Marriages & Unions
(2017 unless otherwise noted)
Thomas Seligson ’73 and Tracy Markowski ’89, July 22
Elvis Alves ’02 and Dana Britton, July 22
Polly Morton ’04 and Walter Mack, Sept 9
Erin Fenn ’09 and Joseph Damour, July 22
Jonathan Spagnola ’09 and Ashley Graf, Aug 5
Karl Fries ’10 and Margaret Powell ’12, Sept 30
Deena Mueller ’10 and Adam Funke, Sept 30
Symone Jackson ’11 and Amod Kumar, April 9, 2016
Stephanie Zanowic ’11 and Kyle Nweeia, Sept 16
Emily Hildebrand ’12 and Michael Taggart ’13, Sept 30
Joshua Reding ’15 and Olivia Gamble ’15, Sept 17
Births & Adoptions
(2017 unless otherwise noted)
To Allissa Kline ’01 and Howard Conklin: Ava Juliet, June 23, joining Caleb
To Chris Johnson ’02 and Tara: Alice Rose, June 6, joining Nora and Tucker
To Charles Mastellone ’02 and Pamela Piccola-Fales: Linnea Piccola-Mastellone, May 10, 2016
To Aaron Baughman ’04 and Meredith Mimms ’04: Cecil, Sept 1
To Michael Blum ’04 and Brooke Levenson: Emet Robert Levenson Blum, Nov 2
To Matthew ’04 and Jennifer Brooks ’04 Cohen: Eli, April 28
To Sara Victoria Kahn ’04 and Josh Bartic: Lilyana Aurora, March 13
To Tom ’05 and Annie Morrison ’09 Dosdall: Robert Emmett, Sept 24
To Tom Lee ’05 and Goli: Charles Neeru, Sept 6
To Kevin ’05 and Ilyse Morgenstein ’05 Fuerst: Simon, April, joining Sela
To Brian ’06 and Pippa Davidson ’06 Riley: Oscar Hamilton, Feb 21, joining Arthur Ernest
To Jacob ’07 and Nancy (Hickling) ’07 Sulovski: Luke Joseph, April 12, joining Barrett
To Barnes Kelley ’08 and Amanda Krause: Walter Aldrich, July 26
The Scene runs deceased notices on all alumni, current and former faculty members, honorary degree recipients, and staff members and others who the editors determine would be well known to alumni.
Arthur H Leigh ’41, July 1, 2017. Lambda Chi Alpha, Konosioni, University Chorus, student government. U of Chicago: PhD, 1945. A professor of economics at Reed College for 43 years, he lived in the house he built in Portland, OR, until he was 91 years old. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, and is survived by 2 children.
John D Jung Jr ’44, June 6, 2017. Phi Kappa Psi, swimming, indoor track. He served in the 101st Airborne Infantry Army as a medic in the European Theater of WWII, and later worked as an appraiser and builder. Predeceased by his wife, Jeanne, he is survived by 2 children.
Richard S Kromer ’44, July 1, 2017. Theta Chi, Masque and Triangle, Colgate Thirteen, Mu Pi Delta, football, basketball. US Army Air Corps: WWII. Bucknell University: MA. He taught English and was a guidance counselor at Upper Darby High School (PA) for many years. He also authored numerous arrangements for a George Gershwin CD titled Gershwin for Three, which were featured in a Carnegie Hall concert. He was the last remaining member of the original Colgate Thirteen. Predeceased by his wife, Betty, he is survived by 2 daughters and a granddaughter.
Richard P Archer ’45, Sept 15, 2017. Delta Kappa Epsilon, student government. US Army: WWII. A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, he worked in management for various companies across the Northeast. Eventually, he became president of Ceska Crystal, Towle Silversmiths, and Leonard Silver Meg Co. He retired in 1989, spending several years as a business consultant. He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, and is survived by 4 children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Jay H Wattles Jr ’45, June 18, 2017. Sigma Chi, Masque and Triangle, golf. US Navy: WWII. He was a partner at JH Wattles & Son wholesale food products. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean. He is survived by 4 children; 14 grandchildren, including Dan Jacobs ’02; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Bruce E Dillingham ’46, Sept 10, 2017. Phi Kappa Psi, International Relations Council, ice hockey. Army Corps of Engineers: WWII. Yale: LLB, 1957. He quickly rose to partnership and, ultimately, managing partner with the law firm of Marsh, Day, and Calhoun in Bridgeport, CT. He previously served as president of the Bridgeport Bar Association. He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine, and is survived by 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Donald S Snyder ’47, June 19, 2017. Soccer. US Marine Corps: WWII. He was an insurance underwriter for many years. He is survived by his wife, Renee; 2 sons; and 2 grandsons.
