Class News - In Memory

Edited by Amanda D'Assaro

’34 Robert E. Stufflebeam died September 15, 2010.

’36 Eleanora Roush Smith died October 31, 2010. She was 96. Born in Daytona, OH, she was active with various gardening communities, chairperson of the social and garden committees at Thoreau Place, and member of the United Christian Parish. Eleanora was predeceased by her husband W. Quentin and is survived by two daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

’39 Peter B. Greenough died September 6, 2006 at 89. His wife, Beverly, a former opera star, died less than one year later. Peter was a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps during World War II and later served as a reporter, copy editor, business editor, and associate editor at the Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer from 1940-60. He also worked as a financial columnist for The Boston Globe from 1961-69. Peter is survived by four daughters and two grandchildren.

’40 Marcia Ahlefeld died September 4, 2010.

’40 Ely Haimowitz died November 15, 2010 at 90. Ely was awarded a full scholarship to Rollins, where he graduated with honors and soon after received a fellowship at the Juilliard Graduate School. After serving as cultural affairs officer in the U.S. Armed Forces in Korea during World War II, Ely began a successful career as a pianist, completing tours in Europe and Asia and performances with the London Philharmonic, Miami Beach Symphony, and others. At the University of Nevada Reno, he taught music appreciation and undergraduate and graduate piano students and was named professor of music emeritus upon his retirement in 1996. Ely was preceded in death by his wife Leonore and sister. Survivors include a daughter, brother, brother-in-law, nine nieces and nephews, and companion Merry.

’40 Emily Glover Sillars died January 13, 2011. Following her studies at Rollins, Emily attended the School for Social Work in Boston and went on to work for the New York-based non-profit organization American Association for Adult Education, where she met her husband, Robertson. The couple married in October 1942 and had four children from 1947-57. Following Robertson’s death in 1977, Emily became a Quaker in 1980 and active in politics in Erieville, NY and Northhampton, MA, where she was a member of the Northhampton Friends’ Meeting. She enjoyed reading, singing, and traveling to destinations such as Japan, Scotland, and Egypt. Emily also took pleasure in yoga, cross-country skiing, art, and sports, including baseball and tennis. Survivors include four children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

’41 Charles C. Lingerfelt died November 22, 2010. Named All-State in football, basketball, and baseball during his Rollins days, Charles was a football All-American and charter member of Rollins’ Athletic Hall of Fame. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and graduated as an officer ensign from Midshipmen’s School at Northwestern University in May of that year. Charles resigned from the Navy after his duty on the USS Oberon in the Mediterranean and joined Biltmore Hardware, his family’s business. He was an avid fisherman and sportsman. Charles is survived by his wife Virginia, six children, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, 16 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

’43 Freeland Babcock died February 8, 2010 at 89. Freeland served in the Army Air Force during World War II and worked for the U.S. Defense Contract Audit Agency, retiring in 1985. He was a charter member of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church of Juno Beach and was a lifetime member of the Pennsylvania CPA Association, Moose Lodge 2010 of Palm Beach Gardens, National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees, and PACERS in Tequesta. Freeland is survived by his wife Carol, two sons, two stepdaughters, two grandchildren, and six step-grandchildren.

’44 John M. “Red” Harris died June 3, 2010. After graduating from Rollins, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on active duty from 1944-46. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant JG. After marrying his late wife Margaret Parsons ’45 in 1946, the couple moved to Lakeland, FL, where Red worked for Davison Chemical Company. In 1956 he was appointed assistant vice president of Davison’s sister company, WR Grace. Red went on to serve as president and CEO of Best Chemical Company of Lathrop, CA and president of Occidental of Florida following Best Chemical’s acquisition of Occidental. In 1975 he received Rollins’ Distinguished Alumnus Award for his service to the College community and his career achievements. He retired from Occidental in 1977 after leading a successful career in mining, chemical production, and oil and gas development and moved to Tucson, AZ. In his retirement, Red enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing; was a member of River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Florida Council of 100, and Tucson Country Club; and was a commodore of the Lakeland Yacht Club. Survivors include a brother, sister, two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

’44 Mary Jane Harper died July 11, 2010.

