Harold Thebaud '28, on April 19, 2008, at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 101.
Harold was a business major. He was a member of Sigma Pi and competed in track. He retired in 1971 as chief industrial engineer for the Chicago division of the Kendall Company, which made surgical dressings and adhesive tape. He later lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Kimberling City, Missouri.
He had held the Hopple Award, as the oldest living alumnus, since 2005.
Harold is survived by his daughters, Laura Gibbs and Martha Neville; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Richard G. Shepherd '41, on June 4, 2008, at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was eighty-eight.
Richard was an economics major and a member of Delta Tau Delta. He later attended the University of Michigan law school. Richard served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and was assigned to the 21st Weather Squadron. He earned several battle stars for his service in Europe. He worked in market research for Procter & Gamble for forty-one years, retiring as manager of field operations. In the 1960s, he worked in Paris, France, as manager of the market research department there. Richard loved to sail and was a commodore with the Cowan Lake Sailing Association.
In a 1990s return to the campus with other World War II veterans, Richard provided a cautionary word to students: "Today, when I see the politicians haranguing a crowd of people, I keep thinking, 'Yes, listen to what is said, but don't swallow it whole.'"
Richard was a generous donor to the College. His wife, Virginia Jergens, established the Richard G. Shepherd Lecture in Economics in 1986.
Richard is survived by his wife; children Wendy Beck von Peccoz and Richard Shepherd; step-children Andrew Jergens and Peter Dine-Jergens; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Richard G. Shepherd Lecture in Economics, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 43022.
Lewis F. Treleaven '41 P'71 H'91, and a former Kenyon administrator, at his Mount Vernon, Ohio, home, on April 6, 2008. He was eighty-nine.
A history major, Lewis was co-captain of the football team, a member of the debate and swimming teams, and a member of Beta Theta Pi.
He went on to serve with the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly twenty-seven years, forging a career that took him through combat in the Pacific Theater during World War II and managerial achievements in the postwar era.
He started as an artillery specialist and soon found himself engaged in fierce fighting. As part of the First Marine Division, he participated in six combat landings, including the campaigns at Guadalcanal in 1942, Cape Gloucester in 1944, Peleliu in 1944, and Okinawa in 1945. During the course of the war, he rose in rank from second lieutenant to major. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his courage and ingenuity on Peleliu, where he was able to keep six artillery battalions supplied with ammunition, firing continuously, during the thirty-three-day campaign. Among his other awards were the Bronze Star, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart (he was wounded by a Japanese sniper on Okinawa). His Marine career embraced the wars in Korea and Vietnam as well as the intervention in the Dominican Republic in 1965. Many of his assignments involved managerial and administrative challenges. From 1952 to 1955, he served on the staff of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Paris. Later, he served as a data-processing officer, developing the Marines' first mobile data-processing installations. He retired as a colonel in 1968.
Treleaven made his second career in higher education. After a stint as assistant dean at the Northwestern University Law School, he returned to Kenyon as registrar in 1971. Serving as the vice president for development from 1973 to 1975, he helped launch the College's Sesquicentennial Campaign, which raised $5 million for projects including the construction of Bolton Theater and the renovation of Rosse Hall. He later became a special assistant to the president, a post in which he developed the program for renting campus facilities to outside groups during the summer.
He also served on the Gambier Village Council for many years and as council president.
"My specialty is getting the job done," Treleaven told the Mount Vernon News when he retired from Kenyon in 1990 after nineteen years at the College. A variation on that assessment was voiced when Treleaven was named Gambier Citizen of the Year in 1989. Rev. B.E. Palmer, pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit, where Treleaven was active, said of him: "He spends his spare time helping the rest of the world work."
Tom Stamp, College historian and a village council member, said, "From the moment he returned to Kenyon, Lew was an essential member of both the College and village communities. It was appropriate that he chose to live in the heart of Gambier, in what we now know as Treleaven House, because he was at the center of so much of what happened here for more than two decades. Both as a Kenyon administrator and as an elected member of the village council, Lew was always a staunch advocate for the things he loved best about both the College and his adopted hometown."
His other community service included active membership in Harcourt Parish, where he was a lay reader, a vestry member, and senior warden. He also worked with the Boy Scouts, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and the Salvation Army.
