January 28, 2004: Memorials
ANDREW B. YOUNG 28
Andy died Aug. 14, 2003; he was 96.
At Princeton he earned a bachelors degree in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1931. After Harvard he returned to his native Philadelphia, and joined the firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, remaining there his entire career. From 1942-45 he served in the Army Surgeon Generals Office, converting businesses for the war effort.
In 1928, Andy helped Walter L. Morgan 20 establish the Wellington Fund. One of Andys friends, Jack Bogle 51, was named president of the fund in 1965. Some 10 years later, Bogle founded the Vanguard Group to build on Andys legacy of demystifying the stock market and making it available to everyone. Andy was one of the towering figures in my life and career, Bogle said.
Andy helped draft the 1954 IRS code. He also taught tax law at Penn, and lectured on finance and taxes at other major universities.
Andy was predeceased by his son, Andrew 58 and U. of Virginia Law School 61. In his memory, Andy left both schools substantial scholarships. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Olive; a daughter, Sherley Young; and two grandchildren. The class extends its sympathy to the family.
The Class of 1928
FREDERIC MERRILL SIBLEY JR. 34
Fred Sibley, our class poet and former poet laureate of a century-old literary club in Detroit, died Nov. 2, 2003, less than a month after his 92nd birthday.
For several years after WWII he was president of the family business, F.M. Sibley Lumber Co. in Detroit, Michigans largest retail lumber business. In 1946 he founded the Sawtooth Lumber Co. in Idaho and was active there as senior partner until 1980. In 1983 he published An Iambic Odyssey, a volume of verse with an orange and black cover and several Princeton poems.
In 1989 he wrote these lines after attending our 55th reunion: Old Nassau lures us back each year/ To youth recalled in ecstasy./ This heritage we hold so dear/ Is graven in our memory./ Oh, cherished University,/ We bow in reverence and awe./ God grant us the sagacity/ To guide and prosper Old Nassau.
Fred was married in 1948 to Joan Stroh, and the couple had four children, Frederic M. III 71, Julie, Jeffrey, and Lorraine, all of whom survive.
As we approach our 70th reunion, these lines Fred wrote may be fitting: How will our last reunion be/ As we approach eternity?/ Through frailty and senility/ The self may reach inanity . . .
The Class of 1934
WILLIAM P. S. BREESE 36
Bill died June 1, 2002; he was 87. A graduate of Exeter, he majored in history at Princeton, rowed, and was a member of Cloister Inn.
From graduation until 1941, Bill worked in NYC for Johnson and Higgins, an insurance brokerage firm. During WWII, he was a field artillery officer and finished active duty as a major. Bill served in the 2nd Armored Division from its formation in the US, through its service in Africa and Europe, to its occupation of Berlin. He was awarded the Silver and Bronze stars, and the Belgian Croix de Guerre.
He graduated from Yale Law School in 1948 and became associated in NYC with Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller. In 1950 he joined the Johns Manville Corp. in NYC, and later worked in Denver in foreign and international law as associate general counsel. He retired in 1979. He was a member of the New York and Colorado bar associations.
In 1942 he married Arlene von Sternberg, a French language teacher. She died in 1991. For many years the couple and their children, William Jr. 69, Georgianna, and Richard, lived in Pleasantville, N.Y. Arlene and Bill are survived by their children, and by grandsons Brad, Benjamin, and Glen Herold.
TheClass of 1936
HARRY BORDEN WARDELL 36
Harry, a loyal Princetonian and classmate, died Sept. 27, 2003, at Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
He attended the Tome School and graduated from George School in Newtown, Pa. At Princeton he majored in economics and was a member of Quadrangle Club.
He was president of the Point Bay Fuel Co. and president of Point Pleasant Distributors, which was engaged in the wholesale beer business. He retired in 1978.
