Obituaries

Winter 2013

Anne Martel Eastman '35

Anne Martel Eastman ’35, Nov. 17, 2012, in Brockport, N.Y., at 98. She taught English, French, and Latin in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, including as dean of girls and head of the language department at East Greenwich Academy in Rhode Island and head of the French department at Spencerport High School in New York. […]

Briley Thomas Grant '35

Briley Thomas Grant ’35, Jan. 22, 2013, in Waterville, Maine, at 98. For several years she was an instructor at Thomas College, which was founded by her father. She was predeceased by her husband, Ford Grant ’34, and a brother John L. Thomas Jr. ’42. She is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, and four […]

Ruth Millett Maker '36

Ruth Millett Maker ’36, Oct. 23, 2012, in Berlin, Vt., at 97. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, she had a brief career as a hospital lab technician before marrying and having three sons. She was a member of the Springfield, Vt., school board and was active in Methodist and Congregational churches. Predeceased by her husband, […]

Elizabeth “Babs” Walden Palmer '40

Elizabeth “Babs” Walden Palmer ’40, Dec. 17, 2012, in Waldoboro, Maine, at 93. She was a homemaker, Red Cross volunteer, political activist, seamstress, cook, gardener, and a driving force at her local community center. Predeceased by her husband of more than 50 years, Paul K. Palmer ’37, she is survived by five children including Paul […]

Ernest Cummings Marriner Jr. '40

Ernest Cummings Marriner Jr. ’40, Jan. 23, 2013, in Grinnell, Iowa, at 92. He served in the Army before earning a master’s in public administration at Syracuse. He was a municipal administrator in Maine and California. He retired to Wayne, Maine, and was a volunteer lobbyist for AARP. He was a member of Colby’s Alumni […]

Alexander Anton '40

Alexander Anton ’40, Oct. 28, 2012, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 93. An immigrant from Albania, he graduated from Harvard Dental School in 1942 and joined the U.S. Army. After leaving the service with the rank of major, he practiced orthodontic dentistry in Portland, Maine. He built furniture, radios, and his family’s first color television. […]

Alison Pike Slade '41

Alison Pike Slade ’41, Dec. 8, 2012, in Newton, Mass., at 94. Dedicating much of her adult life to helping children with special needs, she earned her master’s and teaching certification at Bridgewater State College at age 48. Predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Edward, she is survived by four children, 13 grandchildren, and […]

Nicholas J. “Chick” Gregorio Sr. '41

Nicholas J. “Chick” Gregorio Sr. ’41, Sept. 20, 2012, in Pembroke Pines, Fla., at 95. He served in the Armed Forces during World War II and later started two successful businesses. He was a life master of the American Contract Bridge League. His wife of 63 years, Marjorie, died in 2003. He is survived by […]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Wheeler '42

Nathaniel Hawthorne Wheeler ’42, Nov. 2, 2012, in Peabody, Mass., at 91. He was predeceased by his sister Martha Wheeler Zeltsman ’44.

Mildred Wheaton Rush '42

Mildred Wheaton Rush ’42, Jan. 28, 2013, in Howland, Maine, at 94. She worked several jobs in order to attend Colby but withdrew at the outbreak of World War II. In her early 60s she was determined to complete her degree but first had to learn to drive so she could attend classes at the […]

Delbert D. Matheson '43

Delbert D. Matheson ’43, Nov. 11, 2012, in Waterville, Maine, at 91. He served in Army field hospitals from 1943 to 1946 before returning to Waterville for a career as an accountant, serving as comptroller of Kennebec Valley Regional Health and business manager of W.B. Arnold Co. and C.O. Beck & Sons. He is survived […]

Alden E. Wagner '44

Alden E. Wagner ’44, Dec. 7, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, at 90. He attended Amos Tuck School of Business and Columbia University and served on an amphibious landing ship at Normandy on D-Day. He became a mortgage banker and builder, constructing more than 5,000 homes in Dallas and later building shopping centers and developing commercial […]

Nancy Pattison McCarthy '44

Nancy Pattison McCarthy ’44, Dec. 9, 2012, in Alexandria, Va., at 90. She joined the Red Cross in 1944 and went to Sapporo, Japan, where she met her future husband. She was an award-winning realtor in the Carlisle-Harrisburg, Pa., area, and she loved art, opera, travel, and antiques. Predeceased by her husband of 62 years, […]

