fall 2017

In Memoriam


  • MORTON COHEN, A49, on June 12, 2017. He was born on February 27, 1921. After graduating from Tufts, he attended Columbia University. He fought in World War II and was a professor of English at City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was a fellow of the Christ Church in Oxford and a member of the Royal Society of Literature. He was an eminent scholar of Victorian literature, known for his biographies of Lewis Carroll. For many years, he split his time between New York during the academic year, London during the summer, and Puerto Rico in the winter.

  • ELEANOR MAY, J47, on May 8, 2016. In 1990, she retired as professor of business administration at the Darden School, University of Virginia, where she was the first female member of the graduate business faculty. Earlier she was a research associate at the Harvard Business School and then research director at Woodward & Lothrop in Washington, DC. She graduated Tufts University magna cum laude and received an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She published widely and was a frequent public speaker. In Charlottesville, VA, she was a member of the boards of many charitable institutions, including Suburban Savings and Loan, Meals on Wheels, and the Virginia Women’s Forum. She was a founder and board member of the Women’s Faculty and Professional Association of the University of Virginia; a board member and president of Adventure Bound School; a board member, treasurer, and president of the Blue Ridge Swim Club; and a board member and treasurer of On Our Own, which supports people who are dealing with significant challenges such as trauma or mental illness. She was also a member of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist, where she served on the board for a number of years and as board president from 1999 to 2001. She continued to be active in the UU Christian Fellowship until recently. She was a world traveler, having visited all seven continents plus all fifty states, and was a swimmer and a day hiker, especially on the Appalachian Trail. She enjoyed classical music, was a reader of broad interest, a genealogist, a bird watcher and lover of wildflowers, and a puzzle solver.

  • JEAN D. McCORMACK MERRIFIELD, J45, on April 30, 2017, at the age of ninety-two. She was predeceased by her brother, ROBERT McCORMACK, E45. She had retired with her husband, Steve (ninety-five years old), to Sugar Hill Retirement Community in Wolfeboro, NH. Aside from her husband, she leaves her sister, three children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was very proud to be a member of the Tufts community and enjoyed sharing alumni activities with her husband and children.

  • RAYMOND E. WARD, E46, on May 10, 2017. Captain Raymond E. Ward, USN (Ret.), was born in North Vassalboro, ME, to Willis and Lizzie Ward on October 8, 1924. After graduating from the Erskine Academy, he attended Northeastern University and then Tufts University, where he graduated with an electrical engineering degree. He joined the U.S. Navy via the V-12 Program, and he served afloat on aircraft carriers, destroyers, and destroyer tenders and was stationed ashore. He retired from the Navy as financial director for chief naval officer staff in the Pentagon in 1976. Captain Ward received the Navy Commendation Medal and the Legion of Merit. Subsequent to his Navy retirement, he formed a private consultancy, REWARD Associates, in Fairfax, VA. He then held senior management positions in MAR Corp. and SAMA Corp., and served in a number of volunteer positions in the Church of the Good Shepherd and with the Goodwin House retirement community. Ward spent his summers with his family at his home in China, ME, and returned there for longer periods as he moved into retirement. China, where he was surrounded by family and friends, was a place he loved. He leaves his wife of almost sixty-eight years, Patricia, along with two daughters, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many cousins and friends.


  • ROY C. BERGSTROM, A50, on February 12, 2017, at the age of eighty-seven. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of Carl and Hilma Bergstrom. He was a veteran of ROTC Navy from 1946 to 1948 and was in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954, serving in Okinawa. He worked in the foundry business for thirty-six years in Naugatuck, CT, and was the president of Commercial Foundry in New Britain, CT, for twenty-six years. He was an active member of Bethany Covenant Church for fifty-one years. He was the husband of Lorraine (Nelson) Bergstrom for sixty-three years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children. He was a loving grandfather to seven grandsons and granddaughters, as well as to his eight great-grandchildren.

