Paul Schwartz, pioneer of music at Kenyon, is dead at ninety-two
Kenyon Professor Emeritus of Music Paul Schwartz, a member of the College's faculty for more than thirty years, died August 10, 1999, at his enyon Professor Emeritus of Music Paul Schwartz, a member of the College's faculty for more than thirty years, died August 10, 1999, at his fine arts by the College. His citation read, in part, "your students hold you in high regard as a man of catholic yet not indiscriminate taste, and for them you have been a paradigm of musical integrity."
A noted composer of chamber, choral, solo, and symphonic works, Schwartz received commissions for music that was performed in Canada and throughout Europe and the United States. In 1996, Kenyon's Chamber Singers premiered his choral piece "The Little Vagabond," which takes its text from a poem by the English writer, engraver, and mystic William Blake.
At the dedication of the music department's new home, James P. Storer Hall, in October 1999, the Kenyon Community Choir performed another work by Schwartz, "Survey of Literature," with text by his one-time faculty colleague, poet John Crowe Ransom. The choir was led by James and Cornelia Ireland Professor of Music Benjamin R. Locke, Schwartz's successor as director of the Knox County Symphony.
"Paul Schwartz's rigorous classroom demeanor often belied the clever, caring, and charming man he was," recalls Director of Capital Funds J. Thomas Lockard '67, the College's first music major. "I remember him fondly as a mentor, friend, and still my most palpable connection with my student days."
Schwartz is survived by his wife, Kathryn Carlisle Schwartz, a former member of the English faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University; three daughters, Angela Schwartz Mead (a renowned cellist based in Switzerland), Isabel Schwartz Lopatin, and Julia Schwartz Kuntzler; and two granddaughters.
No memorial service is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Mathematics professor Wendell Lindstrom dies at seventy-two after long illness
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Wendell Lindstrom, a long-time member of the Kenyon faculty, died December 8, 1999, at his home in Gambier. Lindstrom, who had been suffering from myelodysplasia and, in the last months, from leukemia as well, was seventy-two.
A specialist in abstract algebra, Lindstrom--who was known to most of his colleagues and friends and many of his students as Lindy--came to the College as an associate professor of mathematics in 1958 and won promotion to full professor in 1966. During the 1962-63 academic year, he worked as a National Science Foundation Fellow conducting research in commutative algebra with Professor Abraham Seidenberg at the University of California at Berkeley. Lindstrom also held positions as a visiting scholar at the University of Oregon and as a visiting professor at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, during his thirty-year tenure at Kenyon.
In 1988, Lindstrom left the full-time faculty to become one of the College's first Dana Early Retirement Fellows. In that position, he worked with students as a tutor and assisted in building Kenyon's collection of mathematics books. Also in 1988, Lindstrom was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by the College in recognition of his "loyalty, kindness, and adherence to the highest standards." The citation, composed and read by his long-time faculty colleague Robert M. McLeod, noted, "You have taught with a passion that a quiet demeanor concealed from casual observers, but not from discerning students. You infected generations of them with your own enthusiasm for mathematics, and especially for algebra."
Lindstrom, who served on several occasions as chairman of the Department of Mathematics, was an Advanced Placement examination reader for the Educational Testing Service in the 1970s. He was a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society of Sigma Xi. Among his publications was A Primer of Discrete Mathematics, written with the late Kenyon Professor of Mathematics Daniel T. Finkbeiner and published in 1987.
A native of Kiron, Iowa, and the first in his family to attend college, Lindstrom was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned his bachelor's degree, with distinction, in 1949. He went on to earn his master's degree in 1951 and his Ph.D. in 1953, also from the University of Iowa. Lindstrom then taught at Iowa State University for five years before joining the Kenyon faculty.
Lindstrom is survived by his wife, Miriam Bratt Lindstrom, a former member of the Olin and Chalmers Libraries staff, to whom he had been married for forty-nine years. He is also survived by two daughters, Astrid J. Lindstrom of Natick, Massachusetts, and Greta Lindstrom Cornell of Newburgh, New York; a son-in-law, John Cornell; four grandchildren, Anna and Benjamin Leavitt and Adam and Luke Cornell; a brother, Conwell Lindstrom; and a sister, Genevieve Anderson. Memorial contributions may be made to the First-Generation Scholarship Fund, Office of Development, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623, or to Hospice of Knox County, 302 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.
