Obituaries

Fall 2014

Obituaries

David Leigh “L.D.” Burke ’56, July 30, 2014, in Santa Fe, N.M., at 80. A successful graphic designer and architect, he worked in graphic design in Chicago and San Francisco and in suburban development in Houston before moving to Santa Fe in the 1980s. There, he designed distinctive buildings such as the Pink Church, which […]

Obituaries

Catharine Wakefield Ward ’34, March 6, 2014, in Gwynedd, Pa., at 100. She grew up in China and Japan, where her father was a missionary, and earned a master’s in English from Radcliffe College. She and her husband were peace activists who helped in the postwar reconstruction of China in the late 1940s. A devotee […]

Dorothy L. Marson

Dorothy L. Marson, Sept. 29, 2013, in Dedham, Mass., at 82. Longtime co-correspondent for the Class of ’48, she served Colby as an overseer, volunteer, and booster and received the Colby Brick Award in 1984. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Trustee Emeritus David Marson ’48, by two daughters including Deborah Marson […]

Anthony J. Marin

Anthony J. Marin, Sept. 11, 2013, in Winslow, at 50. A plumber for Colby’s Physical Plant Department since 1991, he said he sought the position so he could marry Patricia O’Keefe in Lorimer Chapel, which he did in 1992. He developed friendships across a wide range of offices and departments on campus as well as […]

Marion Daye O’Donnell Mc-Kinney '28

Marion Daye O’Donnell Mc-Kinney ’28, Aug. 15, 2013, in Simsbury, Conn., at 106. She earned a master’s in education at Columbia and taught English and physical education in Simsbury from 1929 to 1972. Predeceased by her first and second husbands, she is survived by a daughter, a son, a stepdaughter, five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and […]

Mina Higgins Phinney '30

Mina Higgins Phinney ’30, Sept. 5, 2012, in Machias, Maine, at 103. Most of her career she taught at Dennysville (Maine) High School, which she had attended. Later she taught at Washington Academy and was school librarian there. She was a longtime member of the Dennysville Congregational Church, where she was church organist. She was […]

Ruth Brown Peabody '32

Ruth Brown Peabody ’32, Aug. 19, 2013, in Houlton, Maine, at 101. While working as a teacher at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, she met her husband, who was the Colby football coach. After raising her family in Houlton, she returned to teaching in the mid-1960s, retiring in 1973. She enjoyed cooking and playing […]

Ruth Ramsdell Elfstrom '32

June 12, 2011, in Wheaton, Ill., at 99. She taught English literature and was dean of women at Lee (Maine) Academy and was also a saleswoman in Chicago for 10 years. She studied pipe organ at the American Conservatory of Music and was an organist and choir director at two churches in Chicago. She […]

Gladys Averill Heubach '33

Gladys Averill Heubach ’33, Sept. 17, 2012, in Newton, Mass., at age 101. She worked in Waltham, Mass., as a supervisor for the Social Services Department of the State of Massachusetts for more than 25 years. Predeceased by her husband, Alfred, and son, Rodman, she is survived by a daughter, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

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.

Evelyn M. Kelley '34

Evelyn M. Kelley ’34, July 8, 2013, in Haverhill, Mass., at 101. She worked in accounting for H.P. Hood in Lawrence and Raytheon in Andover. A member of the Glee Club at Colby, she loved music throughout her life and was a member of her church choir. She is survived by her niece and nephew-in-law.

Muriel Walker Dubuc '34

Aug. 23, 2011, in Winter Park, Fla., at 98. She was a recruiter with the Coast Guard in the early 1940s and stayed active with the reserves, retiring as a commander. She earned a master’s from the University of Chicago and, while moving around with her Army husband, taught English in military schools overseas. […]

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 […]

Avis Merritt Churchill '35

Avis Merritt Churchill ’35, May 14, 2012, in Glen Allen, Va., at 97. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Maine and taught in Presque Isle, her hometown. A 50-year resident of Southington, Conn., she was head of the English department at Southington High School for more than 20 years. She enjoyed reading, […]

Richard S. Sawyer '35

Richard S. Sawyer ’35, Aug. 3, 2012, in Wayland, Mass., at 98. He was a manager for W.T. Grant Co. for many years and managed stores in several states. He was married for 68 years to Janet Goodridge Sawyer ’37, who died in 2006. The couple had a daughter, and they lived in New London, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beulah Fenderson Smith '36

June 29, 2011, in Kittery, Maine, at 96. Along with her husband, she owned and operated the Elmere Campground in Kennebunk, Maine. She was also a poet and wrote the column “Touchtone” for the York County Coast Star. Predeceased by her husband, Robert Smith ’37, she is survived by four children, Kaaren, Susan, Daniel, […]

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, […]

Norman R. Dow Jr. '37

Aug. 21, 2011, in Readfield, Maine, at 97. He served with the Army during World War II as an occupational counselor and then worked for the Social Security Administration. He loved horses and worked at local racetracks, first as race secretary and then as presiding judge. Survivors include his daughter, Susan.

Mary Fairbanks Haskell '37

Oct. 21, 2011, in Scarborough, Maine, at 95. A mother and homemaker, she was also a nursery school teacher who became the first director of the Manchester, Conn., Project Head Start. She was an avid card player and a world traveler. Predeceased by her husband of 69 years, J. Robert Haskell ’37, she is […]

Henry Kammandel '38

Henry Kammandel ’38, July 1, 2012, in Omaha, Neb., at 96. He emigrated from Germany at age 11, graduated from Colby, and earned his M.D. degree at Tufts and joined the Army in 1942. He was an Army surgeon in New Guinea when he met his wife, Mary, a registered nurse in the Army. He […]

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 […]

Lucile Naples Weston '39

Lucile Naples Weston ’39, May 16, 2012, in Wellesley, Mass., at 93. She earned an M.S. at Jackson College, a Ph.D. in microbiology at Radcliffe, and an M.A. at Tufts. She played the keyboard and enjoyed spending time with friends and caring for her cats. She was predeceased by her husband, William. She is survived […]

Clarice Winslow Weld '40

Clarice Winslow Weld ’40, May 1, 2012, in Saco, Maine, at 94. After receiving her degree in education from University of Maine, she spent 25 years teaching in Maine’s public schools. She was a life master bridge player and an avid gardener, with her garden featured in the Boston Globe in 2004. She is survived […]

Margery Lier Reed '40

Margery Lier Reed ’40, April 19, 2012, in Orono, Maine, at 94. A lifelong member of Delta Delta Delta, she taught high school French and Latin for more than 25 years. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, and gardening. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Reed ’40. She is survived by a son, a […]

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 […]

Horace F. “Jeremy” Burr '40

Horace F. “Jeremy” Burr, ’40, May 22, 2012, in Ashland, Ohio, at 92. He served in the Navy and Naval Reserves during World War II and the Korean War, retiring as a captain. He worked for Scoville Manufacturing and General Motors and returned to government employment following retirement from GM. An avid climber, skier, and […]

