We have been saddened to learn of the deaths of the following members of the University Glee Club community.
Holcomb B. (“Hoc”) Noble
Hoc Noble, Amherst Class of 1955 and UGC Class of 1978, died on November 26th, 2017 after a sudden illness. He had been living at a senior care facility near his son in Massachusetts, and his family was with him in hospital when he passed away.
A native of East Hartford, Connecticut, Hoc attended Amherst College and upon graduation began a long and distinguished career in journalism, starting as a reporter with the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram. He then joined the Associated Press in 1960 and went on to become day supervising editor of the AP’s general news report. Part of his responsibilities included directing coverage of the Apollo 12, 13, and 14 moon missions from the AP bureau at the Houston Space Center.
Hoc then joined the New York Times where he had a remarkably varied and outstanding career, first as acquisitions editor and rewrite person at the Sunday magazine, then as science section editor, metropolitan news editor, business editor and finally as an investigative editor, during which time he led teams in two year-long investigations which won back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1986 for articles on President Reagan’s anti-missile “Star Wars” initiative, and the second in 1987 for coverage of the aftermath of the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle. Hoc was also the author of two books, “Next: The Coming Era in Science” in 1988, and “Cheney’s War Crimes: The Reign of a De-Facto President” in 2013. (His political orientation requires no further elucidation.)
Hoc made many valued contributions to the University Glee Club as a singer, pianist and raconteur. In addition to his front-row perch in the 2nd tenor section, Hoc wrote a chapter on the UGC’s Hambone Cup traditions (and other contributions) for the Centennial history, and also wrote a touching article about the Club for the New York Times Magazine (linked below). His most influential contribution was his introduction and sponsorship of Francisco Nunez as a UGC member. Hoc was generally an early champion of Francisco, encouraging him to start the Young Peoples Chorus, and recruiting fellow members George Nemeth and Phil Olick to join him the YPC board, on which Hoc served continuously from its founding until about three years ago.
Hoc is survived by two children, Jon Holcomb (“JH”) and Carolyn, several grandchildren, and two former wives. I have no further information about funeral or memorial service arrangements, but will share them when available.
Hoc was a delightful, talented and sometimes provocative man, a loyal Lord Jeff (or Mammoth?), and a good friend to many. He will certainly be missed. RIP
— John F. H. Ong
Hoc’s New York Times UGC article:
Hoc’s Obituary in The Pelhams – PLUS:
The University Glee Club of New York City mourns the passing of Retired Active Ernest Sciutto on November 9th, 2017.
David C. Logan
David Charles Logan of Pelham Manor passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 27th, after a courageous and heroic battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Charlotte and Joseph Logan, David began singing at a young age in the local conservatories, high school musicals and church events that provided plenty of singing opportunities.
David graduated in 1958 from the University of Wisconsin where he studied voice and Business Administration while performing in a series of musicals, most popular being “Oklahoma”.
After graduating, David joined the United States Army where entertaining troops became his assignment and was selected THE SOLDIER OF THE CYCLE in his company. After the military, Dave moved to New York where he began a long and prosperous career in Advertising. Then in 1966 at one of his many parties in the Hamptons, David would meet Cynthia, who would become his wife of 49 years. In 1967 the two were married in Weston, CT. and went on to raise their 3 children in his beloved home in Pelham Manor, where he resided until his death.
David’s career in Advertising began at Grey Advertising which eventually led to a successful career in Network Radio. David worked for the ABC Radio Network during its heyday contributing to the success of the first national radio network. He went on to develop new successful networks for Concert Music and the Hispanic Radio Network.
Outside of work, David was a loyal, witty and beloved member of the NYC University Glee Club where he had many opportunities to sing and solo at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and The White House as well as abroad, most memorably, Ireland. David didn’t just leave an imprint on the club, he left a trench. “The go-to man for many of the club’s traditions over the years.” He produced a production of George M. Cohen’s music featuring local talent and participated in the Huguenot Cabaret as recently as last month, where he received a standing ovation after performing Old Man River, it would be his last performance. David was also a proud 53 year member of The University Club in Manhattan, his home away from home.
David was a loyal patriot who loved his country dearly and would hang his flag proudly on national holidays and was a member of American Legion Post 50. David was about as well read as they come and on any given day could outsmart the most esteemed professors with his vast knowledge of World History and Politics.
All the while, David continued to be the life of the party. He loved to fill a church with his voice and rarely missed a Service. But anyone who knew Dave knew that above all else, his heart belonged in his home, where he would host legendary parties full of music, song and laughter. A familiar scene at Christmas would be Dave standing behind the grand piano in his living room while conducting a large house of guests signing their way through The 12 Days of Christmas. Dave loved to welcome friends and family into his home where there was always a seat at the table.
David has joined his beloved wife in Heaven and is survived by their three children: David Charles, Jr. (Jessica), Clark Bush (Joanna), and Katherine Hennessey (Jack) and his sister, Mary Scheutze of Wisconsin. He will be lovingly remembered by his seven grandchildren, Dahlia, Declan, Clark, Jerry, Ewan, Peter and John.
A viewing will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, NY, on Friday, July 14th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. A Mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 575 Fowler Avenue, Pelham Manor New York on Saturday, July 15th at 11:00 AM. He will be laid to rest with his wife at Oak Hill Cemetery. For more information or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.pelhamfuneral.com.
James H. Scott, Jr.
