Fall 2014

David Leigh “L.D.” Burke ’56, July 30, 2014, in Santa Fe, N.M., at 80. A successful graphic designer and architect, he worked in graphic design in Chicago and San Francisco and in suburban development in Houston before moving to Santa Fe in the 1980s. There, he designed distinctive buildings such as the Pink Church, which housed his L.D. Burke Cowboy Furniture business, and the dragon-topped Fortaleza Coyote building. He also created wood sculptures and collage-on-wood artworks, composed songs including “Sopaipilla Song” recorded by Randy Travis, and enjoyed traveling and windsurfing. Known for his colorful work, he sought beauty in both urban and natural landscapes, and in recent years he loved retreating to his Heron Lake cabin. He is survived by his wife, Janine, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

John A. Delaney ’56, March 29, 2014, in Ontario, N.Y., at 79. At Colby he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Newman Council, and the Outing Club, and he played baseball. He worked as a manager at General Electric and Xerox. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

Richard Elliott ’56, May 1, 2014, in Huntsville, Ala., at 82. He served in U.S. Army Military Intelligence from 1954 to 1956 and worked for Arnold Greene Testing Laboratories as a testing specialist. Predeceased by a son, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Ann, a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

Andrew T.G. Johnson Jr. ’56, July 24, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif., at 79. At Colby he played football and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He earned an LL.B. at Boston University, served as a deputy district attorney and had a private practice in Hawaii, and was a senior trust officer for an international bank in California. He is survived by two sons, four daughters, and eight grandchildren.

Eleanor Conover “Connie” Cook Reissig ’56, Aug. 3, 2014, in Teaneck, N.J., at 80. She earned her teaching certificate from Kean College and was director of the Bogart Memorial Nursery School in Bogota, N.J., from the late 1960s until the early 1980s. She is survived by her husband, Richard, and two sons.

Rita Reilly McCauley ’59, July 22, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio, at 76. She finished her bachelor’s at Barat College and earned a master’s in counseling at the University of Cincinnati. After working for the Cincinnati Health Department and MetLife, she achieved her goal of owning her own business, running Bench Advertising for 10 years until her retirement. Vibrant and joyful, she loved golf, tennis, ballroom dancing, and traveling. She is survived by her husband, Nash, a daughter, four sons, three stepsons, and 13 grandchildren.

Margaret Clark Preston ’59, July 7, 2014, in Dover, N.H., at 77. For more than 40 years she resided in Epping, N.H., where she owned and operated Rum Brook Farm and bred Morgan horses. She earned accolades with her stallion Immortal Command and had a love of all animals. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, reading, and having long talks with her grandson. Predeceased by her husband, Richard, she is survived by a son and grandson.

M. Tieche Shelton ’59, June 21, 2014, in Farmingdale, Maine, at 77. He was a car sales manager and belonged to the Kora Shrine in Lewiston, Maine, serving as potentate in 1982. An avid hunter and fisherman, he helped found the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and was its first executive director. He made friends wherever he went. He is survived by his wife of
55 years, Marlene, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Donna M. Tasker ’59, July 22, 2014, in North Newport, Maine, at 77. At Colby she received the Condon Medal for constructive citizenship. She went on to earn a degree in music education at the Northern Conservatory of Music in Bangor, Maine, and she was an accomplished violinist who played with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and taught string classes at the Northern Conservatory. A public school music teacher for more than 30 years, she was involved in North Newport’s church and cemetery associations, the Newport Historical Society, and the Old Maine Cemeteries Association. She was president of Norwegian Elk Hound Rescue and Recovery and showed several of her elk hounds at dog shows. Predeceased by her parents, she is survived by an aunt, an uncle, cousins, many friends, and her beloved elk hound and cats.

Lawrence H. Bois ’61, June 13, 2014, in Bangor, Maine, at 75. He earned master’s degrees in social work and hospital administration and a certificate in social service administration. He served as director of social service at Pineland Hospital, assistant superintendent of the Bangor Mental Health Institute, and executive secretary of the Maine Council of Community Mental Health Centers prior to entering the real estate industry with his wife. He is survived by his wife, Joan, two sons, a stepdaughter, two step-grandchildren, and a brother, William J. Bois ’57.

