Joab L. Thomas died on March 3, 2014 from injuries suffered from
A resident of Kirkland House as an undergraduate, and a full Harvard Club
scholarship student, he majored in biology and was a member of the Biology
Club and Botanical Society. After Joab received his A.M. in 1957 and Ph.D
in 1959 from Harvard, he served on the staff of the Arnold Arboretum and
taught two biology courses at Harvard. In 1961 he joined the biology department
at the University of Alabama, and became a full professor in 1966 and
dean in 1969 where he enjoyed equally the challenges of teaching, research
In 1975 Joab was appointed the ninth chancellor of North Carolina State
University, remaining there until 1981. Under his leadership the School
of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Economic and Business Studies
were established. He oversaw the establishment of the North Carolina Japan
Center by North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt. The Institute for Transportation
Research and Education, an inter-institutional center of the University
of North Carolina system, was chartered by the North Carolina General
Assembly during his tenure.
In 1981, Joab was named president of The University of Alabama. As president
for the next seven years, he is credited with tripling research funding,
leading a major fund-raising campaign, raising admission and curriculum
standards, building economic development initiatives that saved local
jobs and improving relations with the state legislature, resulting in
increased state funding for the University. He established a University-wide
honors program and initiated the Presidential Scholars program to help
recruit top students to the University.
In 1990 Joab became the president of Penn State University. There he was
known for his commitment to high academic standards and to enhancing the
students' experience. He initiated the largest building program in the
university's history and was instrumental in strengthening undergraduate
education. He also oversaw Penn State's entry into the Big 10 athletic
A world-renowned botanist, Joab's legendary career in higher education
included signal recognition from the universities and communities where
he served with distinction. He is remembered as a student-centered academic
leader and a champion of undergraduate research who spearheaded the growth
of world-class honors programs and led numerous highly successful economic
development initiatives. A prolific research scholar and seasoned outdoorsman,
Joab was a co-author of several books, including Wildflowers of Alabama
and Adjoining States, Poisonous Plants and Venomous Animals of Alabama
and Adjoining States, and The Rising South, as well as numerous articles.
He received a number of honorary doctorates, and buildings on the campuses
of Penn State and North Carolina State are named in his honor. Joab is
survived by his wife, the former Marly Allene Dukes R'55; four
children, and 13 grandchildren. Marly suggests any memorial gifts be donated
to the 1955 Class Assistance Fund (CAF) in Joab's memory.
Francis X. Mahoney died on March 28, 2014.
An Eliot House resident and a Social Relations major, Frank was active
on the house football and track teams and played freshman and varsity
hockey. A three year letter winner, he was a member of the first Beanpot
championship team our senior year. Frank was Vice-President of the Catholic
Club and a member of the Pistol and Revolver Club and Pre-Med Society.
He graduated from McGill Dental School in 1959 and opened up his own office
in Dorchester. Frank lived in Cohasset most of his life, continuing to
play hockey in the Old Timers League - (over 35 ), watching Harvard hockey,
and doing a lot of fishing in local waters and enjoying an odd round of
golf. He is survived by his children Francis X. Mahoney Jr., Mary Jo Randall,
BGen (select) Christopher Mahoney USMC, Dr. Michael Mahoney, Philip Mahoney,
and his sister Ann Cuddahy.
On Apr 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM, Stanley N. Katz wrote:
I dont know when the next 55 newsletter goes to press, Renny.
But if anyone inquires, the memorial service for Dick will be in Richardson
Auditorium of Alexander Hall, Princeton University at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
June 8. There will be a reception to follow at Prospect House on the Princeton
campus at 4 p.m.
Richard H. Ullman died on
March 11, 2014 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Dick resided
in Lowell House, and as an undergraduate he was editorial chairman of
the Crimson and a member of Hasty Pudding and the Signet Society. Upon
graduating, Dick was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, receiving his B.Phil.
in Politics in 1957, and his D.Phil in 1960 He then returned to Harvard
where in 1961 he became an assistant professor of Government and Senior
Tutor in Lowell House continuing his research and teaching in the History
In 1965, Dick left Harvard with "no little regret" to become
an associate professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton
University. In 1969 he became a full professor serving as the David E.
Bruce Professor of International Affairs until his retirement in 2001.
During the academic year in 1966-1967, while on leave from Princeton,
he served on the National Security Council Staff and on the Policy Planning
Staff of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International
Security Affairs. Later, in 1973 to1976, Dick was the director of studies
at the Council of Foreign relations and a member of the policy planning
staff at the U.S. Department of State from 1999 to 2000. In 2002, he became
an emeritus professor. Throughout Dick's academic career he was an acclaimed
teacher, mentor and prolific writer, well known for his publications dealing
with international security issues and helping to compile the Pentagon
Papers. He also served on the editorial board of the New York Times and
was a consultant for many journalists.
Dick is survived by his wife Gail, two children, two step children, and
six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to Ashoka Inovators
for the Public, 1700 North Moore St., Suite 2000, Arlington, VA 22209
or Parkinson Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, New York, NY 10018. A
Memorial Service will be held on June 8th at 2:00 PM in Princeton University's
Robert E. Laskow died on December 21, 2013.
A Dunster House resident, Bob majored in the Biochemical Sciences and
received the Detur Book Prize his sophomore year. He was an active member
of PBH, Hillel and the Debate Council. After graduating in 1955, Bob received
an LLB from the Harvard Law School in 1958. He spent his life in Chicago
as a businessman, maintaining a life-long interest in science and art.
Bob leaves his wife Nancy (Nachman), two daughters, Stephanie Berenbaum
and Caroline Laskow, and 4 grandchildren.
Ricardo de la Espriella, date of death unknown.
Robert B. Stimpson died unexpectedly of a viral infection on January
A Dunster House resident, he majored in Government and played freshman
and House baseball, graduating with us as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S
Air Force. After service in the Air Force Bob received his L.L.B from
Boston College in 1963. He worked as a Law Clerk for the late Massachusetts
Chief Justice G. Joseph Tauro before becoming an attorney in the law firm
of Jaffee and Tauro, which would later become Jaffee and Stimpson.
Bob had a life long love of baseball. He was a dedicated Little League
coach in Wellesley; he was privileged to have visited every Major League
Baseball ballpark in the US; and he worked during his retirement years
as a ticket usher at the Spring Training Field for the Boston Red Sox
in Fort Myers, FL, an experience he enjoyed immensely along with many
games of catch with his son and grandchildren. Bob was a trustee of the
Rivers School and a member of the Massachusetts Committee on Probation,
the G.I. Benefits Association and Boston Bar Association.
Bob's beloved wife Sallie predeceased him He is survived by his son John,
daughter Susan and three grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy may be
made in his memory to Wellesley Little League, P.O. Box 81960, Wellesley
Hills, MA 02481.
David Sears passed away peacefully
on January 18, 2014, after a courageous 2-year battle with prostate and
lung cancer. An Eliot House resident, he majored in Economics and was
Vice-President of the Pi Eta and a member of the Hasty Pudding. After
graduation, he served 2 years in the U.S. Army and then started his career
in Boston as a buyer in the lingerie department at Filene's. He went on
to join Conso Products Company in NYC where he eventually became vice
president and part owner. He also owned a video store in Martha's Vineyard.
David was always an avid boater and took up golf in his later years. He
was known for his colorful fashion statements as much as he was for his
wonderful sense of humor and kind and generous spirit.
He is survived by his wife Dorrie, two children and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Cape Cod this summer. Donations in
his memory may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart,
FL, 34997, www.tchospice.org/give-online;
or Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, www.dana-farber.org/gift.
Douglas G. Marshall died on Oct. 31, 2013, at Hospice House in Hayden,
Idaho. A member of Kirkland House, Doug played house football and was
the Associate Advertising Manager of the Crimson and Social Chairman of
the Taffrail Club. A Physical Sciences major and NROTC member, he graduated
with us as and then served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserve, with
tours on the USS Miller DD535 and USS Leonard F. Mason DD852, retiring
from the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander in 1975.
An avid and skilled sailor, Doug was deeply at home on the water and shared
his love of the ocean with extended family and friends. With significant
ocean experience, he did not shy away from sailing in tough conditions,
instilling an indelible love of adventure in his children. While later
interests led him away from military might as the dominant approach to
solving conflict, he highly valued his naval experience. A consummate
contributor and leader, Doug joined and led an e///normous range of organizations
wherever he went, contributing his infectious sense of humor and his aptitude
for problem solving.
He chaired the Board of Deacons at UCC Norwell, served as trustee at Andover
Newton Theological School, led choral societies and men's groups. He taught
at community college, worked towards universal health care, contributed
significantly to the Beyond War movement, and worked actively with Business
Executives for National Security. For most of his career, Doug served
in the family business - H. Newton Marshall Co. - a New England-based
industrial painting company. He worked as an estimator, salesman, and
project manager before buying the business and taking over as president.
As elsewhere, he treated his employees with respect and dignity. He served
as chair for the National Joint Painting and Decorating and Drywall Apprenticeship
and Training Committee in D.C. and worked for four decades to strengthen
Doug is survived by his partner, Judith Gallagher; three daughters, and
Reflecting his constant interest in learning and growing, he explored
a variety of spiritual paths. In preparation for his passing he liked
to share the following quote:
"He reached the point in his cosmic journey where his body could
no longer sustain his adventuresome, healing spirit."
The family welcomes stories and condolences at www.belltowerfuneralhome.com.
Bucknam (Jack) McPeek died peacefully in his sleep on December
26, 2013. An Adams House member, he rowed on the House crew and was a
cabinet member of the Crimson Key Society chairing its Undergraduate Schools
Committee which supported the Admission Office and hosted prospective
students on campus. A Biology concentrator, Jack graduated with us and
entered the Harvard Medical School in the fall of 1955, completing his
MD in June, 1959. After a year of surgical internship on the Harvard service
of the Boston City Hospital he began an anesthesia residency at the Massachusetts
General Hospital and never left.
Jack served as deputy director of the Harvard Anesthesia Center for over
twenty-five years, as well as serving on the clinical teaching staff at
MGH. He also developed an interest in population studies and postoperative
outcome, which led to publishing a number of books and papers on the subject.
In 1980 Jack took time out from his busy medical practice to chair our
In 1988 he left operating rooms to establish an acute pain service at
MGH which became part of its MGH Pain Center. In 1995 He stepped down
as co-director returning to the operating rooms. Jack retired from clinical
practice in 2003, becoming an honorary anesthetist to the Massachusetts
General Hospital and an associate professor of anesthesia at the Harvard
Medical School. He spent his time teaching medical students at both Harvard
and Boston University and also published two more books and a number of
research papers. Jack wrote in our 55th Anniversary Report that since
his retirement he had been so busy he wondered how he managed to find
time to hold a job over the preceding forty-three years. He is survived
by his daughter Alexandria and son Douglas and nieces, nephews, grandnieces
A memorial service will be held on March 22 at 2:00 PM at the Church of
the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, followed by a reception at the Union Club
Valet parking will be available.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Chaplaincy
at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA. 02114
Raymond F. Chen died on November 14, 2012. A member of Lowell House,
Ray was a member of the House Committee and competed in House squash and
swimming. He was a member of PBH, the Classics Club and the Social Relations
Society and majored in the Biochemical Sciences, graduating with us as
a member of Phi Beta Kappa (Junior Eight). Ray went on to graduate from
Cornell University's Medical School in New York City in 1959 and received
a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Utah Medical School in
1962. He then joined the National Institutes of Health as a public health
officer to complete his uniformed (read military) service. Ray stayed
at the NIH for thirty-one years, retiring in 1994. He specialized in the
fluorescence of enzymes which helped advance the development of fluorescein
angiograms of kidneys, retinas and other organs of cardiac arrest at Shady
Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD, writing extensively about his
work in medical and scientific publications. (For more information see
his 55th Reunion Report)
A number of physical problems led Ray to an active athletic life. In senior
Olympic competitions, he won gold medals in tennis, swimming and ping-pong.
Survivors include his Elaine Boltson Chen, two children, one grandson
and a number of cats.
Michael J. Cambern died on
March 10, 2011 after losing a valiant and hard battle with pneumonia in
connection with a fractured hip from a fall. A resident of Winthrop House,
he majored in Romance Languages and Literature and completed his degree
Summa Cum Laude in three years, also spending a year at the University
of Paris. Mike was a member of Phi Beta Kappa (Senior 16). He was on his
way to a career in the Foreign Service when he was stricken with polio.
During his prolonged convalescence, he studied math and science, which
led to an M.A. and Ph.D in mathematics from the University of California,
Berkeley. He obtained a job in Paris where he spent two years, the first
teaching at the University of Paris, and the second on a National Science
Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Mike then spent a year teaching in
Santiago, Chile, before returning to the United States to accept a faculty
position in mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara
where he remained until his retirement. His many interests included traveling,
studying languages, swimming, photography, gourmet cooking, and wine tasting.
Mike was a model of courage and he lived life to the fullest in spite
of the many challenges that he faced every day as a polio survivor. He
was a quiet hero with a brilliant mind, a sense of humor and a generous
heart. He is survived by his wife Francoise.
Donations in Mike's memory may be made to Rotary Club of Santa Barbara
Sunrise Charitable Foundation (Polio Plus Campaign), attn: Bob McPhillips,
Treasurer, 286 N. La Cumbre Rd, Santa Barbara, CA, 93110, or to your favorite
Edward S. Gleason died on
October 31, 2013 from injuries suffered in a fall. A member of Eliot House,
Ted majored in the Geological Sciences, and was a member of the Spee,
Lampoon, and Hasty Pudding Clubs. He graduated with us in 1955 as an Ensign,
USNR and then spent two years as an officer in the Naval Reserve prior
to attending the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia.
While there, he received an M.Div in 1960 and later in 2000 a DD. Ted
served in a number of smaller churches before becoming the minister at
Phillips Church at his alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy, where he also
taught religious studies. He was known for his critical method of looking
at religious texts in class and emphasizing historical context, preferring
not to give long lectures in favor of guiding student discussions.
Ted left Exeter in 1971 to become headmaster of the Noble and Greenough
School in Dedham, MA. While there, he spearheaded coeducational learning
when the School first admitted girls. He also taught religion courses
and took a lively interest in knowing all of the students by name as well
as involving himself in all aspects of school life. In 1980, he served
as the minister in charge of our 25th Reunion Memorial Service.
After leaving Nobles in 1987, Ted served a Director of Development at
the Protestant Episcopal Seminary, and in the mid-1990s he became the
editor and director of Forward Movement Publications, which is part of
the Episcopal Church, serving until 2005. A writer of a number of books,
Ted started a popular book club upon retirement, and continued to write
about faith. A tireless correspondent, he sent hundreds of notes a week,
continuing to live a life of words. He is survived by his wife Anne, three
daughters and six grandchildren.
We are saddened by news of the death of Linda Barnhart's husband
Robert "Barney" Barnhart. A memorial service will be held Saturday,
November 23rd at 11 AM, at First Trinitarian Church, 381 Country Way in
Scituate. Several classmates from the Boston area are planning to attend.
Call Becky Richardson if you would like a ride. To write a note
to Linda, her new address is 290 Kingston Way #177, Duxbury, MA 02332.
Frederick M. Hodge, Jr. died on August 19, 2013, in Crofton, MD.
A member of Lowell House, he concentrated in the Geological Sciences and
was a member of the Railroad Club. After graduating with us in 1955 he
served in the U. S. Air Force including posts in Honolulu and Manila.
Frederick lived in Windsor, CT for many years and had a lengthy career
at The Aetna Insurance Company. He enjoyed classical music and books,
especially history and biography, as well as model trains, spending summers
in Unity, ME, enjoying power boating and tree care. In 2009, Frederck
moved to Annapolis and then to Crofton, MD. He is survived by his sister,
Ruth Hodge Thouin of Crofton, as well as three nephews and their families.
Peter Dunham Alden died on September 23, 2013 after a long illness.
He attended Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, with postgraduate
medical training at New York Hospital and Yale New Haven Medical Center.
After serving 2 years as a captain in the US Army, he moved his young
family to Burlington where he practiced Internal Medicine with a specialty
in Gastroenterology for 32 years. Peter was a founding partner of the
Aesculapius Medical Center in South Burlington, an Attending Physician
at MCHV, assisted in the clinical training of medical students at the
UVM College of Medicine, and cared for hundreds of area residents. An
exemplary physician, he was highly regarded by his colleagues and students.
Bowties and a humble short white coat, usually reserved for medical students
and interns, were his hallmarks. In addition to his busy professional
and family life, Dr. Alden was active with the Green Mountain Club, Camp
Abnaki, numerous local and national conservation associations, and local
canoe and tennis clubs. He was an avid white water enthusiast, hiker,
tennis player and back country skier. Peter is survived by his, Susan,
three children and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held
at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Vermont
Chapter, American Parkinsons Disease Association, The Nature Conservancy
or The Green Mountain Club.
Arnold M. Illman died on September 20, 2013. A
member of Winthrop House, he majored in Biology and participated in House
soccer and crew. Arnie was Vice-president of the Biology Club and a member
of the Pre-Med Society. After graduatiing with us, he attended Boston
University Medical School and completed surgical residencies at Boston
City Hospital, Shriners, BU Medical Center and Lahey Clinic, becoming
a board certified orthopedic surgeon. Arnie practiced and taught surgery
on Long Island since 1965; he pioneered the procedure on arthroscopic
surgery. Until recently, he had served ISOD and the International Paralympic
Committee, traveling worldwide to support disabled athletes since the
1980's. Arnie also served on the NYS Sports Commission, and for over 4
decades, he served with great dedication on the Schools & Scholarships
Committee of the Harvard Club of Long Island.
Ken Kanrich's wife Sue writes,
"Ken died on September 4, 2013. A member of Dunster House, Ken was
on the sailing team. His love of sailing lasted throughout his life. He
was always happy when there was a good wind and the sails were trimmed
"just so". He also talked fondly of his teaching graphical mathematics
while at Harvard.
His interests remained wide and varied: from his company KanPak Corporation,
to his studying Torah, to his committee work at the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in both clinical trails
and hazard waste.
The loves of his life: wife Sue Azaria Kanrich, sons Andy (wife Denise),
Jeffrey and Dale Azaria '86 (husband Alan Matson '85) Laurie Klausner
(husband Glenn) and his "monkies" Grandchildren Jaclyn Kanrich,
Jamie Kanrich, Ben Matson, Sally Matson, Samantha Klausner, Jessica Klausner
were truly the apples of his eyes and all say 'his life was too short
Charles Bechhoefer died on July 30, 2013. A member of Dunster House,
Chuck was on the Harvard Sailing Team, and a member of PBH, Ivy Films
and the Young Republican Club. He graduated with us in 1955 with an AB
Mcl in Government, and an LLB from the Harvard Law School in 1958. After
graduating from law school, Chuck worked for two years at he Housing and
Home Finance Agency, the predecessor of Housing and Urban Development,
HUD. He then spent five years in private practice at Bergson and Borkland
in Washington, DC and then joined the Atomic Energy Commission in 1965
as an attorney in the general counsel's office. Chuck became Counsel to
the Atomic Safety and Licensing Appeal Panel in 1972 and joined the Atomic
Safety and Licensing Board Panel as an administrative judge for the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC) and, before that, the Atomic Energy Commission.
and joined the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel as an administrative
judge in 1978.
Chuck served as the Chairman of a three-judge Atomic Safety and Licensing
Board or as a single presiding officer in more than 50 Nuclear Regulatory
Commission adjudicatory proceedings concerning agency licensing or enforcement
matters. His colleagues have noted that he was known for his fairness
and efforts to include all voices in a case. His decisions included the
nuclear power reactor operating license cases for the Fermi, Susquehanna,
Zimmer, Midland, and South Texas facilities; the decommissioning proceedings
for the Yankee-Rowe and Rancho Seco nuclear reactor facilities; the Georgia
Tech research reactor operating license renewal case; and the Georgia
Tech research reactor operating license renewal case; and the proceeding
regarding the decommissioning of the Sequoyah Fuels uranium hexafluoride
production facility in Gore, Oklahoma. During that same period, as a Licensing
Board Chairman or sole presiding officer, Chuck was the principal author
of more than 160 decisions that were published in Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Issuances which is an official publication of the agency's legal precedents.
He was also an active member of the American Bar Association and served
as an officer on several subcommittees in the Judicial Division and the
Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
Chuck pursued many interests - stamp collecting, photography, travel,
opera (and, secretly, country music) - with great passion. A lifelong
baseball fan, he rejoiced in the return of baseball to Washington, DC,
and was fortunate to attend two games in the week before his death.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ina Bechhoefer; two children,
John (AB 1982) and Andrew Bechhoefer and one grandchild, A memorial ceremony
will be held in the Fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the American Diabetes Association in his name, at the "Always
and Forever Tributes" website.
Loren Wyss died on April 28, 2013. He graduated from Harvard College,
spending three years in the Army between his junior and senior years,
became president of WHRB (the Harvard radio station) and earned an MBA
from the Harvard Business School. Loren returned to Portland, Oregon where
he worked as a stockbroker at Blythe and Co., started Lincoln Securities,
then became an investment counselor for Rippey, Inskeep, Hess and McFaul.
With his partners, he founded Columbia Growth Mutual Fund. Loren served
on the board of Pioneer Savings and Loan and was appointed to the Oregon
Board of Higher Education by then Governor Bob Straub. He was the President
of the Board of WICHE, President of the Board of TriMet and a trustee
of the Templeton Foundation. He was a member of the board of the Oregon
Investment Council and of Western Communications at the time of his death.
During the 70s, Loren wrote and delivered a series of daily economic reports
for KXL. Years afterward his voice was recognized by strangers who told
him how much they enjoyed his broadcasts. He was proudest of having set
up the Wyss Foundation, originally intended to support the arts, but increasingly
he felt the need to support social, animal and environmental causes as
In 1985, Loren and his wife, Judy, bought St. Mary's Cottage, a 16th century
house, in Ely, England, where they spent four months of the year until
his death. He is survived by his wife of almost 51 years, two daughters
and a son and two granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, please give to your
Paul Van Valkenburg, died on June 25, 20013. A member of Dunster
House, he majored in Government and was active in House touch football,
basketball and baseball. He also was a member of the New Jazz Society
and the Young Republican Club. Paul graduated with us in 1955 and went
on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1959. He
was a third-generation attorney who practiced law for 42 years, retiring
2000 from Moss & Barnett (originally ""VanValkenburg, Blaisdell
& Moss"", a firm created by his father). He also courageously
maintained his sobriety for 35 years after completing a 12-step alcoholism
recovery program in 1978.
Paul was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he
was a member for over 60 years. He attended Camp Ajawah and was an Eagle
Scout in Westminster's Boy Scout Troop 33. He served on Westminster's
Board of Deacons, Board of Trustees, and as a Ruling Elder on Session.
He also led canoe trips to the Boundary Waters for Westminster youth groups.
Paul was an accomplished teacher. He taught business law at the University
of Minnesota for 30 years. Paul was active in the community, generously
giving his time and talent to Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (past President,
Director and Treasurer); ARC of the Greater Twin Cities (past Director,
President, and General Counsel); the American Bar Association; the Nicollet
Mall Advisory Board; the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra (past Director); the
National Association of the VanValkenburg Family (past Trustee, 1996 Reunion
Chair); and Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity (past Director and President).
To honor his outstanding volunteer contributions to the community, Moss
& Barnett established the annual Paul Van Valkenburg Service Award
in 2001, and H.D. Hudson Co. (on whose Board he served) established an
annual scholarship in Paul's name at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Some of Paul's favorite hobbies over the years were reading,
listening to music, camping, canoeing, traveling, attending concerts at
Orchestra Hall, and going to Minnesota Gopher football games (he had season
tickets since 1960). He particularly enjoyed vacationing along Minnesota's
"North Shore" of Lake Superior and in the Boundary Waters Canoe
Area. Paul will be missed as a husband, father, uncle, and grandfather.
He will also be missed by those who knew him as their trusted lawyer,
colleague, friend, arbitrator, director, trail mate, canoeist, commissioner,
volunteer, sponsor, trustee, deacon, elder, leader, teacher, and writer.
He is Survived by his wife Patricia; two sons, two daughters and three
Memorials preferred to Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, 2550 University
Avenue West, Suite 313N, St. Paul, MN 55114;
ARC, 2446 University Avenue West, Suite 110, St. Paul, MN 55114;
or Camp Ajawah c/o Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue
, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
David Eliot LeVine died on
June 3, 2013. He lived in Kirkland House and was a member of PBH, the
Bridge and Young Democratic Clubs and the NROTC, graduating as an Ensign
with a degree in Government. He graduated from Columbia Law School in
1960. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, graduating
from the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI
David was a practicing attorney and theater executive who was a passionate
advocate for playwrights for more than fifty years. He died at New York
Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center after a brief illness. .
From 1966 to 1993, He was Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild of
America, overseeing the business, legal, and artistic interests of playwrights,
librettists, lyricists, and composers. Simultaneously he held the post
of Assistant Treasurer of both the Dramatists Guild Fund and the Authors
Guild Fund, administering grants and managing the funds' investments.
He helped organize the Young Playwrights Festival, founded in 1981 by
composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, the President of the Dramatists Guild.
For six years after leaving the Guild, David was of counsel to DaSilva
and DaSilva, a theatrical law firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles.
Semi-retired since then, he continued to represent theater professionals
and appear as an expert witness in contractual arbitrations on the East
and West coasts.
