Obituaries from the Spring 2006 Colby Magazine
Carolyn Herrick Critz '29
Carolyn Herrick Critz ’29, October 8, 2005, in Manheim, Pa., at 97. After graduating in 1932 from Yale School of Nursing, she served as head night supervisor at New Haven Hospital and associate professor of nursing at Yale. After raising her children she resumed nursing, working until her 79th year. An accomplished gardener, seamstress, and ballroom dancer, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard, a daughter, a son, and two grandsons.
Ellis M. Anderson '33
Ellis M. Anderson ’33, December 18, 2005, in Houlton, Maine, at 94. A World War II veteran and retired Air Force colonel, his assignments included head of administration and development of the Central Training School of the Saudi Arabian Army. After retiring from the Air Force in 1967 he earned a master’s in education from Mercer University, became a real estate broker, and taught at Fresno City College. He is survived by his daughter, Ann Skopp, three granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren.
Barbara Southard Cowan '34
Barbara Southard Cowan ’34, December 16, 2005, in Bingham, Maine, at 92. A lifelong Wiscasset resident, she worked at her family’s clothing store, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lincoln County District Court, from which she retired as clerk in 1983. She played the organ and taught Sunday school at her church. She is survived by two sons, Jack and Bill Cost, two stepsons, George and David Cowan, a stepdaughter, Judy Woodward, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Evelyn Wyman Caverly '36
Evelyn Wyman Caverly ’36, December 23, 2005, in Waterville, Maine, at 93. She taught school in Canaan and was self-employed as a dairy farmer, running the family farm for many years. A life member of the Benton Grange, she enjoyed vegetable gardening and bird watching. She is survived by a son, Frank, a daughter, Marion Shaw, 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Leon B. Palmer '36
Leon B. Palmer ’36, October 28, 2005, in Brookings, Ore., at 91. After earning a master’s in chemistry from MIT in 1940, he joined Congoleum Corporation, where he became a senior chemist in research and development and was responsible for 16 patents. During World War II he helped create fireproof floorings for battleships. Following his 1977 retirement he remained a technical consultant. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Charlotte, a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.
Edwin C. Veysey '36
Edwin C. Veysey ’36, December 28, 2005, in Fort Edward, N.Y., at 95. A World War II veteran, he served as a staff sergeant in the South Pacific and Okinawa and after service was a general contractor for more than 40 years. At Colby he set numerous track and cross-country records that went unbroken for three decades. Predeceased by a cousin, Hollis B. Veysey ’38, he is survived by a son, Wesley, a daughter, Carol Schaeffer, four granddaughters, one grandson, and a brother.
Dorothy Levine Alfond '38
Dorothy Levine Alfond ’38, December 31, 2005, in Waterville, Maine, at 89. A Waterville native and long-time resident, she served on multiple community boards, including The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers and the Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine. Scores of schools and charitable institutions were beneficiaries of her family’s philanthropy, including Colby, whose senior residence complex bears her name. In 2003, the Alfond family received the C-Club Family of the Century Award. She is survived by her husband, Harold, sons, William L. Alfond ’72, Ted, and Peter, daughter, Susan, 13 grandchildren, including Jennifer Alfond Seeman ’92, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, including Glenyce Miller Kaplan ’46 and Tema Kaplan Cushner ’49. She was predeceased by her sister, Bessie Levine Kaplan ’24, brothers, Percy Levine ’27 and Lewis Levine ’21, and nephew, Howard A. Miller ’40.
Gardiner E. Gregory '39
Gardiner E. Gregory ’39, December 15, 2005, in Wallingford, Conn., at 88. A teacher and principal in Maine, New Hampshire, and New Jersey, he earned a master’s in education from the University of Maine and pursued a Ph.D. from Rutgers. He co-founded the Hicksville (N.J.) Gregory Museum with his late wife. An avid photographer, he had several works exhibited at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. He is survived by two stepdaughters, Susan Palle and Linda Leisentritt, and two sisters, Patricia Warner and Jean Hart.
Frank P. Farnham '40
Frank P. Farnham ’40, November 27, 2005, in Waterville, Maine, at 88. A writer, he spent his life farming and running his family’s Belgrade vegetable stand. He served as town selectman and district supervisor for the Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District and during World War II worked in the Army’s public relations department. He is survived by his daughters, Dawn Farnham ’67 and Lynn, a son, Duane, two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, several stepchildren, two sisters, Lydia Farnham Johnson ’40 and Lucile Farnham Sturtevant ’49, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Carol A. Johnson ’72.
Evelyn Gates De Kemper '41
Evelyn Gates De Kemper ’41, December 20, 2005, in Charlotte, N.C., at 86. She graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and served four years as an Army nurse during World War II, attaining the rank of captain and receiving two Battle Stars for service in Germany. In addition to nursing, she was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, playing bridge, and traveling. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ralph, three sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren, and a sister.
