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In Memoriam

Our deepest condolences on behalf of the entire Camp Dudley and Kiniya community.

Spring 2021

#4720 Robert C. Leslie passed away on May 6, 2020, in Biloxi, MS. Bob was 101 and lived a remarkable life. He was at Camp from 1931-1933. Those were the years when cabins were being built, but since that predates the Last Whistle records, whether or not he lived in a tent or in one of the cabins is unknown. Bob received his 75-year pin in 2008.

Born in Newark, NJ, Bob attended various schools in the Northeast before becoming a seaman in 1938. He was drafted into the Army in 1941 where he was trained in radio and the new field of radar. In 1943 Bob entered flight training and graduated the next year as a B-24 bomber pilot. After the war, Bob continued his career in electronics at Sonotone Corporation.  In 1974 he was brought back to active duty, stationed at Keesler AFB MS. Bob served as a member of the US Air Force for many years and in many parts of the United States and Japan. Bob retired from active duty in the Air Force with the Reserve rank of Major in 1962.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. He is survived by his son, William C. Leslie, of Oklahoma City, OK, a grandson and great-grandson in Houston, TX, and a granddaughter and great-granddaughter in Hurst, TX. Read more.

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#5242 Bruce Allen passed away peacefully on November 22, 2020. He was 95 and the father of #11584 Rev. Pete Allen. Bruce was at Camp in 1935-1937. Pete says, “He struggled at camp, but knew that it helped him grow. He especially loved being on the Witherbee stage, taking a dip at Swim Point, and singing his lungs out at Hymn Sing.  He wanted me to experience Dudley so I could enjoy the same things he did, and so that I could grow as well.”

Bruce is survived by his sons #11584 Peter (Tracy), James, and Joe and grandsons #18708 James and #17984 Hank.

#5209 Alexander Dawson Henderson III, of Carmel Valley, CA, passed away on May 12, 2020. He attended Camp in 1934. Alexander was born in 1924 in New York City and entered the Army in 1943. After the war, he graduated from San Jose State University and moved to Florida. There he founded Gold Coast Finance Company to provide credit to middle-income consumers. In 1997 Alexander and his wife Donna moved to Carmel Valley, where he purchased farmland to grow almonds, apples, and kiwi. He owned racehorses and was an active member of his community. In 2008 Alexander earned enough Masterpoints to win the title of “Life Master” from the American Contract Bridge League.

He is survived by his wife, five children, his brother, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His nephew #19598 Colin Hinrichs was at Camp from 2005-2008. Read more.

#5298 William Jackson, 94, died on November 19, 2020, in Stamford, CT. Bill first came to Camp in 1935 and stayed until 1937. He was born in 1926 in Scarsdale, NY, and graduated from Deerfield Academy and Princeton University. He also attended MIT through the Navy V-12 program and served in the Naval Reserve 1943-1946. Upon finishing college, Bill joined Bonney Forge as a sales engineer, patenting several products to improve manufacturing processes, starting international operations, and rising to be group president of what had become Gulf and Western Industrial Products. After retiring, he ran his own consulting business in Allentown for more than two decades.

Bill is survived by his sister, Miriam Jackson Curran, Seattle, WA, children #10036 Stuart, Toronto, Ont., #10351 Frederick (Michelle), Branford, CT., #10811 Allen (Lori), Old Greenwich, CT, and Susan (Eric Pomerance), New York, NY. He is also survived by grandchildren #16851 Bill (Nicole) Jackson, Katie Jackson, #17098 Carl (#21028 Monica) Jackson, #18108 Harry Jackson, #21028 Mary Alice Jackson, #23598 Henry Pomerance, and three great-grandsons.  Read more.

#6230 Eugene (Jinx) Cleaves, Jr., Riverside, NY, passed away on November 25, 2020, just three weeks after his loving wife Sheila Hennessy Cleaves. His first year at Camp was 1941. #6581Berkeley Johnson remembers playing a lot of baseball against each other on the old Junior diamond. Jinx was born in Manhattan and grew up in New Rochelle. He attended the Kent School in Connecticut and Princeton University, excelling in football, baseball, and hockey. Jinx served as an officer with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Jinx was a Vice President and Creative Director for Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, in Manhattan, conceiving many advertisements. 

