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Grace McDonald Jones '25, November 28, 2001, in Jacksonville, Fla., at 98. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in mathematics, she taught in high schools in Houlton, Maine, and Archer, Fla., before her marriage in 1940.
Ruth Turner Weymouth '26, February 1, 2002, in Winthrop, Maine, at 99. After teaching in public schools in Connecticut and Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, she was a social worker for the Maine Department of Human Services until her retirement in 1972. Survivors include her nephew, John Turner Fowler.
Louise Chapman Dibble '27, January 6, 2002, in Middletown, Conn., at 97. She taught Latin and French for 41 years, including 38 at Old Saybrook (Conn.) High School, where she also coached and served as principal. She was an active member of many school, church and civic organizations. She is survived by her daughter, Gertrude D. Lyon, two granddaughters and her foster daughter and caregiver.
Harriet Fletcher Lockwood '27, October 21, 2001, in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., at 95. She was a schoolteacher in Springfield, Vt., before becoming a homemaker. Many members of her family attended the College, including her niece, Frances Willey Rippere '45, who survives her.
Marguerite Chase Macomber '27, February 23, 2002, in Concord, N.H., at 98. She was active in many community affairs in Augusta, Maine, for most of her life. From 1955 to 1967 she was assistant director of Roberts Union while her husband, the late William Macomber '27, headed Colby's summer and adult education programs . Survivors include two sons, William A. Macomber Jr. and Charles W. Macomber '55, two daughters, Susan Macomber Vogt '60 and Mary Keller, 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces, including Jane Holden Huerta '60, Jane Melanson Dahmen '63 and Louise Melanson Belknap '65.
Dorothy L. Morton '29, February 19, 2002, in Melrose, Mass., at 93. She was employed for 42 years by Boston Children's Services Association and was a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Melrose. Four cousins survive her.
Geraldine Colbath Taylor '33, February 18, 2002, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, at 91. Prior to her marriage in 1938 she taught English at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine, and at Orono High School. She is survived by her daughter, Diana Taylor Paine, and her grandson.
Solomon C. Fuller '36, December 28, 2001, in Wayland, Mass., at 91. He was an executive for the Greater New York City Council of the Boy Scouts of America for 13 years and served on the board of trustees for the Mott Foundation. He worked for Raytheon in Waltham, Mass., and retired as a social services planner with United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston. He is survived by his wife, Grace, a daughter, five sons, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Lois Lund Giachardi '36, July 18, 2001, in Billericay, Essex, England, at 86. She taught in high schools in Mars Hill, Old Town and Auburn, Maine, before joining the WAVES in World War II. In 1948 she married and moved to England. She is survived by two sons, Eric and Andrew Giachardi, a daughter, Martha Holt, and three grandchildren.
Gladys Wein Hirshon '37, February 24, 2002, in Portland, Maine, at 86. She was a homemaker whose two sons, Robert and David Hirshon, and daughter, Leslie Kress, survive her. Other survivors include her brother, Arthur Wein '35, and sister, Rhoda Wein Kraft '39.
Eleanor Barker McCargar '37, February 28, 2002, in San Rafael, Calif., at 88. She worked with the Red Cross in an Army hospital in India during World War II before launching a long career as an internationally known portrait artist. Survivors include her daughters, Lucy White and Mary Elkington, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dwight E. Sargent '39, April 4, 2002, in Princeton, N.J., at 85. He was editorial page editor at the New York Herald Tribune when he took over as curator of Harvard's Neiman Foundation for Journalism in 1964. Later he served for three years as president of the Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri. He worked as editorial chief for the Boston Herald American until 1978 and concluded his distinguished career in journalism as national editorial writer for Hearst Newspapers in New York. In 1951 he conceived The Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as a cooperative effort between the newspaper world's devotion to journalistic freedom and his alma mater's dedication to academic freedom. He also served the College as a trustee and in 1982 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is survived by his daughters, Laurie E. Sargent and Janet L. Sargent, his son, Douglas F. Sargent, a brother, Frederic O. Sargent '42, a sister, Miriam Sargent Watson '43, and two grandchildren.
