April 2022

The University recently learned of the passing of these Cornellians:

1930s

’37 BA, BS Eng ’38—Harold A. Baxter Jr. of Arcadia, CA, March 30, 1988. Phi Kappa Psi.

’37 BS Ag, PhD ’42—Leon Bernstein of Riverside, CA, 2004; plant physiologist, US Salinity Laboratory, US Dept. of Agriculture.

’37 BA—Gladys C. Burgess of Auburn, NY, July 12, 1984; dean of students, Wells College; assistant dean of women, Miami U. of Ohio; guidance counselor, Shaker Heights School District; active in religious affairs. Alpha Omicron Pi.

’37, BS Ag ’39—Gregory Clement Jr. of Weston, CT, August 22, 2006. Zeta Psi.

’37 BA—Olodine Jones Earnhardt of Tarpon Springs, FL, formerly of Westbrook, ME, August 20, 1989; homemaker; summer camp director, Frye’s Leap Boys Camp; enjoyed sewing; active in community and religious affairs.

’37 BA—Selig Finkelstein of Elmhurst, NY, May 29, 2008; career dentist; used formal hypnosis to manage anxiety and alter physiological responses in patients; skilled in crisis intervention; active in professional affairs. Tau Delta Phi.

’37 BS Ag—Helen Clark Halliday of Gwynedd, PA, May 4, 2004.

’37 BS Ag—Edmund Hoffmann of Canning, NS, Canada, March 31, 2003; university professor, animal nutritionist, author of poultry books, and worldwide agricultural and breeding consultant; conservationist; fluent in several languages.

’37 BS HE—Frances Spano Patterson of Urbana-Champaign, IL, formerly of Cortland, NY, 1966; homemaker; published research with her husband on the possible effects of breastfeeding on child personality.

’37, BS Ag ’38—Edward Rutledge of Washington, DC, formerly of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, September 26, 2002; Eastern regional director, US Civil Rights Commission; executive director, Nat’l Committee Against Housing Discrimination; housing director, NYS Human Rights Commission; member, Nat’l Assn. of Human Rights Officials, and president, Nat’l Assn. of Intergroup Relations Officials; major catalyst behind the Fair Housing Act of 1968; active in alumni affairs.

Editor’s note: The large number of entries from the Class of ’37—many of them reporting deaths that occurred years ago—are due to the University’s annual updating of records for the oldest classes.


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1940s

’43—Joan Ipsen Blatz of Charlottesville, VA, January 6, 2022; homemaker; studied spiritual philosophy and religious contemplation; enjoyed nature, hiking, and meditation groups. Kappa Alpha Theta.

’45—Robert M. Rownd IV of Conroe, TX, formerly of Palestine, TX, and Frisco, CO, December 26, 2021; program manager, new product R&D at the mining company AMAX in Golden, CO; worked mid- to upper-management positions in Houston, TX, at Brown and Root, Igloo Corp., Texas Laboratories, and Phoenix Chemical; manager of production, Dow Corning; manager of R&D, Aladdin Industries; veteran; avid skier and ski instructor; enjoyed golf and cruises. Alpha Chi Sigma.

’46, BS HE ’45—Rosemary Blais Cashin of Cohoes, NY, January 12, 2022; homemaker; dietitian, Boston Lying-In Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital); avid seamstress and Red Sox fan; active in community and religious affairs.

’46, BEE ’45—Orrington C. Foster of Old Chatham, NY, December 10, 2021; Psi Upsilon.

’47—James J. Baker of Darien, CT, October 4, 2016; VP marketing, Precision Valve Corp. Kappa Sigma.

’47 PhD—Otto J. Plescia of Sarasota, FL, and Osterville, MA, February 20, 2021; professor emeritus of immunology, Rutgers U. Waksman Inst. and the Scripps Inst., whose research led to the understanding of stimulating the immune system to help conquer diseases; enjoyed travel, camping, and summering on Cape Cod.

’47 BA—Lillian Tubbs Seefeldt of Chambersburg, PA, February 12, 2022; homemaker; church financial secretary, trustee, administrative board member, and Sunday school teacher; also worked as a research chemist and library assistant; piano teacher; Scout leader; enjoyed music and bell choir; active in community and religious affairs. Alpha Xi Delta.

’47, BS Ag ’49—Marvin M. Wedeen of Sewickley, PA, January 1, 2022; hospital administrator overseeing human resources, physician recruitment, and strategic planning; president, Sewickley Valley Hospital; veteran; trustee on numerous boards, including board president of Valley Care Assn., created to develop a full range of care for local senior citizens; fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives; volunteer management consultant, Executive Service Corps of Western Pennsylvania; enjoyed cultural activities, international travel, bridge, paddle tennis, gardening, and book club; active in religious and alumni affairs. Beta Sigma Rho.

­’48 BA—Shirley Rowland Trammell of West Grove, PA, January 2, 2022; clinical audiologist; homemaker; children’s book author; enjoyed golf, tennis, bridge, and international travel. Kappa Delta.

’49 MBA—Jane Harley Brooks of Los Angeles, CA, November 28, 2021; WWII veteran in the Women’s Air Corps.

’49 BS HE—Jane Masson Jackson of Shaker Heights, OH, February 5, 2022; homemaker; nutritionist, Beech-Nut Packing Co. Kappa Alpha Theta.


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1950s

’50 BA, MBA ’51—Paul W. Brass of Wyomissing, PA, January 11, 2022; worked in the financial department at Carpenter Technology; veteran; held numerous positions in the Wyomissing Borough, including treasurer, planning commission chair, and on multiple committees and boards; avid skier; enjoyed international travel, tennis, swimming, and hiking; active in community and religious affairs. Lambda Chi Alpha. Wife, Margaret Brackbill Brass ’51.

’50 BS HE—Jane Merry Chavez of Uvalde, TX, January 12, 2022; instructor in home economics skills to Peace Corps volunteers, extension personnel, and rural homemakers; county extension agent, 4-H Club; advocate for the disabled; volunteer college/academic counselor; education columnist, Uvalde Times; collector of indigenous art and artifacts of the Americas; enjoyed archaeology and international travel; active in community affairs.

’50 MS—Constance Savat Kreshtool of Wilmington, DE, January 11, 2022; worked at DuPont; community volunteer, Scout leader, and classroom reading assistant; enjoyed cooking and international travel; active in civic and religious affairs.