Eugene and Sheila were members of Innis Arden Golf Club for over 50 years. Jinx was a passionate golfer, a regular fixture on the course as he worked on his game. He is survived by his three children, fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Read more.

#7997 Eugene “Gene” Humphrey passed away on November 30, 2019. Gene started Camp in 1950 and attended through 1955. We lost contact with Gene for many years and then were pleasantly surprised when he made an unannounced visit to Camp in 2018. He received his 50-year pin at that time. 

Gene graduated from Princeton in 1962, then attended Harvard Business School, concentrating in Marketing and Finance.  Gene married Judith Stamp in 1963 and had two children, Alison and Jos. With a Harvard classmate he founded a Michigan design store called Orthogonality.  After a divorce in the early 70s, Gene married Peg Howard in 1980 and became stepfather to her daughter Tracey. He and Peg became interested in a spiritual work called the Pathwork. Gene taught, led workshops, lectured in Europe and North and South America, co-founded Great Lakes Pathwork with Peg, and served as president of the International Pathwork Foundation. He also earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University and practiced psychotherapy.

After Peg’s death in 2012, Gene married Judy Wilson in 2019. They traveled all over North America visiting friends and family. He is survived by Judy, his children, grandchildren, and friends.  Read more.

#8474 John Garnjost passed away on January 5, 2021 in South Carolina. John was at Camp from 1952-1956 and again in 1959 after his service in the U.S. Air Force was completed. He was born in New York City and earned a BA degree from Columbia College in 1956 as well as an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1961. At Columbia John rowed Varsity Crew from 1954-1956. From 1970-1999 John was a FISA licensed international rowing official who officiated both in the U.S. and internationally.  He officiated at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.    During this time he connected with Dudleyite #11877 Bill Manning. 

John’s business career began at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., NY, NY from 1961-66.  For 24 years he worked at Bristol-Myers Company until 1990 at NY corporate headquarters, as Managing Director, BM (Malaysia), and as President and General Manager, BM (Taiwan). A devoted family man, John is survived by his wife Janet of 47 years, and by daughters Alison and Valerie Garnjost. Read more.

#9372 Richard Strawbridge of Oswego and recently Naperville, IL, passed away on January 18, 2021. His brother #10412 Timothy wrote,  “Richard spent many summers at Dudley as both a camper and leader until he went to Colgate University in 1966. Thereafter, he served as an artillery officer with the First Division (US Army) and thereafter attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago, followed by a distinguished 35-year career as a trial attorney in Chicago. His formative years at Dudley forever shaped his character in a significant way, just as they did for his father #5204 William before him, and he loved his time there” 

Richard is survived by his wife Lori, Lori’s sons Sean Brutto and Ryan (Fatima) Kersten, daughters Tasha Buchanan and Elaine Strawbridge, brother #10412 Timothy Strawbridge, sister Pamela (Rich) Mashke, a niece, and six grandchildren. Read more.

John (Jay) Williams, son of Marilyn and Jack Williams and a Kiniya employee, died on February 22, 2021 in Barre, VT. Jay was born in 1956 in Canton, NY, the third of five children. After graduating from South Burlington High School, Jay embarked on a journey of many years, taking him to Newfoundland, the west coast, New Mexico, and finally returning to his native Vermont in the early 90’s to work at Camp Kiniya, the family’s business, over the next fifteen years. He is survived by his beloved daughter, Teah Williams, his twin brother Kyle Williams, his sisters Sharon Williams Dennett, Mary Williams, and Anne Williams Doremus, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents in 2014.  Read more.

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Ann “Andy” West Baldwin, Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2020.  After graduating from college and working in Geneva, Switzerland, Andy lived in the Boston area, working for Air France. Andy also worked as an assistant to the president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts and as a public information officer of the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency. In 1989, Andy became an international tour director leading groups of tourists to China, Africa, Russia and Europe. After moving to Naples, FL,in 1999, Andy continued to work in the travel industry until her retirement in 2004. She became heavily involved in the Naples community, giving her time and energy to help others. She is survived by her mother, Barbara West, her sister Sally, her brothers #9394 A. Ward West and #9675 David West, her children, and grandchildren. Read more.