James (Jim) Scott passed away on Sunday, April 2, at his home in Tenafly, NJ with his wife Kathy and two children, Andrew and Betsy, by his side. His economic research helped bridge the gap between scholars and investors. Jim Scott was the Founding CEO of Quantitative Management Associates and Chairman of the Board for the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, better known as “The Q-Group.” He also served as a Senior Managing Director for GM Asset Management. Jim‘s research on capital structure and bankruptcy (1976) helped value corporate assets in an uncertain world. He developed quantitative investment techniques that are commonly used today. Born in Dallas, TX on January 28, 1945, Jim earned his BA from Rice University and his PhD in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. He met Kathy Bilderback while working as a research fellow for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, OH. The couple lived in Milwaukee, WI and Stanford, CA before moving to the East Coast, where Jim became a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and led the Finance Department. He was an enthusiastic member ofthe University Glee Club of New York City and a dedicated volunteer at the Church of the Atonement.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of Atonement on Saturday, April 22, at 10am.
97 Highwood Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670. Services handled by Barrett Funeral Home, Tenafly, NJ.
It is with sadness we announce the passing of Jim Scott, a spirited UGC voice for many years. Below is a note received from a former NJ choir mate:
For quite a few years, I have had the pleasure of singing in my church choir next to Jim Scott. I was delighted to find out that he was a member of UGC, as my Dad had been an Associate Member for many years, and growing up, I’d been to quite a few concerts and parties back in the John Baldwin years.
Over the past year, we at Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ were distressed to see Jim‘s increasing difficulty with breathing, but we all didn’t expect his disease to progress so quickly.
A private funeral service is planned. Our church will also be holding a Memorial Service Saturday April 22nd 10:00 AM Church of the Atonement, 97 Highwood Avenue,Tenafly, NJ 07670.
Any of Jim‘s UGC friends who would like to come to this service are welcome.
Robert Doughty Weeks, Jr.
Robert Doughty Weeks, Jr., of Pelham, NY passed away on Tuesday, May 10th after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 82 years old.
Born in Manhattan to the late Robert Doughty and Marjorie Klehr Weeks, he was raised in Babylon, Long Island. He graduated from the Taft School and Duke University and served in the US Navy Pacific and Atlantic fleets retiring as Captain in the active reserves.
Robert was a Senior Vice President at the Chase Manhattan Bank and later helped direct the opening of the New York offices for Credit Agricole, Sumitomo Bank, and Banque Arab et International d’Investissement, Paris. Mr. Weeks assisted the World Bank and US AID in the economic reconstruction of numerous former communist countries including Romania and Bosnia where he and his wife resided for many years.
He was an avid traveler, sailor, skier, and choral singer. Robert leaves behind his beloved wife, Sarabeth, his cherished children Cynthia M. Lawlor and Robert D. Weeks III, Cynthia’s husband William, Robert’s wife, Susan, and his four dear grandchildren.
Services will be held at Christ Church, 1415 Pelhamdale Ave., Pelham Manor, NY on Saturday, May 14th at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Church or Calvary Hospice, Bronx, NY.
Devoted husband, father, grandfather, retired treasurer, avid golfer, Yankees and Giants fan, Phillips Babcock, 88, of Denville, N.J., passed away on Aug. 20, 2016. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 215 Boulevard, Mountain Lakes, N.J., on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are entrusted to the Codey & Mackey Funeral Home, Boonton, N.J.
Born in Plainfield, N.J., on July 25, 1928, to Juan A. and Dorothy (nee Wickes) Babcock, Phillips graduated from Lincoln High School in Jersey City, N.J., in 1946, and then Amherst College in 1950, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.
After college, Mr. Babcock served as a first lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he went to work for the NJ Bell Telephone Company, serving as its treasurer from 1978 to 1980; he then was the assistant treasurer and director of banking relations for AT&T until 1984; and finally for Callan Associates, Inc., as their executive vice-president, retiring in 1996.
An avid golfer, Phillips was a member of the Rockaway River Country Club, and the treasurer and a trustee of the New Jersey State Golf Association.
He was also a member of the University Glee Club of New York City, the Mountain Lakes Squadron, a trustee of the Lakeland YMCA and treasurer of the Morristown Neighborhood House.
Phillips was also a big fan of the New York Yankees and Giants, and enjoyed traveling, especially to Scotland.
Mr. Babcock was the husband of the late Anne O’Brien Babcock; loving father of John P. Babcock and his wife, Donna, Elizabeth A. Busch and her husband, Stephen, and Richard P. Babcock; dear grandfather of Matthew, Kate and Annie Busch, Tara Gerity-Babcock and Cory and Tyler Babcock; and brother of Richard W. Babcock and wife Lorraine.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Phillips’ memory may be made to the New Jersey State Golf Association Caddy Scholarship Foundation, 3 Golf Dr., Suite 206, Kenilworth, NJ 07033, www.njsga.org.
Joan (Horton) Soons of Stonington Connecticut, died peacefully at home Monday, July 4, 2016. Joan was the wife of longtime UGC member and past president, William R. Soons. She led an active life preceding her brief illness, splitting her time between Stonington CT and Naples FL. She was a master gardener, expert bridge player and avid golfer and sailor.
Joan and Bill spent many happy years together prior to Bill’s death in 2011, each bringing tremendous vitality and joy into the lives of all who knew them. They brought the perfect mix of elegance and fun to every event, including many UGC concerts, afterglows and singing retreats. They were generous and welcoming hosts, and they cared deeply for their singing family.
Joan and Bill created countless contributions to our collective “memory bank” over their long and productive lives, which as Bill would often say, always accepts deposits but can never be overdrawn. We’ll remember them always.
— Jack Dorer