Olive Pullen Palmer '40

Olive Pullen Palmer ’40, July 26, 2012, in Augusta, Maine, at 95. Among the first to join the Navy WAVES in 1943, she served as a cartographer in the Navy’s Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C., and was invited to the White House for tea with Eleanor Roosevelt. She taught school in Maine for more than […]

Carl W. McGraw '40

  Carl W. McGraw ’40, Sept. 24, 2013, in Webster, N.Y., at 95. He taught in Maine, then worked at Eastman Kodak before serving in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific in World War II. He was fired upon while dropping surrender instructions a week after Hirohito’s surrender. He returned to Rochester, N.Y., and […]

Doris Rose Hopengarten '40

  Doris Rose Hopengarten ’40, Aug. 19, 2013, in Newton, Mass., at 94. A longtime resident of Newton, she served as a psychologist in the Needham school system for 11 years. Predeceased by her husband, Sol, and her sister, Phyllis Rose Baskin ’39, she is survived by son Fred Hopengarten ’67, daughter Emerita Diamond Professor […]

Lydia Abbott Mailhot '40

  Lydia Abbott Mailhot ’40, Aug. 26, 2013, in Boxford, Mass., at 95. She resided in Sudbury, Mass., for 50 years and taught Latin and English at Lincoln-Sudbury High School for 20 years. She enjoyed reading and singing and was described as a “higher authority” on grammar. Predeceased by her husband, Otis, and a daughter, […]

Muriel Lydia Farnham Johnson '40

Oct. 12, 2011, in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, at 92. A mother and homemaker, she also ran Brass Knocker Gift Shops in Belgrade Lakes and Boca Raton, Fla. The gift shop in Maine was open from 1948 to 2011. She was active with her church, professional women’s clubs, the Chamber of Commerce, and the historical […]

Albert K. Sawyer '40

Aug. 12, 2011, in Wilton, Maine, at 92. He served in the Army during World War II, after which he earned a master’s in chemistry from the University of Maine. He taught chemistry at the University of New Hampshire for 36 years, was a judge at state science fairs, and taught workshops for high […]

Marjorie Day Weeks '40

July 8, 2011, in Gorham, Maine, at 94. She was a housewife and mother but also did some teaching. Active in women’s organizations, she belonged to a literary union, AAUW, and the League of Women Voters. Books, music, and gardening were her passions. Survivors include four children, Marsha, Steven, Susan, and Amy, seven grandchildren, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hartley A. Bither '41

Hartley A. Bither ’41, June 20, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla., at 92. He served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater. After the war he worked for General Foods’ Birds Eye division in Maine and in New York State. In retirement in Palm Beach County, Fla., he continued to work, in food […]

Priscilla Patterson Salgo '41

Priscilla Patterson Salgo ’41, March 23, 2012, in Highland Park, Ill., at 92. After receiving her degree from Westminster Choir College, where she taught for five years, she studied choral conducting, orchestral conducting, and Baroque music. She resided in Stanford, Calif., and was choirmaster at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for 35 years. She was predeceased […]

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 […]

Ada Vinecour Mandell '41

Aug. 5, 2011, in Haverhill, Mass., at 90. She earned a master’s from Boston University and then taught English at Syracuse University and North Essex Community College. For her involvement in her temple, community, and numerous organizations, she received a distinguished service award and a person of the year award from B’nai B’rith 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 […]

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 […]

John E. Stevens '42

  John E. Stevens ’42, Aug. 3, 2013, in San Diego, Calif., at 93. During World War II he was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Flying 51 combat missions, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with three oak clusters, and battle and campaign medals. He earned an M.B.A. from […]

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 […]

Gerald A. Gilson '42

June 28, 2011, in Pacifica, Calif., at 89. He was a health and life insurance broker who was interested in his family and friends, classical and jazz music, politics, puzzles, and sports. Survivors include his wife, Elisabeth, and a son.

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 […]

Harry P. Hildebrandt '43

Harry P. Hildebrandt ’43, April 29, 2012, in Brunswick, Maine, at 91. He served as a meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Maine and was a school guidance director at three Maine high schools. He enjoyed Civil War history, playing chess, and […]

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, […]

Leonard Caust '43

  Leonard Caust ’43, July 27, 2013, in Goldens Bridge, N.Y., at 91. He served in the U.S. Army, 102nd Division, in World War II and earned an M.B.A. at Harvard. He worked for many years at Lever Brothers. Predeceased by a brother, Arthur W. Feldman ’35, he is survived by his wife, Ruth, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

James Springer '44

James Springer ’44, June 1, 2012, in New York, N.Y., at 89. He left Colby after two years to serve in the U.S. Army, entering Tufts Dental School in 1945. Early in his career he served in the Israel Defense Army Dental Corps, then rejoined the U.S. Army, serving in the dental corps at the […]

Thelma Brann Morsillo '44

Thelma Brann Morsillo ’44, July 23, 2012, in Manchester, Vt., at 88. She met her husband, Nicholas Morsillo, when he was training as a bomber pilot and she was working in Waterville to raise money for her studies. After Colby she was a social worker and then managed her husband’s law office in Schenectady, N.Y., […]

Jean Hayes Wassell '44

Jean Hayes Wassell ’44, Aug. 6, 2012, in Boston, Mass., at 90. She earned a teaching degree at Springfield College and a master’s at Goddard College. As a social worker and case manager, she turned to what would be a lifelong passion for activism. She protested the Vietnam War and joined a women’s collective. Abortion […]

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 […]

Freda Staples Smith '44

May 22, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 88. She worked as a secretary at Keyes Fibre while raising her children. She began taking classes at Thomas College in 1979 and in 2008, at 85, was awarded an associate’s degree. She was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Brown Staples ’17. Survivors include her children, Sherry […]

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 […]

Rita A. McCabe '45

  Rita A. McCabe ’45, July 28, 2013, in West Hartford, Conn., at 90. She worked for IBM for 33 years, many of them in leadership positions, and was cited as a leader in coordinating IBM’s commitment to equal opportunity and the advancement of women. In 1979 she went into real estate. She was a […]

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 […]

Dorothy Sanford McCunn '45

Sept. 7, 2011, in Canaan, Conn., at 87. She was a housewife and mother who earned her master’s in education in 1971. She subsequently taught kindergarten and second grade for 20 years. In retirement she was active with her church, the historical society, and numerous civic organizations. She served as the Class of 1945 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Charlene Blance Ray '46

Charlene Blance Ray ’46, Sept. 30, 2012, in Bangor, Maine, at 87. She taught in high schools throughout Maine and married Colby Chemistry Professor Wendell Ray, whom she assisted in his private laboratories doing contract work for the Office of Strategic Services. She enjoyed boating and motorcycling and was skilled at many handicrafts. She had […]

Austin Ryder '46

Austin Ryder ’46, Oct. 6, 2012, in North Attleboro, Mass., at 88. He left Colby to serve in the U.S. Army infantry in Europe during World War II, earning numerous honors including two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a salesman at Paye & Baker Manufacturing, then manager of Riley Brothers Lumber in […]

Joyce Theriault Howell '46

July 6, 2011, in Robbinston, Maine, at 86. She was a housewife and mother who was active in her church, the historical society, and the local chapter of the Audubon Society. Survivors include her children, Janet and Franklin, two grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and three siblings.

