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Rob Stein ’66

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Robert Jay Stein was born on Oct. 26, 1943, in Wheeling, W.Va. His father, Charles, owned a chain of lumberyards, and his mother, Janis (Harrison) Stein, was involved in local arts, social service and religious organizations.

He graduated from the Linsly Military Institute (now the Linsly School) in Wheeling before attending Antioch College in Ohio, a hotbed of progressive politics and activism.

The abrupt transition shaped Mr. Stein’s politics.

“It opened my brain to both conservative values and liberal values, and I became respectful of both, even though over time I became more in the liberal camp,” Mr. Stein said in an interview last month.

He went on to the George Washington University Law School in Washington, where he would make his home for the rest of his life.

He worked as a public interest lawyer for 10 years, then helped create or run a series of nonprofit organizations focused on issues including nutrition, refugees, organizational management and voter participation.

Ahead of the 1988 Democratic National Convention, Mr. Stein was recruited to develop a presentation about mobilizing voters. That led to positions as an adviser to the Democratic National Committee under Chairman Ronald H. Brown, and then as chief of staff to Mr. Brown when President Bill Clinton named him commerce secretary in 1993.

Mr. Stein left the Commerce Department shortly before Mr. Brown’s death in a plane crash in 1996 to help start a venture capital fund focused on women-owned businesses. When he formed the Democracy Alliance, he infused it with principles typically associated with venture investing.

In addition to his son Gideon, from his marriage to Mary Ann (Efroymson) Stein, which ended in divorce, Mr. Stein is survived by his wife, Ellen Miley Perry; their daughter, Kat Stein; two other children from his first marriage, Dorothy and Noah Stein; and five grandchildren.

After the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision prompted a surge in political spending, much of it funded by undisclosed sources, Mr. Stein grew increasingly concerned that big money was deepening polarization and distrust in government.

While he urged Democrats not to “unilaterally disarm,” he also began talking about ways to bridge partisan divides and reform politics. That became a larger part of Mr. Stein’s focus after Donald J. Trump’s election in 2016.

He advised several groups on building coalitions of donors and operatives across the political spectrum to fight what he saw as a slide into authoritarianism exacerbated by Mr. Trump.

Mr. Stein applied thinking and strategy from the Democracy Alliance to encourage “a new cross-partisan pro-democracy infrastructure,” said Sarah Longwell, a longtime Republican operative who has worked to loosen Mr. Trump’s grip on the party.

“He was especially attentive to those of us on the right who had never had common cause with Democrats,” said Ms. Longwell, who helped create and run two organizations that oppose Mr. Trump and his allies: the Bulwark website and the political group Defending Democracy Together.

She said Mr. Stein, whom she considers a mentor, was “a relentless cheerleader for the project of democracy.”

John Korty '59

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Moira Margret Arbuckle Quacchia ’76

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Moira Margret Arbuckle Quacchia

June 11, 1933 – February 21, 2022

Moira Quacchia was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the only child of John and Margret Arbuckle. Visiting the United States in 1954, she ended up staying and became a U.S. citizen in 1960. In June 1956, she married Joseph Dubinsky. Their only son, Philip Alan was born in April 1958. In February 1965, when Alan was six years of age, Joe died of a brain tumor. On July 8, 1972, Moira married Russell Quacchia. They purchased a home in Los Altos and resided there for forty-four years. Eventually, they purchased a house in Carmel-by-the-Sea that became their second home. In 2018, they moved from their Los Altos residence to The Forum Retirement Community in Cupertino.
Moira had a long professional career with Kaiser Permanente beginning in San Francisco in 1954. In 1962, when Joe and Moira were living in Santa Clara, Moira was asked to be the Clinic Administrator at the first Kaiser Clinic in Santa Clara County, located in Sunnyvale. Returning to the Santa Clara Kaiser Hospital she continued in Administration there, when in 1982, she was selected to manage the development and opening of a new Kaiser Clinic in Milpitas. She continued as the Milpitas Clinic Administrator in Milpitas until 1996 when she again returned to Kaiser Santa Clara as Assistant Hospital Administrator and remained there until her retirement in 1998.
During the course of her employment, Moira received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Antioch College in 1976, and in 1980 she was awarded a certification of completion from The Hospital Executive Development Program of Saint Louis University.
After retirement, Moira volunteered at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) and was a long time member of the Board of the Alliance for Aging Foundation in Monterey County. She also volunteered at the Breast Cancer Connection Foundation in Palo Alto and the Cantor Art Museum at Stanford University. On October 1, 2004 the United States Congresswomen, Anna Eshoo, presented a Certificate of Special Congregational Recognition to Moira for her outstanding and invaluable service to the community. Moira’s favorite leisure activities were to travel, read and play the challenging game of Mah Jongg.
Moira was well known for her generosity to her friends, family and her relatives in Scotland, her volunteer work and her activism and support of Democratic causes.
Her husband Russ of almost fifty years and her son Alan survive Moira.
Donations in Moira’s name can be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Bay Area Cancer Connections or Planned Parenthood.

