Alumni Necrology

Gregory Alexander Drummond '51

Gregory Alexander Drummond '51, whose career took him from office manager to social studies teacher, grew up in Oneida, NY, where he was born on February 19, 1929. A son of Robert W.'12, business executive and trustee of the College, and Olive Tryon Drummond, he was nephew of Richard C.S., Class of 1901, Nelson L., 1902, and Alexander M. Drummond, 1906, as well as W. Gregory Tryon '24. Greg Drummond, who was graduated from Sherrill High School, took courses at Oberlin College for three years before transferring to Hamilton in 1948 as a junior.The move back to his home area was prompted by reasons familial and financial following his father's death.

Greg Drummond, who had his heart set on career in journalism, became an enthusiastic and aggressive reporter for The Spectator. Despite weak eyesight and occasional ill health, he brought keen and inquisitive mind and impressive energy to his quest for news. He seemed to be everywhere on campus at once and put in long hours as associate editor working on the paper in the basement of Root Hall. Among his most treasured memories in later life were the interviews he conducted with such visiting celebrities as Eleanor Roosevelt and Norman Thomas. A member of Alpha Delta Phi and elected to the journalism honorary Pi Delta Epsilon, he received his diploma in 1951.

Rather than journalism, however, Greg Drummond found himself working for Goodyear Tire Rubber Co. as an office manager for its retail stores in various upstate New York locations. In those years, he met his future wife, Shirley R. Hobbs, an elementary school teacher. They were married on August 21, 1954, in Schenectady. After dozen years with Goodyear and with three children, Greg Drummond decided at the age of 34 to"retread" himself as teacher. Working for Goodyearin Providence, RI, at the time, he left the company in 1963 to pursue graduate study in education at Rhode Island College.The following year, he returned to central New York and began teaching high school social studies and especially American history at JordanElbridge Central School, west of Syracuse.

Greg Drummond, who obtained his M.A.degree in teaching from Rhode Island College in 1967, continued as faculty member at JordanElbridge for 22 years. He found those years most satisfying and never developed what he called "the TGIF syndrome." During his tenure he was the faculty advisor to several student groups, including the yearbook staff, and regularly chaperoned dances"wherehe was known to jitterbug with anyone who could keep up with him." Chosen once as Teacher of the Year by his students, he retired in1986.

Residing in Jordan and long active in the community, Greg Drummond held volunteer and leadership roles in numerous organizations from the Cub Scouts and Little League to the village planning and zoning boards, and the Jordan Community Council, which he served for many years as president. Also golfer and former secretary of the Jordan Golf League, he finally realized his youthful journalistic ambition by writing and editing the school district's newsletter and writing columns for the local newspaper. In recognition of his services to the community, which included helping to bring medical professionals to the area and efforts to save the school district's Head Start program, he was named, along with his wife,Citizen of the Year in 2000 by the Greater Elbridge Chamber of Commerce. He was also inducted in 2006 into the Central School's Hall of Fame.

Gregory A. Drummond, devoted alumnus, was still residing in Jordan when he died on January 20, 2007. In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by two sons, Peter G. '79 and Andrew B. Drummond; daughter, Susan H. Drummond; and seven grandchildren and sister.
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Edward Larnard King '51

Edward Larnard King '51, for 30 years petroleum geologist with Chevron Oil Co., was born on December 16, 1926, in Warren, OH. A son of Paul L. King '15, a furniture company owner, and the former Helen M. Moyer, he was nephew of Karl B. King '15. Ed King grew up in Warren, where he was graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1944. The following year, he entered the U.S. Army and served through the final months of World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant in the Signal Corps.

Released from military service in 1946, Ed King attended Ohio Wesleyan University for year before transferring in 1948 to Hamilton. While on the Hill, he joined his father's fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi, where he earned recognition for achieving "the epitome of balance between scholarship and social enjoyment." He played football and lettered in lacrosse, and received honors in geology upon his graduation in 1951.

Having decided upon career in geology, Ed King earned an M.Sc. degree in that field from Ohio State University in 1952. Settling in New Orleans, he went to work for the California Co.(later Chevron) as development geologist. On August 7, 1954, in New Orleans, he was married to Marie Elise Bayle, with former Professor Philip Oxley, his geology mentor at Hamilton, as groomsman.

During the ensuing years and working for the most part out of New Orleans, Ed King helped develop oil and gas reserves for Chevron. He personally sited more than 1,000 wells, which at one time accounted for 1% of the country's daily requirements. He retired at the end of 1981. In the years thereafter he divided his residence between Florida and western North Carolina, where he developed great affection for that mountainous area.

