August 2023

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 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.


’43—John B. Thomas of North Rose, NY, August 1, 1943; Army Air Corps veteran killed in a bombing mission in Romania in World War II; missing in action for nearly 80 years, his remains were identified in August 2022 via DNA analysis and circumstantial evidence; student in CALS who enlisted after his second year; subject of a recent Cornellians story about the repatriation of his remains.

’44 BS CALS, PhD ’50—Howard E. Evans of Ithaca, NY, June 20, 2023; professor emeritus of veterinary and comparative anatomy, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; faculty member in the AQUAVET program, Woods Hole Marine Biology Lab; visiting professor on four continents; secretary of the Vet College, chair of the Department of Anatomy, and faculty member on the Cornell Board of Trustees; veteran; author and co-author of anatomical guides and books including Anatomy of the Dog, used worldwide; Scout leader; enjoyed international travel and sharing his love of the natural world; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs. Sigma Alpha Mu.

’46, BME ’45—Keith W. “Bill” Benson Jr. of Sterling, IL, April 17, 2023; CEO and chairman of the board, National Manufacturing Co.; also worked for Inland Steel and Worthington Pump Co.; veteran; member on several banking, hospital, and recreational boards; enjoyed international travel, skiing, tennis, and woodworking; active in community and religious affairs. Chi Phi.

’49 BME—Edgar L. Galson of Syracuse, NY, May 7, 2023; professional engineer; co-owner of the family consulting firm, designing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems for buildings, then expanding into the field of environmental engineering and industrial hygiene; authority on the design of laboratory hoods, hospital operating rooms, and “clean rooms” for the electronics and pharmaceutical industries; also taught engineering to architecture students, Harvard Graduate School of Design; veteran; advocate for racial justice, civil liberties, and urban renewal; Scout leader; avid birder and woodsman; enjoyed travel, skiing, canoeing, and photography; active in community and professional affairs.

’49 BEE—Lawson F. Singer of Scottsdale, AZ, June 7, 2022; consultant to a patent law firm; sales professional, Eastern Sales Region, Hewlett-Packard; design development engineer, Sperry Corp.; veteran; active in community and alumni affairs.


’50, BME ’51—Robert N. Post of Mantoloking, NJ, October 28, 2021; sales professional; enjoyed travel and sailing; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Delta Phi.

’50–51 GR—Jean Glenn Schmucker of Concord, NH, April 12, 2023; executive assistant, Department of Ophthalmology, New York Hospital/Cornell Medical College; also worked for the Department of Defense; taught English to European immigrants; enjoyed gardening, reading, and keeping up with politics and world affairs; active in civic, community, and historical affairs.

’50 BME—Carl F. Ullrich of Virginia Beach, VA, May 9, 2023; college coach and administrator; executive director, Patriot League, an all-sports conference; director of the athletics department, U.S. Military Academy, West Point; veteran; member of the 1949 national championship lightweight crew and American Henley Regatta winning team; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Chi.

’50 BA—Robert C. West Jr. of Madison, WI, October 12, 2022; world-renowned scientist and Nobel Prize nominee; professor of chemistry and director of the Organosilicon Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison; founder, Silatronix, where he pursued practical applications of his work in silicon chemistry for the improvement of lithium batteries; advocate for human rights, gender equality, and women’s reproductive health; licensed pilot and avid mountain climber; enjoyed international travel, collecting artifacts, snorkeling, and adventure.

’51 BA—James F. Ballew of Freehold, NJ, Naples, FL, April 1, 2023; owner/operator, Ballew Jewelers; veteran; Rotarian; member on several community, historical, healthcare, planning, and recreational boards; active in civic, religious, and alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’51–52 GR—John L. Garrity of Wappingers Falls, NY, January 28, 2023; computer systems programmer, IBM; veteran; community volunteer; enjoyed cooking and woodworking; active in religious affairs.

