Alumni Necrology

David Rissel Carroll '60

A former attorney-at-law, was born on November 28, 1938, in Williams­port, PA. The son of John H., a contractor, and Myrtle Rissel Carroll, he grew up in Elmira, NY, where he attended Elmira Free Academy. After preparation at the De Veaux School in Niagara Falls, he was admitted to Hamilton in 1956. Affiliated with Psi Upsilon, he struggled academically while earning a reputation with Dean Winton Tolles as a bit of a "Peck's bad boy."

Following his graduation in 1961, Dave Carroll helped his father with his contracting business, J.H. Carroll Sales Co., before going on active duty for six months in 1962 with the U.S. Army Reserve. After his release that fall, he found employment as a county probation officer in his hometown of Elmira. In 1963, based largely on Dean Tolles' positive recommendation, he was admitted to the Syracuse University College of Law, which granted him his LL.B. degree in 1966.

That year, Dave Carroll moved to Hawaii, where he began his law career as a clerk with a small firm in Honolulu. Admitted to the bar, he served his apprenticeship as an associate in another Honolulu law firm, specializing in insurance defense litigation, before establishing his own practice. While in Hawaii, he became briefly involved in politics, serving for a year as an attorney for the judiciary committee of the State House of Representatives and even ran (unsuccess­fully) for a House seat himself.

In 1973, Dave Carroll, whose brief marriage (1969-70) to Rosalie Hiestand Fay had ended in divorce, left Hawaii to travel extensively in Europe and the United States before settling down in Washington, DC. There he again established his own law practice, specializing in criminal defense work. In 1989, at the age of 50, he retired from the practice, moved to Florida, and "resumed a course of independent study begun at Hamilton 30 years before." A "contented bachelor," he worked on his tennis game, tried professional poker playing, followed the stock and futures markets, and read five or six books a week. He also helped out as a "super" in several local opera productions while in general enjoying the social life of the Palm Beach area.

David H. Carroll, a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, died on July 11, 2007. He is survived by his mother, a sister, Stephanie Smith, and a niece and a nephew.
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Douglas Orr Fleck '63

A longtime U.S. Army Reserve officer and retired business administrator, was born on November 28, 1941, in New York City. His parents were Leroy S. Fleck, a mechanical engineer, and the former Cecilia Kane. Doug Fleck grew up in the New York City area and was graduated from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers. He entered the College in 1959, joined Tau Kappa Epsilon, and became active in the German Club. His junior year was spent in Germany with the Wayne State University Program in Munich.

Following his graduation as a mathematics and German major in 1963 and brief employment as a actuarial trainee by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in Manhattan, Doug Fleck joined the Army in early 1964. Commissioned as a second lieutenant, he remained on active duty for more than three years, most of it in Germany. From an artillery officer and platoon leader, he became public affairs officer for the 3rd Infantry Division in Würzburg, "dealing with local authorities and attending wine festivals," as he later recalled. After his discharge as a captain in 1967, he remained in the Army Reserve for three decades until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel. A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College, he spent most of his Reserve time in psychological operations and as a military attaché, including six annual tours of duty at the U.S. Embassy in Germany.

Doug Fleck, who acquired an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1969, settled in Missouri, where he went to work for the Monsanto Co. in St. Louis. Beginning in new business development as a project manager for the chemical company, he later engaged in bidding for and negotiating contracts for Astroturf installations. While supervising installations and repairs as Monsanto's Astroturf specialist, he traveled extensively to the athletic playing fields throughout the country. He continued to work for Monsanto for 15 years until the company moved its operations to Georgia. He then joined the McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis and helped organize, develop, and manage its air-crew training unit, which produced trainer devices utilizing flight simulation. While negotiating U.S. government contracts for the unit, he often found his sanity under assault in dealing with the federal bureaucracy. He retired from McDonnell Douglas just before it was merged with the Boeing Co. in 1997.

Doug Fleck, who fondly recalled Hamilton as it was before the late 1960s, was never hesitant about expressing his strong and well articulated views in deploring trends at the College since then. His concern about its fiscal management and fund-raising, and his suspicion that it had become "more interested in social engineering than in education" were expressed in letters published in recent years in this magazine.

Douglas O. Fleck, long a resident of the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur, died on June 5, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann (Judi) Briner Fleck, and a daughter, Cynthia Ann Fleck. Following a military funeral, burial took place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
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Stacey Himmelberger

Editor, Hamilton Alumni Review
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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