Summer 2021 Obituaries


John A. Krimmel on December 16, 2020. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a research chemist at the Denver Research Institute and taught graduate courses at the University of Denver. In San Diego, he was an environmental scientist working for the U.S. Navy on issues caused by aviation activities. He is survived by his children, John, Bob, Max, Ruth E. Krimmel Botzow ’73, Margot, David and Sarah; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and many nephews and nieces, including Sarah Beckman Kruger ’80.


Alice Flaugh Moon on November 10, 2020. She worked for Eastern Airlines and then was the office manager for Lee’s Tackle. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Moon Huttenhoff, and four grandchildren.

James L. Rhinesmith on November 5, 2020. He was a minister in the United Methodist Church, serving the New York area and the Michigan Conference for 25 years at a variety of churches. His ministry outside the church included 11 years with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, six years as a career counselor and eight years as a docent at Greenfield Village. He is survived by his wife, four children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Nancy Reed Chatfield on November 30, 2020. While at Allegheny, she joined Alpha Xi Delta national sorority. She worked at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.


Charles P. Long on October 6, 2020. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He went on to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He practiced family medicine in Naples, New York, for nearly 40 years and was a past president of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. He was a member of Valley Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, a Stephen Minister, on the medical committee, and as co-producer of the Hope and Healings Services, Network of Caring. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Clarke Long; daughter, Terry E. Stevenson ’76; son, Stephen W. Long; and brother, William W. Long. He is survived by his wife, Martha J. Long; son, Jeffrey C. Long ’77; daughter, Elizabeth Long Brennan ’82; stepdaughter, Jennifer Dix; stepson, Chuck Dix; 10 grandchildren, including Brian Long ’08, and eight great-grandchildren.


Elizabeth Wheeler Brandow on September 21, 2020. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta. She received her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was a teacher for 27 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Fredrick Milton Brandow ’49.


Helen Schmutz Edwards on September 25, 2020. She worked as a medical technician, eventually retiring from Geauga County Hospital, and she served her community by volunteering with Meals-On-Wheels and the Mary Martha Group. She is survived by her children, Doug, Scott, Lynne and Dave; 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandsons.  Her husband, Robert S. Edwards ’50, preceded her in death in 2004.

Helen Burns Hanson on January 1, 2021. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She later continued her education by earning a master’s of science degree at William Paterson University in speech pathology and obtained her registered certification as a respiratory therapist through Atlantic Community College. She enjoyed a career as an educator in New Jersey as a special education teacher in the Pequannock Township school district, and then progressed to director of a Head Start preschool program at William Paterson University. She soon found herself writing the curriculum as head director for the Dale Avenue Charter School in Paterson. Testing proved this program could take socially and economically disadvantaged preschool children who were underperforming academically and raise their test scores to at, or above, the national average by Grade 3. So successful was this program, she spent several years speaking at education conventions and disseminating her curriculum to school communities in need of a proven approach for education excellence throughout the United States. Her work caught national attention and earned her a spot in Who’s Who in Education. Her final working years were spent teaching a kindergarten class in Wildwood, New Jersey. As a semi-retirement business, she and her husband purchased a gift shop on Washington Street Mall in Cape May, New Jersey. The store became known for her signature silk floral designs, and brides came to Fancy That Gift Shop for their floral needs. She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as Regent of the Marco Island Chapter for many years, using her teaching talents to host re-enactment productions for local youth. She kept her sorority ties by joining the local Florida Panhellenic Council. Along with the love of her daughters, the family feels fortunate that she found a devoted companion, Norman Borgo, to share the last two decades of her life. She was predeceased by her husband, George Allchin Hanson ’49. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Hanson-Philip and Elisabeth Bishop Engelhardt; one granddaughter, and several step-grandchildren.

Marguerite Stone Koons on December 4, 2020. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She was involved as a student in Terrapins synchronized swimming club, modern dance club, outing club, saddle club, and French club. She earned her master’s in education (reading specialty) from Lake Erie College. She owned and operated the Reading Center in Mentor, Ohio. Later in Roseville, Ohio, she helped non-readers and underperforming readers become proficient readers, remediating hundreds of children and adults. She chronicled her teaching methods in Reading Is Easy. Recently she authored Corky’s Recollections and Clifford Alsworth Stone, My Father’s Amazing Story. She is survived by her children, Jon, Leonora, Gail, Curtis and Frederick; numerous nieces, nephews, including Clifford A. Stone ’73, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Robert B. Moore on September 6, 2020. After his graduation from Allegheny, he went on to Cornell University. He joined the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War as a forward observer in the 780th Field Artillery Battalion where he earned the Bronze Star. After his service, he moved to Baltimore where he owned a restaurant. After retiring from the restaurant business, he had a second career as a tax preparer for H&R Block. An avid golfer who was on the high school golf team with Arnold Palmer, he was a member of the St John’s County Men’s Golf Association for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Marianne; three daughters, Marianne Jay Frimmel, Mary Marjean McKinnon and Juliana Bly Brooks; a sister, Marjean Smith, and five grandchildren.

Winifred Bowser Snyder on December 30, 2020. She was the librarian at the Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Library for many years. She is survived by her two sons, Norman and Neal; four grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.