’50 PhD—Fred W. McLafferty of Ithaca, NY, December 26, 2021; professor emeritus of chemistry, Cornell U.; also taught at Purdue U.; expert in mass spectrometry; founding director, Dow Framingham Eastern Research Lab; helped build the first gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer while at Dow Chemical Co.; decorated war veteran; co-author/editor of more than 500 articles and five books, including the leading text in the field, Interpretation of Mass Spectral Data; recipient of numerous international medals and honors; active in professional and alumni affairs.

’50 BA—Peter N. Rowe of Northampton, MA, January 17, 2022; professor emeritus of government, Smith College; expert in American foreign policy, international politics, and international law; Fulbright scholar in Hyderabad, India; researched opposition politics and the role of law in Indian development; also taught politics of India at Wesleyan U. and Amherst College; veteran; member on numerous boards and commissions in support of the City of Northampton; enjoyed European art and literature; active in professional affairs.

’51, BS Hotel ’52—Eugene F. Foster of Red Wing, MN, January 31, 2022; personnel manager, Curtis Hotel; general manager, St. James Hotel; veteran; director of several church choirs; active in alumni affairs.

’51 BArch—Howard L. Hyde of South Abington Twp., January 15, 2022; senior architect, Burkavage Design Assocs.; veteran; Rotarian; avid reader; enjoyed classical music, singing, gardening, and community service; active in religious affairs. Tau Beta Pi.

’51 BA—Dayton E. Livingston of Oberlin, OH, November 17, 2021; vice president of business and finance, Oberlin College; worked in the finance department at General Motors; veteran; organic farmer; raised livestock; enjoyed singing, gardening, travel, and studying geography; active in community affairs.

’51 MS—Everett D. Markwardt of Ithaca, NY, December 11, 2021; emeritus professor of agricultural engineering, Cornell U.; instrumental in the development of the mechanical apple harvester; veteran; swimming official and founding member, Ithaca Swim Club; Boy Scout leader; active in community and religious affairs.

’51 BA—Edmund N. Votry of Indianapolis, IN, formerly of Amsterdam, NY, January 8, 2022; worked for Prudential Life Insurance Co. in Newark, NJ, and Boston; veteran; active in community and religious affairs. Theta Chi.

’52 LLB—James E. Gow of Endwell, NY, November 20, 2018; attorney; founding partner, Leasure, Gow, Munk & Rizzuto; veteran; Rotarian; enjoyed golf and vacationing on Cape Cod; active in religious affairs.

’52 BS Ag—James W. Graves of Lubbock, TX, December 27, 2020; professor emeritus and administrator, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech U.; interim chair, Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics; also served as undergraduate program coordinator; recipient of several teaching awards; heavily involved in cotton marketing research; enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, golf, swimming, and fishing; active in community and alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’52–54 GR—Wesley A. Merriam of Montpelier, VT, January 15, 2022; career entomologist, US Dept. of Agriculture in Montpelier, VT, and Newark, NY; also worked for the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office, the Census Bureau, and the Vermont Historical Society; enjoyed travel.

’52 BS Ag—Thomas V. Newton of Hudson Falls, NY, February 11, 2022; retired educator; taught agriculture education at Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, Hudson Falls Central Schools, and West Valley Central Schools; veteran; Sunday school teacher; member, Masons; enjoyed international travel; active in community, professional, religious, and alumni affairs.

’52 BS Hotel—Robert D. Petersen of Hilton Head Island, SC, January 16, 2022; co-founder, Atlantic Marketing Forces, a food brokerage firm; president, Foodco, Farmbest, and Standard Brands Inc.; general manager of a family meat purveying business in NYC, serving steamships, hotels, restaurants, and airlines; veteran; board chair, Nat’l Food Brokers Assn.; avid golfer; active in charitable, community, professional, and religious affairs. Phi Delta Theta.

’53 MBA—Nicholas E. Andreson of Worcester, MA, January 8, 2022; longtime owner, Colonial Bowling Center, which hosted individual customers and leagues from area factories, businesses, houses of worship, and private clubs.

’53 BA—Diana Fuller Dallal of Scarsdale, NY, formerly of New Hartford, NY, February 13, 2022; homemaker; also worked as a programmer at GE and taught eighth-grade math; enjoyed classical music, international travel, home renovations, choral singing, and playing the piano and flute.

’53 BA—Burton M. Fine of New York City, January 18, 2022; attorney; co-founder, Fine/Posner (later Fine, Tofel & Saxl); member of the NYS Assembly, where he wrote the law requiring NYC taxis to have protective partitions; also worked at the US Attorney’s Office; veteran; enjoyed travel, the arts, and fine dining; active in alumni and professional affairs. Sigma Alpha Mu.

’53 BS Ag—Edward M. Morris of North Little Rock, AR, February 14, 2022; founder, M&M Aviation Services; chief pilot, Central Flying Service; 20-year Air Force veteran; served tours and assignments worldwide, started an aero club, and taught private flying to hundreds of Air Force personnel as well as pilots in Mexico and Australia; recipient of several awards and certifications; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’53 BS HE—Lorna Stout Mowatt of Lee’s Summit, MO, October 29, 2021; homemaker; traveled the world as an Air Force spouse; worked as a 4-H extension agent; enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, and making homemade ornaments; advocate for organ donation; active member, United Methodist Church of Lee’s Summit.

’53 BA—Dorothy Connelly Wehmann of Syracuse, NY, January 11, 2022; teacher, Solvay Elementary School; enjoyed golf, reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, cross-stitch, and knitting. Sigma Kappa.

’54 BS Ag—John M. Clark Jr. of Hedgesville, WV, and Estero, FL, January 2, 2022; professor of biochemistry, U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; recipient of the provost’s Excellence in Teaching award several times; author, Experimental Biochemistry, one of the first textbooks for instructional delivery in biochemistry lab courses; advocate for the Clark Awards for Teaching, established by his parents, John M. ’32 and Emily Blood Clark ’32; conservationist; enjoyed backpacking, fly fishing, skiing, reading, Major League Baseball, and studying history; active in alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Kappa.

’54 BA—Patricia Jackson DeCoursey of Columbia, SC, January 1, 2022; senior professor of biology, U. of South Carolina; expert in chronobiology, focusing on behavioral, physiological, and ecological aspects of biological rhythms; author of numerous scientific research publications and several books; secretary, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms and member of the advisory board; enjoyed wilderness camping; active in community and professional affairs.

’54, BME ’55—Fred O. Jensen of Hingham, MA, formerly of Chatham, MA, January 29, 2022; management and business development consultant; professor of management, Stevens Inst. of Technology; led strategic planning and new product development, Dun & Bradstreet and McGraw-Hill; pioneer in the application of computers to business management systems, Shriver Assocs.; veteran; Fulbright scholar in Lithuania; advocate for the protection of waterways; enjoyed sailing and playing with the All-Worn-Out Jug Band; active in community and religious affairs. Sigma Pi.

