Obituaries

Fall 2013

Dorothy L. Marson

Dorothy L. Marson, Sept. 29, 2013, in Dedham, Mass., at 82. Longtime co-correspondent for the Class of ’48, she served Colby as an overseer, volunteer, and booster and received the Colby Brick Award in 1984. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Trustee Emeritus David Marson ’48, by two daughters including Deborah Marson […]

Anthony J. Marin

Anthony J. Marin, Sept. 11, 2013, in Winslow, at 50. A plumber for Colby’s Physical Plant Department since 1991, he said he sought the position so he could marry Patricia O’Keefe in Lorimer Chapel, which he did in 1992. He developed friendships across a wide range of offices and departments on campus as well as […]

Marion Daye O’Donnell Mc-Kinney '28

Marion Daye O’Donnell Mc-Kinney ’28, Aug. 15, 2013, in Simsbury, Conn., at 106. She earned a master’s in education at Columbia and taught English and physical education in Simsbury from 1929 to 1972. Predeceased by her first and second husbands, she is survived by a daughter, a son, a stepdaughter, five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and […]

Ruth Brown Peabody '32

Ruth Brown Peabody ’32, Aug. 19, 2013, in Houlton, Maine, at 101. While working as a teacher at Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, she met her husband, who was the Colby football coach. After raising her family in Houlton, she returned to teaching in the mid-1960s, retiring in 1973. She enjoyed cooking and playing […]

Evelyn M. Kelley '34

Evelyn M. Kelley ’34, July 8, 2013, in Haverhill, Mass., at 101. She worked in accounting for H.P. Hood in Lawrence and Raytheon in Andover. A member of the Glee Club at Colby, she loved music throughout her life and was a member of her church choir. She is survived by her niece and nephew-in-law.

Carl W. McGraw '40

  Carl W. McGraw ’40, Sept. 24, 2013, in Webster, N.Y., at 95. He taught in Maine, then worked at Eastman Kodak before serving in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific in World War II. He was fired upon while dropping surrender instructions a week after Hirohito’s surrender. He returned to Rochester, N.Y., and […]

Doris Rose Hopengarten '40

  Doris Rose Hopengarten ’40, Aug. 19, 2013, in Newton, Mass., at 94. A longtime resident of Newton, she served as a psychologist in the Needham school system for 11 years. Predeceased by her husband, Sol, and her sister, Phyllis Rose Baskin ’39, she is survived by son Fred Hopengarten ’67, daughter Emerita Diamond Professor […]

Lydia Abbott Mailhot '40

  Lydia Abbott Mailhot ’40, Aug. 26, 2013, in Boxford, Mass., at 95. She resided in Sudbury, Mass., for 50 years and taught Latin and English at Lincoln-Sudbury High School for 20 years. She enjoyed reading and singing and was described as a “higher authority” on grammar. Predeceased by her husband, Otis, and a daughter, […]

John E. Stevens '42

  John E. Stevens ’42, Aug. 3, 2013, in San Diego, Calif., at 93. During World War II he was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Flying 51 combat missions, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal with three oak clusters, and battle and campaign medals. He earned an M.B.A. from […]

Leonard Caust '43

  Leonard Caust ’43, July 27, 2013, in Goldens Bridge, N.Y., at 91. He served in the U.S. Army, 102nd Division, in World War II and earned an M.B.A. at Harvard. He worked for many years at Lever Brothers. Predeceased by a brother, Arthur W. Feldman ’35, he is survived by his wife, Ruth, and […]

Rita A. McCabe '45

  Rita A. McCabe ’45, July 28, 2013, in West Hartford, Conn., at 90. She worked for IBM for 33 years, many of them in leadership positions, and was cited as a leader in coordinating IBM’s commitment to equal opportunity and the advancement of women. In 1979 she went into real estate. She was a […]

Hazel Huckins Merrill '48

  Hazel Huckins Merrill ’48, July 8, 2004, in Franklin, N.H., at 78. She owned and managed Merrill’s Cottages on Newfound Lake in Hebron and was a member of  the Laconia chapter of Altrusa International. She had a son, a daughter, and three grandsons and was predeceased by her husband, John.

