Obituaries

Jul, 2019
STU

William Povell ’20, of Baltimore; Jan. 25. He was a computer science concentrator who also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in CS, helping to develop course materials and assisting fellow students in data fluency, software engineering, and computer systems courses. He was a mentor to high school students through Brown’s Google IgniteCS chapter. He is survived by his parents, Maryann Povell and Gregory Neumann ’91 ScM, ’93 PhD; a sister; and a brother.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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Mary Bertucio Arnold, of Washington, D.C.; Dec. 19. She began teaching at the Univ. of North Carolina and in 1966 joined the faculty at Brown, where she would spend the remainder of her professional career. Her hospital appointments included director of pediatric endocrinology at Rhode Island Hospital and chairman of the department of pediatrics at Roger Williams General Hospital. Among her many committee memberships and administrative appointments, she was a founding member of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society and served on the board of trustees at Providence Country Day School, as well as on the corporation of St. Andrew’s School. She was promoted to associate professor of pediatrics at Brown in 1974. She authored more than 15 publications in prestigious peer reviewed journals and she participated in several multicenter clinical research studies. She was an active member of the American Medical Women’s Association and in 1996 was named the Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association Woman Physician of the Year.  She is survived by three sons and their spouses; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
GS 01

Kevin Oliveira ’01 MAT, of East Providence, formerly of McDonough, Ga.; Mar. 17. He taught at Clark University in Atlanta, Ga., and was an active member of the performing arts community, having performed in venues such as the Green Room Actor’s Lounge in Atlanta. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; five daughters; five grandchildren; his mother; a sister; and three brothers.

 

Jul, 2019
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Janet M. Sharistanian ’75 PhD, of Lawrence, Kans.; Feb. 6. She taught courses on American literature, emphasizing American poetry and American women writers, most notably Willa Cather and Edith Wharton, at the University of Kansas. Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), she directed five summer institutes focused on these and other American women writers. She developed an independent women’s studies program at the university and between 1979 and 1983 served as the director of Kansas University’s Research Institute on Women. In 1983 the University of Southern California invited her to direct a Theme Year in Gender and Scholarship. She taught courses focused on the literature and history of World War I during the 1990s, and the last NEH summer seminar she codirected was on the history and literature of the Great War. She was named Outstanding Teacher in 1974 at the University of Kansas and received the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award and the Outstanding Woman Teacher Award. She was inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame.
 

 

Jul, 2019
GS 73

Gerald M. Miller ’73 AM, of Oxford, Ohio; Feb. 16, of cancer. He was a professor of economics at Miami University in Oxford, recognized by his peers and students as a best teacher, and honored as the recipient of the 1996 A.K. Morris Award. During summer breaks from teaching, he returned to New York and worked in various positions, including counselor and co-director at Camp DeBaun. In 1974 he was initiated into Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity as a faculty advisor for the Miami chapter. He served the fraternity in several different capacities on a local and national level for more than 44 years. He served as chapter advisor as well as director of the chapter’s house corporation and also served as National Scholarship Chairman, chairman of the SAM Foundation Scholarship Committee, and director of the SAM Foundation. After retiring from Miami University, he remained on several advisory committees, including the Cliff Alexander Office of Greek Life, and received a Proclamation of Outstanding Faculty/Staff on Oct. 6, 2018. He is survived by his husband, James Pater; a brother; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
GS 70

Mark B. Moffett ’70 PhD, of North Kingstown, R.I., formerly of Waterford, Conn.; Mar. 14. He was a physicist for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in New London and Newport and later was an assistant professor of ocean engineering at URI. For the majority of his career he worked as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy and secured four patents in designs for sonar systems for the government. He was a member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, Sigma Xi, and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He served on the board of trustees for the Waterford Public Library. An avid musician, he was in numerous community bands, quartets, and various ensembles. He was a longtime member of the Westerly and Lafayette Bands and a founding member of the Waterford Community Band. He enjoyed exercising, swimming, running, and the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three daughters and their spouses; a son and his wife; nine grandchildren; and a brother.

 

Jul, 2019
GS 65

Robert G. Goulet ’65 AM, ’69 PhD, of Brockton, Mass.; Dec. 29. He began his teaching career at Stonehill College in 1968 and continued there as a professor of English and film studies for 44 years. In addition to teaching, he initiated a faculty theater at Stonehill, where he produced and directed. Stonehill awarded him the Louise F. Hegarty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002. In retirement he continued to work with students through the Boston Seminar Series. He is survived by a sister; a brother; a sister-in-law; and four nieces.

 

Jul, 2019
GS 64

John J. DeLuisi ’64 MAT, of Boulder Colo.; Feb. 26. He spent most of his career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder. With NOAA he traveled the world collaborating with international atmospheric scientists and organizations. He was considered an expert in the study and investigation of the interaction of solar radiation with the Earth’s atmosphere and initiated and developed the U.S. SURFRAD network, which has become NOAA’s longest running and most successful surface radiation network. He also mentored many young scientists. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran and is survived by five children; nine grandchildren; a sister; a sister-in-law; and 12 nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
GS 59

William C. Owen ’59 MAT, of Homosassa, Fla., formerly of Rockville, Md.; Mar. 20. He taught at schools in Indianapolis and Lafayette, Ind., prior to working as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., for 23 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is survived by his wife, Joan Castronovo Owen ’58; two children and their spouses; and four grandchildren.
 

 

Jul, 2019
GS 57

Karl P. Banach ’57 AM, of Osprey, Fla., formerly of Cheshire, Conn.; Mar. 5. He joined the Southern New England Telephone Co. after graduation and retired in 1987, after a successful career in management. After retiring, he became a financial consultant. Music was a passion and he played trumpet in marching bands while in school and later professionally. He enjoyed traveling the world. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by a daughter, Karla Banach ’84; a son; and a grandson.
 

 

Jul, 2019
GS 54

Eugene P. Goldberg ’54 PhD, of Tavares, Fla.; Feb. 15. He was a professor at the Univ.of Florida and a research chemist. As a research chemist at General Electric in the 1950s, he was a co-inventor of Lexan polycarbonate, served as associate director of the Borg-Warner Research Center in the 1960s, and then spent nearly a decade as director of Xerox’s Chemistry Research Laboratory in Webster, N.Y. In 1975 he joined the Univ. of Florida faculty as the biomedical engineering program of distinction professor, helping establish one of the first academic biomaterials programs. He was awarded more than 100 U.S. and foreign patents and published more than 300 technical peer-reviewed papers about organic and polymer chemistry and biomedical materials science. He was recognized by the National Science Foundation as a faculty mentor for minority graduate students. Over the years he was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Florida Scientist of the Year in 1987. He was named the Genzyme Professor for Biomaterials Science & Engineering in 1999 and was a fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and the International College of Fellows for Biomaterials Science & Engineering. He served on several science, engineering, and biomedical advisory boards and more than a half-dozen technical journal editorial boards, in addition to regularly testifying as an expert witness concerning the safety of implanted biomaterials. He was an invited speaker at technical conferences around the world and held visiting appointments at academic and technical institutions in Israel, the U.S.S.R., and Japan. He enjoyed SCUBA diving, traveling, sailing, music, and family reunions. He is survived by two sons and their wives; seven grandchildren; and a brother.

 

Jul, 2019
GS 47

Luther M. Foster ’47 PhD, of Corvallis, Ore.; Feb. 21. He was chief of the physical chemical division at Alcoa Research Laboratory and later a manager in semi-conductor chemistry at T.J. Watson Research Center of IBM, from which he retired in 1981. He authored 60 research studies in scientific journals and was a contributing author of seven standard reference texts. He additionally served on the NASA committee for evaluation of Skylab satellite experiments, was a moderator of the Westinghouse KDKA radio public service series Chemistry and You, and was president of the Pittsburgh Chemistry Club. He enjoyed working with fused glass art in retirement and exhibited his work in galleries in the Northwest. He is survived by two daughters and two sons.
 

 

Jul, 2019
GS 46

George Springer ’46 ScM, of Newton, Mass.; formerly of Bloomington, Ind.; Feb. 18. He was professor emeritus of mathematics and computer science at Indiana Univ. His career began as an instructor of mathematics at MIT, leading to his appointment as assistant professor of mathematics at Northwestern Univ. He then moved to the University of Kansas and served as associate professor, then professor of mathematics. He concluded his academic career as professor of computer science at Indiana University in 2003. He also worked in administration at Indiana University, serving as mathematics department chair, associate dean for research and development, and as acting dean of research and graduate development. In 2012 the University’s School of Informatics honored him with its Distinguished Service Award. He was a Fulbright lecturer and visiting professor of mathematics at the University of Münster; taught as a visiting professor at Mackenzie University of São Paulo; and was a Fulbright lecturer and visiting professor at both the University of Würzburg and Imperial College London. In addition to teaching, he served as a consultant and examiner for the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. He also worked for 14 years as a consulting editor for McGraw-Hill Book Company and a year as program director of the division of mathematical sciences of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. He authored several publications, including textbooks Introduction to Reimann Surfaces and Scheme and the Art of Programming. He was a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and Sigma Xi. He enjoyed hiking, cycling, canoeing, sailing, photography, and the theater. He is survived by three children and their spouses; two grandsons; and a brother and sister-in-law.

 

Jul, 2019
15

Andrea Argenio ’15, of Darien, Conn.; Mar. 9, after a 10-year battle with an incurable rare cancer.  After graduating from Brown, he lived in London for a year then returned to work as an analyst at Bridgewater Associates in Westport, Conn. His most recent project was a fundraising campaign to support research into finding a cure for rare cancers. He was an avid traveler, skier, snorkeler, and scuba diver. He was also an accomplished pianist. He had begun work on a memoir outlining his medical journey that his family plans to complete in his honor. He is survived by his life partner, Olivia; his parents; grandparents; and a brother.

 

Jul, 2019
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Jessica Morrison ’04, of South Lyon, Mich.; Feb. 8. She worked at Materialise, a 3D printing company, as a marketing analyst identifying trends and creating systems and processes to drive productivity and performance. Previously, she created a series of inspirational flash cards, Sanity Cards, used to promote a positive outlook on life. She was a staff writer for the BDH while at Brown and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She enjoyed building ceramic bird baths and is survived by her husband, Tom; her mother; and many friends.