Fall 2020

#4291 Frederick Klein passed away at his home in Tucson, AZ, on July 30, 2020 at age 104. He was our oldest living alumnus and was at Camp from 1928-1934. These dates spanned the years when the Dudley campus transitioned from tents to cabins. #10555 Dave Langston spoke with him just before his birthday on April 25, 2020. He was in great spirits and still remembered Camp fondly.  Fred shared stories of living in a cabin (Iroquois) for the first time in 1930, the year it was built. Said Fred, “Cabin life was way easier than living in those tents.”  Fred credits Camp with teaching him the value of the motto and how to swim. This is a skill that he continued to practice up until his death. 2016 Dudley campers, many from Iroquois, sent Fred letters about living at Camp today. He was thrilled to get the message and reminded me of them whenever we spoke.

Born in Yonkers, Fred’s early life spanned World War I, the Spanish Flu pandemic, and the Great Depression. The first male in the Klein family to attend college, he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1937 and entered the carpet manufacturing industry in New York. He joined the US Marines during World War II and was a combat pilot in the South Pacific theater where he flew 63 combat missions and won the Distinguished Flying Cross. He remained a proud Marine for the rest of his life. Following World War II, Fred returned to Yonkers with his wife, former Marine Corps PFC Patricia Judd, and resumed his career. Over the years he worked in New York, North Carolina, Ontario, Canada, and California, retiring to Scottsdale, AZ in the 1970s. In 1997, Fred and Patricia moved to the SaddleBrooke Community in Tucson, AZ, where he spent the happiest years of his life. An avid swimmer, Fred held a number of US Masters Swimming gold medals including a record swim in the 100-104 year-old category on the day after his 100th birthday. Fred was preceded in death by his wife Patricia and son John. He is survived by two sons, Fred J. (Pru) Klein and Steven W. Klein, and one grandson Dr. Christian F. (Sarah) Klein. Read more.

#5856 Captain William (Bill) Haskell, USN, Ret. passed away on April 24, 2020 in Burke, VA. He was born in Norwich, NY, attended the New York Military Academy and The Severn School and was posted to the United States Naval Academy in 1945. He came to Camp in 1939. In addition to his 32-year Navy career, Bill taught ROTC at Penn State University, was a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., and received an MA from George Washington University. Bill is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, #11851 George and #14824 Emily Haskell, grandchildren #25051 Elizabeth, #22851 Charles and #25551 Henry. Bill also leaves behind his daughter Anne (Bob) Delong, nieces and nephews, including #15639 Robert Delong, and many other family members. Read more.

#5932 Robert “Rube” Shaw Sr., Bronxville, NY, passed away on March 24, 2020. He attended Camp in 1939, returning in 1943-1945 as one of the “15-year-old Leaders” in charge of cabins during the war. Bob was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Princeton University. He enlisted in the Army, receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious achievements. After a long career on Wall Street, most notably as Senior Partner in the firm of Shaw and Adrian, Bob and his wife Anne retired to Bronxville, NY, and Stuart, FL. They were active in both communities, enjoying reunions with friends and time with family. Bob is survived by his son, #10588 Robert “Rob” Jr., his daughter Randall Zabriskie, grandchildren Emily Shaw-Hickman, Sarah F. Shaw, #15932 Charlie Zabriskie, Haley Zabriskie-Ward and great-granddaughter Adeline Zabriskie. Read more.

#6012 Louis Kutscher died in Vashon Island, WA, on May 21, 2020. He was born in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Louis spent the summers of 1939 and 1940 at Camp Dudley, enjoying its camaraderie and consistency. After a career in sales and management for Prentice Hall and Architectural Record magazine, Louis and son Ted began their financial planning firm (Kutscher Benner Barsness & Stevens) in Seattle in 1994. Louis possessed a talent for renovating old homes and was happiest when enjoying his family. Louis is survived by Joan, his wife of 68 years, sons John, #10538 Ted (Susan), daughter Anne Atwell, and grandchildren Ellen (Dave) Kim, #18612 Will (Erin) Kutscher and Teddy, Kate, and Clara Atwell.  Read more.

