Frank Herman, research physicist, Menlo Park, Calif., on August 11, 2021. Born in NYC, Herman showed an early aptitude for mechanics, math and science that would shape his professional career. He graduated from Bronx Science and served in the Navy, entering the College with the Class of 1943, before earning a B.S. in 1945 in engineering and an M.S. in electrical engineering in 1949 from Columbia Engineering and a Ph.D. in physics in 1953 from GSAS. Herman was a research engineer at RCA Laboratories in New Jersey before moving to California in 1962 to work for Lockheed. He joined IBM as a research physicist in San Jose in 1969 and worked there until his 1993 retirement. Herman’s work in physics included two patents, more than 120 contributions to scientific publications and more than 250 lectures at conferences throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. He loved travel, movies, opera and scientific reading. Herman is survived by his of wife of 68 years, Sondra BC’53; daughters, Laura, Valerie and Suki; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley (shfb.org).
Albert A. Sharke, engineer, Arden, N.C., on July 16, 2021. Born and raised in NYC, Sharke was the first in his family to attend college. After graduation, he served as an officer in the 457th Squadron, 506th Fighter Group, U.S. Army Air Corps, on Iwo Jima during WWII, and then earned a B.S. from Columbia Engineering in mining, metallurgy and mineral engineering in 1947. Sharke worked briefly at Air Reduction Laboratories but spent the bulk of his career in chemical and refinery operations at Standard Oil of New Jersey. After raising a family in Watchung, N.J., he retired to Hendersonville, N.C., and, more recently, Arden. Sharke enjoyed opera and classical music; loved to travel, sail, play bridge and cook outside; was an avid hiker, swimmer and dancer (ballroom, square and round); and was a devout member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Janet; and son, Paul. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church (trinitypresnc.org).
James A. Manning, pediatric cardiologist, Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 2021. Born in Calcutta, India, Manning spent his early years there and in Guangzhou, China, where his father was a banker, before moving to the United States, where he grew up in Watertown and Amityville, N.Y. He graduated from P&S in 1948 and was part of the Navy’s WWII-era V-12 training program, leaving the Navy as a lieutenant. Manning founded the pediatric cardiology department at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Strong Memorial Hospital in 1955 and was a pioneer in the field, having trained under its founder, Dr. Helen Taussig, at Johns Hopkins. He remained at Rochester and Strong until he retired in 2005; the children’s cardiology service at Strong bears his name. Manning also conducted monthly heart clinics for children in Watertown, Cooperstown and elsewhere across Upstate New York for 30 years. Manning is survived by his wife of 74 years, Dr. Mary-Parke Edwards Manning PS’48; daughter, Elizabeth Stevens (Bill); sons, Deane (Michelle), Thomas ’76, BUS’82 (Randi) and Foster (Leslie); eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Frank T. Thomas, ophthalmologist, Madison, Conn., on October 5, 2021. Born on December 29, 1924, in Southbridge, Mass., Thomas enlisted in the Navy after graduation from high school and served as a medic from December 1942 to February 1946. He graduated from P&S in 1953 and practiced ophthalmology in Bronxville, N.Y., for 30 years, founding the Bronxville Eye Associates. An avid golfer and tennis player, Thomas and his wife, Maureen, were members of Bonnie Briar Country Club and the Bronxville Field Club. After retirement, they moved to Madison, where they were members of the Madison and Clinton Country Clubs and Old Saybrook Racquet Club. Thomas was predeceased by his wife and is survived by his daughters, Laura, and Kathy Uhrlass (Raymond); son, Steven (Arleen); and five grandchildren.
F. Brian Quinlan, banker, Garden City, N.Y., on January 1, 2021. A graduate of Forest Hills H.S., Quinlan was a member of Beta Theta Pi and served three years in the Navy. He had a long career in banking, including at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of Ireland. Quinlan is survived by his wife, Ann Leonard; sons, Paul (Gail) and Bruce (Karen); daughters, Diane and Pamela (Stephen); nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Stanley L. Beck, translator, Brussels, on March 13, 2022. Beck graduated from Baltimore City College prep school in 1946 and started college at Franklin & Marshall before transferring to Columbia, where he earned both a B.A. and a J.D., from the Law School, in 1951. He spent a summer at the Yale Institute of Far Eastern Languages learning Chinese, an experience that sparked a lifelong love of languages; he went on to master French, Italian and German, plus some Russian, Romanian and a half-dozen others. Beck spent 11 years with the Navy, mostly as a judge advocate general, before serving for several decades as a translator for NATO and the Defense Department. Beck was predeceased by his wife, Hedy. He is survived by his son, Tony (Tanya); daughter, Marissa; two grandsons; and a sister, Sylvia Beck Piven.
