Former librarian Patricia W. (Tay) Ray died Feb. 1, 2013. She was married to the late John G. Ray Jr., also Class of 1942, who died in 2001. Patricia was for many years an active member of the Topsfield (NH) Congregational Church, serving for a time as superintendent of the Sunday School. She was an avid bridge player and nonfiction reader and enjoyed bird-watching. Patricia is survived by four sons, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Sala Leo Halm died June 18, 2013. Sala, a private pilot, worked for Ingersoll Rand, was a sales manager for Prudential Insurance, was elected five consecutive times as a Steuben (NY) County supervisor, and became the director of Emergency Management for Steuben County for 10 years before retiring to Florida. Sala was a board member of the Salvation Army in Corning and continued his work with the “Army” in Florida by leading fund raising in Sun City Center during the holidays. He is survived by his wife, Helen Cranmer Halm, four children, and 10 grandchildren.


The spouse of Karen (Duncan) Green, William H. Green, died June 22, 2013, following a short illness. A native of Hornell, NY, he was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War Era. Following service, Bill worked on the railroad and for the NYS Department of Transportation Rail Safety Division until his retirement in 2009. Throughout his life, he was an avid volunteer in youth sports. Bill loved spending time with his grandchildren and the entire family and will cherish summers spent at Lake Otsego in Cooperstown.  He is survived by his wife, two sons, and three grandchildren.


Ashley C. Wilson died June 16, 2013. After AU, Ashley earned certification in massage therapy and built her own business, Stressknot Massage Therapy. Her primary goal was to help people feel better. Her sensitivity to people was also shown in her love and care of animals, especially her cats; Ashley embraced all nature.  She is survived by her parents, Ted and Teresa Strohmeyer Wilson; a brother, Ryan; and a very special friend Andre Berry.

(above posted 6/26/13)


Alfred L. Ploetz, 92, died May 21 in Papillion, NE. After receiving an engineering degree from Alfred University he worked as a machinist then joined the U.S. Army in 1944. After the Army discharged him with a rank of sergeant, he joined the U.S. Geological Survey and held the titles of civil engineer, topographic engineer, and cartographer. After retiring in 1980, he worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block for 10 years.


Mary Jane Gibson died May 7, 2013 at Heritage Rehab and Skilled Nursing in Gerry, NY. After graduating from Alfred University, she earned a master’s degree in education from Fredonia State College. She worked at Bemus Point School as a fifth grade teacher and served as a member of the NYS Horse Show Association, the American Saddle Horse Association, the Eastern Star of Bradford, PA, and the Samuel Derby Post American Legion in Frewsburg, NY.


Raymond A. Eaton Jr. died May 17 in Newburgh, NY. After graduating from Alfred University, he served in the National Guard and worked as a financial advisor for IBM for 37 years. He belonged to several organizations such as the IBM Quarter Century Club, the IBM Retiree Club, the Moose Club of Poughkeepsie, NY, and the Elks Club.       


Maurice Tuning died April 6, 2013 in Sarasota, FL. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he graduated from Mansfield Teacher’s College and then earned a master’s degree from Alfred University. He taught social studies at Fredonia High School for over 30 years, combining humor and his relaxed style to educate and challenge his students.


Richard L. ‘Roz’ Rosintoski, 75, died May 5 in Wellsville, NY. After graduating from Alfred University, he served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1956-60. Following his service, he held employment as a graphic artist in the print shop at Alfred State College until he retired in 2003. He ran “Ampersand GD&A,” a graphic design and printing company and helped operate the Allentown (NY) Antique Shop.



Gordon Walker died unexpectedly  March 17, 2013 in Petaluma, CA. A former steel worker and soldier in the U.S. Army, Walker had a successful career as a real estate broker and developer. He is survived by Mary Ann, his wife of 58 years, three sons, and five grandchildren.


Milton W. Wheeler of Kanona died March 27, 2013. After serving as a pilot in the Army Air Corps, Milton worked as a teacher and supervising principal in Allentown, NY and Kanona before retiring in 1978. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wilma Swezey Wheeler, seven children, 16 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.


David Lamb died in Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA on March 14, 2013 after a heroic battle with cancer. There will be a memorial organized by his family in Geneva, NY, at 2 p.m., May 4, 2013, at Geneva’s Presbyterian Church.

