Melissa Maddock Bastian ~ Class of 1983 & 1984

Melissa Maddock ~ Class of 1983 & 1984

Departed ~ 12/15/2019

Sep 23, 1965 – Dec 15, 2019

Melissa MacHale Bastian of Tampa died in her sleep of heart failure on December 15, 2019 after 54 years of an exciting, rewarding, and wide-ranging life. Daughter of Janet Laurie Crampton and Lt Col Michael Maddock (USAF, Retired) Melissa’s first three years were spent in London, England followed by a year in Virginia and another in Fort Worth, Texas with her baby brother Michael.

She really blossomed during the next five years in Hawaii. She stood out among the Hawaiian and Asian-American children as the most talented Hawaiian dancer and excellent soccer, swimming, and gymnastics athlete. Her sister Tricia was born in 1972 and Melissa loved chasing her on the beautiful beaches of Oahu.

At the age of 10 Melissa quickly adapted to life in California. She took on all challenges. She won the local Jerry Lewis charity SKATE-A-THON, by roller skating for 24 hours. Her donors were shocked at how much they owed to the charity. She followed up by competing in the McDonald’s charity bike race finishing second to a semi-professional racer. She asked the winner if he was going to race next year, trying to convince him not to so she could win. Melissa continued to develop as an excellent athlete playing on youth soccer teams and actually pitching for the local boy’s Little League team. Finally, her biggest “accomplishment” was learning to wear shoes to school after five years of flip flops in Hawaii.

In 1978, her dreams came true with the family’s return to Hawaii for another 4 years. Unfortunately, life was tougher as a minority teenager in high school. She played high school soccer but was frequently bullied. In the long run, her experience in Hawaii made her a more empathetic and caring person towards minorities and people of color.

In contrast to Hawaii, Bangkok, Thailand was Melissa’s heaven on earth. She embarked on a modeling career of television ads, newspaper advertisements, film commercials, and movie videos. She was a good looking, blonde, American teenage girl loved by the Thai media for her entire 3 years in the Kingdom. It restored her self esteem and confidence that had been damaged in Hawaii. It gave her the personality and caring attitude she carried through her adult life.

In 1985, her father retired from the Air Force and the Maddock family returned to the US and settled down in Northern Virginia. Melissa entered the work force by working for two temporary-employment agencies. She did so well on one of her jobs, NEC bought out her contract making her a full time employee. Hard work led her, in 1997, to Lockheed-Martin in Washington, DC where she worked her way up to Manager of the Proposal Production department.

Melissa and Bart Bastian were married in 2000 and, following the birth of son Christopher in 2001, they relocated to Miami, Florida. Sean was born in 2004.

Following her divorce, Melissa was unable to find meaningful employment in Miami. Custom Manufacturing and Engineering (CME) in St Petersburg, Florida offered her a position as proposal manager and she relocated to Westchase, Tampa. She was a dedicated employee for nearly 15 years and felt very strongly that the people at CME were her extended family. Those feelings were reciprocated by her supervisors and fellow employees. A tribute to her years with CME can be found at their website

Melissa is survived by her two sons, Christopher, a freshman at Providence College, and Sean, a sophmore at IMG Academy. Her parents Laurie and Mike Maddock live in Spring Hill, FL. Melissa’s sister Tricia Kemper, husband Carlton, and daughters Laura Jane and Sarah, reside in Homewood, AL. Brother Michael and his wife Marti Giella are residents of Fairfax, Va. Melissa’s extended family includes aunts Pat Blanchard, Mary O’Toole, Valerie Rafferty Crampton, Leandra Maddock, and Patte Crampton. Col Richard Crampton (US Army, retired), Dr William Crampton, Kevin Maddock, and William O’Toole are Melissa’s uncles. Melissa had numerous other relatives in the Maddock, Chabot, Kemper, Blanchard, and O’Toole families. Finally, Melissa was blessed to be a member of the CME family. A Memorial service will be held in Tampa in the future at a time acceptable to her family and friends. Donations to St Jude’s Hospital in Melissa’s name would be preferred by the family.


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Somnath “Sam” Sen ~ Class of 1971

Sam Senn ~ Class of 1971

Departed ~ 1/28/2020

I just found out that one of our own, Somnath “Sam” Sen ’71, passed away on 1/28/20 at Vanderbilt hospital, in Nashville, TN. I don’t have any details but I used to see and talk to Sam during my 25 year stint in Nashville. I spoke to him around the time of our reunion in Nashville 2018, but he was trying to recover from the recent loss of his wife, and didn’t feel like socializing. Here is a youtube link on a tribute video to Sam. Sam’s friend Gary used a track of Fire and Rain that he recorded of Sam playing and singing.

