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Peter G. Alfond

July 10, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla., at 65. A philanthropist and Colby friend, he was a senior executive of Dexter Shoe Company and president of PanAm Shoe. He founded Kippur Corporation in 2007 and created the Peter Alfond Foundation in 1994, both of which supported education and health care initiatives. He served on numerous boards and advisory committees for educational and community organizations, and at Colby he supported the Colby Museum of Art and the Center for Small Town Jewish Life. He loved to travel and was in Africa when he contracted malaria, which caused his death. Predeceased by his parents, Harold P’72, GP’92 and Dorothy “Bibby” Alfond ’38, P’72, GP’92, he is survived by four children, three siblings—Trustee Bill Alfond ’72, Colby Museum Board of Governor Ted Alfond P’92, GP’21, and Susan Alfond—and extended family, including cousins Museum Board of Governor Peter Lunder ’56, D.F.A ’98 and Trustee Paula Lunder, D.F.A. ’98.

Corinne Jones Zimmerman '44

April 19, 2017, in Burlington, Vt., at 95. A homemaker, she raised five children before working at the University of Vermont at the medical library, where she played a key role establishing the medical school audio-visual library. She belonged to the Green Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and also to Eastern Star. Those five children survive her, as do 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Floyd L. Harding '45

April 23, 2017, in Ocala, Fla., at 93. He left Colby in 1943 to serve with the U.S. Army in World War II and was taken as a prisoner of war. He graduated from Boston University Law School in 1949 and began a private law practice in Presque Isle, Maine, in 1952. He was a three-term Maine state senator and served as majority leader 1965-67, championing causes of Aroostook County. He belonged to civic organizations, was active with his church, and helped revitalize vocational education in Presque Isle. Survivors include eight children, including Alan Harding ’75, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, including Lawrence Adams ’69, Nancy Adams ’75, and Scott Adams ’76.

George E. Heppner '45

Feb. 10, 2017, in Hartford, Conn., at 93. He left Colby his sophomore year to enlist with the U.S. Army then graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1951. A civil engineer, he worked for the City of Hartford for more than 35 years, including time as city engineer. He belonged to professional organizations and his church and he volunteered for Meals on Wheels. A photographer and traveler, he presented slide shows at local organizations. Predeceased by his brother, Francis J. Heppner ’46, he is survived by four children and eight grandchildren.

Norma Frost Sawyer '45

March 13, 2017, in West Chester, Ohio, at 95. She was a homemaker and mother all her life, living in Waterville with her husband until they moved to Florida in 1960. She found pleasure in reading, playing bridge, and traveling. Two children, five granddaughters, 10 great-grandchildren, and a brother survive her.

Dorothy Allen Goettman '46

March 5, 2017, in Winter Park, Fla., at 92. Home and family were her focus while she moved to 13 states from New England to the South for her husbandís engineering career. Later in life, she played duplicate bridge and attended church in Clearwater, Fla. Four children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive her.

Ruth Jaffe Gordon '47

July 7, 2017, at 92. She was a homemaker who was involved with the local P.T.A. and other civic organizations. Her two children and five grandchildren survive her.

Flora Pearse Smith '48

July 21, 2015, in Belfast, Maine, at 88. She taught high school social studies in Ellsworth, Maine, until 1952, when she turned her attention full time to her home and family. She and her husband, Dana Smith, raised four children, including Bette Smith Sturtevant ’81.  

Fred H. Hammond Jr. '49

Feb. 1, 2017, in Maryland at 91. He served in the U.S. Army before attending Colby and spent two years studying at Harvard after Colby. He was a research scientist doing chemical research for Kendall Company in Cambridge, Mass. He established the Fred and Grace Rutherford Hammond Fund at Colby with his wife, Grace Rutherford Hammond ’50, who predeceased him. They raised two children.

Shirley Bond McGill '49

March 14, 2017, in Dover, Mass., at 89. She taught at Tenacre Country Day School for 35 years, was a part-time librarian, and was active in her community’s school committee and historical society. She drew pleasure from reading, gardening, and knitting. Five children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive her.

Nancy Semonian Newlove '49

March 13, 2017, in Glen Burnie, Md., at 89.

Carolyn McLean Coburn '50

April 28, 2017, in Portland, Maine, at 88. Carolyn established a career in insurance, beginning with Maine Bonding and Casualty Company and retiring 42 years later as assistant regional manager with Maryland Casualty Company. She loved the Red Sox and Celtics, rarely missing a game. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Albert Coburn, three sons, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Jean Cowie Floyd '51

June 3, 2017, in Saratoga, Calif., at 87. A mother and housewife for the first part of her life, she later worked for 18 years for Westfall Engineers in Saratoga. She was active with her church and remained active with Tri Deltas sorority, which she joined at Colby and continued through a chapter in California. She enjoyed entertaining, cooking, and sewing and had a deep love for animals. Her son and three grandchildren survive her.

Ernest V. Fortin '51

March 8, 2017, in Sarasota, Fla., at 88. He spent his career at New England Telephone / NYNEX / Bell Atlantic, working for 41 years mostly as division manager of operator services. He was regional vice president of the charitable organization Telephone Pioneers of America, was a dedicated member of golf clubs in Massachusetts and Florida, and, in retirement, was president of the Meadows Community Association where he lived. A dedicated Colby volunteer, he served nine years as a class agent, sat on the Alumni Council for 10 years, established a scholarship fund for students from his hometown of Madison, Maine, and helped his class set a participation record of 94 percent in 2001. For his dedication to the College, he was awarded a Colby Brick in 1997. Survivors include his wife, Patti, three children, two grandsons, and a brother.