For many years Harry and his wife, Emily, spent six months each year at Point Pleasant Beach and six months in Naples, Fla. He was a director emeritus of Manasquan [N.J.] Savings and Loan Assn., was a past junior warden at St. Marys by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, and served as treasurer of the Princeton Club of Southwest Florida. His community interests included the Rotary and Elks clubs, and the Bay Head, Manasquan River, and Naples yacht clubs.
Harry is survived by his daughters, Gail Dunn, Beth Hennon, and Joanne Carwithen, four grandchildren, and four great-grand-
The Class of 1936
WILLIAM FREDERICK HALSEY III 38
Bill died in La Jolla, Calif., Sept. 23, 2003.
A Lawrenceville graduate, Bill roomed at Princeton with Al Wenzell. He played freshman and JV lacrosse, and was University 135-lb. boxing champion. He was president of the Intramural Athletic Assn., and a member of the undergraduate council, senior class day committee, and Quadrangle Club. Bills father, five-star fleet admiral William F. Halsey, was one of our honorary classmates.
Bill worked for DuPont and NBC before joining the Navy for four years, two aboard the carrier USS Saratoga, mostly in the South Pacific. In 1950 he moved his family to La Jolla. He worked in real estate development with heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney. In 1960 Bill was tapped by Pres. Eisenhower to lead the People-to-People Tennis and Golf Program, designed to advance international friendships. He and his wife, Helga, arranged more than 200 tours of the US and other countries over a 20-year period until his retirement in 1997.
Bill received a class distinguished service award at our 65th reunion.
Survivors include Helga; daughters Heidi 96, our youngest class baby, Jane, and Anne; and grandson Matthew Halsey Smith. The class extends sympathy to all.
The Class of 1938
EUGENE TUPPER KINDER 38
After previously residing in Florida and Madison, Conn., Gene died Oct. 11, 2003, in Branford, Conn.
A native of Cleveland, Gene graduated from University School in Shaker Heights. At Princeton he majored in economics and was secretary-treasurer of Charter Club.
He later attended law school at the U. of Michigan, where he was an editor of the law review. During WWII he served in the Navy as a torpedo squadron ground officer on the East Coast, and later on the carrier USS Antietam in the Pacific.
In 1942, Gene joined the Cleveland law firm now known as Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he worked primarily on deferred compensation and retirement, and profit-sharing matters. He retired as administrative partner in 1983. He was also director and secretary of Murray Ohio Manufacturing Co. of Nashville, and a member of the Court of Nisi Prius.
Gene and his wife, Barbara, were avid sailors, and belonged to several beach and yacht clubs in Florida. Gene is survived by Barbara; three children, Barbara, Eugene T. Jr., and Emily K. Farmer; and five grandchildren, to all of whom the class extends deep sympathy.
The Class of 1938
RICHARD ACKERMAN LYDECKER 38
After suffering a series of strokes, Dick died in Newville, Pa., July 7, 2003.
He prepared at Glen Ridge [N.J.] HS, where he was class president. At Princeton he majored in modern languages, was on the freshman baseball team, appeared in the Triangle Club show junior year, and was a member of Colonial Club.
During WWII, he served three years as a Navy lieutenant, working as a gunnery and deck watch officer in the European and Asia-Pacific theaters.
Thereafter, Dick had a long career as an insurance executive, first working for Providence Washington Insurance Co., then Great American Insurance Co., and finally as president of Crum & Forster Insurance from 1968-80.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Gertrude Marsh; a son, Richard A. Jr. 66; two daughters, Susan L. Gibson and Mary L. Moyer; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. The class extends its sympathy to the family.
The Class of 1938
RICHARD I. PURNELL 40
Dont worry about me; Ive had a great ride. Those were our class presidents last words to his rector before he died Oct. 21, 2003. That phrase became part of the rectors homily to the congregation, which included classmates Harry Dixon, Crawf Madeira, Larry Morris and wife Gus, Larry Mead, Herb Shultz, and Dick Wells.
