Notice of the deaths of the following members of the UMass family has been received by the magazine.
James G. Kakavas 25, 29G, 100, a University of Delaware professor and dean emeritus who in 1944 created a serum credited with saving 10 percent of the nations milk production, died Friday in Cokesbury Village, Hockessin. Kakavas, a microbiologist, served as chairman of the universitys Department of Biology and dean of the College of Graduate studies during a 35-year career at the Newark campus. He helped found the School of Nursing, College of Marine Studies and the University of Delaware Research Foundation. In 1944, he won acclaim in the American scientific community, earning the universitys first patent for a serum to combat bovine mastitis, a disease that reduced milk production in cattle. Peter N. Yiannos, former president of the Hellenic University Club, said Kakavas was well known in Delawares Greek community as a modest man with a sense of humor. "The man has been an institution," Yiannos said Saturday. "You always felt you were talking to a young person, even though he had passed 100 years of age. He exuded enthusiasm, and thats why I think he lived so long." Kakavas immigrated to the United States from Greece with his family when he was 11. Educated at Massachusetts Agricultural College, now the University of Massachusetts, he joined the University of Delaware faculty in 1929. He took leave in 1932 to earn a doctorate in microbiology at Yale University. He helped expand curricula at the University of Delaware, adding household bacteriology for home economics majors and classes in sanitation for engineers. Many buildings had no labs in the mid-1950s, his late wife Theresa Kakavas told The News Journal in 1995, so he often brought his own materials. Kakavas retired form the university in 1964. In the early 1990s, Kakavas and his wife established the James C. and Theresa Kakavas Scholarship Fund to help students in medical technology. . .
Bertram H. Holland 28, 91, of Needham, retired headmaster of Brookline High School, died on Sunday, Dec. 12. Dr. Holland was a resident of Brookline for 34 years before moving to the North Hill retirement community in Needham in 1990. Born and raised in Millis, he was a graduate of Millis High School and held degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston University and Suffolk University. He also took courses at the Harvard Graduate School. Dr. Holland began his career teaching sciences in high schools in Amesbury, Framingham and Brookline, where he also served as housemaster. For several summers, Dr. Holland was a horsemanship counselor at a boys camp and had also been a Scoutmaster in Amesbury. In 1946, he became a high school principal in Hingham and subsequently in Watertown and New London, CT. He returned to Brookline High School in 1956 and served as headmaster until 1969. He also taught courses in secondary school administration at Boston University. In 1969, Dr. Holland became executive secretary of the Massachusetts Secondary School Principals Association, and in his 10th year with the MSSPA, he also served as executive director of the newly former Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Though he retired in 1979 he continued to edit the MSSPA "Bulge" until 1981. After his retirement, Dr. Holland served for several years as chairman of the legislative committee of the American Association of Retired Persons of Massachusetts. He was also chairman of the legislative committee of the Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association. Dr. Holland served as president of several education associations, including the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Massachusetts Schoolmasters Club and the Quindeped Club. He was founding chairman of the School and College Relations Committee of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He also served a term as chairman of the College Boards Committee on Examinations and was a charter member of the Massachusetts Educational Conference Board. Dr. Holland received many awards for his service to education, including the citation for distinguished service to youth by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In 1965, the Associate Alumni for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst presented him with its Distinguished Service Award for Public Service. He received many other awards for his contributions to the youth and communities around him. He was a life member of the Appalachian Mountain Club as well as of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity, and the New England Council of Secondary School Principals. He also was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Headmasters Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association, Common Cause, the Needham Retried Mens Club, the Brookline Historical Society, and a 50-year membership certificate to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He met his wife of 37 years, the late Margaret F. Hill Holland, when both were singing with the Handel and Hayden Society. Mrs. Holland died in 1983. Dr. Holland is survived by his daughters, Dr. Marjorie M. Holland of Oxford, Miss., Florence E. Holland of Dallas, Texas, and Sally C. Holland of Shelburne Falls; three sons-in-laws; a granddaughter, Hannah Rose Prach Holland; seven step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. . .(Needham [MA] Times 12/16/99)
Allister Shepherd 30, 79, of
Wellesley Hills, a professional engineer and pilot, died January 4 after
a battle with brain cancer. Born in Dundee, Scotland, he immigrated to
Quincy with his parents when he was 6. Mr. Shepherd served as a 1st
Class Petty Officer on the air craft carrier USS Franklin during World
War II. After the war, he attended UMass Amherst, graduating with a bachelors
of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1950. After working 15
years for the Corps of Army Engineers and the Department of Housing and
Urban Development, Mr. Shepherd started a engineering consulting service,
specializing in building inspection, forensic engineering and arbitration.
He served as national director of the National and Massachusetts Society
of Professional Engineers; as fellow of the National Academy of Forensic
Engineers; as Massachusetts chairman of the Professional Engineers in
Private Practice; and as past president of ASHRAE. He was on the board
of governors of the Professional Engineers in Construction and was a member
of the National Fire Protection Association, the American Association
and BOCA. In Wellesley, Mr. Shepherd served on the permanent building
committee and was a town meeting member. He was a strong advocate for
a preventative maintenance program for town-owned buildings and was instrumental
in enacting the leash law. HE was a member of the Wellesley Hills Congregational
Church and served on the board of deacons. He was the superintendent of
Sunday Schools and was a member of the Mens Breakfast Group. He
belonged to the Wellesley Masonic Lodge, The Wellesley Club, the Nehoiden
Golf Club Mens Group and Trout Unlimited. Mr. Shepherd is survived
by his wife, Anne (Gruner); four sons, Scott E. , Glenn W. and Barry N.,
all of Wellesley and Eric D. of San Clemente, CA; one daughter, Jill A.
Pinski of East Longmeadow; three brothers, Wilber of Abington, Raymond
of Cumberland, RI, and David of Weymouth; two sisters Cora Gruner of Moultonboro
NH, and Jessie Croutworth of Lakeville; and three grandchildren. . .
Marion (Roper) Noble 31
Willard H. Gilmore 33
John R. Hanson 33, 35G
Lester W. Clark 35, 86, died
Wednesday (4-12-00) at a Wilbraham nursing home. Born in Sunderland, Dec.
29, 1913, he was the son of Albert E. and Ida (Lively) Clark. He was a
graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He had lived in
Springfield for many years before moving to Monson in 1976. He was an
Army veteran of World War II. Clark was a laboratory technician at Monsanto
Chemical Corp., Indian Orchard, for 35 years. After retiring, he was a
voluntary acid-rain monitor and taught weather forecasting in the Reach
Program at Monson Elementary School. Survivors include his wife of 56
years, the former Evelyn E. Reeves; two sons, Douglas of Riverside, CA,
and Gordon of Stockbridge; a brother, Raymond of Shelburne Falls, Amy
Clark of Shelburne Center and Clare Bedaw of Bernadston; 10 grandchildren
and nieces and nephews. . .
Irene G. Smith 35
William E. Doty 36, 82, of
St. Petersburg, died Thursday (March 16, 2000) at Hospice House Woodside.
