In Memoriam - Triangle Volume 82, No. 1
Lucile McCabe (H’87), Springfield, Mass., Jan. 6, 2010. McCabe devoted much of her life to environmental concerns. She served on the Springfield Conservation Commission for two terms, co-founded the Lake Massasoit Association, and was Community Concerns Chairman for the Springfield Garden Club. She also taught at the MacDuffie School for Girls; was a church school teacher, Christian education chairman, and vice moderator at the former Hope Congregational Church; and served on the board of managers at the Chestnut Knoll Retirement Home. An annual Springfield College lecture series is named in the honor of Lucile and her husband, former professor of biology Briton C. McCabe. McCabe was predeceased by Briton in 1968, and leaves a son, two granddaughters, and several nieces and nephews.
Charles Henry Swift, Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 4, 2009. An officer in the U.S. Air Force, Swift served as director of physical training and, later, commander of special services sports programs. In addition, he directed the physical education department at public schools in Greenfield, Mass., and served as director of rehabilitation programs at the Veterans Administration. Swift also coached the 1956 Olympic boxing team, and was an avid golfer. He was predeceased by two wives, and is survived by two nephews, and two stepchildren.
Robert Elmer Berry, Aug. 30, 2009.
Carl W. Eilers, Ridge, N.Y., Jan. 17, 2010. Eilers served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He taught physical education in the Sawhanaka School District in New York until his retirement in 1977. After that, he enjoyed traveling the world, wood carving, painting, and pottery. He leaves his wife of 69 years, Helen, two sons, and two grandchildren.
James Brownell Delamater, Las Cruces, N.M., Nov. 23, 2009. Delamater was the department head emeritus of physical education at New Mexico State University. In 1996, the university named its main physical education building in his honor. He is survived by his wife Betty.
Charles William Jorgensen, Nov. 19, 2009.
Bertram Stanley Walls, Stratford, Conn., Oct. 18, 2009. Walls earned the Bronze Star while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He taught in upstate New York before opening and operating the Vet Dinette Catering and Vending Machine Company for 30 years. He was active in a number of community organizations and his church. He leaves his wife of 65 years Gladys, three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Thomas Collins III, New Burn, N.C., Dec. 19, 2009. Collins served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He later taught and coached at Suffolk University in Boston and Springfield (Mass.) Public Schools before beginning a 19-year career as the directory of health, physical education, and athletics at Byram Hill High School in Armonk, N.Y. He was also a college football and college hockey official, and a ski patroller, and was involved in the creation of the Westfield (Mass.) High School hockey program and the creation of many skating rinks in western Massachusetts. An avid golfer, Collins was on the links two days before his passing. He leaves his wife of 66 years Evelyn, two children, a grandson, and two great-granddaughters.
Walter Ruhmshottel, Seaside Park, N.J., Dec. 13, 2009. Ruhmshottel was a lifelong furniture salesman. An All-America soccer player for Springfield College, he coached the sport for his local church youth league. He also enjoyed rooting for the Boston Red Sox and spending time with his dogs. He was predeceased by his wife Marjorie, a brother, and a sister, and is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Russell Sprague Hewett, Bangor, Maine, Sept. 19, 2009. Hewett served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a foreman for Bates Manufacturing Company in Lewiston, Maine, before joining Central Maine Power Company and working in engineering, real estate and claims, and treasury operations. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 70 years, Marion, and his brother. He is survived by two children, three grandchildren, five nephews, and a grand-niece.
Donald F. Richardson, West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 31, 2009. Richardson was a New England Intercollegiate Tennis Champion while at Springfield College, and went on to play against Charlie Chaplin, Errol Flynn, and many nationally ranked players while living in California and working for Youngstown Sheet and Steel. Afterward, Richardson taught briefly at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Penn., before beginning his 37-year career teaching math at the Haverford (Penn.) School and coaching basketball and tennis. He also gave tennis lessons at several country clubs in the area and later competed on the senior-level circuit. He leaves his wife of 63 years Joyce, three children, three grandchildren, and sister.