’51, BEE ’52—Thomas E. Orbison Jr. of Hortonville, WI, December 25, 2022; consulting design engineer, Orbison/Appleton; veteran; Rotarian and community volunteer; piccolo player; enjoyed travel, skiing, sailing, scuba diving, hiking, classical music, choral singing, and Gilbert and Sullivan; active in artistic, professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Phi Delta Theta.

’51 BA—James D. Stocker of Medford, OR, June 2, 2023; co-founder, Harvard Business School Community Partners in the Bay Area, business consultants to nonprofit organizations; president, Scott Paper International; chairman and managing director, Bowater-Scott Ltd., U.K.; veteran; co-recipient, Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award and life member, University Council; mentor to high school students; author; music lover and singer; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Sigma. Wife, Patricia Gunderson Stocker ’53.

’52 BS HE—Nancy Baker Brooks of Altay, NY, May 2, 2023; instructor and coordinator, family living and self-help program, Steuben-Allegany County BOCES; 4-H volunteer, judge, and program assistant, Schuyler County; enjoyed sewing, furniture refinishing, chair caning, and the family cottage on Lamoka Lake; active in religious affairs.

’52 BME, MS ’62—Henry S. Germond IV of Lake Oswego, OR, February 22, 2023; mechanical engineering consultant and teacher; designed simple devices that economized on materials and production processes; veteran; holder of three U.S. patents and author of technical papers; philanthropist; advocate for the environment, land use planning, recycling, and conservation; avid sailor; enjoyed international travel, reading, and book group; active in civic, community, historical, professional, and religious affairs.

’52 BA—Clarke T. Harding Jr. of Glen Carbon, IL, May 24, 2023; physician and pathologist; practiced in the St. Louis, MO, area; commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, holding leadership positions at multiple Army medical facilities around the U.S.; enjoyed travel, gardening, bird watching, crossword puzzles, coin collecting, reading, golf, and genealogy; active in professional and alumni affairs. Alpha Chi Rho.

’52 BS CALS—George E. Payne of Farmington, NY, and Dunnellon, FL, May 7, 2023; farmer; founding owner, Farmington Farm & Garden Inc., now CountryMax; assessor, Town of Farmington; president, Ontario County Farm Bureau; enjoyed skiing and raising draft horses; active in religious and alumni affairs. Alpha Zeta.

’53 BS HE—Kathleen Kendrick Hatfield of Colorado Springs, CO, May 7, 2023; piano teacher and substitute teacher; also worked as a home demonstration agent in New York. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’53 BME—Gerald Ross of Rockville Centre, NY, March 14, 2023; founder, MGR Equipment Corp.; veteran; avid sailor; active in community and environmental affairs. Sigma Alpha Mu.

’53 BS CALS, MNS ’57—Donald E. Turk of Clemson, SC, May 5, 2023; professor of food science, Clemson University; also worked as a poultryman at the South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station at Clemson; advocate for the proper collection, storage, and disposal of radioactive waste produced by biological experiments using isotopes; veteran; active in alumni affairs.

’54, BEE ’55—George D. Edwards Jr. of Pound Ridge, NY, June 8, 2023; founder and principal, George D. Edwards & Co. Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in financial institutions; also worked at McKinsey & Co. and in the engineering department at DuPont; veteran; active in alumni affairs. Theta Xi.

’54, BME ’56—Allen C. Hale of Seattle, WA, June 5, 2023; staff psychologist, University of Central Florida; counseling psychologist, Texas Woman’s University; chief project engineer, Scott Paper, where he helped develop “career exploring units,” offered annually to more than 1,000 Philadelphia area high school students; Scout leader; avid sailor; active in alumni affairs. Triangle.

’55 BA—Charles L. Wolf of Shelburne, VT, formerly of Williston, VT, April 30, 2023; treasurer, University of Vermont; community volunteer; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Chi.

’56, BS HE ’57—Frances LaGuardia Farrell of Denver, CO, formerly of Lake Bluff, IL, April 12, 2023; educator who taught in the Chicago area, New York, and Germany; enjoyed reading, swimming, and ocean beaches. Alpha Phi.

