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Our "In Memoriam" lists include the names of all members of the UMass family whose deaths have been reported to us by the alumni records office. In our online edition, we also reprint any obituaries that we have received.
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Paul F. Frese '28, 93, of Southbury, died Tuesday, March 28, at Waterbury Hospital. He was the widower of Henrietta (Dawson) Frese. Mr. Frese was born April 6, 1906, in Waltham, MA. He received a degree in horticulture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and had been widely involved in horticulture activities. He was associate editor of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and editor of Flower Grower. He was editor of Popular Gardener Magazine from 1949 to 1955 and earned the Academic Gold Medal from the University of Massachusetts. He served as garden editor of House Beautiful, editor of publications for the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and director of public information and education for Sterling Forest Gardens. He was co-author of Favorite Flowers in Color and was the director of the Meyer Arboretum in Westchester County. He was a member and officer of numerous horticulture societies. He was a resident of White Plains, NY, before moving to Heritage Village in 1982. He was the garden columnist for Heritage Villager newspaper from 1984 to 1995, and was a member of United Church of Christ in Southbury. He leaves a son, Donald L. Frese of Mahopac, NY, six grandchildren and a great-grandson. .

(Waterbury Republican-American 3/31/00)

Charles W. Barr '29, born October 19, 1906, in Pittsburgh, PA. He had been a resident of East Lansing since 1930. Died on June 25, 2000. He earned his BS Degree in Landscape Architecture in 1929 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned a Master's Degree in Recreational Forestry from Michigan State University in 1940. In 1949, he earned a Master's Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Charles first came to Michigan State University as an Instructor in Landscape Architecture in 1930. He progressed to full Professor in 1951. He taught for a total of 48 years in the Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. Upon retirement, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus by the M.S.U. Board of Trustees. He founded the Urban Planning Studies, which later became the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at M.S.U. He served as Chairman of Urban Planning Studies and developed the Departmental Library named for him. He wrote a book (Oct. 1950) entitled, "Planning the Countryside," the legal basis for county and township planning in Michigan. Charles served as a Planning Consultant for numerous cities in Michigan including Lansing, Dearborn, Royal Oak, Roseville, also St. Cloud, MN, and Dayton, OH. During World War II, as a civil employed, he was given the rank of captain. He was proud to have taught courses of Combat Camouflage and Mathematics to Air Force personnel. During his teaching career, Charles traveled around the world studying city planning. He brought first hand knowledge and slides back to his students. The personal contacts he made have continued over the years. Charles was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served as an advisor of the local chapter for many years. Other organizations include: Phi Kappa Phi, The American Institute of Planners, the Michigan Chapter of A.I.P., Michigan Society of Planning Officials (director and treasurer), and the M.S.U. Men's Club. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church of Lansing where he was superintendent of the junior high department and taught senior high boys, and served on many boards and committees. He served the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches as Chairman of Religious Education, New Church Development, and served on the Executive Committee. He was also an associate member of the Congregational Church of Mt. Dora, FL, where he served several terms as Church Clerk. He is survived by his wife, Mildred, whom he married July 6, 1933; son, Charles W. Barr II of East Lansing; daughter, Marilyn Leppek (Alfonce) of Okemos; granddaughters, Jan Marie Cox (Dennis) of Lansing and Deborah Kay Leppek of Seattle, WA; brother, Howard (Margaret) of Austin, TX; sister, Bernice Ragsdale of Austin, TX; nephews, Richard (Mary Shipp) of Dallas, TX, Alan (Mary Sue) of Austin, TX, J. Stephen Ragsdale (Christie) of Lake Worth, FL; and niece, Nancy Lee of Glen Burnie, MD. Charles was an avid reader and stamp collector. He enjoyed being outside doing yard work. . .

Lewis E. King '29S, 90, of North Brookfield, died Wednesday (9/13/00) at home. He was a dairy farmer and owned the Dreamland Farm in New Braintree for 25 years, retiring in 1978. He previously owned and operated the Elmstead Farm in North Brookfield for 17 years. Born in Charlton, he lived in North Brookfield for 35 years, Sophia, NC, for 12 years and retired to North Brookfield 10 years ago. He was a graduate of North Brookfield High School and the former Massachusetts State College (now the University of Massachusetts at Amherst). He was a member of the First Congregational Church. He leaves his wife of 64 years, the former Lois Cavanaugh; two sons, Robert L. of Warren and William H. of North Brookfield; two daughters, Barbara A. Taylor of Cassville, NY, and Berkeley A. Burnham of North Brookfield; a brother, Alvah B. of Anoka, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. . .

(Springfield Union News 9/14/00)

Margaret O. Vaughan '32, 90, of Leesburg, FL, formerly of Amherst, died July 9 at home. Born May 8, 1910, in Altoona, PA, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and grace (Hogue) Ohlwiler. She also had lived in Southbury, CT. Mrs. Vaughan received a bachelor's degree from Massachusetts State College, now the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was active in Unitarian churches wherever she lived. She was a member of the Keene Senior Center and an avid bridge player and enjoyed gardening. Her husband of 65 years, Herbert S. Vaughan, died earlier. She leaves three daughters, Marjorie V. Lane of Reston, VA, Carolyn V. Mitchell of Amherst, NH, and Jane V. Barron of Halifax, VT; two brothers, Ralph Ohlwiler of Rock Island, Tenn., and David Ohlwiler of Glenville, NC; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A son, Herbert G. Vaughan, and a sister, Katherine O. Johnson, died earlier. . .

(Sunday Gazette 7/14/00)

Warren H. Southworth '34 - no obituary available

Thomas R. Wentzell '34S, 86, of Westboro, former president of Valley Brook Dairy Farm, died Monday, June 12, at the Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a period of declining health. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Catherine H. "Kay" (Hoyt) Wentzell; two sons, John Frederick of Boylston and Fred Stevens Wentzell of Shrewsbury; a daughter, Susan Morin of Douglas; and two grandchildren. He was born in Worcester, son of Thomas and Minnie (Misner) Wentzell, He was educated in Worcester schools and graduated from Commerce High School in 1932. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He lived in Worcester until moving to Westboro in 1968. Mr. Wentzell was president of Valley Brook Dairy Farm, a family owned dairy started by his father. He retired in 1968. He was a member of the Evangelical Congregational Church and a member of the Matthew John Whittal Masonic Lodge in Shrewsbury. Mr. Wentzell was an avid reader, and he had a vast knowledge of airplanes and automobiles. He also loved to travel. . .