Peter Elias Tougias, Longmeadow, Mass., Sept. 6, 2009. Tougias served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He then worked for the YMCA before he and his brothers took over the family business – Tougias Baking Company. He officiated high school and college basketball games for 33 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Frances, three children, six grandchildren, six siblings, and several nieces and nephews.
Robert M. Pate, Suffield, Conn., Nov. 3, 2009. Pate served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He taught physical education and coached in two high schools in New York before embarking on a 17-year career as an administrator for the Hartford (Conn.) Public Schools, where he coordinated physical education, health education, and athletics programs. He was also involved with, and held titles with, several professional organizations, including the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Doris, and is survived by his two children, and three grandchildren.
Harry I. Kinch, Sept. 9, 2009.
Howard Anderson O’Neil, Essex Junction, Vt., Sept. 26, 2009. O’Neil served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and for many years after in the Army Reserves. He taught history and government at Essex Junction (Vt.) High School for 40 years and coached track and field, baseball, basketball, and soccer. The school now awards a Howard A. O’Neil History Award to a student who excels in the study of history and government. He was also a basketball official for 50 years. He leaves his wife of 54 years Helen, two children, and three grandchildren.
Agatha H. Sarat (G), Dec. 29, 2009.
Henry George Whitton, Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 9, 2009. Whitton served on the USS St. George during World War II. A member of the bar associations of Pennsylvania and Florida, and was a public defender in Vero Beach, Fla. He later ran his own private practice. Whitton enjoyed classical music and sports, and was an accomplished swimmer and swim coach. He was predeceased by his first wife Bess, and leaves his wife Nancy, three daughters, two stepsons, three grandchildren, and a sister.
John Craig Biddle, High Point, N.C., Dec. 27, 2009. Biddle served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked in journalism and public relations, for many newspapers and companies, including Springfield College. He was active in his community and at his church. Biddle is survived by his wife Jennie, two children, a granddaughter, a sister, and four nieces and nephews.
William Richard Claytor, Washington, D.C., Oct. 21, 2009. Claytor served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered 600 babies in a career that spanned five decades. In addition to a private practice, he chaired the obstetrics divisions at Howard University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center until retiring from the specialization in 1991. He continued practicing gynecology until retiring completely in 2004. Claytor belonged to several professional organizations. He leaves his wife Julia, six children, and 10 grandchildren.
Carl E. Dahlstrom, Nov. 9, 2009.
Alton Bailey Doyle (G’50), Guilford, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2009. Doyle served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He coached baseball (20 years), football (16), basketball (eight), track and field (eight), and wrestling (one), served as an athletic director, and was appointed the director of public health, physical education, and recreation for the Oxford (N.Y.) Public Schools. He was also actively affiliated with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, holding many titles. Among the numerous athletic halls of fame Doyle has been elected to is the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted posthumously in 2009. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane, and is survived by his two daughters, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Thomas J. Ricci, Aug. 15, 2009.
Thomas Arthur Young, Eugene, Ore., Aug. 30, 2009. Young served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for the YMCA for seven years and taught physical education at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., from 1965-1999. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice, and leaves three children.
W. Douglas Spinler, Dec. 13, 2009.
Paul R. Bennett, Feb. 28, 2009.
Alan Ryder Bradley, Wayne, Penn., Oct. 31, 2009. Bradley served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then became a top salesman for Sargent lock manufacturers before opening Construction Hardware Inc. in Pennsylvania. Bradley was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Ann, and leaves his second wife of five years, Nathalie, four children, 10 grandchildren, three stepchildren, and four step-grandchildren.
L. Richard Geser (G’52), Nov. 21, 2009.
Gerard H. Riopel (G’52), Feb. 5, 2010
Richard E. Saari, Ashby, Mass., Oct. 11, 2009. Saari served in Germany for the U.S. Army during World War II. He then worked as a Defense Contract Administration Services inspector for the U.S. Department of Defense. He enjoyed golf. Saari was predeceased by a son, a brother, and a sister, and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Katherine, two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Edward J. Sims, Springfield, Mass., Jan. 24, 2010. Sims was a member of the English faculty at Springfield College for thirty-nine years, earning the title of Professor Emeritus. He also served as department chair, coordinator of the Division of General Studies, and the Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics. Sims was among the first instructors for Learning in Later Life, an educational program for seniors. He published several books and journal articles, and was a co-founder and former president of the Sport Literature Association. He was a veteran of World War II, when he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. In addition, he supported the Springfield Symphony for more than 25 years and was a regular at the Springfield Tennis Club, the Ludlow Tennis Club, and the Holyoke Canoe Club. Sims leaves Paul Kenney, his companion of 34 years, as well as a sister, a brother, and many nieces and nephews.
