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  In Memoriam




Gerard A. Ripp, D.D.S.
Dec. 2, 1999
At Samaritan Hospital, Troy, N.Y., at 69. Dr. Ripp maintained a private dental practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery in Troy from 1960 until 1993. He had also served as an adjunct professor in the dental hygiene department at Hudson Valley Community College from 1960 to 1990 and, in the department of anatomy, cell biology and neuroanatomy at Albany Medical College, from 1993 until 1999. An Army veteran, Dr. Ripp had been stationed two years in the U.S. Dental Corps-Post Oral Surgeon, at Fort Lawton in Washington. He is survived by his wife, Vivian; three sons, including Timothy J. '81; three daughters; two stepchildren; a brother; 14 grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces, including John A. '70, Robert H. '78, Michael F. '80 and Jeanne Ripp Shriver '87. 


William F. Lynch
Jan. 28, 2000
In Florida, at 72. During his career, Mr. Lynch worked for many years as a salesman of building materials for the construction industry on the South Shore. For 10 years prior to retirement, he was an employee of the Massachusetts Lottery Commission. Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife, Margaret; two stepsons; a brother; and several nephews and nieces. 

Joseph H. Mikutovicz
Dec. 24, 1999
In Trumbull, Conn., after a battle with cancer, at 72. Prior to his retirement in 1989 from the General Electric Ordnance Systems Division, Mr. Mikutovicz worked for the General Electric Company for over 37 years. After high school, he had enlisted in the armed forces; a member of the Army Medical Corps, he completed part of his military service with the occupational forces in Japan. While a student at Holy Cross, Mr. Mikutovicz was a member of the varsity football team. In 1987, Mr. Mikutovicz was elected to the Adams-Cheshire Athletic Hall of Fame in Massachusetts in honor of his performance in the sports of football, basketball and baseball. He is survived by two daughters, including Eileen M. Donnelly '86; a brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.


Richard L. Derry
Feb. 22, 2000
At Tippett House, Needham, Mass., at 67. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Derry had been a professor of medieval history and dean of the School of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. During his career, he had served as chairman of the history department for 30 years. Mr. Derry was an Army veteran. He is survived by a son; a granddaughter; his mother; three brothers, including John H., M.D., '56 and Thomas L. '61; and two sisters.

Francis P. Gilfeather
Oct. 21, 1999
At his home in Bennington, Vt., at 66. Mr. Gilfeather had been the librarian at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Previously, he had worked for Grant's department stores and Moody's Investment Services in New York City. During the Korean War, Mr. Gilfeather served in the Army. He is survived by a brother; two nephews; a niece; eight grandnephews and grandnieces; and several cousins. 


Robert M. Davidson
Nov. 22, 1999
In Florida, at 64, after a brief illness. Mr. Davidson had most recently been associated with the Davidson Real Estate Group; at the time of his death he was president-elect of the Key West Association of Realtors. Previously, he had maintained a private law practice in Westport, Conn., Davidson and Naylor. At the start of his career, Mr. Davidson served in the Navy and then practiced law with the firm of Kelly, Drye, Newhall, McGuiness and Warren in New York City. Mr. Davidson is survived by his wife, Judith; two sons; two daughters; seven grandchildren; a brother; a sister; and nine nephews and nieces. 

John J. Tobin Jr., M.D.
Jan. 7, 2000
At his home in Stamford, Conn., at 65. Dr. Tobin, who specialized in internal medicine and family practice, had been a partner with the Darien Medical Group from 1970 until 1991. During that time, he had been an associate in internal medicine at the Stamford (Conn.) Hospital and attending physician, family practice, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Stamford. From 1983 until 1991, he served as the director of health for the town of Darien, Conn. Dr. Tobin is survived by a son; three daughters; and five grandchildren. 


