Obituaries from the Fall 2005 Colby Magazine
Myrtle P. Paine Barker '31
Myrtle Paine Barker '31, April 26, 2005, in Lakewood, Colo., at 94. She earned a master's in classics from Trinity College and taught Latin for many years. She was predeceased by her brothers, William T. Paine '35 and Stanley A. Paine '37. She is survived by three sons, John, Thomas, and Robert Barker, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her sister, Arlene Paine Osias '39.
Florence Shapiro Lobron '32
Florence Shapiro Sterns '32, May 9, 2005, in Skowhegan, Maine, at 95. She was active in the family business, Sterns Department Store in Waterville, until retiring in the late 1970s. She was predeceased by her husband, George Sterns '31, and her brothers-in-law, Herbert Sterns '41 and Fred J. Sterns '29. She is survived by two grandchildren, Lee B. Brandwein '73 and Terry E. Brandwein, three great-grandchildren, and a niece and two nephews.
Chester M. Stratton '33
Chester M. Stratton '33, April 7, 2005, in Monterey, Calif., at 95. A retired colonel, he did graduate work at MIT and Harvard. After serving in the Army during World War II, he served as a military attaché in Yugoslavia with the Atomic Energy Commission, and as advisor to the ambassador to NATO in Paris. He retired from the military in 1965 with many decorations, including the Legion of Merit. He is survived by a son, Donald, two grandchildren, and two nephews.
Arthur T. Wasserman '33
Arthur T. Wasserman '33, June 26, 2005, in Williamstown, Mass., at 93. He earned a law degree from Boston University and built Wasserman and Salter into one of Boston's largest commercial law firms. In 1939 he successfully defended the rights of a German concentration camp survivor who had been forced to sign over his inheritance to the Nazis. During World War II he was an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Etta, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert M. Wasserman '48.
Marion Ross Roberts '34
Marion Ross Roberts '34, April 8, 2005, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 93. After teaching Latin and business courses at Maine's Mattanawcook Academy and Morse Memorial High School, she retired in 1972 from Brewer (Maine) High School. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Lloyd, two daughters, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Sheldon R. Rudnick '36
Sheldon R. Rudnick '36, October 3, 2003, in Brookline, Mass., at 88. He is survived by his son, Leslie H. Rudnick '66.
Reynold N. Pierce '37
Reynold N. Pierce '37, March 22, 2005, in Nashville, Tenn., at 89. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served on two destroyers in anti-submarine warfare during World War II. A disabled veteran, he worked as a stenographer and secretary. He is survived by a sister, Helen Beatrice Morin, eight nephews and nieces, and 15 great-nephews and great-nieces.
Marie Tibbetts Slovak '38
Marie Tibbetts Slovak '38, February 25, 2005, in Greenport, N.Y., at 87. She was a librarian at the Maine State Library in Augusta and later worked for the Atlantic Sails Co. in Portland and the City of Portland, where she retired from the city manager's office in 1988. She is survived by three daughters, Janet Hall, Ann Hazelwood, and Bonnie Slovak, a stepdaughter, eight grandchildren, and a brother.
Maynard C. Waltz '38
Maynard C. Waltz '38, March 31, 2005, in Exeter, N.H., at 88. He earned a master's in physics from Wesleyan. During World War II he worked at MIT's radiation labs. After the war he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories and then at Bell Labs, where he obtained 12 patents. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, two sons, one stepson, five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, three step-grandchildren, and his sister. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lubov Leonovich Waltz '41.
Fletcher Eaton '39
Fletcher Eaton '39, April 2, 2005, in Needham, Mass., at 88. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from MIT and worked 10 years for Raytheon and 13 years for Polaroid, where he became principal engineer. He was the former chairman of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nellie, a son, a daughter, three grandchildren, his brother, Arthur T. Eaton '44, and many nieces and nephews, including A. Raymond Rogers Jr. '49. He was predeceased by his brothers John C. Eaton '41 and Harvey D. Eaton Jr. '16.
Wade S. Hooker '39
Wade S. Hooker Sr. '39, March 22, 2005, in Attleboro, Mass., at 89. He received degrees from Boston University and Bridgewater State College. A principal, teacher, and basketball coach at Sumner Junior High School in Holbrook, Mass., he also taught mathematics at Wellesley Junior High School and worked for Hooker Brothers Ice Cream Company of Holbrook. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor, a son, two daughters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
David H. Cotton '40
David H. Cotton '40, June 14, 2005, in Bangor, Maine, at 86. He served with the Army Air Force during World War II and earned a master's in education from the University of Maine. He worked for more than 50 years with Ricker College and served as headmaster and academic dean from 1946 to 1966 and as acting president. He and his wife, Norma, were parents of a daughter, Ellen. He is survived by a brother, Charles M. Cotton '49.
