Carl D. Stone ’85 passed away on October 19, 2015. He was 56. Stone was a blues/jazz guitarist and recording engineer, and owned Sheppard Industries, a recording studio in Brockton, MA. He leaves his wife, Julie, and children, Jesse, James, and Josiah.
Erik Sorensen ’11 of Brooklyn, NY, died on October 22, 2015. He was 30. Sorensen performed with the bands Autocatalytica and Quiet City, and taught at the Bronx School of Performing Arts. He leaves his fiancée Amy Carstensen, parents Karen and Ward, and sister Kelsey.
Hungarian-born associate professor Tibor Pusztai died on January 12 after suffering a heart attack. He was 69. During his 20 years at Berklee, he taught conducting, scoring for strings, traditional harmony and composition. He also taught at New England Conservatory, Ithaca College, and the University of Tehran. He was a musical director and/or conductor for the Manchester Symphony, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Pusztai was president of the Connecticut Composers, New Voices Productions, and the Studio of Elecronic Music. He leaves his wife of 12 years, Ann Axtmann.
Alumnus Edward H. Moore of Framingham, MA, died on November 14, 2015. He was a trumpeter, member of the Point and Swing big band, piano tuner, and staff member at New England Conservatory. He leaves his wife, Cynthia, and son, Alexander.
Guitarist Iain Ashley Hersey ’76 Glendale, CA, died on November 18, 2015. He was 60. Hersey taught at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, released four CDs and played on numerous others. He leaves his partner Carrie Schiers.
Paul A. Harvey ’72 of East Hampton, CT, passed away on September 3, 2015 at 65. He was a disabilities advocate, and a guitarist for the bluegrass band Traver Hollow who toured throughout Europe and the United States. Harvey leaves his wife, Susan, and children, Jason and Jaime.
Voice professor Armsted Christian ’78 died of sarcoidosis on Monday, January 4. He was 64. Christian joined the Berklee faculty in 1999, teaching private vocal instruction and voice classes including Flo’ology: Spoken Word and Improvisation. Christian worked with Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Freddie Jackson, Regina Carter, and others. He led the group Peaceful Flight and was a member of Will Downing and Gerald Albright’s groups. A SESAC winner, his awards include the Grammy-nominated “All the Man You Need” with Downing. Christian released one solo album, The Wave Is Coming. He founded the Armsted R. Christian Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. Christian leaves his wife Marcelina, two sons, and three daughters.
Joey Cardello ’66 of Medford, MA, passed away on September 17, 2015. He was 70. In addition to Berklee, Cardello attended the Boston Conservatory of Music. He played piano for his own quartet for 54 years, and was the former director of music at Watertown High School. He leaves his wife Bobbi and two children.
William Brooks ’75 of Cummington, MA, died on October 29, 2015. He was 68. Brooks was an accomplished guitarist, performer, and instructor. He also worked in environmental science and was a licensed pilot. Brooks leaves his wife Carol and daughter Ashleigh.