In Memoriam

Ella Taylor Dale ’36 of Rindge, N.H., died July 11. She taught third grade for 21 years in Uniondale. Ella is survived by a son, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Hazel Dean Zbytniewski ’36 of West Branch passed away June 24. She taught for more than 50 years, including at West Leyden Central School and the Rome City School District. Hazel is survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Thomas Morrison ’42 of Newark died May 24. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, Tom opened a radio business, eventually adding television and appliances to the business. He retired in 1983. Surviving are his wife, Mary; two sons; and three grandchildren.

Lillian Tucker Davids ’46 of Morehead City, N.C., died Aug. 2.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond “Buck” ’46; three sons; four daughters; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Joseph Mondello ’49 of Kitty Hawk, N.C., passed away June 3. He served with the U.S. Marines during World War II. Joe earned a master’s degree at St. John’s College. He taught in Hauppauge Public Schools for many years, retiring as principal of Pines Elementary School in 1979. Surviving are a daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Catherine Kovac Muller ’49 of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Aug. 2. She had been a teacher in New York and Pennsylvania. Kay is survived by her husband, Richard; a son; and four grandchildren.

Coolidge Braley ’52 of Chestertown, N.Y., and Bradenton, Fla., passed away May 30. Prior to college, he served with the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. Coolidge earned a master’s degree at St. Lawrence University. He taught industrial arts and driver’s education at North Warren Central School from 1952 until his retirement in 1985. Surviving are his wife, Lois; two sons; two daughters; six grandchildren; and five great-grandsons.

Joseph Lomonico ’53 of Fair Lawn, N.J., passed away June 2, 2010. Joe served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps after graduation. He earned a master’s degree from Columbia University. He taught at Fair Lawn High School for 32 years. Joe also established the Fair Lawn Driving School in 1959 and it is still family-owned. He is survived by his wife, Inge Adler ’53; two daughters; a son; and seven grandchildren.

Mary Hilda Judge M ’54 of Florence, S.C., died May 15 at the age of 103. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of
St. Rose. Hilda taught in the Onondaga School District and was a remedial reading consultant before retiring. She is survived by a son, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

Harry King ’54 of Canton died July 26. He earned an associate’s degree at Canton A.T.I. and a master’s degree at St. Lawrence University. Prior to retiring, Harry taught at SUNY Canton. Surviving are three daughters and four grandchildren, including Samantha MacArthur ’08.

Anthony Romano ’54 of Camillus passed away Aug. 7. He served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. Anthony earned an engineering degree from Syracuse University in 1968. He was employed at General Electric for more than 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Antoinette Solazzo ’55; three sons; a daughter; and 16 grandchildren.

Maureen Hartigan Cohn ’56 of Hammondsport died Aug. 8. She taught in Hammondsport Central School and was a guidance counselor in the Oswego area. Maureen is survived by two daughters, a grandson, two stepdaughters and two stepsons.

Janis Dexter Taylor M ’56 of Los Alamos, N.M., died April 16. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College. She taught in Evanston, Ill., and Los Alamos. Jan is survived by her husband, Dean; a daughter; a son; and three grandchildren.

Arthur Cardinali ’57 of Falls Church, Va., passed away March 4, 2008. Among his survivors is his daughter, Lisa Cardinali Levine ’86.

Ronald Guyer ’58 of Denton, Texas, passed away July 2. He is
survived by his wife, Annelise.

Arlene Zecher Clough ’59 of Ava died Aug. 23. She taught for many years in Rome City Schools. Arlene is survived by a daughter, three sons, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

George Gilmore ’59 of Hudson Falls passed away Sept. 14, 2009. He served with the U. S. Army Air Corps. George earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1950. In 1949, he co-founded B&G Equipment Co., a manufacturer of pest control. He went on to work in his family’s pest control business before deciding on a career in teaching. George taught industrial arts for 21 years at Hudson Falls Junior High School, retiring in 1980. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons; and three grandsons, including Venance Akissi ’08.

Michael Rinko ’60 of New Hartford passed away May 13. He served with the U.S. Navy Reserves. Michael taught in Herkimer, Saratoga, Greenwich and Utica. He is survived by three brothers.

Richard Haug ’61 of Center Moriches died March 8, 2008. He is survived by four children and 10 grandchildren.

Alphonse Salerno ’62 of White Plains died Feb. 3. He served with the U.S. Army. Al taught in California and New Rochelle before opening Salerno’s Coach House Restaurant. He retired in 2005. Surviving are his wife, Jennie DiMatteo ’58; and a son.

Daniel Whitehead ’67 of Oswego passed away Aug. 19. He served with the U.S. Army. Dan taught at Emerson J. Dillon Middle School in Phoenix for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, Susan Dorgan ’65, two sons, and six grandchildren.

Mary Wiecha ’67, who taught English at Oswego, passed away May 4. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Wiecha, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, and three sons, Joseph ’77, Charles and John.

Joan Cserne Knapton ’68 of East Nassau died Aug. 28. She received her master’s degree from the University at Albany. Joan is survived by her husband, Dean ’68; two daughters, Amy Cornell ’91 and Cathy Sweeney; and four grandchildren.

Roy Potucek ’70 of Cato passed away May 31. Roy served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He taught industrial arts technology at Liverpool High School for 30 years, retiring in 2000. Surviving are his wife, Diane; a son and a grandson.

Robert Gresham ’71 of Warners passed away Aug. 15. He taught technology at Mexico High School, retiring in 2004. Surviving are his wife, Kathy; two daughters and one grandchild.

Curtis Toepp ’74 of Baldwinsville died July 29. He was employed with Anheuser-Busch for 28 years, retiring in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Barbara.

Daniel Tetro ’77 of Fulton died July 14. He owned Cavone’s Pizza Supply for 18 years. Dan is survived by three brothers.

L. Suzanne Bertrand ’78 of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Dec. 4, 2009.

Karen Kaplan ’79 of Gainesville, Fla., passed away Nov. 7, 2009. She is survived by her parents and two brothers.

Peter Mahon ’79 of Waldorf, Md., died July 22. He was a social studies teacher at LaPlata High School. Peter is survived by two sisters and a brother.

David “Agarn” Crisafulli ’81 of Oswego passed away Sept. 23. He received his MBA from Syracuse University. Dave was an employee concerns manager with Constellation Energy. He recently published his own autobiography, Good Enough. He was a professional scout for Paramount Major League Baseball and a member of SUNY Oswego’s Baseball Hall of Fame. Dave is survived by two sons. Donations to the David “Agarn” Crisafulli ’81 Fund may be made to the Oswego College Foundation, 219 Sheldon Hall.

Raymond Leggiero ’81 of North Syracuse died July 24, 2010. He was a software engineer for Sensis Corp. Ray is survived by his wife, Patricia Wakefield ’81, and three sons.

Thomas “Cody” Salsberg ’81 of Bay Shore died June 29. He retired after 20 years as a Nassau County police officer. He is survived by his longtime companion, Karen Clark.

Curt Van Cott ’88 of Commack passed away Sept. 4. He was a dentist in Middle Island. Curt is survived by his wife, Marianne; two daughters; and his father, Roy.

Joan Gibson, Associate Professor Emerita of Counseling and Psychological Services passed away May 31, 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree at D’Youville College, master’s degrees at Canisius College and Buffalo State, and a Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. Joan is survived by her partner, Diane Johnson; her stepdaughter and her grandson.

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  1. Arlene Zecher Clough ’59 of Ava died Aug. 23. She taught for many years in Rome City Schools. Arlene is survived by a daughter, three sons, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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