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Obituaries of and Tributes to Deceased Alumni and Faculty
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THOMAS "TOM" PRINGLE MILLIGAN '42 d. December 31, 2010 in Sarasota, Fla.
Thomas "Tom" Pringle Milligan, 88, of Sarasota, formerly of Boca Grande, Medfield, Mass., and Stamford, Conn., died Dec. 31, 2010. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Thamer) of Sarasota; a daughter, Laurie Anderson, of Cape Coral; and a son, Todd of Tavernier.
ALEXANDER WELLEK '61 d. March 20, 2012 in Cheshire, Mass.
Dr. Alexander I. Wellek, Ph.D., 69, of Cheshire, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday afternoon, March 20, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Yeaton) Wellek. He was born in Iowa City, IO on March 4, 1943, the son of the late Rene' and Olga Wellek and graduated from the American University in 1964 and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Connecticut in 1996. For over thirty-seven years, Alex was an American History professor at Quinnipiac University and retired Professor Emeritus status in 2005. Alex was also at various times in his career at Quinnipiac, Chairman of the History Department and head of the Continuing Education Department. He will be deeply missed by his mother-in-law, Marjorie Yeaton, his daughter, Lisa Wellek of New Jersey, his cousin Stefan Wellek of Mainz, Germany, as well as his numerous colleagues, students, and friends. He served on the board of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven and cared deeply for others. Alex's family is eternally grateful to the staff at the Franciscan Home and Hospice Care, particularly his hospice nurse, Ginny and the Rev. Robert Ricciardi, Pastor of St. Bridget Church.
MICHAEL P. CLIFFORD '63 d. September 14, 2001
Michael P. Clifford, 67, of Provincetown and Key West, Florida, died peacefully at home on September 14, 2011. He was a longtime Provincetown Innkeeper. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, PO Box 1522, Provincetown, MA 02657, or the Soup Kitchen in Provincetown, Post Office Box 538, Provincetown 02657.
PETER E. HELLER '42 d. June 11, 2012
Peter E. Heller, age 88, loving and devoted father, passed away June 11, 2012. Born August 25, 1923 in New York City, and raised in Chicago, he is remembered for his steadfastness and love of his family. He attended Berkshire School receiving the Headmaster's Prize and went on to the Fifth and Second Marine Division in the Pacific 1942-45. A graduate of Northwestern University's Commerce School 1948, he became Senior VP, Director, Head of New York Office at Walter E. Heller & Company and was one of the early coordinators of facsimile transmission and non-impact printing with ensuing patent, licenses, and settlements. The owner of Faxon Communications/Accuscan, Inc., he was also President of Purchase, NY, spearheading the creation of the Public Park at Pepsico, Purchase, NY by rallying community effort against corporate environmental takeover and protecting green spaces. He invented and patented Logo Brake Light, a concept of automotive logo illumination and the center high mounted stop lamp in 2002 and was continuing his work until his very last weeks. He was also a member of the Board of Overseers for the Florence Heller Graduate School of Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University and past trustee of the Berkshire School. He is survived by his four daughters Darcy, Lisa, Dana, and Terry and three grandchildren.
JULIE BARD MARQUIS '75 d. December 6, 1996
BRADFORD CHESTER STEWART '58 d. April 26, 2012
Bradford Chester Stewart, 71, a resident of Jekyll Island, died Thursday 4/26/12 in the Southeast Georgia health System in Brunswick. Mr. Stewart was a native of Stamford, Connecticut, and had been a resident of Glynn County for the past 14 years. He was a graduate of Berkshire Academy in Sheffield, Massachusetts and attended Boston University. His relationship with United Airlines, he helped to put together a number of training programs for military aircraft and service systems. He retired as consultant, Georgia government services in training. Mr. Stewart was a Past President of the Jekyll Rotary, Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, on the Board of the Jekyll Island Arts Association, member of the Jekyll Island Citizens and the Sand Dollar Club of Jekyll Island. He was instrumental in founding the Playground on Jekyll and helped in many Jekyll Island programs. He was a member and a former member of the Vestry of the St. Richard's Episcopal Church on Jekyll. Mr. Stewart enjoyed aviation, sailing and traveling in the RV over the United States. Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by his parents, Marion Willey Stewart and Chester Lewis Stewart and a brother, Clifford Warren Stewart. Survivors is his wife, Susan Stevenson Stewart of Jekyll Island, his children, Robert R. Stewart (Jody), Jonathan C. Stewart (Shannon), Houlder Hudgins, Alexandra Stewart Manwarren ( Adam) and Nicole Stewart Fowler (Scott), five grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Arlene Stewart and a nephew, Benjamin Charles Stewart.
LACEY BERNARD MUDGE '87 d. May 4, 2011
Lacey Barnard Mudge, who died on May 4, 2011, was born in New York City on September 29th,1968. She was adopted by her parents, Diane Decker Mudge and Phillip Tielston Mudge, and lived in Oldwick, New Jersey in horse country with two older adopted brothers, Peter and Tielston. After some years they moved to Orleans on Cape Cod. She attended Nauset Middle School, where she held a track record for the mile in her grade. At Berkshire shewas very active in drama, commanding many lead parts in plays and musicals such as The Music Man in the fall of 1984. She graduated second in her class. Her love of New York drew her to NYU after graduation, but she later transferred to Bucknell, pursuing philosophy and literature. Summers on the Cape were fraught with fun summer jobs, beach time and times for mischief. She then went for a master’s degree in comparative literature at Amherst and took a hiatus after three terms. She returned to New York for law school in 1997, graduating with a juris doctor degree from New York Law School in 2000. The following spring she met Caleb Hill Smilgin. The two got engaged on Nauset Beach and married in October of 2002, relocating to Dennisport on Cape Cod to be closer to their families and the beach. She worked in real estate for many years and, after the sad passing of her dear mother, they returned to New York in the spring of 2008. She had a wonderful love of animals, spicy foods, music, literature, running and every day spent with her adoring husband. She loved attending the Berkshire holiday parties at the Yale Club and had a keen fondness for her alma mater. She tragically passed accidentally on May 4th, 2011, in New York. She is survived by her husband, Caleb; her two brothers, Peter and Ti; her step father, Warren Sillcocks; father-in-law John Smilgin and mother-in-law Carol; and her two stray cats, Tristan and Grayson. She loved to laugh and be with her many dear friends. She is next to her mother and her other cat, Tiger, in the columbarium of Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, Massachusetts.
PAUL C. DOWNING, III '52 d. April 6, 2012, in Bath, Maine
Longtime bank examiner
Paul was a New York State Bank Examiner for many years and had lived in New Jersey for 42 years. For ten years Paul and his wife Martha vacationed at their home in South Berkshire County, where Paul's family has a long family historical connection to the area. For many years the family would spend summers in Harpswell, Maine, and since February of 2005 the Downing's have resided at the Highlands in Topsham, Maine. Surviving besides his wife Martha Cornish Downing of Topsham are their four children, Christy Lopez; Lindsay Schiafo and her husband, Russell; Shelley Mazzarino and her husband, John; and Paul Downing IV and his wife, Dana; a sister, Nancy Brown; and by 13 grandchildren and a half brother and half sister. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C Scarborough, ME 04074.
DEL de WINDT '39 d. April 4, 2012, in Stuart, Fla.
Trustee emeritus, Distinguished Alumni Award winner
Berkshire School Trustee Emeritus Edward Mandell “Del” de Windt ’39 was a legendary Berkshire headmaster’s son and class president who went on to become chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Eaton Corporation and a giant in the Cleveland, Ohio, community.
“Del deWindt helped shape Berkshire School in many ways,” said Berkshire School Head of School Mike Maher. “His enthusiasm for and love of our school were of the highest level. He was a good friend and a very special guy.”
Del’s father was Delano de Windt ’11, a member of Berkshire’s first graduating class who served as the school’s business manager and later as its beloved headmaster during World War II. Del was himself the father of two Berkshire students (Delano de Windt ’62 and Dana de Windt ’66), grandfather of four more (Heather Steck ’85, Megan Berg ’87, Betsy Steck ’90 and Ann Kelly ‘07), and great-grandfather of yet another (Eliza Berg ’13). A portrait of his late wife of 46 years, Betsy de Windt, hangs outside the Center for Writing and Creative Thinking, while a portrait of his mother, Ruth Church de Windt, hangs in the reading room named in her honor in Geier Library. de Windt Dormitory was named after his father.
A five-year boarding student from nearby Great Barrington, Del was president of the student council, class president his last two years, and captain of the football and ice hockey teams. In 1968, he joined Berkshire’s board of trustees, stepped down and became trustee emeritus in 1974 (a title he held until his death), and rejoined the board as its vice president 1979. He also served as treasurer of the Berkshire ’75 capital campaign and delivered the 1982 commencement address.
In 1987, Del received the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor Berkshire bestows on one of its graduates.
CHRISTOPHER R. RUSSO '72 d. February 14, 2012, in Port Richey, Fla.