’54 BS HE—Geraldine Lockwood Oakley of Albany, NY, January 24, 2022; homemaker; administrator, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center; co-founder and leader, Guilderland (NY) Glassworks 4-H Club; expert seamstress; enjoyed genealogy; active in civic, community, and religious affairs.

’54, BEP ’55—Murray E. Sherry of Sarasota, FL, January 29, 2022; computer management consultant at the US Postal Service, Arthur D. Little, and PHI; served on the boards of several arts, sciences, and community organizations; avid stamp collector; enjoyed international travel. Watermargin.

’54, BME ’55—William P. Simon of Charlotte, NC, February 5, 2022; founder, Nat’l Belting Service, providing products and machinery to the coal mining industry; also worked at US Steel; veteran; enjoyed boating, golf, tennis, and following the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers; active in charitable, community, and religious affairs. Psi Upsilon.

’54 BS Ag—Robert E. Stuerzebecher of Largo, FL, formerly of Cortland, NY, January 15, 2022; self-employed farrier for over 40 years; also worked for the Orleans County Cooperative Extension; assistant professor, Delhi Ag & Tech; sales manager, Syracuse Agway and W.F. Young; avid polo player and umpire; also taught polo umpiring; active in community and religious affairs.

’55 BS Ag—Walter J. Bock of Tenafly, NJ, January 27, 2022; professor, Columbia U. Dept. of Biological Sciences, with expertise in comparative morphology, evolution, and the history and philosophy of science; research associate in the evolutionary biology of birds, American Museum of Natural History; published author and member of numerous international scientific societies; president, Int’l Ornithological Congress; conservationist and environmentalist; enjoyed camping, hiking, and canoeing.

’55 BS Ag, DVM ’57—Richard C. Grambow of Durham, NC, January 27, 2022; small animal veterinarian; owner, Fairmount Animal Hospital in Syracuse, NY; named NYS Veterinarian of the Year; president, NYS Veterinary Medical Society and the North American Veterinary Conference; recipient, Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award; established the Class of 1957 Veterinary College Memorial Scholarship and the Grambow Family Scholarship; school board member; enjoyed outdoor sports, international travel, and tending his rosebushes; active in professional and alumni affairs. Alpha Zeta. Wife, Barbara Allen Grambow ’56.

’55—Richard S. Jensen of Waupaca, WI, January 8, 2022; salesman, Johnson Controls; owner, Fox Valley Communications, a two-way radio business; 20-year Naval submariner and electrical engineer; enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, tennis, Packers and Navy football, and cold walks; active in religious affairs.

’55 PhD—Karl O.E. Mann of Lewisburg, PA, formerly of Yardley, PA, January 6, 2022; professor of industrial relations and human resource management, Duquesne U.; also taught at U. of Toledo and Rider U.; office methods engineer, Black & Decker; labor economist, US Dept. of Labor; veteran; participated in the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp; author; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Sigma Phi.

’55 BA—Ann L. Overbeck of Waynesville, NC, January 28, 2022; clinical social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Inst. in San Francisco, and the Community Mental Health Center in Altoona, PA; held faculty positions at Penn State U., Western Michigan U., Smith College, and the U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; enjoyed world travel and community volunteer work. Alpha Phi.

’55 BA—James S. Schoff of Rye, NY, and Morrisville, VT, February 6, 2022; buyer, general merchandiser, and president, Bloomingdale’s department store; also worked at Marshall Field; advocate for education; school board president, Pelham Public Schools; avid gardener and fly fisherman; enjoyed choral singing; active in religious affairs. Sigma Phi. Wife, Joanna Haab Schoff ’55.

’55 BS Ag—Willard G. Schwarting of Springport, NY, January 3, 2022; founder, Repco Industries; also worked for GLF and managed Agway’s egg plant; enjoyed country living, working his small farm, raising bees, and involvement with numerous clubs, boards, organizations, and committees; active in community and alumni affairs.

’56, BS Ag ’57, DVM ’59—John C. Burns of Henrietta, NY, February 12, 2022; veterinarian; founder, Henrietta Animal Hospital; also worked as a salesman for Central Petroleum Co.; member, Knights of Columbus; avid pilot, fisherman, and ham radio operator; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Psi.

’56 PhD—Thomas A. Orofino of Cleveland, OH, December 21, 2021; taught chemistry, U. of Tennessee; research chemist and manager, Monsanto Chemicals; worked on the development of AstroTurf; enjoyed domestic and international travel; youth math mentor.

’57 BS Hotel—William D. Brown of Marietta, GA, January 22, 2022; worked in sales and marketing at IBM in Old Greenwich, CT, and Milan, Italy; veteran; enjoyed world travel, racing sailboats, Italian cooking, painting, and gardening. Psi Upsilon.

’57 BA—A. Myrick Freeman III of Georgetown, ME, February 7, 2022; professor emeritus of economics, Bowdoin College; chair of the department and director of the Environmental Studies Program; visiting professor, U. of Wisconsin, Madison; expert in environmental and resource management issues; veteran; published extensively in books and scholarly journals; consultant to government policymakers and regulatory agencies; advocate for environmental stewardship and citizen engagement; enjoyed choral singing; active in civic and community affairs. Kappa Sigma.

’57, BS Ag ’58—Sanford B. Kaiser of Springfield, VA, October 27, 2021; government contractor in the field of logistics; 21-year Air Force veteran, serving with HQ USAF Europe and other locations worldwide; enjoyed gardening, travel, investing, crossword puzzles, scuba diving, and farming; active in civic and community affairs.

’57—Millard G. Ripley of Palmetto, FL, January 17, 2022; management consultant, Crown Mercedes-Benz of Dublin, OH; automobile dealer/owner, Ripley Motors in Ithaca and Sunwest Volkswagen, Porsche Audi, BMW, Subaru of St. Petersburg, FL; named Automotive Dealer of Distinction by the American Int’l Automobile Dealers Assn. and Sports Illustrated; also pursued race car fabrication and boatbuilding; enjoyed boating and yacht racing; active in professional affairs. Phi Sigma Kappa.

’57 BA—Jan Klein Surasky of Victor, NY, August 23, 2021; author of four award-winning novels, several travel and nonfiction books, articles, and short stories; founder of two publishing companies; taught writing and held workshops and seminars at Finger Lakes Community College and a variety of colleges and other venues; active in civic, charitable, and community affairs. Phi Sigma Sigma.

