GS Class of 1965
Class Secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Once again I am urging you to frequent the Class of 1958 website (https://sites.google.com/brown.edu/brown-class-of-1958/) or simply search for ‘Brown Class of 1958.’ The class website, set up with the help of Alumni Relations, features many sources of information previously scattered. Just above a letter of greeting from our copresidents, you can learn how to update your profile. This will enable you to get in touch with other alums via info in the Brown database. You can enjoy a photo gallery immortalizing decades of our reunions and mini reunions, news, notes, and tributes to classmates, links to our Class of 1958 Newsletter, Brown Insider newsletter, and the Brown Daily Herald, as well as to the BAM. Copresidents Jim Moody ’65 ScM and Jane Bertram Miluski would like you to bear in mind that in May 2023 we will be celebrating our 65th reunion. Oh, mercy, mercy me! Who knows where the time goes!”
Hilary Ross Salk ’65 MAT writes: “In 1976, I cofounded The Rhode Island Women’s Health Collective with other Rhode Island women. The organization brought together women to educate and advocate for women’s health care that empowered us to change many practices and policies that were detrimental to women’s health and our rights to control our care and bodies. The organization closed its doors in 1999. In 2016, I published Eavesdropping in Oberammergau, based on my experiences living as a U.S. Army brat in Oberammergau, Germany, from 1949-1952. Oberammergau is the home of the world-famous Passion Play, performed every 10 years since 1634. Finding out that it was considered anti-Semitic and that U.S. Jewish organizations were working to eradicate this aspect of the drama, I was inspired to write the novel given my own Jewish heritage. And in 1982, I ran for governor of Rhode Island as part of the Citizens Party.”
R. Brayton Bowen, ’65 AM, continues to consult in the area of human resources and is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a senior certified professional. He speaks on business related topics and teaches at the undergraduate level for Northwood University. He has published Recognizing and Rewarding Employees and Engaging the Heart for People, Performance, and Profit: Seven Competencies of Compassion@Work. He has produced the documentary series Anger in the Workplace, which aired on public radio stations nationally. He has written for the American Management Assoc., HR Magazine, and various other publications. Presently, he is leading the Howland Group, a strategy consulting and change management firm. He writes: “Believe it or not, I still am able to sing (thanks to my training with the Brown Glee Club and Professor David Laurent) and currently perform at two churches in Louisville. I have served on several boards, including the board of directors for the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations. In 2012, I received the James E. Flynn Peace Award for community service and social justice. My connections with Brown are primarily through the Brown Club of Kentucky, where I serve as vice president for marketing. And I should add, after three tries, I finally got it right; I am happily married to Vaughn Bowen, who is a nurse practitioner and a wonderful partner. I enjoy living in Louisville, but I miss Rhode Island and sailing in Newport waters. If anyone cares to connect, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org; (502) 558-2154.”
Jim Moody ’65 ScM (see Bob Sanchez ’58).
Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT (see Bob Sanchez ’58).
Bob Sanchez continues his extraordinarily active life. The Brown Club has provided many interesting and engaging programs and outings: talks from faculty and administrators about campus and academic activities, a visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, a visit to an Everglades nature preserve, and a trip to Fort Myers to watch the Boston Red Sox. Bob attended a gathering at which the New Curriculum was the topic of discussion. “A number of those attending the gathering were actually on campus during the negotiations among the faculty, the administration, and the students. Robert Lynch ’69 was active in the brouhaha over the NROTC remaining or leaving. He wrote an interesting piece putting the events in context, The Almost Forgotten Story of How Brown University’s New Curriculum was Nearly Derailed by Subterfuge.” Bob keeps in touch with: Stan Dobson, Jim Furlong, Warren Healey, George Held, Pete Howard, Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT, Jerry Levine, Jim Moody ’65 ScM, Tom Moses, John Reistrup, Charlie Shumway ’66 AM, Sandy McFarland Taylor, Bill Traub ’59, George Vandervoort, and Roger Williams.
Christopher Hewitt ’65 AM, ’70 PhD, had his book Catching Terrorists in America: From Martin Luther King Jr.’s Murder to the Boston Marathon Bombing published in 2019. He writes that this will be his last book as he spends most of his free time playing with his four-year-old granddaughter. Contact him at email@example.com.
