Triangle Magazine - In Memoriam
- In Memoriam - Triangle Volume 84, No.1
IN MEMORIAM - FALL 2012
Marjorie Lux, Oct. 17, 2011.
Robert A. Burcaw, Bartlett N.H., July 8, 2012. Burcaw was an eagle scout and served as lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. He worked as a fundraiser for many nonprofit organizations, specifically the March of the Dimes where his efforts helped achieve the break through vaccine for Polio. Burcaw is survived by his son and sister.
Roy S. Case Jr., March 30, 2012.
Rocco T. Dattola, Langhorne, Pa., June 3, 2012. Dattola taught in the Pennsbury (Pa.) school district from 1956-1983 as a special education teacher, followed by aquatic director. He was president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), president of the southeast region of the PSEA, a member of the National Education Association (NEA) board of directors for six years, and a member of the NEA executive board. Dattola is predeceased by his wife, Ella, and leaves behind three children and three grandchildren.
Louis J. Segalla, North Canaan, Conn., April 18, 2012. After being drafted into the army, Segalla attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox, Ky., and graduated as a second lieutenant. He also served in World War III and received multiple decorations for his service. Segalla studied to become a dentist after the war and went into private practice. He served on the Springfield College Class of 1947 Executive Committee and received the Springfield College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988. Segalla is survived by his son, four daughters, nine grandchildren, and two great granddaughters.
Stanley Tucker, Little Falls, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2011. Tucker was a high school science teacher at Little Falls (N.Y.) High School. He also served in World War II with the 6th Bombardment Group and was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. Stanley is survived by his wife and son.
Wilbur O. Shumway, May 28, 2012.
John D. Chapman, April 3, 2012.
Robert (Bob) Hawkes, Palatka, Fla., July 15, 2012. Hawkes served in the Army Air Corps as a survival aquatics instructor during World War II. He coached many sports and taught physical education for six years in Wolfeboro, N.H., and also was the superintendent of the Opportunity Farm for Boys in New Gloucester, Maine. Hawkes also was the director of the Bangor (Maine) Regional Speech and Hearing Center for 16 years, as well as speech therapist at Alden Road School in Jacksonville, Fla. Bob suffered a spinal cord injury while working on a farm that put him in a wheelchair, but he didn’t let that slow him down. He won three swimming events at the National Wheelchair Games in 1959 and 1969, and proceeded to compete in the Paralympics with the U.S. Wheelchair team in Rome, Tokyo, and Israel. Bob is a member of the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the National Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Game, Sports Hall of Fame of Maine, New England Wheelchair Athletic Hall of Fame, and North Yarmouth Athletic Hall of Fame. Hawkes was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Rebecca Keith Hawkes. He is survived by son Richard Dawn Hawkes and daughter Diantha Grant.
Lester Van Ess, April 17, 2012. Van Ess served in the Korean War in the Air Force as the director of surgery at the United States Armed Forces Hospital in Keflavic, Iceland. In this role, he directed the rescue efforts for a nearby airplane crash and operated on the plane’s pilot, for which he earned a commendation from the Air Force. Upon returning home, Van Ess set up a surgery practice on Long Island, where he spent 40 years. In lieu of flowers, Van Ess has requested gifts be made in memory of Dr. Lester J. Van Ess to Springfield College, Gift Records at 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109.
John C. Volk, Dec. 5, 2010.
Howard Keystone Toliver (G), Jan. 1, 2012.
Frederick H. Booth, Feb. 13, 2012.
Robert O. Nolan (G), April 10, 2012.
Albert S. Reed, Aug. 7, 2011.
George T. Hamilton, Jan. 26, 2012.
Robert Hoffman, June 2011.
Donald C. Holsapple, April 1, 2012.
Joseph Kubachka, Jan. 23, 2012.
Theodore S. Anderson, Jan. 15, 2012.
Thomas Calvin Dunkley, Aug 1, 2012. Dunkley was an instructor in the Army Air Corps during World War II as well as the originator of the YMCA’s “Circus Club.” Thomas worked as part of a professional trampoline act, which went on to perform for President Eisenhower. Thomas also taught high school physical education in New Jersey, then went on to teach at the University of Vermont (UVM) and coach the first UVM men’s gymnastics team. Thomas also started his own gymnastics camp in 1973, called “Dunkley’s Gymnastics Camp,” and received the “Father of Vermont Gymnastics” service award by the United States Gymnastics Association. In 2010, he was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Wilbur G. Matheny, April 9, 2012.
