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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.

John M. Joseph Sr.

June 23, 2016, in Waterville, Maine, at 95. He spent three years in the Pacific during World War II and received an honorable discharge as staff sergeant. He returned to Waterville’s Lebanese community and, along with his brother Peter, owned and operated the Colby College Spa for 35 years. Upon his retirement, in 1985, the Spa was renamed the Joseph Family Spa. He belonged to the Colby Key Club and the C Club, and the Class of 1962 dedicated its yearbook to him. He was active with his church, was a founding member of the Lebanon Youth Society, and belonged to the Waterville Country Club. Survivors include three sons, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two brothers.

Peter J. Ré Sr.

July 24, 2016, in Scarborough, Maine, at 97. After studying at Julliard, he earned a B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A. from Columbia. A pianist, composer, and conductor, he joined Colby’s faculty as a music instructor in 1951 and retired as a full professor in 1984. He arranged jazz standards for the Colby Eight and started the Colby Piano Institute and the Summer School of Music. After conducting the Bangor Symphony Orchestra from 1964 to 1974, he became conductor and musical director of Colby’s Community Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. In 1973 he received the Award of Merit from the Maine State Commission on Arts and Humanities. He enjoyed European travel and fly fishing in Maine, and he was an organist for Catholic churches in Oakland and Waterville. Six children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive him.

Ethel Bragg Williams '33

May 24, 2016, in Waterville, Maine, at 103. A mother and a homemaker, she was also an organist at the Getchell Street Baptist Church in Waterville, where she was a member. One daughter, Barbara Gee, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive her.

Melvin Markson '39

April 2, 2016, in Aventura, Fla., at 101. He left Colby to serve with the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific during World War II. He spent his professional career as a tea and coffee merchant in Springfield, Mass. Two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him.

Eleanor Thomas Curtis '40

May 2, 2016, in Houston, Texas, at 97. In addition to being a mother and homemaker, she earned a degree in occupational therapy and worked as a therapist at Houston Community College. Her daughter and three grandchildren survive her.

Earl E. Thompson '42

May 7, 2016, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, at 95. Skills earned in the U.S. Navy during World War II furthered his work with Scott Paper and Great Northern Paper as a radio technician. He belonged to the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge, where he served as chaplain. He was the first person to ski down Big Squaw Mountain in Greenville, Maine, and was a ski instructor there. Two daughters, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him.

Harriet Rex Feeney '43

Feb. 1, 2016, in South Dartmouth, Mass., at 93. She studied advertising at the University of Missouri and spent her career at J. Walter Thompson in New York, first as a writer for print advertising and eventually as a producer for TV commercials. She won a Cannes Gold Lion award and was named Advertising Woman of the Year in 1972. Her son and three grandchildren survive her.

Donald M. Butcher '44

March 31, 2016, in Pittsford, N.Y., at 94. His military service included three years in the Pacific as a Marine, retiring as a captain. He went on to a 40-year career as an insurance field manager. A devoted golfer, he shot his age twice and had three holes-in-one. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Dorothy, three children, and a granddaughter.

George H. Conley '44

July 29, 2016, in Ellsworth, Maine, at 98. He was in Europe during World War II with the Army’s 9th Infantry Division. After the war, he worked for a furniture company, belonged to the VFW, and was active with his church. Two daughters and two grandchildren survive him.

Peter H. Igarashi '44

April 15, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa., at 93. He earned a B.D. in 1946, a Th.D. from Harvard University in 1950, and a certification from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1960, the same year he was ordained a deacon and a priest. He ministered in churches in Pennsylvania, then was a professor of the New Testament at the University of the South. His last church was St. Mark’s Church in Waterville, Maine, from which he retired in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Kimiko, with whom he raised a daughter.

Lois Loudon Cutler '45

April 19, 2016, in Bryan, Texas, at 91. She was a stewardess for Eastern Airlines for three years before starting her family. In 1965 she began graduate work in education then taught in Newton and Cambridge, Mass., for 15 years. She raised, trained, and showed English springer spaniels, winning numerous awards. Genealogy interested her too—she belonged to the Mayflower Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Five children, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren survive her.

