In Memoriam

Barron Bremner

Longtime coach, athletic director, educator and vice president for college advancement Barron Bremner died Feb. 12. He was 75.

Bremner may be the only man to successfully bridge the great divide between athletic rivals Coe and Cornell—not once, but twice. During a 42-year career he had a positive effect on the lives of thousands of student-athletes at both schools.

Bremner first came to Cornell College in 1959, coached multiple sports and served two years as Dean of Men. In 1971 he left for Coe as athletic director, chair of the physical education department, and head wrestling coach.

In 1978 he was back to Cornell as athletic director, wrestling coach and assistant to the president. He began the job by personally moving 40 lockers from the Women’s Gym (now McWethy Hall) to the Fieldhouse to merge men’s and women’s athletics. Four years later he gave up his athletic duties and in 1985 was named vice president for institutional advancement and director of the $62 million Program for Cornell, which included the Small Multi-Sport Center.

In 1993 Bremner made his final career move, returning to Coe as athletic director. He retired in 2001.

Bremner’s combined coaching record at Coe and Cornell includes 18 conference titles in 23 years.  In 1995, he was inducted into the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bremner graduated from the University of Iowa in 1958. He was a member of the Hawkeye Rose Bowl football team and a heavyweight wrestler, and was elected to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Hall of Fame.

A full obituary will appear in the summer Cornell Report.


Barron Bremner

Mark Hunter

Associate Professor of theatre Mark Hunter died Nov. 6, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa. He was 61.

Hunter joined the faculty in 2002.

During his 10 years at Cornell, the theatre department increased its national reputation, and Hunter directed and produced dozens of shows.

In all, he directed hundreds of productions including his stage adaptation of Lee Smith's award-winning novel "Fair and Tender Ladies" (re-titled "Ivy Rowe" on stage), which received an off-Broadway production and was presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hunter began acting at age 8. His child acting credits include Broadway, off-Broadway, television, and voiceover work. He played the role of Little Yonkers in the Broadway run of "Gypsy" starring Ethel Merman, and the role of Tom in the Broadway production of "Camelot" starring Julie Andrews.

He received a J.D. in 1978 from Syracuse University and practiced law for several years before returning to the theatre. He earned a master's degree in directing at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Hunter is survived by his wife, Claire Joseph, a daughter and son and two grandchildren.

He was remembered by students at a Nov. 14 memorial service in Kimmel Theatre, and by his colleagues at Riverside Theatre with a memorial service on Nov. 21. Dozens of friends, students, and colleagues also left their memories of him on an online obituary.

You can see a photo slideshow of Hunter and video from the memorial service at and the comments left on his obituary at

Mark Hunter

Robert Black

Emeritus Professor of biology and former assistant men's basketball coach Robert Black died Jan. 13, 2012, in Solon, Iowa. He was 62.

Black joined the faculty in 1987, and taught for 23 years, retiring in 2010.

Black was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He earned a bachelor's degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Black was known for his research on the migratory patterns of raptors, the ecology of ornate box turtles, and the ecology of fire coral. He was instrumental in launching the ongoing off-campus study programs at the Gerace Research Center in the Bahamas and the Wilderness Field Station in Minnesota.

Black served for years as assistant men's basketball coach, and was an advisor to numerous student organizations, including the Environmental Club. He was also involved in creating the Mount Vernon-Lisbon solid waste program. He is survived by his wife, Susan Peterson, and two daughters.

You can read comments left on his obituary and read his emeritus citation read at the 2011 Commencement ceremony at

Robert Black

John Meyer

Former Professor of mathematics John Meyer died Nov. 29, 2011, in Holland, Mich.. He was 74.

Meyer came to Cornell in 1965, after teaching at Wartburg College in Wartburg, Iowa. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1972 and taught at Cornell until 1983. After leaving Cornell, he taught at Albion College in Albion, Mich. and at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. Upon retiring in 2002, he and his wife, Susan, settled in Holland, Mich.

In addition to his work at Cornell, Meyer was active in the Mount Vernon- Lisbon community. He and his wife were founding members of the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Ambulance Service, and he and politics Professor Craig Allin answered the first call made by the ambulance service in 1974.

John Meyer

Tom McGlauchlin

Former Professor of art at Cornell, artist and pioneer in the studio glass movement Tom McGlauchlin died April 4, 2011, in Toledo, Ohio. He was 74.

Since 1962, when he was part of the first glass blowing workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art, McGlauchlin was involved in glass as an artist and teacher. He taught art at Cornell from 1961 through 1971, and from 1964 through 1966, he taught the second introductory glass blowing course ever offered at a college, at the University of Iowa.

After leaving Cornell McGlauchlin spent 13 years as an adjunct professor and director of the glass program at the University of Toledo/Toledo Museum of Art joint program.

His work has been exhibited worldwide, from the Smithsonian American Art Museum to the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art.

Tom McGlauchlin

William Petersen '60

Artist and commercial illustrator William Petersen '60 of Evanston, Ill., died Aug. 26. He was 72.

Petersen wrestled and played baseball at Cornell, and he was also a member of Delta Phi Rho. In his senior year, he was named Outstanding Wrestler, and he is a member of the Cornell Sports Hall of Fame.

He earned his bachelor's degree in art and was drafted into the Army, where according to his wife, Sharon Bell Petersen '60, he was able to pursue two passions: illustrating and baseball. After the Army, he worked as a graphic designer before striking out on his own as a freelancer. According to a Chicago Tribune news obituary, he never turned down a job. Among his many illustrations were the Keebler Elves, the Jolly Green Giant, McDonald's packaging, authors for the Tribune's book section, and a caricature of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. He produced a wide range of work, but enjoyed editorial and humorous illustration the most. He also drew countless caricatures of friends and family to honor their major milestones and accomplishments, and remained active, playing tennis and golf with friends.

Over the past few years, Petersen's greatest passion was his family, especially his five grandchildren, Sharon Petersen said, teaching them to draw and paint as they sat on his lap at his drawing board.

Both the program for Petersen's memorial service and the Tribune obituary mentioned his philosophy, which was, "Be yourself, learn your trade, meet the deadlines, love your family, surround yourself with nice people, and act on your dreams. Also, never draw a happy face, just wear one."

He is survived by his wife, a brother, a son and daughter, and five grandchildren.

William Petersen '60