Robert W. Davis on July 19, 2020. With a bachelor’s degree in economics, he obtained a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. He followed that with two years in the U.S. Army and a career with PPG Industries. He dedicated his time to the South Hills Interfaith Movement as both treasurer and board member. A member of the American Contract Bridge League, he traveled the country to participate in tournaments, and for years directed duplicate games in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Along the way he earned 2,100 master points and finished as a Ruby Life Master.  He is survived by his wife, Janis Markham Davis; his son, Bruce; two daughters, Betsy Hohlfelder and Carol Keller; seven grandchildren; two stepchildren, Margaret Ann O’Brien and Robert O’Brien, and several step-grandchildren.

Jun Ching Lin on November 19, 2020. She immigrated with her family to the United States and  attended Allegheny College at the age of 16. After graduating, she went on to receive her graduate degree from the Fletcher School and was a certified public accountant. She worked as a CPA for a private firm before accepting a job as an auditor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


J. David Barnes on October 12, 2020. He received an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School, and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He worked for Mellon Bank, retiring as the chairman and chief executive officer. He gave his time to the Ellis School, participating in the development plans which led to the first substantial renovation of the institution’s facilities and the doubling of its endowment. In 1987, he was elected to the board of trustees at the University of Pittsburgh. He worked with six different committees in his 30 years there. He was predeceased by his siblings, Mary Jane Houtz ’55 and Lewis Barnes ’57. He is survived by his two daughters, Suzanne and Elizabeth.

Castella St. Clair Heskamp Burrows on November 8, 2020. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She continued her education at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, obtaining clinical experience in public health and obstetrics nursing, as well as a graduate nurse certificate. She was a registered nurse in three states and worked at several hospitals and long-term care facilities before working as a school nurse for Hampton Township and then North Hills Township school districts in the suburban Pittsburgh area. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Powers and Becky Lohman; her sons, Stephen Burrows, Scot Burrows and Stuart Burrows ’82; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her sister, Margaret Sue Heskamp Bailey.


Carol Krier Macdonald on August 11, 2020. She spent much of her life helping others by volunteering at many organizations, including the Rochester, New York, Museum & Science Center, Planned Parenthood, Girl Scouts, Family Services, YWCA, Friendly Home, Junior League and others. She is survived by her husband, Ronald; a daughter, Lisa Dunn; two granddaughters, and her partner, Mary Kay Hayes.


Walden H. Whyman on January 4, 2021. He was a business executive. He is survived by his wife, Hope; son, Peter; daughters, Wendy and Susan; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Marion Shryock Breakwell on November 12, 2020. She was a founding member and one of the first paramedics for the former Rostraver Emergency Medical Service and had been a substitute teacher in the Belle Vernon Area School District in Pennsylvania. Survivors include two sons, Christopher and Scott; four grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Merwin G. 1917. and Elizabeth Bates Shryock ’25, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford L. Breakwell ’54.

Alfred E. Denio, Jr. on September 8, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military service, he worked for Westinghouse and Eaton Corp. Surviving are his sons, Alfred Elon Denio III and Peter R. Denio; a daughter, Lisa Nicholson; two stepsons, David Miller and Michael Miller; two sisters, Lorna Volwinkle and Marsha Betz, and 11 grandchildren.


Richard Dickson on August 21, 2020. He was active in community service, serving time as president of the local Junior of Commerce in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where he helped construct the stairs to the falls which still exist today. He operated a retail sporting goods store which he ran into the late 1980s. He is survived by his wife, Janet Dickson ’55, and his four children, Karen, Nancy, James and Betsy.

Phyllis Stewart Fisher on December 17, 2020. She worked for Moravian Hall Square as the director of marketing for more than 15 years. A member of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, she supervised the Sunday School, led a weekly Women’s Circle, was a member of the Mission Committee, was ordained as an Elder of the church, served on the Governing Body for three years and served on the Senior Adult Ministry Committee for five years. She was a member and past president of the Junior League of Bethlehem and began the Voluntary Action Center, which she served as chair for three years. In 1977, she and a friend established the Hi Neighbors program, which is open to the community and offers speakers, food and fellowship, and she served as the chair for more than 30 years. She was the president of the Ladies Auxiliary at Westminster Village, served on the Sunshine Committee at the Carver House and helped care for those in need. She demonstrated outstanding loyalty to her community, generously contributing to the welfare of its citizens throughout her years of valuable service. She was the recipient of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Senior Award. She is survived by her son, Robert Fisher; three daughters, Susan Renaldi, Betsy Fisher and Allison Armstrong; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Julie Caulkins Helms on November 21, 2020. She attended the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She worked as a social worker in the fields of mental health, foster care, and adoption, and was later employed as the assistant to the artistic director of a local theater. She is survived by her husband, Jack; her children, David Helms and Laurie Maxwell, and five grandchildren.

Sue Ann O’Connor Idleman on October 25, 2020. She went on to earn her master’s degree from Drew University.  She was a volunteer for the Friends of the Madison Public Library and an active member of the Thursday Morning Club.  She was a patron of the arts, and her philanthropy included support for various universities and public causes. She is survived by her sons, Christopher and Scott, and seven grandchildren.

