Norwich University

1964 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at (802) 485-2300 or inmemoriam@norwich.edu. Please note that we do not have a detailed obituary for all names listed, but those we do are clickable links to the full obituary below. Obituaries that appear below were provided by the family or friends of the deceased to inform the Norwich community.

Harry W. Albee III, 1/3/1995
Thomas P. Bauer, 10/30/2013
Dr. Ronald Leland Brackett
Charles S. Brown, 6/13/2001
Charles Cardrey, 12/6/1964
Freeman Carr, 9/15/1969
Peter Burdick Chapman, 10/24/2012
Vincent J. Coffey, 1/25/1995
Charles W. Creaser III, 6/1/2004
Frank D'Amico, 4/13/1966
Peter Henry Dumbleton, 8/21/2010
Robert J. Elia, 3/30/2011
Roger Garrity, 8/24/1961
William Gartz, 10/12/1977
James W. Gibble, 2/17/1998
Dr. Joel Grossman
Bernard P. Gryniuk, 12/28/1991
Ann Hamilton (Vermont College), 2/14/1993
Robert M. Hansen, Jr., 5/27/2014
David Hight, 6/30/1966
Robert M. Inglis, 8/13/2005
Donald Robert Jenks, Sr., 10/29/2010
CPT Joseph B. Jones, USA (Ret.), 3/28/2013
Bernard P. Kelly, 9/8/2013
Ernest Klint, 66, of McLean, VA, 10/27/2008 
Peter Knowlton, 4/28/1965
John A. Langenfield, 9/29/1994
Robert N. Leary, 10/2/2008
Stephen R. Limpert
Joseph T. Lisanti, 6/6/2000
Theron Van Miles, 4/20/2011
Robert O. Seebach, 10/29/2006
Daniel Martin Shooshan, 9/23/2005
Arthur W. Staples, III, 4/11/2013
Jacob H. Steele IV, 2/10/1998
James Tatko, 1/12/1979
Charles Tomesch, 8/8/1968
Alvin L. Warner, 1/1/1998
Faith Wilkinson, 2/21/2010
CPT Bruce F. Williams, USA (Ret), 12/12/1995
Arthur Wright, III 11/25/1967


Thomas P. Bauer

Thomas P. Bauer passed away on October 30, 2013 at the age of 72. He was the husband of 48 years of Herta (Pukallus) Bauer. Born and raised in New Bedford, MA., he graduated from Norwich University and served as a Captain in the US Army. He worked for Marriott Corporation at various accounts in Washington D.C. and throughout Boston and ended his career with Creative Gourmet as Food Service Director for The Museum of Science in Boston. An avid boater and fisherman, he lived his whole life on or around Buzzards Bay.

He is also survived by his daughter Caroline [Bauer] Carlson of New Bedford.

Visitation will be from 3-7 pm on Tues. November 5, 2013 at the Wilson Chapel 479 County St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to his granddaughter's school, Nazarene Christian Academy 764 Hathaway Rd. New Bedford, MA. 02740


Dr. Ronald Leland Brackett

Dr. Ronald Leland Brackett, 68, of Hull, MA, died Saturday, June 14th at South Shore Hospital.  Ron was born on April 8, 1941 in Weymouth, the son of Henry and Mary (O'Kane) Brackett.

Ron graduated from Norwich with the Class of 1964 and from the University of Pennsylvania with a DMD in 1972. While at Norwich, Ron was a member of the Drum & Bugle Corp, the baseball team, hockey team, the Biology Club, cheerleading, Honor Tank Platoon, and the Junior Weekend Committee. He also served as an admissions representative.

He served his country as a captain in the U.S. Army in Italy during the Vietnam era. Ron was an active 30 year member of the Hingham-Weymouth Kiwanis Club and had served as Lt. Governor at one time. Ron was passionate about dentistry and took great pride in his work.  He had owned his own dental practice in the Weymouth and Norwell areas for many years.  He was an avid reader and loved to discuss politics and baseball.  He loved to reminisce about his days at Norwich and was proud of his military service that followed, and that his son, Laurence, followed in his footsteps.  He will be remembered for his kindness, intellect, his love of ice cream and the Red Sox.  We will all remember his valuable advice that he loved to give out to his family and friends.  He was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend, and he will be greatly missed.

