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In Memoriam


WILLIAM J. RASCHI ’47 (engineering and business), High Point, NC; April 4, 2015. The WWII Air Corps veteran was a project director at Gilbarco Veeder-Root in North Carolina. William was predeceased by his wife, Olga; and is survived by two daughters.

DANIEL FRIEDMAN ’54 (management), Springfield, MA; August 19, 2015. The WWII Navy veteran worked for the Defense Department as a civilian employee for 30 years. Daniel was predeceased by his wife, Sheila; and is survived by two sons and a daughter.

GEORGE H. RAMSDELL JR. ’56/L’63 (management), Pennington, NJ; January, 13, 2016. He retired from the Continental Insurance Company in Hartford, CT. George was predeceased by his wife, Pat; and is survived by three sons.

ROGER CANTIN ’59/G’61 (engineering and business/MBA), Chicopee, MA; September 28, 2015. The Korean War Navy veteran worked for Native Energy at Barnes Air Force Base in Westfield, MA. Roger was predeceased by his son and daughter. He is survived by his wife, Alice; three sons; and a daughter.

ROLAND CORBEIL ’60 (accounting), Ludlow, MA; November 18, 2015. Roland is survived by his wife, Margaret; four daughters; and a stepson.

NORMAND VICTOR METHE SR. ’63 (management), West Dennis, MA; November 22, 2015. He was a district director at Conrad Fafard, Inc. Normand was predeceased by his son and is survived by his wife, Lorraine; and two daughters.

KENNETH J. NEARY SR. ’64 (management), Westfield, MA; September 30, 2015. He was a master electrician at H. P. Hood in Agawam, MA. Kenneth is survived his wife, Helen; a daughter; and a son.

AXEL H. ANDERSON ’65 (mechanical engineering), Somers, CT; October 28, 2015. The WWII Coast Guard veteran worked for Hamilton Standard. Axel was predeceased by his stepson and his first wife, Norine. He is survived by his wife, Karen; two sons; and one daughter.

JAMES D. SHEA ’66 (mechanical engineering), Ludlow, MA; October 2, 2015. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. James is survived by his wife, Florence.

THEODORE W. ROUKAS ’67 (management), Springfield, MA; January 31, 2016. The Army National Guard veteran was an engineer at Pratt and Whitney.

JOSEPH W. GONYEA ’71 (mechanical engineering), Westfield, MA; September 22, 2015. He was a sales engineer for Kennametal, Inc. in Latrobe, PA. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three sons, one daughter, and three stepsons.

CHRISTINE SHYLO GELINA G’72 (MBA), October 8, 2015. She had a career in pharmaceutical sales. Christine was predeceased by her husband, Stanley; and is survived by two sons and a daughter.

NORMAN R. SUAVE ’72 (marketing), Riviera Beach, FL; January 13, 2016. The Navy veteran was a sales and production supervisor at Southern Culvert and Contech in Florida. Norman is survived by one son; one daughter; and his former wife, Rhea.

JEFFREY MARK KRAVITZ ’73 (government), East Longmeadow, MA; January 3, 2016. He was the president of his family business, Morris Roofing. Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Sue; four sons; and two daughters.

THEODORE G. EFREMIDES ’75 (engineering management/’77 MBA/’88 MSA), Springfield, MA; August 17, 2014. He was an industrial engineer at Milton Bradley, an adjutant professor at American International College, and owned his own accounting business in Ludlow, MA. Theodore is survived by his wife, Susan; and a daughter.

JOHN H. KENNEDY ’76 (management), Holyoke, MA; November 8, 2015. The World War II Air Force veteran retired from the Worthington Compressor and Atlas Copco as an engineer and manager. John was predeceased by a son and is survived by his wife, Lillian; a daughter; and a son.

JOSEPH LEO GIBEAU ’76 (accounting), Hampden, MA; January 6, 2016. The Korean and Vietnam Air Force veteran owned and operated J.L. Gibeau Tax Accounting in Hampden, MA. Joseph is survived by his wife, Genevieve; two sons; and a daughter.

RICHARD J. BRIOTTA ’79 (MBA) Longmeadow, MA; September 12, 2015. He was the director of communication and information management for Bay Path University. Richard is survived by his wife, Barbara; and two daughters.

STEPHEN J. CAWLEY ’80 (government), Manassas, VA; November 26, 2015. Stephen is survived by a daughter and son.

