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Obituaries from the Spring 2004 Colby Magazine

Stanley Palmer

H. Stanley Palmer, January 30, 2004, in Waterville, Maine, at 81. Following highly decorated service with the Army Air Force during World War II and a professional career as a design engineer, he became plant engineer at Colby in 1972. He retired in 1985 as associate vice president of facilities and planning. He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Palmer Sherman and Jennifer Palmer Goodyear, and four grandchildren.

Lillian Cyr La Verdiere '23

Lillian Cyr LaVerdiere '23, November 28, 2003, in Waterville, Maine, at 102. Co-founder with her husband of the LaVerdiere Drug Store chain, which she served as chairman of the board of directors and in other capacities, she also was a leader of the Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and vice president of The National Council of Catholic Women in Washington, D.C. She is survived by a son, Paul R. LaVerdiere '59, a daughter, Elaine L. Cole, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lena Cooley Mayo '24

Lena Cooley Mayo '24, December 4, 2003, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, at 101. She was an ardent supporter of Case Western Reserve University, where her late husband, Leonard Mayo '22, was vice president. During World War II she was a social worker at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. Later she served on the boards of the Girl Scouts and YWCA. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret M. Tippit and Kathryn M. Loomis, five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Marjorie Everingham Edgerly '25

Marjorie Everingham Edgerly '25, April 23, 2003, in San Bernardino, Calif., at 97. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in English, she received her B.N. from the Yale University School of Nursing in 1932 and taught at Spelman High School in Atlanta, Ga., and in nursery schools in Providence, R.I., and Harrisburg, Pa. She was head nurse at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., before starting her family of three sons and a daughter, then joined Tower School in Marblehead, Mass.

Julia Mayo Mayo Wilson '27

Julia Mayo Wilson '27, May 1, 2002, in New York, at 97. An early retiree, she volunteered at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum in Annapolis, Md. The mother of a son and daughter, she was predeceased by her brother, Leonard Mayo '22.

Alice Paul Allen '29

Alice Paul Allen '29, January 19, 2004, in East Providence, R.I., at 96. She received a master's at Central Michigan University and was a mathematics teacher at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, Maine, at South Portland (Maine) High School and at Lincoln School in Providence, R.I. Predeceased by her husband, J. Drisko Allen '29, she is survived by her son, James Allen, a granddaughter and grandson and her sister, Helen Paul Clement '30.

Beatrice M. Palmer Frederick '29

Beatrice Palmer Frederick '29, November 17, 2003, in St. Cloud, Fla., at 96. After teaching English for a short time she served for 36 years as a librarian at the Boston, Mass., Public Library. Predeceased by her sister Frances M. Palmer '34, she is survived by her sister Miriam Gates and several nieces and nephews.

Viola Blake Woodward '30

Viola Blake Woodward '30, December 12, 2003, in Bangor, Maine, at 94. She taught French and Latin at schools in Lincoln and Winslow, Maine, at Bangor High School and at Crosby High School in Belfast, Maine. Survivors include her only daughter, Kay Woodward Blanchard '60, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

James E. Fell '32

James E. Fell '32, January 28, 2004, in Providence, R.I., at 93. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, he specialized in pulmonary diseases at the Raybrook (N.Y.) Hospital, became the medical director of the former Tuberculosis Hospital in Fall River, Mass., and later went into private practice, retiring in 1988. He was a member of several medical societies and was a Rotarian and a Mason. A generous supporter of the College, he was honored with a Colby Brick in 2002. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Dorothy, a son, James E. Fell Jr. '66, a daughter and three grandsons.

Justina Harding Jenkins '32

Justina Harding Jenkins '32, January 14, 2004, in Rockport, Maine, at 91. She taught Latin and English in Stonington and Skowhegan, Maine. After her marriage in 1939 she was a homemaker and Sunday school teacher, founded the Charles River Association for Mentally Disabled Children and was camp manager at Medomak Boys Camp in Washington, Maine. She is survived by her husband, John "Jack" Jenkins, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.

Carl W. Ackley '33

Carl W. Ackley '33, December 11, 2003, in Centerville, Mass., at 90. His entire career was in marketing and district managing for Mobil Oil Corp. He retired in 1970 as president of E. Robinson Co. in Scarsdale, N.Y. Predeceased by his sisters, Doris Ackley Smith '23 and Marion Ackley Joseph '39, he leaves his wife, Barbara, three daughters, including Adele Ackley Pluta '63, a brother, four grandsons and many nieces and nephews.

