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Trustee Doug Schair '67 Dies at 59


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Trustee Douglas M. Schair '67
Colby lost a loyal and generous alumnus on January 27th, when Doug Schair '67 passed away unexpectedly in Portland following a brief illness. A Colby trustee at the time of his death, Schair left his mark on the College.

Joe Boulos '68, a fellow trustee, remembered his friend as a good and generous man. "Malcolm Forbes said, 'You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them,'" Boulos said. "Doug Schair's generosity to Colby, his love of his community, and the love he showed to his children and Mya, his first grandchild, embody this sentiment."

Schair died of complications from bacterial meningitis, according to his obituary, which noted that "The day before he was hospitalized, he skied with his four-year old granddaughter, watching with pride as she skied down the mountain by herself for the first time."

Schair's history of generosity to Colby includes, among others, gifts to endow the Douglas Chair in Economics and Finance and to help build the 28,000-square-foot Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, currently under construction.

He also gave unstintingly of his time and his vision. He served as an overseer for one year before he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1993. He was one of four alumni leaders of The Campaign for Colby, which raised $151 million for the College, and he chaired the trustees' development and nominating committees.

An administrative science major and a member of Alpha Tau Omega at Colby, Schair graduated with distinction in his major. He attended Boston College Law School and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard.

"We will remember Doug for the extraordinary affection and dedication he showed to Colby," said Jim Crawford '64, chair of the Board of Trustees. "He was passionate about his own experience here, about his business administration major, and about the lifelong friends he made at the College, and he was always eager to make the same type of experience available to future generations of Colby students. We will miss his constructive encouragement, his team vision, and his zest for life."

He is survived by his mother, Mildred Schair, and four grown children: Gillian, Erica, Justin, and Annemieke Schair.

At the time of his death he was vice chairman and chief investment officer of Insurance Investment Associates in Portland, and he served on the boards of the Hudson Foundation, the Rock of Ages Corporation, the Portland Museum of Art, and SATELLIFE, an international nonprofit humanitarian organization.

The family has asked that gifts be sent to the College to support the Douglas Schair Memorial Endowment Fund at Colby College. A full obituary is available online at http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/obits/?o=14264.

-- Stephen Collins '74

Obituaries from the Spring 2005 Colby Magazine

Hilda Gurney

Hilda L. Gurney, October 22, 2004. She worked as a custodian in Colby's Physical Plant Department for 38 years.

Natalia Kempers

Natalia Alexeevna Kempers, September 22, 2004, in Waterville, Maine, at 80. She worked in the Colby library from 1976 until her retirement in 1991. She was a Russian language teacher for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. In 1973 she married Russian language professor John Kempers and tutored generations of students at the College. She is survived by four children, three stepchildren, her twin sister, a niece, and a nephew.

Alice Jewett Gregoire '29

Alice Jewett Gregoire '29, October 26, 2004, in Coopers Mills, Maine, at 97. She received her master's from the University of Maine in 1961 and taught in Maine schools for more than 30 years. Survivors include two daughters, Maomi Nelson and Joan Gregoire, and a granddaughter.

Robert G. Stirling '31

Robert G. Stirling '31, November 26, 2001, in Gaylordsville, Conn., at 92. He was an area sales manager for the New York Telephone Company and an active member of several civic organizations.

John B. Curtis '32

John B. Curtis '32, October 6, 2004, in Greensboro, N.C., at 95. He conducted a 40-year medical practice in Thomaston, Brownville, and Milo, Maine. He served as an Army physician during World War II and in semi-retirement in Tampa, Fla., was a civilian doctor at a Mac Dill AFB clinic. He is survived by his three children, Robert T. Curtis, Alton L. Curtis, and Mary Kennedy, eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, his sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Leonard C. Cabana '33

Leonard C. Cabana Jr. '33, October 27, 2004, in Waterville, Maine, at 93. Following four years as a captain with the 32nd Infantry Division in New Guinea and the Philippines, he served another 30 years with the 103rd Maine Infantry Regiment, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a member of several military organizations and a hospital volunteer. Surviving are his wife of nearly 71 years, Carmen, a son and daughter, three grandchildren, and three-great grandchildren.

