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Harvard University Obituary and Death Notice Collection - 13

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Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2011, at 10:49 a.m.

JAMES PAGET WHITTALL JR. '56 died November 18 in Rowley, Mass. As director of archaeology for the Early Sites Research Society, he trained young children in the basics of archaeology in Salisbury for 15 years. He also participated in field work throughout New England, as well as in Portugal, Ireland, and Scotland, and conducted several trips to Colorado to study petroglyphs. He was the author of Myth Makers: Epigraphic Illusion in America. He was an army veteran of the Korean War. He leaves his wife, Constance (Farley), two daughters, Rean and Heather, a son, Bayard, his mother, Milicent Tuckerman, four sisters, Edgeworth Ginns, Milicent Thropp, Jane Tuckerman, and Susan Costello, and a brother, Arthur.

QUENTIN EDWARD DE STREEL '57, of Easton, Pa., died April 22, 1998. He was the longtime director of the Easton Area Public Library.

PAUL FRANKLIN VERDEN '57cl died August 8, 1998, in Oconomowoc, Wisc. He was retired from the faculty of the University of Santa Clara, where he taught sociology for 25 years. He was a lifelong musician who played jazz and Afro-Cuban percussion with many groups in the California Bay area. In retirement he became active in wildlife rehabilitation and devoted much of his time to the care of young, orphaned animals. He leaves his wife, Susan (Ruddell), a daughter, Morgan, a son, Russell, and two sisters, Harriet Rausch and Marion Dalton; his first wife, Patric Raynor, died in 1969.

JOHN SCOTT KEECH JR. '58, formerly of Kensington, Cal., died February 7, 1998.

HENRY RICHARD SMITH-ROHRBERG (formerly Charles Richard Rohrberg) '58cl died October 3 in Phoenix, where he was attending a meeting. He was a Falmouth psychotherapist and long-distance runner. He ran 20 Boston Marathons, numerous triathlons, and several 50-mile road races, but he may have been best known for his participation in the Falmouth Road Race, which he would run barefoot and dressed in costume. A trained firewalker who emphasized the spirituality of the discipline, he was a member of the Firewalking Institute of Research and Education. Recently he developed an educational program called "Breathing for Vital Living," designed to relieve stress and anxiety. He leaves his wife, Karen, a daughter, Jessica, two sons, Duncan '02 and David, and sister, Barbara Rohrberg.

EUGENE BARRY FABES '59cl, of Minneapolis, died May 18, 1997. He was a professor of mathematics at the University of Minnesota.

THOMAS BRATTLE GANNETT JR. '59 died November 14 in Boston. He was the founder and president of Land/Vest Inc., a company that specializes in managing large properties in rural New England, and more recently of Enviro/Vest Inc., devoted to the development and preservation of land resources. He also served as president and general manager of Crotched Mountain Ski Area, in Francestown, N.H. He leaves three daughters, Alison, Wendy, and Kimberly, a son, Thomas, two sisters, Nancy Hurlbut and Deborah Brooks, and two brothers, Benjamin and Peter.

PETER MICHAEL WALDMAN '59cl, of Framingham, Mass., died November 4. He was a dermatologist with a practice in Natick. He leaves his wife, Barbara (Heilbrunn), a daughter, Robin, a son, David, and a brother, Paul.

ROBERT D. KOZOL '60 died December 16 in Boston. A Boston attorney, he was a partner in the family law firm, Friedman & Atherton, for 24 years. Earlier he practiced with the Legal Aid Society of New York. He leaves his wife, Clara (Shapiro), a daughter, Lauren, two sons, Eric and Kenneth, and two brothers, Joel '51, LL.B. '54, and Lee '54, LL.B. '57.

RICHARD JAMES WATSON '60cl, of Baltimore, died February 26, 1996. An architect and community activist, he was a former project architect and director of the interior-design department at Lapicki/Smith Associates, P.A., in Baltimore, and former president of the Mt. Vernon-Belvedere Improvement Association. His driving concern was the effect buildings have on the people who use them and the effect a city has on its residents and visitors.

