Patrick Brancaccio

Dec. 31, 2019, in Waterville, Maine, at 85. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the first in his family to receive a college degree, from Brooklyn College, and later earned an M.A. from Ohio State and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He started teaching at Colby in 1963, and for 40 years taught 19th-century American literature, modern American drama, detective fiction, and Italian fiction and film in Colby’s English Department, which he also chaired. He introduced black studies at Colby in 1964 and went on to cofound what would become the African-American Studies Program— of the first in the country—and served as its first director 1971-83. A scholar of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, he also had a passion for African literature and taught for a year at the University of Madagascar as a Fulbright lecturer. He directed Colby’s program in London for several years, and, after he retired, he ran the Jan Plan program in Verona, Italy, for 13 years and was a frequent lecturer for the Friends of the Goldfarb Center seminars in Waterville. He wrote poetry, was an avid photographer, and appreciated good wine and food. Survivors include his wife, Kate Cone ’76, three children, six grandchildren, and a sister. He also leaves three step-children and three additional grandchildren.

David C. Driskell, H’00

April 1, 2020, in Hyattsville, Md., at 88. An influential African-American artist and art historian, a prominent voice in the art world, and a friend of the Colby College Museum of Art. At the time of his death from the coronavirus, he was the Distinguished University Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, where he achieved international recognition for his expertise and scholarship in African-American art. A multimedia artist, he studied at Maine’s Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the 1950s and taught at Talladega College as well as at Howard and Fisk universities. He authored five exhibition books and published more than 40 catalogs from exhibitions he curated, including the groundbreaking 1970s work Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950 at the Los Angeles County Museum. He served on the Colby Museum Board of Governors from 1994 to 2003, and his encouragement was key to the establishment of the Lunder Institute for American Art. In 2017 the Colby Museum awarded him its Cummings Award for Artistic Excellence. The museum holds six of Driskell’s works, including Blue Pines, 1959, an example of the frequent motif of trees in his work. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Driskell, two daughters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Ansel A. Grindall

April 29, 2020, in Waterville, Maine, at 96. A longtime employee of the College, he worked for more than 40 years in Colby’s Buildings and Grounds Department (now Facilities Services), working his way up from driving buses and sanding roads to superintendent of the department. Known affectionately as “Mr. Colby”, he was awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree in 1985, the first the College awarded, prior to his retirement. He was a Boy Scout leader, member of the school board, and a volunteer with the Winslow Fire Department for 43 years. He was an avid reader, a carver of decoys, a Mason awarded an honorary Thirty-Third Degree, and an active member of his Baptist church. He leaves his wife, Dorothy, two children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

H. Alan Hume, M.D.

Feb. 20, 2020, in Augusta, Maine, at 93. Colby’s former medical director and friend of the College, his generosity led to the Colby-Hume Center on Messalonskee Lake when he donated a 10-acre parcel of land to the College in 1991. Born in Virginia, he graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania before joining the Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946. He earned his medical degree in 1953 from the University of Pennsylvania and became a surgeon, working in private practice and also in various roles in hospitals, including chief of surgical service at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He moved to Maine in the mid-’70s and worked as a surgeon, as chairman of the Department of Surgery at Taylor Hospital, director of emergency medical services for the State of Maine, and as chief of staff at Mid-Maine Medical Center. He was Colby’s medical director 1990-2000 and was on the Board of Visitors. At the Colby-Hume Center, he built and equipped a woodworking shop and a blacksmith’s shop and created Jan Plan courses, including the popular furniture-making course. Along with his wife, Dorothy, he opened their home to dozens of Colby pre-med students who lived with them during summer work-study programs. Colby’s crew teams practiced on Messalonskee Lake, also called Snow Pond. The Humes acted as “godparents” to the teams and were in large measure responsible for the teams’ ability to achieve varsity status in 1993. He received a Colby Brick Award in 2006. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dorothy, three children, three grandchildren, and a brother.