Sherwood L. Jones '48

  Sherwood L. Jones ’48, Sept. 29, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., at 88. Know as “Woody,” he served in the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II, was a prisoner of war in 1945, and won the Combat Infantry badge. He was an underwriter for Travelers Insurance Co. in Hartford for 37 years and […]

Carl E. Chellquist '48

  Carl E. Chellquist ’48, July 3, 2013, in Reading, Pa., at 93. Raised in Boston by Swedish immigrant parents, he went to work following high school and attended Colby with his savings and scholarships. He taught in rural Maine, earned a master’s degree from Columbia, and then taught in Massachusetts public schools. In retirement […]

Edward C. Schlick '49

  Edward C. Schlick ’49, Sept. 10, 2013, in Dresden, Maine, at 85. He enlisted in the Army and served in occupied Japan before earning his bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State. He was executive secretary of the Maine Democratic Party from 1961 to 1966, founded a consulting firm, and was an assistant to Maine […]

A. Raymond Rogers '49

  A. Raymond Rogers ’49, Aug. 27, 2013, in Trenton, Maine, at 87. Prior to Colby he served as a naval airman in the Pacific at the end of World War II. His career in education included teaching, coaching, and working in administration in New England, including 14 years as superintendent at Regional School No. […]

Ruth Clements McGill '49

  Ruth Clements McGill ’49, Sept. 8, 2013, in Chatsworth, Ga., at 90. She worked in a bank in California and married Vestel McGill in Georgia in 1951. She was predeceased by her husband.

Jean Hillsen Grout '49

  Jean Hillsen Grout ’49, Sept. 24, 2013, in Bradenton, Fla., at 85. She worked in alumni affairs at Boston University before her marriage in 1972. She and her husband spent 15 years in Morristown, N.J., where she worked at the Seeing Eye, a school for guide dogs. An active alumna, she served as chair […]

Donna Barter Billings '49

  Donna Barter Billings ’49, Aug. 15, 2013, in Deer Isle, Maine, at 86. She and her husband, Jack, took over from her father the M.D. Joyce Company and Barter Lumber Company in Deer Isle and managed both. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Richard H. King '50

  Richard H. King ’50, July 5, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., at 84. He played basketball and football and was a member of Delta Upsilon. Upon graduating, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1950 to 1953 and then worked for the CIA for 25 years. He enjoyed singing in a barbershop chorus […]

Sherwin “Sonny” Welson '51

  Sherwin “Sonny” Welson ’51, Aug. 5, 2013, in West Hartford, Conn., at 84. An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was president of B. Welson and Co., a button and belt manufacturer started by his father. In the 1960s the company made liquid-cooled suits for astronauts. He is survived by his wife of […]

Nancy Jane Webber Thompson '51

  Nancy Jane Webber Thompson ’51, Jan. 25, 2013, in Orlando, Fla., at 83. She taught elementary school in Massachusetts. Predeceased by her husband, L. Richard Thompson ’51, she is survived by daughter Laurice Thompson Lee ’74 and son Peter L. Thompson ’76. 

James W. Reynolds '51

  James W. Reynolds ’51, M.D., July 25, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif., at 84. He earned his M.D. at Tufts Medical School and served six years in the Air Force Medical Corps before accepting a position in the pathology group at Memorial Hospital of Long Beach, where he spent 25 years as a surgical […]

John “Jack” Keough '51

  John “Jack” Keough ’51, July 28, 2013, in Bothell, Wash., at 85. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1953, moved to Washington State, and worked with several law firms in Seattle and Kirkland, Wash., before founding Keough and Mallett in the late 1970s. In his retirement he enjoyed cruises, the theater, and writing […]

William A. Gelotte '51

  William A. Gelotte ’51, Sept. 11, 2013, in Gilford, N.H., at 86. He served in the Navy during World War II and was president and CEO of Claus Gelotte Camera Stores. He also was a founding partner for the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook Farm. He was a fly-fisherman and a sports […]

Edith Carpenter Sweeney '52

  Edith Carpenter Sweeney ’52, Aug. 26, 2013, in Freeport, Maine, at 83. She married six months after graduation and moved to Freeport, Maine, where she lived for the next 61 years. She sang in choirs throughout her life and was a member of Freeport Community Services, the Freeport Women’s Club, and the Maine Ostomy […]

Paul A. Wescott '53

  Paul A. Wescott ’53, Aug. 13, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine, at 81. A graduate of NYU Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, he practiced law in New York, Pittsburgh, and Portland, Maine. In a second career he was CEO of Howell Laboratories in Bridgton, Maine, from 1977 to 2011. […]

