In Memoriam

Ruth Hackett Kitney ’34 of Fulton, N.Y., died Feb. 13, 2015, at the age of 103. She began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Ira, N.Y. For more than 30 years she taught in the Fulton School District, retiring in 1969. She is survived by three children, 12 grandchildren, including Ryan Terpening ’04, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Grace Kraft ’36 of Oswego died March 17, 2015. She taught in the Oswego City School District at Cooper School, Kingsford Park School and Leighton School, where she also served as vice principal and acting principal.

Helen Pingio Decker ’40 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died April 1, 2015. Helen taught in Glens Falls and Rochester, N.Y., before settling in Baldwinsville. She taught in the Phoenix (N.Y.) Central School District for 40 years. Surviving are three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lois Crump Howe ’40 of Santa Rosa, Calif., died Nov. 17, 2014.

Pauline Blount Snyder ’40 of Boonville, N.Y., died Dec. 25, 2014. She served as principal in the Rome (N.Y.) City School District, retiring in 1975. Pauline is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, eleven great-great grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren.

John Williamson ’41 of Sun City Center, Fla., died Feb. 11, 2015. He served with the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a teacher and principal in Watertown, N.Y., for many years. John is survived by four children, Ann Lachenauer, Stephen, Kathy Davis and Jay ’85; his wife, Vicky Posso Williamson ’85; 10 grandchildren, including Lucas
Williamson ’17
; and five great-grandchildren.

Jean McGivney Leonard ’46 of Henderson, N.Y., died March 8, 2015. She is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Thomas LePine ’47 of Silver Spring, Md., died Dec. 3, 2013. He was a veteran of World War II. “Jack” earned a master’s degree at Gallaudet University. He retired from the Environmental Protection Agency. Shortly after his death, his wife, Jean Redden LePine ’46, died Jan. 14, 2015. She taught for 36 years at Gallaudet University and Arcola Elementary School. They are survived by two children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Jean Scoville ’48 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died April 10, 2015. She taught in Rochester from 1960-1969 and at VanBuren Elementary School in Baldwinsville from 1969 until she retired in 1984. Jean is survived by her brother, Jack.

Ernest Seifried ’48 of St. Augustine, Fla., died May 12, 2015. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned a master’s degree in 1950 from St. Lawrence University. Ernie taught industrial arts technology in Saranac Lake for 18 years before becoming superintendent of schools. He retired in 1983. Surviving are his wife, Mary “Gay;” six children, including Randall ’72 and Scott ’76; and his wife, Ann ’02; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Jarvis Baillargeon ’49 of Valatie, N.Y., died March 3, 2015. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He taught industrial arts technology for 15 years before serving as associate supervisor of the NYS Department of Education, where he developed statewide industrial arts curriculum. Jarvis is survived by his wife, Marie Casey Baillargeon ’50, nine children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Alfred Nudd ’49 of Delmar, N.Y., died March 4, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army-Air Force Corps of Engineers during World War II. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He was on the faculty at SUNY Alfred for more than 31 years, retiring in 1985. Al is survived by his wife, Jayne, three daughters and six grandchildren.

Otis “Monte” White ’49 of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., died March 26, 2015. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He taught industrial arts for a short time before joining IBM in Poughkeepsie in 1952 as a commercial artist and technical writer. Monte retired in 1987 after 36 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Bernice, two sons, a grandson, three stepchildren and five great step grandchildren.

Louis Lichtenstein ’50 of Pulaski, N.Y., died April 2, 2015. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Louis earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University in 1951. He taught in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (N.Y.) Central School District from 1951 until retiring in 1980. Surviving are four children, Kristine Sperati, Louis, Mark and Eric ’90.

Edward Boudreau ’51 of Waterloo, N.Y., died Jan. 31, 2015. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He spent his entire career as an educator in the Waterloo Central School District, starting in 1951 as a teacher and coach before becoming a guidance counselor in 1964. He became the Waterloo Junior High School principal in 1965, serving until 1984 when he was appointed principal at Waterloo High School. Ed retired in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Cecelia Bertino Boudreau ’77, three children, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Frances Hitchcock Casper ’51 of Vero Beach, Fla., died Jan. 26, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Reginald; five children, Robert, former director of Career Services at Oswego, Gary, Lynne, Martha and Janet; nine grandchildren, including Ted Casper ’08; and one great-granddaughter.

