Obituaries from the Fall 2008 Colby Magazine
Faith D. Waterman '27
Faith D. Waterman ’27, July 15, 2008, in New York, N.Y., at 102. She received a master’s in literature from Columbia in 1929. She was personal assistant to Margaret Truman and to noted journalist Dorothy Thompson. A lover of the arts, she supported the Strider Concert series at Colby. Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.
Frances E. Thayer '30
Frances E. Thayer ’30, June 21, 2008, in Waterville, Maine, at 98. After working as a teacher and a secretary, she returned to Colby in 1943 as secretary to Dean of Women Ninetta Runnals. She was administrative assistant for six Colby deans over 31 years. Colby honored her with a Colby Brick in 1960 and an honorary degree in 1974. She belonged to AAUW, the Taconnett Falls Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, and the Universalist Unitarian Church in Waterville. Music, gardening, and sewing were cherished pastimes. Predeceased by her niece Jane Thayer Hutchinson ’72 and cousin Constance Knickerbocker Harley ’39, she is survived by her brother, Jarvis Marble Thayer Jr. ’38, and her niece Barbara Thayer Barry ’74.
Arthur B. Wein '35
Arthur B. Wein ’35, August 14, 2008, in Bethesda, Md., at 94. He received his M.D. from Boston University and was an Army physician during World War II. An orthopedic surgeon, he practiced in Denver, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and retired in 1992. A published songwriter, he played piano, violin, and saxophone and performed with big bands in the 1930s. He enjoyed traveling, skiing, and chopping wood. He was predeceased by his sisters, Gladys Wein Hirshon ’37 and Rhoda Wein Kraft ’39; survivors include his wife of 55 years, MaryLouise Barker, two children, and a grandson.
Donald Rogers '38
E. Donald Rogers ’38, December 24, 2007, in Middlebury, Conn., at 91. He received his bachelor’s from Roanoke College and a dentistry degree from the University of Maryland. He served in the Navy during World War II and then practiced dentistry in Waterbury, Conn., until he retired in 1988. He was a Mason, a Rotarian, and a golfer. Survivors include his brother, Elmore ’38, a daughter and two sons, and two grandchildren.
S. Althea Webber Brown '39
S. Althea Webber Brown ’39, July 15, 2008, in Homosassa, Fla., at 91. She attended the New York School of Design and then became a homemaker and mother. She swam, gardened, read, and played the piano. She is survived by her son, Steven, a brother and two sisters, and three grandchildren.
E. Robert Bruce '40
E. Robert Bruce ’40, May 27, 2008, in Watertown, Conn., at 93. He served in World War II in the Airborne Parachute Infantry in the Pacific. He earned his master’s from Columbia in 1947 and worked in research and development, then in sales for several companies. He twice ran for the state Senate in Connecticut and served on the Watertown Board of Education. He served on many building committees in Watertown and, for 30 years, was director of the Watertown Mental Health Association. He won a Colby Brick Award in 1948 and was a longtime class agent. Survivors include his wife, Olga, three children, and four grandchildren.
Jean Coyle Delaney '41
Jean Coyle Delaney ’41, June 22, 2008, in Niantic, Conn., at 88. She taught English in the East Lyme school system for more than 27 years and was a homemaker and mother. Survivors include her brother, Fredrick.
Ruth "Bonnie" Roberts Hathaway '41
Ruth “Bonnie” Roberts Hathaway ’41, June 19, 2008, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 89. She taught elementary school for 19 years in Texas and Massachusetts and was a Girl Scout leader for 20 years. An activist, she was one of eight Massachusetts’ representatives at the Earth Summit in Brazil, chaired a people’s action committee, and helped with Meals on Wheels. She was class correspondent at Colby for 11 years. Survivors include her children, David, Paul, Michael, Lois Vlad, and Margaret Stempka, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Linwood E. Palmer '42
Linwood E. Palmer Jr. ’42, July 24, 2008, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, at 86. He served in the Army during World War II, then rose to vice president and general manager of Ward Steel Company and it’s successor, Peter A. Frasse & Co. Retiring in Maine, he ran a development company and a Christmas tree farm. He served in the Maine House of Representatives for five sessions and in the Maine Senate for one. He ran for Maine Governor in 1978 and was appointed by George H.W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council of Rural America. Predeceased by his brother Paul K. Palmer ’37, he is survived by his children, Linwood E. Palmer III, Cartha Smith, and Beth Smith, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
Patricia F. Ford Ellis '43
Patricia Ford Ellis ’43, June 12, 2008, in Lakeland, Fla., at 85. She earned a B.L.S. from Pratt Institute and worked in public, university, and church libraries in several states. She was active with her church, studied genealogy, and belonged to TOPS for 16 years. Predeceased by her husband, Albert I. Ellis ’44, her survivors include her children, Jeffrey, Deborah Blank, and Sandra Blanchette, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Herbert S. Robison '43
Herbert S. Robison ’43, June 26, 2008, in Virginia Beach, Va., at 87. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a radio-radar officer from 1943 to 1946. His career was devoted to textiles, including sales and production management. He started his own textile sales agency in 1971 and retired in 1990. An amateur radio operator, he also enjoyed photography, which he integrated with amateur astronomy. With his wife, Mona, he raised two sons. He was predeceased by his cousin, David Brodie ’42.
