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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.


Cathi M. Lee

Jan. 22, 2017, in Augusta, Maine, at 58. A native of Waterville, she graduated from Thomas College and worked 20 years as office manager for an insurance company. She began working at Colby in Alumni Relations in 2005 and became well known to many alumni who attended reunion and Alumni College. Six of her Jabar uncles graduated from Colby — Herbert ’52, John ’52, Norman ’52, Paul ’52, Anthony ’54, and Joseph ’68 — as did several cousins. Her mother, three siblings, and beloved nieces and nephews survive her.

Eleanor Wheelwright Ness '34

Oct. 28, 2016, in Auburn, Maine, at 104. She was a sportswear buyer for B. Peck Co. in Lewiston, Maine, until she married and began to raise her children. She was active in her church and other community organizations. Two children, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren survive her.

Oliver C. Mellen '36

Dec. 3, 2016, in Wethersfield, Conn., at 101. To prepare for a 40-year career teaching high school French, he studied a year in Bordeaux, France, took summer courses at Columbia University and Middlebury College, and earned an M.A. at Trinity College. His career was interrupted with four years service in the U.S. Army during World War II, for which he received a Purple Heart. He sang bass in the church choir, played hand bells, and volunteered in community organizations. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Connie, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

Stanley W. Kimball '40

Jan. 10, 2017, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, at 99. In 1943 he earned a doctor of osteopathy degree from the Chicago School of Osteopathy and practiced medicine his entire career as a self-employed physician, as chair of the radiology department at Richmond Heights General Hospital in Cleveland, and in medical imaging. He enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states, many via his motorhome. His six children, 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren survive him.

Alvin Jolovitz '42

Dec. 31, 2016, in Portland, Maine, at 95. He served in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II and then settled in Forest Hills, N.Y., working for the New York City Housing Authority his entire career. Predeceased by his brother, Lester T. Jolovitz ’39, he is survived by extended family, including cousins Kenneth Jacobson ’50 and Estelle Jacobson Ostrove ’55.

Philip P. Jones '42

May 30, 2016, in Moorestown, N.J., at 94. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, primarily on the USS Barr in the Pacific, reaching the rank of lieutenant senior grade. He earned his bachelorís from Hamilton College in 1942 then spent 35 years in business machines and systems sales for three different companies. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Alice, with whom he raised two children, Philip and Patricia.

John L. Lowell '42

Jan. 9, 2017, in Longmeadow, Mass., at 97. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II before establishing a career as a sales rep for Rand McNally. Predeceased by his father, Otis E. Lowell 1912, he is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sally, two sons, six granddaughters, and a great-grandson.

Jean Cannell MacRae '42

Oct. 6, 2016, in Wrentham, Mass., at 96. She was a mother and homemaker who also knitted, swam, and loved to read. Predeceased by her husband, Weston MacRae ’42, and her brother Robert E. Cannell ’51, she is survived by three children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and extended family, including cousin Beniah C. Harding ’42, sister-in-law Joan Kelby Cannell ’52, and nieces Joyce Cannell ’81 and Jennifer Pelson Hopkins ’92.

Ruth Graves Montgomery '43

Jan. 8, 2017, in Hyannis, Mass., at 95. She pursued a teaching career right out of college and taught physical education and math at junior high and high schools in Massachusetts. She was a 75-year member of her regional DAR chapter, was active with her church, and volunteered widely in her community. She enjoyed baking, knitting, and reading, and was a Red Sox fan. Survivors include her three daughters, including Patricia Montgomery ’71, four grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Louis J. Volpe Jr. '43

Jan. 10, 2017, in Quincy, Mass., at 97. After three years in the Army Air Corps, he became an educator, working as a high school guidance counselor and history teacher in Braintree, Mass. He earned a master’s in education from Bridgewater State in 1970. A member of the Quincy High School Football Hall of Fame, he also coached high school football in Braintree. He belonged to the American Legion Post 294 in Quincy and was its oldest past commander. Survivors include his daughter, Susan Volpe Hely ’68, two sons, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Efthim Economu '44

Jan. 24, 2017, in Bangor, Maine, at 94. He served with the Navy’s amphibious forces in the Pacific during World War II then became an educator. He taught French in Maine high schools 1946-1982, taking time off to earn a master’s from Middlebury College, do graduate work at Laval University, and study in France. He served as vice president and president of the Maine chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and was Maine French Teacher of the Year in 1957. He was active with educational organizations, his church, and the Bangor Lions Club. Predeceased by his sister Viola Economu Moran ’39, he is survived by extended family, including niece Tina Jones Bernier ’89.

