June 17, 2019, in Washington, D.C., at 51. A native New Yorker, she attended Wells College, where she played soccer and majored in Russian literature. While working in the office of Senator George J. Mitchell, she suffered a stroke at the age of 24, which challenged her to overcome hearing, vision, and mobility issues the rest of her life. She received recognition for her personal perseverance on the floor of the U.S. Senate and in Walking magazine. Post-stroke, she earned a master’s in U.S. history, returned to government work, where she advocated for services for persons with disabilities, and took up stand-up comedy. She leaves her parents, former President William Cotter and Linda Cotter, and two siblings
Fall 2019 Obituaries
Nov. 20, 2019, in Baltimore, Md., at 93. Colby’s first Jewish chaplain, he became a rabbi in 1951 after graduating from City College of New York and the Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School. He served as a Jewish chaplain and first lieutenant during the Korean War, for which he was recognized by the Commission of Jewish Chaplaincy. In Charlottesville, Va., he was rabbi of Temple Beth Israel while also working as Hillel director at the University of Virginia. He came to Colby in 1984, and for more than 30 years served as Colby’s Jewish chaplain, instructor of Hebrew, and spiritual leader of Waterville’s Temple Beth Israel. Active with interfaith and civic causes, he spoke out against racial discrimination, promoted food and clothing drives for Somali refugees, and encouraged Colby students to engage with the Waterville congregation. He belonged to the Rotary Club, offered prayers and invocations at community venues, and ministered to the sick. For his compassion and integrity, the City of Waterville awarded him a citation to recognize his contributions to the Central Maine area. He also held interests in science, current events, and car mechanics—and he loved a good joke. Predeceased by his wife, Sidelle, he leaves three sons.
Sept. 18, 2019, in Baltimore, Md., at 80. Born in Brooklyn, she earned an English degree from Boston University, worked as an editor for Random House, then married Rabbi Raymond Krinsky. She was a full partner with Rabbi Krinsky in their service to communities in Charlottesville, Va., and in Waterville, where Rabbi Krinsky served as Colby’s Jewish chaplain. She is survived by three sons and a sister.
April 18, 2019, in Rockland, Maine, at 99. He was working for the War Department in Washington, D.C., when, to avoid being drafted into the Army, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Navy Guard from 1943 to 1946. Moving to Thomaston, Maine, he enjoyed a 33-year career at Dragon Cement while engaging deeply with the community. He served more than 20 years on the Thomaston School Board, was director of the Maine Good Roads Association, and spent 10 years as chair of the Thomaston Senior Citizenís Committee. He also worked to restore Thomastonís Knox Mansion and was key to the revitalization of the Thomaston Academy Building, which now houses the public library. He was a member of the local Rotary, the American Legion, and the V.F.W., and he was the Fourth of July parade marshal in 1987 and again in 2012. For his commitment to the town, he received a “Quilt of Valor” in 2019 from the Thomaston Historical Society. A cousin, along with close friends, survives him.
Jan. 27, 2019, in Holmes Beach, Fla., at 98. His first career began in Philadelphia, where he worked for the steel distribution company Horace T. Potts and eventually became vice president of sales. His second career was as a pension consultant. George served as president of two different homeowners associations, and he was commodore of the Spray Beach (N.J.) Yacht Club. Predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Geraldine Fennessy Parker ’43, he is survived by three children, including David ’68, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Aug. 30, 2019, in Springvale, Maine, at 98. She joined the Navy WAVES in 1944 and was stationed in San Francisco when she met her future husband, with whom she raised nine children in Springvale, instilling in them a love of learning with weekly trips to the local library, public speaking lessons at home, and ample time in nature. At the same time, she established an award-winning career as a manager of a real estate company. She also served on the board of the Springvale Public Library and was a PTA president. Colby relatives who have predeceased her include her grandfather George W. Hanson, Class of 1883; a great uncle, Charles Hanson, Class of 1885; aunt Pauline Hanson, Class of 1913; uncle Benjamin Hanson, Class of 1917; and her brother Alva McDougal ’43. Survivors include eight children, including Keith Davis ’80 and his wife, Cameron Yale Davis ’82; 27 grandchildren, including Colin Witherill ’04; and 22 great-grandchildren.
July 26, 2019, in Woodbridge, Conn., at 99. Building on her experience as a woman’s editor of the Colby Echo, she became city desk reporter for the Kennebec Journal and later was the press relations officer for the University of Maine from 1952 to 1985. She spent her retirement traveling in the British Isles, gardening, reading, and cheering on the UMaine hockey and baseball teams. She leaves four children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Oct. 6, 2019, in Canton, Conn., at 98. She became a member of the Navy WAVES during World War II, serving until her 1946 discharge as a chief pharmacist mate. She graduated from Columbia University Medical School in 1947 as a registered physical therapist and then worked for 12 years for the Veterans Affairs Physical Therapy Clinic in Hartford. She transferred to the USVA Hospital in Newington, Conn., working until she retired in 1986, serving 42 years in total for the U.S. government. She participated in horse shows and rode with a hunt club, becoming the Connecticut Horse Show state grand champion in the Open Hunter Division in 1955 and the Open Reserve Champion in the Jumping Division 1956-59 riding her horse Hi Mac! Later, she joined a fiddlers club, played in a senior band, was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and enjoyed line, square, and country dancing. Predeceased by her father, Harold Arey, Class of 1903, and siblings Barbara Arey Ambler ’41, Marjorie Arey O’Connor ’41, and Philip Arey ’51, she is survived by her lifelong friend, Gerry Lagace, and extended family.
April 16, 2019, in Wellington, Fla., at 96. During World War II she worked for the American Red Cross in Europe, where she set up recreation centers for soldiers in cities across the continent. Having traveled fairly extensively, she later became a travel agent. She remained active even in retirement: playing tennis, hiking, and canoeing, which she did extensively with the Florida Trail Association. She had three sons with her first husband and raised two others, including Deborah Christensen Stewart ’72, with her second husband, who predeceased her.
Aug. 22, 2019, in Missouri at 97. Her life after Colby focused on supporting her husbandís education and career while raising their four children. She worked for a time as a secretary for the Protestant chaplain at the University of Maine before retiring to Charlottesville, Va. Traveling, quilting, and sewing kept her busy and engaged, as did involvement with her church choir. Her brother, Philip Peterson ’48, survives her.
Oct. 3, 2018, in Brunswick, Maine, at 93. She began teaching high school French in 1945 and taught for 30 years in towns from northern Maine to Old Orchard Beach, earning a master’s in French in 1952 from Middlebury College. In 1980 she changed careers and became a reference librarian in Bath, Maine, until she retired. Evelyn was accomplished at knitting, crocheting, and needlework, and she was a cat lover, having 19 during her lifetime. Her daughter, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and extended family, including niece Pauline Belanger Beaudoin ’65 and cousin Sherri Worthen Christianson ’86, survive her.
March 13, 2019, in Tarrytown, N.Y., at 95. A native New Yorker, she worked in the city in advertising for more than 40 years, specializing in advertising for book publishers. She remained engaged with Colby as a volunteer, serving on the Alumni Council, as chair of her class’s alumni fund committee, and, most notably, as president of the New York Colby Club. Her service earned her a Colby Brick in 1976. Miss Strauss enjoyed traveling and cultural activities in New York.
