April 17, 2018, in Miami, Fla., at 97. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army, spending time in Guam and the Philippines. He became an educator in Miami after earning his master’s in 1948 from Columbia University. In addition to teaching, he was a curriculum coordinator and directed a reading-study skills lab. He raised Doberman Pinschers and orchids, played golf, and loved nature. His son, Roger, a granddaughter, and a sister survive him.
Spring 2018 Obituaries
May 15, 2018, in Portland, Maine, at 95. He left Colby in 1943 to serve with the U.S. Army in World War II in the South Pacific Theater, where he earned a Bronze Star. He married Najla “Naj” Nawfel in 1946, and together they ran Josephís Clothing and Sporting Goods in Fairfield, Maine, for nearly 70 years with help from their daughter and son-in-law. His love of athletics was passed on to many people, mostly through the Fairfield Police Athletic League, which he helped found. He loved baseball, and he was a competitive golfer who was fortunate enough to play a hole with legendary golfer Sam Snead. Survivors include three children, including Paula Joseph Eustis ’69 and her husband, Jon Eustis ’69, five grandchildren, including Sarah Eustis ’96 and her husband, Andrew Meeks ’96, and two great-granddaughters.
May 4, 2018, in Lawrenceville, N.J., at 96. Service in the U.S. Navy during World War II interrupted his studies at Colby, taking him first to Bates College for the Navy V-12 program, then to mid-shipman school at Northwestern University, and finally to the Pacific Theater. Following the war, he built a financial career through U.S. Steel, R.J. Nabisco, and Johnson & Johnson, where he retired after 30 years as director of finance. He enjoyed golf, tennis, fishing, watching the NBA, and playing poker. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and a brother, Joseph Strup ’45.
Jan. 9, 2018, in Carlisle, Mass., at 95. After two years of study at Colby, she transferred to Simmons College, where she earned a B.S. in 1944. She was a ministerís wife and homemaker, and then later worked at Tufts University and at a bank in Conway, N.H., while tending to her farmhouse, orchard, and garden in Stow, Maine. She played the piano and organ and sang in community and church choirs, including at the Needham Congregation Church until age 92. Two daughters, including Deborah Van Hoek Abraham ’69, and a grandson survive her.
Aug. 11, 2017, in South Paris, Maine, at 93. He left Colby to serve with the Army in World War II, continuing his education while in the service and receiving a degree in dentistry from Tufts. He established a dental practice in South Paris, which he left for a period during the Korean War, serving as a dentist in the Air Force until 1953. He received a degree in orthodontics in 1963 from Boston University and practiced in Maine until retirement. He enjoyed music and art; he became an accomplished basket maker; he loved to cook and grow his own vegetables—in his late 70s he became a master gardener; he was a lifelong Mason and a deacon emeritus and trustee of his church. His wife of 67 years, Jane, five children, including James Gibson ’75, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two siblings survive him.
May 8, 2018, in Falls Church, Va., at 91. Drafted but classified as 1-AL (limited service) due to a childhood eye injury, he was one of the few men on campus during the war. His career began as a newspaper reporter for the New York Telegraph & Sun, and then he wrote, directed, and produced a current events film series for New York City-area school children and a documentary television series Perspective on Greatness. He traveled extensively to produce documentary films for the United States Information Agency under Edward R. Murrow. After retiring he worked for the Sudan Interior Mission U.S.A. communications department, producing ìMission Minuteî for radio stations across the country. Predeceased by his wife, Joan, and his brother Marvin Aarseth ’51, he is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Feb. 1, 2018, in Waterville, Maine, at 92. A love of farms and of education united in her life’s work advocating for and teaching agricultural practices in Maine, Kansas, and Saskatchewan, Canada. She earned an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1957 and an Ed.D. from Boston University in 1975. She returned to Thor-Nox Farms in Waldo County, Maine, where she was born and raised, in 1985 and worked alongside her brother, Roy, to ensure the farm was protected from development, which they achieved in 2003 with an easement to the Maine Farmland Trust. Survivors include cousins Chip and Bette Jane Bessey, supportive friend Joe Mattos ’73, and neighbors in Waldo County.
Jan. 28, 2018, in Ellicott City, Md., at 90. A longtime resident of Baltimore, she worked various jobs near her home in the neighborhood of Ten Hills. Along with her father, she hosted family dinners and put on Easter egg hunts that became a beloved tradition. For many years, she raised and trained yellow Labradors. Her brother, a niece, and two nephews survive her.
