spring 2019

In Memoriam


  • BETTY WATERHOUSE CAVALLERO, J45, E76P, on August 15, 2018, at the age of ninety-five. She was predeceased by her first husband, John Adams, in 1979 and spent her retirement with her husband, Lou Cavallero, in Florida. At Tufts, Betty was a leader in student government, editor of the Tufts Weekly, and president of the Canterbury Club. She organized many campus USO dances that may have been responsible for quite a few marriages. She did marketing, writing, and editing work while living for decades in New Jersey, and was known for her keen intellect, outgoing personality, love of nature, and unfiltered view of the world. After retirement, she became the president of an organization representing retired federal workers. Attending Tufts was one of her proudest achievements, and she valued the many lifelong friends that she made, including Kathryn McCarthy, J44,G46. Cavallero is survived by two sons, Kenneth Adams and Robert Adams, E76, Robert’s wife Susan Phelps, J77, and four grandchildren.

  • VIRGINIA “GINNIE” CRAIG MATHER, J48, on June 28, 2018, in Weymouth, MA. She was born and raised in Marlboro, MA. After graduating Tufts, she worked for Liberty Mutual before marrying Bruce Mather (Dartmouth ’47) and raising their children. Her family settled in Westwood, MA, where she was a longtime parishioner and active choir member at First Parish Congregational Church. She sang in choruses and enjoyed playing the piano. For many years, she was an active participant on her Tufts class reunion committee. Her kind spirit and sense of humor is greatly missed. She is survived by her three beloved children, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

  • JOSEPH C. REGAN, A49, at the end of April 2018. He was always a proud Tufts alumnus, and happy to support his college.


  • SHAHAN A. ADRIAN, DMD, D58, at Orange County Medical Center on December 1, 2018, surrounded by his family. A retired prosthodontist, he is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Veronica (Boghosian), their four daughters Laural, Elyse, Heather, and Ivy; grandchildren Karlsen, Kiersten, Scott, Spencer, Shaffer, Matteo, and Fabio; and his twin brother, Dr. Nurhan Adrian. He and Nurhan graduated from Harvard in 1954 and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1958, served in the US Navy, and took to private practice.

  • FREDERICK BREITENFELD, E53, AG54, on September 28, 2018, at the age of eighty-seven from pancreatic cancer. Breitenfeld was a retired television station executive who helped shape the case for the Public Broadcasting Act in the early 1960s.

  • MARTHA REYNOLDS COFFIN, J51, A81P, J84P, in November in Naples, FL. She had a family of Jumbos, including her father, Joel W. Reynolds, E23, G48, J49P, J51P, J53P, J67P, trustee 1951–77, Presidential Medal recipient 1978; her mother, Marion Newhall, J24, J49P, J51P, J53P, J67P; all three sisters, Ann, J49, Cynthia, J53, and Gaile, J67; her husband, Lloyd Coffin, A51, A81P, J84P; her two children, Charles Coffin, A81, and Cynthia Coffin, J84; and numerous others.

  • DANIEL KAPLAN, MD, M56, loving father, brother, uncle, and friend and compassionate physician, at St. Paul Towers in Oakland, CA, on August 31, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends, at the age of eighty-eight. Born July 12, 1930, in Boston, MA, Kaplan was a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Tufts University School of Medicine, and was awarded the Tufts Alumni Prize in pathology. He was an intern and assistant resident in medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School and a radiology resident at Stanford University before becoming full-time faculty at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and then assistant professor of radiology at UCSF. He went on to be a primary radiologist specializing in angiography and interventional procedures at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA. He played the saxophone and collected Inuit art. He is survived by his two daughters, Lauren and Lisa Kaplan; his granddaughter, Shira Kaplan; his sister, Ruth Lewis; his nephew Martin Lewis; and many grandnieces and nephews.


  • DONALD A. MANNING, E58, on December 8, 2018. He loved attending reunions.

  • DAVID M. PHILLIPS, A52, on July 4, 2018, at the age of eighty-eight. Born in Putman, CT, he sang in the Tufts chapel choir and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society Choir, and graduated with a BA in economics. He met his future wife, Shirley, while working in Boston, and they moved to San Francisco and were married in 1957. After Phillips earned his teaching credentials from San Francisco State University, he and Shirley moved to Southern California, built a home on a mountainside, and raised their family. He earned a master’s degree in counseling from San Diego State University in 1968. Over his career, Phillips served as a vocational and career counselor and taught business, typing, and bookkeeping classes in high schools. He is survived by Shirley, daughters Yvonne and Adele (Simon), grandsons Jesse and Jonas, and step-granddaughter Elizabeth.


  • JOHN B. PRINCE, A51, on September 4, 2018, in Pasadena, CA, at the age of ninety. A Cambridge native, Prince was born on March 15, 1928, to Elvin and Stella Prince. He enlisted in the US Marines in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He re-enlisted in the Marines in 1951 and was honorably discharged as a captain in 1960. He worked as an executive in the insurance industry. He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Lillian Prince, and his three sisters, Audrey Hale, H95 (former Tufts assistant provost), Janet Murphy, and Vera Hase.


