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Peter G. Alfond

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

Corinne Jones Zimmerman '44

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

Floyd L. Harding '45

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

George E. Heppner '45

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

Norma Frost Sawyer '45

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

Dorothy Allen Goettman '46

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

Ruth Jaffe Gordon '47

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

Flora Pearse Smith '48

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

Fred H. Hammond Jr. '49

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

Shirley Bond McGill '49

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

Nancy Semonian Newlove '49

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

Carolyn McLean Coburn '50

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

Jean Cowie Floyd '51

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

Ernest V. Fortin '51

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

Arthur F. McMahon '51

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

Anthony F. Hall '52

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

Thornton “Ted” E. Lallier '53

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

Phebe Dow Runyon '53

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

Priscilla Crossfield Close '54

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

Nicholas M. Sarris '54

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

Nancy Fortuine Westervelt '54

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

Ann Dillingham Ingraham '55

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

Russell M. Squire Jr. '55

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

John W. Shute '57

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

Edward F. O’Brien Jr. '58

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

Jane Spokesfield Hamilton '59

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

Linda Mackey Foehl '60

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

Patience Oliver Fisher '61

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

Anne “Sandy” Lovell Swenson '61

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

Thomas J. Evans Jr. '61

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

Richard A. Lessard Sr. '62

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

Allen A. Donaghy '63

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

Robert W. Woodward Jr. '64

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

 

Kenneth J. Murray '65

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

Thomas “Tim” A. Hill '65

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

 

Merrilyn Aldrich Egbert '66

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

Robert O. Nelson '67

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

Robert W. Koons '68

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

James A. Steen '68

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

Michael C. Stankus '69

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

Robert A. Colby '70

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

Louis D. Gordon '71

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

William Michael Meserve '72

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

Edward Tom Dore III '73

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

Leon A. Bradbury Jr. '76

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

Charles J. Bennett III '77

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

James I. Tribble '78

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

Susan J. Wilson '79

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

W. Davis Taylor '82

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

Stephen P. D’Andrea '84

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

Kelly Malloy Farrell '87

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


Jeffrey A. Coombs

41, associate director of security, May 29, 2015, in Waterville. A visible presence on campus and one who worked closely with students and was a support to many in the Colby community, Coombs had joined Colby’s Department of Security in 2000. Initially a dispatcher, he became a security officer and was promoted to assistant director and, in 2013, to associate director. He also was a reserve officer in the Oakland Police Department.

Ann Duoba Lawrence '34

Feb. 13, 2015, in Brockton, Mass., at 103. She was born and raised in the Lithuanian Village in Brockton and resided all over the country while her husband was a psychologist with the Veterans Administration. Predeceased by her husband of 56 years, James, and her sister Marcella “Marcia” Duoba ’37, she is survived by a cousin and three godsons.

Madeline E. Nelson '35

Feb. 20, 2015, in Middletown, Conn., at 101. A resident of Middletown for more than 60 years, she worked at Hamilton Standard, a division of UTC, for 33 years, retiring as a purchasing and budget supervisor in 1977. She is survived by a niece, a nephew, and several close friends.

Ruth Wheeler Wood '35

Feb. 24, 2015, in Waterville, Maine, at 100. She earned a B.S. at Columbia University’s School of Library Service and held library positions at Iowa State, Dartmouth, and the Maine State Library. After more than 40 years in Augusta, Maine, she returned to Waterville, where she was active in the First Congregational Church and Oakland Area Historical Society. Predeceased by her brother, Alfred H. Wheeler ’37, she is survived by a son, a daughter, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Mary Utecht Smith '37

May 26, 2015, in Norwich, Vt., at 99. She was a longtime teacher in Richmond, Maine, and a member of the Dresden Richmond United Methodist Church, where she volunteered. She and her husband were honored with Richmond’s Sandy Hoyt Outstanding Citizen Award. An avid walker, she enjoyed spending time at Reid State Park, and she was known for her cooking, especially her homemade doughnuts. Predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Oscar, she had one daughter, two sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Ottellie Greely Ward '38

Oct. 8, 2009, in Littleton, Mass., at 94. She was involved in community activities and enjoyed dining out and playing bridge. Predeceased by husband John Ward ’35 and two daughters, she is survived by a daughter, a son, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Norma E. Leppanen '40

Sept. 27, 2004, in Bethesda, Md., at 86. She earned an M.A.L.S. at Wesleyan and an M.L.S. at Simmons College. She was a high school teacher and a librarian.

