in memoriam
Pink flowers in the sun, with Parrish Hall and the blue sky in the background

their light lives on

our friends will never be forgotten
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George Strauss ’44

George, who helped establish the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, died Nov. 28, 2020.

George earned a Ph.D. at MIT and taught for 30 years at Berkeley; he was director of the Institute of Industrial Relations and editor of the Industrial Relations journal.

Erika Teutsch ’44

Erika, an economist and public servant, died Dec. 23, 2020.

After graduating from Swarthmore, Erika worked overseas for the U.S. government before moving to New York City to study economics at Columbia University; she lived in the same apartment from 1948 until her death. Erika worked for the Federal Reserve and did research for the Rockefeller family before moving into public service, with a career highlight of serving as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bill Ryan.

Juergen Heberle ’45

Juergen, a physics professor and Hawaii resident, died Oct. 23, 2020.

After immigrating to Louisiana from Germany as a teen, Juergen graduated from the College with a physics degree, then served in the Army before receiving a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and a guest professor and researcher in Germany. For 20 years, he was a physics professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Ellen Williams Farber ’46

Ellen, an art lover and a dedicated volunteer, died Nov. 20, 2020.

The daughter of the president of Lehigh University, Ellen attended the Moravian Seminary and Swarthmore before receiving a bachelor’s in interior design from the University of Wisconsin. She enjoyed camping with her family and participating in book groups, and was a longtime volunteer at the local library, among other organizations, in Gainesville, Fla.

Margaret Wickes ’46

Margaret, an anthropologist, hospice volunteer, and published writer, died Nov. 3, 2020.

Margaret attended Swarthmore and Syracuse University, receiving a Ph.D. in anthropology. She held part-time teaching appointments in New York at Syracuse and Utica College, as well as at the University of Maine at Augusta and at Colby College, where she was secretary of the art museum for 18 years and served as representative to the American Association of University Women.

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Mary Lowens Rowe ’47

A leader in media literacy with a passion for mountaineering, “Marieli” died Dec. 13, 2020.

Marieli majored in biology as an undergrad and served as president of the Swarthmore Outing Club. A 1959 children’s film festival launched her interest in the effects of TV and other media on children; she led the National Telemedia Council for more than 50 years and was editor of the group’s Journal of Media Literacy.

Lawrence Yearke ’46

Larry, an engineer who helped improve interstate highway design in New Hampshire, died Aug. 26, 2019.

Larry entered the Navy during World War II, enrolling in the ROTC to become a civil engineer; his accelerated study program included time at Swarthmore, during which he served as treasurer of Phi Sigma Kappa. A longtime employee of the Federal Bureau of Public Roads, Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Elisabeth Chase Odum ’47

A biologist, ecologist, educator, and Quaker, Betty died Feb. 18, 2021.

A zoology major, Betty was admitted to medical school but eloped with J. Morris Trimmer ’48; their marriage lasted nearly three decades. After raising four children, she earned a master’s and taught biology at Santa Fe Junior College in Gainesville, Fla., retiring after 30 years. In the early ’70s, Betty married ecologist Howard Odum, and the pair lectured around the world and co-authored publications.

Betty Hummell Bullen ’48

A volunteer who enjoyed performing in theater, Betty died Nov. 20, 2020.

Betty earned an economics degree from the College before moving with husband Joe ’48 to Colorado, where she served as director of the Pueblo Planning and Zoning Commission, as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and as president of the board of Pueblo Planned Parenthood. Betty also corresponded for decades with the Round Robins, a group of College buddies.

Joseph Bullen ’48

Joe, a lifetime Pueblo, Colo., resident and businessman, died Feb. 4, 2021.

After graduating with honors in political science, Joe joined the family business, Fountain Sand and Gravel Co.; in 1964, he and 10 investors purchased the company, later selling it to CF&I Steel Corp. Joe then worked with businesses in solar energy, homebuilding, and insurance. His community service included work with the chamber of commerce, the Kiwanis, and Pueblo downtown revitalization.

