WILLIAM F. LUDINGTON, 71, a retired business executive, died Nov. 27, 2006. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon and served in the US Army. He joined the Chase Bag Company in 1961, a member of the fourth among five generations in his family to work for this company that had been established in 1847. He served in several capacities and then as president and CEO at the headquarters in Greenwich, Conn. Active in his community, he was co-chairman of the Board of the Forum for World Affairs in Stamford He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann Erickson Ludington, two daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren.
KENNETH D. HUSZAR, a journalist and later senior vice president of the public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, died June 19, 2012. He was 75. A member of Chi Psi, he received his degree with honors and served in the U.S. Army. He studied at Berlin University on a Fulbright Scholarship and in 1962 received a diploma from the Bologna campus of the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. During his long career in journalism and public relations he was a reporter for The Plain Dealer and for the West German magazine Stern, a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, and an account manager at Burson-Marsteller, where he counseled, among other clients, the Reagan Administration and the Argentine government. In the course of his career, he traveled widely, was a speechwriter for David Rockefeller, interviewed Yassir Arafat, and accompanied New York City Mayor David Dinkins on a trip to Japan. His sister, Janet Thompkins, and several cousins, including Ted W. Hussar, survive.
ROBERT W. HUNT, a credit manager with Harvey Industries, died Aug. 2, 2009, at age 75. A member of Alpha Delta Phi, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was predeceased by his wife, Roberta Young Hunt. Survivors include three children, three grandchildren, and his sister.
JOHN H. HOBBS, a pioneer in the investment management industry, a philanthropist avid in his support of education and civil rights, and a former Wesleyan trustee, died Jan. 3, 2010, at age 73. A member of Eclectic and a U.S. Air Force veteran, he received his bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Harvard University. In 1969 he co-founded Jennison Associates, one of Wall Street’s first independent institutional investment management firms, and in 1976 was named president and CEO. In 1994 he became chairman of Jennison, which is now a subsidiary of Prudential Financial. He retired in 2003. After the death of his wife in 2008, he returned to work and was most recently the vice chairman of Madison Asset Management Group, LLC. A tireless supporter of education, he served on numerous boards and was also the chairman of the board of Common Cents, a non-profit organization that creates and manages service-learning programs for young people, one of whose divisions is Penny Harvest, the largest child philanthropy program in the U.S. He served on the Wesleyan Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2004 and was elected trustee emeritus. Predeceased by his wife, Elisabeth Atwater Hobbs, he is survived by three children, including Margaret M. Hobbs ’89, two sisters, and a large extended family.
WILLIAM C. FICKERT JR., 75, who owned and operated his family’s insurance company, died May 23, 2012. He was a member of Gamma Psi and was associated with the William C. Fickert Agency, now the Fickert, Howard & Wragg Insurance Agency, Inc., for his entire career. He is survived by his wife, Susan Kinlock Fickert, four children, three stepsons, 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his sister.
ROBERT E. DiMAURO, a human resources consultant, died Oct. 18, 2012, at age 75. He was a member of Delta Sigma and received his degree with honors. He later received a master’s degree in Mathematics from New York University, a master’s in Human Resources from American University, and Liberal Arts certificate from Williams College. He spent most of his career doing Human Resources development work with New York Telephone, after which he retired to do independent consulting work. Later, he worked as a carpenter and home renovator, and was very active in his local community in Brattleboro, Vt. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Eastman DiMauro, three sons, nine grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
CHARLES G. DANZOLL, a retired insurance executive and a novelist, died June 25, 2008. He was 71. A member of Psi Upsilon, he received his degree with honors and with distinction in English. He was the son of F. Slade Danzoll of the class of 1923 and the son-in-law of Herbert A. Frank of the class of 1931. During his career with Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, he also wrote several novels as well as a history of his Wesleyan fraternity chapter. Among those who survive are his wife, Judith Frank Danzoll, two sons, four grandchildren, and a sister.
ROBERT C. BURNS, M.D., 75, a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice who practiced medicine in Akron, Ohio, for more than 30 years, died Mar. 17, 2011. A member of Eclectic, he received his medical degree from Albany Medical College and served in the U.S. Public Health Service. At Wesleyan he was class president and co-captain of the football team. Predeceased by a son, he is survived by his wife, Sonda D. Burns, three children, seven grandchildren, and his brother.