’57 MA—Suzanne Dougall Sweeney of Chittenango, NY, January 12, 2022; piano teacher; English teacher, Chittenango School District; advocate for social justice; enjoyed gardening; active in community affairs.

’58 BS ILR—Arthur V.N. Brooks of Cleveland, OH, July 6, 2021; real estate attorney, Baker and Hostetler; adjunct faculty, Cleveland State U. School of Urban Affairs; published and lectured on land use and environmental issues, consumer protection, and governmental reform; fought for the elimination of discriminatory housing policies; served two terms in the Ohio House; veteran; enjoyed swimming, tennis, singing, and the outdoors; active in civic, community, and professional affairs. Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

’58 BS HE—Jeanne Perkins DuBois of Chatham, NY, January 19, 2022; co-owner, the Milk House ice cream franchise; co-founder, Glenrest dairy farm; nursery and grade-school teacher; Scout leader and PTA president; supporter of the Mac-Hadyn Theatre, housing dozens of cast and crew during the summer months; enjoyed cross-country and international travel, cooking, and baking; active in community and religious affairs. Sigma Kappa.

’58 BA—Thomas A. Morrow of Orchard Park, NY, January 31, 2022; owner/operator, W.G. Arthur Co. Inc. hardware store; enjoyed skiing, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and working outside; active in community and professional affairs. Theta Chi.

’59 BA—Sallie Sook Joachim of Troy, NY, formerly of Lake Placid, NY, February 5, 2022; writing specialist, Hudson Valley Community College; grade-school teacher; homemaker; avid gardener; enjoyed book groups and choral singing; active in community and religious affairs.

’59–60 GR—Richard H. Paff of Winston-Salem, NC, December 4, 2021; design engineer, Gravely Tractor Co. and Nautilus Fitness Equipment; veteran; member, Lions Club; avid golfer and sports enthusiast; enjoyed fishing and nature; active in religious affairs.

’59, BA ’60—Lee D. Powar of Beachwood, OH, and Estero, FL, January 18, 2022; attorney, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, involved in major corporate and financing work for area companies, including the financing of George Steinbrenner’s acquisition of the New York Yankees; avid golfer and club leader; enjoyed world travel and fine dining; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Beta Sigma Rho.

’59—Norman E. Snyder of Lansing, NY, January 10, 2022; businessman; Mac Tools distributor; owner/operator, West Side Gulf in Ithaca; veteran; avid sports fan; enjoyed gardening, walking, and reading several daily newspapers.


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1960s

’60, BEE ’61—Salvatore F. Accardo of Sharon, CT, July 19, 2021; electronics industry analyst, investment manager, and venture capitalist; VP, Source Capital Group; managing director, IQ Venture Advisors; senior VP, Melhado Flynn; also worked at Manufacturers Hanover, Shearson/American Express, Kidder Peabody, Drexel Burnham Lambert, William D. Witter Inc., and General Electric; veteran; avid reader and news junkie; enjoyed classical music, Broadway, and other cultural offerings; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs.

’60 MRP—Reynold A. Boezi of Toledo, OH, December 18, 2021; independent consultant for community and economic development; administrator, Seagate Community Development Corp.; director of national operations, City Venture Corp., a partnership for urban redevelopment; planning director, human services and physical planning, Metropolitan Planning Commission, St. Paul, MN; served on numerous planning committees, commissions, and boards; arts advocate; enjoyed travel; active in community and professional affairs.

’60 BA—Gail Taylor Hodges of Lake Forest, IL, July 1, 2021; director of development, Family Service of Lake County; freelance grant writer, editor, and graphic designer; executive director, Gorton Community Center; member, Lake Forest City Council; advocate for historic preservation; life member, Cornell U. Council; active in civic, community, professional, and alumni affairs. Kappa Delta. Husband, James A. Hodges Jr. ’60.

’60 DVM—Merle C. Loveless of Delhi, NY, December 9, 2021; faculty member, SUNY Delhi, U. of Rhode Island, and U. of Georgia; enjoyed hiking, gardening, reading, raising Persian cats, and listening to classical music.

’60 LLB—George A. Mathewson of Queensbury, NY, and Lake George, NY, January 4, 2022; attorney in private practice in Syracuse and Manlius; adjunct instructor in business law, Onondaga Community College; regional attorney, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation; also worked for the Federal Trade Commission; member, Kiwanis and numerous other business and cultural organizations; Scout leader; community volunteer; author; enjoyed coaching youth sports teams; active in professional and religious affairs.

’60 JD—Louis P. Rothman of Delray Beach, FL, October 17, 2017; attorney in private practice.

’61 PhD—Alma Beth Clark of Baton Rouge, LA, December 28, 2021; instructor and director, School of Home Economics, Louisiana State U.; helped found the Home Economics College in Karachi, Pakistan, and later developed a graduate program there with Oklahoma State U. and the Ford Fdn.; enjoyed playing cards, gardening, weaving, and baking; active in religious affairs.

’61–62 GR—John H. Clyburn of Galveston, TX, December 14, 2021; teacher and administrator, Galveston Community College; also taught at Bellaire High School and the U. of Houston, Downtown; Rotarian; active in civic, community, and religious affairs.

’61, BME ’63—Kenyon S. Laven of Welaka, FL, February 5, 2022; boat captain, Water Witch; computer programmer; enjoyed day trading on the stock market and playing classic rock and reggae. Lambda Chi Alpha.

’61 MS—John P. Parker Jr. of Jefferson, OH, December 8, 2021; area dairy industry agent, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster; district supervisor, Canfield, and assistant to the extension director, Columbus; advisor, Middlefield Original Cheese Cooperative; agricultural column writer, Warren Tribune Chronicle and Jefferson Gazette; recipient of numerous awards and accolades and member of several committees and boards; active in community, religious, and professional affairs.

’62 BA—Gerald S. Abrams of Berkeley, CA, March 31, 2020; particle physicist, Lawrence Berkeley Nat’l Laboratory, U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Brookhaven Nat’l Laboratory; enjoyed international travel, politics, basketball, playing the banjo, and working on home projects. Alpha Chi Sigma.

’62 DVM—Thomas F. Brown of Plattsburgh, NY, November 28, 2021; longtime veterinarian in both Antigua and in Plattsburgh; enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, golf, and tennis. Wife, Vaughan Koehler Brown ’62.

’62 JD—Herman A. Bursky of Atlantic Beach, NY, formerly of Lawrence, NY, December 28, 2021; attorney; partner and head of the bankruptcy group, Shea & Gould; active in alumni affairs.

