CLASS NOTES
FALL 2013 | ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE 63
in 1950. Boyd rang the bells at Gunnison Chapel
during his time on campus. He was president and
then chairman of the board of Chemung Canal
Trust Company from 1976 to 1991. His survivors
include his wife, Barbara Hickox McDowell ’51;
stepdaughter, Lydia H. Eldridge ’80; sister-in-law,
Jane Hickox Baker ’58; nephew, Richard D. Hickox
’84;
and niece, Jennifer C. Hickox ’86.
1948
John “Bud” M. Thode
of Hingham,
Mass., died April 12, 2013. John’s time at St. Law-
rence was divided when he served in the U.S.
Navy as an aviation ordnance man during World
War II, which sparked his lifelong interest in avia-
tion and boating. He was a brother of Alpha Tau
Omega and received a B.A. in economics. He
held a career in the insurance industry and was
active in his church and community. His survi-
vors include his wife of 61 years, Louise Wither-
head Thode ’46n.
1950
n
Paul T. Soros
died June 15, 2013,
at his home in Manhattan. A native Hungarian,
he relocated throughout war-torn Europe and
eventually made his way to the U.S. in 1948 on a
student visa. At St. Lawrence, he was a member
of the ski team. After recovering from a skiing
accident, he enrolled at the Polytechnic Institute
of Brooklyn. He founded Soros Associates, which
profoundly changed the port-building industry
with its shipping innovations. He is survived by
his wife, Daisy, and two sons.
1952
Ann Cassedy Everetts
of Canton,
Ohio, passed away July 1, 2013. She was a sister
of Kappa Delta and a member of the psychology
honorary society. She continued to study psy-
chology at Smith College, receiving a master’s de-
gree. Shewas activewithin the Canton communi-
ty and her church, where she sang in the choir. At
St. Lawrence, she established the Ann L. Everetts
’52
Endowed Award for International Studies.
1952
John O. Westlye
of Ocala, Fla., died
on May 13, 2013. He studied sociology at St. Law-
rence and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega,
the L Club and the hockey team. He was inducted
into the St. Lawrence Athletics Hall of Fame in
1996.
He traveled the globe as a professional
hockey player and through his work as an avia-
tion compliance manager. His survivors include
his daughter, LorraineWestlye Olsen ’81, and son,
Kenneth J. Westlye ’85.
1953
Jo-Ann Spencer Elberty
of Can-
ton, N.Y. died July 2, 2013. She was preceded in
death by her husband, William T. Elberty Jr. ’53,
professor emeritus of geology, with whom she
had co-directed the Kenya Semester Program in
the late 1970s. She was her class reporter for a
brief time, and was active in Reunion planning
and fund-raising. At St. Lawrence, she majored
in English, was on the staff of
The Laurentian
and
pledged Kappa Delta sorority. Beginning in 1966,
she taught English in the Canton middle school.
Those remembering her include her sons, William
III ’76, Michael ’79 and Daniel ’83.
1953
Richard “Dick” L. Sayer
passed
away on June 30, 2013, at his home in Johnstown,
N.Y. After receiving a B.S. in psychology from St.
Lawrence, he earned his master's in social work
from Syracuse University in 1974 and his doctor-
ate in social service from Northwestern College in
Tulsa, Okla., in 1979. He was a social worker, deal-
ingmainly with children. He retired in 1989 as the
executive director of the Children's Home of Jef-
ferson County inWatertown, N.Y.
1954
Lysle Chase Wickersham
died on
March 10, 2013, at his home in Fort Myers, Fla.
While on campus, “Wick” was a member of Phi
Sigma Kappa. Following graduation, he was com-
missioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army
and served in the Military Police branch for two
years, mostly at Fort Bragg, N.C. He joined IBM
World Trade, where he enjoyed a 31-year career,
including four years in the Far East with his family.
Chase is survived by his wife, their three children,
and seven grandchildren.
1956
Marshall P. Whitfield
of Durango,
Colo., died June 17, 2013. He was a brother of
Alpha Tau Omega and earned a B.S. in psychol-
ogy. He had worked as a stockbroker in New
York and a real estate broker and appraiser in
New Jersey. His survivors include his daughter
Karen A. Whitfield ’79.
