Obituaries from the Spring 2009 Colby Magazine
John M. Dudley
John M. Dudley, Jan. 5, 2009, in Green Valley, Ariz., at 82. He taught physics at Colby from 1964 to 1991. He received his bachelor's in two and a half years from M.I.T. and earned his doctorate in nuclear physics from the University of California, Berkeley. In retirement he volunteered at the Waterville food bank and the evening sandwich program. Survivors include his wife, Constance '83, three children, and three grandchildren.
Harold B. Raymond, Dec. 13, 2008, in Evansville, Ind., at 89. A professor of history at Colby from 1952 until 1993, he chaired the History Department for several years and specialized in the history of England, Russia, and the American Civil War. He served with the Army during World War II, after which he earned his doctorate in history from Harvard. He belonged to the First Congregational Church in Waterville, read murder mysteries, and followed the Red Sox. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy, a son, and two grandchildren.
Vesta Alden Putnam '33
Vesta Alden Putnam '33, Feb. 5, 2009, in Hallowell, Maine, at 97. Along with her husband, she operated Alden Camps in Oakland, Maine, while raising her children. Hostess, cribbage player, antique collector, and painter, she received an award from the Maine Tourism Association and collected many blue ribbons for her horticulture and flower arrangements. Predeceased by her father, Frank W. Alden 1898, and her husband of 70 years, George C. Putnam '34, she is survived by five children, Elizabeth Hinebauch, Priscilla Putnam Minkel '63, Deborah Putnam, Carol Putnam '69, and James R. Putnam '73; 12 grandchildren including Kristin E. Putnam '05 and Garret A. Hinebauch '88, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Eleanor Tolan Hooker '36
Eleanor Tolan Hooker '36, Feb. 2, 2009, in Attleboro, Mass., at 96. She taught medical scientific shorthand at Colby and served as assistant alumni secretary until 1940. She taught high school business for 27 years in Maine and Massachusetts, retiring in 1971. She was an active grandmother and belonged to the Holbrook (Mass.) Historical Society. Predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Wade S. Hooker '39, she is survived by three children, Wade Hooker, Ann Gventer, and Jean Carmichael, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Rossiter W. Marcou '36
Rossiter W. Marcou '36, Dec. 21, 2008, in Portland, Maine, at 100. Before serving in the Navy during World War II, he sang baritone with the Paulist Choristers in New York City, sang with the weekly radio show “The Catholic Hour,” and performed at the 1939 World's Fair. He was choir director at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland and taught high school physics. He enjoyed gardening, oil painting, cooking, and baking bread into his 100th year. Predeceased by his wife, Bernandine Libby Marcou '32, and his brother, Rene J. Marcou '28, he is survived by his grandson, Nicholas, and a great-granddaughter.
Louis G. Rancourt '36
Louis G. Rancourt '36, Jan. 26, 2009, in Palm Bay, Fla., at 96. He graduated from Tufts Dental School in 1940 and became an oral surgeon, practicing in the Waterville area for 30 years. He served in the Pacific as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. Golf occupied his retirement, and he shot his age until he was 88. Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice, and two sons, Charles G. and Allan L. Rancourt '75.
Kathryn Carson Smith '40
Kathryn Carson Smith '40, Dec. 30, 2008, in Dover, N.H., at 90. An author, poet, and historian, she earned her bachelor's in 1969 from the University of Southern Maine. She was a substitute teacher and literacy volunteer, a piano player, a genealogist, and a social and political activist. She read four newspapers a day until late in life. Survivors include her son, Edson, a sister, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
G. Flint Taylor '40
G. Flint Taylor '40, Feb. 9, 2009, in Auburndale, Mass., at 92. He served in Europe with the Army during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He earned a master's from Boston University and then taught history, economics, and psychology at Worcester State College for 30 years, later becoming director of admissions. He earned a Ph.D. in 1958 from UConn. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Elena, three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Hoover R. Goffin '41
Hoover R. Goffin '41, Nov. 14, 2008, in Delray Beach, Fla., at 91. He served in the Army during World War II and earned a Victory Medal. He obtained a master's from Columbia University, and then taught history in high schools in New Jersey, New York, and Maine. Along with his wife, Ida, he raised two children. He was predeceased by his father, Herman O. Goffin '16.
