Obituaries
— Class of 1965

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Apr, 2022

Thomas H. Pitts ’65, of Lafayette, Calif.; Sept. 20, after a short illness. He went on to earn an MBA from Wharton School of Business and serve in the U.S. Navy. After his time in the military, he began working at Crown Zellerbach Corp., a pulp and paper company based in San Francisco. He remained with the company as it changed ownership several times and ultimately retired as president of Fletcher Challenge Paper in 1997. He was an active member of the Bohemian Club, the Pacific-Union Club and the Montgomery Street Motorcycle Club. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; two children; a sister; and his former wife, Sally Pitts. 

 

Apr, 2022

Robert “Jock” Jerrett III ’65, of Kensington, Md.; Oct. 18. He worked as a consultant in Massachusetts for many years, then continued in the Washington, D.C., area. Forced to retire because of multiple sclerosis, he became an avid collector of older American and British literary first editions. He also had a large collection of Winslow Homer prints from Harper’s Weekly magazine of the 1860s. While at Brown he sang with the Jabberwocks and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; two daughters; two granddaughters; a brother; two sisters-in-law; and seven nieces and nephews. 

Oct, 2021

Nan Hoy Shaw ’65, of Alpharetta, Ga.; June 8. She worked professionally in the field of personal development, addictionology, and life coaching for more than 40 years. She was known for her special listening skills and heart-centric approach to personal growth. In 2009 she published How to Get Your Wiggle Back. Along with being a trusted coach and advisor to many through her company, Mattermatics, Inc., she cared deeply about children affected by alcoholism and in 2002 founded a nonprofit organization, The Center for Family Alcohol Awareness and Research (CFAAR), in order to raise parents’ awareness of the effects of their drinking on their children. She was an active tennis player throughout most of her life and also enjoyed gardening, boating, playing bridge, and rescuing dogs. She is survived by three children and their spouses, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. 

Aug, 2021

Richard Baglow ’65, of Metairie, La., formerly of New York City; May 21, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Melanie; three children and their spouses; and 10 grandchildren.

Jun, 2021

Mark I. Tafeen ’65, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Mar. 29, 2020. 

Apr, 2021

John G. Poole ’65, of Stamford, Conn.; Sept. 27. After receiving an MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, he began working with Merrill Lynch in investment banking. His career there took him to Chicago and New York. Later, he and two partners formed Stanwich Partners Inc., an investment firm in Greenwich and then Stamford, Conn. He was a member of Delta Upsilon, the University Club of New York, and Second Congregational Church. He is survived by three children, including son Jessie ’94; five grandchildren; and his brother Donald W. Poole Jr. ’60.

Jan, 2021

Peter H. Laurie ’75 PhD (see ’65).

Jan, 2021

Jane Todd Lynch ’65, of Atlanta; Aug. 13, of corticobasal degeneration. She received her medical degree from the School of Medicine at Tulane University and after completing her pediatric residency and fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, her career as a pediatric cardiologist took her to Phoenix and then back to Atlanta. She was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the sub-board for Pediatric Cardiology, was a fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology, and was a member of the American Heart Association and the American Society of Echocardiography. She published several times and authored a chapter in the 1994 book Embryology for Surgeons, presented at medical conferences, and her research appeared in several medical journals, including the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and the Journal of Pediatrics. As a lifelong learner, Jane received a master of public health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta in 2007. In Arizona, Jane was on the faculty of the Phoenix Hospital affiliated pediatrics program and was a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Arizona. She served on the Maricopa County Pediatric Society as the secretary and then president of that organization, served on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, and served on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Arizona Chapter. In Georgia, Jane was a professor in the department of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine, and also held a clinical appointment as a pediatric cardiologist at the Emory Clinic and then at the Sibley Heart Center in Atlanta. She retired in 2016 and is survived by her husband, Wendell; two sons, including James Todd ’98; and three grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

Raymond P. LeBeau ’65, of Sterling, Va.; Aug. 2, from pneumonia and complications of Alzheimer’s. He worked for 41 years at the David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center in Carderock, Md. During his career he led or contributed to numerous projects, ranging from the design of landing craft to cutting-edge programs in logistics and supply and maintenance, as well as serving as an equal employment opportunity counselor. He completed his professional career in 2006 as the F/A-18 Technical Assessment Lead at the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. At Brown, he was a member of both the football and lacrosse teams. In Sterling, he was actively involved in the community and enjoyed coaching for 20 years. In 1986, the Sterling Youth Soccer honored his enduring commitment with its Award of Excellence, both for his work on the field and in building the organization. He is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons; and a brother.

