San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Wednesday, January 9, 2008
James Roland Caywood, son of the late Roland Wade Caywood and Marietta Burtch Caywood of Reading, Massachusetts, and beloved husband, father, "grandpa," "boompa," brother, uncle, and friend lost his battle with cancer on December 22, 2007 in La Jolla, California, at the age of 66. Jim was born in Malden, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, on January 2, 1941. He received his BS degree in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1963, where he had been recruited by Coach Earl Red Blake to play football and Coach Eric Tipton to play baseball. Jim excelled in baseball as both a pitcher and centerfielder. A highlight of his collegiate baseball career included pitching against the New York Yankees and the New York Mets during the 1961-3 exhibition seasons. After graduation from West Point, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1963-1969 where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Following his military service, Jim was hired by Merrill Lynch where he was with the Boston Office as Fixed Income Specialist and subsequently in Houston, Texas as a VP and Corporate Bond and Preferred Stock Specialist. Subsequently, he became Investment Vice President for American General Capital Management and portfolio manager of the High Yield Investments. During this time, he earned his Certified Financial Analyst designation. In 1983, he was recruited to the Pacific Century Group, the asset management division of Security Pacific Bank in San Diego. In March of 1986, Jim formed his own investment advisory firm, Caywood-Christian Capital Management, which in 1992, became Caywood-Scholl Capital Management with Jim at the helm as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer until 2006. The firm is still going strong today with an eclectic group of accounts including insurance companies, pension funds, mutual funds, structured products, charitable trusts, and foundations with Eric Scholl of Lake Placid, New York and Tom Saake of San Diego managing the company. Jim stayed an involved part of his beloved company as "chairman emeritus" until his death in December, although he enjoyed having more time to devote to his love of golf at the La Jolla Country Club and numerous family activities and adventures. He is survived by his loving wife, Joanie, his daughter Elizabeth (Beth) Scerni, stepdaughter Melissa Lundblad, and his four grandchildren, Vinnie and Grace Scerni and Kaitlyn and Jackson Lundblad; his sisters Donna Sargent of Oxford, Ohio, Jane Oelkers of Flowery Branch, Georgia, and Julie Chapin of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at All Hallows Catholic Church, January 30, 2008, 12:00 p.m. A celebration of life reception will follow from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the La Jolla Country Club. We miss you Jim. It was an honor to know you and to love you. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to San Diego Hospice Foundation, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92103 or www.sdhospice. com/Donation.aspx. Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com
(Not sure this is the right Robert Burpee)
Long Beach Press-Telegram (CA) - Thursday, August 2, 2007
MIAMI - Robert Burpee, a prominent hurricane scientist who served for two years as director of the National Hurricane Center, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 65.
Colleagues said Burpee died at 5:40 a.m. at Mercy Hospital in Miami. He suffered from pneumonia and a variety of other ailments, they said. He had been under treatment and frequently hospitalized for several years.
Burpee was in charge of the hurricane center from July 1995 to August 1997, when he requested reassignment because of health problems and was succeeded by Jerry Jarrell.
"We're saddened by the loss and offer our condolences to his family," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the center in West Miami-Dade County. "He was a great asset to the National Hurricane Center and to the meteorological community. He will be missed."
During his tenure there, Burpee was known for his rock-solid adherence to the data, and his sometimes-stolid appearances on television. He was not the sort of person who gravitated to the spotlight.
"I'm not a performer," he told The Miami Herald in 1995. "I'm not trying to act like a performer. I'm trying to act like a meteorologist."
It was no act.
"He was one of the most brilliant, one of the most ethical persons I have ever met," said Judy Drucker, the well-known impresario, who was close with Burpee for many years. "He took me into a whole new world, the world of science."
Educated at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Burpee quickly emerged as a leading - and courageous - hurricane scientist, flying through the eyes of storms more than 260 times aboard hurricane hunter aircraft.
Burpee is survived by a brother, Richard Burpee, and a sister, Nancy Cutter.
Times-Herald, The (Newnan, GA) - Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Mrs. Delma L. Ward, 64, of Newnan, Ga., died Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at Newnan Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Newnan. She is survived by one daughter, Marcia Sibley of Newnan; three sons, Raymond & Sherri Ward Jr. of Owosso, Mich., John and Robin Ward of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and James and Sandra Ward of Owosso, Mich.; sister, Patricia McMahon of Milford, N.H.; brother, William McMahon of New Jersey; eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents John and Delma McMahon and two sisters and two brothers.
The family would like to thank Newnan Hospital Nursing and Rehab Center and Dr. Kay Crosby and staff for the care given to our mother.
Arrangements are being handled by McKoon Funeral home, 38 Jackson St., Newnan, Ga., where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. A funeral service will be held at a later date in Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.