Jan. 7, 2003

Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 10:20 p.m.

UF dean emeritus Whitehead dies at 86

Richard H. Whitehead, retired dean emeritus for admissions at the University of Florida, died Monday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 86.
Mr. Whitehead was born in Largo and moved to Gainesville from Anna Maria Island in 1934 to attend UF. He was a graduate of the University of Florida and California Institute of Technology.
He began working full time at UF as chief clerk in 1937. He later served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he worked as a station weather officer.
In 1945, he returned to UF and was named dean of admissions and registrar in 1965.
He received a certificate of merit from the American Red Cross in 1955 for saving a child from drowning.
He retired from UF in 1977. He was a member and full-time elder at 14th Street Church of Christ - later known as Crossroads Church of Christ and then Campus Church of Christ - since 1966.
He served as vice president of the Florida Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in 1962 and president in 1963. He was also statewide chairman of Florida Invitational Conference on Institutional Research in 1970.
He served as a statistician for the Florida Gator football team for many years.
He received certificates of appreciation from UF and the State University System, the University of Florida's President's Medallion and is listed in Who's Who in the Southeast.
He was past president of Pi Delta Sigma fraternity, a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity and past president of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. He also was past president of Gainesville Optimist Club and Gainesville Kiwanis Club and chairman of the UF division of United Way. Most recently, he was on the board of Christian Family Services in Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Martha Colson Whitehead of Gainesville; daughters Carolyn Harrell, Kay Martin and Barbara Brunson, all of Gainesville, and Jeanie Shaw of Burlington, Mass.; a brother, John C. Whitehead of Gainesville; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

Gasset, who developed eye technique, dies at 67

Dr. Antonio R. Gasset, an ophthalmologist who helped develop a technique to restore vision to blind patients suffering from a cornea disease, died on Nov. 24 at Baptist Hospital in Miami following colon surgery. He was 67.
Dr. Gasset was born in Havana, Cuba, and lived in Gainesville from 1967 to 1979, where he worked as a resident, associate professor and researcher at Shands at the University of Florida.
He attended medical school at the University of Havana before moving to the United States in 1961, and completed his medical training at Boston University. He also studied ophthalmology for one semester at Harvard University.
In the late 1960s and 1970s, he established a reputation as a researcher at Shands, where he and Dr. Herbert Kaufman developed thermokeratoplasty, the first treatment for keratoconus, a disease of the cornea that causes blindness.
Dr. Gasset also was involved in the development of soft contact lenses.
He moved to Miami and opened the Miami Eye Institute in 1979. He also traveled the world giving lectures on ophthalmology and received numerous honors during his career, including the Physician's Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.
He retired from medicine after suffering a stroke in 1991. He enjoyed watching football, reading and cooking.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Gasset of Miami; a daughter, Carin Gasset Lozano of Miami; sons Anthony Gasset of Miami and Edward Gasset of Pembroke Pines; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements by Bernardo Garcia Funeral Homes in Miami.

Pearl Harbor survivor Huseman dies at 84

Howard Huseman of Gainesville, a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, died Friday at E.T. York Hospice Care Center after an extended illness. He was 84.
Mr. Huseman was born in Quincey, Ill., and moved to Gainesville from Panama City in 1962. He was retired from the University of Florida Library Services.
He received a master's degree in library science from Florida State University.
He was a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran. During World War II, he served as an aircraft radio operator aboard the U.S.S. West Virginia, one of the dozens of ships sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Mr. Huseman was interviewed for a May 2001 Gainesville Sun story about the attack on Pearl Harbor. When asked how he survived, the retired UF librarian said, "I was just plain old lucky."
He was a member of Gainesville Chamber Orchestra Guild, was an avid square-dancer and clogger and enjoyed music.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Blanchard of Gainesville; a sister, Rozella "Rosie" Haerle of Denton, Texas; and one grandchild.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

