Below are the people SPA has lost over the past year. For previous obituaries and In Memoriam entries, please see past issue of SPA Magazine.
At the age of 47, Amy Tobin died after a long and valiant battle with breast cancer on January 14, 2017. She leaves behind her beloved son, Liam Tobin; parents, John and Marie Tobin; sister, Lisa Tobin ’78; nephew, Ian Tennant; and many wonderful relatives and countless friends. She was pre-deceased by her much-loved brother, James ’77, and her grandparents.
Amy's unique gifts were discovered early, she read the paper with Papa at age 3 and sat down at the piano and began playing shortly thereafter. As she developed her musical talent she discovered her true joy was the violin. Amy was a graduate of St. Paul Academy & Summit School and Boston University. She often noted the key people who influenced her musical development, including the inspirational influence of Mrs. Reher, Doug Overland, Mary West and Roman Tottenberg. Her musical interests and abilities were eclectic and she has collaborated with many gifted musicians. She served as the concertmaster of the St. Paul Civic Symphony and played with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. She will be missed by her tango group. Those that have heard Amy perform have been moved and inspired and are grateful to her for making the world a more harmonious place in which to live. After the unexpected death of her favorite brother, James, she chose to embark on a new course of study and graduated summa cum laude as a medical technician and has thoroughly enjoyed her team at Allina Health Systems.
Living with an incurable disease like cancer is challenging at best. Amy did it with style, grace, a ready smile and kindness toward others even when she was losing her battle. Her greatest joy has been watching her son grow and realize his own personal gifts and talents. He has begun his own musical journey on both the cello and French horn. A heartfelt thank you to all who have cared for her, especially the Oncology team on 2W at Unity and Dr. King of Minnesota Oncology.
Joan Trenerry passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016. Born in April 1948, Joan is a graduate of Summit School, and St. Catherine's University.
Joan was a bowler extraordinaire, and a life-long tennis player. She loved animals and art and turned that enthusiasm into an animal portrait business. She had a thriving sweater business, creating beautiful patterns and designs. She doted on her pug, Arni. She was rich in her friends, who made her final days filled with care and love. A special thank you to Kelly and Karen from Baywood Home Health Care, who surrounded her with genuine love and care.
Joan is survived by her sister, Kitty Reveal, brother-in-law, Chip Reveal, nieces, Genna, Adri and Danielle. She was preceded in death by her son Andrew Mathos. She was loved and will be missed.
During World War II, Charles and his sisters, Jean and Sheila, were evacuated from London for safety to the village of Grantchester. There he met Hugh Hughes, a Cambridge architect, and his wife Mary, who arranged for him to be evacuated to the United States. The Hughes family were the owners of the Tower Windmill at Burnham Overy Staithe in Norfolk, England.
In 1940, after spending a short-time in London during the Blitz, Charles crossed the Atlantic on the RMS Antonia in the last convoy of ships evacuating children. Convoys were stopped after German U-boats attacked and sunk one of the ships, the SS City of Benares. Charles then traveled by train to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he met Elizabeth and Norris Jackson (AAunt Betty and Uncle Non@) and their two daughters, Leila and Kit. While Charles was in Minnesota during the war, his younger sister Sheila lived in the Glasgow area of Scotland and his older sister, Jean, was drafted at age 18 to work in a factory as a capstan lathe operator making munitions.
In 1945, Charles returned to England and in 1948-49, he completed his national service, working for the Army Public Relations Office in Trieste, Italy. From 1950-1956, he worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Lincolnshire Echo and the Birmingham Gazette in England. In 1956, at the invitation of the Jackson family, he returned to Minnesota and settled permanently in the United States, becoming a citizen in 1962.
He received his BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1960, and his MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1962 and 1965.
Charles met his wife Mary at International House at the University of Chicago in 1961 and they were married in 1962. In 1963, Charles and Mary traveled to India where Charles did field work, funded by the Ford Foundation, for his doctoral dissertation, which analyzed the political system of two small villages in what is now Haryana State in north India. In 1967-68, they returned to India with their daughter Leila. On that trip, Charles researched aspects of social interactions in Ambala. Between sessions of field work in India, he also did much library and archival research on aspects of the British colonial period in the region, examining the ethnographic work of a small group of British administrators.