Helen F. Bell Bennett '35

Helen Bell Bennett '35, June 13, 2004, in Presque Isle, Maine, at 90. With her husband, Philip, she owned and operated Caribou Nation-Wide Grocery Store. She also worked as a sales clerk, hostess, and housekeeper. She leaves her husband of 63 years, three sons, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Harold F. Brown '35

Harold F. Brown '35, September 29, 2004, in Bradenton, Fla., at 90. He was minister of music at Calvary Baptist Church in Providence, R.I. Following an M.A. from Harvard University he served in the Coast Guard Reserve during World War II. Later he earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and taught at Hillsdale College, Michigan State University, and the University of Southern Maine, where he headed the music department. He was predeceased by his brother, Carleton D. Brown '33. He is survived by three sons, Ellsworth, Loren, and Russell Brown, and four grandchildren.

Arthur W. Feldman '35

Arthur W. Feldman '35, November 21, 2004, in Clarkston, Mich., at 92. He was a State Department officer posted to Egypt, Israel, Cuba, Brazil, Uruguay, and Mexico, where he was principal officer of the U.S. Consulate. He received several honors for promoting international relations, business, and health care. At 60 he earned a Ph.D. and taught at Pepperdine University and at several U.S. military installations. Survivors include his son, Bruce Feldman, two grandchildren, a sister, and his stepbrother, Leonard Caust '43.

Cornelia Bigelow Roberts '37

Cornelia Bigelow Roberts '37, December 10, 1997, in California, at 82. She was secretary to the public works director in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Percy H. Willette '37

Percy H. Willette '37, August 29, 2004, in Biddeford, Maine, at 90. He received a law degree from Boston University School of Law and worked for 26 years as a corporate lawyer on Wall Street with Simpson Thatcher. Retiring in 1970 to Maine, he opened a general law practice in Unity. He is survived by a daughter, Theresa Willette, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Edwin H. Shuman '38

Edwin H. Shuman '38, October 23, 2004, in Long Beach, Calif., at 90. He received his master's of divinity at Andover Newton Theological School. Ordained in the First Baptist Church of Reading, Mass., he served churches in Pride's Corner and Westbrook, Maine, Exeter, N.H., and Pittsburgh, Pa. In retirement he was an interim minister in Williamsburg, Va., and involved in capital fund raising in Penney Farms, Fla. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Gould Shuman'37, a daughter, three sons, 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Rex D. Tarbell '38

Rex D. Tarbell '39, December 7, 2003, in Bangor, Maine, at 87. He was employed as a metallurgical assistant, safety engineer, and tool maker in the aerospace industry in California, where he lived for 22 years before his retirement.

Elizabeth J. Doran '39

Elizabeth J. Doran '39, July 2004, in Methuen, Mass., at 87. She was an English teacher at Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut for 35 years and earned a master's in education in 1956. She was a member of several societies and active as a neighborhood volunteer. She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Doran, two nieces and a nephew, five grandnieces and grandnephews, and three great-grandnieces and –grandnephews.

Sidney Brick '41

Sidney Brick '41, September 25, 2004, in West Hartford, Conn., at 84. He graduated from Tufts Dental School in 1943 and served for five years in the Army Dental Corps in the Philippines during World War II. He practiced in Meriden, Conn., for 40 years. He also served as dental surgeon at Meriden-Wallingford Hospital and Veterans Memorial Hospital and was a member of several dental and many civic organizations. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Charlotte, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren, and two sisters.

