Portrait of John DiBiaggio

 

FORMER TUFTS PRESIDENT
JOHN DIBIAGGIO (1932-2020)

John DiBiaggio, whose presidency from 1992 until 2001 is credited with elevating the stature of Tufts and strengthening its financial foundation, died on February 1. He was eighty-seven. The eleventh president of Tufts, DiBiaggio was the son of Italian immigrants and the first in his family to go to college. Over his long career in higher education, he led three universities and received numerous honorary degrees.

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Portrait of Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

PIONEERING CHEMICAL ENGINEER
MARIA FLYTZANI-STEPHANOPOULOS  (1950-2019)

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, a distinguished professor and the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability, died on October 28, 2019. Jianmin Qu, dean of the School of Engineering, praised her “pioneering research” and noted that it “has critical applications to the production of clean energy and achieving a reduced carbon footprint.” 

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Portrait of Stuart Levy

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE
STUART LEVY (1938-2019)

Stuart Levy, an emeritus professor of molecular biology and microbiology at the School of Medicine who raised awareness of the dangers posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, died on September 4, 2019, at eighty.

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Potrait of Hilde Tillman

ORAL HEALTH CHAMPION
HILDE TILLMAN  (1923-2019)

Clinical Professor Emerita Hilde Tillman, D49, who championed oral health care for the elderly, died on December 2, 2019, just days after her ninety-sixth birthday. “Long before patient-centered care became fashionable, she recognized its tremendous value,” said Karin Arsenault, D94, one among the hundreds of students Tillman taught during her almost-six-decade career. Arsenault is now clinical director of the geriatric center program that Tillman helped establish at the dental school. 

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Portrait of Baba Ram Dass

SPIRITUAL TEACHER
BABA RAM DASS (1931-2019)

Richard Alpert, A52, beloved by many as the New Age guru Baba Ram Dass, died on December 22, 2019, at his home on Maui, Hawaii. He was eighty-eight. 

The spiritual journey of Ram Dass began in 1961, when he was a professor of education and psychology at Harvard and his colleague Timothy Leary introduced him to the mind-altering chemical psilocybin. “I didn’t have one whiff of God until I took psychedelics,” he is widely quoted as saying. But by 1967, he was growing disillusioned with such drugs. Then, on a trip to India, he encountered Neem Karoli Baba, or Maharaji, as his disciples called him, and ended up studying with him. It was Maharaji who gave Alpert the name Ram Dass, which means servant of God, and added the prefix Baba, which is a term of respect meaning father. 

Ram Dass returned to the United States in 1968 and soon acquired a sizable following of his own. An inspirational speaker with a humorous streak, he urged audiences to seek salvation by helping others. “Treat everyone you meet like God in drag,” he once said. He eventually recorded hundreds of hours of talks and published more than a dozen books, including the 1971 bestseller Be Here Now. Even after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1997, he continued his work, writing, lecturing on the internet, and holding retreats on Maui. His life had changed—his right side was paralyzed and his speech impaired—but, he told Tufts Magazine in 2006, he’d come to think of that as “fierce grace.” He explained that “death is the biggest change we’ll face, so we need to practice change.” 


SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

CORRECTION: The last issue of Tufts Magazine incorrectly identi­fied the late Glenn Smith, AG67, as Glenn Smith, E67. We regret the error.

 

1940s

ROBERT SHOHET, A44
July 22, 2019
Medford, MA

PETER MERENDA, A45, AG48, J71P
October 17, 2019
Warwick, RI

CHARLES RUDOLPH REICH, A48
February 18, 2018
East Providence, RI

CAROLYN (CHENEY) WOLFE, J49, J75P
December 19, 2019
Hartford, CT

 

1950s

ELLEN ROSEMAN, J55
January 2019
Bedford, MA

DONALD B. DICKERMAN JR., E56
July 10, 2019
Leland, NC

JEAN GAYLOR CALDWELL KASHGARIAN, J56
December 4, 2019
New Haven, CT

JOSEPH C. CROWLEY JR., A59
August 8, 2019
Wayne, MA

 

