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February 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 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.


’39–43 GR—Seaton C. “Zeke” Mendall of Penn Yan, NY, September 12, 2001; vice president of grower relations, Taylor Wine Co., Hammondsport; president, NYS Wine Grape Growers; active in professional affairs.


’40, BA ’41—Lillian Camagni Lafferty of Oak Ridge, TN, March 2017; active in alumni affairs. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’42–43 SP CALS—Orville E. “Bob” Mills of Cayuga, NY, and Punta Gorda, FL, June 1, 2009; worked at Beacon Bay Marina after clearing the site of the abandoned Beacon Milling Co.; founder, Lake View Boathaulers, a boat transporting company covering the eastern U.S.; owner/operator, Lake View Garage repair shop; village mayor and trustee; also worked as a farmer, truck driver, heavy equipment operator, and mechanic; veteran; Mason; enjoyed travel and a longstanding annual New Year’s Eve pinochle party; active in political and religious affairs.

’43, BA ’42—Tatiana Davis Davidson of Kirkland, WA, April 9, 2021; language interpreter; French teacher in the Lake Washington School District; French/English translator for the United Nations Charter; also translated for Voice of America during WWII; supporter of local art venues and organizations; enjoyed international travel and dancing; active in alumni affairs.

’44, BS HE ’46—Marion Graham Blose of New Canaan, CT, November 16, 2023; community volunteer; member on several town, service, and humanitarian boards; nurse’s aide in a hospital burn ward during WWII; enjoyed tennis and gardening; active in religious and alumni affairs. Kappa Alpha Theta.

’44, BA ’49—Albert C. Pearson of Warren, NJ, February 26, 2015; life insurance agent, Mutual of New York; veteran; active in community and religious affairs. Phi Kappa Psi.

’45—Carolyn Bryant Sloughter of Houston, TX, May 27, 2022.

’46 B Chem E—Philip Gisser of New York City, November 10, 2023; founder/owner, Gisser & Associates, consulting in the areas of marketing, management, and the chemicals industry; program director, Booz & Co.; co-owner/operator, Coastline Properties, a real estate development firm; vice president, Warner, Bicking & Fenwick, an ad agency; director of marketing services, National Distillers Corp.; chemical engineer, FMC Corp. and General Electric; author; board member, Cecilia Health, a virtual specialty medical practice for chronic care management; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Pi.

’46 BA—Sally Greenberger Klein of Indianapolis, IN, November 12, 2023; homemaker, accomplished pianist; active in religious affairs.

’46—Joan Heise Root of The Villages, FL, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, December 1, 2020; homemaker; avid golfer; enjoyed mahjongg and bridge.

’46 BS HE—Wilma A. Wagner of Daytona Beach, FL, August 24, 2021.

’47 BME—Jeremy T. Ball of Reno, NV, formerly of Birmingham, MI, September 11, 2023; worked in automotive engineering. Delta Kappa Epsilon. Surviving spouse, Alice Schilling Ball ’46.

’47–48 GR—Katharine Fox Burnett of Sudbury, MA, and Hancock Point, ME, April 15, 2021; taught expository writing at Boston University, Tufts, and MIT; avid reader of diverse genres, studying the great playwrights, poets, and novelists; enjoyed sailing, hiking, music, the arts, playing piano, watercolor painting, cooking, entertaining, poker games, and the family summer home in Maine; active in cultural and environmental affairs.

’47, BS HE ’46—Patricia McInerney Curd of Pittsfield, MA, and Naples, FL, November 20, 2023; homemaker; also worked as a home economics teacher in NYC; member, Fairview Hospital Auxiliary; accomplished seamstress and baker of cookies and pies; enjoyed international travel, sailing, skiing, photography, summers on Cape Cod, and teaching her grandchildren how to cook; active in community, cultural, religious, and alumni affairs. Pi Beta Phi.

’48 BA—Herbert C. Baker of Eugene, OR, September 1, 2023; gastroenterologist and internal medicine physician in private practice; first doctor to perform a modern gastroscopy; reporter, city editor, and managing editor, Eugene Register-Guard; veteran. Delta Kappa Epsilon.

’48 BS ILR—Barbara “Bobbie” Cole Feiden of White Plains, NY, November 13, 2023; freelance writer, penning first-person stories that were published in local papers, the New York Times, and travel magazines; executive at the Westchester County social services department and in anti-poverty programs; public relations officer in the Canadian Army in Montreal during WWII; political junkie and advocate for labor justice and unions; enjoyed international travel; active in civic, humanitarian, and alumni affairs.

’49 BS HE, MA ’50—Bonnie Mack Flemming of San Marcos, TX, December 29, 2020; early childhood consultant.

’49 BS HE—Eleanor Miller Knodel of Rochester, NY, December 20, 2022; founder/owner, Rockcastle Florist; active in alumni affairs.

’49 BA—Sylvia Weinstein Sussman of Westborough, MA, November 23, 2023; anesthesiologist at Fairgrounds Surgical Center and Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA, and at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore; also held leadership positions at several charitable and cultural organizations; enjoyed international travel, reading, and expanding her knowledge; active in professional and religious affairs.