A memorial service was held on December 11, 1999, in the Church of the Holy Spirit, with Rev. Stephen E. Carlsen, rector of Harcourt Episcopal Parish, as the officiant. Professor Emeritus of Classics William E. McCulloh offered the eulogy. Burial was in the College cemetery, in a plot adjoining that of his late colleague Daniel Finkbeiner.
In his remarks, McCulloh remembered his long-time friend as a man whose nature was a "mixture of quiet humor, gentle appreciation, and cheerful directness." In the almost thirty years in which they were both residents of Ascension Hall, McCulloh went on, "[Lindy's] integrity, intellectual standards, wide-ranging interest in the liberal arts, and total, unselfish dedication to the College were a reassurance and example to me, especially in times of trial."
"The last chamber concert Lindy heard ended with Beethoven's Twelfth String Quartet," McCulloh, who also attended that concert, recalled. "The adagio of the quartet . . . is among the few musical experiences that could be called seraphic: it is like the bliss of the seraphim eternally in the divine presence. T.S. Eliot speaks of `music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all, but you are the music, while the music lasts.' I shall miss Lindy, but I believe that he, in his devoted, smiling goodness, is now that music."
Melissa Kravetz, student leader and 1998 Anderson Cup winner, succumbs to cancer
Following a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer, Melissa L. Kravetz, a member of the Class of 1999, died October 30, 1999, at her family's home in Tarzana, California. She was twenty-one.
A graduate of the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, the boundlessly energetic Melissa was a gifted and creative scholar who designed her own Kenyon major in nonhuman primate ethology, combining coursework in anthropology, environmental science, and psychology. She also devoted much of her time to the Brown Family Environmental Center (BFEC), where she worked closely with the codirectors, Jordan Professor of Environmental Science E. Raymond Heithaus and Inese B. Sharp, in providing leadership for key projects.
Melissa's many extracurricular activities included two groups of which she was a cofounder, Allied Sexual Orientations (ALSO) and the Multicultural Council. In addition, she was a member of the Animal Liberation Coalition. She also served as a mentor with Realizing Each Other's Ability to Conquer the Hill (REACH), as the student manager of the BFEC, as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions, and as an upperclass counselor.
At Kenyon's Honors Day Convocation in 1998, Melissa became the first student in the College's history to win the top two student service awards, the Doris B. Crozier Award and the E. Malcolm Anderson Cup, in the same year. Unfortunately, Melissa was too ill to attend the event, at which she received a standing ovation from her fellow students and members of the administration, faculty, and staff. Back home in California, however, she was able to enjoy a videotape of the ceremony.
Melissa attempted a return to campus in the fall of 1998, but a relapse forced her to go back to California. Once there, she and her family continued their aggressive assault on the disease. Melissa spent a great deal of time over the past two years in hospitals, where her visitors included not only family members and friends (a number of them from Kenyon) but also her idol, the chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall. Although Melissa was often extremely ill from the cancer and the treatments employed to combat it, she refused to abandon her plan to complete her degree and get on with a life of activism and service in those areas about which she was most passionate, animal rights and the environment.
Among Melissa's survivors are her parents, Glenda and Norman Kravetz, and her brothers, Matthew, John, and Jamie. Messages of condolence to the Kravetz family should be addressed to them at 4535 Van Alden Avenue, Tarzana, California 91356.
Melissa's friends in the College community gathered to remember her on October 3, and the Kravetzes held a memorial service in California during Thanksgiving week. That event was also attended by many of Melissa's Kenyon friends, including Dean for Academic Advising Jane Martindell and Dean of Students Donald J. Omahan '70.
In her remarks on that occasion, Emily E. Huigens '00 said, "I think Melissa would have wanted us to take one direction from her death: to live the rest of our lives with greater compassion. The best thing we can do to remember her is to vow from this day on to resist the temptation of self-absorption. We can give not only of our money and our time but also, and more importantly, our hearts to the causes we most care about."
A campus memorial service will be scheduled and announced at a later date.
Robert L. Thebaud '25 on July 17, 1999. He was ninety-six and a resident of Kimberling City, Missouri.
