Dec. 31, 2019, in Waterville, Maine, at 85. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the first in his family to receive a college degree, from Brooklyn College, and later earned an M.A. from Ohio State and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He started teaching at Colby in 1963, and for 40 years taught 19th-century American literature, modern American drama, detective fiction, and Italian fiction and film in Colby’s English Department, which he also chaired. He introduced black studies at Colby in 1964 and went on to cofound what would become the African-American Studies Program— of the first in the country—and served as its first director 1971-83. A scholar of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, he also had a passion for African literature and taught for a year at the University of Madagascar as a Fulbright lecturer. He directed Colby’s program in London for several years, and, after he retired, he ran the Jan Plan program in Verona, Italy, for 13 years and was a frequent lecturer for the Friends of the Goldfarb Center seminars in Waterville. He wrote poetry, was an avid photographer, and appreciated good wine and food. Survivors include his wife, Kate Cone ’76, three children, six grandchildren, and a sister. He also leaves three step-children and three additional grandchildren.
April 1, 2020, in Hyattsville, Md., at 88. An influential African-American artist and art historian, a prominent voice in the art world, and a friend of the Colby College Museum of Art. At the time of his death from the coronavirus, he was the Distinguished University Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, where he achieved international recognition for his expertise and scholarship in African-American art. A multimedia artist, he studied at Maine’s Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the 1950s and taught at Talladega College as well as at Howard and Fisk universities. He authored five exhibition books and published more than 40 catalogs from exhibitions he curated, including the groundbreaking 1970s work Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950 at the Los Angeles County Museum. He served on the Colby Museum Board of Governors from 1994 to 2003, and his encouragement was key to the establishment of the Lunder Institute for American Art. In 2017 the Colby Museum awarded him its Cummings Award for Artistic Excellence. The museum holds six of Driskell’s works, including Blue Pines, 1959, an example of the frequent motif of trees in his work. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Driskell, two daughters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
April 29, 2020, in Waterville, Maine, at 96. A longtime employee of the College, he worked for more than 40 years in Colby’s Buildings and Grounds Department (now Facilities Services), working his way up from driving buses and sanding roads to superintendent of the department. Known affectionately as “Mr. Colby”, he was awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree in 1985, the first the College awarded, prior to his retirement. He was a Boy Scout leader, member of the school board, and a volunteer with the Winslow Fire Department for 43 years. He was an avid reader, a carver of decoys, a Mason awarded an honorary Thirty-Third Degree, and an active member of his Baptist church. He leaves his wife, Dorothy, two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
M.D., Feb. 20, 2020, in Augusta, Maine, at 93. Colby’s former medical director and friend of the College, his generosity led to the Colby-Hume Center on Messalonskee Lake when he donated a 10-acre parcel of land to the College in 1991. Born in Virginia, he graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania before joining the Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946. He earned his medical degree in 1953 from the University of Pennsylvania and became a surgeon, working in private practice and also in various roles in hospitals, including chief of surgical service at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He moved to Maine in the mid-’70s and worked as a surgeon, as chairman of the Department of Surgery at Taylor Hospital, director of emergency medical services for the State of Maine, and as chief of staff at Mid-Maine Medical Center. He was Colby’s medical director 1990-2000 and was on the Board of Visitors. At the Colby-Hume Center, he built and equipped a woodworking shop and a blacksmith’s shop and created Jan Plan courses, including the popular furniture-making course. Along with his wife, Dorothy, he opened their home to dozens of Colby pre-med students who lived with them during summer work-study programs. Colby’s crew teams practiced on Messalonskee Lake, also called Snow Pond. The Humes acted as “godparents” to the teams and were in large measure responsible for the teams’ ability to achieve varsity status in 1993. He received a Colby Brick Award in 2006. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dorothy, three children, three grandchildren, and a brother.
Nov. 29, 2019, in Solon, Maine, at 74. A former Colby lacrosse coach, he was a 1967 graduate of Bowdoin, that college’s first-ever All-American in lacrosse; he also excelled in hockey and football. After serving as a Marine officer in Vietnam, he went on to a successful lacrosse coaching career, beginning at Division I University of New Hampshire followed by four seasons at Middlebury, where he led the team to the ECAC Championship in 1975, and four seasons at Colby, 1986-89. In the 1980s and ’90s, he officiated interscholastic lacrosse in Maine as well as Division I, II, and III matches across New England. One of a very few who excelled as a player, coach, and official, he was respected for his integrity and commitment to help others succeed. He was inducted into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor in 2016. Rob leaves his wife, Julianna, two daughters, a granddaughter, and a brother.
Dec. 4, 2019, in New York, at 82. Belgian born, he was raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., and was a 1958 graduate of Colgate University, where he majored in history and was unbeaten on the tennis team. He became a successful, self-made investor, establishing Paul J. Schupf Associates in 1994 and running it from his home office in Hamilton, N.Y. A Renaissance man, he collected and advised others on art, read deeply about philosophical and aesthetic issues, and was a devoted Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead fan. He was introduced to Colby through the Colby Museum of Art and became one of the College’s most generous benefactors with gifts that supported the arts, the sciences, and residential life. The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, the Anthony-Mitchell-Schupf Residence Hall, and the Paul J. Schupf Computational Chemistry Laboratory are among the tangible results of his generosity. In 2019 he made a leadership gift for Waterville’s planned arts center, which will be named in his honor. He served as a Colby trustee from 1991 to 2006, and he sat on Colby’s Board of Visitors 1985-91 and on the museum’s Board of Governors 1994-2006. He received a Colby Brick Award in 1999. At the time of his death from cancer, he was a member of Colby’s Dare Northward Campaign Cabinet. A trustee emeritus at Colgate, he created the W.S. Schupf Chair in Far Eastern Studies there in memory of his father, as well as the Schupf Studio Art Center and the Schupf Fellowship. He received honorary degrees from Colby, Cazenovia College, and Thomas College. He leaves two siblings and four nieces.
May 1, 2020, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 89. A Maine native, she started working for Colby in the 1970s, serving as administrative assistant for the math and science departments. A proud Colby employee, she was among the first to be trained in word processing on a desktop computer at the College. Her pastimes included playing the organ, needlework, and weekly bridge games. Two children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive her.
March 30, 2020, in Braintree, Mass., at 101. After eight years of living in New York City and Boston, she settled in 1947 in Braintree, where she raised nine children and was a dedicated member of her church as a deaconess. She wrote poetry, read widely, played hymns on her piano, and possessed a sharp sense of humor. Her family’s legacy of Colby graduates stretches back to her grandfather Harvey D. Eaton, Class of 1887; her parents, A. Robert Rogers Sr., Class of 1917, and Harriet Eaton Rogers, Class of 1919; and her siblings, Martha Rogers Beach ’42 and Raymond Rogers Jr. ’49, all of whom predeceased her. She leaves seven children, 18 grandchildren, including Megan Davis ’94, 17 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Nov. 9, 2019, in Wilmington, N.C., at 100. A brief teaching career in Portland, Maine, ended in 1943 when he entered the U.S. Army, serving in Germany in the Signal Corps. He earned an M.A. in Russian from the Middlebury Language School in 1950, and then he went on to a long career as a crypto-analyst and linguist with the National Security Agency, retiring in 1980. A varsity golfer at Colby, he played throughout his life and won several Senior Open championships. Later in life, he took up long-distance running and completed his first of two marathons at age 60. Three sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him.