Joseph Giorgio ’51 of Monroe, Conn., died Feb. 4, 2015. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. Joseph was an educator and administrator in the Connecticut Public School System for over 34 years. Surviving are his wife, Rose, three children and nine grandchildren.

Raymond “Kay” Hathaway ’51 of Deposit, N.Y., died Feb. 28, 2015. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and remained active in the Air Force Reserve, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Kay taught industrial arts and driver’s education at Deposit Central School for 30 years. He is survived by five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Karl Schmidt ’52 of Utica, N.Y., died March 5, 2014.

Lucille Drucker Schrager ’52 of Voorhees, N.J., died Oct. 17, 2012. She is survived by a son, David, and a grandson, Craig.

Charles “Fritz” Dodge ’53 of Latham, N.Y., died Jan. 17, 2015. He served with the Merchant Marines during World War II and later served with the U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard. Fritz was a principal in the Holland Patent School District and also taught in Niskayuna and Albany, N.Y. He served as a vocational teacher for the NYS Department of Corrections at Greene Correctional Facility and for the Glenmont Job Corps. Surviving are his wife, Betty, four children, eight grandchildren, one great-grandson three stepchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Patricia Shaw Harvey-Cooney ’53 of Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Aug. 25, 2014. She taught in the Farmingdale and North Babylon School Districts for over 35 years. Surviving are her husband, John Cooney, four children, nine grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, six stepchildren and several step-grandchildren.

Marilyn Warrin ’53 of Northfield, Mass., died Aug. 7, 2014. She received a master’s degree from Hofstra University. Lynne taught in several schools in New York before joining the faculty at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass., where she taught for 27 years. She is survived by a sister.

Richard Bower ’54 of Tupper Lake, N.Y., died Jan. 27, 2015. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Dick taught industrial arts in Nanuet Public Schools and driver education in Rockland County for many years. He was predeceased by his wife, Ethel Anderson Bower ’54. Surviving are his children, Rick ’80 and his wife, Beth Bobbette ’80; Stephen ’82 and his wife, Karen; David ’83 and his wife, Kristin; and Nancy and her husband, Rich; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Adrienne Clos ’54 of Syracuse, N.Y., died April 22, 2015. She taught in the Liverpool Central School District for 30 years, retiring from Chestnut Hill Elementary School. She is survived by two nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

John Bond ’55 of Oswego died April 6, 2015. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He taught English and history for many years in the Fulton and Oswego City School Districts. John is survived by his wife, Elaine Reap Bond ’55; four daughters, Susan, Carolyn Thompson, Sharon Bonacorsi ’84 and Terri Lee Dean; and seven grandchildren.

William Pugh ’55 of Canandaigua, N.Y., died Nov. 12, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Bill was a principal in the Rochester City School District. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor, three children and four grandchildren.

Elizabeth Brackett Barner ’56 of Rensselaer, N.Y., died Aug. 13, 2014. Betty is survived by her husband, Harry ’56; six children, Ginger, Stephen, Harry ’82, Phil, Paul and Tim; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three children, Susan, Marie and Bobby.

Richard Rawlings ’58 of Ellisburg, N.Y., died May 7, 2015. He was a teacher and vice principal in the Hounsfield Central School District (now Sackets Harbor Central School) before becoming superintendent of the Copenhagen Central School District. He is survived by his wife, Florence, two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Reed Tinkler ’58 of Clinton, N.Y., died May 1, 2015. He began his career in education as an industrial arts and driver’s education teacher at New Hartford High School in 1958. After completing a master’s degree at Syracuse University in 1968, he spent more than 20 years as a guidance counselor at Ralph Perry Junior High School. He was also the director of the Adult Education Program at New Hartford Central School District for many years. Reed retired in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Limmer Tinkler ’75, four children and seven grandchildren.

William Bacon ’59 of Bonita Springs, Fla., died Feb. 11, 2015. Bill had been an industrial arts teacher and retired as a guidance counselor from North Rockland High School. Bill then worked as an admissions representative for SUNY Oswego and served on the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Kallmeyer Bacon ’60. Surviving are his children; Diane Rizzo ’88 and her husband, Donald ’87;
William IV ’90 and his wife, Holly Roth ’88; and Robert ’95 and his wife, Kathleen Liguori ’95; his companion, Mary Lou Eichert; and seven grandchildren.