Gretchen Graff Winans on December 12, 2020. She had been employed as a substitute teacher with the Warren County School District and was an assistant secretary at First United Methodist Church. She had served on the board of directors of Warren General Hospital, Warren Family Services, Children’s Aid Society and Warren County Cancer Society. She was a member of the Warren Women’s Club, Antique Study Club, Garden Club, Warren Shade Tree Committee, Young Mother’s Study Club and a volunteer for the Reach to Recovery Cancer Outreach Program. She  is survived by her husband, David W. Winans ’53; a son, David Graff Winans ’80; a daughter, Julia Winans McTavish ’83; a sister, Susanne Henderson ’59, three granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren.


Sally Sauder Anderson on December 28, 2020. She served as an Elder at Boulevard Presbyterian, Euclid, Ohio, Wickliffe Presbyterian, Youngstown, Ohio, and Eastminster Presbyterian, Indialantic, Florida, where she also was Clerk of Session for several terms and a Stephen Leader and Director of Stephen Ministry for many years. She attended UPC General Assembly in Omaha in 1972 and was elected a Life member of Presbyterian Women in 2003. She is survived by her husband, Winston Anderson ’54; a daughter, Wendy Lou Epstein; a son, Gary Paul Anderson; a sister, Barbara Jean Hungerford, and three grandchildren.

John R. Fix on November 20, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents, E. Lester Fix 1921 and Tydfil Fix Jones. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Elaine Nelson; his children, Anne Fix and Dr. Peter Fix ’87; and two grandsons.

Donald P. McArdle on January 10, 2021. He was a four-year member of the Gators football team. After receiving a master’s degree in business administration from Ohio State University in 1960, he began his business career in the electric motor division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He then began a 21-year career with Franklin Electric Co., Inc. He was the vice president and general manager of the submersible motor division. After two years as the president of the Briggs Plumbingware division of JP Industries in Tampa, Fla., he and his good friend, Marv Huston, purchased McCoy Bolt Works, Inc. in Fort Wayne in 1987. He remained active as the chair of the board of McCoy Bolt until his passing. He is survived by his sister, Jacky Stromple; a brother, Lyn McArdle; eight children, Robert ’81, daughter-in-law Jennifer McArdle ’81, Patrick McArdle , Lynda Rittenhouse, Michael McArdle, Mary Ramirez, David McArdle, Ann ’91 Salek and John McArdle; 29 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Garbark McArdle ’55.

Bill N. Waugaman on October 15, 2020.  He spent two years in the U.S. Army in the Medical Corp Division in San Antonio, Texas, after college. He worked at Wilmington Savings Fund Society for 20 years as senior vice president. He also worked as vice president of Lending for Merchants Bank in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, and for Wye Mortgage in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1987, he and his wife established B. N. Waugaman Associates which later became Cardinal Appraisals. He also held his Realtor and Broker licenses for Cardinal Appraisals. He was a regular member of the Rhythm Doctors, First State Symphonic Band, Newark Community Band, Oompah Band, and the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band. He is survived by his wife, Jan; his daughters, Susan Frost, Janet Waugaman, Alice Alfred and Rebecca Arnold; his stepchildren, Jennifer Vestal, Elizabeth Beley and Rick Beley; 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Bertha Samas Wigton on January 4, 2021. She served as president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was a member of the Senior Court (the judicial body of women’s government), the Lambda Sigma Society, a national honor society dedicated to the purpose of fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and service, and served as a junior advisor. She was also active in the Student Council, and was named May Queen in 1956.  For years she worked at the former Yankee Dollar on Wooster Pike where her favorite job was the periodic buying trip to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Later she volunteered for many years at Legacies in Hyde Park, whose mission is to support the Cancer Support Community of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She is survived by her husband,  Richard P. Wigton ’56; a son, Dr. Tom Wigton;a sister, Joanne Hauck, and one granddaughter.


Jean Ridgeway Carpenter on September 17, 2020. She is survived by her children, Cynthia and Carolyn, and her four grandchildren.

Frederick C. Seyfert, Jr. on November 15, 2020.  He graduated from Baltimore City College as a music major and studied under an instrumental scholarship at the Peabody School of Music while in high school. He attended Indiana State Teachers College in Indiana, Pennsylvania, specializing in music education. He received a bachelor’s in social science from Houghton College. He earned his master’s in education specializing in religion and education from Allegheny College. He also attended Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He continued his educational endeavors at Moravian Theological Seminary obtaining a bachelor’s of divinity. At the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, he earned his sacred theology master’s degree. He further studied at St. George’s College in Jerusalem. He received his doctor of ministry degree from Drew University. He started his ministry in the Advent Christian Church and was ordained by the New York Conference in 1951. He served in Iron Gate, Virginia, and Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Then he went to the Evangelical United Brethren Church and was ordained as an Elder in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. He ministered in Denver, Pennsylvania; Crossroads-Point Phillips charge, in North Hampton County, Pennsylvania; Third Church in Philadelphia; and St. Paul’s in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. He was certified as a minister of education by the United Methodist Church. He pastored at Wesley in Dover, Delaware; Calvary in Milford, Delaware; Holly Oak in Wilmington, Delaware; Christiana in Christiana, Delaware; Suddlersville three-point charge in Suddlersville, Maryland; and St. Paul’s in Odessa, Delaware. In 1992, he retired from the pastoral ministry becoming a retiree of the Peninsula Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church after serving 41 years as a minister. He also served on the board of directors for the Commission on Archives and History of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for eight years. He is survived by his sisters, Marjorie Helen Givens and Vivian Alderfer; his son, William L. Seyfert,  and a grandson.


