Emil C. Fischer, architect, artist and academic, Peoria, Ariz., on March 24, 2008. Fischer earned a B.A. and an M.S., both in architecture/planning, from the Architecture School in 1932 and 1933, respectively. He had many jobs during the Depression, including designing sets for Broadway shows. In 1936, Fischer married Ruth Minarcik, to whom he was married for 62 years. In that year he became assistant professor of design at Pratt Institute. Fischer wrote a column for home repair enthusiasts for Home Craftsman magazine off and on for 25 years. During the war, he worked for Bell Laboratories. In 1945, Fischer became head of design at the Ohio State University; in 1955, he became professor and head of the Department of Architecture and Allied Arts at Kansas State University and was central in founding its College of Architecture. He became its first dean, retiring from that position in 1972 but continuing to teach. Fischer retired from Kansas State in 1976 and moved to Sun City, Ariz. He had a fondness for pen and ink drawings and watercolors and illustrated, wrote and published four books, as well as illustrating Jubilee: The 25th Anniversary of Sun City. He was a founding member of the Sun City Area Historical Society. Fischer is survived by his sons, Craig and his wife, Sandra, and Keith and his wife, Ann; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to The Forum Chapel, Kansas State University, or Cal Farley’s Boys and Girls Ranch.
Theodore Ley, businessman, Boynton Beach, Fla., on March 31, 2008. Ley earned a B.S. as well as a Ph.D. in 1936 from the Engineering School. Formerly of Teaneck, N.J., He was president of Universal Corrugated Box Machinery Corp., which he sold to Koppers Corp. in the late ’60s. Ley was on the Teaneck Board of Education for 10 years and played a prominent role in the racial integration of Teaneck schools. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Clarice Weintraub Ley, whom he met at a Columbia fraternity party in 1935; daughters, Barbara Ley Toffler, and her husband, Charles Powers, Diana Moser, and her husband, Steve, and Margaret Schenberg; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Siegel.
Erwin T. Michaelson, ob/gyn, Lauderhill, Fla., on April 22, 2008. Michaelson earned a degree in 1935 from P&S. He was chief of ob/gyn, Doctors Hospital, Freeport, N.Y. Michaelson is survived by his daughters, Deborah M. Kolb, Judith, and Sandra Josloff; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
M. Stephen Schwartz, retired physician, New York City, on March 2, 2008. A 1937 P&S alumnus, Schwartz retired from 54 years of private practice in Manhattan in 1991 but continued caring for patients at Bellevue Hospital until his 1999 hospitalization. An assistant professor of clinical medicine, he was on the staff of NYU Medical Center for 55 years and on the staff of the New York Infirmary, Cabrini, Doctors and Midtown Hospitals. Schwartz was a retired Army colonel and served in WWII from April 1941–October 1946, participating in the North Africa-Middle East and European Campaigns, landing on Normandy Beach DDay +3. He was decorated with the Bronze Star, Soldiers Medal, Croix de Guerre, New York State Conspicuous Service Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. Schwartz had diverse cultural interests and was dedicated to his family and patients, encouraging of others and reticent about his achievements. He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Doris; son, Richard, and his wife, Jacqueline Olds; and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Jacob Perlow Hospice, 1775 Broadway, Ste 300, New York, NY 10019.
