Farewell

MCPHS University Advancement extends our deepest condolences to the families and friends of these beloved alumni.

Edward Amundson PhD '61 (November 28, 2017)
Edward Amundson PhD '61 (November 28, 2017)
Heaven received another soul when Merle Edward Amundson, 81, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Hancock Regional Hospital from complications of a recent stroke.

He was born on August 21, 1936 in Sioux Falls, S.D. to the son of E.P. and Marjorie (Lifto) Amundson. Merle graduated from Colton (S.D.) High School in 1954. He received his bachelors from South Dakota State University in 1958, married his sweetheart Avis Yvonne Schneekloth soon thereafter, then travelled east together so that he could obtain both his masters and Ph.D. (1961) from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston. Please click here to view Mr. Amundson's full obituary.

Steven A. Zanardi BSP '71 (November 24, 2017)
Steven A. Zanardi BSP '71 (November 24, 2017)
Steven A. Zanardi, 64, of Chester and Hampden, Maine, passed away surrounded by his family on Nov. 24. He was born in Middletown on May 6, 1953, the son of Arthur "Bud" and Carolyn "Connie" (Woodhouse) Zanardi.

Steve grew up in Chester and graduated from Valley Regional High School, class of 1971. He went on to graduate from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, class of 1976. Steve was a well-respected and dedicated pharmacist. His career path and gypsy spirit gave him the opportunity to travel extensively and form friendships wherever he went, from Caribou to Costa Rica. He enjoyed riding his Harley, networking with his small businesses, a cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee, and most of all, spending time with his sons.  Please view Mr. Zanardi's full obituary here.

Harold Stevens Bailey, Jr. BSP '44 (November 8, 2017)
Harold Stevens Bailey, Jr. BSP '44 (November 8, 2017)
Harold Stevens Bailey, Jr., was born April 18, 1922, in Springfield, Massachusetts, the son of Harold Sr., a tool and die maker and Grace Evelyn (Anderson) Bailey, a math teacher.  He passed to the Lord peacefully Wednesday, Nov.  8, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.  

Dr. Bailey received his early schooling in the Springfield school system, graduating from Classical High School in June 1940.  In his early years, he was introduced to the piano and music became an important part of his life.  Although he never wanted to be a professional, he enjoyed accompanying local soloists on many occasions and was pianist for the Kiwanis Club in Brookings for over 40 years. Please view Mr. Bailey's full obituary here.

Dennis J. Whitney BSP (November 20, 2017)
Dennis J. Whitney BSP (November 20, 2017)
Dennis John Whitney, 62, of North Adams, Mass., died peacefully on Monday, November 20, 2017, at his home. 

He was born in North Adams, Mass., on March 23, 1955, a son of the late John F. and Jennie (Malkowski) Whitney. Mr. Whitney attended Drury High School, where he graduated with the class of 1973. He went on to attend Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He began his career as a pharmacist working with his father at the family run business, Whitney’s Drug Store. He later became the owner and operator of the business, located at the corner of Holden and Main Street in North Adams. There was also a second location in Adams, Mass. Later in his career he earned a certification in Geriatric Pharmacy and worked as a consultant in nursing homes. He was last employed at Thorpe’s Pharmacy in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.. Please view Mr. Whitney's full obituary here.

Robert Sweeney BSP (November 7, 2017)
Robert Sweeney BSP (November 7, 2017)
Robert “Bob” Sweeney, 86, passed away peacefully November 7, 2017 at Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester. His wife and sweetheart of 55 years Mary Louise “Mitzi” (Ormond) Sweeney passed away in 2009. Bob leaves his six children Barbara Goulet, William Sweeney and his wife Patty, Karen Cadrin, Lee Hume and her husband Michael Salloum, Elaine Wojnar and her husband Peter and Carol Currier and her husband Skip, his brother Leonard Sweeney and his wife Luise, 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Please view Mr. Sweeney's full obituary here.