’62 BS ILR—David M. Dameron of Abilene, TX, formerly of Las Vegas, NV, November 5, 2021; director of human resources, Microdot Inc.; labor relations specialist, Stauffer Chemical Co.; veteran; Osher Lifelong Learning Inst. instructor, U. of Nevada, Las Vegas; enjoyed international travel and regional theater; active in alumni affairs.

’62, BEE ’63—J. Michael Duesing of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Ithaca, NY, August 4, 2021; owner, Stewart Howe Alumni Service; development director, Cornell U. AA&D; engineer, General Electric and IBM; active class officer for 54 years; mentor, youth leader, and women’s soccer coach; enjoyed golf and home maintenance on a cottage on Cape Cod. Phi Gamma Delta.

’62 BS Hotel—Richard J. Ferris of Windemere, FL, January 16, 2022; co-chairman of the board, Pebble Beach Co., with impact on both the business and golf; CEO, chairman, and president, Allegis Corp., parent company of Hertz, United, Westin, and Hilton; CEO and chairman, United Airlines; general manager, Westin Hotels; veteran; also served on several other boards, including as independent director and chairman, PGA Tour Champions Policy Board; active in charitable, community, and alumni affairs. Sigma Nu.

’62 BA—Richard L. Kaiden of Boynton Beach, FL, and Lee, MA, August 10, 2020; ophthalmologist; active in alumni affairs. Delta Chi.

’62 PhD—Joyce MacMullen Wootton of Ithaca, NY, January 12, 2022; research associate, Cornell U. College of Veterinary Medicine; expert in connective tissue diseases; chemist, Merck, Sharp & Dohme; homemaker; advocate for equal opportunity; enjoyed gardening, piano, singing, classical music, and travel. Husband, John F. Wootton ’51, PhD ’60.

’63 BA, LLB ’65—Lewis C. Evans II of Sayre, PA, January 31, 2022; non-invasive cardiologist, Guthrie Clinic; formerly an attorney at Sherman & Sterling in NYC; coached the crew teams at Cornell U. and Columbia U.; enjoyed double sculling; active in alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Psi.

’63 DVM—Donald M. Herr of Lancaster, PA, December 12, 2021; veterinarian and co-founder with his wife, Manheim Pike Veterinary Hospital; pioneer in advanced veterinary dentistry; VP, trustee, and board member, Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Assn.; lecturer, author, and researcher; curator and collector of 18th- and 19th-century American pewter and Pennsylvania German decorative arts; expert in daylily hybridizing; active in community and cultural affairs. Wife, Patricia Thomson Herr, DVM ’60.

’63, BCE ’65, ME ’66—William O. Mooney Jr. of Birmingham, AL, February 18, 2022; executive VP and general manager, Thompson Tractor Co.; board president, Red Mountain Theatre Co. and Birmingham Boys Choir; enjoyed international travel, classical music, musical theater, and restoring classic sports cars; active in alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Kappa. Wife, Dianne Arnold Mooney ’64.

’63 MD—Ralph A. “Tony” O’Connell of New York City, December 21, 2021; psychiatrist and educator; provost and dean, New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY; vice chair and clinical director of psychiatry, St. Vincent’s Hospital & Medical Center; also taught at Cornell U. Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital; veteran, US Army Medical Corps, and chief of neuropsychiatry, Ireland Army Hospital; author; editor, Comprehensive Psychiatry; enjoyed swimming, sailing, genealogy, museums, the Philharmonic, and playing the piano; active in charitable, community, and professional affairs.

’63 MS—Thomas G. Taylor of Essex Junction, VT, January 8, 2022; Methodist minister in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, and Alaska; formerly a division manager, IBM Federal Systems Division; enjoyed international travel; active in community affairs.

’63 DVM—Carl L. Zymet of Stoneham, MA, formerly of Ossining, NY, November 18, 2021; veterinarian, Zymet Animal Hospital; artist, photographer, pilot; volunteer, Coast Guard Auxiliary; active in professional affairs.

’64 PhD—Hugh S. Chandler of Urbana, IL, January 1, 2022; professor emeritus of philosophy, U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; taught classes in metaphysics, ethics, the philosophy of religion, and philosophy in literature; author; enjoyed sketching people and nature, photography, music, and long walks; active in professional affairs.

’64 BS Ag—Loyal W. Fisher of Renville, MN, October 23, 2021; agriculture and science teacher, Renville and KMS high schools; advisor for the local FFA chapter; VP, Minnesota Assn. of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; Peace Corps volunteer; active in religious affairs.

’64, BS Ag ’65—Lawrence E. Fitts of Cicero, NY, formerly of Homer, NY, January 14, 2022; founder and appraiser, Fitts Appraisal Co.; town assessor for over a dozen towns in Central New York; avid golfer, bowler, and local sports fan; active in community affairs.

’64 BS Ag—Josaphat D.K. Malungu of Kampala, Uganda, 1980.

’64 BS HE—Nancy E. Parker of Boynton Beach, FL, February 4, 2022; ICU and OR nurse, hospital administrator, and visiting nurse; also worked as an insurance executive; political activist; enjoyed international travel, opera, and fine wine; active in civic and community affairs. Delta Delta Delta.

’64 BA—Alice Anderson Rapasky of Sequim, WA, formerly of Greenwich, CT, January 11, 2022; activities coordinator, Parsonage Cottage senior residence; systems engineer and product forecaster, IBM Corp.; advocate for the local symphony, opera, and ballet; enjoyed sailing; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs; Delta Delta Delta.

’64–65 GR—Lois Kerstetter Snook of St. Paul, MN, April 28, 2021; with her husband, a Lutheran minister, helped launch the Lutheran House of Studies and the Luther Seminary Program at the U. of Zimbabwe; founder, Working Opportunities for Women; editor, Event Magazine; assistant editor, Cornell U. publications; author; expert in African literature and Shona stone sculpture; enjoyed international travel, literature, and the arts; active in civic and religious affairs.

’65 BS Ag—Steven V. Beer of Ithaca, NY, January 12, 2022; biochemist and bacteriologist; professor emeritus, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Cornell U.; expert on fire blight and other diseases of vegetables and fruits; enjoyed international travel; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs.

’65 BA—Dennis B. Black of Deerfield, IL, January 12, 2022; general counsel, senior advisor to the chairman, and board member, Mesirow Financial; founding member, Goldberg, Kohn, Bell, Black, Rosenbloom & Moritz; member, Cornell U. Council; director, Cornell Posse Program in Chicago; mentor and gifted artist; enjoyed jazz and classical music, dancing, and reading; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Zeta Beta Tau. Wife, Joyce Ostroff Black ’66.