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 […]

Clayton E. Currier '47

Clayton E. Currier ’47, June 6, 2012, in Plaistow, N.H., at 89. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later taught at Timberlane Regional High School, where he also served as athletic director for 10 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Priscilla Weeks Currier ’47. He is survived by three […]

Mary Alice C. “Tossie” Kozen '47

Mary Alice C. “Tossie” Kozen ’47, May 6, 2012, in Waterville, Maine, at 86. She was predeceased by her husband, Ray ’47, her son, John, and her aunt, Marion Newton ’19. She is survived by her son, Dexter, and three grandsons, Geoffrey, Timothy, and Alexander ’06.

Allan P. Currier '47

Allan P. Currier ’47, Sept. 9, 2012, in Haverhill, Mass., at 90. He taught at Governor Dummer and Kents Hill academies and coached football, hockey, and tennis. The last 30 years of his career he taught history at Haverhill High School. With his mother and brother, he operated Currier’s Riverside Dairy. He was an avid […]

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 […]

Dana I. Robinson '47

Sept. 17, 2011, in Portland, Maine, at 88. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He had a lifelong interest in bettering U.S.-China relations; his job in the defense field and electronics industry allowed him to travel and live around the world, including many years in China. He […]

Harriet Nourse Robinson '47

Aug. 15, 2011, in Concord, N.H., at 85. She was a homemaker and mother who worked retail jobs. In the mid-1990s she and her husband moved to China, where she taught English, studied Chinese, and served with the International Newcomers Network. She enjoyed knitting and cooking and was deemed a great storyteller. She was […]

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 […]

Jordan Kaplan '48

Jordan Kaplan ’48, June 6, 2012, in Westport, Conn., at 86. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was in the liquor business for 30 years. He also volunteered his time with many charities and coached little league baseball. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two sons, three grandchildren, and […]

Aaron E. Sandler '48

Aaron E. Sandler ’48, June 30, 2012, in Chicago, Ill., at 85. He served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II and later moved to Bay City, Mich., where he was vice president of Wolverine Knitting Mills for more than 30 years. He and Sandra, his wife of 38 years, retired in […]

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 […]

Virginia Brewer Folino '48

Virginia Brewer Folino ’48, Sept. 1, 2012, in Middlebury, Vt., at 85. As a child, “Bobo” contracted polio and, overcoming weakness in one leg, became an All-New England cheerleader at Waterville High School. She married Francis “Buddy” Folino before graduation and they moved to Vermont, where she taught art. They moved to Stonington, Maine, where […]

Hazel Huckins Merrill '48

  Hazel Huckins Merrill ’48, July 8, 2004, in Franklin, N.H., at 78. She owned and managed Merrill’s Cottages on Newfound Lake in Hebron and was a member of  the Laconia chapter of Altrusa International. She had a son, a daughter, and three grandsons and was predeceased by her husband, John.

Sherwood L. Jones '48

  Sherwood L. Jones ’48, Sept. 29, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., at 88. Know as “Woody,” he served in the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II, was a prisoner of war in 1945, and won the Combat Infantry badge. He was an underwriter for Travelers Insurance Co. in Hartford for 37 years and […]

Carl E. Chellquist '48

  Carl E. Chellquist ’48, July 3, 2013, in Reading, Pa., at 93. Raised in Boston by Swedish immigrant parents, he went to work following high school and attended Colby with his savings and scholarships. He taught in rural Maine, earned a master’s degree from Columbia, and then taught in Massachusetts public schools. In retirement […]

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 […]

Everett B. Dowe Jr. '48

July 4, 2011, in Windsor, Conn., at 85. He joined the Navy in 1943, served for a year before college, and then rejoined during the Korean War. He earned a master’s in education from Trinity College and taught high school physics and chemistry for almost 30 years. For his work on the town council […]

Gabriel J. Hikel '48

Aug. 6, 2011, in Pittsfield, Maine, at 91. He left Colby in 1942 to serve in World War II, returning after the war with a Purple Heart. He received a master’s from NYU and then worked for 30 years at the Irving Tanning Company. He served on the boards of SAD 53, Maine Central […]

Merle Inez Lathrop '48

Merle Inez Lathrop ’48, Oct. 16, 2012 in Brooklyn, Conn., at 86. She earned two master’s degrees at Smith College and embarked on a career teaching high school science and biology. She taught in Alaska, Uganda, California, and Connecticut, including teaching hearing-impaired students at the Mystic Oral School. She traveled the length of the Yukon […]

Elizabeth Beamish Jolley '49

Elizabeth Beamish Jolley ’49, June 18, 2012, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., at 85. She lived most of her life in the Orlando, Fla., area, where she volunteered as a church receptionist, taught English to adult speakers of other languages, and was a secretary and apartment manager. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, and is […]

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, […]

Nydda Barker Lowery '49

Nydda Barker Lowery ’49, July 16, 2012, in Bangor, Maine, at 84. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening, and she sang in church choirs and the women’s barbershop organization the Sweet Adelines. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Leland Lowery ’51, three sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Carrie Bartlett Wedge '49

Carrie Bartlett Wedge ’49, Aug. 23, 2012, in Manchester, Maine, at 85. She earned a teaching degree and taught high school science in Massachusetts and New York. Prior to retirement, she returned to Maine and worked for the Augusta Mental Health Institute. She is survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Edward C. Schlick '49

  Edward C. Schlick ’49, Sept. 10, 2013, in Dresden, Maine, at 85. He enlisted in the Army and served in occupied Japan before earning his bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State. He was executive secretary of the Maine Democratic Party from 1961 to 1966, founded a consulting firm, and was an assistant to Maine […]

A. Raymond Rogers '49

  A. Raymond Rogers ’49, Aug. 27, 2013, in Trenton, Maine, at 87. Prior to Colby he served as a naval airman in the Pacific at the end of World War II. His career in education included teaching, coaching, and working in administration in New England, including 14 years as superintendent at Regional School No. […]

Ruth Clements McGill '49

  Ruth Clements McGill ’49, Sept. 8, 2013, in Chatsworth, Ga., at 90. She worked in a bank in California and married Vestel McGill in Georgia in 1951. She was predeceased by her husband.

