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Pauline Lunn Chamberlin '26, November 18, 1999, in Canton, Maine, at 95. She taught in schools in Vermont, in Waterville and Winslow, Maine, and at the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine. She is survived by two sons, Arthur Chamberlin and Richard T. Chamberlin '52, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Evelyn Gilmore Pratt '27, January 16, 2000, in Wrentham, Mass., at 95. She was a receptionist for a doctor and for Norwood Hospital. Predeceased by her husband, George H. Pratt '26, she is survived by a daughter, Constance Fisher, and a son, Ralph C. Pratt.

 

Angie Reed Hoch '27, January 1, 2000, in Manchester, Conn., at 93. She received an M.A. from Boston University and taught in Utica, N.Y.-area schools for many years. She is survived by two stepdaughters, Alice Hoch and Norma Pratt, three nieces and several great-nieces and -nephews.

 

Jack Foner, Black Studies Pioneer

Historian Jack Donald Foner H '82, who at Colby helped to found one of the nation's first black studies programs, died December 10, 1999, in New York at 88. Foner taught at Colby from 1969 to 1976 and returned as a visiting scholar in 1983 and 1985.

In the 1930s, teaching history at what is now Baruch College in New York, he was caught up in a pre-McCarthy Red scare, and in 1941, along with his three brothers, he was blacklisted by New York's Rapp-Coudert Commission. As a supporter of anti-fascist forces in Spain, a champion of the trade union movement and a campaigner for civil rights for African Americans, Foner was accused of being a communist, but he refused to testify before the commission, according to his obituary in The New York Times.

In 1993 he told Colby magazine he considered the episode "honorable experience" and said, "there was really no evidence to support it. It was just mass hysteria." In 1981 the New York City Board of Higher Education apologized to Foner and other victims of the Rapp-Coudert Commission, terming the events of 1941 an "egregious violation of academic freedom."

But for almost three decades Foner was shut out of academe and had to support his family as an entertainer. He was a drummer and comic who worked with Paul Robeson and Harry Belafonte, and he maintained a friendship with W.E.B. Du Bois, all of whom suffered from the blacklisting of that era. Although Foner did some freelance lecturing, he was unable to launch his academic career until Colby hired him in the spring of 1969 to teach history.

Foner was born in Brooklyn on December 14, 1910. He earned a doctorate from Columbia University. His best-known book is Blacks and the Military in American History (1974). He is survived by his wife, Liza; a son, Eric, who is the Dewitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and president of the American Historical Association; two brothers, Moe and Henry; and a granddaughter.

 

Myra Stone Knofskie '28, January 17, 2000, in Manchester, Conn., at 93. She received a master's degree in education from Salem State Teachers College and taught in Tewksbury, Mass. She leaves a son, Britton J. Pruitt Jr., a daughter, Myra Kalil, a sister, Helen Stone Mittelsdorf '27, two grandchildren and several nephews and nieces, including Janet Mittelsdorf Lumsden '57.

 

Walter F. Knofskie '28, November 21, 1999, in Manchester, Conn., at 93. He was an inspector at Pioneer Parachute during World War II. He earned a master's degree in chemistry and was chief operator of the Manchester sewer department. His second wife, Myra Stone Knofskie '28, survived him for two months.

 

Ruth Hutchins Stinchfield '28, December 10, 1999, in Gorham, Maine, at 91. She worked at Columbia University and at R.H. Macy's department store and later was the medical secretary and bookkeeper for her husband, Allan J. Stinchfield '29, who predeceased her. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Stinchfield Kenney '55 and Jane Stinchfield Willett '70, two nieces, three granddaughters, a grandson and three great-granddaughters.

 

Joseph B. Campbell '29, November 30, 1999, in Augusta, Maine, at 91. Except for three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II he practiced law in Augusta, Maine, from 1933 until his death. He retired from reserve service in 1968 as a colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He also was city solicitor and municipal court judge in Hallowell, Maine, and served in the state legislature. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy, three daughters, including Sheila Campbell Rhoades '58, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

 

Dorcas Plaisted Larsen '29, October 26, 1999, in Quincy, Mass., at 93. She was a secretary at Stone & Webster Engineering Corp. in Boston, Mass. Wife of the late Gunnar H. Larsen, she is survived by four nephews and a niece.

