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Obituaries from the Summer 2011 Colby Magazine

Irene Tardiff Hamilton '32

Irene Tardiff Hamilton '32, April 21, 2011, in Madison, Maine, at 101. She was a high school teacher in Maine who taught French, Spanish, and geography. In 1953 she earned a master's from the University of Maine. She escorted groups of students to France and was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French. She loved to knit, read, do crossword puzzles, and cook. Survivors include her children, Austin and Deane, three siblings, including Donald Tardiff '49, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Vernon L. Bolster '33

Vernon L. Bolster '33, March 26, 2011, in New Gloucester, Maine, at 100. He received a master's in education in 1951 and was a lifelong teacher in Maine and New Hampshire, serving also as principal. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith (Hoskin '33). Survivors include his children, James and Janis, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Raymond E. Shibley '35

Raymond E. Shibley '35, May 8, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 99. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He owned and operated a successful oil and gas distributorship and was able to retire at 50, after which he traveled extensively with his wife. Survivors include nieces and nephews and his cat, Lucky.

Catherine Laughton Briggs '36

Catherine Laughton Briggs '36, April 14, 2011, in Vernon, Conn., at 95. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and then earned a master's in French from Middlebury. She proceeded to teach French, Spanish, and Latin in schools along the East Coast. She was a painter and storyteller, was interested in genealogy, and loved to garden and play the piano. Survivors include her children, Warren, Diane, and Susan, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Helen deRochemont Cole '36

Helen deRochemont Cole '36, May 24, 2011, in Lewiston, Maine, at 97. A mother and homemaker, she earned a master's in education in 1962 and taught elementary school in New York. She loved travel, reading, and crossword puzzles. At 60, she began swimming and swam laps into her late 80s, marking 1,000 miles in the pool. She was predeceased by her husband, Garnold Cole '38, and two sisters, Marguerite deRochemont '33 and Donna deRochemont Wetzel '39. Survivors include her children, Marjorie Patrick, Lawrence Cole, and Barbara Walker, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, including Andrew Bragg '11.

Edmund N. Ervin '36

Edmund N. Ervin '36, June 1, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 96. He earned an M.D. from Johns Hopkins and then served as a flight surgeon in the Navy during World War II. Practicing pediatrics in Waterville, he specialized in mental retardation. He established Ken-A-Set Association for the Retarded and received honors for his work with the developmentally disabled, including a citation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was awarded an honorary degree from Colby. He enjoyed golf, gardening, and antiquing. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert 1911 and Caroline Lynwood Ervin 1908. Survivors include his wife, Hilary, two children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Florence Hapworth Erskine '38

Florence Hapworth Erskine '38, April 23, 2011, in Clermont, Fla., at 93. A mother and homemaker, she also taught English and French in Winslow, Maine, for many years. She was active with the Winslow Grange and was a baker, reader, and crossword puzzle lover. Survivors include her children, Thomas and Judith, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mary Crowley LaFleur '39

Mary Crowley LaFleur '39, March 20, 2011, in Greenville, S.C., at 93. She was a homemaker and a mother who was involved with numerous social clubs, taught English as a second language, and acted in and directed small plays. She sang in the church choir, was a Chi Omega advisor at Clemson, and loved literature. She was predeceased by her husband, Kermit LaFleur '37, and two siblings, Henry '26 and Ruth Crowley Brandmire '24. Survivors include her daughter, Karen Stewart, and nieces and nephews, including Edward Weaver '51.

Jane I. Mulkern '39

Jane I. Mulkern '39, March 9, 2011, in Brandon, Fla., at 92. She earned her bachelor's from Boston University and, years later, her master's from the University of Hawaii. She taught French, Spanish, and Italian at the Officers School at Pearl Harbor and also high school English in Honolulu. She loved to travel and was a devout Catholic. Survivors include nieces and nephews.

Ruth Hendricks Maren '40

Ruth Hendricks Maren '40, April 5, 2011, in Gainesville, Fla., at 93. She was a mother and homemaker who volunteered frequently at her local library, hospital, and with environmental and wildlife associations. Survivors include her sons, Peter, James, and David, five grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Carolyn Nutting Martin '43

Carolyn Nutting Martin '43, April 22, 2011, in West Boylston, Mass., at 90. During World War II she taught high school in Massachusetts and then was a substitute after the war. She sang with her church choir, taught Sunday school, and was a den mother. She nurtured a 50-plus-year-old flower garden, helped maintain a section the Appalachian Trail, and was a bicyclist late into life. Survivors include her sons, James, John, and Thomas, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Frances Willey Rippere '45

Frances Willey Rippere '45, March 25, 2011, in Stuart, Fla., at 85. When her children were young, she was a recreation director in Dalton, Mass., and later worked for 25 years for Columbia Artists Management in New York. She was a P.E.O. sister for 53 years and enjoyed bridge and reading. Survivors include her children, Richard, Thomas, and Elizabeth Rippere Long '73, and six grandchildren.

