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John Strong Triem

1933

John Strong Triem
JOHN STRONG TRIEM, died peacefully in his sleep at his daughter's home in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, on August 6, 2008. He was born to Vivian Strong and William Triem on April 3, 1916 in Delaware, Ohio and attended high school at the Greenbrier Military Academy in Lewisburg, West Virginia, where he graduated in 1933. He graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in 1938. Upon graduation, he began a lifetime career for the Navy Department designing aircraft carriers and accessory equipment. Except for a brief assignment to private aircraft engineering during the Korean War, he spent his entire career as a civilian engineer in the Navy Department, first at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia in 1939-1940, then at the Main Navy Building in Washington, D.C., until 1956, and then at the National Air Development Center in Johnsville, Pennsylvania, until his retirement in 1970. During World War II and the Korean War, John's principal activity was designing arresting gear for aircraft carriers, and his most important professional achievement was his design of the canted deck for use on aircraft carriers which allowed planes that missed the arresting gear to take off again instead of colliding with parked planes in the forward deck area. During the Vietnam War, John participated in a project in which sound detection devices were dropped by parachute along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. These stealthy microphones picked up the noise of Viet Cong truck traffic and transmitted it back to allied receivers, thus allowing the U.S. to sever enemy transport lines and the timely destruction of enemy war supplies. After his retirement he founded Triem Engineering Services, a private consulting firm, where he continued to work until the 1980's. He spent the last thirty-three years in Margate, New Jersey. John was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Helen Egli of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, and by his second wife, Doris Ilene Jacob of Louisville, Ohio. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and George Norcross of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; by his son and daughter-in-law Fred W. Triem and Karen Ellingstad of Petersburg, Alaska; by his sister and brother-in-law, Prudence and Frederick Woodward of Lake City, Michigan, by his brother Daniel W. Triem of Las Vegas, Nevada, and by his four grandchildren, Alessandra and Alexander Norcross of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Kathleen Triem of Ghent, New York; and Carole Triem of Petersburg, Alaska; and by his 3 great grandchildren; 2 nieces; and 4 nephews. Memorial service and interment will be private. The family respectfully request contributions in his memory be made to the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc..

Published in Philadelphia Inquirer & Philadelphia Daily News from August 8 to August 10, 2008
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Michael Brannen

1941

Michael R. Brannen

Michael R. Brannen, 85, a Lewiston resident and Niagara Falls industrialist who transformed a marginal chemical company into today's Niacet Corporation, died Friday, August 1, 2008 at home, surrounded by his loving family while under care of Niagara Hospice.

Told to sell Union Carbide Corp.'s Niacet operations in Niagara Falls in 1978, Mike, as he preferred to be called, bought the plant himself, ending a 30-year career with Carbide to manage his new company. He served as president and chief executive officer until turning control over to family members in 1999. Self described as "a poor boy from Cabin Creek," Mike was born in that West Virginia mining town on May 25, 1923, the son of Michael R. and Katherine Creasey Brannen. He attended East Bank High School, graduating in 1940, and then enrolled at Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, W.Va. Upon graduation, Mike enlisted in the Navy, serving as an aerographer's mate, 2nd Class with the Naval Air Transport Service in Hawaii and Guam during World War II. Returning home in January of 1946, he met Augusta King, who was working at the Union Carbide plant in South Charleston. W.Va. They were married on June 29 of that year after a six-week courtship.

Earning a degree in chemistry from Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston, W. Va., Mike joined Union Carbide in 1948 in South Charleston. Over the next 30 years, he worked in research and development, sales, and marketing at various locations, including Pittsburgh, PA; St. Louis, MO; Minneapolis, MN; and New York City. His outstanding success in positions of increasing responsibility earned him numerous awards from the giant chemical manufacturer. Before leaving Union Carbide, he was operations manager of the Specialty Chemicals Group, which was based in New York City.

The experience and contacts Mike gained at Union Carbide provided him with the background to make Niacet a successful company. Committed to the plant's workers, he was especially proud of the profit-sharing plan that was developed to allow them to share in the company's prosperity.

A tall, affable gentleman with a ready wit, Mike was most comfortable in the presence of family and friends. For a time, he owned and operated a grape vineyard in the Finger Lakes, which provided a weekend retreat for the family. Mike was also an avid golfer, an interest he shared with his wife. He also enjoyed returning to West Virginia, where he frequently sponsored family trips to celebrate significant events.

A firm believer in community, Mike generously supported several educational institutions, local hospitals, religious institutions and organizations dedicated to fighting various illnesses. He was a benefactor of Heart, Love and Soul, a Niagara Falls organization that assists the poor by providing food and healthcare.

Grateful for his education, Mike remained close to his alma mater. He served for a time as a member of the board of trustees of the University of Charleston, which granted him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2000. He was recognized in 2003, when Niagara University's College of Business Administration awarded Niacet its Western New York Business Appreciation Award. Mike was a member of the Niagara Falls Country Club, the Sea Island Golf Association, a past member of the President's Advisory Board at Niagara University and a communicant at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Lewiston. He was also a member of St. William's Catholic Church, S1. Simons Island, GA, where he spent the winters with his wife.

