fall 2018

In Memoriam


  • JACK DOUTHIT, A46, A48, on April 16, at home and surrounded by family. His memories of participating in Tufts’ World War II ROTC program and the friends he made there were very happy. His sense of humor and quick wit were legendary. He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-three years, Hazel, their five children, and four grandchildren.


  • URSULA BAILEY MARVIN, J43, on February 12 in Concord, MA. A Tufts trustee for several years, she had a long, illustrious career at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and was well known as an expert in meteorites.


  • JULES L. WAGMAN, A48, on April 13, in Jacksonville, FL. He fell in love with newspapers the moment he walked through the door of the Tufts Weekly. At nineteen, he became the paper’s youngest editor, and also edited his class Jumbo Book. In 1949 he began his career at the Montpelier Leader-Enterprise in Ohio. Two years later he was drafted into the army, serving on the daily Stars and Stripes in Europe. During his distinguished career, he worked for many papers: the Cleveland Press, the Kansas City Business Journal, American City Business Journals, and the Jacksonville Business Journal. He left the Business Journal in 1987 to review books, and fifteen major metropolitan Sunday newspapers printed his reviews, mainly of history, politics, and government titles. He also wrote op-eds and travel articles. Wagman is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Leonore, their two children, eleven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.



  • JOHN AMORUSO, A52, on January 29 in Houston, TX. A distinguished geologist in the energy industry, he was a supporter of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and recipient of a Tufts Distinguished Achievement Alumni Award.


  • CHARLES ALAN BRUNS, A52, on March 12, at age eighty-seven. Born in Baltimore, MD, he graduated with honors from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and earned an NROTC scholarship to Tufts. He played lacrosse midfield and was cocaptain his senior year. After earning a BS in physics, magna cum laude, he served four years active duty in the navy, married Roberta M. Shepard, whom he met at Tufts, and started a family. Bruns graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1961 with a PhD in physics. He moved his family of five to Ann Arbor, MI, balancing family time with a demanding career at the University of Michigan. He joined in many of his children’s school, church, and community activities. In 1964, Bruns moved to Lancaster, PA, and joined the physics department at Franklin and Marshall College. He spent thirty years teaching graduate and undergraduate physics courses, with a special emphasis on optics. He is survived by his wife, Roberta Shepard, J52, his three children, and four grandchildren.


  • ROBERT E. DREW, A55, on May 9, of complications from congestive heart failure. He grew up in Aruba and Venezuela, where his father managed several oil refineries. After graduating from Tufts, he served as an officer in the US Navy and pursued an early career in the marine industry. In 1960 he founded AL Spar Inc., an aluminum mast manufacturer that supplied major sailboat builders. He later purchased Yorkville, Inc. and became a licensee for all the major professional sports leagues, manufacturing sports-related products. After selling the business, he became a certified and accredited marine surveyor. He was an accomplished woodworker and boat builder. He and his beloved wife of forty-one years, Mindy Gunther Drew, owned six boats, including the fifty-three-foot cutter Knight Hawk, and cruised for twenty-five years. They sailed to Newfoundland, Labrador, Bermuda, and the Caribbean, and transatlantic via the Azores in 2004. They spent five summers cruising Ireland, Scotland, Norway, and above the Arctic Circle. He leaves a brother, a daughter, two sons, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


  • JAMES R. PRINCE, A52, on April 27. Dr. Prince was born in Canton, OH. He attended and graduated from the Huntington School for Boys in Boston, MA, then from Tufts, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Kappa. After graduation, he joined the US Navy as a lieutenant junior grade and was sent to serve in the Korean War on the USS Worcester. In 1954, he began studies at the Massachusetts College of Optometry in Boston, where he met the love of his life, Miss Sylvia Mary Churchill, who was studying to become a nurse at Mass General Hospital. They married in 1956. Dr. Prince graduated cum laude in June 1957 with a BS in optometry and moved to Richmond, VA. He loved the Northern Neck and served the people in this area for fifty-seven years. He was president of the Southern Council of Optometry in 1975 and of the Virginia Optometry Association in 1970. In addition, he was a member of the American Optometry Association Political Action Committee, which worked with legislatures to create laws that improved optometric care. Dr. Prince and Sylvia loved to travel, but they had a special love for the island and people of Kauai, HI. He is survived by his loving wife, five children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


  • WILLIAM M. SCAIFE JR., A50, on May 22. Born in Washington, DC, Bill spent his childhood on both coasts, thanks to his father’s service in the US Coast and Geodetic Survey. He met his wife, Sylvia Hall, J50, at Tufts, and went to law school at the University of Virginia on an NROTC scholarship. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Marine Corps, Bill and Sylvia settled in Fredericksburg, VA, after completing active duty. He established his legal practice and immersed himself in community and civic activities. Bill remained an officer in the US Marine Corps Reserve; in 1982 he took a sabbatical from his practice and spent a year on active duty. He helped to rewrite the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act. After retiring as a colonel in 1985, he remained involved in military-related activities, most recently serving on the board of the Families of the Wounded. He was a woodworker, an amateur mechanic, hunter, and avid reader of history. Scaife is survived by three children, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


  • WILLIAM CHARLES WRENN, A52, former career center director, on December 23, 2017, in Sandwich, MA. Born in Milford, MA, to Linwood and Ada Wrenn, he earned an MDiv from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. After ordination in the Episcopal Church in 1955, he served parishes in Fitchburg, MA, and Brecksville, OH, before moving into career counseling at Tufts and Babson College, retiring in 1999. He is survived by his wife of twenty-six years; sons Stephen and Peter; daughter Priscilla; stepdaughter Barbara Conforti; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his former wife, Nancy


  • JAMES J. BORLAND, A68, A00P, on April 3, at age seventy-one, due to complications from pneumonia. He graduated from Tufts with a degree in political science. He married Caren Byrd in 1974, in Staten Island, where he worked for the US Public Health Hospital. He earned his MSW at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in social work from Rutgers. A practicing social worker and career counselor for forty-eight years, he is survived by his wife, two children, sister, and three grandchildren.