Samuel Mason Jr. ’48

Sam, a physician who made house calls until he retired, died Dec. 24, 2020.

Sam attended Swarthmore on a Navy scholarship, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school. After his Navy service, he and his wife settled in Homer, N.Y. He had a private medical practice and worked at Cortland Memorial Hospital, where he was chief of cardiology and created the first intensive care unit in upstate New York, among other achievements.

faculty & staff

Dorcas Allen, a former administrative assistant at the College, died Dec. 29, 2020. She was 85.

Marceline Curtis, who retired from the College’s bookstore, died Nov. 1, 2020. She was 92.

G. Michael Davis, a student-teaching coordinator, died Feb. 25, 2021. He was 82.

Valerie Jefferson, who was employed by the College for 25 years before retiring in 2015, died Oct. 15, 2020. She was 71.

Helene McCann, a former secretary at Swarthmore, died Nov. 9, 2020. She was 79.

Joe Phillips, a Public Safety shuttle driver since 2008, died Dec. 15, 2020. He was 57.

Bernard Smith, a professor emeritus of history who served on the faculty for 18 years, died Jan. 31, 2021. He was 95.

Pete Thompson, a professor emeritus of chemistry who taught at Swarthmore from 1967 to 1985, died Jan. 13, 2021. He was 91.

P. Linwood Urban, the Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor Emeritus of Religion, who served on the faculty for 32 years, died Jan. 29, 2021. He was 96.

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Joy Sundgaard Kaiser ’51, H’04

Joy, whose philanthropy helped address injustices in South African health care, died Feb. 3, 2021.

Joy and husband Herbert ’49, H’04 married in 1949, after which they traveled to his first Foreign Service assignment in Glasgow, Scotland, where she finished her course work and graduated from Swarthmore. Later, while posted in apartheid South Africa, they established the Medical Education for South African Blacks, which raised more than $27 million to train more than 10,000 medical personnel.

Charles Roos ’48

Charlie, an emeritus physics professor and inventor, died Feb. 20, 2021.

After starting college at age 15, Charlie transferred from Swarthmore to the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Ph.D. in physics at Johns Hopkins University. An instructor and researcher at Vanderbilt University, Charlie created National Recovery Technologies to bring inventions to market. After 30 years at Vanderbilt, he “retired” to focus on NRT and its work in sorting materials for recycling.

George Yntema ’48

George, a physicist and devout Buddhist with an interest in extrasensory perception, died Dec. 3, 2020.

After graduating from Swarthmore and spending time in the military, he earned a Ph.D. in physics from Yale University; while there, he invented a superconducting magnet that is used in MRI machines. George worked as assistant to the director of the laboratory at United Technologies before earning a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1983; though he he passed the bar, he never practiced.

Elizabeth Urey Baranger ’49

A nuclear physicist and university dean, Elizabeth died May 30, 2019.

The daughter of a famed chemist and Nobel laureate, Elizabeth earned a mathematics degree at the College, followed by a physics Ph.D. from Cornell University. Most of her career was spent at the University of Pittsburgh, where Elizabeth taught; she was only the second female physics faculty member and the first female member of the provost’s senior staff, and she was honored with the Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Awards.

Eleanor Lacy Brightman ’49

A social worker and mother of six, Eleanor died Nov. 30, 2020.

A psychology major, Eleanor graduated from Swarthmore with honors, received a master’s of social work from Boston University, and retired from Connecticut Valley Hospital. At the College, she was a member of the Folk Dance Club and intramural field hockey. She was also one-half of a Quaker matchbox couple with the Rev. Robert Brightman ’50, who died in 2012.

David Chalmers ’49

David, an American history professor and scholarly authority on the Ku Klux Klan, died Oct. 25, 2020.

David received his bachelor’s with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and taught at the University of Florida. He and wife Jean spent more than a decade in the civil rights movement, and he was the author of Hooded Americanism: A History of the Ku Klux Klan, which has been in print continuously since 1965.

