Obituaries
— Class of 1964

Oct, 2021

Lucille Webber Susslin ’64, of Oradell, N.J.; June 14. She was a retired preschool teacher and a lifelong student who enjoyed taking classes in literature, writing, and history at the local community college. She also enjoyed sewing and used her talent to create costumes for the Oradell Playhouse. She is survived by her husband Dan ’63; two sons and their spouses; and three grandchildren.

Oct, 2021

James R. Johnson ’64, of Weston, Mass.; May 14. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years, followed by work at Westinghouse Corp. in several financial positions, and later was business manager at WBZ TV. He pursued many entrepreneurial ventures and completed his career as director of accounts with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in 2006. He was a member of the Clover Club of Boston, a former Grand Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a supporter of Brown football, and a fan of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and the Boston Bruins. He is survived by his wife, Lee; brother Gerald ’69 and sister-in-law; and four nieces and nephews.

 

Aug, 2021

John Dutton ’64, of Sacramento, Calif.; Feb. 25, of multiple organ failure. He was an investment banker in Boston before moving to Los Angeles to head international development for American Medical International, a job that allowed him to travel the world. Later he started his own company, JM Dutton & Assoc., which produced investment research on small cap companies. He retired in 2015. While in school, he was an active athlete and competed in football and crew. He rowed consistently, rowing in his final years on the American River in Sacramento. He also enjoyed flying and reading about history. He is survived by two daughters; son John ’86; and six grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

Jonathan Small ’64, of New York City; July 25. He was a partner in the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton and served for a number of years as executive director of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. He is survived by his wife, Cornelia; two daughters; and four grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

E. Andy Kiley ’64, of Rochester, N.Y.; Mar. 2, after a brief illness. He graduated from Syracuse University College of Law and practiced law for more than 30 years. He enjoyed singing, beginning as a teenage folk singer at various venues during summers on Cape Cod. While at Brown, he sang with the Bruinaires. He was a member of the Rochester Oratorio Society and he sang in China during the 2008 Summer Olympics. At the time of his death he was a member of the choir at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Rochester. He is survived by his wife, Judith Montgomery Kiley ’64; two daughters; three grandchildren; a sister; a brother; a sister-in-law; and brother-in-law John Montgomery ’67.

Jan, 2021

William M. Merrill ’64, of Elkins, W. Va.; July 5, of cancer. Working with his father on the dairy farm, he gained satisfaction from working with heavy equipment and went on to become an expert equipment operator in the fields of trucking, quarry operations, excavation, and road systems. He worked throughout the New England states as well as in Alaska and West Virginia prior to retiring. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed gardening, reading newspapers, and solving crossword puzzles. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three sons; two daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a sister and brother-in-law.

Jan, 2021

James M.C. Brines ’64, of East Falmouth, Mass.; July 3. He taught English, literature, and communications at the Community College of Rhode Island for many years before retiring. During his professional career, Jim also served on the Taunton School Committee and in the vestry of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Taunton. Previously, he taught high school English as a second language in Germany. Following his time in Germany, he embarked on a motorcycle tour of Europe. This experience fueled his life-long passion for world travel and appreciation for art, architecture, diverse peoples and cultures, and his desire to take copious photographs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. An avid Boston sports fan, he also enjoyed skiing and all nature had to offer. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, a son and daughter-in-law, a grandson, a sister, a brother, and former wife, Constance Bidwell Brines ’67.

Nov, 2020

Jo-Anne Palumbo Vaughn ’64, of Parkville, Md.; Apr. 9, after a long illness. She spent several years teaching French and Italian in high schools in Westerly, R.I., and Hyattsville, Md., then lived and worked with her husband, who was a Foreign Service Officer, in Indonesia, Germany, Bolivia, and Singapore. She earned her master’s in education and counseling from Boston University and became a State Department Family Liaison Officer, providing family and marriage counseling to American families living overseas. On her return to the U.S., she continued to work for the State Department as a crisis management trainer, traveling to embassies in Africa, South America, and Europe. She spent 2002-2004 as a program officer for a Catholic mission in Citi Soleil, Port au Prince, Haiti, providing meals and education to children in need. She retired in 2004 and volunteered at her local community center, held gourmet cooking classes, and sailed and traveled extensively with her husband. She was also an adjunct ESL professor at Chesapeake College. She is survived by her husband, Tony; three daughters and their spouses; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Sep, 2020

Eric T. Helland ’64, of Divide, Colo.; Jan. 30. In 1967 he graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City College of Dentistry. In 1968 he received a Presidential Commission from the Navy and worked as a dentist aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. He moved to Colorado in 1970 and established his dental practice. During 42 years in practice he received many recognitions, including Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry in 1981 and Fellow of Pierre Fauchard Academy in 1990. He served on the board of Delta Dental of Colorado and assisted in the formation of the Intermountain Dental Society, where he was president for 20 years. He ran several times in the Pikes Peak Marathon and enjoyed being in the mountains, camping, and skiing. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; five children and their spouses; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; two brothers, including Doug ’67; two sisters-in-law; and a nephew.