Barbara Griffiths Travis '44

Barbara Griffiths Travis ’44, Dec. 10, 2012, in Springfield, Mass., at 89. She taught French, Latin, and English before raising her children and returning to teach fifth and sixth grades at the Elias Brookings School (named after an 1862 Colby graduate) in Springfield, Mass., retiring in 1986. Predeceased by her husband, Arthur, and by a […]

Eleanor Mundie O’Neill '45

Eleanor Mundie O’Neill ’45, Jan. 6, 2013, in Bangor, Maine, at 88. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine and a master’s in special education and taught in Southington, Conn., for 18 years. She returned to her hometown, Calais, Maine, in 1991 and was active in the community. She is survived by […]

Augusta-Marie “Johnnie” Johnson Alexander '45

Augusta-Marie “Johnnie” Johnson Alexander ’45, Dec. 30, 2012, in Bar Harbor, Maine, at 90. Her mission in life was caring, as a big sister, student nurse, pastor’s wife, and homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, art, singing, bell ringing, and volunteering. Predeceased by her husband, Edwin W. Alexander ’43, her father, Justin Johnson ’27, and brother Justin […]

Adelaide Jack McGorrill '46

Adelaide Jack McGorrill ’46, Nov. 9, 2012, in North Yarmouth, Maine, at 87. She was a charter member of the AAUW chapter in Portland and of the Buxton-Hollis (Maine) Historical Society. She lived in Norfolk, Mass., for 24 years and was a founder of the South Central Massachusetts Colby Alumnae Club. Predeceased by her husband […]

Charlotte Carrington Jameson '46

Charlotte Carrington Jameson ’46, Jan. 5, 2013, in Windsor, Conn., at 87. She graduated from the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing and lived in Windsor more than 60 years. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a founding member of the Windsor Independent Living Association. Predeceased by her husband, Stanley, and two […]

Dorothy Cleaves Rodgers Jordan '47

Dorothy Cleaves Rodgers Jordan ’47, Dec. 4, 2012, in Portland, Maine, at 87. She attended Maine School for the Deaf before graduating from Colby. She was head cook for the Belfast, Maine, public schools, was a pharmacy technician at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, and worked at a Goodwill home for deaf adults. Predeceased by her […]

Edward Andre Waller '49

Edward Andre Waller ’49, Dec. 14, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio, at 88. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a B17 pilot before college. He was employed by Eastern Airlines and later worked at the Pentagon as deputy undersecretary of the Air Force before returning to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, in 1975. He […]

V. Walter Borucki '49

V. Walter Borucki ’49, Jan. 13, 2013, in Waterville, Maine, at 90. A paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, he was wounded and taken as a prisoner of war after dropping behind enemy lines on D-Day. Following his rescue, recuperation, and honorable discharge he enrolled at Colby where he was a member of ATO. He was […]

Neil “Dick” Leonard Jr. '50

Neil “Dick” Leonard Jr. ’50, Oct. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pa., at 84. He served in the Army during the Korean War and earned a Ph.D. at Harvard. He was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1961 into the 1990s and a pioneering jazz historian and critic whose first book was one of […]

Ian L. Robertson '51

Ian L. Robertson ’51, June 2, 2012, in Fairhope, Ala., at 85. He served in the U.S. Navy before college. After graduating he apprenticed as a printer and set up several print shops in New Jersey, working as a printer, graphic designer, educator, and artist. Hand letterpress printing was his passion, and for several years […]

Donald McGregor Jacobs '51

Donald McGregor Jacobs ’51, Oct. 30, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, at 85. He served in the military before college and had a brief foray building yachts in Japan. He was director of the metropolitan Boston American Cancer Society and was development director of the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital Foundation. In 1995 he became publisher […]

Joan “Joanne” Drew Boone '51

Joan “Joanne” Drew Boone ’51, Dec. 6, 2012, in Crystal River, Fla., at 84. After raising her children she worked as an emergency room secretary and a librarian and she volunteered. Predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Howard, she is survived by three sons including Robert H. Boone ’85, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Carol Carlson Van Alstyne '53

