Category: Obituary

notes about the passing of an alumnus

Roslyn (Swirsky) Dresner ’55 (NUR)

Roslyn (Swirsky) Dresner ’55 (NUR), 84, of Newington, Conn, died on April 1, 2017. Born in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Mix and Esther (Himmelstein) Swirsky. For nearly 60 years, she was the beloved wife of Alfred J. Dresner. She was the adored mother of Debra and Mara. An honors graduate of the UConn School of Nursing, she worked as a registered nurse in both Mass. and Conn., concluding her career at The Hospital of Central Conn., New Britain General. She was very active in Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, serving in many capacities, most notably as President of the CT Valley Branch.

Reena “Connie” (Trunk) Fink ’54 (CLAS)

Reena “Connie” (Trunk) Fink ’54 (CLAS) died at age 86 on October 22, 2016 in Silver Spring, Md.

Charles M. Hensgen, MD ’70 MS

Charles M. Hensgen, MD ’70 MS, passed away April 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Barbara Goossen Capelle ’50 (CLAS)

Barbara Goossen Capelle ’50 (CLAS), a lifelong resident of New Canaan, Conn., passed away April 6, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital. Barbara spent her career supporting non-profit organizations such as Save the Children and The Norwalk Hospital, and was also a fierce fan of the New York Mets and UConn Basketball. Barbara enjoyed reading, music, and animals (especially cats). She is survived by her four children and four grandchildren. Full Obituary

Amy Christine Anderson Ph.D

Amy Christine Anderson, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut Storrs, died peacefully on July 17, 2016 under the loving care of her family and the staff at UConn Health – John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington.
A fabulous baker and pianist, she will be remembered for her tenacious and optimistic nature. She leaves and will be lovingly missed by her husband of 11 years, Dennis L. Wright; her children, Evan Bailey and Dean Stanton Wright; her parents Douglas W. and Joyce A. (Bailey) Anderson; and her many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Sherrie Stratton Willows ’63 (NUR)

Sherrie Stratton Willows ’63 (NUR), of Manchester, Wash., passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Sherrie began her professional career as a registered Nurse and worked in hospitals and clinics before opening her massage business “The Healing Touch” in Friday Harbor in 1974. She is remembered fondly as an adventurer, a lover of music and theatre, and a mentor. She is survived by her three children, three siblings, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Janet (Nicewicz Kuczenski) Euskavech ’56 (SFA)

Janet (Nicewicz Kuczenski) Euskavech ’56 (SFA) passed away January 8, 2016. She is remembered as a loving teacher and dedicated UConn Huskies Basketball fan. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Euskavech and loving children Michael and Jodie Kuczenski, Bruce and Ivette Kuczenski, Theodore Kuczenski, Tom and Carolyn Kuczenski, step daughters and sons Patricia Euskavech, Christine and Richard Purtell, Judith and John Maggio. Full Obituary

Christopher George Clark ’72 (CAHNR), ’73 MS

Christopher George Clark ’72 (CAHNR), ’73 MS of Storrs Conn. departed this life on September 9, 2016. Born and raised in Hartford, Chris is survived by his wife Penny, four children, two step-children, and three siblings.

Louis L. Gerson ’48 (CLAS)

Louis L. Gerson ’48 (CLAS) died on October 16, in Southbury, Conn. He had lived in Sherman, Conn. since 2006, after leaving Storrs, Conn. where he had lived for 58 years. Gerson was a central figure in the post-WWII development of the University of Connecticut. Long among the college’s most popular professors, and for a decade (1967-1977) head of the Political Science Department. His work brought him recognition as a Ford Foundation fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow, and he taught in India as a Fulbright Scholar and in Taiwan. He remained an active professor emeritus until he moved to Sherman.
He is survived by three children, Elliot, William, and Ann Swanson; his brother Steven Gerson; his twelve grandchildren; and seven great grand-children. His wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Shanley Gerson, died in Storrs in 1997.