Obituaries
— Class of 1961

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Apr, 2022

C. Barry Titus ’61, of Decatur, Ga.; Oct. 23, after battling the effects of Lewy Body Dementia. He was retired from both IBM and Cox Enterprises. He enjoyed listening to classical music, playing guitar, and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Frances; a daughter and son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; and three sisters. 

 

Apr, 2022

John “Jay” K. Soest ’61, of Creve Coeur, Mo.; Oct. 18, of Alzheimer’s disease. He worked at Chemical Bank in New York City prior to becoming a broker for Merrill Lynch in St. Louis, where he worked for more than 30 years. He was also a deacon at Ladue Chapel in St. Louis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Missouri Athletic Club and Phi Gamma Delta. He enjoyed traveling, attending the theater, and various sports. He is survived by daughter Susan Valoff ’92; a son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; three grandchildren; a sister-in-law; three nieces; and a nephew.

Oct, 2021

Richard Wayne ’61, of Pleasanton, Calif.; Apr. 22, of cancer. He received his PhD in physics from Cornell University and spent 36 years at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. In 1981, Sandia Laboratories was selected by the Department of Energy to oversee the country’s solar thermal systems technology program and he was appointed head of the program. He later advanced to coordinator for strategic defense research in support of the “Star Wars” program. He was an avid hiker and member of The Hill Hikers. He traveled to all seven continents and had a strong sense of adventure. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; three sons; 13 grandchildren; sister Cindy Acker ’59; and his former wife, Kim.

Oct, 2021

Lawton R. Smith ’61, of Burke, Vt.; May 11. After Brown he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then began a varied work career in occupations that included being a dog trainer, a police officer, a news reporter, and a teacher. He played the organ in church and the French horn in town bands, and volunteered as a Reiki master. He enjoyed reading and learning. He is survived by his wife, Roberta; three daughters; several grandchildren; and three sisters.

Oct, 2021

James K. Dixon Jr. ’61, of Short Hills, N.J., and Edgartown, Mass.; May 21. He started in the Lord & Taylor Executive Training Program after receiving his MBA from Columbia University in 1963. Thereafter, he held various management positions with several retailers, including Bonwit Teller, Burberry, and Bamberger’s. At age 50, he made a career change and joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in their private client area. He was at Merrill Lynch for 20 years before moving to UBS, from which he retired in 2017. He had a lifelong passion for sailing and was an active member of the Holmes Hole Sailing Association and Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. He sailed his boat, “At Last,” around the Vineyard and enjoyed recounting to his family stories about his racing wins. He is survived by his wife, Donna; three daughters and sons-in-law; five granddaughters; and two brothers and their families.

 

Oct, 2021

Melvyn Blake ’61, of Providence; May 23. He was dedicated to his family and friends, and was active in many philanthropic, educational, and social organizations. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two daughters and sons-in-laws; four grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

Aug, 2021

Stephen L. Gallagher Jr. ’61 of Portland, Ore.; Mar. 12. After Brown, he joined the U.S. Air Force and later the Air National Guard. He studied law at the University of Oregon, working in private practice before being appointed to the Circuit Court of Multnomah County in 1981. He presided over numerous high-profile cases during his more than two decades on the bench. In 1996, he was one of the first judges in the United States to require a public agency to provide homosexual couples with the same medical, dental, and life insurance benefits it offered to married couples, a ruling that was initiated after Oregon Health Sciences University was found to be discriminating by denying benefits to the domestic partners of three gay employees. He served on the board of the Portland Opera and sang with the Balladeers at the Multnomah Athletic Club. He is survived by two daughters and a grandson.

Jun, 2021

Nicholas B. Willard ’61, of Wayland, Mass.; Feb. 5, of Parkinson’s. Following graduation, he began a career in printing and packaging. He was the national account sales manager and plant manager with Container Corporation of America, president of Rand Whitney Corporation, and president of NS Converters. He was active in the Wayland community, serving on the personnel board and economic development committee. He enjoyed solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, playing golf and tennis, and following the Red Sox and Celtics and Patriots. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three daughters; a son-in-law; and three grandchildren.