’50 BA—Thomas F. Burke of Albany, NY, October 20, 2023; litigation attorney; also practiced real estate and construction and development law; veteran; member, Knights of Columbus; football team statistician, Albany High School; champion golfer and handball player; enjoyed cooking and following New York Giants football; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs. Zeta Psi.

’50—Patricia Stroup Wynn of Durham, NC, June 18, 2022; homemaker. Delta Delta Delta.

’51 BS ILR—Shelley Epstein Akabas of New York City, November 17, 2023; labor economist and professor of social work, Columbia University School of Social Work; director, Columbia’s Industrial Social Welfare Center and pioneering researcher in expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities; also designed and led the Social Enterprise Administration program; advocate for the World of Work field, which helps clients navigate obstacles in the workplace; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Phi.

’51, BEE ’52—H. Peirce Brawner Jr. of Warwick, RI, October 26, 2023; electrical engineer; worked at Boeing, Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., and Bethlehem Steel Fore River Shipyard; veteran; avid sailor, teacher of navigation and seamanship, and member of numerous sailing organizations; enjoyed international travel and his work with the youth Sea Scouts; active in alumni affairs. Beta Theta Pi.

’51 BA—Paul Dreizen of Brooklyn, NY, October 5, 2023; internist and cardiovascular disease specialist; professor, Department of Medicine, and chief of the biophysics section, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Alpha Mu.

’51 BA—Robert L. Fuchs of Fort Myers, FL, October 24, 2023; geologist; active in professional and alumni affairs.

’51 BA, MBA ’52—Charles B. Warren of Shrewsbury, MA, December 19, 2022; independent industrial advertising professional; also worked at Markham Corp., Bridgeport Machine Corp., and Norton Co.; veteran; member, Odd Fellows; enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing, canoeing, bowling, and pickup volleyball; active in civic, community, professional, theatrical, and alumni affairs. Sigma Phi Epsilon.

’51 BS CALS—Meyer J. “Mike” Wolin of Delmar, NY, November 2, 2023; chief of environmental biology, Wadsworth Center, NYS Department of Health; professor of microbiology, Departments of Dairy Science and Microbiology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; active in civic and community affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi.

’52, BArch ’54—Corinne Friedner Austein of Levittown, PA, July 20, 2023; independent architect and planning professional; active in alumni affairs.

’52 BS CALS—Gerald I. Read of Rochester, NY, November 2, 2023; taught agriculture and vocational classes in Prattsburgh and Georgetown, NY; also served as FFA Club advisor, school bus driver, and JV sports coach; veteran; Mason and volunteer firefighter; educational philanthropist; enjoyed international travel and playing adult baseball; active in professional and alumni affairs.

’52 BS ILR—Jay R. Robinson of Memphis, TN, November 20, 2023; arbitrator/mediator and labor law attorney in private practice; adjunct professor of labor law, University of Mississippi; veteran; enjoyed international travel; active in religious and alumni affairs. Sigma Phi Epsilon.

’53—Tom R. Brass of Dorset, VT, October 30, 2023; international sales professional at Worthington Corp., Worthington-Turbodyne, and Measurement Systems Inc.; enjoyed international travel, hiking, camping, skiing, cars, and airplanes; active in community affairs. Lambda Chi Alpha.

’53 BFA—Helen Wallace Miksch of Lititz, PA, November 20, 2023; studio art and art history teacher, Linden Hall School for Girls; also taught at Rothsville and Kissel Hill elementary schools and at Warwick Middle School; museum guide and member of the Lititz Woman’s Club service organization; avid reader; enjoyed travel, entertaining, bridge, history, genealogy, and lively political debate; active in religious and alumni affairs. Pi Beta Phi.

’53 BA—Sonya Bloser Monroe of Upper Arlington, OH, October 29, 2023; homemaker and community volunteer; developed a telephone helpline for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, called Tell-A-Mom, aimed at preventing child abuse; avid skier, tennis and platform tennis player, and golfer; enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, and book group; active in charitable, civic, and alumni affairs. Kappa Alpha Theta.

’54 BA—William H. “Skip” Curry III of Casper, WY, October 16, 2023; award-winning independent geologist; also worked as a geologist for Marathon Oil Co.; veteran; speaker and field trip leader; prolific author of professional papers; Rotarian; avid hunter; enjoyed international travel, cruises, rock hunting, collecting jade, driving small red convertibles, and studying history, prehistory, the Bible, and scientific phenomena; active in professional affairs. Sigma Phi Epsilon.

’54 BS CALS—Jean Vettel Forstall of Olympia Fields, IL, October 20, 2023; early childhood educator; teacher and director, the Park Forest Co-Op Nursery School; community volunteer; enjoyed choral singing; active in humanitarian and religious affairs. Surviving spouse, Lloyd M. Forstall ’52, B Chem E ’53.