David was a member of the Tony Awards Administration Committee and a director
of the International Theatre Institute, traveling widely for UNESCO-sponsored
performing arts organizations and serving as legal counsel for ITI's Permanent
Playwrights Committee which compiled contractual terms for dramatists
in forty nations. He was President of the Border of the T. Shreiber Studio
founded by theatrical director and teacher Terry Shreiber, continuing
as a special advisor until his death. He was also an honorary trustee
of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. A lifelong volunteer
for social and theatrical causes, he was a founding director and vice
president of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
David is survived by his wife, Barbara Grande, and his beloved cat, Smokey.
In lieu of flowers donations would be greatly appreciated at one of the
The Bing Center for WM (Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia);
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, M548, Boston, MA 02215;
The Blood Bank and Stem Cell Processing Laboratory, Tufts Medical Center,
800 Washington Street, Box 826, Boston, MA 02111;
The Humane Society of the United States, www.humanesociety.org.
Burton Berkley died on April 3, 2013. Burt's wife Carol writes
"Though a native of Chicago, he spent most of his life in the East.
His one remaining tie to Chicago was its baseball team, his 'Cubbies.'
He had seen them in a World Series when he was nine and, ever the optimist,
hoped each year for another World Series season. At least, Burts
Ravens won the Super Bowl this year.
Burt started his Harvard years in Matthews Hall where
he made several lifelong friends, some of whom went on with him to Lowell
House. He had happy memories of his days at Harvard College. Burt then
went on to the Law School class of 58 where he met and married Carol
Goldberg, a classmate. After graduating from law school, Burt practiced
law, primarily with the Federal Government, but also as a tax attorney
for General Electric and for Kaiser Industries. His government work was
with HSS as legal advisor to the NIH, Deputy Chairman of the Appeals Council,
SSA, and finally as an Administrative Law Judge, SSA, retiring in 2004.
Burt met the two crises in his life, the 1982 murders
of his son, David, and his sons family, his wife, Aline, and baby
daughter, Jessica, in Detroit and his final illness of eight years with
courage. He took care of the unpleasant tasks in Detroit, bringing home
the items he knew would be meaningful to us and to Alines family.
He pursued all possible help for his illness but when told he had reached
the end of his struggle, he comforted us, his family. Over thirty years
ago, Burt wrote the memorial service for our son, daughter-in-law, and
granddaughter. We, his wife, daughter, Florence, son-in-law, Francis,
and grandson, David, wrote and spoke at his funeral service on what would
have been his 79th birthday, a beautiful May day in Washington."
William E. Bridges died on February 17, 2013.
Bill's wife Susan was by his side when he died peacefully from complications
of Lewy Body Diease.
She writes: "Bill lived his life, especially during his long illness,
with a grace and dignity that were inspiring. Although I miss him deeply,
I am comforted knowing he was serene and felt a sense of completion in
his life and contributions to the world. He had a large spirit and an
ability to communicate ideas that could be understood by anyone, thereby
reaching so many from all walks of life. His work will live on in the
hearts and minds of all as we keep his legacy alive."
Bill graduated with us in 1955 with a degree in English. He contributed
a great deal to our class and to undergraduate life at Harvard as Chairman
of our Freshman Union Committee, and a member of the Student Council and
Eliot House Committee. He is well remembered for his amiable and purposeful
leadership in those endeavors. Bill received his MA in American History
from Columbia and his PhD in American History from Brown University.
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Bill is survived by his wife Susan, two daughters from his first marriage
(Mondi died of breast cancer in 1994) and seven grandchildren. Donations
may be made to the UCSF Foundation for the "William and Susan Bridges
Neurohospitalist Program Fund B2390" and sent to S. Andrew Josephson
MD, Director Neurohospitalist Program, UCSF, 505 Parnassus Ave. Box 0114,
San Francisco, CA 94143.
John Edwards died on May 20, 2013.
Loren L. Wyss died on April 28, 2013.
Corning Benton, Jr. died on March 3, 2013.
The Class extends its condolences to George Swanson on the death
of his son William Gaines Swanson on May 4, 2013
John A. Maxwell died on November 19, 2012. John held both Harvard
and Harvard Club Scholarships and was an NROTC student. A member of Kirkland
House, he was active on the house basketball and softball teams and held
memberships in PBH, and the Chemistry and Taffrail Clubs. After time in
the Navy, he became a doctor and practiced in neurosurgery.
His 50th Report notes that at that time he was survived by his wife Margaret,
two sons and nine grandchildren.
Eleanor Bronson Pyle died on April 12, 2013.
She is survived by her former husband, Warren H. Pyle, two sons
and a granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at
Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association,
P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or www.aiz.org.
Elliot Vesell reports that Burton Berkley
died on April 3, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.
H. David Fish died on January 26, 2013 from complications of pancreatic
cancer. While at Harvard he lived in Dunster House where he played house
football and basketball and was a member of the Canterbury Club, the Social
Relations Society and the Young Republican Club. Dave graduated with us
in 1955 with a degree in History before serving four years in the U.S.
Navy. He then earned a Masters degree in education from Columbia University
followed by an EdD at Harvard, which led to a teaching job at Beverly
Hills High School. There, he met his future wife of 50 years, also a teacher,
Hedda Harmer. They settled in San Diego in 1966 and raised a family, as
Dave next became Social Studies Specialist for the San Diego City Unified
A few years later, his career took a very different turn as he became
the district's Legislative Analyst in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.,
a position he held for the final 25 years of his career. In this role,
Dave never lost the sense of incredulity of once having taught students
about the country's legislative process and later becoming a part of it.
In his retirement years, Dave was on the Board of Directors for the Center
for Civic Education, was an active campaigner for local politicians, and
was proudly involved with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSD.
Closest to his heart, though, was playing the role of grandfather to four
wonderful grandchildren of whom he was inordinately proud. A lifelong
student until the last two months of his life, there was rarely an evening
in which Dave wasn't absorbed in a book about U.S. history, and even as
his mind began to fail he could still easily engage anyone in conversation
about historical events with amazing detail.
Dave leaves behind his wife, Hedda; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, and 4
grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Oglebay
Foundation, 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, WV 26003.
Walter White Newcombe Jr., died on Thursday January 24, 2013. A
member of Lowell House, he was active in house hockey, the Christian Fellowship,
Cercle Francaise, the Social Relations Society and the Young Republican
Club. Walter graduated with us with a degree in Social Relations. He also
was in the Army ROTC and later served in the Army Reserves and received
his MBA from Northeastern. Walter was a member of the Masonic Order and
was a member of a Lodge in West Roxbury. He worked for Gillette as Director
of Personnel and at Stride Rite as Vice President of Personnel. He later
started his own company, Newcombe and Cyr Executive Search of Wellesley.
A Needham resident for over 40 years, Walter retired to West Harwich in
1995. He enjoyed boating, fishing, and was a sports enthusiast. He particularly
enjoyed NHL hockey and the Boston Red Sox. Walter also followed the Stock
Market and was an avid follower of politics. In his retirement, he rediscovered
model railroading and joined a club with trains he enjoyed as a child.
Walter was a former board member of the Needham YMCA and active member
of the Congregational Church in Needham. His greatest love was his family
and he loved spending summers and weekends together on Cape Cod enjoying
the sunshine and the beach. He is survived by his wife Ann, a daughter,
three grandchildren and other extended family members. In lieu of flowers
donations in Walter's name may be made to the Harwich Fire Association,
PO Box 23, Harwichport MA 02646.
Robert Keith Watson died on January 5, 2013. A resident of Eliot
House, Bob was an active athlete in house football, basketball and baseball.
He was a member of the Catholic Club, Young Republican Club, Bat and the
Pi Eta. An Air Force ROTC student, he graduated with us with a degree
in economics and then spent two years and four months on active duty as
a special weapons officer. He served throughout the United States and
at Itazuke Air Base in Fukuoka, Japan.
In 1958 Bob went to work in the insurance brokerage business at John C.
Paige & Co. in 1958. He started as a broker and rose to general partner.
In 1972, the company merged with Fred S. James & Co. where he served
as vice president until 1977 when he joined Driscoll-Pearce Insurance,
Inc. During his long tenure in the insurance industry he was also affiliated
with Northstar Insurance Services and, most recently, Deland Gibson Insurance
Bob will be remembered as a dedicated and loving husband,
father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was known for his quiet,
competent manner, debonair style and dry wit. Bob was a member of the
Belmont Hill Alumni Association, a Belmont Town Meeting Member and the
Belmont Insurance Review Committee. He was also a member of Winchester
Country Club, the Algonquin Club, the Harvard Club of Boston and the Boston
Madison Square Garden Club. Bob was an avid music lover, a passionate
college ice hockey fan and a regular member of the Arena Club prior to
Harvard football games. An ocean enthusiast, he traveled near and far
to go to a good beach. Throughout his life, he also enjoyed sailing, boating,
and golfing, most especially on Martha's Vineyard.
Bob is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) Delaney Watson,
his three children Susan E. Watson, Stacey E. Watson and R. Keith Watson,
Jr., and his granddaughter Marie L. Sutkowski, who lovingly referred to
him as "Big Da." He is also survived by his sister Janet Watson
Murphy, his sister-in-law Jane Rittenburg Delaney and his many nieces
and nephews. Donations in his memory may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or Belmont Hill School,
350 Prospect St. Belmont, MA 02478.
With thanks to Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home
Chandler Gregg died unexpectedly on January 14, 2013. A resident
of Dunster House, he was the chairman of the Music Committees New
Dimension, and a member of PBH, the Music Club and the Organ Society.
Chandler graduated with us in 1955 with an AB in music, followed by an
AM in music in 1958. An accomplished pianist he spent some time touring
with the USO, playing the piano and entertaining the troops.
In 1960 Chandler began to work for the Unitarian Universalist Society
in Wellesley Hills, where he was a moving force as their organist and
choir director until he retired in 2003 after 40 years. Classmates will
remember he played the organ at our 35th Reunion Memorial Service. Following
retirement, Chandler was a music teacher at the Boston Conservatory of
Music and kept an active schedule teaching piano from his home in Plymouth.
He is survived by his sister and many nieces, nephews and grand nieces
and nephews. Donations in his memory may be made to The Westlands Trust,
P.O. Box 2282, Duxbury, MA. 02331.
Bob Blacklow and Howie Ulfelder called to report that Robert
Keith Watson died January 5, 2013 from a recurrence and complications
of lymphosarcoma. Funeral arrangements are not set, but will be at St.
Joseph's Church on Common St in Belmont.
Edward Charles Hinckley passed away on Nov. 12, 2012 after a long
struggle with Alzheimer's. Edward graduated with us in 1955 after earning
his AB in cultural anthropology. While at Harvard, he lived in Lowell
House and was manager of the Glee Club and in Young Peoples Work in the
Church of New Jerusalem in Cambridge. After service in the Army, he received
an M.A.T. from Harvard. In February 1959, he married Priscilla Salisbury
of Coventry, R.I. After two years teaching for the U.S. Bureau of Indian
Affairs (Utah and Arizona) and four years as an education specialist for
the U.S. Public Health Service, Division of Indian Health (Arizona and
Nevada) he became Maine's first commissioner of Indian affairs, and in
2001 was recognized by the Maine Legislature for "helping the tribes
to gain funding to fight malnutrition, increase educational opportunities
and to provide better housing."
From 1971 on, Edward worked first as an educational planner in the Department
of Education, later as director, and then field operations manager for
the Office of Children's Services in the Maine Department of Mental Health
and Mental Retardation. He co-founded the Maine Association for Infant
Mental Health (MeAIMH) and edited its newsletter for 25 years. Establishing
an award named for him, MeAIMH said, "Edward has been a pioneer,
leader, and catalyst in innovation and collaboration on behalf of children
and their families at risk."
Retiring in 1991, he remained active with MeAIMH and with the Belgrade
Regional Conservation Alliance. He wrote three books (privately published):
"Kuenzlis in the Klondike" (his grandfather and two great-uncles
took part in the gold rush of 1898); "Bridge Across Time: Personal
Glimpses of Dine-Bilagaana Education 1959-61"; and "A Unique
Moment in Time: Letters Home from Maine's first Commissioner of Indian
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla, his son, Kee and two granddaughters,
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the American Indian College Fund,
8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221; www.collegefund.org.
William Davis Ticknor III died
on July 20, 2011.
John David Poutasse died on October 22, 2012 from complications
of acute leukemia. David lived in Kirkland House where he played house
football, basketball and softball. He was an active PBH Cabinet and Committee
member and a member of the Catholic Club and Pre-Med Society. David graduated
with us in 1955 with a degree cum laude in biochemistry, and went on to
graduate from the Harvard Medical School in 1959. After and internship
and residency at the University of California he served two years in the
U.S. Army in Bad Cannstadt, Germany.
David then settled in Pittsfield and joined the radiology practice of
Dr. John Gowdey at Berkshire Medical Center in 1966. He was instrumental
in establishing the radiation oncology department at BMC and was specially
trained as a "B" reader in the detection of asbestosis. David
was also was an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical
School, retiring in 1999.
He summered in West Tisbury on Martha's Vineyard was a longtime member
of the Thursday Evening Club, the Golf Club and The Lenox Club.
David is survived by his wife Margaret of 52 years,
his two daughters and son and eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org,
and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, www.tsalliance.org.
Thoughts and wishes for the family may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Class extends its sympathy to Bill Maloney and Baird Pfahl
who lost their wives last summer after over 55 and 53 years of married life.
Bill notes that "It's a good thing it only happens once in a lifetime."
and Baird says "Keeping busy helps." He is retired ("Sort
Pliny Allen Porter died in England of cancer on November 18, 2011.
While at Harvard he lived in Lowell House where he was active every season
in house sports. He was a member of PBH, the Outing Club, the Pistol and
Revolver Club, Young Republicans, and S.A.E., graduating in 1955 with
a degree in American History. Pliny then attended the University of Virginia's
Graduate School of Business, receiving an MBA in its first graduating
class in 1957. He then joined IBM in the computer division, spending time
in 20 different foreign countries and living in four. He left IBM in 1980
to join Diebold Europe and the Yankee Group as director of two consulting
companies run by absentee Americans not familiar with Europe's business
or cultural requirements. Continuing to live in England, Pliny then established
his own company to help companies with business management for the betterment
of users, the public and the economy. Classmates should read his 50th
report which provides his life philosophy. He is survived by his wife
Kathrin Stepputat-Porter, two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren
Gabor B. L. Miskolczy died on July 23, after a 2-week battle with
anaplasmosis, an acute infection caused by a deer tick bite. Gabor was
with us for two years, living in Mathews 28 and Dunster House his sophomore
year. He then went to the University of Toronto where he received his
B. A. Sc. in mechanical engineering, then attended Massachusetts Institute
of Technology where he earned his S. M. in Mechanical Engineering. He
was a research assistant in the MIT Gas Turbine Lab until1958, when he
became the first full-time employee of Thermo Electron Corporation, then
a start-up in a garage in Belmont, MA, today Thermo Fisher Scientific,
Inc. in Waltham, MA.
Gabor specialized in heat transfer and direct energy conversion
(Thermionics) research devoted to saving energy for commercial and industrial
processing. Applications included: heat treating steel, Portland cement
manufacture, high efficiency gas and fluid heaters, gas-fired forging
furnaces, thermionic cogeneration, and optimum insulation for high temperature
reactors. This research focused on fuel conservation in energy intensive
industries, power plants, and space power systems. Gabor was the lead
engineer for furnace and heat exchanger design in these experiments.
With the exception of 5 years at Avco Corporation, Wilmington,
MA, where he co-invented applications for a liquid magnetic colloid, Ferrofluid,
he spent his entire 42-year career at Thermo Electron or its divisions
Thermotrex and Thermedics where he worked on explosives detection and
helped develop a portable bomb detector for personnel screening and a
land mine locator. He worked half time for Thermopower from 2000 until
retiring in 2002.
His 8 patents include explosives vapor detection methods, heat pipe deicers,
industrial furnaces, a novel cement kiln, and a Ferrofluid shaft seal
and Ferrofluid Refrigeration System. He is the author of numerous papers
in these fields.
Gabor moved to Carlisle from Cambridge in 1966 and became
active in town affairs. He was a lifetime member of the Carlisle Democratic
Town committee, and received the Third Middlesex Honored Democrat award
in 2009. He served on the Carlisle Fair Housing Committee, 12 years on
the Carlisle Board of Health, the Roads Advisory Committee, and drove
weekly for the Carlisle Food Coop, He was the first treasurer of "The
Mosquito," (today "The Carlisle Mosquito"), and Mosquito
reporter on the Minuteman School for many years. Perhaps his favorite
activity was being the only embattled Hungarian in the Carlisle Minuteman
Company, marching since 1975 with his signature 2-prong pitchfork in place
of a musket.
He was an avid outdoorsman and athlete, a skier, hiker, swimmer, runner
(an annual finisher in the Falmouth Road Race until 2011), a cyclist commuting
26 miles round trip to Waltham daily, with NEBC (New England Bicycle Club)
time trials on Saturdays and the annual bike race up Mt. Washington in
September, a sailor who completed the Bermuda race and won the "Wooly
Cup" for best beard, a windsurfer and also an enthusiastic member
of the BMC (Boston Mycological Club). Music and theater were a large part
of his life. He had a discerning palate and enviable appetite. "Dessert
first" was his motto. Trick-or-treaters will remember his unusual
Halloween costumes. He was a curious and perceptive world traveler, whether
for business or pleasure and shared his observations with wry humor and
Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2003, he immediately
volunteered for every study he qualified for including: pharmaceutical
trials; psychological studies (Parkinson's and depression); exercise;
music and Parkinson's exercises (Sargent College); toxic substances and
Parkinson's as well as being an annual demonstration subject for Harvard
Medical school students.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, sculptor Bonnie Orr Miskolczy of Carlisle
and Santa Fe, NM, daughter Marta Meigs Miskolczy of Steamboat Springs,
CO, her husband Charles Becvarik and their son Callum, A memorial concert
is being planned for June, 2013, in Carlisle, on or near what would have
been his 80th birthday.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association,
Inc., Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305-1425
(800 223 2732); the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite
1509, New York, NY 10018 (800 457 6676); or to a charity of your choice.
William Franklin Yates of Boston and Little
Compton, RI died Friday, July 27, 2012. Bill lived in Winthrop House where
he was active in house soccer and squash. He was on our freshman soccer
team. A history major, he was a member of the Canterbury Club, the Young
Republican Club, Hasty Pudding, D.U., and a member of the A.F.R.O.T.C.
After graduation, Bill served in the United States Air
Force, stationed in Germany. Upon his return, he received his MBA from
Boston University and started his career in finance at New England Mutual
Life Insurance Co. In 1973 Bill joined the Woodstock Corp. of Boston,
a wealth and asset management firm, as Vice President. He was a Director
of the Exchange Bank in Richmond, MO for many years. In 1988 he started
his own company, Yates Capital Management, serving as president until
2003, when he sold the company to Welsh & Forbes.
Bill was pre-deceased by his first wife, Mary (Polly) Parker and is survived
by his wife of 21 years, Sonja (Seifert) Yates, three children, three
stepchildren, three grandchildren, and six step-grandchildren. Burial
will be private and a memorial service will be held on August 25 at 11:00
AM at the United Congregational Church in Little Compton, Rhode Island.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of William F. Yates
to the Noble and Greenough School Scholarship Fund, 10 Campus Drive, Dedham,
Massachusetts 02026 and the United Congregational Church in Little Compton,
Paul Calvin Rettig of Easton, Maryland died at his winter residence
in Marana, AZ, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Paul attended Harvard on a full
scholarship. A resident of Dunster House, he was a member of the Glee
Club and Pierian Sodality and graduated with us in 1955 with a degree
cum laude in Government.
After graduation, Paul won a Rockefeller Bros. scholarship and studied
at Union Theological Seminary in New York for a year. His long and distinguished
career of public service started when he was drafted into the U.S. Army
and was stationed in Japan as an intelligence and communications specialist.
Pauls focus on health care policy began when he was recruited in
1959 by the Social Security Administration. There, he worked on a program
that eventually became Medicare. He was asked to join the National Academy
of Sciences, Institute of Medicine and later spent many years working
on Capitol Hill as the Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Health within
the House Ways & Means Committee. Paul also enjoyed a year of advanced
study at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School at the behest of the Department
of Health, Education and Welfare.
In 1989 Paul was recruited by the Mayo Clinic to work as their Government
Relations Director. He also worked for the American Hospital Association
and the American Osteopathic Healthcare Association. An avid classical
music lover and church goer, Paul enjoyed his retirement years living
in Cape May, New Jersey and later splitting time between his homes in
Easton, Maryland and Marana, Arizona.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jacqueline Sholl Rettig; two daughters,
two step daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In
lieu of flowers, the family request donations be sent to the Casa de la
Luz Hospice in Tucson, AZ.
Bob Rittenburg died on May 21, 2012 after a courageous battle with
acute myloid leukemia at the age of 78. His death came 57 years to the
day of his signature performance in the 1955 Harvard-Yale track meet,
held at Yale.
Bob was a resident of Dunster House where he participated in touch football.
He was a member of Pi Eta and participated on the Freshman and Varsity
track teams where he was a four-time All-Ivy and All-Heptagonal selection
in the hurdles and long jump. He capped his collegiate career on May 21,
1955, when he scored an incredible 26 points in an upset win over Yale.
Bob, our 55 track captain, won four events and placed second in
two others. Harvard needed every point to defeat the Elis 70 1/369
After the meet, Bob Geigengack, the Yale coach, in congratulating Bob
said, Youll have to invite me to your graduation. I want to
cheer loudly and personally when you get your degree. Bobs
performance against Yale is described in the second book of Harvard Athletics
as, the greatest one man exhibition any Harvard track man had ever
given. He was named the 1955 Bingham Award winner as the top athlete
in Harvards graduating class.
Bob joined the military after graduating with us in 1955, and continued
his running career as a member of the US Army and AAU Track teams. He
competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1953 and 1957, winning the
Outstanding Performer Award in 53. In the 1956 outdoor track season,
he registered the fastest time in the world in the 400 meter hurdles.
Bob finished fifth in the US Olympic Trials that same year, narrowly missing
the team that competed in Melbourne, Australia.
In honor of his outstanding track and field achievements, Bob was inducted
into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1980. Induction into the
Boston Latin School Athletic Hall of Fame followed in 1987 and, in 2007,
Bob entered the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Athletes
Hall of Fame. On the occasion of his MSTCA induction, Bob commented that,
Of all the awards Ive ever won, this is the most special because
all of my nine grandchildren are here to take part.
During his post-graduate and parenting years, Bob quietly dedicated himself
to many organizations that were close to him. Besides his volunteer work
with the BLSA, Bob was a longtime member of the Harvard Varsity Club,
and he chaired the Friends of Harvard Track, a group in which he held
membership for well over 50 years. Bob was also a prodigious fund raiser
for both Boston Latin and the Harvard College Fund
He was active in the Reading Memorial High School Boosters Club during
the 70s and 80s, and played an instrumental role
in funding a new track facility in Reading during the early Proposition
2 1/2 years.
Bob was pre-deceased by his son Philip and wife Mimi who passed away on
May 6, 2012. A longtime Reading resident, he leaves a son Peter, two daughters,
Ann and Claire and nine grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bobs memory may be made to the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Fund at Mass General, Attn: Dr. Karen Ballen, Zero
Emerson, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02144.
Joseph Clifford Ross, Jr. died on April 1, 2012. He lived in Winthrop
House where he played house basketball. He was also on the Varsity football
team and played rugby and was Harvards Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
Joe was a member of the Varsity Club and Sigma Aloha Epsilon, which he
served as President. After graduation with us in 1955, he founded Ross
Real Estate, a property development company. Joes major projects
include Dithridge House, the first condominium in the state of Pennsylvania,
the Fox Chapel Mews, a 90 unit luxury condominium and the Fox Chapel Yacht
Club, a 300 slip, mixed use facility. During his life, he recruited Pittsburgh
high school students for the Harvard football team. Joe is survived by
his wife Sandra, a son, two daughters and five grandchildren. In lieu
of flowers, the family suggests donations in Joseph's name to Beechwood
Farms, c/o Audubon Society of Western PA, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh,
PA 15238, (www.aswp.org/locations/
beechwood) or Animal Rescue League of Western PA, 6620 Hamilton Ave.,
Pittsburgh, PA 15206,
The class extends its sympathy to Harry Manoogian on the loss of
his wife Peggy, who passed away on May 31 after a brief illness. The Manoogians
had been married for almost fifty years.
Paul C. Rettig died on May 15, 2012.
Robert Rittenburg died on May 21, 2012.
Joseph Clifford Ross, Jr. died on April 1, 2012.
The Class extends its sympathy to Bob Rittenburg
on the loss of his wife Carolyn Janet "Mimi" Rittenburg, who
died on May 6, 2012. The Rittenburgs were married for 52 years. Bob commented
that "It was as good match."
The Class extends its sympathy to Herb Collins and his family on
the loss of his wife Sheila, who died on March 23, 2012. The Collins were
married for 57 years.
Paul Stewart Swartz died on February 20, 2012 after a long illness.
He lived in Adams House and was active in House golf as well as the Bridge,
Chess, and Rifle Clubs, the Psychological Society and Hillel . Paul graduated
with us in1955 with a B.S. degree in physics.
After graduation, Paul received an M.S. in physics from Tufts University
in 1957 and then moved to Schenectady, NY and worked for the next decade
at the General Electric Research and Development Center, where he worked
in metal casting and superconductivity, helping to develop several patented
technologies during this period. In 1964 he helped found Volunteers in
Technical Assistance, a nonprofit international development organization
that worked for over forty years to empower the poor and fostering self-sufficiency
in developing countries.
