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In Memoriam


Dr. Joseph A. Schectman of Scranton, Pa., died Oct. 18, 2016. Schectman was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He practiced medicine in Lackawanna County and at Montrose General Hospital until his retirement in 1998.


Vincent D. Roman of Kingston, Pa., died Nov. 17, 2016. Roman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an electrical engineer at E.I. DuPont De Nemours. He later was the chief of the electrical engineering division of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of General Services Bureau of Engineering and Architects. Some of the projects he worked on included Beaver Stadium at Penn State University, the Avoca Airport and the Dorothy Dixon Darte Center for the Performing Arts at Wilkes.


Daniel S. Dzury of Macungie, Pa., died on Aug. 17, 2016. Dzury worked as a chemist at Boyle Midway in Cranford, N.J., where he developed products such as Wizard Air Fresheners and Easy-Off Oven Cleaner.

Walter Edward Elston of Salt Lake City, Utah, died Aug. 11, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army in counterintelligence from 1954 to 1956. Elston worked in the explosives industry, with positions at Hercules Powder Co. in Kenvil, N.J., Bessemer, Ala., and Cathage, Mo., and at IRECO Inc., and Dyno-Nobel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

John Carl Kirchman of Media, Pa., died Dec. 10, 2015. Kirchman served in the U.S. Air Force in India and China during World War II. Kirchman worked in the clothing industry as a business analyst.


Robert T. Croucher of New Milford, Pa., passed away on Jan. 29, 2016. Croucher worked at the Rosen Agency in Linden, N.J., before founding Linden Liquors in 1963 and then operating Croucher Realty. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.


Russell R. Picton died Jan. 6, 2016. Picton enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1947 and attained the rank of staff sergeant. Picton served as director of development at Wilkes College, Randolph Macon Women’s College in Virginia, Wofford College in South Carolina and the University of Oregon in Eugene. He finished his career as a consultant for Marts and Lundy.


Glenn Carey of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Nov. 11, 2016. Carey earned a master’s degree in operations research in engineering from Syracuse University. He worked in the aerospace industry as a manager of the GE Spacetrack Colorado Springs analysis office and later was manager of the Spacetrack Program.

Richard Steinhauer of Kingston, Pa., died Nov. 26, 2016. Steinhauer was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked in the insurance industry and spent 42 years at Galland, Steinhauer and Repa Inc. He owned Steinhauer Real Estate.


Norma Davis Ball of Jaffrey, N.H., died Nov. 8, 2015. Ball started her career as an English teacher, but later entered the field of computer programming. She was part of a team that converted administrative and academic records from mainframe to minicomputer at Franklin Pierce University. Later she worked for Digital Equipment Corp. as a programmer and co-owned Computer Directions, a software company working with dental offices. She is survived by her siblings who are all Wilkes alumni: Robert E. Davis ’59, Marylin Davis ’65 and Patricia (Davis) Gaboric ’67.

Max B. Greenwald died Sept. 24, 2016. Greenwald worked as a social worker for the Wilkes-Barre Jewish Community Center, the California Youth Authority and Department of Corrections and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also served 38 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard, retiring as a colonel.


Jean L. Campbell McCreery of Williamsport, died Oct. 14, 2015. McCreery worked at the Williamsport Hospital for two years and at Danville State Hospital. She later worked ManorCare South in Williamsport and volunteered for the Red Cross Bloodmobile and Community Arts Center.


Larry Chase of the Bronx, N.Y., died Nov. 25, 2016. Chase was an actor, singer and business owner. He was also an avid stamp, coin and memorabilia collector.

Doris Gademan Stephens of Barrington, R.I., died June 20, 2016. Stephens served as a public health service nurse in Alaska, and a pediatric nursing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Massachusetts General Hospital. She was a civilian nurse in Thailand during the Vietnam War and returned to Thailand to help Cambodian refugees come to America.


John L. Lehet of Lambertville, N.J., died Oct. 22, 2016. Lehet earned a law degree from Seton Hall Law School. A naval aviator, Lehet was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He later practiced law in Trenton, N.J., until becoming owner and manager of John L. Lehet Properties for the last 44 years.

