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  In Memoriam



Joseph L. Finn, M.D.
Dec. 9, 2005

At St. Joseph's Manor, Meadowbrook, Pa., at 95. Dr. Finn had maintained an obstetrics/gynecology practice in Philadelphia for 50 years, retiring in 1987. Associated with Dr. P.B. Bland at the start of his career, he subsequently organized obstetrics/gynecology departments at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, Pa., and Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. Dr. Finn had been the first medical staff president at Holy Redeemer Hospital, serving from 1956-59; he was subsequently the first member of the medical staff to be elected to the hospital's board of directors. A five-year veteran of World War II, Dr. Finn served the last two years as commanding officer of a portable surgical hospital attached to the Chinese Army in Central China; he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. A 1935 graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Finn then served his internship and residency at Jefferson Hospital, where he had been the first physician to hold the position of resident; he later taught at Jefferson Medical College as an associate professor of obstetrics/gynecology. A founding member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Finn had belonged to the American College of Surgeons; the American Medical Association; state and local associations; and the Philadelphia College of Physicians. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Dr. Finn is survived by his wife, Matilda; three daughters; two sisters; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Daniel A. Shea Jr.
Oct. 23, 2005

At South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, Mass., at 93. An attorney in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, for more than 50 years, Mr. Shea had specialized in land court examining and had performed work for the state. During World War II, he served in the Army; a member of the Wessagussett Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Weymouth, Mr. Shea had worked on behalf of veterans' issues. During his career, he had also been involved in local civic and church affairs. Mr. Shea is survived by a son; a daughter; a brother; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ellsworth H. Simpson
Nov. 15, 2005

In Florida, at 89. During his career, Mr. Simpson had been an accountant with General Motors for many years. A veteran, he served in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Simpson had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Lois; a son, Alan H. '65; a daughter; two stepdaughters; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Stuart W. Cosgriff, M.D.
Dec. 17, 2005

In New Jersey, at 88. A longtime physician, Dr. Cosgriff had been associated with the Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, from 1951-83; he served as professor of medicine until 1983, and, subsequently, as professor emeritus. A 1942 graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he had specialized in internal medicine and vascular diseases. During World War II, Dr. Cosgriff had been a captain in the Army. He is survived by four sons; a daughter; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

George J. Hayer
Nov. 15, 2005

At the Buckley Health Care Center, Greenfield, Mass., at 89. Prior to his retirement in 1985, Mr. Hayer had served 13 years as a Superior Court judge for the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Previously, he had been a partner in the Greenfield law firm of Hayer, Callahan & Shea. A member of the School Committee in Greenfield during the 1950s, Mr. Hayer had also held the post of town moderator for more than 20 years. During World War II, he served in the Army with the headquarters of the 13th Army Air Corps as a combat intelligence officer in the campaigns of the Southern Philippines, Northern Solomons and New Guinea; Mr. Hayer attained the rank of captain. He was a recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal; Philippine Liberation Medal with Bronze Service Star; the World War II Victory Medal; and American Service Medal. A 1934 graduate of Springfield (Vt.) High School, Mr. Hayer had been class valedictorian and a member of the varsity football team; he was named to the Vermont All-State varsity football team. Mr. Hayer is survived by his wife, Lorraine; a son; a daughter; a sister; three grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

William A. Jackson
Nov. 19, 2005

At his home in Lynn, Mass. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Jackson had worked 40 years for the General Electric Co. in Lynn. During World War II, he served in the Army. Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife, Betsey; four sons; a daughter; a brother; a sister; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Gerard R. Davis Sr.
Nov. 3, 2005

In Bethesda Hospital, Boynton Beach, Fla., at 88. During his career, Mr. Davis had been the founder, owner and operator of the company, Gerard R. Davis Limited, in North Smithfield, R.I.; following his retirement in 1985, he relocated to Florida. Mr. Davis served as a North Smithfield town council president in the 1960s. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Forestdale, R.I. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Georgette; three sons; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Raymond J. L'Esperance
Dec. 6, 2005

In the Radius Healthcare Center, Worcester, at 87. A 38-year employee of the Norton Company in Worcester, Mr. L'Esperance had been a production supervisor in the diamond grinding wheel division; he retired from the company in 1978. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. L'Esperance served in the European theater and fought at the Battle of the Bulge; he was a recipient of a Bronze Star. Active in sports throughout his life, Mr. L'Esperance had been a member of the baseball and track teams at Holy Cross; at his alma mater, North High School in Worcester, he had played varsity baseball and, as a member of the track and field team, broke high school records in the high jump and hurdles. Mr. L'Esperance had been a youth baseball coach for many years with the Jack Barry Little League and the West Side Babe Ruth League in Worcester. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son; a daughter; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Francis X. Morrissey
March 13, 2005

At Heritage Hall, Southwick, Mass. Mr. Morrissey is survived by three sons.

