Obituaries from the Summer 2010 Colby Magazine
Louise Dyer Hall '32
Louise Dyer Hall '32, March 8, 2010, in Augusta, Maine, at 98. She was a library assistant in Brooklyn, N.Y., and in Portland, Maine, where she worked until she was 79. Described as “a grand lady of wisdom and humor in speech and in action,” she is survived by her children, Nancy Perkins and Daniel Hall, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Frederick G. Demers '37
Frederick G. Demers '37, Feb. 8, 2010, in Owls Head, Maine, at 93. He earned degrees from John Marshall Law School and from Harvard's School of Business Administration. He served with the Navy during World War II and then worked for the Department of Defense, serving in posts all around the Pacific and Indian oceans until he retired in 1974. He was a professional philatelist and was a class correspondent and class officer for Colby. Survivors include his children, Frederick Demers Jr., Sydney Radka, and Florence Donovan, six grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Alfred H. Wheeler '37
Alfred H. Wheeler '37, April 24, 2010, in Waterville, Maine, at 94. After attending Cincinnati College of Embalming, he joined his father at Wheeler Funeral Home in Oakland, Maine, eventually becoming funeral director. He was proprietor of Wheeler's Housekeeping Camps on Salmon Lake. He loved music and sang around the campfire, at the grange, and in church. Predeceased by his wife, Barbara Towle Wheeler '40, survivors include his sister, Ruth Wheeler Wood '35, two children, Marilyn and John '66, and four grandchildren.
Gordon S. Young '37
Gordon S. Young '37, Jan. 24, 2010, in Bar Harbor, Maine, at 95. He earned a D.M.D. from Harvard Dental School in 1941 and served in the Dental Corps in both World War II and the Korean War. He practiced dentistry in Bar Harbor for more than 40 years and was president of the Maine Dental Association. He was active with his church, the Masons, and the Lions Club and enjoyed biking and gardening. Survivors include his brother, Craig, two children, and several grandchildren.
Virginia Wing Francis '38
Virginia Wing Francis '38, April 27, 2010, in Tallahassee, Fla., at 95. A dedicated mother and homemaker, she also volunteered at her local library and hospital and created handicrafts. Survivors include her children, Joan Hoffmann and Hal Francis, three grandsons, two great-grandsons, and nephews and nieces, including Joanne Sturtevant Stinneford '56.
Charles H. Rimpo '38
Charles H. Rimpo '38, March 22, 2010, in Salisbury, Md., at 94. He served in the Army during World War II and then worked as an office manager. He was predeceased by his brothers, Maurice '41 and Edward '49, and is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jeannette, and two stepsons.
Leroy N. Young '38
Leroy N. Young '38, Dec. 7, 2009, in Auburn, Maine, at 95. He served with the Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He later taught school in Maine and then at the Long Island Agricultural and Technical Institute. Along with his wife, Eileen, he raised two children.
Anne Simpson Miller Koch '39
Anne Simpson Miller Koch '39, May 21, 2010, in New Harbor, Maine, at 93. She worked as a women's apparel buyer in New Jersey until she moved in 1952 to the Virgin Islands with her first husband. After his death she moved to an apple orchard in Walpole, Maine, with her second husband. Survivors include two stepchildren.
Elizabeth Sweetser Baxter '41
Elizabeth Sweetser Baxter '41, April 27, 2010, in Bar Harbor, Maine, at 89. In Newington, Conn., her home for 60 years, she was a lay moderator and Sunday school teacher, active with the PTA and Cub Scouts, and served as town historian. She was instrumental in preserving the historic Kelsey House in Newington and wrote a weekly column for the Town Crier. Predeceased by her mother, Phyllis Sturdivant Sweetser '19, she is survived by her husband of 66 years, Elmer Baxter '41, three sons, Ledyard '67, David '70, and Benjamin, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a brother.
