Budding trees near Sage Hall in spring.

April 2024

The University recently learned of the passing of these Cornellians

Editor’s note: Please submit notification of alumni deaths—including an obituary, if possible—to the University at cubio-deceased@cornell.edu. Once the University records an alumni death in its database, the relevant information is forwarded to Cornellians for inclusion in a future In Memoriam section.


’46, BS HE ’45—Jean Allanson Arnold-Sutter of Pasadena, CA, formerly of Manitowoc, WI, April 24, 2021; marketing manager and wedding associate, Flower Gallery florists; taught home economics, Woodrow Wilson Junior High School; homemaker; Scout leader; avid student of basket weaving; enjoyed choral singing; active in civic, charitable, community, historical, educational, and religious affairs. Chi Omega.

’48 BS CALS, PhD ’52—Gilbert Levine of Fitchburg, WI, formerly of Brooktondale, NY, February 5, 2024; interim director and Fulbright Scholarship adviser, Cornell University Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; program officer in India for the Ford Foundation; research scientist and professor emeritus of biological and environmental engineering, Cornell; expert in water resource management; partnered with international scientists and engineers in developing improved rice varieties and agricultural practices in the Philippines, Venezuela, and other low-income countries with scarce water resources; director, Cornell’s Environmental Research and Water Resources and Marine Sciences Center; veteran; prolific academic writer; crossword puzzle aficionado; enjoyed international travel and cultural connections, cooking Indian cuisine, and the outdoors; active in civic, community, professional, and alumni affairs.

’49 MA, PhD ’50—Joanne Elliott of Princeton, NJ, March 5, 2023; professor of mathematics, Douglass College of Rutgers University; also taught at Barnard, Mount Holyoke, and Swarthmore colleges; advocate for music and the arts; interpreted mathematical texts at Reading for the Blind (now Learning Ally); avid birdwatcher; enjoyed international travel and reading; active in charitable affairs.

’49 BS HE—Martha Manelski Kieronski of Huntington, NY, formerly of Cold Spring Harbor, NY, July 6, 2017; clinical dietitian.


’50 BA, MBA ’51—Russell J. Bruno of Oakland, CA, January 1, 2024; family law attorney in private practice; assistant dean of the law school, University of California, Berkeley; personnel analyst, CIA; veteran; advocate for civil rights and substance abuse education; elementary school tutor and member, Oakland School Board; avid photographer; enjoyed tai chi, gardening, keeping bees and processing honey, choral singing, writing short stories, and studying algebra, piano, and drawing; active in civic, community, professional, and religious affairs.

’50, BCE ’51—James W. Towart Jr. of Saint Johns, FL, October 23, 2023; construction engineer, Mobil Oil Co., specializing in pipeline installation and maintenance in the U.S., Venezuela, Libya, and other countries in the Middle East; veteran; co-founder/president, Mandarin (FL) Museum and Historical Society; amateur historian and collector of Civil War books and artifacts; author; active in alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’51 MA, PhD ’82—Jane Atwood Barlow of Hanover, NH, January 24, 2024; professor and research archaeologist, Smith College and Cornell University; associate director, Cornell Expedition, a university excavation in Cyprus; co-author, award-winning editor, and contributor to scholarly journals; enjoyed international travel, reading, poetry, teaching adult education courses, and summers in the Adirondacks; active in civic, community, historical, and professional affairs.

’51 BS ILR, LLB ’54—Leonard Feldman of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Syosset, NY, January 10, 2022; real estate attorney who represented restaurateurs and artists, Feldman & Bergman; award-winning photographer. Phi Sigma Delta.

’51 BA—Jerome B. Schneewind of Southport, CT, formerly of Baltimore, MD, January 8, 2024; scholar, professor emeritus, and chair, Department of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University; provost, Hunter College; dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh; author and expert in the history of ethics and utopian thought; advocate for social and political justice who worked to change curricula and improve teaching and hiring; veteran; active in professional affairs. Beta Sigma Rho.

’52 DVM—Jack J. Brennan of Schenectady, NY, January 18, 2024; small and large animal veterinarian; founder and director, Guilderland Animal Hospital; also served as Albany County Veterinarian, responsible for ensuring dairy herds were disease free, and as track veterinarian for Saratoga Race Track; mentor; veteran; life member, Cornell University Council, foremost benefactor, and recipient, Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award; author and memoirist; member and president, Kiwanis; avid golfer; enjoyed international travel and the camp on Upper Saranac Lake; active in community, educational, professional, and alumni affairs. Alpha Psi.

