November 2022

The University recently learned of the passing of these Cornellians:

1890s

1895 BS Phil—Emily Berry Howland of Swarthmore, PA, September 9, 1966; homemaker; taught algebra, geometry, Greek, Roman history, and French in Corning, NY; active in sorority and alumni affairs. Delta Gamma.

Editor’s note: Our listings appear after the University officially records a death. If Cornell did not receive notice in a timely fashion, it can occasionally lead to obituaries being published long after the alum’s passing.


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1930s

’35 MD—John G. Leuthner of North Salem, NY, March 20, 1999; family physician; veteran.

’35 PhD—Charles R. Mingins of Pelham, NH, January 1984; chairman, Division of Engineering, Lowell (MA) Technological Institute, where he oversaw the work of the departments of electronic, general, leather, paper, and textile engineering and the Department of Physics and Mathematics; also worked in the Department of Physics, NYS College for Teachers, Albany, NY.

’35 MA—Dorothea Herty Minis of Chestertown, MD, August 31, 2004; research associate, Department of Biology, Princeton University; contributed to early research on circadian rhythms; biology teacher, Vassar College; naturalist and advocate for open spaces and wildlife refuges; contributed more than 100 birdsong recordings to the Library of Natural Sounds, Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University; enjoyed summers on Martha’s Vineyard and birding expeditions in Latin America and Africa; active in community and civic affairs.

’35 MS—Louise Plumer Minnum of Coventry, CT, March 10, 1973; editorial assistant.

’35 MS—Juanita H. Neely of Rock Hill, SC, June 9, 1984; state home demonstration agent, South Carolina Home Demonstration Extension Service, utilizing speeches, radio talks, and articles; active in community and professional affairs.

’35 MS—Albertus L. Prinsloo of Hermanus, Cape Province, South Africa, 1988; farmer.

’35 MS—Alexander M. Quattlebaum of Georgetown, SC, March 10, 1987; founder, president, and board chair, Harlee-Quattlebaum Construction Co.; also taught civil engineering at Clemson University; veteran; co-founder, Peoples Bank of South Carolina; philanthropist; member of numerous cultural, educational, and financial boards; Scout leader; active in community, professional, and religious affairs.

’35 PhD—Harold R. Snyder of Basking Ridge, NJ, formerly of Urbana, IL, 1994; professor of chemistry, chair of the department, and associate dean of the Graduate College, University of Illinois; researched the practical synthesis of amino acids and helped develop the process for production of the antimalarial drug chloroquine; consultant, Merck & Co. and Phillips Petroleum Co., and adviser to several military and medical research programs; author and editor; enjoyed elaborate practical jokes; active in professional affairs.

’35 MA, PhD ’37—Martha Lou Lemmon Stohlman of Newtown, PA, formerly of Princeton, NJ, October 5, 2015; co-founder, Princeton Study Center; member, Foreign Service; teacher, Colorado College; author; avid reader; enjoyed international travel, photography, and playing piano; active in community, environmental, religious, and Sweet Briar College alumnae affairs.

’35 PhD—Adolph M. Wasilifsky of Emmitsburg, MD, July 13, 1984; professor of English, chair of the Department of Humanities, and director of the radio department, St. Joseph’s College; lecturer in speech and rhetoric, University of Maryland; member, Modern Language Association of America and Catholic Broadcasters Association.

’35 MS, PhD ’47—William T. Winne of Schenectady, NY, August 9, 1998; professor emeritus of biology, with a specialization in botany, Union College.

’37 BA—Arthur D. Slote of Stamford, CT, January 21, 1999.

Editor’s note: The large number of entries for graduates from the 1930s—most of them reporting deaths that occurred decades ago—is due to an updating of records for the oldest classes.


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1940s

’44 BS Nurs—Iris Lehne Watts of Clarks Summit, PA, formerly of Basking Ridge, NJ, August 7, 2022; hospital nurse, teacher, and elementary school nurse; enjoyed reading and knitting; active in religious affairs.

’45 MD—Gerald H. Klingon of New York City, October 31, 2021; neurologist in private practice; associate clinical professor, Cornell Medical College/New York Hospital; co-founder of neurology services at New York University and Memorial Sloan Kettering; expert witness; semiprofessional baseball player; veteran; avid Columbia football fan and raconteur.

’45, BME ’48—Robert A. Ornitz of Delray Beach, FL, October 29, 2021; mechanical engineer; veteran; accomplished golfer who reviewed golf courses around the world for Golf Digest; enjoyed international travel, tennis, and bridge; active in alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Delta.

’47, BS HE ’46—Janet Grafton Claar of Exeter, NH, August 2, 2022; homemaker; active in alumni affairs.

’47 BA—Richard K. Greenfield of Boulder, CO, August 7, 2022; historian and academic administrator; executive director, College Consortium of International Studies, NYC; chancellor, St. Louis County Community College District; founding president, Mercer County and Sullivan County community colleges; professor and dean of faculty in history and social science, New York City Community College, Brooklyn; veteran; enjoyed international travel, art, and culture; active in alumni affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi.

’47–49 SP Ag—George E. Mesick Jr. of South Schodack, NY, July 11, 2022; eighth-generation family dairy and bison farmer; co-owner, GEM Farms Buffalo; also operated a farm corn stand for more than 50 years; 4-H leader, school board member, and South Schodack Fire Co. commissioner; active in community and professional affairs; enjoyed travel, planting and harvesting crops, and woodworking.

’48 B Chem E—Marvin Kopp of Pewaukee, WI, July 30, 2022; special consultant to Sigma-Aldrich Co., a specialty chemical company; worked for General Electric in the medical products and silicone products divisions; also worked at Eastman Labs; veteran; avid outdoorsman and preservationist; enjoyed hiking in the wilderness, walking on the beach, and dancing; active in alumni affairs.

’48 BA, MD ’51—Dewey A. Nelson of Lititz, PA, formerly of Wilmington, DE, November 19, 2017; founder, Wilmington Neurology Associates; professor of neurology, Jefferson Medical College; first board certified neurologist in the State of Delaware; veteran; author; enjoyed deep-sea fishing, beekeeping, and restoring old cars; active in religious affairs.

’48—Theodora Oakes O’Hara of Little Compton, RI, August 1, 2022; enjoyed gardening and swimming; active in community and religious affairs.

’49 BA—Jean Schultheis Brechter of Shelter Island Heights, NY, July 31, 2022; real estate broker; co-founder, Foxfire Real Estate; homemaker; instrumental in bringing hospice services to Shelter Island; Scout leader; avid sailor; enjoyed international travel, gardening, and skiing; active in civic, charitable, community, educational, religious, and alumni affairs. Delta Delta Delta.