Theodore Wright Jr. ’49

Ted, a retired professor and political researcher at the State University of New York–Albany, died Jan. 12, 2021.

Ted served in the Navy, graduated with high honors from Swarthmore with a political science degree, and earned a master’s and Ph.D. at Yale University. In addition to teaching, Ted was a Fulbright senior research professor in India and Pakistan, a member of the American Political Science Association, and a trustee of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

Thomas Montgomery ’50

A real estate expert who wrote numerous articles pertaining to the field, Tom died Feb. 5, 2021.

After serving in the Army and earning an economics degree, Tom worked for Travelers Insurance Co., becoming vice president of the Urban Investment Division for Real Estate and Mortgage Development. He completed the executive program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, earned a master of real estate appraisal credential, and served on multiple boards in West Hartford, Conn.

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Sumi Mitsudo Koide ’51

Sumi, a pediatric pathologist who was interned at the Minidoka Relocation Center during World War II, died Feb. 15, 2021.

After Swarthmore, she attended the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and became a surgical pathologist at Montefiore Medical Center and a clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, both in the Bronx, N.Y. Sumi was president of New York’s Japanese American Citizens League and was a leader in the Japanese American Redress movement.

Richard Dole Jr. ’51

A retired Philadelphia teacher known for his warmth, care, and sense of humor, Dick died April 8, 2018.

Dick attended Swarthmore after serving in the Army and earned a master’s in education from Temple University. He retired in 1994 after teaching for 34 years, mostly sixth grade in South Philadelphia. Dick also volunteered as a docent at Arch Street Friends Meeting, with Friends Academy Westampton, and as a reader for the BookMates Literacy Program.

Woodlief Thomas ’51

Woody, a filmmaker who created travel movies on Yellowstone, France, Japan, and New England, died Feb. 10, 2021.

Woody majored in physics at Swarthmore, earned a master’s at the University of Rochester, and worked at Eastman Kodak for 33 years in product development. Taking early retirement, he and wife Merrillan Murray Thomas ’53 went into business making travel movies and showing them around the country; he retired for a second time in 2000.

Anita Dabrohua Wesson ’51

Anita, who was remembered in the Halcyon as “dynamic and vivacious, a good listener,” died Nov. 30, 2020.

Anita was a Spanish major at Swarthmore and met husband David ’51 during freshman year. Later in life, Anita worked with the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Arts Council, volunteered for many years at Crisis Control Ministries, and tutored reading.

Joyce Powell Craig ’52

Joyce, a volunteer who enjoyed traveling and collecting owl art, died Jan. 7, 2021.

Joyce graduated from the College with a bachelor’s in art and English, then attended Parsons School of Design and the New York School of Interior Design. An avid golfer and tennis player, Joyce volunteered with country clubs, golf associations, and boards of hospitals in the New York metro area before moving to Charlottesville, Va., in 2001.

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Caroly Wilcox ’52

Caroly, an Emmy winner who served as director of puppet building at Muppets Inc., died Jan. 9, 2021.

Caroly majored in art at Swarthmore and earned a master’s in elementary education from Harvard University. She then taught modern, folk, and rhythm dance for a few years and tried her hand at Broadway and folk singing. Caroly joined the Muppets in 1969, earning an Emmy for her work on Sesame Street, which included creating an early version of Elmo; she retired in 2012. Among her favorite projects were traveling to China with Big Bird and working with singing African masks during a show with Harry Belafonte.

Morel Baquie Jones ’52

“Deede,” a mentor, nonprofit leader, and mother of six, died Jan. 28, 2021.

In the 1980s, Deede became the first woman to serve as board president of Metro United Way in Louisville, Ky., while also serving as a trust officer for First Kentucky Trust Co. In subsequent years, she was president or on the board of various Louisville organizations, including Senior House, United Crescent Hill Ministries, the Family Relations Center, and the Louisville Theatrical Association.

Nancy Boden Sargent ’52

A social worker and voting advocate, Nancy died Oct. 17, 2020.