Christopher Loesch of Arlington, Va., died Aug. 25, 2016. Loesch earned an MBA from George Washington University. He was in the Army National Guard. Loesch worked as a certified public accountant for the U.S. General Accounting Office.


Lee Carl Wasilewski of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., formerly of Duryea and Mountain Lake, Pa., died on Oct. 13, 2016.


Ellen Gallagher Zimich of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died Dec. 11, 2016. Zimich worked in Boston for Arthur D. Little before returning to Wilkes-Barre in 1975. She retired from Pennsylvania Bureau of the Aging in 2005.


Rev. John A. Hamilton of Leesburg, Fla., died Nov. 5, 2016. Hamilton was a Methodist pastor in several churches in Pennsylvania and New York. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.


Jon Guida MS ’99 of Old Forge, Pa., died Jan. 1, 2015. He taught special education in various school districts for 32 years and was employed by NEIU #19. Guida was a past member of the Old Forge School Board.

Nancy (Baird) Moretta of Preston, Pa., died Oct. 27, 2016. Moretta taught in Groton, Conn., at Claude Chester Elementary School and in Yonkers, N.Y., at the Halstedt Private Elementary School.

Clyde R. Oster of Swoyersville, Pa., died Dec. 2, 2016. Oster worked for Baron’s Seafood and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Kingston Rotary and a former director of the Irem Temple Clowns Unit.

Deborah Baran Walk of Glenwood, Md., died Sept. 15, 2016. She taught at Newton High School before moving to Maryland, where most recently she taught French at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Md.


Harold E. Van Hise of Milltown, Pa., died Jan. 28, 2015. Van Hise served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was an assessment director of arts and languages at Educational Testing Services in Princeton, N.J.


Shirley Shannon of Colorado Springs, Colo., died on December 1, 2016.


Cynthia A. Bradbury of Boise, Idaho, died Oct. 22, 2016. She taught science in Norfolk, Va., San Jose, Calif., and several Department of Defense high schools. She worked with the U.S. Navy and at Micron before completing a master’s degree in biological anthropology at Boise State University.


Andrew B. Ulichney of Mount Pocono, Pa., died Dec. 12, 2016. Ulichney is a World War II veteran with the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, the Philippine Theater and was part of the Navy occupation of Japan. He retired in 1983 after more than 40 years in government services.


Richard J. Jenkins of Chandler, Ariz., died Oct. 13, 2016. He was employed by NXP Semiconductors as the director of test engineering.


Dr. Susan J. Silfee of Jasper, Ala., died Feb. 14, 2016. Silfee was a board-certified internist, with practices in Atlanta Ga., Jasper, Ala. and Oakman, Ala. A talented artist, she also enjoyed painting and was awarded several prizes for her work.


Donald Joseph Shaw Jr. died Oct. 27, 2016. Shaw worked for Whiteman Tower as vice president of packaging, then for Lindenmeyr Munroe as general manager of packaging. He served as assistant coach for Wilkes University’s men’s soccer for 12 years. Shaw was a member of the Wilkes University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Graduate Degrees

John Guida MS’99 – Please see undergraduate memoriams 1970.


James (Jim) E. Harrington Jr., of Wilkes-Barre, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. His long and distinguished career as professor of music at Wilkes began in 1985. He also served as the interim chair of the department of music, theater and dance, as well as assistant to the dean and academic service coordinator. Harrington studied music, specializing in the organ, at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and received his master’s degree at Yale University School of Music. Harrington’s students remember him as a role model and friend, encouraging them to work hard, to pursue their dreams and to stand up for their beliefs. He was actively involved in the local LGBT community, and paved the way for the LGBT Reach Group, Pride of NEPA Social Group, Michael Pierson Memorial Project, NEPA Rainbow Alliance and the LGBT Center of NEPA. He hosted countless safe-space groups at Wilkes and founded the “Safe Zones” on campus program in the 1990s.

Friends of Wilkes

Dr. Stephen Wartella Jr. of Bear Lake, Pa., and Cape Canaveral, Fla., died Dec. 16, 2016. A graduate of Bucknell University Junior College, Wartella attended Georgetown Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a flight surgeon in U.S. Air Force. He was on the staff at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and served as chief of radiology for 28 years.