Obituaries from the Fall 2003 Colby Magazine
Arthur K. Champlin
Arthur K. Champlin, July 3, 2003, in Mount Desert, Maine. Born in 1938, he earned his B.A. and M.A. at Williams College and his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. He came to Colby in 1971 and was appointed to the Leslie Brainerd Arey Professor of Biology chair in 1993. He published extensively in mammalian genetics, developmental biology, mammalian reproductive biology and cryobiology. His long association with the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, where he conducted research and supervised the pre-college program, began in the summer of 1962 and continued until his death. He served on dozens of College committees and chaired the Department of Biology and the Division of Natural Sciences, the Task Force on Off-Campus Study and the Advisory Committee on Off-Campus Study. He also served as faculty representative to several committees of the Board of Trustees and twice was director of the Colby in Cork program. His wife, Elizabeth Stark Champlin '65, senior teaching associate in the Department of Biology, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren survive him.
Virginia Krolak, August 9, 2003, in Waterville, Maine. For many years she was a nurse at Colby's Health Center.
Helen E. Davis '26
Helen E. Davis '26, March 28, 2003, in Pittsfield, Maine, at 99. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Friend & Friend Auto Sales in Newport, Maine. She is survived by four nieces, a nephew, several grand-nieces and -nephews and a cousin, John Philson '71.
Leemont Kelley '28
Leemont R. Kelley '28, February 13, 2003, in Machias, Maine, at 96. After Colby he engaged in lobster and herring fishing. During World War II he worked at Lawley's Shipyard in Massachusetts. He returned to fishing, then worked as a registered guide. Predeceased by his wife, he is survived by two nephews and a niece.
Edward M. Locke '29
Edward M. Locke '29, December 1, 1997, in Marquette, Mich., at 92. He is survived by his granddaughter, Elizabeth N. Locke.
Charles H. Nealley '29
Charles H. Nealley '29, December 20, 1998, in Belfast, Maine, at 95. He worked as a carpenter in Belfast.
Raymond E. Stickney '29
Raymond E. Stickney '29, March 21, 2003, in Concord, N.H., at 96. He earned a master's at the University of Maine and taught in several one-room schools in Maine before becoming teaching principal at New Gloucester High School and principal at Gardiner High School. For 20 years he served as head counselor and associate director of Camp Belgrade for Boys in North Belgrade, Maine. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Myra, a brother and nieces and nephews.
Kathleen Bailey Andrews '30
Kathleen Bailey Andrews '30, March 4, 2003, in Dallas, Texas, at 95. She earned a master's in library science at Case Western Reserve University and was a librarian in the Lakewood, Ohio, public schools. Surviving are her sons, John and Keith Andrews, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Leo F. Ross '32
Leo F. Ross '32, January 19, 2002, in Mission, Texas, at 92. For many years he and his wife, Mabel, lived in Texas, where he was a Methodist minister.
Dorothy McNally Whitten '32
Dorothy McNally Whitten '32, July 12, 2003, in Waterville, Maine, at 92. She taught at Clinton (Maine) High School and after raising her children taught at Williams High School in Oakland, Maine. She concluded her career at the Fairfield (Maine) Junior High School. Predeceased by her husband, Howard H. Whitten '33, she is survived by her daughter, Prudence Nielsen, and son, Jon H. Whitten, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Alma Fones Eshenfelder '33
Alma Fones Eshenfelder '33, January 15, 2003, in New London, Conn., at 90. She was publicity director for Mystic Seaport for 15 years, then traveled the world for two decades, travel writing and broadcasting her experiences. She was a public relations consultant and civic leader in New London. Survivors include her son and daughter, Edmund Eshenfelder Jr. and Jane Zarem, a brother, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ruth Leighton Thomas '33
Ruth Leighton Thomas '33, April 30, 2003, in Pittsfield, Maine, at 91. She earned a master's in education at the University of Maine and taught English and math at Mexico (Maine) High School and at Dover Grammar School in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Survivors include her son, Robert Thomas, her daughter, Louise Dow, a brother, a sister, Jane Leighton Carr '42, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a nephew, William A. Leighton III '64.
Luke Roland Pelletier '37
Luke R. Pelletier '37, January 31, 2003, in Port Orange, Fla., at 86. After 11 years in the Army transportation service and Merchant Marines, he earned a master's at Pratt Institute and spent many years in advertising and then in information services and records management. Survivors include his wife, Blanche.