’56 BS HE—Nancy Van Valkenburg Sunshine-Seroff of Rego Park, NY, March 27, 2019; psychologist; expert in the treatment of bulimia; philanthropist; enjoyed travel; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Alpha Omicron Pi.

’57, BS CALS ’61—Ernest L. Boda of Ithaca, NY, June 8, 2023; worked at ITT Semiconductors; lifelong wrestling fan and Cornell wrestling season ticket holder; enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, reading, birdwatching, jigsaw puzzles, and choral singing; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’57 DVM—Kent T. Kay of Millerton, NY, February 12, 2023; large and small animal veterinarian, Millerton Veterinary Clinic; active in civic, community, and environmental affairs. Sigma Phi Epsilon.

’57 BS HE—Patricia Farrell Marinelli of Albany, NY, May 5, 2023; executive director, NYS Joint Labor-Management Committee on Substitute Teachers; special assistant to the chairman, Panel on the Future of Government; administrator, NYS Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs; executive director, Capital District Dairy Council; public relations professional, Theodore Sills; home economist, General Foods, analyzing and testing recipes for new consumer food products; extension agent, Erie County; mediator; homemaker; member, Cornell University Council; avid golfer; enjoyed travel, cooking, reading, fashion and style, exercise, and lively debate; active in political, professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’58—David W. Bills of Rochester, NY, July 29, 2022; management training professional, Eastman Kodak; active in alumni affairs. Acacia.

’58 DVM—James B. Brayton of Monkton, MD, June 18, 2023; veterinarian-turned-pediatrician in a multi-physician private practice; also served as chief of pediatrics at Franklin Square Hospital and as an adjunct professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; researcher on infectious diseases with partner physicians from the World Health Organization in India, Micronesia, and Colombia, among other locations; veteran; member, Knights of Columbus; enjoyed travel, golf, Orioles baseball, and raising beef cattle and other animals; active in community, professional, and religious affairs. Alpha Gamma Rho.

’58 BA—Linda Hansman Hanson of Reno, NV, January 27, 2023; genetics counselor and microbiologist; enjoyed international travel; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Kappa.

’58 BA—Albert N. Podell of New York City, April 9, 2023; adventurer and author of books and articles on adventure travel; co-leader of the 1960s Trans-World Record Expedition and, later, the first American to visit every country in the world; copyright and intellectual property attorney and litigation specialist; motion picture advertising executive, CBS’s Cinema Center Films and Don Kemper Advertising Agency; chairman, Motion Picture Advertising Awards; editor at Argosy, Publishers Development Corp., and Playboy, and founder of the national literary publication Big Table; philanthropist, political activist, and government lobbyist; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Chi Sigma.

’58—Nancy Schilling Slesinski of Stroudsburg, PA, April 28, 2023; bookkeeper, the Pocono Record; treasurer, Elks Lodge; accomplished pianist and organist; active in religious affairs.

’58 BA—Irene Lazarus Soskin of Los Angeles, CA, formerly of Boynton Beach, FL, March 17, 2023; law office paralegal; mentor, school district administrator, and teacher, Pelham High School; writer, editor, and blog administrator; avid collector of fossils and artifacts and volunteer archeologist on digs in Egypt and Africa, among other places; life member of the New York Choral Society, conductor of the Singers of Palm Isles in Florida, and founder of the musical group Madrigals; enjoyed international travel; active in community and alumni affairs.


’60 BS HE—Brenda Dervin of Seattle, WA, December 31, 2022; professor of communication, the Ohio State University; developed “sense-making methodology” in information and computer science as a result of her research in information seeking and use; authority in media and communication behaviors of economically disadvantaged people in U.S. cities; first president, International Communication Association; reviewed articles and sat on editorial boards for communication, library science, and information science journals.

