Hutson Howell '48 of Orleans, MA, died on July 14. He was 77. Howell grew up in Brockton, MA, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Boston University. He also attended Berklee. In 1985, Howell received a Space Pioneer Award from the U.S. Government for his contributions to early space exploration and military reconnaissance. He remained an active musician in his later years, playing piano with a group called the Silver Foxes. He leaves his wife, Edna, three sons, and a daughter.
Earle Brown '50 of Rye, NY, died July 2 at his home. He was 75. Brown studied jazz as well as the Joseph Schillinger's and 12-tone compositional techniques and became one of the most influential composers of the avant-garde movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Brown's innovations in contemporary music scoring strongly influenced John Cage, whom he befriended in the 1950s. Brown's music was lauded by French composer/conductor Pierre Boulez. Brown's work included piano pieces, orchestral compositions, electronic music, and multimedia "sonic events." He was director of the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. He leaves his wife, Susan Collins.
John Fernandez '51 of Plymouth, MA, died on May 23 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 74. Fernandez graduated from Plympton High School and then attended Berklee. He worked as a machine operator and landscaper until his retirement in 1984. In addition to his wife, Eleanor, he leaves a son, seven daughters, 19 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Ralph Ingalls '72 of Brooklyn, NY, died May 3 of cancer. He was 59. After high school, he attended Berklee and continued his education at the University of Alaska. He taught music at Dean Junior College in Franklin, MA, played professionally with numerous groups, and later managed Ingalls Tree Farm. He is survived by two daughters.
Dean Richard '73 of Whitinsville, MA, died July 4 after being struck by an illness. He was 49. He graduated from Northbridge High School and later attended Berklee. For years he played music for services for his parish at St. Patrick's church. Richard had worked as a computer repairman for many years. He leaves two sons and a daughter.
Bruce Koelsch '80 of West Yarmouth, MA, died August 20 following a long illness. He was 44. Koelsch graduated from the Dublin School in Dublin, NH, and then came to Berklee. He had owned and operated BK Builders of Sarasota, FL. He is survived by his son, Alexander.
Guitarist Colin Mandel '89 of Los Angeles, CA, passed way suddenly in June. He was 34. After earning his Berklee degree in professional music in 1989, Mandel moved to Los Angeles where he performed with the Colin Mandel Group. He found his voice as a player after transcribing numerous solos by Allan Holdsworth, Steve Morse, Pat Metheny, and others. He released his debut instrumental CD, Strange and Savage Tales, to critical acclaim in 1997 and was working on a follow up disc at the time of his passing. Mandel leaves his parents and sisters.
Guitarist Chase Myers '02 of Paxton, MA, died in his sleep on June 30 in Framingham, MA. He was 23. Myers was planning to graduate from Berklee in 2003 with a music-production and engineering degree. An active musician, he worked frequently with his band Within. He leaves his parents, Kenner and Winslow Myers, and his sister, Anna.