Corrections officer, motorcyclist
Christopher R. Russo attended St. Anselm College and the University of New Haven. He worked as a corrections officer for the State of Connecticut for 22 years. Chris retired as a shift commander and was proud of being a member of the CERT Team. After his retirement, he worked as operations manager for Murphy Security for 10 years. Chris was s a member of the Law Dawgs Motorcycle Club and of the Chase Rifle and Pistol Club. Chris was predeceased by his wife, Louise Scarpa Russo. Survivors include son Christopher R. Russo, Jr., daughter, Rebecca Czaplicki and her husband Matthew, daughter Jacqueline Russo, grandchildren Connor and Dylan Czaplicki, and brothers Guy and Greg Russo.
JOHN PETER "JP" MAHERAS '86 d. February 15, 2012
Lobbyist, new father
Although John was only at Berkshire for one year, he was a friend to many and was a full participant in all aspects of Berkshire life. He played leading roles on the football and track teams. Although those that knew John all say he was a highly confident person, his greatest attribute was his loyalty and his approachability. John took many people under his wing even those not as confident as he. With his good humor and good looks, John was always at the center of a crowd and delighted in living life to its fullest. He went on to a successful college career at Franklin and Marshall College, graduating in 1990. His interest in government and politics eventually led him to a career working on Senate elections and then ultimately as a lobbyist working for several organizations through his career including Phillip Morris and lastly at Walgreens. Though John married in his forties, it was well worth the late, as his wife Eden is loved by all and the birth of his son Max gave him an even greater appreciation for life. John's passing is a tragedy for many but at the end of the day his life was a testament to what a quality life should look like as it was always active and fruitful and loyal to those he loved. John leaves behind his wife Eden and his seven month old son Max, and is also survived by his mother Gail, brother Greg, and sister Lauren.
PETER STIRLING CARDOZO '34 d. January 17, 2012, in Williamsburg, Va.
Writer, adman, teacher
Pete liked words and won the two best writing prizes while in the Class of 1939 at Dartmouth College. He created The Writing Clinic and taught writing as a junior instructor in Dartmouth's English department. He wrote novelettes and short stories published in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Redbook. He wrote a monthly article, The Children's World, in Good Housekeeping. He wrote the movie The March Of Time as motion picture and theater editor of LIFE Magazine and wrote World War II training films as a Lt. Jg. in the United States Navy. He wrote for The Eddie Cantor Story in Hollywood and taught writing motion pictures class at UCLA. Back in New York he was story editor of TV's Studio One, was TV creative director for Fuller & Smith & Ross and as creative director for Bruns Advertising he helped bring Hasbro's G.I. Joe to life. He used his words for 16 years as director of premium marketing at Bantam Books. He wrote A Wonderful World of Children, as well as The Whole Kids Catalog, The Second Whole Kids Catalog and The 3rd Whole Kids Catalog, which sold over a half million copies. He liked to sail the New England waters, he liked to travel and most of all he liked to be with and loved his family. Survivors include his wife, Susan Strong Cardozo; children Peter Jr. (Nancy), Pamela, Christopher (Pamela) and Jonathan (Karen); grandchildren Scott (Lisa) Cardozo, Barbara (Brian) Surdyk, Christopher Cardozo Jr., Zipporah and Adam Cardozo; and great-grandchildren Katherine Cardozo and Karoline and Lauren Surdyk, and Christopher Austin McKenzie.
TRACY CARTWRIGHT ’89 d. July 20, 2011
The “face” of breast cancer
Tracy graduated from Belmont Abbey College outside Charlotte, North Carolina. She moved back to her beloved Bahamas to work in public relations for several years before turning her attention to publishing. She then came to work for the family business before deciding to truly follow her passion – gardens. She always had a knack for growing plants and flowers. Tracy loved being outside surrounded by nature and her animals. Tracy moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., to study landscape architecture and design at the New York Botanical Gardens. It was during her studies there that she learned she had cancer and her four-year long battle began. With the same eloquence and tenacity that she approached life, Tracy took on cancer. Because of her resilience and spunk, she helped change the laws in the state of New York so that all women, regardless of where they were diagnosed with breast cancer, could receive financial assistance for care. By joining forces with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in New York, she became the ‘face’ of breast cancer. For several years, this year included, Tracy’s beautiful photo hung in Central Park in New York City during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In addition to helping change the law, Tracy donated blood and tissue samples for research at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center to help develop new treatments and to help study her aggressive form of cancer.Through it all Tracy remained upbeat, undefeated, filled with her trademark wicked sense of humor and hilarious one-liners. She never complained and surprised all of her doctors and family with her determination to beat her disease. Tracy was a loving and generous woman. She was elegant, intelligent, delightfully funny, thoughtful, and unassuming. She will be forever cherished and missed by all of her wonderful friends and her devoted family, including parents Al and Carol Cartwright and siblings Scott, Kelly and Erin.
DANIEL M. EARNSHAW '75 d. August 5, 2011
Unfortunately, we are unable to locate an obituary for Daniel. This video tribute on You Tube came up in our research. The slideshow is accompanied by a recording of one of Daniel's last jam sessions in which he plays lead guitar.
DAVID G. TAYLOR '71 d. February 7, 2011, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
A skilled athlete who loved the out-of-doors, David played hockey at Berkshire and participated in the Outward Bound program at Hurricane Island, Maine. His greatest love was the water, onboard boats both sail and motor and on shore. Among other positions, he represented Barton and Grey Mariner's Club, Boston, and managed waterfront activities for American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y. and Mamaroneck (N.Y.) Beach and Yacht Club. David also served as a professional boat captain for such clients as Fred Allen, former chairman and CEO of Pitney Bowes, and Robert Wright, former vice chairman of General Electric. David is survived by his mother Cherry; daughter Kirby; companion Lynn Coakley; his brothers Alex and John; and sisters, Holly Young and Faith Taylor.
ALBERT SHAW III '47 d. December 19, in Gainseville, Va.
Born on June 24, 1930, the son of the late Katharine and Albert Shaw, Jr. He was a member of the Clifton Presbyterian Church and was a retired salesman for the Bureau of National Affairs. Survivors include his wife, Judith G. Shaw; two sons, Jonathan G.T. Shaw and Benjamin R. Shaw; three stepsons; sister Marianne Blanchard; brother, Edward L. Shaw ; and three nieces. (Burlington Free Press)
THOMAS GIDDINGS '30 d. November 24, in Lenox, Mass.
World War II vet who taught American literature and history
Dr. Thomas H. Giddings died at the age of 99 on Thanksgiving Day. A native of Housatonic, Mass., Tom was a teacher of American Literature and History. He was a graduate of the University of Texas and Columbia University. He taught at the University of Texas, the University of Florida and for twenty nine years at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. In 1965-66 he was Visiting Professor of English at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Tom served in the Navy in World War II as Captain of an LCI. He was cited for his service during the assault and occupation of Okinawa and was awarded the Commendation Ribbon. Immediately after the war, Captain Giddings took his ship to Japan to help clear the harbors of mines for the arrival of the American occupation troops. Tom is survived by sons Richard, Jonathan, Charles, and Thomas Jr., and by stepsons Michael McCarthy and John McCarty. His first wife, Jane died in 1992 and his second wife, Ann, younger sister of Jane, died in 2010. Tom is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. (Berkshire Eagle)
CLINTON deRAISMES COMBES JR. '41 d. October 8 in Delray Beach, Fla.
Cannoneer who fought through France, Germany
Born May 24, 1921 to Marjory and Clinton deRaismes Combes in New York City, Clinton was a resident of Garden City, N.Y. from 1921 to 2001. Devoted husband to Jean Hanabergh Combes for 61 years and loving father to sons, Clinton and William. After Berkshire Clinton attended Cornell University until being drafted into World War II. Serving in the United States Army "A" Battery 499th Armored Artillery Battalion as a Cannoneer. Entering the European Theater through Marscille, France October 29, 1944 and reaching Kagen, Germany at the war's end May 8, 1945. Mr. Combes remained in Germany during The United States occupation through the end of his tour. Upon returning to his beloved Garden City and soon meeting Garden City resident Jean Hanabergh, bride to be. He enjoyed memberships at Lawrence Beach Club as well as Cherry Valley Country Club. Moving to Delray Beach, Florida March of 2001 Clinton remained very active, enjoying golf, poker, singing in the choirs and baking his famous banana bread weekly. He will be missed by many and forever loved. (The Palm Beach Post).
RICHARD JOHNSTON '54 d. October 5 in Hartford, Conn.