March 14, 2020, in Falls Church, Va., at 99. Dot left Colby after two years, marrying classmate Clarence Fernald ’40, with whom she raised two daughters before his death in 1986. She lived for 70 years in Falls Church, where she taught Sunday School, was church librarian, and volunteered with Citizens for a Better City and the PTA. An amateur genealogist, she traced her family’s roots and kept extensive scrapbooks of family photos and events. Two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters survive her.
Feb. 15, 2020, in Hanover, Mass., at 96. Her life centered around family, home, and community. She also worked for Sears Roebuck for a period. She loved animals, car rides, gardening, and barbecues with family and friends. Four children, two grandsons, and a great-granddaughter survive her.
Feb. 6, 2020, in Silverdale, Wash., at 94. She moved around the country and the world with her husband, an Air Force captain, while raising her four children. Later in life, she became a real estate agent.
May 3, 2020, in Worcester, Mass., at 95. She taught school for four years before starting her family, which was her primary focus and love throughout her life. A resident of Holden, Mass., for 68 years, she gave back to her community by serving at her church. She also volunteered for 20 years with Heifer Project International. Later in life, she traveled to all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and to 30 countries. Survivors include her husband of nearly 69 years, Robert, four children, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Feb. 20, 2020, in Torrington, Conn., at 95. A devoted mother and wife, she also volunteered extensively with the Girl Scouts, a junior women’s club, her church, and the Waterbury Junior League. She was an accomplished pianist who played at social gatherings. She leaves three children and four grandchildren.
Dec. 23, 2019, in Moorestown, N.J., at 94. Her adult life revolved around her children and grandchildren, whose activities she supported by volunteering with Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the local P.T.A., and her church. She had a strong sense of community, enjoyed golfing, and was interested in history. Predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Wendell F. Phillips ’44, she is survived by six children, 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Oct. 31, 2019, in Belfast, Maine, at 94. He left Colby in 1943 to train for service in the U.S. Navy, becoming an ensign in the Pacific Theater. He returned, graduated from Colby, and subsequently earned two master’s degrees from the University of Maine. He became a college professor, teaching business and economics at New England College, Nasson College, and the University of Southern Maine. He authored several articles and two books, one on teaching economics in elementary schools and another titled Steamboat Memories, which stemmed from an interest in historical steamboats in Penobscot Bay. Later in life, he owned Penobscot Compass Service. He was active with the Boy Scouts and was a Mason. He leaves his wife of 69 years, Jean, two sons, four grandchildren, including Colin Witherill ’04 and Kara Witherill ’15, two great-grandchildren, and a sister.
March 27, 2020, in Greenport, N.Y., at 93. A mother and wife, she was also active in her communities. She belonged to the Junior League of the North Shore, serving as treasurer and sustainer committee member, and was a member of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Janet served on Colby’s Board of Overseers, was an active fundraiser for her class, and was active with the New York Alumni Association, all reasons she was awarded a Colby Brick in 1998. In retirement, she moved to Shelter Island, where she served on the Mashomack Preserve board of trustees and organized a yearly benefit gathering for many years. She was also active with the Shelter Island Yacht Club and Shelter Island Historical Society. Predeceased by her sister, Joan Gay Kent ’45, she is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
April 4, 2020, in Newton, Mass., at 93. He left Colby after one year to join the U.S. Army, where he served as a combat medic in the Philippines. For his heroism, he was awarded the Philippines Liberation Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal. He returned to Colby and graduated then earned an M.B.A. in 1951 and a J.D. in 1971, both from Boston University. He opened a private law practice in Boston, practicing into his 80s. Mel was an avid tennis player who ranked as a New England Amateur, and he was a master duplicate bridge player. Survivors include his wife, Julie, and two sons, including Robert ’08.
M.D. Dec. 1, 2019, in Ogunquit, Maine, at 103. She graduated from Belgrade (Maine) High School in 1933, worked in Waterville and Augusta, then struck out on her own in the early 1940s, eventually working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She earned a pilot’s license, but the onset of World War II prevented her from flying. Instead, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and worked as a court stenographer in England and Paris, earning four medals, including the World War II Victory Medal. After the war, she enrolled at Colby. She went on to earn a medical degree in 1953 from the Philadelphia Women’s Medical College and later became a family physician based in Ogunquit, practicing for 50 years and making hundreds of house calls each year. Reading the Bible and living the gospel were daily devotions, an attitude also evident during service trips to Central America with the Heifer Project and Habitat for Humanity. She also played the violin, practiced photography, and loved poetry and letter writing. Her daughter, Lynne Freeman, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive her.
April 12, 2020, in Lynn, Mass., at 92. In addition to raising her children, she was a librarian, first for the Town of Marblehead and later for the law firm Goodwin Proctor. For 67 years she was a resident of Marblehead, where she was an active member of the Star of the Sea Church. Reading, cooking, and traveling were favorite activities. Predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Robert Latham ’49, she is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Oct. 5, 2019, in Midland Park, N.J., at 90. While moving frequently for her husband’s career, she raised her children and held various jobs: special education teacher, administrative assistant, and office assistant. She was known for her sense of humor and her love of music, playing trumpet and piano, and initiating impromptu sing-alongs. Along with her husband, they established a scholarship fund at Colby in their name. Predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Thomas F. Maguire ’49, she is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Jan. 15, 2020, in Farmington, Conn., at 92. Georgie held various positions that satiated her desire to help others: a middle and high school teacher, a manager of a Fanny Farmer Store, a financial consultant to young families, and a water safety instructor at YMCAs, 4-H camps, and church camps. She also worked for 13 years as a tax preparer and six years as an office supervisor for H&R Block. She made her home in Dennis, Mass., where she loved the beach and swimming. Two siblings predeceased her, Walter E. Alger Jr. ’50 and Agnes Alger Stephanian ’51; a stepdaughter and grandson survive her.
Oct. 23, 2019, in Berea, Ohio, at 90. A school teacher and a mother early in her adult life, she went on to become a high school guidance counselor in Lakewood, Ohio. She earned two advanced degrees from Kent State: an M.A. in student personnel in 1971 and a doctorate in counseling in higher education in 1979. An expert genealogy researcher, she recorded and collected her family history, and in retirement, she spent winters in the family home in Berea. Predeceased by her brother, Robert Ardiff ’54, she leaves three children, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and her sister, Eleanor Ardiff Ormiston ’60.
Oct. 12, 2019, in Gloucester, Mass., at 91. His lifelong love of Gloucester began in childhood when his parents bought a cottage in Goose Cove and culminated in adulthood when he returned to live in that house. There, he wrote five books on Gloucester’s maritime history and art. In between, he served four years with the Air Force in the Korean War and was a business writer in Connecticut. Chet belonged to the Annisquam Yacht Club, the Boston Writer’s Club, and the Boston Phi Beta Kappa Club. His wife, Anthea, predeceased him by 10 days.