William Satten Hains '38
William S. Hains '38, June 6, 2001, at 85. He was a certified public accountant in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Roger E. Stiles '38
Roger E. Stiles '38, April 5, 2002, in Augusta, Maine, at 83. He served in the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1946 and later worked in the engineering department at Central Maine Power Company. Survivors include his son, Roger E. Stiles Jr. '69.
Stephen I. Greenwald '39
Stephen I. Greenwald '39, March 11, 2003, in Massachusetts, at 84. Following Army service in World War II he owned Stevens Tours, Inc., in Miami Beach Fla., and later operated a motel in Savannah, Ga. He retired as the director of the hospitality division of Barclay Personnel Systems in Boston, Mass. Predeceased by his wife, Magda, he is survived by five children, five grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Rhoda Wein Kraft '39
Rhoda Wein Kraft '39, April 22, 2003, in Palm Beach, Fla., at 83. She received a degree in theater arts from the Leland Powers School in Boston and a master's in drama from Columbia University. She continued acting in summer stock and community theater and teaching for many years. Survivors include her two children, Melissa Kraft and Richard E. Kraft, two grandchildren and her brother, Arthur Wein '35.
Frances Stobie Turner '39
Frances Stobie Turner '39, January 25, 2003, in Hickory Corners, Mich., at 84. She was a homemaker in Hickory Corners for more than 50 years. Survivors include her son, Roger N. Turner Jr.
M. Donald Gardner '40
M. Donald Gardner '40, July 26, 2003, in Portland, Maine, at 84. A prominent attorney in Portland with a law degree from Boston University, he was a Naval executive officer and navigator in the South Pacific from 1944 to 1946. He was a senior partner with Jensen, Baird, Gardner and Henry and a member, director or chair of the board of several banks and insurance companies. He served the Masons in several capacities. Predeceased by his wife, Phyllis Chapman Gardner '40, he is survived by a son and daughter, a sister, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Helena Pillsbury Jones '40
Helena Pillsbury Jones '40, May 11, 2003, in Kennebunk, Maine, at 84. She graduated from Thomas College and worked in a Portland, Maine, bank. Survivors include her two sons, Winfield S. and Bruce R. Jones, two granddaughters, two great-grandsons, a brother and many nieces and nephews.
Carl C. Paradis '43
Carl C. Paradis Jr. '43, December 3, 2002, in Metarie, La., at 81. He served as a radioman in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and was recalled for the Korean War. After retiring from United Technologies Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Division in Connecticut, he was a quality control manager for Connecticut Air Gas Company.
William N. Skidds '43
William N. Skidds '43, March 5, 2003, in New York, at 87. His Army service as a lab technician in the South Pacific during World War II led to a B.S. in bacteriology at the University of Maine. He worked for 20 years for Pilgrim State Hospital in Brentwood, Long Island, and also ran a landscaping business. He helped raise his wife's five children.
Eleanor Carter Curtice '45
Eleanor Carter Curtice '45, March 17, 2003, in Lexington, Ky., at 81. For 50 years she lived and worked in California, serving 22 years with an advertising agency. She is survived by a son and daughter, William Curtice and Amy Owens, a brother, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Gloria Fine Polan '46
Gloria Fine Polan '46, February 17, 1999, in Massachusetts, at 73. She attended Columbia University and worked as a chemist at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Mass., while raising three children.
Ida Tyler Morse '47
Ida Tyler Morse '47, May 18, 2003, in New York, at 76. She worked for The Maine Christian Association in Orono, Maine, then raised two children and worked part time as a secretary/fashion show commentator. Survivors include her husband, John E. Morse.
Maynard B. Ross '48
Maynard B. Ross '48, April 30, 2003, in Boston, Mass., at 80. He served in the Army in the Philippines, New Guinea and Luzon and was awarded the Purple Heart and several other ribbons and medals. A self-employed accountant, he was affiliated with the Automatic Radio Co. in Melrose, Mass. He is survived by his children, Marc Ross, Roni Kosow and Karen Ross, a sister and three grandchildren.
Elaine Erskine Dow '49
Elaine Erskine Dow '49, May 21, 2003, in Brunswick, Maine, at 75. She earned a master's at Boston University and taught English in junior high schools in Beverly and Danvers, Mass., and at Marblehead (Mass.) High School. She became curator of the Parson Capen House in Topsfield, Mass., and lectured and wrote several books on natural history. Survivors include her husband, Robert R. Dow, two daughters and a sister, Patricia Erskine Howlett '52.
Leon V. O'Donnell '49
Leon V. O'Donnell '49, April 27, 2003, in Winter Haven, Fla., at 80. He served in the Navy during World War II. He joined Unicorn Books Inc. in New York City, where he supervised the compiling of information for the company's Book of the Year. He later managed the O.E. Macintyre operations in Rutland, Vt., and before retirement operated a general store in Castleton, Vt. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Richardson Biczko, five daughters, a stepson, a brother, two sisters and 14 grandchildren.
