Obituaries from the Winter 2010 Colby Magazine
John W. Miner '29
John W. Miner '29, Dec. 5, 2009, in Calais, Maine, at 102. He earned his D.M.D. from Harvard in 1934 and then practiced dentistry in Calais for more than 45 years. After retiring he ran the family farm in Robbinston, Maine, until the late 1980s. He was involved with many local organizations and he loved to read. Survivors include his wife, June, a daughter, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Thompson Clark '36
Elizabeth Thompson Clark '36, Dec. 5, 2009, in Bar Harbor, Maine, at 94. She attended the Katherine Gibbs School in Boston and was a secretary in Massachusetts. In Maine she was a Girl Scout leader, sat on the board of the Kennebec Girl Scout Council, and belonged to other civic organizations. Predeceased by her husband, William M. Clark '36, she is survived by her daughters, Katherine Goodspeed and Suzanne Picurro, two stepsons, nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ralph W. Brown '38
Ralph W. Brown '38, May 9, 2009, in Nashua, N.H., at 94. He earned a master's from Suffolk University. A captain in the U.S. Navy, he served in both World War II and the Korean War, and then spent 36 years working as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Survivors include his daughters, Sandra Cournoyer, Pamela Quimby, and Marsha Gagnon, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and his companion, Bernice.
James Fox '38
James Fox '38, Oct. 1, 2009, in Dartmouth, Mass., at 93. He served with the Air Force during World War II. He earned his degree from Boston University Law School and then was an attorney for 50 years. He refereed college soccer and coached high school girl's soccer, played the violin, and was secretary for the board of his local YMCA. Survivors include his children, Jonathan and Adele, a sister, and a granddaughter.
Diana Wiesenthal Friedman Opton '41
Diana Wiesenthal Friedman Opton '41, Oct. 27, 2009, in Stratford, Conn., at 88. She worked as a research assistant at the Yale University School of Medicine but was mostly a homemaker and volunteer with groups such as the League of Women Voters and Jewish Family Services. Survivors include her sons, Martin Friedman and Rabbi Charles Shalman.
Eleanor Furbush Chase '42
Eleanor Furbush Chase '42, Nov. 27, 2009, in Bristol, R.I., at 89. She was a U.S. Navy WAVE and then attended the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. She worked as a secretary at the former Coggeshall School in Portsmouth, R.I.. She was active with her church, volunteered with Meals on Wheels, and belonged to the garden club. Survivors include two sons, George and Thomas, a daughter, Virginia Phinney, and four grandchildren.
Irving E. Liss '43
Irving E. Liss '43, Sept. 8, 2009, in Boston, Mass., at 88. He served in the Navy during World War II and became captain of his own ship. He returned to Colby and then became a businessman, establishing and running Tent City, an urban outlet for camping and backpacking supplies, in Boston for almost 50 years. Survivors include his companion, Joan Sanborn, his former wife, two stepchildren, and four step-grandchildren.
Barbara Grant Nnoka '43
Barbara Grant Nnoka '43, Sept. 4, 2009, in Arlington, Va., at 87. She earned one master's from Haverford and another Antioch in Washington. She taught in Nigeria and was an aide to Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria's first president, before returning to the United States to be a professor and department chair in African studies at SUNY-New Paltz. Later in life she was director of a Quaker orphanage and was a social worker for the American Red Cross. Survivors include her twin children, Catherine and Barrett, and two grandchildren.
Helen Watson Boldi '44
Helen Watson Boldi '44, Oct. 27, 2009, in East Hartford, Conn., at 89. She worked at various jobs, including syllabus coordinator for the medical and dental schools at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She volunteered as a cuddler in a neonatal intensive care unit, loved to travel, was skilled at needlepoint and knitting, and was an avid movie-goer. Survivors include her children, Martin Boldi and Corinna Boldi Tamburini '79, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
W. Merritt Emerson, Jr. '44
W. Merritt Emerson Jr. '44, Dec. 7, 2009, in Farmington, Maine, at 87. He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II and later earned his degree from the University of Maine. He was a high school teacher and principal until 1968 when he became a deputy sheriff for Franklin County (Maine). He and his wife were founding members of the Farmington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Predeceased by his wife, Ethel Paradis Emerson '43, he is survived by his children, Sanford Emerson and Elaine Smith, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
Janet Jacobs Holden '45
Janet Jacobs Holden '45, Dec. 13, 2009, in New Baltimore, N.Y., at 86. She was an active volunteer and church member in Albany, N.Y., who enjoyed gardening, painting, and bird watching. Predeceased by her sister, Helen Jacobs Eddy '47, she is survived by her brothers Donald '51, Robert '54, and John '55, five children, including Marguerite Holden '82 and John Holden '85, and 10 grandchildren.
Richard J. Marcyes, Sr. '47
Richard J. Marcyes Sr. '47, Aug. 8, 2009, in Dallas, Texas, at 87. He left Colby in 1943 to serve in Europe during World War II, returning after the war to complete his degree. He established a career in personnel working for banks in Maine and New York. Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Marjorie Collins Marcyes '47, two children, including Richard J. Marcyes Jr. '78, and four grandchildren.
Helen Knox Elliott '48
Helen Knox Elliott '48, Aug. 8, 2009, in Burlington, Mass., at 82. She taught high school English for several years and enjoyed her retirement in North Carolina. She and her husband, Charles, raised one son.
Melzine McCaslin Pierce '48
Melzine McCaslin Pierce '48, March 30, 2009, in Newagen, Maine, at 83. She taught Latin and English at high schools in Maine, was the librarian at Morse High School in Bath, Maine, for 20 years, and earned an M.L.S. from the University of Maine in 1973. She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas.
