Obituaries from the Winter 2006 Colby Magazine
Richard H. Sabot
Richard H. Sabot, July 6, 2005, in North Adams, Mass., at 61. A Colby overseer, he was senior economic adviser to the World Bank and to the Inter-American Development Bank, senior fellow of the International Food Policy Research Institute, founding member of the executive committee of the Center for Global Development, co-founder and chairman of the board of Tripod Inc., and economics professor at Williams, Columbia, Oxford, and Yale. He is survived by his wife, Judith, two sons, including Oliver J. Sabot '02, two daughters, and a sister.
Flora Rideout Philbrook '29
Flora Rideout Philbrook '29, August 11, 2005, in Dighton, Mass., at 98. A housewife, she assisted her late husband with the churches he served as reverend in Massachusetts and Vermont. An avid painter and gardener, she was a member of the Rehoboth Garden Club and the Old Colony Historical Society. She is survived by two sons, Wayne Jr. and Jeffrey, and one grandchild.
Ruth Y. Young Forster '30
Ruth Young Forster '30, May 28, 2005, in Southern Pines, N.C., at 96. She received a master's in education from Boston University. An educator for more than 30 years, she spent 26 years teaching in New York state and was headmistress of Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo. She is survived by a daughter, Natalie Kellogg, a son, Peter Johonnott Kellogg, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two sisters.
Winona Berrie Peters '31
Winona Berrie Peters '31, October 12, 2005, in Augusta, Maine, at 96. She was a high school teacher in Fairfield and Waterville for 37 years and, with her first husband, owned and operated Mullen's Jewelry Store. She was a Sunday school teacher, deaconess, and treasurer at her church. Predeceased by two husbands and a brother, Albert W. Berrie '38, she is survived by a son, Douglas Mullen, a daughter, Linda McPhail, a sister, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ethel Watt Curtis '32
Ethel Watt Curtis '32, July 22, 2005, in Skowhegan, Maine, at 94. She taught at Skowhegan's Bloomfield Elementary School for many years, was a 65-year member of the Kennebec Valley Grange, and was active in her church. She is survived by four sons, John, Danal, Philip, and Kenneth, 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Emery S. Dunfee '33
Emery S. Dunfee '33, June 13, 2005, in Orange City, Fla., at 93. He earned a master's from the University of Maine and a doctorate from Columbia University. He served as a high school physics teacher and principal, the State of Maine Supervisor of Science, and professor of physics at the University of Maine at Farmington. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is survived by his wife of 69 years, Edna, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Evelyn Taylor Morgan '35
Evelyn Taylor Morgan '35, March 16, 2005, in Exeter, R.I., at 91. She earned a drama certificate from Boston's Curry School of Expression and worked as a secretary for the New York State Department of Health until her retirement. She wrote the history of the Saranac Lake (N.Y.) Golf Club and was twice the club's women's Class A champion. She was predeceased by her mother, Rena Archer Taylor '07, father, John E. Taylor '09, and brother, Norman A. Taylor '34.
Floyd M. Haskell '36
Floyd M. Haskell '36, September 15, 2005, in Houlton, Maine, at 91. He worked for the Maine State Employment Service before serving with the merchant marine in World War II. In 1948 he joined his father as owner of the Boston Shoe Store in Houlton. He was active in the Rotary, chamber of commerce, and Boy Scouts, and was elected to the state legislature three times. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mabel, his daughter, his son, David W. Haskell '67, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Ruth Hodgdon Mullaney '37
Ruth Hodgdon Mullaney '37, August 21, 2005, in Brunswick, Maine, at 91. She worked at the Bath Children's Home and from 1950 to 1973 as a manager at Sears. She was a member of the Bath Garden Club, the Woolwich and Bath historical societies, and the Bath Memorial Hospital Auxiliary's board of directors. She is survived by a daughter, Sally M. Owens, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, including Beatrice Hodgdon Chase '64.
Frances Quint Lowe '38
Frances Quint Lowe '38, July 17, 2005, in Houston, Texas, at 88. After graduating from the Maine Medical Center School of Medical Technology she worked as a medical technologist in Portland and Rockland until her retirement in 1975. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John Lowe Jr., a son, John S. Lowe III '73, a daughter, three grandchildren, and a cousin, Patricia Merrill Pratt '52.
Ethel Bradstreet Maney '38
Ethel Bradstreet Maney '38, September 2, 2005, in Milwaukee, Wis., at 88. She earned a master's from Salem State College, taught French for 20 years at Danvers (Mass.) High School, and was a volunteer tutor for the North Shore Community College's adult learning center. She is survived by her daughters, Ardith L. Maney '66 and Laurel E. Maney '70, and her son, Jack.
