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May 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—Esther Cohen Germanow of Rochester, NY, September 4, 2021; active volunteer, docent, and fundraiser, Memorial Art Gallery; patron of the arts; enjoyed international travel, golf, skiing, tennis, gardening, flower arranging, theater, and entertaining; active in community and religious affairs.

’44 BME—Henry H. Baxter of Buffalo, NY, November 20, 2022; licensed professional engineer; assistant superintendent of schools, Division of Plant Services and School Planning, Buffalo Board of Education; partner, A.E. Baxter Engineering Co., which specialized in the design of grain elevators and mills; veteran; charter member and trustee, Canal Society of New York State; author of two books on industrial archaeology; enjoyed international travel and Buffalo Bills football; active in religious and alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’45, BA ’46—Nancy Stephenson Bond of Ithaca, NY, February 20, 2023; mathematics teacher, Frontier High School; also worked at Curtis Wright Corp. drafting airplane wing sections for the war effort during WWII; nominated to the National Women’s Hall of Fame; prolific quilter; enjoyed travel, games, puzzles, and family reunions; active in community and alumni affairs.

’46, BA ’47—Patricia Strickler Dietly of Erie, PA, February 28, 2023; accomplished pianist; member of several humanitarian and educational boards and organizations; enjoyed travel, gardening, golf, tennis, and skiing; active in religious affairs. Kappa Delta.

’46, BS HE ’45—Marion Moulton McPheeters of Ithaca, NY, March 4, 2023; self-employed registered dietitian and consultant to doctors and public health clinics in Binghamton, NY; promoted good eating habits through the Head Start program; homemaker; Scout leader; community volunteer; enjoyed travel, running, bridge, and square dancing; active in alumni affairs.

’46—Donald M. Smith of Cape Coral, FL, formerly of Akron, OH, February 5, 2023; energy systems consultant, Ohio Edison; veteran. Delta Kappa Epsilon.

’46, BS CALS ’45—Doris French Thiebaud of Clinton, MD, January 22, 2023; worked in public school libraries; homemaker; active in alumni affairs.

’47 BA—Barbara Everitt Bryant of Ann Arbor, MI, March 3, 2023; faculty member and survey research scientist emerita, University of Michigan Ross School of Business; first woman director of the U.S. Census Bureau; also worked at Market Opinion Research (now Escalent); enjoyed travel and entertaining; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Kappa Delta.

’47 BS CALS—Donald M. Buschman of Williston, VT, formerly of Derby Line, VT, January 29, 2023; owner of a farm appraisal business; manager, Eagle Point Farm; manager, Newport branch of the Farmer’s Home Administration loan assistance program; veteran; enjoyed hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, swimming, and walking; active in civic, community, and alumni affairs.

’48 BS HE—Marylin Aikman Beardsley of Ithaca, NY, formerly of Auburn, NY, February 22, 2023; nursery school teacher; advocate for healthy eating; enjoyed international travel, sailing, skiing, gardening, journaling, sewing, needlework, and other crafts; active in civic, community, and alumni affairs.

’48 BME—Richard J. Goldstein of Golden Valley, MN, March 6, 2023; research scientist, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, and head of the department, University of Minnesota; expert in heat transfer measurement techniques and film cooling; development engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; veteran; prolific academic writer; enjoyed travel, theater, classical music, Minnesota Vikings football, and chasing solar eclipses; active in professional and alumni affairs.

’49 BS CALS—Janet Stimming Cool of Scottsdale, AZ, March 1, 2023; technology pioneer; branch office systems specialist, IBM; retail business manager at Robinson’s, Bullock’s, and Macy’s department stores; designed and built the “Cool System,” an integrated inventory management and point-of-sale system; licensed private pilot; lover of dogs; enjoyed gardening, reading, and cooking; active in alumni affairs.

’49 BEE—Howard Lemelson of Wyckoff, NJ, and Boca Raton, FL, February 18, 2023; co-founder, Kallen & Lemelson Consulting Engineers; veteran; enjoyed reading, working out, bridge, watercolor painting, and freshwater fishing; active in alumni affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi.

’49 BA—David Parr of Slingerlands, NY, formerly of Bethlehem, NY, February 15, 2023; public administration professional, Association of Colleges and Universities; budget examiner, State of New York; veteran; volunteer tax preparer for the elderly; Little League coach; competitive runner; enjoyed Cape Cod, Tanglewood concerts, and following New York professional baseball; active in alumni affairs.