At Kenyon, Bob majored in mathematics, joined Sigma Pi, sang in the choir, and waited tables in the commons. Son of an architect, he began his career as an architectural draftsman, designing store layouts and plans. After the Depression, Bob was hired by a company that created porcelain panels for subway escalators, where he developed an interest in electroplating. Ultimately, he founded Portage Metal Finishing, which he managed in Three Rivers, Michigan, until his retirement to Kimberling City in 1971.
Bob is survived by his wife, Margaret Otterbein Thebaud; three daughters, Barbara Richie, Elizabeth Sharr, and Margaret Hauff; and seven grandchildren, including Barbara E. Hauff '95.
Albert F. Shorkey '35 on April 18, 1999, of complications of pneumonia. He was eighty-four and a resident of Fairhope, Alabama.
At Kenyon, Albert was a chemistry and physics major and a member of Sigma Pi, the choir, the Kenyon Singers, and the Science Club. He went on to earn a master's degree in chemical engineering from Ohio State University. An employee of Dow Chemical Company and Dow Badische for more than thirty-nine years, Albert retired in 1977.
Albert is survived by his wife, Maureen Grayson Shorkey; a daughter, Margaret S. Evans; three sons, Charles E., Allen L., and Robert G. Shorkey; two brothers, Richard L. Shorkey '38 and Edward S. Shorkey '45; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to St. George's Episcopal Church, Box 2492, Anderson, South Carolina 29622; Mercy Medical, Box 1090, Daphne, Alabama 36526; or St. James Episcopal Church, 860 Section Street, Fairhope 36532.
Leonard W. Swanson '35 on June 30, 1999. He was eighty-six and a resident of Park Ridge, Illinois.
At Kenyon, Leonard, a mathematics major and a member of Delta Tau Delta, was an outstanding athlete, earning eight varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball and also playing intramural volleyball. He was inducted into the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1996. Leonard, who graduated summa cum laude and won membership in Phi Beta Kappa, went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota. His early career included employment at International Business Machines as a mathematician in the applied science division and at Arthur Andersen and Company in operations-research consulting. Leonard retired from Northwestern University's Graduate School of Management, where he was a professor of quantitative methods from 1964 to 1978.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Winifred Allen Swanson, and a daughter, M. Sue Swanson.
Lawrence McKay 1937 on May 21, 1998. He was eighty-four and a resident of Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
Lawrence attended Kenyon for one year, completing his education at the Babson Institute (now Babson College). He served in the U.S. Navy in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Lawrence made his career as a sales representative for the McKay Company, a steel fabrication firm.
Lawrence is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Slocum McKay.
George W. Eagon '38 on May 9, 1999, of complications of pneumonia. He was eighty-two and a resident of Portland, Oregon.
A biology major at Kenyon, George was one of the founders of the College's swimming tradition. In his first season, he won the inaugural Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championships in the 50-, 100-, and 220-yard freestyle events, becoming Kenyon's first OAC swimming champion and record holder. George went on to win eight conference titles (five individual and three relay) and serve as captain of the 1938 team, which went undefeated (11-0) and won Kenyon's first OAC team championship. He was inducted into the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1989. George served as a naval officer during World War II and then went on to Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery, graduating in 1948. George was a practicing physician in Portland until his retirement in 1984.
In March, George attended the Division III men's national swim meet and reunion of Kenyon swimmers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Arthur "Jay" Henahan III '86, who organized the reunion, wrote, "George was at his best that weekend, doing one of the things he loved best: participating in a sixty-five-year love affair with Kenyon and with Kenyon swimming. It is hard to imagine that George ever shone more brightly than he did at the alumni banquet that Friday evening, looking out over the generations of Kenyon swimmers who had followed him as they listened to his tales of Shaffer Pool and Kenyon's first OAC championship--and who then rose to salute him."
The first in a long line of "swimming Delts," George maintained a life-long relationship with the fraternity, serving at one time as president of the fraternity's Portland Alumni Association.
George is survived by his wife, Phyllis Wheeler Eagon; a daughter, Mary Jane Erwin; a son, J. Kenyon Eagon; a brother, John C. Eagon; and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Portland Medical Foundation, Intensive Care Unit, 4805 N.E. Glisan Street, Portland 97213, or the Hinson Memorial Missionary Fund, 1315 S.E. Twentieth Street, Portland 97214.
