James Boynton ’33, Aug. 1, 2014. Boynton, a soccer player at Springfield College, began his teaching career at Perley High School in Georgetown, Mass., and retired as principal at Georgetown High School, in 1972. Boynton also coached soccer, baseball, and boys’ and girls’ basketball. Read the article written about James’ friendship with Pete “Pop-up” Deane, written by Deane’s son Stuart at springfield.edu/triangle.
Alfred Ellison ’40, July 16, 2014. Ellison served in the U.S. Navy and had a 32-year career as a corrective therapist for the Veterans Administration. He coauthored the book Ambulation, which provided significant contributions to the knowledge of caring for wounded veterans.
Stanley A. Christman ’43, Windham, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2014. Christman trained to become a Navy pilot and was waiting to be shipped to the Pacific when Nagasaki and Hiroshima were bombed. He returned home to teach secondary science, run a dairy farm, and build up a golf resort.
Albert D. Potter ’44, Delmar, N.Y., Sep. 2, 2014. Potter received graduate degrees from Columbia and Johns Hopkins universities, served in the U.S. Navy for 28 years, and as a counselor for Educational Opportunity Center in Albany.
Edward Atkinson Brandt ’46, July 9, 2011. Brandt served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater during World War II. Brandt served 10 years as an agent for the FBI, 20 years for American Mortgage Funding, from which he retired as director of marketing, and 18 years owning his own company, Country Business Services.
Roger A. Carlsen ’48, Amherst, Mass., April 25, 2015. Carlsen served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. After college, he taught physical education and coached, retiring as the director of physical education and health education for Haverhill Public Schools. He loved the mountains and the seacoast of New England and passed that love to his family.
Thomas J. Crane ’49, G’51, Westfield, Mass., March 10, 2015. Crane served the U.S. Army in the European Theater during WWII, studied for his PhD at the University of Connecticut, and spent his life as a teacher, principal, and consultant. He was an avid runner and competed in long-distance races all over the world. Said his son, John, “He was always very proud of his association with Springfield College.”
Gerald A. Crotty ’49, Branford, Conn., April 25, 2015. Crotty was commended for service in the U.S. Coast Guard in WWII. He devoted his career to education, teaching and coaching, becoming athletic director and supervisor of physical education at Brandford (Conn.) High. He was elected to the Branford Sports Hall of Fame. He loved the shore, lobstering and fishing, served as the harbor master and on the zoning board of appeals at Pine Orchard.
John James Dunn Sr. ’49, Pittsfield, Mass., Apr. 15, 2015. Dunn left Springfield College in 1942 to join the U.S. Navy and was commissioned during WWII. He returned to college in 1946, and remained in the Navy Reserves until 1955. He was a senior social services program director for the State of New York, and a long-time farmer in Hillsdale, N.Y.
Roy K. Jarecky ’49, G’50, EdD, Greenville, S.C., March 31, 2015. Jarecky served in Italy and Hungary during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He received a doctorate from Columbia Teachers College and retired as associate dean of admissions and student personnel for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. International travel was prominent in his personal life and in his professional and volunteer work.
Donald W. Hatch, G’50, Longmeadow, Mass., Jan. 22, 2015.
Richard H. Page ’50, Fort Myers, Fla., July 4, 2014.
William “Bill” Arthur Nordberg ’51, Mansfield, Mass., July 29, 2015. He honorably served our country as a member of the Army’s 11th Airborne Division, serving in the Philippines during World War II. Following his military service, he attended Springfield College, where he pitched a three-hit victory for Springfield College against Texas A&M in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., in 1951. He was recognized as the Most Outstanding Right-Handed Pitcher of the 1951 College World Series. He was drafted and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951 and played minor league ball until becoming a teacher and coach in 1956. He lived and taught in Baltimore before moving back to Massachusetts, where he taught physical education and was coach for 25 years at the Ahern School in Foxboro.
Dr. Bruce M. Tait ’51, Holyoke, Mass., June 30, 2015. Tait was born and raised in Holyoke, graduated from Springfield College and earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Tufts University. He ran his dental office on High Street in Holyoke for more than 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army. He also served as a deacon and member of the Second Congregational Church.