Firefighter, Army vet
A post graduate student at Berkshire Dick served in the U.S. Army stationed in Italy in 1955-1957. Employed from 1958-1976 as a carpenter/foreman for Gilligan Brothers in Sheffield, Mass. From 1977-2006 he was employed as an Estate Overseer by E. C. Jameson Jr., in Sharon, Conn., retiring in 2006. Dick was a member of the New Marlborough Fire Dept. until moving to Sheffield in 1969. He was a member of Sheffield Hose #1 Fire Department for several years. An avid reader, he also enjoyed golfing with friends, hunting, being outdoors and was a passionate Red Sox fan. He was a quiet and kind man with a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 51 plus years, Helen. Other survivors include his son Steven and wife, Stephanie, and grandchildren Gavin, Natalie, and Quinn; his brother, John Andrew Johnston; his sisters, Mary Johnston, and Margaret Dawood, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, William, Edward, Francis, and Robert. (Berkshire Eagle)
LEON J. WEIL '44C d. October 4 in Potomac, Md.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, investment banker, WWII vet
Lee died of complications following a heart attack. He now joins Mabel, his beloved wife of 59 years, who predeceased him by six months. After Berkshire, Lee graduated from Princeton University. He served his country in the US Army Air Corps and the US Navy during WW II, and as US Ambassador to Nepal from 1984-87. He enjoyed a sixty year career as a trusted investment advisor, and was a partner or senior executive at several Wall Street firms including Steiner, Rouse and Co., Herzfeld and Stern, and Janney Montgomery Scott. He was an Exchange Official on the American Stock Exchange and served on various industry committees. A lifelong Republican and conservative, he was an enthusiastic fundraiser for many political campaigns, notably for James Buckley to the US Senate, and for President Ronald Reagan, who appointed him to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1981. He served as an official international election observer around the globe, and as special consultant to the UN Development Program, assisted in the development of capital market systems in Asia and Eastern Europe. A past governor of the Foreign Policy Association, he was at the time of his death a Director of the Council of American Ambassadors, International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), Media Research Center, Parent's Television Council, Fund for American Studies, National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and American Himalayan Foundation, and an Advisor to Outward Bound. Youthful and adventurous, he skied and played tennis with family and friends until his 80's, hiked throughout Nepal, Africa, Europe and the US, led Outward Bound trips for executives, ran the NYC Marathon, kayaked around Manhattan, climbed Kilimanjaro, and with Mabel, developed countless lasting friendships from Kitzbuhel to Kathmandu. Survivors include son Jerry '73 and daughters Kate Bauchner and Cary Barnett '76 and grandchildren Ben '06, Harry, Lilly '13, and Charlotte '13 Weil, Emma Baucher, and Jackson and Victoria Barnett. Donations in his memory may be sent to Leon Weil Fund c/o Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA 01257, or to any of the above organizations. Memorial service on October 19th at 1130am at the University Club, 1 W 54th St., NYC. (New York Times)
NICHOLAS HUGH KAPETAN '71 d. August 22, 2011, in Branford, Conn.
Adman, teacher, pool champ
A native of Pittsburgh and a huge Steelers fan, Nick earned two degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of business. After working in New York City for Benton & Bowles in marketing and advertising he became a project manager for Kapetan, Inc. Later, he taught in the Westport and Fairfield school districts, and for 10 years worked with children at The Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport. Captain of Berkshire's varsity tennis team, Nick retained his enthusiasm for sports: tennis, baseball, and fishing in the Bahamas. He enjoyed backgammon and was a state-wide championship pool player. Nicholas was an avid reader and a published writer. He wrote political essays and was an advocate of gun control, natural foods and a clean environment. He wrote poetry and was involved with the Westport Poets Society and the Connecticut Poets. His work was published in The New York Post, Wings Magazine, The Fairfield Citizen, and The Connecticut Post. Survivors include his parents, Peter and Helen Kapetan and sisters Melissa Kapetan Russow and Christine Kapetan Hurst.
JAMES E. MASSE d. June 9, 2011, in Ocala, Fla.
Former maintenance department member
Mr. Masse was the son of longtime maintenance department head Euclide Masse and his wife, Thelma. After moving to Florida he had been employed at Ocala Ford and Emergency One. He later operated his own lawn care business. Besides his brother, George, with whom he resided in Ocala, he leaves two sisters, Mary Irwin and Nancy Gailes. (Berkshire Eagle)
MAX WILK '37 d. February 19, 2011, in Westport, Conn.
An author, playwright and film and TV writer who penned mostly comedy, Max studied drama at Yale, graduating in 1941. During WWII, he served in the Army Air Force Motion Picture Unit, whose captain was Ronald Reagan. He worked on Irving Berlin's "This Is the Army" show and wrote and appeared in Army training films. After the war, Max wrote plays (including "Small Wonder" with George Axelrod) and was a founding member of the 52nd Street Players group. His original play "Cloud 7" ran briefly on Broadway in 1958 (a much later play, 1990's "Mr. Williams and Miss Wood," about Tennessee Williams, has been widely produced in recent years). He then turned to television, writing live TV shows and later sitcoms and comedy specials. He co-penned the 1960 docu "The Fabulous Fifties," which won both the Emmy for variety show and a Peabody Award. He wrote the 1977 animated film "Raggedy Ann and Andy" and the 1977 TV special "They Said It With Music," among many other television and film properties.During the 1960s, he began publishing humorous novels, often set in New York suburbia. One, "Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the Water," was made into a 1968 Jerry Lewis film whose screenplay he wrote. Wilk spent a few years living in London during the 1960s and was commissioned to write the novelization of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." He wrote comedy specials for stars including Melina Mercouri and Jonathan Winters. His best-known nonfiction work was 1973's "They're Playing Our Song." This collection of interviews with and stories about the great Tin Pan Alley and Broadway songwriters of the 20th century has been in print for almost 40 years. Other books include "The Golden Age of Television," "The Wit and Wisdom of Hollywood," "Schmucks With Underwoods" and "OK! The Story of Oklahoma." For more than 20 years, he served as dramaturge at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, working with playwrights including August Wilson and David Lindsay-Abaire. Survivors include three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. (Daily Variety)
HARRISON GOODSPEED JR. '42 d. July 5, 2011, in East Grand Rapids, Mich.
WW II Purple Heart and Bronze and Silver Star recipient, TR3 racer
At Berkshire, Pete Goodspeed excelled at the pole vault and skiing, both down-hill racing and ski-jumping. He enlisted in the Army in 1943, was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the infantry, and fought in Germany until the end of the war. He remained there for several months during the occupation. For his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Star medals, and a Silver Star. Upon his return in1946, he resumed his college studies at the University of Michigan, majoring in electrical engineering and graduating in 1949. He returned to Grand Rapids to work at The American Box Board Co. (now the Packaging Corp. of America) for several years, followed by a period of self-employment in which he promoted several intriguing products such as the Snowbob sled, Ventnor Awnings and an early prototype of a popular toy known as the Cube. He then rejoined American Box Board, and also went into partnership with his brother, Philip Goodspeed, to own and manage Eastbrook Bowling Lanes. During the 1960s through the 1980s, Peter was an enthusiastic owner of a Triumph TR3 sportscar and was an active member of the Sports Car Club of America, racing his TR3 for three years. He was very proud of winning second in class E production. After a serious racing accident, he participated in car rallies with the help of his wife, Marilou. Peter retired in 1985 and enjoyed his life-long passion for sailing and photography, and especially golfing. He was also a 30-year-member of the Rotary Club. He and his wife volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years. Peter is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marilou Pohl Goodspeed; three children, Marfy Goodspeed, Dorothy G. Rankin, and Barrett M. Goodspeed; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sisters, Anne Goodspeed Lewis and Mary Goodspeed Alexander; and brother, Philip Ward Goodspeed. A son, Harrison Goodspeed, died in 2004. (Grand Rapids Press)
CLIFFORD WARREN STEWART '63 d. March 27, 2011, in Goshen, Conn.
Chef and proud Scotsman
Cliff graduated from Boston University in 1967 with a degree in Business Administration and Human Relations. After 20 years of corporate management experience at companies such as Union Carbide, Manufacturer's Hanover, and Macmillan, Inc., Cliff decided to pursue his lifelong passion: cooking. In 1991 he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. For the next 15 years he honed his skills at various restaurants before becoming the Executive Chef and Production Manager at several New York-area hospitals. In addition to his love of food, Cliff was a proud Scotsman, an avid sailor and an automotive enthusiast. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Arlene, his son, Ben; and his brother Brad. (Register Citizen)
RUSSELL RICHARDSON DUTCHER '45 d. February 15, 2011, in Carbondale, Ill.
Prominent geologist and teacher
Russ received his B.A. degree in 1951 from University of Connecticut and his M.S. in 1953 from University of Massa-chusetts, both in geology. Friends convinced him to visit Penn State to discuss further study in the field of coal science. He stayed after receiving his Ph.D. in 1960 to become assistant director of the Coal Research Section and acting head of the Department of Geology and Geophysics. From 1955 to 1970, he directed several masters and doctoral students as well as publishing pioneering work on coal carbonization for which, in 1960, he shared an award from American Iron and Steel Institute. In 1970, he joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University Carbondale as chairman of the Department of Geology. With the Arab oil embargo and resulting federal initiatives, he found himself as the first director (1974-76) of what is now the Coal Research Center, but he preferred working with students. From 1984 to his retirement in 1993, he served as the dean of the College of Science with his research interests focused on coal-bed methane. In his career, he was honored by a number of research and teaching recognitions from a wide variety of organizations. He held a lifelong enthusiasm for Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association Geologic Field Camp, a private, non-profit educational corporation in Red Lodge, Mont. Survivors include Linda, his wife of 38 years; children Russell R. Dutcher Jr.,and Jan Dutcher Kahlfeldt; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
RICHARD J. LYONS '58 d. April 29, 2011, in Jamestown, N.Y.