Glenyce Miller Kaplan '46

May 5, 2016, in Newcastle, N.H., at 91. Dedicated to her family, she volunteered at local hospitals and was a founding member of Temple Emanuel in Marblehead. Predeceased by her aunt, Dorothy Levine Alfond ’38, uncles Ludy Levine ’21 and Pacy Levine ’27, and brother Howard Miller ’40, she is survived by her three children and four grandchildren.

Avis Yatto Gadbout '48

Feb. 20, 2016, in Bethlehem, Pa., at 88. A homemaker and mother, she gave her time as a literacy volunteer, as a religious education teacher, and to her community through the Welcome Wagon. Gardening, golfing, skiing, and bridge occupied her free time. Survivors include four children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Barbara Herrington Keith '48

July 13, 2016, in Springfield, Mass., at 89. An involved citizen, she served on the Watertown, Mass., Girl Scout Council for 10 year, three of them as president, and volunteered at her local hospital and food pantry. In 1966 she was the first woman underwriter trainee hired by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance and went on to be an underwriter for 23 years. Two children survive her.

Wallace C. Robbins '48

July 21, 2016, in Bangor, Maine, at 89. After one year at Colby, he enlisted with the Army Air Corp during World War II. He went on to earn degrees in forestry and became a professor at the University of Maine. He was active with the Society of American Foresters, the Baptist church, and Maine’s Republican party. Two children, a granddaughter, and a sister survive him.

Rae Libby Hutchinson '49

Aug. 10, 2016, in Falmouth, Maine, at 88. Committed to her community, she served in leadership and board roles in nonprofit organizations such as Maine Medical Center, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony, and the Portland Adult Literacy ESL Program. She played the piano into her 70s, grew flowers, and managed her husband’s dental practice. Survivors include her three children—Mark, John, and Gail Hutchinson Conley ’84—and six grandchildren.

Joan Abbott North '49

June 24, 2016, at Old Saybrook, Conn., at 89. She earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and worked for 25 years in education, including time as a guidance counselor. In retirement, she was involved with the women’s club, where she served as president 1986-88, and the historical society, both in Old Saybrook. Two stepchildren and her twin sister survive her.

Mary Marjorie Plaisted '49

June 12, 2016, in Bangor, Maine, at 88. A lifelong educator, she taught and coached in Maine schools from 1949 to 1974, along the way earning a master’s in education from the University of Maine and a certificate of advanced study. She was a competitive bowler and was the state candlepin class A champion and the state doubles class A champion. A sports lover, she played on women’s basketball teams, enjoyed jogging, swimming, and tennis, and rooted for Boston sports teams. She is survived by a brother and a sister.

Barbara Hart Shanahan '49

Jan. 16, 2016, in Springfield, Va., at 88. Devoted to her family and community, she was active with the League of Women Voters and other organizations. In 1987 she received the Fairfax County’s Citizen of the Year award and in 1999 she was recognized for her service with the redevelopment and housing authority in Fairfax County, Va. A lover of books, she also played bridge and solved crossword puzzles. Predeceased by her husband, Daniel Shanahan Jr. ’49, and her brother Kenneth Hart ’51, she is survived by six children and 13 grandchildren.

Thomas S. Squiers '49

April 24, 2016, in Augusta, Maine, at 92. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was director of sales tax for the State of Maine, Bureau of Taxation, and was active with his church. Survivors include three sons, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Nelson T. Everts '50

July 8, 2016, in Wellesley, Mass., at 90. He enlisted with the U.S. Navy during World War II and became an accountant and investment manager, working mostly at the First National Bank of Boston. He served on boards for the New England Home for Little Wanderers and the Wellesley Community Center, and, as an avid golfer and tennis player into his 80s, belonged to several tennis and country clubs. He supported Colby by volunteering for his class, the Alumni Council, and the Colby Club of Boston, service that earned him a Colby Brick Award in 1976. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elinor, three sons, and seven grandchildren.

Audrey King Hutchinson '50

April 22, 2016, in Falmouth, Maine, at 86. After working at Porteous, Mitchell, and Braun as a buyer and part-time model, she devoted herself to her family, her community, and Maine politics. She volunteered and raised money for local schools, founded and served as president for Friends of Maine Medical Center, and hosted benefits for Maine governors and senators. She loved playing games and was a skilled fly fisherman. Survivors include her four daughters and eight grandchildren.