Richard J. Howard, poet, translator and educator, New York City, on March 31, 2022. A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Howard was Professor Emeritus of Professional Practice of Writing and Special Lecturer in Writing in the Faculty of the Arts. He translated more than 100 volumes, introducing modern French fiction to the American public. His Pulitzer was awarded in 1970 for Untitled Subjects, which presented 15 dramatic monologues by Victorians and Edwardians. Howard was awarded the PEN Translation Prize in 1976 for his translation of E.M. Cioran’s A Short History of Decay, and the National Book Award in 1984 for his translation of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. Through the years, more awards and honors were heaped on him, including the American Book Award, the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize, the PEN Translation Medal, the Levinson Prize and the Ordre National du Mérite from the government of France. He was the poet laureate of New York State 1993–95, and at various times the poetry editor of The Paris Review and Western Humanities Review. After teaching English at the University of Houston for 10 years, he became a professor of writing at Columbia in 1997. He is survived by his partner, David Alexander.
Kenneth L. Schick, physics professor, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on September 16, 2021. Born on February 20, 1930, in Brooklyn, Schick was a graduate of Stuyvesant H.S. and earned a Ph.D. in physics from Rutgers before serving in the Army during the Korean War. During his 43-year tenure as professor of physics at Union College, he was a Bailey Chair, physics department chair and member of the Board of Trustees. A staunch believer in academic excellence, Schick recruited outstanding professors including the author of the inaugural work on the Big Bang theory and the inventor of artificial diamonds. In addition to his work at Union, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, a visiting professor at The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and sat on many Middle States Accreditation Committees. In retirement, Schick was active on the boards of the Saratoga Independent School and the Legal Equality Advocacy Firm; founded the Saratoga chapter of the Torch Club; and continued to review physics textbooks for Knopf Doubleday Publishing. Schick was predeceased by his daughter Ruth, and is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elaine; brother, Frank; daughter Karen Bellhouse (Thomas); son, Louis (Bridgit Burke); and six grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law.
Neil J. Henry, sales executive, Mendham, N.J., on August 5, 2021. Born on May 7, 1929, and raised in Worcester, Mass., Henry enlisted in the Army following graduation and served in Korea. He had a long career as a sales executive in the plastics industry, selling injection molding machines. Ultimately, he had his own distributorship and sales organization, responsible for sales on the East Coast. Active in his community, Henry served on the town Recreation Committee, was president of the School Board and was a founding member of the local youth athletics group. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marcia; seven sons and their wives; 15 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Nicholas W. Wedge, copywriter, Ossining, N.Y., on December 1, 2021. Born in New York City on May 31, 1930, Wedge graduated from Bronx Science. He was a copywriter in advertising’s “Mad Men” era, and created memorable campaigns for The New York Times, the Financial Times and others. In a six-decade career at BBDO in New York and London, D’Arcy McManus, Geer DuBois, Royd’s Advertising Group in London, and his own agency, Janic Productions, Wedge created print, radio and television ads for airlines, beverage makers, cars, computers, corporate clients, financial institutions, publishers and myriad consumer goods and services. His work for the Times included an iconic collaboration with artist Tomi Ungerer, in which his slogan, “An adult finds out in The New York Times,” was paired with several startling Ungerer images. In one, a hand reaches out to pull off a clown’s green mask, only to reveal a green-faced man behind it. In another, a man pries the red-white-and-blue top hat off Uncle Sam’s head to peer inside his skull. Other slogans in the series included “You can tell the adults by the paper they read” and “If you’re not behind The Times, you’re behind the times.” Wedge is survived by his wife of 69 years, Janet; son, Will; daughters, Cathy and Liz; three granddaughters; and a great-grandson.
Allan E. Jackman, physician, Mill Valley, Calif., on October 20, 2021. Born on October 31, 1932, in Brooklyn, Jackman graduated from Erasmus Hall H.S. and was 16 when he entered the College, where he was sports editor of Spectator and director of the Student Elections Commission. He graduated from P&S in 1957, interned at Mount Sinai Hospital and joined the Air Force Medical Corps, serving as a captain and chief of staff of the American Hospital in Ankara, Turkey. Jackman did his residency at UCSF before going into medical practice in San Francisco, where he became interested in arthritis. He was an attending physician at UCSF’s Medical and Arthritis Clinics for 40 years, and was an associate clinical professor of medicine. Jackman was president of the Northern California Rheumatism Association and was on the San Francisco Medical Society’s Malpractice Advisory Committee. Nicknamed “Dr. Ajax,” he retired in 2003. Jackman was predeceased by his wife, Vivian Straus, in 1997; he is survived by his sons, Owen and Russell; two grandchildren; Evelyn Topper, his partner and companion since 1999; and his adopted family, Vanessa Topper, François Gounard and Mikayla Gounard. His brother, Jay M. Jackman ’60, died three months after he did (see entry in this issue). Memorial contributions may be made to the P&S Class of 1957 Scholarship Fund.
