Obituaries

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Philip J. Davis, of Providence; Mar. 14. He worked for the federal government at the national Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., before joining the Brown faculty in the division of applied mathematics in 1963. His work in numerical analysis and approximation theory includes many research papers and technical books. His books, The Mathematical Experience and Descartes’ Dream, written jointly with Reuben Hersh, explored questions in the philosophy of mathematics and the role of mathematics in society. The Mathematical Experience received the American Book Award for 1983. A unique blend of biography and autobiography appeared in his work Mathematical Encounters of the Second Kind, and his book The Education of a Mathematician embraced both biography and educational philosophy. In addition to his mathematical writings, he also wrote several other books including Thomas Grey: Philosopher Cat and Ancient Loons. In 1956 he received a Guggenheim Award and in 1963 he was the recipient of the Chauvenet Prize from the Mathematical Association of America. In 1997 he was a doctoral lecturer for Roskilde University in Denmark and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa. He enjoyed music, art, and traveling. He is survived by four children, including Joseph ’82; and three grandchildren.

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Deborah M. Cherry ’95 AM, of Cumberland, R.I.; Aug. 20 of ALS. She worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line International in the late 1980s on The Song of America as a children’s activity director. She later worked for the city of Cranston as a teacher for 18 years before founding her own preschool in Cumberland, Cherry Blossom Journey School. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; four children; two sisters; two brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
 

 

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J. Cody Harper van Heerden ’84 AM, of Northeast Harbor, Me.; Sept. 12, of ALS. After receiving a master’s degree in geology from Brown, she moved to Walpole, Me., to focus on sediment chemistry at the Univ. of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. She received a second master’s degree in oceanography and worked at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, Me., and for the Department of Environmental Protection as an environmental and regulation specialist. In 1988 she moved to Northeast Harbor and taught math, developed curriculums, coached soccer and basketball, and served on the board of The Bay School in Blue Hill, Me. She served on many boards, including the Acadia Wildlife Foundation, and was an active trustee of the College of the Atlantic, where she obtained her third master’s degree in human ecology with a focus on institutional economics. She also co-owned Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor. She is survived by her husband, Christiaan; two daughters; a brother; and a niece.

 

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Robert A. Seelinger ’76 AM, of Fulton, Mo.; Sept. 22, of pancreatic cancer. He taught Latin and classics at Westminster College. From 1999 to 2005 he served as dean of the faculty and vice president of the college. He is survived by his wife, Cathy; a son; a sister; and three nephews.

 

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Alexander P. Reisbord ’68 MAT, of Alameda, Calif.; Sept. 10. In the early 1960s he joined the Peace Corps and went to Kenya, where he trained mathematics teachers at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. After returning to the U.S., he taught at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, Calif. He ran three marathons, completed two California AIDSRides, and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; five children; and five grandchildren.

 

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Patricia Malafrone Caizzi ’67 MAT, of Bristol, R.I.; Aug. 4, after a long illness. She was a retired English teacher. In retirement she enjoyed reading, traveling, and playing duplicate bridge. She is survived by her husband, Frank; two daughters, including Carolyn Caizzi ’02; a son; four grandchildren; and a brother.

 

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Susan T. Hamamoto ’63 ScM, of San Carlos, Calif.; July 24. She taught English in Germany. She moved to California in the 1970s and worked as a researcher in various labs at UC Berkeley until her retirement in 2011. An avid runner and hiker, she finished the Honolulu Marathon, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, did yoga at Machu Picchu and was an active member of the Orinda Hiking Club. She also studied Ikebana at the Buddhist Church of Oakland. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. She is survived by a sister and nieces and nephews.

 

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Calvert Magruder ’62 AM, of Cambridge, Mass.; July 21, of congestive heart failure while in hospice care. In the early 1950s he was employed as an analyst with the CIA. After receiving his degree from Brown, he taught American and European history at the Fessenden School in Newton, Mass. He also taught at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Ohio and at the Sewickley Academy in Pennsylvania before returning to Cambridge. He enjoyed singing and was a member of the Christ Church Cambridge choir for 30 years. He is survived by a brother and several cousins.
 

 

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James K. Whitney ’61 MAT, of Minneapolis; Aug. 10. He had a long career as an educator and coach in the Hopkins school district and was a World War II veteran. He is survived by three children; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

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Antonio R. Centore ’61 MAT, of Johnston, R.I.; Sept. 8. He was a history teacher and guidance counselor at Cranston East High School and football coach at Johnston High School until his retirement in 2010. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and is survived by three children and three grandchildren.

 

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Laird C. Addis Jr. ’60 AM, of Iowa City, Iowa; July 30, after a short illness. He taught in the University of Iowa department of philosophy from 1964 to 2004. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the State University of Groningen in the Netherlands during the 1970-1971 academic year. He served on several doctoral committees in philosophy and in music. He published many books, including Of Mind and Music. In retirement, he continued to teach in the University of Iowa Senior College. He was a double bass player and performed with the Cedar Rapids Symphony and for nearly three decades with the Quad City Symphony. He was a founding member of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra in 1980. He enjoyed opera, reading, playing golf, and traveling, especially to European countries. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two daughters; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; two sisters; a brother; six nieces; and a nephew.

 

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John R. Billings ’58 AM, of Stevens Point, Wisc.; Aug. 16, from Parkinson’s disease. He was a professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 31 years. Trained as a fencer, he coached and advised the UWSP fencing club in the late 1960s, as well as being the soccer club advisor. He enjoyed playing bagpipes and started the Wisconsin Kilties, a bagpipe and drum band, at UWSP. He was proud that the Kilties performed at numerous parades and won second place at the Highland Games in 1972. He served as president of the local Rotary Club and studied to become a minister in the Presbyterian Church, where he served on several committees and was an interim pastor at Abbotsford Church. He is survived by his wife, Victoria; four children and their spouses; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother; and his former wife, Evelyn Schaffer.

 

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Lee J. Golini ’03, of North Kingstown, R.I.; Sept. 3. He continued on after Brown to obtain graduate degrees in both business administration and law from Washington University in St. Louis before opening his law practice in the Jamestown, R.I., area. He was an avid chef, host, and fisherman. He is survived by girlfriend Leah McCue; his parents; and countless brothers and members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, with which he was profoundly involved.

 

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Russell D. Leblang ’83, of Swampscott, Mass.; Aug. 25, after a year-long battle with hepatic angiosarcoma. He founded Landay, Leblang & Stern law firm, where he built a successful practice in international trade finance, traveling widely, including twice a year to South America. He was an avid marathoner and is survived by his wife, Deahn L. Berrini ’83; son Alexander ’12; a daughter; his mother; two brothers; and nine nieces and nephews.

 

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Laura R. Clower ’81, of Grinnell, Iowa, formerly of Boston; July 29. She worked as a speech pathologist in the Boston area for 14 years. In 1999 she moved to California and taught private piano lessons. She also played bagpipes with the Cameron Highlanders of San Diego. She was active in a Grinnell local poetry group and the Grinnell Oratorio Society. She is survived by a son; her mother; brother Robert P. Clower III ’83; a sister-in-law; and two nephews.

 

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Kenneth L. Stein ’76, of Chicago; July 18, from metastatic brain cancer. An outstanding diver at Brown and captain of the 1976 swim team, he competed in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in 1976. After Brown he became a plastic surgeon in Chicago, holding board certifications in plastic and reconstructive surgery and in otolaryngology. He traveled annually with Hearts in Motion, a mission group that provided free surgery to treat craniofacial anomalies to Central Americans in need. He was a member of numerous medical societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Assoc., the Chicago Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the Latin American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He enjoyed entertaining and sang with the Rockin’ Docs Band for more than 30 years. He is survived by his three sons; four sisters; a brother; two sisters-in-law; and 11 nieces and nephews.
 

 

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Gail R. O’Day ’76, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Sept. 22. She was the dean and professor of New Testament and Preaching at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She began teaching at Hamilton College in 1982 as an instructor in the religion department. From there she served at Eden Theological Seminary and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology prior to joining Wake Forest. Over the course of her career she wrote numerous New Testament reference works and articles and co-authored Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide. She was general editor of the international Journal of Biblical Literature and on the editorial board of The New Interpreter’s Bible. In 2014 she became a member of the 4,000 Footers Club, for hiking all 48 mountains above 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. She was an articulate advocate for theological education and is survived by her husband, Thomas Frank; her mother, Sally Wilcox O’Day ’53; four sisters; a niece and a nephew.

 

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Kevin N. Anderson ’76, of Washington, D.C.; May 23, of kidney disease. He spent 10 years as a business reporter and editor at USA Today covering health issues until leaving in 1992 to be communications director for the Alliance for Health Reform. In 1993 he joined the White House Office of Communications, where he served as a chief health policy spokesperson during the rollout of the President’s Health Reform Plan. He later joined his wife in co-founding a corporate and government communications consultancy, where he consulted on health management and policy. Throughout his life he advocated for social justice issues; his most recent cause was sanctuary for refugees, which led to him joining the Good Neighbors Capitol Hill Refugee Resettlement Project. He sang in the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church choir and was an avid fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and a brother.
 

 

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Mark R. Gordon ’75, of Purchase, N.Y.; June 14, of brain cancer. He worked in the financial services industry and was an executive vice president at AllianceBernstein L.P. An accomplished bridge player, he won two U.S. national championships and a world championship. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Caughy-Gordon ’75; son Bernard ’07; two daughters; three grandchildren; and two brothers.

 

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Robert C. Thunell ’73, of Columbia, S.C.; July 30. He was a professor of geology and marine science at the Univ. of South Carolina. In addition to teaching, mentoring graduate students, and publishing extensive research on the impact of climate change on oceans and marine ecosystems, he served in many administrative capacities at USC. He was the recipient of several awards and elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2016 he was honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award from URI. A former member of the Brown lacrosse team, he is survived by his wife, Maureen McConaghy ’74; three sons, including Thomas ’10; and two sisters.