Jean Hillsen Grout '49

  Jean Hillsen Grout ’49, Sept. 24, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla., at 85. She worked in alumni affairs at Boston University before her marriage in 1972. She and her husband spent 15 years in Morristown, N.J., where she worked at the Seeing Eye, a school for guide dogs. An active alumna, she served as chair […]

Donna Barter Billings '49

  Donna Barter Billings ’49, Aug. 15, 2013, in Deer Isle, Maine, at 86. She and her husband, Jack, took over from her father the M.D. Joyce Company and Barter Lumber Company in Deer Isle and managed both. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

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 […]

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 […]

Lesleigh Amlaw Perry '49

Aug. 31, 2011, in White River Junction, Vt., at 84. She worked as a postal clerk in Hancock, Vt., for more than 25 years and was involved with her church, historical society, and senior center. She also served as trustee for the Hancock Public Library. Survivors include her daughters, Jean Middleton and Anne Perry, […]

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 […]

Fred E. Allan '50

Fred E. Allen ’50, July 29, 2012, in Calais, Maine, at 86. He served in World War II, and was a teacher, principal, and schools superintendent in Maine. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono. He enjoyed golf, hunting, and fishing. He was predeceased by a son, his father, Alden […]

John M. “Jack” Alex '50

John M. “Jack” Alex ’50, July 21, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif., at 83. He earned his law degree at the University of Chicago and went on to a career as a defense attorney, district attorney, and judge in Los Angeles County. He was a candidate for Congress in 1964. His support made possible the […]

Stewart B. Craven '50

Stewart B. Craven ’50, July 24, 2012, in Enfield, Conn., at 85. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and retired after 51 years at Johnson Packings & Industrial Products, starting on the loading docks and ending as president. He was an active volunteer coaching sports and teaching Sunday school. He is […]

Susan McPherson Tompkins '50

Susan McPherson Tompkins ’50, Sept. 30, 2012, in Spring, Texas, at 84. She grew up on a farm in Presque Isle, Maine, and taught school in Patten, Maine, after graduation and before becoming a full-time homemaker in Pearl River, N.Y. Predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Robert D. “Tom” Tompkins ’51, she is survived […]

Richard H. King '50

  Richard H. King ’50, July 5, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., at 84. He played basketball and football and was a member of Delta Upsilon. Upon graduating, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1950 to 1953 and then worked for the CIA for 25 years. He enjoyed singing in a barbershop chorus […]

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 […]

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 […]

John P. Harriman '50

Sept. 15, 2011, in San Diego, Calif., at 85. He worked at Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company for 40 years. Survivors include his children, Eileen Miller, John Harriman, and Marty Harriman, and five grandchildren.

Robert E. Merriman '50

June 19, 2011, Exeter, N.H., at 82. He served in the Army during the Korean War and then worked in insurance, retiring as president and CEO of Acord Corporation in Pearl River, N.Y. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Nancy Weare Merriman ’52, four daughters, siblings Ruth Merriman ’52 and Richard Merriman ’57, […]

Ruth Stetson Pittman '50

July 19, 2011, in Wilton, N.H., at 82. A champion of the arts, she taught all ages at High Mowing School in Wilton and at Well School in Peterborough. She adored her students, supported performance arts, and loved ancient Chinese painting, Native American art, and everything Italian. Survivors include her daughters, Susan and Liz, […]

Philip H. Bailey '51

Philip H. Bailey ’51, June 11, 2012, in Portland, Maine, at 83. He served in the Army in Germany and worked as a professor of literature at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. He loved the arts, cooking, and spending time at his cottage on Androscoggin Lake. He was predeceased by two brothers, […]

A. Eugene Jellison '51

A. Eugene Jellison ’51, March 8, 2012, in Swans Island, Maine, at 85. Following graduation, he served as director of Colby’s drama department. He earned an M.A. at UCLA, taught at Santa Monica High School, became a member of the Santa Monica Theatre Guild, and won the Geoffrey Award four times. After retirement, he and […]

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. 

John H. Butler '51

John H. Butler ’51, Aug. 21, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 84. He completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in chemistry from Brooklyn Polytech, was active in organic and polymer research, and retired as a technical patent liaison for American Cyanamid in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Dolores, […]

Harriet Boyer Frost '51

Harriet Boyer Frost ’51, July 15, 2012, in Titusville, Fla., at 83. She had lived in Titusville for more than 20 years, enjoying birding, bridge, quilting, and Bible study. She is survived her husband, F. Warren Frost, two daughters, two sons, and 10 grandchildren.

Sherwin “Sonny” Welson '51

  Sherwin “Sonny” Welson ’51, Aug. 5, 2013, in West Hartford, Conn., at 84. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was president of B. Welson and Co., a button and belt manufacturer started by his father. In the 1960s the company made liquid-cooled suits for astronauts. He is survived by his wife of […]

Nancy Jane Webber Thompson '51

  Nancy Jane Webber Thompson ’51, Jan. 25, 2013, in Orlando, Fla., at 83. She taught elementary school in Massachusetts. Predeceased by her husband, L. Richard Thompson ’51, she is survived by daughter Laurice Thompson Lee ’74 and son Peter L. Thompson ’76. 

James W. Reynolds '51

  James W. Reynolds ’51, M.D., July 25, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif., at 84. He earned his M.D. at Tufts Medical School and served six years in the Air Force Medical Corps before accepting a position in the pathology group at Memorial Hospital of Long Beach, where he spent 25 years as a surgical […]

John “Jack” Keough '51

  John “Jack” Keough ’51, July 28, 2013, in Bothell, Wash., at 85. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1953, moved to Washington State, and worked with several law firms in Seattle and Kirkland, Wash., before founding Keough and Mallett in the late 1970s. In his retirement he enjoyed cruises, the theater, and writing […]

William A. Gelotte '51

  William A. Gelotte ’51, Sept. 11, 2013, in Gilford, N.H., at 86. He served in the Navy during World War II and was president and CEO of Claus Gelotte Camera Stores. He also was a founding partner for the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook Farm. He was a fly-fisherman and a sports […]

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 […]

Charles H. Whitelaw Jr. '51

July 4, 2011, in Bingham Farms, Mich., at 82. He worked as an insurance agent for more than 40 years, retiring as partner in Steinhoff, Maas and Whitelaw Insurance Agency. He enjoyed golf and travel. Survivors include his wife, Anne, three children, nine grandchildren, and two sisters.

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.

John R. Ely '51

Aug. 3, 2011, in Naples, Fla., at 82. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He bought a taxi business in Westwood, N.J., and later also became a school bus contractor. In retirement he pursued his love of golf. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor, three children, and five grandchildren.