Justin E. Walker '39, January 12, 2002, in Plymouth, Mass., at 88. A salesman for 25 years for Nook Farm Dairy in Plymouth and White Brothers Dairy in Duxbury, Mass., he also worked as a maintenance man at the Myles Standish State Forest. He was inducted into the Plymouth-Carver Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Leah Walker, a daughter, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Alvah D. Hall '40, March 2, 2002, in Calais, Maine, at 86. He was a member of the Calais fire department and a self-employed carpenter who worked for 10 years at the Calais Regional Hospital. Surviving are his daughter, Barbara E. Hillman, a granddaughter, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Charlotte Noyes Oleson '40, February 1, 2002, in Concord, Mass., at 84. She made more than 10,000 visits during her 45-year association with Welcome Wagon and was recognized with "The Most Outstanding Hostess in the Country" award. Predeceased by her husband, Frederick B. Oleson '38, she leaves two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Donna Horne Ellis '41, February 28, 2002, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 84. A homemaker, she also traveled widely in Europe with her late husband, Col. Rodney C. Ellis '41. She is survived by her daughter, Madonna Anne Ellis Browne, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her brother, Samuel T. Horne '41.
Norman F. Royal '41, March 9, 2002, in Exeter, N.H., at 83. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for 36 years. After retiring in 1976 he worked as a real estate developer and hotelier. Family members include four sons, a daughter, a brother, 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Hope-jane Gillingham Meyer '43, April 13, 2002, in Middletown, Conn., at 80. She earned a master's degree in library science at Southern Connecticut State University and worked at the Wallingford, Conn., public library and as a school library media specialist. She is survived by her son, Douglas W. Meyer '66, a granddaughter, her brother and four nephews.
Rachel Bubar Kelly '47, January 14, 2002, in Sarasota, Fla., at 79. She taught in public schools in Maine for 30 years and was a teacher/principal in Brewer, Maine. She also served as national president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union from 1988 to 1996 and was the 1996 vice presidential nominee of the Prohibition Party. Predeceased by her brothers Joseph '44 and Benjamin Bubar '46, she is survived by two daughters and two sons.
Hannah Levine Schussheim '48, February 16, 2002, in Washington, D.C., at 74. She earned an M.A. in international studies at Radcliffe College in 1953. During her 20-year career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development she was a field officer overseeing the Model Cities program and other assisted public housing programs in Pennsylvania communities and in the Washington, D.C., area. For two years she was a housing officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Morton J. Schussheim, three daughters, a son, a brother and five grandchildren.
Natalie Smith Wood '48, August 14, 1999, in Gray, Maine, at 73. She taught mathematics at Mexico (Maine) High School.
John S. Choate '49, March 1, 2002, in Brooksville, Fla., at 76. After serving in the Central and South Pacific with the Army Signal Corps in World War II he earned a master's degree in education and taught science in Maine at Milo High School, Wilton Academy and Morse High School. For 24 years he taught physics and headed the science department at Lexington High School in Massachusetts. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, a son, a daughter, his stepmother, his brothers David A. Choate '48, Paul A. Choate '48, Stanley F. Choate '51 and Philip S. Choate '62, two sisters, including Constance Choate Trahan '47, three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Ralph J. Bens Jr. '51, December 22, 2001, in Concord, Mass., at 75. He earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University after World War II service with the Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was county sheriff and superintendent of the Billerica, Mass., House of Corrections before joining Strawberry Hill Realty Inc. of Leominster in 1980. He was active in many community political organizations. He is survived by his wife, Darcy Patrick Clark, two daughters and two grandchildren.
William H. Heubisch Jr. '51, February 18, 2002, in Anaheim, Calif., at 75. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was an executive in the finance divisions of Socony Vacuum (now Mobil Oil) and Ducommun Metals and Supply Company of Los Angeles. He served as chairman of several industry credit managers' trade groups. Survivors include his sister, Sue Nan Milkey.
Philip K. March '51, August 17, 2001, in Monroe, Conn., at 72. He held several positions with magazines‹Life, The Reader's Digest, advertising trade magazines‹and was vice president of sales for List Services Corporation when he retired. Survivors include his wife, Diane, a son, two daughters, a stepdaughter and two granddaughters.
Barbara Vaughan McCoy '52, February 7, 2002, in Boston, Mass., at 71. A Republican Party activist in Wilton, Conn., and Orleans, Mass., she was chair of the Orleans Republican Town Committee, coordinated campaigns and served as a delegate to nominating conventions. She is survived by her husband, John F. McCoy Jr. '52, three daughters, a son, a brother and six grandchildren.
