Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

Daryoush Farshid Hakim ’54

Daryoush Farshid Hakim passed away on May 18, 2017 at the age of 84.  He died at Yale New Haven Hospital surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. Farshid was born on December 17, 1932 to Reverend Jollinous and Badieh Hakim and was the youngest of four sons.  He attended grammar school in Tehran, Iran and graduated from Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA.  He attended the University of Georgia where he earned a degree in Agricultural Engineering.  After graduation, he returned to Iran and married his wife of 56 years, Faegheh (Fae) Hakim.  Subsequently, he completed his studies at Princeton Seminary. Farshid worked as administrator of Iranzamin – Tehran International School.  In Iran, he was an active member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Tehran and the Rotary Club International.  In 1979, Farshid moved his family to Cheshire, Connecticut. He quickly became an active member of the Cheshire community, joining the local chapter if the Rotary Club and the First Congregational Church.  Initially, he worked as business manager for the First Congregational Church of Waterbury.  He then worked for the Presbyterian Church USA as a missionary, assisting Christian refugees during their transition to life in America.  After his retirement, he remained active by helping students at Cheshire Academy Health Center with their transportation needs.  For the last few years, Farshid was an active congregant of the First Church of Christ, Wethersfield. Farshid served more than 50 years with the Rotary Club International.  During his tenure in Cheshire, he served in many roles, most consistently as the coordinator of the Scholarship Committee. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow for his contributions to the Cheshire organization.  In 2014, he received the Rotary District Governor’s Citation for his service. A man of great devotion to the Lord, he faithfully served in several roles, including Deacon, Trustee and numerous boards and committees at all churches he attended.  He, along with Fae, led the Iranian Christian Fellowship of Connecticut for many years. He is survived by his loving wife, Fae, his children, son Ramin and his wife, Linda Boulanger, daughter, Noureen, his beloved grandchildren, Christian and Alexandra, and his brother, Dr. Jamshid Hakim and his wife, Margaret of Pocono Pines, PA.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Houshang Hakim (Redbank, NJ) and Parviz Hakim (Tehran, Iran) and his granddaughter, Alana Saba Hakim (Cheshire).

Priscilla Ruder Lucier ’50

Priscilla Ruder Lucier passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 one month before her 85th birthday. She died in her home in Duxbury, MA surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Priscilla was born in Mount Lebanon, PA, but spent most of her life in a variety of towns in Massachusetts including Woburn, Amherst, Foxborough, Easthampton, Sturbridge, Wayland and Osterville. She was deeply beloved by her husband of 63 years, Joseph L. Lucier and their four children, Daniel D. Lucier, Mark B. Lucier, Leslie L. Marino and David L. Lucier, their spouses and eleven grandchildren. She is survived by her sisters Susan G. Hull and Paula L. Cole and predeceased by her parents Carl L. Ruder and Mary R. Salmon, stepfather Edward Dwight Salmon, sister Cynthia L. Seifert and son Daniel Lucier. Priscilla was a graduate of the Northampton School for Girls as well as The University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Her career spanned a love of conservation as well as a talent for fundraising. She worked at The Williston Northampton School, Old Sturbridge Village, Mount Holyoke College, Boston Childrens Hospital, Parmenter Visiting Nurse and Wayside Hospice and volunteered in local land conservancy organizations and garden clubs.

