Obituaries from the Spring 2010 Colby Magazine
Jean D. Bundy, March 15, 2010, in Providence, R.I., at 85. A specialist in French literature who was educated at the University of Washington, Washington State, and the University of Wisconsin, Professor Bundy taught at Colby from 1963 to 1990 and was the chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Survivors include his children, Alison, Lanham, Chris, and Nick.
Ethel MacDougall Alemian '31
Ethel MacDougall Alemian '31, Jan. 7, 2010, in Orleans, Mass., at 100. A high school English teacher in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, she loved Shakespeare, crossword puzzles, and political discussions. She rooted for the Red Sox, listened to NPR, and in her final 10 years read War and Peace yearly. Survivors include her sister, Beatrice Juskalian, and three stepchildren.
Franklin Norvish '34
Franklin Norvish '34, Jan. 3, 2010, in Waterville, Maine, at 98. In 1936 he earned a master's from Yale and began a 40-year career at Northeastern University. He chaired the English department, published two textbooks, and advised the debating teams. He worked as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps during World War II and earned a Bronze Star. He belonged to the Masons and the American Legion, loved to golf, and enjoyed saltwater fishing. He served for more than 60 years as a Colby class agent and was awarded a Colby Brick in 1980 and the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Survivors include his son, Philip, a cousin, and four sisters-in-law.
Dorothy Gould Rhoades '36
Dorothy Gould Rhoades '36, Nov. 22, 2009, in Claremont, Calif., at 95. She taught high school French and in 1969 earned a master's in French from Claremont Graduate School. She was a Girl Scout leader, P.T.A. president, and Sunday school teacher. She was predeceased by her mother, Florence King Gould 1908, and her husband, Rev. Dr. Donald H. Rhoades '33, with whom she raised two children. She is survived by two sisters, Marjorie Gould Shuman '37 and Ruth Gould Stebbins '40.
Edward S. Boulos, Jr. '39
Edward S. Boulos Jr. '39, Jan. 3, 2010, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 92. He served as a dive-bomber pilot for the Marine Corps during World War II. He was president of several companies, including the E.S. Boulos Co., Coastal Industries, and the EFCC Power Group, and he served on boards for organizations such as Mercy Hospital, Key Bank, and the Nuclear Waste Authority. Survivors include his children, Edward S. III, Joseph '68, Margaret '71, Catherine, Dorothy Ricker, and Gregory, 10 grandchildren, and three siblings.
James R. Cochrane '40
James R. Cochrane '40, Dec. 19, 2009, in Newington, N.H., at 92. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a sales manager and businessman who purchased Seiler Corporation, a food service management company. He served on the board of Kents Hill School in Maine and was active in his community. Survivors include his wife, Hilda, two children, two grandchildren, including Casey Piche '98, a great-granddaughter, and a sister.
Allan R. Knight '41
Allan R. Knight '41, Jan. 18, 2010, in Portland, Maine, at 90. He served as a bombardier in the Air Force during World War II, studied engineering, and worked for Honeywell and J.P. Salamini designing electrical systems. He loved sailing and built a 25-foot yawl sailboat in his backyard. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Norma, a son, a daughter and son-in-law, Richard '74 and Elizabeth Knight Warn '76, and two granddaughters.
Burton L. Linscott '42
Burton L. Linscott '42, Jan. 13, 2010, in Kaimuki, Hawaii, at 96. He earned master's degrees from General Theological Seminary and from the University of Hawaii. He came to Hawaii on a hospital ship during World War II and was pastor of Epiphany Church in Honolulu for 38 years. For years he sent postcards to homebound and elderly people, and he sent age-appropriate books to 96 island children who did not have a grandfather. Survivors include his children, John and Betty Hardaway, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
William E. Tucker '42
William E. Tucker '42, Jan. 20, 2010, in Essex, Conn., at 89. He served with the Navy as a commanding officer during World War II and then continued with the Navy reserves after his discharge. In 1955 he cofounded Fortune Plastics, Inc., which he ran until his retirement in 1987. He was active with the Old Saybrook (Conn.) community and supported many local projects. Predeceased by his wife, Ruby Lott Tucker '43, he is survived by his children, Susan Tucker Creef, Deborah Tucker Grass '69, and William E. Tucker Jr., 10 grandchildren, including Stephanie Sharples Sulzbach '99 and Scott Tucker '02, and five great-grandchildren.