(Worcester Telegram and Gazette 6/10/00)

Rocco Pepi '35S, 87, of Framingham, died Wednesday, September 6, 2000, at the Carlyle House in Framingham. He was the husband of Beatrice (Marenghi) Pepi. Born in Framingham, he was the son of the late Luigi and Philomena (Viglione) Pepi. He was a graduate of Framingham High School, Class of 1932, and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was employed at the Rockwell Company in Hopedale. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Joyce and her husband, Robert St. Andre, of Franklin; a son, Dr. David Pepi and his wife, Heather, of Wisconsin; two sisters, Theresa Little of Framingham and Rose Luchini of South Hadley; two brothers, Dominic Pepi of Framingham and Joseph Pepi of Hyannis; three grandchildren, Michael St. Andre, Esq. Of Boston, Stephen St. Andre of San Francisco, CA, and Calyx Pepi of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Constant Pepi. . .

(Framingham Metrowest Daily News 9/7/00)

Bernice (Giduz) Schubert '35, 86, a renowned botanical academician at Harvard University, died August 14 in her home. Born in Boston, she obtained a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1935. She also received a master's degree in 1937 and a Ph.D. in taxonomy in 1941, both from Radcliffe College. From 1936 to 1949, she worked as a research assistant in systematic botany at Harvard's Gray Herbarium. She assisted the director, M.L. Fernald, in studies of North American plants for the 8th edition of "Gray's Manual of Botany." In 1950, she continued her taxonomic work on legumes as a Gugenheim fellow in Europe. For several years she was involved in a cooperative program with the National heart Institute and the National Institutes of Health, to screen plants for the presence of alkaloids potentially useful in the treatment of hypertension. From 1952-1961, she worked as a plant taxonomist for the US Agriculture Department in Washington. Soon afterward she accepted a position at Harvard University which she held until her retirement in 1984. During her tenure at Harvard she was also editor of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. As the first secretary of the Women's Organization at Harvard, she contributed greatly toward the recognition of women in the workplace. She traveled frequently to Latin America, especially Mexico. Her publications include about 100 scientific papers. . .

(9/5/00)

Jean (Baker) Stewart '35, 87, of Chapel Hill, died June 29 after a period of declining mental health. Mrs. Stewart was active in conservation organizations and community affairs in Chapel Hill, Orange County and North Carolina for many years. A native of Marshfield and Braintree, Massachusetts, she attended Radcliff College and graduated from Massachusetts State College (now the University of Massachusetts at Amherst) in 1935. After work in Surry, Maine, she spent World War II years working in Boston and serving extensively in the Buddies Club (Predecessor of the USO). She was a principal friend of the French sailors on ships temporarily at the Boston Navy Yard and of the Tahitian sailors waiting at Gloucester for fishing vessels. After marriage to Pearson Stewart in October, 1946, she lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, Clifton, New Jersey and Warwick, Rhode Island before coming to Chapel Hill in the early 1950's. She was a hiking and third class skiing member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and, until her marriage, was scheduled to be Chair of its Ski Committee, she was principal teaching assistant to Ralph Page, the New England and United States Premier square dance caller. She was a member and trip leader of the Smokey Mountain Hiking Club. She was a member and president of the Chapel Hill Garden Club, member and president of the North Carolina Wild Flower Preservation Society, member of the Chapel Hill Appearance Commission and the oldest (in years of service) volunteer at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. In Chapel Hill also she was a principal dancer in Beth Okun's Square dance group and in Beth Okun's English dance group. She was associate leader of Jim Faucette's Orange County Eno River Friday morning botanical hiking group. She was a long time PTA Thrift Shop Volunteer. As a Girl Scout Leader she led many nature hikes in the Chapel Hill area. The Chapel Hill community knew her for her work in initiating and caring for the town's street frontage crape myrtle plantings, for her long record of attendance and note taking of Town council meetings, for her donation of her local government record files to the town's archives, for her participation in botanical plant rescue missions, for her advisory committee help in revising the town's development ordinance, for her participatory support of anti-litter efforts. The Town of Chapel Hill recognized her work by naming one of its Appearance Commission awards The Jean and Pearson Stewart Award. She was married to Pearson Stewart. They observed their 53rd wedding anniversary on October 12, 1999. Surviving in addition to her husband are her son, Colin E. Stewart and daughter-in-law, Susan Stewart of Laguna Niguel, California; her daughter, Jean C. Stewart of Duxbury, Massachusetts; three grandchildren, Matthew, Paul and Rebecca, and a brother, Arthur, of Marshfield, Massachusetts. . .

(6/30/00)

Marguerite (Ford) Aurnhammer '36, died Monday, February 28. She was the first director of Nursing at Morton Hospital in Taunton and assistant director of nursing at Brockton VA from 1953 to 1974. She graduated from Brockton High School, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, General Hospital School of Nursing and the Nursing Institute. Mrs. Aurnhammer was formerly of Raynham. She is survived by a sister, Grace McCarron of Raynham and nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces. . .

(Quincy Patriot Ledger 3/1/00)

Bertram R. Forer '36, passed away April 6, 2000; retired clinical psychologist and World War II Veteran. Born in 1914 in Springfield, MA, Dr. Forer received the B.S. degree in Pre-Med from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. A person of diverse interests and achievements, he served as psychologist and administrator in a military hospital in France during WWII; in a VA mental hygiene clinic in Los Angeles; and in private practice in Malibu, CA. Professional highlights included; serving in O.S.S. during wartime, developing several widely used projective techniques, and being an active member or officer of numerous national and local professional organizations. Other award receiving interests included metal sculptures, songs, and apothegms reflecting his wit and wisdom.

(The Los Angeles Times , submitted by
Lucille K. Forer)

Fred A. Lehr '36 - no obituary available

John Kabot '37, 85, of East Hartford, formerly of Hatfield, died August 10 in East Hartford. Born April 10, 1915, in Hatfield, he was the son of the late Wawrzyniec "Lawrence" and Aniela "Nellie" (Antosz) Kabat. He graduated from Smith Academy in Hatfield. He also graduated in 1937 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he served as manager of the Minutemen basketball team. He had been a resident of East Hartford for 60 years. Mr. Kabot had been a foreman at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, Division of United Technologies Corp., in East Hartford, CT, for 38 years, retiring 24 years ago. He was well-known for his vegetable gardens, and it was said that he could fix just about anything. He was loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, and a strong supporter of the Connecticut lottery. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Margaret (Pierce) Kabot; two daughters, Janalyn Davis of Portland, CT, and Kimberly Kunze of Hamden, CT: a brother, Henry Kabat of Florence; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Joseph Kabat, and Thaddeus Kabat, both died earlier. . .