Arthur T. Thompson '40

May 9, 2015, in Danvers, Mass., at 96. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and earned a bachelor’s in engineering from Penn State and graduate degrees from Harvard and the University of Chicago. He received three honorary doctorates, including one from Colby, where he served as a trustee. His career included stints as associate dean of engineering at Penn State; professor of engineering, dean of engineering, and associate vice president at BU; and provost at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He received the Education Award of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Outstanding Civilian Medal of the U.S. Army. Predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Virginia, he is survived by two daughters, a granddaughter, and a great-grandson.

Barbara Mitchell Hugonnet '40

April 28, 2010, in Kensington, Md., at 91. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest, and sister Eleanor Mitchell Mezzullo ’42. She had two sons.

Mindella Silverman Schultz '40

Aug. 30, 2013, in Brookline, Mass., at 94. She earned a master’s in history at Carnegie Institute of Technology and had a career as a curriculum specialist and research associate. Predeceased by her husband, Mortimer, and sister Edythe Silverman Field ’36, she is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Philip M. Grant '40

April 6, 2015, in Gardnerville, Nev., at 95. He served four years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 26 years with the Department of Defense and Civil Service Commission. After retiring in 1973, he lived on a small farm raising cattle and nuts. He married and had a son and three grandchildren.

Ronald H. Wallace '41

April 16, 2015, in Augusta, Maine, at 97. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve during WWII. Devoting his career to providing health care for veterans, he held management positions in VA hospitals throughout the Northeast and retired in 1981 as center director for Togus VA Healthcare System. He was a member of organizations including the Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants and the American Legion. Predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Jean, he is survived by his second wife, Elaine, two daughters including Debra Wallace ’79, five grandchildren including Sara Burbine ’09, and a great-granddaughter.

Virginia Ryan '41

April 8, 2015, in Manchester, Conn., at 96. She lived almost her entire life in the Charter Oak Street neighborhood in Manchester. She had a career as a social worker, retiring as a supervisor with the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services after 43 years of service. An avid tennis player and local live theater and movie buff, she was a lifelong member of the South United Methodist Church. She is survived by many close friends and neighbors.

John G. Fifield '42

June 14, 2014, in Southern Pines, N.C., at 94. He served 29 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as captain in 1991. He was commander of the U.S.S. Yorktown in 1968 when it retrieved the Apollo 8 capsule after it circled the moon. Predeceased by his grandmother Effie Dascombe Adams, Class of 1891, he is survived by his wife, Frances, a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter.

Frances Brewer Barker '42

March 24, 2015, in Bangor, Maine, at 95. A Waterville native, she taught in the Winslow school system, earned a master’s in library science, and then worked as the Winslow High School librarian until retirement. Predeceased by her husband, Burleigh, sister Mary Brewer Norton ’45, and brother-in-law and longtime companion Charles Norton, she is survived by her sister Hazel Brewer Warren ’45, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Diane Ferris Fjeldheim '43

May 25, 2015, in Waterville, Maine, at 95. A lifelong Waterville resident, she earned a master’s in education at the University of Maine and was an English teacher at Winslow Junior High School for 30 years. She enjoyed gardening, baking bread, and knitting, and she had a flair for fashion. Predeceased by her husband, Wesley, she is survived by two sons including Terry Fjeldheim ’77, three daughters, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Marilyn L. Bryant '45

Aug. 29, 2014, in Laconia, N.H., at 90. For 26 years she was administrative assistant to the dean and then director of fiscal affairs at Boston University School of Nursing, and in 1984 she received BU’s Distinguished Service Award. A 32-year resident of Boston, she was active in the Old South Church and became one of its first female deacons. After retiring in 1985 she moved to Lakeport, N.H. She loved cats, reading, knitting, gardening, classical music, and opera. She is survived by a sister, four nieces, two nephews, six grandnieces, and six grandnephews.

