Obituaries from the Fall 2004 Colby Magazine
Ruth Brancaccio,March 7, 2004, in Portland, Maine, at 67. Co-founder of Social Action Theater at the College, she promoted social justice and America's multicultural richness through all the plays she directed, produced or adapted. She received an M.A. in theater studies from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and later co-directed Colby's academic program in London. She is survived by her husband, Professor of English Emeritus Patrick Brancaccio, two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.
David G. Bridgman
David G.C. Bridgman, April 29, 2004, in Augusta, Maine, at 84. A passionate educator who taught American history at Colby from 1955 to 1978, he was a cryptanalyst in the U.S. Army in Germany and Holland during World War II. He was an outspoken campaigner against the use of nuclear weapons and, later, nuclear power. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara Tremaine Robinson Bridgman, a son, two daughters and his sister.
William B. Miller, June 28, 2004, in Waterville, Maine. Born in 1916, he received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1939 and his Ph.D. in art history at Columbia University in 1961. In 1950 he married Margaret Koons and they spent the following year at the American Academy in Rome, each recipients of Fulbright Scholarships. He came to Colby in 1956, and was a professor of history of art and architecture until his retirement in 1982, and was known for his fine calligraphy. His relationship with the College endured; he chatted with friends at a reception at the Colby College Museum of Art the day before his death. His two daughters, Charlotte and Kate Miller, three grandchildren, a sister and several nieces and nephews survive him.
Dorothy White Lamoreau '22
Dorothy Harmon-White Lamoreau '22, February 10, 2004, in Port Charlotte, Fla., at 101. She had a long and varied career in teaching, retail, home demonstration and, with her husband, in the auction business before she moved to Florida in 1996. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Lewis, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Gould Conant '27
Dorothy Gould Conant '27,April 4, 2004, in Gorham, Maine, at 97. She was a teacher for many years, primarily in the area of Brunswick and Topsham, Maine. After retirement she traveled and participated in Elderhostel programs. She is survived by her son, Bernie M. Conant Jr., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mildred Tupper Van Wart '28
Mildred Tupper Van Wart '28, February 2, 2004, in Maine, at 97. She was secretary-treasurer at Husson College in Bangor, Maine. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Van Wart.
Susan Stevens Watson '28
Susan Stevens Watson '28, June 6, 2004, in South Portland, Maine, at 96. She taught in Maine at Milbridge High School, Monson Academy and Sullivan and Sedgwick high schools until her marriage in 1941. Predeceased by her husband, Russell E. Watson, she is survived by her daughter,
Helen Chase Chase Pardey '30
Helen Chase Pardey '30, April 3, 2004, in Keene, N.H., at 94. She received a master's from Middlebury College and was an English teacher for many years, concluding her career in the Middleboro (Mass.) School District. Predeceased by several College relatives, she is survived by her half sister, Mary Chase Howe '67, six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews, including William Chase '62.
Kay King King Blanchard '35
Katherine King Blanchard '35, April 17, 2004, in Rochester, N.Y., at 93. She was an accomplished pianist and owner, with her husband of 61 years, Boyd Blanchard, of the Christian Bookstore in Rochester. Predeceased by her sister, Eleanor King Smith '30, she is survived by her daughters, Judy Avedisian and Penny Fisher, three granddaughters, a grandson, nine great-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
Arthur L. Spear '36
Arthur L. Spear '36, February 12, 2003, in Natick, Mass., at 88. He served in the Signal Corps in World War II. Later he held positions in production control and purchasing with several companies, including General Dynamics and United Engineers and Constructors Inc. Survivors include his wife, Betty, and a son and daughter.
Harriet Weibel Buyniski '37
Harriet Weibel Buyniski '37, December 22, 2003, in Ohio, at 88. She trained in social work at the University of Pittsburgh. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward F. Buyniski '35. Survivors include a son, Edward F. Buyniski Jr. '63, a daughter, Rose Buyniski Eriksson '68, and her brother-in-law Theodore Buyniski '47.
Rudolph Jacoby '38
Rudolph Jacoby Jr. '38, February 28, 2004, in Brockton, Mass., at 90. A Navy veteran of World War II, he worked in banking in Boston. For several years before retirement he was employed by the state of Massachusetts as an engineer. He is survived by his friend Paul Sickoll and several nieces and nephews.
Betty H. Herd Sanders '38
Betty Herd Sanders '38, April 1, 2004, in West Springfield, Mass., at 86. She attended Bay Path Institute before raising her family. Predeceased by her husband, Wayne B.Sanders '37, her brother, John A. Herd '32, and her sister, Dorothy Herd Hendrickson '35, she leaves three daughters, Constance Hoey, Cynthia Sanders Ingalls '73 and Pamela Letourneau, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Maine Hills '39
Maine Hills Jr. '39, March 17, 2004, in Belfast, Maine, at 86. He served with the Army Air Corps in World War II, ending as a pilot instructor. He graduated from New England College of Pharmacy in Massachusetts and operated Hills Rexall Drug Store in Belfast for many years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruby Hills, four children, two grandchildren, two nephews and a niece.