May 2, 2019, in Centerville, Mass., at 96. For five years following her Colby graduation, she taught high school English and took graduate classes in education and library science. Motherhood followed, and later she resumed working in schools, this time as librarian. She retired in Centerville, where she was active with the historical society, library, and beautification committee, which awarded her with community service excellence awards during her 10 years as chair. A tennis enthusiast, she also played bridge, was an insatiable reader, and gardened. Predeceased by her sisters, Frances Brewer Barker ’42 and Mary Brewer Norton ’45, she leaves two sons and two grandchildren.
April 13, 2019, in Yarmouth, Maine, at 93. After two years at Colby, she transferred to the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, returning to work at Colby for Buildings and Grounds until she married in 1947. She worked in local schools as a substitute teacher, in the office, and as a volunteer in her retirement. Roberta was active with her church, the Lions Club, and the Boys and Girls Scouts. Predeceased by her father, The Honorable H.C. Marden ’21, and her brothers Harold C. Marden Jr. ’50 and Robert Marden ’51, she is survived by three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
June 14, 2019, in Canaan, N.Y., at 92. An artist and writer, reader and scholar, she followed up her Colby graduation by spending two summers at Middlebury Language school, teaching high school German, bicycling in Europe, and studying at universities in Heidelberg and Tuebingen. She was married in Lorimer Chapel, then turned her focus to home and family. She later earned a degree in American studies from Boston College and became curator at Medfield (Mass.) Historical Society. She resumed teaching German, sang with a group in Boston, and built a cottage on Rangeley (Maine) Lake. She was also active with the Appalachian Mountain Club, leading hikes in the White Mountains. She also climbed mountains in the Canadian Rockies, Idaho, and Montana. Survivors include three children, five grandchildren, and extended family, including niece Nancy Briggs Marshall ’82.
May 29, 2019, in Framingham, Mass., at 96. Her college education began at the University of North Carolina but was interrupted during World War II, when she returned to her home town of Pittsfield, Mass., to work as a calculator for General Electric. She transferred to Colby in her junior year, graduated, then returned to teach math for a year. After raising her sons, she taught fifth and sixth grade and earned a masterís in elementary education. Among her community activities were directing handbell ringing groups, volunteering at the library and food pantry, knitting blankets for babies and veterans, and serving at her church as an organist, children’s choir director, and Sunday school teacher. She is survived by her three sons and three grandchildren.
Aug. 7, 2019, in New York, N.Y., at 90. A psychiatrist called the ìfather of psychopharmacologyî for his groundbreaking research that legitimized treating psychiatric disorders with drugs, Dr. Klein graduated from the State University of New York School of Medicine in 1952. He first worked in public health, and then in psychiatric research, working at Zucker Hospital in Queens, N.Y., and honing his understanding of depression, anxiety, and therapeutic drugs. In 1976 he moved to Columbia Universityís College of Physicians, where he became director of research and chief of the Division of Therapeutics at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A teacher and mentor, he cowrote Understanding Depression: A Complete Guide to its Diagnosis and Treatment, a book geared for physicians, patients, and families. Despite being labeled ìanti-therapy,î he reportedly supported both sides of the debate over whether therapy or drugs were the best approaches to treatment. He leaves his wife, Rachel Kravetz, five daughters, and eight grandchildren.
Aug. 1, 2019, in Stamford, Conn., at 91. An early advocate of womenís rights and reproductive choice, Dr. Madison earned his M.D. from the State University of New York in 1953 and completed an internship and residency with a two-year stint in the U.S. Air Force in the medical corps in between. In 1960 he opened an obstetrics, gynecology, and infertility clinic in Stamford, where he eventually introduced advanced infertility techniques in an office setting. He taught these techniques at meetings of the American Fertility Society, and he was one of eight gynecologists in the U.S. to develop an in-office procedure for sterilization. He was a senior attending physician at St. Josephís Hospital and at Stamford Hospital, and he was appointed clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York Medical College in 1984. He belonged to professional organizations and was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Outside of work, he was an avid sailor, horseman, gardener, and patron of the arts. Two children, three grandchildren, and his companion, Louise Harpel, survive him.
Sept. 28, 2019, in Stamford, Conn., at 93. She worked for a period as a social worker for the Town of Greenwich before starting her family. In 1973 she earned a master’s in education from Western Connecticut State University. She later worked for many years at the law firm of Paterson and Roberts. She supported local organizations, especially the Ferguson Library and the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. Traveling, doing crossword puzzles, and reading brought her much pleasure. Predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Gordon R. Paterson ’47, she is survived by her five children, 11 granddaughters, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Aug. 28, 2017, in Mars Hill, Maine, at 90. She devoted herself to raising her family, then turned her attention to furthering her education, which she did by earning a master’s from the University of Southern Maine. She taught elementary school in northern Maine, eventually becoming principal at Fort Street Elementary in Mars Hill until she retired in 1992. For more than 40 years she belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma International and was a lifetime member of the Aroostook Retired Educators Association. She volunteered in her community and was an avid Red Sox fan. Predeceased by her brother John E. Thompson ’51, she is survived by seven children, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, including Loretta Thompson Staples ’53.
June 28, 2019, in Brighton, N.S., at 91. Following her two years at Colby, she became a wife and a mother with deep ties to Nova Scotia, where she visited in the ’50s and moved to permanently in the ’70s. She became activities director at a home for “special care” adults in Digby and was involved with her local church. Her strongest commitment, however, was to her home and its farm, where she tended animals, gardened, and preserved the food she grew. She found time for reading, painting, and playing the organ and piano. She leaves five children, 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
July 17, 2019, in Waterville, Maine, at 91. A dedicated mother and wife, “Scoop” raised four children and was a powerful force behind her husband’s career. She also volunteered at Waterville organizations such as the YMCA, Thayer Hospital, and the Redington Museum. She enjoyed an active social life, read voraciously, expressed concern for others, and was described as quick-witted, practical, and humorous. Her hobbies included furniture refinishing, painting, needlepoint, and hooking oriental rugs. Predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Robert A. Marden ’50, Scoop leaves four children, including Sharon Marden Johnson ’76, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Nov. 19, 2018, in Freeport, Ill., at 92. Before coming to Colby, he attended the University of Illinois and served in World War II with the Navy as a quartermaster third class. After Colby, he earned an M.B.A. from Stanford University and became a businessman who worked in various capacities for different companies in New York, Illinois, and Iowa. He was widowed in 1968 and alone raised his daughter, Nancy, who survives him, along with extended family and a sister.
June 23, 2019, in Grand Forks, N.D., at 95. After one year at Keene State Teachers College, he left to serve as a medical surgical technician in the U.S. Army during World War II. He came to Colby, where he was an athlete, and after graduation he played minor league baseball in Nova Scotia and for the Augusta Millionaires. In 1955 he earned a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy, and after practicing medicine in Florida he returned to Maine in 1969 and established a practice in Pittsfield. He belonged to the Maine Osteopathic Association and served on its board. Avocations included playing the trombone in community bands, serving as a member of Bangor’s Ahah chapter of the shrine, and playing league volleyball until he was 80. Predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Alice Tyler Pierce ’53, he is survived by two sons, three grandchildren, and a sister.