After a brief stint working for Computer Applications,
Inc. in Albany, Paul co-founded Intermagnetics General Corporation in
1971. Between 1971 and 1984 he served successively as the company's Vice
President for Marketing and Sales, President, and Chief Executive Officer.
From 1985 to 1994 Paul was Principal Finance Associate with NY State Science
and Technology Foundation, a State-operated venture capital fund. Between
1994 and 1998 he was Acting Manager of the NY State Small Business Technology
Investment Fund, after which he served for three years as a referee and
consultant to the Advanced Technology Program of the US Department of
In 2005 Paul founded CREF (Capital Region Energy Forum),
which provided a forum for considering a wide range of views on contemporary
energy issues. Between 2004 and 2010, he was a frequent lecturer on energy
subjects at Union College Adult Life Learning (UCALL) and a frequent speaker
at other venues, including the Torch Club and an Energy Series at Empire
State College in Saratoga (ALL) in 2010. He also served as Program Chair
at Langmuir, GE's retirement activities forum.
An avid golfer, contract bridge player, and philatelist, Paul was also
an active member of Congregation Gates of Heaven, serving it in many capacities
and receiving the Congregation's Distinguished Service Award in 2002.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ruthann Bucher of New Kensington,
PA; five children and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Swartz was a member of Congregation Gates of Heaven
for over fifty years, serving for over thirty years as a member of the
Congregation's Board of Directors. For many years Mr. Swartz was Chair
of the Social Action Committee, where he was instrumental in establishing
the Temple Community Service Corps, the Leisure Club, the Passport to
Israel program, and the Saturday morning Torah study program.
Mr. Swartz also served as Chair of the Congregation's
Ritual and Guardian Committees and as co-Chair of the Adult Education
Committee. He was very active in the Temple Brotherhood and was the longtime
Chair of its Breakfast Program Committee; under his leadership Brotherhood
received national awards for the quality and breadth of its programing.
From 1994 to 1997 Mr. Swartz served as the President of the congregation.
He was honored in 2002 with the Congregation's Distinguished Service award.
Mr. Swartz was an avid golfer, contract bridge player,
Services at Congregation Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore
Avenue in Schenectady, NY at 10:00am on Monday February 27th.. Charitable
donations may be made to Congregation Gates of Heaven, Paul S. Swartz
Memorial Lecture Fund.
Dmitri Nabokov died on February 22, 2012. He lived in Lowell House
where he was active in House cross country, soccer, track, tennis and
the Lowell House Musical Society. He was also a member
of the Mountaineering and Skiing Clubs, graduating with us in 1955 with
a degree in History and Literature.
The Associated Press reported that Dimitri died in Vevey, Switzerland
after a long illness. He had been hospitalized last January with a lung
infection. He spent much of his life trying to carve a life away from
the shadow of his father, whose books Lolita and Pale
Fire are regarded as some of the best English prose ever written.
Dimitri was a mountain climber, opera singer, race car
driver and playboy. But he always returned to protecting his fathers
literary legacy, translating and editing his fathers plays, poems,
stories, the novella The Enchanter and Selected Letters.
My father is gradually marching with his two favorite writers,
Pushkin and Joyce arm in arm into the pantheon to join the greatest
of all, Shakespeare, who is waiting for them, Nabokov told The Associated
Press in a 2009 interview. I like to think that I did my bit to
keep things on track.
After the success of Lolita, Dmitri translated
his fathers Invitation to a Beheading from Russian,
and after his fathers death, he wrote the memoir On Revisiting
Fathers Room. In 1962, Dimitri began to race cars competitively
and until 1982 he maintained an active professional operatic career as
a basso profundo. After the death of his mother in 1991, he sold the remainder
of the Nabokov archive to the New York Public Library and attended conferences
dedicated to his father.
Vladimir Nabokov had to borrow to send Dimitri to Harvard
in 1951. He visited his son in January of 1952, while teaching a course
in European History at Harvard and staying in Robert Frost's house (now
owned by Renny Little). Vladimir reported that Dimitris interests
there were mountaineering, girls, music, track, tennis and his studies,
in that order... He is completely and as it were dazzlingly fearless,
loved by his friends, endowed with a magnificent brain, but a stranger
In 2009, Dimitri decided controversially to publish his
fathers final, fragmentary novel The Original of Laura,
which was written on index cards in 1975-77, the last years of his life.
It was an act he said that went against his fathers wishes, who
had asked that it be burned. Dimitri never married, but believed he would
have made a great father, as his own was.
Marta R. Enebuske died on December 10, 2011.
John H.W. Faircloth died on May 12, 2010. John served in the U.S.
Army before joining our class He lived in Leverett House and was a member
of The Hasty Pudding, Southerners and Speakers Clubs. He graduated with
a degree in history.
Although John never submitted information for the Class Reports, research
suggests that he was connected at one time with the Columbia Gas System
Charlie Moizeau sent along the following
obit for Pliny Porter:
Pliny Allen Porter III died
in England on November 18th after a two-and-a-half year struggle with
Pliny graduated with us in 1955 with a degree in American History. While
at Harvard he lived in Lowell House where he was active in many house
sports and belonged to PBH, The Outing and Pistol and Revolver Clubs and
Sigma Alpha Epsilion.
Pliny received his MBA from the University of Virginia in 1957. During
those years and for several thereafter he served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Pliny joined IBM in New York in 1957 and then held positions of increased
responsibility with IBM World Trade Corporation and IBM Europe in Germany,
Italy and France. Leaving IBM in 1980, he moved to England, working as
an information technology management consultant before establishing his
own company in that same field in 1984.
The scope of his business activities covered several European countries,
but he still reserved occasional time to enjoy the pleasures of sailing,
skiing and tennis, and he only forsook these when his illness prevailed.
He enjoyed seeing classmates during our mini-reunion in Wales in 2003
and at the 50th in 2005.
Pliny is survived by his wife, Kathrin Stepputat-Porter, and four children,
who are resident in the U.S., Leslie Jean Porter, Pliny Allen Porter IV,
son and daughter of Barbara Cole Porter; Birgitte Stacey Porter Dennett
and Philippe Andrew Porter, son and daughter of Katharine Roche Porter.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 10th,
at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
John Jay Burris died on Friday, September 2, 2011. At Harvard,
he majored in biology and was a pre-med living in Eliot House, where he
was on the swimming team. Jay was a member of the Catholic Club, PBH,
Hasty Pudding and the Iroquois Club.
On September 3, 1955, Jay married Dorothy Duncan of Cleveland, Ohio, and
entered Columbia Dental School a week later. Six weeks after that he became
seriously ill and spent three months in bed. While waiting to re-enter
dental school the next fall, he worked for Salomon Bros. on Wall Street.
The world of finance was so fascinating that in the fall of 1956 he entered
the Wharton Graduate School of Business. In 1958 Jay moved to Jacksonville,
Florida and after a brief stay with a local bank, entered the brokerage
business as an analyst. Three years later he tried brokerage sales and
enjoyed it immensely, and made it his career.
Jay leaves behind his wife and their three children: Earle (Eva), Janine
Peeples (Bill), and Andrew along with three grandchildren: Ben Peeples
and Jonathan and Daniel Burris. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers,
memorial gifts be made to Mayo Clinic Florida. Memorials can be made online
or mailed to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street
SW, Rochester, Minnesota 55905.
Class extends its sympathy to Karl Anderson on the death of his
partner Keith Jacobsen on August 8, 2011.
Karl notes that it was "terribly painful."
Paul Merlin writes that "We are doing our
best to go forward after the sudden and unexpected death of our dear son
Donald H. Tavel died on September 22, 2011 after a long bout with
kidney failure. Don was a resident of Dudley House where he was Secretary
of the House Committee and an active participant in house sports. He was
also a member of Pi Eta, the Crimson Key and PBH. Don graduated with us
with an AB in Social Relations and a commission in the U.S. Air Force.
After his service, he received an MBA in 1960 from Columbia University
and followed a career in advertising and marketing with a number of firms
in New York and Boston.
An enthusiastic follower of Boston and Harvard sports, he relished his
founding membership in the "Arena Stadium Club," religiously
attending its gatherings before and after Harvard football games.
He leaves two sons, a daughter, a stepson and one
In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's memory may be made to the Sophie
and GlenMarco Support Trust c/o Middlesex Savings Bank, 2 West Union Street,
Ashland, MA 01721.
Fritz H. Bach died at home on August 14, 2011 after a long period
of illness. Fritz majored in Physics. He resided in Dunster House and
was a member of PBH and Yearbook Publications. After graduating with us
in 1955, he attended the Washington University of St. Louis and Harvard
Medical School, continuing his training at NYU. His first faculty position
was at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he made several key
scientific discoveries. He invented the Mixed Leukocyte Culture test that
paved the way for assessing immune compatibility between individuals and
thus allowed for the first human bone marrow transplant. He led the team
that then performed in 1967 the first such transplant for a patient with
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome at the same time that his colleague Robert A.
Good conducted a similar procedure using the MLC test. The test also allowed
for experiments that led to the characterization of the Major Histocompatibility
Complex and later two separate classes of MHC that Fritz played a substantial
role in defining. Later in his career he was a leading voice cautioning
against a rapid move to xenotransplanation because of uncertain infection
risks, and was focused on the role of several mediators of inflammation.
Fritz was also on the faculty of the University of Minnesota,
Columbia, and Harvard Medical Schools, where his scientific contributions
continued. In all, he published more than 800 scientific papers including
more than 50 in Science, Nature, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
He trained and mentored countless doctoral students and junior faculty
members in whom he infused his indelible enthusiasm for scientific hypotheses
and inquiry. He treasured a photo taken of him early in his career where
he was depicted delivering a lecture explaining a novel genetic hypothesis
he had constructed, because he later showed his idea to be completely
Fritz was a lover of classical music, travel, food, sailing,
tennis, spy novels, and Sunday news shows. He was married twice, and with
each he had three children who survive him. Fritz's life came full circle.
He had his Austrian citizenship restored in 2004, and in 2005 he was awarded
an honorary doctorate of Medicine from the University of Vienna where
he had started a lab and was training young scientists.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Fritz would have wanted
any donations to go to Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org),
UNICEF (http://www.unicef.org)or Medicins
sans Frontieres (http://www.msf.org).
Ernest B. Dane died at home
with his family beside him on Monday, August 8, 2011, aged 78. He suffered
from ALS and the complications associated with that disease. Ebby concentrated
in History and was a member of the Leverett House Committee. He was also
a member of the Ski team, the Mountaineering and Porcellian Clubs and
PBH. An N.R.O.T.C member, he graduated with us in 1955 and served in the
U.S. Navy as a Navigation Officer in the Near East before joining the
State Department, serving in Guinea, India, Haiti and Washington, DC.
and receiving a Masters degree from Cambridge University.
Upon retirement Ebby entered into educational pursuits
with energy and enthusiasm. He lectured frequently at schools on the history
of the Cold War, as well as introducing young children to the wonders
of the myriad insect populations, and promoting environmental issues and
awareness. He retained an unquenchable curiosity about the world and the
amazing fauna in it.
Ebby leaves his second wife, Leila Finlay Dane, three
children, two brothers, two stepsons, four grandchildren and one great
grandson. The Class will send a contribution to the Harvard College Fund
in his memory.
Francis "Court" Gilmour died on
August 19, 2010.
The class extends its sympathy to Becky Richardson and her family
on the death of her husband George, who died on July 1, 2011. Many
of us remember him warmly at class reunions.
Antoinette Konikov Emrich died on January 8, 2009.
James J. Rahal died on June 11, 2011, after a long battle with
a rare disorder called Rosai-Dorfman disease. A member of Kirkland House
while at Harvard, Jim played varsity baseball and a number of house sports.
He was a member of the Pre-Med Society, and graduated with us in 1955
with a cum laude degree in Biochemical Sciences. Jim went on to graduate
from Tufts Medical School in 1959 and trained in the infectious-disease
field in New York and Boston before settling in New York in 1969 as an
assistant professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.
In 1988 he became a professor of medicine at the Weill Medical College
of Cornell University and director of the infectious-diseases division
at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, in Flushing, where he remained
until his illness forced him to take a leave of absence last year.
A highly respected infectious-disease specialist, Jim raised early alarms
about the rise of drug-resistant bacteria in hospitals, and emerged as
a leading expert in the treatment of West Nile virus after the Queens
community where he worked became the epicenter of a deadly outbreak in
1999. He was known both as a widely published researcher and as a hands-on
physician who asked and answered a lot of questions in treating patients
in one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the world.
Jim is survived by his wife Barbara Britton, a son, two daughters, three
grandchildren, and a brother and sister. In lieu of flowers donations
may be made to: Laboratory for Infectious Diseases Research c/o BMA Foundation,
New York Hospital Queens, 56-45 Main St., Flushing NY 11355 or to Histiocytosis
Foundation of America 800-548-2758 or www.histio.org.
William J. Cowperthwaite died on June 1, 2011 after a six month
battle with cancer. While at Harvard Bill lived in Winthrop House and
played soccer and baseball as well as singing with the Harvard Glee Club
and in Gilbert & Sullivan productions. He graduated with us in 1955
with an AB degree in Music.
Bill balanced a 40 year career in education, athletics and music. In 1966
he received a Masters in Musical Composition from Boston University. He
taught Mathematics, Latin and Art History at Thayer Academy in Braintree,
MA where he also served as a College Counselor, Music Director, and coached
soccer. He continued to play baseball in three different leagues and soccer
in the Boston and District League until he was 41.
Bill was also an 0rganist and Choirmaster at a number of parishes in Massachusetts
and New Hampshire. Music was his great love. He composed works for piano
and many choral arrangements, performing in countless bass-baritone roles
in amateur productions of opera, oratorio and musical theater and served
as librarian, arranger, accompanist and singer with the Seengerfest of
Bill also took a few years off from his teaching and music to design and
construct his houses, one in Barrington NH and his current home in Dover,
NH, working in all the trades. Truly a Renaissance Man. He is survived
by his wife Joanna (R 56), two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be offered on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:00
AM at St Thomas Episcopal Church in Dover, NH.
William H. Toohey passed away at Maine Medical Center on June 6,
2011. While at Harvard he played freshman football, and lived in Eliot
House playing house football and basketball. Bill was a member of the
Delphic and Hasty Pudding Clubs and the Army R.O.T.C. He graduated with
us in 1955 with a degree in History as a 2nd Lieutenant. He married his
college sweetheart, Judy, in June of 1956 and they settled in Colorado
Springs where he served in the Army.
Bill worked in the securities industry in New York and Boston, and then
as a portfolio manager at PNC Bank in New Jersey until his retirement.
He and Judy moved to Gorham, Maine in 2002, where he became active in
Greater Portland Landmarks, giving tours of the Portland Observatory.
He supported Port Opera, the Maine Historical Society, Portland Trails
and the Christian Science Church. He loved music, and he and Judy regularly
attended chamber music concerts, the Portland Symphony and local theater.
Bill is survived by his wife Judy and their children, Joan Wesman and
her husband Paul of Bala Cynwyd, PA; Michael Toohey and his wife Shari
of Montgomery, AL; and Elizabeth Toohey and her fiancé Frank Flavell
of Elsah, Ill., all of whom share his love of books, films, and Maine.
He is also survived by four grandchildren and his sister Barbara Smith
of Rockville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Greater Portland Landmarks,
93 High St., Portland, ME, 04101; Camps Newfound/Owatonna, 4 Camp Newfound
Rd. in Harrison, ME, 04040; or the Christian Science Church at 61 Neal
St. in Portland, ME, 04102.
Edward Patrick Moriarty, of 7 Staysail Way, Portsmouth, N.H., passed
away in the early morning of Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at his family's
home in Eliot, Maine. He attended Harvard with us, the Perkins Institute,
and Boston University, where he concentrated on his love of history and
passion for teaching.
Edward was married in July 1962, to his late wife, Joanne, a loving and
model of commitment of nearly 40 years. Together they ventured overseas,
where he taught with the U.S. embassy schools in Pakistan, Singapore,
and India and traveled extensively with their young boys throughout Southeast
Asia. In 1973, the two adventurers settled in Maine to begin their next
adventure of learning the challenges and rewards of organic farming through
trial, sweat, determination and the sometimes eager help of three young
For close to 20 years Edward was an educator of intellect in History and
World Civilization at Marshwood High School, in South Berwick, Maine,
an educator of the physical and strategy as the coach and founder of the
wrestling program at Marshwood, a protector of workers rights as a member
of the teachers union, a protector of town and farm as a member of the
Planning Board, and a lifelong educator in humanity, civilization, and
moral character locally and around the world. He also served as a member
of the Baron Place Retirement Community Board of Directors, working to
provide quality affordable housing for all.
Edward traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South, Central,
and North America, participating in home building projects within this
country, as well as Guatemala and Northern Ireland. He was a champion
for those whose voice he felt was not being heard, and was passionate
until the end about learning, and moreover with the sharing of his experiences
with whomever would listen, as well as with those who wouldn't. He is
survived by his three sons and three grandchildren
Donations may be made in his name to those who helped inspire his passion,
The Perkins School for The Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown,
MA 02472 http://www.perkins.org.
John P. Sheehy passed away
in Lafayette, CA on April 14, 2011. Jack lived in Kirkland House. He was
a member of Hasty Pudding and Treasurer of Pi Eta his senior year. He
majored in Architectural Sciences and graduated with us cum laude in 1955
. A proud member of the NROTC, he was commissioned in 1955 and served
on the USS Belle Grove stationed in Japan. Jack spent his life as a trust
officer with the Mellen Bank and the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company.
He is survived by Kathryn S. Sheehy, his wife of 50 years and son Christopher
P. Sheehy. His son John Nicholas Sheehy predeceased him in 1990. In lieu
of flowers, gifts may be made to The John N. Sheehy Scholarship, The Dexter
School 20 Newton Street, Brookline, MA 02445-7498.
Frederick S. Baker, MD. died on March 28, 2011.
Fred lived in Lowell House. He drew cartoons for the Lampoon and sang
in the Glee Club and was a member of the Signet Society. After graduating
with us in 1955, he completed his surgical training at St. Lukes Roosevelt
Hospital in New York City. He served in the Vietnam War at the US Army
hospital in Yokohama, Japan as a surgeon. He practiced colon and rectal
surgery in Sacramento for over 40 years. Fred leaves his wife Gaye, three
sons and daughter and five grandchildren. Contributions may be made in
memory of Fred to Phillips Exeter Academys financial aid program
20 Main St. Exeter, New Hampshire 03833.
Andrew J. Karzas, died on
April 11, 2011.
Andy was a Winthrop House resident. He sang in the Glee Club and was active
in Ivy Films and a member of Circolo Italiano. Chicagos renowned
WFMT host of "From the Recording Horn" for 35 years, he was
a lecturer, opera aficionado, and former owner of the Aragon Ballroom.
For several years he hosted opera tours abroad and was a dear
friend of many valued associates and colleagues. His partner of 42 years,
James Deuter, preceded him. Donations may be made in his name to: Lyric
Opera of Chicago, www.lyricopera.org;
da Corneto Opera, 847-662-2694 or www.dacorneto.org;
or The Metropolitan Opera (Broadcast Division), 212-870-4505.
Frederick S. Baker, Jr., died on March 28, 2011.
Andrew J. Karzas, died on April 11.2011.
Charlie Epstein died on February 15, 2011. He was one of the world's
leading genetics scientists, and his research led to groundbreaking understandings
of Down syndrome. He died after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.
After graduating scl with us in 1955, and from Harvard
Medical School mcl in 1959, Charlie embarked on a career as a doctor and
educator. He joined the faculty of UCSF in 1967 as the medical genetics
division chair of the pediatrics department, and became director of UCSF's
human genetics program in 1997. He became a professor emeritus in 2005.
During Charlie's career he published more than 500 scholarly papers and
earned a case full of honors, including the Allan and Weisman awards.
Among his many research accomplishments was helping reveal why having
an extra copy of chromosome 21 produced Down syndrome and an understanding
of the genetic condition. Charlie and his wife
Lois Epstein (R '55), a physician scientist
who ran a UCSF cancer research lab, in 1980 created the "mouse model,"
enabling scientists around the world to study Down syndrome using mice.
But every bit as dear to Charlie's heart was his love
of playing the cello, which he played for us at our 50th Reunion Memorial
Service. When a mailed explosive from the Unabomber blew out both eardrums
and parts of his hands in 1993, Charlie underwent pioneering surgery to
have new eardrums installed, got a nerve transplant so that he could raise
his wrist and spent more than a year retraining his damaged hands to again
cradle his favorite instrument. He even figured out how to pluck strings
with the little finger of his right hand, which was injured the most.
Charlie is survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter
and six grandchildren.
Charlie Epstein's son David writes :
"It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that my father
passed away on February 15, 2011. The family was with him in his final
hours and we offered him as much love, comfort and support as possible.
We will be holding a funeral service at 1 P.M. on Sunday, February 20th
at Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon, California.
He will be laid to rest in the Kol Shofar section of the Mount Tamalpais
Cemetery in San Rafael. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to
The Charles J. and Lois B. Epstein Visiting Professorship, School
of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 94143 or The Buck
Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA, 94945."
Chilton S. Cabot died February 8, 2011. While at Harvard, Tony
lived in Eliot House and majored in English. He was a member of Circle
Francais, WHRB, the Experiment in International Living and the DU Club.
After graduation he graduated from Navy OCS and flight training, followed
by five years of active duty flying jets off the U.S.S. Franklin Roosevelt.
Following active duty, he joined the Unites States Marine Reserves and
continued flying before retiring as full colonel. After attending the
Harvard Business School, Tony became an investment counselor with Scudder
Stevens and Clark, and J. M. Forbes before retiring. He is a former Trustee
of Boston Biomedical Research and former President of the Board of Trustees
of The Museum of Transportation. An avid sailor, Tony served as the Commodore
for the New England Multihull Association. His other passions include
photography and music; Dave Brubeck was one of his favorites. Tony and
his camera were fixtures on the sidelines of his children's and grandchildren's
athletic events. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Spadafora, two sons,
and six grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 10AM
in Christ Church Cambridge Zero Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. In lieu
of flowers, contributions may be made in Tony's memory to the ALS Association,
320 Norwood Park South, Norwood, MA 02062. Onlineguestbook: www.brownandhickey.com
Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 617-484-2534 617-547-1500.
Francis H. Ingoldsby, Jr. died on November 22, 2010.
John T. S. Tehan died on December 27, 2010.
Chilton S. Cabot died on February 8, 2011. A service for Tony will
be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the Christ Church
on Garden Street in Cambridge. Classmates and friends are welcome.
Jerry D. Anker died on February 1, 2011.
Regina Gittes Greenspun reports that Ruth Kumin Lamm died
November 29, 2010 in Belmont, California of complications after hip surgery.
"Her life was a musical one, the piano her instrument. As a child
she studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she later joined
the piano faculty. Ruth served as an accompanist to the Harvard-Radcliffe
Glee Club during her years at Radcliffe, and played chamber music at Jordan
Hall, Boston and later at Town Hall in New York City and at Severance
Hall, Cleveland. She was the founder and manager of the Music Store at
the Cleveland Music School Settlement. Ruth is survived by her husband,
Michael Lamm, M.D., daughters Jocelyn Startz (H '85) and Margaret Grabois,
and three grandchildren."
Jill Howard McNealy, died on May 10, 2010. Condolences may be sent
to her family at www.kygers.com.
The Class extends its sympathy to Al Farbman
on the loss of his wife and best friend Winifred who died on March 13,
James Edward Jones died on April 2, 2010. Jim lived in Dunster
House where he was active in house sports and a member of a number of
college organizations, including PBH, the Catholic Club, the Young Democratic
Club and Pi Eta. He held a number of scholarships and graduated with us
in 1955 cl, with a degree in Economics.
Upon graduation, Jim served in the Army and then worked
for an insurance company for 24 years. He then formed his own insurance
company for 22 years holding a number of important positions in the organization.
He was a Charter Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Registered Principal of
the National Association of Security Dealers. He also wrote a couple of
Jim was also a founder of major meeting planners' organizations
in the United States, including the Society of Company Meeting Professionals
and Meeting Planners International. While he was president of MPI it tripled
in size to become the world's largest corporate/association meeting planners
' organization. In 1986, he was recognized by Meeting and Convention Magazine
as one of 20 people who had made a major difference in the meeting industry,
and In 1988, he was named a Certified Speaking Professional by the American
National Speakers Association.
When Jim retired, he worked two days a week as a magazine
merchandiser and represented the Carriage Trade Golf as director of client
development in New England. He also successfully closed his motivational
speaker company and played a lot of golf. He is survived by his wife Elaine,
three daughters, a son and eight grandchildren.
Stephen Edward Banker died on May 23, 2010. Steve lived in Kirkland
House and was active in house tennis, and with WHRB and the HDC. He held
the Hans V.Kaltenborn Scholarship and received a second prize in the Boylston
Oratorical Contest. Steve graduated with us in 1955 with a degree in English.
A friend of his wrote the following memorial:
"Steve Banker's death was unexpected, even
though he had been coping with the complications of prostate cancer for
many years. He is someone whose effect on his friends was so powerful
and vivid that I can't let his passing go unmentioned.
There are people who make you want to scream by saying
that they "went to school in the Boston area," begging you to
tease out the confirmation that they in fact went to Harvard. Steve Banker
was instead the kind of person who told you first thing that he went to
Harvard -- and that he was very proud to be part of the college class
of 1955 that contained so many distinguished journalists. David Halberstam
became the best known of them, but also: J. Anthony Lukas, Sydney
Schanberg, William Beecher, and others. Steve Banker
worked on the radio station as an undergraduate and then in various roles
as a CBS TV correspondent and reporter for the CBC.
