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Assistant Professor of Piano David Azarian

Hillary Rose '55 of Needham, MA, died February 10 at Massachusetts
General Hospital. He was 89. A pianist, organist, and bandleader,
Rose had studied at Boston Conservatory of Music and with jazz pianist
Preston Sandiford before graduating from Berklee. Rose had played
in clubs throughout the Northeastern United States, Canada, and the
Caribbean. During his long career, he had played with Ella Fitzgerald
and Sarah Vaughan. He leaves his son Hillary Rose Jr. and daughter
Debra Kirsey, 11 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

John "Jack" Stevens '61 of Newport, RI, died January 18
at Heatherwood Nursing Home. He was 62. A saxophonist, pianist,
and composer, Stevens was a jazz musician who had worked with Boots
Mussulli, Herb Pomeroy, Woody Herman, and in the revived Tommy Dorsey
Orchestra with Frank Sinatra, and with many others throughout his
career. In 1994 he contributed seven songs to the CD My Buddy
by fellow saxophonist Greg Abate '71. Stevens leaves his sister
Sally T. Stevens.

Gary Jacober '68 of Pawtucket, RI, died April 21 at his
home. He was 51. Jacober was a vibraphone player and music teacher
at Samuel Slater High School.

John L. Sullivan, Jr. '68 of Quincy, MA, died at home on
March 18. He was 56. A percussionist, Sullivan was active in the
local drum corps as a performer, teacher, and judge and was inducted
into the Massachusetts Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2000. He is survived
by his wife, Linda, daughters Eileen and Beth, and four grandchildren.

Robert Monaco '71 of Lexington, MA died April 4 when the
plane he was piloting crashed into a building in Leominster, MA.
Monaco was 49. He had been a flight instructor and professional
pilot for 25 years. After graduating from high school, Monaco studied
guitar at Berklee before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
in Florida. He leaves his parents and many relatives.

Timothy Eichler '77 of Raymond, NH died on April 22 following a lengthy struggle with ALS. He was 48. Before being diagnosed, he had been working as the manager for New England Audio Tech in Hampstead, NH. He played piano, guitar, bass, and various wind instruments and managed the local band Private Lightning. He is survived by his son Benjamin.

Tyler McGinnis '78 of Portland, ME, died February 19 at
home after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. McGinnis earned
his degree in composition from Berklee. He leaves his wife, Paula.

Karl Miller '86 of Bristol, CT, died on February 10 at
Bristol Hospital. He was 39. Miller, a trumpeter, received his bachelor's
degree in music education from Berklee and his master's at Central
Connecticut State University. For 17 years Miller was a music teacher
and band director at Slade Middle School in New Britain, CT. He
leaves his wife, Elizabeth, sons Bruce Roys-Miller, Jessie Roys-Miller,
and Michael Miller, as well as two grandchildren. Memorial donations
may be made in his name to Berklee College of Music, Office of Institutional
Advancement, 1140 Boylston St., Boston, MA, 02215.

Assistant Professor of Piano David Azarian was killed in
an automobile accident on March 29. He was 51. Originally from Armenia,
Azarian came to live in America in 1989. He was a busy performer
and had released several CDs. Azarian leaves his wife Vickie, daughters
Christina and Nicole, and a son Dennis from a previous relationship.
A fund has been set up to help support his children. Donations may
be made to AMARAS Arts Alliance, Inc., for the David Azarian Family
Fund, c/o Watertown Savings Bank, P.O. Box 230 Watertown, MA 02471.

June Clooney of Hanover, MA, died on Sunday May 18 after
a brief illness. She was 42. After working for 20 years in Berklee's
Financial Aid and Comptrollers offices, she recently took a job
at Suffolk Univesity. She leaves her husband John, and sons Sean
and Patrick.