Obituaries
— GS Class of 1974

Jan, 2022

Mutlu Konuk Blasing ’74 PhD, of Providence; Aug. 16. She taught for nearly 40 years at Brown as a professor of English. She was an internationally recognized author of four books on American poetry and published ten books of the first English translations of works by Naim Hikmet. She wrote his biography, entitled The Life and Times of Turkey’s World Poet. She is survived by a son, a sister, and her former husband, John Blasing. 

 

Jun, 2020

Marvin S. Goodfriend ’74 AM, ’80 PhD, of Pittsburgh; Dec. 15, of cancer. He was a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. He spent 25 years prior as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, including director of research. He served as a visiting scholar at various global monetary authorities, including the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank. From 1984 to 1985, he served as a senior staff economist for President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. He was nominated to the Federal Board of Governors by President Trump in 2017, though the full Senate did not confirm him and his nomination lapsed. He was a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee and an avid jazz guitarist. He is survived by his wife, Marsha; a stepson; and a sister.

 

Sep, 2019

Curtis B. Norwood ’74 ScM, of Wakefield, R.I.; Apr. 21. He was a research scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency’s laboratory in Narragansett, R.I. He retired in 2003. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, poker, and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Lesley; a daughter and son-in-law; a son; a granddaughter; a sister and brother-in-law; and a sister-in-law.

 

Mar, 2019

Fredric J. Spar ’74 AM, ’80 PhD, of Princeton, N.J.; Dec. 22. He was an elementary school teacher before completing his PhD at Brown, where he studied Chinese history and spent a year in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Stanford Center. He later worked as a communications consul- tant at Kekst & Co. in Manhattan for 36 years. He served on several environmental and edu- cation boards, including the Watershed Insti- tute, Friends of Princeton Open Space, New York City Audubon Society, and was also chair of Friends of the Rogers Refuge. He enjoyed birding, skiing, tennis, hiking, shing and rooting for the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his wife, Winifred Hughes Spar ’73 AM, ’76 PhD; two sons; a sister and brother-in-law.

Nov, 2018

Douglas R. Skopp ’74 PhD, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; May 27, of cancer. He  was a professor of history at SUNY Plattsburgh from 1972 until he retired in 2006. He served as chair of the history department, acting associate vice president for Academic Affairs, codirector of the Center for Teaching Excellence, presiding officer of the faculty, and acting director of the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, where he played a central role for nearly 20 years. He also served as SUNY Plattsburgh’s official historian, a position he held until his death. In 1989 he authored a history of SUNY Plattsburgh entitled Bright with Promise. In honor of his contributions to the school, a permanent gallery in the Feinberg Library was named the Douglas and Evelyn Skopp Holocaust Memorial Gallery. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; a son; and five grandsons.  

 

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