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December 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.


’29 BA—Constance Madfes Davis of Boca Raton, FL, February 25, 2004.


’36–38 SP CALS—Raymond J. De Nagel of Williamson, NY, 2012.

’38 BS CALS—Francis A. Facer of Ithaca, NY, September 29, 2023; certified public accountant; veteran; member, Ithaca Flying Club; active in religious and veterans affairs. Alpha Gamma Rho.


’40 BS CALS—Walter Koenig of Tenafly, NJ, March 21, 2016.

’40 BS CALS—Clarence H. Padgham of Sun City Center, FL, September 8, 2023; NYS cooperative extension agent and specialist, where he visited more than 300 dairy and vegetable farms; veteran; avid golfer; enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, caring for shrubs and fruit trees, ballroom dancing, long walks, bridge, and following Tampa Bay Buccaneers football; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs.

’43, BS CALS ’46—Donald W. Hartnett of Geneseo, NY, and Owasco Lake, NY, November 15, 2015; carpenter, Eastman Kodak Co.; longtime Geneseo Town Assessor; active in religious affairs. Alpha Zeta.

’44 BME—Robert A. Hanle of Lebanon, PA, March 20, 2023; maintenance department head, Cornwall Manor; co-founder, Tectonic Associates, Raritan, NJ, an architectural engineering firm; also worked for Standard Oil; veteran; community volunteer; avid reader; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’45, BS HE ’44—Carol Baum Greenbaum of Mamaroneck, NY, September 24, 2023; nutrition consultant and certified diabetes educator; worked in therapeutic dietetics at United Hospital, Port Chester; taught a consumer education course in the Larchmont adult education program; also user-tested products at Consumers Union; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Phi.

’45 PhD—Julius M. Hastings of Davis, CA, formerly of Patchogue, NY, March 30, 2017; senior chemist emeritus, Brookhaven National Laboratory; pioneer in neutron scattering research; also worked at Monsanto Chemical Co.; mentor.

’45 BS Nurs—Vlasta “Val” Filipi Muroff of Williamsburg, VA, June 6, 2022; maternal and newborn care nurse, Rappahannock General Hospital; nurse and office manager in her husband’s dental practice; contributed to the original landmark Nurses’ Health Study from its creation in 1976; accomplished sailor; enjoyed international travel, crafting, cross-stitching, and making clothing.

’46, BArch ’49—Lucius W. Johnson Jr. of Palo Alto, CA, 2013; architect.

’47 BA, MEd ’48—Robert McLaughlin of Geneseo, NY, May 23, 2023; founding president, Herkimer County Community College, overseeing the development of academic programs, student services, and institutional facilities; vice president, SUNY Agricultural and Technical Institute, Farmingdale; veteran; Rotarian; avid reader; enjoyed entertaining, lively debate, and lifelong learning; active in civic, community, and alumni affairs.

’47, BS HE ’48—Ruth Reese Rudy of Tampa, FL, formerly of Citrus Heights, CA, April 30, 2022.


’50—Howard M. Alliger of Melville, NY, April 4, 2020; inventor, with more than 30 patents in the fields of air pollution abatement, ultrasonics, vaccines, and the use of chlorine dioxide in healing and personal care; founder of four companies, including Misonix Inc. and Frontier Pharmaceutical Inc. Beta Sigma Rho.

’50 ME—Mark A. Steinhacker of Floral Park, NY, September 24, 2016; electrical engineer and craftsman; enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, and kayaking.

’51 BA—Harold M. Geddes of Jupiter, FL, September 11, 2023; psychotherapist in private practice and in hospital settings; veteran; author of two books on therapy.

’51 BA—Sally Morrow Robinson of Wilmington, DE, July 13, 2023; field studies co-coordinator, Delaware Nature Education Center; homemaker; avid reader and genealogist; enjoyed international travel, multicultural interactions, cooking, entertaining, and studying theological history; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Delta Gamma.

’52–53 GR—Ann Massey Barrett of Prattville, AL, October 19, 2015.