1960s

RUSSELL MOEHLICH, A61
November 21, 2019
Macon, GA

LUCENA JOAN KORDUS, J62
August 31, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

MARGARET “PEG” ELAINE HALLADAY, J64
August 26, 2019
Saint Charles, IL

JOHN J.L. MATSON, A65
October 6, 2019
Mansfield, MA

EVE (SILVERMAN) ROBINS, J65
December 8, 2019
Chevy Chase, MD

 

1970s

ARTHUR CAROTA JR., A74, A16P
May 13, 2019
Doylestown, PA

DR. MICHAEL E. HULL, A75
February 6, 2018
Cockeysville, MD

KATHY H.P. JATRAS, J76
September 8, 2019
Woodbridge, VA

GORDON O’HARA, A79
November 7, 2019
Grants Pass, OR

 

1980s

DEBORAH NEUMAYER, J86
August 10, 2019
Danbury, CT

 

1990s

DR. MICHAEL J. ROSS, A93
September 26, 2019
Maytown, PA


FACULTY / STAFF

 

JACK DUNN, for­mer vice president for institutional planning
August 10, 2019
Jackson, NH


SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

 

1940s

GEORGE B. MCMANAMA, M44
October 9, 2019
Belmont, MA

BENJAMIN J. GAIESKI, A42, M45
June 11, 2019
Swarthmore, PA

EDWARD T. RAFFERTY, M46
September 22, 2019
Danvers, MA

JAMES A. DOLPHIN, A45, M49
October 4, 2019
Hingham, MA

FRANK A. POMER, A47, M51
June 22, 2019
Belmont, MA

 

1950s

RUSSELL I. IRONS, A50, M54, A76P, M80P, J93P
July 28, 2019
Quincy, MA

PAUL E. COCHRANE, M55
December 25, 2019
Fitchburg, MA

GEORGE R. HILTY III, A51, M55
October 22, 2019
Chestertown, MD

RICHARD NEWMAN, M55
September 2, 2019
Clark, NJ

THOMAS J. GODAR, M56
December 31, 2019
West Hartford, CT

JOHN B. MCGINTY, M56, A86P
November 30, 2019
Mobile, AL

IRVING I. ROSENTHAL, M56, M82P
August 20, 2019
Simsbury, CT

LEWIS M. KARAS, M57
November 7, 2019
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

JOHN F. LANCASTER, M57
September 21, 2019
Houston, TX

NORMAN L. SADOWSKY, M57, J82P, M85P
June 29, 2019
Brighton, MA

IRWIN R. PAHL, M59, J87P
June 18, 2019
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 

1960s

ROBERT J. KELLARD JR., M61
August 1, 2019
Danvers, MA

DANIEL T. HARRINGTON, M64
September 13, 2019
Fall River, MA

GERARD F. KENNY, M64
August 15, 2019
Burlington, MA

RICHARD P. SUTTER, GBS66
September 20, 2019
Morgantown, WV

DANIEL R. ROMANOS, M67
October 18, 2019
Newbury, MA

HAROLD M. HORWITZ, M68
October 28, 2019
Providence, RI

 

1970s

L. SCOTT PERMESLY, M71
June 28, 2019
Sarasota, FL

PETER V. BRAULT, M76
January 3, 2020
Glen Rock, NJ

 

1980s

GRANT R. LINDEE, M84
August 14, 2019
Healdsburg, CA

CHRISTOPHER J. ALLEGRA, A81, M91, A23P
September 5, 2019
Chappaqua, NY

 

1990s

SPENCER E. WANG, M98
October 16, 2019
Washougal, WA

MELVIN MILLER, D59, MG05, A84P, M90P
June 29, 2019
Marblehead, MA


SCHOOL OF DENTAL MEDICINE

 

1940s

ROBERT G. CHARBONNEAU, D45
January 27, 2020
Miami, FL

ANGELO R. CONTARINO, D47 
March 1, 2020
Santa Fe, NM

PAUL J. MCKENNA, A46, D49, D87P, DG81P, DG90P
November 28, 2019
Longmeadow, MA

HILDE H. TILLMAN, D49
December 2, 2019
Dover, MA

 

