Obituaries from the Fall 2006 Colby Magazine
Albert A. Mavrinac
Albert Mavrinac, July 27, 2006, in Waterville, Maine, at 83. Emeritus Dana Professor of Government, who taught at Colby from 1958 to 1992. In addition to his academic career, Mavrinac was a consultant to the governments of the U.S., Egypt, Togo, Jordan, and South Vietnam (the latter in the early 1970s) and earned his J.D. from the University of Maine Law School in 1990. Remembered by his most famous student, Doris Kearns Goodwin '64, as her favorite professor, Mavrinac is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn Sweeney Mavrinac, emerita associate professor of education and human development, and four daughters and a son
Elizabeth Watson Gerry '27
Elizabeth Watson Gerry '27, June 20, 2006, in Houlton, Maine, at 102. A premed student at Colby, she earned nursing degrees from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and Simmons College. She held various nursing jobs in Maine, retiring in 1969. She was active in her church and sorority and in the Abenaki Girl Scout Council. Predeceased by her sisters, Mary Watson Flanders '24 and Jean M. Watson '29, she is survived by her daughters, Anne Gerry Gassett '60 and Jean G. Collette, five grandchildren, including Lisa Collett Hook '88, and seven great-grandchildren.
Evelyn Stapleton Burns '33
Evelyn Stapleton Burns '33, July 10, 2006, in Potomac, Md., at 95. A Carnegie Endowment Peace Scholarship allowed her to do graduate work in France. She taught French and Latin in public high schools until she married in 1940. A minister's wife, she raised three children while moving around the country to various churches. Later in life she served on the Board of Church for the national United Methodist Church and spoke out against injustices in the church. Her son, Allen, a brother, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren survive her.
Howard I. Libby '33
Howard I. Libby Jr. ’33, July 1, 2006, in Farmington, Maine, at 95. He earned his master’s in education from the University of Maine, then taught school and was superintendent in several Maine communities. He enjoyed his garden and tree farm and played Scrabble nearly every day with his wife. He is predeceased by his uncle, Herbert 1902. His wife of 71 years, Meda, two sons, seven grandchildren, including Jeffrey ’00, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren survive him.
Ruth E. White '34
Ruth E. White ’34, August 21, 2006, in Lexington, Mass., at 93. She earned a master’s from Boston University in 1948 and taught high school English for 17 years. She is survived by her friends, Cathy and James McDermott.
Eugene A. McAlary '35
Eugene A. McAlary ’35, September 2, 2006, in West Yarmouth, Mass., at 93. A captain in World War II, he served in both Panama and Germany. He worked as a graphics manager until he retired in 1977, and he served as a vestryman and junior warden for his church. Predeceased by his wife, Ruth Michalek McAlary ’36, and his brother, Frederick ’43, he is survived by his children, Alan, David, and Barbara Kashar, his sister, Ann McAlary Sevrens ’48, his sister-in-law, Josephine Pitts McAlary ’44, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Benjamin B. Brownstein '37
Benjamin B. Brownstein '37, August 15, 2006, in West Palm Beach, Fla., at 91. A graduate of Boston University School of Law, he served as a U.S. Army captain during World War II. He was a marketing analyst in Massachusetts and Connecticut and was active in Connecticut politics and social causes. His daughters, Pamela Brownstein '74 and Emily McKeigue, a stepdaughter, two stepsons, a sister, three brothers, his former wife, four grandchildren, and seven stepgrandchildren survive him.
Mary M. Herd Emery '38
Mary Herd Emery ’38, August 29, 2006, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 89. She received nursing training and worked as a public health nurse in Maine. While raising five children, she involved herself in the Junior League of Bangor, the Athene Club, and her church. Predeceased by her husband, Frederick ’38, she is survived by her children, Frederick Jr. ’69, James, David, Susan, and Joan Ross, and by her cousin, Charmian Herd ’50, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Myron G. Berry '40
Myron “Doc” Berry '40, August 29, 2006, in Houghton, Mich., at 87. He received his master's from Harvard in 1942 and his doctorate from Syracuse in 1951. He taught freshman chemistry at Michigan Tech University from 1960 to 1980, retiring in 1984. He was active in his community theater, historical society, and Masonic lodge. He loved the outdoors and long walks. Predeceased by his parents, Myron 1907 and Leona Booth 1910, he is survived by three sons, Myron H. '74, John, and George, a cousin Charles E. Garland '50, and ten grandchildren.