’50 BS CALS—Betty Anne Fischer Francis of Grinnell, IA, formerly of Syracuse, NY, February 14, 2023; homemaker, floral designer, and bank assistant; advocate for Alzheimer’s research and reproductive rights; skilled artist and avid reader; enjoyed discussing current events; active in community and alumni affairs. Chi Omega.

’50—Alice Sterling Honig of Manlius, NY, March 7, 2023; licensed clinical psychologist; professor of child development, Syracuse University; program director at Syracuse’s pioneering Children’s Center; trained childcare staff all over the world; award-winning author of more than a dozen books on language and social development; enjoyed playing piano and folk singing; active in professional affairs.

’50—Samuel A. Nevin Jr. of York, NY, March 2, 2023; farmer and owner/operator of a fertilizer business; member, Rochester Geriatric Pilots Association; active in religious affairs.

’50 BA, MEd ’53—Ann Ellis Raynolds of Pomfret, VT, February 28, 2023; psychologist in private practice and consulting psychologist for Rivendell School District and Marion Cross School; clinical director of Boston City Hospital Department of Child Psychiatry and on the faculty at Boston University, Harvard University School of Medicine, and Beth Israel Hospital; director at the Family Project in coordination with Roxbury Comprehensive and Whittier Street Community Health Center; also worked at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; advocate for social justice, civil rights, child development, and expanding healthcare and mental health services; active in civic, religious, and alumni affairs.

’50—Richard C. Stevenson of Ithaca, NY, March 12, 2023; product manager, Morse Chain/Emerson; veteran; Mason; member of several community, military, and senior groups; enjoyed gardening, bowling, and golf; active in religious affairs.

’51 BME—Paul S. Jones of Atherton, CA, January 23, 2023; operations research, transportation, and industrial engineering professional; consultant, SRI International, Menlo Park; professor of operations research and industrial engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; veteran; advocate for affordable housing and housing assistance programs and shelters; enjoyed international travel, the San Francisco Symphony and Opera, musical theater, and East Asian gardening; active in religious and alumni affairs. Tau Beta Pi.

’51 BS HE—Catherine “Kitty” Welch Munn of Raleigh, NC, February 23, 2023; consulting dietitian in area nursing homes and at Raleigh Internal Medicine; manager, Meals on Wheels, Stamford, CT; manager, IBM cafeteria, Endicott, NY; dietitian, Harvard Medical School Dining; community volunteer; avid reader; enjoyed camping, canoeing, hiking, sailing, and skiing; active in civic, philanthropic, professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Sigma Kappa.

’52 BEE—Victor H. Ham of Heathrow, FL, March 3, 2023; general manager, condenser division, Ingersoll Rand, Phillipsburg, NJ, expanding business to Europe, China, and Japan; veteran; taught a course at Holy Cross Episcopal Church and Rollins College on the formation of the solar system and the origins of humans; enjoyed international travel, reading, bridge, Sudoku, singing, and playing clarinet and saxophone; active in community and religious affairs. Theta Chi.

’52, BME ’53—Charles W. Metzler Jr. of Seneca, SC, March 11, 2023; mechanical engineer, Westinghouse; veteran; enjoyed skiing, sailing, and all forms of music; active in alumni affairs. Chi Phi.

’52 BA—Ana Davidson Thompson of Berwyn, PA, January 31, 2023; landscape designer; owner, the Thompson Studio, incorporating and selling garden antiques; owner, Thompson Design Associates; master gardener advisor, Philadelphia Horticultural Society, and participant at their annual Philadelphia Flower Show; member on several horticultural and arts boards; enjoyed international travel, skiing, and sailing; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Phi.

’53 BS CALS—T. David Bullard of Schuylerville, NY, February 19, 2023; owner/operator of the family farm; also worked at DuPont in Japan; veteran; fluent in Japanese; advocate for the protection and restoration of historical sites; opened the family home for tours and reenactments of the Battle of Saratoga, during which the house served as a hospital; enjoyed motorcycle travel, gardening, and model railroading; active in civic, community, and religious affairs. Sigma Chi.

