The following obituaries
have been received for alumni, faculty, and students whose deaths were
announced in the last issue, or will appear in the next issue, of UMass
Magazine. (The list as it appeared in print may be linked at right.)
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1920s | 1930s
Leighton G. Cleaves '25, 94, died
Tuesday (4/13/99) of heart failure at the home of his daughter and son-in-law,
Roxana and Roy Terwilliger of Harwich, with whom he lived since the death
of his wife of 58 years, Anita, in 1993. Born in Gardner, Mr. Cleaves
graduated from Gardner High School and received a bachelor's degree in
economics at the Massachusetts Agricultural School, the forerunner of
the University of Massachusetts. He also received a commission as second
lieutenant in the U.S. Cavalry Reserve. Mr. Cleaves pursued a career in
agriculture and industry. He was assistant head farmer at the Gardner
State Colony, farmer at the Medfield State Hospital and secretary and
treasurer of the Taunton Production Credit Association. During the Depression,
he moved back to Gardner to work at the Florence Stove Co. as production
expediter and sub-foreman of welding, and two years at the General Electric
Co. Turbine factory in Fitchburg as production follower. In 1944, he moved
to Norwich, CT, to be county supervisor of the three Eastern counties
for the Farm Security Administration, then Soil Conservationist for New
London County. He spent the next several years selling farm equipment
and irrigation systems to farmers and golf courses.
Mr. Cleaves worked the last 13 years of his career
as a quality engineer in the X-ray department of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft
Co. in East Hartford, CT, until retiring in 1969. Mr. Cleaves came to
the Cape in 1986 from Epsom, NH. He belonged to the Cape Cod Chapter of
the SPEBSQSA Inc., a national barbershop quartet singing organization,
of which he was a member since 1945. For four years, he coordinated a
course in gardening at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Cape Cod Community
College. In 1998, he was awarded the Senior Citizen Award of Excellence
by the Cape Cod Journal. He recently completed his autobiography. A lover
of baseball, he was an avid Red Sox fan. He played football in high school
and was a member of the freshman team at college. Besides his daughter,
he is survived by a son, Jeffrey Leighton Cleaves of New Britain, CT;
three grandsons; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons; five nephews
and three nieces; and 21 grandnephews and grandnieces.
Chatham Cape Cod Chronicle 4/22/99
Frances C. France, '28, 93, died Saturday (8/14/99) at
Mercy Hospital. She was manager of the Jeffrey Amherst Book Store for
eight years, retiring in 1952. Born in St. Louis, MO, she lived in Santa
Cruz, CA; Amherst; Karachi, Pakistan; and Venice, FL, before moving here
(Springfield). She graduated from Amherst High School in 1923, attended
Kansas State Agricultural College and graduated from the former Massachusetts
Agricultural College in 1928. She was past president and active in the
Garden Club of Amherst and co-editor of "Trees of Amherst,"
which was published in 1959. Her husband, Ralph L., died in 1981. She
leaves behind two daughters, Barbara Devine of Scituate and Joan Jasinski
of Springfield; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Springfield Union News 8/16/99
J. Harper Gale, '29, 89, a lifelong resident of Tewksbury,
died on Monday(2/1/99) at the Lahey-Hitchcock Medical Center in Burlington.
He was the husband of Gladys E. (Hardy) Gale, with whom he celebrated
their 66th wedding anniversary in April 1998. Born in Tewksbury, he was
the son of the late John T. and Edna (Harper) Gale. He attended Tewksbury
schools and graduated from Lowell High School and the Stockbridge School
of Agriculture. Prior to his retirement, he was a partner in the firm
of John T. Gale Sons, Wholesale Florists, of Tewksbury, which was founded
by his late father. Mr. Gale served on the Tewksbury School Committee,
a position he held for more than 12 years. In addition, he was the chairman
of the Tewksbury Cemetery Commission at the time of his death. He was
a member and past master of the Wamesit Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M.
of Tewksbury. In 1963, he was elevated to the 33rd degree in Masonry.