Beatrice Kennedy Maltais '41

Beatrice Kennedy Maltais '41, August 23, 2004, in Brunswick, Maine, at 84. She taught French and Latin in Ohio from 1942 to 1946 and, after raising a family, at Winslow (Maine) High School from 1965 to 1980. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joseph B. Maltais, five children, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

W. Ward Webber '41

W. Ward Webber '41, October 3, 2004, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, at 86. He was involved in many business ventures and activities in Maine. Predeceased by his Colby brothers and sister, L. Dean Webber, E. Paul Webber, and Marguerite Webber Jones, he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret, two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Blanche Smith Fisher '42

Blanche "Sunny" Smith Fisher '42, August 13, 2004, in Westerly, R.I., at 84. She lived in Japan, Germany, and Taiwan with her career officer husband, Edwin L. Fisher '42. An artist and teacher of watercolors, she studied art in Rome, Italy. For many years a resident of South County, R.I., she was a volunteer with several organizations. She is survived by a daughter, Paula Woodward, a son, Peter E. Fisher, two grandchildren, a sister, and a brother.

Lincoln Verneil Johnson '42

Lincoln V. Johnson '42, October 29, 2004, in Tilton, N.H., at 85. After serving in the Army in World War II he received an M.Ed. from the University of Maine and taught in the public schools of Farmington, Wells, and Rockland, Maine. Predeceased by his wife, Carolyn Hopkins Johnson '42, he is survived by two sons, Peter C. and Robert L. Johnson, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Louise Trahan McCombs '43

Louise Trahan McCombs '43, October 2, 2004, in Milton, Fla., at 82. She taught French and civics in grades four and five and at the junior high level when not traveling in Germany and the U.S. with her career-soldier husband, George M. McCombs. Survivors include her husband, three sons and a daughter, and seven grandchildren.

H. Stephen Tilton '43

H. Stephen Tilton '43, September 11, 2004, in Boston, Mass., at 82. During World War II he was an ambulance driver with the American Field Service in North Africa, Italy, and Germany. After a stint as an instructor in English at Beirut University, he assisted the editor and publisher of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in Boston for many years. Survivors include his companion, Sherrie Moore, his sister, a nephew, and a cousin.

Doris M. Meyer Hawkes '47

Doris Meyer Hawkes '47, November 16, 2004, in Waterville, Maine, at 80. She participated in various associations and civic organization in Waterville. She coached the Waterville High School girls' gymnastics team to consecutive state championships and was active in the YMCA and on the board of the Harold and Bibby Alfond Youth Center. She served the College as class officer and president of the 50-Plus Club. Surviving are her three daughters, Sue Wight, Dorie Winters, and Laurie Hawkes, her sister, and eight grandchildren.

Thomas Labun '48

Thomas Labun Jr. '48, October 13, 2004, in Waterville, Maine, at 76. He graduated from Hampden College of Pharmacy and pursued his profession at Labun's Rexall Drug in Norridgewock and, until 1984, at Laverdiere's drug store in Waterville. He was involved with several civic organizations in the area. He is survived by his wife, Sylvanne Cote Labun '63, a son and daughter, two grandchildren, two sisters, a brother, and many nieces and nephews.

George K. Black '50

George K. Black '50, April 17, 2004, in Maine, at 79. After serving for five years with the Air Force he was an inspector for the Hudson Pulp and Paper Co. before becoming a manager of the Worster House in Augusta, Maine. Later he worked at the U.S. Post Office in Hallowell, Maine.

Albert Ebinger '50

K. Albert Ebinger '50, September 28, 2004, in Boxford, Mass., at 79. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star in World War II. In 1949 he and his brother Henry founded Ebinger Brothers Leather Company, where he worked until shortly before his death. He served his community as a bank trustee, Mason, Boy Scout leader, and deacon. Survivors include his wife, Peggy, a daughter and son, two stepdaughters, two brothers, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Robert R. La Rochelle '50

Robert R. La Rochelle '50, August 23, 1999, in Maine, at 76. After working in catering he had a long career in engineering.