Lamb, nicknamed “Chops” during his time at AU for his sideburns and mustache, graduated from Geneva High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from AU and a master’s in environmental science and limnology from Washington State University. He married Michele Fevrier from Cherbourg, France on Aug. 24, 1985 in Spokane. He went on to have a successful career as an ecologist serving as Lakewater Ecologist for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Plummer, ID and the consultant on weed control for the Sacheen Lake Residents’ Association.

He was also involved with a number of environmental organizations dealing with lake management research. Lamb was a member of the Floklore Society in Spokane, where he met his wife, played the fiddle and drums, and was an active scuba diver.

His bright and caring personality was a beacon for all, and his zest for life, great smile and indomitable spirit will always be in the hearts of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Michele; son, Christopher; brother, William; sister, Elizabeth; mother, Barbara; and niece and nephew, Alison and Robert.


Edith Rose Johannes, friend of Alfred University and former professor of nursing, died March 19, 2013.  Johannes earned a master’s degree in public health nursing; her nursing career spanned over 40 years, including serving in the Army Nurse Corps during WWII. She was a volunteer with the Allegany County Red Cross for 15 years and was an avid gardener and reader.


Alfred University Life Trustee James T. Henderson died March 24, 2013 in Rochester. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; and three sons, Thomas, Preston, and John. John is a member of the Alfred University Class of 1975; his wife, Judith, is AU class of 1974.  James Henderson worked in the insurance profession for over 40 years. In addition to serving Alfred University, James was on the boards of many Rochester organizatons including Eastman Dental Center, HIghland Hospital Foundation, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Fairport Baptist Homes, and The Friendly Home.


Yung Tao died Feb. 16, 2013. He was born on Aug. 14, 1927 in Kunming, China and immigrated to the United States in September 1947. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Iowa Wesleyan College before attending AU where he earned a bachelor of science degree in glass technology and a master of science degree in ceramic engineering. While at Alfred he met his wife, Grace, who survices; they married on Sept. 5, 1953.

After jobs at North American Refractories, Sylvania Electric, and Westinghouse Electric, Yung went to Texas Instruments in Dallas. As manager and chief product engineer of hermetic seals and header development, he was insturmental in developiong technologies needed to produce the first circuit assemblies.

In 1971, the family moved to San Diego where Yung became vice president of Dielectric Systems and subsequently a founding partner of Ceramic Systems where he served as vice president and then president. At these companies Yung developed new technologies for the rapidly advancing semiconductor industry. He spent the final years of his career at Amdahl Corp. designing and developing mainframe computers.

Yung's son Andy writes: "My dad was a proud alum. He started a scholarhip fund at Alfred (which has awarded some $100,000 to date). He wore his class ring 'til the day he died."


Abram "Al" Lass died Feb. 4, 2013. Al had a long career as a ceramic and glass designer, designing for Lenox, Stetson China Co., and Allied Chemical's melamine division in addition to his work as an independent designer. He was most proud of his work as a partner and designer for Jonal Crystal where he worked for 12 years creating crystal barware and giftware.


Leo Sharpe of New Hartford died March 5, 2013. In addition to his time at AU, he also attended SUNY Morrisville, the University of Georgia, Syracuse University, and SUNY Albany.


Janice A. King died Jan. 26, 2013. She was a member of Sigma Chi Nu Sorority during her AU years and was tapped for the Phi Sigma Gamma National Honorary Fraternity for Outstanding Women on Campus.


Former AU Trustee (1995-98) Victoria Larson died Feb. 8, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Reed Larosn, AU Class of 1977. Victoria grew up in Bethpage, Long Island and lived in PIttsburgh, San Diego, and Erie, PA before returning to Long Island. She was the founder and president of Ackley Home Health Servies of San Diego and upon returning to Long Island, served as a nursing supervisor at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Greenport.

Victoria had a lifelong love of the beach and sailing and was a 27-year member of the Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego. She was also active in her community in the East End of Long Island as a member of the Southold Yacht Club and as a Boy Scout Leader of Southold Troop 6.


Christina A. Hook died unexpectedly in Albany Feb. 8, 2013. After earning two master's degrees in literacy and special education from Sage Colleges, she worked as a special education teacher in the Cairo-Dunham Central Schools until a long-term disability forced her to retire. She spent her free time painting and her work is featured in several local galleries.