July 27, 2019, in Canton, Conn., at 92. After working as a statistical typist and a bookkeeper, she became a teacher and taught mathematics for more than 20 years in Torrington, Conn. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution, played bridge and mahjong, and enjoyed knitting, cooking, and traveling. She leaves behind two children, a granddaughter, and a sister.
June 2, 2019, in Syracuse, N.Y., at 93. She became a school teacher right after finishing at Colby, first in Maine then overseas teaching children of military families for the Defense Department in Japan, France, and Germany throughout the 1950s. Returning to the U.S., she married, earned a master’s in education from the University of Maine in 1961, and taught in Syracuse until she retired. She loved to travel, internationally and domestically, but remained ever fond of her home state of Maine. Two children, three step-children, and seven grandchildren survive her.
Oct. 10, 2019, in Newport Beach, Calif., at 93. He served in World War II with the Army Air Force before coming to Colby. He became a businessman, owning and operating an import/export business, Formaid Corporation, in Hyde Park, Mass. Efforts to give back to his community included volunteering with the local airport, library, and hospital. Jerry leaves his daughter, Liza, and two grandchildren.
June 6, 2019, in Stuart, Fla., at 90. She was a social worker early in her career then taught kindergarten for more than 25 years in Yorktown and Bedford Village, both in New York. She held Bible studies and prayer groups wherever she lived, and she participated in healing ministries and prison ministries in Florida. She enjoyed golfing, playing the piano, singing, and dancing. A New Hampshire native, she returned to her beloved cottage, Poustinia, in Pembroke for many summers. Predeceased by her husband, Robert Nardozzi ’49, she is survived by their three sons, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Sept. 25, 2019, in Sebring, Ohio, at 90. After two years at Colby, she transferred to the Faye Secretarial School, graduating in 1949. She worked various jobs until marrying and raising her family. In 1988 she earned a bachelorís from Youngstown State University. She was active with her church and spent her free time gardening, golfing, and playing bridge. Nancy leaves four children and six grandchildren.
May 5, 2019, in Waterville, Maine, at 95. Prior to enrolling at Colby, he served in World War II as a radio operator for the Army, reportedly flying “the hump” from India to China over the Himalayas. After Colby, he earned an M.D. from Tufts Medical School in 1954. For the next 30-plus years, he was a general surgeon in Waterville known for his medical expertise and kind bedside manner. He served as chair of Surgical Services at Seton Hospital, as chief of surgery at Mid-Maine Medical Center, and in other leadership positions. Outside of work, he enjoyed singing, playing bridge and chess, and building things such as furniture, jewelry, and sheds. An outdoorsman, he fished, sailed, and exercised even in his later years when he walked laps each morning around Home Depot. Lucien leaves 11 children, including John ’80, Paul ’82, and Michael ’85, 23 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Dec. 29, 2018, in West Kingston, R.I., at 93. He enlisted with the U.S. Army after graduating from high school in 1943, serving for three years in the infantry in England and France. He attended Moses Brown School in preparation for attending Colby. His 31-year career was spent as a trust officer at Industrial National Bank (later Fleet Bank) in Providence. He was active with his church in Rhode Island and in South China, Maine, where he spent summers at Killdeer Point with his wife, Norma Bergquist Garnett ’52, who predeceased him. Survivors include four children, including Nancy Garnett-Thomas ’77, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and extended family, including nephew Stanley Garnett ’65.
June 4, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 91. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, taking time out from high school to serve. He graduated from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1955 and became ordained as a minister that same year, serving congregations in Connecticut and in Maine. Colby named a lecture series in his honor—the Ingram Lectures featured talks on religion and philosophy. In retirement, he volunteered at the Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary in Sanibel, Fla., and with his church. He raised two children, including Robert ’76.
March 29, 2019, in Caribou, Maine, at 88. Following four years with the U.S. Air Force, he earned a degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Returning to Maine, he worked as a pharmacist in his family businesses in Aroostook County for 37 years. A gun collector, he enjoyed hunting the Maine woods, where he found beauty and solitude, and was active with the Fort Fairfield Rifle and Pistol Club in retirement. Four children, a grandson, and two sisters survive him.
April 20, 2019, in Strafford, N.H., at 88. She transferred from Colby and earned a bachelor’s from Simmons College and then, in 1970, a master’s in education from the University of New Hampshire. She taught reading to elementary school for 25 years in South Hampton, N.H., filled the role of the wife of a minister, and developed a passion for running, competing in road races as she aged. Five daughters, 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a sister survive her.
Dec. 16, 2018, in Destin, Fla., at 88. Fourteen months after graduating from Colby, she received a scholarship from Rotary International to study abroad for a year in Lima, Peru. Later, her primary focus was her family and keeping up with frequent domestic moves for her husbandís career. For 20 years she traveled internationally with her family at Christmas instead of giving gifts. In retirement, she was active with the Destin Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Jim, four children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Feb. 24, 2019, in Glastonbury, Conn. A veteran of the Korean War, he served as a captain with the U.S. Marine Corps after Colby. Later, he became a bond broker for American Securities in Hartford. Sports, gardening, and spending time on Cape Cod were some of his favorite activities. Two children and five grandsons survive him.
Aug. 22, 2019, in Phoenix, Ariz., at 89. He joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and served for the next 26 years in the Corps of Engineers, stationed initially in Italy, Austria, and Germany. He earned an M.B.A. from Lehigh University in 1960, served in Korea, learned Arabic and served as an advisor in Saudi Arabia, and led an engineer combat battalion in Vietnam. Later, he taught military science in the United States and also returned to Saudi Arabia as a military attaché and to work for a private contractor. When he fully retired, he split his time between Mesa, Ariz., and Chapala, Mexico, with his second wife, Gail, who survives him, along with three daughters and four grandchildren.
July 15, 2019, in Waterville, Maine, at 91. Prior to entering Colby, he studied for a year at Maine Maritime Academy, served in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of sergeant, and studied at Boston College. At Colby, he continued the athletic prowess he developed in high school and was a three-sport athlete, including captain of the basketball team. John graduated from Boston University School of Law and returned to Waterville to practice law, eventually starting a firm that still operates today. He was also a field representative for Senator Edmund Muskie, chair of the successful Clinton Clauson for (Maine) Governor campaign, and a city solicitor for Waterville. He sat on the board of Watervilleís Boys and Girls Club, which inducted him into their hall of fame in 1994. A committed family man, he enjoyed skiing at Sugarloaf, summering on Maineís Great Pond, and playing Christmas carols on his baby grand piano. He also loved to golf and was a longtime member of the Waterville Country Club. Predeceased by his brothers Herbert ’52 and Paul ’52, he is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marge, six children, 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and four siblings, including Norman ’52, Anthony ’54, and Joseph ’68.