Feb. 14, 2020, in State College, Pa., at 90. She attended Katharine Gibbs College in Providence, where she studied business administration and criminal justice, skills she used during her lengthy career as an analyst with the Department of State in Washington, D.C. In retirement, she traveled extensively. Predeceased by her grandmother, Mary Pray Seward, (Colby class year unknown, but sometime in the 1880s), she is survived by a brother and extended family.
Dec. 24, 2019, in Pittsboro, N.C., at 91. She raised her family in Ware and Hingham, Mass., where she also actively volunteered with the Hingham Garden Club and the Doric Docents, tour guides at the Massachusetts State House. Ginny, knowledgeable about Spanish, also tutored English as a Second Language up until the time of her death. A talented seamstress and gardener, her other hobbies centered on the outdoors: alpine and Nordic skiing, tennis, golf, and kayaking on the lake in New Hampshire where she retired before moving to Pittsboro. She leaves her husband of 69 years, Charles A. Pearce ’49, three children, including Sarah Pearce ’78, and four grandchildren.
Nov. 4, 2019, in Johnson City, N.Y., at 91. A mother and homemaker, an artist and musician, she taught art in a local school district and earned an M.Ed. from Penn State University in 1963. Later, she owned antique and framing businesses in Binghamton. She played cello in a community orchestra, painted pen-and-ink and watercolor scenes, and, as an animal lover, volunteered with Project PAW. She was known for finding beauty in simple things and expressing those nuances through writing. Predeceased by her father, Ransom Pratt, Class of 1921, and her first husband, Robert Burkhart ’50, she leaves a son, David Burkhart.
Dec. 4, 2019, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 97. After high school in 1942, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific until 1946. He came to Colby on a full basketball scholarship and went on to shatter every Colby record, earning the attention of the Boston Celtics, who drafted him in 1949. Opting not to pursue a basketball career, he finished at Colby and then taught government at Deering High School in Portland, Maine, for 27 years. He also coached at Deering, leading the school to two state basketball championships. He stayed in shape as he aged, enjoying skiing and golfing, shooting his age until he was 77, and winning several senior golf tournaments. Predeceased by his wife, Joyce Edwards Washburn ’51, he is survived by three children and a grandson.
March 3, 2020, in Crosswicks, N.J., at 91. After college, she worked as a children’s librarian in her hometown of Trenton, and later served as president of the Crosswicks Library, which she helped to resurrect. She was a pioneer in the construction business, operating Williams-BUILDER with her husband. She was named National Remodeler of the Year in 1997 by the National Association of Home Builders, and she was featured in several industry publications, including on the covers of two magazines. She served as president of the PTA and was a vital part of Crosswicks’s Society of Friends. She was appreciated for her ìkind insistence on singing grace and sending postcards. Three children and seven grandchildren will carry on in her absence.
Dec. 2, 2019, in Boulder, Colo., at 90. Born in Beirut to missionary parents, he was raised in Lebanon before coming to Colby, where he played basketball and tennis. He earned a Ph.D. in geology from Columbia University and went on to work with Esso in Libya, with Standard Oil (Exxon) in New York, and, for 20 years, with ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia, focusing on employment and training. He studied and mastered the Arabic language, enjoyed sailing and snorkeling in the Arabian Gulf, and went camping in the Empty Quarter. He retired to Boulder, where he gardened, continued to play tennis, and volunteered in his community. He served as a class agent for his 50th Colby reunion and established a student research fund at the College. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Kate, three children, six grandchildren, and two sisters.
Jan. 27, 2020, in Concord, Mass., at 90. She earned a master’s in education in 1952 from Columbia University’s Teachers College and taught first grade for several years, returning to the classroom as a nursery school teacher after raising her children. She was also a civic activist, volunteering with the League of Women Voters and the Association for the Education of Young Children. She was a court-appointed special advocate for foster children, typed books in Braille, and recorded books on tape for the blind. She leaves two daughters, six grandchildren, and a sister.
Oct. 14, 2019, in Friendship, Maine, at 90. She transferred from Colby to Wellesley College, where she earned her degree in English. She worked as an editorial assistant before marrying in 1955 and starting her family. She did volunteer workóPlanned Parenthood, League of Women Voters, Travelers Aid Society until later in life, when she started and ran two travel agencies. Travel, bridge, and tennis occupied her retirement years, as did reading and watching Jeopardy! Three children and four grandchildren survive her.
Nov. 21, 2019, in Ellicott City, Md., at 89. She worked for a few years before earning her master’s in mathematics education at Syracuse University, where she met her future husband. Her family became her focus, and with her son autistic, she devoted much of her time to his issues and activities. She had an interest in World War I veterans and conducted research to compile a list of all Colby graduates who died in that war. Predeceased by her father, John S. Tibbetts ’26, she is survived by her husband of 65 years, Peter, five children, and eight grandchildren.
Jan. 31, 2019, in Newark, Del., at 89. He studied at the University of Maine’s Pulp and Paper School right after Colby, and later he attended the University of Wisconsin’s Management Institute. His career was spent as a manufacturing engineer for Scott Paper, where he helped build and redesign paper mills in countries such as Spain, Mexico, Malaysia, and Costa Rica. In retirement, he worked to break 80 on the links, and he studied indigenous cultures of the American Southwest. Six children, 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister survive him.
April 13, 2020, in Marblehead, Mass., at 91. She lived for 58 years in the same house in Marblehead, raising her children, gardening, and engaging with the community as a swim coach and official and as a member of the church choir. An outdoor enthusiast, she enjoyed bicycling, ocean swimming, sailing, ice skating, skiing, and camping. She also played several instruments, the trumpet, guitar, banjo, harmonica, penny whistle, and recorder in various bands and at music festivals. Predeceased by her husband, Charles McIntyre ’51, she leaves four daughters, including Carol McIntyre-Peale ’75 and her husband, James Peale ’77; 10 grandchildren, including Caitlin Peale Sloan ’06; and a great-grandson.
Jan. 21, 2020, in Waterville, Maine, at 91. He sold insurance for Allstate for 10 years and then went to work for Keyes Fibre in Waterville, where he served as assistant of operations planning and manager of customer services. Retirement wasn’t for him, so he went to work for his son Gerry Jr., who owned Big G’s in Winslow, and delivered lunch to customers for 21 years. A Boy Scoutmaster for five years, he was promoted to a scout commissioner and established new troops. He also taught CCD, catechism, at Winslow’s St. John Parish. Woodworking and furniture making, French discussion groups, and playing bridge were favorite pastimes, along with running, hunting, and fishing. He leaves four children, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother.
Feb. 15, 2020, in Orleans, Mass., at 91. He left Colby after two years and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Antietam as an airplane mechanic. He started Orleans Motors in the late 1950s and also joined the Orleans Yacht Club, which furthered his lifelong involvement with boats. In 1963 he won the Day Sailer North American Championship; in 1976 he created and ran the Great Bicentennial Bathtub Race; and he taught sailing to kids and adults. His wife, Nancy, three daughters, and four grandchildren survive him.