William P. Hancock '44
William P. Hancock Jr. ’44, July 6, 2008, in Cape Neddick, Maine, at 86. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942 and served as a gunner on a B-26 bomber. He was shot down over Italy and was missing in action for 11 months. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. In 1948 he joined the Maine State Police and rose to the rank of captain. He served as Ogunquit (Maine) chief of police and won the Legendary Trooper award. He loved to hunt and golf. Survivors include his sister, Jane Hancock Shaw ’51, three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
N. Douglas Mac Leod, Jr. '44
N. Douglas MacLeod Jr. ’44, July 6, 2008, in Bristol, R.I., at 87. He left Colby to serve in the Air Force during World War II and later earned an engineering degree from the University of Rhode Island. A machinist, he managed and owned machine tool companies and founded Tubodyne Company. He was involved with Big Brothers of Rhode Island, was an avid sailor, and grew roses and fruit. Survivors include two brothers, Donald and Bruce, four daughters and a son, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Philip J. Boyne '46
Philip J. Boyne ’46, June 9, 2008, in Loma Linda, Calif., at 84. He earned his D.M.D. from Tufts in 1947 and a master’s in anatomy from Georgetown in 1961. After 20 years in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, he retired as captain in 1968 and became a professor and research scientist at UCLA, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. A pioneer in bone-grafting techniques, he wrote textbooks on maxillofacial surgery, established scholarships at Colby and Loma Linda, and was president of the American College of Oral Biology for nearly 30 years. Colby awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988. He loved to fish in Maine and ran 31 marathons in his bare feet. Survivors include his wife of nearly 62 years, Mary Anne, two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Norman D. Meyers '46
Norman D. Meyers ’46, August 10, 2008, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., at 83. He was a Navy officer during World War II. He owned Meyers Manufacturing Company in Connecticut before retiring in Florida. Active in civic and political affairs, he was also a founder of Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton, Conn. Survivors include his companion, Shirley Olin, a son and a daughter, a brother, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Stanley H. Levine '47
Stanley H. Levine '47, August 16, 2008, in Kirkland, Wash., at 85. He served with Patton's Third Army in World War II, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He owned MarLe Electrical Supply and Lighting Fixture Co. and was president of the Stamford (Conn.) Historical Society. He received an M.F.A. in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design, and in his retirement he restored historic houses. Survivors include wife Jacqueline, two daughters, a son, a brother, Stephen '59, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and nephews and nieces, including Deborah A. Levine '75.
Bradley C. Maxim '47
Bradley C. Maxim ’47, May 16, 2008, in Austin, Texas, at 86. He came to Colby after World War II, where he had driven an ambulance in North Africa for the American Field Service. He earned an M.L.S. from Columbia in 1954 and taught library science in New Mexico and Texas. A classical and jazz musician, he played the piano and a variety of woodwinds and sang in choirs and madrigal groups. Survivors include his daughters, Catherine Stephens and Elizabeth Maxim, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Frances E. Whitehill '48
Frances E. Whitehill ’48, May 23, 2008, in Milwaukie, Ore., at 81. Fluent in Spanish, French, and German, she studied in Spain as a Fulbright scholar and attended the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. She earned a master’s from the University of Oregon, taught French and Spanish at Milwaukie High School, and served as the school’s curriculum director. She grew roses and established the Sara Hite Memorial Rose Garden at the Milwaukie Center, where she volunteered, weeded, and pruned. Survivors include a nephew and two nieces.
Eleanor Ackerman Brainard '49
Eleanor Ackerman Brainard ’49, August 13, 2008, in Westbrook, Conn., at 80. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University and was a teacher and teaching assistant in Westbrook. She volunteered for the Westbrook Library and was assistant registrar of voters. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, John, a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.
James E. Fraser '50
James E. Fraser ’50, August 28, 2008, Williamsburg, Va., at 80. After serving in the U.S. Army, he graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting. A 34-year career at General Electric followed. He retired to Seabrook Island, S.C., where he was an active volunteer. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sally, five children, 12 grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, including Michael M. Fraser ’83.
Winston C. Oliver '50
Winston C. Oliver ’50, June 17, 2008, in Arlington, Va., at 82. He served with the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II. A CIA operations officer for 30 years, he was stationed mostly in Asia until 1973 when he worked at CIA headquarters. He received the CIA’s Career Achievement Medal. Survivors include his wife, Janet, four children, a brother, and 12 grandchildren.
Charles R. Anderson '53
Charles R. Anderson ’53, July 5, 2008, in South Yarmouth, Mass., at 88. He was a flight engineer and instructor for the Army Air Forces during World War II. He earned master’s degrees from Harvard and from Fairfield University, then became an elementary schoolteacher and guidance counselor in Fairfield, Conn. He retired to Harwich, Mass., where he painted and golfed. Survivors include his wife, Janice Pearson Anderson ’52, four children—Scott ’76, Kirk, Timothy, and Loryn Hamilton—and five grandchildren.
