In Memoriam: Alumni Classes of 1980-89

Robert “Bobby” Munns ’80, of Westfield, Mass., a property claims manager for the Traveler’s/St. Paul Insurance Co. for 25 years, died on Nov. 7, 2012, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was a member of the 1977 Brandeis baseball team that reached the championship game of the College World Series and was later inducted into the Joseph Linsey Brandeis Athletic Hall of Fame. He leaves his wife, Deborah; two daughters, Caitlin and Courtney; three sisters, Patricia, Susan and Cheryl; and his mother, Marguerite. Richard Young ’82, of Moorestown, N.J., a leader in the New Jersey court system who bravely fought chronic illness during much of his life, died on Jan. 4 of throat cancer that necessitated open-heart surgery. As a teenager, he battled through two bouts of Hodgkin’s disease. He later developed cardiomyopathy, brought on by the radiation treatments he received to treat Hodgkin’s, and cancer. After graduating from Brandeis, he earned a master’s degree from Rutgers University. He spent 29 years with the New Jersey State Administrative Office of the Courts, rising to the post of chief of judicial education and performance. In 1986, he was instrumental in creating the New Jersey Judicial Performance Program, aimed at assessing and improving judges’ efficacy, and guiding the governor and legislature in reappointments. New Jersey was a trailblazer in these evaluation systems, and Richard was dispatched to advise other states, from New Hampshire to Hawaii, on implementing similar programs. He leaves his wife, Elaine; his son, Timothy; his daughter, Colleen; his father, M. Godfrey; his mother, Anna; a sister; and a brother.