Class News - In Memory

Edited by Amanda D'Assaro






’30 Helen Massey McIntosh died in July 2007.

’32 Theodore B. Turner died April 15, 2009. He is survived by a daughter.

’34 Brewster J. Durkee died March 6, 2009.

’36 Lucy Greene Woolston died August 28, 2009 at age 95. Born July 16, 1914 in Somerville, New Jersey, Lucy spent most of the first 60 years of her life in Massachusetts. Following her graduation from Rollins, she wed real estate businessman James Woolston. From 1975 to 1990, Lucy lived in Belleair Beach, FL, where she was a member and president of the Belleair Beach Garden Club and served as a volunteer at the Cancer Society’s Discover Shoppe. Lucy also enjoyed travel, wildlife, and the beach. She is survived by a daughter and a son.

’36 Anne Grand Nilsen died June 27, 2008.

’37 Frances Hyer Reynolds died December 16, 2009. After graduating from Rollins, where she was president of Pi Beta Phi, Frances began her acting career with the Cleveland Playhouse in Ohio and later relocated to New York City, where she met and married Billy Reynolds. In 1942, the couple moved to Frances’s hometown of Tampa, FL, where they raised their family and Frances participated in civic and religious groups, including The Azalea Garden Club, Tampa Community Theatre, and The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida. In addition to being named Sustainer of the Year for the Junior League of Tampa in 2008, Frances served on boards of the Tampa YMCA and Tampa Art Museum, was a member and past president of the Berkeley Blazers, and held offices with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and PTA groups. Her passions were theater, literature, bridge and art, specifically watercolor painting, which she studied and exhibited until her final months. Frances enjoyed spending her summers with lifelong friends at Clearwater Beach and The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly and held her family, friends, and relatives near and dear to her heart. She is survived by her children and grandchildren.

’37 Nelson Marshall died March 25, 2009. Born in Yonkers, New York, Nelson obtained a PhD from the University of Florida in 1941 and taught at the University of Connecticut and the University of North Carolina. From 1947 to 1949, he was director of the former Virginia Fisheries Laboratory, and he went on to serve as academic administrator at the College of William and Mary and Alfred University, associate director of the Oceanographic Institute at Florida State University, and professor of oceanography and marine affairs at the University of Rhode Island. In 1972, he was named director of the University of Rhode Island’s International Center for Marine Resources, and in 1977 he spent a seven-month sabbatical at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji studying coral reefs. Nelson retired in 1984 and moved to St. Michaels with his wife, Grace Terry, where the couple enjoyed sailing and were members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science and wrote three books titled Understanding the Eastern Caribbean and the Antilles, The Scallop Estuary, In the Wake of a Great Yankee Oceanographer, and Oceanography: An Observer’s Guide. Nelson’s wife, Grace Terrey ’37, preceded him in death in 2006. He is survived by four children.

’38 Former Rollins Trustee George Waddell, 93, died January 17, 2010. During the 1940s, George was field secretary for the Rollins Alumni Association. Born in Greenfield, OH, he was president of his family business, the Waddell Company, and is the only Greenfield Rotary Club member to have been selected as district governor. George served on the Greenfield Historical Society board and was chairman of the Greenfield Area Medical Center Board of Trustees. Active in the Boy Scouts of America, he received the Silver Beaver Award, served as district chairman, and was particularly involved with Central Ohio Scouting for many years. George is survived by a brother and two nephews. A tribute to George will be featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Rollins Magazine.

’40 Walter B. Dandliker, 91, died December 15, 2009. Born in 1918 in Greensburg, PA, Walter received a doctorate in bioorganic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1945 and went on to teach at the University of Washington and the University of Miami. In 1963, he accepted a position with Scripps Clinic in California, performing research in fluorescence polarization, which later became the scientific basis for hospital diagnostic systems used worldwide. Walter co-founded Diatron Corporation in 1987 and served as chief scientist until 2004. He was a man of research and invention, with patents issued in 2009 and early this year. Survivors include his wife June, his daughter, two sons, and two grandsons.

’40 Lois Johnson Pick died October 22, 2009. As a student at Rollins, she was a champion fencer and participated in women’s crew. In 1940, she married her college roommate’s brother, Robert. The couple enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and abroad, raising their family, and spending summers where they honeymooned on Big Cedar Lake. Through the years, Lois devoted many hours to community service, including serving as a docent for the Museum of Wisconsin Art and volunteering at St. James Episcopal Church. In addition to being a gifted artist and painter, Lois wrote and illustrated Save My Tree, celebrating its publishing on her 90th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, a son, a grandson, and three brothers and is survived by three children, four grandchildren, two sisters-in law, and other relatives and friends.

