Pink blossoms on a tree near McGraw Tower at night, in spring.

May 2024

The University recently learned of the passing of these Cornellians

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’42 BCE—John M. Hansen of Westfield, MA, June 21, 2023; civil engineer, Stanley Home Products, Industrial and Contract Divisions; veteran; philanthropist; founder and coach, Westfield Youth Soccer; competitive tennis player and founder, Westfield Tennis Association; enjoyed nature and the outdoors, cross-country skiing, playing squash, and co-hosting foreign families to help them assimilate to the area; active in religious and alumni affairs. Delta Tau Delta.

’45 BA—Richard E. Pipes of Cambridge, MA, and Key Biscayne, FL, May 17, 2018; professor of Russian and Soviet history, Harvard University; also served as director, Russian Research Center, and co-founder, Ukrainian Research Institute; expert on the formation of the Soviet Union who predicted its eventual demise, and policy analyst on U.S.-Soviet relations; director, East European and Soviet Affairs, National Security Council; veteran; memoirist and prolific author.

’46 BA, MD ’50—J. Alan Berkenfield of La Jolla, CA, January 4, 2024; general, bariatric, and hand surgeon, Scripps Memorial Hospital; founding member, Scripps trauma surgical staff; veteran and battlefield surgeon; avid outdoorsman, comedic writer and performer, and lifelong football fan; enjoyed photography, animals, and storytelling; active in humanitarian, professional, and veterans affairs.

’46 BA—Priscilla Axtell VanValkenburg of Sidney, NY, May 20, 2023; bacteriologist, New York State Laboratories, Albany, NY; homemaker; community volunteer; organist, pianist, and singer; avid knitter; enjoyed gardening, music, cooking, needlework, sewing, and hosting Rotary exchange students; active in historical, religious, and alumni affairs.

’48 BS HE—Anne O’Connor Hallock of Gilboa, NY, February 27, 2024; taught life skills at the Schoharie BOCES to students with special needs; also taught home economics at schools on Long Island and in the Catskills; made and sold handcrafted quilts, elderberry jelly and pies, and Christmas coffee cakes; avid reader; active in community and religious affairs.

’48 BA—Arline “Cinny” Cinnamon Mirantz of Islamorada, FL, October 13, 2023; third grade teacher, Lakeland School District, Westchester County; active in historical and alumni affairs.

’48 BA—Rita Haeberlin Palmer of San Marino, CA, October 4, 2023; school physician and director of tuberculosis prevention services, Los Angeles Unified School District; docent, Huntington Library; board member, Caltech Associates; active in alumni affairs.

’48 BS CALS—Anne Colm Repaske of Charlottesville, VA, formerly of Star Tannery, VA, July 5, 2021; farmer and Cashmere goat breeder, Stoneycrest Farm; senior microbiologist, American Type Culture Collection; also worked in a laboratory at the National Institutes of Health; member of the Capriole Recorder Ensemble, Shenandoah University; enjoyed canoeing, gardening, and raising chickens; active in community, professional, religious, and alumni affairs.

’48, BA ’49—John F. Vance of Peterborough, NH, January 28, 2024; general consultant in local economic development that included broadband access, workforce development, downtown economic and aesthetic renewal, and scholarship programs; owner, Research Books Inc., a scientific and technical book distribution business; VP and general manager, Hearst Books and Xerox Publishing Group; executive VP, McGraw-Hill, in the trade, higher education, and professional publishing divisions; veteran; licensed small aircraft pilot, often providing air delivery service for clients’ reference materials; enjoyed international travel, reading the New York Times, and writing letters to the editor; active in charitable, political, veterans, and alumni affairs. Phi Delta Theta.

’49 BA—James R. K. Kantor of Berkeley, CA, January 14, 2024; university archivist, University of California, Berkeley; curator, UC Athletic Hall of Fame; active in artistic and professional affairs.


’50 BA—Ramon M. Greenberg of Brookline, MA, and Jamaica Plain, MA, February 7, 2024; psychiatrist in private practice; clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard University; sleep researcher at the Boston V.A., Boston University, and Massachusetts mental health centers, which led to the discovery of new treatments for veterans with alcohol withdrawal syndrome; authority on the function of dreams and how to use dreams in psychotherapy; advocate for racial equality and fair housing; avid bicyclist; enjoyed travel, music, art, and tennis; active in civic, community, professional, and alumni affairs.

’50 BS HE—Elizabeth Parsons Kirchner of State College, PA, February 12, 2024; clinical psychologist in private practice; assistant professor of psychology, Pennsylvania State University; semi-professional artist in multiple media; member, Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and co-founder, Farmland Preservation Artists; naturalist and preservationist; avid canoeist and hiker in central Pennsylvania and the Adirondacks; enjoyed international travel and hosting international visitors; active in environmental and alumni affairs. Delta Gamma.