Priscilla Wyman Samways '42
Priscilla Wyman Samways '42, March 27, 2010, in Providence, R.I., at 90. She worked in libraries in Rhode Island and was an animal lover who belonged to the former Rhode Island Cat Protection League. Survivors include her daughter, Elisabeth, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Marilyn Ireland Steeves '42
Marilyn Ireland Steeves '42, June 6, 2010, in Yarmouth, Maine, at 90. For 25 years she taught in public and private schools in Maine, California, and Massachusetts. She was active with the Unitarian Universalist church and served on the board of the Family Services Association of Greater Boston. She worked as a book reviewer, collected pewter, played the piano, was a voracious reader, and loved to knit and make bread. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Addison E. Steeves '42. Survivors include three children, Sally, Ellen '80, and Mark.
Robert S. Barton '45
Robert S. Barton '45, March 17, 2010, in Jensen Beach, Fla., at 87. He graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy and served with the U.S. Merchant Marine. He also attended the New England School of Mortuary Science and owned Barton Funeral Home in Lincoln, Maine, for 34 years. Survivors include his son, Bruce, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren
Norma "Jill" Taraldsen Billings '46
Norma “Jill” Taraldsen Billings '46, June 3, 2010, in Augusta, Maine, at 85. She was a homemaker who gardened, journaled, and loved to dance. She supported the Augusta Mental Health Institute, where she worked for a period. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard W. Billings '48, and is survived by her children, Cynthia Bufithis, John Billings, and Amy Billings, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Lester L. Soule '47
Lester L. Soule '47, March 30, 2010, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 87. He was a Navy pilot and flight instructor during World War II and graduated from Colby after the war. He worked in sales for various companies in Maine, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and served on the South Paris (Maine) school board. He was a woodworker, a ski instructor, and a storyteller. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Pat, two daughters, three grandchildren, and two siblings.
Barbara Bond Wasserman Goucher '48
Barbara Bond Wasserman Goucher '48, Jan. 21, 2010, in Wareham, Mass., at 84. She taught kindergarten in Wareham and was active with Wareham's historical society and garden club. Predeceased by her first husband, Robert Wasserman '48, and her second husband, John W. Goucher, she is survived by her children, Richard Goucher, Carol Wasserman Green '71, and Lani Smith, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Virginia Cole Daggett '49
Virginia Cole Daggett '49, March 16, 2010, in Leeds, Mass., at 81. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Massachusetts and then worked as a coronary care nurse and a gerontological nurse. She taught classes at community colleges and health centers and belonged to several nursing associations. She loved classical music, gardening, snowshoeing, and walking. She was predeceased by her former husband, Robert B. Daggett '51. She is survived by her sons, Timothy and Thomas, and a granddaughter.
Laughlin B. Jennings '49
Laughlin B. Jennings '49, Nov. 24, 2009, in Williamsport, Pa., at 89. He served with the Army during World War II. He earned a master's in education from Bucknell and then for 31 years taught high school history and social studies in New Jersey, where he also was head basketball coach and assistant football coach. He was a devout Catholic and a devoted Notre Dame fan. Survivors include his six children, Joseph, John, Jean, Elvira, Martin, and Laughlin Jr., and 13 grandchildren.
Bertram E. Stritch '49
Bertram E. Stritch '49, May 23, 2010, in Albany, N.Y., at 87. He served in the Army during World War II, graduated from Colby, and then began a 30-year teaching career at Hoosick Falls (N.Y.) Central School. He earned his master's in education in 1962 from the University of Massachusetts. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, three children, 10 grandchildren, and five siblings.
Raymond F. Brackett '50
Raymond F. Brackett '50, May 2, 2010, in Londonderry, N.H., at 85. He served as a radioman with the Navy during World War II. He was an insurance underwriter for Liberty Mutual and also worked as a minor league baseball umpire. Survivors include three children, Pamela Matzek, Andrea Baldwin, and Edward Brackett, three grandchildren, and six siblings.
Earle R. Fayle, Jr. '50
Earle R. Fayle Jr. '50, April 28, 2010, in Millinocket, Maine, at 88. He served in the Navy during World War II before attending Colby. He worked as an electrician for Great Northern Paper in East Millinocket for 35 years. He belonged to the American Legion, played cribbage, and loved to hunt and fish. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, four children, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.