 

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Frederick L. McElroy ’72, of Bloomington, Ind.; July 11. He was professor emeritus of Indiana Univ. He was appointed assistant professor in 1987, promoted to associate professor in 1993, and named director of graduate studies in the new department of African American and African Diaspora Studies in 1999. He created, developed, supplied, and taught nine graduate and undergraduate classes in African American literature at Indiana Univ. over the course of his career. He is survived by his wife, Galelyn; daughter Ada McElroy-Tally ’05; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; three sisters; and two brothers.

 

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James R. Lecky ’72, of Falls Church, Va.; Aug. 3. He worked for the federal government for 31 years and was a consultant for Centra Technology for eight years. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and active at Knox Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, teacher, and occasional preacher. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons; a daughter-in-law; a sister; and a brother.

 

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Carl C. Chan ’71, of Monterey, Calif.; Sept. 2. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a science and administrative officer from 1971 to 1984. After receiving a master's in library science, he moved to Monterey and pursued a career as a librarian at the Aiso Library of the Defense Language Institute until his retirement. He was past president of the Chinese-American Librarians Assoc., vice president of the Salinas Chapter of the Chinese Americans Citizens Alliance, treasurer of the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team, and served on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church, where he also sang in the choir. He is survived by his brother Russell ’68.

 

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Frederic M. Alper ’60, of Boston; Aug. 9, after a long illness. He was president and later chairman of Morris Alper, Inc., one of the largest food brokerage companies in the country, founded by his grandfather. Before his tenure at Morris Alper, he worked in the supermarket business in Latin America. After retiring from Morris Alper at age 55, he became a professor of entrepreneurial studies at Babson College. He was active in Brown affairs, beginning as an alumni interviewer in 1986 and progressively moved into service roles in support of his class fundraising; he was also a 1995 Class Marshal, a Swearer Center volunteer, and performed a wide range of services as a Trustee and member of the Brown Corporation from 1995 to 2001. Most recently he was a member of the President’s Leadership Council assigned to an ad-hoc committee of the Brown Corporation, where he produced the Alper Report, which led to the establishment of a need-blind admission policy at Brown. The Alper Family National Scholarship that was originally started by the late David Alper ’30 continued with the commitment of Fred and his brother Daniel ’63 to provide financial aid to students. Over the course of his career he sat on several boards, was a generous donor to multiple political and charitable causes, and was the recipient of numerous recognitions. He enjoyed classical music and played tennis. He is survived by his wife, Donna; two sons, including Jeremy ’95; two daughters-in-law; a stepdaughter; four grandchildren; a sister; two brothers, including Daniel ’63; and several nieces and nephews, including Robin Candler ’97, McKaile Alper ’95 and Ty Alper ’95. 

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Raymond S. Kagels ’70, of Wakefield, R.I. Aug. 26, of hepatic cell carcinoma. He worked in the insurance industry, beginning as a claims adjuster with Royal Globe Insurance Co. in Providence, then as a chartered property and casualty underwriter at Galaher Settlements Co. out of Boston, retiring as a claims adjuster from Preferred Mutual of New York. He was active in his local community and enjoyed skiing, playing golf, traveling, and walking Narragansett Town Beach. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons and their spouses; four grandchildren; three siblings and their spouses; and many nieces and nephews.

 

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Stephen A. Wiener ’69, of West Hartford, Conn.; July 24. Following Brown, he obtained an MBA from Bryant College in 1975 and his Juris Doctorate from UConn Law School in 1979. He practiced law in Connecticut and Massachusetts until his retirement in 2012. He was a member of the Brown men’s soccer team and inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He enjoyed spending time with his family and is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; five grandchildren; and his mother.

 

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Richard S. Sugarman ’68, of Niantic, Conn.; Aug. 11, of a heart attack. After obtaining a master’s of social work from UConn, he was program director of the adolescent unit at Elmwood Psychiatric Hospital in Portland, Conn., then worked with emotionally disturbed teenagers at the Children’s Center in Hamden, Conn., before opening a private practice in New London in 1978. He lectured and was a former board member of the East Lyme Youth Services Assoc. and was a member of the Jabberwocks. He enjoyed sailing his catamaran, Ocean Gypsy. He is survived by his wife, Linda; a daughter; a sister; a brother-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

 

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David Schorr ’68, of New York City; June 16, of complications of a double aortic dissection suffered while on sabbatical in Bologna, Italy. He taught printmaking, graphic design, book design, typography, calligraphy, and drawing at Wesleyan from 1971 until his death. He often played opera to his students as they worked or read poetry to them. He enjoyed working with writers on illustrated book projects, including providing the illustrations for No Witnesses and Parallel Lives. His book illustrations often accompanied book reviews in the New York Times, Poetry Magazine, and The New Republic. He was a Fulbright Scholar three times: in 1975 to Italy; and in 1998 and 2001 to India. He often returned to India, where he was an adjunct professor at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, teaching graphic design to Indian students during Wesleyan’s winter break. He was also a fellow at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, working with master printers. His drawings, prints, and painting have been shown in New York at the Mary Ryan Gallery and more recently at the Ryan Lee Gallery. He has also had solo shows in Chicago, Milan, Rome, Naples, Paris, Athens, Toronto, Montreal, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Copenhagen. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Fogg Museum of Harvard Univ., The New York Public Library, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and The Museum of Modern Art. He is survived by a sister-in-law and a niece and nephew.

 

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Janice Kollet Gorton ’61, of Warwick, R.I.; Sept. 19. She was the owner and president of PeKo Creations and past president of Warwick Figure Skaters. She is survived a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, including Arlene Gorton ’52; and ten nieces and nephews.
 

 

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Ernest R. DelMonico ’61, of New Haven, Conn.; Aug. 29. He joined Second National Bank of New Haven after college and rose to the level of vice president, but rather than a career in banking, he chose to become an entrepreneur and started growing and selling multiple computer banking companies, including Bankputer Inc. and Financial Interactive Systems. He also developed commercial and residential real estate properties in New Haven. In 2001, following the death of his father, he took control of the family hat business, DelMonico Hatter, and grew it to be one of the top selling hat businesses in the United States. He won numerous industry awards, including National Hat Retailer of the Year in 2007, and was recognized by Business New Haven as Small Businessperson of the Year in 2008. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and he enjoyed traveling, biking, playing tennis, the theater, and classical music. He is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, including son Bruce ’91; six grandchildren; and two sisters.

 

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Francis C. Spicola ’60, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Aug. 3. He was a mechanical engineer who began his career at Pratt-Whitney before starting a 40-year career at the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport. He enjoyed cooking, photography, and traveling the world. He is survived by five children and four grandchildren.

 

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Linda Woodworth Keado ’60, of Dallas, formerly of Troy, N.Y.; Aug. 1. She taught social studies and was also a school librarian at Lisha Kill Middle School in Colonie, N.Y. She later was a volunteer tutor and mentor at Stults Road Elementary School in Dallas. She was involved in her local church and enjoyed playing tennis. She is survived by three daughters and their spouses; three grandchildren; a brother; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
 

 

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Stephen A Kanter ’60, of Pasadena, Calif.; Sept. 5. After serving with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, he practiced medicine, specializing in diagnostic radiology with expertise in angiography and interventional radiology. He practiced for more than 40 years in academic, private practice, health maintenance, and finally more than 20 years with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He had a strong commitment to nonprofit organizations and served on many boards, including Coleman Chamber Music Assoc., the Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Asia Museum, and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. He is survived by a brother.

 

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Edward A. Forrest ’60, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., formerly of West Hempstead, N.Y.; Sept. 5, following complications of surgery. Before retiring in 2001 and moving to Hilton Head, he worked as a stockbroker and was a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, instructing disabled skiers at Windham Mountain in the Catskill Mountains. He was active in South Carolina community activities and enjoyed traveling and sailing. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four nephews.

 

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Margo Aramian Ragan ’59, of Doylestown, Pa.; July 31. She was a homemaker and community volunteer. She enjoyed time spent on both coasts with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; and a sister.

 

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Charles R. Meader ’57, of Grantham, N.H., formerly of Norwell and Hingham, Mass.; Sept. 22. After serving as a general medical officer in Vietnam, for which he earned a Bronze Star, he moved to Norwell and worked in the South Shore Medical Center. Later he moved to Hingham and began a private medical practice, which he maintained for many years. He eventually moved his practice to Nashua, N.H., and after retiring from clinical practice, moved to Concord, N.H., where he was a medical consultant in the Social Security Disability Determination Services office of the State Department of Education. He retired from that position and moved to Grantham. He was the author/creator of DiagnosisPro, a computer diagnostic tool. He sold the program, but continued to contribute information to the company operating it for several years. He is survived by his wife, Marthe; five children; two stepchildren; eight grandchildren; two sisters; and his former wife, Roberta Kelly Meader.  

 

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Richard Marcus ’57, of Pittsburgh; Aug. 9. After obtaining a Juris Doctorate from the Univ. of Pittsburgh, he pursued a business career and for 46 years operated General Materials Terminals on the Ohio River, which was begun by his father. During the 1970s he became an adjunct professor at the Univ. of Pittsburgh in the Administration of Justice Department. He is survived by daughter, Susan Jacobson ’82; son, Joel ’85; three grandchildren; and a sister.

 

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Robert A. Freeman ’57, of Keene, N.H.; Oct. 15. He taught English at Dennis-Yarmouth High School on Cape Cod and later at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mass. In 1969 he completed his theological studies at the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., and served as rector in churches in Newport, Vt., and Lee and East Hampton, Mass. He retired as rector at St. John Episcopal Church in Walpole, N.H. He enjoyed designing gardens and landscapes, collecting model trains and reading. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and a daughter.