Charles was a professor of anthropology and associate dean at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, from 1972-1999, and was part of the anthropology faculty at the University of Rochester, New York, from 1965-1972.
Charles enjoyed sailing and in the 1990's he and Mary owned a Flying Scot called Capella and sailed at Portage Yacht Club, Portage Lake, near Dexter, Michigan. He was also a talented artist, working in watercolor and mixed media and exhibiting work with the Mid Michigan Art Guild and in several private collections.
Charles is survived by his wife Mary, son Ian, daughter-in-law, Jules Eckersley, and grandchildren Amelia and Jasper, all of Oak Park, Illinois, and daughter, Leila, of Arlington, Virginia.
A memorial service was held in September in Oak Park.
Polly Bancroft Hebble ‘50, died at the age of 84 on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.
Polly was born on March 22, 1932 to Richard H. & Pauline S. Bancroft in St Paul, Minn., where she attended Summit School. She spent two years at Connecticut College and in 1954 graduated from the University of Minnesota. While attending Connecticut College, she met Charles “Chuck” M. Hebble, Jr. and they were married on Sept 2, 1954. During their first year of marriage, they lived in La Jolla, Calif. while Chuck served in the Navy and later returned to St. Paul where they resided for 14 years. While raising her four children, Polly was an active member of The Junior League of St. Paul and often volunteered for the Children’s Hospital Association. They attended the House of Hope Presbyterian Church, the same church where they were married.
In 1970, Chuck’s career brought the family to Hanover. There Polly briefly worked for the Dartmouth College athletic ticket office and volunteered at the Pink Smock gift shop at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. She also served on the hospital auxiliary board, including a term as president. She and Chuck were active members of the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College.
Prior to moving to Kendal at Hanover, Polly and Chuck divided their time between Ticklenaked Pond in Ryegate, Vt. and Palm Island, Fla., both places where Polly could share her love of nature and spend time with her children and grandchildren. Family was of the upmost importance to Polly. She was devoted to her ten grandchildren and delighted in exploring the seashore and hiking around the pond, always teaching and sharing her appreciation of the outdoors. Polly was an avid birder (and a rare bird herself!). Many hours were spent playing croquet, Uno, and doing jigsaw puzzles with her family and friends. She loved antiquing, sudokus, and reading. Polly enjoyed a special relationship with each grandchild and they all have no doubt their “Gagi” loved them the best.
Polly enjoyed years of playing tennis and annually hosted her tennis friends, “the Hanover Ladies,” at Palm Island for tennis, sun and fun. Polly and Chuck were active travelers, whether it was driving to visit their children and grandchildren (as they hated to miss any activity, game or recital) or exploring the world together. They enjoyed skiing, sailing, summers at Hiawatha, and jaunts world-wide. A highlight for Polly was their trip to the Galapagos Islands so she could see a Blue Footed Booby in person. Their doors were never closed to friends or family as they welcomed company wherever they were, and they never travelled without making a new friend or two (or ten!).
Bible study was important to Polly throughout her life. Her faith was ever present and helped sustain both her and her family and friends. Many thanks to all, especially the caring staff at Kendal at Hanover, who made her journey so peaceful.
Polly is survived by Chuck, her husband of 62 years; and four children: Mary Ryder ‘73 and husband, David of Rosemont, Penn., Charles III and his wife, Lou Ann of Mount Pleasant, S.C., John and his wife, Julie of Sudbury, Mass. and Thomas and his wife, Kelly of Naples, Fla.; also, her 10 grandchildren: Jesse Ryder, Nicholas Ryder (and wife, Christina), and Samuel Ryder; Caitlin Hebble Crocket (and husband, David) and Sara Hebble; Thomas Hebble (and wife, Rachel), Patrick Hebble and Emily Hebble; and Taylor Hebble and Paige Hebble. She also leaves her three siblings: Richard “Dick” Bancroft, Jr. ‘45 (and wife, Deborah ‘48), Elizabeth Cammack ‘47, and Mary Field ‘52 (and husband, Chuck); as well as her sister in-law, Joan “PeeWee” Haydock; and many loved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College in Hanover, on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.