’50 BA, MS ’51—Ilma Stein Levine of Fitchburg, WI, formerly of Brooktondale, NY, March 11, 2024; award-winning co-founder and volunteer at Ithaca’s Sciencenter, a hands-on, child-centered “science discovery” museum of exhibits and outreach programs whose permanent home was built by community volunteers after its beginnings in borrowed storefronts; recognized as one of President George H.W. Bush’s “thousand points of light”; certified mediator, Tompkins County Family Court; homemaker; enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, and being involved in progressive politics; active in community, educational, and alumni affairs.

’50 BA—Robert Meister of New York City, April 18, 2021; editor, Journal of Existentialism; author of books on literary and psychological topics; served as a translator at the Nuremberg trials; student of history and world affairs.

’50 BA—Peter S. Rotolo of Absecon, NJ, October 18, 2023; real estate, personal injury, business law, and estate planning attorney, Rotolo & Rotolo Attorneys at Law, Palisades Park; member, Lions Club; community volunteer; active in alumni affairs.

’51 BS HE—Doris Baird Norris of Ithaca, NY, formerly of Hagerstown, MD, February 14, 2024; owner, Sage Cottage Bed & Breakfast, Trumansburg, NY; cooking teacher, newsletter writer, and cookbook author; jewelry maker and silversmith; community volunteer; Girl Scout leader; student of history and the natural world; enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, knitting, wallpapering, furniture refinishing, cooking, and herb gardening; active in historical and religious affairs. Kappa Delta.

’52, B Chem E ’53—Arnold R. Huntress of Midland, MI, and Venice, FL, March 4, 2024; research, pilot plants, quality control, and process engineering professional, Dow Corning; worked on NASA space projects, award-winning solar solutions, and the development of coolants to replace PCBs; veteran; lover of music and award-winning trombonist; member in numerous orchestras, ensembles, touring shows, and dance bands, and on various music association boards; enjoyed motorhome travel and his performances with Windjammers Unlimited, a circus music historical society; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Betty Ann Brundage Huntress ’54.

’52 MS—James I. “Robbie” Robinson of Victoria, BC, formerly of Oak Bay, BC, January 16, 2020; veterinarian; co-owner, Downsview Veterinary Hospital, Toronto, ON; veteran of the Canadian armed forces; philanthropist and advocate for education and teacher training; Rotarian; avid bridge player; enjoyed international travel, golf, poker, birding, telling stories, and raising sheep, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl on the family hobby farm in East Sooke, BC; active in community, humanitarian, and religious affairs.

’52 DVM—Robert D. Trowbridge of Adams Center, NY, March 2, 2024; veterinarian and owner, Trowbridge Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice; veteran; award-winning member and president, Lions Club; member on several school boards; avid golfer; enjoyed travel and bowling; active in military, professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Omega Tau Sigma.

’53—Linda Mitchell Davis of Cimarron, NM, February 18, 2024; co-owner/operator, CS Ranch, the family cattle and horse-breeding ranch; award-winning stockwoman, including New Mexico Cattleman of the Year; inductee, National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Hall of Great Westerners; EMT and member, Cimarron Volunteer Ambulance; expert in Western art and literature; co-founder and secretary, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum; served on numerous educational, industry, and medical boards; enjoyed working the land and the Hereford cattle on the back of a sorrel horse; active in professional and alumni affairs. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’53­­–55 SP CALS—Robert E. Estes Jr. of Caledonia, NY, February 13, 2024; sixth-generation farmer, Honey Locust Farms; Texas Longhorn cattle rancher; award-winning buck rack measurer, Boone and Crocket Club; founder, NYS Big Buck Club, to document white-tailed deer and bear in the state; preservationist; played Santa Claus in parades, breakfasts, private homes, and schools for more than 50 years; enjoyed family road trips, hunting, the New York State Fair, and collecting antique wagons and farm implements; active in historical and professional affairs.

’53 BA—Gerald A. Jakes of Sylvania, OH, formerly of Toledo, OH, March 3, 2024; marketing consultant and founder, Productivity Plus; also worked at Reliance Electric; Rotarian; environmentalist; award-winning community volunteer; enjoyed skiing, neighborhood parties, and making up songs; active in artistic, civic, humanitarian, religious, and alumni affairs. Sigma Nu. Surviving spouse, Emilyn Larkin Jakes ’55.

’53, BEE ’60—David Plager of Worcester Township, PA, March 5, 2024; independent insurance agent; also worked for Equitable; electrical engineer who helped design products used in several NASA rocket missions; veteran; enjoyed skiing, tennis, and golf; active in civic, community, humanitarian, and alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Pi.

’53 BS HE—Margaret Doolittle Vickroy of Creve Coeur, MO, and Lake Mills, WI, March 5, 2024; first woman alderman and mayor, City of Creve Coeur; tutor in the St. Louis city schools; life member, League of Women Voters; avid gardener; enjoyed international travel, boating, tennis, bridge, sewing, knitting, and the summer cottage in Wisconsin; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Delta Gamma.