Malcolm Graham Vinzant, Winter Park, Fla., Aug. 25, 2009. After a decade of teaching and serving as a guidance counselor at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., and Sudbrook Junior High School in Baltimore, Vinzant developed student and career services programs at Catonsville (Md.) Community College. He also co-owned a wine and cheese shop with his wife, Beverly. He is survived by Beverly, five children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Pennell Stanley Eustis (G), Riverside, R.I., Sept. 4, 2009. Eustis served in the U.S. Army, in the 656th Topographical Engineering Battalion, among others. He later served as a dean at Rhode Island College for many years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Georgia, three children, six grandchildren, and his sister. He was predeceased by his grandson, his brother, and his sister.
John Patrick Hurley (G), Mendham, N.J., Dec. 26, 2009. Hurley served in the U.S. Marine Air Corps during World War II, and when he returned stateside, played briefly with the Cherry Point, N.C., Marine baseball team. He was a teacher and high school coach in Rhode Island, Maine, and New Jersey, and his St. Ignatius team won the 1953 Southern York County Conference basketball title in Sanford, Maine. He later went into real estate and owned his own brokerage in Morris Plains, N.J. He was active in his local Kiwanis Club and was an avid golfer. Hurley was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jacqueline, and is survived by two children and two grandchildren.
Helen Catherine Leary (G), Nov. 26, 2009.
Gardner Red McCabe, Oct. 13, 2009.
William Bruce Mott, Waynesboro, Penn., Sept. 20, 2009. Mott served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a physical director and assistant physical director at two YMCAS in Germantown, Penn., and Binghamton, N.Y., before beginning a career in education. He taught physical education in the Windsor (N.Y.) Central School District and was later an elementary school guidance counselor. He enjoyed coaching multiple sports; a volleyball tournament hosted by Windsor High School holds his name. He was predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Jean. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary, two children, three stepchildren, and 12 grandchildren.
Robert E. Barndt, Jan. 16, 2010.
Peter N. Fitch, Scituate, Mass., Aug. 30, 2009. Fitch was a guidance counselor at North Quincy (Mass.) High School, a YMCA general secretary, and a volleyball coach. He devoted his life to working and advocating for children and young adults in need of family counseling and summer jobs. He is survived by wife, Mary, four children, 11 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
William H. Hillman (G’56), Sept. 27, 2009.
Neil Dean Haldeman, Salisbury, Md., Sept. 19, 2009. Haldeman served in the U.S. Army. He held several coaching and teaching positions in schools and colleges, the last being the supervisor of physical education and athletics for Wicomico County (Md.) Public Schools. He held the position for 12 years, coached area baseball teams, and represented the board of education to the Wicomico County Parks and Recreation Department. Haldeman leaves his wife of 56 years, Joan, two sons, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by a son and a brother.
Jack G. Harper, Concord, N.H., Nov. 18, 2009. Harper served in the Army Air Corps before becoming the director of administrative affairs for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. He was active in his church, the American Legion, and the Lions Club. He was predeceased by his son, and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Donald Pratt (G), Jan. 3, 2010.
Louis M. Conlin (G), Jan. 18, 2010.
Arduino Angelo Menegat (G’56), Feb. 27, 2008.