Jan, 2021

Peter H. Laurie ’65, ’75 PhD, of Gilsum, N.H.; Sept. 13, 2019. He was awarded an Arnold Traveling Fellowship for 1965-66, allowing him to visit Italy and Greece and continue work on a new version of Homer’s Odyssey. He spent a year (1967-68) at the Center for Advanced Medieval Studies in Poitiers, France, studying romance languages, literature, and music. His formal studies concluded with his PhD in comparative literature. He enjoyed teaching and always found opportunities to share his vast knowledge of the classical arts as a Fulbright lecturer in American Letters at the University of Bologna, Italy; as a visiting professor of American literature and culture at the University of Bilkent in Ankara, Turkey; and as a writing teacher at Santa Rosa Junior College, Keene State College, and Franklin Pierce University. He addressed writing symposiums in Europe and America, wrote articles in cultural journalism, and published both original poems and translations of foreign language poets. In 1986, Peter gave a five-lecture series on American classicism at Dartmouth College. He enjoyed building furniture, cooking, playing the piano, and composing. He is survived by his wife, Johanna; a daughter; a son; five grandchildren; a brother and three half siblings.

Nov, 2020

Stephen R. Bond ’65, of London, England; May 29, following complications from heart surgery. He received his law degree from Columbia University and was senior counsel in the London office of Covington & Burling, specializing in international commercial arbitration. Previously, he was cohead of the international arbitration practice group at White & Case LLP. He held several leadership positions with the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as positions with the United States Department of State, including as counselor for legal affairs in the United States mission to the United Nations in Geneva. He received numerous accolades, including recognition as one of the 20 most highly regarded individuals for commercial arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, and the U.S. State Department’s distinguished honors award. He is survived by his wife, Bruna; a daughter and son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; and two nieces.

Sep, 2020

Victor J. Field ’65, of Ludlow, Mass.; Jan. 25. He worked as a hospital administrator and then was a founding partner of Keystone Commons, an assisted living facility in Ludlow. He enjoyed traveling to Italy and Ireland and was a New York Giants and Boston Red Sox fan. He is survived by two daughters and their spouses, six grandchildren, and a sister.

Jan, 2020

Peter H. Laurie ’65, ’75 PhD, of Gilsum, N.H.; Sept. 13. He was awarded an Arnold Traveling Fellowship from Brown allowing him to visit Italy and Greece and continue his work on a new version of Homer’s Odyssey. He later spent a year in France at the Center for Advanced Medieval Studies, studying romance languages, literature, and music. He was a Fulbright lecturer in American Letters at the University of Bologna, Italy; a visiting professor of American literature and culture at the University of Bilkent in Ankara, Turkey; and a writing teacher at Santa Rosa Junior College (Calif.), Keene State College (N.H.), and Franklin Pierce University (N.H.). He addressed writing symposiums in Europe and America, wrote articles in cultural journalism, and published both original poems and translations of foreign language poets. In 1986 he gave a five-part lecture series on American classicism at Dartmouth College. He enjoyed building custom furniture, cooking, and playing the piano. He is survived by his wife, Johanna; two children; five grandchildren; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Nov, 2019

John Freeman ’65, of Toronto, Ontario; Nov. 2, 2018, of cancer. He had a long career in law. He earned a law degree from the University of Toronto Law School and added a master’s of Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall later in his career. John served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the West Park Healthcare Centre, for which he was president of both the Board and the Foundation. For more than a decade, he was the head of the Brown Club of Toronto, served on the BAA Board of Governors in the 1990s, was an alumni marshal in 1990, and has been an active volunteer interviewing prospective students for many years (at one point he chaired the alumni interview program for all of Canada, Mexico, and South America). In 1995, he received the Alumni Service Award from Brown. He is survived by his wife, Hilary; a daughter and her spouse; son Matt ’95 and his spouse; grandchildren; a brother; and two sisters-in-law.

