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November 2023

The University recently learned of the passing of these Cornellians

Editor’s note: Please submit notification of alumni deaths—including an obituary, if possible—to the University at Once the University records an alumni death in its database, the relevant information is forwarded to Cornellians for inclusion in a future In Memoriam section.


’47 BS Hotel—Helen Tetter Kennedy of Vero Beach, FL, July 7, 2023; worked all over the world; enjoyed international travel, fishing, bridge, entertaining, and summers in the mountains of North Carolina. Delta Gamma.

’49 DVM—Dallas B. Tuthill of Sun City Center, FL, June 1, 2023; physician in Baltimore, MD, and in Saudi Arabia; commissioned officer, U.S. Army, with tours of duty in New Jersey, Maryland, Vietnam, and Germany, as well as multiple assignments at Walter Reed Army Medical Center; also pursued training in veterinary medicine; helped establish the Veterans Memorial of Sun City Center; enjoyed international travel, reading history and biographies, golf, tennis, and attending concerts and plays; active in charitable, community, and humanitarian affairs. Alpha Psi.


’50 BA, MEd ’57—Thomas T. Bissell of Long Lake, NY, August 28, 2023; teacher, Newcomb Central School; veteran; EMT, school board member, town councilman, and town supervisor; enjoyed international travel, developing land, building miniature guideboats, and working the family camp on Long Lake; active in community, historical, and military affairs.

’50 BS HE—Dorothy Coons Chadbourne of Utica, NY, formerly of Hallowell, ME, August 9, 2023; institutional management professional and nutritionist; participated in an early nutrient absorption study; instructor, Cooperative Extension; also worked at a local grade school and as an adult education instructor; homemaker; accomplished seamstress, baker, and knitter; enjoyed international travel, railroad history, gardening, card games, restoring antique chairs, and the family cottage in the Adirondacks; active in community, religious, and alumni affairs.

’50 BA—Richard E. Davis of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Carlisle, MA, January 19, 2022; petrochemical consultant, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, MA, with extensive travel in Asia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Mexico; veteran; enjoyed international travel, skiing, bass fishing on Cape Cod, gardening, and reading; active in religious and alumni affairs. Beta Theta Pi.

’50 LLB—Morton Moskin of New York City, December 1, 2022; commercial and contract attorney; consultant in private practice; partner, White & Case; director, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services; author; active in civic, professional, and alumni affairs. Kappa Alpha Psi.

’51 PhD—B. Spencer Meeks of Fargo, ND, August 7, 2016; professor of chemistry, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and faculty adviser of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; also worked as a chemist in numerous countries around the world; veteran; avid birder; enjoyed international travel and cruises, active in religious affairs.

’51 BA—Robin T. Tait of Paris, France, August 29, 2023; attorney, Coudert Frères; philanthropist and advocate for legal scholarship; active in professional and alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’52 BS HE—Elizabeth Hunsberger Craver of Lititz, PA, August 24, 2023; home economics teacher, Wheatland Junior High School, Lancaster, PA; also taught in junior and senior high schools in Pelham and Rye, NY, and in Washington, DC; volunteer instructor and coordinator of volunteers, Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit providing equine programs for children with disabilities; award-winning equestrian; lover of animals and avid bird watcher; enjoyed travel, pastel drawing, sewing, quilting, gardening, choral singing, and annual Thanksgiving family reunions; active in religious and alumni affairs. Kappa Alpha Theta.

’52 BME—John T. Geohegan of Albuquerque, NM, March 6, 2023; engineer and humanist; chair, New Mexicans for Science and Reason, a science advocacy organization, and member, American Humanist Association. Pi Kappa Phi.

’52 BS Nurs—Janet Nein Knight of Helena, MT, October 14, 2020; worked with mothers and babies; co-founder with her husband of the Hiram College Northwoods Field Station, a rustic camp and study center on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula designed for experiential learning in harmony with the natural world; enjoyed canoeing, exploring, and birdwatching.

’53, BME ’54—Donald S. Cromwell of Harwinton, CT, August 29, 2023; board member, Harwinton EMS; active in community and alumni affairs. Delta Chi.