’45 Margaret Welsh Sinclair P’79 died September 9, 2010. She is survived by her son John ’79.

’46 Emily Cobb Duffy died in February 2007 in El Paso, TX.

’46 Helen Hutchinson Tucker died September 13, 2010. She was 85. Helen was a talented pianist, humanities professor at then-Seminole Community College, and supporter of Central Florida-based civil rights organizations. Following her retirement in the 1980s, she began to spend part of the year at her second home in Cold Mountain, NC. Helen’s husband of 24 years, Gene, died in 2001. She remarried and is survived by her husband Bill, a sister, two daughters, a son, and five grandsons. She was preceded in death by a grandson.

’47 Lamar T. Simmons died August 23, 2010 at 88 years old. At age 7, Lamar began a career in music, singing in the boys’ choir at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Orlando. He went on to sing in Rollins’ Chapel Choir and was a tenor soloist with the Bach Festival Choir while a student at the College. Lamar served as choir director at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, sang in the choir at All Saints Episcopal Church of Winter Park, and performed in Central Florida plays and musicals. From the late ’40s to the early ’70s, he worked at the downtown Orlando department store Ivey’s, traveling to New York frequently as the company’s buyer. Lamar also served two years in the U.S. Army. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 10 years Doris and is survived by his brother.

’48 Jean Hardy Licklider died March 20, 2010. Jean was active in the Episcopal Church, served as a hospice caregiver, and volunteered at ShareCare in the Leelanau Peninsula area (MI). She enjoyed golfing and playing bridge. She and her late husband Health had a son and daughter, both of whom survive their mother.

’48 Jane Gorman Mayer died April 20, 2010 at 84. She is survived by a brother and three nieces. Jane was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and active in Stone Mountain Women’s Club, The Art Station and Stone Mountain Welcome Station. She had a passion for every aspect of Stone Mountain and animals and worked for R.A. Siegel Co. before retirement.

’49 Arlene Holub Dames P’71 died March 26, 2010. She and her husband, Joel ’50, had seven children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. The couple lived in Joliet, IL, retired to Ft. Myers, FL in 1990, and moved to Highlands Ranch, CO in May 2008. In Illinois, Arlene volunteered her time to her children’s numerous activities and was active in the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary. She served as historian, recording secretary, chair of the Awards Committee, and member of the Bylaws Committee at Lee Republican Women Federated in Florida. Arlene enjoyed traveling the world with Joel and attending conventions as a representative of Lee Republican Women Federate as well as keeping in touch with Rollins classmates and attending Rollins Reunions.

’49 Bettye Kerckhoff Howard died February 2, 2011. She is survived by a brother, son, daughter, daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. Her husband of 59 years Hubie and a son-in-law preceded her in death.

’49 Sylvia Verdin Tarabochia died November 23, 2010. Following her studies at Rollins, she received a master’s degree in French from the University of Grenoble in France. After working for the Foreign Service in Palermo, Italy, Sylvia returned to Winter Park and worked as an administrative assistant at Rollins. She also worked for Minute Maid Corp., General Motors of Florida, and more recently as an administrative assistant for Sen. Robert J. Dole. Sylvia also worked for Dole in the 1970s and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, retiring in 1982. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years Alfonso and is survived by three daughters and grandchildren.

’50 Naona Beecher-Moore died August 30, 2010. A vaudeville star at a young age thanks to her father’s efforts, Naona befriended many celebrities through her lifetime, including Marilyn Monroe, Dustin Hoffman, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her career spanned theater production in New York to psychotherapy in London, pastoral duties in St. Croix in the American Virgin Islands to charity work in Oxford. Between 1978 and 1985, Naona acquired a rare collection of antique stockings that are acknowledged for their role in social and textile history. She is survived by her husband Andrew, a son, and two daughters.