William A. Hance, professor emeritus, Nantucket, Mass., on July 12, 2008. Following two years with the Vick Chemical Co. and service in the Navy during WWII, Hance earned a Ph.D. in geography in 1949 from GSAS; he also had earned a degree from the Business School in 1941. After appointments as head of graduate placement and assistant dean at the College, Hance became a professor and chair of the Department of Geography. He became involved in African studies, writing books and articles on economic development and population and was one of the first to caution regarding the impact of population pressure in many parts of the continent and to assess the islandic character of African development. Hance was a consultant the State Department and the Office of Naval Research. He made numerous field trips to Africa from 1949–2002, often with his wife, Margaret, whom he married in 1940, including driving 20,000 miles in 1962–63 from Cape Town to Dakar. As a result of this trip, in 1964 he wrote Geography of Modern Africa, a textbook still in use. Hance was a founding fellow, director and president of the African Studies Association. In 1967, he was named honorary fellow of the American Geographical Society and was honored by the Nigerian Society of Geographers for “distinguished contributions to the science of geography in Africa.” Hance was active in a number of professional societies; was on the Faculty Advisory Committees of the American Assembly, the Columbia University Press, and the Smithsonian Institution International Program on Population Research as well as Columbia committees, including the University Senate. He retired from Columbia in 1978 and moved to Nantucket. Hance’s wife died in 1993. He is survived by his daughters, Jean Hance Zagayko, and her husband, Andrew, and Bronwen Hance McLaughlin, and her husband, Elliott; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Alfred R. Wollack, retired physician, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., on May 26, 2008. Wollack graduated from NYU Medical School and served as a battalion surgeon in the 2nd Division, 38th Regiment of the Army. He served in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Soldier’s Medal. Wollack had practiced medicine in Bergen County for 30 years, first in general practice in Park Ridge and subsequently as chief of anesthesia at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanore, and sister, Carol, and is survived by his daughters, Pamela Anne Hill, and Jan; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Other Deaths Reported
Columbia College Today also has learned of the deaths of the following alumni. Complete obituaries will be published in the next issue, pending receipt of information and space considerations.
|1933||Albert J. Toering, Lake Worth, Fla., on November 8, 2007. Toering entered with the Class of 1933 but earned a B.S. and a Ph.D., the latter in mining engineering, in 1934 from the Engineering School.|
|1934||Evald H. Gasstrom, business executive, White Plains, N.Y., on June 26, 2008.|
|1935||Hunter Meighan, attorney, Mamaroneck, N.Y., on June 9, 2008.|
Francis D. “Frank” Milner, retired teacher, coach and director of athletics, Sarasota, Fla., on May 17, 2008.
Oscar D. Ratnoff, physician, Cleveland on May 20, 2008. Ratnoff earned a degree in 1939 from P&S.
|1938||Morton Albert, retired builder, Plantation, Fla., on June 17, 2008.|
|1939|| Howard K. Kornahrens, retired v.p., South Bristol, Maine, on July 14, 2008.|
|1940|| Rene P. Manes, retired CPA, professor and dean, Tallahassee, Fla., on June 15, 2008.|
Arthur R. Albohn, Whippany, N.J., on June 29, 2008. Albohn earned a B.S. in 1943 from the Engineering School.
Howard E. Phillips, retired engineer, Melbourne, Fla., on June 12, 2008.
|1944|| Charles L. Brieant Jr., judge, Ossining, N.Y., on July 20, 2007. Brieant earned a degree in 1949 from the Law School.|
|1945|| Feodor S. Kovalchuk, pastor, Canfield, Ohio, on April 22, 2008.|
|1947|| William C. Brigham, Cataula, Ga., on October 5, 2006.|
Carlo P. Crocetti, retired director, Western, N.Y., on June 23, 2008. Crocetti earned an M.A. and a Ph.D., both in psychology, in 1949 and 1951, respectively, from GSAS.
Anthony S. Harrison, Mount Dora, Fla., on June 3, 2008.
|1949||James P. Cooney, retired colonel, Niceville, Fla., on May 3, 2008.|
|1951||Joseph R. McCormick, v.p. of sales and marketing, Cocoa Beach, Fla., on April 12, 2008. McCormick earned a B.S. in 1951 from the Engineering School as well as a degree in 1958 from the Business School.|
Plato Chan, Philadelphia, on January 18, 2008.
Eugene A. “Gene” Manfrini, musician, Queensbury, N.Y., on June 23, 2008.
|1953||Norman Marcus, attorney, New York City, on June 30, 2008.|
|1954|| Bernard L. Varney, retired insurance and IRS agent, Memphis, on May 14, 2008.|
Michael E. Berniker, music producer, Hillsdale, N.Y., on July 25, 2008.
