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In Tribute: George Hudson and Carol Bleser

Marriages & Unions


(2013 unless otherwise noted)

Bill Evans ’72 and Chuck Fischer, October 24

Polly Hart ’82 and Eric Hobday, May 10

Stephen Ketterer ’82 and Ignacio Kalmanson, August 11

Domenick Scudera ’87 and Brian Thomas Strachan, August 10

Daniel Gladstone ’94 and Sarah Cirkiel, October 5

Chris Pingpank ’98 and Elizabeth “Libby” Meyers, June 29

David Perry ’99 and Arianne Field, August 24

Lisa Bank ’00 and Richard Beekman, July 27

Louis DiNuzzo ’04 and Elizabeth Conway, Sept. 2, 2012

Peter Kyte ’04 and Lilibet Snellings, February 17

Katrina Pape ’04 and Whitney Rothe, October 12

Fletcher Strong ’04 and Samantha Didrikson ’04, August 24

Mary Drescher ’05 and Kevin Halicki,
September 21

Jonathan Reiner ’05 and Tamar Raviv, October 13

Leigh Cuttino ’06 and Jonathan Doorley,
October 5

Hadley Debevoise ’06 and Bradley Allen,
September 14

Erika Batten ’07 and Lucas Meeker ’07, August 3

Emily Burton ’07 and Don Kiggins III, May 25

Sarah Demakos ’07 and Mark Butler, June 22

Jordana Kerschner ’07 and Daniel Belke ’08, September 21

Tim Powell ’07 and Jane Phelan ’07, August 3

Meg Reed ’07 and Steve Fuller ’08, September 1

Becky Ruderman ’07 and Adam Kusovitsky ’08, September 1

Tyson Seely ’07 and Shannon Sweeney ’07, September 28

Jason Smith ’07 and Allison Shirley ’08,
August 17

Sarah Tuthill ’07 and Brian Anderson ’07,
September 21

Brendan Loughran ’09 and Caitlin English ’09, May 25

Births & Adoptions
(2013 unless otherwise noted)


To Bonnie Lefrak ’89 and Douglas Nix: Frances Finley and Fiona Elizabeth, August 9

To Carrie Clifford ’93 and Paul Boese: Ford McKee, September 4

To Fayyaz Barodawala ’94 and Lubaina Rangwala: Adam, May 14

To Allison Van Lare ’96 and Eric Yocam: Owen Albert, August 1, joining Julian

To Lawrence and Miranda Jefferson ’97 Terry: Luna Elena, April 26

To John Magnan ’97 and Heather: Reed, June 17

To Daniel and Christine Malecka ’98 Tyrell: Quinn James, July 9, joining Elise

To Mike and Courtney Bender ’99 Liggera: Ariella Melody, June 11, joining Alexandra Margaret

To Mike Buzzeo ’00 and Wendy: Ethan, December 2012

To Tom Houston ’00 and Kelly: Emily Bernice, May 29

To Mason Ross Jr. ’00 and Dariana: Violet Juliana, May 17

To Gabriel Schwartz ’00 and Jolie: Sebastian Oliver, October 11

To Larry Castellani ’01 and Jordan: Will

To Allissa Kline ’01 and Howard Conklin: Caleb Howard, June 3, 2012

To Eric Roseman ’01 and Rebecca: Jack Matthew, July 1, joining Charlotte

To John Finn ’02 and Sarah Mullin ’03: Thomas Riley, August 7

To Chris ’02 and Dana Fishberg ’00 Kobos: Claire Allison, Aug. 27, 2012

To Thomas ’02 and Leanne Nassar ’00 Wines: Elizabeth Ann, August 28

To John Dalton ’03 and Kelly: Hanna Ashton, April 29

To Drew ’05 and Nora McGeough ’05 Beitz: Peter Kenneth, September 12

To Joshua and Kristen Forry ’05 Lawfer: Hannah Candace, July 25

To William ’05 and Elizabeth Primps ’05 Fulton: Avery, October 2

To Mike ’05 and Emily McAuliff ’06 Gentithes: Lula Eileen, September 1

To Christopher ’05 and Sarah Hitchcock ’04 Parker: Andrew Shaw, September 3

To Brian and Rebecca Armstrong ’06 Babcock: Molly, June 24

In Memoriam

The Scene runs deceased notices on all alumni, current and former faculty members, honorary degree recipients, and staff members and others who the editors determine would be well known to alumni.