#6291 Robert Dehlendorf, of Monterey, CA, died on March 5, 2020. Bob was at Camp from 1944-1949 and was part of the “MAD Trio” (“M.A.D.”), which included #6698 William Green Miller and #6420 Stirling Aldrich. Born in St. Louis, MO, Bob graduated from Amherst College and Harvard Business School, then served as an officer in the US Army Finance Corps. He was CEO of Arcata National, worked as an investment banker, and fought for the underdog in business through his philanthropy and volunteer work. One of the highlights of Bob’s life occurred when he partnered with author Mark Sullivan to tell the story of unsung hero Pino Lella, whom Bob had met in northern Italy. Bob is survived by his wife Joan, children Deborah Kallase and Scott (Jacqueline) Dehlendorf, and grandchildren Adria, Scott, Katie, Amanda, and Kate. He also left behind three stepsons: Robert, Jeffrey, and Christopher Lincoln and grandchildren Katharine, Andrew, Wesley, Robert, Kristen, Alexandra, Spencer and Scout. Bob is also survived by his brother David Dehlendorf. He was predeceased by his brother #7027 Michael. Read more.

#6880 James “Jim” Brown passed away on June 29, 2019. He attended Camp in 1944 and carried fond memories of it throughout his life. Born in Baltimore, MD, he became an active, supportive alumnus of Eaglebrook School, Westminster School, Washington and Lee University and Rutgers University College. Jim had a distinguished career in the Trust and Investment areas of several New Jersey based banks. He served as an investment advisor and board member for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and was a charter member of Cheshire Home, a physical rehabilitation center in New Jersey. Jim was an active Ham Radio operator, a voracious reader, a lifelong Yankees fan, and enjoyed target shooting. Jim is survived by his wife Elizabeth “Betsy,” daughters Karen and Adrienne and son #12880 Matthew, his sister Carol, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Read more.

#7083 Michael Poler passed away on July 1, 2020 in Norwalk, CT. Michael (aka “Shrimp” and/or “Mighty Mouse”) fondly remembered his time at Camp from 1945-1948 and loved going to work weekends and reunions. Camp sent Michael his 75 year pin and he was especially pleased to receive it. Michael attended Kent School and Babson College in Massachusetts and served in the United States Army Reserves from 1954-1962. He worked for ITT Rayonier Inc. for 42 years, then founded MAP International Inc., where he served as president until his death. Michael is survived by his wife Petrea and eight children: Christine Fleming, #11183 Theodore Poler, Kimberly Albanese, #11740 Timothy Poler, Peter Sweeny, Christine Sweeny, Catherine Sweeny, and #11994 J. David Sweeny, fifteen grandchildren, sister (Kiniya) Margaretta Poler, sister-in-law #24989 Gail Poler, and four nieces and nephews. Read more.

#7620 Reverend Stephen Chinlund, Manhattan, NY, died on April 8, 2020. He attended Camp in 1948. Stephen graduated from Harvard and Union Theological Seminary before beginning parish ministry. He was committed to Prison Ministry, working with various facilities and organizations in administrative roles. In 1974 Stephen designed and implemented a plan to provide counseling to inmates from upstate prisons. Stephen then served as Executive Director of Big Brothers, Inc. before being named by Governor Carey to chair a NYS Commission of Correction agency. He also conceived a Prisoner-Family program for the NYS Department of Correctional Services. Stephen leaves behind his wife, Caroline, first wife Gay Cropper, daughter Sarah (Michael) Spieldenner, sons #11187 Nicholas (Barbara)  and James (Clare Crespo) Chinlund, grandchildren Luke, #24687 Cassius, and Ruby, and step-grandchildren Alexandra, Michael and Isabella. Read more.

#7881 John Sudduth died on August 1, 2020. At Camp from 1949-1956, John also served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1983-1988. John was born in Watertown, NY, graduated from Williams College, and was in the Army, stationed in Germany. After teaching history, John obtained his MA in guidance counseling from Syracuse University. He returned as a guidance counselor at Watertown High School, where he enjoyed his work and was devoted to his students. John was an avid golfer, a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Watertown, President of the Board of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County and a driver for the Volunteer Transportation Center. He is survived by his wife Ann, sons #12415 Benjamin (Nicole) Sudduth, James Sudduth and Daniel (Jun) Sudduth, daughters Susan (David) Pickrel and Sarah (Jason) Maurer, his sister Susan DeVries Reber, and 10 grandchildren, including #20245 Megan Sudduth and #20415 Mallory (Dmitry) Ermakov. Read more.