Richard A. Lempert, attorney, Dallas, on January 12, 2022. Born in Brooklyn on May 15, 1932, Lempert graduated from the Law School in 1955 and served in the Coast Guard, including a posting in Sitka, Alaska (1955–58). His legal career began in New York City, in admiralty practice, and arced through aviation, international, corporate and commercial litigation, oil and gas, banking, law firm management and arbitration. Lempert was an attorney, assistant general counsel, senior VP international and general counsel of American Airlines (1963–89), moving with his family from Douglaston, N.Y., to Dallas in 1979 when American relocated its headquarters. Retiring from American in 1989, he worked for Johnson & Gibbs (1989–91) and became a principal/managing director and one of the five founders of McKool Smith in 1991. He retired in 2006 and then was an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. Lempert is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Lou BC’54, TC’55, whom he met at WKCR; son, Peter (Donna); daughter, Jeanne; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to The Lake George Association, 239 State Route 9, PO Box 408, Lake George, NY 12845.
Kenneth N. Skoug Jr., foreign service officer, Harleysville, Pa., on December 5, 2021. Born in Fargo, N.D., Skoug earned a master’s and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University and also attended the Georgetown Institute of Language and Linguistics (1955–56) and The National War College (1973–74). After serving in the Army, Skoug began a Foreign Service career (1957–90) that included assignments in Germany, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and Venezuela (twice) as well as four tours in the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Highlights included serving in Czechoslovakia during the Soviet invasion, traveling the world as a Foreign Service inspector, working as an economic-commercial counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, negotiating with Fidel Castro for the release of political prisoners while office director of Cuban affairs, establishing personal relations between Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez and President George H.W. Bush and serving as deputy chief of mission in Caracas. He authored two books, The United States and Cuba Under Reagan and Shultz, A Foreign Service Officer Reports and Czechoslovakia’s Lost Fight for Freedom, 1967–69, An American Embassy Perspective. Skoug was predeceased by his wife, Martha; and is survived by his children, Reed (Michael) and Kenneth (Becky); and five grandchildren.
Albert J. Thompson, dentist, Riverdale, N.Y., on October 6, 2021. A lifelong New Yorker, Thompson was senior class president at George Washington H.S. and won three NYC titles in track and field. At Columbia, he set a school record in the shot put and won titles in the 35-lb. weight throw and the shot put at the 1953 indoor and outdoor Heptagonal Championships. While serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves, Thompson won the shot put in the 1955 Millrose Games and qualified for the 1956 U.S. Olympic Trials. He was a proud member of the New York Pioneer Club, the nation’s first integrated track club. After graduation from the Dental School in 1960, Thompson went into private practice in midtown, where he served a diverse community for nearly 60 years. An active member of the Dental School community, he was an assistant clinical professor, president of the alumni association and a member of the admissions and minority affairs committees. In 1988 Thompson was honored with a Columbia University Alumni Medal and in 2010 was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame. Thompson was predeceased by his first wife, Marion, and is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Angela; children, Leslie, Paul and Seif; sister, Dolores; and four grandchildren.
Theodore Ditchek, physician, Phoenix, on August 26, 2021. Born on September 6, 1934, Ditchek earned an M.D. at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. After completing his internship and residency at Michigan, he moved to Arizona and cared for the people of the Navajo and Hopi Nations. He was known for his acumen in spotting complex and hard-to-diagnose cases of tuberculosis and cocci. Ditchek became the medical director for radiology at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, now known as Banner University Medical Center, where he worked for nearly 30 years before opening the Laura Dryer Breast Center. Ditchek was predeceased by his first wife, Ester; and sister, Elaine Finestone. He is survived by his second wife, Tina; daughters, Stacie Nardizzi (John), Elyce Goldberg (Bruce), Dimitra Steeley (Mark) and Tiffany Hilstrom (Mike); eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
William H. Epstein, patent attorney, New York City and Sag Harbor, N.Y., on November 13, 2021. Born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Epstein graduated from James Madison H.S. and majored in history. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia Engineering in 1956 and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. Epstein had a long and distinguished career as a patent attorney, working for more than 35 years at Hoffmann-La Roche. He later joined Gibbons P.C. in its intellectual property group, and retired at 80. Epstein had a lifelong love of classical music; his father, Morris, liked to mention that his son spent his bar mitzvah money on opera tickets to the old Met. Epstein also enjoyed traveling, eating fine food and spending time with family and friends in Sag Harbor. A dedicated alumnus, Epstein often quoted from CC and Lit Hum texts, served on Reunion Committees and regularly attended Homecoming and Class of ’55 events. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elaine; son, Eric ’83 (Michele BC’85, JRN’92); daughter, Ellen (Ray); and three granddaughters. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ponheary Ly Foundation (theplf.org).