Dick prepared at the Gilman and Kent schools, following his father, Lyttleton Purnell 1904, and brothers L. B. III 30, J. S. 33, and J. B. 39, to Princeton. He majored in psychology, graduating with honors. He lettered in football, hockey (serving as team captain), and baseball; served as class secretary-treasurer; was vice president of Ivy Club; and received the William B. Blackwell Cup for sportsmanship in hockey.
Dick was a highly decorated pilot and bomber squadron commander in WWII. He joined Johnson and Higgins, eventually becoming president and CEO. Golf, tennis, fishing, and hunting were his loves, but none more than his continuing work and philanthropy on behalf of Princeton.
To his wife, Marguerite Wright Purnell; son Peter; daughter Marguerite; and four grandsons, his classmates extend heartfelt sympathies.
The homily for Dick ended with the following cheer: One Locomotive, Purnell, One Locomotive, Purnell, Rah! Rah! Rah! Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! Sis, Sis, Sis, Boom, Boom, Aaah! Purnell! Purnell! Purnell!
The Class of 1940
WILLIAM OWINGS BURWELL 42 *49
Bill died Aug. 6, 2003, in Savannah.
Born in Seattle, he prepared at Phillips Exeter Academy and graduated from Princeton with honors in architecture. He was a member of Tower Club. After seven WWII submarine war patrols as electronics officer on the USS Gurnard and a Bronze Star, Bill married Harriet Toni Hopper in 1945. He returned to Princeton and received an MFA in architecture in 1949. He and Toni had two children, Pamela and Michael.
For 13 years, our creative classmate practiced with John Graham & Co. in Seattle. His pride and joy was the Ala Moana Center in Hawaii, which featured the first-ever rotating restaurant. Bills diversified community services included command of the Seattle submarine reserves, and his work as commanding officer of two peacetime submarine patrols. He retired as commander in 1962 when he moved the family to Rochester, N.Y., to begin his own architecture practice.
In Rochester, Bill served on the beautification committee, was chairman of the urban design commission, and was an Episcopalian vestryman. In retirement at Falmouth, Mass., Bill left a legacy of beautification and protection of the environment and public land.
Heartfelt sympathy goes to Toni; Pam and Michael; five grandchildren, including Amy Haenel 93; and seven great-grandchildren.
The Class of 1942
JOHN CHARLES MUTCH 46
Born in 1924 in Nice, France, John C. Mutch died in Philadelphia Oct. 1, 2003.
After preparing at New Yorks Collegiate School, J. C. joined the class in 1942, served in the Army Medical Corps in 1944, and graduated with a bachelors degree in biology in 1946. He earned his medical degree at the U. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
After his internship, J. C. served in Korea as an Army flight surgeon, becoming personal physician to Pres. Syngman Rhee. He established private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Moorestown, N.J., from 1957-92, and taught his specialty at the U. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
At Princeton, J. C. enjoyed playing drums with the marching band. Percussion became a lifelong hobby, along with golf.
He leaves his wife of 51 years, the former Elizabeth Dunn; five children, Deborah Olander, Julia Mutch, John Charles Jr., James Roland, and Andrew; and five grandchildren. To them all, the class extends its sympathy.
The Class of 1946
JOHN SEDGWICK SPRAGUE 46
John Sprague died in Buffalo Oct. 24, 2003, after suffering a stroke following a heart attack. Alan Lukens represented the class and spoke at Johns memorial service.
John was a man for all seasons. Returning to Princeton in 1946 after serving as a gunner during WWII, John joined Cannon Club and became very active on campus. He chaired the Princeton chapter of United World Federalists, leading him to ask Albert Einstein to endorse a petition in support of the group, which Einstein did. Eventually John carried the petition to Pres. Truman. A dramatic display of his enthusiasm for this project took place during a 1947 football game when a dummy was dropped from a small plane over Palmer Stadium with a sign saying, Why Die? Federate!