Mary Castle Altman on November 15, 2020. After Allegheny, she studied at Columbia University. She worked as a structural engineer at the Austin Company. She is survived by her two sisters, Barbara Kohin and Margaret Winter; her three daughters, Janet Coleman, Laurel McGowan and Barbara, and seven grandchildren.

Jean Goldsborough Clark on August 7, 2020. She attended Allegheny for three years where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, and went on to complete her bachelor’s degree at Baldwin Wallace College. She taught second grade in Berea, Ohio, until she moved to Southern California’s Newport Beach where she taught at Mesa Verde Elementary School in Costa Mesa. During that time, she also volunteered as a guide at Sherman Gardens and at the Environmental Nature Center. She was an active member of the Hoag Hospital Auxiliary working in the emergency room. Survivors include her husband, Daniel O. Clark, brother, Ted Goldsborough ’61, and several nieces and nephews.

Thomas C. Jones on August 12, 2020. After graduation, he earned a degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and completed his residency at Cornell University Medical College (now, Weill-Cornell), serving as chief resident his final year. Following residency, he deployed to Clark Air Base in the Philippines as a captain in the U.S. Air Force where he directed the Infectious Diseases Unit. He conducted and published a series of landmark studies on the epidemiology and management of severe gastroenteritis, which was epidemic among U.S. troops in Southeast Asia. Following military service, he returned to New York City and was appointed assistant professor at Rockefeller University. His research focused on how the parasite Toxoplasma gondii infected and survived in host cells. He expanded his studies to include other protozoa and bacteria. For this body of work, he received international recognition and was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He returned to Weill-Cornell in 1972 and progressed from assistant professor of medicine and public health to full professor in 1980. He was founding director of the Division of International Medicine. His research included leishmaniasis—a potentially deadly parasitic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Over the next five years, his National Institute of Health-funded research in Brazil defined the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and therapy of the disease, and continues there today. Recognized for his contributions in the field, he was appointed honorary professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He also directed the B.H. Kean Course in Tropical Medicine at Weill-Cornell. He was approached by Dr. Theodore Li, a medical resident, to discuss the disaster occurring along the Thailand border, where thousands of displaced persons were fleeing the genocide in Cambodia. They garnered the support of Cornell administration and, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee, embarked on the Cornell-Thailand Program from 1979 to 1982. For the medical faculty, residents, nurses, and fourth-year medical students who staffed the field hospital at Khao-i-Dang Cambodian refugee camp in Aranyaprathet, Thailand, it was a life-changing experience. Upon return, he sponsored his longtime translator and his wife from Khao-i-Dang to immigrate to the United States, opening his home to them. In 1982, he spent a year in Professor Peter Erb’s immunology laboratory at the Biomedical Institute of the University of Basel, Switzerland, exploring immunological defense mechanisms against certain viruses and bacteria. He reunited with his Swiss college sweetheart, who later became his second wife. In 1985, he became department head for Infectious Diseases at Sandoz Pharmaceutical in Basel. One of his most notable achievements was the development and introduction of the antifungal drug terbinafine, which is still used worldwide. After retiring in 1995, he remained active as a medical adviser to the World Health Organization and as a clinical research consultant. His academic appointments continued at Weill-Cornell where he was adjunct professor of medicine and was named emeritus professor of medicine in 2016.  He published more than 200 research articles in leading medical journals and texts; authored several books on health care including, Medical Care of Refugees and helped launch The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases with Dr. Roberto Badaro.  He is survived by his wife, Madeleine Fiorese-Jones ’59; his brother, Robert Jones; his children Col. Todd Jones ’89, Phoebe Jones Zayas ’87, Daniel Stefan Jones ’92 and Leonardo Jones; a stepson, Dr. Philip Tarr; a stepdaughter,  Natalie Tarr ’91, and 10 grandchildren, including Stephanie Swarthout ’19, Annabelle T. Jones ’23 and Matthew T. Jones ’19.

Donald Santora on January 15, 2021. He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry, graduating in 1962. Following dental school, he completed a dental anesthesiology residency at St John’s Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; his two children, Dr. Dawn Santora ’84 and Dr. Donald Santora ’87;  his seven grandchildren; his brothers, Dr. Frank Santora and Dr. Robert Santora; and a sister, Judy Russell.