Charles E. Lawrence '43
Charles E. Lawrence '43, Jan. 17, 2010, in Nashua, N.H., at 91. He joined the Navy during World War II and served until 1953. He then worked in civil service with the Air Force and the Veterans Administration. He loved to play horseshoes and was a Mason for more than 60 years. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Pauline, two children, three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.
Mary Reynolds Livingstone '43
Mary Reynolds Livingstone '43, Jan. 10, 2010, in Rockland, Maine, at 88. She worked in the admissions office at Boston University and then devoted herself to motherhood. After retiring to Calais, Maine, she volunteered for the Red Cross and Maine Audubon and enjoyed bird and whale watching along the coast. Survivors include her daughters, Julie Tagen, Martha Livingstone, and Hildegard Livingstone, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Emily Stocking Matsoukis '45
Emily Stocking Matsoukis '45, July 2, 2009, in Orleans, Mass., at 86. She was a homemaker and a mother who raised one son. She practiced Trager and Reiki bodywork and loved to travel.
Earl W. Anthony '46
Earl W. Anthony '46, Dec. 21, 2009, in Wolfeboro, N.H., at 84. He was a pilot for the Navy during World War II and afterwards flew for American Airlines for 35 years, retiring as a senior captain. He was active with the local school board and theater, and he was a foster parent. Survivors include his wife, Elsie, a sister, four children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.
Jeanne Sellar Yusaitis '46
Jeanne Sellar Yusaitis '46, Dec. 28, 2009, in Troy, N.Y., at 85. She worked as a teacher and as a bank teller in addition to being a mother and homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Francis, three sons, and three grandchildren.
Marjorie Collins Marcyes '47
Marjorie Collins Marcyes '47, Oct. 2, 2009, in North Dallas, Texas, at 84. After raising her children she worked as an elementary school teacher and a residential real estate broker. She loved literature, the arts, and languages and was an avid golfer. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Richard Marcyes '47, and her brother, George Collins '51. Survivors include her children, Richard Marcyes '78 and Susan Browder, her sister-in-law, Sarah Kunkel Collins '51, and four grandchildren.
Louise Kelley Pape Rochester '47
Louise Kelley Pape Rochester '47, Jan. 30, 2010, in Duxbury, Mass., at 84. In addition to raising her children, she taught middle school for 26 years. She loved the natural world and enjoyed sailing and traveling the globe. Survivors include her children, Heidi, Eric, Louise, Mark, Paul '75, and Andrea '79, three stepchildren, and 10 grandchildren.
Lewis E. Beers '49
Lewis E. Beers '49, Nov. 12, 2009, in Orlando, Fla., at 84. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and then established a career in sales. He was predeceased by his former wife, Frances Terry Power '49, with whom he raised six children.
Marilyn Perkins Prouty '49
Marilyn Perkins Prouty '49, Jan. 26, 2010, in Nashua, N.H., at 84. She became an R.N. in 1956 and earned a master's in 1964. She worked in nursing administration and eventually became vice president of nursing at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. She helped start the baccalaureate nursing program at Colby-Sawyer College and was honored by the New Hampshire Nursing Association. Survivors include her companion, Anne Sweatt.
Karekin Der Sahagian '49
Karekin Der Sahagian Jr. '49, Dec. 20, 2009, in Bradenton, Fla., at 83. He served in the Army during World War II, earned an M.B.A. in 1950, and became an investment analyst on Wall Street. He enjoyed travel and was interested in history, geography, and language, teaching himself Armenian, the native language of his parents. Survivors include his sons, Karekin III and Erik, and four grandchildren.
Charles H. Lord '50
Charles H. Lord '50, Feb. 13, 2010, in Oakton, Va., at 83. He served in China with the Army during World War II. He worked for the C.I.A. for 35 years and then worked as a consultant. He summered in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, was active with his church, and belonged to the Virginia Democratic Party. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Colette, seven children, 19 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Henry H. Fales, Jr. '51
Henry H. Fales Jr. '51, Feb. 15, 2010, in Orleans, Mass., at 84. He was drafted during high school and served with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for General Electric as an engineer and programmer and then was a handyman in Brewster, Mass. He was a ham radio operator with the highest license, extra, and he taught code and ham radio procedures to fourth graders. He volunteered with the Orleans Council on Aging and taught computer skills to the elderly. Survivors include his brother, Nathan.
Richard B. Mack '51
Richard B. Mack '51, Jan. 28, 2010, in Longboat Key, Fla., at 81. He earned a doctorate in applied physics from Harvard and worked for the U.S. Air Force at Hanscom Field. He was also a consultant. He wrote scientific papers and was a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Along with his wife he established a scholarship fund at Colby. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Walker Mack '52, and a sister.