Rev. Phil Porter Jr. '40 on February 8, 1999, of lung cancer. He was eighty and a resident of Muskegon, Michigan.
At Kenyon, Phil majored in English, sang with the Kenyon Singers, and participated in dramatics and the Flying Club. He was also a member of Psi Upsilon, serving as president in 1940. Phil attended the Episcopal Theological School briefly until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 until 1945 and attaining the rank of major. After completing his theological studies at Episcopal in 1947, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1948. Phil served the church as curate of St. Stephen's in Columbus, Ohio; vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Athens, Ohio; rector of the Church of the Epiphany in Euclid, Ohio; and rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Mount Kisco, New York. After taking an early retirement, he and his wife lived on a working farm in Connecticut for thirteen years before moving to North Muskegon to be near family members.
Phil is survived by his wife, Joan Peabody Porter; three daughters, Judith P. Ferguson, Margaret P. Miller, and Carol P. Myers; a son, Andrew P. Porter; a brother, William C. Porter '49; and six grandchildren, including Phil Porter '74. Phil was the son of Rev. Phil Porter '12, a long-time trustee of the College and a graduate of Bexley Hall.
T. James Wende '40 on November 9, 1998. He was eighty-one and a resident of Akron, New York.
At Kenyon, Jim was a French major and a member of Alpha Delta Phi, serving as president one year, and the varsity track team. He was also president of the sophomore class and president of the Student Assembly in his senior year. His other activities included dramatics and membership in the Kenyon Klan and the Ryebucks. Jim was a career employee of Texaco, serving as a distribution and development manager and retiring in 1972. In August 1974, he was elected president of Sheepscot Island Company of Maine. For twenty-five years, he was a grower of nursery stock, especially of evergreens (primarily Christmas trees) and flowering shrubs.
Jim's attachment to Kenyon was an early one. His mother, Dorothy Siddall Wende, attended the Harcourt School in Gambier, and his uncle, Kingdon T. Siddall, graduated from Kenyon in 1911. In the 1930s, Jim's mother composed a class song for the Class of 1940, and his wife, Elizabeth, set it to music for the class's forty-fifth reunion in 1985. Active in alumni affairs, Jim was involved in fundraising and student recruitment.
Jim is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Schaefer Wende; three daughters, Susan Caldwell, Katrina Heckman, and Gretchen Kasper; a son, Peter Wende; and twelve grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Kenyon College, Office of Development, Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623.
William H. Ryan 1941 on April 12, 1999. He was seventy-nine and a resident of Largo, Florida.
Bill, who also attended the University of Pittsburgh, attended Kenyon for one year. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and retired as a captain. His early career included seven years with Gulf Oil Corporation and nine years as a sales manager with Industrial Metal Protectives. Bill retired in 1989 after twenty-seven years as a stockbroker and corporate vice president with the Ohio Company.
Bill is survived by his wife, Kathryn; three daughters, Robin Anderson, Randi Williams, and Reesa Koops; a stepdaughter, Linda Nichols; a stepson, Jack Duncan; and four grandchildren.
Fr. William R. Cook '42 on December 29, 1998. He was seventy-nine and a resident of Mesa, Arizona.
A history major and a member of Delta Phi, Bill graduated with highest honors and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree in sacred theology from the General Theological Seminary and a master of divinity degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Bill was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1945 and a Roman Catholic priest in 1971. As an Episcopal priest, he served congregations in Hemet, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. After his Roman Catholic ordination, Bill was assistant director of Catholic Charities in Cleveland and an advisor, chaplain, and minister to various hospitals and homes for the aged. Following his retirement from the priesthood in 1992, he served as a co-operator of Opus Dei, a papal agency centered in Rome, Italy.
Bill leaves no immediate survivors.
Philip R. Merrifield '43, date unknown. He was a resident of New York City.
At Kenyon, Philip was a mathematics major, a member of Middle Kenyon Association, and a member of the Collegian staff. During World War II, he was assigned to the meteorology course at the U.S. Army Air Corps school at the University of Chicago. Philip went on to earn a master's degree and doctorate in psychology from the University of Southern California, where he taught and held various administrative positions for eleven years before being named professor and chairman of the Department of Educational Psychology at New York University (NYU). He taught advanced courses in psychometrics and sponsored dissertation students while conducting his personal research in educational measurement. Philip retired from NYU in 1991 but continued his work as an educational and psychometric consultant. He also made himself available to Kenyon students and alumni through the Career Counseling Network.