Margaret Stephano Lang ’59 of Sandy Springs, Ga., died Dec. 22, 2010.

Ruth Wenegrat Youngman ’59 of Henderson, Nev., died Nov. 16, 2013. Ruth taught junior high school English in Webster, N.Y., for over 10 years. She left teaching in the mid-1970s and, with a friend, opened the Webster Book Shop where she worked until her retirement the early 1990s. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald. Surviving are her children, Garvin and Todd Thorp, and two grandchildren.

John Hansen ’60 of Speculator, N.Y., died March 14, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. John earned a master’s degree at Stony Brook University. He taught industrial arts and mechanical drawing at Walt Whitman High School in the South Huntington School District for 30 years, retiring in the early 1990s. John is survived by his wife, Beverly Cubit Hansen ’59; and children, John and wife, Pamela; Peter and wife, Lisa (Ammian) ’89; and Marbeth and her husband, Michael Serencsics; and 11 grandchildren.

Marie Stroud ’62 of Huntersville, N.C., died June 12, 2014.

Thomas Lacy ’63 of Fayetteville, N.Y., died Jan. 28, 2015. Tom had been a teacher in the Jamesville-Dewitt School District for 35 years. He is survived by his wife, Donna, two children and seven grandchildren.

Howard Walker ’63 of Washington, Pa., died Nov. 1, 2013. He was a teacher and guidance counselor in the New Hartford Central School District before moving to Pennsylvania, where he spent 20 years as a guidance counselor at Burgettstown High School, retiring in 2002. Howard is survived by his wife, Carol, five children and 15 grandchildren.

Michael Mead ’65 of Huntington Station, N.Y., died Sept. 5, 2011.

Frederick Zamperetti ’65 of Rome, N.Y., died March 23, 2015. He earned a master’s degree at St. Lawrence University. Fred began his career in education as a teacher and administrator in Lowville. He was later a principal at Canajoharie High School, Adirondack High School in Boonville and Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES in Williamson, retiring in 1998. He began a second career as an interim administrator in various schools in the area. He retired once again on Dec. 31, 2014. Surviving Fred are his wife, Ellen; his mother, Catherine; and children, John ’90, Jill Heintz and Ben Pokines; and five grandchildren.

Sandra Franck ’66 of Greer, S.C., died March 18, 2012.

Barry Daley ’67 of Lyons, N.Y., died June 12, 2013. He taught French and Spanish in the Clyde-Savannah Central School District for 23 years. He worked for NDC for 10 years in direct care. Barry is survived by a son, Sean, and two grandchildren.

Katherine Prior Lupa ’67 of Granite Springs, N.Y., died Dec. 5, 2010.

George Hutko ’68 of Minoa, N.Y., died March 3, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. George taught briefly at Dolgeville High School. He taught earth science at Chittenango High School for many years until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Susan Thompson Hutko ’68, four children, eight grandchildren, a sister, Loraine Madeoy, and two brothers, Daniel andPaul Hutko, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Oswego.

Warren Johnson ’68 of Gloversville, N.Y., died Jan. 23, 2015. He earned a master’s degree at Syracuse University. Warren and his wife, Betty, were officers in the Salvation Army, spending 22 years in the U.S. Southern Territory before returning to Gloversville in 2002. In addition to Betty, he is survived by three sons, five grandchildren, and a foster son and his children.

Robert Campagna ’69 of Little Falls, N.Y., died April 5, 2015. He owned and operated Campagna’s Restaurant, was the head chef for The Mohawk Station in the late 1980s and was last employed as the chef for the Sojourn House in Schenectady. Bob is survived by six children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Jannell Doull Keefe ’69 of Rochester and Massena, N.Y., died Feb. 23, 2011. She taught in the Sodus Central School District, Sheppard Air Force Base Private School in Wichita Falls, Texas, and in the Norwood-Norfolk Central School District, retiring in 2002. Jannell is survived by her husband, Michael, a daughter and a grandson.

Donald Solomon ’69 of Endicott, N.Y., died Jan. 12, 2015. He was employed for many years at Enjoie Golf Course Restaurant and at the Endicott Elks Lodge. After his retirement, he worked for Top of the Morning Restaurant and D&P Payroll. Surviving are his wife, Ellie, two children and four grandchildren.

