In Memoriam: Alumni Classes of the 1970s
James Benson, Ph.D.’71, of Rockport, Maine, who taught anatomy and physiology as a professor at the University of Maine’s Bangor campus for more than 25 years before retiring in 1998, died on June 29. He leaves his mother, Arlene, and a brother, Richard.
Michael K. Dickman ’72, of Verona, N.J., a dentist who frequently provided dental care for the indigent, died on May 4. He leaves two sons, David and Daniel.
Clifford A. Truesdell IV, M.A.’72, of Cambridge, Mass., who was involved with politics and community development in Cambridge for nearly a half century, died on March 9. He is survived by his wife, Rose, and two sons, Cliff and Samuel.
Joseph Warren, M.S.W.’72, Ph.D.’83 of Newton, Mass., an educator committed to nurturing the potential of inner-city students, died March 28 of complications from a stroke. He served as executive director of the Upward Bound program at Brandeis from 1970 to 1975 before being named assistant secretary of education in Massachusetts. He became a professor and director of community affairs at Northeastern University in 1982 and served the university for more than 25 years. He helped create Northeastern’s Balfour Academy, which provides after-school tutoring and college preparation for children from city neighborhoods.
June W. Lee ’73, of Milton, Mass., a dentist who owned a practice with her husband, died April 4. She leaves her husband, William; a daughter, Jaime; a son, Daniel; and five sisters, Joy, Mary, Nancy, Debra and Linda.
Keith Anwar ’74, of Oak Park, Ill., died of liver cancer on July 5. A maintenance technician with the Chicago Transit Authority for nearly 25 years, he repaired trains and wrote plays with equal enthusiasm. His script “Kabulitis,” which took its title from an Afghan term for dysentery and other intestinal illnesses, was awarded the 2010 Dionysos Cup at the Chicago Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s Festival of New Plays, in June.
Todd Miller ’74, managing director of Zand Strategies, an Israeli firm that provides strategic business development services, died on July 8 following a heart attack in late June. At Brandeis, he was a proud member of the 1973 A League champion Lord Windesmere softball team. Following graduation from Brandeis, Todd moved to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces. After completing his service, he returned to the United States to attend NYU, where he received an M.B.A. in international business in 1980. Todd was a lifelong Yankees fan, and his friends described him as a constant source of insight and information on all things Israeli, as well as a mensch. When former classmates or their families visited Israel, Todd always made himself available for whatever was needed. He leaves his wife, Irit; two sons, Erez and Yardain; his mother, Sylvia; and a brother, Steve.
Barbara (Meer) Goldner ’75, of Cresskill, N.J., a publicist for art galleries, artists, museums and nonprofit organizations, died on Jan. 24. An artist, she exhibited locally and served on the board of the Old Church Cultural Center. She leaves her husband, Harvey; a sister, Marilyn; and two stepchildren, Vanessa and Alexander.
Deanna Tumey, M.M.H.S.’79, of West Yarmouth, Mass., a social worker, died on July 1 of cancer. She leaves her spouse, Karen M. LeBlanc; two brothers, Dean and Donald; and three sisters, Beverly, Sharon, and Patricia.