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Professor Peter Westervelt, who taught classics at Colby for more than a quarter century, died on February 1 in Waterville at age 66. After earning bachelor¹s, master¹s and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard, he taught full time at Colby until 1978, when health problems led to a reduced schedule.
He had served as department chair and as chair of the experimental Center for Coordinated Studies. He remained a scholar and a teacher, edited faculty books and brought special precision to the text of the Colby Quarterly and other publications.
Westervelt is survived by six children and by his wife, Nancy (Fortuine ¹54), who worked in the offices of the Dean of the College, Alumni Relations and Communications during the 1980s. Their daughter Sarah Bizier is a registered nurse in the Colby health center. Children Peter ¹85 and Hilda Westervelt ¹92 were both valedictorians at Colby.
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