’52 BA—Michael Scott of McLean, VA, June 27, 2023; counsel and director of governmental affairs, American Society of Anesthesiologists; attorney, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Washington, DC, and Cleveland, OH; veteran; officer and director, EagleEye Radiology, a company that provided teleradiology services to hospitals and radiology groups throughout the country; president, board chairman, and amateur actor, McLean Community Players; active in alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’52 BS Hotel—June Williamson Turgeon of Williamsville, NY, formerly of Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 16, 2023; active in religious and alumni affairs. Alpha Phi.

’53 BA—Chandler “Pete” Cudlipp Jr. of Ada, MI, formerly of Grand Rapids, MI, October 8, 2023; founder and president, Chandler Metals, which later merged with Schupan Aluminum Sales; sales manager, Alcoa Aluminum in New York, Switzerland, and Grand Rapids; veteran; Rotarian; member, Alliance Française and Grand Rapids Rowing Club; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Chi Psi.

’53 BS CALS—William A. Feasley of Eden, NY, September 25, 2023; co-founder, Feasley Dairy Farm; director, Erie County Community Development; award-winning town supervisor and member of the town council, where he helped protect farms, established the local police department, oversaw the new sewer service, and updated the master plan and zoning ordinances; veteran; certified bridge teacher and Ruby Life Master player; enjoyed genealogy; active in professional and alumni affairs. Cayuga Lodge.

’53 BS Hotel—Peter P. Fuller of Del Mar, CA, May 27, 2022; hotelier; general manager, Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel, San Diego; veteran; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

’53 BA—Virginia “Sue” Halldorson Fuller of Del Mar, CA, September 11, 2021; enjoyed writing workshops; active in alumni affairs. Kappa Alpha Theta.

’54 BS CALS, DVM ’58—Benjamin S. “Shel” Hagar Jr. of Morrisonville, NY, October 5, 2023; small and large animal veterinarian; founder, Champlain Valley Veterinary Services; lecturer and consultant to the international program of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America, working to improve dairy herd practices in Europe, South America, and Asia; veteran, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps; Scout leader and school board member; avid pilot and aviation enthusiast; enjoyed hiking and camping with the Adirondack Mountain Club, motorcycle camping in the Canadian Maritime provinces, sailing, fishing, barbershop singing, and serving as host family for international students at SUNY Plattsburgh; active in alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Johanne Hahn Hagar ’57, BS Nurs ’58.

’54, BME ’55—Warren Minners of Fleming Island, FL, formerly of Bethesda, MD, December 24, 2010; director, Division of Safety Issue Resolution, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC. Alpha Sigma Phi.

’54 BA—John O. Schroy of Estero, FL, August 26, 2023; director, Center for Capital Flow Analysis; financial consultant, Arthur Andersen, PwC, and Nathan Associates; helped direct the modernization of the Jakarta Stock Exchange and advance the Indonesian capital markets as part of the Financial Sector Development Project, U.S. Agency for International Development; VP, Chase Manhattan Investment Bank in Brazil; founder, S-N Investimentos S.A. in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, a full-service securities broker-dealer and one of the first to create a money market fund in Brazil; also worked for Citibank; veteran; blog editor and publisher, “Capital Flow Watch”; enjoyed international travel; Delta Chi.

’55–57 GR—John A. Bentkowski of Ithaca, NY, October 5, 2023; founder, Bentkowski Appraisal Associates, valuing properties throughout Central New York; adjunct professor in the business schools at Ithaca College, Elmira College, TC3, and Corning Community College; also taught high school physics; veteran; licensed pilot; enjoyed classical music, opera, reading, storytelling, and writing; active in community, political, and religious affairs.

’56 BS Hotel—Charles F. Feeney of San Francisco, CA, October 9, 2023; businessman, investor, and philanthropist; founding chairman, the Atlantic Philanthropies charitable foundation, working to advance human rights, peacekeeping efforts, and global education, health, research, and innovation; co-founder, Duty Free Shoppers Group, a travel retailer of luxury products; veteran; Cornell University’s most generous donor, providing funding for the construction and program development for the first phase of the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, the creation of the Cornell Tradition program and fellowships, and a revitalization of academics, student life, and financial aid; recipient, Cornell Icon of Industry Award and Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy, among others; believed that the most appropriate use of wealth is to give while one is living; active in humanitarian and alumni affairs. Alpha Sigma Phi.