Philip is survived by his wife, Ora Ezrachi Merrifield, and two daughters, Signe and Karla Merrifield.
Neil D. Hardy '44 on April 1, 1999. He was seventy-six and a resident of Milltown, Delaware.
Neil, who concentrated his work at Kenyon in English and Spanish, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He completed his course work at the College in 1946 and received his degree cum laude. In 1985, Neil retired from a thirty-year career as an advertising executive with the DuPont Corporation.
Neil is survived by his wife, Mildred Moore Hardy; a daughter, Linda D. Hardy; a brother, C. Bruce Hardy; and a sister, Frances Brown. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Delaware, 1021 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19806.
Thomas J. Leflar 1944 on May 24, 1999, following a long illness. He was seventy-six and a resident of Mount Dora, Florida.
An English major at Kenyon, Tom left school to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He completed his education at Tulane University and the University of Kansas and taught briefly, at Ohio University and elsewhere, while working on his doctorate in English. Tom devoted many years to the lay ministry at St. Ignatius Episcopal Church in New York City, a then-struggling inner-city parish whose staff consisted of just Tom and the priest. He moved to Florida in the early 1970s, joining an old friend in establishing a mobile-home construction business.
Tom leaves no immediate survivors.
Francis H. Cauley 1948 on March 19, 1999, at Kettering Medical Center. He was seventy-two and a resident of Dayton, Ohio.
Francis, who attended Kenyon for one year, was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a yeoman. His career in the construction industry included work with ABCO Construction Company in Dayton, Ohio; Morrison Knudsen Construction Company in Saudi Arabia; and Ralph M. Parsons Construction Company in both Saudi Arabia and Chicago, Illinois.
Francis is survived by his wife, Nancy Fuller Cauley; a daughter, Katherine L. Cauley; two sons, Patrick F. and Michael W. Cauley; and two grandsons. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, Box 3509, Dayton 45401-3509.
Robert Frank Wolf 1950 of metastatic cancer on April 7, 1999. He was seventy-one and a resident of Gaithersburg, Maryland.
After attending Kenyon, Robert went on to graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. A forty-year career employee of International Business Machines (IBM), he worked on various projects in support of the U.S. Air Force, the national military command system, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Robert was a key figure in designing and writing software to track, estimate, and predict the orbits of satellites in the Global Positioning System. After his retirement in 1992, he continued to work as a subcontractor for IBM, Loral Space and Communications Ltd., and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Bob is survived by his wife, Martha M. Wolf; a daughter, Elizabeth W. Barrios; three sons, Robert M., Douglas A., and James L. Wolf; a sister; and two grandsons.
Richard H. Bickle 1951 after a long illness on March 25, 1999. He was seventy and a resident of Schenectady, New York.
Richard, who attended Kenyon for one year, graduated from Lawrence University. During the Korean War, he served with the Counterintelligence Corps of the U.S. Army. Richard began his career with the Chamber of Commerce as executive vice president of the chambers in Sycamore and Aurora, Illinois, and later Fort Wayne, Indiana. He moved to Schenectady in 1969 to head a task-force organized to form a Capital District Chamber of Commerce. In 1975, Richard traveled to the Middle East, particularly to Iran, to cultivate import and export industrial business for the New York Capital District. He spent the latter part of his career in the real-estate industry, taking a special interest in the restoration of historic properties in the capital area.
Richard is survived by two daughters, Lisa Barrie and Cynthia Fielden; a son, Richard E. Bickle; a sister, Barbara Bickle; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his long-time companion, Dorothy A. Daly.
Maurice Adelman Jr. 1952 of pneumonia on March 17, 1999. He was sixty-seven and a resident of Savannah, Georgia.
Maurice attended Kenyon for two years, after which he graduated from Brown University and earned a law degree at Georgetown University. He practiced law in New York City for twenty-five years and retired to Savannah in 1994. Maurice served as a treasurer and board member of the Flannery O'Connor Home Foundation.
Maurice leaves no immediate survivors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Flannery O'Connor House Foundation Endowment Fund, c/o Savannah Foundation, 428 Bull Street, Savannah 31401, or the Social Apostolate, 502 East Liberty Street, Savannah 31401.
