- In Memoriam (January-June 2017)
Ray Harrison Fenner, M.D., 81, of Seattle, Washington passed away on April 30, 2016. He performed surgery at the Seattle Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic for 35 years and volunteered as attending physician at two other hospitals.He also taught as a clinical professor at the University of Washington. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Susan, and children Kane, Karen and Kolby.
Joyce Marie (Presley) Dix (’54) died May 7, 2016. She was a New York State Realtor before retiring to Roswell, Georgia in 1993. She is survived by her sister Birdie (’59), husband Steven and two daughters.
Eric Schwarzlander (’82) passed away May 11, 2016. He became a beloved member of the L’Arche Syracuse community in 1990 where he lived for 25 years. He was currently employed at Monarch Industries. He is survived by his parents, Harry and Patricia, his sister Hanni and brother Dan.
Joshua Stuber (’03), 31, of Seattle WA passed away January 6, 2017 in California. Josh was a fisherman in Alaska and Seattle. Surviving are his partner Genevieve, daughter Josephine and (expected) daughter Cora. He is also survived by his mother Diana, his father and stepmother, Edward and Sharon, his brother Aaron and two sisters, Sierra and Juliet.
Kenneth R. Becker (’48), 86, passed away January 7, 2017 in Chittenango, NY. He graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and was a Staff Sergeant with the US Army during th Korean War. For 30 years he was a landscape architect and Project Engineer with Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw & Folley in Syracuse. He is survived by his sister Nancy, son David, daughter Diane and two step children.
William “Bill” Rezak, Ph.D. (’57) died January 14, 2017 in Tavares, Florida. He played on the 1957 city champion Bulldogs and continued playing football through four years of college at Lehigh University. After college he returned to Syracuse to work for Solvay Process as an engineer. Later he became a Project Manager for EBASCO Industries in NYC. Eventually he earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development. He left industry to teach engineering and, in 1993, became President of SUNY Alfred. He has written 3 books. The most recent, “God is Not a Real Estate Agent”, identifies a path toward resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He was predeceased by his wife, Paula, and is survived by daughter Sarah and son David.
William “Bill” Mangin (’41) died January 22, 2017 in Syracuse New York. He earned his BA from Syracuse University in Anthropology, Sociology and Mathematics. Bill taught 44 years at Syracuse University, making him the longest actively teaching professor in the history of the university. He is survived by his wife Patricia Cridland, sister Jean, daughters Laura and Katrina, stepson Ward Cridland and stepdaughter Lee Cridland.
Kathy Carroll (’59) died January 27, 2017 in Tucker, Georgia. She had been employed as a gerontologist in Chicago, Minneapolis and Atlanta. She was predeceased by her brother Patrick, and is survived by two aunts and many cousins.
Peter Gifford (’66) died January 29, 2017 at 68 years of age. Peter was a gifted athlete as a young man: he played tennis and was on Nottingham’s championship football team. He studied math and physics at Syracuse University before graduating with a degree in liberal arts. Peter took over and ran his father’s company, Cryomech. Surviving are his wife Lorraine Koury, sisters Jenni and Hilary and brother Robert .
Richard Allen Crounse, 46, of Dewitt, passed away February 2, 2017 after a brief illness. He was a self employed home renovator. He is survived by his wife Cindy, his mother and stepfather, his brother Donald and sister Wendy.
Ian Pratt, 42, passed away February 2, 2017. He was an avid reader, especially interested in Irish history and outdoor survival. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Julie, his parents, sister Beth and brother Jeremy.
Ethan C. Cunningham (’88) 46, passed away February 6, 2017. He was a passionate football player at Nottingham, where he later taught for 10 years. He was also a Fire Fighter for 11 years. He is survived by his children Ethaniel, Sierra and Elana.
Paul Esposito, (’62) 72, died February 18, 2017 at home in Manlius. He worked for the Onondaga County Health Department for 42 years. His wife Judith (Flack) Esposito (’64) died in 2016. He is survived by his children Paul Jr., Garrett, Erin and Dake.
Barry Steven Harris (’66) passed away at age 68 on February 19, 2017 in Rochester. He was a long time resident of Spring Valley until his retirement, when he moved to Webster, N.Y. He was an accountant in private practice for over 40 years. He is survived by his family Edward, Eric, Heather and Zachary Schwab.