Jun, 2021

John N. Tine ’61, of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; Dec. 28. After Brown, he began working with C&P Telephone, later finishing his career with Bell Atlantic in Rome, Italy. He retired to Kitty Hawk in 1993. He was a member of Delta Phi fraternity and enjoyed golfing, skiing, and traveling. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and a sister.

Jun, 2021

Robert W. Streett ’61, of Clayton, Mo.; Feb. 13. He was an entrepreneur, lifelong learner, and world traveler. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of First Lieutenant. He sang in the August Opera Festival Chorus and was a member of the Missouri Choral Society. He served on the boards of Central Institute for the Deaf and the French heritage organization Les Amis and was a member of the vestry of the Church of St. Michael and St. George. He is survived by his wife, Liza; two daughters; five granddaughters; and two brothers, including Ken ’58.

Jun, 2021

Charles F. Rood ’61, of Tucson; Dec. 26. As an engineer, he had careers that led him to practical applications in big companies, managing a federal project, and finally financial advising with a certified financial planner designation. He served in the U.S. Navy and he enjoyed sailing with his wife. He was a former president of the YMCA and a board member of the United Way and the American Silver Museum in Connecticut. He is survived by his wife, Shane.

Jun, 2021

Sandra Nelson Roberts ’61, of Chelmsford, Mass.; Jan. 4. She worked for Northern Essex Community College in the 1980s and was the director of its Center for Business and Industry until her retirement in 1998. She was president of the Open Gate Garden Club for many years and enjoyed painting landscapes, reading, music, and singing. She is survived by her husband, David; a son, a son-in-law; a granddaughter; and a sister.

Jun, 2021

Keith C. Humphreys ’61, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Feb. 8. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy as a supply officer on the USS Jupiter in Japan. He then served as a Naval Reserve officer for 30 years, retiring with the rank of captain. He had a career in retail banking and commercial real estate in Newport, R.I. and Fall River, Mass., and was a community volunteer. He enjoyed woodworking and train travel through China, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. He is survived by his wife, Maris; three children; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; five grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law. 

Jun, 2021

Nancy Ferguson Downer ’61, of Billings, Mont.; Dec. 13, of complications of dementia. After moving to Billings in 1976 and receiving a master’s degree in counseling from Montana State University Billings, she counseled students for many years. She was passionate about helping junior high and high school students to overcome personal difficulties and strive for advanced education. She was active in her church and sang in the Billings Chorale for more than 30 years. She also enjoyed gardening. She is survived by her husband, Larry; two sons and their spouses; four grandchildren; and a brother.

Apr, 2021

Paul Kechijian ’64 ScM (see ’61).

Apr, 2021

Joseph N. Pierce II ’61, of Sebastian, Fla.; Sept. 14. He became a successful stock broker for Dean Witter Reynolds. After his retirement from Dean Witter Reynolds, he enjoyed spending time on the water in his speedboat and playing tennis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren, two sisters, a niece, and two nephews.

Apr, 2021

Andrea Henderson Mason ’61, of Albion, Me.; Nov. 24. After earning a master’s degree from RISD, she taught art at Lawrence Junior High School. She also enjoyed knitting and quilting and is survived by her husband, Gerald, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, and a brother. 

Apr, 2021

Paul Kechijian ’61, ’64 ScM, of Manhasset, N.Y.; Nov. 30. He was a dermatologist in private practice in Great Neck, N.Y. He also held titles of clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU School of Medicine and dermatology consultant at Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School. He was affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and New York Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. He has authored several papers and is listed in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. He served in the U.S. Army and was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Brown Medical Alumni Association from 1976 to 1993, serving as president from 1982 to 1984. He enjoyed running, playing the banjo, and antique car restoration. He is survived by his wife, Janice; daughter Lisa Kechijian Aber ’06; son Douglas ’02; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and three grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

