KIMON S. ZACHOS, an attorney and community leader, died Dec. 31, 2014, at age 84. A member of Sigma Chi, he received his degree with honors. He received his law degree as a Root-Tilden Scholar at New York University Law School and also received an LL.M. from Boston University after serving in the U.S. Army. At the time of his death he was senior shareholder at Sheehan, Phinney Bass & Green, the firm at which he spent his entire professional life. He served in the first group of White House Fellows and traveled to Alabama in support of voter registration rights. In 1969 he was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives and served there until 1974, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, majority leader, and deputy speaker of the House. He was a trustee and longtime president of the board of the Currier Museum of Art, as well as serving on the boards of numerous institutions and corporations. The recipient of many awards for his achievements, he was also a trustee of Southern New Hampshire University, which grew under his leadership from a small community college to a national university. He is survived by his wife, Anne Colby Zachos, three daughters, five grandsons, and his brother.
HUGH W. YOUNG, who served for 32 years in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, died Nov. 24, 2014. He was 83. After receiving his degree with honors and with distinction in government, he received a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Subsequently, he served with the Army Counter-Intelligence Corps. He was a distinguished member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service and he headed CIA offices both international and domestic, providing direct leadership to CIA efforts in Northeast and Southeast Asian locations. He became fluent in Japanese and Indonesian through his work as an officer in the CIA’s Clandestine Service. Survivors include his wife, Reiko Kitamura Young, and three sons.
JOHN H. WILLIAMS, 83, a retired actuarial specialist, died Oct. 30, 2014. A member of Delta Tau Delta, he received his degree with honors. After serving in the U.S. Army he attended graduate school at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and later at Occidental College. He retired as a senior partner in Coopers and Lybrand in 1989. Predeceased by his wife, Joan Foster Williams, he is survived by three sons, four grandsons, and his partner, Elaine Ryan.
DONALD T. SANDERS, a geologist and later an editor and writer, and longtime class secretary, died Nov. 9, 2014, at age 84. He was a member of Delta Upsilon and served in the U.S. Army. After receiving his master’s degree from the University of Kansas, he worked for Conoco Oil Company doing fieldwork. He soon found that his true passion was writing and editing, and he moved to New York City, where he began working for Grolier Encyclopedia and Scholastic magazine before joining IBM as an editor and writer for their in-house publications, Perspectives in Computing and Research Magazine. He retired from IBM in 1991. With a co-author, he wrote two books, Volcanoes in Human History and Earthquakes in Human History. He was also secretary of the class of 1952 for more than 50 years. His former wife, Carol Flynn, predeceased him. Among those who survive are his daughter, two grandchildren, three nephews, his cousin, Nancy Gordon MAT’60, and his long-time companion, Joan Boutelle.
Don Sanders was our faithful Class Secretary from shortly after we graduated until his death last November. He was the perfect fit for this position, as the bulk of his career was spent in writing and editing at IBM. He also co-authored two books that evolved from his geology major at Wesleyan, Volcanoes in Human History and Earthquakes in Human History. I shadowed Don as Class Secretary after his severe stroke four years ago, and now it has become my challenge to try to fill the enormous shoes Don left in this position.
Nothing is more painful than having to report the loss of classmates. We have several for this edition and I am afraid sad news of this sort is going to fill our class notes increasingly in the years ahead. Some, but not all, complete obituaries can be found online at classnotes.blogs.wesleyan.edu/obituaries-2/. The following recent deaths are reported here in chronological order:
Charlie “Birdie” Palliser died March 10, 2014, according to information obtained by Wesleyan. When last heard from, he was living in Walnut Creek, Calif., and was director of inventory systems for McKesson Corp. No obituary has been found, as of going to press. If anyone can provide further information, please let us know.
John Williams died in Winnipeg, Canada, on Oct. 30, 2014, from complications of a stroke. He spent most of his life in the New Rochelle and Larchmont, N.Y., area. An avid golfer and tennis player, he retired as a senior partner at Coopers & Lybrand in 1989. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan, and is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law and four grandsons.
Hugh Young died in Vienna, Va., on Nov. 24, 2014, after a completely unexpected heart attack. Hugh served 32 years in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He was a distinguished member of the CIA Senior Intelligence Service, headed CIA offices both international and domestic and provided direct leadership to CIA efforts in Northeast and Southeast Asian locations. Hugh is survived by his wife of 49 years, Reiko Young, and two sons.