Arthur F. McMahon '51

June 7, 2017, in Warwick, R.I., at 90. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he lived his life in Rhode Island and was the owner of the former City Plating Company in Providence. Survivors include two children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Anthony F. Hall '52

Feb. 11, 2017, in Pacific Grove, Calif., at 88. After playing piano with groups in Waterville and New York City following graduation from Colby, he earned an M.L.S. from Columbia University and worked for more than 25 years at the UCLA University Research Library and eventually became head of library systems development.

Thornton “Ted” E. Lallier '53

April 20, 2016, at 84. He practiced law in Amesbury, Mass., after earning his J.D. from New England College. He served Colby as his class president and on reunion planning committees, and he sat on the Alumni Council. He and his wife, Erna, raised two sons.

Phebe Dow Runyon '53

June 18, 2017, in Brandon, Vt., at 85. Committed to family and community, she was active with her church and the Ladies Aid Society, taught English to Cambodian refugees, and tended her home and children. She also worked as a rural route carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. Reading, canning vegetables, and doing the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle brought her joy. Predeceased by her sister, Frances Dow Wells ’45, survivors include four children, 10 grandchildren, a great-grandson, and two brothers.

Priscilla Crossfield Close '54

May 27, 2017, in Fairfield, Conn., at 86. A housewife and a mother, she made time for her interests in musical theater, choir, and cooking. She also enjoyed traveling, especially the world tour she took with members of the National Geographic Society. Her husband of 61 years, Lawrence, three children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive her.

Nicholas M. Sarris '54

May 30, 2017, in Boston, Mass., at 85. He earned a law degree from Boston University in 1957 and opened a law firm in Boston and a second one in Dover, Mass. He was engaged with state and city politics, serving, for example, as deputy secretary of state, assistant attorney general, town selectman, and trustee of Tabor Academy, his alma mater. He also volunteered for Colby, serving as class agent for his 50th reunion and as president of the Colby Club of Boston, for which he received a Colby Brick Award in 1968. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Shirley, four children, including Andrea V. Sarris ’86, and five grandchildren.

Nancy Fortuine Westervelt '54

March 1, 2017, in Winslow, Maine, at 84. After moving around with her husband, they settled in Waterville in 1961, where she raised her seven children, worked part time as a writer and editor at Colby, and sang at the Opera House, in her church choir, and with the Colby community choir. She was a Eucharistic minister for two decades, served on the board of the condo association where she lived the last 10 years of her life, and loved cooking, gardening, and taking care of her cats. Predeceased by her husband, Peter Westervelt, a Colby classics professor for 25 years, she is survived by her six children, including Peter Westervelt ’85 and Hilda Westervelt ’92, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Ann Dillingham Ingraham '55

April 6, 2017, in Hallowell, Maine, at 83. A homemaker and a mother, she had a love of literature that she employed working at a library in Augusta, Maine, and as an editor at the Piscataquis Observer. She was a steady volunteer at Colby for the annual fund and on reunion planning committees. Three children, including Peter Ingraham ’84, four grandchildren, two siblings, and sister-in-law Pat Ingraham Murray ’54 survive her.

Russell M. Squire Jr. '55

July 1, 2017, in Exeter, N.H., at 83. He was a salesman in the corrugated packaging industry for a period and then was self-employed. He loved cats and was involved with feral cat rescue. Predeceased by his parents, Russell ’25 and Muriel Thomas Squire ’25, he is survived by his wife, Catherine, two children and a stepson, two granddaughters, and a sister, Barbara Squire Coleman ’53.

John W. Shute '57

Feb. 23, 2012, in St. Augustine, Fla., at 76. He served with the Army Reserves then worked for General Electric. He and his wife, Diane, raised two children.

Edward F. O’Brien Jr. '58

March 11, 2017, in Agawam, Mass., at 81. He served in the Air Force in the 1950s and then with the Air National Guard for 18 years. He worked as a probation officer in Springfield, Mass., enjoyed reading, and loved to play cards. Survivors include his wife, Luvia, two children, and six grandchildren.

Jane Spokesfield Hamilton '59

March 18, 2017, in Alton Bay, N.H., at 79. She worked as an administrative assistant in medical offices and volunteered in her community with the American Legion and as a driver for Care Givers. Her three daughters, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive her.

Linda Mackey Foehl '60

July 9, 2017, in Dover, Mass., at 78. She was a nursery school director and a kindergarten teacher, earning a master’s in early childhood education from Wheelock University in 1990. A talented actor and singer, she appeared in local productions and was recently honored for her service to the community. She played bass guitar in the bluegrass/folk band she cofounded 40 years ago, The Centre Streeters, and gathered her family around the piano for sing-alongs. Predeceased by her husband, William C. Foehl ’59, she is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and three sisters.

Patience Oliver Fisher '61

Jan. 5, 2017, in Lincoln, Neb., at 78. A trailblazing mathematics educator, she earned an M.A. in mathematics teaching in 1971 and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in 1992, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She was the first computer teacher at Lincoln High School and later taught at UNL. Her work helping students overcome a fear of math won her many awards, including a 1985 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching and a Lifetime Achievement Award from UNLís Curriculum and Instruction Department. In 1989 she was commissioned an admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. She was Maine’s first open-heart surgery patient in 1949 but canoed and hiked with vigor. Survivors include her husband, James, three sons, 10 grandchildren, and a sister.    

Anne “Sandy” Lovell Swenson '61

March 23, 2017, in Melrose, Mass., at 77. She worked at NYNEX / New England Telephone for 27 years, retiring as a manager. Her retirement years were spent playing golf in Florida and in Melrose. Survivors include two stepchildren, several step-grandchildren, and extended family, including cousins Patricia Blake Thomas ’51 and Mary Thomas Vassar ’51.