Jul, 2019
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Evan J. Schrier ’88, of Issaquah, Wash.; Feb. 23. He was diagnosed in 2012 with frontotemporal dementia. After graduating from Brown, he joined Microsoft in Seattle as a software engineer. He enjoyed rafting, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and reading. But most important to him was time spent with his family. He is survived by his wife, Allyson; two sons; his mother; a sister; and a stepfather.

 

Jul, 2019
85

John Y. Song ’85, ’86 MAT, of Minneapolis, formerly of Baltimore; Feb. 27, of pancreatic cancer. He was an internist and bioethics professor at the University of Minnesota. He founded Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, which for years he ran as a free medical clinic for the uninsured and underinsured out of a South Side church basement. His research focused on end-of-life care and homelessness. He produced several publications defining the end-of-life care concerns among homeless persons. At the time of his death he was focusing on another misunderstood population: prisoners. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; two daughters; his father; and a sister.
 

 

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Class of 1985, GS Class of 1986
Jul, 2019
84

Miles B. Schuman ’84, of Calgary, Canada; Mar. 1. He spent many years as a family physician in Rankin Inlet in Nunavut, Canada. Fluent in four languages, he traveled the world to bring healing to victims of torture and children orphaned by war. He wrote editorials and scholarly articles on the subject. He counseled refugees and documented torture for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and the Clinique Accueil Santé in Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, and Thailand. He also served as an expert witness in cases on persecution and torture. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his mother, two sisters, and four nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
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Rachel H. Blumenfeld ’84, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Feb. 17. At Brown she was a member of the women’s softball team, winning the Ivy League Championship in 1982 and named All-Ivy Conference Softball Team Honorable Mention in 1984. After graduating, she moved to Memphis and attended the University of Memphis School of Law, where she was appointed editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Her legal work began in private practice at Gardere Wynne in Dallas, and shortly thereafter she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Office of Regional Counsel. In 1994 she moved back to Tennessee and began a career with the U.S. Department of Energy that would span more than 20 years. She started as an attorney advisor in the Oak Ridge Operations Office of Chief Counsel and at the time of her death, was serving as the General Counsel of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She is survived by two brothers and nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
83

Vishwas A. Narurkar ’83, of San Francisco; Feb. 1. He was chief of the dermatology division and assistant professor of dermatology at UC Davis, where he helped to develop laser technology for laser hair removal. Additionally, he established the Bay Area Laser Institute and joined the practice of Dr. Kathy Fields. He lectured at national and international scientific and medical meetings for 20 years and expanded his career into areas of clinical research, participating in over 50 clinical trials in lasers and injectables. In 2005 he cofounded Cosmetic Boot Camp, a pre-eminent meeting for aesthetic core physicians. Phi Beta Kappa. He enjoyed traveling and lecturing and is survived by his partner, Mike Hirner.

 

Jul, 2019
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Morris V. Johnson ’80, of San Francisco; Dec. 26. He began working as a lead developer for several artificial intelligence start-ups in the Bay Area. After teaching in Germany for a period of time, he began his own consulting business and eventually became a lead developer at Audacity, an open-source digital audio application software. He played keyboard at several San Francisco venues over the past 20 years, including performances with his own Vaughn Johnson Trio. He is survived by a brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew.

 

Jul, 2019
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Marilyn J. Dawson ’75, of New York City, formerly of Washington, D.C.; Feb. 2, of cancer. After graduation she moved to Washington, D.C., and began working for an international aid and development organization. A few years later she started working at the United Nations, and because of her fluency in four languages, she had multi-year assignments in Brazil, Jamaica, the Philippines, and Africa. After years of working abroad, she was assigned to the U.N. headquarters in New York City, where she remained until retiring. She volunteered at Calvary Baptist Church and later Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. She studied and painted and enjoyed museum visits, yoga, and travel. She is survived by her life partner, Marvin Dutton; her mother; two brothers; and nieces and nephews.
 

 

Jul, 2019
74

Carolyn Spiro-Silvestri ’74, of Norwalk, Conn.; Feb. 17, after a brief illness. She pursued a career in modern dance prior to becoming a psychiatrist. She spent many years in private practice and co-authored with her twin sister, Pamela ’75, Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia in 2006. She is survived by her husband, Sal; a daughter; a son; a grandson; two stepsons; three siblings, including Pamela ’75; and four nieces and nephews.

 

 

 

Jul, 2019
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Chew S. Shannon ’73, of Memphis; Feb. 26. He was a retired engineer. For seven years he worked as a telephone engineer at South Central Bell and for 33 years he worked as a street lighting engineer at Memphis Light, Gas and Water. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a daughter; three sons; seven grandchildren; a brother; and a niece.

 

Jul, 2019
67

Nancy L. Goodwin ’67, of Cambridge, Mass.; Jan. 5. A recently retired architect, she helped further the institutional and commercial commitment to both preservation and the expanding role of women in the design and construction field. After graduating from Brown, she spent a year in Nevada as a VISTA volunteer and then attended the graduate architecture program at MIT. She gained several years of work experience with architectural firms, including Stull and Lee, prior to joining Finegold Alexander Architects in Boston in 1977, where she became the first female principal. With a focus on historical renovation, she was most proud of her conversion of a former historic Cambridge police station into the Alice K. Wolf Municipal Center—a project which received a Preservation Award from the Cambridge Historical Commission. Her numerous projects included Harvard University, Vassar and Bryn Mawr colleges, Milton Academy, Berkshire School, Eliot School in Boston, and projects at Brown, including the Andrews Courtyard project on the Pembroke Campus. She had served as chairman of the Mid Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission since 2009, having been a member since 1999, and she was one of the first architects at Finegold to achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). She received numerous awards, including the 2014 Paul Tsongas Award honoring Women in Preservation from Preservation Mass. She enjoyed reading, museums, and classical concerts. She is survived by a sister, brother Don ’57, two stepchildren; and two nephews.

Jul, 2019
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Stephen Wormith ’69, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, formerly of Sarnia, Ontario; Mar. 28, after a four-year battle with cancer. At Brown he was a member of both the football and hockey teams and after graduation played for the Montreal Alouettes the year they won the Grey Cup. Following hockey, he received his PhD in psychology from the University of Ottawa and held various positions in the criminal justice system at both the provincial and federal level. He then went on to the University of Saskatchewan, where he was a professor and director of  forensic behavioral science and justice studies. He traveled the world for many years for the Canadian Government helping with bettering the criminal justice system in Canada. He is survived by his wife, Amelita; a daughter; two sons; a sister; and brother Paul ’74.

 

Jul, 2019
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Thomas C. O’Keefe ’67, of Natick, Mass.; Feb. 11. He was a practicing attorney for more than 40 years and in 1983 established the law office of O’Keefe & Gale in Natick. He enjoyed fishing, boating, the New England Patriots, and a good cigar. He is survived by his fiancée and partner of 24 years, Claudia Greene; daughter Megan O. Mano ’98; two sons, including Daniel ’97; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and four grandchildren.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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Colby L. Burbank III ’67, of Mooresville, N.C.; Mar. 10. He had a career in finance at Westinghouse and was a senior vice president with Barclays Bank and SunTrust Bank. He volunteered at Mooresville Soup Kitchen and served as  board member/treasurer. At Brown he was a member of the track and field team and Phi Delta Theta. He enjoyed spending time with family and attending children/grandchildren sporting events. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three sons and their spouses; seven grandchildren; a sister; two brothers; and 15 nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
66

Richard F. Woodward ’66, of Chatham, Mass.; Mar. 8. He was a certified public account and who practiced in Orleans, Mass., for the last 22 years. He is survived by his wife, Penny; three stepchildren; four grandchildren; a brother; and two nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
65

George C. Upper Jr. ’65, of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Attleboro, Mass.; Mar. 12. He taught in the Attleboro public school system before going into sales and then advancing to an accounting career, from which he retired. He sang in the choir of St. Mark’s Church in Foxborough, Mass., where he also wrote, directed, and performed in several musicals as fundraisers for the church. He volunteered at The Literacy Center of Attleboro tutoring non-native speakers in English and later in kindergarten classes at Flagler County Schools in Palm Coast, and he volunteered with AARP assisting people with their tax forms. He was a Freemason and grand master of St. Alban’s Lodge in Foxborough. He is survived by his wife, a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
 

 

Jul, 2019
63

Gordon R. Weihmiller ’63, of Annandale, Va.; Mar. 27, of pancreatic cancer. He was a retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, naval weapons systems professional, and foreign policy expert. He served in Vietnam and later was a NROTC instructor at Princeton. He served in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Defense Intelligence Agency and subsequently served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Upon his retirement from the navy he was a doctoral candidate at Georgetown Univ., where its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at its School of Foreign Service engaged him to examine Cold War diplomacy at summit meetings. His analysis, U.S.-Soviet Summits, was co-published by the Institute and the University Press of America in 1986 with a follow up study published in 1987. He was the recipient of numerous medals of honor and enjoyed volunteering in his community and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Jane; two sons and their spouses; and four grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
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V. Annette Grant ’63, of Housatonic, Mass., formerly of New York City; Feb. 1. She was a book reviewer and general cultural reporter for Newsweek, a feature writer for Mademoiselle magazine, and in 1971 joined Seventeen as a features editor. In 1977 she joined the New York Times, where she was editor of the Living Section, which emphasized food, cooking, style, and entertainment. She resided in the Berkshires for the past 25 years and was a generous supporter of the arts and local agriculture. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Baumbach, and four stepchildren, including Nico Baumbach ’98.

 

Jul, 2019
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John W. Arata Jr. ’63, of Marblehead, Mass.; Feb. 5. After receiving his law degree from Boston University, he served as a legislative attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C., and was appointed to the Massport Board of Directors in 1983. He practiced law in Boston for more than 30 years, primarily as an environmental attorney, and was a founding partner at Perkins, Smith, Arata & Howard. In 1997 he moved to D.C. to become president of a specialized environmental risk management consulting firm at Howrey & Simon. He then directed national business development at AIG Environmental. In recent years he was the founder and president of Carbon Finance Strategies, LLC, and enjoyed being a developer of large solar installations. At Brown he was a member of the varsity football team and the club lacrosse team. He enjoyed jazz music, history, and his Sicilian heritage. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons; two daughters-in-law; and three grandsons.

