Obituaries
— Class of 1972

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Apr, 2022

Henry Swirsky ’72, of Lincroft, N.J.; July 24, of cancer. He worked as a printing industry consultant with JS Eliezer & Associates until his retirement in 2020. He enjoyed cycling, jogging, and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter; and brother Barry ’78.

Apr, 2022

William Graham ’72, ’75 MD, of Phoenix; Oct. 24. He was a graduate of Brown Medical School’s first class and became an infectious disease specialist, practicing in both West Virginia and Phoenix. In retirement he was labeled with the title Pickle Man at Madison Heights Elementary School and Litter Guy on Central Avenue’s Bridle Path, a hobby that resulted in a local artist painting him on his route. He also volunteered to read in the middle school English classes. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a grandson, and a brother. 

Jan, 2022

George H. Billings ’72, of Falmouth, Mass.; Aug. 20, of cancer. After Brown he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and began working in the cellular communications and satellite television industries. He moved to Washington, D.C., and joined a management analysis firm specializing in strategic planning and finance and marketing. A position as senior advisor of corporate development for COMSAT followed. In 1980, he was named vice president for business development of COMSAT’s subsidiary, Satellite Television Corp., and later was founder and president of Billings & Co., a management consulting firm serving both Fortune 500 and development stage companies. He was a pioneering executive in the satellite TV industry in the U.S. and Latin America. He served on the boards of directors of several private and public companies and was a former director of Avid Technology, Cambridge Strategic Management Group, Cignal Global Communications, Symmetry Communications Systems, and Melior Innovations. He was a supporter of the schools he attended and served on the annual giving board of Phillips Academy at Andover. At Brown, he was a trustee, president of his class, was elected secretary and president of the Brown Alumni Association, cochairman of the Brown entrepreneurship initiative, and was a member of the Brown Annual Fund Executive Committee. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Brown Alumni Association’s Service Award, and in 2008 he received the Brown Bear Award. On the day of his death, President Paxson conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and presented him a doctoral hood. He was a lifelong member of the Quissett Yacht Club and active board member of Quissett Harbor House Land Trust. He participated on the board of overseers of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and supported local environmental organizations. He is survived by a sister, two brothers, four sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. 

Aug, 2021

William C. Moskosky Jr. ’72, of West Greenwich, R.I.; Feb. 27. He was a supervisor at the Rhode Island Department of Health WIC program from 1978 to 2005. He was a Fourth Degree Knight at the Msgr. Blessing Council, an Eagle Scout, a Eucharistic minister at Rhode Island Hospital, a lecturer at Saints John and Paul Church in Coventry, and a member of the Rhode Island Ski Patrol. He was also a member of the West Greenwich School Committee and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; a daughter and son-in-law; and a son.

Jun, 2021

Richard E. Whikehart ’72, of Philadelphia; Nov. 3. He spent many years of research in clinical psychiatry and was department head of psychiatry at Abington Hospital in Philadelphia, along with operating a private psychiatric practice.

Apr, 2021

Stowe H. Tattersall ’72, of Edgartown, Mass., Vero Beach, Fla., and Lawrenceville, N.J.; Nov. 25, after a three-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He had been an assistant vice president in the private clients group of Bankers Trust Company in New York. He is survived by his wife, Peg; a daughter and son-in-law; a sister and brother-in-law; and a nephew.

Apr, 2021

Donald S. McCullough ’72, of Boothbay, Me.; Sept. 29. He worked at Rolex, where he was top salesperson for many years. He enjoyed spending as much time as he could aboard his boat and was a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America, and Lincoln County Rifle Club. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; two stepsons and their spouses; five grandchildren; and three sisters, including Sandy McCullough ’67.

Jan, 2021

Paul M. Rosenberg ’72, of Shelburne, Vt.; July 10, of cancer. He earned a law degree at the University of Cincinnati in 1978. There he began his career as counsel to academic medical centers during an era of recurrent changes in nonprofit healthcare. In the interim years, Paul led legal departments and mentored colleagues at research hospitals, including the University of Cincinnati, the University of Rochester, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and the University of Florida. His final professional engagement was counsel to ValueOptions in Norfolk, Va. He retired to Vermont in 2013 and became active in Everybody Wins! Vermont, which pairs adult reading mentors/buddies with students throughout the state. In addition to mentoring students and chairing the organization’s board, he was an enthusiastic participant in its annual fundraising “Race to the Top” of Mt. Mansfield. He is survived by his wife, Megs; two daughters; and a brother and sister-in-law.