’53 BS Hotel—Richard E. Hayes of Freeland, WA, formerly of São Paulo, Brazil, August 29, 2023; businessman with a focus on Latin America; worked at Chase Manhattan Bank on assignment in Brazil; also privately invested in startups including food franchises, a sportfishing travel company, and a cocoa venture; veteran; accomplished trumpet and mellophone player; lover of swing-era jazz; enjoyed international travel and cultures, geography, nature, music, fine wine, and Mariners baseball; active in alumni affairs.

’53, BArch ’54—Larry S. Litchfield of Manila, Philippines, formerly of New York City, August 19, 2023; architectural consultant; architect and co-founder, SBLM Architects; also worked at the family architectural firm, LaPierre, Litchfield & Partners, and co-founded Litchfield Grosfeld Associates; veteran; enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, skiing, black-and-white photography, and the family beach property on Pagbilao Grand Island; active in professional and alumni affairs. Sigma Phi.

’54 BS CALS—Frank O. Genova of Southern Pines, NC, formerly of Millbrook, NY, September 13, 2023; agricultural field force management professional, GLF/Agway, aiding farmers in the Northeast to increase production and profitability through automation and education; active in community, humanitarian, and alumni affairs. Alpha Gamma Rho.

’54, BME ’55—Donald Glickman of Marshall, VA, April 3, 2023; co-founder and partner, J.F. Lehman & Co., an aerospace, defense, marine, and environmental sector-focused private equity investment firm; senior VP and regional director for the eastern U.S., First National Bank of Chicago; also worked at Compagnie Financière de Suez and Lehman Brothers; veteran; avid reader and military historian; accomplished cook in the classic Northern Italian style; enjoyed international travel, field sports, skiing, entertaining, telling stories, and restoring the historic family house.

’54 BS ILR—Jack R. Newman of Washington, DC, May 5, 2023; award-winning attorney and consultant; senior legal counsel and adviser to the utility and nuclear industries in the U.S. and abroad on regulatory and environmental issues; senior partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; founding partner, Lowenstein, Newman, Reis, and Axelrad; legal counsel to the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy; veteran; avid reader and book collector; enjoyed international travel and attending Washington Nationals spring training; active in charitable, professional, and alumni affairs.

’55 BA—Jerome F. “Jeff” Machamer of Holley, NY, September 24, 2023; economic geologist and international consultant; expert in minerals exploration; worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Essex Minerals Inc., U.S. Steel Corp., Phelps Dodge Corp., and IMC Global; veteran; train enthusiast, avid rose gardener, and lover of classical music; enjoyed birdwatching, studying the natural world, and reading magazines, literature, and poetry; active in community, historical, professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Phi Gamma Delta. Surviving spouse, Susan Hurd Machamer ’55.

’55 BA—Richard H. McKillip of Madison, CT, and Naples, FL, July 21, 2023; chemist; longtime employee of Chesebrough-Pond’s (now Unilever); avid reader; enjoyed fishing, painting, sculpture, cooking, and playing bocce; active in alumni affairs. Lambda Chi Alpha.

’55 MD—William A. Neill of Portland, OR, August 3, 2023; cardiologist, faculty member, and research scientist, Oregon Health and Science University; also worked at the Physiology Institute, University of Dusseldorf; served in the Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta; caught and photographed butterflies for three published field guides; enjoyed back-country family hiking trips, tennis, landscape painting, and gardening. Surviving spouse, Sara Mohr Neill, BS Nurs ’54.

’55 BA—Thomas R. Steiner of Albuquerque, NM, November 13, 2022; professor of English literature, University of California, Santa Barbara; active in alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Delta.

’56 BS CALS—John P. Cornell of Brambleton, VA, July 2023; commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe; active in alumni affairs.

’56 BS Hotel—Paul Fishbeck of Shoreham, Vic, Australia, September 9, 2023; worked at Matson, Saga Food Service, and Shell Oil; railroad enthusiast; collected menus, including his added notes and reminiscences, from restaurants and cruises around the world for more than half a century, all of which are now housed in the Cornell Archives; active in alumni affairs.

’56 BA—Foster T. Kinney of Redwood City, CA, formerly of Fullerton, CA, August 27, 2023; investment realtor who also worked in affordable housing; enjoyed international travel; active in community, humanitarian, and alumni affairs. Phi Sigma Kappa.

’56 BA, LLB ’61—E. George Pazianos of Washington, DC, December 9, 2022; attorney; enjoyed international travel and his farm in Virginia; active in alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Sigma.

