daughters, both living nearby, and two
Blevins Coke Dunklin Jr.
(Course 15) passed away peacefully
in his home in University Park, FL, in
November 2017. Born in Bronxville,
NY, in October 1933, Blev became a
stockbroker for Clark Dodge, working on Wall Street for a few years. In
1961 he met the love of his life, Edda
Bang, from Oslo, Norway. Within
two years, they had two children.
They moved to Darien, CT, in 1966.
There Blev started his own business as a financial analyst. In 1996
he and Edda moved to Sarasota, FL,
ready for retirement, golf, tennis,
and meeting new friends. After Edda
became ill with Parkinson’s disease
and Lewy body dementia, Blev was
her devoted primary caregiver until
she passed away on Dec. 16, 2012.
Blev was a talented musician, playing piano and percussion as a young
man. He was good at everything he
set his mind to. He is survived by a
daughter, a son, a granddaughter,
and other family members.
The Alumni Association recently
learned that David Morris Scott
(Course 2), of Mansfield, OH, passed
away in May 1987.
–Richard I. Bergman, secretary, 134 Leabrook Ln., Princeton,
NJ 08540; e-mail ribergman@
Bob Mansperger wrote: “I finally got
around to scanning slides from my
MIT days and the cross-country trips
to and from my U.S. Air Force base in
Japan in 1957 and 1960, respectively.
They include a few shots of the joint
Army and Air Force ROTC review in
May 1956. Since I’d had experience
handling our squadron’s guidon during ROTC summer camp at Griffiss Air
Force Base in Rome, NY, the previous
summer, I agreed to train the guidon
bearers for the review. Thus, I didn’t
have to march in the review. I was
able to take a few photos. You, Rusty
Schweickart, Jack Saloma, and Professor Rule (I think) show up in my
shots. I thought you’d enjoy them. I
can’t find my 1955 or 1956 Techniques,
so I can’t identify some of the others.
“It’s a pity we lost Jack so soon
after graduation. He was a staunch
Republican; I wonder what he’d think
of the current situation in the party!
“In 1959 I was an aircraft
maintenance officer on a mobility
exercise from Japan to Australia
and New Zealand with two of our
C-130s. We put the outfit together
at Clark Air Force Base in the Phil-
ippines. I somehow learned that
Rusty Schweickart was stationed
there and flying F-100s. We couldn’t
meet, but we had a nice conversation
on the phone. He had been stationed
at Itazuke Air Base at Fukuoka, our
prefectural capital, and had flown
gunnery training runs on a range
where he was in sight of my base at
Ashiya. He became an astronaut and
flew in Gemini missions. I saw his
capsule land in the Pacific on TV. The
pickup helicopter really gave him a
Nantucket sleigh ride before it got
him out of the water!
“Karl Ludvigsen was my first
roommate for about a week (until
he went to a fraternity). He was a
Car and Driver and Road and Track
nerd. He designed our MIT Air Force
ROTC shoulder patch. I’m not sure he
graduated. However, he never lost his
interest in cars! While manning the
book room in our church’s semiannual
rummage sale a year or so ago, I came
across a coffee-table book with a few
pages on the history of a goodly number of manufacturers, including lovely
illustrations. There was Karl’s name
as the author! He made his way up at
Ford and ended up in charge of some
of their business in Europe.
“I hope this brings back some
Dave Mitchell sent a note: “We
have a group of 1956 Course 16 grads
in the L.A. area who, with wives or
girlfriends, have met at least once a
year for over 60 years. The current
group is Fred Culick, Gerry Sozio,
Haig Parechanian, and myself.
Charley Hoilt was one of us until his
Dave Solow wrote: “If anyone
wonders about Baker House club 315
’ 56, here is a brief update: For the past
four years we have met for lunch in
Gainesville, FL, to renew our friendships. Betsy and Jim Fleming from
St. Pete, Judy and Doug Lowen from
Cocoa Beach, and Maria and Dave
Solow from St. Simons Island, GA,
have met the past three years. We will
meet again in late February 2018. Previously we held our own mini MIT
reunions—one in New Hampshire
hosted by Art Albert, and one in St.