’54, B Chem E ’57—Lewis N. Stone of Santa Barbara, CA, formerly of Lake George, NY, November 11, 2023; consultant on advertising claim substantiation; enjoyed skiing in the Adirondacks; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Alpha Mu.

’55, BS CALS ’56—Frederic H. Corell of Brockport, NY, October 25, 2023; worked at Farm Credit of Western New York; also sold mums and Christmas trees; active in religious and alumni affairs. Alpha Gamma Rho.

’55 BA—Diane Colin Culver of Punta Gorda, FL, October 25, 2023; worked as a chemist; enjoyed travel, boating, reading, puzzles, knitting, Bible study, and choral singing; active in animal welfare, community, religious, and alumni affairs.

’55, BS HE ’54—Sherry Vogel Greenberg Mallin of New York City, October 31, 2023; prominent collector of contemporary art who, along with her husband, welcomed visitors to her indoor/outdoor art showcase home; advised, supported, and encouraged artists; entrepreneur, options trader, and early adopter of computer-based engraving systems; avid player of complex card games; active in alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Joel Mallin ’55, B Chem E ’56.

’55 MEd, EdD ’62—Vincent C. Nuccio of Needham, MA, and West Dennis, MA, October 14, 2023; professor emeritus of education, Boston College (BC); helped build BC’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development; also worked as a math teacher; veteran; talented choral singer; enjoyed music and following BC sports; active in civic, educational, and religious affairs.

’56 BS CALS—Claudia Gabel Anderson of East Berne, NY, November 14, 2023; earth science teacher, Cairo-Durham High School; talented artist; enjoyed books, birdwatching, handwritten letters, plants, cats, and gifting her art; active in animal welfare and alumni affairs.

’56 BS Hotel—Franz Arzt Jr. of Dorset, VT, September 23, 2023. Phi Gamma Delta.

’56 BS CALS—Walter G. Ellsworth of Palatine Bridge, NY, November 25, 2023; dairy farmer and herdsman; also did lab testing for the Dairy Herd Information Association; school bus driver for Access Transportation and the Canajoharie Central School District; field auditor, Central National Bank; veteran; board member for several agricultural agencies and organizations; active in the Farm Bureau and the Production Credit Association.

’56 BA—Carol Blicker Gartner of Valley Center, CA, November 5, 2023; dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Purdue University Calumet; professor emeritus of English and chair of the Division of Arts and Letters, Pace University; Fulbright lecturer in American studies, Chonnam National University in Korea; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Delta Tau.

’56, BArch ’57—Jerome M. Larson Sr. of Red Bank, NJ, October 21, 2023; architect and founder, IDEAS Architects Inc., designing residential, commercial, and municipal properties; self-titled “earth architect,” advocating for and implementing ecological and sustainable designs that create attractive and affordable housing; author; active in professional and alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Sigma.

’56, BCE ’57—Ronald L. Swan of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Rociada, NM, March 12, 2021.

’57 BA—Lawrence E. Abelman of New York City, November 10, 2023; international trademark attorney and founding partner, Abelman, Frayne & Schwab; enjoyed studying American history, collecting antique maps, and New York Yankees baseball; active in alumni affairs.

’57—Leslie M. Haynes of Meredith, NH, May 22, 2023; worked at Green Valley Lumber Co.

’58 BA—Barbara Streicher Magid of Merrick, NY, October 21, 2023; professor of organic chemistry, Suffolk County Community College; enjoyed international travel, gardening, reading mysteries, bridge, and opera and theater performances; active in alumni affairs.

’58 BS CALS—Monte R. Shaw of Armonk, NY, and Chappaqua, NY, December 18, 2014; active in alumni affairs.

’59 BS Hotel—Richard K. Bartlett of Amelia Island, FL, October 31, 2023; accountant and head of the administration department, Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Co., Radnor, PA; veteran; avid golfer; enjoyed international travel; active in religious and alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Sigma.

’59—Forrest C. Douglas of Columbus, NE, formerly of Centennial, CO, February 23, 2023. Theta Delta Chi.

’59 BA—Wendell L. Fingar of Citrus Heights, CA, March 15, 2023; active in alumni affairs. Lambda Chi Alpha.

’59 BS HE—Barbara Clark Frey of Bryan, TX, formerly of Fort Worth, TX, October 30, 2023; special education teacher, Jo Kelly School, Fort Worth Independent School District; also assisted her husband with his CPA business and ran a daycare; book editor and copy editor, Thomas Y. Crowell Publishers, NYC; accomplished cake baker; enjoyed literature, long walks, knitting, bridge, opera, and family game nights; active in religious affairs. Chi Omega.

’59 DVM—Albert W. Latschar of Manville, NJ, formerly of Scotch Plains, NJ, November 23, 2023; veterinarian in several animal hospitals in New Jersey; also served as an associate pastor at the First Christian Assembly in Plainfield; avid runner.