Lewis was active in Kenyon alumni affairs and received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1982.
He is survived by sons Peter Treleaven '71 and David Treleaven, and his wife, Norma. His first wife, Beverly, died in 1993, after forty-seven years of marriage.
The Treleaven name is known on campus through the family's former home on West Brooklyn Street, which was sold to the College in 2002. Treleaven House is now home to several faculty and administrative offices and to the Rural Life Center.
Richard S. Warman '41, on February 20, 2008. The resident of Columbus, Ohio, was eighty-seven.
Richard was a member of the International Relations Club and Delta Phi. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science, and he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Richard served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He earned a bachelor's degree in education from Ohio State University in 1951 and taught high school classes in Lebanon, Ohio. Richard joined the Ohio Bureau of Employment in 1956, where he worked for thirty-one years. He worked as a statistical supervisor, chief of labor force reports, and chief of labor market research.
Richard's wife, Delores, died in 1992. He is survived by his son, Bobby Warman, and brother, Robert Warman.
Richard P. Talmage 1942, after a short illness, on June 3, 2008. The eighty-eight-year-old man lived in Mansfield, Ohio.
Richard left the College to join the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served as a signalman in the Pacific Theater aboard six ships, including cruisers, destroyers, and an aviation-fuel tanker. He went on to own his own business, Talmage Gulf Distribution, in Mansfield. He was known as an avid golfer with a great sense of humor. He was fond of giving boxes of chocolates to people he thought deserved some acknowledgment for their efforts. He mourned the loss of two wives, Ila and Leona.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Ann Addleman; step- son, George Swank; two grand-children; six step-grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Robert D. Hance '43, on March 25, 2008. The Los Angeles, California, resident was eighty-seven.
Robert was a political science major and a member of Delta Phi. He served in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II, including twenty-seven months overseas in North Africa and the European Theater. He won the Bronze Star. Robert earned his law degree from Western Reserve University in 1948. He worked as an attorney for the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1974. Robert had a fondness for classic cars, and his 1937 Packard Coupe Roadster was used in the 1976 movie Murder by Death.
Mitchell Konarski '43 on September 28, 2007. The Brooksville, Florida, resident was eighty-six.
Mitchell was an economics major. He went on to establish Mitchell Farms, an egg-production business, in Medina, Ohio. In 1969, he was able to combine his love for traveling with his vocation and spent several months in the Philippines with the International Executive Service Corporation. The corporation arranged for executives to share managerial expertise with enterprises in developing nations. Part of his work overseas included a move to the small South Pacific island of Tinian in the Marianas group in 1970. His job was to help build a 50,000-layer farm on the island. In 1978, Mitchell became the vice president of the International Association of Poultrymen and lived for some time in Bogota, Colombia.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Donations Department, 12107 Majestic Boulevard, Hudson, Florida, 34667.
Frederick L. Ott '43 P'79, on April 10, 2008, at home with his family in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was eighty-seven.
Frederick was a biology major. He graduated in two years and joined the U.S. Army Air Forces, participating in World War II. He drove support trucks for a squadron of P-38 Lightning fighter planes, reaching the rank of sergeant three times and later using his up-and-down rank as rich fodder for storytelling. After the war he went to work in a Wisconsin logging camp and then began a career in the paper industry, retiring as a salesman for the Leslie Paper Company.
Frederick had a life-long interest in birds and conservation. He was a world traveler and enjoyed the outdoors. Frederick was a member of the Citizens Natural Resources Association when the group successfully fought for a ban on the use of the pesticide DDT in Wisconsin in 1971. He helped the Environmental Defense Fund win a national ban on DDT in 1972. Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We don't know if the EDF would even be here today without his efforts."
Frederick donated land in Fond du Lac County to the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation for bird conservation and research. And he helped found Bat Conservation International. The organizations for which he served as a board member include the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, Friends of the (Milwaukee Public) Museum, International Crane Foundation, and Zoological Society of Milwaukee.
Earlier this year he donated $500,000 to the Milwaukee Public Museum and helped raise another $500,000, museum President Dan Finley told the Journal Sentinel. "He's been one of our real guardian angels," Finley said.