Kurt M. Luedtke ’61, of Birmingham, Mich.; Aug. 9. After Brown, he entered the University of Michigan Law School, but the burgeoning civil rights movement drew him to the South to witness and write several pieces on a freelance basis. He then enrolled in Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and became an intern at the Miami Herald. He joined the Detroit Free Press in 1965 as a general assignment reporter, where he helped create Action Line, a reader interactive feature that filled one-quarter of the front page for 14 years beginning with its debut in 1966. He became an assistant city editor by the time the city’s 1967 civil disturbance broke out and his piece “The Forty-Three Who Died” was part of a package that won the Detroit Free Press a Pulitzer Prize in 1968. He became the newsroom manager after that, and by June 1970 he was running the newsroom with the title of assistant to the executive editor. In 1973, he was made executive editor at the age of 33. Luedtke left the newspaper in 1978 looking to write screenplays, something he knew nothing about. Within days of leaving Los Angeles because of not finding work, he pitched a novel he had thought about writing over the years to Orion Pictures that ultimately became Absence of  Malice, starring Paul Newman and Sally Field. Luedkte was nominated for an original screenplay Academy Award for the 1981 film. The film was partially shot in the Miami Herald newsroom where Luedtke had worked. He followed with a screenplay of Out of Africa, which won seven Oscars in 1986, including best picture and best adapted screenplay for Luedtke. There were numerous other screenwriting jobs that followed before he slowed down. Luedtke was often called upon to talk about free speech. He even did so while accepting a William Rogers Award at Brown in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor.

Jan, 2021

John S. Hsia ’61, of Columbus, Ohio; July 27, from complications of a stroke. His distinguished academic career in the department of mathematics at Ohio State University spanned 35 years. He supervised the dissertation research of doctoral students. His research was focused on Number Theory and much of his research work, which is published in more than 50 papers in internationally recognized journals of mathematics, was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. In addition to his own research, he edited volumes of conference proceedings and served on the editorial boards of leading journals in his field. He is survived by his wife, Lynette; two daughters and their spouses; a granddaughter; two step-grandchildren; and a brother.

Jan, 2021

Bruce E. Fowles ’61, of Washington, Me.; June 23. He was a biology professor at Colby College from 1967 to 2003. He enjoyed fishing and running and is survived by his wife, Rosemary; a daughter; a son; and two grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

David D. Clapp ’61, of Boothbay Harbor, Me.; July 27. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a Chinese linguist, trained at the Monterey Army Language School. After being discharged, he served as president of the Wakefield Corporation, a family business in Massachusetts that manufactured sintered metal machine parts. Throughout his life he contributed to many organizations and sat on several boards, including the Brown Club of New Hampshire. An avid sailor with a captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard, David’s happiest moments were on the water along the coast of Maine. He is survived by his wife, Linda; three daughters and their spouses; six grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.

Sep, 2020

Martin Wenick ’61, of Washington, D.C.; May 7, from COVID-19. After Brown he trained as a Foreign Service officer and had a 27-year State Department career that included positions in Washington, D.C., Afghanistan, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and the Soviet Union. From 1970 to 1974 he was stationed in Moscow and became head of the National Conference for Soviet Jewry. After retiring he became executive director of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) until his retirement in 1998. Under his leadership, HIAS resettled tens of thousands of Soviet Jews, brought the final remnants of Syria’s Jewish community safely to the United States, and helped members of the Baha’i faith escape persecution in Iran, among other initiatives. He is survived by his wife, Alice.

Sep, 2020

Alice Guillemette Bransfield ’61, of Raleigh, N.C.; Feb. 4. She was an elementary school teacher for 37 years, most of those years spent in New York City and Fairfax (Va.) County schools. She retired from Forest Edge Elementary in Reston, Va., in 2002. She volunteered with the American Heart Association and enjoyed reading and traveling the world. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law.

Jun, 2020

Edward B. McLaughlin ’61, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Manhattan; Jan. 4. He began his career in the Manhattan office of Smith Barney prior to joining H.N. Whitney, Goadby & Co. He was recruited by the firm of Jesup and Lamont, where he was eventually promoted to partner. He was profiled several times in newspapers and magazines, including Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Florida Trend. He left Wall Street and moved to Easton, Conn., where he founded Southport Associates and later Saugatuck Associates, managing money for family and friends. In 1975 he moved to Vero Beach and opened Victorian Accents, an antiques store. Also, while in Vero Beach, he served as chairman of the board of Atlantic Communications and Citrus Broadcasters, Inc., as well as the Wahlstrom Foundation, the VNA Foundation Board, and treasurer of Coast Wine Festival Board. He established the McLaughlin Charitable Foundation, which supported local charities in Vero Beach, Connecticut, and Virginia. He was a longtime member of the Sons of the American Revolution and a fan of the New York Giants, the New York Rangers, and UConn’s women’s basketball team. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; two children; six grandchildren, two great-granddaughters; a sister; and a cousin.

