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  In Memoriam




A. Scott Behman
Nov. 21, 2001

At his home in Nashua, N.H., at 73. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Behman had been vice president and senior trust officer of the former Nashua Trust Co.; for the past 20 years, he had been a director and treasurer of the Mary Sweeney Home. A Navy veteran, Mr. Behman had served aboard the USS Teton, from 1945 to 1947. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a son; two daughters; four grandsons and five granddaughters.

Joseph C. Buergler Jr.
Oct. 12, 2001

In Missouri, at 72. Mr. Buergler is survived by his wife, Bernice; four sons; a daughter; and 10 grandchildren.

Floro F. Frulla
Nov. 13, 2001

At the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, at 76. During his career, Mr. Frulla had worked for many years as a research chemist for Olin Mathieson Co. in New Haven, Conn.; and the Upjohn Corp. and Dow Chemical Co., both in North Haven; he retired in 1990. A World War II veteran, Mr. Frulla served in the Marines. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a son; a daughter; a grandson; two brothers; two sisters; and several nephews and nieces.


James F. Brennan Jr.
Sept. 30, 2001

At his home in Groton, Conn., at 71. Mr. Brennan, an attorney, had been associated with the New London, Conn., practice of Suisman, Shapiro, Wool, Brennan, Gray & Greenberg for many years, serving as president from 1982 until his semi-retirement in 1996; he joined the firm, then known as Suisman, Shapiro & Wool, in 1959. Mr. Brennan, who specialized in litigation and municipal law, had been the attorney for the city of Groton for 17 years. Active in many professional activities, he served as president of the New London County Bar Association in 1982; as a member of its Fee Dispute Committee since 1988; and as a director of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys for four years. His involvement in religious affairs included serving as one of the organizers of the Diocese of Norwich Guild of Catholic Lawyers and as first chairman of the St. Bernard High School board of trustees for which he received the Diocese of Norwich Outstanding Service Medal. A member of the New London County Advisory Board for the Connecticut Bank & Trust Co. and its successor, Fleet Bank, he was a corporator of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital; director of the Groton Public Health Nursing Service; director of the New London Catholic Charities and the Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. A Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Brennan served from 1955 until 1959 as a first lieutenant. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Brennan is survived by his wife, Joyce; three sons, including James F. III '81; three daughters, including Patricia M. '78 and Tara Emsley '87; a sister; and five grandchildren. His father was the late James F. '21.

John F. Cullity
Oct. 29, 2001

At the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, at 71, after a long illness. During his career, Mr. Cullity had practiced law in New Hampshire for more than 40 years, first with the firm of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green, and, later, with his own firm of Cullity, Kelley & McDowell. A member of the Holy Cross football team, he served as defensive captain during his last year, capping his career with an appearance in the Blue and Grey game in Atlanta, Ga. A veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Cullity attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Marines; he was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the U.N. Service Medal and the National Defense Medal. While serving in the military, he played football for the Quantico Marines in Virginia. Mr. Cullity had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by four daughters; eight grandchildren; three sisters; several nephews and nieces; and cousins.

Michael J. Gentile
Sept. 13, 2001

In UMass Memorial Medical Center-Memorial Campus, at 75, after an illness. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Gentile had been a bartender at the Marriott Hotel for many years; previously, he had been a bartender at the Driftwood Restaurant and the Falmouth Hunt Club. A World War II veteran, he served with the Army Air Forces in central Europe. Mr. Gentile is survived by a brother; a sister; nephews and nieces; grandnephews and grandnieces; and a great-grandnephew.


Maurice C. Duchaine
Dec. 2, 2001

Near his ranch in Sonoma, Calif., unexpectedly, at 69. Over 20 years ago, Mr. Duchaine began renovating Victorian homes in San Francisco, Calif., and developing other real estate properties in the San Francisco Bay area. An environmentalist, he preserved a large tract of land in Sonoma which he used as a breeding ranch for Arabian horses; he later named the area "Sunbeam Farms," in honor of the family's Sunbeam bakery business, established as "My Bread Baking Company of New Bedford" in Massachusetts. Previously, he had been a professor at St. Mary's University, Baltimore, Md., and at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park; an ecumenist, he sat on the Council for the Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogues. Mr. Duchaine had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by a brother; a sister; and 10 nephews and nieces.

William F. Edmonds
Nov. 27, 2001

At his home in Boylston, Mass., at 70, after a long illness. A general contractor, Mr. Edmonds held leadership positions at several regional contracting and engineering concerns, including Clinton, Mass.-based EMI Corp. and American Technological Corp. in Dalton. Previously, he and a partner formed Atlantic Constructors, which subsequently became New England Bridge Construction Co. / Ed Mac. Mr. Edmonds had also been an administrator with the former Continental Construction Corp. in Lynnfield, Mass. After retiring, he taught at Clinton/Boylston area schools. A veteran, Mr. Edmonds served with the U.S. Army in Germany in the early 1950s. He had also been a professor of economic studies under the U.S. government-University of Maryland joint venture. Mr. Edmonds is survived by his wife, Kathleen; four sons; two daughters; and six grandchildren.