#8223 J. Taylor Woodward, III passed away April 23, 2020 in Boston, MA. Taylor was at Camp from 1951-1955 and was a JL during his last year. His brother, #8512 Don, also attended Camp. Taylor was born in New York City, NY, and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He worked on Wall Street as an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft until 1968, when he joined the legal department at Johnson and Johnson. There he worked on both domestic and international assignments becoming International Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Taylor retired to Santa Barbara with his second wife Barbara, where he enjoyed cycling, hiking, and golf. He also was involved in various community activities. Taylor is survived by his wife Barbara, children John (Virginia Moodie-Woodward) Woodward, Seth (Jennifer Terra) Woodward, and Anne Woodward (Britt Miller), stepdaughter Melora (Andrew) Balson, stepdaughter-in-law Susan Myslik, nephews Robert Boyd and Woodward Boyd, and grandchildren Lilly and Natalie Woodward, Beverly Woodward, Maggie Myslik and Alan, Philip, Isabelle, John, Robert and Martha Balson. Read more.

#8235 W. Chandler Kirwin died on August 22, 2019, in Fergus, Ontario. He attended Camp from 1951-1954. Chan grew up in Utica, NY, graduated from Princeton, and obtained his PhD in 1972 from Stanford. He taught art history at Amherst and Smith Colleges before joining the faculty at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. His principal area of interest was in Italian art. He retired as a full professor in 2006. Chan became involved with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and transferred 280 acres of farmland (The Otter Lake Trail) on the Bruce Peninsula to the conservancy in 2016. Chan leaves behind his wife Ann, sister Pamela, brother Hutch (Patty), daughters Elizabeth (David) Misener and sons Ethan and Spencer, Meghan Kirwin, and Robin Collins and sons Rhys and Zachary. Read more.

#9106 Gregory Farrell passed away on March 29, 2020 in Manhattan, NY. Greg came to Camp in 1956-1957 as a Leader. He served faithfully on the Board of Trustees from 1969-1974, 1977-1982, and again in 1999-2003. Greg was recognized as Camp’s Man of the Year in 2008 for “his generosity of time, energy, creativity, vision, and personal resources over five decades of dedicated service.” With his wife Cathy, he hosted many New York City Reunions, tirelessly advocating Dudley’s Scholarship program. 

Greg was born in Chicago, IL and graduated from Princeton University. He was the Executive Director of United Progress, Inc., a Trenton, NJ based anti-poverty organization, where he met his future wife Cathy Otis. From there, he became Executive Director of the Fund for the City of New York from 1970-1990. Greg then served as president and CEO of EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning), which he founded in 1992. His vision was to transform public schools into something more like an Outward Bound course, which emphasized adventure, discovery, teamwork and real world “learning expeditions.” This approach is now thriving in hundreds of schools and serving more than 500,000 students across the country. 

In 1976 Greg and Cathy built an off-the-grid yurt in Keene; Cathay persuaded him to build a real house on the property, which they did in 2009. Greg was an active, valued member of the North Country community, serving on the boards of the High Peaks Education Foundation, the Keene Valley Country Club, the Keene Valley Library, the North Country School, and Camp Dudley. 

The Greg Farrell Award has been established by a group of Greg’s former colleagues from the early crew of NYC Outward Bound Schools staff as an expression of their love and appreciation for Greg. A dreamer and doer, Greg possessed an exceptional ability to recognize and cultivate the gifts of others, support creativity, service, and adventure, and foster innovation for a better, more just society.

As Richard Stopol, President and CEO of NYC Outward Bound Schools wrote: “But for all his professional accomplishments, what defines Greg Farrell and stands above all else is the quality of his character. In every interaction with Greg what came shining through was his compassionate nature.” Greg’s compassion was especially marked in his loving care for his wife Cathy as she struggled with Alzheimer’s disease until her death in 2019.

Greg is survived by sons #14946 Andrew and # 15910 Nick, daughters-in-law Krista and Chloe, and two grandchildren, Cormac and Fallon Farrell. Read Greg’s Man of the Year Tribute.  Read more.