’56 BA, MD ’60—Robert J. Timberger of Piermont, NY, formerly of Scarsdale, NY, March 19, 2023; physician and chief of staff of the Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; also taught physical diagnosis at the New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center and was founder and co-chair of the first hospital ethics committee; veteran; philanthropist; Scout leader and youth sports coach; enjoyed travel, camping, and auditing university courses; active in charitable, civic, educational, professional, and alumni affairs. Tau Delta Phi.

’57 BA—Barbara S. Feigenbaum of New York City, April 24, 2023; worked at Merrill Lynch.

’57 BA—Elliot Goldman of Los Angeles, CA, August 30, 2023; music business professional; founder and consultant to record companies, the Elliot Goldman Group; senior VP at Warner Communications and CEO at BMG Music; executive VP and general manager, Arista Records; also worked at CBS Records in the business affairs department; active in humanitarian, political, and professional affairs. Tau Delta Phi.

’57 BA—Donald L. Singer of Bowie, MD, August 31, 2023; historian and archivist of the World War II period, National Archives, Washington, DC; worked for years with a trove of undiscovered boxes of names of those killed by the Nazis in the Buchenwald and Langenstein-Zwieberge concentration camps; enjoyed running marathons, playing chess, reading, writing, events and lectures, and political debate; active in alumni affairs. Tau Epsilon Phi.

’58 PhD—Ferdinand Rodriguez of Old Saybrook, CT, formerly of Cleveland, OH, and Ithaca, NY, September 6, 2023; award-winning professor emeritus of chemical engineering, Cornell University; expert in polymer properties and processing; faculty adviser to the Cornell student chapter, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; also conducted research at University of London, Eastman Kodak, Imperial Chemical Industries, and Union Carbide; veteran; textbook author and gospel songwriter; enjoyed international travel, choral directing, and playing clarinet and saxophone in several community bands; active in alumni affairs.

’58 BS Hotel—Richard M. Stormont of Atlanta, GA, September 4, 2023; award-winning hospitality and tourism professional; Marriott franchisee and principal, the Stormont Companies LLC, a hotel development company; executive, Marriott Hotels; one of three executives on the original Courtyard brand expansion initiative in the early 1980s; veteran; director, president, and chairman, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and director, president, and founder, Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association; inductee, Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame; Rotarian; active in community, professional, and alumni affairs. Phi Kappa Psi.

’59 BA—Ursula Eirich Moeller of Santa Fe, NM, September 4, 2023; preschool teacher and educator; author of two memoirs; lover of the natural world, accomplished gardener, and talented artist; enjoyed international travel, crafts of all kinds, and writing over a thousand daily haikus with a circle of longtime friends; active in alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Richard S. Moeller ’57, BME ’58.

’59, BArch ’60—Michael Simonhoff of Miami, FL, July 5, 2023; architectural engineer; designed environmentally conscious homes that integrated with their natural surroundings; public servant and pillar of Florida’s political landscape; ran for mayor of Miami and for offices in the state legislature; native species preservationist and advocate for conservation and sustainability; lover of nature, animals, and marine life; car aficionado and curator of a world-class tree snail collection. Tau Delta Phi.

’59, BME ’61—Drew C. Smith of Fuquay-Varina, NC, August 19, 2023; superintendent, Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Philadelphia Electric Co.; veteran; hospital and library volunteer; car enthusiast and boating aficionado; active in alumni affairs. Delta Phi.

’59, BME ’64—Michael R. Stanley of Pittsford, NY, September 14, 2022; xerographic process technology professional, Xerox Corp. Delta Phi.


’60 BA—Carole Masutani Miura of Swampscott, MA, formerly of Hilo, HI, August 2023; professor emerita of mathematics and mathematical statistics, University of Hawaii; enjoyed raising and showing cocker spaniels; active in alumni affairs. Chi Omega.

’60—Stanley A. Salter Jr. of Sumter, SC, March 20, 2022; commissioned officer and pilot, U.S. Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base; avid skeet shooter and Carolina Gamecocks fan; active in religious affairs. Pi Kappa Alpha.

’61, BEP ’63—Arthur J. Hart of Pearland, TX, formerly of Wantagh, NY, July 12, 2023; computer scientist; president and professional web designer, Websites by Ideal; VP and management consultant to small and medium-sized companies, Ideal Consulting Services Inc.; also worked in AI application development, AGS Consulting. Acacia.

