Robert H. Kleeb, 10/8/2005

Robert Henry Kleeb, Jr.

Bob Kleeb died on October 8, 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina from complications of liver disease.

Bob was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 20, 1936 to Robert Henry and Margaret Helen (Lafferty) Kleeb. He prepared for Amherst at Radnor High School in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Robert E. West, 6/6/2005

Robert Edward West

Bob West died on April 19, 2005 from a lung fibrosis condition, complicated by pneumonia.

A native Vermonter, Bob was born in Londonderry on August 9, 1936 to Lewis Alfred and Cora Mae (Norse) West. He prepared for Amherst at Burr & Burton Seminary.

Christopher N. Horton, 1/1/2005

Christopher Noble Horton

Christopher Noble Horton died Saturday, January 1,
2005, of leukemia (AML) at John Dempsey Hospital in
Farmington, Connecticut, after a fierce struggle with
the disease over more than eight excruciating months.
He was valiant to the very end, his dying synonymous
with his middle name.

Chris grew up in rural Saddle River, New Jersey.
After graduating from Amherst in 1958, he served in
the Army in Korea and earned a Master’s degree from

Abbot Stott Gaunt '58

Toby Gaunt was born with a bad heart, and it troubled and threatened him in one way or another all his life. He had his third major cardiac surgery this past January; that was successful in itself, but complications from the hospital stay hit him hard. He suffered a massive staphylococcus infection, which his diabetes masked until it was too late to defeat it, and he died on March 30, 2006.

Derek Graham Hepworth '58

The organist played Finlandia as Derek’s wife, Elaine, their five children (David ’80, Dennis, Derek ’85, Douglas and Suzanne Panico), most or all of his twelve grandchildren, many other family members and friends, Tom Gorman, Ginger and I left the May 13 Memorial Service at St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott, MA. I thought to myself “perfect, Derek must have been part Scandinavian.” “Not a drop”, I later was told by a family member. Still, the triumphant melody was an excellent tribute to Derek.

Stephen Park Swope

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Stephen Swope, 68, was held January 8, 2005, at the Yacht  Club in Riverside, Conn., where Stephen and his wife, Susan, lived on and off since 1965. He died December 8, 2004, of acute myelogenous leukemia in Seattle. He had battled the disease for over a year, ending up with what appeared to be a successful stem cell transplant, only to have the cancer suddenly roar back and take his life.

William Reopell, 8/10/2003

“Do you really believe that?? Come on now!!”

Thus would Bill Reopell begin another bull session,
Stearns 4, freshman year. His inflection and tone
denoted a clear degree of skepticism, no matter the
subject. But, always a participant, always questioning,
always philosophical, cheerful, and full of enthusiasm,
punctuated with a self-satisfying laugh.

Bill, who had been suffering from heart disease for
several years, died suddenly on August 10, 2003, of an
apparent heart attack while at a restaurant in
Swanzey, NH.