Nancy earned a bachelor’s in psychology at Swarthmore and a master’s in social work from the University of Kansas. A social worker in Michigan and Kansas, and an active member of the League of Women Voters, Nancy was passionate about equal rights for women, peace, and preserving natural resources.

Charles Warden ’52

Charlie, a presidential economic adviser and educator, died Feb. 7, 2021.

After earning a French degree from Swarthmore and serving in Navy intelligence, Charlie studied economics at Georgetown and Harvard. He served on President Lyndon Johnson’s Council of Economic Advisers before co-founding Data Resources; he also taught and consulted, serving as a University of New Hampshire dean. In his “retirement,” Charlie taught high school AP economics.

Robert Griest Jr. ’53

An engineer and Navy veteran, Robert died Jan. 29, 2021.

After Swarthmore, Robert earned a master’s in mechanical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Southern California. He served in the Navy and Reserve for 20 years while applying his engineering skills at Honeywell and Alliant Tech, Marine Systems Division, in San Diego.

Gail Eaton Renner ’53

A teacher who enjoyed birdwatching and nature, Gail died Feb. 1, 2021.

Gail attended Stephens College in Missouri before earning a bachelor’s from Swarthmore and a master’s from what was then Western Reserve University in Ohio. Before her marriage, Gail taught in Cleveland elementary schools, returning in the late 1960s to the classroom, where she shared her love of reading.

Deane Bellow Schneider ’53

Deane, an English literature major and high school teacher, died June 16, 2019.

After Swarthmore, Deane received a master’s in English from Columbia University. She then taught English at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., until her 1998 retirement.

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Michael Menaker ’55

Mike, a giant in the field of circadian rhythms, died Feb. 14, 2021.

After earning a Ph.D. from Princeton, Mike held academic appointments at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Oregon, and the University of Virginia, from which he retired in 2020. Among his recognitions were election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Photobiology.

Herbert Bruch ’54

Herbert, a mathematician, died Dec. 5, 2020.

A member of Swarthmore’s esteemed chess team as an undergrad, Herbert later worked for Unisys Corp. and was a resident of State College, Pa.

Susan Weil Nessen ’54

Susan, an art historian who helped found the Concord-Area Jewish Group in Massachusetts, died Dec. 7, 2020.

A French major at Swarthmore, Susan earned a Ph.D. in art history from Boston University in 1986 with a specialty in 20th-century painting and sculpture. She was on the faculty at Regis College for 17 years and was also an instructor at Boston College and Simmons University. Her book, Yves Tanguy, Visionary Surrealist, will be published posthumously.

Judith Asch-Goodkin ’55

A longtime journalist, Judith died Jan. 18, 2019.

Judith graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore’s Honors Program and followed in her father’s footsteps to become a journalist; her first job was at Time magazine. After her children were grown, she rose to senior editor for Thompson-Reuters’ medical division. A consummate gardener, Judith also sang for years in the Springfield (Vt.) Community Chorus and served on the Whiting (Vt.) Library board.

Carl Kermeen Fristrom ’55

A teacher and football coach, “Punky” died Jan. 3, 2021.

Punky graduated with honors from the College, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi along with the varsity football and baseball teams. He earned a master’s from Harvard University in 1956 before spending nearly three decades at Point Loma (Calif.) High School, where he taught advanced and honors English literature classes and also coached football.

Jane Boetcher Newitt ’55

Jane, a demographer and policy researcher, died Dec. 27, 2020

After Swarthmore, Jane received a master’s at Sarah Lawrence College. A mother of three children with William Newitt ’54, who died in 2018, she worked for the Hudson Institute, a think tank, for 20 years.

Alice Lund Norris ’55

Alice, who had a long career with the federal government, retiring from Air Force intelligence, died Oct. 29, 2020.

Alice ultimately received a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin, followed by a master’s from Georgetown University. A longtime resident of Capitol Hill, she was a member of Christ Church, the Congressional Cemetery board, and the Capitol Hill Village.

Edward Bright ’56

A carpenter and longtime resident of Skibbereen, Ireland, “Ned” died Feb. 22, 2021.