Marion C. Crawford Hutchinson '39
Marion Crawford Hutchinson '39, February 28, 2004, in Georgia, at 87. She taught English at the Pennsylvania State University-DuBois for 10 years and later published two books of poetry. Predeceased by her husband, Gilbert E. Hutchinson '39, she raised three children and had several grandchildren.
Sylvia R. Ross Manheimer '39
Sylvia Ross Manheimer '39, March 22, 2004, in Mission Viejo, Calif., at 85. She was a mathematics teacher at Biddeford (Maine) High School, then held the rank of lieutenant in the WAVES during World War II. She leaves her husband, Leon H. Manheimer, her daughters, Joan and Sandra, a grandson and granddaughter and her brother, Phil Ross.
Thomas E. Elder '40
Thomas E. Elder '40, March 10, 2004, in Gainesville, Fla., at 86. During World War II he worked with Pan Am-Africa Ltd. setting up bomber bases in Africa. After recovering from severe burns, he continued with PAA/Panagra and PAA/Guided Missiles Range Division for 25 years. He and his wife, Bici, met while he worked in Brazil. In the 1970s he was a commercial cinematographer and hypnotherapist.
Shirley Maddocks Hatch '40
Shirley J. Maddocks Hatch '40, February 29, 2004, in Windham, Maine, at 86. She earned an M.A. from the University of New Hampshire and for 32 years taught English and Latin at Searsport (Maine) High School, Woodbury High School in Salem, N.H., and Maine's Ricker Classical Institute and Fryeburg Academy. She was a member of environmental, peace and animal rights organizations. Her husband, Cleon H. Hatch '40, predeceased her. She is survived by a brother and sister, Lewis I. Maddocks and Flora Maddocks Fairfield, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gardner Oakes '40
Gardner Oakes '40, December 15, 2003, in New York, at 84. He was an insurance broker, a commercial bank officer and municipal purchasing agent before retiring to care for his wife, Maud, who predeceased him. He was the father of two daughters and a son.
Mildred Ogren Dakin '41
Mildred Ogren Dakin '41, March 5, 2004, in Sutton, Mass., at 83. She graduated from Worcester State College. With her husband, she operated Dakin's farm and farmstand in Sutton for many years. She also taught at the Thomas Street School in Worcester. Survivors include her two sons, Curtis Dakin and Robert Dakin, a brother, five grandchildren and a great-granddaugther.
Marjorie Arey O'Connor '41
Marjorie Arey O'Connor '41, February 11, 2004, in Portland, Maine, at 85. She earned a B.S. in speech and hearing rehabilitation from SUNY-New Paltz and worked as a nurse rehabilitation practitioner at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Castle Point, N.Y. She is survived by a daughter, Christina Rousseau, a sister, Charlotte Arey Hoppe '43, a brother and
Thelma Bassett Strout '41
Thelma Bassett Cornell Strout '41, March 7, 2004, in Portland, Maine, at 84. During World War II she was a research chemist at MIT working on nerve gas. From 1946 to 1970 she represented Orono in the Maine House of Representatives and was active in numerous political and medical organizations. In 1970 she moved to Portland, where she was a real estate broker. She is survived by her husband, Warren Strout, three children, including John Cornell '65 and Catherine Cornell '74, two stepchildren, six grandchildren, including Jared Cornell '91 and Alexandra Cornell '97, and a sister.
Myrtle Condon Blodgett '43
Myrtle "Connie" Condon Blodgett '43, February 13, 2004, in East Orange, N.J., at 81. She was a teacher in Hancock, Winterport and Sanford, Maine, schools. After her marriage she taught at the high school in East Orange and was organist at the First Unitarian Church of Orange and a member of Probe Theater, a traveling theater company. She is survived by her husband, Malcolm Blodgett, a daughter, a son, seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Frederick B. McAlary '43
Frederick B. McAlary Sr. '43, April 25, 2004, in Rockport, Maine, at 82. During World War II he participated in five European Theater campaigns with the 80th Infantry Division. During 40 years with the Bangor Daily News he was retail advertising manager and advertising manager. He also was active in many Bangor community activities. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Josephine Pitts McAlary '44, a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren,
Vivian M. Maxwell Brown '44
Vivian Maxwell Brown '44, October 13, 2003, in New York, at 83. She worked in public relations for the College, taught French in grade school in Melrose, Mass., was office manager for the Red Cross in Hornell, N.Y., and on the Humane Society board of directors. She served the College as class president and class correspondent. Predeceased by her husband, John W. Brown '49, and a brother, Robert J. Maxwell '49, she is survived by her daughter, Hillary Brown Pappas.
