Berklee Today

Final Cadence

  Terry Becker-Boyle
  Terry Becker-Boyle

Kenneth Kunkle '53 of Swansea, MA, passed away on December 9, 2005. He was 76. Kunkle had attended both Springfield Institute of Music and Berklee. He founded the Swinging Saxes and performed with many other groups. Kunkle leaves three daughters and five grandchildren.

Vocalist Harold Glynn '55 of Amesbury, MA, died on November 8. He was 75. Glynn was a veteran of the Korean War and had served in the U.S. Army. He was well-known vocalist and arranger in the Boston area. Glynn leaves his wife Mary, two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

Ty Clements '75 of Boston died on January 4. He was 51. He had worked as a trust manager for 25 years at Mintz Levin Boston.

J.B. Holloway '83 of Van Nuys, CA, died on December 29 after a struggle with cancer. He was 50. A prolific singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Holloway released the album Chasing Rainbows and was planning additional album releases. He leaves his wife Caroline. Those wishing to make a contribution in Holloway's name for Berklee student scholarships may contact Karen Bell at kbell@berklee.edu.

Former faculty member Terry Becker-Boyle, died at her home in Marina Del Rey on December 19 after a battle with cancer. She was 55. Boyle was an associate professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department before becoming the college's assistant director of Special Programs in Los Angeles in 2003. A recording engineer with a distinguished track record, she had worked with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Paul Kelly, Kansas, and Taj Mahal and won a Grammy Award in 2000. She was profiled in the spring 2003 issue of Berklee today (www.berklee.edu/bt/143/bb_faculty_profile.html). Boyle is survived by her husband, Tim Boyle, her parents, and two stepdaughters. Donations in her name may be made to Sound Art, 11110 Ohio Ave. Suite 109, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Visit www.soundartla.org.

Walter W. Harp  
Walter W. Harp  

Liberal Arts Department Professor Walter W. Harp of Cambridge, MA, died on November 8, after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 63. Harp taught Western civilization, sociology, American history, and English composition at Berklee for 29 years. The last article he wrote, "Bluefishing with Britten," appeared in the fall 2005 issue of Berklee today (visit www. berklee.edu/bt/172/ coda.html). It gives a glimpse of Harp's passion for fine literature and classical music. He leaves his wife Ilse, two sons, a daughter, and a granddaughter.

Former faculty member Walter Tokarczyk of Natick, MA, died on November 9. He was 70. A percussionist, Tokarczyk was a member of the U.S. Army Band from 1959 to 1961. He later performed with the Boston Pops and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and as a pit musician for many musical theater productions. He taught at Berklee, the Boston Conservatory of Music, and Dean College. His most renowned student is drummer Mike Mangini of Tribe of Judah. Tokarczyk leaves his wife, Dorothy, four daughters, and five grandchildren.