Roger A. Peterson of Martinsburg, WV died Jan. 30, 2013 at City Hospital. Originally from Jamestown, NY, he taught high school and college mathematics for over 40 years in addition to serving in the U.S. Air Force and volunteering at York Hospital in York, PA.


Gerard B. Pollock of Mannsville, NY died Jan. 16, 2013. Gerry, as he was known by all, was ordained as a pastor in the United Methodist Church in 1964 and served in churches across New York and Connecticut. He also participated on a number of boards and volunteer organizations, including serving as Secretary of Archives and History for the northeast jurisdiction of the United Methodist conference.





James F. Eggler of 184 Elm St., Stonington, CT died peacefully at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital on Feb. 5, 2013. Jim was born on Feb. 2, 1945 in Ridgway, PA, the son of James M. Eggler and Dorothy (Young) Eggler. He graduated in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Alfred University (NY), where he was an outstanding scholar and athlete. He was named to the Division III All American Football Team as a Senior and is a member of the Saxon Athletic Club Football Sports Hall of Fame.For a full obituary, go to: http://www.alfred.edu/pressreleases/viewrelease.cfm?ID=7967



Richard W. Johnson died Nov. 13, 2012. He retired in 1989 after 33 years as an actuary from the National Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He was an avid chess, poker, and bridge player, and was known for his pipes, dry sense of humor, teaching at Purdue University, and his original children's stories and poems.


Robert Cleveland Harriss, a ceramic engineer, died Dec. 30, 2012. Robert enjoyed hunting, hiking, canoeing, photography, traveling, and keeping in touch with friends and family. He advocated responsible use and conservation of natural resources and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren the fine art of fishing, instilling an appreciation for the outdoors.


Dorothy Orsmby Argentieir died Nov. 19, 2012. Dorothy was a teacher during her early career, then served as director of Human Resources at Alfred State College, retiring in 2002. She was an active volunteer and member of many community organizations. She was a die-hard New York Yankees fan and an avid Buffalo Bills fan. She was a master bridge player and enjoyed golf and tennis. Gifts in Dorothy's memory may be made to Alfred University's Baccalaureate Scholarship fund, University Relations, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802.


Elizabeth "Jean" Hanks, who retired in 2001 as administrative assistant to the director of dining services at Alfred University, died Dec. 17, 2012. She had served in various positions at the University for 57 years. Daughter Nancy currently works at the University in the same position her mother retired from.


Jack M. Wall of Doylestown, PA, died Dec. 1, 2012. He worked in the construction industry.

Harold Newton Barr of Baltimore and former Army radio operator, died Dec. 22, 2012. After his tenure in the service he pursued a career in nuclear science, earning patents and designing a nuclear battery for pacemakers.



Corinne Gallman died Oct. 26, 2012 following a brief illness.1961



Donald Dennerlein died Nov. 7, 2012 in Jamestown, NY. Before his retirement, he was a ceramic engineer working in research and development in the glass industry. He will be remember as a loving and caring person who enjoyed spending time singing with his barbershop groups. He also loved skiing, sailing, and watching the Stock Market. He is survived by his wife, Karen.


David M. Martin died Oct. 14, 2012 in Ames, IA. He retired as a full prfessors in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Iowa State University in 2000. He found the Gaffers Guild (glassblowing club) and served two terms as president of the Faculty Senate. He was known for his lectures for incoming engineering students. He is survived by his two sons, Hogan and David Jr.


Frederick Yehl passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 after a brief illness. Fred was an accomplished artist and painter, holding degrees from Alfred University, Cleveland Institute of Art and Alabama Polytechnic Institute. He designed wall accessories for Syracuse Ornamental Company from 1957 until his retirement. Fred devoted much of his life to his art, working in a variety of mediums and continuing to paint for his own enjoyment until his death. He is survived by three nephews, three nieces and many good friends and neighbors.


Bertram Katz died suddenly last week. He received his BFA at Alfred University and his MA at Hunter College, where he studied with the Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell.  

Bert lived in France in the late 1950s where he painted and researched the 19th century French artist Daumier.  He had a teaching career that spanned over 50 years, beginning at The High School of Music and Art (which he also attended), Ohio State University (OSU) where he was a tenured professor (1966-73), Parsons School of Design, and the Gallatin Division of New York University where his course, Drawing and Painting, was a staple in the curriculum for more than two decades.  He also served as director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New York Arts Program.

