James B. Allan ’39 of Indialantic, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the age of 103. James served his country during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. He served in the Army for 29 years and received many commendations and awards during his military career. At age 98, he received the Governor’s Veterans Service Award from Governor Rick Scott. At age 100, he received the Congressional Gold Medal from Congressman Bill Posey. James served as the minister of the United Church of Christ in Melbourne, Florida, as well as interim minister for other UCC churches in the state of Florida. He is survived by three daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife, Edna, and son, Thomas.
Ruth Eleanor Smith Blackmer ’44 passed away on April 20, 2018, in Monroe, New Jersey. Ruth attended K and received an associate degree from Mercer County Community College with a major in Library Science. She was active and served as an officer in many community organizations including Head Start, Youth Employment Service, Girl Scouts, PTA, church-related committees and various historical societies. During WWII, Ruth worked at the Kodak factory in Rochester. Most of her career was spent as a market research analyst with several companies in New Jersey and Connecticut. She was preceded in death by two children (including her son Richard Blackmer ’65) and her beloved husband, Lewis Milo Blackmer Jr., who passed away a month and a half before their 75th wedding anniversary. She is survived by two daughters, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Alfred W. Bomberg ’44 passed away on June 24, 2019. Al was born in 1919 to immigrant parents, and German and Alsatian were his first languages. He grew up in his family’s bakery business where he continued to work until he was 30, when he began his career in sales. He entered industrial real estate in his late 50s, and worked for Daum brokerage firm in Los Angeles. He was very proud of his service during WWII as an Army Air Force intelligence officer, working at the top-secret military intelligence installation, P.O. Box 1142. His family and his Catholic faith were very important parts of his life. Retirement allowed Al and his wife, Jeanne, to travel extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, seeing new places and visiting family and friends. After settling in San Marcos, California, in the 1980s, Al joined Kiwanis, was president for a term and received his 30-year pin. Kiwanis gave his life additional significance, as did volunteering to drive older adults when he himself was in his early eighties. Al died just before his 100th birthday, and will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity and enthusiasm.
Gerald Bruce “Doc” Hoffmaster ’45 passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona. Doc, a retired dentist, was born on October 10, 1923, in Royal Oak, Michigan. He was a retired Navy veteran.
Dorine Tedrow ’47 passed away November 24, 2019. She was born July 31, 1925, in South Bend, Indiana, the daughter of the late Carrol and Leoma Ketcham. She was a former member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed golfing, bowling and traveling. On June 11, 1945, at Stetson Chapel, Dorine was united in marriage to Richard (Dick) Tedrow ’45 who preceded her in death on April 26, 1999. Also preceding her in death was her son, James. She is survived by her two daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Alexander James Jemal Jr. ’50 passed away on January 15, 2018, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. After graduating from K, where he played on the men’s tennis team, Alex attended the Detroit College of Law and passed the state bar exam in 1953. Alex was assigned to the Pentagon as a First Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the Army during the Korean War. He married Lily Bahadurian on October 30, 1955, and the couple remained married for sixty-two years. After his honorable discharge from the Korean War, Alex began practicing law with his father. Alex was a practicing attorney for over sixty years, specializing in all aspects of civil law. He recently renewed his bar card and continued to practice law and represent clients until his passing. He was a superb athlete, playing tennis and cycling across Europe, and a renowned collector of over 1,700 rare and first edition books. For years, he served as the pro bono legal counsel for St. John’s Armenian Church of Greater Detroit and was a long-time donor to the church and many Armenian-American philanthropic organizations. Alex was the beloved husband of Lily, the devoted father of three children, and the adoring grandfather of five grandchildren.
Mary Joslin Discher ’50 passed away on November 5, 2019, at age 92. Mary was born in Kenmore, New York, and left to attend K, where she met her husband, Wendell Discher ’49. They have lived most of their lives in the Rochester, New York, area. Mary graduated with majors in religion, physical education and sociology and applied all three disciplines in her professional and volunteer lives. Mary was a 65-year member of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Greece, New York. She served the Presbyterian Church (USA) extensively on committees, as an ordained deacon and elder and as moderator for the Genesee Valley Presbytery. Mary served as a host family for international college students for many years. Travel and tennis were two of Mary’s personal passions. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, her four children (including Norman Discher ’83), as well as her seven grandchildren.
Betteann Meyerson ’53 passed away on November 14, 2018.
Linda Crandall Worthington ’54 of Chevy Chase, Maryland, passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Linda was preceded in death by her husbands, Karl Flessner and Paul F. Worthington. After graduating from K, Linda received a master’s in theological studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She worked for 21 years on the communications staff of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church and in 2019 was awarded the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism. Prior to joining the communications staff, she was co-director of International Voluntary Services (IVS), an organization she and her husband, Paul, had been affiliated with since the 1950s, and with which she continued to provide writing and editorial support until her death. Linda traveled extensively with her husband, Paul, and on her own after Paul’s death. She was outspoken in her advocacy on behalf of others.
Lloyd Patterson ’56 of Ormond Beach, Florida, passed away on July 2, 2019. Lloyd was preceded in death by his first wife, MaryAnn. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth, his son, two stepsons, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ruth S. Econ ’59 passed away August 31, 2019, at the age of 84. Ruth was a long-time regular at Mid-Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians conventions, along with her late husband, Peter, and she was an active supporter and participant in many Detroit-area church music events, services and concerts.
James Gillham ’67 passed away on August 6, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Darlene (Napady) Gillham.