Jane Merrill Thomas '50

April 23, 2016, in Peabody, Mass., at 87. In the 1950s she taught French and physical education at Maine Central Institute and worked for General Electric Company in Lynn, Mass. After marrying, she dedicated herself to her home and children while enjoying knitting, crocheting, and playing Bingo. Survivors include her two sons, William and James.

Sue Rees Cowley '51

March 31, 2016, in Missoula, Mont., at 86. She worked behind the scenes in radio before marrying, starting a family, and becoming a homemaker. She taught skiing at the Lookout Free Ski School, volunteered for the American Red Cross, and advocated for education through P.E.O. and A.A.U.W. Survivors include six children and many grandchildren.

E. Wesley Freeman '51

May 5, 2016, at 85. His experience with Professor Jordan in freshman math at Colby led him to become a mathematics teacher himself, first for 17 years at high schools in New Hampshire then for 11 years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla., after he retired. He never married, lived quietly, and kept busy helping others in small ways.

Nadeen Finberg Liebeskind '51

May 8, 2016, in Israel at 86. She began her family in Portland, Maine, then immigrated in 1968 to Nazareth Illit, Israel, where she founded a nursery school. Five children, 14 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren survive her.

Leland Lowery '51

March 29, 2016, in Orono, Maine, at 88. A radio operator with the U.S. Navy during World War II, he became a Maine State trooper and then spent 25 years as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After retirement, he opened a private investigative firm. He belonged to the Elks Lodge and was elected Exalted Ruler in 1972, was a Kiwanis member for 35 years, and was a Mason AF&M member for 50 years. Predeceased by his wife, Nydda Barker Lowery ’49, and cousin Donna Elliot Harriman ’48, he is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Robert B. Kaake '52

Dec. 29, 2015, at 87. He served with the U.S. Air Force in World War II then worked as a traffic supervisor for the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. Survivors include his wife, Lorilea, with whom he had three children, including Robert D. Kaake ’77.

Carol Thacker Scott '52

Nov. 18, 2014, in Old Saybrook, Conn., at 84. She earned an M.Ed. from Boston University in 1954 and then was a nursery school teacher and director for 23 years. She volunteered making quilts for shut-ins, driving seniors to appointments, and serving on numerous church committees. She sang with, held offices with, and made costumes for Sweet Adelines International for 22 years. Survivors include her three children, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Raymond A. Ducharme Jr. '53

May 24, 2016, in Leeds, Mass., at 85. After two years in the U.S. Army, he earned a master’s from Teachers College at Columbia University and taught high school history for several years. He returned to Columbia and earned a doctorate in education in 1966 and taught at Columbia until 1969. He later taught at Smith College and was director of its Campus School for 12 years. He researched and wrote about small rural schools and was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife, Lois, six children, including Devon Ducharme ’06, and three grandchildren.

Arthur O. Kimball '53

April 29, 2016, in Williamsburg, Va., at 85. With humble roots in Waterville, Maine, he earned an M.B.A. in 1958 from Columbia University School of Business then made New York City his home. He worked at Columbia University for 30 years, first as director of development then as associate dean of the school of law. The Arthur Kimball Scholarship Endowment Fund at Columbia was established in 1986 in his honor. He loved art, antiques, music, and lilies. He served on boards of various nonprofits including the Development Council for the Archives of American Art and the Greater Williamsburg, Va., Symphony Society. His wife of 58 years, Bernice, survives him, as does a brother, Richard.

Gordon E. Marquis '53

May 10, 2016, in Upton, Mass., at 84. A U.S. Army veteran, he graduated from the U.S. Army Language School and was a Russian interpreter in occupied Germany. After his honorable discharge in 1960, he built a 30-year career with New England Electric System in the environmental affairs team. He volunteered in his town and church, read history books, and was an opera aficionado. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Pauline Hoyt Marquis ’57, two children, and five grandchildren. 

