Lyon Hughes Fisher '62
Lyon Hughes Fisher '62, a real estate broker with many family connections to Hamilton, was born on February 7, 1940, in Utica, NY. The younger son of Clarence Ingals Fisher '32, who, as a U.S. Army captain, died while on active duty during World War II, and Marion Hughes Fisher (later Todd), he was a great-great-grandson of Samuel Ware Fisher, president of the College from 1858 to 1866. He was a grandson of Clarence Lyon Fisher, Class of 1900, a property manager and banker prominent in the village of Lyons Falls, NY, and a nephew of James R. Hughes, Jr. '31, a Utica banker and community leader.
Lyon Fisher prepared for college at Vermont Academy and followed his brother, David I. Fisher '59, to Hamilton in 1958. He went out for varsity track, specializing in the pole vault, and served as president of his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, in his senior year. Majoring in political science, he was graduated in 1962.
After leaving the Hill, Lyon Fisher settled permanently in New York City, where he was initially employed as a market analyst by Esso International. With a degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, he subsequently became a real estate broker and developer. As an adjunct instructor, he taught courses in real estate licensing, financing, and evaluation at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He was also a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency and participated around the country on EPA panels addressing the problem of reclaiming toxic-waste sites for development.
Long ill, Lyon H. Fisher died in New York City on November 7, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Keogh, and his brother, David, as well as two nieces.
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George Doane Freeman IV '64, a retired senior computer programmer, was born on September 2, 1942, in Hartford, CT. A son of George D. III, a securities analyst, and Betsy Ann Avery Freeman, he grew up in Suffern, NY, and came to Hamilton in 1960 from Suffern High School. With thoughts of a future career as an engineer, George Freeman majored in physics. Although diagnosed in his freshman year with having myasthenia gravis, he managed, aided by medication, to pursue a normal life. He completed his course of study on schedule and was graduated in 1964.
George Freeman immediately headed to the West Coast, where he enrolled at the California State College at Los Angeles. After acquiring an M.S. degree in physics in 1966, he remained in California and took up residence in Fullerton. He was employed as an electrical engineer by the Auronetics Division of North American Rockwell in Anaheim. By the 1980s, he had moved to Orange, CA, and was a senior programmer and analyst for Rockwell International.
George D. Freeman IV was still residing in Orange at the time of his death on October 5, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Linnea, and a stepdaughter and stepson, Farah and Farrell Farahbod. Also surviving are a sister and two brothers.
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John Emmett Goyert, Jr. '64, a former advertising and marketing executive, was born on April 14, 1942, in Cincinnati, OH. The son of John E., a banker, and Dorothy Mather Goyert, he grew up in Cincinnati, where he was graduated from Walnut Hills High School, and entered the College in 1960. John Goyert joined Alpha Delta Phi, participated in Charlatans productions, playing Caliban in The Tempest, and sang in the Choir. He also lettered in swimming and was a member of Hamilton's first undefeated swimming team, that of 1961-62.
Following his graduation as a psychology major in 1964, John Goyert went on to Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned his M.B.A. in marketing in 1966. That year he began his career as an account executive with the Young & Rubicam advertising agency in Manhattan and worked on its Frito-Lay account. Four years later, he moved to a rival agency, Ogilvy & Mather. Promoted to account supervisor, he became a vice president of the agency in 1974. In 1980, he was transferred to its Argentine office in Buenos Aires as director of international accounts. He remained in Latin America as managing director of Ogilvy & Mather's Brazilian subsidiary in Sao Paulo (1982-85) and as managing director and later president of its subsidiary in Mexico City (1985-88). During those years he gained fluency in Portuguese and Spanish. In 1989, following a year in Chicago as a senior vice president and group director in charge of the Sears account, Ogilvy & Mather's most important, he left the agency after 19 years.
John Goyert thereafter entered the marketing field as vice president of Citibank's national marketing division in Chicago. By 1991, he was executive vice president for marketing and sales of Citibank's subsidiary, Diners Club International. After serving as vice president of marketing for Western Union Financial Services International in Paramus, NJ, he concluded his career in marketing in the late 1990s with Bank One in Columbus, OH.
John Goyert, who had enjoyed singing since his high school days and whose interest in acting was kindled at Hamilton, seized every opportunity to be involved in both, no matter where he was located. In New York City he became a regular cast member as well as president of the Blue Hill Troupe, a theater group that performed Gilbert and Sullivan operettas as charity benefits. When in Latin America, he was active in community theater and church choirs, and while in Chicago, he was a member of an a cappella group, and in Columbus, a barbershop quartet.
In 1999, John Goyert retired to Martha's Vineyard, where he and his wife, the former Alice Franklin, whom he had wed on June 20, 1970, in Darien, CT, had long summered. In retirement he pursued his passion for golf, delighted in entertaining friends with stories and songs, and became an enthusiastic member of the Vineyard Playhouse and Island Community Chorus. Winters he spent in Boca Raton, FL, where he was associated with the Royal Palm Players.
John E. Goyert, Jr. died on December 4, 2005, at his home on Martha's Vineyard, of cancer. In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by a son, John E. Goyert III; two daughters, Wendy M. and Holly F. Goyert; and a grandson and a sister.