Stuart "Tookie" Cole '54 on January 3, 1999. He was sixty-seven and a resident of Yorba Linda, California.
At Kenyon, Tookie majored in physics, joined Delta Phi (serving as president in his senior year), and played both soccer and lacrosse for four years. He went on to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1954 until 1957 and to earn a master of arts degree in liberal studies from Wesleyan University. Tookie's varied career included nine years in sales and marketing for the Barden Corporation, after which he transferred his sales experience to the area of education, working for the Cambridge Institute for Management Education until 1969. From 1969 to 1974, he taught a variety of courses in the natural sciences at the Millbrook School. Tookie then moved his family to Japan, where he served as director of business affairs at the American School in Tokyo. Returning from Japan in 1987, he officially retired, although he went on to work briefly as director of IES Schools of Southern California and as an investment consultant.
Tookie is survived by his wife, Pamela Hill Cole; a daughter, Amy Cole Schneider; two sons, S. Weston and Thomas S. Cole; and three grandchildren. His father, Stuart H. Cole B'28, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the College in 1954.
Alan M. Schwalb '56 of leukemia on February 2, 1999. He was sixty-seven and a resident of Liberty, New York.
A biology major, Alan won the Robert Bowen Brown Jr. Biology Prize in his senior year and graduated cum laude. He was also a member of Student Council and a contributor to the Collegian. Alan continued his education at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, graduating in 1960 with the highest honor, Alpha Omega Alpha. He went on to serve as chief of medicine at Community General Hospital in Harris, New York, where he was instrumental in developing the intensive care and coronary care units. At the time of his death, Alan was an attending physician in internal medicine at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Alan is survived by his mother, Ann Black; his wife, Barbara; three sons, David, Richard, and Jonathan Schwalb; and three sisters, Maddie Cole, Phyllis Luts, and Francine Phillips. Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Ambulance Corporation, 180 Mill Street, Liberty 12754.
Robert O. Edington '58 of pulmonary fibrosis on April 10, 1999. He was sixty-three and a resident of Wyoming, Ohio.
An economics major at Kenyon, Bob was a member of Delta Tau Delta and the football team. He was a leader in student government and a counselor in a first-year residence hall. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Bob practiced for thirty years with Porter, Wright, Morris, and Arthur, leaving in 1990 to open a private office in Wyoming. Always engaged in Wyoming community affairs, he served as chairman of the Wyoming Planning Commission and as a member of the Board of Education and the Wyoming Economic Development Committee.
Bob is survived by his wife, Linda Bachman Edington; two daughters, Elizabeth E. Hancock and Jill S. Edington; three sons, Robert M., Michael O., and James S. Edington; and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert and Jayne O. Edington Scholarship Fund, c/o the Board of Education, Wyoming High School, 1603 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215.
Raymond H. Seaver 1958 on April 27, 1999. He was sixty-two and a resident of Ashland, Kentucky.
Ray attended Kenyon for two years before going on to graduate from Marshall University. An accomplished musician, he played the piano and organ for several service organizations and bands in his hometown of Ashland.
Ray is survived by his brother-in-law, Tom Damron, three nephews, and a niece. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Ashland, 1538 Central Avenue, Ashland 421101, or Calvary Episcopal Church of Ashland, 1337 Winchester Avenue, Ashland 41101.
J. Kemp G. Fuller Jr. '59 of cancer on April 19, 1999. He was sixty-two and a resident of Bronxville and Bridgehampton, New York.
An economics major at Kenyon, Kemp was a member of Middle Kenyon Association, the French Club, and the volunteer fire squad. He also played soccer for three years. Kemp had a long career as an executive in the financial-services industry, most recently as head of the Investment Policy Committee with Moseley, Hallgarten, Estabrook, and Weeden. In addition, he established Fuller Value, Inc., for consulting services to investment banking clients and the financial services industry. He was a director-at-large of the New York Society of Security Analysts and a member of several other industry-affiliated groups.
Kemp is survived by his wife, Barbara Ciullo Fuller; a son, Kemp Fuller III; and his stepmother, Mrs. Robert E. Cole. Memorial contributions may be made to Jansen Memorial Hospice, 69 Main Street, Tuckahoe, New York 10707.