Carlo A. Marchetti ’51

Carlo A. Marchetti, loving and much loved father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Saturday, December 17, 2016, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was born on June 13, 1931, in Springfield, to parents Serafino and Carolina Marchetti. He was a champion of the City, beginning his professional life as a City Assessor, moving on to become a Vice President of Real Estate for the Third National Bank and, ultimately, doing the job he loved most, as Executive Director of an organization he helped create, Springfield Central. Upon retirement, he moved to Sarasota, Florida where he lived for the last 16 years of his well-lived life. Carlo was a veteran, having served in the Marines, First Reconnaissance Company, during the Korean War. He was predeceased by his sister Esther Marchetti Ferrero and her husband Julian; and he is survived by his sister Rena Libera Jonathan and her husband Jack; his children, Carolyn Marchetti Branthoover, Lisa Marchetti Lamp and her husband Steve, and John Carlo Marchetti and his wife Karen. Carlo shared much love, joy and energy with his six grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Katherine, Lauren, Alexander and Gabriel. Carlo was delighted when he was able to expand and deepen his friendships with extended family in Italy, in his later years. His trips to Italy became an annual occurrence, which he cherished. He was a world traveler whose favorite trips were those taken with family, the most recent of which was to Chicago in April of this year, organized for him by his Grandchildren.

Mark R. Berman ’69

 

Mark R. Berman, a fixture of the local business community who enjoyed a second career as a college administrator, died at his home in Williamsburg, MA on Friday, May 5, 2017, after a brief illness. He was 65.

Berman graduated from Williston Academy in 1969. He earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in 1973, where he lettered in men’s swimming. He obtained an MBA and law degree from Syracuse in 1976. In 1977, Berman joined the management of Yale Genton, the venerable West Springfield clothier started by his grandfather. He served as general manager, vice president and eventually president of Yale Genton. In 2008, Berman followed his passion for education and joined the administration of American International College in Springfield as associate vice president for educational enterprise. He later became executive vice president for administration. During his tenure at AIC, Berman was instrumental in a number of major initiatives, including significant capital improvements on campus.

Throughout his business career, Berman devoted his time and talents to a host of local institutions, including as a board member at the Clarke School for the Deaf, the UMass Fine Arts Center, the Springfield Library and Museums, and Baystate Health Systems. He was a past director of the West Springfield Chamber of Commerce and a corporator at the Springfield Institute for Savings. His colleagues and associates will remember him as a leader and mentor who was wholeheartedly devoted to the institutions of which he was a part. He was a man of great personal dignity, and afforded that same dignity to everyone he met.

Berman is survived by his loving wife, Martha G. Baker; his stepchildren, Michael C. Moran and Jennifer E. Norris, and their spouses, Melissa M. Moran and William J. Norris; and his grandchildren, Claire, Ryan, Liam, and Henry. With Martha, Mark joyfully left the office behind, traveled the world, improved his golf game, read voraciously, mastered the grill, perfected the gimlet, relaxed on the beach in his beloved Westport, welcomed the arrival of four grandchildren, and relished in his new role as their “Papa.”

Richard B. Covell, P’70, former trustee

Richard B. Covell, 87, of Yarmouthport, MA, died Saturday April 22, 2017, after a brief period of declining health.

He was the husband of the late Helen Ruth (Powers) Covell who died in 2009. They had been married for 57 years.

Born in Ware, Mr. Covell was the son of the late Bertram M. and Ruth Mae (Launier) Covell. He was a graduate of Becker College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed graduate studies at The Graduate School of Banking, Brown University and The Management Development School at Dartmouth College.

His professional career, spanning 42 years, was spent in banking and he retired in August 1992 as CEO of Heritage Bank. In 1966 he was elected Vice President of Northampton Institution for Savings and elected President in 1968. The bank merged with Heritage Bank in 1986 and acquired Community Savings Bank of Holyoke in 1986. The combined organization had 29 offices in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties with assets exceeding $1.5 billion.

He was active in community affairs and served as Trustee of The Clarke School for 38 years, Treasurer of Look Park for 27 years, Treasurer of Applewood Living Care Community and Member of the Development Committee of Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He also served as Trustee of Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, and Trustee of Northampton School for Girls and was instrumental in the merger with Williston Academy which would then become Williston-Northampton School. As Chair of the Northampton Development Committee, he worked aggressively to promote and maintain the downtown and keep Hotel Northampton as a focal point. In 1983, Mr. Covell received the Northampton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. He was past President of Northampton Rotary Club and in 1988 was named a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest honor for “service above self.” He was also a life member of Northampton Elks Lodge BPOE 997.