Dec. 24, 2017, in Duxbury, Mass., at 92. His Colby education was interrupted after his first year by service with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned and completed his education and then worked as a salesman for various companies. He volunteered with his town’s Little League, Boy Scouts, and church; he served as president and treasurer of the Standish Shore Improvement Association; and he was a Masonic 32nd-degree member. Tennis, bridge, skiing, and gardening occupied his free time. His wife of 68 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Hall Cousins ’49, four sons, including Neal Cousins ’84, 10 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive him.
Dec. 19, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio, at 91. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, completed his Colby degree, and then earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. He worked in merchandising, becoming vice president for Gimbels before retiring in 1999. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Shirley, two sons, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother, Lawrence S. Kaplan ’47.
March 3, 2018, at 92. He was an aviation cadet with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for 35 years at General Electric, mostly in data processing and computer programming in their jet engine and component test department, until he retired in 1986. Along with his wife, he established a knitting hobby and small business, complete with four machines. They also traveled extensively in Europe. He and his wife, Dorothy, raised four children.
Dec. 29, 2017, in Brookline, Mass., at 89. She received a master’s in chemistry from Boston University in 1952 and then worked as a technician in a research lab at MIT until becoming a mother. She later joined her husband working the family business, Atlas Liquor, where she became president. She served as treasurer of WAABI, a statewide organization of the alcoholic beverage industry, and in 1993 received the Israel Unity Award from the Food and Beverage Industry Division of State of Israel Bonds. She was active in the League of Women Voters and volunteered with the school library and local Girl Scouts Council. Survivors include three children, six grandchildren, and three siblings, including Robert White ’51.
Jan. 15, 2018, in Scarborough, Maine, at 89. An advocate for troubled youth and the developmentally disabled, she volunteered with the Valley Youth House in Allentown, Pa., serving as president for six years. She helped establish a fund for youth and children in Allentown to fill in service gaps; she counseled developmentally disabled women; she was a volunteer counselor and board member with Planned Parenthood of Leigh Valley; and she held numerous roles locally and nationally with the Episcopal Church. She was a competitive duplicate bridge player, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, and a 20-year participant in the Nurses’ Health Study. Predeceased by her father, Roy Bither ’26, she is survived by her husband of 64 years, Donald, three children, including Andrew Shire ’79, six grandchildren, and a brother.
Feb. 6, 2018, in Wolfeboro, N.H., at 90. A dedicated mother and homemaker, she also volunteered in her community: as a Cub Scouts den mother and as a member of numerous boards, including the local hospital volunteer program, her Presbyterian church, and a nursery school. She was also active with garden clubs. She and her late husband of 56 years, John Taussig Jr., raised four children and had many grandchildren. Among her survivors are twin sisters Alice Jennings Castelli ’50 and Elisabeth “Dudie” Jennings Maley ’50 and nephews William Maley ’81 and Andrew Maley ’86.
May 1, 2018, in Syracuse, N.Y., at 91. He served as a medic for the U.S. Navy during World War II, earned his G.E.D., came to Colby, and then returned to service during the Korean War. In 1956 he received a masterís in biochemistry from Georgetown University and then worked as a biochemist for more than 30 years developing chemotherapy drugs; he also coauthored numerous research articles. He was active with his church, including singing in the choir, and he enjoyed golfing. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jean, two children, four grandchildren, and a sister.
March 9, 2018, in Canton, Mass., at 88. She became an R.N. in 1955 and later, in 1986, earned her B.S.N. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She worked at Norwood Hospital both as a nurse and as an administrator. Gardening and involvement with her church filled her free time. Three sons, three grandchildren, and extended family, including cousins Ernest Perry III ’87 and Grace Perry Shepley ’97, survive her.
Oct. 27, 2016, at 88.
April 8, 2018, in Fostoria, Ohio, at 87. A Korean War veteran, he served four years with the U.S. Navy, earning an M.B.A. from Babson Institute in 1954. He later earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and then worked in banking, staying at the job until he was 75. He was a member of the Harvest Baptist Temple, Clyde, and he supported a local mission and animal shelter. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed sailing, surfing, and water sports with his family. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Gertrude Jefferson Hummel ’54, four children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister.
