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Robert Bruce “Bob” Butters, age 94, of Dublin, Ohio, passed away after a short illness at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was born on November 6, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Howard and Marion Butters.

He is survived by his five children: Lynn (Tom) Richied, Bruce (Lunda) Butters, Charlie (Kathy) Butters, Steve Butters, and Julie (Christian) Stock; nine grandchildren: Ian, Ross and Lauren Butters, Greg, Dan and Shelley Butters, and Jamie, Andrew and Claire Stock. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Selene. His younger sister Carol also went before him in death.

Bob was a superb trombone player, and music, especially New Orleans Dixieland-style jazz, was a lifelong passion. He said he “was smitten by Tommy Dorsey and Jack Teagarden early on” in his life. At the young age of 16, Bob won the prestigious Tommy Dorsey Trophy in the @Look Magazine 1946 national swing-band contest at Carnegie Hall in New York City. While attending MIT in Boston, Bob formed a jazz band of his own that played college functions and Boston’s Savoy Cafe. As a Savoy house band member, Bob backed numerous jazz legends, including Wild Bill Davison, Henry “Red” Allen, Max Kaminsky, and Omer Simeon. After moving to Ohio in 1951, Bob worked with Carl Halen’s Gin Bottle 7, Eddie Bayard’s Bourbon Street 5, Terry Waldo’s Gutbucket Syncopators, and Gene Mayl’s Dixieland Syncopators. Bob played trombone with the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band in Cincinnati since 1966. He was a long-time member of the popular local Columbus based North Side Jazz Band. He joined the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society, which he served as president for 19 years. Even after retiring from the presidency, he remained an active COHJS board member. When the society began monthly open Hot Jazz Jams, Bob hardly ever missed a jam, playing for three hours at a stretch into his 90s. At the jams, Bob was an excellent, encouraging, and inspirational mentor to younger musicians wanting to learn how to play this early jazz music. Bob was also highly regarded by the many musicians throughout Ohio that he worked with over the years. Ragtime Rick Grafing of Toledo said of him, “Bob’s the Elder Statesman of early jazz in Ohio. He has such enthusiasm and an easygoing and fun manner. Everyone knows and respects Bob Butters. He’s a legendary player.”

Bob will be missed by his children, grandchildren, friends, and fellow musicians. He left a legacy of excellence in everything he did.

John Paul Penhune, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 6, 2023. He was born February 13, 1936, in New York, NY, to his loving parents, Paul and Helene Penhune. John attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for his Bachelor of Science (1957) and Doctor of Philosophy in Electronics Engineering (1961). John also had fun. Almost always the smartest in his class, he especially had great pleasure revitalizing a classic Jaguar convertible and driving it around the MIT campus for all to admire.

He went on to serve as an MIT assistant professor and technical staff member at Lincoln Lab until 1966; supervisor radar group, Bell Tel. laboratories, Whippany, New Jersey, 1966-1968; assistant director, Advanced Ballistic Missile Defense Agency, Washington, 1968–1969; president, Concord Research Corporation, Burlington, Massachusetts, 1969–1973; independent science consultant, Carlisle, Massachusetts, 1973–1979; board directors, Physical Dynamics Inc., La Jolla, California, 1979–1981; senior vice president for research, Science Applications International Corporation, San Diego, 1981–2012; independent consulting 2012–2018. John is recognized as a national defense asset across his technical fields, a mentor to dozens of coworkers and a science company executive, electrical engineer by Marquis Who’s Who.

In later life, John applied his systems-engineering skills to restoring three tired recreational boats of lengths 30, 50, and 80 feet, to top physical and mechanical conditions. Motoring from San Diego to Catalina Island many times with family and friends in tow. Also, John motored 50-foot Allons-Y from San Diego to Seattle (1,000 nautical miles) and the 80-foot Empress from San Diego to Portland, both safely up the Pacific Coast in challenging weather. John took care of all the things outside the boat and the engines. Marcellite took care of matters inside the boat, making sure all guests were safe and well cared for.

His family will remember him as a man’s man. He valued hard work, honesty, and the value of a man’s word. To his children, he was loving but fair. He made sure to instill his values in them as well as the importance of their education. To his wife, he was loving and caring, they enjoyed family, friends, holiday parties, remodeling the La Jolla home, traveling around the world, boating, opera, chamber music, Old Globe, visits from the grandsons, and for the last five years, living on Maui. He had been a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, and was a member of the San Diego Yacht Club.
John is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Marcellite, as well as his children Virginia Penhune, Sarah Penhune, Marcellite Lasensky; and two grandsons Matthew Willam Klien and Phillip John Lasensky.

Burgess passed away on November 5, 2023.