By the time I met him in the early 1980s he was mainly
working as a tech-world writer and independent producer of TV and radio
items. But his two main talents were friendship, which he cultivated by
over the years convincing you that he would always say exactly what he
thought ("This is a second-rate article," he told me one time,
after reading something I had written. "First-class among the second-rate,
but second-rate"); and tennis, which he played in a "crafty"
but deceptively skillful way. I had advantages of age, fitness, mobility,
etc. over him, but I didn't win as reliably as I would have thought when
we played through the 1980s and 1990s. Through those years we also shared
a fondness for prehistoric early computers -- including what we both thought
was the most elegant computer we had ever seen, the now-long-forgotten
Victor 9000. He dragged me once to Comdex, the then-vast computer show
held in Las Vegas, which had the upside of our standing in a taxi line
behind a frugally-minded Bill Gates."
Eugene Perry Heytow died
on August 26, 2010. Gene was on the Union Committee our freshman year
and lived in Kirkland House. He was an active member of PBH, the Bridge
Club and the Hasty Pudding. Gene graduated with us in 1955 with a degree
in Government, and earned his law degree from the University of Chicago
in 1958. He spent most of his life in Chicago, where he was chairman of
Amalgamated Bank of Chicago from the time he bought the institution with
a group of investors in 1966 until the time of his death. The Chicago-based
bank was one of three that he would own in his lifetime, the first being
Metropolitan State Bank in 1964. Gene also owned Oak Brook Bank, which
he purchased in 1976, and headed that entity until 2006. Banks weren't
his only business, he became the majority owner of McCormick Center Hotel
in 1972. The facility was torn down to allow McCormick Place to expand.
Gene was also an active civic leader who in 1980 was chairman of the Metropolitan
Fair and Exposition Authority, now called the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition
Authority, and was a member of the Illinois Capital Development Board
when it was building what is now known as the Thompson Center. He was
also an advocate of labor organizations. Gene's legacy in part, will be
defined by his vision of helping tens of thousands of America's working
men and women access needed banking and financial services. He was honored
in 1980 as the state of Israel's Bond Man of the Year, an award he received
from Ariel Sharon.
Gene is survived by his sister, his son and daughter and
three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the fall, with
the date and location to be announced.
Edward Helmuth Michehl, Jr. died on July 17, 2010. He dropped out
of Harvard the end of our sophomore year, worked, got drafted, served
as a parachute infantry platoon leader, married, and returned to Harvard,
graduating mcl in 1959. After starting in the construction business, Edward
switched to computer software development which he enjoyed for the rest
of his life. He leaves his wife Jacqueline, four children and three grandchildren.
Mickey Hammerman notes with sorrow the passing
of Eugene Perry Heytow on August 26, 2010. Gene lived in Rancho
Santa Fe, California.
Rosemary Thompson, June 1, 2010
Radford Dow Lovett, a Jacksonville native who rose to become one
of the key figures in United States corporate finance, died on Sunday,
July 4, 2010 at the McGraw Center for Caring of Community Hospice of Northeast
Florida. He was 76 and had a rare disease, frontotemporal dementia.
Rad resided in Leverett House and was active in the Owl, Hasty Pudding
and Harvard Southerners Clubs. He majored in economics and was a member
of the Army R.O.T.C. After graduating with us in 1955, Rad served for
two years in the U.S. Army. and then began his career as an account executive
with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith. He rose to stockholder,
manager of the North Central Region and a vice president, advancing to
become managing director of Merrill Lynch's Capital Markets Group and
in 1975, president of its Investment Bank Division rising to become a
top executive in his 20 years with Merrill Lynch.
Rad returned to Jacksonville upon the death of his father in 1978 to help
co-manage with his late brother the family's corporate empire then estimated
to be worth $100 million. The holdings included the 1,000-store Piggly
Wiggly franchised supermarkets, of which he was president, and the Commodores
Point Terminal Corp., of which he was chairman. Rad was responsible for
management of $14.4 billion in fundraising by corporate, public and private
clients. As one of 30 directors of the Capital Markets Group, he helped
make decisions affecting the placement of an additional $12.4 billion
in municipal financing. He was appointed to the boards of directors of
Florida Rock Industries, American Heritage Life Investments Co., First
Union Corp., FRP Properties and Winn-Dixie Stores. He also was chairman
of Southcoast Capital Corp., a private-equity firm with investments in
the wireless infrastructure, financial services, medical services and
technology industries. In civic affairs, Mr. Lovett
was a director of St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, the Jacksonville
Zoo and Gardens and the Coastal Conservation Association.
Rad's first wife, Katharine Howe Lovett, died in 1991. He is survived
by his wife of 15 years, Susan Lovett; two daughters, Katharine and Lauren;
two, sons, W. Radford Lovett and Philip Lovett ; three stepsons, Nicholas,Ted
and Peter Rogers; 10 grandchildren; and his brother, Laurence Lovett.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Jacksonville
Zoo and Gardens, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218, or the Association
for Frontotemporal Dementias, Radnor Station, Building 2, Suite 200, 290
King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087.
Floyd B. Galler, a psychiatrist who had a private practice in Washington
since 1968, died June 18, 2010 while snorkeling on vacation in Cancún,
Mexico. A native of Chicago, he resided in Eliot House and was active
in PBH and Hillel and held an Honorary Harvard College Scholarship. He
majored in the biochemical sciences and received a bachelor's degree in
1955 and a medical degree in 1959, both from Harvard.
Floyd spent two years as a commander in the U.S. Public
Heath Service, in which he was head of child psychiatry at St. Elizabeths
Hospital and was a forensic psychiatrist for the D.C. courts, specializing
in family court matters and consulting for the State Department in the
1960s. He taught at Georgetown University Medical School for more than
twenty-five years, where he was on the distinguished faculty of the Program
in Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis and a psychiatric consultant for the
Sleep Disorders Center. He was also the originator of the Woodstock (20
year tenure) and Dante Psychoanalytic Discussions Groups.
Floyd was a man of quiet passion and exuberant intellect.
Those of his rare kind are always mourned beyond the boundaries of those
who directly knew him. He was an example for all of us who appreciate
intellect, passion about issues and the ability to integrate mind, family,
profession and society.
Floyd was a graduate of the Baltimore Washington Psychoanalytic
Institute, and a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and
the International Psychoanalytical Association and a lifetime fellow of
the American Psychiatric Association. His memberships included the Cosmos
Club and the Potomac Boat. A Chevy Chase resident, he is survived by his
wife of 49 years, Nancy Stowe Galler, three children, Eric, Heather and
Rebecca and five grandchildren.
Carl Goldman and Stan Katz report that David I. Smotrich
died suddenly on June 20, 2010 at his home in Chappaqua, New York. David
lived in Winthrop House where he played house basketball. He was a member
of Hillel House and received a Harvard Scholarship and won the Dater Book
Prize. David majored in Architectural Sciences graduating with us in 1955
and from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1960. He began his architectural
career in Israel as part of the design team for the new city of Arad,
Negevdesert. After working for I.M. Pei, he established his own firm in
New York City in 1965. David continued as principal of David Smotrich
& Partners until his death. His work, which was nationally recognized,
ranged broadly from educational facilities and commercial projects to
low-income and elderly housing. He is survived by his wife Bernice of
54 years, his children: Ross, Maura and Hannah and nine grandchildren:
Memorial donations may be sent to Block Island Conservancy.
Al Moren hosted a special event in memory of his
late wife Hersha Sue FIsher on a beautiful day in Harpswell Maine recently.
Classmates in attendance were Charlie Arena, Malcolm Davis,
Frank Duehay, Arnold Howe, Renny Little, Dick
Marson and David Wise.
Donald B. Fleming, Jr., of Needham, MA died on June 11 from melanoma.
He lived in Eliot House and received his A.B. in 1956 and an M.Ed from
Harvard in 1960. He was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club. For many years
Donald was employed as an Administrative Assistant at the Top Company
and later at Nutter, McClennon, and Fish in Boston. A railroad enthusiast,
he was one of the founding members of Citizens for Rail Transportation
and continued to be an active supporter of rail transportation throughout
In 1964 he was the Cambridge, MA. coordinator of Edward W. Brookes
successful campaign for United States Senate.
From 2001 until he became ill in November 2009, he was a regular member
of the Interfaith Peace Group, holding regular vigils on Needham Common.
In 2008 Donald and his wife traveled regularly to New Hampshire to work
for the election of Barack Obama as President.
Mr. Fleming is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan, two sons, Eric
and Gregory and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations in Donalds
name can be sent to the Friends of the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland
Bob Watson reports
that Walter H. McLaughlin, Jr., of Belmont and West Falmouth, passed
away peacefully at his home Friday, June 11, 2010, following a courageous
battle with cancer which he fought for several years.
Wally lived in Kirkland House where he was Secretary
of the House Committee and participated in House soccer and hockey. He
concentrated in government and graduated Magna Cum Laude with us in 1955.
At that time he was appointed our Class Treasurer, a position he held
for over 25 years. Wally then served two years as a lieutenant in the
US Navy as the navigator on the USS Strickland, a destroyer escort. He
then went on to Harvard Law School (60mcl), where he served as an
Editor on Law Review before joining his father's law firm in Boston.
An accomplished attorney and law professor, Wally
was an adjunct professor at BU Law School and at Suffolk Law School for
decades. He was a substantial contributor to continuing legal education
in Massachusetts. He co-founded and operated the SMH Bar Review where
he prepared tens of thousands of law students across the nation for the
bar exam spanning more than three and a half decades. He was a founding
partner in the Boston law firm of Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan from
its creation until his recent retirement. He then served as the president
of a privately owned real estate company.
A committed resident of Belmont, he was active for
decades in local civic affairs, most notably as a town meeting member
and a member of the warrant committee.
Wally is survived by his wife Katherine A. (Mullen)
McLaughlin, sons Walter, William, David, and Michael. and their wives
and 14 grandchildren.
Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, Common Street,
Belmont on Thursday June 17, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. Relatives and friends
are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours in the Stanton Funeral
Home, 786 Mount Auburn Street, (Route 16) Watertown on Wednesday from
3:00-8:00 P.M. Interment to follow in Highland Meadow Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be
sent to the Melanoma Research Fund Attention: Kirsten Swan, Cancer Center
Development Office, Mass General Hospital (MGH) 55 Fruit Street, Boston
Al Farbman writes: "With
profound sorrow I report the death of my wife, Winifred Vanderwalker Farbman,
on March 13, 2010. She fought a courageous battle with duodenal adenocarcinoma
(Stage IV) for more than 2.5 years before she succumbed. In so many ways,
with her wisdom, dignity, wit, compassion, integrity, humility, grace,
and, above all, love, she set a high bar for her survivors. What a woman!!!
George William Heigho died
peacefully on March 19, 2010, after a long decline into lobar atrophy
dementia. He was a member of Kirkland House and PBH, graduating with us
in 1955 with an ABcl degree in mathematics. George held graduate degrees
in history of science  and mathematics  from Harvard University
and Boston University. He was an associate professor in, and Chairman
of the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Suffolk University, MA,
from 1959 to 1967, when he took a position as a technical writer with
Science Research Associates (a publisher of educational materials and
a subsidiary of IBM), in Chicago, IL. After living in MA, River Forest,
IL, the family moved to Los Gatos when George transferred to IBMs
Santa Teresa Laboratory in San Jose in 1976. He retired in 1995 from IBM
as a Senior Information Developer after a 30 year career, and spent many
ensuing years hiking the local and Peninsula trails and enjoying his extensive
library and classical record collection. Family camping and travel in
US National Parks, Hawaii, Canada and the Caribbean were also favorite
activities in earlier years.
George was a member of St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Los Gatos, for
over 33 years; he was also a life member of the American Mathematical
Society, a 50-year member of Philanthropic Lodge, A.F. & A. M. (in
Marblehead), and a regular subscriber and donor to Opera San Jose and
San Francisco Opera, San Jose Symphony and Silicon Valley Symphony, Chanticleer
and various ballet, choral and chamber music events in the area. He was
a volunteer at Santa Maria Urban Ministry in San Jose for many years.
As a charter member of the STYLE tutoring program at Santa Teresa High
School for its entire duration, 1987-2004, he was honored at the Junior
League Volunteer Recognition Lunch of 2002. George also took part in the
Los Gatos Librarys Grandparents and Books reading program
for its last several years until 2004.
George is survived by the former Anne Louise McFarland (R '55],
his wife of nearly 55 years; daughters Sarah Heigho Nunes, Dharam Kaur
Khalsa , Priscilla Heigho Galasso, son G. David Heigho and seven grandchildren.
His daughter Alice Jeanne Heigho died in 1979. A memorial service at St.
Lukes Episcopal Church, 20 University Ave., Los Gatos, will take
place on May 22 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to be ever
mindful of the needs of others.
David John Rochford, Jr. died on April 10, 2010 after suffering
a head injury while walking his beloved dog. He resided in Eliot House
where he participated in numerous house athletic events. He was a member
of the Hasty Pudding and Phoenix S-K. After graduating with a degree in
History, David attended Navy OCS and flight school, serving as a navigator.
When discharged, he pursued a long career in government service. David
was active in his community as a Boy Scout leader. He is survived by his
wife Rachel and a son David who is a Methodist minister.
Ann Crawford, March 10, 2010
Roger Vaglia reports that Edward John Mrkonich died on March
21, 2010. "I'm sure classmates will remember 'MRK.' He was a larger
than life person who for a short time excelled in hockey at Harvard (Ed.
note: with the "M&M"s, Mahoney, Manchester,
and Marselais) but I am sure others will remember him for his poker,
bridge and pool abilities. Many 'donated' to the MRK Fund at the infamous
'pot limit, table stakes' poker games held regularly in Claverly. 'sic
transit gloria.' I never played, but I watched a lot of $$'s go his way."
Roger and Jim Moynihan roomed with Ed sophomore and junior years.
Ed worked in the automobile industry in the Chicago area until his retirement
to Miami, OK.
Clifford R. Thompson Jr. died on March 4, 2010, in Portland, Me.
He lived in Leverett House and graduated with us in 1955 with a degree
in Romance Languages. After graduating, he served for two years in the
U.S. Army Adjutant General Corps in Japan before returning to Harvard
for his Ph.D.
Cliff taught Spanish at Bowdoin College for 34 years, and chaired the
Department of Romance Languages before retiring in 1995.
Usher Al Moren notes that his wife Sue Fisher lost her long battle
with cancer in Harpswell, Maine on February 16, 2010. Al published a last
love letter to his wife in the Brunswick Maine Times Record on March 5,
2010. Those wishing to read it can go to
http.//www.timesrecord.com and go to the obituaries archives for Hersha
" Sue" Fisher Moren.
Al's letter also provides information as to where to send contributions
in Sue's memory, which will be distributed to Harpswell non-profits and
greater Brunswick non-profits that provide benefits to Harpswell residents.
Bob Blacklow has heard from Pam Walker that her husband Walter
Whitfield Isle died on January 14, 2010. Walter lived in Houston,
Texas where he taught at Rice University. Obit to follow.
Dave Bicks writes to note that Charles Lassiter Morgan died
on December 31, 2009.
There will be a memorial service at the Winchester Unitarian Society on
January 30 at 2:30 p.m.
Ricardo Hugh Francis-Lajara, July 3, 1994
(That's the date given by the HAA.)
Ricardo graduated with us in 1955 with a degree
in biology. He resided in Kirkland House where he was active in house
sports and a member of a number of clubs. He was also chairman of the
United Nations Council. In his 25th Reunion Report , Ricardo wrote that
upon graduation he returned to Puerto Rico where he received an LL.B from
the University of Puerto Rico Law School and an LL.M from the Harvard
Law School in 1962. He also spent two years at Harvard (1979-1982) towards
an S.J.D. Ricardo was a Senior partner in Francis & Doval in San Juan
and maintained an active practice in law, primarily with corporate clients.
He also taught taxes, corporate law and business planning at the University
of Puerto Rico Law School. He married Vanessa Vassallo in 1958 and they
had two daughters.
Jim Pates reports that Franklin D. Thompson, Jr.
died on December 2, 2009 of pneumonia after a series of illnesses. "
Frank was a loyal Harvard, Class, and Lowell House man."
Fern Weinfeld Cohen, 05/17/09
John W. Larrabee, Jr., 05/30/09
Francis J. Molloy, Jr., October 21, 2009
Robert W. Hicks, July 1, 1998
Mary Anne Goldsmith Schwalbe, who had a distinguished career as
an educator and an advocate for refugees, died of pancreatic cancer in
New York city on September 14, 2009. After graduation from Radcliffe in
1955, Mary Anne studied at the London Academy of Music and Drama. Returning
to New York, she worked in the theatre, then moved to Cambridge and a
position in the Radcliffe Admissions Office. Later, she became the Associate
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for Harvard and Radcliffe and was
the first woman to serve as the President of the Harvard Faculty Club.
In 1979 Mary Anne returned to New York City. She held administrative positions
at the Dalton and Nightingale-Bamford schools. A 1989 trip to Thailand
to work in a refugee camp began her commitment to the cause of refugees.
She was a founder of The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
and The International Rescue Committee of The United Kingdom. Throughout
the remaining years of her life, Mary Anne traveled extensively on behalf
of refugees, often to war zones. In recognition of her work, she was awarded
an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Marymount Manhattan. She is survived
by her husband Douglas, children Douglas, Will and Nina, and five grandchildren.
Classmates might want to read the blog which Will Schwalbe dedicated to
his Mother's last year of life: look on the web for "Will's
Mary Anne Schwalbe News."
Frank Hallowell White, 77, an environmental educator and owner
of Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset, died on Sunday after a courageous battle
with cancer. Born in 1932 in Boston, Frank White grew up on the Holly
Hill Farm, a property that had been in the family for five generations.
Raised by a mother who loved animals, the quiet joys of walking in the
woods, and community service and a father whose talents included sculpting
bronze horses, inventing tractors, sawmilling, and farming, Frank learned
early on to respect the value of hard work and to appreciate the resources
of the land. As a young student, Frank attended Derby Academy in nearby
Hingham. Following in his father's footsteps, his junior high and high
school years were spent at Groton School, a small New England private
school that stressed the importance of intellectual excellence along with
a dedication to public service. At Groton, Frank distinguished himself
as a three sport varsity athlete, a student leader who served as a senior
prefect and an excellent student with an affinity for literature.
At Harvard University, Frank majored in English, graduated magna cum laude
and continued to excel in athletics. As a wingback on the Harvard Varsity
Football team he threw the winning half-back option touchdown pass to
win the 1954 Harvard-Yale Game, for which he received the Boston Tobacco
Table's "Unsung Hero" Award. In 1955, Frank graduated with honors
and served as a class marshal. The following year he studied at Cambridge
University in England after winning the prestigious Fiske scholarship.
In 1957, Frank married Jean Miner, a Radcliffe College graduate to whom
he was married for 52 years. On his return from England, Frank became
an Assistant Dean of Freshman at Harvard University until he was drafted
into the US Army, eventually serving in the White House signal corps.
Upon completing his army service, he entered the Harvard Graduate School
of Education where he obtained a Master's degree. Realizing that he wanted
to obtain experience beyond the ivory tower, Frank moved the following
year to central Vermont where he taught for four years and served as Chairman
of the English Department at Otter Valley Regional High School in Brandon.
Returning to Groton School in 1963, Frank spent the next 10 years teaching
English, coaching varsity football and basketball, and serving on the
Groton Public School committee. Frank was especially proud of his establishment
in 1965 of the Groton Lowell Upward Bound Program, an educational initiative
designed to provide promising, low-income students with the study skills
to attend college.
In 1968, Frank returned to the Harvard Graduate School of Education to
better understand the ways that educational institutions could be more
responsive to the needs of students from a broader range of backgrounds.
In 1973, Frank became executive director of the Thompson Island Education
Center. Under his leadership, the center began providing a variety of
programs designed to support access to outdoor and environmental education
while emphasizing diversity training for teachers and students in the
Boston Public Schools. Over the course of the next 15 years, Thompson
Island Education Center served as an invaluable resource for the entire
Boston Public School community, providing a safe haven for students and
teachers of all races to come together in an environment that promoted
trust, cooperation, and communication. Frank continued to serve in the
field of education in subsequent positions at Boston Voyages in Learning
and as executive director of the Cambridge Public School Volunteers.
In 1998, Frank returned to the family farm in Cohasset with the vision
of making it an organic farm that could serve as a place to teach the
value of sustainable farming and the natural environment. With the help
of a series of dedicated farm managers, Holly Hill Farm began selling
fresh organic produce from the historic 19th century barn in the farmyard
and at the local farmer's market on Cohasset Common. Concomitantly, Frank
established the Friends of Holly Hill Farm, a nonprofit organization dedicated
to using the farm as a classroom for educational programs for students
of all ages. Programming included a strong emphasis on creating respect
for the natural environment, promoting sustainable agricultural practices,
and collaborating with local schools. Despite living with the challenges
of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for many years, Frank worked tirelessly
to promote the mission of the farm and to enable the Cohasset community
to enjoy the beauty of the farm's fields, marshes, and woods. A watercolor
artist, Frank sketched the drawings for a series of informational pamphlets
about the natural habitat of the property.
In addition to his wife Jean, Frank leaves behind his son, Justin White
of Bolton, MA, two daughters, Jennifer White of Belmont, MA and Emily
Sullivan of Newbury, MA, four grandchildren, and two brothers, Richardson
White, Jr. of Sperryville, VA and Donald White of Philadelphia, PA. A
Memorial Service will be held in October. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the Friends of the Holly Hill Farm c/o of the Frank White
Memorial Scholarship Program. For an online guestbook, please visit www.mcnamara-sparrell.com
McNamara-Sparrell Brighton-Cohasset-Norwell 781-383-0200 "Since 1820."
Donations to the Friends of the Holly Hill Farm c/o the Frank White Memorial
Scholarship Program should be sent to 190 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset, MA
Eugene Richard Blonsky, August 26, 2009
Lawrence M. Bitner, May 29, 2005
Fabia Frenning (Closson) Windle '55 died June 23, 2009 of a suddenly
diagnosed and rapidly developing cancer.
After graduation from Radcliffe, where she was captain of the sailing
and field hockey teams, she married Addison Closson, Harvard '55.
Together they had three children, Addison W. Closson III, now of Portsmouth,
RI, Lawrence F. Closson of Eliot, ME, and Fabia B. Closson of New York,
While Fay lived in Cambridge, she was active in a number of community
organizations, including one that she founded, the MotherPuckers, a women's
ice hockey team. She was famous within her family and among her friends
for her ability to do anything, from plumbing and porch roof repairs to
last-minute mending of torn party dresses with the wearer still in them.
Her son tells how she once wrenched the door of a moving car off its hinges
to rescue the young children inside.
After Fay's first marriage ended, she met Bill Windle, a widower with
three young daughters. She and Bill were married in 1979, and she readily
became mother to Hope H. Windle, now of Rosendale, NY, Penny Windle Kline
of Brooklyn Heights, NY, and Lilly F. D. Windle of Portland, OR. When
their children were grown, Fay and Bill travelled extensively all over
the world. At home in Chestnut Hill, they played competitive tennis, golf,
and paddle tennis.In addition to her husband and six children, Fay is
survived by her cherished grandchildren and her sister, Blanche F. Strater.
Daniel W. Taylor, June 29, 2009
Charles H.W. Verbeck, June 17, 2009
Alvin A. Voit, III, June 8, 2009
Frederic M. Kimball, May 8, 2009
John S. "Jack" Davison, June 16. 2009
Stan Katz reports that John S. Davison
died in Paris on June 16, 2009. "Jack had been very ill with multiple
myeloma for several years, but he seemed to be doing well with the medication
he was getting but he got a serious infection last week and went
downhill very quickly. There will be a funeral in Paris and possibly a memorial
in DC arranged by his two daughters, Alice and Juliet." Stan will let
us know when he hears any details about the DC event.
Gibson R.Yungblut died on April 7, 2009 while battling pneumonia
and complications from a fall in which he suffered a skull fracture. While
at Harvard he majored in the Physical Sciences and lived in Dunster House.
Gibby was a member of S.A.E. He received a bachelor's degree with us in
1955 and was drafted shortly thereafter, doing his primary service in the
Army as a tank commander at Fort Knox. Gibby went on to receive a law degree
from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A patent attorney, he
retired from the firm of Frost Brown Todd in 1997.
Gibby lived his entire life in Cincinnati.
He was a driving force behind the preservation of Union Terminal there,
thanks to decades of carefully salvaging artifacts from the building. He
also was instrumental in restoring it to its original style, down to the
authentic telephones in the presidents office. A member of the Cincinnati
Railroad Club since 1960, he and other club members salvaged what they could
from the Terminal during the demolition of the train concourse after it
closed in the early 1970s and later when it was being converted to a shopping
mall. Considered the Terminals historian, Gibby shared his extensive
knowledge through writings and slide presentations. He co-wrote the Cincinnati
Railroad Clubs Cincinnati Union Terminal: The Design and Construction
of an Art Deco Masterpiece, published in 1999. He was working on a
second book at the time of his death. His Cincinnati Railroad Club badge
has been sealed in a time capsule at the Union Terminal. It is to be opened
in 100 years.
Gibbys wife, Estella Beggs Yungblut, died in
2007. Survivors include sons Mark and David Yungblut , a daughter, Kate
Hart of Charleston, S.C., and five grandchildren.