William E. Munson, Feb. 16, 2012.
Robert C. Shields, March 14, 2012.
George Spieldenner (G’58), Cornith, N.Y., Feb. 24, 2012. Spieldenner served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He began teaching in 1950 in Cornith, N.Y., where he remained until his retirement in 1983. During his career in Cornith, Spieldenner spent 26 years as the athletic director. He started the Cornith football program and spent 14 years as head coach, and started the track and field team, which he coached for nine years. He enjoyed all sports and was a New York Giants fan. He is survived by his wife, Ethel, three children, brother, grandchildren, and other loving family and friends.
Woodward C. Ball, Riverdale, N.J., Feb. 8, 2012. Ball served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a general contractor for A-Z Landscapers, and a member of the Pompton Reformed Church, the N.Y. Road Runners Club, and the Butler Board of Education. He is survived by his wife Corrine, a son, two daughters, a brother, seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and former wife Nancy Canty.
John F. Donahue, Feeding Hills, Mass., March 17, 2012. Donahue served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a practicing attorney for 54 years and opened the law firm Donahue and Cross P.C. in Springfield, Mass., with his wife Judith. Donahue was a member of the Hampden County Bar Association. He played golf and was an avid sports fan. He leaves behind his wife, Judith, a daughter, and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jeanne (Wickles) Donahue.
Robert G. Holland (G), April 14, 2012.
James W. Pine, Jan. 28, 2012.
Charles Wise G’52, Milwaukee, Wis., March 10, 2012.
Stephen G.W. Brieger, June 17, 2012.
William Donald Ditzler, April 28, 2012.
Edward W. Dowgiewic, March 14, 2012.
Arthur S. Maniatty, May 29, 2012. Maniatty served as a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II. He spent more than 50 years as a Nationwide Insurance independent agent. He was a sports fan and attended his grandchildren’s sports games and was an avid tennis player. Maniatty leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, children, grandchildren, brothers, and their families.
Peter George Strand, March 10, 2012.
Douglas H. Brown, May 27, 2012.
Roger L. Cordes, July 5, 2012.
Francis “Frank” McGrath, Saco, Maine, April 27, 2012. McGrath provided aid to American soldiers and German civilians as a medical corpsman in post-war Germany. When he returned home, he began working at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and moved through the ranks, starting as a coach and eventually working his way to the role of athletic director.
Barbara (Hurley) Barry (G), Springfield, Mass., March 29, 2012. Barry taught kindergarten and first grade in the Springfield (Mass.) school system. She was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association, and a member of Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow, Mass. She is survived by her four children, sister, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and many others.
Leslie R. Leggett (G), Oct. 14, 2011.
Richard Melchior Medura (G), May 21, 2012.
Thomas G. Hart, May 7, 2012.
Vincent Edward O’Reilly, July 30, 2012. O’Reilly served most of his professional life as a scout executive for the Boy Scouts of America. He also served in the Navy Reserves for several years, and spent time volunteering at HealthSouth during his retirement. He is survived by his wife and daughters.
Richard H. Crabbe, Dec. 26, 2011.
Francis J. DeGregorio, East Hartford, Conn., July 22, 2012. DeGregorio was a physical education teacher and coach at several different public and private schools in Connecticut and Long Island. He also was very involved in volunteering in his community and even won the John F. Kennedy community involvement award, as well as the United States Physical Fitness Leadership Award. Francis is survived by his four children.
Paul F. Minacci, Jan. 30, 2012.
Kenneth A. Prue, July 3, 2012. After serving in the U.S. Army, Prue began teaching physical education in Auburn, Mass., and then Framingham, Mass. He spent 35 years in education before retiring in 1993. Prue also refereed high school football and baseball, and served as the president of the Central Mass Football Officials Organization. He was an avid runner, completing the Boston Marathon three times, as well as an avid Patriots fan, rarely missing a game. He is survived by wife Beverly, daughters, and grandchildren.
Percy J. Scott, Sept. 4, 2011
Willard G. Baker, Rotterdam, N.Y., May 15, 2012. Baker held multiple roles at Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam, N.Y., including athletic director; coach; and physical education, health, and driver education teacher. He retired from his work at the school in 1988 but stay connected through his work on the board of directors for the Mohonasen Foundation for Excellence and through the Mohonasen Athletic Hall of Fame, which he was inducted into in 2009 and was part of the selection committee in following years. Baker is survived by his wife, Lois, two sons, two daughters, and grandchildren.