(Northampton Daily Hampshire Gazette 8/15/00)

Saul Small '37 - no obituary available

Joseph R. Bianco '38, 85, former mayor of North Adams, died yesterday afternoon (3/3/00) in the emergency room of North Adams. Regional Hospital, where he had been taken after being stricken earlier in the day. Bianco was a four-term mayor from 1970 to 1978, and also figured prominently in local civic and religious life over the years. . . Bianco entered public life in 1949, when he was elected to the first of four terms on the North Adams School Committee. In 1953, Bianco won a seat on the City Council, where he served four consecutive terms, being elected ceremonial mayor under the Plan D city manager form of municipal government. Bianco took two years off from city politics starting in 1960. He was then reelected to the School Committee and again won a one-year term on the City Council. On November 4, 1969, Bianco was elected to the first of his four terms as mayor. At the time he retired from office, Bianco was the longest-serving mayor in the history of North Adams. . .Bianco supervised a number of projects including the downtown urban renewal project and construction of the new City Hall and a new Drury High School. In 1974, North Adams was named an All-American City. Bianco was not known to mince words, and while some who encountered him at City Hall might have wished his demeanor was more diplomatic, "his bite wasn't anywhere near his bark. . ." Bianco retired from office in 1978 after his fourth term, though for years to come he continued to serve on such appointed boards as the North Adams Redevelopment Authority and the Retirement Board. Lamb said the week before he took office, Bianco took him to lunch. "He told me three points to remember: Do what's in your heart, don't worry about the next editorial, and always love North Adams." Bianco was born in North Adams on March 19, 1914, the son of John Bianco and Rose Sbarbaro Bianco. He graduated from Drury High School and attended Syracuse University for one year. He transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he graduated in 1938. Rachel Morgan, whom he married on July 19, 1941, died on April 11, 1970. Bianco leaves his wife, the former Dolores A. Mancini, whom he married on December 28, 1979, in St. Anthony Church; a daughter, Nancy Marden of North Adams; three stepchildren, Melissa A. Parisien of North Adams, John D. Parisien of Lansdowne, PA, and Maureen A. Lynch of Phoenix; a brother, Dr. Norman V. Bianco of North Adams; two sisters, Rita Sharron and Dolores O'Neil of North Adams, two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. A son, Harvey J. Bianco, died in 1956.

(Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle 3/4/00)

Ruth (Jefferson) Nolan '38 - no obituary available

Robert C. Perkins II '38, 84, a longtime resident of Barre, MA, died suddenly at his home in Oceanside, CA on July 21, 2000. He was born in Worcester, MA, on January 7, 1916, the son of Robert W. Perkins and Annette E. Hurd of 262 Sunderland Road, Worcester. He graduated from Classical High School, Worcester, MA: earned a BS in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and received his MS degree in Forestry from the Yale Forestry School. During the World War II years he was based in the Midwest as a buyer, and an expert on the properties, of various types of wood to be acquired and used in the war effort to replace valuable metals reserved for war material. He returned to Worcester at the end of WW II and ran the B.F. Marsh company. He moved his family first to Petersham and then to Barre, MA where he was active in the Unitarian Church, and was a founder of the Barre Boys' Club. During his retirement in Oceanside, CA, he concluded a lifetime genealogical study of his family and that of his late wife Jean Whitney Perkins who died in May, 1987 in Worcester, MA. Both families were among the earliest settlers of Massachusetts, arriving from Warwickshire, England originally, and migrated to Worcester County from Plymouth, Plympton and Harvard, MA. He is survived by his wife, Grace Brown Perkins of Oceanside, CA; his sisters Mary N. Baxter, of Shrewsbury, MA and Isabel R. Jolma of Gardner, MA; his brother Milton of Worthington, MA (his brothers Frederick and John, and his sister, Clara, predeceased him); his children, Lee Perkins of Alexandria, VA; Carol Georgopoulos of Salt Lake City; Stephen W. Perkins of Montague, MA; Robert W. Perkins II of Worthington, MA; Harriet A. Raitt of Ukiah, CA: Ralph W. Perkins of Shirley MA; Elizabeth C. Perkins of Talmage, CA; Eleanor T. Perkins of East Greenwich, RI; Julia Perkins of Middletown, CT: and Michael W. Perkins of Charlton, MA, eleven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. . .

(Submitted by Lee Perkins)

Fern (Kaplinsky) Elkind '39, of Bridgeport, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2000. Mrs. Elkind was born in Holyoke, MA, daughter of the late William and Rose (Cohen) Kaplinsky. She is survived by her husband, Henry Elkind; her two daughters, Phyllis Elkind of New York City, and Louise Elkind of Ohio; and one grandson, Matthew. Fern and Henry moved to Bridgeport from Clarks Summit, Pa., two years ago to be near Henry's sister, Dorothy Blaustein of Fairfield. Fern met Henry while attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was devoted to her husband and children, and her beloved grandson. Fern also acted as "grandma" to the children of her nephew, Jonathan, and her niece, Carolyn. She loved to sing and listen to music. Fern's sweetness will be missed by all who knew her. . .

(Bridgeport Connecticut Post 3/16/00)

Francis J.Farren Sr. '39, 84, a resident of Vestal, NY, for over 40 years, died Thursday, June 22, 2000 at his home. He was born in North Adams on September 10, 1915. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1939 with a BS in chemistry. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and attained the rank of 1st lieutenant. He was employed by G.A.F. Corp. as a research chemist and retired after 17 years in 1977. He was president of the G.A.F. Camera Club and visited nursing homes in the area with slide programs. After retirement from G.A.F., he became a photographic consultant for companies both in the United States and overseas. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vestal. He leaves two sons, Timothy L. of Windsor and Jeffrey G. of Pittsburgh, Pa.; five grandchildren, Seth Farren, Shana Podgurski, Desiree Farren, Jesse Farren and Collin Farren; and a sister, Mary Remillard of Adams. His wife, Rita I. Farren, and a son, Francis J. Farren, are deceased. . .