John Marshall Budd, Jr. passed away on November 15, 2016 in Colorado Springs.
As the son of a railroad man, John lived in many locations before the family settled in St. Paul, MN in 1949. John graduated from St. Paul Academy and Yale University, earning a master's in electrical engineering. He married Smith College graduate Barbara Tews in 1957, soon relocating to Minneapolis and joining Honeywell as an engineer. In 1973 he moved his family to Colorado Springs, again with Honeywell. John served on several community boards while at Honeywell including many years as president of Pikes Peak United Way. After 35 years of distinguished service, he retired from Honeywell but not from community leadership.
Inspired by friends and leaders in cultural and social service, John started Budd Management Consulting with a mission to improve care for developmentally disabled adults. It became a passion for the remainder of his life. Other passions included camping, dogs, bluegrass, and beach picnics. Endlessly curious, he was fascinated by subjects ranging from quantum physics and cyber security to the Pony Express and mathematics of music. John was enthusiastic, engaging, a great source of encouragement to those around him. In 2014, John lost his wife of 57 years. Yet he never stopped working with disabled adults, appreciating the arts, delving into diverse studies, tinkering to improve things, and enjoying friends and family.
He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth B. Ellmann (Stephen), sons John M. Budd III, Peter B. Budd (Jenna Zark), Benjamin B. Budd, grandsons Noah Budd, Jack Budd and step-grandson Joshua Kowitz.
Funeral: Chapel of Our Saviour, 8 Fourth Street, 2 p.m., Dec. 5.
On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the world lost one of the kindest, most generous souls to grace our lives. John (Jock) Ordway Irvine's life was marked throughout by service and philanthropy, including a seat on the boards of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the United Hospital Foundation, Hazelden, and Camp Widjiwagan. He was co-founder of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. He also was an avid sports fan, especially in his support of University of Minnesota Gopher athletics and as part owner of the Minnesota Fighting Saints.
Jock Irvine was born February 16, 1941, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was the son of Thomas E. Irvine ‘29 and Sally Ordway Irvine ‘29. He was educated at St. Paul Academy and Hobart College, and was a longtime resident of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and Stuart, Florida.
Jock was an avid hunter and fisherman, having been named angler of the year at Sailfish Point. Jock's greatest passion, however, was sailing, where his talent and dedication to yacht race management earned him national recognition. He was the recipient of the Inland Lake Yachting Association's Ed Malone Trophy, the Bilge Pullers Cannon Trophy, US Sailing's Hanson Award, and the White Bear Yacht Club's Goyer Memorial Trophy, each organization's highest honor for service in race management.
Jock is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Harriette "Twinks" Irvine; their daughter, Heather Irvine Capuano ‘86, and son, Roger ’89 (Teri) Irvine; their grandchildren Will and Angie Capuano and Chloe, Carter, and Charlotte Irvine; and sister Jill Crow ‘61 and brothers William Irvine ‘67 and Horace "Hod" Irvine ‘55. He is preceded in death by his brother Thomas E. Irvine ‘53.
Jock was an honorable gentleman, known for his kindness and love of a practical joke. Jock and Twinks's remarkable philanthropy touched many lives. He will be remembered always as one of those rare persons who give with no thought of reward or recognition.
Constance Shepard Walsh died on Monday afternoon, September 12, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family after a four year battle with cancer. Born in Bronxville, NY and a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, she was one of five children of Blake and Nancy Shepard; she moved to Buffalo in 1973.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, John N. Walsh, III; her daughter, Kyle, and son, Blake; her sisters Nan ‘60, Christy and Alison (Jeff); her brother, Blake ‘76 (Ann); her sisters-in-law Demi (Rob), Debbie (Mike) and Amy (Barney); her mother-in-law, Sally Keating Walsh, and by the fourteen nephews and nieces she so loved.
Channing Donahower ’63 passed away after a brief illness on October 12 at the Golden Living Center in Roseville.