After graduating from the College with a degree in political science, Ned worked in carpentry until 1998. He was predeceased by wife Jill and son Adam and is survived by daughter Phoebe.

Jeanette Lust Wilson ’56

Jeanette, a research administrator in Cleveland, died Jan. 6, 2021.

A political science major, she worked for many years at the Arena Clinic and at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. In addition to her family, her great passion was the Cleveland Indians baseball team.

Deborah Gross Farrington ’57

Debby, a jewelry wholesaler and social worker, died Oct. 24, 2020.

A fine arts major, Debby worked with public-welfare agencies while serving as a wholesaler of hand-crafted and imported jewelry. She also volunteered in animal shelters, most recently at Feline Hope Animal Shelter in Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Headshot of Goerge Popky, wearing glasses, a collared-shirt and a pullover sweater
George Popky ’56

George, an interventional radiologist, died Dec. 5, 2020.

After Swarthmore, George graduated from Temple Medical School before serving as a professor and chair of radiology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. George also established his own imaging practice and was a pioneer in interventional radiology and open MRI.

Gordon Power ’57

Gordon, a leading figure in fetal physiology, died Jan. 8, 2021.

After Swarthmore, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school and trained at the University of Virginia. In 1969, he joined Loma Linda University in California to help form the Center for Perinatal Biology. Gordon received multiple awards and honors, and was a member of the Human Embryology and Development Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.

Ralph Rosser Jr. ’57

Ralph, an engineer, died March 2, 2021.

Ralph graduated from Swarthmore with an engineering degree and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. A longtime California resident, Ralph also earned a master’s in civil engineering from the University of Southern California.

Catherine Glennan Borchert ’58

A Presbyterian minister who earned a Ph.D. at age 72, “Kitty” died Jan. 23, 2021.

A history major at Swarthmore, Kitty held a master’s in library science and a Ph.D. in history from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s of divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. She worked as a librarian, a minister, and an educator, with an overriding emphasis on serving the greater good.

Linea Sullivan Burke ’58

Linea, a skilled gardener and quilter, died April 25, 2020.

Linea attended Swarthmore before transferring to the University of Chicago. In addition to her employment in Connecticut with the Mystic River Press, Cottrell Printing Press, and the U.S. Post Office, she was a gardener, quilter, prolific reader, and lifelong learner.

Moffett Beall Hall ’59

Moffett, a scholar, artist, and student of Zen Buddhism, died Feb. 10, 2021.

An English major at Swarthmore, Moffett spent her junior year in Aix-en-Provence, France, and later studied Russian at the University of California, Berkeley, and German at Yale University’s summer sessions. She completed two book-length French translations and mastered oil painting, printmaking, wheel pottery, line drawing, and watercolors.

Jonathan Shahn ’59

A nationally known sculptor, Jonathan died Sept. 2, 2020.

Jonathan’s commissioned works included the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Roosevelt, N.J., and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Jersey City. His sculptures are in numerous public and private collections, including the Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey State Museum, National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Musei Vaticani in Vatican City.

Black-and-white headshot of Josephine Hall, grinning and looking up to the left corner
Josephine Weissman Hall ’59

Josephine, a pioneering physician and mother of five, died Sept. 21, 2020.

A psychology major, Josephine was the only woman in her class at Chicago Medical School. She completed an OB-GYN residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York before opening private practices in Hollywood and Glendale, Calif., and holding several academic positions. She retired in 2012.

Virginia Reeves Vishanoff ’59

“Dinny,” a compassionate literature ministry worker, died Dec. 19, 2020.

Dinny received an English literature degree from Swarthmore, where she met husband Steve Vishanoff ’58. After receiving Bible training in Dallas, the couple became members of the North Africa Mission (now Arab World Ministry of Pioneers), working primarily in the mission’s media center in France.

Hugh Nesbitt ’61

Hugh, a businessman and engineer, died Jan. 27, 2021.