’52, BME ’53—George W. Holbrook Jr. of Montecito, CA, September 23, 2023; managing partner, Bradley Resources Co., a venture capital firm, where he specialized in the mining and healthcare industries; consultant, Institute for Energy Efficiency; veteran; executive and advisor on numerous educational, investment, medical, and technology boards; avid skier, sailor, and golfer; active in alumni affairs. Theta Delta Chi.

’52 BA, MBA ’53—Alan M. Krause of West Palm Beach, FL, formerly of Beachwood, OH, January 2, 2024; real estate investment professional; founder and chairman, Mid-America Management Corp.; veteran; philanthropist and industry leader; avid golfer and swimmer; enjoyed travel and fine dining; active in professional and alumni affairs. Beta Sigma Rho.

’53 BS HE—Elaine Cohen Levitt Gershman of Philadelphia, PA, and Aspen, CO, 2024; art therapist and philanthropist; member of numerous museum and cultural boards; enjoyed skiing, rafting, hiking, and golf; active in community, educational, and alumni affairs.

’53 BS CALS—W. Kennard Lacy of Charlotte, MI, January 13, 2024; pastor in several nondenominational churches in Michigan and Wisconsin; associate pastor, Apostle Presbyterian Church, West Allis, WI; minister, First Presbyterian Church, Bright, IL; developed dynamic Bible study programs for adults and created after-school programs for young children and teens; agent, NYS Agricultural Extension Service, Otsego County; civil rights advocate; author; avid jogger and walker; enjoyed travel, hiking, camping, rafting, and studying history; active in community and humanitarian affairs. Alpha Zeta.

’53—Donald C. Simpson of Burlington, NJ, formerly of Moorestown, NJ, January 15, 2024; patent, trademark, and environmental law attorney; Scout leader; avid fisherman; active in community, cultural, educational, environmental, and humanitarian affairs. Alpha Tau Omega. Surviving spouse, Claire Desaix Simpson ’55.

’54 MS—William W. Bernhart of Chester, CT, January 5, 2024; registered professional engineer; VP manufacturing services, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft; veteran; member, Kiwanis; avid boater; accomplished bird carver and woodworker; enjoyed tennis, bridge, and design-and-build projects; active in community affairs.

’54 BA—Maxine Siegel Wagner of Commack, NY, 2024; high school chemistry teacher; enjoyed travel; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Phi.

’55 BS CALS—Gerald J. Ackley of Lake Wales, FL, February 1, 2024; interim superintendent of schools in several Western New York districts; principal, curriculum coordinator, and superintendent, Salamanca School System; veteran; Little League coach; enjoyed hunting, golf, bridge, and choral singing; active in community and religious affairs.

’55 BA—Joseph L. Katz of Gardiner, NY, January 1, 2024; knitwear industry professional; founder, the Studio for Knit Design in Manhattan; Gardiner town supervisor; avid vegetable gardener and owner, Bruynswick Farm Stand; active in community, humanitarian, and alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Pi.

’56 BS HE—Nancy Hencle Abbott of Baldwinsville, NY, January 2, 2024; co-owner, Abbott Farms, a fifth-generation U-pick fruit and vegetable farm, market, and event venue; librarian, Fulton Alliance Church; also taught home economics, Cato-Meridian High School; 4-H leader; enjoyed travel, music, gardening, rug braiding, pistol competitions, birdwatching, collecting cookbooks, reading, caroling, and leading school tours of the farm; active in community, humanitarian, and religious affairs.

’56, BA ’57—David L. Ellison of Glenmont, NY, January 5, 2024; professor of sociology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of Pittsburgh; also taught social science research methods to medical students at Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India; avid woodworker and member, Northeastern Woodworkers Association; enjoyed building and fixing things, his camp on Middle Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks, and philosophical conversation; active in alumni affairs. Psi Upsilon.

’56—Whitby K. Ellsworth of Putnam, CT, January 24, 2024; owner/operator, National Chromium Co. Inc., a metal finishing and hard chromium technology company; avid silversmith and woodworker; wine aficionado; enjoyed travel to the Southwestern U.S., sailing, and motorcycling.

’56 BS ILR, JD ’59—John W. Hudanich of Alfred, ME, January 27, 2024; trial lawyer in local, state, and federal courts; expert in interstate commerce; also served as town attorney, town supervisor, and county legislator; veteran; enjoyed walking, cooking, debating, and his high school alumni activities.

