, secretary and reunion chair
Caryl-Ann Miller married Dexter E. Nieforth on June 7 at Brown's Manning Chapel, with a reception at the Brown Faculty Club. A contra dance followed at Faunce House. Hon. Victoria Santopietro Lederberg, a Rhode Island Supreme Court judge, officiated. In attendance were the bride's mother, Beatrice Wattman Miller '35, and her son, Andrew L. Feldman '86, '91 M.D.
Michael M. Peters celebrated a mini-reunion at the wedding of his son, Jamey (Wake Forest '93), in Decatur, Ala. In attendance were Bob Kresko, Bob Battle '60, Sam Flora '60, Wellesley Smith '61, Arty Smith '93, and Glasgow Phillips '92. A gift to Wake Forest in the amount of $500,000 was given by the Brown alums in honor of Jamey. Michael is still traveling the world for Milliken and Co., "opening new markets wherever and whenever I can, while sneaking off for a few holidays in Provence, Brittany Coast, etc.," he writes. "I try and keep business trips exclusively for winter months so I can enjoy kayaking, sailing, and surfing at my Cape home on Pleasant Bay during the warm weather. I have no plans to retire."
Clark Sammartino, class president, is a retired oral surgeon, financial adviser, and well-known boxing judge who works fights all over the world. Twenty years ago, he retired as an undefeated professional fighter. (This note was submitted by Caryl-Ann Miller.) George Ullrich (see Nicole Ullrich 90).
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Philip J. DiSaia was elected to the American College of Surgeons' board of governors, on which he will serve a three-year term. Philip is professional-services president of the University of California, Irvine, Heath System and chief of the division of gynecologic oncology at UCI Medical Center.
From the March / April 1998 Issue
Whitney Lane has created a Web site, www. whitneylane.com. "I designed the site to highlight an exhibit of my photography, which ranges from corporate, travel, and stock, to one of my true loves - underwater photography," he writes. "After Brown and RISD, I worked as an advertising art director in New York City for ten years, and twenty-five years ago I opened my own business, Lane Photography Studio."
Aaron Seidman (see Pam Gerrol '87).
William P. Suter ’59, of Canaan, Conn.; July 1. Following a 28-year career working on Wall Street—including being named youngest partner at Jesup and Lamont, number one on Institutional Investor’s All American All Star team multiple times, and working 15 years at Merrill Lynch—he transitioned into a second career as a Broadway producer. He applied his financial skills to raise money while having fun enmeshed within the creative theater community. After he moved to Connecticut, he brought his theater skills to his new community as a founding member of TriState Center for the Arts (TriArts), now known as the Sharon Playhouse. He is survived by three children, including daughter Cynthia Suter ’85; and six grandchildren.
Craig A. Harris ’59, of Portsmouth, R.I.; July 13. After Brown, he attended and graduated from Tufts Medical School. Following a residency at Mountainside Hospital (N.J.), he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He returned to Rhode Island and enjoyed a successful internal medicine practice for more than 30 years in Cumberland. In 2011, he retired and moved to Portsmouth. He enjoyed gardening, playing his guitar and harmonica, and spending time on Attean Island in Maine with his family teaching his grandchildren to fish and do bird calls. He is survived by his wife, Judith; a daughter; two sons and daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Kathleen Quinton Flynn ’59, ’67 MAT, of Smithfield, R.I.; June 18. She was a high school English teacher in the Providence School System for more than 60 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family on Cape Cod, reading, shopping, and traveling all over, especially to Europe. She is survived by her husband, Michael; a daughter; two sons and daughters-in-law; and five grandchildren.
Susan Haydock Lang ’59, of Northport Highlands, Mich., formerly of Kalamazoo, Mich.; May 19, as a result of having had dementia and contracting COVID. After Susan’s graduation, she and her husband, whom she met at Brown, moved to Lexington, Va., where she taught multiple grades in a one-room rural school for three years. When her husband graduated from law school in 1962, they moved to Kalamazoo and started their family. She had been adopted and took the time to research her biological family and, as a result, was able to welcome many new family members on both her biological father’s and biological mother’s sides. She was creative with fiber arts and painting. She liked to weave, quilt, create wall hangings, make dolls, knit, and sew. She donated handmade quilts to local police departments, who then distributed them to children in need of some extra love. She was an active member of the Weaver’s Guild of Kalamazoo, serving as both their treasurer and president during her tenure. She volunteered regularly at the Kalamazoo Art Center and graded papers for teachers as a part-time job. In 1987, she moved to Northport, where she enjoyed gardening—both flowers and vegetables. She is survived by her husband Richard ’58; three children and their spouses; and six grandchildren.
Stephen A. Cohen ’59, of New York City; Apr. 28. He was a lifelong attorney, practicing uninterrupted from 1962 until his retirement in 2012, first as a partner at Friedlander, Gaines, Cohen, Rosenthal & Rosenberg, and then at Morrison Cohen. He had a strong Jewish identity and spent many years as the general counsel of the Anne Frank Center USA, as he was committed to educating young adults about what happens when hatred and prejudice are allowed to flourish. After his 1981 purchase of a house in Vermont, he learned to ski in his 40s and enjoyed family times together there. He is survived by three sons, including Peter ’90 and his partner; two daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Barry E. Schwartz ’59, of Escazu, Costa Rica, formerly of Wayland, Mass.; Feb. 10. He had a 40-year career in the insurance business with his brother at Combined Brokerage Services in Boston. He was instrumental in creating a swim team at Wayland High School in 1972 and served as its coach. He supported schools in underserved communities both in Boston and Costa Rica and he enjoyed jazz music and running, having run the Boston Marathon. He is survived by four children and seven grandchildren.
