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Tanya Schlusser (BS '99)

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Tanya (Tickel) Schlusser died unexpectedly in her home on August 29, 2019 in Bridgeview, IL. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ivy Ma. She is survived by her husband, Robert; father, Gary Tickel; brothers, Timothy (Jennifer Renz); step-brother, Colin Yang; and her niece, Beatrix Tickel. Tanya was born on July 14 in Los Altos, CA. She graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1999 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, in 2006 from Northwestern University with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and in 2013 from the University of Chicago with an MBA in Econometrics and Statistics. Tanya began her career in gasification and she later found her passion in data analytics. Tanya was an active and enthusiastic member and organizer of the Chicago Python User Group, and co-authored a book “The Hitchhiker's Guide to Python: Best Practices for Development.” She believed, in her own words, that “the purpose of any career is to contribute to society with the talents one has been given.” Tanya took a five-year hiatus from her career in data analytics to be a full-time caregiver for her mother, Ivy; together they traversed the United States visiting friends, family, and Elvis! Her kindness was genuine, pure and unlimited. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (

Cremation provided by Care Memorial Cremation 8230 South Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview IL 60455 and Care Cremation Center 515 Anderson Drive, Romeoville IL 60446. For more information call 866-912-9822 or visit us online at

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Byron C. Karzas (BS '49)

Byron C. Karzas died at the age of 93 on July 31, 2019, under Hospice care, comforted by his family. He struggled with Alzheimer's for many years, and spent the last 4 years in Memory Care. He was a devoted and loving husband and father; Byron is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Diane, (née Stathas), and daughter, Mary Kay Karzas (Warren Reiss).

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Jose Rial (PhD '79)


Jose Rial (PhD ‘79) passed away from lung cancer on April 25. He was dedicated to studying climate and geophysics. He continued to teach and do research until February of this year, when he missed his first class in 32 years due to pericarditis (from cancer).

An interesting fact is that his family was exiled from Spain after his father served seven years in prison for being a part of the opposition to Francisco Franco. 

Born: Tenerife, Canary Islands

Raised: Caracas, Venezuela

Wife: Omaira Cruz Rial (met in Caracas, Venezuela)

Daughter: Michelle Rial 

Granddog: Einstein :)

MSc, Seismology, IISEE, Tokyo, Japan, 8/1972 

MSc, Geology, University of Michigan, 9/1975 

PhD, Geophysics, California Institute of Technology, 8/1979 

Adjunct Professor at UC Santa Cruz (1982 - 1984)

Professor of Geophysics and Climatology at UNC-Chapel Hill (1984-2019)

Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science

Director, Wave Propagation Laboratory

Featured in Apocalyptic Planet

Featured prominently in Gatekeepers of the Arctic (recently screened at Caltech): you can see him narrating much of the trailer.

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Stuart Goff (BS '58, MS '59)

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Stuart Goff, 81, a resident of Keene and formerly of Georgia died on Sunday, May 5, 2019. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with the love of family near.

Stuart was born the son of the late Elsie (Winer) and Jack Goff on August 27, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY. After his mother’s death, his father remarried and Shirley Goff became the woman who helped raise him. He was educated in California where he graduated from North Hollywood High School class of 1954. Stuart went on in his studies earning a Bachelors & Masters of Science in Physics from California Institute of Technology class of 1958. Education was important to him. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.

On December 28, 1996 he exchanged vows with Sandra Peterson Loveland in Roswell, Georgia. They were married in a simple service with close family and friends in attendance and have been married for twenty-two years.

Stuart was employed by Keene State College as a Professor of Mathematics. He worked at KSC for thirty years before retiring in 1999.
He enjoyed playing bridge where he rose to the level of Gold Life Master. Stuart was a long-time member of the American Contract Bridge League. He was a collector of art and a fine wine enthusiast. Time was spent traveling and he enjoyed the challenge of completing the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Mr. Goff leaves his wife, Sandra P. Goff of Keene. His children; Steven Goff and his wife, Karen of Reston, VA. Philip Goff and his wife, Liza of Arlington, MA. Samuel Goff and his wife, Erin of Manchester By The Sea, MA. Children from a combined marriage; Jonathan Loveland and his wife, Melissa of Irvine, CA. and Christina Villeneuve of Marlborough NH. He leaves a sister, Claudia Watson and her husband Robert of Rochester,NH. A daughter in-law, Jennifer Loveland of Sacramento, CA. In addition, he is survived by; nine grandsons, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Stuart is pre-deceased by a son from the combined marriage, Andrew Loveland who passed on March 8, 2018 and a son in-law, David Villeneuve who passed on May 18, 2016.

In keeping with Stuart’s wishes all services will be private. Donations can be made in memory of Stuart Goff to:

Hospice and Community Services
312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH. 03431

or to:

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide
Scholarship fund
C/O Keene State College,
229 Main St.
Keene, NH. 03435

All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. WW.cheshirefamilyfh.comStuart Goff Obituary

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John Carlton Day (BS '54)

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John Carlton Day, age 86, passed away on Friday, September 7th, 2018 in Ensenada, Mexico after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family. John was born in Oakland, California in 1932.

He received a BS degree in Physics from Cal Tech in 1954. Following graduation he enlisted with the Air Force and served as an officer in charge of the test range at the Joint Air Force/Navy Parachute Test Facility in El Centro, California. He then served in the Air Force Reserve from 1957-1968, and received an honorable discharge as a USAF Captain.

In 1957 John began his career at IBM where he eventually headed up IBM’s advanced research and engineering program for simulation of classified Air Force space-based missile surveillance systems including parts of President Reagan’s Missile Defense Program (Star Wars) as part of IBM's Federal Systems Division. He retired from IBM in 1987 as a Senior Program Manager.

According to John, "After one day of true retirement, I became an ordained pastor." His duties were Counseling and Crisis Care Division of a 3000-member church, receiving over 150 hours of special training in marriage, family and addictive behavior counseling

John was a Big Bear City resident for 20 years and spent his time there as an active member of the Big Bear community, serving for 16 years as a first responder chaplain for the Big Bear City Fire Department and the Trauma Response Team leader. He was recognized by State of California Assembly for his work on April 28, 2015.

He was a member of Mountain Mutual Aid and Emergency Operations Center as part of the Trauma Response Team, as well as a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), with a sheriff’s background check certificate.

He served with the Big Bear City Community Services District on the Board of Directors from 2005-2010, and was elected president of the Board in 2007 and 2010. Appointed by the CSD Board to the Big Bear Area Regional Waste Water Agency (BBARWA) Board of Directors in 2006 and made chair of that board for 2010. Served on the CSD Park committee and water committee from 2005-2010 and on the joint Recreation and Parks District/CSD Paradise Park Committee from 2006-2010.

One of John's greatest passions was astronomy, and he became a member of the Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society in 1998. In 1984 he received the Warren Estes Memorial Award from the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference for "Best Use of Simple Materials and Technique," in the design of his beloved homemade telescope. He was also a licensed amateur ham radio operator.

John is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Donna Day, daughters Kathy Bird and Jeannette Eversen, "adopted" daughter, longtime family friend, and his caregiver, Cherie White, grandchildren Jennifer Weilhart, Paul Weilhart, Kate Alvarez, Kristine Voakes, and great-grandchildren Kassidy and Kole Voakes, and Ryker L'Esperance. John and Donna also had a daughter, Debbie Weilhart, who passed away in 1992.