’49 MS—Mary McCray Chambers of Huntsville, AL, October 23, 2011; historian, administrator, and teacher; acting dean of women and assistant professor of biology, Alabama A&M University; coordinator of A&M’s nuclear science education program and grant administrator for the radioisotope laboratory; special consultant for a Job Corps headquarters in Washington, DC; active in community, historical, and A&M alumni affairs.

’49 BA, LLB ’51—Dorothy Rasinski Gregory of Long Beach, CA, July 31, 2022; expert in legal medicine and one of the first women in the U.S. to earn both law and medical degrees; acting chief of staff for education, Long Beach V.A. Medical Center, and faculty member at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine; director of medical-legal affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, Central Office; member, Legal Medicine Division, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC; practiced internal medicine in Fullerton, CA; member of several legal medicine advisory boards, ethics committees, and editorial boards; active in alumni affairs. Chi Omega.


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1950s

’50—John W. Fridie of Horseheads, NY, February 18, 2022; worked at Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist and at American Bridge; enjoyed making metal sculptures, hiking, reading, movies, and attending and competing in dog shows; active in alumni affairs.

’50 BS HE—Lois Ongley Hendryx of Tulsa, OK, formerly of Bradford, PA, November 4, 2021; registered dietitian, Bradford Hospital, Olean General Hospital, and Bridgeport General Hospital; also worked as a consultant dietitian at several area nursing homes. Omicron Nu.

’50 BS HE—Florence Conover Peck of Phelps, NY, August 2, 2022; homemaker; helped manage the Peck family farm; charter member, Phelps Community Historical Society; Scout leader; enjoyed travel, word puzzles, and following the Yankees and Bills; active in religious and alumni affairs. Alpha Xi Delta.

’50 BA—Webb W. Rankin of Interlaken, NY, November 20, 2021; acting director of nursing, Willard Psychiatric Center; also served as Seneca County coroner and court attendant and bailiff at the Seneca County courthouse; veteran; enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, fly tying, and following the New York Yankees; active in alumni affairs.

’50 BA—Mary Helen Sears of Washington, DC, August 4, 2022; attorney in private practice in the areas of intellectual property and unfair competition, M.H. Sears Law Firm; also worked at Irons, Birch, Swindler & McKie; member of the Bar for Virginia, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Supreme Court; patent examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; enjoyed gardening, knitting, needlepoint, and beachcombing; active in alumni affairs.

’50 BA—Patricia Carry Stewart of Gulf Stream, FL, formerly of New York City and North Berwick, Scotland, August 10, 2022; award-winning businesswoman, education leader, and philanthropist; VP for finance and administration, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation; partner and president of the NYSE firm Buckner & Co.; one of the first women to head a Wall Street firm; foreign correspondent, Irving Trust Co.; foremost benefactor, Cornell University, and co-founder, President’s Council of Cornell Women; member of numerous charitable, educational, financial, and professional boards, councils, and committees; advocate for women’s rights; avid golfer; active in civic and alumni affairs. Pi Beta Phi.

’51, BME ’52—Richard E. Coykendall of Belmont, CA, formerly of San Mateo, CA, August 2, 2022; flight engineering professional, United Airlines; appointed to the Congressional Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, addressing standards in the development of transport aircraft; veteran and test engineer, overseeing technical details for the J47-17 engine, the first jet engine to be controlled electronically; enjoyed international travel; active in religious and community affairs. Tau Kappa Epsilon.

’51, BME ’52—Herbert W. Mishler of Worthington, OH, November 24, 2020; research engineer; active in religious and alumni affairs. Sigma Pi.

’51 B Chem E—Albert H. Moon of Branson, MO, August 20, 2022; economic and business development professional, Ozark Mountain Bank (now Central Bank); co-owner/operator, Cedars Resort; veteran; avid fisherman; active in civic, professional, and alumni affairs.

’51 MS, PhD ’55—Lawrence H. Sanford of Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 2022; environmental systems engineer.

’51 BS HE—Celia Babcock French Wood of Bozeman, MT, August 12, 2022; food service employee, Montana State University; home economics teacher in Harlowton, MT, and Buffalo, NY; homemaker; avid quilter; enjoyed international travel, camping, cooking, baking, sewing and needlework, and running; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’52, BS Ag ’55—Francis E. Laimbeer III of Warrenton, VA, July 28, 2022; mathematics teacher and tutor, the Wakefield School, Flint Hill, VA, and the Harley School, Rochester, NY; veteran; skilled horseman and avid foxhunter; enjoyed playing the harmonica; active in alumni affairs.

’52 BS HE—Joyce Frankel Tavrow of Palo Alto, CA, November 1, 2021; director, Colorado Judicial Institute and member, Commission on Judicial Discipline; elementary school teacher; advocate for civic awareness, women’s rights, nuclear non-proliferation, desegregation, and addressing neglect in nursing homes; president, League of Women Voters in California and Colorado; monthly columnist, Rancho Bernardo (CA) Sun, and inductee, Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame; 4-H leader; enjoyed international travel, swimming, classical music, Broadway hits, duplicate bridge, Mahjong, and playing piano; active in civic and environmental affairs.

’52 LLB—Ann Riggs Teeter of Elmira, NY, February 12, 2022; worked at the Elmira branch of the Small Business Administration and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Syracuse, NY; advocate for education and civil rights; accomplished pianist who performed with the Elmira Symphony Orchestra; enjoyed cooking, family reunions, and playing duets; active in religious affairs.

’53–55 SP Eng—Charles E. Fitterer of Minerva, OH, formerly of Allison Park, PA, July 19, 2022; co-founder, Fitterer Engineering Associates, marketing a new patented steel industry technology, and its successor, Deox Systems; also worked at Hewlett-Packard in California and Colorado; veteran; accomplished pianist; enjoyed classical and ragtime music; active in military, professional, and religious affairs.

’53 BA—Arthur F. Harre Jr. of Fishers, IN, August 17, 2022; packaging industry professional; general sales manager, R.A. Jones & Co.; also worked at Continental Can Co.; veteran; active in alumni affairs. Psi Upsilon.

’53, BA ’54—Robert C. Milici of Charlottesville, VA, August 18, 2022; award-winning research geologist and scientist emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, CO, and Reston, VA; State Geologist of Virginia; also worked for the Tennessee Division of Geology; veteran; prolific author and frequent speaker; Scout leader; baseball and basketball coach; active in religious and alumni affairs. Alpha Chi Sigma.

’53 BA—Donald C. Miller of Shallotte, NC, August 24, 2022; worked for the New York Telephone Co.; veteran; avid collector of wildlife art; enjoyed competitive bowling and travel in the Carolinas; active in religious affairs.

’54—William Alesio Jr. of Tinton Falls, NJ, formerly of Toms River, NJ, November 1, 2021; management consultant to several companies in the skincare and apparel business; VP and general manager, Metals and Mining Division, Union Carbide; veteran.