Alfred E. Chrzan ’52, G’53, Huntington, Mass., July 20, 2015. Following high school, he served two years of active duty service in the Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of sergeant. He supported Springfield College throughout his life. He taught in Somersville, Conn., from 1953-56. In 1956 he began teaching in West Hartford, Conn. where he spent the remainder of his career at Alfred Plant Junior High School and then Conard High School, from which he retired in 1988. While teaching, he spent many summers working in programs for developmentally challenged students and co-led student educational trips to Bermuda and camping throughout New England. He had a second, simultaneous career at Hartford College for Women as the director of buildings and grounds where, for more than 20 years, he maintained the college as if it were a well-manicured park.
Harold O. “Jim” Graves, G’52, Ware, Mass., May 23, 2015. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach, banker, and woodworker extraordinaire. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient in WWII, serving with the combat engineers in Northern France. After serving as a teacher and coach at Wilbraham Academy and Williston Academy, he joined Ware Savings Bank in 1958. When Country Bank and Palmer Savings Bank merged in 1981, he became executive vice president, and then served as president until his retirement in 1986. He was a longtime director of Mary Lane Hospital.
Richard Swanson ’52, G’57, Jefferson, Mass., June 29, 2014. Swanson served in the U.S. Navy, and was the first physical education director for the Greendale YMCA Branch in Worcester, Mass. He taught physical education and coached football and basketball, was a college and high school official, and owned and operated Piney Acres Day Camp in Holden with his wife. Swanson was a long-time member of the Eastern Massachusetts Alumni Association Executive Committee.
Robert W. Wilson ’53, Aug. 2, 2014. Wilson served in the U.S. Navy, on active duty until 1976, as assistant chief of staff for plans for the Naval forces in Danang, Vietnam. He was director of Officer Candidate School, commanding officer of USS Charles H. Roan, commanding officer of the US. Naval Station in Great Lakes, Ill., and captain. He received many awards during his service, including the World War II Victory Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat V for service in Vietnam, the Navy Commendation, and Navy Unit Citation.
Col. (Ret.) Douglas A. Bailey ’53, G’54, Columbus, Ga., Aug. 16, 2015. Bailey was an Eagle Scout, who went on to honorably serving his country and communities; serving 38 years of U.S. Army military service; and 37 years National Staff Armed Services YMCA.
Robert C. Powers ’54, East Walpole, Mass., Aug. 10, 2015. Powers earned his MBA at Columbia College. He proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1956 as Specialist 3rd Class. He served as the principal at the Blackstone Millville Regional High School and retired in 1997 after a 40 year career in education. He served as the treasurer for the South Shore Chapter of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association.
Edward C. Smith ’54, July 29, 2014. Smith served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance and retired from the company as vice president. In his retirement, he coached girls’ tennis and soccer.
Adelaide Thrasher ’54, East Longmeadow, Mass., July 23, 2014. Thrasher graduated from Springfield College on the G.I. Bill at the age of 40. She served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. She was an accomplished pianist, and she sang for the Springfield Symphony Chorus. Thrasher served twice as president of the East Longmeadow Golden Agers.
Leo Casagrande, G’55, Ludlow, Mass., Aug. 4, 2014. Casagrande served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He worked as a social studies teacher, department chair, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and finally principal of Amherst Regional Middle School. He was appointed to the Citizens Task Force on Civic Education Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by then-Governor Frank Sargent, and selected as a Fulbright Scholar to study at the University of Perugia, Italy.
Kenneth Clark Goodwin, G’55, Dunedin, Fla., Oct. 8, 2013. Goodwin fought in the Korean War, and worked as an administrator, teacher, and coach at Penney High School in East Hartford, Conn. He also owned a local painting business until he retired to Florida in 1990.
Drucille (Cochran) Craig ’56, Winder, Ga., Aug. 20, 2014. Craig’s career teaching physical education and fourth grade spanned more than 30 years. She was named Outstanding American Educator in 1970.