  • MARTIN BLOOM, A51, on May 24, 2017, from cancer. He was born in Malden, MA, on July 1, 1927. Drafted into the Army at the end of World War II, Bloom was stationed in Paris with the Office of Foreign Liquidation. On return, he graduated from Tufts University. Then, in 1955, he graduated summa cum laude from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, specializing in urban planning. Between semesters, he designed sets at the Boston Summer Theater. He also attended, and one summer taught at, the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau. After working in Paris for Andre Remondet, architecte en chef du gouvernement, he opened his own architectural design practice, first in Boston, then, after 1974, in New York. Bloom, a specialist in the design of theaters, designed the Theater in Prospect Park and the downtown Theater Museum of the City of New York. Bloom is the author of Accommodating the Lively Arts: An Architect’s View (Smith and Kraus) and the upcoming Accommodating Life. He was married for sixty-one years to Ruth Wolff, a playwright, who wrote The Abdication, Empress of China, Sarah in America, and many other plays. He is survived by her and by his son, who is director of oceans and polar affairs at the U.S. State Department; his daughter-in-law, who is manager of the State Energy Program at the U. S. Department of Energy; and their two sons.

  • PARKER EMERSON CALKIN, A55, on June 10, 2017, in Boulder, CO, at the age of eighty-four. He graduated from high school in Ridgewood, NJ, in 1951. Following in his father’s footsteps, he went on to Tufts University, graduating with a B.A. in geology. As an undergraduate, he spent time in Greenland as a student assistant with the U.S. Weather Bureau. By his senior year, he was co-captain of the Tufts track team, which won the Eastern Collegiate Track and Field Championship in 1955. Upon graduation, he was on active duty as a reserve officer with the U.S. Navy in Alaska. In 1959 he received an M.A. in geology from the University of British Columbia. He received a Ph.D. and began his expeditions to Antarctica while at the Ohio State University in 1963. His expeditions resulted in many publications and his being awarded the Antarctic Service Medal. The Calkin Glacier in Antarctica’s Taylor Valley was also named after him. He taught at the State University College, Buffalo, NY, from 1963 to 1965. After that, he was a professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo until 1999. He directed five Ph.D. dissertations and thirty-six M.A. theses, and published over ninety articles. He and his wife, Harriet Simons, moved to Boulder in 1998. International travel, especially to countries with active glaciers, became a priority for them. But he also spent as much time as he could outdoors, running or hiking. Volunteering in the community came naturally to him as well. He was enormously proud of the many geology students he mentored. All who knew him remarked on his gentlemanly ways, his smile, his politeness, his willingness to help, and his adherence to the Boy Scout principles learned in his youth.

  • PETER “PETE” HOWES, E57, on March 12, 2017, in West Palm Beach, FL, at the age of eighty-one after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Worcester, MA, Pete was the only child of Kenneth S. Howes and Lorraine Cunningham Howes. Pete was very proud to be a twelfth-generation Cape Codder. He leaves behind his beloved wife of twenty-two years, June; his four daughters; and sixteen grandchildren. He also leaves four stepchildren, five step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane Gerrior Howes. After graduating from Tufts, he entered the Navy, and as a lieutenant served aboard the USS Stickell. His photo of a missile re-entry was on the cover of Life magazine. He was a field service engineer and program manager at AVCO Corp., ran his own startup company, spent fifteen-plus years doing technical marketing at Litton’s Itek Optical Systems Division, and concluded his career with more than a decade of technical marketing for BAE Systems. He was well-known as a gardener, loved his children and grandchildren from both families with all his heart, and believed education was the key to their future. He wrote two books that were published, and prized his tenure as president of the Dennis Historical Society, where he oversaw the restoration of the historic Dennis Manse. He loved traveling with June and taking thousands of photos, was a voracious reader, and if you had a problem, he would drop everything to help find a solution. Music was at the core of his being, especially when singing with the Cape Cod Chorale and the male choir We Are The Men with director Chris Roberts.