Elmer C. Bartels ’62, July 5, 2014, in Bedford, Mass., at 76. Despite suffering a hockey accident at age 22 that left him a quadriplegic, he led a robust, meaningful life that included a family, a graduate degree in physics from Tufts, a career as a computer programmer and analyst, and volunteer work with organizations including the Massachusetts Association of Paraplegics, which he helped found. In 1977 he was appointed commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and he continued in that role and as state director of rehabilitation for a combined 30 years, during which he helped establish a personal-care-attendant program and ensure the development and availability of assistive technology. Exuberant and optimistic, he was a life board member of Camp Agawam in Raymond, Maine, where he spent 10 summers as a child. He received four honorary doctorates, including one from Colby. Predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Mary, he is survived by a daughter, a son, and a granddaughter.

Betty Dean Johnston Rayle ’63, May 29, 2014, in Solana Beach, Calif., at 72. She loved cooking, entertaining, traveling, creating art, and volunteering. She and her family operated an old-fashioned ice cream shop in Del Mar, Calif., before moving to Whidbey Island, Wash., where she focused on her art, learning to make monotypes and etchings on a press in a studio her husband built for her. She created several lines of greeting cards and won accolades for her artwork. Predeceased by her husband of more than 40 years, Frank, she is survived by two daughters and a son.

Christopher M. Dakin ’65, June 11, 2014, in Salisbury, Conn., at 75. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and earned a law degree at UConn. He opened his own law firm in 1973 and ran it until his retirement. Predeceased by his wife, Suzette, he is survived by a son, two daughters, and two brothers including Timothy Dakin ’63.

David K. Katz ’69, Aug. 7, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif., at 66. He earned an M.B.A. from Cornell and held a variety of positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce, both in Washington, D.C., and in overseas assignments. In 1986 he joined the department’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, serving in several roles including commercial counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, head of the Commercial Service staff at the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, and minister-counselor for commercial affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London.

Laura Schmidt Irvine ’70, Oct. 17, 2013, in Cobourg, Ont., Canada, at 64. She is survived by her husband, J. Richard Irvine ’70, daughter Amanda Irvine ’00, and son

Michael Irvine.

A. Blair Janes ’73, July 6, 2014, in Newfoundland, Canada, at 63. He earned a master’s in chemistry at UMass-Amherst and worked at SI Group for 28 years before joining Fortitech Premixes, from which he retired in March 2014. He was a family man and a lifelong Red Sox fan who liked geocaching, bicycling, and playing hockey. A 34-year resident of Burnt Hills, N.Y., he was enjoying a long-anticipated personal journey—a summer-long bicycle trip to Newfoundland, where he was born—when he passed away in his sleep. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan Cook Janes ’73, two daughters, and a granddaughter.

Michael G. Bolduc ’77, May 29, 2014, in Sandy River Plantation, Maine, at 58. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha at Colby, he enjoyed a 33-year career teaching high school math and coaching. From 1982 to 2009 he worked at Nashua (N.H.) High School, where he cofounded the School-Next-to-a-School alternative education program and created a lacrosse club team. He completed his career in his hometown of Fairfield, Maine, retiring from Lawrence High School in 2010. He was a member of the Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association, and he loved hunting, fishing, fly-tying, reading, cooking, and following New England sports. He is survived by two daughters, four granddaughters, and special friend Nancy Hilliard.

Richard D. Abrams ’78, June 15, 2014, in Lexington, Mass., at 57. As cofounder of educational software company Tom Snyder Productions (TSP), he was at the forefront of bringing technology into the classroom. He was a member of Temple Isaiah and served on several boards including those of Educators for Social Responsibility and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Enthusiastic and steadfast, he had a proclivity for connecting and motivating people. His legacy in Lexington, Mass., is ACROSS Lexington, a network of trails designed to connect residents with each other and with their town. He enjoyed walking, and despite fighting terminal thyroid cancer for nine years, he walked almost until the end of his life. He is survived by his wife, Susan Kenyon ’78, sons Archie Abrams and Stanley Abrams ’12, and daughter Sydney Abrams ’17. 

Samuel C. Koch ’79, July 20, 2014, in Hadley, Mass., at 59. He coached UMass men’s soccer for 23 years, leading the team to 12 conference tournament berths, three NCAA tournaments, and the 2007 College Cup semifinals. Originally hired for what was to be the final year of men’s soccer at UMass, he is credited with saving the program. He was named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year four times, and the Colby men’s soccer program annually awards the Sam Koch Award for spirit and dedication. A proud mentor to his players, he had a wonderful sense of humor and loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, three sons, and

a daughter.

