Obituaries from the Winter 2009 Colby Magazine
Katherine Franklin Merrill '36
Katherine Franklin Merrill '36, Dec. 6, 2008, in Barrington, R.I., at 94. A mother and housewife, she belonged to the First Christian Congregational Church in Swansea, Mass. Survivors include her husband, Arthur, three children, eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Andrea Getchell Bradley Solmonte '40
Andrea Getchell Bradley Solmonte '40, September 1, 2008, in Quincy, Mass., at 90. A mother and a homemaker, she worked at the Doten & Thompson Dress Shop in Quincy until 1982. Survivors include her stepson, Robert Solmonte, a brother, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Marjorie Smith MacLeod '41
Marjorie Smith MacLeod '41, Nov. 27, 2008, in Ellsworth, Maine, at 87. She received her teaching certificate from Lesley College and taught in schools in Maine. She was the founding educator of the Katahdin School for Exceptional Children in East Millinocket, Maine. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Donald, four children, 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Hubert Stanley Beckwith '43
Hubert S. Beckwith '43, Oct. 12, 2008, in Springfield, Va., at 86. He received a bachelor's in divinity in 1945 from Andover Newton Theological School. He was founding pastor of the Congregational Christian Church of Fairfax (Va.) County, which became Little River United Church of Christ, and he led the church until 1987. He received the James Floyd Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award from the Howard University School of Divinity in 2003. Survivors include his sons, Hubert and Paul, and four grandchildren.
John M. Lomac '43
John M. Lomac '43, Sept. 29, 2008, in San Diego, Calif., at 90. During World War II he served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific. He earned a Bronze Star in Korea and retired as lieutenant colonel in 1967. For the next 20 years he worked at Grossmont Community College as superintendent of grounds and facilities. The basketball legend known as “Johnny Lomac” is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary, three children, a brother, a sister, and four grandchildren.
John C. Calahan '44
John C. Calahan '44, Nov. 8, 2008, in Abington, Pa., at 86. He served in the Army during World War II and then served three more years in the reserves. He held executive positions at General Electric and Philco-Ford and retired in 1989 as general manager of consumer electronics for Sharp Electronics. Survivors include his wife, Frances, his daughter, Paula S. Calahan Andre '69, his son, Jack, three stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, and a brother.
Frederick S. Wood '44
Frederick S. Wood '44, Oct. 7, 2008, in Chambersburg, Pa., at 87. He enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam as well as peacetime postings, retiring as a colonel after 32 years. He earned a master's from George Washington University and another from Tufts. He served 15 years as an administrator for a nursing home before his second retirement in 1988. Survivors include his son, Andrew, and his beloved dog, Misty.
Donald M. Hinckley '45
Donald M. Hinckley '45, Oct. 13, 2008, in Augusta, Maine, at 88. An ordained minister of the Universalist Unitarian faith for 60 years, he served parishes in Maine and Massachusetts. He served on school boards, volunteered with Goodwill Industries, and studied opera and classical music. He played tennis until his 84th year. Predeceased by his brother Burton '48, he is survived by his wife, Rosalyn, a daughter, a son, a brother, a sister, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Margaret Harper Howard '47
Margaret Harper Howard '47, September 29, 2008, in Scarborough, Maine, at 84. She graduated from Boston University and then became a nurse, working in Portland and Orono. She served on the boards of the Maine State Nurses Association, Ingraham Volunteers, and the YWCA. Survivors include her children, Margaret Persavich, Mary Whitehead, and Charles Howard Jr., and three grandchildren.
Carl R. Wright '47
Carl R. Wright '47, Dec. 5, 2008, in Skowhegan, Maine, at 83. He earned his law degree from Boston University and practiced law in Skowhegan for five decades. Overcoming childhood polio, he was a star athlete, the 1968 Colby C Club Person of the Year, and was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. He coached youth baseball, helped build Little League fields in Skowhegan, and was a trustee of Cornville (Maine) schools. He chaired Colby's Alumni Council (1964-66), was an overseer (1980-86), and was awarded a Colby Brick in 1969. Survivors include his wife, Rita, five children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Vera Themistocles Biemann '48
Vera Themistocles Biemann '48, Sept. 10, 2008, in Alton Bay, N.H., at 81. She taught English and social studies in Massachusetts. Survivors include her husband, Klaus, two children, and four grandchildren.
