Class News - In Memory

Edited by Amanda D'Assaro

’35 Walter D. Kimble died April 21, 2010. An accomplished organist, Walter learned to play when he 4 years old and filled his life and loved ones with music through his final days. He was a Philadelphia native and also obtained a music degree from the University of Michigan. Walter and his wife of 72 years, Hallie, who died in January 2010, resided in the Winter Park Towers, whereWalter played at memorial services held at the assisted-living community and in their home on his keyboard. Walter began his career on WDBO-AM radio. He performed at concerts and nightclubs, served as a staff organist for a radio station, had a 15-minute show on Orlando’s first television station, and gave private piano and organ lessons until he was 70. Walter served for 36 years at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, where he played the pipe organ, his favorite instrument. Due to health issues, he retired from the Church in the mid-90s, but he continued to play everything from classical to rock music for his grandchildren, an activity he always enjoyed. Walter is survived by a son, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

’35 Co-founder of the Salvador Dali Museum, Eleanor Reese Morse ’77H died July 1, 2010 at 96. She and her late husband, A. Reynolds Morse ’89H, started their private collection in their Cleveland home and relocated it to a wing of their Injection Molders Supply Co. for additional space in 1971. Requiring more room for the collection, the couple opened the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL in 1982. Eleanor held master’s degrees in French and Spanish and received an honorary doctorate from Rollins in 1977 for her translations of Dali’s writings.

’35 Kathleen Shepherd Pifer died February 23, 2010, in Reston, VA. In addition to Rollins, Kathleen studied at other higher education institutions, including the University of Bern, Switzerland. She served on the embassy staff in Managua, Nicaragua, leaving to join her late husband and Foreign Service Officer J. Marshall to numerous posts. Kathleen was a life master in the American Contract Bridge League, a member of Servas and Esperanto League of North America, and a world traveler and linguist. She is survived by two children.

’36 Bernhard D. Hauser, 97, died May 12, 2010. Born in Vienna, Austria, he worked as an executive for IBM for 41 years and survived five years of incarceration as a political prisoner in Communist Rumania. He was an avid sportsman and an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Bernhard was preceded in death by his wife Elisabeth and is survived by a daughter and son-in-law. Contributions may be made in Bernhard’s memory for student scholarships at Rollins College, Attn: Leslie Carney, 1000 Holt Avenue - 2750, Winter Park, FL and online at

’38 George M. Waddell, third-generation president of the former The Waddell Co., Inc., died January 17, 2010 at 93. Born in Greenfield, OH in 1916, George was known as a wonderful and bright gentleman who took exceptional care of himself by eating healthy and exercising. He enjoyed many outdoor activities throughout his life, including walking, kayaking, and mountain climbing. George traveled worldwide and climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro as well as mountains in Europe, Canada, and Tibet. According to his brother, Dean “Bud” Waddell ’43 (husband of the late Anne Rolfe ’44), George couldn’t serve his country during World War II due to his poor vision, so he took a job at an ammunition company. After the war, George and Dean returned to Greenfield to run the family business, with George acting as president and treasurer, and Dean as vice president and secretary. In 1986, the brothers sold the company, which became Waddell, a division of Ghent Manufacturing that still produces showcases today. George served his hometown community on the board of the Greenfield Area Medical Center, as president and district governor of the Greenfield Rotary Club, and as a member of the Greenfield First United Methodist Church and Greenfield Historical Society. He was very fond of Rollins and preserved memorabilia from his college days.

’39 Frances Daniel Divine died April 13, 2010. Born in Gordon, GA, Frances was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority at Rollins. Following graduate studies at Columbia University, she worked as a social worker in Florida. She was an avid birder, enjoyed growing orchids, served as president and a member of the Florida Orchid Society, and was president of the Parent-Teacher Association at her children’s schools. Frances was an ordained elder at the First Presbyterian Church and had belonged to the Church longer than any other member at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, John, a daughter, two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.

’39 Jean Wilcox Gheen died October 27, 2009. Her dear friend Ann reports that Jean spoke often about her time at Rollins and was proud of the College.

’41 Groveland, FL native Charles E. “Charlie” Arnold died April 6, 2010 at 92. Before attending Rollins, Charles studied accounting at the University of Florida and played basketball, baseball, and golf. He served as a flight and bombardier instructor in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and returned to Florida in the late 1940s, working as an accountant and planting orange groves in Orange, Seminole, and Lake Counties. Charlie pursued his passion for sports throughout his lifetime and was an amateur golfer who held course records at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, the Country Club of Orlando, and Dubsdread Golf Club, according to his family. He also enjoyed quail hunting in Lake and Polk counties. Survivors include three sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, a sister, and a niece.