’59 BA—Martha Ruggles Bernhard Updike of Beverly, MA, October 9, 2023; social worker, Massachusetts General Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit; avid gardener, holding several positions with the Garden Club of America; enjoyed bridge, membership in several lineage organizations and social clubs, and the life she shared with her late husband, the author John Updike. Kappa Alpha Theta.

’59, BS CALS ’60—Wendell P. Wettergreen of Ionia, NY, formerly of Rochester, NY, May 2023; director of information technology, Nixon Hargrave Devans & Doyle law firm; founder, Word Processing World, one of the first digital record-keeping companies; purchasing manager, French’s, where he developed the dry formula for their Worcestershire sauce; enjoyed travel, good conversation, storytelling, and growing garlic, gladiolus, and sunflowers on the family farm. Alpha Tau Omega.

’59, BA ’60—James G. Wray of Afton, VA, October 31, 2023; scientific programmer in the aerospace industry, including at Northrup Grumman and Optical Physics Co.; associate professor of physics, Minnesota State University, Moorhead; veteran; accomplished jazz musician on keyboard and trombone and founder of numerous bands; enjoyed running, swimming, hiking, golf, and studying Indian spiritual philosophy; active in alumni affairs. Delta Upsilon.


’60–61 SP CALS—Charles B. Blythe of New Bern, NC, October 27, 2023; owner, Branch’s Furniture of New Bern Inc., his in-laws’ family business; store manager, Belk department stores in Wilmington and Myrtle Beach; member, Lions Club; avid vegetable gardener; enjoyed international travel, living in the mountains and by the water, and buying and reselling antiques; active in civic, humanitarian, and religious affairs.

’60 PhD—John M. Bowen of Durham, NC, formerly of Athens, GA, March 21, 2022; veterinarian, research scientist, and academic; associate dean for research and graduate affairs and professor of pharmacology, toxicology, and neurophysiology, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine; instrumental in creating UGA’s Veterinary Medical Experiment Station and the Animal Health Research Center; also taught at Kansas State and Emory universities; lover of dogs; enjoyed sailing, the outdoors, and the family cabin on Lake Hartwell; active in professional affairs.

’60, BA ’61, MBA ’62—Walter W. Buckley Jr. of New York City and North Palm Beach, FL, October 30, 2023; president, Buckley Muething Capital Management; chairman of the pension fund trustees, Bethlehem Steel, and its internally managed pension fund; treasurer and investment manager, Barnes & Tucker Coal Co.; Wall Street financial analyst, Walston & Co.; also involved in several business startup ventures, including the Home Depot; member on several church, civic, educational, financial, and medical boards and committees; philanthropist; pro bono manager of the North Carolina Outward Bound School; advocate for the teaching of American history; expert on arcane minutiae from the world of sports; avid golfer and member of several clubs; active in charitable, political, and alumni affairs. Psi Upsilon.

’60 BS CALS—Ruth Berberian Hanessian of Rockville, MD, July 31, 2021; founder/owner, Animal Exchange Pet Store, which became a hub for counseling, pet husbandry training programs, and protection of endangered and exotic birds; also worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technologies; set standards and policy for animal care and breeding as a board member of PIJAC, now the Pet Advocacy Network; member, National Institute of Medicine’s animal labs oversight board; author; popular YouTube video creator; supporter of the local Science Consortium and founder of the Rockville Science Café, whose gatherings brought together scientists and science enthusiasts; member, Kiwanis, and founder of a cancer support group; Scout leader; enjoyed gardening; active in civic, community, environmental, religious, and alumni affairs.

’60, BA ’62—James B. Metzger of New York City, December 10, 2022; banking executive; director, Banco de Bilbao in the U.S. and Cayman Islands; worked with the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce to facilitate business relationships between the two countries; also held several policy and business development positions in the U.S. government during the Nixon Administration; member of several educational councils, committees, and boards; active in alumni affairs.

’61 BA—Pauline Sutta Degenfelder of Shaker Heights, OH, November 16, 2023; healthcare professional at Kaiser Permanente, MetroHealth, CIGNA, Coventry Health, and United HealthCare; also had a varied career in education as a teacher or program administrator in Maryland, Texas, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Ohio; award-winning leader in the Cleveland community, philanthropist, and patron of the arts; recipient, Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, life member, Cornell University Council, and founding member, President’s Council of Cornell Women; enjoyed international travel, avant-garde films, researching Chinese art, and her many pet cats; active in cultural, professional, and alumni affairs. Chi Omega. Surviving spouse, Joseph R. Degenfelder ’60, B Chem E ’61.

’61 BS HE—Suzanne Wolff Wiener of Teaneck, NJ, November 26, 2023; award-winning reading and special education teacher in Teaneck, Saratoga Springs, London, and Glasgow; book reviewer; author of essays and a book on reading; enjoyed international travel, theater, films, museums, entertaining, reading, book groups, and summer visits to Ocean City, NJ, and Stowe, VT; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Delta Tau. Surviving spouse, Joel H. Wiener, PhD ’65.