He was fond of saying, "Good story, if true." Frederick also said, "When it comes to dying, I'm going to enjoy that, too."
Frederick's wife Elizabeth "Jolly" died in 2003. He is survived by his children Fredericka Ott, Bradford Ott '79, and Lisi Ott. Gifts in his memory may be sent to Zoological Society of Milwaukee, 10005 West Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53226; Friends of the (Milwaukee Public) Museum, 800 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233; or the International Crane Foundation, E-11376 Shady Lane Road, P.O. Box 447, Baraboo, Wisconsin, 53913.
Mark L. Hamilton 1946, of cancer, surrounded by his family, on January 25, 2008. Mark, of Meriden, Connecticut, was eighty-four.
Mark attended Kenyon for one year and left to serve in World War II. He was an officer and aviator in the U.S. Navy as part of an anti-submarine squadron. Mark graduated from the University of Colorado in 1952 with a degree in geology. He lived in Meriden most of his life and was retired from Northeast Utilities, where he worked for thirty-one years and supervised test-boring work. He served on the Camp Claire board of directors.
In a 1944 letter sent to Kenyon President Gordon Chalmers, from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mark wrote, "My thoughts are always with the place and people with whom I associate so many grand memories ... I had come to love that beautiful campus."
He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Elaine; son, Mark Hamilton Jr.; daughters Shelley Mack and Jean Welch; a grandchild; and his brother, James Hamilton. Donations may be sent to the Camp Claire Beautification Fund, First Congregational Church, 62 Colony Street, Meriden, Connecticut.
L. Rust Hills 1946, on August 12, 2008, of a heart ailment. He was eighty-three and lived in Key West, Florida.
Rust, who would go on to shape American literary life as the fiction editor of Esquire magazine, came to Kenyon in the fall of 1942 but left in March 1943 to enlist in the Merchant Marines. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1948 and received a master's degree from Wesleyan the next year.
As Esquire's fiction editor during three stints from the 1950s through the 1990s, Rust published writers ranging from John Cheever and Norman Mailer to Ann Beattie and Richard Ford. Noting his skill and wide influence, an obituary in the New York Times called him "a shrewd reader with a keen ear for an original voice and a sure sense of the distinction between new writing and merely fashionable writing."
Writers praised his ability as both a meticulous, line-by-line editor and a deft hand at excerpting novels. Among the works he excerpted for Esquire were William Styron's Sophie's Choice and Richard Ford's Independence Day.
Rust himself wrote a manual, Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular, that is often used in creative writing classes. He also wrote three books of personal essays, which were collected as How To Do Things Right: The Revelations of a Fussy Man. In addition, he edited several fiction anthologies.
Rust died shortly before the Bulletin went to press, and the editors were able to find very little information about his time at Kenyon, and none about whether he was involved in the College's literary life during the short time he spent in Gambier. Classmates and others who knew Rust at Kenyon are encouraged to call the Office of Public Affairs at 740-427-5158 or e-mail the Office of Alumni and Parent programs at email@example.com.
Donald R. Matthews 1947, from complications of emphysema, on November 3, 2007. The Seattle, Washington, resident was eighty-two.
Donald was a political science major and member of Beta Theta Pi. He served in the Pacific Theater as an officer and ship's navigator in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate in political science from Princeton University. Donald worked as a political science professor at Smith College, the University of North Carolina, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington, where he chaired the department from 1976-83. Donald wrote a dozen books, highlighted by Negroes and the New Southern Politics and U.S. Senators and Their World, which then-U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson called "a landmark in the study of the Senate." Donald received many academic honors, including fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Brookings Institution. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was vice president of the American Political Science Association. In 2000, he donated $800,000 to start the Donald R. Matthews Endowment for Excellence in Political Science at the University of Washington.
"Political science was clearly his passion and the biggest part of his life," his son, Christopher Matthews, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "He had a dry sense of humor and enjoyed jazz music. He liked to play host and have dinner parties and friends over. He also enjoyed sailing and took us sailing."
Donald is survived by his first wife, Maggie; their son, Jonathan Matthews; his second wife, Carmen; their children Christopher Matthews and Amy Ryan; and one grandchild. Memorial gifts may be made to the University of Washington Foundation Mat- thews Fund, P.O. Box 353530, Seattle, Washington, 98195.