Anita Konikow Glassman '45

Dec. 15, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at 92. She earned three degrees, including a masterís in health education at age 54, raised her children, and showed her commitment to women’s health through involvement with Planned Parenthood and the Saratoga Hospital. She also taught courses in parenting, communication skills, and conflict resolution. She was a killer Scrabble player, expert knitter, and leader in social justice issues. Predeceased by her husband, Arnold Glassman ’44, she is survived by three children, 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.   

Beverly Benner Cassara '47

Sept. 20, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. at 94. An advocate for adult education, especially for women, she earned a doctorate in education in 1970 from Boston University. She taught at the University of the District of Columbia 1970-90 and was dean of graduate studies there from 1973 to 1985. She served on national education boards, produced TV series related to women’s issues, authored two books and numerous articles and book chapters, and, after she retired, cofounded the Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse, which each year honors a volunteer with the Beverly Benner Cassara Award. She was inducted into the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2003. Predeceased by her sister Frances Benner Kimpel ’49, she is survived by three children, two grandchildren, and a sister.

Roberta E. Young '47

Jan. 18, 2017, in Pittsfield, Mass., at 91. She spent her 38-year career at General Electric, working in design engineering at the power transformer division. Her free time was spent golfing, bowling, supporting her church, and participating in businesswomenís groups. Predeceased by her parents, Andrew 1913 and Claramae Harvey Young 1919, and her sister, Mary Young ’46, she is survived by extended family.

Dorothy Worthley Cleaver '48

Oct. 24, 2016, in Skowhegan, Maine, at 91. During World War II, she worked as a welder in the Portland, Maine, shipyards and continued to live a life of adventure and outdoor experiences. Along with her husband, she canoed far north Canadian rivers and was an avid fisherman in northern Maine. She also devoted herself to community projects in Delaware and in Maine and was admired for her humor, grit, and poetry. Survivors include five children, 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary Conley Nelson '48

Sept. 13, 2016, in Worcester, Mass., at 90. Mary taught German and English to high school students and was director of special services for the U.S. government in Germany for several years. She was also a mother and homemaker, a devoted Catholic, and a local volunteer. Four children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson survive her.

Bertha Graves Bagby Nollman '48

Jan. 3, 2017, in Saco, Maine, at 90. She worked for the telephone company in Connecticut and in Utah but was primarily an active volunteer in her community and church. She traveled in the U.S. and Europe, skied, hiked, and golfed. Survivors include her brother, two step children, and extended family.

Shirley Fellows Bernier '49

Nov. 22, 2016, in Waterville, Maine, at 89. An active volunteer, she chaired political campaigns, founded the Waterville Soup Kitchen, and was instrumental in the push to include girls in the Waterville Boys Club. A founding member of the Mandala Art School, she organized fundraisers for Monmouth Theater and helped area schools and hospitals. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Albert Bernier ’50, seven children, including Michelle Bernier Hatch ’75 and husband Roger Hatch ’75, David Bernier ’79, and Meg Bernier Boyd ’81, 17 grandchildren, including Rachel Hatch ’05 and Katie Bernier ’20, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Janet Pride Davis '49

Dec. 14, 2016, in Gloucester, Mass., at 88. A housewife and a mother, she worked as a library aid in the Wellesley public schools. She was the secretary/correspondent for Colby Magazine for her class in the 1970s. Survivors include her four children and six grandchildren.

Roy F. Leaf '49

Aug. 11, 2016, in Massachusetts at 94. He left Colby in 1942 to serve in the U.S. Army, returning later to finish his degree. He earned graduate degrees from Boston University and San Jose State and became a teacher, counselor, and, eventually, principal. Along with his wife, Annabelle, they adopted and raised three children. His brother Carlton D. Leaf ’52 survives him, as do many grandchildren.