Mona Duquette ’56, West Hartford, Conn., Aug. 4, 2014. Duquette was a physical education teacher and, after retirement, a school volunteer. Duquette was named Outstanding Physical Education Teacher by the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in 1984.
Victor Caesar Turner ’56, G’57, Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 8, 2015. Turner served in the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. He worked for the State of Michigan before becoming an educator and recreation specialist in Ann Arbor. He had a long resume of community service, for which he was honored repeatedly.
David Beaver ’57, G’58, Macomb, Ill., July 20, 2014. Beaver’s career included teaching physical education and coaching wrestling and track. Continuing to coach, he held posts as director of athletics and physical education, assistant professor of physical education, and, after earning a doctorate, became associate professor of health, physical education, and recreation at Morehead State University, retiring as professor of physical education at Western Illinois University. He was the adapted physical education specialist, a passion on which much of his professional life focused.
Roger Harold Fulton ’57, Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sep. 30, 2014, following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. As a teenager, Fulton was welcomed into the loving family of Bill and Beatrice Bennett. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served in Korea. At Springfield College, he played several sports, was editor of the student paper, and president of the student government. Fulton served on the Springfield College Board of Trustees and was a recipient of the Tarbell Medallion for outstanding contribution to the college community. While at Springfield College, Fulton met and was swept of his feet by the shy and lovely Ann Hatheway of Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada. Following college, Fulton’s traits of diligence, generosity, kindness and playfulness served him well in a long career with UNUM. Roger and Ann raised their three children in New Canaan, Conn., where he served the New Canaan community in many ways including: town council, New Canaan boys’ baseball, founder of New Canaan Sports Council, state director Booster Clubs America, and volunteer New Canaan High School athletic director for two years while the school restructured the program. In 1981, Roger and Ann moved to Hilton Head Island and assumed ownership of Southern Marketing Services. They ran this business together for 10 years. Fulton then attained his real estate license and established Fulton Consulting Company.
Philip N. Merriam ’57, Gilford, N.H., July 25, 2015. Merriam was a popular social studies teacher at Patchogue-Medford High School and chief lifeguard of the Brookhaven Town beaches for more than three decades. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. He attended college on the G.I. Bill. An accomplished athlete, Merriam was scouted by professional teams in both baseball and football.
William H. Nedde Jr. ’57, Tempe, Ariz., April 13, 2015. Nedde served as a captain in the U.S. Marines. Nedde coached football at Waynesburg (Pa.) College, and track and football at Central Connecticut State College. He went on to teach physical education at the University of Vermont where he was head coach of the cross country and track teams, coached indoor track and swimming, and worked in the cardiac rehabilitation program at the University Medical Center. He started his own fitness training business called FIT-TEST His retirement passion was coaching for the Senior Olympics, including two world-record holders. He traveled around the United States and the world with his athletes and served on the board of directors for the Vermont Senior Games and was co-chair of the games committee and director of the track and field meet.
Robert Nye ’58, G’59, Wooster, Ohio, Nov. 7, 2014. Nye was an icon in the department of athletics at The College of Wooster for more than three decades. Not only did he coach two sports, but he also served as PGA professional at the College’s L.C. Boles Golf Course and teaching professional at Wooster Country Club for the past 15 years. Nye was recognized by Golfweek as “Father of the Year” in 2007.
James Collamore ’59, G’61, Georgetown, Mass., July 15, 2014. Collamore served in the U.S. Marine Corps and, in 1955, became a member of the Marine Corps Aviation Panther Jet Squadron in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. He taught physical education and coached football.
John Pressey “Jack” Woods ’59, Milton, Fla., June 24, 2015. Woods taught math, science, and physical education, served in several administrator roles, and coached football and baseball. Four of his baseball teams won state championships and he was inducted into the South Burlington High School Rebel Hall of Fame.
Michael A. West, Esq. ’65, G’66, Boston, July 29, 2015. West graduated from Newton North before coming to Springfield College to play football. It was at Springfield College that he said he learned “lifelong lessons taught about the important and personal benefits of service to others.” Through Springfield College, he spent a summer teaching in Somalia, East Africa, where he discovered his passion for education.