Raymond A. Yakaitis
Oct. 26, 2001

In Windsor, Conn., at 68. During his career, Mr. Yakaitis managed his own business in WindsorŠREM Associates, which specialized in professional job placement in the computer industry. Previously, he had worked at Hamilton Standard in data processing for several years and at the Hartford (Conn.) Insurance data center. A Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Yakaitis attained the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; eight children; 17 grandchildren; and a cousin.


Donald A. Lucca, D.M.D.
Aug. 8, 2001

In North Falmouth, Mass., at 66, after a lengthy illness. Dr. Lucca had maintained a dental practice in New City, N.Y., since 1962. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-62. Mr. Lucca is survived by his wife, Joan; four sons; two daughters; two brothers; two sisters; and 14 grandchildren.


Donald P. Ballentine
June 4, 2001

At his home in Lansing, Mich., at 66. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Ballentine had been a social worker and longtime director for Catholic Social Services. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; four daughters; a sister; and eight grandchildren.


John J. Jeffrey Jr.
Nov. 24, 2001

In Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center, at 64. During his career, Mr. Jeffrey had been a professor of biochemistry at Albany (N.Y.) Medical College; previously, he taught at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Jeffrey is survived by his wife, Ann; a brother; a sister; and many nephews and nieces.


Paul F. Naeder
Dec. 7, 2001

In New York. Mr. Naeder is survived by his wife, Jane; a son; four sisters; and nephews and nieces.


J. Christopher "Topher" Bill
Dec. 3, 2001

At Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Va., at 57. Mr. Bill had been a professor of psychology at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Va., for 30 years, serving as chairman of the department from 1983 until 1998. In 1997, he received the Grellet C. Simpson award in honor of his outstanding teaching at the college. Mr. Bill is survived by his wife, Marie; a son; and a daughter.


Dennis J. Kennedy
Oct. 29, 2001

In Massachusetts, of pulmonary complications, at 51. During his career, Mr. Kennedy taught special-needs children for many years in the Newton and Waltham, Mass., public schools. Previously, he taught at Cardinal Cushing High School in South Boston. Mr. Kennedy was the founder and president of Employee Performance Specialists Inc., a workplace literacy and adult education company. He had also been a teachers' union representative and president of the Boston Archdiocese Teachers' Association. Mr. Kennedy had been a longtime member of the First Unitarian Society of Newton, serving as a trustee; religious educator; teen mentor; and committee member. Active in sports, he had been a soccer, basketball and baseball coach for the Newton YMCA. Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Jean; a son; a daughter; his parents; a brother; three sisters; his mother-in-law; two brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; and 26 nephews and nieces.


Samuel F. Roberto
Sept. 6, 2001

At his home in Danvers, Mass., at 50. During his career, Mr. Roberto had been the owner and manager of a family real estate business. He is survived by his father; mother; stepfather; an uncle; two aunts; and several cousins.


Thomas C. Regan
Oct. 28, 2001

At his home in Salem, Mass., at 42, after a lengthy illness. During his career, Mr. Regan had been associated with the Peabody, Mass., law firm of Pearl, McNiff, Crean & Cook; he joined the firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1992. Mr. Regan received his juris doctor from Boston University in 1986. He had been a member of the varsity crew team at Holy Cross. Mr. Regan is survived by his wife, Jacqueline '83; a son; a daughter; three brothers, including Colin F. '76; two sisters; several uncles; aunts; nephews; and nieces.


Leon R. Dickerson III
Dec. 15, 2001

In the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, of a fatal stabbing, at 31. Mr. Dickerson had been a social worker for the past three years at St. Elizabeth School in Ednor Gardens, working with middle- and high-school students with learning disabilities and emotional needs. He also served as a staff member of First Step Youth Services Center in Randallstown; maintained a private social work practice in Catonsville and coached the Liberty Road West Recreation Council's basketball team. Previously, Mr. Dickerson had been a social worker at the Gundry/Glass Hospital in Irvington and in Cherry Hill's Choice program. He is survived by his wife, Andrea '92; his parents; his twin brother; and a sister.


Stephen M. Gimbl
Jan. 13, 2002

In France, in a skiing accident, at 22. Mr. Gimbl had been performing a year of volunteer service at the United Nations offices of the Franciscans International in Geneva, Switzerland, doing advocacy work to alleviate world hunger and poverty. An English major at Holy Cross, he had volunteered at the Mustard Seed; played lacrosse; and served as a Eucharistic minister. Mr. Gimbl was a 1997 graduate of Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, N.J. He is survived by his father; grandmothers; and many aunts; uncles; and cousins.

James P. Menza
Aug. 13, 2001

At Children's Hospital in Boston, after a sudden and unknown illness, at 22. Mr. Menza had been employed as a financial analyst for the Jay Paul Co. in San Francisco, Calif. As a student at Holy Cross, he had worked summers at the Jay Paul Co. and as an intern for the Governor's Council at the Massachusetts State House. Mr. Menza is survived by his parents; his maternal grandparents; uncles; aunts; and many cousins.


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