Robert B. Timpson ’41, August 19, 2013. He worked as a clerk for the Hackensack Trust before joining Erie Railroad in 1943. Later, he worked as a traffic manager for Flintkote Roofing Co. for 23 years and then continued his career in the traffic department of Hewitt Robins Corp. He retired from T.J. Lipton Co. He is predeceased by his wife, Orre, and is survived by 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Albert A. Bartlett ’44, September 7, 2013. Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Tau Omega, men’s indoor track, men’s cross country. Harvard University: MA, 1948; PhD, 1951. He spent two years as an experimental physicist at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico as part of the Manhattan Project. In 1950, he began his teaching career at Colorado University–Boulder. A speaker on world population growth, he gave his lecture 1,742 times in 49 states and 7 countries. Although retired, he continued to teach students at CU Boulder for years thereafter. He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor. He is survived by 4 daughters.

Richard A. Yarnall ’44, September 15, 2013. Sigma Nu, Maroon-News, soccer, student government. American Field Service, WWII. University of Pennsylvania. He was a sole proprietor for more than 50 years involving more than 200 projects of various types and sizes. In the late ’90s, he authored a philosophy book. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, 2 sons, a daughter, and 3 grandchildren.

Samuel B. Wood Jr. ’46, MA’50, August 31, 2013. Beta Theta Pi. Army Air Corps. He taught for 32 years, and retired as the head of the science department at the Warwick Valley School District (New York). He was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine. He is survived by 4 children.

Otto J. Mertz ’50, October 23, 2013. US Coast Guard, WWII. Harvard University: MEd, 1952; Columbia University: MS, 1959. He spent 27 years working for New York State in statewide and regional planning. He is survived by his wife, Ursula, his daughter, and his grandson.

Robert C. Kienzle ’51, August 13, 2013. Kappa Delta Rho, student government, football. US Air Force, Air Force Commendation Medal. George Washington University: MBA, 1963. Retired, he was a colonel in the US Air Force for many years, and was a professor at SUNY Buffalo. He is survived by his wife, Ethel, and 2 children.

Richard D. Schubert ’51, August 30, 2013. Alpha Tau Omega, Salmagundi, Konosioni, basketball, tennis, marching band, pep band, Maroon-News, Masque and Triangle, Maroon Key. He had a long career in public relations and advertising before being appointed University Director of Public Relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, a daughter, 2 sons, and nephew Mark Schubert ’71.
 
Richard H. Musgnug ’55, June 4, 2013. Lambda Chi Alpha, Maroon Key, Masque and Triangle, cross country, sailing. SUNY Buffalo: MD, 1959. He was a dermatologist who had his own practice in Cherry Hill, N.J. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, 4 children including Rob ’80, a brother, a sister, 9 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Joseph H. Boyd ’60, September 1, 2013. Beta Theta Pi, student government. A retired politician and author, he wrote a book about his experiences working on the campaign staff of a New York governor. In addition, he was a governmental relations consultant and a lobbyist for the Pfizer Corporation. He was predeceased by his first wife, Peggy, and second wife, Sara. He is survived by 2 sons.

Edward H. Miller Jr. ’62, August 31, 2013. Sigma Chi, Phi Beta Kappa, Argentina Study Group, Outing Club, WRCU. Rutgers University: JD, 1965. He began his career working at a bank but soon joined the law firm of Winnie, Banta, Rizzi and Heatherington in Hackensack, N.J. After retiring, he opened a fishing store. He is survived by a son, a daughter, a brother, and 4 grandsons.

Carl G. Langbert ’63, September 17, 2013. Theta Chi, Konosioni, Outing Club, WRCU, Alumni Corporation Board, Class Editor 1973-–2012, Alumni Maroon Citation Award, Alumni Award for Distinguished Service, Class Gift Committee, Reunion Program Committee, Reunion Gift Committee. US Army, 1969–1973; Bronze Star. University of Pennsylvania: DMD, 1967. He was a dentist for 43 years in New Jersey and served as president of the New Jersey Dental Association and chair of the Legislative Committee for the American Dental Association. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son, Brett ’95, and daughter-in-law; his daughter and son-in-law; his brother and sister-in-law; his niece, Mindy Kline ’01; and 5 grandchildren.
 
Kurt H. Brown ’64, September 9, 2013. Phi Delta Theta, Maroon Key, Konosioni, Colgate Thirteen, ROTC, student government, baseball, ice hockey. US Air Force. After graduation, he played professional hockey in Holland as a goaltender with the Dutch National Team. In 1972, he was hired by Delta Airlines and flew worldwide commercial routes until retiring. From 1980–1996, he was the Barrington (Illinois) Area Hockey League’s program director and coach. He was inducted into Colgate’s Athletics Hall of Honor in 2011, and 2 of his goaltending records from 1964 still stand. He is survived by his wife, Else, 3 children, 2 grandchildren, and his sister.