After receiving a master’s degree from Springfield College, he continued his studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he earned a Doctorate in Education in 1976. During this time, he served the university as the assistant dean of students and special assistant to the chancellor.
It was his interest in education and in helping others, however, that inspired him to seek a law degree and, in 1980, he moved to a different arena, serving the Office of the Governor of Massachusetts, and then working for the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education, eventually becoming chief of staff. He received a law degree from Suffolk Law School in 1982 and established his own firm in 1984.
West served multiple terms on the Springfield College Board of Trustees and on the Springfield College Alumni Council. He was very involved in the Class of 1965 reunion committee and was the founding president—and served in that role until his death—of the Eastern Massachusetts Alumni Association Executive Committee. In 2000, he was recognized for service to alma mater when he received the College’s Tarbell Medallion. He also was actively involved in his community as chairman of the board of Jobs for Baystate Graduates, Inc.
West will be remembered by many, from his classmates to the current students whom he greeted during New Student Orientation. He will most be remembered for his selfless and magnanimous spirit, his loyalty and devotion to dear friends and family, his love of cooking, hockey, Cape Cod, and—above all—his humility.
Frederick Otto Dietzel III, G’60, Aug. 13, 2014. Dietzel was an educator, served as head of the history department at Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School in Pennsylvania, where he also coached basketball. He became vice president at Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, Pa., and then principal of Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, Pa.
Robert N. Forgeron ’60, Chatham, Mass., Feb. 9, 2015. Forgeron worked as an inspector for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in Chicago. A member of the U.S. Army, he was a high-speed radio operator in Korea, earning various medals. After retiring, he enjoyed woodworking and was known as “Grampa Tools.”
Fran Samuels Yeoman ’60, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Dec. 7, 2014. Yeoman was an avid athlete and enjoyed traveling and meeting people. She was the PTSA president at Beverly Hills High School.
Edwin H. Jacobs, G’61, Glen Lakes, Fla., Jan. 30, 2015.
Bernard J. “Ben” Kaminski, G’61, Jaffrey, N.H., March 29, 2015. Kaminski was involved in education, primarily as a guidance counselor and previously as a high school principal. Before serving in the U.S. Army, Kaminski attended the University of Massachusetts, where he was a standout basketball player.
William C. Chasey, Ph.D, ’62, San Diego, Calif., May 23, 2015. Chasey passed away after a six-year battle with multiple myeloma and leukemia, but before he died said, “When I die, please don’t cry. Put on a colorful shirt and celebrate.” Educator, author, research scientist, inventor, lobbyist, senior campaign advisor to President Ronald Reagan, pilot, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Chasey was founder, president, and CEO of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility which helped feed and educate some of the poorest children, whom he called his PromiseKids, and families in the tiny villages of northwest Poland.
He started the foundation in 2002, with the help of his wife, daughter and others. The original mission was to provide a hot meal a day to some of Poland’s neediest children and to mentor the business community in Warsaw in the area of corporate social responsibility in “doing well by doing good.” Through the years, the foundation grew from one school to 15, fed hundreds of thousands of hot meals across the span of 13 years, and reached its goal of 100 member companies.
With the support of foundation members, Chasey and others renovated classrooms, initiated dance and music programs and cultural and fun trips to the Baltic Sea and Warsaw, created an English language program, awarded scholarships, and sent students to the United States.
Joseph P. Lind Jr. ’62, G’63, Lancaster, Pa., June 25, 2015. Lind met his wife, Ilona ’63, as an undergraduate student at Springfield College. Lind was a YMCA career executive for 30 years and served in the armed services from 1951-55.
James Curran, G’63, Westfield, Mass., July 19, 2014. Curran was a rehabilitation counselor for the state of Connecticut and helped set up halfway houses for drug-dependent patients throughout New England. He also was a member of several historical societies, involved in community theater, and enjoyed writing in his retirement.
Theodore G. Clark ’63, Natick, Mass. Clark worked in the fire alarm industry. At Springfield College, he was a member of the swim team. An avid sports fan and participant, he enjoyed golf and skiing.
Barbara Grace Rothschild DeLong ’64, G’65, Nov. 14, 2014, San Francisco, Calif.