’56 BS Nurs—Clara Spalteholz Kalin of Oakland, CA, 2024; active in alumni affairs.

’56 BA, MD ’65—Dick Katzin of Oakmont, PA, January 4, 2024; ophthalmologist, clinical professor, and mentor, Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh Healthcare System; veteran; volunteer deputy sheriff; avid outdoorsman; enjoyed building and repair projects; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Alpha Mu.

’56 BA—Jane Plunkett Sbarra of Cape May Point, NJ, January 1, 2024; director of programs and services, Westchester County Department of Parks and Recreation; public relations professional, Dudley-Anderson-Yutzy; writer, producer, director, and performer, Greenville Community Theater and the Scarsdale Congregational Church Chancel Players; also directed musicals for teens and wrote musicals about Bible subjects; enjoyed choral singing and bell choir; active in civic, community, humanitarian, religious, and alumni affairs. Alpha Phi.

’56 BA—Arthur Winoker of Nanuet, NY, April 14, 2023; attorney in private practice; vice president, Chemical Bank; active in alumni affairs.

’57, BME ’58—Charles H. Blair III of Bloomfield Hills, MI, November 4, 2023; patent attorney and partner, Harness, Dickey & Pierce; great-grandson of Ezra Cornell; active in alumni affairs. Psi Upsilon. Surviving spouse, Lois Peterson Blair ’57.

’57, BEE ’58, MS ’60, PhD ’62—Walter R. Curtice of Wilmington, DE, January 1, 2024; electrical engineering consultant, W.R. Curtice Consulting; also worked at Siemens Corp., RCA David Sarnoff Laboratories, and Raytheon; mentor, Lehigh University, and professor, University of Michigan; expert in semiconductor research and development; held 11 patents; enjoyed camping, fishing, weekend barbecuing, and Elvis Presley; active in religious and alumni affairs. Sigma Phi Epsilon.

’57, BA ’65, MA ’66—Edward J. Epstein of New York City, January 9, 2024; author, investigative journalist, and staff writer for the New Yorker; professor of political science at Harvard University, UCLA, and MIT; wrote two dozen nonfiction books on such subjects as the Warren Commission report, network news decision-making, the diamond industry, counterintelligence, and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Alpha Epsilon Pi.

’57 PhD—John L. Forney of Bridgeport, NY, January 23, 2024; award-winning assistant professor and director, Cornell University Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake; also served as advisor to Cornell’s Department of Environmental Conservation in the development of management strategies for warm/cool water fisheries in New York; veteran; conservationist; avid reader; enjoyed travel, camping, backpacking, hunting, growing fruits and vegetables, planting an orchard, raising chickens, and going to the theater and symphony; active in civic, professional, and religious affairs.

’57 BS CALS—Dennis S. Greene of Centennial, CO, formerly of Aurora, CO, December 17, 2023; commercial real estate professional, Trammell Crow and Vector Property Services; also taught cross-cultural adaptation and management consultation courses, Metro State University, Denver; commissioned artillery officer, U.S. Army, with postings in the U.S., Germany, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, and Colombia, and at the Pentagon; enjoyed international travel, reading, writing, and following professional sports; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs. Tau Kappa Epsilon.

’57 BA, MA ’59—Patricia Anderson Tobin of Ithaca, NY, February 3, 2024.

’58 BA—Herbert S. Donow of Makanda, IL, January 28, 2024; professor of English, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; also taught at Colorado State University; bought, renovated, and rented office buildings; helped start a Montessori School in Fort Collins; enjoyed the family dogs and working his cattle and horse farm; active in civic, cultural, humanitarian, political, professional, and alumni affairs.

’58 MD—Howard R. Francis of Provo, UT, January 31, 2024; obstetrician and gynecologist; founder, Provo Ob-Gyn Clinic; chief of ob-gyn, Utah Valley Hospital; director, Utah County Volunteer Medical Care Clinic; enjoyed travel, boating, camping, hunting, fishing, ranching, horseback riding, gardening, cane making, and the Home Teacher program of the LDS Church; active in community and religious affairs.

’58 LLB—Paul S. Goldstein of New Hyde Park, NY, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, January 2024; trusts and estates and real estate attorney in private practice; also did pro bono work and served as a court arbitrator; competitive tennis player, avid skier and golfer, and amateur magician; enjoyed international travel, adventure, and discussions of day-to-day events and world affairs; active in community and professional affairs.