Paul V. Gearan
Dec. 9, 1999
At his home in Whitinsville, Mass., of complications from bile-duct cancer, at 63. Mr. Gearan had most recently been a consultant to Formation Consultation Services in Whitinsville. At the start of his career, he practiced law in Fitchburg, Mass., from 1961 until 1966; during this time, he served two terms as a councilor at large on the Fitchburg City Council, and as president in 1966. The first chief counsel of the Northern Worcester County Aid Society, Mr. Gearan served on the National Project Advisory Group. Named Northeast regional director of legal services for the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunities, based in New York City, he was responsible for promoting legal reform and increasing federal funding in the Northeast region and Puerto Rico. As regional counsel to the U.S. Community Services Administration in New York, Mr. Gearan oversaw a major revamping of the city's federal anti-poverty program. He then served as an assistant to the director of Legal Services Corp., assistant director of Westchester (County) Legal Services and later as a family-law attorney at Legal Services for Cape Cod and the Islands. Mr. Gearan is survived by two sons; a daughter; a stepdaughter; a brother, John W. '65; two sisters; a stepgranddaughter; an aunt; and many nephews and nieces. 

Richard A. Stebbins
Feb. 1, 2000
At Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass., at 63. Prior to his retirement in 1998, Mr. Stebbins had been the regional president of BayBank and then BankBoston for seven years. Previously, he served as president and chief executive officer of BayBank Valley from 1983 until 1991 and as executive vice president from 1979 to 1983. Mr. Stebbins joined the Colonial Bank and Trust Co., Waterbury, Conn., in 1966, advancing from assistant treasurer to vice president and regional manager in 1971. During his career, he had also been an instructor in the M.B.A. program at Western New England College, Springfield. Very active in community affairs, Mr. Stebbins had been a board member and campaign chair of the Pioneer Valley United Way, a member of the board of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and board member and chair of the Springfield Symphony. He had also been the founder, board member and chair of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and a member of the boards of Catholic Health East in Philadelphia; the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield; the diocese's Springfield Investment Committee; the Plan for Progress; Partners for a Healthier Community; and the Beveridge Foundation. Active in many fund-raising activities, Mr. Stebbins had been involved with campaigns for Springfield College and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The recipient of numerous honors, he was presented the Pynchon Award in 1993 and the Distinquished Citizen Award from the Pioneer Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America, in 1990. Mr. Stebbins had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Marie; two sons; two daughters, Laura M. '84 and Jennifer A. Griggy '86; a brother; a brother-in-law, Francis J. McCabe '45; and four grandchildren. 


William D. Doino
Dec. 20, 1999
In Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital, of heart failure, at 61. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Doino had been a partner with Ernst and Young, New York, most recently serving as the national director of trust outsourcing; previously, he had held the positions of regional director of financial planning and director of the individual tax practice. Prior to joining Ernst and Young, Mr. Doino had been vice president of trust administration and tax at the U.S. Trust Company of New York Inc. During his career, he had also been a national speaker on taxation. Mr. Doino, who had been president of the Holy Cross Club of New York in the early 1970s, was voted Crusader of the Year in 1988. A member of the President's Council and a Holy Cross class agent for many years, he had most recently been involved in planning 40th-reunion activities. Mr. Doino had also been active in many charitable organizations, including Cancer Care Inc., the Archdiocese of New York and the Knights of Columbus. A tax attorney, he had been affiliated with the New York State Bar Association, New York County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Board of Tax Management, New York City Estate Planning Council and the New York University Tax Society, where he served as a board member. Mr. Doino received his juris doctor degree from the New York University School of Law, where he later served as an adjunct professor; he then obtained a master's degree in taxation from Long Island University. Fr. Miller concelebrated his funeral Mass, held Dec. 28, at Assumption Church in Westport, Conn. Mr. Doino is survived by his wife, Gloria; a son; three daughters, including Aline C. Weiller '87; two sisters; an aunt; and four grandsons. 

Edmond V. Worley
July 26, 1999
At Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, of complications from a heart attack, at 61. Mr. Worley had been the executive director of the Cleveland Foodbank Inc., which was organized in 1979 to serve the hungry of Greater Cleveland; he was the agency's founding director. At the time of his death, he had also been the chairman of the First Step Alliance, which helps individuals in need of household furnishings. In 1988 Mr. Worley left the food bank to serve as the founding director of the Fairhill Institute for the Elderly until 1992. Ordained to the priesthood in 1968, he had served the Diocese of Cleveland as associate pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Shaker Heights; St. Brendan Church in North Olmsted; as the director of continuing education for priests of the diocese, from 1973 until 1977; and as associate pastor at St. John Vianney Church in Mentor. He left active ministry in 1979. A veteran of the Navy, Mr. Worley had served three years as a gunnery officer. He is survived by his wife, Carmeline; three daughters; a granddaughter; and a brother. 