Leila McGlinn Ross Hyman '39
Leila Ross Hyman '39, June 12, 2005, in Madera, Calif., at 88. She earned a master's in Spanish from Incarnate World College and taught high school Spanish until her retirement. She and her late husband raised a daughter, Elizabeth Hyman Zizzo, and a son, H. David Hyman Jr., and had several grandchildren.
Clyde M. Hatch '40
Clyde M. Hatch Sr. '40, November 5, 2000, in Zephyrhills, Fla., at 83. He earned a master's in education from the University of Maine, taught science at the Horace Mann School in New York, and was the former principal at Thomaston (Maine) Catholic High School. A veteran of World War II, he was a retired second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He is survived by a son, Clyde Jr., a daughter, Susan O'Grady, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Howard A. Miller '40
Howard A. Miller '40, September 17, 2005, in Waterville, Maine, at 85. After serving in the Army in North Africa during World War II, he worked at the family business, Levine's clothing store in Waterville, until closure of the store in 1997. He was active in many community and business organizations. He was predeceased by his uncles, Theodore N. Levine '17, Lewis "Ludy" Levine '21, and Percy "Pacy" Levine '27. He is survived by three daughters, Sara Arnon, Wendy Cohen, and Julie Soros, six grandchildren, his sister, Glenyce Miller Kaplan '46. His aunt, Dorothy Levine Alfond '38, died December 31, 2005.
John E. Geagan '42
John E. Geagan '42, October 17, 2005, in Bangor, Maine, at 87. He served as a B-17 pilot in World War II, twice earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. From the mid-1940s to mid-'60s he owned and operated Bangor Bottling Company. He later worked in sales in California and, after his retirement, worked for 15 years in social services and later as a substitute elementary teacher in Florida. He is survived by two daughters, Colleen Robbins and Kim Hodge, two sons, Jack and Frank, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Paul A. Willey '42
Paul A. Willey '42, July 30, 2005, in Waterville, Maine, at 84. After learning to fly in Waterville, he was assigned to Pan American Grace Airways in Peru during World War II and went on to pilot large transports before retiring from airlines in 1980. In the 1960s he ran Collar & Willey Insurance Agency in Oakland. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marie Seminary Willey '85, two sons, a daughter, Paula W. Vestermark '67, and six grandchildren.
Duncan L. Cushing '43
Duncan L. Cushing '43, June 16, 2005, in Westerly, R.I., at 84. He was a carpenter and chief of the Watch Hill Fire Department. In World War II he served as a B-24 pilot and squadron commander, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a member of the Air Force Reserve and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary, a son, two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.
Ressa Flewelling Edmunds '43
Ressa Flewelling Edmunds '43, September 24, 2005, in Morristown, N.J., at 84. She earned her teaching credentials from William Peterson College and taught at local schools. She was a Cub Scout den mother and volunteered at her church. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John, a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and her sister.
Louis M. Deraney '44
Louis M. Deraney '44, September 9, 2005, in Roslindale, Mass., at 88. He served with the Navy during World War II, earned degrees from Boston College and the New England School of Law, and worked for 37 years for the U.S. government as a realty specialist and leasing/construction officer. After retirement he substitute taught in the greater Boston area. He is survived by his wife, Leonora, three daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and a sister.
Mary Weeks Drummond '44
Mary Weeks Drummond '44, September 21, 2005, in Portland, Maine, at 82. She earned a master's in education from Smith College and taught kindergarten in Waterville for many years. Predeceased by her husband, Frederick M. Drummond '47, her sister, Louise Weeks Wright '38, and aunt, Marion Merriam Hooper '25, she is survived by her sons, John E. Sawyer '77 and Robert, three grandchildren, her brother, Frank Weeks '47, three nieces, and her cousins, Thornton W. Merriam Jr. '51 and Robert L. Hooper '52.
Thomas W. Burke '47
Thomas W. Burke '47, September 23, 2005, in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., at 84. A retired colonel and veteran of three wars, he received numerous military medals and commendations during his 30 years of Marine Corps service. He later taught ROTC at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis for 10 years and volunteered at Sharp Rees-Stealy Clinic in San Diego and at his church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janice, two daughters, two sons, and three grandchildren.