James D. Sexauer on July 24, 2020. He contracted polio at age 9, a disease for which he was treated by many institutions of medicine, including the famed Sister Kenny Institute. While the effects of the disease followed him the rest of his life, they did not stop him. He went on to study at Western Reserve University, obtaining his medical degree and specializing in the field of psychiatry. His early career took him to Eugene, Oregon; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Tacoma, Washington. He moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to become the chief of psychiatry at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Medical Center, which was a position he held for many years. He was also a professor emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was active as an interviewer and educator of medical students. After retiring, he continued to serve his community as a physician in the Charleston Community Mental Health Center. Surviving are his three daughters, Kathy Weatherford, Linda Brinson and Amy Sexauer; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one sister, Lorna Lou McRoberts, and one brother, Charles Sexauer.

Harold E. Swift on November 29, 2020. He earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked at Gulf Research Laboratories as manager of research, as well as for PPG Industries, and over the course of his career was responsible for more than 100 patents. He continued to work until the age of 79 with the Office of Technology Management at the University of Pittsburgh. He is survived by his wife, Janet L. Weigle Swift; two daughters, Susan Galey and Carol Unitas; a son, Thomas Swift; two brothers, Wayne and James; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Sam J. Cappellino on December 1, 2020. He earned a master’s in education from West Chester University. He completed graduate work at San Francisco State University and Steubenville College and received a principal’s certificate from Youngstown State University. First employed as a teacher at St. Agatha’s School in Meadville, and then at Southeast School District in Portage County, he later taught at Newton Falls, where he was president of the Newton Falls Classroom Teachers Association. He initiated the Adult Basic Education program in Newton Falls and served as its director. He later became principal at Arlington School in Newton Falls, the position from which he retired. A lifelong learner, he attended the University of Siena and the Giacomo Leopardi Center in Balforte all’Isauro, Italy. He is survived by five daughters, Rosemarie Torem, Lorrie Cappellino, Corinne Shumard, Mychaelyn Michalec and Leslie Libaw; one son, Samuel Cappellino; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.   

Joan McDonald Shook on September 29, 2020. She was an elementary school teacher for many years and would later continue as a nursery school teacher. She was active in her church, Grace Lutheran, as well as the Waynesboro Players, where she aided in the costume department. She is survived by her brother, Ron; a daughter, Rachel; a son, Jeff, and three grandchildren.

Patricia Stotler Swann on November 24, 2020. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. She married Robert H. Swann ’57 who preceded her in death. She is survived by her sons, Chris and Rob; a daughter, Betsy, and seven grandchildren.

Matthew P. Wright on January 3, 2021. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1961, he joined the Peace Corps and served in Tanganyika, East Africa, for two years. Upon his return he began his career as an industrial engineer and worked for several companies, including Armco Steel, Erie Technological Products, Lord Corporation and Hydro-Pac. In addition, he worked as a stock and bond salesman, a project manager, a field agent and a quality consultant. He was a member of many clubs and societies, including Sertoma and the ASQ Institute of Industrial Engineers.


Virginia Ricchiuti Gross on October 3, 2020. She began her career in education teaching English at Strong Vincent High School in Erie. While there, she served as chair for the Language Arts Council, financial secretary for the Erie Teachers Association and advisor to the Erie YWCA. She continued her career at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School in Chardon teaching English and business courses. She served her community through her many volunteer activities; some of these included the Christ Child Society, St. Louis Women’s Guild, Cleveland CPA Auxiliary Club, Gates Mills Garden and Community Clubs. She was also active in fundraising for the Carmelites and Poor Clares’ Monastery and participated in many of their annual events. She is survived by her husband, Robert; her children, Robert, Lisa and Stephanie; four grandchildren, one great-grandson, and her sister, Tulia DeFoy.

Rodney C. Grossman on November 8, 2020. He received his master’s degree at Kansas State and his doctorate at Tulane. He began his teaching career as an English instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also taught at Lycoming College. He went to work for Parkson Corporation, a manufacturing company, as a general helper on the factory floor. His final position was the head of safety and compliance, using his academic skills to navigate OSHA regulations. Survivors include his wife, Louise Trahan; two sons, Robert Grossman and Geoffrey Grossman; two grandsons, and his previous wife, Judy Berg Kohn.

Roger C. McPhaden on October 2, 2020. After a short time in the U.S. Army and working for a family business in Lake City, Pennsylvania, for several years, he went on to become a successful manufacturers representative for several major companies over the last 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Steele; his children, Lori Rolph, John McPhaden and Amy Phillips; eight grandchildren, and a sister, Kay Lascek.


Tulia Ricchiuti Defoy on December 8, 2020. She worked for Bishop Gannon before teaching at Mayfield High School, retiring as the chair of the Business Department. She is survived by a daughter, Denise Coyne; a son, Ernest DeFoy, and five grandchildren.


Dr. Eugene A. Kline on October 7, 2020. He was a member of the Allegheny Singers. Upon receiving his doctoral degree from Iowa State University, he obtained a faculty position at Tennessee Tech University. He also participated in coal-gasification research in North Dakota and prepared a study for the state of Tennessee on how over-the-counter drugs could produce meth, which resulted in preventative legislation. He served as a girls’ basketball coach, an advisor to the Wesley Foundation Youth Group and sponsored the Chem-Med Club at Tennessee Tech. He also served as the president of the Lions Club where he was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow from Lions Club International. He was the president of the Tennessee Academy of Science and was a member of the Masons. He is survived by  his daughter, Dr. Natalie Stone; his brother, Boyd Kline; his sister, Dr. Nancy J. Kline, and a grandson.