Aug. 1, 2019, in Portland, Maine, at 88. Books and horses defined a large part of her post-Colby life, which initially involved marriage and raising children. She later earned an M.L.S. from the University of Maine and worked as a law librarian at the Cleaves Law Library in Portland for 16 years, where she published A History of Maine’s County Courthouses while serving as state court library supervisor. Her love of horses began as therapy following a divorce and grew to include the care of animals at her Field Farm and the opening of Whispering Pines Tack Shop, which she ran with her daughter. In retirement, she worked as a children’s librarian while pursuing her passions of piano playing, gardening, dressage, writing and illustrating, and birding. Four children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive her.
May 13, 2019, in West Springfield, Mass., at 88. After two years at Colby, she left to pursue her interest in business, spending a year at the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School before working as a secretary in the law department of Mass Mutual. Later, she did office work for Architects of Packaging, a business she started with her husband. She volunteered in her community, played bridge and golf, and enjoyed sports. Two sons and four grandsons survive her.
Dec. 4, 2015, in Wynnewood, Pa., at 84. He considered himself a Renaissance man who loved music and the arts, rode horses, and treasured his Jewish heritage. In his professional life, he was a Philadelphia insurance executive. His wife, Anita, four daughters, six grandchildren, and two sisters survive him.
April 2, 2019, in Rockland, Maine, at 87. She earned a master’s in reading instruction from Columbia University in 1954, which prepared her for the 37 years she worked in the Rockland school district, teaching remedial reading for 25 years and then coordinating elementary reading instruction. In retirement, she served two terms on the local school board and was active in her Congregational church as a trustee and on the board of Christian education. Her good friend, Marilee Robinson, survives her.
Oct. 2, 2019, in Wilmington, Del., at 88. She became a certified medical technologist in 1954 and spent her career in that field, first with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and then with DuPont Company. She retired to San Diego, where she was active with local organizations such as the cancer society, a senior center, and the Kiwanis Club. She returned to Wilmington to be with her sister and her five nieces and nephews, who survive her.
Aug. 21, 2019, in New Haven, Conn., at 87. She married in 1956 and devoted herself to raising her family. Later, she worked as an executive secretary for the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk for more than 20 years. Described as eternally optimistic and energetic, she donated her time to local organizations, including the Ladies’ Benevolent Society, two garden clubs, an aquarium, and a retirement home. She was also a bird watcher and golfer, enjoyed kayaking, and relished annual family reunions. Her husband of 63 years, Russell, four sons, including Wendell ’82, and seven grandchildren survive her.
Sept. 28, 2019, in Roanoke, Va., at 86. An ordained pastor with the Presbyterian Church, he earned a B.D. in religion from Yale Divinity School in 1958 and a Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt in 1963. His career in higher education began at Trinity College as an associate professor and associate dean of academic affairs. In 1970 he began working at LaGuardia Community College, designing curriculum, hiring faculty, and teaching at the newly established college. His career concluded at Roanoke College, where he served as vice president and dean of the college before stepping down to focus solely on teaching Biblical studies, ethics, and the sociology of religion. He retired in 1995, having authored four books and numerous academic articles. Survivors include his wife, Mamie, four children, three stepchildren, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a brother.
July 24, 2019, in Gorham, Maine, at 87. She transferred from Colby to Fisher Junior College. Her life centered and the 18th-century farmhouse she and her husband, Russell, restored. Kay enjoyed camping, antiquing, her dogs, and summers at the family cottage on Peaks Island. She leaves four children.
May 18, 2019, in Westerly, R.I., at 86. Wanting to use her Colby sociology degree, she moved to Southern California hoping for a career in social work. Instead, she transferred to San Francisco and worked in insurance before starting her family. Later, together with her husband, she ran a double reed business, traveled, savored fine wines, and enjoyed her pets. Two daughters and a granddaughter survive her.
April 7, 2019, in Langhorne, Pa., at 85. Married the same day she graduated from Colby, Sue moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Once settled in New Jersey, she became an elementary school teacher in the town of Irvington; in retirement, she was a substitute teacher. Described as kind and friendly, she was devoted to her church, played bridge, and enjoyed conversation. She also loved to read. Her Colby friendships were long lasting, and she nurtured them through correspondence, by attending reunions, and volunteering with the Colby Fund. Predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Selden ’55, she leaves five sons, including Spencer ’81, 15 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
July 29, 2019, in Slingerlands, N.Y., at 86. Aiming for medical school since his sophomore year at Colby, he achieved his goal in 1959 when he graduated from Boston University Medical School. Following an internship and his residency, he joined the Navy, during which time he passed his radiology boards. He settled in Brunswick, Maine, and worked as a radiologist for Mid-Coast Hospital. Together with his wife of 60 years, Eleanor Turner Swanson ’54, who predeceased him, they raised five children.
June 2, 2019, in Camp Hill, Pa., at 85. A decorated Air Force pilot, he flew a Phantom Jet F-4 fighter bomber during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Silver Star, a Distinguished Flying Cross, two presidential citations, and other honors. In retirement, he earned his realtor’s license and was a realtor in the Harrisburg, Pa., area. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ann Harding Jamieson ’58, four children, and 11 grandchildren.
July 29, 2019, in Merrimack, N.H., at 85. He served in the U.S. Army and then returned to Maine, where he worked in his family’s restaurants, including Park Diner in Waterville. He is remembered as a quiet, simple man by his extended family, who survives him.
Aug. 22, 2019, in Providence, R.I., at 84. He served in the U.S. Army and then spent his career as a licensed navigator for the Merchant Marine, returning in the ’90s to his hometown of Providence, where he was active with St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. He also spent time on the family farm in North Hero, Vt., until he donated the property to the Lake Champlain Lake Trust in 2000. A special evensong was held at St. Martin’s in his memory Oct. 13.
March 28, 2019, in Duxbury, Mass., at 83. Born in Maine and self-identified as a Mainer, she nonetheless lived for 53 years in Duxbury, where she established a long career in real estate sales and management. Outside of work, she enjoyed the arts and film, gardening, golf, and cooking. She leaves two daughters and three grandchildren.
Feb. 10, 2019, in Silver Spring, Md., at 83. Following service in the Army Reserves, he earned an M.B.A. from American University in 1964. He served as a business manager for the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) in Washington, D.C., the Ivymount School, and the Children’s Defense Fund. His volunteer service included work with the Southern Maryland Heart Association, the Southern Maryland Health Systems Agency, and the Greater Laurel Citizens Advisory Committee, which helped build a local hospital. He was also a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. He found pleasure in riding motorcycles and driving convertibles, sailing and canoeing, traveling internationally, reading mysteries, and being near the ocean with a cigar. His wife of 59 years, Nancy Hansen Marchbank ’57, two sons, and three grandchildren survive him.
March 30, 2019, in Stonington, Conn., at 87. He served in the U.S. Army for two years before transferring to Colby as a sophomore. After 20 years working for Burlington Industries in New York, he established his own company, Barnard-Maine, making custom scarves and ties. On the side, he was a model and an actor, and he was an accomplished singer who sang with choral, church, and opera groups. Enjoyment came from tennis, golf, skiing, and racing his boat, Spray, on Long Island Sound. His wife of 58 years, Carole Jelinek Barnard ’59, two children, and four grandchildren survive him.
April 23, 2019, in Sedona, Ariz., at 82. Award-winning author and environmentalist, Bishop joined Newsweek in 1958 and covered Wall Street, the aerospace and film industries in Los Angeles, and, in the Washington bureau, Watergate and energy and environmental issues of the 1970s. In 1977 he became a senior member of the energy policy and planning staff for the Carter Administration, and a year later was director of communications and public affairs of the Federal Energy Administration, where he was awarded the Medal for Outstanding Service. He also worked in Hollywood in the film industry. In the late 1980s he moved to Sedona, where his first sighting of a wild bald eagle provoked a spiritual awakening. He became an outspoken environmentalist, was president of Sedona Recycles, and consulted with national and area environmental agencies. He supported the arts in Sedona, was committed to grassroots organizing, taught creative writing classes, and authored three books. In 2008 he was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from the Sedona Community Foundation. A sister, three children, and six grandchildren survive him.
July 28, 2019, in Newtown Square, Pa., at 83. She worked briefly for Pan American Airlines before marrying, teaching at Kents Hill School in Maine, then raising her children. In 1981 she became Widener University’s “first lady” when her husband became president there. The university awarded her an honorary doctor of humane letters in 2001 for her gracious service. Together with her husband, they established an endowed scholarship fund at Colby as well as a library fund. Judy treasured the friendships she had with her Tri Delta sisters for more than 60 years. She was also an enthusiastic traveler, reader, and New York Times crossword puzzle solver. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert ’59, two children, seven grandchildren, including Sarah Bruce ’10, and four great-grandchildren.
June 17, 2019, in Kennebunk, Maine, at 84. He left Colby to join the U.S. Army and served until 1969, at which time he started working for his brother’s shoe company, Famolare. Later, he worked for Dexter Shoe Company as executive vice president. Survivors include his wife, Anne, four children, including Lee-Anne ’83, and six grandchildren.
June 20, 2018, in Brunswick, Maine, at 82. “Chick” left Colby for a tour with the U.S. Army, then returned to his hometown of Bath, Maine, where he worked at Bath Iron Works. A standout basketball player at Colby, he became a basketball official, and for more than 50 years he refed at high school games throughout Maine. In 2017 he was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame as a “Legend of the Game.” Chick also coached youth sports, helped with athletic fundraising, and attended local games. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Diane, three children, 12 grandchildren, and his brother Ed ’60.
Sept. 20, 2018, at 81. He earned a master’s from Yeshiva University in 1960 and later studied at Rutgers University. His career was in sales, but he was also an umpire for high school softball and a referee for high school football. Together with his wife, Sheila, they raised three sons.
Sept. 26, 2018, in New York, N.Y., at 80. She continued her education by earning an M.S. and a professional diploma in guidance and counseling from Bank Street College of Education. She inspired and mentored many children as a public-school teacher and guidance counselor in New York City. Two siblings survive her.
July 2, 2019, in Longmeadow, Mass., at 81. Her interest in retail and merchandising began right after Colby when she took a management training course and worked at Filene’s in Boston. A year at Harrod’s in London followed. Returning to the States, she taught elementary school for six years, attended graduate school, and became a mother. Later, in 1975, she opened Crockett’s Ltd, a women’s clothing store with three locations. She volunteered with the Junior League, her local garden club, and nonprofits that focused on children and families. She also volunteered for Colby, serving on the Alumni Council, her class’s reunion committee, and as an alumni club leader, earning her a Colby Brick in 1994. Entertaining, reading, playing tennis, and traveling occupied her free time. She leaves her husband, Aaron, two children, two grandchildren, and two sisters.
Sept. 13, 2019, in Damariscotta, Maine, at 82. A trial lawyer, he built his career around a respect for the law and its ethical obligations. He earned his law degree in 1966 from Boston University, where he was on the Law Review, then went on to become assistant attorney general and later the special assistant attorney general in Massachusetts. He mentored younger attorneys and was known as an innovative managing partner and supportive colleague. Bob had a sense of humor, an appetite for learning, a love of music, history, and literature, and a penchant for storytelling. His wife, Bonnie, two sons, four grandchildren, and a brother survive him.
March 27, 2019, in Sarasota, Fla., at 84. He came to Colby following service as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force, living in veteranís housing on campus. He owned a small manufacturing company, Glencraft, and later became known as the “Maker of Fine Sawdust” for his woodworking skills, notably the wooden jigsaw puzzles he created. He belonged to Rotary International, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and served on the board of the Sarasota Orchestra. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Cynthia, three children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister.
May 3, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla., at 82. A first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served four years before receiving an honorable discharge. Later, he became president and co-owner of his family business, Allied Manufacturing, in Worcester, Mass. A standout athlete in high school, he was an avid golfer and longtime member of country clubs in Worcester and West Palm Beach. Predeceased by his first wife, Karen Graf Paharik ’61, he is survived by his current wife, Dorothy, two sons, three step-children, 10 grandchildren, and two brothers.
May 25, 2019, in The Villages, Fla., at 81. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1964 then started his career as a doctor of radiology, first in the Air Force and then at Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y. He relocated to Biddeford, Maine, and became chair of the radiology department at Southern Maine Medical. A standout in basketball and baseball at Colby, he became a golfer and member of Webhannet Golf Club in Kennebunk, where he won numerous club tournaments and was key to the design and construction of the club’s famed stone bridges. He also skied most of the mountains in New England and in the West. Predeceased by his mother, Alice Linscott Roberts ’31, he is survived by his wife, Dianna, three children, three grandchildren, and a brother, David ’55.
March 14, 2019, in Hampton, N.H., at 80. While remaining committed to home and family, she taught high school social studies and was on the counseling staff for AFS International. In 1983 she embarked on a new career as an ordained minister, earning a divinity degree from Drew University in 1987 before serving as pastor for United Methodist churches. She was active with the churches’ women’s groups as well as with P.E.O. Leisure hours were spent reading and participating in book clubs, learning history, and being in the outdoors. Her husband of 52 years, Don, two children, four grandchildren, and a sister survive her.
Aug. 27, 2019, in Temple, Maine, at 80. He earned a graduate degree from Boston University and then spent two years with the Peace Corps in Panama, working on community development and agricultural issues. Back in the United States, he worked for the YMCA in Pennsylvania before moving to Maine to homestead—building his own house, growing organic vegetables, and living off the grid for 25 years. He became an apple tree pruner, first through a cooperative and then on his own. His time outdoors was precious to him; canoeing, birding, skiing, and hiking were passions. He leaves his wife of 50 years, Janice, a sister, and extended family.
April 7, 2019, in New York, N.Y., at 79. He graduated from Boston University Law School and then moved to New York City, where he worked as a senior wealth advisor for the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Following years of drinking and smoking, he quit both and became dedicated to Alcoholics Anonymous. He traveled extensively, and he loved the arts, especially film. His two children and four grandchildren survive him
July 29, 2019, in Oxnard, Calif., at 81. Bob enlisted with the U.S. Marines after Colby, served one tour (1963-65) in Vietnam as a fighter pilot, and continued with the Marine Reserves as a captain until 1967. He went on to become a commercial airline pilot, working for Continental Airlines out of Los Angeles. His wife, Janet, a daughter, and a sister survive him.