WINSTON PERRY BULLARD '64 died October 15 in Canton Township, Mich. He was a former Michigan legislator and an outspoken champion of civil liberties. As a Democratic representative from Ann Arbor from 1972 to 1992, most of that time as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, he sponsored 118 bills that were enacted into law, including sunshine laws opening government proceedings to the public and a right-to-know law guaranteeing workers access to personnel files; he also stopped legislation that would have revived the death penalty and loosened requirements for police wiretaps. A decorated naval veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he served in 1966-67, he later renounced his 13 medals at an antiwar rally. He leaves his wife, Kelly, and a son, Nate.

LEWIS CONRAD SMITH III '69mcl, M.B.A. '77, died December 7 in Boston. A former executive with Teradyne Inc., he retired from the company in 1992 to devote himself to writing poetry; his work has appeared or is scheduled to appear in the Spoon River Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and Antigonish Review. An expert on Japanese samurai swords and other Asian art objects, he was a member of the board of directors of the Japan Society in Boston. He leaves his wife, Rena Koopman, a daughter, Alexandra, a son, Jordan, his parents, Mary and Lewis, and two sisters, Emily and Rebecca.

PAUL WARREN FRANKEL '70mcl died October 29 in Franklin Park, N.J. A physician and health-care management consultant, he was the president and chief executive officer of Pinnacle Health Enterprises. Previously he served as group medical director with Multi-Group Health Plan and Harvard Community Health Plan, medical director at Corporate Health Strategies, national medical director for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and head of international medical consulting with Coopers-Lybrand. He leaves his wife, Julia (Capers), a daughter, Laura, a son, David, and two brothers, Eric and Kenneth.

MICHAEL WILLIAM KITA '71mcl, M.D. '75, of Kennebunk, Me., died August 5, 1998. He was vice president and senior medical director of UNUM, in Portland. He was also an assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Vermont Medical School and a consultant on disability to the World Health Organization. He was poet laureate of the Katahdin Medical and Philosophical Society. He leaves his wife, Jeanne, a duaghter, Rebecca, a son, Jonathan, his parents, Rebecca and Michael, a sister, Elizabeth Wolf, and three brothers, Christopher '72, Jefferson, and Jonathan.

DAVID ASHLEY BRYAN '73cl, formerly of Albany, died March 4, 1998.

DOUGLAS C. GORDON '77mcl died in October in a kayaking accident in Tibet. A veteran white-water expeditionist and a member of the U.S. white-water slalom team from 1981 to 1987, he and three other paddlers were attempting a pioneering descent down the Tsangpo River, one of the last great uncharted rivers of the world. He was a doctoral student in chemistry at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and formerly served as a guide at the Nantehala Outdoor Center, in North Carolina. He leaves his wife, Connie, and two children.

ERIC COREY RAPS '82scl died in December in New York City. He was Kelley associate professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, where he also served as director of stroke and neuro-intensive care. He leaves his wife, Maureen, a son, Daniel, his parents, Cecile and Nathan, and a brother, Mitchell '75.

CHRISTOPHER JERRY GEORGES '86mcl, of Washington, D.C., died October 20 from complications of lupus. Former executive editor of the Harvard Crimson, he was a correspondent in the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal, where he had covered politics, economics, and budget issues since 1994; last year the newspaper nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize for three articles he wrote on the effects of the 1996 welfare-reform law. Previously he worked for the Cable News Network and for Washington Monthly magazine. He leaves his parents, Mary and Jerry, and two sisters, Gigi Georges and Stephanie Comfort.

J. RICHARD WALKER '90cl, of Salt Lake City, died September 1, 1996. He was completing his medical residency at Johns Hopkins at the time of his death.