Chan was born in Springfield, MO on April 27, 1945. He was a graduate of the St. Paul Academy and of Colorado College. He worked for Standard Conveyor Company and later for Michael Sales in St. Paul.He is survived by his sisters, Lynn Levine ’61 of New York, Deborah Donahower of Napa, CA, step sisters Perry Clark Perry ’59 of British Columbia and Linsay Clark Meisner-Jensen of Switzerland, as well as 8 nieces and nephews, a great nephew and a great niece. He was an active member of the White Bear Lake Unitarian-Universalist Church. A memorial service for Chan will be held November 19 at 2 p.m. at that church.
At the age of 90, Jim Bierman died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on September 20.
Born in West Point, MS on June 21, 1926 to Clara and Bernie Bierman, Jim grew up in Minnesota. After serving in the US Navy during WWII, he earned a degree in Chemistry from the U of M, was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and won a letter in football in 1947 and 1948. He worked as a Material and Process engineer, first for Honeywell and then 30 years for Litton Aerospace. Among the things he enjoyed most were volunteer work, canoeing, camping and anything outdoors, traveling, especially by car, spending time with his friends, dancing and listening to Big Band music, and hanging out at home with his family.
Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Bierman ’42, and is survived by Ingred Kelley, his wife of 60 years; son, Michael James; and daughter, Joan Kelley and son-in-law, Matthew Diezel.
Margaret Barber Feld died peacefully at home in the early morning hours of September 24, 2016 surrounded by family, just shy of her 90th birthday. She leaves behind a legacy of family and friends. Maggie's door, like her heart, was always open and she loved many as her own; they loved her back just as much.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Maggie attended The Summit School, where she made friends she would treasure for the next 85 years. She attended Vassar College during the war, then married and started her family, placing roots in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco before settling in Mill Valley in 1970. Once rooted in Mill Valley, she worked as a medical secretary before retiring in the late 1970s. She treated the patients like she treated all others with concern and love, often going out of her way to provide transportation, meals or companionship to those in need. She volunteered regularly at The Family Store thrift shop to support the Family Service Agency of Marin. She remained always strong in her Episcopal faith, and was active at the Church of Our Saviour.
Maggie is survived by her children, John O. Merrill III (Kay); Alison Doughty (Bill); Jennifer Martin (Fred); Lindsey Kauffman (Kevin); Charles Merrill (Karrie); and Katherine Alvarez (Bob). She treasured her grandchildren: Rachel Rosales (Carlos); Jake Merrill; Austin Martin; Bill Doughty, Jr. (Stephanie); Patrick Kauffman; Daniel Alvarez (Brooke); and Bradley Alvarez. More recently, she delighted in visits from her great-grandchildren: Chloe, Carlitos, Landon and Samaira. Maggie was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Feld, and grandchildren Kevin and Cameron.
A service is planned for November 19, 2016 at 11:00 am at Church of Our Saviour in Mill Valley, with a reception to follow at her home.
At the age of 85, Frank Hilton away peacefully August 19, 2016.
He will be sadly missed by wife of 64 years, Peggy ‘50; children, Cliff (Joan) and Bonnie (Matt) Burks; grandchildren, Elliot and Tony (Erin); great-grandchildren, Audrey and Brianna; brother, Tom (Jan); sister, Betty (Don) Dawson; many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Frank was a member of St. Paul Pass and Heron Lake Gun Clubs and was a longtime owner of Goldwood Boarding Kennels. Among his many passions were training Hunting and Field Trial dogs, and raising pure bred Golden Retrievers.
A celebration of Frank's life will be Wednesday, September 21st at 3:00 P.M. at BRADSHAW CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTER, 2800 Curve Crest Boulevard (NW corner of Hwy 36 and Co Rd 5), Stillwater. Family will receive friends following the service.
Age 87, of Minnetonka passed away July 30, 2016. Preceded in death by parents Alfred and Mabel Sedgwick. Neal was born January 24, 1929 in Fall River, MA. He moved to St. Paul early in life where he attended St. Paul Academy and Macalester College. Neal worked for Great Northern Railroad as an accountant. He retired in 1968 and followed his passions of mountain climbing, history, science, astronomy and investing. His climbing accomplishments include summiting Mt. Rainier. Neal had an encyclopedic mind and everyone enjoyed conversation with him.