Oct. 4, 2019, in Oxford, Md., at 82. Described as a big man with a big heart, he spent his career teaching mathematics and coaching sports at prep schools in New York and Maryland. His passion, however, was sailing, which he began as a child and continued through adulthood, winning multiple races, including third place in the Etchells North American Championship in 1977. He loved playing games, telling stories, and making jokes. He leaves his wife, Candance, and a daughter, Sarah.
April 21, 2019, in Park Ridge, N.J., at 79. Inspired by Professor Irving Suss and Powder & Wig, she pursued acting in New York City in the 1960s and, together with her first husband, she established the Second Story Players and won an Obie in 1967. She left the theater in the ’70s and earned an M.A. in psychology from the New School, and in the ’80s she earned a certificate in computer programming, eventually working as a programmer for Metpath Labs (now Quest Diagnostics) for 14 years. Later, she worked for Dunn and Bradstreet and then as an assistant lab manager at Englewood Hospital. She also tutored students for the SATs, solved New York Times crossword puzzles, and enjoyed reading. Survivors include her husband, Richard, five sons, 12 grandchildren, and a sister.
Aug. 30, 2019, in Portland, Maine, at 78. The summer after she graduated from Colby, she was hired to work at Manufacturer’s Hanover in New York City, becoming one of the first women bankers hired by the company. She married in 1964 and later moved to London with her husband, traveling throughout Europe. She returned to Maine to care for her parents and became a longstanding volunteer and board member with the YMCA. Predeceased by her father, Thomas Record ’30, she leaves three sisters, including Elizabeth Record Clemons ’70, and a daughter.
May 2019, in Centerville, Mass., at 78. She left Colby after her second year and went on to a career in real estate. Later, she designed jewelry stores for cruise ships and Caribbean islands. She enjoyed traveling, appreciating art, and listening to (and singing along with) Tony Bennett. Two children, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother survive her.
May 2, 2019, in Camden, Maine, at 79. Her training at Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School prepared her for the jobs she held periodically while moving for her husband’s career. But home and family were her main focus and greatest joy. She also knitted, gardened, read, and solved crossword puzzles. Janan is survived by her husband of 54 years, David, two children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Sept. 25, 2019, in Westminster, Md., at 78. She worked in a variety of jobs and fields during her life, including in market research, public school social work, and furniture refinishing. What fulfilled her most, however, was helping people in her community, either with small tasks like gardening or with larger challenges relating to learning disabilities, an issue she believed was linked to diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. Judi leaves her brother, Frank, a niece and nephew, and friends, including Jim Westgate ‘63, who reportedly called her every day from Thailand for more than a decade.
May 19, 2019, in Orange City, Fla., at 76. She spent her career working for AT&T, first as a programmer in White Plains, N.Y., and then in Florida, where she worked as a systems analyst and manager. In retirement, she turned her attention toward the arts: writing, ceramics, and needlepoint. She stayed active by square dancing, traveling, and earning her pilotís license. Predeceased by her brothers, George N. Bowers Jr. ’50, M.D. and Richard M. Bowers ’50, she is survived by nephews and nieces, including Barbara Bowers Palten ’76 and Elizabeth Palten Ploof ’06.
July 14, 2019, in Buckingham, Pa., at 78. For the first three years after graduating from Colby, he served in the U.S. Army in military intelligence. He went on to become a teacher and dean at private schools in Connecticut and New York while doing graduate work in elementary education at Jersey City State College.
March 23, 2019, in Milton, Ga., at 77. He graduated from Pittsburgh Law School in 1966, the same year he started eight years of service with the Marine Corps Reserve during the Vietnam War. He also practiced labor and employment law for 40 years and became an expert on coal, natural gas, and timber, eventually working as chairman of the board for Rowland Land Company. He volunteered on homeowner’s associations and was on the Murrysville (Pa.) Planning Commission. An adventurous sportsman, he hiked 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado, skied challenging slopes, ran marathons, and tried helicopter skiing and swimming with sharks. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Carole, two daughters, and a granddaughter.
April 2, 2019, in Yarmouth, Maine, at 77. His career began as a high school teacher in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, followed by law school—he earned a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1967 and an LL.M. degree from George Washington University in 1970. For the next 25 years he worked as a tax attorney in Rochester, N.Y., while also volunteering in local communities, including a term as president of the Pittsford school board. A conversationalist, he loved talking with friends old and new. He savored travel adventures to Europe, South and Central America, and the Pacific with his wife of 55 years, Susan Schaeff Pineo ’63, who predeceased him. He is survived by his son, a grandson, and three siblings.
Sept. 19, 2019, in Medford, Mass., at 78. She started graduate work at Yale right after Colby and earned a master’s in English in 1964. She became a high school English teacher in Ohio, worked as an editor for Xerox’s educational publications, and was a self-employed musician, playing the violin and viola with community orchestras and chamber groups. She volunteered as a trip leader with the Sierra Club and gave her time to educational groups. Lucille was predeceased by her father, Robert M. Waugh ’27, and her twin sister, Lillian Waugh ’63, and is survived by her sister Lorene Waugh Harris ’60 and extended family.
First thing every morning, Susan K. Nutter ’66 woke up thinking about students.
“We would listen to them and make changes as fast as we possibly could,” Nutter said regarding her student advisory forum at the North Carolina State University libraries. “The students learn to speak as our peers, which is amazing, and they love it, and the faculty love it and I love it.”
Nutter, one of the most visionary, celebrated academic librarians of her time, died March 25, 2019, in Durham, N.C., at 74.
With students front and center, Nutter, vice provost and director of libraries at NCSU, set a new standard for libraries as centers for learning, research, and teaching in the 21st century. Also steering her? Innovation. Automation. Collaboration. Technology. Style. Smarts.
During her 30 years at NCSU Nutter transformed its mediocre research libraries into internationally renowned facilities, including her crowning achievement, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. “The Hunt” and Nutter won “an embarrassment” of awards. Nutter’s most prestigious, librarian of the year by the Association of College and Research Libraries, came in 2016. That same year she was at the White House next to Michelle Obama, who awarded NCSU libraries the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Born in Chelsea, Mass., Nutter had childhood dreams that included pitching for the Red Sox and becoming a librarian. At home, she pasted due-date slips in books for neighbors to borrow. Later, at the public library cofounded by her great aunt in East Bridgewater, she had a real job in the children’s room while still a kid herself. And she read: newspapers, history, nonfiction, and Nancy Drew mysteries until long after her father hollered, “Lights out!”
At Colby Nutter majored in American literature and was president of Sigma Kappa sorority. Immersed in social and intellectual circles, she sharpened her ability to listen and intuit, netting her deep friendships and inspiration from faculty. Nutter credited Pat Brancaccio, Zacamy Professor of English, emeritus, for enlightening her about the critical role libraries played in research and education. Graduate work followed at Simmons College, where she earned an M.S. in library science in 1968.
