Edward W. Lifset ’53

Ed Lifset

Edward Wrubel Lifset ’53 of Oceanside, California, passed away on October 22, 2021 at the age of 90. He was born on August 25, 1931 in Schenectady, New York. He was the son of the late Theodore and Dorothy (Wrubel) Lifset. Edward spent the majority of his childhood in Middletown, Connecticut. He graduated with a BA degree from Wesleyan University in 1953 where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Edward received an additional BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and a MS degree from American University in Washington, D.C. He served 27 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, primarily in the aviation, engineering, and intelligence fields, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1979. Before joining the Marines, he was CEO of three construction and land development corporations in Volusia County, Florida. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he spent another ten years as a senior staff engineer and general program manager in the aerospace industry with the Lockheed Corporation.

In his retirement, Ed was an avid world traveler, proudly visiting over 120 different countries. Some of the more exotic countries he visited were Albania, Afghanistan, Libya, Romania and Iran. He especially enjoyed visiting China, Hong Kong and Japan, revisiting them multiple times. Ed enjoyed fixing and tinkering with things. There was nothing he couldn’t repair with duct tape.

He is survived by his wife Patricia (Mathews) Lifset; four daughters, Deborah (McKee), Nancy (Linskey), Regina (Resnick) and Lauren; and one son, David. Ed is also survived by his beloved grandchildren; Rachel, Ella and Jude. Ed was predeceased by one daughter, Judith.

Following cremation, a private family service will be held. Internment will take place at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, California.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. (www.usmcmuseum.com).

CLASS OF 1953 | 2021–2022 | WINTER ISSUE

Received from “The Mouse,” aka Richard Levinson: has yet to reach 90, continues with his firm practicing law throughout New Jersey, and regularly, poorly but energetically, plays tennis. His wife, Susan, continues to write nonfiction and blog for Psychology Today. Like all of us, he misses the guys that made Wesleyan a great place.

From Washington, D.C., the restaurants, after more than a year, are beginning to welcome, inside, Walter Cutler and his wife Didi for dinners out. He is planning a family reunion on the Wesleyan campus with his Cutler granddaughters, Grace ’24, from Evanston, Illinois, and Nina ’24 from New York.

I sincerely hope everyone has been well and staying safe during these pandemic times. Please consider sharing your news—good or bad—or your Wes memories with me for the next edition of the magazine. I look forward to hearing from you. Be well!


CLASS OF 1953 | 2021 | ISSUE 1

Jerry Zachin, having received the Wesleyan alumni magazine the last week of February, felt compelled to announce the birth of his second great-grandson, Alden Michael Roose, just a week earlier in Portland, Oregon. Proud Wesleyan family are parents Katie ’10 and Robbie Roose ’05 and grandparents Michael and Mary (Nastuk) Zackin, both ’80. This past year has limited Jerry and his wife, Sandy, to Sarasota, Florida and Yarmouth, Cape Cod, as trips to the Danube and Mississippi Rivers and a voyage from Singapore to Sydney were cancelled. Australia was to have been his last continent. They hope for a trip to Japan in the fall. They keep busy with golf and online bridge.

     By landline telephone George Anderson requested contact information for Warren Oscar Eastman. (George states that this is the extent of his communication skills.) Warren passed away February 17, 2021 at 90, just six days before George’s request. Warren was born in Middletown, lived in Cromwell, was a member of Sigma Chi, and a chemistry major. He spent his career with General Electric at several locations in research and corporate planning activities ending up at headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut. After retirement he and Patty became snowbirds living in Osprey, Florida and Frye Island, Maine. As a member of St. Andrews UCC church in Sarasota, he was active in the local community. Warren is remembered as our aggressive class agent for many years following graduation. He is survived by a daughter and a son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

     Warren’s fraternity brother and lifelong friend Basil Gideon Anex, 88, died August 12, 2019, in Seattle, his birthplace and retirement home. As high school valedictorian, he hitchhiked across the country to join our class. Basil was a Sigma Chi and chemistry major. After a PhD at the University of Washington and a postdoc at Indiana University, Basil held positions at Yale, at New Mexico State University, and at the University of New Orleans, where he remained until retirement in 1995. As an avid jogger and recycler he was featured in Runner’s World for collecting 400 pounds of refuse during neighborhood runs. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen, of 60 years, a son, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

   Samuel Graham Macfarlane, 88, Pittsburgh, a Sigma Nu and a government major, passed away April 21, 2020 in Baltimore of multiple myeloma. Following graduation he served in the Army’s security agency as a code transcriber for three years, before joining Travelers Insurance in the underwriting department. In 1959 he was persuaded to join Waverly Press, owned by his father-in-law. Studying accounting nights at Johns Hopkins University, he became a CPA and eventually CFO of the Press until retirement in 1998. He was a vestryman of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He served as president of Maryland’s American Lung and Mental Health Associations. As empty-nesters, he and his wife Susan invited Peabody Institute graduate students to live with them and also sponsored up-and-coming opera singers (opera was Sam’s passion). They visited opera houses around the world and took time to play golf at St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland. He was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan until the Baltimore Orioles defeated them in the 1979 World Series. After 20 years he had become a true Baltimorean. Sam and Susan had a daughter and two sons.

Condolences of the class to all three of these families.

CLASS OF 1953 | 2020 | ISSUE 3

Even before the pandemic, the concern of our 90s and soon-to-be 90s should have been our health and safety. We are kept going with many doctor appointments, but DIY projects require thoughtful decisions: i.e., if it is too high, do not call for a ladder, request assistance; if it is too heavy, call for help. DIY projects can be hazardous.

Restrictions on travel have caused Jerry Patrick to postpone a trip to Tahiti for sailing, meanwhile passing time building ship models including a 5th century BC Greek trireme with 186 hand-carved oars, and a New Bedford whaleboat about 1880.

Daily walks and time with Netflix take a portion of Walt Cutler’s time in Washington, D.C., along with Zoom conversations with two granddaughters now freshmen at Wesleyan. Reading Wesleyan history in the last issue reminded him when he hosted a broadcast of 1920s–1930s Dixieland jazz recordings from his collection of 78s, but nothing better than the High Street Five.

For the first time in 18 years I spent the summer in Oklahoma rather than at my New York farm, because of COVID-19 and a knee replacement four months ago. Fortunately, it was cooler than usual.

For those who did not receive my email requesting news, let me know how you are creatively spending time or if you recently have moved, your new location or how you celebrated your 90th.

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