Joan St. James '45

March 24, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio, at 91. She earned a master’s in business administration at NYU. A 38-year employee of American Electric Power, she rose to assistant vice president of security owner relations and was the company’s first woman officer. She was president of the Supervisors and Administrators Association of the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs in the ’60s. She is survived by a sister and many nieces and nephews.

Anne Lawrence Bondy '46

May 19, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla., at 90. A longtime resident of Mamaroneck, N.Y., she was a dedicated volunteer for her church, local schools, and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Southern Westchester County, where she was a 20-year board member, including a stint as president. A Colby enthusiast, she served on the Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1987. Predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Eugene, she is survived by two daughters including Priscilla Bondy Dube ’77, a son, and seven grandchildren.

Margaret “Peg” Moody Blakely '47

Nov. 24, 2014, in Walpole, Mass., at 88. A longtime Walpole resident, she enjoyed volunteering, cooking, gardening, quilting, and knitting. Predeceased by her husband, Chester “Chet,” she is survived by a son.

Virginia Jacob Bradford '47

Aug. 31, 2013, in Sandy Spring, Md., at 87. Her husband of 65 years, George Bradford ’48, died Jan. 12, 2015. She is survived by a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, and her sister, Dorothy Jacob Brownell ’50.

Donna Elliott Harriman '48

April 8, 2015, in Fairhaven, Mass., at 88. She was an office manager for the State Department of Employment Security in Massachusetts for more than 20 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of St. Andrew Episcopal Church, where she served as treasurer of the women’s group for several years. A knitter and crafter, she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Predeceased by a son, Peter B. Harriman ’73, she is survived by her husband of 65 years, Lynwood P. Harriman ’49, a son, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandsons.

George P. Bradford '48

Jan. 12, 2015, in Sandy Spring, Md., at 91. Predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Jacob Bradford ’47, he is survived by a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, and sister-in-law Dorothy Jacob Brownell ’50.

Donald G. Leach '49

March 25, 2015, in Waterville, Maine, at 91. He served in the Army Air Corps in Europe during WWII. He met his wife, Joan Gridley Leach ’52, at Colby when they acted in Arsenic and Old Lace. They settled in Waterville, where he worked for Keyes Fibre for 35 years. After retirement, they moved to Bailey Island and operated a bed and breakfast. They enjoyed traveling in the United States and Europe. Predeceased by his wife of 41 years, he is survived by three daughters including Beryl Leach ’81, a son, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Robert N. Donahue '50

April 2, 2015, in Blacksburg, Va., at 92. He served as a corpsman in WWII. A creative man who loved painting and gardening, he earned an M.F.A. from Adelphi College and taught art on Long Island for more than 30 years. He enjoyed duck hunting, fly-fishing, crabbing, clamming, and golf. He loved Maine and spent many summers on its lakes and coast. Predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Oral, a daughter, and a son, he is survived by two sons, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Allen Gardner Pease '50

May 31, 2015, in Hollis, Maine, at 89. During WWII he served with the Marine Corps in the Pacific, including on Iwo Jima. A longtime professor at several Maine colleges, he also spent a combined 14 years as chief of staff to Maine Governor Kenneth Curtis and as director of the Maine State Planning Office. An accomplished gardener, he also enjoyed sports, playing half-court basketball into his late 80s. For more than 20 years he was a member of Hollis and York County Democratic committees and served as Hollis town ballot clerk. Predeceased by his wife, Violet, he is survived by two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren.

Harry R. Wiley '51

April 20, 2015, in Scarborough, Maine, at 85. He served in the Korean War and worked in management for New England Telephone Company. He was an active church member and held offices in several civic organizations including the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. A vigorous defender of the Second Amendment, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, and traveling. Predeceased by his first wife, Trudy, he is survived by his second wife, Mary-Lou, a daughter, a son, two stepdaughters, and several grandchildren.

