William Edward Smart, Jr. of Amalgamated Housing Cooperative in The Bronx, and formerly of Amherst, Virginia, died Saturday, February 9 at Montefiore Hospital. Bill was a well-respected poet and essayist, noted professor of Creative Writing and English Literature at Sweet Briar College, long-time director of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a founding member of Res Artis and Res Artis America, key advocates for artists colonies on an international and national basis.
Robert Charles Illi MBA ’68 (BUS) of Rochester/Pulteney, New York, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at the age of 76. Robert was a thirty plus year retiree of Eastman Kodak Company. He received his B.S. in 1963 from The University of Buffalo, SUNY, MBA in 1968 from University of Connecticut and a MATS in 2006 from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Jim Rodechko M.A. ’62, PhD ’67 (CLAS) retired from Wilkes University in 2002. In his years at Wilkes he served as Professor of History, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and finally Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Since then he has written and published two novels/mysteries. The first, titled The Old Boys Club, appeared in 2014. The second, titled The Ladies in Their Lives, appeared in 2017. Both have received very favorable reviews. He is currently working on a third novel which he expects to finish in the next few years. Jim and his wife, Virginia, have been married 53 years and have two daughters and five grandchildren. They live in Drums, Pennsylvania.
Mary Anne (Pfeiffer) Whalen ’65 (CLAS) died in Bakersfield, California on May 23, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, David J. Whalen Ph.D., her sister Kathie Pfeiffer, her children: Jerry Whalen of Springfield, Missouri and Kate Gill of Bakersfield, as well as their spouses Jennifer Whalen and Louis Gill. She has six Grandchildren: Nolan, Anthony, Kiera, Bridget, Maille and Liam.
Dean F. Paul ’66 (CLAS) has retired from the private practice of law and is living in Fort Worth, TX. His recent book, Second Thessalonians 2:1-12 Unlocked: The Key to the Timing of the Rapture, is an expositional study of one of the most important prophetic passages in the New Testament.
A son, Emory Joseph Strom, was born to Tammy Strom of Redding on Aug. 1 at Danbury Hospital. Grandparents are Rob and Judy Strom ’66 (CLAS). The baby also has an aunt, Jessica Strom, in Ridgefield, and an uncle, David Strom, and a cousin, Juliet Strom, both in Centerville, VA.
Robert Neagle ’64 (CLAS) created and maintains two Facebook groups for discussions and images of UConn Radio in the 20th Century: The WHUS That Was and UConn Radio Through The Years. The groups are open to all All WHUS alumni.
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.