’54 MEd—Joan Raymaster Beni of Nantucket, MA, and Vero Beach, FL, February 29, 2024; teacher, Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, North Tarrytown, NY; homemaker; style icon; lover of nature; enjoyed gardening, needlepoint, antique hunting, and jigsaw puzzles; active in artistic, community, and humanitarian affairs.

’54 LLB—Malvern Hill Jr. of Atlanta, GA, January 25, 2024; vice president, western region, Chemical Bank; assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of New York; attorney in private practice; veteran; accomplished choral singer and performer in New York City, Seattle, and Atlanta; community volunteer; enjoyed tennis; active in religious affairs.

’54 BS Hotel, MBA ’55—G. Michael Hostage II of Southborough, MA, and Vero Beach, FL, January 12, 2024; CEO, Howard Johnson Corp.; CEO, Continental Baking Co.; food service division manager, Marriott Corp., where he helped launch Roy Rogers Restaurants; sales professional, Procter & Gamble; veteran; enjoyed cross-country family trips in a converted Greyhound bus; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Phi. Surviving spouse, Dorothy Noll Hostage ’54.

’54, BME ’55—Jarvis Leng of Huntington, NY, February 22, 2024; research engineer, Grumman Aerospace Corp.; on the team that developed the Apollo 11 lunar module that landed on the moon in 1969; avid tennis and paddleball player; opera buff and wine connoisseur; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Pi.

’54 MA—Jane McCormick Lewis of Lancaster, PA, February 1, 2024; educator and pioneer in higher education administration; assistant VP of the Commonwealth campus system, Pennsylvania State University; also worked in the administration of Cornell University, Ohio State University, University of Tennessee, and Juniata College; enjoyed international travel, golf, bridge, and following Penn State football; active in community, professional, and religious affairs.

’54—Donald H. Meyncke Jr. of Palm Harbor, FL, January 30, 2024; financial adviser; also worked in many facets of the car business; veteran; avid reader and barbershop singer; enjoyed writing, choral singing, prison ministry, and scheduling staff for Salvation Army Christmas campaigns; active in religious affairs.

’54 BA—Colin C. Tait of Montpelier, VT, formerly of Norfolk, CT, February 24, 2024; attorney and emeritus professor of law, University of Connecticut School of Law, and Secretary of the Faculty; award-winning authority on legal procedure, particularly evidence, and the first to teach environmental law at the law school; partner, Robinson & Cole; veteran; prolific author of legal publications; member or officer on numerous environmental and city planning and zoning boards; lover of nature, Adirondack 46er, and co-director of Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, NY; avid collector of coins, milk bottles, and vintage toys; enjoyed hiking, canoeing, racquet sports, vegetable gardening, reading and making up stories, the family cottages on Upper Saranac Lake, and raising prize-winning bantam chickens; active in civic, professional, and alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’55, BS Nurs ’56—Carol Noll Hoskins of Pittsboro, NC, formerly of New York City, May 20, 2023; registered nurse, research scientist, award-winning professor of nursing at New York University and manager of the PhD program; principal investigator in a breast cancer research study, culminating in the publication of Breast Cancer: Journey to Recovery; case manager, American Red Cross Family Emergency Relief Service, 9/11; homecare provider, Visiting Nurse Service; author of numerous publications on research methodology; Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Weill Cornell Medicine; enjoyed swimming, skiing, gardening, and quilting; active in professional affairs.

’55—Joan Ferritt Lenz of Niagara Falls, NY, January 20, 2024; worked at Family and Children’s Services Niagara; homemaker; lover of cats; avid reader, cook, and gardener.

’55, BME ’56—Richard C. Peterson of Cincinnati, OH, March 3, 2024; aeronautical engineer, GE Aviation, where he worked on the design and development of CFM56 engines, the best-selling engine in commercial aviation history; community volunteer; championship golfer, president of Kenwood Country Club, and course record holder; active in humanitarian and alumni affairs. Sigma Nu.

’55 BS CALS—George H. Saltsman of Virgil, NY, February 27, 2024; farmer and co-owner/operator of the family’s century-old farm; member on the Virgil Town Board, Virgil Town Judge, and volunteer with the Virgil Fire Department; veteran; Scout leader.

’55 BFA—Mary Carey Schaefer of Palo Alto, CA, January 29, 2024; artist and interior designer; homemaker; community activist in areas such as noise pollution, residential privacy, and flood prevention; member of several local women’s groups; avid basketball fan; enjoyed international travel, bridge, movies, cooking, and entertaining; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Phi.

