Class News - In Memory


Edited by Amanda D'Assaro






’28 June Mosher Rhodes died March 2, 2008. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. June’s extensive Rollins family includes her brother Herbert Mosher ’27 (deceased), sons John Rhodes ’55 and Richard Rhodes ’63, daughter-in-law Linda Schmidt Rhodes ’65 (deceased), nephew John Rhodes ’85, grandson Richard Rhodes ’90, and granddaughters Judith Rhodes ’91 and Jen Rhodes ’92.

’32 Robert G. Cleveland died June 30, 2008. During WWII, he rose to the rank of Navy commander and served in London after the Blitz. He also worked with Lord Louis Mountbatten on planning for the D-Day invasion of France. Joining the Foreign Service in 1947, Robert was assigned initially to a devastated Bucharest, Romania. In the early 1950s, he was posted to Paris, where he participated in the economic implementation of the Marshall Plan. His final positing was Belgrade, where he worked with Ambassadors George F. Kennan and Lawrence Eagleburger during the last years of Marshall Tito’s rule. After his retirement in 1970, Robert maintained his commitment to fostering understanding between the U.S. and other nations by assuming the presidency of the Meridian International Center, where he developed a number of educational and cultural exchanges. He is survived by his wife Mary, two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.

’34 Ruth Harris Matyi died August 1, 2008. She was an award-winning artist and sculptress. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and is survived by a daughter, a granddaughter, two grandsons, and seven great-grandchildren.

’35 A. Edwin “Ed” Shinholser died July 14, 2008. Ed practiced law in Orlando until 1942, when he joined the Navy and served in the Philippines during WWII. He completed his service as lieutenant in 1945. In 1946, he moved back to his hometown of Sanford, Florida, where he practiced law continuously for 40 years. Ed retired as senior partner of Shinholser, Mocrief, & Reid. Throughout his professional years, he served as Sanford city attorney, president of the Seminole County Bar Association, and president of Sanford Kiwanis Club. He is predeceased by his wife Elizabeth, and is survived by a sister, two nieces, three grandnieces, and three grandnephews.

’39 Harriet Young Davis died January 13, 2008.

’48 Carole Austen died November 1, 2007. Carole taught creative power through the arts at the Navy Chaplain’s School in Rhode Island and lectured at Stanford, Harvard Graduate School, MIT, Brandeis University, Northeastern University, and other centers of learning. She designed and taught her Ph.D.-level courses at the University of Humanistic Studies in San Diego and was invited to teach at the University of California in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. A minister in the fellowship of the inner light, Carole also taught at the Paul Solomon Foundation. To further her seminal work in researching the human brain and psyche, she founded the Center for Whole Brain Learning and Higher Intelligence Training, a wellspring of creativity to explore, teach, and celebrate the vastness of human potential. She published six books, Switch on Your Brain, Cosmic Conversations, Musashi on Musashi, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, The Grail Legends, and James Dean from Spirit.

’48 Ivor D. Groves, Jr. ’64MBA died September 2, 2008. He was a physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and worked for 28 years at the Naval Underwater Sound Lab in Orlando. He published many technical papers and edited the book Acoustic Transducers. In 1974, Ivor presented a paper in London, England at the 8th International Congress on Acoustics. For many years, he was an amateur radio operator with the call sign W4DRX. Ivor is survived by his wife Marjorie, a son, two daughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

’49 Joseph J. Master died June 1, 2008. A veteran of WWII, he was awarded three purple hearts during his combat service. He went on to obtain a bachelor of science degree in business and an MBA from Stetson University, where he taught as a professor of accounting from 1965 to 1995. He served as chairman of the M.E. Rinker, Sr., Institute of Tax and Accountancy and was the Christian R. Lindback Chair of Accounting. Joseph was appointed treasurer of Stetson’s Board of Trustees in 1994 and elected to voting membership on the board in 1995, the first faculty member to hold that position. He was predeceased by a daughter and is survived by his wife Joan, a daughter, three stepsons, and 11 grandchildren.

’50 Winston R. “Red” Henderson died June 19, 2008. Red served in the Army Air Corps from 1940 to 1945 in various capacities—aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, squadron inspector, and line chief—first in the Panama Canal Zone and later in the Pacific theater, specifically following the invasion of Okinawa. Following discharge in 1945, he used the GI Bill to attend Rollins and later transferred to the University of Minnesota. His career in the public library field began as assistant director and head of reference service for the Orlando Public Library, followed by associate chief librarian for the Jacksonville Public Library. He became director of the Phoenix Public Library system in 1959, retiring from that position in 1982. He is survived by his wife Betsy, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

’50 Thomas A. Hagood died August 9, 2008. After high school, Tommy enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. In 1947, he established Hagood Brothers, Inc, an Orlando family boat business, with his brothers and father. He won many boat-racing National Championships in the U.S. and Canada. In 1956, he met Nancy Shepherd, a famous New York fashion model, and the two were married until her death in 1993. In 1998, at his 48th Reunion, Tommmy rekindled his relationship with his former College sweetheart, Joyce Yeomans Dreier-Hagood, who passed away one month after him. Tommy is survived by two daughters, two sons, three stepchildren, and ten grandchildren.

