Fred Kenice McClafferty ’50 (CLAS), of Bloomfield and Stamford, Conn., who had a passion for New York Times crossword puzzles, pineapple upside-down cake, golden retrievers, platform tennis, and UConn women’s basketball, died May 23. He was 88.
He grew up in Greenwich Village and attended La Salle Academy in Manhattan, then graduated from UConn. In 1954, he married the love of his life, Jane Reimer McClafferty, and they were together for 63 years.
He was a public information officer in the U.S. Army before building a career in media and advertising, first at ABC and later at NW Ayer. He truly found joy after he retired and went into the antiques business with Jane full time.
More recently, he was a beloved part of the Seabury community in Bloomfield, Conn., where he served on the stage crew for musical theater productions, helped oversee the residents’ workshop, and built boardwalks, bridges, and benches for others to enjoy.
Loraine (Canfield) Fischer ’50 (CLAS) died in Peterborough, N.H. on June 16. She was the widow of Robert A. Fischer, Jr. ’51 (ED), who died in 2015. They were married for 64 years, both were retired teachers, and after retirement, had a small farm in New Hampton, N.H.
Dan Mannheim ’54 (CLAS) retired in 1990 after 35 years with Sprague Electric. He enjoys living in Casselberry, Fla. since 1976 and keeps in touch with a few fraternity brothers from former PSD chapter at UConn.
Dale Humphrey Aborn ’52 (CLAS), 90, of Largo, Florida moved on from this life March 10, 2018. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and Life Member of American Legion Post 252, Seminole, Fla. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 wondrous years, Carlene (Mello) Aborn; daughter, Roni Ann Aborn; sons, Scott Mello Aborn and Keith (Duina) Harry Aborn; sister, Jean (Aborn) Garrell and her husband Bill, and many other loving family and friends. He graduated from the University of Connecticut (1952), where he was an All-American Soccer player, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (???)(1950), and active in many student activities. He was a top salesman for International Silver Corporation, Meriden, Conn. While working for Raymond James & Associates Inc (1975), Dale was awarded the Distinguished Salesman’s Award, by the Sales and Marketing Executive International (SME). During his retirement he spent many hours at Osceola High School, Seminole, Fla, assisting in the library media center and tending the lovely gardens between the media center and cafeteria. He was known to all as a helpful and generous friend. He was a good man, loving husband, and a great Dad. He passed from this life while in the compassionate care of Suncoast Hospice.
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.
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.