’58 PhD—Daniel T. Longone of Ann Arbor, MI, January 28, 2024; research scientist in organic chemistry and professor emeritus of chemistry, University of Michigan; visiting professor at the University of Barcelona and in Germany, Sicily, and Turkey; consultant in polymer research, General Motors Research; culinary and wine historian, lecturer, and co-founder of the Wine and Food Library in Ann Arbor, one of the most extensive collections of antiquarian cookbooks, menus, and culinary documents and resources in the world; co-taught courses on gastronomy and food history; prolific writer; enjoyed international travel and Revere Beach in Massachusetts; active in professional affairs.

’58 BA—Florence Clark McClelland of Fredonia, NY, October 17, 2023; advertising and promotions professional, Lakeshore Ford; public information director/ombudsman in the office of the county executive; helped promote the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act; creative director of television and radio commercials, newspaper ads, and voiceover work in several Western New York advertising agencies; freelancer with local businesses and organizations; promotion director, House Beautiful magazine; also wrote the advice column for Seventeen magazine; member, Fredonia Shakespeare Club; avid reader; active in alumni affairs.

’58, BA ’59—Ritchie T. Thomas of Bluemont, VA, January 13, 2024; attorney in the field of international trade litigation and regulation; senior counsel, Squire Patton Boggs; also worked for the Belgian Embassy in Washington, DC, and the U.S. International Trade Commission; veteran; member, Northern Virginia Piedmont Heritage Association; enjoyed travel, active sports, music, reading, and studying Civil War history; active in professional and alumni affairs. Sigma Chi.

’59 BA—Ann Schmeltz Bowers of Palo Alto, CA, January 24, 2024; pioneering technology industry executive and philanthropist; consultant to Silicon Valley startup companies; vice president of human resources, Apple Inc.; director of personnel, Intel Corp.; chair and founding trustee, Noyce Foundation, which focused on improving math and science instruction and learning in K-12 public schools; Cornell University foremost benefactor, whose gifts endowed professorships, supported research scholarships for students in the liberal arts, science, technology, computing, engineering, and math, enabled the construction of a new wing at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, and established the Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science; trustee, presidential councilor, founding member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, and recipient of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award; member on numerous educational, cultural, healthcare, and technology nonprofit boards; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Phi.

’59 BA—Edmund W. Keeley Jr. of Hilton Head Island, SC, and Snowmass Village, CO, January 31, 2024; investment banking and financial services professional, F. Eberstadt & Co., Smith Barney, Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, and Morgan Stanley; veteran; enjoyed travel, skiing, and bridge; active in professional and alumni affairs. Kappa Delta Rho.

’59, BA ’60—William E. Titgemeyer of Oakville, ON, July 27, 2021; certified public accountant at Royal LePage Commercial Real Estate in Toronto, Fuller Commercial Brokerage, American Invesco, and Studebaker Worthington in Chicago, and Ernst & Ernst in Cleveland; veteran; community volunteer; avid bridge player and golfer; enjoyed international travel, crossword puzzles, membership in social and investment clubs, planning parties and events, and reading history books; active in religious and alumni affairs. Psi Upsilon.


’60 BS ILR—Ronald P. Maierhofer of North Myrtle Beach, SC, January 4, 2024; entrepreneur and Fortune 500 executive, including at Information Handling Services Inc. in New York, Ohio, California, Texas, and Colorado; founder and president, Soccer Club Management LLC and Sports Club Management LLC; owner, president, and managing general partner, Denver Avalanche of the Major Indoor Soccer League; veteran; member, U.S. men’s national soccer team, Pan American Games; inductee, Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame; played soccer with local teams and founded several youth soccer clubs; author and memoirist; gifted ballroom and shag dancer named to the National Living Legends of Dance; active in alumni affairs. Delta Upsilon.

’60 LLB—Richard H. May of Hockessin, DE, January 4, 2024; real estate law attorney; partner, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor; taught courses in classical music, opera, and literature, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; literary editor and short story writer; enjoyed skiing, fly fishing for trout, and building intricate ship models; active in civic, cultural, professional, and religious affairs.

’61 BS CALS—Barbara Ballweg Everson of Lafayette, IN, January 27, 2024; clinical pathologist; laboratory technician, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University; also worked as a prep chemist in Purdue’s Department of Food Science; church council secretary, Our Saviour Lutheran Church; homemaker; Scout leader and school textbook advisory committee member; enjoyed quilting, cake decorating, and making large assortments of Christmas cookies; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Robert J. Everson ’61.