Martha Loughman Shepard '49

July 3, 2016, in Topsham, Maine, at 88. She raised three boys and was a homemaker, then later in life became an artist, expressing herself with sculpture and paint. Her sons and nine grandchildren survive her.

Janet Royal Varone '49

Dec. 11, 2016, Bridgeport, Conn., at 88. A mother and homemaker, she used her musical talents playing the piano and leading sing-alongs at a nursing home and singing in local singing groups. Her husband of 63 years, Anthony, three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild survive her. She was predeceased by her sister, Betty Royal Spiegel ’42.

Robert J. Armitage Jr. '50

Jan. 25, 2017, in Binghamton, N.Y., at 88. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, he was discharged in 1954 as first lieutenant. He worked various occupations, including technical writer, systems analyst, and data processing manager. A founding member of the Colby Eight, he sang bass throughout his adult life in church, community choirs, and glee clubs. Three children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren survive him.

Paul W. Flanagan '50

Oct. 22, 2016, in Burlingame, Calif., at 90. His education at Colby was interrupted by service in the Army during World War II. He worked for 40 years at the A.W. Chesterton Company and traveled around the world on business. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Jean Flanagan, four children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Richard D. Pullen '50

Sept. 17, 2016, in Simsbury, Conn., at 90. Before entering Colby, he served two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He earned his M.D. in 1954 from Yale Medical School and completed his residency in Wilmington, Del. Later, he was a founding doctor of the Windsor (Conn.) Medical Center, where he practiced internal medicine for 34 years. Predeceased by his brother, Robert Pullen ’41, he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Barrow Pullen ’55, two daughters, including Cynthia Pullen Riordan ’77, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Charles W. Robinson '50

April 8, 2016, at 88. A library leader for 33 years, he earned an M.L.S. degree from Simmons College in 1951 followed by service with the U.S. Army in Korea. His library career began in 1953 at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and in 1963 he became director of the Baltimore County Library, which he led until retirement in 1996. He served as president of the Public Library Association and was active with the Urban Libraries Council. He won numerous awards, including the 1977 Maryland Library Associationís Outstanding Member Award. Predeceased by his father, Hugh L. Robinson 1918, he is survived by his wife, Martha, and two children.

Edwin J. Laverty '51

Oct. 14, 2016, in Gorham, Maine, at 89. He served in the Navy out of high school and worked briefly before coming to Colby. He worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for 35 years, first in New York and later in Maine. He was active in community organizations and his church, and he enjoyed skiing and hunting. Three children and four grandchildren survive him. 

Louis A. Woisard Jr. '51

Jan. 27, 2017, in Woodstock, Conn., at 90. Before attending Colby, he served in the U.S. Navy. He earned a law degree in 1954 from the University of Connecticut and began practicing law with his father the same year. He later was chief attorney at Delta Rubber Company, becoming executive vice president and general counsel. A tireless civic leader, his volunteer efforts were rewarded with the 1987 Civic Achievement Award from the Killingly/Brooklyn (Conn.) Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Valerie, four children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Nita Hale Barbour '52

Feb. 4, 2017, in Belfast, Maine, at 85. In 1957 she earned an M.A. from Middlebury College and the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in French languages. She taught French at Cony High School (Maine) and developed a program to teach foreign languages to elementary grades. After taking time to raise her family, she earned a Ph.D. in 1973 in early childhood education and development at the University of Maryland, where she taught (in Baltimore County) for more than 20 years, developed process-oriented curriculum for education majors, and coauthored three textbooks. In retirement in Deer Isle, Maine, she was involved with early childhood literacy and social justice. Predeceased by her father, William Hale ’25, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Chandler Barbour, two children, including Steven Barbour ’84, a granddaughter, and two sisters, including Marian Hale Fowler ’65.

Alan R. Blackman '52

Oct. 14, 2016, in Brookline, Mass., at 86. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War then became a real estate investor and financier. He collected and studied art, played tennis, and was a photographer. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Joyce, three children, three grandchildren, and two siblings.

Janet Leslie Douglass '52

Feb. 5, 2017, in Glastonbury, Conn., at 86. Her main focus was her family and home, but she worked for a time as an investment researcher at Phoenix Mutual then as a social worker for the State of Connecticut. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, John Douglass ’52, two children, five grandsons, and a sister.

