Obituaries from the Winter 2004 Colby Magazine
Charlotte Clary Nevin '28
Charlotte Clary Nevin '28, November 6, 2003, in Danville, Va., at 97. She held memberships in many organizations, including the National Society of Colonial Dames and the Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Predeceased by her sister Celia Clary Fassett '24, she is survived by two sons, James E. III and John M. Nevin, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Edvia Campbell '30
Edvia V. Campbell '30, August 12, 2003, in Orange, Calif., at 95. She worked for 36 years with the American Red Cross Veterans Administration in New York, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., retiring as chief appeals counsel. She was a Red Cross volunteer in the same capacity in Florida for 10 years. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and by many great- and great-great-grandnieces and great-great-grandnephews.
Adrian T. Cloutier '31
Adrian T. Cloutier '31, January 12, 2003, in Portland, Maine, at 95. During the Depression he was a manager in the office of State Government (later the Maine Employment Security Commission). During World War II he was a war munitions manager for National Fireworks Corporation. From 1953 to 1960 he was general manager for Borrows Corporation of Portland and Toronto, then, becoming active in Democrat Party politics, served with the U.S. Department of Labor in Boston until his retirement in 1970. He is survived by his son, George A. Cloutier, and three nieces.
Phyllis Fisher Gulliver '31
Phyllis Fisher Gulliver '31, August 3, 2003, in Presque Isle, Maine, at 94. She received a master's of education from the University of Maine and taught for many years in the Calais, Brewer and Fort Fairfield, Maine, school systems. Survivors include a nephew, Peter Fisher, a niece, Cathy Graffam, three grandnieces and a great-grandniece.
Aaron W. Christensen '32
Aaron W. Christensen '32, September 19, 2003, in Washington, D.C., at 93. Following Navy service in the South Pacific during World War II he was with the Public Health Service for 29 years, serving as deputy chief of the Division of Indian Health. He retired in 1996 as assistant U.S. surgeon general. Survivors include four children, Judith Pohlmamn, Mary Villon de Venveniste, Carol Bartholomew and John W. Christensen, nine grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Marilla Barnes Johnston '32
Marilla Barnes Johnston '32, July 31, 2003 in Bangor, Maine, at 92. She taught one year in Fort Fairfield, Maine. Following her marriage she was active in many clubs and organizations in the Calais, Maine, community. She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Whittaker, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Glen B. Lawrence '32
Glen B. Lawrence '32, October 14, 2003, in Mount Vernon, Wash., at 95. He joined Pan American Airlines in 1935 and in the 1940s directed PAA in Trinidad and Puerto Rico. In 1957 he became vice president of Nelson Rockefeller's housing development in Puerto Rico. Five years later, LKB Estates made him a vice president to develop 400 acres in St. Croix, V.I. The father of three sons, he is survived by his wife, Alice, his son Mike, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and extended family members.
Harold F. Lemoine '32
Harold F. Lemoine '32, July 7, 2003, in San Diego, Calif., at 94. He was ordained an Episcopal clergyman in 1935. For 22 years he was the dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, N.Y., and served the Long Island diocese in the departments of Christian education, youth and promotion. He received an honorary doctor of divinity from Colby in 1957.
Harold F. Chase '33
Harold F. Chase '33, October 1, 2003, in Keene, N.H., at 91. He graduated from Boston University Medical School and was clinical professor of anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia from 1955 until his retirement in 1980. He provided anesthesia for the first open-heart surgeries. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, two sons, including William V. Chase '62, a daughter, a sister, Helen Chase Pardey '30, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Evelyn Hall Spaulding '33
Evelyn Hall Spaulding '33, July 20, 2003, in Waterville, Maine, at 92. She retired in 1966 after a 30-year career at New England Telephone Company and Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company in Los Angeles, Calif. Survivors include a stepson, Loyal Spaulding Jr., and several cousins.
Frederick S. Milgroom '34
Frederick S. Milgroom '34, October 9, 2003, in Daytona Beach, Fla., at 93. He was a real estate broker with Ocean's Condominiums before his retirement in 1988. Survivors include his three sons, Walter, Michael and Carson, a daughter, Chrissy Worcester, a brother, two sisters and six grandchildren.