Leonard R. Warshaver '49
Leonard R. Warshaver '49, June 20, 2003, in Boston, Mass., at 76. He moved up to sales manager during 15 years with his family's business, the Slumberland Mattress Co. In 1965 he founded the Amsterdam Bedding Co. and in 1976 purchased the Serta Mattress Co. of New England, becoming one of the largest Serta manufacturers in the country. In 1992 he and his son, Chuck, founded World Sleep Products in North Billerica, Mass., where he served as chairman of the board. A gifted athlete, he supported the Special Olympics, among many other philanthropic institutions. He leaves his wife, Elaine, his son, a daughter, a sister and several grandchildren.
Richard Lyon '50
Richard Lyon Jr. '50, June 27, 2003, in Mount Vernon, Maine, at 74. He earned two master's, at Clark University and at Worcester Tech, taught mathematics in several Massachusetts high schools and served the town of Hubbardston, Mass., as a selectman, assessor and member of the school committee. He leaves his wife, Marion, seven sons, two daughters, a brother, Melvin Lyon '52, a sister, 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Anne Fairbanks Iarrobino '52
Anne Fairbanks Iarrobino '52, March 26, 2003, in Natick, Mass., at 73. She was a fifth-generation owner of Fairbanks & Son, a stationery store in Natick. Following retirement she was employed at the Natick law offices of Zaltas, Medoff and Raider. She leaves a son, Daniel G. Iarrobino, a daughter, Gail A. Carey, four grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew.
Barbara A. Dean '53
Barbara Ann Dean '53, May 6, 2002, in Doylestown, Pa., at 70. She is survived by a cousin, Natalie Lowell.
Richard B. Ullman '54
Richard B. Ullman '54, May 20, 1998, in Boca Raton, Fla., at 66. He was a former stockbroker at Phillips Appel & Walden in New York City. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou, and a daughter.
Nancy Cowing McGinley '55
Nancy Cowing McGinley '55, July 14, 2003, in West Chester, Pa., at 69. She was a homemaker who before marriage worked as a laboratory technician. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Patricia Upp, a brother, a sister and two granddaughters.
John P. Goolgasian '57
John P. Goolgasian Jr. '57, April 27, 2003, in Fredericksburg, Va., at 67. He was a manager of retail sales for Montgomery Ward for 25 years and for Wal-Mart for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Goolgasian, two daughters, a son, two brothers, seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Catherine Meader '67
Catherine Meader '67, August 10, 2002, in Boston, Mass., at 57. Attended by her family she fought cancer and diabetes for many years.
Robert Brassil Savage '68
Robert Brassil Savage '68, June 1, 2001, in Virginia Beach, Va., at 55. He was a writer. At the time of his death in a freak accident, he was survived by his father, Thomas Savage '40, and four children.
Joanne P. Hyde Stevens '69
Joanne Hyde Stevens '69, July 7, 2003, in Lawrence, Mass., at 56. She served on the boards of the Hay Scales Exchange, the Family Cooperative Preschool and the Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover, Mass. Survivors include her husband, Nat Stevens, two daughters, a son, her parents and three brothers.
Anthony G. Kalinowski '74
Anthony G. Kalinowski '74, April 5, 2003, in Massachusetts, at 50, following a scuba diving accident. A clinical psychologist with his own practice, he earned a master's in counseling psychology at Boston University, a doctorate in psychometrics at the University of Chicago and a second doctorate in clinical psychology at Clark University. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two daughters, his mother and a sister and brother.
John W. Palmer '81
John W. Palmer '81, June 6, 2003, in Westbrook, Maine, at 46. He received his B.A. in psychology and in later years was a student of philosophy and a writer. He is survived by his mother, Anna M. Palmer, a brother and three sisters.
Michael P. Milligan '84
Michael P. Milligan '84, June 6, 2003, in Rumford, Maine, at 41. With his father and brothers he founded the Carrabassett Spring Water Company and was vice president of sales and marketing for the firm. Surviving are his wife, Sherry, his daughter, his mother, two sisters, two brothers and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Laurel Johnson '00
Laurel G. Johnson '00, February 1, 2003, in San Bernardino, Calif., at 25. An English major with a concentration in creative writing, she joined the Army in 2002 and worked in the newspaper office at Fort Irwin. Surviving are her parents, Larry G. and Barbara Johnson, six brothers, several aunts and uncles and a niece and nephew.