Oct. 11, 2019, in Suffield, Conn., at 91. Prior to entering Colby, he served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army during World War II. A standout baseball pitcher in high school and at Colby, he played for the Hartford Twilight League and was scouted by major leagues. He became a banker instead, starting as a teller then becoming branch manager and vice president in Windsor, Conn. In 1977 he changed course and was elected probate judge in Windsor, winning four subsequent terms until he retired in 1991. Together with his wife, he purchased, winterized, and remodeled a cottage in Ludlow, Vt., where he retreated weekends to ski, kayak, and relax with friends. He was a master woodworker who crafted furniture, treasurer of his Methodist church for 33 years, and an international traveler. Predeceased by his mother, Emily Kelley Russell, Class of 1919, he leaves his wife, Cynthia, four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Oct. 20, 2019, in Boston, Mass., at 90. She was a spirited traveler and curious woman, visiting all 50 states, traveling abroad, and learning to say “thank you” in almost every language. Her career was spent at MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, working as an administrative officer. She followed the Red Sox and tennis in general. Known as a trivia expert, she won many prizes in trivia contests on the many cruises she took.
Jan. 26, 2020, in Savannah, Ga., at 90. A proud U.S. Army veteran, he became a salesman, working for 32 years at Johnson Matthey Inc., a fabricator of precious metals in Devon. Mass. Following his retirement, he relocated to Georgia’s Skidaway Island, where he enjoyed golf. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jan, three children, and seven grandchildren.
Dec. 14, 2019, in Mechanicsville, Va., at 89. As a Colby student, he belonged to the U.S. Naval Reserve, and after graduation he spent a few years in the Navy stationed in Brooklyn. He subsequently went to work for Nabisco, supervising and directing production for two of the company’s bakeries. He had two homes, one in New Jersey and another in West Bath, Maine, and he kept sailboats at each. He leaves his wife, Mary, and extended family.
April 9, 2020, in Chilmark, Mass., at 89. She left Colby after two years to follow her dream of becoming a nurse. She studied at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital nursing program and was capped a registered nurse. A homemaker and a mother, Muffie was active with her church as a communicant and senior warden. She also volunteered at the local hospital and thrift shop, and she helped serve lobster suppers at her church and meals for ice hockey families at a street fair. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Carlton “Carl” Leaf ’52, four children, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings.
Jan. 13, 2020, in Yarmouth Port, Mass., at 89. He served three years in the Korean War aboard the USS Dortch as an operations officer, legal officer, and chaplain. A 45-year career followed at A.A. MacPherson Co., an electrical manufacturer’s representation firm that he owned. He served as national president of NEMRA and the Electrical Institute of New England. He golfed and belonged to several country clubs, sailed a Sunfish, and enjoyed traveling. He also served as a deacon and moderator for his Congregational church. Survivors include two daughters, including Janet MacPherson Younker ’77 and her husband, William D. Younker ’76; four grandchildren, including William D. Younker II ’04; four great-grandchildren; and extended family, including niece Sally Lovegren Merchant ’83.
Dec. 11, 2019, in Concord, N.H., at 89. Betsey earned a nursing degree from Columbia Presbyterian University in 1955 then moved to Hanover, N.H., where she taught anatomy and physiology to nursing students. While raising a family, she helped her first husband, Thornton Merriam ’51, run his private medical practice in Bangor, Maine. Divorced, she used her master’s degree in expressive art therapy from Lesley College, earned in 1989, to work as a preschool teacher in Portsmouth, N.H. She was involved with the League of Women’s Voters and a Shakespeare acting club, and she loved the outdoors, especially the ocean. Later, she met Frank Weeks, son of a Colby math professor, who was her companion for the final 20 years of her life. She leaves five children, including David Merriam ’81, eight grandchildren, and a brother.
Oct. 12, 2019, in Lexington, Mass., at 94. He left high school to join the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as a radioman and witnessing the invasion at Normandy, Okinawa, and other sites. As a Colby student, he married during his freshman year, worked at Dunham’s, and saw three of his children born on campus. Summers he worked as a river driver. He became a research chemist, working first for several startups before starting with Polaroid Corporation in 1967. He retired as senior research manager, having accumulated several dozen patents. He enjoyed ocean fishing, diving, and boating and earned his Coast Guard captain’s license in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Merryl, four children, including Peter ’74, two step-children, 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and two sisters.
Jan. 23, 2020, in Palm Coast, Fla., at 87. Her life focused on her home and family, but she remained close to her Delta Delta Delta friends and also enjoyed golfing. Predeceased by her parents, Evangeline York Scott, Class of 1924, and Albert H. Scott, Class of 1924, she leaves two sons and three grandchildren.
April 3, 2020, in Brockton, Mass., at 89. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. Later, he worked for Zayre’s Corporation and helped develop its brand TJ Maxx. Four children, two grandchildren, and a brother survive him.
Dec. 27, 2019, in Littleton, Colo., at 87. She continued her education right after Colby, earning a master’s at Columbia Teachers College in 1955 followed by a diploma certifying her to teach deaf students. She taught special education in middle schools in Mount Laurel, N.J., where she lived for 57 years before retiring in Colorado. In addition to raising her children, she gave generously to her community through volunteer work, including answering calls for a crisis hotline for more than 40 years. She loved animals and nature, and she enjoyed traveling and listening to music. Marge was predeceased by her father, the noted Waterville physician Frederick Thayer Hill, Class of 1910, and two sisters, Virginia Hill Field ’48 and Joan Hill Martin ’52. Her husband of 63 years, Frederick G. Ashman ‘54, three children, six grandchildren, and her sister Barbara Hill Millett ’50 survive her.
Feb. 13, 2020, in Middletown, Conn., at 88. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army 1954-1956. After he earned two graduate degrees, from the University of Maine and the University of Vermont, in mathematics and education respectively, he taught high school mathematics in Connecticut for 35 years. A lover of camping and hiking, he worked in Yellowstone National Park for five years during his retirement. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, four children, three grandchildren, and a sister.
Feb. 10, 2020, in Haddam, Conn., at 87. She was a fundraiser who worked first in higher education, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Connecticut College, and later as a fundraising consultant with Brakeley, John Price Jones, Inc. In 1960 she earned a master’s in English from New York University. She and her husband, Roy, raised two children.
Sept. 24, 2019, in Hortense, Ga., at 86. Starting in the mid-’50s, she and her husband operated their family business, Chandler’s Ice Cream, in Peabody, Mass. Later, she earned a teacher’s certificate and taught kindergarten and fourth grade in Peabody. In retirement she moved to Athens, Maine, where she tended a large vegetable garden and became active in the community, fighting against the placement of a debris incinerator there, teaching Sunday school, and volunteering at the food pantry. Survivors include two children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
April 12, 2020, in Poland, Maine, at 87. A Mainer his entire life, he established a career in insurance, starting with the Dunlap Agency and later starting his own business, the Cummings Agency, with his wife, Marlene, first in Portland and then in Mechanic Falls. His hobbies include investing, antiques, golf, and painting. Three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him.
Jan. 10, 2020, in South Portland, Maine, at 87. Bob was a legal assistant for the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and later became director of development for the Salvation Army’s Northern New England Division. In retirement, he worked part-time at the South Portland Public Library. Predeceased by his former wife, Betty Latter Longbottom ’54, he leaves three children and a granddaughter.