Daniel Warner Rust (G), Easthampton, Mass., Oct. 28, 2009. Rust served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had been a principal at Center Elementary School and former Parsons School in Easthampton, Mass., and was active in many community organizations. He leaves his wife of almost 35 years, Mary, two daughters, a sister, two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Robert J. Ruane, McNeal, Ariz., Feb. 19, 2010. Ruane served in the U.S. Army. His career was spent as a real estate broker and as a math teacher for various Arizona public schools. He also volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America. Ruane enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and hunting with his dogs Feleze and Ginger. He leaves his wife of 52 years, Joan, three children, a sister, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
John A. Klop, Deerfield, N.H., Sept. 22, 2009. Klop served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years. He was a third generation pressman at the Union Leader newspaper in Manchester, N.H. Klop enjoyed spending time outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Frances, five children, seven grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Raymond Edwin Jacobson, Cumberland, Maine, Sept. 11, 2009. Jacobson served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed playing sports and spending time outdoors, and was an avid fan of the Red Sox. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Audrey, four children, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandsons, a brother, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.
Harold K. Miller (G’60), Englewood, Fla., Sept. 19, 2009. Miller served in the U.S. Army. He taught biology at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Mass., for 32 years, and served as head swim coach (24 years), assistant football coach (16), girls track coach (10), and girls cross country coach (eight). He competed in swimming and track and field events at state and national senior games. Miller was predeceased by his first wife, Charlotte, and leaves his wife of 11 years, Joan, four daughters, eight stepchildren, 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and three siblings.
Samuel W. Neff (G), McKeesport, Penn., Oct. 27, 2009. Neff served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. He was an elementary school teacher for 20 years in the Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools. He is survived by his wife, Gladys, two daughters, and four grandchildren.
Arthur J. Papandrea, Dec. 23, 2009.
William J. Remley, Jr. (G), Reading, Penn., Jan. 25, 2010. Remley was the owner and operator of Mom Chaffe’s Cellarette, an Italian restaurant in West Reading, Penn., and later worked at Club 19 in Flying Hills, Penn. He enjoyed soccer, refereeing, and playing golf as a longtime member of the Moselem Springs Golf Club. He was predeceased by a son and a brother, and leaves three sons and five grandchildren.
William Waring, May 13, 2009.
Leighton B. Wilklow (G), Nov. 28, 2009.
Laura S. Ledger, Feb. 28, 2000.
Eric A. Rannisto, Gorham, N.H., Oct. 11, 2009. Rannisto devoted his career to physical education and athletics, and after retiring, spent his time skiing, golfing, and hiking until physically impossible. He is survived by two children, one granddaughter, a former wife, a brother, four sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
Rev. Oren J. Lane, St. Albans, Vt., Nov. 6, 2009. Lane was an ordained Methodist pastor, and spent his last 14 years of service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans, Vt. He was active in many community organizations. Lane enjoyed photography and music. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Connie, four children, and seven grandchildren.
Timothy K. Rodgers, Orleans, Mass., Sept. 2, 2009. Rodgers worked briefly at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City before beginning a 31-year career at the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company in Boston, Mass., eventually rising to senior vice president of John Hancock Properties. He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball, was a founder of the Sharon (Mass.) Pop Warner football program, and was active in his church and the United Way. He leaves his wife of nearly 50 years, Muriel, three children, his brother, six grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Don-Paul H. Sommerfeld, Aug. 28, 2009.
Robert Lee Carlson, Redding Ridge, Conn., Aug. 21, 2009. Carlson was a social studies teacher for 35 years at Brookfield (Conn.) High School. He coached wrestling at the school and was a negotiator for the Brookfield Education Association. In addition, Carlson was an active volunteer, serving as an EMT, ambulance lieutenant, and treasurer for the Redding Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, among other roles for other organizations. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise, his mother, Irene, two sons, a brother, a sister, two grandsons, and a niece and nephew.
Joel M. Arnold (G’71), Boston, Mass., Sept. 19, 2009. Arnold served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He then began a career in education that included positions as teacher, coach, school counselor, vice principal, and principal in several Connecticut schools. He later worked in sales for Bausch & Lomb and started his own business, Visions of Longmeadow. Upon selling the business, he returned to education as a vice principal at Somers (Conn.) High School and a counselor at Tolland (Conn.) High School. He leaves his wife, Lora, two children, three grandsons, two brothers, and two nephews.