On October 26, the Brown University Corporation dedicated a memorial to Trustee Ken McDaniel. The memorial is an engraved concrete block lining a brick walkway in the Maddock Alumni Center gardens. Ken died on June 11, 2019, just 16 days after celebrating his 50th class reunion (See Farewell, BAM Obituaries, September/October). Following the dedication, the Class of 1969 presented a 154-page book created and published by his classmate Thelma Austin. The title is A Faithful Servant: Biographical Tribute to Kenneth Harrison McDaniel, 1947-2019. In addition to his biographical summary, the book features 24 tributes. Tributes were from President Christina Paxson and seven current and emeriti trustees, including Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, Harold Bailey ’70, Sheryl Grooms Brissett Chapman ’71, Spencer Crew ’71, Galen V. Henderson ’93 MD, Susan Adler Kaplan ’58, ’65 MAT, and Preston Tisdale ’73. Nine classmates who contributed were Linda Abbott Antonucci, Phyllis Cunningham-Hutson, Gail DeCosta, Ido Jamar ’74 ScM, ’77 PhD, Anderson Kurtz, class president Joseph Petteruti, Theodore Sherrod, Wesley Smith, and Randall Ward. Two other alumni also contributed: Glenn Dixon ’70 and Russell Malbrough ’98. Others who contributed were professor Françoise Hamlin, Reza Clifton, Paul Simas, Stanley Thompson, and Rev. Adam Young. Copies of the book were presented to President Christina Paxson; Ken’s wife, Susan McDaniel; and the John Hay Library. All alumni are encouraged to have their autobiographies and biographies archived in the John Hay Library.
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Once again, the old Angell House ‘Angells’ were lucky enough to gather for several days right after Labor Day at the Jersey shore (Beach Haven, Long Beach Island). Joe and Jane Bertram Miluski were our warm and welcoming hosts. This was the first time that Betty Wolin Baer attended. Hooray for that! Lois Dean was our photographer and videographer. Hooray for that! Coming from California, Judith Ann Perlin travelled the farthest distance. Hooray for that! Roz Kennedy Johnson kept us in stitches. Hooray for that! And I write about it in the BAM. Dick Scobie (Dartmouth ’56) became an honorary Angell by entertaining us all with his beachside bagpiping.
“On Alumni Weekend, Jim Furlong, John Reistrup, and I received the annual Alumni Service Award ‘by developing an exceptional communication strategy and digital plan…[they] have kept their class meaningfully connected.’ You’ll be glad to know that the interactive newsletter developed by John and Jim is ‘so popular, it is being included in the Brown University archive.’ Class co-presidents Sandy McFarland Taylor and Jim Moody, along with Jim’s wife Donna Moody, also attended. Highpoints of the evening were addresses by President Paxson and Spencer R. Crew ’71, a brilliant historian who is currently serving as the interim director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. There were several other ’58s in attendance, including Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT, but, alas, we didn’t meet.”
Arthur S. Reber ’65 AM, ’67 PhD writes: “My most recent book, The First Minds: Caterpillars, Karyotes, and Consciousness was published in November by Oxford University Press. The thesis of the volume is a radical one: namely that consciousness and sentience first appeared along with the very first life forms, the prokaryotes. Yes, bacteria have (very tiny) minds. Just as all other species evolved from these primitive beginnings, so did all forms of mental life. I retired from Brooklyn College and the Grad Center of CUNY in 2005. Rhiannon Allen and I live in Point Roberts, Washington, just a stone’s throw from Vancouver, British Columbia. We both have courtesy appointments in the psychology department at the University of British Columbia, which completes a life-circle as my first academic job was at UBC.”
Arthur C. Watterson Jr. ’65 PhD, of Nashua, N.H.; Sept. 2. He was professor of chemistry at UMass Lowell, where he also served as department chair and acting dean of the college of arts and sciences. He held multiple patents and published numerous papers detailing his study of polymers. He enjoyed the arts and was a fan of classical music, the ballet, and the Museum of Fine Arts. He sang in the choir at Nashua’s First Congregational Church for many years. He also enjoyed photography, mystery novels, crossword puzzles, and the Boston Celtics. He is survived by three sons and their spouses, eight grandchildren, a brother, two sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.
Anne MacPherson Lindgren ’65 AM, of New York City; Oct. 31. She was passionate about housing and worked on both the public and private side, including with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was active with several nonprofits and served on the boards of Settlement Housing Fund and Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center. She enjoyed attending the opera and walking her dog through Central Park. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren.