 

Jul, 2019
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David M. Rust ’62, of Columbia, Md.; Feb. 12, from complications of Parkinson’s. He was a pioneer in the field of solar physics. His 40-year career included posts at Mount Wilson Observatory in Calif., Sacramento Peak Observatory in New Mexico, American Science and Engineering in Boston, and Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. In 1983 he joined Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab, where he worked until his retirement in 2007. His career was distinguished by breakthrough advances in both experiment and theory. He considered the Flare Genesis Project in Antarctica the pinnacle of his professional career and the greatest adventure of his life. Flare Genesis obtained unique data on the early magnetic evolution of solar activity. He enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake, hiking the Rockies, and spending a year in Paris. He was an avid art collector and also enjoyed the opera. At Brown he was yearbook photographer and editor. He is survived by his wife, Gail; a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; four grandchildren; and a sister.

 

Jul, 2019
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James B. Mullen Jr. ’61, of Watertown, Conn.; Feb. 27. He had a long and successful career in the insurance business starting at Travelers and culminating as president and CEO of H.D. Segur, Inc., insurance agency in Waterbury, Conn. He was committed to improving his town and served as chairman of the Watertown Town Council and the Watertown Board of Education for more than 10 years. Throughout the last 50 years he held leadership positions on the Economic Oversight Board, Southbury Training School, Watertown Jaycees, Watertown Young Republicans, and YMCA board of directors. For the past 20 years, he and his wife turned their attention to building Southwind Farms, where they raised alpacas and opened their farm to school children and families, spreading awareness and interest in the animals. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed being surrounded by the chaos of his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Penny; six children and their spouses, including Jay B. Mullen III ’91; Joyce Mullen ’84 and her husband Todd Stephenson ’84, ’88 AM,’93 PhD; 19 grandchildren, including Lucy Stephenson ’13 and Benjamin Stephenson ’13; a sister; a brother; two sisters-in-law; and two nephews.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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Raymond R. Balkus ’61, of Providence; Mar. 30. He was a retired Providence school teacher and retired presiding judge at the former Lincoln Greyhound Park. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and enjoyed bowling and playing golf. He is survived by a sister, two nieces, and a nephew.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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Carl A. Wattenberg Jr. ’60, of St. Louis, Mo.; Mar. 27. He was senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Mark Twain Bancshares for 24 years. He was the director of several national and state chartered banks over the course of his career. He also served as director and general counsel for the St. Louis Jr. Chamber of Commerce, with the Jaycees, and as treasurer of Laumeier Sculpture Park. After retiring from banking, he was of counsel with the law firm of Kodner Watkins, as well as advisory director for Citadel Trust Services. He served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer and later in the U.S. Navy as a JAG for seven years. He enjoyed gardening, investing, and world travel. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two children; three stepchildren; and 10 grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
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John A. Tisdale ’60, of Peabody, Mass.; Feb. 18. He was a junior engineer at Block Engineering; he matriculated to Bell & Howell Communications as a senior engineer in instrumentation; moved to RCA, which became General Electric; and then to Martin Marietta, where he was a test production engineer. He retired in 1994. He enjoyed singing as a part of the Protestant choir at Brooksby Village, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was a member of the Glacier Society. He also served as a historical guide at the Buckman Tavern in Lexington and was an avid collector and procurer of HO scale railroading. He enjoyed hiking, canoeing, sailing, history, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; siblings; and nieces and nephews.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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George W. Ullrich ’59, of Hingham, Mass.; Feb. 8, following a brief illness. While at Brown he played lacrosse and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He served in the U.S. Navy with various Seabee units, completing service as a lieutenant. He additionally received a master’s degree in civil engineering from MIT. During his career he served as COO of American Science and Engineering, was president of Gaggenau USA, and retired as COO of AES Corp. in Peabody, Mass., where he ran their international construction business. He was a longtime member of the Hingham Yacht Club and enjoyed sailing, skiing, morning walking groups, and spending time with grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Amy Lautman Ullrich ’61; daughter Nicole Ullrich ’90; two sons, including David ’87 and his wife, Anja Ullrich Wehde-Siniscalco ’88; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; nine grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; and two nieces.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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Edward T. Sampson ’59, of Newburgh, N.Y.; Feb. 27. He served several years of active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard and upon discharge worked for publishing houses. He had a passion for hiking and over the course of his lifetime hiked many local mountains, including Bear Mountain, Mounts Beacon and Breakneck, and the Adirondacks, Catskills and Sierra Nevada mountains. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law; two nieces; and a nephew

Jul, 2019
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Clark A. Sammartino ’59, of Providence; Feb. 5. After graduating from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, he became an assistant clinical professor there. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon for 27 years, he retired from his practice and subsequently founded Blue Fin Capital, an investment advisory firm, with partners Mars Bishop ’59 and Rich Carolan ’58. Over the many years as a health care professional he served as chief and director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and St. Joseph’s/Our Lady of Fatima hospitals. He was also past president of Rhode Island Dental Association and diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He published scholarly articles in various medical journals, including the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was a catalyst in the formation of Rhode Island’s Donated Dental Services, which provides dental care to needy and disabled Rhode Island residents. He was former chairman of Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation; former board president of Saint Mary’s Home for Children; and former president of the American Cancer Society (R.I. division). He enjoyed early morning swims, body surfing, the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Carole; four children and their spouses, including daughter Catherine Sammartino Berg ’86; eight grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
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Donald G. Mayhew ’59, of Vineyard Haven, Mass., formerly of Bowie, Md.; Feb. 5. He briefly taught math in New Jersey before moving to Bowie to work as a digital computer systems analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration. After retiring in 1983, he and his wife moved to Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as an officer and board member of the Dukes County Historical Society, worked many hours for the NAACP, was on the original Land Bank Committee, and served on the Tisbury Board of Health. He enjoyed biking, writing droll poetry, and helping others with their computer systems. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; a daughter and son and their spouses; two granddaughters; a brother and sister-in-law; nieces and nephews; and three cousins.

 

Jul, 2019
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A. Robert Bellows ’59, of Lexington, Mass.; Mar. 15. He was a retired ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist. After graduating from Brown, he attended Boston University Medical School followed by a two-year residency in internal medicine. In 1965 he moved to Tripoli, Libya, where he served for two years in the U.S. Air Force. In 1967 he attended Yale, completing a four-year ophthalmology residency, and then moved to Haiti to work at L’Hôpital Albert Schweitzer for six months. He returned to the Boston area, completed a glaucoma fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and joined Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, specializing in glaucoma and cataract surgery. During this time, he wrote many scientific articles in a variety of peer reviewed journals and held leadership positions in national and international ophthalmologic organizations. He was a member of numerous academic societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, the American Association of Ophthalmology, and the American College of Surgeons. He is survived by his wife, Jean; a daughter; two sons, including Matthew Bellows ’90; a daughter-in-law; and four grandchildren.

 

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Edward D. Onanian ’58, of East Greenwich, R.I.; Apr. 1. His career was spent at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., focusing on labor management relations. Some career highlights included initiating a program for global economic conferences in Paris; being part of an official delegation to Israel led by the U.S. Secretary of Labor; and representing the U.S. in the Geneva economic conferences. He was an active member of the Armenian church and is survived by his wife, Zvart; two daughters; a son-in-law; two grandsons; and a brother.

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Lawrence T. Kocher ’58, of Windsor, Calif.; Mar. 16, of complications of Parkinson’s disease. After receiving a master’s degree in education at Harvard, he began his teaching career in Madison, N.J. He moved to California in 1961 and taught at Woodside High School until 1963. He received a master’s degree in history from Stanford and taught at San Carlos High School until 1982. His passion for history earned him a Fulbright Scholarship to India to study in 1967. Upon his retirement, he became a docent at the Immigration Station on Angel Island and a docent at de Young Museum in San Francisco. He became a master gardener and drove for Meals on Wheels, in addition to attending Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State Univ. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a son; and a sister.

 

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Philip J. DiSaia ’59, of Santa Ana, Calif.; Sept. 27. He completed a medical degree at Tufts and his residency at Yale, then continued in military service as Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, and completed his gynecologic oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Tex. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Genoa, Italy, after being granted an audience with Pope John Paul II. In 1976, he became chair for the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Irvine, where he established one of the preeminent institutions dedicated to women’s health. In addition to becoming a nationally recognized residency program, the department flourished with the establishment of four clinically directed and research-driven divisions in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and urogynecology. His research focused on the immunology of tumor biology, the safety of estrogen replacement therapy among breast and endometrial cancer survivors, and the development of less disfiguring surgical approaches for vulvar cancer. He authored numerous clinical papers and textbooks, including Clinical Gynecologic Oncology, which is the most widely read textbook in the subspecialty and is currently in its ninth edition. He had been an associate editor of Gynecologic Oncology and Endocrine Therapy and Hyperthermia Oncology and served on editorial advisory boards of many other journals in his field. He served the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in various roles for 30 years, including as an examiner in the certification process for specialists and subspecialists. He was a founding member of the Foundation for Excellence in Women’s Healthcare. In addition, he was a mentor to ABOG directors and volunteers. His international reputation resulted in appointments as special lecturer at the Univ.  of Tokyo (1989), visiting professor at the Univ. of Buenos Aires (1990), the Camillo Golgi Professor at the Univ. of Brescia (Italy) in 1991, and special lecturer to the Italian Society of Ob/Gyn in Genoa (1992). His numerous memberships included the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, American Society of Clinical Oncologists, the American Radium Society, the Society for Gynecological Investigation, and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. He was the recipient of several awards, including the UC Gold Medal, and was named the nation’s Cancer Fighter of the Year in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Patti; four sons and their spouses; and numerous grandchildren.

 

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Neal B. Mitchell ’58, of Northbridge, Mass.; Apr. 8. After graduating from Brown, he received a graduate degree in structural engineering from MIT and was awarded a fellowship to work with engineers and architects including Pier Luigi Nervi in Italy, Eduardo Torroja in Spain, and Manuel Rocha in Portugal. He held teaching positions at RISD, Tufts, Cornell, and Harvard. At the time, he was the youngest assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design at the age of 29 and then the youngest full professor on the Harvard College Faculty, where he started a technology laboratory that achieved an international reputation in teaching innovation and structural engineering. He served on three different Presidential Committees that studied aspects of education in the U.S. In the early 1970s he founded a consulting company that developed a series of management and engineering computer programs that became widely used around the world and marketed by IBM. The firm worked on many industrial and military programs, from the development of the General Motors subsidiary Saturn to the Penguin Missile Program for NATO, as well as many large building and civil engineering projects worldwide. He was recognized as a world leader in program management and lectured worldwide to major Fortune 500 corporations. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Brown Engineering Alumni Medal in recognition of his contribution to the engineering profession. He generously supported undergraduate summer research at the School of Engineering through the Neal B. Mitchell ’58 Award – Systems Thinking Project. He was involved in local government and lent his expertise to several local building, planning, and construction projects. He also helped to develop and teach a systems engineering course to high school students. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and is survived by his wife, Kristin; a daughter; two sons; two daughters-in-law; and five grandchildren.

