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John S. Letcher, Jr. (BS '62, MS '64, PhD '66)

John S. Letcher, Jr., of Southwest Harbor, Maine, died May 7, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. John was an avid life-long sailor, completing six trans-Pacific voyages. Two of these were single-handed in a 20-foot boat, for which he was inducted into the Cruising Club of America. John was involved in several America’s Cup campaigns, including serving as senior scientist on the 1987 America’s Cup Stars & Stripes design team. He authored two books on self-steering and celestial navigation for small sailing yachts, and numerous technical articles on the application of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, and mathematics to yacht design.

John was an exceptionally kind, courteous, and intelligent man, and a loving husband and father. His family cherishes his memory as a man of broad talents, who could build a boat, solve any math problem, play bluegrass banjo, and bake a cherry pie, all with equal skill and enthusiasm. Though his body and mind were ravaged by Parkinson’s disease, he retained his innate sweetness and good humor to the last.

Condolences may be sent to PO Box 684, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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Richard "Dick" Burgess (BS '64)

Richard "Dick" Burgess (Class of 1964, Page House)
I have spent my entire professional career in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at UW-Madison.  I founded and directed the UW Biotechnology Center 1984-96.  I still work 10% even though I semi-retired in 2009.  I keep busy by serving as Vice-President for Science of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters and as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Protein Expression and Purification.  I keep engaged by trying to write a scientific memoir about the discovery of the first transcription factor, sigma70 while a PhD student at Harvard 1964-69 and my life as a protein biochemist.  I also give public lectures on biotechnology and its growth in Wisconsin, on creativity at the interface of science and the arts, on the importance of basic biomedical research on drug discovery and tomorrow's therapeutics, on entrepreneurism, and on amateur archaeology.  My wife Ann and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in June, are healthy, and spend lots of time traveling to the coasts to play with our four grandchildren.  I played basketball until I was 71, but broke my leg on the court 4 years ago and have reluctantly hung up my jockstrap. [rburgess42@gmail.com]

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Norton Starr (EX '58, PhD '64)

Successfully transferred out after freshman year. Eventually got PhD in math and taught it for fifty years at college level (MIT & Amherst College). Enjoy contact with classmates Ullemeyer, Oetzel, etc. and seeing other alums such as Wiberg, Herlein, Glattenberg, Epstein ('56), Poisner ('56, Blacker, lives near me). Also enjoyed major reunions yet never attended reunions of place to which I transferred. Slowly losing muscle tone and mental swiftness.

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Luc Olivier Bauer (MS '64, PhD '68)

Failed miserably in my attempt to retire, but I enjoy tremendously my work at the nanotechnology venture capital fund of Nanodimension, where I have to chance to sit on boards of innovative companies and interact with the young entrepreneurs. I also enjoy a lot my work with Optilux/Invenios of Santa Barbara, where we are in the process of ramping production of miniature liquid lenses for cell phone customers.

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Richard Blish (BS '63, MS '64, PhD '67)

I read 3 newspapers (on line) daily, among which The Guardian is my favorite (also read Wash Post & NY Times). I often write comments back to the authors. I stay fit with daily bicycle rides (indoors due to major fall 15 yr ago) + twice a week to trainer to work on balance and flexibility. I am moderately active with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (fund raising and Advocacy), having survived pancreatic 7 yr ago (successful Clinical, only 6% survived at that time,now up to 9%). I publish a blog on Pancreatic Cancer Research. My wife died unexpectedly and quickly 8 months ago after 52 marriage. I was badly depressed and then got incredibly lucky. I met a neighbor and we hit it off really well. At our introductory meeting we discovered we went to same High School Covina in So Cal) at the same time. Yet we never crossed paths in HS or here in HOA. My daughter is now an Asst Prof in Medicine at Stanford, just 15 mi away, so I see my granddaughters often. My son is an internet security expert living in New Hampshire, but he passes through here often and I go there. Lots of traveling this past year: NH, DC+NH, Morocco, Sicily, Hawaii. Will go to DC/NH again in 2017 and intercept the total solar eclipse ... maybe more.

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William Meisel (BS ’64)

William Meisel (BS ’64) is the President of technical consulting company TMA Associates. He has worked extensively in speech recognition technology and computer intelligence, authoring “The Software Society: Cultural and Economic Impact,” and the technical book, “Computer-Oriented Approaches to Pattern Recognition.” He has recently made a departure into fiction and published a futuristic mystery novel called “Technically Dead."

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