In memoriam

A life of loyalty, integrity, and service
Allyn Adams ’64, a past chairman of the University’s board of directors (2007-2009), passed away Sept. 30 in his home from a heart attack. He was 69. JCU President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., celebrated his funeral Mass.

A partner for Deloitte & Touche who managed the Growth Company Services practice in Cleveland, Adams advised clients about succession and mergers and acquisitions. He edited a newsletter and wrote articles in professional journals. He retired in May 2005 when he served as a senior audit partner. Adams was primarily responsible for the firm’s campus recruiting activities at John Carroll and coordinated the Deloitte & Touche Endowment Fund that provides scholarships to Carroll students.


Adams was chair of Ohio CPA/PAC – he won the society’s 2008 Gold Medal for service to the profession. His civic involvement included being: a director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation, a trustee of Educational Community Foundation, a civil service commissioner for the city of Berea, treasurer of the Berea City Club, vice chairman of the Council of Smaller Enterprises, civil service chairman in Berea, treasurer of the Berea Rotary, and chair of the school district’s Education Foundation. He also was a member of the Metro Catholic School Advisory Board, MetroParks Audit Committee, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Development Advisory Committee, and Harvard Business School Club and Rotary.

A member of Delta Alpha Theta, Alpha Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Epsilon, and Alpha Sigma Nu, Adams was appointed editor-in- chief of The Carroll News his sophomore year and held that position through his senior year. A class agent and member of his class reunion committee, Adams assisted with the National Alumni-in-Admission Program and administering the scholarship program endowed by his class for descendants of the class of ’64. From 1988 to 1993, he was vice present and then president of the National Alumni Board (’91-’93) and instituted the memorial-tree-planting ceremony for deceased alumni during reunion weekend. For the next two years, he chaired the President’s Forum and developed the Lavelle Society. He was a member of the board of trustees of the University, and the steering committee of the Private Sector Business Association. For his service to the University, Adams was awarded the Alumni Medal in 1999.

Adams, who graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, earned a master’s in business at the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the owner/president management program at Harvard University. He became a captain in the Army Finance Corps and advised South Vietnam’s defense ministry during the war there.

Adams traveled extensively and boated at Atwood Lake south of Canton, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Susan; two children, including Katherine Kelly ’98; and six grandchildren. His mother, Edythe, passed away a month after he did.


Coletta Normile ’40, 8-18-12
Mitchell F. Shaker ’43, 8-24-12
James F. Herlihy ’44, 7-25-12
William J. Schmidt ’45, 7-20-12
Charles A. Miller ’47, 9-25-12
Frank J. Reilly ’47, 7-1-12
Thomas R. Wetzel ’47, 8-31-12
Thomas Clark Jr. ’49, 4-27-12
James H. Petersen ’50, 7-7-12
Lawrence J. Badar ’51, 9-7-12
Lee J. Cirillo ’51, 2-16-12
Donald F. Corlett ’51, 8-30-12
Thomas F. Gardner ’51, 8-27-12
Edward F. Poss Jr. ’51, 7-1-12
Norman Conti ’51, 4-5-12
Richard J. Humrick ’52, 7-21-12
Frederick O. Bauer ’53, 8-17-12
Brian F. Miller ’53, 7-9-12
Dean C. Bryant ’54, 7-2-10
James B. Kilway ’55, 7-22-12
James J. Szakovits ’55, 9-11-12
William A. Mullee ’57, 6-30-12
Edgar L. Ostendorf Jr. ’57, 8-26-12
Jerome J. Rastatter ’57, 12-18-11
Frederick J. Dannies ’58, 7-25-12
Daniel Duncan Grapentien ’58, 8-24-12
William J. Henkel ’58, 7-25-12
Robert B. Seiler ’58, 8-2-12
Carl P. Kasunic ’61, 5-26-11
john L. Urbancic ’62, 7-13-12
Allyn R. Adams ’64, 9-30- 12
William F. Kurtzner ’64, 2-22-12
David J. Reuter ’64, 8-29-12
Roger T. Schinness ’64, 8-6-12
Robert Dvorak ’64, 6-20-12
Raymond R. Chervenak ’66G, 9-3-12
John A. Santoro ’66, 6-12-12
Rita Channas ’67, 7-12-12
Thomas P. Enright ’68, 1-29-09
Theodore W. Rudin ’68G, 6-12-12
Richard P. DiScipio ’69G, 6-7-12
Andrew G. Kopas ’69, 8-6-12
Bernard B. Roth ’69G, 9-26-12
Christine E. Capasso ’70, 4-5-12
Brian C. Lenni ’71, 3-3-12
William H. Quandt ’71, 11-12-11
Michael J. Barry ’74, 2-29-12
James M. Lally ’74, 8-10-12
Kevin W. Mccarthy ’74, 9-8-12
Thomas W. Tifft ’74, 7-9-12
donald M. Maciejewski ’76, 7-17-12
Richard A. Matty ’77, 7-16-12
David N. Degenova ’79, 9-21-12
Patricia Ann Withers ’79, 9-16-12
Barbara J. Lukacs ’81G, 7-27-12
Ronald R. Cartwright ’84G, 7-7-12
Scott M. Donelli ’84, 5-25-12
Vera B. Brenner ’85G, 9-7-12
Barbara Ann Ehrmantraut ’85G, 9-23-10
Kenneth E. Mendelson ’93G, 7-23-12
Michael Radenkov ’97G, 8-10-12

This is a list of recently deceased members of the John Carroll Community as of Oct. 1, 2012. To inform the University about the death of a member of the Carroll family please contact Joan Brosius at 216-397-4332 or We apologize for any omissions.

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