’61 BS CALS—Susan Sternblitz Winokur of Bryn Mawr, PA, January 4, 2024; science and mathematics educator and philanthropist; chef, owner, and principal teacher, Class Cooking culinary school; Cornell University foremost benefactor, whose gifts have supported faculty hiring initiatives and endowments, postdoctoral and graduate student recruitment, undergraduate scholarships, the building of Klarman Hall, and the establishment of the Posse Program in the College of Arts & Sciences, a student opportunities and youth leadership program; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Phi. Surviving spouse, Barton J. Winokur ’61.

’62 BA—Edward A. Fagin of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and New York City, January 9, 2024; attorney, venture capitalist, investment banker, and biotech and real estate investor; owner, the Madelin Fund; enjoyed international travel; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs.

’63 MS, PhD ’65—Robert G. Silberman of Ithaca, NY, January 17, 2024; professor of organic chemistry, SUNY Cortland; also developed a series of lab experiments for the teaching of high school chemistry, still in use today; consultant, Smithsonian Institution and American College Testing Inc.; international lecturer; textbook co-author and contributor to scholarly journals; Sciencenter volunteer and creator of Chemsations, a chemistry show for visitors; accomplished figure skater, woodworker, and wood turner; avid birdwatcher; enjoyed hiking in the national parks, boating, fishing, swimming, squash, raising tropical fish, reading mystery novels, and cooking; active in professional affairs.

’64 BA—Donald R. Allen of New York City and Sarteano, Italy, formerly of Washington, DC, January 19, 2024; natural resource and electric transmission law attorney; co-founder and managing partner, Duncan & Allen, an international law firm specializing in municipal and cooperative electric systems; worked in the Office of Management and Budget on policies, budgets, and legislative matters regarding federal energy and water resource development; author of a two-volume handbook on electric transmission issues; advocate for expanding electric transmission service in constrained areas; enjoyed opera, the symphony, and art; active in humanitarian, professional, and alumni affairs. Sigma Chi.

’66, BS CALS ’67, MS ’93—James E. Capron of Geneva, NY, January 24, 2024; Cooperative Extension area field crops specialist, Cornell University, educating growers on field crop production, zone tillage, equipment management, waste handling, and grain storage; instructor, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES; also worked at Seedway on corn variety trials, seed planters, and seed corn development; lover of music who played stand-up bass in a bluegrass band; enjoyed sailing, hang-gliding, and choral singing; active in professional and religious affairs. Cayuga Lodge.

’66 BS CALS, MBA ’67—Ernest W. Gustavson of Surprise, AZ, formerly of Seattle, WA, January 6, 2024; restaurant developer in Washington State and Canada; mergers and acquisitions consultant, McKinsey & Co.; veteran; enjoyed cooking, woodworking, design-and-build projects, Sudoku and word puzzles, telling jokes, and gift giving; active in religious affairs. Sigma Chi.

’67 LLB—Michael C. Dwyer of Rochester, NY, May 16, 2023; banking, business, and corporate attorney; partner, Harter, Secrest & Emery; also worked at Underberg & Kessler; member on several healthcare boards; enjoyed sailing, skiing, hiking, adult education classes, and the family cottage in Muskoka, ON; active in professional affairs.

’67 BS CALS—Doris Baldwin Houghton of Junius, NY, January 4, 2024; property analyst, NYS Office of Real Property Services; mortgage reviewer, USDA Farm and Home Administration; Junius town clerk; laboratory analyst, NYS Food Laboratory, and laboratory assistant, Geneva Experiment Station; homemaker; member, Junius Planning Board; avid trail hiker and early Americana crafter, including caning, rush seating, rug braiding, and wood furniture restoration; enjoyed cross-country skiing, boating, flower and vegetable gardening, birdwatching, antique shows, cookouts, and restoring her historic cobblestone home; active in charitable and historical affairs. Kappa Delta. Surviving spouse, Peter K. Houghton ’65, ME ’66.

’67 BA—Bruce K. Pollock of Seattle, WA, April 1, 2023; software engineer, troubleshooter, customer liaison, manager, and machinist, Boeing; held several patents for electronic flight bags; community organizer and advocate for social justice; enjoyed international travel and photography.

’68—Larry M. Hagedorn of Harpursville, NY, January 29, 2024; entrepreneur, cattle dealer, and owner, Hagedorn Livestock; enjoyed fishing and weekly cattle auctions. Phi Kappa Tau.

