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Donald C. Freeman '26, December 7, 2001, in Haverhill, Mass., at 100. He taught English at Haverhill High School from 1928 to 1952. Later he served as principal of the school district for 14 years before becoming assistant superintendent and ultimately superintendent. He was a member of many professional and civic organizations, including the Whittier Birthplace, which he served as a trustee and president, and in 1998 he was chosen as one of the people who shaped the course of Haverhill. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Isabelle, two sons, a brother, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mildred MacCarn Marden '27, October 18, 2001, in Tacoma, Wash., at 97. A native of Millinocket, Maine, she taught at Waterville High School until her marriage in 1931. For 11 years she was a caseworker for the state of Washington's Department of Public Assistance. Surviving are her son, Wesley H. Marden Jr., her daughter, Mary A. Morgan, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Nellie M. Dearborn '28, November 17, 2001, in Falmouth, Maine, at 95. She earned a master's degree at Boston University in 1929. After two years in investments with National City Bank in Portland, Maine, she taught business and typing for several decades at Portland Junior College and Deering High School. She leaves no immediate survivors.

Ola Swift Dacey '29, October 11, 2001, in Waterville, Maine, at 94. She was a secretary at the Maine Public Health Association for seven years and retired in 1967 after 23 years with the Internal Revenue Service in Augusta, Maine. She is survived by three nieces and a nephew.

John A. Chadwick '30, December 3, 2001, in Cromwell, Conn., at 97. He worked for 40 years with YMCA youth groups in Bangor, Maine, and Lynn and Worcester, Mass. Later he served as assistant principal of Millbury (Mass.) Memorial High School. He is survived by two daughters, Ruth Waldman and Janet Winquist, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Vivian F. Russell '31, October 22, 2001, in Augusta, Maine, at 93. For 38 years she taught in public and private schools in Maine, New York and Massachusetts, the last 24 years at Kents Hill (Maine) School as head of the English department, drama director and dean of girls. She was active in several civic organizations, including the Maine Women's Temperance Union. She is survived by four cousins and other relatives.

Richard Cummings '32, October 30, 2001, in Santa Barbara, Calif., at 91. Born in Burma to missionary parents, he served American Baptist churches in Cambridge, Mass., and Troy, N.Y. He also worked for the Board of International Ministries as head of public relations. Following his retirement in 1975 he was an interim pastor at three West Coast churches. Predeceased by his wife, Barbara Hamlin Cummings '31 and his sister, Lora Cummings Newcomb '37, he is survived by his two daughters, including Carolyn Cummings Crain '59, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Donald M. Bither '35, October 21, 2001, in Portland, Maine, at 89. A Portland resident for 35 years, he was a certified public accountant employed as auditor of Canal National Bank and, until his retirement, by Blue Cross of Maine. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Ruth, three sons, including James M. Bither '66, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Ann Trimble Hilton '35, October 27, 2001, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, at 86. A homemaker, she devoted much of her life to volunteering with hospitals and libraries, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, the Congregational Church and the AAUW. Surviving are her husband of 65 years, David R. Hilton '35, four daughters, a sister, 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Marcella Duoba '37, December 1, 2001, in Braintree, Mass., at 84. She was a registered nurse for the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and Waltham Hospital prior to working in administration at the VA Medical Center in Brockton, Mass. She held memberships in several organizations and societies. Her sister, Ann Duoba Lawrence '34, and several cousins survive her.

Louise G. Tracey '37, October 24, 2001, in Waterville, Maine, at 86. She received a master's degree in early childhood education from Columbia University and taught in elementary schools in Augusta, Maine, and Hartford, Conn. During and following World War II she served with the Unitarian Service Committee working with displaced children in Germany, Greece, Egypt and Ethiopia. Predeceased by her sister, Helen Tracey Lykins '40, she is survived by her brother-in-law, three nephews, two nieces and several cousins.