Christine Winter Verrengia '50
Christine Winter Verrengia '50, June 18, 2010, in Farmington, Maine, at 83. She grew up in Kingfield, Maine, at Hill Holm, known later as The Inn on Winter's Hill. Later she moved around the country with her husband, volunteering at museums and playing tennis. She returned to her childhood home in 2007, renting her former bedroom. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Verrengia '50. Survivors include cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Helen Ritsher Augusta '51
Helen Ritsher Augusta '51, March 31, 2010, in Newburyport, Mass., at 80. She taught special education and then worked in the travel industry, eventually owning Addison Travel Agency in Andover, Mass. She volunteered with her local theater and providing elder transport. Survivors include her husband, George, a brother, two children, four grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.
Marilyn Drake Marden '51
Marilyn Drake Marden ’51, April 18, 2010, in Glen Mills, Pa., at 80. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Maine and then taught or volunteered while moving around the country and world. She was a dedicated homemaker and mother and loved to cruise the Maine coast in her Friendship Sloop. Survivors include her husband, Harold ’50, three children, Deborah ’74, Harold ’76, and Christopher, and three grandchildren.
Margaret Preston Slingerland '51
Margaret Preston Slingerland '51, April 30, 2010, in Ft. Myers, Fla., at 81. She was a mother and homemaker and then worked in radiology at Fairfax (Virginia) Hospital. She traveled with her husband, was active with her church and a wildlife rehabilitation center, and enjoyed quilting and bridge. She was predeceased by her husband, Fay "Bud" '51. Survivors include her daughters, Linda Humphrey, Carol Ott, and Barb Wilson, a grandson, a sister, Barbara Preston Hayes '56, and a brother.
Jean Huntington Brobeck '52
Jean Huntington Brobeck '52, March 3, 2010, in Bedford, Va., at 79. She began teaching right after Colby and taught and coached for 33 years in high schools around the country and in Germany and Thailand. She earned a master's in education in 1957 from Boston University. She was involved with civic organizations such as the Girl Scouts and the PTA and local historical and library associations. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Irvin, three children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Robert A. Cooke '53
Robert A. Cooke '53, Dec. 6, 2009, in Green Cove Springs, Fla., at 78. He served with the Coast Guard for two years and then became a certified public accountant, practicing at his own firms. He authored seven books on finance and never retired, continuing to give financial advice. He loved sailing and taught his children how to sail. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carolyn, four children, two grandsons, and a brother.
Elaine Zervas Stamas '53
Elaine Zervas Stamas '53, May 10, 2010, in Scarsdale, N.Y., at 78. An original member of the Colbyettes, she sang with the Westchester Choral Society and served on the board of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. She was a Colby overseer and, from 1992 to 2006, a trustee. She was a trustee emerita, and endowed the Elaine Stamas Scholarship. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Stephen, two children, five grandchildren, and a brother.
Nancy Eustis Huprich '54
Nancy Eustis Huprich '54, June 5, 2010, in Lutz, Fla., at 77. She worked at A&S Department Store and also was a homemaker who loved books, gardening, and birds. She was a silver life master bridge player and competed at the Smithtown (N.Y.) Bridge Studio. She was predeceased by her father, A. Galen Eustis '23, and her brother Arthur Eustis '52. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Paul, a son, five grandchildren, her brother and sister-in-law, Jon '69 and Paula Joseph Eustis '69, and nephews and nieces, including Sara Eustis '96.
Mary Owen Rutter '54
Mary Owen Rutter '54, May 9, 2010, in Bridport, Vt., at 77. For 40 years she and her husband bred Connemara ponies, first at Tower Hill Farm in New Hampshire and then at a family farm in Bridport. A music lover, she was choir director and played the organ at her church. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Savage, two grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and two siblings.
George W. Greenlaw '55
George W. Greenlaw '55, April 3, 2010, in Woolwich, Maine, at 81. He worked in insurance and real estate and then managed Yankee Lanes in Brunswick, Maine, where he was a top bowler. He golfed, baked pies, was a woodworker, and enjoyed boating to his beloved Isle au Haut. He was predeceased by his father, Aubrey Greenlaw '20, and his brother Charles Greenlaw '50. Survivors include his wife, Joanne, his brother James Greenlaw '57, and nephews and nieces, including Linda Greenlaw '83.
Barbara Ritch Lamprey '55
Barbara Ritch Lamprey '55, March 16, 2010, in North East, Pa., at 77. A homemaker and mother, she was described as a hard worker who lived life to the fullest. Survivors include her children, Allan Lamprey and Priscilla Martin, and four grandchildren.
