— Class of 1978
Edwin L. Gaskin ’78, of Bowie, Md.; Aug. 22. He is survived by his wife, Kindra.
Charles W. Reckard ’78, of Warwick, R.I.; Mar. 21. He managed Brown’s Grad Center Bar, Pot au Feu; Leo’s; and other restaurants and nightclubs in the Providence area for several years. After leaving the service industry, he worked for more than 25 years at Cox Communications, where he was a producer, director, editor, and audio engineer specializing in live event programming. He was the recipient of four Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcasting. He is survived by his wife, Lucia O’Reilly ’74; four brothers; and two sisters-in-law.
Peter V. Kocot ’78, of Florence, Mass.; Feb. 27, after a brief illness. He was chief of staff for State Rep. Bill Nagle for more than 20 years. At the time of his death he held the title of chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance. During his tenure he was instrumental in the fight for civil rights, same-sex marriage rights, and landmark ethics reform. In 2015 he led the charge to reform and modernize Massachusetts’s public records laws. At Brown he was a member of the 1976 Ivy League championship football team. He enjoyed fishing and cooking. He is survived by his wife, Shauneen; two sons; four siblings; and several nieces and nephews.
Susan Costabile Bubna ’78, of Colony, Kans.; Mar. 22. She was a nurse for more than 10 years at Olathe Medical Center. Later, she pastored the Colony Community Church, served as a drama coach at the local high school for several years, coordinated the Good News Club for 20 years, and directed theater for young adults with the Garnett Chamber Players Community Theater. She enjoyed biking, writing poetry, traveling, and taking care of her farm animals. She is survived by her husband, Stephen; three daughters; a sister; and a brother.
Elisabeth H. Elkind ’78, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Mar. 13, of cancer. After receiving a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College and a second master’s in American history from NYU, she worked as an archivist at the New York Public Library and Harvard University’s Widener and Houghton Libraries. She is survived by her husband, David Alquist; two daughters; a brother; and nieces and nephews.
Mark R. Harris ’78, of Shrewsbury, Mass.; Oct. 13. He worked as a senior financial analyst at Honeywell in Newton, Mass., and director of financial planning at Bull HN Information Systems in Waltham, Mass., before joining Fidelity Management Trust in Boston, where he was director of marketing. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three children; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother; a sister; a brother; and two nephews.