 

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V. Dale Meyer Dermer ’57, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Pittsburgh; Aug. 13. Having left Brown early, she continued working toward her degree while starting a family. She obtained a degree in English literature from the Univ. of Pittsburgh in 1975. She began playing duplicate bridge in the early 1970s and was closing in on becoming a triple life master. Among her many accolades in contract bridge, she won the North American National Women’s Pairs Championship in 1985, for which then Mayor Caliguiri declared April 27, 1985, as Dale Dermer Day in the city of Pittsburgh. She is survived by five children, including son David ’83; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

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William D. W. Grimes ’59, of Rumney, N.H.; Aug. 10, after a brief illness. He served 31 years in the U.S. Air Force. Before retiring from active duty in September 1990, he commanded several organizations related to special projects and was instrumental in the success of the Big Safari program, which is responsible for the acquisition, modification, and worldwide logistic support of special-purpose weapon systems for the United States Air Force. He re-entered government service in October 1990 as deputy to the assistant to the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) Commander for Special Projects. He earned major awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Association 2002 Civilian Senior Manager of the Year, and a “Peace Mate” award from the Royal Australian Air Force. He served as an Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Ad Hoc Member, was inducted into the Big Safari Hall of Honor in San Antonio, Tex., and was named an honorary U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. He enjoyed traveling to six out of seven continents with his wife, gardening, fishing, hunting, woodworking, jigsaw puzzles, and practical jokes. He is survived by his wife, Judy Darling Grimes ’61; three daughters; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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Raymond R. Cooke ’56, of Raynham, Mass.; Sept. 15. After serving in the U.S. Navy for two years, he was employed as a marine service engineer at Babcock & Wilcox of New York City and as a works engineer at ICI America prior to joining Hart Engineering in East Providence, R.I. After 15 years with Hart as project manager and later vice president of the mechanical division, he moved to Herzog-Hart Corp. in Boston as vice president of construction management, retiring in 1997. He settled in Raynham and was appointed a sewer commissioner, where he helped to establish the Raynham sewer system. He was a member of the town’s Industrial Development Commission. He enjoyed playing golf at his vacation home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He is survived by three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.

 

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Geoffrey H. Spranger ’55, ’67 MAT, of Middletown, R.I.; Aug. 2, following a brief illness. While at Brown he was captain of the sailing team and during summer breaks he was a sailing instructor at Bristol and Barrington Yacht Clubs. Following graduation, he was hired as an English/social studies teacher, sailing coach, and dorm master at St. George’s School in Middletown, where he remained on the faculty until 1971. In 1958 he purchased a Hereshoff Class S-Boat, which he raced for 10 years, winning the class championship in 1968. In 1971 he left teaching to become an associate editor at Sail magazine, where he remained until 1979. He then accepted the position of editor for The Practical Sailor, steering the publication until 1987. In his final working years, he was the salesroom manager at Jamestown Distributors, retiring in 1998. Highlights of his sailing and racing career include being a member of the Newport to Bermuda Race crew in 1964, reporting on racing for the America’s Cup for the Newport Daily News, and acting as copublisher of the America’s Cup Report in 1980 and 1983. His last boat, a custom yacht he spent 10 years building, allowed him and his wife to cruise and race for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Betsy; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.

 

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Rose DiTommaso Marcaccio ’55, of North Providence, R.I.; July 28. She was an elementary school teacher in North Providence for many years, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year. An avid gardener, she was a member of the Sundial Garden Club. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She is survived by her husband, Edward Marcaccio ’54; two sons, including Edward Jr. ’82; two daughters-in-law; four grandchildren; and a sister.

 

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Sylvia Blackledge Earle Legault ’55, of Somerset, Mass.; Aug. 15, after a brief illness. She began teaching in Rehoboth, Mass., and then in the Fall River (Mass.) public school system. She taught fifth grade at Fowler Elementary School in Fall River for more than 30 years, retiring in 2004. She was a classically trained pianist and gave piano lessons prior to her teaching career. She sold Avon for many years and enjoyed reading, traveling, and watching her grandkids play sports. She is survived by her husband, Ron; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and  her grandchildren.

 

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Carl M. Albert ’55, of Cathedral City, Calif.; July 28. He and his brothers owned Plainville Wayside Furniture in Plainville, Conn., for 30 years. During winters he volunteered at Haystack Mountain in Vermont as a ski patrolman. After retiring in 1993, he and his wife sailed from the East Coast through Panama to the West Coast and settled in California, where Carl taught computer classes for the past 18 years and volunteered at the Indian Wells Tennis tournament. He was a U.S. Army veteran and enjoyed traveling, skiing, and playing tennis and golf. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three children; and five grandchildren.

 

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John A. Wallace ’54, of Warwick, R.I.; Sept. 16. He attended Brown through ROTC and upon graduation became a naval officer and went to flight school in Pensacola, Fla. Following his naval career, he started Copters Unlimited, Inc., at T.F. Green Airport. He later began a second career as an engineer with General Dynamics. He served as president of the Warwick Boys & Girls Club and was a former member of the Jaycees and past vice president of the Rhode Island Pilots Assoc. He was also a member of the American Helicopter Society and enjoyed reading and playing cribbage. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; a daughter and son and their spouses; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law.

 

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Norman E. Langdon ’54, of Newcastle, Me.; July 29, of pancreatic cancer. He worked as a real estate developer in New Hampshire and Maine before being employed at Damariscotta Hardware in Damariscotta, Me. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and many nieces and nephews.
 

 

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Brenda Balze Feleppa ’53 of Madison, Conn.; Oct. 4. She was a homemaker and active in the local community. She is survived by three daughters and their spouses; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

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Maureen Wolkoff Durwood ’53, of Kansas City, Mo.; Aug. 8. She had exceptional fundraising skills and was appointed to Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, where she was national vice president, regional president and a member of the board of directors. She went on to represent Menorah Medical Center Auxiliary, Planned Parenthood, National Council of Jewish Women and the Legal Aid Society by becoming a member of their boards of directors. Her love of the performing arts and passion for the opera led her to The Lyric Opera Circle, where she became president and chairman. She was listed in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in World Jewry. She enjoyed traveling with her husband all over the world. She would read extensively about each new location and eventually became a travel consultant to friends and clients. She is survived by her husband, Richard Durwood ’51; three children and their spouses; and three grandchildren.

 

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Fanny E. Bojar ’53, of Cranston, R.I.; July 12. She worked at New England Telephone Co. for more than 30 years. She was an artist and member of the Wickford and East Greenwich Art Clubs, as well as a member of Temple Am David. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Jan, 2019
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J. Gordon Schontzler ’52, of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Sept. 3, of Alzheimer’s disease. He was an electrical engineer who worked at Bell Labs (N.J.) and Raytheon (Mass.) before moving to California and working for Varian Associates. He traveled the globe setting up marketing for high-tech equipment. In Santa Cruz he worked for Plantronics and became founding president of Manning Environmental and Beta Technology and, later, was president of Nova Controls. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and in the 1980s pursued his dreams by sailing up the East Coast, across the Atlantic Ocean to England and throughout Europe and the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. He enjoyed hiking, skiing, and traveling, especially to France, South America, and China. He is survived by his wife, Lessie; three children and their spouses; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
52

Charles R. Standish ’52, of Bloomfield, N.Y.; Oct. 3. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an aerial photographer, was captain of Brown’s track team, and worked in the family business, Bristol Springs Equipment Corp. The family grew grapes, harvested vineyards, and sold tractors and farm supplies. When not working, he enjoyed bowling, fishing, and playing cards. He is survived by three children; four grandchildren; and a brother.
 

 

Jan, 2019
52

Townsend R. Morey Jr. ’52, of Longboat Key, Fla.; July 31. He was the retired president of Townsend R. Morey Agency, an insurance company in Albany, where he spent 25 years in the insurance brokerage business before merging with Alexander & Alexander. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Navy. He was an accomplished offshore and America’s Cup trials competitive sailboat racer and also enjoyed flying, for which he held an active private pilot license for more than 65 years. He is survived by three sons and six grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
52

John Grainger ’52, of Southbury, Conn.; July 16, of congestive heart failure. He had a career as an advertising executive in New York City, holding various positions at the firms of Ted Bates & Company, J. Walter Thompson, and Fones and Mann, retiring in 1997. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the Brown University Club of New York and Bedford Hills Community Church, where he sang in the choir for 30 years. He is survived by a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; six grandchildren; three stepchildren and their spouses; and 11 step-grandchildren.

Jan, 2019
52

George E. Deane ’52, of St. Augustine, Fla; Aug. 9. Most of his career was spent at SUNY, where he was a professor of psychology—also serving as department chairman—and director of graduate studies. His research was published in many journals, including the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychophysiology, and Physiology & Behavior. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Assoc., the American Association of University Professors, the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Doris; a daughter; two sons; a daughter-in-law; a grandson; and four great-grandsons.

 

Jan, 2019
52

David W. Claire ’52, of Richmond, R.I.; Aug. 9. He was the owner and principal of David Claire and Company, a marketing and communications consultancy, from 1959 to 2005, as well as being a consultant for the Small Business Association of Rhode Island. He was a faculty member of Bryant College Graduate School of Business from 1963 to 1974 and an associate professor at Johnson & Wales Univ. from 1988 to 1999. From 1953 to 1956, he served as a lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy in the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. He enjoyed freelance and short story writing, sailing, and playing tennis. He was a former member of Brown’s varsity lacrosse team. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Foley Claire ’52; two sons; and a grandson.