Born in Springfield, MA, he came here in 1984 from West Springfield, MA,
where he was owner and operator of Doty Gardens for 40 years. A 32nd
Degree Mason, he was a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite Bodies. He
was a member of First Congregational Church in West Springfield. Survivors
include a son, Alan E., Conway, MA; two brothers, Gilbert, Wisconsin,
and Robert, Massachusetts; a sister, Grace Miriam Baron, New Mexico; and
two grandchildren. . .
William L. Goddard 36
Lucy (Kingston) McCue 36, 85,
of Louisville, KY, died Wednesday at the home of her daughter. Born in
Springfield, MA, she lived in Largo, FL, for 15 years before moving to
Louisville. She was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American
Association of University Women. She was predeceased by her husband, Everett
P. McCue. She leaves a son, William J. of Troy, MI; a daughter, Ann M.
Derrick of Louisville; and two sisters, Charlotte Lesquier of Springfield
an Mary E. King of Chestnut Hill, MA. . .
Jacob J. Rutstein 36, 86, a
Jewish Army veteran of World War II, died of heart failure Tuesday (2/1/00)
at his home in Sarasota. He was born April 11, 1913, in Chelsea, MA. He
left the U.S. Civil Service Commission for a job in the Armys engineering
department. His career took another turn when he saw a bulletin looking
for medical personnel. With a bachelors degree from the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst and a masters degree in bacteriology
from the University of Chicago, Rutstein qualified. As first sergeant
in the 16th evacuation hospital, he was in a medical group
that entered Dachau the day after its liberation. Dachau, organized by
S. S. Officer Theodor Eicke, opened March 20, 1933, as a prison camp for
political enemies of the Nazi state. Inmates were later joined by other
Nazi enemies; homosexuals, Jehovahs Witnesses, gypsies, dissenting
clergy, critics of the state and Jews. In an interview with the Chelsea
Evening Record, published September 27, 1945, Rutstein spoke about the
stark contrast between the S.S. guards beautiful quarters and gardens
and the horrors of the Dachau concentration camp. Two museums now house
artifacts and photographs documenting Rutsteins experience. Photographs
he took are on display in Yad VSham, a museum in Israel. The US
Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., houses a pouch made out
of human hair Rutstein found in the camp. "Pfenning Einsatz,"
coins contained in the pouch, are believed to be money used in Dachau.
They are the only such coins known of from the camp. On June 8, 1848,
Rutstein received a commendation from Brig. Gen. Paul D. Adams for his
work at Dachau. Besides his wife, survivors include a daughter, Gloria
H. Lenon of Palmetto; a son, Shea O. of Columbus, Md.; a brother, Oscar
of Everett, MA; and two grandchildren. . .
Dorothea (Donnelly) de Wilde 37, 86, of McLean, VA, died Wednesday. She was a librarian in Fairfax for 16 years. Born in Springfield, MA, she grew up in Chester, MA, and graduated from Massachusetts State College, now the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She leaves her husband, Louis de Wilde; two sons, David M. of San Francisco and Donald S. of St. Croix, Virgin Islands; a daughter, Kathleen de Wilde Seymour of Aberdeen, Miss.; and a brother, Donald T. Donnelly of Chesterfield; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. .
H. Henry Friedman 37
Saul Small 37, 88, formerly of Springfield, MA, died in Deerfield Beach, FL, on Monday. He was an original partner in his familys poultry business in East Longmeadow, MA, and also owned retail businesses in Springfield. Born in Everett, MA, he graduated form Chicopee Falls High School in Chicopee, MA, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was a life member of Beth Israel Synagogue and Kesser Israel, both of Springfield. He leaves two sons, Barry and Richard, both of West Hartford, CT; a daughter, Myrna Weinreich of Brooklyn Heights, NY; his former wife, Rose Small, and companion, Ceil Krigel, both in Florida; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Slavin. . .
Julia (Graves) Crowley 38,
83, retired US Army Colonel, of Florence Circle, died Friday (6-9-00)
in Southern Maine Medical Center after a long illness. She was born in
Sunderland, MA, March 20, 1917, the daughter of Richard W. and Augusta
(Spiller) Graves. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst,
Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and received a certificate
of anesthesiology from Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Crowley served for
more than 30 years in the Army Nurse Corps as both a nurse anesthetist
and in interdepartmental administrator in various hospitals overseas and
stateside. She culminated her distinguished career as supervisor of the
anesthesia section of Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning, GA. She contributed
to the development of the inhalation therapy section of the hospital.
Crowley earned the World War II victory medal, the American Campaign medal,
the National Defense Service medal with Oakleaf Cluster, Army Occupation
Medal (Germany), the Army Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit award.
She retired from her military career to Kennebunk in 1976. She was a communicant
of St. Marthas Church. Crowley was a member of Mass. General Hospital
Alumni Association, the Retired Army Nurse Corps Association, as well
as the Webhannet Golf Club and the Webhannet Womens Club. She was
an avid skier, horsewoman, golfer, swimmer and enjoyed traveling with
her husband throughout the United State and many foreign countries. Survivors
include her husband of 39 years, Dr. Charles L. Crowley; a brother, Richard
W. Graves of Sunderland, and a sister, Myra Houle of Marthas Vineyard,
MA. . .
Elizabeth G. Dicklow 38, 69G,
82, of South Deerfield, a former teacher, died Sunday at Franklin Medical
Center in Greenfield. She was a 35-year teacher at the former Northampton
Commercial College, Greenfield Community College and Skills in Amherst.
She also did secretarial work for 10 years in Hartford, CT, and Bristol,
CT. Born in Groton, CT, she moved to South Deerfield many years ago and
received a bachelors and masters degree from the University
of Massachusetts Amherst. She was a member of South Deerfield Congregational
Church, Order of the Eastern Star and the South Deerfield Womens
Club. Her husband, John B. Dicklow, died in 1968. She leaves a daughter,
Bess Dicklow of South Deerfield; a stepson, Donald A. Smith of Agawam;
eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Ruth Moore,
died in 1996. . .
Robert W. Packard 39
Geoffrey H. Beames 40
Roger H. Lindsey 40, 80, died
March 19. He was a sales and marketing representative 36 years for General
Electric Co., retiring in 1982. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World
War II and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Survivors
include his wife, Lorann De Lap Lindsey; children Dr. Robert D. Lindsey,
Pamela L. Ruster; sister Joyce L. Miller; and four grandchildren.
Theodore Saltzman 40, 83,
a former employee for the US Department of Agriculture and an advertising
executive, died Saturday of congestive heart disease at Deaconess-Glover
Hospital in Needham. Mrs. Saltzman was a native of Roxbury. A graduate
of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he went on to study soil science
at the University of Maryland. After graduation, he worked in the governments
soil conservation service. Mr. Saltzman was a World War II veteran, serving
in Japan, the Philippines, and Bougainville. After the war, he worked
as a manufacturers representative in the advertising field. After
retiring, he did volunteer work for Temple Sinai of Brookline, the Newton
Jewish Community Center, and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. Mr. Saltzman
leaves his wife, Annette of Newton; a son, Barry; a daughter, Janie; and
a sister, Fay. . .
William S. Coffey 41, 80, of
Katy, Texas, formerly of Northampton, died April 20 at home after a long
illness. He was born April 14, 1920, in Northampton. He had been a longtime
resident of Katy. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
in 1941. He also graduated from Harvard University. He was a US Army veteran,
serving in Central Burma, India Burma, China, Rhineland and Ardennes.
