William D. Longaker ’42

William D. Longaker, M.D., a psychiatrist, died Dec. 1, 2017, at age 97. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi and received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he served in the U.S. Navy. He practiced psychiatry in Ithaca and Binghamton, N.Y. Survivors include five children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, his brother, and his friend and former wife, Patricia Lane Longaker.


GEORGE P. MORRILL, a writer and editor who worked at American Educational Publications, and longtime Wesleyan class secretary, died Jan. 3, 2015. He was 94. A member of Eclectic, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. After the war he taught English at the University of Connecticut in New London, then moved to Vermont where he worked for a printing company. In 1956 he returned to Connecticut to become an editor at American Educational Publications, then owned by Wesleyan. He received a master’s degree from Wesleyan in 1957. During this time he wrote short stories for magazine such as Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post. He also used his experiences at sea to write a novel about life on a freighter during the war. Entitled Dark Sea Running, it received favorable reviews. He wrote other books as well, including a biography of John Emory Andrus of the class of 1862, a successful businessman and investor who, along with his later family, brought millions of dollars to Wesleyan. A lover of books, he served for 30 years on the board of the Brainerd Memorial Library in Haddam, Conn. His wife, Phyllis Christensen Morrill, predeceased him. Survivors include four sons and four grandchildren.


THOMAS N. LOSER, the co-founder of the industrial chemical company Wyrough & Loser, Inc., died Oct. 27, 2014, at age 93. A member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, during which period he became commanding officer of the Navy’s principal training school for communications officers. His entire business career was in the field of industrial chemicals, and his company was an acknowledged world leader in specialty rubber chemicals. The holder of several patents, he also served as chairman of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society, which in 1983 was the world’s largest organization devoted to rubber chemistry and technology, with more than 5,000 members in 40 countries. He was a community volunteer as well as an avid bridge player. Among those who survive are his wife, Carol Kuser Loser, one daughter, two grandsons, and his brother.


STANLEY F. KAY, 93, a retired national general sales manager for International Silver, died Dec. 19, 2014. He was a member of Chi Psi. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He joined International Silver, eventually retiring as national general sales manager of the World Tableware Division. His wife, Lois Moneypenny Kay, predeceased him. He is survived by one son, three daughters, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.


ARTHUR W. FEINSTEIN, who practiced law in Hartford, Conn., for almost 50 years, died Dec. 29, 2014, at age 94. In addition to Wesleyan, he attended New York University and then received his law degree from the Hartford College of Law, now the UCONN School of Law. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. After practicing with Cole and Cole, he co-founded Krevolin, Feinstein, Gorman & Herrmann, P.C., in Hartford and was active in the community. Among those who survive are his wife, Rhoda Grodin Feinstein; three children, including Andrew Feinstein ’72; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his niece, Susan Barry ’76; and his cousin, Julius Kaplan ’56.


HARRY W. CROOP JR., a retired sales manager, died Dec. 12, 2014. He was 94. A member of Eclectic, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His career was in the building materials sales industry, and he retired as general sales manager for the General Dynamics Corporation. He also volunteered in his community in numerous projects. Predeceased by his first wife, Rosemary Shea Croop, survivors include his wife, Helen O’Reilly Croop, two daughters, and numerous nieces and nephews.