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Mack Erwin Lathrop '28. Symphony orchestra, Adelphoi Christon. For many years he was the plant engineer for the Methodist Memorial Home for the Aged in Warren, IN. He had previously been an industrial arts director and teacher at Port Jervis (NY) High School.

John Wolcott Murray '30, August 19, 2002. Phi Beta Kappa. PhD in chemistry, Johns Hopkins, 1933. He taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg from 1942 until 1971; he became a full professor in 1954. Surviving are his second wife, Nancy Ellen Slocum and 2 children.

Casimir Frank Nowicki '30, April 2001. Alpha Tau Omega, lacrosse, swimming, Deutsche Verein, anthracite club, Pan Hellenic Council. LLB, U of Richmond, 1934. He had been a realtor, appraiser and contractor in Scranton, PA for many years.

Frederick Wickham Button '31, August 18, 2002. Sigma Nu, band, Salmagundi. Graduate work at U of Rochester. He owned the Bay View Farm in Sodus, NY and was a former English teacher and tennis coach at Sodus Central HS; Devaux Military Academy in Niagara Falls; Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA; and Allendale School in Rochester, NY. Surviving are 4 children including son James '64, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Robert Joseph Cenedella '33, September 28, 2002. Masque & Triangle, Sigma Upsilon, Alpha Psi Omega, Willow Path board. He taught high school English and became principal in Milford, MA in the 1930s. In a long and successful career as a writer and actor in NYC, he published the critically acclaimed novel A Little to the East in 1963 as well as stories in magazines such as Playboy, Redbook and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. He wrote for radio, notably for Helen Hayes, as well as the TV soap operas Another World and The Guiding Light. In 1949 he founded the Radio Writers Guild committee against the blacklist, the first union to publicly acknowledge and actively oppose the McCarthy-era persecution of writers and others. He began his acting career at age 65, performing in theater, film and TV until age 89. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Betsy Boyd Cenedella, 3 sons, a daughter, 3 grandchildren and his sister.

John Edwin Downie '33, August 16, 2002. Phi Beta Kappa. Treasurer, Chenango Valley Alumni club and Class of 1933, nearly 25 years; statistician, home football games, 1950s & '60s; Reunion gift chairman, 1988; Maroon Citation, 1993. MA, Syracuse U, 1948. A professor of mathematics at Colgate from 1943 to 1981, he also provided leadership in the experiment in international living and worked with IBM in Darmstadt and Wurzburg, Germany. He pioneered the development of IBM computer systems at Colgate in 1958. He also administered the NSF-sponsored summer institute for junior high school math teachers at Colgate in the 1960s. Memorial gifts may be made to the Edwin Downie Fund at Colgate. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Lydia J Downie, 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren.

Ellery Bickford Haskell '33, September 1, 2002. Debate club, socialist club, Phi Society, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. BD, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, 1936; attended Yale Divinity School, 1933-35; MA in American history, U of PA, 1945; PhD in history, U of Chicago, 1964. He was pastor of Spencer Federated Church, NY from 1937-41 and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Chester, PA from 1942-45. He taught American history of religions and other philosophy and religion courses at Albright College from 1946 until retiring in 1977. Survivors include his wife, Grace Campbell Haskell, a daughter, a son, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons.

Henry John Kowal '33, September 7, 2002. Phi Delta Theta, basketball, golf, Maroon Key, Gorgon's Head, international relations club. Athletic Hall of Honor, 1985. US Navy, 1942-45. For many years he was the treasurer and general mgr of Nelson House Co Inc, a hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY. He also taught at Delhi Technical College. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Averill Kowal, with whom he had 4 children, and brother-in-law Donald Foley '38.

George Elliot Clay '34, September 10, 2002. Phi Gamma Delta, cross country, boxing, Cosmopolitan, Banter. LLB, Princeton, 1937. He was a retired attorney who had practiced in Michigan. Survivors include 2 sons, James '58 and Ralph '61.

