Alumni Necrology

John Fintan Lalor '71

A free-lance writer and sometime systems analysis consultant, was born on August 26, 1949, the younger son of Walter R., a public health educator, and Lenadel Poore Lalor, a high school teacher, in Terre Haute, IN. He grew up in Gary, IN, where his mother was residing following his parents' divorce. While at Horace Mann High School in Gary, he became president of the Debate Club and varsity debate captain, as well as founder and president of the school's History Club. Following his graduation in 1967, he came East to enroll at Hamilton because of the reputation of its speech department, and joined the local fraternity Gryphon. In addition, he continued his interest in debate and was active in the Root-Jessup Public Affairs Council. While majoring in history, he also developed an interest in plant cultivation and served on the landscaping committee for the Bundy residence halls. Despite being caught up in the youth culture of the times, he succeeded in completing his course of study and was graduated in 1971.

After acquiring an M.S. degree in education from Purdue University in 1973, John Lalor settled permanently in New York City. Residing on St. Mark's Place in Manhattan's East Village, he obtained certification in systems analysis and information processing from the New School for Social Research, and found employment as a free-lance systems and procedures analyst and consultant. In his spare time he also helped beautify the neighborhood with greenery by planting trees and shrubs along East 13th Street. In addition, when he had the means and opportunity, he enjoyed travel, and once spent a year roaming around the globe.
John F. Lalor, died on February 4, 2007, in Brooklyn, NY, where he had last resided, of lung cancer, according to reliable information received. The College has no information on survivors.
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Joyce Lee Bumpus K'78

Whose career took her from acting to the practice of psychotherapy, was born on January 26, 1956, in Rochester, NY. She entered Kirkland College in 1974 from the Rochester suburb of Pittsford as a graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School. While on the Hill, she pursued her intense interest in the arts and especially theatre, in which she majored. As part of her senior project she took the leading roles in college productions of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Beaumarchais' The Marriage of Figaro. Lauded by faculty members as "an actress of superior ability and skill," she was also recognized for her "intensity, dedication, discipline, and ability to organize."

Following her graduation in 1978, Joyce Bumpus moved to San Francisco, CA, with the intention of carving out an acting career. She enrolled in the American Conservatory Theater there and also performed in summer stock. After returning to the East, she had a role in a horror film, Fear No Evil (1981), which was not received kindly by the few critics who made note of it. Soon thereafter, she went back to Rochester, where she worked for her father, Harold Bumpus, helping to write manuals for his engineering firm. She subsequently became a copywriter for an advertising agency.

Meanwhile, Joyce Bumpus continued to perform on stage with the Shipping Dock Theatre in Rochester. There she met Michael Parker, a television producer, who became her husband. The couple moved to Connecticut, where Joyce again found employment as a copywriter. After her divorce, she set out on a new career path by earning a master's degree from Columbia University's School of Social Work in 1997. Licensed as a psychotherapist, she established her private practice in North Branford, CT. Most recently employed at the East Haven Counseling and Community Center, she had also been a member of the staff of the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven.

Joyce Lee Bumpus, who will be remembered as a gifted psycho­therapist who ably assisted many people at difficult times in their lives, died on June 9, 2007, while hospitalized in New Haven. She succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile collision that occurred on May 31 while she was pulling out of her driveway at her home in North Branford. Survivors include a sister, Sandra Bumpus; a brother, Warren Bumpus; and two nephews, as well as her three "beloved and spoiled cats."
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Contact Information

Stacey Himmelberger

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