David H. Zinman, journalist, Point Lookout, N.Y., on February 12, 2023. Zinman wrote for Spectator and lettered in track, earned a master’s from the Journalism School in 1952 and served as a lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean War. In 1969, he won a Rockefeller-Sloan Kettering Fellowship for the Advanced Science Writing Program at Columbia and thereafter spent his journalism career as the medical and science specialist for Newsday. Zinman wrote several books, including The Day Huey Long Was Shot and 50 Classic Motion Pictures. He ran marathons and road races late into his life, sometimes wearing a shirt announcing “Grandpa just passed you.” He spent his retirement years as a columnist, playwright and adjunct professor teaching film history. Zinman was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Sara, and is survived by his son, Daniel (Lauren Bauer-Zinman ’90); daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth; and three grandchildren, including Matthew ’21 and Samantha ’21.
Joel J. Belson, English and humanities professor, Jamaica, N.Y., on July 10, 2022. Belson majored in English and was chancellor of his fraternity, Beta Sigma Rho. He earned an M.A. in 1955 and a Ph.D. in 1964, both from GSAS in English. Belson taught English 1958–99 at SUNY Maritime College and chaired the Department of Humanities 1975–92. He had a lifelong passion for learning, from people and experience as well as from books. He was greatly admired for his well informed and considered opinions — and for his willingness to change his mind. Belson is survived by his wife of 66 years, Abby BC’56 (née Avin); daughters, Gabrielle Belson Rattner BC’80 (Donald Rattner ’79) and Nicole Belson Golubuff ’87, LAW’90 (Erik Goluboff ’86); and grandchildren, including Ross Goluboff ’15.
Alan Broadwin, mechanical engineer, White Plains, N.Y., on December 17, 2022. Broadwin, a dual graduate in the 3-2 program (SEAS’57), was born on April 20, 1935, in Brooklyn. He earned an M.S. in industrial engineering from Stevens Tech in 1959 and began his professional career as a manufacturing engineer with Ainslie Knitting Machine Co. Broadwin was a project engineer, Intertype division, Harris Co., 1962–69; manager, medical systems, Ultrasonics division, Cavitron Corp., 1969–79.; director, technical development, Cooper Laser Sonics, Stamford, Conn., 1979–85; VP research and development Cavitron Surgical Systems, division Cooper LaserSonics, 1985–88; and director, ultrasonic technical, Valley Laboratory, a Pfizer company, since 1988. He held several patents and was a member of many industry associations. Broadwin was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Naomi, and is survived by his daughters, Esther Fendrick (Lee Weiner) and Valerie Mutterperl (Jeffrey); and five grandchildren.
Paul S. Frommer, naval commander, Alexandria, Va., on January 21, 2023. A graduate of Stuyvesant H.S. and an Eagle Scout, Frommer earned an M.A. from UC Berkeley before joining the Navy. After serving in Vietnam, he rose to the rank of commander before his retirement. Frommer was active in the Greater D.C. community, where he was VP at large of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, VP development for the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and president of Agudas Achim congregation in Alexandria, and was involved with a number of other community organizations. He and his wife, Elizabeth, founded the Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, Va. He was predeceased by brothers, Herbert ’54, DM’57 and Alan ’57, SEAS’58. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Joshua (Melissa) and Samuel (Richard); daughters, Alexandra Schnitzer (Daniel) and Leah Bondy (Daniel); and three grandchildren.
Jerome H. Rettig, attorney, Lake Worth, Fla., on February 5, 2023. A Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at the Law School, from which he graduated in 1960, Rettig was a lifelong New Yorker before retiring to Florida. He was a history enthusiast and a longtime Mets fan after his beloved Dodgers abandoned Brooklyn. Rettig is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elaine; sons David and Andrew; daughter-in-law, Renee; son-in-law, Alex; two grandchildren; brother, Leo; and sister, Goldie.
Joseph H. Berke, psychotherapist, London, on January 11, 2021. Class valedictorian at Weequahic H.S. in Newark, N.J., Berke completed his undergraduate studies in three years and graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC. He opposed the Vietnam War and he did two years of an alternative civilian service to substitute for military service, with approval from his Selective Service Board, working with R.D. Laing and the Philadelphia Association in London. He was a resident at Kingsley Hall, where he helped Mary Barnes, a nurse diagnosed with schizophrenia, regain her sanity and become an artist and writer. They co-wrote Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness, which was adapted as a play. Berke was co-founded the Arbours Association in 1970, and was founder and director of the Arbours Crisis Centre (1973–2010). He authored many articles and books on psychological, social, political and religious themes. Berke married Roberta in 1968; they had two children, Joshua and Debbie, and five grandchildren. Following divorce, Berke married Shree in 1993.
Irwin M. Wall, history professor, New York City, on January 27, 2023. Born on April 21, 1940, Wall earned a Ph.D. in history from GSAS in 1968. He was a historian of modern Europe, with a specialization in modern French history. Wall taught at UC Riverside for 30 years, delivering his last lecture a month before his death. He was the author of four books, two of which were translated and published in French editions, and numerous book chapters, articles and book reviews. Wall enjoyed classical music, opera, chess, film, travel, Paris and Central Park. He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Alix; stepdaughter, Racy; and brother, Mark.
David M. Wilson, Foreign Service officer, Bethesda, Md., on February 27, 2023. Born on May 3, 1939, in Pittsfield, Mass., Wilson loved the energy of New York City during his time at Columbia, often going to jazz and music clubs, Broadway shows and myriad events on campus or at NYU. He spent three semesters at NYU Law before joining the Foreign Service with the U.S. Information Agency, with which he had postings in the Ivory Coast, South Africa, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and Washington, D.C., in a 40-year career. An active member of the Columbia Alumni Association’s Washington, D.C., chapter, he enjoyed art, theater, classical music, good food and wine. Wilson was predeceased by his wife, Myra Specthrie, and is survived by his sons, Whitney (Dawn) and Josh (Stephanie); five grandchildren; and sister, Elizabeth.
Kenneth M. Master, internist, Boynton Beach, Fla., on March 2, 2023. Master, who earned an M.D. from Temple, was also a pulmonary specialist. He is survived by his wife, Anne Carlisle; sons, Howard (Nicole Rica) and Rabbi Jeremy (Rabbi Alana Wasserman); daughter, Leah Master Huth (Karl); eight grandchildren; and brother, Richard (Susan).
C. John McCloskey III, Catholic priest, Reston, Va., on February 23, 2023. An economics major, McCloskey worked for Citibank and Merrill Lynch before being ordained by the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei in Torreciudad, Spain, in 1981. He studied in Rome and Spain, where he earned his doctorate in theology with a specialty in church history at the University of Navarre, Spain, in 1982. He was chaplain at Princeton 1985–90 and later director of the Catholic Information Center, an outreach ministry in Washington, D.C., where he helped converts to Catholicism. In November 2002, when McCloskey was suffering the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, he was accused of sexual misconduct, after which he left the CIC. McCloskey was prominent in the media, hosting radio and television series, appearing as a commentator on major networks and writing for Catholic and secular periodicals. He is survived by a brother, Mark; and sisters, Mary McCloskey Corzine (Paul), Ann Denise Roth (Stephen), Kathleen Marie Forst (Paul), Joann Maria Wagner (Michael), Laura Jane Marks (Joseph) and Eileen Marie Ackerman (Paul).
— Alex Sachare ’71
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