Loouis M. Patterson, Jr. '51
Louis M. Patterson Jr. '51, Jan. 2, 2010, in Portland, Maine, at 86. He served on Army medical trains during World War II and then returned to graduate from Colby. He worked as a credit manager for Duro Test Corporation, savored the arts while living in New York City, and retired in Maine. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte, a daughter, two grandchildren, and a sister
John W. Pettengill '51
John W. Pettengill '51, Feb. 2, 2010, in Indianapolis, Ind., at 80. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his Army service during the Korean War. He later earned a master's in English from Columbia. He worked in sales, served as president of Indianapolis's Sertoma Club, loved to sail, and was an avid reader of nonfiction. Survivors include his wife, Marian, three sons, and three grandchildren.
F. Brittain Kennedy, Jr. '52
F. Brittain Kennedy Jr. '52, Jan. 20, 2010, in Highlands Ranch, Colo., at 80. He served with the Army during the 1950s and then became an investment banker who owned his own company. Survivors include his wife, Betty, five children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandsons.
Robert E. Ardiff '54
Robert E. Ardiff '54, Dec. 16, 2009, in Worcester, Mass., at 77. He earned his bachelor's from Clark University and then worked for New England Telephone Company (now Verizon) for 35 years. He loved classical music and played the piano and organ. Survivors include his wife, Ellen, six children, two sisters, including Nancy Ardiff Boulter '50, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
George Foster Barry '54
George Foster Barry '54, Dec. 4, 2009, in Arlington, Texas, at 77. He was a U.S. Navy captain. Survivors include his children, Linda Bennet, Carolyn Lytle, and John Barry, three grandchildren, and a brother, Clarence Wilson Barry '46.
Robert B. Parker '54
Robert B. Parker '54, Jan. 18, 2010, in Cambridge, Mass., at 77. He served in the Army during the Korean War and then worked a variety of jobs until he earned a Ph.D. from Boston University in 1970. While teaching at Northeastern he began writing mystery novels, writing 37 of his Spenser novels and publishing 65 books in total over 37 years. His books spawned TV and film adaptations. Predeceased by his father, Carroll S. Parker '26, he is survived by his wife, Joan Hall Parker '54, and two sons.
Nancy Ives Quinlan '54
Nancy Ives Quinlan '54, Jan. 2, 2010, in Oviedo, Fla., at 76. She was a devoted homemaker and a mother who supported Boston sports teams. She was predeceased by her brothers, John H. Ives '49 and Frederic C. Ives '52, and survived by her children, Anne Smith, Joan DeMattos, Sally Quinlan, and Jane Babineau, and six grandchildren.
Allen D. MacLean '57
Allen D. MacLean '57, Jan. 30, 2010, in Jackson Heights, N.Y., at 74. He earned two master's degrees and became an ordained minister in 1960. He served in churches in Massachusetts and New York and was proud to serve multiracial, urban congregations. He also volunteered as a tutor for ESL students. He traveled extensively, spoke Spanish fluently, and loved playing the piano. Survivors include his sister, Susan Herron, nieces, and nephews.
Robert E. Otis '60
Robert E. Otis '60, Aug. 24, 2009, in Ludington, Mich., at 71. After serving in the Army, he earned a bachelor's from Fairleigh Dickinson and then worked as an employee relations manager. Along with his wife, Barbara McGregor Otis '61, he raised three children.
Marijane Eaton Fall '62
Marijane Eaton Fall '62, Feb. 5, 2010, in Hollis, Maine, at 69. She earned a master's and a doctorate in counselor education and built a career teaching and counseling in schools throughout Maine. In 2007 she retired as full professor from the University of Southern Maine. She was a Teacher of the Year in the UMaine system. A prolific researcher and author, she was a national expert on play therapy. She painted watercolors and played bridge. She died in a car accident. Survivors include her father, two sisters, three children, including Gretchen Fall '89, two grandchildren, and two cats.
Joan Phillipps Thompson '64
Joan Phillipps Thompson '64, March 12, 2010, in Marblehead, Mass., at 67. As a stay-at-home mom, she wrote eight books for young adults, including Marblehead and Parker's Island. She was a member of the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee and a delegate to several Democratic State Conventions. She played the guitar and piano, loved books, played tennis, gardened, and enjoyed cooking. She died of brain cancer. Survivors include her husband, Stephen Thompson '63, two sons, four grandchildren, and her sister, Brenda Phillipps Gibbons '62.
