Berklee Today

Alum Notes: Final Cadence

Robin Coxe-Yeldham

Richard Madieros '55 of New York City died of cancer on February 14. He was 61. Madieros was a drum principal at Berklee and was working as a truck driver for the city of New York at the time of his death. He leaves behind his sister Mary Ann Stalter of Dewey, IL.

William McNamara '71 of Salt Lake City, UT, died after a heart attack in March 1998. His best friend Paul Frederick '74 recently informed us that "Mac," as he was known to friends, was a drummer at Berklee, and had worked for years as a registered nurse at a Salt Lake City facility for teenagers with emotional problems. He leaves a sister Diane Wickham of Cortland, NY.

On May 17, 1999, John Fleagle '72 succumbed to cancer after a two-year battle. Originally from Woodstock, CT, he studied string bass at Berklee but later earned a reputation as a scholar and performer of early music. He traveled extensively as a singer and storyteller, searching out the lore of the Middle Ages. His period setting of The Voyage of Saint Brendan was his best known work.

Don Koldon '76 of Winnetka, IL, died suddenly on June 18. He had worked for a time as a recording engineer and producer for A&M Records and then became a psychologist.

Bobby Sheehan '85, bassist for the band Blues Traveler, passed away in his New Orleans home on August 20. He was 31. Sheehan's career was characterized as a fairytale by those recalling the band's humble beginnings and meteoric rise to rock stardom.

Scott Gordon '86 of Pennsylvania died on March 18. He was 35. In addition to his work as a computer programmer, he had actively performed with bands in the New Haven, CT, area before moving to Pennsylvania. He is survived by his parents Alvin and Myrna Gordon and sisters Susan and Robin Gordon.

Robin Coxe-Skolfield, a professor in Berklee's Music Production and Engineering Department, died August 9 from cancer. She was 47. Known professionally as Robin Coxe-Yeldham, she had taught at Berklee since 1982. Throughout her distinguished career she encouraged women to pursue careers in engineering. In 1995 the Audio Engineering Society awarded her a special "Granny" Award as "First Lady in Audio Education in America." She is survived by her 11-year-old daughter Dakota Coxe-Yeldham and her second husband, Simaen Skolfield. Contributions may be made in her honor to: Berklee Women in Audio Scholarship, Berklee College of Music, Box 3, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.

Former Berklee guitar faculty member Alex Radulescu died in New York of a heart attack on May 2. He was 55. Born in Romania, he came to Berklee on a scholarship in 1972 and joined the faculty shortly after graduating. An accomplished classical and jazz player, in his 25 years as a music educator, he taught nearly 1,000 students. One of his last projects was a self-published print and video method called The Playing Foundation: Jazz Language for Guitarists. He leaves behind his brother Mihai Radulescu.