Rufus A. Brackley '40, October 30, 2001, in Strong, Maine, at 84. He earned a master's degree in secondary school planning from Boston University and for many years was a teacher and principal in schools in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including 27 years as a teacher and principal in the East Greenwich (R.I.) school system. Later he was a self-employed lumberman and was active in many community organizations. Predeceased by his brother, Lewis N. Brackley '36, he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorris, three sons, two daughters, 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ellen Fitch Peterson '40, December 24, 2001, in Natick, Mass., at 83. She earned a degree in library science from Simmons College and was employed in several libraries throughout her career before retiring from the Morse Institute Library in Natick. She leaves her husband, Stuart Peterson, two daughters, including Jean Peterson Balsley '69, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

John C. Eaton '41, November 20, 2001, in Waterville, Maine, at 83. He served in the Army Medical Corps in Europe during World War II. For 35 years he was a construction superintendent on hospitals, nursing homes, community buildings and schools, including Colby's Mayflower Hill campus. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Barbara, two daughters, two brothers, including Fletcher Eaton '39, four granddaughters, a cousin and many nieces and nephews.

Stanley Gruber '41, November 7, 2001, in Brookline, Mass., at 82. After recovering from wounds he suffered as a paratrooper in the Normandy invasion during World War II, he worked for the Veterans Administration. Later he was founding president of several banks, including North Quincy Co-operative Bank and Chestnut Hill Co-operative Bank in Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Esther, two daughters, including Elizabeth Gruber '78, a son, Andrew B. Gruber '80, three sisters and six grandchildren.

 

David Brodie '42, November 24, 2001, in New York, N.Y., at 81. During World War II he was an intelligence officer operating in enemy-held territory with the Office of Strategic Services and received five Bronze Star commendations and the Legion of Merit Medal. After the war he was a steamship executive He is survived by his sons, Edmond and Robert Brodie, and his sister.

Ruby Lott Tucker '43, December 20, 2001, in New Haven, Conn., at 80. A third grade teacher in the Old Saybrook, Conn., school system until the 1970s, she also served on many boards, including the Acton Public Library and the Shoreline YMCA, and was a volunteer at Middlesex Memorial Hospital and the Blunt Library at Mystic Seaport. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, William E. Tucker '42, two daughters, including Deborah Tucker Grass '69, a son, 10 grandchildren, including Stephanie Sharples '99, a brother, two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arthur M. Barrows '45, July 2, 2001, in Rhode Island, at 80. After serving with the Army Air Force in World War II he was employed as an engineering assistant in electronics with Bell Laboratories and Western Electric. Survivors include his niece, Betsy Leerssen.

Sumner Abramson '48, November 3, 2001, in New Bedford, Mass., at 78. He received the Bronze Star for his service in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theater campaigns in World War II. He earned a degree from Boston University Law School and was a practicing attorney in maritime law in Boston and in maritime and general law in New Bedford. Survivors include his sister, Ruth Lipsett, and a niece.

J. Philip Berquist '49, October 24, 2001, in Boston, Mass., at 74. He served in the Navy during World War II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict. He taught at Newton (Mass.) High School and at Bridgton Academy in Maine before becoming assistant city clerk in Newton and president of J.P. Bergquist & Associates, appraisers of real estate. He also served as grand master of the Masons in Massachusetts. He leaves his wife, Barbara, two sons, a stepdaughter and stepson and three grandchildren.

Gerald B. Frank '50, December 21, 2001, in Chicago, Ill., at 73. In the late 1950s he worked for Einson Freeman advertising and rose to the position of vice president before starting his own advertising firm, G.B. Frank Inc. He was known as "The Mayor of Clark Street" for his active involvement with urban greening groups dedicated to improving his Lincoln Park neighborhood. He is survived by his sons, Daniel and Jonathan, a daughter, Louise, a brother and six grandchildren.

Myron B. "Pinky" Thompson '50, December 25, 2001, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 77. Throughout his life he served his state and his nation: on the Normandy beachhead in World War II, as executive director of Hawaii's department of Social Services and Housing, as chair of the Land Use Commission and as a founder of the Native Hawaiian Health Care system. He served for 20 years as a trustee of the Bishop Estate, where he helped develop the early childhood education program, and was a founder of Alu Like, which funneled federal money to native Hawaiians in job training, health, housing, education and native rights. A leader of the Polynesian Voyaging society, he was in large part responsible for the renaissance of native Hawaiian culture. He is survived by his wife, Laura, a daughter, two sons, a brother and sister and five grandchildren.