Ruth Toabe Fried '35
Ruth Toabe Fried '35, July 6, 2003, in Swampscott, Mass., at 89. She was chief of laboratory services at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Mass., before raising her family. She was a well-known social activist in Lynn, Mass., where she helped build strong nonprofit social service organizations. She leaves three sons, Alexander, Mark and Jonathan Fried, a brother, James Toabe '46, a niece, Susan Toabe Whelan '68, and four grandchildren.
Carl E. Reed '35
Carl E. Reed '35, August 31, 2003, in Stokesdale, N.C., at 90. He served in the Air Force during World War II and remained in active reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. With a master's from Boston University and a doctorate from the University of Houston, he served as principal of the upper school of Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, and retired as headmaster of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Eldora, a daughter and a son.
Charles W. Jacoby '37
Charles W. Jacoby '37, July 25, 2003, in Falmouth, Mass., at 88. After operating a general store he joined a real estate firm in 1948 and a few years later took over the business, renamed C.W. Jacoby agency, which remained in operation for 45 years. Besides Barbara, his wife of 65 years, survivors include two daughters and a son, a sister and brother, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Jean Cobb Ashton '38
Jean Cobb Ashton '38, July 30, 2003, in Gilbert, Ariz., at 86. She taught in high schools in Maine for several years before starting her family. Later she taught elementary school in the Central Bucks School District in Pennsylvania. She is survived by her sons, Robert and James Murrill, her daughters, Patricia Lindenberg and Nancy Murrill, two stepdaughters, a brother, 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Albert W. Berrie '38
Albert W. Berrie '38, July 21, 2003, in Breezewood, Pa., at 87. After teaching biology and history and coaching at Gorham (Maine) High School he was employed for many years with Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut. He was an avid ornithologist, hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Violet Berrie, two sons, two daughters, several stepchildren, 15 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two sisters.
Helen Foster Jenison '38
Helen Foster Jenison '38, November 1, 2003, in Smithfield, R.I., at 87. She was a schoolteacher in central Maine before starting a family and in the 1960s was a substitute teacher in Cranston and Ponaganset, R.I., schools. She was active in volunteer work. Survivors include her son, Richard E. Jenison, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
F. Howard Williams '38
F. Howard Williams '38, October 24, 2003, in Portland, Maine, at 88. He served in the Army Air Corps throughout World War II as a flight engineer in England and Iceland. He was associated with the General Ice Cream Corp. (later Sealtest Foods/Kraftco) in his business career. He is survived by Priscilla, his wife of 57 years, six children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Eleanor Bavis Broughton '39
Eleanor Bavis Broughton '39, September 19, 2003, in Winter Park, Fla., at 86. She was a cellist, active in several string quartets and trios, community orchestras and many programs and concerts. She is survived by five sons, Irving, John, James, Robert and William Broughton, her twin sister, Elizabeth Bavis Decker '39, five grandchildren and one grandson.
Vincent J. Chupas '40
Vincent R. Chupas '40, July 20, 2002, at 86. He joined Waterville, Maine's Keyes Fibre Company in 1945. In 1965 he moved to New York to conduct the company's consumer, trade and industrial advertising.
Thomas Savage '40
Thomas Savage '40, July 25, 2003, in Virgina Beach, Va., at 88. A former wrangler and ranch hand and teacher of creative writing at Suffolk University and Brandeis University, he devoted himself full-time in 1955 to writing novels about the American west. The Hudson Review called The Power of the Dog "the finest single book I know about the modern West." Predeceased by his wife, the novelist Elizabeth Fitzgerald Savage '40, he is survived by a son, Russell Y. Savage, and a daughter, Elizabeth S. Main, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
M. Elizabeth Perkins Stanley '40
M. Elizabeth Perkins Stanley '40, July 29, 2003, in Darnestown, Md., at 84. A daughter of Edward H. Perkins of Colby's Geology Department, she received a library science degree from Pratt Institute, and from 1941 to 1952 she worked at the New York City Library and the libraries of Wells College, Bates College and Brown University, where she was biological sciences librarian. Later she volunteered as a teacher's aide at Gaithersburg (Md.) High School. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Walter C. Stanley, three daughters, two sons, a sister and two grandchildren.
Philip S. Ames '41
Philip S. Ames '41, May 15, 2003, in Philadelphia, Pa., at 84. He fought in the Pacific during World War II, then earned a degree at Ricker College. He and his wife, Adeline, worked the family farm in Fort Fairfield, Maine, before purchasing the local IGA, which he and his son, Stephen, owned until his retirement. He is survived by his son and three daughters, a sister and six grandchildren.
