RICHARD A. GRISCOM, a retired attorney, consultant, and dedicated public servant, died Jan. 12, 2011. He was 75. A member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, he received his degree with honors. After receiving his law degree from Harvard University, he did community development work in Central and South America and joined the Peace Corps, serving in Jamaica, Bolivia, Venezuela, Paraguay, and El Salvador as deputy country director and director. He also coordinated Peace Corps training programs and worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Bolivia and Panama. He also worked with Haitian and Sudanese officials to develop refugee programs. In Papua New Guinea he developed training programs for government officials. After he stopped working overseas, he worked on a variety of issues in Galisteo, N.M., and served two stints as general counsel to the New Mexico Human Services Department. Among those who survive are his wife, Janice Felty Griscom; five children; five grandchildren; his brother, Dr. N. Thorne Griscom ’52; and his nephew, Matthew T. Griscom ’88.
ERNEST P. GOBEILLE JR., a retired manager with Travelers Insurance Company, died Jan. 2, 2012. He was 76. A member of Delta Tau Delta, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He spent 34 years with Travelers, after which he and his wife enjoyed camping, completing their goal of camping in every state except Hawaii. He also trained Australian Shepherds to be therapy dogs. Among those who survive are his wife, Janet Smith Gobeille, two daughters, four grandchildren, his sister and his stepbrothers.
ROBERT M. GIPSTEIN, M.D., a nephrologist who was an associate professor of clinical medicine at U.C.L.A., and who retired as chief of staff at Santa Monica Hospital, died Sept. 3, 2010, at age 75. A member of Gamma Psi, he majored in biology and received his degree with high honors and with distinction in creative writing after writing a novel for his honors thesis. He received his medical degree from Tufts University and served in the U.S. Army. Always devoted to ethical principles, he braved a potential court martial by refusing to execute a direct order to perform, on enlisted men, a particular experiment that he did not believe had been tested sufficiently. He published numerous research articles, and he lectured and presented at medical conferences worldwide. Divorced from Gwynne Zachs Gipstein, he is survived by his life partner, Joan L. Colwell, with whom he reunited at their 50th high school reunion, and one son, Jason Gipstein ’87.
ROBERT H. FUNK ’57., a retired financial analyst for the Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Group, died Apr. 28, 2012. He was 77. A member of Delta Sigma, he received an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He was an avid outdoorsman and active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and he led major excursions for the club throughout the world. His wife, Pam Lewis, four children, eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren, two stepsons, and his sister survive
JONATHAN A. FREEDMAN, 71, a sociology professor at Kennesaw (Ga.) State University, died June 29, 2007. A member of the John Wesley Club, he received a PhD from Brandeis University. He was the director of education and training at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, N.Y., for many years, and also taught at Syracuse University and its medical school. At the time of his death he was also developing a new master’s program in sociological administration. He is survived by his wife, Jo Sanders Freedman, three sons, six grandchildren, and two brothers, as well as his Vietnamese extended family. (For more information, see the Syracuse Post Standard of July 2, 2007.)
DUNCAN G. FARRELL, the former director of the Society of Government Travel Professionals, died Dec. 29, 2007, at age 72. He was a member of Alpha Chi Rho and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. His long career in advertising and marketing included associations with Eastern Air Lines and with the Travel Industry Association of America. Among those who survive are his wife, June Martinick Farrell; three daughters, including Grace Farrell Roemer ’85; four grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Jon Roemer ’85.
WILLIAM S. COGAN ’57, a retired teacher, died July 17, 2012, at age 77. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and worked for NASA on what became the Project Mercury program before leaving to pursue a career in teaching. He taught at Brockton (Mass.) High School for 30 years. Among those who survive are his wife, Dorothy Ferrick Cogan, three children, three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and two brothers.
JOHN CARROLL, a retired teacher of German and Spanish, died Oct. 6, 2011. He was 79. The recipient of a master’s degree from Central Connecticut State College, he taught at Bristol (Conn.) Central High School for more than 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Erika Weipotner Carroll.
J. DANFORD ANTHONY JR., a preeminent tax attorney, former member of the Wesleyan Alumni Council, and active volunteer for charitable institutions in the Hartford, Conn., area, died Apr. 1, 2012, at age 76. A member of Beta Theta Pi, and the son of Julian D. Anthony of the class of 1928, he received his law degree from Harvard University. He served in the air wing of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. After clerking for a U.S. Tax Court judge, he joined the Hartford, Conn., law firm of Day, Berry, and Howard and was made a partner in 1971. He remained with the firm until his retirement in 2004, specializing in the tax treatment of financial intermediaries, tax-exempt organizations, and public financings. Admitted to practice in numerous courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, he served on many professional committees nationwide. He was emeritus director and former chairman of the board of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, as well as director and trustee of many Hartford area charitable and cultural institutions. He also sang in the Hartford Chorale for a number of years. Among those who survive are his wife, Nora Brown Anthony, three children, three grandchildren, his brother, and several nieces and nephews, including Susan H. Anthony ’87.