 

Jan, 2019
49

William J. Falk ’49, of Narragansett, R.I.; Sept. 7. A notable track and field coach, he began full-time teaching and coaching in 1952 at Attleboro (Mass.) High School. Within three years his track team won a state crown. In 1956, he joined the faculty of Hope High School in Providence, also teaching and coaching track, and piloted Blue Wave teams to six successful seasons. He was both head and assistant coach of track at URI for 18 years, during which time he won five New England Coach of the Year awards while coaching five All-Americans, five IC4A titlists, and 20 New England champions. In 1960, together with Brown University trainer Jack McKinnon, he founded M-F Athletics, marketing molded heel protectors. His “athletic heel” was not confined to track and field athletes, but for a time was also used by members of the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, and Boston Celtics. He attended the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome to observe Olympic activities in his field of coaching, but also to ensure that the device was available to all who wanted it, eventually supplying several countries with the M-F Athletic Heel. He started M-F Track & Field catalog in 1968, which grew to become a leader in its field. His son now runs the company. During his career, he received numerous coaching awards, including induction into the URI Athletic Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Track Coaches Hall of Fame. He is survived by a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; and three grandchildren.

Jan, 2019
52

James A. Chronley ’52, of Irvine, Calif.; July 31. He earned an MBA from Pepperdine Univ. and worked as an executive for ARCO, Marriott, and Burger Chef, retiring in 1994 as senior vice president of the Taco Bell Corp. He was a U.S. Army veteran and volunteered with numerous organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Knights of Columbus, and International Executive Service Corps. He enjoyed photography, reading, and singing. He is survived by his wife, Monique; six children; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
51

David R. Tillinghast ’51, of New York City; Aug. 15. He was in private practice, then made partner at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. He joined Chadbourne & Park as partner from 1990 to 1999, and from 1999 until his retirement in 2014 he was partner and then Of Counsel at Baker & McKenzie. He taught international tax law at NYU School of Law and delivered lectures at conferences all over the world. In 1996, the NYU School of Law, with Baker & McKenzie, established the annual David R. Tillinghast Lecture on International Taxation. He was formerly International Tax Counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department, chairman of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Assoc., consultant to the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, and author of numerous articles and books, including Tax Aspects of International Transactions. He enjoyed traveling, telling jokes, solving puzzles, and was enthusiastic about sports, as a participant and later as an observer. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; a daughter; a son-in-law; a stepson; and a grandson.

 

Jan, 2019
51

Linda Wilson Grubin ’51, of Chatham, N.Y.; Sept. 2. She worked for a Pfizer product testing laboratory until 1959. In the mid-1960s, she became an elementary school teacher in the New York public school system for 20 years. She retired in 1988. She is survived by three daughters and five grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
50

John K. Stepita ’50, of Marston Mills, Mass.; formerly of Bedford, N.Y.; Oct. 4. He was an administrator at the former Dorr-Oliver Company in Stamford, Conn. He retired to Massachusetts in 1991. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is survived by three children and their spouses and two grandsons.

 

Jan, 2019
50

Glenn W. Rickenbacher ’50 of Bigfork, Mont.; June 17. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, then attended Brown, where he ran varsity cross-country. After graduating, he worked as a real estate agent and then was an account manager at Del Monte Foods before retiring. He enjoyed skiing, hiking, playing golf, and camping. He is survived by his wife, Alene; 11 children; 27 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister and a brother.

 

Jan, 2019
50

William J. Osborn ’50, of Atkinson, N.H.; Aug. 1. He was a psychologist and director of mental health clinics in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He later opened a private practice in Hampden, Mass.,  and with the assistance of his wife, established the Osborn Mental Health Clinic in West Springfield, Mass., and then in Agawam, Mass. The Osborn Day School for special needs students developed in association with the Osborn Mental Health Clinic. During that time, he wrote an advice column in the local town newspaper. After retiring and moving to Florida, he received his Florida psychologist’s license and joined the Englewood Mental Health Clinic, where he practiced as a family counselor. He enjoyed writing and was director of the Florida Suncoast Writers Guild. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is survived by his wife, Salley MacArtney Osborn ’52; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
 

 

Jan, 2019
50

Joseph P. Marancik ’50, of Casper, Wyo., formerly of Hamilton, N.Y.; Oct. 3. He was a retired engineer. He worked for a variety of companies designing mechanical systems. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as a pilot. He enjoyed both Alpine and Nordic skiing into his 80s, mountain biking, tennis, fly-fishing, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter; two sons; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother.

 

Jan, 2019
50

Peter H. John ’50, of Cranston, R.I.; July 27. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and attended the Harvard Divinity School. He was the former interim pastor of the Armenian Euphrates Evangelical Church in Providence. He served in churches in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Mexico. Following retirement from active ministry, he was the obituary editor at the Providence Journal for 10 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and member of the North American Paul Tillich Society. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; a daughter; a son-in-law; and three grandchildren.
 

 

Jan, 2019
50

Henry J. Arnold ’50, of Glen Ridge, N.J.; Aug. 28. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, he joined New Jersey Bell (now Verizon) and worked as an executive in the telecommunications industry for 36 years. Active in community affairs, Henry was honored with the Episcopal Diocesan Hegg Lifetime Achievement Award for service to his church and diocese. He was also an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, Mobile Meals, the American Red Cross, and library organizations. He enjoyed sailing, reading, and spending time with his family. He was the son of the late Dr. Samuel T. Arnold ’13, ’14 AM, ’16 PhD, first provost of Brown, having served as professor and dean of the University. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; three sons and a daughter and their spouses; and four grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
49

Theodore A. Hagios ’49, of Flemington, N.J.; Sept. 3. He was retired from the New Jersey Department of Transportation in the office of land acquisition. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by a son and brother, Fritz ’54.

 

Jan, 2019
49

Evelyn Pierson Gotschall ’49, of Sarasota, Fla.; Aug. 1. She received her master’s from UCLA and taught in the Santa Monica private school system. A former director of the Laguna Beach Art Association, she exhibited her work at Laguna Art Museum and in Southern California businesses. She also published several books of her poetry. She was active in the healing arts movement in Southern California and was certified as a practitioner of alternative medicine. She retired in 1990, moving to Florida. She is survived by longtime friend John Milligan; a daughter; a sister; and brother, Walter Pierson ’53.

 

Jan, 2019
49

George S. Doolittle ’49, of New London, N.H., formerly of Floral Park, N.Y.; Oct. 6. After receiving a master’s from Columbia Univ., he taught for one year at Glasgow High School in Montana, followed by 29 years at Sewanahaka High School in Floral Park. In both 1958 and 1961 he participated in the New York State Regents television project teaching English on channel 11. He was a professor of English, adjunct faculty at Nassau Community College from 1964 to 1983; and an associate professor of English, adjunct faculty at Adelphi Univ. from 1974 to 1976. In addition to teaching, he was the director of the Ruth M. Knight Summer Theater Workshop from 1962 to 1983. He retired from teaching in 1983, moved to New London and was active in the community volunteering with Meals on Wheels and as chairman of the board of trustees of the Tracy Memorial Library. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a prisoner of war, and the recipient of the Purple Heart. He is survived by four children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

 

Jan, 2019
49

Lawrence M. Bugbee ’49, of Gardnerville, Nev., formerly of Fair Oaks, Calif.; Aug. 25. He was a retired pediatrician. During his career he held many positions at Mercy San Juan Hospital, including chief of staff, chairman, vice chairman, and secretary of the department of pediatrics. He was actively involved with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carmichael for more than 35 years. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and enjoyed writing and woodworking. He is survived by four children; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
49

Warren Averill ’49 of Amherst, Mass.; Aug. 8. He continued his education at UMass Amherst, where he obtained a master’s and doctorate degrees in food science and analytical chemistry. In 1951 he was appointed assistant professor in agricultural and biological chemistry at the Univ. of New Hampshire. He later worked as a research chemist for Perkin-Elmer in Norwalk, Conn. He was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and a member of the American Chemical Society and the Institute of Food Technologists. He enjoyed fishing, sailing, clamming, woodworking, gardening, and traveling. He is survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
 

 

Jan, 2019
48

Robert M. Siff ’48, of Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Worcester, Mass.; Sept. 11, from Alzheimer’s disease. After completing his freshman year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he helped liberate two concentration camps. Fluent in German and Yiddish, he also served as an interpreter for the military and earned a Bronze Star. After the war he completed his studies at Brown and went on to become president and CEO of B-W Footwear, Ambassador Shoe, and BWA International. He was also president and director of the Two/Ten National Foundation, the shoe industry’s philanthropic organization, and served as director of the Mechanics Bank of Worcester. Active in Brown affairs, he was secretary, vice president, and president of the Brown University Club of Worcester County and worked as a University fundraiser. He served on the board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, the EcoTarium museum of science and nature, Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Worcester Jewish Healthcare Center, as well as being past director of the Worcester Area Association for Retarded Citizens. In addition, he worked for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and has served on various fundraising committees for charitable, religious, and educational institutions. He was the recipient of the Two/Ten Footwear Foundation T. Kenyon Holly Memorial Award and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts honored him by dedicating the Robert M. Siff State Square in Webster, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son Larry ’84; daughter Karen Siff Exkorn ’82; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and four grandchildren, including Emily Siff ’19, Andrew Siff ’21, and Matthew Siff ’21.
 

 

Jan, 2019
48

Merrill “Mel” Shattuck ’48, of Oakland, Calif.; Sept. 24, of Alzheimer’s disease. After earning a master’s in industrial psychology from the Univ. of Wisconsin Madison, he began a long career in California, mostly as an executive search consultant helping to shape the leadership ranks of early Silicon Valley tech firms, including Digital Equipment Corp. and Varian Associates. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, serving in the paratroops. At Brown he was involved with the Glee Club, the Brown Daily Herald, Sock & Buskin, and Lambda Chi Alpha. He earned initiation into Phi Beta Kappa, for which he later served as president, Teaching Excellence chair, and vice president of membership of the Northern California chapter. He enjoyed nature, photography, and his daily newspaper, and was considered a shameless punster until his death. He is survived by daughter, Wendy E. Shattuck ’85; a son-in-law; a granddaughter; and brother, Whitney ’54.