’60, B Chem E ’61—H. Laurance Fuller of Spring Island, SC, formerly of Wheaton, IL, May 15, 2023; co-chair, BP Amoco PLC; chairman and CEO, Amoco, the third largest energy producer after its merger with BP; philanthropist; Cornell University Foremost Benefactor and Presidential Councillor; member on several artistic, energy, environmental, financial, and technology boards; classical music aficionado and avid golfer, fly fisherman, birder, and conservationist; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Pi. Wife, Nancy Lawrence Fuller ’62.

’60–62 GR—Charles D. Hughes Jr. of Northbrook, IL, December 8, 2022; executive director, Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County; president, Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, an umbrella organization representing 34 community action agencies.

’60 BS HE—Gwyndolyn Harris Korahais of Forest Hills, NY, April 2023; teacher; poet; active in cultural, environmental, and alumni affairs.

’60 MA—Barbara Hillman Newman of Kutztown, PA, May 2, 2023; development professional, Concern, a nonprofit human service organization; enjoyed international travel, hiking, swimming, genealogy, and bridge; active in civic, community, historical, and religious affairs.

’61—Robert N. Ayer of Freeville, NY, January 8, 2023; district director, USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Farm Service Agency, Syracuse, NY; Mason and member of Kiwanis and Lions Club; active in community affairs.

’61, BEP ’62—Perry W. Fisher of Portland, OR, formerly of Evanston, IL, April 17, 2023; meteorologist; consultant on air quality management and environmental compliance, Environmental Resources Management; employee of Dames & Moore in Chicago, which, among other services, sited nuclear power plants; expert in modeling downwind dispersion of potential contaminants; member, Air & Waste Management Association; enjoyed distance running; active in community, cultural, and religious affairs. Sigma Nu.

’61—Suzanne Allen Funsch of Santa Fe, NM, formerly of St. Louis, MO, January 28, 2023; showroom assistant, Taos Drum Co.; owner/operator, Books Etc., Creve Coeur, MO; community relations officer, St. Louis Police Department; owner/operator, Laclede’s Landing Riverfront Trolley; avid collector of Native American art and jewelry; enjoyed gardening, dining out, movies, live music, following St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and overseeing pet adoption events for the Santa Fe Humane Society.

’61 BS ILR, LLB ’64—James C. Moore of Pittsford, NY, June 24, 2023; arbitration/mediation attorney, Law Office of James Moore; partner, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP; veteran; member of numerous arts, humanitarian, and professional boards; community volunteer; enjoyed international travel and studying the paintings of Caravaggio; active in religious and alumni affairs. Phi Delta Theta.

’61 BS HE—Clarinda “Britt” Horner Ochester of Girty, PA, May 7, 2023; founder, Spring Church Book Co., a mail-order contemporary poetry bookseller; adoption social worker in Madison, WI; Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines; avid birder and organic gardener; enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, Pittsburgh sports, learning Spanish, and daily journaling. Pi Beta Phi. Husband, Edwin F. Ochester ’61.

’61 BA, MD ’65—Hillel I. Swiller of White Plains, NY, May 7, 2023; award-winning psychiatrist, teacher, and research scientist; clinical professor of psychiatry and director of the Division of Psychotherapy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; advocate for and authority on group therapy; veteran; active in alumni affairs. Zeta Beta Tau. Wife, Willa Radin Swiller ’62.

’62 BA, LLB ’65—Robert C. Miller of Colts Neck, NJ, April 28, 2023; trusts, estates, and tax attorney; partner, Davidson, Dawson & Clark LLP; also worked at Winston & Strawn, Townley & Updike, and other NYC law firms; administrator on several civic, community, educational, foreign policy, and humanitarian organizations; enjoyed cooking, baking, choral singing, and the New York Times crossword; active in professional and alumni affairs. Lambda Chi Alpha.

’62 MS—Leonard R. Novick of Hudson, MA, formerly of Acton, MA, June 22, 2023; electrical engineer at Raytheon and Mitre; conservationist; avid nonfiction reader; enjoyed travel, hiking, camping, and bicycling.