Alice Seney Lumpkin ’84, July 5, 2014, in Maryland, at 52. At Colby she spent a semester in Kenya, which deepened her lifelong passion for nature and animals. She earned a law degree at Widener University and a master’s in environmental law at Vermont Law School and worked for the Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., and the Brandywine Conservancy in Pennsylvania. Always eager to encounter wildlife, she went on two African safaris, honeymooned in the Galapagos, and traveled to parks and zoos throughout the United States. She also enjoyed horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and vintage aviation. For the last 11 years she lived with her husband at a family farm in Worthington Valley, Md., where they grew Christmas trees and tended sheep and horses. She is survived by her husband, James Murray, and three beloved yellow labs.

Eleanor A. Burns ’85, Aug. 1, 2014, in Easton, Conn., at 51. A 22-year resident of Easton, she was a prolific volunteer, serving as PTA treasurer, registrar for American Youth Soccer Organization, coordinator of a summer living-history camp, and vice president of the Historical Society of Easton. She worked at Christ Church Nursery School and the New Academy and loved to read, quilt, knit, and spend time at the beach. Spirited and generous, she enjoyed being with her family most of all. She is survived by her husband, Kwok J. Eng, a son, and a daughter.

Cynthia L. Fallon ’86, June 14, 2014, in Florida, at 49. She earned a law degree from Northeastern and practiced law in New Hampshire for 13 years before moving to Florida, where she realized her dream of opening her own practice. She enjoyed trips to Reynolds Plantation in Georgia and time on the golf range. She is survived
by her husband, Stephen Lux,
and a son.

Andrew Ian Dodge ’89, Aug. 1, 2014, in Harpswell, Maine, at 46. He earned a postgraduate degree in British politics from Hull University in the United Kingdom. A writer whose work appeared in publications including the Huffington Post and Washington Examiner, he was also a tea party activist who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012. He enjoyed music, especially heavy metal, and was a prolific music reviewer. He died of an incurable form of colon cancer and is survived by his wife, Kim Benson.

Christine Murphy Abbatiello ’91, Aug. 4, 2014, in Hanover, N.H., at 45. She had a rewarding and successful career in human resources, serving as human resource manager at MBH Solutions in Teaneck, N.J., director of recruitment at Answerthink in Conshohocken, Pa., and director of talent and recruitment at Human Capital Institute in Wilder, Vt. She enjoyed literature and horseback riding and loved spending time with her children. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Abbatiello ’89, a daughter, and a son.

William L. Goodman ’91, May 31, 2014, in Cumberland Foreside, Maine, at 46. He had a career in the toy industry, working for Sega Toys and then succeeding as a consultant with his own firm for the past 15 years. In February Hasbro honored him for his career achievements at the Las Vegas Toy Fair. Despite battling brain cancer, he continued to live with optimism and humor. He relished the wonders of fatherhood and life on the Maine coast, and he enjoyed skiing, camping, biking, sailing, and kayaking with his family. He is survived by his wife, Hilary Robbins ’91, two daughters, his father, and his mother, Linda Nicholson Goodman ’62.

Madeline “Maddy” Horwitz Boccuzzi ’06, July 30, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif., at 30. She died of melanoma, and her cancer cells are being grown in a USC lab in the hope of finding a cure for the disease. She earned her master’s in global health from Duke and worked as strategic affiliations manager at Keck Medical Center of USC. A joyous woman with an infectious smile, she met her husband, Ryan J. Boccuzzi ’05, during her first week at Colby, and they were inseparable for the ensuing 12 years. The couple loved to travel, hiking and camping at parks worldwide. She is also survived by her parents, a brother, and many other family members.

Former baseball coach and athletics director John W. Winkin Jr., July 19, 2014, in Waterville, Maine, at 94. He served in the Navy during WWII and earned a bachelor’s at Duke and master’s and doctoral degrees at Columbia. From 1955 to 1974 he was baseball coach and athletics director, and in 1965 he was named National Baseball Coach of the Year. He went on to coach at the University of Maine (1975-96), leading the Black Bears to six College World Series, and at Husson University. He wrote four books on baseball, cohosted the first MLB pregame show, and wrote his doctoral thesis on ways to turn a double play. He was a founding editor of SPORT magazine. He finished his career with more than 1,000 wins, and when he last coached at age 87, he was believed to be the oldest active college coach in the United States in any sport. Predeceased by his wife, Christine Woodbury Winkin ’49, he is survived by a son, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.