Elbert Wright Burr '38, September 9, 2002. Freeman H Allen Club, Model Council of League of Nations delegate. MA, Syracuse U, 1941. US Navy, 1943-45. He taught high school in Holland, NY and Chicago, IL and after pursuing doctoral studies at the U of Chicago, he left to work for International Harvester Co. In 1955 he began a 25-year career in personnel management at Monsanto Chemical Co in St Louis. In the early 1980s he established Intentional Change Inc, a career consulting firm in Clayton, MO. Past president, Adult Education Assn and Kirkwood Bd of Education; past vice board chairman, Blackburn College; former board member, Eden Theological Seminary; member, International Adult and continuing Education Hall of Fame. Alzheimer's Assn Volunteer of the Year, 2001. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Vetter Burr, 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

John JH Peyser '38, August 16, 2002. Lambda Chi Alpha, band. He was a veteran TV director of more than 100 series, including the live drama Studio One, Quincy, The Virginian, Perry Mason and BJ and the Bear. He began producing and directing programs for NBC before WWII. His film credits include Four Rode Out, Kashmiri Run, The Young Warriors and Stunt Seven. Also an accomplished painter, his work showed in local galleries. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Mellner Peyser, with whom he had a son, his brother Pete '43 and nephew James '78.

Edson Almerson `Bud' Freeman Jr '39, August 8, 2002. Sigma Chi, swimming. AB, Oberlin College, 1939; MD, U of Cincinnati, 1943. US Army Medical Corps, WWII. For 40 years, he was in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in the Akron, OH area. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Martha Gardiner Freeman, 3 sons and 1 daughter, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Charles Francis Light '40, September 19, 2002. Phi Kappa Psi, football manager, hockey, Maroon, Maroon Key, Konosioni, Sigma Delta Psi. Air Force, 1940-46; colonel, Air Reserve Recovery Group commander. He was an executive with the Elmira and Ithaca (NY) chambers of commerce before joining the Buffalo chamber in 1954 and serving as chief administrative officer from 1961-78. In 1978 he created Niagara Tours & Travel and also became a VP of Endres Travel Service, where he worked part-time until 1997. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Baker Light, a son and 2 grandchildren.

Jere Douglas Gilmour '42, September 7, 2002. Theta Chi, football, boxing, cross country, outing club, sophomore vigilance committee, CCA, educators forum. US Navy, 1942-45, 1950-53; Veterans Corps of Artillery. CLU, College of Insurance, 1955. He was an insurance representative for Aetna and New England Life Insurance. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Moon Gilmour, a daughter, 2 sons, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Penwell Englerth Launey '43, September 9, 2002. Phi Kappa Tau, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, Poly Prep Club, glee club. US Army, 1943-46. He was a retired property appraiser.

Stuart Russell Clarkson '44, July 23, 2002. Delta Upsilon. US Army, 1944-46. MBA, City College of NY, 1952. He retired as senior VP of Directions & Objectives Transnational Inc of NYC. Previously he was a conference director with The Conference Board, an economic and business research org. Survivors include his wife, Leora Clarkson.

Carman Francis Giaccone '44, September 10, 2002. Lambda Chi Alpha, Masque & Triangle, Kingsford Declamation Contest winner. US Navy, 1943-46. LLB, New York Law School, 1950. He was an attorney for Sachem and Middle Country School District for 35 years and practiced in Ronkonkoma, NY. Survivors include his wife Leonorda Accurso Giaccone, 3 sons including Scott '83 and daughter-in law Christine '82, brother Thomas '50, and 4 grandchildren.

Edwin Wesley Pullen '44, June 23, 2002. Commons Club, skiing, CCA, band, sophomore vigilance committee. MS, UMass, 1948; PhD in biology, U of VA, 1953. US Navy, WWII; US Army Reserve. He taught anatomy at the U of VA School of Medicine, where he also served as associate dean and director of admissions, for 40 years. He was elected to the Society of the Sigma Xi, Phi Sigma Society and the Raven Society. Survivors include his wife of nearly 56 years, Ruthann Chambers Pullen, 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

James Cahill Graner '45, April 15, 2002. Alpha Tau Omega, track, Masque & Triangle. Class gift committee, 1995-96. US Navy, 1942-45. JD, St John's U, 1951. An attorney, he was a partner at the firm Denton Keyser LaBrecque in Elmira, NY. Survivors include a daughter.

Stanley Irwin Root Jr '45, June 30, 2002. US Marine Corps. He had been VP of Root's Express, a motor freight carrier in East Syracuse, NY, for many years, retiring in the late 1980s. Survivors include his son and daughter.

Orrin King Dowse '48, July 18, 2002. DKE, football. US Navy, WWII. Survivors include his brother John '51, several nieces and nephews.

Robert Addison Meredith '49, May 31, 2002. Delta Upsilon, football, debate club, educators forum. US Navy, 1944-46. MA, PhD, New York U, 1953, 1968. He retired in the early 1980s after many years of teaching history at Horace Greeley HS in Chappaqua, NY. Among his survivors are his wife, Mary Alice Whitehead Meredith, and son Robert '85.