’65—John J. Gamble Jr. of Madison, NC, February 10, 2022; professor emeritus and head of the Dept. of Dance, U. of North Carolina, Greensburg, where he developed the BFA and MFA degree programs; department chair and developer of the MFA degree program, Temple U.; director and teacher, John Gamble Dance Theater; co-founder, designer, and builder, Georgetown Workshop and Church Street Theater, producing concerts by local choreographers in Washington, DC; recipient of numerous awards and fellowships; enjoyed playing and performing music, gardening, cooking, sports, sailing, building, travel, and reading; active in community and professional affairs.

’65 BEE—Geoffrey S.M. Hedrick of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Malvern, PA, January 12, 2022; founder, chairman, and CEO, Innovative Solutions & Support Inc., designers and manufacturers of flight guidance and cockpit display systems; co-founder, Harowe Systems Inc., an avionics company; award-winning electrical engineer and owner of nearly 100 patents on avionic innovations; endowed the Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering position at Cornell U.; enjoyed fast cars, skiing, playing polo, cooking, and chamber music; active in professional and alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’66 PhD—Lois M. Brockman of Winnipeg, MB, August 26, 2021; award-winning professor of child development, U. of Manitoba, Dept. of Family Studies; principal investigator, 1988 National Child Care Survey; also taught psychology at U. of Saskatchewan and U. of North Dakota; novitiate and teacher, Our Lady’s Missionaries, Alexandria, ON; social worker, Saskatchewan Welfare Dept.; enjoyed the symphony, curling, birding, and gardening; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs.

’66 BA—Richard L. Fogel of North Potomac, MD, January 24, 2022; provided homeland security solutions to CBP, TSA, and the NSA at Lockheed Martin; associate partner/marketing development lead, homeland security at IBM; founder and CEO, SonoStik, creators of vascular access technologies; assistant comptroller general, US General Accountability Office, responsible for audits and evaluations of government financial regulatory operations, tax administration, and law enforcement operations; fellow, Nat’l Academy of Public Administration; advocate for public education, democratic values, and social justice; enjoyed professional sports, travel, tennis, and reading; active in community, professional, and religious affairs. Pi Lambda Phi.

’66 MD—Richard A. Hodder of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Somers, NY, December 15, 2021; director of medicine, Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, NY, and several other nursing homes; director of medicine, Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center; faculty member and acting chair of the Dept. of Preventive Medicine, Uniformed Services U. for the Health Sciences (USUHS); deputy director of preventive medicine, Walter Reed Army Inst. of Research (WRAIR); expert on chronic diseases and advocate for soldiers with traumatic brain injury; veteran; published in several medical journals; enjoyed photography, music, computers, philosophy, travel, and art.

’66—Richard K. Meigs of Napa, CA, January 14, 2022; entrepreneur; vineyard owner and property manager, Napa Valley; CFO, ComputerWare, Silicon Valley; also built several businesses in Eugene, OR; enjoyed travel, music, golf, skiing, coaching soccer, acquiring a hot air balloon piloting license, and following the San Francisco professional sports teams.

’66 BA—Donna Rosen Miller of Atlanta, GA, formerly of Old Greenwich, CT, February 11, 2022; librarian/media specialist, Greenwich Public Schools and Emory U. Library; museum docent; avid runner; enjoyed international travel, reading, and tennis; active in community and religious affairs.

’66—Ervene C. Salan of Woodsville, NH, January 4, 2022; owner/operator, the Booklady used and rare bookstore; certified to teach art education; enjoyed international travel.

’66 PhD—G. Warren Smith II of Slippery Rock, PA, December 26, 2021; president, Slippery Rock U.; president, Southeastern Louisiana U.; dean, U. of Houston, Clear Lake; also a member of the faculty at the U. of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Cornell U.; member of numerous scientific societies; executive director, Inst. for Learning in Retirement; violinist; Scout leader; enjoyed British cars, opera, and kerosene lamps; active in civic, community, and professional affairs. Wife, Constance Krambeer Smith, PhD ’79.

’67 BS Nurs—Arminda “Amy” Edwards Ching of East Aurora, NY, January 27, 2022; registered nurse; also worked at the Clinical Nursing Laboratories, Queensborough Community College; active in religious affairs.

’67 BS ORIE, ME ’68—Charles W. Dispenza of Fairport, NY, December 22, 2021; program coordinator, career services, Office of Cooperative Education and Placement, Rochester Inst. of Technology.

’67 PhD—Charles F. Keyes of Portland, OR, formerly of Seattle, WA, January 3, 2022; professor emeritus of anthropology and international studies, U. of Washington; chair, Dept. of Anthropology; director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies and president, Assn. for Asian Studies; carried out extensive research in Thailand; published author, editor, and co-editor; active in professional affairs.

’67 BS Eng—Robert M. Kurzon of Hollywood, FL, February 9, 2022; surgical pathologist; chief pathologist, Memorial Hospital West; also worked in information technologies, aiding in installation and training for the hospital’s new informatics system; veteran; enjoyed music, his guitar collection, computer science, reading, movies, and international travel.

’67 MA, PhD ’68—Haskell E.S. Rhett of Afton, VA, and Jupiter, FL, January 7, 2022; president emeritus, Woodrow Wilson Nat’l Fellowship Fdn. (now the Inst. for Citizens & Scholars); assistant chancellor for higher education, State of New Jersey; VP, College Board; director of program development, Educational Testing Service; veteran; advocate for equitable education; held fellowships and served on several academic boards; avid sailor, competitive tennis player, and supporter of the US Olympic Rowing Team; enjoyed international travel; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs.

’67 BS Ag—Enoch W. Small of Shoreline, WA, June 28, 2021; biophysicist; founder and president, Quantum Northwest Inc., developer of sophisticated instrumentation for scientists; faculty, Eastern Washington U. and Oregon State U.; author of more than 50 scientific articles; designed and built houses; enjoyed boating, reading, photography, classical music, international travel, and exploring the outdoors. Phi Kappa Tau.

’67–68 GR—Richard D. Van Scoy of Candor, NY, December 15, 2021; owner/operator, Ward and Van Scoy, the family feed, fertilizer, seed, and farm supply business; member, Candor school board and Chamber of Commerce; enjoyed music, choral singing, and acting; active in community and religious affairs.

