Deceased May 17, 2023

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Ike would probably prefer “Ike” to have been put in place of his full name, so concerned was he to not be labeled a “preppy.” His uncle was headmaster at the Brooks School in New Hampshire, from which he graduated. Ike was a steadfast member of the freshman and varsity hockey teams who brought a notebook of the punchlines he could not remember to the jokes told in his croaking voice that had bus-mates roaring. 

He was a math major and had a long career at New Hampshire Blue Cross Blue Shield as director of data management. But, before settling there, he was briefly a brakeman on the Chicago and North Western railroad and spent more than six years in the Air Force, three of them as a Select Crew B-52 navigator bombardier at the SAC base at the Westover AFB, leaving this post as a captain. 

Ike conquered all the 4,000-foot mountains in New England and ambitiously summited Kala Patthar in Nepal. There was no outdoor sport Ike didn’t enjoy, including motorcycling.

Ike and his wife, Patricia, who survives him, had three sons and two stepsons, 11 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. In what seems to have been a lengthy illness, everyone agreed that, rather than being cheered by others, it was Ike who cheered everyone. 

Paul Bracciotti ’61