’53 BA—Robert W. Dylong of Albany, NY, March 7, 2023; high school history teacher, Scotia-Glenville Schools and Perth Central School; veteran; theologian; completed the Formation of Ministry program of the local diocese; community volunteer and advocate for social justice; active in alumni affairs.

’53 BA—Valerie Reid Shubik of West Palm Beach, FL, formerly of Washington, DC, February 15, 2023; scholar and assistant professor of English literature, George Washington University and Oxford University; writer/editor on the nature vs. nurture controversy; enjoyed international travel and skiing; active in community and alumni affairs. Chi Omega.

’54 BME—Thomas E. Bechert of Annapolis, MD, March 4, 2023; professor of weapons and systems engineering, U.S. Naval Academy; also worked at the Defense Communications Agency and taught at Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, and NYU; veteran; enjoyed travel, sailing, choral singing, crosswords, reading P.G. Wodehouse, and playing the piano; active in religious affairs. Lambda Chi Alpha.

’55 BA, LLB ’57—George K. Bernstein of Alexandria, VA, May 3, 2022; property and casualty insurance coverage attorney, Bernstein Law Firm PLLC; also practiced in the areas of insurance regulation, rehabilitation and liquidation, mergers and acquisitions, and reinsurance; enjoyed travel; active in alumni affairs. Wife, Caryl Salomon Bernstein ’55.

’55 BEP—Neal F. Jordan of Canyon Lake, TX, March 11, 2023; manager of geophysical research, Exxon Production Research; veteran; community volunteer, supporter of local charities and arts organizations, and president of the Exxon/Mobil retirees club; active in environmental, religious, and alumni affairs.

’55, BCE ’56—John A. Massey Jr. of San Clemente, CA, civil engineer and construction manager, U.S. Agency for International Development, beginning in Tanzania; veteran; enjoyed international travel; active in alumni affairs. Delta Tau Delta.

’55 BA—Everett G. McDonough Jr. of Red Bluff, CA, formerly of Sylmar, CA, February 22, 2023; senior VP and assistant to the president, Security Pacific Bank; also served as founder and manager of the community relations department, Security Pacific Corp.; veteran; joined a humanitarian trip to Ethiopian refugee camps during the 1980s famine as representative of the Red Cross Association chairman; president and awardee, Pasadena Jaycees; Rotarian; volunteer tax preparer; enjoyed international travel, birdwatching, and his pet cats; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Tau Kappa Epsilon.

’55 BA—Christopher Wyvill of Washington, DC, February 20, 2023; Catholic priest and Benedictine monk, St. Anselm’s Abbey; chemistry and mathematics teacher in the abbey school and monastery bursar, plant manager, cantor, guestmaster, and gardener; also served at a parish of the English Benedictine Congregation in Swansea, Wales; veteran; involved in the charismatic movement.

’56 BA, MBA ’57—Richard O. Hopkins of Charleston, SC, formerly of Buffalo, NY, August 25, 2022; director of internal audit and corporate compliance, Kaleida Health; president, Marine Midland Bank; also joined the wine and liquor distribution company of his wife’s family; veteran; member on several community, corporate, educational, and healthcare boards; Buffalo Sabres fan and youth ice hockey coach; lover of dogs; avid reader; enjoyed golf, tennis, skiing, hunting, live theater, and movies; active in professional and religious affairs. Sigma Phi.

’56 MBA—David C. Palmer of Milford, NY, and Sun City Center, FL, March 5, 2023; high school business teacher, South Huntington School District, Long Island; business executive, Eastman Kodak; summer owner/operator, Palmer Point Boats and Cottages in the Adirondacks; veteran; enjoyed sailboat racing; active in community and religious affairs.

’56 BS HE, MS ’57—Jean Purdy Rosseau of Sherborn, MA, and Meredith, NH, March 10, 2023; town assessor, real estate agent, and local caterer; helped design and build her own passive solar home; board member and volunteer, Council on Aging; enjoyed international travel, skiing, sailing, tennis, golf, gardening, flower arranging, sewing, quilting, and basket weaving; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Kappa Alpha Theta.

’56, BEP ’57—Robert M. Taylor of Sugar Land, TX, November 15, 2021; wireless network specialist and consultant; enjoyed travel; active in alumni affairs. Pi Kappa Alpha. Wife, Barbara Ries Taylor ’57.

