GEORGE R. DREHER, a banker who later became a landscape and irrigation specialist, died Aug. 11, 2011, at age 67. A member of Chi Psi, he had been associated with Chandler Leasing and Westinghouse Credit before going into the landscape business. He is survived by his mother, Caroline D. Halloran, three children, two stepdaughters, and his brother and sister.
JOHN S. CRAIG III, noted photojournalist, photo-historian, and Daguerreian author, died Feb. 25, 2011. He was 67. A member of Delta Sigma, he received his degree with honors. His interest in antique photography began when he was a photographer and reporter at the Hartford Courant as well as with his own retail camera shop. Eventually, in addition to photographing historical events and personages, he became one of the first full-time dealers in photographica in the U.S., renowned for his enormous collection of instruction manuals, catalogs, and other interesting photography items. In 1994 he published the first of three editions of Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, the acknowledged reference work among dealers and collectors. He is survived by his wife, the Hon. Joyce Krutick Craig (retired), a son, a stepson, and a granddaughter. His daughter predeceased him.
Bill Chodoff, beloved husband of Louise Barteau Chodoff, died November 26 peacefully at home after a long battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma. Third generation in a family of Philadelphia doctors, he was a much loved left-wing Philadelphia pediatrician for 25 years before becoming Pediatric Medical Director at Keystone Mercy Health Plan in 1997. He was a tender spouse to his first wife Joan Horan who pre-deceased him after her own long struggle with cancer. A truly kind and generous man, he was loved by all who knew him and leaves many grieving friends and relatives. Two weeks before he died his wife Louise dedicated her current art and environmental project GROVE to him in a public ceremony.
More photos of Bill are available at the GROVE website www.treemaker9.com.
MICHAEL B. BURTON, 60, died Jan. 29, 2005, nine days after suffering a cardiac arrest. The son of the late Jackson K. Burton ’36, he was a member of Commons Club and had received a master’s degree in business administration from Iona College. A marketing executive, he was the executive vice president for finance and administration of Advantage International, a sports marketing firm, until it became Octagon in 1999, after which he continued as executive vice president of the Connecticut office. An accomplished athlete and the winner of four national platform tennis championships, he was twice ranked the number one tennis player in the New England Division of the USTA. Survivors include his wife, Linda Setapen Burton; three daughters, Betsy Burton ’90, Carly Burton ’97, and Amy Burton; two grandchildren; his mother; four brothers, including Leslie M. Burton ’72 and Steven B. Burton ’74; one sister; his uncle, Rollin B. Burton Jr. ’49, and twelve nieces and nephews, including Matthew Burton ’04.