John Korty '59

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Grace “Bambi” Williams

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A brief memorial service and luncheon celebrating the life of Grace Darling “Bambi” (Nelson) Williams will be held at 11:30 AM, Wednesday, April 27th, 2022, at the Mills Park Hotel Banquet Hall in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with the Reverend Daria Schaffnit officiating.

Doors will open at 11 AM, and seating will be limited, with preference given to our elders and the differently abled. Masks will be required. The eulogy will be given by Dr. Alphonso Smith, Professor Emeritus of Wright State University, and a family tribute will be given by Sarah Whitledge Taylor, National 1st Vice President of the American Gold Star Mothers. Bambi died early Sunday morning, March 13th, 2022, at Friends Care Community, following a week-long hospital stay in mid-January, and then a 2-month battle with the devastating cardiac and pulmonary after effects of COVID-19. The photo above was taken at FCC on January 21st, the day after returning from the hospital.

At Friends Care, Bambi was fortunate to be able to die in familiar surroundings, tended to by loving and devoted family, friends, and caregivers, including a cardiac and Covid specialist from Hospice of Dayton. Bambi was born in 1932 in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Theodosia Darling (Seibold) Nelson and William George Nelson, Jr. She grew up in Roanoke, VA, in a loving family where she was the youngest of 6 children—her own mother having married for the first time to a widower with 4 older children. She and her youngest sister, “Teddy,” both attended Roanoke’s Jefferson High and then went on to Denison University, in Granville, OH. Bambi graduated from Denison in 1953, with a degree in Sociology and double majors in Psychology and Philosophy. During her studies at Denison, Bambi met both her first and second husband, Dr. Francis Trueman Williams, Jr., known locally as “Frank.” Bambi and Frank married for the first time on September 11th, 1953,
remained friends and co-parents for 18 years following a peaceful dissolution in 1985, and then remarried at Hospice of Dayton, 4 days prior to Frank’s death on March 23rd, 2002.

Always a devoted champion of children, women, elders, and the most vulnerable members of our society, Bambi continued her studies at Roanoke College, Antioch College, Wittenberg University, and The Ohio State University, earning several certifications in Elementary Education. While Frank was earning his PhD at OSU, Bambi first worked as the sole proofreader for Nationwide Insurance in downtown Columbus, then taught third grade at Hilliard Elementary in 1956, and served as the children’s librarian at Tremont Elementary and Upper Arlington (1957-1958). Upon moving to Yellow Springs in 1958, when Frank joined the science faculty as an organic chemist at Antioch College, Bambi and Frank noticed, like legions of other hopeful Yellow Springers both before and since, that the Village had a serious housing shortage. They first rented one of the twin duplexes on West North College Street, then built a small brick ranch in the then-brand-new subdivision known as Fair Acres, on the north end of town. Serving first as a substitute teacher, and then full-time, Bambi taught kindergarten at Mills Lawn from 1959 until her own children came along.

After moving into 210 Gardendale Drive, Bambi and Frank were finally able to achieve their dreams of becoming parents through Montgomery Co. Children & Family Services, where they first adopted their daughter Sam (originally named Stephanie) at age 13 months, in 1962; then their son Whit, at age 6 months, in 1964. They traveled widely, spending Frank’s sabbaticals in Midland, Michigan; London, England; and Tübingen, Germany, in the ’60s. and ’70s.

