Obituaries from the Spring 2011 Colby Magazine
Blanche Silverman Field '35
Blanche Silverman Field '35, Feb. 26, 2011, in Portland, Maine, at 96. She worked as a secretary and legal assistant in Boston and Washington, D.C. She enjoyed travel, theater, and literature. Survivors include many friends, including Doris Rose Hopengarten '40.
Agnes Carlyle Hadden '36
Agnes Carlyle Hadden '36, Dec. 11, 2010, in Needham, Mass., at 96. While homemaking and raising her children, she enjoyed ballroom dancing, Shakespeare Club, and gardening. She took leadership roles in church and community groups and was a member of the American Needlework Guild. Survivors include her sister, Margaret Angell, five children, including Celinda Hadden Rother '75, 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, including Charles Angell '64.
Alice Bocquel Hartwell '36
Alice Bocquel Hartwell '36, Jan. 4, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 97. She earned a master's in French from Middlebury and then taught French for 41 years, primarily in high schools, including Waterville's. She was president of the Maine chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and was active with numerous civic and professional organizations. After retiring she began freightering and traveled solo along the coasts of South America and Africa and to Australia, Antarctica, and the Falkland Islands. Survivors include her daughter, Alice, and nieces and nephews.
Margaret Higgins Williams '38
Margaret Higgins Williams '38, Jan. 22, 2011, in Freeport, Maine, at 94. She earned a master's from the University of Maine. She taught in public and private schools in Maine and Florida, at Husson College in Bangor, and at branches of the University of Maine system. She was active with literacy volunteers, her church, and the Bath Garden Club. Survivors include her sons, Owen and James, four grandsons, and a great-grandson.
Elizabeth "Beckey" Field Blanchard '43
Elizabeth “Beckey” Field Blanchard '43, Dec. 24, 2010, in Worcester, Mass., at 88. She earned a B.S. in engineering, a master's in nursing, and, in 1991, a master of divinity degree. She was a homemaker and mother until her children were grown, when she began teaching nursing at trade schools, hospitals, and high schools. She also served as chaplain at a medical center. Survivors include her children, Arthur, Bruce, Dorothy, and Ann, four granddaughters, two great-grandchildren, and two siblings.
Marjorie Abar Gray '43
Marjorie Abar Gray '43, Dec. 22, 2010, in Clifton Park, N.Y., at 91. She earned a master's from SUNY Brockport and then taught kindergarten for 27 years. She also ran a dairy with her husband, was active with her church, and enjoyed music, reading, and Native American history and culture. Survivors include her children, Nancy Messersmith, Charles, Emily Simpson, and James, nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Lawrence Weiss '43
Lawrence Weiss '43, Jan. 9, 2011, in Bradenton, Fla., at 89. He served in the medical corps during World War II and then earned a master's in geology from NYU in 1951. For 32 years he worked as a micropaleontologist, first for Standard Oil and then for Exxon, in Peru, Norway, England, and Houston. In retirement in Florida he volunteered with the autism society and the community police. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jerell, four daughters, and six grandchildren.
Emily Gardell Hueston '47
Emily Gardell Hueston '47, Jan. 4, 2011, in Goffstown, N.H., at 85. She worked as a lab technologist, retiring from the Lyons Veterans Administration Hospital in New Jersey. She found pleasure in golfing, playing bridge, gardening, and reading. Survivors include her daughters, Karen Mayes, Linda Brome, and Jan Williams, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Richard S. Reid '47
Richard S. Reid '47, Dec. 20, 2010, in Montgomery, Ala., at 81. He served in the Army in World War II and then managed the Air Forces Radio Station in Italy. He became sports director for WSFA-TV in Montgomery and was the announcer for the University of Alabama football network. He served as chief of staff for Alabama Congressman George Grant and then worked in the Alabama Development Office. In retirement he interviewed former Crimson Tide coaches and players for an oral history project. He belonged to the Rotary and Lions clubs and was an avid golfer. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ruth, two sons, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister.
Virginia Hill Field '48
Virginia Hill Field '48, Feb. 14, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 84. A lifetime resident of Waterville, she was a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed doing art and volunteered with numerous organizations. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph H. Field '50. Survivors include her children, Ralph F. Field '74 and Martha McCarty, two granddaughters, and three sisters, including Barbara Hill Millett '50 and Marjorie Hill Ashman '54.
Francis R. Folino '48
Francis R. Folino '48, Jan. 19, 2011, in Middlebury, Vt., at 88. He served in the Navy during World War II and then established a career in business. In Vermont he started the Dollars for Scholars scholarship program, was a village trustee, and was instrumental in establishing a hockey rink in Essex Junction. He initiated the erection of historic stone monuments on Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick, Maine. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Virginia Brewer Folino '48, five children, 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and nephews and nieces, including Laura Struckhoff Cline '70 and Mary Ellen Verrengia Parsons '72.