’56 BA, JD ’58—Gerald M. Kleinbaum of New York City, October 7, 2023; bankruptcy, estate planning, and real estate and business law attorney in private practice; private pilot; lover of music and opera; enjoyed international travel, tennis, golf, skiing, and horseback riding; active in political and alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Epsilon.

’58 BA—Laurence H. Hirschhorn of Monroe Township, NJ, June 24, 2023; enjoyed international travel, reading, and investing; active in alumni affairs.

’58—Stephen Van Hekle Snyder of Richmond, VA, September 26, 2023; human resources manager, PEPCO, and consultant in the private sector; captain, U.S. Navy; executive assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, engineering, and systems; also served as engineering officer, executive officer, and commanding officer and in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Bureau of Naval Personnel; marathon runner; avid football fan; enjoyed international travel, long walks, golf, and jigsaw puzzles; active in community, religious, and U.S. Naval Academy alumni affairs.

’59 MS, PhD ’78—Gene A. German of Dryden, NY, October 9, 2023; research scientist, extension worker, and award-winning professor emeritus, Department of Agricultural Economics, Cornell University; pioneer in food industry management; director of the summer Food Executive Program and director of Cornell’s Home Study Program, a certificate program for adult managers and employees in the food industry; veteran; avid Cornell hockey fan and faculty advisor to the team; active in community, professional, and religious affairs.

’59—H. Raymond Morey of Moravia, NY, May 27, 2015; banking professional, Cayuga Lake National Bank; also taught a banking course at TC3; basketball, football, and lacrosse official; avid golfer; active in religious affairs. Alpha Chi Rho.


’60 BS Hotel—Thomas B. Day of White River Junction, VT, May 24, 2023; partner, Northeast Pools and Spas, builders of residential and resort/hotel pools throughout Northern New England; also managed several rental properties; co-founder, Eleazar’s, a White River Junction rock and roll venue; worked for Robert Day Deans, the family catering business, as manager of the restaurants in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Scout leader; avid reader of military history; enjoyed boating and water sports, snowmobiling, tennis, golf, Civil War tours, telling stories, working with his hands, and summer visits to Huletts Landing on Lake George; active in alumni affairs. Theta Chi. Surviving spouse, Elizabeth Dunbar Day ’60.

’60, BME ’61, MS ’63, PhD ’65—Robert C. Pfahl Jr. of Chicago, IL, November 16, 2021; VP of global operations, International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, identifying emerging and disruptive technologies; also worked at Motorola and AT&T, where he held nine patents in electronics manufacturing; developed the Apollo re-entry heat shield, Avco Corp.; veteran; award-winning activist for environmentally sustainable electronics manufacturing processes; served on numerous industrial advisory boards, including at MIT, Yale, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Purdue, and StorEn Technologies; enjoyed international travel, cooking, entertaining, gardening, and choral singing; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Acacia. Surviving spouse, Nancy Lloyd Pfahl ’63, MEd ’65.

’60 BS CALS—Philip R. Reynolds of Clifton Park, NY, May 28, 2022; math teacher, department head, and basketball coach, Niskayuna, Webster, and Oxford high schools; also taught at Union College; consultant for the ETS, College Board, International Olympiad Committee, NSF, and NYS Department of Education; speaker at math conferences and author of workbooks and other publications; veteran; recipient, Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching; enjoyed international travel and cultures, music, Broadway shows, math puzzles, and following Red Sox baseball, New York Giants football, and Duke basketball; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Alpha Gamma Rho.

’62 MBA—Douglas H. Philipsen of Johnson, VT, formerly of Duxbury, MA, September 26, 2023; CEO, Rockland Trust Co.; regional president, Bank of New England; president and CEO, Berkshire Bank; EVP, Essex Bank; also worked in engineering and research at Ford Motor Co.; veteran; licensed private pilot; director and treasurer of several regional YMCAs; enjoyed boating, vacations on Lake Dunmore, and operating heavy machinery to build roads and improve his property; active in professional affairs.

’63 PhD—Stanley H. Christensen of Kent, OH, April 29, 2023; award-winning professor emeritus of physics, chair of the department, and mentor, Kent State University; textbook author; accomplished drummer who played in numerous local bands; community volunteer and member on several charitable boards; active in religious affairs.

’63 BS CALS—Thomas J. Kellish of LaFayette, NY, September 5, 2023; general law attorney in private practice; veteran; avid collector and gardener; active in professional affairs. Alpha Gamma Rho.

’63—James R. Millard of Colorado Springs, CO, March 16, 2019.

’65, BEE ’67, ME ’67—Kenneth A. Braun of Naperville, IL, September 14, 2023; telecommunications professional; manager of voice communications, Sara Lee; director of communications technology, Anixer International; director of communications networks, R.R. Donnelley & Sons; also worked at Bell Laboratories; Scoutmaster; member, GTO Association of America and founder, Windy City Goats; avid gardener and birdwatcher, accomplished photographer, recreational astronomer, amateur electrician, ragtime pianist, and train enthusiast; enjoyed road trips, watching NASCAR racing, and caring for parrots at A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife; active in religious and alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Sigma.

’65 PhD—Larry D. Luttrell of Morgantown, WV, June 27, 2023; professional engineer; professor emeritus of structural engineering, West Virginia University; member, Steel Deck Institute, and pioneer in the industry; mentor; enjoyed genealogy, home improvements and expansions, elaborate landscaping, and restoring classic cars and motorcycles.

’65 BS ORIE—Donald R. Pfeiffer of Hudson, OH, May 24, 2021. Alpha Tau Omega.

’66 BS ILR—Jonathan L. Dolgen of Encino, CA, October 9, 2023; entertainment industry executive and pioneer in cable television; founder, Wood River Ventures LLC, an advisory and investing media firm; chairman, Viacom Entertainment, leading the company in film, television, amusement parks, and book and music publishing; president of Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment; president of television, 20th Century Fox; assistant general counsel, Columbia Pictures; Wall Street attorney, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; veteran; philanthropist and member of numerous business, education, and nonprofit boards; avid reader of newspapers, spy novels, and history; enjoyed music and watching every genre of motion pictures and television shows; active in community, humanitarian, and alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Pi.

’66 MA—Fern Gosser Luttrell of Morgantown, WV, September 22, 2022; homemaker; Girl Scout leader; enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and hosting neighborhood barbecues and cider pressings; active in charitable, community, and religious affairs.

’68 MArch—A. Riddick Semple of Denver, CO, August 22, 2020; architect in Boston, Houston, and Denver; owner/principal, A. Riddick Semple AIA; VP of operations, ISD Inc., an interior architecture firm; active in professional affairs. Surviving spouse, Erica Kumpf Semple ’67.

’69 PhD—James C. Murray of Atlanta, GA, April 4, 2020; professor, Department of Modern Languages, Georgia State University; assistant professor, Department of Spanish Language, Duke University; collaborated on numerous books with colleagues and conducted research throughout Europe; active in religious affairs. Phi Delta Theta.

’69 MRP, PhD ’72—David C. Povey of Mosier, OR, formerly of Eugene, OR, May 2, 2023; co-managing partner, Orchard on Mosier Creek, a 7.5-acre orchard and recreation rental facility; ski instructor, Sun Valley, ID; executive director, Resource Assistance for Rural Environments, Department of Planning and Public Policy, University of Oregon, a graduate-level educational placement program; director, Community Planning Workshop, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, a planning and development service for Oregon communities and nonprofits; graduate-level instructor and head, Department of Community and Regional Planning, University of Oregon; also taught urban studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa; Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines; avid skier; enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fly fishing, and driving his tractor.


’71 BS HE—Barbara L. Bickerman of Santa Clara, CA, 2023; media relations manager, Stanford Hospital & Clinics; corporate communications manager, LSI Logic; public relations manager, Stanford Lively Arts, Stanford University. Delta Delta Delta. Surviving spouse, Scott D. Johnson, PhD ’81.

’72 BS ILR—Martin S. List of Akron, OH, June 14, 2023; labor law attorney, Littler Mendelson; partner, Duvin, Cahn & Barnard, representing corporate clients and municipalities; adjunct professor, Cleveland State University; represented the Teamsters and Operating Engineers unions in New Jersey; active in religious and alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Epsilon.

’72 PhD—Robert W. Shively of Advance, NC, July 18, 2016; dean, faculty member, and co-founder, Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University; director of admissions, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; teacher of English and Latin, Deerfield Academy; veteran; enjoyed a cappella singing groups, good conversation, and bad puns.

