Hugh Alan Baskin ’70

Hugh Alan Baskin '70Dr. Hugh A. Baskin, 68, passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2016 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Hugh was born on December 3, 1947 in Denver, CO to Jack and Lela Baskin.

He was the middle of three children. His parents instilled in him the values of honesty, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, patience and kindness.

Much of his childhood was spent helping out on the family farm. When the chores were done, Hugh could be found reading, throwing the football or riding his pony Corky to school.

After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, he attended Davidson College in North Carolina. He sang in the men’s chorus and spent a year studying in Southern France.

He truly valued the liberal arts education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1970. Hugh then attended University of Colorado for medical school, graduating in 1974.

Hugh met Patricia Sheahan of Oak Park, IL on a blind date set up by mutual friends. They were married in Westminster, CO on June 1st, 1974 then relocated to Tucson, AZ for Hugh’s residency in pediatrics.

After visiting the Pacific NW they fell in love with the area and settled in Salem, OR, where he began his career at Salem Pediatric Clinic in 1977.

Dr. Baskin dedicated his career to caring for children and families. His calm demeanor, endless patience and kind heart were qualities that guided him through 37 years of practice. He taught the importance of honesty and service to others by example.

He spent over four years on the board at Salem Hospital, and was head of the medical staff for a year. Despite putting in long hours at work, Hugh was a dedicated husband and father to his two children.

In recent years he was able to enjoy time with his three grandchildren. Dr. Baskin valued a lifetime of education; he was an avid reader, and read both for work and pleasure.

He appreciated music, visits to art and history museums, and was fluent in French and Spanish. He loved the outdoors and travelling. Camping, hiking, and running were frequent activities, and he participated in many Hood to Coast relays.

His greatest adventure was hiking the Camino de Santiago with his wife in 2014, a 500 mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain. The following year they walked the Chemain Jacques, a 200 mile trek through southern France.

Hugh is survived by his wife Patty of 42 years, his son Colin Baskin and wife Jennifer Alexander, his daughter Megan Weathers and husband Sam, grand-daughter Anna (8 years), and grandsons Cormac and Emmett (1 year).

Also surviving are his older sister Mary Lee Moneypenny and husband Robert, his younger brother Joseph Baskin and wife Dee, and nieces René, Kedryn, Cameryn, and Kyna.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to Family Building Blocks at



Robert Alan Johnson ’70

Robert Alan Johnson, of Washington, DC passed away on June 15, 2016 at the age of 68.

Born in Lancaster and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1966 and further educated at Oberlin College and at the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate in Sociology from Michigan in 1979.

As a long-time resident of the DC metropolitan area, he worked as a demographer and statistician and published many research articles in leading academic journals. Son of Cecil and Blanche Johnson (deceased) he is survived by his sister Beth Lloyd, Lincoln Park, N.J. and his beloved friend Valerie Caracelli, Washington, DC.

A funeral service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, Eighth and Waller Streets, Portsmouth, Ohio, on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

A burial service will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery, 55 Mary Ann Street, Portsmouth, Ohio on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute, and to the Regents of the University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School,!/scu/rackham .

Published in The Daily Times from Apr. 21 to Apr. 25, 2017

Joseph Emerson Kilpatrick ’70

Joseph Emerson Kilpatrick '70Joseph Emerson Kilpatrick, 67, passed away August 10. The memorial service was held Aug 14 at Knollwood Baptist Church. Joseph was born in Asheville, NC to James and Carolyn Kilpatrick.

He attended Millburn High School in Millburn, NJ, and graduated from Davidson College in 1970. He was a second Lt in the Army and honorably discharged in 1972. Joseph graduated from UNC-CH Law School in 1975 and clerked on the Court of Appeals before joining the law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount & Mitchell in Raleigh.

He later practiced with Weinstein, Sturgess, Odom, Bigger and Campbell law firm in Charlotte. Joseph was the Assistant Director of the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation from 1980 until 2000, then did consulting and volunteer work.

He was committed to enriching NC’s culture and legacy in the areas of education, environment, criminal justice reform, community development and campaign finance reform.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Penelope Clark Kilpatrick, daughter Megan Kilpatrick Moen of Denver, CO and Winston-Salem and her husband Matthew Moen, daughter Jennifer Jamieson of Winston-Salem, three granddaughters Greta and Ayla Moen and Eleanor Clark, his sister Lynn Kilpatrick Bradshaw and her husband Jim Bradshaw of Wilson and Asheville and their two sons, Michael and Patrick Bradshaw.

Memorial gifts may be made to Piedmont Environmental Alliance, the NC Coastal Federation, and the Nature Conservancy.

Thomas Hubert Stokes, Jr. ’70

Thomas H. Stokes Jr., 67, of Crawfordsville died suddenly July 7, 2015, in Québec, Canada, while attending an academic conference. He was born in Greenville County, South Carolina on March 30, 1948, and was the son of Thomas H. and Alice (White) Stokes, who predeceased him.

An Associate Professor of French at Wabash College, Stokes graduated from Davidson College in 1970, and in 1971 studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he earned a diploma in French Studies. His further advanced degrees were an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974, and the Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, both in French.

Stokes began his career as a Peace Corps Teacher in the Congo for two years, and taught English as a second language in the United States, France, and Germany. He also taught at Cumberland College, St John’s College (NM), and Cornell College before joining the faculty of Wabash in 1990.

His most important academic work was his 1996 book Audience, Intention, and Rhetoric in Pascal and Simone Weil. Later in his career he developed an interest in the Francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean, and gave numerous papers and lectures on this and other topics in French Studies. His abiding interest was literature; he was long fascinated by the French moraliste tradition, and by biography and autobiography, and with them, the construction of memory. Tom Stokes believed in the study of literature as a vital means of unlocking the human mind, heart, and soul.

Wabash College honored him with the McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Award in 1996, and in 1997 he delivered the LaFollette Lecture in the Humanities at Wabash, speaking on the French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Thomas is survived by his aunt, Mildred Stokes, and several cousins, and many devoted friends, colleagues, and students throughout the world who will miss his unfailing dedication to humanistic studies, as well as his ironic wit.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Pioneer Chapel at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, with a reception following in the Detchon Center.

Tom was an inveterate traveler around the globe, and recognizing this love and the way he inspired it in his students, his close friends and former students will establish at Wabash the Thomas H. Stokes Jr. Fund for Study Abroad. They invite contributions to this fund in Tom’s memory. Gifts can be directed to Wabash College in care of the Advancement Office, P.O. Box 352, Crawfordsville, IN 47933. Contributions may also be made online at or by calling 877-743-4545.