’51 Judy Baker Cahn died November 4, 2010. After attending Rollins in 1947 and 1948, she transferred to The Ohio State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree. Judy excelled in golf at a young age, winning the Women’s Lima City Golf Tournament four consecutive years (beginning at 15) and the Shawnee Country Club golf champion two years in a row. She was inducted into the Lima Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. Survivors include her husband Dann and a son. Judy was preceded in death by a daughter.

’51 Frank Polak died January 6, 2011. He attended Rollins on a football scholarship and later served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. An energetic and enthusiastic man, Frank was preceded in death by his wife Anna and is survived by three children, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

’51 Lucy Bright Thatcher died February 7, 2011 at 82. Following graduation from Rollins, she taught at Bright School and went on to write for the society department of Chattanooga Times. Lucy was president of the East Fifth Street Day Care Center; board member of Bright School, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Association, and the American Red Cross; Sunday school teacher and member of the Altar and Flower Guilds at The Church of the Good Shepard; and member and president of the Garden Club of Lookout Mountain. She also was the first woman to be elected to the Lookout Mountain Tennessee Town Commission, serving as commissioner of parks and playgrounds for six years. An honorary member of the Chattanooga Women’s Golf Association, Lucy was passionate about the game of golf and enjoyed walking her beloved dogs, playing bridge, reading, gardening, singing, and cheering on grandchildren at their many sporting events. She is survived by her husband Joe, a brother, two sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren, a great-grandchild, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a loyal friend. Lucy was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.

’52 Barbara Sheppard Bailey died September 12, 2010. A longtime resident of Naples, FL, Barbara moved to Fort Mill, FL eight years before her death. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Central UMC and Eastern Star, both of the Methodist faith. Barbara is survived by her husband of 59 years Carl, a sister, three daughters, three sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.

’53 J.C. “Bud” Felix died December 4, 2010. A Delta Chi at Rollins, Bud became an avid Gator fan after receiving a second degree in building construction from the University of Florida and was named to the Grand Guard by the UF Alumni Association later in life. He joined his family’s business, Felix Construction, following college and was chairperson of the Festival of States Parade Committee and member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, the Bucketeers, and the Dragon Club. Bud also served on the Board of Directors of the Centerbanc Savings Association and the Rutland Florida Gulf Bank, and was a devout Methodist. Survivors include his wife Laura, one stepdaughter, two stepsons, two grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

’54 Joanne Moseley Hammond P’75 died February 8, 2011 at 79. Joanne enjoyed animals and playing bridge, and was a member of The Assembly, The Carillon, The Quadrille, and The Elsie Haynsworth Garden Club. She is survived by her husband of 58 years Frank, two daughters including Caroline ’75, one son, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, six grandchildren, and her lab Piglet.

’54 Pierre “Skip” Steward died October 22, 2010. Nicknamed Skip by his older brother because he used to skip school, Skip cherished his family, was kind and gentle, and loved the outdoors. He attended Stetson University and Stetson Law after Rollins and also served in the military as First Lieutenant from 1954-56. Skip married his wife, Sue York ’58, in the Knowles Memorial Chapel in 1958. The couple was married for 52 years. In addition to his wife, Skip is survived by a daughter, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, four grandchildren, and many friends.

’54 Lucia Howard Wood died October 9, 2010. She was predeceased by her husband Jerome ’54.

’56 James E. “Jim” Browne died November 26, 2010 while in the care of Dana-Farber palliative doctors, surrounded by family and friends. Based in Okinawa, Japan during the Korean Conflict, Jim traveled throughout the Pacific Islands as a feature writer for the Stars and Stripes military newspaper from 1948 to 1952. He loved Rollins, writing for The Sandspur, being on stage at the Annie Russell Theatre, fierce political debates, reading biographies, visiting extended family, flying in his little Cessna, and playing with his grandsons to name just a few of his passions. Jim is fondly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Lucy, three sisters, a son and daughter-in-law, two grandsons and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

’56 Mary Enck Doerr died October 3, 2010 at 77. Mary is survived by one brother, one daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren, and was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Robert.

’56 Phyllis Lockwood Hull died in August 2010. She is survived by her husband Preston ’57.

’57 Alexander A. “Sandy” Hose died October 5, 2010. Known for his captivating smile, Sandy owned and operated Sunshine Cleaning Company for 25 years. He enjoyed photography and was a member of the Gerry 5, the Marblehead Elks, and the Rotary Club, which he served as past secretary. Survivors include his wife of 26 years Anne, one daughter, two sons, four stepchildren, and 11 grandchildren.

’58 Martha Leavitt Ellis died February 5, 2011 at 73. A Florida resident since 1967, Martha was a member of the Council of 101, Orlando Museum of Art, and Embroiderers Guild of America. She was predeceased by her husband H. Benton and is survived by a sister, a son, and a daughter, as well as two granddaughters and nephews.

’58 Bonnie McCorquodale Hance died June 6, 2010 at 72. She was an English teacher at Gables High School for more than 35 years and also taught at Gulliver Preparatory, Miami Norland Senior High, and G. Holmes Braddock Senior High. In 1996, Bonnie retired and relocated to St. Augustine, FL. She is survived by her husband of 35 years Edmund, a brother and sister-in-law, a son, a daughter, and many friends.

’61 Cecilia Demetree Cowherd ’65MAT died October 28, 2010. A kind, humorous, intelligent, and elegant woman, Cecilia is survived by two brothers, one sister, two daughters, one son, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.

’62 June Gittleson died October 30, 2010. She was a native New Yorker and once owned a store called The Left Hand. June most recently worked as an enrolled tax preparer. Survivors include her partner of 30 years Phyllis and one sister.

’62 Claudia Jeffries died May 26, 2010.

’65 Eugene W. Eddy died October 13, 2010.

’65 Alvert H. “Butch” Hearn died February 19, 2011 at 67. A retired executive of Sears, then A&M Resources, Butch is survived by his partner of 30 years Mary Ann, one son, two daughters, and two grandchildren.

’67 Otis G. Gifford died January 22, 2011. From the late ’40s to early ’60s, Otis helped to manage his family’s business, The Gifford Arms Hotel, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1957. He then worked for the Winter Park Telephone Company and in 1967 moved to Valley Falls, NY, where he worked for Smith & Mahoney Consulting Engineers, beginning his successful career in civil engineering. Other employers included Boyer-Singleton, Dyer Riddle Mills & Precourt, and Lochrane Engineering of Central Florida. He retired from Lochrane’s Seminole County office in 2004. Otis was a skilled woodworker and enjoyed creating handmade projects for family and friends. Survivors include one sister, three sons, and three grandchildren.

’71 Robert W. Hummer died August 29, 2010. His professional career included work as an appraiser, banker, broker, and math teacher. Robert is survived by his wife Nazila, parents John and Jane, a sister, two brothers, and other family.

’03 The death of Noel C. Smith was reported in the Fall 2010 issue of Rollins Magazine. See memorial tribute.

’11 James P.B. McDonough died February 26, 2011. He is survived by his parents James and Peggy and family.

’11 Laura Mufson of Miami, FL died in September 2010. She was a psychology student at Rollins and had planned to attend medical school following graduation.

’12 Michael B. Kronstadt died December 19, 2010. Survivors include his parents Allen and Fran, his siblings Jamie and Danielle, and a grandmother.

Honorary Alumnus

Samuel B. Lawrence ’95H P’68 P’70 died January 2, 2011. See memorial tribute.


Retired English professor of 26 years Philip E. Pastore died February 20, 2011. See memorial tribute.

Retired biology professor Edward W. Scheer ’54 P’95 P’98MBA, who taught at Rollins from 1958 to 1995, died February 17, 2011 in Jackson, Wyoming. Among his survivors is son Edward Scheer ’95 ’98MBA. A memorial tribute will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of Rollins Magazine.