William A. Gardner Jr. '52

Dec. 13, 2016, in Holliston, Mass., at 86. An Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he worked in sales for various industries throughout his career. His wife of 53 years, Barbara, three children, six grandchildren, and a sister survive him.

Rodney H. Howes '52

Sept. 1, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas, at 87. He joined the Air Force as an aviation cadet and earned his wings in 1953. He spent 24 years in the Air Force, flew 10 different aircraft, and earned numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and eight Air Medals. He earned an M.B.A. in 1973 and was a civilian auditor for the state of California. After retirement, Rod worked for McDonald Douglas Aircraft Corp. for eight years as a technical rep for the Air Force. He loved to travel, built two small airplanes, and introduced young children to flying. His three children, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother survive him.

Herbert J. Jabar '52

Sept. 23, 2016, in Waterville, Maine, at 91. Before college, he served in the Navy on the Bunker Hill in the South Pacific during World War II. His prowess at sports led him to a career in coaching and teaching in Maine and New Hampshire. His wife, June, five children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and seven siblings, including John ’52, Norman ’52, Paul ’52, Anthony ’54, and Joseph ’68, survive him.

Henry J. Bud McGrath '53

Nov. 28, 2016, in Braintree, Mass., at 90. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he was recruited by the CIA to work abroad as an undercover operative. In 1966 he began working for New England Telephone Company and retired in 1998 (from NYNEX). An active volunteer, he gave time to civic, church, and athletic organizations in his community. Seven children, 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him. 

JoAnne Conkling Hoffman '54

Oct. 25, 2016, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., at 85. While raising her two children, she and her husband ran the Twin Gables Guest House in Woodstock, N.Y., until they retired to a family farm in Stone Ridge, N.Y. She was a faithful member of her church and sang in its choir. Her husband of 59 years, Albert, her daughter, and a sister survive her. 

Alfred M. Joseph '54

Feb. 19, 2017, in Waterville, Maine, at 83. He spent two years with the U.S. Army then returned to his hometown of Waterville to work at C.F. Hathaway Shirt Company, where he worked for 38 years, retiring as vice president of quality control and contracts. He was active with his church, attended Colby sporting events and Reunion Weekends, and belonged to the Waterville Country Club for 62 years, serving two terms as president. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ruth Crocker Joseph, four children, including Alfred M. Joseph Jr. ’76, five grandchildren, and his brother Paul M. Joseph ’53.

Dorothy Sellar Sheerin '54

Jan. 29, 2017, in Lancaster, Mass., at 84. A homemaker and mother, she was also an English teacher and school librarian for many years. She found pleasure in gardening, baking, and singing. Her children, Peter Sheerin ’78 and Kathleen Callahan, her brother-in-law, Oliver Sheerin ’58, and three grandchildren survive her.

Derek B. Tatlock '54

Dec. 25, 2016, in Williamsburg, Va., at 85. A master’s in geology from the University of Michigan came the year after Colby, followed by two years in the U.S. Army. He worked as a petroleum geologist throughout his career, first for companies in Bismark, N.D., and Pittsburgh, Pa., then as a consultant for his own firm. He volunteered with civic and nonprofit organizations, belonged to the National Ski Patrol, and enjoyed sailing and bicycling. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Betty, three daughters, four grandchildren, and a brother, Ian Tatlock ’59.

Mary Belden Williams '54

Nov. 25, 2016, in North Hatfield, Mass., at 83. She earned a master’s in deaf education from Smith College in 1959 and taught until 1996. Simultaneously, she raised four children and, along with her husband, worked and lived on her family farm, which she was the first woman to inherit after 10 generations. She served on the local school committee, was active with her church, and played bridge, the organ, and handbells. A brother and sister, Martha Belden Kleineman ’70, survive her, as do four children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Victor J. Ladetto '55

Nov. 14, 2016, in New Bedford, Mass., at 83. He was a sergeant stationed in Germany during the Korean War then returned to the U.S., earning a master’s in education in 1961. He taught elementary school for 10 years, and for the next 29 years was principal of the Cushman School in Dartmouth, Mass. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ann Marie, two children, four grandchildren, and a brother.