In 1989, after he and his first wife were divorced, Ed King was married to Phyllis Ann Robinson McCracken. year later, the couple took up fulltime residence near Waynesville, NC, west of Asheville, where they had home as well as lakeside cabin. Besides hiking, woodworking, and playing tennis three times week, Ed King turned during his retirement years to writing. The results included Neither Foes Nor Loving Friends, fast paced and engrossing tale of love and retribution published in 1995.

Edward L. King died in Waynesville on September 5, 2006. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters and son from his first marriage, Alyson E. King, Camille Bradley, Paula Roth, and Christopher B. King; three stepsons, Keith, Eric, and Todd McCracken; and six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and brother. Among other family members is his cousin and classmate, David B. King.
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Richard Augustus Hehmeyer '53

Richard Augustus Hehmeyer '53, self-employed actor, announcer, and voiceover narrator, who lent his mellifluous voice to countless radio, television, and video productions, was born on October 26, 1929, in Caldwell, NJ. The son of Frederick W., an advertising executive, and Catherine Schrader Hehmeyer, he grew up in New Jersey, prepared for college at Montclair Academy, and came to Hamilton in 1948 from Caldwell, after year at Seton Hall College. Dick Hehmeyer joined Delta Phi and became an enthusiastic trouper with the Charlatans as well as chief announcer for radio network college choir series. Described by The Hamiltonian as "broad in experience, mature in influence, and complex in character and personality," he was also credited with humor that was "intelligence sparked." Elected to the dramatics honorary Alpha Psi Omega, he took courses on the Hill until 1953 and was awarded his diploma in 1954.

That year, Dick Hehmeyer received his invitation to join the U.S.Army. He served in the enlisted ranks for two years, most of it in the Panama Canal Zone as an announcer, interviewer, and disc jockey for Armed Forces Radio and Television. He subsequently went to work for Young & Rubicam, the advertising agency, in New York City. Initially employed as cost control overseer and occasional copywriter in its radio and TV department, he soon eased into doing hundreds of voiceover demonstration tapes to help sell commercials and ad campaigns. Encouraged by his agent, Harry Abrams, to go freelance, he left Young Rubicam in 1965 to pursue his own career path, which turned out to be highly successful and of long duration in an otherwise chancy business.

Self employed at his craft for 40 years, Dick Hehmeyer did voiceover and later on camera work on radio and television for dozens of products. In addition, he did in house corporate presentations for such events as conventions and sales meetings, helping "to sell all that stuff you probably don't need," as he once observed. With his distinctly sonorous voice, extraordinary vocal range, and talent for vocal imitation, he gained wide recognition in the industry for his work, leading to almost steady employment in field fraught with competition. He became the pitchman for TWA, Hershey's chocolate, Lays potato chips, 7Up, and Toyota, among others. Dedicated to his craft, to which he brought an engaging personality as well as sense of humor, he continued to audition and find employment for his voice until virtually the end of his life. lover of words and despiser of sloppy diction, he is fondly remembered as"an expert story weaver,verbal jouster, debater, and conversationalist."

Long civically and politically involved in Morris County, NJ, where he resided first in Mountain Lakes and later in nearby Boonton, Dick Hehmeyer, former county committeeman, kept in close touch with Republican Party affairs. For many years Little League coach, he also devoted attention to the world of baseball. His other affections included music, tennis, and, most of all, lively debate, or, as an inveterate reader, good book.

Richard A. Hehmeyer, loyal alumnus who narrated the video for the 50th Reunion of his class, died on April 21, 2006, at hospice in Dover, NJ, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. His wife, the former Norma Ann Jenks, died 19 weeks later. They had met in Panama while he was in the Army and were married in New York City on August 15, 1959. Surviving are their son, Richard K. Hehmeyer '83, his wife, the former Patricia K. Prager '85, and their two children.
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Ralph Samuel Schoenstein '53

Ralph Samuel Schoenstein '53, prolific freelance writer, radio and television commentator, and noted humorist, was born in New York City on May 29, 1933. The son of Paul Schoenstein, Pulitzer Prizewinning city editor of the New York Journal-American, and the former Miriam Stahl, he grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side and was graduated in 1949 from Stuyvesant High School. That year, Ralph Schoenstein came to Hamilton at the age of 16. He joined ELS and took stab at dramatics with the Charlatans. He also began to hone his writing skills by contributing to The Spectator. Years later, the self described "63 inches of playground substitute" would write of his nonathletic days on the Hill, regaling readers of national magazines with his misadventures as cheerleader for Hamilton's often hapless football team. And on National Public Radio, where he was for 10 years frequent commentator on All Things Considered, he recalled to listeners his comic trials and tribulations with fruit flies in the College's biology lab.

