Category Archives: 1950s

Barbara Cheney Ross ’54

Barbara Cheney RossBarbara Ellen Cheney Ross, age 76, of Toms River, NJ, passed away on Thursday morning, August 29th, 2013.

She bravely endured a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and heart problems. Barbara was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was raised by her parents Stanley and Dorothy Cheney.

She attended Northampton School for Girls and then Smith College in Massachusetts and received her BA from Georgian Court College in Lakewood. She later received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and practiced family law in Toms River for over 20 years. Barbara and a colleague founded a non-profit adoption service, New Jersey Friends of FANA.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband Robert, a retired USAF Colonel and Pan Am World Airways pilot. They were married for 57 wonderful years and raised four biological children: Elizabeth, Victoria, Stanley John and Ian. They adopted and loved many other children including: Adriana, Jennifer, Katherine, John, Hope, David, and Alec. Barbara and Robert lived and raised their family for over forty years in Toms River. She will be forever loved and missed by her family.

Waldo Nathan Sweet ’50

Waldo Nathan Sweet, Jr., age 81 a long time resident of Fairfield, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2013.

Prior to his retirement in 1982, Wally was President of Wood’s Lightning Protection, Shelton. Born in New Haven, he was the son of the late Waldo Nathan Sweet and Margaret Tierney Sweet Bilgren. In his youth Wally was very active with the Middle Street Boys Club. He prepared for college at Warren Harding High School, Bridgeport, and graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA.

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Thomas Woodmansee Taylor ’56

Thomas Woodmansee Taylor ’56 died June 16, 2012 at the age of 75.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Tallulah, daughters, Mary Branham of Centreville, MD, Ann Jones of Atlanta and
son Thomas Jr. of St. Petersburg ,and 3 grandchildren, Cate and Grace Jones and
Annabelle Branham.

Tom attended the University of Pennsylvania and was graduated with a BA in journalism. His career was in advertising and marketing in New York City, Chapel Hill, NC and St. Petersburg. He was an avid cook and sports enthusiast he played tennis and was frustrated by golf. After retirement, Tom enjoyed travelling.

Phillip DeCaro ’53

Phillipp DeCaro ’53 died peacefully at home of heart failure.

Phil was awarded the CIA’s Intelligence Star for extreme courage under hazardous conditions (the medal awarded at the end of the movie “Argo”). Only a few hundred people have ever received this award. That’s the kind of person Phil was.

Phil went to Harvard University as an undergrad, although for a time no one believed he would graduate from high school. After Harvard, Phil walked into Stanford Law School in August, requesting admission for the coming school year. He was admitted.

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Conrad William Fisher ’52

PALM BEACH, FL – Conrad William Fisher, born on June 07, 1934 in Worcester, MA, a resident of Palm Beach, Florida, died on April 24, 2013. He grew up in Worcester and spent his summers in Gloucester.

The son of Rose Mandell and Julius Fisher, both of Worcester, Conrad is survived by the love of his life, Edith Robbins Fisher, presently of Palm Beach and also born and raised in Worcester, where the couple were married on August 25, 1957.

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Carl G. Ericson ’55

Carl Ericson

1937-2013

George Carl George Ericson died of Parkinson’s Disease at The Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on Feb. 10, 2013. Carl was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on March 15, 1937.

He is survived by his wife, Penny, his four children: Braxton (Heidi Manzar) and Gregory (Nicole O’Bryne) of Fredericton; Juliana of London, England; Brian (Casey Ericson) of Yarmouth, Maine and his five grandchildren: Jacob, Kyle, Alexandra, Zachary, and Harper Ericson. He is also survived by his sister, Lee Krein (Bill Krein) of Quechee, VT and his brother-in-law Stanley King Jr. (Linda Waters) of Oakton, VA, and honorary family member Mary Saunders (George Saunders) of Mount Hope, NB.

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Barry R. Blaker ’51

Barry R. Blaker beloved husband of Angela (Castellone) Blaker, loving father of Spencer M. of Bahama, NC and David A. of Yaphank, NY and grandfather of Noah Josephine and Samuel Clayton Blaker of Bahama, North Carolina and son of the late Dr. Samuel I. Blaker and Frieda Blaker passed suddenly on Tuesday January 29th, 2013. Barry was a graduate of Yale_University, served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960 and worked for Cabot Corporation as a patent agent for 30 years until his retirement . Barry was a private pilot, sportsman and loved fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his children and grandchildren; whom he loved with heart and soul. Services were held at Levine Chapel Friday, Feb. 1. Burial was private. In his memory donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , PO Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101 www.stjude.org.

Claire Crisona Cascella ’53

Claire Crisona passed away suddenly on December 18, 2011, in her sleep.

Adoring wife of the late Ralph, beautiful beloved mother of Elizabeth Auran and Nancy Cascella, cherished sister of Cynthia Crisona, proud and beaming grandmother of Catherine and Emilv Auran and Robert and James Flatow, loving mother-in-law of James Auran, dear companion of William Bruce.

She was the devoted daughter of the late James and Claire Crisona. Generous, loving friend to so many. Her family and friends were her life. She will be forever missed.

Visiting Frank Campbell, 81st and Madison Avenue, Tuesday, December 20th 2-5pm and 7-9pm. Mass of the Resurrection St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 84th and Park Avenue, Wednesday, December 21st, 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 108, Danvers, MA 01923