Neal was a wonderful brother, uncle and friend. Survived by brother, Al ‘45; nieces and nephews; Ann and JC Savage, Elizabeth Sedgwick and Ken Bechler, Sara Sedgwick, Richard and Linda Sedgwick; 6 grand nephews and nieces; 1 great nephew; sister in law Lynn Carroll and special friend Rose Braden. Celebration of Neal's life on Sunday October 16, 2016 at 4pm, Pool and Yacht Club, 1600 Lilydale Rd, St. Paul, MN 55118. Memorials preferred to The St. Paul Academy and Summit School, or the Sierra Club.
Sarah Elizabeth "Sally" Beals Holzbach, 91, died peacefully in her home Monday, July 25, 2016. She was born to Dr. Hugh and Kate Beals in St. Paul, MN and attended Summit School. She went to Mary Baldwin College in VA for two years, returning home to complete her studies at the University of MN. Discovering that she preferred Virginia winters over Minnesota's, Sally set about to find herself a Virginian. Through a mutual friend, Sally met Henry, who was the youngest Major in the Army at the time...and a Virginian! They married and found a secluded piece of wooded acreage on the Warwick River, where they roughed-it in an Army tent while building their home. They raised four children and when the nest began to empty, Sally pursued nursing and become an LPN, working at Eastern State Hospital for a number of years.
Sally was a lively, outgoing, seemingly ageless soul who was always up for an adventure. She never knew a stranger, and her sparkly nature earned her friends across all generations. She was an expert photographer, avid bridge player, world traveler, and philanthropist. Sally had been involved in theatre since her youth and maintained that interest throughout her life. She had a special bond with the local community theatre crowd. For the past twenty years, she has photographed hundreds of rehearsals, and created customized portfolios for all the cast members. Photo-documenting special events and moments in the lives of others was one of Sally's passions. The camera was always clicking, and if there wasn't an event, she would create one.
Having played very little with dolls as a child, she made up for it in later years, searching garage sales and thrift stores for Barbies and other props for "photo shoots" in her elaborately designed table-top scenes. The resulting vignettes were used to create handmade cards for her many friends and acquaintances. She liked to keep the postman busy "and people should get something in the mail besides bills," she often said. Sally's two favorite festive occasions were St. Patrick's Day and Halloween, for which she decorated to the hilt. When her children were school-age, she and Henry designed many elaborate haunted houses for school carnivals, fundraisers, and other community events. All her life, Sally could not pass a piano without being compelled to play the one song she had been taught as a child..."Isle of Capri." Her fingers had memorized it, she told us - but as she got older, her fingers got more forgetful. That song is forever endearingly ingrained in our memories, missed notes and all.
Sally was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Beals; husband of 67 years, Lt. Col. Henry Holzbach, Jr.; and son, Robert "Windy" Holzbach. She is survived by her son, Charles Holzbach; her daughters, Sarah Starr (Allan), and Kate Holzback; her granddaughter, Kelly Hamilton (Keith); and her three great-grandchildren, Keith, Keenan and Kendrick. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Sally's many friends and extended family members for their ongoing love and support.
(1939-2016) died recently in Westhampton, NY. He was born in St. Paul and lived in NYC since graduating from college. His career in publishing included senior positions and editor with W.W. Norton Publishing & Company, a privately held mostly employee-owned house supporting respected academic, non-fiction, and fictional works. Jim followed his "retirement" by forming a private press, Quantuck Lane Press. He assisted hundreds of authors including Pete Seeger (folksinger), and John Silber (Boston University), Bruce Catton, plus celebrated historical, non-fiction, and graphic originators.
Following the early passing of his father, James L. Mairs, Jim's mother Alice Klein Mairs ‘29 married Frederick Bradford of St. Paul. Jim and his sister Bonnie (Alice) grew up in Mendota Heights. He graduated from Saint Paul Academy and Dartmouth, beginning his career with Norton serving a "college route" in the Midwest, driving a despised Chevy II to visit with publishing academics. In later years, Jim acquired autos and boat(s) more to his liking, including co-ownership of a sailing vessel built and owned by the late Gen. George Patton. The boat, named “When and If”, was Patton's dream for retirement which he ultimately never attained. Jim and his partners acquired the vessel at favorable price after it had been tossed onto rocks by a hurricane.