Lowell B. Haynes '48
Lowell B. Haynes '48, July 15, 2005, in Granby, Conn., at 79. He was a professor of music history at Yale and the University of Michigan and professor of sacred music at the University of Hartford's Hartt College of Music. He served as director of music in several Connecticut and Michigan churches, and taught piano, harpsichord, and organ. He is survived by his wife, Josie, two daughters, a stepson, several grandchildren, a brother, Irving B. Haynes '50, and a sister, Janet Haynes Lord '50. His father, Lowell Q. Haynes, who predeceased him, was chair of the Philosophy Department.
Ruth Burns Mason '48
Ruth Burns Mason '48, July 4, 2005, in Manhattan Beach, Calif., at 79. After graduation, she worked as a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. She later attended the University of San Jose and worked as a reference librarian. Survivors include her husband, William Mason Jr., a daughter, and a son.
Herbert F. Parisi '48
Herbert F. Parisi '48, D.O., September 7, 2005, in Tacoma, Wash., at 82. He served in the Navy during World War II and retired as a colonel from the Washington Army National Guard in 1987. He graduated from the Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery, in Iowa, practiced medicine in Iowa and Pennsylvania, and worked in the civil service in San Diego and Tacoma. He is survived by a son, Michael, a daughter, Donna Hawkins, two brothers, five sisters, and many grandchildren.
Marguerite Jack Robinson '48
Marguerite Jack Robinson '48, August 4, 2005, in Yarmouth, Maine, at 78. She attended North Eastern Business College, was a charter member of the Buxton-Hollis historical society, wrote articles for local publications, and was active in her church. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Roger, a son, two grandchildren, her sister, Adelaide Jack McGorrill '46, and an uncle, Dana I. Robinson '47.
Barbara Starbuck Marshall '49
Barbara Starbuck Marshall '49, August 13, 2005, in McLean, Va., at 78. She was very active in many professional and community organizations in the McLean area and for many years was the public relations director of Evans Farm Inn in McLean. She is survived by a son, James Randolph Marshall II, his wife, a grandson, and one brother.
Helen A. Mills Reilly '49
Helen Mills Reilly '49, June 29, 2005, in Dover, N.H., at 77. A graduate of the Boston School of Dental Nursing, she was an account executive at the radio station WWNH for many years and later worked in the admitting department of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. She also served as president of the Quota Club service organization. She is survived by a daughter, Judith A. Topham, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Robert B. Bonner '50
Robert B. Bonner Jr. '50, July 18, 2005, in Newton Center, Mass., at 79. A World War II Army veteran, he served in five major campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge, and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service. After the war he worked as a foreman and planner for General Electric for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary, two daughters, a son, and eight grandchildren.
Robert E. Millett '50
Robert E. Millett '50, September 11, 2005, in Melrose, Mass., at 79. A World War II Navy veteran, he earned a master's from Bridgewater State Teachers College and taught biology at Stoneham and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional high schools. He coached varsity hockey and tennis, was twice named The Boston Globe's Coach of the Year for tennis. He was president of the Baseball Umpire Association and a hockey referee. Predeceased by his niece, Patricia Millett Kent '62, he is survived by his wife, Barbara Hill Millett '50, two daughters, three grandchildren, and a cousin,
June Jensen Pelger '50
June Jensen Pelger '50, August 10, 2005, in Havelte, the Netherlands, at 77. She earned a master's from New York University and was assistant professor of mathematics at the Polytechnical Institute of Brooklyn. She later worked with her husband in their electronics business in Holland. She was active with her local library, community center, and foundations for social work and the advancement of technological education. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred.
James S. O'Brien '51
James S. O'Brien Jr. '51, October 26, 2005, in Newport, R.I., at 78. A World War II Navy veteran and graduate of Boston University Law School, he practiced law for 45 years. He served on Newport's city council, as city solicitor, and as president of the Newport County Bar Association, and was appointed assistant attorney general of Rhode Island for two terms. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy, two daughters, four sons, seven grandchildren, and a sister.
Elaine Lehtonen Jensen '52
Elaine Lehtonen Jensen '52, August 26, 2005, in Augusta, Maine, at 74. A homemaker, gardener, and bird watcher, she raised six children while living in numerous states during her husband's Air Force career. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert, two sons, three daughters, and eight grandchildren.
Donald P. Keay '52
Donald P. Keay '52, September 12, 2005, in Center Harbor, N.H., at 76. He served with the Central Intelligence Corps during the Korean War, was chairman of Leader Federal Savings and Loan Bank in Lexington, Mass., and was a member of the bank's board of directors for many years. Early in his career he worked for Workingman's Cooperative Bank and Merchants Cooperative Bank, both in Boston. He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn, two daughters, and two grandchildren.