 

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Michael L. Wilder ’57, of Victor, N.Y.; Mar. 25. He worked at Pfaudler, Inc., prior to owning and operating Rando Machine Corp. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed history, reading, and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three children and their families; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

 

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Robert Saltonstall Jr. ’57, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., formerly of Concord, Mass.; Apr. 2. He had an accomplished career that included president of The O’Day Company (Mass.), general manager of Waterville Valley (N.H.), vice president for operations at Harvard and associate dean for operations at Harvard Medical School. He also headed Harvard’s United Way Campaign and was president of and member of the board of directors at the Dance Umbrella in Boston. An avid collector of ceramic contemporary art, he volunteered at the Palm Springs Art Museum for more than 10 years. At Brown he was a member of the varsity hockey team and after Brown enjoyed sailing, winter skiing, and traveling the world experiencing new cultures. He is survived by his wife, Jane; four children; eight grandchildren, including Caroline Saltonstall ’13, Elizabeth Saltonstall ’15, and Ryan Chace ’20; two sisters, including Nathalie Forbes ’62; a brother; and former wife, Elizabeth Chace ’59.

 

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Richard W. Miller ’57, of Orleans, Mass., formerly of Westwood, Mass.; Mar. 13. After graduation he served in the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant and assistant provost marshal in charge of 200 military policemen. He left the service in 1960 but remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve with the rank of captain. He located to Boston and opened his own insurance agency, which he ran for 35 years. As a mortgage broker and real estate appraiser, he represented several banks and insurance agencies. He continued his ties to Brown as president of the Brown Club of Boston and enjoyed interviewing prospective students. He volunteered in Westwood, serving on multiple town boards and as a youth sports coach. After relocating to Orleans, he became active in the community. He enjoyed swimming, running, and playing golf and tennis. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; five children and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a brother.

 

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Mary Patten Lafferty ’57, of Silver Spring, Md.; Mar. 22. She was a former systems analyst at NIH in Bethesda. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed world travel. She is survived by six daughters, four grandchildren, and a brother.

 

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Joseph DuPont Jr. ’57, of Tucson; Apr. 6. He worked for his father’s trucking company, DuPont Express, as well as for Narragansett Brewery until graduating from Brown. He then entered the U.S. Air Force and enjoyed a 28-year career as a pilot. He served in both Korea and Vietnam and was awarded several combat medals from both the U.S. and the Republic of Vietnam. He retired in 1985 as a lieutenant colonel from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and worked at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for 12 years. He enjoyed solving crossword and Sudoku puzzles, reading mystery books, and trips to Hawaii, France, and Italy with his wife. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; three children; and a granddaughter.

 

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Abbie Mustermann Paterson ’57, of Ludlow, Vt.; Mar. 25, after a short illness. She is survived by a daughter.
 

 

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May N. Stone ’56, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., formerly of New York City; Dec. 21. She was employed in the membership department of the Museum of Modern Art prior to obtaining a master’s degree in library science and a master’s in historical preservation, both from Columbia University. She went on to be a reference librarian at Avery Architectural Library of Columbia University.
 

 

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Gilbert Pemberton II ’56, of Rumford, R.I.; Feb. 21. He worked for more than 45 years for Bell Atlantic, New England Telephone, and then Verizon. He was also an amateur softball umpire with the Blackstone Valley Umpires Assoc. for more than 40 years, serving as the treasurer for many of those years and umpiring in a World Softball tournament. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Marines. He served two terms as governor and treasurer of the Rhode Island Society of Mayflower Descendants and was a member of Emmanuel Church in Cumberland and St. Stephen’s in Providence. He enjoyed cooking, sporting events, and telling long stories. He is survived by his wife, Margaret E. Thomas ’79; three sons and their spouses; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

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Kenneth C. Morley ’56, of Lebanon, N.H., formerly of Alpine, N.J.; Feb. 23, of cancer. He was a retired physician. He served in the U.S. Navy as a naval medical officer from 1961 to 1964. From 1964 to 1972 he was employed as a surgeon at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. In 1972 he moved to Vermont and joined Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center and additionally joined an existing surgical practice at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, N.H. He was known to make house calls to many who appreciated his services. After retiring from medicine in 1999, he moved to Lebanon and began a second career as a volunteer member on the Lebanon City Planning Board. He enjoyed summers on Goose Pond in Canaan, N.H., building model wooden boats, and creating Lionel train layouts. He is survived by seven children; nine grandchildren; a sister; two stepbrothers; and several nieces and nephews.

 

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John H. Jeffers ’56, ’63 MAT, of Melbourne, Fla.; Feb. 18. He was a science teacher, department head, and coach at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa for more than 20 years. Later in his career he was head of Holy Trinity Episcopal School and also worked at Brevard Learning Clinic in Melbourne. He was active in his community and enjoyed camping, sailing, lapidary work, and silversmithing. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, David ’82 and his wife; and granddaughter Rachael Jeffers ’12 AM.

 

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Joseph F. Granger Jr. ’55, of Matthews, N.C.; Mar. 10. His career was spent in the employee benefit and insurance industry and he retired as senior vice president at Marsh & Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus. He spent 25 years as a member of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials and enjoyed playing tennis and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. He is survived by his wife, Catherine; a daughter; a son; and five grandchildren.

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Joan Schlosser Taber ’54, of Barrington, R.I.; Mar. 18. While raising a family, she was involved with civic organizations, taught preschool at St. John’s Day School, volunteered at Encore clothing boutique, was a summer camp director at Bayside Family YMCA, and served as an officer for Barrington Junior Women’s Club. She enjoyed playing tennis and needlework. She is survived by four children.
 

 

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George S. Morfogen ’54, of New York City; Mar. 8. An actor whose career spanned Broadway, film, and television, he was most recognizable as Bob Rebadow in the HBO series Oz. He appeared in more than 12 television series, including St. Elsewhere, Sherlock Holmes, Kojak, Blood Feud, and Deadly Matrimony. He also appeared in numerous films, including What’s Up, Doc?, Daisy Miller, They All Laughed and She’s Funny That Way. His Off-Broadway credits were numerous and his latest stage production was Traveling Lady at Off Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre in 2017. For 17 seasons he was resident actor at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and was an instructor in acting at HB Studio. He is survived by his husband, Gene Laughorne, and two nieces.
 

 

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Helen Deuell Carter ’54, of Goshen, N.Y., formerly of Fort Myers, Fla.; Nov. 20. She worked as an advertising copywriter at Bonwit Teller  in New York City, and after marrying, raised a family. She is survived by three sons.

 

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Elaine Mathewson Pereira ’53, of Wakefield, R.I.; Mar. 1. She was a retired elementary school teacher. After retiring from teaching she enjoyed researching her family history and genealogy. She was a proud member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Roger Williams Family Assoc. She was an avid birdwatcher and gardener. She is survived by two daughters, a son, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

 

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Kenneth G. Knowles ’53, of Warwick, R.I.; Mar. 9. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander. He then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and opened a private practice in Cranston and Pawtucket. He was affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, and Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. He retired in 1995. He was past president of the Rhode Island Orthopaedic Society and enjoyed model boat building and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Sally; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; and sister Joyce Williams ’58.

 

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Barbara Fitzsimmons Hower ’53, of Middletown, R.I., formerly of Darien, Conn.; Feb. 5. She taught English in North Brookfield, Mass.; Newport, R.I.; and Brooklyn, N.Y. She also worked as a comparison shopper at Sears, was a research analyst at the American Petroleum Institute in New York City, was an office manager and marketing assistant at a landscape architecture firm in Greenwich, Conn., and was an administration director at Stamford Art Assoc. She was active in the Junior League and YMCA and sang in two Gilbert and Sullivan productions while living in Connecticut. She is survived by her husband, Condit; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; and a sister.

 

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Carolyn Harbordt Holden ’53, of Prairie Village, Kans.; Feb. 2. She worked at Hallmark Cards and was involved with the Children’s Relief Association at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She was also treasurer of the Richard Cabot Medical Clinic and an active member of the Junior League of Kansas City and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. She is survived by two sons, a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, a sister-in-law, three nieces, and a nephew.
 

 

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Joan Turner Hastings ’53, of Spring Arbor, Mich., formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio; Mar. 15. She was a homemaker and volunteer. She is survived by three children; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister.
 

 

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William H. Burgoon ’53, of Williamsburg, Va.; Feb. 12. He was a lifelong employee of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and was a vice president and division executive prior to this retirement in 1990. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and is survived by his wife, Suzanne; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; and two nieces.

 

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Elizabeth Whipple Jourdan ’52, of Windsor, Conn.; Apr. 5. She was a secretary at Hartford Hospital until her retirement in 1988. She enjoyed cooking and is survived by her husband, Donn; five children; and nine grandchildren.

 

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Frederick B. Gifford ’52, of Norton, Mass.; Mar. 1. He worked for 37 years with Amica Insurance, retiring as a claims executive and having earned the professional designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and Chartered Life Underwriter. He was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church in Attleboro and served as Church Chairman, Stewardship Chairman, and head usher. As a trumpet player from the age of eight, he performed with many musical groups, most recently with The Rhode Island Shriners Brass Band and The Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens. He sailed on Narragansett Bay and for more than 40 years was a member and past Commodore of the East Greenwich Yacht Club. A Mason, he belonged to the Scottish Rite, Rhode Island Shrine, The Grotto, Royal Order of Jesters, and Royal Order of Scotland. He skied for more than 60 years and ski patrolled for 11 years as a member of the National Ski Patrol. He was a competitive pistol shooter and a member of the Varnum Continentals Pistol team for seven years. He had achieved the Sharpshooter designation with the National Rifle Association. He was a life member of the Squantum Association in Rhode Island and served as their historian for many years. He also enjoyed playing golf and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Jean; two daughters; a son-in-law; Jean’s two children and their spouses; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister.
 

