Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Charles Sackrey

The campus community mourns the passing of Charles Sackrey, who died on Saturday, June 1. Charles retired as Professor Emeritus of Economics after 23 years of service to Bucknell. Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family. You are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at bucknell.edu/InMemoriam and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others. On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Charles’s family, as well as to all who knew him at Bucknell. John C. Bravman President _______________________________________________________________________ Charles M. Sackrey Jr., 82, died […]

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

James (Jamie) Pusey

The campus community mourns the passing of James (Jamie) Pusey, who died on Tuesday, May 21. Jamie retired as Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies after 38 years of service to Bucknell. Jamie was a historian of modern China, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was particularly well-known for his study of Chinese intellectuals and the influence of social Darwinism in modern China and authored several books, including Wu Han: Attacking the Present Through the Past (1969), China and Charles Darwin (1983), and Lu Xun and Evolution (1998). Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as […]

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Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Bennett “Ben” Willeford, Jr.

The campus community mourns the passing of Bennett “Ben” Willeford, Jr., who died on Saturday, September 22.  Ben retired as Professor Emeritus of Chemistry after 33 years of service to Bucknell. Fellow colleagues of Ben’s shared with me the following citation that was read at the 1984 Commencement upon his retirement: “Since 1950 you have served this University with honor, demanding of students their finest effort and receiving their gratitude.  With firmness of spirit and gentleness of heart you have reminded us of what is right and true. As young Turk and as elder statesman, you have earned the esteem […]

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Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Harold W. Heine

Dear Colleagues, The campus community mourns the passing of Harold W. Heine, who died on Monday, July 23. Harold retired as Professor Emeritus of Chemistry after 45 years of service to Bucknell. Professor Heine was a consummate teacher/scholar. His dynamic teaching and infectious enthusiasm for chemistry were transformative for many students. He was internationally recognized for his many contributions to organic chemistry, including the discovery of what is now known as the Heine reaction. His work was published in over 70 peer-reviewed articles and supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Petroleum Research […]

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Friday, February 9th, 2018

P. Aarne Vesilind

The campus community mourns the passing of P. Aarne Vesilind, who died on Sunday, January 28, 2018.  Aarne retired as Professor Emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2006. Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family. You are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at bucknell.edu/InMemoriam and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others. On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Aarne’s family, as well as to all who knew him at Bucknell. John C. Bravman President ____________________________________________________________________   P. Aarne Vesilind, age 78, surrounded by […]

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

William G. “Bill” Holzberger

The campus community mourns the passing of William “Bill” Holzberger, 85, who died on Wednesday, October 25.  Bill joined the Bucknell Faculty in 1969 and after teaching for 28 years, retired as Professor Emeritus of English in 1997. Bill’s wife, Annegret ’92, and his son and daughter-in-law, Stefan and Jennifer Holzberger ’93, are Bucknell alumni. His grandson, Ethan, is a member of the Class of 2020. Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family. You are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at bucknell.edu/InMemoriam and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others. On […]

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Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Joseph P. Fell

The campus community mourns the passing of Joseph Fell, 86, who died on Monday, October 23.  Joseph joined the Bucknell Faculty in 1963 and after teaching for 30 years and serving as Presidential Professor of Philosophy from 1987-92, he retired as John Howard Harris Chair in Philosophy, emeritus, in 1993. Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family. You are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at bucknell.edu/InMemoriam and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others. On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Joseph’s family, as well […]

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Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Karl Patten, Jr.

The campus community mourns the passing of Karl Patten, Jr., who died on Sunday, April 16, 2017.  After 41 years of service to the University, Karl retired as Professor Emeritus of English in 1997. Born February 28, 1927, in Beverly, Massachusetts, Karl was the son of the late Karl Watson and Elinor (Noble) Patten. He was married on December 31, 1947, to the former Isabelle Cameron, who predeceased him. Karl graduated from Salem High School and earned a B.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. in English literature from Boston University. While at Bucknell, he taught courses on subjects as […]

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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

John “Jack” Wheatcroft

Dear Colleagues: The campus community mourns the passing of John “Jack” Wheatcroft ‘49, who died on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. After 44 years of service to the University, Jack retired as Professor Emeritus of English in 1996. Jack was born in Philadelphia on July 24, 1925, the son of the Rev. Allen S. and Laura Wheatcroft. At the age of 16, he received a Mayor’s Scholarship and enrolled at Temple University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July of 1943 at the age of 17. Jack served for three years in the Pacific theater on the U.S.S. Wisconsin, seeing […]

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Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Edward Mastascusa

The campus community mourns the passing of Edward “Ed” Mastascusa, who died on Sunday, February 5, 2017.  Edward joined the Bucknell faculty in 1968, and, after teaching for 41 years, retired as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering in 2009. Ed received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in the 1980-81 academic year, and he served as department chair for many years during his tenure at Bucknell. Ed was a 1956 graduate of St. Basil High School. He continued his education at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees by 1964. He served honorably in the U. […]

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