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Guitarist Adam Benka '11, of Incline Village, NV, died on December 5, 2011. He was 22. Benka graduated in August 2011 with a degree in professional music. He was known as an enthusiastic and patient guitar instructor. He leaves his parents, Mark and Joyce, and a brother, stepbrother, and stepsister.
Gerald Edward Bergeron of Neptune Beach, FL, passed away on November 15. He was 76. He attended Berklee and was a musician in the Jacksonville area for 35 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and also worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two sons; and three daughters.
Guitarist Ryan Bustamente '07 of Albany, TX, passed away on July 1. He was 22. He was a talented songwriter and poet. Bustamente is survived by his parents, Christina and Harley Stunkard.
Willie Carpenter, a longtime member of the Berklee Physical Plant team, died on October 18. He was 69. Carpenter was an employee of the college for 36 years and an artist in his spare time. He is survived by his wife, Gail; 10 children; and four stepchildren.
Trumpeter Gabriel Colangelo '45, of Lynn, MA, died on November 9. He was 99. Colangelo played trumpet in the U.S. Army Band during World War II and attended Berklee (then Schillinger House) after the war. He later worked in the shoe industry in Beverly, MA. Colangelo is survived by his wife, Helene; a daughter; and a granddaughter.
Mary (Kerr) Collard '79, of Hartford, CT, passed away on June 26 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 56. Born in in Hartford, CT, she graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy and studied flute at the Hartt School before enrolling at Berklee. She later worked as the manager of the Berklee Performance Center box office. She leaves two sons.
Ronald W. Dellmuth of Fitchburg, MA, passed away on December 3 after a struggle with lung cancer. He was 62. Dellmuth was a special police officer for the city of Boston before becoming Berklee's chief of security. He leaves his wife of 41 years, Gisela U. Dellmuth; a daughter; two sons; and eight grandchildren.
John A. DeMasi '49, of Quincy, MA, died on September 24 due to complications from lung cancer. DeMasi began playing trombone at age 20 and later performed with Louis Prima, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Artie Shaw. As a member of the Waltham American Legion Band, he traveled to Ireland and Russia. He also led his own band. During World War II, DeMasi served in the U.S. Navy. Before retiring in 1992, DeMasi worked as a police officer and police prosecutor for the Quincy District Court. He leaves his wife, Shirley M. Anderson; two daughters; a son; and a grandson.
Raymond L. Demers '46, of Concord, MA, died on November 14. He was 88. During World War II, Demers was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in New Guinea and the Philippines. He taught guitar for 25 years and was an electrical engineer at GenRad Inc. for 36 years. In addition to his wife, Marilyn, he is survived by eight children, 21 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
Guitarist John F. Dougherty, Jr. '69, of Las Vegas, NV, died at his home on March 12. He was 67. Dougherty was the author of three books on music and taught guitar and music theory. During his performing career, he worked with Lou Donaldson, James Brown, George Benson, Kool & the Gang, Jack McDuff, and Pat Martino. Dougherty is survived by his wife Jean; son Shaun '91; and daughter Stephanie Marlar.
Former faculty member Dennis J. Grillo, of Las Vegas, NV, passed away on October 31. He was 81. Grillo graduated with high honors from Juilliard School of music and later worked as a jazz composer and arranger. He was a singer and trumpeter and worked with the Four Freshman vocal group and several orchestras. From 1986 to 2004, Grillo taught in Berklee's Contemporary Writing and Production Department. He is survived by his sons Dante, Sunny, and Mark Grillo; and his daughter, Dione C. Grillo.
Robert J. McHugh of Ipswich, MA, died on November 8. He was 81. McHugh was the director of Berklee's physical plant for 22 years and a Korean War veteran He is survived by his wife Georgia; two daughters; and four sons.