— Class of 1969
William J. Russo ’69, of Asheville, N.C.; Sept. 29, of cardiac arrest. He was a member of Brown’s Athletic Hall of Fame as an all-conference linebacker and continued to have a career in football as an assistant coach at Brown from 1970 to 1977, which included being part of Brown’s 1976 Ivy League Championship team. He was a head coach for Wagner College from 1978 to 1980 and then Lafayette College from 1981 to 1999. Among his many accolades, he was honored with the Stan Lomax–Irving T. Marsh Coach of the Year Award and the Eddie Robinson I-AA Coach of the Year Award, and was inducted into the Lafayette College Maroon Club Hall of Fame with 103 wins. He completed his coaching career at Wyoming Seminary from 2000 to 2002 in Kingston, Pa. He is survived by a daughter, two sisters, and a brother.
John Rizzo ’69, of Washington, D.C.; Aug. 6, of a heart attack. After Brown, he enrolled at George Washington University Law School and interned at corporate law firms. Upon graduating in 1972, he worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. But in 1974, after reading an article published in the New York Times about the CIA being engaged in illicit and covert operations for years, he was prompted to apply for a position at the CIA. He was hired in 1976, and by 1986 he was the liaison between the CIA and the congressional investigators studying the Iran-Contra affair. He held the titles of deputy counsel and acting general counsel. In 2006, President George W. Bush nominated him to become the CIA’s permanent general counsel, but he did not receive Senate confirmation and continued to serve as acting counsel until he retired in 2009. When he retired he received the agency’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and became a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and senior counsel at the Washington law firm Steptoe & Johnson. During his tenure, he was responsible for the CIA’s detention and interrogation program established in response to the attack on the U.S. on 9/11 and the CIA-directed drone strikes. During the course of his career he worked for 11 CIA directors and seven U.S. Presidents. He published his memoir Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA in 2014. In an interview he once said that he always tried his “hardest to do the right thing, even when things were the hardest.” The BAM profiled him in the 2014 “Clear Conscience” story (brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2014-09-03/clear-conscience). He is survived by a son, a stepdaughter, a granddaughter, a step-grandson, and two sisters.
Alan Carlson ’69, of Westborough, Mass., formerly of Londonderry, N.H.; Nov. 12, 2020, after battling Parkinson’s disease. He retired in 2000 from Ziff Davis as a data center manager. After his ROTC commission in the U.S. Air Force, he pursued an MBA at Boston University. He volunteered at the local elementary school for several years teaching math enrichment and he coached Odyssey of the Mind teams, getting to the world finals twice. He then trained shelties and made regular pet therapy visits to the VA Hospital in Manchester and volunteered as a Granite State Sheltie Rescue driver. Later in retirement he rediscovered bridge and joined and helped run the Derry Bridge Club. He was an avid runner before a severe case of food poisoning on a trip to Mexico triggered an autoimmune disease that left him with arthritis. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, a son and daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.
Martin W. Feller ’69, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio; May 15. Despite becoming afflicted with a debilitating medical condition in early adulthood, he was an inspiration to all who knew him and maintained a positive attitude. He was a prolific writer and enjoyed sending handwritten notes to family and friends. During his youth, he would travel with his parents and brother to Tucson and spend weeks at the Cleveland Indians spring training camp, where his father was a Hall of Famer. During his time at Brown, he was a member of the varsity baseball team. He had a remarkable near-photographic memory for dates and details. He is survived by two brothers, a nephew, and several cousins.
Joseph P. Woodford ’69, of Fairfax, Va.; Dec. 6. After Brown, he continued his postgraduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. During his time serving in the Navy, he was honored with numerous commendations, medals, and ribbons for his meritorious service. He retired in 1996. Following his retirement, he became the senior advisor to the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry and volunteered in schools. He is survived by his wife, Consuela; three children; two grandchildren; and five siblings.
Ronald S. Hutson ’69, of Norton, Mass.; Apr. 28, of COVID-19. His career began at the Providence Journal followed by work at the Call & Post, a weekly in Cleveland. He then covered City Hall for the Cleveland Press before joining the staff of the Boston Globe in 1974 as a general assignment reporter. While working at the Boston Globe, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 as part of the newspaper’s coverage of court-ordered school desegregation. He also edited a series about race issues in Boston that was awarded a Pulitzer in 1984. After leaving the Globe, he worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at Suffolk University in Boston and at a nonprofit agency. He is survived by three daughters, two granddaughters, and two sisters.
Harlan Hurwitz ’69, of River Edge, N.J.; Nov. 11. He had a career in dosimetry and software for cash handling systems. He kept active with a wide range of interests, including cars, languages, travel, and sci-fi novels and films. He is survived by his wife, Susan; three children; and a grandchild.