Hugh received a bachelor’s in engineering from Swarthmore, where he was a member of the varsity football and lacrosse teams as well as Kappa Sigma fraternity. After earning an MBA at Harvard University in 1965, Hugh had a varied professional career that combined business with helping others.

Judith Davis Riggle ’61

An socially minded activist named the 1999 Ohio Librarian of the Year, Judy died Nov. 25, 2020.

Judy earned an English literature degree at the College, followed by a master’s in library science from Case Western Reserve University. A children’s librarian, Judy later became director of Avon Lake Public Library in Ohio, where she oversaw the construction of an award-winning library building.

Robert Rowley ’61

Robert, a physicist, engineer, and musician, died Dec. 19, 2020.

After Swarthmore, Robert earned a master’s from Columbia University and worked for 40 years at Perkin Elmer Corp. He was also the organist and music director at Jesse Lee Memorial Methodist Church of Ridgefield, Conn., a member and former president of the Fairfield County Chorale, and a member of the Berkshire Chorale.

Mary Gilruth Butler ’62

Mary, a historian and author, died Nov. 20, 2020.

Mary received a bachelor’s with honors from Swarthmore and a master’s from the University of Delaware Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. She worked with the historical society and the Sojourner Truth Institute in Battle Creek, Mich., wrote a biography of Truth for middle schoolers, and was the founder and editor of Heritage Publications.

Hedy Harris Lipez Burbank ’63

Hedy, a Peace Corps volunteer and counselor, died Jan. 10, 2021.

A philosophy major at the College, Hedy trained as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, and earned a master’s in psychiatric nursing from Yale University. She worked at Doyle Detox and the Neighborhood Health Center in Massachusetts, had a private counseling practice, and was a lifelong volunteer, serving with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia and Zambia and with the Elizabeth Freeman Center in Pittsfield, Mass.

Robert Gordon ’64

A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Robert died Jan. 10, 2021.

Robert followed his Swarthmore biology degree with a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, then completed a psychiatric residency at the University of Chicago. He became a psychoanalyst through the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, where he joined the faculty and served as assistant dean, dean, and director.

Barbara Sullivan Whitson ’65

Barbara, a Peace Corps volunteer and special-needs teacher, died Feb. 1, 2021.

After Swarthmore, she and husband Lish went to Afghanistan with the Peace Corps, where Barbara taught English at a girls’ high school. She earned a master’s and Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Washington, teaching first in a gifted education program in the Seattle area before working for many years with special-needs children and their families.

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Richard Predmore ’65

Richard, a distinguished professor emeritus of literature at the University of South Carolina, died Feb. 15, 2021.

A standout tennis player, Richard earned the title of Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference singles champion. He received a master’s from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida before joining U of SC–Upstate, where he was division chair of fine arts, language, and literature.

Pamela Gore ’67

A talented vocalist who taught public speaking and voice, Pamela died Nov. 26, 2020.

After Swarthmore, Pamela studied voice at the New England Conservatory and performed as a soloist with many prominent organizations, such as Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The composer Daniel Pinkham, music director at King’s Chapel in Boston, wrote many pieces for Pamela’s voice, including “Death of the Witch of Endor.”

Kathryn Hood ’70

Kathy, a psychology professor at Pennsylvania State University, died Dec. 15, 2020.

With an interest in human thought and behavior, Kathy earned a philosophy degree from the College and a psychology Ph.D. from Temple University before joining Penn State’s Department of Health and Human Development, from which she retired in 2013. A fierce advocate for social justice, she did community activist work with the Rights of Women, the Pennsylvania National Organization of Women, and other groups.

Ruth Jones McNeill ’70

A Quaker, teacher, and devoted aunt and friend, Ruth died Feb. 14, 2021.

An anthropology major at Swarthmore, Ruth became a primary school teacher in West Hartford, Conn., and then in and around Boston. After her 1992 marriage, Ruth moved to Oregon, where she taught preschool and found community in the Corvallis Friends Meeting.