Roger H. Poor '42
Roger H. Poor '42, Dec. 15, 2008, in Beverly, Mass., at 89. He was accepted to Harvard Graduate School of Business but was called to serve with the Army during World War II. He later earned a master's in education from Salem State College and taught school for 22 years. Survivors include his daughter, Elizabeth Jordan, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Raymond M. Tuller, Jr. '44
Raymond M. Tuller Jr. '44, Feb. 10, 2009, in Bradenton, Fla., at 88. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was decorated with the Belgian Croix de Guerre. He worked in business, coached football, hockey, and baseball, and was involved with local politics and civic organizations. Survivors include children Raymond III, Christine, and Jeffrey, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Helen Fieldbrave Cserepes '45
Helen Fieldbrave Cserepes '45, Aug. 28, 2008, in Menlo Park, Calif., at 86. A social worker, she worked at a Red Cross station hospital aiding returning World War II soldiers. She later worked for 25 years as an assistant credit manager for Sears. In retirement she volunteered helping seniors at the Little House in Menlo Park. Survivors include her brother, Theodore, and two nieces.
Florence Thompson Ward '45
Florence Thompson Ward '45, Feb. 21, 2009, in Burnt Hills, N.Y., at 85. She worked as a social worker, teacher, and librarian in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. She owned and operated Burnt Owl Arts and Crafts for 25 years in Burnt Hills, was a literacy volunteer, and enjoyed tai chi. Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Ward Wheeler, and two grandchildren.
Robert Singer '46
Robert Singer '46, Jan. 15, 2009, in Warren, R.I., at 85. He served in the Army during World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He owned Hillhouse, Ltd., a men's clothing store in Providence, R.I., for more than 50 years. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Harriet Glashow Singer '46, three children, four grandchildren, and two brothers.
Annette Hall Carpenter '47
Annette Hall Carpenter '47, Feb. 4, 2009, in Scotch Plains, N.J., at 82. She earned an M.S.W. from Catholic University and for more than 20 years was a caseworker for Plainfield, N.J., retiring as director of welfare for the city. Survivors include four children, Annette Freedman, Cynthia Jefferson, Lori Bembry, and Wayne Carpenter, five grandchildren, and two brothers.
Raymond F. Kozen, Jr. '47
Raymond F. Kozen Jr. '47, Feb. 5, 2009, in Augusta, Maine, at 89. He served in the Air Force with the Air Transport Command during World War II. He worked in administrative roles for manufacturing companies in Maine, retiring in 1984, and belonged to the Rotary Club for 54 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Campbell Kozen '47, a son, a sister, and three grandsons, including Alexander C. Kozen '06.
Jerry M. Merrill '47
Jerry M. Merrill '47, Feb. 1, 2009, in Charlotte, N.C., at 86. He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II. A longtime resident of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, he worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He played tennis until he was 80, sang tenor and played the clarinet, followed world events, and played bridge. Survivors include three children, Susan, Christopher, and Mark, and three grandchildren.
Richard H. Rabner '48
Richard H. Rabner '48, May 21, 2008, in Havertown, Pa., at 84. He served in the Army during World War II, finished his Colby degree, and earned a master's in economics from Columbia. He was a marketing and management consultant and was an instructor at Delaware County Community College. Survivors include two sons, Ken and Robert, and two grandchildren.
Mary Clare '49
Mary Louise Clare '49, Nov. 8, 2008, in Hingham, Mass., at 81. She earned a master's from Columbia Teachers College and then taught first and second grades for 38 years in Manchester, Conn. Survivors include two sisters.
Mario Di Frederico '49
Mario Di Frederico '49, Jan. 5, 2009, in Saco, Maine, at 83. He earned his master's from the University of Maine, Gorham, and then taught and coached at Kennebunk (Maine) High School for 35 years. He helped establish the Kennebunk Parks and Recreation Department and belonged to the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his children, Mary Ann and Brent, a sister, and six grandchildren.
Marylou Reed Huse '49
Marylou Reed Huse '49, Jan 20, 2009, in Annapolis, Md., at 81. A housewife and mother, she enjoyed gardening, bridge, and sailing. Survivors include four daughters, Katie McCann, Mary McBride, Elizabeth Wagner, and Margaret Larson, a brother, Carlton D. Reed Jr. '53, a sister, Hepzibah Reed Powers '56, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Also surviving are nieces Prudence Reed Kraft '75, Susan Reed Parker '76, Hopestill Reed Spillane '78, and nephew Thomas C. Reed '87, all married to Colby alumni.
