In Memoriam - Triangle Volume 83, No.3
IN MEMORIAM - SPRING 2012
Doris Raimo, Sept. 29, 2011.
Oscar I. Bergstrom, Duncansville, Pa., Oct. 14, 2011. Bergstrom worked for the YMCA for more than 40 years in multiple states, eventually becoming executive director. He began his YMCA journey in Gloucester, Mass., in 1938 and retired from his position with the program in 1976 in Altoona, Pa. After retirement, Bergstrom taught philosophy and psychology at Tyrone High School in Tyrone, Pa., for 12 years. He is survived by two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Linwood W. “Bob” Gatley, Westborough, Mass., Nov. 1, 2011.
Robert A. Gibson, Port Herman, Md., Nov. 4, 2011. Gibson enlisted in the Army Air Corps after working as a physical education teacher and coach in Baltimore County Public Schools. He served in the air and sea rescue in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II, earning the rank of captain by the end of the war. After returning home, he taught at Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, and eventually became principal of Gaithersburg Middle School in Gaithersburg, Md., and then of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md. After that, he became the superintendent of Cecil County Public Schools in Maryland, where he remained until his retirement in 1972. During his time in Cecil County, Gibson started the Vocational and Technical School and assisted in the founding of Cecil Community College. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kathryn Bowen, two children, and their families.
Stanley Tucker, Sept. 14, 2011.
Michael J. Turillo, Nov. 14, 2011.
Daniel N. Lotz, Sept. 7, 2011.
Joseph A. Farina, Irvine, Calif., Sept. 22, 2011. Farina served as a municipal court judge for 16 years at the Los Cerritos Court in California prior to his retirement. Before taking the bench, he practiced law and taught part time at El Camino College Compton Center in Compton, and Cerritos College in Norwalk, both in California. Farina is a World War II and Korean War veteran. He also participated in the Allied invasion on D-Day. He is survived by his wife, Martha, their three children, five grandchildren, and his sister.
Warren M. Cone, Hartland, Vt., Dec. 7, 2011. Cone’s military career spanned 35 years and included five sea commands. The U.S. Navy rear admiral served as the director of communications electronics for the United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and also as the director of communications electronics J-6, Joint Staff, for the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. Cone is survived by his wife, Marjorie, his two sons, and their families.
William R. Jenkins (G), Oct. 3, 2011.
Wesley S. Paddock, Jan. 23, 2012. Paddock was in the U.S. Army during World War II. When he returned, he taught and coached in Delanson, N.Y. and then North Rose, N.Y. He then moved his career to Fairport, N.Y., in 1953, where he continued to teach and coach and was inducted into the Wall of Distinction of Fairport Educators. Paddock retired from the Fairport School District in 1976. He leaves behind his wife, Margaret, three sons, a sister, their families, and friends.
Alfred J. Socquet (G), Sept. 16, 2011.
George A. Buckmaster, Sept. 18, 2011.
Louis E. Holden (G), Nov. 19, 2011.
Theodore S. Anderson, Middletown, Conn., Jan. 15, 2012. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines during World War II. He went on to teach physical education in the Bristol and West Hartford, Conn., school districts. Anderson was predeceased by his wife, Constance, and leaves behind a son, daughter, granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.
Richard R. Cristman, Holyoke, Mass., Nov. 10, 2011. Cristman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked in education and human services at the American Cancer Society, United Fund, and Sunshine Village. Cristman also was employed by the Massachusetts Department of Health until his retirement. He is survived by three daughters, one brother, a sister-in-law, and their families.
George Greene Jr., April 4, 2011. Green was a World War II veteran and was with the first wave of troops to occupy Japan. When he returned to the U.S., he took a job as the head of recreation for the Connecticut Crippled Children’s Society. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for Family and Child Services and was responsible for the integration of camps, which are still in operation today.
Ambrose L. Lavigne, Oct. 29, 2011. Lavigne served in the U.S. Navy for four years, participating in the D-Day invasion and the Pacific campaign. He spent 10 years working in physical therapy at the Veterans Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., and after receiving his master’s degree, spent 22 years as a hospital president. Lavigne was a former rotary club president, a vice president at the Inverness Golf and Country Club, a fellow and examiner for the American College of Hospital Executives and was appointed to the Board of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center by two New York governors. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, his four children, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Michael D. Rotondi, Oct. 20, 2011.