 

Jun, 2020

Eldon A. Hiebert ’61, of Deland, Fla.; Dec. 7, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked for Sanders Associates in New Hampshire, then moved to Pasadena, Maryland, where he founded an engineering company that specialized in automated control systems. He retired to Deland and enjoyed spending time sailing on his 36-foot wood sloop Stardust through the Intracoastal into the Caribbean to the Turks and Caicos. He is survived by several cousins and friends.

 

Apr, 2020

Theodore E. Tuck Jr. ’61, of Bowie, Md.; Nov. 6. He spent most of his career in the military, and later as a civilian in the U.S. Air Force as an agent of the Office of Special Investigations. He was the bass in the barbershop chorus The Bowie Knights of Harmony for more than 35 years and in later years took part in theater and choral productions in the Bowie area. He enjoyed reading and was a craftsman who enjoyed building things out of wood and metal. He is survived by his partner, Lynn Baldwin; two sons; a daughter-in-law; five grandchildren; and three brothers.

 

Apr, 2020

Richard N. Tinker ’61, of Palm City, Fla.; Nov. 2. He was involved with his community and church. He served as a church verger and enjoyed playing golf, traveling, tai chi, painting and sketching. A former Jabberwock, he also enjoyed singing in church choirs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of Kappa Sigma. He is survived by a daughter, a stepdaughter, two stepsons, six grandchildren, a brother, and a nephew.

Apr, 2020

Stephen G. Malek ’61, of Wolfeboro, N.H., formerly of Simsbury, Conn.; Oct. 19, of Parkinson’s disease. He was employed with Liberty Mutual in Boston and moved on to Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford. In 1989 he became the IT operations manager for the new Travelers Reinsurance Co. Following his 27-year career with Travelers, he retired to Wolfeboro and enjoyed reading, gardening, playing tennis, and social functions. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to the rank of captain. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, and six nieces and nephews.

 

Apr, 2020

Robert E. Gorman ’61, of Bolivia, N.C., formerly of Berlin, N.J.; Oct. 19. After retiring from working many years in life insurance and financial planning, he moved to North Carolina and became an adjunct professor at UNC Wilmington, where he taught leadership and management. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and golfing. He is survived by his wife, Ann; four daughters; eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Jan, 2020

James F. Twaddell ’61, of Providence; July 17. He was a Foreign Service officer assigned to the GATT Kennedy Round trade negotiations in Switzerland. After six years, he returned to Washington and joined the office of Sen. Claiborne Pell. By 1969, he moved to Rhode Island and joined Kidder Peabody securities firm and ran an unsuccessful bid for a state senate seat. By 1972 he was chairman of Barclay Investments, a regional brokerage firm, and soon after became chairman of NIBA, an investment banker’s association. He enjoyed salmon fishing in the Canadian rivers of Quebec. He is survived by his wife, Marlene Marx Twaddell ’72 MAT; two daughters; a son, Justin ’90; seven grandchildren; and brothers Bill ’63 and Steve ’57.

 

Nov, 2019

Henry H. Hood ’61, of Lancaster, Ohio; May 31. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force at Minot Air Force Base Regional Medical Hospital and taught at the University of Florida Medical School before opening up a private medical practice. Throughout his career in private practice, he spent Sundays offering medical services to the homeless while mentoring medical students from OSU medical school. He was a team physician for the Lancaster High School football team and constructed the Dr. Henry Hood Strength and Conditioning Center for athletes at LHS, fondly known as “The Hood.” He was a co-owner of the Lancaster Country Club, and a generous supporter of the Lancaster Festival. The Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce awarded him its Floyd Wolfe Community Service Award. For 35 years he worked to build the International Medical Corps into an organization which has provided medical relief, education, and training to 51 countries around the world. In addition, he was the cowriter of the IMC training manual, which remains today. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; five grandchildren; two stepchildren; a brother; and a sister-in-law.