ANTON WINTHROP-SAKAI SEGAL '92cl died November 24 in San Francisco. After graduation he spent three years teaching English to Japanese high-school students as part of the JET Program, and had also worked as a scuba-diving instructor at Sharm El Sheikh, on Na'ama Bay, in South Sinai, Egypt. He was beginning a career as a travel writer; one of his articles appeared in the January issue of Travel and Leisure magazine. He leaves his parents, James '61, L '65, and Yasuyo, and two sisters, Erica and Laurie.

MATTHEW STEVEN ABRAMSON '96mcl died of cancer on November 9 in New York City. He formerly worked in Boston for City Year, teaching inner-city children, and was about to enter law school when his disease was diagnosed. Before his death he established a Harvard prize, to be awarded the graduate voted by the Fine Arts faculty to have submitted the year's most outstanding senior thesis in that department. He leaves his parents, David '65 and Stephanie (Wecker) '66, and a sister, Hilary '97.

LEE E. BOYER, Ed.M. '33, died October 13 in Richboro, Pa. He was a retired educator who began his career as a mathematics professor and department chairman at the former Millersville State College. Later he served as director of the Bureau of State Colleges in the Pennsylvania Department of Education. After retiring he taught mathematics to prospective schoolteachers at Harrisburg Area Community College. He was the author of three college mathematics textbooks and a treatise on the Susquehanna River. He leaves two daughters, Romaine Macht and Dolores Parry, and a sister, Mary Anderson; his wife, Laura (Henninger), predeceased him.

ARTHUR FRANCIS SMULLYAN, Ph.D. '41, died October 22 in Tacoma. A philosopher and logician, he was Distinguished Professor emeritus and former chairman of the department of philosophy at Rutgers University. Earlier he chaired the philosophy department at the University of Washington. His published works include two 1962 texts, Fundamentals of Logic and Introduction to Philosophy, of which he was coeditor. He leaves his second wife, Gloria (Swanberg), two daughters, Margot and Catherine, a son, Jacob, and a brother, Robert.

LOUIS CHARLES BOOCHEVER, M.P.A. '47, M.A. '48, died October 31 in Bethesda, Md. A retired diplomat, he began his 30-year career with the State Department as an economist with the Marshall Plan. After transferring to the Foreign Service in 1956 he served on assignments in Luxembourg, Paris, Belgrade, Rome, and Brussels. He leaves his wife, Virginia (Outwin), two daughters, Emily and Mary, and two sons, David and John.

CARL DUNKLE SHEPPARD JR., Ph.D. '47, died October 3 in Santa Fe. He was professor emeritus and retired chairman of the department of art history at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He also served as president of the International Center of Medieval Art. He was a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He leaves his wife, Patricia (Hoyle), and three daughters, Christine, Nancy, and Katharine.

RALPH LAMONT MOSHER, Ed.D. '64, died October 9 in Newton, Mass. He was professor emeritus of human development and counseling psychology at Boston University and a former associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he taught from 1960 to 1972. His theoretical work was translated into local educational reform with the establishment of the "school within a school" at Brookline High School, an innovative program that set the national standard for democratic secondary-school education. In 1987 he became the first recipient of the Massachusetts Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology. He played soccer semiprofessionally in Germany in his undergraduate days and had a lifelong interest in ornithology. He leaves his wife, Jessica, three daughters, Robyn, Pamela, and J. Suzanne '91, and a brother, Donald.

HOWARD WILSON EMMONS, S.D. '38, died November 20 in Boston. He was McKay professor of mechanical engineering emeritus and Lawrence professor of engineering emeritus at Harvard and was considered by many to be the father of fire science. His pioneering studies of house fires, in which he re-created entire furnished rooms in a laboratory, set them ablaze, and monitored the consequences, demonstrated how combustible materials interact and how fires grow by stages. That work led to the development of the first computer models for fire prediction and to the reform of the nation's building and fire codes. He won many prizes and medals in his field and chaired numerous boards, such as the National Bureau of Standards Fire Panel. He was a longtime resident of Sudbury, where he also formerly served as a selectman and as chairman of the school committee. He leaves a daughter, Beverly, and two sons, Scott '67 and Keith '70.

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