Teresa Gallishaw (’92) 43, died February 25, 2017 in Syracuse, N.Y. She earned a Master’s Degree from Buffalo State University and was an associate director at Salem University for 6 years. She is survived by sisters Terri, Michelle, Falisha and Cornish and brothers Russel, Jeffery, Willie and Damiel.
Myron Grossman (’67) 67, passed away February 27, 2017. He founded and ran the successful landscaping company, Frank & Grossman, through which he designed hundreds of award winning gardens and public parks in the San Francisco Bay area. He also had a passion for music and played in many bands. He is survived by his wife Ping, daughter Julia and sons Stuart and Jai Feng.
Edward S. Green (’45?) passed away March 2, 2017. He was born and raised in Syracuse and met his future wife, Joan Feder, while attending Nottingham. Eddie became a CPA and also earned a law degree from S.U. He was co-founder of an accounting firm and a law firm which, together, became Green & Seifter. He maintained this practice until 2000, at which point he founded the investment advisory firm of Edward S. Green & Associates.He developed properties, mentored younger professionals and was devoted to every major community organization. Eddie is survived by his wife Joan and children Jill, Bill and Nancy.
Gloria Rynveld Katz (’42?) passed away March 2, 2017. Gloria began her 31 year career at Syracuse University as a secretary in the Eastern African Studies Program in 1964. In 1985 she received the Chancellor’s Citation for distinguished service. At her retirement in 1995, she was Assistant to the Dean of the Maxwell School. Gloria was predeceased by her husband, Marvin, who died in 2016. She is survived by her daughter JoAnn and son Gary.
Robert “Derby” Derbyshire (’67) 67, passed away in Jacksonville, Florida on March 10, 2017. He is predeceased by his parents and two brothers, David and Michael (“Mickey”). He is survived by his wife Denise, daughters Aimee, Kimberly and Trisha, son Robert and six stepchildren.
James R. Gooley (’56) 78, died March 16, 2017. He served in the Navy for four years and then joined the Naval Reserve. He was a salesman for Cooley Business Forms for 22 years, served as a volunteer fireman for over 35 years and was a Boy Scout Leader. James is survived by his wife Rosalie and his children James, Terri, Eric, and stepson Joseph Reddy.
Charles Wallowitz, 89, former teacher of 3 dimensional art at Nottingham High School and at LeMoyne College, died on March 19, 2017. Students flourished in his classes, with several continuing in art professionally due to his inspiring passion for both art and teaching.
Elda (DaRin) Ernst (’39?) 96, passed away in Syracuse on March 21, 2017. She graduated from Powelson Business Institute and worked at Crouse Hinds and Bristol Laboratories. After her marriage, she and her husband spent some years in both California and Colorado before moving back east and settling in Minoa, where they lived for 56 years. Surviving are her daughters Sandra and Bonnie and brother Raymond.
Charles Edward Drake (’53) 81, died March 30, 2017, the last survivor of triplets. Charlie attended both Nottingham High School and The Manlius School, and was a 1958 graduate of Brown University. He served for eight years in the Naval Reserve and worked for Eastman Kodak for 25 years. In 1985 he and his wife purchased the Travel Bug of Manlius. They sold the business ten years later and retired to the Adirondacks. He was a past president of the Fayetteville Manlius Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife Audrey, daughters Jennifer and Janet, and son Peter.
Edward Kokernak, 85, former teacher at Nottingham, died on March 30, 2017. He had a passion for classical music, teaching and travel. Edward was a Korean War veteran and taught for 36 years. He is survived by a son and five daughters.
Barbara (Bushnell) Williams Low (’47) passed away on April 6, 2017 at Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers FL. In the mid seventies she was a noted ceramicist, having founded Trio Ceramics in Cicero NY, before moving to Florida in 1983. She is survived by her husband, M. Donald Low, and two sons from a previous marriage, Thomas Williams and Donald Williams.
Marilyn (Worden) Hordies, 89, passed away April 17, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband Bob. Marilyn was a Physical Therapist at Crouse-Irving Hospital for many years and an avid volunteer for Make-a-Wish, the Red Cross, the Landmark Theater and the Burnet Park Zoo. She is survived by her children Ruth, Barbara, Mark and Howard.