Stephen D. Antoni

  • Stephen D. Antoni of Fanning Springs died Monday. He was 54.
    Mr. Antoni was born in Pottstown, Pa., and moved to Gainesville in 1978. He was a former Sunday school teacher and member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.
    He was a member and 4th Degree Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus.
    Survivors include daughters Donna Daggett of Pottstown and Angela Antoni of Philadelphia; his father, Dominic Antonuzzi of Fanning Springs; his mother, Dolores Martin of Port Orange; a brother, Dominic Antonuzzi of Port Orange; and sisters Janet Meyer of Orlando, Nancy Silcox of Port Orange and Mary Ellen Zink of Oklahoma.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Eloyse Grinstead Evans

  • Eloyse Grinstead Evans of Daytona Beach, and formerly of Cross City, died Sunday at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach. She was 86.
    Mrs. Evans was born in Bell and raised in Cross City. She moved back to Cross City from Daytona Beach, where she lived for many years, in 1973, and returned to Daytona Beach in June 2003 to be near her son. She was a former employee of J.C. Penney department stores.
    She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cross City, Truth Seeker Sunday School, WMU and Friendship Club. She also attended Central Baptist Church in Daytona Beach.
    She enjoyed gardening and spending time with friends and family.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, J.P. "Jake" Evans, and a son, Larry Evans.
    Survivors include a son, Don Evans of Daytona Beach; a brother, Wes Grinstead of Dothan, Ala.; and sisters Evelyn Grinstead Williams of Cross City, Marjorie Grinstead Forrester of Fresno, Calif., Sybil Grinstead Webb of Chipley and Shirley Grinstead Albertson of Jacksonville.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Tscharna Lanette Hampton

  • Tscharna Lanette Hampton of Florahome died Saturday at her home. She was 36.
    Ms. Hampton was born in Jacksonville and moved to Florahome from Fayetteville, N.C., in 1999. She was a registered nurse and a Baptist.
    Survivors include daughters Melinda Hampton and Cynthia Hampton, both of Keystone Heights; a son, Derek Hampton of Keystone Heights; her parents, Robert L. Hansford Jr. and Sandy Hansford of Jacksonville; and sisters Tina McCann of Orange Park and Bobbie Jo Butler of Fayetteville.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Helen M. Hill

  • Helen M. Hill of Gainesville died Thursday. She was 84.
    Mrs. Hill was born in Hemlock, Ohio, and moved to Palm Gardens in Gainesville in 1997. She was retired from Westinghouse in Columbus, Ohio, after 27 years of service.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, George E. Hill.
    Survivors include daughters Janet Monk of Gainesville and Nancy Engel of Baltimore; a son, G. Thomas Hill of Grove City, Ohio; her caregiver, Debbie Rivers; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Spence Funeral Home in Winchester, Ohio.

    Maloy Eugene Kirkland

  • Maloy Eugene Kirkland of Gainesville died Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 72.
    Mr. Kirkland was born in Middleburg and moved to Gainesville in 1948. He was a retired engineer for Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville.
    He was a Baptist, and a member of Eagle's Club, Elk's Club, Moose Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Survivors include his wife, Wynnie Kirkland of Gainesville; sons Brett Kirkland of Daytona Beach, Jeff Hall of Warner Robbins, Ga., Bruce Hall of Keystone Heights and Jack Hall of Hague; daughters Patty Johnson of Sebring and Donna Gail Smith of Gainesville; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.
    The Gainesville Sun, January 7, 2004

    Michael D. Renzulli

  • Michael D. Renzulli of Chiefland died Friday. He was 56.
    Mr. Renzulli was born in Gainesville and moved to Chiefland from Orlando in 1998. He was a construction equipment driver.
    He was a Baptist. Survivors include his mother, Muriel Renzulli of Eustis; a brother, Rodger Renzulli of New Smyrna Beach; and a sister, Ann Lake of Eustis.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Johnny Richardson

  • Johnny Richardson of Gainesville died Friday at Shands at the University of Gainesville after a brief illness. He was 89.
    Mr. Richardson was born in Aiken, S.C., and moved to Gainesville from Gulf Hammock in 1930. He was retired from Crate Mill.
    Survivors include a daughter, Louise Foster of Gainesville; one grandchild; and five great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home.
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