’61, BA ’60—David A. Major of Philadelphia, PA, September 9, 2023; primary care physician and founder, Ninth Street Internal Medicine; professor and director of teaching, Department of Medicine, and co-founder of the Physician Assistant Program, Hahnemann University, the first of its kind in Philadelphia; enjoyed international travel, playing numerous sports, skiing, skating, bicycling, walking the Atlantic City boardwalk, and swimming at the Jersey Shore; active in professional and alumni affairs. Alpha Epsilon Pi. Surviving spouse, Evelyn R. Eskin ’62.

’62, BS HE ’61—Sondra Rudgers Dunne of Milwaukee, WI, formerly of Ashland, WI, January 9, 2023; law librarian; homemaker; active in civic and alumni affairs. Delta Gamma.

’62—Beverlie Miner Langieri of Venice, FL, September 25, 2022; realtor, Bird Bay Realty Inc.; owner, RBC Ranch.

’62, BA ’63—Chris N. Napjus of Kent Narrows, MD, formerly of Annapolis, MD, September 19, 2023; computer science professional; consultant, Dell Computer Corp. and Computer Sciences Corp.; computer scientist, National Security Agency; consultant on U.S. Navy contracts in Seattle, San Francisco, Newport, RI, and Annapolis; veteran; Life Master, American Contract Bridge League; avid Baltimore Orioles fan; enjoyed international travel, fine food and wine, musical theater, reading, and reciting poetry; active in alumni affairs; Lambda Chi Alpha. Surviving spouse, Barbara Dohren Napjus ’63.

’64 BA—David J. Fischer of Potomac, MD, August 24, 2023; psychiatrist in private practice and on staff at the Washington Hospital Center; also served in the U.S. Public Health Service.

’64 BA—William P. Russell of Santa Fe, NM, formerly of Calais, VT, August 15, 2023; award-winning attorney and public servant; chief, Vermont’s Legislative Counsel, Montpelier, VT; chair, National Conference of State Legislatures; professor of constitutional law and legislation, Vermont Law and Graduate School; accomplished violinist, bass player, and singer; avid runner; enjoyed international travel, volleyball, and playing local gigs in numerous bands; active in community, educational, and alumni affairs. Sigma Chi.

’64 BS HE—Judith H. Sutherland of Oakland, CA, March 15, 2020; vocational rehabilitation counselor; Oakland Museum volunteer and lover of music, art, and theater; enjoyed international travel, skiing, hiking, camping, sailing, gardening, making pottery, reading, bridge, and Chinese cooking; active in alumni affairs.

’65 BS HE—Susann Brown of Rochester, NY, July 28, 2023; Monroe County social worker involved in child welfare and foster care; climate change activist and advocate for social justice; avid ballroom dancer; enjoyed international travel, touring national parks, tennis, music, and nature photography; active in charitable and community affairs. Chi Omega.

’65 BA—Deevy-Jane Greitzer of Middletown, NY, August 23, 2023; dentist, NYS Department of Health; also worked as a book editor in New York City; lover of animals.

’65 BA—Peter E. Schwartz of Larchmont, NY, September 9, 2023; financial advisor and senior VP, UBS Financial Services; skilled swimmer, avid gardener, and lover of the arts; enjoyed running; active in philanthropic and alumni affairs. Pi Lambda Phi.

’65 BA—Marvin E. VanLeeuwen of Carmel, IN, July 31, 2023; independent school administrator, teacher, and coach; enjoyed camping, sailing, and singing in the church choir and a barbershop quartet. Phi Gamma Delta.

’66 JD—Jacob A. Bloom of Sun Valley, ID, September 7, 2023; founding partner, Bloom, Hergott, Cook & Diemer, which became the largest entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills, representing high-profile motion picture and television producers, directors, and actors; mentor; philanthropist; founding member, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and the Venice Art Walk; enjoyed international travel and cultures, collecting art, and fine dining; active in humanitarian, religious, and alumni affairs.

’66 BS ILR—Robert J. Wilson of Tiburon, CA, August 6, 2023; attorney; general counsel, IRS; expert in collective bargaining and in forming nonprofits; co-founder and president, Polar Bear International; celebrated steward, consultant, or board member on numerous organizations, including the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County, the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, California’s Marine Life Protection Act working group, and the American Cetacean Society; social and climate change activist and wildlife preservationist; enjoyed international travel, bicycling, beach walking, wildlife photography and videography; annual Super Bowl parties, political debate, and his collection of Hawaiian shirts; active in charitable and conservation affairs.

