Liberal Arts professor Henry Tate of Boston, MA, passed away on August 11 at his home. He was 73. Tate joined the faculty in 1985 and became a very popular teacher, passing along his infectious love for fine art to countless students for nearly three decades. He earned bachelors degrees from Villanova and the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He held curatorial positions in the education departments of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Additionally, he was a lecturer at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, and the James Joyce Society in New York and Dublin. Tate leaves a brother and two sisters.
Guitar professor Garrison Fewell of Somerville, MA, died on July 5 after a battle with cancer. He was 61. Fewell had performed at New York’s Blue Note and played throughout America, and in Europe, South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and Canada. He began teaching at Berklee in 1977 and authored four books on improvisation. He recorded 13 albums on various labels and two with the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, which he founded. In recent years, he explored free jazz and divided his time between teaching at Berklee and playing in the United States while maintaining a performance and teaching schedule from his home in Bergamo, Italy. Fewell is survived by his wife, Emy, and his son, Alex.
Former Berklee instructor Anthony D. Tripoli of Methuen, MA, passed away on September 20, 2014. He was 84. Tripoli had backed many famous artists including Billie Holiday, Bob Hope, and others. He leaves a daughter and a sister.
Katherine “Kat” Mulvaney ’07 and her mother Ledell Mulvaney ’78, of Brooklyn, NY, were killed on August 15 in a car accident in Yorktown, NY. Don Mulvaney ’78, father of Kat and husband of Ledell, died on September 15 of injuries he sustained in the crash. The three were returning from a church music camp when their car was struck. Kat was a songwriter, Ledell a music educator, and Don a drummer, composer, and music educator. They are survived by Don’s and Ledell’s son Devan Mulvaney and his wife Lucy.
William “Will” Sevier ’90 of Jackson, MI, passed away on June 2. He was 50. Sevier studied guitar at Berklee and later earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law and worked for Eves Law Firm in Jackson, MI.
Edward Paul “Doc” Wonsicki ’87 of Orlando, FL, passed away on July 16 at Orlando Medical Center. He was 49. After attending Berklee, Wonsicki worked as the president of King of Knight Productions and as a sound production engineer for Disney, ESPN, and ABC Sports. He received an Emmy Award for his work at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Raymond T. Bauer, Jr. ’74 of Twinsburg, OH, died on May 26. He was 62. He played both jazz and classical piano in ensembles and as a soloist and composed music as well. Additionally, he was a poet and wrote more than 2000 poems. He leaves a son, a grandson, and his longtime partner Paula Miranda.
Stephen Walter Hand ’71 of Freedom, NH, passed away suddenly on April 30. He was 62. Hand was a guitarist who performed around New England and in Florida. He was also a pilot and worked as a chef in Florida and New Hampshire. He leaves two sons, two granddaughters, three brothers, two sisters, and his mother.
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