 

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Paula Skellet Pendleton ’51, of Deephaven, Minn.; Jan. 24. She was a homemaker who enjoyed nature, the arts, and weaving. Over the years, several of her weavings won blue ribbons for woven textiles at the Minnesota State Fair. She is survived by five children, four grandchildren, and sister Carla Huntting ’53.

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William R. Moran ’51, of New York City; Feb. 6, after a short illness. He worked as a patent attorney for Union Carbide in New York City. He is survived by a brother and seven nieces and nephews.

 

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Albert E. Mink ’51, of North Scituate, R.I. and Venice, Fla.; Feb. 9. He had a long career as an educator and principal in the Providence School Department, was a visiting professor at Rhode Island College Graduate School, and was adjunct faculty with the New England Institute of Technology. He was also a junior high school basketball, football, and baseball coach. Among the professional organizations he belonged to were the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Rhode Island Association of Secondary School Principals, Rhode Island Council of Teachers of English, and Rhode Island Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America and involved with Yawgoo Scout Reservation for more than 40 years, retiring as reservation director. He was active in his community and enjoyed fishing, gardening, swimming, woodworking, and music. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons; two daughters-in-law; and three grandchildren.

 

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David P. Leys ’51, of Middletown, R.I.; Apr. 2. He had a 50-year career as president and owner of Leys Century Store, the family business his father started in 1912. Additionally, he served as president and chairman of the board of trustees of BankNewport, was a lifelong parishioner and trustee for St. Mary’s Church, served on the board of trustees and was interim CEO of The Preservation Society of Newport County, was president of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce, volunteered on the Middletown Beach Commission, ran the Newport Downtown Merchants Decoration Committee, and was the longest serving volunteer fireman on the Newport Fire Department, having served with distinction for more than 50 years. He helped re-establish the Newport Fireman’s Relief Assoc. and was recognized for his service to the community as a recipient of the Newport Daily News Community Service Award and Jefferson Award for volunteer service from WJAR Channel 10 in 2017. He enjoyed sailing and playing tennis. He is survived by his wife, Judy; six children and their spouses; 15 grandchildren; and brother Bill Leys ’50.

 

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Harry Hake III ’51, of Cincinnati; Jan. 23. He was a third generation Hake architect who joined Harry Hake & Partners in 1954, became sole proprietor in 1968, and retired from architecture in 1978. In 1979 he donated sketches and drawings of hundreds of projects completed by the firm to the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. He was a member of several boards and president of the University Club in Cincinnati. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and golf. He is survived by his wife, Albina; a daughter; two stepsons; five granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; a sister; and two nephews and a niece.
 

 

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Duncan C. Gray ’51, of Great Falls, Va.; Jan. 29. He worked for various engineering firms in New York and Washington, D.C., and in 1962 opened his own business, Duncan C. Gray Consulting Structural Engineer. He later partnered with Arthur Heinzman, forming the firm Gray & Heinzman. He was a member of the American Concrete Institute and the American Consulting Engineers Council, and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was in the Naval Reserve until 1955. At Brown he was co-captain of the swim team and elected to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977. He built and sailed a 31-foot sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his wife, Maxine; three children; and five grandchildren.

 

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Arthur Barnes ’51, of Twinsburg, Ohio; Mar. 18. He did his anesthesia residency at Huron Hospital in East Cleveland, where he later ran the residency program. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and then continued his career at the Cleveland Clinic in 1976, where he was vice chair of the division of anesthesiology from 1977 to 2001 and chair of general anesthesiology from 1987 to 1994. He taught as residency director in anesthesiology and was medical director of the School of Nurse Anesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic until his retirement in 2001. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, bicycling, and playing bridge and chess. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Marsh Barnes ’53; five children and their spouses; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister.

 

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Luciano A. Zompa ’50, of Ventnor, N.J.; Feb. 12. He was a salesperson for Sun Ray Drugs, he delivered Coca-Cola, and he was a Prudential Insurance agent before owning and operating the Providence Hotel on Georgia Avenue in Atlantic City, N.J. In retirement he worked part-time as a clerk at area race tracks. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Rose; four children; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

 

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Margot Mendes Oppenheimer ’50, of Scarsdale, N.Y.; Jan. 19. She was an interior designer for many years and active in her community. She served on the boards of the Cotswold Assoc. and the Greenburgh Nature Center. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, and playing tennis and golf. She is survived by a daughter; a son, Peter ’79; daughter-in-law Suzanne Dunn Oppenheimer ’80, ’91 PhD; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
 

 

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Henry A. Niven ’50, of Tucson; Apr. 3. After graduating, he went to India to train for work in the precious stone business. Following four years of worldwide travel, he made an industry change to the office furniture business in Washington, D.C., eventually becoming the president and CEO of Commercial Office Furniture Company in Lanham, Md. He retired in 1987. He later was a certified financial planner with American Express and retired for a second time in 2016. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, vice president of the Brown Club of Washington, and vice president of the Washington Home for Foundlings. He enjoyed jazz music, collecting jazz records, and playing the saxophone. He is survived by three daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; and five grandchildren.
 

 

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Berton McCarroll ’50, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Mar. 30. He worked for Brown & Sharpe Mfg., Fram Corp., and Facet Enterprises, where he was vice president. He is survived by two daughters and their spouses; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 

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Barbara Adler Katzander ’50, of New York City; Mar. 8, of cancer. She worked at the New York Times as a staff writer until leaving to raise a family. She resumed her journalism career as editor and publisher of International Art Market and as owner of White House Press printing. She supported students enrolled at The Juilliard School and musicians at Young Concert Artists. She was devoted to the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, which honored her with the Humanitarian Award in 2012. She is survived by three children and four grandchildren.
 

 

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George A. Davis ’50, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of New York City; Mar. 16. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began a marketing career in the cosmetics industry working for Revlon, Givenchy, and Vitabath. He later had a second career assigned to special projects at the New York law firm of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. In 2004 he moved to Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota and became a member of the Glenridge Singers and president of the Advisory Council. He also chaired the Art and Décor Committee, where some of his own needlework pieces were displayed. He enjoyed the theater, the ballet, and music. He is survived by a cousin.
 

 

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Stephen F. Burke ’50, of Exeter, N.H.; Jan. 20. He had a long and varied career in insurance and financial planning with an office in Boston and also in Portland, Me. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and enjoyed traveling and playing golf and tennis. He is survived by his wife, Lucy; two sons; and five grandchildren.

 

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David A. Turnquist ’49 of Aurora, Colo., formerly of Narragansett, R.I.; Sept. 23, of bile duct cancer. During his career he worked as an engineer with fire protection system companies in New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, including Grinnell Fire Protection in Newington, Conn. He retired in 1992. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a former member of the Verandi (the Rhode Island unit of the American Union of Swedish Singers). He enjoyed traveling and spending time with family on Salt Pond in Narragansett. He is survived by three children and their spouses; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother Nelson Turnquist ’60.

 

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Kenneth B. Nanian ’49, of East Greenwich, R.I.; Mar. 7. He was a cardiologist at Rhode Island Hospital for 40 years. In addition to his medical societies, he was president-elect of the Rhode Island Society of Internal Medicine, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a member of Kappa Sigma. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Pat; three sons, including David ’83; three grandchildren; and a sister.

 

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Julianne Heller Prager ’46, of Saint Paul, Minn.; Feb. 9. She earned her doctorate in organic chemistry from Cornell Univ. and began her career at 3M, where she worked for more than 27 years as a polymer and fluoroxy chemist, ending her career as executive director of 3M’s Corporate Technical Planning and Coordination. At the time of her retirement she was the senior ranking woman at 3M. She was an advocate for women in the sciences, a mentor and guide for women at 3M, and an active participant of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Chemical Society. In 1971 she was the first female elected to chair 3M’s Technical Forum, which engaged in a variety of outreach, including starting the Visiting Technical Women Program in St. Paul, developing a Teachers Working Science and Technology summer internship, and mentoring high school students through its Science Training Encouragement Program. In addition to outreach, she helped foster a program at 3M called the Genesis Project, which rewarded innovation. She also developed several patents and wrote numerous published articles. She was honored in 1986 as the recipient of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Chemical Society Award for her outstanding contributions to chemical research. She was a member of Sigma XI and is survived by a sister, Janet Heller Gourley ’53, and several cousins.

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Phyllis J. Morton ’49, of Perrysburg, Ohio; Feb. 20. She was the founder of Abundant Life of Perrysburg and Abundant Life II, an elderly housing authority for which she received a national award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was a court appointed special advocate for children for more than 35 years. In retirement she volunteered with several organizations until a few months prior to her passing, including Perrysburg Area Historic Museum and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality. She was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mayor’s proclamation of Phyllis Morton Appreciation Day, 2012 Distinguished Citizen of Perrysburg Award, and a Virginia Secor Stranahan Citizenship Award from the League of Women Voters, a 2013 Jefferson Award honoring her for her positive efforts, the 2015 Access to Justice Community Advocacy Award, and the 2018 Bentley Historic Preservation Award. She enjoyed traveling to all seven continents and was a member of Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, where she organized monthly preparation and serving of meals at a homeless shelter in Toledo and helped build a home through Habitat for Humanity. She is survived by two daughters; four sons; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 

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Doris Anderson Landau ’49, of Alexandria, Va.; Feb. 27. She worked in the U.S. Navy Department, then later at the Department of State until marrying and starting a family. She was interested in architecture and the preservation of America’s historic buildings and for many years volunteered at the National Building Museum. She enjoyed figure skating and ice dancing and skated until the age of 87. She is survived by her husband, Sherman; a daughter; a son; and two grandchildren.
 

 

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Howard J. Kennedy ’49, of Rockville, Md.; Jan. 9. He was a retired director of engineering at ARINC Research Corp. in Annapolis and active in the St. Jude’s Choir and the Rockville Men’s Chorus. He is survived by three children; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

 

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Claire Davis Harrison ’49, of Wrentham, Mass.; Mar. 10. She taught music at Plainville Elementary School until retiring in 1989. She was both a cub scout den mother and a girl scout leader and enjoyed reading.
 

 

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Allan R. Bellows ’49, of Pawtucket, R.I.; Feb. 9. After working at Amica Insurance for two years, he joined the family mortuary business of D.W. Bellows & Son in Pawtucket. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, past president of National Selected Morticians, past president of the Rotary Club of Pawtucket, past chairman of the advisory board of the Salvation Army of Pawtucket, a trustee of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, a member of the Rhode Island Funeral Directors Association and of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where he served as senior warden. He is survived by his wife, Lois; a daughter; a son; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother.