Albert I. Schoenberger '42
Albert I. Schoenberger ’42, August 1, 2005, in Boynton Beach, Fla., at 82. After graduating from New York University’s College of Dentistry he practiced dentistry for 39 years in the Bronx, N.Y., until retiring in 1984. After retirement he continued to play racquet sports and was active with an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility. He and his wife, Irma, raised two sons and two daughters, and had several grandchildren.
Evan J. MacIlraith '43
Evan J. MacIlraith ’43, March 1, 2005, in Valley Center, Calif., at 85. A World War II Army veteran and captain, he received the Silver Star for service. He worked as a real estate broker, automobile sales manager, and property manager. He was active in his church and with Little League baseball and Pop Warner football. He and his late wife, Virginia, raised three daughters and a son, and had several grandchildren.
Miriam Sargent Watson '43
Miriam Sargent Watson ’43, September 16, 2005, in Medford, Ore., at 83. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in social work from the University of California, Berkeley and worked as a psychiatric social worker and psychotherapist for the state of California, several county agencies, and her own private practice. Predeceased by a brother, Dwight E. Sargent ’39, she is survived by her brother, Frederic O. Sargent ’42.
William Hutcheson '44
William Hutcheson ’44, January 2, 2006, in Needham, Mass., at 82. A World War II Navy veteran, he was the former owner and president of Hutcheson Company, a commercial printing shop in Boston. In 1981 he and his wife, Doris Blanchard Hutcheson ’45, received Colby Brick Awards for service to the College. Predeceased by his brother, John G. Hutcheson ’43, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, five daughters, including Sandra Hutcheson Buck ’71 and Laurian Hutcheson Leavitt ’78, 10 grandchildren, including Christopher A. Buck ’00, and three great-grandchildren.
Grace K. Keefer Parker '45
Grace Keefer Parker ’45, November 11, 2005, in Babylon, N.Y., at 83. She earned a master’s in religious education from Columbia’s Union Theological Seminary and worked as an elementary school teacher, advisor to Christian college students, and Union’s director of its ecumenical program and student dean. After retiring in 1992, she was a literacy tutor and advocate for social justice. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Richard Parker, four children, six grandchildren, and a sister.
Edith Hinckley Turner '45
Edith Hinckley Turner ’45, December 13, 2005, in Attleboro, Mass., at 82. For four decades she taught French and German at Attleboro High School until retiring in 1988. Predeceased by her sisters, Madeleine Hinckley Gibbs ’43 and Lillian Hinckley Worcester ’47, she is survived by five nephews, Thomas and Daniel Gibbs and William, Jonathan, and Richard Silsby, one niece, Leslie O’Keefe, three grandnieces, and three grandnephews.
Elizabeth Skillin York '45
Elizabeth Skillin York ’45, November 5, 2005, in Portland, Maine, at 82. A graduate of Burdett Business College, she worked as a secretary for several firms before becoming a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and art, for which she won prizes. She is survived by three sons, Richard, Gary, and Glen, and a grandson.
Francis B. Ward '47
Francis B. Ward ’47, October 21, 2005, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 81. A World War II veteran, he served as a supply officer in the Navy and was self-employed as a manufacturer’s representative until his retirement. He took part in local causes in Wakefield, Mass., and Strafford, N.H., and is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mildred, a daughter, Susan, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Donald J. Bourassa '48
Donald J. Bourassa ’48, December 31, 2005, in Augusta, Maine, at 84. A graduate of the University of Maine Law School, he practiced law in Augusta and was an assistant district attorney for Kennebec County. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he served the Veterans of Foreign War as a national legislative officer. He was predeceased by his wife, Priscilla Bryant Bourassa ’48, and brothers, Harvey J. Bourassa ’27, Roger J. Bourassa ’38, and Henry L. Bourassa ’39. He is survived by a son, Donald, four daughters, Deborah Herman, Kathleen Petersen, Cynthia Bryant, and Judith Joy, 11 grandchildren, three brothers, and two sisters.
H. Guy Smith '49
H. Guy Smith ’49, October 29, 2005, in West Windsor, N.J., at 83. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, he earned a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired as a controller in Bristol-Myers Squibb’s research and development department after more than 20 years, was active in his church, and coached youth basketball. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Lobdell Smith ’50, a son, four daughters, and 15 grandchildren.
Philip W. Waugh '49
Philip W. Waugh '49, May 3, 2005, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 80. He worked as an engineer for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority before serving for more than 30 years as a chemical engineer. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeannine, six sons, five daughters, a brother, a sister, 33 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Norma A. Bergquist Garnett '52
Norma Bergquist Garnett ’52, December 15, 2005, in East Greenwich, R.I., at 73. An internationally recognized foreign language educator, she earned a master’s from Brown and an Ed.D. in Spanish from Boston University. She taught at Brown and other colleges and from 1971 until her 1993 retirement was the foreign language department chair at Toll Gate High School. Her honors include Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, Colby Alumni Educator of the Year, Distinguished Teacher by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, and induction into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Norval E. Garnett ’51, four children, including Nancy P. Garnett-Thomas ’77, eight grandchildren, a brother, David G. Bergquist ’61, and several nieces and nephew, including Stanley I. Garnett II ’65.