’57 BA—Donald L. Asher of Geneva, IL, January 5, 2023; real estate professional, Van Vlissingen & Co., Asher Associates Inc., and DGACO LLC; active in alumni affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi.

’57 BA—Cyrus Benson Jr. of White River Junction, VT, formerly of Morgan, VT, February 19, 2023; award-winning educator and coach; co-op education coordinator, adult services administrator, and football coach, North Country Union High School; headmaster, Lyndon Institute; teacher and coach, Morgan School District and Monmouth (NJ) Regional High School; also worked as a reparative board facilitator for the Vermont Department of Corrections; veteran; accomplished athlete and avid college football fan; active in community and alumni affairs. Delta Upsilon.

’57 BA—Celia Kandel Goldman of Pacific Palisades, CA, February 19, 2023; VP of sales, Curriculum Associates textbook publishers; paralegal; co-founder of a monthly educational classroom magazine written for elementary school children in Southern California; active in professional and alumni affairs.

’57 MS—Joseph L. Kirchgessner of Fayetteville, NY, formerly of Ithaca, NY, February 22, 2023; accelerator technology physicist; senior research associate and deputy group leader, Department of Nuclear Studies, Cornell University; helped complete the design of the superconducting radio frequency accelerating system for the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR); manager, Advanced Development Division, Princeton-Penn Accelerator, Princeton University; author or co-author of more than 100 papers, articles, and books; enjoyed travel and playing the guitar.

’57—Donald H. McGhee of Holland Patent, NY, February 22, 2023; worked with farmers at Dairylea, the cooperative his two grandfathers helped organize; large-scale vegetable gardener and sweet corn producer; justice of the peace and town Republican party chairman; veteran; member, Lions Club; enjoyed international travel, cruising, dancing, golf, acting in Steuben County history plays, storytelling, birdwatching, and New York Yankees baseball; active in community, professional, religious, and alumni affairs.

’57 BA—Raymond E. Meagher Jr. of Millbrook, NY, February 24, 2023; co-owner/operator, Mechanical Construction Corp., HVAC contractors; also worked at Wolf and Munier, a large mechanical construction firm in NYC; veteran; accomplished skier who built a family chalet at the Mad River Glen skier-owned cooperative resort; enjoyed tennis and summers in the White Mountains; active in alumni affairs. Phi Delta Theta.

’58 DVM—Robert B. Altman of Boynton Beach, FL, December 15, 2020; small animal, avian, and exotic animal veterinarian; founder, A&A Veterinary Hospital, Franklin Square, NY; consultant, textbook author, and expert on avian medicine and surgery; active in professional affairs.

’58 BS CALS—Frederick J. Smith of Lake Oswego, OR, March 1, 2023; co-founder and VP, Anglatin Travel Ltd., a technical tour company that hosted business leaders on worldwide agricultural tours; professor of agricultural and marine resource economics, Oregon State University; led hands-on business workshops for fishermen and carried out port management studies worldwide; textbook author; member, the Virgin Frets, an amateur bluegrass band; enjoyed travel, camping, backpacking, bicycling, and music.

’59 BA—Alan Herschman of New Providence, NJ, formerly of Monroe, NJ, February 21, 2023; radiologist, University Radiology Group; active in alumni affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi.

’59 MS, PhD ’63—Joseph H. Marshall III of Leesburg, GA, March 11, 2023; founder and managing partner, Agricultural Investments & Management Associates; provided consulting services to foreign investors in American farmland, then to domestic and foreign lenders for the management and disposition of farmland in the southeastern U.S.; also provided economic and management analysis services to government and private clients in Asia, Latin America, and the Soviet Union; licensed real estate broker and appraiser; enjoyed membership at regional country clubs and working on his irrigated farms in southwest Georgia; active in professional affairs. Alpha Zeta.

’59 MS—Nancy Cox Myers of Peachtree City, GA, January 18, 2023; nutritionist in private practice specializing in eating disorders; also worked at Decatur Hospital and other institutions; enjoyed international travel; active in community and professional affairs. Husband, George H. Myers, MILR ’59.

’59 BA—William J. Resnick of Englewood, NJ, formerly of Scarsdale, NY, January 27, 2023; supporter of the arts; active in alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Delta.