’55—Allan R. Talbot of New York City, January 19, 2024; real estate development consultant and urban planning professional for government agencies, local development companies, and nonprofits; mayoral aide, New Haven, CT; veteran; author; enjoyed travel, bicycling, gardening, political discussions, playing the piano, and performances of the New York City philharmonic and ballet; active in neighborhood preservation affairs. Alpha Sigma Phi.

’55 BA—Cecele Kaye Wagner of Medford, NY, February 29, 2024; guidance counselor, classroom teacher, and special education instructor in Sayville, NY, and at Bay Shore Middle School; advocate for peace, equality, and civil rights; active in community and alumni affairs.

’56–57 GR—Lois Holschuh MacMillan of Endicott, NY, August 9, 2021; homemaker; enjoyed international travel, tournament bridge, chaperoning local high school band trips, choral singing, and the performing arts; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’56 BA, MBA ’57—Marsh A. MacMillan of Endicott, NY, March 8, 2024; information technology professional, IBM, including a two-year assignment in Japan as an IT advisor; enjoyed international travel and tournament bridge; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’56 LLB—John G. Shea of Villanova, PA, and Water Island, USVI, February 5, 2024; general practice attorney; co-founder and partner, Shea & Shea LLP; member of the Bar associations of Pennsylvania, New York, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; trial counsel, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Fort Jackson, SC; officer on numerous charitable and professional boards; avid golfer. Phi Delta Theta. Surviving spouse, Phyllis McCormick Shea, JD ’56.

’57 BA—Suzanne DeRosay Henninger of Copley, OH, formerly of Akron, OH, March 4, 2024; high school Latin and Spanish teacher in Pelham and Irondequoit, NY; co-recipient with her husband of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award and life member of the Cornell University Council; board chair, Child Guidance and Family Solutions, and volunteer for the International Institute of Akron, which provides programs and services to immigrants and refugees; worked at professional golf and tennis tournaments; avid gardener and birder; enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and bridge; active in civic, community, humanitarian, religious, and alumni affairs. Delta Gamma. Surviving spouse, Joe D. Henninger ’56, MBA ’58.

’57 BS HE—Roxanna Urquhart Phillips of St. Joseph, MO, January 26, 2024; sales and customer service professional, JoAnn Fabric and Crafts; home economics teacher in Missouri and New York; enjoyed fiber arts, quilting trips, water aerobics, musicals, and the symphony; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Richard E. Phillips ’58, MS ’60.

’57 BS HE, BS Nurs ’75—Ruby Tomberg Senie of New York City, September 26, 2023; research scientist, public health nurse, and educator; associate professor of public health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; associate epidemiologist of breast surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering; senior epidemiologist in women’s health and fertility, Centers for Disease Control; assistant professor, Department of Community Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital; director, Department of Community Health, Beth Israel Hospital; author; enjoyed opera, theater, and classical music; active in alumni affairs.

’57 BS CALS—William J. Zawicki of Seaford, DE, formerly of Selbyville, DE, October 12, 2023; entomologist; founder, Northeast Vector Management, providing mosquito control strategies; also worked at Chevron Corp.; veteran; Monmouth County Master Gardener; accomplished painter and photographer; enjoyed travel; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Alpha Gamma Rho.

’58, BA ’59—Arlon P. Georger of Eden, NY, January 10, 2023; student teacher supervisor, SUNY Fredonia; high school math teacher, department chair, and computer trailblazer, Eden High School; also served as cross-country, golf, and bowling coach; president, Eden Teachers Association; active in religious and alumni affairs. Cayuga Lodge.

’58 MS—Elsa Brumbaugh Schaefer of Rochester, NY, February 14, 2024; chemist, Environmental Lab, Monroe County Department of Environmental Services; homemaker; advocate for social justice, human rights, and protecting the environment; active in civic, humanitarian, political, religious, and alumni affairs.

’58 BS HE—Marilyn Zeltner Teel of Victor, NY, March 2, 2024; early childhood educator, Christ Clarion Preschool, Pittsford, NY, where she was also director, and in the Rochester City School District; accomplished classical pianist and violinist; enjoyed international travel, skiing, boxing, walking in the woods, and flower gardening; active in religious and alumni affairs. Kappa Delta. Surviving spouse, Lawrence C. Teel ’57, BME ’60.

’58 MS, PhD ’63—Leonard S. Wagner of Silver Spring, MD, November 2, 2018; information technology professional, Naval Research Lab, Transmission Technology Branch; also worked on the systems research staff in the radar division.

’59 BA—Gwen Woodson Fraze of Amarillo, TX, February 28, 2024; real estate agent; also worked in television and hospital administration; homemaker; advocate for the education and advancement of women; active in artistic and alumni affairs. Delta Gamma.

’59 BS CALS—Ronald Geren of Savannah, GA, and Warren, VT, February 25, 2024; founder, Geren Sales, a food brokerage company in the Mid-Atlantic region; senior VP of sales and marketing, Morton Frozen Foods; also worked in the Bird’s Eye Division of General Foods; veteran; food industry chairman, Children’s Cancer Foundation; member, the Landings Golf & Athletic Club; active in religious and alumni affairs. Chi Phi.