(North Adams North Adams Transcript 8/1/00)

Russell S. Shaw '39S, beloved husband of Barbara Gates Shaw, and former first selectman of the Town of Simsbury, passed on peacefully on Saturday, September 9, 2000 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 29, 1919, in Simsbury, son of the late John Leon and Iva (Stoddard) Shaw, and lived in Simsbury all of his life. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, worked at Pratt & Whitney, and was a veteran of World War II in the U.S. Navy. For 12 years he helped to build many homes in the Farmington Valley. He served as prosecutor in the Simsbury Justice Court, was a ten years volunteer fireman in the Simsbury Fire Dept., was active in the Boy Scout movement for 50 years, a 50 year member of the First Church of Christ Congregational, a 60 year member of the Simsbury Grange #197, a 50 year member of the American Legion, an active Rotarian, and a member of the Simsbury Historical Society. He was a member of the Simsbury Cemetery Association and director of the War Memorial Pool and the school building committee. He served as first selectman of Simsbury for over 22 years and was instrumental in acquiring Orkil Farms and developing Simsbury Farms Recreational Complex and Meadow Park. He instituted the Simsbury Open Space Program, including Onion Mt. Curtiss park, Tariffville Park, Weatogue Park, Heublein Tower Park and Ethel Winter property on Stratton Brook Road, the Darling-Hilles property on Farms Village Road, and the Antoinette Eno Wood property and Pharos Farm. He directed the construction of the Simsbury Sewer System, and he guided the development of Latimer Lane, Squadrom Line, Henry James Memorial and Simsbury High School. With the help of the telephone company he made Simsbury the first town in Connecticut and seventh in the U.S. to provide "911". He initiated the Belden School conversion to the present municipal building for town, board of education offices and the police headquarters; served on the Board of Directors Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Connecticut Council of Municipalities; was a director of the Village Water Company for 25 years and president for seven years. During the last 30 years he was honored with the following awards: "Home Town Hero," "Man of the Year" and Distinguished Simsbury High School graduate. Besides his wife of 58 years, he is survived by a son, Russell S. Shaw, Jr. and his special friend, Joyce Driscoll; two daughters and a son-in-law, Judith and Mato Latin, and Carol G. Shaw, all of Simsbury; four grandchildren, Daniel and Tracy Shaw of Boston, MA, and Stephen and Thomas Latin of Simsbury; two brothers, Donald H. Shaw, Ernest G. Shaw; and two sisters, Ruth S. Driscoll and Muriel S. Fields. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Shaw; and a brother, John L. Shaw, Jr. . .

Virginia Aitken '40 - no obituary available

Peter C. Kuzmiski '40S, 82, an entomologist, died Tuesday (8/22/00) at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton after becoming ill at home. Mr. Kuzmiski was an entomologist for the state of Massachusetts for 42 years. He retired as chief of the Department of Agriculture 11 years ago. He was a former Randolph Little League coach and a former member of the Randolph Knights of Columbus and Randolph Lodge of Elks. Kuzmiski was born and raised on a farm in Amherst, the son of Lithuanian immigrants. "We were potato farmers," he told The Patriot Ledger in 1974. He described himself as a "farmer back into the beginning of time." He was a 1936 graduate of Amherst High School and a 1940 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Stockbridge School of Agriculture. In 1944 he joined the state service. He had lived in Randolph for the last 50 years. Mr. Kuzmiski is survived by his wife of 50 years, Eleanor E. (Wesloski) Kuzmiski; a son, John P. Kuzmiski of Rhode Island; a brother, Frank Kuzmiski of Amherst; a sister, Veronica Lukow of Greenfield; two grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. . .

(Quincy Patriot Ledger 8/24/00)

Carl F. Nelson Jr. '40, 85, of East Orleans, MA, died March 24 at his home. Born, raised and educated in Gardner, MA, he attended Cushing Academy prior to studying at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was working toward his master's degree when he entered the Navy. He served in the American and Pacific theatres during World War II aboard the USS Navarro and the USS Ibis. A gunnery officer, he was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Star and had the rank of lieutenant. Upon returning to the United States he completed his master's degree at the University of Massachusetts. After teaching at Miami University in Ohio for two years, he took a position as a wildlife biologist with the federal Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service and moved his family to Beverly, MA. They moved in 1958 to Contoocook, NH, where he continued with field work with the Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1967, he took the government position of field supervisor of the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation in Ann Arbor, Mich. He retired to East Orleans in 1974. An active volunteer with the Audubon Society in Wellfleet and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, he worked extensively with study skins and tracking the health and overall welfare of wildlife on Cape Cod. He also enjoyed gardening, decoy carving, woodworking and refinishing antiques. He was predeceased by his wife Clare (Roche) Nelson in 1995 and Rita (Buckley) Nelson in 1958. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Regal Luttazi of Dover, Mass., Christine Miller of Dover, NH, and Jeanne Kruse of Fairfield; his son, Carl Felix "Bucky" Nelson III of Londonderry, NH; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. . .

(Fairfield Fairfield Citizen-News 3/31/00)

Henry Z. Czelusniak '41G, 91, of Chicopee, a former teacher and city official, died Monday, June 5, 2000, at a local nursing home. He was a seventh-grade teacher at the Bellamy School and retired in 1977. He was a Red Cross field director during World War II. Born in Chicopee, he was a life-long resident, a communicant of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, and a member of the Knights of St. Stanislaus. He was a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. And earned two master's degrees at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He belonged to the William F. Davitt Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 625, the Kiwanis, the Polish National Alliance, the Massachusetts Education Association, the King William Society of St. John's College, and the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley. His wife, the former Kathryn Kibula, died in 1987, and a son, retired Maj. H. Allen Jr., in 1992. He leaves his daughter, Marilyn C. Hurst; a sister, Matilda C. Dupuis of Holyoke; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. . .

(Hello Holyoke 6/14/00)

Stanley C. Reed '41, 80, of East Bridgewater, died unexpectedly March 31 while vacationing in Florida with his wife, Greeta Swanson Reed. He was born in Brockton, son of the late Myron and Helen Reed, and graduated from Brockton High School in 1937, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1941, and received his master's degree in education from Boston University. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to work for a short time at Sturtevant Farms in Halifax. Mr. Reed taught at Middleboro High School prior to spending 15 years as a regional sales manager with Wirthmore Feeds in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. He returned to teaching at West Bridgewater High School in 1963, and retired in 1986. He taught biology and was the equipment manager and ardent supporter of a number of athletic teams. He received great pleasure from following his students' endeavors through the years. He was a past president and active member of the Plymouth County Teachers' Association. Mr. Reed was a member of the Church of Our Savior in Middleboro. He served in the past as a leader to the youth group, was a long-time usher and a member of the vestry. Recently, he had also been attending a Baptist church in Brockton. . .

(Brockton Enterprise 4/4/00)

George H. Soule '41 - no obituary available

George E. McLaughlin '42, 80, of Sunderland, a decorated former naval aviator, died Monday at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. A Navy lieutenant during World War II, he flew torpedo bombers from aircraft carriers in the Pacific Theater and was cited for "meritorious achievement" in pressing home attacks against the Japanese mainland and "contributed materially to the success of his squadron." He was awarded the Air Medal by Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal. After discharge, he worked as a construction engineer for the former Stephen Puffer Construction Co. of Amherst. Born in Palmer, he was a 1937 graduate of Amherst High School. He also was a wildlife management student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and graduated in 1942. An avid hunter, he was an environmental advocate and a wildlife conservationist. He leaves his former wife, Anna McLaughlin; two sons, William of Greenfield and John, formerly of Amherst; a brother, Frederick of Hatfield; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. . .