William T. Smith BSP (October 25, 2017)
William T. Smith BSP (October 25, 2017)
William T. Smith, 69, of Brownington, died suddenly on October 25, 2017, in Newport with family by his side.

He was born on March 2, 1948, in East Burke, to Franz and Jetta (Ramsey) Smith. He graduated from Newport Academy in 1966 and attended college at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He entered the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Please view Mr. Smith's full obituary here.

Shirley Louise Allen DHY (October 22, 2017)
Shirley Louise Allen DHY (October 22, 2017)
Shirley passed away on October 22, 2017 in Seattle. Born in Boston, MA on March 10, 1933 to Axel and Karen Pettersen, she was raised in the seaside town of Scituate, MA. A graduate of Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, she worked as a dental hygienist in Boston and especially enjoyed working with children. While in college, she met and eventually married Richard, her husband of 50 years. Richard's education and career took them to Durham, NC, where their son was born, and across country to Longview, WA, where they welcomed their daughter. The family moved to Federal Way in 1977. She was a social, active woman, deeply involved in her church and family. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and had a lifelong love of travel. Please click here to view Ms. Allen's obituary in full.

Bruce Lattinville, 71 BSP '69 (October 2, 2017)
Bruce Lattinville, 71, of Yarmouth Port, died at Cape Cod Hospital on October 2, 2017.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts on July 23, 1946, son of Myrtle (Goddard) Lattinville and Ovila Lattinville. A Graduate of Springfield Technical High School and a 1969 graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, he was a registered pharmacist for over 40 years. From 1970 to 1976 he served in the United States Army Reserve as a pharmacist.

He worked for many years as a registered pharmacist in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, at Bill's Pharmacy and Fairview Hospital, as well as in Pittsfield, Massachusetts at Hillcrest Hospital and Nichol's Pharmacy. Please click here to view Mr. Lattinville's obituary in full.

Robert C. Kristian BSP (September 3, 2017)
Robert C. Kristian, 92, of Abington, died after a brief illness on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at South Shore Hospital surrounded by his family and friends. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1924, he was the son of Michael and Stella Kostyna. Bob graduated from Brockton High School in 1943. He entered the Navy during World War II and was a decorated combat veteran.  Please click here to view Mr. Kristian's full obituary.

Donna N. Laughlin, BSP '78 (August 12, 2017)
Donna N. Laughlin, BSP '78 (August 12, 2017)
Donna N. Laughlin, 61, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with inflammatory breast cancer. She was surrounded by the love of her family. Donna was born in Manchester on May 24, 1955, daughter of the late Michael and Jennie Ziomek. She graduated from Central High School Class of 1973 and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Class of 1978. She worked for eighteen years at Garrands Pharmacy until it closed in 1996. She then continued working in the pharmacy at Rite-Aide. Donna had a passion for many things, but first and foremost, her family. View Donna N. Laughlin's obituary here.

Richard Roy Conlin BSP (August 9, 2017)
Richard Roy Conlin BSP (August 9, 2017)
Richard Roy Conlin, 90, of Methuen, passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury, Mass. He was the beloved husband of Pauline (Richard) Conlin, to whom he was married for 62 years.
Born in Lawrence in 1927, Dick was the son of Alfred A. and A. Helene (Roy) Conlin. He graduated from Lawrence High School and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. As a third generation pharmacist, he continued the family pharmacy business, owning and operating Conlin’s Pharmacy in Methuen for 40 years. He was appointed by Governor Volpe to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Pharmacy for 10 years, serving as chair for six years. Please view Mr. Conlin's full obituary here.

Richard
Richard "Dick" Bresnahan, BSP '50 (August 1, 2017)
Richard "Dick" Bresnahan, age 89, of Duxbury, formerly of Scituate, passed away peacefully on August 1, at his home after a short illness. Dick was born on January 1, 1927 to Jeremiah and Marie Bresnahan in Scituate on the kitchen table as he used to like to tell people. Dick grew up in Scituate and graduated from Scituate High School. After a brief stint in the Army Air Corps, Dick graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Dick worked his entire career as a pharmacist until his retirement in 1989. Dick met his future wife Dorothy at his fathers pharmacy in North Scituate while she was visiting friends. Please read Richard Bresnahan's full obituary here.