Memorials can be sent to the Cincinnati Railroad Club, P.O. Box 14157, Cincinnati,
J. Max Bond, Jr., died of cancer on February 18, 2009. He attended
Harvard on a National Scholarship. While at Harvard Max lived in Lowell
House and majored in Architectural Sciences, graduating with us in 1955.
He was a member of the Liberal Union, the Society for Minority Rights
and the United Nations Council.
Maxs boyhood curiosity about a staircase in
a Tuskegee Institute dormitory and a trip to Tunisia opened his eyes to
North African construction. He developed a love of architecture, but at
Harvard, he was counseled by a faculty member to forego his architectural
aspirations because of his race. He persevered, despite the barriers in
what was an almost all-white profession, and received a master's degree
in Architecture from Harvard in 1958. Long the most influential African-American
architect in New York and one of a few black architects of national prominence,
Maxs reputation did not rest solely or even principally on design.
He was known as an educator at City College and Columbia University, an
exemplar to younger minority architects, and a prickly voice of conscience
within his profession on issues of racial and economic justice. "Architecture
inevitably involves all the larger issues of society," he said in
a 2003 interview. Gordon J. Davis, the founding chairman of Jazz at Lincoln
Center, said he had a "steel spine and rock-hard determination, qualities
always masked by a handsome gentlemanly exterior, a gracious and extraordinarily
collegial persona, and so many of the characteristics that are hallmarks
of a great and wonderful teacher and mentor."
At his death, Max was the partner in charge of the
museum portion of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World
Trade Center. His wife Jean Cary Bond survives him, as do his son, daughter
and three grandchildren.
Peter D. Junger died on November 11, 2006. He attended Harvard
on a National Scholarship, majoring in English and graduated with us in
Peter lived in Eliot House and was secretary of
the Advocate and a member of the Debate Council. He received his L.L.D
from the Harvard Law School in 1958. After practicing law for a number
of years, he accepted a faculty position at Case Western Reserve University's
School of Law where he was a computer law professor and Internet activist,
for many years, teaching a course entitled "Computers and the Law."
Peter is most famous for having fought against the U.S. government's regulations
of, and export controls on encryption software. He also did significant
legal theoretical work on the interplay between intellectual property,
computer law, and the First Amendment. He defined himself as a "First
Peter also developed an idiosyncratic interpretation
of the Second Amendment: the right to bear arms is the right to display
armorial bearings - coats of arms - and the original plain meaning of
the Amendment is that the government shall not infringe upon one's right
to be a lady or a gentleman. That interpretation was derived (loosely,
to be sure) from a 1955 decision of the Court of Chivalry, an English
court (known to Blackstone) that had been silent since 1737. Whether he
was serious about this or not was unclear at the time of his death.
Peter retired from the University in 2001 and became
a Professor of Law Emeritus. He was also a practicing Buddhist, president
of his local Buddhist Temple from 2003 to 2006. Peter was survived by
his mother, Genevieve Junger
David Bruce Cole died peacefully on February 22, 2009 at Cape Cod
Hospital after experiencing a brain hemorrhage. While at Harvard, he was
the recipient of a Harvard College Scholarship and lived in Eliot House
where he played house vollyball. He was a member of the Young Republican
Club and the Conservative League. David majored in English Literature
and graduated with us Magna Cum Laude in 1955, receiving an A.M. in 1956.
From 1957 to 1960 he served as an officer in naval intelligence and then
attended Harvard Law School receiving his L.L.B in 1963. After graduation
from Law School David and his wife Phyllis moved to Osterville, MA, where
he practiced law through out his life. He was active in the Bar Association
and a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Estate Planning Council
of Cape Cod, and chair of the first Barnstable Cable Advisory Committee
from the middle 70s until his death.
A highlight of Davids career was his work for the Enoch T. Cobb
Trust. Under his guidance, the Trust grew into a significant charity and
trust funds greatly benefitted Barnstable students. The Trusts most
visible achievement is the new Cobb Astro Park at Barnstable High School.
In recognition of Davids work on behalf of the Cobb Trust, Barnstable
High School named the parks observatory The David B. Cole
A lover of classical music and an accomplished pianist, David was a regular
at the Monomoy Theater and the Dennis Playhouse and was active as a lay
reader at St. James Episcopal Church. David and his wife were married
for 47 years. Phyllis, two sons, and two grandchildren survive him. Donations
in his memory may be made to the Enoch T. Cobb Trust,P.P. Box 1358 Hyannis,
MA 02601, or the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra,712A Main St. Yarmouthport,
Phyllis Fitzpatrick Harris died on February
25, 2009. She graduated with her Radcliffe class in 1955 and then enjoyed
8 weeks in Europe. In December 1955 she was married to William Rush, who
received his MD from Harvard in 1956. They lived in Cambridge while Phyllis
served as a Brookline Elementary School Librarian. The Rushes had two
daughters and eventually moved to Sacramento, CA. In 1967 they divorced
and Phyllis returned to her Yankee Soul in New England and
to Cambridge where, after three years of courtship, she married Charles
Ward Harris in 1970 and had two sons. Classmates will long remember the
wonderful 45th Reunion party that she and Chuck hosted at their Watertown
Always a bit of a rebel, Phyllis appreciated diversity in culture and
thought. She brought a special spark to all with whom she associated.
She enjoyed and was equally comfortable with people of all walks of life
and of all parts of the world. She loved the water from her youth throughout
all stages of her life. Phyllis is survived by her husband Charles Ward
Harris, her two daughters, two sons and six grandchildren. In an undated
note she wrote Dear Family, Remember me with smiles and laughter.
For that is how I will remember you. If you only remember me with tears,
then dont remember me at all.
Addison (Addie) W. Closson, Jr. of Manchester MA passed away on
March 12th 2009, after a year-long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS). While at Harvard he majored in Government and lived in Leverett
House, serving on the House hockey team and competing on Harvards
sailing team. He was also in the Ski Club, and a member of the Hasty Pudding,
Porcellian and Varsity Clubs. After graduating with us in 1955, he served
in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant JG, and skippered a PT boat that served
as the Eisenhower presidential launch in Newport RI. Addie subsequently
joined the family firm of Beckwith Arden, which manufactured shoe and
Throughout his business career, Addie was a prolific inventor and held
a number of patents, including, most recently, one for ballistic protective
fabrics for diplomatic and military vehicles and equipment.
Addie was known for his wit, charm, generosity and devotion to his many
friends and family. Besides sailing, tennis, socializing, storytelling,
and music (he was a talented jazz pianist), his greatest joys were his
family, class reunions, and his beloved Labrador retriever, Hattie, the
last dog to attend a Harvard football game.
Addie is survived by two sons and a daughter, three
grandchildren, his former wife Fabia (Frenning) Windel, mother of his
children, two sisters and Hattie.
A memorial service will be held on April 25th at
10 AM at the St. Johns Episcopal Church at 705 Hale Street in Beverly
Farms, MA. Donations may be made in his honor to the Berkley School of
Music of Boston.
David B. Cole, February 22, 2009
Phyllis Fitzpatrick Harris, February 25, 2009
More information to follow.
The Class extends its sympathy to Bill Lindemulder on the death
of his wife Ann on February 23, 2009. The Lindemulders were married for
The February 19 issue of The New York Times published an obituary for
Max Bond, who died of cancer on February 18, 2009.
Classmate Sheldon J. Nessell died in Delray Beach,
Florida on November 7, 2008.
A resident of Dudley House, he was active in house sports, editor of the
Dudley Reporter and co-chair of the Social Committee. Sheldon majored
in government and was a member of the Social Relations Society and Young
Democratic Club while at Harvard.
John Desmond and Roger
Bulger are saddened to report the death of their roommate Dick
Manning. John sent along the following obituary:
Richard J. Manning, 55,
died on Thursday, November 20, 2008. He was born in Homestead, PA in 1934
and was the son of Michael and Hanna Conley Manning. While at Harvard
Dick majored in American History and lived in Winthrop House. He was a
member of the freshman and Varsity basketball teams. In his senior year
he was chosen for the Lavietes MVP Award. After graduation he served in
the U. S. Army in Korea. His business career was in human resources and
he was a retired Vice President of Human Resources for the American Security
Bank in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Margaret
Buffett Manning, his daughters Carrie Manning and Beth Bryant, his son
Michael Manning, his stepdaughters Rowena Buffet Timms and Patricia Smith,
his stepson John Buffett, his sister, Margaret Mika and ten grandchildren.
Donations may be made in Dicks memory under the Memorial Program
to the Harvard College Fund (Attn: Vicky Cabot) in Memory of Richard
J. Manning and designated for Financial Aid/Scholarship.
Dick Marson reported the death of Jerold B. Shocker on January
14, 2009, after a brief illness. Jerry was a member of Dudley House where
he participated in house athletics. A history major, he was in the A.F.R.O.T.C.
and spent three years in the Air Force upon graduating in 1955. Prior
to moving to Palm Beach, Jerry's life centered in the Boston area where
he was one of the "usual suspects" at fall football class gatherings.
A CPA with a masters degree in taxation, his small accounting practice
specialized in professional corporations and tax planning and his clients
were spread around the country This afforded him an opportunity to travel,
combining business with pleasure.
In our 25th Reunion Report in 1980, Jerry expressed the hope that "'55
has in its ranks the scientist who will come up with the technological
breakthrough to solve our energy problems or the politician who will get
our country on a sound economical basis."
Jerry is survived by his son Rob, daughter Amy and grandson Ethan. A private
service was held and the family requests that donations in his memory
be made to the Harvard College Fund (Class of 1955) or to Hospice of Palm
Frank Duehay notes that Larry Fane died of prostate cancer
at his home in Manhattan on November 28, 2008. A resident of Adams House,
he majored in Psychology and was a member House Music Society, PBH and
the Hillel Foundation, graduating with us in 1955.
Lawrence Smith Fane was born on Sept. 10, 1933, in Kansas City,
Mo., and threw himself into painting as a youth. He continued his hobby
during pre-med studies at Harvard. He abandoned medicine to follow his
passion for art, and studied at the Boston Museum School and as an apprentice
to George Demetrios, a classical sculptor. His assignments included working
at a foundry in Florence, Italy, on the enlargement and casting of one
of Demetrios's large sculptures.
Larry was awarded a Rome Prize, which allowed him to work
at the American Academy in Rome for three years. He taught briefly at
the Rhode Island School of Design before moving to New York in 1966, where
he was on the art faculty of Queens College for many years.
Under disparate influences like ancient sculpture, Picasso and David Smith,
Larry began making semiabstract figurative sculpture in bronze and a combination
of steel and black marble concrete. In a 1976 review in The New York Times,
Hilton Kramer noted ''the personal poetry'' of his small reliefs in plaster
But most of Larry's work was becoming much bigger, and The Wall Street
Journal in 1985 published an article on the dangers of the welding jobs
he was doing on his massive works in steel. He said in an interview, ``I
burnt a small crater in my foot once.''
Larry used steel, bronze, concrete, wood and other materials
to create Expressionistic forms. He was noted in particular for his work
modeled on the drawings of the Italian Renaissance artist and engineer
Taccola. Mariano di Jacopo detto il Taccola, who lived and worked in the
14th and 15th centuries, was known for two notebooks of drawings of inventions,
including a suction pump and a paddleboat. Larry admired the drawings'
''animated theatricality'' and used them as inspiration to make surreal,
nonobjective, organic sculpture.
In 2006, he published an imagined conversation between him and Taccola,
titled M.T./L.F.: A Sculptor's Dialogue with Mariano Taccola, 15th-Century
Larry had many one-man shows, including one running at the Zabriskie Gallery
in Manhattan until Jan. 17, 2009. He asked that it proceed, despite his
He is survived by his wife, the former Diana Gilmore; his son, Dimitri,
of Eton, England; and his daughter, Anthea Fane of Manhattan.
John Lorenz reports that David Outerbridge died peacefully
on Monday, December 22 after a long illness. While at Harvard, he resided
in Leverett House where he played house squash. He also sang in the Glee
Club and majored in Government. After graduating with us in 1955, David
spent three years on a Navy destroyer in the North Atlantic.
David was open to new experiences and always seized opportunities
to explore different occupations. An avid traveler, a connoisseur of food
and wine, and an enthusiastic golfer, David was a regular contributor
to many national magazines on all three topics.
He also wrote many books on diverse subjects including:
The Last Shepherds, about the remaining traditional shepherds of Europe;
Easing the Passage, about taking control of ones own dying experience;
Champion in a Mans World, a biography of sportswoman and champion
golfer Marion Hollins; and The Hangover Handbook, which includes many
recipes from Belfast citizens and is translated into several languages,
including Russian and Japanese.
After some time in the retail business, he worked for
Tools for Freedom, a private foundation that provided tools and technical
assistance to Third World countries. This job brought David and his young
family to the Philippines for a year.
Later, David became the publisher at The Center for Urban
Education, a private organization evaluating the NYC public school system.
This job led him to establish his own publishing firm, Outerbridge &
Lazard, which published many ground-breaking books, including Touch the
Earth, on the American Indians; The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Book;
The Free People, about the 1960s cultural revolution; Towards a Visual
Culture, on the impact of television on education; and The Elephant Man,
later made into a major motion picture.
In the late 1970's David and his family moved to Maine.
Following the death of his friend Dick Saltonstall, owner/publisher of
The Republican Journal and The Bar Harbor Times, David became the publisher
of these newspapers, a job he held for three years. He continued to write
and edit to the end of his life.
Among his many accomplishments, one that he was proudest
of was his award-winning documentary on the potters Shoji Hamada and Bernard
Leach, which he produced for the BBC. Another was his professional association
as editor and resulting friendships with three actresses: Liv Ullmann,
whom he helped with her best-seller Changing; Ali MacGraw, whom he helped
with her best-seller Moving Pictures, and Debra Winger, whose recently
published Undiscovered was one of his last creative collaborations.
Each author-actress has spent time in Belfast and is a
supporter of the Belfast Maskers, another of Davids loves. Close
to his heart as well was the log cabin he built with his family on 700
Acre Island in the early 1970's where the family lived for two years and
where David continued to go to write into his final years.
David leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Lilias; his
sons, Benoni, Oliver, Thomas and Josh; seven grandchildren; and two sisters.
Instead of flowers, donations may be made in his
memory to Belfast Maskers, PO Box 1017, Belfast, ME 04915.
John Desmond and Roger Bulger are saddened to report that
their roommate Richard J. Manning died on November 20, 2008.
Phyllis Yood Beineke notes that Elaine Paradise
Muise died on November 24,2008.
Allan Rosenfield passed away from ALS at his home on Sunday, October
12. After Allan's illness became widely known, tributes and awards flooded
in to recognize his multi-layered leadership in public health and health
care. Allan received a degree in biochemistry with us in 1955 before entering
Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) to
be a doctor, a career goal he put to paper at age 10. After graduating
from P&S in 1959, he returned to Boston for an internship and one
year of general surgical residency. After two years in the U.S. Air Force,
he entered the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at what is
now Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The path that led him to be called "doctor to millions" started
when he was stationed with the Air Force in South Korea and an interest
in underserved populations was sparked. He sought out work abroad and
combined a teaching assignment in a new medical school in Nigeria with
a honeymoon with Clare, his wife of more than 40 years. Assignments in
Africa and Thailand laid the groundwork for his lifetime commitment to
global public health. That commitment brought him back to Columbia in
1975, when he was recruited as a professor of public health to found a
Center for Population and Family Health and to head ambulatory services
in the medical school's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served
as acting chairman of obstetrics and gynecology for two years before becoming
dean of the School of Public Health.
His assignment at Columbia spanned 33 years but his impact on public health
spanned the globe. While addressing worldwide health needs, he identified
gaps in local health care delivery that paralleled challenges in distant
countries. He and colleagues created evening clinics for adolescent women
and men and innovative school-based clinics in middle and high schools
throughout Upper Manhattan.
Allan become dean at Columbia's School of Public Health
in 1986. He led the school to new heights and was the longest serving
dean of any school of public health in the nation. In 1998, the School
was renamed the Mailman School of Public Health. Public health started
as a program in the medical school, but Allan was integral to the program
becoming a full-fledged school with a world-class reputation for educating
public health professionals, providing access to care where it was needed,
raising awareness of AIDS (including mother-to-child transmission of HIV)
in the developing world, and promoting reproductive health and empowerment
of women to control their own bodies.
Allan and colleagues used foundation support to launch the MTCT-Plus Initiative
to extend AIDS treatment to mothers, their children, and families. A $125
million grant from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief enabled
the creation of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs;
more than 500,000 individuals in sub-Saharan Africa have benefited from
Allan's leadership also physically unified most of Columbia's
public health programs under one roof when the school moved into the building
formerly occupied by the New York State Psychiatric Institute. In 2006,
thanks to the generosity of many donors, the Columbia University Trustees
named the Allan Rosenfield Building in tribute to him. He ushered in many
academic initiatives and degree programs, strengthened the school's six
departments, and recruited new faculty to broaden the scope of academic
public health to include health care finance, environmental issues, epidemiological
and biostatistical assessment of diseases, the impact of social and behavioral
issues on health, disaster preparedness, and reproductive and maternal
and child health care.
Many organizations outside Columbia also benefited from Allan's vision,
including the Association of Schools of Public Health (he was former chair),
the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the Scientific
and Technical Advisory Committee of WHO's Human Reproductive Programme,
the boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Guttmacher
Institute, the New York State Department of Health AIDS Advisory Council,
and amfAR. He served on the boards of many other nonprofits, including
the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Henry J. Kaiser Family
Allan leaves his wife Clare, son Paul and daughter-in-law
Rachel, daughter Jill and son-in-law Marc Baker, and five grandchildren.
Condolences can be sent to the family c/o Mailman School of Public Health,
722 West 168th Street, Suite 1040G, New York, NY 10032. In lieu of flowers,
the family has requested that donations be made to the Allan Rosenfield
Fund at the Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168 Street,
14th Fl., New York, NY 10032.
The Class extends its sympathy to Michael Moskow and his wife Donna
on the recent tragic loss of their son Kenneth, '83, who died of a heart
attack on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Dick Marson notes that the Boston Globe published the notice of
Carol Alexander Novak's death on September 3, 2008. Carol is survived
by her daughter and son, three grandchildren and her domestic partner.
Gifts in her name may be made to either the Jewish-Arab community Neveh
Shalom in Israel
( www.oasisofpeace.org) or Planned
Carl Goldman and Dick Dolins (via Ilene) report that Burt
Berson passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2008. Burt was active in Dunster
House sports, the Pre-Med Society and PBH. A Dean's list student, he graduated
with a degree in biology in 1955 and received an MD from the University
of Rochester in 1959.
After time in the U.S. Army Medical Service, Burt did a three year orthopedic
residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital and over time became the chief of
sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at the hospital, as well as associate
clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of
Medicine. In our 50th Report Burt listed his most important professional
activity as establishing the position of Director in Chief of cerebral
palsy and sports medicine clinics at Mount Sinai and associated hospitals
for the treatment of indigent patients.
Burt had pancreatic cancer for 2 1/2 years and lived far beyond what they
thought he would. The funeral was Tuesday, July 15th. Rabbi Harvey
Tattlebaum officiated at a very special service. He leaves his special
significant other - Joyce Hirsch (they have been together for 10 years),
two children and two grandchildren.
Joyce lives at 1764 Bay Blvd. Atlantic Beach, NY. 11509.
Malcom Davis reports that his Dunster House roommate John Buckler
Parsons passed away peacefully on June 19, 2008 in Baltimore, Md.
While at Harvard "Bucky"participated on the House hockey and
golf teams and was a member of the Dance Committee and the Harvard Outing
Club. He graduated with us in 1955 with a degree in Economics.
Bucky's professional career spanned four decades of computer development
as he worked for IBM, ITT, Honeywell, Unysis and other computer companies.
He was an avid and expert golfer, and after retiring obtained his Master
Teaching Certificate from the Professional Golf Teachers of America. Bucky
taught golf both in Canada and the U.S. Other sports he loved were skiing,
fishing, bird hunting, flying small planes and skeet and trap shooting.
He is survived by his wife, the former Gwen Hewey; sister, Marion; children,
Gregory, Traci, Stuart, and Sharon and four stepchildren, 18 grandchildren
and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity
of choice. Gwen lives at 1556 Lake Annis Road, R.R. 1 South Ohio. Nova
Scotia BOW 3 EO Canada.
The Class extends its sympathy to Al Rossow on the death of his
wife Phyllis on June 5th. Phyllis was a loyal follower of Harvard football,
who attended many a tailgate with fellow '55ers over the years. We will
The Rossows are planning a small funeral service next week to be followed
by a Memorial service sometime in the Fall.
Your Class Secretary is sorry to send along notice of the deaths of
Melville G. MacKay, Jr., April 15, 2008
Richard L. Romonek, June 24, 2007
Dick Marson reports that Martin Herbert
Myers died on April 19, 2008. Marty was a member of Leverett House
where he was in the Christmas show. He was a student teacher for PBH and
participated in Drumbeats and Song. Marty received his AB in Social Relations
with us in 1955. Upon graduation he served in the Army as a TI&E instructor.
Later he trained in retail and worked for the Tandy Corporation for many
years, before going into real estate. He is survived by his wife Linda,
son Andrew and daughter Lauren.
Your Class Secretary reports the following deaths received from a January
1st through March 26th, 2008 Necrology Report from the Harvard Alumni
Patricia Nye Harding, October 23, 2007
George M. Notter, Jr., December 26, 2007
Eugene J. Ryan, February 25, 2008
Robert L. Shirley, March 8, 2008
No further information is available at this time.
Frank Duehay reports that Ted Vautrinot passed away quietly
on Thursday, September 15, 2007 at the AVOW Hospice in Naples, Florida.
He had been dealing with pancreatic cancer for five years. Ted was with
us for two years before joining the Air Force for a tour of 24 years.
He received his B.S. from the University of Wyoming in 1967 and an M.B.A.
from USC in 1976. At the time of our 50th he listed as his most rewarding
activity "Teaching economics (preaching capitalism) in Eastern Europe
(Romania and Slovakia) for the International Executive Service Corps."
Ted also sang in barbershop quartets for 36 years and enjoyed sailing,
golf and flying.
Ted is survived by his wife Patricia, three daughters and four grandchildren.
There will be a memorial Mass in Naples at St Peter the Apostle church
on Sat. Nov. 24 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
your local Hospice, to the church of your choosing or to the Barbershop
Society to which you belong. There will be another memorial service at
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middle Granville, New York next spring.
Your Class Secretary also reports the following additional
deaths received from a November Necrology Report from the Harvard Alumni
Peter J. Belton, October 18, 2007
James B. Canning, February 6, 2007
Sherman S. Chang, May 22, 2005
Henriette Doll DeVity, June 2, 2007
Edwin V. Erbe, Jr., July 16, 2007
Marie Dumper Ferguson, May, 12, 2000
Stephen J. Sigler, November 1, 2006
On October 31, 2007 Bernard R. Kafka passed away suddenly at the
age of 76.
While at Harvard he was a resident of Adams House where he played on the
house football, basketball and baseball teams. He was also a member of
PBH and the Pi Eta. Bernie earned his A.B..with us in 1955 and his J.D.
at Boston University School of Law in 1958. He was a practicing attorney
for over 40 years with the law firm Kafka & Kaufman, P.C. in Sharon,
MA where he lived most of his life. He had been admitted to practice in
all the Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States
District Courts for the District of Massachusetts and the District of
Columbia and the Courts of Appeal in both of those Federal Districts.
Bernie was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the District
of Columbia Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the
Norfolk County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the
Massachusetts Conveyancers Association.
Bernie was a devoted community member, supporting the Sharon Rotary Club
for over 40 years and serving as governor of some 3,500 district members
of Rotary International in 1988-'89. He was also an active member of the
Sharon Historical Society, the Sharon Chamber of Commerce, the Friends
of the Sharon Public Library and many other civic and social organizations
in the town. When asked to provide his most rewarding professional/volunteer
activity for his 50th Reunion Report, Bernie replied "helping those
Over 500 people attended his Memorial Service held in Sharon..
Bernie is survived by Georgette, his wife of 52 years, his six children
and eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews..
Remembrances may be made to the Sharon Rotary Club, Gifts of Hope Program,
P.O. Box 534, Sharon, MA 02067.
Harvard Magazine reports that Charles Cummings Gifford, Jr. died
on June 10, 2007 in West Hartford, CT. Bill Coughlin, a classmate
of his at Roxbury Latin, reports that he lived at home in Cambridge while
with us at Harvard and was "just a great guy." Charles served
in the Army in Germany as a Russian Language Specialist and as an oceanographer
at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution before spending most of his
life as a mathematics and science teacher at various Connecticut private
schools. He is survived by his wife Mildred, two daughters and a son.
Carlota Shipman Smith died on May 24, 2007. She leaves her cherished
husband John Robertson, a professor at the U. of Texas Law School, her
children, Alison and husband Alan, and Joel and wife Rosemary and her
grandchildren Sylvia and Ari. Carlota was a professor in the Linguistics
Department at the U. of Texas. Her research included language acquisition,
language and literature, and Navajo, Mandarin, and French linguistics.
She was a strong advocate for women throughout the university.
Peter Lee Shoup died of a heart attack on June 2, 2007. He is survived
by his wife Harriet and two daughters. Peter lived at 3932 Via Reposo,
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92067-1885.