Duane A. Hurd '51

Aug. 16, 2011, in Waterville, Maine, at 86. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 to serve in World War II. After Colby he worked in insurance, played golf and tennis, and rooted for the Patriots. Survivors include his second wife, Marjorie, three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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.

Sylvia Rice Bechtel '52

Sylvia Rice Bechtel ’52, Sept. 13, 2012, in Aptos, Calif., at 82. A lifelong learner, her interests included reading, painting, travel, writing, and old movies. Predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Laverne “Beach” Bechtel, she is survived by her two sons, Donald Carman Jr. and Russ Carman, and by members of her husband’s family.

Edith Carpenter Sweeney '52

  Edith Carpenter Sweeney ’52, Aug. 26, 2013, in Freeport, Maine, at 83. She married six months after graduation and moved to Freeport, Maine, where she lived for the next 61 years. She sang in choirs throughout her life and was a member of Freeport Community Services, the Freeport Women’s Club, and the Maine Ostomy […]

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 […]

Norman B. Crook '52

Oct. 4, 2011, in Marlow, Ala., at 81. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and then earned a master’s of divinity from Hartford Seminary Foundation. He was ordained with the United Church of Christ, and while in the ministry he also worked with Bethany Homes. He traveled in an RV during […]

Raymond C. Evans Jr. '52

Aug. 22, 2011, in Aguanga, Calif., at 81. He served two years in the Navy during the Korean War and then earned a master’s in history from Harvard. He taught high school for a few years before becoming a budget analyst for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). He was an avid proponent of education and […]

Robert T. Morton '52

May 6, 2011, in Weston, Mass., at 81. In the mid-1950s he was a special agent with the Army and took graduate classes at the University of Maine. He became a management consultant and was president of his own company. Along with his wife, Nancy, he raised two children, including Heather Morton Tahan ’85.

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 […]

Joseph S. Bryant '53

Sept. 18, 2011, in Brunswick, Maine, at 80. He served two years in the Navy in the Pacific. An educator, he worked as a high school English teacher, a guidance counselor, head of the guidance department, and eventually principal at Brunswick High School. He loved music and organized family jam sessions and faculty variety […]

Paul A. Wescott '53

  Paul A. Wescott ’53, Aug. 13, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine, at 81. A graduate of NYU Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, he practiced law in New York, Pittsburgh, and Portland, Maine. In a second career he was CEO of Howell Laboratories in Bridgton, Maine, from 1977 to 2011. […]

Beryl Baldwin Punt '53

Beryl Baldwin Punt ’53, Aug. 2, 2013, in East Rochester, N.Y., at 81. She earned an M.A. in art education at Columbia and taught art for more than 50 years in elementary schools, at a museum, and in her own pre-kindergarten school. Predeceased by her husband of more than 50 years, Pieter, she is survived […]

Roland E. Nagle '53

  Roland E. Nagle ’53, Aug. 7, 2013, in Monterey, Calif., at 82. At Colby he played baseball and basketball and was a member of the Outing Club and Lambda Chi Alpha. He earned a master of science degree at NYU. A 40-year resident of Monterey County, he served in the U.S. Air Force and […]

Mary Corrigan Laudy '53

  Mary Corrigan Laudy ’53, Sept. 6, 2013, in New York at 82. She earned a nursing degree at Cornell and lived in San Francisco in the 1950s before joining the visiting nurse service in New York. She lived for many years in Westchester County and was a volunteer librarian and a member of the […]

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.

Ann Burger Noonan '53

July 29, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 79. A homemaker and mother, she was engaged with her church and AAUW, loved to travel, and played bridge and Scrabble. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard ’54. Survivors include six children, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and three brothers.

Roger C. Olson '53

July 19, 2011, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 80. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and then worked as a controller for Trans World Airlines. Along with his surviving wife, Dorothy (Forster ’54), he raised three children. Survivors also include a brother, Clifford ’64, and nephew John Olson ’92.

Joanne Terrill Petersen '53

June 20, 2011, in Bend, Ore., at 79. She worked briefly for the CIA and then married and raised her family. She was active with the Girl Scouts, ran a hardware store with her husband, and, later in life, earned her teaching certificate and master’s degree. She taught high school for eight years before […]

Laurence B. Taber '53

Aug. 18, 2011, in Morristown, N.J., at 80. He earned a master’s from Stevens Institute of Technology and then served two years in the Army. He worked as a computer consultant for Union Carbide for 30 years. He was active with his church and the Shade Tree Authority and was borough historian for Madison, […]

Carolyn Bruning Jellison '54

Carolyn Bruning Jellison ’54, January 3, 2012, in Machias, Maine, at 79. She was a pianist, singer, and actress, and pursued her love of drama throughout her life with her husband. They raised their family on the West Coast and returned to Maine following retirement. Her husband, A. Eugene Jellison ’51, followed her in death […]

John T. “Jack” King II '54

John T. “Jack” King II ’54, June 26, 2012, in Boston, Mass., at 81. A U.S. Army veteran, he went on to a career in broadcasting, including a time as general sales manager of WHDH-TV in Boston. He also owned television stations in Corning and Batavia, N.Y. After retiring from television, he and his son, […]

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.

Benjamin R. Duce '54

Benjamin R. Duce ’54, Aug. 14, 2012, in Westborough, Mass., at 79. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he worked more than 20 years at Astra Pharmaceutical and later at Serono Pharmaceutical as a research scientist and registered three patents. He was active as a volunteer, in theater, in patriotic organizations, in Colby’s Alumni College, […]

Natalie Harris Spina '54

Natalie Harris Spina ’54, Aug. 1, 2012, in Plymouth, Mass., at 80. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University, worked in the Plimoth Plantation gift shop, and painted New England scenes. Predeceased by her husband, Joseph, she is survived by two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Dabney T. Martin III '54

  Dabney T. Martin III ’54, Dec. 19, 2012, in Jeannette, Pa., at 81. He served in the Navy in the Korean War before attending college, and he earned his degree at Merrimack College. He led human resources departments at a hospital and a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania and maintained an interest in theater, antique […]

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 […]

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 […]

Robert B. Cross '54

Aug. 3, 2011, in Suffield, Conn., at 79. He served in the Army during the Korean War and then earned an M.B.A. from Babson. He was a property manager and then a telecommunications manager for Konica. He earned life master status for duplicate bridge, enjoyed sports, and loved history. Survivors include his wife of […]

Melvin D. Phillips '54

Sept. 12, 2011, in Orlando, Fla., at 79. He served in the Army during the Korean War and before working for New York Telephone, where he became an office manager for what grew into AT&T. A reader, golfer, and history buff, he was a longtime member of the Masons and Rotary and served in […]

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 […]

Donald K. Martin '55

Donald K. Martin ’55, Sept. 1, 2012, in North Andover, Mass., at 78. He served in the Army prior to 35 years at the former Western Electric, where he retired in 1990 as department chief. He served the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union, the Riverside Memorial Church, and the Riverside-Bradford Little League. Predeceased by his […]