Stephen Webster North ’59, of San Rafael, Calif.; Apr. 24. He served in the Army as Chaplain’s assistant, worked as a stockbroker for a while, and then became a high school teacher both at Jefferson High School in Daly City and Terra Nova in Pacifica. After retiring in 2003, he enjoyed swimming, painting, writing, acting and, most of all, substitute teaching, and was considered a “most favorite sub” in the high schools of Marin County. Known for his sharp wit and wry sense of humor, he often surprised his students with his own portrayals of fictitious eccentric characters. He was an accomplished writer and actor, writing his own insightful one-man-show, “Tales Out of School,” and performing it at the Barn Theater in Ross in 2006. As a member of the Dolphin Club in San Francisco, he completed the Golden Gate swim four times, and the Escape from Alcatraz swim twice. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, eight grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, one niece, and two nephews.
Marlene Larios Lyons ’59, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Shavertown, Pa.; Jan. 15. She was a partner at Veras Construction Company, dealing in land development, residential design, and construction. She volunteered and was a leader in several community organizations, and was the recipient of many awards for her work with the American Cancer Society. After divorcing in 1990, she relocated to West Chester, Pa., and once again was involved in local and civic organizations. In 1994, she married again and upon her husband’s retirement in 2003, they moved to Florida, where she resumed her classical piano studies and volunteered in organizations devoted to promoting music education and opportunities for young people. She is survived by her husband, Edwin; two daughters and sons-in-law; and five grandsons.
Lawrence A. Lockman ’59, of Minneapolis; Mar. 4. After graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1963, he moved to Minneapolis and received training in both pediatrics and neurology from the University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps from 1966 to 1967. For more than 30 years, he served as professor, including years as director, of the division of pediatric clinical neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. He authored several articles that appeared in the New England Journal and Pediatric Neurology. He enjoyed opera and classical music, was an accomplished pianist, and played with several ensembles. He was also a Vikings fan and an avid reader. He was known to many as the “animal cracker guy” because he would give dog treats to animals while walking his dog and animal crackers to their humans. He is survived by four children and their spouses, three grandchildren, and two sisters.
Dante G. Ionata ’59, of North Providence; Feb. 13. After Brown, he enlisted in the Army. He attended Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he learned Cantonese. He served in Korea and Vietnam working with Army Intelligence. He later was a reporter for the Providence Journal and the Evening Bulletin (1967-1973), specializing in inner-city issues, public housing, urban renewal, and marine fishing. In 1973, he became press secretary and principal speechwriter to U.S. Sen. John O. Pastore, for whom he worked until 1976. From 1977 to 1980, he served as director of capacity and energy management for Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy. In 1980 he served as senior policy associate to the governor and in 1984, he was appointed project manager at the Rhode Island Solid Waste Management Corporation, where he was instrumental in establishing a recycling program for the state. He then served as a consultant for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. He was vice president, president, and later a director of the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association. He retired in 2002 and focused on his hobbies of managing a vineyard in Hope Valley (R.I.), gardening, fishing, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Angela; three daughters, including Victoria Ionata Green ’95 and Catherine Ionata ’97; three grandchildren; and a sister.
Nina His Dodd ’59, of Warren, R.I.; Mar. 24. An accomplished writer, having earned a master’s in creative writing from Temple University, she wrote consistently, contributed to local magazines and newspapers, and published a book of poetry with her daughter. She was a great supporter of the arts and contributed to numerous organizations and charities, as well as volunteering her time with Sunday Bread, Rosie’s Place, and ARTS Rhode Island. She enjoyed traveling and kept a home in County Cork, Ireland. She is survived by two daughters, including Aubrey Atwater Donnelly ’85; four stepchildren; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Kevin J. Daly ’59, of Ellington, Conn.; Nov. 29. He worked at Owens & Minor for more than 45 years in sales. While at Brown he played baseball and, after having a family, coached his sons in baseball and his daughter in softball. He later enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s games and recitals. He is survived by his wife, Regina; a daughter and son-in-law; three sons and daughters-in-law; and 18 grandchildren.
John H. Barcroft ’59, of Fayetteville, Ark.; Nov. 8, after a brief illness. He taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, and at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., and then became provost of New College in Sarasota, Fla. His career focused on management of the grant-making, administrative, and financial operations of public and private foundations including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Education, the Kemper Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He received the Arthur Fleming Award for distinguished public service and mentored more than 200 college undergraduates in the Kemper Scholars program. He also served as vice chair of the Donors Forum of Chicago. He is survived by a niece and a nephew.
Janet Saunders Wright ’59, of Miami; Oct. 18. After Brown she attended the Parsons School of Design. She had a career as an interior designer for two years in New York City followed by many years in Miami. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law; two granddaughters; two sisters; and two nephews.
George J. Posejpal ’59, of Fostoria, Ohio, formerly of Culver, Ind.; Oct. 6. He is survived by his wife, Alma; a daughter; a son; four stepchildren; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a sister.
Karin Scott Gunn Gale ’59, of Gloucester, Mass.; June 5, of ovarian cancer. During the course of her career she worked at the American Medical Association, IBM, Gorton’s of Gloucester, and BankBoston. She was active with many local organizations and enjoyed traveling. She is survived by two daughters, including Catherine Gunn ’88; a son-in-law; and a granddaughter.
Francis B. Gilbert Jr. ’59, of McKinney, Tex., formerly of Hawaii, Colorado, and New York; Aug. 27. He was an investment banker with the Bank of New York and Chemical Bank. He was a member of the U.S. 6 Meter Sailing Team and competed in four world championships. As a longtime member of the Seawanhaka Yacht Club, he sailed the Bermuda-to-Spain and Newport-to-Bermuda races, among others. He was also an accomplished pilot who enjoyed flying friends and family up and down the East Coast in his Cessna 182. He is survived by a daughter, a son and daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren.