Criminal prosecutor, antique boat restorer
Dick graduated from Syracuse University in 1963 with a B.A. and in 1966 with an LL.B. from the College of Law. A former chief assistant district attorney for Onondaga County, he served with the Office of the District Attorney from 1971 through 1998 and for many years was chief of the City Court Bureau of that office, overseeing all criminal prosecutions in the city of Syracuse Courts. Dick also served as chief of the Local Criminal Courts Bureau, overseeing matters in the town and village courts within the county. During his tenure with the district attorney, he was instrumental in the creation of the Onondaga County Fire and Arson Investigation Task Force and the Onondaga County Victim Witness Assistance Program. Each of these programs was recognized on a state and national basis for their excellence. Dick was an instructor for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the New York State Fire Academy the Syracuse Police Department, the Onondaga County Sheriffs Department and numerous town and village police departments as well as a lecturer at the Syracuse University College of Law. Throughout his years at the DA's office, he was always known for his sense of humor, love for teaching and an amazing ability to find any needed information in the great pile on his desk. In 1969 he married Elizabeth "Gail" Rupert; they had three children and spent their summers at the family cottage in the Thousand Islands. Dick loved being with his family and their basset hounds at the river and stayed busy restoring classic antique wood boats, reading, traveling and photography. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Gail Lyons; children Elizabeth Jones, Carolyn Catalano , and John Lyons; sister Elizabeth Griswold; and four grandchildren.
ROBERT PECKETT COFFIN '41 d. April 25, 2011, in Stuart, Fla.
A native of Montreal, Bob was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, where he was a pilot flying L-5 Sentinels in the South Pacific. Before retirement, he worked for Coffin Turbo Pump Co. in Englewood, N.J. He was a member of Quaker Hill Country Club in Pawling, N.Y., and Yacht and Country Club in Stuart. He attended Bard College. Survivors include his wife, Sue Canniff Burns Coffin; daughters, Katherine Coffin and Roberta Linkletter and Tanzy Coffin; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wives, Alberta MacArthur Coffin and Julie Frances Coffin. (TC Palm)
WILLIAM DOUGLAS CRAVEN JR '63 d. September 2000, in Warwick, R.I.
Vietnam vet, chef
Bill was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a 1968 graduate of Boston University who also attended the University of Miami and Colgate University, and a creative chef and talented artist. Besides his wife, Ellen V. Kirk, he leaves two sons, Jason and Henry; daughter Sarah Craven Cook; brothers James and Stephen; and Bruce Craven of Portland, Ore.; and his stepmother, Gladys (Parlee) Craven of Palm Beach, Fla.
ROBERT GORDON LISTER '62 d. August 9, 2005, in Fairfield, Conn.
Lehigh, MIT graduate
The owner of Infotran, Bob graduated from Lehigh University in 1966 and MIT's Sloan School of Management in 1973. He worked for Xerox and Timex. Survivors include his former wife Nina Rosoff and their daughter Kira Raylene Rosoff.
ROBERT L. CONSOLINI '48 d. June 14, 2011, in Canaan, Conn.
Harvard grad, Army vet, longtime Belize resident
The older brother of John Consolini '56, Bob Consolini was a 1953 graduate of Harvard University, where he was a member of the Harvard Dramatic Club and a writer for the Crimson. He then attended Yale Drama School, where he worked towards an M.A. in playwriting. He had a lifelong passion for the theater, and attended performances in NY regularly. New York City was Bob’s home all his adult life, with the exception of time spent in Texas when he was in the Army, serving as 1st Lieutenant and commanding his own Infantry Company of 210 men; Panmunjom preempted his orders to Korea at the 11th hour. Bob retired from IBM (where he worked on the launch of voicemail) in the late 80’s, and subsequently divided his time between Belize (Central America), New York, and Canaan, where he had returned to keep a small apartment. His plan was to build a home in Belize and spend his golden years there, writing a trilogy of semi-autobiographic plays spanning four generations of his Italian family, but he got sidetracked, starting a business supplying awnings to businesses in Belize City (in association with Tony and Phil Ghi, of Ghi Sign Service in Canaan). Also while in Belize, Bob invented a stanchion for use in construction, designed to resist rot in conditions where the building employs wooden posts for support. This is now a patented design. In addition to brother John, surviviors include children Marella and Marcus and his former wife, Karen. There will be a celebration of Bob’s life later this summer, the time and date of which will appear here.
WILLIAM BAIRD DUSCHATKO '91 d. May 5, 2011, in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Outdoorsman, artist, teacher
From father Bill Duschatko ’61: Baird suffered a traumatic brain injury in March of 1996. Although he recovered full functionality, he had difficulty staying focused on tasks but was active in various ventures in the music industry and had an interest in promoting sustainable communities. He had lived in Boston, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Boulder, and spent nine months in Costa Rica before returning to Cambridge, Mass., and teaching English as a Second Language for the past year. Before his sudden death, he had moved to the Venice Beach, California area to pursue a career as an independent artist. It is sad that Scott Murray, his roommate in their freshman year, also died this past year."
From the 6/21/11 Union Leader (Manchester, N.H ): He was born on Aug. 27, 1973. He grew up in Manchester, Mass. He was a graduate of Brookwood School, Berkshire School and the University of Colorado, Boulder.He was a warm, compassionate, talented and loving person who worked to make the world a better place. His many good friends remember his generosity, intelligence, great hugs and wonderful smile. He worked for many years in the music industry in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and pursued his love of the outdoors in Boulder and Costa Rica. He recently taught English as a Second Language in Boston. He relocated to Los Angeles to concentrate on his art. Survivors include his mother, Rebecca Fulweiler.; father and stepmother, William and Ann Duschatko; sister Beth; and stepbrother Tim. Memorial donations may be made to the W. Baird Duschatko Fund for the Study of Sustainable Resources, c/o Berkshire School.
JAMES MORSE GORDON JR. '43 d. March 28, 2011.
WWII vet, aeronautical engineer
Jake he grew up on the family dairy farm on Silver Street in Sheffield, where he went to a one-room school. At Berkshire, he was known as "the man with the Pepsodent smile." He served in the Navy in World War II and graduated from MIT in 1947, when he married his childhood sweethear, Beverly Lander. He was an aeronautical engineer whose 45-year career at Norden Division of United Technologies, included designing and building complex instrumentation and devices for civilian and military uses. He held many patents. He was an ardent sports fan with high hopes for this year's Red Sox, but his first love was the Cape League's Brewster White Caps, which he served for many years, in many capacities. Good-humored, with a ready laugh, Jay made friends wherever he went. He is survived by his daughters, Carol Hillestad and husband Jim of Pennsylvania, Cathie Hammatt and husband Francis of South Chatham, Ellen Spigt and husband Bernard of Virginia, and son Jason M. Gordon III of Connecticut. He had four grandchildren, Chris Spigt, Jenn Giere, Jason Gordon and Cristin Gordon, three stepgrandchildren, Kristin Licata, Erik Hillestad, and Alex Hammatt, three great grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Mary Gordon. Thanks to Dr. Topolewski and all at The Marshside, his second family. A celebration of Jay's life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Brewster White Caps, PO Box 2349, Brewster, MA 02631 or to the charity of your choice. His wife, Beverly Lander Gordon, died in 1995.
WILLIAM FISKE "KIM" KIMBERLY '47 d. March 14, 2011.
Longtime teacher, photographer at Nichols School
Kim attended Nichols, and then returned to the school to teach by special request of the headmaster at the time, Phil Boocock. He taught everything from 5th and 6th grade English to French, Drama and History before joining the staff of the Development Office as School Photographer. He had been keeping a pictorial archive of Nichols for decades. With his memorable teaching style, signature smile and enduring wit, he will live on forever in those who knew him. His kind and generous spirit has touched Nichols and its community for many generations. The School treasures the thousands of wonderful photographs he took and friendships he made, which will both be a part of Nichols forever.In January, the School honored Mr. Kimberly by wearing yellow, because since the days of being "Sheriff" at the Rink, he wore yellow every Friday! On February 10, Kim's Art Show "Nichols: Now and Then" held its opening reception in the Albright Hall Reading Room. Survivors include his wife, Susan Lenahan; chldren Charlotte Kimberly-Haag, J. Townsend Kimberly and Dana Kimberly; two grandchldren; and brother James.
CHARLES HALL DELAMATER '30 d. March 10, 2011, in Mystic, Conn.
WW II vet, sportsman
Charlie also attended the Collegiate School in Manhattanand the Dean School in Santa Barbara. In the 1930's, Charlie resided in Manhattan and was a trooper in Squadron A, New York State's first mounted militia. During World War II he served three years with the 9th and 12th Army Air Forces as a Major in the Mediterranean Theatre. His tour of duty took him through North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. Following the war, Charlie lived for several years in Manhattan where he met and married Eleanor Ainslie. They moved to West Hartford, Conn., where he established his own business, Delamater Distributing Corp., which he ran until his retirement in 1978. Very much a sportsman, Charlie was an accomplished golfer and horseman, enjoyed hunting, fishing, wildlife photography and in his younger years, tennis. He was a member of many clubs including the Racquet Club, the Sleepy Hollow Country Club, The Hartford Golf Club, The Misquamicut Club, The Seminole Golf Club and the Tequesta Country Club. He was, as a friend remarked, "truly a gentleman of the old school" and he will be long remembered by many for his wit and charm. Survivors include son Chuck '70 and stepdaughters Gay Squire and Susan Mackayas well as four grandchildren. Charlie was predeceased by his beloved wife Eleanor.