Ron was pre-deceased by his wife Sandra (Grant) in 1981.  He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Virginia Marggraf, and her husband, Jeff of Salem; son, Laurence Brackett '87, and his wife, Kathleen '89;  his step children, Howard Back Jr., and his wife, Linda, Catherine Back, Timothy Back, Eric Back, and Heidi Chaudoir and her husband, Michael; his brothers, Henry Brackett and Kenneth Brackett; his sisters, Corinne Schreck, Marion Marlow, and Debbie Lampson. Six grandchildren, thirteen step grandchildren, and two step great grandsons also survive him. Included in the extended Brackett family are seven Norwich graduates.


Peter Burdick Chapman

Peter Burdick Chapman, 70, of Marlborough, Mass., beloved husband of Shirley (Johnson) Chapman, died Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at Hartford Hospital.

He was born in Newark, N.J., to the late David F. and Janet (Smith) Chapman. He graduated from Norwich University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. While at Norwich, Peter was a member of the Council on International Affairs, the Junior Week Committee, and on the War Whoop staff. The good friends he made at Norwich have stayed with him throughout the years. He enjoyed planning reunions and attended all the Norwich Homecomings over the years.

After years spent in computer sales and customer services, he took a "retirement" job as a chauffeur which he enjoyed immensely. Peter devoted many years of service to the community of Marlborough, Mass., serving as the Board of Education chairman, Boy Scout Troop 39 chairman, and as a longtime member of the Marlborough Lions Club.

Pete is survived by his wife, Shirley; children: Deborah Spencer, Jennifer Dvorak and her husband, Mike, Gregory Chapman and his wife, Nancy, Douglas Chapman and his wife, Kristin, and Nelida Morales, his "adopted" daughter; grandchildren: Kyra Spencer, Luke and Jake Dvorak, Thomas and Christopher Chapman, and Mikael and Jordan D'Oleo; and two brothers: Jeffrey Chapman and David Chapman.

Funeral arrangements are private at the convenience of the family. To leave online condolences, please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com. The Spencer Funeral Home has taken care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Pete's memory to Norwich University, C/O Development Office, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.


Peter Henry Dumbleton

Peter Henry Dumbleton passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2010 after a five-year battle with oral cancer. He lived a very full 67½ years around the world, and spent his final years on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Pete was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 19, 1943 to Edna and Harry Dumbleton, and was the elder brother to William and Elizabeth. The family lived in Brooklyn, New York, then Leonia, New Jersey, and spent many happy summers in Ticonderoga, New York at the family cottage on Lake George. Graduating from Leonia High School, he attended Norwich University in Vermont from 1960 to 1964, where he earned a BS in engineering management. Following his graduation, he joined the United States Army Signal Corps and spent time in Arizona, Alabama, Texas and Georgia before going to South Vietnam. After serving in Vietnam, he returned to Atlanta, Georgia, where he met and soon married Jeanne Schattle, on April 3, 1969. In 1979, he earned his BA in accounting from the University of South Florida.

Pete worked for GTE as a telecom engineer and plans analyst in Florida, then moved to Germany in 1986, where he worked at Patch Barracks as a civilian contractor with GTE at the Defense Communications Agency. In 1993, Pete retired from GTE. From 1996 through 2005, Pete became a full-time RVer, traveling throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2005, Pete settled on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where he had already been using his friend and Norwich roommate Bob Mack’s house as a base of operations for several years for his trips through western Canada and Alaska.

Pete is survived by his son Keith Dumbleton, and his wife, Veronica Sheaffer, of Chicago, Illinois; his daughter, Odile Dumbleton, of Bainbridge Island, Washington; his ex-wife, Jeanne Boyd, and her husband, John Boyd, of Sun City West, Arizona; his sister, Elizabeth Burleigh, and her husband, Sheridan Burleigh, of Ticonderoga, New York; his cousin, Jane List, of Anderson, South Carolina; his final rat, Phooey, of Bainbridge; and his adopted cat, Claude, of Bainbridge. Pete was predeceased by his parents Harry Dumbleton and Edna Gillen Dumbleton of Leonia, New York, who died in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and his brother, William, and wife, Jeannie, of Essex Junction, Vermont, who died May 26, 2007.

A memorial will be held in the fall at Pete’s home on Winslow Way West on Bainbridge Island for nearby friends and family to celebrate his life, and another memorial will take place next summer at the cottage on Lake George. Pete requested that his ashes be scattered at Lake George. For information call Odile Dumbleton at 917-202-7722 or Keith Dumbleton at 773-227-5864.