  • WILLIAM M. McDERMOTT JR., A51, AG54, M58, on June 6, 2017, at the age of eighty-seven. He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Elaine, and their four children, including MICHAEL McDERMOTT, A84. He and his wife split their time between their home in Falmouth, MA, and Boston until he retired as executive vice president of the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1994. In 2006 the organization awarded him the Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. After he retired, he played a vital role in establishing the Falmouth Free Clinic, which is now a part of the Cape Cod Community Health Care Network. He was an active member of the Tufts Alumni Club of Cape Cod. He received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Tufts University in 1982 and from Tufts Medical School in 2007. Before joining the Massachusetts Medical Society, McDermott had a distinguished naval career in which he served in many roles, including commander, Naval Medical Command, Department of the Navy, Washington, DC; fleet surgeon commander-in-chief, Atlantic, and commander-in-chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; principal medical advisor, Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (NATO); commanding officer, Naval Regional Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL; deputy commanding officer and director of clinical services, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, CA; and chief of staff to the surgeon general of the Navy, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, DC. Additionally, he held the following degrees, commendations, and medals: certified diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology; fellow, American College of Anesthesiology; diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners; Legion of Merit with Gold Star in lieu of Second Award; Bronze Star Medal (with Combat V); Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of Second Award; Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards); National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; and Vietnam Campaign Medal.

  • THOMAS F. MOFFORD, A55, on October 21, 2016, in Brunswick, ME. A lifelong learner, inspiring teacher, and dedicated poet, he taught English language and American culture in Japan, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Spain. At Andover High School, he was a teacher of English, media literacy, and film, and then for over twenty years he taught English as a second language to immigrant adults at Northern Essex Community College. He met and married his best friend, JULIET HAINES, J57, sixty-three years ago. He especially enjoyed traveling and camping with their three children and eventually became the grandfather of four. He continued his successful career as an educator through his donation to Tufts University Health Sciences Anatomical Gift Program.

  • MARILYN (SMITH) MURPHY, J57, on May 27, 2017, at eighty-one years old. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she graduated from Newton High School in 1953. She graduated from Tufts University summa cum laude. She later received her master’s degree in library science from Simmons College. She was married to GEORGE (NICK) FEE JR., A57, with whom she had three daughters. Later, she married GERARD (GERRY) MURPHY, A57. She loved birdwatching, reading, gardening, the Boston Lyric opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and immersing herself in the culture and history of New England and the world. After spending most of her life in Newton, she lived in Marlborough, MA, from 2002 until her death.

  • GEORGE “GYURI” SOMKUTI, A59, on February 25, 2017. He was born on January 6, 1936, in Budapest, Hungary. His university studies were interrupted by the Hungarian revolution. He escaped with his brother and future wife across the border to Austria shortly after. His aunt sponsored his immigration to the U.S., where he received his B.S. in biochemistry from Tufts University and was part of the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. He married his teenage sweetheart, Aniko, whom he had known since age sixteen, on September 5, 1959. He received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and microbiology from Purdue University a few years later. He later taught at Purdue and Duquesne universities and, in 1973, joined the antibiotic research team at Lederle Laboratories, where he developed antibiotic assay techniques still in use today. In 1976 he became a research leader in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center’s dairy laboratory. He led a team to develop new enzyme technologies for Lactaid, for which he won multiple awards. His extensive research led to better screening both for human dwarfism and for spoilage prevention for dairy products and fermented beverages. He won many prestigious awards for his research, including the Award of Honor from the American Dairy Science Association in 2012. He served as a mentor and advisor to nine postdoctoral research associates and several graduate and undergraduate students. He served as a member of editorial boards for six international journals. He worked full-time until he was seventy-eight. He enjoyed spending time with his two children and five grandchildren, as well as attending fine art auctions, and traveling around Europe with his wife.