Alice Tyler Pierce '53

July 30, 2016, in Grand Forks, N.D., at 85. She was a mother and a homemaker who also managed her husband’s medical practice in Pittsfield, Maine, and maintained a large garden. Her husband of 62 years, Thomas, two children, and three grandchildren survive her.

Richard M. Skelley '53

April 30, 2016, in Urbana, Ohio, at 84. A lieutenant JG with the U.S. Navy in the Korean War, he belonged to the exclusive “century club” for completing 100 carrier landings from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. He later worked as a lumber salesman and eventually founded and owned Skelley Lumber in Urbana, Ohio. His wife, Ellen, three children, and seven grandchildren survive him.

Ward F. Stevens Jr. '53

May 22, 2016, in Utica, N.Y., at 85. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany in the mid-1950s. He built a career in insurance, working as an underwriter and commercial lines manager for the Hartford Insurance Company. He loved gardening, the outdoors, and the Adirondacks. His five children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and sister survive him.

David W. Swindells '53

July 31, 2016, in Fall River, Mass., at 85. During the Korean War he was a communications officer aboard the USS Power, and upon discharge worked towards his M.S. in labor relations from Cornell, which he earned in 1957. He had a 30-year career in labor relations with various companies such as Westinghouse and the Bairnco Corporation. He belonged to the American Legion, played golf, sailed, and enjoyed reading history. His wife of 61 years, Sarah, and two daughters survive him.

Stanley B. Abrams '54

Sept. 1, 2015, in Providence, R.I., at 82. He served on the USS Shasta with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a co-owner of What Cheer Foods for 25 years and was active in the Jewish community. A member of his temple, he also served on its board. He was past president of the Jewish Historical Association and belonged to the Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial Museum. Survivors include two children, five grandchildren, and a sister.

Douglas C. Howard '54

May 1, 2016, at 85. He worked in sales, eventually assuming the role of assistant manager for a security company in California. He is predeceased by his wife, Sally Baines Howard ’53, with whom he had two daughters.

Russell W. Kerr Jr. '54

March 7, 2016, in Sarasota, Fla., at 85. A Korean War veteran, he was honorably discharged in 1955 with the rank of sergeant. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, became a businessman and artisan, played golf, and was an okay card player. Predeceased by his wife, Kathryn Russell Kerr ’56, he is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Charles M. Landay '54

June 21, 2016, in Brookline, Mass., at 83. During the Korean War he served in U.S. Army Intelligence until 1958. He worked for Seneca Shoes. In 1999 he established the Martin and Landay Scholarship Fund at Colby in honor of his parents. He was an avid runner, president of his temple in Needham, Mass., and a Mason. Survivors include his wife, Sheila, five children, including Lori Landay ’85, seven grandchildren, and two brothers, including Roger Landay ’56.

Katherine Davenport Lindsay '54

July 1, 2016, in Walpole, Mass., at 83. She married and moved to Alabama shortly after graduating from Colby and was a homemaker for 17 years. She worked as a claims authorizer with the Social Security Administration for many years and took computer programming classes. She was active with the League of Women Voters, played bridge, and enjoyed reading, traveling, and lobster. Four children, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive her.

Patricia Ingraham Murray '54

May 27, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y., at 84. She dedicated herself to her family and her home, but also taught elementary school for a period. Survivors include two daughters and five grandchildren.

Katharine Wolcott Turner '56

June 6, 2016, in San Rafael, Calif., at 82. In 1961 she earned a master’s in biology from Rochester University, which she employed for 30 years as a science teacher in New York and Maryland. A political activist, she was the first president of the League of Women’s Voters in her community, established a farmers market, and promoted farmland preservation. She read widely, volunteered for the Inland Seas Program, and was active with the Unitarian Universalist Church. Her two daughters, three stepchildren, four grandchildren, and two siblings survive her.

Audrey Snyder Donley '57

Nov. 11, 2015, in Topsham, Maine, at 80. A homemaker and mother, she took pleasure in skiing, gardening, and studying the Bible. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gordon, two children, and two grandchildren.

