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Harvard University Obituary and Death Notice Collection - 104

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PAUL JOSEPH MUNDIE '66cl, J.D. '70mcl, died September 2 in San Francisco. He was a partner in the San Francisco law firm of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, where he had worked since 1970 and specialized in complex business transactions. A lover of the arts, he was a director and executive vice president of the San Francisco Opera Association. He leaves his wife, Lois (Levine), a daughter, Eleanor, two sisters, Mary Nelson and Judy Spreutels, and his former wife, Roberta (Mowry) '66, M.C.P. '70.

CAROL KAY '67mcl, Ph.D. '75, died September 12 in Pittsburgh. She was an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where she had served on the faculty since 1989. Earlier she taught at Princeton, Amherst, Washington University in St. Louis, and New York University. A specialist in the literature and culture of the eighteenth century, she was the author of Political Constructions, a 1988 study of the political history, moral philosophy, and fiction of the period between the English Civil War and the French Revolution. She leaves her husband, Jonathan Arac '67, Jf '73, Ph.D. '74, and a brother, Jeffrey.

CHARLES NATHANIEL ALEXANDER '72mcl, Ph.D. '82, died May 21 in San Diego. Professor of psychology at Maharishi University of Management, where he had served on the faculty since 1984, he was department chairman and director of the university's doctoral program in psychology, founding director of its Institute for Research on Higher States of Consciousness, and codirector of its Center for Health and Aging Studies. The university has named a professorship in his honor. An authority on the effects of transcendental meditation on physical and psychological health, he wrote more than 70 research articles and coedited four books, including Higher States of Human Development and Self-Recovery. He leaves his wife, Victoria (Kurth), a son, Nathaniel, his parents, Esther and Frederick, and a brother, Jeffrey '69.

EDWARD BABCOCK HIRSHFELD '72cl died August 24 in Chicago. He was vice president of private-sector advocacy at the American Medical Association, where, as chief legal expert on health-law issues, he was designing a long-term program to protect patients and their relationships with physicians in the era of managed care. Before joining the AMA in 1988, he was a partner in the Chicago office of Gardner, Carton, Douglas, specializing in antitrust litigation and counseling, especially for the health-care industry. He had a lifelong love of wildlife and the outdoors. He leaves his wife, Susan, two daughters, Meredith and Margaret, a son, Alexander, his mother, Barbara Payne, two sisters, Lucy Griffin and Mary, and a brother, John.

RUTH VAN KOOY PAKALUK '79mcl, of Worcester, Mass., died September 23. She was former associate director of the Pro-Life Office of the Diocese of Worcester and a top official in the anti-abortion advocacy organization Massachusetts Citizens for Life, where she served variously as president, board member, secretary, and vice president for public affairs. She also taught at the Basics of Catholicism Institute of the University of Notre Dame, and was a frequent lecturer and debater on the abortion issue. She leaves her husband, Michael '79, Ph.D. '88, six children, Michael, Maximilian, John, Maria, Sarah, and A. Sophia, her father, Henry Van Kooy, a sister, Karen Van Kooy, and three brothers, Mark, David, and Henry Van Kooy; another son, Thomas, died in 1989.

BASIL M. CARLOS MAVROLEON '82cl was found dead in his hotel room in Peshawar, Pakistan, on August 27. A TV news correspondent, he was covering a story on terrorist leader Osama bin Laden for CBS's 60 Minutes. His years since Harvard were diverse and quixotic: he became a trader on Wall Street, then traveled to Afghanistan and joined the mujaheddin, leading several guerrilla attacks on Russian convoys. After taking up broadcast journalism he worked for ABC and later CBS as a war reporter in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Bosnia. His survivors include his parents, a brother, and his fiancée, Tannaz Fazaipour.

LENN ANTOINE THROWER '83 died December 7, 1994, in Paris, of AIDS. He had lived in France since graduation, working in business and finance. His survivors include his mother, Leora James.