James A. MacLean '52
James A. MacLean '52, October 11, 2005, in Toledo, Ohio, at 76. He served in the Korean War before joining Owens Corning Fiberglass, where he worked for 22 years as Detroit branch manager, regional manager, and national sales manager of the textile and industrial division. He also served as his church's head usher. He is survived by his wife, Nan, two daughters, four grandchildren, his brother, Allen D. MacLean '57, and his sister, Susan MacLean Herron '61.
Mary Jane Fitzpatrick Cashman '53
Mary Jane Fitzpatrick Cashman '53, September 17, 2005, in Portland, Maine, at 73. She taught horticulture to children and adults throughout southern Maine, as well as quilting, and was a member of the Casco Bay Quilters and the Maine Quilt Guild. She and her late husband were philanthropists, aiding many charitable organizations. She is survived by her sons, Michael, Matthew, and Kevin, a daughter, Chris Rothweiler, 10 grandchildren, and a sister.
Charles K. Fisher '53
Charles K. Fisher '53, August 27, 2005, in Crystal Lake, Ill., at 74. He was a district sales manager for Hanes Knitwear and moved to Crystal Lake after his retirement. He was active in golf, hockey, baseball, and umpiring. He is survived by a daughter, Mylene Bryne, a son, Gary, four grandsons, and a granddaughter.
Faith D. De Vol Gross '54
Faith DeVol Gross '54, October 30, 2005, in Portland, Maine, at 73. Before moving to Yarmouth in 1988, she and her late husband, Everett F. Gross '52, lived on Long Island, N.Y., where she was active with 4-H and her church and was a member of the Huntington Symphony. She is survived by three daughters, Cynthia O'Donnell, Catherine Forrest, and Deborah Zarinfar, seven grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother.
Robert L. Leonard '55
Robert L. Leonard '55, September 25, 2005, in Brookfield, N.H., at 72. A Korean War Army veteran, he worked as a civil engineer after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. In 1962 he and a friend established Leoca Construction Inc., which they operated for 33 years. After retirement he became active in town affairs, serving as a selectman, among other roles. He is survived by his wife, Earlene "Midge," two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, and a sister.
Russell E. Stone '55
Russell E. Stone '55, August 29, 2005, in Constantine, Mich., at 72. He worked as a chemist and factory manager in fiberglass factories and enjoyed golfing, fishing, and collecting World War II and Civil War books. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a daughter, a son, two stepsons, five grandchildren, a sister, and his stepmother.
Michael G. Israel '57
Michael G. Israel '57, August 15, 2005, in Clearwater, Fla., at 70. After earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, he worked as a research chemist and manager of an experimental laboratory and pursued various chemical patents. He later worked in real estate. He is survived by his son, Marc, his daughter, Geila, his mother, Gamile, and a sister.
Wilbur L. Scranton '58
Wilbur L. Scranton III '58, July 7, 2005, in Williamsport, Pa., at 69. He earned a master's of divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, was deacon of several churches, and was recognized for his ministry to the homeless. A naval architect for 20 years, he was an avid sailor and raced competitively. Predeceased by his first wife, Jane Eplett Scranton '59, he is survived by his wife, Dori, two sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren, one brother, and one sister.
Mabelle Mc Kevett Grolljahn '59
Mabelle McKevett Grolljahn '59, August 30, 2005, in New Ipswich, N.H., at 67. She raised four children and was an avid artist and gardener. She worked for more than 20 years as a real estate agent and broker, most recently for the ERA Masiello Group as a vice president. She is survived by a son, Matthew, two daughters, Hazel Hensel and Catherine Gibson, and four grandchildren.
Ann Impey Reed '60
Ann Impey Reed '60, September 25, 2005, in South Chatham, Mass., at 67. She worked for Houghton Mifflin Publishing and Scholastic Books, was a feature writer for the Needham Times, and most recently was a feature writer for Prime Time magazine on Cape Cod. She also worked with the Creative Arts Center of Chatham. She is survived by her husband, Philip, her son, Bruce C. Reed '92, her daughter, two grandchildren, and a sister.
Regina Foley Foley Haviland '61
Regina Foley Haviland '61, October 4, 2005, in Farmington, Conn., at 65. She taught French at Irving Robbins Middle School in Farmington and after retirement continued to teach at Avon Old Farms School. She was a member of the Connecticut Commission of French Cultural Affairs. In 1996 she received a Colby Brick award for service to the College. She is survived by her husband, Gerard, three sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.
