Adam Schmitz

Adam Schmitz ’13 of Broken Arrow, OK, passed away on May 13. He was 23. Schmitz was a guitarist who recorded a CD with his band Ex Nihilo. He leaves behind his parents and three brothers.  

Stephen Plummer Jr.

Retired faculty member Stephen Plummer Jr., of Amherst, MA, died on May 16. He was 87. He began teaching at Berklee in 1965 and became the chair of the Ear Training department. He leaves his wife, Colleen, and children Stephanie, Mitchell, Karen, and Brian. 

James E. Mosley Jr.

James E. Mosley Jr. of Englewood, NJ, died on July 31. He was 52. Mosley worked for NBC-TV for 25-plus years. He is survived by wife Leen; son James; and parents James and JoAnn. 

Kenton E. Morrow

Kenton E. Morrow ’58 of Millinocket, ME, died on December 13, 2013. He was 82. Morrow was a wind player and a Korean War veteran. He leaves his wife, Maxine, and daughter, Cynthia. 

Alan D. Morris

Alan D. Morris ’78 of Richmond Hill, GA, died on August 5. He was 59. Morris performed with the Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra, and taught privately. 

Jeff McGowan

Jeff McGowan ’72 of Des Moines, IA, died on June 26. McGowan was a touring percussionist with groups in both America and Europe. He leaves his father Jack, and daughter Deborah.

Claire “Buffy” James

Claire “Buffy” James ’60 of Sevierville, TN, died on June 29. She was 76. James was a signer who performed with various big bands. She leaves two children. 

Steven Antone Garcia

Steven Antone Garcia ’73 of Memphis, TN, died on May 31. He was 63. Garcia was a Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Navy musician. He leaves behind his mother, two sisters, and his daughter Christie. 

Jeff Friedman

Professor Jeff Friedman ’79 died on June 25. During his 20 years at Berklee, Friedman taught jazz composition and worked with Branford Marsalis, Joe Henderson, and many others. 

Todd Ferguson

Todd Ferguson ’84 of North Andover, MA, died on April 11. He was 55. Ferguson was a guitarist for the band the Bluehemians. He leaves his mother and sister.