Deaths: Ida Phoebe Keen '05 in Pomona, Calif., at 110. . . . Mildred Greeley Arnold '17 in Hartford, Conn., at 100. . . . Grace Ruth Foster '21 in Jacksonville, Fla., at 95. . . . Harold C. Marden '21 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, at 94. . . . Doris Purington Cunningham '22 in Presque Isle, Maine, at 93. . . . Mary Irene Whitcomb '22 in Bethesda, Md., at 94. . . . Mary Watson Flanders '24 in Fort Myers, Fla., at 93. . . . Margaret Turner Howe '24 in Lewiston, Maine, at 91. . . . Mollie Seltzer Yett '26 in Boston, Mass., at 88. . . . Mona Herron Erickson '28 in New Bedford, Mass., at 87. . . . Helen Hight Brown '28 in Skowhegan, Maine, at 87. . . . Willis S. Duncan '29 in Mars Hill, Maine, at 88. . . . John S. Davidson '31 in Harrisburg, Pa., at 86. . . . Wallace A. Donovan '31 in Waterville, Maine, at 86. . . . Ruth Andrews Yeomans '32 in Lincoln, Maine, at 84. . . . Raymond O. Knauff '33 in Waterville, Maine, at 83. . . . Harold M. Plotkin '34 in Lawrence, Mass., at 83. . . . Albion L. Farnham '35 in Maine at 86. . . . Laurence A. Humphrey '37 in California at 79. . . . Edwin M. Leach '38 in Blue Hill, Maine, at 79. . . . Freda K. Abel '39 in Bar Harbor, Maine, at 77. . . . John B. Davenport '41 in Bedford, Mass., at 76. . . . Lucile Upton Garrett '44 at 71. . . . Mary L. Roberts '44 at 73. . . . John P. Turner '44 in Cambridge, Mass., at 72. . . . Forrest W. Hussey Jr. '44 in Winslow, Maine, at 71.
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Leonette Warbuton Wishard '23 says she wants to hear more news from classmates. At 91, she is proud to say she still drives, keeps house, has a thick head of hair and all her teeth but one, walks without a cane, goes on picnics and to church and concerts and wants to use her passport more. Except for a rare touch of angina, she feels fine. . . . Melva Mann Farnum '23 has moved into a retirement community in Portland, Maine, where she is very comfortable. She has 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grand- children. She remembers with gratitude Dean Ninetta Runnals, Dr. Julian Taylor and Professor Herbert Carlyle Libby and also professors Thomas Ashcraft and Henry Brown. She recommends a biography of Benjamin Franklin by Ronald Clark: "Informative, challenging, startling," says she. . . . Dr. Paul Gates '24 writes that the "wretched worms are burrowing in lawn and [throwing] up soil in piles all around." . . . Doris Hardy Haweeli '25 is living happily in North Conway, N.H., with her niece, Elizabeth Hardy George '57. Although, at 92, arthritis in her legs and hands slows her down a little, Mrs. Haweeli has few complaints and is "in touch by mail with an amazing number of my former Coburn students." (Coburn Classical Institute in Waterville was destroyed by fire many years ago.) Her niece by marriage, Ellen B. Haweeli '69, is a trustee of the College. . . . Elsie Frost Rapp '26 lives comfortably in a convalescent center in Danbury, Conn., where she has 24-hour care. She has five married children, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and not a divorce or separation anywhere in the family. She enjoys books by Erma Bombeck and finds books by Catherine Marshall most inspirational. . . . Beatrice Ham Dickerman '26 had her 91st birthday on December 24, 1994, and still lives in the nursing home in Livermore Falls, Maine, where she has been for several years. . . . In thoughtful and complete answers to her questionnaire, Miriam Rice Schulze '27 says she wishes she had another lifetime to catch up on classics not read, discoveries being made every day and activities to get involved in (and a body active and mostly pain-free in all its natural or replacement parts). She transports people in her 1970 Oldsmobile, plays Scrabble, cooks meals for a neighbor, supports public television and wishes she could respond to 1/200th of the appeals she gets in the mail. . . . Alberta L. Van Horn Shute '28 does 60 situps every morning in her new home, a former garage, which was moved to its present location (Manchester, Maine) and made into a house ("Love being in my own house on my own land"). She has fond memories of Corinne B. Van Norman and black gym suits. . . . Harriet Towle McCroary '28 remembers her geology professor (Edward Perkins) especially because she used a lot he taught her in her own teaching. One of her 11 grandchildren majored in geology because of her interest in the subject. . . . Dr. Rene J. Marcou '28 keeps in shape by walking as much as possible, especially when he goes shopping with his wife. He has