Berklee Today

Final Cadence

  Emil Haddad
  Emil Haddad

Trumpeter Emil Haddad '49 of Worcester, MA, died on August 9 after a battle with liver cancer. He was 82. Haddad began playing at 13 and continued to play professionally until a month before his passing. Haddad served in the U.S. Army during World War II and studied at Schillinger House (now Berklee) upon his return. Haddad led many bands in his 60-year performing career and was one of Worcester's best-known jazz musicians. He had worked for the past 22 years in a duo with pianist Dick Odgren '75. Haddad leaves a son, two daughters, and six grandchildren.

Pianist Nick Parino '49 of Haverhill, MA, died on June 3. He was 79. Parino was a veteran of World War II and studied at Schillinger House after the war. He played with many local groups and taught both piano and accordion at the Haverhill Music Centre for years. He leaves his wife of 47 years, a son, and two daughters.

Pianist Paul Desilets '50 of Portsmouth, NH, died on August 2. He was 77. After serving in the Air Force during World War II, Desilets studied at Schillinger House. He launched his career playing with big bands, various name entertainers, and a group called the Carbon Copies with whom he toured extensively in the United States and Canada. He leaves his companion, Ann Peterson, three sons, three daughters, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy '54 died June 4 in Boston after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Lacy was a leading voice on the soprano saxophone in the free jazz and avant-garde music scene. In the mid-1960s, Lacy relocated to Europe and worked there for nearly four decades. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992. He returned to America in 2002 and joined the faculty of New England Conservatory of Music. He leaves his wife, cellist and vocalist Irene Aebi.

Pianist Robert Bullock '56 of New Bedford, MA, died June 12 after a long illness. He was 71. Bullock was a professional musician who had performed as a pianist and vocalist throughout New England.

Keyboardist Edward DiTullio '58 of Revere, MA, died on May 15 following a long illness. He was 72. DiTullio was a veteran of the Korean War, and had worked as a music teacher and performer and for Edward Jacobson Company of Boston. He leaves his wife, Concetta.

Guitarist Patrick Sereno '72 of Port Orange, FL, died June 28 after a brief illness. He was 55. Sereno was a jazz and classical guitarist and a licensed antiques dealer.

Michael Gawrys '92 of Salem, NH, died unexpectedly in Melrose, MA. He was 41. Gawrys, who suffered from seizures and depression, disappeared after being released from Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on August 30, 2002. He had been missing for nearly 20 months when his remains were found a mile from the hospital in Melrose, MA. Gawrys played clarinet, saxophone, and piano and worked as a waiter.

Former faculty member and renowned pianist James Williams died on July 20 of liver cancer. He was 53. Williams had recorded with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and with his own groups. He taught at Berklee from 1972 to 1977. He was named director of jazz studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, in 1999 and taught there until he was hospitalized in April of this year.

Dana Green, who had been a maintenance worker at Berklee for 20 years, died May 30.

Composer Jerry Goldsmith died on July 21 at home after losing his fight with cancer. He was 75. Goldsmith had composed 172 film scores, earned five Emmys, an Academy Award, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Berklee in 1990.