  • JOAN DARTNELL STANLEY, J57, on January 7, 2017, at her home in Punta Gorda, FL, at the age of eighty-one from end-stage Parkinson’s disease with complications related to Lewy bodies. She was born on May 12, 1935, in Newark, NJ, the daughter of Glenn and Thomas Dartnell. She grew up in Verona, NJ, and graduated from Tufts with a degree in psychology. On June 22, 1957, she married John M. Stanley, whom she met on the boardwalk in Ocean Grove, NJ. They settled in Westport, CT, where her husband worked for the Edwards Company in the burgeoning field of electronic component sales and protection systems marketing. In 1959, his job moved the new family to East Dundee, IL. In 1960 their son was born. In 1962 they were transferred by the company to the Cleveland area, where daughter Karen was born. Stanley managed the family affairs through a total of fourteen moves. She was a stay-at-home mom until the children were grown, at which time she went back to school to earn her master’s degree in counseling from San Jose State University. Upon graduating, she secured a position at Foothill College, a junior college with an enrollment of twenty-five thousand in Los Altos, CA. She developed and taught a course of study for women re-entering the workforce. The course was so widely accepted that it spread through all seven campuses of the Santa Clara County system.  Stanley then became the director of professional development for San Jose State University, where she coordinated training and outreach programs for many years. She is survived by her husband, John; her daughter; her son and daughter-in-law; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her younger sister. Since she was a known giver, it is not surprising that, per her instructions, her body was donated to science.

  • JOHN TILESTON STENBERG, E57, on August 3, 2017, with his family by his side at his home in Brunswick, ME, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was known and loved by all who met him for his quintessential qualities of generosity, kindness, and honesty. He was born August 11, 1935, in Boston, MA, as the only son of John and Marion Stenberg, who resided in Dorchester, MA. When he was six, his mother passed away from an illness. His father remarried and Stenberg was blessed with a blended family including a brother and sister. He grew up in Milton, MA, graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and consulted for many notable companies as a facilities engineer. He was an avid sailor and skier and loved the outdoors, continuing to sail, hike, and ski well into his seventies. He was most proud of his family. He was married to Elizabeth (Menzies) Stenberg for sixty-five years, and together they had three children, who survive them both. He dearly enjoyed and valued any opportunity to spend time with his six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  • ARTHUR G. TRESSLER, A51, on April 23, 2017. Born in Schenectady, NY, of recent Scottish immigrants, he was adopted and raised by Arthur and Nellie Tressler. He graduated from Altamont High School and from Tufts University on an NROTC scholarship, then served four years in the Navy and five as a reservist. He married Laura Bohn in 1953, and they had three daughters. His career as a science writer and editor encompassed roles as editor of Sperry Gyroscope’s Engineering Review and then the Bell Telephone Lab Record in New York City. He was also executive editor of Science Year, World Book Encyclopedia’s science annual in Chicago, and public information manager at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. He retired in 1993. While living in the Bay area, he became deeply involved in sailing, and in 1990 he married another sailor, Bonnie MacKenzie. In 2000 he found his birth family, including two sisters, living in Oklahoma and Florida, and various cousins in Dundee, Scotland, whom he traveled to meet. He loved M&M candies, making lemon meringue pies, sailing, his grandchildren, and his cottage in Twilight Park in the Catskill Mountains in New York, where he spent summers for decades and made lifelong friends. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie MacKenzie; his three daughters; his two stepdaughters; his former wife, Laura Rogers; his sister; his two grandchildren; and his two step-grandchildren.

  • THOMAS C. TWEEDIE JR., A53, on October 7, 2016. Tweedie was a physicist, teacher, and family man. He earned a master of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in physics from Temple University. In college, he played varsity baseball and joined the Zeta Psi fraternity, where he made many lifelong friends. Immediately upon finishing his master’s degree, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served six months of active duty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, then seven and a half years in the Army Reserve, honorably discharged in 1964. While in Philadelphia, he met and married (EOLIN) LYN KUPER, J53, in 1959. After receiving his Ph.D., he moved to Washington, DC, to work for Bellcomm so that he could give technical support to NASA during the years leading up to the first manned space flight to the moon. In 1969, Tweedie moved to Westfield, NJ, to work for Bell Laboratories. He worked there for thirty years, and after his retirement in 1993, he taught physics at Kean University for thirteen years. He was a passionate sports fan and attended many of his children’s soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey games throughout their high school and college years. He became a certified United States Soccer Federation referee and officiated many games throughout Union County, NJ.