Sylvia Gray Noyes '47

Sylvia Gray Noyes '47, March 27, 2011, in Ellsworth, Maine, at 85. She taught in Maine high schools and then at Husson University. She earned a master's in education in 1972 and was published in literary journals. She was active with the Methodist church and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, George, four daughters, five grandchildren, and a brother.

Robert E. Timmins '47

Robert E. Timmins '47, March 2, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 87. He served with the Navy in World War II and in the Korean War. For 35 years he worked for Scott Paper Company in Winslow, Maine, retiring as mill superintendent. He was president of the local United Way and the YMCA Industrial Management Club, coached Little League and was active with veterans groups. He loved to hunt and fish. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Geraldine, two children, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Alice Duryea van der Veer '47

Alice Duryea van der Veer '47, March 13, 2011, in Washington, N.C., at 85. She graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School and then was a secretary and clerk in New Jersey. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Washington. Survivors include her daughters, Laura, Rebecca, and Katherine, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

George I. Smith '49

George I. Smith '49, April 9, 2011, in Portola Valley, Calif., at 83. He served with the Navy during World War II and then earned a master's and a doctorate from California Institute of Technology. A noted geologist, he worked for 43 years with the U.S. Geological Survey and was an authority on Pleistocene lakes of western states. He earned a Fulbright in 1981 and a Meritorious Service Award from the Department of the Interior in 1983. He was a Colby overseer for three terms and was named the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus. He was predeceased by his parents, Ervena Goodale '24 and Joseph Coburn Smith '24, and his great aunt, Louise Coburn 1877. He had two children and three stepchildren.

Mary Goldey Morrison '50

Mary Goldey Morrison '50, March 2, 2011, in New Haven, Conn., at 82. She was a mother and housewife who was survived by her husband, Rev. Kermit Morrison, four children, a brother, and several grandchildren.

Jacquelyn Downey Burnham '51

Jacquelyn Downey Burnham ’51, March 22, 2011, in Nashua, N.H., at 81. A mother and homemaker, she also worked as a nursing instructor. She earned a master’s in education in 1982 and then became program director of the associate degree nursing program at Rivier College in Nashua. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Francis Burnham ’51, six children, and six grandchildren.

Robert L. Hooper '52

Robert L. Hooper '52, May 10, 2011, in Pleasanton, Calif., at 80. He served in the Air Force as a weather officer and then worked with computer software for various companies. He was involved with dog obedience training and all breed dog clubs. He was predeceased by his mother, Marion Merriam Hooper '25. Survivors include his first wife, Florence Fisher Krejci '53, with whom he had three daughters.

Margaret Macpherson Legge '52

Margaret Macpherson Legge '52, March 23, 2011, in North Palm Beach, Fla., at 79. After raising her children, she became office manager for the Palm Beach County Elections Office. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred '52. Survivors include her children, Sheary Harris, George Legge, and Elizabeth Kaplowitz, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Jeanne White Simon '52

Jeanne White Simon '52, March 24, 2011, in Wilmington, Del., at 79. She was a wife and homemaker who played golf, bridge, and tennis. Survivors include her daughters, Deborah Simon, Barbara Page, and Linda Riggsbee, two grandchildren, and a brother.

G. Louise Davis '53

G. Louise Davis '53, March 22, 2011, in Raleigh, N.C., at 79. She established a career in advertising, editing, and writing and then in retirement worked on art projects for nonprofits. Survivors include her ex-husband, Chuck Stone, three children, a grandchild, and three siblings.

Herbert R. Adams '54

Herbert R. Adams '54, March 18, 2011, in Portland, Maine, at 78. He was an ordained minister, a textbook editor, and an English teacher, sometimes filling these roles simultaneously. He wrote curriculum for church schools, earned a doctorate in education from Harvard in 1972, and was active with civic organizations. Survivors include his wife, Mary, four children, 12 grandchildren, and a sister.

Abbott E. Rice '54

Abbott E. Rice '54, April 28, 2011, in Hudson, N.H., at 79. He served with the Naval Reserves until 1958 and earned an M.Ed. in 1960 and an Ed.D. in 1978 from Boston University. He worked in education for 50 years, retiring as director of placement for Northern Essex Community College. He was active in local government and community organizations, including town council and the Grange. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Annie, three children, including Beverly Rice Tedeschi '85, and seven grandchildren.