Brian Hunt ’65 ScM, ’67 PhD, of Costa Mesa, Calif.; Mar. 31. After two years of service in the Royal Air Force and completing a degree in engineering at Cambridge University, he moved his family to Rhode Island on a Fulbright Scholarship. Upon the completion of two degrees at Brown, he traveled the U.S. for seven weeks and then returned to England and took a post as a lecturer at the University of Bristol. In 1979 he changed career paths and returned to the U.S. to join Northrop Corp. He left Northrop briefly for a position as chairman of the aerospace engineering department at the University of Maryland (1990-1992) only to return to Northrop, retiring from there in 2000 as vice president of engineering and technology. He did work as a consultant for an additional 10 years. Brown presented him with an engineering alumni medal in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Julia; a daughter; a son; and four grandchildren.
Joseph F. Ballou ’65 ScM, of Williamstown, Mass., formerly of Eden, Md.; Sept. 27. During his career in the Navy he earned the rank of commander. He served in the Vietnam War aboard the USS Torsk—which is now a museum in Baltimore—the USS Bacuna, and the USS Mount Katmai. On land his duties included time at the Defense Nuclear Agency and the Military Sealift Command. After retiring from the Navy in 1979, he continued to work for the U.S. Government as a civilian and then for Computer Sciences Corp. He fully retired in 2000 and settled in Eden. He was involved in his community in a variety of capacities and continued to take education classes. He enjoyed gardening and genealogy. He is survived by three children and their spouses; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.
Susan Adler Kaplan ’58, ’65 MAT, of Providence, R.I.; Oct. 30. After graduating in 1958, she moved to New York. One year later, she returned to Providence to marry, continue her education, and work as a manager/secretary in the theater arts department. After a year and a half of managing work, she began to teach English at Classical High School, which she did for 28 years before moving into administration. She held various positions with Rhode Island Writing Assessment, Rhode Island Writing Project, and Blackstone Academy. Her love for teaching extended to roles as an adjunct professor at Providence College and Roger Williams University; she also did consulting in New York and California, and in Egypt with the Ministry of Education. She remained affiliated with Brown as a trustee, a trustee emerita, and chair of the Corporation emeritus executive committee. She chaired 100 Years of Women at Brown and served as the associate chair of Brown’s Advisory Council on Relations with Tougaloo College. She also chaired the Ogden Lectures on International Affairs. Her honors included an Outstanding Teacher Educator Award, a Brown Bear, an Ittleson Award, and being voted Teacher of the Year by Good Morning America. She was a proud supporter of Trinity Repertory Company in honor of her late husband, who was a founding member. She also served on the boards of Temple Beth-El and Miriam Hospital. She is survived by a granddaughter, a sister, and many nieces and nephews.
Ernest C. Ilgenfritz ’65 ScM, of Easton, Md.; Aug. 22. He taught mathematics at Baltimore Polytechnic High School and Towson University, where he also served as department chairman. He ran in 13 Maryland marathons. He also enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing, and camping. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn.
Henry Helenek ’65 ScM, ’71 PhD, of Milwaukee; Mar. 7. He was a geology and chemistry professor at Bradley University. He enjoyed the symphony and theater, reading and traveling. He is survived by a daughter, a niece, and a nephew.
Lyle D. Baker ’65 MAT, of Topeka, Kans.; Mar. 24. He served in the U.S. Air Force, where he trained as a pilot. After military service, he taught high school in Clear Lake, Iowa, and junior college in Mason City, Iowa. He was a science and math coordinator for the Fort Dodge Public School system. In 1987, he began teaching at Washburn University in Topeka and with the Department of Education and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, where he stayed until his retirement. He enjoyed photography, genealogy, hiking, traveling, and bluegrass music and its history. He is survived by three children and their spouses, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law.
Kenneth V. Anderson Jr. ’63 ScM, ’65 PhD, of Brandon, Fla.; Feb. 24. He was an educator and researcher. He worked at Emory University in Atlanta as an associate professor and then full professor from 1966 to 1979. He was chairman of anatomy and professor of neurosurgery research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. from 1979 to 1984. He was the recipient of the Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and a member of many professional associations. He published more than 60 research papers. Later he worked as a teacher, head track coach, and then headmaster of Brandon Academy. He is survived by his wife, Ann; a daughter; and three grandchildren.