Robert (Bob) C. Ried Jr. (83) of Friendswood, TX, passed away peacefully at home in the early hours of September 11, 2023. Our family appreciates the outstanding help and dedication of Bob’s caregivers, Jackie Jeane, staff of Home Instead, and staff of Traditions Health Hospice along with the prayers and support of family and friends. Bob was born to Robert C. and Ethel U. Ried on March 23, 1940 in San Jose, California. He grew up with his sister Barbara in Pennsylvania and Carle Place, New York. Bob was a gentleman and a scholar, a saltwater fisherman, a soccer coach, a carpenter, an inventor, an artist, a gardener, a father, a brother, a husband, a NASA engineer and a Christian. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961 where he was a member and officer of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Mu Chapter, Bob went to work for the NASA Space Task Group on Apollo at Langley Field in Virginia. That same year, he got married and transferred to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, TX. In 1967, he received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, where he was a member of Pi Tau Sigma and Sigma Xi. In 1969, he was a Researcher and Professor in Tokyo, Japan at the National Aerospace Laboratory. He wrote and co-authored numerous technical papers and has his name on two patents for space vehicles.

After retiring from NASA in 1995, he transformed a former rice field into a nature preserve, researching trees and native plants that would attract the birds and creatures he loved to observe. Inspired by our family’s stay in Japan, Bob designed and built our second home, most of the furniture, the garden and landscape. For many years he planted and maintained the garden and fishpond, mowed the field, trimmed the trees and tinkered on many projects in his garage shop. A friend called Bob’s trees “the lungs of the neighborhood.”

Our intention is to set up “Ried Park” as a place of respite for people with special needs and their caregivers. We hope to work with the Mary Queen Food Pantry as an extension of Mary’s Garden, with the Creation Ministry, with Special Friends, Youth Volunteers, Scouts and eventually with L’Arche Communities.

Bob is survived by his wife Mary Ellen, two children Robert (Susan) and Sonia (George), four grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents & sister Barbara Weekes.

A flag ceremony will be held Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 2 pm at NASA JSC, 2101 Nasa Parkway, Houston, TX 77058.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 10:00 AM -11:00 AM at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546, 281-992-7200, followed by a service at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 7801 Gulf Fwy, Dickinson, TX 77539. 281-337-1641.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Mary Queen Food Pantry, or the Ried Park Fund we will be setting up in the near future.

James passed away on May 31, 2023.

Captain “Mac” AK McDonald passed away at his home on Sept 27, 2023. He was 97 years old. Mac was born in Waukegan, Illinois to Carlton K. McDonald and Florence A. MacMillan. In 1931, due to the depression, he moved to Limerick, Maine to live with his mother and her parents. After their house burned down, he enrolled as a boarding student at Hebron Academy where he graduated as valedictorian and then began attending MIT. In 1944 he was appointed to the Naval Academy. After commissioning, he served aboard the USS Leary and the subs Spikefish, Sea Robin, and Barbero. He successfully interviewed with ADM Rickover and later assumed command of the USS Grant, gold crew. At the Pentagon he became special assistant to the Asst Sec of the Navy. He was awarded the Legion of Merit as well as the Meritorious Service Award. After retirement, he spent years researching the causes of the sinking of the USS Scorpion and published his findings. Upon leaving the Navy and Hawaii after 3 tours there, a columnist for the Honolulu Advertiser dedicated a column to the McDonalds. In it he wrote, “Angus has one of the most excellent minds I have ever encountered. He is able to pierce through all of the fluff and nonsense and search out the fundamentals of a problem. But far better than that, he is a gentleman and a man of character. A good husband, a good father, and a good citizen.” Angus left Hawaii for Bellevue, WA and put his MBA from UH to use working in the nuclear power industry for several years. He enjoyed life in the PNW having parties, volunteering, attending cultural events, golfing, and salmon fishing. Angus was married to his much beloved wife, Mavis, who passed away in 2009. She was his anchor throughout his life. He was adored and will be greatly missed by his 4 children, Jot, Sally, Scott, and David, his 7 grandchildren, Kai, Kristin, Lauren, Eliot, Matt, Megan, and Jeremiah, and 5 great grandchildren, Maia, Jack, Fletcher, Philip, and Torren

In loving memory of Al Ehrenfried of Acton, MA , formerly of Concord, MA and Lewiston, ME died peacefully on November 2 at age 99. Al lead a full and robust life filling every day on this earth with the search for knowledge, and with love and empathy for others.

Al was born June 26, 1922 in Lewiston, ME to Mildred and Jacob Ehrenfried. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1939. To help his family thru the Great Depression, Al started his own business selling candy and magazines to students at Bates College near his home. He built and sailed wooden boats at Bear Pond, and also constructed a working submarine with one of his high school classmates. Al earned his Boy Scout Eagle Scout rank in 1938. He took up music as a piano player, drummer and ultimately played the stand-up bass in the LHS school band. He played in school music groups and began his prolific music career playing with several Big Bands around the State of Maine.

In 1940, Al entered the University of Maine where he studied Engineering Physics. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. Al was the co-director of the Maine Dance Band, a member of the tennis team and the ski team during his stay in Orono. In 1999, Al was elected president of the Maine Class of 1944, where, with his other classmates lead many successful philanthropic programs to benefit the University. Al was also elected to the Francis Crowe Society (UMaine Engineering) in 2007, and the Maine Block M society.

After Maine, Al joined the MIT Radar lab, and soon after, enlisted in the U.S. Army serving as a Technical Sargent in the Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, NJ continuing his scientific work in early radar research and development.