While still a graduate student, Nutter took an internship at MITís Project INTREX because “it was the job that scared me —the biggest challenge,” she said. Called the most “significant library experiment of its kind,” the project integrated emerging computer technology into library science and laid the groundwork for what would become Nutter’s heralded “prophetic vision” of the future of libraries.
Nutter came to North Carolina in 1987 with a spirit of innovation and risk taking that swept NCSU’s libraries into that future. She digitized the collection and grew it from 1.5 to 5.2 million volumes. She created alliances across campus. She automated procedures to free up staff time for creative problem solving. She started a Libraries Fellows Program to attract and mentor new talent.
She melded all of this—and much more—into the Hunt Library. Completed in 2013 and hailed by TIME as the library of the future, the non-traditional, metal and glass library boasts five floors of collaborative workspaces, technology-immersive environments, and colorful, light-filled rooms. Most beloved are Hunt’s chairs—all 75 designs in 100 colors. The book CHAIRHUNT: The Chairs of the Hunt Library is dedicated to Nutter, who commissioned each one.
Nutter lived passionately, dressed colorfully, and read voraciously. She collected art, North Carolina pottery, glassware, and books—more than 5,000 catalogued titles filled the home she shared with her husband and creative colleague, Joe Hewitt, who predeceased her.
When Nutter retired, her colleagues named a signature cocktail in her honor, the “Force of Nature.” Those toasting her memory include her sister and brother-in-law, Deborah Winslow Nutter ’68 and Alan H. Rutan. Her niece, Carolyn Miner ’98, and nephew, Todd Miner ’01, and a stepson also survive her.
“If I have any legacy—and I really don’t believe in that kind of stuff—it would be investing in staff,” Nutter said. Indeed, this became her most enduring gift: a generation of library leaders shaped by her dedication to their success.
“All her life,” remarked her sister, “she was a born leader.”
Oct. 14, 2019, in Grasonville, Md., at 75. Jack received a J.D. from Boston University and then practiced energy law for 45 years in Washington, D.C., earning accolades as partner at Fulbright & Jaworski. He was a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations as well as the Federal Energy Bar Association and the American Bar Association. A lover of the outdoors, he was a devoted father who savored the simple things. Survivors include his five children, including J. Colin Harrington ’96, eight grandchildren, his former wife, and three brothers.
June 7, 2019, in Wiscasset, Maine, at 75. A beloved English teacher at Wiscasset High School for 35 years, “Fisch” mentored students in the classroom and on the field, where he coached the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams as well as track and field. He loved jazz and Motown and, as a passionate reader, influenced the personal libraries of his family. An accomplished gardener, he cultivated a legacy garden of rhododendron, conifers, and Japanese maples, while in his greenhouse he successfully raised a unique hybrid alpine cyclamen that was included in the National Arboretum. He also loved cats. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia, four children, two stepchildren, 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister.
March 25, 2019, in Litchfield, Conn., at 71. Dick enjoyed a long career in international banking with Bankers Trust and with Harris Bank, traveling frequently to Europe and Australia on business. Stateside, he returned often to New Hampshire’s mountains, where he first experienced camping and hiking as a teenager. In addition to the outdoors, he enjoyed classical music and wine. He also belonged to a genealogical and historical group, the Walter Palmer Society. He was curious about other people’s lives and had a great memory, earning him the title of “unofficial historian” bestowed by classmates about whom he remembered so much. Dick leaves four siblings and extended family.
May 22, 2019, in Kingston, Mass., at 71. A passionate reader of literature and a music buff, he was involved with retail and wholesale books his working career. His wife, Emily, and four siblings survive him.
Sept. 8, 2019, in Wethersfield, Conn., at 71. It was at Colby that she decided to become a librarian, a decision that resulted in a 38-year career as director at the Wallingford Public Library after earning her M.L.S. from Rosary College. Her successes at the library included spearheading a move to its current location, overseeing a renovation and expansion, and leading the transition to the digital age, which dovetailed with her becoming founding director of “Libraries Online (LION),” a digital interlibrary loan program in Connecticut. In 2001 she was awarded the Deane C. Avery Award from the New London Day for defending free speech. At her retirement party in 2013, classmate and coworker Mary Heffernon ’71 remarked that Scherer “directed with her incredible mind as well as her amazing heart.” Survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Ed Scherer ’67, two children, including Elizabeth Scherer Richmond ’05 and her husband, Eric Richmond ’06, three grandchildren, and a brother.
March 25, 2019, in Ocala, Fla., at 70. After a few years at Colby, she studied in Paris then graduated from the University of Vermont in 1971. She worked in Vermont until she retired and started spending half her time in Florida. Gardening, traveling, reading, and being a grandmother were among her treasured activities. She leaves her husband, James, two daughters, four grandchildren, and three siblings.
Aug. 13, 2019, in Southwest Harbor, Maine, at 72. After Colby he spent three years with the Peace Corps in West Africa on a well-digging team. Later, in his 60s, he volunteered again for the Peace Corps, and more recently he volunteered for Doctors Without Borders in Africa. He also earned two master’s degrees in the ’70s, and eventually worked for Bass Harbor (Maine) Marine and as a surveyor. Ted was a violinist who played in many venues, including the Acadia Community Theatre, College of the Atlantic, and the Winter Harbor Music Festival. His unexpected death leaves his daughter, Erica Leighton, two grandsons, and a sister.
May 20, 2019, in Groton, Conn., at 70. A dedicated community and family man, he owned Ackley’s Package Store, in his family for more than 80 years, while also serving on the board of Groton’s Poquonnock Bridge Fire District for two decades. His deepest pleasures were warm-weather getaways with his wife and skiing and sailing with his brother. He also enjoyed solving Sunday crossword puzzles, discussing politics, and sharing wine with friends. Survivors include his wife, Lisa, two sons, and a sister.
Sept. 18, 2019, in West Sussex, England, at 70. She continued her education after raising her son, first by graduating from Smith College in 1990 then from MIT with both a master’s in city planning and a doctorate in urban and regional planning. She taught for a period in the early 2000s at Ball State University before moving to England toward the end of that decade. Amy loved the arts and history, and she frequently attended performances at Glyndebourne, an English venue for opera. Survivors include her mother, her son, two granddaughters, and two siblings.
July 1, 2019, in Newbury, Mass., at 70. She worked for a startup trading company with a focus on the oil and gas industry, a job that took her to the Soviet Union and to China in the ’80s and ’90s. With her knowledge and experience, she started her own company, Market Access International, a marketing business, which she ran until 2017. She appreciated the arts and theater, enjoyed sightseeing, and loved to read. In 1981 she established the William J. O’Donnell Scholarship Fund at Colby in memory of her father. She leaves her husband, Steven, and her daughter.
Oct. 2, 2019, in Middletown, Del., at 69. Deciding that she did not want to become a teacher, she shifted gears, earned a master’s in corporate communications from Fairfield University in 1978, and established a career in marketing and new-business development with Fleet Financial Group. She married in 1994 and received a cancer diagnosis a year later. Time with family, reading, and quiet walks became priorities for her. She belonged to the First State Symphonic Band in Newark, Del., and served on the Workforce Readiness Curriculum Advisory Board. She also enjoyed golfing and baking. She is survived by her husband, Rollyn.
