Mary Ann MacLean died August 18, 2016 in Lake Forest, Ill. after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. With her husband, Thayer Overseer Barry MacLean ’60 Th’61, she was a lead donor of Thayer’s MacLean Engineering Sciences Center. She had a lifelong passion for the arts, history, and education and volunteered for countless organizations. She served on numerous boards, including the Illinois State Museum, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago Zoological Society, Chicago Botanic Garden, the MacLean Center for Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Dartmouth’s Rassias Center. In addition to her husband, she is survived by five children, including Duncan ’94 Th’95 ’96, Gillian ’95, and Margaret ’87; and 12 grandchildren.
Marian Miner Cook W’29, who endowed the Cook Engineering Design Center at Thayer School in 1979 in memory of her husband, John Brown Cook ’29, died in December 2016, a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. She was the founder and chair of the John Brown Cook Foundation (her husband, who died in 1978, was president and chairman of the board of Reliable Electric Co. in Chicago) and supported the arts and education. Marian was named a Sylvanus Thayer Fellow in 1980, received the Robert Fletcher Award in 1982, and was a Thayer Overseer from 1984 to 1996. She is survived by children Cia and Gregory ’69 Th’70 and two Dartmouth granddaughters, Wallis ’95 and Kirby ’98.
Leonard R. Parker Sr., a well-loved fixture in the Thayer School machine shop, died September 26, 2016 in Lebanon, N.H., at age 73. He served in the U.S. Army before working for 25 years for New Jersey Machine and then Thayer. He earned an Outstanding Service Award from the school in 2003. Survivors include his wife, Bernice; two children; and eight grandchildren.
Robert Leonard Sundblad ’44 Th’48 of Fort Myers, Fla., died July 20, 2016. He served in the Army during World War II and had a long career in the engineering field, including a role as technical engineer at the K-25 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the Manhattan Project. His wife, Eleanor, predeceased him in 2013. He is survived by two daughters and three grandchildren.
Edwin Lydall Quinn ’54 Th’55 died October 7, 2016, in Easthampton, Mass. After graduation he served in the Army as an officer for two years, worked at Westinghouse for two years, and then became an engineer at Pratt & Whitney for more than 30 years. He served on the Easthampton town planning board and conservation preservation act committee. Predeceased by his wife, Suzanne, he is survived by four children.
Edward K. Bixby ’57 Th’58 died September 6, 2016 in Edina, Minn., at age 80. Ned spent his entire career with General Mills, retiring in 1998 as the senior vice president of sales and distribution. After retirement, Ned and his wife, Marlene, became driving forces for several high-impact organizations. Through World Vision, the couple financed and maintained seven schools in central Africa that helped educate more than 7,000 young Zambians. He served on Thayer’s Corporate Advisory Board from 1995 to 2002. In addition to Marlene, Ned is survived by three children and several grandchildren.
Richard “Dick” Kiphart ’63, died September 10, 2016, at age 75. He graduated from Dartmouth as an engineering major, earned an MBA from Harvard, and served a stint in the U.S. Navy. He then pursued a career as an investment banker and executive at William Blair & Co. for half a century. He helped take OshKosh B’Gosh public in 1985 and famously cold-called Warren Buffett in 1997 with the idea of buying Dairy Queen, which had long ago been a Blair client. Buffet bought the company for $585 million. A key component in the Chicago startup scene, Dick launched a venture firm called KGC Capital. He had a reputation for sizing up companies quickly and deciding whether to write checks, something entrepreneurs valued almost as much as his experience and connections. He is survived by his wife, Susie; three daughters; and seven grandchildren.