Roberta Hayes Zerrahn ’70 of Farmington, N.Y., died May 27, 2010. She worked as a librarian in the Mexico School District and at the Gorham Free Library and Red Jacket Community Library. Surviving are two daughters and two grandsons.

Dennis Dayboch ’73 of Sanford, Fla., died Nov. 7, 2013.

Deborah Ziegler-Stebbins ’74 of Baldwinsville, N.Y., died April 17, 2015. She worked for more than 30 years with the Onondaga County Parks office in various roles with the zoo and parks administrative office. Debbie is survived by her husband, Bruce; her mother, Virginia Ziegler; two daughters and two grandsons.

Charles DiNatale ’75 of East Rochester, N.Y., died Oct. 12, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Ellwanger DiNatale ’75; his mother, Rose Marie; and three children.

Paul Etu ’77 of Winchester, Va., died Sept. 15, 2013. He was a graduate of Adirondack Community College and earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Marquette University. He earned a second master’s degree and CAS in school psychology and a doctorate in psychology at the University at Albany. Paul began his career as a mental-health practitioner working at the Prospect Center in Queensbury, N.Y. in 1973. He later was a school psychologist in Glens Falls and Queensbury. He then spent almost 20 years in private practice as a licensed psychologist. He recently served as a forensic psychologist with the NYS Office of Mental Health in conjunction with the NYS Office of the Attorney General. Surviving are his wife, Marcia, three sons and three grandchildren.

Molly Martin ’77 CAS ’90 of Sterling, N.Y., died April 16, 2015. She earned a master’s degree at SUNY Geneseo. Molly worked as a speech language pathologist in the North Rose Central School District for more than 20 years and had previously worked in the Hannibal Central School District. She is survived by a brother, Matthew.

Carolyn Summers Bridgers ’78 of Raleigh, N.C., died Feb. 4, 2015. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with the Oswego Alumni Association. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband,Raymond Bridgers, Professor Emeritus of Education at Oswego. She is survived by six children, Cynthia, Michael, Brad ’05, Katherine, Holly and Lori ’87; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Myra Held Piracci ’79 of Glendale, Ariz., died April 30, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Ron.

John Cretaro ’80 M’88 of Mobile, Ala., died March 18, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. John served as a lay missionary in Zaire, Africa, and later was a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo-Zaire, Africa. In 1980, he was ordained a permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Syracuse, retiring in 2003 to Mobile to continue as a permanent Deacon in the service of the Archdiocese of Mobile. John is survived by his wife, JoAnne, two sisters and a brother.

Alan McCartney M’80 of Voorheesville, N.Y., died May 8, 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Thiel College and a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College. At the time of his passing, he had been superintendent of schools in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District since 2012. He was previously superintendent of the Voorheesville Central School District for 16 years, retiring in 2005. He had been a superintendent of the Crown Point Central School District and was an assistant principal in the Mexico Central School District. He is survived by his wife, Marcia, two children and four grandchildren.

Constance Van Kirk Ryan M’84, Libra­r­ian Emerita, died Feb. 19, 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Nazareth College, and master’s degrees at Columbia College and SUNY Oswego. She retired from Oswego in 1996. Constance is survived by her son, Stephen; daughters, Elizabeth and Eileen; and a granddaughter.

Carolyn Goetsch McKenzie M’87 of Webster, N.Y., died Feb. 4, 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was an English teacher at Liverpool Middle School from 1981 until her retirement in 2002. Carolyn is survived by three daughters and five grandchildren.

Sarah Fadden ’88 of Plattsburgh, N.Y., died April 1, 2015. She was a registered nurse. Sarah is survived by a son, Tyler, and a grandson, Aiden.

Margaret Ellis Powell ’88 of Fernandina Beach, Fla., died Feb. 17, 2014. She earned a master’s degree from SUNY Cortland. She was a teacher in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School District until her retirement in 2003. Margaret is survived by her husband, William, two daughters and two grandchildren.

Robert Haeger M’90 of Verona, N.Y., died Feb. 14, 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University in 1960. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserves with 30 years of service in 1985. He was a teacher at Utica Free Academy and Oneida County BOCES, retiring in 1996. Surviving are his wife, Fran, three children and four grandchildren.

Rosemarie “Penny” Sowards Schrader ’91 of Oswego died March 3, 2015. She was a graduate of the Deaconess School of Nursing in Milwaukee and earned a master’s degree at Oswego in 2000. Penny worked at Oswego Hospital for 20 years and for Oswego County until she retired. She is survived by her husband, Paul; two children, Andrea ’89 and Matthew and his wife, Jennifer Mackaig Schrader M’97; and two grandsons.