James D. Fitzpatrick (’56) died April 17, 2017. Upon graduation from the S.U. College of Law he joined the firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King where he practiced for nearly fifty years, becoming a partner in the firm and one of the preeminent real property practitioners in Central New York. He served as President of the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society and was a member of numerous legal associations. He also served on the boards of many charitable organizations. Jim was recognized by the Syracuse Post Standard as a Person of Achievement in 2000 for making his hometown a better place in which to live. He is survived by his sister, Mary. His twin brothers, William and Francis, predeceased him.
Dr. Richard A. Gordon (’54), 80, passed away April 18, 2017. After earning his degree in dentistry, he served two years with the U.S. Air Force in Germany before entering into private practice in Liverpool. Dick was an avid fisherman and boater, having had a cottage on Lake Ontario for over 30 years. He sang in a barbershop quartet and played the ukulele in two different clubs. He is survived by his wife Beverly and his daughter Annette, but was predeceased by his son Michael.
Barbara Buffum Viertel (’38?), 97, passed away April 23, 2017. In 1936, while at Nottingham H.S., she was a city champion speed skater, practicing at Thornden Park. Barbara was a graduate of S.U. and taught physical education and modern dance. She is survived by her son, William.
Daryll Jones (’71) died April 23, 2017. He worked at Miller Brewing Company. Daryll is survived by his wife of 30+ years, Stephanie, and son Marcus.
Bruce Ross (’58), 76, passed away April 30, 2017. Upon graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in microbiology, he worked in cancer research at Upstate Medical Center, launching a long career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He served as President of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Group and also as Director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Upon retirement he became CEO of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and, subsequently, a member of the Board of Directors of several biotechnology companies. Bruce is survived by his wife Susan and daughters Sara, Kristin and Jennifer.
Christopher C. Harrison, 48, died May 8, 2017. He coached football at Nottingham H.S. and served as a Syracuse Firefighter for 23 years. Christopher is survived by his son DeAndre and daughter Melanie.
Rhondye Hayes Williams Jr. (’87), 48, died May 15, 2017. He graduated from Onondaga Community College as Valedictorian, then attended Sanz College and SUNY ESF. Rhondye was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and earned a Multicultural Honors Scholar Award. He was a certified EKG Technician. He is survived by his children Shayla, Tahlia, Trajan and Rhondye III.
Stephen C. Loveland (’87), 49, died May 27, 2017. He worked for Tupper Properties and could fix and/or build almost anything. He was a member of S.U.’s Outing Club and loved to cook and travel. He is survived by his mother and sisters, Wendy and Lisa.
Barrie (Shuffler) Skinner (’62) passed away on June 2, 2017. She graduated from MIT in 1966 (one of 18 women in a class of 1000) with a B.S. in mathematics. She married Loren Courtland Skinner II (“Court”) in Syracuse, attended graduate school in Arizona and then moved to California to work and raise her family. Barrie worked for a number of companies supplying equipment to the integrated circuit manufacturing industry. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Heidi and Nicole, and son Loren.
John H. Coit (’41), 93, died June 5, 2017. He attended S.U. and, in 1942, enlisted in the Army Air Corp where he served as a pilot, flight instructor and flight engineer during World War II. He graduated from S.U.’s College of Engineering and worked as an engineer before starting his own business, John H. Coit Co., in 1966. John loved building and carpentry; was an avid skier and sailor. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carolyn, and four children: Lynde, David, Laura and Janet.
Rebecca Setless Martel (’87) passed away June 6, 2017. She attended SUNY Oneonta, then moved to Hilton Head, SC, where she taught pre-school for 14 years. She is survived by her three children, Mason, Lara and Faith.
Cynthia Papworth Coursen (’42), 93, died June 9, 2017. She graduated from S.U. in 1946 and later earned Master’s Degrees in both Special Education and Counseling. She taught for 14 years. Her many passions included music, sailing, skiing and gardening. In her later years she initiated sailboat racing and a book club in the Upper Saranac Lake community in the Adirondacks, where she spent summers with her husband. She is survived by her four children, Richard, Christianne, Alexandra and Susan.
Obituaries from past editions are in the individual newsletters.