Mr. Covell is survived by his three children Jane S. Keeney ’70 and her husband, Normand of Avon CT, Richard B. Covell, Jr. and his wife, Maureen of Plymouth, and Joan C. Cooper and her husband Herb of Arlington, VA; his four grandchildren, Jennifer Keeney-Bleeg and her husband, Jim, of Bristol, England, Jeffrey A. Keeney and his wife, Jenny of Chicago, IL, Richard B. Covell, III and Eric J. Covell, both of Plymouth; and his two great grandchildren, Elliott and Julian Bleeg, both of Bristol, England. Also remembered with love and kindness is his longtime friend, Claire F. Rodrigues.

Nathaniel O. Novak (Luff) ’90

Nat Novak (nee Luff) passed away on April 1st, 2017 after a long illness. He leaves behind his wife, Barbara, and his three kids, Jack, Sam, and Lily.
Nat was a loving father, devoted husband, avid cyclist (consistent with his time at Williston), fearless home renovator, talented writer, cook, car geek, and advocate of humanity.
A beloved community member, Nat resided in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, where he served as crew chief of the town’s volunteer ambulance squad.

William E. Gwatkin ’59

William “Bill” Gwatkin, 76, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Bill was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He and his wife Nancy have been “snowbirds” between Cape Cod and Titusville and traveled the country visiting family and friends for over 20 years. Bill owned a Food Distributorship in Cape Cod. He was an avid golfer and loved traveling in his RV.

Bill is survived by his wife Nancy; his children Kristen Reed and her husband Ed of Colorado Springs, CO; Wesley Gwatkin of Massachusetts; David Gwatkin and his wife Betty Ann of Vermont; his grandchildren Emma, Tyler and Cambell; and his stepsons Jon and Greg Whyman.

 

Randall S. Baird ’84

 

Randall Stewart Baird, 51, a former big-8 consulting-firm manager and entrepreneur, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at his San Francisco home of more than 25 years.

He was born Sept. 21, 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts to G. Stewart and Martha Haskell Baird of Dover, MA, where he grew up. His most precious and enthusiastic loves were raising his two sons, Hunter, 13, and Tyler, 11, as well as singing for over 15 years in the Glide Ensemble in San Francisco.

Adventurous, spirited and ambitious, as a pre-teen Randall bicycled 800 miles and camped out from MA to the US Bi-centennial in Valley Forge with a teenage friend. His desire to experience the world led him abroad to Korea, Japan, Italy and the South Sea Islands and his love of sports never dimmed from playing hockey and tennis to rooting for his favorite Bruins team, a pass-time he remembered fondly doing with his sister Laurie over the years.

While at Williston-Northampton School, he helped develop a sci-fi section at their library, founded an all-male a cappella singing group and sang tenor with the Chamber Chorus and musical comedy productions. He earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Brown University in 1989 and was an active participant in his Alpha Delta Phi fraternity winning the Inter-Fraternity Pool Singles Championship in 1987. Later that same year he joined his parents with the Dedham Choral Society to sing the Verdi Requiem in Boston’s famed Symphony Hall.

Randall subsequently relocated to San Francisco, a city that embraced his quirky geek nature and love of all things sushi, where he sang in the Calvary Presbyterian Church choir before joining Glide Memorial United Methodist Church and their Ensemble. He also served as President of the San Francisco Brown Club and worked as a consultant with Arthur Anderson, Deloitte & Touché and Accenture prior to establishing his own company, 3cept, to both minister to individuals as well as provide technology direction and support for growing businesses.

Friends are welcome with their musical instruments, voices and refreshments at a memorial service scheduled for Saturday April 22 from 5-7:00pm at the Lake Merced Boathouse in San Francisco where fond memories will be shared of Randall’s warmth, humor and joie de vivre. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco or charity of your choice.

To a man that, as one friend put it, lived with texture, color and a lot of soul – you will be dearly missed.

Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community