Ann Wieland Spaeth '58

June 30, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa., at 79. A traveler, an athlete, a lover of art and music, and dedicated mother. She coached hockey and lacrosse at Springside School and was inducted to its sports Hall of Fame. Many boards in Philadelphia benefited from her involvement as did St. Paul’s Church, where she sang in its choir for 60 years and participated in its outreach ministries. Her husband of 53 years, Karl, three sons, nine grandchildren, and three siblings survive her. 

Carol A. York Fortier '60

Aug. 5, 2016, in Auburn, Maine, at 78. She received a master’s in education from Whittier College and subsequently taught third grade at Sherwood Heights Elementary School in Auburn for 31 years. Her family, gardening, and Maine’s four seasons brought her much happiness. Her children, Tina and Tom, five grandchildren, and two siblings survive her.

Eunice Bucholz Spooner '60

April 17, 2016, in Sidney Maine, at 77. Her teaching career began in 1972 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in Oakland, Maine, and continued beyond her retirement in 1982, when she served on school boards, volunteered at schools, started a computer club for kids, and founded the Oakland (Maine) P.T.O. She earned a master’s in education from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1978 and a C.A.S. in math education in 1982, the same year a car accident left her a quadriplegic. She received the WLBZ Jefferson Award in 1989 for her volunteerism and was active with her church. Survivors include three sons—David, Peter, and John—and six grandchildren.

Janet Haskins Mandaville '61

April 27, 2016, in Portland, Ore., at 75. She earned bachelor’s degrees at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Portland State University. In addition to mothering, she worked as a teacher, librarian, community center director, and editor. Her business, Mandaville Associates, provided writing services to businesses and magazines. She traveled to six continents, was a foster parent, and helped raise nearly one million dollars to build a new library in Athena, Ore. Survivors include three children and six grandchildren.

Kenyon W. Bee '62

Aug. 1, 2016, in New Orleans, La., at 76. He volunteered with the Green Beret Special Forces to fight in Vietnam, after which he traveled extensively. He worked for Shell Oil Company as a district marketing manager and retired as operator of 15 Shell stations in the New Orleans area. His wife, Carol, a daughter, two grandchildren, and a sister survive him.

Neal Ossen '63

Aug. 8, 2016, in Hartford, Conn., at 74. He served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania then earned a law degree at the University of Connecticut. He was a legal aid lawyer, started his own law firm, and was counsel to the Connecticut House of Representatives Democrats. In addition, he served as a Uniform Law Commissioner for more than 30 years. He loved to cook, bake, and eat out, and loved his family. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Rick, three children, and two grandchildren.

John R. Brassil '71

May 16, 2016, at 66. His career in education included teaching English at high schools in Maine, serving as English department chair at Mt. Ararat High School, consulting for the AP program of the College Board, and staying active in professional English teacher councils. He earned a master’s in English from the University of New Hampshire and a C.A.S. from Northeastern. He had a daughter, Claire, with Martha McCall Grant ’70, and helped raise two children with his wife, Claudette Lachance. 

Erland C. McLetchie '72

May 1, 2016, in Wolfeboro, N.H., at 66. After earning his law degree in 1975 from Suffolk University Law School, he practiced law for 40 years in New Hampshire. He frequently offered pro bono legal services to those in need and received the New Hampshire Bar Association President’s Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on several occasions. He was a fly fisherman, small-plane pilot, world war history buff, and a family man. Survivors include his wife, Janet Veasey McLetchie ’72, three sons, including Andrew ’00 and Doug ’01, and three grandchildren.

Jane P. Morse '73

Aug. 22, 2016, in Phippsburg, Maine, at 65. She earned a law degree in 1980 from Boston University School of Law and practiced in Boston for 13 years. She moved to Phippsburg in 1993 and dedicated herself to improving the arts and economy of Bath, Maine, by founding Main Street Bath and serving on the board of numerous institutions and organizations. She was at home boating on the water, enjoyed opera and reading, and loved the maritime history of the Phippsburg area. A brother and a sister survive her as do nieces and nephews.

Ralph F. Field '74

Jan. 5, 2016, in Portland, Maine, at 63. He received his M.A. from the University of Maine and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell. His interest in rural and environmental development took him to Africa, where was a Peace Corps volunteer, a USAID consultant, and a social scientist. In the United States, he was program assistant for The Tree Project with the United Nations, taught university courses, and was a Mellon research fellow. Predeceased by his parents, Ralph H. ’50 and  Virginia Hill Field ’48, he is survived by his spouse, Joey.