’62 BA—John D. Freeman Jr. of Concord, MA, October 20, 2023; founder and managing director, Quabbin Capital, a private equity firm; investment banker at Arab Latin American Bank in Lima, Peru, and at Bank of Boston in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; served on numerous financial boards, advising on philanthropic investments; advocate for the arts and for land conservation; avid runner and marathoner; competitive sailor; enjoyed international travel, hiking, skiing, camping, cooking, live jazz, historical novels, and collecting tractors and landscaping equipment; active in community affairs. Delta Phi.

’62–63 GR—Richard B. Glazer of Bethesda, MD, November 17, 2023; associate director, American Institute of Biological Science’s Project Biotech, creating some of the earliest distance learning programs in science higher education; adjunct professor, SUNY Westchester, and dean of the Division of Mathematics, Physical Engineering, and Computer Science Technologies; also worked as an instructor and administrator at SUNY in New Paltz, Ulster, and Orange County; town supervisor, Rosendale, NY; award-winning president of the SUNY Two-Year College Council; volunteer firefighter; enjoyed travel, photography, and the outdoors; active in community and professional affairs.

’62—Katharine Shaw Peltz of McKinney, TX, October 28, 2023; first-grade teacher and home health aide; enjoyed singing, drawing, writing poetry, and summers at the family cottage on Cayuga Lake.

’62 BA, MBA ’64—Charles R. Switzer of Mount Vernon, TX, formerly of Plano, TX, June 4, 2023; regional manager, Dallas/Fort Worth area, AIG insurance company; avid fisherman, boater, and sports fan; active in alumni affairs. Phi Gamma Delta.

’63 BA—Michael E. Jakes of Del Mar, CA, October 23, 2023; early computer software executive; head of global marketing, Software AG; head of marketing, ADABAS, which had created one of the most powerful relational database systems for mainframe computers; also worked at information technology company CACI in Reston, VA; mentor to gifted disadvantaged high school students, the Preuss School, UC San Diego; accomplished chef; enjoyed international travel. Pi Lambda Phi.

’63, BME ’64, MD ’69—Neil K. Kochenour of Tucson, AZ, November 2, 2023; ob/gyn and medical director, University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics; instrumental in creating a high-risk pregnancy division and fetal diagnostic center; veteran; chief administrator for two assisted living facilities in Tucson; avid fisherman; enjoyed international travel, a long-standing book club, concerts and theater, Red Sox baseball, and attending science and technology conferences throughout the U.S.; active in community and alumni affairs. Chi Phi.

’64 BA, PhD ’72—Karen J. Artzt of Austin, TX, and Trenton, ME, March 4, 2020; developmental geneticist; professor emerita of molecular genetics and microbiology, University of Texas, Austin; mentor; enjoyed gardening.

’64 MS, PhD ’67—Melvin M. Mathias of Myrtle Beach, SC, October 22, 2023; professor and research scientist in animal and human nutrition, Colorado State University, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition; research grants manager, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA; Scout leader; enjoyed travel, skiing, camping, hiking, canoeing, bicycling, dancing, bridge, watching football, and walking on the beach.

’64 JD—Gerald L. Paley of Rochester, NY, October 16, 2023; attorney and labor litigator, Phillips Lytle LLP; partner, Nixon Peabody LLP; also worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he participated in drafting many of the original Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations; established several small businesses; enjoyed playing the piano, flying airplanes, horseback riding, acting, and writing plays.

’64 BA—Martin A. Shefter of Ithaca, NY, November 3, 2023; professor emeritus of government, College of Arts & Sciences, Cornell University; award-winning expert on American political parties, urban politics, and the ways international systems shape U.S. institutions; also taught political science at the University of Chicago and Harvard University; public servant; seeker of knowledge who relearned roughly 30 years of history after a mid-career bicycle accident erased his memory of history after the 1970s; author, editor, and member on the editorial board of several journals; active in professional affairs.

’65 BS HE—Karen Dean Abbe of Healdsburg, CA, September 9, 2023; co-partner, Abbe Ranch Vineyards, winegrape and boutique wine producers; active in alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, C. Jay Abbe ’63, B Chem E ’64, MS ’65.

’65 DVM—Victor S. Cox Jr. of Saint Paul, MN, October 9, 2023; award-winning professor of gross anatomy, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and director of the gross anatomy lab; also served as the curator of the Veterinary Anatomy Museum; expert in the management of downer cow syndrome; developed a method of freeze-drying specimens so they were permanent, dry, and non-toxic and could be used for teaching; graduate advisor for two international veterinary exchange programs; prolific scientific writer and researcher; educational philanthropist. Alpha Zeta.

’65 BS ORIE, ME ’66—W. Benson McAllister of Terrace Park, OH, October 28, 2023; co-founder, Little Miami Landscape, regional tree specialists; quality control manager at Shepherd Chemical Co., U.S. Shoe Co., and Procter & Gamble, traveling through more than 20 countries; avid squash and basketball player. Beta Theta Pi.

’66 JD—Edward W. Bergmann of Hinsdale, IL, November 11, 2023; attorney and partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, where he was founder of their wage-hour practice; veteran; mentor; director and committee member, Butterfield Country Club; enjoyed reading, all things train-related, and weekend golf.