Fredric J. Fleron Jr. ’59, ’61 AM, of Westfield, Mass.; June 2. He was professor emeritus of political science at the University at Buffalo. He wrote seven books on Russian foreign and domestic policy and technology transfer and was preparing two more at the time of his death. While at Brown, he was a teaching assistant and lecturer. He took summer courses at Harvard and then entered the graduate program in political science and Russian studies at Indiana University with a Ford Foundation graduate fellowship and completed his doctorate in government. He taught at the University of Kentucky for five years and joined the University at Buffalo in 1970. At UB he served terms as acting department chairman and director of graduate studies. He developed a new general education curriculum for UB undergraduates and served for several years as associate vice provost for undergraduate education. After retiring in 2003, he became a university research scholar. He lived in the mountains of Colorado for a few years and then moved to Westfield, where he was an adjunct faculty member at Westfield State University from 2008 to 2018. He taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses on aspects of Soviet and American politics and foreign policy. In the 1970s he was invited to serve as a member of the East-West Technology Transfer Advisory Panel for the U.S. Congress. He took part in conferences on Soviet foreign policy sponsored by Johns Hopkins University and served as a consultant to the CIA, the U.S. State Department, the White House staff, and the British Broadcasting Corp. In addition to his books, he contributed to more than 20 book chapters and articles for academic journals and was editor of the Comparative Studies of Communism newsletter. He was an associate of the Harriman Institute on Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University from 1992 to 1995 and was nominated for a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992. He was a civil rights activist and took part in Vietnam War protests. He was a member of the board of directors of the Central Kentucky Civil Liberties Union and served on the board of the Southern Conference Education Fund. He enjoyed many types of music, sang, and played the guitar, banjo, dobro, and cello. He attended concerts and festivals and each year compiled a CD of “Fred’s Favorites” for his friends. He also enjoyed cooking. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pete Ross ’59, of Sarasota, Fla.; May 7. He served in the U.S. Navy and then worked as a corporate salesman in Minnesota before relocating to Sarasota in 1973, where he was the founder of many successful small businesses. He volunteered with several organizations, including Meals on Wheels, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He was an avid boater and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two children and their spouses; four grandchildren; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.
Jacqueline Jones ’59, ’63 MAT, of Wethersfield, Conn.; May 23, 2020, of cancer. In addition to her Brown degrees, she received a master’s degree in French and French Studies from Sorbonne University in 1973. She began her teaching career at Lincoln School in Providence, later relocating to Greater Hartford, where she taught Spanish in the Wethersfield public school system elementary and middle school levels before joining the faculty of Wethersfield High School in 1968. In 1985, the school system recognized her dedication and commitment to instructing, inspiring, and guiding her students by naming her Teacher of the Year. She retired in 1998 but her passion for teaching led her to resume her career a few months later at Central Connecticut State University, where she held an adjunct professorship before finally retiring in 2005. In retirement, she remained engaged with Spanish and French conversation groups at West Hartford Senior Center. She regularly attended events at Alliance Française de Hartford and the Town and Country Club, where as a member she helped organize book readings and art shows. She was a volunteer at the Wethersfield Historical Society and sat on the board of the Brown Club of North-Central Connecticut. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Karin Scott Gunn Gale ’59, of Gloucester, Mass.; June 5, of ovarian cancer. She worked as a computer programmer at IBM, the American Medical Assoc., BankBoston, and Gorton’s of Gloucester. She was an active community member and served in the Junior League of Boston, was a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, was past president of the Gloucester Garden Club, was a member of the Annisquam Yacht Club and Annisquam Sewing Circle, and was a choir member in the Annisquam Village Church. She is survived by two daughters, including Catherine Gunn ’88; a son-in-law; and a granddaughter.
Donald A. Stoufer ’59, of Alexandria, Va.; Mar. 29. He received post-graduate degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College and served 30 years in the Navy, where he earned many decorations. His last assignment was executive assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy. In 1987, he retired from the Navy and held various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM. After retiring a second time from IBM, he worked for the National Academy for Public Administration. He founded the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Starlight Foundation for Children and he enjoyed the opportunity to play Santa Claus at the Children’s Hospital during his many years supporting the Foundation. He was a docent and later an information desk volunteer at the Library of Congress and active in the Volunteer Council for the National Symphony Orchestra. He enjoyed music and traveling and visited every continent. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons and daughters-in-law; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.
John F. Quinn Jr. ’59, of Warwick, R.I.; Mar. 8. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked for 20 years in executive capacities in Boston and Providence ad agencies before founding his own direct marketing firm in 1980. He published four eBooks on Amazon and enjoyed sailing, including up and down the East Coast. He is survived by two sisters and several nieces and nephews, including Richard Quinn ’84 and Heather Quinn ’86.
Laurence J. Keohane ’59, of Brighton, Mass.; Mar. 13. He retired from Conrail consolidated Rail Corp. in 1999. He served in the National Guard and enjoyed horse racing, playing golf, and reading. He is survived by a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
Jane Moseley Bronk ’59, of Hartford, Conn.; Mar. 21. Her working life was spent in education. She taught at Windham High, Sedgwick Jr. High, and finally at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor from 1970 to 2006, continuing as a tutor there until 2011. In 50 years of teaching English, she had an impact on thousands of students, many of whom she kept up with well into their adult lives. She enjoyed many things, including knitting, gardening, baking, traveling, and solving the New York Times crossword puzzle. She is survived by a daughter, a granddaughter, a brother-in-law and his wife, a niece, and a nephew.