Joel M. Schwartz, Nyack, N.Y., on July 25, 2008. Schwartz earned a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1958 from the Engineering School.
|1960|| Ernest E. Sawin, retired project manager, Rochester, Mich., on April 4, 2008. Sawin earned a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1961 from the Engineering School.|
|1963|| Thomas W. Twele, physician, Anniston, Ala., on March 20, 2008.|
|1964|| Brian H. Saffer, Summit, N.J., on June 2, 2003.|
|1966|| Robert D. Caldwell, publishing executive, San Antonio, Texas, on July 10, 2008.|
|1969|| Robert S. Norman, copy editor and musician, Lawrence, N.J., on May 4, 2008.|
| Peter Christopher, associate professor, Statesboro, Ga., on April 15, 2008.|
David E. Magee, financial expert and executive, Wenatchee, Wash., on June 13, 2008.
Martin E. Levin, book critic and writer, New York City, on May 21, 2008. Levin was born in Manhattan on March 18, 1919. In WWII, he served with the Army Air Forces in Europe, where his duties included commanding a mission to Gibraltar to procure duty-free Scotch and bananas. Levin earned an M.A. in English and comparative literature in 1949 from GSAS. From the late 1950s to the early ’70s, he compiled a regular humor column for The Saturday Review, “Phoenix Nest.” He also had regular bylines in The Times Book Review from 1958–85 and reviewed as many as a half-dozen books in a sitting. Originally titled “Reader’s Report,” the column first appeared in 1961; it concluded in 1977 under the name “New & Novel.” In his 27-year association with the Times, Levin is estimated to have read and reported on more than 3,000 books, including a memorable column on April 7, 1963, when, after a 114-day newspaper strike, he reviewed 38 books at once. He wrote and edited books, as well. Levin is survived by a son, Edmund ’82, ’91 SIPA; daughter, Andrea; and two grandchildren. His wife, the former Selene Holzman, whom he married in 1947, died in 2000.
Augustin W. Schatzel, retired engineer, Phoenixville, Pa., on May 2, 2008. Schatzel earned a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1941 from the Engineering School and was a member of varsity crew. He coached crew at Marietta College while he lived in Marietta, Ohio. Schatzel then moved to Wayne, Pa., where he began a 27-year employment with Rohm & Haas in Philadelphia, and also was judge of Philadelphia’s Dad Vail Regatta. He is survived by his wife, Flossie; children, Claudia Minicozzi, and her husband, Val, Tom, Janice Balson, and her husband, John, Nancy Blain, and her husband, Paul, Teresa McEldowney, and her husband, Todd, and Mary Jo Duckett, and her husband, Bill; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Catherine; and brother, Paul. He was predeceased by a son, Bob. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Hospice.
Edmund A. Leonard, scientist and professor, Brewster, Mass., on March 1, 2008. Born in the Bronx on April 5, 1919, Leonard grew up in Yonkers, where he graduated from Gorton H.S. as valedictorian. He attended the College on scholarship, majoring in chemical engineering, and earned an M.A. in chemical engineering in 1948 from the Engineering School. While serving in the Navy as a lieutenant, Leonard attended the Japanese Language School at the University of Colorado. He became fluent, and following his service as a translator returned to New York, where he was a chemist for Alexander Smith Carpets. He worked for General Foods from 1956–84, where he became chief scientist, and was an adjunct professor of food science at Cornell; he authored textbooks on packaging. Leonard was the president of the Packaging Institute and was active in the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He traveled throughout the world and was an avid stamp collector. Leonard was a member of Christ Church Episcopal since 1993 and was an usher. He was predeceased by his wife, Aileen, and is survived by his sons, Donald, and his wife, Lorraine, and Kenneth, and his wife, Janet; daughter, Gwendolyn; and three grandchildren.
Henry F. Jacobius, ophthalmologist, Boca Raton, Fla., on May 14, 2008. Jacobius attended Franklin School and New York Medical College. He served in the Army during WWII, attaining the rank of captain. Jacobius practiced in Easton, Pa., for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Laura Little and Robert; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Henry Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to The Haven, 21441 Boca Rio Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33433 or Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33486.