CDA Man of the Year, #9106 Greg Farrell

#9367 John Churchill, St. Simons, GA, died on April 27, 2020. John was a JL and Leader at Camp in 1958-1959. Born in Washington, DC, John graduated from Williams College and received an MBA from New York University. He was employed by Arthur Young (now Ernst and Young) and the family relocated for part of his career to Korea and Australia. Returning to Atlanta in 1991 with his wife Robbin, John worked as a consultant in executive search, turn around management and financial restructuring under the auspices of Amrop International and the Interlochen Group. John retired with Robbin to St. Simons, GA, where he enjoyed family time, travel and golf. John is survived by his wife Robbin, brother Bill (Janet), his three children #11507 Craig (Sarah), Karel and Tyler (Roger) and his grandchildren #21507 Peter, #22067 Zachary, #22257 Lydia, #23067 Skyler, #24307 William and #25367 Spencer. Read more. Editor’s note: Sadly on September 11, 2020, Robbin passed away. Read more.

#9915 Stephen “Steve” Ellenwood, Norman, OK, passed away on February 26, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Steve attended camp from 1962-1964. Steve was born in Glens Falls, NY, lived the majority of his life in Ponca City, OK, and spent many summers growing up on Lake Champlain in Westport, NY. Steve graduated from Oklahoma State University and for most of his career he worked as an award-winning culinary arts instructor, restaurant owner/manager and chef. Steve married Karen Trantham in 1979 on the grounds of Camp Dudley. Steve dedicated his life to serving others and was a former deacon and trustee of First Presbyterian Church, founding board member of Westminster Village, board member of the Opportunity Center homes and Kiwanis Club member. He was predeceased by his grandfather James Ellenwood, his father #4606 Jud Ellenwood and his mother #4606W Martha Ellenwood. Steve is survived by his wife Karen, children Cassie (Chad) Niemann and Eric Ellenwood, grandchildren Abbey and Graham Niemann; siblings #9514 Lee Ellenwood and Cathy Blackburn (Greg); sisters and brothers-in-law; aunts Ruth Farmsworth and Ann Glegg, both of Westport, NY, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Read more.

#10018 Stephen “Bones” Koenig passed away on January 16, 2020, in Verona, NJ. He attended camp first in 1963. Steve was a licensed electrician for over 40 years. He performed residential work, owned Koenig Electric for 10 years, and retired from being an electrician for the Verona, NJ Board of Education in 2018. Steve was a member of the Commonwealth Club in Montclair, NJ, where he enjoyed weekly bowling, sports parties, and spending time with friends. He also loved to restore/repurpose old furniture pieces and volunteered for the Special Needs Boy Scouts of Essex County and at the Montclair Golf Club. After retirement, Steve and his wife, Margie took an unforgettable trip to Ireland. Steve was especially proud of his two sons, Greg and Spencer, whom he leaves behind along with his wife Margie. Read more.

#10721 Ed Higgins died on September 13, 2020, in Guilford, CT. Ed’s first year at Camp was in 1968, as a co-leader with #9272 Mac Thayer in Union. He returned to Camp until 1980 and is remembered for his leadership of the hiking and outdoor program during the 1970s. The Last Whistle was dedicated to Ed in 1975. Ed received a BA from Marietta College, an MA from Purdue University and his PhD from the University of Southern California. For over 50 years, Ed dedicated his life to high school education. He retired as Principal of Branford High School in 2008 and as Professor of Educational Leadership at Quinnipiac University School of Education in 2015. A leader in changing standards for evaluating high schools, Ed chaired high school accreditation committees across New England, was elected to The Headmaster’s Association, and chaired the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools. Ed is survived by Helen, his wife of 48 years, children #15821 Andrew and #19521 Wendy and grandchildren Amelia and Jacob. Read more.

Read Ed Higgins Last Whistle Dedication.

#11610 Marvet Brown, of Poughkeepsie, NY, died on June 3, 2020. Marvet first came to Camp in 1974 as a Senior, returned from 1975-1978, joining  the K-crew in 1978. #11264 Mark “Davo” Davenport recalls a marvelous 5-day canoe trip he shared with Marvet, and says that he was a great camper who held Dudley close to his heart. Marvet graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from SUNY Institute of Technology. He then went on to work for General Dynamics, Bedford Correctional Facility and Division for Youth, and Verizon until his disabling illness in 2002. Marvet was a lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Association and an avid motorcycle racer. He pursued a wrestling career long after high school and was involved with the Empire State Games. He also helped found the “Friends of Hudson Valley Wrestling.” Marvet is survived by his stepchildren Billie (Joshua) Tanney and their two children, Mojha (Dean) MacDowell and their son, Richard Johnson. Read more.