GEORGE H.B. BROCKWAY '48 d. February 10, 2011, in Morrisville, N.Y.
The son of a stockbroker and a newspaperwoman, George attended Cornell University, served in the Navy, where he was stationed in Iceland, and subsequently graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Arts and Sciences in 1956, followed by an MS in Education in 1964. His passion for skiing, a lifelong pursuit, led him to Aspen, Colorado, where he taught secondary school English and served on the Ski Patrol. Eventually returning to central New York, where he also taught English, George launched a new career as an independent masonry contractor specializing in custom stone walls, often made from local field stone. His artistic finesse and technique, seen in his creations throughout the Syracuse, Fayetteville, Jamesville, and Cazenovia areas influenced other talented wall builders, including John Kennedy, Dexter Johnson, and Allan Robinson. He also became an iconic figure on the local ski scene, serving as an instructor at Song Mt. In Tully for many years. A man of many diverse interests, Brockway was an amateur ornithologist and regaled audiences repeatedly at the Cazenovia Winter Festival talent show with bird calls. An avid fisherman as well, he reportedly knew every fishing hole in Chenango County, and liked to share his knowledge on ice age geology as he covered the countryside. His travels were often accompanied by a sketchbook, where he recorded drawings of buildings, walls, and landscapes of interest to him. George was also an ardent cyclist frequently seen on the roads of Madison, Onondaga, and Chenango counties. Surviving a serious accident, in which he was run off the road by a truck and suffered a serious leg injury, Brockway recovered to compete and medal in many races, including the Empire State Games. He continued cycling into his ‘70’s. Survivors include his former wife Joan Griffiths and a son, John Brockway. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
WALTER BUHL FORD '62 d. February 16, 2010, in Palm Beach, Fla.
First to drive a Mustang in public
A great-grandson of auto pioneer Henry Ford and the great-great-grandson of Detroit mayor Frederick Buhl, Buhl attended Berksire for two years but did not graduate. The cause of death wasn't immediately known, but company officials said in a statement that he died "peacefully in his sleep." The Detroit News reported: He was only 20 in early 1964 when, according to a Time magazine article, he spied a new, yet-to-be-unveiled Ford Mustang in the family garage and decided to take it for a spin.Driving to downtown Detroit, he was among the first spotted driving it - inadvertently revealing the car to the public before it went into mass production.When he parked the car in a lot near the Sheraton-Cadillac Hotel, according to the article, he told the attendant: "It's a hot job." Ford worked at his family's company from 1978-93. After graduating with a degree in business administration from Cleary College in Ypsilanti, Ford started his career in the Ford Design Center.He later moved on to several positions in advertising and marketing for Ford and Lincoln Mercury, company officials said.Hobbies included hunting, fishing and his dogs. Ford, who lived in Grosse Pointe Shores, also enjoyed playing hockey as a child and was a lifelong Detroit Red Wings fan. He was known for his sense of humor and infectious laugh, associates said.Survivors include his wife, Roxanne; daughters Bridget, Lindsey, Wendy and B.B.; nine grandchildren; and siblings Eleanor Sullivan, Josephine Ingle and Alfred Ford.
SUSAN COOK CARNICK '81 d. December 27, 2010, in Naples, Fla.
Susan was born on Dec. 1, 1963, in Rockford, Ill., the daughter of Dr. T. Wm. and Mary Lou Cook. After graduating from Berkshire she attended the University of Mississippi for three years. Susan married Paul Carnrick in Rockford in 1985.Besides her parents, she is survived by her daughter, Ashley Carnrick; her sister, Wendy Correll; and her brother, Bradford. She will be remembered for her warm, loving, kind nature and generous spirit. (Janesville, Wisc., Gazette)
STEPHEN SCOTT MCNABB '54 d. August 20, 2010, in Lawrenceville, Ga.
HENRY MARTIN WHITE '44C d. November 17, 2010, in Mystic, Conn.
Former trustee, longtime banker
A talented and accomplished amateur golfer, Henry used his talents and passion on the golf course to develop strong relationships that led to the initiation of many business agreements during his 45 years as a corporate banker. He spent 32 years at the Bank of New York rising to the position of senior vice president in their corporate lending division. Henry completed his career as a senior lending executive for Midlantic National Bank, retiring in 1992. In addition to serving on Berkshire’s board in the 1960s, he served as a board member for the Unum Insurance Co., for over 12 years. He was an outspoken sports fan as his relentless love for hockey, football, and baseball never waned throughout his life. At Berkshire he was a celebrated athlete on the varsity football, hockey and baseball teams He graduated from Yale University in 1950 after serving two years in the U.S. Naval Reserve on the USS Midway in the Pacific. He was a devoted and avid alumni supporter to both schools. He could frequently be seen enthusiastically supporting Yale hockey and football in New Haven. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan; his daughters, Elizabeth W. Drbal and Marjorie W. Shaffer and his son, Henry M. White III, their spouses; and seven loving grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned for the early spring. (The Day, New London, Conn.)
LAWRENCE J. DAVIDSON, SR. '45 d. June 26, 2009, in Delray, Fla.
Prominent educator for Connecticut college system
A native of Hartford, Conn., and a longtime resident of New Britain, Conn., Larry was a graduate of Yale University and attended NYU graduate school and was a US Army veteran. He was a member of Temple Beth Israel, West Hartford. He was the former chairman and board member of the D & L stores and the Weathervane stores from 1953-99. He was president and board member of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association from 1971-74; was a board member of the Independent Stores Division of the National Retail Merchants Association 1971-76; board member of the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce 1987-90; board chairman of Police Commissioners for New Britain from 1965-71; a member of the Republican State Central Committee for the Sixth Senatorial District from 1971-1976; chairman of the board and then chairman emeritus for Connecticut State University 1977-91. The main administration building for Central Connecticut State University was named for him in 1991. Larry was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Connecticut State University in 1991 and served as chairman when the four state colleges became the Connecticut State University under three governors. Survivors include his wife, Adrienne Davidson; two sons, Lawrence J. Davidson, Jr. and Edwin W. Davidson; two daughters, Jodi Ann Davidson and Diana L. Davidson; two brothers, Donald Davidson and Philip Davidson; a sister, Georgianne Pollowitz; and six grandchildren. He also leaves his beloved dog Rudi. (Hartford Courant)
ADRIAN W. BUISCH '57 d. November 2, 2010, in Fort Myers, Fla.
A native of Hornell, N.Y., Ade attended Northwestern University and was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He had been employed at Salamanca Press in Salamanca, N.Y., and later served as advertising manager for the Hornell Evening Tribune, a family owned and operated newspaper. While living in Hornell, Adrian enjoyed coaching in the Hornell Babe Ruth League. For several years he owned and operated Adrian’s of Alfred clothing store in Alfred. Surviving are four sons, Mark, Eric, Geoff, and Adrian; one brother, William; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. (The Hornell Evening Tribune)
HENRY A. duFLON '33 d. July 5, 2007, in Antigua, Guatemala
CAROL POLLOCK, former faculty, d. July 4, 2010
The mother of JENNA POLLOCK '89 and the wife of former science teacher David Pollock, Mrs. Pollock taught math at Berkshire in the 1980's and was a dorm parent in Eipper.
SUSAN ANNE BOEHLKE FETZNER '83 d. January 15, 2010
Neuropsychologist, mother of twin boys
Susan was born on March 2, 1964 in Houston, Texas, to Kay and Bob Boehlke. At 8 years old, she traveled to Germany and began touring the gasthauses in her car seat because her parents didn’t have much money for babysitters. The Germans made a fuss over her because they rarely saw such young babies in public. Susan attended grade school in Boston and finally settled down for 12 years in Summit, N.J. Susan was a natural organizer and showed early skills at imposing structure on events and situations – meaning she usually took charge. Thrown into her new group of playmates and in a few minutes she would have them organized into a theatrical play with assigned roles and parts because of her directing.As a teenager, Susan’s organizing skills gravitated to the entertainment area – her parties were legendary and her parents would encounter people all over the country who had been to or heard about Susan Boehlke’s parties in Summit. At Berkshire, Susan was a field hockey and lacrosse standout. She attended Syracuse University as a freshman and earned her BS at UC Santa Cruz. Her first love was psychology, but her father prevailed upon her to seek a more rigorous science area so she obediently graduated with a biochemistry degree. She returned to academia after a four-year career in sales for Accuson and Oracle, and earned her PhD in neuropsychology. This specialized training was to be useful several years later. At Santa Cruz, Susan met, dated, researched and eventually married her husband, Bill Fetzner. They spent their early married years in a variety of cities in Colorado, Texas and southern California before settling in the San Jose suburb of Los Gatos.For a number of years, Susan worked at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital and helped veterans with brain injuries and combat stress. She reluctantly turned down a full-time job with the VA to raise her twin boys, Brian and Brendan. Her last four years have given new meaning to the term "devoted mother," as she and Bill diagnosed and began treatment for the boys' autism. Her training in neuropsychology helped her to understand the challenges and treatment methods for dealing with this condition and her intense supervision and research allowed the boys to make considerable progress. Susan is survived by her husband of 15 years, Bill Fetzner; her parents, Bob and Kay Boehlke; a sister Kristin Colonna; her brother Rick and her sons: Brian and Brendan. Part of the tragedy of losing Susan at such an early age is that her sons wil not get to know her. If you knew Susan, the family would appreciate your writing a letter to describe some stories that shed understanding of her personality and character to enable her sons to know her better when they are older.