March 27, 2020, in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., at 87. He earned an M.B.A. in accounting from Columbia University in 1956, which allowed him to enjoy a successful career as a certified public accountant, co-founding the firm Rothenberg and Peters CPAs. His wife of 61 years, Nancy, three sons, and three grandchildren survive him.
Nov. 24, 2019, in Grafton, Mass., at 86. Her life centered around the 1740 Colonial house in Grafton, where she raised her children, created a home, and tended the grounds as a talented gardener. A lover of sports, she played competitive tennis and enjoyed swimming; she taught physical education early in her career and later refereed girls’ basketball and field hockey. She also enjoyed a career in real estate. She leaves her husband of 64 years, Reginald “Archie” Anderson ’55, three sons, including Richard ’85, and seven grandchildren, including Emily Anderson ’14.
May 6, 2020, in Southbury, Conn., at 87. He earned an M.A. in English in 1957 from the University of Connecticut, where he later completed coursework in economics. After two years as an intelligence officer in the Army, he studied French and Italian at Yale’s Summer Language Institute. His career included work in the Library of Congress as an economic analyst, researching and writing speeches and reports for congressmen; as an editor for McGraw Hill compiling reports on federal environmental programs; translating articles for foreign affairs news services; and in positions with the Connecticut Department of Public Safety, including public information officer for the state police. In honor of his Italian heritage, he established the Patsy and Peppa Berluti Memorial Scholarship Fund at Colby for students studying Italian. The last of his large family, he leaves nieces and nephews.
Jan. 4, 2020, in Eau Claire, Wis., at 86. After two years at Colby, she left to attend nursing school but changed her mind and attended Katherine Gibbs School instead. Her life revolved around her children, home, and community, where she volunteered, served in her church, and helped found a regional arts center. Her hobbies included knitting, painting, golfing, and collecting art and antiques. Three children and eight grandchildren survive her.
Feb. 28, 2020, in Middletown, Conn., at 87. An insurance underwriter with Connecticut General (later CIGNA), he rose through the ranks to eventually become vice president, head of underwriting. He volunteered in his community and was an active benefactor of his Congregational church, where he established the Robert A. Hale Memorial Fund. He was an avid golfer and a fan of the UCONN women’s basketball program. He leaves three children, five grandchildren, and his beloved beagle, Barney.
Nov. 8, 2019, in Augusta, Maine, at 86. Following service in the Korean War, he enrolled at Colby, graduated, then settled in nearby Canaan, where he farmed, raised pigs and other livestock, and started the Family Sawmill that he ran for 47 years. He loved taking his grandsons to the Fryeburg Fair, faithfully met his friends for weekly lunches, and rooted for the Red Sox and Patriots. He leaves his wife, Nancy, five children, 19 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Dec. 4, 2019, in Waterbury, Conn., at 84. After leaving Colby, she completed her studies at Tufts University, where she earned a master’s in education. She taught elementary school in Thomaston, Conn., until her retirement in 1996. She was an animal lover, connecting especially with cats. Her husband, David, and two step-daughters survive her.
March 30, 2020, in Center Sandwich, N.H., at 87. Bob served in Germany with a tank battalion during the Korean War, after which he worked in the textile business until 1978. A second career in land development and construction followed until he retired in 1990, when he focused on what he loved the most: golf. He also devoted himself to restoring and keeping up his 200-year-old home on 36 acres in Center Sandwich. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Judith Merrill Erb ’58, two children, including Susan Erb Pittenger ’80, and four grandchildren.
Nov. 17, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 83. He served with the U.S. Army 1959-61 and was stationed in Germany. A career with multiple jobs followed: director of YMCAs in three states, city planner for Colorado Springs, leadership development coach, and real estate broker. Along the way, he earned two graduate degrees: an M.Ed. from Springfield College and an M.A. from the University of Colorado and stayed active with his community and church. He founded EDUCO Colorado, a school wilderness training and leadership development for youth, participated in a Parkinson’s support group, and belonged to a men’s group for more than 40 years. In 2017 he won an AARP community service award. Gardening, Nordic skiing, and travel were among his other passions. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Gagne, three sons, and 10 grandchildren.
Oct. 12, 2019, in Getzville, N.Y., at 83. A 1958 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship allowed him to study English at Cornell, where he was also an instructor of English. In 1960 he started teaching English and history at Hebron (Maine) Academy, also coaching swimming and football. He earned a master’s in liberal studies in 1970 from Wesleyan. In 1973 he came to Nichols School and taught English for more than 40 years. Known as a tough but thoughtful grader, he won every award given at Nichols and had the yearbook dedicated to him three times. He served as English Department chair twice and was awarded the first Austin Fox Endowed Faculty Chair in 1997. Drawing from his acting days with Powder and Wig, he directed student plays at Nichols and even had students act out plays in class. Renowned for his yearly recitation of “Casey at the Bat”, he had a scoreboard on the school’s baseball diamond donated and named for him. Survivors include his extended family.
May 8, 2020, in Salem, Ore., at 84. Drawing upon her English degree from Colby, she spent time as an editor for Good Housekeeping magazine early in her career, and then later became a teacher of English and journalism. She taught in Eureka, Calif., and in Bend, Ore., where she was part of the inaugural staff at Mountain View High School. In retirement, she volunteered with Trinity Episcopal Church and with Central Oregon Art Association, helping to restore the Rademacher House into an art gallery. As a single mother, she provided exciting and memorable adventures for her children, including time in Waimea on Hawaii’s Big Island. Pastimes included learning Italian, traveling, reading, watercolor painting, cooking, and entertaining. Left to continue her joie de vivre are three children, four grandchildren, and a brother.
Oct. 2, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minn., at 89. A prolific writer and poet, a discerning editor and publisher, and a beloved teacher, he delighted in the rhythm and melody of poetry. After serving with the Air Force during the Korean War, he graduated from Colby then went on to earn an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1965. That same year he started at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he taught creative writing and American literature for almost 30 years. A champion of unrecognized poets, he started Juniper Press and a literary journal, Northeast, in 1960, publishing chapbooks and collections, many of them on cloth, hand-bound, and hand-sewn. He authored several poetry books, had his work published in more than 150 literary magazines, and won multiple awards for his poems. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Joanne, three children, and five grandchildren.
Dec. 7, 2019, in Tilton, N.H., at 86. Jack’s education at Colby was interrupted by the Korean War, where he served with the U.S. Air Force. In 1959 he joined his family’s business, Tram Diamond Corporation, an electronics manufacturer, becoming vice president. Later, he opened a satellite dish company, Satellink Corporation, which he operated for 23 years. He was an enthusiast of sports, fishing, boating, and alpine skiing, and had interests in birds, deer hunting, photography, astronomy, and card playing. He also followed Formula One racing and Boston sports teams. He leaves his wife, Nancy, two children, a step-daughter, six grandchildren, and two brothers.
Jan. 17, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla., at 83. She returned to her home state of Oklahoma after graduating from Colby, married, and raised her family while volunteering extensively in her community with her church, the American Red Cross, and the Junior League. She also served on local boards, including for the YMCA, Concertime, and Chamber Music Tulsa, of which she was president. Following a divorce, she bolstered her ego with a rugged 15-day Outward Bound canoe trip on the Boundary Waters. A few years later, she earned an M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa and worked in accounting. She belonged to book clubs, played bridge and Mah Jong, and was an expert knitter. Two children, five grandchildren, and a sister survive her.