Robert H. Brotherlin '51

March 3, 2015, in Sarasota, Fla., at 86. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and received National Defense, Korean, and United Nations service medals. He had a 30-year career as a manufacturer’s representative in Litchfield, Ill., before moving to Sarasota in 1986. A member of the Colby Willows Society and a Nature Conservancy sponsor, he enjoyed golf and hiking. He is survived by a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Richard F. Cyr '51

March 27, 2015, in Waterville, Maine, at 89. He served in the U.S. Navy and for 34 years worked at Keyes Fibre in Waterville, retiring as manager of engineering administration in 1989. Civic-minded, he served as president of the local chamber of commerce, campaign chair of the United Way of Mid-Maine, a member of the Waterville Zoning Board, and a volunteer literacy teacher and income tax counselor. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helene, a son, four daughters, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Benjamin Pearson '51

Feb. 9, 2015, in Falmouth, Maine, at 88. He served on a Navy destroyer during WWII and was president of the Byfield (Mass.) Snuff Co. A lieutenant with the Byfield Fire Department for more than 40 years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, and golfing. He and his wife spent 12 years of their retirement in Brays Island, S.C., before moving to Falmouth, Maine, to be near family. Predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Jean, he is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Helen Palen Roth '51

March 18, 2015, in West Hartford, Conn., at 85. A 50-year Connecticut resident, she was a philanthropist and volunteer, including reading to the blind, tutoring, leading Cub Scouts, and driving cancer patients to appointments. She was a UConn women’s basketball fan and an avid swimmer, tennis player, and bowler. Predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Robert M. Roth ’51, she is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Peter C. Valli '51

March 1, 2015, in Los Angeles, Calif., at 88. He served in the Navy during WWII and earned his J.D. at BU. He was a special agent with the FBI prior to his career with Borg-Warner, where he held leadership positions including president of Borg-Warner Industrial Products and CEO of BWIP International. He was an active volunteer and was inducted into the World Trade Center Association Hall of Fame. In retirement he enjoyed navigating voyages through the Panama Canal. Predeceased by a daughter, he is survived by his wife, Chris, two daughters, a son, and seven granddaughters.

John F. McCoy '52

May 2, 2015, in New South Wales, Australia, at 84. He earned an M.B.A. at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and joined GE in 1954, retiring in 1989. He spent his retirement traveling the world. Predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Vaughan McCoy ’52, he is survived by his second wife, Dorothea, children including Diane McCoy Bither ’77, and grandchildren.

Barbara Wentworth Wilson '52

April 3, 2015, in Peterborough, N.H., at 85. She received a Fulbright scholarship to the University of Manchester in England, where she was trained in deaf education. She returned to the United States and taught at Clarke School for the Deaf in North Hampton, Mass. After marrying in 1961, she moved to Peterborough and later Sharon, N.H., where she was an active school volunteer. Elegant, meticulous, and resilient, she was an avid reader, gardener, and knitter and a stickler for grammar. Predeceased by her husband, John, she is survived by a daughter, a son, two grandchildren, and a stepgranddaughter.

Moir A. Rennie '52

April 6, 2015, in Venice, Fla., at 87. He served in the U.S. Navy and had a career as a research biologist at Sterling Winthrop Institute. A gifted singer, he sang in the Colby Eight, several choirs, and barbershop quartets including the Lemon Bay Chord Company. He volunteered at Englewood Community Hospital and Lemon Bay Park. An avid hiker and member of the ADK 46ers, he also enjoyed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and gardening. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jessie, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Barbara Hartsgrove Davis '53

Oct. 26, 2014, in Fayette, Mo., at 84. She traveled the world with her husband when he worked with United Press International. After settling in Fayette, she was active in civic affairs, serving on the Fayette City Council, Fayette Heritage Association, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, and P.A.W.S. She was instrumental in incorporating the Fayette Senior Center and served on its board for 30 years. She enjoyed cooking, reading, and playing games. Predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Humphrey, and her son, she is survived by a nephew and two nieces.