’67 LLB—Bruce I. Goldstein of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Chester, NJ, September 2, 2023; trial attorney, Anselmi & Carvelli PC; managing partner, Saiber, Schlesinger, Satz & Goldstein; federal prosecutor, New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office, and executive assistant U.S. attorney; mentor; board chairman, New Jersey Sharing Network, which provides services and support to individuals awaiting transplantation; patron of the arts and lover of classical music; active in religious affairs.

’67 MD—William L. Rutherford of Erie, IL, formerly of Peoria, IL, July 16, 2020; co-director, Western Michigan University’s Center of Excellence for Simulation Research; specialist in human factors and accident investigation, Airline Pilot Association; VP of flight standards and training, Denver Training Facility, United Air Lines; also served as a pilot, line check airman, and flight manager; flight surgeon in aeronautical medicine, Edwards Air Force Base; veteran; member, Kiwanis; president, Forest Park Foundation; enjoyed working the family farm; active in community and professional affairs.

’68 B Chem E—Steven E. Bushman of Hollywood, FL, 2022; chemical engineer, Department of Defense, Aberdeen, MD.

’68 BS CALS—Steven Crooks of Clyde, NY, May 18, 2023; emergency management professional, Wayne County Office of Disaster Preparedness; active in alumni affairs.

’69 BS CALS—John A. Riley of Batavia, NY, September 8, 2023; owner/operator, Irish Mist Farms; also worked at My-T Acres Farm, Terminex, Bailey Electric, Bob’s Tree Service, Dean Schaal Enterprises, and Godwin Pumps; partner, St. John Farms, Oakfield, NY; in retirement, grew and sold flowers and Poppa Riley’s Popcorn; avid swimmer and gardener; active in professional, religious, and alumni affairs. Alpha Zeta.

’69 BME—Hwa N. Shen of Austin, TX, and Milwaukee, WI, March 24, 2021; award-winning senior data technologist, Johnson Controls; held two patents; recently granted a master’s in theological studies from Baylor University; enjoyed helping students from abroad; active in humanitarian, religious, and alumni affairs. Beta Pi.


’70 BA—Roger W. Lamanna of Richmond, VA, August 31, 2023; internal medicine physician and diagnostician; nephrologist, UNC Hospitals; volunteer gardener and welder, Maymont historic estate and park; accomplished artist and blacksmith; enjoyed opera, classical music, gardening, and creative metalwork. Kappa Delta Rho.

’70 PhD—Daniel W. Markwyn of Santa Rosa, CA, August 21, 2023; award-winning professor emeritus of history, department chair, and chair of the faculty, Sonoma State University; veteran; co-founder, Luther Burbank Home & Gardens; also helped found the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and taught there for a number of years; enjoyed the game of baseball, buying books, and working with the history committee of the Museum of Sonoma County and several other local historical groups; active in community affairs. Surviving spouse, M. Josephine Rummell Markwyn, GR ’67–70.

’72 PhD—Koti Pamidi of Waltham, MA, August 29, 2022; electrical engineer.

’72 BEE—Nicholas J. Seay of Charlottesville, VA, formerly of Madison, WI; co-founder, VP business development, and chief technology officer, Cellular Dynamics Inc.; patent and intellectual property law attorney, supporting research in agricultural and stem cell technology and litigating cases to protect the environment; veteran; consultant to the boards of emerging biotech companies and angel investor; avid reader; enjoyed international travel, bicycling, woodworking, following University of Wisconsin sports, and playing basketball for decades; active in professional and alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Wendy Cooper Seay ’74.

’74 BS CALS—Paul J. Caleb of Madison, WI, July 7, 2023; nuclear engineer, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

’74 BEE—Richard A. Litman of Sacramento, CA, formerly of Wantagh, NY, August 22, 2023; engineering executive at MOBA Group, Cornelius, and FMC Engineering; avid golfer; active in alumni affairs.

’74 BS CALS—Eric I. Skillins of Brechin, ON, formerly of Aurora, ON, August 8, 2023; real estate professional, Royal LePage; corporate banker, Toronto Dominion Bank; dedicated volunteer with Welcome Table, a food kitchen at Trinity Anglican Church; enjoyed kayaking, swimming, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and playing hockey and golf; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Chi.