Beryl Baldwin Punt '53

Beryl Baldwin Punt ’53, Aug. 2, 2013, in East Rochester, N.Y., at 81. She earned an M.A. in art education at Columbia and taught art for more than 50 years in elementary schools, at a museum, and in her own pre-kindergarten school. Predeceased by her husband of more than 50 years, Pieter, she is survived […]

Roland E. Nagle '53

  Roland E. Nagle ’53, Aug. 7, 2013, in Monterey, Calif., at 82. At Colby he played baseball and basketball and was a member of the Outing Club and Lambda Chi Alpha. He earned a master of science degree at NYU. A 40-year resident of Monterey County, he served in the U.S. Air Force and […]

Mary Corrigan Laudy '53

  Mary Corrigan Laudy ’53, Sept. 6, 2013, in New York at 82. She earned a nursing degree at Cornell and lived in San Francisco in the 1950s before joining the visiting nurse service in New York. She lived for many years in Westchester County and was a volunteer librarian and a member of the […]

Dabney T. Martin III '54

  Dabney T. Martin III ’54, Dec. 19, 2012, in Jeannette, Pa., at 81. He served in the Navy in the Korean War before attending college, and he earned his degree at Merrimack College. He led human resources departments at a hospital and a rehabilitation center in Pennsylvania and maintained an interest in theater, antique […]

John B. Philbrook '55

  John B. Philbrook ’55, Aug. 20, 2013, in Marblehead, Mass., at 80. He had an aviation career that spanned more than 40 years, including 10 years with the U.S. Air Force and 30 years with American Airlines. In retirement he served as director of operations at Beverly Airport and flew charters. He is survived […]

Joseph A. Perham '55

  Joseph A. Perham ’55, Aug. 28, 2013, in West Paris, Maine, at 80. He earned advanced degrees in English and education from the University of Maine and never missed a day of teaching in his 26 years at Paris High School, Leavitt Institute, and Oxford Hills High School, where he served as head of […]

David Bruce McComb '55

  David Bruce McComb ’55, Aug. 23, 2013, in Salem, Mass., at 79. He earned an M.A. from Columbia and had a long career as a bond analyst and bond manager at Standard & Poor’s and at Boston Safe and Trust Co. He later retired from the EPA, where he had worked in hazardous waste […]

Albert J. Languet Jr. '55

  Albert J. Languet Jr. ’55, Oct. 5, 2013, in Belgrade, Maine, at 86. He enlisted in the merchant marine in 1945 and later the Marine Corps. He returned to Maine, graduated from Coburn Classical Institute, attended Colby, and established a successful masonry contracting firm in Belgrade. He was a member of the school board […]

Robert S. Leavitt '56

  Robert S. Leavitt ’56, Sept. 16, 2013, in Massachusetts at 78. A 46-year resident of Reading, Mass., he started in a three-year business training program at General Electric after graduation and retired as finance manager for GE’s small aircraft engine group in 1990. He was a model railroader and an accomplished pianist, preferring jazz. […]

Katherine Niles Roy '59

  Katherine Niles Roy ’59, Oct. 3, 2013, in West Bath, Maine, at 75. She worked in hospital laboratories in Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine. She enjoyed gardening, rock hounding, skiing, and sailing with her family. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Laurent “Larry” Roy ’57, three daughters, a son, and 11 […]

Barbara Hunter Pallotta '59

  Barbara Hunter Pallotta ’59, Oct. 5, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 75. She earned a master of arts degree in liberal studies at Ramapo College at 64, a source of great pride for her and her family. She enjoyed golf and tennis, but reading was her real pleasure. She is survived by her […]

Theodore C. Lockhart '61

  Theodore C. Lockhart ’61, July 24, 2013, in New London, N.H., at 75. He earned a master’s in international relations and was commissioned as a U.S. Navy officer in 1962. He retired as a rear admiral in 1993 after 32 years of service aboard ships and in Washington, D.C., Guantanamo Bay, Annapolis, Rhode Island, […]

Craig B. Malsch '62

  Craig B. Malsch ’62, Aug. 8, 2012, in Culver City, Calif., at 71. He worked in sales and the textile industry. He was predeceased by his father, Irving Malsch ’33.