Patricia Tanis Sydney ’69 MAT, of Newtown, Pa.; July 31. She produced her own works of art and taught at Mount Ida Junior College (Mass.), Bucks County Community College (Pa.), and Philadelphia Community College. Additionally, she worked as a curator for the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. In 1998, she coauthored The Philadelphia Ten: A Women’s Artist Group, 1917-1945. She served on the board of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County and enjoyed playing tennis, traveling with her family, and attending classical music concerts. She is survived by her husband, A. David Sydney ’68; three daughters, including Sarah Sydney ’00; five grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers.
Margaret Dworkin Northrop ’69, of Barrington, R.I.; June 4, of Alzheimer’s disease. After graduating from Brown, where she was a class president, and the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, she practiced labor law, first in Chicago and later for the United Nations at its New York City headquarters. In some of the intervening years, she worked as a magistrate in the Connecticut court system. She was fluent in French, which she mastered as an American Field Service exchange student in Paris. She enjoyed traveling, socializing, and spending time by the ocean. She is survived by her husband, Tom; three sons; three grandchildren; and a brother, Peter Dworkin ’74.
Stephen Strocker ’69, of Tarzana, Calif.; Dec. 21.
Dante E. Boffi Jr. ’69, of Warwick, R.I.; Mar. 29. After earning an MBA from URI, he became a leader in mental health innovations for the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. He culminated his career at the Rhode Island Department of Administration and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; two children; four grandchildren; a brother; and nieces and nephews.
David H. Murray ’69, of Dublin, N.H.; Sept. 28. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; four children; a brother; and nieces and nephews.
Jonathan S. Hall ’69, of Kendall Park, N.J.; Oct. 28. He retired in 1989 as a pharmaceutical sales representative with Spex Industries, Edison. He is survived by his husband, William C. Guarini; sister Sheila Hall ’76; and a brother.
George W. Muller Jr. ’69, of Crofton, Md.; Sept. 18, of a cardiac arrest. He obtained his master’s degree in English from URI and pursued doctoral studies in English at Indiana Univ. He retired after 30 years of service with the federal government as an information technology professional. He is survived by his wife, Delice Richards; a son; his mother; four siblings; and five nieces and nephews.
Charles S. Carver ’69, of Coral Gables, Fla.; June 22. He had a long career at the University of Miami, where he was a distinguished professor of psychology and director of the adult division of the psychology department. His work spanned the areas of personality psychology, social psychology, health psychology, and more recently experimental psychopathology. His research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health. He served as editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology’s section on Personality Processes and Individual Differences for six years and an additional six years as an associate editor of Psychological Review. He was the author of 10 books and more than 400 articles and chapters, and his work was cited numerous times. He is survived by his wife, Youngmee Kim; brother Jeffrey ’71; and several nieces.
Stephen Wormith ’69, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, formerly of Sarnia, Ontario; Mar. 28, after a four-year battle with cancer. At Brown he was a member of both the football and hockey teams and after graduation played for the Montreal Alouettes the year they won the Grey Cup. Following hockey, he received his PhD in psychology from the University of Ottawa and held various positions in the criminal justice system at both the provincial and federal level. He then went on to the University of Saskatchewan, where he was a professor and director of forensic behavioral science and justice studies. He traveled the world for many years for the Canadian Government helping with bettering the criminal justice system in Canada. He is survived by his wife, Amelita; a daughter; two sons; a sister; and brother Paul ’74.
Douglas H. Ward ’69, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Dec. 30, unexpectedly while hiking. He graduated from Albany Law School in 1973 and went on to become an assistant attorney general in New York focusing on environmental law. In 1995 he founded the environmental legal practice of Young/Sommer LLC. He was an active member of the Saratoga community and served on several boards, including Saratoga PLAN and the Saratoga Rowing Assoc. He was an avid hiker, rower, tandem biker, and backcountry skier. He also built wooden boats and was a tier stone wall builder. He is survived by his wife, Cory; four daughters; five granddaughters; two sisters; and two brothers.
Stephen A. Wiener ’69, of West Hartford, Conn.; July 24. Following Brown, he obtained an MBA from Bryant College in 1975 and his Juris Doctorate from UConn Law School in 1979. He practiced law in Connecticut and Massachusetts until his retirement in 2012. He was a member of the Brown men’s soccer team and inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He enjoyed spending time with his family and is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; five grandchildren; and his mother.
Edward J. Glasband ’69, of Bloomfield, Conn.; Jan. 28. He was an entrepreneur with a career spanning the packaging industry, real estate development, and the promotional products industry, and was a medical manager/consultant. He also taught real estate finance at the Univ. of Hartford. He was a volunteer at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and at Gifts of Love, in Avon, Conn. He enjoyed traveling, saw all seven continents, and visited more than 70 countries. He especially enjoyed safaris.
Richard B. Keyworth ’69, of Raleigh, N.C.; Nov. 12. He ran a family general store and did pastoral work at many of the local churches. He enjoyed reading history and spending time with his children. He is survived by his wife, Amy, and three daughters.