Avis Merritt Churchill '35
Avis Merritt Churchill ’35, May 14, 2012, in Glen Allen, Va., at 97. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Maine and taught in Presque Isle, her hometown. A 50-year resident of Southington, Conn., she was head of the English department at Southington High School for more than 20 years. She enjoyed reading, writing, poetry, and travel. She was predeceased by her husband, Amos, and is survived by a son, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Lucile Naples Weston '39
Lucile Naples Weston ’39, May 16, 2012, in Wellesley, Mass., at 93. She earned an M.S. at Jackson College, a Ph.D. in microbiology at Radcliffe, and an M.A. at Tufts. She played the keyboard and enjoyed spending time with friends and caring for her cats. She was predeceased by her husband, William. She is survived by a son, a stepson, a stepdaughter, and two grandsons.
Clarice Winslow Weld '40
Clarice Winslow Weld ’40, May 1, 2012, in Saco, Maine, at 94. After receiving her degree in education from University of Maine, she spent 25 years teaching in Maine’s public schools. She was a life master bridge player and an avid gardener, with her garden featured in the Boston Globe in 2004. She is survived by a son, two granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and several nieces and nephews.
Margery Lier Reed '40
Margery Lier Reed ’40, April 19, 2012, in Orono, Maine, at 94. A lifelong member of Delta Delta Delta, she taught high school French and Latin for more than 25 years. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, and gardening. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Reed ’40. She is survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Hartley A. Bither '41
Hartley A. Bither ’41, June 20, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla., at 92. He served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater. After the war he worked for General Foods’ Birds Eye division in Maine and in New York State. In retirement in Palm Beach County, Fla., he continued to work, in food concessions and as an active volunteer. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla, a sister, nieces, and nephews.
Priscilla Patterson Salgo '41
Priscilla Patterson Salgo ’41, March 23, 2012, in Highland Park, Ill., at 92. After receiving her degree from Westminster Choir College, where she taught for five years, she studied choral conducting, orchestral conducting, and Baroque music. She resided in Stanford, Calif., and was choirmaster at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for 35 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Sandor Salgo, and her sister, Ruth Patterson ’41. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah.
Harry P. Hildebrandt '43
Harry P. Hildebrandt ’43, April 29, 2012, in Brunswick, Maine, at 91. He served as a meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Maine and was a school guidance director at three Maine high schools. He enjoyed Civil War history, playing chess, and restoring Model A Ford cars. He was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine. He is survived by a daughter.
James Springer '44
James Springer ’44, June 1, 2012, in New York, N.Y., at 89. He left Colby after two years to serve in the U.S. Army, entering Tufts Dental School in 1945. Early in his career he served in the Israel Defense Army Dental Corps, then rejoined the U.S. Army, serving in the dental corps at the Pentagon. Trained as an oral surgeon, he practiced in Boston for nearly 40 years. He received his baccalaureate degree from Colby in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Tova, one daughter, and two sons.
Mary Alice C. "Tossie" Kozen '47
Mary Alice C. “Tossie” Kozen ’47, May 6, 2012, in Waterville, Maine, at 86. She was predeceased by her husband, Ray ’47, her son, John, and her aunt, Marion Newton ’19. She is survived by her son, Dexter, and three grandsons, Geoffrey, Timothy, and Alexander ’06.
Clayton E. Currier '47
Clayton E. Currier ’47, June 6, 2012, in Plaistow, N.H., at 89. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later taught at Timberlane Regional High School, where he also served as athletic director for 10 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Priscilla Weeks Currier ’47. He is survived by three children, his brother, Allan ’47, and four grandchildren.
Jordan Kaplan '48
Jordan Kaplan ’48, June 6, 2012, in Westport, Conn., at 86. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was in the liquor business for 30 years. He also volunteered his time with many charities and coached little league baseball. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons, three grandchildren, and nephew Richard Lubov ’67.
Aaron E. Sandler '48
Aaron E. Sandler ’48, June 30, 2012, in Chicago, Ill., at 85. He served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II and later moved to Bay City, Mich., where he was vice president of Wolverine Knitting Mills for more than 30 years. He and Sandra, his wife of 38 years, retired in Sarasota, Fla., where he maintained an interstate truck brokerage business. He was predeceased by two wives, Jo Anne and Sandra, and one son. He is survived by four sons, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Beamish Jolley '49
Elizabeth Beamish Jolley ’49, June 18, 2012, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., at 85. She lived most of her life in the Orlando, Fla., area, where she volunteered as a church receptionist, taught English to adult speakers of other languages, and was a secretary and apartment manager. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, and is survived by two daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren.
A. Eugene Jellison '51
A. Eugene Jellison ’51, March 8, 2012, in Swans Island, Maine, at 85. Following graduation, he served as director of Colby’s drama department. He earned an M.A. at UCLA, taught at Santa Monica High School, became a member of the Santa Monica Theatre Guild, and won the Geoffrey Award four times. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Swans Island, where he founded a local theater group. He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn Bruning Jellison ’54, in January. He is survived by five children and one grandson.
