News of the Club
Charles Richardson (Dick) Moffatt passed away at Kimball Farms on February 6, 2021. Although he lived to be 101 years old, a close family member says “he was like a perpetual 24 year old, always ready for an adventure…always willing to learn something new and yet appreciate the old”. Dick was an avid public servant, chairing the regional school board when Monument Mountain High School was designed and built, and active in Kiwanis, West Stockbridge Congregational Church choir, Wisdom Lodge and the Austerlitz and West Stockbridge Historical Societies. He was a very active member of the H. H. Franklin Club - if Dick wasn’t at community events, you could see him tooting around the Berkshires in one of his antique Franklin automobiles. For most of his working career, you would find Dick at his business Charles H. Baldwin and Sons making extracts from old family recipes, or engaging clients throughout New England and the Tri-State area.
Dick was born on March 30, 1919 in Manchester, New Hampshire. His family has roots in West Stockbridge dating back to the 1870s where his grandfather ran a business on Center Street and Main Street. Dick grew up in Summit, NJ, graduated from Newark Academy and then college at Rensselaer Polytechnic in Troy, NY. He graduated in 1941 with a mechanical engineering degree, and shortly thereafter joined the Merchant Marines, taking voyages to ship supplies to Casablanca, Italy, Persian Gulf and the Philippines during WWII. In 1953 Dick married Elaine Baldwin, also originally from West Stockbridge. Dick and Elaine were married over 50 years, Elaine teaching in Kindergarten in Richmond, and later Home Economics in the Berkshire Hills Regional School system. They traveled extensively through Europe and across the US where they visited most of the presidential libraries. Much loved Elaine died in 2005, and Dick moved his residence to Kimball Farms.
Dick is survived by his five children, Craig, Tricia Gans, Earl, Miles and Melissa Ferrara, daughters-in-law Laurie Norton Moffatt, Jackie Moffatt and Amy Moffatt, and son-in-law Phil Gans. Also survived by seven grand-children, Sara, Mika, Max, Daniel, Hillary, Samantha and Leigh and six great-grand-children Tucker, Henry, Kennedy, Levi, Hattie and Poppy.
Those wishing to, may make donations in his memory to the West Stockbridge Congregational Church. To send remembrances to his family, please go to www.finnertyandstevens.com
Clifford O. Stranburg, M.D.
Born November 4, 1936; Jamestown, NY. Died January 16, 2021; Beaverton, OR. 84 Years Old.
Graduated 1954 Jamestown (NY) High School.
Enlisted in United States Navy at age 17 and served as a Sonar-man from 1954 - 1957 primarily on the USS Dashiell.
Attended Allegheny College, Meadesville, PA. Earned a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating in 1961. Lettered in Football, Basketball and Baseball and participated in the United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp. Awarded Allegheny College Athlete of the Year and Distinguished Military Graduate of 1961. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF Reserves.
Attended Syracuse University Medical School 1961 - 1965.
Served Residency at Hennepin County Hospital, MN 1965 - 1969.
Attained Medical Doctor Specialty designation and served residency in Urology at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 1970 - 1971.
Founded and practiced medicine at the Northwest Urological Clinic PC; Portland and McMinnville, OR 1971 - 2013.
Married for the past 30 years and survived by Julie Olsen Stranburg. Survived also by his step-son’s family Robert, Chanly and Cody George; and His step-brother Robert Shirley and family.
Cliff will be missed by the hundreds of patients he cared for, by the numerous organizations to which he belonged, and by those to whom he offered his always carefully considered guidance to.
A consummate listener who never uttered an ill word of any person. He was passionate about history and inanimate things like Classic Cars, U.S. Civil War history, Juke Boxes and Poetry. He was equally compassionate of all living things from Newfoundland Dogs, Alaskan Moose, Redwood Sempervirens, Trillium flowers and Mason Bees.
Cliff was both a gentleman and a gentle man - a nurturer and a pot-stirrer who would willingly discuss any subject in order to continue his life-long education while generously sharing his knowledge with those he met along the way. He applied the basic precept of the ancient Greek Hippocratic oath of medical practice to how he lived his life: “First Do No Harm.”