Edward K. Moll, 74, of Bath ME died Tuesday, September 11, 2007
at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts. He was born in Toledo, Ohio
in 1933, son of Edward H. Moll and Irene Kuhlman Moll. Ed grew up in Longmeadow,
Massachusetts and graduated from Springfield Technical High School in
1951. He attended Harvard and MIT simultaneously, receiving a degree in
Applied Science from Harvard and in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
from MIT. A resident of Dunster House, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with
us in June, 1955.
On June 9, 1956 Ed married Gene Skewis and raised six children. In 1963
they moved to Bath, Maine where he went to work for BIW. Ed started there
as Chief Hull Engineer and ended as Director of Production Design in a
thirty-four year career. He received numerous citations for excellence
in his work and retired in 1997.
Ed was community oriented and served two terms as president of the Bath
YMCA and two terms as Senior Warden of Grace Episcopal Church, Bath. He
was currently on the Board of Directors of the Bath Historical Society.
His hobbies included fine furniture refinishing, sailing, golfing and
choral singing. He sang tenor when First Parish Church, Brunswick, went
to England and Scotland in 2003 and again when they went to Ireland and
Wales in 2006. His local choir was Grace Church, Bath and he sang with
the Calvary Church Choir in Santa Cruz, California when he was there.
When the Maine Maritime Museum started in Bath in 1963, in a storefront
downtown, Ed was the first Director of Exhibits and built 20 glass and
wood cases for shop models they had acquired.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gene, four daughters and two sons
and thirteen grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made
to the Grace Church Music Program, Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington
St., Bath, Maine, 04530. Services are at 12:30 on Saturday, September
29 at Grace Episcopal Church in Bath. Reception to follow at Maine Maritime
The Boston Globe on September 12th noted the death of classmate Anthony
Day on September 2, 2007. Tony's wife Lynn survives him. Her address
is 135 Ridgecrest Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
David Halberstam was born on April 10, 1934 in New York City.His
father was a surgeon in the military and his mother a teacher. The family
moved around the country during his childhood, spending time in Texas,
Minnesota and Connecticut.
While at Harvard Dave resided in Dunster House, and served as the Assistant
Sports Editor and Managing Editor of the Crimson. He received his AB in
History with us in June, 1955.
Upon graduating, Dave worked as a general assignment reporter in the south
in Mississippi and then in Tennessee after six months in the Army in South
Carolina. In 1960 he went to work as a reporter in the Washington Bureau
of the New York Times. The Times sent him to the Congo and eventually
to Vietnam in 1962 where he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his international
reporting which often rankled those in power within the government and
military. He finished his book on "The Making of a Quagmire"in
1965. In 1967 Dave began a career as a free-lance writer. A gifted storyteller,
he wrote 21 books, 15 of which were bestsellers.His 1972 book about US
government leaders during the Vietnam era."The Best and the Brightest"
established his reputation as a chronicler of power--
how it was accrued and used, whatever the arena and whoever the protagonists
Other books included "America and Vietnam During the Kennedy Era,"
"The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy," "The Powers
That Be," and "The Breaks of the Game The best-seller, "War
in a Time of Peace," about American involvement in the Persian Gulf
was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction.
Dave wrote about subjects as diverse as Robert F. Kennedy, the American
media, Michael Jordan, the Japanese auto industry, and a pair of local
sports legends, Ted Williams and Bill Belichick, the latter dissected
in the 2006 book "The Education of a Coach." His "The Summer
of '49" detailed one of the greatest pennant races between the Red
Sox and the New York Yankees and the central role baseball played in postwar
America. We will remember him for "My Twenty Years" in our 20th
Anniversary Report and for "Preface: The Frank Sinatra Generation"
which prefaced our 50th Anniversary Report.
Dave had just finished correcting the galleys of what will be his 21st
book, "The Coldest Winter," about battles in the Korean War
in the winter of 1950 and 1951. The 700-plus page book, which he worked
on for 10 years, is scheduled to be published by Hyperion in September.
Dave is survived by his wife, Jean and daughter Julia. Jean comments "Dave
would like to be remembered as an historian and particularly remembered
for his generosity to his peers and young people choosing the field of
A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 12 in the
Riverside Church, 121st and Riverside Drive, New York. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made in Dave's name to Teach for America, Mississippi
Delta, 299 South 9th Street, Suite 212, Oxford, Mississippi 38655.
(Boston Globe Newspaper staff writers David Abel, Gordon Edes, and Don
Aucoin contributed to this obituary. Material from the Associated Press
was also used.)
Renny Little is sorry to report that Dave Halberstam was
killed in a car crash Monday, April 23, 2007 at 1:30 PM (EDT) while working
on a book about the legendary 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore
Colts and the New York Giants.
Dave was riding in a car that attempted to take a left hand turn and was
broadsided by another vehicle in Menlo Park, about 25 miles south of San
Francisco. Although he was extricated before the car caught fire, he was
pronounced dead at the scene, and the cause appeared to be internal injuries
according to the San Mateo County Coroner.
At the time of the car accident, Dave was being driven to an interview
with Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle by a graduate journalism student
from the University of California at Berkeley, where Dave had visited
and spoke to journalism students over the weekend.
Menlo Park police are still investigating the accident. The driver of
the car carrying Dave and the operator of the car that crashed into his
were both injured, but not seriously.
Dave's wife Jean said Monday that she would remember Dave most for his
"unending, bottomless generosity to young journalists."
We will all remember his deep base voice and his friendship with all our
classmates. He is also survived by his daughter, Julia. The Class will
await the family's decision as to how they wish to recognize Dave and
will act at that time.
Dick Marson reports that Peter William Kenney died on February
18, 2007 in Homewood, Alabama. Rosemary, his wife of forty years, informed
me that Pete put up a valiant fight against prostate cancer. He majored
in Government and was in Winthrop House while with us at Harvard. A freshman
and JV football player, Pete also participated in track. He was a member
of the Fly Club and the Hasty Pudding.
After receiving his AB in 1955, Pete served in the U.S. Army and embarked
on an eleven year career in the reinsurance business and then over twenty
years as a teacher and administrator in CT, ME, and AL. Along the way
he earned an MA from Villanova and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University
Pete retired in 1992 and then pursued his hobbies, being active in senior
track and field at the local, state, regional and national levels, and
winning awards in a number of events in the Alabama Senior Olympics and
the National Senior Games. He also wrote magazine articles and book reviews,
contributing biographical essays for library reference books published
by Thomson Gale such as the Armchair Detective, Mystery Readers Journal
and the Dictionary of Literary biography. The Kenneys discovered ballroom
dancing in 2003.
Pete is survived by his wife, a brother, three nieces and five nephews.
After a Mass of Resurrection Pete was buried in the Field of Honor at
Currie-Jefferson Memorial Gardens. Rosemary lives at 606 Devon Drive,
Birmingham AL 35209.
On Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, while traveling in Bijapur, India,
Roland Hok died of an apparent heart attack at age 74. While
at Harvard, he was a Harvard Scholar residing in Lowell House where he
was active in house soccer and squash and was a tenor in the Harvard Glee
Club. Roland graduated with us in 1955 with an AB in biology and then
went on to receive an MD at the McGill Medical School in 1959. A three
year course in ophthalmology at the Ohio State University Hospitals followed.
Roland interned at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, then worked
in a mobile medical clinic for the African Research Foundation in Kenya.
Roland practiced privately in Concord, New Hampshire for 34 years.
He loved working with his hands, and his broad curiosity led him to try
many different projects. He held wide interests in farming, evolutionary
biology and life sciences, music, woodworking, alternative energy, and
politics. He experimented with pottery, carpentry, wood turning, milling
lumber, brewing hard cider, raising cows and sheep, building wood-fired
saunas and bread ovens, and growing shitake mushrooms on logs. He took
as much satisfaction from learning how to do new things as from the results
of his endeavors.
Roland took pleasure in hard work. With help from his wife Kitty and other
farming friends, he cultivated an abundant organic garden. He grew beds
of raspberries and blueberries, and found joy in picking and sharing them
with neighbors and friends. He loved to dig potatoes and stack firewood
with his grandchildren, Ben, Russell and Sam O'Donnell. His greatest pleasure
was the enjoyment others took from his work.
Roland also took an active part in the greater Concord
community. At the Unitarian Church, he enjoyed participating in monthly
discussion groups, working on various committees, and taking part in the
annual spring cleaning. Loving music, he was a charter member of the Concord
Chorale, sang in the church choir, wrote songs for family occasions, and
enjoyed playing his fiddle with the Strathspey and Reel Society. His term
on the Concord City Council gave him respect for the work and difficulties
involved in politics. He also played a large role in running Frontiers
of Knowledge, a local lecture series.
While his family and the local community were the center of Roland's life,
he had a global outlook that prompted his participation in politics, environmentalism
and international service. Many people were hosted in the Hok household,
from foreign exchange students to political campaign workers and SERVAS
travelers. He was an early proponent of solar power, and installed a solar
water heating system and solar porch in his home. During his retirement,
Roland donated his medical services in Nepal and Guatemala.
Roland is survived by his wife Katharyn (Kitty) Saltonstall (R '56) and
four children: Thomas, Jennifer, Timothy and Katharyn. Donations can be
made to the Unitarian Church, at 274 Pleasant St., Concord, NH, or checks
can be marked in his memory and sent to the Louis August Jonas Foundation,
9A West Market St., Rhinebeck, N.Y. 12572.( Excerpts from the Concord,
William Herring Chrisman, 74, of Paradise Valley, Arizona and Christmas
Cove, Maine, died on January 29, 2007. He was born June 28, 1932 in Evanston,
Illinois and grew up in Winnetka, Illinois. Bill attended Choate School
in Wallingford, Connecticut. While at Harvard he majored in Economics
lived in Winthrop House and ran cross country, track and the Bostom Marathon
three times. He was a member of the Freshman Union Committee, PBH, and
the Hasty Pudding Club. A loyal supporter of the Class of 1955, he was
a member of the Permanent Class Committee and, with Dan Donahoe,
engineered a very successful mini-reunion for his classmates in Arizona,
Upon graduating with us in 1955, Bill served as an artillery officer in
the U. S Army in West Germany with the Second Armored Division. He started
his career in advertising at Leo Burnett in Chicago. He moved to the Clairol
Division of Bristol-Myers in NewYork, where he developed and marketed
twelve hair products, among them the Frost and Tip Kit, which became the
Cosmetics Fair magazine product of the year for 1968. Also for Clairol,
he planned, designed, built, and operated Big Surf, the world's first
authentic water surfing facility located in Tempe, Arizona, for which
he won the Builders of Greater Arizona award in 1971. Bill took the first
wave himself. He later developed a line of "Famous Iowa Foods,"
which won acclaim from the likes of Bon Appetite magazine. In 1987, he
started Real Estate Valuation Consultants from which he recently retired.
Bill was an endurance athlete. He climbed the highest mountain on three
continents and continued running marathons. Knee problems caused him to
switch to Masters Open Water long distance swim races throughout the United
States. He swam from Point Bonita, California to under the Golden Gate
Bridge, around Alcatraz and into Aquatic Park in San Francisco, and also
around Key West, Florida, and was contracted to be the oldest English
Channel swimmer at age 70. His dream was aborted by a torn shoulder rotator
cuff three months before the attempt.
Bill's love of Harvard was demonstrated by continuing involvement in the
affairs of the College. Recently he sponsored the student-driven Living
Wage Campaign at Harvard to raise salaries of service workers there. He
felt that he had been born into fortunate circumstances and that he had
advantages other youths, smarter than he, did not have. After college,
Bill sought out high school students of excellent character and leadership
ability from low-income neighborhoods in Chicago and New York and mentored
them to achieve full scholarships from Harvard. Bill was a fourth-generation
Western Iowa Hill Country farm operator. In recent years, he continued
mentoring students, this time outstanding Iowa farmers' daughters, to
obtain full scholarships from Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Notre Dame, among
others. He taught Sunday school for 18 years at the Paradise Valley United
Methodist Church, volunteered at the André House Hospitality Center
for the Homeless in Phoenix, and at the Bath Area Soup Kitchen in Maine.
Bill enjoyed his summers boating on his beloved Midwester II, a modified
wooden lobster boat. A kind and gentle man with grace, style, and good
humor, He will be deeply missed by his family, classmates and friends.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret ("Maggie") Chrisman,
his daughters Katherine Chrisman and Emily Stocking, his sons-in-law William
Tucker and Randal Stocking, step-children Amelia Cramer, Janet Grossman,
and Peter Craig, their spouses, Amy Cramer and Douglas Grossman and nine
grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 17, 2007
at the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive,
Paradise Valley, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to The Core Knowledge Foundation, 801 E. High Street, Charlottesville,
VA 22902 or The Damariscotta River Association, P.O. Box 333, Damariscotta,
Joseph M. Donald JR., M.D., 74, passed away Friday, December 29,
2006. Born and reared in Birmingham, Alabama, Joe lived in Hollis and
Adams House while at Harvard, where he played house football, golf and
softball. A pre-med student, he majored in biology and graduated with
us in 1955. Joe was a member of the BAT Club and the Hasty Pudding Club.
He was awarded his M.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of
Medicine and completed his internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore,
After completing his residency in surgery at the University of Alabama
Medical Center, he began the private practice of surgery in Birmingham
in 1964. Before his retirement, Joe was chief of surgery at South Highlands
Hospital, predecessor of Health South Medical Center on Birmingham's South
side. He was a past president of the Alabama Chapter of the American College
of Surgeons, Birmingham Surgical Society, and Southern Surgeons Club.
He was also active in the Southern Surgical Association, Jefferson County
Medical Society, and Birmingham Clinical Society. A lifelong resident
of Birmingham, Joe was a member of The Country Club of Birmingham, The
Redstone Club, Mountain Brook Club, and Matthews Marauders Dogfight.
He is survived by his wife, Forsyth Sellers Donald; his daughters, Virginia
Donald Latham (Carl Richard) of Atlanta, George, and Kathryn Donald Shook
of Birmingham; and his son, Joseph Marion Donald, III (Mary Carney) of
Birmingham. Joe also is survived by a brother, Thomas Towey Donald, M.D.
(Anna); a sister, Diane Donald; and six grandchildren: Elizabeth Sellers
Shook, Henry Lindstrom Shook, Jr., Caroline Carney Donald, Elizabeth Harris
Forsyth Donald, Joseph Marion Donald IV, and Virginia Forsyth Latham.
Honorary pallbearers at his service and burial included his college roommate
Memorials may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,
14 Office Park Circle, Birmingham, AL 35223, or the Emmet O'Neal Library,
50 Oak Street, Birmingham, AL 35213.
The Class extends it sympathy to Frank Molloy on the death of his
wife Mary on December 12th.The Molloys were married for over 48 years.
Mary was a retired Boston School Teacher.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary's memory to St. Mary's
Life Teen Center, 420 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026.
Wally Bregman reports that Mayer Hecht died on Wednesday,
October 18th. Mayer had informed Wally recently that he had a terminal
cancer. Wally and Robbie attended the funeral on Friday, October 20th.
Mayer is survived by his wife Joy, a daughter, son and four grandchildren.
Dick Marson reports that Carl L. Coran has died.
A telephone call to Carl's son Mark (his wife Ursel is in Germany) informed
me that he died either late night August 16, or early morning, August
17, 2006. Mark did not disclose the cause of death (and I forgot to ask!).
Carl was a Lowell House resident, serving on the House
Social Committee. He was also a member of the Hillel Foundation and the
A.F.R.O.T.C. After graduating with us he spent two years in the Air Force
as an intelligence officer and shortly thereafter, entered federal service
which he made his career.
Carl traveled extensively from 1961 to 1975 when he was reassigned to
Washington where he was selected to attend the National Defense University
and also received a Masters from George Washington University. At the
time of our 25th in 1980 he was serving as an Administrative Officer for
the Department of the Air Force. In Washington he was active with the
Boy Scouts of America and a member of a number of charitable institutions.
I have little information from the last 26 years except to note that he
lived in Fairfax, VA and his address at one time was the American Embassy.
At the time of our 40th he was attached to the Office of Information Technology
for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Carl is survived by his wife Ursel, son Mark and two sisters.
Henry Scammell died of a heart attack on July 29, 2006 while undertaking
one of his favorite passions - fishing near Monomoy Island off Chatham,
MA. He would have been the first to proclaim that it was the way to go.
For a history of his life leading up to his entrance to Harvard in 1951
and life thereafter, refer to the 50th Report. Suffice to say that he
graduated magna cum laude in 1961, completing the requirements in two
At the time of our 25th Henry was a freelance writer and owned an advertising
agency. His firm produced the logo used for our 25th Reunion, which was
updated and used for the 50th Report. When the agency folded Henry moved
to Orleans and turned to writing full time. He was a prolific writer.
He wrote letters to the editor for newspapers; articles for magazines,
and about a dozen books. He excelled in translating complicated medical
and legal jargon into easy-to-understand prose. One of his earliest books
"The Road Back," highlighted a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
Five years after its publication, a group of patients formed the Road
Back Foundation which advocated research and education regarding the treatment
and causes of the disease. Henry served on the Foundation's board of directors
for many years, responding by mail, e-mail or telephone to anyone who
contacted him after reading his book.
Contributions should be directed to the Foundation. (www.roadback.org).
Henry's last book, written in 2004, was entitled "Giant Killers:
The Team and the Law that Help Whistle-Blowers Recover America's Stolen
Billions". At the time of his death He was hoping his next book would
expand upon the life of one of the deeply affected whistle-blowers.
Among their volunteer activities, Henry and Caroline went to South Africa
where they helped to construct homes, clinics and day care centers. He
could always be counted to help with class activities, writing the "Class
Profile - 15 Years Out, Whatever Happened to the Class of 1955?, Nothing
Personal of Course",which he wrote supposedly based on anonymous
questionnaires received from classmates. This was also true for the "Class
Profile Forty-Five years out - Hope for Extended Life Dimming". For
the 50th Report, your Report editor sent him to Okefenokee Swamp to interview
honorary classmate Pogo Possum. Henry was up to the task and Pogo's report
reflects Henry's wonderful articulate sense of humor and knowledge of
his subject and of U.S. history
Henry is survived by his wife Caroline and two daughters; a stepson and
stepdaughter; four grandchildren and his former wife Lorna Hoover. A memorial
service was held on Thursday, August 3, 2006. The Class was represented
by our Treasurer, Dick Zwetsch.
(Exerpts taken from an obituary by Machael Naughton, Globe Correspondent
published in the Boston Globe on August 2, 2006.)
James B. Palais died on Sunday, August 6th after a long illness.
He lived in Straus, played freshman basketball and lived in Kirkland House,
graduating with us in 1955. He then joined the Army as an EM and enrolled
at the Army Language School in Monterey, California.,where he intended
to study Russian, but the classes were full. Jim opted for Korean instead
and upon matriculation, spent a year and a half in Korea. He then went
on to receive a master's degree from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard in
This proved fortunate for students of Korean history, as Jim became one
of the field's foremost scholars, mentoring a generation of academics
and writing books still regarded as authoritative during his 33 year tenure
at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Jim continued to teach part time after his retirement from the UW in 2001.TheJames
B. Palais Professorship of Korean History was established in his honor
at the UW. After his retirement, he served as dean for international studies
at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea for three years.
Jim wrote books on Korea's history and human rights, most notably the
1,230-page "Confucian Statecraft and Korean Institutions", a
work covering 500 years of Korean history. The book won the John Whitney
Hall Book Prize as the best book on Japan or Korea in 1998 by the Association
for Asian Studies. Some of his writings were controversial, such as his
characterization of Korea as a slave society for part of its history.
That was unpopular with some Korea-based scholars, but even they had respect
for his meticulous research which led him to study texts written in Korean,
Chinese and Japanese.
In addition to his wife, Jane Palais, son Mike Palais, and daughter-in-law
Sandra Evans of Tacoma, Jim is survived by daughter Julie Schneider of
California and one grandson.
There was no funeral at his request, but the UW is organizing a memorial.
No date has been set. Donations in Jim's name can be made to the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society or the American Cancer Society.
(Excerpts taken from an obituary written by Jim Brunner, Seattle Times
staff reporter, used with permission of the Seattle Times Company.)
Peter Elvins died on April
8, 2004 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a five-year remission
from esophageal cancer. Equipped with a bass voice and an aura of confidence,
Peter had a lifelong passion for opera. Passing for 18, he was hired as
a chorister for the prestigious Chautauqua Opera Company in New York when
he was 15, beginning a 55-year career as an opera singer and teacher that
led him to perform all over the world.
Born in Cambridge, Peter grew up in St. Louis. He returned to study English
at Harvard, graduating cum laude with us in 1955. He then joined the Army,
where he became one of the original 12 members of the US Army Chorus.
In 1957 he married Anna Gabrieli, also a well-known opera singer and voice
teacher. Moving to Milan with their young children in 1962, Peter and
his wife studied voice and sang in various opera houses. Peter was also
a writer and editor and worked as a correspondent at La Scala, the opera
house in Milan, Italy, for The Metropolitan Opera Guild's magazine, "Opera
He wrote articles and interviews of important conductors,
singers, set designers, and teachers, and reviews of all the operas during
his tenure there in the '60's until his move to Germany to sing in 1971.
After living in Milan for nine years, Peter moved to Germany where he
sang for six years in the opera houses of Osnabrueck, Ulm, Heidelberg,
and Coburg. He also had leading roles in Spain, Austria, and Belgium.
Returning to the United States in 1977, he performed in New York, San
Francisco, Connecticut, and Boston, where he was a regular performer with
the Boston Lyric Opera between 1980 and 1989.
Peter spent the last 25 years of his life teaching voice and courses in
opera, the latter attended by many of his classmates.
In addition to his wife, Peter leaves three daughters, Elisabeth Culver
of Yorba Linda, CA, Eleonora of Montclair, N.J., and Laura of Belmont;
a brother, Mercer Van den Burg of St. Louis; two sisters; Elizabeth Millis
of St. Louis and Theodora Woolfe of Ft. Lauderdale; and his stepfather,
Herbert Van den Burg of St Louis. His wife Anna lives at 710 Pleasant
Street in Belmont, MA 02478-1523.
Frank Nahigian reports that Frank Yoffe died on April 29,
2006 after a long illness. No further information is available at this
Joe Schildkraut died on June 26, 2006, after an illness related
to cancer which persisted over this last year. After looking forward to
our 50th for some time Joe, leaving with an elevated temperature, was
able to attend only the first day.
Joe, not surprising those of us who knew him in college, achieved great
academic distinction early in his professional career. His hypothesis
on the neuropsychopharmacology and biochemistry of affective disorders
published in 1965, only two years after completing his residency in psychiatry,
served to stimulate and advance the early emergence of the field of clinical
neuropsychopharmacology. This work became the most frequently cited paper
ever published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Joe's later work explored the interelatedness of depression, spirituality
and artistic creativity.
Joe retired as Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in June,
2004. For his entire Harvard career, Joe maintained his office at the
Massachusetts Mental Health Center.
Many of us who sat near him at football games remember Joe's enthusiastic
encouragement of the Harvard team.
Betsy and Joe were proudest of their two sons, Peter and Michael. Peter
works as a telecommunications lawyer at Arnold and Porter in Washington,
D.C. Mike works in management for Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Joseph Schildkraut Massachusetts Mental
Health Center Fund at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, c/o BIDMC
Psychiatry, 185 Pilgrim Road, Boston, MA 02215.
There will be a memorial service on Sunday, September 17, at 2 pm in Memorial
The Boston Globe published a notice on May 24, 2006 of the death of Richard
H. Litner, MD, who died on May 22, 2006 from complications due to
a back injury. Dick wrote in the 50th Report that his most rewarding professional
activity was "having the opportunity to provide surgical care to
thousands of children and adults from 1961 to 2004, and to experience
the satisfaction of saving many precious lives".
Dick is survived by his wife Sandra, his children Meryl, Jill, Scott and
David Ingle died on January 14 due to complications from coronary
disease and an autoimmune neurological illness. A member of Kirkland House,
he was a member of the varsity cross country and track teams and PBH.
graduated with us in 1955 with a degree in the biochemical sciences. After
work with a settlement house group in Washington, D.C. he earned a doctorate
in biopsychology from the University of Chicago. Although torn between
neuroscience and the realm of world theater, he pursued a career in the
former, teaching and doing research at the Harvard Medical School,
publishing dozens of articles and chapters on Animal behavior and brain
functions, editing five books and organizing seven international
conferences. David also served as a visiting professor at Boston College,
Brandeis and Northeastern before retiring from full-time work in scientific
research in 1992 for health reasons.
Upon retirement David focused on his historical and music interests,
encouraged by the late Derek Lamb and upon bonding with actress-folklorist
Libby Franck. He was known for his thorough research into Scottish, Irish
and English drinking songs and ballads. David was a great storyteller,
he and Libby spent 14 adventuresome years producing shows for colleges,
libraries, historical societies and even a pub or two. Our Class enjoyed
performances at our 45th Reunion, and at a 50th pre-reunion show a year
In addition to Libby, Dave leaves his mother and two sisters. A memorial
service will be held in the spring.
Bats Wheeler reports that Edward Tllton "Ted" Barrett
II (no relation to Jim Barrett) died unexpectedly on Wednesday,
December 14, 2005 after a year-long illness. He played freshman football
but left Harvard, serving in the Army from 1952 to 1954 where he attained
the rank of First Lieutenant. He then returned to Harvard and went on
to earn a law degree from the Catholic University of America and was admitted
to the District of Columbia Bar.
Ted worked for the Esco Corp., a steel foundry equipment company, at its
headquarters in Portland, Ore. He was also a sales representative of New
England and upstate New York while living in Hingham. He was a 30-year
member of the Economic Affairs Division of the Department of Commerce
in Washington, D.C. where he researched information and helped create
legislation during the administrations of every president from Lyndon
Johnson to Bill Clinton. Occasionally he testified before both Senate
and House committees addressing such subjects as price controls, tort
reform and the petroleum and steel industries.