Michael Lynne CAS’92 of Oswego died Feb. 5, 2015. He earned a BFA and master’s degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology. He taught at Oswego High School for 25 years. Michael is survived by his wife, Evelyn, a son, a daughter and a granddaughter.

Kevin Kretser ’95 of Waterford, N.Y., died Feb. 16, 2014. He was self-employed and the owner of Beacon Media Consultants. He is survived by his parents, Diane and Art Perkins and Steven Kretser, two stepsisters and his girlfriend, Pam Thomas.

Jamie Woodcock ’00 of Morristown, N.Y., died Jan. 20, 2015. He was a graduate of SUNY Canton and earned a master’s degree at SUNY Potsdam. Jamie taught for nine years at Geneseo High School and was most recently employed as a business teacher for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and Gouverneur Central School. He is survived by his wife, Lauren, two children, a stepdaughter and his parents, Lyle and Pat.

Kyle Button ’06 of Dansville, N.Y., died Jan. 21, 2015. He earned a master’s degree from Walden University. He and his wife, Lynne, were combined fifth and sixth grade teachers at Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School in Dansville. Kyle is survived by his wife, Lynne, a son and his parents, Paul and Tina.

Cach’e Pelletier ’06 of Denver, Colo., died March 26, 2015. She earned a master’s degree from SUNY Empire State College in 2012. She is survived by her fiancé, Christopher Iverson; her father and stepmother, Matthew and Cindy
Pelletier; her mother, Ivy Stevens-Gupta and stepfather, Sachin Gupta; a brother and two step-siblings.

Zachary Primrose ’10 of Fulton, N.Y., died March 1, 2015. He earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed as an attorney at Riehlman, Schafer and Schaer in Tully. Zachary is survived by his parents, Douglas and Jacquelyn; and his brothers, Joshua and Jacob.

Daniel Barach, Professor Emeritus of Music, died May 10, 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State and a master’s degree at the University of Illinois. While playing viola in the Houston Symphony, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served with the 7th Army Symphony. Upon his discharge, he joined the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1964, he joined the faculty at Oswego, retiring in May 2014. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, two daughters and two grandchildren.

John Glinski, Professor Emeritus of Health and Physical Education, died April 13, 2015. He earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Cortland, a master’s degree at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. at Indiana University. He was appointed as the athletic director at Oswego in 1958, a position he held until 1976, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award ECAC-SUNYAC. John retired in 1991. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen, five children and 10 grandchildren.

Dan Michalak, Associate Professor Emeritus of Education, died Dec. 27, 2011. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Buffalo State College and a Ph.D. at Wayne State University. Prior to coming to Oswego, he was an elementary teacher and assistant district principal in suburban Buffalo. Dan is survived by his wife, Gayle, two children and four grandchildren.

George O’Connell, Professor Emeritus of Art, died May 11, 2015. He earned degrees at the University of Wisconsin and continued his studies at Ohio State University. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Award and concluded his studies at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, in Amsterdam from 1959-1960. He was a member of Oswego’s art department from 1969 until his retirement in 1991. He had previously taught at the University of Maryland, SUNY Buffalo and the California College of Arts and Crafts. George is survived by his wife, Marilyn, a son and two grandchildren.

Charles Phallen, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Arts, died March 7, 2015. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Otterbein College in 1947, a master’s degree from Ohio State in 1948 and a Ph.D. from Ohio State in 1958. Charles taught high school in Ohio and California, then joined the Oswego faculty in 1958. He retired in 1983. He is survived by his son, Iver; his daughter, Annalissa; three grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Frederick Ratzeburg, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, died April 20, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Fred earned a bachelor’s degree in 1949 from Williamette University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Syracuse University in 1959. He was appointed at Oswego in 1959. While at Oswego, he served as a psychological consultant to the Oswego and Hannibal School Districts. Fred retired in 1977 but continued to teach as an adjunct until 1988 while serving as a network psychologist for the NYS Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and providing psychological screening services for the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant. Gifts in Dr. Ratzeburg’s memory may be made to the Beta Tau Epsilon Service Scholarship, c/o the Oswego College Foundation Inc., 215 Sheldon Hall, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY 13126.

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