’59 MA—George A. Ricker of Windham, ME, February 16, 2023; English and speech teacher, Bonny Eagle High School; guidance counselor, Windham and Bonny Eagle high schools; guidance director, Calais and Woodland high schools; also ran picking crews and the farmstand on the family farm, Ricker Hill Orchards; veteran; avid genealogist and adult education instructor to beginner genealogists; award-winning mentor to parents of children with dwarfism; enjoyed international travel; active in community and professional affairs.

’59 BA—Dale P. Skoog of North Venice, FL, formerly of Buffalo, NY, February 20, 2023; medical director, Suburban Adult Services Inc.; urologist and surgeon in private practice, Buffalo Medical Group; assistant clinical professor, University at Buffalo School of Medicine; first urologist in Greater Buffalo to employ ultrasound technology in the treatment of kidney stones; enjoyed golf, reading, gardening, and croquet; active in alumni affairs. Theta Delta Chi.

’59, BA ’61—Chapman “Chan” Young III of Steamboat Springs, CO, January 28, 2023; geophysicist in Colorado, Switzerland, and the Bay Area; president, Applied Geodynamics Inc.; invented controlled foam injection, a rock-breaking technology deemed to be safer than conventional explosive techniques; enjoyed sailing, skiing, hiking, cruising, and backcountry hut trips; active in alumni affairs. Phi Delta Theta. Wife, Martha Drake Young ’59.


’61 BS CALS, MS ’63—Robert A. Betzler of Interlaken, NY, March 4, 2023; seventh-grade science teacher, Interlaken Central/South Seneca schools; competitive bicyclist, runner, and cross-country and downhill skier; avid radio-control airplane builder and flyer; enjoyed hiking, kayaking, and canoeing; active in community and religious affairs.

’61—Malcolm R. MacEachon of Lockport, NY, February 18, 2023; worked at International Multifoods Corp./J. M. Smucker Co.; veteran; enjoyed reading, genealogy, and caring for the neighborhood cats.

’61 BA—David M. Skillman of Lowell, MA, February 15, 2023; businessman and consultant; senior meeting developer, Senior Level Communications; active in community and religious affairs.

’62 BA—Judith Alberts Chinn of Lafayette, CA, February 1, 2023; educator, author, and businesswoman; director, Chinn Workshops; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Phi.

’62 BS CALS—Karl L. Gregory of South New Berlin, NY, March 4, 2023; farmer and town justice; member, Pittsfield Grange; accomplished cook and award-winning baker; Red Cross driver; enjoyed travel; active in professional and religious affairs.

’62 MS—Grace E. Richardson of New York City, March 11, 2023; VP of global consumer affairs, Colgate-Palmolive; also held executive positions at JC Penney, Con Edison, and Chesebrough-Ponds; activist, speaker, board member, advisor, and mentor in numerous organizations focused on empowering women and girls internationally, including the U.S. Committee for UN Women, Women For Women International, and the NYC Leadership Council, among others; established an international fellows program at Simmons University in conjunction with the U.S. State Department’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative; life member, Cornell University Council and recipient of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award; licensed private pilot; patron of the arts; enjoyed travel; active in community, educational, professional, and alumni affairs.

’63 BA—Linda Gottlieb-Tulis of Boston, MA, February 20, 2023; English teacher, South Elementary School, Hingham, MA; served as trustee on her condominium association and on the neighborhood Wharf District Council; cat and dog lover and supporter of numerous animal welfare causes; accomplished photographer of people and pets.

’63 MS—John H. Williamson of Davidson, NC, February 22, 2023; research scientist in genetics, professor of biology, and head of the department, Davidson College and University of Calgary; prolific academic writer; bridge Life Master; enjoyed travel, gardening, genealogy, music, reading, and canning jams and preserves.

’64—Albert C. Ferrera of Oneonta, NY, March 7, 2023; worked for a local electronics business, repairing pagers and radios; veteran; enjoyed canoeing, fishing, ham radio, and studying astronomy and economics.

’64 BA—Judith Lazarus Goldberg of Philadelphia, PA, January 4, 2023; active in alumni affairs.

’64, BS CALS ’65—Robert E. Imowitz of East Brunswick, NJ, March 6, 2023; VP of market research, Colgate-Palmolive; member, Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club; avid reader; enjoyed sport fishing. Phi Sigma Epsilon.