Judith Cohen Zacek ’59, of Newton, Mass.; Jan. 22. Prior to her retirement in March 2020, she served as community relations manager at the Arc of Massachusetts for 16 years, and also served as the administrator for Advocates for Autism of Mass. from their inception in 2004. She previously owned a travel agency, was passionate about politics and the arts, and enjoyed British dramas on PBS and Jeopardy! She is survived by a daughter.
Richard J. Ramsden ’59, of Lyme, N.H. Dec. 20. After a career on Wall Street and serving as a White House Fellow during the Nixon administration, he moved on to education finance as the founding executive director of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education in Hanover, N.H. From 1977 to 1982 he was vice president for administration and finance and then senior vice president and CFO at Brown, and from 1983 to 1994 he was president and CEO of Kinship Corp. He served on many boards, including as trustee and chair of the Investment Committee of Phillips Exeter Academy; trustee of the Nature Conservancy in R.I. and N.H.; trustee of Montshire Museum of Science (Vt.); director and chair of the Investment Committee of the Lumina Foundation (Ind.); and as a trustee of American University in Bulgaria. He enjoyed sailing and traveling and is survived by three children and their spouses; seven grandchildren, including grandson David Rabin ’14; and a sister.
Elizabeth Forstall Keen ’59, of Davenport, Fla.; Jan. 15. She worked for U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, Crown Publishers in Avenel, N.J., and Dow Chemical in Midland, Mich. Active in her local church, she served as chair of First Presbyterian’s Mission Committee, volunteered at the food pantry, and participated in countless mission projects such as a respite care ministry for families of children and adults with special needs and a migrant farmworkers ministry. She is survived by her husband, Donald; three children and their spouses; six grandsons; a brother and sister-in-law.
Theodore F. Dietter ’59, of Newtown, Conn.; Jan. 14. He worked for the state of Connecticut, culminating his career as head of programming for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). A founding member of the Connecticut Special Olympics, he also started the New Milford High School hockey program and led the team to the school’s first state championship in 1992. He was a cofounder of Wesco Sporting Goods. He was active in assisting the homeless community, ran the New York City Marathon, jogged every day for 21 years, was an avid fisherman, and belonged to the Newtown Fish and Game Club for 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; six children; 13 grandchildren; and two brothers.
H. Corbin Day ’59, of Birmingham, Ala.; Jan. 10. After obtaining an MBA from the Wharton School, he began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City, making partner in 1971. He relocated to London with his family in 1974 to lead the opening of Goldman’s London office, where he served as first managing director. He continued to be involved with the mergers and acquisitions team at the New York office until his retirement in 1986. He relocated to Alabama in 1987 and began the transition of leadership of the family business, Jemison Investment Company. He was actively involved in community organizations and served on numerous corporate boards. He enjoyed the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, playing golf, and fly-fishing. He is survived by his wife, Kim; a daughter; a son; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a sister.
Peter J. Skowronek Jr. ’59, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; July 21. During his 32-year career employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft/United Technologies, he worked for 10 years in East Hartford, Conn., then moved to Florida in 1970 and retired in 1992. Peter had a lifelong love of singing and was a 40-year member of the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches, serving as president several times. His motto was “always do the loving thing.” He served with many organizations including the East Hartford Jaycees, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics–Palm Beach County Chapter, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County. In retirement, he became a master gardener and volunteered at Mounts Botanical Garden. He is survived by his wife, Anne; four children, including son John ’86; nine grandchildren; a sister, and brother-in-law.
Ernest A. LeBlanc ’59, of Pocasset, Mass., formerly of Needham, Mass.; June 3, of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and upon discharge, he attended Brown. Later he received his master’s from the University of Lowell. He had an engineering career that included work at Hazeltine and RCA Aerospace Division (later merging with GE and then Lockheed Martin). He was proud of all the systems and radar design projects he worked on or acted as team leader for, including ballistic missile early warning systems, lunar landing modules, and many other designs of national importance. Ernie often played accordion with his trio during the summers at the Captain Linnell House in Orleans, Mass., and for many years, he was a member of the South Shore Neptunes Diving Club, both for recreational diving and to support civil defense for search and rescue/recovery missions. In retirement, he had leadership roles in several organizations and volunteered at Otis Air National Guard Base proofreading maintenance logs on the helicopters. He received numerous service awards over the years for his efforts. He is survived by his wife, Marie; three children; and two grandsons.
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J. Stewart McLaughlin ’59, of Bay Shore, N.Y.; Apr. 8. He earned a law degree from Cornell University Law School in 1962 and worked for two years as an attorney at MONY Life Insurance Company in New York City. During that time, he obtained a Master of Laws from New York University in taxation. In 1964, he returned to Bay Shore and established a general law practice that he operated for more than 50 years. He was also the attorney for the Kismet Fire District from 1973 until 2012 and for the Village of Ocean Beach for nine years. He served on boards for Southside Hospital, the New York State Hospital Trustees, and the Healthcare Association of New York State, gaining experience that led to a second era of his career, in which he was appointed Receiver for Brunswick Hospital Center, Inc. Over the past 19 years, his role developed and changed as the receivership came to an end. He is survived by his wife, Laura; a daughter; a granddaughter; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
John M. Howard ’59, ’65 MAT, of Bradenton, Fla.; May 19, of cancer. He taught English, coached hockey, and directed the glee club at Blake School in Minneapolis. He then served as camp director at YMCA Camp Warren in Eveleth, Minn., for 10 years before returning to the school environment at Breck School (Minn.). In 1987, he moved to Bradenton and began a 15-year career as headmaster of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School. He enjoyed playing the piano, cruising to Alaska and the Caribbean, and vacationing in the North Carolina mountains. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a daughter; a son; and two brothers.
