Category: 1950s

note includes graduate from the 1950s

John F. Cawley ’56 MA, ’62 Ph.D

John F. Cawley ’56 MA, ’62 Ph.D passed away on February 9, 2018 leaving his wife, Louise, children and grandchildren. He received his MA and Ph.D from UConn and was on faculty as a Professor in Special Education and Grantsman and later a Professor Emeritus. It has been been said “his professional interests in curriculum and teaching caused special educators’ to focus, as it should be, on students learning ” and that his “ideas about learning and curriculum were highly innovative and accurate”. He authored numerous books on special education.

Louise Gigon ’52 (CLAS)

Louise Gigon ’52 (CLAS), nee Katherine Louise Wynne, passed away on January 16, 2018. She is remembered as a lifetime Alumni Association member, proud Husky and big fan of the women’s basketball team.

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.

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

Lois Greene Stone ’55 (ED)

Lois Greene Stone ’55 (ED) was selected by the The Smithsonian National Museum of American History to represent all the teens from the 1940s and 50s. Available also to be seen online, the snapshot of her wearing a felt skirt with horse appliques her father had commissioned to be designed and made for her, and a silk blouse she handmade, was taken in her UConn dorm room, although The Smithsonian superimposed the picture in a stereotypical room of that time-period. The skirt was accessioned by The Smithsonian and displayed in 1974 in The Division of Costume’s exhibit Suiting Everyone.

She is a writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies. Collections of her personal items/ photos/ memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian.

When a black and white photo of a child holding a ball was to be part of The Strong Museum’s National Toy Hall of Fame after the ball was inducted, the black and white photo in the permanent showcase is of her.

She married Dr. Gerald E. Stone, MD, FACP. in 1956. She has 15 grandchildren and, so far, 3 great-grandchildren.

Roland Boucher ’54 (ENG)

Roland Boucher ’54 (ENG) is still an active private pilot (bought his first plane in ’52 as a sophomore) and a volunteer instructor at a local Engineering charter high school. One of his hobbies is the study of ancient civilizations and he recently published an article on the use of the pendulum in the creation of a number of measurement standards of the ancient world.