PHILIP SULLIVAN CRONIN '84cl died in an accident on October 9 while on a business trip in Helsinki. A vice president of A.T. Kearney, an international management consulting firm, he headed its Moscow office and was about to start a new job as head of its Emerging Markets Europe practice. He was an accomplished ocean sailor and an avid reader. He leaves his wife, Fran (Albin), a daughter, Dora, a son, Nicholas, his parents, Philip '53, J.D. '56, and Paula (Budlong) '56, a brother, Thomas, and a grandmother, Alice Budlong.

ANDREA MARIE BURKE '85cl, of Cohasset, Mass., died October 3 after a 10-year battle with brain cancer. A former competitive figure skater and a talented singer, as an undergraduate she wrote for the Salient, a publication of the Harvard-Radcliffe Conservative Club and worked yearly on Hasty Pudding shows; during freshman year, she was lead singer of the Harvard rock band Hand to Mouth. In recent years, she ran her own English-Spanish tutoring business in Santa Monica and volunteered in numerous anti-abortion initiatives. She leaves her parents, Rita and Thomas, two sisters, Joanna and Maryadell Colville, and three brothers, Thomas, Christopher, and John.

HENRY JEUNGHYEE KWAK '90mcl, J.D. '95, died suddenly on March 2, 1998, in New York City. He was an associate director in the structured finance ratings division at Standard & Poor's. He leaves his wife, Teresa, his parents, Sang Joon and Young Hee, and two sisters, Michelle and Alice.

ELIZABETH THERESA MCNAMEE '95, of West Islip, Long Island, N.Y., died September 25. She was in her final year of law school at New York University. She leaves her parents, Maria and Frank, and a brother, William.

MAURICE NELLES, Ph.D. '34, died August 30 in La Jolla, Cal. A research chemist by training, he shifted his career to engineering after his wartime experiences working with Lockheed Aircraft and the War Production Board. After becoming a professor of aeronautical engineering at the University of Southern California, however, he looked mainly to the ocean, designing USC's marine laboratory ship Velero IV; in 1949 he oversaw the record-breaking deep-sea dive of Otis Barton '22, who descended 4,500 feet off Santa Cruz Island in the benthoscope Nelles engineered. Later he also taught at Penn. State and the University of Virginia, and served as director of research for Borg Warner, Technicolor, Crane, and Westinghouse. He leaves a son, Merice.

LAWRENCE E. DE NEUFVILLE, GSAS '35, died July 13 in West Hartford, Conn. In the 1940s he assisted General William J. Donovan in setting up and administering the postwar governments in Berlin and Paris and was instrumental in the founding of Radio Free Europe. Later he became an editor and investment adviser and served as vice president of Plax Corp. He leaves his wife, Esther, and a son, Richard.

AARON HILLARD COLE, A.M. '37, of Lexington, Mass., died July 2. He was retired president and chief executive officer of Accounting Forms Co., the first and largest distributor of Safeguard Business Systems. In retirement he became an active volunteer at the Carroll Center for the Blind, raising funds for the center by giving solo vocal concerts in retirement complexes and nursing homes (he was a baritone). He leaves his wife, Barbara, and a son, James '66.

JOHN ANGUS BECKETT, IA '43, M.B.A. '46, died August 11 in Exeter, N.H. He was a business educator, accountant, author, and former state legislator. A certified public accountant in five states, he was Forbes professor of management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics of the University of New Hampshire for 19 years. He had served as assistant director of the Bureau of the Budget under President Eisenhower and also served for two terms in the New Hampshire General Court and for two terms as chairman of the budget committee of the town of Durham. He leaves his wife, Elizabeth, two daughters, Ann Immel and Kathleen Day, and a son, J. Thomas.

ELISABETH CARR LAMBERT, A.M. '50, died July 7 in Ithaca, N.Y. During World War II she worked at the Sunflower Ordnance Works, in Lawrence, Kan., where, at age 23, she became supervisor of 36 employees in the nitroglycerin-line office. After moving to Ithaca, where her husband served on the Cornell faculty, she raised a family, traveled extensively, studied history, and wrote. She worked on several Cornell research projects and attended meetings of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research. She leaves her husband, William, Ph.D. '50, and two daughters, Hilary and Holly.