Richard A. Magill '55

He left Colby to serve in the Army in the early 1950s, returned to graduate, then earned his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1958. He worked as a lawyer, including time at Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. A son, Robert H. Magill, survives him.

William P. Rosen '55

Dec. 28, 2016, in Branford, Conn., at 83. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began working in his family’s film distribution business, eventually become its president and expanding it over a 40-year period. Nicknamed “Big Bull,” he had a passion for fishing, played tennis, and waterskied. Surviving him is his wife of 58 years, Polly Seely Rosen ’58, three sons, including Richard ’83, six grandchildren, and three sisters.

Judith Shipman Wilson '55

Dec. 10, 2016, in Arizona at 83. While raising her children and taking care of her home, she contributed to the Phoenix community by volunteering with various organizations such as the symphony, art museum, and Maricopa County Hospital. Her daughter and two grandchildren survive her.

Justin A. Cross '56

Dec. 1, 2016, in Punta Gorda, Fla., at 82. He earned an M.D. from McGill University in 1960, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, then served in the U.S. Navy for two years. He practiced medicine in Portsmouth, N.H., before retiring to Florida. He was an avid skier and sailor. His wife, Maria, three children, including Kay Cross ’84, and three grandchildren survive him.

Frederick M. Moorhouse Jr. '56

Feb. 1, 2017, in Bangor, Maine, at 82. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, first as ensign on the U.S.S. Roy O. Hale and then as full commander. Later, he worked for Winchester Fire Arms and eventually moved to Maine. His sister, Shirley, survives him, as do dear friends Forrest ’56 and Ann Jefferson Barnes ’57.

William B. Chappell Jr. '57

Jan. 26, 2017, in Pawling, N.Y., at 81. He was an investment banker and became vice president of Kidder, Peabody. He belonged to numerous education and environmental boards in his community. His wife, Percilla, and three grandchildren survive him.

Philip B. Luce '57

Oct. 31, 2016, in Wellsboro, Pa., at 87. Before he came to Colby, he served in the Korean War with the U.S. Army. Following graduation, he studied geology at New York University, New Mexico Institute of Mining Technology, and Washington State University. In 1967 he became a geology professor at Mansfield State College, where he taught until retirement. Traveling, reading, sailing the waters of Casco Bay, and crossword puzzles brought him pleasure. Predeceased by his wife, Nancy Carroll Luce ’56, he is survived by three children, three granddaughters, and three siblings.

Brian F. Olsen '57

Dec. 23, 2016, in Ocean Park, Maine, at 80. A pilot with the U.S. Air Force for eight years, he enjoyed a 30-year career as a commercial pilot for American Airlines. He sang with the Colby Eight as a student and continued with the group, performing at reunions for many years. He also served as class secretary for 10 years and class president for five. He was active in his church, serving on committees and leading music worship, and with the town of Ocean Park. Two grandchildren, two children, and their mother, Beverly, survive him.

Nancy Anderson Pool '57

Jan. 10, 2017, in Meriden, Conn., at 81. After a short career as an administrative assistant, she earned a master’s in education in 1965. She taught elementary school and preschool in Connecticut, supported P.E.O. and its promotion of women’s education, and was active with her church. Her two daughters and five grandchildren survive her.

Laurence S. Douglas '59

April 9, 2016, in Denver, Colo., at 82. Following a career with the U.S. Postal Service, he spent his retirement years volunteering at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Anne Fuller Douglas ’59, two sons, and three grandchildren.

Lawrence F. Larchez '60

Feb. 10, 2017, in Norwell, Mass., at 78. He earned his law degree from Boston University in 1967 then entered the Navy, serving aboard the USS Wasp and USS Lake Champlain. He practiced law in Quincy, Mass., and taught awhile at the American Institute of Banking. He supported conservation efforts, loved nature, and served on the board of a watershed association. He loved history, too, as well as the sea. His wife, Judith, and a brother survive him.

Jean Roberts Leach '60

Sept. 16, 2016, in Portland, Maine, at 77. Jean left Colby after two years to marry and have children. She earned her bachelorís from the University of Connecticut in 1962 and went on to a 20-year career as a social studies teacher in Saco, Maine. She was a generous volunteer, a supporter of the arts, a singer, and a prolific correspondent. Three children, six grandchildren, and four siblings survive her.