’74 MS—Julia Wade of Johnson City, TN, August 29, 2023; professor of biology and pre-professional health advisor, Milligan University; also taught at Pennsylvania State University; naturalist and lover of animals; therapy dog volunteer at local hospitals and nursing homes; enjoyed international travel, cruises, reading, golf, gardening, photography, card games, cooking, and entertaining; active in community and religious affairs.

’75 JD—Stephen R. Miller of Chicago, IL, 2020; employee benefits attorney, McDermott Will & Emery LLP; worked in the areas of pension and profit-sharing plans, stock ownership, executive compensation, and retiree medical benefits; trustee, Village of Wilmette Police Pension Board, and board member, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston; author, teacher, and speaker; active in professional and alumni affairs.

’77 BEE—Samuel H. Gamoran of Hashmonaim, Israel, July 11, 2017; computer engineer, consultant, and project manager, NDS Technologies Israel Ltd. and Motorola Israel; also worked at Bell Communications Research, Decision Systems Israel, and Weizmann Institute of Science; amateur radio and model rocketry enthusiast; active in professional and religious affairs. Beta Pi.

’77 BS Hotel—Kenneth C. Gioffre of Middleburg, FL, formerly of Huntingdon Valley, PA, February 13, 2019; financial services professional; active in religious affairs.

’77 BS HE—Susan Gerster Kern of Cocoa, FL, September 17, 2023; flight attendant, Southwest Airlines; advocate for union workers; accomplished carpenter; enjoyed building spiral staircases.

’79 BS Hotel—Joel P. Feigenheimer of Hollywood, FL, formerly of Boca Raton, FL, April 19, 2023; hospitality industry executive and operations consultant; adjunct professor, Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management; owner,, a resource site for sustainable vendors and industry experts; director of purchasing, China Grill Management, overseeing more than 25 restaurants; owner, Cranberry Bog restaurant and event caterers; manager, TGI Fridays Inc.; active in professional affairs.

’79 BA—David S. Finkelstein of Lafayette, LA, April 11, 2022; physician. Zeta Beta Tau.

’79 BS ILR—Audrey L. James of Bronx, NY, December 13, 2020; consultant; active in alumni affairs. Alpha Kappa Alpha.

’79—Robert J. Murphy of West Barnstable, MA, formerly of Stoughton, MA, May 13, 2023; owner, Mur-Mac’s Roast Beef, a stand concept restaurant; also served as co-manager of the Yachtsman Condominiums, Hyannis, MA; accomplished carpenter, plumber, and electrician; enjoyed international travel, cross-country road trips, skiing, running, reading, and the Cape Cod beaches.


’81 MS—Merri Woodell Lang of Langlois, OR, November 15, 2022; co-owner/manager of cattle operations and a cranberry farm; active in community and professional affairs.

’82 BS CALS—Kenneth W. Klimpel Jr. of Lopez Island, WA, July 25, 2023; director, clinical research, Colgate-Palmolive Co., Piscataway, NJ; enjoyed card games, cars, good wine, following professional football, and taking care of the home and yard; active in community and alumni affairs.

’82 JD—Mary A. Walsh of Binghamton, NY, August 22, 2023; assistant attorney general, NYS Attorney General’s Office; attorney, Broome County Legal Department, and at the law firm of Thomas, Collison & Place, Endicott, NY; expert in the field of trusts and estates; avid bicyclist; enjoyed hiking, skiing, reading, music, and the New York Times crossword; active in alumni affairs. Surviving spouse, Albert J. Millus Jr. ’78, JD ’82.

’83 MBA—David A. Karnes of Sammamish, WA, January 2021; vice president of operations, VitalWare, in the areas of healthcare data analytics, HIPAA security, IT, and financial reporting; VP of product development at MedAssets, Accuro Healthcare, and LUMEDX.

’84 BS CALS—Kevin J. O’Brien of Greenlawn, NY, August 2021; landscape designer, New Horizon Landscapes Inc.; active in alumni affairs.

’85 JD—James E. O’Donnell of Seattle, WA, August 18, 2023; practicing attorney; youth athletics coach; avid mountaineer, biker, skier, and ultimate Frisbee player; enjoyed music, challenges, and competition; active in community affairs.