 

Jul, 2019

George C. Upper Jr. ’65, of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Attleboro, Mass.; Mar. 12. He taught in the Attleboro public school system before going into sales and then advancing to an accounting career, from which he retired. He sang in the choir of St. Mark’s Church in Foxborough, Mass., where he also wrote, directed, and performed in several musicals as fundraisers for the church. He volunteered at The Literacy Center of Attleboro tutoring non-native speakers in English and later in kindergarten classes at Flagler County Schools in Palm Coast, and he volunteered with AARP assisting people with their tax forms. He was a Freemason and grand master of St. Alban’s Lodge in Foxborough. He is survived by his wife, a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
 

 

May, 2019

Kate Alling Worsley Throop ’65, of Cayucos, Calif.; Jan. 12, following a long illness. In the early 1970s she and her family established and managed Papermill Natural Foods, one of the first locations in Marin County to offer organic produce and groceries. She was a founding member of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, which presented her with the Peter Behr Memorial Award for Stewardship of the Land in 2001. She was on the religious education staff of four congregations for 15 years. She was a board member, vice president, and secretary of the Liberal Religious Educators Association and served as the Lifespan Religious Education Director of the Pacific Center District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In Cayucos she was a board member of the Friends of the Cayucos Library and a volunteer at Cayucos Elementary School. She is survived by her husband, Terry; a daughter and son-in-law; two stepsons and their spouses; six grandchildren; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

May, 2019

Steward R. Crane ’65, of Greenville, S.C.; Dec. 21. He was a CPA and partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He retired in 1985. He enjoyed playing golf and was a founding member of Highlands Country Club in North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; two daughters and their spouses; six grandchildren; and a brother.

Mar, 2019

Allan T. Walsh ’65, of Philadelphia; Oct. 2. After graduate school he pursued a career in real estate development in the Southeastern and Middle Atlantic regions. At Brown, he played goalie on the men’s soccer team and was named first team All-Ivy and All-New England. He was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976. He is survived by a sister and a nephew.

 

Mar, 2019

Roger B. Hirschland ’65, of Washington, D.C.; Aug. 18, of amyloidosis. At Brown he worked with Dr. J. Louis Giddings at Onion Portage, a major archaeological site in northwest Alaska. After Brown he spent two years in Sierra Leone in the Peace Corps., and upon his return he studied another year at Brown before entering the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport. He was commissioned and deployed to the Mediterranean. He taught for eight years at the Gordon School in East Providence and eventually became vice-headmaster. Later he worked for two years in the newsroom of the Providence Journal and then joined the staff of the National Geographic Society, where he wrote and edited books and the children’s magazine, World, for eight years. For the next 14 years, he wrote and edited geography materials for students and teachers nationwide. He worked for many years on the National Geographic Society’s style committee and served as a guide and lecturer on several National Geographic excursions to Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. He also wrote a book for National Geographic in 1987 titled Animals and Their Babies. Upon retirement from National Geographic he went to work at the headquarters of the Peace Corps as an editor of teaching materials for schools across the country. He continued to edit the series Journeys in Film until the end of his life. He was a collector of model cars, trucks, fire engines, and deer antlers. Additionally, he founded a monthly newsletter for fellow car and truck enthusiasts, Capitol Miniature Auto Collectors Club Journal, and single-handedly wrote and edited most of the articles. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; a sister; a brother, Edward ’70, ’70 AM; and 10 nieces and nephews.

 

Mar, 2019

Edwin Farnworth ’65 of Pasadena, Calif.; Oct. 21.
 

Nov, 2018

Harry Roy ’65, ’66 ScM, of Troy, N.Y.; July 12, after a brief illness. He was a professor in the department of biological sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy for 42 years. A choral singer, he performed with Albany Pro Musica, Saint Paul’s Choristers, and Burnt Hills Oratorio Society. He enjoyed opera, the theater, and writing contributor letters and opinion pieces advocating for the environment. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; a son and daughter-in-law; and two sisters, including Jamie Ross ’73.
 