Anthony I. Morgan ’59, of Southbury, Conn.; Feb. 15. After graduating, he worked in New York City for 40 years as an advertising and market research executive. He was said to have been part of the team that created the slogan “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” He also taught graduate seminars in marketing and market research at Manhattan College and was published in multiple professional journals. After retiring, he began writing fiction and at age 70 self-published his first novel, Incident at Heidelberg. It was followed by a second novel, When the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead, and a book of short stories and essays entitled The Book of Morgan. He went on to join the Heritage Village Writers’ Group, where he served as editor for An Anthology of Heritage Village Writers. He was an avid tennis player and competed into his early 80s. He also enjoyed art and architecture and was a fan of the New York Rangers. He is survived by his wife, Mercedes; a daughter; three sons; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother and a sister-in-law.
Robert E. Kresko ’59, of St. Louis; Apr. 21, of cancer. After service in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduation from Brown, he entered the real estate business at Bakewell Corp. In 1967, he joined the Trammell Crow Company of Dallas as one of its earliest partners, taking on the responsibility for developments in St. Louis. He assumed the role of managing partner in 1987 and retired in 1990. In retirement, he joined with Peter Krombach and formed Krombach Partners, a real estate company where he continued to work through 2019. He established the Kresko Family Victorian Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden; donated a Chinese Bronze Collection to the St. Louis Art Museum; contributed to the building of the football field at St. Mary’s High School, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame and given a meritorious service medal; and at Brown established the Kresko Scholarship and the Chapin Newhard Scholarship. He served on several boards over the course of his career and was a Brown trustee emeritus. He is survived by his wife, Dorotha; three children; and four grandchildren.
Joel F. DiPaola ’59, of Brookfield, Conn.; Sept. 11, 2019, of pancreatic cancer. He worked at General Electric Company and while there was awarded two patents. His last role was in academia at Danbury Community College’s chemistry department. From 1959 to 1965 he served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a longtime soccer referee, a hiker, and a camper. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; three children and their spouses; five grandchildren; brother Lynn ’62; a sister-in-law; a niece and three nephews.
Joel G. Caslowitz ’59, of Worcester, Mass.; Jan. 4. After serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, he joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine and was promoted to professor in 1997. He served as associate chief of internal medicine and program director of the internal medicine residency at the Boston VA from 1970 to 2000 and as associate program director for the internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center from 2000 to 2008. His teaching was recognized with numerous awards, including the 1993 Metcalf Cup and Prize, Boston University’s highest teaching award. He retired in 2014. He enjoyed football, tennis, skiing, and sailing with his wife. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; three children, including Pamela Caslowitz ’83; four granddaughters; and two sisters, including Rita Michaelson ’50.
John S. Tomasini ’59, of New Haven, Conn.; Jan. 18. He retired in 2002 from Polek and Polek Co., where he had worked as a wholesale distributor and warehouse manager. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed jazz music. He is survived by a cousin.
Jack J. Rosenblum ’59, of Deerfield, Mass.; Jan. 13. A Peace Corps volunteer in the early 1960s, he was among the first cohort to serve Costa Rica. He worked as a management consultant, first with his own company, River at Sunrise, and later as a principal of the Atlanta Consulting Group. He coauthored the book Managing from the Heart. In retirement he collaborated in teaching workshops on relationship skills with his wife and coauthored a second book titled The 5 Secrets of Marriage from the Heart. He served on the boards of North Star Fund and Wavework. He enjoyed reading, playing tennis, biking, and traveling the world. He is survived by his wife, Corinne; daughter Currie Saray Dugas ’07; a brother; a niece; and a nephew.
Mark A. Moynahan ’59, of Rockville, Md.; Jan. 4. His skills in electronics and radio communications led him to a career that spanned the globe. In 1954 he was employed by Page Communications in Goose Bay, Labrador, and Thule, Greenland. From 1957 to 1965 he worked for RCA in a position that moved him to Japan and then Germany. In 1965, he joined the National Security Agency and in 1969, he moved his family to Alice Springs, Australia, where he served as a mission director at Pine Gap. He returned to Maryland in 1972 and continued his work at NSA until retiring in 1988. He was active for more than 70 years in amateur radio and set up net control stations for emergencies and provided radio service during the 1950 hurricane. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps and a member of the American Radio Relay League, Garrett County Amateur Radio Emergency Club, and Maryland Emergency Phone Net. He is survived by his wife, Denise; four daughters; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Cornelius A. Bottomley ’59, of Plymouth, Mass.; Jan. 11, from complications of pancreatic cancer. He started the company New England Investment Properties, where he bought, sold, and built nursing homes. He was a former executive director of Massachusetts Federation of Nursing Homes. He started a nursing home administrator continuing education company, continued his entrepreneurial spirit establishing a Medicaid reimbursement consulting company, then purchased and managed investment properties. He continued working until he was 80. He was active in his community and a member of Plymouth Kiwanis Club for more than 40 years and the Bass River Yacht Club. He enjoyed sailing, swimming, skiing in Vermont, and spending summers on Cape Cod with family. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a daughter and son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; and four grandchildren.
Richard E. Nelson ’59, of Madison, Conn.; Oct. 25. He began his career at Dun & Bradstreet before becoming a commercial banker. He spent 25 years at Union Trust and five years at Webster Bank. While at Union Trust, he held numerous senior positions, including leading the bank’s commercial lending activities in the greater New Haven area. He was proud of his many civic and charitable involvements, including as president of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, board member of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, chair of the board of directors of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, director of the Ronald McDonald House of southern New England, and president of the Brown University Club of New Haven. He enjoyed golfing and was an active competitor in recreational softball and basketball and a fan of the Boston Red Sox. He also liked gardening, especially at his summer home in Chatham, Mass. He is survived by three sons and their spouses, including Peter ’81; six grandsons; a brother and sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
William F. Wenning Jr. ’59, of Sewickley, Pa.; July 31. He was employed with Ceramic Color and Chemical Company for 64 years and served as president of the company for 40 of those years. He is survived by his wife, Judith; a daughter; a granddaughter; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.
