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Alumni Necrology

Charles Gregory Straight '82

A lifelong resident of his native New Jersey, was born on May 27, 1958, in East Orange. The son of Theodore C., a traffic supervisor, and Nina Ann Modersohn Straight, he grew up in Chatham and came to College Hill in 1976, following his graduation from Chatham High School. A cornet and trumpet player, he concentrated in music and belatedly completed his graduation requirements to receive his diploma in 1982.

Charles Straight returned to the Garden State and took vocational training at the Chubb Institute in Parsippany. In 2000, he took up residence in Lyndhurst, where he worked for the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. The College has no additional information on his postgraduate activities.

Charles G. Straight died at his home in Lyndhurst on September 26, 2004. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Cheryl A. Kurland and Susan Lynn Butcher.
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Christian John Duva '89

A financial investment advisor, was born on November 4, 1967, in Bayville, NY. The eldest child of Philip M., a postal clerk, and Judith Enczelewski Duva, he grew up in that Nassau County community and was graduated in 1985 from Locust Valley High School. Chris Duva entered Hamilton that year, joined Chi Psi, and concentrated in psychobiology, with a minor in economics. A pianist devoted above all to classical music, he also took numerous courses in music theory and solo performance. During summer breaks he gained work experience as an intern for Moody's Investors Service and Prudential-Bache Securities in Manhattan. His athletic interests encompassed golf, tennis, and swimming, and he went out for varsity track.

Following his graduation in 1989, Chris Duva settled in New York City and found employment as a stockbroker with Paine Webber. In 1999, after seven years as a principal at Christopher Street Financial, Inc., he established his own financial advisory firm, Duva & Co., in connection with Raymond James Financial. He managed 250 brokerage accounts with assets of $25 million, and he was at the time of his death one of Raymond James' top financial producers. He maintained a warm, family relationship with his clients and took great pride in his company's success.

Beyond his business activities and an occasional stab at acting (he appeared in a few commercials), Chris Duva reserved his greatest affection for music. His pride and joy was a 1929 Steinway B grand piano, on which he often played Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, and especially Chopin. In recent years he became a member of a group of skilled New York City pianists who met on a regular basis to perform newly learned pieces, and he often hosted recitals in his Greenwich Village apartment that were marked by conviviality, to which he added his own jovial spirit and energetic vitality.

Impelled by his natural curiosity, Chris Duva traveled extensively in Europe and Africa, and his fascination with great feats of engineering led him to cross the Atlantic twice via the Concord. At home or away, he remained in close relationship with his family, especially his mother and sister, and eagerly shared new experiences with them.

Christian J. Duva, a loyal and generous alumnus, died on March 18, 2005, "as the result of head injuries suffered in an accident in New York City," according to information received by the College. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Kimberly, and brother, Matthew Duva. He is also greatly missed by a host of friends.
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