  • ELIZABETH “BETTE” AIMETTI WOOD, J58, on March 2, 2017. She was born in Westerly, RI, on May 22, 1936, to Arrigo and Florence (DeRocco) Aimetti. When she was still very young, she and her family moved to Manchester, CT, where her parents established Manchester Memorial Company, a retailer of granite monuments. She attended the Manchester Public Schools and after graduating from Tufts University earned an M.A. in education from Boston University. Bette was a teacher of reading for grades six, seven, and eight for over forty years. She loved teaching adolescents, feeling that at this age she could make a difference. She also enjoyed traveling around Europe and during the winter enjoyed the sunny warmth of the Caribbean islands. She found an old dairy farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom with wonderful views of the Green Mountains, and she and her husband, Paul, purchased it more than twenty-five years ago. She and Paul were married in Manchester, CT, on October 11, 1958, and made their home in Wellesley, MA, for over fifty years. She is survived by her husband, three children, a grandson, two sons-in-law, and an uncle.


  • DR. R. JOHN FEELY, D64, on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after a brief illness at the age of eighty-four. He was born in Providence, RI, on June 9, 1932, to Richard John Feely Sr. and M. Carmelita O’Reilly Feely. He is survived by his wife, Constance Lynch Feely, with whom he shared sixty-one years of marriage in addition to a loving friendship when they met in their youth in Matunuck, RI. He is the beloved father of eight. He has sixteen grandchildren. He attended Saint Sebastian’s Grammar School, LaSalle Academy, and the College of the Holy Cross. After service in the U.S. Army, he attended Tufts Dental School. Upon graduation, Dr. Feely practiced dentistry in Dedham for forty-seven years.

  • JEFFERY GRIFFIN, A66, on March 8, 2017, of cancer at the age of seventy-two. He is survived by the great love of his life, Pamela Gerdau, his wife of fifty-one adventurous years; his daughter and son-in-law; and his two adored grandsons. He was an intrepid entrepreneur who sought challenge and enduring friendships in his professional life. With his broad experience, he was highly regarded throughout the world for his leadership in domestic and international projects in venture capital and private equity funds. Appointed by both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, he headed the private equity program of the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and was vice president of funds for the U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation. In his final working years he became CEO of the Albanian American Enterprise Fund based in Tirana, Albania. He retired in 2010, having been bestowed by the president of the Republic of Albania with the Medal of Gratitude for his tireless work to transform Albania to a market economy and for his help to people in need.

  • ERIC W. HANSBERRY, E66, on June 15, 2016, at the age of seventy-two. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; two children; five grandchildren; and a sister. He was a professor of engineering at Northeastern University and loved teaching. Through his life and teaching, many learned that with knowledge and hard work, one could accomplish almost anything. A man of endless talent, knowledge, generosity, humor, and energy, he will be greatly missed.

  • ANNE VOGEL, J65, on Saturday, April 23. Born in Virginia and raised in Westwood, MA, she was the daughter of the late William L. and Helen F. (Cooley) Vogel. She is survived by two brothers and their wives, five nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and -nephews. She was predeceased by her brother David. After graduating from college, she spent two years in the Peace Corps in Colombia helping math and science teachers improve their skills. She earned her master’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon and then spent five years in Basel, Switzerland. Returning to Massachusetts, she received a master’s degree in information systems from Northeastern University and was the instructional technology specialist for several school systems. She loved Cape Cod and spent part of most years in the Bay Shore community of the North Falmouth and Falmouth area. She was an accomplished gardener, grew a lot of her own vegetables, and regularly had the prettiest flower garden in her area. She was a prolific knitter and quilter. She created beautiful sweaters, hats, scarfs, and quilts, which were given out as presents. They are still the prized possessions of many.


  • HARVEY S. BASS, E79, EG81, on May 11, 2017, at his home in Tucson, AZ, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on May 23, 1957, in Landstuhl, Germany, and grew up as an Air Force “brat” in various locations in the northeastern United States. On May 14, 1968, he lost his father in the Vietnam War, an experience that became a defining moment in his life. Bass graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, MA, and then from Tufts University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1979 and an M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1981. He later earned a J.D. from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA, in 1999. He was a member of the Supreme Court of Arizona, the United States District Court, Arizona, and the United States Supreme Court. From 2009 until his death, he was employed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Solar Observatory. As contracts officer for the National Solar Observatory, he crafted the core contracts that have resulted in construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Maui, Hawaii. The enthusiasm and focus that Bass, with his keen mind, brought to bear on achieving project goals were incalculable. He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at the National Solar Observatory. Prior to his service there, he worked for Raytheon from 1999 until 2009, where he was a senior contracts negotiator. In his spare time, he built many museum-quality model ships and airplanes, which are being donated to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and other educational institutions. He also enjoyed long-distance cycling, driving his Ford Mustangs, sailing on his boat, and playing chess.