  • PETER COLLINS, A63, on April 5, at age seventy-six, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He grew up in Westfield, NJ. At Tufts, he majored in government, was a member of Delta Tau Delta, and was named “Mr. Tufts” at graduation. During his freshman year, he met his future wife, Joy Sutton Collins, J63. They enjoyed fifty-three years together. Collins had a long marketing career at places such as Coca-Cola and Campbell’s Soup. He founded the Barometer Surveys program and Trendsetter Barometer, the quarterly survey of CEOs and CFOs of privately held companies. Findings were shared through his Growing Your Business magazine and the relationships he developed with the business and health education press, the Department of Commerce, and the Clinton White House. He is survived by his wife, their two children, and five grandchildren.


  • KENNETH KOPLOW, A62, on January 26, at the age of seventy-seven. Born in Brookline, he was a graduate of Tufts and Brookline High School. He was involved with Cambridge real estate for many years, starting in college. He loved to play piano and often led songs at family events. His poker lessons are fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, all of whom he taught to play. He is survived by two sisters-in-law, four nieces, three nephews, and many great- and great-great- nieces and -nephews.


  • RICHARD VARNERIN, A69, D74, on June 7. Born in Watertown, MA, he attended Mt. Trinity Academy, Boston College High School, Tufts, and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He began his dental career with Dr. J. Murray Gavel, and later joined Norton Dental Associates in Norton, MA, and the Boston Center for Oral Health. Dr. Varnerin, or “Dr. V,” was known for his professional skill and manner, and his relaxed charm and easy wit. An avid skier, Varnerin enjoyed the mountains of Vermont and Utah, sharing the best of times with the dearest of friends. He was an undaunted wind surfer, paddle boarder, and kayaker, and passionate about speed bike touring. His boyish enthusiasm for life, love of photography, classical music, nature, art, theatre, and The Economist singled him out. He is survived by his husband, brother, and a lifetime of dear friends.



  • LOUISE (RICHARDS) PREISSLER, J73, passed away unexpectedly in June. She was a writer and educator who spent decades working with young people to foster a love of writing, the natural world, and the arts. She retired as curriculum coordinator for the Mass Audubon Society, having helped create curriculum standards for environmental education in Massachusetts and train science teachers across the region. She continued working with children as a docent for the Lyman-Allyn Art Museum. Her infectious smile and laugh will be missed by all her friends and family but especially by her husband, DON PREISSLER, E71, and her three daughters, Linn, Kate, and Meg.

  • JORDAN J. SHUBERT, M70, M00P, A10P, M15P, of Surry, ME, passed away suddenly on April 1. He will be remembered as an extraordinary man who made everyone he met feel special. He was a member of the third of four generations of Shubert physicians, including two of his children, all of whom attended medical school at Tufts. Jay was born in Seattle, graduated from Bowdoin in 1966, and completed medical school and an orthopedic residency at Tufts in 1975. He was a surgeon in the US Army in El Paso, TX, before returning to Bangor, ME, to begin his orthopedic surgery practice at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He founded Downeast Orthopedics, was one of the first to practice arthroscopy in the state, and founded Maine’s first outpatient surgery center. He loved Bangor, and was dedicated to University of Maine athletic teams and the Bowdoin community. Shubert simply loved life. He enjoyed running and skiing, and visiting his second home in Gold Canyon, AZ. He never fully retired, and remained dedicated to his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Lynne Santerre Shubert, their four children, including SARAH B. SHUBERT, M00, and DANIEL J. SHUBERT, A10, M15, six of his siblings, and his five adoring grandchildren.



  • ELIZABETH “LEE” GRUMMAN, J88, on April 4, surrounded by loving friends and family at her home in Carnation, WA. Grumman grew up outside of Boston, spending summers with her extended family at Squam Lake in New Hampshire. She started playing guitar in her early twenties, performing and busking around Boston and Harvard Square. She studied international relations and Chinese at Tufts and studied aborad in Beijing in the mid-1980s. During that time, she was cast as the lead in a film and television special that featured her singing in the Chinese countryside. She studied abroad at the University of Hong Kong, and worked for Save the Children in Hong Kong. Grumman served as mayor of Carnation in 2010 and 2011, and joined the Carnation Planning Board. In November 2007, she was elected to the Carnation City Council, where she served until October 2017. She encouraged people to take an active role in their government. Grumman built her life around helping others and creating community with a never-ending love of music, laughter, and friendships. She leaves behind her beloved partner, two sisters, two nephews, one niece, and the many friends and citizens of the valley who’ve been touched by her warmth, kindness, and visionary work.