Daren A. Rathkopf, attorney, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., on January 11, 2022. A 1958 graduate of the Law School, Rathkopf practiced until three weeks before his death, most recently as a partner at Chase, Rathkopf & Chase in Glen Cove, N.Y. He was the co-author of a major land-use treatise, Rathkopf ’s The Law of Zoning and Planning. His father, Arden H. Rathkopf CC 1926, also graduated from the Law School, in 1928. Rathkopf is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mira; daughters, Ann Rathkopf (Giona Maiarelli) and Erika Saffran (Michael); and four grandchildren.
Herbert S. Rubinowitz, neurologist, Phoenix, on August 22, 2021. Born on March 1, 1935, to parents who emigrated from Poland and Russia during WWII, Rubinowitz grew up in Washington Heights, N.Y., and graduated at 15 as valedictorian and class president at George Washington H.S. After earning an M.D. from NYU, he completed an internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center and a residency in neurology at Mount Sinai Hospital. Rubinowitz was a captain and a medic in the Air Force; he was honorably discharged in 1972. In addition to his NYC private practice in neurology, Rubinowitz was on staff at Mount Sinai, Beth Israel and NYU. He instilled his work ethic and the importance of education in his children, all seven of whom graduated from college and five of whom attended graduate school. Rubinowitz is survived by his wife of 54 years, Arlene; daughters Ami Israel (Gary), Susi Sur (Scott), Emili Gross (Stewart), Wendi Rubinowitz (Nicki) and Randi Stensberg; 12 grandchildren; and sister, Sonie Spector. He was predeceased by a daughter, Jodi Peikes (Ronald), and son, David (Stacey). Memorial contributions may be made to Kivel Campus of Care in Phoenix (kivelcare.org) or to the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org/donate).
Robert J. Thonus, civil engineer, Murrieta, Calif., on September 18, 2021. Born on December 7, 1933, in Haledon, N.J., Thonus earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Columbia Engineering in 1956 and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston in 1980. He worked for Esso Research & Engineering for 30 years, focusing on the engineering, procurement and construction management of large capital investment petrochemical projects domestically and overseas. He left what is now ExxonMobil in 1991 and was a consultant for several years before moving from Baton Rouge to Southern California, first to San Diego and then to Murrieta. A licensed pilot, Thonus and his wife, Angeline, traveled extensively following his retirement, including taking many cruises and motorcycle trips in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Spain. He was a longtime president/secretary of the ExxonMobil Retiree Club of the San Diego Area. In addition to his wife, Thonus is survived by his sons, Tim and Ted; daughters, Terese, Jean and Nancy; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Alan M. Frommer, businessman, Wellesley, Mass., on May 15, 2021. Frommer, who grew up in Laurelton, Queens, and graduated from Far Rockaway H.S., rowed lightweight crew along with his twin brother, Paul ’57, and earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from Columbia Engineering in 1958 and an M.B.A. from Rutgers. He also was a graduate of the Ritz-Escoffier École de Gastronomie Française (1996), loved French food and wine and worked in Paris for three years. Frommer worked in corporate finance for many years until he built his own business, Art Supplies Wholesale, on the North Shore of Boston. He was president of the Columbia University Alumni Association of New England for many years and was honored with a Columbia Alumni Medal in 1986. Frommer was predeceased by his brother Herbert ’54, DM’57. In addition to his twin brother, Paul ’57 (Liz), he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judy (née Goldman); daughter, Michèle ’86; son, Benjamin ’91 (Martina); three grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Ellie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Core Curriculum (college.givenow.columbia.edu).
Richard Kleefield, orthodontist, Norwalk, Conn., on March 13, 2022. After serving as an officer in the Navy, Kleefield graduated from the Dental School in 1968 before co-founding his own orthodontic practice. He was passionate about flying and Lions football. He is survived by his wife, Mickey; son, James; daughter, Janie; brother, Jonathan ’66; and five grandchildren.
Howard J. Orlin, accountant, New York City, on October 18, 2021. Orlin graduated from the Business School in 1959 and was an accountant with expertise in international tax law. He fought the effects of multiple sclerosis for 40 years, and thanks to Anita BC’61, his wife and caregiver, lived a meaningful and productive life even when confined to a wheelchair. Orlin was a respected international tax partner at Deloitte Touche and a mentor to those entering the field. He was a proud member of the Columbia community, always with a smile on his face at reunions. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Jonathan ’85 (Mary); daughters, Elizabeth (John Ifcher) and Janet; and two grandchildren.