Sep, 2020

Richard K. Goeltz ’64, of New York City; Mar. 23, of cardiac arrest following surgery. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1966 to 1972, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He worked as a financial executive in New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Miami, and Central America. He joined the Seagram Company in 1970, becoming executive vice president and chief financial officer in 1986. In 1992 he moved to London to become a director and chief financial officer of National Westminster Bank, then returned to New York and joined the American Express Company in 1996 as vice chairman and chief financial officer. He also held several nonexecutive directorships, including Freddie Mac and Delta Air Lines. He was active in numerous philanthropic organizations, including the Opera Orchestra of New York, the London Philharmonic Trust, English Chamber Orchestra and Music Society, and the American Academy of Berlin. Additionally, he was a longtime member of the Metropolitan Opera Club and board member of the London School of Economics. He enjoyed collecting 18th Century Worcester and Meissen porcelain, traveling, attending opera festivals, and reading. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen, and several family members.

Apr, 2020

Mallory Hoover Decillis ’64, of Port Angeles, Wash.; Oct. 15, as a result of a stroke. She worked as an archaeological field excavator on the Ozette Indian Village at Cape Alava, Washington. After returning to school and acquiring a master’s degree from Antioch University in 1995, she worked in Port Angeles as a licensed mental health counselor until her retirement. She enjoyed kayaking and playing guitar. She is survived by her husband, Phil; sister Lee Truer ’75; and a brother.

Apr, 2020

Richard R. Rulon ’64, of Fort Washington, Pa.; Oct. 25. He obtained his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and practiced immigration law for more than 30 years as a partner at Dechert, Price & Rhoads and later as a founding partner of the Klasko Immigration law firm. He served as commissioner for Upper Dublin Township, Pa., for several terms and ended his public service career as president of the board. He enjoyed skiing, fishing, and spending summers at the shore in Beach Haven, N.H., with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; five daughters and sons-in-law; and 11 grandchildren.

 

Apr, 2020

John G. Lewis Jr. ’64, of Newton, Mass.; Oct. 8. He is survived by his wife, Jane; three sons and their spouses, including John G. Lewis III ’88; two stepchildren; and 12 grandchildren.

 

Apr, 2020

Bradford S. Gile ’64, of Belleville, Wisc.; Oct. 19. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin­­-Madison in actuarial science and mathematics. He worked for American Family Insurance until retiring in 2005, when he resumed school to obtain his PhD. He was a fifth degree black belt in Shorin Ryu karate and mentored and instructed martial arts classes at the West Madison YMCA for 40 years. He enjoyed music and was an accomplished vocalist and trumpeter. He also enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; two daughters and their spouses; four grandchildren; a brother; and a sister-in-law.

Apr, 2020

Stephen W. Easton ’64, of Delmar, N.Y.; Nov. 27, after a long illness. He obtained his JD in 1972 from Albany Law School. He spent most of his career as a title attorney with the firm of Sneeringer Monahan Provost & Redgrave. He enjoyed sports and played amateur softball for many years. He also played golf up until the year before his death. He was an accomplished guitar and banjo player and enjoyed folk music. He also liked to read all types of literature. He was a member of Psi Upsilon. He is survived by his wife, Diane; a daughter; three sons; six grandchildren; a sister; two brothers, including Albert ’60; and many nieces and nephews, including Nancy Easton ’86.

Nov, 2019

Evans K. Newton III ’64, of Ocala, Fla.; Nov. 5, 2018. After graduation he joined the U.S. Peace Corps and was stationed in Panama. There he met his wife, Celmira, who would join him as a language instructor at the Peace Corps training center in Puerto Rico. He earned a master’s in Spanish from Indiana University and spent 34 years devoted to language, instruction, and cultural exchange at the junior high and high school levels. He also volunteered regularly as an ESL instructor. He formally retired from Westtown Friends School in Pennsylvania in 2007 but continued tutoring Spanish and teaching ESL upon relocating to Florida. He published short stories, including When Push Comes to Shove, in the 2016 issue of Aji Magazine. He is survived by his wife, Celmira; two daughters; a son-in-law; and his grandchildren.
 

 

May, 2019

Richard J. Goetsch ’64, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Jan. 19. He received a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1967 and was managing counsel for BP. He practiced antitrust and commercial law in both Cleveland and Chicago and retired in 2008. He enjoyed reading, traveling, working on a new construction or landscaping project, and classical music. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; daughter, Sallie Goetsch ’89; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and two grandchildren.