’54 MS—Harry F. Bernholdt of Oregon, WI, formerly of Bella Vista, AR, August 3, 2022; director of food research, Swift & Co., Chicago, and played a key role in the development of the Butterball turkey; held five patents related to meat tenderization methods; veteran; member, Lions Club; community fundraiser; avid golfer; enjoyed international travel, pontoon boating, and photography.

’54–55 SP Ag—Donald C. Flynn of Penn Yan, NY, August 8, 2022; agent, New York Life Insurance; also worked as a writing agent for Midstate Mutual and an adviser for Columbia Banking; veteran; national Jaycees director, regional VP of the NYS Jaycees, and founding member of the Penn Yan Jaycees; Little League coach and supporter of community youth sports; enjoyed cross-country travel and tending his vegetable garden; active in religious affairs.

’54–55 GR—Floyd E. Lilley of Roswell, GA, formerly of Honey Brook, PA, December 25, 2021; worked on the Apollo Space Program and spy satellite launchings, General Electric Aerospace; veteran; avid bicyclist; active in religious affairs.

’54 MEd—Barbara Harrington Lynch of Watertown, CT, formerly of Middlebury, CT, June 5, 2022; classroom specialist and third-grade teacher, Judson School, Watertown; also taught elementary school in Woodbury, CT, and kindergarten in Baton Rouge, LA; enjoyed international travel, swimming, whistling, and reciting poetry.

’54, BME ’56—David Narins of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Woodmere, NY, July 23, 2022; commercial captain, American Airlines; Gold Life Master in contract bridge; competitive birder with more than 8,000 species sighted in 225 countries and territories; veteran; enjoyed international boat trips with extended family, cooking, dancing, and telling jokes; active in alumni affairs. Tau Delta Phi.

’54, BME ’55—Joseph J. Oliva Jr. of Clifton Park, NY, formerly of Schenectady, NY, August 10, 2022; systems analyst, General Electric; veteran; Scout leader, volunteer fireman, and ESL instructor; enjoyed international travel, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and exploring in his R.V.; active in professional and alumni affairs. Alpha Phi Delta.

’55 BA—Jane Rippe Eckhardt of Dorset, VT, August 24, 2022; head librarian, Elisabeth Morrow School, Englewood, NJ; homemaker; translator and aide to the president of a large French equipment manufacturer in Paris; accomplished birder, board member, Tenafly Nature Center, and bird chairman, Garden Club of Manchester, VT; enjoyed local book clubs; active in community and alumni affairs. Alpha Phi. Husband, Albert J. Eckhardt Jr. ’54, MBA ’55.

’55 MD—Charles F. Frey of Rescue, CA, February 7, 2022; pancreatic surgeon and vice chair, Department of Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center; also on the faculty at the University of Michigan; expert in the areas of trauma, EMS, and pancreatic disease; author of numerous articles and book chapters; veteran; avid hiker and lover of the outdoors; enjoyed vegetable gardening, tending his fruit orchard, and reading; active in professional affairs.

’55, BA ’56—Frances Corbin Lewis-Campbell of Eureka, CA, formerly of Blue Lake, CA, July 31, 2022; homemaker; community volunteer; children’s tutor; enjoyed international travel, camping, the fine arts, playing piano, choral singing, and entertaining; active in religious and alumni affairs. Kappa Delta.

’55–57 GR—Janice Bluestein Longone of Ann Arbor, MI, August 3, 2022; curator of American culinary history, Longone Culinary Archive, University of Michigan; award-winning authority on the history and societal impact of American cooking; founder, Wine and Food Library and Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor; provided historical food information to Julia Child, James Beard, and other distinguished chefs; served as judge for numerous cookbook awards; editor, author, and NPR show host; enjoyed international travel; active in civic and professional affairs. Husband, Daniel T. Longone, PhD ’58.

’55, BCE ’56, MBA ’57—Richard A. Strouce of Allentown, PA, August 21, 2022; owner/manager, Lehigh Valley Laboratories; also held senior executive positions with businesses in Pennsylvania and Michigan; principal, McKinsey & Co., NYC; veteran; treasurer, KidsPeace; avid golfer; enjoyed travel, scuba diving, skiing, and mountain climbing; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Chi.

’56 MS—Robert J. Brungraber of Hightstown, NJ, June 27, 2022; researcher, department chair, and professor emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, Bucknell University; also taught at Union College and Princeton University; founder and owner/operator, Slip-Test Inc., marketers of his patented portable friction-measuring device; bridge designer, Alcoa Aluminum Corp.; enjoyed international travel, golf, bridge, and antique and exotic cars; active in professional affairs.

’56 MBA—Richard C. Cecil of Lewes, DE, July 18, 2022; award-winning insurance professional, politician, and banker; president, Corporate Consultants Inc.; New Castle County Councilman for the 2nd District, Second VP of the National Association of Counties, head of the Delaware Association of Counties, and deputy insurance commissioner for the State of Delaware; also worked at DuPont; veteran; Rotarian and Mason; enjoyed international travel and boating; active in military, professional, religious, and alumni affairs.

’56 BS Ag, MS ’59—Douglas J. Dalrymple of Bloomington, IN, August 19, 2022; professor emeritus of marketing, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University; also taught at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of San Diego, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Georgia Tech University, and Cal State Northridge; veteran; author of journal articles, business cases, and 30 books on retailing, sales management, and marketing management; creator of the computerized Sales Management Simulation; enjoyed gardening, sailing, skiing, reading, playing bridge, and growing orchids; active in community and professional affairs. Alpha Zeta. Wife, Nancy Justin Dalrymple ’59.

’56 PhD—Americo R. DiPietro of Prescott, AZ, July 12, 2022; director of technology, IBM; member of the first group to implement semiconductor technology in mainframe computing; also worked at General Electric on the development of the integrated circuit; veteran; skilled opera singer and performer; enjoyed international travel and family camping trips.

’56 BS HE—Marilyn Steffen Merkle of Oak Ridge, TN, formerly of Knoxville, TN, July 28, 2022; homemaker; registered dietitian for the Women, Infants, and Children program, East Tennessee Regional Health Office, and at Lake City Hospital and Serene Manor Medical Center, Knoxville; community volunteer and advocate for student health; enjoyed gardening, classical music, choral singing, letter writing, sewing, crocheting, knitting, swimming, bowling, and antiquing; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Pi Beta Phi.

’56 MS, PhD ’58—Robert O. Miller of Gasquet, CA, May 25, 2022; horticulturist; owner, Dahlstrom & Watt Bulb Farm, Smith River, CA, known as the “Easter lily capital of the world”; assistant professor, Ohio State University, where he researched poinsettias and Easter lilies; veteran; enjoyed storytelling and making Federal-style furniture in his woodshop; active in community affairs.