Eric G. Jakobsson, science professor, Urbana, Ill., on October 28, 2021. Jakobsson earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia Engineering in 1960 and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth. In 1971, he began a 50-year association with the University of Illinois, where he was a professor of biochemistry, molecular and integrative physiology, biophysics and computational biology, bioengineering and neuroscience. He continued to work through the spring 2021 semester, when he taught a remote course on the history of the universe to honors students. His primary area of research was studying microscopic nerve cells, especially those that are fundamental to understanding how the nervous system and brain work. Late in his career Jakobsson shifted his research to lithium, about which he wrote several papers. He was elected as an alderman in 2009, a year before he was appointed to the Urbana City Council; later he was elected to Ward 2 and served until he resigned in June 2020 to devote more time to teaching. He was also a representative to the Public Arts and Culture Commission, the Urbana Free Library board and the Traffic Commission. Jakobsson was predeceased by a son, Garret, in 2013, and is survived by his wife, Naomi; sons Eric Jr. and Jonathan; and daughters, Beverly, Brenda, Linda, Sarah and Susan.
Robert E. Selz, prosthodontist, Asheville, N.C., on October 28, 2021. Born on August 28, 1937, in New York City, Selz was in the Army during the Vietnam War before beginning a 50-year career as a board-certified prosthodontist. He had an appetite for adventure, loved fast cars and traveled extensively. He is survived by his wife, Judith; son, Steven; daughter, Karen; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org/donate), Compassion & Choices (compassionsandchoices.org) or Care Partners Hospice of Asheville (missionhealth.org).
Myles N. Weintraub, attorney, Toledo, Ohio, on February 20, 2022. Born on March 23, 1938, Weintraub grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn with his twin brother, Jerry, and their sister, Annette, near their parents’ corner grocery store, and graduated from Erasmus Hall H.S. After earning a J.D. from NYU Law in 1963, he worked mostly in private practice on Long Island. Following his legal career, Weintraub joined his brother in Berkeley, Calif., where he worked as a handyman, which he was passionate about. He moved to Toledo in 2021 to live near his children. Weintraub is survived by his sons, Mike (Melanie Coulter) and Patrick (Katherine); daughter, Stacy Brown (Kevin); twin brother, Jerry; sister, Annette Blaugrund (Stanley); and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation (diabetesfoundationinc.org).
Laurence M. Chelmow, engineer, Canton, Mass., on September 29, 2021. Chelmow earned a B.S. in industrial engineering/operations research from Columbia Engineering in 1961. He was a principal engineer for Polaroid, working on its new products. Upon retirement, Chelmow channeled his love of horology into an antique clock restoration business. He sat on the boards of the Willard House & Clock Museum and the Bristol Art Museum and was a member of the American Watch and Clockmakers Institute. He also sat on Canton’s Finance and Capital Outlay and Planning Committees and was a Cub Master of Pack 77. Chelmow is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty; sons, David and Ted; daughter, Susan Nourse; and six grandchildren.
Anton I. Klotz, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., on March 4, 2020. Klotz, who earned a master’s from Wisconsin, was devoted to his family and friends and loved books, films, music and a lively debate. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rose Mosen, in 1968; second wife, Annette Sydney, in 1999; and brother, Peter. He is survived by his sons, Bruce (Jodi Levine) and Adam ’89; daughters, Donna Cohen (Claude Armstrong) and Barbara Silverstone (Stanley); brother, Gerald (Joan); sister-in-law Elaine Geracht (Maurice); and nine grandchildren.
Samuel Strober, professor of immunology and rheumatology, Portola Valley, Calif., on February 11, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, Strober graduated from Harvard Medical School magna cum laude in 1966. After an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was a research associate at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., for three years. Strober started his residency at Stanford in 1970, joined the medical school’s faculty as an instructor in immunology in 1971 and was promoted to professor in 1982. He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator 1976–81 and led the division of immunology and rheumatology 1978–97. Strober’s 40-year career was committed to eliminating the need for immunosuppressive drugs in patients with organ transplants. Strober published 400 scientific papers and book chapters and was an associate editor of several journals. He co-founded two companies, Dendreon and Medeor Therapeutics; was board chairman at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology 2005–10; president of the Clinical Immunology Society in 1996; and a member of half-dozen other professional associations. In addition to his brother, Ross, Strober is survived by his sons, Jason, Will and Jesse; daughter, Liz; and four grandchildren.