Karen Jaffe Brown '65
Karen Jaffe Brown '65, Jan. 3, 2010, in Zanesville, Ohio, at 66. She earned a master's in Spanish and taught Spanish at the university and public school levels in Wisconsin and Ohio until 2006. She also served as manager of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra and was active with community and social justice causes. Survivors include her husband, Russell, two children, two grandchildren, and a sister.
David S. Cutler '65
David S. Cutler '65, Feb. 28, 2010, in Duxbury, Mass., at 66. He began his newspaper career in 1965 as a beat reporter for the Patriot Ledger and then founded the Marshfield Mariner in 1972, taking three years off to serve with the Marines in Vietnam, where he earned a Purple Heart. He went on to establish the Mariner Newspapers, which grew to include 17 community weeklies. He was a reader of history and politics and an avid conversationalist. He fished and played tennis and chess. Survivors include his wife, Catherine, two sisters, four children, two stepchildren, and seven grandchildren.
Stephanie Barker Neely '67
Stephanie Barker Neely '67, Jan. 6, 2010, in Austin, Texas, at 64. She held master's degrees in education and library science and worked in libraries in Austin. She brought Vietnamese-language and Spanish-language material to the libraries, served as the Asian language collection specialist, and implemented programs for immigrants to improve their English. The New York Times awarded her a Librarian Award in 2006 for her “outstanding public service.” Survivors include her husband, William, and four children.
Dwight A. Riggs '69
Dwight A. Riggs '69, Jan. 26, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz., at 61. He earned a master's from the University of Denver and worked in libraries. He loved to hike and died mysteriously while hiking in Agua Caliente Park. His remains were found a year later. Survivors include his children, Jessica and Douglas, and a brother.
Mark Chamberlain '71
Mark Chamberlain '71, Nov. 19, 2009, in Placerville, Calif., at 59. He served with the Air Force police as a dog handler in the South Pacific during the Vietnam War and then transferred to the reserves, where he served actively for a year after Sept. 11. He became a deputy sheriff as a bloodhound handler, mountain rescuer, and underwater rescuer in California and Maine. He also attended McGeorge School of Law. He was an avid reader and birdwatcher and an expert scuba diver. Survivors include his wife, Deborah, three sons, a grandson, his mother, and two siblings.
Gwynelle C. Dismukes '73
Gwynelle Dismukes '73, Oct. 3, 2009, in Flat Rock, N.C., at 56. She was a writer, publisher, performance poet, and workshop leader who promoted subjects such as African-centered spirituality, peace education, and sustainability. She published two newspapers, wrote several books, and organized community events. She served on community boards, including The Farm and Center for Peace Education, and was a Daoist. She died of renal failure. Survivors include her children, Chaing-tu and Aminata.
Peter D. Suorsa '76
Peter D. Suorsa '76, Feb. 3, 2010, in Coventry, R.I., at 55. He was president of the Coventry Survey Company for 25 years and was a member of the R.I. Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He belonged to the Coventry Conservation Commission and the Pawtuxet Valley Community Chorus. He died in Johnson's Pond in Coventry following an ice-skating mishap. Survivors include his children, Samuel and Kristina, and a brother.
James M. Moody '80
James M. Moody '80, Jan. 7, 2010, in Scarborough, Maine, at 53. He was geologist who worked for Woodard & Curran in Portland, Maine. An environmentalist and conservationist, he helped dismantle the Presumpscot River dams, served on the Falmouth (Maine) Planning Board, and volunteered at the food pantry. He had a zest for life that took him skiing, traveling, gardening, and hiking. He died of cancer. Survivors include his parents, William and Jane, two sons and their mother, three siblings, and his companion, Joan Lee.
Joel A. Potvin '81
Joel A. Potvin '81, March 16, 2010, in Biddeford, Maine, at 51. He worked for 20 years as a programming manager at Evonik Cyro in Sanford, Maine. He loved sports and volunteered with youth sports in Biddeford as a coach and an umpire. Survivors include his wife, Marie, two children, his mother, and five siblings.
Elizabeth C. Hanson '02
Elizabeth C. Hanson '02, Dec. 30, 2009, in Afghanistan, at 30. Originally a member of the Class of 2001, she took time off to care for her mother and graduated in 2002. After working in Washington, D.C., she worked for the CIA and was posted in Afghanistan when she was killed, along with six of her colleagues, by a suicide bomber. Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth, her father, Duane, and a brother.