 

Isa Putnam Johnson '30, November 18, 1999, in Houlton, Maine, at 91. A homemaker, she is survived by her husband, Gordon Johnson '30, and her daughter.

 

Ethel Rose Liberman '30, November 12, 1999, in Margate, Fla., at 90. She taught in Maine and Vermont and also worked as a secretary for General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y., the Alaskan Native Service in Juneau, Alaska, Sun Federal Savings and Loan in Portland, Maine, and Keyes Fibre in Waterville, Maine. Surviving are her husband, Joseph R. Liberman, her daughter, her son, Gilbert Earle '70, her brother, Cecil H. Rose '28, four grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and a great-stepgrandchild.

 

D. Marshall Eastment '31, June 29, 1999, in Cazenovia, N.Y., at 89. A Navy veteran, he retired in 1974 after 40 years as a manager at Long Island Lighting Co. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Claire Walker, a daughter, a brother and a grandchild.

 

Hope Pullen Gillmor '31, January 19, 2000, in Camden, Maine, at 92. A homemaker and member of several local organizations, she was predeceased by her husband, Alexander R. Gillmor '31. Surviving are three sons, George W. Gillmor, Robert S. Gillmor and John P. Gillmor '65, two sisters, Ruth Pullen '33 and Olive Pullen Palmer '40, a brother, John J. Pullen '35, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Nissie Grossman '32, February 28, 2000, in Palm Beach, Fla., at 89. After he received his master's degree in business administration from Harvard University he joined Grossman's, the family's lumber and building materials business. Starting as a yard worker, he moved into sales and store operations and later supervised and oversaw all purchasing for the company. He became executive vice president of Grossman's in 1957 and president in 1965 before becoming chair of the board in 1968. He also served the industry on the board of directors and later as vice president and president of the Northeastern Retail Lumbermen's Association. His extensive record of community and professional involvement included the youth activities committee at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., and memberships in the Quincy, Mass., YMCA, American Red Cross and Rotary Club. After serving as president of the Boston Alumni Association and the Boston Colby Club, he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1964, serving until 1970 and again from 1971 to 1981. In 1976 he established the second endowed chair in the history of the College, the Grossman Professorship of Economics. Grossman Hall was dedicated in 1984, and in 1987 he received the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award. Survivors include his wife, Ethel, two sons, J. Zachary Grossman and Thomas S. Grossman '63, three daughters, Eve Grossman, Janis Rush and Marsha Kadish, five sisters and a brother, nine grandchildren, including Scott Kadish '94, and three great-grandchildren.

 

Frederick R. Knox '32, November 30, 1999, in Concord, N.H., at 91. He was a pastor of First Baptist churches in Dexter, Maine, Chester, Vt., and Randolph and North Hanover, Mass. He is survived by two sons, William R. and Kenneth E. Knox, a daughter, Elizabeth Knox Stoddard '55, two sisters, 10 grandchildren, including Stacie Stoddard Starr '79 and Shellie Stoddard '82, 16 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

 

Marion Clark Harmon '33, January 27, 2000, in Mars Hill, Maine, at 87. She was an English teacher at Caribou High School from 1933 to 1940 and later served her community in several volunteer roles. Surviving are two sisters, Emmeline Gregory and Norma Brewer, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Elizabeth H. Weeks '34, January 30, 2000, in Exeter, N.H., at 86. She earned a master's degree and a library science degree and had a long career as a librarian in 13 libraries, including the University of Maine-Farmington, the New York Public Library and the Claremont, Calif., library. Predeceased by her brother Lewis Weeks Jr. '42, she is survived by nieces, nephews and four cousins.

 

Maxine L. Knapp '36, October 31, 1999, in Farmington, Maine, at 84. She was a secretary in banks in Augusta and Portland, Maine, and at the Sugarloaf Ski Shop. She is survived by many cousins.