Richard J. Wells, attorney and paramedic, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., on December 22, 2021. A longtime resident of Chappaqua and Brant Lake, N.Y., Wells served in the second class of the Peace Corps and was sent to Columbé, Ecuador, a remote mountain village with no running water or electricity, to help build a school. Wells’s interest in helping others extended to his years at Harvard Law School, where he volunteered with Legal Aid prior to graduation in 1968. He practiced law in NYC, but his political interests led him to join the successful campaign of Harrison Jay Goldin for NYC comptroller. Wells was Goldin’s lead executive advisor throughout the 1970s. He later studied at Harvard Public Health and had a second career as an EMT and paramedic. Wells is survived by his wife, Janet; son, Ben (Marcia); daughter, Laura; two grandchildren; and sisters, Katherine Wells and Elizabeth Elkin (Allen).
David M. Sarlin, photographer, Saugerties, N.Y., on November 3, 2021. Sarlin, who was a regular attendee at NYC-area class luncheons, was known for capturing spontaneous and incongruous images. He studied at the International Center of Photography and exhibited his work at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, the New School and other venues. His work is in several private collections.
Michael H. Friedman, professor, Winston-Salem, N.C., on May 27, 2021. Friedman earned an M.A. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1977, in English literature, both from GSAS, where he met his wife, Mary (née Lusky) GSAS’77, who earned a doctorate. His book, The Making of a Tory Humanist: William Wordsworth and the Idea of Community, was published in 1979.
David S. Weissbrodt, human rights law professor, Minneapolis, on November 11, 2021. Born in Washington, D.C., Weissbrodt attended the London School of Economics before earning a J.D. from UC Berkeley. In 1975 he joined the Minnesota Law School faculty, where he became a highly regarded and widely published scholar of international human rights law who was extraordinarily active in promoting human rights worldwide. He established the Human Rights Center in 1988 and began the Minnesota Human Rights Library online to make human rights documents easily available. In 2005, he was appointed a Regents Professor, the university’s highest honor awarded to a faculty member, and he retired in 2018 as Regents Professor Emeritus. He was active in helping the Law School establish the Weissbrodt Human Rights Fund to support the continuing work of the Human Rights Center. He served as a member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights 1996–2003 and was a leader with several other influential NGOs, including The Advocates for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Center for Victims of Torture. Weissbrodt is survived by his wife, Mary Patricia Schaffer; son, James; daughter, Bronwen Davenport (Robert), sister, Amy Monahan (Gregory); and three grandchildren.
Mariano J. Rey Jr., cardiologist, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., on February 19, 2022. Born on the eve of the Cuban Revolution on July 22, 1949, in Havana, Rey came to New York at 12 and lived with an uncle and aunt. Despite arriving knowing little English, he became valedictorian at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and excelled academically at the College, where he led the Community Service Council and worked with local residents on tenant and squatter rights protests. Rey pursued cardiology at New York Medicine, which would become his professional home. He was director of the Bellevue Adult Cardiology Clinic for Working Men and Women and founded the Non-Invasive Cardiology Center at Bellevue Hospital, the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center at the NYU Rusk Institute and the Center for the Study of Asian American Health. Rey was appointed associate dean for student affairs (dean of medical students) in 2000, a position he held for seven years. He was a member of the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors 2000–02. Rey is survived by his wife, Mona; son, Michael (Brielle); daughters, Kathleen Caridad (Rob) and Christine; brother, Rob (Jane); and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Martha’s Vineyard Island Housing Trust (ihtmv.org) or Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (mvcommunityservices.org).
Daniel L. Dolgin, attorney, investor and nonprofit leader, New York, on February 28, 2022. A philosophy major, Dolgin graduated from the Law School in 1977 and served on the Columbia College Alumni Association Board of Directors 1988–94. He was a member of the Board of Directors and the Investment Committee of Wind River Trust and was chairman of its Audit Committee. Since leaving the full-time practice of law in 1989, he invested in and advised businesses engaged in logistics, decision support and optimization (primarily for the trucking industry), commercial printing services, radio broadcasting, web-based distribution of industrial chemicals and real estate. Before leaving law practice to pursue investment opportunities, Dolgin was co-founder of Towne, Dolgin, Sawyier & Horton, a commercial law firm, and was a capital partner and head of the New York office of McDermott, Will & Emery. He was co-founder of the national nonprofit PowerMyLearning (formerly Computers for Youth), which began using home computers in the 1990s to facilitate children’s learning. Dolgin had a summer home on Moose Pond in Bridgton, Maine, and was always concerned for the health of that region’s lakes. He is survived by his wife, Loraine Gardner; sons, Benjamin and Samuel; and their wives and children. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakes Environmental Association (mainlakes.org).