#11844 James “Jim” Kapper passed away on October 14, 2020, in Bradenton, FL. Jim worked on the Camp Dudley maintenance team in 1975 after graduating from high school. Jim was born in Plattsburgh, NY, and grew up on a farm in Westport, NY. He attended Oswego State University to earn an industrial art teaching degree and later received his MA from the University of South Florida. Jim and his family lived in Westport until relocating to Bradenton. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Jim enjoyed motorcycling, woodworking projects, and spending time at his cabin in Westport, which holds many fond family memories. He was predeceased by his grandfather James Ellenwood, his uncle #4606 Jud Ellenwood, and his aunt #4606W Martha Ellenwood.  Jim is survived by his wife Theresa, children Jennifer Reed, Kristen Kapper and Bradley Kapper, grandchildren Adelyn Payne, Arianna and Alexa Reed and Elise, Sydney and Bennett Kapper, his brother #17537 Fred and sister-in-law #15305 Sheila Kapper, nieces and nephews, including  #15905 Luke and #19537 Devin Kapper. Read more.

#12079 Joe Bolster, Jr. died on July 21, 2020, in Westport, NY. Joe received his camp number when he served on the Board of Trustees from 1975-1980 and again from 1985-1996. He was also a CDA vice president, the Director of Development, and the recipient in 2005 of Camp Dudley’s Man of the Year Award. Joe was born in Albany, NY, and grew up in Williamstown and Pittsfield, MA. After graduating from Pittsfield High, Joe spent a year in the Army of Occupation in Japan, then attended The Hill School in 1948, With the help of the GI Bill, he entered Princeton University, majoring in history. Joe captained both the freshman and varsity track teams during his four-year career of running cross country and track. On a voyage to England, where the Princeton-Cornell track team was to race against Oxford-Cambridge in 1950, he met his future wife, Sarah “Tink” Murdock.

Joe embarked on a 39-year career at Princeton University after his college graduation. He held several positions in the Admissions Office prior to joining Princeton’s Annual Giving Office in 1965. Joe spent the next 26 years there, 24 of them as Director. He also was a member of the Board of Advisors, the Committee on Minority Affairs, and a coach of the freshman cross country and track teams. As an offshoot to his annual giving work, Joe belonged to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), serving as Middle Atlantic District Chair. In 1989, he was named CASE’s Professional of the Year. 

Joe’s adult life was spent giving back to and volunteering in his communities. He was one of the founders of Princeton’s Dorothea’s House Scholarship Program which he chaired for more than 25 years. He also was a board member at the Princeton YMCA, the Princeton Regional Scholarship Program, the Aquinas Institute, St Paul’s Church, and the Princeton Blairstown Center, which provides adventure-based, experiential education to vulnerable youth. Joe served as a trustee of The Hill School and actively participated in The Nassau Club, the Princeton Club of New York, the Old Guard of Princeton, and the Nassau Swim Club. He was an avid biker in later life, as well as a jogger who competed in several marathons. 

Predeceased by his cherished wife, Tink, Joe is survived by his six daughters (Carrie, #13282 Jane, Mary, Martha, #14239 Libby, and #14508 Peggy), eight sons (#10398 Joe, #10645 Jim, #10935 Andy, #10763 Michael, #11436 Tom, #12161 Charley, John, and #13244 Richard), and 20 grandchildren. Read more.

CDA Man of the Year, #12079 Joe Bolster

#13306 Yvonne Sears passed away on June 25, 2020 in Lake Placid, NY. From 1988-1993, Yvonne was a manager in food service and commissary operations at Camp Dudley, though she’d been helping all around Camp ever since her husband #11301 Doug joined the building and grounds team in the mid ‘60s. She received the Last Whistle dedication in 1994. Yvonne was known for her nurturing ways and the kindness and love she showed to all–especially children. Yvonne was born in Port Henry, NY, and married Douglas Sears, Sr. in 1950 after he returned from military service. After having their children, Yvonne and Doug moved to Westport, NY where Yvonne began her career with Westport Central School. She became Kitchen Manager and served as president of the Non-Teacher’s Union. After retirement, Yvonne went on to serve as a teacher’s aide. Yvonne is survived by  #11301 Doug, her husband of 70 years, daughter Sharon (Ronnie) Stafford and son #11228 Doug Sears Jr., brothers George and Richard Maffey, grandchildren Larry and Andy Deso, and Nathan Stafford, niece Elizabeth Maffey, nephew George Maffey III, and Eddie Boyle and his family. Read more.