LeRoy M. Brain, Hendersonville, N.C., Sept. 18, 2011. Brain served in Army Intelligence during World War II. After that, he worked for Burndy Corp. in Norwalk, Conn., from which he retired as the director of communications in 1986. Brain also was a part-time writing instructor at Fairfield (Conn.) University, and a fencing instructor in Passaic, N.J. He was the vice president of the Easton Riding Club in Easton, Conn., and a member of the New York Professional Art League and the Arts League of Henderson County. Brain is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn, two children, two brothers, and their families.
Wallace F. Case, Sept. 13, 2011.
Leo F. Oates, Sept. 15, 2011.
Edward G. Schube (G), East Longmeadow, Mass., Dec. 30, 2011. Schube was a longtime resident of Longmeadow, Mass., before moving to East Longmeadow. He served in the U.S. Army as a Tech 5 in the 150th Engineering Battalion during World War II. After the war, Schube taught at schools in Ludlow, Springfield, and Westfield, Mass. He taught industrial arts for more than 50 years, spending the days before retirement at Williams Middle School in Longmeadow. Schube is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, four children, a sister, and four grandchildren.
Thomas Simos (G’53), Sept. 7, 2011. Simos was a physical education teacher and soccer coach for the Ho-Ho-Kus (N.J.) Public Schools, prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Bergen County Soccer Officials Association, Bergen County Soccer Hall of Fame, and Bergen County Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame. Simos leaves behind his wife, Ruth, three daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, a great grandchild, and five siblings.
Sanford Hayman (G’57), May 6, 2011.
William E. Merrifield (G’55), Nov. 12, 2011.
Wilfred A. Roffe, Leicester, N.Y., Dec. 5, 2011. Roffe served in the U.S. Navy as a gunners mate during World War II. He began his career in 1952 as an executive secretary of the YMCA Railroad Branch in Groveland Station in N.Y. He then worked at railroads in Binghamton and Syracuse, N.Y., eventually ending up at Union Station in Washington, D.C. as the Personnel Director for Amtrak until his retirement in 1986. Roffe was predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Mary, in 2010. He is survived by his daughter, son, brother, sister, their families, and many friends.
Thomas C. Rose, June 1, 2011.
Arthur Corbett (G’56), Nov. 21, 2011. Corbett served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He then worked at YMCAs in New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington D.C., until he became the recreation director in Rockville, Md., and later in Salem, N.H. He entered the ministry after studying at the World of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, N.Y., and served at multiple congregations until becoming the pastor at the Community Baptist Church in Gorham, N.H., until his retirement in 2001. Corbett leaves behind his wife of 55 years, June, three sons, a daughter, and their families.
Paul T. Donohue, Nov. 30, 2011. Donohue was the chief of Urology at the Corning Hospital in East Corning, N.Y., for 35 years. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and accomplished wood carver. He is survived by his wife, four children, brother, and their families.
Anthony J. “Babe” Zarella, Woburn, Mass., Nov. 12, 2011.
Joseph D. Chandler, Branford, Conn. Dec. 4, 2011. Chandler worked for the town of Cheshire, Conn., as the physical education supervisor until his retirement in 1991. He was the head basketball coach for 20 years and an assistant football coach during his time working for Cheshire. Chandler served as chairman of the Branford Board of Education and the Branford Assessment Board of Appeals. He was inducted into the Cheshire Sports Hall of Fame, the Branford Sports Hall of Fame, and the Branford Education Hall of Fame. Chandler is survived by his wife, two children, and their families.
Raymond William “Bill” Nunez, Sept. 29, 2011. Nunez served in the U.S. Army upon graduating from Springfield College. He went on to teach at Pontiac Public (Miss.) Schools and eventually retired as an Associate Superintendent for Southfield (Miss.) Public Schools. Nunez is survived by his five children, three siblings, and their families.
