Obituaries
— Class of 1973

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Jan, 2021

Edward D. Kleinbard ’73 AM (see ’73).

Jan, 2021

Raymond A. Tiernan ’73, of Chevy Chase, Md.; June 28, of prostate cancer. After graduating from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, he worked on the legal staff of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. He served three years as senior attorney in the securities division and then joined the Washington, D.C., firm Gaillor Elias & Matz. In 1981 he became a partner of the firm, which later became Elias, Matz, Tiernan & Herrick. During his 40-year career, Ray was instrumental in building the firm into one of the leading community banking firms in the United States. Under his direction, the firm consolidated in 2013 to become Silver, Freedman, Taff & Tiernan, where Ray served until his death. He served on the board of trustees of the Washington School for Girls and is survived by his wife, Linda; four children, including John ’12 and Michael ’18; two sons-in-law; and two grandchildren.

Jan, 2021

Edward D. Kleinbard ’73, ’73 AM, of Pasadena, Calif.; June 28, of cancer. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1976, he moved into corporate law, rising to a partnership at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. In 2007, he moved to the public sector as chief of staff to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, then joined the faculty at University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law in 2009. He was a fellow of the Century Foundation and named Tax Person of the Year in 2016 by Tax Analysts. He was regularly quoted on tax and fiscal policy issues by major newspapers, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. His academic work focused on government taxation and fiscal policy. Along with numerous journal articles and opinion pieces, he published We
Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money
in 2015 and his forthcoming book, What’s Luck Got To Do With It, is scheduled for publication in early 2021. He is survived by his wife, Norma; his mother; a son and daughter-in-law; a granddaughter; a sister and brother-in-law Kris Heinzelman ’73, ’73 AM; and a brother and sister-in-law.

Nov, 2020

Katherine J. Moore ’73, of Joshua Tree, Calif., formerly of Purchase, N.Y.; June 3. After Brown, she went on to study law at Rutgers University, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She joined the firm of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York City in 1978 and became a partner. She enjoyed and was a supporter of the arts. She also enjoyed reading and traveling. She is survived by a sister, two brothers, two nieces, and a great nephew.

Nov, 2020

Peter J. Durfee ’73, of Marshfield, Mass.; June 5, from prostate cancer. He earned a master’s in accounting from Northeastern, then worked at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Boston and as a partner in Durfee & Root. He retired as director of finance for the Beacon Mutual Insurance Company in Warwick, R.I. As a young boy he worked beside his grandparents, father, and brothers at Durfee Hardware Store in Cranston, R.I. and, at the time of his passing, was a co-owner and behind-the-scenes financial consultant. He also served as treasurer of Trinity Episcopal Church, coached a boys’ travel basketball team, and volunteered at the Scituate Art Festival. A lover of sports, he completed ten marathons, including three Boston marathons and three Mount Washington road races, and enjoyed playing golf (he was proud of his hole in one at the Pawtucket Country Club). He is survived by his wife, Sheila; a son and daughter-in-law; two granddaughters; two brothers, including David Durfee ’80, ’87 ScM, ’92 PhD; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and 11 nieces and nephews, including Kevin Durfee ’11 and Kyle Durfee ’14.

Jan, 2020

Ruth Kissin Helman ’73, of New York City; Oct. 2. She spent 40 years teaching history and literature at the Brearley School. She enjoyed classical music and traveling.

 

Jan, 2020

Kevin Hart ’73, of Oak Island, N.C.; Aug. 1, as a result of an automobile accident. He was a retired director of Putnam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Education Services. He received national recognition by the Ford Foundation for his innovative work linking the business and educational communities. He later worked at Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; a daughter; a son; and brother Gerald ’71.

 

Jul, 2019

Chew S. Shannon ’73, of Memphis; Feb. 26. He was a retired engineer. For seven years he worked as a telephone engineer at South Central Bell and for 33 years he worked as a street lighting engineer at Memphis Light, Gas and Water. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a daughter; three sons; seven grandchildren; a brother; and a niece.

 

May, 2019

Felipe M. Floresca ’73, of Chevy Chase, Md.; Nov. 16, of brain cancer. He began his career as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy working to enact the Federal Empowerment Zone Act and Community Reinvestment Act. He was later appointed to the Urban Empowerment Council and Vice President’s Task Force on Youth Employment under President Jimmy Carter. He returned to New York in the 1980s, where he worked in the administration of Mayor Ed Koch as Executive Administrator for Rent and Housing Maintenance, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Following this position, he was appointed vice president of the NYC Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Corp. and served as a member of the Mayor’s Ten-Year Housing Plan Task Force. In the 1990s he worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. He went on to serve in other positions, such as executive director of the San Francisco Housing Authority, chief of staff for policy for U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, and director of public engagement for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan during the Obama administration. Additionally, he worked with the Charles D. Smith Jr. Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and was vice president of Emerald Cities Collaborative. In September 2018 he was the recipient of the Joseph M. Fernandez ’85 Award from Brown recognizing his enduring commitment to diversity, inclusion and collaboration. He was a former director of the Brown Center for Students of Color (formerly the Third World Center), a commencement marshal, and twice an alumni speaker. He continuously served Brown throughout the years. He is survived by his wife, Providence; his mother; and several nieces and nephews.

Jan, 2019

Robert C. Thunell ’73, of Columbia, S.C.; July 30. He was a professor of geology and marine science at the Univ. of South Carolina. In addition to teaching, mentoring graduate students, and publishing extensive research on the impact of climate change on oceans and marine ecosystems, he served in many administrative capacities at USC. He was the recipient of several awards and elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2016 he was honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award from URI. A former member of the Brown lacrosse team, he is survived by his wife, Maureen McConaghy ’74; three sons, including Thomas ’10; and two sisters.

 

May, 2018

Ronald J. Pires ’73, of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Hartford, Conn.; Aug. 14, of colon cancer. He started his career at Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford, where he rose from programmer to systems analyst, and later was a computer systems consultant. After leaving the corporate world, he worked as a waiter, did construction work, published a website, and became a political blogger. He enjoyed the ocean and fishing. He is survived by his mother; his brother, David ’71, and a sister-in-law.

 

Apr, 2018

Frances S. Braine ’73, of South Orange, N.J.; Nov. 4. She worked as a project manager at the NYC Economic Development Corp. for five years, as a manager of environmental site assessments at EEA Inc. for 12 years, and as an associate and senior environmental planner at BFJ Inc. for eight years. She was also editor of MetroPlanner, the newsletter of the local chapter of the American Planning Association, for which she received the 1997 Floyd Lapp Planning Award for Editing. She published several articles and reports and was a guest lecturer at Columbia, NYU, CCNY, and Harvard. She enjoyed New York City, family vacations in the Adirondacks, and Star Trek. She is survived by her mother; brothers Bruce ’76 and Geoff ’78 and their wives; two nieces, including Kathleen Braine ’11; and a nephew.

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