Peter A. Gilbert '61

Feb. 2, 2017, in Pawcatuck, Conn., at 78. He earned an M.B.A. from Boston University in 1962, moved to California, and built a career as an investment manager, working for Wells Fargo and TIAA-CREF. His interests included bee keeping, making wine, whitewater rafting, cooking, and reading. A son, Peter, and a grandchild survive him.

Vaughn J. Howland '61

Dec. 8, 2016, in Rockville, Md., at 78. The first 20 years of his working career were spent as a management consultant in the private sector. He then earned an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland and worked the next 20 years as an L.C.S.W. and alcohol and drug counselor in the Bethesda and Silver Spring areas. He was founder and director of the Intervention Center and a founding member of the Association of Independent Intervention Specialists. He is survived by his partner, Verlyn Flieger, a son, and a daughter.

Iza Mary Brown '63

July 11, 2007, in Eugene, Ore., at 65. She worked as a high school English teacher, owned and operated The Possible Dream store in Eugene, and was a research assistant at Oregon Research Institute. A sister survives her.

Nathaniel E. Butler '63

Oct. 28, 2015, in Arlington, Va., at 74. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School, worked for the U.S. Federal Reserve, and practiced law in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He was the fourth generation Butler to attend Colby, following his father, Nathaniel Butler 1933, grandfather, Nathaniel Butler Jr. 1873, who was Colbyís 12th president 1896-1901, and great-grandfather, Nathaniel Butler 1842. He and his wife, Karen Moore Butler ’63, raised two children.

Ralph E. Noel Jr. '63

Jan. 21, 2017, in Portland, Maine at 77. He was drafted in 1963 and served two years with the U.S. Army. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine and worked many years as a marketing manager at R.I. Mitchell Auto Parts and as executive director of the Maine State Golf Association (MSGA). An avid golfer, he won many tournaments, including three MSGA amateur championships and two MSGA senior amateur championships. He was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 1998. He also fished, hunted, traveled, and gardened. His wife, Judith Lessard, three children, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two siblings survive him.

Jeanne Anderson Pollock '63

Oct. 14, 2016, in Gray, Maine, at 75. She earned an M.S.W. from Simmons College and worked as a psychiatric social worker with an interest in helping victims of child abuse. She was also chief financial officer of Farms Veterinary Clinic. She loved books, music, gardening, and dancing. Predeceased by her parents, Wendell ’38 and Dorothy Trainer Anderson ’38, and her brother David C. Anderson ’65, survivors include her husband of 52 years, William B. Pollock ’64, children William Q. Pollock and Anne Pollock Waldron ’90, four grandchildren, and two sisters, including Jan Anderson Cogbill ’76.

Diane Nelson Teubner '63

Dec. 26, 2016, in Hamilton, Ohio, at 75. She worked more than 35 years as a medical technologist but gave of herself to her community as a girl scout troop leader, president of the Hamilton City PTA, and member of Ohio’s PTA board. She loved to read and garden, supported NPR, and cared for numerous cats throughout her life. Survivors include her two daughters, two grandchildren, a sister, and extended family, including niece Stacey Sorenson-Ristinmaa ’83.

Kendall Burford '64

Jan. 14, 2017, in Scarborough, Maine, at 77. After one year at Colby, he enlisted with the U.S. Army, returning to Colby in 1961 to complete his degree. In 1967 he earned a law degree from Boston College Law School and practiced as a trial attorney for 33 years. After moving to Maine, he served on the Holden Finance Committee and the Kennebunkport Planning Board. Walks on the beach and caring for bulldogs brought him pleasure. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Linda Doe Burford ’64, two children, and six grandchildren.

Anita Hegmann McCray '64

May 10, 2016, in Old Saybrook, Conn., at 73. She was an engineer who worked as a systems programmer and analyst for companies such as Sylvania Electronics. Together with her husband, William McCray, she raised two sons.

Donald C. Oberg '64

Nov. 29, 2016, in Annandale, Va., at 74. He enlisted with the Navy and served in Vietnam as a navigator on C130s. Throughout his life, he worked for various marine- and seafood-based companies in Portland, Maine, and was a devoted father. His wife, Grace Marie, two daughters, two grandsons and two sisters survive him.