Thomas J. Evans Jr. '61

July 9, 2017, in California at 78. He served in the Marine Corps immediately after Colby, reaching the rank of captain. He went on to build a 40-year career in sales and founded his own company, Omni Packaging, which he ran with his wife. He loved nature and exploring California, playing and teaching cribbage, cooking, and jazz. His wife of 54 years, Marilyn Blom Evans ’61, three children, three grandchildren, and three siblings survive him.

Richard A. Lessard Sr. '62

May 8, 2017, in Sarasota, Fla., at 76. He worked as an electrical engineer before switching careers—earning an M.B.A. and becoming a certified public accountant with a private practice. He volunteered extensively in his community, including with the United Way, which named him their May 1992 Volunteer of the Month. Survivors include his wife, Maggie, three children, three stepchildren, 14 grandchildren, and two brothers.

Allen A. Donaghy '63

May 1, 2016, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., at 75. He earned a master’s from the University of Illinois, served in the U.S. Air Force, then entered his familyís real estate business in St. Johnsbury, where he was twice named Vermont Realtor of the Year. He was a former president of the Vermont Realtor Association and belonged to other civic organizations. He enjoyed world travel, hunting, and skiing. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Lucia, two children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Robert W. Woodward Jr. '64

July 14, 2017, in Plymouth, Mass., at 76. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and received a Bronze Star Medal for his service. He became a professional tour guide specializing in historical Boston and New England. International travel and jazz were also interests. Two brothers survive him.


Kenneth J. Murray '65

June 14, 2017, in Las Cruces, N.M., at 73. He earned a J.D. from Boston University Law School in 1968, passed the Massachusetts bar exam, and joined the U.S. Air Force and JAG Corps. He served as a judge advocate and a military judge, receiving the Joint Service Commendation Medal in 1973. He was a civil service judge advocate for the remainder of his career.  In retirement, he traveled the western U.S. in his fifth wheel, played water volleyball, and gardened. His wife, Hazel Murray, two children, and two siblings survive him.

Thomas “Tim” A. Hill '65

July 20, 2017, in Freeport, Maine, at 74. He served four years with the U.S. Navy after earning a master’s in teaching at the University of Pittsburgh in 1968. He taught history and social studies in Maine and was named Yarmouth Teacher of the Year in 1987. After teaching he worked for L.L.Bean as a sales rep and trainer, putting to use his skills as a fisherman and outdoor enthusiast. He taught Sunday school, acted in local productions, and possessed a fine sense of humor. His wife of 52 years, Adora Clark Hill ’65, two sons, four grandchildren, and two siblings survive him.


Merrilyn Aldrich Egbert '66

July 2, 2017, in Richmond, Va., at 72. A devoted mother, she also taught nursery school. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Robert Egbert ’66, two children, a grandson, and a brother.

Robert O. Nelson '67

May 14, 2017, in Spokane, Wash., at 72. He joined the Air Force in 1967, completed Officers Training School in June 1968, and earned his wings in August 1969. After two tours in Vietnam, he stayed in the Air Force for a total of 11 years then was a commercial pilot for United Airlines. He started an investment firm, Nelson Securities, in 1983, eventually opening offices in Spokane, San Diego, and Florida. Along the way, he earned an M.B.A. from Gonzaga University. His wife, Megan, two children, four grandchildren, his first wife, his mother, and a brother survive him.

Robert W. Koons '68

Jan. 4, 2015, in Maryland at 68. A dedicated conservationist and lover of the outdoors, he spent 25 years in the Southwest, serving as director of the Robert T. Wilson Foundation and later as executive director of the Grand Canyon Association. He helped establish the Flagstaff (Ariz.) Community Foundation and the Second Chance Center for Animals and, during the last 10 years, was executive director of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. Predeceased by his father, E. Donaldson Koons, chair of Colby’s Geology Department for 41 years, he is survived by his wife, Jan Koons, two sons, a grandson, and three siblings, including John D. Koons ’72 and Linnea Koons Mathews ’79.

James A. Steen '68

Oct. 7, 2015, in Missouri at 69. He earned his dentistry degree in 1972 from the University of Washington, followed by a career in private practice. Two children, a sister, and his former wife survive him.

Michael C. Stankus '69

April 12, 2017, Vero Beach, Fla., at 70. He served in the Merchant Marines 1968-72 then worked at Sikorski Aircraft as a safety engineer and later at URS as a munitions specialist and safety engineer. He volunteered for more than 20 years with Special Olympics, taught fly tying for the Wounded Warriors of Virginia program, and was active with his church choir. His wife, Wendy, two children, two stepchildren, 15 grandchildren, and a brother survive him.

Robert A. Colby '70

May 23, 2017, in Boston, Mass., at 68. He established a career in mortgage insurance and banking, and in his personal life enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and skiing. His two children and four grandchildren survive him.

Louis D. Gordon '71

April 19, 2017, in Yonkers, N.Y., at 67. A former TV, sports, and video producer, he also worked as a congressional press secretary and public relations consultant. He was most recently executive director of BALCONY, Business and Labor Coalition of New York, which he founded in 2006 from a start-up coalition. He was also president of the board of Dance Spotlight, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the Martha Graham dance technique.

William Michael Meserve '72

Feb. 23, 2017, in Arlington, Va., at 67. His graduate studies in Asian history, political science, and law were interrupted by a job offer with the State Departmentís Foreign Service, beginning a 30-year career focused on Japan and China. His positions included political advisor, U.S. Army Pacific, minister-counselor for political affairs, consul general in Japan, and deputy chief of the economic political section in Hong Kong. He was a gifted linguist who won many Department of State awards. He traveled extensively in retirement, including to his home state of Maine, loved to cook, and shared stories and advice readily. Survivors include his wife, M. Carol Moland ’72, two daughters, and a brother. 