Barbara Johnson Alden '33

Barbara Johnson Alden '33, December 23, 2003, in North Andover, Mass., at 93. She taught English and history for a quarter century at The Pike School in Andover and was active in the Andover Historical Society and as a substitute librarian. She is survived by her sons, John and Richard Alden, her daughter, Priscilla Hayes, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mabelrene Clough Dysart '34

Mabelrene Clough Dysart '34, February 15, 2004, in Pittsfield, Maine, at 91. She and her husband, Lawrence Dysart, moved to Pittsfield in 1935 and opened L.A. Dysart's 5 & 10 Cent Store, which grew into a thriving department store by the time they retired in 1974. She was an accomplished church pianist and organist. Surviving are her husband of nearly 73 years, a daughter, a son, 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Thomas J. Hickey '34

Thomas J. Hickey '34, February 17, 2004, in Augusta, Maine, at 92. He was a political correspondent for newspapers and wire services on Maine politics before serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war he worked for Purington Bros. Fuel Co. Following retirement he returned to his former beat at the Maine Statehouse. He is survived by two sons, John and Peter Hickey, a daughter, Sheila Tibbe, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a brother and sister.

Richard H. Johnson '34

Richard H. Johnson '34, November 10, 2003, in Duluth, Ga., at 91. For more than 30 years he served Bath, Maine, as a physician and community leader. Later he worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. His sister, Barbara Johnson Alden '33, survived him by three weeks. Survivors include three sons, two stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Annette Tebbetts Audette '36

Annette Tebbetts Audette '36, November 23, 2003, in Maine, at 88. A homemaker and mother of Charlene Audette Goodman '69, she was active in her family's sporting goods and general hardware store in Winthrop, Maine.

Katharine Rollins Brown '36

Katherine Rollins Brown '36, January 26, 2004, in Fairfield, Maine, at 91. A homemaker, she was the mother of three sons.

Harold W. Hickey '36

Harold W. Hickey '36, December 2003, in Binghamton, N.Y., at 90. He taught history in schools in Jay, Maine, and Glens Falls, N.Y., before serving in the Navy during World War II in the European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern theaters. From 1946 to 1961 he and his wife operated the Jordan Pond House in Seal Harbor Maine. He joined the Broome Community College in Binghamton in 1961 and was dean of liberal arts and sciences when he retired in 1975. He is survived by Virginia, his wife of 68 years, a son, a grandson and granddaughter, two sisters and a niece.

Harold C. Allen '37

Harold C. Allen '37, February 22, 2003, in West Halifax, Vt., at 88. He taught history at The Citadel during World War II and retired from the Westport, Conn., public school system. Survivors include his sister Edna Allen Becker '36.

Eleanor A. Rose Viles '37

Eleanor Rose Viles '37, January 2, 2004, in Portland, Maine, at 88. She attended art schools in Boston and New York and worked for a photographer as a touch-up artist. After marriage she was a homemaker and community supporter while continuing her art work. Predeceased by her husband, Wilbur S. Viles '37, she is survived by a daughter, Alice Decato, a son, George Viles, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, her brother and many nieces and nephews.

Richard J. Currier '38

Richard J. Currier '38, February 13, 2003, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 86. He graduated from the Tufts College dental program before serving in the Army during World War II, then operated a dental practice in Ft. Lauderdale. He was married and the father of two children.

Roland F. Nadeau '38

Roland F. Nadeau '38, November 23, 2003, in Oneida, N.Y., at 88. After service with the Marine Corps in World War II he was a designer of hollowware silver products for Oneida Ltd. and was a master silversmith for Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. Surviving are his wife, Donna, a daughter, a son, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.

Marjorie R. Rollins Snyder '38

Marjorie Rollins Snyder '38, January 14, 2004, in Concord, Mass., at 86. With a degree in library science from Simmons College she served the libraries of Providence, R.I., Everett, Mass., Boston University, the Concord (Mass.) Public Schools, Lincoln, Mass., and Concord, Mass. She also was active in Concord town affairs. Predeceased by her sister Esterann Rollins Osborne '48, she is survived by her son, Andrew Snyder, and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth P. Pike Berry '39

Ruth Pike Berry '39, January 8, 2004, in Brunswick, Maine, at 87. She taught languages at Lubec (Maine) High School and at Washington Academy in East Machias, Maine. Following her marriage she was active on school boards and in AAUW, church and community groups. She is survived by her son, John F. Berry, her daughter, Janice B. Collins, two grandsons, a great-granddaughter and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Price Y. Tozier '39

Price Y. Tozier '39, December 30, 2003, in Fairfield, Maine, at 86. A World War II infantry veteran of the European Theater, he was the U.S. Postal Service's postmaster in Fairfield from 1954 to 1973. He also was well known in amateur tennis circles throughout New England for 50 years, and he served the First Baptist Church of Fairfield for more than 60 years. He is survived by a son and two daughters, Richard Tozier, Ruth Gagne and Margaret (Peggy) Blair, 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a nephew.