Gerald B. Ellsworth '69 of a heart attack on July 20, 1999. He was fifty-three and a resident of Cooperstown, New York.
Although a history major at Kenyon, Jerry exercised his love of the theater by performing and otherwise participating in many productions at the College. He received the Ashford Memorial Award in his sophomore year for his excellence in dramatics and his contributions to theatrical life at Kenyon. Jerry went on to earn a master's degree in theater from the University of Michigan, after which he began teaching history and theater at the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Returning to his native Cooperstown in 1982, Jerry directed dinner-theater productions and appeared in shows for the Cooperstown Central School Faculty Association. He also performed in the Richfield Springs Region Theater productions. For the past sixteen years, Jerry wrote, with his wife, a column for local newspapers that celebrated the values and history of small-town American life.
Friends and family gathered to remember Jerry on July 23, the beginning of the annual Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend celebration in Cooperstown. Joseph L. Laviere Jr. '68 reflected, "Some day, perhaps in a more perfect world, there should be another hall of fame established. This one would be to honor good souls, those who are good to their family, friends, and neighbors, those who are generous to their community, church, and college. When that time comes, I hope I am around to nominate Gerald Ellsworth of Cooperstown as first inductee. I am certain his election will be by a unanimous vote."
Jerry is survived by his wife, Catherine Lake Ellsworth, and his son, Christopher C. Ellsworth '96. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gerald B. Ellsworth Fund, Kenyon College, Office of Development, Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623.
Carl P. Dolan '78 on July 25, 1999. He was forty-three and a resident of Washington, D.C. He died after collapsing of heat stroke in the District 20 bicycle time trial in Cambridge, Maryland.
A philosophy major at Kenyon, with a concentration in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies, Carl was a member of the Archon Society. In his senior year, he received the E. Malcolm Anderson Cup, given to the student who has contributed most to the College, as well as Kenyon's Humanitarian Award for his work as a Big Brother, hotline counselor, and middle-school tutor. Carl went on to earn a master's degree in humanities at the University of Chicago and a graduate certificate in writing from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. A committed educator, he began his career at the Carolina Friends School, where he taught in both the upper and middle schools and coached basketball. Carl then served as assistant principal at Baltimore Friends Middle School. At the time of his death, he had just left the Thornton Friends Middle School, which he founded in 1993, for a position as director of Sandy Spring Friends Middle School.
John A. Ferguson '77, in conjunction with Carl's wife, Nina Koltnow, and his former wife, Busy Graham, wrote, "In each of the schools in which he was a teacher and administrator, Carl worked tirelessly with faculty members and students, not only to make intellectual challenges and the teaching of problem-solving central to the schools' missions but also to promote inquiry into human values. He was renowned for the strength of his commitment to working with students who had been overlooked, poorly served, or rejected by other educational institutions."
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Carl worked as a government grants officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The goal was to promote grant opportunities to African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American communities in rural and urban America. One of his colleagues at NEH, Eric C. Steinert '89, recalls, "Carl was an educator. A former teacher and school administrator, he was most at home helping students achieve and learn. This sort of dedication to helping others, developing a sense of persistent curiosity and wonder, and dedicating oneself to lifelong learning formed the basis of his own core values. He was the best first boss a twenty-two-year-old could have, as well as a wonderful person who will be greatly missed."
Carl is survived by his wife, Nina Koltnow; a son, Tom Dolan; two stepsons, Nick and Pete Valente; a brother; and a sister.
John F. Neilson Jr. '84 of non-Hodgkins lymphoma on May 29, 1999. He was thirty-seven and a resident of Seattle, Washington.
After graduating from Kenyon, where he was an English major and a coeditor of Hika, John went on to earn a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He joined Microsoft Corporation in 1987 and held progressively more demanding positions over his twelve-year career there. After serving as a product manager for two popular Microsoft programs, Flight Simulator and Works, John gained the attention of senior executives by turning around the company's sales office in New York City during a two-year stint as district manager. Returning to Redmond in 1992 as general manager for worldwide business strategy, he, along with sales chief and now president Steve Ballmer, led Microsoft's first big push into corporate software sales. Throughout the 1990s, John managed several key parts of the effort, including Microsoft's Solution Provider support program for large enterprises.
