Category: 1950s

note includes graduate from the 1950s

Bonnie Mack (aka Bonnie Jacob) ’55 (Neag)

Bonnie Mack (aka Bonnie Jacob) ’55 (Neag), died on October 11, 2018 at her home in Jupiter, Florida.  Bonita Ann Barnard was born in 1933 in Winsted, CT. She graduated from the University of Connecticut  with a bachelor’s degree from the Neag School of Education.  She married Walter Phelps Jacob Jr. in 1958, and had one son, Walter Phelps Jacob III.  She taught music in Pittsford, NY and after moving to Lake Wylie, SC, she taught in Gastonia, NC.  She enjoyed playing bridge, golf and tennis.  Years after her husband Walter passed away, she married William F. Mack in 1985, and eventually moved to Jupiter, FL.  She is survived by her husband “Bill”, son “Walter”, daughter-in-law “Nancy”, grandson “Walter IV”, and brother “Norm”.

Bruce L. Thomas ’57 (SSW)

Bruce L. Thomas ’57 (SSW) died of multiple health issues, notably kidney cancer on October 9, 2018. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Sally Folger Thomas, his son Richard F. Thomas and his daughter Alice T. Cervantes. He died at home in Warren, Ohio.

George E. Deane ’54 ’59 (CLAS)

George E. Deane of St. Augustine, Florida passed away on August 9th, 2018. The son of the late George P. and Nellie (Shaw) Deane, he was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, and attended secondary school in Middleboro, Massachusetts. He graduated Cum Laude from Brown University, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Society of Sigma Xi. After receiving his MS degree from the University of Connecticut he served in the US Army where he was assigned to the Human Research Unit of the Continental Army Command at Fort Ord, California. Upon being discharged from the Army, he returned to the University of Connecticut where he received his PhD in Experimental Psychology. The major portion of his professional career was spent at the State University of New York where he was a Professor of Psychology and also served as Chairman of the Department and Director of Graduate Studies. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris, daughter of the late Perry and Isabel Eaton of Wollaston, Massachusetts; daughter, Donna of Jacksonville, Florida; sons, Douglas of Charlotte, North Carolina, and David (Elizabeth) of Boise, Idaho; grandson, Jason; and great-grandsons, Elijah, Ian, Kaden, & Rowan.

Fred Kenice McClafferty ’50 (CLAS)

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)

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)

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)

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

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.