  • MARIAN H. LONG, E75, on February 7, 2017, after a short but powerful fight with an untreatable cancer. Selflessly and tirelessly, she always went the extra mile as a cheerleader, mentor, advocate, and friend. Her motto was “You have to eat dessert first and enjoy the little things throughout life.” She always had a plate of cookies or bars ready for neighbors, friends, family, and people who worked with her. She always inspired others to pay it forward and spread the wealth of friendship and good nature. After graduating from Harrison High School in Harrison, NY, Marian graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. She was a registered professional engineer in safety in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a board certified safety professional in the comprehensive practice. After starting her career at the Factory Mutual Engineering Association, she spent twenty-five years at the world’s oldest consultancy, Arthur D. Little, Inc., in Cambridge, MA, where she was a partner. After relocating to Maine, she was a vice president at Woodard & Curran and a principal at Gradient Planning LLC. She was an avid fisherwoman, fabulous baker, and outstanding gardener. She was a great conversationalist who could easily muse over and find laughter within any situation. She will be most remembered for her dry sense of humor, quick wit, and analytic mind.


  • MICHAEL J. BERMAN, E82, on January 19, 2017, at age fifty-six. A mechanical engineer, he first started working in the HVAC business in New York City for Thomas Brown and Associates. He was a thirty-year employee of Carrier Corporation, where he held several key positions in the commercial business services division, specifically working with large temperature controls projects. He led an ordinary life in Herndon, VA, taking pleasure in spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, walking, and watching television in his favorite recliner. He was also active on neighborhood and swim club boards. He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, SHARI WATSTEIN BERMAN, E83; his son and daughter; his mother; his sister and brother, MARC BERMAN, E87; and his stepmother and in-laws.

  • GEORGE J. (CHIP) DELANEY JR., A83, on June 16, 2017, at the age of fifty-six. Born in Manhattan on March 6, 1961, he was the son of the late Maura Rubencamp and George J. Delaney Sr., both of Riverdale, Bronx, NY. He grew up there and in 1979 graduated from Riverdale Country School, where he was a scholarship student and acted and sang in theater, playing the sentry Private Willis in the comic opera Iolanthe. He was a star pitcher on the baseball team and a football player as well. He was known for his friendly personality and humility. He went on to receive his B.A. in economics from Tufts University. He started as a successful model with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York and the Hart Model Agency in Boston. He was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild and appeared in many films. For the last twenty years, he lived in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. He is survived by three younger brothers, his aunt and uncle, and three nieces and nephews.

  • INGRID HELENE SEMENZA, J85, on March 2, 2017, at the age of fifty-three, in San Jose, CA. She was born in Whalley, UK, moved with her family to the United States in 1970, and grew up in Leominster, MA. While at Tufts, she worked her way up to student manager of Dining Services, and lived at the Russian House. She worked on campus during summers, for Catering Services and at the Pub. She was a voracious reader, had a lifelong love of literature and languages, and was able to read in Russian, French, German, and Latin. She was awarded a B.A. in English and Russian language and literature, cum laude, from Tufts in 1985, and an A.M. in 1990 and a Ph.D. in 1996, both in Slavic languages, from Brown. She married PAUL SEMENZA, E85, G90, in 1994, and they moved to Maryland, where she worked on her dissertation, which she delivered in October 1995, while working at the American College of Cardiology. In August of 1996, she gave birth to her first son, which, along with the birth of her second son four years later, transformed her life. She dedicated the next decade to attachment parenting and home–schooling her sons. She was active in the La Leche League, supporting many nursing mothers, and various homeschooling groups in Santa Clara, CA, where she moved in 1997. In 2014, she took an office manager position at Xangati, a technology company in San Jose. One of her favorite responsibilities was employee happiness. To meet that responsibility, she worked as a problem solver, event planner, and all-around team player. She is survived by her husband, her two sons, a sister, and a brother.