Richard C. "Dick" Roberts '47, P'73, of cancer, on March 27, 2008. The resident of Columbia, Maryland, was eighty-two.
Dick was a mathematics major who graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. And he played on the football team and was invited to professional try-outs by the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. He declined those offers and went on to earn a doctorate in applied mathematics in 1949. Dick worked for fifteen years as a mathematician for the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 1966, he became a founding member of the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was a professor of mathematics and department chair, retiring in 1991.
Manil Suri, a professor of mathematics at the university, told the Baltimore Sun, "In the formative years of the department, his vision counted a lot. It could have easily turned out to be a teaching university, but he and some other people ensured that the department would be known for research as well."
After retirement, Dick taught computer skills to older adults. His other interests included astronomy, bird-watching, gardening, music, reading, and photography.
His wife, Evelyn, died in 1995 after forty-six years of marriage. He is survived by his son, David Roberts '73; brother, Henry Roberts '50; and niece, Melinda Haines '85.
Robert E. Covert '48, on February 28, 2008. The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident was eighty-six.
Robert was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. He entered Kenyon in 1942 and left later that year to join the U.S. Army Armored Force. He fought in the European Theater during World War II and returned to Kenyon after the war. He moved to Arizona thirty-eight years ago, from his native Michigan. He suffered the loss of two wives, Florence and Maxine, and a son, George.
He is survived by daughters Calista Coryell and Mary Sarver; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts in his name may be made to Crossroads for Men, 1845 Ocotillo Road, Phoenix, Arizona, 85016.
James E. Trainer Jr. '50, on February 6, 2008. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, man was eighty.
James served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, helping to transport German prisoners-of-war to work camps in the United States. He spent most of his career with the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in a variety of management positions, including plant manager in facilities at Memphis, Tennessee, and Des Moines, Iowa. He was known for his skill in maintaining smooth relations between labor and management.
James was keenly interested in politics and was part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Iowa presidential election team. He met with Johnson many times. James was also an avid sports fan and rooted for the University of Miami Hurricanes.
James is survived by his sons, James Trainer III and William Trainer; daughter, Suzanne Shriber; ten grandchildren; and sister, Ann Downey.
Ronald Tinlin 1950, on October 2, 2004. The resident of Richardson, Texas, was seventy-six.
Ronald was a member of Delta Phi. He left Kenyon in 1948. He served in the U.S. Naval Air Force as a lieutenant commander. Robert earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Miami. He joined the American Electric Manufacturing Corporation, in Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked as manager of materials, vice president, and general manager. Robert was then named president of the ITT Lamp Division, based in Lynn, Massachusetts. He continued his career in management as president of the Huffman Manufacturing Company Outdoor Power Equipment Division in Dayton, Ohio. In 1975, he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, to become president of the AMF Lawn and Gardening Division. Two years later, he was appointed president of Pargo Incorporated, an electric-vehicle manufacturer. In 1978, Ronald joined Moldcast Lighting, which manufactured architectural lighting fixtures, as president. Robert later founded a personal-investment firm, Tinlin Investments, in Richardson, Texas.
He was a longtime member of the Napoleonic Society of America. And he was a generous supporter of the College.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Rena; daughter, Crystal Beuerlein; sons Charles Tinlin and Robert Tinlin; and six grandchildren.
Vincent J. Bruno '51 H '84 , on February 23, 2008. The resident of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was eighty-two.
Vincent was a philosophy major. Before attending Kenyon, he earned a certificate in painting from Academie Julian in Paris, France. In the 1950s he served in the U.S. Foreign Service as a cultural affairs officer in Pusan, South Korea, and as an acting public affairs officer in Algiers, Algeria.
Vincent earned a master's degree, in 1962, and a doctorate, in 1969, in art history from Columbia University and was later awarded an honorary degree from that school. His dissertation, "Form and Color in Greek Painting," was published in 1977 by W.W. Norton and Company. Vincent was a widely published art historian and archaeologist and an expert on ancient Greco-Roman painting techniques. He participated in excavations at the Roman colony of Cosa in Italy and conducted underwater surveys on the Etruscan coast. Vincent was also an artist, and his painted works were displayed in many exhibitions. He was an instructor of art history at Colgate University, Bennett College, and Wellesley College. He was a professor at C.W. Post College of Long Island University, State University of New York at Binghamton, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Vincent lectured extensively at colleges throughout the country and at the American Academy in Rome. He was selected as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow in 1978.