CHARLES STANLEY PINEO, Special Student '52, died September 11 in Columbia, Md. He was a civil engineer who spent 21 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Central America. Later he served with the Pan American Health Organization as a consultant on water supply and sanitation projects. One of his proudest accomplishments was the construction of a 750-bed children's hospital during his posting as chief of the AID health mission to Costa Rica: he not only obtained funding for the project but also helped design, build, equip, and staff the facility. He leaves his wife, Alice (Buxton), and a daughter, Sharon Myer.

MATTHEW CHARLES KESSLER, LL.B. '56, died February 17 in Chicago. He was a retired partner in the international accounting firm of Grant Thornton, where he had headed the tax department. A certified public accountant and specialist in corporate and partnership tax law, he previously worked in Boston, first as a partner in the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand and then in the law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart. He was also an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School. In 1992 he served on President Clinton's transition team, assisting in an evaluation of the Internal Revenue Service code. He leaves his wife, Janet, a daughter, Pamela, two sons, Jeremy and David, and a sister, Barbara Abrams '48, Ed.M. '54.

PAUL BARNETT GREEN, Jf '58, died August 18 in Stanford, Cal. He was a pioneering botanist and a professor of biological sciences at Stanford. An expert in plant physiology and development, he held that basic patterns repeated over and over in the plant world are not due solely to genetics, but to the mechanical properties of the tissues involved; his research strongly influenced the field of plant morphogenesis. His many professional honors included the Botanical Society of America's prestigious Award of Merit, conferred a week before his death. He leaves his wife, Margaret (Cornett), A.M. '56, a daughter, Kate, two sons, Robert and Peter, and a sister, Elenor Wise.

SCOTT PHILLIP MASON, a former professor at Harvard Business School, died September 8 in Wellesley, Mass. He worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Boston before joining the faculty of the Business School in 1980. As chairman of the finance department, from 1993 to 1997, he introduced financial engineering, the use of mathematical models to assess the value of financial instruments like bonds and stocks, into the curriculum. He also created a capital-markets course for second-year students. In 1997 he was named president and chief executive of Investment Technology Group, a brokerage house in New York. He leaves his wife, Linda, a daughter, Meredith, a son, Aaron, his mother, Patricia, and a sister, Paige.

EDWARD TEED WILCOX, A.M. '49, a former longtime administrator in Harvard College, died October 28 in Cambridge. During his 38-year-tenure, he served as assistant dean of freshmen, acting director of admissions, director of general education, and director of the Core curriculum. He was a decorated veteran of World War II who had served as a staff sergeant with the Army Air Corps; in 1944 his B-24 was shot down over France and crash-landed in Switzerland, where he went on to do covert work for the Office of Strategic Services, smuggling American prisoners from Germany through Switzerland to France. He leaves his wife, Maud (Eckert), A.M. '45, a daughter, Karen '76, and two sons, Bruce '69 and Eric.

JOHN RHODES PARISH, M.D. '31, of Grinnell, Iowa passed away on December 26, 1997.

SYDNEY JOSEPH FREEDBERG '36scl, Ph.D. '40, died May 6 in Washington, D.C. He was Porter professor of fine arts emeritus at Harvard, where he taught for nearly three decades, and former chief curator of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington. An authority on the art of the Italian High Renaissance, he was the author of a monumental survey, Painting in Italy, 1500-1600, and Painting of the High Renaissance in Rome and Florence, as well as monographs on Parmigianino and Andrea del Sarto. A former student of art historian Bernard Berenson, he twice served as professor in residence in the Center for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Berenson's estate outside Florence, and remained a member of the I Tatti council until his death. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire, military division, for his espionage work with the British armed forces during World War II; he was also named to the rank of Grand Officer in the Order of the Star of Solidarity by the Italian government for his rescue work during the Florence flood of 1966 and is the only art historian ever to have received the National Medal of Arts. Professor Freedberg is survived by his third wife, Catherine, Ph.D. '81, a daughter, Kate, three sons, William '64, Nathaniel, and Sydney '95, and a brother, Charles.

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