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Summer 2000  

Obituaries

Ruth E. Wills '20, February 13, 2000, in Danbury, Conn., at 102. She taught English, Latin and German in the Ridgefield, Conn., school district for 50 years. She leaves her caregiver, Betty Caillouette.

Helen Stone Mittelsdorf '27, January 17, 2000, in Dallas, Texas, at 94. She served the College as class agent. Predeceased by her husband, George '27, she is survived by two daughters, including Janet Mittelsdorf Lumsden '57, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Edwin D. Merry '29, February 18, 2000, in Damariscotta, Maine, at 95. For 43 years he was a teacher in schools from Maine to Connecticut. He also was an editor and feature writer for the Wesleyan University Press in Middletown, Conn., and published short stories and poems based on his beloved tidewater farm in South Newcastle, Maine, in such publications as Yankee, DownEast, The Reader's Digest, Outdoor Life, The Boston Post and The National Poetry Anthology. He is survived by his wife, Alice, his daughter, his sister, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arlene Williams Goodrich '30, May 4, 2000, in Waterville, Maine, at 92. She was a high school teacher in Clinton, Maine, and also worked as a librarian in Waterville. Predeceased by her sister, Carolyn Williams Turpie '36, she is survived by her husband of 58 years, Roy R. Goodrich, her son, three granddaughters, two nieces and a nephew, Martin Turpie '60.

Henry W. Rollins '32, April 8, 2000, in Albion, Maine, at 89. He owned and operated the Waterville, Maine, family business, Rollins & Dunham Hardware Co., until 1962, then began his own contracting business. At Colby he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega, Epicureans, Chi Epsilon Mu, the Mathematics Club and The Colby Echo. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1962 to 1968. Predeceased by his wife, Viola Rowe Rollins '32, and his sister Mary Rollins Millett '30, he is survived by his son, David W. Rollins '55, and his sister Katherine Rollins Brown '36.

Samson Fisher '34, February 26, 2000, in Waterville, Maine, at 86. He operated a medical practice as an allergist and dermatologist in Oakland and Waterville, Maine, from 1940 until he retired in 1988, except for service in World War II as a flight surgeon in Europe. He was elected president of the Colby Alumni Association in 1962. Survivors include his daughters, Annie Levine and Amanda Fisher Kobayashi '71, a son, Joseph Fisher, five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Jacob Hains '34, March 17, 1999, in Columbia, Md., at 86. He was a teller and head teller at the Federal Trust Bank in Waterville, Maine, from 1956 to 1965 and a U.S. customs inspector in several locations from 1965 to 1982. His sister, Mary Hains Kaufman '38, died previously. He is survived by his two sons, Robert and Avram, his daughter, Anna, and his brothers, William Hains '38 and Benjamin Hains '41.

J. Warren "Joe" Bishop '35, April 30, 2000, in Portland, Maine, at 88. He served during World War II and retired as a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1965. From 1946 to 1955 he was an associate professor and chair of the Department of Business Administration at Colby. From 1955 until he retired in 1976 he worked at the Union Mutual Life Insurance Co. A member of the Colby Alumni Council and a generous supporter of the College, he also was active in many community organizations. He is survived by two sons, Stanley Bishop and James Bishop '69, a sister, four stepsons, two grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and seven stepgreat-grandchilren.

Charles Edward Houghton Jr. '35, April 28, 2000, in Wolfeboro, N.H., at 87. He attended Harvard Law School. He was a plant manager in the roofing industry for 13 years, then owned and operated the Holiday Inn in Intervale, N.H., for 26 years before he retired in 1976. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Winnifred White Houghton '36, his daughter, Patricia Houghton Marr '61, his son, Charles E. Houghton III '66, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Harold Hurwitz '37, October 4, 1997, in New Bedford, Mass., at 81. He received his law degree from Boston University Law School and was a decorated veteran of service in the Military Police during World War II. After practicing law for 35 years, he was joined by his son, Barrett Hurwitz '70, in a professional association that spanned another 25 years. He was a leader in many community and bar organizations. He is survived by his wife, Claire, his son, three daughters, including Susan Hurwitz Tatelbaum '72, and five grandchildren.

Lewis E. Weeks Jr. '42, December 20, 1999, in Potsdam, N.Y., at 79. He earned an M.A. at Brown University and a Ph.D. at Boston University and taught literature at Jonesport (Maine) High School, Gettysburg College, the University of Maine at Orono and Clarkson University. He was the father of four children. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth. His sister, Elizabeth H. Weeks '34, survived him by a month.

Charles Kramer '48, December 1, 1999, in Norfolk, Mass., at 74. He attended Colby after three years in the Navy and received his M.S. at the University of Illinois. He also attended Yale and the University of North Carolina. He was an executive director of the North Adams, Mass., Chamber of Commerce before becoming president of Movele Inc. Survivors include his sister, Roslyn E. Kramer '45.

Dorothy Duda Cecelski '54, April 13, 2000, in Springfield, Va., at 67. She graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa with distinction and received a master's degree from Harvard University. After teaching high school and college English, she was a key staff member in the national office of Common Cause for more than 25 years. She is survived by two sons, including Mark Cecelski '79, her mother, a sister and two grandchildren.

Lee M. Larson Jr. '55, February 20, 2000, in Wallingford, Pa., at 67. He retired in 1988 as a director of sales and marketing personnel at Scott Paper Company. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Christine Layer Larson '56, three daughters, one son and seven grandchildren.

Sandra Sivert McRoy '55, January 13, 2000, in Rocky Mount, N.C., at 66. She graduated from Clark University and did graduate work at Adelphi University. She was a second grade teacher at the Englewood Elementary School. She is survived by her husband, Bruce E. McRoy '53, her mother, two sons and five grandchildren.

Nancy Henshaw Ferrari '56, May 8, 1999, in Hobe Sound, Fla., at 64. A homemaker, she was the mother of two daughters. Survivors include her husband, Paul Ferrari.

Beth Whitehead Baker '60, March 1, 2000, in Port Charlotte, Fla., at 61. She was a homemaker and an accomplished gardener and part-time antiques dealer. Survivors include her husband, H. Hayes Baker, two sons, her daughter, her mother, her brother and five grandchildren.

Carol Ann Lordi '66, March 9, 2000, in Los Altos, Calif., at 55. She was a vice president of systems engineering and professional services operations at Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara, Calif. She served her class as vice president and was instrumental in planning reunions. She is survived by her husband, Peter Robinson, two brothers and a niece.

Elizabeth F. Lynch '85, March 28, 2000, in San Mateo, Calif., at 37. The director of public relations at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California at San Francisco, she also was an opera singer who performed in many venues, including the San Francisco Opera chorus and musical theater productions. She is survived by her husband, Timothy Pershing, three daughters, her parents, four nieces and three nephews.

Christopher P. Ripp '95, January 30, 2000, in Portland, Maine, at 26. He was a social worker at Kid's Peace, where he worked with emotionally disturbed children. Previously he worked with the homeless in San Francisco, Calif. His parents, Peter and Barbara Ripp, a brother and his grandmother survive him.

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