Steven L. Strauss '55
Steven L. Strauss ’55, Nov. 17, 2009, in New York, N.Y., at 76. He worked in retail in New York and was called a “quintessential New Yorker.” Survivors include his wife, Jan, and a child.
Nancy Hubbard Greene '56
Nancy Hubbard Greene ’56, March 22, 2010, in Wewahitchka, Fla., at 75. While moving around the world with her husband, she enjoyed learning new culinary skills. She called Columbia, Maine, her home and was involved with Cub Scouts, local theater, and local history. She painted, wrote children’s stories, and loved the outdoors. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Abbott ’56, two sons, seven grandchildren, a great-grandson, and a sister.
John R. Durant '57
John R. Durant '57, June 12, 2010, in Osterville, Mass., at 75. He earned an M.B.A. from Boston College and then owned and operated Anjon Plastics Co. for more than 30 years. He summered on Cape Cod, where he sailed and fished, and was president of the Lunenberg Little League. Survivors include his wife, Sandra, two children, and four grandchildren.
John C. Keal '58
John C. Keal '58, June 8, 2010, in Watertown, N.Y., at 78. He served with the National Guard and then the Navy from 1947 to 1953. After Colby he worked as a wine salesman for Gallo and then joined his father's music business in 1973. He belonged to the Lions Club and Kiwanis, and he loved gardening and the St. Lawrence River. Survivors include his wife, Pat, five children, and 12 grandchildren.
Yvonne Pinette Young '63
Yvonne Pinette Young ’63, April 6, 2010, in Waterville, Maine, at 69. She worked as a secretary and a manager for various companies in Washington, D.C., and in Maine. She served on the Pittston, Maine, town council and was elected the town’s mayor in 1997. Survivors include her daughter, Minzette Desjardins, and three sisters.
Michael D. Fulton '67
Michael D. Fulton '67, Nov. 2, 2009, in Whitefield, Maine, at 62. He worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation. Survivors include his wife, Carol, his mother, a daughter, and a grandson.
Joseph "Jay" Gallagher '69
Joseph “Jay” Gallagher '69, May 24, 2010, in Albany, N.Y., at 63. An award-winning journalist, he worked for newspapers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York and was bureau chief for the Gannett News Service's New York Capitol Bureau for two decades. He wrote the New York Angle weekly column, appeared on public radio and television, and wrote The Politics of Decline. He rooted for all the Boston sports teams, enjoyed biking, skiing, and kayaking, and played competitive tennis. He died from pancreatic cancer. Survivors include his wife, Emily (Kreinick) '69, two daughters, and a brother.
Emily Eaton Moore '71
Emily Eaton Moore '71, March 22, 2010, in Portland, Maine, at 60. She earned a bachelor's from the University of Southern Maine and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Vermont College. She was director of admissions for Waynefleet School and was also a writer. She supported the arts in Maine, was active with organizations in Portland, and was a skilled sailor. She was predeceased by her first husband, Richard Dow '69. Survivors include her husband, Charles, a daughter, a grandson, and two siblings.
Alan H. Glass '72
Alan H. Glass '72, June 2, 2010, in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., at 60. He worked in the shoe industry and was an executive for Thom McAn for many years. He coached his son's baseball and basketball teams and was an avid Red Sox fan. Survivors include his wife Laurie, a son, and four siblings.
Matthew J. Smith '83
Matthew J. Smith '83, June 3, 2010, in Napa, Calif., at 48. He received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Duke and worked as a sales engineer and marketing manager. He loved to travel and visited more than 25 countries, was a youth and adult soccer referee, and enjoyed hiking and camping. He lived in Ashland, Ore., but was killed, along with his daughter Laura, 19, and his parents in a car accident in Napa. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer, three children, and a sister.
Jay R. Prefontaine '86
Jay R. Prefontaine '86, April 9, 2010, in Kittery, Maine, at 46. He earned an M.F.A. in creative writing in 1993 and taught English at Eastern Illinois University. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction appeared in journals and magazines and he received numerous awards for his writing. Survivors include his parents, Robert and Linda, and two brothers.