Henry Stonie, professor emeritus, died on May 17 at age 90. He taught in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department for 45 years, serving for 12 years as chair.
Stonie joined the Emerson faculty in 1957, while he was earning an MA in sociology at Boston University, and retired in 2002. During his time at Emerson, in addition to teaching, he served as director of men’s dormitories (1957–1965) and as director of religious activities (1988–1991). In 1978, he became chair of Humanities and Social Sciences, a role he held for two years. He again served as chair from 1988 to 1998. In 2003, he received the Faculty Service Award from Emerson.
A clergyman as well as an academic, Stonie was a minister at Christ Church Unitarian in Dorchester, MA, and was warden and summer minister of Hampton Falls Congregational Church in New Hampshire.
He leaves his wife, Mary Jo (Czarick) Stonie ’60, MA ’75; two sons, Dorian Stonie and Henry Stonie Jr. ’88; and two grandsons.
Maureen Shea, professor and co-chair of the Department of Performing Arts, died on September 20 at the age of 71. Her intelligence, eloquence, wicked sense of humor, and passion for theatre guided Performing Arts for 34 years.
She had taught directing and dramatic literature at Emerson since 1988 and held many roles, including chair of the Department of Performing Arts from 1999 to 2007, and co-chair since 2021. She had led the BFA program for the past six years; prior to that, she led the Theatre Studies program for four years. She also served as director of special projects for the School of the Arts for three years.
Shea became the artistic director of Emerson Stage shortly after starting at Emerson and held the position for 10 years. She directed more than two dozen plays for Emerson Stage, including a virtual production of Men on Boats that she co-directed in 2021—which was the last Emerson Stage show she worked on.
Rob Sabal, dean of the School of the Arts, said Shea was filled with care and concern for her community, and he will miss her terribly. “Maureen Shea believed that making art—in this case, theatre art—was the best form of liberal arts education that any college could offer its students,” he said.
Professionally, her directing credits include the Circle Repertory Company and Music-Theatre Group in New York, Philadelphia Drama Guild, and Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. In Boston, she directed productions with the Huntington Theatre Company, Coyote Theatre Company, Nora Theatre Company, and
The Theater Offensive.
Before joining Emerson, Shea taught at Virginia Tech’s Department of Theatre Arts, and her production of How I Got That Story was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a national finalist in the American College Theatre Festival.
Shea leaves her partner, Mirta Tocci, senior affiliated faculty at Emerson; her brother, Michael Shea; her sister, Kathleen Bergeron; and many friends, colleagues, students, and collaborators whose lives she enriched.
Carol Howell of Youngstown, OH (formerly of Newton, Cambridge, and Lexington, MA), died on April
5, 2022, at the age of 98. Howell graduated with a BA.
Alice Birdsall of Haddonfield, NJ, died on April 3, 2022, at the age of 96.
Ree Adler of Pompton Plains, NJ, died on August 3, 2022, at the age of 94. Adler graduated with a BA.
1950 Frank McNamara of Chapel Hill, NC (formerly of Lexington, MA), died on August 12, 2022, at the age
of 96. McNamara graduated with a BA.
Allan Roberts of Boca Raton, FL, died on September 20, 2022, at the age of 81.
Patricia Donahue of Hudson, MA, died on July 19, 2022, at the age of 87. Donahue graduated with a BA in
Sandra Famolare of New York, NY (formerly of Putney, VT), died on June 30, 2022, at the age of 86.
Richard Keefe of Sandown, NH, died on June 26, 2022, at the age of 86. Keefe graduated with a BA.
William Murray of Tamworth, NH, died on May 1, 2022. Murray graduated with an MA.
Roy Mollomo of Machias, ME, died on June 29, 2022, at the age of 89. Mollomo graduated with a degree in Mass Communication.
Anthony Buglio of St. Petersburg, FL, died on July 26, 2022, at the age of 82. Buglio graduated with
a BSSp, as well as an MSSp in 1965.
Madeline Baumberg of East Falmouth, MA, died on April 24, 2022, at the age of 79.
Carol Clark of Ringgold, GA, died on May 26, 2022, at the age of 75. Clark graduated with a BA.
Michael Harding of Methuen, MA, died on April 25, 2022, at the age of 75.
Linda Krull of Santa Fe, NM, died on September 6, 2022, at the age of 74. Krull graduated with a BSSp in Communication Disorders.
Elizabeth Lowell of Harwich Port, MA, died on July 14, 2022, at the age of 73.
Charlotte McRobbie of South Orange, NJ, died on March 26, 2022, at the age of 73. McRobbie graduated with a BA in General Theatre.
Helen Browne of Odessa, TX, died on May 17, 2022, at the age of 73.
Kathryn Kelly of Alfred, ME (formerly of Waltham, MA), died in April 2022, at the age of 65. Kelly
graduated with a BS in Theatre Education: Acting.
Guy Freesen of Harrisonburg VA, died on May 7, 2022, at the age of 65. Freesen graduated with
Lisa Santurri of Whitinsville, MA, died on August 6, 2022, at the age of 60. Santurri graduated
with a BS in Communication Disorders.
Darren Cecil of San Diego, CA, died on April 17, 2022, at the age of 58. Cecil graduated with a BA in Mass
Communication: Broadcast Journalism.
Jeanne Burke of Vineyard Haven, MA, died on June 19, 2022, at the age of 64. Burke graduated with a BS in Mass Communication.
Faith Haley of Freehold, NJ, died on August 27, 2022, at the age of 55. Haley graduated with a BS in Mass Communication: Print Journalism.
Robert Morris of Cambridge, MA, died on May 15, 2022, at the age of 56. Morris graduated with a
BA in Mass Communication: Print Journalism.
Timothy Ticehurst of Seattle, WA, died on July 31, 2022, at the age of 54. Ticehurst graduated with a
BS in Film.
Joseph Hirsch of East Rochester, NY, died on June 21, 2022, at the age of 57. Hirsch graduated with
an MA in Publishing and Writing.
Jennifer Lord of Lowell, MA, died on June 4, 2022, at the age of 64. Lord graduated with an MA in
Publishing and Writing.
Katherine Foley of Madison, CT, died on April 19, 2022, at the age of 44. Foley graduated with a BFA
Sara Salazar of Mattapan, MA, died on September 21, 2022, at the age of 43. Salazar graduated with a BSSp in Marketing Communication and Advertising, as well as an MA in Integrated Marketing Communication in 2002.
Joseph Pipkin of Istanbul, Turkey (formerly of Portland, ME), died on March 30, 2022, at the age
of 37. Pipkin graduated with an MFA in Media Art.
Griffin Fisher of Malden, MA, died on August 30, 2022, at the age of 22. Fisher graduated with a BA in Media Arts Production.
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Gertrude Carpenter of Schenectady, NY (friend), died on August 6, 2022, at the age of 98.
Expression magazine was notified of the passing of these community members between March 26, 2022,
and October 1, 2022.