John E. Gilmore '40

John E. Gilmore '40, February 9, 2004, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 85. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. After the war he earned a master's in history and a master's in counseling at the University of Maine and taught history and coached in high schools in Gorham, Waterville, Winslow, Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, Maine. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann Jones Gilmore '42, his son, Richard S. Gilmore '66, his daughter, Susanne Gilmore MacArthur '68, and five grandchildren.

Maurice D. Gross '40

Maurice D. Gross '40, December 28, 2003, in Spring Hill, Fla., at 84. He was a Navy Seabee in World War II and participated in military action in Africa, Italy, France and Okinawa. He was employed at Saco-Lowell Co. for 16 years, United Technologies in East Hartford, Conn., for 16 years and the Department of Transportation for 15 years. Survivors include his wife, Doris, two daughters, two stepdaughters, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

Dorothy B. Bake Kesaris '40

Dorothy Bake Kesaris '40, October 4, 2003, in New Hampshire, at 87. She earned a master's in social studies at the University of Connecticut and was a history teacher for 16 years in Oregon and New York before moving to Wilton (Conn.) High School. Survivors include her sons, Philip A. and George P. Kesaris '78.

Heber C. Brill '41

Heber C. "Gus" Brill '41, October 29, 2003, in Rockport, Maine, at 84. A West Point Military Academy graduate, he served in Italy during World War II. After receiving an M.S. in bioradiology at the University of California at Berkeley he was commander of the Army Nuclear Defense Lab in 1960-63 and worked at the Defense Atomic Support Agency in 1964-65. After retiring from the Army he was a nuclear engineer in Las Vegas, Nev. He returned to Maine, where he was active in community affairs. Survivors include his wife, Shirley, three sons, a daughter, several stepchildren, a brother, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Muriel Howe Delano '42

Muriel "Mickie" Howe Delano '42, January 2, 2004, in Benson, N.C., at 83. Beginning in 1951 she and her husband, Ralph Delano '40, published the local weekly newspaper, The Benson Review. She also was organist and choir director at the Methodist church in Benson for more than 40 years and was a founding member, president and choir director of the Raleigh, N.C., chapter of the Sweet Adelines barbershop singers. She is survived by her husband, two sons and four grandchildren.

Robert R. McDonnell '42

Donald R. McDonnell '42, December 11, 1997, in Hamden, Conn., at 78. He was a neurosurgeon in New Haven, Conn. Survivors include his six daughters, 15 grandchildren and his brother, William E. McDonnell '50.

Beatrice Sosnowitz Wofsey '42

Beatrice Sosonowitz Wofsey '42, January 1, 2004, in Stamford, Conn., at 85. An artist who produced oil paintings and stone sculptures, she was president and art director of the Temple Beth El Sisterhood and a long-time member of the Stamford Art Society. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Earl J. Wofsey, a son, two granddaughters, two sisters, a brother, 13 nieces and nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Eliot Young '42

Eliot Young '42, September 19, 2002, in Somers, N.Y., at 82. A physician, he is survived by his wife, Dorothy Young.

James W. Moriarty '43

ames W. Moriarty '43, December 11, 2003, in Westwood, Mass., at 83. He served in landings at Anzio and Normandy during World War II. In 1945 he joined John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., where he specialized in services for military personnel, and retired in 1985 as executive vice president of group operations. In 1989 both he and his wife, Evelyn Gates Moriarty '44, were awarded Colby Bricks. He leaves his wife, two sons, including Richard Moriarty '68, two daughters, including Cheryl Moriarty Higgins '70, and 11 grandchildren, including Jennifer Higgins '97.