Joanna Kellogg Uhry ’59, of New York City; Aug. 26, from complications of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. Joanna was a teacher at Calhoun School in New York City for many years. While there she developed an interest in learning disabilities and enrolled in a master’s program at Teachers College. She went on to earn two master’s degrees in education at Columbia Univ. She was a faculty member at Teachers College until she joined the faculty at Fordham University, where she served as a leader in preparing teachers at the Graduate School of Education for more than 20 years. The focus of her years of research was on understanding how to teach children to read, especially children with dyslexia. She authored numerous publications, including Dyslexia: Theory and Practice of Instruction and Finger-Point Reading in Kindergarten: The Role of Phonemic Awareness, One-to-One Correspondence, and Rapid Serial Naming. She was the director for the Advanced Certification Program in Literacy and the Initial Teacher Certification Program, and coordinator of the Childhood Education Program. In addition, she mentored doctoral students and served as chair of the division of curriculum and teaching for four years. In retirement she was awarded professor emeritus status at Fordham. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, painting, making ceramics, weaving, and had a passion for photography and directing family plays and home movies. She is survived by her husband, Alfred Uhry ’58, four daughters, including Emily Rhea ’83; eight grandchildren; and two sisters.
Alvin L. Stern ’59, of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; May 17, following his struggle with leukemia. After graduating from ROTC at Brown, Al spent the next three years serving in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant and chief engineering officer on destroyers. After the Navy, he was admitted to New York University Law School. Upon graduation, he joined maritime law firm Poles, Tublin & Patestides in New York and went on to have maritime law related positions for the rest of his career. An active Brown alum, he was president of the Brown Club of Cape Cod and served as commencement marshal during his 50th reunion. He is survived by his wife Ann; his daughters Keelan Bodow ’89 and Leslie Stern ’93; sons-in-law Jonathan Bodow ’92 and Andrew Abramowitz ’92; four grandchildren; and brother-in-law Ross Harris ’73.
John M. Hatch ’59, of Lancaster, Pa.; May 21, of cancer. He was the director of purchasing for Howmet Aluminum (now Arconic Mill Products). He served as president of the board of directors at Easter Seals, where he introduced the “Buck-A-Cup” and “Rubber Duckie Race” fundraising campaigns to the Lancaster area. In 1982 he was presented with the A Brace for an Ace award by the Pennsylvania Easter Seal Society for outstanding volunteer service. He was also a hospice volunteer and an active member of Community Fellowship Church, where he served as an elder. He is survived by his wife, Louise; three sons; two daughters-in-law; and six grandchildren.
Wyndham Eaton ’59 of Derby, N.Y.; July 18, after a long illness. After graduating, he joined the family business, Eaton Equipment, a distributor of outdoor lawn and garden equipment and golf course supplies. He headed the company from 1978 to 1995. He served as president of Queen City Industrial Park from 1986 until his death, was president of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce in 1970, past president of Wanakah Country Club and Ellicottville Ski Club, and a former member of the board of directors of First Federal Savings and Loan of Hamburg. At Brown he was captain of the men’s hockey team. He is survived by his wife, Wendy; two sons; two daughters; 11 grandchildren; and a sister.
Carolyn Mayo Mansell ’59, of Palo Alto, Calif.; Apr. 3, after a brief illness. After staying home and raising her children, she began a career in real estate with Wright & Co. and quickly became the top producer in Los Altos. In 1984 she founded Mansell & Co. and was later recognized by the Los Altos Board of Realtors as “Top Achiever for 10 Consecutive Years.” Over the decades she mentored other agents and pioneered many practices now considered standard in the industry. She is survived by two daughters, a son-in-law, a sister, and a brother-in-law.
Richard A. Cleary ’59, of Cumberland, R.I.; May 1. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked at New England Life Insurance Company in Boston and later was a Naval Intelligence agent in Newport, R.I., from 1963 to 1967. For 21 years he worked as a special agent for the FBI and then until 2003, as a self-employed investigator/consultant. At Brown he was a member of the men’s varsity hockey team and later was an active member and past president of the Brown Hockey Association. He played until the age of 78 and for several years was invited to play in the Charles Schulz Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament. He also enjoyed playing softball, tennis, and golf. He is survived by four daughters, three grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.
Richard J. Beland ’59, of Poquoson, Va.; May 10, from Parkinson’s disease. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He spent years training students to fly, briefly interrupted by a tour in Vietnam, where he flew 290 combat missions. For four years following, he served as an advance agent for support and security for Air Force One, serving under Presidents Carter and Reagan. He then did a four-year tour to Germany. He was a member of the NATO Flight Safety Group. In retirement he served as a lector and usher at Langley Chapel, was a member of the Peninsula Pathfinder Volksmarch Club, and was chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals in Poquoson for 18 years. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Sonya, who survives him. Other survivors include two sons, a daughter-in-law, a grandson, a sister and brother-in-law, a niece, a nephew, and an uncle.
George W. Ullrich ’59, of Hingham, Mass.; Feb. 8, following a brief illness. While at Brown he played lacrosse and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He served in the U.S. Navy with various Seabee units, completing service as a lieutenant. He additionally received a master’s degree in civil engineering from MIT. During his career he served as COO of American Science and Engineering, was president of Gaggenau USA, and retired as COO of AES Corp. in Peabody, Mass., where he ran their international construction business. He was a longtime member of the Hingham Yacht Club and enjoyed sailing, skiing, morning walking groups, and spending time with grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Amy Lautman Ullrich ’61; daughter Nicole Ullrich ’90; two sons, including David ’87 and his wife, Anja Ullrich Wehde-Siniscalco ’88; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; nine grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; and two nieces.
