Adam C. Schmitz ‘13 of Broken Arrow, OK, died on May 13. He was 23. Schmitz, a guitarist earned his professional musician diploma at Berklee. He leaves his parents, Paul and Janet, and siblings, Brandon, Cameron and Drake.
Berklee’s former dean of students Jerry J. Siddons Jr. ’62 of Tryon, NC, died on October 1. He was 75. Siddons also held a position as director of scientific computing for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, son, Kenneth, and sister, Ellen.
Word has reached us that Christopher Sakey ’87 of Ogunquit, ME, passed away in 2008 from complications of mental illness. He was 42.
Richard G. Brooks ’92 of Wilmington, DE, passed away on October 8, 2014. He was a real estate agent for Keller-Williams in the greater Newark, DE, area.
Zachary Harrison Capner ’13 of Westmont, NJ, died on December 27. He was 23. Capner was a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He ran his own recording studio, producing a variety of material for commercial use and public release. He is survived by parents Hal and Joanne, and sibling, Robin.
Herbert Dale ’50 of Oceanside, CA, died on October 15. He was 84. After attending Schillinger House, Dale worked in the recorded music business for 42 years. He is survived by his wife Bonnie and son Bruce.
Assistant professor Paul Elmen Jr. ’78 died on January 1. He was 69. Elmen joined the faculty after graduating and taught in the Ensemble Department. A saxophonist, Elmen played with such acts as Gladys Knight and the Pips, Urbie Green, and the Temptations. He also played in pit orchestras for local musical theater productions, and for many benefit concerts.
Professor Richard L. Evans of Natick, MA, passed away on October 5. He was 81. Evans began his career as a bassist with such artists as Eddie Harris, Sun Ra, and Lionel Hampton. In 1962, he was hired to produce an album by pianist Ahmad Jamal, which led to a position as an in-house arranger for Chess Records and, later, an executive producer. During his career, Evans also worked with Billie Holiday, Natalie Cole, Ramsey Lewis, and Peabo Bryson. He joined the Berklee faculty in 1985, where he taught until shortly before his death. He is survived by his wife Allison; and children Verna, Camarah, Claude, and Keith.
Jeff Golub ’78 of Water Mill, NY, passed away on January 1 after a serious illness. He was 59. Golub was lead guitarist for Rod Stewart from 1988 to 1995, performing on four albums and five world tours. Golub also performed with Tina Turner, Peter Wolf, and Billy Squier, and others, and released more than a dozen solo albums. He was a member of Dave Koz and the Kozmos, the house band of The Emeril Lagasse Show. In the last few years of his life, Golub battled progressive supranuclear palsy after losing his sight in 2011. Golub is survived by his wife, Audrey, and his sons, Chris and Matthew.
John McLellan ’92 of Marlborough, MA, died of cancer on October 29. He was 46. As an experimental jazz drummer, McLellan worked with Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, and the Either/Orchestra, and performed at numerous jazz festivals worldwide. McLellan was also a teacher for Boston metropolitan area schools. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.