His decorations included the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Distinguished
Flying Cross. Mr. Coffey had worked for Pan American Airlines for 25 years
as an international pilot. He was a member and past exalted ruler of Northampton
Lodge of Elks 997, and was a charter member of Katy Elks Lodge 2628, where
he was recently made a life member. He leaves his wife of 34 years, Felicitas
Coffey; three sons, Taswell Coffey of Atlanta, GA, Stephan Harasim of
Peabody, and James Coggins of Sealy, Texas; and four grandchildren. A
brother, Jim, died earlier. . .
Chester C. Putney 41
Esther Mather (Brown) Leland 42, of Glastonbury, died Friday (10/1/99) at Hartford Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Feeding Hills, MA, she was a resident of Glastonbury from the past 42 years. She was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned her graduate degree from Central CT State University. She taught nursery school at the First Church of Christ in Glastonbury, and Kindergarten for 20 years in the Glastonbury school system. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Glastonbury, A devoted parent and grandparent, she will be sorely missed by her family. Esther will be remembered by her many friends and associates for her great sense of humor, love of children, sports, and nature. She is survived by two daughters, Patience Leland Trainor of Andover, MA, Martha E. Leland of Glastonbury; two sons, Jan Leland of Michigan and Scott Leland of Enfield; seven grandchildren, Ross, Devin and McKenzie Trainor, Fern, April, Carley, and Matt Leland. . .
Robert D. Pearson 43
Barbara (Hayward) Waite 43
Francis W. Aldrich 44, 76, of Eagle Mills, NY, died suddenly Wednesday, August 11, 1999 at the Samaritan Hospital. Born in Springfield, MA, the son of the late Lewis H. and Bernedena Ekholm Aldrich and husband of Louisa Ackerman Aldrich. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a US Army veteran serving in Europe, during World War II. He was employed in Pittsfield, MA by GE and then went to work for Bendix Corp. (now Allied Signal) for 35 years, retiring in 1984. He served in many management positions in the Engineering Department and in 1976 was the recipient of the Coronation First Innovation and Profitability Award> He was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and served as chairman of the Subcommittee for Brake Linings. He was granted Four US patents for Friction Materials as inventor of co-inventor. He also authored and co-authored a number of technical publications for both the Society of Automotive Engineers and Bendix Corporation. He also served as a committee member of the Friction Materials Standards Institute and as one of the three US Friction materials experts as delegates to the Technical Committee of the International Standards Organization. In the 1980s he was listed in "Whos Who in Technology Today" in connection with Automotive Friction Materials Technology. After retirement he enjoyed extensive traveling and gardening and he was a skilled carpenter. Survivors in addition to his wife include two daughters, Mrs. D. George (Constance) Hooley of Brunswick and Carol Ann Aldrich of Troy, NY. .
Irving J. Saltzman 44, 76,
professor emeritus of psychology at Indiana University, died Friday at
his Bloomington residence. Born October 21, 1923, in Lawrence, MA, he
was the son of Harry and Fannie Saltzman. He began his college education
at Massachusetts State College in Amherst, where he earned a bachelors
degree in 1944. He earned a masters degree from Duke University
in Durham, NC, in 1945 and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore,
MD, in 1948, both in experimental psychology. Saltzman joined the IU psychology
faculty in 1948. In 1956-57, he served as a visiting lecturer in psychology
at Harvard University, where he worked as a research associate on the
teaching machine project with B.F. Skinner. After returning to IU, he
used Skinners programmed, self-instructional methodology as a way
to carry out investigations of long-term learning tasks under controlled
conditions. He was the author of numerous publications on various aspects
of learning theory. In 1969, he accepted a four-year term as permanent
chair of IUs psychology department, serving for five consecutive
four-year terms until his retirement in 1989. That year the department
created an award in his name to honor outstanding graduate achievement.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Jeanne (Cohen) Saltzman; two daughters,
Linda Saltzman of Atlanta, GA, and Nancy Saltzman of Colorado Springs,
Colo; two sons, Robert Saltzman of Los Angeles and Andrew Saltzman of
Evansville; one brother, Seymour Saltzman of Tucson, AZ; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Saltzman; one sister
Rhoda Saltzman, and two grandchildren. . .
Maureen E. Dery 47
John D. Giannotti 47
Henry F. Ritter 47, 77, of
North Port, FL, and Marthas Vineyard, MA, died May 8 in Venice.
He worked for the Eastern States Farmers Exchange in West Springfield,
MA, and was an operations manager for Agway Corp. in New Hartford, NY.
Born in Hardwick, MA, he was a graduate of Hardwick High School and the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a volunteer at Bon Secours-Venice
Hospital. He leaves his wife of 57 years, the former Doris Sheldon; a
son, Lt. Col. William of La Grange, KY; three daughters, Sandra Ansara
of West Springfield, Ann Rzepka of Silver Spring, MD, and Jone Lawlor
of Fayetteville, NY; a brother, John of Ware, MA; a sister, Audrey Madden
of Brooklyn, NY; and eight grandchildren. . . .
Maynard Steinberg 47, 56G
Bernard M. Willemain 47, 79, of Phoenix, MD, died March 31, 2000, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was the husband of the former Rose Grant, formerly of Greenfield, MA. He was born in Holyoke, MA, Nov. 20, 1920, the son of Fernand and Elouise B. (Reed) Willemain. He earned his bachelors degree in civil engineering in 1947 from Massachusetts State, now the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his masters degree in city planning in 1948 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had been a resident of Phoenix since 1956. A World War II Army veteran, he was awarded both the Bronze and Silver stars. He was discharged as a lieutenant in 1945. Willemain was Baltimore Countys deputy director of planning from 1948 to 1952, when he established Bernard Willemain & Associates, planning consultants. Recently, he had been a real state developer. Active in the civil rights movement, he took part in the integration of several establishments in Towson during the 1960s. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hydes and also attended the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. He enjoyed working on the grounds of his 11 acres and woodworking. . .
Robert M. Beal 49, began his
time at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with the class of 43.
Post-World War II, he returned to campus, married Helen Berger Dewyer
43, a young widow, and both graduated in Forestry class of 48
and 49. Beal was in the forestry and wood products business in Elizabethtown,
NY until retirement when he moved to Columbus, NC. Bob died at home on
Saturday, April 15, 2000.
R. Sherman Heard 49
A. Allan Alexander 50
Donald L. Anderson, 50, 73, of Wilmot, died at his home on October 9, 1998 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Cambridge, MA, on July 2, 1925, the son of Frans W. Anderson and Alice (Lindsay) Anderson. He attended school in Wellesley, MA, and spent his summers on Newbury Heights. He was graduated from Stoneham High School in 1943. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, having served with the Seabees in the Pacific Theatre. Mr. Anderson received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned his masters degree from the University of Connecticut in 1952 and his doctorate in nutrition and physiology in 1955 from Cornell University. He was a professor emeritus from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he taught and did research in the Veterinary and Animal Science Department for 32 years. He spent a sabbatical year in 1963 under the auspices of the University of Tennessee at the AEC Agricultural Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He was a member of the honorary societies of Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi and also the American Institute of Nutrition, American Society of Nutritional Sciences, Poultry Science Association, and the American Societies for Experimental Biology. Mr. Anderson moved to Wilmot in 1988. For several years after his retirement, he was a free-lance consultant in animal nutrition and did a considerable amount of traveling and consulting in the United States and abroad for Avian Farms of Waterville, Maine. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, and fly tying. He was a member of the Elkins Fish and Game Club. He was an accomplished cabinet maker and also considered gardening one of his favorite pastimes. Member of his surviving family include his wife of 50 years, Shirley (Caldwell) Anderson; a daughter, Daryl A. Mooney of Sterling, MA; two sons, Brett C. Anderson of Fairfield, Iowa, and D. Gary Anderson of Amherst, MA; and three grandchildren of Sterling, MA.