’41 Roberta Schelgel McHugh died January 7, 2009. She was predeceased by her husband, James ’41.

’47 Tom A. Brocklehurst died April 7, 2009 at the age of 84. A lifelong music enthusiast, he was a violinist with The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra Society as a child and later played clarinet in the Officers’ Clubs while serving in the U.S. Army in the late 1940s. For 27 years, Tom (better known as “Bear” among his co-workers) worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Tom enjoyed golf and his pets, especially his cat Jimmy, who was a true companion until his death. Survivors include two nephews, his companion of 11 years Catherine, and her son Ross, whom Tom treated like a son. His wife, Peggy, preceded him in death in 1992. Tom’s ashes will be spread in the Gulf of Mexico along with the ashes of his late wife and their two dogs, Beau and Bear.

’47 Alan G. Phillips died July 1, 2009. A native of Winter Park, he spent his life at the local farm and grove owned by his family. Alan was a world-renowned expert and collector of antique hot-air engines such as Stirling and Ericson. His interests included mechanical work on engines, his family’s tractors, and flying and riding motorcycles. While at Rollins, Alan was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He held memberships with Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Quiet Birdman, Winter Park Elks Club, Florida Flying Farmers, Florida Fly Wheelers Plymouth Citrus Growers, and numerous other organizations. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, and his sister Mary Jane Phillips Hyde, who died July 8, 2009. He is survived by his daughter Becky Miller, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.

’48 Weston L. Emery died September 13, 2009. In the 1930s, Weston’s parents relocated to Winter Park, where they managed the correspondence program for stutterers at Emery Institute. Following his graduation from Rollins, where he served as president of Delta Chi fraternity, Weston studied at Boston University and Université de Grenoble. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and was tested into the Army Specialized Training Program. During World War II, he served with the Army’s 12th Armored Division, which was responsible for liberating 11 Nazi concentration camps. Weston received the Combat’s Infantry’s badge, Bronze Star medal with oak leaf clusters, Certificate of Merit as a combat radio operator, European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal, and the French Croix de Guerre during his service with the Army. Fluent in French and Spanish, Emery worked for the U.S. Department of State for 30 years until his retirement in 1986. He followed his passion for writing, recording 400 years of his family ancestry and authoring C-66: A World War II Chronicle of an Armored Infantry Company, which sold more than 1,000 copies. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Brigitte Lemaire ’57, two daughters, a son, and two grandsons. Emery was awarded a Rollins Alumni Achievement Award in Military History.

’50 Barbara Cavicchi Betzold died June 17, 2009 after a long battle with illness. As a young woman, she worked for F. Cavicchi and Co., a family-run fruit and produce retail business. She and her late husband, Harold J. Betzold ’51, met while studying at Rollins. For more than 30 years, Barbara achieved great success as a realtor with Jack Conway & Co., managing its Hanson location prior to retiring in 2008. An active community member, she served on two boards of local banks, volunteered many hours with Cystic Fibrosis, was a member of the Whitman Mother’s Club, and was a former communicant of the Holy Ghost Church of Whitman. Barbara’s 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren added much joy to her life. Friends, family, and fellow colleagues will miss her kind nature, passion for life, and dedication to her job. She is survived by four daughters, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

’50 Ann Knight Tennis died August 8, 2009. As a Rollins student, she was active in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was an award-winning editor of The Island News, a local newspaper in Key Biscayne, FL. Following her retirement in Oaxaca, Mexico, Ann relocated to Tampa, FL, where she served as editor of the The Village Voice. Her hobbies included needlework, sewing, baking, and her pet cats. She is survived by a sister, three sons, and eight grandchildren.

’52 Donald “Don” R. Work, 79, died September 24, 2009. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Don worked as a food broker for 43 years in Manatee County, Florida, and later for the National Staff in Atlanta. He was a member of the Kiwanis International and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Gastonia, where he served on the church council and numerous committees and taught Sunday school teacher. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jean Iris Frye ’54, a daughter and son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

’53 Howard “Dick” L. Richards died January 27, 2010. Following his graduation from Rollins, Dick studied with composer Ernst von Dohnanyi under a fellowship at Florida State University, where he obtained a master’s degree in music composition. He published several choral works as part of the acclaimed Robert Shaw Choral series, which were first recorded in summer 2009 and are being prepared for release by his record label, PARMA Recordings, LLC. As an engineer for IBM, Dick wrote experimental programs for musical editing, which pioneered the sophisticated music software available today. His service in the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War inspired his musical career; his work “I Am Proud to Be An American” was performed in 2008 by the Bach Festival Orchestra in Winter Park. Though he became blind following a medical accident during surgery, Dick lived life to the fullest, continuing his compositional work and traveling with his wife Jeanne. He is survived by his wife, a brother, a sister, nieces, and a nephew.