Thomas H. Jordan '51, October 9, 2001, in Tewksbury, Mass., at 73. He worked as an accountant for 30 years for Hartford Insurance and for Commercial Union Insurance Co. He is survived by two sisters, Geraldine Abruzzi and Ann Hinton, a niece and a cousin.

Eugene J. Pelletier Jr. '51, October 30, 2001, in Boston, Mass., at 74. He served in the Pacific during World War II. After graduate studies at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Wisconsin he was co-founder, treasurer and chief operating officer of Pelletier & Milbury Corp. in Danvers, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Stacia, two sons, Eugene Jason Pelletier '81 and Parris S. Pelletier '84, a granddaughter, three sisters, a brother and several nieces and nephews.

Daniel W. Fenner '52, October 18, 2001, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 87. Following a successful business career he served as vice president of Bangor Theological Seminary, then became minister of Grace Congregational Church in Framingham, Mass., before returning to the seminary in 1965. He was the father of two sons and a daughter.

Jefferson Scott Foster '54, December 9, 2001, in Owls Head, Maine, at 69. After serving as a Navy pilot from 1954 to 1959, he earned an M.B.A. at Columbia University. He was senior vice president at Casco Bank & Trust until 1989, then worked for Maine Information Systems before retiring as vice president of Data Processing at Maine Credit Union. He is survived by his wife, Molly, two daughters, including Margaret Scott Foster Majette '88, and two sisters.

Toby Lunder Lugert '56, December 18, 2001, in Naples, Fla., at 68. She retired as a field director of a market research company. Survivors include her husband, George Lugert, a daughter, her mother, two brothers, including her twin, Peter Lunder '56, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.

Domenica Tranquillo Rainer '56, November 15, 2001, in Leesburg, Va., at 67. She attended Laval University in Quebec and the Sorbonne in Paris and worked at the United Nations for five years. She retired in 1999 after 25 years as a stockbroker with Ferris, Baker, Watts in Rockville, Md. Surviving are her mother, Frances Tranquillo, two children, a grandson, a sister, five nieces and a nephew.

William C. Foehl '59, November 28, 2001, in Dover, Mass., at 65. After Navy service he practiced law in Wellesley, Mass., with Foehl & Co. An amateur actor and guitarist, he was a founding member of the Centre Streeters, a bluegrass band with whom he performed for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Linda Mackey Foehl '60, four children, three brothers, including Stephen M. Foehl '72, and five grandchildren.

Edmund E. "Bud" Field '63, December 4, 2001, in Austinburg, Ohio, at 60. He served in the Peace Corps in Chile from 1964 to 1966, then earned an M.A.T. at Antioch-Putney Graduate School. He taught at Austinburg's Grand River Academy, where he also was college counselor, admissions and alumni director and newsletter editor, until he retired in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Alicia, his mother, two sisters, four nephews and a niece.

Carl P. Snyder Jr. '78, April 17, 2001, in Richmond, Va., at 45. He was owner and proprietor of Wiz Auto Wash, Inc., in Williamsburg, Va. Survivors include his long-time companion, Raymond C. Griffis Jr., three brothers, a sister and a cousin.

William F. White Jr. '83, October 22, 2001, in Sunapee, N.H., at 39. He practiced dentistry in Salem, Mass., with his father, William F. White, who survives him.

Andrew F. Colligan '94, January 2, 2002, in Boston, Mass., at 30, of a brain aneurysm. He earned a master's degree in business administration at Boston College and was a financial consultant for several firms, including Fidelity of Boston and Keene Inc. of Lexington, Mass. He was the beloved coach of a boy's hockey team, and donations may be sent to The Charlestown Youth Hockey Association, c/o Andrew T. Colligan, P.O. Box 290712, Charlestown, MA 02129. He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Sheila Colligan, three sisters and a brother.

Wilfredo Rodriguez-Alvarez '96, November 5, 2001, in Phoenix, Ariz., at 27. After receiving his master's degree in chemistry from Arizona State University he taught chemistry at Scottsdale Community College. He also worked for Arizona State University and Arizona Reproductive Specialists. He leaves his mother, Miriam Alvarez-Batista, his brother, a grandfather and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Olin S. Pettingill H'79, December 11, 2001. He taught at Carleton College and the University of Michigan before becoming director of the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University. An extraordinary photographer of wildlife, he wrote many books and articles, and his guides to bird-finding became classics.

 


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