Edward J. Barnicle 50, 72, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at the Olympus Specialty Hospital at MetroWest Medical Center, Natick, following a long illness. He was the husband of Lorraine E. (Paul) Barnicle, to whom he was married for 48 years. Born and raised in Natick, he was the son of the late Natick Police Sergeant, Edward J. Barnicle and Mary A. (MacDonald) Barnicle. He graduated from Natick High School, class of 1944. He then attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, under the United States Army specialized training program, from 1944 to 1945. He served as an aviation torpedo man at the United States Navy Air Station in the Squantum Section, Quincy. Afterwards, he returned to UMass Amherst as an ROTC student, where he received a bachelors degree and a commission as a second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, class of 1950. Following graduation, he served as an air force navigation instructor at air bases in Houston and Harlingen, Tex. In 1954, he returned to Natick and joined the staff of the mechanical engineering division of the US Army laboratories, as an engineer, retiring in 1986. Throughout his life, he maintained his status in the Air Force Reserve at Hanscon Air Force Base, serving with the ninety-fourth wing, 901st group, 731st squadron. He served active duty in both the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired from the air force in 1987 with the rank of Colonel. Following his retirement from the Natick Laboratories, he worked for several years at Natick Ford, and was honored as the top salesman. In addition to his wife, Mr. Barnicle is survived by one daughter, Debra Ann Lavallee and her husband, Alfred, of Northborough; one son, Brian Barnicle of Natick; and one grandson, Kevin Barnicle of Marlborough.
William P. Deane Jr.50
Charles F. Plumer 50, 74, of Middletown, husband of Irene (OKeefe) Plumer, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at High View Health Care Center in Middletown, CT. He was born in Brookline, MA, son of the late Herbert E. and Bertha (Antone) Plumer. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy. In 1950, after graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he married Irene OKeefe and began teaching at Leland and Gray Seminary in Townshend, VT. From there, he and his family moved to Long Island, NY. He taught English, Drama and Latin for 25 years at West Islip High School, where he also served for five years as assistant principal. After retiring from teaching, he was actively involved in amateur theater, starring with the James Street Players and the Clare Rose Playhouse on Long Island. Besides his wife of 49 years, he leaves three sons, Eric Plumer of South Bend, Ind., Christopher Plumer of West Chester, PA, and Carl Plumer of Half Moon Bay, CA; two daughters, Madeleine Shepner of Mountain View, CA, and Jeanette Pakulski of Mechanic Falls, Maine; and nine grandchildren. .
Alan D. Wheeler 50
Francis J. OConnell 51
Gideon E. Livingston 51G, 52G
Stephen A. Bara 52, 77, of
South Hadley, died Friday at a local nursing home. He was a mechanical
engineer for the Department of the Air Force. Born in Holyoke, he attended
South Hadley schools and was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. He was a World War II veteran of the Navy, a past commander
of the towns American Legion Post and a member of Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 3104. His wife, the former Muriel E. Eddy, died in 1990. He
leaves a son, Stephen J. of Thorndike, Maine; a daughter, Patricia L.
Bernier of Chicopee; a brother, Edward, and sister, Adaline Bara, both
of South Hadley; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. . .
Raymond D. Forkey 53
Warren A. Archambault 54S
William H. Pappas 55
Paul H. Robbins 54
John L. Blaisdell 56, 59G
John Deamer 56
Robert F. Pagnini 57
Barbara Ann (Katziff) Fine 61, a noted community activist, was a person who gave endlessly of herself to make Los Angeles a more livable place. Born to Harry and Esther Katziff in Boston on March 6, 1940, Barbara moved with her family to Springfield, MA, shortly thereafter. She graduated high school in Springfield and went on to graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from UMass in 1961. She then worked as a group insurance underwriter for the Travelers Insurance Cos. in Hartford, CT. In 1963, Barbara moved to Los Angeles, where her first job was as a technical writer and designer at Hughes Aircraft Co. She was part of the team that worked on the Surveyor I spacecraft that made the first soft landing on the moon; she also worked on the Mariner Mars proposal. That same year, Barbara met Alan Fine, a CPA, who himself had moved to Los Angeles from his native London in 1952. They were married in June 1964. In the early 1970s, Barbara Fine became active in her local homeowners group, the Benedict Canyon Association, fighting against proposals to develop hillsides. Within a few years, she was leading the fight to preserved the Santa Monica mountains from over-development on behalf of the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Associations, an umbrella homeowners organization. She rose through the ranks to become the Federations vice president. By the 1980s, she had become a fixture in local government circles. From 1987 to 1997, she served on the City of Los Angeles Solid Waste Citizens Advisory Group, which she chaired from 1988 to 1990. She also served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Water Appeals Board and the Building Rehabilitation Appeals Board. In 1995, Barbara launched her own business, consulting for community groups on urban and hillside development issues. Barbara remained active in neighborhood issues. She was a founding member of People for Livable and Active Neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and fought vigorously for neighborhood councils in the new Los Angeles City Charter. She is survived by her husband, Alan, her two children, Howard and Hillary, and her mother, Esther.
John A. King 61, 61, of Canton, beloved husband of Linda (Cibroski) King, died Saturday, (June 10, 2000) at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He was born April 4, 1939 in Springfield, MA, son of the late Rev. Charles G. King and Emma (Currier) King and had lived in Canton for the past 26 years. John was a member of the class of 1961 from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Management, where he was an active member of the marching band, strengthening the love and appreciation for music that had started in him in high school and which he would alter teach is children. He explored several professions before joining Advest, Inc. where he stayed for 32 years becoming Vice President, Manager of Corporate Accounting. There is a tremendous loss felt as "the boss" leaves his position open, whomever takes over may be able to do the work, but theyll never really replace him. John was always active, through his childrens activities, time spent with friends and family, performing on stage with the Connecticut Opera as a supra, as treasurer for the CdLS Foundation, through the Mountain Laurel Ski Club, umpiring for the Canton Little League, and traveling anywhere, any time. John lived life to its fullest. He embraced every opportunity wholeheartedly and shared himself with his friends and family unselfishly. Johns presence will live on through his wife; his son, Scott A. King; his daughter, Deborah L. King; his brother, James D. King; his sister, Ruth K. Morholt; and everyone that loved him. Although his absence will be felt for years to come and the pain of his empty chair will bring a tear to many eyes, so will the joy of his memories bring a smile to the face of all who had the privilege of knowing John and sharing in his adventures. . .