May 4, 2018, in Rhode Island at 86. After college, he served in the U.S. Army running a YMCA and children’s theater group in Germany after the Korean War. He returned to his home state of Rhode Island and joined the family business, Fain Floorcovering, and ran it with his cousin and son for 38 years while the business grew. In 1983 he was on the cover of Flooring Magazine for his merchandising achievements. He served his community extensively: as founding president of Barrington Jewish Center, which became Temple Habonim; establishing an art gallery at the synagogue, named in his honor; as founder of the Rhode Island Arts Festival; as first chair of the Rhode Island Council of the Arts; and as board chair of numerous museums, including the Colby Museum of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, which awarded him its Presidentís Medal. Later in life, he committed himself to health care and education, helping to establish lifelong learning programs. He also became an artist—drawing and printmaking—and had his work shown in numerous galleries. He taught drawing classes until the end of his life and hosted an annual plein air event. Predeceased by his wife, Jean, he is survived by two children, three grandchildren, and a sister.
Feb. 3, 2017, in Granville, Ohio, at 85. A pianist and a performer, she accompanied choirs and gave lessons while raising her children. In 1971 she began working at Denison University, first as a musician for the dance department and then as founding director of the Vail Series for the Performing Arts, a position she held for 34 years. She was credited with building a visiting arts program that was central to the university experience and brought world-class musicians to campus. Lorraine enjoyed cooking and entertaining as well. Predeceased by her husband of 66 years, George Wales ’51, she is survived by her three children and three grandchildren.
Sept. 2, 2017, in North Fort Myers, Fla., at 83. Following graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Army, after which he established a career in management with the Campbell Soup Company. Retiring in Florida, he stayed active with a men’s golf association, a men’s choir, a town bowling league, and volunteer work with the emergency defibrillator program. Predeceased by his sister Suzanne Clough Kerns ’52, he is survived by his companion, Lois Gallo, two daughters, three stepchildren, and seven grandchildren.
Dec. 2, 2017, in Houlton, Maine, at 84. Born in India to missionary parents, she was raised in Houlton and returned there to raise her own family. Committed to community work, she championed for fluoridated water and raised funds for the local hospital; she served in the PTA, garden club, and AAUW; she was a trustee of Ricker College and chair of her local school board; and she served four terms as a Maine state senator. She earned her American citizenship in 1960 following a 10-year process. Predeceased by her mother, Dorothy Grant Mitchell ’21, and an aunt Helen Mitchell ’27, she is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and a sister.
March 3, 2018, in Glenview, Ill., at 84. After turning down the opportunity to become a professional golfer, he developed an engineering career with increasing responsibility with companies such as Litton Industries, Rockwell Industries, and Victor Comptometer. He played a key role in transitioning business desktop calculators from mechanical to electronic systems. An avid golfer, he maintained a single-digit handicap most of his life. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Helen, two children, including Mair Sirakides Hill ’83, and six grandchildren.
Feb. 22, 2018, in Hingham, Mass., at 84. He served as a captain with the U.S. Air Force after graduation and then went on to a career in insurance. He worked first at Chubb and Son followed by a long stint at Alexander and Alexander, becoming senior vice president. He also served as president of the National Association of Insurance Brokers. His church, where he was senior warden; the Hingham Harbor Development Committee, where he was instrumental in developing Whitney Wharf; and his local pension board, yacht club, and golf club benefited from his involvement. He loved skiing, tennis, golfing, and sailing. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Brooks Wey ’56, three daughters, seven grandchildren, and a brother.
March 7, 2018, in Westport, Conn., at 83. An entrepreneur, ecologist, artist, and philanthropist, he began his life after Colby in the U.S. Air Force, rising from lieutenant to captain. He went to work for his fatherís company, Value Line Investment Survey, and was a vanguard in computerizing the company. He later started Printing Services, Inc., which computerized mailing lists, and Hummingbird Farms, a hydroponic tomato farm. He was also partner in three other businesses. He donated generously to Quinnipiac University, Tufts University, and Colby, where he endowed the Arnold Bernhard Professorship in Arts and Humanities, named after his father, who received an honorary degree from Colby in 1984. A staunch patron of the arts, he became a pastel artist and won first prize in a juried show in 2006. He maintained a tropical ecology field station on Hummingbird Cay in the Bahamas for research and experiments for Tufts, and he coauthored scientific papers on island ecology. Survivors include his wife, Dianne, and their three children; daughters Edith Bernhard Van Breems ’87 and Ingrid Bernhard Gordon ’93 from a previous marriage; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson; and his twin sister.