Dec. 28, 2019, in Waltham, Mass., at 83. She put her Colby mathematics degree to work and became a computer programmer, working for Raytheon, MIT, ADL, and finally MITRE Corporation. Traveling the world was her passion; she visited six continents, absorbing the cultures and learning the histories of countless countries. She also played golf, swam, played bridge, and enjoyed seeing movies and plays with friends. Her sister Sally Spall Barnes ’60 survives her, as does extended family, including her niece Amy Hurley ’86.
Oct. 18, 2019, in Plymouth, Mass., at 82. After two years at Colby, she attended the Katherine Gibbs School, married, and raised her children. She volunteered with community organizations and worked bookkeeping jobs in the Berkshire area. She also loved animals, especially dogs; her golden retrievers and shelties were constant companions. Kris leaves two sons, three grandsons, and a sister.
Oct. 24, 2019, in San Jose, Calif., at 81. She left Colby in 1957 but earned her degree from George Washington University in 1959. She married, had children, and moved around while her husband was in the Army. Her work later in life was as an instructional assistant in special education, helping hearing- and sight-impaired students at Monta Vista (California) High School, which named her employee of the year in 1997. An active volunteer, she was PTA president, involved with Amigos de law Americas, and founded a grocery co-op in her neighborhood. Her husband of 59 years, Alex, five children, and two grandsons survive her.
Dec. 10, 2019, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at 83. He continued his studies right after Colby, earning an M.S. in 1961 and a Ph.D. in 1965, both in biology from Lehigh University. He chose to become a professor, teaching biology at Wilkes College (now Wilkes University) from 1967 to 2000. His research focused on the Atlantic horseshoe crab, limulus, which he studied using electron microscopy and about which he published several articles. He belonged to scientific organizations and was chair of the board of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Heart Association. He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1952. Two nephews and a niece survive him.
Dec. 24, 2019, in Port Richey, Fla., at 87. He applied his undergraduate work in physics to a career as a physicist and an industrial hygienist, first with Pratt & Whitney and, starting in 1976, with Picatinny Arsenal, where he worked on optics for Patriot Missiles. He was one exam away from receiving his Ph.D. but refused to take it as he had no interest in being called “doctor”. In retirement, he lived 10 years in Hiram, Maine, where he took up photography, and later settled in Florida. He was also an astronomy buff and a ham radio operator, a skill he learned while serving in the Korean War. He was also active with his church. Predeceased by his parents, Edythe Porter and J. Leslie Dunstan, both Class of 1923, he leaves his wife, Patricia, and four children.
Nov. 1, 2019, in East Granby, Conn., at 81. Finishing what he started at Colby, he earned a B.A. in economics at the University of Rochester in 1962, setting him up for a career in life insurance. He worked for large agencies for 35 years before starting his own life insurance recruiting and consulting business. He never lost his passion for baseball, keeping in touch with Colby’s coach John Winkin and becoming a Yankees fan. He was an active volunteer in his community and church, loved his cottage in Owls Head, Maine, and traveled extensively, including a meaningful trip to Normandy. Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Becky Crane Rafferty ’60, three children, including John Robert ’86, and four grandchildren.
March 27, 2020, in Staten Island, N.Y., at 80. Described as a scientist and a spiritual warrior, she held an M.S. degree, worked for 49 years as a senior editor at New York University, and, later in life, became a Reiki master who focused her energy on animals, especially those in sanctuaries. She was a docent at the Staten Island Zoo for 20 years and an animal rights activist. She stood for social justice, lived intentionally, and designed a spiritual practice that centered around nature and animals. Her brother, Frederick O’Connell ’59, survives her, as do mentees and soul-friends.
April 7, 2020, in Newport, N.C., at 81. An active, Christian man, he gave his time and talent to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Running Strong for Indian Youth, and the Katonah Fire Department. He coached young swimmers, started a Boy Scout Troop, volunteered at the local soup kitchen, and raised funds for causes, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee, and he was an educator, teaching in both New York and Texas. He also worked as a geophysicist in the Amazon and for CoreLabs. His personal interests included gardening, motorcycle racing, swimming, writing, painting, and playing the piano and guitar. Survivors include his wife, Armena “Mena”, three children, and three grandchildren.
April 11, 2020, in Langley, Wash., at 80. Following six months of active duty with the National Guard, he began his career in 1963 at Traveler’s Insurance Company. Seven years later, Pete started working for Mutual of New York and rose through the ranks to retire 20 years later as senior vice president of real estate. In early retirement, he worked part time as a consultant and mortgage loan analyst. He retired to Bar Harbor and then to Blue Hill, Maine, where he was a trustee with his Congregational church and a board member of area nonprofits. He was a sailor who enjoyed racing, and he was a builder, constructing his cottage on Pond Island, Maine. His final years were spent on Whidbey Island, Wash. He enjoyed traveling, hiking, feeding birds, and walking with his dog. He leaves his wife, Elsa, a sister, three sons, and nine grandchildren.
May 7, 2020, in Topsham, Maine, at 80. After Colby, he attended the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School and spent four years in active duty during the Vietnam War. He served in the Naval Reserves for 24 years, retiring as a captain. He was also an independent insurance agent in Damariscotta, Maine, where he also sold real estate and served on the board of Lincoln Academy, including two years as president. He belonged to Rotary International for 50 years. Described as quiet, wry, and reliable, he joyfully captained his party barge on Damariscotta Lake and equally loved his home in St. Augustine, Fla. Survivors include his wife, Allison, three children, two step-children, eight grandchildren, and a sister, Janice Chapman ’70.
Nov. 23, 2019, in Ellicott City, Md., at 78. A homemaker and mother, she was active with the Towson Presbyterian Church and its Heartlights group, which provided services for the mentally challenged, and its prayer shawl group. Her interests included knitting, baking, reading mysteries, and following the Maryland Terrapins basketball team. She loved animals, especially the dogs and cats in her life. She leaves three sons, five grandchildren, and a sister.
Nov. 19, 2019, in Venice, Fla., at 78. She started her 38-year career at State Street Bank in Boston modestly, as a customer service representative, before receiving multiple promotions and rising to executive vice president and head of human resources. Her trailblazing career shattered glass ceilings and placed her at the forefront of change in the ’70s and ’80s. She volunteered extensively for Colby, as a class agent, on the Alumni Council 1979-85, and on the Board of Trustees 1987-2009. She was active in Colby clubs in Boston and volunteered for the regional campaign in Boston 1995-96. For her leadership and commitment to the College, she was awarded a Colby Brick in 1986 and the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award in 2003. She gave generously to many charities, and, at Colby, established two funds, including the Susan Comeau Scholarship Fund in 1993. Although she never married, she surrounded herself with friends and family, whether traveling internationally or in her home. She leaves two siblings and their extended families.