Arthur William Harmon, Wall, N.J., Oct. 25, 2009. Harmon spent 36 years at Rumson (N.J.) Fair Haven Regional High School as a physical educator, health teacher, athletic director, and coach. He was a lifeguard along the Jersey Shore for 44 years, taught driver’s education for 41 years, volunteered as a ski patroller at Bromley Mountain in Vermont for 30 years, and was a 20-year member of the Shore Soccer Officials Association. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Frances, two sons, two stepchildren, five grandchildren, a brother, and a niece and nephew.
Margot I. Irish (G), July 28, 2009.
George Kennedy, Easthampton, Mass., Jan. 9, 2010. Kennedy served in the medical corps of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later provided psychiatric care at the Veteran Administration Hospital in Leeds, Mass., for 30 years before working for 15 years in the Sisters of Providence Health System. He was active in many community organizations and his church, and enjoyed boating and fishing. He leaves his wife of 52 years, Patricia, four children, five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Harold William Kneeland, July 12, 2009.
Thomas L. Miller, Newburgh, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2009. Miller taught for seven years in St. Croix, the Virgin Islands, before returning to his hometown and teaching in the Newburgh School District until retirement. He coached youth soccer, worked summers for the City of Newburgh Recreation Department, and was a member of several local organizations. He is survived by his wife, Jane, two sons, a granddaughter, a brother, and many nieces and nephews.
Thomas K. Sager, Bradford, Mass., Sept. 7, 2009. Sager had a lifelong career in health care, including as the chief executive officer of the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Mass., and as the vice president for development at Caritas Cristi Health Care. He was active in the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Lawrence Chapter Rotary Club, the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and St. David’s Church in Salem, N.H. He leaves his wife of 23 years, Barbara, five children, and three grandchildren.
Robert D. Thompson (G’75), Jan. 25, 2009.
Constance T. Serafino, Oct. 24, 2009.
Charles Benjamin McCleary-Small, Asheville, N.C., Jan. 28, 2010. McCleary-Small dedicated his career to working with youth and adults as a substance abuse worker at the Robert Swain Recovery Center in Black Mountain, N.C., and by working at local YMCAs as an aerobics instructor and youth basketball official. He is survived by his wife, Sheryl (Sherrie), three children, and mother.
Kathryn McDonough, Dec. 23, 2009.
Gail (Strasser) Martin, Emerald Isle, N.C., Feb. 14, 2010. Martin was a human resources director for Bluewater GMAC Real Estate. She is survived by two children, her mother, and a sister.
Joan M. Hogan (G), Sept. 26, 2009.
James A. Sawhill (G), Feb. 1, 2009.
John F. Shafer, Chittenango, N.Y., Feb. 12, 2010. Shafer taught English in Japan for two years before embarking on a 23-year career teaching English in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District in New York, where he rose to department chair. Shafer also coached basketball and football. He enjoyed family vacations, coaching his children’s sports teams, nature, and the outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Susan, two children, his mother, three brothers, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
C. Bradley Culkin, Watervliet, N.Y., Dec. 22, 2009. Culkin worked as an athletic trainer and manager at the Vail (Colo.) Athletic Club and at San Diego (Calif.) Sports Medicine before owning and operating Fire Station Pizza in Albany, N.Y. He later worked as a sales representative. Culkin also enjoyed coaching his stepson’s Little League team. He is survived by his wife, Judy, his parents, two stepchildren, two sisters, and five nieces and nephews.
Roberto Gerena, Feb. 6, 2010.
Barbara (Nirenberg) Aronson (G), Lowell, Mass., Nov. 16, 2009. Aronson was the executive director of Lowell House, Inc., a human service agency dedicated to providing addiction and HIV services. She also spent time as a counselor at the Family Planning of Lowell and a director of ambulatory services at Lowell’s Women’s Center. She leaves three daughters, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two brothers, a sister, and many nieces and nephews.
Paul Edward Doherty, Tewksbury, Mass., Aug. 23, 2009. Doherty served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a Tewksbury police officer for 30 years and a member of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the Tewksbury VFW Post 8164. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol, five children, two sisters, 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother and sister.