’64 BS HE—Christine Tucker Shannon of Escondido, CA, March 4, 2023; studied nutrition; advocate for and participant in the mental health services community; enjoyed music, playing in handbell choirs, and writing poetry; active in religious and alumni affairs. Chi Omega.

’65 BS ILR—Ronald S. Harris of Lake Worth, FL, formerly of West Bloomfield and Southfield, MI, December 2022; international strategy manager, Ford Truck operations, Ford Motor Co.; veteran; 1965 class correspondent; enjoyed international travel; active in military, religious, and alumni affairs. Phi Epsilon Pi.

’65 MNS, PhD ’69—Robert E. MacKenzie of Brockville, ON, formerly of Montreal, QC, February 22, 2023; professor emeritus of biochemistry, School of Biomedical Sciences, McGill University; expert in folate-mediated processes; also served as associate dean of research, Faculty of Medicine; appointed the first university research integrity officer; prolific academic writer; palliative care volunteer; enjoyed bicycling and cross-county skiing; active in community and educational affairs. Phi Sigma Kappa.

’66 BA—Richard D. Bates Jr. of Chevy Chase, MD, March 3, 2023; professor emeritus of chemistry, head of the department, and president of the Faculty Senate, Georgetown University; also involved in the sale of Georgetown University Hospital to MedStar and in the development and construction of a new science building; veteran; enjoyed international travel, gardening, cooking, genealogy, wordsmithing, and following New York Yankees baseball and Washington Capitals hockey; active in alumni affairs. Delta Kappa Epsilon.

’66, BA ’71—William O. Brownell of New York City, February 20, 2023; international affairs educator, college application specialist, and award-winning French literary translator; founder, Brownell Mentors; expert on nativism and the history of prejudice; veteran; author/editor; climate activist and advocate for research on binocular vision disorder; active in alumni affairs.

’66 BS CALS—Donald G. Merrill of Fayetteville, NY, February 28, 2023; elementary school teacher, Chittenango Central School District.

’66 BA—John M. Millar of Virginia Beach, VA, December 12, 2022; commercial real estate and shopping center development professional; executive VP of mall management, General Growth Properties; executive VP, Divaris Real Estate and Jones Lang LaSalle Retail; also worked at Goodman Segar Hogan (Virginia) and at the Center Companies (Minnesota); veteran; author of historical fiction; enjoyed the Blue Ridge Mountains and following UVA and Penn State sports; active in professional and alumni affairs. Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

’68, BA ’69—Ronald S. Altbach of New York City, February 21, 2023; investment banker, Cross Media Marketing Communications; keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter; founding member of the 1970s pop-rock group King Harvest, which scored a Top 20 hit with “Dancing in the Moonlight”; co-producer, songwriter, and session keyboardist for the Beach Boys; keyboardist in the group Celebration; active in alumni affairs. Chi Phi.

’68 MS—Nancy Underwood Pfafflin of Tucson, AZ, October 2022; extension agent; active in community and alumni affairs.

’69 MFA—Carmine C. Dandrea of Pine City, NY, formerly of Benton Harbor, MI, February 19, 2023; professor of English, Lake Michigan College and Elmira College; veteran; award-winning published poet and avid practitioner of poetry as oral art; enjoyed international travel, antiquing, and lively debate.

’69 PhD—Philo C. Wasburn of West Lafayette, IN, March 15, 2023; professor of sociology, Purdue University; expert on political socialization and the structure and operation of news and propaganda; founding member of the political sociology section of the American Sociological Association; author or editor on numerous articles and books; enjoyed international travel, collecting Inuit art, and folk music; active in professional affairs.


’70 PhD—Charles K. Csiza of Voorheesville, NY, February 28, 2023; veterinary microbiologist, NYS Health Department, Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research; teaching assistant, Department of Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University; also worked at Connaught Medical Research Labs, Toronto, ON; enjoyed curling; active in professional and religious affairs.

’70 PhD—Charles F. Leck of Kendall Park, NJ, February 28, 2023; taught undergraduate courses in ornithology and ecology and graduate courses in natural history and animal behavior, Rutgers University; also served as director of the Graduate Ecology Program; researched landscape ecology and population trends in breeding birds; author; award-winning advocate for the preservation of New Jersey wetlands; active in professional affairs.