Jane Metcalf Healey '53
Jane Metcalf Healey ’53, December 19, 2005, in Norwood, Mass., at 74. She worked as a technical writer for the Foxboro Company, retiring in 2005 after 25 years with the company. She is survived by her sons, Stephen W. Healey ’81 and Philip A. Healey ’84, two granddaughters, and a sister.
Dorcas Crocker Hodgdon '53
Dorcas Crocker Hodgdon ’53, November 17, 2005, in Scarborough, Maine, at 73. Following graduation she worked as a social worker for the state of Maine. A homemaker after marriage, she was a member of the South Portland and Cape Elizabeth Garden Club and enjoyed bowling. She is survived by her husband, Theodore, a daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren.
Marion Krapowicz Safford '55
Marion Krapowicz Safford ’55, October 27, 2005, in Villas, N.J., at 72. She worked as a secretary for the Foundation for Christian Living.
Frederic W. Toppan '57
Frederic W. Toppan ’57, January 19, 2006, in Rye Beach, N.H., at 75. A former teacher at Kingswood School (West Hartford, Conn.) and later at Thayer Academy (Braintree, Mass.), he served in the Army in Korea from 1951-54. In 1994 he was presented the Alumni Award by The Fessenden School (West Newton, Mass.) for distinguished service. He is survived by a son, Charles Toppan II.
Martin D. Turpie '60
Martin D. Turpie ’60, November 7, 2005, in East Longmeadow, Mass., at 67. He earned his law degree from Boston University in 1963, served as captain in the Army Reserve from 1963-64, and joined Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas law firm in 1964. He made partner in 1971 and retired in 2004. Predeceased by his mother, Carolyn Williams Turpie ’36, he is survived by his wife, Katharine, three daughters, including Dana J. Turpie ’00, a son, a grandson, and a sister.
William C. Green '62
William C. Green ’62, January 18, 2006, in Randolph, Vt., at 67. He earned a master’s in education from Adelphi University and a master’s in library science from C.W. Post College and was a library media specialist for Long Island’s Sachem Central School District for 29 years, retiring in 1994. He served in the Army National Guard and was co-coordinator of the Bethel Area Food Shelf. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, a daughter, a stepson, a stepdaughter, three grandchildren, a brother, and a sister.
J. Wesley Miller '63
J. Wesley Miller III ’63, September 13, 2005, in Springfield, Mass., at 64. An educator and a lawyer specializing in art law, he earned his J.D. in 1981 from the College of Western New England Law School. He taught English at Heidelberg College, Ohio, and at the University of Wisconsin. A social activist, he catalogued “street literature,” fliers, and posters that reflected contemporary history. He is survived by an aunt, Martha Miller Bowen, and several cousins.
Sally F. Patterson '66
Sally F. Patterson ’66, December 13, 2005, in Bucksport, Maine, at 60. She worked for many years as a programmer for IBM. After retirement she returned to Bucksport and volunteered at Fort Knox historic site and became the proprietor of Penobscot Narrows gift shop. She is survived by her sisters, M. Jane Patterson Paxton ’65 and Polly Currier, and her brothers, James and Robert Patterson.
Peter S. Weygant '66
Peter S. Weygant ’66, October 19, 2005, in San Francisco, Calif., at 60. A college professor and a technical writer for Hewlett Packard, he earned a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, and the opera and symphony, served as deacon of his church, and volunteered with people facing life-threatening illnesses. He is survived by his partner, Rich McClure, and three siblings.
Stephen C. Schuyler '78
Stephen C. Schuyler ’78, November 11, 2005, in Kittery Point, Maine, at 49. A lawyer specializing in securities law, he earned a bachelor’s from Kenyon and a law degree from Vanderbilt. In the 1980s he worked for the state of Maine, the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, and the National Association of Security Dealers. Since the 1990s he worked on mutual funds and initial public offerings. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla, two daughters, a sister, and a brother.
Maureen Firth Firth-Krout '87
Maureen Firth Krout ’87, January 12, 2006, in Fayette, Maine, at 40. A 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, she worked at several Maine veterinary clinics and the Greyhound Placement Service in Augusta. She is survived by her husband, Roy, a son, two daughters, her parents, Grace and John Firth, a brother, a sister, and her paternal grandmother.
Jamie A. Lue '03
Jamie A. Lue ’03, December 30, 2005, in Kingston, Jamaica, at 25. An investment analyst with Alliance Investment Management, Ltd. in Jamaica, he was murdered during a robbery. He was an outstanding soccer player at Colby, earning All-New England, NESCAC, and team MVP honors and was invited to play in the NEISL Senior All Star Game. He is survived by his mother, Angela Soutar, his father, Chew Lue, and three sisters.