Francis J. Corrieri 61
Richard T. Gray 61S, 60, died
Thursday at Holyoke Hospital. He was a 37-year mechanic at New England
Door Closer Inc. of West Springfield. Born in Danbury, CT, he was a graduate
of Agawam High School, Holyoke Community College, and University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. He lived in West Springfield and Agawam before moving to Holyoke
21 years ago. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in South Hadley
and belonged to the North American Family Campers Association, the churchs
Wedlox Group and the American Diabetes Association. He leaves his wife,
the former Grace E. Marshall; four sons, Richard T. Gray Jr. and Glenn
E. Gray, both of Horn Lake, MS, Douglas L. Rainville of Tyngsboro and
Scott M. Rainville of Springfield; three daughters, Nancy M. Caplette
of Agawam, Betsy V. Gunn of Niceville, FL, and Susan G. Luduc of Springfield;
a brother, John A. III of Cincinnati; and 14 grandchildren. . .
John W. Long 61, 60, of Buckingham,
PA, died of leukemia Monday, December 27, 1999 at Hahnemann University
Hospital in Philadelphia. John was the husband of Sharon (Whittier) Long
(61). Born in Hartford, CT, he was the son of the late Wendell E.
and Kathryn (Ward) Long. He and his wife were residents of Bucks County,
PA for 27 years. Dr. Long was a graduate of University of Massachusetts
at Amherst and had earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees at Columbia
University. He was a professor of history at Rider University for 29 years
and was author of several books and other publications. Devoted family
member, friend, gifted educator, and humanitarian, John will be especially
remembered for his sincere interest in, concern for, and attention to
al young people and his talents for advising and guiding them through
problems and career decisions. In addition to his wife, John is survived
by one son, John W. Long, Jr. and a daughter-in-law, Janice Long; two
sisters, Janice Gleason and Patricia Jones; three grandchildren, John
W. Long, III and Sarah and Paul Tilghman also survive.
Patricia (Benson) Lilley 64G, 72,
of Greenfield, died Tuesday (5-9-00) at the Anchorage Nursing Home in
Shelburne. Born in Syracuse, NY, October 2, 1927, she was the daughter
of Arthur and Florence (Savage) Benson> She graduated from Dover Plains
High School and Plattsburg State Teachers College, receiving a masters
degree in education from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She had
been a resident of Greenfield since 1952. Lilley was a home economics
teacher at Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School for
30 years, retiring in 1993. She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament
Church and taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. She was a member
of the Massachusetts State Retired Teachers Association and the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees. An avid reader and painter,
she also enjoyed and painter, she also enjoyed traveling and rug hooking.
Her husband, VanNess Lilley, died Nov. 7, 1977. Survivors include a daughter,
Vanessa M. of Greenfield; a brother, Arthur J. Benson of Troy, NY, and
several nieces and nephews. A son, Thomas E., died February 18, 1997.
Sandra K. Jones-Lagatta 65, of Wellesley, died on November 25, 1998. She was the beloved mother of Lisa K. Sullivan and Lara K. Jones both of Newton. She was the dear friend of Bernard Krasnoff of Carlisle. (Boston Globe 11/30/98)
Sandra Hyatt Graham 66, 76G,
55, of Northampton, an early childhood instructor, died Feb. 29 at home.
She worked most recently in the Williamsburg public schools and had worked
in the early childhood department at Springfield Technical Community College
for many years. Born in Beverly, she graduated from University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, where she received degrees in education. She was a member
of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Zonta Club. She was a hiker,
kayaker and was a worldwide tour guide. She leaves a brother, Philip A.
Graham of Newbury; and two sisters, T. Jane Graham-Dwyer of Salem and
Linda Graham of West Newbury. . .
Charlotte (White) Potter 67G, 80,
of Montague, a former teacher, died Monday at home. She most recently
taught English at Turners Falls High School, where she had been class
adviser and guidance counselor in addition to being involved in several
extracurricular activities. She taught in Montague public schools for
24 years and retired in 1983. Born in Richmond, Maine, she lived in Montague
since 1957. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1937, the University
of Maine in 1941 and received a masters degree from University of
Massachusetts at Amherst in 1965. She was active in the First Congregational
Church of Turners Falls and a member of its Womens Fellowship and
Friend in Council. She was also a member of the Turners Falls Chapter
of the Order of the Eastern Star. She leaves her husband of 57 years,
W. Edwin Potter; a son, Noel M. of Utica, MI; a daughter, Nedine M. Campbell
of Beverton, Ore.; a brother, Marshall White of Richmond; four grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren.
Leonard Baskin 68H, 77, a world
renowned sculptor and graphic artist died on June 3. He was recalled as
brilliant and multi-talented, someone who generously shared his time and
talents to encourage other artists. Mr. Baskin, of Leeds, died at The
Cooley Dickinson Hospital of heart failure after a long illness. Northampton
gallery owner Richard Michelson said Mr. Baskin was a mentor, a close
personal friend and a collaborator on a number of projects in the 15 years
he worked with him. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II. He was a
professor of art at Smith College for 21 years until 1974, when he moved
to Devon, England, where he lived until 1983. Returning to live in Leeds,
he taught art at Hampshire College until 1994. In 1942, while a student
at Yale, he founded the Gehenna Press in Northampton. The press is internationally
known for printing small collections of fine books. His most prominent
public commissions include sculpture for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Memorial and the Woodrow Wilson Memorial, both in Washington, DC, and
the Holocaust Memorial in Ann Arbor, MI. His work was included in the
Sao Paulp Bienal in 1961 and the XXXIV Venice Biennale in 1969. He had
many retrospective exhibitions, including those at the Albertina, Vienna,
Austria, the National Collection of Fine Arts of the Smithsonian Institution,
Washington, DC, and the Library of Congress. His work is in major private
and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the
Museum of Modern Art, both in New York City; The Art Institute of Chicago;
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the British Museum, and the Vatican
Museum. He leaves his wife, Lis Unger Baskin; two sons, Tobias Isaac Baskin
of Columbia, Mo., the child of his first marriage to Esther Tane, who
died earlier, and Hosea Thomas Baskin of Northampton; a daughter, Lucretia
Baskin of Florence; a brother, Rabib Bernard Baskin of Hamilton, Ontario;
a sister, Pearl Rabinowitz of Massapequa, NY; and three grandchildren.
Philip D. Lerner 68, 74G, 53, of Swampscott, president and founder of Production Specialties Inc., died Friday after a lengthy illness. Mr. Lerner was born in Lynn. He graduated from Swampscott High School in 1964 and University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1968, where he received his masters and doctorate degrees. Mr. Lerners business was a cause-related marketing company that aided nonprofit organizations. He was previously director of external affairs and public policy adviser for the governors office, vice president for development at Emerson College, a consultant on youth unemployment on the White House domestic policy staff in the Carter administration, and associate national director for development and external affairs for the Child Welfare League of America, where he created the concept of Kids Sake campaign. Mr. Lerner designed campaigns for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Childrens Adam Walsh Center, the National American Red Cross, and the National Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He was also a lecturer at Simmons College and Boston State College. Mr. Lerner was a member of Temple Beth El in Swampscott. He leaves his former wife, Susan; his mother, Estelle (Gallis); a son, Matthew; and a daughter, Arielle, all of Swampscott; and a brother, Alan, of Dallas. . .(Boston Globe 6-4-00)
James E. McNally Jr. 68G,
66, of Northampton, a retired Amherst teacher and coach, died Thursday
at home. He was the first special education teacher in Amherst and opened
Cushman School there. He was the director of individualized programming
centers at Amherst Junior and Senior High Schools and dean of students
at Amherst Senior High. After he retired, he was a substitute teacher
at John F. Kennedy Middle School and Northampton High School. He coached
basketball and baseball in Amherst schools and was a longtime youth football
and Little League baseball coach in Northampton. Born in Clinton, he graduated
from Clinton High School, received his bachelors degree from Fitchburg
State College and his masters degree in education from University
of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and
served with the rank of radioman first class. He was a member of the National
Education Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the National
Youth Sports Coaches Association, and the Society of Wireless Pioneers.