Paul Farley
Dec. 8, 1999
At Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton, Mass., at 56. Mr. Farley, who had worked 32 years for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. in Boston, had most recently served as a manager of corporate internal auditing. During his career, he had been active in the Boys Scouts and the Knights of Columbus. An Army veteran, Mr. Farley served as a sergeant in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Roseann; a son; two daughters; two sisters; and two grandsons.
Joseph "Joe" Concannon
Feb. 16, 2000
Joseph "Joe" Concannon died Feb. 16 at his home in Brighton, Mass., at 60.
Prior to his retirement in September, he had worked for The Boston Globe as a sports writer for more than 30 years. During his career, he wrote about the Boston Marathon, golf, track and field, the Beanpot, college sports, the Bonne Bell race, and the Charles Regatta. In 1986, Mr. Concannon won first prize in the Golf Writers of America contest for an article about Jack Nicklaus. The founder of the Litchfield Hills (Conn.) Road Race, he had also written a book about running. 
After receiving his degree from Boston University in 1961, Mr. Concannon served in the Army and then, in the Reserves, until 1967. He worked as a sports information assistant at Harvard University and Holy Cross before joining The Globe in 1966. 
Mr. Concannon left no immediate family.


H. Paul Culverhouse
Feb. 9, 2000
At his home in San Francisco, Calif., at 51. Mr. Culverhouse was a computer technician for many years at the American Academy of Opthalmology in San Francisco. He had also served in the Army National Guard. Mr. Culverhouse is survived by three brothers; a sister; and several nephews and nieces. 

Gary E. Swan
Feb. 17, 2000
In Daytona Beach, Fla., at 51. Mr. Swan, a sportswriter for the San Francisco (Calif.) Chronicle, had been in Daytona Beach to cover the Daytona 500 auto race at the time of his death. Joining the Chronicle in 1981 as a news reporter, he became a sportswriter in 1989. During his career at the newspaper, he wrote more than 2,500 articles, which included stories about women's college basketball, professional hockey and the San Francisco Giants; he covered the San Francisco 49ers football team for more than 10 years. Mr. Swan had previously worked for the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and the New Haven (Conn.) Journal Courier. He is survived by his wife, Lenora; two sons; and a brother. 


Paul R. Phalen
Jan. 26, 2000
At Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington, Conn., at 50. Mr. Phalen had been a longtime partner in the Torrington law firm of Muschell Phalen and Simoncelli. In 1998, he became a staff attorney for the state of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families. Mr. Phalen had also been an adjunct professor at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, where he taught political science. Active in community affairs, he was a member of the Torrington Historic Preservation Trust Inc., the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the YMCA. Mr. Phalen is survived by his wife, Nina; three sons; his mother; a brother; and a sister. 

Jeannette M. "Red" Carey
Dec. 16, 1999
Jeannette M. "Red" (Glynn) Carey, 74, died Thursday, Dec. 16 in the Life Care Center of Auburn, Mass. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Carey had worked in food service at Holy Cross, having been a fixture in Kimball Hall for more than 19 years. Mrs. Carey is survived by three sons; a daughter; two brothers; a sister; five grandchildren; and nephews and nieces. 


Paul Blaber
Dec. 28, 1999
In New York, at 48. Mr. Blaber is survived by his mother; four brothers, Robert O. '73, John J. '77, Michael P. '80 and Stephen J. '81; a sister; and several nephews and nieces. His father was the late Oliver J., M.D., '45. 


Lynn (Schobert) Bristol
Feb. 26, 2000
At her home in Pottsville, Pa., at 44. Mrs. Bristol is survived by her husband, Michael G. '75; her mother; four sons; four daughters; a brother; and a sister. 


Christine R. Legere
Dec. 8, 1999
In Connecticut, at 30. Ms. Legere had most recently been affiliated with her family's business, Legere Group Ltd., in Avon, Conn., where she was employed as a purchaser. Previously, she had been a volunteer emergency medical technician with the Vernon Ambulance Corp.; she later became a paramedic with Aetna Ambulance in Hartford, Conn. Ms. Legere is survived by her parents; a brother; her maternal grandfather; uncles and aunts; and cousins.

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