Obituaries

Summer 2013

Ruth Thorne Chaplin '35

Ruth Thorne Chaplin ’35, April 14, 2013, in Richmond, Va., at 98. She earned master’s degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia and worked at McGuire Veterans Hospital, for the state of Virginia, and for the Veterans Administration in North Carolina before opening a private practice as a speech pathologist. She enjoyed […]

Virginia Kingsley Jones '39

Virginia Kingsley Jones ’39, April 21, 2013, in Panama City, Fla., at 93. She lived in the Boothbay Harbor, Maine, region for most of her adult life. In the 1940s she worked at St. Andrews Hospital, where she met her husband when he was a patient. After working in the office of Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard […]

Sally Aldrich Adams '39

Sally Aldrich Adams ’39, April 18, 2013, in Medfield, Mass., at 95. A speaker at her commencement, she was a freelance writer who published poems, articles, and fiction in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Down East, and other publications. A member of the First Parish Unitarian Church of Medfield, she cofounded Friends of the […]

Francis S. DeCormier '41

Francis S. DeCormier ’41, April 27, 2013, in Placentia, Calif., at 93. She worked for IBM for 29 years, attaining two patents for the company and reaching a management position in magnetic tape research and infrared analysis. In 2010 she attended reunion at Colby. Predeceased by her father, Robert Romeo DeCormier Sr. ’15, she is […]

Alta Estabrook Yelle '41

Alta Estabrook Yelle ’41, April 26, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass., at 93. Her first teaching position was in a one-room schoolhouse in Maine during the summer of 1940. She pursued a career as a high school English teacher and earned her master’s in education from Boston University in 1953. After her daughter was born, in […]

Olive Monell Gifford '42

Olive Monell Gifford ’42, Jan. 12, 2013, in Tonawanda, N.Y., at 92. She became the administrative assistant to the editor of the New York Herald Tribune, where she met her husband. They owned a dry-cleaning business in Eden, N.Y., before moving to Albany, where she worked for the State Department of Health. Predeceased by her […]

Leonard Osler '43

Leonard Osier ’43, May 9, 2013, in New Harbor, Maine, at 92. He taught in Maine high schools for 30 years, retiring in 1972. His passion was his summer cottage business, which he began in 1950 when he built the first of 10 cottages in New Harbor. He was active in town affairs and was […]

Evangeline Rockwell Keniston '43

Evangeline Rockwell Keniston ’43, May 5, 2013, in Hollis Center, Maine, at 91. She attended Becker Business School in Worcester, Mass., married in 1945, and lived in Bryant Pond, Maine, for 58 years. An accomplished seamstress, she made all of her daughters’ school dresses and knit and crocheted for her family. She also enjoyed playing […]

Pauline Tatham Stanley '44

Pauline Tatham Stanley ’44, Dec. 25, 2012, in Rockport, Maine, at 90. Strong in her faith, she served as a soloist, choir member, and Sunday school teacher at her church, visited shut-ins and nursing home residents, and supported many ministries. She was an avid rose gardener and enjoyed being a grandmother and great-grandmother. Predeceased by […]

Paul Merrifield '44

Paul Merrifield ’44, May 17, 2013, in Sanford, Maine, at 90. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps, earned a Ph.D. at Rice University, and worked at Armstrong Corporation in Lancaster, Pa., and Fulton, N.Y., as a chemist and then the assistant plant manager. Following his retirement in 1981, he and […]

James Atwater '44

James Atwater ’44, Jan. 2, 2012, in Westfield, Mass., at 90. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as a regional sales representative selling sporting goods with the Brine Manufacturing Company. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, admiring boats at the seashore, and spending time with his family. Predeceased by his wife […]

D. Ursula Sheldon '45

D. Ursula Sheldon ’45, April 28, 2013, in Augusta, Maine, at 89. She graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, Maine, and worked as a lab technician for the State of Maine Public Health Laboratory for many years. She was predeceased by her parents and only brother. 