After two years at Hamilton, Ralph Schoenstein returned to New York City and completed his studies at Columbia College, earning his B.A. degree in 1953. Drafted into the U.S. Army when the Korean War was about to end, he served "without distinction" in the enlisted ranks for two years until 1955. Back in Manhattan, he began his career with brief stint as writer producer for the DuMont Television Network. Thereafter he was staff writer for American Weekly and writer of humorous columns for Newhouse newspapers on Long Island as well as the Journal-American. In 1962, he turned to freelance writing fulltime. Besides contributing hundreds of essays and articles to major magazines such as New York, Saturday Review, and Playboy, and newspapers such as The New York Times, he would eventually be the author of 18 books. His first book, The Block, reminiscence of growing up in yesteryear's Manhattan, was published in 1960. Many of his later works would also be autobiographical, focusing gently and nostalgically but always with great humor on family life. His most notable work in that vein was Citizen Paul: Story of Father and Son (1978), touching tribute to the memory of his father. His other books include Yes, My Darling Daughters: Adventures in Fathering (1976), The I Hate Preppies Handbook (1981), bestseller, You Can't Be Serious: Writing and Living American Humor (1990), and Toilet Trained for Yale: Adventures in Twenty First Century Parenting (2002).

Ironically, Ralph Schoenstein's most widely read book was Fatherhood (1987), which he ghostwrote for comedian Bill Cosby and which did not even carry his name on the title page. It sold more copies than all the books published under his own name combined. He subsequently wrote three more books for Cosby as well as Bouncing Back (1997) for comedian Joan Rivers and Here's Johnny! (2005) for Ed McMahon. In addition to exercising his comedic pen, he provided commentary during the 1960s for NBC's Today show and for CBSTV in New York City. His last commentary on National Public Radio was broadcast in 2005.

Ralph Schoenstein, long resident of Princeton, NJ, died on August 24, 2006, of complications following heart surgery, in Philadelphia, PA. He is survived by his wife, the former Judith L. Greenspan, whom he had married in New York City in 1959.Also surviving are three daughters Jill Feldman, Eve Lynn Schefer '86, and Lori Schoenstein, and three grandchildren and sister.
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Samuel Weinstein '53

Samuel Weinstein '53, long an attorney-at-law practicing in Manhattan, was born on June 2, 1932, in Brooklyn. The son of Abraham and Anna Feldenfeld Weinstein, he came to Hamilton in 1949 from Brooklyn, following his graduation from Midwood High School. Other than taking part in productions of the Charlatans, he devoted himself to his studies. A member of Squires, he was graduated with honors in history in 1953. By that time he had already completed year at Harvard Law School, having fulfilled Hamilton's course requirements in three years plus summer at the University of Vermont.

After obtaining his LL.B. degree from Harvard in 1955, Samuel Weinstein went on active duty with the U.S. Navy. Commissioned as an ensign, he served for three years, including assignment to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Valley Forge, operating in the Atlantic, and attained the rank of lieutenant (j.g.). Thereafter he established his law practice in Manhattan.

Samuel Weinstein, who also pursued real estate interests in New York City, maintained a residence in the Adirondacks as well as in Manhattan. For many years he was at home in the Adirondack community of Northville, near Sacandaga Lake, and most recently he resided further north in Vermontville, not far from Loon Lake.

Samuel Weinstein died on December 7, 2006, as result of an automobile accident, according to published report. The College has no additional information. Unmarried, he is survived by nieces and nephews as well as close friends.
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Harry Gordon Wadsworth '54

Harry Gordon Wadsworth '54, an obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced in Utica, NY, for 25 years, was born in that city on July 26, 1932. A son of George Harry Wadsworth, silverware polisher for Oneida Ltd., and the former Hazel Carley, he grew up in Clark Mills and was graduated from Clinton Central High School, where he served as president of the Student Council. Harry Wadsworth came up the Hill in 1950. Commuting student with no car of his own and unable to afford fraternity membership, he remained on campus all day with nothing to do between classes except study in the Library. It paid off handsomely in academic achievement as premedical student and gained him election to Phi Beta Kappa. He also tutored classmates, especially in biology, and pitched in with his trombone in providing band entertainment at home football games.