Robert L. Brown Jr., Pittsfield, Mass., June 13, 2012. Brown was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1950-1953. He went on to work as a case worker and parole officer in Kingston, N.Y., and then moved to Pittsfield, Mass., where he was employed by GE Ordnance in quality control. In 1970, he began working for the Massachusetts Highway Department as a civil engineer and retired in 1992 as district I traffic maintenance engineer. Brown is survived by his wife, Joyce, three children, and their families.
Leon A. Kalesnik, April 21, 2012.
Louis J. Racca, Wakefield, Mass., April 14, 2012.
David B. Barnes, Oct. 5, 2011.
Claude L. Morin, Jan. 13, 2012.
Donald William Gilpin, July 30, 2012. Gilpin was a Social worker for 40 years in Vermont and New Hampshire. At 17, he volunteered for the Army. He served with the Army and the Navy in both Word War II as well as Korea. Gilpin is survived by his wife and two children.
Joseph J. Gerillo (G), Jan. 8, 2011.
James Redmond, Feb. 27, 2012. Redmond spent 37 years teaching and coaching at West Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin, and University City high schools, all in Philadelphia. He was head of the health and physical education department and athletic director at University City High School. He coached multiple high school team sports including football, track and field, wrestling, and girls’ gymnastics. Redmond enjoyed fishing and sang in two choirs. Redmond leaves behind his wife, Gwendolyn, three daughters, four brothers, and six grandchildren.
Charles M. Geragosian, East Greenbush, N.Y., April 14, 2012.
Charles P. Myles, Sloansville, N.Y., June 19, 2012. Myles was a member of the Sea Cliff (N.Y.) Volunteer Fire Department, taught for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in special education, and restored antique Indian and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Myles taught physical education in Amsterdam, N.Y. He is survived by wife Stephanie, a sister, and nieces.
Judith A. Potter, April 8, 2012.
John F. McCarthy, Stuart, Fla., June 7, 2012. McCarthy was involved in and led community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and served as CEO of Child and Family Connections in West Palm Beach, Fla. He is survived by his wife Loretta, three children, grandchildren, sisters, and their families.
Charles S. Baker, March 10, 2012.
Richard C. Sheidow, Manchester N.H., July 10, 2012. Sheidow worked for Amica in Manchester for 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal for his efforts. Sheidow is survived by his three sons.
Frank S. Winoski, May 13, 2012.
David J. Bessette, Feb. 4, 2012.
Harding J. Stewart (G), Feb. 19, 2012.
Carolee R. Wilson, Jan. 15, 2012.
Lenwood E. Edwards (G), April 28, 2012.
William Rogers, Sept. 22, 2012.
Donald E. Prescott (CAS), Chicopee, Mass., June 21, 2012. Prescott was a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran. He worked as a sixth grade teacher at Litwin School in Chicopee, Mass., before beginning work with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Retardation. Prescott was a member of the board of directors and past president of the Chicopee Boys & Girls Club. He is survived by wife Lois, sons, and grandchildren.
Thelma H. Sherwood, May 27, 2012.
Ralph J. Van Nostrand, Jan. 21, 2012
Edward J. Kesgen (G), Feb. 27, 2012.
Richard “Ranger” Perry, April 14, 2012.
Jacqueline Walsh, Syosett, N.Y., July 9, 2012.
Susan Digilio, Sept. 2, 2010.
Nancy A. Fritsche (G), June 7, 2012.
Vincent Gangone (G), Pittsford, Mass., March 3, 2012. Gangone worked in sales at Brown Packaging for 35 years. He officiated high school football for 20 years and was an avid New York Mets and New York Giants fan. He leaves behind his wife, Karla, two children, a brother, and many others.
Diana Brandt, Jan. 21, 2012.
William R. Gray, Jan. 30, 2012.
John J. Metro, Wilbraham, Mass., July 1, 2012. Metro served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as counselor for the department of inpatient psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center for more than 25 years, retiring from the position in 2011. Metro leaves behind wife, Sandra, his son, mother, uncle, two grandchildren, his step son, and three siblings.
Hal Collins, Jan. 6, 2012.
Michael McGlynn, Aug. 2, 2012.