While at OSU, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, Bert founded The First International Conference on the Visual and Performing Arts in Higher Education—a week-long conference that included such figures as the artists Robert Wilson, Robert Smithson, Peter Blake, Viola Farber and the art critics Harold Rosenberg and Lucy Lippard.

Bert was an exhibiting painter and photographer, and was included in numerous international collections and museums including those of the late President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museé Picasso in Paris.

Bert is survived by former wife Linda Napolin (AU Class of ’56), two daughters, Margo Katz and Jessica Katz Starke, three granddaughters and three nieces.  Cards of condolence can be sent to:  Margo Katz, 145 Lexington Avenue, Cranston, RI  02910.


Ella “Ellie” Hyslip Walker of Wellsville died Nov. 3, 2012 after a three-year battle with breast cancer.

Ella began her teaching career as a substitute at various schools in Allegany County untile she was contracted by Scio Central School where she taught for 22 years, retiring in 1992. 

She is survive by her husband of 55 years, Richard E. Walker; two sons, Robert and Richard, both of Wellsville; and three granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.


Mary Bazar died unexpectedly May 11, 2012 from complications of a brain tumor. A nurse, she was working as a health analyst at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rochester at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband Andrew; a daughter, Jill Kocher; a son, Matthew Bazar; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.



Isabel Hungerford died Oct. 14, 2012.


Margaret H. Katz died Oct. 25, 2012 of esophageal cancer. Margaret grew up in Wayland, NY, where she attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and Wayland High School. She graduated from Alfred University in 1970 with a BA in French before attending graduate school at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she met her husband, Stephen Katz. The two were married in 1971. Margaret spent several years working at the Historic New Orleans Collections and then at the Special Collections Department of Tulane University Library. After a brief stint as a liason for a mining firm, she returned to library work as a conservator and preservationist at the Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Margaret loved gardening, sewing, her Airedale dogs, and traveling and exploring France and French culture.


Artist/educator Louis Mendez, died July 27, 2012. He was best known for largely figurative ceramic sculpture. An acknowledge master of his medium, Louis’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design (New York City); the Arizona State University Museum at the Herberger Institute for Design + the Arts, Tempe; the Mind Museum of Craft & Design, NC; the Columbia Museum of Art, SC; the Gangjin Ceramics Museum, South Korea; the Lima (Ohio) Art Museum; the Museo del Barrio; and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art on the Alfred University campus.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne; a son, Aaron; and two grandchildren.

A secular memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at Alger House, where he enjoyed many wonderful parties over the years. Details to come.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alfred University by sending a gift to University Relations, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802. The donor should include a note stating the gift is in memory of Louis Mendez.



Margaret Arline Reilley King Ostrander died April 10, 2012 at Plantation Estates Drive, Mathews, NC. urviving are her husband, Roland Ostrander; a daughter, Roblyn King Potter, AU Class of 1963; two grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Margaret always spoke of her wonderful memories during her four years at Alfred University.


Bonita E. Lyke died July 22, 2012 at the Paloma Blanca Nursing Facility, Albuquerque, NM, following a long illness. A nurse, Bonita was employed at St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell, from 2005 until her death. She enjoyed music, gatherings of family and friends, genealogy, and pursuing professional studies.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Lyke; a daughter, Dr. Jennifer Bocock, MD; a son, Jonathan Bocock; and three grandchildren.


Robert Carter Kelley, former manager of dormitories and dining halls, then business manager, at the University, died July 24, 2012, at home in Alfred.  After his retirement from AU in 1985, his avocation became his vocation as a full-time antiques dealer. He loved to research, buy and sell antiques.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores. 


John J. Bauer of San Mateo, CA, died May 21, 2012. The ceramic engineering major was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. An adventurer, he as a pilot, motorcycle rider, fisherman, boatman, camper, horseman, Rotarian, church leader, and traveler. He is survived by his wife, Gail; a daughter, Christine Bauer; two sons, Jeff and Willie; and two grandsons.


Mark L. Lane, president and CEO of Fidelis Care, the NYS Catholic Health Plan, died July 22, following a brief illness.  Mark was committed to serving people through his work at Fidelis Care, which provides health coverage to children and adults in 59 counties throughout New York State. An experienced and innovative health care executive, Mark (known to some at Alfred as Myron) oversaw the development of Fidelis Care from its ea