He was also active in the American Carnation Society; Lowell Lodge of
Perfection; the Princes of Jerusalem, where he was past sovereign prince;
Mount Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix; the Massachusetts Consistory Guard;
the Aleppo Temple Shriners; and the Dracut Square and Compass Club. In
addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Joan Meadows of
Athens, Texas and Judith Yarbrough of Tewksbury; a son, John H. Gale Jr.
of Hampton, NH; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his
brother, Richmond T. Gale of Tewksbury. He was the brother of the late
Edna E. Berg, formerly of California and Thelma G. Green, formerly of
Tewksbury Tewksbury Advertiser 2/11/99
Earle B. Mosher, '30, 88, of Wellesley and North Miami Beach,
FL, died April 27, 1999. Born in Worcester, he was the son of Benjamin
Franklin Mosher and Lena C. Mosher. He graduated in 1930 from the Stockbridge
School of Agriculture in Amherst. Mr. Mosher was a resident of Wellesley
for 59 years. At the time of his death, he was president of Earle B. Mosher,
Inc. Creative Landscaping, a nationally recognized company that he formed
in 1930. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson's wife, Lady Bird, presented
Mr. Mosher with the 16th Annual Landscape Award of the American Nurseryman
Association. Mr. Mosher was a member and honorary lifetime deacon of both
the First Baptist Church of Natick and the Church by the Sea in Bal Harbour,
FL. He is survived by his wife, Helen Bondeson Mosher; two daughters,
Sally Mosher Holmgren of North Miami and Nancy Mosher Whitney and her
husband William N. Whitney of Naples, FL; a daughter-in-law, Gayle A.
Mosher of Natick; a stepdaughter, Linda Rodgers of Chicago; six grandchildren,
Michael Holmgren, William N. Whitney III, Robert E. Whitney, Christopher
A. Mosher, Katherine F. Mosher, Kyle Rodgers; and five great-grandchildren,
Michelle L. Holmgren, Ashley L. Whitney, Elizabeth J. Whitney, Nicholas
R. Whitney and Cassandra M. Whitney. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Gertrude Fulton Mosher, and his son, David Fulton Mosher.
Wellesley Wellesley Townsman 5/6/99
D. Craig Wilson, '30, 89, of Pepperell, died Friday (2/5/99)
at Apple Valley Care and Rehabilitation Center in Ayer. He was born in
New York City on October 30, 1909, a son of the late James A. and Sarah
(Carson) Wilson. He graduated from Massachusetts School of Agriculture.
Mr. Wilson was an orchardist, working in most New England states for many
years. He had formerly lived in Groton and Leicester. Survivors include
a sister, Elizabeth Kihl of Kent, CT; a brother, Gordon Wilson of Leicester;
several nephews and nieces; and dear friends Richard and Linda Aubin,
with whom he lived.
Lowell Sunday Sun 2/7/99
John C. Barter, '33, 89, died on Friday in University of Massachusetts
Hospital, Worcester, after an illness. He leaves two godsons, John D.
Sohlstrom of Barre, Vt., and Matthew T. Sohlstrom of Bloomington, Ind.;
a goddaughter, Erica Varnell of Houston. He as born in Worcester, son
of Thomas S. and Betsy Ann (Chafer) Barter. He graduated from North High
School in Worcester, attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and graduated
from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He moved to Shrewsbury
several years ago. He was a clerical supervisor in the diamond products
division of Norton Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1965. He was an avid
Worcester Telegram and Gazette 4/13/99
Cloyes Gleason, '33, 88, of Sun City Center, FL, and formerly
of Penacook, died Friday (2/26/99) at Brandon Hospital, Brandon, FL. He
was born in Hanover, MA, and educated in its schools. He received a bachelor's
degree from the then Massachusetts State College, now the University of
Massachusetts. He was employed by the Huntley Tree Service of Hanover.
While in Hanover, he was active in the affairs of the First Congregational
Church. Upon leaving Hanover, he began a career in the U.S. Department
of Agriculture in a rural development agency in the Farm Security Administration.
He is survived by his wife, Esther Gleason of Sun City Center; two daughters,
Ann Bolan of Oak Park, Ill., and Mary Elder of New York City; a granddaughter,
Kristin Arnold of Oak Park, Illinois; a brother, Charles Gleason Jr. of
Vero Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
Concord Sunday Monitor 2/28/99
Gwendolyn Myers, '33, 86, a member of several Taunton organizations,
died Thursday (4/29/99) at the Cape Cod Nursing and Rehabilitation Center,
Bourne, after an illness. She was the wife of the late Russell B. Meyers.