Pete requested that no flowers be sent, but that anyone wishing to commemorate his life could make a donation to the Oral Cancer Foundation, at http://oralcancerfoundation.org/ or a public library or charity of their own choice.

Pete’s family would like to thank all of the people who knew and helped him through so many good years and so many rough years, only a few of whom can be listed here. Bob Mack has been here for him through it all, helping both Pete and his family, truly playing the part of a brother. The members of the Oral Cancer Foundation’s survivor/patient forum have been a huge source of companionship and information for Pete, providing a community where he could share the difficulties of his battle with cancer and providing him with a type of support and empathy that not even family can offer. The Fiberglass RV online group has been a wonderful and caring community for him through his many years on the road and then off. The staff at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge has done a wonderful job caring for him through his final days, making sure that he was comfortable and peaceful and ended his life with the dignity and sense of humor he carried through it.

A quote Pete particularly enjoyed:
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd, Salt From My Attic, 1928.


Robert J. Elia

Robert J. Elia, 68, of Ashburn, Va., previously of Worcester, Mass., passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Arlington Va. with family at his side.

Robert was born on March 20, 1943, in Worcester, Mass., the son of Frederick Elia and Rafaela “Rae” Cusanello (Genatasio) Elia. He graduated from North High School in 1960. In 1964 he earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Norwich University. While at Norwich, Robert was a member of the Newman Club, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Society of American Military Engineers. He commissioned in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant during the Vietnam War. He lived in Virginia for more than 16 years.

Robert worked his entire career in construction management. Before retiring, he owned and headed for many years a company he founded ; Systematics General Corp., of Herndon, Va., specializing in building secure electronics rooms for the U.S. military and high tech teleconferencing rooms for business.

He is survived by his wife and partner, Janet (Metall) Elia of Ashburn, Va.; his two sons and their spouses, Robert and Kathryn Elia of San Rafael, Calif., and David and Sandra Elia of West Cummington, Mass.; his former wife, Doreen (Peterson) Elia of Madison, Conn.: two step-children, Jeffrey Lima of Assonet, Mass., and Meredith Wallace Kazer of New Haven, Conn.; 9 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Robert was a devoted alumnus of Norwich University. He was active in the NU Club of Washington, D.C. and very seldom missed a Norwich Homecoming. He also loved sports and was a great baseball fan, traveling many years in the winter to see spring training. His favorite teams were the Atlanta Braves and NY Yankees. He had a special love for the NY Giants football team.

The funeral was held on Monday, April 4th, in St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury, Mass. Please visit www.mercadantefuneral.com to view the obituary, sign the guestbook, or send a sympathy card to the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent in his memory to The General I.D. White Scholarship, care of Norwich University, Development and Alumni Relations Office, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.


Robert M. Hansen, Jr.

Robert Mathison Hansen, Jr., died on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. He was 72. Born in Mineral Wells, Texas he was a long time resident of Ridgewood. In 2001, he retired from the US Postal Service in Secaucus where he was a Senior Engineer. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years Sandra M. Hansen; three sons: Robert M. Hansen, III of West Milford, Craig J. Hansen of Ridgewood, Glenn A. Hansen and his wife Christina of Chatham, a grandson Matthew Hansen, a granddaughter Emily Hansen and a sister Cheryl McNeil from Chicago. Friends and family may visit with the Hansen family at Vander Plaat Funeral Home (vpfh.com), 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, on Sunday, June 1st from 1:00 PM until the memorial service time beginning at 3:30 PM. Interment will be private. Contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the Jefferson Foundation, 125 South 9th Street, 7th Floor, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107 – Please designate in the memo section “Uveal Melanoma Research Fund.”


CPT Joseph B. Jones, USA (Ret.)

CPT Joseph Butler Jones, USA (Ret.), 70, of Fortson, Ga., passed away on March 28, 2013, at Columbus Hospice House. Joe was born September 18, 1942, in Philadelphia, Penn., son of the late Joseph Butler Jones, Sr. and Irene Webber Jones.

Joe graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Association of the United States Army and the Society of American Military Engineers. Joe served in the United States Army and retired after a distinguished career. During his career, he served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded numerous awards and commendations, which include The Purple Heart and The Silver Star. After retiring from the army, Joe worked for Civil Service at Ft. Benning in Combat Development.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mickey Jones; three step-sons: Joseph Audia, Michael Audia, and Christopher Wills; three grandchildren: Christian Audia, Nicholas Audia, and Alana Audia; three brothers-in-law: Green Sandlin, James Sandlin, and John Sandlin; and one sister-in-law, Kitty Rupert.