fond memories of Henry Trefethen, Winthrop Stanley and George Parmenter. . . . Carolyn Herrick Critz '29 finds living in a retirement home with 400-plus kindred souls (in Newtown Square, Pa.) to be a challenging but rewarding experience. Her son (a pathologist) and daughter (a nurse) are happy and successful in their careers. To keep fit, she walks in good weather, rides a bicycle inside in bad and works in her garden. She remembers "Bugs" Chester as a wonderful man and teacher. . . . Virginia Dudley Eveland '29 has moved from Carmel, Calif., to Bar Harbor, Maine. . . . On November 19, 1993, Oscar Chute '29 became a great-grandfather. To mark the occasion, Mr. Chute sent the newcomer a note: "Dear Scott, You came into this world naked but you are not broke." . . . In a questionnaire filled out by his wife, Marguerite, we learn that Donald H. Fraser '29 has been legally blind for 16 years. He and his wife live comfortably in a retirement village in Denton, Texas. Although suffering from arthritis in his knees and back, Don manages a half-mile walk in the village hallways every day.
Verna Green Taylor '30 recommends Learning to be 85. "It is interesting, challenging, and I have been encouraged by it," says Mrs. Taylor. . . . One of the rewards of this job is the joy of reading a questionnaire such as that submitted by Professor Norman Palmer '30. He teaches and travels the world and is more active and productive than most men half his age. To keep fit, he follows his lifelong profession of worrying about the state of the world: "This helps to take my mind off my personal problems, or at least to keep them in perspective." With his wife, Gurina, he has moved into a new home in Friday Harbor, Wash. It overlooks the F.H. Marina and the entire harbor--a beautiful scene. . . . Dr. Gordon Johnson '30 has been retired since 1977 and keeps fit by taking care of his lawn. . . . Dr. Ivan McLaughlin '31 remembers "Bugs" Chester for his gentle but persuasive, oftentimes humorous manner of instilling a desire to learn and Professor Weeks--a tough, well-liked teacher of a tough, unliked course (Organic Chemistry). To keep fit, Dr. McLaughlin gets up every morning. . . . Frances Page Taylor '31 walks six miles a week and wishes she could get rid of her arthritis. (Do any of us not wish that?) She remembers Professor Julian Taylor (Latin) as being patient and kind. . . . Bernard Porter '32, physicist, artist and essayist, has donated the Bern Porter Collection of Contemporary Letters to Colby's Miller Library. It numbers more than 4,000 letters, manuscripts, journals, magazines and books. According to a flier accompanying his questionnaire, Mr. Porter was once a nuclear physicist who helped develop the cathode ray tube, which, among other uses, is the picture tube in television sets. He also worked on the Manhattan Project and on the manned space program for NASA. . . . Maxwell Ward '32 has a son, Denham, whose full signature includes the letters M.D. and Ph.D. His granddaughter, Rebecca Pease, is a 1991 graduate of Colby. . . . The Very Reverend Harold F. Lemoine '32 departed for Honolulu on April 21, 1994, and returned to Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., on November 2--a plan he follows every year. In the past, however, he has spent summers in England, where he has numerous first, second and third cousins. For 22 years, he was dean of the cathedral in Garden City, where he served under three bishops before retiring at the age of 70. He now conducts services and preaches several times annually. He had unbounded respect and affection for Herbert Carlyle Libby, whom he describes as a great debating coach and public speaking professor. . . . Gwendolyn Mardin Haynes '32 has sons, daughters and grandchildren living all over: in Maine, Nevada, California, Arkansas, Ohio, Alabama and other points of the compass. "How does one keep up with all these descendants?" she asks. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings she is up at 6 a.m. to attend a half-hour exercise session in the pool. "I live at one end of the fifth floor (in this retirement complex) and have plenty of exercise going and coming to the central elevator." . . . Emery Dunfee '33 has attended Elderhostels in Virginia, Newfoundland and Denver, Colo. His son, Donald, is pastor of Roundy Memorial Baptist Church in Whitefish Bay, Wis. (a suburb of Milwaukee). . . . Eleanor Wheelwright Ness '34 and her husband, Norman, have sold their house in Auburn, Maine, and moved into a retirement community in the same town. They have adjusted well and like their new lifestyle. Their son, Norman Jr., has three children and three grandchildren; their daughter has two children. Mrs. Ness recommends The Pelican Brief by John Grisham. In general, she does not like the violence in modern novels. . . . Annie Tuck Russell '34, with her husband, Frank, reads the Bible every day, following assignments from the church, and enjoys it more than she did 70 years ago. She also reads eight novels a week. Although her health isn't what it used to be, she walks an average of two miles a day and does aerobic exercises daily. . . . In a letter dated April 19, 1994, Portia Pendleton Rideout '34 tells of her very serious illness starting just after Christmas, when she was rushed to the emergency room suffering from a strep throat, septic shock and several other complications. At the time of writing, she hoped to go home in a couple of months from the nursing home where she was recuperating. (In October, Portia sounded just fine on the phone.) She extends her best wishes to all in the Class of 1934. . . . John J. Leno '34, uncle of the Jay Leno of TV fame, remembers Professor Edward Colgan and his tricky psychology classes. Mr. Leno exercises for an hour every day by walking, using his exercycle, pushing against a wall and lifting weights with his legs (pumping iron). He watches golf, baseball, football and race horses. . . . In a letter dated April 26, 1994, Paul Feldman '34 writes that he and Fred Schreiber '34 and Sybil Wolman Berman '34 were planning to attend their 60th reunion in June. Ruth Feldman and Matthew Berman planned to accompany their spouses. . . . As of last April, The Reverend Beth Pendleton Clark '35 was still waiting to donate a kidney to her daughter, Beverly. I am sure I speak for all of us in admiration of Beth's motherly devotion. She does book reports for the Alban Institute in Washington, D.C., and has enjoyed the more than 20 she has already done. One of the best was Sacrifice and Delight. Beth is glad to do this "since it will help to keep my mind alive and can continue to do so when I'm in a rocking chair." . . . Avis Merritt Churchill '35 enjoys walking and yard work as a welcome change from the harsh winters they have in Southington, Conn. Her son, Ralph, is a colonel with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. She hopes that my mailbox was stuffed to overflowing with responses to my April questionnaire. I can report that my mailbox is a big one but will not hold all the responses I received. The letters make a pile 13 inches high. . . . June Wight Mason '35 liked all of her professors at Colby but claims it was too long ago for her to remember any of their names. (Some of us can't remember what we just ate for lunch.) To the question "What aren't you doing but wish you were," she replies: "Don't ask." . . . Dorothy Tozier LeMaster '36 wants to be visiting old friends and keeping up with the many activities she used to pursue, but in 1988 she had a bad stroke and is residing at the Montello Manor Nursing Home, 540 College Street, Lewiston, Maine. Her son, Hugh, is a funeral director in Monmouth, Maine, and grandson Joseph is a student in the eighth grade. (Hint: Why not drop by and see Dorothy? She'd love to see you.) . . . Amy Thompson '36 has received an Inspirational Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. She remembers Herbert Carlyle Libby in public speaking and Corinne B. Van Norman in physical education. . . . Ray Farnham '36 keeps fit by keeping the house salable, playing golf with the senior league and looking for stray golf balls. He spends four months a year at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He recommends The Chamber by John Grisham--"an interesting story of the South, the Ku Klux Klan and the bigotry that was part of their time frame." He and his wife, Ruth, are proud of their grandson, Craig Farnham, who graduated summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. . . . Willard Libby '37, son of the unforgettable Professor Herbert Carlyle Libby, keeps fit by visiting grandchildren on the East and West coasts. At this age, he says, exercise is not comfortable. His daughter, Louisa, teaches at UCLA Law School while raising three daughters. His son, Lowell Libby '77, is head of the Upper School at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. . . . Margaret Libbey Darlow '37 remembers "Bugsy" Chester, who, at the end of a chapter, would ask, "Does anyone have any questions?" and continue lecturing so rapidly that no one could possibly ask one. Her children