In Memoriam: Brian Goldner

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Our classmate Brian Goldner has died. Brian just recently took a leave of absence from his role as CEO of Hasbro, and Rich Stoddart ’85, who is a Hasbro board member, had stepped in as interim CEO. Brian transformed Hasbro, an old-school toy and game company, by retooling many of its brands into films, television series and online games. He died at his home in Barrington, R.I. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Genick) Goldner and their daughter, Brooke Goldner. His son Brandon predeceased him. More on Brian and his remarkable career can be found in this New York Times obituary.

In Memoriam: Doug Tillman

From Doug’s obituary: “It is with shock and terrible sadness that we share the unexpected death of Douglas “Doug” Eric Tillman, 57, on Monday, July 5, 2021 due to a cardiac event. The only son of Carol and Raymond Tillman, Doug was born on October 29, 1963 in Englewood, NJ. A graduate of Ardsley High School ‘81 and Dartmouth College ‘85, Doug was a Petty Officer Second Class in the US Navy from 1991-1996. It was during his stint in the Navy that he discovered a love of programming which led him to his successful career in computer programming at Grainger, Textura, and lastly as Director of DevOps and PMO for the Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit at Oracle, based in Deerfield, IL. 

Doug and his charismatic energy will be deeply missed. He had an insatiable curiosity, deep intellect and a love of life. He was passionate about his dogs Sassy and Shiloh, books, travel, piano, cooking, great wine and spirits, and languages including Hebrew, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. He was always up for an adventure.”

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/gurnee-il/douglas-tillman-10260434

In Memoriam: José Clemente Orozco Farías

With great sadness we pass along news of Clemente’s passing. He died of a heart attack on January 17, 2021. The grandson of muralist José Clemente Orozco, Clemente had a remarkable career as a typographer, book designer, printer, and artist.

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In Memoriam: Charla McMillian

With great sadness we pass along the news of Charla McMillian’s passing. Charla was diagnosed with MS in 2010. A tribute can be found on Forever Missed, and includes some beautiful writing about Charla’s life and lots of pictures. Those who knew Charla at Dartmouth will remember her spirit, her love of music, her good humor, and how all around great she was. After Dartmouth Charla became a Marine, then went to law school and practiced law, and finally started her own company, FitBoot, one of the first military-style fitness programs. She will be missed.

In Memoriam: Suzanne Powers

We are saddened to report that our classmate Suzanne Powers passed away on September 16, 2020.

Her sister, Jennifer Powers, was kind enough to share some thoughts about her big sister.  A memorial service will be held next spring.

“Yesterday, my big sister Suzanne Powers passed into spirit. She had been in more than one battle with cancer during the last three years, and if will alone could have defeated this disease she surely would have won. 

In my younger years, I regarded my big sister with both admiration and envy. Naturally more extroverted, she was my example of how to be an intelligent, charming, and successful woman. My own path took me to the West Coast, and distance and circumstance limited our relationship. In light of her illness, I am so grateful that we had made the effort to reconnect in recent years.

Suzanne touched many lives. Her voice rang clear and strong whether through song or spoken word on stage. She had the ability to be adventurous, creative, and fun, while also being the essence of reliability and strength. Despite being both an artist and a professional, she was always driven to be more. Life challenges at times constrained her natural ebullience, but her spirit would inevitably break through those grey clouds.

Safe journey, sis. I  expect the angels will have a stronger soprano section (maybe mezzo-soprano?) section now that you are singing your heart out up there.

Love you.”

In Memoriam: Jim Britton

We’re sad to report that Jim Britton passed away on July 14, 2020, from brain cancer. After Dartmouth, Jim’s career included genetic research in Maine, research and development of biological pesticides in Montana, and business analysis at the Town Pump Corporation in Butte, Montana. Jim is survived by his wife Margie Seccomb and daughter Claire Britton. Jim’s friends on Dartmouth crew passed along the news, as well as the info that Jim had been a winner on Jeopardy! and went on to a stint on Who Wants to be a Millionaire as well. An obituary in the local paper can be found here and another article about what a special person Jim was can be found on ButteSports.com.

In Memoriam: Paula Miller

We are saddened to pass along the news that classmate Paula Miller, on April 30, 2020, lost her battle with cancer. Paula lived in Greece with her husband Vassilis Pantelis. She worked in finance, most recently at Opel Vauxhall Finance and earlier at GM Financial and Ally Financial.

Last year in Shades of Green, Paula shared her thoughts about her recent retirement and her health:

After a wonderful 18 years with GM Financial, which offered me the opportunity to live in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden and to add to my frequent flier miles on trips to almost all European countries, as well as Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, I retired in June 2018. Having been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2014, I was very grateful to have managed to basically maintain my lifestyle and career for four years, but increasing fatigue and successive treatment failures also led to the realization that I should no longer postpone devoting myself to other important things, like spending more time with my family and friends, and pursuing my personal interests more actively. The past year has been a bumpy one, both physically and mentally, but overall I’m feeling both happy and at peace . . . .”

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In Memoriam: Sarah Snyder Morris

Sarah died at her home in Salem, OR on May 15, 2020 after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of nearly twenty years, Russ Morris, her mother Sally Page Snyder, her sisters, Sue Snyder Traver, Glastonbury, Ct, Sandy Snyder, Noblesville, IN, Deb Snyder Lawrence, Westerville, OH, and seven nieces and nephews. You can read more about Sarah’s post-Dartmouth life, and read about memorial gifts, here:

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?n=sarah-morris&pid=196272235

In Memoriam: Richard C. Hermann, M.D.

 

We’re saddened to announce the passing of our classmate, Rick Hermann on January 16, 2020. Rick was a psychiatrist and health services researcher at Tufts Medical Center, working on improving the quality of care in mental health services. He published widely on methods for assessing quality on topics including: organizational factors associated with the effectiveness of hospital quality improvement activities; interventions to improve detection of substance-abuse problems; and variations in psychiatric practices. He was also the author of Improving Mental Healthcare: A Guide to Measurement-Based Quality Improvement (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2005).

His friend and colleague Peter J. Neumann, ScD posted a tribute to him on the CEVR at Tufts Medical Center
website.