Edward Charles Smith, Sept. 24, 2011.
Clement H. Zotto, Troy, N.Y., Nov. 24, 2011. Zotto began his career as the athletic director and head baseball, football, and basketball coach at Cardinal McCloskey School in Albany, N.Y. In 1962, Zotto began working in the Troy (N.Y.) City School District. He held many positions during his time there including principal of School 5, School 12, School 14, and house principal of Troy High School. When he retired in 1997, Zotto was the Coordinator of Health, Physical Education and Athletics of the Troy City School District. He is a member of the Edward C. Picken Troy High School Athletic Hall of Fame and has the honor of having the Troy High School gymnasium named after him. Zotto leaves behind his wife, Geraldine, nine children, and many other family members and friends.
Richard Crabbe, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dec. 26, 2011. Crabbe taught physical education and coached many athletic teams at Yarmouth High School. He was inducted into the Yarmouth Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
William H. Hooben, West Springfield, Mass., Jan. 5, 2012. Hooben was the assistant attorney general under Massachusetts Governor Francis Sargeant. Following that position, he worked as town negotiator for West Springfield and Monson, Mass. He also worked part-time as a law professor at the former Western New England College. Hooben founded Affordable Imports, an oriental carpet showroom, in West Springfield, Mass., in 1985 and operated it with his son, William Hooben Jr. Hooben leaves behind his wife, Gertrude, sons, and their families.
John F. Marder Jr. (G), Jan. 7, 2011. Marder served in the U.S. Army as a physical therapist for children with polio at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. He spent his career working in education, including New York and New Jersey public school districts. In 1967 he became the headmaster of a small school, which he helped to establish as what is now the Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, Calif. He remained in that position for 26 years until his retirement in 1993. During his career years, he was the president of the California Association of Independent Schools; president of the Elementary Schools Heads Association; member of the Country Day School Heads Association; and chairman of the Educational Records Bureau. Marder is survived by his wife, Lucinda, two children, two stepchildren, two brothers, and their respective families.
George “Yosh” Redman, Bristol, Conn., Oct. 10, 2011.
Paul Blaisdell (G’61), Baltimore, Md., Jan. 2, 2012.
Gerald Tice Gasser, West Chester, Pa., Dec. 20, 2011. Gasser began his career at Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, Pa., as a physical education teacher, baseball coach, and assistant basketball coach in 1960. He served as head basketball coach from 1968 to 1977, where he led Conestoga to the Central League title and the District 1 Class AAA title. Gasser became the athletic director for Conestoga in 1977 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1997. He was selected as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association’s Region 1 Athletic Director of the Year in 1996. Gasser leaves behind his wife, Anna, three sons, a daughter, brother, and four grandchildren.
Lucille Gibbs, Oct. 26, 2011.
William H. Walling, Madison, Conn., Dec. 24, 2011. Walling served in the U.S. Navy where he worked in the Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Mass., the Southern Europe NATO Command U.S. Naval Station Hospital in Naples, Italy, and with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in Springfield, Mass. He worked as a science teacher for 29 years at Guilford (Conn.) High School prior to his retirement in 1994. Walling was also a member of the VFW Ambulance Association and volunteered as an EMT from 1977 to 1979. Walling was predeceased by wife, Vera. He is survived by two sons, two brothers, a sister, and three grandchildren.
William P. Maloney (G), Sept. 1, 2011.
Hannah Goodman, Oct. 16, 2006.
J. Bruce “Deke” McKenna (G’64), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Dec. 26, 2011. McKenna began his career in the Salem (N.H.) Public School System as athletic director, assistant principal, and eventually assistant superintendant. From there, he was hired as superintendent of schools in Dover Plains, N.Y., and then superintendent of the Hampton Bays School System in New York where he remained until his retirement in 2003. McKenna was a member of the New York Council of School Superintendents, serving as the organization’s president in 1999. McKenna got his captain’s license and spent six years of his retirement sailing back and forth between the Bahamas and Maine before moving to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2007. He is survived by his life companion, Barbara Fagan, three sons, a brother, and grandchildren.