Jeanne Pelletier Sutphin '49
Jeanne Pelletier Sutphin '49, Feb. 3, 2009, in Oak Park, Ill., at 81. She worked as a secretary in New York City for many years before marrying and raising her children. She was a tennis instructor and played the game into her 70s. Survivors include four children, Hoyt Sutphin Jr., Geoff Sutphin, Marge Reed, and Jeanne Franko, a brother, and 10 grandchildren.
Alfred W. Tranten '49
Alfred W. Tranten '49, Jan. 20, 2009, in Mission Viejo, Calif., at 90. He served in Air Force during World War II, then attended Colby. He worked as an engineer and in business. He and his wife, Rita, he raised two daughters.
A. Buxton Warren, Jr. '49
A. Buxton Warren Jr. '49, Dec. 24, 2008, in Waterville, Maine, at 88. He left Colby to serve with the Air Force during World War II, finishing his degree after the war. He worked for 35 years as an industrial engineer at the C.F. Hathaway Shirt Company in Waterville. Survivors include his children, Barbara, Gerry, and Peter, and five grandchildren.
Agnes Alger Stephanian '51
Agnes Alger Stephanian '51, Jan. 9, 2009, in Simsbury, Conn., at 78. A mother and homemaker, she worked for the Connecticut Department of Transportation. She played bridge and tennis, quilted, and donated pheresis and blood for leukemia patients. Predeceased by her brother Walter E. Alger Jr. '50, she is survived by children Stephan Stephanian and Michelle Ditts, sister Georgina Alger Mikoleit '49, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Gerald Jay Holtz '52
Gerald J. Holtz '52, Jan. 3, 2009, in West Falmouth, Mass., at 77. He attended Bentley College, served in the Navy, and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard. He worked for Arthur Andersen for 35 years and, after retiring, taught accounting at the Boston College management and law schools. He served on Colby's Board of Trustees for 16 years and received a Colby Brick Award and the Marriner Distinguished Service Award. He served on numerous boards including Penikese Island School and the Temple Israel in Boston. He loved sailing and crafting model ships. Survivors include his wife, Jane, sons Andrew '82, Ben, and Jack, and sisters Judith (Holtz) Levow '55 and Gale (Holtz) Hartstein '61. He was predeceased by his daughter, Keren '83, and brother-in-law Barry Levow '54.
Judith "Jay" Veevers '53
Judith “Jay” Veevers '53, Dec. 24, 2008, in Dallas, Texas, at 77. She was a marketing and communications consultant who worked as marketing director for the Mall at Chestnut Hill (Mass.) for more than 15 years. She supported numerous art and civic boards including the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance and Cambridge College. A world traveler, she preferred sleeping in tents and immersing herself in local culture. Survivors include her daughter, Kirby, two grandsons, and a sister.
Barbara Ayers Haslam '55
Barbara Ayers Haslam '55, Feb. 3, 2009, in Mendham, N.J., at 74. An artist and watercolor painter, she taught children's art classes, founded the St. Mark's Church (Mendham) Art Show, and belonged to the Somerset Art Association. She worked 20 years for a financial advice company in Morristown, N.J. She loved to garden and play tennis. Survivors include three children, Susana McClure, Carrie Vallacchi, and David Haslam, a brother, and four grandchildren.
Eloise Larned Petrik '55
Eloise Larned Petrik '55, Nov. 29, 2008, in Gladwin, Mich., at 75. A librarian, counselor, tutor, and teacher, she worked for institutions in Maine, Montana, and Michigan. She loved theater and the arts and belonged to American Legion Post 171 Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband, Stephen, four children, five stepchildren, a brother, 16 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and her former spouse, Paul A. Wescott '53.