are Richard, Ruth, Peter and Paul; grandchildren are Beth, Heather, Kimberly, Timothy, Matthew, William and Ryan. Son Peter is an architect in Arlington, Mass. In September 1993, she visited Constance Averill Cooley '39 in Vermont and often stops by to see Sara Cowan '37 in Portland, Maine, on her way from China, Maine, where she lives, to Massachusetts, where all her family live. . . . Frederick Oleson '38 is retired from the U.S. government but still does consulting work for Argonne National Laboratories on emergency plans for nuclear power plants. He has three greatly accomplished children, Sally, Nancy and Rick Jr., plus seven grandchildren. . . . Maynard Waltz '38 enjoys giving talks on the history of the Penacook Indians of coastal New Hampshire and southwest Maine. The talks bring homo sapiens from Africa to New England and end at the year 1600. Although he walks a quarter mile to the mailbox every day, Maynard feels he does not get enough exercise--a feeling shared with most of the people who write to me. . . . Edward Hooper '38 has never taken a course he enjoyed more than economics with Professor Breckenridge. Professor Chapman's course in English was also a delight. He plays tennis and loves it, but his wife, who was on the tennis team at William and Mary, beats him regularly. . . . My old friend and fraternity brother Cliff Nelson '38 has lived in Naples, Fla., for 40 years, which convinces me that he has done very well because the last time I was there I formed the impression I was the only non-millionaire in town. Cliff has been in touch with Ralph Brown '38, "Moose" Dolan '38 and Bob Anthony '38. The latter, according to Cliff, keeps trying to retire but always has something going. Bob has moved into a retirement community where the rules forbid wine with dinner. I am sure Cliff joins me in extending condolences. Bob received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Colby last June. The Colby library has 110 items with Bob's name on them. . . . Lester Jolovitz '39 has retired after 46 years practicing law in Waterville, Maine. He spent a month in the English Cotswolds in the summer of '93 and plans to spend winters in Florida. Lester has two grandsons studying abroad, one in Chile, the other in Vienna thanks to Rotary. Last summer Lester underwrote a tour by Winslow Junior High School students to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. On the tour, the young people wore T-shirts, the backs of which bore the legend, "You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness . . . Anne Frank." Lester keeps fit physically by exercising (he doesn't specify how), but he has a secret yearning to take up skydiving. . . . G. Ellis Mott '39 and his wife, Joyce, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 3, 1994, and on June 19 embarked on a cruise to Alaska--a gift from the family. Ellis is heavily into computers and wonders if the class would be interested in communicating on Prodigy or CompuServe. This past summer, the Motts with their four children and nine grandchildren went to Orcas Island for a family camping trip. Ellis walks and does special exercises to help his new artificial hip. . . . From my voluminous file on Gardiner Gregory '39, I offer the following excerpt from a charming letter he wrote to Marjorie Gould Shuman '37. "This past summer  was most unusual, cool and dry. Some of my melons last year weighed six pounds and the largest this year is only four, but we harvested the largest onions ever. Blueberries were more than plentiful, but strawberries and raspberries were not. The raccoons and porcupines got most of my pears. So far, I've caught eight raccoons, 21 porcupines and a skunk in my traps--all of them released about 10 miles from my home. Our apples were fair, and I pressed 32 quarts of cider. I am raising caterpillars of the Saturnidae family but was only successful with Prometheus, Polyphemus and Luna caterpillars." . . . Nathanael Guptill '39 remembers that we had a superb faculty in our time--teachers dedicated to teaching in a way that is rare these days--Professor Wilkinson accurately and confidently predicting World War II when everybody else was saying, "It can't happen"--Dr. Libby commenting after we had made our flowery speeches, "An empty barrel hath a sound peculiarly its own." Referring to the faculty as a group, Nathanael says, "With all their idiosyncracies, they were great teachers, and deans Marriner and Runnals were parents to us all--for which we will be eternally grateful." . . . Wade '39 and Eleanor Tolan Hooker '36 have a son, Wade Jr., an attorney in New York City; a daughter, Ann, in Texas; and a daughter, Jean, in Annapolis, Md. There are nine grandchildren, the oldest an Army captain in Korea, the youngest in first grade. . . . Leila Ross Hyman '39, a peripatetic gypsy by her own description, has returned from the Baltic states and Russia and was planning a trip to Iceland ("because it's there") when she returned her questionnaire last April. She belongs to three 50-plus dance clubs and declares that she is happily retired and not too tired. Leila bumped into my brother, John Eaton '41, in Kenya and flew all the way back to Boston with him and his wife, Barbara.