Mark G Galloway ’48, July 17, 2017. Phi Kappa Psi, Konosioni, lacrosse, ice hockey. US Army Air Corps: WWII. He coached lacrosse and ice hockey at Colgate and later participated in a 6-game hockey exhibition tour of Japan as an Ambassador of Peace, which culminated in a state dinner at the emperor’s palace. He became a franchisee for Dairy Queen and was a retail manager for Welsh Farms Dairy. Predeceased by his wife, Georgette, he is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Robert J Hart ’48, July 21, 2017. Phi Gamma Delta, International Relations Council, golf. US Army: WWII. Having a long career in the federal government, he worked in nuclear research and development at the US Atomic Energy Commission. He received the Meritorious Executive award from President Reagan in 1981. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by 4 children, 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Arthur E Piehler ’48, Sept 8, 2017. Psychology Club. US Army Air Corps: WWII. Cornell: LLB, 1951. Until 1956, he worked as the first in-house counsel for the Allstate Insurance Company in Seattle. He later joined a private practice as both a defense and plaintiffs trial lawyer until 1978. A member of the Board of Governors of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, he also served as a Superior Court Judge for 17 years and received an outstanding service award from the Supreme Court of Washington. He is survived by his wife, Helen, 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
James H Cowan Jr ’49, Oct 5, 2017. US Army: WWII. An upstate New York native, he worked for a few years as a high school teacher in Germantown before he and his family moved so he could work as a chemist at Corning Glass Works. He was predeceased by his wife, Carol, and eldest son. He is survived by 3 children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Raymond M Krehel ’49, Kappa Delta Rho, student government, wrestling, indoor track, baseball, football; Alumni Maroon Citation Award (1970), Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (1975). Before attending Colgate, he served in the US Coast Guard during WWII. He later served as the VP for business and finance at Colgate and the treasurer of Colgate’s Board of Trustees. He was also an active member of the Village of Hamilton community. He is survived by his wife, Anita; 5 daughters, including Carol MA’82; and 11 grandchildren.
J Raymond Sutcliffe ’49, April 29, 2017. Sigma Chi, University Chorus, International Relations Council, Maroon, marching band. He had a long tenure in the marketing division of Eastman Kodak Company and served as a trustee of the Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph ’24, and his wife, Shirley. He is survived by 3 children, including Janet ’75.
William A Clark ’50, July 24, 2017. Sigma Nu, baseball, basketball. US Army, Korean War. Before coming to Colgate, he was offered 2 major league baseball contracts, but chose to pursue his college education and played professional baseball during his summers. After graduation, he had a career as an industrial relations manager for several companies in New York State. He is survived by his wife, Irene; 2 daughters and sons-in-law; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; 2 brothers-in-law, including Fred Dunlap ’50; and several nieces and nephews, including Fred Dunlap ’81.
Calvin Laird Durham Jr ’50, June 29, 2017. Beta Theta Pi. Known to all as “Laird,” he founded the Laird Durham Company in 1971. His 1977 book, 100 Careers: How to Pick the One That’s Best for You, is still in print today. He was predeceased by his former spouse, Marilyn, and a son. He is survived by his wife, Judy; 3 children; 5 grandchildren; 5 stepchildren; and 8 step-grandchildren.
Robert S Brittain ’51, Sept 1, 2017. Delta Upsilon, baseball. Cornell: MD, 1955. After establishing a surgical practice in Denver, he went on to assist with the first liver transplant in Chicago. In 1966, he traveled to Vietnam as a volunteer surgeon with the Project Vietnam health care efforts. Upon his return to the United States, he continued to practice surgery and entered a career in medical risk management. He retired in 1994 and later moved to Ojai, CA, with his wife. He is survived by his wife, Paula, 4 children, 2 stepsons, and 3 grandchildren.