RICHARD ROSE '71 d. June 17, 2010
Silicone Valley computer programmer
Richard H. Rose passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 17. For many years, Rich battled muscular dystrophy, but he rose to the challenge to have a successful career as a computer programmer in Silicon Valley. Rich loved his years at Berkshire and stayed close to many classmates over the years. He leaves behind his three brothers, including Walt '65 and James '76; two sisters-in-law and five nieces and nephews, including Tom '96.
JAMES ANDERSON HON. '80 d. June 3, 2010 in Hamden, Conn.
Trustee emeritus, father of three alumni and grandfather of three more
James R. Anderson, trustee emeritus, Berkshire parent and grandparent, and honorary member of the Class of 1980, died Thursday morning at home in Hamden, Conn., at the age of 90. Jim Anderson's Berkshire roots ran deep. A former chairman of Berkshire's board, he was the father of four, including Davis Anderson '68, the late Jimmy Anderson '61 and the late Peter Lance Anderson '65, and the grandfather of six, including Trey Simpson '02, Robson Anderson '09, and Marjorie Simpson '10. Married for 66 years to Peggy Anderson, who survives him, he was also the brother of longtime Berkshire librarian Alice Ann Chase and the brother-in-law of the legendary faculty member Art Chase. In 2002, Jim and Peggy Anderson gave the school Anderson House, a faculty residence, in memory of Jimmy Anderson.
SCOTT MURRAY '91 d. May 26, 2010, in San Francisco, Calif.
Adventurer who seized every day
On the afternoon of Sunday, May 23, 2010, Scott was kitesurfing at extreme conditions at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. After being unable to re-launch his kite in head-high waves, the surf entangled Scott in his kite-lines, rendering him unable to swim to safety. Scottie fought for almost three days and waited for everyone to say their good-byes. He passed away peacefully at around 5:30 a.m. surrounded by his mom Suzan, dad Mike and his little brother Craig. Scott was an amazing person who seized every day - like there will not be another one. It was an honor to know you, and a privilege to be your friend Scott. You will be so very much missed. Best winds, Scottie. (The Sierra Sun)
ROBERT W. MINNERLY, fifth headmaster of Berkshire School, d. June 1, 2010, in Arlington, Texas.
Guided Berkshire through turbulent times
Robert W. Minnerly, who as headmaster at Berkshire School from 1970 to 1976 helped usher in coeducation at the Sheffield college-preparatory school, died in Arlington, Texas, on June 1, after a long battle with multiple health issues.A native of Yonkers, N.Y., Bob Minnerly attended Brown University, where he played football, pledged Delta Upsilon and was elected class vice-president.Following graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Sandra, later a nurse at Berkshire. Through the Brown ROTC program, Robert was commissioned into the Navy, where he became a Naval Aviator, flying for the VP-44 squadron. After departing the Navy, Mr. Minnerly started his teaching career at Rumsey Hall School in Connecticut. He came to Berkshire School as an English teacher in 1966 and, four years later, at age 35, succeeded the legendary John Godman as the school's fifth headmaster. The social changes of the late 1960s and early 1970s rocked the independent school world, and Berkshire was no exception. Coeducation was chief among the changes: Berkshire went from 16 girls in 1970 to 115 in 1974. Also during Mr. Minnerly's headship, Berkshire increased its socio-economic and racial diversity, and the number of female faculty members increased and their roles expanded. In 1976 Mr. Minnerly became high school principal at Fort Worth (TX) Country Day School, where he also enjoyed coaching the high school baseball team. After several years at FWCDS, Mr. Minnerly accepted a position in Tacoma, Wash., as headmaster of Charles Wright Academy. Last spring, Charles Wright Academy named its baseball field "Minnerly Field" in honor of his service to the school and passion for baseball.Through opportunities and challenges, Mr. Minnerly became a man many admired. He was graced with a great sense of humor, and his warm smile welcomed all into his office. He was patient and enjoyed watching and supporting the personal growth of students, teachers, board members and ballplayers. He was often times seen with his hands upon his head, observing the world. He is now able to sit back, relax and take in the game. He leaves his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra Minnerly, who was a nurse at Berkshire; sons, Scott '76 and John '79 , both graduates of Berkshire; daughter, Sydney, who was born at Berkshire; his brother, Richard; and four grandchildren. Robert is also survived by his brother, Richard Minnerly, sister-in law, Beverly, and their children. Mr. Minnerly will be buried in a private family ceremony at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with military honors In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Berkshire School, 245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA 01257, or to R. Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation, Palmer Scholars, MultiCare Health Foundation, Charles Wright Academy, or Fort Worth Country Day School.
JAMES R. WASHBURN '52 d. May 7, 2010, in Boston, Mass.
Army sharpshooter, aborist
James Roger Washburn served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington in the Cryptology division. He later worked in the Signal Corps in France, and had earned a citation ranking him a sharpshooter and marksman. For many years he owned and operated J.R. Washburn Tree and Landscaping in Lenox, Mass. He also maintained the woodlands of the Haas estate in Richmond, and took great pride in caring for the shrubs and trees at the Legacy Banks in Lenox. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed gardening and looking after his cats, and during his youth won several awards for competitive swimming. He was a member of the NRA and the former Lenox Kiwanis Club. For several years he served on the Town of Lenox Conservation Commission. For the past twenty nine years, he had been a dedicated friend of Bill's. He leaves two daughters, Korin E. "Korie" Wood and Suzanne E. Giles; one son, James R. Washburn Jr.; one sister, Deborah E. Burke; and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his loving companion of twenty years, Marion Haddad Molenaar, on Aug. 13, 2008.
ALLAN B. SHARKEY '59 d. August 30, 2009
RICHARD DALRYMPLE '54 d. March 15, 2010
PETER McCURRACH '82 d. April 5, 2010, in Crested Butte, Colorado
Accomplished chef, brother and son of Berkshire alumni
Peter McCurrach died on April 5 in Crested Butte, Colorado, where he had been manager of a restaurant. Peter’s brother, James, was a member of the Class of 1977, and his father, Jim, graduated from Berkshire in 1953. After Berkshire, Peter went to Boston University, then to a cooking school in Newbury, Massachusetts. Peter moved to San Francisco, where he became chef for the executive staff of GAP. Memorial services were held on April 7 in Crested Butte and on May 15 on a boat in San Francisco Bay, where Peter’s ashes were scattered.
THOMAS BUCKINGHAM BLAIR '44C d. February 20, 2010, in Evanston, Ill.
Jeweler, inner-city school volunteer
After attending public schools in Winnetka, Ill., Tom Blair finished high school at Berkshire, then then enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. When the war ended prior to his military assignment, he enrolled first at Kenyon College, then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago before marrying Virginia Clark, also of Winnetka.He spent most of his career at A.C. Becken (wholesale jewelry, watch, silverware) Company in Chicago. where he became President and a Director of the Chicago Jewelers Association. A polio victim at age 30, he lived with persistent pain and physical limitations but insisted on doing all household repairs and yard work which became his hobby along with community activities and fishing in northern Wisconsin at Camp Wipigaki. The highlight of his retirement was 20 years as a volunteer tutor at Chicago elementary public schools in Cabrini Green and then at the Hibbard School in Albany Park, which includes many first-generation Americans from more than 30 foreign countries. Tom specialized in teaching reading to students with learning difficulties and those who arrived at the school unable to speak English. Hibbard students and faculty elected him Principal For A Day and his apartment was decorated with pictures, drawings and cards sent to him by classes and individual students thanking him for his help. "The faculty, staff, and kids loved the atmosphere he created and were disappointed whenever he wasn't there" said former Hibbard principal Tony Jelinek." And he absolutely loved doing anything he could to help the kids." His efforts were recognized by the Chicago Public Schools at a luncheon honoring top volunteers. He worked at Hibbard until the age of 81 when he became physically unable to continue. He is survived by son Bruce (Judith) and granddaughters Tori and Margie Blair; daughter Hattie (William) Mulligan and grandchildren Libby (Chris) Brown. and Hunter Mulligan and a sister Peggy Blair Mueller. (Chicago Tribune)
CALVIN "BART" FARNSWORTH II '49 d. February 26, 2010, in Miami, Fla.
Sailor, Pats fan, father of two alumni
A native of West Boylston, Mass., Bart graduated from Middlebury College in 1953 and succeeded his father in the family business at the Mayflower School Street Storage until his retirement. A longtime resident of Worcester, Mass., and Miami Beach, he spent many happy years aboard the "Stony," boating from Camden, Maine, to the Bahamas with his loving companion Myrna Farnsworth, friends and family. A devoted fan of the New England Patriots, Bart rarely missed a game. He is survived by his former wife, Myrna Farnsworth; his children, C.B. Farnsworth III '72,Holly Hanlon, Peter Farnsworth '76, and Ann Duffy; his stepson, David Burwick; and by six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
JOHN H. SCHULTZ '45 d. March 4, 2010, in Easton, Penn.