Robert E. Kahn '44

Robert E. Kahn '44, December 9, 2003, in Massachusetts, at 80. He served in the Navy during World War II and later earned an A.M. and Ph.D. in microbiology and an M.D. at Boston University School of Medicine. He served in the allergy and immunology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital for many years. He retired from his practice with Greater Suburban Health Services in 1996. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, three sons, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Phyllis McKiel Bedig '48

Phyllis McKiel Bedig '48, December 27, 2003, in Stratford, Conn., at 77. She was involved in Sigma Kappa sorority affairs, book discussion groups and bridge clubs. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Robert C. Bedig '49, a son, three daughters, including Laurel Bedig-Swigart '74 and Cynthia Bedig Meyers '76, four grandchildren, three sisters, a brother and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Barbara Fransen Briggs '49

Barbara Fransen Briggs '49, September 10, 2003, in Cincinnati, Ohio, at 75. She received an M.Ed. at the University of Cincinnati and was a teacher at the city's Lakeside Elementary School. A widow, she is survived by three sons.

Russell Goldsmith '51

Russell Goldsmith Jr. '51, December 20, 2003, in Ipswich, Mass., at 75. President and owner of Whyte's Laundry and Cleaners in Lynn, Mass., he was active in industry groups and was president of the New England Laundry Owners Association. He was a leader in many North Shore Jewish and community organizations. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Mark Goldsmith '53, a son, David M. Goldsmith '80, two daughters, three grandchildren, his brother, Gerald Goldsmith '56, and many nieces and nephews.

Jane Steady Hood '51

Jane Steady Hood '51, December 19, 2003, in Exeter, N.H., at 74. Before starting her family she worked at the Memorial Hospital Sloan-Kettering Institute, studying breast and testicular cancer. She was a member of several organizations, including Common Cause and Planned Parenthood. She is survived by her husband, Henry Hood, a son and three daughters, three granddaughters and a brother.

Barbara Best Best Berg '53

Barbara Best Berg '53, June 18, 2003, in New York, N.Y., at 71. A homemaker, she also was a retirement plan administrator for Harrison National Bank and Trust in Morristown, N.J., and Hazeltine Corporation in Greenlawn, N.Y. Survivors include her sons, David M. Merrill Jr. and Robert T. Merrill, and her daughter, Katherine Merrill.

Jean Lyons Shulkin '53

Jean Lyons Shulkin '53, June 25, 2003, in Lenox, Mass., at 72. She and her husband of 52 years, Arthur Shulkin '51, moved to Tucson in 1980 and were the founders and former owners of Foothills Properties. She also was an associate broker for Long Realty. Surviving are her husband, four daughters, eight grandchildren, her sister and her brother.

Robert N. Wulfing '53

Robert N. Wulfing '53, February 21, 2004, in Wallingford, Vt., at 75. He served in the Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948. During his career in brokerage and investments he was a bond trader at Chemical Bank New York Trust for five years, then was a vice president at Alex. Brown & Sons. He is survived by his wife, Joan, two daughters and a son, Stephen Wulfing '76, six grandchildren and his brother.

Bernice A. White Sanders '55

Bernice White Sanders '55, June 2003, in Maine, at 69. Licensed in banking, securities and insurance, she was a personal financial analyst operating her own financial service business. Previously she owned and operated Sanders General Construction in Clinton, Maine, with her husband, Don. Survivors include her daughter, Pam Betts.

Francis F. Bartlett '56

Francis F. Bartlett Jr. '56, December 1, 2003, in Waterville, Maine, at 69. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and was treasurer and president of Boothby & Bartlett Company in Waterville. He devoted himself to community affairs, serving on the boards of many local institutions, including the board of Thomas College. A long-time supporter of the College, he was predeceased by his many Colby relatives. Surviving are two cousins, Eleanor Rogers and Mary Lou Owens, and other relatives.

Sam Peter Krieger '56

S. Peter Krieger '56, November 14, 2003, in Wilmington, N.C., at 69. After attending Georgetown University's School of Law, he worked in the resort hotel business and as a radio announcer. Following family tradition, he became an accomplished yachtsman. He served the Wilmington community and his church in many capacities. Surviving are his children, Karen E. Krieger, Kathy N. Krieger and Kevin B. Krieger, and two grandsons.

Ann Bonneau Cron '58

Ann Bonneau Cron '58, September 2, 2003, in Dix Hills, N.Y., at 66. She was director of compliance at New York Life Insurance Company. Survivors include two daughters, Carol Caserta and Kathy Regan, four grandchildren, a sister and an aunt.

