Obituaries from the Fall 2007 Colby Magazine
Louise Hinckley Tweedie '35
Louise Hinckley Tweedie ’35, June 25, 2007, in Newton, Mass., at 94. In Maine she was a deaconess for the Woodfords Congregational Church and served on the board of the Girl Scout Council of Greater Portland. She is survived by her children, Melissa Cafferky, Deborah Thomas, and Robert Tweedie, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Ruth Richardson Paradise '36
Ruth Richardson Paradise ’36, May 8, 2007, in Brighton, Mass., at 91. She graduated from Smith College, married, and worked at Sentry Insurance in Concord, Mass. She played bridge, discussed politics and women’s issues, and swam in White’s Pond well into her 80s. Survivors include her children, Richard ’71, Forrest, John, Carolyn, and Charles, and seven grandchildren.
Winston C. Clark '38
Winston C. Clark ’38, June 20, 2007, in Rye, N.H., at 91. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Optometry, he practiced optometry for 52 years in Amesbury, Mass. He served in World War II as a captain in the medical corps in Europe. He was a fisherman and a runner, and in 1990 he received the Amesbury citizen of the year award. Survivors include his children, Carol Clark, Winston Clark Jr., Anne Clark Steele, and Jane Clark Marasco, his sister, 10 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren
Alice Dignam Grady '38
Alice Dignam Grady ’38, July 16, 2007, in Slidell, La., at 90. A housewife and a mother, she was involved with her church. She was predeceased by her sisters Mary Dignam Murphy ’31 and Delores Dignam Morgan ’33 and her brothers, Walter L. Dignam ’33 and Charles L. Dignam ’39. She is survived by her sons Bill and Jim, three grandsons, her sister Ellen Dignam Downing ’35, and several nieces and nephews, seven of whom are Colby alumni.
Evelyne Short Merrill '39
Evelyne Short Merrill ’39, June 15, 2007, in Whittier, Calif., at 88. She earned a master’s in education from Whittier College and a master’s in linguistics from California State, Long Beach, becoming an English teacher and reading specialist. She was active in a reader’s theater group and in AAUW. She was predeceased by her husband, Buell O. Merrill ’40, with whom she raised a child, Robin. Survivors include her niece, Nancy Short Hall ’68.
Isabel C. Abbott '40
Isabel C. Abbott ’40, August 2, 2007, in Belfast, Maine, at 88. She established and ran a clothing store in Union, Maine, for 40 years and dedicated herself to community service in Union. She founded the Union Chamber of Commerce, was town clerk, sat on the library board, and gave 25 years of service to the Union Fair. She researched her family’s genealogy, traveled in Europe, and loved Border collies. Her sister, Susan Abbott Faris, many cousins, and several nieces and nephews survive her.
Buell O. Merrill '40
Buell O. Merrill ’40, February 18, 2007, in Whittier, Calif., at 90. He worked as an executive assistant for Los Angeles County for 28 years, played tennis, and was a cabinetmaker. His wife, Evelyne Short Merrill ’39, died on June 15, 2007. Together they raised one child, Robin. Survivors include his niece, Nancy Short Hall ’68.
Hannah Putnam Burbank '41
Hannah Putnam Burbank ’41, May 28, 2007, in Windham, Maine, at 88. She earned her MSW from Simmons College in 1944, which launched her career as a psychiatric social worker in Boston and New York. She is predeceased by her brother Joseph Lysander Putman ’48 and an aunt and four cousins who attended Colby. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bernerd H. Burbank ’39, two sons and one daughter, nine grandchildren, two brothers, and nieces, nephews, and cousins including Charles A. Pearce ’49.
Harold J. Bubar '42
Harold J. Bubar ’42, June 26, 2007, in Bangor, Maine, at 86. During World War II he served with the Army Air Corps as a weather instructor. He built a career at the North Anson (Maine) Reel Company, serving as vice president for 17 of the 35 years of his employment. He coached Little League and was a church choir soloist. Predeceased by his wife, Louise Hagan Bubar ’42, and his brothers Paul S. ’39 and Harley M. ’40, he is survived by his sons John H. ’68 and James A. ’72, his daughter-in-law Lisa Kehler Bubar ’73, two grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.