(Springfield Union News 8/17/00)

Arthur Monk '42 - no obituary available

Phoebe (Whittemore) Smith '42 - no obituary available

Charles Jagger Jr. '43S, 79, who moved to North Fort Myers in 1986, formerly of Auburn, Mass., died Sunday, July 30, in Cape Coral. He leaves his wife, Dorothy W. Jagger; a brother, Edward Jagger of Worcester, MA, two daughters, Lesley Philips of Cape Coral and Barbara Jagger of North Fort Myers; a son, Charles and four grandchildren. He was born in Providence, RI, son of Charles and Annie (MacNeil) Jagger, and lived in Auburn for many years. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1941 and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served in the Navy. He moved to Florida in 1961, and moved to North Fort Myers in 1984. Mr. Jagger worked for the Pet Milk Corp., retiring in 1984. He was a charter member of Pakachoag Church and the Joel H. Prouty Masonic Lodge, both in Auburn. He was a member of the American Legion, the LST Association, and the National Rifle Association. . .

(Worcester Telegram & Gazette 8/22/00)

Lurane (Wells) Gove '43, of South Yarmouth and Weston, died May 18, 2000, after a long illness at her home overlooking Follins Pond. She was the wife of C. Allen Gove. Mrs. Gove was born in Deerfield. She lived on the Cape as a child, graduating from John Simpkins High School in South Yarmouth. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She and her husband made their home in Weston prior to moving permanently to South Yarmouth in 1981. She contributed her time and talent to several organizations including the Weston Clothing Exchange, WGBH-Channel 2 Auction, Council of Churches Service Center (Dennisport), Museum of Natural History, Mass. Audubon Society, and AAUW, among others. She was an active member of the Bass River Yacht Club. Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Stephen Gove of North Woodstock, NH, Jeffrey Gove of Camden, Maine, and Martha (Gove) Bradley of Portland, Maine; three grandchildren, Emily, Justin and Molly Gove of Camden, Maine; her sister, Joanna Smith of Summersfield, Fla., and several nieces and nephews. . .

(Needham Weston Town Crier & Tab 6/8/00)

Barbara (Bemis) McCarthy '43, 77, of Holden, MA, died Monday, April 24, in UMass Memorial Medical Center- Memorial Campus, Worcester, after an illness. She leaves her husband of 54 years, James L. McCarthy; six sons, James D. of Dallas, Thomas R. of Pacific Palisades, CA, David R. of Cape Neddick, Maine, Michael J. of Pittsfield, Patrick G. of Chesapeake, VA, and Steven P. of West Boylston; four daughters, Jean Ewell of St. Louis, Margaret Herzig of Lexington, Janice E. Maki of Woodbury, CT, and Theresa B. McCarthy of Austin, TX; two brothers, Warren and Richard Bemis, both of Spencer; a sister, Dorothy Bemis of Spencer; 20 grandchildren; nephews and nieces. She was born in Spencer, daughter of Roger E. and Helen (Hobbs) Bemis. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1944, where she was president of Pi Beta Phi. She lived in Elmira, NY, for 13 years, and moved to Holden 31 years ago. Mrs. McCarthy was active in 4-H and worked for its extension service in Worcester and Hamden counties. During World War II, she was a cover girl for several publications encouraging agricultural production. She taught home economics at Rutland's Naquag Junior High, and later worked at the Holden Big Y as a food demonstrator. She was an advocate for senior citizens. She was a member of the Holden Council on Aging and the Holden Bandstand Committee. In 996 she received the Silver Dove Award from Governor William Weld, as well as citations from the state Senate and House of Representatives, for her volunteer work. In 1997, she received the Good Neighbor Award from the Holden Democratic Committee. . .

(Worcester Telegram & Gazette 4/26/00)

M. Curtis Wilson '44, 78, of Clearwater, FL, formerly of West Lafayette, died Wednesday, February 23, 2000, in Morton Plante Hospital in Clearwater. He was born in Ware, MA, in 1921 and was a 1944 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 1946, he received his master's degree in entomology from Ohio State University. He was a member of the Purdue University entomology department faculty from 1947 until his retirement in 1987. He was an internationally known field crop specialist and was active in developing interstate research projects. He co-wrote a series of textbooks on insect pest management and numerous articles on the subject. He also organized student paper competitions among biology students from area colleges and universities. He was a member of the Entomological Society of America and served as president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Registry of Professional Entomologists. He served as a consultant for the Food and Agricultural Organization in Romania and was a recipient of the C.V. Riley Award for excellence in research. After his retirement, he became a marine docent for the University of New Hampshire and later had a similar position with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. He was a member of the Federated Church and a longtime member of the West Lafayette Masonic Lodge 724. Surviving are a brother, Lyndon Wilson of Ware, and a niece, Sondra Hillhouse of Kingston, NH, with whom he lived. . .

(Lafayette, IN Journal and Courier 2/26/00)

Daniel F. Burgess '48 - no obituary available

John L. Clark '48S - no obituary available

Priscilla (Baldwin) Crowell '48, 74, a resident of South Dennis, died Sunday at the Cranberry Pointe Nursing Center in Harwich. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Crowell. They were married in 1949. Born in Harwich Port, she was a 1943 graduate of Harwich High School and a 1947 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mrs. Crowell enjoyed swimming, becoming the first lifeguard at Bank Street Beach in Harwich Port in 1945. She and her father built the lifeguard stand. From 1947 to 1952, she was the home economics teacher at Chatham High School. After the birth of her three children, she worked from 1963 to 1986 as the food service supervisor for the Harwich school system. She enjoyed caring for others, and was known for her generous spirit and desire to help. She is survived by her mother, Carol Baldwin of Harwich Port; two sons, Gregory W. Crowell of Cooperstown, NY, and Robert E. Crowell Jr. of South Dennis; a daughter, Kathryn J. Ben of East Sandwich; a brother, James Baldwin of Newark, Del.; three grandsons; and many nieces and nephews. . .

(Hyannis Cape Cod Times 9/14/00)

Robert E. Glendon '48, of North Andover, formerly of Winchester, died Friday, August 4, 2000 in Lexington. He was educated in the Winchester public schools and a member of the class of 1948 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, stationed in India near the Burmese border. He was a cryptographer flying in support of British troops fighting Japanese invaders. He worked at the U.S. Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory in New London, Conn., the National Aeronautic & Space Administration in Cambridge, RCA Corp. in Burlington and AVCO Corp. in Everett. Mr. Glendon is survived by a brother, Richard R. Glendon of Lincoln; two nephews, Steven Cutter of Charleston, SC, and Michael Glendon of Cambridge and three nieces, Patricia Desmarals of Randolph, Ellen Murphy of Bedford and Natasha Crossley of Merrimac. He was predeceased by a sister Elizabeth Cutter of Bedford. . .