In addition to Augusta "Gus," his wife of 62 years, Mike is survived by two sons, Michael ( Mary Ann ) of Leesburg, V A; and Kelly ( Joanne ) of Williamsville, NY; a daughter, Mary ( Larry ) Montani of Lewiston; 15 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Patrick in 2001.

The family will be present at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, LEWISTON, Cayuga and So. Ninths, from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 PM Tuesday, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9: 30 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM, at St. Peter's Church, 620 Center Street, with the Rev. Sebastian C. Pierro, officiating. Burial will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mike's memory to Heart, Love and Soul, 939 Ontario Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305.

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Dear Brannen Family, Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May he rest in peace. Yours in Sympathy, Juan and Lisa

Written by Juan & Lisa Bouzas of Lewiston, NY
08/03/2008 11:28:41 AM

Dear Gus and the Brannen family, We write this with heavy hearts, Mike will be missed. Nancy and I, along with a great many, owe so much to Mike. His stories of growing up in Cabin Creek were a joy and an inspiration for both of us. With sympathy, Bill and Nancy Guetta

Written by Bill and Nancy Guetta of San Angelo, Texas
08/03/2008 1:25:01 PM

Dear Aunt Gus, Tim, Kelsey, Emily and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Mike. We know that your heart is broken, however, know that he is in a better place. Wish that we could be with you. With all our love. JoLeni, Tim, Kelsey and Emily

Written by JoLeni Wince of Leesburg, VA
08/04/2008 12:50:12 PM

Dear Gus and family - Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Mike will never be forgotten as a friend, mentor, and inspiration. With sympathy, Bob & Rachael

Written by Bob & Rachael Hooper of Cleveland, Ohio
08/04/2008 1:32:51 PM

Dear Mrs. Brannen and Family, We are so saddened to hear of Mr. Brannen\'s passing. We know he was a great husband, father and grandfather, and he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and always. All our love and sympathy, Daniel Montani and family.

Written by Daniel Montani of Raynham, Massachusetts
08/04/2008 7:08:57 PM

To the Brannen Family, It was with a great sense of loss that I learned of Mr. Brannen\'s death. While there is nothing I can say that will ease your loss, I wanted you to know that I am grieving and thinking of you all. Mr. Brannen was an utmost member of the Niacet team; he founded and led a great organization. Mr. Brannen bought pleasure to everyone he met and will be sadly missed. Mr. Brannen will be sadly missed by everyone at Niacet. Sincerely, Lou Fahey

Written by Lou Fahey
08/04/2008 7:53:22 PM

Michael and Mary Ann, Our thoughts are with you today. He was a well accomplished gentlemen. I know you will miss him greatly. Love, The Farrows

Written by John and Irene Farrow of Moon Township, PA
08/05/2008 10:05:00 AM

We send our sincere condolences to Gus and the Brannen children. Mike and I had a number of mutual business friends which we often discussed.I also enjoyed playing golf with him at the Sea Island Golf Club. We will miss him.

Written by Pat and Bill Turbeville of St. Simons Island, Georgia
08/05/2008 6:47:16 PM

Dear Brennan Family: It is because of Mike\'s generosity that we were able to comfortably raise our family. His generosity and leadership will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace. Steven & Penny Maluchnik

Written by Steven & Penny Maluchnik of Niagara Falls, NY
08/06/2008 5:54:38 AM

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John Paul Bush

1972

John Paul Bush, 55,, of Salem, Va., died Monday, July 7, 2008, following a long illness.

Born October 3, 1952, in Oak Hill, WV, he was the son of the late Dr. Ivan H. Bush Jr. and Bonny Shepherd Bush of Oak Hill.

Mr. Bush was a graduate of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ivan H. Bush III and sister Penny Bush.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years Elizabeth Bridgman Bush; Two sons, Rory David Bush and wife, Carolyn , and two Grandsons, Tom and Owen , all of Ceillac, France, and Samuel Lee Bush of Salem, VA; stepmother, Elizabeth Bush "Betty" of Oak Hill; brother, Steve Bush , and sister Ginny Rosiek, both of Oak Hill; and a brother , Michael Jon Bush of Mason, Ohio,

Mr. Bush was cremated. There will be no visitation.

There will be a family memorial at Cedar Park, MD.

JEFFREY D. CLIFTON

1968

CIRCLEVILLE - Jeffrey D. Clifton, 59, of Circleville, peacefully passed away at home, Friday, April 25, 2008, with his family by his side.

He was born March 26, 1949, in Circleville, the son of the late Jack and Rosemary (Clark) Clifton.