’62 BA, LLB ’65—Victor J. Rubino of Somers, NY, June 19, 2023; attorney; longtime executive director and president emeritus, Practising Law Institute, an organization supporting lawyers, legal aid providers, and pro bono services; veteran.

’63, BArch ’64, MRP ’66—John R. Ahlfeld of Lancaster, PA, June 22, 2023; executive director, Lancaster Intermunicipal Committee; planning director, Lancaster County; veteran; conservationist; advocate for historical and farmland preservation; co-founding member, Early American Pattern Glass Society; Scout leader; enjoyed bridge, trivia games, stamp collecting, genealogy, and Culver Lake; active in community, professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Acacia.

’63 BA, MA ’64—Anne Ginsberg Hoffman of Fair Lawn, NJ, June 6, 2023; career center manager; enjoyed international travel, domestic travel to all 50 states, symphony performances, and visiting Presidential Libraries; active in community, political, and alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Phi. Husband, Harold Hoffman ’62, JD ’64.

’63 BA—Barbara Margulis Markovits Lilenfeld of Asheville, NC, formerly of New York City, November 29, 2022; homemaker; painter; advocate for civil and women’s rights; enjoyed dancing and bridge; active in community and alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Phi.

’63 BS Hotel—James V. Mitchell of Phoenix, AZ, August 12, 2022; restaurateur; active in alumni affairs. Kappa Sigma.

’64 BA—Florence Roy Brassier of Portland, OR, formerly of Spokane, WA, July 29, 2021; advocate for civil rights, fair housing, and equal opportunity; worked at M. Davis & Co. Inc., a minority-owned and operated marketing research and evaluation firm, and at the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance; president, NAACP Spokane chapter.

’64 BA—Beverly Feinberg-Moss of Gloucester, MA, February 9, 2020; clinical and health psychologist; expert in mind-body and spiritual work; active in alumni affairs. Kappa Alpha Theta.

’64 BS ILR—Arnold A. Hammer of Chevy Chase, MD, May 7, 2023; attorney; worked at the National Labor Relations Board and Federal Labor Relations Authority; president, Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies; active in religious and alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Pi. Wife, Mary Cantor Hammer ’64.

’64 BA—Richard L. Nemiroff of Moorestown, NJ, January 29, 2023; ob/gyn physician and research scientist, Pennsylvania Hospital; clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; published author on topics relating to women’s health; active in alumni affairs.

’65—Richard P. McGee of Marco Island, FL, formerly of Towson, MD, April 30, 2023; president, CEO, and chairman of the board, Abacus Corp., a nationwide corporate services company, covering staffing, security, and janitorial services. Sigma Chi.

’66 PhD—James L. Thorson of Albuquerque, NM, April 5, 2023; Fulbright award-winning professor of English and American literature, University of New Mexico, concentrating on restoration and 18th-century English literature and Native American poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; also taught at Oxford University and in the Republic of Georgia, Belarus, and Germany; veteran; enjoyed international travel; active in faculty politics and in professional and alumni affairs.

’67 BA—D. Paul Althouse of Bedford, NS, May 13, 2023; attorney, Poole Althouse; also practiced in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where he was appointed to the honorary Queen’s Counsel; member of the 1967 Cornell hockey NCAA championship team; played with the Corner Brook Royals and held various roles with the Corner Brook Hockey Association; Rotarian; youth services volunteer; enjoyed golf, skiing, music, singing, and telling stories.

’67 BS ILR—Susan Haskel James of Twickenham, United Kingdom, April 30, 2023; enjoyed international travel; active in alumni affairs. Delta Phi Epsilon.

’67—Ferguson R. Jansen Jr. of Simsbury, CT, May 31, 2023; restaurateur and consultant; principal, Tyee Management Associates, consulting to clubs, hotels, and restaurants; co-founder/owner, the Last National Bank Restaurant, Hartford; unofficial mayor of Simsbury, receiving numerous awards, recognitions, and honors; avid woodcutter; enjoyed NPR and the New York Times; active in civic, community, and religious affairs.