He leaves his wife, the former Dorothy R. McMahan; a son, James M., two
daughters, Donna G. Coyle and Dorothy L. Martin, all of Northampton; his
mother, Rita (OToole) McNally, and a sister, Phyllis McNally, both
of Clinton; and five grandchildren. . .
Claudia Ciempa 69
Shirley S. Liu 69G, 60, of
Worthington, died peacefully Easter Monday, April 24, 2000. After receiving
her Masters degree in psychology from Wellesly College and Ph.D.
from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she taught at Otterbein College
and served as Director of Psychological Evaluation at the Ohio Reformatory
for Women. Mrs. Liu is survived by husband, Richard Liu; sons, Gene and
Elson; daughter-in-law, Wei Kuang; grandson, Jason Liu; parents, Chao
Pei and Tze Ping Wang; brother, Pang Wang. .
Kenneth Hayes 69G, 65, a longtime
University of Maine professor who also was active in Democratic politics,
died May 16. Mr. Hayes left teaching in 1996 after suffering a heart attack.
He had also been battling cancer, the university said. He taught political
science at the Orono campus for 30 years and was the author of three books
on Maine politics. In the political sphere, he served a term in the State
Senate and ran for Congress in 1988 in an unsuccessful bid to unseat one
of his former students, Republican Olympia Snowe. Snowe, now in the US
Senate, said Mr. Hayes will be sorely missed. A North Yarmouth native,
Mr. Hayes received his bachelors degree at Orono before earning
a masters from Yale and a doctorate at University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. He was the chairman of the political science department from
1990 to 1994.
Paul A. Nelson 70
Mary (Blair) Wall 70G, 73,
of Northampton, died Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. She was a teacher
in the city schools for 20 years, 19 as a reading specialist. Born here,
she was a graduate of St. Michaels High School and received an undergraduate
degree from Elms College and a masters degree in education from
University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was a communicant of Our Lady
of the Annunciation Church and did volunteer work at the church and the
Hampshire County Hospice Shop. She was predeceased by her husband, F.
Richard Wall. She leaves two sons, Richard J. of Chicopee and Michael
J. of Florence; two daughters, Mary J. Wall of Agawam and Eileen Bodeur
of Southampton; two sisters, Emily Pruzynski of Southampton and Kathie
Whyte of Northampton; and six grandchildren. . .
Peter S. Oppenheim 71, 51,
of Marblehead, a former realtor and amateur golf champion, died at his
home. Mr. Oppenheim was born in Salem. He was a graduate of Marblehead
High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was former
director and executive vice president of Cressy, Dockham of Andover, specializing
in commercial real estate on the North Shore. Mr. Oppenheim was a member
and former board member of Kernwood Country Club in Salem, where he was
a 13-time club champion; former board member of the Massachusetts Golfers
Association; former president of the Swampscott Gridiron Club; former
board member of the Swampscott Recreation Committee; and winner of the
Winchester Father and Son Golf Tournament in the 1970s. He also played
in numerous amateur golf tournaments. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El
in Marblehead. He leaves his wife, Reeva (Goodman); a son, Brian of Cambridge;
a daughter, Lisa of Somerville; and a brother, James of Andover. . .
Thomas A. Duca 73
Dintis L. Griffith 74, 59,
of Springfield, a longtime area lawman, died Tuesday at home. He was an
officer in the Springfield Police Department for 30 years and retired
in 1995. He was a teacher at the Agawam Police Academy and in the Springfield
schools DARE Program and an officer in the police public relations
department. He was recently a home-liaison worker for the Sabis International
Charter School. Born in Collins, Miss., he was a Carver (Miss.) High School
graduate. He earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst and a degree in criminal justice from Western
New England College. He leaves his wife, the former Doris A. Jones; two
daughters, Angela M. Griffith of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Denise N. Griffith
of Springfield; two brothers, John and Vernon, both of Jackson, Miss.;
and five sisters, Susie Ree Weathersby of Jackson, Helen Savage of Baltimore,
Dessie Ree Scott of Las Vegas, Alice Funchess of Louisville, Ky., and
Emma Thompson of Detroit, Mich. . .
Celso Rodriguez 74G
Thomas J. McEvoy 75S
Joe Rosenberg 82, 40, a lawyer
who for the past five years was a partner in the Rockville firm of Van
Grack, Axelson & Williamowky, died of meningitis April 27 at George
Washington University Hospital. Mr. Rosenberg, a civil trial lawyer, worked
for other law firms in Rockville prior to joining Van Grack in 1995. A
Washington resident, he was born in New York and raised in Jericho on
Long Island. He graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst and was a 1985 graduate of American University Law School.
He was an active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Survivors
include his mother, Lila Rosenberg of Bethesda; a brother, Steven Rosenberg
of Boston; and a sister, Laura Huber of Newark, Del.
Stephen E. Willette 82, 48,
of South Berwick, Maine, died at home. He worked at the Portsmouth (NH)
Naval Shipyard for 13 years and was an occupational hygienist in the Naval
Medical Clinic there. He received a 1994 Civilian of the Year Award for
his clinical work. Born in Springfield, MA, he was a 1969 graduate of
Cathedral High School and a graduate of Columbia Green Junior College.
After serving in the Air Force, he received a bachelor of science degree
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and completed graduate
studies at Tufts University. He moved to Portsmouth in 1986 and alter
moved to Maine. He was a youth soccer supporter. He leaves his wife, the
former Alice P. Perron of South Berwick; two sons, William E. and Maxwell
E., and a daughter, Rebekah A. Willette, all of South Berwick; his father,
Ervin G. Willette of the Florence section of Northampton; his mother,
Barbara E. Southerland of Tarrent, AL; a brother, Mark E. of Chicopee,
MA; and a sister, Linda M. Jacque of Florence. . .
Russell C. Swan 83, 97G, 41,
of Belchertown, died Saturday at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Born in Methuen, he received bachelors degrees in engineering and
mathematics and a masters degree in computer science from the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also received a masters degree in
applied mathematics from Northeastern University and was enrolled in the
computer science doctoral program at UMass. He leaves his wife, the former
Deborah Keyes; a daughter, Jillian R. Swan at home; his parents, Dena
R. and Julie (Klimas) Swan of Andover; and two sisters, Judith Swan of
Rocky Hill, NJ, and Laurel Swan of London, England. . . .