John B. Philbrook '55

  John B. Philbrook ’55, Aug. 20, 2013, in Marblehead, Mass., at 80. He had an aviation career that spanned more than 40 years, including 10 years with the U.S. Air Force and 30 years with American Airlines. In retirement he served as director of operations at Beverly Airport and flew charters. He is survived […]

Joseph A. Perham '55

  Joseph A. Perham ’55, Aug. 28, 2013, in West Paris, Maine, at 80. He earned advanced degrees in English and education from the University of Maine and never missed a day of teaching in his 26 years at Paris High School, Leavitt Institute, and Oxford Hills High School, where he served as head of […]

David Bruce McComb '55

  David Bruce McComb ’55, Aug. 23, 2013, in Salem, Mass., at 79. He earned an M.A. from Columbia and had a long career as a bond analyst and bond manager at Standard & Poor’s and at Boston Safe and Trust Co. He later retired from the EPA, where he had worked in hazardous waste […]

Albert J. Languet Jr. '55

  Albert J. Languet Jr. ’55, Oct. 5, 2013, in Belgrade, Maine, at 86. He enlisted in the merchant marine in 1945 and later the Marine Corps. He returned to Maine, graduated from Coburn Classical Institute, attended Colby, and established a successful masonry contracting firm in Belgrade. He was a member of the school board […]

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 […]

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.

Virginia Birnie Byrnes '56

Virginia Birnie Byrnes ’56, June 21, 2012, in Pembroke, Mass., at 76. A member of the Junior League of Long island, she was a homemaker in Glen Cove, N.Y., and for 25 years secretary at St. Johns of Lattingtown Episcopal Church. Predeceased by her husband, Peter M. Byrnes ’56, she is survived by two daughters, […]

Robert S. Leavitt '56

  Robert S. Leavitt ’56, Sept. 16, 2013, in Massachusetts at 78. A 46-year resident of Reading, Mass., he started in a three-year business training program at General Electric after graduation and retired as finance manager for GE’s small aircraft engine group in 1990. He was a model railroader and an accomplished pianist, preferring jazz. […]

Maurice C. Libbey '56

Maurice C. Libbey ’56, July 23, 2012, in Neoga, Ill., at 83. He earned his master of science degree from Columbia and a certificate of advanced study from the University of Illinois. He worked at Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University for 28 years. His interests included biking and photography. Survivors include his wife, Donna […]

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, […]

Malcolm E. “Mac” Blanchard '57

Malcolm E. “Mac” Blanchard ’57, Aug. 11, 2012, at Sebec Lake, Maine, at 77. He worked for Oakhurst Dairy, ran a dairy operation in Newcastle, Maine, then became a branch manager for Bath Savings Institution. Later he worked in real estate, building houses and professional buildings and as an appraiser. He loved the Maine outdoors […]

Joan Durant Gass '57

Joan Durant Gass ’57, Oct. 6, 2012, in Port Chester, N.Y., at 78. She earned a master’s in nursing at Columbia University and was a registered geriatric nurse practitioner. She is survived by a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, and a brother.

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 […]

Steven L. Dougherty '57

Aug. 27, 2011, in Scarborough, Maine, at 75. He established a career in the beverage industry and in the 1970s became owner of Cumberland and York Distributors. He was involved with local politics and served on planning and zoning boards. He loved to sail and typically had a dog by his side. Survivors include […]

Charles B. Twigg '57

Oct. 21, 2011 in Wellesley, Mass., at 76. He was a lieutenant in the Navy until 1960, when he started working in sales. He subsequently owned two businesses and worked in commercial real estate. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Julia Belzer Twigg ’58, three daughters, including Charmaine Twigg Hartnett ’87, 10 grandchildren, […]

Jerome S. Ventra '57

Dec. 31, 2010, in Valley Stream, N.Y., at 74. He earned two law degrees—LL.B. and J.D.—from St. John’s University and then was a judge advocate and an attorney in New York. He was active with the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild. Survivors include his children, Frank and Suzanne, and […]

Norman P. Lee '58

Norman P. Lee ’58, May 10, 2012, in Ellington, Conn., at 76. He retired from Fleet Bank as vice president of the West Hartford branch in 1994 and later worked for nonprofit organizations. His love of travel took him to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central America. He was predeceased by a son. He is survived […]

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.

Thomas F. Roy '58

Thomas F. Roy ’58, Oct. 23, 2012, in Simsbury, Conn., at 78. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was employed in the insurance industry. Prior to his retirement he was a director of The Hartford Insurance Group. He is survived by five children and 13 grandchildren.

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 […]

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, […]

Katherine Niles Roy '59

  Katherine Niles Roy ’59, Oct. 3, 2013, in West Bath, Maine, at 75. She worked in hospital laboratories in Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine. She enjoyed gardening, rock hounding, skiing, and sailing with her family. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Laurent “Larry” Roy ’57, three daughters, a son, and 11 […]

Barbara Hunter Pallotta '59

  Barbara Hunter Pallotta ’59, Oct. 5, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 75. She earned a master of arts degree in liberal studies at Ramapo College at 64, a source of great pride for her and her family. She enjoyed golf and tennis, but reading was her real pleasure. She is survived by her […]

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, […]

Patricia Ruker McNally '59

Patricia Ruker McNally ’59, Oct. 11, 2012, in Chicago, Ill., at 75. She worked as a nurse in Chicago.

Anthony E. Moore '59

May 17, 2011, in Danvers, Mass., at 74. He worked in the fishing industry in Maine, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Beyond work he enjoyed fishing, reading, and watching science-fiction movies. Survivors include his wife, Christine, two children, including David Moore ’91, and two grandsons.

Peter N. McFarlane '60

June 29, 2011, in Evergreen, Colo., at 72. A Colby ROTC graduate, he joined the Air Force and served for 30 years, retiring as colonel. In 1974 he earned a master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. With his first wife, Helen (Johnson ’61), he raised three children.

Donald D. Mordecai '60

Donald D. Mordecai ’60, July 23, 2012, in Scarborough, Maine, at 73. He earned a master’s in English literature at Cornell and an M.B.A. at Babson. He served in the U.S. Navy before working in his family’s food business and at independent schools. He enjoyed sailing, photography, woodworking, and art. He is survived by his […]

Robert M. Wright '61

Robert M. Wright ’61, June 23, 2012, in Annapolis, Md., at 73. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam, and went on to a 40-year career as an attorney, specializing in construction law. After leaving active practice he worked in mediation and arbitration. He earned his private pilot certificate in […]

Theodore C. Lockhart '61

  Theodore C. Lockhart ’61, July 24, 2013, in New London, N.H., at 75. He earned a master’s in international relations and was commissioned as a U.S. Navy officer in 1962. He retired as a rear admiral in 1993 after 32 years of service aboard ships and in Washington, D.C., Guantanamo Bay, Annapolis, Rhode Island, […]

Craig B. Malsch '62

  Craig B. Malsch ’62, Aug. 8, 2012, in Culver City, Calif., at 71. He worked in sales and the textile industry. He was predeceased by his father, Irving Malsch ’33.