Lorraine “Larry” Walker Powley '54

Feb. 21, 2015, in Cape Coral, Fla., at 82. She earned her master’s in elementary education at Tufts and taught in several states. Known for her kind and loving nature, she enjoyed music and singing. She is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years, Mark E. Powley III ’54, a daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

Eleanor Turner Swanson '54

March 18, 2015, in West Bath, Maine, at 82. She was the first woman on the Brunswick (Maine) Marine Resource Committee, initiated and for many years ran an elementary-school recycling program, and served on the Brunswick Town Council. She designed a stained glass window at her church in memory of her daughter. She enjoyed bridge and tending her heather garden, and she and her husband went on five Elderhostel bike tours in Europe in their 60s. Predeceased by a daughter, she is survived by her husband, Ronald Swanson ’55, two daughters including Holly Swanson ’86, two sons including Ralph Swanson ’80, brother Warren Turner ’56, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Lorraine “Larry” Walker Powley '54

Feb. 21, 2015, in Cape Coral, Fla., at 82. She earned her master’s in elementary education at Tufts and taught in several states. Known for her kind and loving nature, she enjoyed music and singing. She is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years, Mark E. Powley III ’54, a daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

Octavia Smith Cobb '55

Feb. 14, 2015, in Sagle, Idaho, at 82. She earned a master’s in nursing at Yale, where she met her husband, Fields. They lived in California for 30 years and had three children.

Jaghab “Jack” Easa Jr. '55

Jan. 27, 2014, in Westbury, N.Y., at 81. He had a career as an attorney. Predeceased by a daughter, he is survived by his wife, Jane, five daughters, and 12 grandchildren.

Janie Bull Shaver '55

Feb. 2, 2015, in Branford, Conn., at 81. Passionate about learning, she earned a master’s in biology at Lankenau School of Medical Technology and degrees in art, art education, and education foundations at Southern Connecticut State University. She was working on a bachelor’s in history. A medical technician, she had a second career teaching adult education, which she considered her true calling. She is survived by three daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Dean A. Berry '56

April 20, 2015, in Gig Harbor, Wash., at 82. After earning his M.B.A. from Fairleigh-Dickinson University, he served five years in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Occidental Chemical Co. for 32 years, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed anything mechanical, tinkering in his workshop, and following Seattle sports teams and the New York Rangers. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary, brother Richard Berry ’58, three sons, a daughter, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Carolyn Beck Ramsay '56

Feb. 5, 2015, in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 80. She married in 1962, settled in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and had a son.

Gerald L. “Jerry” Silverstein '56

March 15, 2015, in Needham, Mass., at 80. He was a sales executive and president of Shawmut Packaging. A 46-year Needham resident, he enjoyed skiing, water skiing, sailing, cross-country cycling, and hiking. In retirement he volunteered. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gertrude, three sons including David Silverstein ’80, sister Carol Silverstein Baker ’48, and six grandchildren.

Margaret “Peg” Barnes Dyer '60

Feb. 9, 2015, in Brentwood, Tenn., at 76. She worked as a caseworker and a tax preparer, retiring from H&R Block. She was predeceased by her grandfather Charles P. Barnes, Class of 1892, grandmother Annie Richardson Barnes, Class of 1894, father John A. Barnes ’24, brother Charles Barnes ’54, and sister Barbara Barnes Brown ’56. She is survived by her husband, Calvin, and four children.