David G. Middleton on October 30, 2020. He earned his master’s degree in education and his guidance counselor’s certificate from Penn State University.  He was a longtime active member of the Emlenton United Methodist Church where he had served on Church Council and in various other offices.   He began his teaching career in Oakmont, Allegheny County, where he taught for five years.  He returned home to Emlenton and was employed for many years as the high school guidance counselor at the Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. He was highly dedicated to all of the Allegheny-Clarion Valley Falcon athletic programs and had coached baseball and golf, served as athletic trainer for the football team, and scorekeeper and timekeeper for the basketball team. He is survived by his sister, Gwendolyn.

George W. Mummert on August 14, 2020. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and he competed on the track team. He also held a master’s degree from Penn State Harrisburg. His professional career was in marketing and advertising management, including at Capital Blue Cross, Friendly Ice Cream, the Victor F. Weaver Co., Lancaster Laboratories, and Weber Advertising & Marketing. He also retired from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel.

Evelynne McCartney Waite on August 26, 2020.  She was an active member, and served as president, of the local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack ’61, who passed away earlier this year. She is survived by her sons, Jon, Matt and Tim; five grandchildren, and her sister, Judy McCartney ’66.


Nancy Jamison Bell on December 1, 2020. She earned her master’s degree from Northern Illinois, and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and then became a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University where she served also as the department chair for several years. While at Texas Tech University, she was committed to principles of academic integrity and was an advocate for qualitative research. She mentored both graduate and undergraduate students as well as directing student internships in the community. Some of her many accomplishments during her tenure include the establishment of the Nancy J. Bell Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award and holding a rotating professorship in the department which was designed to promote high-quality research. She also had many research publications and co-edited the book Adolescent Risk Taking with her husband, Robert Bell. She is also survived by her children, Colin and Leslie Bell; her two grandchildren; her stepchildren Shoshanah Dietz, Dennis Bell, and Timothy Bell, and her seven step-grandchildren.


Gilbert Gray on February 17, 2020. He is survived by his companion, Suzy Miller; his children, Melissa Crosby, Hallie Hudson, Justen Gray, Eben Gray, Christian Gray, Gil Gray, II, Marnie Gray, Brandie Gray and Brittanie Gray, 19 grandchildren, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Dr. Eric P. Thiess on October 12, 2020. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Peace Corps. He earned a master’s degree from Clemson University and then a doctor of dental medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is survived by his son, Jason E. Thiess; a sister, Mary Lynn Beatty, and a grandson.


Susan L. Beyer on October 1, 2020. She received a master’s degree from C.W. Post College and did postgraduate work at Stony Brook State University. She went on to complete postgraduate courses on Prehistoric Britain at Oxford University, England, and taught elementary art at Bellerose Avenue School. She helped with stage design for Bellerose theater performances and at the Northport Art & Music Festival each June. She is survived by two sisters, Anne Juncadella and Beth Beyer.

Richard E. Boston on August 28, 2020. He went on to earn a second degree at Rutgers University. He taught in Cleveland, Ohio, and Holmdel, New Jersey. Then he worked at Pomperaug Regional High School as the media specialist as well as a realtor. He enjoyed being the voice of the Panthers football and basketball teams. Memorial contributions can be made to: Allegheny College. He is survived by his wife, Barbara ’71; his son, Travis; three grandchildren, and his sister, Louise Best.

Patricia L. Dawson on December 13, 2020. She earned a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate Institute of Santa Barbara, California. She began her surgical residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed it at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. She received her medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School in Newark.  In 2018, she retired from the Swedish Cancer Institute (Seattle), where she led the development of the True Family Women’s Cancer Center, a nationally recognized multidisciplinary organization to support all aspects of care for women with principally breast cancer — the seminal achievement of her career as a breast cancer surgeon and medical leader. At the time of her death, she served as the inaugural medical director for Healthcare Equity at University of Washington Medicine, where she helped UW Medicine reposition its initiative on healthcare equity to lodge it more centrally in the organization and its work. From 1983 to 1998, she served as a general surgeon at the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound (now Kaiser) before specializing in breast surgery (from 1994 on) and then as the director of medical staff diversity. In 1998, she published Forged by the Knife: the Experience of Surgical Residency from the Perspective of a Woman of Color — a book that broke new ground in understanding the impacts of gender and race on the practice of medicine. She served on several non-profit boards which she regarded as both educating individuals and contributing to building community. She served on the Seattle Public Library Foundation board of directors, and was herself an avid reader, who always regretted having tested out of English classes at Allegheny. When she “really retired” she planned to write fiction, which she regarded as one of the most complex of human endeavors to do well. From the time she was 18 years old, she recorded every non-school book that she read. The list grew to 75 single-spaced pages — a fact that was discovered only posthumously when the list was printed. As a member of the UW Women’s Center board, she was in the group that founded Making Connections, a program to help young women of color see themselves in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a member of the Bastyr University board of directors, she sought to support the scientific growth of systems of alternative healthcare to supplement what has evolved as standard allopathic medical practice. As a director on the board of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program, she sought to support its mission to bridge communities and healthcare institutions in promoting access to culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare. She is survived by her spouse, Dr. Donna H. Kerr; her brothers, Percival G. Dawson, Jr. and Charles D. Dawson; a daughter, Alexandria Z. Rooney; a son, Wesley G. Hiserman; a stepdaughter, Allison Kerr, and three grandchildren.