William W. Bassett '62

Sept. 10, 2011, in Tiverton, R.I., at 72. A businessman, he owned an automobile dealership, an antiques center, and a sporting goods retail and mail-order company. He served on the board of local organizations, loved sailing, and played chess. Survivors include his wife, Sharon, six children, and four grandchildren.

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.

Robert R. Spencer '63

  Robert R. Spencer ’63, Aug. 3, 2013, in Jackson, Wyo., at 73. He attended Colby and graduated from the University of Hartford. He was a special agent for Lloyds of London in Liberia before settling in the West. He earned his pilot’s license at 19 and remained a lifelong aviator. An entrepreneur, he founded […]

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 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, […]

Richard M. Bonalewicz '63

June 3, 2011, in North East, Pa., at 70. He served as an Air Force navigator during the Vietnam War and stayed active until 1991 as a liaison officer. He earned a master’s at Sacramento State and a doctorate at University of Oregon, taught science and exercise courses at colleges in New York and […]

Robert J. Stevenson '63

Robert J. Stevenson ’63, June 9, 2012, in New Britain, Conn., at 70. He served in the U.S. Air National Guard and worked for Northeast Utilities for 35 years until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen, two children, and three grandchildren.

Charles F. Angell '64

Charles F. Angell ’64, June 13, 2012, in Bridgewater, Conn., at 70. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts and spent his entire career teaching English at Bridgewater State College. He loved the outdoors, especially coastal Maine and the Allagash. He was predeceased by his aunt, Agnus Hadden ’36. He is survived by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kenneth P. Nye '64

Kenneth P. Nye ’64, Oct. 19. 2012 in Freeport, Maine, at 70. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. at Northwestern and served as a high school principal in Rumford and Yarmouth, Maine, before spending 11 years in the department of educational leadership at University of Southern Maine. He acted and sang in community theater productions, […]

Kenneth Federman Willinger '64

Dec. 25, 2010, in Sagle, Idaho, at 68. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for Hawaii’s Department of Health, consulted with the U.S. Navy’s Alcohol Assessment Program, and taught in the University of Hawaii’s departments of anthropology and counseling psychology—all while maintaining a private clinical […]

Robert C. Johnston '64

Robert C. Johnston ’64, Sept. 13, 2012, in Lake Bonaparte, N.Y., at 70. He earned a master’s degree from St. Lawrence University and was a school psychologist for New York public schools for nearly 40 years. He published many professional articles and a collection of short stories. He was an officer of the Lake Bonaparte […]

Roland E. Morneau Jr. '65

Roland E. Morneau Jr. ’65, June 16, 2012, in Londonderry, N.H., at 69. He served in the Navy before graduating from Boston College School of Law. He practiced law in New Hampshire from 1972 to 2011 and served on the Londonderry Planning Board and the Public Protection Committee. He enjoyed biking, tennis, and hiking and […]

Rhoda Goldstein Freeman '65

  Rhoda Goldstein Freeman ’65, Sept. 12, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine, at 70. She earned a master’s degree at NYU and taught in New York City before marrying and living around the country. She and her husband operated a packing and shipping store in Brunswick for 15 years before moving to Florida, where she was […]

Arthur W. Beveridge '65

  Arthur W. Beveridge ’65, Aug. 7, 2013, in Falls Church, Va., at 70. A popular musician in Springfield, Va., he led bands, sang, performed on trumpet, bass guitar, and keyboards, and taught music in schools. He was a senior master and instructor at the U.S. Tae Kwon Do College. He is survived by his […]

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 […]

Kennon W. Bryan '65

April 13, 2011, in McLean, Va., at 67. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and then practiced law, becoming a partner, in Fairfax, Va. He was predeceased by his father, Herbert Bryan ’33, and is survived by his wife, Sally Thompson Bryan ’65, two daughters, five grandchildren, and a brother.

Christopher C. Brown '65

Christopher C. Brown ’65, Sept. 13, 2012, in Kittery Point, Maine, at 70. He earned masters’ degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Massachusetts College of Art. A lifelong educator, he taught art at Hingham (Mass.) High School and later headed the art department and was assistant to the superintendent for Weymouth (Mass.) Public Schools. […]

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.

D. Wayne Winters '66

  D. Wayne Winters ’66, Aug. 29, 2013, in New Haven, Conn., at 69. At Colby he was a member of Zeta Phi. He earned his J.D. at Boston College and owned Winters and Winters Law Firm in Cheshire, Conn. He was a member of the Farms Country Club and the Cheshire Jaycees, and he […]

David G. Erdmann '66

  David G. Erdmann ’66, Oct. 7, 2013, in Winter Park, Fla., at 69. He earned master’s degrees from Brown and SUNY-Albany and was dean of admissions and enrollment management at Rollins College in Florida, a position he had held for 29 years. Before that he served at Trinity Pawling School, Albany Academy, and Rensselaer […]

Jane Michener Riddell '66

June 30, 2011, in Asheville, N.C., at 66.  She was a homemaker and mother who later in life worked at Asheville Eye Associates. She directed her church choir, sang with the Sweet Adelines, and volunteered at a historical museum. She knitted slippers and afghans for troops overseas. Survivors include her husband, Matt ’65, two […]

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.

Susan Davis Ritchie '67

Susan Davis Ritchie ’67, June 9, 2012, in Sandpoint, Idaho, at 67. She spent her career as a writer and editor. Her interests included reading, gardening, knitting, cooking, politics, and antiques. She is survived by her husband, Andrew, a son, Edmund, a sister-in-law, Cheryl Ritchie ’67, a sister, and two brothers.

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 […]

Marcia J. Lawrence '68

Marcia J. Lawrence ’68, June 29, 2012, in DeWitt, N.Y., at 67. She earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and worked at the National Museum of History and Technology in Washington, D.C. She also was a part-time instructor at Syracuse University. She is survived by a brother and a nephew.

Katherine P. Madden '68

Katherine P. Madden ’68, April 10, 2012, in Geneseo, N.Y., at 65. With a love for journalism, she was a reporter and editor for many years before earning her master’s degree in communication at Penn State. She was then a professor of communication at both SUNY Geneseo and the College at Brockport, SUNY, until her […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cheryl A. Thomas '71

  Cheryl A. Thomas ’71, July 23, 2013, in Canton, Mass., at 63. She worked for many years as a telephone service representative at Computershare. She is survived by her longtime companion Roger Osborn. She was aunt to 14 nieces and nephews and to 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Curtis L. Smith III '71

June 25, 2011, in Minnesota at 61. A master gardener, he had his own garden design business. He also loved reading, music, and dance and was a fly fisherman and skier. Survivors include his wife, Kaye Denny, a son, his father, and four siblings. He died suddenly of a heart attack.