May, 2019

Mary Jo Dieckhaus ’64, of Newport, R.I., formerly of New York City; Jan. 14, of cancer. After graduating she went on to a career in public and investor relations in New York City. Following positions at Burson-Marsteller and Gavin Anderson and Co., she formed her own company, DD & W Ltd., which provided investor relation services for international companies and organizations. She retired to Newport in 2008 and was a volunteer at the Redwood Library and the Newport Historical Society. She is survived by a sister; two nieces, including Ann Waugh ’86; and a nephew.

May, 2019

James C. Deveney Jr. ’64, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.; Jan. 10, of cancer. Following service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he began a lifelong career in education, teaching and coaching at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Pingree School in South Hamilton, and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge. His discipline was mathematics. An avid golfer, he won multiple golf club championships and competed in United States Golf Association New England and Massachusetts State events. At Brown he was captain of the golf team and a member of the hockey team. He was a trustee of the former Governor Dummer Academy and president of the Hickory Shafts, a distinguished group dedicated to the traditions of golf. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and a sister.

Mar, 2019

Elnora Beth Livezey ’64, of Inwood, Calif.; July 9. After college she worked for two years with the civil rights movement as a field worker with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where she initiated a Head Start program and participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery. She earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1969 and was selected to serve as assistant editor on the Law Review. After law school she worked for a year for the nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City, where she participated in the defense of the “Chicago Seven.” She later joined a pioneering law collective in Los Angeles, where she litigated some of the first Title VII cases to go to trial following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. She moved to Shasta County, Calif., in 1979 when hired by Dugan Barr to work at his law firm handling civil lawsuits. In 1985 she became a partner in the firm of Barr, Newlan & Sinclair, but resigned in 1988 to open an independent law practice. A year later she was selected Commissioner by the Judges of the Shasta County Municipal Court. She retired in 2004. In retirement she volunteered legal expertise, was involved in a local dance group, and enrolled in Timeless Wisdom Training. She is survived by three sisters, nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Mar, 2019

Robert G. Bidwell ’64, of Reston, Va.; Oct. 20. He retired as special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Energy. He coached Reston youth soccer and basketball and enjoyed playing golf, fly-fishing, scuba diving, reading, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Sue; three sons; two grandchildren; and two brothers.

 

Sep, 2018

Clifford Adelman ’64, of Kensington, Md.; May 3, of cancer. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and two sons.
 

 

Jul, 2018

John J. Theodoros ’64, of Littleton, Mass.; Feb. 21, of complications from kidney disease.

 

Apr, 2018

Phyllis Tesler Breslow ’64, of Peabody, Mass.; Nov. She worked at the Medford Public Library as head librarian in the children’s department. She enjoyed traveling. She is survived by a daughter, a sister, a brother, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and five nieces and nephews.

Feb, 2018

Joseph E. Green ’64, of Woodstock, Conn.; Aug. 11. He was employed by Arthur Young, Price Waterhouse, and several other firms in New York City and Boston before opening his own office in Weston, Mass., in 1995. A ham radio enthusiast, he belonged to the American Radio Relay League , the First Class CW Operator’s Club, and the CW Operator’s Club. He enjoyed cruises to the Caribbean and traveled twice on the Queen Mary 2. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; a daughter, Barbara Green ’88; a son; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; a sister; an aunt; and two nieces.

Feb, 2018

Burt W. Howell ’64, of Homosassa, Fla.; Aug. 26. He was president and treasurer of Design for Industry, which created exhibits for trade shows, Fisher Price, and other companies. He later was a custom woodworker and designer for Thinking Outside the Square, which designed visitor information areas and museum exhibitions. In retirement, he was an avid golfer and took part in the National Suncoast Junior Golf Assoc. He is survived by his wife, Connie; a daughter; a son; and two brothers.

Feb, 2018

Tom Draper ’64, of Milford, Del.; Sept. 7, from injuries sustained in a biking accident. After graduating, he returned to Delaware and purchased a radio station, which became WTHD. Five years later he signed on WAFL-FM, which brought country music to the area. As the owner and president of Draper Communications, he expanded the company with the purchase of TV stations: WBOC-TV, a CBS affiliate in Salisbury, Md.; KOAM-TV, which covers Pittsburg, Kans., and Joplin, Mo.; and KGBT-TV in the Brownsville, Tex., area. In 2015, he launched WBOC-FM radio and at the time of his death was about to launch Delmarva’s newest television station, Telemundo Delmarva. A multisport athlete at Brown, he was captain of the 1964 lacrosse team, All-American and All-Ivy in lacrosse, and was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame. He remained active, biking each day, and enjoyed hunting, hiking, and skiing. He is survived by his partner, Francesca Curtin; two daughters, including Mariah Draper Calagione ’93; two sons; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; nine grandchildren; and two sisters.

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