Raymond F Cotter ’52, Sept 17, 2017. USMC. A veteran, he was a past commandant of the Southern Tier Detachment of the Marine Corps League. He worked alternately as executive director for AIM Independent Living Center in Corning, NY, and director of auto transportation and manager of the Steuben Coordinated Transportation in Bath. He is survived by his sisters and several nieces and nephews.
G Gordon Coughlin Jr ’52, Sept 18, 2017. Alpha Tau Omega, Maroon, Salmagundi, International Relations Council, Newman Club. UVA: LLB, 1956. He practiced law in NY for more than 40 years, and authored Your Handbook of Everyday Law, which has sold more than a quarter million copies. He was also an accomplished artist, selling his oil paintings to private and corporate collections. He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, 3 sons, and 6 grandchildren.
Richard L Daye ’52, November 6, 2015. ROTC, Outing Club, rifle team. US Air Force. He was a Michigan-based meteorologist. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and 4 children.
Carl C Neumann ’52. Golf, tennis, swimming. State University of New York: MS, 1972. US Army: WWII; 6 ribbons and medals, 4 battle stars. Throughout his career, he worked in the insurance industry, and for 10 years, he also was an English teacher at New Paltz County (NY) High School. He is survived by his wife, Virginia.
Jerome C Blackwood ’53, July 8, 2017. Alpha Tau Omega, Masque and Triangle, student government, indoor track. He founded Blackwood Associates Inc, and was prominent in the New England advertising community. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; 4 children, including Andrew ’86 and Peter ’88; and 5 grandchildren.
Russell G Doyle ’53, June 25, 2017. Phi Kappa Tau, University Chorus, Glee Club, Masque and Triangle, marching band. US Army. He was president of Doyle Lumber Co for more than 30 years. He is predeceased by his first wife, Patricia R Banton. He is survived by his wife, Pam; his sons, including Jeffrey ’81; and 3 grandchildren.
Richard M Gache ’54, Oct 9, 2017. Delta Kappa Epsilon, ROTC, football, golf. US Air Force. He spent his early life in New York City working in sales before moving to Florida as president of Vitaco Inc. He later spent 26 years as a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial. He was predeceased by his wife, Jody, and he is survived by 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
David M Hallman ’54, Aug 24, 2017. Alpha Tau Omega, Outing Club, Young Republicans. He enjoyed a 43-year run as a salesman and owner of a multifranchise car dealership. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, children, and grandchildren.
Donald R Perricone ’54, August 14, 2017. Theta Chi, Psi Chi, ROTC, football. US Air Force. He was the director of printing services at Syracuse University, where he pioneered the transition to desktop publishing on Macintosh computers. After 23 years, he retired in 1993. He was predeceased by his wife, Donna, and a son. He is survived by 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 2 stepgrandchildren, and a sister and her children.
Richard R Wilson ’54, Aug 10, 2017. Sigma Chi. US Army. After serving in the Army at Fort Dix, NJ, he took over ownership of the historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, where he worked for 30 years. Under his direction, the restaurant earned numerous awards and acclaim as one of the state’s best dining spots. Many relatives attended Colgate, including his grandfather, Frank A Butler, Class of 1890; his great-uncle Charles J Butler, Class of 1886; and his uncles, Charles R Butler ’28 and Gordon L Butler ’33. He is survived by his wife, Judith, 3 sons, and 3 grandchildren.
James F Hanaway Jr ’55, July 21, 2017. Sigma Nu, Salmagundi, ROTC, Sailing Club, swimming. He attended US Air Force pilot training and earned his wings at Laredo Air Force Base in Texas. He retired from his military career as a colonel in 2006. He also served as partner and VP of Ferm/Hanaway, Inc. He was predeceased by a son. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; 2 children; and 4 grandchildren.
Roger K Slattery ’55, July 5, 2017. Tau Kappa Epsilon, International Relations Council, sailing club. He worked in bookkeeping and accounting throughout his life. He was predeceased by his son. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; his daughter; stepchildren; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Laurence W Codding ’56, Sept 17, 2017. US Marines. Indiana University: MPA. A political science major during his time at Colgate, he went on to become a real estate investor in Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, 3 children, and 4 grandchildren.