Joan Muir Hocking '58

Joan Muir Hocking '58, January 15, 2004, in Chambersburg, Pa., at 67. She earned a master's at Northwestern University and a master's and Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. An associate professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University at Mont Alto, where she also served as acting dean of academic affairs and director of the honors program, she published many articles on composition and computers. Her parents and several relatives attended the College. She is survived by her husband, Ralph T. Hocking, a daughter and a brother.

Frederick C. Stutzmann '59

Frederick C. Stutzmann Jr. '59, April 2, 2003, in New York, at 67. He is survived by his wife, Kewie, five daughters, five sons and 21 grandchildren.

Gordon S. Cummings '61

Gordon S. Cummings '61, August 20, 2003, in Langley, Va., at 64. He grew up in the Far East. After Colby he attended Columbia University and earned a master's at New York University. He was a professor of physical therapy at Georgia State University and for seven years was a medical missionary in India. Survivors include his wife, Jane, and a son and daughter.

Martha W. Post Tabor '61

Martha Post Tabor '61, January 10, 2004, in Washington, D.C., at 64. A sculptor, documentary photographer and printmaker who earned master's degrees at the University of Maryland and Goddard College, she held a range of jobs, including welder in heavy industry, program officer for a federal economic development grant program and union organizer. Her sculptures are in several permanent collections in Washington, D.C., and Virginia. She is survived by her brother, Paul Post.

Ernest S. Sagalyn '63

Ernest S. Sagalyn '63, November 20, 2003, in Lenox, Mass., at 62. Following service in the Coast Guard, he was a long-time insurance professional who received many awards for insurance sales as owner of Ernest S. Sagalyn & Associates Inc., in Pittsfield, Mass. He also was an active supporter of numerous local charities and community organizations. He leaves his wife, Jennifer, a daughter and a brother and sister.

Marjorie Moffett Kuhns '65

Marjorie Moffett Kuhns '65, May 29, 2003, in Atlanta, Ga., at 60. Active in community organizations in Williamsport, Pa., she is survived by her husband, Lewis R. Kuhns, two sons, a daughter and a sister.

Diane Burr Ward '66

Diane Burr Ward '66, December 31, 2003, in Falmouth, Mass., at 59. After serving in the Peace Corps in Malaysia with her husband, Michael D. Ward '65, she was a law office secretary, secretary of the Falmouth Personnel Board and marketing administrator at ORE International, Inc., in Falmouth while raising her two daughters. Survivors include her husband and daughters, a brother and sister and four nieces and a nephew.

James L. Coriell '67

James L. Coriell '67, May 29, 2003, in Moorestown, N.J., at 55. He earned an M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and was a product manager for Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson before becoming president of Coriell & Co., Inc., in Palmyra, N.J., in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Lydia, five sons, two daughters, a granddaughter and two brothers.

Joel Sugerman '69

Joel Sugerman '69, December 1, 2003, in Richmond, Va., at 56. He was a teacher at Manchester (N.H.) Central High School for 28 years until his retirement in 1997. Survivors include his mother, Eleanor Sugerman, two sons, a grandson, his sister, Deborah Sugerman Jodziewicz '70, and a brother. Robert J. Silverman '74, December 13, 2003, in Freehold, N.J. He received his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Optometry in Boston and owned practices in Cranbury and Spotswood, N.J. He is survived by his wife, Robin, a son and daughter, his mother and his sister.

Robert J. Silverman '74

Anne P. Plumb Root '82

Anne Plumb Root '82, December 17, 2003, in Hartford, Conn., at 43. She was an investment banker and finance editor in New York City before raising a family and becoming a dedicated PTO and church member in Connecticut. She was active in sailing, horseback riding and skiing among other sports. She is survived by her husband, Todd D. Root, a daughter and two sons, her mother, her stepfather, her brother and a stepbrother and stepsister.

Christopher S. Cady '01

Christopher S. Cady '01, January 12, 2004, in Chamonix, France, at 24. He was lost in an avalanche while skiing in the Alps. Survivors include his parents, Burton D. and Anita B. Cady, a sister, his girlfriend, Stephanie B. Graber, and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Ian Holt '07

Ian J. Holt '07, January 1, 2004, in Woodstock, Vt., at 18, in a single-car accident. He was a high school National Honor Society scholar, Habitat for Humanity volunteer and delegate to the Youth Congress and the Model Congress. A three-sport captain of varsity teams and a first-team all-state and honorable mention All-American in lacrosse, he joined the Colby lacrosse team and served in projects for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter and Hospice Volunteers. Survivors include his parents, Robert and Lisa Holt, and his brother.