Cornell remembers

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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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, professor emeritus of government, died April 26 in Frederick, Pa., at the age of 84.


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


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.


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.




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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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Bonnie Sellers


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