Timothy C. Osborne '48
Timothy C. Osborne '48, Jan. 20, 2011, in Sugar Land, Texas, at 87. He was a naval aviator during World War II and then served in the Naval Reserves. He worked as a radio news announcer in Houston and then as a freelance announcer and narrator. He belonged to the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, a sister, a stepson, and three grandchildren.
Margaret J. Frantano '49
Margaret J. Fratano '49, Jan. 30, 2011, in Riverside, N.Y., at 84. She was an executive secretary to the vice president at McGraw-Hill Publishing in New York City.
Olaf Kays '49
Olaf Kays '49, Feb. 26, 2011, in Springfield, Va., at 84. At 17 he volunteered for the Naval Aviation Cadets and learned to fly aerobatic maneuvers in biplanes; he then served with the Navy during World War II. He was a systems analyst for the U.S. Geological Survey and integrated computer programs into geology, hydrology, mineral resources, and mapping. He retired after 42 years as chief of geographic research. As a youth, he had tea with President Franklin Roosevelt, and he then met every president through Reagan and provided mapping information to the White House. He and his wife, Lois, raised two children.
Pauline McIntyre Cohen '50
Pauline McIntyre Cohen '50, Sept. 14, 2010, in Akron, Ohio, at 81. She was a homemaker and a children's librarian, having earned an M.S.L.S. degree from Western Reserve (now Case Western) University. With her husband, Ben, she raised three children.
Robert S. George '50
Robert S. George '50, Jan. 15, 2011, in Presque Isle, Maine, at 85. He served with the Navy during World War II, earned an associate's degree from Ricker College, and then came to Colby. He attended Massachusetts College of Optometry and then practiced optometry for 50 years in Fort Fairfield, Maine. He was active in his community and with his church, was a Notre Dame fan, and adored his family. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Muriel, three daughters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Robert L. Joly '50
Robert L. Joly '50, Feb. 9, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 83. He was vice president for customer service and market relations for C.F. Hathaway Shirt Company in Waterville and was active with conservation efforts in the state of Maine. Survivors include his children, Michael, Michele, Megan, Margot, and Ann, five grandchildren, and his sister.
Carlton D. "Red" Miller '50
Carlton D. “Red” Miller '50, Jan. 17, 2011, in Tenants Harbor, Maine, at 88. He served with the Coast Guard during World War II before coming to Colby. He earned a master's in business education from Columbia and then taught high school in Maine for 28 years. He then returned to lobstering and operated Cod End Fish Market in Tenants Harbor. He was an avid sportsman, gardener, and birdwatcher, served on school boards, and belonged to numerous organizations including Ducks Unlimited and the American Legion. He was predeceased by his wife, Anne Whitehouse Miller '49. Survivors include eight children and 14 grandchildren.
Edith Harris Edgerton '51
Edith Harris Edgerton '51, Dec. 23, 2010, in Naples, Fla., at 80. She was a homemaker and mother and became a real estate broker. She did floral arrangements, was an avid golfer, and loved to travel. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Bradford, three sons, a brother, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Richard Kaplan '51
Richard Kaplan '51, Dec. 29, 2010, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 81. He was an executive in the luxury tableware business, retiring as president of North American operations for Orrefors/Kosta Boda. An avid skier, he helped build the Colby ski slope and skied throughout the U.S. and Europe. He was active with the Illinois Democratic Party and loved golf, fishing, family, and good cigars. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Daisy, his children, Douglas '78 and Leslie '81, four grandchildren, including Lisa Kaplan '13, and a brother.
William H. Thompson '51
William H. Thompson '51, Feb. 5, 2011, in Shelby, N.C., at 82. He earned a master's in international relations from the University of Connecticut and then was drafted into the Army and served in Korea. He had a 30-year career with the DuPont company as an environmental engineer. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Patricia, four children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Floyd E. Cronkite '53
Floyd E. Cronkite '53, Sept. 7, 2010, in Bothell, Wash., at 78. He earned two bachelor's degrees and then a master's in sacred theology. He founded the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Bothell, which he led for nearly 50 years. He and his wife, Sherry, raised two children and doted on four grandchildren.
Peter J. Perry '53
Peter J. Perry '53, March 8, 2011, in Rumford, Maine, at 83. He served with the Navy during World War II and then was a self-employed insurance agent, realtor, and appraiser. He also owned Perry's Variety in Rumford. He was active with his church, the VFW, Elks, and Masons and he enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. Survivors include his daughters, Janet Leach and Nancy Letellier, a granddaughter, and a brother.
Margaret Connelly Callahan '55
Margaret Connelly Callahan '55, Feb. 21, 2011, in Tarrytown N.Y., at 78. She was a mother and homemaker who also worked as a teaching assistant in Tarrytown's public school. She volunteered with her local hospital, junior league, and hockey boosters, and she enjoyed gardening and needlepoint. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Mary Connelly Luney '55. Survivors include her husband, Joe, three children, 10 grandchildren, and a sister.
Richard B. Huart '57
Richard B. Huart '57, Feb. 8, 2011, in West St. Paul, Minn., at 75. He served in the Air Force before a 44-year career in banking. Survivors include his wife, Nancy, four children, five grandchildren, and a sister.
C. David O'Brien '58
C. David O'Brien '58, Feb. 16, 2011, in Scarborough, Maine, at 75. He served with the Marine Corps and then was a long-time partner with the investment firm H.M. Payson & Co. He was active with civic organizations that focused on animals, youth hockey, mentally challenged youth, and the environment. He was a trustee emeritus and received the C Club Man of the Year award in 1974 and a Colby Brick Award in 1977. He traveled around the world to pursue his passions of hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Patsy, four children including Jeffrey '86 and Andrew '91, seven grandchildren, and niece Caroline O'Brien Thomas '88.
David E. Woodbury '58
David E. Woodbury '58, Dec. 17, 2010, in Springfield, Va., at 74. He had a 30-year career in the Navy, retiring as commander, Destroyer Squadron 2. During that time he earned an M.S. from the Naval War College. He subsequently worked for Booz Allen and lived in Saudi Arabia while on assignment. He also served as national executive director for AMVETS (American Veterans). Survivors include his wife, Martha, three sons, and five grandchildren.
Robert D. Bickford '59
Robert D. Bickford '59, Feb. 11, 2011, in Oakland, Maine, at 77. He served with the Army during the Korean War before attending Colby. He worked for GTE Sylvania in various states, eventually becoming plant manager in Stamford, Conn. He loved being in the woods, was interested in U.S. military history, was active with his church, and was a Mason. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lois, four children, seven grandchildren, and a brother.
Bruce Swerling '63
Bruce Swerling '63, March 2, 2011, in Weston, Mass., at 71. He was a principal in the insurance adjusters company Swerling Milton Winnick and served on the board of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. He was active in the Jewish community and the country club in Weston. Survivors include his wife, Roberta, two daughters, three grandchildren, and a sister.
David C. Anderson '65
David C. Anderson '65, Jan. 14, 2011, in Bowdoinham, Maine, at 68. He served four years in the Air Force before establishing a career in insurance in Brunswick. He served on boards, often as chair, for numerous community organizations and enjoyed time with colleagues, family, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, A. Wendell '38 and Dorothy Trainor Anderson '38. Survivors include his wife, Leslie, two children, five grandchildren, sisters Jeanne Anderson Pollock '63 and Jan Anderson Cogbill '76, brother-in-law William Pollock '64, and nieces and nephews, including Anne Pollock Waldron '90, Allison Cogbill '07, and Christopher Cogbill '02.
Charles D. Soule '66
Charles D. Soule '66, Aug. 25, 2010, in Lansdale, Pa., at 65. He worked as a computer consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Judith Hymas Thomas '68
Judith Hymas Thomas '68, Jan. 2, 2011, in Shirley, N.Y., at 64. She earned a degree in history from the University of Ghana and had a varied career teaching history at a community college and a high school, freelance writing, and running school programs about animals. She bred and showed pedigree cats and was a Cat Fanciers' Association approved judge. She was widowed in 1991 and had no children.
Nancy Bengis Friedman '76
Nancy Bengis Friedman '76, Jan. 15, 2011, in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 56. She earned a master's from Columbia and then, despite early onset of multiple sclerosis, was a professor of English and creative writing. A certified poetry therapist, she published a book of poems about her struggle with MS. Survivors include her husband, Robert, two sons, a sister, and her mother.
Janice E. Phillips '78
Janice E. Phillips '78, Dec. 27, 2010, in Middlebury, Conn., at 54. She earned a doctorate in psychology and, after working in a clinic, ran her own practice for 18 years. She was active in her local school system, AAUW, and with the American Cancer Society. Survivors include her husband, Robert Robinson, three children, her stepmother, and eight siblings.
Theodore S. Bolduc '80
Theodore S. Bolduc '80, Jan. 11, 2011, in Lawrence, Mass., at 52. He was an ordained minister with the Anglican Church who served in churches in Massachusetts. He also worked at Velcro USA in New Hampshire. He enjoyed cooking, taking walks, and exercising. He died of cancer. Survivors include his wife, Debra, three sons, five siblings, and his mother.