 

Jan, 2019
48

Virgil Marson ’48, of Naples, Fla., formerly of North Hampton, N.H.; Oct. 2. Before attending Brown, where he was captain of the football team, he served in the U.S. Army. During a bombing mission he became a prisoner of war for a year and received the Purple Heart. After graduating, he cofounded The Andover Shop, men’s clothing shops in both Andover, Mass., and Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass. In the late 1960s he began pilgrimages to the U.K. to work with weavers in Ireland and Scotland’s Shetland Islands to produce tweeds of his own design, eventually becoming known as The Prince of Tweeds.  He dressed presidents and celebrities. An avid theater enthusiast, he would travel to Manhattan to attend Broadway shows and frequent jazz clubs. He is survived by a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; a grandson; two sisters; and companion, Sheila Mahoney.

 

Jan, 2019
47

Henry A. Wilkins ’47, ’49 ScM, of Leesburg, Va.; Aug. 21, of cancer. He was an electrical engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corp .(Md.) and retired in 1994 from Asea Brown Boveri Inc. (Md.) as an account executive. He served in the U.S. Navy during both World War II and the Korean War and was a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Institute of Radio Engineers, and Phi Gamma Delta. He is survived by four daughters; two sons; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1947, GS Class of 1949
Jan, 2019
47

Wilson J. Remick ’47, of Rochester, N.Y.; Sept. 1. He was employed as an engineer in the General Electric Company’s aerospace division for 35 years. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and Delta Upsilon and is survived by a daughter; a son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
47

Arthur W. Eade ’47, of North Adams, Mass.; Aug. 25, after a brief illness. He taught math at Hamden High School (Conn.) and later became head of the math department. He co-authored a series of high school math textbooks published as part of the Prentice Hall Modern Mathematics series. After moving to Massachusetts, he taught at Northfield Mt. Hermon for a year and then joined North Adams State College (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) math faculty, where he became an associate professor. During his tenure at MCLA, he helped found the computer science department. He suffered a stroke in 1983 and retired the following year. An avid ham radio operator, he was also a talented photographer, a World War II Navy veteran, and a member of the American Federation of Teachers. He enjoyed jazz and opera music and playing chess. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a daughter; three sons; a grandson; a niece and two nephews.
 
 

 

Jan, 2019
47

Elliot T. Bugbee Jr. ’47, of Longmont, Colo.; July 29. He worked at Triangle Publications as an advertising sales representative and in 1958 was appointed to the national advertising staff of TV Guide magazine. Possessing a baritone voice, he was in the New York company of Oklahoma! and was a member of Actors Equity and the American Theatre Wing. Additionally, he was a soloist at several New York City churches. He was also a member of the Advertising Club of Greater Boston and the former Lantern Club. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed hiking in New England mountains, canoe trips on northern Maine lakes, and, after retirement in 1988, took pleasure in woodcarving. He is survived by his wife, Anne; two sons; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; and a brother.

 

Jan, 2019
46

Robert P. Davis ’46, of Marblehead, Mass.; Aug. 4. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he worked as the owner and president of Central Chemical Corp. of Salem, Mass. He enjoyed playing golf and duplicate bridge. He is survived by two daughters, including Diana Nielsen ’71; son-in-law Arthur Nielson ’68; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
 

 

Jan, 2019
46

Frances Jenckes Christensen ’46, of Essex Junction, Vt.; Aug. 22. She worked in product development labs before marrying and starting a family. She later continued her education and joined the faculty of the former Pine Ridge School in Williston, Vt. She enjoyed singing in the University of Vermont Choral Union and Essex Junction First Congregational Church Choir. Phi Beta Kappa. She is survived by four sons and their spouses, and nine grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
45

Robert C. Claflin ’45, of Nashua, N.H., formerly of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Sept. 11. He was a fire protection engineer and consultant for many years. He enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity and was a founding member and director of the Kalamazoo Scottish Festival. He sang bass in the Congregational Church choir and was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by three children, including son George ’73 and daughter Heather Clayton ’77; daughter-in-law Frances Wentworth ’74; seven grandchildren; and a brother.

 

Jan, 2019
44

Anne Maven Young ’44, ’48 ScM, of Kingsport, Tenn.; Sept. 14. She was a homemaker and community volunteer. Active in the Girl Scouts of America, she was awarded her 60-year membership pin and was president of the Appalachian Girl Scout Council for six years. She was also an active member of the American Association of University Women and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, and served as state treasurer for the Tennessee Ornithological Society. She is survived by her husband, Howard ’48 PhD; seven children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1944, GS Class of 1948
Jan, 2019
44

Norton C. Wheeler ’44, of Mystic, Conn.; Sept. 29. He was employed with Davis-Standard machinery company for 60 years, spearheading the company’s first lab in the 1960s and growing it from a small space to a building equipped for customer trials as well as research and development, including his own. In the early 1980s, he patented the DSB screw design, which became the industry’s premier feedscrew and gave Davis-Standard a global technical presence. The DSB continues to be the basis for all Davis-Standard screw designs. In recognition of his contributions in extrusion technology, he was awarded a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers in 1985 and the Bruce C. Maddock Award in 1998, retiring in 1989 but remaining engaged as a consultant until the age of 90. During World War II and the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and Air Force. He played both clarinet and sax in various jazz bands and was a member of the Mud Clam Five. He was also involved with many local community groups, serving as a trustee of the Mystic & Noank Library and as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. He is survived by five children; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
44

Shirley H. Reeves ’44, of Douglas, Mich.; Aug. 14, after suffering a stroke. She was a retired school teacher and enjoyed traveling.

 

Jan, 2019
41

Frederick G. Barlow ’41, ’47 AM, of Cerro Gordo, Ill.; July 24. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 and, once discharged, returned to Brown. He began teaching in New Hampshire before being recalled to service during the Korean War. He then moved to Cerro Gordo and taught sixth grade, later moving to seventh grade, and finally retiring as a junior high school principal. He was a member of the Illinois Education Assoc., the Parent Teacher Assoc., and the National Education Assoc. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; two children; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1941, GS Class of 1947
Jan, 2019
39

Mary C. Clarke ’39, of Middletown, R.I.; Aug. 16. A retired technical proofreader for MacLaughlin Research in Middletown, she previously taught at Lenthal and Mumford Schools in Newport. She was a talented pianist and longtime member of the Hillside Baptist Church in Newport. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

 

Jan, 2019
38

Dorothy Page Mills Webb ’38, of Laguna Woods, Calif.; Sept. 18. She was a homemaker who enjoyed learning and kept active in local community events. She also enjoyed the boogie board given to her on her 80th birthday, which she rode into her 90s. She is survived by four children and three stepchildren; 23 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

 

Jan, 2019
38

John A. Davison ’38, of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Nov. 15, 2017. He retired from U.S. Rubber Company and taught courses in chemical engineering at UConn. An active leader for many years in the Appalachian Mountain Club, he enjoyed traveling in South America and Europe and was a lifetime member of the American Chemical Society. He is survived by his wife, Jane; a daughter; a son; and three nieces.

 

Nov, 2018
GS 04

Alexis Saccoman ’04, of Aventura, Fla.; May 30. In addition to running his private psychology practice, he was also program director from 2013 to 2017 of AFY iTHRIVE, an early intervention program for teens struggling with substance use and minor criminal offenses. In June, AFY’s community training program was named the Dr. Alexis Saccoman Training Institute in honor of his legacy, work, and commitment. While a student at Brown, he was a resident counselor and a Brown University Relaxation Project (BURP) leader. After Brown and in partnership with his brother, he cofounded MyTherapyJournal, an online cognitive-behavioral and journaling tool to provide therapeutic services in the privacy of your home, which later appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and is still in operation. Every September between 2004 and 2017 Alexis returned to Brown to present transformative Sex at Brown lectures, one of the most popular workshops on campus, and an endowed lecture will be established in his name. At the time of his death he was focusing on a book project with iTHRIVE. A memorial service will take place on May 23, 2019, to coincide with his 15-year reunion. He enjoyed learning languages (he spoke five), video games, swimming, meditation, exercise, and traveling. He is survived by his parents; a daughter; a brother; and ex-wife Michal Fire.

Nov, 2018
GS 60

Berenice A. Carroll ’60 PhD, of West Lafayette, Ind.; May 10. She was a scholar and activist who worked for world peace and women’s rights. She had been a professor in the Center for Women’s Studies at the Univ. of Cincinnati, an associate professor of political science at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, director of Women’s Studies and visiting associate professor at the Univ. of Maryland, and visiting associate professor in the Department of Government at the Univ. of Texas at Austin. She published several books, including Design for Total War: Arms and Economics in the Third Reich; Liberating Women’s History: Theoretical and Critical Essays; Women’s Political & Social Thought: An Anthology; and In a Great Company of Women, a collection of essays on women throughout the world who engaged in nonviolent direct action. In addition, she edited Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. In 2007 she coedited and republished Jane Addams’s classic essay Newer Ideals of Peace, originally published in 1907, writing an introduction that captured the connections between Addams’s theoretical and practical work for peace and justice. She played a leading role in building a women’s caucus in both the American Political Science Assoc. and the American Historical Assoc. She went on to become president of the National Women’s Studies Assoc. She was instrumental in the building of the International Peace Research Assoc. and the consortium on Peace Research, Education, and Development (COPRED). She chaired COPRED in the 1980s. Throughout her career she demonstrated ways to link theory and practice, which was exhibited in a 2007 celebration of her work titled Pen and Protest. She played a significant role in establishing a women’s residential crisis center in Urbana, Ill., in the 1970s and as a member of the Grassroots Group of Second-Class Citizens, she protested the Illinois state legislature’s refusal to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment.  From her early activism against the spread of nuclear weapons as a SANE (National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy) activist, to protest against wars in Vietnam, Central America, Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, she was always on the front lines in support of peace and justice.  Additionally, she held memberships in several societies and was the recipient of numerous awards over the course of her career.