Kirk J. Eidenmuller on December 21, 2019. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He died while doing something he loved to do, playing tennis. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta.  He earned a master’s in education from Clarion University. He was an audiologist in Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of Northwestern, Pennsylvania. He attended the Community Church of Tellico Village in Tennessee where he occasionally served as usher. He was a member of the Tellico Village Dock Captains, assuming the position of head dock captain for a time. He was a member of the Tellico Lake Tennis Association and also of Tellico Village Tennis. He had a love of the water environment which kept him involved in fishing and boating. In earlier years, he explored the country and the world hiking, biking and cross country skiing. In more recent years, he continued his lifelong enjoyment of tennis. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Barbara J. Eidenmuller, and his brothers Henry Eidenmuller ’68 and Thomas Eidenmuller.

Larry Kolb Grimley on August 4, 2020. After Allegheny, he graduated from North Carolina Pembroke State University with a degree in art, then taught pottery and art at Southeastern Community College. He also enjoyed more than 31 years of state service in North Carolina as a dedicated employee with the county ABC stores. He is survived by his son, Jude Kolb Apple; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Susan Gray and  Meg Grimley.


Sandra Boyer Barnes on October 29, 2020. She began her career at Polk State Center. In her later years she helped many people as a Christian counselor. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Barnes Karns; a grandson; two sisters, Marian Mahoney and Marti Chasler, and two brothers, Ron Boyer and Bob Boyer.


William R. Saul on December 14, 2020. He obtained his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He actively worked at the Sauls’ farm. He is survived by his brother, Dwight S. Saul.


Carol Lamenza Booth on July 28, 2020. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and was an Alden Scholar. She received her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in educational psychology and was appointed to the Graduate Council of Students and received the Chancellor’s Research Award. A widely known, highly respected nationally and state licensed psychologist, university professor, administrator, speaker and consultant, she devoted her professional life to serving the needs of children and adolescents with disabilities and furthering the development of those in her profession. She served on the executive board of the Galveston County chapter of the National March of Dimes. Professionally, she was director of the Infant Development Center for the Gulf Coast Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Centers in Galveston, Dickinson and Lake Jackson, Texas. She was a senior research associate in psychology in the outpatient clinic for children and the lead psychologist and principal at Moody Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit. She later formed her own company, Carol Booth & Associates, providing psychological and consulting services to school districts and other organizations throughout the state. For over 30 years, she prepared licensed school psychologists and diagnosticians at the University of Houston Clear Lake, St. Thomas and Lamar Universities, as well as serving as an adjunct clinical faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. While supervising psychology interns and residents from multiple states seeking to practice psychology in Texas, she was an oral examiner and, later, an ethics complaint reviewer, for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Later in her career she was a psychological consultant for the Region IV Education Service Center, providing professional development and consultant services to 48 school districts in five counties; was the lead consulting psychologist in numerous school districts, including Dickinson, LaMarque, Galveston, Galena Park, and the South Jasper County. She served as the assistant director of special education in Dickinson, and was program director for Evaluation and Intervention Services and the Director of Special Education in Galena Park schools, all while maintaining her university teaching and consulting business. Throughout her career she was a leader in numerous professional organizations dedicated to the furtherance of the practice of psychology at the national, state and local levels. She was a member of the American Psychological Association; the Council for Exceptional Children; Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education; Autism Society of America; President, Treasurer, Regional Representative and Executive Board member of the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP), president of the Gulf Coast Administrators of Special Education, was the Texas delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the State of Texas Delegate to the School Psychologists Constitutional Assembly. TASP recognized her with the Outstanding School Psychologist award and later the award for Outstanding Contribution to School Psychology. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth C. Booth; her daughter, Colleen C. Booth; a grandson, and her sister, Barbara Taylor.

James C. Gardner on November 17, 2020. He was a member of Alpha Chi Rho. He developed a career in project management, most recently working at Erie Plating Co. He is survived by his wife, Amy L. Thompson Stenta; four children, Sean Gardner, Erin Goldberg, Megan Whitmer and Emma Gardner; three granddaughters; four brothers, Raymond Gordon Gardner, Jr., Tom Gardner, Greg Gardner and Kevin Gardner, and two stepchildren, Scott Stenta and Annie Stenta.


David Krattenmaker on November 23, 2020. He earned his master’s degree in accounting at the University of Arkansas. He worked for Westinghouse Electric Supply Company. He is survived by his brother, Tom Krattenmaker, and his sister, Betsy Marzonihis.


Todd C. Elliott on December 31, 2020. He earned his master’s degree from Duke University Fuqua School of Business in 1978. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Elliott ’49 and mother, Janice Haring Elliott ’53. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, and his brother, Bradford Elliott ’73.