Robert William Scarlata '50, September 3, 2002. Psychology club. US Army, 1945-46; US Air Force, 1952-54. MS in education, City College of NY, 1956; PhD in education, U of Colorado. He spent most of his career working for the Department of Defense and NASA. In 1975 he founded the company Life Sciences Engineering, which won a solar collector contract and developed a thermal storage patent. He later worked for General Electric in the Philadelphia area for more than 20 years. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Ruth Horning Scarlata, with whom he had 3 sons, and a granddaughter.

Don Clifford Broadbridge Jr '51, August 7, 2002. Phi Gamma Delta, tennis, glee club, Colgate Thirteen. USMC, 1952-56. In 1958 he became co-owner and director of the Deerhorn Camp for boys founded by his family in Rhinelander, WI, in 1930. For many years he was a pilot for TWA, and he also worked as an admission counselor for Rollins College and Depauw U. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Galves Broadbridge, 3 sons, stepchildren, a sister and 4 grandchildren.

George Rawson Phillips '54, September 10, 2002. Theta Chi, soccer. He was a USAF pilot. Survivors include his wife, Judy Shaw Phillips, with whom he had 3 children.

Donald Chester Knapp '56, August 14, 2002. Sigma Nu, track, Newman club, economics club, Young Republicans, Spanish club, outing club. US Army, 1956-58. He worked for Cahners Publishing in Des Plaines, IL for 27 years, beginning as an advertising salesman, and eventually becoming a publisher and vice president. In 1997 he became a publisher at Talcott Communications and started Equipment Solutions, a magazine for the food service field. Among his survivors are 2 sons, 2 daughters, his fiancée, Jerilyn Deerfield, and a brother.

Roland Donald Chartier Jr '58, August 21, 2002. DKE, cross country. He was president of Bremser Technologies Inc, a precision machining and fabrication company in Stratford, CT. Survivors include his wife, Helma Bremser Chartier, with whom he had 3 children.

Richard David Driscoll '59, July 21, 2002. Lambda Chi Alpha, track. US Marine Corps, 1959-62. He taught history in the South Glens Falls (NY) Central School District. Surviving are his wife, Martha Driscoll, his mother, 2 daughters, a son and 2 stepdaughters.

Russell Charles Staurovsky '59, August 3, 2002. Delta Upsilon, basketball, soccer, baseball, German club, Young Democrats. US Army, 1960-61. He retired as manager of information services for Vinson Supply Co in Tulsa, OK. He was a nationally recognized intercollegiate soccer official and a national referee assessor. Survivors include his wife, Anne Koizen Staurovsky, with whom he had 3 children, and brother Ronald '68.

Frances H Sprague MA'61. She held a bachelors degree from Oneonta State Teachers College.

Samuel John Olriksen Sr '66, May 25, 2002. Phi Gamma Delta, hockey, outing club. He had been a wheat broker with the Chicago Board of Trade for many years. Survivors include 2 sons and a daughter.

Richard Steven Weiner '68, September 25, 2002. Phi Kappa Tau, tennis, IM foul shooting champion, Konosioni, Maroon Key, Maroon, Dean's List, Dodge Scholar, Austen Colgate Scholar, Phi Society, Beta Degree, Colgate Students for Peace in Vietnam, Dijon Study Group. Maroon Citation, 1993; James B Colgate Society. MA, Harvard U, 1969; JD, U of PA, 1974. An attorney-turned-book collector, he was owner of Escargot Books, a rare and used book store in Brielle, NJ. He established the Richard S Weiner Collection of George Bernard Shaw at Colgate, a substantial collection of manuscripts, books, photographs, art work and correspondence. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Weiner, his mother and a sister.

William John Dandy '70, June 14, 2002. DKE, hockey. A teacher, John had taught at the International School of Islamabad in Pakistan and previously at the Seoul International School in Korea. Survivors include his wife, Ann Dandy, and his daughter.

Wayne Richard Frigard '70, August 11, 2002. Alpha Tau Omega, Russian club, Pi Sigma Alpha, Dean's List, Washington Study Group. JD, Northeastern Law School, 1976. US Army. He was an attorney with Rubin and Rudman of Boston for the past 5 years. Previously, for 16 years he was an attorney for the Boston Edison Company. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Edson Frigard, 3 sons, a sister, 2 nieces and a nephew.

Wendy Willard Wilson '80, September 17, 2002. Surviving are her husband, Jonathan McGee, a daughter, a son, her mother, her brother John '65, her sister, the father of her daughter and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Milton Michael Gettinger '90, February 9, 2002. DKE. He was a physician who practiced in New York City. Surviving are his mother, father and 2 brothers.

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