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Nahigian, former baseball coach, dies at 92

Alex Nahigian, former coach of the Harvard University baseball team, passed away on July 30. He was 92. Nahigian coached the Crimson for 11 years beginning in 1979.

Barclay, former basketball coach, dies at 85

William C. Barclay, former men’s basketball coach at the University, died at his Topsfield home on Sept. 1. Barclay coached the Crimson team from 1947 to 1950.

Read, BSC staff psychologist, dies at 54

Robert Russell Read (GSE ’84), a counselor at Harvard’s Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) and clinical psychologist in private practice, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Cape Cod on Sept. 3. He was 54.

As a Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) worker, Read organized prison workers and community-rights campaigns, and helped in the coordination of the Continental Walk for Disarmament and Social Justice in 1976.

The Read family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Wellfleet Audubon Sanctuary.

Falsina, HDS lecturer, dies at 38

Vittorio D. Falsina, recently a visiting lecturer at the Divinity School and the program director of the “Recasting Globalization” project at the Center for the Study of World Religions, was killed in an automobile accident near Marcellus, N.Y., on Aug. 24. He was 38.

Falsina came to the Divinity School in January 1999, and worked on issues of economic justice as understood from the perspective of religious ethics. Previously, he had been engaged in program evaluation as an ethicist for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Falsina received a Ph.D. in ethics from the University of Chicago, and had spent this summer on a fellowship in Trento, Italy, preparing a manuscript for publication. Prior to coming to the United States he had joined the Xavierian Fathers religious order, and served in the Xavierians as an ordained priest.

A memorial service will be held at Harvard Divinity School in the Andover Chapel on Monday, Sept. 24, at 5:15 p.m.

Bortoluzzi, HUAM coordinator, dies at 70

Ada Bortoluzzi

Ada Bortoluzzi, former coordinator of loans for Harvard University Art Museums (HUAM), died in Boston on Aug. 13. She was 70.

Before arriving at the Fogg Museum as the secretary to the director in 1973, Bortoluzzi had worked for the University of Pennsylvania in Shiraz, Iran. In 1982, she became the assistant to the assistant director for curatorial and academic affairs at the museum. Bortoluzzi moved to her position as coordinator of loans in 1986, a post she held until her passing.

A memorial service to be held in Cambridge is being planned.

– Compiled by Andrew Brooks