Mary Ellen (O’Connor) Erickson (G), March 3, 2012. Erickson taught for 23 years in the Valley Stream, Smithtown, and Commack school districts on Long Island. Following her retirement in 1989, she moved to Delray Beach, Fla. Erickson leaves behind her husband, Oscar, five daughters, and eight grandchildren.
Jean G. Poirier (Gaynor) Fouche (G), Springfield, Mass., March 26, 2012.
Paula (Harriman) Ruggles, North Hampton, N.H., March 4, 2012. Harriman worked for Unitil Corporation of Fitchburg and Hampton, N.H., for more than 18 years. She was involved with the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Hampton and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for her contribution to the club’s humanitarian and educational programs in 2010. She was the treasurer on the North Hampton Youth Association and a volunteer at the annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival. Ruggles is survived by her husband, Benjamin, two children, two sisters, two brothers, and 11 nieces and nephews.
Marilyn Richardson, Boston, June 8, 2012. Richardson was a wealth manager at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Boston for more than 20 years. She was involved in many local and national charities, and was particularly proud of her triathlon completion for the Leukemia Society in memory of her Dad. She is survived by her mother, five brothers, three step brothers, two step sisters, and their families.
John W. Rouse, Jan. 1, 2012.
Richard Angelo, Beverly, Mass., Aug. 18, 2012.
Sharon D. Kelly-Shaw, Jan. 3, 2011.
Christie J. Wilson-Krusz (G), Jan. 30, 2012.
Robert B. Small (G), Feb, 3. 2012.
Michael David Legere, Fitchburg, Mass., April 30, 2012.
Margaret Ann Davis, June 21, 2012.
Michael Anthony Judge, July 19, 2012. Judge was a lawyer as well as a communicant of St. Mark’s Church in Attleboro, Mass. He also volunteered as a legal advocate for pro-life causes and enjoyed swimming and skiing in his free time. Judge is survived by his parents, daughter, brother, sister, and grandmother.
Michael H. Donahoe (G), Dec. 22, 2011.
Colleen D. Ramirez, Aug. 13, 2011
Peter R. Krasnor, Chicopee, Mass., April 6, 2012
Rebecca G. Phillips, Jan. 14, 2012
Gordon L. Sellick, March 19, 2012.
John Robert Bourque, Jan. 30, 2012.
James W. Donald, Feb. 20, 2012.
Judie M. Singleton (G), May 14, 2011.
Bethany A. Guldin, Feb. 24, 2012.
Paul R. Grant, Feb. 19, 2012.
LeRoy Walker (H), April 23, 2012. Walker’s life was one of leadership. He became the first African-American head coach of a U.S. Olympic team in 1976, leading the country’s track squad to Montreal. As a result, they won 22 medals, including gold medals in six events. Walker served as president of the United States Olympic Committee from 1992-96, following his role as treasurer of the committee, which he held from 1988-92. He also took on a leadership role in the preparations for the 1996 Atlanta Games. Before Walker’s time with the Olympics, he coached football and basketball at North Carolina Central University. He was named chancellor of the university in 1983. Walker held a bachelor’s from Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., a master’s from Columbia University in New York, and a doctorate from New York University. He leaves behind a son, LeRoy Jr., and daughter, Carolyn Walker Hopp.
Paul M. Ferazzi, Longmeadow, Mass., July 16, 2012. Ferazzi was an insurance salesman for New York Life and MassMutual. Paul also served in the Navy as a medical technician from 1954-1959 and later as a chief petty officer in the active Naval Reserves. He was a member of the East Longmeadow Knights of Columbus, the Springfield Lodge of Elks, and the Springfield Italian Club. He is survived by his three daughters.
Ilene Barbara Kelly (G), Charleston, S.C., July 3, 2012.
Sean M. Allen, Springfield, Mass., June 12, 2011.
Jennifer L. Dodge (G’07), Preston, Conn., July 3, 2012.
Janice Furtado (G), Wareham, Mass., April 10, 2012. Furtado was a former Air Force staff sergeant. She served in the Air Force for eight years and received the Air Force Commendation Medal. She was a readjustment counselor for the Veterans Administration, taught yoga, loved singing, and spending time with family. Furtado is survived by her mother, stepfather, father, three sisters, and fiancé.
Donald M. Payne, Newark, N.J., March 6, 2012. Payne was a New Jersey congressman. He spent twelve terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the first black congressman to represent the state. Payne was a past chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, and an activist for human and civil rights globally. He was predeceased by his wife, Hazel, in 1963. He is survived by three children, a brother, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson.