Obituaries from the Fall 2010 Colby Magazine
Paul E. Feldman '34
Paul E. Feldman '34, June 23, 2010, in Longmeadow, Mass., at 98. He was an Army medic during World War II. He worked as national sales manager for 30 years at Wallace Manufacturing and was active with Sinai Temple. He served on Colby's Alumni Council for six years and was awarded a Colby Brick in 1975. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Ruth, and his children, Carol Feldman Roberts '69 and Charles Feldman.
Lewis E. Rush '37
Lewis E. Rush '37, July 1, 2010, in Greenfield, Mass., at 97. He graduated from Tufts Dental School and then enlisted with the Army Air Force in 1941. He fought in Europe, then was in charge of dental services in England. Later, in Shelburne Falls, Mass., he had a dental practice for more than 45 years. Survivors include his children, William, Carolyn, John, and Doris.
Marjorie Gould Shuman '37
Marjorie Gould Shuman '37, July 29, 2010, in Albany, N.Y., at 93. She earned an M.A. from Radcliffe and then taught English and journalism at LaSalle Junior College. During World War II she worked with the American Red Cross in Europe. She taught and wrote throughout her life, belonged to a sewing circle, and was active with her church. She was predeceased by her mother, Florence King Gould 1908, her sister Dorothy Gould Rhoades '36, her second husband, Rev. Edwin H. Shuman '38, and her daughter Katherine Rogers Murphy '75. Survivors include her children, Arthur Murphy and Jennifer Wehren, and two siblings, including Ruth Gould Stebbins '40.
Phillips B. Henderson '38
Phillips B. Henderson '38, Sept. 21, 2010, in Wethersfield, Conn., at 93. He earned a master's of divinity and was ordained in the Baptist ministry in 1941. He was a chaplain with the Army Air Forces during World War II and then ministered at parishes in New England. He traveled to the USSR in 1950 with one of the first groups of Americans to visit, and in 1963 to Selma, Ala., to aid in the fight for voting rights. He was predeceased by his sister Teresa Henderson Whitmarsh '36. Survivors include his children, Phillips, Alexander, Jonathan, and Janet, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his sister Christine Henderson Harper '54.
Robert C. Ryan '41
Robert C. Ryan '41, Aug. 26, 2010, in West Boylston, Mass., at 94. He served with the Army during World War II. He earned a master's in education and then taught business math in the Westborough (Mass.) school system. Survivors include his sons, Robert and John, and three grandsons.
Willetta McGrath Snow '41
Willetta McGrath Snow '41, July 7, 2010, in Fort Edward, N.Y., at 90. She was dedicated to her family and home at Grimes Mill, Maine, and helped operate the Snow Brothers Potato Farm. She taught history at Caribou (Maine) High School, was active with her church, and was a trustee of the Caribou library. She enjoyed cooking, maple syrup making, reading, and Aroostook County in general. Survivors include two daughters, Jane Griffee and Constance Nealon, four grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.
Eleanor Smart Braunmuller '43
Eleanor Smart Braunmuller '43, July 21, 2010, in Waterville, Maine, at 89. She worked as a chemist before having children and shifting her focus to volunteer church and library work. She served as president of the local League of Women Voters and served as deacon and ruling elder of her Presbyterian church. In 1993 she received a Colby Brick for her service to the College, including 20 years as class correspondent. Survivors include her children, Albert Braunmuller and Rae Jean Braunmuller Goodman '69, two grandchildren, including Albert Goodman '03, and cousins Elizabeth Smart Merriam '52 and Ruth Smart Thurston '51.
Lillian Robinson Craig '43
Lillian Robinson Craig '43, Aug. 11, 2010, in East Corinth, Maine, at 89. She was a substitute teacher and later a licensed practical nurse. She was active with her church, quilted, and gardened. Survivors include six children, 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three siblings.
Isabel B. Harriman '43
Isabel B. Harriman '43, July 9, 2010, in Augusta, Maine, at 88. She earned a master's in education at Columbia and then taught for 40 years, 10 in Maine and 30 in Beverly, Mass. She was passionate about traveling, bridge, and chocolate. Survivor include several cousins.
John L. Ilsley '46
John L. Ilsley '46, Aug. 12, 2010, in Pomona, Calif., at 86. He left Colby after two years for medical school and became an internist, practicing in Claremont, Calif., for 50 years. He also was a colonel in the California National Guard and was division surgeon for 10 years. Colby awarded him a B.A. in 1989. He tirelessly served his community, his church, the Rotary, the Claremont Colleges, and Boy Scouts. He traveled extensively to lecture and attend seminars, gardened, and played bridge. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Reuben 1891 and Mary Morrill Ilsley 1891, and his father, Morrill Ilsley 1917. Survivors include his sister, Barbara Hagar, five children, including Paul Ilsely '71, 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Marie Elizabeth Jones Nye '46
Marie Elizabeth Jones Nye '46, Aug. 17, 2010, in Waterville, Maine, at 85. She worked as a high school secretary while also raising her daughters. She was a deaconess, teacher, and group leader at her church and belonged to the historical society. Survivors include her husband, William, two daughters, and five grandchildren.
Earl G. Bacon '47
Earl G. Bacon '47, Aug. 3, 2010, in Lynn, Mass., at 91. He earned a bachelor's from the University of Maine in 1940, served with the Army during World War II, and then was a part-time student at Colby. He worked for General Electric, retiring in 1981. He spent time at the camp he built on Messalonskee Lake in Maine, loved to fish and hunt, and owned more than 20 boats. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Pauline, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
Cecil E. Burns '47
Cecil E. Burns '47, June 28, 2010, in Auburn, Maine, at 92. He enlisted with the Army Air Force during World War II and became wing commander and a second lieutenant. He was a teacher, coach, and administrator for 24 years at schools in Mexico, Maine, and Long Beach, Calif. He earned two master's degrees from Long Beach State College. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the Elks, and the Catholic church. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Geraldine, two children, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Shirley Carrier Brown '48
Shirley Carrier Brown '48, July 22, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz., at 84. She earned a master's from Arizona State and was an elementary school teacher in Arizona. She was active with her church and enjoyed playing cards. Survivors include her sons, Ross, Bruce '79, Craig, and Kyle, and 10 grandchildren.
Eugene A. Hunter '48
Eugene A. Hunter '48, Aug. 15, 2010, in Portland, Maine, at 87. He served in the Army in World War II and then returned to Colby to graduate. He taught and coached in Maine and New Hampshire and later was athletic director at South Portland High School. His coaching career spanned 60 years and included three state basketball championships. He was Maine Coach of the Year and Athletic Director of the Year and is an inductee in the Maine Sports, Maine Baseball, and New England Basketball halls of fame. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary, seven children, 21 grandchildren including Anneliese Radke '06, five great-grandchildren, and three siblings.
Charles H. Lightbody '48
Charles H. Lightbody '48, July 21, 2010, in Lakeland, Fla., at 85. He served with the Air Force in World War II, graduated from Colby, and then earned his M.D. He practiced in Guilford, Maine, was chief of medical staff at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft and helped establish the Guilford Medical Building. He served on the planning and school boards and helped create a ski resort on Squaw Mountain. He was involved with his church and was an avid sportsman. He was predeceased by his father, Charles Lightbody '23. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Horsch Lightbody '48, two children, and five grandchildren.
Eldon F. Risser '48
Eldon F. Risser '48, Sept. 21, 2010 in Bangor, Maine, at 87. He spent his entire career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and spent his free time hunting, fishing, or being on the ocean. Survivors include his children, William Risser and Judy LaForest, and five grandchildren.
Ernest L. Carpenter '50
Ernest L. Carpenter '50, June 3, 2010, in Westlake Village, Calif., at 83. He served in the Air Force during World War II and then became a sales manager. Survivors include his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.
Barbara Miller Green '50
Barbara Miller Green '50, July 11, 2010, in Boulder, Colo., at 81. She was a master gardener and a lifelong member of the Cherry Brook (Conn.) Garden Club, where she led projects on community beautification and wildlife and wetland preservation. She chaired the Canton (Conn.) Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency and belonged to the League of Women Voters and the Canton Historical Society. Survivors include her children, William Green and Elizabeth Foreman, and four grandchildren.
Clifford A. Bean '51
Clifford A. Bean '51, Aug. 28, 2010, in Concord, Mass., at 81. He served in the Navy during the Korean War, earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and then became a long-time telecommunications consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc. He was a founding member of the Colby Eight, a Colby trustee from 1970 to 1978, an overseer, and an active alumnus who received a Colby Brick in 1970. A musician and performer, he also skied, hiked, and traveled the world. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, his daughters, Meredith Bean Eley '77 and Julia Bean '81, and five grandchildren.
Ernest F. Harnden, Jr. '51
Ernest F. Harnden Jr. '51, July 19, 2010, in Sarasota, Fla., at 82. After his first semester at Colby he was drafted into the Navy during World War II. He returned to Colby in 1948, graduated, and then was recalled to the Navy during the Korean War. He earned his law degree from New York University and then practiced law in Sarasota for 37 years. Survivors include his wife, Jan, three children, five grandchildren, and two siblings.
Chrysoula Boukis Keene '51
Chrysoula Boukis Keene '51, Aug. 3, 2010, in Norwood, Mass., at 81. She worked as a credit manager for IBM and for the Kendall Corporation. She sang with her church choir and, before she contracted multiple sclerosis, played tennis and skied. Survivors include her sons, Christopher and Thomas, and two grandchildren.
Edward M. Stuart, Jr. '51
Edward M. Stuart Jr. '51, Aug. 14, 2010, in Boone, N.C., at 82. He served with the Navy during the Korean War and then was a national sales manager for Black & Decker for 39 years. He was active with his church and belonged to the Rotary Club. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara Hills Stuart '54, two children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.
Robert A. Jones '52
Robert A. Jones '52, Aug. 12, 2010, in Madison, Conn., at 81. He served with the Navy during the Korean War, after which he earned his bachelor's from the University of New Haven. He was an engineer who worked on aircraft and submarine engine designs for General Dynamics, Pratt & Whitney, and NASA. He holds a patent on an aircraft engine thrust reverser. He loved golf, skiing, and the Red Sox. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Alyce, four children, and nine grandchildren
L. Martha Friedlaender '53
L. Martha Friedlaender '53, Sept. 3, 2010, in New York, N.Y., at 78. She earned an M.S.W. from Columbia and established a career as a social worker, ending as director of social work at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. She belonged to the Ethical Cultural Society and the Fellowship of Reconciliation and was an avid traveler. Survivors include her brother, Charles, and nieces and nephews.
Arthur R. Giroux '54
Arthur R. Giroux '54, Aug. 29, 2010, in Indialantic, Fla., at 78. He earned a doctorate in optometry and also an M.B.A., which he applied during his 26-year career in the Army as assistant chief of the Medical Service Corps. He later served for 11 years as director of the American Optometric Association. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy, five children, nine grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a brother.
Robert E. McAuliffe '54
Robert E. McAuliffe '54, Aug. 8, 2010, in Walpole, Mass., at 81. He served with the Army during World War II, where he earned a Victory Medal and played the trumpet. He worked as a manager for 25 years for Corn Products International and belonged to the Bottlers Group of Massachusetts and the Candy Technologists of Boston. He enjoyed bird watching and music. Survivors include his wife, Helen Connolly McAuliffe '53, four children, including Robert '76 and Mark '79, and five grandchildren, including Meghan Moynihan '09.
Annette Irons George '55
Annette Irons George '55, Sept. 3, 2010, in Ipswich, Mass., at 75. An active community member, she served on the school committee, was director of youth services, and was instrumental in creating a drop-in center for teens. She was a seamstress and a knitter and collected antiques. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, William, three daughters, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two siblings.
Peter G. Bridge '58
Peter G. Bridge '58, Aug. 24, 2010, in Williston, Vt., at 80. He served with the Air Force during the Korean War and then came to Colby. He received three subsequent degrees-an M.Div. in theology, an M.S. in guidance, and a C.A.G.S. in college counseling-and worked as a pastor, teacher, coach, chaplain, professor, and dean at Kents Hill (Maine) School and Champlain (Vermont) College. He volunteered with the United Way, AARP, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations. He sang barbershop, drummed with two jazz bands, and played the washboard. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen (Chase '58), two children, Lisa Rizzio and Stephen Bridge '86, three grandchildren, and two brothers.
Charles F. Goodwin '65
Charles F. Goodwin Jr. '65, Aug. 6, 2010, in Portland, Maine, at 68. He taught emergency medical training courses in Maine and was captain of the Scarborough Rescue. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, a daughter, and a brother.
Russell N. Monbleau '66
Russell N. Monbleau '66, Sept. 19, 2010, in Nashua, N.H., at 66. He earned an M.B.A. and then worked in sales, marketing, and insurance in California and New Hampshire. He belonged to two dozen environmental groups and served as chair of the Milford (N.H.) Conservation Commission for 12 years. He coached youth sports, directed local sports programs, and designed a multi-use, six-acre park in Milford, later named the Russ Monbleau Youth Athletics Field Complex. He won many awards for his work and his volunteering and was elected to the New England Babe Ruth Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife, Joyce, three sons, 10 grandchildren, and two siblings.
Susan Hall Lund '67
Susan Hall Lund '67, June 28, 2010, in Portsmouth, N.H., at 65. A dedicated homemaker and mother, she is survived by her children, Sandra Sargisson and Robert Lund, and one granddaughter.
Valerie Fullerton McPhee '69
Valerie Fullerton McPhee '69, Aug. 8, 2010, in East Boothbay, Maine, at 63. She worked for Head Start and was homemaker and mother. She gardened and was a charter member of the Boothbay Region Botanical Gardens. Survivors include her husband, Nick, four children, seven grandchildren, her father, and two brothers.
Laurus R. Newby '73
Laurus R. Newby '73, July 30, 2010, in Great Falls, Va., at 58. He was a State Farm agent in northern Virginia and was an avid sailor and tennis player. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Breeden Newby '75, two children, and his mother.
Francine D. Carr '74
Francine D. Carr '74, July 9, 2010, in Portsmouth, Va., at 57. She worked for 15 years as an instructor and supervisor at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard before working for the United States Postal Service. She was active with her church and served as secretary for the Iron Workers Union and the Postal Workers Union. Survivors include her godson, Anthony Smith, and eight siblings.
Karen Brown Davis '76
Karen Brown Davis '76, Aug. 14, 2010, in Brainbridge Island, Wash., at 55. She earned an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut, and, after being a stay-at-home mom, established a career in mediation training, focusing on services for children with special needs. She also worked to promote civil discourse among young people. She died after a brief illness. Survivors include her husband, Jonathan “Joth” Davis '76, three children, her parents, four siblings, and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Christopher '78 and Janet McMahon Davis '79.
Scott K. Drown '78
Scott K. Drown '78, June 30, 2010, in Auburn, Maine, at 54. He earned an M.S. in education from the University of Maine, taught science, and then was a principal at elementary schools in Maine. He was an elder at his church, belonged to the Leeds (Maine) Planning Board, loved dogs, and pursued gardening, tennis, and bicycling. Survivors include his wife, Grace, two daughters, his father, and three siblings.
Jon C. Swenson '79
Jon C. Swenson '79, Sept. 18, 2010, in Fairfield, Conn., at 55. He earned a master's from the University of Delaware and was a musician who played with local bands. He died from cancer. Survivors include his siblings, Anne, Paul, and Thomas, and his mother.
Hilary Morton Shontz '80
Hilary Morton Shontz '80, July 7, 2010, in New York, N.Y., at 52. She worked as an executive recruiter and as an event planner for a period, then became a stay-at-home mother. Survivors include her husband, David, two sons, three sisters, and her parents.
Guito Joseph '04
Guito Joseph '04, Sept. 20, 2010, in Houston, Texas, at 30. He was a personal banker for JPMorgan Chase in Houston. He had a heart condition since birth and was working out in a gym when he collapsed and died. Survivors include his wife, Yoana, a daughter, his parents, and five siblings.