(Concord Bedford Minuteman 8/10/00)

Ida (Kelley) Verity '48 - no obituary available

Paul J. Conlon '49, 75, former resident of Greenfield, died Saturday (7-15-00) at Olympus Specialty Hospital. Born in Woburn, June 30, 1925, he was the son of Dennis and Josephine (Donovan) Conlon. He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He lived in Centerville, Ohio, and Greenfield before moving to Wilbraham. Conlon retired as director of management information systems at the former Albert Steiger Inc. Previously, he was Springfield branch manager for National Cash Register. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion of Wilbraham. He was a history interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village and treasurer of Woodland Deli Cemetery. He was a licensed private pilot and member of SPARKS and Northern Connecticut Radio Controlled Club. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, the former Jessie Wakeham; three sons, Daniel P. of Deerfield, Matthew D. of Kettering, Ohio, and Paul D. of Hampden; a daughter, Cynthia C. Jones of Glastonbury; 13 grandchildren and a great grandchild. . .

(Sunday Recorder 7-18-00)

Regina M. Curtin '49, 72, a retired school teacher, died unexpectedly at home Friday. She was born in Waltham and raised in Watertown. She was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She later moved to Wayland where she lived for many years. Mrs. Curtin worked as an elementary school teacher for 20 years in Watertown. She was lifelong summer resident of Falmouth and moved to the Cape permanently in 1989. She is survived by a son, Patrick J. Curtin of El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Nancy M. Aucoin of East Falmouth; and two grandchildren. . .

(Hyannis Cape Cod Times 3/13/00)

Morris Koffman '49, 79, of Wayland and formerly Troy, NY, died Saturday, August 5, 2000, at the Stanley Tippett Hospice in Needham of colon cancer. He was the husband of the late Rosalyn (Goldstein) Koffman, to whom he was married 51 years. Mr. Koffman was born and raised in New Bedford and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Yale School of Drama, where he earned his master's degree in fine arts. A resident of Troy, NY, since August 1956, he was a professor of English at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, until his retirement in 1986. For several years while at RPI, he directed the student theater group, the RPI Players. After retirement, Mr. Koffman worked with the Literacy Volunteers of America, teaching English to non-English speakers, and with VITA, assisting senior citizens in completing their tax returns. He was a longstanding member of Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, NY, where he once served as president of the temple. Mr. Koffman moved to Wayland in June 1999 to live with his daughter, Susan, and son-in-law Tom Cooper, while undergoing treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Beside his daughter, Susan, he leaves his children, Linda Lawrence of Rockville Centre, NY, Dan Koffman of Grapevine, Texas, Lenora Koffman of New Paltz, NY, and Arron Koffman of Troy, NY; and his grandchildren, Erik and Jeremy Lawrence of Rockville Centre, NY, George JJ Plante Jr. of Troy, NY, Dr. Rebecca Plante of Springfield, Ohio, Avree Koffman of Grapevine, Texas, and Emily and Sarah Freedman of New Paltz, NY. . .

(Wayland Town Crier 8/10/00)

Alice (Howarth) Moses '49, 71, of Wrentham, formerly of Attleboro, died Friday at Life Care of Attleboro. She was the widow of Graydon F. Moses. Born in Worcester, the daughter of Francis and Eleanor (Covey) Howarth, she grew up in Upton, where she attended elementary school. She attended agricultural school at North High School in Worcester and graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1949. Mrs. Moses reared her family in Attleboro, then lived in Palmyra, Maine, for several years. She moved to Wrentham six years ago. She worked as a nurse's aide at several nursing homes in the Attleboro area, retiring in 1976. Mrs. Moses was a member of the Order of Eastern Start chapters in Upton and Attleboro. Survivors include two sons, Clifford Moses of North Attleboro and David Moses of Anniston, Ala.; two daughters, Wilma Moses of Londonderry, NY, and Cunthia Randall of Hollywood, FL; two brothers, Richard Howarth of Upton and Francis Howarth of Honolulu, Hawaii; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. . .

(Attleboro Sunday Sun Chronicle 9/10/00)

Bruce W. Shufelt '49, 75, of Marion died Friday, August 25, 2000. He was the husband of Mary Ann Shufelt. Born in Walpole, he was the son of the late Ruth G. Bingham and the late Bruce Shufelt. Mr. Shufelt was a graduate of Amherst High School and a 1949 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he earned a bachelors' degree in business and played varsity baseball. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Marion and was a Marine veteran of World War II. Mr. Shufelt worked for International Harvester in various executive positions from 1949-1981. His work involved living in several states. He retired to Marion in 1982. His family summered in Wareham, where they still maintain a summer residence. He enjoyed sports, shellfishing, and loved the seashore. Survivors include his widow; two sons, B. Bradford Shufelt of Falmouth and Douglas Shufelt of Darien, CT; a daughter, Gretchen Stoddard of Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Frank Shufelt of Venice, FL; and a sister, Barbara Golding of Osterville. . .

(New Bedford Standard Times 8/28/00)

Francis W. Bacon Jr. '50, 78, father of David W. Bacon of Becket, died March 9 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY, after a brief illness. Born in Pittsfield July 4, 1921, son of the late Francis W. Sr. and Julia (Nelligan) Bacon, he graduated from Pittsfield High School, attended Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He worked for General Electric for 40 years, retiring as a supervisor in the power transformer department in 1982. A veteran of World War II, serving with the 90 mm Antiaircraft Artillery 132 Battalion in the US 9th Army, he was a member of Dalton American Legion Post 155, Dalton VFW Post 8566, the GE Quarter Century and Pensioners clubs, and St. Agnes Church. He served on and chaired the Dalton School Committee, and enjoyed reading and family activities. He also leaves his wife of 49 years, Mary E. (Burdett) Bacon; three other sons, Peter B. and James R., both of Dalton, and Richard F. of Weymouth; two daughters, Margaret E. Bacon of Hinsdale, and Patricia M. Destino of Natick; a brother, John of Pittsfield; two sisters, Grace Bacon and Mary Kelly, both of Pittsfield; and eight grandchildren. . .