Carol Carlson Van Alstyne ’53, Dec. 18, 2012, in Wilton, Conn., at 81. She worked at Redbook in New York before moving to Connecticut in 1958. She was a real estate broker for more than 30 years and was active in the League of Women Voters and Wilton Garden Club. She loved tennis, animals, and […]

Carlton D. “Bud” Reed '53

Carlton D. “Bud” Reed ’53, Dec. 8, 2012, in Woolwich, Maine, at 82. He became the driving force in his family’s construction business, Reed & Reed, serving as president and later as chairman of the board as the firm built bridges throughout Maine. He served in the Maine House and Senate and was president of […]

Edwina Constant Merrill '53

Edwina Constant Merrill ’53, Nov. 10, 2012, in Dunnellon, Fla., at 80. She earned a master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and was a longtime resident of Branford, Conn. She is survived by her husband, Arthur, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Philip Reiner-Deutsch '54

Philip Reiner-Deutsch ’54, Nov. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif., at 80. He served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1961, studied meteorology at NYU, and worked for the National Weather Service and as a civilian for the Air Force in the 1960s. He subsequently worked for Amtrak in Los Angeles for more than […]

Philip Reiner-Deutsch '54

Philip Reiner-Deutsch ’54, Nov. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif., at 80. He served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1961, studied meteorology at NYU, and worked for the National Weather Service and as a civilian for the Air Force in the 1960s. He subsequently worked for Amtrak in Los Angeles for more than […]

P. Putnam Barnes Jr. '54

P. Putnam Barnes Jr. ’54, Jan. 8, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass., at 80. He was a sales representative for Armstrong World Industries for 33 years, retiring in 1991, and he enjoyed his summer home in Belgrade Lakes, Maine. He was preceded at Colby by his grandfather Charles Putnam Barnes 1892, his father, Phinehas P. Barnes […]

John G. “Jack” Davis '55

John G. “Jack” Davis ’55, Dec. 10, 2012, in Sandwich, Mass., at 79. He served in the U.S. Army three years, with two years in France. He worked at Dennison Manufacturing Co. in Framingham, Mass., for 34 years as New England sales manager of the consumer products division. He retired to Cape Cod and played […]

Ann Marie Stiegler Richards '56

Ann Marie Stiegler Richards ’56, Jan. 26, 2013, in Simsbury, Conn., at 78. A competitive athlete most of her life, she enjoyed cross-country skiing, league tennis, and paddle tennis. She was on the board of Hartford Stage and active in the First Church of Christ. Predeceased by her father, Frank Stiegler Jr. ’28, she is […]

Nancy Carroll Luce '56

Nancy Carroll Luce ’56, Dec. 1, 2012, in Wellsboro, Pa., at 78. She earned graduate degrees from Harvard-Radcliffe and from Princeton Theological Seminary and served as a Presbyterian minister, most recently at the Galeton Presbyterian Church in Galeton, Pa. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Philip Luce ’57, a son, two daughters, […]

Sandra Atkinson Smith '57

Sandra Atkinson Smith ’57, Dec. 25, 2012, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., at 77. She is survived by her husband, Ernest “Skip” Smith III.

Lionel E. “Lee” Mathieu '57

Lionel E. “Lee” Mathieu ’57, Dec. 14, 2012, in South China, Maine, at 78. A member of ROTC, he declined an invitation to the New York Giants rookie camp to fulfill his military commitment as a navigator in the Air Force. He sold pollution control equipment in the pulp and paper industry, coached Little League, […]

Jeffrey C. Cross '57

Jeffrey C. Cross ’57, Nov. 20, 2012, in Mashpee, Mass., at 78. He worked in the national tube division of U.S. Steel, first in Texas and later in Massachusetts, before starting Silver Services Inc., a home health service for the elderly, in 1978. He served on the conservation commission in Mashpee, Mass. He is survived […]

Janet Kimball Clymer '57

Janet Kimball Clymer ’57, Nov. 13, 2012, in Woodinville, Wash., at 77. She earned a master’s degree at Stanford and was head of speech and audiology at Children’s Hospital in Denver. She was committed to public education, particularly to the desegregation of Denver schools. She retired to New Hampshire, where she took care of her […]