 

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Louis J. Pugliese ’48, of Providence; Mar. 21. He was a draftsman for companies before founding Providence Design Associates. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed painting and exhibiting his work in a variety of community settings. He is survived by three daughters; a son; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister.

 

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Joseph C. Lepanto ’48, of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Feb. 22. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and moved to Philadelphia in 1966, where he worked as a senior partner with the law firm of Mesirov, Gelman, Jaffe, Cramer & Jamieson until his retirement. In addition, he served as chair of the Business Law Section, as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and was a member of the National Association on Bond Lawyers. He is survived by five children; grandchildren; and two sisters.

 

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Elizabeth D. Knox ’48, of Columbus, N.C.; Apr. 4. She worked as a millinery buyer for a large retail group in the Northeast before moving on to management training. She developed and led personnel training programs prior to joining Travelers Insurance and Citigroup as a trainer. She was an accomplished painter and was a member of the Tryon Painters and Sculptors Guild. She enjoyed traveling and playing golf.

 

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William E. Eastham ’48, of Milwaukee; Mar. 16. He began working at Pate Oil Company, which was eventually sold to Standard Oil (now Exxon), and left after years to manage the Milwaukee office of Manpower, Inc. After 11 years with Manpower, he decided he wanted to start his own business and in 1982 bought Crafted Plastics, Inc., in Sheboygan, Wis. He owned the company for 26 years. In retirement he played golf, tennis, softball and bridge, skied, hiked, and traveled the U.S. coast to coast. Until the age of 92, he was ski racing on both the local and national levels. He was a member of the Heiliger Huegel Club and served as a member of the ski patrol. He volunteered with the Rotary Club and sat on many boards, including the YMCA. He enjoyed music and attending the Florentine Opera, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Milwaukee Ballet. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and is survived by four children and their spouses; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister.
 

 

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 Clinton H. Springer ’45, of New Castle, N.H.; Feb. 5. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was employed as an engineer at Firemen’s Mutual Insurance Company. He was called back to duty during the Korean War and after discharge returned to work for Firemen’s Mutual Insurance. He retired in 1987 as vice president of sales. He was a New Castle town selectman for nine years and served on other town boards, including the Warner House Museum, for many years. He was a longtime proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum and a member of the Federal Fire Society. He enjoyed all kinds of sports, especially the Boston Red Sox and UNH men’s hockey, and enjoyed sailing with The Corinthians sailing club. He is survived by his wife, Francesca; three children; four grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
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Dorothy Lowell Schedin ’45, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Jan. 25. She was a homemaker and is survived by four children; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
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Helen Depoian Pashigian ’45, of Bradford, Mass.; Feb. 2. She was a homemaker and for a short time during the late 1960s and ’70s she was a substitute teacher at Haverhill High School. She was an accomplished pianist and knitter and she enjoyed theater and fashion. She is survived by two daughters and two sons-in-law; a grandson; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Jul, 2019
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Barbara S. Mosbacher ’45, of New York City; Dec. 15. After graduation she worked briefly for  Harper's Bazaar and for photographer Richard Avedon. She later was involved with Planned Parenthood of New York, Sheltering Arms Children’s Service, and Irvington House. In addition, she was a member of several boards and committees, including Brown’s Watson Committee (1971-1974), and chairman of the John Hay Library Committee (1978-1981). The John Carter Brown Library has a fellowship in her name. She also served as a director of the Long Island City Savings and Loan. She was a founder of the New York State Republican Party Family committee, now the Republican Pro-Choice Alliance. In 1995 she accepted Mayor Giuliani’s invitation to become a commissioner on the status of women and served as a delegate to the Republican conventions in 1984 and 1988. She was a life master in bridge and a bench in Central Park is engraved in her honor. She is survived by two sons, including Clinton Smullyan Jr. ’72; five grandchildren, including Nicholas Kinsey ’06; and five great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
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Carl G. Johanson ’45, of Natick, Mass.; Mar. 26. He retired after years as a district service manager for the Ford Motor Company in Natick. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He enjoyed picnics and sailing on Lake Cochituate with family. He is survived by his wife, Leslie; six children; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
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Natalie Gourse Frisch Prokesch ’44, of Canton, Mass.; Mar. 31. She worked in New York City on the staff of Encyclopedia Americana and later as editor of a trade paper. During her years on the North Shore, she was founder and president of the Sisterhood of Temple Sinai of Swampscott and Marblehead, president of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, and a founder and vice-president of the Marblehead Chapter of Hadassah. She was an avid reader. Phi Beta Kappa. She is survived by a daughter; two sons, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
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Jean Wenneis Gosselin ’44, of Amherst, Mass.; Dec. 16. After raising her family, she taught grammar school. She later received a master’s in public administration and worked at the Institute of Public and Urban Affairs at UConn for many years. She enjoyed traveling, reading, museums, and foreign cultures. She is survived by a daughter; a son; two grandchildren, including granddaughter Gabrielle Gosselin ’03 and her husband, Nate Drummond ’03; four great-grandchildren; a sister; and two nieces.

 

Jul, 2019
43

Sidney Marks ’43, of Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Newton, Mass.; Feb. 4, after a short illness. After serving in the U.S. Army, he became involved in the family business, M&M Transportation Co. in Cambridge, Mass. Throughout his life he pursued his passion for jazz music and played with many famous jazz musicians and with the Palm Beach Pops Orchestra. He also enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and skiing. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law; two sons; four granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
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Helen Gardiner Caird ’43, of Pasadena, Calif.; Jan. 11. She was a technical writing supervisor at Jet Propulsion Laboratory until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship, president of Pasadena Area Liberal Arts Center, and former president of the Society for Technical Communication. She enjoyed playing the organ, attending concerts, visiting museums, traveling, and hiking.

 

Jul, 2019
42

Volmar A. Mereschak ’42, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Phillipsburg, N.J.; Mar. 11. In addition to opening a private ob-gyn practice in Phillipsburg, he also served as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Warren Hospital for 34 years. He retired from practicing medicine in 1990. He was a member of numerous medical societies and a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Phillipsburg. He enjoyed playing golf and collecting steins, coins, and antiques. He is survived by his wife, Adele; five daughters; four sons-in-law; and eight grandchildren.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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Florence Mullins Barrett ’42, of Englewood, Fla., formerly of Narragansett and North Kingstown, R.I.; Feb. 16. She met her husband while taking flying lessons and held onto her pilot’s license until starting a family. She enjoyed swimming and continued to do so three times a week until age 90. She is survived by two daughters; two sons; two sons-in-law; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

 

Jul, 2019
41

Daniel J. Blacklow ’41, of Sarasota, Fla.; Feb. 24. He was a retired cardiologist. He served in the U.S. Army and was discharged with the rank of captain. In 1949 he opened his cardiology practice in Weston, Mass. In addition to his practice, he taught at Waltham Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital for 20 years. He and his wife moved to Sarasota in 1977 and he continued practicing medicine for another 25 years. He was instrumental in the establishment of a cardiac catheter lab at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, as well as a cardiac clinic for the disadvantaged. He was a member of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology, the American Medical Assoc., and the Massachusetts Society of Internal Medicine. He enjoyed skiing and played tennis until the age of 93. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two daughters, including Robin Verin ’75; a son; and four grandchildren.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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Isabelle Stone Hofstein ’40, of Pittsfield, Mass.; Apr. 6. She was a social worker for many years. She volunteered at the Berkshire Museum and was active with Berkshire Hills Hadassah and Temple Anshe Amunim. She is survived by two daughters, including Natalie Matus ’73; a son-in-law; two granddaughters, including Kira Matus ’03; and two great-grandsons.
 

 

Jul, 2019
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Bertha Marcus Sperber ’34, of Hollywood, Fla.; Feb. 3. She is survived by daughter Barbara Mirsky ’58.

 

May, 2019
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Kate Alling Worsley Throop ’65, of Cayucos, Calif.; Jan. 12, following a long illness. In the early 1970s she and her family established and managed Papermill Natural Foods, one of the first locations in Marin County to offer organic produce and groceries. She was a founding member of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, which presented her with the Peter Behr Memorial Award for Stewardship of the Land in 2001. She was on the religious education staff of four congregations for 15 years. She was a board member, vice president, and secretary of the Liberal Religious Educators Association and served as the Lifespan Religious Education Director of the Pacific Center District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In Cayucos she was a board member of the Friends of the Cayucos Library and a volunteer at Cayucos Elementary School. She is survived by her husband, Terry; a daughter and son-in-law; two stepsons and their spouses; six grandchildren; a sister; and nieces and nephews.

May, 2019
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May, 2019
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Paul D. Quick ’83, of San Francisco; Nov. 2, of multiple organ failure post heart transplant. He was last employed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), Tom Waddell Health Center/Homeless Programs, where he practiced general internal medicine and HIV care. He was the medical co-chair of Project Homeless Connect and had been working to re-establish a Tenderloin adult day health program for the HIV population. Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at age 1, he underwent open heart surgery at age 5 and was pronounced cured. During his 20s he had abnormal heart rhythms and by age 44 developed progressive congestive heart failure due to a gene deletion. He attended Brown but left in 1981 without a degree and moved to California, where he attended City College and became an emergency medical technician working in the East Bay area. After attending Stanford-Foothill Paramedic Program in 1985, he worked as a paramedic in East Oakland with Allied Ambulance. In 1988 he joined the San Francisco DPH Paramedic Division. He returned to City College part-time while working as a paramedic and in 1991 graduated. He then returned to Brown and graduated in 1993 with a concentration focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to HIV/AIDS, sexuality, and addiction. Back on campus he appeared in two plays, was a contributing writer to the Brown Daily Herald, and served on the Committees for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues and Independent Concentration Studies. He was named a 1993 Joslin award winner. He received his MD from UC School of Medicine at Davis in 1997 and trained in primary care internal medicine at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School from 1997 to 2002. He practiced at St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco before returning to DPH as a physician in 2002, working full-time until his cardiac disease forced him to retire in 2008, when he was placed on the heart transplant list. He was active in politics and the labor movement. He was an organizer for the Service Employees International Union and a member of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. He was elected to the San Francisco Green Party County Council in 2004 and was a dedicated San Francisco Giants fan. He is survived by cousins, friends, coworkers, and patients whose lives he touched.

