Cornell remembers

The Cornell community remembers current faculty, students and staff who have died this year.

2016

July

Gilbert Stoewsand, professor emeritus of toxicology, died July 4 in Geneva, New York. She was 83.

June

Carol V. Kaske, professor emerita of English, died June 15 in Ithaca, New York. She was 83.

April

Stanley Zahler, professor emeritus of microbial genetics, died April 26 in California. He was 89.

Richard Harrison, Ph.D '77, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, died April 12 in Lizard Island, Australia. He was 70.

March

David Ahlers, a longtime instructor at the Johnson School, died March 28 in Ithaca, New York. He was 78.

Elizabeth Garrett, Cornell University president, died March 6 from colon cancer. She was 52.

February

Steven Stucky, DMA '78, professor emeritus of music, died Feb. 14 at his home in Ithaca. He was 66.

James Boodley, professor emeritus of floriculture and ornamental horticulture, died Feb. 12 in Kent, Ohio. He was 88.

2015

December

Jack Squier, MFA ’52, sculptor and professor emeritus of art, died Dec. 31 at his home in Florida. He was 88.

Edgar Rosenberg ’49, M.A. ’50, professor emeritus of English and comparative literature, died Dec. 19 in Cayuga Heights, New York, at the age of 90.

Benedict Anderson, a professor emeritus in government, died Dec. 13 in East Java, Indonesia. He was 79.

November

James Russell Hicks, a professor of horticulture and an expert in vegetable storage, died Nov. 26. He was 78.

Nyle Brady, a longtime professor of soil science and former assistant dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died Nov. 24 in Colorado. He was 95.

Hiromi Hosono, a visiting associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was killed in a vehicular accident in Chicago Nov. 21. An associate professor in the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Tokyo, she was 42 years old.

Austin H. "Kip" Kiplinger '39, chairman emeritus of the Cornell University Board of Trustees and a giant in the fields of publishing, journalism, philanthropy and university leadership, died Nov. 20 in Rockville, Maryland. He was 97.

Robin Bellinder, professor of plant science and a national and international leader in weed management, died Nov. 13 in Ithaca, New York, at age 70.

Terence Sheldon Turner, visiting professor of anthropology, died Nov. 7 at Cayuga Medical Center of a brain hemorrhage. He was 79.

October

Mark P. Talbert, a senior lecturer in information systems at the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), died Oct. 19 in Ithaca. He was 55.

Marice Wilbur Stith, professor emeritus of music, died Oct. 7 at Cayuga Medical Center after a long illness. He was 89.

September

Gray Thoron, former law school dean, died Sept. 18 at his home at the Kendal of Ithaca. He was 99.

James R. Houckretired professor of astronomy, died Sept. 18 in Ithaca from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. He was 74.

William C. Dilger ‘46, M.S. ’51, Ph.D. ’55, professor of neurobiology and behavior, died at his home in Freeville, New York, on Sept. 17 at the age of 92.

George Paul Hess, professor emeritus of biochemistry, died Sept. 9 at home in Ithaca. He was 92.

George C. Poppensiek, dean and professor emeritus in the College of Veterinary Medicine, died Sept. 8 in Ithaca. He was 97.

William Provine, professor emeritus of History and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, died Sept. 1 due to complications from a brain tumor in Horseheads, New York. He was 73.

August

Julian C. Smith Jr. ’41, M.Eng. ’42, professor emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering, died Aug. 30 at Kendal at Ithaca. He was 96.

A longtime staff member Laurie Johnson, graduate field assistant in the Department of Development Sociology, died Aug. 15 at Hospicare in Ithaca. She was 52.

Stephen Cole, retired professor of theater, died Aug. 11 at Hospicare in Ithaca. He was 82.

A longtime staff member David Wakoff, business intelligence architect in Cornell Information Technologies, died Aug. 8 after an extended battle with cancer in Ithaca. He was 61.

June

Christopher L. Henley, professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, died June 29 after an illness. He was 59.

May

John L. Lumley, professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace Engineering, died May 30 of brain cancer in Ithaca. He was 84.

Jane Hardy '53, a longtime senior lecturer in the Department of Communication, died May 21 in Ithaca after a brief illness. She was 85.

Donald L. Fredericksen, a scholar of film theory and history and a Jungian psychotherapist in Ithaca, died May 15 in Ithaca of brain cancer. He was 69.

Fred Kulhawy, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, died May 12. He was 71.

April

Jane Farver, art curator and visiting lecturer at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning in New York City, died April 30 while working in Venice. She was 68.

M.H. “Mike” Abrams, literary critic and the Class of 1916 Professor Emeritus of English, died April 21 at Kendal of Ithaca. He was 102.

Verne N. Rockcastle, professor emeritus of education studies and teacher preparation, died April 5 in Ithaca. He was 95.