Terri J. Regan ’64, Kennebunk, Maine, May 17, 2015. Regan taught physical education and earned the distinction as one of the first female high school athletic directors in Maine. A popular coach, her players affectionately referred to their teams as “Regan’s Renegades.”
Richard B. Blaettler, G’64, Fairfield, Calif., Oct. 25, 2014. Blaettler served in the U.S. Army Command as a sergeant major. He worked for many years a teacher and also coached football and wrestling for 19 years in the San Francisco area. His interests included playing bagpipes, coin collecting, painting in oils, and rabbit breeding.
Peter S. Petty ’64, G’65, Townshend, Vt., March 9, 2015. Petty was a chemistry, physics, and biology teacher and also taught life sciences. He coached high school track and cross country. In his free time, Petty enjoyed hunting, sailing, and relaxing at the beach.
Gary L. Hardenbrook ’65, Shrewsbury, Mass., Feb. 17, 2015. For the majority of his career, Hardenbrook worked as a parks and recreation director for Croton, N.Y., and the town of Shrewsbury. From 1965-71, Hardenbrook served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.
Anthero “Nick” Nicolau, DPE’65, Wareham, Mass., Dec. 6, 2014. Nicolau was a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Marines. An accomplished football coach, Nicolau’s career spanned 40 years and included heading high school, college, and NFL teams. He coached at Springfield College, University of Massachusetts, University of Kentucky, and Kent State. In the NFL, Nicolau coached in four Super Bowls, four Pro Bowls, two Canadian Football League Grey Cups, and 18 NFL playoff games.
Lewis E. Randall Sr., G’65, Vernon, Conn., Sept. 12, 2014. He worked as a rehabilitation counselor and later as a consultant for the Bureau of Vocational Technical schools. Randall held a number of technical high school directorship positions. He received the Norwich Native Son Award for his life-long achievements. An accomplished athlete in four sports, Randall was named to the Springfield College Hall of Fame.
George Sadowsky ’66, Cleveland, Ohio, April 7, 2015. An accomplished high school wrestler, Sadowsky finished first in the Ohio Wrestling Championship in 1962, which earned him a wrestling scholarship to Springfield College.
Paul F. Gilbert, DPE’67, Fort Collins, Colo., May 26, 2015. He served in the U.S. Marines where he was company bugler and honor man for his platoon. He worked many years at Tarkio (Mo.) College as chairman of the physical education department, director of athletics, and track coach. He joined the faculty of Colorado State University in 1969, and coached the golf team.
William Di Tullio, G’68, Bangor, Maine, Aug. 3, 2014. Di Tullio graduated with a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Maine, Orono, and had his own private practice. He was an avid sailor and enjoyed the outdoors.
Philip Newbert, G’68, Ipswich, Mass., July 24, 2014. Newbert worked as a stockbroker in New York City. He was an avid sports fan, and specifically enjoyed the New York Giants.
Dorothy “Dolly” (Jorgensen) Cudworth, G’69, Bloomfield, Conn., Aug. 23, 2014. She was a physical education teacher at New York schools and, for 17 years, served as the program director for the American Heart Association of Greater Hartford, retiring in 1988.
Harold “Harry” V. Hosel ’69, Walnut Creek, Calif., June 26, 2015. Husband of Pat ’69, Hosel passed away after a courageous struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He pursued advanced studies in the history of religion and library science at Hartford Seminary, the University of Iowa, and the University of California, Berkeley. His professional career in academic libraries included public service and senior administrative library positions at Grinnell College, Iowa; University of California, Riverside; University of Missouri, Columbia; California School of Professional Psychology; Office of the President, University of California; University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif.; and Samuel Merritt College, Oakland, Calif. Hosel will long be remembered by his family for his passion for life, especially his love of travel, tennis, and sailing.
Peter R. Mackay ’70, East Greenbush, N.Y., Feb.18, 2015. For more than 30 years he taught physical education and drivers education at Columbia High School, and also coached sports there. He also owned Mackay’s Driving School for 25 years.