Dennis G. Towle '60

Feb. 26, 2015, in Augusta, Maine, at 76. He earned his bachelor’s at Farmington State Teachers College and was an educator in Augusta for 35 years, retiring in 1998. A prolific volunteer, he was former president of the Augusta Teachers Association, Augusta East Little League, and Capitol Area Recreation Association, and former chair of the Maine State Basketball Association. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joan, two sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Richard J. Holbrook '60

April 20, 2015, in Fruita, Colo., at 76. He had a successful career as an aerospace engineer in Los Angeles, retiring to Colorado in 1993. He was known for his strength in adversity and his wit. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marco, two daughters, two sons, 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Robert A. Nigro '61

April 22, 2015, in South Portland, Maine, at 76. He worked in public accounting, was a bursar at St. Francis College, and retired from Union Telephone in 2004. An excellent athlete, he played in adult hockey and golf leagues and was a cofounder of and a coach for South Portland Youth Hockey. He enjoyed family vacations at the Samoset Resort, golfing, fishing, hunting, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sandy, three sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

John E. Hilton '62

May 9, 2015, in Waterville, Maine, at 74. He earned a master’s from the University of Maine and studied at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich. He enjoyed a 25-year career in education as a teacher and administrator and later had a second career as an agent for Northwestern Mutual. A devout Christian, he was compassionate and dedicated in both his personal and professional life. Predeceased by his mother, Abbie Boynton Hilton ’32, he is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Karen, three daughters, and eight grandchildren.

David C. Larsen '63

March 2, 2015, in Abington, Pa., at 74. He received a Fulbright to teach English literature in Greece and was executive director of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, director of the Center for International Education at the University of Tennessee, vice president at Arcadia University, and executive director of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad. He received myriad accolades including the Education Abroad Leadership Award. An avid runner, he was known for his generosity and wit. Predeceased by his mother, Rebecca Chester Wyman ’33, he is survived by his wife, Wani, two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Robert B. Mangion '64

April 2, 2015, in Kittery Point, Maine, at 72. He had a career in banking, working for 20 years at Bank of Boston. He retired to Kittery Point in 1998 and enjoyed traveling, volunteering, and writing poetry inspired by his travels and love of Maine. A devoted Red Sox fan, he was selfless and had an extraordinary sense of humor. Predeceased by his first wife, Gabrielle, and a son, he is survived by his wife, Johanna, five children including stepson Philip Chase ’92, and 11 grandchildren.

Richard B. Church '65

April 12, 2012, in Ocala, Fla., at 68. He earned a degree in pharmaceuticals at Rutgers and served two tours of duty in the Navy. After retiring from his career as a pharmacist in Florida, he moved to Ocala and was active with the VFW and the Eagles. He is survived by his companion, Deborah Upham, and a son.

Conrad R. Krack '65

Dec. 10, 2014, in Maryville, Tenn., at 70. He was active in his church choir and volunteered with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office senior outreach program. He is survived by a daughter.  

Sheila Webster Mooney '65

March 10, 2015, in Lincoln, R.I., at 71. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Rhode Island, pursuing a career in marketing and public relations. She retired from Boston law firm Choate, Hall & Stewart in 1989. In retirement Sheila rekindled her interest in painting, photography, and writing, and she published a book about her journey with multiple chronic illnesses. Independent, empathetic, and graceful, she enjoyed gardening and was an advocate of the developmentally disabled. She is survived by her husband, David, a daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren.

Noyan Arsan '66

Jan. 20, 2015, in Marietta, Ga., at 72. He earned a master’s at Robert College and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He was a professor of management science at Boğazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Later, he became a professor of accounting and finance at West Georgia College School of Business. He is survived by his wife, Janice Holt Arsan ’66.

Valarie Robinson Astwood '67

April 13, 2015, in Columbia, S.C., at 69. She used her creative talents to pursue careers in radio, photography, and a gift-basket business. She enjoyed gardening, collecting, harvesting pecans, rescuing cats, and listening to NPR. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Philip M. Astwood ’67, a daughter, a son, and two granddaughters.

Geraldine A. “Gerry” Randall '68

Jan. 25, 2015, in Farmville, Va., at 68. She earned a master’s from the University of Virginia and taught English at several colleges and universities. She served in the library at Hampden-Sydney College from 1987 until her retirement in 2013. She loved working with students, faculty, and staff, and she had a penchant for cats. She is survived by her brother, James.