After discharge from the service, Al returned to MIT earning a Masters Degree in Instrumentation in 1953. While at MIT, Al was elected to the Sigma Xi Society, and worked under Dr Draper at Instrumentation Laboratories where he continued various advanced research projects including the award of several patents for his work.

Al was an outdoorsman who was an Eagle Scout, and registered Maine Guide in his youth. He also loved skiing, hiking, boating, sailing, nature photography, tennis and golf. Al combined his love for golf and entrepreneurship submitting and receiving a patent for a new golf scoring system one week before his death. Al enjoyed and supported all forms of the arts from theater, dance, music, photography and fine arts.

In 1958, Al re-kindled a childhood relationship with Jo-Ann Prince of Lewiston Maine. They were married, and moved to Concord, MA where they had two children, James and Heidi. Al founded technical marketing and innovative product companies, and served on several boards of directors. He remained active in business up to the day of his passing.

Al is survived by his son, James and daughter-in-law Marie Cannon of Boxborough, MA, daughter Heidi of Acton, MA, sister-in-law Evelyn Cyr Ehrenfried of Lewiston, ME, grandsons Shamus and Samuel Ehrenfried of Boxborough, Ma, and granddaughter Alyssa Ehrenfried also of Acton, MA, niece Sally Ehrenfried of Charleston, SC and Bates College, nephews David and Stephen of San Jose CA. Al was predeceased by his wife Jo-ann Prince Ehrenfried of Acton and Lewiston, ME, and brothers David (Lewiston, ME) and Paul (Palo Alto, CA).

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Al for visiting hours on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap St, Concord, MA. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 11:00am at Trinity Episcopal Church 81 Elm St, Concord, MA with U.S. Army Military Honors to follow. Burial will be private. Concord’s town flag flew at half-staff on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in honor of Al’s service to his country.

Gifts in memory of Al Ehrenfried may be made to: to be added to the Albert D Ehrenfried Class of 1944
Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap Street, Concord, MA 01742.

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Douglass S. Lathrop passed away on December 29, 2020. He was born in Washington, DC, on January 31, 1935. He graduated from MIT. During his time there, he was a yachtsman, working on professional sailing vessels, and he was on the college rowing team, which went on to Scotland to become world champions. He also participated in the International Lifeboat Races on National Maritime Day from 1965–1968, each year being an oarsman on the winning crew. He made his living as a maritime consultant, working at Matson and then with his own company, Manalytics. Later in life, he worked for the Blue and Gold Fleet and the Vallejo Ferry.

He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and son. He and his wife, MaryAnn, were avid scuba divers and spent many years traveling the world and socializing with friends and family. He was an active member of the San Rafael Elks Club and a 49er season-ticket holder for over 30 years. MaryAnn and his daughter-in-law, Candie, would like to thank Hospice by the Bay for the loving and compassionate care they showed him in his last year of life

Edward Francis Doyle III, age 83, of Dedham, passed away peacefully at home, on February 15, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was the devoted husband of Mary Freeman Doyle, who recently predeceased him. Edward is survived by his daughters Deborah Doyle (Gary Latshaw) of Santee, California, Jennifer Bahr (Robert) of Great Falls, Virginia, and Jamie Doyle Turner of Dedham, Massachusetts; his grandchildren Mark Turner Jr., Ryan Turner, Callie Turner, and Justin Bahr; and by his sisters Dorothy Prisco of Canton, Massachusetts, Karen Doyle of Dedham, Massachusetts, and MaryEllen Doyle of Dedham, Massachusetts. Edward was predeceased by his parents Edward Francis Doyle Jr. and Dorothea Doyle of Dedham, Massachusetts.

John “Jack” Bradley, 91, Allouez, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2018. Born June 10, 1927 in Ohio, he is the son of the late John and Virginia (Bennett) Bradley. Jack received a degree in engineering from MIT in 1951 and went on to become vice president of engineering at Paper Converting Machine Company. Jack was an accomplished athlete, competing in hockey and tennis into his 80s. While on a business trip to Sweden, he met the love of his life, Eva Andersson, at a local restaurant. Though Jack was unable to dance because he was on crutches and in a leg cast from an Achilles injury, he and Eva danced at their wedding in Green Bay on April 24, 1971. Jack learned Swedish, was able to read Swedish books, and was particularly interested in Swedish history. He was very fond of Eva’s relatives and enjoyed many trips to Sweden with her. They travelled together to numerous other countries. After leaving Paper Converting, he became an expert witness in many liability trials due to his extensive knowledge of the machinery.

Jack is survived by his wife, Eva; two children and their spouses, Jack (Barbara) Bradley and Betsy (Stephen) Markwardt and their mother, Jean Slawny; three grandchildren, Ben, Sam (Amanda) and Anne; two great-grandchildren, Jasiah and Eli; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one son, Davis; and one brother, Ben.

Jack will be remembered by his family and friends as a very kind, generous, and thoughtful person and will be dearly missed. His family extends a special thank you to the caring staff of Unity Hospice for their comfort during this difficult time.