’43 Bebe Dabbs Chandler, 88, died May 31, 2010. She co-founded B. Chandler’s, a small fine china and gift shop in St. Petersburg, FL. Born in Dadeville, AL, Bebe moved to St. Petersburg with her family in 1931. After losing her first husband during World War II, she remarried and began working for a jeweler named Bruce Watters, Sr. In late 1960s, Bebe managed the first bridal department at Maas Brothers for a few years before moving to Owen-Cotter Jewelers. She was an expert in china, crystal, and silver and operated her shop with great customer service into her 70s, selling it in 1993.

’43 Richard B. “Dick” Forbes died April 13, 2010. Following graduation from Rollins, Dick joined the United States Army as an aerial photographer during World War II. He went on to obtain a master’s in soil science from the University of Florida and a doctorate in agronomy from Pennsylvania State University, and became a professor of agronomy in the College of Agriculture at the University of Florida. Dick also worked at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science Research Station in Sanford, FL, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed photography, rose gardening, whittling, and volunteering at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Marjorie Kinnan Historic Rawlings State Park, and the annual Florida Folk Festival in White Springs. Dick was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sanford, a lifetime blood donor, and a member of the Kiwanis Club for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Ollie, two sons, a grandson, great-grandchildren, a brother- and sister-in-law, as well as Ollie’s children.

’43 Alden C. Manchester died January 12, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Rita Costells.

’44 Ann Pattishall White died August 11, 2009. Ann and her husband, Bill, moved to Texas following World War II, relocated to Tennessee, where they had two children, and returned to Texas, residing in Fort Worth since 1963. Ann was an accomplished painter who specialized in oil, pastels, and watercolor. Her work is on display in the Fort Worth National Bank building, General Dynamics, and locations in 11 states. During her career, she worked as editor of Parker Foundation and was a freelance writer and photographer, publishing articles and essays on her beloved home state of Texas in publications such as The Houston Chronicle, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Texas Highways. She also taught fashion design at Bauder College and speed reading at TCJC. She served on the boards of The Women’s Club, The National League of Pen-Women, The Travel Writers Association, The Fort Worth Camera Club, and the National Who’s Who. Before Bill’s death in 1992, the couple enjoyed spending their retirement traveling the country in their motor home, backpacking, snow skiing, camping, and hiking. Survivors include a daughter and a son-in-law, a son and a daughter-in-law, seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

’49 Josette Stanciu Boggeln died June 10, 2010.

’50 Kendrick E. Fenderson died December 28, 2009.

’50 Henry R. Gooch died February 6, 2010. In addition to his studies at Rollins, Henry attended United States Military Academy at West Point, received master’s degrees from Yale Divinity School and the University of Florida, and was an ordained minister. He taught at Santa Fe Community College (now Santa Fe College) in Gainesville, FL and was an avid tennis player. Henry is survived by his wife of 23 years, Connie, two daughters and sons-in-law, a son, and six grandchildren.

’50 Harry Hancock P’86 died at his home May 10, 2010. Before attending Rollins, Harry served the United States Army Air Corps as a navigator-radar operator, flying 35 combat missions to Japan. As a student, he was a talented athlete, lettering in baseball, basketball, and football, and was later inducted into the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame. After college, he played fast-pitch softball for the Blackburn Brothers, Clearwater Bombers, Zollner Pistons, and Standard Oil, and won many championships. Harry went on to organize and coach the Junior Miss Softball League from 1972-76. He enjoyed looking after his plants and citrus grove. Survivors include his wife Mary, three daughters including Molly Hancock Rodnite ’86, a son, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in-law, eight grandchildren, and a brother.

’50 A successful builder in Winter Park, Richard J. Meifert died May 30, 2010. Richard is survived by his wife Jane, two sons, a daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, a great-grandson, a sister, and a nephew.

’51 United States Veteran Robert L. “Robby” Robinson died June 26, 2010. After being blinded in combat, Robby earned a bachelor’s degree at Rollins and a master’s degree at Tulane University. He worked as a research associate for the American Foundation for the Blind in New York. He was a hero to his six surviving grandchildren, who called him “The Grandfather.” Other survivors include his wife of 59 years, Nancy, a daughter, two sons, and a sister.

’51 Walter R. Roose, Jr. died in September 2008. He served the United States Marine Corps for just two days until being badly wounded in 1945. Following graduation, Walter received a Carnegie Fellowship in teaching at Peabody and Vanderbilt Universities and went on to a successful career as a reference librarian. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Giguere Roose ’48, five children, eight grandchildren, five nieces and nephews, and a sister.

’52 Edward Burney, Jr. died December 12, 2009. Survivors include his wife, Barbara, two daughters, and a sister.

