Archive for the ‘Florida’ Category

Adell M. Pickens (M.B.A. ’00)

UH Alumni Adell Pickens launched Inclusion Theory, an equity crowdfunding platform launching to help address the racial wealth gap and connect underfunded minority entrepreneurs to investors.

Adell is a graduate of  the C. T. Bauer School of Business in the MBA Finance program, class of 2000.


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John G. Pate (’57)

Message From John:

I am a class of 1957 journalism graduate and a one-time reporter for the Houston Post. I was later the owner of a Houston-based public relations agency. I now live in Vero Beach, Florida and would like to re-establish contact with some of my fellow 1957 journalism graduates.

Most Kindly,
John G. Pate

Charlotte Swank (’59)

Swank, Charlotte A.
Our beloved mother, Charlotte A. Swank of Palm Beach Gardens passed away peacefully in her home on July 3, 2020. Charlotte was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she married her high school sweetheart Charles Swank (2003). After they both graduated from the University of Houston and Charlie’s military service was completed they moved to east Texas to raise their 2 children. With subsequent moves to Chicago and then back to Texas they made Florida their home in 1987.
Along the way Charlotte began a love of travel with trips to Europe, mountains in Kenya, the Great Wall of China, river cruises in Russia and the pyramids of Egypt. Her other interests included reading, where her favorites were historical biographies, her love of aerobics where she met her closest friends, performances at the Maltz Theater, shopping at the Gardens Mall and having lunch with her friends. She spent countless hours “Working in the Yard” tending her plants and flowers with her loyal long haired Chihuahua Angie by her side.
Charlotte is survived by her daughter Dayna Vaughn and son Bart Swank, 6 grandchildren and her sisters Bonnie Grober and Cassie Walters.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Robert Joseph Davis (M.S. ’84)

Robert (Bob) Joseph Davis

Fort Pierce – Robert Joseph Davis (Bob), age 73, of Fort Pierce, Florida went to his Lord on May 7, 2020. He was surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 14, 1946. He was one of four children of William Herbert Davis and the late Maureen Christina Davis. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Bitely Davis, who he married on November 14, 1999 in Palm City, Florida.

He graduated from Waterford Kettering High School in Waterford, Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Lawrence Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Accountancy from University of Houston. While living in Texas, he received his CPA.

Bob was a US Army veteran serving with the 159th Aviation Battalion USARPAC attached to the 101st Airborne in Vietnam from July 1967-April 1969. He was Honorably Discharged.

Bob is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Marie and Scott Elam of Greer, SC; a son and daughter-in-law Robert and Kristi Davis of Melbourne, FL and his stepdaughter and her significant other Samantha Greenwood and Blake Ranew of Port St. Joe, FL; grandchildren Samantha and Gregory Krieg, Andrew, Sarah, Monica, Michael and John Paul Elam, Alexander and Addison Davis, and Casen Hill and a great-granddaughter Felicity Krieg; brothers William, Michael and Thomas Davis of Michigan.

Bob retired from Liberator Medical Supply in 2016 as their Chief Financial Officer and leaves some very special friends, Mark and Cindy Libratore. He was an avid golfer, RVer and his greatest love was boating, all of which he shared with his wife Cathy. Bob will be forever loved and missed by his wife, family and fellow coworkers.

Bob will be cremated and an inurnment with military honors will be arranged in a national cemetery on a date to be determined.

Arrangements are under direction of Haisley Funeral & Cremation Service. An online guest book may be signed at

Kadee Barnett (’12)

UH alumna, Kadee Barnett was recognized as Beulah Elementary’s Teacher of the Year. More…

John C. Rogers (’62)

September 12 2019

John C. Rogers of Oxford CT and Punta Gorda FL passed away at his Oxford home on September 6, 2019 with his wife and family by his side.
John was the son of the late Augusta (Burchfield) Rogers and Forest E. Rogers. He is survived by his loving and cherished wife, the former first selectman of Oxford, Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers.
Born in Knoxville TN and raised in Port Lavaca TX, John graduated from Bosse High School in Evansville Indiana and the University of Houston with a Marketing Degree in 1962.

He proudly served in the US Army stationed in Grunstadt Germany with the 1st Artillery, 5th Missile R Company C (Specialist 4 Class) from 1962 to 1964. He often joked about how his father, who headed the recruitment board, picked his name out on the list. In fact John volunteered on his own to serve as an enlisted soldier during the Vietnam War and surprised his father with the news.
John went on to work for General Electric in the Home Service Center, Syracuse NY, before transferring to Bridgeport, CT to Wire & Cable he advanced to Supervisor of NBC Division Accounts Payable; Financial Planning Center and Accounts Payable Department in Shelton, CT where he retired in 2000. He was also a Certified Financial Planner for Amex in the eighties.
Besides his wife of 30 years he is survived by his children, Tina (Glenn) Herman of Woodbury, John (Colleen) of Guilford, Garrett (Karen) of Hamden, stepchildren, Jeffrey (fiance Cindy) of Woodbury, Eric (Kimberly) of Panama City Beach FL and Jill Drayton of Oxford. He was predeceased by his son Michael.

John leaves ten grandchildren,Taylor and Madison Drayton; John, Eleanor, and Ewan Oakes-Rogers; Jey, Kellen and Brady Herman; Stephanie and Magdalena Rogers. He leaves his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Barbara and Edward Dalterio and Kristina and Gerald Trevits, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his late wife Kathleen Rogers and his sisters Billie Ray Slotnick and Julianne Dugat.

Known for his sense of humor and lightheartedness, John seldom had a harsh word to say. John was always a humble man and when asked for his opinion or advice, he would simply say, “I know very little”. He loved putting people at ease and brought joy to many throughout his life with a warm smile or a huge bear hug. He enjoyed spending fun times with family and dear friends in CT and FL. “Big John” especially loved the Thanksgiving holidays, traveling and spending winters in Florida with Mary Ann, fishing in Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, watching the UConn basketball teams and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys in good seasons and not so good seasons. John never missed watching a Superbowl game since its inception.

John was a lifetime member of the Waterbury Deep Sea Fishing Club, a member of St Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford Senior Center, Oxford Land Trust, Oxford Historical Society, a past Weebeloe Boy Scout leader and Pop Warner Football Coach, Seymour/Oxford league. He formerly volunteered his time as a tax preparer and had served on some local town boards/commissions in Oxford. And John loved music of all types; he played the trumpet in high school, danced up a storm and sang in the choir at the Great Hill United Methodist Church for a time.

John relied on his devoted wife, Mary Ann, to guide him through his recent illnesses over the last several years and often expressed his gratitude to all who shared both the challenging and the enjoyable times. Besides his wife, he was lovingly cared for by Taylor, Jill and Madison as well as his caring aides and nurses especially Jennifer and Elaine. He accepted living with Parkinson’s Disease and Autonomic Neuropathy with grace and dignity setting an example of courage and will miss and be missed by all who shared in his life.

Calling hours will be held Thursday September 12, 2019 from 10:00-12:30, with a funeral service at 1:00P.M. at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, located 235 Main Street North Southbury, CT. A graveside service with military honors will follow at Southford Cemetery located in Oxford, CT. To leave an online condolence please visit