Michael Thomas Gregory BSP (July 28, 2017)
Michael Thomas Gregory, 89, of Sandwich died July 28.

He was the husband of Gloria A. (Catrambone) Gregory, who died in January. They had been married for 64 years.

Born in East Boston, Mr. Gregory served in the Navy during World War II as a pharmacist mate on the USS Missouri.

After the war, he attended the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and earned a degree in pharmacology.

In addition to his work as a pharmacist, he received an MA in chemistry education from Brown University and worked as a chemistry teacher and science department head in Abington for 26 years.

In his retirement, he created and wrote www.glomike.com, where he published recipes, reminiscences and stories. He leaves four children and their spouses, Anne-Marie Frazer and William Frazer of Mattapoisett, Michael J. Gregory and Sue Ellen Gregory of Quincy, Karen Bulger and Patrick Bulger of Missouri, and Francis Gregory and Terry Gregory of Greenfield; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Dearborn
Dearborn "Dib" Wingate BSP (July 26, 2017)
Dearborn Wingate, 90, a lifelong resident of Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, July 26, 2017 at Aynsley Place in Nashua. 

He was born on June 29, 1927, the only child of Homer and Katherine (Dearborn) Wingate and stepson of Genevieve (Haskell) Wingate.

Affectionately known as "Dib," Dearborn was widowed in 1996, having been married to Fern (Chomard) Wingate for 46 years. He leaves behind son Greg Wingate of Weldon, New Brunswick, Canada; son Gary Wingate and wife Brenda (Verrill) Wingate of Nashua; daughter Gail Wingate of Portsmouth, NH; daughter Gwen Morgan and husband John of Scituate, MA; grandchildren, Brad, Geoff and Tim Wingate, Katherine Wingate and fiance Joseph Tarantino, Lauren and Natalie Wingate, Taryn Morgan Postlewaite and husband David, and Drew Morgan; sister-in-law, Rolande Duquette; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his loving companion and best friend of many years, Elinor Lesieur. Please view Mr. Dearborn's full obituary here.

Harry Kaplan BSP '51 (July 24, 2017)
Harry Kaplan of Holyoke died July 24th at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Kaplan. Born in Springfield, he was the son of the late Rebecca and Abraham Kaplan. He graduated from Commerce High School in Springfield. He entered World War II service in the Air Force Cadet program, serving from October 1943 through March 1946. Following his military service, he received his degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He managed several Springfield area pharmacies before being appointed the chief pharmacist at Westover Air Force Base Hospital, from which he eventually retired with distinction. He is survived by his siblings, Sam and Janet; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Florence S. Purpura, DHY '43 (July 1, 2017)
Florence S. Purpura, DHY '43 (July 1, 2017)
ORLEANS – Florence S. Purpura, age 92, passed away peacefully on July 1 at McCarthy Care Center after a short illness. She was born in So. Weymouth, MA to Marcus and Leona Tirrell and was one of the first babies to be born at South Shore Hospital. Florence was a Mayflower descendent of John and Priscilla Alden. She received an Associate's Degree from Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene and worked until starting a family. In 1947 she married the love of her life, Frank, and they shared many adventures together. Please visit this link to read Florence S. Purpura's full obituary.

Meghan Beth O'Connor (Newman) '95 (June 22, 2017)
Meghan Beth O'Connor (Newman) 46, of Torrance, CA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. Born March 22, 1971, in Torrington, CT, Meghan was the daughter of the late Patrick B. and Frances P. O'Connor of Norfolk, CT. She graduated from Northwestern Regional #7 High School's class of 1988. Meghan received bachelor degrees from Simmons College (class of 1993) and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (class of 1995.) After graduation, she moved to California and enjoyed a successful career in pharmaceutical sales. Meghan enjoyed life's simple pleasures, spending time with family and friends, beach combing, visiting botanical gardens, attending sporting events, relaxing, and traveling. Please view Ms. O'Connor's full obituary here.