Dec. 5, 2019, in Haverhill, Mass., at 77. He left Colby and eventually became a realtor and owner of Stony Brook Realty in Westford, Mass. While living in Naples, Fla., he was a patient advocate and did volunteer work with Parkinson’s patients and the homeless. He played the banjo in a folk group, participated in tennis tournaments, and enjoyed playing backgammon. He leaves his wife, Marjorie, two sons, two step-daughters, nine grandchildren, and two sisters.
Nov. 20, 2019, in Camden, Maine, at 79. After managing orange groves in Florida for several years, he became a long-haul trucker, satisfying his love of driving. Later, he owned and operated a limo service in New York City. He was a Life Master bridge player and an accomplished bowler and golfer. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three siblings, including Sandra Mayer Zinman ’60.
Jan. 13, 2020, in Marblehead, Mass., at 79. His entire career was spent as an insurance broker for Marsh & McLennan, eventually becoming managing director of the company’s Boston office. Along the way, he completed the executive M.B.A. program at Harvard Business School. He loved to read, and he followed current affairs; he enjoyed traveling with his wife; he was a lifelong boater who belonged to Marblehead’s Corinthian Yacht Club and to Five Islands Yacht Club in Maine, where he summered for 70 years. Predeceased by his wife, Joan Phillipps Thompson ’64, he leaves two sons, four grandchildren, and a sister.
Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston, Texas, at 75. After serving two years with the U.S. Army, he earned his law degree at South Texas College of Law. He became an attorney specializing in business law, working at the firm Burks Brush.
March 19, 2020, in The Villages, Fla., at 86. Bill earned his B.A. in English in 1956 from Brown University and then studied mathematics at Colby during the summers of 1964-66 and was awarded a master’s in 1966. He taught mathematics at New York’s Trinity-Pawling School, where he also chaired the math department, was head of the disciplinary committee, and coached varsity hockey, JV baseball and football, and intramural tennis. He was inducted into the Trinity-Pawling Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He later became head of school at the Hill School Camp, becoming a trustee in 2005. He enjoyed tennis, golf, biking, sailing, swimming, travel, and theater. Survivors include three children, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.
April 2020, in Hartford, Conn., at 75. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, then returned to Maine, which he learned to love during college. He homesteaded in Downeast Maine and eventually started practicing psychology, establishing a counseling center in Ellsworth. In 1977 he moved to Richmond, Va., to work at a psychiatric hospital. He trained in Gestalt therapy and later opened a private practice and was on the faculty of the Medical College of Virginia, earning renown and respect in the Richmond therapeutic community. His family reports Tom died unexpectedly from a fatal encounter with his beloved backhoe as he was preparing his garden for spring planting. He leaves his partner, Joan Miller, two children, two grandchildren, and three siblings, including Peter Reif ’83.
March 15, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at 74. She worked in banking for a period, and later she was co-owner of several business ventures, including SunAmp Power Company, a photovoltaics company that she and her husband acquired after building their own solar home. She played tennis and was a bicyclist who once rode across the country. Singing, cooking, and scrapbooking were other favorite pastimes. She served her Colby class as a class agent and class secretary. Her Colby ties include both grandfathers, Cecil M. Daggett, Class of 1903, and Wilmer A. Mooers, Class of 1914; her parents, John ’41 and Natalie Mooers Daggett ’42, and several aunts and uncles. Those who survive her include her husband, Ross, two daughters, five grandchildren, and two siblings.
Dec. 25, 2019, in Germantown, Tenn., at 74. He joined International Paper in 1967 and worked on manufacturing and business aspects of the company. In 2003 he was promoted to executive vice president, a position he held until he retired. His pastimes included hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Lisa, five children, four grandchildren, and a sister.
April 26, 2020, in Alexandria, Va., at 75. She transferred to Colby from Wheaton College; at that time, her father, John H. Reed, was governor of the state of Maine. She attended the Katherine Gibbs Legal Secretary Program, and then she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was a legal secretary until she retired in 2013. She enjoyed European travel, spent summers in her home state of Maine, and adored cats. Survivors include her husband, John Lee ’53, and a sister.
Dec. 17, 2019, in Dixfield, Maine, at 73. Following graduate work in English at UNH, she worked and volunteered in the disabilities field, writing newsletters and grants and serving as president of Very Special Arts Maine. Later, she worked as director of public relations for Rumford Community Hospital, where she also ran their volunteer program. She was also an active member of the local Rotary club and the historical society. Canoeing and camping were her passions, and she enjoyed restoring houses, commenting once that there was “always an unfinished bathroom in my life.” Jane perished in an accidental house fire, leaving two sons, including Joshua ’93 and his wife, Beth Cronin ’93, three grandchildren, and a brother.
Sept. 11, 2019, in Halifax, N.S., at 71. She was a nurse in the geriatrics and mental health fields known for playing the piano and singing for patients. She also played the organ for churches to which she belonged. Later in life, she established Copperleaf Antiques with her husband. She’s survived by her two children, three grandsons, and a sister.
Nov. 4, 2019, in Worcester, Mass., at 71. A master teacher of mathematics, he started his teaching career at Wachusett Regional High School then moved to the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science in 2000. His teaching was interrupted for service in the U.S. Army 1971-72. He earned a master’s in mathematics from Clark University and continued his professional training at Bowdoin and Harvard, presenting frequently at mathematics conferences. He taught kettle ball classes, made time for hiking and paddle-boarding, and traveled frequently. Gardening and reading were other pleasurable activities. His wife, Elizabeth, and two children survive him.
Dec. 10, 2019, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, at 75. Originally slated to graduate from Colby in 1965, he dropped out after his sophomore year and joined the Coast Guard, where he served as an electronics technician. He returned to Colby and graduated, then earned a law degree from St. John’s University School in 1972. He practiced law for the Legal Aid Society of New York City, as a law secretary in the New York State Supreme Court, and, for 20 years, in private practice. In 2000 he moved to Yellow Springs and focused on writing, where he wrote poetry, short stories, and news, publishing widely and being nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Later in life, he discovered hockey and played for an adult league, and he also took up the ukulele. He leaves his wife, Amy Lee, her two children, his two children, a grandson, and two sisters.
March 10, 2019, in Belmont, Vt., at 72.
Nov. 6, 2017, in Topsham, Maine, at 69. She transferred from Colby to the University of Maine, where she earned a B.A. in art. She homesteaded for almost a decade while raising her children, then moved to Topsham, where she worked as a substitute teacher, reading tutor, and office manager. She was an environmentalist who also loved dancing, reading, and gardening. Her husband, Edward, two children, four grandchildren, and four siblings are among her survivors.
March 18, 2020, in Washington, D.C., at 72. Known for having artistic and literary talent, she worked various jobs: a reporter for UPI, a legislative assistant for the late California Senator Alan Cranston, and a contractor for the Educational Testing Service. She volunteered in local schools and lived with a strong social conscience. Survivors include her husband, Alfred Harf, with whom she conceived and established a woodland garden that serves as her legacy, a daughter, and a sister.
April 24, 2020, in Branford, Conn., at 71. A lifelong educator, she earned a master’s in special education from New York University in 1972. Her career involved work with autistic children at Kings Park State Hospital on Long Island, in Boston public schools, and, for 40 years, as an early childhood educator in a number of Jewish institutions in Norwalk, Conn. First and foremost a mother, she was also an advocate for social justice who volunteered for causes in which she believed, an active member of Temple Shalom in Norwalk, and an accomplished baker. Two children survive her, as do two grandchildren, a sister, and her former husband, David Sampson ’73.