Gerald J Bonniol ’57, May 30, 2017. Kappa Delta Rho, swimming. Southern Methodist University: MLA, 1979. US Army. He had a long career in sales and became a partner at Adams, Beckman & Pedersen in 1989. He was predeceased by his son. He is survived by his wife, Betty; 2 children; and a grandson.
William T Knowles ’57, Sept 12, 2017. Phi Gamma Delta, Konosioni, Masque and Triangle, WRCU-FM. He had a career in commercial banking in New York City, working with Bankers Trust Co for 20 years and later as chairman and CEO of National Westminster Bancorp. He and his wife retired to Harpswell, ME, in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and a daughter.
A Bruce Truesdell ’57, June 28, 2017. Phi Gamma Delta, Outing Club, Sailing Club, lacrosse, football. In 1957, he moved to Chicago to work at the Zenith Radio Corporation, and later moved to Omaha, NE, to establish Truesdell Distributing Corporation. He and his former wife had established a scholarship for students to attend Colgate that is still active today. He is survived by his former wife, Helen; 4 children; and 9 grandchildren.
Charles H Halper ’58, Oct 5, 2017. Theta Chi, baseball. In 1960, he founded Halper Associates, a financial services/insurance firm in Westport, CT. He continued to expand the business with his brother and son until he retired in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Rose; 2 children, including David ’84; and 4 grandchildren.
Samuel D Lunt Jr ’58, July 3, 2017. Phi Kappa Psi, Outing Club. NYU: MBA, 1966. An economics major at Colgate, he worked in corporate management and investment banking for much of his career. He served as president at SD Lunt & Co, Anderson Securities Co, Santek Inc, and the National Business Communications Corp. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, 3 daughters, and 9 grandchildren.
John F Cusumano ’60, May 16, 2014. US Army: WWII, Korea, Vietnam. A graduate of Syracuse University, he taught ROTC at Colgate while earning his master’s. Following his 24 years of military service, he became passionate about education, serving as a teacher at Bates Middle School, USC Sumter-Shaw Campus, and St Leo University. He was predeceased by his first wife and a son. He is survived by his wife, Mary, 6 children, 22 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.
Anthony “Tony” C Kies ’60, May 31, 2017. Football, lacrosse. US Navy. Loyola University School of Law: JD. He began his career in private practice and later joined the Offices of the Orange County Public Defender, where he served until his retirement. He was predeceased by a daughter. He is survived by his partner, Judy; 2 children; and 5 grandchildren.
William R Large ’60, Oct 7, 2017. Phi Kappa Tau, Konosioni, University Chorus, Masque and Triangle, Outing Club, WRCU-FM. UCLA: MA, 1964. Stanford: MA, 1966. After a distinguished career at the Inter-American Development Bank, he retired in 2005. A Latin American specialist, his final assignment was as the bank’s country representative in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is survived by his wife, Helen.
Richard K Metz ’62, June 16, 2017. Alpha Tau Omega, International Relations Council, soccer, basketball. US Navy. A freelance writer, he began his career at the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
He is survived by 2 brothers, including Jay ’59; 2 sisters-in-law; nieces, including Alicia ’87 and Kathryn ’90; and nephews, including Robert ’94.
Kent Poey ’66, Aug 9, 2017. Phi Kappa Tau, Salmagundi, Outing Club. U Mass: PhD, 1971. After earning his PhD in clinical psychology from UMass, he took a job at the UMass Mental Health Services, where he remained for his entire career. He provided psychotherapy to students and served as director of the pre-doctoral internship program. He is survived by 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.
Albert C Rock III ’66, Sept 7, 2017. Phi Gamma Delta, soccer, golf, student government. US Army: Vietnam. He moved to Colorado in 1983 to work at Rock Development Corp. From there, he went on to sales management at MCI Telecommunications and later Express Telecommunications in Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and 3 children.
Dennis B Shea ’66, Sept 6, 2016. Delta Kappa Epsilon, Newman Club, golf, ice hockey. US Army: Vietnam, Bronze Star. Following his service, he worked in the lumber industry, opening Advance Timber Products. Later in his life, he became the owner of steakhouse restaurants. He is survived by 2 sons.