 

Nov, 2019

Norbert S. Fleisig ’61, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; June 20. He was a computer programmer and freelance entrepreneur who developed his own software company. He also worked for NASA during the Polaris Navigation System project writing the simulator program for the Apollo space shuttle. He enjoyed solving puzzles, playing poker, listening to music, and traveling. He is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren; a sister; and a niece.
 

 

Nov, 2019

Frances Murphy Araujo ’61, of Providence; June 13. She received a master’s degree in early childhood education from Rhode Island College and spent her career working with children. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a son-in-law, five grandchildren, a sister, two brothers, a sister-in-law, and a brother-in-law.

 

Sep, 2019

Robert Lussier ’61, of Pecos, N.Mex.; Apr. 19. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and then studied for five years with noted musician C. Alexander Peloquin. In 1963 he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career and in 1969 moved to Los Angeles, where he continued his career in theater, film, and television. In 1986 he entered the Pecos Benedictine Monastery and studied for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in California. In 1992, he received a master of divinity and a master of arts in religion and was ordained into the priesthood on Dec. 19. He traveled extensively conducting seminars, retreats, workshops, and parish missions. In Pecos, he was involved with retreat programs, and the music ministry and was assigned formation director and novice master. He also served at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe and ministered at the Carmelite Monastery and Cristo Rey parish. He is survived by eight nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.

 

Sep, 2019

Edward K. Forbes ’61, of Kennebunkport, Maine, formerly of Wellesley, Mass.; Apr. 26. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he worked in medical sales. He enjoyed thoroughbred racing and automobiles. He is survived by his wife, Martha; two sons; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law; and a nephew.

 

Jul, 2019

James B. Mullen Jr. ’61, of Watertown, Conn.; Feb. 27. He had a long and successful career in the insurance business starting at Travelers and culminating as president and CEO of H.D. Segur, Inc., insurance agency in Waterbury, Conn. He was committed to improving his town and served as chairman of the Watertown Town Council and the Watertown Board of Education for more than 10 years. Throughout the last 50 years he held leadership positions on the Economic Oversight Board, Southbury Training School, Watertown Jaycees, Watertown Young Republicans, and YMCA board of directors. For the past 20 years, he and his wife turned their attention to building Southwind Farms, where they raised alpacas and opened their farm to school children and families, spreading awareness and interest in the animals. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed being surrounded by the chaos of his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Penny; six children and their spouses, including Jay B. Mullen III ’91; Joyce Mullen ’84 and her husband Todd Stephenson ’84, ’88 AM,’93 PhD; 19 grandchildren, including Lucy Stephenson ’13 and Benjamin Stephenson ’13; a sister; a brother; two sisters-in-law; and two nephews.
 

 

Jul, 2019

Raymond R. Balkus ’61, of Providence; Mar. 30. He was a retired Providence school teacher and retired presiding judge at the former Lincoln Greyhound Park. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and enjoyed bowling and playing golf. He is survived by a sister, two nieces, and a nephew.
 

 

Jan, 2019

Janice Kollet Gorton ’61, of Warwick, R.I.; Sept. 19. She was the owner and president of PeKo Creations and past president of Warwick Figure Skaters. She is survived by a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, including Arlene Gorton ’52; and ten nieces and nephews.
 

 

Jan, 2019

Ernest R. DelMonico ’61, of New Haven, Conn.; Aug. 29. He joined Second National Bank of New Haven after college and rose to the level of vice president, but rather than a career in banking, he chose to become an entrepreneur and started growing and selling multiple computer banking companies, including Bankputer Inc. and Financial Interactive Systems. He also developed commercial and residential real estate properties in New Haven. In 2001, following the death of his father, he took control of the family hat business, DelMonico Hatter, and grew it to be one of the top selling hat businesses in the United States. He won numerous industry awards, including National Hat Retailer of the Year in 2007, and was recognized by Business New Haven as Small Businessperson of the Year in 2008. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and he enjoyed traveling, biking, playing tennis, the theater, and classical music. He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, including son Bruce ’91; six grandchildren; and two sisters.