Pauline Lander Higgins '41
Pauline Lander Higgins '41, February 21, 2005, in Lewiston, Maine, at 85. She taught Latin, English, history, and French at Freedom (Maine) Academy, then worked in the UCLA Meteorology Department. After raising a family she taught English, Latin, and history at Lisbon (Maine) High School. Predeceased by her husband, Earl W. Higgins '39, she is survived by three sons, Michael, Peter, and Matthew Higgins, a daughter, Trudy Brown, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
John C. Nivison '42
John C. Nivison '42, April 29, 2005, in China, Maine, at 90. He worked in the papermaking business for Hollingsworth, H&W, and Scott Paper, retiring in 1977 as a division manager. During World War II he was a sergeant in the Maine State Guard. He is survived by two sons, John II and Kenneth II Nivison, a daughter, Nancy Ann Soper, 10 grandchildren, including John C. Nivison '82, 15 great-grandchildren, his sister, and several nieces and nephews.
Leo F. Kavanaugh '43
Leo F. Kavanaugh Jr. '43, May 16, 2005, in Dartmouth, Mass., at 83. A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry, he served as an Army optometrist during World War II. For more than 60 years he operated The Keystone, a family furniture business, with his brother, James F. Kavanaugh '42, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Therese, three daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Thomas P. Norton '43
Thomas P. Norton Sr. '43, May 18, 2005, in Sandwich, Mass., at 83. He served as a navigator and pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. For 42 years he worked at the Gillette Company, retiring in 1986 after working as a chemist, production manager, operations manager, and for corporate headquarters. He is survived by a daughter, Joanne Reeves, two sons, Thomas Jr. and Robert Norton, five grandchildren, and two sisters.
Robert H. Brunell '44
Robert H. Brunell '44, December 22, 2004, in Auburn, N.Y., at 82. He participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II. Later he earned a master's in Spanish at Middlebury College, and for 57 1/2 years he served as an English professor at Cayuga Community College, winning numerous awards during his career. He and his wife, Catherine Clark Brunell '44, who predeceased him, had a daughter and son, Martha and Lee Brunell.
Malcolm A. Mac Donald '44
Malcolm A. MacDonald '44, April 20, 2005, in Hanover, N.H., at 83. He served in the Army during World War II and went on to work in the heating plant of Dartmouth College, retiring in 1984 after 37 years of service. He is survived by a daughter, Martha, a son, James, and several nieces and nephews.
Eileen A. Matteo '44
Eileen A. Matteo '44, April 30, 2005, in Providence, R.I., at 82. She earned a master's in psychology from Rhode Island College and was an educator and psychologist for the Rhode Island Department of Education for 22 years before retiring in 1986. She is survived by three sisters, Rita Ernst, Alma Hancock, and Kathleen Hancock, and eight nieces and nephews.
Margery O. Owen Fallon '45
Margery Owen Fallon '45, May 10, 2005, in McLean, Va., at 82. She was a docent at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the Marine Corps Museum in Washington and volunteered with Hospice of Northern Virginia for more than 15 years. She is survived by two sons, Michael and E.D. "Rocky" Fallon, two daughters, Elizabeth Quilter and Maryscott Greenwood, a brother, and four grandchildren.
Ralph P. Pallin '45
Ralph P. Pallin '45, April 26, 2004, in North Carolina, at 85. He earned a degree from Boston University, served in the Navy, and worked in the automotive dealership business. He is survived by his wife, Edythe.
Maurice C. Smith '48
Maurice C. Smith '48, May 20, 2005, in California, at 81. He served with the Army Air Corps and owned a sign-making business. He and his wife, Edythe, had two daughters and one son.
David D. Lynch '49
David D. Lynch '49, January 28, 2005, in Yarmouthport, Mass., at 82. He served in the Army during World War II. After attending the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, he enjoyed a successful career as an investment banker/financial analyst with Wall Street firms. He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey and Jonathan Lynch, two daughters, Catherine Lynch LeBlanc and Jennifer Zambuni, a grandson, a brother, and many nieces and nephews.
Fred D. Sahagian '49
Fred D. Sahagian '49, June 1, 2005, in Burlington, Mass., at 78. His expertise in the Japanese language led him to service in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps in World War II. He received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School in 1950 and was chief credit analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston before retiring in 1986. He leaves a brother, Karekin Sahagian '49, and two nephews and their children.
Ruth Pierce Abrahamsen '50
Ruth Pierce Abrahamsen '50, February 19, 2005, in Ashland, Va., at 76. She worked for Raytheon before her marriage. An active volunteer, she worked with local hospital auxiliaries, in scouting, and with many school and church activities. She is survived by her husband, Fred, three children, and four grandchildren.
Harold E. Brewer '51
Harold E. Brewer '51, April 30, 2005, in Placida, Fla., at 86. He was an Army veteran of World War II and earned a master's in psychology from Fordham University. He retired in 1983 from O.M. Scott Co. (an ITT subsidiary) and moved to Florida, where he was president of the Gasparilla Island Water Board and the Boca Grande Child Care Center. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Robert D. Tompkins '51
Robert D. Tompkins '51, June 5, 2005, in Pearl River, N.Y., at 77. He served in the Army during World War II and earned a master's in education from Columbia University. A high school teacher and principal, he joined Holt, Rinehart & Winston as a mathematics textbook editor and retired in 1985 as vice president and editor-in-chief of its school department. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan McPherson Tompkins '50, two daughters, and three grandchildren.