Brian R. Phillips, attorney, Bangkok, on September 13, 2021. Phillips grew up in Seattle, where he graduated from Lakeside School. He served in the Peace Corps in Tunis, where he taught English before graduating from the University of Washington Law School, where he did research that identified constitutional issues of a proposed measure that sought to stop a Seattle school desegregation plan. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with his findings and ruled the measure unconstitutional in 1982. Phillips had a diverse law practice, mostly criminal cases in Snohomish County, and in 1989 he argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. His interest in justice and in seeing more of the world led him to Belgrade to reform and strengthen the Yugoslav justice system on behalf of an NGO associated with the American Bar Association. After several visits to Thailand, Phillips purchased a condo on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and began teaching law at Bangkok University. He enjoyed acting with expat groups and had a role in a commercial for Dos Equis beer and a brief part in the movie The Hangover Part II. Phillips learned Thai and married Khun Siripan, who survives him.
Raymond C. Reed, attorney, Los Angeles, on February 15, 2022. A graduate of Technical H.S. in Omaha, Reed earned a J.D. from Whittier Law School in 1983 and an M.B.A. from UCLA in 1985. He is survived by his mother, Mildred; brothers, William and Deforest (Linda); and sisters, Marlene Chisolm, Ella Reed Clark, Sharon Reed, Donna Reed and Pamela Reed-Jackson.
Edward C. Dolan, attorney, Darnestown, Md., on January 12, 2022. Born in New York City on September 25, 1953, Dolan graduated from Chaminade H.S. and then Georgetown Law, in 1978. He spent the majority of his professional career at Hogan Lovells (formerly Hogan & Hartson), advocating for clients in bankruptcy and restructuring matters; he retired as a partner in 2019. Dolan had a fascination with aviation and was a licensed private pilot who loved to share his passion for airplanes with his grandchildren. Dolan and his wife of 41 years, Margaret “Pat” Vaughan, were faithful parishioners of St. Jane deChantal Church in Bethesda, and later Our Lady of the Visitation Parish in Darnestown. In addition to his wife, Dolan is survived by his son, William (Stephanie); daughter, Caroline Buddensick (Thomas); and five grandchildren.
Gary L. Greenwell, environmentalist, Moscow, Idaho, on February 25, 2022. A member of Sigma Nu, Greenwell earned master’s degrees from Idaho and Washington State. A true environmentalist who believed that everyone should take care of and enjoy the outdoors, he held many jobs but was passionate about working on projects that supported sustainable land management and sustainable forestry. Greenwell spent his younger years hitchhiking across the United States and, later, taking his family to national and state parks. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Hale; children, Damien (Lidija) and Danie; brother, Greg; and one grandchild.
Randolph C. Nichols, admissions officer, Baltimore, on May 4, 2021. The salutatorian of his class at St. Michaels H.S. in St. Michaels, Md., Nichols majored in religion and earned a master’s from Teachers College in 1979. He was recently retired from college admissions positions around the country. A man of kindness, warmth and generosity, Nichols had a style and flair that led him to pick his nickname, “Randazzle.” An extremely loyal Columbian, he was CCT ’s CC’75 class correspondent 1996–2021, chaired his 40th class reunion, was a member of the 45th Reunion Committee, was a reunion fundraiser and Class Agent, and a member of the Columbia Pride board, the Society of Columbia Graduates, the Columbia Alumni Singers and CAA Arts Access. Nichols enjoyed sailing and supported The Pride of Baltimore II, Maryland’s replica of a Baltimore Clipper, and had become one of the Family Historians helping to curate the collection of Harley D. Nichols Artwork. He loved traveling and visited Europe, Asia and Egypt, among others, and had a special fondness for NYC. He is survived by his brothers, Allan (Karen) and Mike (Nancy).
David J. Landes, investor, Teaneck, N.J., on September 13, 2019. Born on February 4, 1956, Landes was raised on Chicago’s South Side but lived most of his life in the New York area. A private investor and a lifelong learner, Landes left high school early to study in Israel at the Har Etzion yeshiva, of which he remained an active alumnus and cherished his close relationships with Rabbis Aharon Lichtenstein and Yehuda Amital. He majored in English literature, studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik at Yeshiva University and earned a J.D. from Chicago, a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern. Landes’s penetrating studies of contemporary Orthodox Judaism, deeply informed by anthropology, broke ground in the study of Jewish life and were published in several periodicals. Landes is survived by his mother, Naomi; wife of almost 40 years, Faye; children, Hana Mundhe (Rusik), Yitz (Daphna Ezrachi), Matt ’18 (Mollie) and Adir; two grandchildren; and brothers, Jack Mundhe and Shai. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research (thebrooklyninstitute.com), The Etzion Foundation (etzionfoundation.org) or to the Furman CLL Research Center (give.weill.cornell.edu).