Pete hosted by the Flemings. Now we
just do lunch every year. Currently we
three are all long-married (50-plus
years) and actively retired. We still
enjoy recounting old memories. Doug
and Dave are educational counselors,
interviewing future MIT students.
Jim and Dave still manage to play
golf occasionally, shooting our age.
Through these Class Notes the Solows
have met Cynthia and Russ Hobbie,
who also vacation on St. Simons dur-
ing the winter. Anyone who wants
to join us is invited to contact me at
Alan Budreau ’ 57 (Course 8)
wrote me about the death of his
friend Dusan Alex Koso: “Although
he shows up as Class of ’ 57, Dusan was
a ’ 56 co-op student, so he probably is
much better known to your class than
mine. After graduation Dusan was in
the Instrumentation Laboratory (later
Draper Laboratory), working on the
guidance system for Apollo. He also
worked on the guidance system for
the Cassini probe that crashed into
Saturn. I happened to be visiting with
him on the day that happened. One
of his favorite stories was on the first
Apollo mission return to Earth, when
the aircraft carrier with the recovery
helicopters was placed at the esti-
mated impact point. Actual impact
in the sea was 365 feet from the car-
rier. If the estimate had been spot-on,
there would have been many fatalities.
And the only reason they had to use
radio communication was that the
high seas were noisy!”
I’m sorry to announce the death
of another classmate: Lawrence A.
Schell, 85, passed away peacefully on
Nov. 2, 2017, at his home in Effing-
ham, NH. Larry joined ROTC while at
MIT and later entered the Air Force.
He was a mechanical engineering
major, but his first love was flying.
He spent his early years as a Strate-
gic Air Command pilot. During that
time he also received his master’s in
business law at Southern Methodist
University. As the war in Vietnam
escalated, he trained and flew C-130s.
He retired as a lieutenant colonel in
1978 and moved to Effingham in 1979.
In retirement, he volunteered as a Lit-
tle League coach and taught skiing at
King Pine Ski Area. Larry is survived
by his wife, Mary; children Lawrence
Jr., Kimberly, Carla, and Andrew; and
Our sympathies go out to the
Koso and Schell families.
Thank you for being kind to each
other. Now an astronomical thought:
Orion’s Belt is a big waist of space.
–Lloyd Beckett, secretary, P.O.
Box 1082, N. Falmouth, MA 02556;
Lionel Fray says that after graduating from Course 6A and business
school, spending many years in management consulting, starting several
companies, and running two companies in the upstream offshore oil and
gas industry as CEO, he is now with a
partner teaching a business planning
technique called ValueMap. They have
a website at www.valuemap.com and
welcome classmate comments.
Dave Stuber sent word that his
wife of 55 years passed away in 2013.
He got remarried in November, to a
lovely lady, and life is bright again.
Dave has long been retired and now
likes watching old movies and traveling. He has visited nearly a dozen
countries on six continents and would
like to travel more as long as he is in
In March 2017 Paul Carr gave
a talk titled “Rising Seas and Solutions” to the MIT Club of Southwest Florida in Sarasota. In June he
helped organize a climate change
conference for the Institute of Religion in an Age of Science, held on
Star Island off Portsmouth, NH. He
lectured on what we’re doing to our
climate, what it’s doing to us, and
what we can we do. The PowerPoint
slides from his talk are viewable
Sanford Cobb (Course 15) died
on April 16, 2016. Sandy was a 3M scientist for 45 years and the recipient of
the Carlton Award. He is survived by
his wife of 42 years, Barbara; daughters Alicia Stamness, Sarah Guz-man, and Laurie McLaughlin; their
spouses; and four grandchildren.
Richard L. Carson Jr. died
on Dec. 13, 2017. Dick received an
undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson in 1956, his MIT
SB in Course 15, and a master’s from
Stevens Institute of Technology in
1962. He retired in 1993 after working for AT&T (Western Electric) for
35 years, during which time he was
a manager of government systems,
engineering, and computer systems.
Dick is survived by his wife of 60
years, Vivian Costello Carson; daughters Nancy Carson McGuffin and
Sally Carson Gaines; their spouses;
and three grandchildren.
–Don Roellke, secretary,
4870 Carriagepark Rd., Fairfax, VA
22032; tel: 703-978-7370; e-mail:
email@example.com; class website: alumweb.mit.edu/classes/1957/.