J Richard Kaiser Jr ’68, July 23, 2016. Lambda Chi Alpha, football, lacrosse. A longtime Florida resident, he owned several restaurants in both Florida and New York for the past 37 years. In the last 2 years, he also owned an auto supply business. He is survived by his wife, Elle, 4 children, and 2 grandchildren.
Alfred J Padden Jr ’68, November 14, 2006. Delta Kappa Epsilon, Newman Community, Outing Club, golf, ice hockey. He worked in various sales positions in the Boston area before becoming partner/VP of the Kraematon Group. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; 3 daughters; 1 son; and 4 grandchildren.
Samuel H Pacifico ’69, Sept 11, 2017. US Army. U of WI: PhD, 1976. He served as a principal in Pewaukee, WI, before moving to Kenosha, WI, where he worked at Lincoln Junior High School, before becoming principal at Reuther High School. Upon his retirement from Reuther, he taught for 7 years at St Joe’s HS, teaching physics and science. He is survived by his wife, Pat, 2 children, and 3 grandchildren.
Richard R Stoner ’69, July 15, 2017. He was an English professor at SUNY Broome Community College from 1969–2005. He is survived by his brother, many nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
John W Handy Jr ’74, June 21, 2017. Golf. After college, he lived in Paris where he worked for the publisher Holt, Rinehart & Winston. In 1980, he relocated to Minnesota to work as a sales engineer in electronics and manufacturing. He is survived by his wife, Katharine, and 2 sons.
Lynette C Miller ’75, Sept 12, 2017. University Theater. Syracuse University: MS, 2007. She worked as a programmer analyst for several firms in coastal Maine before joining the Maine Emergency Management Agency in 1990. Outside of work, she directed and performed in a number of local musical and theater productions. She is survived by her husband, Marc, 2 sisters, and 5 nieces.
Joseph C Bamford III ’78, Sept 13, 2017. Phi Kappa Tau. He worked as a zoning administrator for the town of Dorset, VT. He is survived by his sister.
Michael S Twomey ’80, Sept 1, 2017. Delta Upsilon, football. SNHU: MBA, 1988. He worked in various sales positions in the medical technology industry in Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife, Shari, and a son.
John A Mody Jr ’89, Aug 31, 2017. Delta Upsilon, football. A Rome, NY, native, he moved to Syracuse after graduation to pursue a career in real estate. He was alternately the owner and operator of Mercury Appraisers, a realtor with John Sweeney Real Estate, and partner at Resurgent Properties. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, and a daughter.
Creighton J. Hale ’48
Feb. 18, 1924–Oct. 8, 2017
If baseball is the American pastime, then Creighton J. Hale was a true patriot. A physiologist who was the first director of research for Little League Baseball, he invented the protective batting helmet that’s the basis for what is still used today. Later becoming the president and chief executive of Little League, Hale was one of the most influential people in baseball, according to the Washington Post.
Originally, Hale had no intention to pursue a career in sports. After serving in World War II with the Navy and graduating from Colgate, he earned a master’s and doctorate in physiology. But when Hale heard about a 1955 Little League study to determine the effects of baseball on young children, he regained an interest in his childhood sport.
Upon learning that none of the team’s specialists had any research experience, Hale wrote to Little League president Peter McGovern: “If you are going to have any credibility, you must have somebody who understands the research process.” A few days later, McGovern called Hale (who at the time was a physiology professor at Springfield College) to ask if he would head the studies.
As director of research, Hale’s charge was to develop ways to make the game safer. His first order of business was the helmet. Using spare parts from a local hardware store, he constructed a compressed-air cannon, which he used to shoot baseballs at helmet prototypes. The final product was a plastic helmet that could withstand a hit from a 90-mile-per-hour fastball without cracking.
Hale, whose batting helmet became mandatory for Little League use in 1961, went on to design more baseball safety equipment, including a catcher’s chest protector with a throat guard and bats out of shatterproof materials. In 1973, he became Little League’s president, and 10 years later, its chief executive. He retired in 1994.
In a 1990 Scene interview, Hale made it clear that despite all the changes he made to the league, one thing stayed the same. “Little League is coaches teaching kids respect and discipline and sportsmanship and the desire to excel,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
He is survived by his wife, Beverly, who worked at Little League for 50 years, as well as two children, 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
— Brianna Delaney ’19