Editor’s note: In recognition of the toll taken by the COVID-19 pandemic, CCT wishes to acknowledge those in our community who have died from complications of the virus. Their obituaries are marked with a ♦ symbol.
Anthony J. Borgese, retired electrical engineer, Niskayuna, N.Y., on February 18, 2020. Borgese entered with the Class of 1945, but earned a B.S. in 1948 from Columbia Engineering.
Leonard L. Shengold, psychoanalyst and expert on child abuse, New York City, on January 16, 2020.
William I. Silvernail Jr., retired physician, Dothan, Ala., on December 25, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wiregrass Area Food Bank, 382 Twitchell Rd., Dothan, AL 36303, or The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 205 Holly Ln., Dothan, AL 36301.
James J. Ward Jr., retired attorney and football coach, Sarasota, Fla., on January 30, 2020. Ward earned a degree in 1953 from the Law School.
H. Elliot Wales, attorney, New York City, on February 7, 2020. Wales earned a degree in 1954 from the Law School.
Eugene Goodheart, professor of English, Watertown, Mass., on April 9, 2020. Goodheart earned a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature in 1961 from GSAS.
Howard Falberg, retired HR executive, La Jolla, Calif., on February 24, 2020. Falberg earned a degree in 1956 from the Business School. Memorial contributions may be made to Ner Tamid Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Emek or the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
Daniel B. Hovey, retired physician, Rochester, N.Y., on April 22, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia varsity rowing and mailed to Emily Maury, Columbia Alumni Center, 622 W. 113th St., MC 4523, New York, NY 10025; or made online.
Harmon D. Smith, writer, and retired marketing and communications executive, Kent, Conn., on February 29, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to Kentland Trust or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Matthew H. Stander, attorney, Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y., on March 1, 2020.
♦ John C. Diaz, retired, Philadelphia, on April 3, 2020. Diaz earned a B.S. in 1959 from Columbia Engineering.
Jeffrey H. Rudell, Jacksonville, Fla., on March 9, 2018.
♦ Robert S. “Duck” Dickstein, retired attorney and former wrestling coach, Paramus, N.J., on April 4, 2020.
Frank J. Grady, physician, Lake Jackson, Texas, on January 12, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to Backpack Buddies, the Brazosport College scholarship fund or the First United Methodist Church of Lake Jackson.
♦ Thomas E. O’Connor Jr., retired law firm executive, Saddle River, N.J., on April 7, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to The Grace Foundation of Terrie O’Connor Real Estate Companies, 300G Lake St., Ramsey, NJ 07446.
Jerry Oster, retired writer, Chapel Hill, N.C., on January 26, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to Cure PSP, AuthoraCare Collective, the North Carolina Coastal Federation or the Fistula Foundation.
Denis P. Behan, retired account executive, New York City, on November 30, 2019. Behan earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from GSAS in 1969 and 1977, respectively.
♦ Stephen A. Steiner, public relations director, Briarwood, N.Y., on March 30, 2020. Steiner earned an M.A. from GSAS in 1967.
David F. Phillips, heraldic scholar, author and retired attorney, San Francisco, on March 26, 2020. Phillips earned a degree in 1974 from the School of Library Service.
John Rice Cole, retired professor, Greenfield, Mass., on March 12, 2020. Cole earned an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from GSAS in 1973 and 1977, respectively. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Center for Science Education.
♦ Rafael L. Black, artist, Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 15, 2020.
Stephen J. Christian, attorney and accountant, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., on October 21, 2019.
James W. Hall, Odenton, Md., on March 11, 2020.
Carl A. Yirka, law librarian, Strafford, Vt., on April 4, 2020.
♦ Donald J. Sorel, music teacher, and church music director, cantor and organist, Pomona, N.Y., on April 7, 2020.
Michael S. Friedman, attorney, editor, teacher, publisher and poet, Denver, on May 5, 2020.
Rajan Sekaran, investment banker, Weston, Conn., on May 21, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Food Bank, The Nature Conservancy or The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education.
Frans E. Kramer, retired airline CEO, Val de Loire, France, on March 6, 2020.
James Hoge Daine, retired bank VP and retired volunteer fire chief, Riverside, Conn., on March 2, 2020. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
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