Born, raised and educated in Taunton, Mrs. Meyers was a graduate of the
University of Massachusetts at Stockbridge. Although she lived most of
her life in Taunton, in 1985 she moved to Buzzards Bay to be closer to
her family. She was a devoted grandmother and was particularly close to
her grandson, Bruce Myers, who lives in Plymouth and is employed in Hyannis.
Mrs. Meyers was a member of several organizations for many years, including
the Taunton Quota Club, the Taunton Republican City Committee, Morton
Hospital Auxiliary, Taunton Visiting Nursing Association, and Hodges Class.
She was also a member of the Winthrop Street Baptist Church. Surviving
are two sons, Russell Meyers of Raynham and Walter Myers of Buzzards Bay;
a daughter, Marlynn Walsh of Cohasset; a brother, Howard Davis of Buzzards
Bay; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Hyannis Cape Cod Times 5/1/99
Michael E. Benben, '35, 84, of Port Richey, formerly of North
Hadley, died February 15 at home. Born July 4, 1914, in North Hadley,
he was the son of the late Edward and Agnes Benben. He was a graduate
of Hopkins Academy, and of the former Stockbridge School of Agriculture
in Amherst. Mr. Benben had been a vice president of the Atlantic Commission
Co., a subsidiary of A&P, until his retirement. He leaves his wife,
Christine (Peetom) Benben; two sisters, Mary P. Wiesztort, and Ann I.
Rauch, both of Ashfield; a brother, peter M. Benben of Newburg, NY; a
daughter, Phyllis of Michigan; two sons, Michael Benben Jr. of Wisconsin,
and Robert Benben of California; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Josephine Conklin, died earlier.
William A. Scott, '35, 86, Bloomfield, passed away at Hartford
Hospital on Thursday (6/3/99). He was the husband of Daisy (Eckery) Scott
formerly of Cromwell. Born in Hartford son of the late James and Eva (Cook)
Scott, he lived most of his life in Bloomfield. He earned his degree in
landscape from UMass, and was the former owner of Scott's Nurseries in
Bloomfield for 50 years. Mr. Scott was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving
during World War II as a Lieutenant, and was a member of the Hiram Lodge
#98 of Bloomfield. Mr. Scott was Master of the lodge in 1955, he was a
member of Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Bloomfield for 40 years
and sang in the choir for most of that time. Along with his wife Daisy
he leaves his sister, Elizabeth Jensen of Rocky Hill; three nephews; three
nieces; 11 grandnieces and grandnephews.
Submitted by Sanford Macomber
Warren H. Southworth, '35, 87, died quietly at Meriter Hospital
on June 11, 1999. His wife and partner of nearly 62 years, Ruth Redman
Southworth, was at his side. Severely handicapped in later life, he will
be remembered as a handsome actor who always played the male lead, a fatter
who could build or fix anything, a pianist, opera lover, long-time professor
of health and preventive medicine at UW-Madison, and a man who liked nothing
better than a good story or joke, the veracity of many of which was often
questioned by his wife. He was born on February 10, 1912 and raised in
the Boston area. He earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts,
Boston University , and MIT. Over his long professional career, he taught
hundreds of undergrads, guided many grad students through thesis and dissertation,
was an active member and officer on a number of national, international,
state and local public health organizations and published more than 150
chapters, articles and books. He was honored by many of his associations,
including the award he prized the most, the William A. Howe Award from
the American School Health Association. He loved music, the theatre, flowers,
working with wood and watching his two grandsons become young men. He
is survived by his wife, Ruth Redman Southworth of Madison; his son, Joy
(Charlene) Southworth of North Prairie; his daughter, Evey (Jim) Fleming
of Madison; those two much-loved grandsons, Benjamin Fleming and Charles
Southworth; a nephew, Stephen Anable of Massachusetts; and cousin, Natalie
Thompson of Florida.
Submitted by member of deceased's family