May 10, 2020, in Skowhegan, Maine, at 92. A Maine native, she came to Colby when her children were in school, earning her degree at age 43. She enjoyed a 27-year career teaching at schools in Waterville, Winslow, and Fairfield. She volunteered at the Vassalboro Food Pantry, and she found pleasure in golf, music, good food, and trips to Maine’s coast. She leaves two sons, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren
March 28, 2020, in Bowling Green, Ohio, at 70. A Renaissance man and lifelong learner, he earned numerous post-graduate degrees: an M.S. in microbiology, an M.B.A., M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and a Dr.PH in 2000. His professional field was public health, and he taught that subject at Slippery Rock University and Bowling Green State University, where he was named a distinguished teaching professor. He wrote a weekly column, “Health Thoughts”, authored more than 480 peer-reviewed works and more than 750 other publications, and served on the Wood County Board of Health. He was also a stained-glass artist, a kaleidoscope collector, a blue-ribbon counted cross stitch artist, a baker, an Eagle Scout, a percussionist, and an active member of his church. He leaves his wife, Rebecca, four step-children, and a sister.
Nov. 23, 2009, in New York at 58. He had interests in travel and tourism, working for various agencies in New York. In 1978 he earned a master’s in tourism administration from the New School in New York City. Together with his wife, Ursula, he raised a son, Alexander.
Dec. 12, 2019, in Worcester, Mass., at 66. After a career in computer sales, he worked in customer service at L.L.Bean, where, by chance, he connected with a long-lost friend on a call. He moved to Worcester to marry her, working at Home Depot until his death from cancer. A lifelong fan of Boston teams, he also enjoyed golfing, visiting Cape Cod, and vacationing on Sanibel Island. Survivors include his wife, Mary “Vicky” van der Linden, his daughter, three step-daughters, six grandchildren, and two siblings, including Sandra Clark Jonassen ’74.
M.D., April 29, 2020, in West Falmouth, Mass., at 66. A pediatrician, she earned her medical degree from New York Medical College in 1979. She offered compassion and medical expertise to patients at Bramblebush Pediatrics in Falmouth, Mass., from 1985 until she retired in 2014. She was an avid reader, an excellent baker and cook, and a rescuer of monarch caterpillars that she raised to become butterflies. She died from ovarian cancer, leaving her husband, William Wittman, two daughters, two grandsons, and three siblings, including Emily Shea Leone ’81.
March 13, 2020, in Erie, Pa., at 65. Her studies in Spanish began at Colby and led her to a 20-year career as a professor of Spanish at Slippery Rock University, where she was also actively engaged in the theater community, served as faculty advisor to the LGBTQ club, and hosted an international radio hour as Dr. Deb. Recently retired from Slippery Rock, she was pursuing a degree in theater and was training to be a set designer, scenic artist, and lighting designer. She earned a Ph.D. in Central American theater studies from the University of Kansas. Deb leaves her mother and two brothers.
Nov. 2, 2019, in Baltimore, Md., at 62. A city priest with a commitment to social justice and compassion for everyone, she served as pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Guardian Angel in Remington, Md., for 22 years. There, she initiated a reading camp, a food pantry, and outreach programs for vulnerable and high-risk populations. She earned a master’s in divinity from the General Theological Seminary in 1992 and served churches in Virginia and Townson, Md. She also served on the boards of the Episcopal Housing Corporation and St. Mary’s Outreach Center. Famous for her red high-top sneakers, she was called an “old-school street priest who met people where they were.” She leaves her wife, Christine, three step-children, and two siblings.
Feb. 5, 2020, in Belfast, Maine, at 61. Liz earned a master’s in French literature from Brown University in 1984 then returned to Colby to teach French and run the Colby in Dijon program for two years. She worked for Fleet Bank briefly then returned again to work in Colby’s Student Financial Services Department administering financial aid. She drew inspiration from the earth’s beauty, and she held a deep interest in Zen Buddhism. Liz played the organ, joined the “Come Boating” crew to row her ocean shell, and volunteered administrative time with Belfast Senior College. In 2015 she married John Chase, who survives her, as does her brother, John W. Bowen ’75.
Jan. 10, 2020, in Brunswick, Maine, at 58. Her love of singing and acting began early in life and brought her joy throughout adulthood as she performed in church choirs and local theater productions. She also discovered a passion for working with children and spent 27 years as an education technician working with special-needs children at Edgecomb Eddy School. Her father and two brothers survive her, as do her husband, James, two daughters, and a step-daughter and her two children.
April 19, 2020, in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., at 54. Artistically gifted, she created jewelry and was an emotive singer. She was lead singer in a folk band early in life, then later sang with her church. She also started a voiceover business, SunVocals. Most recently, she was business manager for an architectural inspection firm in Philadelphia and had just earned her drone pilot’s license. She loved being a mother, and she had an affection for Labrador retrievers. She leaves her son, Hayden, her father, and four siblings.
Dec. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nev., at 53. He lived in China for a period and traveled around, then settled in Las Vegas, where he worked as a dealer in several casinos, including Palms, Orleans, and Caesars. He was a reader and a writer of stories and poems, and he collected gaming memorabilia, chips, cards, and matchbooks. He also loved sports, especially soccer, baseball, and hockey. His daughter, Stephanie, his mother, and two siblings survive him.
Dec. 14, 2019, in Hanoi, Vietnam, at 52. Naturally curious and drawn to learning, he studied at several institutions beyond Colby: Vincennes University, DePauw University, and Saint Augustine’s University. He also served in the U.S. Army. He spent the last decade of his life living abroad in Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, where he sold real estate, taught ESL courses, owned a Jamaican cuisine restaurant, and provided food to underprivileged children. He leaves a daughter, his mother, and two sisters.
March 31, 2020, in Redwood City, Calif., at 48. He transferred from Colby to the University of Delaware, where he earned a B.A. in 1995. A J.D. followed in 2002 from the University of California Hastings College of Law. He practiced law in California, most recently as of counsel for Hopkins & Carley in Palo Alto. He died of a heart attack while out on his evening run. Survivors include his wife, twin daughters, three siblings, and his parents.
March 24, 2020, in Farmington, N.H., at 47. Deanna worked as a production manager for Coed Sportswear. No other information about her was available other than she died of cancer. Predeceased by her father, Frank Huston ’65, survivors include her mother, Dee-Ann Harris Bean ’65, her partner, and four siblings.
April 18, 2020, in San Anselmo, Calif., at 38. Matt’s life ended suddenly when he collapsed while on a trail run near his home. A varsity soccer player at Colby, he remained active throughout his life: skiing at Tahoe, surfing off Wellfleet on Cape Cod, or sailing in San Francisco Bay. He was also a volunteer and a participant with the Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride. In his career, his capacity for human connection elevated his success in the field of investor relations, most recently with Pure Storage and previously with LinkedIn. Matt leaves his wife, Kate, two children, his parents, and three brothers, including Andrew ’03 and Michael ’00.
Fall 2019 Obituaries
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
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.