’67 MS—David H. LeRoy of Shermans Dale, PA, June 22, 2023; structural engineer, Modjeski & Masters; author of a book documenting milestones along 200-year-old highways; avid hiker and Adirondack 46er; enjoyed skiing, bicycling, canoeing, and studying the history of old roads and infrastructure, railways, and canals; active in community affairs.

’68 BS CALS—William D. Goewey of Silver Springs, NY, June 15, 2023; youth educator, Wyoming County 4-H programs; private agricultural consultant; agricultural agent, Cornell Cooperative Extension; also raised and sold Christmas trees, Dexter cattle, and sheep; enjoyed hunting, trapping, bicycling, kayaking, and cross-country skiing; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Zeta.

’68 MA—William H. Newton-Smith of Oxford, United Kingdom, April 8, 2023; philosopher of science; commonwealth scholar and fellow in philosophy, Balliol College, University of Oxford; helped combat authoritarian regimes by founding and setting up courses at universities in 33 countries, including co-founding and leading the Central European University; co-developer, Welsh Lavender Ltd., a lavender oil skin products business; co-founder of an arts college in Wales; author of books on logic and the philosophy of science; active in humanitarian, political, and professional affairs.

’69 BA—Edward O. McCabe of Clinton, CT, formerly of Stonington, CT, May 2, 2023; business automation executive, AFLAC assurance company; president, Mystic Color Lab; president and CEO, NUMA Corp. in Ohio; active in alumni affairs.


’70 BS CALS—Thomas L. Wiswall of Cortland, NY, formerly of Dryden, NY, June 21, 2023; cattle farmer; director of operations, Dairy One Cooperative; active in community and professional affairs. Alpha Gamma Rho.

’71 BS HE—Karen Dexter Richardson of Atlanta, GA, May 10, 2023; member, Citizens Review Panel, Fulton County Juvenile Court; also served as a guardian ad litem in Tampa, FL; homemaker; healthcare clinic volunteer; fundraiser, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University; enjoyed French antiques and wearing bright colors; active in religious and alumni affairs. Delta Gamma.

’72 BS CALS—Richard E. Fish of Raleigh, NC, March 11, 2023; research scientist, editor, and associate professor of lab animal medicine, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine; also taught at University of Missouri, Columbia and in the Research Triangle Lab Animal Residency Program; volunteer teacher, Wake Tech Community College Beltline Center; avid sailor, bicyclist, and hiker; enjoyed BBQ cooking, microbrews, and entertaining; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Pi.

’72 BA—Jonathan W. Green of Stratford, CT, formerly of Long Island City, NY, 2023; associate archivist and central index specialist, Ford Foundation; active in alumni affairs.

’72–76 GR—Gary S. Wolverton of Naples, FL, formerly of Savoy, IL, April 30, 2023; award-winning software and systems programmer and hardware developer, Eye Movement Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; mentor to international graduate students; U.S. Navy aviation electronics engineer and Army veteran; co-author of books and articles.

’73 BS Chem E—Harold M. Doty of Clute, TX, May 10, 2023; process control consultant and engineer, Process Control Outlet; engineering director, Control Systems Engineering; member, Quintana City Council, working on the city water system, roads and bridges, and beach preservation and restoration; active in alumni affairs. Beta Theta Pi.

’73 BA, JD ’78—Peter J. McCue of West Roxbury, MA, January 22, 2022; civil attorney, Finnegan, Underwood, Ryan & Tierney.

’73 BS CALS—Donald M. Miller of Delmar, NY, January 10, 2023; senior bank examiner, New York State Banking Department; manager at a small Wall Street investment brokerage bank; USDA FHA loan officer, Cobleskill, NY; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs.