He leaves his family including his wife Gina Webster and four children: Nina Mairs, Alexandra Tart, Anna Mairs, and Will Mairs plus four splendid grandchildren. His sister Bonnie ‘54, and brothers, Fred ‘63 and John ‘64 Bradford, live in NYC, LA, and Mpls. The extended family includes two disturbed cats and a one-eyed gecko, all under constant medical care. Memorial services are planned sometime in September.
(Marly) Deutsch Haskins was born on October 8, 1932 and at the age of 83, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.>
Born in New York City, Marly moved with her family at an early age to St. Paul MN, where her father was employed as an interior decorator, and her mother taught high school English. After grade school, Marly attended Summit School, earning her diploma in 1950. She completed her BA degree in English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, later earning an MA in school administration from UW-Madison. She returned to Minnesota after Skidmore and became a school teacher in Pine City. In 1955, through a mutual acquaintance, she met an Air Force officer stationed at Chamberlain Field in St Paul, the man who would become the love of her life and future husband. After she and Darrel married October 28, 1957, they moved to Darrel's hometown of Lancaster, WI.
Marly was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy ‘24 (Dunn) and Clarence Deutsch, her grandparents Evaline and William W (Billy) Dunn, and her favorite aunt Jane Graw. She is survived by her four grandchildren, whom she loved dearly: Amelia Rolf and Nolan Rolf of Plymouth, MN, Alex Haskins, Carl (Laura) Geczy-Haskins; her children Sheila (Troy) Rolf and Bill (Lisa Swanson) Haskins, and her loving husband of almost 59 years, Darrel.
Tom Doar loved to pretend he was a country bumpkin lawyer from rural Wisconsin. But he was a savvy businessman who played a key role in helping WCCO-TV become a nationally recognized powerhouse of public affairs journalism in the 1970s and 1980s.
Doar, former chairman of MTC Properties Inc. that owned the television and radio station and who was active on many civic boards, died on June 20. He was 95.
“He was a gentle giant in broadcasting,” said Ron Handberg, news director and then general manager at Channel 4 between 1971 and 1989. “He stood guard at the door of good journalism in those days, and protected us from outside interference and advertisers and politicians and just allowed us to do our jobs.”
Doar was born and raised in New Richmond, Wis., and educated at St. Paul Academy, the University of Colorado and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II between 1943 and 1946, and joined his father’s law practice in 1947. His marriage to his first wife, Patricia, in 1948 lasted 59 years until her death.
“He was an optimist,” said his daughter, Kathleen. “He was always singing ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’ and toasting us kids with his orange juice.”
Doar was soft-spoken, unassuming and humble, she said, but well-known in New Richmond where he earned the nickname “The Inspector” because of his strong interest in questioning people and getting to know them. He maintained the law practice there, but was increasingly drawn into the media and business world of the Twin Cities.
By marriage, he joined the Murphy family that owned part of the Minneapolis Tribune and part of Midwest Radio Television Inc., license holder for WCCO radio and television. Ridder Publications and Minneapolis Star and Tribune owner John Cowles Jr. also owned part of the broadcasting company.
As president of the family’s holding company from 1969 to 1980, Doar figured out a way for the cross-ownership of WCCO to be simplified through swapping ownership interests and a buyout, so that the broadcast company could separate from the newspapers in 1976. Doar became chairman of the newly formed MTC Properties Inc. in 1980 that owned 100 percent of WCCO until after he retired in 1990.
Nancy Mate, former researcher and director of the WCCO-TV public affairs unit, said Doar explained his family’s ownership role as “being willing to let broadcasters run the stations without a lot of interference.”
The station produced “Moore on Sunday,” a weekly magazine-style program during the 1970s hosted by popular anchor Dave Moore. That evolved into prime-time documentaries in the 1980s and I-team investigative reports on news shows. “It was an extraordinary commitment to public affairs for almost 20 years,” Mate said.