Leonard P. Fletcher ’61 AM, ’65 PhD, of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Mar. 22. He was recruited by the University of Waterloo in 1965, becoming the fourth faculty member of the economics department. He taught at Waterloo for nearly three decades, retiring in 1994. He founded the Caribbean Canadian Investment Club in 1974. Additionally, he was a founding member of the K-W Caribbean Canadian Cultural Association. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; three children and their spouses; four grandchildren; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth Ballantine Gardner ’64 ScM, ’65 PhD, of Wellesley, Mass.; Dec. 1. She taught at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y., and Wellesley College before settling into a 50-year career teaching at Pine Manor College, where she also chaired the science department. She endowed a wildlife viewing site at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida and established a scholarship for nurse practitioners at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Her interest in her mother’s family’s well-documented history led her to oversee the distribution of family papers, objects, and photographs to institutions where they could be used for research by the public. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
M. Gene Taylor ’65 ScM, ’68 PhD, of Kingston, Pa.; June 6, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease and COVID-19. He was long employed as a physics professor at Bloomsburg University (Pa.) and was previously a physics professor at the American University in Cairo and Wilkes University (Pa.). He held a pilot’s license and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He avidly followed the stock market and enjoyed traveling with his family around the world, especially to Egypt. He also enjoyed Ohio State University football, NASCAR, skeet shooting, tinkering with his cars and computers, and following the weather. He is survived by his wife, Wagiha Abdel-Gawad Taylor ’62 AM; three daughters and their spouses; eight grandchildren; and a sister.
Gilbert H. Smith ’63 ScM, ’65 PhD, of Bethesda; July 6, of pancreatic cancer. He joined the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute as a fellow in the viral biology branch in 1965 and became senior investigator in the laboratory of biology in 1970. He most recently served as senior investigator in the basic research laboratory and head of the mammary stem cell biology section. In 2005, he received the National Institutes of Health Merit award. Gil was also a two-time nominee for the E.B. Wilson Medal, the highest award from the American Society for Cell Biology, and in 2008 was a finalist for the Nobel Prize for medicine. He retired June 30, 2020, and was named an NIH Scientist Emeritus. Gil is considered a pioneer in the biology of mammary/breast cancer and stem cells involved in mammary development and cancer. He lectured across the globe and authored 180 research publications while serving on several editorial boards and as scientific advisor for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation. While at NCI, he devoted his time serving as a mentor to hundreds of junior scientists around the world. He received the NCI Mentor Merit Award in 2003 and the NCI Outstanding Mentor Award in 2019. In addition to his brilliant scientific career, Gil was a well-respected soccer coach and youth soccer advocate in Northern Virginia, and one of several authors of the original McLean Youth Soccer bylaws. He was also a staff coach for the Virginia Olympic Development Program at the district and state levels from 1983-1990. He is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, a sister, and a brother.
Bobby Z. Workman ’65 MAT, of Murray, Ky.; Apr. 3, after battling Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. He taught math and chemistry in Indiana before earning his master’s degree and entering the paper industry. He worked at Mead Paper (N.C.), then at Bowater (S.C.), and retired in 1998 from Weyerhaeuser (Wash.). He was a member of Epsilon-Lambda Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha.
John M. Howard ’65 MAT (see ’59).
John L. Mothershead III ’65 MAT, of Pasa-dena, Calif.; Mar. 1. He taught at Chadwick School, Flintridge Prep, and several Pasadena-area schools prior to joining San Marino’s Southwestern Academy, where he taught and served as dean of students for 45 years. He was president of the Rotary Club of San Marino, California, and involved with the effort to eradicate the polio virus by traveling with the Rotary teams for national inoculation days. He is survived by his wife, Therese, and a son.
Lawrence A. Retallick ’65 ScM, of Mayfield, Heights, Ohio; Jan. 1. He taught at both the college and high school level, ultimately running several schools for at-risk youth for the Urban League of Cleveland. He served for many years as the assistant executive director of the Cleveland Urban League, finishing his professional career with the United Way of Greater Cleveland. He was an avid sports fan and a gun hobbyist and enjoyed assembling replica model cars. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a sister, and nieces and nephews.
Robert G. Goulet ’65 AM, ’69 PhD, of Brockton, Mass.; Dec. 29. He began his teaching career at Stonehill College in 1968 and continued there as a professor of English and film studies for 44 years. In addition to teaching, he initiated a faculty theater at Stonehill, where he produced and directed. Stonehill awarded him the Louise F. Hegarty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002. In retirement he continued to work with students through the Boston Seminar Series. He is survived by a sister; a brother; a sister-in-law; and four nieces.