’69 MS, PhD ’72—Zvi Galani of Bedford, MA, January 13, 2024; electrical engineer; consultant, ZG Consulting; expert in radar systems and technology.


’70 BA—Leane Werner Dicker of Rockville, MD, September 11, 2023; management and program analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; active in charitable and alumni affairs. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’70 BA—David R. Pierce of King Ferry, NY, formerly of Fort Worth, TX, December 25, 2021; chemist; worked for Revlon in Westchester County and at Alcon Labs in Fort Worth; active in alumni affairs.

’71 BS HE—Eileen Nuhn Petrillo of Ridge, NY, formerly of Rocky Point, NY, January 2, 2024; counselor, Eastern Suffolk BOCES; also directed life skills programs in the community and at the Riverhead Correctional Facility; enjoyed travel, gardening, bowling, and bocce; active in humanitarian and alumni affairs. Kappa Delta.

’74 BEE, ME ’75—John C. Belina of Richford, NY, February 1, 2024; director of admissions, Cornell University College of Engineering, and award-winning instructor and advisor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; editor, ECE Connections; longtime supporter of the Cornell Tradition program and fellows. Alpha Chi Sigma.

’75 JD, MA ’79, PhD ’84—Bruce H. Detwiler of New York City and Mount Washington, MA, January 10, 2024; professor of civil liberties, constitutional law, and political theory, Florida International University; also taught at Cornell University; expert on the philosophy and politics of Friedrich Nietzsche; author of numerous scholarly articles; advocate for civil rights and Black empowerment; enjoyed hiking, observing wildlife, and distance running; active in humanitarian and professional affairs. Surviving spouse, Sandra L. Winters, MFA ’77.

’75 MA—James F. Hennerty of Delmar, NY, January 27, 2024; deputy director for contract administration, Civil Service Employees Association, and lead negotiator for multiple agreements between the union and the NYS Office of Court Administration; advocate for the rights of union members; opera aficionado and lover of classical music who wrote concert reviews for the local paper; avid reader; enjoyed baking scones and collecting books, magazines, and CDs.

’77 BA—Adaora A. Adimora of Chapel Hill, NC, January 1, 2024; award-winning physician, epidemiologist, and professor of medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine; investigator and advocate for solutions to the racial and gender disparities heightened by the HIV epidemic; leader in the field of women’s health; served on numerous high-level governmental advisory and agenda-setting bodies and as North American representative on the International AIDS Society’s Governing Council; mentor at UNC and in Malawi, China, and Cameroon; enjoyed fine dining, fashion, and jazz; active in humanitarian and professional affairs.

’77 BS HE—Claire Present Swarr of Saint Davids, PA, January 15, 2024; teacher’s aide, Radnor Middle School and Wayne Elementary School; also ran the intramural swimming program and supported the family and consumer sciences classes; enjoyed cooking, entertaining, gardening, golf, mahjong, following professional sports, and the beaches at Cape May; active in charitable, community, religious, and alumni affairs.

’79, BS HE ’80—Joan M. Kao of Pittsburgh, PA, June 25, 2023; orthodontist in private practice; enjoyed international travel, rock climbing, horseback riding, car racing, cooking, entertaining, lively conversation, interior design, jewelry making, and crafting; active in alumni affairs.

’79 BS ILR—Maureen E. Nash of Yardley, PA, January 15, 2024; human resources professional and independent executive development coach; VP talent management, Capital BlueCross, BrightView Landscapes, Kellogg Co., and Pentair Ltd.; senior director organization development, NJ TRANSIT; active in alumni affairs.


’85, BArch ’86—Gregory J. DeStefano of Northbrook, IL, formerly of Evanston, IL, January 30, 2024; president, GDS Consulting & Corporate Real Estate, a national design and construction firm; managing director of design and development, Greenfield Partners; senior design partner, DeStefano + Partners, designing and managing new construction for residential, office, and retail buildings and land planning projects; youth soccer coach; enjoyed entertaining, fine wine and food, league hockey, rock concerts, and following Chicago professional sports; active in community, cultural, professional, and alumni affairs. Phi Delta Theta.

’86 BS CALS—Michael W. Sodoma of Brockport, NY, January 3, 2024; third-generation farmer and manager of apple orchards; avid reader and student of history; active in religious affairs.

Editor’s note: Please submit notification of alumni deaths—including an obituary, if possible—to the University at cubio-deceased@cornell.edu. Once the University records an alumni death in its database, the relevant information is forwarded to Cornellians for inclusion in a future In Memoriam section.

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Published April 1, 2024