In Memoriam

Harvey E. Kirstel AR'52

Harvey E. Kirstel AR'52, died at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville,MD at the age of 90 after a year long illness. He is survived by his partner Jane Morais, his son Evan, daughter-in-law Irma, daughter Gillian Beckwith, son-in-law Kevin and grandchildren Hannah and Aidan Kirstel and Abby Beckwith, as well as, the Cummings and Abramson families.

Rob J. Roy EE'54

Rob J. Roy MD., D. Eng. Sc. of Naples, Fla. and Albany, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 5, 2022. He attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1954. To read his full obituary, please click here.

William W. Bitterly ME'61

William Walter Bitterli ME'61, 82, of Simsbury, beloved husband of Janice Ann (O'Reilly) Bitterli, died Friday, December 9, 2022 at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington.  To read his obituary, please click here.

Joan Adams A'54

Joan A. Adams A'54, 90, of Hampton Township, N.J. passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at Newton Medical Center. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Joan was the daughter of Severo & Francesca Daizovi. Joan lived in Edgewater, N.J. and North Bergen, N.J. before she moved to Hampton Township in 1972.

To read her obituary, please click here.

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