George S. Leopold, retired engineer, Pasadena, Calif., on June 2, 2008. Leopold entered the College with the Class of 1943 but instead earned a B.S. and an M.S. in 1943 and 1947, respectively, from the Engineering School. Soon after WWII began, he enlisted in the Navy, was assigned to a Navy construction battalion and served in the Pacific Theatre, principally in the Philippines and Guam. When the war ended, Leopold commenced his civilian career, joining a large engineering firm headquartered in New York. Soon thereafter, he was recalled by the Navy for what turned out to be two more years covering the Korean War. In 1953, Leopold made final his retirement from the Navy and made his home in Pasadena. There, he resumed his engineering career, working for a firm in Pasadena until his 1982 retirement.
Gordon W. Wood, retired business owner, South Hadley, Mass., on April 9, 2008. Wood was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on August 23, 1921, and was a graduate of the Trinity School in New York. He entered with the Class of 1943 but due to WWII graduated in 1948 from the Engineering School with a degree in civil engineering. Wood enlisted in the Army Air Force, was a 2nd Lieutenant Navigator on a B17 on the infamous Schweinfurt raid, was shot down over Germany and was in prison camp until V-E Day. He became owner and CEO of the Rule Construction Co., succeeding his father, Walter. The Wood family, of which his father was the ninth generation in the United States, came to Mendon, Mass., from Essex County, England, in 1654. Wood is survived by his wife of 28 years, Daisy Shenholm; and daughters, Leslie and Pamela. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Life Care, 113 Hampden St., Holyoke, MA 01040.
Thomas G. “George” Hicks, retired business owner, Huntington, N.Y., on March 12, 2008. As a sophomore, Hicks was chosen by classmates to captain the 1943 cross-country team. He owned Bennett Medical Supply for more than 40 years. Hicks is survived by his wife, Lee; sons, Tom and David; and eight grandchildren.
George W. Cooper, attorney, Stamford, Conn., on May 22, 2008. Cooper was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on November 19, 1927. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln H.S. in Brooklyn in 1943 and from the Law School in 1950. Cooper practiced as an attorney and was a widely regarded specialist in international corporate and intellectual property law. He worked for the late Steven Ladas as an associate and later for Penny & Edmonds in New York City. In 1960, Cooper joined Avon Products as its first international attorney. He was corporate v.p. there, heading up its international legal department, until his retirement in 1979. Thereafter, Cooper was in private practice, specializing in trademark and unfair competition law, principally with the then–Stamford-based firm of Grimes & Battersby. He retired from G&B in 2001 but practiced law until his death. Cooper authored the first international volume of the Trademark Law Handbook for the International Trademark Association in 1994. He was a generous supporter of charities and humanitarian organizations and loved music and the arts. Cooper was most proud of his role as president of the Harmony Ridge Brass Center, headquartered in Cornish Flats, N.H. He was his class’ CCT Class Notes correspondent for more than three decades. Cooper is survived by his wife, Isolde Kurz Cooper; son, Daniel; and daughter and son from a previous marriage, Julia Parzen and Richard.
Fred Bracilano Sr., retired minister, Columbus, Ohio, on January 27, 2008. Bracilano was born in New York City on May 1, 1927. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin H.S. and was accepted at the College at 16. After a brief service in the Navy, he returned to school and received his B.A. in economics. After college, Bracilano trained as a store manager for Lerner Department Stores. He managed stores in Allentown, Jacksonville, New Haven, Miami and Cincinnati. At 46, Bracilano retired from Lerner and enrolled in the Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio. He began his ministry with the West Ohio Methodist Conference, serving five churches in 25 years. Bracilano enjoyed playing bridge and traveling. He was active in the United Nations Chapter of Columbus and the Methodist Federation for social action on issues of justice, peace and liberation. Bracilano is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dottie; four children; and seven grandchildren.