’59 BS ILR, LLB ’63—B. Dale Goodfriend Jr. of Rochester, MN, February 7, 2024; award-winning site attorney, IBM; also served as a member of IBM’s legal department in the Midwest, Los Angeles, Vermont, New York City, England, and France; veteran; gentleman farmer and antique dealer; enjoyed garage and estate sales, brick streets, model trains, and chow chow dogs; active in civic, community, historical, and alumni affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi. Surviving spouse, Martha Van Wynen Goodfriend ’61.

’59 MILR—Everett C. Merritt Jr. of Pinehurst, NC, and Branchport, NY, March 28, 2023; independent certified financial planner, the Legend Group; initial personnel director, Rochester Institute of Technology; also worked in the personnel field with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals; veteran; avid golfer; enjoyed international travel, RV road trips, sailing, music, sports, and old movies.


’60—Ann Dale Ives of Ventura, CA, February 17, 2024; elementary school teacher in New York, California, Virginia, and Japan; homemaker and military spouse; advocate for social justice and food security; community volunteer; enjoyed international travel to all seven continents; active in the Navy Wives Clubs and in humanitarian and religious affairs.

’61 BS CALS—Bradley L. Griffin of Groton, NY, February 5, 2024; owner, Highland Harbor Farm, a Christmas tree plantation and licensed shooting preserve; Central New York regional supervisor, NYS Department of Conservation; veteran; Mason; member, Lions Club; competitive rifle and pistol shooter and past president, Interstate Pistol Association; licensed pilot; co-author, Voices from Connecticut Hill; secretary, Lansing Historical Association; opera aficionado; active in civic, community, professional, and alumni affairs.

’62 MS—Neil A. Case of Albion, IN, February 24, 2024; manager, Salamonie Reservoir, Indiana Department of Natural Resources; veteran; outdoorsman, student of nature and wildlife, conservationist, and author of the column “Outdoor Notes,” which appeared in most Northeast Indiana newspapers; avid birder; enjoyed international travel, horseback riding, and volunteering his time and expertise in national parks, forests, and wildlife areas.

’62 BA—Karen Maynard Hemmeter of Novato, CA, formerly of Bellevue, WA, February 19, 2024; homemaker, community volunteer, and adventurer; co-president, Emeritus Students College of Marin, an adult lifelong learning organization; avid golfer and member of several club committees; enjoyed international travel, bicycling in the U.S. and Europe, gardening, cooking, needlepoint, book clubs, and jigsaw puzzles; active in civic, cultural, and humanitarian affairs. Pi Beta Phi.

’62—Kate Cowles Nichols of Sarasota, FL, and Ménerbes, France, February 2, 2024; chair, Florida Public Service Commission; philanthropist; advocate for women’s rights, reproductive freedom, and juvenile justice reform; trustee, Cowles Charitable Trust, which promoted education, social justice, health, and the arts; enjoyed international travel and storytelling; active in civic, community, and political affairs. Pi Beta Phi.

’62—Lenore Benjamin Schickel of Little Rock, AR, February 26, 2024; Arkansas state coordinator, American Intercultural Student Exchange, hosting and placing students who came to spend a year in Arkansas; lover of literature and the arts; enjoyed international travel and cultures, learning new languages, drawing and painting, reading, and her longtime book group; active in alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Louis E. Schickel ’57, BCE ’60.

’63 DVM—Neil P. Corselius of Lititz, PA, formerly of Frederick, MD, September 9, 2023; large animal veterinarian, Glade Valley Animal Hospital; enjoyed gardening; active in professional and religious affairs. Alpha Psi.

’64, BArch ’66, MArch ’68—Frederick B. Hammann III of Columbia, MD, January 21, 2024; managing principal, WDG Architecture, and director of multifamily, residential, and senior living; also worked at planning and design firms CSD Architects, Martin Architectural Group, Marriott CCRCs, Cella Barr Associates, and National Corp. for Housing Partnerships; expert in planning, design, codes, and zoning for various housing types and advocate for sustainable living and holistic urban development; active in alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Psi.

’64 BA—John W. Leonard of McLean, VA, February 28, 2024; patent examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; also assisted with international patent agreements and worked on the patent hotline; competitive racecar driver on the Baby Grand circuit; technical director, Potomac Porsche Club; enjoyed swimming, tennis, sports events, and hosting Super Bowl parties; active in community and alumni affairs.

’64 DVM—Benjamin F. Turner of Skaneateles, NY, formerly of Cortland, NY, February 9, 2024; large and small animal veterinarian and owner, Mid-State Veterinary Clinic; co-owner, Maplelane Manor Farm, an award-wining Holstein dairy farm.