Charles E. Huff '41
Charles E. Huff '41, September 30, 2003, in Sebring, Fla., at 85. He served in the Navy at the end of World War II. His 35-year career in personnel work included service at Saco-Lowell Shops in Biddeford, Maine, and Maine Medical Center, where he was personnel director for 20 years. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Alice Weston Huff '40, a son, a daughter, two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters, a half-brother and half-sister and many nieces and nephews.
Dora-Jean Coffin Bates '42
Dora-Jean Coffin Bates '42, October 6, 2003, in Cary, N.C., at 83. For many years she was a teacher in Barrington, Lawrence and Reading, Mass. She also taught piano and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She leaves two sons, Roger and Donald Bates, a sister, three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Richard L. "Nick" Nickerson '42
Richard L. "Nick" Nickerson '42, October 4, 2003, in Bellevue, Wash., at 84. He flew naval transport aircraft in the South Pacific and the Korean War and was a test pilot during his 22 years in the Marine Corps. After retiring he flew for Chesapeake Airways until 1972, then worked as a real estate broker. Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Rizzo, Pamela Nickerson and Lee Kwaczek, his sons Thomas, Patrick and Michael Nickerson, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren
Roger W. Perkins '42
Roger W. Perkins '42, April 9, 2003, in Riverside, Calif., at 85. After graduating from Boston University Law School he opened a law office in Waterville, Maine. Later he served the Office of the General Counsel of the Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C., and the London Bible Institute and Theological Seminary in London, Ont. His late sisters, Priscilla Perkins McLaughlin '33 and Frances Perkins Cary '33, also attended the College.
Philip H. Watson '44
Philip H. Watson '47, September 17, 2003, in Gorham, Maine, at 81. Following World War II service as an Army Air Force fighter pilot in Italy and Austria he attended the New England Conservatory of Music and earned a master's in education from Boston University. He was a church organist for many years while conducting a 36-year career as a reservations supervisor for Eastern Airlines and for British Airways. Surviving are his niece and six nephews and numerous great-nieces and -nephews.
Mortimer M. Pinansky '45
Mortimer M. Pinansky '45, July 17, 2003, in Clearwater, Fla., at 78. He served in the Navy and for eight years was an attorney in Portland, Maine, before moving to Brockton, Mass., where he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Predeceased by his brother, William '40, he is survived by his wife, Alcinda, a daughter and two sisters.
Helen Jacobs Eddy '47
Helen Jacobs Eddy '47, September 1, 2003, in Portland, Maine, at 78. She earned a law degree from the University of Maine Law School and practiced privately for 10 years. She also was active in the Portland Players and was a board member of the Cerebral Palsy Center. She is survived by her husband, Harold B. Eddy, a son, three daughters, including Elizabeth Eddy Griffin '85, a sister, Janet Jacobs Holden '45, her brothers Donald '51, Robert '54 and John Jacobs '55 and 11 grandchildren.
Shirley Smith Chellquist '48
Shirley Smith Chellquist '48, August 4, 2003, in Wilmington, N.C., at 78. A substitute teacher, she was a member of Windermere Presbyterian Church in Wilmington and a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Holliston, Mass. She is survived by her husband, Carl Chellquist '48, two sons, a daughter, Karen B. Chellquist '72, and three grandchildren.
Joseph S. Kozarnowicz '49
Joseph S. Kozarnowicz '49, August 1, 2003, in Worcester, Mass., at 77. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a distribution clerk for 37 years for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 2000. He also worked 15 years for U.S. Envelope Co. and for Norton Co. He leaves his wife of 43 years, Estelle, three sisters, nephews and nieces.
Richard G. Wattles '49
Richard G. Wattles '49, May 26, 2003, in Newton Square, Pa., at 83. Following World War II service on Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, he worked for Smith Kline and Wyeth labs as a salesman and training manager. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Elinor, three sons, five granddaughters and two grandsons.
Robert C. Burkhart '50
Robert C. Burkhart '50, May 11, 2001, in Greensboro, N.C., at 74. He earned an M.A. at the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University and taught art education at Central Michigan University and SUNY-Buffalo. A sculptor and author of three books, he founded Imaginative Initiatives in Summerfield, N.C.