Yvonne Sears 1993 Last Whistle Dedication

#14589 Pat Koenig died on September 17, 2020 in Syracuse, NY. Pat came to Camp with her husband, #12689 Carl, was on staff in 1987-1988, and helped in various departments during other summers. Born in Norwich, NY, Pat attended Sherburne High School. She went on to be the first graduate of the Morrisville College Extension program in Norwich, as well as a graduate of Colgate University. Pat began her education career by teaching GED classes with the Afton Consortium and finished teaching at Morrisville College. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to her friends and will be remembered for her quick wit, unselfishness, intelligence and devotion to her family. Pat is survived by her husband #12689 Carl, son #14689 Nathan, her sister Jayne (Lawrence) Rau, along with several nieces and nephews. Read more.

#18383 Don Yetman, of East Greenbush, NY, passed away on May 7, 2020. From 2001-2005, Don served Camp Dudley as an operations officer and bus driver. His wife, #18384 Ann, was a nurse in Camp’s infirmary, and says that Don held many special memories of Dudley. Don had a great sense of humor and enjoyed reporting the stories he heard from boys returning from their hikes and canoe trips. A graduate of Our Lady of Victory Academy in Plattsburgh, Don earned a scholarship to St. Bonaventure College. He joined the Army, graduated from the Army Administration School, and then served in the National Guard where he retired as a first sergeant after 23 years. Don was employed by the United States Postal Service and was appointed postmaster of several post offices. In retirement, Don enjoyed driving the school bus and spending time with friends at his hunting camp. Don is survived by #18384 Ann, his wife of 53 years, sons Robert and Peter (Tonya) Yetman, grandchildren Eli Yetman and Ashlee Phelan and great-grandchildren Arletta and Brooks Phelan. Read more.

#18486 Robert Paris died unexpectedly on August 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. Robert was a camper from 2002-2004, completing his Cub, Plebe, and Junior years. Robert attended Rye Country Day School, the Eaglebrook School and was a graduate of the Hotchkiss School. He then settled in Los Angeles to pursue a music career after graduating from Santa Clara University. All his life, Robert worked hard to cultivate his artistic abilities, and was planning a move to Nashville. He was honored at Hotchkiss with an original composition by the Jazz department head that was presented at the Christmas concert.  He leaves behind his parents Robert and Maria, sisters Pilar and Nina, his aunts, uncles, cousins, and his many friends. Read more.

#21195 Juanita Napper, of Westport, NY, died March 25, 2020 in Fort Pierce, FL. Since 2008, Juanita served Camp as a nurse, showing kindness to many through the years. She was born in Willsboro, NY, graduated from Westport Central School, then became a Registered Nurse after graduating from the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing. Juanita married her high school sweetheart, Wayne, 59 years ago at the Wadhams United Church of Christ. As an RN, Juanita cared for many at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, CVPH, Essex County Horace Nye in both Whallonsburg and Elizabethtown. Her devotion to her family and community led her to be involved in 4-H, Westport Federated Church, Red Hat, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Westport Heritage House and the Westport Cemetery Association. She was an EMT with the Westport Emergency Squad and one of the first CPR instructors in Essex County. In 2004, Juanita and Wayne were honored as Westport Citizens of the Year. Juanita loved her Florida family as well and was active in that community. Her life touched so many through the years; that will be her legacy. Left to cherish her memory are her husband Wayne, her mother, Letha Stafford, sisters Alta (Ernie) LaPine and Marleen (Bill) Webster, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jack and Judy Napper, children Patty (Larry) Bayshaw, #16595 Leslie (Christopher) Fleury, John Michael (Julie) Napper, Jim (Chris) Napper, ten grandchildren, including  #23295 Kristy Napper, 16 great-grandchildren, many cousins and her Florida family. Read more.