Awarded the Holbrook Prize in Biology, Harry Wadsworth was graduated in 1954 with honors in biology, chemistry, and psychology. Shortly thereafter, on July 3rd, he and Lora M. Stevens, his high school sweetheart, were wed at the Church of the Annunciation in Clark Mills, where Harry had been an altar boy. That fall, he enrolled in the State University of New York's College of Medicine (later Upstate Medical Center) in Syracuse. Awarded his M.D. degree in 1958, he stayed on in Syracuse to serve his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology.

Called to active duty with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1962, Dr.Wadsworth, with the rank of captain, served for two years as chief of ob/gyn services at the 319th Station Hospital in Verdun, France. He subsequently returned to Syracuse for year's fellowship in endocrinology, followed by private practice in Utica, beginning in 1965, when that area particularly needed his specialty. A diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as president of his group practice, Obstetric and Gynecologic Associates of Utica, he retired in 1990. By that time he had delivered approximately 9,000 babies.

In addition to traveling extensively in the United States and Europe, especially in the British Isles, Harry Wadsworth enjoyed summers on the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, where he did lot of fishing. Residing in New Hartford until 1972, when Harry and his family moved to Clinton, he and Lora had only recently relocated to Woburn, MA, outside of Boston, for Harry's medical treatment and to be near their daughters.

Harry G. Wadsworth, a loyal and generous supporter of the College, died in Woburn on January 8, 2007. In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by son, Scott A. Wadsworth '80; three daughters, Lynne M. Wadsworth, Sherri Rullen, and Kimberly J. Wadsworth; and grandson, sister, and brother.
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Richard Jordan Miller '56

Richard Jordan Miller '56, who retired as director of corporate training for the Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., was born on March 11, 1934, in New York City. The son of Philip C., corporate manager, and Ann Jordan Miller, he prepared for college at Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, where he was for four years president of his class. He enrolled at Hamilton in 1952 from Chappaqua, NY. While on the Hill, "Rick" Miller, also known as "Dick," joined Theta Delta Chi and became its president as well as one of its "fiercest competitors on the intramural fields," in the words of The Hamiltonian. In addition to his "patient and constructive leadership" of Theta Delt, he served as vice president of the Interfraternity Council. An avid tennis player, he was member of the varsity team and its captain for two years, during which it went undefeated.

Dick Miller entered the U.S. Army following his graduation in 1956 and served in uniform for three years, primarily in the Counter Intelligence Corps. After his release from active duty, he went to work in group insurance sales for Connecticut General Life, headquartered in Hartford. During his 27 years with the company he held various positions, including assistant director of personnel development and director of staffing support. In 1963,he added to his academic credentials an M.A. degree in political science from Trinity College in Hartford.

After his retirement in 1986, Dick Miller, who resided in West Simsbury, CT, took up part time teaching in two local schools. He continued that work for 15 years. He was also active on several boards of the First Church of Christ in Simsbury. Finding pleasure in "learning for fun," he read extensively as participant in two book groups at his church. Throughout his life an ardent sports fan who was at one time head of local Little League, he ever faithfully rooted for the Red Sox, Giants, and the UConn basketball team. His volunteer activities extended generously and unfailingly to Hamilton as member of the Alumni Council and in helping the College with fundraising over many years.

Richard J. Miller died on October 12, 2006, while hospitalized in Farmington, CT, after 10 month battle with cancer. He issurvived by hiswife,Mary "Sue" Crotty Miller, whom he had wed on November 10, 1962, in West Hartford. Also surviving are son, Philip J. Miller, and two grandsons and sister.
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Richard Gordon Barker '58

Richard Gordon Barker '58, retired corporate research director and long leader in the pulp and paper research field, was born on February 8, 1937, in Rochester, NY. His parents were Richard I. Barker, Jr., bank officer, and the former Laura Gordon. Dick Barker grew up in Rochester and was graduated from Webster High School, where he had been president of the Student Council and first developed his affection and flair for the sciences. He arrived on College Hill in 1954 as an ardent baseball fan (he had been bat boy for the Rochester Red Wings), but any hopes of athletic glory were dashed by his small stature and bout of pneumonia in his freshman year. Instead, he served on the Intramural Council.