Frances Wren Raymond '58

Frances Wren Raymond ’58, Feb. 5, 2013, in Hulls Cove, Maine, at 76. President of the student body in her senior year, she became an accomplished seamstress, making altar furnishings and banners for her Episcopal church. She loved gardening and water sports. She is survived by her husband, Robert M. Raymond ’56, two children, and […]

John S. Sheldon '63

John S. Sheldon ’63, Oct. 18, 2012, in Scotch Plains, N.J., at 72. He served as a captain in the Air Force and worked at TWA as vice president of sales and reservations. After retiring from TWA he worked for Icahn Associates in Westchester, N.Y., and Premium Retail Services in St. Louis, Mo., and Lakewood, […]

George M. Shur '64

George M. Shur ’64, Nov. 25, 2012, in Chicago, Ill., at 70. He earned a J.D. at Boston University and became a partner at the Portland, Maine, law firm Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer, and Nelson before moving to Illinois. He was general counsel at Northern Illinois University for 20 years and later served as interim NIU […]

Diana Tracy Taylor '65

Diana Tracy Taylor ’65, Jan. 18, 2011, in Ephrata, Penn., at 67. She earned M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees at Lehigh and taught at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, a traditionally African-American institution. Later she worked in antiques and decorative arts. She married and had two stepchildren.

Frances Matteson Packard '65

Frances Matteson Packard ’65, Dec. 12, 2012, in Berkeley, Calif., at 69. She earned a master’s in political science at San Francisco State and was active in the Berkeley community. She cowrote a book on Berkeley’s ethnic and cultural diversity, and she enjoyed photography, ikebana, and travel. Predeceased by a daughter, she is survived by […]

Leonard D. Stern '68

Leonard D. Stern ’68, Oct. 19, 2012, in Cheney, Wash., at 66. He earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon and was a professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University for more than 30 years. He wrote two textbooks, on human memory and on statistical software. He played violin and […]

Stephen L. Woerner '73

Stephen L. Woerner ’73, Aug. 8, 2012, in Providence, R.I., at 61. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. A CPA, he was city auditor and/or finance director for Providence, Cranston, and Cumberland, R.I., during his career. He is survived by a daughter.

Janet Perethian Stauffer '73

Janet Perethian Stauffer ’73, Nov. 25, 2012, in Westwood, Mass., at 61. She worked as a technical writer, first in Connecticut and later in Massachusetts. She met her first husband, Lawrence Bigelow ’72, at Colby and studied in Italy. She is survived by her husband, Dale Stauffer, two sons including Stephen Bigelow ’01, and two […]

Cheryl Fraser Palko '74

Cheryl Fraser Palko ’74, Dec. 4, 2012, in Reno, Nev., at 60. She served eight years in the U.S. Army as a specialist in six languages and attained the rank of major. She continued in the Army National Guard during a 22-year career as an FAA air traffic controller. She is survived by her partner, […]

Susan Fairchild Bean '76

Susan Fairchild Bean ’57, M.A. ’76, Nov. 3, 2012, in Glastonbury, Conn., at 77. Her “long and happy relationship with Colby” included six years as a trustee, 1976-82. She raised three children and worked for Child and Family Services of Connecticut for many years. Later she was a teacher with the YMCA Latch-Key program at […]

Stephen N. Sparkes '78

Stephen N. Sparkes ’78, Dec. 3, 2012, in Corvallis, Ore., at 56. He worked as an independent insurance agent in Corvallis for 27 years and he loved baseball. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Charlyn, three sons, and a daughter.

Todd P. McGovern '97

Todd P. McGovern ’97, Jan. 28, 2013, in Allenhurst, N.J., at 38. Captain of men’s ice hockey and baseball at Colby, he was diagnosed with cancer two months after his wedding in 2004. Despite a prognosis then of six months to live, he ran 5Ks and marathons throughout his treatment and founded a nonprofit, SEAS […]

Elizabeth “Liza” Gray Benson '07

  Elizabeth “Liza” Gray Benson ’07, Jan. 27, 2013, in Sublette County, Wyo., at 28. She was in the physician assistant program at the University of Washington, planning to graduate in August. Passionate about the outdoors, she enjoyed sailing, scuba, hiking, and skiing. She died in a skiing accident near Bondurant. At Colby she was […]