James C.B. Millard Jr.
Dec. 3, 2005

In Connecticut, at 84. A longtime attorney, Mr. Millard had been associated with the New York firm of Webb & Knapp; he concentrated his practice on real estate contract law. At the start of his career, Mr. Millard had worked in the Corporation Counsel's Office of the city of New York and the District Attorney's Office. During World War II, he had been a pilot in the Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander; Mr. Millard later served in the Korean War. He is survived by a son, James C.B. III '73; two daughters; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen S. '74; six grandchildren, including Anne Brady '06; and five great-grandchildren. His brothers were the late Rev. Daniel F.M. '47 and Charles E.F. '54.

George T. Dooley Jr.
Dec. 12, 2005

In Massachusetts. A veteran, Mr. Dooley had served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Dooley is survived by his wife, M. Elisabeth; three sons; and five grandchildren.

Robert P. McQueeney
Sept. 18, 2005

In Orlando, Fla. Mr. McQueeney is survived by two sons; a daughter; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His brother was the late John A. '36 and his father was the late John A. '12.

Thomas E. Sullivan
Nov. 22, 2005

At his home in Pittsboro, N.C., at 84. Mr. Sullivan had worked 26 years for the H.W. Wilson Company, New York City, retiring in 1987 as the associate director of indexing services; previously, he had served two years as the chief of the catalog department of the John Crerar Library in Chicago. A 1947 graduate of the School of Library Service at Columbia University, New York City, Mr. Sullivan began his career at the Sterling Library of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., where he worked until 1949. He then attended the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., for three years, earning his master of arts degree in philosophy in 1952; Mr. Sullivan subsequently accepted a position at the Library of Congress. A veteran of World War II, he served in India, Burma and China, attached to the intelligence unit of the headquarters squadron of the 10th Air Force. Mr. Sullivan had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; a daughter; and a nephew.

Joseph E. George, D.D.S.
Dec. 29, 2005

At his home in Pittsfield, Mass., at 83. Dr. George had maintained a private dental practice in Pittsfield for 34 years, retiring in 1988. He began his dental career in 1948 in Great Barrington, Mass., and remained there until 1952, when he closed the practice to serve in the Korean War. A first lieutenant and an oral surgeon with a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit in the Korean War, Dr. George had also been an Army veteran of World War II—serving from 1942-44, he was honorably discharged as a private first class. A member of the Berkshire District, Massachusetts and American dental societies, he had been active as well in civic and community affairs. Dr. George is survived by his wife, Norma; two sons; two daughters; and 10 grandchildren.

Vincent M. Perry
Jan. 3, 2006

At Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla., at 87. During his career, Mr. Perry had been a sales representative for a cosmetics company. A World War II veteran, he had served 20 years in the Navy Reserve as an aviator, retiring with the rank of lieutenant commander. Mr. Perry is survived by two sons; two daughters; and his caregiver, Suzanne Bone. His brothers were the late J. Francis '23 and Thomas F., M.D., '31.

William A. Kerrigan
Dec. 23, 2005

At his home in Ocean Park, Maine, at 81. During his career, Mr. Kerrigan had worked more than 42 years for the United Way; joining the United Torch Drive—precursor to the United Way of Greater Cleveland—as an assistant campaign director in 1972, he subsequently served as the chief executive officer of the United Way there from 1980-86, retiring in 1987. Previously, Mr. Kerrigan had been associated with agencies in other locations, including Boston, Albany, New York, Westchester County, N.Y., and Ashtabula, Ohio. He and his wife relocated to Ocean Park in 1993, where they opened an oceanfront guest house called BillowHouse; during this time, Mr. Kerrigan continued to offer United Way seminars in the local area. A veteran, he had served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Kerrigan had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three sons; six daughters; a brother, Joseph M. '39; and 20 grandchildren.

Raymond E. Gorman
Nov. 20, 2005

At his home in Manchester, Conn., at 83. Founder of the Gorman Insurance Agency Inc. in Manchester, Mr. Gorman was a former corporator of the Savings Bank of Manchester and a former member of the Manchester Memorial Hospital board of trustees. He had also been a member of the Connecticut and Rhode Island Audubon Societies and a past president of the Manchester Area Red Cross. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Gorman had attained the rank of staff sergeant. He is survived by his son; two daughters; two brothers, including Walter P. Jr. '48; and three grandchildren.

William J. McNeil
Oct. 11, 2005

In Arizona, at 78. A longtime resident of Arizona, Mr. McNeil had worked in the financial accounting field during his career, serving as: the chief accountant and division office manager of the Vinnell Corp.; accounting department manager of Hallcraft Homes, Inc.; controller-treasurer of W.R. Skousen Contractor, Inc.; and controller-vice president of Sunland Industries, Inc. He was a graduate of St. Peter's High School in Southville, Mass., where he had been a member of the town's volunteer fire department. Mr. McNeil is survived by his wife, Dinah; a son; four daughters; a brother; nine grandchildren; and a nephew.