Philip H. Bailey '51
Philip H. Bailey ’51, June 11, 2012, in Portland, Maine, at 83. He served in the Army in Germany and worked as a professor of literature at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. He loved the arts, cooking, and spending time at his cottage on Androscoggin Lake. He was predeceased by two brothers, Alan and George, and a cousin, Beverly Beaulieu ’48. He is survived by two sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
John T. "Jack" King II '54
John T. “Jack” King II ’54, June 26, 2012, in Boston, Mass., at 81. A U.S. Army veteran, he went on to a career in broadcasting, including a time as general sales manager of WHDH-TV in Boston. He also owned television stations in Corning and Batavia, N.Y. After retiring from television, he and his son, James King ’85, cofounded GaGa’s SherBetter gourmet sherbet. He is survived by his wife, Helen, his son, James ’85, a daughter, Paula ’86, and three grandchildren.
Carolyn Bruning Jellison '54
Carolyn Bruning Jellison ’54, January 3, 2012, in Machias, Maine, at 79. She was a pianist, singer, and actress, and pursued her love of drama throughout her life with her husband. They raised their family on the West Coast and returned to Maine following retirement. Her husband, A. Eugene Jellison ’51, followed her in death in March. She is survived by five children and one grandson.
Virginia Birnie Byrnes '56
Virginia Birnie Byrnes ’56, June 21, 2012, in Pembroke, Mass., at 76. A member of the Junior League of Long island, she was a homemaker in Glen Cove, N.Y., and for 25 years secretary at St. Johns of Lattingtown Episcopal Church. Predeceased by her husband, Peter M. Byrnes ’56, she is survived by two daughters, Susan Shirley and Linda Byrnes, and two grandsons.
Norman P. Lee '58
Norman P. Lee ’58, May 10, 2012, in Ellington, Conn., at 76. He retired from Fleet Bank as vice president of the West Hartford branch in 1994 and later worked for nonprofit organizations. His love of travel took him to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central America. He was predeceased by a son. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Charlotte Clifton ’61, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
Robert M. Wright '61
Robert M. Wright ’61, June 23, 2012, in Annapolis, Md., at 73. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam, and went on to a 40-year career as an attorney, specializing in construction law. After leaving active practice he worked in mediation and arbitration. He earned his private pilot certificate in 1995 and became a flight instructor. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
Robert J. Stevenson '63
Robert J. Stevenson ’63, June 9, 2012, in New Britain, Conn., at 70. He served in the U.S. Air National Guard and worked for Northeast Utilities for 35 years until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen, two children, and three grandchildren.
Charles F. Angell '64
Charles F. Angell ’64, June 13, 2012, in Bridgewater, Conn., at 70. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and spent his entire career teaching English at Bridgewater State College. He loved the outdoors, especially coastal Maine and the Allagash. He was predeceased by his aunt, Agnus Hadden ’36. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Leslie Ekberg, a son, Charles, two brothers, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
Roland E. Morneau Jr. '65
Roland E. Morneau Jr. ’65, June 16, 2012, in Londonderry, N.H., at 69. He served in the Navy before graduating from Boston College School of Law. He practiced law in New Hampshire from 1972 to 2011 and served on the Londonderry Planning Board and the Public Protection Committee. He enjoyed biking, tennis, and hiking and climbed all the 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janet Morse Morneau ’66, his daughter, Tracey Gamache, one grandchild, a brother, and a sister, Suzanne Morneau-Francisco ’77.
Susan Davis Ritchie '67
Susan Davis Ritchie ’67, June 9, 2012, in Sandpoint, Idaho, at 67. She spent her career as a writer and editor. Her interests included reading, gardening, knitting, cooking, politics, and antiques. She is survived by her husband, Andrew, a son, Edmund, a sister-in-law, Cheryl Ritchie ’67, a sister, and two brothers.
Marcia J. Lawrence '68
Marcia J. Lawrence ’68, June 29, 2012, in DeWitt, N.Y., at 67. She earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and worked at the National Museum of History and Technology in Washington, D.C. She also was a part-time instructor at Syracuse University. She is survived by a brother and a nephew.
Katherine P. Madden '68
Katherine P. Madden ’68, April 10, 2012, in Geneseo, N.Y., at 65. With a love for journalism, she was a reporter and editor for many years before earning her master’s degree in communication at Penn State. She was then a professor of communication at both SUNY Geneseo and the College at Brockport, SUNY, until her retirement in 2011. She is survived by an aunt and several cousins.
Linda Nash Leighton '73
Linda Nash Leighton ’73, April 16, 2012, in Grants Pass, Ore., at 61. She lived for many years in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was in sales for Mid-Pacific Press and Tongg Publishing there. She is survived by her husband, Alton “Buddy” Leighton, and two sons, Alex and Eric.