Caroline Thomson Kinlaw '48
Caroline Thomson Kinlaw '48, June 15, 2008, in Seattle, Wash., at 80. She received a master's from Wright State University and was a teacher, guidance counselor, and psychologist in Dayton, Ohio, becoming director of psychological services for the Dayton Board of Education. She competed in bridge tournaments and received life master ranking in contract bridge. Survivors include her sister, Lillias Lane, two daughters, five granddaughters, two great-grandchildren, and great-niece Elizabeth T. Petit '08.
Ann Rodney Gould '49
Ann Rodney Gould '49, Nov. 4, 2008, in Burlington, Vt., at 84. A mother and homemaker, she worked for many years as a documents librarian at the University of Vermont. Predeceased by her husband, Lyman Jay Gould '48, she is survived by daughter Ellen Gould Cohen '72, son-in-law David J. Cohen '72, and son Michael Gould.
Russell A. Antell '50
Russell A. Antell '50, Oct. 30, 2008, in Fort Pierce, Fla., at 80. He served in the Navy during World War II and earned a Purple Heart. He earned a master's in education from Boston University and then taught high school math in Framingham, Mass., for 35 years. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eva, two sons, two sisters, a brother, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Jerome E. Jackson '50
Jerome E. Jackson '50, Dec. 5, 2008, in Andover, Mass., at 84. He served in the Air Force during World War II and was awarded two Air Medals and a Victory Medal. He was an advertising model for TV and magazines and raised giant English mastiffs. At 70 he moved to the mountain pueblo of Canalejas, Mexico, to study Mayan culture and archeology. Predeceased by his sister Justine Jackson Doherty '49, he is survived by his sister Joan Cashman, nieces, and nephews.
Theodore Parker '51
Theodore Parker '51, Aug. 22, 2008, in North Easton, Mass., at 81. He joined the Navy at 17 and served in Japan during World War II, after which he came to Colby. He worked in the beverage industry and had three children.
Thomas J. Crossman, Jr. '52
Thomas J. Crossman Jr. '52, September 19, 2008, in Bourne, Mass., at 80. After mining metals and diamonds in northern Canada, he earned a master's from Framingham State. He taught biology and anatomy and physiology at Nashoba Regional High School for 26 years, serving as chair of the science department for 15 years. Predeceased by his father, Thomas '15, he is survived by wife Judy, three sons, and three grandchildren.
Elin Christenson Honsberger '52
Elin Christenson Honsberger '52, April 27, 2008, in Pensacola, Fla., at 77. While raising her children she earned her master's in education from Castleton Teacher's College. She taught elementary school and special needs classes. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Honsberger '52, and is survived by her children, Peter Nils, Lisa, and Christopher, brother-in-law Karl Honsberger '56, cousin Nancy Anderson Pool '57, and four grandchildren.
Irwin Winer '52
Irwin Winer '52, Nov. 7, 2008, in Santa Barbara, Calif., at 80. He served in the Army in Japan at the end of World War II and graduated from Colby under the GI bill. He worked in his family's hardware store for 15 years and then taught government and economics at Marlborough (Mass.) High School for 25 years. During his retirement he tutored economics at Santa Barbara City College. Survivors include his wife, Joy, two stepchildren, a brother, and cousins, including Herbert Simon '52.
Arthur M. Tiernan '53
Arthur M. Tiernan Jr. '53, Nov. 1, 2008, in Bedford, Mass., at 79. He was drafted and served with the Army in the Korean War. He became a lawyer for the district attorney's offices in Norfolk and Suffolk counties and served on several local and state boards and committees. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Grace, six daughters, and 11 grandchildren.
Nancy Dana Foster '55
Nancy D. Foster '55, Oct. 4, 2008, in Frisco, Texas, at 74. An amateur dancer and choreographer, she organized theater productions and taught classes to students and elders in Texas. She served as president of the Texas Nursing Home Association, worked with hospice, and served with the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. Survivors include a sister, Joan Foster Barndt '51, three children, and five grandchildren.
John G. Herbert '55
John G. Herbert '55, Oct. 12, 2008, in Caribou, Maine, at 76. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He became a Maine State Trooper and served Aroostook County, retiring as a sergeant. Survivors include his former wife, Carlene, a son, and three grandchildren.