A longtime resident of Potomac, MD, Ted retired to Harwich Port, MA in
1994. He served on the Harwich Finance Committee since 1996, organized
and ran the Harwich Cranberry Festival parade for five years and built
houses for low-income Cape residents as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
He loved spending time with his dogs, especially his black labrador.
Ted is survived by his wife of 45 years Emily (Lynch) Barrett, a daughter;
three sons, and 10 grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, P.O.
Box 370 Hyannis, MA 02601; or to Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod
Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Jim Pates notes that Alfred E. Lo Presti, Jr. died on August
No further information is available at this time.
David Hardin Wells died on October 14, 2005 of an apparent heart
attack. He graduated in 1957 with no career objectives. With nothing to
do, he obtained a job on a racing yacht (Impala) as "steward in charge
of food preparation, etc." and found a career.
Dave attended Cornell School of Hotel Administration in 1958 and 1959
as a special student and then embarked on a career in the restaurant business,
learning his trade from some of the finest chefs in New England. In 1964
he created his first restaurant, Fiddlers Green, in Duxbury which he ran
until he sold it in 1973. He then owned and operated Fiddlers at the Granary
Restaurant in Hingham until the early 1980s. He also owned and operated
the Winsor House in Duxbury and created the Wicker Tree in North Falmouth.
After selling Fiddlers Green, Dave spent the next two years consulting
in restaurants and clubs and taught Food and Classical Cuisine at Bunker
Hill Community College, along with stints as manager of the Dedham Country
& Polo Club, food and beverage director of the Ritz Carlton and as
general manager of Lock-Ober's Restaurant in Boston. He described himself
as a "turnaround artist" in the field..
In later years, Dave operated a catering business from the professional
kitchen in the basement of his home in Duxbury. That is where he also
taped a cooking show entitled "Home on the Range" broadcast
on Adelphia Cable TV. "Wells done is well done," was his slogan.
He also wrote a weekly cooking column for the Duxbury Clipper newspaper.
Dave's hobbies included his family, cooking, gardening, wine-collecting
and travel. He also collected and maintained a library of hundreds of
cookbooks. Dave served as coordinator of food and beverage for many of
our reunions and who can forget his animated cooking demonstration at
our 45th Reunion at the Equinox in Vermont.
A celebration of his life was attended by classmates Bill Breed,
George Buehler, Bill Coughlin, Bill Lawrence, Rob
Leeson, and Renny Little and a large turnout of devoted friends
of a man with a great sense of humor who loved fine wine and a good time
as much as he loved a well-prepared meal.
In addition to his wife Becky , Dave leaves sons Mason and Squire; a daughter,
Selden Tearse, two step-sons, Paul R. Stahl and H. James Stahl; two stepdaughters,
Melinda Stahl and Jennifer Whittington, and 11 grandchildren.
Herbert Grossman died at home, on Monday, August 29th, 2005. He
lived in Dunster House as an undergraduate where he participated in house
sports and was a member of PBH and the Varsity Club. Herb graduated with
us in 1955 and went on to receive an M.S. from Fordham and a Ph.D from
Columbia. He felt that his Harvard education was a treasured gift and
he never underestimated the power of this gift. Much of his professional
life was driven by the knowledge that so many of the world's children
do not receive a good education.
Herb taught at 17 universities in the U.S. and abroad and authored 10
books on education. Early in his career he was the founder and director
of a unique school for severely emotionally disturbed and delinquent teenagers
in New York City. Several of his teaching positions were in the developing
world, where he trained teachers to work with children with special needs.
One of his last jobs was as founder and director of the bilingual/bicultural
special education programs at San Jose State University. He was committed,
during all of his professional life, to serving the needs of students
who were discriminated against because of their race, ethnicity, gender,
socioeconomic status or disability.
Herb loved life. He adored his family, had a great sense of humor, loved
music, drumming and dancing, traveling and learning about different cultures,
hiking and staying fit. His wife believes he was probably just as energetic
and fun as when we all knew him as an undergraduate.
He is survived by his wife Suzanne, daughter Michele, son Billy, and sister
Roberta. Suzanne's address is 903 Vista Heights Rd., El Cerrito, CA 94530.
Joseph D. Buckley died of cancer in his home on August 15th, 2005.
Joe received his AB in economics with us in 1955. He lived in Dunster
House and as an undergraduate he served as a research assistant to historian
Samuel Eliot Morison, and as a manager of the crew and president of the
Speakers Club. An NROTC graduate, Joe served as a communications officer
on the destroyer USS Higbee. After his release from active duty he became
a sales representative for the Gulf Oil Corp. before becoming an executive
with the Norfolk Trust Co. and later BayBank where he was a vice president
when he retired in 1991.
Joe's interest in history led him to research and write "Wings Over
Cape Cod," a history of the Chatham Naval Air Station. In conducting
his research, he corresponded with Guy Ciannavei, then president
of the Walpole Historical Society.--at which time they discovered that
they were classmates! At the time of his death he was working on the history
of the Squantum Naval Air Station in Quincy.
In addition to his wife Eileen, Joe leaves three sons and three daughters.
A funeral Mass was held on August 19th in Hingham and burial in the National
Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. Donations in his memory can be made
to the Arnold Hall Conference Center, Randall St., Pembroke, MA 02358.
George Baum reports that John Voyantzis died recently while
visiting his sister in Florida.
Your Class Secretary is sorry to report the deaths of
Charles Richard Jobbins, November 2, 2004
Phillip Justin Rulon, Jr., December 4, 2004
Dick Marson notes that Robert Richards Weiler died on August
Bob lived in Dunster house where he participated in house sports. He graduated
with us in 1955 and received an MS from West Virginia University and an
MD from the Medical College in Virginia. After specialty training and
time in the Navy, he began a career as an orthopedic surgeon practicing
at the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Bob was active in leadership positions with a number of medical and environmental
organizations. He served as president of the West Virginia Society of
the Sons of the American Revolution and as a National Trustee at the time
of our 25th Reunion. A licensed pilot, Bob enjoyed stamp collecting and
genealogy and found time to paint in oils, travel, play golf, and enjoy
his family. He is survived by his wife Anita, two daughters, two sons
and four grandchildren at the time of our 45th.
Fred C. Shure died Monday, January 3, 2000 at his home
in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fred lived in Leverett House where he participated
in house sports and the Harvard Glee Club. He graduated magna cum laude
in theoretical physics with us in 1955. Fred received his PhD from
the University of Michigan in 1962 and spent 19 years as a faculty member
of the University of Michigan Department of Nuclear Engineering where
he worked on problems of nuclear reactor theory and design.
Fred had a wide variety of interests, and a great business curiosity,
which led to several entrepreneurial ventures. In 1967 he started the
Ann Arbor firm of Edlund-Shure-Zweifel Associates which worked in the
newly-developing field of computer consulting. In the mid 1970's, to pursue
an interest in property management and development, he established Cross
Street Investments which specialized in real estate. His major business
began back in 1967 when Fred and his brother Ned (later joined by their
brother-in-law, Jack Barenfanger) began their first college textbook store.
By the time of its sale in 1999, their Michigan College Book Co. provided
the textbooks for many campuses including Eastern Michigan, Michigan State,
and the University of California at Berkeley.
Fred was an active member of both the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor communities,
including serving on the boards of the Jewish Community Center and Temple
Beth Emeth. His deep love of music led him from the Harvard Glee Club
to the University of Michigan Choral Union and the Eastern Michigan Collegium
He was respected and loved by many friends, who will remember
his intelligence, humanity, and enthusiasm for life. In particular, his
employees and business associates were his close friends. For Fred, work
was fun, and employees were family. He also believed deeply in the value
of education, and spent most of his life in support of university communities.
Fred is survived by Pat, his wife of 36 years; his sons Steven and Jason,
his daughter Mallory, his daughters-in-law Ann and Nicole, and his grandchildren
Theodora, Harrison, and Malcolm. He is also survived by his brother and
lifelong partner Ned and Ned's wife, Jan Onder.
Richard F. Eckert died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, April
9, 2005. His wife Nancy reports that it was a blessing as he was a golf
player and he would have been unhappy that he couldn't play this summer.
Our classmate John Kennedy Marshall died on April 22, 2005 of cancer.
John graduated with us in 1955 and then received a MA in Anthropology
from Yale and an Honorary degree from the Rhode Island School of Design
in 1995. He also studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School and Fontainbleu,
John was a world renowned ethnographic and documentary filmmaker whose
career began in the Kalahari Desert of Namibia in Southern Africa in 1951
when he and his family met a small group of Ju/hoansi bushmen. His work
with and for them became a life-long relationship which included the completion
of a film series in 2003 entitled "A Kalahari Family" which
remained the inspiration for his remarkable 50 year career as a filmmaker,
anthropologist, educator and advocate. In collaboration with Timothy Asch,
John founded Documentary Educational Resources (DER). Their work forms
the core of DER's film archive as well as the basis for the creation of
the Human Studies Film Archive at the Smithsonian Institution. John's
films have been used worldwide for education and research and he has been
honored by film retrospectives in New York, Washington, D.C., Mexico and
Germany. In 2003 he received a life-time achievement award from the American
John is survived by his wife Alexandra Eliot Marshall (Classmate Christopher
Eliot's widow) his daughter Sonya, two step sons Frederick and Christopher
Eliot, and his sister Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.
The Memorial Service for John is at 1:00 PM on Saturday,
April 30, at the Memorial Church at Harvard. Reception at the Faculty
Club 2:00-4:00 PM. Malcolm Davis, a classmate of John's in high
school, will attend and represent our class.
Richard M. "Dick" Hoffman passed away on March 22, 2005
after a courageous battle with leukemia. An excellent athlete during his
undergraduate years, he played football and baseball, as well as house
basketball for Kirkland House. Dick was a member of Pi Eta, PBH and the
Varsity Club. A government major, and member of the Army R.O.T.C., he
graduated with us in 1955 and then served two years as a lieutenant, playing
two seasons of baseball for the Fort Gordon Ramblers in Augusta, Georgia.
and processing and resettling Hungarian refugees at Camp Kilmer in New
Upon discharge, Dick entered the family furniture business, remaining
with it for 45 years until his retirement. He lived in Wellesley for over
30 years, coaching Babe Ruth baseball and enjoying his family and the
game of golf. When Dick retired, he and Betsy, his wife for over 50 years,
spent their winters in Palm Beach, Florida and their summers in Rye, New
Hampshire. He leaves his wife, three daughters and their husbands and
Contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, MA Chapter,
495 Old Connecticut Path, Suite 220, Framingham, MA 01701, Hospice of
Palm Beach Florida or the charity of your choice.
Betsy continues to live at 9089 Baybury Lane, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
and 17 Brackett Rd. Rye NH 03870. Dick was looking forward to the 50th.
Betsy will attend.
Our classmate Robert A. Young died on February 14, 2005 in North
Carolina. Bob lived in Dunster House, where he played on a number of house
teams and is remembered by a number of classmates as having pulled them
through their required math courses. He finished his math requirements
by the end of his junior year and then took graduate math courses at M.I.T.
Bob graduated with us in 1955 with an AB in Mathematics.
Shortly after graduation he joined IBM, remaining with the company for
33 years until he retired. Bob moved up the management ranks and eventually
played a leading role in developing IBM's defense for their anti-management
trials. He continued his career by becoming involved in every facet of
competitive analysis leading to his becoming the Manager of Strategic
Competitive Analysis in Corporate Strategy. In this capacity, his group
was responsible for tracking strategic activities of all the major worldwide
computer companies. A perceptive, intuitive and resourceful strategic
thinker, Bob was recognized as one of the top computer industry analysts
in the United States. His stated critical but honest appraisals and opinions
led to the nick-name "Dr. Doom."
Bob married Barbara Parks in 1955. A former baseball player in the All
American Girls' Baseball League, she was also an accomplished golfer.
The Youngs had four children and four grandchildren. His wife resides
at 5078 Edinboro Lane, in Wilmington, North Carolina 28409-8518.
Henry Hunnewell Carlson of Hubbardston, MA died at his home on
November 2, 2004. A Lowell House resident, Hank graduated with us in 1955
with an AB in History. After three years in the Army, he taught history
at Friends Academy in North Dartmouth,taking time off to receive an Ed.M.
from Harvard in 1962. Hank then taught at the Bancroft School in Worcester,
and after working to gain some small business experience, took a job as
comptroller at the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge in
1981, where he remained until retiring in 1999. Hank found the job equal
to his teaching, involving constant variety, challenge and personal satisfaction
in learning about computers and telecommunications. Military history,
birds, gardening and grandchildren were a great delight in his later years.
Hank is survived by his wife of 40 years Kitty, four children, James ,
Joanna, Peter and Sarah; four grandchildren, a sister Josephine Clark
and a brother John E. Carlson '48.
A memorial service will be held in Harvard's Memorial Church on Saturday,
March 19 at 11:00 AM. Attendees are invited to a reception at Hank's oldest
son Jamie's house in Sudbury after the service (directions will be in
the program). Those who wish to contact Kitty can reach her at 87 Ragged
Hill Road in Hubbardston, MA 01452.
Henry Lemuel Howell, October 18, 2004
An obituary will follow.
William D. Coakley, 71, a former longtime Westford MA resident
who had recently moved to Londonderry, NH (54 Sawgrass Circle, Londonderry,
NH 03053) died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004 in Wolfboro, New Hampshire. He
was the husband of Marian Anna Wilhelmina Coakley, to whom he was married
for 44 years.
Bill was on the Freshman Union Committee and a Lowell House resident.
He was president of the Crimson Key Society and graduated as an Ensign
after completing the NROTC program. After active duty he went into banking,
serving in a variety of leadership positions in a number of banks in Greater
Boston and Massachusetts. Bill was an avid toy-soldier collector and attended
many shows throughout the US and Europe when he retired. He was also active
in community affairs, wherever he lived, promoting the construction of
affordable housing when living in Westford.
Bill wrote in his 25th Reunion Report: "All my life I have worked
hard, not to change the world, but to make life a little better for the
people around me." Besides his wife Marian, he is survived by a son,
Robert P. Coakley and his wife Rosemary of Newman Georgia; a daughter
Susan A. Mitchell and her husband Alex of Vail, Colorado, and two grandchildren.
A memorial service for Bill will be held at a later date.
Charles Moizeau has noted that Dan Potter died in Pittsburgh
on July 14th, 2004, from complications following what had been believed
to have been a successful treatment for cancer eight years earlier. Charles
attended Dan's funeral service and extended the sympathy of the Class
to Dan's children.
Dan was born in Los Angeles, and graduated from Los Angeles
High School. He entered Harvard as a sophomore, living one year in Claverly
and two in Kirkland House. At college, he belonged to the Young Republican
Club, Hasty Pudding and S.A.E. After graduation, he received his DDS degree
from the University of Pennsylvania, and did his internship at Philadelphia
General Hospital. Entering the U.S. Army as a captain, he served two years
in Teheran. Later he attended graduate school at Georgetown University,
and completed his residency in oral surgery at Fitzsimons Army Hospital
in Denver. As an oral-maxillofacial surgeon, Dan served in Vietnam in
1968-1969, and thereafter was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He resigned
from the regular army, spent two years in private practice in Colorado
Springs, and then moved in 1973 to take a position with the Veteran's
Administration in Pittsburgh. He also was an assistant professor of oral
surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. Dan retained a
U.S. Army reserve commission rising to the grade of colonel. He was recalled
to active duty for the Gulf War in 1991. Dan's wife Joan died in 1994.
Their three children, Daniel, Gail and Michael all live in western Pennsylvania.
Dan had great affection for Harvard and was an enthusiastic attendee of
our Class reunions. While in the company of his classmates, Dan showed
a particular ability to enrich these occasions by his ability to draw
upon a seemingly inexhaustible supply of jokes and stories, and the advent
of the Internet greatly facilitated his spreading this wealth.
John Connor Molloy died on July 1, 2004 after a three year battle
with lung cancer. John graduated with us in 1955 and went on to receive
his M.D. from Tufts University Medical School in 1959. After serving in
the Air Force Reserves and practicing orthopedic surgery at Boston City
Hospital and the Lahey Clinic, John's interest in "Sports Medicine" led him to serve as a consultant for athletic injuries in the Boston Public
Schools and later with the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. He is
perhaps best remembered for repairing Carlton Fisk's damaged knee in 1974
which allowed Fisk to come back and hit his famous game-winning home run
for the Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series in 1975.
John set up his own practice in 1976 in a Brighton, Mass. duplex and operated
on patients at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the former Hahnemann Hospital
in Boston. He retired last April from his latest job as an orthopedic
consultant for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain.
John leaves three sons and a daughter, two grandchildren and his brother,
our classmate Frank Molloy. In lieu of flowers donations in John's
memory may be made to Caritas St. Elizabeth's Hematology/Oncology Research
Fund, care of Sarah Francis Hematology/Oncology Clinic, 736 Cambridge
St., Brighton, MA 02135.
Wesley Bunnell Smith of Ridgewood, NJ formerly of Rutherford, NJ
and Succasunna, NJ died on Thursday, February 5, 2004. A Kirkland House
resident while at Harvard, he served as the varsity squash manager and
graduated with us in 1955 with a magna cum laude degree in economics.
After service in the Army in Germany, Wes graduated from The Harvard Law
School in 1961. He first practiced at Dewey Ballantine, but soon left
the firm to join his father's firm in order to help "ordinary people
with their problems". He practiced law from 1964 to the present in
Rutherford where his current firm, Smith & Ely is located. He dedicated
his personal and professional life to his family and his clients and was
known by all for his sense of humor. In his 25th Reunion Report Wes noted
"If I had my life to live over again since 1955 I think I would have
probably made many of the same choices and decisions that I have made,
for better or for worse."
Wes is survived by his wife Elisabeth Mannschott, who lives at 17 Ames
Avenue, P.O. Box 46, Rutherford, NJ 07070-0046; his son Benjamin Smith-Mannschott,
his daughter Katrina Smith-Mannschott, his sisters Janet Ruth Smith, and
Susan Davis, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be
made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10001 or
CAMP c/o Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Pl, Ridgewood, NJ
Pete Kenney sent notice that Joseph Harrison Conzelman, Jr.
died on Tuesday, February 3, 2004. A resident of Mountain Brook, Alabama,
he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Elsie Lupton Conzelman.
As an undergraduate, Joe lived in Eliot House and participated in House
football, basketball and baseball, while also playing on the rugby team.
He served in the Army and received his degree in 1957. Joe spent his life
in the construction materials business, and was the Chairman of Southeast
Materials Corporation which he started in 1978. He was a long-time member
of Saint Mary's on the Highlands Church and active in many community services
throughout his life. He served as director of the Crisis Center, devoted
many years of service to the Downtown YMCA, United Way, and the Children's
Harbor. He was a member of The Country Club of Birmingham, where he played
golf in the Rollers and Gravy Train dogfights. He was also a member of
Shoal Creek and Willow Point Country Clubs. Joe is survived by his four
children, Elizabeth, Joseph,III, Virginia, Melissa and Thomas, nine grandchildren
and a dear family friend, Virginia Mobley. The family requests that memorial > contributions be made to: Children's Harbor, 1 Our Children's Highway,
Children's Harbor, Alabama 35010 or Saint Mary's on the Highlands, 1910
12th Avenue South 35205.
Roger Masters reports that Charles Tuttle Wood, an authority
on medieval Europe and a long-time faculty member at Dartmouth College,
died Feb. 11 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.) at
age 70. A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1964, Charlie was Professor
of History and Dartmouth's Daniel Webster Professor of History, Emeritus.
Charlie served on the freshman Jubilee Committee and was
a resident of Eliot House, where he participated in house sports and served
on the House Committee. He also sang in the Glee Club, and graduated with
us in 1955 magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, after which he worked as
an investment banker for his father's firm, Harold E. Wood and Company,
in St. Paul. He then returned to Harvard, where he received master's and
Ph.D. degrees in history. He taught at Harvard from 1961-64, then joined
the Dartmouth faculty.
At Dartmouth, Charlie taught history and comparative literature.
He also chaired a number of committees whose recommendations led to important
changes at the institution: establishment of Freshman Seminars as part
of the permanent curriculum; the advent of coeducation at Dartmouth, in
1972, and the creation of the "Dartmouth Plan" of year-round
education; and the Presidential Scholars Program. He had also served as
chair of the Department of History and the Program in Comparative Literature.Charlie
retired in 1996 but continued to teach part-time and lead alumni tours
while continuing to write.
Charlie was a specialist on the Middle Ages, principally
the histories of England, France, and the Catholic church in the 12th
through 15th centuries. He wrote or edited five books, and authored numerous
scholarly articles, reviews and translations, and for many years was a
reviewer for the History Book Club.
A fellow and former treasurer of the Medieval Academy
of America, Charlie had been scheduled to receive, in April, the academy's
CARA (Centers and Regional Associations) Award for Excellence in Teaching
Medieval Studies, honoring his lifetime achievement as a teacher. The
academy now plans to confer the award posthumously. He was also a member
of and at various times served as an officer of the American Historical
Association and the New England Medieval Conference.
Charlie was also active in civic affairs in Hanover, N.H. He had chaired
the Board of School Directors of the Dresden Independent School District,
the first bi-state school district in the United States, serving the towns
of Hanover and Norwich, Vt. He had also served as moderator of the Hanover
School District's annual meetings, as vice president of the New Hampshire
School Boards Association, and as a member of the New Hampshire Council
for the Humanities. He also served as a volunteer coach for the Hanover
swim team, timer and referee for Dartmouth swim meets, and as the master
of ceremonies for shows presented by the Skating Club at Dartmouth during
the College's annual Winter Carnival.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Susan, of 7 N. Balch
St., Hanover, N.H. 03755; four children, and five grandchildren. In lieu
of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Professor Charles T.
Wood Memorial Fund, c/o Donor Relations, 6066 Development Office, Dartmouth
College, Hanover, N.H. 03755.
Michael Howe Patterson died Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at his home
in Palatine, Illinois. A 1951 graduate of Belmont Hill, and a member of
Dudley House, he received his AB from Harvard in 1959. Mike also attended
graduate school at Northwestern University, Chicago where he was a member
of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity. Mike married Sabra Black on May 12,
1962, in Indianapolis. He worked for General Electric, Hotpoint Home Appliance
Division of Chicago. During his career he had been a unit manager and
industrial engineer for Range Dishwasher and Refrigeration. Mike retired
in 1994 after 29 years of service. He was also an Army Specialist Four
during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Sabra Patterson, who
lives at 3501 N. Wilshire Dr., Palatine, Illinois, 60067; his daughter,
Deborah Kay (Matthew J.) Ligda; his grandson, Michael Emery Ligda; and
by his brother, John J. Patterson.
Bob Watson reports that on February 28, 2004, Paul Shaw
died peacefully in his sleep at his home at 2 Bertocchi Lane, Millbrae,
California 94030. Paul resided in Kirkland House and played football,
basketball and baseball during his years at Harvard, graduating with us
cum laude in 1955. Paul served as a Product Manager for Cooperative Food
Buyers which took him to Venezuela for a year, and then spent two years
in the U.S. Army.
He established the Paul Shaw Coffee Company in 1969, which involved him
not only in coffee but in all types of supermarket food and non-food programs
under a private label. Paul's work was oriented towards both international
trade and the food industry. His personal studies centered around international
business interests and particularly international finance.
At the time of our 35th he had sold one of his businesses and was serving
as a Coffee Consultant Commodity Advisor for Pandory Products, Inc. after
deciding to work at his own tempo and enjoy his grandchildren.
Paul is remembered by his family for his generosity, humor, intelligence,
selflessness, and opinions, which he wasn't hesitant to share. His legacy
is what he created, the life he lived and what he taught: seek to understand
what you don't; treasure your health; be generous when you are able; put
your family first; and always do the best you can.
Paul is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Dory, son-in-law Dan, and
grandsons Michael and Brian. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates
donations to the Canine Companions, Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or a
charity of your choice.
The Boston Globe noted on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 the death of Albert
Sauveur Eaton who died on February 19, 2004 of complications of Parkinson's
disease at Merriman House in North Conway, N.H., a retirement home he
helped to found.
Al graduated with us in 1955 and then served as a 2nd Lt. in the Marine
Corps. He was very proud of his service, and threw a party each November
10th to celebrate the Corps' birthday even while in the nursing home.
A graduate of the Harvard Business School in 1967, Al worked in engineering
management for United Shoe from 1962 to 1969 and then moved his family
to Fryeburg, Maine where he became vice president in charge of manufacturing
at Yield House in North Conway, N.H. In the mid-70s Al went into business
for himself, starting his own made-by-hand toy company which he called
"My Uncle," so that children could boast, "My uncle made
this." He applied engineering principles to building toys with movable
parts such as his 2 1/2-foot Noah's Ark and his museum quality doll houses
in Victorian, Cape, townhouse and saltbox styles, some of which are on
display at the Washington D.C. Dolls' House and Toy Museum. His contribution
to the Class of 1955 was the manufacture of wooden HC '55 desk ornaments
which he made in 1980 at the time of our 25th Reunion and which your Class
Secretary continues to award to classmates who have contributed to the
welfare of the Class.
Al started writing poetry in the 1990's after his illness was diagnosed.