Having discovered a love and a knack for introducing incoming faculty wives to the village, Bambi first earned her real estate license in 1971, and a lifelong career was born. Bambi worked for Dunphy Real Estate and then Sanford Realty before joining Roth Realty and earning her broker’s license in order to open the Yellow Springs offices of Roth’s Gallery of Homes. Later she joined Heritage Realtors, which eventually became Coldwell Banker Heritage, from which she retired as a licensed Broker Associate and Associate Partner. In 2011, she was awarded the status of Realtor Emerita from the National Association of Realtors. Over the years she made great use of her teaching skills by patiently and kindly training numerous incoming Realtors, including her own daughter, Sam, who joined her in business in 2004. She also performed countless hours of community service and served on numerous boards, including the Antioch School, the Yellow Springs Library Association, the Glen Helen Association, Easter Seals, Planned Parenthood, and Zonta International, and many others.

Throughout her 89 years, Bambi cherished her time spent with family and friends. She loved to travel, both nationally and internationally, visiting the Caribbean, Key West, Ireland, and, quite frequently, Pelee Island with her best friend and constant companion from 2002 onward, Bob Baldwin. Several other family trips she considered highlights were repeated visits to Europe, Australia, Japan, and Thailand. She also enjoyed attending several Gold Star Mother’s Weekends in Washington, D.C., where her beloved maternal grandmother, Grace Darling Whitaker Seibold (for whom Bambi was named) originally founded the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., just 4 years before Bambi was born. Surviving are Bambi’s sister-in-law, Jennie Anita Westlake Findley, of Flemington, WV; daughter, (Stephanie) Samantha Williams Eckenrode, of Yellow Springs; son, Frank Whitaker “Whit” Williams, of Clifton; granddaughter, Miriam Eckenrode Saari and her husband, Aaron, of Cincinnati; and grandson, William Polo Chaikwang, of Yellow Springs. She also leaves behind dear friends Bob Baldwin, Betsy Whitney, Nina Myatt, and Phyllis Logan; as well as a whole host of other extended family members, surrogate family, and beloved Friends Care Community friends and caregivers.

Bambi was a delightful spirit, with an endless “attitude of gratitude,” and a consistently peaceful and positive personality. She was truly a bright light upon this earth. Perfectly named, she was gracious, darling…and truly a dear. In addition to her parents and five older brothers and sisters, Bambi was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and her son-in-law, Eddie Eckenrode.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., 2128 Leroy Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008; Planned Parenthood; the Yellow Springs Community Foundation; or the Glen Helen Association. Online condolences may be expressed at Conroy Funeral Home’s online site, or by emailing conroyfh@gmail.com.

John Korty '59

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Ursula Bellugi ’52

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Ursula Bellugi, a pioneer in the study of the biological foundations of language who was among the first to demonstrate that sign language was just as complex, abstract and systematic as spoken language, died on Sunday in San Diego. She was 91.

Her death, at an assisted living facility, was confirmed by her son Rob Klima.

Dr. Bellugi was a leading researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego for nearly five decades and, for much of that time, was director of its laboratory for cognitive neuroscience. She made significant contributions in three main areas: the development of language in children; the linguistic structure and neurological basis of American Sign Language; and the social behavior and language abilities of people with a rare genetic disorder, Williams syndrome.

“She leaves an indelible legacy of shedding light on how humans communicate and socialize with each other,” Rusty Gage, president of the Salk Institute, said in a statement.

Dr. Bellugi’s work, much of it done in collaboration with her husband, Edward S. Klima, advanced understanding of the brain and the origins of language, both signed and spoken.

American Sign Language was first described as a true language in 1960 by William C. Stokoe Jr., a professor at Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university devoted to deaf people. But he was ridiculed and attacked for that claim.

Dr. Bellugi and Dr. Klima, who died in 2008, demonstrated conclusively that the world’s signed languages — of which there are more than 100 — were actual languages in their own right, not just translations of spoken languages.

Dr. Bellugi, who focused on American Sign Language, established that these linguistic systems were passed down, in all their complexity, from one generation of deaf people to the next. For that reason, the scientific community regards her as the founder of the neurobiology of American Sign Language.

The couple’s work led to a major discovery at the Salk lab: that the left hemisphere of the brain has an innate predisposition for language, whether spoken or signed. That finding gave scientists fresh insight into how the brain learns, interprets and forgets language.

“This was a critical discovery for deaf people, as it verified that our language is treated equally by the brain — just as we must be treated equally by society,” Roberta J. Cordano, the president of Gallaudet, said in a statement.

John Korty '59

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