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David Ronald Ehrlich ’47 Th’48 died on March 13. He came to Dartmouth with the Navy V-12 program and earned his master’s at Thayer School. He served in the Army in the Korean conflict. Among his accomplishments, he was the chief engineer for the largest sign company in Los Angeles and received a medal from the U.S. space program. In 1976 he formed his own consulting firm, Ehrlich Enterprises, where he worked until last year. “He aspired to become an engineer from the age of 9, and it was his passion,” says his third wife, Muffi. “He was every inch an engineer, dedicated, precise, quietly getting the job accomplished, and had an admirable work ethic.” He was active in Scouting and with foreign exchange students and was awarded a lifetime membership in the Camarillo (California) City Ambassadors. He was predeceased by two wives, Connie and Roma. He is survived by Muffi, son Tim, daughters Susan and Karen, and grandson Paul.

Ronald Augustine Schiavone ’47 Th’48 of Whitehouse Station, N.J., died in Key Largo, Fla., on January 26. He joined the class in the Navy V-12 unit and went on to graduate from Thayer School, earning a master’s in civil engineering. After naval duty and working for several years for various contractors, in 1956 he founded Schiavone Construction Co. (SCC) in Secaucus, New Jersey. He went on to become chairman and director of SCC, which he grew into one of the country’s most successful “heavy” contractors, employing thousands to complete public works projects. He served as a Thayer School overseer from 1980 to 1984 and from 1987 to 1989. He was also a co-founder of Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J., and served on the board of trustees at Hillsdale College. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jeannie; children Christopher ’82, Cora, Elissa, and Andy; and nine grandchildren.

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