’54 William “Bill” B. Hardy died September 9, 2009. Born in New York, Bill worked as a self-employed gunsmith. A music aficionado, he served as the choir director at First United Church of Christ and as a baritone soloist at the First Congregational Church in Winter Park. He was also a member of the Chorus Master for the Opera Gala and helped pave the way for the future of opera in Central Florida with a newcomers’ training program. In partnership with the director of Florida Symphony, Henry Mazer, William co-founded the Camerata Choir, for which he directed numerous concerts and operas. Bill served his alma mater as a teacher of musical theater and director of musical productions with Rollins’ theater department. He also directed the Rollins Summer Theatre. He is survived by beloved wife of 41 years, Anne, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

’55 Jane Laverty Henry died December 26, 2009 of lung cancer.

’55 Stewart M. Ledbetter, 76, died November 5, 2009 after a three-year battle with cancer. Following his studies at Rollins, Stewart received an MBA from Stanford University, where he was a member of the 1953 NCAA national championship golf team. After meeting his future wife, Sheila, at a bowling alley, the couple wed in 1959 and moved to France, where Stewart served as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Finance Officer at SHAPE headquarters. After returning to the U.S., he studied economics at Columbia, settling in Greenwich, CT, where he and Sheila started their family. Stewart was an investment counselor for First National City Bank, advancing to vice president at the age of 35. In 1971, he purchased a real estate firm in Manchester, VT and established a home construction company, which afforded him more time for his beloved family, community volunteer work, and leisure activities such as golfing. In addition to serving as commissioner of the state Banking and Insurance Department in Montpelier, Stewart chaired boards and commissions and in 1980, he ran for Vermont’s Republican U.S. Senate seat, falling short in what became the nation’s tightest Senate race of the year. Before retiring to Vero Beach, FL, he managed an investment brokerage firm for 15 years in Manchester. He enjoyed civic activities in Vero Beach, boating in Florida, spending summers in Vermont with his family, and traveling to golf courses within the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sheila, two sons, a daughter-in-law, a brother, and three sisters-in-law.

’55 Philip W. Murray died September 8, 2009 at 82. A Navy veteran, Philip was a former TV director with CBS’ WBBM TV in Chicago. He was a proud booster of Old Fort Stockader High School and a volunteer with St. Vincent DePaul Society Soup Kitchen. Philip was preceded his death by a grandson and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pat, a son, three daughters, 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a brother, and a sister.

’57 Charles Hartmann died December 1, 2009. He is credited with inspiring his family members to attend Rollins. Graduates in his family include his sister-in-law, Ginger McAleese Johnson ’68; her grandson, Brooks Hatfield ’92; and Charles’ daughter, Aleese Hartmann ’94. His family found the Rollins campus to be a comforting place when he was at Florida Hospital. Memorial gifts can be made in Charles’ memory to The Rollins Fund at Rollins.edu/giving.

’58 James D. McEachern died June 27, 2009. A native of Florida, James was a member of Orlando North Community Church. Survivors include his loving wife, Teresa, six sons, four daughters, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a brother.

’59 James “Jim” F. Curti died May 13, 2008. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in education from Rollins and his PSEA Certification from Duquesne University. He went on become a teacher and later a substitute teacher in Plum and Riverview school districts. Jim also held careers with Jim Beam Distilling Co. as regional district manager, the Chambers Development Corp. as government relations director and public affairs project manager, and the Burket-Truby Funeral Home. He was assistant coach for the Duquesne golf team and a golf instructor at Riverview School District and Willow Driving Range. A devoted golfer, Jim received much recognition for his talent, including the titles of Brackenridge Heights Country Club champion in 1954, WPAG champion 1956-58, and Western Pennsylvania champion in 1960. He was inducted into the Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth, a daughter, two sisters, and three grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, a son, and a brother.

’59 Sonny Everett, 72, died September 30, 2009. An accomplished Broadway producer, Sonny began his career in the insurance and real estate industries. In 1987, he moved to New York City, collecting Off-Broadway credits such as Vita and Virginia and Shockhead Peter. Sonny produced the Broadway musical State Fair in 1996, which became The Theater Guild’s last project. He returned to Broadway in 2003 as associate producer of Avenue Q, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical that year. Sonny later was an associate producer of The Drowsy Heights and produced the Tony Award-winning In The Heights. Fall 2009 saw the return of Sonny’s holiday favorite, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Sonny is survived by his daughter, Henderson Everett Lee ’87, a son, and four grandchildren.

