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Clifford O.T. Wieden '23, March 3, 1997, in Presque Isle, Maine, at 94. He became president of Aroostook State Normal School in 1952 and guided the school to its current position as the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He was awarded numerous honors for community service throughout his professional career. Survivors include his son, Clifford O.T. Wieden Jr., and his daughter, Carolyn Carey, a brother, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Arline Mann Peakes, Nov. 28, 1995, in Gorham, Maine, at 89. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, she was a schoolteacher in Strong, Mexico, Rumford, Brewer and Bangor, Maine. She was a member of several teachers organizations and served a variety of local boards and associations. Predeceased by her husband, Lawrence A. Peakes '28, she is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Mary Thomas, a son, David Peakes, her sister, Melva Mann Farnum '23, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

G. Hersom Lambert '30, Dec. 27, 1996, in Modesto, Calif., at 91. Following service in World War II, he was a medical officer for a company in China. Later he served for 28 years as chief radiologist at Gould Medical Group and Downy Park Group in Modesto. He is survived by a son, Ronald Lambert, a daughter, Mrs. Wayne Healey, a brother and sister, four granddaughters and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ernest J. Theberge '30, Feb. 15, 1997, in North Andover, Mass., at 91. From 1936 to 1963 he owned and operated Theberge Keystone Coal and Oil Company in Lawrence, Mass. He also worked for a real estate business and as a teacher for the Tarbox School in Lawrence. He is survived by two sons, Paul and John Theberge, and a daughter, Nancy Theberge.

David S. Carr '33, Feb. 11, 1997, in Bradenton, Fla., at 85. He earned a law degree from Boston University, served in the Navy during World War II and was a director and sales manager for National Drug Co. in Philadelphia for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Marge, a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Edward W. Sawyer '33, Jan. 9, 1997, in Caldwell, Idaho, at 83. He graduated from West Point. After serving in the Philippines in World War II, he carried out staff and command duties in the States until his retirement in 1964. For the next 18 years he taught business administration at the College of Idaho. Survivors include a son, John Sawyer, a daughter, Durand Marcus, and several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Adelaide Jordan Cleaves '34, Sept. 16, 1996, in Scarborough, Maine, at 83. A homemaker, she is survived by her husband, Kenneth Cleaves, and by her daughter, Erla Cleaves Davis '59.

Dorothy Connor Farnham '34, Jan. 17, 1997, in Penobscot, Maine, at 84. She taught in schools in East Orland, Franklin and Casco Bay, Maine. She is survived by two daughters, a son and grandchildren.

Ernestine F. Wilson '39, Jan. 7, 1997, in Boston, Mass., at 78. She earned an M.A. in English at Yale, then taught at schools in Providence, R.I., Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Rome, Italy. After her retirement she was in the antiques business in Stonington, Maine. She is survived by cousins.

Virginia Duggan Boudreau '41, Jan. 6, 1997, in Swampscot, Mass., at 76. She was employed for many years as a vice president with Shawmut Bank of Boston. She is survived by a stepdaughter, Helen Lund, four grandchildren, two sisters and nieces and nephews.

Cornelius F. Moynihan '41, March 3, 1997, in Fairfield, Conn., at 79. He served with the Naval Air Force during World War II. Before retiring in 1980, he was production manager at McKesson Laboratories in Fairfield. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Margaret, two daughters, two sisters and two grandchildren.

Priscilla Gould Brock '44, Jan. 14, 1997, in Portland, Maine, at 76. She was a homemaker and a substitute teacher in public schools. She leaves her husband, William, two daughters and five brothers and sisters.

Cecelia Nordstrom Harmon '47, Feb. 27, 1997, in Portland, Maine, at 72. The New England archer champion for small colleges while she was at Colby, she became a civic volunteer in Portland, where she owned and operated Albert M. Harmon Insurance Agency. Survivors include her son, Robert Harmon, a stepson and three grandchildren.

Raymond A. Webster '48, Feb. 21, 1997, in Alna, Maine, at 72. He was Maine's deputy commissioner of labor from 1971 to 1973. He worked for the C.F. Hathaway Co. and later owned and operated the J.A. Brewster Co., a sportswear manufacturer in Camden, Maine. Surviving are his wife, Marjorie, and two sisters.

John W. Strong '52, March 2, 1997, in Ottawa, Ont., at 67. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard and for more than 30 years was a professor of history at Carleton University, where he served as department chair and was editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers. His wife, Carol, predeceased him.

Mary A. Devan '53, Jan. 30, 1997, in Washington, D.C., at 66. She earned a master's degree in education of the deaf and was a supervising teacher in schools for the learning disabled and handicapped. She is survived by her sister, Freda Devan.

Richard A. Reed '54, Jan. 27, 1997, in Dartmouth, Mass., at 65. After serving in the Navy from 1952 to 1956 and the Naval Reserve until 1960, he was a pharmacist in Dartmouth and New Bedford, Mass. Survivors include his wife, Joan, a daughter, a son, a brother and grandchildren.

Rebecca E. Bachman '61, Feb. 4, 1997, in New York, N.Y., at 57. She was vice president of Fitch Investors Service, Inc. in New York. Survivors include her sister, Ann Bachman Ryan.

Shelley D. Vincent III '62, Feb. 7, 1997, in Mendon, Mass., at 56. He was an estate planning attorney at Tyler & Reynolds in Boston for 28 years before his retirement in 1993. He also was president of the Milford National Bank and Trust Co. He leaves his mother, a son, a daughter and a sister.

James R.F. Quirk '65, Feb. 23, 1997, in Alexandria, La., at 50. A professor of computer science at Louisiana State University-Alexandria, he was rated by the National Chess Federation and played postal chess with opponents from around the world. Survivors include his daughter, Marie Quirk, and a sister.

Martha L. Bennett '69, Jan. 21, 1997, in Yorba Linda, Calif., at 49. A flight nurse on the first Life Flight helicopter rescue program in the nation, she was a director of the American Association of Air Medical Services and the National Flight Nurse Association. She is survived by her mother, a brother and three sisters.

Joseph G. Pittman '76, Feb. 25, 1997, in Fremont, Calif., at 42. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a biology major at Colby. He died after a lengthy and courageous battle with schizophrenia. He is survived by his mother, his father and stepmother, two brothers and three sisters.

Steven W. Savchick '78, March 1, 1997, in Boston, Mass., at 41. An employment specialist and health care recruiter, he was director of recruitment at Olympus Healthcare Group in Westboro, Mass. He died from complications after a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. He leaves his partner, Fred T. Fuge Jr., his mother, a brother and sister, nephews and nieces.

Dorothy Fosdick, L.H.D. '54, Feb. 5, 1997, in Washington, D.C., at 83. She was a foreign policy expert who helped fashion the United Nations, the Marshall Plan and NATO in the 1940s. For the next three decades she was foreign policy advisor to Senator Henry M. Jackson. Survivors include her sister, her niece, Patricia Downs Berger '62, and a nephew.