Notices sorted by graduation date.
Thomas Glenn Brown (Col ’70 L/M) of Utica, N.Y., died Feb. 9, 2014. At the University, he was a member of the Trident Society, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Psi Chi international psychology honor society and the Naval ROTC. Mr. Brown joined the faculty of Utica College in 1975 as an assistant professor of psychology and became a full professor in 1984. Throughout his career, he served in various leadership positions at Utica, first as chairman of the division of behavioral studies, as vice president and dean of the college, and then as president of the college from 1997 to 1998 before returning to teaching full time as Utica’s first Distinguished Professor of the College. Mr. Brown authored many papers, presentations and grants; his research and teaching interests included learning and motivation, specifically schedules of reinforcement and their behavioral byproducts. His work in higher education centered on faculty development, freshman retention and program review and planning. He served on a number of committees, among them the board of trustees for the Utica Zoological Society, the board of directors of the Mohawk Valley Ballet and the board of directors for the Resource Center for Independent Living, of which he was also a past president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Brown’s hobbies included history and collecting pins from Hard Rock Cafés around the world; he visited 83 cafés in 16 countries. He maintained a blog, To Gyre and Gambol, and enjoyed using social networking to reconnect with friends from his childhood and university days. Mr. Brown’s greatest joy was spending time with his wife and daughters, from eating family dinners to taking trips around the world. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, including Amy Caruso Brown (Col ’02 L/M); a grandson; his mother; and a brother, Harold C. Brown Jr. (Grad ’67, ’70).
J. Allan Mitchell (Col ’70 L/M) of Columbus, Ohio, died Dec. 15, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy. At the University, he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and the Young Republicans Club. Mr. Mitchell had a long career in public accounting and financial management in the cellular industry. A resource and adviser to many, he was involved in several community groups, including the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic, LUNGevity and the James Cancer Hospital Lung Cancer Support Group, among others. Mr. Mitchell, who loved many kinds of music, had a wry sense of humor and loved gadgets and technology; he was ham-fisted but liked to fix things. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; three sons, Brian Mitchell (Engr ’02 L/M), Christopher Mitchell (Col ’04 L/M) and Kevin Mitchell (Col ’04, Grad ’08 L/M); a granddaughter; his mother and his father, Joseph A. Mitchell (Col ’46).
G. Moffett Cochran (Col ’73, Law ’76L/M) of New Canaan, Conn., died Nov. 18, 2013. At the University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. Mr. Cochran began his career in New York City with J.P. Morgan, followed by management positions with several other investment firms before becoming the founder, chairman and CEO of Silvercrest Asset Management Group in 2002. He was chairman of the board of directors of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, a trustee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and served on the Board of Managers of the Alumni Association as well as on other boards. He was an accomplished fisherman and hunter and loved traveling the world. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, including Lee S. Cochran (Col ’09 L/M); a brother; and many nieces and nephews.
Robert A. Roseberry (Col ’76 L/M) of Campbell, Calif., died Feb. 15, 2014. At the University, he was a member of the men’s rowing team. Mr. Roseberry was a project manager for Devcon Construction in Milpitas, Calif., and was vice chairman of the Campbell Planning Commission. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; a son; a brother; two sisters, including Susan Roseberry Heartwell (Col ’81); an uncle, Ed Roseberry (Com ’49 L/M); and many nieces and nephews.
Joe S. Bailey (Law ’79) of Auburn, Ala., died April 5, 2014. Judge Bailey practiced law and served as the municipal court judge in Auburn for more than 30 years. He had a wonderful sense of humor and made many friends in the legal profession and around the fire at hunting camp. Survivors include his wife; two sons, including David T. Bailey (Law ’05); three grandsons; a brother and two sisters.
Donna K. Witt Rutherford (Educ ’79) of Shipman, Va., died Feb. 26, 2014. She was a teacher in Nelson County, Va., who also taught piano. Ms. Rutherford owned several businesses in Nelson County and was a professional housing consultant, real estate broker, decorator and insurance agent. She spent many years working at Nelson Homes. A black belt in karate, Ms. Rutherford also enjoyed square dancing, clogging, gardening and sewing. Survivors include her husband; three sons, including Daniel Rutherford (Col ’03); six grandchildren; her mother and a brother.
Margo Waldron Hart (Educ ’79, Darden ’80) of Montrose, N.Y., died Jan. 15, 2014. An intellectually curious woman, her professional career was robust and far ranging. She worked as a licensed real estate broker, marketing director at a publishing firm, admissions officer, corporate trainer, research librarian, consultant, communications director and talent manager at an investment bank. Ms. Hart loved Broadway, reading, Star Trek and singing. Survivors include a son and a brother.