’56 BA—Kenneth W. Rind of La Jolla, CA, August 15, 2022; global venture capitalist with a specialty in technology and biotech; founder of several international venture fund partnerships and director of dozens of private and public corporations; advisor on strategic technology company investments, Rockefeller Family Office; founder and chairman, Quantum Science/Samson Fund consultancy group; also served the U.S. government in international collaborative efforts focused on biotech, neuroscience, and space; assistant professor of physics, City University of New York; author, speaker, symposium leader, and conference organizer; active in professional and alumni affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi.

’56 BA—Edward V. Thompson II of Bangor, ME, August 23, 2022; professor of chemical engineering, University of Maine; organized a consortium for the U.S. Department of Energy to study the wet-pressing process for papermaking; also worked at American Cyanamid; author or co-author of numerous books on chemical engineering and thermodynamics, printing and historic prints, and music; avid birder; enjoyed fine food and wine, studying music and musicians, and building reproduction harpsichords. Sigma Phi Epsilon. Wife, Deborah Newfield Thompson ’55.

’57 BS Ag—A. Lee Flanders of Averill Park, NY, August 17, 2022; elementary school teacher, Guilderland, NY; avid birder who worked at the Massachusetts Audubon Society leading visits by student groups; hike leader in the Adirondacks, Catskills, and Berkshires; enjoyed genealogy, reading biographies, writing letters, and choral singing; community volunteer; active in religious affairs.

’57, BArch ’58—Richard Grossgold of Santa Barbara, CA, July 20, 2022; architect; founder, Grossgold Associates Architects and Land Planners, Seal Beach, CA; veteran; member, Elks; competitive dancer; active in alumni affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi.

’57 MBA—Russell M. Hird of Rochester, MN, February 10, 2022; worked at IBM; veteran; member, Kiwanis; enjoyed Toastmasters; active in humanitarian and religious affairs.

’57, BME ’59—George D. Link of Wilbraham, MA, August 15, 2022; engineer, Xerox Corp., specializing in the development of color copying; also worked at Armco Steel and Texas Instruments; Rotarian; enjoyed international travel; active in philanthropic and alumni affairs. Kappa Alpha.

’57 BS Ag—Michael R. Makar of Poughkeepsie, NY, August 14, 2022; elementary school teacher, Millbrook Public Schools; community volunteer; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Tau Kappa Epsilon.

’57 BS HE—Susan Nash Malone of San Rafael, CA, August 11, 2022; advertising director, String Letter Press; elementary school teacher; enjoyed travel, hiking, writing, and reading novels; active in community and alumni affairs. Alpha Phi.

’58 BS Ag—Theodore W. Andrews of York, NY, August 8, 2022; owner/operator, Andrews Farm; active in religious affairs.

’58 BS HE—Deborah Cleaves Scott of Hull, MA, October 7, 2021; licensed clinical social worker; held senior leadership positions at the Massachusetts and Connecticut departments of mental health; worked in forensic services, Connecticut Mental Health Center and Yale University Department of Psychiatry; enjoyed the oceanside; active in alumni affairs.

’58 BS Hotel—Lee Sterling of Encinitas, CA, July 24, 2022; real estate attorney and commercial real estate broker; lecturer and member, Sousa Mendes Foundation, which produced the movie Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story; active in community, professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Tau Delta Phi.

’59 BS ILR—Elwood P. Moger of El Dorado Hills, CA, August 25, 2022; human resources and labor relations professional at the international conglomerate Aerojet General Corp., part of a successful team brought in to save the company from bankruptcy; manager of employee relations, Stauffer Chemical Co., for over 25 manufacturing plants and research labs in the western U.S.; developed the company’s first college recruiting program and affirmative action plan; veteran; founder, El Dorado County Grand Jurors Association and president, California Grand Jurors Association; active in alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Psi.

’59 BS Hotel—Adalberto M. Stratta of Greenwich, CT, formerly of Fayetteville, NC, May 12, 2022; instructor in hospitality services, Methodist University, Fayetteville; international hotel management professional who spoke four languages fluently; president and CEO, Princess Hotels International and the Beverly Hills Hotel Corp.; managing director, Orient Express Hotels; executive VP, American Airlines Hotel Division, Diamondhead Corp., and Cunard Lines; championship soccer player; inductee, Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame; active in alumni affairs.

’59 BS ILR—Richard B. Warnecke of Winnetka, IL, August 19, 2022; faculty member in public policy, sociology, and public health, University of Illinois, Chicago; served in various roles at UIC Health Research and Policy Centers and as director, UIC Cancer Center; director, UIC Survey Research Laboratory; conducted research and community outreach that addressed health disparities and served women at risk for and with cancer; veteran; author of more than 100 scientific papers and numerous book chapters; enjoyed international travel, gardening, birding, opera, and theater; active in professional and religious affairs. Phi Kappa Psi.


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1960s

’60 BA—Fredric J. Feldman of East Brunswick, NJ, November 16, 2021; taxation and estate planning attorney in private practice; also worked at several prominent New Jersey law firms; taught legal and business courses at Kean College; veteran; enjoyed reading several newspapers daily; active in religious affairs. Phi Sigma Epsilon.

’60—Richard E. Stone of New York City, November 15, 2021; conservator emeritus, Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Objects Conservation; one of the founders of bronze and bronze casting technical studies and pioneer in the analysis of X-rays of Renaissance bronzes; taught art history at New York University, Bronx Campus; field conservator to the Harvard-Cornell excavations at Sardis, Turkey; author and mentor.

’60 BA—Julianne Liebowitz Wayne of Avon, CT, October 12, 2021; award-winning writer and social work educator, University of Connecticut and Boston University; helped launch the social work profession in Armenia; enjoyed cultivating houseplants and entertaining; active in humanitarian and alumni affairs.

’60, B Chem E ’61, PhD ’65—Roger K. West of Montclair, NJ, July 30, 2022; president, West Technologies, a consulting firm specializing in technical scientific information research; award-winning research engineer and patent searcher, Exxon; inductee, New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame; enjoyed travel, camping, choral singing, learning other languages, and reading science fiction; active in professional and alumni affairs. Pi Kappa Alpha. Wife, Mary Lou Moore West ’63, MS ’65.

’61–66 GR—John Arbuckle of Rockwood, ON, formerly of Sudbury, ON, July 1, 2022; professor, Laurentian University School of Translators and Interpreters; taught French, German, Latin, and elements of Cree at the secondary school level; also taught in Scotland, Montreal, and a one-room schoolhouse in Bear Creek, SK; served in the Royal Signal Corps; studied dialects in areas of India on a Fulbright scholarship; could speak, read, and write seven languages; advocate for multiculturalism; community volunteer; active in religious affairs.

’61, BEE ’63, MEd ’64—Charles A. Dann III of Prescott, AZ, August 1, 2022; high school advanced math and science teacher, San Leandro (CA) High School; part-time electrician; also taught math and science and coached sports in Bakersfield, CA; enjoyed world travel, sharing knowledge of the natural world, skiing, hiking, classical and Hawaiian music, and getting his private pilot’s license; active in educational, religious, and alumni affairs. Theta Chi. Wife, Faith Miller Roelofs ’62.

