Ralph G. Martin, BJ ’41

Ralph G. Martin, BJ ’41, a best-selling author of political and celebrity biographies whose subjects included the Kennedys, Golda Meir and Winston Churchill’s mother, died Jan. 9, 2013.

Robert Varner, BJ ’49

Robert Varner, BJ ’49, died May 8, 2012, in New Castle, N.H. During his career he worked for several radio stations, including KFEQ in St. Joseph, Mo., covering news and play-by-play sports. He pursued a career in public relations, working first in St. Louis for Southwestern Bell, and later for AT&T and Western Electric in … Continued

Ernest Baker, BJ ’48

Ernest Baker, BJ ’48, (right) received a bronze statuette of a combat infantryman mounted on a base with an inscription thanking him for serving as the commander of North Oakland, Mich., VFW Post 334 for the past five years. Baker was a combat infantryman with the 96th Infantry Division in the Philippines during World War … Continued

Walter H. Dyer, BJ ’49

Walter H. “Walt” Dyer, BJ ’49, died April 13, 2012. Dyer enjoyed a 50-year career starting with editing newspapers and publications in Missouri, Texas and Illinois, working on Madison Avenue in New York and San Francisco in public relations and eventually moving to Chicago to manage communications for the Midwest Region of the U.S. Postal … Continued

Margaret McCluskey, BJ ’46

Margaret McCluskey, BJ ’46, died in Vancouver, Wash., on Dec. 2, 2011, as a result of a being hit by one of the city’s C-Tran buses. She was a former journalist and Peace Corps volunteer.

Bernard Waterman

Planting a Seed As a child of the Great Depression, Bernard Waterman has worked for everything in his lifetime. Waterman was born in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley to a father with two disparate careers: He managed a limestone company and performed as a concert violinist at the Philadelphia Symphony Hall. After his … Continued