Richard E. Whiting '54

Richard E. Whiting '54, April 15, 2011, in Rockport, Maine, at 79. He earned a law degree from Boston University and then practiced general law in Rumford, Maine. From 1973 to 1996 he served as probate judge in Oxford County and, in 2009, became a life member of the Maine State Bar Association. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, skiing, and mountain climbing, was an avid reader, and collected art. Survivors include his wife, Elaine, five children, including Christopher '77 and Daniel '89, and 13 grandchildren.

Selden C. Staples '55

Selden C. Staples '55, April 25, 2011, in Wilmington, N.C., at 77. He served three years with the Air Force in the mid-1950s and then was an accountant in New York City with International Nickel Company. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sue (Biven '55), five sons, including Spencer '81, 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister.

Carolyn Bossi Hadge '57

Carolyn Bossi Hadge '57, March 22, 2011, in Toms River, N.J., at 75. She was a volunteer at her children's school and then received a bachelor's in psychology in 1978 and a master's in counseling in 1985. She coordinated alcohol and substance abuse programs and later ran her own communications business. Survivors include her children, Joseph, Ronald, Caron, and Cynthia, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Cynthia Fox Dancer '58

Cynthia Fox Dancer '58, April 9, 2011, in Doylestown, Pa., at 75. She earned a master's in science and health and then was a therapist in Michigan and Florida, retiring as clinical director of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. She was also a reader and a knitter. Survivors include her husband, Richard, a son, three grandchildren, and a brother.

Dale S. Patchell '58

Jacquelyn Downey Burnham ’51, March 22, 2011, in Nashua, N.H., at 81. A mother and homemaker, she also worked as a nursing instructor. She earned a master’s in education in 1982 and then became program director of the associate degree nursing program at Rivier College in Nashua. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Francis Burnham ’51, six children, and six grandchildren.

John C. Ferrie '59

John C. Ferrie '59, March 22, 2011, in Jersey City, N.J., at 73. He worked in insurance and was an expert on bodily injury claims. For 16 years he worked in San Francisco for Thomas Miller Associates and then he retired to New Jersey, where he could root for his beloved Yankees.

M.Josephine Deans Auchincloss '60

M. Josephine Deans Auchincloss '60, May 19, 2011, in Charlotte, N.C., at 72. She worked in advancement at Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., and later worked in real estate. She was active with her church, historical society, and book clubs and was known for her sense of humor. She was predeceased by her mother, Louise Murray Deans '31, and is survived by daughters Jane and Lee, two grandchildren, a sister, and a brother.

Peter Shays '60

Peter Shays '60, Feb. 9, 2011, in Ballwin, Mo., at 73. He earned his bachelor's from Principia College and later taught there and became its director of admissions and enrollment. He was a real estate broker specializing in children's summer camp properties and, along with his wife, ran a girls' summer camp in Vermont. He and his wife, Mary, had two daughters.

Lee M. Weiser '68

Lee M. Weiser '68, May 1, 2011, in Saratoga Springs, Fla., at 64. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War and then earned an M.B.A. from Northeastern. A certified picture framer, he owned five retail framing stores in New York. He was a lacrosse referee for nearly 20 years, for which he won several awards, and became a rower later in life. Survivors include his wife, Donna Hassler, four stepdaughters, and a sister.

William I. Sparkes '69

Jacquelyn Downey Burnham ’51, March 22, 2011, in Nashua, N.H., at 81. A mother and homemaker, she also worked as a nursing instructor. She earned a master’s in education in 1982 and then became program director of the associate degree nursing program at Rivier College in Nashua. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Francis Burnham ’51, six children, and six grandchildren.

Ilan Hadani '70

Ilan Hadani '70, April 10, 2011, in New York, N.Y. He earned an M.B.A. from Babson and then was an international banker with Israel Discount Bank. He retired in 2006 and became a professor of economics at Berkeley College and New York Institute of Technology. He was a world traveler who loved music, art, and the Boston Red Sox. Survivors include his wife, Gail, two daughters, including Mika Hadani Melamed '97, and four grandchildren.

Jeffery A. Seip '74

Jeffery A. Seip '74, March 24, 2011, in Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 58. He earned an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He worked for Siemens and Westinghouse on projects around the world, including Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, and Shanghai. He and his wife, Rosina, had one daughter, Lauren.

William H. Priestley '90

William H. Priestley '90, April 8, 2011, in Boston, Mass., at 43. He earned a J.D. from Boston University and then practiced civil litigation in Providence, R.I. He loved the outdoors, skiing, and golfing, was a singer/songwriter, and mentored for Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education. He died of pancreatic cancer. Survivors include his wife, Kinda Remick Priestley '90, four children, and three siblings.