’61 BA—Melvyn L. Haas of Aiken, SC, August 27, 2022; neurologist, Aiken Regional Medical Center; clinical faculty, Augusta University Medical Center; avid equestrian; master of foxhounds, Whiskey Road Fox Hounds; active in alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Epsilon.

’61 BS Ag, MS ’62—Eugene J. Myszkowski Jr. of Palm Coast, FL, formerly of Stuyvesant Falls, NY, April 5, 2022; principal economist, Bureau of Health Economics, NYS Health Department; senior economist, NYS Public Employment Relations Board, where he published reports on teacher labor contract trends; taught vocational agriculture and ag mechanics, Columbia County Board of Cooperative Services Occupational Education Center, Kinderhook, NY; member, Hospital Code Team, which determined reimbursement for code changes to graduate medical education in response to the Libby Zion case; expert and author of several books on antique firearms; enjoyed driving and racing two 1959 MGA sports cars. Alpha Zeta.

’61 MD—Peter S. New of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of Gloucester, MA, April 11, 2022; internal medicine physician and cardiologist; worked at the Veterans Administration in Florida; founder, Cape Ann Medical Center, Gloucester; enjoyed dancing, basketball, competitive tennis, and sailboat racing.

’61—Frank L. O’Brien III of Phoenixville, PA, formerly of Villanova, PA, October 20, 2021; entrepreneur; founder and CEO, O’Brien Energy Systems, developers of environmentally friendly cogeneration fuel and waste projects; veteran; supporter of scientific, academic, conservation, and corporate organizations; enjoyed horsemanship, house restoration, art, and antique collectible cars; active in community and religious affairs.

’61 PhD—Tah-Teh Yang of Central, SC, July 27, 2022; researcher and professor of mechanical engineering, Clemson University; co-developer of the PhD program in mechanical engineering; also worked at Curtiss-Wright Corp., Paterson, NJ; enjoyed nature, working in the woods, and the company of many dogs; active in professional and religious affairs.

’62 BS ILR, MS ’66—Margaret Sandelin Benson of State College, PA, August 24, 2022; program coordinator and award-winning teacher of human development and family studies, Penn State Altoona; also worked at Head Start and as a home daycare coordinator; international advocate for daycare and early childhood education; academic writer and published author; enjoyed memoir and fiction writing and performing in dance and theater productions; active in alumni affairs. Husband, Thomas W. Benson, PhD ’66.

’62 BA—Andrew B. Berry of Whitefield, ME, July 29, 2022; owner, Maine Helicopters Inc., where he worked on agricultural, tower, and construction projects throughout the state; member, Whitefield Historical Society; enjoyed pleasure cruising, lobster boat racing, woodturning classes, sketching, cooking, and making his own maple syrup; active in professional affairs. Chi Psi.

’62 BS ILR—William S. Epstein of Satellite Beach, FL, formerly of Watchung, NJ, August 11, 2022; consultant, banker, and debt restructuring innovator; worked at Republic National Bank, Fieldstone Group, First NH Bank, Earnings Performance Group, and Bankers Trust Co.; veteran; enjoyed hiking, mountain climbing, storytelling, and the beaches of Nantucket; active in community affairs. Wife, Joan Rose Epstein ’63.

’62 PhD—Frank J. Holly of Midland, TX, January 16, 2022; professor of ophthalmology and biochemistry, Texas Tech University School of Medicine; researched tear film physiology and the causes and treatments of dry eye syndrome, Retina Foundation, Boston; also worked in the fields of dentistry and compatibility of prosthetic materials, Procter & Gamble and Thermoelectron; co-founder, lecturer, and conference organizer, International Society of Dacryology, and founder of the Dry Eye Institute; Scout leader; accomplished violinist; nature lover; enjoyed outdoor activities, dancing, writing, and music; active in religious affairs.

’63 BS Nurs—Ann Smith McHugh of Rocky Point, NY, November 22, 2021; nurse specializing in the care of older adults; director of personal services, St. James (NY) HRF nursing home.

’63, BEP ’64, PhD ’69—Roger B. Poeppel of Glen Ellyn, IL, August 18, 2022; senior research engineer and division director, Engineering Technology Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL; holder of multiple awards and patents; author and editor; youth sports coach and community volunteer; enjoyed sailing and cruising the world, cooking, gardening, biking, hiking, and horsemanship; active in professional affairs. Sigma Pi. Wife, Sarah Goodwin Poeppel ’68, BS ’69.

’63 BS Ag—Edward W. Reich of Livonia, NY, August 10, 2022; president, EWR Enterprises Inc., a rental business; CPA and field group manager, Internal Revenue Service, Lorain, OH; also worked at Lockwood Farm in Castile, NY, the J.I. Case Tractor Co., and the U.S. Department of Agriculture; veteran; member, Kiwanis; member in numerous sportsmen’s and military clubs; enjoyed home remodeling, skiing, fishing, and hunting. Alpha Zeta.

’64 BS Ag, MS ’66, PhD ’68—Michael W. Berns of Irvine, CA, August 13, 2022; award-winning biomedical laser pioneer; professor in the schools of medicine, engineering, and biological sciences, University of California, Irvine; co-founder and director, UCI’s Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic; first person to perform subcellular surgery of chromosomes; also taught zoology at the University of Michigan; painter, avocado farmer, and spy thriller novelist.

’64 PhD—W. Johnston Cocke III of Tucson, AZ, July 4, 2022; astrophysicist, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona; led the team that discovered the optical pulsar in the Crab Nebula in 1968; civilian contractor, U.S. Navy, where he assisted in the invention of the GPS; master calligrapher; naturalist; enjoyed mycology and mountaineering; active in religious affairs. Wife, Claire Illencsik Cocke ’66.

’64 BS HE—Dale Murphy Covey of Overland Park, KS, August 6, 2022; manager and systems analyst, AT&T; grant writer for nonprofits; preschool and kindergarten teacher; avid antiques collector, seller, and volunteer; enjoyed travel, gardening, vintage cars, knitting, sewing, and Maine Coon cats; active in civic, community, and humanitarian affairs.

’64 BA—Charles R. Henderson Jr. of Ithaca, NY, August 12, 2022; senior research associate, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, with a joint appointment in the Cornell Theory Center; statistical consultant to the Ford Foundation Urban Poverty Program and other organizations and universities; author or co-author of more than 200 articles on statistical methods and their application to biological, medical, and social sciences; nature lover and conservationist; championship tennis player; enjoyed music, Major and Minor League Baseball, Cornell hockey and lacrosse, and sports cars. Kappa Delta Rho.

’65 MEd—Joanna Hamel Dunklee of Torrance, CA, January 19, 2022; librarian, California State University Dominguez Hills; advocate for the education and professional development of young women; cat lover; enjoyed international travel; active in alumni affairs.