Frederick A. Stanley
Oct. 24, 2005

At his home in Wayne, Pa. During his career, Mr. Stanley had worked in the field of business publishing, primarily with the former Chilton Company of Radnor, Pa. He had been commissioned an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mr. Stanley is survived by his wife, Joy; four sons; a daughter; three stepdaughters; a sister; 11 grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

John F. Crowley
Oct. 25, 2005

In Florida, at 79. Active in the retail industry, Mr. Crowley had worked 28 years for the W.T. Grant Co. He had also held positions with Zellers Ltd. in Montreal and the Canadian Tire Co. in Toronto. A veteran, Mr. Crowley had served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, including Dennis E. '72; a daughter; two brothers; three sisters; and seven grandchildren.

John E. King
Dec. 2, 2005

In Knollwood Nursing Center, Worcester, at 81. Prior to his retirement, Mr. King had worked 30 years as a sales representative for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the China-Burma-India theater. A longtime member of Christ the King Church in Worcester, Mr. King had assisted with fund-raising efforts for the parish. In 1988, the Emerald Club of Worcester honored him for his many years of service in support of the Mercy Centre for Developmental Disabilities in Worcester. Mr. King is survived by a son; a daughter; a brother, Francis L. '52; two sisters; a grandson; many nephews and nieces; and cousins. His brother was the late Thomas H. '53.

Stephen M. Nyulaszi
Nov. 1, 2005

In Maine Medical Center, Portland, at 79. During his career, Mr. Nyulaszi had worked many years for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to his retirement in 1994, he served 15 years as the director of the department's International Trade Administration, located in Portland and, then, Augusta, Maine; in this capacity, he assisted companies in the state compete successfully in the overseas market. Mr. Nyulaszi joined the Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration in Portland in 1966 as a business development specialist; he was subsequently promoted to chief business loan and development specialist for New England and New York. Relocating to Philadelphia in 1969 when the Portland branch moved there, Mr. Nyulaszi then served as the chief of business development and technical assistance for companies adversely affected by foreign imports; his territory covered the 13-state area from Maine to West Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. From 1950-65, Mr. Nyulaszi had worked for Public Finance, a division of American Investment of Illinois. Active in community affairs, he had served on the board of directors for Canal and Key banks. Mr. Nyulaszi had played football and baseball at his alma mater Lewiston (Maine) High School and later at Holy Cross. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Nyulaszi is survived by his wife, Denise; two daughters; two stepdaughters; a sister and her husband; a brother-in-law and his wife; five grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; and nephews and nieces.

Robert C. Flannagan
Nov. 2, 2005

In St. Vincent Hospital-Worcester Medical Center, at 81. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Flannagan had been employed as an accountant for the Van Brode Corp. in Clinton, Mass.; at the start of his career, he had worked for the road department at the Clinton Town Hall. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Flannagan served three years with the 14th regiment of the 4th Marine Division, fighting in the Marshall Island campaign, Saipan, and the Iwo Jima invasion. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Flannagan is survived by two sisters; several nephews and nieces; and many grandnephews and grandnieces.

John J. Hickey Jr.
Nov. 30, 2005

At his home in Exeter, N.H., at 79. Mr. Hickey had been a travel agent for Olde Harbour Travel in Melrose, Mass., for 20 years. At the start of his career, he had joined his father in the meat business; a self-employed meat broker for 25 years, Mr. Hickey had also worked for the Foster Beef Co. in Manchester, N.H. Past president of the Melrose Rotary Club, he had been a member of the board of the Melrose Housing Authority and an active volunteer with the Eastern Middlesex Association of Retarded Citizens. Mr. Hickey had been a Holy Cross class agent. During World War II, he served in the Navy. Mr. Hickey is survived by his wife, Marylynn; five sons; five daughters; three brothers; a sister; 17 grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

Emile C. Plasse
Jan. 13, 2006

At Speare Memorial Hospital, Plymouth, N.H., at 81. During his career, Mr. Plasse had worked 28 years for the Army Security Agency at Fort Devens, Mass. Following retirement, he relocated to Holderness, N.H., where he had been a member of several town committees. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Plasse had served with the Army Air Force in Europe as an armed gunner; he was a recipient of the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Service Medal with four Bronze Stars. Mr. Plasse is survived by his wife, Lillian; two sons; a daughter; and five grandchildren.

Donal W. Sullivan
Dec. 8, 2005

At the D'Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell, Mass., at 77. During his career, Mr. Sullivan had served many years as president and member of the board of directors of the family business, the Michael V. Sullivan Furniture Store, in Lawrence, Mass. Commissioned an ensign in the Navy following graduation, he had been a supply officer aboard the USS Monrovia during the Korean War. Mr. Sullivan is survived by four sisters; three brothers-in-law; and several nephews and nieces.



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