D. David Stratton, G’72, Agawam, Mass., Feb. 10, 2015. Stratton was a longtime teacher in the Chicopee and Springfield public schools, and a successful high school soccer and basketball coach. In 2007, he was inducted in the Springfield Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame.
Paul J. “Buddy” Woods ’72, North Reading, Mass., April 14, 2015. Woods was a business owner and real estate agent in North Reading. An accomplished football player, he was inducted into the North Reading Football Hall of Fame and Bridgeton Academy Hall of Fame. He received the Defensive Player of the Decade award from Springfield College.
Jeffrey C. Felix ’74, G’75, West Springfield, Mass., Feb. 20, 2015. For many years, he served as a counselor at Goodwill Industries. He was a longtime member of the West Springfield Commission on Disabilities.
Wendy Rachel Ohmann Fowler ’75, Wolcott, N.Y., April 27, 2015. For most of her career, she operated Fowler’s Marina in Wolcott with her husband, James. Prior to that, she was an elementary school teacher.
Robert Bruce Hunt ’75, Schuyler, Va., Feb. 2, 2015. Hunt began his career as a teacher at Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton, Md., and then moved to Charlottesville, Va., to work in the building trades.
Jon Eric Sundholm ’77, CAS’78, Russell, Pa., Feb. 26, 2015. He served as administrative director of laboratory services at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., for 36 years.
Theodore F. Bajowski, G’78, Naples, Fla., March 3, 2015. Bajowski worked as a regional supervisor for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, retiring in 1992. He was an avid photographer who enjoyed walking in the woods and traveling.
Brian J. Kiernan ’78, Pomona, N.Y., Feb. 17, 2015. While attending Springfield College he participated in the shot put, discus, and weightlifting. He was employed initially in the family business and later started a corporation with his wife, Cathy.
Deighton Alleyne ’79, Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2014. Alleyne was a math teacher for 17 years, also coaching soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. He was named one of the area’s best teachers in 2011 by Bethesda Magazine. Alleyne had a strong love of music, including an extensive CD and record collection.
Susan (Jeffery) Collins ’79, July 7, 2014. Collins was an athlete, playing many sports during her school years and continuing to play softball into her 40s. She ran numerous marathons, including three at Big Sur in California. She also climbed up the Andes to Machu Picchu in Peru.
John P. Garelli, G’79, Northampton, Mass., March 25, 2105. He started his career working with developmentally disabled adults before becoming a case manager supervisor for the Department of Mental Health in Springfield in 1985.
Ernest “Ernie” R. Silkey, G’80, Agawam, Mass., March 20, 2015. For more than 26 years, Silkey worked as a financial aid counselor at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Conn., until he retired in 2003.
Thomas G. Fahner, G’81, Westminster, Vt., Jan. 6, 2015. Fahner devoted his career to education, including at the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro. For 25 years, he served as principal and director of residential services at New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster. The state of Vermont named him Principal of the Year in 2009.
Lois R. Foerster ’81, Chicopee, Mass., Feb. 7, 2015. She was a longtime nursing home director of social services. Foerster was a member of the Scarlet Socialites, serving as the Queen Mother. She loved to travel and was an avid bridge player.
Terence L. Nyman, G’81, Syracuse, N.Y., Feb. 4, 2013. Nyman’s career included various directorship positions with New York YMCAs, and instructor-trainer for the YMCA’s sister organization in Mexico. He organized many annual YMCA aquatic training events in the Northeast region. He also worked for 15 years as a landscaping and hardscapes wholesaler.
Richard M. Libuda ’82, Worcester, Mass., Dec. 26, 2014. Libuda was a former salesman at Muzak. When not working, he enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, grilling, and landscaping.
Marcia Rogers Stanford ’82, Branchburgh, N.J., April 7, 2015. For 26 years, she was devoted to helping others through her work in directorships with various YMCA organizations across the country. She also taught aquatics classes for 15 years at the Somerset Valley YMCA. She received many honors for her work with the organization. She was known for living modestly, but loving extravagantly.