  • JARED KENNEDY RODGERS, V07, on January 9, 2017, at his home in Carmel, CA, of kidney cancer at the age of forty-eight. A graduate of Pikesville High School in Maryland (1986) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (1990), in addition to the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, he was a Baltimore native who blended passionate careers in veterinary medicine and rock music. His musical gifts were evident from childhood. From high school through college and beyond, he fronted or anchored several rock bands, including Blind Tom and the Young Americans, played in countless others, and was a prolific songwriter. At the time of his death, he was close to completing an album comprised of seventeen original songs, recorded at his home studio. After receiving his D.V.M., he completed his residency in emergency medicine at the veterinary hospital of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and then practiced in Maine for a year before returning to Carmel, CA. He practiced emergency and general veterinary medicine in the Bay Area until a year before his death. In 2012, a year after he was diagnosed with cancer, he and Alison Kirsten Meyers were married in Big Sur. He was a lifelong Democrat and devotee of Eastern philosophy. A lifelong friend, Andrew Horwitz of Baltimore and Los Angeles, said, “Jared had an extraordinary mind and talent for synthesizing philosophical traditions from Wittgenstein to Spinoza to the Upanishads. He was able to take difficult ideas and make them understandable to all who knew him in his conversations, his songs, and his lyrics.” He enjoyed concerts, classical music, reading, and camping, and traveled widely in the United States. He also enjoyed antiquing and collected custom and vintage instruments. In addition to his parents and wife, Dr. Rodgers is survived by a brother, a niece, two nephews, two great-aunts, his stepmother, two stepbrothers, his mother-in-law, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by his dogs, Wellington and Buddy.

  • JESSICA MICHELLE VALENTINE, A06, on November 14, 2016. She is survived by her parents and sister. After graduating from Tufts she spent most of her career working with Kaplan University. She provided light and laughter throughout her life. She made friends easily and always put others before herself. Her giving, caring personality will be missed by all those who knew her.


  • JERRY MELDON, an associate professor of chemical engineering and a Tufts faculty member since 1978, died on July 18, 2017. Meldon is remembered by colleagues and former students as a brilliant instructor who knew his subject matter inside and out. JIANMIN QU, dean of the School of Engineering, said Meldon was “a great asset to the university and had a profound impact on the students he taught throughout his career at Tufts. He will be greatly missed by many students, colleagues, alumni, and staff.” KYONGBUM LEE, the chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, said Meldon was one of the few faculty members who could teach the whole discipline. “He sort of did it all,” he said. BETH FRASSO, who worked with Meldon for twelve years as a department administrator, said Meldon always made time for students and was interested in their careers. “He would try to help people make contacts—I know that was important to him,” she said. She recalled him as a great storyteller, whether he was sharing tales of colorful colleagues or reminiscing about his days as a postdoc in the physiology department at Odense University in Denmark. In his nearly forty years at Tufts, Meldon advised forty-seven master’s and doctoral students.

  • DAVID POWERS, faculty member, on June 27, 2017, from complications of Crohn’s disease. As a teenager, he terrorized the city of Burlington, VT, skateboarding with his friends. Public property sacrificed itself as he and his buddies mastered their ollies and other skateboard tricks. Hearing the rhythmic, musical sounds of skateboard wheels speeding down the streets of Burlington will always make us think of Dave. He admired the A_Dog Skate park in Burlington, which was built after he left to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1997. He studied art in Florence, Italy, and elsewhere in Europe. He stayed on after graduation and was the exhibitions manager for the SMFA in Boston for the next fifteen years. He managed the SMFA Annual Art Sale, which generated up to $1 million for student scholarships and artists annually. The metaphors and paradoxes hidden within his poignant humor continue to delight us. One of his greatest pleasures was making music and playing with his nieces. His artwork will continue to cover our walls, warm our hearts, and shine in our visions. He was a dearly loved son, brother, uncle, and friend.