Raised Shetland ponies, WWII vet
A native of Syracuse,N.Y., John was a salesman for the DiPietro-Kay Corp. in Rocky Hill. Conn. Prior, he worked at the Forsythe Motors in Syracuse, He and his wife, Jeanette, raised Shetland ponies on their beloved farm in Syracuse, and ,John was a member and former vice-president of the Shetland Ponies Club of New York. He proudly served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Besides his wife, survivors include grandson Scott J. Schultz, Jr., granddaughter Erika Schultz ,and their mother Jacqueline Carpenter; and by daughter-in-law Meg Schultz. He was predeceased by a son ,Stephen Schultz, in 2007 and a brother, David Schultz. (Eastern Express Times)
HENRY HOLBROOK WILLIAMS '43 d. February 6, 2010, in Stockbridge, Mass.
WW II Bronze Star awardee, banker, Rockwell Museum trustee and CFO
After graduating from Berkshire with his twin brother, the late Lee Williams, Henry joined the Army, serving on active duty until 1946. During the war, Henry's 102nd Division fought in the Rhineland campaign, in which he was awarded the Bronze Star for conspicuous bravery under heavy enemy fire on Dec. 2, 1944. Henry was discharged from active duty as a First Sergeant, but remained in the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring in 1983. After the war, Henry attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1949. In 1948, he married his lifelong love, Joan Taylor, of Dalton. Following Dartmouth, Henry received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1951, and later that year he joined E.D. Jones Sons & Co. of Pittsfield, the longtime employer of his father. He became Treasurer of Jones, retaining that title when the company moved to Dalton and became a subsidiary of the Beloit Corporation. In 1970 Henry became Vice President of Finance of Beloit Corporation, at the company's headquarters in Beloit, Wis., then resigned that position in 1973 to return full-time to the Berkshires, where he joined the Berkshire Bank & Trust Company's trust division. In 1979, he became President and later Chairman of the Bank, holding those positions until his retirement in 1984. Henry served as personal trust officer for Norman Rockwell from 1973 until his death in 1978, and he advised Rockwell's widow, Molly, for years thereafter. In 1984 Henry joined the staff of the Norman Rockwell Museum, where he had served as a Trustee since 1973. Williams remained on the staff for a decade, serving as the Museum's first chief financial officer. During that time Henry was instrumental in fundraising and other support for the Museum's move from the Old Corner House in downtown Stockbridge to a new state-of-the-art facility at the Linwood Estate on the west side of Stockbridge. Upon the Museum's successful move to its new quarters in 1994, Henry stepped down from the staff and became a Trustee Emeritus in 1997. In 1998, Henry was severely injured in an auto accident on his way home for lunch from the Museum. He spent eight months in recovery, and returned successfully to enjoy his "Boathouse" lakefront home for 11 more years. Henry was Chairman of the Pittsfield Girls Club Building Committee, overseeing construction in the late 1950s of a modern facility on East Street. Subsequently, he served lengthy leadership roles on the Boards of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, the Berkshire Historical Society, the Berkshire Medical Center, the Berkshire Theater Festival, the Hancock Shaker Village, the United Way of Central Berkshire, and the Stockbridge Bowl Association. Henry served as Chairman of the Dalton Finance Committee during the 1960s, acting as Treasurer of State Senator Jack Fitzpatrick's campaigns, serving as an alternate delegate for George H.W. Bush at the 1980 Republican Convention and running for County Treasurer in 1984. Henry loved collecting and repairing antiques, a passion that he developed at a young age. He also greatly enjoyed gardening, and he laughed that his only "A" at Dartmouth was in Botany, for growing the best tomatoes. He was a member of the Lenox Club, the Country Club of Pittsfield and the Stockbridge Golf Club. Henry leaves his wife of 61 years, the former Joan Taylor, of Stockbridge; his three sons, Henry H. "Terry" Williams III,, Peter C. Williams of Stockbridge, and David T. Williams; and four grandchildren.
GEORGE DICK FINLAY III '39 d. January 17, 2010, in Hyde Park, Vermont.
Fisherman, skier, protector of rivers
A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Dick graduated from Williams College in 1943 and then became a member of the US Army 10th Mountain Division. Dick married Adele Anness in 1946, and they moved to the Manchester/Dorset, Vermont, area , where Dick was an avid fisherman and skier. He worked for years in the fly fishing industry, working for Orvis and Fly Fisherman magazine. He was instrumental in starting the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester. After retiring, he worked part time as a canoe and fly fishing guide for The Battenkill Canoe Company. Dick was a protector of the rivers of Vermont, especially the Battenkill River. He received the Watershed Award from Governor Douglas in 2008 for “significant efforts contributing to clean water in Vermont.” Dick’s was a weekend ski instructor at Bromley Mountain for nearly 50 years.and especially enjoyed teaching children how to ski. Dick was a volunteer at the Vermont Ski Museum in Stowe and a member of the Manchester Rod and Gun Club, the Masons, and the VFW. Survivors include his sons Robert and John, daughter Mary, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
ANTHONY WYCKOFF WOODFIELD '57 d. January 14, 2009, in Switzerland.
Mountaineer, linguist, career humanitarian, avalanche survivor
Crans-Montana, Switzerland, resident Tony Woodfield, who died as a result of colon cancer, was a highly skilled mountain climber and high altitude trekker who enjoyed a 30-year career with the United Nations. His life-long focus upon the problems of the poor in underdeveloped countries led to awards and international recognition. In 1974, Mr. Woodfield authored, in Spanish, “Analisis Costo-Effectividad de Programas de Vivienda, which remains to this day a globally read, important resource on the subject. He was the principal author of the book published by the United Nations in 1989, titled: “Housing Economic Adjustment,” parts of which appeared in a Mikhail Gorbachev speech made in Moscow. In 1996, Mr. Woodfield organized and chaired the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva. In 1956, he and two others survived an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies in which seven of his fellow climbers were swept to their deaths. He graduated in 1961 from Harvard University and was a successful member of the University wrestling team. Upon graduation from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, Mr. Woodfield joined CARE, Inc., and was stationed abroad in Belgrade, Warsaw and the Mekong Delta. In 1967, he joined the United States Government Agency, ACTION. Posted to Venezuela, his brief was to alleviate poverty in the slums of Venezuela. Resigning from ACTION in 1969, he spent a year trekking and living in the villages of the high Andes before entering Cornell University, graduating with an MBA in 1972. That same year, he married Wendy Christina Meyers. Moving to Caracas, Venezuela, Tony became a consultant and teacher to the University of Venezuela, Graduate School of Planning. 1974 saw him teaching at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. By 1975, Tony had joined the United Nations Center for Housing and Building Planning which was followed in 1979 by a move to Nairobi where in the United Nations Center for Human Settlements, he focused upon publications dealing with housing policies, rent control, financial management and housing project analysis in under-developed countries. Returning to the United States in 1982, he joined the U.N. Office of Policy Analysis, Development Research, International Economics and Social Affairs. Moving to Geneva, Switzerland with the United Nations in 1994, Tony retired as Chief of the Poverty Alleviation Unit of the Division for Economic Cooperation in 2000. He spoke 6 foreign languages fluently, including Serbo-Croatian, Polish, and Vietnamese. He pursued a life long passion for folk music from around the globe by singing and accompanying himself on the guitar. Survivors include his wife Wendy: his son William Norman Woodfield, wife Daisy, and their children Sarah and John, and his son Alonzo Shadman Woodfield; his brother, Denis Buchanan Woodfield, his sister, Rosamond Woodfield Larr; and his step-father, Irving Charles Herrmann.
ARNOLD ALDEN WHITEHOUSE '40 d. December 25, 2009 in Cape Porpoise, Me.
Army pilot, paper man, Down Easter
Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Arnie attended Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. prior to joining the U.S. Army Air Force, where he became a pilot and eventually a pilot trainer.After leaving active military duty, he worked at Berkshire Coated Paper in Great Barrington, Mass., then as a salesman at Mathias Paper Corporation in Pennsylvania. He also held various positions at Ski Skoal Ski Shop, Harris Company in Portland, Pepperell Mills, and the Cape Porpoise Pier Corporation. Arnie was the owner of AAW Lobster Company, which operated out of Cape Porpoise harbor. He served the town of Kennebunkport as both shellfish warden and municipal parking lot attendant. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Eleanor; brother Hale Edward Whitehouse '49, sister Sky Pennell of Orgeon; daughter Eleanor Zwick and her husband, Jack; sons, Arnold A. (Buddy) Whitehouse, Jr., and his wife, Mimi ,and Jonathan Whitehouse and his wife, Miriam: and nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
KEVIN J. MAHER '57 d. January 11, 2010, in Easton, Conn.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn, Kevin was a graduate of Mount St. Mary's University, BA 1961 and the Wake Forest University Law School, 1964. He began his legal career with Maher & Maher in 1964 with his father, Adrian W. Maher, a former U.S. Attorney and his two brothers and later founded Maher & Williams, a workers' compensation firm. Kevin was a well known defense attorney whose active litigation in the appellate workers' compensation field helped shape the law over the last forty years. He was a frequent lecturer on workers' compensation topics at the Yale Law School, University of Bridgeport Law School, Bridgeport Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association and for the Connecticut Superior Court Judges. He testified as an expert on workers' compensation issues and served as a mediator in many complex cases. He was recognized by his peers with the following awards: Best Lawyers in America, Workers' Compensation, Best Lawyers - New York Magazine and Connecticut Magazine and he received the Award of Distinction by the U.S. District Court: Lead Workers' Compensation Counsel, L'Ambiance Plaza Disaster. He was a member of both the Bridgeport Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. He was a longtime member of Brooklawn Country Club and served as Secretary for many years. He was an avid reader; enjoyed skiing, golfing, traveling and fine dining. In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, he is survived by his three daughters and their spouses: Elizabeth and Kevin Leonard, Susan and Hugh Welch, and Adrianne and Aaron Davenport, and his aunt, Grace McAndrew, and six grandchildren.