Theodore J. Turchon '54
Theodore J. Turchon ’54, March 23, 2008, in Orlando, Fla., at 76. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan from 1954 to 1956. He became a salesman and held managerial positions at various companies. He raised two children with his first wife and enjoyed traveling in South America and England with his second wife, Luly.
Peter Parsons '55
Peter P. Parsons '55, August 26, 2008, in Worcester, Mass., at 74. He served in the U.S. Army and then earned a master's from the University of Maine and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught at UMass Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and, for 22 years, in the biology department at Holy Cross. He played the organ and piano for 40 years at the North Leverett Baptist Church, sang in a gospel group, and taught Sunday school. Survivors include wife Joy, a daughter, a son, two grandsons, five sisters, and a brother.
Charles B. Rice '56
Charles B. Rice ’56, August 4, 2008, in Little Compton, R.I., at 73. He served in the Navy and then became a banker in New York and Rhode Island. He also worked for the FDIC in the Department of Liquidation. An avid outdoorsman, he was an Eagle Scout and stayed active in scouting. Survivors include his wife, Rev. Rebecca Spencer, three sons, two sisters, and two grandsons.
Joan S. Shaw '57
Joan Siranosian Shaw ’57, July 3, 2008, in Falmouth, Mass., at 72. She graduated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School and worked as a secretary in Boston and for Stonehill College. In 1980 she moved to Falmouth and worked with her husband in real estate. Survivors include her husband, Richard, two sons, a grandson, and a brother.
Charles G. Boehm '59
Charles G. Boehm ’59, July 1, 2008, in Falmouth, Maine, at 75. His day job was a commercial loan officer for Casco Bank and Trust. After hours, he was a volunteer rescue worker who trained in emergency medicine and introduced skilled volunteerism for Falmouth rescue in the 1960s and 70s. He helped others in both roles and, according to his son, didn’t have a mean bone in his body. Predeceased by his wife, Joan Peppard Boehm ’58, survivors include his son, Chip, and daughter, Melinda ’83.
Peter C. Doyle '60
Peter C. Doyle ’60, July 19, 2008, in Keene, N.H., at 73. He taught science in Massachusetts and Vermont and spent 10 years as a freelance technical writer. Passionate about protecting the land, he chaired the Keene Conservation Committee and was a land steward for the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests. Survivors include his wife, Sue, a daughter, two sons, his mother, a sister, and three grandchildren.
George G. Welch, Jr. '60
George G. Welch Jr. ’60, June 15, 2008, in Toledo, Ohio, at 69. A National Spelling Bee finalist in 1951, he earned two master’s degrees, one from Cornell in classics and another from West Virginia in mathematics. He taught and lectured at colleges in West Virginia, Texas, and Ohio and edited eight books. He was a champion amateur golfer. Survivors include his daughters, Ann Hunter and Susan Welch, a sister, and four grandchildren.
Robert A. Greer '61
Robert A. Greer ’61, November 24, 2007, in Gloucester, Mass., at 71. He worked in business for various companies, including the Gorton Group in Gloucester. He was involved with economic development in Gloucester, chairing committees that promoted job and industry growth in the city. Together with his wife, Marilyn, he raised two daughters, Amy and Pamela.
Kenneth D. May '67
Kenneth D. May ’67, August 15, 2008, in Cambridge, Mass., at 63. After 10 years of traveling and teaching, he worked as a city planner. He earned a J.D. from New England School of Law in 1989 and practiced in Cambridge. Survivors include his siblings Janet Blair, Sheila Robinson, Barbara May, and Laurence May.
George M. Smith '69
George M. Smith Jr. '69, September 21, 2008, in Melrose, Mass., at 61. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Case Tractor for 18 years and at the time of his death was a regional sales manager for Kubota Tractor Co. Survivors include his wife, Susan, a brother, and a sister.
Robert B. Nelson '72
Robert B. Nelson ’72, July 1, 2008, in Groton, Mass., at 59. He worked in sales for the telecommunications industry and was regional manager for Telecom NA, traveling in New England, Canada, and France. He enjoyed fly fishing and bird hunting and vacationed at his camp in Maine. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Johnstone Nelson ’72, an uncle, and cousins.
Mary Eckhoff Dreyer '74
Mary Eckhoff Dreyer ’74, August 7, 2008, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at 55. She earned her law degree from Albany Law School and practiced in Albany and Saratoga Springs until 1992, when she retired to raise her children. She was executive director of the Fund for Lake George (N.Y.), a sailor, and a long-distance runner. Survivors include her children, Emily, Will, and Paul, four sisters, and her stepmother.
Terrence M. Weithers '82
Terrence M. Weithers ’82, July 5, 2008, in Chicago, Ill., at 47. He worked as a credit manager for an HVAC contractor and spent summers at Duneland Beach, Ind. Survivors include brothers Tom, Tim, and Larry, sisters Suzanne Bailey and Joanne Weithers, and 13 nieces and nephews.