Valerie Mae Paurus Ota, a doctoral student in the graduate field of development sociology, died April 3 in Brooklyn, New York. She was 30. A memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Guy Nearing Summer House at Cornell Plantations.

March

Judith Kellock, an internationally known soprano and professor of performance in the Department of Music, died March 27 in Ithaca. She was 64.

Francis H. Fox, DVM ’45, professor emeritus of large animal medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine, died March 13 in Ithaca at the age of 92.

February

Patrick W. Concannon, Ph.D. ’71, a visiting fellow and emeritus faculty member in Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, died Feb. 23 in St. Petersburg, Florida, at age 73

Ernest Sternglass ’44, M.S. ’51, Ph.D. ’53, whose physics research led to safer X-ray equipment using digital imaging, died of heart failure Feb. 12 in Ithaca at the age of 91.

Milton J. Esman ’39, the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies Emeritus and a 20-year faculty member of Cornell’s Department of Government, died Feb. 7 at home in Ithaca after a short illness. He was 96.

L. Pearce Williams  ’49, Ph.D. ‘52, who taught the history of Western civilization and the history of science at Cornell for four decades, died Feb. 7 in Ithaca at the age of 87.

Edmund Titus Cranch ’45, Ph.D. ’51, who served as dean of the College of Engineering 1972-78, died Feb. 4 at age 91 in Florida.

January

Angela Stedwell, a staff member in the College of Human Ecology, died Jan. 26 in Ithaca.

Oluchukwu Chinedu Onuora, a 23-year-old senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, died Jan. 24 in Ithaca.

Henry “Hank” Bartels ’48, a presidential councillor and generous supporter of the university, died Jan. 16 at age 92.

Bruce Wallace, professor emeritus of genetics, died Jan. 12 in Blacksburg, Virginia, at the age of 94 from a stroke-related illness.

Lisa Cimbaluk, a doctoral student in the graduate field of development sociology, died Jan. 8 in California. She was 35. 

Bernd Lambert, professor of anthropology emeritus, died Jan. 3 at home in Ithaca. He was 82. 

2014

December

Robert Elliott Johnston, professor of psychology, died Dec. 20 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca after extended treatments for lymphoma. He was 72.

Cathy Heidenreich, an extension support specialist in horticulture at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, died Dec. 16 in an automobile accident. A support meeting will be held Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. in A137 Barton Hall on the Geneva campus.

John Marcham ’50, a journalist and longtime editor of the Cornell Alumni News, died Dec. 4 at age 87.

November

Shannon Jones, a 23-year-old upperclassman in the College of Engineering, died Nov. 27 in Cayuga Heights. A community support meeting will be held Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Upson Hall lounge.

Carole A. Bisogni, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Human Ecology and professor of nutritional sciences, died Nov. 15 in Ithaca.

Eugene Dynkin, the A.R. Bullis Professor of Mathematics emeritus, died Nov. 14 at Cayuga Medical Center. He was 90.

October

Ilan Rasooly, a 20-year-old senior in the School of Hotel Administration, died Oct. 21 in the hospital near his home.

Ali Mazrui, an A.D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus and a senior scholar in Africana studies at Cornell, died Oct. 13. He was 81.

Taylan Cihan, a 36-year-old doctoral student in music in the Graduate School, died Oct. 8 in Ithaca.

September

H. David Thurston, Cornell professor emeritus of international agriculture and plant pathology, died Sept. 26 after a short illness.

Christopher Hogwood, musicologist, musician, early-music exponent and an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell, died Sept. 24 at 73.

Ephrahim Garcia, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, died Sept. 10. A community support meeting is being held Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in McManus Lounge on the first floor of Hollister Hall.

August

Phyllis Janowitz, poet and professor emerita of English, died Aug. 17 in Montour Falls, New York. She was 84.

Robert J. “Jack” Lambert Jr. ’50, professor emeritus of freehand drawing, died Aug. 8 at Kendal at Ithaca. He was 86.

Richard "Dick" C. Call ’52, farmer, businessman and Cornell trustee emeritus, died Aug. 2 after a long illness. He was 84 years old.

July

Kathy Berggren, a senior lecturer in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, died July 24 in Portland, Oregon, at age 46.

June

Geoffrey V. Chester, professor emeritus of physics and dean emeritus of Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences, died June 27 at age 86 in Ithaca.

Stuart Stein, professor emeritus of city and regional planning who taught at Cornell from 1962 to 1993 and assisted in the creation of the Ithaca Commons and the TCAT bus service, died June 24 at age 84.

May

Sandra L. Bem, feminist scholar, psychologist and author of "Lenses of Gender," died May 20 in Ithaca.

April

Kenneth A.R. Kennedy, professor of physical anthropology at Cornell for 41 years – known for his field studies of early humans and their predecessors in South Asia – died April 23 in Ithaca at age 83.

