Raymond Kotwica

Raymond Kotwica
Raymond Kotwica

Raymond Kotwica of Greenville, RI, died at age 87 on January 16. He joined the Berklee faculty in 1957 and became the chair of the brass department in 1989. He mentored high-school students and won a public service award from the late Boston mayor, Tom Menino, in 1996. As the Shubert Theatre’s lead trumpeter, Kotwica backed stars such as Nat King Cole, Barbra Streisand, and Tony Bennett.

George E. Hargan

George E. Hargan ’68 of Rowley, MA, died on February 3. Hargan taught at Berklee for more than 30 years, retiring in 2008 as the assistant chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department. He was a composer, arranger, and bassist who led his own big band. He is survived by children Semeon and Audrey.

Mark Fischer

Former associate professor Mark Fischer passed away on February 18, at the age of 64. Fischer was an attorney who focused on intellectual property, entertainment, and copyright law. He finished his career at Duane Morris LLP and founded the BioBricks Foundation. Fischer is survived by his wife Marney.

Joseph L. Ferrari

Joseph L. Ferrari of Naples FL, died at the age of 81 on February 14. He was Berklee’s director of financial aid for 18 years and an organist for local churches. He is survived by wife Nancy; and children Donna, Joseph, and Timothy.

James "Jim" Fernandes

James “Jim” Fernandes ’76 of San Diego, CA, died on December 20, 2014. He was 66. Fernandes, a professional guitarist, was also a computer product manager and X-ray technologist. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons, Joe and Alec; daughter, Rachel; and stepson Colin.

Lee Elfenbein

Lee Elfenbein ’94 of Oakland, CA, died on December 21, 2014, at the age of 61. Elfenbein was a bassist and arranger who played and taught music in the San Francisco Bay area.

John DeFiore

John DeFiore of Millis, MA, died on January 30 after an illness. DeFiore played and taught music, specializing on trumpet and jazz guitar and performed with local big bands. He formerly operated the Solid Gold Music Store. He is survived by wife, Margaret; daughter, Theresa; and two grandsons.

Paul Bisch

Paul Bisch ’83 of Pawtucket, RI, died on February 26. He was 53. Bisch had an active career on both the East and West coasts, and had worked for Hanna Barbera in Los Angeles.

Paul Bagin

Paul Bagin ’76 of Greenlawn, NY, died unexpectedly on April 3. He was 59. Bagin was an audio engineer who worked with Grammy-winning artists and celebrities on studio and live recordings. He is survived by his wife, Nancy.

Steven Allen

Steven Allen ’96 of Sugar Hill, GA, died on October 6, 2014. He was 47. Allen was a producer and composer for A & R Music LLC. He was also the co-owner and cofounder of One80 Fitness and Nutrition.