J. Franklin Pineo, Jr. '42
J. Franklin Pineo Jr. ’42, June 22, 2006, in Ithaca, N.Y., at 90. He earned his master’s from Temple University in 1956 and taught special education for 19 years and elementary school for two years. He did volunteer work for two years in France and traveled all over Europe, Africa, and around the world. Predeceased by his father, John Franklin ’14, he is survived by his wife, Caroline Cole Pineo, who taught at Colby from 1941 to 1943.
William J. Tetreau '42
William J. Tetreau '42, M.D., November 7, 2005, in Ogunquit, Maine, at 86. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II. After earning his medical degree from University of Ottawa, he practiced as an internist in Portland, Maine, for more than 40 years. After he closed his practice he worked at the Augusta Mental Health Institute and the Veteran's Administration Hospital at Togus. A communicant of the Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth, Maine, he was a member of its bowling team. His daughters, Mary Anne Koenig, Joanne Chase, and Dorothy Tetreau-Delmolino, two sisters, a brother, and three grandchildren survive him.
Marjorie Brown Pursley '43
Marjorie Brown Pursley '43, May 29, 2006, in West Islip, N.Y., at 84. A special education teacher, she also worked in a toddler development program. Years later she worked as secretary and treasurer of the United Well and Pump Corporation, established by her husband. She played bridge and served in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wyncote Yacht Club. Her husband of 62 years, Thomas '43, died 10 weeks after her, and her brother, George Brown '45, predeceased her. She is survived by her children, Thomas, George, David, and Joan Luccisano, and three grandchildren.
Patricia Berquist Donna '44
Patricia Berquist Donna ’44, August 18, 2006, in Waterville, Maine, at 87. She worked for C.F. Hathaway Company in Waterville for many years and was active with the Waterville Humane Society. An accomplished pianist, she also enjoyed tennis and traveling. Her sisters, Neta Henderson and Norma Raymond, and several nieces and nephews survive her.
Edward R. Halpin '45
Edward R. Halpin '45, April 29, 2006, in Augusta, Maine, at 83. Drafted into the Army, he served in France and Germany during World War II and earned a Purple Heart. He taught and coached in various Maine high schools until he retired in the late 1970s. His son, John, a sister, and a granddaughter survive him.
William L. Whittemore '45
William L. Whittemore '45, September 7, 2006, in La Jolla, Calif., at 81. A dedicated scientist, he earned his doctorate in physics in 1948 from Harvard. He worked as a researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory until he joined General Atomics in 1957, where he worked for nearly 50 years on the TRIGA reactor program. Traveling around the world advising countries on designing and building nuclear reactors, he found time for his passion for archaeology and photography. His wife, Alice, survives him.
Jean C. Crie Hodgkins '48
Jean Crie Hodgkins ’48, September 6, 2006, in Thomaston, Maine, at 80. An outdoorswoman, she was the National Standard Race age group skiing champion in 1976. She was active in skiing organizations in Maine and Colorado and volunteered with senior groups. Her six children, Frederick, Steven, Heidi Snead, Holly Butterman, Kristin Macomber, and Katrina Crie, and five grandsons survive her.
S. Vincent Monaco '49
S. Vincent Monaco '49, July 18, 2006, in Boynton Beach, Fla., at 83. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific as chief pharmacist aboard the LST 835. After the War he established a lifelong career in the pharmaceutical industry with Warner-Lambert. He was a member and officer of the Marblehead, Mass., Philanthropic Masonic Lodge as well as a member of the Boston Yacht Club. His wife of 54 years, Mary, his son and daughter, his sister, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him.