’52 Walter J. “Walt” Searson, 83, died February 26, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. He served in the United States Army during The Korean Conflict and had a successful career as a real estate appraiser for 35 years. Walter enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, and listening to jazz music, and was an automobile enthusiast. He is survived by his wife, Carol Smith Searson ’51, two daughters, two grandchildren, and a brother- and a sister-in-law.

’52 Richard B. Sydnor, Jr. died February 9, 2010. As a student, Richard was affiliated with Sigma Nu fraternity. He received a fellowship for graduate study at Emory University and served the United States Army Air Corps during World War II for approximately three years before being sent to India. Richard was the last sergeant major at the India-Burma Theater headquarters, was a member of the group that founded the Space Coast Association of Realtors, and owned Brevard Builders, Inc. and Sherwood Realty Corporation. He was an original investor in the Central Brevard National Bank, now SunTrust, and worked as a local director for 33 years, as well as a developer of industrial and residential subdivisions such as New Found Harbor and Sea Gate in Brevard County. Richard served on the Governing Board of Trustees of Wuesthoff Memorial Hospital for 13 years, helped establish the international conservation organization Central Brevard Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and was founding director and president of Cocoa Village Playhouse. He was a life member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the China-Burma-India Veteran Association. Richard was predeceased by his wife, Boodie Westerman Sydnor ’54, and is survived by a son and a grandson.

’52 Robert W. “Bob” Kendrick died June 19, 2010 of cancer. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean, two daughters and sons-in-law, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a sister. Robert attended Rollins on a basketball scholarship and then joined the Army Air Corps to serve his country. He went on to Emory University and later enrolled at the University of Florida, where he received a degree in microbiology and bacteriology. He worked in the citrus industry and in 1970 moved to Ocala, where he owned Bob’s Butcher Block. Robert also enjoyed a career as an optician.

’53 Dean Doran died February 9, 2010. The day after he graduated from Rollins, Dean and Takayo Tsubouchi Fischer ’55 were married in the Knowles Memorial Chapel, which had special meaning as Dean’s father had played a role in the Chapel’s design when he worked for the architectural firm Cram and Ferguson. Dean is survived by a daughter.

’55 William L. “Bill” Cary, 77, died July 16, 2010. An exceptional athlete at Westbrook High School in Maine, Bill led the baseball team to the 1951 State Championship as pitcher and was a key contributor in the basketball team’s 1951 State Championship. At Rollins, he led the baseball team to the NCAA Championship game against Michigan State, and was later named to the All-American Second Team. Bill was triumphant in all three games he pitched in the Pan America games. He was inducted into the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Maine Baseball Hall of Fall in 1991. Following graduation from Rollins, Bill married Gail Donaldson, who died in 2002. The couple raised their family in Pasadena, CA, after living in the Canal Zone while Bill was stationed with the United States Army for two years. Bill obtained a master’s in education and secondary school administration from California State University, worked as a high school teacher and coach at Pasadena High School, and coached Little League teams. He enjoyed tennis, golf, and traveling and will be remembered as a loyal, compassionate, fun-loving man. In 2005, he married Sharon Mayo, who is blessed with many special memories of their time together that she will cherish forever. Other survivors include one son, two daughters, two granddaughters, an aunt, two cousins, and many friends. Contributions may be in memory of Bill to Rollins College Gift Lockbox, The Rollins Fund: Athletics in Memory of William Leland Cary, P.O. Box 864168, Orlando, FL 32886-4168.

’55 Deborah Bisfel O’Brien died in March 2009.

’55 Kathleen Elrod died November 30, 2008.

’57 Eugene T. “Skip” Conley, Jr. died April 18, 2010. After 30 years of teaching in the Massachusetts School System, Skip retired and split his time between his homes in Palma De Mallorca, Spain and Largo, FL.

’57 Erma Pickel Obermayr, 74, died April 1, 2010 after a five-year battle with cancer. Erma was active in the Pompano Beach Exchangettes, Elks Club, and Beech Mt. Club in North Carolina. She was a devoted wife and mother and managed the family dental practice. Later in life, Erma followed her passion for art and obtained a commercial art degree from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Survivors include her second husband of eight years, Bill James, three daughters and sons-in-law, six grandchildren, a brother, and two stepchildren.

’57 Kenneth R. Pahel, 75, professor emeritus of philosophy at Knox College, died July 18, 2010. Kenneth earned master’s and doctorate degrees in philosophy at the University of Illinois and began his teaching career at Rollins and Southern Methodist University. From 1967 to 1999, he taught at Knox College, including three terms as chair of the philosophy department. Kenneth was a visiting professor at St. Clare’s Hall, an International Baccalaureate school in Oxford, England, from 1975 to 1976. He also taught medical ethics at Rush University in Chicago during an adjunct appointment from 1980 to 1985. Kenneth’s published works include Readings in Contemporary Ethical Theory and several scholarly journals. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

’57 Richard R. “Dick” Williams died in Orlando June 9, 1930. Read a memorial tribute.