’65 BA—Mark H. Houston Jr. of Austin, TX, July 30, 2022; consultant, oil business professional, and geophysicist in Austin, Houston, and Seattle; manager, Western Geophysical, an oil services company in London, U.K.; instructor on current events, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; avid photographer; enjoyed international travel, living overseas, skiing, golf, and visiting wineries. Phi Sigma Kappa.

’65 BEP—Richard T. Jaffre of Dallas, TX, formerly of Cedar Hill, TX, August 1, 2022; VP, Chaparral Steel Co.; also worked at Latrobe Steel; avid golfer and fan; enjoyed Brazilian food and maintaining his fluency in Portuguese.

’65 BS Ag—Francine Grace Plaza of Boca Raton, FL, July 30, 2022; founder, Latin Link, a public relations firm for U.S. companies expanding to Latin America; also held a series of PR and corporate communications roles in Silicon Valley; editor, Aviación General, a magazine catering to the South American aviation industry; obtained a pilot’s license and flew humanitarian missions in and near Venezuela; multi-media artist; created more than 2,500 quilts for Project Linus of Palm Beach; enjoyed taking classes at Cornell and Florida Atlantic universities; active in community and alumni affairs.

’65, BS Ag ’66—Gerald J. Ward of Hagerstown, MD, November 12, 2021; worked for the City of Watertown, NY; veteran.

’65 BEE—David W. York of Chagrin Falls, OH, August 24, 2022; engineering management professional, systems and software engineer, and avionics and software consultant; owner, David York Consulting; director of engineering, HerdX, San Antonio, TX; chief engineer, flight software, NASA Glenn Research Center; active in alumni affairs. Delta Chi.

’66–68 GR—Cyrus P. Henry Jr. of Malvern, PA, July 24, 2022; award-winning chemist, DuPont and Octel America; invented several jet fuel additives that have improved air transport safety; accomplished nature and wildlife photographer; triathlete; enjoyed international travel.

’66 MBA—George E.R. Hervey of Greensboro, NC, August 9, 2022; medical courier; worked in the health sciences division, Eastman Kodak; also worked at the Arizona Department of Highways and the U.S. Geological Survey; elementary school volunteer; avid birder and lover of nature.

’66 ME—G. Gary Nixon of Greensboro, NC, July 28, 2022; award-winning civil engineer; partner, Finkbeiner, Pettis & Strout in Ohio and North Carolina; veteran; Rotarian and community volunteer; championship tennis player; enjoyed travel, golf, and following Cleveland sports teams.

’66 MBA—Craig A. Smoldt of Rochester, MN, August 5, 2022; head of systems and procedures and chair of the departments of information systems and facilities, Mayo Clinic; veteran; member, Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and Mayo Foundation Board of Trustees; avid bicyclist; enjoyed international travel, sailing, and hiking; active in religious affairs.

’67 BArch—Thomas C. Celli of Greensburg, PA, August 18, 2022; architect and master planner; president, Celli-Flynn Brennan; specialized in planning, design, and restoration for academic, religious, and governmental institutions; served on numerous educational, political, and religious boards and councils; enjoyed international travel, coaching Little League, dancing, and the Rolling Stones. Theta Delta Chi.

’67, BEE ’72—Michael J. Rattner of Stamford, CT, July 16, 2021; licensed professional engineer and electrical contractor; VP, Yonkers Electric Contracting; also worked at Valenti Electric and BEC Electric; veteran; enjoyed travel, golf, poker, studying physics and cosmology, and following the New York Yankees; active in community affairs.

’67, BS Hotel ’70—Frank L. Sullivan Jr. of Southampton, NY, formerly of New York City, August 16, 2022; founding partner, Clarion Partners, a commercial real estate investment firm representing various public employees in NYC; also held several senior real estate positions in the banking and financial services industries; adjunct professor of finance, Stern Graduate School of Business, New York University; veteran; philanthropist; enjoyed international travel, good food, and fine California wines; active in professional and alumni affairs. Lambda Chi Alpha.

’68 MS, PhD ’74—Daniel J. Aneshansley of Fayetteville, NY, formerly of Ithaca, NY, July 3, 2022; department chair and professor emeritus of biological and environmental engineering, Cornell University; developed prototypes for an in-line production inspection system of apples and helped create near-infrared and color imaging for bruise detection; also collaborated on research of the bombardier beetle and on insect neurobiology; held several patents for agricultural technology.

’68 MD—Robert A. Hands Jr. of Upper Saddle River, NJ, June 17, 2022; pediatrician, Valley Health System; school doctor, Upper Saddle River school system; coached girls’ recreation sports; veteran; active in community affairs. Wife, Lorraine Moulthrop Hands ’68.

’68–69 GR—John C. Harper of Brady, TX, July 30, 2022; stock and commodities broker; also worked for the Texas Department of Transportation and as a locksmith; enjoyed gardening, photography, reading history, following the stock market, and building computers; active in religious affairs.

’68, BS Ag ’69—Keith L. Hering of Piedmont, AL, August 22, 2022; regulatory consultant and litigation support specialist for the power utility industry in Canada and the southeastern U.S.; founder, OmniFacts, an internet research company in Atlanta; partner, Empire Agri-Systems, Auburn, NY, a poultry and livestock equipment integrator; founder, Harbour of Hope, providing Christian ministry in Romania; enjoyed bicycling, working outdoors, entertaining, and studying the Bible; active in civic and community affairs. Acacia.

’68 BA, JD ’73—Paula J. Mueller of New York City, August 10, 2022; attorney; general counsel and managing director, Parkview International; general counsel, Rockefeller & Co.; partner, Willkie, Farr & Gallagher; Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras; served on numerous cultural, financial, and scientific boards; enjoyed international travel, tennis, theater, opera, reading, and entertaining; active in alumni affairs.

’68—Joseph W. Rich of Poughkeepsie, NY, August 15, 2022; social studies teacher, Arlington High School; held several administrative posts in the local teachers union; also served on the Dutchess County Legislature and on the Poughkeepsie Common Council; avid reader and history buff; enjoyed walking, choral singing, Broadway musicals, keeping up on current events, and following the New York Yankees and Jets; active in community and religious affairs. Phi Kappa Tau.

’68 BS Ag—John C. Semmler of Ithaca, NY, August 4, 2022; educational consultant for universities in Australia; director of development, University of Sydney; assistant dean of public affairs, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; elementary school reading tutor; volunteer with nonprofits in Ithaca and Seminole, FL; donated land to the Cornell Botanic Gardens; enjoyed golf; active in community and alumni affairs.

’68 BS ILR, JD ’71—R. James Stroker of Longboat Key, FL, January 2, 2022; senior judge and chief judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, State of Florida; Orlando municipal judge and Orange County Court judge; labor attorney, Gurney, Gurney & Handley; active in professional affairs.