Nicholas Nappi, retired minister, Patchogue, N.Y., on August 19, 2007. Nappi earned a master’s of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 1951. He was ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church in 1955 and served churches in Hicksville, N.Y. Nappi was involved in all parts of ministry and especially enjoyed working with the youth, teaching Bible studies and preaching Biblically-based sermons. He supported the Civil Rights movement and took part in Martin Luther King Jr.’s marches on Washington in the 1960s. With the local Roman Catholic Church in Bridgeport, Nappi organized a Vacation Bible School for neighborhood children. At Bay Shore, he was a founder of the Interfaith Clergy Association. Nappi enjoyed gardening, fresh-water fishing, playing sports, especially soccer, and woodworking. He also enjoyed church music, especially J.S. Bach, going to as many concerts as possible, and singing in the choir. Nappi is survived by his wife, Dorothea; children, Christopher, Jonathan, Mark, Suzanne and Elisabeth; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.
Frank J. Mackain, retired trader and investment adviser, Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 24, 2008. Mackain was born in Mt. Tabor, N.J., on June 27, 1925. WWII interrupted his college plans, and after many heroic acts, including one earning him the Bronze Star for Bravery, he returned to graduate. Mackain then embarked on a successful career spanning more than 50 years as a Wall Street trader and investment adviser. Choosing to spend his retirement years where he vacationed at Alta, he left his home state for Salt Lake City, where he was an avid skier and golfer and on one occasion shot a hole-in-one. Mackain is survived by his sister-in-law, Alba, niece, Liana Griffiths; and nephew, Mark.
Richard D. “Dick” Schnaidt, sales engineer, Montvale, N.J., on April 9, 2008. Schnaidt was chief quarter-master in the Navy and a WWII veteran. He worked for Automatic Switch Co. and after retirement for John N. Felinger Co. Schnaidt was an active parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church for more than 55 years and was a founding member of RENEW International. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen, in 2005, and is survived by his children, Richard, Daniel ’74, ’77 Arts, Thomas, Kathleen Christiano, Susan Bright and Patricia ’87 and their spouses; and 14 grandchildren, including Laura Tucker Schnaidt ’06. Memorial contributions may be made to RENEW International.
Frederick R. Wilkens, retired assistant principal, Smithfield, Va., on March 3, 2007. Wilkens was assistant principal at the middle school in Farmingdale, N.Y. He was an avid collector of Civil War memorabilia and was president of the Antique Arms Club of Long Island for more than 20 years. In 2006, Wilkens moved to Smithfield with his wife of 53 years. He also is survived by two children and five grandchildren.
Jerome J. Botkin, physician, San Francisco, on April 15, 2008. Born in Yonkers on October 29, 1929, Botkin graduated from the College as a regent scholar and earned his medical degree from NYU. He was an intern and resident at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx and then served two years in the U.S. Navy Public Health Service in Puerto Rico. Botkin moved to San Francisco in 1959 and was chief resident at Mt. Zion Hospital, and began his practice in internal medicine. He was on the Mt. Zion Medical Board and was chief of staff during the U.C.S.F./Mt. Zion Hospital merger. Botkin is survived by his wife of almost 44 years, Meryl; children, Deborah, and David and his wife, Lee Anna; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Brain Tumor Research, c/o UCSF Foundation, PO Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339.
Ronald M. Linsky, physician and professor, Delray Beach, Fla., on May 14, 2008. Linsky earned a degree in 1957 from P&S and was assistant professor of breast surgery at North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Muriel; children, Allison, Hillary Hudesman, Alexander and Pam Linsky, and Harrison and Hilary Linsky; and 10 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund or Manhasset Women’s Coalition against Breast Cancer, PO Box 1007, Manhasset, NY 11030.
Burton E. Lipman, retired senior executive, East Brunswick, N.J., on February 19, 2007. Born in San Francisco, Lipman resided in Queens before moving to East Brunswick 48 years ago. He was an executive at large consumer products companies including Johnson & Johnson, American Home Products, Lever Bros. and Lehman Paint, and most recently was president of Bell Publishing and Portable X-Ray Service. He also authored a number of books on business. An avid photographer, Lipman was a member of the Raritan Photography Society and the Cranbury Digital Photography Club, and a number of his photographs appeared in national publications. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Diane Goldwasser Lipman; daughters, Michele Fusillo, and her husband, Tom, Ronni Slaff, and her husband, Marc, and Joanne Lipman Distler, and her husband, Tom; brother, Sidney, and his wife, Dora; and seven grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 5005, LBJ Freeway, Ste 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or Breastcancer.org Gifts, 111 Forrest Ave., 1R, Narbeth, PA 19072.