Edward Tom Dore III '73

April 7, 2017, in Connecticut. A philosopher, interpreter, and skydiver, he served two tours in Vietnam before graduating from Colby. He went on to earn a masterís and to work for the state of Connecticut, developing the sign language interpreting program at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He’d took thousands of jumps as a skydiver and inspired others at the Ellington Drop Zone outside of Hartford. Three children and a granddaughter survive him.

Leon A. Bradbury Jr. '76

March 8, 2017, in Avon, Conn., at 63. After Colby, he did doctoral studies in philosophy at Brown University and further graduate work in computer science. He worked in television production in Los Angeles, traveled widely, and toured extensively by bicycle, including a U.S. coast-to-coast crossing and a 5,000-mile tour of Europe. Predeceased by his father, Leon Bradbury ’33, he is survived by his sister, Lynn A. Bradbury ’72, and two nieces, including Jennifer Bradbury Isaacson ’18.

Charles J. Bennett III '77

April 23, 2017, in Kennebunkport, Maine, at 63. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maine at Machias, worked at The Jackson Laboratory, then moved to Bangor and was a custom picture framer. He enjoyed writing, singing, and dancing, loved to travel, and had a passion for sports. His two children, eight siblings, and companion, Cindy Hammond, survive him.

James I. Tribble '78

March 15, 2017, in Scituate, Mass., at 60. He earned an M.S. in geology/geophysics from Boston University then worked four years as a geophysicist for Chevron in the West. For the following 32 years, he worked in finance in New England, most recently as senior vice president for wealth management at Morgan Stanley. He had a passion for the outdoors—hunting and fishing—and for athletics, running the Boston Marathon and playing in an ice hockey league. Survivors include his mother, three siblings, three children and their mother, Linda Stahl Tribble ’78, one grandchild, and his fiancé.

Susan J. Wilson '79

March 31, 2017, in Waterville, Maine, at 60. She earned an associate’s degree from the University of Maine at Augusta and completed coursework in medical technology at Kennebec College. She sang in church and community choirs and enjoyed sailing and kayaking. Predeceased by her father, W. Malcolm Wilson ’33, she is survived by her mother, Barbara Wilson, a brother, and extended family.

W. Davis Taylor '82

April 27, 2017, in Wellesley, Mass., at 56. He followed his father’s footsteps to the Boston Globe then left to pursue his passion for the outdoors. He learned arborist skills and established Hound Dog Tree in 1989, where he worked until his death. He loved the seashore, skiing, and playing blues harmonica, which he did for open-mic nights and with area bands. Survivors include his wife, Dawn, their daughter, his mother, and two brothers.

Stephen P. D’Andrea '84

April 25, 2017, in Richmond, Va., at 55. He earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University and worked as a marketing executive at Reynolds Metals. He was a talented songwriter, guitar player, and self-taught pianist. He also loved magic, skiing, and dogs. His wife, Gayle, his father, and four siblings survive him

Kelly Malloy Farrell '87

March 6, 2017, at 52. She was a veterinarian, earning her D.V.M. degree in 1992 from Cornell and practicing in Maine, Virginia, and Florida. She married Matt Farrell in 1997.

Eva M. Adams

Nov. 11, 2015, in Fairfield Center, Maine, at 56. A Sodexo dining services server in Dana dining hall, she worked for 15 years not just making sandwiches for students, but learning their names, hometowns, and dietary preferences. She earned appreciation awards from Sodexo, was engaged in her community, and was honored when asked to wear a Colby football player’s jersey to a home game this season. Survivors include her mother, her husband, John, and two daughters.

Rodney R. Ferland

Nov. 11, 2015, in Albion, Maine, at 60. He began working for Colby’s Physical Plant Department in 1978 and retired in September 2015. With a quiet dignity he maintained Colby’s lawns, roadways, and plantings. He proudly drove the Zamboni at the Alfond Rink, often wearing a necktie, making the best possible ice. Survivors include his brother, nieces, and nephews.

Patience-Anne Williams Lenk

July 24, 2015, in Belfast, Maine, at 87. She worked from 1976 to 1994 as an associate in Special Collections at Colby, and served as subscription manager for the Colby Library Quarterly for 16 years. She was active in community theater groups and women’s rights organizations. Predeceased by her husband, Mortimer Lenk ’41, she is survived by her sons, David ’75 and Robert ’79.

Brent Maroon

Nov. 11, 2015, in Boston, Mass., at 64. A new member of the Colby community, he was a music associate who had performed professionally and taught voice for 28 years. He and his wife, Gayle E. Maroon, who formerly worked in Colby’s Music Department, ran a music studio in Waterville for 20 years. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, three brothers, and his parents.

Jack Sandler

Nov. 19, 2015, in Connecticut at 35. The head men’s lacrosse coach at Colby since 2013, he reportedly collapsed on a treadmill in a hotel while on a recruiting trip. In his first season at Colby, the team won the CBB title. He began coaching at his alma mater, Bates College, then coached for eight years at Skidmore College. He was an NCAA Division III representative to the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and served on an NCAA regional advisory committee. He is survived by his parents and a sister.

Jean Wellington Terry '32

July 31, 2015, in Williamsburg Va., at 104. She obtained her degree in education and during her teaching career helped plan and implement desegregation of the Miami and Dade County schools. Predeceased by her husband of 64 years, William M. Terry ’33, she is survived by her son, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Hope Harlow Moody '39

July 16, 2015, in Falmouth, Maine, at 98. She worked as a registered nurse in obstetrics in Framingham, Mass., and in Augusta and Bangor, Maine. After retirement she provided care to several elderly family members. She was an avid knitter and had a good sense of humor and a positive spirit. She is survived by two children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Kathleen Matteo Hancock '45

Nov. 10, 2015, in York, Maine, at 91. She was a stay-at-home mother who also volunteered in her community. She became a real estate broker and served as chair of the women’s com- mittee and later as a trustee at York Hospital. Predeceased by her husband, former Maine Attorney General Frank Hancock ’45, and sister Eileen Matteo ’44, she is survived by two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Lucille LaGassey Stampon '45

Aug. 28, 2015, in Lewiston, Maine, at 94. She had a long career in teaching, cherishing her students and sharing her enthusiasm for education. In retirement, she spent time with friends, traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and visited family on the West Coast. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter.