 

Arne O. Lindberg '36, November 18, 1999, in Port Angeles, Wash., at 87. A native of Sweden, he earned master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University, taught at Miami University in Ohio and from 1948 to 1977 was a professor at Washington State University, where he served as chair of the department of foreign languages. He was a member of numerous organizations and was listed in Who's Who in America. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Hazel Lindberg, a son and daughter, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

Ruth Marston Turner '37, November 4, 1999, in Yarmouth, Maine, at 83. She worked in the South Portland Shipyard during World War II. Later she was a correspondent for Portland newspapers and taught at Deer Run Country Day School. From 1968 to 1990 she worked at L.L. Bean. Surviving are a son, Warren Turner '69, a daughter, Martha Hawkins, and five grandchildren.

 

Joseph Alton Burns '40, December 21, 1999, in Morristown, N.J., at 85. He received several decorations and citations from the Marine Corps during World War II, including the Bronze Star. He was an insurance adjuster at General Adjustment Bureau in East Orange, N.J., for 45 years. Survivors include his wife, Catherine, a daughter, five sons, a sister, a brother and five grandchildren.

 

Oscar H. Emery Jr. '40, September 18, 1999, in Wilsonville, Ore., at 81. A veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he gave 26 years to the U.S. Air Force, serving as a judge advocate. He also was active in the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his son, Richard Emery, a sister and a companion.

 

Dorothy Corliss Ormsby '40, November 5, 1999, in Marshfield, Mass., at 82. For many years she was a manager in the retail business. She also was active in several organizations and clubs. She leaves a daughter, Sandra Howerton, a son, William Ormsby, five grandchildren, a great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

 

William D. Pinansky '40, December 8, 1999, in Scarborough, Maine, at 79. He was a control tower operator and instructor in the Army Air Corps in World War II. A Harvard Law School graduate, he was an attorney at Pinansky and Thelin and practiced law for more than 50 years. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Suzanne, three sons, two sisters, a brother and four grandchildren.

 

Jane Russell Abbott '41, December 24, 1999, in Vero Beach, Fla., at 80, from complications following an automobile accident. For more than 25 years she taught advanced placement biology courses at Waterville High School, where she served as head of the science department. The first recipient of Colby's Outstanding Educator Award, she also taught marine biology at Bowdoin College and did research on cryo-biology for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She was a finalist in NASA's Teacher in Space project in 1985. She served the College on the Alumni Council and as class agent for many years and received the Colby Brick award. Predeceased by her husband, Henry W. Abbott Jr. '41, she is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Abbott, her brother and several nieces and nephews.

 

Robert W. Bender '42, January 13, 2000, in Summit, N.J., at 80. He served overseas with the 11th Air Force during World War II. For many years he managed the Benelux travel service of United States Lines in New York City, then was manager of regulatory affairs for Gdynia-American Lines. He was active with local organizations. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne, two sons and three grandsons.

 

Avis Marston Harding '42, August 1, 1999, in Canton, Maine, at 78. She taught school for many years in the Turner, Maine, school district. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Robbins, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren and a great-grandson.

 

Betty Anne Royal Spiegel '42, January 28, 2000, in Gaithersburg, Md., at 78. She earned a master's in international relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and served with the State Department from 1944 to 1950 as a public opinion analyst. From 1972 to 1989 she was an editor and quiz question writer for the television show It's Academic. She also was active in church and volunteer activities. Survivors include three daughters, Jane Fox, Judith S. Moore and Amy Spiegel, her sister, Janet Royal Varone '49, and two grandchildren.

 

Russell P. Barrett '43, July 20, 1999, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at 80. A World War II veteran, he had many years of business and banking experience. He is survived by his wife, Erma Sims, a son and six stepchildren and their families.