Bob Wonkka died in Concord, N.H., on Dec. 10, 2014. Bob was a mathematics academician who taught, served as department head, and finally as division director at Vermont Technical College for 30 years. He was the first recipient of the faculty advising award, which now bears his name, and was named a professor emeritus upon his retirement in 1992. Always active in his local church and community, Bob and his wife, Nadena, had entered the retirement community of Havenwood-Heritage Heights in Concord in 1998. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by three daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren.
Kim Zachos died the afternoon of this past New Year’s Eve from a massive heart attack while on his way from his office to his car. He had just said goodbye to his office colleagues as he headed for home and had wished them a Happy New Year. No one in our class came from a more humble childhood and achieved greater success with more humility than Kim. From his Root-Tilden Scholarship at NYU Law School, to his longtime senior partnership in one of New Hampshire’s and New England’s leading law firms, to membership in the first class of White House Fellows and interning with Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, to being elected Deputy Speaker of the N.H. House of Representatives, to his decades of leadership of the Currier Museum of Art, to his chairmanship of the N.H. Charitable Fund, to serving on the boards of multiple educational, civic, religious, business and cultural institutions over the years, Kim exemplified the very finest of citizens and received more honors, awards, and tributes than space allows me to mention. A columnist for the NH Sunday News summed it up, “His legacy is a better state and profession.” Kim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne, three daughters, three sons-in-law, and five grandsons.
We extend sincere condolences to the families of these classmates who will ever be remembered and treasured as part of our Wesleyan experience.
We received a nice note from Don Stauffer when he alerted us to Hugh Young’s death. Don and his wife have been living at Avila Retirement Community in Albany, N.Y., for the past five years. They have stopped traveling to distant points, but are enjoying local culture, such as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Tanglewood, Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, the Union College chamber music series, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. Don is still a Cornell Master Gardener volunteer, sings in a local choral group and is a member of the Schenectady Torch Club.
Before his untimely death, Kim Zachos forwarded an e-mail he had received from his and Bill Wasch’s freshman year roommate, Dick Mayer. This e-mail was filled with news and information. It made up, sort of, for years of his absentia from these class notes! Dick, a CLU, founded Executive Compensation Systems, Inc., Savannah, Ga., which designs and implements executive benefit plans for physicians, attorneys, other professionals and for highly compensated executives of several public companies. He has now turned the business over to his son-in-law, but from his e-mail one can easily detect that he is still up for selling life insurance. Dick has some interesting personages in his family tree, including Samuel Huntington, who signed the Declaration of Independence for Connecticut, was Governor of Connecticut for 11 years, and whose home was located on the site of Wesleyan’s President’s House. More important, Dick and his beloved Ginger recently celebrated their 60th year of marriage. Look for more on Dick in the next issue.
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The last issue of this magazine carried word of the death of John “Didge” Dodge on Dec. 8, 2013. Didge, a member of Sigma Chi while at Wesleyan, spent a very productive career with the Boy Scouts of America. We send sincere condolences to his widow and children.
Classmates may recall the 2010 China visit by Al Chien and family, including his brother George Chien ’56, to the site of the bridge his father had designed over the Mekong River (known as the Lancang River in China) as part of the Burma Road. They were disappointed to find that only days before their arrival the bridge had been dismantled because of planned construction of a dam downstream. But disappointment turned to thrilling news in June 2014, when the Chiens learned that the bridge had been reassembled across the river at a safer place and is available for visitation but not crossing by vehicles. The bridge is legendary in China because it was that country’s first cable suspension road bridge and was replicated by many other bridges on the Burma Road. The bridge is named for the Chien brothers’ father, Chien Chang Kan, who not only designed it, but supervised its construction in 1939–40. Tragically, shortly after the bridge was completed, their father was shot down by the Japanese and killed while conducting an aerial inspection of bomb damage to the bridge. Members of the Chien family, hopefully including Al, plan to revisit the bridge, now a museum piece, in 2015.
John Wood, his wife Pat, and granddaughter made a vacation trip through New England during the 2014 summer. Among others, they visited Sigma Chi brothers Kim Zachos (and Anne), and Ken Taylor (and JoAnne). At Kim’s, they happened upon Charley “Rogo” Rogovin (and Marcy) who were visiting Kim and Anne while en route to Nova Scotia. John missed seeing Hal Buckingham (and Joyce) by minutes. Having left his original law firm in Indianapolis sometime ago, John has continued practicing law with the Indiana Department of Family Services on a full-time basis.
