Obituary

Thomas B. Neff ’76 P’21, a voracious learner and unorthodox thinker who long intended to improve the world through scientific discovery, has died.

Eugene L. Wolver, Jr.

Eugene L. Wolver, Jr. ’51, one of the longest serving members of CMC’s Board of Trustees and past president of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association, has died. He was 86.

Wolver died May 11 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center while undergoing pre-surgery tests.

Ricardo Quinones and students

Ricardo J. Quinones P’88, professor of comparative literature from 1963-2002 and founding director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, died Jan. 25. He was 83.

During his accomplished career, Quinones wrote nine books of literary criticism, including three in retirement while battling Parkinson’s. He was highly regarded as a scholar and expert on the works of Shakespeare, Dante, and James Joyce. Quinones also published five books of poetry in retirement.

Prof. Michael Riley with director Delbert Mann

Dr. Michael Martin Riley, professor of film and literature from 1968-2001 and the founding director of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, died Dec. 18. He was 83.

When the Athenaeum moved from the President’s House to a new, endowed campus building in the early ’80s, Riley was asked by then-CMC President Jack Stark to build a speakers series. Riley already had a reputation for leading popular campus panels and bringing influential thinkers to his classes.

Richard Cramer

William Richard Cramer ’53 P’75 P’88 GP’04, a leader in the agricultural feed industry, longtime Claremont McKenna College trustee, and donor to the College, passed away peacefully on June 20, surrounded by his family. He was 86.

Cramer served on the CMC Board of Trustees from 1987 to 2006 and also sat on the Board of Governors of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. The Cramer Walkway was named for his generous donations to the college. His son, Bill ’75, daughter Carolyn ’88, and granddaughter Cheryl ’04, all attended CMC.

Sven W. Arndt

Sven W. Arndt, a Claremont McKenna economist who spent his lengthy career guiding students and professional colleagues through the complexities of global trade and finance, has died. He was 81.

Arndt, who kept an office on campus and intended to pursue his research even after retiring last year, collapsed Tuesday and later died at Pomona Valley Hospital. The cause of his death was heart failure, his wife Linda Arndt said.

Warren Williamson

Warren B. Williamson ’51, a philanthropist and longtime trustee of Claremont McKenna College as well as an owner and breeder of champion Thoroughbred horses, died March 16 as he was recovering from surgery. He was 89.

Known throughout his life by his boyhood name of “Spud,” Williamson graduated in 1951 from the fledgling institution then known as Claremont Men’s College. The school’s first four-year class, composed largely of veterans recently returned from World War II, graduated in 1950.

Harvey Wichman

Harvey Wichman, Professor of Psychology from 1973 to 1997 who continued to teach at CMC through 2006, has died. An expert on the effects of stress on aviators and astronauts, Wichman was also a leader in matching liberal arts pedagogy with real-world projects, including those performed for paying clients.

Surin Pitsuwan

Surin Pitsuwan ’72, former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), beloved politician, and accomplished scholar, died Thursday in Bangkok. He was 68.

“CMC and the world have lost a dear friend, talented diplomat, and dedicated global leader,” President Hiram Chodosh said.

James Nauls

James “Jim” Nauls, former Assistant Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College, died this month at his home near Palm Springs. He was 66.

Nauls joined CMC in 1994. He first worked as Director of Student Activities in the Dean of Students Office and manager of the Student Apartments. His final role at the College was Coordinator of School Outreach Programs for the Office of Admission, from which he retired in 2015.

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