Ronald J. Baran 84, 59, of
South Hadley, a longtime member of the Massachusetts State Police, died
Thursday in Holyoke Hospital in Holyoke. He joined the Massachusetts State
Police in 1962 and retired in 1990 as commander of Troop B headquartered
in Northampton. His first duty station was in Andover, but he served in
several sub-stations in Western Massachusetts, including station commander
of the Russell Barracks. He later was promoted to lieutenant and served
at Troop B headquarters. He was later an investigator in the district
attorneys office for Northampton. He was promoted to captain and
served in Internal Affairs. He later worked as a field investigator for
the Foundation for Fair Contracting of Massachusetts. Born in Holyoke,
he graduated from Sacred Heart High School and Holyoke Community College.
He received his bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst and his masters degree from American International College
in Springfield. He had lived here for 30 years and was a communicant of
St. Theresas Church. He was a member of the Holyoke Elks. He leaves
his wife, the former Phyllis Byrnes; a son, Mark S. of South Hadley; a
daughter, Kathleen M. Klos of Uxbridge; his mother, L. Henrietta (Skronek)
Baran of South Hadley; a brother, Richard of Easthampton; a sister, Catherine
Sullivan of Alford; and four grandchildren. A son, Matthew R., died in
1984. . . .
Teresa (Banfield) Miller 86,
51, of Quincy, owner of Terris Daycare in Quincy, died Tuesday at
home after a brief illness. Born in Kew Gardens, NY, Mrs. Miller graduated
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mrs. Miller owned and
operated Terris Daycare Center in Quincy for 20 years and was a
former president and treasurer of the Quincy High School P.T.O. She is
survived by her husband, Richard E. of Quincy; three daughters, Janine
E., Julie A. and Jill T., all of Quincy; a son, John R. of Quincy; a brother,
Butch Banfield of Medford; and two half-sisters, Jane Labossier of Plymouth
and Lisa Leonard of Marshfield. . .
Stephen Tholander 87, 35, of
Belmont, an Army major, died Sunday. Born in Newton, Major Tholander graduated
from Belmont High School. He attended the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, receiving his degree in 1987. He also attended George Washington
University, graduating in 1999. Major Tholander was on the staff on the
Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., at the
time of his death. He is survived by his parents, Stephen H. Sr. and Donna
(Giroux) of West Newton; two brothers, Jeffrey L. of Waltham and Eric
N. of Belmont; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Lorna Beth Trehub 87, 37, of
Amherst, died May 17 at home. Born January 27, 1963, in Northampton, she
was the daughter of Arnold and Elaine Trehub of Amherst. She attended
Amherst public schools and the University of Maryland and graduated from
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She continued postgraduate
training and became a certified court stenographer in both Massachusetts
and Vermont. Besides her parents, she leaves two brothers, Craig Trehub
of Amherst, and Aaron Trehub of Urbana, Ill.
Linda L. Jackson 88, 41, of
Deerfield, died May 24 as a result of injuries received in a multi-vehicle
accident that day in New Haven, CT. Born June 12, 1958, in Greenfield,
she was the daughter of Sylvia (Wiles) Jackson of Deerfield, and the late
Verne Jackson. She had also lived in Easthampton before moving to Deerfield.
She graduated from Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield, Greenfield
Community College, and the University Without Walls program at the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst. She did work toward a masters degree
at Antioch College in Keene, NH, and the University of Connecticut at
Storrs. Ms. Jackson had worked in social services before being stricken
with rheumatoid arthritis at age 35. She had been a volunteer at Brightside
for Families and Children in West Springfield, and was a past member of
Mothers Against Drunken Driving. Besides her mother, she leaves a brother;
Clifton "Kip" Jackson of Sunderland; and a niece. A brother,
Verne "Pookie" Jackson, died in 1987. . .
Kim L. Handel 89
Karen E. House 92, 32, formerly
of Amherst, died June 12 at her home, form heart failure. She was a founder
of the Western Mass. Sacred Harp Convention in Northampton. Ms. House
was born in Monroe, NY, the daughter of Reese M. House of Washington,
DC, and Sally (Brooks) House of Portland, OR. She graduated from Sunset
High School in Beavertown, OR, and from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. Ms. House had just received a masters degree from New
York State University, and was preparing to begin work on her Ph.D. there.
She was the honor guard for her class. She had also worked for the Denneliese
Corp. in New York as a home health care worker, and as an outreach coordinator
for a homeless shelter in New York City. As part of her studies in international
education, she taught English and Spanish in Guatemala and Thailand. Besides
her parents, she leaves a sister, M. Kelly House of Providence, RI; her
maternal grandmother, Katharine Brooks of Gloucester; and her fathers
partner, Ted Guthrie of Portland, OR. . .
Mary Killeen Bennett 93G
Katherine E. Phelan 94, 28,
formerly of Mountaintop, PA, died October 6, 1999, at a local hospital.
Born in Springfield, MA, she was a graduate of Crestwood High School in
Mountaintop and a graduate and academic All-American of the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received her bachelor of science
degree. She graduated with honors from Kings College with a physicians
assistant degree. She was a physicians assistant with Mid-Atlantic
Cardio-thoracic Surgeons Ltd. In Norfolk and had worked in Sentara Virginia
Beach General Hospital and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for the past
two years. She was a member of Church of the Holy Family in Virginia Beach
and St. Judes Catholic Church in Mountaintop. She was also a member
of National Physicians Assistant Association and participated in
the Olympic Festival in 1991. She is survived by her parents, Linda G.
Phelan and Terence M. Phelan, both of Mountaintop, PA; a sister, Laura
M. Phelan of Virginia Beach; a brother, Michael E. Phelan and his wife,
Shannon, of Mountaintop; maternal grandmother, Genevieve Piwowarczyk of
Holyoke, MA; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be missed
by many friends. . .
Donald L. Anderson 50, veterinary and animal science
Solomon Barkin, economics
Mark H. Bert, foods and nutrition,
83, a former the University of Massachusetts department head, died April
7 at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation for Hadley. Born May 1, 1916, in
Lima, Peru, he was the son of the late Paul and Louise (Grelaud) Bert.
He was educate in Paris, where he earned a bachelors degree, and
also earned a bachelors degree at the University of Lima. After
immigrating to the United States in 1947, he received a masters
degree in 1948, and a doctorate in 1955, both from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Bert had worked in the animal feeds industry and food technology before
joining the University of Massachusetts department in 1965. He served
as head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition from 1968 to 1970, and
was well known for his course "Nutrition and People." He retired
in 1988. He was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Society
of Amherst, serving on many committees over the years. He leaves his wife
of 39 years, Florence K. (Kulberg) Bert; two sons, Paul M. Bert of Tacoma,
Wash., and Eric H. Bert of Orono, Minn.; a brother; Rene Bert of France;
and five grandchildren. . .