After graduation, John joined CARE in Vienna, where he met his future wife, Marianne. Returning to Buffalo, John became president of a large lumber company and later became head of a tennis-court construction company, which led to his winning the Distinguished Service Award from the US Tennis Court Builders Assn. John was a leader in many civic activities, including serving as the longtime president of the Niagara Frontier Landmark Society.
To Marianne, their children, Christina Tinker and Christopher; and their four grandchildren, we send our sincerest condolences. They will miss him and so will we.
The Class of 1946
STANLEY SHEPHERD WEISS 46
Stan Weiss died in Denver July 10, 2003.
Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from DeWitt Clinton HS, majored in biology at Princeton, and earned his medical degree from Columbia U. College of Physicians and Surgeons. After his internship, he served two years as a Navy lieutenant commander in Korea, then established a practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in NYC. Moving with his family to Denver in 1970, he continued his practice, and became a clinical professor at the U. of Colorado. He also practiced and taught at Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center in Denver. He often traveled throughout the country on locum tenens assignments and traveled abroad with his family.
He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 45 years; and their children, Bonnie, Steven, and David; six grandchildren; and a brother, Noel. The class joins them in mourning a vibrant and valued Tiger.
The Class of 1946
JULIAN T. BUXTON JR. 50
The mayor of Charleston described Julie as one of the finest people ever to live in Charleston. A friend called Julie a doctor who treated people, not patients. Julie died in Charleston Oct. 3, 2003, from cancer.
Born in Sumter, S.C., he became an outstanding student-athlete at Woodberry Forest. Known to many at Princeton as Bux, he was a class officer, rock-hard tackle, heavyweight wrestler, and honors history graduate. He attended Johns Hopkins after Doc McPhee suggested medicine instead of law. His tour as a Navy officer led to the Medical U. of South Carolina, where he met and married Louise Anne Wallace.
After entering private practice in 1964, Julie broke the racial barrier at Roper Hospital in Charleston by admitting a black orderly. In 1971 he performed more than 600 surgeries on civilians in Vietnam. He conducted medical missions in Kenya, Siberia, and the Dominican Republic. He was chief of surgery at all the Charleston-area hospitals. A legend in the Charleston medical community, Julie was the doctor medical students wanted to work with. He was a Princeton trustee, National YMCA Council member, and recipient of the Athletic Dept.s Citizen-Athlete Award and South Carolinas top civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto.
We share Julies loss with Anne, his seven children, and greater family.
The Class of 1950
RICHARD C. HOLLYDAY JR. 50
Dick died Nov. 5, 2003, from complications of ALS.
He graduated in 1945 from St. Pauls School in Concord, N.H., then served two years in the Army. His daughter, Anne, wrote, Dad was a proud Princeton graduate (high honors) and an English major who wrote a wonderful thesis on T. S. Eliot. He was a member of the Rugby Club and Cottage Club.
Following graduation from Columbia Law School, Dick worked at Davies Hardy, a NYC law firm. He then joined IBM as a lawyer, where he worked for 30 years in the real estate and construction division, becoming the senior counsel.
Before and after retiring to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1993, Dick also was a resident of Wilton, Conn. He was active in Wilton as a volunteer at the public library, and in local environmental groups including the Nature Conservancy and the Wilton Land Conservation Trust.
Our sympathy goes to his wife of 49 years, Jane; his three children, Richard, Anne, and Thomas; his sisters, Edith Hollyday and Blair Gray; and his brother, James.
The Class of 1950
JOHN H. RUDOLPH 50 *53
John died of cancer Sept. 6, 2003, on Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Following high school, John served two years in the Navy. Though a member of 50, he received his architecture degree from Princeton in 1951, then stayed for a masters.
After briefly working in Boston, he headed west to Bainbridge Island in 1954. He started the islands first architectural firm and was involved in the community for the next 50 years. A Kiwanis Club member during that time, he was named the islands Business Person of 2000.