’67 BS ILR—Steven Wechsler of Syracuse, NY, and Key West, FL, January 1, 2022; professor emeritus, Syracuse U. College of Law; expert in professional responsibility and commercial law; also served as assoc. dean; visiting professor, U. of Michigan; adjunct professor, U. of Colorado; veteran; enjoyed travel and cooking.

’68 MS—Seymour R. Friedman of Wellesley Hills, MA, December 30, 2021; career systems engineer, MITRE Corp.; enjoyed ocean sailing; active in religious affairs.

’68, BS Ag ’69—Martin J. Pirsic of Dryden, NY, February 2, 2022; business owner, providing carpentry, masonry, and stonework; home designer and builder; research technician, Dept. of Animal Science, Cornell U.; enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, ballroom and square dancing, playing the accordion, and home maintenance; active in religious affairs.

’68 BS ILR—Neal M. Sher of New York City, October 7, 2021; attorney in private practice; legal representative for the families of victims of the 2009 terrorist shooting at Fort Hood; chief of staff, Int’l Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims; director, Office of Special Investigations, US Dept. of Justice; established a formula that systematically checked Nazi-era German records against U.S. immigration records, which led to dozens of deportations; director, American Israel Public Affairs Committee; active in alumni affairs.

’69 BS Ag—Robert J. Tollini of Herndon, VA, formerly of Indianapolis, IN, February 4, 2022; worked in management roles in the video distribution industry, including at CBS/Fox, Video Trend, and Major Video Concepts.; also worked at Heartland Films; volunteer and advocate for youth education, mentorship, and breaking the cycle of homelessness; recipient of the “Unsung Hero” award from the Indianapolis Rotary Club; active in community and alumni affairs. Beta Theta Pi.


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1970s

’70 MA, PhD ’73—Alan F. Lacy of Summerville, SC, January 14, 2022; professor of German, Marquette U.; chair, foreign languages department; spoke several languages; enjoyed travel and writing computer game programs; active in professional affairs.

’70—David L. Winkelblech of Bethlehem Township, formerly of Hawley, PA, January 19, 2022; CPA in private practice; enjoyed playing the piano and gardening.

’70 MS—Bernard C. Zecha of Cheyenne, WY, December 21, 2021; epidemiologist; regional manager, USDA, in Cheyenne, WY, and Des Moines, IA; studied livestock and exotic bird diseases; also drove cars for Enterprise Rent-a-Car after retirement; veteran; avid gardener.

’71 B Chem E, ME ’72—Charles H. Beckmann of Getzville, NY, February 3, 2022; worked at the DuPont Yerkes plant in Buffalo; avid golfer. Alpha Chi Rho.

’71 BS HE—Carol Siegel Mamber of Wanaque, NJ, formerly of Franklin Lakes, NJ, January 20, 2022; licensed clinical social worker in New York and New Jersey, including at Hackensack U. Medical Center and Bergen Regional Medical Center; enjoyed British murder mysteries, attending plays and concerts, travel, home renovation, and collecting unique dreidels; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs.

’71 BA—Elizabeth Dunn Mitchell of Alden, NY, January 13, 2022; co-owner, Mitchell Greenhouses; active in community and religious affairs. Husband, Frederick H. Mitchell ’71.

’72 BS Ag—Gary G. Knackmuhs of Wyckoff, NJ, January 14, 2022; infectious disease physician, Ridgewood Infectious Disease Assocs.; chief of infectious disease, medical director of infection prevention and employee health, and chief of the medical staff, Valley Hospital; marathon runner and Ironman triathlete; enjoyed golf, pickleball, skiing, hiking, Shakespeare, Broadway, museums, and birdwatching. Delta Phi.

’72 MA—Bard V. Prentiss of Dryden, NY, November 20, 2021; art teacher and chair of the department, SUNY Cortland; also taught art at DeWitt Junior High School, Ithaca; co-owner, Prentiss Woodworks stained-glass weathervanes; also designed and made canoe paddles; inventor, gardener, birder, sculptor, boat builder, and furniture maker; conservationist and naturalist; enjoyed singing, hiking, growing orchids, photographing wildlife, and racing sailboats; active in community affairs.

’73 PhD—William A. Loomis of Ridgefield, CT, December 24, 2021; nuclear physicist; principal researcher, Schlumberger-Doll Research Center and Fermi Laboratory; taught physics at Harvard U.; tax preparer in retirement, H&R Block; avid model airplane builder and competitor; enjoyed reading, watercolor painting, and photographing the cosmos; active community volunteer. Wife, Marianne Bourguet Loomis, MS ’73.

’73 PhD—Donovan W. Russell of Auburn, NY, December 9, 2021; country director, US Peace Corps in Lesotho and Kathmandu, Nepal; worked in overseas development for USAID in Southern Africa and South Asia; school planner, North Carolina Dept. of Education, Raleigh; director of school planning, Prince Edward Island; continued to work overseas after retirement; active in alumni affairs.

’74 BS Ag—Morris A. Diamant of Lexington, MA, February 5, 2022; radiologist, Brigham Community Radiology; also practiced with Suburban Radiology and at Symmes, Somerville, and Massachusetts General hospitals; enjoyed travel and cruising; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Wife, Lisa J. Diamant ’76.

’74–76 GR—Elaine R. Fingerett of Davis, CA, December 21, 2021; worked in public programs at the UC Davis Arboretum, including the Learning by Leading Program; also worked in the rape prevention education program; political and environmental activist; played accordion and ukulele in regional bands; enjoyed singing, bicycling, gardening, and travel; active in civic, community, and cultural affairs. Husband, Alan M. Hastings ’73, PhD ’77.

’74 BA—Catherine A. Murphy of Elmore, VT, January 12, 2022; psychotherapist in private practice; also affiliated with Lamoille Health Partners and Copley Hospital; advocate for fairness and equity; active in community affairs. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’74 BA—Alice Blumberg Rubin of Ballston Lake, NY, February 18, 2022; insurance broker; owner/operator, Teigit North, health insurance for individuals in the arts; also worked as a computer programmer and electron microscopist; enjoyed kayaking, birding, origami, photography, curling, and international travel. Kappa Delta Rho.

’75 BS HE—Renee L. Meredith of Jamesville, NY, February 4, 2022; registered dietitian in NYC and at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse; honored as the NYS Young Dietician of the Year; also worked at Cazenovia Jewelry; enjoyed skiing, golf, boating, travel, cooking, gardening, knitting, crocheting, and sewing her own clothes; active in alumni affairs. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’75 BS Ag—Merle G. Yancey of Lowville, NY, February 1, 2022; worked in farming; founder/partner, Yancey Combining; member, Elks; enjoyed fishing, hunting, motorcycling, snowmobiling, and insulating houses; active in community and religious affairs. Alpha Zeta.