Arthur S. O'Halloran '50

Arthur S. "Red" O'Halloran '50, October 27, 2004, in Waterville, Maine, at 79. He flew missions in the Pacific during World War II. For more than 50 years he sold insurance for Boothby & Bartlett Co. in Waterville, becoming vice president in 1971. He served both the Waterville and Colby communities in many capacities and was C Club Man of the Year in 1980. Predeceased by his wife, Marcella LaVerdiere O'Halloran '53, he is survived by three sons, including Daniel J. O'Halloran '80, two daughters, including Kathleen O'Halloran, an assistant director of Colby's Goldfarb Center, and 10 grandchildren.

Irwin Swirsky '50

Irwin Swirsky '50, September 6, 2004, in Longmeadow, Mass., at 75. For many years he was executive vice president of Security National Bank in Springfield, Mass. In 1974 he established a second career in investment management, first with Kidder Peabody and Co. and then with Paine Webber, Inc. He was active in Jewish community organizations. He leaves his wife of 49 years, Elsie, a son, a daughter, and a brother.

Guy McIntosh '51

Guy McIntosh '51, September 15, 2004, in Tempe, Ariz., at 78. He served in World War II as a B-29 gunner. He earned a master's at Boston University and worked for 10 years with the Army Map Service before joining the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Arizona, where he worked for 25 years as a programs officer with the Apache and Hopi tribes. He is survived by his two daughters, Laura Kalland and Linda Tillson, and six grandchildren.

Ann Orth Dunning '52

Ann Orth Dunning '52, August 19, 2004, in Falmouth, Mass., at 75. She graduated from Bridgewater State College and worked as a real estate broker. She is survived by a daughter, Amy N. Connell, a son, W. Mark Needham, five stepchildren, two grandchildren, a brother, three nieces, and five nephews.

Bernard A. Laliberte '52

Bernard A. Laliberte '52, October 16, 2004, in Waterville, Maine, at 76. He served in the Navy before graduating from Colby, where he played hockey and later coached. He was an independent insurance agent with the Gilmore Agency, then owned and operated the Laliberte Agency from 1971 to 1998. Predeceased by his brother Alton "Tee" Laliberte '42, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann, three children, eight grandchildren, two brothers, including Robert R. Laliberte '51, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Paul S. Ostrove '53

Paul S. Ostrove '53, November 21, 2004, in Roslyn, N.Y., at 73. After serving in the Army, he began his lifetime work with the family business, the Paul Stuart Clothing Store, where he became executive vice president and co-owner of the upscale clothing store in Manhattan. He was an overseer of the College from 1994 to 2003 and was an avid sportsman. He is survived by his wife, Estelle Jacobson Ostrove '55, two sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren, his sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Theodore W. Weigand '53

Theodore W. Weigand '53, November 13, 2004, in Hyannis, Mass., at 74. A skilled sailor and accomplished athlete, he excelled on the Colby basketball team. He worked for 38 years as a salesman and branch manager for the John Crane Packing Co. in Hingham, Mass. Surviving are his wife, Margaret, a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, a stepdaughter and stepson, and seven step-grandchildren.

Anthony Yanuchi Arthur '54

Anthony (Yanuchi) Arthur '54, July 9, 2004, in New York, at 71. He graduated from the University of Michigan dental school and for more than 30 years practiced oral surgery in Bronx, N.Y., where he also was chief of oral surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara, three daughters, a son, and 10 grandchildren.

Eleanor Edmunds Grout '56

Eleanor Edmunds Grout '56, October 7, 2004, in Gouverneur, N.Y., at 70. She worked for 20 years as a field representative program director and executive director with the American Heart Association before retiring to real estate sales and volunteer work for her church. Survivors include her husband, C. MacDonald Grout '54, four daughters, including Emily Grout Sprague '79, and several grandchildren.

Garth K. Chandler '62

Garth K. Chandler '62, December 2, 2004, in Bangor, Maine, at 64. He received a law degree from Suffolk University and served as an assistant attorney general in Maine for three years before practicing as an attorney in Bangor for 33 years. He was involved in numerous civic organizations. He leaves his wife, Judith Thompson Chandler '63, two daughters, three grandchildren, two brothers, a sister, and nieces and nephews.