 

Nov, 2018

William G. Shade ’61, ’62 MAT, of Bethlehem, Pa.; June 17. He taught history at Temple Univ. before joining the faculty at Lehigh Univ. in 1966, where he served as director of American Studies for 25 years. He also taught at Lafayette College, the Univ. of Virginia, the Univ. of Limerick in Ireland, the Univ. of Nottingham in England, and most recently at Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. in Russia. He was the author and/or co-author of numerous scholarly papers, articles, and reviews, including Lawrence Henry Gipson: Four Dimensions; Seven on Black: Reflections on the Negro Experience in America; Our American Sisters: Women in American Life and Thought; Democratizing the Old Dominion: Virginia and the Second Party System 1824–1861; and Banks or No Banks: The Money Issue in Western Politics, 1837–1865. He was editor of the Pennsylvania History Journal from 1968 to 1973 and served on the advisory board to the Secretary of the Interior on National Parks, Historic Sites, Monuments, and Buildings. He was a member of the American Historical Assoc., the Pennsylvania Historical Assoc., the Social Science History Assoc., and the American Assoc. of University Professors. He enjoyed jazz music and traveling the world. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and four grandsons.
 

 

Sep, 2018

Joseph A. Cerutti ’61, of Center Harbor, N.H.; May 13. He taught industrial arts at Ashland High School (Massachusetts) before beginning a long career in the home building business. He worked for William Bell Associates in Ashland, Brill Homes in Vermont, and Hodgdon Homes in Maine before moving to Center Harbor to work at Prescott Homes in Meredith, N.H. In 1982 he cofounded Cerutti Custom Homes, which he managed until his retirement in 2007. He was an active member of the Lakes Region Home Builders Assoc. and in 1994 was named the Lakes Region Home Builder of the year. At Brown, he was a member of the football and rugby teams, ROTC, and Kappa Sigma. He enjoyed hiking, skiing, reading, traveling, and attending the theater. He is survived by his wife, Susan; two sons; a daughter-in-law; four sisters; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Sep, 2018

William R. Biers ’61, of Columbia, Mo.; Apr. 12, from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was employed at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, before joining the faculty at the Univ. of Missouri in 1968. He taught classes in Greek art and archaeology until his retirement in 2001. In retirement he continued to teach Ancient Technology, a course he created to interest undergraduate engineering students. He served on many university committees, including the campus library committee, of which he was chair from 1999 to 2001. A classical archaeologist, he excavated in Turkey and Israel; was director of excavations at ancient Phlius, Greece; and was codirector of excavations at Mirobriga, Portugal. His many publications included The Archaeology of Greece: An Introduction; Mirobriga: Investigations of an Iron Age and Chronology in Classical Archaeology; and Art, Artifacts and Chronology in Classical Archaeology. He is survived by his wife, Jane; a daughter; a daughter-in-law; and two grandsons.
 

 

Jul, 2018

Julia Baltzell O’Malley ’61, of Weymouth, Mass., formerly of Bay Shore and Huntington Station, N.Y.; Feb. 11, of pneumonia. She worked as a purchaser for Litton Industries, Eaton, and other instrument manufacturers until her retirement in 2000. She enjoyed classical music, played the piano, and supported animal welfare organizations. She is survived by two sons, including Mark ’87; two granddaughters; and two sisters.

 

Jul, 2018

Robert B. Kirchberger ’61, of The Villages, Fla., formerly of Rockville, Conn.; Feb. 18. He cofounded Videoplay Industries, in Vernon, Conn., which he ran for 30 years. He enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Vonda; three children, including Eric ’92; a son-in-law; five grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and seven nieces and nephews.
 

 

Jul, 2018

Howard M. Bromage Jr. ’61, of Enfield, Conn.; Mar. 10. He founded and ran Bromage-Wilcox Insurance Agency in Enfield for 40 years. An avid sportsman, he played varsity baseball at Brown and had a lifelong softball career in the Enfield league with the AMVETS team and in the senior leagues of Vernon and Wallingford, Conn., and Ludlow and Cape Cod, Mass. He was honored for his many athletic accomplishments and years of service to the town of Enfield by being inducted into the Enfield Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Lois; a daughter; three sons; two daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; a brother; and six nephews.