1962
Douglas J. Dreghorn
passed away in
Naperville, Ill., on April 12, 2013. He was a mem-
ber of Phi Sigma Kappa and ROTC. He received a
B.A. in history and went on to St. John’s University
Law School before serving with the U.S. Army. He
was stationed in Wurzburg, Germany, 1964-1966,
reaching the rank of first lieutenant. His survivors
include his wife, SusanVosseller Dreghorn ’62.
1962
John E. Loehr
of Lebanon, Pa., died
April 28, 2013. He studied sociology and was
a brother of ATO. He was active in his church
and community. He is survived by his wife, two
daughters, and their families.
1964
Margaret “Pegge” Freeman Flan-
nery
of Mansfield, Mass., died on January 10,
2013.
She was a sister of Kappa Delta and a mem-
ber of the women’s tennis team and the riding
club. She earned departmental honors, major-
ing in German. Pegge was a dedicated home-
maker and active in Mansfield’s community af-
fairs and her church.
1967
Michael G. Thompson
died April 17,
2013;
he was living in Carlsbad, Calif. He was a
brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and was an Ori-
entation leader. After graduating with a degree
in history, Mike served in Vietnam and returned
to the U.S. in July 1969. Following graduate
school at SUNY Albany, he had a successful ca-
reer in the process chemical industry with J.T.
Baker and Air Products & Chemicals, retiring in
2004.
In retirement, his classes in American his-
tory were well attended at the Osher Institute
at UC San Diego. Mike donated his body to the
UCSD School of Medicine. He is survived by his
wife, Mary, and his brother, James.
1971
Rocco Vivenzio
of Penfield, N.Y., died
on April 26, 2013. He majored in chemistry and
was a brother of Phi Kappa Sigma. He graduated
from the University of Bologna Medical School in
Italy and was a medical professional in the Roch-
ester area for 32 years. In 2013, he was the recipi-
ent of the AMDA American Medical Director of
the Year award.
1973
Ronald A. Paice
of Colchester, Conn.,
diedMay 10, 2013. In addition tomeeting his wife
of 39 years, Kathleen “Kathy” Herson Paice ’72,
while at St. Lawrence, he was a member of Sigma
Pi, the L Club and the men’s lacrosse team. He re-
ceived his degree in economics. Ron had retired
as vice president of Property Functional Claims at
The Hartford Insurance Group in 2012. His interest
in hunting led to his and Kathy’s hobby of breed-
ing and showingWelsh springer spaniels.
1974
David T. Jennings
died at his home
in Upper Saddle River, N.J. on June 19, 2013, af-
ter a long battle against
Parkinson’s
disease.
While at St. Lawrence,
he studied economics
and was a member of
Sigma Chi, the L Club,
the basketball team
and the football team,
where he was a “walk-
on,”having never played
in high school. He land-
ed a professional posi-
tion in the NFL, punting
for the the New York Giants from 1974 to 1984.
He made four Pro Bowls, including three straight
from 1978 through 1980. He finished his career
with three seasons with the New York Jets. He
holds the Giants’ records for punts (931) and
yards (38,792), and was inducted into the Giants’
Ring of Honor at MetLife Stadium in 2011. He
became a broadcaster for the New York Jets in
1988
and returned to the Giants as a broadcaster
in 2002. He was known for his extensive knowl-
edge of NFL rules. In 1988, he was inducted into
St. Lawrence’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
1976
Ronald J. “Luca” Pelligra
of Manlius,
N.Y., died on June 23, 2013. He was a brother of
Beta Theta Pi and played defensive tackle on the
football team. He dominated the heavyweight
class in wrestling, winning the national cham-
pionship as a senior. He was inducted into the
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. He held a private
law practice in Syracuse, working as an attorney
for over 30 years. His survivors include his wife,
Deborah A. DiNiro ’69. “He has departed from us
with the same exuberance that he personified in
this life,”said his wrestling coach, John Clark ’76, in
describing his funeral.