H. Grant Schroeder Jr. ’64, June 16, 2013. Alpha Tau Omega, chorus. He worked for Shell Oil Company. He is survived by his wife, Susan, a son, and a daughter.

John W. Barnett ’71, June 4, 2013. Phi Gamma Delta, Salmagundi, Dijon Study Group, tennis, chorus. University of Massachusetts: MBA, 1976. He began his banking career in New York City with Lloyd’s Bank International, for which he became a VP and specialized in loans to industry and government. He was later hired by Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust and then joined NationsBank as a senior VP. He is survived by his wife, Michelle, his brother, nieces, and nephews.

Mitchell C. Ruda ’71, August 31, 2013. Alumni of Color organization. University of Rochester: MS, 1973; University of Arizona: PhD, 1979. He had a long career as an optical designer. He had experience in optical system design, engineering, fabrication, testing, and evaluation. He was responsible for developing numerous optical systems, and held 4 U.S. patents and a European patent in lasers and optics. He was president of Ruda-Cardinal in Tucson. Also, he was a primary consultant on the repair of the Hubble Telescope. He is survived by his wife, Wendy, and his daughter.

John P. Vornle ’80, September 13, 2013. New York University: MBA, 1985. He was the president and managing director of Long Term Capital Company, a manager at Trust American, and a board member at the U.S. Austrian Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice, 5 children, and his mother and father.

Steven R. Gleken ’87, July 15, 2013. Phi Delta Theta. He was an accountant and a retirement plan specialist. He was predeceased by his father. He is survived by his mother, a brother, aunts, uncles, and a nephew.

Marc Block ’89, May 5, 2013. Delta Kappa Epsilon. New York University, 1994. He was a marketing director for Virgin Entertainment Group. He is survived by his family.

William L. Steiner ’94, August 27, 2013. He was the chief of strategy for the Republican National Committee, having been on the staff for 18 years. He is survived by his companion, Mallory, his father, Bob Steiner ’60, his mother, and his sister.