’66 MS—C. Edward Boutonnet of Salinas, CA, November 17, 2023; award-winning crop and soil science professional and agricultural businessman; president and CEO, Ocean Mist Farms, a major vegetable grower/shipper and the largest artichoke grower/shipper in North America; veteran; philanthropist; avid fisherman and hunter and expert fly fisherman; active in community and professional affairs.

’66 PhD—Leeds M. Carluccio of Colchester, CT, November 17, 2023; award-winning professor emeritus of botany and plant sciences and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Central Connecticut State University; also served as co-director and co-founder of the Partners in Science program, a National Science Foundation-supported partnership between central and local middle school staff, faculty, and students to enhance scientific knowledge; active in community, humanitarian, and professional affairs.

’66 MA, MRP ’84—A. Lindsey Reber of Rochester, NY, October 2, 2021; senior librarian at several universities in the U.S.; expert on Southeast Asian history, trade, and government migration policy; taught Indonesian history in Australia and at Duke University; author; enjoyed community events, networking, and social gatherings with Mount Holyoke College classmates.

’67 BA—Roger I. Abrams of University Park, FL, formerly of Boston, MA, November 12, 2023; professor and dean, Northeastern University School of Law; also served as dean at Rutgers University and Nova University law schools and on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Law; expert on sports and labor law and legal education; salary arbitrator for Major League Baseball and permanent arbitrator for the television, communications, electronics, and coal industries; also worked with the U.S. Customs Service, the IRS, Walt Disney World, the State of Florida, and Lockheed Martin; labor law and civil rights litigation attorney, Foley, Hoag & Eliot in Boston; prolific author of books on alternative dispute resolution, the practice of labor arbitration, and the business and history of sports, among other subjects; active in professional affairs. Tau Delta Phi.

’67 MA—Vivian Perlstein Folkenflik of Montclair, NJ, formerly of Laguna Beach, CA, October 28, 2023; lecturer and mentor, University of California, Irvine; taught the School of Humanities Core Course, a mix of history, literature, and philosophy; enjoyed travel, music, literature, museums, studying history, and writing poetry; active in religious affairs.

’67 BS CALS—Lawrence D. McGuinn of Westfield, NY, November 20, 2023; viticulturist; owner and manager, Wilson Hill Farm and Lin-Ary Vineyards; secretary and president, Westfield Maid Concord Grape Cooperative, and member, Chautauqua County Cooperative Extension; enjoyed grape farming, photography, wildlife, Buffalo Bills football, Lake Erie sunsets, and dogs. Sigma Pi.

’67—Robin J. Risch of Lancaster, OH, August 7, 2023; worked at Risch Drug Store; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’68 BS HE—Mary Zahrt Adams of Hot Springs Village, AR, formerly of Lubbock, TX, June 14, 2020; director of health services, South Plains Community Action Association, a homecare program for children and adults with developmental disabilities; vice president, Willis Ballet, and stage manager for numerous productions of the Willis Ballet and at Texas Tech.

’68 PhD—Leonard C. Humphrey of Chester Springs, PA, October 15, 2022; consultant, commissioned officer, and electromagnetic wave researcher for the U.S. Air Force; Strategic Defense Initiative defense navigation designer, United Technologies Norden Systems; also worked with the NASA space program, NATO, General Electric’s Advanced Electronics Center, Stromberg-Carlson, and Raytheon; patent holder; examined the benefits and risks of LAN guidance versus GPS for a missile program; Navy veteran; co-founder, Mars Hill Broadcasting, a Christian radio outreach company in Syracuse; hospital volunteer; enjoyed international travel, sailing, swimming in the ocean, choral singing, PBS television, gardening, telling science jokes, and baking apple pies; active in community, humanitarian, and religious affairs.

’68 MBA—Jeffrey A. Smith of Nantucket, MA, formerly of Mendham, NJ, March 21, 2012; vice president, Smith Management Co., NYC.

’68 BEE, ME ’69—Ward P. Whitlock of Montgomery Village, MD, October 17, 2023; worked at several high-tech firms including: Watkins-Johnson Co., manufacturers of electronic devices, systems, and equipment; Racal Electronics, a multinational service provider in telecommunications, security, and defense applications; and Litton Industries, defense contractors; veteran; avid Scottish country dancer; enjoyed skiing, bicycling, classical music, and choral singing; active in alumni affairs.

’68 BS CALS—Peggy Fries Wihtol of Natick, MA, October 5, 2023.

’69 BS CALS—Bonnie Barker Bogdasarian of Binghamton, NY, December 14, 2022; nurse epidemiologist, working with patients and their physicians and educating nurses and residents about infectious diseases, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital; also worked in retail and fitness; served in the Peace Corps in Colombia; accomplished embroiderer and fiber artist; avid reader of Civil War history, fantasy, and crime novels; enjoyed games of Trivial Pursuit and following Raiders football.

