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The Class of 1972
All that we can know about those we have loved and lost is that they would wish us to remember them with a more intensified realization of their reality. What is essential does not die, but clarifies. The highest tribute to the dead is not grief, but gratitude. --Thornton Wilder
Thomas W. Fowler IV '72
Published in the Nov.16, 2011, issue
Thomas Fowler died unexpectedly Aug. 23, 2011, from a heart attack, surrounded by his family, in Boston.
Tommy was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., grew up in Glen Cove on Long Island, attended Friends Academy, and earned a bachelor's degree in geological engineering at Princeton.
Living in West Milford, N.J., for 27 years, Tom was an active church member and volunteer for a nursing home, prison ministries, and the Best Day Foundation, which helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through outdoor adventure activities. An avid outdoorsman, Tom skied, snowshoed, swam, and recently completed a climb of Mount Washington with many family members in tow.
Tom worked in environmental engineering throughout the country and the world, including in Egypt, Poland, and Croatia, for Foster Wheeler, Tetra Tech, and, most recently, as a senior hydrogeological engineer for HDR Inc. in Pearl River, N.Y. He was the principal of his own consulting firm, Black Bear Environmental. Tom was a lifelong environmental champion.
Tom is survived by his mother, Marcia-Marie Canavello; his wife, Susan; son Tommy; daughters Elizabeth and Chelsea Rose; his brothers, Neal and Chris, and their spouses; and five nieces and nephews. To his family and many friends and admirers, the class sends its sincere condolences.
The Class of 1972
Barry J. Roecker '72
Published in the Nov. 16, 2011, issue
Barry Roecker died peacefully Aug. 6, 2011, at Yale-New Haven Hospital with his family at his side.
Born in Easton, Pa., Barry came to Princeton from William Tennent High School in Warminster, where he set records in wrestling and track and field that lasted for many years. He participated in these sports, and added rugby, at Princeton.
His good friend Rick Saunders ’73 wrote: "There was never anyone who had more fun or loved Princeton and the friends he made there more than Barry. I can never think of him without a smile on my face.”
After graduation, Barry traveled in Europe for a year and then began a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, retiring as a scientific-affairs liaison at Bayer Laboratories. Living in Norwalk, Conn., he was active in sailing, flying, and skiing, continued to play rugby, and was a regular (still sporting his fifth-reunion khaki workshirt) at P-rades.
Barry is survived by his father, Jack, and his sister, Lois Daggett, and niece Michelle Rummel and their husbands. To Barry’s family and to his many friends, the class sends its sincere condolences.
The Class of 1972
JAMES A. LYONS, III, M.D. '72
Jim Lyons died unexpectedly in his sleep due to heart complications, at home in Carlsbad, California, on May 12, 2011.
Jim came to Princeton from Newtown Square, PA. He had excelled in academics as well as basketball and baseball at Devon Prep.
Jim majored in History and was an avid student of languages which he put to use in travels throughout his life. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and moved to California, building a successful, rewarding career as a psychiatrist, including 25 years at Napa State Hospital and then with Kaiser-Permanente in Carlsbad. He returned east every spring to visit family and was a regular at our Class Dinners during Reunions. He enjoyed hiking and made many trips to the Grand Canyon and other National Parks, and was a wide-ranging reader.
As memorialized in the Napa Valley Register, "Jim was a great father....He had proudly walked his daughter Stacy down the aisle last October....His son Kevin had recently graduated college and just moved in with him in his home in Carlsbad." To Stacy and Kevin, to Jim's parents, to his five younger siblings, John, Mark, Christopher, Bernadette Lyons Giordano and Joanne Lyons Leasure ’87 and to his son-in-law, his nieces and nephews, and friends and admirers, the Class sends its sincere condolences.