Vincent was an avid sailor, plying the waters of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and, in later years, off the coast of Long Island, New York.
Vincent is survived by his brother, Daniel Bruno.
The Rev. Henry J. Sharp '53, of pancreatic cancer, at home, on April 6, 2008. The Oaks, Pennsylvania, resident was seventy-eight.
Henry was a history major and member of the Archon Society. He later earned a master's of divinity from the Philadelphia Divinity School and was ordained in 1956. He served churches in Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, before his 1961 appointment to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oaks, where he served until 1994. He was then named rector emeritus. Henry was a volunteer chaplain for many years at Parkhouse Providence Pointe, a skilled nursing center in Royersford, Pennsylvania. He was named Montgomery County Aging and Adult Services volunteer of the year in 2001.
He was fond of cats, classical music, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Henry often shared a story with his family about an evening bicycle ride along Middle Path as a student that ended in a near collision with the poet Robert Frost. He rode on but still heard Kenyon President Gordon Chalmers, who was walking with Frost, threaten expulsion.
In a note to the College, Henry's wife of fifty years, Charlotte, said, "One of our happiest times was when we attended his fiftieth reunion five years ago. He was so happy to see all his old fellow students. He loved Kenyon and the Archon fraternity." She added, "He was always so humble and kind to everyone."
Henry is survived by his wife; son, Ray Sharp; daughters Carolyn Sherry, Nancy Sellers, and Sandra Kriz; and four grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 126 Black Rock Road, Oaks, Pennsylvania, 19456.
Stephen L. Best '55, of a stroke, in West Palm Beach, Florida, on January 31, 2008. The resident of Hope Town, Abaco Islands, Bahamas, was seventy-four.
Stephen was a political science major. He later served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Stephen earned a law degree from George Washington University in 1960. He was a longtime resident of Fairfax, Virginia, where he joined a general-practice law firm. He had been president of the Fairfax Bar Association and Fairfax Country Club. Stephen loved painting and writing and published a series of illustrated books about life on the islands and his Jack Russell terriers.
Stephen is survived by daughters Lisa Morton, Sabra Hill, Suzanne Gowe, and Shannon Best; son Stephen Best Jr.; brothers Louis Best and Schuyler Best; former wife, Letty Best; nine grandchildren; and partner, Annie Horseley.
Sam A. Carmack '57, at home after a short illness, on May 18, 2008. The Cheshire, Connecticut, resident was seventy-three.
Sam was an English major and a member of Psi Upsilon. He served in the U.S. Army. Sam earned a master's degree in Slavic languages and literature at Harvard University in 1962. He became an editor at Harper and Row and the Wesleyan University Press. He later managed a classical-music record store in New Haven, Connecticut.
Sam is survived by his wife, Elaine; son, Alex Carmack; daughter, Catherine Carmack; two grandchildren; and sister, Carolyn Sikes.
Thomas Carlisle '61, on February 24, 2008. The resident of Naperville, Illinois, was sixty-nine.
Thomas was an economics major and a member of Delta Tau Delta. He earned a master's in business administration from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business in Chicago, Illinois, in 1963. In 1965, he joined retailer Montgomery Ward in Chicago as an assistant buyer and was later appointed assistant retail sales manager. Thomas then worked for Continental Bank in Chicago, Beck & Associates in McHenry, Illinois, and as a self-employed financial consultant. He retired from the Profit Recovery Group, based in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2007.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Donna; sons Whitney Carlisle and Jon Carlisle; three grandchildren; and brother, George Carlisle. Donations in his memory can be made to the American Lung Association of Illinois-Greater Chicago, 1 Trans Am Plaza Suite 460, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, 60181.
James P. Donovan '61, on May 31, 2008, at his home in Wimberly, Texas. He was seventy-one.
James was a political science major and a member of Beta Theta Pi. He attended law school at the University of Houston. He spent his career with Allstate Insurance and retired as district claims manager.