Josephine R. Peary '54, February 16, 2002, in Sarasota, Fla., at 68. A granddaughter of Adm. Robert E. Peary, she earned a master's degree in art therapy from the University of South Florida and was the assistant to the producing director of the Asolo Theatre Company in Sarasota from 1968 until her retirement in 1996. Survivors include her life partner, Larry Forgard, and her brother.
Betsy Burns Bomann '55, December 1, 2001, in Riverside, Conn., at 68. She was employed by the firms of Hoyden Stone and E.F. Hutton and was the art and nature instructor at the Round Hill Nursery School in Greenwich, Conn. She was an active volunteer at the Redeeming Love Christian Center in Nanuet, N.Y. She is survived by her husband, George (Peter) Bomann, three sons, a sister, Margaret (Penny) Burns Winship '59, two grandchildren, three nieces, three grandnieces and one grandnephew.
John F. Hannon '57, September 27, 1999, in Manchester, Mass., at 64. He lived in Washington, D.C., during his many years of service as an officer in the Marine Corps.
Wesley D. Jordan '61, February 26, 2002, in Naples, Fla., at 64. A standout football player at Colby and the University of Maine, where he earned a master's in education, he was the university's athletic trainer for 32 years and was a member of three Halls of Fame, including the hall of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He is survived by his wife, Linda M. Blass, two daughters, a son, a brother, two sisters, four stepchildren, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Joanne Randel Jensen '62, September 20, 1999, in Burbank, Calif., at 59. She was a middle school teacher's aide. Survivors include her husband, William Jensen, and three children.
Jeffrey F. Browning '67, November 18, 2001, in Bend, Ore., at 56. After serving in the Air Force, he was a sales representative with Wm. H. Rorer, Inc., in California and, later, with American Forest Products Co. At the time of his death he was the controller at Lion Golf of Oregon in Bend. Survivors include his wife, Sharon.
Thomas H. Hopgood '67, October 3, 2001, in Madison, Wis., at 56. He was in the Air Force before earning an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a retail buyer and manager at the university bookstore. He and his wife, Mary Gordon, had two children, Sara and Elspeth.
David N. Weitzman '70, December 27, 2001, in Rochester, Ind., at 54. He was a physician with a specialty in psychiatry in Rochester. He is survived by his father, Abe Weitzman, his brother and nephews.
Frank N. Pritchard '79, November 9, 2001, in Minneapolis, Minn., at 45. He was a computer programmer for several Minnesota companies. He is survived by his parents, Paul and Patricia Pritchard, two brothers and several nieces and nephews.
David M. Strage '82, February 4, 2002, in London, England, at 42. After earning an M.B.A. at International Management Development Institute in Switzerland he was a manager at Digital Equipment Corp. in London and later joined Andersen Consulting UK as an associate partner in the worldwide strategy group. Survivors include his wife, Laura Agostini, and three daughters, Sonya, Katya, and Misha.
Kyawswar Win '05, May 31, 2002, in Oakland, Maine, at 18. A math and physics double major from Yangon, Myanmar, he was a summer research assistant in the Physics Department. He died after a canoe he was in capsized on Messalonskee Lake during a sudden and severe squall. He is survived by his father, Aye Lwin, his mother, Ohn Yee, a brother, Thet Ahn Win, and a sister, Soe Soe Win.
William Davis Taylor H'75, February 19, 2002, in Boston, Mass., at 93. In 1931 he followed his grandfather and father at The Boston Globe. In 1975 he received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy award for his "steady judgment and uncompromising honesty" as publisher and chairman of the board.
William H. "Flash" Flaherty, April 25, 2002, in Portland, Maine, at 81. He was employed at the College for 36 years in a variety of positions, including nightwatchman and journeyman plumber, until his retirement in 1978. Survivors include his companion, Katherine Ames, a son and four daughters, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Kemp Frederick Gillum, June 29, 2002, in Waterville, Maine, at 77. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. From 1948 to 1995 he taught courses at the College in European and English history ranging from medieval England to British colonial and military history. He chaired the History Department and counted among his publications a number of articles in Encyclopedia of World Biography. After retirement he continued research and writing. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Irene, his daughters, Karen Gillum and Mae E. Simmons, and a nephew.
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