Ruth Lewin Emerson '46

Sept. 9, 2015, in Winthrop, Maine, at 90. She taught English at Cony High School and Gates Business College and later worked in the tax assessor’s office in Winthrop. She was an avid reader who also played bridge. Predeceased by her father, Harry Lewin ’20, she is survived by her husband of 70 years, Joseph, four children, seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Janice B. Mills '46

Oct. 1, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla., at 91. She graduated from Columbia Teachers College and taught in the Bridgeport, Conn., school system for many years. She is survived by her sister, nieces, and nephews.

Nancy Loveland Dennen '47

 July 24, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y., at 90. She and her husband ran two gift shops, in Fairlawn and West Milford, N.J., before retiring to Amelia Island, Fla. She loved sailing, painting, gardening, writing, and animals. Predeceased by her husband, Vincent, she is survived by three children, two grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Jean Murray Fallon '47

Aug. 13, 2015, in Augusta, Maine, at 89. She attended Colby before transferring to nursing school but began her career in broadcasting. She was a pioneering female radio and television broadcaster in Maine and chaired the Maine Commission for Women in the 1970s. A registered nurse, she also earned a degree in community health in 1985 and was executive director of the Maine Nurses Association. Predeceased by her husband, Richard, she is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Samuel Shipley “Ship” Atwater '48

June 10, 2015, in Simsbury, Conn., at 93. A first lieutenant in WWII, he earned two Bronze Stars. Retiring after 34 years as a sales executive with IBM, he enjoyed travel, golf, and sailing. Predeceased by his brother James Atwater ’44, he is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marion “Midge” Sturtevant Atwater ’48, two sons, a daughter, and seven grandchildren.

Katherine L. Brine '48

Sept. 4, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio, at 89. She graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Nursing in 1973 and worked as an advanced clinical nurse at the University Hospital of Cleveland.

Ruth Rogers Doering '48

June 15, 2015, in West Hartford, Conn., at 88. She earned an M.S. in mathematics from Radcliffe and taught at Spencer Business College while raising her family, followed by a 20-year career as a tax preparer for H&R Block, retiring in 2009. An avid reader and Jeopardy! fan, she was dedicated to helping others. Predeceased by her husband, Harvey, she is survived by two daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

Mary “Barbara” Gilles '48

In Medford, N.J., at 88. She earned an M.Ed. from Boston University and a professional certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She specialized in reading and became director of reading at public schools in New York. She served as president of the New York State Reading Association.

John M. “Jack” Marsh '48

Sept. 14, 2015, in Sparks, Nev., at 91. He served in the U.S. Marines and worked for 25 years as a social worker. A voracious reader, he listened to classical music and climbed mountains well into his 80s. Predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn, he is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

Shirley Jagger Prue '48

July 19, 2015, in Providence, R.I., at 88. She lived in Smithfield, R.I., for 64 years and was a member of the Smithfield Senior Center Bocce club. Predeceased by her son, Peter, she is survived by four daughters, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Joseph R. Spina '48

Aug. 28, 2015, in Zephyrhills, Fla., at 93. A World War II Army veteran, he worked as a commercial real estate broker in New York City for 50 years. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Scotland Yard Golf Club and Zephyrhills Elks Club. Predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Barbara, he is survived by a son, two daughters, four grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Robert F. Byrom '49

Sept. 12, 2015, in Leominster, Mass., at 92. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he worked for 36 years as a research biologist. He was a skilled carpenter and woodworker. Predeceased by his wife, Beth, he is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Jean Bonnell Day '49

Aug. 4, 2015, in Damariscotta, Maine, at 87. She was involved with her community and her Colby classmates, did theorem painting and tin toleware painting, and loved history. Predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Charles, and her daughter Linda Day ’74, she’s survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.

Barbara Backman Millar '49

Sept. 5, 2015, in Montpelier, Vt., at 88. She worked at the National Life insurance Co. in Montpelier, retiring as a computer systems analyst. She loved to ski and hike and spent much of her retirement sailing on Lake Champlain. Predeceased by two husbands, she is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Russell S. Phillips '49

June 9, 2015, in Walpole, Mass., at 95. A four-year veteran of WWII, he trained in dental technology at Walter Reed Hospital and became a senior dental lab technician. Following the war he earned his degree and was a pharmaceutical representative. He enjoyed reading and traveling with his wife, visiting 30 countries and 26 states. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Moore Phillips ’48.

George N. Bowers '50

Aug. 16, 2015, in Hartford, Conn., at 90. He attended Yale’s School of Medicine and was an M.D. board certified in internal medicine. He was director of clinical chemistry at Hartford Hospital for 42 years, published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, taught at the UConn School of Medicine, and was president of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry. He made his own wine and helped build or renovate more than 60 houses with Habitat for Humanity. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Myra, a daughter, three sons, eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Claire Draper Butler '50

July 19, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla., at 86. A career businesswoman, she was vice president at Voyager Insurance Company. She and her husband, Robert Butler, who predeceased her, were avid fishermen and founding members of the Captain’s Club.

Frank H. Jones Jr. '50

Sept. 7, 2015 in Nashua, N.H., at 92. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and later worked for 32 years in marketing for Shell Oil Company. Predeceased by his father, Frank H. Jones 1914, he was married and had three children.