Susan Litz Sulzer '62
Susan Litz Sulzer '62, October 26, 2005, in Union, Maine, at 65. After graduating from the University of Maine, she taught English in Vinalhaven and for 24 years at Camden-Rockport High School, where she was the drama director and girls' tennis coach, including for the 2003 Class B state championship team. She also was a hospice volunteer and chairman of the Northeast Health board of directors. She is survived by her husband, Steven, two brothers, a sister, and many nieces and nephews.
Robert T. Sylvia '62
Robert T. Sylvia '62, October 5, 2005, in Damariscotta, Maine, at 65. He worked at Concordia Company boatyard, served in the Army, and was the Padanaram (Mass.) harbormaster. In 1978, he and his former wife founded Midcoast (Maine) Marine Services boatyard. He worked as a surgical technician and was a volunteer fireman and paramedic. He is survived by his daughters, Anne Geisler and Nina Sylvia, his son, Benjamin, a grandson, and two brothers.
David A. Johnson '63
David A. Johnson '63, July 10, 2005, in Conyers, Ga., at 64. After pilot training he served seven years in the Air Force as a KC-135 tanker pilot with tours of duty in the states and during the Vietnam War in Thailand and Taiwan. He was a pilot for Delta Air Lines from 1970 until 1989, when a brain tumor prevented him from flying. He is survived by his wife, Jane, a son, two daughters, two grandchildren, his mother, Caroline, a sister, and a brother.
Joan Thiel Thiel Hadley '64
Joan Thiel Hadley '64, July 16, 2005, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at 62. She worked as an accountant and controller and owned her own accounting business, which served small businesses. She is survived by her husband, William Tallman Hadley, twin sons, Michael and Douglas Sanford, and five grandchildren.
Claudia Fugere Finkelstein '66
Claudia Fugere Finkelstein '66, August 2, 2005, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 61. She was a vocalist for the Joy Spring Jazz Quartet and sang with many groups around Maine. She was a guest columnist for the Portland Press Herald and for years worked as a school psychologist in the Portland public schools. She is survived by her husband, Marty, two daughters, two grandsons, a sister, and two brothers.
William C. Snow '66
William C. Snow II '66, July 21, 2005, in Montgomery, Ala., at 62. He was the human resources manager at Webster Industries in Montgomery and previously worked in personnel and human resources for Scott Paper, Fairchild Semiconductor, L.L. Bean, Barber Foods, and Guilford of Maine. He is survived by his wife, Karen Day Snow '64, two sons, including William Cory Snow III '91, a granddaughter, a brother, and a sister.
Gary C. Conover '68
Gary C. Conover '68, September 28, 2005, in Collingswood, N.J., at 60. A manufacturing executive, he served as president of C.E. Conover and Co., his family-owned business in Bensalem, Pa. A decorated veteran, he served with the Army in Vietnam and also was a docent on the battleship New Jersey. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy, his sister, his brother, and two cousins.
Barbara L. Waters '71
Barbara L. Waters '71, December 5, 2004, in Davis, Calif., at 55. She earned a master's in education from Northeastern University, worked as the director of education at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, pursued pre-medical course work, and became a certified massage therapist with a practice in Davis. She is survived by her husband, Richard, her daughter, her son, her parents, and three sisters.
Charles Hull '72
Charles K. Hull '72, July 5, 2005, in Portland, Maine, at 54. A self-employed automobile executive, he enjoyed boating, golfing, cooking, and gardening. He spent many hours mowing, lining, and maintaining Haverty playing field in Portland's Back Bay. He is survived by his wife, Linda, three daughters, two brothers, and two sisters.
Jay Hotchkiss '77
Jay Hotchkiss '77, September 11, 2005, of South Portland, Maine, at 50. A human resources director for several Portland area firms, in 1991 he established John Jay & Co., a human resources consulting practice. He also was the founder and president of John Jay Marine, a marine brokerage firm, and served on Hurricane Island Outward Bound's board of directors. He is survived by his son, Sean, and former stepson, Alex Knecht.
Kevin S. Young '83
Kevin S. Young '83, July 23, 2005, in Easthampton, N.Y., at 43. A graduate of NYU Medical School, he practiced internal medicine in New York City for the last 15 years. He was also an artist, gardener, and chef. He is survived by his partner, George Laskaris, his parents, Linda and Robert, a brother and sister-in-law, a niece, and two nephews.
John F. Mullen '89
John F. "Jay" Mullen '89, July 24, 2005, in Marion County, W. Va., at 37. A copy editor for The Washington Post who had written about his experiences kayaking, he died in an accident running a waterfall on the Tygart River. A resident of Arlington, Va., he competed in trials for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. He is survived by his parents, William and Mary Mullen, brother, Kurt, and sister-in-law Amy Mullen, and by two grandparents.