May 25, 2019, in Augusta, Maine, at 69. He devoted his life to historical, genealogical, biographical, and archival work, owning a private practice and conducting research on projects for the Gardiner Library Association, Maine Cemetery Association, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, among others. He was most proud of his work preserving the “Yellow House Papers,” a collection of papers covering nine generations of Julia Ward Howe’s family, which he donated to Colby’s Special Collections. He also wrote two pictorial books, was editor of a biography of Dr. Sylvester Gardiner, and published numerous genealogical articles. Survivors include his mother and two brothers.
June 14, 2019, in York, Maine, at 67. He was most proud of his children: Francesca, who followed in her father’s footsteps, graduating from Colby in 2013 and from Boston College Law School in 2016. Kyle graduated from St. Michael’s College in 2017 and followed his father’s footsteps by starting as shortstop for St. Mike’s Knights. Brian treasured his lifelong friendships with Coach Richard McGee and the McGee family, and he loved his Colby brothers as evidenced by their 50-year friendship. Survivors include his wife, Signe La France, his children, and four siblings, including Kate Cone ’76 and her husband, Pat Brancaccio, Zacamy Professor of English, Emeritus, and Thomas Cone ’82.
June 8, 2019, in Bangor, Maine, at 70. One of Colby’s first American studies graduates, she earned an M.L.S. from Simmons College in 1980 and became an academic librarian, first in Rhode Island and then in Maine, eventually becoming director of the Nutting Memorial Library at Maine Maritime Academy. She held other positions as well, including editor, bookkeeper, and manager of Geddy’s Pub in her hometown of Bar Harbor, and she published articles on a variety of topics and wrote two biographies of American religious figures. Wendy was active in her community by serving on boards and by being an avid walker, which connected her to nature and the towns in which she lived. She also wrote award-winning poetry, practiced privately as a Quaker, and valued her friendships. Her husband, David E. Avery, survives her, as do two siblings.
Aug. 21, 2013, in West Bloomfield, Mich., at 64. “Med” continued his education by earning a master’s in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1976 and a Ph.D. in 1986. He settled in Detroit and worked for 25 years as a clinical social worker for the Michigan State Department of Mental Health. Later, he cofounded Michigan Habilitation-Learning and Healthcare Facilities to provide services to and advocate for those with limited mental function. He also cofounded Saint Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Ferndale, Mich., and helped with mission work to build clinics in his homeland of Ethiopia. He leaves his wife, Elizabeth Menda, three children, and three siblings.
June 24, 2019, in Portland, Maine, at 67. A businessman and entrepreneur, he founded and operated CStars of Maine, a software development company that provides a point-of-sale system for retail businesses. Pastimes included boating and skiing, reading, and supporting the softball pursuits of his two daughters, who survive him, along with his wife, Elizabeth Knight Warn ’76, and three sisters.
May 8, 2019, in Scarborough, Maine, at 66. She earned a B.S.N. from St. Joseph’s College and worked in hospitals in Maine, for the American Red Cross, and at Health Dialog. Later, she worked for her father’s business, Cushing Printing. She enjoyed reading and caring for her cats. Her husband, Michael, and a brother survive her.
March 23, 2019, in Mantua, N.J., at 59. She was a real estate manager with her own business, Molino Enterprises. Her pastimes including reading, playing the piano, roller skating, driving her Camaro, and playing bingo. She also loved cats. Her husband, Jeffrey Muller, and two brothers survive her.
Aug. 31, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga., at 57. Described as a lover of freedom, the law, and Bruce Springsteen, he earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1987 and practiced law in Georgia, where he fought for justice for the homeless and inmates on death row. He also focused on issues relating to employee retirement income, COBRA, and the defense of disability insurance claims. He published articles on these topics and was a featured speaker at seminars and symposia. He also coached youth sports and loved all things New England, including Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire and Casco Bay in Camden. His parents, four children, including Cameron ’16, and a sister survive him.
March 27, 2019, in Montague, Mich., at 57. Intrepid and scholarly, she earned three advanced degrees: a master’s in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. As a sociology professor at Grand Valley State University, Smith College, and Hamilton College, she researched and taught about the intersection of health with social justice, social inequalities, and human rights. A bicycling, kayaking, and backpacking enthusiast, she loved solo treks. Four years ago, she made the pilgrimage to San Sebastian, Spain, along GR-65, GR-10, and Camino del Norte. Two years later, after teaching in Germany, she completed the Tour du Mont Blanc through the Alps. Those left behind following her death from cancer include four siblings.
Aug. 22, 2019, in Carlsbad, Calif., at 55. He earned an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Maine then moved to San Diego, where he started a career in biotechnology. He worked in pharmaceuticals, leading complex global development teams and programs that led to the development of products currently registered for the treatment of diabetes, infectious disease, and organ transplants. He loved being a father and husband, and he was known for his grilling techniques and cooking awesome breakfasts. His wife, Jennifer, two children, and two brothers survive him.
May 24, 2019, in East Weymouth, Mass., at 55. He graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1990, the same year he became the state prosecutor for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, where he served as director of civil rights. In 2001 he was named assistant district attorney for Massachusetts’s Middlesex county, followed by years in private practice and working for a firm in Boston. He taught courses at Boston University’s School of Medicine and School of Law and at the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council. His fiancèe, Lesley Eisner, a step-daughter, two grandchildren, and two sisters survive him.
Nov. 22, 2019, in Rumford, R.I., at 50. He earned a master’s in political science with a concentration in lobbying from American University and first started working in government as a legislative assistant for former Congressman Ronald Machtley. In 1995 he became vice president of government and public affairs for the National Association of Chemical Distributors. He started with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2001, rising to become its vice president of regional affairs and advocacy, managing the chamber’s seven regional offices and developing strategy and goals across all 50 states. He was active with the Wheeler School, where he grew up and attended through grade 12, serving as trustee 2009-14 and as president of the Alumni Association Board. In 2017 the school awarded him its Founder’s Award. He had a second home on Maine’s Capitol Island, where he loved to sail and welcome friends. Losing his battle with depression, he leaves his wife, Pamela, three children, and a sister.
Oct. 14, 2019, in Sandwich, Mass., at 48. He earned a law degree from Suffolk University in 1998 and worked in the Bristol County district attorney’s office for seven years before opening his own practice in Taunton, Mass. He was admired by his peers and recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Bristol County Bar Association. Before developing glioblastoma, he liked to hang out with friends at Naukabout Brewery, travel, and cheer on Boston sports teams. In addition to his parents and a brother, he is survived by his wife, Kelli Moors, and five children.
Sept. 11, 2019, in Manchester, N.H., at 38. Described as both funny and sensitive, Jacob grew famous when, at close to 400 pounds, he trained for and then ran the Boston Marathon in 2007, a story told in Runners World magazine and various newspapers. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in 2008, passed the bar, and worked in corporate tax consulting. In 2012 a seizure revealed a malignant brain tumor, and despite repeated surgeries and treatment, he died of brain cancer. He was dedicated to his home state of Wisconsin, helped keep his family’s beekeeping business viable, and made friends everywhere he went. He leaves his wife, Megan Yaple, a brother, and his mother.