Patrick Duffy, G’83, Aug. 10, 2014. Duffy served in many physical education and coaching roles. He was head of Coaching Ireland in 1994 and taught physical education in
Saint Declan’s College in Ireland. He helped set up Healthy Ireland, an organization with a mission to improve society.
Thomas E. Berger ’85, Gardiner, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2015. He was known as a caring person and a great friend to all.
Patricia E. Bartlett, G’88, Kingston, N.H., April 2, 2015. Bartlett worked for many years caring for patients in cancer recovery at Synergy and Exeter Hospital. She took pride in serving others and providing a source of encouragement.
Carol J. Winetrout ’91, Southbridge, Mass., Oct. 12, 2014. She was known for her caring ways and always looking out for the needs of others.
Gladys Coles ’93, Bridgeport, Conn., Feb. 14, 2105. For many years, she served as a social worker for the state of Connecticut, retiring in 1988.
Margaret L. Stein, G’91, Springfield, Mass., April 1, 2015. Stein worked as an actuarial in the field of substance abuse. She was also a chemist at Contest Analytical Lab in EastLongmeadow, Mass. Stein was a classical pianist who also enjoyed cooking and gardening.
Aida Camp ’95, South Hadley, Mass., Jan. 30, 2015. For more than 25 years, Camp was employed as a financial aid social worker for the Department of Transitional Assistance.
James P. Leyden, G’95, Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 19, 2015. Leyden served in the U.S. Navy for two years. As a licensed social worker, he treated many suffering from mental illness. He enjoyed following the Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and New York Giants.
Jackilyn “Jacki” Lavoie-Staples, G’96, July 19, 2014. Lavoie-Staples worked at Liberty Mutual in accounting for many years. Some of her favorite pastimes included sewing and gardening.
Gail I. Harris ’98, Augusta, Maine, Feb. 25, 2015. Early in her career, she worked as a nurse and then as a home health nurse. She switched careers in 1989 and became a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
Lori L. Ludwig ’01, Union Grove, Wis., Oct. 3, 2014. For a number of years, she worked for the Milwaukee Department of Human Resources. She also volunteered for Milwaukee’s domestic abuse hotline.
Susan Lee Managan, G’03, Bridgton, Maine, May 6, 2015. She was employed for many years at Tri-County Mental Health before operating her own practice, Free Spirited Counseling Services in Norway and Bridgton.
Matthew D. VanAlst ’05, West Palm Beach, Fla., Jan. 3, 2015. VanAlst worked as a project manager/coordinator for Alpha & Omega Contractors, Inc.
Eddie B. Gross ’04, G’06, San Diego, Calif., Sept. 9, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Combat during the Vietnam War. In his career he served as a teacher and counselor for at-risk youth. For more than 30 years, he coached high school boys’ basketball. He was an adjunct professor at Springfield College.
Samantha N. Benjamin ’08, Hartford, Conn., March 25, 2015. She had a varied career, which began at Duncaster Nursing Home and Webster Bank before becoming assistant program manager at the Hartford Community Court.
Rulon “Lonnie” Patrick Henderson ’09, Willimantic, Conn., Oct. 14, 2014. He served as a social worker and dedicated his life and career to helping others.
Deborah A. Koenig, G’09, Holden, Mass., March 4, 2015. She spent her career caring for elders, mental health patients, and substance abuse clients.
Leroy A. Golphin ’10, Jacksonville, Fla., March 16, 2015. He was a certified addiction professional.
Karen L. Hirtle ’11, Derry, N.H., Sept. 10, 2014. Hirtle worked as a youth counselor at the Sununu Youth Center in Manchester. She enjoyed playing the banjo, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Catherine M. Fitzpatrick, G’11, Nashua, N.H., March 31, 2015. She worked as a devoted school nurse at Central High School in Manchester. For many years she served as Girl Scout leader.
Jennifer Maxson, G’13, Mount Pleasant, S.C., July 11, 2015.
Kathryn Carlson Heler, Wilbraham, Mass., April 3, 2015. She was a teacher at the University of Illinois, Indiana University Northwest, and Manchester University, before becoming a professor of nonprofit business studies and director of the MBA program at Springfield. She served on many boards as a volunteer.