Ralph J. Bunche Jr. '65

Oct. 5, 2016, at 73. He earned an M.A. in international relations from Tuft’s Fletcher School of Diplomacy in 1971 then began working at Citibank. Drafted and sent to Vietnam, he led a rifle patrol as a lieutenant before joining JP Morganís Africa team as an investment banker. He served as executive director of Morgan Stanley-London, as a vice president of JP Morgan in London and New York, and worked for ABN AMRO Bank in London. He served as a Colby overseer 1980-85. Predeceased by his father, The Honorable Ralph J. Bunche LL.D. ’52, he is survived by three children and seven grandchildren.

Katharine Parker Gordon '65

Nov. 3, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa., at 73. A lifelong social justice activist, she started a League of Women Voters chapter in Illinois, founded a NOW chapter in Allentown, Pa., and established a Unitarian Universalist church in Delaware, Ohio. She worked as a staffer in Senator John Glenn’s Columbus, Ohio, office and retired as director of the board of elections in Delaware County, Ohio. Survivors include her three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

William A. Oates Jr. '65

Feb. 14, 2017, in Dedham, Mass., at 74. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard 1966-70 then earned his M.B.A. from Harvard. After four years in banking, he became an investment advisor and was founding partner of Northeast Investment Management in Boston, where he managed Northeast Investors Growth Fund for more than 30 years. He served as a Colby trustee 2005-13 and was serving a new four-year term at the time of his death. He was awarded a Colby Brick in 2015. He was a former trustee and board chair of Groton School and former trustee and treasurer of Roxbury Latin School, which award him an honorary degree in 1985. He was a gardener, skier, golfer, and mountaineer who scaled many of the worldís tallest peaks, including the Matterhorn. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth “Muffy” Oates, three daughters, six grandchildren, and two brothers.

Carl M. Floyd '66

Jan. 10, 2017, in New London, Conn., at 74. He served in the U.S. Army before coming to Colby, then began working at the Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC) in 1967. He worked in submarine imaging systems for 49 years, including 14 years managing NUSC’s development of several periscopes. A respected leader in his field, he won several awards, including the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 1990 and the Superior Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He was also a woodworker, a guitar enthusiast, and an amateur luthier. He is survived by two daughters, his partner, three siblings, including Penney Floyd ’73, who subsequently passed away Jan. 21, and his former wife, Judith David ’66.

Judith Van Alstyne '67

Nov. 17, 2016, in Hartford, Conn., at 72. She worked in the fields of insurance, consumer protection, and research. Her passion was in creative art forms such as knitting, baking, and jewelry making. Two brothers survive her.

H. Dean Peterson, M.S.T. '69

Aug. 31, 2016, in Belgrade, Maine, at 80. He taught high school biology for 30 years in Northport, N.Y., and then for 10 years at the college level in Florida after he retired. He summered in Maine and was president of the Old South Church in Belgrade for 10 years. He was devoted to the church and loved to golf. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Hardy Peterson ’58, their two children, and three grandchildren.

James H. Patch '70

Nov. 12, 2016, in Boston, Mass., at 69. He worked his entire career for General Electric Aircraft Engines, retiring in 2009. Described as a boating enthusiast and skilled angler, he also retained his lifelong love of hockeyóplaying, coaching, and spectating. In 1997 he was inducted to the Sports Hall of Fame at Saugus High School, where he was a three-sport athlete. Survivors include his wife, Eileen Boerner Patch ’70, two sons, Gregory ’06 and Timothy ’08, and five siblings.

Robert M. Knight '71

Dec. 14, 2016, in Freeport, Maine, at 67. He earned a masterís in English literature and a J.D., both from the University of Maine, and applied them teaching high school English in China and Brunswick, Maine, and practicing law in Maine. He started as a law clerk for Maine Supreme Court justices, was an associate for a Portland law firm, and worked the last 25 years for the state of Maine. A lover of books, he was a regular reviewer of nonfiction for Kirkus Reviews. He also loved art, music, and good food. Survivors include his partner, Elizabeth Bennett, a daughter, two granddaughters, and two siblings.