Louise Groves Holtan '45

Louise Groves Holtan ’45, June 23, 2013, in Portland, Maine, at 89. She grew up on North Pond in Smithfield, Maine, graduated from Norridgewock High School, earned a degree in French at Colby, and was an elementary school teacher and principal for more than 30 years. Predeceased by her husband, Hans, and a son, she […]

Thelma Giberson Moore '46

Thelma Giberson Moore ’46, May 13, 2013, in Denver, Colo., at 88. Following her marriage in 1947, she and her husband moved to Denver, where she earned a master’s in library science from the University of Denver and worked as a head librarian in public schools for more than 20 years. She enjoyed collecting art […]

Stanley F. Frollo '47

Stanley F. Frolio ’47, April 5, 2013, in Norwood, Mass., at 90. His education at Colby was interrupted for three years while he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a claims supervisor for Liberty Mutual, personnel director for Continental Screw Company, and an investigator for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s […]

Harvey L. Kolzim '48

Harvey L. Koizim ’48, May 31, 2013, in New Haven, Conn., at 86. He was a graduate of Yale Law School and a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine. He practiced law, served as a municipal judge, and founded County Federal Savings and Loan Associates. In retirement he volunteered with community nonprofits and lectured and […]

Chester J. Woods Jr. '49

Chester J. Woods Jr. ’49, April 18, 2013, in Cumberland, Maine, at 87. His entire career was with S.D. Warren/Scott Paper Company, culminating in management positions in Chicago and Boston. A Boston sports fan and avid outdoorsman, he hunted, fished, skied, golfed, and worked as a ranger at Val Halla Golf Course in Cumberland, Maine. […]

Raymond Wallace Deltz '49

Raymond Wallace Deitz ’49, May 28, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C., at 90. He enlisted and served two and a half years in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II, earning three campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. He came to Colby on the GI Bill, played varsity basketball, and was president of […]

Charles Rodman Pickett '50

Charles Rodman Pickett ’50, Feb. 5, 2006, in Houston, Texas, at 77. After attending Colby and graduating from the University of Connecticut, he married his high school sweetheart in 1953. He worked for Standard Oil of California, Tenneco, and IBI as a micropaleontologist. After living in Colombia, Bolivia, and Trinidad and Tobago, he and his […]

Eileen J. Greene '50

Eileen J. Greene ’50, May 10, 2013, in Salem, Mass., at 84. A resident of Salem since 1969, she worked in public service as an office assistant for the U.S. government for more than 46 years until her retirement in 1997. She was a member of Colby’s Alumni Association. She is survived by a sister […]

Howard E. Benson '50

Howard E. Benson ’50, May 1, 2013, in Bangor, Maine, at 92. Prior to Colby he served as a chaplain’s assistant in the U.S. Army Corps during World War II. He graduated from Colby with a degree in philosophy and religion and went on to earn a master’s degree in sacred theology from Boston University […]

Thornton W. Merriam Jr. '51

Thornton W. Merriam Jr. ’51, April 28, 2013, in Hampden, Maine, at 83. After graduating from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and serving in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, he began a private medical practice in 1962. He served as chief of medical services at St. Joseph Hospital, president of the medical staff […]

Marilyn Gracie Hiers '51

Marilyn Gracie Hiers ’51, June 30, 2013, in Granville, Mass., at 84. A premed student at Colby, she worked as a laboratory technician at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut before raising a family.  She was on the zoning board of appeals and was active in the Granville Federated Church and the library club. She is survived […]

E. Edward Bittar '51

E. Edward Bittar ’51, April 25, 2013, in Madison, Wis., at 84. After growing up in Tel-Aviv, he came to Colby on the strength of a magazine article he had read about the College. He earned a medical degree from Yale, served in the U.S. Navy, and completed nephrology training at the District of Columbia […]

David E. Lynn '52

David E. Lynn ’52, June 17, 2013, in Stamford, Conn., at 83. A founding member of the Colby Eight and a member of DKE, he was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy and retired from the reserves as a captain in 1989. His civilian career was with Bankers Trust (where he implemented its […]

Eugene Floyd '54

Eugene Floyd ’54, May 16, 2013, in Mobile, Ala., at 81. Described as “one of Oyster Bay’s best athletes,” the Long Island, N.Y., native served in the Korean War after attending Colby and then earned his B.A. at Nassau Community College. He was a longtime employee of the town of Oyster Bay, N.Y. Predeceased by […]

Joan Hall Parker '54

Joan Hall Parker ’54, June 11, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass., at 80. She earned a master’s degree at Tufts and was a philanthropist for the arts, for gay and lesbian organizations, and for providing food for the acutely ill and their dependents and caregivers. She was coauthor with her late husband, Robert B. Parker ’54, […]

Clarence “Cal” Atkins '54

Clarence “Cal” Atkins ’54, April 11, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla., at 80. A member of Zeta Psi, he had a long career in communications, becoming district manager of New Jersey Bell Telephone. He retired as an executive with NEC America. Active in Rotary and Kiwanis, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in […]