While visiting Kim Zachos, Rogo was able to reconnect with his old Chi Psi mate, Dave Nixon ’53, in one of the weekly coffee breaks Kim has with fellow attorney Dave in Manchester, N.H.
We lost another of our exemplary classmates when Jim “Harpo” Reap died on June 8, 2014. Jim, based in White Plains, N.Y., had an extraordinary career as a practicing attorney, city, and state judge, Rear Admiral in the USN and Commander of the NY State Naval Militia, all the while being active in a wide variety of local and state civic and bar organizations. Remembered at Wesleyan as a nine varsity letter athlete and captain of the golf team, Jim continued his golfing prowess and won the Westchester (NY) Bar Association Golf Championship 13 times. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy on their and our great loss.
As the deadline for submitting these class notes arrived, we received word of the death of Bill Bruner on Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C. Bill’s beloved avocation was competitive sailing and he was an acclaimed sailor until Alzheimer’s struck him down 13 years ago. He leaves his wife, Jean, two sons and several grandchildren, as well as all of his Wesleyan classmates, to mourn his loss.
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Just as this issue of the magazine was going to press, we learned of the death of Don Sanders. Don has been our faithful and dedicated Class Secretary, author of our Class Notes since the first issue after our graduation in 1952. He remained steadfast in his service, even after suffering a paralyzing stroke four years ago. He leaves a daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren and his longtime beloved companion, Joan Boutelle, to each of whom we extend our heartfelt condolences. To say that he will be missed by his classmates is a vast understatement. (HCB)
JAMES B. REAP, former rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, commander of the New York State naval militia, chief judge for the city of White Plains (N.Y.), and federal administrative law judge for the Court of Hearings and Appeals, died June 8, 2014. He was 83. A member of Chi Psi, he won nine varsity letters in soccer, basketball, and golf, and he earned his degree with honors. After graduation he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and also played semi-pro basketball. He later attended Harvard Law School, worked pro bono for Boston Legal Aid, and remained in the Navy as a reserve officer. In 1957 he moved to White Plains and to practice civil law, and in 1959 he was appointed to the Judge Advocate General Corps of the Navy. He continued to work both in private practice and for the city of White Plains, while increasing his responsibilities to the Navy. When he retired as Rear Admiral (Surface Warfare) from the U.S. Naval Reserve, he had earned 15 military medals, including two Presidential Legions of Merit for his work as Commander of the Military Sealift Command, Atlantic, where he was in change of 1,000 active duty and reserve Navy personnel. He was an active reader and golfer, and he kept his lifelong interest in scouting. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Leigh Reap; two sons, including James J. Reap ’81; one daughter; two grandchildren; and a sister.
WILLIAM B. BRUNER, 84, a retired industry specialist with IBM, died Aug. 30, 2014. A member of Alpha Delta Phi, he was the grandson of Alfred C. Bruner of the class of 1879, the son of Abram B. Bruner of the class of 1913, and the cousin of the late Clark E. Bruner of the class of 1936. He was a U.S. Army veteran. After joining IBM in 1968, he and his family spent time in the Middle East, Europe, and South America. He was an avid sailor. Survivors include his wife, Jean Bruner; two sons; two grandchildren; his brother, Henry B. Bruner ’54; two sisters; many nieces and nephews; and a cousin, William E. Bruner II ’71, M.D.
WILLIAM DON FRIEDMAN, a seven-term Colorado state legislator and a talk radio host, died Aug. 11, 2013, at age 83. A member of the John Wesley Club, he received a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. A successful real estate developer, as a politician he was know for his fiscal conservatism. He was a moderate on social issues, sponsoring the first clean air legislation in the nation, and was a constant advocate for a woman’s right to choose. He lost a race for elected office only once: a run for Congress against Pat Schroeder in 1976, by a narrow margin. After the legislature, he served on the Denver Water Board and consulted for the EPA and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. He was also an active community leader. Among those who survive are his wife, Jeanne Bahne Friedman, three children, seven grandchildren, and a nephew, Gary S. Davis ’75. He was previously married to Audrey Friedman Marcus.
JOHN F. DODGE, a retired executive with the Boy Scouts of America, died Dec. 8, 2013. He was 84. A member of Sigma Chi, he was the son of Arthur C. Dodge of the class of 1923. He began his career with the Boy Scouts of America in 1952, which was an extension of his early scouting years. His wife, Joanne Abbott Dodge, predeceased him. Survivors include three children, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his sister.