Bridget Agnes Fay O'Keefe '49
Bridget Agnes Fay O'Keefe '49, July 22, 2006, in Newburyport, Mass., at 83. Originally from New York, she came to Colby after serving in the Navy in World War II and getting married. While raising her children, she finished her degree in 1961. A junior high teacher for 20 years, she earned her master's in 1962 from the University of Maine. A world traveler, she joined the Peace Corps in the 1970s and taught English in Thailand. Predeceased by her first husband, George F. Burns '47, she is survived by her son, George, daughter and son-in-law, Eileen B. '73 and Kevin J. Higgins '73, daughter, Lorraine, and son-in-law, Robert S. Jarnes '73, two brothers, and seven grandchildren.
Joan Millett Coon '51
Joan Millett Coon '51, August 21, 2006, in Simsbury, Conn., at 76. She worked as a computer programmer at The Stanley Works in New Britain, Conn., until she retired. A 50-year resident of Watertown, Conn., she was involved in her local church and library and she supported various causes related to the welfare of animals and children. Her children, Michael, Scott, Colin, and Whitney, her former husband, David Pape '53, her brother, her stepson, two grandchildren, and four cats survive her.
James K. Keefe '51
James K. Keefe ’51, September 20, 2006, in Benton, Maine, at 77. He worked in several capacities related to economic development in Maine, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. He was honored for his work by Who’s Who in America and the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. Despite suffering from multiple sclerosis, he remained active on boards and councils dedicated to improving the lives of other sufferers. His three daughters, Celeste Wesner ’75, Colleen Lancaster, and Cathy Clifford, and six grandchildren survive him.
Winona J. Nile Eddy '52
Winona Nile Eddy '52, June 19, 2006, in Harvard, Mass., at 76. She worked as a technical editor for Raytheon Company before raising her children. Later in life she became a part-time home health aide helping the elderly. She possessed a phenomenal memory for early English poetry. Her husband, Neal, three children, and two grandsons survive her.
Lloyd J. Mason '52
Lloyd J. Mason ’52, September 8, 2006, in Norway, Maine, at 75. He held several positions in business and banking, including ownership of Woodman’s Sporting Goods in Norway and loan officer at Oxford Bank and Trust. Active in civic organizations, he was associated with the Maine Jaycees and the Salvation Army. He loved canoeing, bird hunting, and NASCAR. His son, James, a sister, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive him.
Sylvia J. Jennison Spike '55
Sylvia Jennison Spike ’55, September 13, 2006, in South Portland, Maine, at 73. A lifelong student and teacher of the arts, she was a watercolorist, portrait artist, and painter who worked at the Portland Museum of Art. An interest in the Holocaust led her to travel to Europe frequently and to establish an extensive personal library on the subject. Her children, Parker Dulany, Michelle Dulany, Anna Jellis, and Benjamin; her sister, Naomi Jennison Noice ’51; a cousin, Stephen W. Hayes ’59; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson survive her.
Clark S. Jones '58
Clark S. Jones '58, July 31, 2006, in South Dennis, Mass., at 69. After two years in the Army, he began a successful career in sales and marketing for companies such as Gillette and Panasonic, working in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. He returned to Cape Cod in 1994 and retired in 2005. His wife, Donna, two sons, a daughter, a stepdaughter, two sisters, and six grandchildren survive him.
Frank C. Morgan '60
Frank C. Morgan '60, August 20, 2006, in Webster, Mass., at 67. He graduated from Suffolk Law School in 1967, served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He practiced law in Oxford, Mass., for 37 years and served on several community boards. His wife, Patricia, two daughters, two grandchildren, a niece, and a nephew survive him.
Marc S. Cummings '64
Marc S. Cummings '64, June 20, 2006, in Old Lyme, Conn., at 63. Much of his career was spent working for family businesses. A funny man and a hockey fan, he was an avid reader and lover of black-and-white movies. His wife, Eileen, six children, a sister, four nieces and nephews, and a grandson survive him.