’59 Judith LeVeen White died May 14, 2009. Born in Jamaica, NY, she was employed by Lord & Taylor for 43 years, where she held many managerial roles in several departments. Judith was a member of the Port Washington school district PTA and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers and is survived by her partner, Patrick, a sister, two daughters, four grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

’64 Mary “Mimi” McCanna Rebik died July 4, 2009. At Rollins, Mimi was a member of Phi Beta Kappa sorority. For 37 years she served as a teacher at Lyman High School in Longwood, FL, where she helped initiate Seminole County’s Juvenile Arbitration court alternative program. Following her retirement in 2005, she and her husband of 30 years, Thomas, relocated to their beach home in Fort Pierce, FL. The couple enjoyed boat trips to places such as the Florida Keys and the Bahamas, dining and dancing with friends, and a recent 21-day cruise in the Mediterranean Sea. She is survived by her husband, three children, and four grandchildren.

’64 Susan Omansky died July 7, 2009. Following her graduation from Rollins, Susan received a master’s degree in social work from Barry College, becoming one of the first licensed social workers in Florida. After working with families and foster care for LA County, she returned to Miami, where she worked in Mt. Sinai and VA Hospitals, in-home healthcare, and private practice. She was an animal lover who adopted many pets throughout her life. Susan enjoyed eating out, movies, conversation, and opera and theater. Survivors include seven cousins, other family, and many dear friends.

’65 Albert Arburyr died in November 16, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Mulkey Arbury ’64.

’65 Mary Hambley Reedy died August 8, 2008.

’69 Christopher J. Quinn died September 29, 2008 of congestive heart failure. He was 59 years old. Christopher began his 40-year career in radio broadcasting while a student at Rollins, working weekend shifts at WPRK. He went on to host radio shows and administer programming and engineering at many radio stations in Cleveland, OH. Christopher also worked as an investigator of aircraft accidents for the Geauga County Sheriff’s Department and in law enforcement for the Kirtland and Middlefield police departments. Mercury Records awarded him a Gold Record award for his role in endorsing the hit song Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam. Christopher also received an award for introducing American audiences to the Canadian singer Anne Murray. He is survived by his brother, Anthony.

’70 Fred W. Griffis died July 20, 2009. He was a missile test analyst for RCA at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phontella “Bink,” two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren.

’74 Abigail “Abbie” Sheeran Hill died January 22, 2010. She began her teaching career in Massachusetts and later moved to Florida, where she taught kindergarten and first grade at The Celebration School in Kissimmee. Abbie was a member of The Winchester Country Club, where she enjoyed golf and was a past Woman’s Club Champion. She was also a member of the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda. Abbie is survived by Martin Hill, three daughters, a sister, and a brother.

’75 Frank D. McClellan died July 24, 2009. For more than eight years, he served the U.S. Air Force before accepting a job with Bendix Field Engineering, where he worked on projects such as Apollo and Soyuz. Following his studies at Rollins, Frank worked for the IRS for 22 years, retiring in 1997 as a senior field officer. In 2002, he and his wife, Jane, made Melbourne Beach, FL their permanent home. Frank enjoyed football and NASCAR, specifically the Miami Dolphins, the Florida State Seminoles, and any Chevy driver. He is survived by Jane, a son, a daughter, and two grandsons.

’75 Robert T. Sullivan died October 30, 2008.

’87 John K. Clark died January 10, 2009.

’87 Tracy Pendleton Morgan, 44, died May 21, 2009. A gifted landscape architect and artist, Tracy received a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia in 1993. Survivors include her parents, a sister, a brother, a sister-in-law, three nieces, other relatives, and many friends.

’96 Peter Mott died in an accident May 10, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Vivian Mott ’95, and their three children Emily, Julie, and Andrew. His family, who has lived in Maine for four years, hopes to relocate to the Winter Park area.


Faculty/Staff

Donna Kravetz Cohen ’74MEd, Director Emerita of the Olin Library, died January 2, 2010. (Read tribute.)

J. William Loving, Jr., who served Rollins as director of financial aid from 1970 to 1986, died September 13, 2009. (Read tribute.)

Dr. Edward A. Moses, who served as professor, dean, and director during his 21-year tenure at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, died March 14, 2010. A memorial tribute to Dr. Moses will appear in the Fall 2010 issue of Rollins Magazine.

Dr. Wayne D. Hales, Professor Emeritus of Economics, who taught at the Crummer Graduate School of Business from 1971 To 1997, died March 16, 2010. A memorial tribute to Dr. Hales will appear in the Fall 2010 issue of Rollins Magazine.