Donald Robert Jenks Sr.

Donald Robert Jenks Sr. passed away suddenly on Friday, October 29, 2010. Donald graduated from Norwich University in 1964 with a bachelor of science in business. While at Norwich, Donald was a member of the Outing Club, Mountain and Cold Weather, Golf Club, and Intramurals.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert & Blanche and sister, Carol Hayne. He is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Alice Jenks; son, Donald Jenks, Jr. (NU '88), and his wife Patricia; daughter, Laura Jenks; brother-in-law, Thomas Hayne; nieces and nephews, Kathy Prace, Wade Hayne, David & Scott Radner, Jessica & Janet Butler, and Emily & Joshua Wood. He is also survived by extended family members and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund or to the Shriner's Children's Hospitals.



Bernard P. Kelly

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE – Bernard P. Kelly of Scarborough, ME son of Bernard Kelly and Julie Petrones Kelly passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2013 in Scarborough, Maine.

 He was born on April 27, 1941 in Athol, MA. He was a graduate of Norwich University and a Captain in the Army. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed boating and photographing wildlife.

 He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sandra (Guidi) Kelly, his daughter, Nancy Nutter and her husband Michael; his son Brian Kelly and his wife Melanie and his granddaughter Sophia.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 101 Main St., Athol. His nephew Father Matthew Guidi will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol. Calling hours will be held Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home 110 New Athol Road, Orange, MA 01364.

 In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations in his memory be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunneswell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074 or to a charity of one’s choice. To send a condolence online please visit www.fiskemurphymack.com.


Robert N. Leary

Robert N. Leary, 65, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, VT.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 21, 1942, the son of John and Esther (Binder) Leary. He was a graduate of Norwich and earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Union Institute. While at Norwich, Robert participated in Mountain and Cold Weather, the Outing Club, the Pistol Club, Drill Team, Rescue Team, and the Parachute Club.

He married Joan Birney MacMillan VC'67 in Fort Knox, Ky., on Aug. 19, 1968. Lt. Col. Leary was a career Army officer having served 24 years, with two tours in Vietnam as an infantry officer and Green Beret. He was also a police officer in Berlin for almost 20 years. In a Times Argus article, Bob was described as "a good-natured guy with a kind word, and he picked people up with his demeanor...He would come into the office, as many officers do, and he always brought a ray of sunshine with him." He was a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars post in Northfield. He enjoyed writing, and book and gun collecting.

Survivors include his wife, Joan of Roxbury; his two sons, Scott Leary of Roxbury, and Sean Leary of Warren; a special "mother figure," Mary Jennings of Roxbury, and her other sons, David Jennings '82 of Roxbury, Michael Jennings '87 of South Ryegate, Scott Jennings '77 of South Ryegate and Fiji, William Jennings of West Berlin; and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Bob's wishes, there are no calling hours or services scheduled.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Central Vermont Humane Society, Mekklesen Hill Road, Barre, VT 05641.


Robert O. Seebach

Robert O. Seebach, 65, of Webster, N.Y., passed away on October 29, 2006. During his time at Norwich, Robert was a member of the Winter Carnival Committee, Junior Weekend Committee, Football Team, Baseball Team, Varsity Club, and the Glee Club. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Diane (Civiletti) Seebach; daughters, Jennifer (D.J.) Nelson, Kathren Russi, Marie Schaller; sons, Robert W. Seebach and Paul Schaller; grandchildren, Jordan, Adrian, Taylor, Donald; mother, Ruth A. Seebach; twin sister, Gail (Lee) Kunkel; nieces, Rebecca and Kristen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gary (Sharon) Civiletti; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mamie (Paul) Martel. He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Seebach.