John was a leader in developing Battle Point Parks astronomical observatory. Known as the Park Architect, according to the Bainbridge Review, he helped design many parks. Handsome structures in the area reflect his creativity.
On the lighter side, he played fourth trombone for the Vigorous Revolutionary Volunteer Dixieland Band in the Fourth of July parade for 36 years. He started the Scotch Broom Festival, which ended with a tiddlywinks contest in the street, and unique fundraising lotteries. Archaeoastronomical interests in ancient rock carvings took him afield, and he expounded on their possible deeper meanings.
Our condolences go to his companion, Sally Metcalf; sons Mikael and Jamaal Forest; daughter Kristi; and extended family whose lives he filled with laughter and love.
The Class of 1950
JOHN HART ELY 60
John, one of our most distinguished class members, died of cancer Oct. 25, 2003. He was 64.
A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, John was dean of the Stanford Law School (1982-96), and a professor at Yale (1968-73), Harvard (1973-82), and the U. of Miami (1996-2003) law schools. At Princeton, he majored in philosophy, then studied at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright scholar. He graduated from Yale Law School.
As a law student, he worked for future Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas, drafting the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright brief that led the Supreme Court to require courts to appoint counsel for the poor. He went on to clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren, and was the youngest staff member of the Warren Commission, which investigated Pres. Kennedys assassination.
He wrote Democracy and Distrust, (1981), and War and Responsibility (1993) and On Constitutional Ground (1996). Democracy and Distrust won the Order of the Coif for the best legal study published from 1980-83. Professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School said, John Ely was a towering figure in constitutional law and constitutional theory. No one in his generation contributed so much to a clear understanding of the genius of the Constitution.
He leaves his wife, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely; sons Robert D. and John D.; and two granddaughters. The class joins them in mourning the loss of John, whose towering intellect, superior administrative skills, and writings have enhanced not only the law but the world.
The Class of 1960
JOHN GRAVES 60 *69
John died in Fort Lauderdale Oct. 13, 2003, of complications from a heart attack.
Born in NYC, John attended Collegiate School, where he was valedictorian, tennis captain, and winner of the American history prize. At Princeton he won the freshman honor prize for academic achievement, and majored in physics and philosophy. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of Campus Club. He roomed with Ted McMillan, Charlie Johnson, Dave Sharp, John Coe, and Bo Nightingale.
John earned an MA and a PhD from Princeton. In 1964 he moved to Boston and joined the MIT faculty, chairing the undergraduate philosophy program. His book, The Conceptual Foundations of Contemporary Relativity Theory, was published in 1971. After spending 1975 at Brown, he returned to Boston to practice psychotherapy and work with Counseling Services, Inc.
John sang with the Boston Concert Opera, where he became a director and corporate secretary. Politically, John moved far to the left during the Vietnam War, and spoke out on nuclear war, civil rights and liberties, womens and gay rights, and other issues.
He was a committed Princetonian and regularly attended reunions. He will be missed by classmates, colleagues, students, and clients he counseled as a psychotherapist. To them, and to Raymond, Johns partner for more than 20 years, the class sends its sincere condolences.
The Class of 1960
ROBERT H. HASTINGS 60
Bob died of a heart attack July 2, 2002. He had a history of coronary disease.
Bob attended South Kent [Conn.] School, and at Princeton majored in French and history, taking his meals at Quadrangle Club. After Princeton, Bob studied in France and completed his doctorate at the U. of Nancy. He taught at the U. of Caen, where he met his first wife, Bobbi. He then earned a law degree at Berkeley, specializing in tax law and real estate. He developed wrap-around mortgages, which have become popular in commercial real estate.
After law school, Bob worked for Deloitte & Touche and lived in Bellevue, Wash. He returned to the San Francisco area to work for Security National Bank as vice president for real estate mortgages.
He left to become acquisitions officer for Adnan Khashoggi. They purchased the Bank of Contra Costa and Bob served as its president. He also owned a restaurant near Chico, Calif., obtained a securities license, and worked for Merrill Lynch.