Ellis T. Carpenter, Sr. '50
Ellis T. Carpenter Sr. '50, July 31, 2003, in Valhalla, N.Y., at 76. After serving in the Navy during World War II he worked as a courier for Hudson Armored Car Corp. He is survived by his wife, Muriel, two daughters, two sons, a brother, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Homer D. Achorn, Jr. '51
Homer D. Achorn Jr. '51, September 6, 2003, in Rockport, Maine, at 77. Following Navy service during World War II he was a schoolteacher in Lincoln and Appleton, Maine, for many years. Survivors include his brother, Philip H. Achorn, a half brother, several nephews, a cousin and five grandnieces and grandnephews.
John S. Lawton '51
John S. Lawton '51, October 11, 2003, in Danbury, N.H., at 73. Co-founder in 1952 and co-president of Weirs Sports Center/Funspot in Wiers Beach, N.H., he also was director of the New Hampshire Division of Child and Family Services for 35 years and the interim financial administrator of the New Hampshire Health and Welfare Department. He leaves five daughters, four sons, seven grandchildren, a brother, two stepbrothers, a companion and nieces and nephews.
Paul A. Cote, Sr. '52
Paul A. Cote Sr. '52, October 12, 2003, in Lewiston, Maine, at 73. He received a law degree from Boston University School of Law and was a founding partner of the Lewiston law firm Cote, Cote, Hamann and Fournier. He also was a municipal court judge and served a number of civic organizations. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Joan, three sons, including Paul A. Cote Jr. '75, a daughter, two sisters and five grandchildren.
Elizabeth "Kit" Kistler Wallace '53
Elizabeth "Kit" Kistler Wallace '53, September 17, 2003, in San Francisco, Calif., at 72. For years she served on the World Affairs Council and in 1984 joined the International Diplomacy Council. She also held important positions in UNESCO, the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters. She leaves Russ Wallace, her husband of 50 years, three sons and seven grandchildren.
John H. Megquier '54
John H. Megquier '54, October 10, 2003, in Dallas, Texas, at 71. He conducted a long career as an announcer for radio and television programs, including Radio for the Blind. He leaves two daughters, Sydney and Stephanie, and five grandchildren.
Bernard L. Wexler '54
Bernard L. Wexler '54, August 20, 2003, in Livingston, Pa., at 71. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. A graduate of MIT, he received a master's in industrial management at Sloan School and was vice president of Kellogg in Battle Creek, Mich., for four years and of General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y., for 26. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, a daughter and two sons, his sister and nine grandchildren.
John S. Dulaney '56
John S. Dulaney '56, September 8, 2002, in Connecticut, at 68. He earned a master's at Harvard and held numerous senior management positions with Harris Upham & Co., Inc., Smith Barney Venture Corp., Prime Computers, Inc., First Century, Valleylab, Inc., the Berwind Corporation and Iomega Corp. Survivors include his sister, Rosalee Dulany Weatherby '53.
Charlotte Wood Scully '56
Charlotte Wood Scully '56, October 10, 2003, in Waterbury, Conn., at 68. For many years she taught English at Naugatuck (Conn.) High School, then was a substitute teacher and also taught at the summer program at Chinqatee Institute and Learning Center. She leaves her aunt, Marion Berube.
Geraldine St. Amand Emmons '57
Geraldine St. Amand Emmons '57, July 12, 2002, in New York, at 68. She is survived by her husband, Sidney L. Emmons.
Dorcas M. Hebb Gilpatrick '62
Dorcas Hebb Gilpatrick '62, August 7, 2003, in Portland, Maine, at 62. An avid birder and traveler, she received a master's in English literature from New York University and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before joining the Maine Civil Liberties Union in 1978. She became director in 1984. Survivors include her sister, Patricia Douglass, two brothers, Henry and Richard Hebb, and three nephews.
Fred F. Field IV '63
Fred F. Field IV '63, September 29, 2003, in Scituate, Mass., at 63. After many years employment in insurance and real estate he worked with developmentally disabled adults at Habilitation Assistance Corp. in Plymouth, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Dunn Field '63, two sons, two sisters and two grandchildren.
Dawn M. Rossignol '04
Dawn M. Rossignol '04, September 16, 2003, in Waterville, Maine, at 21. A Dean's List major in biology, she was an L.L. Bean Scholar and a member of the Colby Christian Fellowship. She is survived by her parents, Emilio and Charleen Rossignol, her brother, her grandparents, her grandmother and many aunts, uncles and cousins.