’85 BS ORIE, MBA ’89—Michael R. Pennell of San Clemente, CA, June 20, 2023; director of AI product management, Innovyze, improving the efficiency of water and wastewater treatment; chief data scientist, OspreyData Inc.; founder, CEO, and chief data scientist, SourceThought; vice president, HCL CapitalStream; Scout leader; active in alumni affairs. Sigma Chi.

’86 BA, ME ’87—Thomas A. Riso of Jupiter, FL, June 4, 2023; electrical and telecommunications software engineer; member, Knights of Columbus; accomplished musician and avid reader; enjoyed choral singing, live music performances, opera, and studying foreign languages; active in religious and alumni affairs.

’88 BA—David H. Topol of Bethesda, MD, September 21, 2023; attorney and partner, Wiley Rein LLP, specializing in the professional liability insurance industry; trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Enforcement Section; mentor; advisor, supporter, partner, or board member of numerous Jewish charitable, community, religious, and educational organizations; co-recipient of the Lessans Community Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington. Tau Epsilon Phi.


Editor’s note: Due to an error in the processing of alumni data, this section originally included a death notice for AA&P alum Michael D. Scott ’90. We regret having erroneously included Mr. Scott in our listing of deceased Cornellians—and we are happy to report that he is alive and well.

’90 MS—Anita Mueller Morgan of Avon, OH, July 25, 2023; special education teacher and administrator in Beaverton, OR, and Elyria, OH; advocate for social justice; avid outdoorswoman and explorer; enjoyed international travel, camping, hiking, kayaking, sailing, choral singing, opera, classical music, and dancing; active in religious affairs.

’95 PhD—June P. Mead of Binghamton, NY, August 8, 2023; senior extension associate and founder of numerous youth-serving programs; worked across New York State and nationally at Cornell Cooperative Extension and at Children, Youth, and Families at Risk; also pursued a career in radio; licensed pilot and pilot trainer, Singer-Link; competitive swimmer and lover of the ocean; active in community and alumni affairs.

’96 BS Hotel—Brett C. Klyza of Atlanta, GA, August 29, 2023; senior VP, asset management, hotel and transportation logistics, Silverpeak Real Estate Partners; youth soccer, flag football, and baseball coach; lover of the outdoors; enjoyed fishing, sailing, scuba diving, college football and basketball, entertaining, and long drives. Sigma Alpha Epsilon.


’00, BS Hotel ’05—Robert R. Relinger of Georgetown, SC, formerly of Ocala, FL, February 18, 2021; commercial lender and assistant VP, Silver River Community Bank; also worked as a commercial loan officer at First Federal Bank and CBC National Bank; professional hospitality manager and executive at multiple public and private companies throughout the U.S.

’09 BA—Tiffany N. Moncur of Boston, MA, June 23, 2023; senior associate, Population Health Management, Mass General Brigham; supervisor, anatomic and pathology support, Quest Diagnostics; also worked at Johns Hopkins University, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and University of South Florida; enjoyed playing basketball and other sports; active in community, political, and religious affairs. Delta Sigma Theta.


’10 BA—Thomas B. Johnson of Cape May, NJ, July 23, 2023; lifelong birder, photographer, and videographer; field ornithologist; tour leader, Field Guides Inc., leading birding tours around the world; conducted field research in the southwestern U.S. and Northern Canada and at sea on NOAA research vessels; morning flight counter during fall migration, Cape May Bird Observatory; helped develop the “OutBirding with Field Guides” video series; contributor/columnist for a number of birding periodicals; active in professional affairs.


’21 BS CS—Priya Srikumar of New York City, August 26, 2023; second-year PhD student in computing and information science at Cornell University, focusing on programming languages, compilers, formal verification, and computer architecture; worked with the campus-based Capra research group on formalizing and verifying the Calyx compiler infrastructure; teaching assistant, author, and speaker; enjoyed good food, singing, playing guitar, film photography, and building robots; active in community affairs.

’23 BS CS—Yohanes Kidane of San Jose, CA, formerly of Webster, NY, August 29, 2023; recent graduate in computer science; software engineer, Netflix.

Editor’s note: Please submit notification of alumni deaths—including an obituary, if possible—to the University at Once the University records an alumni death in its database, the relevant information is forwarded to Cornellians for inclusion in a future In Memoriam section.

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Published November 1, 2023