  • LAWRENCE D. WARNER, E59, on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at age eighty. A Melrose native raised in Portland, ME, and Medford, MA, Warner worked as a structural engineer specializing in bridges and highways. He was a US Army veteran and was in the US Army Corps of Engineers. He is survived by two sons, Paul and William; one daughter, Bonnie McEachern, and her husband, Barry; one brother, Raymond, and his wife, Charleen; one sister, Nancy Laszlo; his brother-in-law, Donaldson Bennett; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Suzanne Bennett.


  • LINDA E. ABROMSON, A61, on November 30, 2017, in Portland, ME, after cardiac surgery. After graduating Tufts, she married Joel Abromson and served on the Portland School Committee, Portland City Council, and Maine Human Rights Commission. She was mayor of Portland (1982-83), supported theater in Brunswick, ME and Sarasota, FL, and was an avid golfer. Her service on boards included the Jewish Federation, National Council of Jewish Women, United Way, and Maine Medical Center. She was a founding member of the Sarasota branch of the Independent Transportation Network. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lori Abromson Ruland and Robert Ruland; her daughter and son-in-law Leslie Abromson Sherman and Alan Sherman; her son and daughter-in-law Eric Abromson and Falamak Abromson; seven grandchildren; and her brother and sister-in-law Robert and Annette Elowitch.

  • SUSAN BLACKLOW, J65, on Friday, September 7, 2018, at home. She was the wife of William Blacklow, mother of Brian (Sarah Summerlin) and Beth Blacklow (Jarrett Creasy), and grandmother of Margaret and Leo Blacklow and Elliott Creasy. Blacklow was a passionate special educator for more than thirty years in Maryland and touched many lives.


  • CHRISTOPHER EGAN, E69, on September 16, 2018, in Fitchburg, MA, at the age of seventy-one, at home surrounded by family. Egan was an Arlington, MA, native, big-time Boston sports fan, avid gardener, and family man. He spent his career working in the papermaking business. The Egan family would like to extend their sincere thanks to UMass Memorial Health Alliance Home Health & Hospice for their compassionate care.

  • PAUL A. JACOBS, A60, of Denver, CO, on July 2, 2018, at age seventy-eight. He was born in Natick, MA, and received his BA in economics from Tufts and his JD from the University of Denver. He practiced law in Colorado for more than fifty years, establishing himself as one of the state’s top business and real estate lawyers. He was instrumental in bringing the Colorado Rockies to Denver. After establishing the law firm of Jacobs, Chase, Frick, Kleinkopf & Kelley, he went on to become the premier sports authority on stadiums. He led projects including Petco Park in San Diego, the new basketball arena for the Sacramento Kings, and the Milwaukee arena that became the home of the Bucks. He died from complications of cancer, and leaves behind his wife of more than fifty-five years, Carole; his sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Alan Saxe; his children, Steven, A85, and his wife (Wendy), Cheryl, J89, M94, and her husband (Andy), David and his wife (Caryn), and Craig, A93, and his wife (Amy); and his eight grandchildren.

  • EVA LAVERGE, J68, in Roanoke, VA, on December 22, 2018. Born in Richmond, VA, she graduated from St. Catherine’s School; Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, NY; and Tufts University School of Occupational Therapy. Her career was in occupational therapy. She is survived by Calvert de Coligny, her husband of nearly fifty years; their daughter, Juliana; son, Guerric; and grandchildren, Amelia, Ella, and Charley. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Henriette and Jan Laverge, and her brother, Bart.

  • LANCE STEWART, A65, on August 29, 2018, at Yale New Haven Hospital at the age of seventy-five. He was a marine biologist and professor at the University of Connecticut who conducted research on the ecology of the New England lobster. He was a member of the World Aquaculture Society and many other groups, and was a founding member of the Connecticut Seafood Council. He is survived by his sons, Brent Alcott Stewart and Lance Scott Stewart; grandsons, Lance and Shad Stewart; and sister, Joan Leydon, and her husband, Tom, and their son and daughters.

  • ALEXANDER M. ZIELINSKI, A60, on July 11, 2018, at the age of eighty-five. As a teacher of fine art in the Springfield, MA, school system, artist, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he was a busy man. He was a longtime resident of Springfield, and a resident of Ludlow since 2004.




  • CINDY LOBEL, A92, from breast cancer on October 2, 2018, in Manhattan, NY, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, at the age of forty-eight. Lobel was a groundbreaking urban historian who researched life in nineteenth-century New York through the lens of food and eating. She was a history professor at the City University of New York. Her doctoral dissertation, Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, won the New York State Historical Association’s Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize in 2013 and the 2014 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for distinguished scholarship in New York history. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Benjamin, ten, and Jonah, eight.

  • SEAN MANEY, A92, on August 20, 2018, after a boating accident in Ipswich, MA. He was born in Salem, MA, and grew up in Wenham, MA. After graduating from Tufts, he participated in the Williams College–Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program. He became the director of marketing and public relations at Mystic Valley Elder Services of Malden, MA, and founded Maney Communications. He became an emergency medical technician in 2011, and in June of 2018 received the Star of Life Award from the American Ambulance Association. He loved animals, playing sports, swimming in the ocean, and spending time with friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Kara (Ramos) Maney; his parents, James and Nancy (Champagne) Maney; his sister, Lori Maney, and her husband, George Dwyer; many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a niece and nephew; and his faithful yellow labs, Dempsey and Donnelly.