Nov, 2018
FAC

Jerome H. Weiner, of Manhattan; Sept. 19, 2016. He was the L. Herbert Ballou Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Physics at Brown. Previously, he was a professor at Columbia University. He is survived  by two sons; daughters-in-law Deborah Heiligman ’80 and Natalie Standiford ’83; and five grandchildren.

Nov, 2018
GS 74

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.  

 

Nov, 2018
GS 71

Joan M. Reitzel ’71 PhD, of Venice, Calif.; May 25. Over the course of her career she worked as a college professor and a banker and retired as a grant worker for the City of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation Department. She is survived by a sister and two cousins.
 

 

Nov, 2018
GS 70

Jeffrey O. Young ’70 PhD, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; June 21. He was a professor at Ohio State Univ. until 1972, when he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. He held several positions with the organization, including a campus directorship at Missouri State Univ. and a year at the Univ. of Abidjan in Cote d ’ Ivoire, West Africa. He retired from missionary work in 1982 and moved to Chapel Hill to begin a 35-year career as a computer scientist researching atmospheric models for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He retired in 2017. He became an ordained minister in 2015 to officiate at his grandson’s wedding. He enjoyed running, biking, and playing the guitar. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; a son-in-law; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
GS 70

E.S. Purandara Das ’70 PhD, of New York City; June 24. He was a retired vice chairman of Merrill Lynch and a former Brown Trustee. He is survived by his wife, Kuntala; three sons; and two granddaughters.

 

Nov, 2018
GS 67

Joseph N. Scionti ’67 PhD, of North Dartmouth, Mass.; July 1. He was a history professor at UMass Dartmouth and recipient of the Leo M. Sullivan Teacher of the Year award in 1971. He lectured and enjoyed Celtics basketball and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Elsa; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

 

Nov, 2018
GS 61

Donald D. Hook ’61 PhD, of Georgetown, Del.; July 6. He was a professor of modern languages at URI, Nebraska State College, the Univ. of Hartford, Central Connecticut State College, and St. Joseph College before joining the faculty at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., in 1977, where he also served for more than seven years as chairman of the department of modern languages and Literature. He was the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles, including Madmen of History. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was an avid target shooter and gun collector. He enjoyed gardening and swimming and is survived by a daughter; a son, Terence ’80; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and three grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
GS 61

John Cuniberti ’61 AM, of Englewood, N.J.; July 2. He began teaching at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn and continued to teach at Westchester Community College, where he remained as a professor of film for 49 years. He is survived by his wife, Marlene; four children; a daughter-in-law; and a grandson.

 

Nov, 2018
GS 60

Joerg Haeberli ’60 PhD, of Morris Plains, N.J.; Nov. 13, 2017, of prostate cancer. An organic chemist, he spent his entire chemistry career with the former Ciba-Geigy Corp., first in Cranston, R.I., then in Summit, N.J. He participated in numerous field studies of the valleys of Arequipa, Peru; held several patents; and published many scientific papers over the course of his career. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons; and four grandchildren.  
 

 

Nov, 2018
GS 53

Tom N. Cornsweet ’53 ScM, ’55 PhD, of Prescott, Ariz.; Nov. 12, 2017, after a lengthy struggle with multiple illnesses. He was an experimental psychologist and inventor of ophthalmic instrumentation. He was a professor of psychology at Yale, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine, where he was awarded the American Academy of Optometry’s highest award, the Charles F. Prentice Medal, in 1985. He has written several papers and books and at the time of his death was working on a new book in reference to the theory of how we see color. He is survived by his wife, Diane; three daughters; two grandchildren; and a sister.

 

Nov, 2018
11

Ashley M. Aguilar ’11, of Sonoma, Calif.; June 16. While at Brown, she volunteered teaching Providence children and after Brown worked with AmeriCorps for two years. She coordinated a Reading Partners Program at Longwood Elementary School in Hayward, Calif., which led to a full-time teaching position as a kindergarten teacher. Her colleagues at Hayward will be establishing a “Kinder Play” area in her memory called Ashley’s Corner, as well as the Aguilar Award to recognize a sixth-grade student exemplifying her values. She enjoyed hiking, camping, fishing, and snorkeling. She is survived by her partner, Eric McNeil; her parents; and a sister.

 

Nov, 2018
10

Jeffrey Knowles ’10, of San Francisco; June 7, of injuries incurred in a kite boarding accident. He was a scientist, sailor, musician, and engineer. At the time of his death he had completed his doctoral studies and dissertation at UC San Francisco and was preparing to defend his research and receive his degree. His scientific focus was auditory processing mechanisms in songbirds. He hoped to later translate his findings to similar systems in the human brain. At Brown he was captain of the sailing team, an honorable mention All-American, and an Academic All-American. He competed in the Bridge to Bridge races and was a youth sailing coach. Combining his love of music and surfing, Jeff launched a website called SwellSpect that translated ocean swell data from offshore buoys into sound (http://www.swellspect.com). Before turning to songbirds, Jeff’s earlier research focused on echolocation mechanisms in bats. He is survived by his parents and a brother.

 

Nov, 2018
79

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.

 

Nov, 2018
68

Alan L. Grenier ’68, of Topsfield, Mass.; July 2. He was the founder of the Grenier and McCarron law firm in Danvers, Mass. In addition, he was past president of the North Bay Council Boy Scouts of America and the Danvers Rotary Club and a member of American Legion Post 255. He enjoyed traveling and is survived by his companion, Joyce Volpe; two daughters; two sons-in-law; three grandchildren; and a sister.

 

Nov, 2018
68

John M. Gaydos Jr. ’68, of Coventry, R.I.; June 28, of prostate cancer. He was a middle school teacher for 38 years. He taught in Iran as a Peace Corps volunteer and later in Ohio and New Hampshire. He was nominated as 1987 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year. After retiring from teaching, he assisted in his wife’s jewelry business and additionally sold rocks and fossils as UoleFossil.com. He enjoyed learning and was active in his community and church. He is survived by his wife, Marian; and three daughters, including Megan Gaydos ’00 and Lindsey Gaydos ’09.

Nov, 2018
67


Lynn Taylor ’67, of Seattle; June 21, following a battle with systemic sclerosis. She was the director of Harbor Development at the Port of Seattle from 1980 to 1990. In 1990 she left the Port and started her own firm, Taylor Consulting, where she focused on strategic consulting in a range of public policy areas. She served on the Seattle City Club board, including two terms as president; sang with Seattle Pro Musica; volunteered at FareStart preparing and delivering food for shelters, while also helping to develop a curriculum to assist students in gaining employment. She enjoyed playing golf, reading, birdwatching, and spending time with family at their Black Butte Ranch home in Central Oregon. She is survived by her husband, G. Douglas Hurley ’71; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a grandson; a sister; and a brother-in-law.

 

Nov, 2018
67

Linda Mansfield Pointer ’67, ’69 AM, of East Falmouth, Mass., formerly of Lawton, Okla.; May 28, of cancer. She worked for many years with the U.S. Department of Energy and as an economist at McKinsey & Company, traveling extensively to serve clients and address matters of oil and gas supply models. In 2004 she left Oklahoma and moved to East Falmouth, where she was an avid watercolor painter and supporter of the Falmouth Artists Guild. She served as treasurer of the Guild, assisted in marketing efforts, and wrote grant proposals. She enjoyed sailing. She is survived by her husband, Ronald; a sister; a brother; a sister-in-law; and a brother-in-law.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1967, GS Class of 1969
Nov, 2018
66

Clifford B. LePage Jr. ’66, of Wyomissing, Pa.; June 8. After earning his JD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania, he practiced law and was a partner at Austin, Boland, Connor & Giorgi in Reading, Pa. A lifelong athlete, he was an accomplished runner and cocaptain of Brown’s track team and proud to have completed the Boston Marathon. He enjoyed basketball as a competitor in the Reading City League and as a spectator traveling throughout the United States for more than 40 years to watch the NCAA tournaments. He also enjoyed playing bridge, attending theatrical productions, and visiting national parks. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; two sons; and four grandchildren.
 

 

Nov, 2018
65

Harry Roy ’65, ’66 ScM, of Troy, N.Y.; July 12, after a brief illness. He was a professor in the department of biological sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy for 42 years. A choral singer, he performed with Albany Pro Musica, Saint Paul’s Choristers, and Burnt Hills Oratorio Society. He enjoyed opera, the theater, and writing contributor letters and opinion pieces advocating for the environment. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; a son and daughter-in-law; and two sisters, including Jamie Ross ’73.
 

 

Related classes:
Class of 1965, GS Class of 1966
Nov, 2018
65

Robert P. Gallagher ’65, of Arlington, Va.; June 21. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Russian linguist stationed in Berlin. Upon graduation from Brown, he joined the State Department as a Foreign Service officer. After postings in Yugoslavia, South Korea, and West Germany, he transferred to the Department of Commerce, where he was an intelligence director for five secretaries. He was awarded the National Security Agency’s Signals Intelligence Directorate for his service. He was a black belt, a Boy Scout leader, and a volunteer at the local food bank. He is survived by his wife, June; three sons; two daughters-in-law; and four grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
63

Sally Jordan ’63, of Austin, Tex., formerly of Raymond, Me.; June 29. She worked at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, where she assisted in the publication of the Industrial Management Review. Later she joined Arthur D. Little Consultants in Cambridge, where she supported the Energy Group staff. In 1975 she moved to Texas and was an office manager and personnel administrator at Boone Chapman Insurance. She later became a legal assistant and worked at several firms before retirement. She enjoyed gardening and is survived by a brother, Mark H. Jordan ’68, and his partner, Margaret Thumm; a nephew; and several cousins.

