Obituaries

Spring 2013

Anita Viles Kingsley '33

Dec. 7, 2000, in San Diego, Calif., at 88. She served as a church secretary and enjoyed singing in the choir. She had two sons. She was predeceased by her husband, Mark Stiles Kingsley Sr. ’32.

Beth Pendleton Clark '35

March 8, 2013, in Augusta, Maine, at 98. She earned a master’s of divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and at age 69 became the first woman to receive a doctor of ministry degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary. After her husband’s death in 1955 she finished his Meditations on the Lord’s Supper, which was published […]

Ruth Gould Stebbins '40

March 29, 2013, in Sequim, Wash., at 94. She earned a Phi Beta Kappa key and was active in the Chi Omega sorority. She was dedicated to her church and was a member of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) for most of her adult life. She was predeceased by her husband, Roger Morris Stebbins ’40, mother […]

Gabriel O. Dumont '40

Feb. 13, 2013, in Venice, Fla., at 94. A bombardier in World War II, he won the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and Air Medal. He was appointed postmaster in Skowhegan, Maine, and worked for the postal service in Maine and Pennsylvania, retiring in 1982. He loved fishing in Maine for landlocked salmon. Predeceased by his […]

Harry Leslie Hicks Jr. '42

March 10, 2013, in Williamsburg, Va., at 92. He served in the military and in 1946 began working at advertising agency Hicks & Greist, where he was president from 1956 until his retirement in 1974. He was active in the community and enjoyed golfing and traveling, with trips including a cross-country motor-home trek, an inland […]

Barbara Philbrick Mertz '43

March 4, 2013, in Cleburne, Texas, at 93. A resident of Corsicana, Texas, for 60 years, she devoted her life to her family and the Corsicana community. She volunteered for more than 50 years, serving the March of Dimes, the DAR, Meals on Wheels, and her church among other organizations. She enjoyed book clubs, golf, […]

Virginia “Ginny” Blair Sensibaugh '46

Dec. 21, 2012, in Green Valley, Ariz., at 88. She earned a master’s in elementary education from Arizona State University and taught at Stanfield (Ariz.) Elementary School for more than 20 years. She was active in her church, and later in life she became passionate about helping people in the Al-Anon program. Predeceased by her […]

Winsor “Rip” Rippon '46

Dec. 28, 2012, in Burlington, Vt., at 88. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked for Weber and Erickson Architects in Rutland, Vt., before moving to Burlington in 1959 to begin his 27-year career with General Electric as a plant engineer designer. He enjoyed fishing, jewelry design, and building design, but […]

Marianna Nutter Wyer '48

March 3, 2013, in Wolfeboro, N.H., at 86. She was a lifelong member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Greater Lynn (Mass.) and a volunteer for many organizations in Swampscott, Mass., and Wolfeboro, N.H. She enjoyed spending weekends and vacations at Whippoorwill Farm in North Wolfeboro, where she had summered as a child. Predeceased by her […]

I. Douglas Love '49

March 14, 2013, in Pleasantville, N.Y., at 85. He served in the Navy during World War II, earned his M.B.A. from New York University, and worked for IBM for 35 years. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marion, his father, Isaac Love ’19, his sister, Elsie Love Scull ’45, and a grandson. He is […]

David W. Clark '49

  Nov. 22, 2012, at 86. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 1940s. After Colby he earned a B.S. in hotel administration from Cornell and was the managing director of the Stratton Mountain Inn in Vermont for a number of years. He had three sons. He was predeceased by his father, […]

Estella Byther Dyer '50

March 2, 2013, in Southington, Conn., at 85. She earned a master’s degree at Central Connecticut Teachers College and taught second grade in Bristol, Conn., for 20 years. A longtime volunteer at the UConn Health Center and a member of Prospect United Methodist Church for 50 years, she enjoyed gardening and knitting. Predeceased by her […]

Priscilla Davis Runkle '51

Feb. 6, 2013, in North Billerica, Mass., at 84. She loved nature, birding, quilting, and genealogy. She was on the board at the Sargent House Museum in Gloucester and was in the DAR and the Mayflower Society. Predeceased by her husband, James, she is survived by a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.

Francis E. Dyer '51

March 14, 2013, in Providence, R.I., at 86. He served as a radioman in the Naval Reserve during World War II. He taught high school English, mostly in New York, until his retirement in 1988, and he enjoyed acting and directing amateur theater. His proudest achievement was directing The Diary of Anne Frank at Beaver […]

Sally Catron Barnes '51

March 21, 2013, in Worcester, Mass., at 83. She earned a graduate degree in business from Harvard-Radcliffe and worked as a human resources manager. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Wade, she is survived by two sons and a granddaughter. 