Richard A. Lomakin, builder and real estate company owner, Union, N.J., on May 15, 2008. Lomakin graduated from Millburn H.S. and earned a B.S. in business administration. He served in the Army for two years and held the rank of sergeant. After his tour of duty, Lomakin worked as a builder for many years before starting his own real estate company. He was formerly married to Rose Mann and is survived by his sons, Richard, Gary and Kevin; brothers, Paul and Victor; sister, Marion Liwonchuck; and fiancée, Janet Kuhn. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Center Pointe II, Ste 103, 1160 Route 22 East, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.
Charles Nechemias, physician, New York City, on September 17, 2007. Nechemias was former chief of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Clinic and past president of Temple Shaaray Tefila. He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Davida Nechemias Rubel, and her husband, Mark, and Abby Levingson Levine, and her husband, Robert; and a number of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Jill Levingson Nechemias. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Shaaray Tefila in NYC.
Richard E. “Dick” Koerner, retired benefits manager, Greenwich, Conn., on April 24, 2008. Koerner was born in Greenwich, graduated from Greenwich H.S. and most recently was employed by the Town of Greenwich Recreation Board. Through his life he was a member of the Greenwich Jaycees, Byram Rotary club and the Greenwich Umpires Association. Koerner was an avid sports fan and proudly supported his children and grandchildren by attending various sporting events. He is survived by his wife, June; daughters, Linda Turbert, and her husband, Kevin, Laura Noe, and her husband, Doug, and Lisa Ferguson, and her husband, Jim; and five granddaughters. He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Munson, and brother, Ralph. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 372 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897.
David Z. Kitay, physician, Ormond Beach, Fla., on March 10, 2008. Kitay was born on October 3, 1938, in Paterson, N.J. At the College, he majored in fine arts and zoology, then graduated from the NYU School of Medicine in 1963, with honors. Kitay served in the Air Force as a major from 1968–70. He did an internal medicine internship at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis; an ob/gyn residency at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; was associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine; and was staff ob/gyn at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile. Kitay also was director of the Obstetrics Hematology Clinic and contributed more than 45 articles to various professional journals. A serious student of hematologic problems in pregnancy for more than 23 years, he was former consulting editor for The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, and consulted on many hematology problems in pregnancy throughout the country. Kitay received many awards and held a number of professional appointments. He is survived by his wife, DeAnn; son, Benjamin, and his wife, Bonnie; daughter, Teresa; stepson, Scott Wells; stepdaughter, LeAnn Klajn, and her husband, Denis; two grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and sisters, Naomi and Isabel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice, Florida Hospital of Ormond Beach.
Cormac H. Ryan, retired businessman, Plano, Texas, on May 9, 2008. Ryan was a retired Army sergeant and businessman and was active in his church. He is survived by his wife, Christina; sons, Christopher, Scott and Gregory; daughter-in-law, Billi Jean; and two granddaughters.
Albert J. Moulfair, educator, Harrisburg, Pa., on December 12, 2007. Moulfair earned a master’s from Yale and had worked at York College, Penn State and Harrisburg Area Community College. He is survived by a brother, William; sister-in-law, Gabriele; and nephew.