’69 BA—Richard D. Carrington of San Francisco, CA, October 22, 2023; attorney in private practice; also worked on the legal staff at Western Title Co., at the Belzer law firm, at Prudential Life Insurance Co., and in the law offices of Melvin Belli; enjoyed skiing, sailing on San Francisco Bay, working out, Chinese food, cooking German dishes, and caring for his rescue German shorthair pointers; active in alumni affairs. Pi Kappa Alpha.

’69 PhD—James L. Plummer of Mission Viejo, CA, formerly of Los Altos Hills, CA, October 23, 2023; economist and founder/president, QED Research Inc.; worked at Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Occidental Petroleum in Los Angeles, the EPA in Washington, DC, and USAID in Bogotá, Colombia; also taught economics for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado; veteran; instrumental in starting the International Association of Energy Economics; prolific author; SCORE volunteer and mentor; active in civic affairs.

’69 BS CALS—Richard M. Roveland of Morris, NY, formerly of Clifton Park, NY, November 6, 2023; economist, NYS Department of Labor; avid reader and classic car buff; enjoyed cross-country skiing, running, hiking in the Adirondacks, and studying Civil War history; active in alumni affairs.


’70 BS CALS—Leverett S. Shaw Jr. of Fort Pierce, FL, formerly of Santa Rosa, CA, July 3, 2011; teacher.

’70 MS—Darnall Dugan Schardl Stone of Lexington, KY, October 26, 2023; environmental science teacher in numerous public and private high schools and community colleges in the U.S., Canada, and Kuwait; enjoyed the wilderness and summers in the Upper Delaware Valley of New York State.

’71 JD—Jack L. Smith of Evergreen, CO, October 26, 2023; bankruptcy attorney, Holland & Hart; enjoyed international travel on all seven continents, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, and playing guitar; active in professional affairs.

’71 BS ILR—David W. Watkins of Elmira, NY, formerly of Binghamton, NY, November 24, 2023; human resources director, City of Binghamton; also worked at Temple University and for the Teamsters Union in Oakland, CA; lover of dogs; enjoyed skiing, boating, bird-hunting, golf, summer BBQs, Philadelphia Eagles football, and fishing on Cayuga and Chautauqua lakes; active in religious and alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’72, BArch ’73, MArch ’75—Mark A. Keller of Laguna Woods, CA, February 2023; architect, Keller & Barre Associates; active in alumni affairs. Pi Kappa Phi.

’72 BS CALS—Jeffrey P. Leonelli of East Syracuse, NY, July 4, 2023; sales, distribution, and business manager, Chrysler Corp.; district manager, Northeast Business Center; Daimler-Chrysler Corp.; enjoyed travel, Formula 1 racing, weight training, gardening, and studying ornithology. Chi Psi.

’72 MBA—Peter K. Maier of Brookfield, CT, January 10, 2023; CPA, Kirby Beals Maier; also worked at Corning Inc., including a four-year assignment to West Germany, and at Arthur Young & Co.; veteran; Rotarian; enjoyed international travel, sailing, and playing bluegrass mandolin; active in community and religious affairs.

’73 BS CALS—Peter A. Lifson of Tarrytown, NY, November 21, 2023; attorney, Novick Edelstein Lubell et al.; active in alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Joan Tompkins Lifson ’73.

’73 PhD—David R. Wanlass of Saint Cloud, MN, October 24, 2023; physical chemist; worked at Source Technology, a computer hardware startup, and at Intel Corp.; contributed to numerous electronic patents, including those for solar panels and flat-screen technology; enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, choral singing, and playing trombone and classical guitar; active in religious affairs.

’73 JD—Keith H. West of Somerset, PA, formerly of Canonsburg, PA, October 20, 2023; attorney; partner and leader of the trust and estates department, Thorp, Reed & Armstrong; Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy; coach, teacher, and mentor; avid reader and sports enthusiast; active in charitable, community, and religious affairs.

’74 JD—Stephen W. Sommerhalter of Mill Valley, CA, March 31, 2019; business attorney, Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger.

’74, BS CALS ’76, MS ’89—Nancy A. Tresner of Ithaca, NY, November 23, 2023; biology teacher, Ithaca High School; advocate for animal welfare and rehabilitation and lover of cats.

’75, BArch ’76—John A. Maciag of Plainville, CT, November 1, 2023; architect; avid gladiolus gardener known for his massive gardens; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Acacia.

’76 MS, PhD ’78—Timothy L. Johnson of Newark, DE, November 8, 2018.

’76 MS—David C. Sertl of Broomfield, CO, June 10, 2021; chemist, Ross Laboratories in Columbus, OH, and Abbott Laboratories in Rouses Point, NY; enjoyed international travel, the family lake cottage in the Adirondacks, and living near the Rocky Mountains; active in religious affairs.