William P. Niehoff '50

Sept. 8, 2015, in Winslow, Maine, at 90. After serving in the Army Corps of Engineers in World War II, he earned a law degree from Boston University and practiced law in central Maine for 38 years. Active in his community, he skied, golfed, and summered on Snow Pond. Predeceased by his sister Hilda Niehoff True ’43, he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara, a son, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Ormonde L. Brown '51

June 25, 2015, in Reading, Mass., at 87. After completing Officers Candidate School, he served in Naval Communications in Japan during the Korean War. He was a salesman and sales representative for many years. He was Colby’s C Club Man of the Year in 1993. Predeceased by his wife, Dolores, he is survived by a daughter, Marcia Brown Arndt ’76, a son, five grandchildren including Carson L. Brown ’13, and a great-grandson.

Richard T. Chamberlin '52

Aug. 26, 2015, in Augusta, Maine, at 84. He graduated from Tufts School of Medicine and was a Navy physician before returning to Waterville to practice internal medicine at Thayer Hospital. He was medical director of the Bingham Associates Fund, held academic positions at Tufts, and was president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine. He was an avid skier and Red Sox fan. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, five sons, a daughter, 12 grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, and first wife Jean.

Greta Anthoensen Chesley '52

July 10, 2015, in Levant, Maine, at 85. She and her husband served from 1980 to 1997 as missionaries in Alaska with Outreach to Russia. Their ministry to support Russian churches continued until 2010 with Credo Ministries, which they founded. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Bill, a daughter, three sons, 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father, Frederick Anthoensen, a renowned craftsman printer who received an honorary master’s degree from Colby in 1951.

George B. Laffey Jr. '52

June 27, 2015, in Chatham, Mass., at 84. He and his wife owned and operated Camp Avalon, a sailing camp with many recreation activities in Chathamport, Mass., for 20 years before retiring to Vero Beach, Fla., where he organized the Laffey tennis group at the Moorings. Predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Winkler Laffey ’53, and son Glenn, he is survived by a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Anton Martin Bruehl '53

Sept. 13, 2015, in Huntington, N.Y., at 85. He was senior vice president of Danzer-Fitzgerald-Sample advertising, and was involved with “Game of the Week with Dizzy Dean” and “Rocky & Bullwinkle.” He later established a software company and worked for the Town of Huntington. He was a jazz enthusiast and active in local politics.

Robert A. Dow '53

Aug. 20, 2015, in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, at 84. A pastor in Nova Scotia after high school, he transferred to Colby after being assigned to the China (Maine) Baptist Church. He earned two master’s degrees and a doctorate of ministries. He was a pastor, consultant, youth director, university faculty member, counselor, and director of counseling across the Northeast and briefly in Denver. He published two books and many essays and professional papers. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eleanor, four children, and six grandchildren.

Claire Macy Dubis '53

Aug. 1, 2015, in Chatham, Mass., at 83. She worked in a Harvard research lab before marrying and helped her father at B.F. Macy’s in Boston before starting at least four new businesses. She taught middle school math and was active in her community, Chatham, Mass. She loved golf, bridge, and family traditions. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and nine grandchildren.

Richard H. Wetmore '53

April 20, 2015, in Schenectady, N.Y., at 83. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for Metropolitan Life insurance Co. in East Greenbush, N.Y., for many years and was a member of the Kinderhook Zoning Board of Appeals. He is survived by his wife, Diana, two sons, and two granddaughters.

Betty Latter Longbottom '54

July 24, 2015, in Portland, Maine, at 83. She worked for the Convention and Visitors Bureau at the Chamber of Commerce and for many years was director of planned giving for the Salvation Army. She performed at New England theaters in many plays, including Nunsense and Sweeney Todd. She is survived by her partner of 40 years, David Gonlet, her former husband, Robert Longbottom ’54, three children, and a granddaughter.

David M. Raup '54

July 9, 2015, in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., at 82. A pioneering paleontologist, he opened new approaches to extinction patterns and biodiversity. He earned his Ph.D. in geology and paleontology from Harvard and taught at CalTech, Johns Hopkins, and University of Rochester. He was dean of science at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and later joined the University of Chicago faculty. Predeceased by his brother, Karl A. Raup ’51, he is survived by his wife, Judith, a son, a grandson, and a stepson.

Ward W. Tracy '54

July 27, 2015, in Greenwich, Conn., at 82. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School and practiced dentistry in New York City and in Stamford and Greenwich, Conn. He sang and performed with the Troupers Light Opera Company. He is survived by his companion, Meg Boshes, three sons, a daughter, eight grandchildren, and former wives, Prudence Belcher Schuler ’53 and Margaret Vincent.

Elizabeth Ayash Buckley '55

Oct. 10, 2015, in Vienna, Va., at 81. In 1980 she received the CIA medal for 25 years of honorable service including tours in Pakistan and Thailand, and she went on to senior positions at AT&T, Bell Labs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, INTELSAT, UNISYS, and major law firms. She founded CIRA’s Gold Coast chapter in Florida and volunteered at many organizations. She is survived by a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.

George E. Haskell '55

Sept. 11, 2015, in Wolfeboro, N.H., at 81. He had a lifelong love of flying and spent six years as a jet pilot and flight instructor in the Air Force. He started Spectrum Training Corp. with his wife and was founder, president, and CEO of Leading Indicator Systems, a software company, at the time of his death. He was a Colby trustee emeritus and an overseer. Survivors include his wife, Karen Lawrence ’67, six daughters, and seven grandchildren.

Stephen M. Kaufman '55

June 27, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La., at 82. He served in the Air Force from 1956 to 1976, including two tours of duty in Southeast Asia. He received numerous awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Airman Medal. For 23 years he was a realtor with C.J. Brown. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.