Barbara Barnes Brown '56
Barbara Barnes Brown '56, Nov. 20, 2008, in Westborough, Mass., at 74. A wife and mother, she worked at the New England Home for Little Wanderers, for a nursery school, and as a crossing guard. She was proclaimed 1985 Citizen of the Year in Westborough. She was predeceased by her father, John A. Barnes '24, a brother, Charles P. Barnes II '54, and grandparents Charles P. 1892 and Annie Richardson Barnes 1894. Survivors include her husband, Frederick R. Brown '56, sons Glenn F.'87 and Ian G. Brown '90, daughters Allyson Roose, Cynthia Hogan, and Tamara Wolfe, sister Margaret Barnes Dyer '60, cousins P. Putnam Barnes Jr. '54 and Forrest W. Barnes '56, and nine grandchildren.
James H. Clark '57
James H. Clark '57, Oct. 5, 2008, in Bangor, Maine, at 73. A lifelong interest in aviation began while on coastal watch with his parents during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army during the late 1950s as an air traffic controller and later was involved with the Civil Air Patrol. He earned an M.S.W. from Simmons College in 1969 and worked in social services for the Maine Department of Human Services and the Good Samaritan Agency. He loved Down East humor, nature, and his 1977 Oldsmobile 442. Survivors include cousins and friends.
Judith Lowrey Ingram '57
Judith Lowrey Ingram '57, Oct. 26, 2008, in Hoover, Ala., at 72. A mother and housewife, she played golf and bridge and was active in her church. She was predeceased by her brother Peter S. Lowrey '53 and is survived by son Jason Ingram and daughter Susan Ingram Allison, five grandchildren, a brother, and a sister.
Richard H. Mailey '57
Richard H. Mailey Jr. '57, Oct. 17, 2008, in Exeter, N.H., at 76. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a naturalist and director of the North Boston Audubon Society. An expert on ospreys, he lobbied against the Dickey-Lincoln School Dam Project on the St. John River in Maine, testifying in 1972 on the dam's negative impact on osprey. He retired to Greenville, Maine, where he ran Dick's Mini Pit. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Easterbrooks Mailey '53, three children, three brothers, a sister, and three grandchildren.
Edward B. Holschuh '62
Edward B. Holschuh Jr. '62, Nov. 6, 2008, in Arlington, Texas, at 70. He completed his degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University while serving in the New Jersey National Guard. He was a salesman for Shell Chemical Company. He enjoyed growing plants and loved to paint. Survivors include a sister, his children, Edward III, Thomas, and Jenifer Mahaffey, and four grandchildren.
Stephen C. Danforth '63
Stephen C. Danforth '63, Sept. 16, 2008, in Rockport, Maine, at 67. He did graduate work at Middlebury College's L'Ecole Francaise and taught French at Gould Academy in Maine before serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon discharge he taught French at Rockport High School until 1998, coached various teams, and officiated field hockey. He was active in Little League, was an avid reader, and built and flew radio-controlled model airplanes. Predeceased by his brother Dana '66, he is survived by wife Sharon, a son, a daughter, a brother, and two sisters.
Cynthia B. Fischer '64
Cynthia B. Fischer '64, September 30, 2008, in Worcester, Mass., at 66. She earned a master's in education from Harvard and a master's in special education from McGill. She taught French and special education and worked as a technical writer for Digital Equipment Corp. After retiring she established Faithful Friends Pet Care and became a Tellington Touch practitioner. Survivors include her father, Eugene, a brother, and a sister.
Jill Harris Joseph '69
Jill Harris Joseph '69, Nov. 23, 2008, in South Padre Island, Texas, at 61. After teaching English in Maine and Massachusetts, she handled lighting and sound for the traveling show band Glen Bailey and Circus. Settling in South Padre Island she taught canine obedience and raised golden retrievers. Survivors include her husband, Fred, a brother, a niece, and a nephew.
Karen Gikas '76
Karen Gikas '76, Oct. 8, 2008, in San Francisco, Calif., at 54. A world traveler, a master sailor, and an avid skier who once skied the Matterhorn, she combined her interests to manage operations at G & M Sales, Marin Outdoors, and Target. Survivors include her parents, James and Ann Gikas, two sisters, three nieces, and two cats.