’76 MS, PhD ’79—James C. Wyllie of Monte Sereno, CA, October 9, 2023; award-winning computer science and software development professional; senior researcher, IBM Research–Almaden Lab; designed, coded, and supported high-performance file systems for supercomputers and large storage systems, called GPFS; developed the IBM Personal Editor; expert in the technology of large-scale data systems including the design and implementation of what is now known as “streaming”; held numerous patents; judge, San Jose Synopsys Championship Science Fair; youth baseball coach; avid reader; enjoyed international travel, bicycling, gardening, board games, puzzles and video games, and following college and San Francisco professional sports. Surviving spouse, Dianne Deters Wyllie, MS ’76.

’77 BS HE—Cheri Morgan Murphy of Hampton, VA, November 5, 2023; personnel systems analyst, Department of Human Resources, Old Dominion University; Scout leader; accomplished seamstress; enjoyed international travel, organizing cruises and cross-country train rides, gardening, cooking, and summers at Lake Bonaparte in Upstate New York; active in alumni affairs.


’80 MS, PhD ’84—Maggie R. Clausell of Camden, DE, September 19, 2023; general practice and consumer protection attorney, Law Office of Maggie Clausell LLC, concentrating in the areas of identity theft, bankruptcy, debt collection, and predatory loans.

’80 BA—Celeste M. Sant’Angelo of New York City, June 10, 2021; educational fundraiser and philanthropist; active in alumni affairs.

’80 MILR—Alice J. Zuvers of Holyoke, MA, April 20, 2023; human resources manager, Home Depot; member, P.E.O. Sisterhood; Scout leader; enjoyed skiing, cross-country camping, knitting, bridge, and pickle-making; active in community, humanitarian, and alumni affairs.

’81 BA—Anne Pavelka of Marlton, NJ, November 18, 2023; geologist, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; traveled to all seven continents and 50 U.S. states; community volunteer; competitive ballroom and square dancer; enjoyed experiencing diverse cultures, hiking in national parks, Broadway shows, opera, symphony, and ballet; active in environmental and alumni affairs. Alpha Phi.

’82 MBA, JD ’83—Edward A. Rosic Jr. of Bethesda, MD, October 10, 2023; vice president and assistant general counsel, Marriott International, and leader of the employee benefits group in the law department; also worked at O’Melveny & Myers and Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC; accomplished chef and avid foodie; enjoyed travel, reading, golf, cards, games of chance, science fiction, and the theater.

’82 BA—Kevin R. Shoemaker of Franklin, KY, formerly of San Francisco, CA; October 25, 2023; biotech and pharmaceutical industry professional; biochemist and project lead in drug discovery, Chiron/Novartis; avid foodie; enjoyed singing, country music, contra dancing, Halloween, modern dance troupes, and performances at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; active in alumni affairs.

’83 PhD—Eric E. Morris of New York City, formerly of Palo Alto, CA, November 5, 2023; visiting scholar on international strategies for addressing civil wars, Center for International Security and Cooperation, and practitioner-in-residence, Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies, Stanford University; office manager and humanitarian aid coordinator, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Jakarta, Indonesia; also worked with the UNHCR in Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia, Yugoslavia, East Timor, and the U.S.; oversaw the establishment of UNHCR’s emergency response mechanism, helped design several peacekeeping missions, and spearheaded conflict prevention efforts. Surviving spouse, Elizabeth Carlson Morris, PhD ’86.

’85 BS CALS, DVM ’96—Robin V. Caputo of Milford, MA, formerly of Bronx, NY, November 1, 2023; veterinarian; spay/neuter surgeon in several clinics in New York City and Westchester County including the Toby Project, Banfield Veterinary Clinic, the ASPCA, and the Animal Medical Center; also performed surgery in Central and South America and on Native American reservations; surgical mentor and trainer; enjoyed international travel, photography, crafting, walking her Great Danes, and attending merengue star Elvis Crespo concerts.


’90 DVM—Nicholas P. Macri of Medford, NJ, October 18, 2023; veterinarian specializing in pathology; practicing Buddhist; enjoyed scuba diving, photography, fine wine, brewing craft beer, whittling Native American flutes, and living in the Southwest.

’99 MS, PhD ’02—Tina M. Jayaweera of Beaverton, OR, October 23, 2023; senior advisor, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, promoting sustainability and energy efficiency to minimize society’s environmental impact; supporter of numerous environmental groups; enjoyed caring for her many pets. Surviving spouse, Mark MacDonald, PhD ’00.


’10 BA—Kathleen M. Brewster of Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2022.

’14 BS HE—Jonathan Behrman of Pittsford, NY, November 22, 2023; internal medicine physician in his first year of residency, Stony Brook University Health Science Center.


’21 MBA—Konner K. Robison of Reno, NV, November 13, 2023; entrepreneur, philanthropist, public interest law student, and intern at Pollock Cohen LLP in NYC; worked in operations management at Peppermill Resorts; created an app, co-founded several companies, and started his own hedge fund as an undergraduate at Stanford University; veteran; community volunteer, mentor, and advocate for education and social justice; enjoyed travel to more than 60 countries and 47 U.S. states; active in civic, cultural, and humanitarian affairs.

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Published February 1, 2024