Douglas J. DiMento on August 22, 2020. He was awarded most valuable player as a walk-on first-year football player at Allegheny. After he graduated, he returned home and furthered his education by taking a fiction writing class under award-winning writer Andre Dubus at Bradford College. He credited his class with helping him begin his professional writing career. He then attributed his participation in Cooperative Communicators Association with helping him expand his career at Agri-Mark, Inc., where he worked for 37 years as director of communications. He earned more than 40 awards throughout his career for writing, editing and newsletter design. He was most recently awarded the H. E. Klinefelter award from the Cooperative Communicators Association in 2020. Surviving are his wife, Denise Chritz-DiMento; his son, Robert D. DiMento; his mother, Diane M. DiMento; his sisters, Doreen, Ellen and Lea; and his brothers, Paul, Jim and Chris.


Kathleen D. Duda on November 30, 2020. She received a bachelor’s in nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University and worked as a registered nurse. She is survived by her husband, John Duda, ’78; her sons, Michael Duda, Charles Duda and Brian Farmer; a sister, Saundra Parker, and five grandchildren.


Donald E. Sisto on September 7, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Ann; his children, Sam and Emily, and his brother, John Sisto ’79, with whom he owned and operated his company, Dallas Contracting.


Thomas M. Randazzo on September 10, 2020. He began his Federal Administrative Law Judge career in the U.S. Department of Social Security in 2010, then became an ALJ with the National Labor Relations Board Division of Judges in 2013. Before that, he spent his legal career with the National Labor Relations Board as staff counsel to several board members in Washington, D.C. He later transferred to the board’s regional office in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as senior trial attorney for 18 years. He also served as an adjunct faculty member of the Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations. He received his law degree from the University of Toledo School of Law. He also earned an LL.M degree in labor relations from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is survived by his wife, Jana; his children, Katherine Marie, Michael A. and Christina A.; his parents, Joseph Sr. and Idamarie; his brothers, Joseph Jr., Louis, John and James; and a sister, Patricia.


Edward W. Kirn, III on January 4, 2021. He went on to study law and obtain his juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University. He was a partner in Powers Kirn, LLC, and practiced mortgage banking law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He managed the litigation department and client relations. He was an active member of USFN, serving in many roles, most prominently as president from 2016-2018 and most recently as treasurer/CFO. He regularly served on many panels and was a featured speaker at many industry conferences. He is survived by his wife, Sarah; two sons, Andrew Kirn ’20  and Edward, his parents, Edward W. Kirn, Jr. and Joanne Bizzack, and his sister, Christine Heffner.


Faith M. Smith on August 5, 2020. She was employed by the federal government and served as a paralegal in the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. She is survived by her mother, Vera Smith; father, Howard W. Smith, Jr.; a brother, Howard W. Smith, III; two sisters, Danielle and Paula Smith; and a stepbrother, Brandon Smith.


Paul A. Bunn on July 15, 2020. He served in the U.S. Marines before obtaining his environmental science degree from Allegheny. He spent years as an electrician before switching careers to environmental science. He enjoyed several years as an assistant Boy Scout leader, making many cherished memories with scouts along the way. He is survived by his children, Liam and Aiden Bunn; his partner, April Baker; two stepchildren, Rachel and James; his sister, Cyndi Miscovich, and his former spouse, Stacy Geib Bunn.


Dejan C. Kosanovic on November 23, 2020. He is survived by his mother, Marsha.


Arman R. Dashti on September 2, 2020. He worked in finance for BNY Mellon. He is survived by his parents, Gholam and Christine Dashti; his brother, Cameron Dashti, and his grandmother, Eileen O’Neil.


Zafirah Kaila Atinuke Abdulrahoof on August 22, 2020. She graduated from Allegheny with a degree in neuroscience. While at Allegheny, she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity, Women’s Rugby Club, was editor of the Allegheny Review, the national undergraduate literary journal, and editor of Overkill literary journal. After moving to Boston, she began working for Boston Children’s Hospital as a clinical research assistant. She is survived by her mother, Aminat Abdulrahoof; her sister, Ruqayyah Abdulrahoof; and her two brothers, Abdul Abdulrahoof and Wajid Abdulrahoof. She was preceded in death by her father, Bamidele Tola Abdulrahoof.


Norma A. Burchard on August 27, 2020. She was a librarian at Allegheny College.

Elizabeth M. Froncillo on November 24, 2020. She worked in housekeeping.

James E. Gillespie on January 23, 2021.  He served as a sports chaplain for Allegheny College Football.

Sarah E. Hodgson on October 9, 2020. She was a faculty member at Allegheny College.

Anita Spainhour Keen on October 18, 2020. She was a secretary in the Athletics Office.

David D. Kelley on July 20, 2020. He was a former football coach at Allegheny.

Donna M. Nageotte on January 8, 2021. She was a head bookkeeper. 

Joseph J. Skalko on January 9, 2021. He was a plumber.

Emily B. Smith on August 11, 2020. She was a former cook at Allegheny.

Merle E. Vincent on January 9, 2021. He worked in the Maintenance Department on the athletic fields for sporting events.