Carl H. Laws '68

Feb. 2, 2010, in Placencia, Belize, at 64. He earned his bachelor’s at Rhode Island School of Design. A longtime Maine resident, he had many careers including working on the Saco River Corridor Commission, distributing tennis court surfacing, and operating a printing franchise. He helped found the Ossippee Valley Agricultural Society and for 26 years served as an AA sponsor and mentor. He loved music, history, sailing, reading, and politics. He is survived by his beloved three former spouses, four stepchildren, and four grandchildren.

Mary A. Fischer '69

Feb. 9, 2015, in Falmouth, Mass., at 66. She earned her bachelor’s at Windham College and worked in Boston as an astrologer before returning to her native Martha’s Vineyard, where she held several jobs including baker, cook, and home health aide. A foodie and Red Sox fan, she read the Boston Globe daily, loved cats, and found peace from her struggles with bipolar at a nursing home in Falmouth, Mass. She is survived by two sisters and a brother and their families.

Judith Blumenfeld Puck '71

May 20, 2015, in Shelburne, Vt., at 65. After leaving Colby to marry her high school sweetheart, she earned her degree at UVM. A longtime Shelburne resident, she coordinated and played in the town’s volleyball league for more than 20 years and both worked for and volunteered at the Shelburne Community School. She loved animals, nature, spending time outdoors, and playing the piano, and she was known for her joie de vivre. She is survived by her husband, Hans, a daughter, and a son.

Peter B. Harriman '73

May 15, 2010, in Plant City, Fla., at 58. He is survived by his father, Lynwood P. Harriman ’49. His mother, Donna Elliott Harriman ’48, passed away April 8, 2015.

Edward S. Cronick '75

une 1, 2015, in Lyndeborough, N.H., at 61. Enthusiastic and optimistic, he raised a family in Anchorage and worked most recently as director of sustainability at Kimball Union Academy, his alma mater. He is survived by four children, a grandson, and lifelong friend Sarah Ellis.

Francis X. Callanan '76

March 7, 2015, in Camden, Maine, at 60. In his career as an educator in Massachusetts and Maine, he taught Spanish, French, math, science, and computer science. He became director of information technology in the Camden school district and founded a software-design company, Data Pro North East, in 2003. An avid skier, sailor, kayaker, traveler, and gardener, he served on the board of the Merryspring Foundation in Camden. He is survived by his wife, Susan Morrissey ’71, two sons, a stepdaughter, a stepson, and two grandchildren.

Evianne Muller Cowing '78

Jan. 29, 2011, in New York, N.Y., at 55. She had a career as an economist, banker, and realtor, becoming a vice president at Chase Bank in New York. She is survived by her husband, Charles Cowing ’77, and a son.

Scott C. Blair '85

June 22, 2013, in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, at 49. He is survived by his wife, Linda Flora Blair ’85.

Ann McAllister Collins '88

March 13, 2015, in Shrewsbury, Mass., at 49. She earned a master’s in early childhood education from Worcester State University. A 26-year resident of Shrewsbury, she taught at Floral Street School for more than 14 years and was active in the First Congregational Church. She loved singing, taught piano, and was a Girl Scout troop leader. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Peter, two sons, and a daughter.

Jeffrey B. Williams '02

April 22, 2015, in Alexandria, Va., at 35. He earned a master’s from Duke and worked for the Department of Justice. Generous, genuine, and curious, he was devoted to his family and friends. He passed away following a brief but courageous battle with a rare cancer. He is survived by his wife, Stacie Galiger Williams ’01, and three young daughters.

Peter R. Cronkite '15

April 26, 2015, in Waterville, Maine, at 22. He grew up in New York City, graduating from St. Bernard’s School and Horace Mann School. At Colby he was a writing tutor, sports editor of the Echo, and co-captain of the rugby team. A classics major, he spent a summer studying in Greece and another on an archaeological dig in Italy. He received posthumously the John B. Foster Memorial Prize in Classical Civilization and distinction in the classical civilization major. In summer 2014 he worked for his beloved New York Mets, and during the 2012 Olympics he worked for Sports Illustrated. A film enthusiast, he voiced an animated version of Dennis the Menace at age 9. He is survived by his parents and brother.