Deborah M. Munsell Hartz '63

Deborah Munsell Hartz '63, April 13, 2004, in Ridgewood, N.J., at 63. She earned an M.B.A. while serving as vice president of The Encore Company, Inc., an investment firm in White Plains, N.Y. Later she worked for Bolger & Co., Inc., in New Jersey. Survivors include her son, Scott Hartz.

Annette Petersen Greenberg '64

Annette Petersen Greenberg '64, March 19, 2004, in Utah, at 61. She earned an M.A. in political science and an M.Ed. in education. She worked in special education administration with the Grand County (Utah) Public School District and was an adjunct instructor for the University of Utah. Survivors include her husband, Robert I. Greenberg, and a daughter.

Douglas M. Schair '67

Colby lost a loyal and generous alumnus on January 27th, when Doug Schair '67 passed away unexpectedly in Portland following a brief illness. A Colby trustee at the time of his death, Schair left his mark on the College. Joe Boulos '68, a fellow trustee, remembered his friend as a good and generous man. "Malcolm Forbes said, 'You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them,'" Boulos said. "Doug Schair's generosity to Colby, his love of his community, and the love he showed to his children and Mya, his first grandchild, embody this sentiment." Schair died of complications from bacterial meningitis, according to his obituary, which noted that "The day before he was hospitalized, he skied with his four-year old granddaughter, watching with pride as she skied down the mountain by herself for the first time." Schair's history of generosity to Colby includes, among others, gifts to endow the Douglas Chair in Economics and Finance and to help build the 28,000-square-foot Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, currently under construction. He also gave unstintingly of his time and his vision. He served as an overseer for one year before he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1993. He was one of four alumni leaders of The Campaign for Colby, which raised $151 million for the College, and he chaired the trustees' development and nominating committees. An administrative science major and a member of Alpha Tau Omega at Colby, Schair graduated with distinction in his major. He attended Boston College Law School and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard. "We will remember Doug for the extraordinary affection and dedication he showed to Colby," said Jim Crawford '64, chair of the Board of Trustees. "He was passionate about his own experience here, about his business administration major, and about the lifelong friends he made at the College, and he was always eager to make the same type of experience available to future generations of Colby students. We will miss his constructive encouragement, his team vision, and his zest for life." He is survived by his mother, Mildred Schair, and four grown children: Gillian, Erica, Justin, and Annemieke Schair. At the time of his death he was vice chairman and chief investment officer of Insurance Investment Associates in Portland, and he served on the boards of the Hudson Foundation, the Rock of Ages Corporation, the Portland Museum of Art, and SATELLIFE, an international nonprofit humanitarian organization.

William H. Ruud '68

William H. Ruud '68, October 28, 2004, in Kennebunk, Maine, at 57. He left the College to enlist in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was highly decorated as pilot of attack aircraft. He worked for many years in the aerospace industry and for the MITRE Corporation in Massachusetts, where he was director of prototype development. He leaves his wife, Emelia, two stepsons, his sister, and many nieces and nephews.

Carter M. Zervas '73

Carter M. Zervas '73, April 2, 2004, in Wyndmoor, Pa., at 52. He received an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Fulbright grant to paint in Italy. A full-time artist who painted both realistic scenes and fantasies, he showed his work in Pennsylvania and Maine. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Hyman Zervas '74, and a daughter.

Jean A. Crowley Huebner '75

Jean Crowley Huebner '75, November 18, 2004, in Rutland, Vt., at 51. She earned a master's in library science at Simmons College and worked as a librarian and elementary school educator. Surviving are her husband, Thomas W. Huebner '75, a son and daughter, two brothers, a sister, and seven nieces and nephews.

Peter P. Knowlton '77

Peter P. Knowlton '77, August 11, 2004, in California, at 49. Before attending the College he graduated from the California Institute of Arts. Later he owned a business doing makeup or special effects for television, home videos, commercials, and music videos and for the horror film industry in such films as Eating Raoul, Cujo, and TV's Executioner's Song.