May, 2019
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Felipe M. Floresca ’73, of Chevy Chase, Md.; Nov. 16, of brain cancer. He began his career as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy working to enact the Federal Empowerment Zone Act and Community Reinvestment Act. He was later appointed to the Urban Empowerment Council and Vice President’s Task Force on Youth Employment under President Jimmy Carter. He returned to New York in the 1980s, where he worked in the administration of Mayor Ed Koch as Executive Administrator for Rent and Housing Maintenance, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Following this position, he was appointed vice president of the NYC Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Corp. and served as a member of the Mayor’s Ten-Year Housing Plan Task Force. In the 1990s he worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. He went on to serve in other positions, such as executive director of the San Francisco Housing Authority, chief of staff for policy for U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, and director of public engagement for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan during the Obama administration. Additionally, he worked with the Charles D. Smith Jr. Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and was vice president of Emerald Cities Collaborative. In September 2018 he was the recipient of the Joseph M. Fernandez ’85 Award from Brown recognizing his enduring commitment to diversity, inclusion and collaboration. He was a former director of the Brown Center for Students of Color (formerly the Third World Center), a commencement marshal, and twice an alumni speaker. He continuously served Brown throughout the years. He is survived by his wife, Providence; his mother; and several nieces and nephews.

May, 2019
63

John Ford Noonan ’63, of Englewood, N.J., formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Dec. 16, of heart failure. For two years he taught Latin and English and was a basketball coach at Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, L.I., during which time he began writing plays. His first play, The Year Boston Won the Pennant, was staged in 1969 at Lincoln Center. Productions that followed included Older People (1972) and Getting Through the Night (1976), but it was A Coupla White Chicks, produced in 1980 and starring Eileen Brennan and Susan Sarandon, that became his biggest hit. The play ran for four years, giving opportunity to other actresses, including JoBeth Williams ’70. Later, in Some Men Need Help, he addressed chemical addiction and subsequently adapted it for PBS American Playhouse in 1985. He occasionally wrote for television and in 1984 shared an Emmy Award with Tom Fontana and John Masius for outstanding writing in a drama series for an episode of St. Elsewhere called “The Women.” He continued to be staged regularly into the 1990s and in Talking Things Over With Chekhov (1990), he played one of the roles himself opposite Diane Salinger in an Actor’s Playhouse production in New York. In addition to writing numerous plays and screenplays, he would periodically be seen on screen in such films as Adventures in Babysitting, Flirting With Disaster, and My Divorce. He was a two-time Obie Award winner and received the New York Drama Desk Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. He is survived by a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, a sister, and a brother.

May, 2019
57

Robert H. Ackerman ’57, of Cambridge, Mass.; Dec. 18. He worked in pioneering research in the fields of stroke imaging and prevention, including private patient practice, consulting with private companies, and in educating students and faculty in the field of medicine. He helped in the development of non-invasive modalities for the diagnosis of carotid disease and the use of positron emission tomography in the study of ischemic stroke, and was the program director of the National Institutes of Health funded Interdepartmental Stroke Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and a member of their medical school admissions faculty for many years. In the early 1990s he was a distinguished scientist in the department of radiologic pathology of the Armed Forces Institute. In 2013 Massachusetts General Hospital honored him by renaming the MGH Neurovascular Laboratory, which he had founded in 1974 and where he was serving as chairman emeritus, as the R.H. Ackerman Neurovascular Lab. The lab was one of the first non-invasive labs in the country dedicated to using ultrasound to understand blood flow to the brain to identify patients at risk or who have experienced stroke. For many years, he served on several advisory boards and sponsored notable charities, including well known public and private organizations throughout the Boston metro area. An avid rower, he often competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, as well as other best in class competitions, such as Henley Royal Regatta in England. He enjoyed gardening, writing stories, playing the piano, and traveling. He was a member of the American Board of Radiology, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the Cambridge Yacht Club, and the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, Mass. He is survived by a stepbrother and several nieces and nephews.

May, 2019
GS 89

David L. Hoffman ’89 ScM, of Menlo Park, Calif.; Dec. 15, of pancreatic cancer. He began his career at Sun Microsystems. His experience in the mobile computing space and in big data computer system design helped startups across Silicon Valley. He made lasting contributions at GetThere, Good Technology, Motorola, and most recently Skyhigh Networks. He traveled and enjoyed learning new languages. For three years he lived in Taiwan and learned Chinese before resettling in California. He had a passion for endurance sports and was proud to have run six marathons, including the 2016 Boston Marathon; Spartan and Tough Mudder races; and the 125-mile Golden Gate Relay. He is survived by his wife Jane and her son; his father; a sister and brother-in-law; and a niece and a nephew.

May, 2019
GS 76

Gale H. Closter Nigrosh ’76 AM, ’85 PhD, of Worcester, Mass.; Nov. 1, from complications of pneumonia and MS. She taught French and linguistics at Clark University for 20 years. When she could no longer stand in front of a classroom, she became coordinator of programs linking public schools to many colleges and universities in the area. That career lasted 25 years. She is survived by her husband, Bob; her mother; a daughter; a son; a granddaughter; a brother and sister-in-law; and a nephew.

May, 2019
GS 72

Shamai Kanter ’72 PhD, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Dec. 27. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, was a U.S. Air Force chaplain, and served as Rabbi at congregations in Toronto, Canada; Sharon, Mass.; and Rochester, N.Y., from which he retired. He published his doctoral research Rabban Gamaliel II: The Legal Traditions in 1981. Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Jeannette; three children; nine grandchildren; and a brother.

May, 2019
GS 70

Robert J. Tracy ’70 ScM, of Blacksburg, Va.; Jan. 6. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, he taught at Yale from 1978 to 1986 and then assumed a professorship at Virginia Tech. He was chair of the department of geosciences at Virginia Tech from 2005 to 2008 and was director of the Museum of Geosciences. He was active in the Geological Society of America, the Mineralogical Society of America, and Sigma Xi. He is survived by his wife Patricia; a sister and brother-in-law; a brother and sister-in-law; a niece; and a nephew.

May, 2019
GS 69

Edward A. Grove ’69 PhD, of Saunderstown, R.I.; Jan. 4, after an illness. He was a faculty member in the University of Rhode Island mathematics department, retiring in 2011 as full professor. During his tenure he published 63 papers and co-authored two textbooks. His areas of research in algebraic topology and finite difference equations have been widely cited. He is survived by two children, including son Edward ’84. 

May, 2019
GS 68

Antonia Helen Donnelly ’68 AM, of Providence; Nov. 4. She taught foreign language at Tolman High School in Pawtucket for many years. She was a competitive ballroom dancer and a supporter of the arts, serving as a docent at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is survived by a sister-in-law and nieces.

May, 2019
GS 66

Richard C. Lessmann ’66 ScM, ’69 PhD, of Narragansett, R.I.; Dec. 22. He was a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Rhode Island, where he worked for 39 years before retiring. He enjoyed advising students transitioning into college and in his spare time liked to draw, paint, and do woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Ann; three sons and their spouses; and three grandchildren.

May, 2019
GS 66

Vivian Kogan ’66 AM, ’72 PhD, of Union Village, Vt.; July 17, of breast cancer. She taught French literature and language at Dartmouth College until retiring in 2012. She published and became known for her work on the experimental literature of the author and poet, Raymond Queneau and in 2006 she published The I of History: Self Fashioning and National Consciousness in Jules Michelet, introducing a novel perspective on the historian. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, the arts, and politics. She is survived by her husband, Bernie; a daughter; a son; a daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; and a sister.  

May, 2019
GS 64

Roberts W. French ’64 PhD, of Santa Fe, N. Mex.; Nov. 26. Following service in the U.S. Army, he attended Brown and then taught literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the following 29 years. During his tenure at UMass Amherst he received the University’s Distinguished Teacher Award and published numerous poems, reviews and critical articles on the works of John Milton and Walt Whitman. He was an active hiker and mountaineer throughout his life and, in 1958, he and three companions pioneered a route through the Purcell and Selkirk mountains of British Columbia. Following that, he started guiding professionally with Exum Mountain Guides in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. After retiring from teaching, he remained an avid backpacker. He hiked and supported the formation of Santa Fe’s Dale Ball Trail System. He also contributed to the eighth edition of Day Hikes in the Santa Fe Area. He served on the board of New Mexico Literary Arts and the Santa Fe Arts Commission for the selection of the city’s Poet Laureate, and he wrote a regular poetry column for New Mexico CultureNet. He enjoyed attending the Santa Fe Opera. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; two sons and their spouses; four grandchildren; a sister; a brother; and niece Jennifer W. Corbet ’87.

May, 2019
GS 62

Henry C. Kelly ’62 PhD, of Fort Worth, Tex.; Jan. 2. In 1964 he joined the Texas Christian University chemical department faculty and remained until his retirement in 1998. He taught chemistry and advanced levels of inorganic chemistry, research in chemical reaction kinetics, and the study of mechanisms of reactions. He also directed research and served as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students. He collaborated with colleagues in England and Canada while on sabbatical leaves and spent two summers lecturing in chemistry at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico. He co-authored several papers with students and faculty. He served as director of the honors program at TCU for seven years and chaired the TCU department of chemistry for six years. He was a member of the American and British chemical societies, New York Academy of Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi. He enjoyed traveling with his wife before her passing and is survived by three children and their spouses including Luanne K. Cullen ’83 AM, and three grandchildren.

May, 2019
GS 61

J. George O’Keefe ’61 PhD, of Greenville, R.I.; Dec. 23. He was a professor of physics at Rhode Island College for 31 years. He retired in 1994. He was a member of several organizations and clubs, including the Smithfield Sportsmen’s Club, Saltwater Anglers and Gloucester Country Club. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons; two granddaughters; two sisters and a brother.

May, 2019
GS 48

Howard S. Young ’48 PhD, of Kingsport, Tenn.; Nov. 27. He joined Tennessee Eastman Co., a division of Eastman Kodak Co., in 1948 and held executive appointments until retiring as director of research laboratories in 1989. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a 75-year member of the American Chemical Society, and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Catalysis Society, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by seven children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

May, 2019
90

Heather M. Gray ’90, of Rochester, N.Y.; Jan. 22, of ovarian cancer. She was a self-employed life coach, a marketing consultant and a lifelong learner. She is survived by her father, two sisters and their spouses, and six nieces and nephews.