Betty Lou Rivers Russell '52
Elizabeth Rivers Russell '52, April 18, 2005, in Kensington, Conn., at 74. She earned a master's in marriage and family counseling from the University of Connecticut and had a successful counseling practice until 1988. She is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, Donald, two sons, a daughter, eight grandsons, two step-granddaughters, her sister, a niece, and several nephews.
Robert M. Ryley '52
Robert Ryley '52, January 21, 2005, in New York, at 74. Following service in the Air Force he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and was a professor of English at York College of the City University of New York. He is survived by his wife, Alison, and his son, Alexander.
Lois Thorndike Sharp '52
Lois Thorndike Sharp '52, May 24, 2005, in Camden, Maine, at 74. After several years as a housewife, she worked briefly at Best & Co. and then Fleet Bank (formerly Central Jersey Bank & Trust), where she held positions as teller, loan officer, and bookkeeper before retiring in the early 1990s. She was predeceased by her husband, Russell Brown '51. She is survived by a daughter, Kerry Brown Albano, a son, Michael, three grandchildren, and several cousins.
Paul E. Reece '54
Paul E. Reece '54, April 24, 2005, in Alexandria, Va., at 74. A retired journalist, magazine publisher, and association executive, he is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carolyn, a son, a daughter, and a grandson.
George W. Ellinwood '57
George W. Ellinwood Jr. '57, May 10, 2005, in West Palm Beach, Fla., at 71. Prior to his retirement in 1992 he was a vice president and international private banker with Citibank, where he worked for 36 years. He also served on the board of directors of the Humane Society of New York. He leaves his companion, Hugh L. Harrison, three sons, seven grandsons, a granddaughter and step-granddaughter, and a sister.
Elizabeth L. Holcombe Milliken '61
Elizabeth Lee Holcombe Milliken '61, June 19, 2005, in Carlisle, Mass., at 66. She earned a master's in occupational therapy from Tufts. A community activist, she served as coordinator of services for seniors, youth leader, fund raiser, and journalist. She worked at McLean Hospital before marrying and later as a counselor at Emerson Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Arthur, two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, three brothers, and a niece, Wendy Holcombe '93.
Janet MacColl Krakauer '63
Janet MacColl Krakauer '63, April 19, 2005, in Durham, N.C., at 63. After earning a master's in zoology from the University of Florida, she taught science in the Roanoke, Va., public school system, at a progressive elementary school, where she served as director, and at the Duke School. She was a member of the scientific research honor society Sigma Xi and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She is survived by her husband, Thomas, and a son.
Carol Haynes Beatty '64
Carol Haynes Beatty '64, April 2, 2005, in Florida, at 62. After Colby she attended the Katharine Gibbs School. She is survived by her husband, Michael. She was predeceased by a grandfather, Harold W. Haynes, Class of 1900.
Susan L. McGinley '65
Susan L. McGinley '65, April 29, 2005, in Maine, at 62. She earned a master of fine arts degree in theater arts from Boston University and was chair of the theater departments at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Wheelock College. She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Nancy Cowing McGinley '55, a cousin, Robert Lombard '66, an uncle, Edward W. Lombard '38, and a grandfather, William Lombard, class of 1893.
Charlene R. Gorsun Solomon '65
Charlene Gorsun Solomon '65, May 6, 2005, in Beverly, Mass., at 61. She earned a master's in mathematics from Harvard and was a professor of mathematics for nearly 20 years at Wentworth Institute of Technology. In 1999 she co-wrote the textbook Precalculus Investigations—A Laboratory Manual. She is survived by her husband, Mark, a daughter, a son, a sister, an uncle, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.
Joseph Myers Koch '72
Joseph M. Koch III '72, May 20, 2005, in Cumberland Foreside, Maine, at 55. He was president of New England's only cement manufacturer, Dragon Cement and Concrete. After earning an M.B.A. at Washington State University he joined the Boeing Corporation in Seattle and later was a vice president at Cianbro Corporation. He served on the boards of industry associations and was chairman of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Susan, a son, a daughter, his parents, and two sisters.
Michael J. Shay '82
Michael J. Shay '82, May 6, 2005, in Paradise Valley, Ariz., at 46. He studied the culinary arts under Master Chef Emeril Lagasse, worked at Ken's Steak House in Framingham, Mass., and created some of the most popular Ken's Steak House Salad Dressings flavors. He was the former proprietor of World Gym in Framingham. He is survived by his wife, Victoria Marie, a daughter, his parents, his mother-in-law, three brothers, one sister, and many niece, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Pamela Sherbondy '87
Pamela Sherbondy '87, May 22, 2005, in Plantation, Fla., at 55. She earned a degree from the University of Southern Maine and taught for 14 years at the George J. Mitchell School in Waterville.