Natalie (Marrone) McKenna, North Palm Beach, Fla., Oct. 23, 2011. McKenna was a New York elementary school principal before her retirement. She spent many years working as a special education teacher for the New York Public School system prior to her promotion to principal. She was a board member and chairman of the North Palm Beach Library in North Palm Beach, Fla., and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. McKenna is survived by her husband, three sons, mother, brother, and grandchildren.
Walter E. Thomas, Dec. 17, 2011.
William Edward Henderson, Oct. 6, 2007.
Mary Vandenberg (G), Sept. 2, 2011.
Daniel Luther (G), Dec. 24, 2009.
James White, Aug. 19, 2011.
Walter Edwin Thomas Jr., Boonton Township, N.J., Dec. 17, 2011. Thomas was a practicing attorney in New Jersey for more than 30 years and the owner of two liquor stores in the state for 15 years. He was a golfer, and sports and history buff. Thomas is survived by his wife, Judith, two daughters, mother, two sisters, and their families.
Stanley L. Lapidow, Oct. 13, 2011.
Harding James Stewart (CAS), Springfield, Mass., Feb. 19, 2012. Stewart served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He spent 35 years between the roles of teacher, supervisor of federal and state projects, and principal at the Thomas M. Balliet and Arthur T. Talmadge Schools in Springfield, Mass. He was a corporator for the South End Community Center in Springfield, as well as on the board of directors and vice president of the Springfield Girls Club. Stewart worked with the Red Cross, Jimmy Fund, and Springfield School Volunteers. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, a daughter, grandchildren, brothers, and many others.
Kathryn (Manix) Walz (G), Jan. 20, 2011.
Joseph E. Servidio (G), Wilbraham, Mass., Oct. 14, 2011.
Joseph W. Staub, (CAS), Dec. 26, 2011. Staub was a Navy veteran and served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. Before joining the Navy, he started his teaching career in Clifton, N.J. When he returned, he taught in Ridgewood (N.J.) Public Schools until retirement in 1996. Staub ran his own contracting company for years before becoming founder and president of Staub Home Inspection. He was a member of the Allendale Chamber of Commerce and also was a volunteer firefighter for Upper Saddle River and Allendale, N.J. Staub was an avid skier, runner, and biker.
Harry John Hover, Sept. 22, 2011.
Stephen Konde, Waldwick, N.J., Dec. 22, 2011. Konde became a physical education teacher in the Paramus (N.J.) School System after graduating from Springfield College in 1970. He was an assistant baseball coach at Paramus High School and a varsity coach for a year at both Ridgefield Park and River Dell Regional High Schools in New Jersey. Konde’s next venture was becoming the varsity baseball coach at Waldwick (N.J.) High School, where he lead his team to 20 winning seasons of his 21 years there. He was the Bergen County Coaches Association’s Baseball Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1994, and was also inducted into two coaching hall of fames. He retired from coaching at Waldwick and teaching at Paramus in 2004. Konde is survived by his wife, Rosemary, two daughters, his mother, and four grandchildren.
Peter W. Callendar, Concord N.H., Jan. 4, 2012. Callendar taught math at Claremont Middle School and Stevens High School, both in Claremont, N.H. As a senior analyst and programmer, he spent time at Sanders Associates/BAE Systems, Chubb Life, Jefferson Pilot Financial, Fidelity Investments, and Alltel. Callendar taught math in Kenya during his time with the U.S. Peace Corps, and while there, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro twice. He is survived by his wife, Carol, daughter, father, brother, and their families.
Phyllis Congdon (G), Sept. 11, 2011.
Richard C. Delong, Sept. 26, 2011.
Pamela L. Plaisted (G), Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 17, 2011.
Elizabeth B. Wehner (G’73), Ludlow, Mass., Nov. 20, 2011. Wehner served in the U.S. Army and achieved the rank of first lieutenant. She was employed at Ludlow Hospital in Ludlow, Mass., where she eventually became the director of nursing. After her time there, she took the position of director of health services at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass., where she remained until her retirement in 1991. Wehner is survived by her six children and their families.