’71 MST—Weston I. Somerville of Sodus, NY, March 12, 2023; principal, science teacher, and sports coach, Sodus Central School; hobbyist pilot and member, Williamson Flying Club; enjoyed weaving Nantucket baskets.

’72 BA, JD ’84—Carol S. Egloff of Kenmore, NY, October 5, 2015; attorney in general practice.

’73, BS ILR ’74, DVM ’83—Richard A. Dubensky of Milford, PA, February 10, 2023; large and small animal veterinarian; founder, Milford Animal Hospital; member, Milford Township planning board; philanthropist; advocate for local sports teams and scholarship funds; inventor and entrepreneur; orchardist and beekeeper; active in community and religious affairs. Wife, Martha Wood Dubensky, MS ’83.

’73, BA ’74—Paul J. Hanly Jr. of New York City, May 22, 2021; award-winning trial attorney; partner, Simmons Hanly Conroy; at the forefront of numerous complex cases representing vast numbers of plaintiffs, including as co-lead, Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, overseeing the prescription opioid multidistrict litigation against pharmaceutical companies and others in the Northern District of Ohio, and in cases related to terrorism and sexual abuse. Delta Upsilon.

’73 BA—Richard N. Hansen of Oakland, CA, January 3, 2023; professor of mathematics and physics, Foothills-DeAnza College, and president of the Faculty Association and California Community College Independents; also taught high school history and mathematics; union advocate and progressive thinker; enjoyed his 1960s Austin Healey 3000; active in alumni affairs. Tau Kappa Epsilon.

’75, BA ’74—George A. Hagedorn of Blacksburg, VA, March 4, 2023; professor emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech; worked at the interface among math, physics, and chemistry including molecular quantum mechanics and semi-classical wave packet dynamics; also served as director, Center for Statistical Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, and Theoretical Chemistry; conference organizer and prolific academic writer; Scout leader; lover of dogs; enjoyed international travel, learning French, camping, hiking, mountaineering, bicycling, and woodworking; active in alumni affairs.

’77 BS CALS—Glenn D. Del Giudice of Forest Lake, MN, December 23, 2022; wildlife research biologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; adjunct professor, University of Minnesota; enjoyed writing, hiking, and exploring the outdoors.

’77 JD—Charles D. Gray of McLean, VA, formerly of Arlington, VA, February 9, 2023; executive director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; also shared his expertise with international regulatory bodies; Scout leader and youth basketball and baseball coach; enjoyed international travel, wine and cheese, Capitals hockey, Nationals baseball, and classic rock; active in religious affairs.

’77 PhD—Jane F. Rissler of Charles Town, WV, formerly of Greenbelt, MD, February 21, 2023; director, Jefferson County (WV) Museum; science and public policy professional at the Union of Concerned Scientists, National Wildlife Federation, and EPA; expert in sustainable agriculture; high school and college educator in West Virginia and Maryland; feminist and advocate for justice; avid reader; enjoyed travel, bicycling, skiing, blacksmithing, vintage Sunday evening radio dramas, and the theater; active in community affairs.

’78 MRP—Susan Blumenthal of Ithaca, NY, February 16, 2023; member, Ithaca Common Council; chair, Ithaca Planning Board, where she assisted in the development of retail in the city’s southwest region and in the waterfront siting of the Ithaca Farmers Market; city planner, City of Chicago; avid reader; enjoyed travel, international folk dancing, bicycling, studying history and architecture, and keeping informed on current events.

’78 BA—James H. Crawford of Freeville, NY, February 28, 2023; co-publisher, Herald Examiner; also worked as a job training professional; founder and director, Community Faith Partners, which performed community service projects; instrumental in starting the Family Reading Partnership and the Ithaca Pregnancy Center; advocate for good government.

’78 BS ORIE, ME ’79—Joseph F. Faccenda of Newark, DE, February 13, 2023; owner, JMDA Solutions; operations research engineer, scientist, and consultant for DuPont, Chesapeake Decision Sciences, Aspen Technology, CSC, and FMC; expert in designing supply chain systems; competitive swimmer, triathlete, and swim coach; music lover; enjoyed Bethany Beach and following the Phillies, the ’76ers, and the New York Jets. Wife, Ann Bernitz Faccenda ’79.