Arlie R. Porath '55

Sept. 4, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 82. As right-of-way appraiser for the Maine Department of Transportation he helped implement the Maine Traveler Information Services Act, which banned billboards visible from Maine public highways. He loved the Maine coast, collected art, and golfed. Survivors include his daughter, Stacy Porath Bruder ’91, a son, and four grandchildren

Alfred C. Clapp '56

Dec. 28, 2014, in Athens, Ohio, at 81. After graduate work at NYU, he worked in finance for corporate and charitable organizations. He taught at various colleges in upstate New York, then started Financial Strategies and Services in New York City. He is survived by his wife, Alice, two sons, three grandchildren, and a nephew, William Clapp ’87.

Vincent J. Ferrara '56

Aug. 7, 2015, in Aspen, Colo., at 81. He had a career in the fine paper industry, establishing and acquiring a number of paper businesses. He raised animals, trees, and flowers as well as food that he cooked for family and friends. He was a sailor, traveler, fly-fisher, motorcyclist, and skier. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ana, a son, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Barbara Baldwin Smith '56

Feb. 5, 2014, in Emporia, Kan., at 79. She worked as a stewardess until she married, then lived near military bases with her husband, Jay Winthrop Smith ’56, an Air Force pilot. Widowed in 1976, she remained in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and sponsored Jordanian families attending college there. She spent summers in Sebago, Maine. Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by four daughters, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Joan King Darcy '58

June 7, 2015, in New Lebanon, N.Y., at 78. She was a lifelong educator whose teaching career spanned three decades and three schools in Vermont and Massachusetts. In retirement she was active in her community, including with the fire department and the senior ministry at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in New Lebanon. She is survived by a brother and by nieces and nephews.

Anthony W. Ruvo '59

June 8, 2015, in North Caldwell, N.J., at 78. In a 40-year career with Union Camp Corp., he retired as vice president and general manager of the folding carton division. A 46-year resident of North Caldwell, he was a church lector, coached recreational baseball and basketball, and was on the board of the Bloomfield (N.J.) Educational Foundation. In 1990 he was inducted into the Bloomfield Athletic Hall of Fame. Predeceased by a grandson, he is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Jane, a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren.

Jeanette Benn Anderson '61

June 3, 2015, in Bangor, Maine, at 75. She returned to her native Houlton, Maine, and taught English before raising a family. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1981, she chaired the local MS Society chapter, mentored others with chronic illness, and sold nutritional supplements. She received Colby’s Distinguished Alumna Award in 2006. Predeceased by her father, Oscar Benn ’25, she is survived by her husband, Bob, a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren. Four of her uncles and two aunts attended Colby.

Paul J. White '62

 ’62, Oct. 20, 2015, in Cumberland, Maine, at 75. He earned his M.B.A. from Boston University and had a career in the financial services industry in Massachusetts and Maine. He volunteered at organizations and charities including Maine Medical Center and Catholic Charities and supported Colby athletics. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Katherine, three children, three grandchildren, and his sister Sally White Butler ’63.

Cynthia Richmond Hopper '63

July 1, 2015, in Millsboro, Del., at 74. In Avon, Conn., she was a director of Avon Dollars for Scholars and a member of the garden club. She was active in Republican politics and served on the Avon Republican Town Committee. She was former director of the Avon Free Public Library and was on the board of the Connecticut Waterfowl Trust. Predeceased by her daughter, she is survived by her husband, Monte, a son, and three grandchildren.

Donald E. Gilbert Jr. '64

Sept. 24, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif., at 72. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Coast Guard, then built a career as a commercial banker with Chemical Bank in New York and Republic Bank in Houston before founding a private investment banking firm. He traveled the world with his wife, fished, and spent time outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Susan, four children, and four grandchildren.

Alfred C. Olivetti '64

Sept. 30, 2015, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., at 73. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a major. He was active in the College of Charleston Italian Association and taught computers at Septima P. Clark Corp. for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Connie, a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, and two brothers.

Douglas R. Keene '66

Oct. 7, 2015, in Scarborough, Maine, at 71. A U.S. foreign service officer, he worked at U.S. consulates and embassies in the Mideast. He was director of Arabian Peninsula Affairs during the first Gulf War and senior advisor for Middle East affairs in the U.S. delegation to the UN. He received the Vietnam medal, Superior Honor Awards, and a Cross of Merit of the Order of the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulcher. In retirement he traveled and was community archivist for Ocean Park, Maine. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Beth Adams Keene ’66, sons Garrett and Sterling ’91, four grandchildren, a great-grandson, and brother David Keene ’68.

Louise Reburn McDowell '66

April 15, 2015, in Gilbert, Ariz., at 70. She was a Pan Am stewardess before marrying and becoming a homemaker and mother. Predeceased by her husband, Charles C. McDowell ’65, she is survived by two sons and two grandsons.


Christopher Armstrong '68

July 21, 2015, in Scotch Plains, N.J., at 70. He received his J.D. at Syracuse University and joined the firm of Armstrong & Little, which later became the Law Office of Christopher D. Armstrong. He was involved in the United Way for many years, becoming president and board chair of the United Way of Greater Union County. Predeceased by his his former wife, Lorraine Rudman Armstrong ’67, he is survived by his companion of 30 years, Barbara Dougherty, a brother, a niece, and a nephew.

Frederick C. Emery Jr. '69

Sept. 4, 2015, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 67. After serving in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Cornell Law School. He worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in western New York and later as assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maine for 23 years. Predeceased by his parents, Frederick ’38 and Mary Heard Emery ’38, he is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren, four siblings, his partner, Carolyn Mowers, and his former wife, Alicia Ritts Orrick ’71.

Donald W. Leith '69

Aug. 8, 2015, in West Boylston, Mass., at 68. He ran L&J of New England Inc., a family business, and had been president of the New England chapter, National Association of Metal Finishers. He was involved in community groups in central Massachusetts including West Boylston Little League and Burncoat Babe Ruth, as well as charities including Camp Putnam and Worcester Boys Club. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, two sons, brother, Duncan Leith ’73, and two sisters.

