Obituaries
— Class of 1979

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Mar, 2019

Patricia Heard Symonds ’79, ’84 AM, ’91 PhD, of Providence; Nov. 6. While her youngest children were still at home she enrolled at Brown through the RUE program to obtain her degrees in anthropology. She also played on the varsity women’s tennis team as an undergrad. With support from her husband, she did extensive research in the late 1980s in a Hmong village in northern Thailand. Her ethnographic study Calling in the Soul; Gender and the Cycle of Life in a Hmong Village was later published as a book by the University of Washington. She joined Brown’s faculty in 1992 as an adjunct associate professor in the anthropology department. During her tenure she taught courses in her areas of expertise and mentored several students who remained close friends and colleagues. She is survived by her husband, Alan Symonds ’04; six children; three grandchildren, including Marco A. Steinsieck ’08; two great-granddaughters; and a brother.
 

 

Mar, 2019

Robert Deschene ’79, of North Attleboro, Mass.; Aug. 13. He worked for many years in the private banking sector before obtaining a law degree from the Univ. of Maine School of Law in 1990. After law school, he worked as a judicial law clerk at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Portland and followed with a federal court clerkship at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. He is survived by four siblings and nieces and nephews.

 

Nov, 2018

Victoria J. Lewis ’79, of Cambridge, Mass.; June 11. She was most recently deputy director of Judicial Education, Executive Office of the Trial Court Judicial Institute of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Previously she worked at Greater Boston Legal Services in immigration and family law. She is survived by a daughter; her parents; a sister; two brothers, including James Lewis ’84; a niece; and two nephews.

 

Feb, 2018

Frank H. Buntin II ’79, of Charlemont, Mass.; Aug. 30. He retired in 2015 after 33 years with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. During his tenure he received many accolades, including the director’s Supervisor of the Year Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commissioner’s Council. At Brown, he was a member of the 1976 championship football team. He enjoyed spending time with his family and doing landscaping work. He is survived by his wife, Cathleen; a daughter; a son; his father; a sister; two brothers; and nieces and nephews.

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