’64 BA—Theodore G. Weinreich of Miami Beach, FL, February 17, 2024; regional sales manager, Optogenics, a supplier of prescription eyeglasses, lenses, and frames; owner, Marvella Inc., the family costume jewelry firm; voting rights activist who helped pass an amendment to the Florida Constitution to allow full citizenship rights to felons after completing their sentences; avid collector of art, cultural objects, and fossils; enjoyed international travel, the ocean, insects, classical and folk music, and multi-course French meals; active in civic, community, political, religious, and alumni affairs.

’65 BS CALS—Richard C. Barie of East Bethany, NY, February 17, 2024; partner, Lor-Rob Dairy Farm; Bethany Town Supervisor; enjoyed campaigning Belgian horses for over 40 years; active in healthcare, professional, and religious affairs. Alpha Zeta.

’65 BS HE—Marion Freidank Fraleigh of Milwaukee, WI, January 26, 2024; Educational Opportunity Program administrator, grant writer, and liaison with other departments, Marquette University; advocate for social justice; active in community and alumni affairs.

’65, BS HE ’66—Ronny Gurfein Silbert of Flushing, NY, formerly of Scottsdale, AZ; March 28, 2021; office manager, Gurfein Brothers Inc.; homemaker; active in alumni affairs. Delta Phi Epsilon.

’65 BA—Cindy Booth Ware of Walnut Creek CA, January 28, 2024; language teacher, artist, author, and philanthropist; political activist; co-founder, Sustainable Rossmoor, a community organization focused on solar energy, water conservation, and other environmental initiatives; enjoyed gardening; active in alumni affairs. Pi Beta Phi. Surviving spouse, James P. Ware ’65, PhD ’78.

’66 MA—Lily Lee Loh of Palo Alto, CA, formerly of San Diego, CA, March 27, 2023; chef, educator, and cookbook author, with her own cooking show, “Quick Woking”; also taught cooking classes out of her home, across the country, and on CNN; fashion designer for Vanity Fair in New York City; fashion retailing teacher, Cornell University; Peace Corps volunteer in Slovakia; enjoyed international travel, skiing, tennis, camping, working out, and line dancing; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’66 BA—Frank Y. Tang of Perinton, NY, formerly of North Potomac, MD, October 20, 2023; research scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, helping to ensure an abundant national food supply through the protection of American agricultural and natural resources; attorney and member of the New York State Bar; researcher and biochemistry teacher, University of Rochester; enjoyed travel, the outdoors, trout fishing, tennis, figure skating, photography, reading, birding, Yankees baseball, learning the piano, and maintaining multiple antique compact cars. Phi Kappa Psi.

’67 MST—David G. Hanson of Moscow, ID, and McCall, ID, February 8, 2024; superintendent, Meadows Valley School District; assistant principal, Nampa School District; superintendent, Worley School District; entrepreneur who built, owned, and managed numerous housing units and apartment buildings; taught classes on the physics of radiation at Cornell University and University of Idaho; award-winning Rotarian; championship basketball player; enjoyed skiing and choral singing; active in community and religious affairs.

’68 ME—Ronald J. Verri of Warwick, RI, February 4, 2024; owner, Gem-Craft Inc., the family costume jewelry manufacturing business, providing jewelry designs for top fashion designers and companies; student of aerospace engineering; avid reader and runner.

’68 BS CALS—Allen F. Whitaker of Damascus, OR, December 14, 2023; construction industry professional, working with underground utilities; specialized in remediation of underground fuel tanks; wildlife conservation manager, Colorado Division of Fish and Wildlife; naturalist and environmentalist; avid fisherman; dedicated scrapper; enjoyed Tillamook Bay in Oregon and the mountains of Colorado. Delta Chi.

’69 BS CALS—Christina L. Frazier of St. Augustine, FL, March 19, 2021; research biologist and educator; expert in mosquito-borne viruses; award-winning professor emerita of biology, Southeast Missouri State University, and associate to the provost for assessment and data analysis; also contributed to the building of the Southeast Missouri Arbovirus Lab, a statewide mosquito testing lab; assistant professor of microbiology, Quinnipiac College; academic writer, international speaker, and community-based presenter; advocate for women’s equality; enjoyed water sports, camping, hiking, the mountains and lakes of Upstate New York, dog shows and obedience training, cooking, and entertaining; active in community and professional affairs.

’69 BS CALS—Stephen H. Gayner of Naples, FL, formerly of New York City, August 4, 2023; entrepreneur and consultant; computer engineer, AT&T and Philip Morris International; community volunteer and literacy advocate; active in environmental and humanitarian affairs. Phi Sigma Epsilon.

’69 BS Hotel—John J. Ontko of Gambrills, MD, February 12, 2024; hotel management consultant, U.S. Navy, and hospitality specialist/construction consultant for the Department of the Army; advocate for food security; enjoyed golf, fishing, and the beach; active in community and alumni affairs. Tau Kappa Epsilon.