James enjoyed golf, jazz, poker, and sailing. He loved to laugh and took pleasure in repartee with friends.
He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Barbara; children Patrick Donovan and Carrie Donovan; three grandchildren; and his brother, John Donovan. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Trinity Episcopal Church Endowment, 1015 Holman Street, Houston, Texas, 77004; the Emergency Aid Coalition, 5401 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas, 77004; or the KIPP Austin Collegiate High School, 8509 FM 969, Building C, Austin, Texas, 78724.
Dr. William G. "Bill" Turner, 1965, at home, on March 15, 2008. The Cedar Mill, Oregon, resident was sixty-five.
Bill graduated from DePauw University after attending Kenyon for one year. He graduated from the Washington University medical school in 1969 and practiced pulmonary medicine in Portland, Oregon, for twenty-eight years. He had a passion for biking, gardening, Civil War and Napoleonic history, mountains, travel, war games, and wine.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marilynn; daughter, Molly Turner; mother, Eleanor Turner; and sis-ters Nancy Caldwell and Barbara Turner. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Hoyt Arboretum Friends, 4000 SW Fairview Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, 97221.
Daniel H. Melcher '68, of a heart attack, on February 24, 2008. Daniel, of Aurora, Ohio, was sixty-one.
Daniel was an English major. He played soccer and was in the Drama Club and Chapel Choir. He went on to earn a master's degree in English from the University of Michigan. He was president of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and took an interest in wetlands preservation. Daniel enjoyed wood carving and muzzle-loading rifle re-enactments.
Daniel's wife of twenty-six years, Jane Hall MacIntyre Melcher 1975, died on June 2, 2008. Contributions in his name may be sent to the Laurel School, Beam Development Office, 1 Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 44122.
Jane Hall MacIntyre Melcher 1975, on June 2, 2008. The Aurora, Ohio, woman was fifty-five.
Jane played field hockey at the College and transferred to Case Western Reserve University. She earned a master's degree in social science administration from Case Western Reserve and worked in the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoyed her garden and served on the Aurora Tree Commission.
Jane suffered the loss of her husband, Daniel Melcher, who died on February 24, 2008. They were married for twenty-six years. Jane is survived by her sister, Anne Bloomer, and brothers Stephen MacIntyre and David MacIntyre.
Max E. Rice Jr. '78, at home in Pickerington, Ohio, on April 9, 2008. Max was fifty-two.
Max was a political science major. He became a self-employed computer consultant after a career in the corporate office of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Company in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a mathematics tutor and a collector of baseball cards.
Max is survived by sons Max E. Rice III and Zach Rice; partner, Sarah Smith; parents Max and Evelyn "Chickie" Rice; and sister, Ann Noble. Contributions inhis memory may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 651 G Lakeview Plaza Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio, 43985.
Roger A. O'Neill '79, on May8, 2008, of complications from cancer. The San Carlos, California, resident was fifty.
Roger was a biology major and a member of the scientific research society Sigma Xi. He won the Department of Biology Maxwell Elliott Power Prize. Roger then earned a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of North Carolina in 1983. He received a four-year, National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship after graduate school and worked for a number of life-sciences companies in biotechnology management. He most recently had been working for BioTechNiks, a bio-analytical and biopharmaceutical research-and-development business in San Mateo, California. He held twelve patents and had nine more pending. Roger published twenty-eight scientific papers and more than 200 abstracts.
Roger was a fisherman, gardener, glider pilot, hiker, marksman, and musician. He was also a woodworker who built, among other objects, stringed instruments.
Roger is survived by his wife, Olga Petrauskene; mother, Sylvia O'Neill; stepdaughter, Rasa Petrauskaite; sisters Janet O'Neill and Eleanor O'Neill; and half-brother, Edward O'Neill. Donations in his memory can be sent to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama, 36104, or the Johns Hopkins Colon Cancer Center of Baltimore, Maryland.
Peter H. VandenBerg '80 P'10, of brain cancer, at home and surrounded by his family, on May 31, 2008. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, resident was fifty.