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Michael McChesney Coyle '69, a physician and medical director, was born on November 1, 1947, the son of Robert M. '43, and Sophie Jean Coyle, both physicians, in San Francisco, CA. Mike Coyle grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, prepared for college at Western Reserve Academy in Ohio, and enrolled at Hamilton in 1965. He joined Theta Delta Chi and majored in chemistry, hoping to follow his parents into the medical profession. He did volunteer work at Marcy State Hospital and impressed Dean Winton Tolles as "a fine young man."
Failing to gain entry to medical school following his graduation in 1969, Mike Coyle entered the Peace Corps after briefly working as a fishing guide in Canada. He was assigned to Suva, Fiji, where he taught chemistry and coached the soccer team at Marist High School. When his term of enlistment ended in 1972, he stopped off in Hawaii to teach high school chemistry in Havi before returning to his hometown. He enrolled in the master's program in public health at the University of Pittsburgh and obtained his M.P.H. degree in 1975. Still determined to become a physician, he had in the meantime reapplied to medical schools and was accepted by Pittsburgh's. Awarded his M.D. in 1977, he stayed on at the University of Pittsburgh Health Center to serve his internship and residency in internal medicine.
In 1980, Mike Coyle was awarded a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Georgetown University. Two years later, specializing in pulmonary and critical-care medicine, Dr. Coyle established his private practice in Lewiston, ME. He remained a partner in the Central Maine Medical Center until 1989, when he and his wife Janice and their two sons moved to Albuquerque, NM. There, Mike Coyle joined the pulmonary intensive care group at Lovelace Medical Clinic. He later became its medical director as well as vice president of medical affairs for Lovelace Health Systems.
In 2000, the family again moved, to Phoenix, AZ, where Dr. Coyle served as chief medical officer of St. Joseph's Medical Center and subsequently senior vice president and regional medical director for Catholic Healthcare West. In 2004, after a year as chief medical director of Schaller Anderson Healthcare in Phoenix, he became chief medical officer for Abrazo Health Care, also in Phoenix.
Devoted to his family as well as to his medical work, Mike Coyle found pleasure during leisure time in playing tennis with close friends, fly-fishing, and tending to his roses. He dreamed of retiring to a cabin he owned along the headwaters of the Rio Grande River in Colorado, but it was not to be.
Michael M. Coyle, who had touched many lives for the better over the years, died on October 9, 2005, at his home in Scottsdale, AZ, after a brief but determined battle with cancer. In addition to his wife Janis, whom he had wed in 1982, and their sons, Alexander M. and Andrew M. Coyle, he is survived by his father and his mother (now Sophie Coyle Erickson). Dr. Coyle was previously married, while in the Peace Corps in 1970, to Anne P. Couzens.
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Jeffrey Reid Watts '69, a certified public accountant, was born on May 13, 1947, the elder son of Charles E., a sales manager, and Grace Jane Robbins Watts, a secretary, in Huntington Park, CA. Jeff Watts grew up in California and was graduated from Warren Senior High School in Downey as president of his class. He came east to enroll at Hamilton in 1965, joined Theta Delta Chi, and participated in varsity swimming and golf.
The year after his graduation as a mathematics major in 1969, Jeff Watts acquired an M.B.A. in accounting from Rutgers University. He then returned to the West Coast and took up residence in San Diego, where he was employed for a time as a certified public accountant on the senior staff of Arthur Young & Co. He subsequently served as vice president for finance and comptroller of Mission Bay Investments, also in San Diego.
On February 19, 1978, Jeff Watts was married to Debra Barrett in Steamboat Springs CO. Three years later, the couple moved to Spokane, WA, where Jeff established a private accounting practice. He came to regard his clients as friends rather than merely as business acquaintances, and his warm concern for them went beyond their financial matters and tax returns.
In his spare time Jeff Watts enjoyed a competitive game of golf, as well as other outdoor activities, including camping, boating, and skiing. However, he most enjoyed travel, especially to the warmers parts of the country, with his wife and daughters. He had a preference for what might be termed the simple pleasures of life, and he will be remembered by those who came to know him for "his non-pretentious and predictable ways, rock-solid loyalty, and genuine affection for family and friends."
Jeffrey R. Watts, an ever-faithful and supportive alumnus, died at his home in Spokane on January 2, 2006. In addition to his wife and his father, he is survived by two daughters, Lindsey B. and Jenna R. Watts, and a brother.
Katherine Flygare Barefield K'72,nee Katherine Sue Jones, an actress and calligrapher, was born on February 13, 1949, and grew up in Clinton, NY. The daughter of Bernice F. and James B. Jones, she was graduated in 1967 from Clinton High School. "Kate" Jones came up the Hill to Kirkland College as a member of its charter class and majored in theatre.
Following her graduation in 1972, Kate Jones left for Manhattan to break into acting professionally. While taking lessons at the Herbert Bergoff Studio and seeking stage opportunities, she worked part-time in a variety of jobs from barmaid and waitress to switchboard operator and secretary. For professional reasons, to distinguish hers from those of other actors, she took a new name. While occasionally appearing in off-Broadway productions, she also developed her talent for calligraphy. Her hand artistry was on display in New York City shows, including those of the Society of Scribes, in which she was active.
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