Helen Roberts Moger '58

Helen Roberts Moger ’58, April 9, 2013, in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., at 76. She grew up on a farm at China Lake in Maine and was educated in music from the age of 4. In 1966 she earned a master’s in humanities from Hofstra. After more than nine years substitute teaching in New York public schools, […]

Kevin J. Connolly '58

Kevin J. Connolly ’58, April 5, 2013, in Alexandria, Va., at 77. At Colby he was a member of the football and wrestling teams and Phi Delta Theta. Predeceased by his wife, Carol Ann, he is survived by three sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Richard B. Morrison '59

Richard B. Morrison ’59, June 6, 2013, in Boston, Mass., at 76. He earned graduate degrees at the University of Maine and Boston University and taught for many years at Northeastern in a graduate sports management program while maintaining a consulting practice, Morrison Market Strategies. He lived in Chelsea, Mass., had a cottage in Northport, […]

Barry H. Wallace '63

Barry H. Wallace ’63, Nov. 28, 2009, in Millington, Tenn., at 67. He served as a special agent with the FBI for 28 years, retiring in 1994. He also worked as a private investigator and spent many years in Massachusetts, moving to Millington, Tenn., in 2005. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, […]

John Alfred Peterson '64

John Alfred Peterson ’64, May 7, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif., at 88. He served for more than 20 years in the armed forces and Merchant Marine and an additional 20 years with the state of California. He married Lila Nagle in 1954. He is survived by two sons.

Martha “Marty” Hincks Kellogg '64

Martha “Marty” Hincks Kellogg ’64, July 1, 2013, in Englewood, Fla., at 71. She earned an M.L.S. from Florida State University and worked in several higher education libraries, retiring from the University of Rhode Island in 2000. She enjoyed reading, bridge, golf, crossword puzzles, and raising orchids. She is survived by her husband, Theodore Kellogg […]

Ann L. Arbor '70

Ann L. Arbor ’70, May 31, 2013, in Washington, D.C., at 65. She earned two law degrees from Georgetown, where she later taught, and in 1978 she went to work for the Department of Justice, retiring in 2002 as senior litigation counsel for the fraud section in the criminal division. She prosecuted criminal fraud cases […]

James Dwyer '81

James Dwyer ’81, May 6, 2013, in West Chester, Pa., at 53. He worked as a biomedical engineer at Synthes in West Chester for more than 17 years and volunteered with the West Whiteland (Pa.) Fire Department. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Tina, and three daughters. 

Margaret Schafer Gallin '88

Margaret Schafer Gallin ’88, July 3, 2013, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, at 46. During her career with ABC Sports, she covered the Tour de France, world gymnastics championships, golf tours, several Rose Bowls, and two Super Bowls. She and her family had recently relocated to the Cleveland area, where she enjoyed following Cleveland sports, reconnecting […]

James Michael “JR” Weaver-LaMountain '89

James Michael “JR” Weaver-LaMountain ’89, June 27, 2013, in Danvers, Mass., at 46. He worked at KidsPeace and the Good Will-Hinckley school, both in Maine, before serving as coordinator of marketing and community relations at the Maine Center for Integrated Rehabilitation for the past 10 years. He enjoyed sports, board games, weightlifting, and listening to […]

Benjamin Stephens '13

Benjamin Stephens ’13, April 20, 2013, in Wellesley, Mass., at 24. He graduated from the Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, Mass., in 2007. He is survived by his parents, two siblings, and many friends. 

Colin Edward MacKay

Colin Edward MacKay, professor of English, emeritus, May 23, 2013, in Oakland, Maine, at 89. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Brown University and joined Colby’s faculty in 1956. He taught English literature, specializing in medieval studies with an emphasis on Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales, and retired in 1990. He is […]

Eileen M. Curran

Eileen M. Curran, professor of English, emerita, April 22, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine, at 85. She earned a B.A. and a Ph.D. at Cornell with a B.A. and an M.A. from Cambridge University in between. She taught English at Colby from 1958 to 1992, and from 1973 to 1976 she was director of Miller Library. […]

Henry Holland

Henry Holland, professor of modern languages, emeritus, May 27, 2013, in Lewiston, Maine, at 89. Raised in Calais, Maine, he was an infantry captain in the U.S. Army Tank Corps in the Philippines in World War II, and he earned a B.A. at the University of Maine, an M.A. at Harvard, and a Ph.D. at […]