’69 MD—Thomas W. Buchholtz of Chapel Hill, NC, August 7, 2022; general surgery physician, Salem Hospital, Marblehead, MA; avid basketball and sports fan; enjoyed international travel, golf, music, and telling jokes; active in charitable, cultural, and religious affairs.

’69–73 GR—Samuel A. Clement of Richmond, VA, August 11, 2022; urban planning professional; worked for the City of Norfolk, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Health Care Association, and the Virginia Department of Health; veteran; member, Kiwanis; enjoyed international travel, boating, teaching waterskiing, reading, and studying investment strategies; active in charitable, educational, humanitarian, and community affairs.

’69 BA—Alfred A. Hagedorn III of Woodland Park, CO, July 6, 2022; president, Mid-Colorado Investment Co., the family bulk water business and cattle ranch; professor of chemistry, Columbia University; also taught at Rutgers University, Colorado College, and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; worked at Berlex Pharmaceuticals; enjoyed travel, hunting, and fishing; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Chi Sigma.

’69 MBA—Thomas A. Napoli of Katy, TX, July 20, 2022; VP, treasurer, and CFO, U.S. Home Corp. in Florida and Texas; president, U.S. Home Acceptance Corp.; banking and finance professional, First National City Bank Real Estate Division, NYC; veteran; avid golfer; enjoyed driving and exhibiting his 1961 Corvette convertible; active in community affairs.

’69 BS Hotel—George P. Sideris of Marlton, NJ, November 14, 2021; founder, Landmark HVAC; business executive and staff manager, Howard Johnson Hotels in Maple Shade and Woodbridge, NJ, and the Landmark Inn Banquet and Conference Center; founding member and president, Delaware Valley Purchasing Group; masters lacrosse player and accomplished artist; enjoyed bicycling, triathlons, flying his glider plane, classical and rock and roll music, studying history, and collecting antique machinery. Phi Kappa Sigma.

’69 BA—Frederick J. Sutton of Columbia, MD, August 1, 2022; cardiologist in Baltimore and a pioneer in electrophysiology; enjoyed international travel, football, baseball, tennis, running, and reading novels in French; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Tau Omega.

’69 BA—Judith Flower White of Ithaca, NY, July 30, 2022; mathematics teacher in a manipulatives laboratory, Beverly J. Martin School; also served as a conflict management instructor and coach; professional violinist; jazz connoisseur; enjoyed travel, pottery, knitting, reading, writing, plants, art, and Cornell hockey; active in alumni affairs.


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1970s

’70 BA—Jean B. Baxter of Hadley, MA, August 11, 2022; lighting designer and production manager, Five College Dance Consortium; Scout leader and regional event coordinator; enjoyed international travel, figure skating, and sharing her love for chocolate, unique acronyms, and rubber chickens; active in community and religious affairs.

’70 BA—Bruce M. Hall of Powell, OH, August 20, 2022; engineering management professional; worked for Electronic Data Systems (later acquired by Hewlett-Packard); veteran; enjoyed travel, gardening, reading, and studying history; active in alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’70 MS, PhD ’71—Judith Bancroft Pipher of Seneca Falls, NY, February 21, 2022; professor emerita, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester; award-winning expert in the field of infrared and submillimeter astronomy; also worked on the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope designing its infrared detector arrays; prolific author of scientific articles and papers and member of numerous astronomical organizations; inductee, National Women’s Hall of Fame; active in community affairs.

’71 MAT—Marla V. Hansen of Chico, CA, August 10, 2022; junior high and high school teacher in San Jose, Chico, and Biggs, CA; enjoyed travel, gardening, and walks in the park.

’71 MA, PhD ’73—Norman Schafler of Livingston, NJ, June 29, 2022; Spanish teacher and Quiz Bowl coach, Newark Academy.

’71 BEE, ME ’72—Thomas F. Shultz of Nashville, TN, November 15, 2021; anesthesiologist, Anesthesia Medical Group; clinical assistant professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; avid woodworker and gun enthusiast; member, Sons of the American Revolution; active in alumni affairs. Kappa Sigma.

’72 BA—George C. Comninel of Toronto, ON, August 18, 2022; professor and chair, Department of Political Science, York University; also served as chair of the University Senate; author, scholar, and international lecturer; enjoyed cottage trips, reading, and writing; active in professional affairs.

’72 BS HE—Robin Leventhal of Boulder, CO, formerly of New York City, August 2022; technology marketing manager in Boulder; program producer, “Women in Sports,” CBS; associate producer, CBS Sports Division, the first woman to hold that position; environmentalist and advocate for democracy and peace; enjoyed caring for her dogs.

’73 BA—Linda A. Dubins of Piedmont, CA, August 17, 2022; internal medicine physician, Kaiser Permanente, Richmond and Oakland, CA, and Alta Bates Medical Center, Berkeley; supported social, political, and environmental causes; enjoyed gardening, studying French and Spanish, and skiing; active in alumni affairs.

’73 BS Ag, MS ’76—Fred P. Gaines of Houston, TX, August 2, 2022; special education teacher, Houston Independent School District; active in alumni affairs.

’73 B Chem E, ME ’74—George M. Shapiro of Boca Raton, FL, August 25, 2022; president, GMS Technology Solutions Inc., providing engineering design, process development, startup support, and strategy services to international clients; VP, engineering, IDEKIN International; director of technology, Specialty Minerals Inc. and Pfizer; active in alumni affairs. Zeta Beta Tau.

’74 MS, PhD ’75—Wayne F. Bialas of Amherst, NY, June 4, 2022; award-winning associate professor emeritus of applied probability and statistics, Department of Industrial Engineering, University at Buffalo; also served as the department director of undergraduate and graduate studies; active in professional and alumni affairs.

’74 PhD—Verghese J. Chirayath of Chapel Hill, NC, August 1, 2022; professor of organizational behavior, John Carroll University; also served as director of the honors program and the International Studies Center; enjoyed fishing, hunting, and Western and Indian classical music. Wife, Bonny Waye Chirayath, MS ’67.

’75 PhD—John T. Ivers of Frisco, TX, November 14, 2021; food microbiologist; worked at Frito-Lay North America; enjoyed world travel and boating.

’76 MBA—G. Dietz Fry Jr. of Centennial, CO, August 1, 2022; minerals and mining professional; controller or VP of finance for four companies headquartered in Colorado; director of finance, Castle Pines; also worked at Deloitte & Touche; enjoyed golf, skiing, and tennis; active in religious affairs.

’76 MAT—Polly Joan of Ithaca, NY, August 10, 2022; adjunct professor of English, Tompkins Cortland Community College; creative writing teacher in the public schools; professional photographer; poet and author; active in community affairs.