A member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, Dick Barker received his introduction to industrial research and development during summers working for the Nekoosa Edwards and Kimberly-Clark paper companies, as well as Eastman Kodak. Married on September 7, 1957, at the beginning of his senior year, to Nancy Heiligman in Rochester, he left the Hill in his Chevy in 1958 with his bride and diploma with honors in chemistry. He also had $2000 scholarship and the prospect of successful career in the field of paper chemistry. In the ensuing years that prospect would be impressively realized.

Dick Barker, who acquired an M.S. degree in 1960 and Ph.D. in 1963 from the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Wisconsin, began his long employment with the Union Camp Corp. in Princeton, NJ, in 1962 as research chemist. He became group leader in pulping research, section leader, and subsequently director of research and development projects. His research interests in wood pulping and bleaching, papermaking, and forest biology resulted in numerous publications as well as six U.S. patents. Promoted to laboratory director in 1979, he became Union Camp's director of research and development in 1985, including responsibility for the 190 employee Union Camp Technology Center in Princeton.

In addition to research management, Richard Barker was highly active in professional organizations. First elected to the board of directors of the 32,000 member Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) in 1981, he became vice president of the worldwide organization in 1997 and its president two years later. Over the years he chaired several of TAPPI's key committees and earned credit for helping make research the focal point of its mission. As its president he promoted educational outreach programs such as the Forests for the Future exhibit at Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando, FL, which he was instrumental in planning and implementing. In addition, he took prominent role in promoting research outside of TAPPI, and was past president of the Empire State Paper Research Association and past chairman of the research advisory committee of the Institute of Paper Science and Technology. In 2004, Dr.Barker was recognized for his many contributions with TAPPI's highest honor, the Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award.

Outside his work and professional activities, Richard Barker found time for his athletic interests as manager for 10 years of Little League baseball and coach of Pop Warner football and Police Athletic League basketball. year after the death of his wife in 1993, he attended his high school reunion and there met again for the first time in 40 years his "senior year sweetheart," Mary Kathryne Simpson. They were married in 1995. While residing in Princeton Junction, they enjoyed spending weekends at their vacation home in Ocean City, NJ, strolling the beach and fishing.

Richard G. Barker, who retired from Union Camp after 36 years in 1999, was residing in Ocean City when to he died on August 22,2006, while hospitalized in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter and two sons from his first marriage, Laurie Burdwood and Richard G., Jr., and Jonathan Barker, and six grandchildren and two sisters.
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Charles Hubbard Burrows Braisted '59

Charles Hubbard Burrows Braisted '59, for 30 years an attorney with the prestigious Manhattan firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell, was born on May 13, 1936, in Jamaica, Queens, NY. The younger son of Stephen B., an industrial engineer, and Elizabeth Kittell Braisted, he was nephew of Donald D. '24 and George H. Kittell '25. Charles Braisted, known as "Chick," grew up in Garden City on Long Island, where he was graduated in 1955 from Garden City High School. He entered Hamilton that fall, joined Psi Upsilon, and went out for soccer and track. Accompanied throughout his four year college career by "battered cowboy hat and a weathered leather jacket," he never became slave to his studies but put his leisure time to full use, including fair amount of bridge playing.

Following his graduation as history major in 1959, and six months on active duty with the National Guard, Chick Braisted began his working life with Corporation Trust Co. in New York City. While serving as a sales representative for the company, he pursued law studies and earned his LL.B. degree in 1967 from St. John's University School of Law. The following year, after admission to the New York State Bar, he became associated with Davis, Polk & Wardwell. Married on May 25, 1963, to Gayl Maxwell, he commuted into Manhattan from their home in Chappaqua, NY. Specializing in securities law, he continued to practice until the late 1990s, earning the high esteem of his colleagues for his professionalism and wise counsel combined with an ever cordial manner. In retirement he continued his law practice as an advisor on state securities matters.

Following his retirement, Chick and Gayl Braisted took up residence in Vermont, where they had had vacation home in Plymouth. They subsequently moved to Cornwall, VT, near Middlebury. While in Cornwall, Chick pursued his passion for golf and became member of the town's planning commission. He also took pleasure in tooling around his property on his tractor.

Charles H.B. Braisted, faithful alumnus who wore his Hamilton hat to Middlebury football and hockey games, died in Cornwall on October24,2006.In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Christina K. and Melissa M. Braisted, and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Andrew, in 2003. Other relatives include his cousins, Donald D. '59 and John E. Kittell '62.
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Stacey Himmelberger

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