Michael P. Kelly, attorney, Wilmington, Del., on January 10, 2022. Born on November 6, 1956, eight minutes after his identical twin, John ’79, Kelly was class president at the Tower Hill School, a star wrestler, champion shotputter and outstanding amateur boxer. Along with his brother, Kelly lettered in football and track, co-captained the Lions track team his senior year and was awarded the Gustave A. Jaeger Memorial Prize for athletics. He graduated from Dickinson Law School, where he met his wife, Deanna, and returned to Wilmington, practicing law for 37 years, including as chair of McCarter and English 2009–19. Passionate about trying cases, his clients included Joe Frazier, Jay-Z, Diane von Fürstenberg, the New York Giants and several monarchs. A lifetime member of the NAACP, a Knight of Malta and Knight of Columbus, Kelly joked that he was a member of many prestigious clubs including Costco and BJ’s, and was on the waiting list for Sam’s Club. He was predeceased by his twin brothers, Albert and Joseph, and is survived by his wife; son, Michael; daughter, Joanna ’14; identical twin, John ’79 (Marie); and sister, Mary Ann MacDonald (Michael). Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor (littlesistersofthepoor.org), The Ministry of Caring (ministryofcaring.org), Limen House-Triad (limende.org) or the NAACP (naacp.org).
Robert S. Richman, poet and editor, Greenwich, Conn., on May 2, 2021. Born in Paterson, N.J., Richman launched a literary journal in college, Some Other Magazine. His poems appeared in several literary magazines including The Paris Review, and he was the longtime poetry editor for The New Criterion. Richman published several volumes of his own poetry, including Voice on the Wind (1997), and edited the anthology The Direction of Poetry (1988). He is survived by a brother; daughters, Batina, Emma and Francesca; and one grandson.
Edward T. Shamy, journalist, Georgia, Vt., on November 27, 2021. Shamy, who was president of the Student Government Association at Parkway Central H.S. in St. Louis, majored in political science, played soccer and tended bar at Hanratty’s to offset the cost of college. His early adventures included a Jack Kerouac ’44-style hitchhiking journey across the United States and a Peace Corps stint in Paraguay before he launched into a career in journalism, where he embraced the motto “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” He was a reporter, editor and columnist in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Vermont and Virginia, where in 1990 he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist with a team from the Roanoke Times & World News for its coverage of a coal miners’ strike. At The Burlington Free Press, where he was the metro editor and later a columnist (1999–2008), and The County Courier, the subscription-based weekly he owned 2008–14, his hyper-local focus and penchant for the offbeat inspired many evocative stories about the life and times of the “real” Vermont. Shamy is survived by his wife, Kim Asch; son, Ezra; three children from his first marriage, Corinne Lawson (Alex), Lillian and Alex; two grandchildren; and several siblings. Memorial contributions may be made to YMCA Camp Abnaki (campabnaki.org).
Mary E. “Mellie” Anderson, gardener and philosopher, Sullivan, Maine, on January 21, 2022. Anderson was diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer and faced her diagnosis with determination, creativity and an exceptional love of life, spending her final year traveling and visiting with friends and family. She is survived by her fiancé, Bruce Bosinger.
Chauncey D. “Chad” Steele IV, attorney and teacher, Chelsea, Mass., on September 1, 2021. Born in Boston, Steele graduated from Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi at the College, where he majored in classics and developed a lifelong interest in the ancient world that led him to make numerous visits to Italy and Greece to observe the history, architecture and relics. Steele graduated from Suffolk Law in 2000 and was a litigator for the Boston firms of Cetrulo & Capone and then Craig and Macauley Professional Corp. In his 30s he gave up his law career to teach in the Boston public schools, opening the eyes of his students to the history of the ancient world. He was a star hockey and football athlete in high school, started for three years at defensive back for Lions football and played tennis and golf after graduation. Steele is survived by his father, Chauncey “Chum” Steele; mother, Claudia Woods-Estin; stepmother, Deborah Thaxter; stepfather, Frances Woods; brother, Samuel “Bart”; and half-brothers, Daniel, Adam Woods and Gavin Woods. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy Fund (bu.edu/alumni/giving).
Luis A. Saucedo, policy advisor, Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2022. A native of South El Monte, Calif., Saucedo was an economics major who was a compliance officer for the City of Los Angeles for four years before earning a master’s from the Yale School of Management in 2012. He was a Presidential Management Fellow at Ginnie Mae and a senior policy analyst at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, then became a policy advisor for the Department of the Treasury in October 2021. Saucedo is survived by his father, Jesús; mother, Letitia; and brother, Jesús.
— Alex Sachare ’71
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