 

Jul, 2018

Toyo Uyeyama Biddle ’61, of Summit, N.J; Feb. 12. She worked in the federal government to advance civil rights for disadvantaged students, minorities, and women, including four years as director of Asian American Affairs in the former Department of Health, Education & Welfare. For 20 years she worked to improve and manage the Department of Health & Human Services refugee resettlement and immigrant services, focusing on helping the Hmong population. She was instrumental in establishing One-Stop Centers to provide support services. After retiring from the federal government, she maintained an active interest in policy and politics until her death. She is survived by three daughters, including Ann Biddle ’83; two sons-in-law; five grandchildren; and a brother.

 

May, 2018

David A. Breazeale ’61, of Novato, Calif., formerly of Farmingdale, N.J.; Dec. 6, of cancer. After serving in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps in the Midwest and Korea, he became a math teacher and computer programmer in Newark, N.J. In 1975 he was recruited by Bank of America and moved to California. After 22 years, he left Bank of America and formed his own consulting firm, Deerfield Systems. For the last 10 years of his career he was an IT manager with McKesson Corp. He was a deacon and a member of the men’s bible group and property committee at the Presbyterian Church of Novato. He enjoyed gardening and classical and jazz music and was a fan of the New York Giants and Knicks. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Apr, 2018

Jack D. Fisher ’61, of Bedford, Mass., formerly of Natick, Mass.; Nov. 8. He had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired as colonel, serving in the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. For 11 years, he was commander of troops in Saudi Arabia and for more than 21 years was a consultant with Odyssey at Hanscom Air Force Base. He earned the Meritorious Service Medal and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He enjoyed family genealogy. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters; two sons; two daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Apr, 2018

Stephen M. Haas ’61, of LaJolla, Calif., formerly of New York City; Nov. 30. He founded Stephen M. Haas Legal Placement Inc., an executive search firm, in New York City, which specialized in assisting law firms and corporations in recruiting attorneys.

Apr, 2018

Frederic C. Marston III ’61, of Ewing, N.J.; Oct. 27. He was a marketing communications executive in New York City with Benton & Bowles and Doyle Dane Bernbach advertising agencies before moving to California to join CRM Inc. publishing company. Because of his experience with college marketing, he was recruited by Playboy magazine to direct the company’s college bureau. He later returned to advertising with Grey North and d’Arcy MacManus & Masius in Chicago, before joining Manpower Inc. in Milwaukee in 1980 as vice president of U.S. marketing and public relations. He spent the last 12 years of his career as a senior vice president with BVK in Milwaukee and then retired to New Jersey in 1997, where he worked part-time as a public relations consultant and an editor at Princeton’s weekly community newspaper, Town Topics. He enjoyed skiing, tennis, and golf and was a Life Master at tournament bridge. He is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law, two brothers, two sisters-in-law, and 11 nieces and nephews.

Apr, 2018

William D. Stamper ’61, of St. Louis, Mo.; Dec. 1, from complications of dementia. He was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and later was president of the W.D. Stamper Co. in St. Louis. He enjoyed flying planes, sailing, playing poker with his poker group, and bicycling. He served on several boards, including the Central Institute of the Deaf, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the St. Louis Art Museum. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law.

Feb, 2018

Lauren E. Andrews ’61, of Glocester, R.I.; Aug. 19. He taught English and math in the Providence school system but left teaching for banking. He retired as senior vice president and senior loan officer at Citizens National Bank. He was treasurer of the Town of Glocester, president and treasurer of the Glocester Heritage Society, treasurer of the Glocester Lions Club, treasurer of the Danielson Rotary, and a member of the Danielson Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a son; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Feb, 2018

Francis H. Monahan ’61, of Wyckoff, N.J.; Aug. 25. He began his career as a stockbroker at GA Saxton and later was senior vice president for EF Hutton and Prudential Securities. He was a 22-year member of the Wyckoff Van Pool carpooling service and recipient of a Lifetime Van Achievement Award. He was an accomplished athlete, having played football, basketball, baseball, and golf at Brown. After college he played competitive squash for 25 years and won several tournaments as a member of the Downtown Athletic Club. He also enjoyed coaching his sons’ sports teams. He is survived by his wife, Lois; three sons; two daughters-in-law; five grandchildren; and a sister.

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