Obituaries
— Class of 1971

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Jan, 2022

James V. Mazzarella ’71, of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Jan. 18, 2021, from a heart attack. He held various jobs before attending Rhode Island College to earn an MAT. He taught for several years in a Montessori school in Rhode Island. In 1991, he began a career teaching in international schools in Southeast Asia, China, and the Middle East, retiring from teaching in Cambodia. He is survived by a stepdaughter, a sister, and two nieces. 

Oct, 2021

Rebecca Denny Ulshen ’71, of Durham, N.C.; May 17, of pancreatic cancer. In addition to her Brown degree, she earned a master’s in recreational therapy from Duke and degrees in journalism and social work from UNC before completing a law degree at Georgetown University. She provided legal aid to the elder community and contributed background research to a variety of legal cases at Consilio LLC. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed providing a home to several dogs and cats. She is survived by two brothers and nieces and nephews. 

Aug, 2021

Stephen L. Lehrer ’71, of Cranston, R.I.; Feb. 13. He received a master’s degree in education from Rhode Island College and taught for more than 30 years in the Bristol/Warren school system as a high school math teacher and technology coordinator. He was also a trainer for Teachers in Technology. For many years he worked at Camp JORI as an assistant director and then, in 1991, he worked in the summers as program director at Camp Taconic in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. He was the volunteer usher coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company for many years and an avid Boston sports fan. He is survived by his wife, Freda; a daughter; a son and daughter-in-law; a granddaughter; a sister and brother-in-law; and five nieces and nephews.

Apr, 2021

Thomas E. Rosenbaum ’72 AM (see ’71).

Apr, 2021

Constance H. Buchanan ’71 AM, of New York City; Sept. 16, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She led the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School for two decades. Hired at age 30 in 1977, she stayed at Harvard until 1997. Along with directing the Women’s Studies in Religion Program, she was a faculty member and associate dean at the school and spent six years as special assistant to the president. Her greatest legacy was directing what is known as WSRP, which annually hosts five full-time research associates who serve as visiting faculty for a year and work on book-length projects. She published Choosing to Lead: Women and the Crisis of American Values in 1996, became a senior program officer at the Ford Foundation in 1997 and retired a decade later, well into her Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Apr, 2021

Thomas E. Rosenbaum ’71, ’72 AM, of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Sept. 16, of cancer. He worked for more than 40 years at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. He also worked on behalf of the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains, N.Y., the United Way of Westchester, and several other organizations. He was the recipient of many awards for his service and dedication. He is survived by a sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew.

Apr, 2021

Thomas Goin ’71, of Jakarta-Pusat, Indonesia; Apr. 10, 2020, of cancer. He was a foreign legal adviser from 1984 to 2018. As a child of a Foreign Service officer, he grew up in Indonesia, Turkey, and Brazil. He traveled around the country giving lectures on law. He also coached teams for moot court. Previously, he worked at Bechtel Group and Thelin, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges, both in San Francisco. He enjoyed playing chess. He is survived by his mother, a sister, a brother, two nieces, and several cousins and friends.

Jan, 2021

Enrique Sauer ’71 PhD, of Orlando, Fla.; July 26, of pneumonia as a result of COVID-19. He became a citizen of the United States and started his career as a scientist in the aerospace industry. In 1980, he moved to Orlando after taking a position at Martin Marietta, from which he retired in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Vera; two sons and their spouses; five grandchildren; and two sisters.

Jan, 2021

Marc L. Jacobs ’71, of Newton, Pa.; July 9, suffering a heart attack while bicycling. He was a bio-engineer and former member of the Brown lacrosse team. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; a daughter; a son and daughter-in-law; a stepson; two grandchildren; his mother, and a sister.

Jan, 2021

Robert G. Driscoll ’71, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Aug. 19, after a brief illness. After graduating from the University of Maine School of Law, he worked in private practice for many years before taking on the position of town administrator for Portsmouth from 1990-2011. He also served as town solicitor and served on the Town Council. He remained active through the community, serving on the board of directors for the Portsmouth Free Public Library, R.I. League of Cities and Towns, and the Police Officers Standards Board. For several years, Bob also enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experience as a professor of business law at Salve Regina University. He is survived by his partner, Susan Barrett; a sister; a brother and sister-in-law; two nieces; and a nephew.

Sep, 2020

Robert J. Donahue ’71, of Norwood, Mass.; Feb. 15. He taught at Norwood High School for two years before enrolling at Suffolk University Law School. He joined his father’s law practice and together they formed Donahue & Donahue in Norwood. He was on the board of directors at Norwood Bank, a founding member and board member of The Friends of St. Nick, and was active in the Friends of Norwood Hockey and the Norwood Gridiron Club. He also enjoyed playing golf and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; a son; three grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; brother Charles ’65 and sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Jun, 2020

John Jeffery Reinke ’71, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; May 27, of a stroke. After obtaining his MBA from the University of Michigan, he used his skill sets in careers at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y.; Whirlpool in Benton Harbor, Mich.; and American Seating and National Heritage Academies in Grand Rapids. He taught probability, statistics, and project management as an adjunct professor at Central Michigan University, Indiana University at South Bend, Notre Dame, and Davenport University. He retired in 2013 and volunteered at a local elementary school for five years. He also interviewed prospective Brown students for 30 years. He enjoyed playing the piano, singing in the church choir, traveling throughout the United States, and spending time with family at their lake cottage in Michigan and their beach villa in Florida. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; three sons;
and nine grandchildren.