(Huntington Country Journal 3/16/00)

C. Russell Blomerth '50, 79, a retired general contractor, died Saturday, August 5, at the Woodbriar Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington. Mr. Blomerth was born and educated in Malden and after completing high school he attended Wentworth Institute for two years. He then enlisted in the US Naval Air Corps during WWII and upon his discharge, received his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mr. Blomerth then established the C. Russell Blomerth Company of Malden, remodeling and building homes in the greater Malden area, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, of Malden and also the Mother Church of Boston. Mr. Blomerth was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Davenport Home of Malden and the Malden Rotary Club. He was born in Malden on May 12, 1921, the son of the late Clarence and Edith (Prudell) Blomerth. Mr. Blomerth was the husband of Grace L. (Hill) Blomerth of Malden and the father of Geoffrey R. Blomerth of New York and Alan G. Blomerth and his wife Linda L. of Reading. He was the brother of Constance BV. Wiley of Malden and the grandfather of Brian A> Blomerth, Michael G. Blomerth, Paul M. Blomerth, Erik J. Blomerth and Daniel J. Blomerth, all of Reading. . .

(Malden Medford Daily Mercury 8/7/00)

John J. Breen '50, 75, of Scituate, a retired sales engineer, died Wednesday at home of heart failure. Mr. Breen was an industrial motors sales engineer 13 years at W. A. Kraft Co., Woburn, and continued to work part time for the company after retiring in 1992. He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Nativity Church. He was an active participant at the Scituate Senior Center and a volunteer at the Scituate High School Computer Center. He was a World War II Army veteran. Born in Boston, he attended Boston English and Boston Latin schools and graduated from Glen-Nor High School, Glenolden, Pa., in 1943. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1950. He is survived by his wife, Louise F. (Rau) Breen; a son, John J. Breen Jr. of Fairfax, CA; three daughters, Janice Clutterbuck and Marianne Breen of Plainville and Maureen Breen of Cupertino, CA; and six grandchildren. . .

(Quincy Patriot Ledger 6/17/00)

Robert R. Chapin '50, 74, of Ashburnham, MA, died May 24, 2000, in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA, after a brief illness. Born in Bimidji, Minn., September 2, 1925, he was the son of Frederick and Madelaine (Peck) Chapin. He was a 1943 graduate of the Mt. Herman School in Gill, and a 1950 graduate of the engineering school at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For 23 years he was an industrial engineer with General Electric Co. of Fitchburg, MA. He retired in 1988. He was a T/5 in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the European Theater and in the Philippines as a field lineman with the Black hawk Division infantry. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Victory Medal. At one time, he was active with the American Legion in Northfield, MA. He was a member of the Ashburnham Community Church. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Naukeg Pool Club. For more than 30 years he was water commissioner for the town of Ashburnham. He was chair of clerks and was active with the Boy Scouts of America in Ashburnham during the 1960s. He grew and exhibited roses in New England and nationally and was a member and director of the New England Rose Society and a member of the New Hampshire Rose Society, the Maine Rose Society and the American Rose Society. He was chair of the Consulting Rosarian Program of the Yankee District and received a bronze medal for outstanding service to that district. He is survived by his wife, Martha (McAfee) Chapin, whom he wed Sept. 6, 1947; three daughters, Robalee Chapin of Silver Spring, MD, Elizabeth Chapin-Palder of Chicago, and Mary Chapin Durling of Rindge; one brother, Sydney Chapin, and one sister, Patricia Perez, both of Hull, MA; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A brother, Charles Chapin, died many years ago. A sister, Winifred Jeffrey, died six years ago. . .

(Peterborough Monadnock Ledger 6/1/00)

Wilcox L. Whitcombe Jr. '50 - no obituary available

M. Whitman Ray Jr. '50, 76, of Harrington, Maine, died Wednesday at the Central Maine Medical Center in Ellsworth. He was an industrial salesman. Born in Greenfield, MA, he graduated from Brookline High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the 99th Infantry Division in Northwest Europe in 1944-45. He belonged to the 99th Division Association. He leaves his wife, the former Bernadine Opper; a son, W. Scott of Somers, Conn.; two daughters, Patricia Ray of Hartford, CT, and Lauren Georges of Branby, MA: two brothers, Walter G. of Columbus, NC, and Winthrop C. of Barboursville, VA; two sisters, Janet R. Brown of Concord, NH and Marilyn Douglas of Holliston, MA; and four grandchildren. . .

Regina (Lawlor) Coffey-Nykiel '51 - no obituary available

Francis T. Grabauskas '51, 76, of Worcester, died Thursday, March 3, in Providence House Nursing Home, Millbury. He leaves two brothers, Joseph Grabauskas of Topeka, Kan., and Paul J. Grabauskas of Millbury; nephews and nieces. He was born in Worcester, son of Frank and Mary (Morkunas) Grabauskas, and graduated from Commerce High School and from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he earned an engineering degree. Mr. Grabauskas was a civil engineer and worked on many highway projects in the region for various surveying companies. He retired in 1988. He previously worked for Hamilton Standard Co. in Connecticut. He was a member of St. Casimir's Church and its Men's Club, the Knights of Lithuania Council 26, the Lithuanian Social Club, the Lithuanian Charitable Society, and the Greendale Retired Men's Club. . .

(Worcester Telegram & Gazette 3/24/00)

Nancy A. Jodrey '51 - no obituary available

John McKim '51, 74, of Pittsburgh, formerly of Quincy and Scituate, a retired small business administration director and a World War II veteran, died March 6 in southern California. Mr. McKim served in the Air Force during World War II, flying in over 60 missions in Europe. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he was also a Mason. He and his wife, Jean (Baker) McKim, were avid dancers and won many New England competitions over the years. He also sang on the radio with barbershop quartets. In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons, Craig D. McKim of Newton, NJ, and Kenneth S. McKim of Duxbury; a daughter, Pamela Breed of San Francisco; two brothers, William McKim of Lakeland, FL, and Allistair McKim of Braintree; a sister, Florence H. McKim of Santa Ana, CA; seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. . .

(Quincy Patriot Ledger 3/2/00)

James J. Turco '51, 72, of Walpole died Wednesday, February 9, 2000, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was 72. Born in Walpole, Mr. Turco earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a self-employed insurance broker for the past 47 years. He was in the Marines during World War II. He was president of the St. Vincent De Paul Society and Blessed Sacrament Church. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1319, Walpole, a member of the Italian-American Club of Walpole, a member of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents and a longtime eucharistic minister at Blessed Sacrament Church. Mr. Turco was warden for Precinct 5 for more than 45 years. He leaves his wife, Patricia F. (Radley) Turco; his daughters, Mary King of Walpole, Margaret Turco of Walpole, Tina Seaman of Canton, Katie Abate of Walpole and Anne Turco of Mansfield; his sisters, Irene Copparini of Mansfield, and Josephine Hazlett and Anna Ranalli, both of Norwood; his brother, Fred Turco of Wareham; and three grandchildren. He was the son of the late John and Ann V. (Penza) Turco, and brother of the late Peter L. and John B. Turco and Mildred Mastropier. . .

