Obituaries
— Class of 1974

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Nov, 2020

P. Kevin Walther ’74, of Flowery Branch, Ga.; Apr. 20. After receiving his law degree from Indiana University, he specialized in residential and commercial real estate law in the Atlanta area from 1979 until his death. He enjoyed cooking for and hosting family gatherings, gardening, and walking on the beach. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly; a daughter; his stepmother; two grandchildren; and six siblings.

Sep, 2020

Deborah L. Homsher ’74, of Ithaca, N.Y.; Mar. 16. She won a Wallace Stegner writing fellowship at Stanford University and followed with an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Iowa. She was employed as an adjunct English professor at Ithaca College and during that time, raised a family and published From Blood to Verdict, Women and Guns, and The Rising ShoreRoanoke. In 1995 she was hired as managing editor of publications in Cornell’s Southeast Asia Program, a position she held for 19 years. After developed an enthusiasm for rowing a single shell that lasted for years, and also enjoyed hiking, biking, and gardening. She is survived by her husband, Hugh Egan ’74; two sons, including Kevin Egan ’03; a sister; and a brother.

Jun, 2020

H. Wayne Carver ’74, ’77 MD, of Old Saybrook, Conn.; Dec. 26. He did his forensic training at the Cook County medical examiner’s office in Chicago. He went on to become the chief medical examiner of the State of Connecticut and served with distinction for 24 years. He strove to be impartial to both the prosecution and defense when called to testify, while showing compassion to families. At Brown he played drums in the marching band and played in three orchestras. He enjoyed cooking and is survived by his wife, Deborah DeHertogh ’74, ’77 MD; two sons; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019

Carolyn Spiro-Silvestri ’74, of Norwalk, Conn.; Feb. 17, after a brief illness. She pursued a career in modern dance prior to becoming a psychiatrist. She spent many years in private practice and co-authored with her twin sister, Pamela ’75, Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia in 2006. She is survived by her husband, Sal; a daughter; a son; a grandson; two stepsons; three siblings, including Pamela ’75; and four nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

May, 2019

Olafur Gislason ’74, of Jamestown, R.I.; Oct. 3, following a prolonged illness. He worked in seafood sales for most of his life. In 1989 he cofounded Southstream Seafoods, where he served as vice president until retiring in 2017. During his tenure, the company grew to be an industry leader in seafood importing and sales. He was an accomplished bassist and guitarist, who played with numerous rock bands. He was an active member of the Brown Club of Rhode Island and served as president of BASC. He was also active in the Jamestown Community Theater and Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; a daughter; a son, Stefan ’06; a brother and sister-in-law; a nephew and nieces.

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