John was highly regarded by his colleagues and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates described him as "incredibly smart and someone who cared a lot about people. He was thoughtful and had the highest integrity." He was recruited by many Internet startup companies but remained fiercely loyal to Microsoft.
John is survived by his parents, John F. Neilson and Prudence C. Sellars; his wife, Emily Ward Neilson '85; a daughter, Susan Neilson; two sons, John and Elliott Neilson; a brother, Thomas Sperry; and three sisters, Nina Cobb, Mandy Kane, and Sarah Sperry. Memorial contributions may be made to the John F. Neilson Scholarship Fund at the Kellogg School, Room 348, 2001 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208.
Jeb D. King '00 on July 22, 1999, of injuries sustained on July 14 in an automobile accident in Mexico. He was twenty and a resident of Brenham, Texas.
Jeb was working for the summer in Mexico City, home of his sister, Tawnya Bell, and brother-in-law, Daniel M. Bell '86. Jeb and several colleagues were either on their way to or returning from a seminar at a location two hours north of Mexico City when the collision occurred. He suffered a severe head injury, which required surgery that was performed on July 15 in Mexico City. Jeb had been comatose from the time of the surgery until his death.
At Kenyon, Jeb was active in programs of the Craft Center and Horn Gallery. He had recently been named a senior interviewer by the admissions office, for which he had served as a volunteer. A three-time Merit List honoree, Jeb was pursuing a double major in art and Spanish.
Jeb is survived by his parents, Pamela and David King, and his sister and brother-in-law.
James W. Bunn '02 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on May 20, 1999. He was eighteen and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee.
James, who was on his way home from Kenyon, had flown to Nashville, Tennessee, where he was met by two friends. They were en route to Memphis when the accident occurred. His friends were only slightly injured.
At Kenyon, James had recently won election as treasurer of the Rugby Club, and he had pledged Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Because he had just completed his first year, he had not yet decided upon a major, although he was looking forward to a career as a lawyer.
James, who died after being transported to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, was an organ donor. His heart and four other vital organs were used for transplants.
James is survived by his parents, Lisa C. Hickman and Jesse W. Bunn; a brother, Jeffrey M. Bunn; a sister, Jordan A. Bunn; his maternal grandparents, Patricia Arch Jacobs and Jerome Jacobs; and his paternal grandmother, Martha W. Bunn. Other survivors include his uncle John E. Rhoads '88. Memorial contributions may be made to Kenyon College, Office of Development, Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623.
Muriel C. Bradbrook H'77 on June 11, 1993. She was eighty-four.
Bradbrook, who served as a distinguished visiting professor of English at Kenyon in the 1970s, enjoyed a long and productive career on the faculties of Cambridge (where she served a term as mistress of Girton College) and Oxford universities. She held fellowships at the National Humanities Center for 1978-79 and 1980-81. Among her many books were The Growth and Structure of Elizabethan Comedy and Shakespeare: The Poet in His World. Her collected papers were published in 1982.
In 1977, Bradbrook established an annual prize at Kenyon for a senior student in English.
No information on survivors was available.
Hon. Lewis F. Powell Jr. H'79 on August 25, 1998. He was ninety.
A native of Suffolk, Virginia, and a graduate of Washington and Lee University and Harvard Law School, Powell served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, achieving the rank of colonel. Throughout his legal career, he also took on many public service roles, including the chairmanship of the Richmond (Virginia) Public School Board from 1952 to 1961 and the presidency of the Virginia State Board of Education from 1968 to 1969. Powell also served as general counsel of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 1957 to 1971 and as president of three legal associations (including the American Bar Association) during the 1960s.
Nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Richard M. Nixon, Powell was confirmed as an associate justice in 1971. In his time as a justice, he tended to take conservative positions, especially with regard to criminal-justice matters, although he sometimes voted with his more liberal colleagues on social issues, such as abortion. Powell retired from the court in 1987.
Powell is survived by his wife, Josephine Rucker Powell; three daughters, Josephine Smith, Ann Carmody, and Mary Sumner; a son, Lewis F. Powell III; and several grandchilren and great-grandchildren.
Other deaths. We have been notified of the deaths of the following alumni for whom no further information was available. Readers who can supply details are encouraged to send the information to the attention of Linda Michaels, Office of Public Affairs, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio 43022-9623.
John N. Tehan '41, date of death unknown.
James M. White '78, date of death unknown.
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