Bobb C. Vladeck, general surgeon, Monroe, N.Y., on April 19, 2008. Vladeck was born in New York City and attended Stuyvesant H.S. He was chief of surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., where he practiced since 1974, when he moved to Rockland County with his family. Vladeck trained at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, did his residency at Mt. Sinai and served in the Navy at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston. He was a founding member of the American Association of Breast Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Vladeck was instrumental in opening Good Samaritan’s Active International Cardiovascular Institute and received the Sister Joseph Rita Award for Medical Excellence in 1999. An avid nature lover, he is survived by his wife, Cheryl; children, Andrew ’92, Michael, and Naomi and her husband, Eric Putter; two grandchildren; and sisters, Susan C., and Amy V. Heinrich ’76 GSAS, ’77 GSAS, ’80 GSAS. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Canute E. Dalmasse, retired environmental executive, Stowe, Vt., on February 26, 2008. Born in New York City on March 7, 1944, Dalmasse graduated with a B.A. in English. From 1968–70, he served in Vietnam with the Army, 101st Airborne. Following his discharge, he moved to Vermont. Dalmasse was an environmental steward for 36 years at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and for four years was commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Following that, he was for seven years deputy secretary at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, retiring in 2007. Dalmasse enjoyed sailing on the south shore of Long Island, boating on Lake Champlain, was an avid fisherman and duck hunter, enjoyed alpine skiing and was an accomplished guitarist. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Diane; sons, Leighton and Canute; sisters, Denise Dalmasse, and her husband, Robert Johnson, and Deborah Dalmasse, and her husband, Dana Hickling; brother, Christopher; a niece; and four nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont River Conservancy, 29 Main St., Ste 11, Montpelier VT 05602.
Andrew Van Nes, v.p., New York City, on June 1, 2008. Van Nes attended Fieldston School. After college, he co-founded a successful magazine for students, College Monthly, and then went on to a career as an advertising executive at Grey, McCann-Erikson, and Doyle, Dane & Bernbach. He left business early to travel the world, pursuing his deep interest in other cultures. Van Nes is survived by his siblings, Hans, Gordon, Nick, Heidi, and Bretta Lundell; and 12 nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Kind Heart Rescue of Monmouth-Ocean, Attn.: Dachshund Rescue Medical, 3 Hyacinth Ct., Cream Ridge, NJ 08514.
Jeffrey S. Rosecan, physician, New York City, on May 6, 2008. Rosecan was born in St. Louis on April 14, 1952. He earned a degree from P&S in 1978, where he later became associate professor. Rosecan served his internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and was a resident and chief resident in psychiatry at Columbia/NewYork Presbyterian and its affiliate, New York State Psychiatric Institute. He became known worldwide for his early work in treating cocaine addiction. As a psychiatric resident at P&S, Rosecan was interested in heart research and the risk factor of Type A behavior. He interviewed executives in their 30s, 40s and 50s; one had a cocaine problem and had not told his internist. The patient became seriously depressed, and Rosecan put him on anti-depression medication. The patient noted he was feeling better but that he had lost his taste for cocaine. Rosecan had several more successes in this arena and presented his data at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Vienna in July 1983. He was written up in Time, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest and many newspapers; appeared on numerous TV shows; and was a guest psychiatrist at Betty Ford Center. Rosecan practiced psychiatry in Manhattan and lived in Manhattan and East Hampton, N.Y. He loved wind surfing, fishing, boating, art and baseball. Rosecan is survived by his wife of 23 years, Barbara Gross; sons, Sam and Andy; mother, Ruth Portman Steele; brothers, Lauren, and Arthur and his wife, Janet; sister, Deborah Rosecan, and her husband, Aaron Linder; as well as in-laws, nephews, uncles, aunts and nieces.
Jordan M. Wright, museum founder, attorney, photographer and author, New York City, on May 11, 2008. Wright founded of the Museum of Democracy, and his collection of political memorabilia, considered among the finest private collections in the United States, is on loan to the Museum of the City of New York for an exhibition that runs through December. A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, he became an attorney in Pennsylvania and New York, and also was a photographer. Wright’s photos of New Guinea were shown under the auspices of the Smithsonian Museums and displayed throughout the United States and many parts of the world. Through his company, Volo, Wright published the magazine Pacific Arts. He also authored a book, Campaigning for President, published by HarperCollins in January. Wright is survived by his parents, Faith-Dorian and Martin; sister, Ingrid; a nephew; and a niece.
Aaron G.Palmer, financial analyst, New York City, on April 29, 2008.