In Memoriam

Charles Gillette '42

Charles Gillette ’42, a leading authority on the Iroquois Indians, died on May 4, 2008, in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., at the age of 88.

Gillette was a World War II veteran who received his master’s degree from the University of Chicago in anthropology. He became senior curator and later senior scientist of archeology at the New York State Museum in Albany, where he retired in 1982. He helped establish the Iroquois Museum in Howe Caverns and the Tekakwitha Shrine in Fonda. Among other works, Gillette published The People of the Longhouse: A Guide to the Iroquois Indian Groups.

Gillette was part of a legacy family, including his parents, C. Edgar Gillette ’10 and Celia Rogers Gillette ’17; brothers P. Roger Gillette ’37 and James Gillette ’47; wife Gwyn Young Gillette ’40; brother-in-law Elwood Young ’43; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by wife Gwyn, two children, brother Roger, and a sister-in-law.

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David Hull '43

Dr. David Hull ’43 died Feb. 14, 2008, in Cupertino, Calif. He was 87.

Hull served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Germany before moving to California to start his orthopedic surgery practice. Hull developed an expertise in skiing and sports injuries, creating innovative treatments and advanced ski binding systems.

Hull is part of a family with a long history at Cornell: his wife Connie Brooks Hull ’43, mother Gail West Hull ’09, aunt Marie West Berry ’11, brother Arthur Hull ’37, sister Mary Gail Hull ’40, uncle Merle S. West ’09 — for whom West Science Center is named — and aunt Grace West Hull ’09. Connie’s father was biology professor Frank Brooks (1936–1955).

He is survived by wife Connie, brother Arthur, three children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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William Nardini '51

Dr. William Nardini ’51, a well-respected professor who established the Department of Criminology at Indiana State University, died on Jan. 26, 2008, in Terre Haute, Ind. He was 78.

Nardini made his mark at Cornell as a three-time Midwest Conference wrestling champion and runner-up in the 1951 NAAU championships. Nardini served in Korea as a U.S. Army Sergeant, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.

The professor was the cornerstone of the ISU criminology department, first helping to found it in 1972, then serving as its chair, and continuing to serve as a senior faculty member until 1992. Even after retirement he continued working as an adjunct professor until 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lois, former wife, Georgia Ann, eight children and stepchildren,
and four grandchildren.

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Francis Alan Duval

Professor emeritus of German Professor emeritus of German Francis Alan DuVal of Mount Vernon, Iowa, died March 24, 2008. He was 91.

DuVal was one of the original faculty to explore One-Course-At-A-Time and it was his enthusiastic report, along with Mel Hetland, that helped usher in a new era at the college.

DuVal began teaching German at Cornell in 1941 before serving in World War II. After returning to Iowa in 1946 he earned his Ph.D. in German and eventually became chairman of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages. He, along with his wife, published several college German textbooks prior to his retirement in 1982.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne Louise, and her husband, as well as three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Cornellians can share memories of Professor DuVal at

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