 

Jun, 2020

Dorothy Hutchins Forman ’71, of Pittsburgh; Dec. 23, after a long battle with lung disease. She was a professional visual artist in Pittsburgh for 40 years and a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and the Pittsburgh Women’s Critique Group. She was a longtime member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir and participated in Bible study. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, playing tennis, and going to galleries, museums, and the theater. She is survived by her husband, Robert ’70 ScM; two sons; a grandson; a sister-in-law; and a brother-in-law.

 

Apr, 2020

John K. Mell ’71, of Summit, N.J.; Nov. 21, from colon cancer. He worked in international finance at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Citibank, and Resources Global Professionals, serving as a chief administrative officer before retiring in 2014. In retirement he worked at SAGE’s Furniture Restoration Workshop. He was an avid genealogist and enjoyed reading. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Phi Delta Beta. He is survived by his wife, Anne; three children and their spouses; seven grandchildren; his mother; and a brother.

 

Apr, 2020

Nancy Dadekhian Hersey ’71, of Cranston, R.I.; Oct. 31. She is survived by five children, including daughter Alicia Hersey ’15, ’20 MD.

 

Apr, 2020

David R. Bradley ’71, of Avon, Conn.; Nov. 30. After Brown, he entered the actuarial program at The Hartford, where he rose to executive vice president during his 29-year tenure. He was an accomplished musician and in addition to being the organist at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, he formed the Worthington Trio with his wife as a member. He was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Rhode Island National Guard. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and squash, and was an avid fan of the UConn women’s basketball team. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; a daughter and her spouse; a son; a grandson; a stepson; his mother; and a sister.

 

Jan, 2020

Andrew J. Black ’71, of Millbrook, N.Y.; Aug. 27. Shortly after graduating, he joined the Bilous family real estate business in Queens, N.Y. and remained there until his retirement in 2002. He was an active participant in the Millbrook community and enjoyed traveling the world and attending the theater in Manhattan. He also enjoyed military history and making annual pilgrimages to Pennsylvania to play “war games,” which went on for days.

 

Nov, 2019

John C. Theofanis Jr. ’71, of Austin, Tex.; June 2, of pancreatic cancer. After graduation, he traveled to Greece and taught English. He returned to Austin and worked as a sports writer, waiter, and middle school English teacher before obtaining an MFA from the University of Texas, where he later served as an academic adviser. He was most proud of his work with the TIP Scholars Program in the College of Natural Sciences and was recognized for his work with the James W. Vick Award for Academic Advising. He retired at age 62 and traveled, hosted a local TV show, wrote a novel, and painted—eventually putting on two art shows during a period of his illness. He is survived by his wife, Mona; daughter Rosa Theofanis ’97 and her spouse; two grandchildren; his parents; a sister and brother; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; an aunt and uncle; and 14 nieces and nephews.

 

May, 2019

William P. Morrow Jr. ’71, of Worcester, Mass.; Dec. 15. He worked as an appraisal specialist for Modern Manufacturing in Worcester before retiring. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan and enjoyed time at the beach. He is survived by his wife, Diane, and her son; a sister and brother-in-law; a brother; and nieces and nephews.

Mar, 2019

Stephen A. Williamson ’71, of Danvers, Mass.; Nov. 24, as a result of stroke complications. He worked for several companies as a management consultant and eventually worked independently until his retirement. For many years he served on the Danvers School Committee and was active in local issues. He enjoyed coaching his children in soccer and following their sporting endeavors, and was able to enjoy his granddaughter playing soccer for a few years. He is survived by his wife, Susan; a daughter and son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; and two sisters.

 

Jan, 2019

Carl C. Chan ’71, of Monterey, Calif.; Sept. 2. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a science and administrative officer from 1971 to 1984. After receiving a master's in library science, he moved to Monterey and pursued a career as a librarian at the Aiso Library of the Defense Language Institute until his retirement. He was past president of the Chinese-American Librarians Assoc., vice president of the Salinas Chapter of the Chinese Americans Citizens Alliance, treasurer of the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team, and served on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church, where he also sang in the choir. He is survived by his brother Russell ’68.

 

Sep, 2018

William M. Abraham ’71, of Miami; Jan. 14, of prostate cancer. He spent nearly 40 years as director of medical research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He is survived by his wife, Kay; two sons and their spouses; three grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.
 

 

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