’69 PhD—Arthur L. Sullivan of League City, TX, formerly of Bryan, TX, February 27, 2024; natural resources professor at Texas A&M, North Carolina State, Duke, and Penn; also taught on sabbatical in India, Japan, and Italy; veteran; fitness buff; enjoyed travel, bicycling, motorcycles, gardening, reading, trips to the beach, and chamber music performances; active in humanitarian affairs.


’70 MST—Claude O. Coffman of North Bend, OR, February 28, 2024; teacher in the Coos Bay and North Bend school districts; also built houses, ran a cement business, and worked in a mill and as a logger; licensed pilot; enjoyed travel, camping, hunting, fishing, photography, lapidary work, writing, and painting; active in community and religious affairs.

’70 ME, PhD ’74—James A. Miller of Orinda, CA, October 3, 2021; award-winning researcher and aerospace engineer; distinguished member of the technical staff, Sandia National Laboratories Combustion Research Facility, and early developer of CHEMKIN, a widely used software for combustion chemistry modeling; also worked with the Argonne National Laboratory Chemical Dynamics group; prolific author of scientific publications; youth baseball coach; enjoyed international travel, San Francisco Giants baseball, and his many golden retrievers; active in professional and alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Constance Warren Miller ’67, PhD ’74.

’72 BS CALS—Martin J. Neenan of East Bloomfield, NY, February 8, 2024; senior computer services assistant, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES; apparatus driver, trainer, and member, East Bloomfield fire, safety, EMS, and paramedic staff; enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, and bird watching; active in community, historical, political, and religious affairs. Sigma Pi.

’73, BEE ’74—P. Kevin Miles of Ithaca, NY, January 13, 2024; maintenance electrician, Holiday Inn; also worked at Motorola and National Cash Register; accomplished guitar and trumpet player and vocalist; enjoyed salvaging and repairing electrical equipment, construction projects, contemporary music ministry, and volunteering his audio and video skills for local multimedia projects; active in community and religious affairs.

’74 JD—Clinton A. Krislov of Chicago, IL, February 1, 2024; class action, consumer protection, corporate governance, antitrust, pension and benefits protection, public interest, and tax attorney; founder and senior partner, Krislov & Associates; adjunct professor of law and founder/director of the Center for Open Government law clinic, Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology; award-winning advocate for election reform and limitations on corporate overreach; author of numerous legal publications; enjoyed international travel, skiing, swimming, running, and bicycling; active in community, political, and professional affairs.

’74 JD—Gary L. Sharpe of Ballston Lake, NY, and Sun City, SC, February 12, 2024; Chief U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of New York; U.S. Magistrate Judge, Syracuse; Acting U.S. Attorney, Northern District of New York; prosecutor, Broome County District Attorney’s Office; veteran; avid Mickey Mantle and New York Yankees fan; enjoyed travel, golf, tennis, reading, fine dining, playing cards, and watching John Wayne movies; active in professional affairs.

’76 BS CALS, MAT ’77—Susan M. Haller-Fossum of Canandaigua, NY, formerly of Potsdam, NY, February 16, 2024; professor of computer science, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Potsdam, and University of Wisconsin in Parkside and Kenosha; mathematics teacher at Erie Community College and in Spencerport and Iroquois, NY, high schools; prolific academic author; advocate for improving educational opportunities for women in computer science; animal welfare volunteer; accomplished gardener; avid hiker on five continents; enjoyed international travel, sailing, and adopting rescue cats and dogs; active in professional and alumni affairs.

’76 BS CALS—Stephen P. Lorence of Cobleskill, NY, February 13, 2024; regional manager, NYS Department of Conservation; also served as fisheries manager in Stamford, CT, and freshwater wetland manager on Long Island; member, Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Committee, SUNY Cobleskill; avid outdoorsman and conservationist; enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, and farming; active in professional affairs.

’77 BS CALS—Benjamin A. Miller of Redwood City, CA, March 1, 2024; product development manager, Nordic Naturals, a nutraceutical company; independent database consultant for users of HyperCard and FileMaker; also worked in global tech support for Claris, Incyte Genomics, Digidesign, Sony Computer Entertainment, NBC Internet, and Boston Scientific; education curator, Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend, IN, and lover of reptiles, spiders, and insects; accomplished pianist and improviser; competitive vocalist and member of several barbershop quartets and Voices in Harmony, a large a cappella chorus; enjoyed nature and nature photography, music, cooking, watching rom-coms, and collecting scotch whiskey, glass paperweights, and vases.

’77—Donald J. Smith of Durham, NC, formerly of Pennsville, NJ, February 3, 2024; web designer, software engineer, and co-founder of several businesses; senior field service engineer and senior technical instructor, Diasonics, installing and maintaining medical imaging systems; veteran; skilled classical and jazz guitarist and vocalist; enjoyed international travel, skiing, golf, choral singing, community theater, and reading science fiction and science fantasy; active in community and religious affairs.