(Marshfield Canton Journal 2/18/00)

Gerald A. Vanasse '52, 75, of New Milford, CT, died at home Monday, August 7, 2000, after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Therese (Boucher) Vanasse. They were married for 46 years. Born in New Bedford, MA, July 28, 1925, son of the late Armand and Adele (Roy) Vanasse, he lived in New Milford since 1960, when he took a position as teacher of French and German at Canterbury School. He was an accompanist for the school's choral club for many years, musical director of nine shows, golf coach for 28 years and organist at the school's Chapel of Our Lady for 38 years. Mr. Vanasse was a dental technician pharmacist's mate in the Navy for 2 1/2 years during World War II. He took advantage of the GI Bill to continue his education, graduating from New Bedford High School in 1948. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1952 and a master of education degree from Bridgewater State University. He pursued studies at Middlebury College, the University of Missouri and Boston University. He taught at Middletown Springs, Vt., from 1952 to 1953, Roosevelt Junior High School, and New Bedford High School until 1960. Prior to moving to New Milford, he had been organist and choir director at Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart churches in New Bedford. After he retired from Canterbury School in 1990, he kept active with many volunteer activities, including the Richmond Center and local nursing homes. He was president of the Senior Center Advisory Board for several years. He was a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford for 40 years, where he also served as organist for a few years. Survivors include his widow; five children, Marc Vanasse of New Milford, Nicole Burke and her husband, Lt. Col. Kevin Burke, USMC, of Fairfax, Va., Paul Vanasse and his wife, Patricia, of San Francisco, Gerald F. Vanasse and his wife, Kelly, of Far Hills, NJ, and Guy Vanasse and his wife, Kelly, of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Elda Poitras and Yvette Daigle, both of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews...

(New Bedford The Standard-Times 8/9/00)

George H. Bicknell Jr. '53 - no obituary available

James J. Crowley '53S, 68, of Wilbraham, died Thursday at a local nursing home. He worked in the preventative maintenance department at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and retired in 1995. He worked previously for Sealtest Corp. in Hartford, CT, and for the Wilbraham Recreation Department. He also was former owner and operator of Center State Milk Co. of Springfield. Born in Paterson, NJ, he was raised in Binghamton, NY, and moved to Springfield in 1945. He also lived in Longmeadow and moved to Wilbraham in 1962. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1949, attended Georgetown University and graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and also served in the Marine Corps Reserve. He leaves a son, Michael J. of North Attleboro; a daughter, Susan C. Sullivan of Hampden; his former wife, Helen A. DesRoches of Springfield; a brother, Joseph R. of Holyoke; his twin sister, Mary C. Brooks of Soquel, CA; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. . .

(Springfield Union News 7/14/00)

Joseph M. Daley '53, 70, of Springfield, died Thursday at home. He was a 39 year regional manager for Industrial Risk Insurance Co. Born in Westfield, he attended Westfield High School, Wilbraham-Monson Academy and graduated in 1953 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was a World War II Navy veteran, a communicant of Holy Name Church and a 20-year Springfield resident. He belonged to the Sons of Erin and was a voluntary tax aide for senior citizens. He leaves his wife, the former Phyllis Mineo; a son, Thomas J. of Westfield; a daughter, Karen A. DiDominico of Southwick; two brothers, Jack of Silver Spring, MD., and Dan of Westfield; two sisters, Marie Moore of Westfield and Ann Goonan of Chicopee; his first cousin, Jim Shea of Westfield, with whom he was raised; and six grandchildren. . .

(Springfield Union News 3/3/00)

Corie E. Hale Jr. '53 - no obituary available

Virginia P. Maney '55, 67, of Albion, MI, formerly of Shirley, MA, died at home Tuesday, February 22, after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born October 22, 1932, in Ayer, MA, the daughter of Joseph and Petrona (Millinia) Krukley, and had lived in Shirley before moving to Michigan. She graduated from Fitchburg (Mass.) High School in 1951 and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1955. Through the years Mrs. Maney had had several occupations, including that of school-teacher, librarian and registrar clerk at Albion College before retiring in 1990. In her youth, she was an active member of the 4-H Club. She leaves her husband, Edward F. Maney, whom she married on August 24, 1957. She also leaves a son, Bradford Maney of Temperance; a daughter, Robyn Mertel of Chicago; a sister, Anita Chaplin of Bedford, NH; and four granddaughters. . .

(Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise 2/24/00)

Harry F. Hall '57, 70, of Ft. Lauderdale, a retired pilot for Eastern Airlines, died February 13 at home following a long illness. He retired in 1988 after 31 years of service. H was a member of the Army National Guard and graduated from Air Force Pilot School. He flew interceptor jets from Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod. Mr. Hall was born, raised and educated in Braintree and was a graduate of Braintree High School and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is survived by his wife, Julianne (Galgon) Hall; two sons, Vance Hall of Peachtree, GA and Greg Hall of Tulsa, OK; a daughter, Erin Hall of Georgia; a sister, Rose Keith of Braintree; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. . .

(Quincy Patriot Ledger 2/22/00)

Eileen (Phillips) Long '57, 64, of Waltham and Osterville, died Wednesday, February 23, 2000, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was the wife of Brian J. Long. Born in Brighton, she was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Mary C. (Duegan) Phillips, and lived in Watertown for many years before moving to Waltham. Mrs. Long was a 1957 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and began her teaching career in Waltham the same year. Mrs. Long spent the last 19 years at Northeast Elementary School in Waltham. She belonged to the Waltham Educators Association, where she served as union representative, and to the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Besides her husband, she leaves her daughters, Brenna J. Long of Centerville and Heather J. Gray of Alpharetta, GA; her son, Brian J. Long Jr. of Osterville; her sisters, Kathleen B. Phillips of Watertown, and Mary C. Smith and Christine A. Wheeler, both of Waltham; and many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Elizabeth P. Long, and the sister of the late Michael J. Phillips. . .

(Watertown Tab and Press 3/2/00)

Richard P. LaPolice '58, 67, of Nashua, NH, died Thursday (3/30/00) at home. He worked at Lockhead Co. (formerly Sanders Associates) for 23 years and later for Ernst & Young in Boston. He retired in 1998. Born in Ware, MA, he graduated from Ware High School in 1950. While there, he was president of his class and the student council . He captained the football team and was inducted into the Ware High School Hall of Fame. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1958. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and a Nashua resident since 1967. He was a communicant of St. Casimir Church and a member of the National Contract Management Association. He leaves his wife, the former Elizabeth A. McCarthy; three sons, Peter R. of Pelham, Matthew R. of Portsmouth and Paul J. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; his mother, Jeannette (Decelle) LaPolice of Ware; a sister, Alice Ducey of Ware; and three grandchildren. . .

(Springfield Union-News 1/1/00)

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