Dorothy Holtman Coulson '44
Dorothy Holtman Coulson '44, August 19, 2003, in Florida, at 81. In the 1950s she worked as a secretary to a U.S. senator from Maryland and in the investment business. Later she was an underwriter for John Hancock Mutual Life in Boston. Survivors include her son, James H. Lyon.
Robert E. Urie '46
Robert E. Urie '46, March 6, 2004, in Bradenton, Fla., at 80. A Navy veteran of World War II, he owned and operated Calley and Currier Co. in Bristol, N.H. Survivors include his wife, Bertha, two daughters, two stepdaughters, two grandchildren and a brother.
Lester J. Burton '48
Lester J. Burton '48, March 3, 2004, in Lewiston, Maine, at 82. He was employed for many years as a salesman for Paule Chemical Co., which serviced the shoe and leather industry throughout Maine. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Burton, and several nieces and nephews.
Jeannette Mill Brennan '53
Jeannette Mill Brennan '53, February 3, 2004, in Washington, D.C., at 71. She held banking positions in New York and later pursued a long career with the First Bank of Texas in Dallas before retiring in 1999. She also competed in crossword puzzle tournaments and sang in many choral groups, including the Oratorio Society of New York. Survivors include her three daughters, Elizabeth Brennan Parsons, Margaret Brennan Griffin and Sarah Brennan Green, and four grandchildren.
Sheila M. McDonald Gilman '58
Sheila McDonald Gilman '58, March 5, 2004, in Newport, Maine, at 67. She graduated from Tufts University with a degree in pre-school education, taught for two years in Corinna, Maine, and was active in the Newport community after raising her family. She is survived by her husband, Goodwin O. Gilman, a daughter, two sons, a sister, two brothers and seven grandchildren.
Jane G. Germer Krebs '62
Jane Germer Krebs '62, May 1, 2004, in Grosse Pointe, Mich., at 64. She began her career in health research with Cornell University Medical College in New York. Later she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and was an adjunct professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. She and her husband, William H. Krebs, owned Industrial Health Sciences, Inc., in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. She is survived by her husband, a son and daughter, a stepson and stepdaughter and her brother, sister, nieces and nephews.
Priscilla Newbert Mather '63
Priscilla Newbert Mather '63, May 8, 2004, in Portsmouth, N.H., at 62. She was a homemaker after teaching French at Dover-Sherborn (Mass.) Regional High School from 1963 to 1969. She is survived by her husband, Richard C. Mather, and two sons.
Allen H. Throop '66
Allen H. Throop '66, April 12, 2004, in Corvallis, Ore., at 59. He received an M.S. from Arizona State University and was employed as a mining and exploration geologist in Canada, Arizona and Australia. He worked in the coal processing industry in Pennsylvania before moving to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Recently he taught geology courses at Linfield College and was a geological consultant. He was an avid backpacker, bicyclist, cross-country skier and canoeist. He is survived by his wife, Janet Meyer Throop '66, his son, his daughter, a sister and a brother.
Betty R. Ciaffone '69
Betty R. Ciaffone '69, October 10, 2003, in Florida, at 55. She earned an M.B.A. at Georgia State University. Throughout her career in international banking, she traveled extensively and lived in several countries. She is survived by her parents, Charles P. and Rose Ciaffone, two brothers and five nieces and nephews.
Luthene G. Kimball '73
Luthene "Luke" Gilman Kimball '73, April 21, 2004, in Milford, Mass., at 53. He was employed by Jordan Marsh stores and others in the retail industry before he moved into sales and marketing and consulting. At the time of his death he was a commodity specialist at E.M.C. Corp. in Franklin, Mass. He was active in the Boy Scouts and coached Hopkinton, Mass., youth basketball and soccer. Besides his wife, Linda Kimball, survivors include his two sons, his mother, a brother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Lucinda Johnson Clark '76
Lucinda Johnson Clark '76, June 11, 2004, in Conway, S.C., at 49. She earned a master's at Leslie University in Boston and taught children with learning disabilities at the Landmark School in Beverly Farms, Mass., and in Kuwait. Surviving are a sister, Nancy J. Anderson, a nephew and two nieces.
Shirley M. Cunningham Garuti '76
Shirley Cunningham Garuti '76, February 17, 2004, in Boston, Mass., at 49, of injuries after being struck by a vehicle driven by her ex-husband, who was charged with her murder. She taught Spanish for eight years at her alma mater, Silver Lake Regional High School, in Kingston, Mass. Survivors include, a son and daughter, her parents and a niece.
Virginia A. Bousum Sitz '86
Virginia Bousam Sitz '86, March 25, 2004, in Farmington, Maine, at 40. A world traveler, a rock hound, an accomplished skier, she was instrumental in founding a private elementary school in Indonesia dedicated to preserving Balinese traditions. She also actively raised funds for the Keep Kids in School project in Bali. She is survived by her husband, Steven Sitz, three daughters, her mother, her brother and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.