 

Mary Lemoine Lape '43, November 24, 1999, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 78. She was a nurse at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and at the Brunswick (Maine) Convalescent Center before joining her husband, Dr. C. Philip Lape, as a nurse practitioner. In retirement she became a certified emergency medical technician and hospice volunteer. Besides her husband, she is survived by five daughters, a son, a brother and nine grandchildren.

 

Sona Tahmizian '43, November 6, 1999, in Cambridge, Mass., at 79. She was a teacher and lived in Belmont, Mass., with her sister, Arax Baronian, who survives her.

 

Errol L. Taylor Jr. '43, December 24, 1999, in Augusta, Maine, at 79. In World War II he earned five battle stars in U.S. Army actions in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. A lifelong Waterville, Maine, resident, he and his brother operated Taylor Motor Co. in Winslow, Maine. Survivors include two daughters, Kathie Corbin and Deborah Hacskaylo, two sons, Richard and Martin Taylor, six grandchildren, a niece and five nephews.

 

Alan L. Bevins '44, January 6, 2000, in Marlborough, Mass., at 78. He served with the Army in Brazil during World War II. Self-employed for many years, he also served as clerk of the works on several construction projects in Massachusetts and worked for several years in the sales and service departments of Monarch Marking Systems. He was active in various civic organizations. Besides his wife, Terrie, he is survived by three daughters, a brother, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Edward R. Cony '44, January 9, 2000, in Aptos, Calif., at 76. After serving in the Army in World War II, he earned a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University. He worked with the Wall Street Journal for 35 years, receiving a Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 1961 and becoming the paper's managing editor in 1965. In 1972 he became vice president of Dow Jones publications and news services. He also was president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association. He is survived by his wife, Sue, six children and 10 grandchildren.

 

Donald E. Sterner '44, January 10, 2000, in Wolcott, Conn., at 78. He was an Army veteran of World War II and worked as an accountant at the University of Connecticut Medical Center in Farmington. He leaves his wife, Bernice, a son, a daughter and a brother.

 

Robert D. Horton '45, October 13, 1999, in Swanton, Vt., at 76. He was with the U.S. Naval Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II. For 53 years he served the insurance industry with distinction, including service as a board member and director of numerous business and civic organizations. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dolly, two sons, his stepmother and stepfather and several cousins.

 

George A. Ober Jr. '45, December 8, 1999, in Englewood, Fla., at 77. After serving in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II, he owned and operated the Ober Knotty Pine Cabins of Ashland, N.H., for 31 years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth, a son, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister and brother and nieces and nephews.

 

Ruth Drapeau Hunt '46, November 8, 1999, in Brunswick, Maine, at 76. She worked as a lab and X-ray technician at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, Maine, for several years before raising her family. Surviving are her husband, Philip E. Hunt, four sons and three grandchildren.

 

Robert E. Cannell '51, January 11, 2000, in Portland, Maine, at 72. After service in the Navy he attended Colby, where he was twice an All-Maine football player. His career in retail clothing spanned 10 years with Keyes Fibre, Cluett-Peabody and Jantzen and 25 years as a salesman for Pendleton Woolen Mills. Surviving are his wife, Joan Kelby Cannell '52, two daughters, including Joyce K. Cannell '81, a son, a sister, Jean Cannell MacRae '42, and two grandchildren.

 

Robert L. Bechard '52, October 11, 1999, in Nashua, N.H., at 71. He received a master's degree from Rivier College and taught biological sciences at Alvirne High School in Hudson, N.H., for 10 years and at Locust Valley High School in Long Island, N.Y., for 19 years. He also directed Christmas pageants and several plays. Survivors include two sisters, Noella Bonnette and Rita Brideau, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Kemp M. Pottle '52, November 2, 1999, in Webbs Mills, Maine, at 69. He received a master's degree from the University of Maine and for several years taught at Higgins Classical Institute and at Maine Central Institute in Maine. He later worked in college administration at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. Predeceased by several Colby relatives, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jean, two daughters, a son, his sister, Jane Pottle Lee '48, and six grandchildren.