Jeff grew up working in the family car business, Clifton Motor Sales. He attended Circleville High School and graduated from Greenbrier Military Academy. After graduation he attended Ashland College. He served in the Army National Guard for six years and in 1971 married the former Patt Pontius. He was a fine craftsman and cabinet maker. He and his wife started their business, Distinctive Woods, in 1983 with their son, Jeremy, joining the business in 1997. Jeff retired and closed the business in 2003 due to health concerns. His work can be seen in many local businesses and homes throughout central Ohio. Jeff was also an avid golfer.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Patt; son, Jeremy (Carrie) Clifton of Stoutsville; sister, Jan (Warren) Knox of Mosheim, TN; Goddaughter, Megan Jeffords of Circleville; special aunt, Betty Nelson; and special cousin and close friend, Susie Speakman, both of Greenville, SC; many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

It was Jeff's wish that in his passing his death would not be mourned, but rather his life would be celebrated. Jeff's Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 E. Mound Street, with Pastor Karen Kepner and Rev. William Hill officiating. Burial will be in Hitler-Ludwig Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Defenbaugh-Wise-Schoedinger Funeral Home.

Jeff had a passion of giving to the local food pantry and Toys for Tots through the car club he belonged to, The Roundtown Cruisers. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Emergency Clearinghouse Food Pantry and Toys for Tots, c/o The Roundtown Cruisers, PO Box 336, Circleville 43113 or to Vista Care Hospice, 2760 Airport Dr. Ste 100, Columbus 43219.

To send condolences, visit www.schoedinger.com.

John A. Spencer

1967

Dr. John Alvin Spencer
(August 2, 1949 – May 14, 2005)

The Clinical & Forensic Institute, Inc. was founded by Dr. John A. Spencer, a man with an enormous heart and the strength and determination to take the South Florida Community to the highest professional levels possible. Today, he will forever be remembered for his kind heartedness and generosity which was felt by everyone with whom he came into contact. Dr. Spencer is survived by his wife, two sons, and daughter who are equipped with the same formidable heart and courage as the man to which they were so closely tied. He will be remembered forever for his love, his humor, his compassion, and for his effortless ability to invite everyone into his heart. By following closely in his footsteps, and with the best model possible, we strive to carry on his dreams and hope to continue to make a difference by providing exceptional psychological services to our community today.

Dr. Spencer was born in Richwood, West Virginia, and graduated as Valedictorian of Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971. After honorable service in the United States Navy, Dr. Spencer completed the Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he was the recipient of a Benedum Fellowship. Among his many accomplishments in his work with psychiatric patients, Dr. Spencer also designed, implemented, and administrated the prototype for the State of Florida’s public acute care inpatient psychiatric services for children and adolescents. Dr. Spencer also designed and oversaw the implementation of a comprehensive service delivery center for the psychological, educational, and social competency assessment of at-risk children, a joint project of the County Mental Health Division, the State of Florida Social Services, the State of Florida Juvenile Justice System, and the Broward County School System. In 1996, Dr. Spencer left public service in order to devote himself full-time to his expanding private practice, the Clinical & Forensic Institute. Until his passing in May of 2005, Dr. Spencer had conducted over 4,000 forensic evaluations, had served as an expert witness and trial consultant on hundreds of cases in state and federal court in Florida and in Tennessee, and had revolutionized the treatment for offender populations in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Charles A. Warden

1946

Charles A. "Chuck" Warden of Deland Fl formerly of Glastonbury, husband of the late Rudelle P Warden, died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Sunday (May 11, 2003). He was born in Grafton, WV son of the late Dr. Paul P. and Eleanor M. Warden. Chuck graduated from West Virginia University with an AB degree in pre-med and from Greenbrier Military School. He was Commissioned at WVU_ROTC and graduated with a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1959. He was a Captain in the Army , serving active duty in Korea. He was a Senior Project Engineer in Acoustics at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft , East Hartford , for over 30 years, retiring in 1991. He was well known for sharing his wisdom , witty sense of humor and engineering expertise. He enjoyed many outdoor activities , including fishing, hunting , skiing and golf during which he cherished the camaraderie as much as the activity itself. He loved the cottage he built on Lake Champlain in Vermont, but his greatest love was his wife and family and sharing his passion for life with them. He is survived by his three daughters and their husbands , Anne and Thomas Higgins of Avon, Rebecca and her husband , Mary and Dr. Earle Slaughenhoupt of Sumter, SC and numerous grandchildren
A private burial will be at the family's convenience in West Virginia.

Britton Hamilton Bruner '62

1962

Ms. Toby Bruner, Britton's wife, has informed the association of Britton's death on February 4, 1996.

Aaron Morrow Wood

1963

As per son David:937-382-1030

Frank David Good, Jr.

1942

Died in Melbourn Beach, Fl. Son Frank reported his death 5/27/2013 and reports his dad served his country in WWII at Normandy, Hurtgen Forest, Ardennes, combat years being June to December in 1944

Glenn Richard Brewster

1963

Sgt. Glenn Richard Brewster, a post Graduate in the class of 1963 died serving our country in Vietnam.

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