Robert R. Spencer '63

  Robert R. Spencer ’63, Aug. 3, 2013, in Jackson, Wyo., at 73. He attended Colby and graduated from the University of Hartford. He was a special agent for Lloyds of London in Liberia before settling in the West. He earned his pilot’s license at 19 and remained a lifelong aviator. An entrepreneur, he founded […]

Rhoda Goldstein Freeman '65

  Rhoda Goldstein Freeman ’65, Sept. 12, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine, at 70. She earned a master’s degree at NYU and taught in New York City before marrying and living around the country. She and her husband operated a packing and shipping store in Brunswick for 15 years before moving to Florida, where she was […]

Arthur W. Beveridge '65

  Arthur W. Beveridge ’65, Aug. 7, 2013, in Falls Church, Va., at 70. A popular musician in Springfield, Va., he led bands, sang, performed on trumpet, bass guitar, and keyboards, and taught music in schools. He was a senior master and instructor at the U.S. Tae Kwon Do College. He is survived by his […]

D. Wayne Winters '66

  D. Wayne Winters ’66, Aug. 29, 2013, in New Haven, Conn., at 69. At Colby he was a member of Zeta Phi. He earned his J.D. at Boston College and owned Winters and Winters Law Firm in Cheshire, Conn. He was a member of the Farms Country Club and the Cheshire Jaycees, and he […]

David G. Erdmann '66

  David G. Erdmann ’66, Oct. 7, 2013, in Winter Park, Fla., at 69. He earned master’s degrees from Brown and SUNY-Albany and was dean of admissions and enrollment management at Rollins College in Florida, a position he had held for 29 years. Before that he served at Trinity Pawling School, Albany Academy, and Rensselaer […]

Cheryl A. Thomas '71

  Cheryl A. Thomas ’71, July 23, 2013, in Canton, Mass., at 63. She worked for many years as a telephone service representative at Computershare. She is survived by her longtime companion Roger Osborn. She was aunt to 14 nieces and nephews and to 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

William F. Kelleher '72

  William F. Kelleher ’72, Sept. 18, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y., at 63. After attending Colby he earned his bachelor’s degree at UMass-Amherst. He earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Michigan and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Syracuse. He studied Northern Ireland, and in 2003 the University of Michigan […]

Kenneth Woodard Gorman '73

  Kenneth Woodard Gorman ’73, July 3, 2013, in Chelmsford, Mass., at 62. He graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and worked as a CPA and a consultant for most of his career. He is survived by his son, Nicholas, his sister, Janet Gorman ’76, and his brother and sister-in-law, Douglas ’73 and Cheryl […]

Norman C. Skaggs '77

  Norman C. Skaggs ’77, Aug. 9, 2013, in Venice, Calif., at 58. After an injury ended his football career at Colby, he studied in Besançon, France, as a junior and returned “fluent in French and hopelessly in love with the theatre,” his formal obituary said. He worked in film and television through the 1980s […]

Glenn T. Connell '79

  Glenn T. Connell ’79, July 18, 2013, in Sabattus, Maine, at 63. He built radios and telescopes in his teens and won a National Science Foundation grant at 16 to study space science. He earned a master’s at Brandeis and worked as a professor, a research scientist, a physicist, and an engineer, most recently […]

Maureen Young Kissack '83

  Maureen Young Kissack ’83, Aug. 14, 2013, in Dover, N.H., at 52. She taught French in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire and worked as a real estate agent. She enjoyed old movies and spending summers at the beach. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Bruno, a daughter, a son, and her […]

Suzanna Seymour Gaeddert '85

  Suzanna Seymour Gaeddert ’85, Sept. 17, 2013, in Surrey, England, at 50. She grew up in Saudi Arabia and earned a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. She and her husband, Barry, were pastors at the Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Mo., for 16 years and lived in London […]

Michael E. Vosburg-Casey '96

  Michael E. Vosburg-Casey ’96, July 31, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga., at 39. He was an activist and volunteer who never worked for a salary and who protested the death penalty and the U.S. Army’s former School of the Americas at Fort Benning. After being arrested there and sentenced to 100 days in federal prison, […]

David C. Brenneman '98

  David C. Brenneman ’98, Aug. 31, 2013, in Chappaqua, N.Y., at 37. After graduating from Colby summa cum laude, he earned his master’s from Yale and J.D. from Harvard. He worked at Morgan Stanley for six years, most recently as an executive director in equity risk management. He helped raise hundreds of thousands of […]