Edward T. Sampson ’59, of Newburgh, N.Y.; Feb. 27. He served several years of active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard and upon discharge worked for publishing houses. He had a passion for hiking and over the course of his lifetime hiked many local mountains, including Bear Mountain, Mounts Beacon and Breakneck, and the Adirondacks, Catskills and Sierra Nevada mountains. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law; two nieces; and a nephew
Clark A. Sammartino ’59, of Providence; Feb. 5. After graduating from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, he became an assistant clinical professor there. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon for 27 years, he retired from his practice and subsequently founded Blue Fin Capital, an investment advisory firm, with partners Mars Bishop ’59 and Rich Carolan ’58. Over the many years as a health care professional he served as chief and director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and St. Joseph’s/Our Lady of Fatima hospitals. He was also past president of Rhode Island Dental Association and diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He published scholarly articles in various medical journals, including the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was a catalyst in the formation of Rhode Island’s Donated Dental Services, which provides dental care to needy and disabled Rhode Island residents. He was former chairman of Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation; former board president of Saint Mary’s Home for Children; and former president of the American Cancer Society (R.I. division). He enjoyed early morning swims, body surfing, the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Carole; four children and their spouses, including daughter Catherine Sammartino Berg ’86; eight grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.
Donald G. Mayhew ’59, of Vineyard Haven, Mass., formerly of Bowie, Md.; Feb. 5. He briefly taught math in New Jersey before moving to Bowie to work as a digital computer systems analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration. After retiring in 1983, he and his wife moved to Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as an officer and board member of the Dukes County Historical Society, worked many hours for the NAACP, was on the original Land Bank Committee, and served on the Tisbury Board of Health. He enjoyed biking, writing droll poetry, and helping others with their computer systems. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; a daughter and son and their spouses; two granddaughters; a brother and sister-in-law; nieces and nephews; and three cousins.
A. Robert Bellows ’59, of Lexington, Mass.; Mar. 15. He was a retired ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist. After graduating from Brown, he attended Boston University Medical School followed by a two-year residency in internal medicine. In 1965 he moved to Tripoli, Libya, where he served for two years in the U.S. Air Force. In 1967 he attended Yale, completing a four-year ophthalmology residency, and then moved to Haiti to work at L’Hôpital Albert Schweitzer for six months. He returned to the Boston area, completed a glaucoma fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and joined Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, specializing in glaucoma and cataract surgery. During this time, he wrote many scientific articles in a variety of peer reviewed journals and held leadership positions in national and international ophthalmologic organizations. He was a member of numerous academic societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the American Association of Ophthalmology, and the American College of Surgeons. He is survived by his wife, Jean; a daughter; two sons, including Matthew Bellows ’90; a daughter-in-law; and four grandchildren.
Philip J. DiSaia ’59, of Santa Ana, Calif.; Sept. 27. He completed a medical degree at Tufts and his residency at Yale, then continued in military service as Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, and completed his gynecologic oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Tex. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Genoa, Italy, after being granted an audience with Pope John Paul II. In 1976, he became chair for the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Irvine, where he established one of the preeminent institutions dedicated to women’s health. In addition to becoming a nationally recognized residency program, the department flourished with the establishment of four clinically directed and research-driven divisions in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and urogynecology. His research focused on the immunology of tumor biology, the safety of estrogen replacement therapy among breast and endometrial cancer survivors, and the development of less disfiguring surgical approaches for vulvar cancer. He authored numerous clinical papers and textbooks, including Clinical Gynecologic Oncology, which is the most widely read textbook in the subspecialty and is currently in its ninth edition. He had been an associate editor of Gynecologic Oncology and Endocrine Therapy and Hyperthermia Oncology and served on editorial advisory boards of many other journals in his field. He served the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in various roles for 30 years, including as an examiner in the certification process for specialists and subspecialists. He was a founding member of the Foundation for Excellence in Women’s Healthcare. In addition, he was a mentor to ABOG directors and volunteers. His international reputation resulted in appointments as special lecturer at the Univ. of Tokyo (1989), visiting professor at the Univ. of Buenos Aires (1990), the Camillo Golgi Professor at the Univ. of Brescia (Italy) in 1991, and special lecturer to the Italian Society of Ob/Gyn in Genoa (1992). His numerous memberships included the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, American Society of Clinical Oncologists, the American Radium Society, the Society for Gynecological Investigation, and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. He was the recipient of several awards, including the UC Gold Medal, and was named the nation’s Cancer Fighter of the Year in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Patti; four sons and their spouses; and numerous grandchildren.
David B. Schaffer ’59, of Blue Bell, Pa.; Nov. 4. He was the retired director of pediatric ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. He was an accomplished medical photographer and co-authored textbooks that included his medical photos. He did volunteer work at the Philadelphia Zoo in 1999 and served as president of its Docent Council from 2014 to 2016, earning recognition awards for his leadership roles. He was a gourmet chef and a scuba diver and enjoyed taking wildlife photos. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; a daughter; a son; and a brother, Lewis ’56.
James Teixeira ’59, of Riverside, R.I.; Nov. 20, after a brief illness. He taught Spanish and Portuguese at Middletown High School, R.I. He traveled extensively, collected coins, stamps, postcards, and antiques, and enjoyed the theater. He is survived by his wife, Maria; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; a sister; a brother; seven nieces; and a nephew.