Alfred A. Brown 31, 33G, economics, longtime Professor of Marketing and Transportation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, died at the age of 91 in Brewster, Massachusetts on May 21st. Born August 2, 1908 in Metheun, MA, he was the son of Maude Freeman Brown and Harvey Brown. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mary (Tomlinson) Brown, of Harwich Port, MA, his son Steven of Seattle, WA, daughters Jane Pederson, of Charlton, MA, Margaret Butler, of Washington, DC, and Ruth Kowal, of Boston and Newtonville, MA, as well as 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Professor Brown received his Bachelor of science degree from the Massachusetts State College in 1931, and his Masters degree in Marketing from the Department of Agricultural Economics at the Massachusetts State College in 1933. He also did graduate work at Amherst College, the Littauer School of Public Administration, and the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University. Professor Brown was first employed as a regional representative for the New York office of the American Fruit Growers, Inc. In 1934, he became a Marketing Specialist in the Agricultural Extension Service at the University of Vermont, and in 1935 returned to the Massachusetts State College as Assistant Professor of Marketing. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1947, and full Professor in 1948. He retired from the University in 1972, at which time he moved to Harwich Port, MA, with his wife. During World War II, Professor Brown served as a Transportation Economist with the War Food Administration, and as a consultant with the Motor Vehicle Section for the Office of Defense Transportation. Following the creation of the U.S. Department of Transportation he was employed as a consultant in the Division of Policy and Plans. He was one of the recipients of the General Motors Invitation Program in connection with the Building and Financing of the Interstate Highway System. He was also employed in the Transportation Operations Department of the Boston and Maine Railroad, consulted for the New York Central Railroad, and had a life-long love for the rail industry. Following his retirement, he consulted for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Africa. Professor Brown was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society. At the University of Massachusetts at Amherst he served as longtime treasurer of the Memorial Building Fund and the Alumni Association. He also served on the Building and Operations Committee of the Student Union, and as Advisor and Trustee of the Alpha Chapter of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, Amherst. For many years he served as a vestryman of the Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, and as a town meeting member. . . (Submitted by Ruth Kowal)
George W. Cannon, chemistry, 82,
died on September 28. Among his many honors was the Universitys
Distinguished Teaching Award.
Richard A. Damon Jr., veterinary
and animal sciences, died Thursday, February17 at the age of 78. . .
Ernest Dzendolet, sensory psychology,
73, of Pelham, a died June 25 in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
in Boston. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was
first employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, where he worked closely
with the 2nd wave of astronauts on motor and sensory studies
for their trips into space. Mr. Dzendolet was then a professor of sensory
psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He had been
on the faculty since 1960, and had recently retired at the end of this
school year. His most recent work, published in 1999, was on the "Theory
of Behavioral Mechanics." He taught and published in the areas of
gestation, audition, and balance. His wife, Betty (Manegold) Dzendolet,
died earlier. He leaves a daughter, Karen Dzendolet of Beverly. A brother,
Arthur Dzendolet, died in 1942. . .
Constantine J. Gilgut 31, botany,
died February 11 at age 90. He was an alumnus of Massachusetts Sate College,
the Universitys forerunner, and a longtime professor of botany here.
The Constantine J. Gilgut chair in plant biology was established to honor
Stowell C. Goding, romance languages,
96, a former head of the Department of Romance Languages and a scholar
of French, died July 13 at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation for Hadley.
Mr. Goding began working at UMass in 1927, and retired from teaching in
1970. While at the university, he was awarded a Carnegie Grant that allowed
the college to acquire several-hundred thousand records of classical music,
the scores to go with them and a few-hundred books on music. As head of
the Romance Languages Department, he expanded and improved courses in
French and was largely responsible for instituting a program leading to
a masters degree in the study of that language. He was influential
in changing the schools name from Massachusetts Agricultural College
to the University of Massachusetts, and was instrumental in setting up
the Four-College Ph.D. Program. He wrote several books, including "Seven
French Plays for Stage and Study," published in 1957, and an edition
of Ionescos "Rhinoceros," co-edited with R.Y. Ellison.
He was founder and first editor of "Baystate Foreign Language Bulletin"
and a consultant to the Encyclopedia Britannica. After his retirement,
he continued to write short stories. He leaves his wife of 50 years, Sandra
(Gulben) Goding; a daughter, Ellen Culbertson of Baltimore, MD; six grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren. . .
Henry Hmieleski, mathematics
Mary E. Macdonald, nursing, 81,
former associate dean of the School of Nursing, died March 30. She came
to the University in 1954 as a professor of Nursing, became associate
dean in 1964 and resigned in 1967 to become director of Analytical Studies
in Nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The following year
she became the hospitals director of Nursing. She graduated from
the MGH School of Nursing in 1942, received a masters degree from
Columbia University and Boston Colleges Graduate School of Arts
and Sciences. "She was an outstanding administrator and highly respected
as a nursing leader in Western Massachusetts," said Ann Sheridan,
retired associate professor of Nursing. "She brought prestige to
the School of Nursing through her talent as an administrator and her extraordinary
skills in teaching and community relations."
James Meyer Jr. 84, psychology, of Meyer, was senior partner for Montague Psychological Associates in Turners Falls, and an adjunct faculty member in the graduate clinical psychology program at UMass. (Greenfield [MA] Recorder 3/6/00)
Elmer C. Osgood, engineering, 93,
of Leverett, died Friday in a Greenfield nursing home. He was a founding
member of the Massachusetts State College in 1946, now the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst, and retired in 1973. He had worked with the
Civilian Conservation Corps in Western Massachusetts and was involved
in the 1937 survey and design of the summit access road on Mount Sugarloaf
in South Deerfield. During World War II, he was a structural engineer
for the Navy in Norfolk, Va., and was part of the design group that oversaw
large-scale construction efforts at the Norfolk Naval Station. Born in
Greenfield, he was a 1924 graduate of Greenfield High School and received
a doctorate in civil engineering form Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
A longtime resident here, he received the Boston Post Cane for being the
towns oldest resident. He was a member of the First Congregational
Church of Leverett and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
An avid photographer, he took pictures of Leverett scenes which were published
in the towns bicentennial history in 1974. His wife, the former
Gladys E. Whitcomb, die din 1992. He leaves two sons, William H. of Reston,
Va., and Jon L. of Springfield, Ill.; and seven grandchildren. . .
Charlie ORourke 65, football
coach, 82, of Bridgewater, a former football player and coach, died Friday
at the Caritas Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton after a brief illness.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Mr. ORourke was raised in Malden. He graduated
from Malden High School, where he was chosen All Scholastic in football
and baseball. He graduated from Boston College, where he was named All-American
in 1940. He played professional football as a quarterback for the Chicago
Bears, Los Angeles Dons and the Baltimore Colts between 1942 and 1950.
He then became the backfield coach at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester
and, in 1952, he was named head coach at the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. Mr. ORourke was instrumental in establishing the Dads
Club at UMass-Amherst, the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National
Football Foundation Hall of Fame and the New England Sports Museum. He
was a member of the Gridiron Club of Boston and the Hall of Fame at Malden
High School, Boston College and the National College Football Foundation.
A World War II veteran, Mr. ORourke served in the Navy from 1943
to 1946 and was a lieutenant in Europe for a year and a half. Mr. ORourke
was also a volunteer golf instructor for children for the Raynham Park
and Recreation Department for 10 years. Mr. ORourke is survived
by his wife of 59 years, Mary Frances (Madden); two daughters, Sheila
Johnson of Viola, Wis., and Sharon Plumeri of South Natick; two sons,
Charles Jr. of Madison, Wis., and Patrick of Medfield; six grandchildren
and a great-granddaughter. . .
Mark W. Roskill, art history, died
Wednesday, February 16, at the age of 66.
Rachel Selman 03, a University of Massachusetts junior, died of apparent natural causes over the weekend at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital after being admitted last week. No age was given. She was a psychology major originally from Ossining, NY, and a member of the class of 2001.