 

Robert L. Stevens '52, August 4, 1999, in Akron, Ohio, at 74. He attended the College after service as a medic on a hospital ship during World War II, then did graduate work at MIT before beginning a career at Goodyear. He retired from the department of management engineering in 1989. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Lucille, a daughter, a son and two granddaughters.

 

Kenneth R. Gesner '53, November 7, 1999, in Ridgewood, N.J., at 68. An Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he earned an M.B.A. at the Wharton School and was a self-employed insurance agent. He also was a sports writer for the Associated Press and on the U.S.A. Hockey Association board of directors. Survivors include his wife, Janet, a son, two daughters and seven grandchildren.

 

Janet Hamilton Kriek '56, January 2, 2000, in Asheville, N.C., at 65. She worked as a real estate agent. She also was involved in numerous community activities at a day school and a summer camp for students with dyslexia. She is survived by her husband, Albert P. Kriek, her son, her sister, her brother and nieces and nephews.

 

Robert E. Brolli '59, January 31, 2000, in Richmond, Mass., at 62. A drama and English teacher at Searles, at Mount Everett Regional and Monument Mountain Regional high schools in Massachusetts, he also owned and operated Bullwinkels department stores in Lenox and Great Barrington, Mass. He appeared on Broadway, in films and at many New Jersey summer stock theaters, and he directed local productions as fund raisers. He also was theater critic for The Berkshire Record. He leaves his wife, Marcia, his father and his sister.

 

Karen Graf Paharik '61, November 19, 1999, in Worcester, Mass., at 60. She was a long-time volunteer for children with special needs at Mill-Swan School in Worcester and a volunteer driver for cancer patients. She leaves her husband, Carl M. Paharik, two sons, a sister and nephews and nieces.

 

Philip E. Allison '63, January 4, 2000, in Gorham, Maine, at 58. Following service as a first lieutenant in the Navy during the Vietnam War, for which he received several medals, he taught at Maine Maritime Academy. Later he worked for Prudential Life Insurance, Meile and Associates and Duncanson and Holt/UNUM and was president of underwriting at UNUM. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ann, a son, three daughters, a sister and four grandchildren.

 

Julia Dodge Burnham '63, January 16, 2000, in Boston, Mass., at 58. She taught English at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, and at Woonsocket High School in Rhode Island before serving as a guidance counselor at Concord High School from 1974 until her death. She is survived by two daughters, Cecilie Bredehoeft and Heidi Barron, and two brothers.

 

Julie Nugent Coates '63, September 11, 1999, in Jackson, Mo., at 60. She earned a master's of arts in teaching from Wesleyan University and with her husband, James, began teaching at a high school in Cali, Colombia. They moved to Jackson in 1973. Survivors include her husband, a son, two daughters, her father, a sister and three grandsons.

 

Lee Claire McGowan '68, October 25, 1999, in Philadelphia, Pa., at 53. She worked for many years in the municipal bond department of Pennsylvania Merchant Group and with Tucker Anthony Inc. She was active in civic and educational organizations. She is survived by her husband, Craig Gripp, her daughter and her parents.

 

Geoffrey F. Brown '80, January 21, 2000, in Knox, Maine, at 42. A graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center, he practiced law for 10 years in Skowhegan, Maine, before becoming a teacher at Cony High School in Augusta. He was active in numerous community service organizations. He is survived by his wife, Debora, two daughters, his parents, two sisters, nieces and nephews.

 

Charles W. Tenney '84, December 13, 1999, in Saranac Lake, N.Y., at 38. He was born in Tokyo. After graduating from the Columbia University School of Journalism, he worked at the Chronicle, the AP-Dow Jones News Service in Tokyo and the Watertown Daily News in New York. In 1995 he filed reports in the Chronicle as he kayaked alone by inland waters from Vermont to the Gulf of Mexico. He is survived by his parents, Robin and Frank Tenny, and two sisters.

 

Helen Whalon, widow of Colby's long-serving superintendent of buildings and grounds, died in late December at 91. While at Colby, she and her husband lived on campus in what is now known as the Hill Family Guest House. A son, Peter Whalon, survives her.

 

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