 

Nov, 2018
63

R. Elton Duffy ’63, of Barre, Vt., formerly of Hartford, Conn.; June 2. He worked for the Hartford Insurance Group and moved to Barre as its Vermont agent in 1969. Years later he became a partner in the Berg, Carmolli & Kent Insurance Agency in Barre. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, boating, water and snow skiing, snowmobiling, and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Kate; two children and their spouses; and five grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
63

Geoffrey N. Burnham ’63, of New Bern, N.C., formerly of Burlington, Vt.; July 1. He taught for 33 years at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. In retirement he moved to New Bern. He is survived by a brother, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.
 

 

Nov, 2018
62

Eugene M. Pfeifer ’62, of Alexandria, Va.; June 10, of pancreatic cancer. During the 1960s he was an ardent civil rights activist and attended many marches and demonstrations in Washington, D.C. He began a legal career at the Food and Drug Administration. He was a law partner at King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., and prior to that was a law partner at Burditt, Bowles & Radzius. He was instrumental in the development of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984. He provided regulatory advice and representation on a wide variety of FDA, FTC, and DEA-regulated activities, including product approval and compliance issues. He served for a year in the General Counsel’s office of the Federal Trade Commission, where he represented the FTC in federal court to enjoin violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act. He had served 10 years in the Chief Counsel’s Office at the FDA as Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement, Associate Chief Counsel for Drugs, and Deputy Chief Counsel for Regulations and Hearings. He volunteered at Habitat for Humanity in Easton, Md., and served on the board of Elite Pharmaceuticals. He enjoyed sports and was himself a gymnast, a former Brown hockey player, a biker, a sailor, and a winter skier. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a stepdaughter, a daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
61

William G. Shade ’61, ’62 MAT, of Bethlehem, Pa.; June 17. He taught history at Temple Univ. before joining the faculty at Lehigh Univ. in 1966, where he served as director of American Studies for 25 years. He also taught at Lafayette College, the Univ. of Virginia, the Univ. of Limerick in Ireland, the Univ. of Nottingham in England, and most recently at Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. in Russia. He was the author and/or co-author of numerous scholarly papers, articles, and reviews, including Lawrence Henry Gipson: Four Dimensions; Seven on Black: Reflections on the Negro Experience in America; Our American Sisters: Women in American Life and Thought; Democratizing the Old Dominion: Virginia and the Second Party System 1824–1861; and Banks or No Banks: The Money Issue in Western Politics, 1837–1865. He was editor of the Pennsylvania History Journal from 1968 to 1973 and served on the advisory board to the Secretary of the Interior on National Parks, Historic Sites, Monuments, and Buildings. He was a member of the American Historical Assoc., the Pennsylvania Historical Assoc., the Social Science History Assoc., and the American Assoc. of University Professors. He enjoyed jazz music and traveling the world. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and four grandsons.
 

 

Related classes:
Class of 1961, GS Class of 1963
Nov, 2018
58

William H. Tozier ’58, of New York City; May 29. He had a long career in banking, the majority of which was spent in London working for Smith Barney. He retired in 2001. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and a member of Sigma Nu. He is survived by two daughters and two sisters.

 

Nov, 2018
58

William R. Starke ’58, of Albuquerque, N. Mex.; May 23. He was the proprietor of the Northern Hotel in Fort Collins, Colo., until its sale in 2000. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed both participating in and watching sports. He is survived by five children, 10 grandchildren, and a sister.

 

Nov, 2018
58

Benjamin F. Dudley II ’58, of Falmouth, Me.; June 28, after a brief illness. He worked for many years as a systems analyst for Hannaford Brothers and later was employed with the Maine Turnpike Authority. He enjoyed music, reading, and animals. He is survived by five children.

 

Nov, 2018
57

Nancy Myer Hopkins ’57, of Scarborough, Me.; July 5. She was a private consultant on family and child relations. She was involved in refugee resettlement with Lutheran Social Services in Minnesota. She was also a lecturer and consultant on clergy families. She enjoyed gardening, sailing, painting, sheep raising, and travel. She is survived by five children and six grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
57

James P. Cohen ’57, of Santa Fe, N. Mex.; June 2. He enlisted in the National Guard after Brown, followed by a time working in the family business, the Loma Dress Co., in Manhattan. He sold his shares at the age of 40 and retired to make ceramic sculptures. He enjoyed classical music and the opera and served for many years on the boards of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, he was on the board of Performance Santa Fe. He was also a master gardener, and his home garden appeared in the book Behind Adobe Walls: The Hidden Homes and Gardens of Santa Fe and Taos. He enjoyed playing tennis, dancing, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Linda; son Richard ’90; and two grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
56

Ned P. Baugh ’56, of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., formerly of Indianapolis; May 28. He worked for Dow Chemical Co. for many years and had a second vocation as a career counselor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves and member of Alpha Delta Phi. He enjoyed gardening, boating, traveling, and singing in church choirs. He is survived by his companion, Polly Leibe; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; and two grandchildren.
 

 

Nov, 2018
54

Delfina Fiorini Shockley ’54, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Dec. 19. She was a retired teacher and enjoyed family and traveling. She is survived by three daughters.

 

Nov, 2018
54

Albert D. Kelly Jr. ’54, of Waterbury, Vt.; July 2, after a brief illness. He taught math and driver’s education at Harwood Union High School in Moretown, Vt. He was also an inaugural instructor and facilitator for the State of Vermont Project CRASH Program in 1973. He was an early member of the Vermont Teacher Credit Union and served on the slate of officers. He enjoyed teaching and in retirement tutored neighbors and volunteered with the North Central Vermont Recovery Center. An accomplished musician, he served in the U.S. Army Band and performed in choirs and bands throughout his life, including the choir at St. Andrew’s Church and faculty theater performances at Harwood. He is survived by his wife, Maureen; eight daughters; a son; 21 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Nov, 2018
53

John F. Valinote ’53, of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Dover, Mass.; June 23, from complications related to Parkinson’s. He was a retired general manager of Getty Petroleum in Dover. In 2001 he was inducted into the Boston Park League Hall of Fame. At Brown he was captain of the baseball team. He served as chairman of the Massachusetts Petroleum Council and enjoyed walking on Matunuck Beach. He is survived by his wife, Joan Powers Valinote ’53; four sons, including John Jr. ’83; a daughter; a son-in-law; and five grandchildren.
 

 

Nov, 2018

John M. Slattery ’53, of Canton, Mass.; June 28. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and, following honorable discharge, joined his brother in the family business, Slattery Brothers, which manufactured and sold leather to the major shoe and handbag companies in the United States. At Brown he was a member of the men’s hockey team. He enjoyed skiing, tennis, and golf. He is survived by six children and seven grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
53

Margaret Caldwell Karb ’53, of Williamsburg, Va., formerly of Moorestown, N.J., and Southborough, Mass.; Apr. 8. After raising a family, she worked for 10 years at Wellesley College, assisting in the science department and the alumni office. She visited all 50 states and all the Canadian provinces, as well as every continent except Antarctica. She enjoyed traveling and reading English literature and books on American history. She is survived by her husband, Alan ’53; four children, including James Karb ’86, ’88 MAT; six grandchildren; and two siblings.

 

Nov, 2018
53

Martha Bassett ’53, of Springfield, Mass.; July 7, after a brief illness. She worked as a court reporter in Springfield; an administrator to the Board of Selectmen in Longmeadow, Mass.; office manager for the firms John R. Morse PC in Gloucester, Mass., and Field, Eddy, and Bulkley in Springfield; was treasurer of the Laurels HOA Board of Directors and a member of the Rockport Art Assoc. She was accomplished at quilting and needlepoint and enjoyed baking, reading, playing bridge, and spending time with family at the shore in Old Lyme, Conn. She is survived by five children, nine grandchildren, and a sister.

 

Nov, 2018
52

Patricia Cruise Schlager ’52, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; July 17. She had a long career in publishing and technical writing. She supported many animal welfare organizations and enjoyed reading and traveling. She is survived by two children and their spouses and two granddaughters.

 

Nov, 2018
52

Beverly Mealey Murphy ’52, of Atlantis, Fla.; May 11. She was employed for more than six years with the Rhode Island DCYF and for 22 years with St. Mary’s Home for Children in North Providence, R.I. She is survived by three nephews.

 

Nov, 2018
52

Robert MacFarlane Jr. ’52, of Madison, N.J.; June 28, following a brief illness. He had a career as a research chemist working primarily with polymer manufacturing, with an expertise in quality and standards. He was founder and director of THO Services in Madison. He previously held positions at Allied Signal/Honeywell, ExxonMobil, and U.S. Rubber. He was chairman of the D20 Subcommittee of the American Society for Testing and Materials and honored by the D20 with an award for 34 years of Outstanding Achievement. He also served more than 28 years as chairman of the International Organization of Standards Subcommittee on Thermoplastics. In 2005 Technical Committee 61 honored him as its first recipient of the Award for Outstanding Service. He enjoyed traveling the world, photography, and the arts. He is survived by friend, Barbara Murphy; five children and their spouses; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews; and  former wife, Janet.