’74 JD—Joyce Wilder Anderson of Las Cruces, NM, November 16, 2022; taxation, business, and estate planning attorney, Holt & Babington (now Mynatt Springer PC); partner, Smith, Connor & Wilder; licensed in New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, and Massachusetts; lover of horses and other animals and supporter of numerous nature conservation organizations; enjoyed drives through agricultural areas to see crops being planted and harvested.

’74 PhD—Donald H. Merkin of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, and Spring Hill, FL, July 23, 2010; internal medicine specialist.

’77 MA—Joan Crawford Anderson of Charlotte, NC, July 14, 2023; licensed clinical social worker and family therapist in private practice and counseling centers in North Carolina, California, Florida, and New York; founder, Pathways Interfaith Counseling Center (Ithaca) and Samaritan Counseling Center (Santa Cruz); enjoyed international travel, gardening, music, cooking, entertaining, making home improvements, and collecting bells; active in community and professional affairs.


’83 BME—Kirk A. Fry of South Euclid, OH, August 20, 2023; mechanical engineer, Osbourne Engineering, working on public and private projects including Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Cuyahoga Community College, libraries, sports stadiums, police departments, and numerous Kohl’s stores across the country; HVAC sales engineer, Gardiner; mentor; enjoyed choral singing, playing guitar and bass, and following college and professional sports; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Delta Chi.

’87 BS ORIE, MBA ’92—Kellie-Ann C. Brown of Snellville, GA, August 17, 2023; financial management professional; senior consultant, the Intersect Group, Staff Financial Group, and Huron Consulting Group; VP of finance and senior director of budgets and financial analysis, IMS Health Strategic Technologies Inc.; also worked at Dun & Bradstreet and Procter & Gamble; Habitat for Humanity volunteer; advocate for cancer research and equality for women in the workplace; marathon runner; active in alumni affairs.

’87 BS CALS—Jemae Breunissen Hoffman of Seattle, WA, July 16, 2023; consultant and executive in the areas of urban design, community relations, waste reduction, recycling, sustainability, climate action, and livable, walkable, transit-friendly communities; light rail development manager, Sound Transit; director, Livable Cities, VIA Architecture; lead, sustainable transportation and climate change, City of Seattle; executive director, Transportation Choices Coalition; president, board of directors, uniting women to take action on climate change; advocate for social justice and member of numerous nonprofit boards; enjoyed international travel and cultures, dancing, fresh berry pies, and the beauty of the natural world.

’89 BS ILR—Earl E. Exum of West Hartford, CT, October 1, 2023; VP of commercial engines, Pratt & Whitney; also held positions in operations, aftermarket, overhaul and repair, materials management, sales, and human resources; chair and founder of Pratt & Whitney’s African American Forum (later Black Excellence Network); chairman, International Aero Engines; advocate for the growth and advancement of the Black community; member on numerous business, cultural, economic, educational, and historical boards; Scout leader and youth sports coach; avid reader of nonfiction and history books; enjoyed dancing, working out, and watching and playing sports; active in charitable, civic, professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Alpha Phi Alpha.


’94 BS CALS—R. Karl Maldonado of Kaneohe, HI, January 31, 2023; lieutenant colonel and headquarters battalion commanding officer, U.S. Marine Corps, MCB Kaneohe Bay; drill instructor, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; enjoyed the outdoors, bicycling, and baseball; active in alumni affairs.

’94 BS CALS—Kevin J. Wise of Buffalo, NY, July 19, 2016; professor of microbiology and anatomy and physiology, Trocaire College and Erie Community College; founder/writer, “Buffalo Beer Biochemist,” a blog promoting scientific knowledge of beer; jazz musician.


’26—Brandon K. Sawyer of Lansdowne, ON, October 2023; student in agricultural sciences and accounting; agronomy intern, McCain Foods, Oxford, MS, working to produce sustainable potato products for consumers around the world; summer accounting intern, Hucks Marine & Resort, Rockport, ON; host, “Sweet Talk: All Things Maple” podcast; member, Cornell Dairy Science Club; environmentalist. Delta Upsilon.

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 December 1, 2023