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.

William F. Kelleher '72

  William F. Kelleher ’72, Sept. 18, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y., at 63. After attending Colby he earned his bachelor’s degree at UMass-Amherst. He earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Michigan and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Syracuse. He studied Northern Ireland, and in 2003 the University of Michigan […]

P. Robertson Haskell '72

P. Robertson Haskell ’72, Sept. 10, 2012, in Alameda, Calif., at 61. An Eagle Scout, an avid skier, and a talented singer, he was also a math whiz and spent most of his career in advanced computer work. He was active in the outdoors and with his church group. The son of the late John […]

Linda Nash Leighton '73

Linda Nash Leighton ’73, April 16, 2012, in Grants Pass, Ore., at 61. She lived for many years in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was in sales for Mid-Pacific Press and Tongg Publishing there. She is survived by her husband, Alton “Buddy” Leighton, and two sons, Alex and Eric.

Kenneth Woodard Gorman '73

  Kenneth Woodard Gorman ’73, July 3, 2013, in Chelmsford, Mass., at 62. He graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and worked as a CPA and a consultant for most of his career. He is survived by his son, Nicholas, his sister, Janet Gorman ’76, and his brother and sister-in-law, Douglas ’73 and Cheryl […]

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 […]

Robert H. Noyes '73

Robert H. Noyes ’73, June 22, 2012 in Raritan Township, N.J., at 61. He was a consultant with Scouler & Co. in New York, worked in credit for Fortune 500 companies, and was vice president of credit for BMG Music. He enjoyed reading and spending time with his dogs. He is survived by his wife […]

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, […]

Linda A. Day '74

2011, in San Pedro, Calif., at 59. An artist and professor, she earned an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute. Her work was exhibited in galleries nationwide and is in private and museum collections. She won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and several residency fellowships. She earned tenure at California State Long Beach […]

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 […]

Deanne K. Herman '76

July 20, 2011, in Augusta, Maine, at 58. An advocate for locally grown Maine food, she was a founding member of the Fedco Warehouse that distributed food to Maine co-ops. For 23 years she worked for the state of Maine, where she initiated the Maine FarmShare for Seniors program and helped create the “Get […]

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 […]

Norman C. Skaggs '77

  Norman C. Skaggs ’77, Aug. 9, 2013, in Venice, Calif., at 58. After an injury ended his football career at Colby, he studied in Besançon, France, as a junior and returned “fluent in French and hopelessly in love with the theatre,” his formal obituary said. He worked in film and television through the 1980s […]

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.

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.

Jayne P. London '78

Jayne P. London ’78, Aug. 21, 2012, in Ann Arbor, Mich., at 55. She worked at the University of Michigan for almost 15 years, and was a coach and a consultant for Academic Ladder. She is survived by a son and a daughter.

George P. Kesaris '78

George P. Kesaris ’78, July 13, 2012, in Mt. Desert, Maine, at 55. He earned his law degree at New England College of Law, worked for the office of the Massachusetts attorney general, and went into private practice, first in Ellsworth, Maine, and then in solo practice in Bar Harbor, Maine. Survived by his wife, […]

Michael L. Faraca '78

Michael L. Faraca ’78, Aug. 28, 2012, in West Tisbury, Mass., at 56. He was a captain in the charter sailboat trade in the before settling on Martha’s Vineyard, where he was a painting contractor and ran a gardening business, the Avant Gardener. He favored the English formal garden style, worked on some properties for […]

Glenn T. Connell '79

  Glenn T. Connell ’79, July 18, 2013, in Sabattus, Maine, at 63. He built radios and telescopes in his teens and won a National Science Foundation grant at 16 to study space science. He earned a master’s at Brandeis and worked as a professor, a research scientist, a physicist, and an engineer, most recently […]

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. 

Mark A. Labdon '82

Mark A. Labdon ’82, Aug. 7, 2012, in Marysville, Wash., at 52. He earned a master’s in library science from the University of Arizona and was an award-winning poet and lover of movies. He died following a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Robert E. Cusack '82

Robert E. Cusack ’82, Oct. 7, 2012, in Barrington, N.H., at 51. He worked for the Sherwin-Williams Company for 35 years, finally as protective and marine coating representative servicing all of New England. He loved music, singing and playing guitar, and his children’s sporting events. He is survived by his wife  of 23 years, Susan, […]

Maureen Young Kissack '83

  Maureen Young Kissack ’83, Aug. 14, 2013, in Dover, N.H., at 52. She taught French in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire and worked as a real estate agent. She enjoyed old movies and spending summers at the beach. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Bruno, a daughter, a son, and her […]

Suzanna Seymour Gaeddert '85

  Suzanna Seymour Gaeddert ’85, Sept. 17, 2013, in Surrey, England, at 50. She grew up in Saudi Arabia and earned a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. She and her husband, Barry, were pastors at the Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Mo., for 16 years and lived in London […]

James C. Windhorst '87

Aug. 12, in Maine, at 46. He worked in the financial industry and was vice president at Fidelity Investments at the time of his death from lung cancer. He enjoyed boating, fishing, and good-natured competition. He was predeceased by his father, Charles J. Windhorst ’54, and is survived by his wife, Terry Graves, and […]

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 […]

Michael E. Vosburg-Casey '96

  Michael E. Vosburg-Casey ’96, July 31, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga., at 39. He was an activist and volunteer who never worked for a salary and who protested the death penalty and the U.S. Army’s former School of the Americas at Fort Benning. After being arrested there and sentenced to 100 days in federal prison, […]

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 […]

David C. Brenneman '98

  David C. Brenneman ’98, Aug. 31, 2013, in Chappaqua, N.Y., at 37. After graduating from Colby summa cum laude, he earned his master’s from Yale and J.D. from Harvard. He worked at Morgan Stanley for six years, most recently as an executive director in equity risk management. He helped raise hundreds of thousands of […]

Isis Mendez Lopez '99

May 5, 2011, in Cochabamba, Colombia, at 34. She studied engineering at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar and worked at Colegio Tiquipaya. The cause of death is unknown. Survivors include her husband, Freddy, a son, her parents, and two sisters.

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 […]

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. 

Dana Professor Emeritus Donaldson Koons, 1917-2012 '00

Photo by Mark Tardif E. Donaldson Koons, chair of Colby’s Geology Department for 41 years and Maine’s first commissioner of the Department of Conservation, died April 9 in Waterville at 94. Hired as chair of the department, he arrived at Colby in January 1947 and retired as Dana Professor in 1982. He continued to teach […]

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 […]