’76 PhD—John J. Meisinger of Columbia, MD, November 8, 2021; research scientist and mentor, Agricultural Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD; veteran; avid softball player and coach; enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, birdwatching, and Sudoku.

’77 PhD—Jean A. Dirks of Lawrence, KS, February 8, 2022; licensed psychologist, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center; worked with the courts, judges, and attorneys in child welfare cases; clinical psychologist, Southgate (MI) Regional Center and Monroe (MI) Mental Health Center; advocate for women’s rights; enjoyed travel, cruising, skiing, and cooking; active in religious affairs.

’77—Paul M. Wigsten of Holden, MA, formerly of Pleasant Valley, NY, November 9, 2021; organic vegetable farmer, Wigsten’s Highline Farm Inc.; sold commercial real estate in New York City; produce buyer, Culinary Institute of America; advocate for the farm-to-table movement in Dutchess County; co-author of a textbook on vegetable identification and use; enjoyed bluegrass music and festivals. Sigma Chi.


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1980s

’82 BS Ag—Margaret A. Greene of Sausalito, CA, August 25, 2022; law librarian; associate dean and director of the Golden Gate University School of Law Library and the University of San Francisco School of Law Library; also worked in several New York City law firms; animal lover; enjoyed international travel and skiing.

’82 BS Hotel—Stephen D. Williams of Reno, NV, July 30, 2022; businessman and philanthropist; principal in firms specializing in private equity, venture capital, investment banking, and hospitality management; member on numerous cultural, humanitarian, religious, and scientific boards; enjoyed choral singing; active in professional affairs.

’84 BS Ag—Mark E. Hamblet of Chapel Hill, NC, April 14, 2022; project management software expert, Bayer Crop Science; manager, Cornell University Freshman Writing Seminar, where he developed an algorithm for enrolling students in their seminar of choice; campus leader in introducing the Apple Macintosh into the curriculum and administration; veteran; advocate for endangered species. Partner, Mark I. Schultz ’82.

’84 PhD—Rolf A. Zerges of Keuka Park, NY, formerly of Rochester, NY, March 4, 2022; taught management courses in Keuka College’s adult degree program; VP for academic affairs, Alfred State College; dean of business, SUNY Delhi College of Technology; director of business and management programs, College of Continuing Education, Rochester Institute of Technology; directed the effort to build low- and moderate-income housing in the Rochester suburbs, NYS Urban Development Corp.; also served as president of the Lewis Street Center; veteran; advocate for civil rights and income equality; accomplished accordion player; preservationist; founder, Shelter of Hope, the first animal shelter in Yates County; enjoyed international travel and his pontoon boat; active in community and cultural affairs.

’86 MBA—William Wong of Oyster Bay, NY, July 21, 2022; budget and administration professional, Adelphi University; also worked as a financial and investment professional at various other companies; enjoyed music and playing electric guitar; active in religious affairs.

’88 MFA—Melissa S. Bank of New York City, August 1, 2022; author of the bestseller The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing and the comic story collection The Wonder Spot, among other writings; visiting professor, Cornell University Creative Writing Program; also taught in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

’89 BS Ag—Daniel W. Abrahamson of Whitney Point, NY, July 28, 2022; agricultural economics professional, Ag Direct, Wells Fargo, Business Lease Consultants, Northland Capital, Telmark Inc., and Cobblestone Creek Landscaping; avid outdoorsman; enjoyed music and coaching youth sports. Alpha Gamma Rho.

’89 MS—Kevin M. Duffy of Addison, MI, January 11, 2022; minister, teacher, and writer; pastor, Addison Congregational Church; founder and director, Household of Faith Ministries; also served as a missionary in southern Africa. Wife, Margaret Greer Duffy, MPS ’89.

’89 MBA—Robert W. Haefliger of Pasadena, CA, August 2, 2022; founder, CruisePortInsider.com, a travel website; enjoyed international travel, Thai restaurants, and dogs; active in alumni affairs.

’89 MS, PhD ’90—Andrew G. Loerch of Lake Frederick, VA, formerly of Manassas, VA, June 15, 2022; professor and associate chair, Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, George Mason University; career Army officer; award-winning fellow and president, Military Operations Research Society; co-editor of a book on military operational analysis and author of numerous professional papers; board member and principal bassoonist, Manassas Symphony Orchestra; enjoyed skydiving, karate, music, softball, bicycling, and the New York Yankees; active in alumni affairs.


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1990s

’90 MS—Robert Monastero of Fort Myers, FL, June 18, 2022; director, information management/human resources, Xerox Corp. in Rochester, NY, and Stamford, CT; volunteer chef, Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida; avid golfer, gourmet chef, and wine expert; fluent in Spanish; enjoyed international travel, camping, boating, bicycling, and mountaineering; active in alumni affairs.

’91—Howard S. Wolkow of Bedminster, NJ, August 11, 2022; IT architect, Mphasis Corp.; also worked at Prudential Life Insurance and Showtime Networks; veteran; Scout leader; member, Bedminster Township Board of Education; collector of Lego and Monopoly sets and interested in “Star Trek” memorabilia; active in alumni affairs.

’96 MBA—Jacob R. Longacre of Griswold, CT, February 9, 2022; civilian engineer, U.S. Navy; professor of electronics technology, Quinsigamond Community College; professional toy airplane designer; enjoyed choral singing, reading, tinkering, puns, and trivia; active in religious affairs.


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2000s

’01 BS HE—Jessica Sayles Doolittle of Trumansburg, NY, July 31, 2022; customer engagement manager and project leader, Cornell University; technology professional, Google; talented athlete; active in alumni affairs.

’01 BS ORIE—Brandon J. Erdle of Rochester, NY, August 9, 2022; adult and pediatric dermatologist; dermatologic, cosmetic, and laser surgeon; active in religious affairs.

’02 MBA—Diane L. Massaglia of Ponte Vedra, FL, formerly of Oxford, PA, January 24, 2022; assistant product director, Johnson & Johnson; also worked in marketing finance and tax accounting; healthcare advocate; music lover; enjoyed running, reading, baking, and crafting; active in community affairs.


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2010s

’14 ME—Gregory K. Huizinga of Milford, CT, February 14, 2022; flight test engineer on the S-70 Black Hawk helicopters, Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin, and on the Boeing 737, Triad Systems International; flight test engineer/test conductor on F-35As, Modern Technology Solutions at Edwards Air Force Base, and on F-35Cs, Lockheed Martin, at the NAS Patuxent River Navy Base; community education volunteer and mentor; enjoyed international travel, skydiving, hiking, kayaking, home-brewing, reading, following the New York Jets, and studying everything related to space.

’17 MILR—Christopher S. Kelly of Bronxville, NY, June 28, 2022; VP, human resources, American Express; associate attorney, Allen & Overy, NYC; advocate of leadership development; enjoyed travel, snowboarding, hiking, reading, playing video games, and the Buffalo Bills.


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Published November 1, 2022