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Alumni Necrology

Gary Dee Mahood '62

Gary Dee Mahood '62, who had recently retired after 30 years as a corporate pensions investment executive,was born on October 29, 1940, in Shenandoah, IA.The younger son of Victor E. and Ruth England Mahood, both public school teachers, Gary Mahood grew up in Elmhurst, IL, where he was graduated from York Community High School. He came to Hamilton in 1958, joined Delta Kappa Epsilon, and soon demonstrated his athleticism in football and lacrosse. He lettered in both sports, served as co-captain of the football team in his senior year, and received honorable mention for the 1962 All-American Lacrosse Team. As a freshman, he had been a member of Hamilton's only undefeated football squad, that of 1958. Having majored in English, he left the Hill with his diploma in 1962.

Thereafter,Gary Mahood followed his parents and brother Wayne into the field of education, teaching English and coaching football at Locust Valley High School on Long Island.Married in Roslyn,NY,on September 14,1963, to Janice R.Hermsted, whom he had met during his freshman year at Hamilton, he made a career change in 1965 by taking a position in pension sales with the Travelers Insurance Co. in Hartford, CT. Assigned to its Richmond,VA, office, and later promoted to senior account executive in its Chicago office, he remained with Travelers until 1976,when he joined Mutual of New York as a regional pension director, also in Chicago.

In 1979, he was appointed to the newly created position of sales director for national pension accounts. It was recognition of his success in producing excellent sales results for MONY. In 1981, Gary Mahood moved back East when named assistant vice president, mass marketing sales, at MONY's headquarters in Manhattan. He subsequently joined the New York Region Group Office of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. as director of pension sales. Later given the title of director-asset management sales, he was in charge of selling MetLife's investment management services to corporate retirement plans. In 1993, he received recognition as the corporate pensions division's leading producer of all time.

During the 1980s and '90s, while residing in Huntington, NY, and later on Shelter Island,Gary Mahood enjoyed sailing his boat, the John B., on the waters around Long Island. A former member of the Bay Club and Huntington Yacht Club, he was also involved in the community, serving on the board of the Shelter Island Lions Club and as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and Episcopalians for Traditional Faith. He also engaged in fund-raising for various organizations. An admirer of Hamilton's traditional conservative values, he had long assisted the College with its fundraising activities as well.

Gary D. Mahood, who had recently retired to the Rochester, NY, suburb of Webster, died at his home on May 19, 2007, after enduring a long bout with cancer. In addition to his wife of 43 years, he is survived by a daughter, Scott Elizabeth Cipolla; a son, Grant D.Mahood '92; his brother, R.Wayne Mahood '56; and nephews including Bruce L. Mahood '82.
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Charles Robert Schramm III '69

Charles Robert Schramm III '69, a carpenter with a fondness for poetry writing,was born on January 14, 1947, in Englewood, NJ. The elder son of Charles R., Jr., an office manager, and Dorothy Ruel Schramm,"Chip" Schramm came to College Hill in 1965 from Berkeley Heights, NJ, where he graduated from Governor Livingston Regional High School. A sports enthusiast, he was also an aspiring poet who received recognition for his verse. He majored in English literature and left the Hill with his diploma in 1969.

The College has little information regarding Chip Schramm's subsequent activities except that he was a 40-year resident of Somerville, MA,was employed as a carpenter, and continued to write poetry all his life. Afflicted with cancer, he died at his home in Somerville on January 23, 2005, according to information belatedly received and verified. He was survived by his wife, Susan Penrose Schramm, as well as a son and daughter,William C.W. and Kathleen P. Schramm, and a brother, Richard W. Schramm.
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