April 4, 2018, in Massachusetts at 87. He joined the U.S. Army after two years at Colby, serving as a second lieutenant. He went to work in his familyís business, Fraser Nursing Homes of Cape Cod, which expanded to several locations. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Frazier Fraser ’56.
Jan. 18, 2018, in Exeter, N.H., at 83. Following his service with the U.S. Marine Corps, he established a career as a CPCU in the insurance industry. He also held leadership roles in civic organizations and with his church, and he cofounded an inter-town soccer program in Somers, Conn. Survivors include his children, William Olsen ’85 and Elizabeth Stevens, four grandchildren, and a brother.
Jan. 31, 2018, in Littleton, Colo., at 82. A mathematics major at Colby, she became a pioneering software engineer, starting with General Electric in 1957. After taking time off to raise her children, she returned to work and developed software for defense contractors. A devout Catholic and active churchgoer, she was also a football fan dedicated to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two daughters and three grandsons survive her.
Jan. 5, 2018, in Cromwell, Conn., at 80. Her family and home were the main focus of her life, but she also worked, first with Aetna and then at Choice magazine, where she worked until 2016. She belonged to a knitting club and was active with her church. Three children, four grandchildren, and a sister survive her.
Jan. 11, 2018, in Beverly, Mass., at 81. He earned a law degree from Boston University in 1961 and then served in the Army Reserve. He practiced law for 35 years with the National Labor Relations Board and then started a second career as a substitute middle school teacher in Beverly. Survivors include his wife, Susan, two children, and two grandsons.
Jan. 11, 2018, in Solana Beach, Calif., at 82. Graduating from the Navy’s Officers Candidate School, he spent four years as an air intelligence officer and navigator in a P2V Neptune patrol squadron. In 1965 he earned a master’s in international relations from Vanderbilt University, and he worked as an international banker for two years before establishing a 50-year career in securities, research, and sales on Wall Street. He loved California, horse races at Del Mar, traveling, reading, and engaging with his grandchildren. His wife of 50 years, Solange, two children, three grandchildren, and a brother survive him.
June 6, 2016, in Newburyport, N.H., at 78. A lieutenant with the U.S. Navy, he was on the first crew of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He became a realtor, co-owning and operating Harbor Realty in Newburyport, where he was named realtor of the year in 1990 and 2010. He served on boards in his community—the zoning board, the historical society, an association of realtors—played bridge weekly, and engaged in political discussions with a “news and views” group. He spent summers with his family on Little Diamond Island in Maine. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jill Tierney, three children, two grandsons, two siblings, and extended family, including cousin Frederick O’Connell ’59.
April 8, 2018, in Brewster, Mass., at 79. He was a vice president and funeral director at Freedom Wentworth and Sons in Waltham, Mass. Active in his community, he belonged to the Masonic Lodge and the Rotary Club. He and his wife, Helen, raised four children.
April 11, 2018, in Beaufort, S.C., at 76. A homemaker, she earned an M.F.A. in printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1983. Predeceased by her sister, Gayle Schaeff Fox ’58, she is survived by her husband of 54 years, Paul Pineo ’63—with whom she raised a son, Paul—and extended family, including her niece, Sarah Fox Whalen ’82.
September 2017, in Virginia at 77. She earned a certificate in data processing from Providence College and worked at Sperry-Univac, first as a systems analyst then as director of network solutions. Predeceased by her father, Carl Ackley ’33, and an aunt, Doris Ackley Smith ’24, she’s survived by her husband, Joseph, with whom she raised two sons.
Dec. 18, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn., at 75. He served as ensign in the U.S. Navy and was ship navigator on the USS Comstock in the Pacific Ocean. In 1973 he earned a B.Arch. from the University of Minnesota and went on to teach there for 31 years while also serving as director of graduate and undergraduate studies and department co-head at the School of Architecture. He also served as board member and treasurer for the American Institute of Architects. His love of the outdoors was expressed through biking and camping trips and as a master gardener. His wife, Karen, two children, two grandchildren, and three brothers survive him.
March 31, 2018, in Greenwich, Conn., at 75. After earning his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1967, he established a career in banking. He was a loyal family man who took his family on frequent trips, supported their athletic endeavors, and shared his love of fishing with them. An avid sportsman, he belonged to the Greenwich Country Club and the Mianus River Boat and Yacht Club. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Joan, five children, including Lorin Haughs Pratley ’88, and 19 grandchildren.
