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In Memoriam

Gordon L. Calvert, BA '43, JD '45
June 21, 2011
Silver Spring, Md.

Lionel Richmond, AA '47
June 13, 2011
Alexandria, Va.

Joseph J. Law, BA '48
June 16, 2011
Tampa, Fla.

George W. Plondke, BS '48
May 23, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M.

William F. Grossnickle, MA '58, PhD '65
July 1, 2011
Greenville, N.C.

Walter J. Decker, PhD '66
May 7, 2011
Painted Post, N.Y.

Capt. Edward H. Potter, MS '66
June 26, 2011

Capt. John K. Ryder, Ret., MS '68
July 2, 2011
Diamond Point, N.Y.

Stuart Appelle, MA '70, PhD '72
June 27, 2011
Brighton, N.Y.

William Guy Crocker, MBA '74
June 28, 2011
Charleston, S.C.

John Douglas Cross, Jr. MA '76
July 1, 2011
Mechanicsville, Md.

Vernon Richard Vitto, MS '81
June 18, 2011

Phillip Bradford Speer, MA '82
June 17, 2011
Chandler, Ariz.

Susan D. Neumann, BA '94
June 24, 2011
Alexandria, Va.

Lynn W. Kitchen, MPH '95
June 8, 2011
Washington, D.C.


Stephanie Greco Larson
Former Assistant Professor of Political Science
June 12, 2011
Carlisle, Pa.

Bernard Katzen

Bernard Katzen, AA '34, MD '38, a longtime supporter of medical research and care at the GW Medical Center, passed away on Aug. 3.

Dr. Katzen was the first of six family members to attend GW and the first of four Katzens to earn a degree from its School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Along with his wife, Mildred, AA '45, BA '46, late brother Cyrus, and sister-in-law Myrtle, Dr. Katzen supported GW in several ways, including raising awareness and support for the GW Cancer Institute and, most recently, the creation of the Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Cancer Research Center.

Dr. Katzen served in the U.S. armed forces in World War II and was a survivor of Normandy Beach D-Day, according to an obituary in The Washington Post. After the war, he opened a family practice, which he maintained for 49 years.