EMMONS W. PUTNAM, d. August 14, 2009, in Wilmington, N.C.
English Teacher, Director of Admissions, Hockey and Football Coach
Emmons Waldo Putnam, 85, of 121 Racine Drive, Wilmington, NC, died Friday, August 14, 2009, at Liberty Commons Nursing Home. Born in Worcester, MA, he was son of the late Emmons Waldo Putnam Sr. and Ethel Chase Putnam. Raised in Worcester, MA, he served in World War II as a Technician Fifth Grade in Europe from 1942-1946, graduated from Clark University in 1948, married Mary Adams, and resided in Sheffield, MA from 1953-1971. He then lived in Northampton, MA and Worcester, MA before moving to Wilmington, NC in 1988. Mr. Putnam earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He was an English teacher, hockey and football coach, and Director of Admissions at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA from 1953-1971. He loved the sea and owned a summer cottage in Cape Cod, MA. His great passions in life included breeding and showing Golden Retrievers, listening to classical music, cheering for his beloved Boston Red Sox and enjoying all types of sports. Survivors include four children, Kathryn Putnam '74, Scott Putnam '74, Brett Putnam '81, and Cori Beth Johansen; and four grandchildren. Contributions may be made in memory of Emmons Waldo Putnam to Berkshire School, 245 Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA 01257.
LEIGHTON “LARRY” ALLISON HOPE JR., '65 d. August 5, 2009, in Tompkinsville, Kentucky.
Woodworker, brother of two Berkshire alumni
Leighton “Larry” Allison Hope, Jr, was a woodworker, a counselor and of the Presbyterian Faith. Survivors include his brothers, Peter ’68 andSteven ’69, and his companion, Patricia Peters.
SAMUEL G. CURTIS '58 d. December 17, 2009, in Bozeman, Montana
Former Berkshire all-school president, writer, outdoorsman
I'm dead of lung cancer at age 69, after 34 years of not smoking, anything. It's one of life's little editorial comments. What an eye-opener life turned out to be! I was a shy, unsure kid who finally ran away from dancing school at age 12 to prove to myself that I had some guts. But my parents made me write a letter of apology to the dancing school teacher on my Boy Scout stationary. That was the start of a long learning curve. At Berkshire School I was prodded into positions of leadership that I didn't want, and I plodded along as a ho-hum student for three years. So, it was with great surprise and some suspicion that I learned of my acceptance to Trinity CollegeBut there I began to understand that learning is really quite a fancy adventure. In the U.S. Army ('62-'63), I learned about the pros and cons of hierarchy and about tail-numbing boredom. While teaching at the American School in Switzerland in Lugano ('63-'65), and hanging out with the artworks of Europe and traveling alone through Italy, France, Portugal and Spain, I discovered the intriguing idiosyncrasies of other cultures and how to embrace them all. Earning an M.A. from the Writing Seminars ('66) at Johns Hopkins University opened the door for me to accept a creative writing teaching position at Montana State University ('67-'70). Well-tutored in academic pettiness and politics after three years of teaching there, I was promoted, and I resigned, leaving with five other instructors to start an experimental school in New Mexico. That experiment in communal living and experiential learning taught me that I was not a groupie kind of guy. Back in Bozeman, I took a job loading former MSU students and colleagues on the Alpine Lift at Bridger Bowl for a winter ('71). Their curious, dismayed and embarrassed reactions to my apparent "fall from grace" became an amusing study in socio-psychology. After two more years of teaching ('72-'73) at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, I finally realized that I was really a good student, not a good teacher. And it was at CRMS that I met Linda Sullivan, the woman who became my lifelong love, closest confidant, best friend, breadwinner and wife. We settled into the log cabin that we built and hammered on for decades in South Cottonwood Canyon. Linda became a private voice teacher, the mom of our three great kids - Patrick, Molly and Will (Oh, what things I learned from them!) - and the artistic director of Intermountain Opera. I established a career as a freelance writer, writing articles on camping and backpacking, hunting and fishing, natural history and the environment, and arts and architecture for national and regional magazines. Given my student temperament, it was the best poor-paying career I could have chosen. Article assignments from editors were like homework assignments that required researching, interviewing, going out in the field and collecting information and anecdotes for essays that I'd try to organize and present in engaging ways. It was a process I loved and struggled with during my entire career. It was forever challenging, never easy, and always fun. Writing and living gave me a great education, but living with cancer was my postgraduate work. It taught me how to be humble and hopeful, how to laugh at the inevitable, how to be accepting and defiant in the same breath and how to run away from dancing school, again and again. My loving family, great friends, caring doctors and nurses, even charming no-goodniks and serendipitous strangers, were my best teachers, revealing that offerings of hope, prayers and kindnesses transcend countries of origin, religions of choice and ideologies of preference. We're all in this together. No matter where we're from or what we believe, we will finally reach unanimity in our conclusions. So, my homework is done. I took the final exam. I graduated. It's time to celebrate!
DANIEL MONROE FRITZ '78 d. January 5, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Outdoorsman, was football MVP at Berkshire School
Dan Fritz, 51, of Sterling, Va., died after a very lengthy illness at Blue Point Nursing & Rehabilitation in Baltimore. A native of Philipsburg, Penn. and longtime resident of Sterling, Va., Dan graduated from Broad Run High School in 1977 and took a post-graduate year at Berkshire, where he played football, basketball and baseball and earned the football MVP Award in 1978. He went to VMI the following year where he continued to excel in football and baseball. As well as athletics, Danny was also the ultimate outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish. Survivors include his parents, Daniel Lee Fritz and Ella Jane Murphy Fritz; siblings Cathy D. Kotch, Eddie Fritz, Shari Wince, and Bill Fritz; and five nieces and nephews.
FRED PETERS '28 d. December 19, 2009, in Falmouth, Mass.
Berkshire's oldest alumnus dies at 100
Fred Peters, a member of the Class of 1928 and believed to be Berkshire’s oldest living alumnus, celebrated his 100th birthday on August 10, 2009, and along with various parties to mark the big day, he hit two golf balls off the first tee at Woods Hole Golf Club. Known while at student at Berkshire as Freddy, he was interviewed by Bill Spalding ’65 for Berkshire’s Centennial in 2007. Portions of the interview appeared in the Summer/Fall 2007 Berkshire Bulletin. He was also grandfther of Mary Whitney Kelting '84.Of life at Berkshire School in the late 1920’s, Fred recalled: “We were really isolated. You could get permission to go to town but then you had to figure out how to get there, which was hitchhike or walk or bicycle. The thing is, it was country, and we were allowed to wander around. We could go out at night and walk all the way to Sheffield and back on skis.”Of legendary Latin teacher Frank Stevens, AKA The Bird, he said, “The best teacher you ever had. Virgil was full of references to Latin and Greek gods. Mr. Stevens knew the whole business. Every time we got to one of these people he’d give us the background. No teacher does that. He was terrific, but we didn’t like him. He was an awful bastard.”The mantle of oldest alumnus now passes to F. Woodward "Woody" Prosser, Class of 1929, who, coincidentally enough, also lives on Cape Cod.
A native of Englewood, New Jersey, Fred graduated from Williams College in 1932, attended Columbia University for a year, then worked at Laidlaw & Co, New York City as a stockbroker for most of his working life. He served in the US Naval Intelligence during World War II, retiring with a rank of Lt. Commander. While he lived in Englewood, he was a member of the Englewood Field Club, the Knickerbocker Country Club, the Englewood Club, and was active in community affairs. After working in New York City, he retired to his house on Cape Cod. He was a member of the Senior-Seniors of the Woods Hole Golf Club, Quissett Yacht Club, Quissett Harbor Land Trust and the Quamquissett Beach Club. He was a keen sailor, an enthusiastic gardener who supplied most of the vegetables for his table, and an amateur naturalist, birder and environmentalist for his entire life. Survivors include his children Whitney Keen (Fred), Carolyn Schoonmaker (Sam), and Elsiedale Armstrong (Johny) and step-children, Linda Osborne, Woodley Osborne and Johnny Osborne, and Josh Edgerly, Barbara Edgerly Luff, and David Edgerly; seven grandchildren, includingWhitney Kelting '84; two step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Gifts in his memory may be made to Berkshire School Annual Fund, Development Office, 245 Undermountain Rd., Sheffield, MA 01257. (New York Times)