Alumni Necrology

Peter Dickerman Way '61

Peter Dickerman Way '61, Westfield, NJ, Realtor, was born on November 28, 1938, in Elizabeth, NJ. A son of Donald D., consulting engineer, and Barbara Dickerman Way, he grew up in Westfield and was graduated in 1956 from Westfield Senior High School. Pete Way was admitted to Hamilton that fall but remained on the Hill for only semester. Readmitted the following fall with the Class of 1961, he became well known to his brothers at Delta Phi for his abundantly furnished room, his penchant for scrambled eggs at any time of the day or night, and his "whole mess of cars." Hailed by The Hamiltonian as "the College's second best bowler in his senior year," he majored in psychology and earned his diploma in 1961.

Pete Way thereafter joined Chemical Bank New York Trust Co. in Manhattan as management trainee. Called into the U.S. Army in 1962, he served as medic. Released from active duty in 1964, he returned to Chemical Bank, where, in 1968, he was promoted to assistant branch manager. He was branch manager when he left the bank to become Realtor, associated with Westfield Realty Service, in his hometown.

Active in the Young Republicans and member of the bowling team of his Presbyterian Church, Pete Way also played in duplicate bridge group. In addition, he was an enthusiastic golfer, expert crossword puzzle solver, and fond of reading as well as devotee of opera. He retained his bonds to Delta Phi and served on its national board after his graduation from Hamilton.

Peter D. Way died on October 11, 2006, at hospice in Plainfield, NJ. Unmarried, he is survived by sister, Sharon Tittle, and two brothers, Christopher S. and Curtis G.Way.
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David Caswell MacGregor '63

David Caswell MacGregor '63, an investment banker, was born on January 18, 1942, in Worcester, MA. The son of school teachers Caswell E. and Mabel Thomas MacGregor, he grew up in the Philadelphia, PA, area and was graduated in 1959 from suburban Springfield High School. That year, Dave MacGregor came to Hamilton from Springfield and joined Alpha Delta Phi.He lettered in swimming and was member of the undefeated team of 196162. Also active in the Squash Club, he served as the president of the Block H Club as well. After earning his A.B. degree as an economics major in 1963, he entered the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he acquired his M.B.A. in 1965.

During the ensuing years Dave MacGregor took on various positions and responsibilities in corporate finance at Eastman Dillon Union Securities Co. in New York City. Named vice president in 1970 and first vice president in 1972, he left Eastman Dillon Co. in 1979 to return to Philadelphia as vice president, corporate strategy and planning, of INA Corp. At last report, he became senior vice president, financial guarantees, of CIGNA Corp., also in Philadelphia, in 1982.

David C. MacGregor died at his home in Bryn Mawr, PA, on September 8, 2006. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, the former Judy Van Vlaanderen, whom he had married on May 4, 1968, in Ridgewood, NJ. Also surviving are two daughters, Hilary and Nancy MacGregor, and two grandsons.
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David Osborne Hakanson '67

David Osborne Hakanson '67, neonatologist and medical educator, was born on May 16, 1945, in Oneonta, NY. The son of Frank E., professor of music at Syracuse University, and Helen Osborne Hakanson, Dave Hakanson, also known as "Hak," was graduated from Syracuse Central Technical High School in 1963. He came to Hamilton that year, intent on pursuing premedical studies. However, he found time to sing in the Choir and serve on the Chapel Board. A member of Delta Upsilon, he returned to Syracuse following his graduation in 1967. There he entered the State University of New York's Upstate College of Medicine, preceded by warm letter of recommendations from Dean Winton Tolles.

David Hakanson, who earned his M.D. degree in 1971, served his internship and residency in pediatrics at Upstate. While still medical student, he had already begun his training in neonatal medicine. Married in Syracuse on September 2, 1972, to Nancy C. Sanborne, daughter of Leon D. Sanborne '27, Dr. Hakanson obtained three year fellowship in neonatology at Women's and Infants Hospital, Brown University, in Providence, RI, where their two daughters were born.

Following the completion of his fellowship, David Hakanson again returned to Syracuse where, in 1976, he joined SUNY Upstate's faculty. Until his retirement, he engaged in teaching and research in addition to clinical duties, and was the author of numerous journal articles on neonatology as well as textbook chapters on the subject. An invited participant in national medical conferences, he was the principal investigator on recent study of retinopathy in the prematurely born.

When Neonatal Associates of Central New York was formed at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, Dr. Hakanson became attending neonatologist there. For 27 years until his retirement at the end of 2002,he devotedly cared for prematurely born babies while also extending comforting support to their parents. During those years he continued his association with SUNY Upstate as clinical professor of pediatrics.

Outside of his professional activities, David Hakanson developed keen interest in antique MG automobiles. He owned several of them, providing him with opportunities to travel widely as well as cultivate new friendships through membership in organizations of fellow MG collectors. His devotion to music, dating from his college days, also continued, and he remained an everfaithful and dedicated alumnus. He assisted the College with its fundraising activities and performed outstanding service as president of the Alumni Association of Central New York.

Although he was plagued by chronic health problems in recent years, David O. Hakanson's death nonetheless occurred unexpectedly on September 27, 2006, while he was watching sailboats on Cazenovia Lake. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Sill Hakanson, whom he had wed in 1998, following the dissolution of his first marriage. Also surviving are his daughters, Heather L. '95 and Heidi E. Hakanson, as well as his sister, Joan H. Sipley, and his nephew and niece, David '91 and Kristen J. Sipley '92.
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Contact Information

Stacey Himmelberger

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