John Stewart Thurston '49
John Stewart Thurston '49, Sept. 25, 2009, in Bangor, Maine, at 88. He was a signalman for the U.S. Navy during World War II, after which he earned a master's from the University of Maine. He taught English at Caribou (Maine) High School for 15 years and then was the assistant principal for 22 years. In his retirement he enjoyed fishing and walking his dog. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Greta, two children, five grandchildren, including Kristy T. Thurston '03, and a great-grandson.
Charles E. Garland '50
Charles E. Garland '50, Sept. 3, 2009, in Wilmington, Del., at 83. He served with the Navy during World War II, and then he came to Colby. He earned a master's in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and was a research chemist with DuPont for 35 years. His interests included ballroom and square dancing, woodworking, and genealogy. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marilyn, a daughter, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
J. Allen Torrey '51
J. Allen Torrey '51, Oct. 20, 2009, in Scarborough, Maine, at 80. He was an investor who, along with his wife, established the Margaret Torrey Crain '82 Scholarship Fund at Colby. Predeceased by his daughter, Margaret Torrey Crain '82, he is survived by his wife, Helen “Sistie,” two daughters, and six grandchildren, including Torrey Kulow '05.
Judith Holtz Levow '55
Judith Holtz Levow '55, Nov. 30, 2009, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 76. She earned an M.S.W. from Boston College and established the Lexington Chapter of the Massachusetts Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. She ran her own interior design business and was active with the Florida State Democratic Party. She was predeceased by her husband, Barry Levow '54, her brother, Gerald Holtz '52, and her niece, Keren Holtz '83. Survivors include her children, Faye and Larry, her sister, Gale Holtz Hartstein '61, four grandchildren, and nieces and nephews including Andrew H. Holtz '82.
Louis V. Zambello, Jr. '55
Louis V. Zambello Jr. '55, Oct. 30, 2009, in Scarborough, Maine, at 76. He served in the Air Force after college and then established a career in sales and sales management, retiring as senior vice president for the Reebok companies. He served on the board of the Damariscotta (Maine) Lake Watershed Association, supported the Casco Bay YMCA's Adaptive Services, and raised funds for the Sudanese group Aserela. He skied, golfed, and supported Boston sports teams. He established a scholarship fund at Colby for Maine students, was honored with a Colby Brick in 2000, and was named 2008 C Club Person of the Year. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Kathleen McConaughy Zambello '56, three children, six grandchildren, and two sisters.
Alden C. Belcher '59
Alden C. Belcher '59, Sept. 20, 2009, in Calais, Vt., at 72. He was a pilot for the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command and later was an official with the Federal Aviation Administration. He also earned a D.M.D. and practiced dentistry in Dexter, Maine. He sang in his church choir, traveled the world, and loved to hunt, fish, and camp in Maine. Survivors include his companion, June Morse, two children, his sister, Prudence Belcher Shuler '53, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Erla Cleaves Davis '59
Erla Cleaves Davis '59, Nov. 3, 2009, in South Portland, Maine, at 71. A social worker in New York City and Maine, she earned an M.S.W. in 1989 from Toronto University and worked in the cardiac care unit of Maine Medical Center. She was a member of the vestry and chairperson of outreach at her church. Predeceased by her mother, Adelaide Jordan Cleaves '34, she is survived by her children, Mark and Rachel, a grandson, a brother, and a sister.
Alfred Fearing, Jr. '59
Alfred Fearing Jr. '59, Oct. 29, 2009, in Buxton, Maine, at 72. He entered the Coast Guard in 1957 and served for 23 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He then owned and operated the Dairy Queen in South Portland, Maine. He was a life member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Thompson Fearing '59, two sons, and two grandchildren.
Joan G. Morrison '59
Joan G. Morrison '59, Nov. 13, 2009, in Exeter, N.H., at 72. She was a librarian for 38 years at Folger Shakespeare Library and was a passionate reader and traveler. She rooted for the Red Sox. Survivors include her sister, Nancy Morrison Lundin '64, two nephews, and a niece.
Arthur P. Pickman '62
Arthur P. Pickman '62, Aug. 29, 2009, in Delray Beach, Fla., at 68. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Miami. He worked in insurance and marketing and was president of Cap Industries, a computer hardware company. He played golf and served on the board for a Jewish community center. He and his wife, Claire, raised two daughters.
Nancy Barnett Fort '65
Nancy Barnett Fort '65, July 31, 2009, in Portsmouth, N.H., at 66. She bred and raised donkeys at farms in New Hampshire and Texas. Survivors include her children, Jeff Fort '91, Ali Maglieri, Tucker Fort, and Elizabeth Fort, five grandchildren, and a brother.
Mary Ann Golden Kirkby '70
Mary Ann Golden Kirkby '70, Sept. 11, 2009, in Pickerington, Ohio, at 61. She was a junior high social studies teacher for 16 years and also served on the board of the Pickerington Public Library. Survivors include her husband, Lynn Kirkby, three children, two grandsons, her mother, and two brothers.
Mark G. Maher '83
Mark G. Maher '83, Nov. 8, 2009, in Beverly, Mass., at 48. He earned a doctorate in law from Boston College and practiced law in several Boston firms. He was also president of DMM Enterprises in Beverly. Survivors include his wife, Leslie, two sons, a brother, a sister, and his parents.
Paul J. Mooney '87
Paul J. Mooney '87, Dec. 5, 2009, in Evanston, Ill., at 44. He was a writer who taught English and creative writing at Oakton College. He was awarded the 1992 James Michener-Paul Engle Literary Fellowship and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Survivors include his parents, William and Jacqueline, and two brothers.