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Christian Winkles ~ Class of 2016

Christian Winkles ~ Class of 2016

Departed ~ 6/6/2019

It is with deep regret that I [tardily] notify the ISB alumni community of the passing of Christian Winkles at the young age of 21. Christian graduated from ISB as a proud member of the Class of 2016. He was well rounded and talented, a skilled musician and participant in theater, rugby, and volleyball.
Christian was a gentle giant who lit up every room he entered. While some of this was due to his massive height, it was primarily a result of a radiating, infectious smile that he carried with him. His kindness, brotherly love, sportsmanship, positivity, and care for others are just a few of the reasons his friends, family, teammates, and peers loved and admired him so much.

Christian is remembered by his parents, three brothers, and countless friends, family members, and community members.

03/27/1998 – 06/06/2019

Lovingly submitted by:

Cambri Williams 

Remembering Chris Winks (Christian Winkles)


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Filipe “Philip” Aromin ~ Class of 1970

Philip Aromin ~ Class of 1970

Departed ~ 12/23/2019 ~ Details Unknown



My brother, Felipe “Philip” Aromin passed away this morning. Gone so suddenly and so soon. He will be missed. Philip was ISB class ‘70.

Celebrating the life of Felipe Ballesteros Aromin (April 29, 1952 to December 23, 2019). Join us to share stories and remember a life lived to the fullest.

Interment: Pryce Gardens – Pagadian
Location: Barangay Poloyagan, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
When: December 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM

Dr. Robert Allen “Brains” Kearl ~ Class of 1973

Dr. Robert Allen “Brains” Kearl ~ Class of 1973

Departed 08/22/18
Dr. Robert Allen Kearl

Phoenix – Dr. Robert Allen Kearl, age 63, passed away peacefully at his home next to his loving wife Ruth, his children, and his sister Susy early on the morning of August 22, 2018 in Phoenix.

Rob was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Bryant and Ruth Kearl. Before he was 21 he had traveled and lived all over the world, including Germany, Uganda, Thailand, and Singapore. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 and University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School in 1982. He was board certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, sleep medicine, and internal medicine.

Rob had a mischievous sense of humor, and maintained a powerful dedication to his work without the loss of his capacity for leisure, hobbies, and time with family. He was a devoted husband, a proud father, an extremely indulgent pet owner, and a talented and caring physician. He adored his children, his dogs and cats (and occasionally reptiles), and above all his beloved wife and life’s companion Ruth. He was an avid consumer of books and news, always eager to discuss the events of the day. Even in his last days, Rob had to be learning something — re-watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam war, listening to podcasts about the civil war, and refreshing his knowledge of the Thai language.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, his three dogs, Samantha, Scout, and Moseby, as well as his two cats, Hank and Priscilla Peabody. He is also survived by his two sisters, Susy and Kathie; his three children, Bryant, Megan, and Alex; his granddaughter Madeleine; and Ruth’s son, Sam, and her grandson Cameron. Rob was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Bry Kearl, and by his brother, Dick Kearl.

Rob wishes to spend his days among the places he loved, and so his ashes will be spread in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Thailand at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Cancer Research Institute.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 30, 2018

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Mrs. Carolyn Saluja ~ F-Faculty ~ 1967-1986

Mrs. Carolyn Saluja ~ F-Faculty ~ 1967-1986

Departed ~ 9/21/86 ~ Cancer

Mrs. Carolyn C. Saluja
ISB Faculty – 1966 to 1986

Mrs. Saluja taught a variety of subjects during her twenty-year tenure, including French, English, and Writing Workshop. She is survived by her husband and two sons who still live in Thailand. The Seniors of ISB dedicated the 1967 ERAWAN to her. The last time she appeared in ERAWAN was in 1987, 20 years later, in memorial. Much loved, she will be missed by those many whose lives she touched.

She is survived by her husband and two sons who live in Bangkok.

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Mrs. Hannah Ruyffelaere ~ F-Faculty

Mrs. Hannah Ruyffelaere ~ F-Faculty

Elementary School 1964-1966 and 1968-1971

Departed ~ 03/08/05

Name: Hannah J Ruyffelaere
Birth Date: 31 October 1905
Death Date: 08 March 2005
Issuing State: Georgia
Residence at Death: Berkeley,Alameda,California 94708
Nearby Cemeteries:
Sunset View Cemetery, Contra Costa, California

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