Alan D. Bachman (G), Sewell, Penn., Oct. 3, 2009. Bachman was the director of the outpatient unit at Healthcare Commons, a behavioral health agency in Carneys Point, Penn. Previously, he counseled student-athletes at St. Francis University in Loretto, Penn., where he also coached track. He also worked as a substance-abuse counselor in Paterson, N.J., and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, counseled airline workers afraid to return to work and post office employees fearful of the subsequent anthrax scares. Bachman was predeceased by his daughter, and leaves his wife, Marybeth, his parents, two sons, a sister, and a brother.
Laura B. Flaherty, Wilmington, Del., Jan. 13, 2010. Flaherty worked for the city of Wilmington for 16 years, including as the coordinator of community affairs in the mayor’s office and the executive assistant to the mayor. She also served as the director of the Wilmington Rape Center and was tri-state regional director of the Hyde School Parent’s Association. She enjoyed social dancing, spending time with her grandchildren, and keeping in touch with friends by writing letters. She is survived by her former husband, Jim, two sons, five grandchildren, a brother, a nephew, and a niece.
Robert J. Lipsky, Newton, Mass., Feb. 16, 2010. Lipsky worked at the Harvard Business School, the YMCA of Greater Boston, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the associate director of fitness. RJ had Desmoplastic Small Round Cell tumor (DSRCT), a rare and highly aggressive form of cancer that predominantly affects boys and young adults. He was diagnosed in November 2007 and battled the illness until his passing in February 2010. Donations can be made in his honor, and to combat DSRCT, to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute-Sarcoma Research Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. He leaves his wife, Tasha, and many loving friends and family members.
Genelle L. Heath, Nov. 1, 2009.
Jessica Emily Wills (G), Nov. 28, 2009.
Joseph John McIntyre, Springfield, Mass., Dec. 11, 2009. McIntyre served his country for 26 years, first in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and then in the Air Force. After retiring in 1986, McIntyre dedicated himself to learning, enrolling at Springfield College, majoring in English, writing for the student newspaper, and involving himself in the theater and music departments. McIntyre leaves his wife of 36 years, Susan, who works as an associate registrar at Springfield College; five children; 14 grandchildren; a sister; his best friend, Rev. Robert Price, professor of religion and philosophy at Springfield College; and many College friends who always looked forward to seeing Joe and his grandchildren on the campus.
Joyce Y. Fore, Oct. 19, 2009.
Nancy A. Sampson, Quechee, Vt., Oct. 28, 2009. Sampson worked more than 50 years as a nurse in Rhode Island, California, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Saudi Arabia, and New Hampshire, and served as the head nurse and supervisor in the Ambulatory Special Unit of the Maine Medical Center. After retiring, she pursued her education. Sampson was predeceased by her husband, Richard, and leaves two children and seven grandchildren.
Stephen Frederick Zuraw, Ansonia, Conn., June 25, 2009. Zuraw was to begin working toward his master’s degree in exercise science at Southern Connecticut State University in the fall of 2009. He was a fan of the New York Yankees and enjoyed playing his guitar. He leaves his mother, Catherine, a step-sister, a grandmother and grandfather, several aunts and uncles, and his beloved dog, Zake.
Jason Bradley Bednarz, Irvington, N.Y., Feb. 28, 2010. Bednarz was a member of the Class of 2010 at Springfield College, majoring in business and psychology, and an offensive lineman on the football team. Bednarz devoted his life to the Three Fs – family, friends, and football. His passions included the family dog, Tucker, the New York Giants, reading, computers, and his girlfriend, Lauren Fahey ‘10. He leaves his parents Lisa and Brad, two sisters, four grandparents, and an aunt. He was awarded his diploma posthumously, which his family accepted during undergraduate commencement in May.
Andrea T. Bennefield, Springfield, Mass., Sept. 17, 2009. Bennefield was an executive assistant for Ann Marie Frisby, assistant director of the Springfield College School of Human Services. She is survived by her husband, George, three children, a stepfather, an aunt, four siblings, and seven grandchildren.