Jan, 2021

Carol Braun Pasternack ’72, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Feb., after an eight-year battle with brain cancer. She joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin for a few years before becoming a faculty member of the English department at UC Santa Barbara, from which she retired in 2013. During her last two years at UCSB she served as dean of summer sessions. While in the English department, Carol chaired the medieval studies program and mentored countless students. She took great pride in her students, some of whom remained close friends decades later. She enjoyed cooking, hiking, swimming, and skiing. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Pasternack ’71, and a daughter.

Nov, 2020

Carol Ann Marble Thatcher ’72, of Toronto, Canada; June 9. She worked in the electronic publishing field, including positions at Quicklaw, InfoGlobe, and Infomart, then held management positions at CGI and the Ontario Ministry of Health. She volunteered for Out of the Cold, sang with the Toronto Classical Singers, and enjoyed gardening, traveling, and playing bridge. She is survived by her husband, Adrian; a sister and brother-in-law; two brothers and sisters-in-law; and nine nieces and nephews.

Sep, 2020

James M. L. Williams ’72, of Lewiston, Me., formerly of Princeton, N.J.; Feb. 7, of sudden cardiac arrest. He spent most of his career in the wine business, first in Germany and later in New York and New Jersey. He retired in 2007 as technical services specialist of the Princeton University Library. He was also an avid birder and bird photographer, a 40-year member of New Jersey Audubon Society, and joined the Stanton Bird Club on moving to Lewistown in 2007. He traveled extensively in his birding adventures and enjoyed bowling and playing Scrabble. He is survived by a sister and cousins.

Sep, 2020

Daniel M. Babcock ’72, of Yorktown Va.; Dec. 29, after a courageous battle with ALS. After Brown, he graduated from the Dental College of Georgia and established an orthodontic practice in 1978 that continued for 41 years. In recognition of his geology major at Brown he became an environmental conservationist. He was also a self-taught beekeeper, carpenter, and chicken and oyster farmer. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, fishing, crabbing, and traveling. He and his wife visited more than 50 countries and all seven continents. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; two daughters and sons-in-law; a son; and three grandchildren.

Jun, 2020

Mark J. Rosen ’72, ’75 MD, of Great Neck, N.Y.; July 3, 2019. His distinguished career in pulmonary and critical care medicine spanned more than four decades. His research and administrative accomplishments at New York City and Long Island hospitals were many. Over the course of his career he was director of critical care at Mount Sinai Hospital, director of pulmonary medicine and critical care at Beth Israel Hospital, and chief of pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine at North Shore University Hospital. During his tenure with the American College of Chest Physicians, he served as president, medical director, and director of global education and strategic development. He was the recipient of numerous awards. He played guitar and his bands played at parties and special events at Brown from 1968 to 1975. He is survived by his wife, Lenie; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

 

Jun, 2020

Anne C. Mazonson ’72, of Rockville, Md; Jan. 14, after a 12-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She taught music at elementary schools in Massachusetts and at Moses Brown School in Providence. In 1987, she graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. After that she was a psychiatrist in the Bethesda-Rockville area for 30 years. She was a longtime member of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, where she read Torah and sang in the choir. Phi Beta Kappa. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and sister Martha Scarborough ’78.

 

Jun, 2020

Beverly W. James ’72, of Pittsburgh; Jan. 23. She served as associate minister to the Pittsburgh Presbytery and a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church for 39 years. She began her service as a mission volunteer in Thailand teaching English as a second language for five years before she entered the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She was the moderator of the Pittsburgh Presbytery for two terms, in addition to being an adjunct faculty member at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the University of Pittsburgh, and La Roche College. She was also an accomplished violinist and avid reader and enjoyed spending time at the beach with her family. She is survived by two daughters, a granddaughter, two brothers, and nieces and nephews.

 

Apr, 2020

Reid Coleman ’72, ’75 MD, of Columbia, Md.; Dec. 2. He practiced internal medicine for more than 20 years in Providence. In 2001 he became the medical director at Lifespan Health System, where he remained until 2011, when he became chief medical information officer for Nuance Communications. Throughout his career he continued to teach residents and students in the Brown system. He received many teaching awards and retired in 2017. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and playing bridge. He is survived by his wife, Katherine.