Aaron Seidman ’59, of Brookline, Mass.; July 3. He had a career as a software developer, trainer, and web designer, with a great interest in art. He created his works in a wide variety of media, experimenting with new techniques. He was involved in community affairs and is survived by his wife, Ruth Kertzer Seidman ’60; sons Daniel ’88 and Joshua ’90; two daughters-in-law, including Jocelyn Guyer ’90; five grandchildren; a sister; a brother; brother-in-law David Kertzer ’69; sister-in-law Susan Kertzer ’70; nephew Seth Kertzer ’98; niece Molly Kertzer ’95; and cousins Pam Gerrol ’87, Elizabeth Braswell ’93, and Ari Johnson ’04.
Orrin M. Colley ’59, of Duxbury, Mass.; Dec. 4. He owned and operated C.H. Marsh insurance agency in Marshfield, Mass. He was an avid golfer and New England sports fan. He is survived by his wife, Helen; three daughters; six grandchildren; and a sister.
John F. Bennett ’59, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Nov. 16. He was president of Adobe Building Center prior to starting his own business in 1981, Color-Rite Building Supply, which sold to Rinker Building Materials in 1995. He was on the board of the Construction Association of South Florida for 32 years in addition to several other boards. He was instrumental in the creation of the Construction Executives Assoc. He is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, and six siblings.
Margo Aramian Ragan ’59, of Doylestown, Pa.; July 31. She was a homemaker and community volunteer. She enjoyed time spent on both coasts with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; and a sister.
William D. W. Grimes ’59, of Rumney, N.H.; Aug. 10, after a brief illness. He served 31 years in the U.S. Air Force. Before retiring from active duty in September 1990, he commanded several organizations related to special projects and was instrumental in the success of the Big Safari program, which is responsible for the acquisition, modification, and worldwide logistic support of special-purpose weapon systems for the United States Air Force. He re-entered government service in October 1990 as deputy to the assistant to the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) Commander for Special Projects. He earned major awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Association 2002 Civilian Senior Manager of the Year, and a “Peace Mate” award from the Royal Australian Air Force. He served as an Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Ad Hoc Member, was inducted into the Big Safari Hall of Honor in San Antonio, Tex., and was named an honorary U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. He enjoyed traveling to six out of seven continents with his wife, gardening, fishing, hunting, woodworking, jigsaw puzzles, and practical jokes. He is survived by his wife, Judy Darling Grimes ’61; three daughters; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Charles M. Trammell III ’59, of Chevy Chase, Md.; Apr. 14. He was a junior officer in the U.S. Navy and later an instructor at the Navy’s nuclear prototype at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory site in New York. In 1967 he joined Public Service Electric and Gas Co. in Newark, N.J., and assisted with the licensing of the company’s Salem Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey. He joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Bethesda, Md., in 1975 and was a licensing project manager for numerous nuclear facilities. He retired from NRC in 1993. He was a member of the West River Sailing Club and served as commodore in 2002. He enjoyed playing the flute, piano, and clarinet. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children; and six grandchildren.
Carroll Trainor Stein ’59, of Sedona, Ariz., formerly of Chicago; Mar. 11. She taught English and social studies in Chicago, was a residential fellow at the Univ. of Chicago, and then raised a family. She later returned to teaching and was a professor at Washburn Univ. in Topeka, Kans. Phi Beta Kappa. She is survived by her husband, Robert ’59; two daughters, including Leah Kimmet ’98; a son, Adam ’93; and six grandchildren.
Dana G. Willard ’59, of York, Me.; Jan. 5, after a brief illness. He worked for High Voltage Engineering in Boston and then for the Willard-Daggett Fish & Lobster Co. in Portland, Me. He returned to Massachusetts in 1978 and worked in the software industry until retiring from Lucent Technologies in 2001 and moving to York. In retirement, he painted and volunteered, helping with shoreline profiling and with educational programs at the Laudholm Farm in Wells, Me. He spent winters at Amelia Island, Fla. He is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, and a sister.
Lewis Roberts Jr. ’59, of Stratham, N.H.; Jan. 12. He was director of the Thompson School of Applied Sciences at UNH before he became dean of UNH Manchester. He and his wife created the nonprofit Mill Pond Center for the Performing Arts in Durham, N.H. In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and helped found the Common Table Ministry at St. John’s Church in Portsmouth, N.H. He is survived by his wife, Judy Bell Roberts ’62; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; five grandchildren; and a brother.
Hope Owen McMahon ’59, of Portland, Me.; Dec. 21. She taught art in K–12 school districts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Maine. She retired from the Brunswick (Me.) School Department in 2000. She is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law, two grandchildren, and two nieces.
Joan Cobb Boyce ’59, of Eugene, Ore., formerly of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Dec. 6. She was a homemaker and volunteer for the Flagstaff Summer Festival, where she regularly sang in the Flagstaff Oratorio Choir. In Eugene, she volunteered every year with the Oregon Bach Festival. She enjoyed hiking, camping, and visiting family in Rome, Me. She is survived by two sons, four grandchildren, and a brother.
Sheila McHale Bailey ’59, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dec. 22. She was a substance abuse counselor for the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services in Chattanooga, where she also helped establish a halfway house. She was a member of the Tennessee Assoc. of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. She enjoyed swimming and entertaining. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a son-in-law, and three nieces.
William B. Thompson ’59, of Philadelphia; June 27, of cancer. He joined Philadelphia’s Coordinating Office of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Programs in 1973 and retired in 2004 as deputy director. In 1964 he joined the Peace Corps as a member of the public health group, serving in Malawi for three years. He went on to lead volunteers in Somalia as assistant director for three years, returning to the United States in 1973. While in Africa he hiked Mount Kilimanjaro twice. In retirement he joined the Friends of the Wissahickon as a volunteer building projects in Wissahickon Valley. He was a lifelong weightlifter and coached novice weightlifting. He is survived by his wife, Louise; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; and a sister.