’79 BS HE—Shirley Shung-Suazo of Stony Brook, NY, February 25, 2024; art director, in-house publication for the Liz Claiborne fashion company, helping plan fashion item rollouts three seasons ahead; photo touch-up artist for Irving Penn in New York City; homemaker; restored the family’s 1850s farmhouse; competitive tennis player; enjoyed art, movies, fashion, colors, and textures; active in community, historical, and alumni affairs.


’80 JD—John C. Alsina of Saranac Lake, NY, August 6, 2022; attorney; of counsel, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP; Adirondack 46er; avid reader of history; enjoyed classical music, classic British cars, and studying linguistics.

’81 BS CALS—Craig D. Trowbridge of Lansing, NY, formerly of Ithaca, NY, January 29, 2024; regional agricultural team support specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension; interim executive director, Jefferson County Cooperative Extension; avid golfer, bicyclist, runner, and cross-country skier; enjoyed music and live concerts. Alpha Gamma Rho. Surviving spouse, Maureen Leahy Trowbridge ’82.

’82 MPS—Mary “Marissa” Kornmeier Richards of Ithaca, NY, December 21, 2023; owner/operator of her own design and communications consulting business; visual communications teacher, TST BOCES; student of alternative medicine and astrology; avid artist, gardener, and writer and lover of animals; enjoyed cooking, sewing, participation in theater productions, photography, and video production; active in civic, community, cultural, and environmental affairs.

’82—Dawn L. Smith of Dryden, NY, formerly of Cuba, NY, February 4, 2024; pet sitter and veterinary clinic staff member; enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and horseback riding.

’83 BS CALS—Robert J. Reardon of Norwood, MA, February 12, 2024; public sector executive with expertise in road construction and renewal, highways and toll roads, and utility projects; senior project manager, RJR, Narragansett, RI; director of public works for the towns of Manchester, CT, and Wrentham, MA; COO, Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority.


’90 MHA—Robert W. Fox of Lenoir, NC, formerly of Rochester, NY, April 3, 2023; president, Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center, and organizer of the Finger Lakes Triathlon, the Center’s primary fundraiser; vice president, Rochester Regional Hospitals Corp.; enjoyed nature, vegetable gardening, and the family cottage on Gananoque Lake in Ontario, Canada.

’90 BA—Rohit Talwani of Lutherville-Timonium, MD, March 2, 2024; professor of medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and chief, Section of Infectious Diseases, V.A. Maryland Healthcare System; also worked in industry at Gilead Sciences and Merck Research Laboratories, where he was known for his Hepatitis C and vaccine research; collector of books, vinyl albums, baseball cards, and fountain pens; enjoyed travel, hiking, weightlifting, running, sports events, fine food, music, and playing the guitar.

’97 JD—Christopher J. Karis of Vestal, NY, October 4, 2023; award-winning computer software engineer and DO-178B software certification specialist, Pratt & Whitney Canada; also worked at General Electric, Lockheed, and ENSCO Inc.; vocalist and bass guitar and keyboard player in Binghamton-area bands; enjoyed travel and sharing his expertise.


’00 MEP—Carlose B. Green of El Segundo, CA, February 21, 2024; engineering and technology professional; project engineer, Aerospace Corp., providing compliance and system requirements and mission assurance for Department of Defense communication satellite programs; also worked at Boeing and other aerospace companies; avid fan of Janet Jackson and the group En Vogue; enjoyed following the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’01 BEE, ME ’03—Andrew M. Pierson of Mountain View, CA, January 22, 2024; software engineer and project manager at Meta, Amazon, Harris RF Communications, and TiVo; enjoyed tinkering, building projects, and family gaming nights; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Jennifer Valla Pierson ’02.

’08—Samantha N. Wright of Baltimore, MD, formerly of New York City, February 16, 2024; student of fashion design and couture; also worked in retail and pursued her own creative vision. Kappa Kappa Gamma.

’09 BS CALS, DVM ’12—Kristi J. Hulme of Seattle, WA, March 6, 2024; urgent care veterinarian, My Pet’s Vet, Kirkland, WA; emergency clinician and director of the internal blood bank, Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle; expert in transfusion medicine, metabolic crises, and neurological emergencies; enjoyed travel, hiking, snowshoeing, whale-watching, photography, cooking, and entertaining.


’11, BA ’12—William B. Hartigan of Boston, MA, formerly of Concord, NH, January 30, 2024; financial advisor and senior vice president, UBS Financial Services Inc. and Merrill Lynch; co-founder, TriBeCa Group; championship squash player and youth mentor in the Squash Education Association; enjoyed membership in social and athletic clubs. Alpha Tau Omega.

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Published May 1, 2024