William N. Taylor '52

Aug. 20, 2012, in San Diego, Calif., at 82. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Coast Guard Reserve captain for 20 years. He worked as a financial consultant with New York Life. After moving to California following 40 years on the East Coast, he started the Rancho Bernardo New England Club for […]

Elizabeth Livingstone Field '52

Oct. 18, 2012, in Baltimore, Md., at 82. She taught school for 31 years in New Jersey and raised two children as a single mother after her husband died in 1971. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

David James Pape '53

Aug. 15, 2012, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 83. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before attending Colby. From the 1950s through the 1970s he worked as circulation manager and then business manager at the Waterbury Republican and American. After retiring he enjoyed boatbuilding and fishing for stone crabs off the Florida Keys. He […]

David E. Lavin '53

March 14, 2013, in New York, N.Y., at 81. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology at New York University, worked as a research fellow at Harvard, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, and CUNY’s Graduate Center and Lehman College. In 2009 he received the prestigious Grawemeyer Award and an Outstanding Book […]

Janice Holland Smith '54

Feb. 11, 2013, in Seattle, Wash., at 80. She lived overseas with her family for many years. A lifetime member of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, N.J., she was also class agent for her 50th Colby Reunion. She is survived by her husband, Bill, two daughters, and grandchildren.

Carol Plavin Shapiro '55

March 19, 2013, in Winslow, Maine, at 79. In the 1970s she worked at the Waterville High School library, and in the early 1980s she became the first woman to serve as a state of Maine liquor commissioner. Her greatest joy was her family, and she was an exceptional wife, mother, and grandmother. She is […]

Daniel Yarchin '56

Sept. 14, 2012, in Southern California, at 78. He worked in retail and as a sales representative for men’s shoes and described himself as a free spirit. He had a son, and he was predeceased by his former spouse, Toni Carol Jaffee ’57.

Merabeth Dogherty Donaldson '56

Feb. 25, 2013, in Shelburne, Vt., at 79. She graduated from Colby Junior College before enrolling at Colby and later earned her M.Ed. from Worcester State. She was a full-time homemaker and a longtime Girl Scout leader. An accomplished pianist and organist, she was also a passionate Red Sox fan. She is survived by her […]

Robert D. Barnes '56

Feb. 20, 2013, in Gilbertsville, Fla., at 79. After graduation he studied fine arts at University of Pennsylvania. He was a sculptor and owned Robert Barnes Sculpture Casting. He was a museum curator, college teacher, designer and builder, traveler, sailor, and gardener. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Natalie, and a brother.

Georgia Johnson Manin '59

March 5, 2013, in Nice, France, at 75. She worked at the Smithsonian in Cambridge, Mass., in satellite tracking and in the computer section before moving to Europe. She met her husband, Dr. Jean-Pierre Manin, and settled in Paris, where she held programming jobs at an operations research institute and an airline telecommunications network agency, […]

Rogers Swan Chase '63

Jan. 8, 2013, in Harwich, Mass., at 72. He spent five years in the Navy before joining his family’s electrical and sales firm, C.C. Pierce Co. Inc., from which he retired as president and treasurer. He had two sons including Philip T. Chase ’92.

Pamela Timson Cahners '66

March 26, 2013, in Naples, Fla., at 68. She and her husband raised their children in Newton, Mass., before moving to Naples, Fla., in 1995. She devoted her life to her family and volunteered for community organizations. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Robert, a son, a daughter, and a sister.

Joseph B. Connolly Jr. '67

March 4, 2013, in Norwell, Mass., at 68. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, a lifelong independent insurance broker in Boston and the South Shore, and an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Margaret.

James J. Amirsakis '68

Feb. 3, 2013, in Peterborough, N.H., at 68. He was business manager at Rohm & Haas Co. in Philadelphia until retiring in 2002. He spent his retirement years in New Hampshire and Florida and enjoyed the outdoors, skiing, hiking, golf, and tennis. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary, a son, a […]

Roger E. Stiles Jr. '69

Jan. 1, 2013, in Englewood, Fla., at 65. He worked in Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, for many years as a supervisor in children’s services, retiring in 2010. He was a positive influence on many teens with whom he worked. Predeceased by his father, Roger E. Stiles ’38, he is survived by a […]

Gilbert “Buddy” Linwood Earle '70

March 21, 2013, in Falmouth, Maine, at 64. He earned a master’s in education from the University of Southern Maine and taught fifth and sixth grade at Cape Elizabeth (Maine) Middle School for 36 years before retiring in 2007. He enjoyed fishing, going to basketball games, and spending time at the family camp in Raymond, […]

Judith White Brennan '71

Feb. 5, 2013, in Newport, R.I., at 63. She lived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for two years as a child. After Colby she earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in nursing at Salve Regina and worked as a nurse for more than 30 years. Predeceased by her father, Richard H. White ’40, she is survived by […]

Jan N. Brownstein '72

Feb. 19, 2013, in Albany Township, Maine, at 63, after suffering a stroke while in Jamaica. He was an avid mineral collector, co-owner of the Songo Pond Mine, and a gemologist. He is survived by a daughter and four grandchildren.

Jeffrey Russell Stafford '77

Feb. 25, 2013, in West Hartford, Conn., at 57. He was a salesman for New England manufacturers who sold electronics nationwide. He loved puns, the Red Sox, sailing, jazz, his International Scout, and cold beer. He battled multiple myeloma for 12 years and is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ellen McKone, and four […]

James E. Scott '78

March 11, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass., at 56. He worked in the food and beverage industry in the Boston area and recently worked as a realtor in Cambridge. He was active in the Cambridge Art Association. He is survived by his parents, a brother, a sister, and two nieces.