Headshot of Andrew DeGraffenreidt, wearing a suit with a purple tie, and standing outside with a building in the background
Andrew DeGraffenreidt III ’73

Andrew, who served as city attorney for a number of Florida communities, died Feb. 2, 2021.

A political science major, Andrew received a law degree from the University of Miami, then practiced law in numerous positions within Florida government, as well as with private firms. He was the first African American on the board of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, among other firsts and accomplishments.

Christina Crosby, smiling and wearing a paisley scarf and glasses
Christina Crosby ’74

Christina, a feminist and disabilities scholar, died Jan. 5, 2021.

Christina was active in Swarthmore Women’s Liberation and helped found the Swarthmore Gay Liberation. She was later instrumental in establishing women’s studies as a major at Wesleyan University, where she was a professor. Christina is perhaps best known for her memoir, A Body, Undone, chronicling her life after breaking her neck in a biking accident.

David Shucker ’74

Memorialized by loved ones as “a kind and generous absent-minded professor,” David died Dec. 20, 2020.

A mathematician, David graduated from Swarthmore with high honors, was Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of the Sigma Xi fraternity. He later earned a master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University.

Stanley Cutler ’76

A compassionate geriatrician who loved music, coffee, and tea, Stan died Jan. 10, 2021.

Stan special majored in math linguistics at Swarthmore, where he could often be seen riding a unicycle to class. With a medical degree from Temple University, Stan worked at Mercy Hospital and St. Barnabas Health System in the Pittsburgh area before becoming chairman of family medicine at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.

Deborah Choi Bartlett ’82

Deb, a real estate professional and musician, died Dec. 19, 2020.

An English literature major at the College and a gifted violinist and vocalist, Deb performed with her husband’s band in the D.C. area for 15 years. As a writer in the commercial real estate industry, Deb served as senior vice president at Cushman & Wakefield in Washington, D.C., before joining WeWork in Salt Lake City, where she worked until her retirement.

John Duvivier ’82

John, a philosopher with a deep love for the Boston Red Sox, died Jan. 8, 2021.

After Swarthmore, where he received the Ivy Award and the Blanshard Prize in Philosophy, John received a master’s in philosophy from Harvard University and worked in logistics. He loved the mountains, had a knack for matchmaking couples, and, pre-Google, delighted loved ones with the parlor game “Stump the John.”

Elena Ferretti ’84

Elena, an Emmy- and James Beard-winning TV producer and content creator, died Oct. 20, 2020.

An English literature major and varsity swimmer at Swarthmore, Elena worked with such organizations as Martha Stewart Living Television, Vera Wang, and the Knot. Earlier in her career, she produced hard news and features at CBS News, including the 1992 and 1996 Democratic conventions.

Ann Roberts ’87

A teacher and justice advocate, Ann died Aug. 23, 2020.

Following graduation from Swarthmore, Ann taught math in Kenya via World Teach, then worked for the Vera Institute of Justice as an advocate for incarceration alternatives. Later, Ann studied community psychology at New York University, where she received a MacCracken Fellowship, completed all her Ph.D. coursework, and co-authored an article in The Journal of Early Adolescence.

Daniel Kohn ’94

A serial entrepreneur and nonprofit executive, Dan died Nov. 1, 2020.

The first company Dan founded, NetMarket, conducted the first secure commercial transaction on the web, in 1994. Dan was the former executive director at Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which sustains and integrates open-source cloud software, and he led the Linux Foundation’s Public Health initiative, which used open-source software to help public health authorities combat COVID-19.

Aaron Hirschhorn ’99

An entrepreneur who appeared on Shark Tank, garnering a $500,000 deal with two investors, Aaron died March 28, 2021.

After earning a neuroscience degree from Swarthmore and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, Aaron worked for venture capitalists before launching DogVacay in 2012, connecting dog owners with pet-sitters; the startup merged with in 2017. Aaron later founded Gallant, a service that collects and stores stem cells from a pet’s spay or neuter operation for potential use in future medical procedures. The company made an impression on Shark Tank — and on the Bulletin, which featured him in winter 2021 (

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