’74 MS, PhD ’80—Carl H. Hubert of Purcellville, VA, October 19, 2018; award-winning independent consultant, Hubert Astronautics Inc.; expert on nutation dynamics; worked with Intelsat, NASA, Johns Hopkins University, and Orbital Sciences, among other organizations, and participated in the design, analysis, and in-orbit operation of more than three dozen space vehicles for commercial, civil, and military programs; also worked at the Astro-Electronics Division of Lockheed Martin; holder of eight patents on space vehicle control; active in professional affairs.

’75 PhD—Daniel VanWinkle of Boalsburg, PA, April 28, 2023; licensed Coast Guard captain, member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and certified teacher of sailing, seamanship, and navigation; also worked in the Agricultural Research Division of American Cyanimid Co.; veteran; avid sailor and fly fisherman; enjoyed international travel, camping, hiking, gardening, choral and barbershop singing, playing the banjo, model trains, and photography; active in religious affairs.

’76 BS CALS—Scott J. McNamara of Rosenberg, TX, March 1, 2023; petroleum landman, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; also worked at Edge Petroleum, Cabot Oil & Gas, Newfield Exploration Co., Preston Exploration, and North Central Oil Corp. and as an independent landman; enjoyed travel, golf, hunting, skeet shooting, cooking, entertaining, and telling stories; active in alumni affairs.

’79 JD—Thomas E. Crowe of Las Vegas, NV, March 22, 2021; bankruptcy and tax attorney in private practice, focusing on dispute resolution and litigation; former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney; also worked for the IRS District Counsel in Philadelphia and Las Vegas, handling tax cases for the government.


’80 MA—Gret L. Atkin of Ithaca, NY, June 6, 2023; executive assistant to the dean, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University; extension clothing specialist, CHE Department of Textiles and Apparel; developed curriculum for 4-H clothing projects and researched and designed clothing for people with special needs; also served as a 4-H agent in Litchfield County, CT; author of consumer articles; patient advocate in the ER and radiation oncology department, Cayuga Medical Center; editor and community volunteer; enjoyed walking, Tai Chi, sewing, and taking courses at Ithaca College.

’81 BA—Sara Schepps Matschke of Katonah, NY, September 13, 2022; construction law attorney specializing in general liability defense, Fabiani, Cohen & Hall; also worked at Worby Groner Edelman LLP and Van Nes & Marantis; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Delta Tau. Husband, William T. Matschke, MBA ’01.

’82 BA—Claudette Gabriel Karabey of Greenwich, CT, formerly of New York City, May 14, 2023; director of major and planned gifts, the Japan Society; executive director, French-American Aid for Children; independent consultant; sales and trading professional on Wall St.; global thinker who spoke four languages; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’84 BS CALS—Michael J. Herzog of Ithaca, NY, May 16, 2023; landscape architect and planner, the LA Group; owner, HMH Site & Sports Design; coach, Lansing High School state champion baseball team and announcer for the Lansing Soccer Club; enjoyed the outdoors, hiking in the national parks, and following New York Yankees baseball. Wife, Michaleen Fleszar Herzog ’84.

’84 JD—Gregory C. Shields of South Ashland, KY, January 30, 2023; personal injury, criminal defense, insurance claims, and family law attorney, Shields Law Office; taught elementary school children about owls; enjoyed golf, nature, hiking, literature, poetry, reggae music, cooking, and animals; active in community and humanitarian affairs.

’85 BS Hotel—Suzanne Mould Engdahl of Cave Creek, AZ, May 5, 2023; franchise partner; active in alumni affairs.


’95 BS HE—Henrietta Feldman of Brookline, MA, April 10, 2023; commercial and residential attorney, Law Office of Henrietta Feldman LLC, Boston; also practiced in Palm Beach, FL; enjoyed kayaking, swimming, and volunteering; active in charitable, community, and professional affairs.


’10 JD—Horace L. Nelson of Memphis, TN, February 10, 2022.

Editor’s note: Please submit notification of alumni deaths—including an obituary, if possible—to the University at 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 August 1, 2023