’50 Telfair S. Rogers died April 22, 2008. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Corinne Dunn Rogers Sanford ’48, and is survived by wife Anita, a daughter, and two sons.

’50 Joyce Yeomans Dreier-Hagood died September 14, 2008. She was a concert pianist, champion badminton player, successful entrepreneur, and active member of various civic and philanthropic organizations. After her husband, Edward, died in 1997, Joyce became president of the Dreier Development Co. On Valentine’s Day 2000, she married Thomas A. Hagood ’50. The couple split their time between Kansas City and Rancho Mirage until Thomas’ death this past August. Joyce is survived by a son, two daughters, and two granddaughters.

’51 David Estes died August 11, 2008. David graduated from Cornell University and entered the Army just after the start of WWII. He spent his military duty with the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, DC, completing his final OSS assignment in Nuremberg, Germany as part of Justice Robert Jackson’s staff. In the fall of 1950, he took advantage of the last year of the G.I. and enrolled at Rollins, where he met his wife, Virginia Apgar Estes ’52. He founded the Landfall restaurant in Woods Fall on Cape Cod and continued its operation for 42 years until two of his sons took over ownership and management. David is survived by his wife, four sons, and eight grandchildren.

’51 Alexander G. Gregory died August 9, 2008. He served in WWII in the 23rd Armored Engineer Battalion. Alexander went on to become chairman and founder of the 1st Polio Clinic in Pennsylvania. He later developed 22 Holiday Inns across the East Coast and co-developed Toftrees Golf Club and Resort. He is survived by his wife Lilian, two sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.

’51 Bob L. Lambert died July 24, 2008. Bob served in the military as a lieutenant commander in The United States Coast Guard. He was active in the community as a developer, banker, and a registered lobbyist in Washington, DC. He is survived by wife Sally and a son.

’54 Edward H. Angier died May 18, 2008. After graduating, he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, where he and his family spent eight of his 20 years of service stationed in Asia. After leaving the Navy, Edward became a real estate agent at Bowie Crofton in Maryland. He enjoyed extensive travel with his wife, family, and friends during his retirement. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, three grandsons, and three great grandchildren.

’59 Marilyn Hall Leu died February 2, 2008.

’59 Robert Schuder died July 19, 2007. Bob was a general contractor. He was preceded in death by a son and is survived by his wife Jeanette Windsor Schuder ’60, two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

’64 Florence Eveslage Royce died February 3, 2008.

’61 John N. Muszynski died July 23, 2008. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines in WWII as a radio operator, supporting the naval fleets in the liberation of Europe and gaining a lifelong fascination with radio. In 1945, he co-founded the Air Base Grill in Orlando. He also taught history and art at Boone High School, regaling students with colorful stories of the past. During the summers, he worked as a radio officer on merchant ships, traveling extensively throughout Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia. John is survived by his wife Dorothy, a stepson, four daughters, and 12 grandchildren.

’64 Clark R. Wilcox died February 13, 2008. Clark was the founder, president, CEO, and managing partner of Wilcox & Associates—an executive search firm dedicated to identifying the highest quality candidates to assist “C” level decision makers and human resources professional in finding the talent they need to manage and grow their businesses. The firm was founded in 1996 and had a well-documented track record helping clients find senior-level human-capital solutions for their strategic, specialty, and diversity recruitment needs. Clients included JP Morgan Chase, Freddie Mack, ATMI, Agent Logic, Indevus Pharmaceuticals, and IN Q Tel. Before starting his business, Clark was an agent lender to many Fortune 500 companies. He is survived by his wife Jacquie, two sons, a daughter, a stepson, a stepdaughter, and seven grandchildren.

’80 Peggy Ann Foster-Petrosky died August 4, 2008. Her accomplished real estate career with Stiles Real Estate and Caldwell Banker was not a major focal point of Peggy’s wonderful life. She loved being social, from the moment she stepped onto the Rollins campus, and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She is survived by her husband.

’80 Jon R. Reiker ’97MBA died November 15, 2007. He is survived by his wife Melissa Baio Reiker ’94HH, a son, and a daughter.