May, 2019
89

Nicole Cingiser ’89, of Norwalk, Conn.; Nov. 12, of breast cancer. She took a semester-long sabbatical from Brown to work as an intern at The Children’s School in Stamford, Conn., where she returned to teach after graduation. Her tenure at the school lasted 29 years and she developed curriculum, assessment strategies, professional development practices, and technology integration. She is survived by her parents, Marjan and Michael Cingiser ’62, Brown basketball Hall of Famer and former Brown men’s basketball coach; two sisters, including Karen Cingiser ’85; a brother; a sister-in-law; two brothers-in-law; five nieces; and a nephew.

May, 2019
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Amy P. Chang ’87, of Saratoga, Calif.; July 21, of cancer. She graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law and started her legal career as a corporate attorney at McCutcheon Doyle. She also raised a family and helped run a family business. As a citizen activist, she spearheaded educational school choice for Chinese American students in the landmark case Ho v. SFUSD in San Francisco and then promoted economic development in Oakland as an urban planner for the City of Oakland. She was an active member of the Saratoga Federated Church and enjoyed travel, Thai food, the redwood trees of California, and time spent with family. She is survived by her husband, Harrison Chow; three sons; two sisters; and an aunt.

May, 2019
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Dawn Clements ’86, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Dec. 4, of breast cancer. She was an artist and educator based out of Brooklyn and represented by Pierogi Gallery. She is known for her large-scale panoramic drawings and paintings using multiple sheets of crinkled paper. In addition to her numerous gallery exhibitions, her work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), the Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and the Saatchi Collection (London, England), among other institutions. She taught classes in fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, California Institute of the Arts, Brooklyn College, and Princeton University. She received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts in 2012, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in 2013, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in 2015. She is survived by her mother and three brothers.

May, 2019
83

Marlene G. Brown ’83, of West Windsor, N.J.; Oct. 26, of breast cancer. After earning a JD from Rutgers Law School-Newark, she worked at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche and later clerked for Judge Lawrence Lasser, presiding judge of the New Jersey Tax Court. Following the clerkship, she had a long career with the State of New Jersey Division of Law, most recently as senior deputy attorney general and section chief. She argued several significant cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and served as a fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General U.S. Supreme Court Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. She was active with Congregation Beth Chaim, serving as sisterhood president, was a board member of the Central Jersey Youth Orchestra, and was an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center. She enjoyed music, the theater, swimming, and traveling. She is survived by her husband, David; two sons; her parents; a sister and brother; and two nieces.

May, 2019
77

Daniel Laurent ’77, of Herndon, Va.; Nov. 27. After completing his internship and residency in Washington, D.C., at the Georgetown University Medical Center and the George Washington University Hospital, he opened a urology practice at Reston Hospital in 1987 and practiced for 31 years. He served on the Reston Hospital Board of Trustees for 23 years and was board chair for eight years. He enjoyed cooking, driving fast cars, traveling, and music. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; two sons; sister Carell Laurent ’78; a brother; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

May, 2019
76

Edith Andrews Tobin ’76, of San Francisco; Jan. 23, of complications from a brain tumor. While at Brown, she was a member of the women’s track team and spent a summer working on an archaeological dig. After graduation, she traveled the world and visited six continents. A fixture in society columns, she sometimes was a guest and sometimes was a host but always was involved in the greater good. Some of her gala beneficiaries were the Edgewood Center for Children and Families and the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic. She worked as a docent for the Asian Art Museum in 2015 and served on several boards, including Grace Cathedral. She enjoyed time spent at Lake Tahoe and hiking. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; a daughter; two sons; her mother; and two brothers.

May, 2019
74

Olafur Gislason ’74, of Jamestown, R.I.; Oct. 3, following a prolonged illness. He worked in seafood sales for most of his life. In 1989 he cofounded Southstream Seafoods, where he served as vice president until retiring in 2017. During his tenure, the company grew to be an industry leader in seafood importing and sales. He was an accomplished bassist and guitarist, who played with numerous rock bands. He was an active member of the Brown Club of Rhode Island and served as president of BASC. He was also active in the Jamestown Community Theater and Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; a daughter; a son, Stefan ’06; a brother and sister-in-law; a nephew and nieces.

May, 2019
72

Thomas L. Misuraca ’72, of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; Jan. 9. He was a law partner at Garan Lucow Miller P.C. in Detroit, practicing product liability law, medical malpractice, and insurance defense. He retired in 2016. He was a member of the Michigan Bar Assoc. and the Detroit Athletic Club. He enjoyed sailing and biking and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Maria; two daughters and sons-in-law; two sons and daughters-in-law; and six grandchildren.

May, 2019
71

William P. Morrow Jr. ’71, of Worcester, Mass.; Dec. 15. He worked as an appraisal specialist for Modern Manufacturing in Worcester before retiring. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan and enjoyed time at the beach. He is survived by his wife, Diane, and her son; a sister and brother-in-law; a brother; and nieces and nephews.

May, 2019
70

J. Erik Hart ’70, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Aug.3, from a lengthy illness. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Providence and unexpectedly fell into a career as an arts manager. He attended the Institute in Arts Administration at Harvard and for more than 15 years worked with companies in Rhode Island, New York, Louisiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Florida. In 1985 he was a cofounder and executive director of the Miami City Ballet. In 1987 he was offered the opportunity to manage downtown’s historic Florida Theatre and served as the theatre’s executive director and president for 25 years. He retired from the theatre in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Gayle; three sons; two grandchildren; and a sister.

May, 2019
70

Judith Covey Carson ’70, ’85 PhD, of Skokie, Ill.; Jan. 6. She worked as a software designer/architect at Anchor HMO, Comdisco, the Bradford Exchange, and the Acxiom Corp. Always concerned for others and the less fortunate, she was active in helping organizations that promoted social justice. She was a gifted piano player and enjoyed exploration and learning. She is survived by her husband, Thomas ’75 AM, ’77 PhD; a daughter and son-in-law; a son; two sisters; a brother; a sister-in-law; a brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Related classes:
Class of 1970, GS Class of 1985
May, 2019
69

Douglas H. Ward ’69, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Dec. 30, unexpectedly while hiking. He graduated from Albany Law School in 1973 and went on to become an assistant attorney general in New York focusing on environmental law. In 1995 he founded the environmental legal practice of Young/Sommer LLC. He was an active member of the Saratoga community and served on several boards, including Saratoga PLAN and the Saratoga Rowing Assoc. He was an avid hiker, rower, tandem biker, and backcountry skier. He also built wooden boats and was a tier stone wall builder. He is survived by his wife, Cory; four daughters; five granddaughters; two sisters; and two brothers.

May, 2019
68

Russell A. Ekeblad ’68, ’71 PhD, of Portsmouth, R.I. and Jupiter, Fla.; Dec. 12. He was one of the leading U.S. bridge players for the past 40 years, with five major National American Bridge Championship wins and six second place finishes. He earned the rank of Grand Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and, following his military service, married and founded Kenilworth Creations, a supplier of custom jewelry to women’s specialty stores. He was an active member of his community, served on the board of Moses Brown School, and enjoyed boating, traveling, and playing golf. He is survived by three children and their spouses; two grandchildren; a sister; and a niece.

Related classes:
Class of 1968, GS Class of 1971
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E. Jerome Batty ’68, of Cumberland, R.I.; Jan. 18, of pancreatic cancer. He had a 45-year career as an attorney with Hinckley, Allen & Snyder in Providence, specializing in real estate law. He was the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors. At Brown he was captain of the football team and a lacrosse All-American. He was a member of both the Brown and Northfield Mount Hermon Athletic Halls of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Gayle Rogers Batty ’71; daughter Jordan Batty ’00; a son and his wife; two grandchildren; brothers William Batty III ’63 and Stephen Batty ’71; sister-in-law, Linda Schmidt Batty ’65 AM; and nephew William Batty IV ’90.

May, 2019
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Judith Wolder Rosenthal ’67, ’71 PhD, of Edison, N.J.; Jan. 4. She taught biology at Kean University in Union, N.J., for more than 35 years and served as an administrator in 1995. She received a master’s degree in bilingual education in 1995 and at the time of her death was studying to become proficient in Yiddish and working on publishing her third book,  Early Jewish Women Lawyers c.1900. She was involved with the Washington State Jewish Historical Society and was a member of a Spanish language book club. She was a collector of indigenous and tribal masks and enjoyed traveling the world. She is survived by a daughter, two sisters, and a brother.

Related classes:
Class of 1967, GS Class of 1971
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Robert M. Reymers ’67, ’68 ScM, of Cary, N.C.; Dec. 18. After graduating with a master’s in engineering, he joined Westinghouse Nuclear, then EDS Nuclear, which then launched a 45-year career with Impell Corp. He worked in sales and marketing as senior business development manager. He enjoyed sports, especially rugby and tennis, and was a rock guitarist, jazz enthusiast, and singer with his local Doo Wop Club. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters and their spouses; and three grandchildren.

Related classes:
Class of 1967, GS Class of 1968
May, 2019
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Robert E. Manchester ’66, of Richmond, Va.; Jan. 15, from complications of a brain hemorrhage. He received a law degree from the University of Colorado Law School in 1969 and partnered with several law firms and lawyers throughout his career. At the time of his death he was a sole practitioner at Manchester Law Offices. He enjoyed the game of rugby as a player and as a coach until his mid-thirties. He is survived by his wife, Judith; two children, including Jessica Lubitz ’98; four grandchildren; two sisters; brother John ’74; two sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

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Steward R. Crane ’65, of Greenville, S.C.; Dec. 21. He was a CPA and partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He retired in 1985. He enjoyed playing golf and was a founding member of Highlands Country Club in North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; two daughters and their spouses; six grandchildren; and a brother.

May, 2019
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Richard J. Goetsch ’64, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Jan. 19. He received a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1967 and was managing counsel for BP. He practiced antitrust and commercial law in both Cleveland and Chicago and retired in 2008. He enjoyed reading, traveling, working on a new construction or landscaping project, and classical music. He is survived by his wife, Pamela; daughter, Sallie Goetsch ’89; a son; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; and two grandchildren.

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Mary Jo Dieckhaus ’64, of Newport, R.I., formerly of New York City; Jan. 14, of cancer. After graduating she went on to a career in public and investor relations in New York City. Following positions at Burson-Marsteller and Gavin Anderson and Co., she formed her own company, DD & W Ltd., which provided investor relation services for international companies and organizations. She retired to Newport in 2008 and was a volunteer at the Redwood Library and the Newport Historical Society. She is survived by a sister; two nieces, including Ann Waugh ’86; and a nephew.

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