Paul W. Lycette '56
Paul W. Lycette '56, March 1, 2009, in Ridgeland, Miss., at 79. He served in the Korean War and pitched for the Boston Red Sox organization before coming to Colby. He graduated from Southern College of Optometry and practiced as an optometrist for 40 years. He coached youth sports and was a Bible teacher. Survivors include his children, Lori Cotton, Doug Lycette, and Lisa Goforth, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Toni C. Jaffee '57
Toni C. Jaffee '57, Nov. 18, 2008, in Berlin, Md., at 73. A housewife and a mother, she belonged to Temple Bat Yam in Maryland. Survivors include her children, Lori, Jeffrey, and Bradley, four grandchildren, cousin Peter H. Lunder '56, and former spouse Daniel Yarchin '56.
Gedeon G. Picher '58
Gedeon G. Picher '58, Jan. 6, 2009, in Lewiston, Maine, at 72. He earned a bachelor's and master's in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon. A traffic engineer and planner, he worked for the Maine Department of Transportation for 36 years and represented Maine and the U.S. on various committees. After retiring he ran his own consulting company, Mainesurf, Inc. He promoted social justice and peace through his church. Survivors include his wife, Annette Wyman Picher '59, four children, eight grandchildren, and a sister and brother-in-law, Annette Picher '57 and Kenneth A. Houston '57.
Beverly Pearson Mac Neill '61
Beverly Pearson Mac Neill '61, Jan. 20, 2009, in Framingham, Mass., at 69. She worked for a period at Old South Church in Boston and also at Widener Library at Harvard. Her greatest pleasure was being a wife and mother. Survivors include her husband, David, three children, and one grandson.
David F. Westgate '63
David F. Westgate '63, Jan. 25, 2009, in Mattapoisett, Mass., at 68. He enjoyed careers in banking and business and was committed to economic development. He was a tireless volunteer and active in his community. He sailed, skied, cycled, and played squash. He sang, played the trumpet, and loved nature. Survivors include his wife, Sally, two daughters, Julia Lown and Rachel Westgate '98, a grandson, a mother, and a sister.
Gail Koch Cooper '64
Gail Koch Cooper '64, Jan. 31, 2009, in West Brattleboro, Vt., at 66. She earned an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and dedicated herself to teaching, education, and social work. She volunteered extensively in efforts to promote social justice, literacy, and voter registration. Survivors include her husband, Peter A. Cooper '64, two children, a granddaughter, and a sister.
Elizabeth Luce Love '68
Elizabeth Luce Love '68, Feb. 23, 2009, in Machias, Maine, at 63. She earned a master's in guidance from the University of Maine. She taught history and was a guidance counselor in Washington County, Maine. In 1993 she was Maine's Guidance Counselor of the Year. Survivors include her husband, Roy, two children, two grandsons, and a brother
David W. Durkin '70
David W. Durkin '70, Jan. 7, 2009, in Reston, Va., at 60. He worked as a meteorologist for United Airlines for 33 years and was president of TWU Local 540. He enjoyed music and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Carrie, two children, and a sister.
Jane Alexander Haines '70
Jane Alexander Haines '70, March 1, 2009, in East Bridgewater, Mass., at 61. She taught first grade and was a correspondent and columnist for local papers. She played the French horn, was active with La Leche League, and served on numerous community committees. She was the 2008 East Bridgewater Citizen of the Year. Survivors include her husband, Ted, four children, two grandchildren, and cousins including Susan K. Nutter '66 and Deborah Winslow Nutter '68.
Roger F. Billings '71
Roger F. Billings '71, Feb. 24, 2009, in Blue Hill, Maine, at 60. He worked for 40 years in business operations and financial management. He was an accomplished sailor, a fly fisherman, and served on church vestries. Survivors include his wife, Carol Wasserman Billings '71, his parents, four brothers and a sister, two sons, and two grandchildren.
Donald J. Furcillo '78
Donald J. Furcillo '78, Jan. 3, 2009, in Concord, Mass., at 53. He worked as a medical salesman for 13 years and then taught middle school for 10 years. A star athlete in high school and college, he coached football at UMass Lowell and hockey teams in Massachusetts. He earned a master's in 2000 from Cambridge College. Survivors include his wife, Gilda, his parents, four children, a grandson, and two sisters.
Alison Werner Barton '96
Alison Werner Barton '96, March 1, 2009, in Killingly, Conn., at 34. She was a vice president at State Street Global Advisors and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She died in a car accident on Interstate 395. Survivors include her husband, Gavin, her parents, Karen (Sward) '68 and Eric S. Werner Jr. '66, and a brother.