Obituaries
— Class of 1992

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Apr, 2022

Nancy E. Thomas ’92, of San Francisco; July 30, from ovarian cancer. Shortly after graduating from Brown, she and her partner Todd Weaver ’92 moved to San Francisco, where she was the cofounder of Millennium Farm, a horse training business. She joined the Impala Racing Team in 2008 and achieved several individual podium finishes in her age group. She was a champion of animal rights and supported many charities. She is survived by her partner, Todd Weaver; her parents; a sister; and Millennium Farm co-owner Jill Hamilton. 

 

Aug, 2021

James J. Cotter Jr. ’92, of Los Angeles; Mar. 10, of kidney cancer. He attended NYU and obtained his JD and a Master of Laws in Taxation. After a legal career in Manhattan specializing in corporate law and practicing at the international law firm Winston & Strawn, he dedicated his career to his family’s business. He spent many years as CEO of both Cotter Orchards and Cecelia Packing Corporation, a Cotter family-owned citrus grower, packer and marketer in the San Joaquin Valley. He joined the board of directors of Reading International in 2002, working with his father, who was CEO. In 2007, he became vice chairman and was later appointed president and then CEO. During his tenure at Reading, he was instrumental in establishing the company as a leading theatrical exhibition company and a major real estate company. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and family, cooking, competitive sports, and traveling to Italy. He is survived by his wife, Gina; three children; his mother; and two sisters.

Nov, 2020

Serena Simmons Connelly ’92, of Dallas; Apr. 22. She earned a master’s in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995 and set out to change the world. She served HIV/AIDS patients in Dallas, then worked with the city’s refugee community and torture survivors. When an agency serving those survivors faced closure, she was instrumental in establishing the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, which is now in its 20th year serving immigrant survivors of human rights abuses. She later joined the Harold Simmons Foundation, where she worked to help those in the greatest need. She also served on boards including the Texas Women’s Foundation, the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, and the North Texas Regional Board of USA for UNICEF. She was named 2001 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter and a Distinguished Alumna by the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014. She is survived by her husband, Tom; two children; her mother; a stepmother; three sisters; a stepsister; a stepbrother; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Nov, 2020

Glenn J. Barquet ’92, of Miami; May 2, from complications of COVID-19. He was a cardiologist at Mercy Hospital in Miami and had a private practice in South Miami. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and was board certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Disease. He was not treating patients with COVID-19 at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Somaly.

Jan, 2020

Robert J. Greer ’92, ’96 MD, of LaGrange, Ga.; Oct. 7, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He began his medical practice at St. Luke’s Hospital in Missouri. In 2006 he moved his family to LaGrange and continued to practice neurology until his health would no longer allow him to continue. He is survived by his wife, Liz; a daughter; a son; his mother; and two sisters.
 

 

Mar, 2019

Edward D. Preston ’92, of Winchester, Mass.; Nov. 17, of pancreatic cancer. He was the first CEO of The Achievement Network, a nonprofit focused on closing the achievement gap through data-driven instruction. He grew the organization from serving seven to serving more than 260 schools, while winning several awards for innovation. His career also included executive positions at Education First, Care.com, and the Decision Resources Group. Earlier he was the founding director of the Cincinnati chapter of Summer Bridge, now known as Breakthrough, to address inequities in education. In 2014 he was named a Fellow of the Pahara and Aspen Institute for his impactful work in education and consulting. Active in his community, he was a founding director and board chair for the Edward W. Brooke Charter School and an active member of the Smugglers Notch Ski and Snowboard Club. He enjoyed skiing, mountain biking and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Beth; three children; his parents; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

 

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