’78 MA, PhD ’81—Ronald V. Hendricks of San Francisco, CA, December 1992.

’79 BME—Wendy Schwartz Alderman of Reno, NV, January 22, 2023; managing partner, S2G Ventures LLC; sales and system designer, Independent Power Co.; vice president, Wesko Industries LLC; angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs and startup companies; named Northern Nevada’s 2019 Venture Catalyst of the Year; active in professional and alumni affairs. Kappa Delta.

’79 MPS—Geoffrey L. Hewitt of Morrisville, NC, formerly of Hackensack, NJ, February 22, 2023; purchasing director, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Hyatt Central New York, and the Rainbow Room; avid student of American and English history; a lung transplant recipient, he volunteered as speaker at Columbia University transplant events and provided support to affected families; enjoyed sharing his taste for fine food; active in alumni affairs.

’79 BA—Richard S. Truhlar of Setauket, NY, February 23, 2023; clinical assistant professor and dental service chief, Northport V.A. Medical Center; member of the faculty, Department of Periodontics, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine; dentist in general practice, Westbury, NY, and chief resident, Nassau County Medical Center; accomplished woodworker, avid reader of history, and aspiring chef; enjoyed studying physics and theology. Delta Chi.


’82 BS HE—Michael J. DeFilippo of Helotes, TX, January 28, 2023; medical sales professional; senior VP, international, Penumbra Inc.; veteran; enjoyed international travel, sports, Formula One racing, and Ferraris.

’84 MBA—Richard A. Alexander of Oak Ridge, TN, February 13, 2023; computer scientist; worked on high-performance computers in Europe and the U.S.; veteran; enjoyed international travel and University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball.

’84 MS—Anne C. Bucher of Palatine, IL, New York City, March 9, 2023; food science researcher and packaging designer, Kraft Foods, where she held 12 packaging patents and wrote a comprehensive history of the company’s accomplishments; also worked at General Mills; advocate for employees with disabilities; avid gardener and talented artist.

’87 BS CALS—Daniel P. Cummings of Franklin Lakes, NJ, February 23, 2023; executive vice chairman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; worked in wealth and investment management and global equity capital markets; served on numerous academic, community, and healthcare boards; avid reader; enjoyed golf, photography, and following college and professional sports; active in alumni affairs. Chi Psi.

’88 BS ORIE—Michael C. Paradis of Pelham, NY, February 24, 2023; private wealth manager, AXA Advisors LLC; portfolio manager, Prudential Investments; member, Knights of Columbus; youth baseball and softball coach; avid Red Sox and Patriots fan; enjoyed international travel, whitewater rafting, skiing, tennis, and sharing DIY skills and tools; active in civic, community, humanitarian, and alumni affairs. Chi Psi.


’91, BS CALS ’92—Michael J. Arnum of Lancaster, MA, February 26, 2023; worked in sales and marketing, Weston Nurseries and Old Sturbridge Village; director of marketing and public relations, Tower Hill Botanic Garden; avid flower and vegetable gardener; accomplished cook and baker; multilingual; enjoyed international travel, studying history, birdwatching, reading, writing, and watching weather phenomena and the night sky; active in alumni affairs.

’98 BS Hotel, MILR ’13—Neoma Mullens of Ithaca, NY, January 30, 2023; educational administration and policy professional; interim director for student services, Cornell University, advising on academic matters, career management, graduate programs, and diversity and inclusion; also worked in several other departments at Cornell; author; advocate for local businesses; enjoyed swimming, cooking, square dancing, and reading; active in community and alumni affairs.


’05 BS CALS—Huili “Nelly” Huang of Brooklyn, NY, January 10, 2023; senior VP, Cantor Fitzgerald; VP, BlackRock; CPA and auditor, Ernst & Young.


’19, BS Hotel ’20—Ezekiel S. Tulsky of New York City, formerly of Durham, NC, February 24, 2023; senior associate, Creo Advisors LLC; worked in hotel industry analytics. Sigma Chi.


’20, BA ’19—Lisa K. Vollmann of Sacramento, CA, March 14, 2022; studied English and biology/pre-med; enjoyed travel, reading, writing, and animals.

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Top: Photo by Jason Koski / Cornell University.

Published May 1, 2023