Scott C. Faulkner '76

March 7, 2016, in Chester, Va., at 61. He graduated from the textile sciences program at UMass Dartmouth and worked as a textile engineer for more than 30 years. He loved motorcycles and music, was a member of the River City Blues Society, and played the keyboard in several bands. Survivors include his wife, Sandra, and his mother.

Melissa Waldron Raue '76

July 23, 2016, in Maple Canyon, Utah, at 62. She earned a master’s in deafness rehabilitation from New York University in 1982 and worked for the New York League for the Hard of Hearing. In the 1990s she attended the physician assistant program at Yale and was a physician assistant in dermatology. An experienced rock climber, she fell to her death while climbing in Maple Canyon. Survivors include her husband, David Raue ’76, and their two sons.

Timothy B. Hussey '78

June 13, 2016, in Boston, Mass., at 59. He earned an M.B.A. at Cornell and returned to Maine to join the family business, Hussey Seating Company, becoming its president in 1995. He served on Colby’s Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2009 and as a Colby Overseer from 1997 to 2003, he was co-chair of the Maine Economic Growth Council, on the board of the Maine Compact for Higher Education, and on his local school board. Hussey also was a member of the World President’s Organization. He loved skiing and sailing and was commodore of the Arundel Yacht Club. Predeceased by his father, Philip W. Hussey Jr. ’53, survivors include his mother, Martha De Wolf Hussey ’55, his wife, Marcia, their three children, including Philip ’14, and three siblings, including Anne Hussey ’80 and Richard Hussey ’89.

Diana Small Snow '80

June 19, 2016, in Belmont, Mass., at 58. She was an operations manager at Boston Theological Institute and is survived by her husband, Richard Snow.

Elizabeth Tobey Burnett '86

April 4, 2016, in Medway, Mass. She did graduate work at Oxford University and at the University of Glasgow and then taught English in London. A reader and writer of short stories and poetry, she also drew cartoons, loved to travel, and tended her farm in Yorkshire, U.K. She is survived by her husband, John Elkerton, many friends, and her beloved pets.

Brian A. Low '87

May 7, 2016, in Topsfield, Mass., at 50. A program manager for Cisco Systems, he was also a volunteer EMT for the Topsfield Fire Department. Dedicated to his children and their activities, he found time for golfing, boating, softball, and running. Survivors include his wife, Natasha, three children, three siblings, and his mother.

Caroline Knowles Clapp '89

July 31, 2016, in Boston, Mass., at 49. An athlete, educator, and traveler, she raised her family while earning an M.S.W. at Boston College. She counseled students at Wells (Maine) Elementary School then became a social worker in Portland and Kittery. She spent summers in Maine and in Nonquitt, Mass., where she spent her spent her final month writing, listening, and being with family and friends before dying of cancer. Survivors include her parents, Jonathan “Jock” ’60 and Caroline “Pat” Walker Knowles ’60, her husband, William Clapp ’87, three children, and three siblings. Gifts honoring her memory may be made to The Caroline “Callie” Knowles Clapp ’89 Memorial Fund at Colby.

Bryan R. Bushley '93

June 7, 2016, in Seattle, Wash., at 45. A global citizen fluent in five languages, his work reflected his commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice. He earned two master’s degrees from the University of Washington—in international development and in forestry—and a doctorate in urban and regional planning from the University of Hawaii. He lived and worked in Russia, central Asia, Ecuador, and Nepal helping developing countries integrate sustainable forestry practices with global market strategies until he succumbed to brain cancer. His parents and two sisters survive him.

Christopher L. La Putt '03

Aug. 20, 2015, at 33. He was a concert photographer for the New York City indie-rock scene. His photos appeared in newspapers nationwide and on the cover of David Byrne’s biography. He was a photo editor and contributor with BrooklynVegan. A posthumous retrospective show of his work, KTXBAI—named for his gchat sign off—was held in Brooklyn and raised money for CancerCare, where he was treated for colon cancer.