 

Jan, 2020

James J. Hughes ’72, of Brielle, N.J., formerly of New York City; Sept. 17. He received his MBA from NYU and worked on Wall Street before transitioning to the FDIC, where he worked for many years. In retirement he served as a civil mediator at the Monmouth and Ocean County courthouses. He was a member of Brown’s football team. He is survived by his wife, Angela; two sons; a stepdaughter; two sisters; and a brother-in-law.

 

Nov, 2019

Glenn Normile ’72, of Marcellus, Mich.; June 26. Upon graduation, he worked for Brown’s department of public safety and later served as the director of public safety at Wheaton College (Mass.), Haverford College (Pa.), and Knox College (Ill.). He was past president of the Lower Merion, Pa., Little League, as well as a coach for many years. He enjoyed bringing people together and being a part of Alpha Delta Phi. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; two children; and three grandchildren.

Nov, 2019

Richard B. Noonan ’72, of Chatham, N.J.; May 26. He was a former superintendent of schools in several New Jersey districts. For 17 years he was an adjunct professor of education at Caldwell College. He went on to teach at the Workshop School’s Writing Center in Philadelphia. In 2017 he was involved with the Science Leadership Academy, where he taught and helped to develop the city internship program for high school students. He enjoyed outdoor activities and at age 50 became a marathoner, completing 13 marathons. He also enjoyed skiing, hiking, and canoeing. He is survived by his former wife, Pam Phillips Noonan ’82; two daughters; four siblings; and several nieces and nephews.

 

May, 2019

Thomas L. Misuraca ’72, of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; Jan. 9. He was a law partner at Garan Lucow Miller P.C. in Detroit, practicing product liability law, medical malpractice, and insurance defense. He retired in 2016. He was a member of the Michigan Bar Assoc. and the Detroit Athletic Club. He enjoyed sailing and biking and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Maria; two daughters and sons-in-law; two sons and daughters-in-law; and six grandchildren.

Jan, 2019

Frederick L. McElroy ’72, of Bloomington, Ind.; July 11. He was professor emeritus of Indiana Univ. He was appointed assistant professor in 1987, promoted to associate professor in 1993, and named director of graduate studies in the new department of African American and African Diaspora Studies in 1999. He created, developed, supplied, and taught nine graduate and undergraduate classes in African American literature at Indiana Univ. over the course of his career. He is survived by his wife, Galelyn; daughter Ada McElroy-Tally ’05; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; three sisters; and two brothers.

 

Jan, 2019

James R. Lecky ’72, of Falls Church, Va.; Aug. 3. He worked for the federal government for 31 years and was a consultant for Centra Technology for eight years. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and active at Knox Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, teacher, and occasional preacher. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons; a daughter-in-law; a sister; and a brother.

 

Jul, 2018

H. Carleton Clinch ’72, of Ridgewood, N.J.; Feb. 9. He was an assistant prosecutor for Bergen County in Hackensack, N.J., and then left to join his father in private law practice. He was chairman of the American Red Cross and involved in several community organizations. He is survived by his wife, Janel; two children; three grandchildren; and a sister.

 

Apr, 2018

Josef Mittleman ’72, of New York City; Nov. 29, from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. An engineering professor and real estate developer. He developed such New York City luxury high-rises as The Paladin, The Grand Sutton, and Silver Tower; was responsible for redeveloping the World Trade Center; and maintained an adjunct lecturer position in engineering at Brown. He began working as a leasing and sales broker with Cross & Brown of New York in 1972 and in 1978 was promoted to vice president and subsequently a partner with Cohen Brothers. He founded his own real estate development and management company, Empire Realty Group, in 1984. From 1993 to 1996 he and his family lived in Paris, where he was president of the Brown Club of France. After returning to the United States and earning a master’s degree in education from Harvard, he joined the Brown faculty as an adjunct lecturer in the Division of Engineering. He taught and designed business management, decision-making, real estate, and entrepreneurial courses. He received the 2003 Undergraduate Student Council Teaching Excellence Award and was appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee. In 2004 he became COO of Silverstein Properties, where he worked to improve the company’s internal structure and was responsible for redeveloping the World Trade Center. He used that project as an example of organization, politics, entrepreneurship, and business practice for his engineering classes. He left Silverstein Properties in 2006 and returned to teaching full-time at Brown and writing two books. He enjoyed collecting art and donated some pieces of his collections to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is survived by his wife, Marsy; a daughter, Juliet Mittleman ’04; a son, Justin ’00; and a sister.  

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