Anita Pooler Laliberte '42
Anita Pooler Laliberte ’42, July 17, 2007, in Waterville, Maine, at 87. She worked as a librarian at Waterville High School for more than 20 years. She volunteered through her church and belonged to the Waterville Women’s Club. She golfed, skied, and spent summers on China Lake. She was predeceased by her husband, Alton G. Laliberte ’42, her brother-in-law Bernard A. Laliberte '52, and her grandson Scott T. Laliberte ’01. Survivors include her children, Terry McAvoy, Robert, and Peter, a sister, a half-sister and a half-brother, five grandchildren, including Douglas P. Laliberte ’03, and four great-grandchildren.
Harold D. Seaman '42
Col. Harold D. Seaman ’42, August 15, 2007, in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., at 87. He served in the Army for 30 years including wartime service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Among his many awards were 11 battle stars, two Bronze Star Medals, and the Cross of Gallantry. His civilian career included jobs in Washington and Europe as well as teaching at The Infantry School. His wife, Cynthia, three children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him.
Ethel Paradis Emerson '43
Ethel Paradis Emerson ’43, August 11, 2007, in Farmington, Maine, at 86. She taught in public schools in Maine for 25 years and operated the Falls Book Barn in Farmington Falls for nearly 30 years. She and her husband were founding members of the Farmington Alliance for the Mentally Ill and received a commendation from Maine’s governor for their service on behalf of people with mental illness. Her husband of 64 years, W. Merritt Emerson ’44, a son and a daughter, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild survive her.
R. Frank Vigue '43
R. Frank Vigue ’43, July 19, 2007, in Kennebunkport, Maine, at 88. He earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State and treated animals for 39 years in Springvale and Arundel, Maine. He was active with Rotary International, was a spiritual man who traveled around the world, and was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, a daughter and a son, two brothers, a sister, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Jean McNeill Decker '44
Jean McNeill Decker ’44, January 1, 2007, in Cuddebackville, N.Y., at 87. A Christian Science practitioner, she traveled extensively around the world and managed real estate later in life. She is survived by her husband, Wayne, with whom she raised three children.
Charles A. Dudley '45
Charles A. Dudley ’45, July 29, 2007, in Windsor, Conn., at 84. A first lieutenant in World War II, he was an Army combat pilot and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He was an analyst for Pratt & Whitney for 30 years, loved to play bridge, and coached his children’s sports teams. For his many years of service to the College, he was awarded, along with his wife, the Colby Brick Award in 1995. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Shirley Martin Dudley ’46, five children, and seven grandchildren.
Frederick B. Power '46
Frederick B. Power ’46, May 24, 2007, in Tallahassee, Fla., at 86. He left Colby for World War II and was trained as a meteorologist for the Army Air Corps. He worked as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service at the Tallahassee Airport for 32 years. Survivors include his three children, Rick, Stephen, and Wendy O’Brien, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Patricia Durling Meeker '48
Patricia Durling Meeker ’48, August 1, 2007, in Sylvania, Ohio, at 80. She graduated from the University of Toledo in 1949. A mother and housewife, she was a master gardener who volunteered at the Toledo Botanical Gardens and served on its board for 20 years. She traveled around the world, was a gourmet cook, and a patient birdwatcher. Survivors include her children, Bob, Randy, Matt, Marcia, and Mary, her brother, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Horace P. Landry '49
Horace P. Landry ’49, July 11, 2007, in Bonita Springs, Fla., at 86. A sergeant for the Army Air Corps, he served in World War II in North Africa and Italy. He was an editor and a journalist at newspapers in Maine and Florida. At age 70 he became an author, self-publishing two murder mysteries. He belonged to the VFW, the Elks, Rotary, and was active in his church. His wife of 59 years, Geraldine, seven sons, a sister, 18 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren survive him.
Thomas F. Maguire '49
Thomas F. Maguire ’49, August 22, 2007, in Midland Park, N.J., at 84. He served in the Navy during World War II and earned his master’s in chemical engineering from the University of Maine. For 35 years he worked for American Cyanamid, including assignments at its international division in The Netherlands. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Linda Shaw Maguire ’49, three children, and 10 grandchildren.
Shirley Cookson Hall '50
Shirley Cookson Hall ’50, June 10, 2007, in Camden, Maine, at 78. She married and lived in Italy until 1967, when she settled in Camden. She was involved with her church, served on the school board, and was active with the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She played bridged and loved to cook. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Gilbert, two sons and a daughter, six grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, and one sister.