Some of his verse was inspired by other people's misuse of the English
language, particularly on television or in the press, prompting grammar
columnist Richard Lederer to dub him "the mighty verbivore"
and "Fryeburg's master of light verse." Classmates will remember
"The Cambridge Connection" and "Forty More Years"
which Al wrote for the introduction to our 40th Reunion Report in 1995.
Al's daughter characterized him as a "very quiet man. He was very
brilliant but humble. Nobody really knew how bright he was. His mind was
always reconfiguring the way something was done in order to figure out
how to do something better." In addition to his daughter, Al leaves
his wife of 43 years, Carla; another daughter and a son. Carla's address
is 138 Main Street, Fryeburg, Maine 04037.
Al collected steam whistles and cannons. As a final tribute his family
plans to fire off one of his cannons at his committal at Swan Point Cemetery
in Providence, R.I. at a later date.
The March-April issue of Harvard magazine notes the death of Edward
Raymond Kupperstein on December 4, 2003 in Tuscon, Arizona. A trained
musician, he was general manager of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra before
joining the University of Arizona's public radio station, KUAT-FM, as
a classical music announcer in 1975; he became station manager in 1990.
Bucking the broadcasting trend away from classical music, he established
a 24-hour classical format, pushed to install a translator system to extend
transmission to rural communities, and published an orchestra guide for
schoolchildren that won an award from the National Education Association.
He wrote on the arts for the Arizona Daily Star and consulted for
the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He leaves his wife, Mohur Sidhwa,
and two brothers, Donald and Robert.
Addie Closson visited John Livens in Florida recently, and
John reported that Bill Roosevelt died on December 1, 2003. His
William Donner Roosevelt,
investment banker and philanthropist, died in the early morning of Monday,
December 1, 2003, following a seven-year struggle with prostate cancer.
He was 72 years old. He was the grandson of U.S. President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, and of William H. Donner, a major figure in the growth of America's
steel industry. Bill Roosevelt was an investment banker. He began his
professional career as vice president of Electronics Communications, Inc.,
first in Denver, Colorado, and later in Wichita, Kansas. He joined the
investment firm of Laird and Company, a Wilmington firm, based in New
York, in 1962. He would become a founder of the firm of Auerbach, Pollack
and Richardson in 1966. He moved to McKinley Alsop, where he served as
managing partner. He would serve as senior vice president and head of
the institutional office of Buckingham Research's Palm Beach office.
He joined Ryan Beck and Company of Palm Beach, FL where
he served as senior vice president and headed their institutional effort.
He was an advisor to several large institutional money managers, including
Essex Management of Boston, Peter Cannell and Co. of New York, and several
Roosevelt was an active philanthropist. An airplane pilot
since the age of 15, he served on the Board of the Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association Foundation where his extensive flying experience enabled
him to contribute to the development of many safety procedures commonly
used in aviation today. His interests in sport fishing and diving would
lead to his becoming the Chairman of the Perry Institute for Marine Science
of West Palm Beach, Florida and the Bahamas. He was an active board member
of the William Donner Science Foundation of New York and of the Donner
Canadian Foundation of Toronto, Canada.
Bill Roosevelt was born in New York City. His father was
Elliott Roosevelt, 2nd son of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt. His mother was
Elizabeth Donner of Philadelphia, PA. He was educated at St. Marks School
of Southboro, MA, and at Harvard University in the tradition of the Roosevelt
family. He studied law and graduated from the University of Colorado Law
School in 1958.
He resided in Palm Beach, FL. He was a founding member
of the Doubles Club of New York, and a member of the Weeburn Country Club
of Darien, CT. He belonged to the Camp Fire Club of Chappaqua, New York,
and the Sailfish Club and Beach Club of Palm Beach, FL.
He is survived by his wife, Ava, and his two sons, Christopher
Kyle Roosevelt of Portsmouth, RI, Nicholas Roosevelt of Wellington, FL,
and a granddaughter, Alexa. His surviving brothers include Curt Winsor
of McLean, VA, David Roosevelt of New York City and Tony Roosevelt of
Dallas, TX, and his sister, Chandler Roosevelt Lindsley of Dallas, TX.
A Memorial Service will be held in Palm Beach, Florida at a future date.
Mickey Hammerman reports that Jerry Marsh died on January
19, 2003 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Marietta, a
son and two daughters. The family asks that flowers not be sent and that
Jerry be remembered in memorials to The Friends of Harvard Football, Murr
Center 65 North Harvard Street Boston, MA 02163.
Jerry grew up in Austin, Minnesota. While at Harvard,
he lived in Stoughton and Lowell House. He played four years of football
and was a member of the Freshman Union Committee, PBHA, the Student Council,
the Varsity Club and Pi Eta, graduating with us in 1955. In 1956 he married
Marietta Cashen and attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1958.
Jerry came to Chicago after law school and joined the firm of Hackbant,
Rooks, and Pitt as a young litigator specializing in railway law. When
Ted Kennedy became Massachusetts Senator in 1962, Jerry went to Washington,
becoming Kennedy's Legislative Assistant.
Subsequently, he returned to Chicago to practice law, but was drawn into
the governmental reform efforts of former federal prosecutor and then
Sheriff Ogilvie. After a term as Cook County Board President, Oglivie
became Governor of Illinois and appointed Jerry as his General Counsel
with numerous special assignments in substantive areas of government.
Jerry oversaw the drafting of the Illinois income tax and was Ogilvie's
liaison to the Illinois Constitution Convention of 1970. The adoption
of that constitution created the modern framework of government in the
state with changes that included the Executive budget, the line item and
reduction veto powers, the amendatory veto, intergovernmental agreements,
gubernatorial agency reorganization powers, and the abolition of the personal
property tax in Illinois. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller expressed
admiration that any Governor could persuade a constitutional convention
to so thoroughly modernize executive powers, and Ogilvie credited Jerry
with the accomplishment.
Ogilvie was not reelected in 1972 and Jerry returned to the private practice
of law in Chicago, joining Hopkins and Sutler, a respected tax and corporate
law firm, subsequently becoming Chairman; During the next 27 years he
served as advisor to every Republican Governor, initiated broad new practices
for the law firm, participated in the national development of business
law, and was involved in legal initiatives that changed the face of Chicago
Until his death Jerry was a member of the National Commission on Uniform
State Laws, a fifty state group that promotes uniform business laws for
the purpose of facilitating a national market system. After the adoption
of the North American Free Trade Agreement, he served as a member of the
task force that sought the same objective with Mexico and Canada.
In establishing what became the nation's leading airport finance practice,
Jerry pioneered the financing documents for the expansion of O'Hare Airport
in the early '80s, He initiated the legislation creating the Chicago International
Banking Zone that permitted substantial growth in international trade
and finance for the city and served as General Counsel for Regional Transportation
Jerry played a leading role at Governor James Thompson's direction, facilitating
the agreements with Mayor Byme that de-authorized the Crosstown Expressway
permitting billions of federal transportation dollars to go into projects
like the Columbus Street Bridge. That project opened the Chicago Dock
and Illinois Central yard properties to downtown development. Later, on
behalf of the United Center joint venture he directed the legal team that
drafted the legislation permitting the construction and finance of that
property. Noted William Wirtz, "When you retained Jerry Marsh, you
could rely on having Judgment and prudence,"
In 1998 Governor-Elect George Ryan asked Jerry to Chair the Transition
Task Force on Technology. It was an important subject area for Ryan who
used the Committee recommendations to move Illinois ratings from 48 to
3 in government technology.
Numerous young lawyers and public officials looked to Jerry as their mentor.
Rich Mathias, Illinois Insurance Director under Governor Thompson, said
"Jerry Marsh was always constructive. He could always find a way
to turn a difficult problem into a positive outcome." Said Governor
Jim Edgar, "You went back to Marsh for advice because on reflection
you recognized the extraordinary quality of thought he put into a problem."
In 2000 Jerry and six other attorneys moved their public law practice
to Ungaretti and Harris. Tom Fahey, firm Chairman, said, " Jerry
was the youngest 69 year old attorney I've ever encountered. He cared
about people and loved new ideas." At Ungaretti and Harris Jerry
directed the advocacy team that accomplished the financing and construction
of the CTA tube at Illinois Institute of Technology and the Collections
Resource center under construction at the Field Museum.
Jerry credited Harvard football coach Lloyd Jordan with changing his life,
noting that in football and wrestling young men learned that character
meant never giving up. Typically, on the day prior to the onset of his
illness in 2002 Marsh filed the brief with the Illinois Supreme Court
that ultimately sustained the financing and construction of the new football
stadium at Soldier Field based in part on the intergovernmental agreement
provisions of the 1970 Illinois Constitution he had worked so hard on.
Jerry is survived by Marietta, son Howard, daughters Courtney and Kim
and three grandchildren. Marietta's address is 456 Elder Lane, Winnetka,
Stephen Howard Labins of 177 Brewster Road, West Hartford, CT,
06117 died September 12. A longtime buyer for a retail chain, he found
his true calling later in life as a librarian, math teacher, and prison
counselor. He was a marathoner, dog lover, and nationally ranked bridge
player. He leaves his wife, Lois (Winer), five sons, Barry Spaulding,
Michael, Robert, Charles, and Donald, and a sister, Barbara Werblin.
Herb Neuwalder reports that David Halperin died on December
3, 2003 in New York City.
"Terry and I attended a truly unique (wonderful) funeral service,
and also paid a shiva visit to his wife Gayle, three daughters and friends
at their home. David and I had both attended Stuyvesant HS in NYC but
really didn't know each other very well until Terry, who is Voluntary
Faculty at Mount Sinai Hospital discovered that he was a colleague there.
He specialized in 'Cults' and published quite extensively. He also wrote
poetry and was quite prolific in that area."
The Class extends its deep sympathy to the Stern family on the death of
Peter A. Stern on November 21, 2003. Pete was a member of our freshman
football team and he and his wife Lisa were regular followers of Harvard
football for many years, joining the Arena Club on Saturday afternoons
at the Stadium. He was also responsible for producing a fine pair of sox
for members of the Class of 1955. We will miss him.
Lisa can be reached at 55 Dunvegan Woods, Hampton, NH 03842. (603-926-6011).
Condolences to his family may also be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Our classmate John Jacob Wiebenson, Jr. died in an accident on
September 28, 2003. His wife Abigail resides at 1916 S. St., NW, Washington,
D.C. John helped form the San Francisco firm of Agora Architects before
moving to Washington in 1967 to become a founding faculty member of the
University of Maryland School of Architecture. Later he started his own
firm, Wiebenson & Dorman. He was a designer and community advocate
for many Washington projects, including Bread for the City, Martha's Table,
and Emmeus House. He enjoyed helping community-based organizations create
cheerful environments at reasonable cost and, in many articles and editorials
over the years, championed the city as a place for people, not just politicians.
The Class extends its sympathy to the family of Lewis P. Freitas,
who died on October 4, 2003. A Professor Emeritus of Finance at the University
of Hawaii at Manoa, he is survived by his wife Aidi, daughter Roslyn and
son John. They can be reached at 5438 Opihi Street, Honolulu, HI 96821.
Carl Goldman reports the death of our classmate Richard A. Densmore
on February 4, 2003. Carl received the information from Dick's brother
Robert Densmore, who can be reached at Dick's address 15 Maple Heights,
Clarement, NH 03743.
The Class extends it sympathy to Jane Carey and her family on the death
of Edward John Carey, Jr. on October 11. Ed worked for the Harvard
Alumni Association in the early 60s.In the late 1960s he served as director
of placement and student personnel at MIT. He then returned to Harvard's
development office for 16 years before becoming manager of the athletics
department ticket office. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy
may be made in Ed's memory to the Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1117 Vineyard
Haven, MA 02568 or to the charity of your choice. Those wishing to write
Jane may do so at 24 MacArthur Road Natick, MA 01760.
The Class extends its sympathy to Jim Pates on the death of his
wife Marilyn on Saturday, September 6th, 2003.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 13th at 11:00 AM at
the First Parish Church on the Green, 7 Harrington Road in Lexington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Steeple Renovation Fund,
First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd. Lexington, MA 02421.
James J. Murray III died on May 8, 2003 after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Boston and graduated from St. Clements High School in Somerville.
During his undergraduate years he participated in varsity hockey and baseball
and in intramural sports for Dudley House. Jim was commissioned a second
lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduation in 1955, served as a company
commander, and was discharged as a captain. He had a lengthy career in
educational publishing, including 23 years with Prentice Hall, Inc. In
1990 Jim joined the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.
retiring in 2002 as Vice President. An avid sportsman, he was a life-long
Red Sox fan. He leaves his wife Judith, a daughter and three sons.
David Wise reports with sadness the death of Michael Levinson
on June 7, 2003. Michael is survived by his wife Akiko who resides at
1807 W.14th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6J 2J8 and six children.
Michael had served as a director of Gold Canyon Resources, Inc. in Vancouver,
BC, since April, 1990, and as Chairman of the Board and President of Gold
Canyon since April, 1997, and June, 1999, respectively. Gold Canyon is
engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral and precious metals
on properties and currently owns and operates the Springpole Gold Project
in the Red Lake Mining District of Ontario, Canada and its Cordero Gallium
Project in Humbolt County, Nevada, U.S.A.
Alan Jack Roth died on April 27, 2003. A resident of Kirkland House,
Alan graduated in 1955 cum laude and received a L.L.B. in 1958. He spent
20 years in energy regulation at the Federal Power Commission, at the
New York State Public Service Commission and up until his death at the
law firm of Spiegal & McDiarmid in Washington, D.C. which represents
governmentally-owned electric systems, certain state regulatory agencies
and similiar clients. Alan is survived by his wife Susan of 9308 Arnon
Chapel Rd.,Great Falls, VA 22066 and children Julia and Daniel.
Obituary of Charles H. Nicholson, Jr., Harvard College '55
Charles Hathaway (Chuck) Nicholson. Jr., HC '55 passed
away suddenly at his home in West Melbourne, FL on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002
at the age of 69.
Born in Boston MA, he was the eldest son of Charles and
Mary Nicholson, the senior Mr. Nicholson an attorney and alumnus of the
Littauer School at Harvard. Chuck grew up in West Quincy and attended
St. Mary School. He was also an altar boy at St. Mary Parish. As a boy
he enjoyed the outdoor life as a Boy Scout in Troop 30, where he was a
First Class Scout, and at the family's summer residence at Rexhame Beach
in Marshfield, MA. He went to Scout Camp in Bourne as Jr. Assistant Scout
Master of Troop 30. His other major sport was swimming, and he was credited
with saving several lives during tidal surges following a Northeast storm.
In high school he was a varsity tackle on the Miramar football team and
played intra-mural softball and basketball, sometime against his brother
Paul's teams. He continued swimming in college.
Chuck Nicholson attended Boston College High School and
St. Francis Seminary (Miramar), maintaining honor roll status throughout.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1955 with a BA in English and American
Literature and later attended the New England School of Law.
Charles Hathaway Richard Nicholson, Jr. felt a deep commitment
to family, community, his church, alma maters, and the nation. His hallmarks
were intelligence, humor, an upbeat attitude even in troubled times, generosity
and sociability. He contributed to many charities, including the Society
of the Divine Word, where he and his wife Gloria established a Scholarship
in his parents' memory for the education of young seminarians. He also
gave generously to Harvard College.
Chuck and his brothers attended the same elementary and
high schools (Boston College High) . In college, while he attended Harvard,
the four brothers attended two separate universities in Cambridge and
Boston. Following his lead they helped each other in subjects where one
had particular strengths and the others had a few weak spots. Memorable
events were the afternoon chess game, open to all comers. Chuck also belonged
to the Harvard Club of Palm Beach. In recent years he attended his high
school 50th and college 45th reunions. He also participated in a family
reunion in Boston honoring his father, Charles H. Nicholson, Sr. with
a memorial tablet at Northeastern University Law School contributed by
brother James E. Nicholson.
Chuck raised and educated four children from his first
marriage: Charles H. III, MD, Robert James, Gary F., and Catherine A.
McGee. He also leaves two step children, Carolyn and Tommy Nicholson and
In the 1980s he moved to Palm Beach Gardens with his second
wife Gloria Peters Nicholson and carried on a career as Computer Consultant
throughout the Southeast. After Gloria's passing two years ago he moved
to Melborne, FL to be near the ocean and his son Bobby's Florida home.
He was looking forward to spending the holidays with his family and to
his 70th birthday in March.
On his visit to Boston in March 2002 he enjoyed a birthday
lunch at Cheers and in June attended his grandniece Kim's graduation from
Boston College. He followed with keen interest the entrepreneurial pursuits
of his brothers and raised important business and legal issues, offering
advice when asked. Education and career development of the younger family
members was a continuing concern and priority.
In addition to his children he leaves three brothers:
Paul J. Nicholson of Boston, James E. Nicholson of Lincoln, and Dr. David
W. Nicholson of Maitland. FL as well as an aunt, Lilllian Cashman of W.Roxbury,
one granddaughter, Ashley McGee, 11 nieces and nephews, nine grandnieces
and grandnephews and a large number of cousins. Through his grandmother
Elizabeth Hathaway Chuck was a Descendant of Mayflower passenger and Mayflower
Compact signer Degory Priest and was a great-great nephew of Isaac Allerton,
also of the Mayflower. He is also a descendant of Revolutionary War Soldier
Daniel Hathaway who was present at the siege of Boston. Other distinguished
kinsmen include Chuck's Uncle, FBI Agent James H. Nicholson., as well
as decorated veterans of every major conflict in US history. Contributions
in memory of Chuck may be made to the American Heart Association 1301
South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach. FL 33401, to the Society of the Divine
Word, 184 Beacon St., Boston, or to the Alumni Fund of Harvard College.
A memorial scholarship fund in Chuck's name will be established at Harvard
at a later date. The family wishes to thank Chuck's many college friends
who were a joy to him during his college years and throughout his life,
especially Joe Sweeney, Bob Flaherty, and William L. (Bill) Sullivan.
Respectfully Submitted, Paul James Hathaway Nicholson,
Part-time Graduate Student in Liberal Arts, Harvard Extension School,
P.O. Box 6161, Boston, MA 02114.
John Charles Arey, died on February 16, 2003. He is survived by
his wife Bette and a stepdaughter Anne Stacy Hunt. His home address for
years has been 11509 Parkview Lane, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130. At
the time of our 25th Reunion he was the Wisconsin Regional Director of
the National Conference of Christian and Jews, and held leadership positions
in a number of organizations and societies in Wisconsin.
The Class extends its sympathy to James Peale on the loss of his
wife, Jean Darling Peale (R '59).
John Geenty wishes to thank classmates who sent kind notes of sympathy
the recent sudden and unexpected loss of his wife Nancy. "She was
from knee replacement surgery when everything went wrong and her heart
I have just received notice of the death of Charles Hathaway Nicholson,
Jr. of 8 Dorchester Circle, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418, on November
17, 2002. He was a marketing consultant, and is survived by his wife Gloria,
two sons, a daughter and 3 grandchildren.
Charles ("Chick") Kuhn III passed away on Sunday, December
29, 2002. A memorial service was held in Providence, Rhode Island, on
January 8, 2003. Representing the class and speaking at the service were
Fred Churchill, Ed Ginsburg and Bud Helfant. After
college Chick attended Washington University at St. Louis Medical School
and graduated in 1959. An interest in diseases of the lungs led him to
become an internationally esteemed pulmonary pathologist He waa professor
emeritus of pathology at Brown University and retired chief of pathology
at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket. He published over one
hundred thirty papers in his career, and served on the editorial boards
of several professional journals. He was also a member of a number of
advisory committees at the National Institutes of Health.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be sent
to the Charles Kuhn Award, given annually for the outstanding graduate
student presentation on the pathogenesis of disease. Such donations should
be addressed to Brown University - Pathobiology Graduate Program, Charles
Kuhn Award, and sent to Dr. Agnes Kane, Chair, Department of Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine, Brown University, Box G, Providence, RI 02912.
Classmates who wish to extend their sympathy to his wife Nobuko Kuhn and
the family can write her at 500 Angel Street, Apt. 612, Providence, RI
Renny reports the following two deaths:
G. Bruce Thurmond died on November 23, 2002.
"Bob Flaherty reports that his best friend at Harvard College,
Charlie Nicholson, passed away in mid November in West Palm
Beach, Florida from a heart problem. Bob recalls there was a time when
they were closer than he thought."
Robert D. Hall, a resident of Harwichport, MA died on November 11,
2002. Bob graduated with us in 1955, served in the Army, and received
a JD degree from Suffolk University. A life-long resident of Harwich,
he was a member of the Harwich School Committee and the Cape Cod Regional
Technical High School's district school committee. Bob also served on
the Harwich Finance Committee and coached Pony and Little League baseball
teams. He was also an interviewer of applicants from the Cape for Harvard.
Thanks to Bob Donahue for sending along the information.
Alexander ("Sandy") Moss White
died Nov. 5, 2002, at his home, Pachelbel Farm
in Old Chatham, NY, surrounded by loving family. He will always be cherished
by his wife Amy, children Alison Pena, Tim White, Chris White, Annie Plumer,
Elsie White and three grandsons. His son Alec died in 1985. Born in 1933
in Glen Cove, NY, Sandy graduated with us in 1955 and from Harvard Business
School in 1959. He was partner at White Weld & Co., Managing Director
at Merrill Lynch and Sr. investment banker at James D. Wolfensohn & Co. Upon retirement in 1989 he moved to Old Chatham where he created a
beautiful farm, learning to grow and cut great quality hay. Continuing
to work as a financial consultant, for the past decade Sandy was on the
board of AMVESCAP. Devoted to the betterment of education, for 26 years
he was a trustee and head of the finance committee of the Cooper Union.
On the board of Nightingale Bamford School, from 1970 to 1979 and its
president for four years, he was also treasurer of the Collegiate School,
1981-85. In Chatham, he was elected to the Public School's board in 1996
and served as President from 1999-2001. Thereafter he headed the Chatham
Education Foundation, seeking to enhance arts and humanities in the Chatham
schools. A man of clear-sighted action rather than words, Sandy pursued
with tireless and quiet passion what he most loved - family and friends,
the natural world, sport and music, and devotion to his financial and
educational work. While a gentle person he was possessed of a steely sense
of integrity, rationality and responsibility. Services will be held this
Sunday at St. Peter's Church in Spencertown, NY at 3:30PM. Donations may
be sent to the Chatham Education Foundation, c/o Chatham Central School
District, Chatham NY 12037.
(Originally Published in the New York Times on 11/8/2002.)
Renny regrets to report the death of Paul Duane Lejune on
October 13, 2002.
Evan Dawson writes:
Our 1955 classmate William Henry (Bill) Williamson
died on Thursday, October 10, 2002, at his home, PO Box 491, Kennebunkport,
Maine 04046 after a long illness (cancer). He was survived by his wife,
Laury Williamson, and three children, Barry Carson Williamson, Joshua
(Josh) Williamson and Joanne Williamson Duggan and three grandchildren
by Joanne. Another son, Matthew, predeceased him. We had kept up with
Bill and his family over the years. For the last five years or more until
3 weeks ago, he wrote a weekly newspaper column of liberal opinion published
in many Maine newspapers. He was an astute political and social observer.
Prior to that time he had been for 20 years a child welfare specialist
for the State of Maine and before that a newspaper reporter in Portland,
Maine. His acute grasp of reality, his ability to organize his facts and
his thoughts, his wit and lack of bullshit were greatly appreciated by
his friends. We will miss him.
Evan R. Dawson
Renny is sorry to report the death of Marvin H. Taichert,
AB '55, on June 20, 2002.
It is with great sadness that Frank Nelson reported the passing
of our classmate, Robert H. Zuege, A.B. '55, MD University of Washington,'62.
Bob lived in Matthews his freshman year, and in Kirkland House until graduation
and commissioning as Ensign, USNR.
After completion of flight training he was a command pilot in advanced
naval patrol planes stationed at Whidbey Island, WA. He graduated from
University of Washington Medical School in 1962, completed internship
at Naval Hospital, Oakland, CA, and took his residency in anesthesiology
at the University of Washington. He practiced his specialty in Seattle
until he became increasingly incapacitated by multiple sclerosis which
took his life on 14 January, 2002.
Shortly after his Harvard graduation, Bob wed Margery Halderman who passed
away after 23 years of marriage. In 1991 he married Dorothy Anna Studley.
There were no children. Bob took great pride in his military service.
His funeral and interment services were with full military honors.
Leonard Miller of Miami Beach, passed away
at his home in Miami, Florida on Sunday morning, July 28, 2003, leaving
his wife Susan and his children Stuart, Leslie, and Jeffrey, and ten grandchildren.
Lenny moved to South Florida shortly after he graduated with us in 1955,
where he co-founded the Lennar Corporation, one of the nation's largest
homebuilders. Lenny led the company as President and CEO until 1997, remained
actively involved in the Company's leadership as the Chairman of the Board.
He also served as chairman of a number of companies and banks in Florida
as well as being deeply involved in numerous professional and community
service organizations. In February 2002, Lenny and his wife, Sue were
honored by the Miami Chamber of Commerce with the "Sand In My Shoes"
A loyal Harvard alum, Lenny was a tireless fund raiser for our Class as
well as serving on the Committee on University Resources, the Visiting
Committee of the College, and the Policy Advisory Board for the Joint
Center for Housing Studies. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations
be made to Council For Educational Change, c/o The Annenberg Challenge,
150 SE 2nd Ave Suite 404, Miami, Fl 33131 or UM/Sylvester Comprehensive
Cancer Center, 1475 NW 12th Avenue, Room C002 Miami, FL 33136.
Classmates who wish to extend their sympathy to his wife Susan and the
family can write her at 23 Star Island, Miami Beach, Florida 33139.