The programs broke new ground by focusing on such topics as child sexual abuse, gay rights, Vietnam, and the performance of Hennepin County judges and Minneapolis housing inspectors.
The stories were provocative and yielded a slew of national awards, but also generated sponsor complaints and occasional lawsuits, Handberg said. “We came under a lot of fire from a lot of directions, but Tom Doar was always there to have our backs.”
Doar was also instrumental in changing architects for the station’s downtown headquarters, built in 1982.
Doar is survived by his second wife, Jean Selvig of Naples, Fla.; daughter Kathleen ‘66 and sons Tom ‘69 of Chicago and Patrick ’83 of New Richmond, Wis.; six grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.
Helen McGovern Frye passed away peacefully on December 21st, 2015 at the age of 81 due to complications resulting from chronic lung disease.
A native of St. Paul, Helen grew up on Summit Avenue and graduated from Summit School in 1952. She was a vibrant member of that community, serving as photography editor of the yearbook, The Flame, President of the Drama Club, and as a member of the Summit Singers. She also played both varsity basketball and volleyball, and along with a few classmates, was an enthusiastic tennis player. Helen was known among her classmates for her wit, delightful freckles, and tendency for shenanigans. She remained connected to the school for the majority of her life, serving for many years as a class agent.
Helen completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in anthropology. In 1956, she married Richard (Dick) Frye and the two of them were blessed with three incredible children of whose success Helen was infinitely proud.
Helen was an active volunteer. She was a member of the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site, and was a constant fixture at local elections when she would serve as a judge. Helen loved reading and antiques and was an avid conversationalist, surrounding herself with smart funny people and she enjoyed hitting the court with her tennis team, the Killer B's.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Frye; children Rich (Aurora), Jane Lerbs (Jamie) and Betsy Pitschka; and grandchildren Diego, Mauricio, Austin and Betsey.
Those who knew Helen will remember her for being wise, fun, smart, elegant, and, most importantly for a life well lived.
Harry Gaston Jr ’81 passed away on February 27, 2016 at the age of 52 after a fiercely fought battle. Harry died with the same grace, dignity, faith, bravery and love for family with which he lived his life.
His million watt smile, easy going way and contagious laugh will be missed forever by loved ones.
The West Side, Blessed Trinity, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School, and several sports teams have lost a beloved and loyal friend.
He is survived by his wife and best friend Amy; young daughters, Kathleen and Cassidy Lou; beloved mother, Amparo; sister, Becky Symons (Jordan) and countless other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father and West Side dignitary Harry, Sr.
Donald Harris passed away on March 29, 2016. Donald Harris was an American composer born April 7, 1931, in St. Paul, Minnesota to the late Barney and Hattie Harris. Donald served as an administrator at the New England Conservatory of Music (1967-77) and as Dean of the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford (1977-88), before becoming Dean of the College of the Arts and professor of music at The Ohio State University (1988-1997). After a thirty-year career as a senior-level administrator in higher education and the arts, he stepped down as Dean and rejoined the OSU faculty in composition. Harris earned his bachelors and master's degrees in composition from The University of Michigan. From 1954 until 1968, Harris lived in Paris where he was a music consultant to the United States Information Serivce and produced the city's first postwar Festival of contemporary American Music. Harris received numerous commissions, including the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Radio France, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Harris is past president of The International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) and served on the boards of BalletMet, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Martin Luther King Center. He was currently serving on the board on The Johnstone Fund for New Music. Harris was twice honored with the OSU School of Music's Distinguished Service Award. Aside from all the accolades and awards bestowed upon Donald, he will be remembered by most as a genuine, kind man who was a mentor to many. Donald is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; sons, Daniel Yves (Tracy) and Jeremy William (Aileen); daughters, Leanne Moulton of Amherst, MA, and Kristine (Bob) Phillips of Stratford, CT; grandchildren, Marc, Spencer, Sophia, and Amelia Harris, Aubrey Mae Moulton, and Carrie Phillips; great-granddaughter Marleigh Hope; brother L.R. "Buddy" (Natalie) Harris of Palm Springs, CA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceeded in death by his borther Jim Harris.