 

Nov, 2018
52

James A. Bradley Jr. ’52, ’63 MAT, of Easton, Md.; June 12. He had a 40-year career in education as a teacher, was a department head in five independent schools from Rhode Island to Florida, and was the first headmaster of Independent Day School in Tampa, Fla. He retired in 1997. In 2007 he founded and served as executive director of Rebuilding Together Caroline County. He was a volunteer at St. Martin’s Ministries, served on the board of Tuckahoe Habitat for Humanity, worked in the education and docent department of the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, and was a founding force behind Voice of the Homeless. He and his wife were inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizen Hall of Fame and received the GERI Award in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Crabtree Bradley ’54; five children and their spouses; 13 grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1952, GS Class of 1963
Nov, 2018
52

David E. Barton ’52, of Coventry, R.I.; June 12. He worked for many years at Investors Diversified Services in Warwick, R.I., before retiring from the Speidel Division of Textron in East Providence. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army. In addition to spending time with family and friends, he enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by four daughters, three sons-in-law, three grandchildren, and a brother.

 

Nov, 2018
52

Richard A. Barnstead ’52, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; July 15. After graduating from Naval OCS in Newport, R.I., he returned to Scarsdale and received a master’s degree in taxation from NYU Law School. A former principal at Alexander Grant & Co., Patterson Teele & Dennis, and Shell Oil Co., he retired as vice president of taxation from Peabody International Corp. in Stamford, Conn. He earned a private pilot license and was a member of the Campfire Club of America in New York. He enjoyed hunting, riflery, and flying his Cessna 182.

Nov, 2018
51

James A.D. Pollock ’51, of Mystic, Conn., and West Palm Beach, Fla.; June 30. He joined Lever Brothers after graduation and later General Foods, which he left in 1976 to form Karr-Dorr Foods. Eventually he started Target Sales Management, an independent sales company, and later founded Granitaur Marketing. He fully retired in 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Brown Club of New York. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, specifically the New York Times crossword puzzle; golf; and the New York Yankees. He is survived by his life partner, Barbara MacDougall; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
 

 

Nov, 2018
50

Frances Trambowicz Sarnecki ’50, of Tariffville, Conn.; July 14. She was a nurse who worked from 1964 to 1984 at Saint Francis Hospital Medical Center in Hartford, Conn. In retirement she volunteered with the North Central Area Agency on Aging in Hartford, was a member of the Simsbury Aging and Disability Commission (Conn.), served two years as president of the Farmington Valley Chapter of AARP (Conn.), and was president of the Seniors of Simsbury for two years, president of the Saint Francis Retirees Club, and six times president of the Simsbury Grange. In 1991 she received the Simsbury Hometown Heroes award. She is survived by two sons, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and two nieces.

 

Nov, 2018
50

R. Wendell Phillips Jr. ’50, of New London, N.H.; June 25. He was an architect for Kent, Cruise & Associates in Providence and Boston before starting his own business, R. Wendell Phillips & Associates. He retired in 2017 at the age of 90. He was a volunteer with the New London Historical Society and the Boy Scouts of America. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children and their spouses; and five grandchildren.

 

Nov, 2018
50

Theodore R. Crane ’50, of Boulder, Colo.; May 8. He was professor emeritus of history at the Univ. of Denver. Before joining the Univ. of Denver faculty, he taught at Dartmouth College and Duke Univ. His published works included The Dimensions of American Education and Francis Wayland: Political Economist as Educator. He was active with the American Historical Society and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He enjoyed hiking, Shakespeare, and classical music.

 

Nov, 2018
49

Joseph W. Munnis ’49, of Glen Mills, Pa.; May 30. He was employed with Westinghouse as a sales engineer for 39 years, retiring in the early 1990s. In retirement, he was called upon by Henkles & McCoy to serve as vice president of marketing. He was an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church and enjoyed golf, gardening, and the Jersey Shore. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Nov, 2018
49

Philip F. Denner Jr. ’49, of Nashua, N.H.; July 2. He was employed as a sales manager for the Nashua Corp. for 37 years before retiring in 1990. After retiring, he spent 14 winters in Florida before returning to Nashua full-time. He was an active member of First Church Nashua U.C.C., where he had been chairman of the board of deacons, a Sunday school teacher, superintendent of the Sunday school, and president of the Fellowship Club. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He enjoyed camping in New England. He is survived by his wife, Roberta; four sons; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Nov, 2018
48

Marvin N. Geller ’48, of Brookline, Mass.; Apr. 13. He was a retired Boston attorney who practiced primarily in the areas of real estate and secured lending, corporate securities, and corporate reorganization. A former president of the New England Region American Jewish Congress and former chairman of the property committee of Community Housing for Adult Independence, he was also appointed as the commissioner of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission in 1984. He was an avid swimmer and a supporter and advocate for those with intellectual disabilities. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by four children, including Ann Geller ’73; six grandchildren, including Nathan Weinberger ’13; and three great-grandchildren.

Nov, 2018
47

Mary Hodnett Hay ’47, of Hilton Head, S.C., formerly of Portsmouth, R.I.; July 6. She was a school teacher in the Providence and Portsmouth school systems before becoming a homemaker. She resumed teaching once her children began attending school. She volunteered in the Bluffton (S.C.) library and enjoyed reading and playing golf. She is survived by her husband, Robert ’47; sons Robert Jr. ’75 and Michael ’78; daughter, Margaret Hay ’81; four granddaughters, including Catherine Hay ’15; and sisters Jane Hodnett ’48 and Barbara Hodnett ’52.

Nov, 2018
47

Richard H. Bube ’47, of Santa Clara, Calif.; June 9. He was professor emeritus at Stanford Univ. Between 1948 and 1962 he was a member of the research staff at the RCA David Sarnoff Research Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. In 1962 he joined the faculty of Stanford, where he served as a professor in the departments of materials science and electrical engineering. From 1975 to 1986 he was chairman of the department of materials science. He was the author of six scientific books and more than 300 research publications. As both a Christian and a scientist, he wrote seven books and more than 100 articles on issues in science and Christianity, striving to help scientists understand Christianity and Christians understand science. He was also a faculty sponsor for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Stanford and taught an undergraduate seminar on the interaction between science and Christianity for 25 years. He taught adult education classes at several churches and was a member of the American Scientific Affiliation, as well as editor of its journal for 25 years. He was also a member of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and Sigma Xi. He is survived by four children and their spouses and five grandchildren.

Nov, 2018
47

Julian M. Brownstein ’47, of New Britain, Conn.; June 6. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II he had a career in radio sales. He later established Julian Associates in Newington, Conn., and began a career as an executive recruiter. He is survived by his wife, Joan; six children; and grandchildren.

Nov, 2018
46

Gabriel V. Pesce ’46, of Oxnard, Calif.; Jul. 6. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked for several aerospace companies, including Lockheed, Republic Aviation, and Abex Corp., where he was a regional manager living in Wiesbaden, Germany. He eventually started his own company, Santa Ynez Engineering, in 1971, and later G.V. Pesce & Associates, working on numerous civil engineering and land development projects in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. He concluded his career as contact base engineer at Morón Air Base near Seville, Spain. He was an accomplished artist and enjoyed sailing. He was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and various yacht clubs in Ventura County and was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Alpha Phi Delta. He is survived by four children, including Vincent ’73; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Nov, 2018
46

George E. Berger ’46, of Los Angeles, formerly of Chicago; June 1, from complications of hip surgery. He and his brother established a family business, Rittenhouse Paper Co., in 1947 in Chicago. He retired in 1983, moved to Los Angeles, and pursued his interests in photography, literature, the French language, and traveling the world. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.

Nov, 2018
43

James M. Keck ’43, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Cranston, R.I.; May 22. After graduating from the College of Dental Surgery at Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He returned to Cranston and began a 30-year dental practice. He later worked for the State of Florida in Gainesville. He was a founding member of Temple Sinai, past president of the Rhode Island Dental Assoc., and a member of the Rhode Island State Dental Society, the American Dental Assoc., the New England Dental Society, and the Alpha Omega Dental Society. He enjoyed playing the trumpet as a member of the Duke Belaire Band. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, cooking, and playing golf and was an avid Detroit Tigers baseball fan. He is survived by his companion, Madeline Cotoia; and three children.  

Nov, 2018
42

Willard C. Parker ’42, of Seaford, Del.; July 1. He was a retired insurance executive, a former harness-race horseman and driver, and active member of the BAA. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He is survived by a daughter; a son, Willard C. Parker II ’69; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Nov, 2018
42

Dorothy Bragdon McCormick ’42, of McLean, Va.; Apr. 11. After graduation, she was commissioned in the U.S. Navy. Upon the conclusion of World War II, she entered service in the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. She eventually transitioned into the role of mother, homemaker, and volunteer for various organizations, including several years as a docent at the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History. In 1964, she founded the Country Play School, which eventually was reestablished as the Country Day School in 1971. She was the recipient of the 1970 Business and Professional Club Woman of Achievement award and in 1998 received a Certificate of Achievement from the American Assoc. of University Women. She retired in 2002. She is survived by six children and six grandchildren.

Nov, 2018
38

Virginia Macmillan Trescott ’38, of Exeter, N.H.; June 11. She worked at the Providence Public Library as a reference librarian, followed by work as a Pembroke archivist, then as curator of Brown’s McLellan Collection of Lincolniana for 21 years. She volunteered at the Providence Athenaeum and was an active member of the Rhode Island Library Assoc., the Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Providence Preservation Society. She enjoyed spending time with family, solving crossword puzzles, and reading, especially mystery novels. She is survived by two daughters, including Jean Trescott Lambert ’68; two sons-in-law; four grandchildren, including Alex Pinkham ’08, ’09 ScM; sister-in-law Joan Trescott Heald ’51; and niece Candace Heald ’74.

Sep, 2018
73
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Related classes:
Class of 1973, Class of 1977

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