David M. Shea '70

Aug. 8, 2015, in Boston, Mass., at 67. He earned a master’s in atmospheric science at the University of Wyoming and worked for 37 years as an atmospheric scientist with AEMCOM Co., an environmental consulting company in Chelmsford, Mass. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and boating. He was a member of St. Boniface Parish in Lunenburg and was a soccer coach and high school soccer referee. He is survived by his wife, Linda Loring Shea ’70, a son, and two daughters.

Mark Chalek '71

Sept. 10, 2015, in Brookline, Mass., at 66. Mark passed away after a long struggle with depression. He received his master’s in education from Boston University and worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as chief of business ventures and as a director. He is survived by his wife, Jenny Lavigne, two children, and two brothers.

Christine Mattern Way '73

Sept. 17, 2015, in Stow, Mass., at 64. She graduated from Boston University Law School in 1981 and worked as a lawyer, educator, coach, town committee member, and volunteer. She worked at Palmer and Dodge law firm and taught ethics at Newbury College and legal writing at BU Law School. She loved tennis, sailing, and cross country skiing and was a cook, a debater, reader, and writer. Survivors include her parents, her husband, Jon Way, M.D., and three sons including David ’09.

Tina Lindegren Horne '74

Oct. 12, 2015, in Norwalk, Conn., at 63. She received a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of New Hampshire and had a successful career in marketing, first at Wang Laboratories and for the last 12 years at IBM. She gardened, played tennis, and sailed Long Island Sound. Predeceased by her husband, Fred, she is survived by two daughters.

Edward S. Cronick '74

June 1, 2015, in Lyndeborough, N.H., at 61. He raised a family in Anchorage, Alaska, where he was president of Sound Environmental Services, Inc., which specialized in waste remediation. More recently he was director of sustainability at Kimball Union Academy, his alma mater. He is survived by four children, a grandson, and lifelong friend Sarah Ellis.

Barbara Brennan Silano '76

May 16, 2015, in Menlo Park, Calif., at 60. A graduate of Suffolk Law School in Boston, she worked as a criminal prosecutor in the Bronx and rose to become chief federal prosecutor of the Organized Crime Drug Task Force, U.S. Department of Justice, in San Francisco. She is survived by her husband, Robert, a daughter, and a son.

Robert F. McCaughey '77

Sept. 20, 2015, in Kileen, Texas, at 60. He worked in sales for television stations in Denver and on the East Coast. A devoted Christian, he loved to golf and was a Patriots fan. Survivors include his wife, Mary, three sons, a stepdaughter, five grandchildren, and two siblings.

Martin “Marty” S. Reader '78

Oct. 7, 2015, in Minnetonka Beach, Minn., at 59. He received his M.B.A. from Cornell University and built a career in marketing, becoming executive vice president at FieldSolutions, Inc. He is survived by his wife, Susan, two daughters, including Alison Reader ’12, a son, and a sister.

Lee Roberts '78

 Aug. 4, 2015 in Jensen Beach, Fla., at 59. He sold antiques; designed, manufactured, and restored lamps living in a small adobe structure in New Mexico for a time; and worked as a sale representative and shipping consultant at Unishippers, a Melbourne, Florida-based company.

Cathie Ann Marqusee '80

Sept. 19, 2015, in Arlington, Mass., at 57. For more than 20 years she worked at the Peabody School in Cambridge as an occupational therapist. She was a photographer and painter and sang in the Great Boston Intergenerational Chorus. She is survived by her husband, James Pustejovsky, a daughter, a son, and her mother.

Eric L. Weeks '80

July 3, 2015, in East Winthrop, Maine, at 59. He played football at Colby and was invited to the Patriots free agent camp. He worked in advertising for Maine newspapers and magazines and established a successful Internet business. He later worked in mental health support. He is survived by his mother, his former wife, Donna Rancourt Young, a daughter and a son named Colby.

Damon G. Douglas III '82

June 6, 2015, in Amherst, Mass., at 55. A 22-year resident of Amherst, he taught in elementary schools and was an educational consultant for Collaborative Educational Services. He traveled in Europe, South America, and the American West and was active in mountaineering, skiing, trail running, and cycling. He maintained part of the New England National Scenic Trail. He is survived by his wife, Therese Ross, and three children.

Heidi Dickman Taylor '83

Oct. 18, 2015, in Los Alamos, N.M., at 54. With her husband she owned and operated Don Taylor’s Photography since 1984. She hiked, skied, and camped in the Southwest and traveled to reunions on Cape Cod. Survivors include her husband, Don, and two children.

Roland D. Cheyney '88

June 22, 2015, in Acton, Mass., at 49. An English major, he forged a career in educational publishing and helped young people apply what they learned. He was an avid reader, eager to pass along knowledge. He is survived by his wife, Karen, his mother, and two children

Corey Kessler '99

Aug. 9, 2015, in Scotts Valley, Calif., at 38. He worked as a paralegal for several years before continuing earning a J.D. at Seattle University School of Law and a LL.M. at Boston University School of Law. He joined KPMG accounting firm as manager and worked in mergers and acquisitions–tax in Boston and Santa Clara, Calif. He enjoyed fishing, shooting sports, and mountain biking. He is survived by his parents, his wife, Krista, and their two children.

Catherine Nix '10

Aug. 22, 2015, in Jackson, Wyo. She was a camp counselor and backcountry trip leader in the Tetons and worked at C-Bar-V, a school for children with special needs. An accomplished marathoner, skier, hiker, trail biker, and outdoorsperson, she was killed in a fall from Teewinot Mountain in Grand Teton National Park. She planned to pursue a doctorate in psychology at Pace University this academic year. She is survived by her parents, a grandmother, and three siblings.