In tribute


George C. Hudson Jr., 1937–2013
“I become my eight-year-old self when I think of George,” said our grown son, “watching that tall man appear, as he did, around a corner in Innsbruck, Austria, so comfortable in his bearing.”
    George Hudson was a man at ease, with himself and in the world, whether in Kyoto, Dartmoor, the Swiss Alps, or the Everglades, where, now part of family lore, we once followed him.
    He wore his Southern roots with great comfort and grace — holding his father’s family bible, talking about the farm he and sister Carolyn inherited in rural Georgia — as precious in memory as the farm he held in Hubbardsville with his beloved family: his wife, Chikako Ikeguchi, and their son, George Taro Hudson. He had had Taro late in life, and, before his son’s birth, could hardly endure kid talk. But Taro, the most glorious and sunny child we’d ever known, changed all that. Ten minutes into riding in a car with George, anyone would say: it’s okay, George. You can talk about Taro again.
    Chikako and Taro, now 19, saw him though this year of illness, working to make life precious, always. He was a lucky man. And George was lucky in his friendships, with people like the eminent cardiologist Thad Waites, a fellow Southerner whom he met while leading a Smithsonian Institution climb — one of literally dozens he led over the years in Japan, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy — and with lifetime friendships that included Wilbur Albrecht, for whom he wrote a wonderful Colgate Scene piece called “The Blessings of Friendship” on Wil’s retirement. And, of course, all of us in the English department and around the university who love George.
    For George Hudson was on Colgate’s faculty for more than 40 years, and it would be hard to envision anyone who came closer to embodying what we think of as a Renaissance man. His range of courses took him to 17th-Century Literature, Milton, Haiku, Literature and Medicine, more than one survey of English poetry, the two core Western foundations courses, and Core Japan. And he led study abroad programs 15 times over: to London and to Kyoto primarily, but also, in extended study trips to Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a colleague in geology, Karen Harpp.
    George was awarded almost every one of Colgate’s teaching prizes. And he served in numerous roles around the university, as chair of his department and liaison to the Board of Trustees. But perhaps the job he liked best was University Marshal, leading the most important ceremonies for more than a decade. He continued even in the final six months of his illness, showing enormous pride and pleasure when he put the cowl on honorary degree recipient Jeff Fager ’77, whom he much admired.
    Many people wrote to George on his retirement, some with knowledge that he was ill. A small sampling of their words follows. It is not inclusive, but it gives some sense of how deeply admired he was. The letters have much in common and speak to the ways George made place and people important; the intensity with which he taught; and — a rarity always, and perhaps moreso now — the extraordinary scope of vision he brought to us all. In every conversation.
    Susan Cerasano, English department colleague and one of his closest friends, called George a “wonderful mentor, willing to help me better understand so many things and, above all, seventeenth-century poetry… You have, as well, made me aware of the interstices between cultures from the East and from the West. And I have learned an appreciation of places that I will never visit from your stories and postcards, little missives that have taken me with you around the world as you traveled. You have been a generous and wise guide. Thank you for all of this.” Susan concluded, “But mostly, George, I feel blessed because we never run out of words.”
    Andy Seidel ’88, once himself George’s student wrote: “The wonderful thing about George is that he is a student. He doesn’t invite you to learn from him; he invites you to learn with him... I have been fortunate to meet many special people in my over 250 trips to Japan: prime ministers, cabinet ministers, chief executives, university presidents, Nobel laureates and many others. But I have never met another person like George. I don’t think I ever will.”
    Leslie Kaufmann ’74, with whom George kept in touch for the better part of a lifetime, wrote: “I have many memories, quite a few including canoes. Yes, I loved your classes and learned a lot from you, but what stays with me is the friendship. I highly value the life of the mind, but the life of the heart is what keeps me going. And you will always be part of that.”
    Another friend, Liz Reid Wonka ’80, came to Hamilton in September with her husband to celebrate the lifelong student George had made her.
    And a recent student, Susannah Davies, wrote to George while balancing her laptop “on my Norton Anthology of Poetry, which I bought for your introductory poetry class... a sort of talisman that I like to have near me.” She spoke of being taught “to read closely and deeply, to believe in my readings,” to see “reading poetry is a source of pleasure and consolation I can rely on always.”
    There were so many other letters in a book of tributes, from recent graduates like Kaitlyn Kelly ’11, to present students like Nicole Halper ’15, who spoke to the strength of George’s convocation address to her class, and Jian Li ’14, who spoke about the “injection of courage” he brought her.
    And from colleagues like Yo Aizawa (“I will show you my Tokyo, you your Kyoto”) and Takao Kato (“You have many admirers on both sides of the Pacific — including myself. Thank you, Hudson-sensei.”). Also, emeriti, like Dick Sylvester, Bill Oostenink, and Ken Ramchand.
    George was, as Dean Doug Hicks said in his campus announcement of George’s death, “a giant of a man,” winning an admiration and affection that is universally held.” It is an honor to be counted amongst his many admirers and friends.

—Jane Pinchin, Thomas A. Bartlett Professor of English

Carol Bleser, 1933–2013
Carol Bleser, the first female full-time faculty member at Colgate and the first woman to become a full professor at the university, died in Bellport, N.Y., on August 20.



    At Colgate from 1970 until 1985, Bleser was first hired as an associate professor of history. She went on to serve as interim director of women’s studies.
    “Carol was a trailblazer for professional women and mentored many colleagues in pursuit of their educations and careers,” said Douglas Hicks, provost and dean of the faculty.
    Bleser taught southern history and specialized in the Civil War and Reconstruction. Her scholarly legacy includes The Promised Land: The History of the South Carolina Land Commission, 1869–1890 (1969). She then devoted most of her career to the editing of letters and diaries written by famous, infamous, and nearly unknown women and men of the 19th-century South.
    Among those works were Tokens of Affection: The Letters of a Planter’s Daughter in the Old South (1996), The Hammonds of Redcliffe (1981), and the volume for which she may be most remembered, Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond, a Southern Slaveholder (1988).
    In Secret and Sacred, she revealed James Henry Hammond in his own words to readers interested in the tangled, turbulent life of a slaveholder and plantation owner. Not only was The Hammonds of Redcliffe given special praise by the New York Times, but also, owing to the success of both books on the Hammond family, the Redcliffe estate was declared a heritage site.
    Bleser earned her degrees from Converse College (BA) and Columbia University (MA, PhD). She left Colgate to join the Clemson University faculty as the Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Distinguished Professor of United States history, and retired from there in 2000.
    She is survived by her son, Gerald Rothrock, his spouse, Elizabeth, and their daughter, Caroline. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, P.O. Box 47, Bellport, NY 11713.