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  In Memoriam




George R. Speers
Jan. 13, 2004

In his Pocasset, Mass. , home, at 74. Prior to his retirement in 1972, Mr. Speers owned and operated the Center Ford Motor Company in Spring Valley , N.Y. , for 22 years. A veteran, he served in the Marines from 1952-54. Mr. Speers had been a volunteer firefighter and engineer with the Brewer Engine Fire Co. from 1943-73, serving 14 years as treasurer; he had been a member of the Firemen’s Association of the state of New York for 39 years. During his career, Mr. Speers had also been a member of various town boards in Bourne, Mass. , including the Water District Commission, from 1987-95; the Capital Outlay Committee, from 1980-84; and the Finance Committee, from 1975-84 – he was its vice chairman in 1979. Chairman of the Economic Development Committee in 1974, Mr. Speers was a member of the local Water Resource Management Commission, from 1990-91. In 1981, he served on the Selective Service Board for Barnstable County . Mr. Speers is survived by his wife, Frances; two sons; two daughters; and one step-grandson.


John H. Treanor Jr.
Nov. 11, 2003

At his home in Harwood, Md., at 74. Prior to his retirement in 1999, Mr. Treanor had served 16 years as the Washington , D.C. , Superior Court hearing commissioner. At the start of his career, he had been active in the political campaign of John F. Kennedy and, later, of Robert F. Kennedy. His efforts included working on John Kennedy’s run for the House of Representatives in 1946 and serving as an advance man in 1958 for his reelection campaign for the Senate; Mr. Treanor had also been an advance man for Kennedy’s presidential bid two years later. Relocating to the District of Columbia in 1960, he worked in the Office of the Deputy Postmaster General and, subsequently, in the organized crime division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Taking a leave of absence from his position as an assistant U.S. attorney in 1964, Mr. Treanor worked on the New York senatorial campaign of Robert Kennedy and, later, assisted with his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. After the assassination of Kennedy in 1968, he opened a law practice, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Maryland; he also served one term on the newly elected, Washington, D.C., Board of Education. Mr. Treanor was an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Heather; a son; and a brother, Richard B. ’53. His father was the late John H. ’23.


Robert P. Ryder
June 23, 2004

In Knollwood Nursing Center , Worcester , at 73, after an illness. During his career, Mr. Ryder had worked as a sales representative for various companies in the Worcester area. He had been an Army veteran, serving in Germany during the Korean War. A graduate of St. John’s High School in Worcester, Mr. Ryder had been captain of the football team. He is survived by two sons; a brother, Owen F. Jr. ’50; three grandchildren; a nephew; and three nieces, including Jane F. ’82.


George E. Mason
April 12, 2004

In Colorado . Mr. Mason is survived by his wife, Kay; three daughters; four grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

Michael P. Matarazzo
Feb. 26, 2004

In Michigan , at 72. During his career, Mr. Matarazzo had worked for Genesys Hospice in Flint , Mich. He had been an Army veteran, serving in England . Mr. Matarazzo is survived by a brother; two sisters; four sisters-in-law; many nephews and nieces; and grandnephews and grandnieces.

Robert M. Ryan, M.D.
March 18, 2004

At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence , at 72. A longtime radiologist, Dr. Ryan had been the chief of radiology at Diagnostic Radiology Inc. and at Rhode Island Medical Imaging, from 1993-2000; he had served as the assistant chief of radiology at the former Harvard Community Health Plan of New England, from 1989-93. Dr. Ryan began his career as an assistant attending radiologist at the Memorial-Sloan Kittering Cancer Center in New York , in 1968. Becoming the staff radiologist at Memorial Hospital , Pawtucket , R.I. , in 1970, he served as senior staff radiologist, from 1975 to 1989. Dr. Ryan had also taught for many years, beginning as an instructor in radiology at Cornell University Medical College, Ithaca, N.Y., from 1968-70. He then served as the education coordinator in the department of radiology at Memorial Hospital , from 1970-74, and, as an instructor at the Rhode Island Junior College School of Radiation Technology, from 1973-75. Dr. Ryan had been an instructor at the Brown University Medical School Department of Radiation Medicine, from 1974-80, and, assistant clinical professor of radiology, from 1980-96. He had been a member of many professional organizations, including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine; the American College of Radiology; the New England Rongten Ray Society; and the Rhode Island Medical Society. Dr. Ryan had also been the chairman of the Education Committee of the Rhode Island Radiological Society. He was the author of Ultrasound in Pericardial Effusion and Spinal Epidural Abscess. A captain of the U.S. Army, Dr. Ryan was a general surgeon in South Korea, Battalion Hospital, in 1960; assistant chief of orthopedics, U.S. Army Hospital, Wurzburg, West Germany, from 1960-63; and chief surgeon, orthopedic service, from 1963-64. He had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross. Dr. Ryan is survived by his wife, Gisela; a son; a daughter; and a sister.