November 2017, in Illinois at 75. He earned a master’s in 1972 in biology and a doctorate in aquatic biology in 1975, both from Lehigh University, and then became an environmental consultant for Lawler, Matusky & Skelly Engineers, first in New York and then in Illinois. He served on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council and as president of the Illinois chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Bruce and his wife, Robin, raised two sons and a daughter.
Feb. 12, 2018, in Plymouth, Mass., at 75. He earned an M.B.A. from Boston University and worked for various corporations, including General Electric and Digital Equipment Corp. He played golf, enjoyed swimming, and loved his home on the water “down the Cape.” He and his late wife, Louise, raised a daughter, Karen Whalley ’98.
Nov. 26, 2017, in Melville, N.Y., at 72. She was a systems engineer for IBM before becoming a mother and a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Richard, two daughters, and two grandchildren.
Jan. 3, 2018, in Brentwood, Tenn., at 72. He earned a masterís in hospital administration from Trinity University and an M.B.A. from Babson College, applying both to his career as a hospital administrator in Boston, Chicago, and at Brentwood Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Alice, six children, and 17 grandchildren.
May 29, 2017, in Coral Springs, Fla., at 71. He worked in retail, holding positions of assistant manager and general manager at stores in Ohio and Florida. Survivors include his wife, Judy Matthews-Gray, and a sister, Linda Gray Martin ’69.
April 23, 2018, in Stuart, Fla., at 70. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and then went to the University of Nevada-Reno, where he earned his M.B.A. in 1973. He was a financial planner for 40 years and opened his own company, Southeast Financial Planning and Consulting, in 1985. He gave back to his community through involvement with the United Way of Martin County, a redevelopment advisory board, and the airport authority. A reader, fisherman, and home gourmet chef, he enjoyed old black-and-white movies, red Corvettes, and good jokes. His wife, Laura, a daughter, and two grandchildren survive him.
Jan. 27, 2018, in Arlington, Va., at 68. An investigative journalist, he began working for the Associated Press in 1974 and covered such stories as the Iran-Contra scandal and the CIA’s production of an assassination manual for Nicaraguan rebels, for which he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1985. He worked for Newsweek and for the PBS series Frontline before he founded the Consortium for Independent Journalism. He authored six books, and he received the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence in 2015 and the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2017. His wife, Diane Duston, three children, and six grandchildren survive him.
March 7, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga., at 67. Following graduation, he traveled in Europe, Morocco, and Tokyo, supporting himself by acting, translating, and making pottery. He settled in Atlanta, earning a law degree from Emory University, where he was editor of the Emory University Law Review. He earned an excellent reputation working in law firms in Atlanta before founding his own firm. Described as an optimist and a storyteller, he loved traveling, thrifting with his daughters, dancing disco, and spending summers on Cape Cod. Survivors include his wife, Wendy Newstetter ’71, two daughters, and a sister.
April 9, 2018, in West Hartford, Conn., at 67. He earned a graduate degree at Brown University and then went on to teach in Watertown public schools. He also worked for Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection. Summer vacations were spent on Great Pond in Maine, where he welcomed his 1972 classmates for an annual reunion of friends. He was also a cat lover. His brother, William MacKay, survives him.
Jan. 8, 2018, in Rochester, N.H., at 67. A star athlete in high school, he was drafted as a pitcher by the New York Mets but chose to come to Colby instead. He earned an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Administration at Dartmouth College, worked as a C.P.A. at the corporate level, and then started his own consulting business. He enjoyed sailing, hiking, golfing, and watching the Red Sox. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Plummer Jasinski ’76, three children, including Sarah Jasinski ’04, and two brothers.
Jan. 19, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif., at 63.
Nov. 29, 2015, in Kittery Point, Maine, at 54. She earned a master’s from Simmons College and worked at an investment management company. She found pleasure in the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle, comfort at the Unitarian Universalist South Church, and purpose in adopting rescue animals. Her wife, Laurie Bilby, her parents, and a sister survive her.
April 10, 2018, in Waterville, Maine, at 49. Described as a polymath, a dedicated reader and writer, a connoisseur of music, and a barroom philosopher, he died at a bar. He worked in publishing and finance, most recently at Nicholson, Michaud & Company in Waterville. A friend to many, he loved his daughter, Braden Lily, who survives him along with her mother. His father, four siblings, and his companion, Katie Witham, also survive him.