Obituaries
— Class of 1977

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Jan, 2022

Alfred V. Saravao Jr. ’77, of Chepachet, R.I.; Aug. 5. He worked as a computer programmer for Fleet Bank and CVS until his retirement in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Susan; a sister; two brothers; and many nieces and nephews. 

Aug, 2021

Mark A. Josephson ’77, of New York City; Mar. 2. He was a freelance music reviewer for Soho News and Village Voice before founding Rockpool Promotions in 1979. He later cofounded the pioneering New Music Seminar. Recently, he was executive director at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, N.J. He enjoyed sharing his music, curating from his vast collection, making CDs, and reading, and was fascinated by history of any kind. He is survived by his father, stepmother, a sister, and a brother.

Aug, 2021

Holly Allethaire Cullen ’77, of Warwick, R.I.; Mar. 19. She studied nursing at the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University. Throughout her career as a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner she served in various capacities, including director of education at Kent Hospital and as a professor at CCRI, where she was head of the nursing department. She affectionately referred to her students as her “green beans.” She is survived by cousins.

Jun, 2021

Sylvia E. Shortt ’77, of Athens, Ga.; Dec. 17, after a brief illness. After Brown, she earned a master’s degree and became a counselor at West Georgia College, now known as the University of West Georgia. She was an adviser to its International Student Program, expanding the program, and retired as associate director of International Services and Programs in December 2012, then served as a volunteer alumni coordinator for the UWG Alumni Association. She was instrumental in developing the American College Counseling Association and served as the organization’s president, treasurer, and conference chair. She was involved in many professional organizations and won numerous awards and recognitions. In retirement she became a member of Athens Rotary. She is survived by her partner Robin Mullinix; a daughter, and several cousins.

Apr, 2021

David E. Dudek ’77, of Hadley, Mass.; Oct. 9, of sarcoma. After graduating from Brown, he was hired by General Electric and employed in their Syracuse office until 1980, when he transferred to their offices in Seattle. He received his MBA from Seattle University and left GE to accept a position at Starbucks Coffee. After moving back East he became a professor of business management at UMass Amherst. He was an environmentalist and cultivated an organic garden. In addition, David and his wife raised Welsh Corgi dogs and participated in AKC dog shows. He enjoyed playing cards and board games as well as outdoor games, especially horseshoe pitching. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; his mother; and three brothers and their families.

Jan, 2021

John N. Bergeron ’80 MD (see ’77).

Jan, 2021

John N. Bergeron ’77, ’80 MD, of Westerly, R.I.; July 30. He was a doctor who cared for the underserved at Wood River Health Services for 37 years. He enjoyed construction and carpentry, renovating the family home and engineering creative solutions that rivaled those of experts. Driven by a commitment to family, he connected with his French-Canadian roots by becoming fluent in French and immersing himself in European culture with frequent travels with friends and family. An avid cyclist, he participated in weekly community rides, walks, and bike tours across the country. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; two sons and daughters-in-law; six grandchildren; 10 siblings and their spouses; and several nieces and nephews.

Nov, 2019

Lloyd I. Miller III ’77, of Palm Beach, Fla.; Jan. 12. He is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters; and three sons.
 

Sep, 2019

Grady E. Lake ’77, of Elmhurst, Ill.; Aug. 13, 2018. He was vice president of Liberty Bank for Savings in Chicago. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling, playing hockey, and cooking. He is survived by his fiancé Sandra Heinz; a daughter; a son; three stepsons; two grandchildren; and two sisters.
 

 

Sep, 2019

John H. Berardi ’77, of South Attleboro, Mass.; Apr. 15, after a brief illness. He worked for Narragansett Wire Company for many years and was a real estate agent since 1989, most recently with Century 21. He is survived by his father, a brother and sister-in-law, and two nieces.

 

May, 2019

Daniel Laurent ’77, of Herndon, Va.; Nov. 27. After completing his internship and residency in Washington, D.C., at the Georgetown University Medical Center and the George Washington University Hospital, he opened a urology practice at Reston Hospital in 1987 and practiced for 31 years. He served on the Reston Hospital Board of Trustees for 23 years and was board chair for eight years. He enjoyed cooking, driving fast cars, traveling, and music. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; two sons; sister Carell Laurent ’78; a brother; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

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