Carolyn Penney Floyd '73

Jan. 21, 2017, in Waterville, Maine, at 65. She earned an R.N. degree while living in Iowa then became an operating room nurse upon returning to Waterville. Her medical focus was ophthalmology and she worked for Maine Eye Care until she retired in 2013. She was a proofreader, a gardener, a cook, and a volunteer, primarily with hospice. Predeceased just 10 days by her brother, Carl Floyd ’66, she is survived by her husband, Chuck Lakin, who built the pine coffin in which she was buried in a green cemetery, and two other brothers.

Charles J. Hogan '73

Sept. 15, 2016, in London, England. He earned an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and worked in finance in the international arena, first at Experiment in International Living, a school in Brattleboro, Vt., then for McCormack and Dodge Corp. He settled in London and worked for Shearson Lehman. His wife, Juliet Kingsmill, survives him.

Sean P. Barry '74

Jan. 19, 2017, in Novato, Calif., at 64. He earned a law degree from Golden Gate University and practiced law in the Bay Area. He was a casual vintner who also enjoyed cooking, entertaining, and travel. His wife, Barbara Thayer Barry ’74, and two siblings survive him.

Karen Fellows '74

Feb. 4, 2017, in Northborough, Mass., at 64. She worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, volunteered at a senior center, and was committed to her church. Survivors include her step-mother, three step sisters, and a step brother.

Jeremiah F. Minihan '74

Sept. 24, 2015, in North Andover, Mass., at 63. He worked for Raytheon and, as a sports lover, coached the Scarlett Knights booster club teams in North Andover. In 1990 he was inducted to the North Andover High School Hall of Fame. His wife, Diane, three children, two grandchildren, and three siblings survive him.

Joseph B. Johnson '75

Oct. 13, 2016, in Portsmouth, N.H., at 62. He was employed at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in various positions for 32 years, but his passion was basketball. He was varsity basketball coach at Norwood (Mass.) High School (NHS) and was named Bay State Coach of the Year in 1987. In 2015 he was inducted in the NHS hall of fame, and in 2016 the school dedicated its basketball court in his name. He was also a referee and youth sports coach in Portsmouth. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, two children, and three brothers. 

William C. Huling '77

Jan. 6, 2017, in Colchester, Vt., at 64. He was drafted from Colby into the U.S. Army and served as an MP at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. After returning to Colby and graduating, he worked in retail and sales for a period. He developed an interest in manufacturing and worked for various companies, including Englander, Ethan Allen Furniture, and Copeland Furniture. Survivors include two children, three siblings, including Sandra Huling ’69, and one granddaughter.

James A. Russell Jr. '83

Nov. 3, 2016, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 55. He worked at his family business, Sani Clean Distributors, for more than 30 years while serving leadership roles in Rotary and at his church. He was a runner, a hiker, and caretaker for his daughters following his wife’s death in 2012. Jim passed away unexpectedly at his home. Survivors include two daughters, his parents, and four siblings.

Elizabeth Stillings Brooks '84

Nov. 8, 2016, in Holliston, Mass., at 54. A writer and editor, she worked as a development editor for Allyn and Bacon before becoming a freelancer. She coached students writing college essays and preparing for SATs and ACTs and volunteered at the Holliston Food Pantry. She died of cancer at her home. Predeceased by her grandfather, William Littlefield ’38, she is survived by her parents, her husband, Robert Brooks ’84, three children, three siblings, and extended family, including cousin Rebecca Lowd Legro ’65.

Erin S. Brenner '97

Aug. 26, 2016, at 40. She worked in financial services, most recently at Schroder Investment Management as head of intermediary key accounts. She came to Colby from Vancouver, Canada, where a memorial service was held Oct. 22, 2016.

Elizabeth A. Sparkes '02

Oct. 11, 2016, in Dorchester, Mass., at 36. After receiving her masterís in special education from Simmons College, she taught special education at the Landmark School and later taught mathematics in public schools. She was also a dog trainer and was active in Greyhound Options rescue organization. Predeceased by her father, William Sparkes ’69, she is survived by her mother, Pamela Wolf Sparkes ’71, a brother, and aunts and uncles, including Penelope Wolf Burns ’73 and Robert Sparkes ’74.