Although not active as an alumnus, Bob is remembered as an energetic, intelligent, and cheerful dinner companion at Quadrangle. He is survived by Ann Hastings, and his children from his first marriage, Andrew, Guil, and Brad. To all of them, the class sends its condolences and best wishes.
The Class of 1960
CHARLES LINN HASLAM 65
C. L. Haslam died of heart failure Jan. 23, 2003, in Washington, D.C.
C. L. was a politics major and Charter Club member, but was best known on campus as the head ( Za Czar) of the Pizza Agency. C. L. will be remembered for his great laugh, his unfailing kindness and generosity, his intelligence and judgment, and his passion for small planes, Princeton and Duke basketball, and the Redskins. C. L. was the perfect gentleman and a gentle man.
C. L. was loyal to Princeton (in leisure always wearing a Princeton T-shirt) and to his fellow students, especially his roommates from Witherspoon and Campbell Charlie Gibson, Pat Hu, Karl Jackson, Gus Maffry, John McIlwain, and John Taylor.
C. L. was an attorney and president of US Transgenics Corp., a biotechnology company. Previously he was president and CEO of Krug International, a supplier of biology and medical services. C. L. grew up in Birming-ham, Ala., and St. Petersburg, Fla., where, at St. Pete High, he was a top student and leader. He earned a law degree from Duke, taught at Virginia Tech, and was university counsel at Duke. He served in the Carter administration as general counsel in the Commerce Department.
C. L. is survived by his constant companion, Linda Chandler; her daughter, Laura; his son, Charles; a brother; and a sister.
The Class of 1965
DAVID N. LAWYER JR. 68
Laws died July 15, 2003, in Santa Barbara of leukemia, which he had fought for seven years. He was 57.
Laws came to Princeton from Oxnard [Calif.] HS, where he was a basketball star, class valedictorian, and California Boy of the Year. At Princeton, he ran varsity track and played varsity basketball. He ate at Cottage Club.
He taught at Thacher School after graduation and then moved to the U. of California, Santa Barbara. He next moved to Santa Barbara City College, where he founded and chaired the ethnic studies department.
He taught ethnic studies and political science for 23 years, and continued as an adjunct professor at UCSB. He was one of the most well-liked teachers at SBCC, and, according to SBCC president John Romo, one of its top professors. Lawss love of teaching never abated, and it showed in the tremendous accolades given him by his students over the years.
Laws was, above all, devoted to and proud of his family. He is survived by his wife, Tracey; sons David III and Kerry; and daughters Tracey and Kymberly. To all of them, the class extends its deepest sympathies.
The Class of 1968
STEPHEN B. GUILD 76
Princeton has lost an adored friend, Stephen Guild, of Rocky Hill, N.J., who died Nov. 15, 2003, after a long bout with cancer.
Steve graduated from Princeton with a bachelors in art and archaeology, concentrating in art history and visual arts. He created hundreds of paintings and drawings during his 27-year career. His artwork is widely collected. Steve drew countless landscapes. His favorite spot was near the dam at the eastern end of Lake Carnegie, which his poignant charcoal sketches beautifully capture.
Steve founded Arcturus Painting, which specialized in trompe loeil design, color-stained concrete, and surface restoration. His commissions included the restoration of Auldbrass Plantation, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in South Carolina, and numerous projects for architect Michael Graves.
Steve played several instruments, starred as an athlete, and studied astronomy, Joyce, and Caravaggio. Few possessed as quick a wit. In art, he maintained a consistent theoretical basis to his enormous work, which he would discuss for hours with anyone who engaged him.
He lives on in his daughters, Elli, 17, and Sophia, 14, to whom he gave so much as teacher and mentor, and in the love of his wife and companion, Monica Lange. To his many friends, parents Henley and Virginia, brother Henley, and sister Susan Braun, Steve will remain an inspiration.