ANORA M. BLISS ’81(human resources management) East Longmeadow, MA; December 6, 2015. She was co-owner and office manager of Lomac LTD in East Windsor, CT. Anora is survived by her husband, Scott; and two children.

ELIZABETH M. FLINK IRISH ’81 (social work), Melbourne, FL; September 21, 2015. She was a registered nurse in the Springfield area before moving to Florida. Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Nickerson; a daughter; and son.

THOMAS M. KELLY ’81 (law enforcement), Springfield, MA; June 14, 2014. The Vietnam Coast Guard veteran was a lieutenant at the Springfield, MA Police Department. Thomas is survived by his wife, Katherine; and three sons.

REV. JAMES E. CLARK G’83 (MBA), Troy, NY; October 2, 2015. He was a pastor of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in New York. He is survived by two sons.

JAMES F. PETO ’85 (management), Clinton, MA; October 23, 2015. The Navy veteran was an instructor at technical schools and colleges throughout central New England. James is survived by his wife, Connie; three sons; and a daughter.

MICHAEL STANLEY GALE ’85 (accounting), New Smyrna Beach, FL; January 8, 2014. The Vietnam Army veteran was an accountant.

CATHERINE A. KELLY ’86 (human resource management), Westfield, MA; January 6, 2016. She ended her working career at the Center for Human Development in 2009. Catherine is survived by her husband, Robert; and a son.

SANDRA M. THIBAULT-HURLEY ’89 (accounting), Charlestown, MA; May 26, 2014. Sandra is survived by her husband, Robert.

SR. JOAN MULLEN ’89 (MBA), Easthampton, MA; March 29, 2016. She was elected to the Sisters of Providence Executive Council, serving as Vice President and was chair of the Providence Place/Mary’s Meadow Boards.

STEPHEN ANDREW CZYZ ’93 (marketing), Ellington, CT; September 16, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Sherri; and a daughter.

JOHN PAUL DONOHUE ’95 (MBA), Springfield, MA; December 6, 2015. The Navy veteran worked as a quality engineer at Uniroyal Tire Company, Combustion Engineering, ABB and Westinghouse. John is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; and three sons.

CHARLES R. QUINN ’98 (criminal justice), Hudson, MA; April 29, 2015. He was a police officer at the Sudbury Police Department. Charles is survived by his wife, Christine; and four sons.

KEITH E. HOPKINSON ’98 (marketing), Ludlow, MA; November 13, 2015. He was a business manager for the Hartford Life Insurance Company.

RICHARD A. POORE ’98 (law enforcement), Stoughton, MA; October 25, 2015. The Vietnam War Army veteran was a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police. Richard is survived by his wife, Bonnie; a daughter; and son.

MARK STEVEN BUSHA ’99 (engineering management), East Longmeadow, MA; March 17, 2016. He was an engineer at UTC for 25 years. Mark is survived by his son.

SHAUN R. KRAFTHOFER ’03 (management), Newington, CT; September 28, 2015. He was the assistant facilities director for the University of Hartford Sports Center. Shaun is survived by his wife, Kate; two daughters; and a son.

CHRISTINA PORPORA ’08 (psychology), Phoenix, AZ; October 12, 2015. She was a school psychologist.





Benjamin Franklin Jones, a trustee at Western New England from 1966 to 1996, died on January 14 in Stuart, FL, at the age of 93. He is the former president and CEO of Monarch Life Insurance Company in Springfield and the oldest paramedic at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he joined the Monarch Life Insurance Co. in New York City, rising from field underwriter to managing his own agency in Cleveland, OH in 1953. In the early 1960s he moved to Springfield as vice president of agency operations. He ultimately became chairman of the board at Monarch.

Benjamin was heavily involved with civic organizations, including the Springfield Theater Arts Association and Wesson Memorial Hospital. He was chairman of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and was active in promoting the revival of Springfield’s downtown business core.

His civic awards included the prestigious Pynchon Award for good citizenship and outstanding public service and he was honored by the Boy Scouts of America as distinguished citizen of the year. In 1984, Benjamin carried the ceremonial Olympic torch on one leg of its trip to Los Angeles for the summer games.

After a 40-year career with Monarch, he began his second career as a first responder in Springfield and later in Shelter Island, New York, and Stuart, FL. He continued to serve as an EMT in Shelter Island and Stuart until about a year ago.

Benjamin is survived by his wife Betty Jane; a son; and two daughters.