Eleanor Runkle Stevens '50
Eleanor Runkle Stevens ’50, July 12, 2007, in Rockport, Mass., at 78. She worked for IBM for 22 years as an executive secretary. Her passion was for handbells, which she played for nearly 70 years. Described as a kind woman, she was frugal, self-sufficient, and loved to sail. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Priscilla Davis Runkle ’51, and several nieces and nephews.
Lois H. Poulin '51
Lois H. Poulin ’51, May 12, 2007, in Denver, Colo., at 76. She received her master’s from the University of San Francisco and taught languages at the university level. She lived in Puerto Rico for 20 years, where she raised the four children that survive her: Eduardo, Maria Luisa, Marta, and Rosa Seda. She was predeceased by her uncle Raoul H. Violette ’33.
Joseph O. Denis '52
Joseph O. Denis Jr. ’52, May 31, 2007, in Folley, Ala., at 75. A chemical engineer, he worked for Sylvania and Westinghouse before founding, in 1968, Z-D Wire Products, Inc. in New Jersey, which he eventually moved to Norridgewock, Maine. For three years he owned and operated Lakewood on Lake Wesserunsett in Skowhegan. In retirement he raised Paso Fino horses. Survivors include his wife, Susan, two sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
John R. Abbe '53
John R. Abbe ’53, July 3, 2007, in Gulfport, Fla., at 76. After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, he had a career in sales and business management. He started a youth soccer program in Waterville, was a golfer and a fisherman, and loved his camp on Pierce Pond in Maine. An Elk and member of the American Legion, he was also an avid reader. His wife, Susan, four children, eight grandchildren, and a brother survive him.
Louise McGuinness Ludlow '56
Louise McGuinness Ludlow ’56, June 1, 2007, in Elizabethtown, N.Y., at 72. She devoted her time to helping the hungry, homeless, and aging, and she served as chair of the board for an adult care facility in Keene Valley, N.Y. She was an enthusiastic cellist, an involved community member, and loved the Adirondacks. Survivors include her husband, G. Craig Ludlow, a daughter and a son, three grandchildren, and a sister and a brother.
Sidney D. Perham '56
Sidney D. Perham ’56, June 28, 2007, in Bath, N.Y., at 76. He left Colby to serve in the Navy, then returned to graduate. He taught school in Maine for several years before moving to the VA center in Bath, where worked in the library. He is survived by five sisters and six brothers, including Joe Perham ’55.
Stefan D. Van Schenck '57
Stefan D. Van Schenck ’57, May 4, 2007, in Tarpon Springs, Fla., at 71. He was president and owner of Vanco Industries in Florida. His wife, Vicky-Ray, two daughters, a brother, and a grandson survive him.
George F. Denneen '58
George F. Denneen Jr. ’58, June 26, 2007, in Windham, N.H., at 71. He worked in finance and was a publishing agent for General Foods in Woburn, Mass. His wife, Wendy McWilliam Denneen ’60, two children, a brother, and two grandchildren survive him.
Joseph E. Goodness '59
Joseph E. Goodness Jr. ’59, June 15, 2007, in Sanford, Maine, at 70. He earned a master’s in geology from Union College and taught science at Sanford High School for 33 years. A lifelong Grange member, he was also an officer of the Maine State Guard and served on the board of the York County Federal Credit Union. His wife, Lorraine, a daughter and a son, three grandsons, a sister, and two brothers survive him.
Donald R. Graham '60
Donald R. Graham ’60, June 1, 2007, in Lowell, Mass., at 68. He was the owner of the former William J. Graham Co., a textile firm in Lowell. He loved animals, was an avid spots fan, and coached Little League. His wife, Norma, a daughter and two sons, a stepson, and five grandchildren survive him.
Ernest M. Johnson '64
Ernest M. Johnson Jr. ’64, June 29, 2007, in New York, N.Y., at 64. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School and established a career as a portfolio manager in New York. A trustee of the Isaacson-Draper Trust, he was an avid reader, a home chef, and an enthusiastic museumgoer. Survivors include a beloved aunt and several cousins.
Albert Seferian '65
Albert Seferian ’65, March 18, 2007, in Reston, Va., at 64. He was a policy analyst for the U.S. government’s Office of Management and Budget. He served as a Colby class agent and was treasurer of the Colby Club of Washington. He loved to race and restore cars, especially Porsches. His wife, Pamela, a son and a daughter, his sister, two grandchildren, and his first wife survive him.