1950s

EDWARD F. WOODS, D50
January 5, 2020
Hingham, MA

IRVING H. GARBER, D52, D81P 
September 9, 2019
Lynn, MA

NORMAN M. STAROSTA, D53
February 8, 2020 
Falmouth, MA

DAVID A. VIAU, D53
November 17, 2019
Windham, NH

CARL R. FOLIA, D54
February 1, 2020
Avon, CT

HUBERT S. HENKEN, D54
July 15, 2019
Lynnfield, MA

LEONARD J. CULLEN, A52, D55
February 2020
The Villages, FL

HOWARD M. KASSLER, A51, D55
November 24, 2019
Boston, MA

HENRY LEVIN, D56
November 28, 2019
Lincoln, RI

CHARLES E. MCGOWAN, D56, DG60
October 27, 2019
Westford, MA

WALTER J. POWERS, D57, J90P
October 30, 2019
Gloucester, MA

SALVATORE J. CAPONE, D58
February 17, 2020 
Star Lake, NY

EDWARD S. DRYSGULA SR., D58, D82P
September 9, 2019
Middletown, CT

ARTHUR J. LOGAN, D58
November 19, 2019
Longmeadow, MA

ALFRED F. OBERY, D58
July 9, 2019
Topsham, ME

WILLIAM G. CHIGAS, A55, D59, A80P, A82P
February 10, 2020
Kennebunk, ME

ROBERT A. PETRIN, D59
October 27, 2019
Biddeford, ME

THOMAS R. POWERS, A56, D59, J84P
October 5, 2019
Dallas, TX

ALEXANDER J. RISSOLO, D59
November 24, 2019
Norwalk, CT

 

1960s

FRANCIS X. SHEA, D60
December 27, 2019
Bedford, MA

VINCENT DEANGELIS, A58, D61
November 22, 2019
Woburn, MA

RICHARD E. MCVAY, D61
March 21, 2020 
East Falmouth, MA

JULIUS DAVID MANSON, DG61
August 8, 2019
London, England

LOUIS DESANTIS, D62
November 23, 2019
Stafford Springs, CT

ROY K. GOLDEN, D62
January 13, 2020
The Villages, FL

RAYMOND E. LORD, D62
October 19, 2019
North Adams, MA

STEWART SHAPIRO, D62
October 8, 2019
Warr Acres, OK

ROBERT J. WATSON, A59, D62 
April 10, 2020 
Berlin, VT

RONALD H. RESNICK, D63, DG65, A84P
October 14, 2019
Denver, CO

ANGELO BILIONIS, A55, DG64
December 2, 2019
Longmeadow, MA

BERNARD F. PODLIN, DG64, D04P
March 13, 2020 
Long Beach, MS

ARTHUR B. FRANK, D68
March 17, 2020 
San Francisco, CA

 

1970s

JERROLD K. ALTMAN, D71
January 8, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

RICHARD CONTOIS, D75A
February 8, 2020
Biddeford, ME

ARMANDO JIMENEZ, DI75
October 21, 2019 
Tiverton, RI

WILLIAM M. FORTINASH, D76
August 7, 2019
Briarcliff, NY

BARRY W. ASTON, A66, D76
March 22, 2020
Warwick, RI

 

1980s

OLIVER L. MARIANETTI, D80
April 8, 2020 
Albuquerque, NM

MICHAEL L. MYERS, D80
November 2019
Belmont, MA

ALBERT RODERIQUES, JR, D80
February 28, 2020 
Rochester, NY

BRUCE A. VERRILL, D80
September 20, 2019
Falmouth, ME

BRUCE R. FRANZ, D81
October 16, 2019
Haverhill, MA

 

1990s

JEFFREY L. LEONARD, D96, DG98
November 23, 2019
Andover, MA

GARY J. WITTS, D90
February 8, 2020 
Nashua, NH

 

2000s

JEFFREY DAMON, D09, DG12
March 27, 2020 
Weston, MA