’75 BS Hotel—Jeffrey S. Zimmerman of Yardley, PA, January 26, 2022; VP and senior management in corporate real estate lease negotiation at Cresa, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch; also held hotel and restaurant management positions at Hilton Hotels and Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel; assistant varsity softball coach, Germantown Academy; enjoyed reading, golf, cycling, music, and Philadelphia sports; active in professional and alumni affairs. Wife, Susan Feinberg Zimmerman ’76.

’77 JD—Susan D. McCluskey of Arlington, VA, October 22, 2021; chief counsel, Federal Labor Relations Authority; advocate for social and economic change in low-income communities; enjoyed travel, exploring, and dining out; active in religious affairs. Husband, Charles D. Gray, JD ’77.

’78 MILR—William F. Ryan of Wexford, PA, December 22, 2021; chairman and CEO, Point Spring & Driveshaft Co.; also worked at Cummins Engine, Columbus, IN; enjoyed golf, cruises, and college football; active in charitable, professional, religious, and alumni affairs.

’78–80 GR—David S. Smith of Clayton, NY, December 16, 2021; regional forester, western Adirondack and Tug Hill regions; outdoorsman and conservationist; soccer coach; director, Clayton Youth Commission; enjoyed gardening, hiking, camping, hunting, and bicycle and cross-country ski races; active in community and religious affairs.


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1980s

’80 PhD—William Kyros of Hingham, MA, December 10, 2021; engineer and mechanical engineering professor; assistant dean of engineering and department chair, U. of Massachusetts, Lowell; also taught at the Sibley School of Engineering, Cornell U.; principal investigator, Engineering Academy of Southern New England; visiting fellow, Air Force Materials Laboratory, Dayton, OH; affiliated with the Air Force Weapons Labs in Albuquerque, NM.

’82 BA, MS ’89—Richard L. Eaton of Ithaca, NY, December 28, 2021; software engineer, Cornell U.; helped develop the theorem-proving software Nuprl; environmentalist; enjoyed sailing, working outdoors, and baking cookies. Phi Sigma Epsilon.

’82 PhD—John E. Rawlins of Heppner, OR, December 26, 2021; curator, Section of Invertebrate Zoology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh); professor, U. of Texas, Austin; expert on butterflies and moths and advocate for conserving biological diversity.

’82 BA—Rachel Dwares Shanfeldt of Garnet Valley, PA, January 2, 2022; real estate attorney; founding member, Connolly Gallagher LLP; active in the formation of the Delaware Children’s Museum.

’83 JD—M. Kathryn Sedor of Dorchester, MA, July 4, 2021; senior counsel, Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; also provided pro bono legal assistance for disadvantaged Boston women; avid hiker; enjoyed travel and yoga retreats; active in community and professional affairs.

’85 BA—Jennifer L. Kalms of Tyngsboro, MA, January 12, 2022; museum teacher, Tsongas Industrial History Center; also worked as a journalist in Washington, DC; enjoyed travel, nature, history, writing, music, art, and interior design.

’85 BS Ag—Jill Varley Welch of Ithaca, NY, January 10, 2022; writer, Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell U.; enjoyed travel, cross-country skiing, and scuba diving; 4-H leader; co-chair, Ellis Hollow Fair; active in community and alumni affairs.


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1990s

’91 BS Ag—Nicole Knapp DoBell of Vestal, NY, February 2, 2022; CPA; business manager, AT&T; volunteer and board member, A Room to Heal, advocating for children affected by serious medical conditions; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Kappa Delta. Husband, David R. DoBell ’91.

’93 BCE—Patrick L. DeNeale of Oakland, CA, January 9, 2022; worked in technology, robotics, and administration at Samsung, Anki Inc., and Turing Video; geotechnical engineer, Treadwell & Rollo; worldwide adventurer and humanitarian; enjoyed WWII history and Cold War-era movies, photography, and travel; active in community and professional affairs.

’93 PhD—John H. Martin Jr. of Georgetown, DE, December 3, 2021; assoc. professor, Dept. of Animal and Food Science, U. of Delaware; assoc. director, Delaware Water Resources Center; professional consultant on environmental/biological engineering issues; expert in agricultural waste management and public policy related to water quality issues; senior extension assoc., NYS Water Resources Inst. and the Center for Environmental Research, Cornell U.; author; recipient, EPA STAR Award; active in community and professional affairs.

’93 PhD—Patrick J. Morcillo of Newark, NJ, July 1, 2021; research teaching specialist and laboratory manager, Dept. of Surgery, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; visiting professor, Dept. of Genetics, U. of Valencia, Spain; expert in molecular biology and genetics; also held volunteer and research positions at the Inst. of Health Education and Albert Einstein College.

’95 BA—Avinash Agarwal of Charlottesville, VA, January 19, 2022; transplant surgeon and researcher; associate professor, Dept. of Surgery, Division of Transplantation Surgery, U. of Virginia Health System; program director, Abdominal Transplant Fellowship, Dept. of Surgery, UVA; medical director, UVA Virginia Transplant Unit and LifeNet Health Virginia; led regional and national research efforts that increased the number of organs available for transplantation and lessened the impact of immunosuppression. Kappa Delta Rho.

’96 MLA/MRP—Deborah B. Chernin of Richmond, CA, September 29, 2018; landscape architect; senior planner/project manager, City of Berkeley, Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront.

’97 PhD—William A. Wittlin of Ithaca, NY, January 9, 2022; adult and child psychiatrist in Ithaca and Skaneateles; also practiced in Maine, Alaska, and California; worked as an attending psychiatrist at several detention facilities; advocate for combined-drug therapies; yoga practitioner; enjoyed cycling, swimming, and community vegan dinners; active in professional and alumni affairs.


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2000s

’02 BA—Gwendolyn J. Gordon of Philadelphia, PA, January 4, 2022; assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics, U. of Pennsylvania; anthropologist; researched the intersection of indigenous peoples’ cultural norms with issues of corporate governance and social responsibility; avid fiction writer. Alpha Kappa Alpha.


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2010s

’12 BA—William P.G. Rollow of Cambridge, MA, February 7, 2022; onboarding specialist, Buildium LLC, a property management software company; customer care representative, LogMeIn Inc., provider of remote work software for collaboration and IT management.


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2020s

’25—Benjamin P. Daus of Flemington, NJ, January 23, 2022; biology student in Arts & Sciences; Cornell Tradition Fellow; avid traveler and gifted pianist.


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Published April 1, 2022