 

Nov, 2018

Robert P. Gallagher ’65, of Arlington, Va.; June 21. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Russian linguist stationed in Berlin. Upon graduation from Brown, he joined the State Department as a Foreign Service officer. After postings in Yugoslavia, South Korea, and West Germany, he transferred to the Department of Commerce, where he was an intelligence director for five secretaries. He was awarded the National Security Agency’s Signals Intelligence Directorate for his service. He was a black belt, a Boy Scout leader, and a volunteer at the local food bank. He is survived by his wife, June; three sons; two daughters-in-law; and four grandchildren.

 

Sep, 2018

Jane A. Adams ’65, of Pownal, Vt.; Mar. 2. After practicing law in New York City and being a staff attorney for the NYC Commission on Human Rights, she moved to Pownal in 1975. She practiced law in Bennington, Vt., and later rescued four thoroughbreds, cats, and dogs and dubbed her home Funny Farm. She held horse shows that enabled children to become riders and enjoy the horses and farm. She was a member of the Chattertocks.  She is survived by two nieces and a nephew.

 

Jul, 2018

Robert V. Howland ’65, of San Antonio, Tex.; Feb. 5, after a short illness. He had a career in banking, hospital administration, and higher education administration from 1968 to 1990. From 1990 to 2006 he did tax preparation and was an IRS agent. A devoted baseball fan, he studied baseball statistics and attended games throughout the country, including spring training in Florida and Arizona. He had served in the U.S. Air Force and additionally with the Rhode Island and New York Air National Guard. He volunteered and was active in professional associations. He is survived by his wife, Kristine; two sons; two grandchildren; a brother; a sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

 

May, 2018

Michael J. Williams ’65, of Rockport, Mass.; Dec. 15. After earning his master’s degree from Salem State University, he taught in the Beverly and Malden (Mass.) school systems until he retired in 2012. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Rockport and is survived by his wife, Charlene; two daughters; a son; a son-in-law; a granddaughter; a brother; a niece; and a nephew.

 

May, 2018

Alan J. Segal ’65, of Coral Gables, Fla.; Jan. 12, of cancer. He was a retired ophthalmologist. He worked in the public health service as a general medical officer in Philadelphia and on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Gallatin in the North Sea before setting up his ophthalmology practice in Coral Gables. He is survived by his wife, Carol; a daughter; a son, Zachary ’96; two grandsons; a sister; and three nephews.

 

May, 2018

Robert B. Rosen ’65, of Chicago; Jan. 4, from complications following a bone marrow transplant to treat myelofibrosis. He began his career as a real estate broker before joining Bennett & Kahnweiler Associates, where he worked for 15 years. In the early 1980s he moved to Frain Camins & Swartchild in Chicago, where he became president and was instrumental in growing the company before its sale in 1998. He was a member of the Assoc. of Industrial Real Estate Brokers and the Urban Land Institute and sat on the board of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs and the Sleepy Hollow Condo Board. He enjoyed biking, playing tennis and basketball, and talking politics at the lakeside community of Sleepy Hollow in South Haven, Mich. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; two daughters, including Molly Rosen ’99; a son; four grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers.
 

 

May, 2018

Bruce K. Brahe II ’65, of Arlington, Va.; July 1. He was a former CIA Case Officer, a retired FBI Special Agent, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, in which he was a tank platoon commander. He enjoyed U.S. history, especially of World War II, and big band and swing music. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two daughters; a son; nine grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and 11 nieces and nephews.

 

Apr, 2018

Donald C. Harris ’65, of Berlin, Conn.; Oct. 19, after a two-year battle with ALS. He worked for 35 years at Ingersoll Rand’s Torrington and Fafnir divisions in materials management, retiring in 2000. He traveled to all 50 states and 40 countries. He was chairman of both the Berlin wetlands and zoning commissions and a member of the Mayflower Society, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the New Britain Industrial Museum. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two sons and their wives; four grandchildren; a brother and his wife; and two nephews.

Feb, 2018

Frank L. Walker Jr. ’65, of Missoula, Mont.; Aug. 19. He was an emergency room physician. During the Vietnam War he served with the Public Health Service as a doctor for the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Ariz. He sought additional training in emergency medicine in Santa Cruz, Calif., and was thereafter recruited by Community Medical Center to open their emergency room in Missoula. He is survived by his wife, Jeanine; seven children; and four grandchildren.

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