Dr. Ronald Nash Duvall, BSP '49 May 16, 2017)
Dr. Ronald Nash Duvall, BSP '49 May 16, 2017)
ELKHART — Dr. Ronald Nash Duvall, 92, of Elkhart, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Elkhart General Hospital. 

Ronald was born in Needham, Massachusetts, June 17, 1924, to the late Annie and George Duvall. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 61 years, Virginia Bradley and his brother and sister. 

Ronald married Virginia Bradley in West Newton, Massachusetts, Aug. 29, 1954. They had three children two of whom are Ronald Jr. (Karen) of Elkhart and Linda (William) Thompson of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debora Litzerman in 1990. 

He was the proud grandparent of Matthew (Samantha) Duvall and Christopher Duvall, all of Elkhart, Abby Thompson of Indianapolis, Andrew Litzerman of Boston, Massachusetts and Michael Waumans of Bristol. He also was a great-grandfather to Carter Nash Duvall. He loved his children and grandchildren immensely.

Ronald was a big sports fan and had played baseball, golf and hockey. He was a coach and league secretary for about 10 years with the Osolo Little League.

He served in World War II from 1943–1946 in the military police and as a technician 3rd Grade in the Medical Corp. in both The European and Asiatic Campaign Theaters. He made six trips to England and France, returning and caring for wounded veterans. He was featured in the Elkhart Truth in a veterans service series for his service in World War II on a hospital ship transporting wounded soldiers back to the U.S. He received an honorary award from the Notre Dame men’s hockey team for services in World War II.

Ronald received his BS in pharmacy with a degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1949 and an MS and PhD from the same college in 1951 and 1957.

He was an assistant professor of chemistry at MCP and also served both the Rho Chi Honor Society and Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Society as a faculty adviser until 1962 when he joined Miles Laboratories in Elkhart.

He held various positions in Pharmacy Research at Miles in the Consumer Products Division including director of the Applied Pharmaceutics Laboratory and was director of Product Development – Medicinals until his retirement in 1990. He was a consultant for three years following his retirement.

He was a member of the American Pharmaceutical Society, The American Chemical Society and a charter member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Ronald was awarded six patents and has published 25 articles in scientific journals. He was co-author along with Dr. Gerald Gold of Elkhart of the U.S. Patent for Alka Seltzer Plus product. 

He was a member of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Corporation and listed in American Men of Science. He was a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1991. He received the Alumni Association Board of Directors Award from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1992.

Esther M. Wilkins, DHY '39 (December 12, 2016)
Esther M. Wilkins, DHY '39 (December 12, 2016)
Esther M. Wilkins Gallagher, RDH, DMD, 100, formerly of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, died Monday, December 12, 2016 at Laurel Place of Fairview Healthcare in Hudson, New Hampshire. She was the beloved wife of the late James B. Gallagher, Jr., DMD. Esther was also the sister of the late Ruth Wilkins Colby. Dr. Wilkins is survived by a niece Elisabeth C. Tyrol of Pelham, NH; and many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. Born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, December 9, 1916, the daughter of the late Ernest and the late Edith (Packard) Wilkins, she attended Tyngsboro schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1934. Eager to further her education, she then went on to graduate from Simmons College in Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1938. She then continued on to graduate from Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene in 1939 and then earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1949. In 1966 she earned a certificate in periodontology from Tufts as well. She was a Dental Educator and Professor Emeritus at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wilkins was known to have dedicated her life to her work. She traveled extensively and internationally mentoring and lecturing. She wrote and had published “Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist” which was printed in 12 editions. It is known as the bible and roadmap to Dental Hygienists all over the world and was translated into six different languages. Please visit this page to view Dr. Wilkins's obituary in its entirety.