The Class of 1976
ROBERT AUGUST KORANDA 02
Rob Koranda died June 29, 2003, in a Chicago porch collapse that claimed 13 other young lives.
With Robs passing, Princeton has lost a beloved son. Bright, spontaneous, and charming, armed with an infectious smile and spirit, he warmed and inspired those fortunate enough to have known him.
Rob grew up in Naperville, Ill., where he was captain of his high school football team. A lifelong volunteer, Rob mentored high school leaders at the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Ranch in Colorado.
At Princeton, Rob was a history major, president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and a member of Cottage Club. When an injury sidelined his football career, Rob embraced rugby and earned the Christopher D. Mello 98 Award. After graduation, Rob worked for LaSalle Bank in Chicago and lived with Thomas Rowland 02. Just before his untimely death, he had returned to Princeton to celebrate his first reunion.
Rob is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Sue; his sister, Katie, and her husband, Scott Tanaka; and his brother, John. Donations to the Robert A. Koranda 02 Memorial Fund may be sent to Nancy Kalmikoff, Princeton University, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543. The class extends its deepest sympathy to the Koranda family.
The Class of 2002
DAVID B. LEWIN *58
David B. Lewin, a relatively unknown yet influential musical theorist and composer, died May 5, 2003, of heart disease in Cambridge, Mass. He was 69.
Lewin studied piano and composition from an early age, earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard, and won a prestigious fellowship to continue math studies at Princeton. At Princeton he switched fields to music theory and composition under the tutelage of Roger Sessions and Milton Babbitt. Babbitt considered Lewin a genius.
Music MFA in hand, Lewin used the higher mathematics of group theory, algebraic topology, and projective geometry to compose atonal chamber and computer music, including fugues based on series such as phone numbers.
He made his greatest impact, however, as an analyst of music. His innovative approach to the structure of music considered not only the things within a composition, but also the relationships among those things. In his transformational analysis, musical space took shape in intervals of distance (e.g., pitch) and also of time (e.g., rhythm). Such study of mathematical coherence in music proved inclusive, breaking down conventional boundaries between genres, periods, and styles. A consummate and dedicated teacher, Lewin influenced generations of students.
He is survived by his wife, June Knight, and one son.
The Graduate Alumni
HERBERT BECKHARD *50
Noted architect Herbert Beckhard died Sept. 11, 2003, in Glen Cove, N.Y., of complications from a fall. He was 77.
Beckhard earned an MFA in architecture at Princeton and began work with Marcel Breuer, past master at the Bauhaus School. In an association lasting 28 years, Beckhard and Breuer together designed award-winning government buildings, churches, and homes. Subsequently, Beckhard worked with Frank Richlan, another Breuer associate, adding additional university, corporate, and museum projects to his portfolio.
An accomplished photographer and avid sports fan, Beckhard leaves behind his wife, Eleanor; daughters Susan, Karen, and Jane; and a son, Thomas.
The Graduate Alumni
JOSEPH G. PHELAN *51, Psychology, Mar. 5, 1995
JOEL R. SHOOK *73, Philosophy, Dec. 22, 1997
H. JEROME SHAFER *48, Aeronautical Engineering, Nov. 15, 1999
JOSEPH R. McLOUGHLIN *51, Chemistry, Apr. 29, 2001
ANDRE S. MICHALSKI *64, Modern Languages and Literature, June 15, 2001
ARDAS OZSOGOMONYAN *65, Chemistry, Nov. 17, 2001
CAMILYNN I. BRANNAN *90, Biology, Oct. 15, 2002
STANLEY MARTIN *28, Modern Languages and Literature, Dec. 23, 2002
OSCAR S. ROTHAUS 48 *58, Math, May 24, 2003
GERHARD RAYNA *65, Mathematics, June 24, 2003
PATRICK A. PUTIGNANO *81, Woodrow Wilson School, Sept. 13, 2003