Robert F. Hafey (G), Dothan, Ala., Nov. 22. Hafey served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a director with the Springfield Chamber of Commerce during the 1970s. He was a longtime resident of Springfield and Longmeadow, Mass., before moving to Alabama. He took over his father’s business, Hafey Funeral Services., when he was 51 and remained there until he retired. After retirement, Hafey spent his time traveling with his wife, Marta. He leaves behind wife Marta, sons Robert and Brian, and their families.
Donnal D. Maloney, Sept. 17, 2011.
Susan K. Whelpley, Framingham, Mass., Jan. 2, 2012. Whelpley worked at the Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Mass. She had experience working in theater box office management and back stage production and spent time at multiple entertainment venues in New England including Stage West in Stamford, Conn., the North Shore Melody Tent, and the Huntington Theater in Boston. She is survived by her partner, Brian Parrott, her mother, sister, brother, and their families.
William R. Gray, Springfield, Mass, Jan. 30, 2012. Gray worked for the Connecticut Department of Corrections for 20 years, retiring in 2003. He is survived by his wife, Marva, five children, one grandchild, two siblings, and their families.
Marilyn (Keiser) Higgins (G’00), Belchertown, Mass., Jan. 31, 2012. Higgins taught in the Belchertown (Mass.) school system for 25 years and coached at Belchertown High School for more than 40 seasons. She was awarded the district’s Pioneer in Women’s Sports award, as well as sportsmanship and professional contributor honors from the Connecticut Valley Soccer officials. Higgins leaves behind her husband, Christopher, two children, sister, mother, and their families.
Sophia W. Stapor (G), Sept. 30, 2011.
James Leroy Carroll (G), Nov. 25, 2011.
Diane M. O’Connor, Agawam, Mass., Jan. 3, 2011. O’Connor leaves behind her husband, Michael, a son, a daughter, her father, siblings, and their families.
Lisa Yvonne Raven, Bangor, Maine, Dec. 21, 2011. After graduation, Raven worked as an art therapist at United Cerebral Palsy in Neptune, N.J. She became well-known for her watercolors and stained glass works. Her passion for nature was present in her art. Raven was also a volunteer at Eastern Maine Medical Center in hospice services where she helped others express themselves through art. Raven leaves behind her husband, Victor Vardamis, a son, father, sister, and stepchildren.
Maryelizabeth A. Sinatro (G), June 3, 2006.
Steven B. O’Neill, Aug. 19, 2011.
Robert E. Trichka (G), Dec. 9, 2011.
Glendon W. Lodge Jr., Oct. 15. 2011.
James W. Donald, Easthampton, Mass., Feb. 20, 2012. Donald spent time working at WestMass Elder Care in Holyoke, Mass., as an information systems technician, as well as an assembler at Savage Arms in Westfield, Mass. He was an avid guitar player and had played in local bands. He leaves behind a son, three brothers, a sister, and many others.
Paul R. Grant, Essex, Mass., Feb. 19, 2012. Grant spent a total of 39 years as a police officer at the Norwalk (Conn.) Police Department, Essex (Mass.) Police Department, and Hamilton (Mass.) Police Department, from which he retired as a sergeant in 2009. At one point, Grant also co-owned and operated the former Gloucester Yankee Marina. He also owned and operated Meadow Ridge Farm in Essex while serving on the Essex Police Department. He is survived by his wife, Loretta, two sons, and three grandchildren.
Donna Louise Beauchemin, April 8, 2011.
Diane L. McRae, Aug. 2, 2009.
Jesse Israel, Sept. 9, 2011.
Dennis Patrick Pause, Easthampton, Mass., Jan. 7, 2012. Pause was a senior physician assistant at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield and an adjunct professor in the physician assistant program at Springfield College. Pause’s passion was photography, especially of hockey. He followed UMass athletics closely and was well known to those who follow and play hockey. Pause is survived by his wife, Alice, two sons, Kristopher and Robert, three brothers, and many friends and relatives.
Dorothy (D’Amico) Anderson, Vero Beach, Fla., Jan. 20, 2012. Anderson was a professor at Springfield College. She was a member of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of Vero Beach. She was predeceased by her husband, James H. McPherson. She is survived by a son, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter.