Norwich University

1958 Obituaries

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Donald Joseph Balfe, 5/31/2011
Mary S. Bartlett (Vermont College)
H. Karl Biester, 9/29/2010
Michael H. Bolotin, 3/1/1975
COL LeRoy R. Buckman USA, 5/29/2005
Eleanor F. Cammisa (Vermont College)
COL Anthony J. Carbone, USA (Ret.), 6/24/2007
Jon A. Casella, 1/25/2011
Stanley Chin-Ying, 11/29/2002
Howard C. Cobb, 5/20/2005
Edward P. ColaCurcio, 5/26/2010
Ferdinand "Ferd" Mario Anair Collins, 1/24/2010
MG Robert J. Dacey, USA (Ret.), 1/5/2011
Constance W. Drakeley (Vermont College), 9/25/1998
Leon H. "Pappy" Dunn, 7/14/2012
LTC Norman T. Elliott USA (Ret), 1/21/1999
Austin G. Fairbanks, Jr., 9/3/1963
D. Michael Ferguson, 6/15/1991
Edward T. Fite, 9/11/2015
Charles O. Forbes, 8/21/2001
COL Albert L. Fournier USA (Ret), 3/12/2005
Joseph F. Garrity, Jr., 8/24/1961
Arthur J. Griffith, 5/14/2012
Thomas C. Hession, 8/7/2000
Carl G. "Bud" Hooper, 6/2/2015
John W. Huyssoon,6/27/2008
Francis A. Kapusta, 11/17/2006
COL John H. Kennedy USA, 7/18/2001
Laurenti J. Kostick, 2/12/1989
Raynor Linzey, 6/12/2013
Ann N. Lyford (Vermont College)
James M. MacDearmind Jr., 11/30/1999
MG William B. McGrath, USA (Ret.), 2/19/2010
Radcliffe G. Mitchell, Jr., 2/19/2015
John J. Mullen Jr., 3/30/2003
John J. O'Hayre Jr., 2/22/1989
E. Harry Parkinson, Jr., 7/29/2008
COL Richard K. Pfabe USA (Ret), 2/23/1995
William H. Pretto Jr., 1/17/2006
Catherine J. Romano (Vermont College), 11/21/1993
Raymond C. Roy, 12/14/1978
Charles Edward Sauer, died on July 7, 1967 while serving in Vietnam. 
William H. Semack, 11/23/1993
Robert B. Simeone, 7/6/2006
1LT Robert Skerratt, USA, 9/5/1960
Bruce Smallwood, 6/17/1958
REV William S. Smothers, 6/10/1985
LTC Robert A. Snell, USA (Ret.), 4/23/2008
John P. Sparrell, 5/25/2013
Joseph P. Stryjewski, 12/8/1991
Gay L. Talley (Vermont College)
LTC Joseph A. Tobin USA (Ret), 11/5/1992
Harold E. Tracy
Joseph L. Tracy, 9/2/2004
Herbert E. Trevvett, 11/6/2009
George T. Tucker, 9/14/1973
Kimball A. Utton, 3/30/1978
Douglas Van Wagenen, 11/30/1961
Gary E. Vaughn, 6/23/2015
Charles C. Vernosky Jr.
Richard A. Westcott, 9/28/1983
Ronald C. Weiderman, 9/2/2013
Rock C. Wheeler, Jr., 5/24/2010
Charles M. Wisniewski, 5/1/1999
Patricia A. Zambon (Vermont College), 11/4/2007

Donald Joseph Balfe

Donald Joseph Balfe, 74, of Southern Pines, N.C., passed away on May 31, 2011, at Kingswood Nursing Facility in Aberdeen.

Donald was born July 20, 1936, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He graduated from Norwich University in 1958 with a bachelor of arts in business administration. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Rifle Team, Outing Club, Newman Club, Alpha Kappa Psi, and Lambda Chi Alpha. He was also a Guidon staff member.

Donald is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joann Balfe; a daughter, Mary Balfe Allnutt; two grandchildren, Joseph Frank Allnutt, Jr,. and John Donald Allnutt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in memory of Donald Balfe to the Meals on Wheels Foundation, PO Box 2083, Southern Pines, NC 28387 or the We Care Program at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 175 East Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387.

H. Karl Biester

H. Karl Biester, of Toms River, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

In 1958, Karl graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and was secretary of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers during his third year. Karl was employed by the U.S. Navy from 1958-1994; first at the N.A.S. in Corpus Christi, Texas; and then at NAVAIR Lakehurst, New Jersey. Karl loved flying, beekeeping, hunting and fishing. He was an avid NY Jets fan for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen Biester (nee Daley) of Northfield, Vermont; three sons, Karl R. Biester, and his wife, Candie, Christopher M. Biester, and Brian Biester, and his wife, Tina, all of New Jersey; one daughter, Laura Biester-Meyh, and her husband George, of Forked River, New Jersey. "Poppa" Biester also has 10 grandchildren, Heather and Shauna Cathcart, Rachael and Paul Teutel, Christopher K. Biester, Ranee Biester, Reanna Biester, and Rylee Biester, and Haley and Cassidy Meyh. Karl is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Max and Helen Biester, and Richard and Emmy Biester; a brother-in-law, Peter J. Daley; a sister-in-law, Patricia Daley; and a brother-in-law, David Daley, and his wife, Carol. He leaves many close friends, including a college buddy of 56 years, C. Ward Wallace, and his wife, Eileen, of Toms River.

Karl was predeceased by his parents, Max and Anna Biester.

COL Anthony J. Carbone, USA (Ret.)

COL Anthony J. Carbone, USA (Ret.), 72, of Northfield, Vt., died June 24, 2007. Tony was a retired U.S. Army colonel and former Commandant of Cadets and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Norwich University, died Sunday, after a long illness. At the dedication of the Sullivan Museum and History Center, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gordon R. Sullivan called Col. Carbone the "face of Norwich."

Raised in Medford,Mass., the son of the late Anthony and Margaret Carbone, Anthony graduated from Norwich University in 1958 and embarked on a long and distinguished career as an officer in the U.S. Army, bringing with him the principles and integrity he honed at Norwich and which guided him in all of his assignments in the Army and as a father and academic. He served through the height of the Cold War in the armored calvary both at home and in seven overseas tours of duty, including two combat assignments in Vietnam, one with the Special Forces. His overseas duty also brought him to serve in Germany and in Korea. Throughout his years of service, his dedication and loyalty to Norwich University never wavered. During the Vietnam War he returned to Norwich University to teach military science. He also fulfilled an assignment as an instructor at the Command and General staff College, Fort Leavenworth.

In 1980, Col. Carbone earned a master's degree in public administration at Penn State. In 1985 he returned to teaching and as Commandant at Norwich. He retired from the military in 1988 and for 10 years afterwards he served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Norwich, during which time he presided over three capital compaigns, securing the university's ability to prepare students for the 21st century.

Tony’s record of service to his alma mater is unsurpassed. He received the Alumni Director’s Award in 2002 and was a Board of Fellows Medallion Recipient. On the athletic front, he was the 2006 Blue Line Club Sportsman of the Year and an honorary member of NU Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as a loyal member of the Blue Line Club, the Maroon and Gold Athletic Association, and the Touchdown Club. He volunteered for Admissions and served on his reunion planning committee. In addition, the Colonel Anthony J. Carbone Scholarship, established in 1988 by gifts from family, alumni and friends in Tony’s honor, benefits students every year.

He is survived by his wife, Edda (Pietrantoni) Carbone; their children, Lynne Brown, Diana Welch, Anthony J. Carbone Jr., Cynthia Fagan ’88, and Pamela Carbone-Meany ’88; and 11 grandchildren.

Condolences should be sent to:
Mrs. Anthony Carbone
c/o Jim and Cynthia Fagan
6 Orchard Lane
Lynnfield, MA 01940-1147

Jon A. Casella

Jon A. Casella, 74, of Glastonbury, Conn., passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 after a brief illness. Jack, as he was known, was a lifetime resident of Glastonbury.

Jack graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1958. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Nu, the Newman Club, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He began his work career as a process engineer for Berkin Manufacturing. From 1960 to 1978, he oversaw the technological development of high pressure turbines for various gas turbine engine models as a senior project engineer for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Upon leaving Pratt & Whitney, Jack endeavored in his true love of land excavation and development. Jack formed J.A. Casella Custom Excavating, which he owned and operated until his passing. Within the Town of Glastonbury, Jack developed many home sites located on Shoddy Mill Road, Old Maids Lane, Hunters Lane, Cedar Ridge Drive, Meadow Brook subdivision and Knollwood Drive.

The Glastonbury community will sorely miss the philanthropic donations made by Jack and Jean, collectively worth millions of dollars to the residents of Glastonbury. There were projects in town that Jack worked on where he donated his time, equipment and materials, including the Buttonball School playscape, Eastbury School athletic field construction and playscape, Gideon Welles School playground improvements, Hebron Avenue School playscape, courtyard improvements and the paved walkway to grade K playscape, the Hopewell School playscape, Naubuc School's three playscapes, the Nayaug School playscape and the Smith School's bullpen for the baseball field. They also donated several defibrillators to the Glastonbury Police Department.

Jack was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Alice Casella. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 52 years, Jean Casella; and his canine companion, "Beau Brommel." He also leaves his cousin, Alfred Pucci, and his wife, Judy, of Southington, Conn.; his godson, Michael Pucci, and his wife, Kim, of Danbury, Conn.; and a sister-in-law, Ann, in New York. Jack had several special friends: David Krar of Glastonbury; Alan Roy, and his wife, Mary Ann, of Andover, Conn.; and Tim Bartlett, and his wife, Diane, of Colchester, Conn.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, January 28, 2011, from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, January 29, at 11:30 a.m. in St. Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Rd, South Glastonbury, Conn. Burial will follow at St. Augustine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation, 12 Charter Oak Place, Hartford, CT 06106. For online tributes please visit

Ferdinand "Ferd" Mario Anair Collins

Ferdinand “Ferd” Mario Anair Collins, 74, succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease at his home in St. Augustine, Fla., on Sunday, January 24, 2010.  Born in Waterbury, Vt., on December 8, 1935, he was the younger son of the late William E. and Lula (Anair) Collins of Waterbury. Ferd graduated from Waterbury High School (’54) where he distinguished himself as class president each year and as a leading contributor to champion basketball, baseball, and ski teams.

Ferd graduated from Norwich University in 1958 with a bachelor of science in business administration, a U.S. Army officer commission, and a Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni membership. He also played on the basketball and baseball teams. His first career was as an officer serving in the 14th Armored Cavalry, Bad Hersfeld, Germany, followed by a second tour in Germany in the 82nd Airborne Division Tank Battalion where he was promoted to tank company commander during the Berlin Wall tensions and Cold War. His last 3-year assignment was at Middlebury College as an assistant professor teaching military science.

On December 18, 1965 Ferd married the former Rebecca “Faye” Groton of Laurel, Del., at St. Andrews Church, Waterbury, Vt. In Middlebury, Vt., the couple began their lifelong commitment to giving back to the community. Ferd was a Boy Scout leader, little league baseball and soccer coach, and a favorite Middlebury College Fraternity chaperon and judge at downhill ski team meets. 

In 1968 Ferd began his civilian career at Deck House, Inc. of Acton, Mass., rising to New England regional sales manager.  During his 17 years at Deck House, he ranked first or second in sales volume each year. The couple settled in Carlisle, Mass., where they resided for 32 years. There, Ferd continued his commitment to serving the community. For years he was honored to be the Memorial Day Parade marshal and to call out, with reverence, the name of each fallen Carlisle veteran. He served on the Town Building Committee during a time of rapid growth and expansion. He coached the Bulls basketball team under the auspices of the Recreation Committee.  As a member of the Acton, Mass., Junior Chamber of Commerce, he created a local junior ski team, guided them to No. 1 in New England, and coached them in the nationals in Colorado. One of his team went to the Olympics on the U.S. Ski Team.  In Carlisle, he was an active member of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Committees. 

In 1984 his career move was to Pella Windows and Doors of New England as executive vice president and general manager. He brought the company to a 50% increase in growth and became president and chief operating officer before retiring. While living in Massachusetts, Ferd served Norwich for 15 years on the Board of Fellows with several committee assignments including recruitment, admissions, and Building Committee. In 2003 Ferd and Faye became 1819 Circle members of the Partridge Society. Ferd, an avid Vermont downhill skier, required a second home for twenty years in Quechee, Vt.  He delighted in skiing Colorado and Europe as well.  The couple had great entertainments at their summer home of 25 years on the beach in Gloucester, Mass. Ferd enjoyed the study of wines – beginning with a wine appreciation course at Norwich University, followed by visiting vineyards during his military years in Germany, and the rest of his life traveling the world with Faye to vineyards in France, Italy, Australia, and South America.  He created a large wine cellar in his home and became a regional director of the International Club “Les Amis du Vin.”  He wrote a column called “Lines for Wine” that appeared regularly in The Village News and contributed articles to other news publications.

In 1999 Ferd and Faye retired to St. Augustine where he was able to focus on his golf game.  He was a volunteer for five years at the Tournament of Players (TPC), Sawgrass, serving on the Commissary Committee for the golf pros.  He was also a volunteer marshal at the Legends of Golf Tournament, World Golf Village, for several years.  He continued to give back to the community in St. Augustine, serving as a member of the RSVP volunteer organization and for three years delivering Meals on Wheels weekly for the Council on Aging.  He served on the Board of Directors for the condominium association where he and Faye lived. His Catholic faith ever strong, he was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus from his hometown of Waterbury, Vt.

Ferd is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rebecca “Faye” Collins; his brother William T. Collins and wife, Claudette; his sisters Patricia Russell and Emily Ternavasio; his sister-in-law Joan Groton Venables and husband, Bill; and many loving nieces and nephews.  

Assisting is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury, where flowers will be gratefully accepted. To send on-line condolences please visit

MG Robert J. Dacey, USA (Ret.)

MG Robert J. Dacey, USA (Ret.), 75, of Bethesda, MD, died at Walter Reed AMC on January 5, 2011 from multisystem organ failure. General Dacey was born in Watertown, NY on May 15, 1935, the son of Robert and Frances Dacey. General and Mrs. Dacey lived in the Washington, DC area off and on for many years since 1959 due to military assignments, but settled in the area permanently in 1985. He was a retired military officer and professional engineer.

Bob received a bachelor of science in business administration from Norwich University in 1958. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Interfraternity Council, the Varsity Club, Intramural Sports, the Newman Club, Theta Chi, and the Society of American Military Engineers. He was president of both the Newman Club and Theta Chi his senior year. In January 1959, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. He later went on to receive a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1964, and an MBA in procurement from George Washington University in 1972.

Bob was also a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and Army War College and numerous other professional military education programs. He served with the 553rd Engineer Battalion in Orleans, France; the US Army Support Command Korea; the 18th Engineer Brigade in the Republic of Vietnam; on the US Army Europe and US Army Forces Command general staffs; was the District Engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis; the Commander of the Corps' Southwest Division in Dallas, and finished his Army career as the Assistant Chief of the US Army Corps of Engineers. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Defense and Army Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, numerous Vietnam campaign and gallantry awards, and the Army Staff Identification Badge, among many others. Bob was also a recipient of the silver deFleury Medal from the US Army Engineer Regimental Association.

Upon his 1988 retirement from the US Army, Bob served as the Senior Vice President for Design in the Architecture and Construction Division at the Marriott Corporation, and moved to Science Applications International Corporation in 1991, retiring in 2006 as a vice president, Corporate Engineer, and chairman of the Corporate Risk Committee. For many years, he was a member of Rotary, served in the Potomac area with the Kiwanis, and served the Avenel Homeowners Association as a board member, treasurer and president, and as compliance officer of the homeowners association at Church Point in Oak Grove, VA. He was a lifelong devoted reader of Louis L'amour, yet sadly never had the chance to live that kind of wild, free western life.

Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rosalyn Rich of Springfield, Missouri, son MAJ (USA, Ret.) John Dacey and Mrs. Yvonne Dacey of Mount Vernon, VA with grandchildren Rachel and Max, and daughter Martha Dacey Emory and husband Mr. Jeff Emory of Arlington, VA and step-grandchildren Kristen, Lauren and Jennifer. Surviving siblings are Mrs. Eleanor Percy of Watertown, NY, Mrs. Mary Malara of Siesta Key, FL and COL (USA, Ret.) Richard Dacey of Mason Neck, VA.

There will be visitation hours on Friday, January 14, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Demaine Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-549-0074. Funeral and burial arrangements have not been set at this time. Please contact Demaine Funeral Home for all information. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the MG Robert J. and Rosalyn R. Dacey Memorial Scholarship through the Development Office at Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.

Leon H. "Pappy" Dunn

Leon H. "Pappy" Dunn, 76, of Barre, Vt., passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Born on Sept. 24, 1935, in Hudson Falls, N.Y., he was the son of Smith C. and Marjorie (Gonyo) Dunn. Pappy graduated from Hudson Falls High School and went on to graduate from Norwich University in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. On June 11, 1960, he married Laura Lane. Following their marriage, they made their home in Barre.

Pappy worked for the State of Vermont Highway Department as a civil engineer in bridge and highway construction for 37 years. Later, he went to work as an engineer for Dufresne and Henry in Burlington, Vt. After retiring, Pappy and Laura enjoyed traveling. He loved the outdoors, hunting, playing golf, and time spent cutting wood.

In earlier years, he coached Little League, volunteered at the BOR in Barre, and kept the skating rink in North Barre flooded during the winter. He was known for his sense of humor and always had a good story to tell.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Lane Dunn; daughter, Karen Philbrick, and her husband, Ben; two sons, Jeffrey Dunn and his wife, Cara, and Gordon Dunn and his wife, Nicole; four grandchildren: Christian, Justin, Mikayla, and Hunter; a sister Marjorie Minick; a brother Timothy P. Dunn, and his wife, Jackie; sister-in-law, Penny Lane; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Smith C. Dunn, Jr.; and sister, Julia Hope Dunn.

His funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, Vt. Interment will take place at the Elmwood Cemetery in Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, July 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Barre Youth Sports Association, PO Box 821, Barre, Vt., 05641.

Edward T. Fite

Edward Todd "Ted" Fite, 79, a resident of Chandler, Arizona, passed away September 11, 2015 in Chandler.

He was born on March 30, 1936, in Cambridge, MA, the elder of 2 sons to Richard L. and Doris (Todd) Fite. Raised in Lynn, MA, Ted attended and graduated from high school there. After high school, he attended Norwich Military University, graduating in 1958. He later earned his master's degree from Notre Dame University. Ted was a career Army officer as a Lt. Colonel, commanding a tank unit. He served in Vietnam, and was based at Ft. Knox, KY.

After he retired from the Army, he became a history teacher. Ted was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, and was an avid Boston red Sox fan. He also loved to travel, was an avid reader, but history, and military history was his passion. His step son John recently posted "This morning shortly after 6 am, my mother Joy Corey-Fite's husband Edward T. Fite, former career Army and respected history teacher born on the East Coast passed on. He was a father of 3, and met my mother several years ago, and married 8 years, was 79 at his passing. May he rest in peace. Thank you all for your understanding, prayers and support."

Ted is survived by his wife of 8 years Joyce Corey-Fite; sons Stephen C Fite, Jeffrey Fite, Richard Fite; and his brother David Fite.

Ted will be inurned in Connecticut. Mariposa Gardens is entrusted with arrangements.

Arthur J. Griffith

Arthur J. Griffith, 79, of Wallkill, N.Y., passed away Monday, May 14, 2012, at the Hudson Valley Nursing Home in Highland, N.Y.

Born on March 26, 1933, in New Rochelle, N.Y., he was the son of Arthur J. and Ella Magennis Griffith.

Arthur graduated from Norwich University in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree in business. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Drill Team, the Rescue Team, the Outing Club, and Mountain Cold Weather. He was a retired, self-employed insurance agent. He served in the U.S. Army and was director of the Hudson Valley Norwich University Alumni Club. He was former president of the Walden Rotary Club.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Rita Arsenault Griffith; two daughters: Barbara Mamazza and her husband, Carmen, and Tara Bevins and her husband, Eric; three grandchildren: Dakota, Riley, and Juliet; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, George Griffith.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden, NY. Funeral services will follow at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Arthur's memory to the ASPCA. Arrangements are by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Walden, NY.

Carl G. "Bud" Hooper

Carl G. 'Bud' Hooper, age 79 years, of Ocala, FL, went on to heaven on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

He was born on April 6, 1936 in Granville, New York. Bud graduated from Norwich University, VT, and continued serving in the United States Army. He then owned and operated the Hooper Construction Company, Granville, NY and later worked at Briley, Wilde and Associates Engineering Firm, Ormond Beach, FL. He retired in 1997 from Daytona Beach Shores where he served as City Engineer. Bud moved to Ocala from Canton, NC in 2007. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Priscilla Hooper in 2002. Bud is survived by his beloved wife of 10 years, Joyce Hooper of Ocala; children Marty Hooper, Diane Schell, Lynn Konicki, Chuck Hooper and Julie Diaz; step-children Darlene Wilkinson, Lee Blakeslee, Todd Blakeslee, Michelle Barrett and Valorie DiIenno, 26 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and sister Evelyn Hammond Porter. Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, TimberRidge Chapel, Ocala, FL.

Francis A. Kapusta

Francis A. Kapusta, 74, of West Lebanon, N.H., passed away on November 17, 2006. Francis was born Sept. 2, 1932, in West Rutland, Vt., the son of Anthony and Helen (Gwardyak) Kapusta. He attended school in West Rutland and later graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., and St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vt., receiving his undergraduate degree and two master's degrees. He also attended the University of Colorado where he worked toward his doctorate degree. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Biology Club, Newman Club, Football Team, Theta Chi, and the Basketball Team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business. Francis took leave during his college work to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He taught mathematics in South Royalton, Vt., for a time and then at Woodstock (Vt.) Union High School for over 20 years before working at the biomedical library at Dartmouth College for over 10 years, retiring in 2005 due to illness.

Francis was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2571 and American Legion Post 26, where he was past post commander. He was also a member of St. Anthony's Church and the Knights of Columbus Michaud Council.

He is survived by a son, John Kapusta; his caregiver and daughter-in-law, Michelle Kapusta; a daughter, Deborah Beneze; eight grandchildren; a brother, Stephan Kapusta; five sisters, Mary Kearney, Josephine Hennessey, Cecelia Quinn, Theresa Kapusta and Irene Kapusta; as well as several nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Leo Kapusta.

Raynor Linzey

Raynor Linzey, 79, of Adams, Mass., died on June 12, 2013, at the North Adams Regional Hospital.

He was born in Haines Falls, N.Y., on October 17, 1933, to George and Dorothy (Raynor) Linzey. He attended schools in New York and graduated from the Hunter Tannersville Central School. He then went on to graduate from Norwich University. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Winter Carnival Committee. He also helped establish the Physics Department with his professor.

Over the course of his career, Raynor worked for the former Sprague Electric Co., Hughes Aircraft, and lastly as an engineer at Steinerfilm, where he worked until his retirement. He was a communicant of the Parish of Blessed John Paul, Adams.

Raynor is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth A. O'Connor, whom he married on August 10, 1957; three sons: Michael Linzey and his wife, Ellen, Andrew Linzey, and William Linzey and his wife, Chong Kim; six grandchildren: Joseph Linzey and his wife, Morgan, Michael, David, Maggie, Sean, and Erin Linzey; two sisters: Janis Bruck and Marjorie Sember; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be on Saturday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m. at the Paciorek Funeral Home, 13 Hoosac St., Adams, MA 01220, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. at the Parish Church of Blessed John Paul in Adams, Mass. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Adams. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Raynor's memory may be made to St. Stanislaus School, 108 Summer St. Adams, MA 01220. To leave a message of condolence, or for directions, please go online to

MG William B. McGrath, USA (Ret.)

MG William B. McGrath, USA (Ret.) passed away on Friday, February 19, 2010 at his home in Centreville, VA.

William graduated from Norwich in 1958 with a bachelor of arts in business administration. While a student, he was a member of the Newman Club, Mountain & Cold Weather, and was a brother in Lambda Chi Alpha.

He is survived by his wife, Regina; daughters, Elizabeth McLean and Kathleen Ma; and brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Adeline McGrath.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Missionaries of Charity, 2800 Otis St. NE, Washington, DC 20018 in his name.

Radcliffe G. Mitchell

Radcliffe G. Mitchell, Jr., 79, passed away on Feb. 19, 2015, at Gosnell House in Scarborough, with his loving family by his side.

Radcliffe was born in Auburn, on July 27, 1935, to Shirley and Radcliffe Mitchell, Sr.He grew up in Auburn and attended Edward Little High School, 1953, Hebron Academy, 1954, and Norwich University, 1958. During his early years, he was a registered Maine Guide, guiding canoe trips in Northern Maine.Radcliffe entered the army upon graduation from college, in 1958, and retired a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve in 1982. During this period, he had assignments in Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Stewart, Ga., Germany, Bowdoin College, Fort Lewis, Wash., and two tours in Vietnam. He had various assignments as tank platoon and company commander, instructor, student at the command and general staff college, and civil defense worker for Cumberland County. He received two Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, Korean Honor Medal First Class, Order of Military Merit, Staff Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 11 campaigns. His civilian jobs included heavy duty parts Sales Manager, case worker for Motus, Inc., working with offender's re-entry into society, and caseworker at Jordan House, with homeless males in recovery from substance abuse.Radcliffe was a member of the Cape Elizabeth Lions Club, Reserve Officers ASSN, Military Officers Association of America, VFW Post 432, and Sons of the American Revolution.

He was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Dawn Ellen. Survivors include: his wife, Frances I. Mitchell; children, Radcliffe G. Mitchell III of Florida, John Bryant Mitchell and wife Diane of W. Yarmouth, Mass.; grandchildren, Radcliffe G. Mitchell IV, Nicholas A. Mitchell, both of Bangor; step-grandchildren, Cheryl DeGeorge, Amy Cook and Heather Cook; and three step-great-grandchildren.

There will be no visiting hours and the funeral service will be private. Burial will be in the spring with Army Honor Guard in attendance in Auburn.

E. Harry Parkinson, Jr.

E. Harry Parkinson, Jr., 71, of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully at SNMC with his family by his side, on July 29, 2008 after a brief illness. 

He was born in Rochester, New Hampshire on September 20, 1936, the son of the late Everton H. Parkinson, Sr. and his wife, Edna (Hoffman) Parkinson. Harry spent his youth in Derry, NH, graduating from Pinkerton Academy in 1954. He was married to Marilyn (Boyce) Parkinson for nearly 47 years. Harry and Marilyn lived with their sons, Hank and Geoff, in Nashua for over 40 years.

After graduating from Pinkerton Academy, Harry attended Norwich, graduating in 1958. While at Norwich Harry was a member of the Glee Club, the Outing Club, Regimental Band, Signal Honor Platoon, Cheerleading, ASME, and was a member of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After graduation he went to work for Sanders & Associates while at the same time, completing his service in the Army Reserves, being honorably discharged as a Captain. He worked at Sander's as a mechanical engineer for approximately 30 years, continuing in this capacity at Digital until his retirement in 2002.

Throughout his life Harry enjoyed many activities: being President of the Lion's Club of Chester, NH, coaching the Twins baseball team to 10 division championship victories, being a member of IPC for several years, being President of the Bishop Guertin men's club from 1982-84, and attending most of his children's and grandchildren's sporting events.

His love of sports, especially the New England teams, led him to be a longtime season ticket-holder for the Patriots. He also enjoyed playing golf with friends and family. Harry's love for and appreciation of Jaguars began at a very early age. As a young man, he would avidly study the mechanics of Jaguars. This hobby was interrupted by the priorities of family life. When his children were grown his enthusiasm for Jaguars rekindled. He joined the Jaguar Association of NE (JANE) serving for many years at the core of the club's activities: on the Board, Editor of The Coventry Cat (winning national recognition for the most outstanding newsletter), Events Chairman, events organizer and a major contributor to the club in countless other ways. He will always be remembered as a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn, two sons Everton (Hank) Parkinson III, Geoffrey Boyce Parkinson, two grandchildren, Everton (Evan) Parkinson IV and Paige Parkinson and their mother Nancy Parkinson all of Nashua, a sister Dorothy Smith of Pittsfield, MA, a niece Dr. Martha Blackmoore of Wrentham, MA, two nephews, Dr. Albert Smith of Reykjavik, Iceland and Dr. Robert Smith of Seattle, WA, and many wonderful friends who will all miss him dearly.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider a donation to the: American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

LTC Robert A. Snell, USA (Ret.)

LTC Robert A. Snell, USA (Ret.), age 72, of San Antonio, TX, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2008 after a brief illness. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI to Vincent Adellan and Suzanne Dillon Snell.

He graduated from Central Catholic High School, attended New Mexico Military Academy, and graduated from Norwich University. LTC Snell served his country proudly in the U. S. Army for 26 years, and voluntarily served two tours of duty in Vietnam, as well as assignments in Europe, South Korea, and various locations throughout the United States. During his Military career, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier's Medal (2nd Oaf Leaf Cluster) Bronze Star Medal with V Device, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal with V Device (2-5), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantry Badge.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Anne Marie (Nancy) Snell Mead. He is survived by Christine A. Snell and their children: Michael C. Snell, Matthew H. Snell and wife Staci L., and Scott D. Snell; brothers Arthur L. Snell, and Col. Dillon Snell (USA Ret.) He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Kohle and Duke.

Memorials may be sent to the Humane Society (SPCA of Bexar County) 4804 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78229-3625 or the charity of your choice. You are invited to sign the guestbook at

John P. Sparrell

John P. "Jake" Sparrell, 77, of Boynton Beach, Fla., passed away on May 25, 2013. Jake graduated from Norwich University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Chi Epsilon, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Skull & Swords, the basketball team, and the Honor Committee.

He was also a member of the Norwich University Partridge Society's 1819 Circle.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at Boynton Memorial Chapel, 800 W. Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Condolences may be left online at 

Gary E. Vaughn

Gary E. Vaughn, 79 of Jericho, VT and Old Forge, NY passed away June 23, 2015 at
Central Park Nursing Center in Syracuse, NY. He was born in Utica, NY Dec. 19, 1935,
the son of Gardner B. and Ada Dolbear Vaughn of Old Forge, NY. He attended Town of Webb Schools graduating in 1954. He graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, VT in 1958 as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army.

In January 1960 Gary was chosen 1st alternate for the U.S. Men's Alpine Ski Team for
the 1960 Olympics held in Squaw Valley, CA.

Gary was the Golf Pro at Thendara Golf Club 1962-65, in Thendara, NY. In 1964, he was an assistant ski coach at Dartmouth College and coached at Middlebury College from 1967- 68, coaching both varsity and freshman skiing. He later opened a sports shop at his home in Jericho, Vermont.

Gary is survived by his sisters Edythe V. (Tom) LeFebvre of Syracuse, and Sally R. Vaughn of Old Forge, NY; six nephews and one niece, three great nieces, five great nephews and many cousins. He is also survived by his former wife Sue Boudish Vaughn of Jericho, VT. Gary was predeceased by his parents and his close friend Carol Mahoney of Underhill, VT.

There will be no calling hours. A private memorial will take place at the convenience of the family. Remembrances in Gary's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association
441 W. Kirkpatrick St. Syracuse, NY 13204. To leave a special message for the family please visit:

Ronald C. Weiderman

Ronald C. "Weeds" Weiderman, 77, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died at his home on September 2, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Ron Weiderman's four year courageous battle with cancer ended in Winston-Salem, a home he grew to love.

Ron was born on May 21, 1936, in Queens, N.Y., the son of Ralph and Emma Weiderman. He attended Amityville High School on Long Island and excelled in baseball. During his senior year in high school, he was selected to the Suffolk County All-Star baseball team. This team played the New York City All-Stars in a game held at the Polo Grounds, home of the then New York Giants, Ron's favorite team. His dream of a lifetime came through for him in this game, Ronnie hit a home run into the left field stands.

Ron's baseball career continued in college when he played first base for Norwich. While he was at Norwich, he was very active in intra-fraternity sports, where he played for Theta Chi Fraternity. Ron graduated as a second lieutenant and served on active duty for three years at Fort Knox, Ky. He left active duty and served in the Army Reserves attaining the rank of captain.

Following his service years, Ron worked in Florida and Georgia, and eventually came to North Carolina and remained. A transplant from Long Island, he came to North Carolina as a young man looking to begin his career working in the bowling industry. He harvested the fruits of his labor and succeeded in managing a very successful operation in Winston-Salem that became the most profitable unit in the company's twenty-seven unit chain. Though a gifted bowler himself, Ron's managerial talents were recognized by the bowling industry and he was elected president of the Bowling Proprietors of the Carolinas Organization. He traveled throughout the Carolinas giving speeches and guidance to the members of the organization. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Clemmons and associated with Clemmons Discount Sales.

Ron always stayed in touch with his classmates and traveled throughout the world enjoying life to the fullest. Each trip would bring laughs and memories to last a lifetime. With various classmates, Ron visited many countries in South America and Europe. He was also a member of the Norwich University Partridge Society's 1819 Circle.

Ron traveled in his own style in life yet often stopped his journey to help someone along the way that needed to be helped. He never sought the limelight. While traveling along the journey of life, a despondent acquaintance was once moving along the road to destruction when Ron stopped to lend a helping hand. Through the efforts of Ron, this acquaintance became a friend and his life was turned around. Ron will be greatly missed. He was not only a true friend to many, but one that could be counted on when needed.

Ron is survived by his son, Ronald Clinton "Clint" Weiderman, Jr. and his wife, Claudia; two grandchildren, Sofia Weiderman and Emma Weiderman; his ex-wife and friend, Mitzi Weiderman; and loving sisters-in-law: Sandy Killette, Sabel Meeks, Debbie Griggs and Candace Alexander.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at Clemmons Moravian Church, 3560 Spangenberg Avenue, Clemmons, N.C. 27012. The family will receive friends from 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103. Online condolences may be made through

Rock C. Wheeler, Jr.

Rock C. Wheeler, Jr., born July 18, 1936, in Alexandria, VA, passed away on May 24, 2010.

Rock graduated from Norwich University in 1958 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a reputation as the best drummer in the Regimental, Concert, and Grenadiers jazz bands and as a member of Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity. Upon graduating, Rock entered a twenty-eight-year career in the Army. He culminated his military career by furthering his education with an M.A. at Central Michigan State University, and by attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Rock served tours as a district advisor in Vietnam and as Chief of Air Defense Operations for the 38th Artillery Brigade in Korea, along with service to the Department of Army Chief of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, finally retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1986. His numerous awards in recognition of his service included the Legion of Merit and the Combat Infantry Badge. He later pursued a second career as a real estate broker in northern Virginia, retiring in 1996, after receiving top producer and multi-million dollar sales club designations annually from 1986 through 1996.

Having made many contributions to his country, Rock also many wonderful contributions to his alma mater, Norwich University. He and his wife Paula were lifetime and 1819 Circle members of the Partridge Society, and both had an especially strong interest in supporting the Regimental Band. He presided over the Norwich University Club of Washington D.C. for six years, acted as an area coordinator for the Norwich Career Network, and helped recruiting efforts at college fairs as an admissions ambassador. He was a member of the Alumni Association Board from 1990 to 1996, served as Vice President, and then as President from 1993 to 1996, receiving the Alumni Director’s Award in 1998. He served as an Alumni Trustee of the University from 1997 to 2002 and for many years as President of the Friends of the Norwich University Library. He was awarded the Board of Fellows Medallion for outstanding service in 2004.

Rock is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Paula Wheeler; loving sons, Rock C. Wheeler, III and his wife, Etel, Todd H. Wheeler and his wife, Laurel, and Adam M. Wheeler and his wife, Jackie; cherished grandchildren, Owen T. and Ian H. Wheeler; cherished great grandchild, Joaquin Flores; as well as his dear sister, Beverly Hawkes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Rock’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, at: Cards and notes of condolences may be sent to his wife, Paula, at 5624 Cornish Way, Alexandria, VA 22315-4044.



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