E. William Davis Jr. ’47, died on April 7, 2020, at the age of 94. A full obituary can be found here.
Jim Goodale ’46, P’85 died in May. He majored in French and was a member of Sigma Nu. After graduation, he performed as a cellist in the Westchester Philharmonic, and was a vocalist for the Dessoff Choirs based in New York City. Ultimately, he worked in New York for over 30 years as a bank executive, specializing in financial advertising and public relations, while raising a family on Long Island. He retired to Fort Myers, Fla., in 1990, where he lived until last year, pursuing his passions for sailing and for performing as a vocalist in his church choir. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, daughter Barbara Berutti, son Jay ’85, and three grandchildren.
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Scott J. Boley ’46 passed away on Jan. 6, 2020. A full obituary can be found here.
James L. Bellis ’46 passed away on Feb. 11, 2018. A full obituary can be found here.
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The editors are saddened to report the death of longtime secretary Charlie Hill, who died June 7, 2015. He was 90. An obituary in the New York Times noted that he “taught French at Brooklyn College for 30 years, where he was a loved and respected teacher and colleague. He served as chairman of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures during the turbulence of New York City’s fiscal difficulties. He would give junior faculty members choice teaching assignments if he felt it would help their careers, since he was securely tenured. He was active as a leader in the New York-area American Association of Teachers of French, a role for which the French government honored him as a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques.” His son, Nick Hill ’85, observes: “Obviously, Wesleyan was a special place to him. Although many of our family members were Wesleyan graduates, that was not what mattered to him. He appreciated how well Wesleyan embodied the liberal arts. He would sometimes point out that he and Victor Butterfield started in the same year. I like to think that my time at Wesleyan gave him a renewed appreciation for a Wesleyan education. … As a longtime N.Y. Jets fan, he would jokingly gripe about Wesleyan’s embrace of Bill Belichick ’75!”
Douglas Dorchester writes, “I sent in an article on racism to the Cape Code Times. The editor liked it and waited for the right moment. When the tragic murders in Charleston, S.C., occurred, he said, ‘Now!’ He modified the article and printed it as their official response to Charleston. The article analyzes how racism develops in all of us.”
You can find his article at capecodtimes.com.
Jan and Doug Dorchester write: “This past year was difficult in some ways. Doug had a bad fall and cellulitis, followed by bladder cancer, and Jan had two surgeries. Our oldest daughter was divorced after a long marriage and our middle daughter was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.
“On the positive side, we had another baptismal celebration and dinner on Oc.t 12. Doug baptized our twin great-grandchildren, Desmond Thomas and Evelyn Helene Currie, offspring of Tom and Rhobie (Langwig) Currie, of Ballston Spa, N.Y. We also had three grandchildren graduate from college in 2013 and all have good jobs: Marcus Engley in Seattle; Davita Cornfield in Albuquerque, and Christopher Dorchester in Bourne.
“We are 90; Jan has just completed Morse genealogy (her last). God’s love and grace have filled our lives, and joy is our constant companion as we approach our 70th anniversary on Dec. 15, 2015.”
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WILLIAM A. SUTTON, an attorney who retired as division counsel for Olin Corporation, died Feb. 2, 2014, at age 90. A member of Sigma Chi, he received his degree with honors. He was the son of Joseph A. Sutton of the class of 1915, and the grandson of William H. Sutton of the class of 1857. He was also the nephew of Howard A. Sutton of the class of 1895, of Isaac C. Sutton of the class of 1900, and of Henry C. Sutton of the class of 1907, as well as the cousin of James A. Sutton of the class of 1935. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II, decoding messages in the Signal Corps, and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. A graduate of Columbia University Law School, he joined Olin in 1959 after working for several other companies. During his career with Olin he spent eight years on a special fuel energy project based in Little Rock, Ark. He later settled in Stamford, Conn., where he became a community volunteer after retiring from Olin in 1986. Predeceased by his wife, Cleve Simpson Sutton, survivors include four children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his sister survive.
VINCENT A. SUPRYNOWICZ, 90, a retired professor of electrical engineering at the University of Connecticut, died Jan. 23, 2014. He was elected to Sigma Xi, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio State University, and received his PhD from Yale University. His wife, Wilma Higginbotham Suprynowicz, survives, as do his three children, including Vincent Suprynowicz Jr. ’72, and a nephew, Frank Suprynowicz ’78.
SEYMOUR I. KUMMER, M.D., a family physician in Rockville, Conn., for more than 50 years, died Apr. 2, 2014. He was 87. After receiving his degree with honors, he received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College. In addition to his medical practice, he had been active in professional organizations. His first wife, Ruth Lavitt Kummer, died. Among those who survive are his wife of 30 years, Joan Hyde Kummer; three children, including Bart A. Kummer ’75, M.D., and Merle E. Kummer ’76; and a nephew, Daniel M. Kummer ’81. His brother, Howard K. Kummer ’53, predeceased him.