John A. Muccino, M.D.
Feb. 20, 2004

In California , at 69. Prior to his retirement in 1994, Dr. Muccino had served as a physician for FHP Medical in Compton , Calif. ; he had also worked with the Flying Samaritans, providing free medical care for the poor in Mexico . At the start of his career, Dr. Muccino had maintained a private ob-gyn practice in West Hartford , Conn. Following graduation from medical school at Seton Hall University in New Jersey , he had served as a physician in the Navy. Dr. Muccino is survived by his wife, Marlene; a son; four daughters; a sister; and three grandchildren.


Edward J. Alzapiedi
June 9, 2004

In Connecticut , at 67. Mr. Alzapiedi had worked 33 years for the General Electric Company, retiring in 1998 as a labor relations manager; his employment included assignments in New Hampshire , New York , Pennsylvania , and Plainville and Fairfield , Conn. Mr. Alzapiedi had been a member of the General Electric Elfun Society. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; a son; two daughters; six grandchildren; two aunts; and several nephews and nieces.

Robert J. Colby
May 22, 2004

In Texas , at 66. Mr. Colby is survived by his wife, Frances; two sons; a daughter; two brothers; and several nephews and nieces.


Francis J. Collins Jr.
April 26, 2004

In Rockville , Md. , at 65. Mr. Collins had worked many years for the family business, the Francis F. Collins Funeral Home, in Silver Spring , Md. Joining the company in 1968 as an intern, he served as its president since 1985, following the death of his father; Mr. Collins Sr. had started the funeral home in Washington , D.C. , in 1939 and relocated it to Silver Spring in 1968. A graduate of Gonzaga College High School in Washington , D.C. , Mr. Collins was a former board member there and an adviser to the school’s Development Committee. After serving in the Navy during the 1960s, he provided accounting services for the Reynolds Aluminum Co. in Washington , D.C. Mr. Collins had been a member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his mother; a sister; three nephews; a niece; and two grandnieces.


Eugene R. Milliken
May 2, 2004

At his home in Clinton , Mass. , at 64. Prior to his retirement in 2002, Mr. Milliken had been a teacher at Bedford ( Mass. ) High School for 30 years; he had also served as a debate coach for the Bedford school system. Previously, Mr. Milliken had taught English at Littleton ( Mass. ) High School, from 1964-66. At the start of his career, he had been a social worker in Portland , Maine , and, then, a teacher at Cheverus High School , also in Portland . Mr. Milliken is survived by his wife, Janet; two sons; two daughters; two brothers; two sisters; and several grandchildren.


Enda J. Ryan
May 11, 2004

At his home in Acton , Mass. , at 61. A software engineer, Mr. Ryan had pursued a career in software design; previously, he had taught for five years in Connecticut . Mr. Ryan is survived by a son; a daughter, Nancy K. ’04; and a cousin.


George P. Allendorf
May 7, 2004

In Massachusetts , at 64. A retired executive, Mr. Allendorf had been the vice president of M/A-Com in Burlington , Mass. ; he had also been a professor at the Massachusetts Bay Community College and a substitute teacher. Mr. Allendorf had been a captain in the U.S. Army, serving as a tank commander in the 2 nd Armored Division during peace time. In his youth, he had performed with the Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in Boston . Mr. Allendorf is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons; a daughter; two brothers; a sister; six grandchildren; nephews; nieces; and cousins.


James J. Sciacca
April 27, 2004

At his home in Clifton Park , N.Y. , at 58. Mr. Sciacca had worked 32 years for the state of New York , most recently as the deputy director of the Statewide Wireless Network, at the Office of Technology, in Albany . Employed by the New York State Department of Civil Service at the start of his career, he subsequently worked for the Division of the Budget. Mr. Sciacca was one of the founding members and treasurer of the Clifton Park Baseball League. His is survived by his wife, Carol; a son; a daughter; a son-in-law, Michael O. Quinn, M.D., ’88; two brothers, including Richard D. ’66; a sister; two grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.


Thomas J. Doherty
March 14, 2004

In Virginia , at 51. Mr. Doherty was office chief, Office of General Counsel, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at Research Triangle Park , N.C. He is survived by his wife, Pearl ; his parents; a son; a daughter; a brother; a sister; a nephew; and two nieces.


Christopher J. Bodanza
May 22, 2004

In New York . During his career, Mr. Bodanza had worked for the National Football League. He is survived by his wife, Michele; a daughter; his father; his stepmother; his paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother; and a sister.

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