After earning a B.S. from Central Connecticut State University and a master's degree from the University of Connecticut, Guy Scribner '40 has been assistant quality manager at the gear division of the Fenn Manufacturing Co., a foreman at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and a teacher in a couple of Connecticut high schools. He has visited 36 states and much of Canada. He has three daughters: Susan and Sarah, both married, and Robin, who, for many years, has been employed at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. . . . Carl McGraw '40 appears bent on putting miles behind him, to whit: trips to Tahiti, Moorea, New Zealand, Australia, all the British Isles, all 50 states, Nova Scotia, Africa and Italy. As if that weren't enough, he skis cross country and downhill to the full extent of two ribs broken in a 45 mph crash. And golf, golf, golf. Says he: "I'm living all my fantasies." . . . "Bonnie" Roberts Hathaway '41 and her husband, "Hank," have five children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A family gathering was planned for last summer in New Ipswich, N.H. As a member of the Foundation for Global Community, she has helped to produce a VCR tape, The Unfolding Story, featuring scientists, authors, religious leaders and Native Americans as they tell the unfolding story of an interconnected, interdependent universe. She uses the film in connection with her talks to high school and adult groups. . . . In September 1993, Jim Daly '41 and his wife, Sally, entertained Dan Daley '41 at their home in Seattle, Wash. Although the two men had been roommates, fraternity brothers and football teammates, they had not seen each other since 1940--a span of 54 years. Jim is a retired banker and Dan was with NASA for 25 years and saw John Glenn lift into orbit. . . . Albert Schoenberger '42, D.D.S., works as a group therapist at an adult care center for Alzheimer's patients. The Schoenbergers have four children and five grandchildren. . . . Charles Nightingale '42 keeps fit by puttering, in this instance renovating an old farmhouse in Charlestown, N.H. With his wife, Mary, he has seven children and 11 grandchildren. When asked what he isn't doing but wishes he were, he replies, "Can't think of a thing." . . . Robert McDonnell '42, a retired neurosurgeon, keeps very busy with consultations and in his 10-year stint as treasurer of the Connecticut Medical Society. He has six daughters and 16 grandchildren and keeps fit by jumping (to conclusions). . . . J. Franklin Pineo '42 remembers "Eddie" Joe Colgan's description of "this little mudball" we live on and " Bugsy" Chester's "great, big, whopping amoeba." Mr. Pineo crunched a vertebra while lifting and turning. He says this is not a good thing to do. Among family members, he lists a thoroughbred mongrel border collie/golden retriever named Bi because she is biracial. . . . Barbara Philbrick Mertz '43 is married to a doctor, has two sons, both doctors, and a daughter, married to a doctor. So far she has nine grandchildren aged 2, 4, 6, 7, 7, 10, 11, 14 and 16. She remembers Professor Palmer's praise of communism (in 1942-43)--"Besides," she adds, "he was handsome." . . . Licah Shapiro Mellion '43 recalls her first day in Qualitative and Quantitative Chemistry class when Professor Wendell Ray looked down at the only two girls in class and announced: "Girls shouldn't be in chemistry." Despite Professor Ray's discouraging words, Mrs. Mellion stayed in chemistry and has taught and tutored it for years. Of today's students, however, she observes: "Amazing what they don't know!" . . . Among the books that the very literate Carolyn Nutting Martin '43 recommends is War and Peace by Tolstoy. She recalls that Professor Wilkinson said, "You must read it!" Other notable quotations: "Bugsie" Chester--"You will readily recognize . . . "; Professor Wilkinson--"Don't forget Thuringia!"