’58 Eugene F. Langer P’76 died May 22, 2010. He was predeceased by his wife Jo Anne and is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, a daughter and son-in-law, and grandchildren.

’58 Nancy Neier Patterson died April 2, 2010. Following graduation from Rollins, Nancy obtained a master’s in special education and went on to teach special-needs children for 27 years. She retired from Lake Mary High School in 1997. Nancy enjoyed archeology, fossil hunting, early Florida history, model railroading, and was an accomplished musician, pianist, and singer. She was a past member of the Central Florida Anthropological Society and a member of the Florida Fossil Hunters, Orlando N-Scale Club, Jefferson Davis Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, the American Indian Association, and the Sound of Sunshine International barbershop chorus for more than 20 years. She is survived by two daughters, a son, two grandchildren, four sisters, a brother, and good friends.

’60 Bryce C. Hekma died October 31, 2003. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

’60 Peter B. O’Brien P’85 died March 3, 2010. He is survived by his wife and classmate Gayle Van Deusen, daughter Kerrie O’Brien Ballentine ’85, and family.

’60 Fred L. Wolking died March 20, 2010 at the age of 70. After retiring from the United States Navy and Dominion Power following a 24-year career, Fred was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Health Physics Society, and United Methodist Church of Richmond, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister and is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia, three daughters and sons-in-law, a son, eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters, and four brothers.

’64 James J. Seider died April 1, 2009.

’65 Alvin J. “Al” Levy ’75MBA died in August 2010. A graduate of Rollins and The Johns Hopkins University, Al served in the United States Navy and was selected for Officers Candidate School, where he was the electronics officer on a PSV aircraft squadron charged with ensuring all equipment was properly functioning as the squadron tracked Russian submarines during the “Cold War.” He led Temple Israel as president and was a life member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Al and his family resided in Paris for two years while he was employed by Martin Marietta Corporation as a representative with French defense contractor Thomson CSF. During his time with the Corporation, he received a patent for an angle filter for use in an infrared optical system restricting the range of light and operative as a “cold shield” on missiles. Al went on to teach computer science courses at Valencia and Seminole Community Colleges, now state colleges, and later instructed math courses at Rollins. Survivors include his wife, Rosaline, three sons, a daughter, and ten grandchildren.

’65 As reported in the last issue of Rollins Magazine, Mary Hambley Reedy lost a long battle with cancer August 8, 2008. Mary was a skilled electron microscopist and a cell research associate who provided much knowledge of the current structure and function of muscle. In addition to her bachelor’s from Rollins, Mary obtained a master’s in biology from Georgetown University in 1967. She went on to pursue a brief career in marine biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later joined the laboratory of the late James David Robertson at Duke University Medical Center in 1968, where she remained for the rest of her life and career. There, she became proficient in electron microscopy and electron microscopy of membranes. In 1973, she wed Dr. Michael Reedy and gave birth to their son Carter one year later. In 1977, Mary relocated from Robertson’s lab to Reedy lab and began her thriving profession in muscle microscopy. She was well respected in the muscle arena and had the milestones of her career recounted in the Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility in an article authored by Dr. Ken Taylor of Florida State University.

’67 John W. McIntosh ’69MBA died unexpectedly April 29, 2010. He was an avid outdoorsman and will be remembered as a loyal, kind, and generous friend. John is survived by his twin, a brother, a sister, and his two Labradors.

’03 Noel Christian Smith, 29, passed away on October 10, 2010 in Springdale, AK following a two-year battle with brain cancer. A memorial tribute will appear in the Spring 2011 issue of Rollins Magazine.


Kenneth “Ken” Hillier, 87, adjunct waterski coach, died September 11, 2010 in Gainesville, FL. Ken had a career with the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of warrant officer. He founded Ken Hillier Realty and was a member of the Orlando-Winter Park Board of Realtors. In 1957, Ken also founded Ski World of Orlando and KenFlite Marine, where he built custom outboard runabout boats and slalom water skis and binders used by national, master, and world champions. He was active in the American Water Ski Association, now USA Water Ski, as a contestant and judge, attaining the highest ranking of senior judge, and was the assistant chief judge at the US National Championships. Ken taught youth waterski at summer camps in upstate New York and helped establish the Orlando and Winter Park Water Ski Clubs. He was also a member of the Orlando Citrus Club, a participant in the Orlando-Winter Park Snow Ski Club, and enjoyed world travel and performing arts. Survivors include his wife, Dottie, a son, two grandchildren, and a brother.

Harry Meisel, 87, who served Rollins as swim coach and director of the Alfond Pool for more than 30 years, died of cancer June 25, 2010. Read the memorial tribute.