Phil Ramone

Former Berklee trustee Phil Ramone died on March 30. He was 79. During his long career as an engineer and producer, Ramone worked with such musicians as Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, and many others. The winner of 14 Grammys, Ramone founded A&R Recordings in New York in 1958. He was heralded for his technological contributions to the field and the ability to elicit remarkable performances from artists. In addition to his work on hundreds of albums, Ramone’s credits include Broadway shows (Chicago and The Wiz), film (FlashdanceGhostbusters, and Midnight Cowboy), and many television specials. He was also a board member of the Grammy Museum and the Recording Academy, and produced Berklee’s 60th Anniversary Concert in 2006.

Scott Pierce Nau

Scott Pierce Nau ’02 died on January 27. He was 34. Originally from Framingham, MA, Nau moved to San Francisco several years ago. He is survived by his wife, Kerri; parents, Kathy and Richard; brother, Michael; and sister-in-law, Erin.

Richard Murphy

After winning his battle with throat cancer, Richard Murphy ’83 of Deep Cove, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, passed away on February 27 of heart-related problems. He is survived by his wife, Lynne.

Luke Finn

Luke Finn ’12 of Granada Hills, CA, passed away on January 24. He was 25. Finn was a guitarist who combined jazz, classical, and other styles. He also played violin, mandolin, cello, and bass. He also built guitars.

Kenneth Raymond Fennell

Kenneth Raymond Fennell ’90 of Bethesda, MD, died on December 24, 2012. He was 52. During the 1980s, Fennell was a member of the United States Navy Band. He later ran his own recording studio, Kenfen Productions. He is survived by his wife, Bridgit, and children, John, Christian, and Emily.

Joyce Hubbard Carpenter

Joyce Hubbard Carpenter ’53 of Hendersonville, NC, died on January 20. She was 84. Carpenter was a pianist, composer, and teacher as well as a member of the founding board of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. She is survived by her children, Ronald, Donald, and Claire.

Peter L. Bover

Peter L. Bover ’74 of Vernon, VT, died on February 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 61. A multi-instrumentalist, Bover played with Steven Tyler (pre-Aerosmith), Sugarcane, and Albert Crabtree. He leaves his son, Jacob Bover; three sisters; and three brothers, Charles, Raymond, and Douglas.

Joseph Ralph Aromando

Joseph Ralph Aromando ’52 of Worcester, MA, died on March 16, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army in Saipan, Guam, and Utah, and attended Berklee with the support of the GI Bill. Aromando is survived by his wife, Julia, and sons, Joseph and Paul. 

Jennifer Chianesi

Jennifer Chianesi of New York City appeared in April on Bravo TV’s The Kandi Factory, which follows Grammy winner Kandi Burruss as she mentors aspiring musical artists.