Category Archives: Class of 1971

Mark Hannabury ’71

Mark HannaburyMark David Hannabury, 63, passed away on December 19th, 2015 after a 4-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Ruth Flaherty Hannabury and step father Leo Flaherty.

He leaves sisters Susan Hannabury Sheridan and Tracy Hannabury and nephew Marcus Sheridan, aunts, uncles, cousins and a loving circle of friends including Eric and Liz Barklund and family.

A successful attorney Mark also enjoyed reading, art, music, running, photography, cartooning and he just recently obtained his parachuting certification. He was possessed of an endless curiosity, amazing wit and profound intelligence.

Larry Neilson (Edward Moore Lawton Jr) ’71

Larry NeilsonLarry Neilson, formerly known as, Edward Moore Lawton, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Shoreline.

He was born Sept. 3, 1954, in Northampton, Massachusetts.

He was predeceased by his father Edward Milne Lawton, Jr. He leaves his mother Sally Lawton of Westhampton, Massachusetts; his sister Cynthia Lawton-Singer; his brother James Lawton; and many friends in the Seattle area.

Larry graduated from The Williston Northampton School in 1971, and from Vassar College in 1975 with honors in history. He worked in advertising, web design and photography.

He grew up in Westhampton, Massachusetts, and later lived in Marblehead from 1982 to 1990 and in Seattle since 1990. There he belonged to the University Unitarian Church, the Fremont Arts Council of Seattle, and the Seattle P-Patch Community Garden. His lifelong interests included trains, sailing and battleships, jazz, history, street theater, art cars, social justice movements and gardening.

Alexander D. Rosenzweig ’71

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Alexander D. Rosenzweig, 59, of West Hartford, loving husband and father, passed away on Friday, (December 7, 2012). Born in Hartford on March 12, 1953, to Israel and Blanche Rosenzweig of New Britain, Alex was an attorney practicing in Connecticut who received his law degree in 1980 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He enjoyed outdoor activities, swimming, running, lifting weights, and his family. He cared about the environment and enjoyed going for walks. He had a great sense of humor and created nicknames for himself, “Hap Appleton” (because he said he felt happy) and his wife, “Sweetie Appleton.” He loved vacationing with his family in Cape Cod, Atlantic City and the Poconos.

Alex is survived by his wife and soul mate Laney, their sons Zachary and Joshua; his sister Betsy (Isaac) Kyne; their children Eric and Kimberly; his nieces Erica and Suzie; his nephew Jacob.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at United Synagogues of Greater Hartford, 205 Mohawk Drive, West Hartford. Burial will follow at Hartford Mutual Society Cemetery in East Granby. Arrangements are being handled by Weinstein Mortuary in Hartford.

Deborah Homer O’Leary ’71

Deborah Homer O'Leary

Deborah Homer-O’Leary, of Greenland, died on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 after a valiant 16-month battle with breast cancer. Beloved wife, mother and friend to many, Debby enriched the world with her dance, art, sculpture and creative and joyous spirit. Debby was born in North Adams, Mass., and lived in Wilton during much of her childhood.

Debby earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Emerson College and a master’s in dance from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She taught dance at the University of Connecticut, as well as at studios in the Seacoast area. After an injury took her away from her dance career, she became a sculptor, creating figurative works that she described as symbols not only of positive energy, but also the devotion and discipline born out of love. Debby exhibited her work locally and every summer at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Fair, where she won the Best in Show for bronze sculpture in 2011.

Debby is survived by her husband Michael and sons Aidan and Danny of Greenland, and sister Diana Breed of Needham, Mass. She is also survived by siblings-in-law Patricia Cepeda of Washington, D.C., James and Vicky O’Leary of South Windham, Maine, Richard O’Leary of Limington, Maine, Kevin and Tiki O’Leary of Portland, Maine, and Dr. James and Peggy Powers, of Falmouth, Maine. Debby leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many new and old friends who have been touched by her generosity of spirit, humor, energy and love of life. Debby was predeceased by her brother, Bob Homer of Laconia, and her brother-in-law, John J. O’Leary of Washington, D.C.

The family wishes to thank the Hospice Services of Rockingham County and the local community of artists and friends who supported Debby over the past year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Seacoast Family Food Pantry, 7 Junkins Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801. SERVICES: A celebration of Debby’s life will be held in October at Sanctuary Arts in Eliot, Maine.