Peter was a political science major. He played tennis at Kenyon, participating in the NCAA Division III tournament in 1980, when he was named the team's most valuable player.He earned a master's in business administration at the New York University Stern School of Business in 1990. Peter worked for Shearson Lehman Brothers, where he was senior vice president of trading. He joined Robert W. Baird, a wealth-management, capital-markets, and asset-management firm in Milwaukee in 1991 and became managing director.
Peter was a longtime tennis fan and player. He attended the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York for many years. His son William VandenBerg '10 carries on the tradition as a member of the Lords tennis team.
Peter is survived by his wife, Nancy Todd VandenBerg '81; sons William and Andy VandenBerg; daughter, Sarah VandenBerg; mother, Shirley VandenBerg; brother, W. Christian VandenBerg; and sisters, Juliana VandenBerg and Susan Cupaiuolo. Donations in Peter's name can be made to Kenyon College, Men's Tennis, 103 Chase Avenue, Gambier, Ohio, 43022, or the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation, 8000 Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois, 60606.
James D. Polk '86, on May 24, 2008. He died in his sleep aftera long struggle with sickle cell anemia. The New York, New York, man was forty-four.
James was a drama major and appeared in a production of Three-Penny Opera. He won the 1986 Thomas Watson Fellowship to study the dances of the Yoruba people in Nigeria. He considered dance a form of spiritual healing. "Dance for me is freedom of expression," he said at the time.
James went on to a career as an actor. He played Hazel in the off-Broadway production of The Vietnamization of New Jersey; appeared on television in Law & Order: SVU and Empty Nest; and had recurring roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and Guiding Light. He also starred in the short film Rage and appeared in the film Scenes from a Mall. James appeared in Shakespeare productions around the world and said the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream was among his favorite parts. A fellow actor in The Vietnamization of New Jersey said in an online tribute, "He was, undoubtedly, the best part of the production. He played the maid, Hazel, took what could have been a campy drag act and turned it into a finely tuned powerhouse. A gifted actor, a gentle soul, just a really great guy."
This poem, written by Royal Rhodes, the Donald L. Rogan Professor of Religious Studies, was read at the memorial service in New York:
A PLAYFUL ELEGY
James, the stage without you seems so bare
And dark. You gave the footlights extra flash,
Miracles of wonder, shaped from air,
Exciting us by acting bold and brash,
Sometimes a fire, as Shakespeare said, and then,
Dancing out of Africa, the beat
Undulating drums repeated, ten
And then a thousand times with sweet,
Nimble, vibrant sounds. One life to live
Evoked a guiding light in you, the mirth
Puck had voiced and you rejoiced to give.
O James, your laughter filled the turning earth!
Lend us mortals love that never ends.
Keep us hand in hand, "if we be friends".
Linda E. Smith , for many years a friendly face in the College Relations Division as an office manager and executive assistant to the vice president, of cancer, on April 25, 2008. The resident of Gambier, Ohio, was sixty-six.
She worked at the College for more than thirty years, retiring on July 13, 2007. "As we all know, life goes by all too quickly and we need to enjoy our time with our family," Linda wrote in a letter to the College at her retirement.
"Linda was a warm and knowledgeable presence in college relations, working under three vice presidents over her years at the College," said Sarah Kahrl,vice president for college relations. "So many Kenyon supporters and trustees will remember her as the friendly presence that represented us so well over the years. All of us in college relations will miss her greatly."
Mary Frazee, who succeeded Linda as office manager and executive assistant, remembered Linda as a friend and mentor who inspired others by caring for her relatives, including her late father, Dale Burch; her mother, Pauline Burch; and her husband, Charles "Bill" Smith. Mrs. Burch and Bill Smith both reside at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon, Ohio.
"Linda was one of the most selfless people I have ever known," Frazee said. "Her family's needs always came before anything that she herself would want or need. Even through all the stress she dealt with, she could still find a measure of joy in life. Linda had a great and wonderful sense of humor."
Linda served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Status of Women in 1980-82 and was a member of the Staff Discrimination Grievance Committee from 1983 until her retirement.
Linda is survived by her mother; her husband of forty-two years; son, Charles Smith Jr.; two grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth Burch. Contributions may be sent to the College Township Fire Department, 102 E. Brooklyn Street, Gambier, Ohio, 43022.