Jack Henry “Jack” Moran Jr., an integral part of the Cornell in Washington program for more than 30 years, died unexpectedly April 3.

Werner Dannhauser, former professor of government, died April 26 in Frederick, Pa., at the age of 84.

March

Richard L. Liboff, Cornell professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died March 9 in New York City at age 82.

February

Theodore “Ted” Eisenberg, the Henry Allen Mark Professor of Law, died Feb. 23 at age 66.

Charlotte Jirousek, associate professor of textiles and apparel in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell, died unexpectedly Feb. 12 in Ithaca at age 75.

Roger Morgan Spanswick, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died Feb. 12 in Ithaca at age 74.

Sanya Hashmi, a 21-year-old senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Class of 2014, died Feb. 3 in Ithaca.

January

Warren Brannon, Ph.D. ’53, professor emeritus of animal science, died Jan. 22 at age 91.

Ari van Tienhoven, emeritus professor of animal physiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died Jan. 31. He was 91.

Robert D. Sweet, M.S. ’38, Ph.D. ’41, emeritus professor and founder of weed science, died Jan. 30 in Jacksonville, N.Y. He was 98.

Milica Mandic, a 21-year-old senior computer science student in the College of Engineering, died Jan. 13 in Serbia.

 

2013

December

Simpson (Sam) Linke, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died in Ithaca Dec. 27 at age 96.

Miguel Ángel Balsa Marín, visiting assistant professor of comparative literature, died Dec. 25 in Miami at age 47.

November

Michael G. Kammen, Pultizer Prize-winning historian and the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture Emeritus, died Nov. 29 in Ithaca at age 77.

S. Cushing Strout, professor emeritus in the Department of English, died Nov. 21 in Ithaca at age 90.

Donald Tobias, executive director of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension office in New York City, died Nov. 22 in New York City. He was 68.

Norman M. Vrana, MEE ’51, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died at his home Nov. 9; he was 93.

October

John E.H. Sherry, professor emeritus of law in the School of Hotel Administration, died Oct. 30, 2013, in Staunton, Va., at age 81.

September

Turi Alcoser, a 23-year-old Ph.D. student in the College of Engineering, died Sept. 23.

Alan Kellog McAdams, professor emeritus of managerial economics in Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, died Sept. 14 in Ithaca. He was 83.

Denis Lukashkov, a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died Sept. 7 in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. He was 20.

August

Lester F. Eastman, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died Aug. 9 at the age of 85.

Ann Wilde, a Ph.D. candidate in the graduate field of history, died Aug. 8 in Logan, Utah. She was 34.

July

Njoku Ekpe Awa, professor emeritus in the Department of Communication, died July 21 in Ithaca at the age of 74.

Simon Bauer, professor emeritus of chemistry and chemical biology, died July 14 in Davis, Calif., at the age of 101.

Norman C. Dondero, Ph.D. ’52, Cornell professor emeritus of microbiology who taught and pursued research in the field of microbiology of water, water pollution and biological waste treatment, died July 10 at Kendal at Ithaca. He was 95.

June

Martin Gardiner Bernal, professor emeritus of government and Near Eastern studies at Cornell and author of the widely read and debated "Black Athena” books on classical civilization, died June 9 in Cambridge, England.

Kyle Wecker, a graduate student in the field of electrical and computer engineering, died June 1 in Ithaca.

May

Christopher Dennis, a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was reported missing following a boating incident on Cayuga Lake May 22.

Zachary C. Wilson, an undergraduate student on leave from Cornell, died Friday, May 3, in Ithaca.

April

Robert William Storandt '40, director of undergraduate admissions emeritus, died April 27 in Ithaca.

March

Christian F. Otto, professor of the history of architecture since 1970, died March 27 in Ithaca.

February

Joseph Quandt, a sophomore in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, died Feb. 27 in Ithaca.

Kevin Pratt, assistant professor of architecture since 2007, died Feb. 19 in Ithaca.

Robert C. Richardson, Nobel laureate, Floyd R. Newman Professor of Physics, and Cornell’s first vice provost for research, died Feb. 19 in Ithaca.

Shayle Robert Searle, Ph.D. '58, professor emeritus of biological statistics, died Feb. 18 in Ithaca.

Christine Natsios ’85, director of alumni affairs at the School of Hotel Administration and secretary of the Cornell Hotel Society, died Feb. 16 in Ithaca.

Robert Rising Morrow, professor emeritus of natural resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died Feb. 4 in Eden, Utah.

January

William McGuire, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, died Jan. 31 in Ithaca.

Jerome "Jerry" E. Hass, professor of finance, died Jan. 22 in Ithaca.

Steven Muller, Ph.D. '58, former Cornell professor of government and vice president for public affairs, and later president of Johns Hopkins University, died Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C.