Daniel Martin Shooshan

Daniel Martin Shooshan, 63, of Springfield passed away Friday, September 23, 2005 at Baystate Medical Center. Born in Worcester, MA, he attended Norwich University. Upon graduation, he joined the US Army and later served as a pilot and captain in the USAF. Mr. Shooshan is the retired principal of Hunter Associates. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sandra A.(Bellucci) Shooshan; his mother-in-law and father- in law, Lawrence and Carmelina Bellucci of Ludlow; two brothers-in-law Lawrence Bellucci (Maureen) and Richard Bellucci (Barbara) and two sisters-in-law Patricia Conti (Ronald) and Donna Lowney (Frederick). He will be sadly missed by his 7 nieces and nephews, Cory and Nicholas Bellucci, Shawna, Allison and Samuel Lowney , and Nicole and Alyssa Conti, several relatives in Worcester and many close friends and business associates. Dan was a founding member of the Friends of Seniors (Hampden), belonged to the Springfield Tennis Club and was an avid outdoor sportsman. It was his wish that a private service be held at the convenience of the family. Donations in his memory may be made to the Ronald A. Stephenson Veterans Fund, c/o Ludlow Veterans' Agent, 488 Chapin Street Ludlow, MA 01056 or to the American Cancer Society, 53 Capital Avenue, W. Springfield, MA 01189. For an online guest book, please visit: www.Kapinos-MazurFH.com.


Arthur W. Staples, III

Arthur Weston Staples, III, of Manassas, Va., passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013, after a short battle with cancer at the age of 70.

Art was born in Rockland, Mass., in 1943, the oldest child of the late Arthur Weston Staples, Jr. and the late Ethel Florence Smith. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1960, and married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Priscilla Flanagan, the following summer. He graduated from Norwich University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Upon graduation he was commissioned an officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. His service in the Army took him to posts in Karlsruhe, Germany; Fort Lewis, Washington; The Colorado School of Mines, Colorado; Nicaragua, Central America; and Winchester, Virginia. He served two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam in 1967 and 1969, and was decorated with the Bronze Star for exceptional service each tour.

Following his military service, Art pursued a career path in the nascent computer networking industry, growing with it until his retirement as vice president of Metro/Metropolitan Technologies in 2000. He then began his third career as a deputy sheriff and simultaneously increased his involvement in officiating amateur motorcycle roadracing, a sport in which he had actively and successfully participated.

Art was known throughout his life as a true patriot who loved his country and served her proudly in the most challenging assignments. He also proudly served each community in which he lived. One example of special note was the indelible mark he left on the new campus of the American-Nicaraguan School as it was rebuilt following the earthquake that destroyed the original school and much of Managua in 1972. But most of all he is known for his love of his family.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Elizabeth (Betty); a daughter, Karen Elizabeth Stark, and her husband, Wayne; a son, Mark Clifford Staples, and wife, Barbara; four grandchildren: Joshua, Temperance, Madeleine, and Anson. He is also survived by his two younger brothers, Fremont C. Staples and William E. Staples.

Arthur was interred at Quantico National Cemetery, Va., with military honors in a moving public ceremony organized by his son, Mark, and led by his son-in-law, Wayne. All of his family, as well as his many friends and supporters attended. The family had requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America - "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."


Faith Wilkinson

Faith Andres Bradford Wilkinson, 66, of Townsend, died Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Cambridge. Mrs. Wilkinson was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, June 5, 1944, a daughter of Robert L. and Martha (Andres) Bradford and grew up in Lincoln. She and her family resided in Harvard before moving to Townsend in 1971. She was a 1962 graduate of Lincoln -- Sudbury Regional High School, and then continued her education at Vermont College in Montpelier Vermont. For many years she worked as a medical secretary most recently at the office of Drs. Edward and Cynthia Sprague in Townsend, retiring in 1996. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, William G. Wilkinson; her daughter, Jennifer L. Wilkinson of St. Helena, California; her son, William R. Wilkinson of Bolton; a brother, Mark Bradford of Lincoln; two grandchildren, Benjamin A.R. Wilkinson and Nathan M. Wilkinson. An active member of the community, she served as a trustee to the Townsend Public Library and was also a member of the Friends of the Townsend Public Library. She served on the Amanda Dwight Entertainment Committee and was the local coordinator for the breast cancer ""Daffodil Days"" fund raiser in Townsend. She was a member of the Townsend Historical Society, Friends of Willard Brook and,with her husband, was a member of the Townsend Community Couples Club. Faith will always be remembered as a beloved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, cousin and aunt. She loved life, finding joy in every day through her friends, sunshine, gardening, flowers, birds, music and walking. She valued the enduring friendships of her breakfast and book club circle. Faith loved to travel, but always looked forward to returning home to her gardens and pets. WILKINSON -- Contributions in Faith's memory may be made to the Townsend Public Library Endowment, Inc., 12 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA 01469-1019. Faith's family will receive family and friends at a memorial visitation from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, December 28th at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street (Rte. 119), Townsend Center. Additional services will be held at the convenience of the family.


   

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