Robert H. Pfeiffer

Nov. 29, 2019, in Solon, Maine, at 74. A former Colby lacrosse coach, he was a 1967 graduate of Bowdoin, that college’s first-ever All-American in lacrosse; he also excelled in hockey and football. After serving as a Marine officer in Vietnam, he went on to a successful lacrosse coaching career, beginning at Division I University of New Hampshire followed by four seasons at Middlebury, where he led the team to the ECAC Championship in 1975, and four seasons at Colby, 1986-89. In the 1980s and ’90s, he officiated interscholastic lacrosse in Maine as well as Division I, II, and III matches across New England. One of a very few who excelled as a player, coach, and official, he was respected for his integrity and commitment to help others succeed. He was inducted into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor in 2016. Rob leaves his wife, Julianna, two daughters, a granddaughter, and a brother.

Paul J. Schupf, LL.D. ’06

Dec. 4, 2019, in New York, at 82. Belgian born, he was raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., and was a 1958 graduate of Colgate University, where he majored in history and was unbeaten on the tennis team. He became a successful, self-made investor, establishing Paul J. Schupf Associates in 1994 and running it from his home office in Hamilton, N.Y. A Renaissance man, he collected and advised others on art, read deeply about philosophical and aesthetic issues, and was a devoted Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead fan. He was introduced to Colby through the Colby Museum of Art and became one of the College’s most generous benefactors with gifts that supported the arts, the sciences, and residential life. The Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, the Anthony-Mitchell-Schupf Residence Hall, and the Paul J. Schupf Computational Chemistry Laboratory are among the tangible results of his generosity. In 2019 he made a leadership gift for Waterville’s planned arts center, which will be named in his honor. He served as a Colby trustee from 1991 to 2006, and he sat on Colby’s Board of Visitors 1985-91 and on the museum’s Board of Governors 1994-2006. He received a Colby Brick Award in 1999. At the time of his death from cancer, he was a member of Colby’s Dare Northward Campaign Cabinet. A trustee emeritus at Colgate, he created the W.S. Schupf Chair in Far Eastern Studies there in memory of his father, as well as the Schupf Studio Art Center and the Schupf Fellowship. He received honorary degrees from Colby, Cazenovia College, and Thomas College. He leaves two siblings and four nieces.  

Pauline L. Wing

May 1, 2020, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 89. A Maine native, she started working for Colby in the 1970s, serving as administrative assistant for the math and science departments. A proud Colby employee, she was among the first to be trained in word processing on a desktop computer at the College. Her pastimes included playing the organ, needlework, and weekly bridge games. Two children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive her.

Estelle Rogers MacDonald '39

March 30, 2020, in Braintree, Mass., at 101. After eight years of living in New York City and Boston, she settled in 1947 in Braintree, where she raised nine children and was a dedicated member of her church as a deaconess. She wrote poetry, read widely, played hymns on her piano, and possessed a sharp sense of humor. Her family’s legacy of Colby graduates stretches back to her grandfather Harvey D. Eaton, Class of 1887; her parents, A. Raymond Rogers Sr., Class of 1917, and Harriet Eaton Rogers, Class of 1919; and her siblings, Martha Rogers Beach ’42 and Raymond Rogers Jr. ’49, all of whom predeceased her. She leaves seven children, 18 grandchildren, including Megan Davis ’94, 17 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

James M. Bunting '40

Nov. 9, 2019, in Wilmington, N.C., at 100. A brief teaching career in Portland, Maine, ended in 1943 when he entered the U.S. Army, serving in Germany in the Signal Corps. He earned an M.A. in Russian from the Middlebury Language School in 1950, and then he went on to a long career as a crypto-analyst and linguist with the National Security Agency, retiring in 1980. A varsity golfer at Colby, he played throughout his life and won several Senior Open championships. Later in life, he took up long-distance running and completed his first of two marathons at age 60. Three sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him.

Dorothy Smith Fernald '42

March 14, 2020, in Falls Church, Va., at 99. Dot left Colby after two years, marrying classmate Clarence Fernald ’40, with whom she raised two daughters before his death in 1986. She lived for 70 years in Falls Church, where she taught Sunday School, was church librarian, and volunteered with Citizens for a Better City and the PTA. An amateur genealogist, she traced her family’s roots and kept extensive scrapbooks of family photos and events. Two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters survive her.

Nancy Glover Oldham '45

Feb. 15, 2020, in Hanover, Mass., at 96. Her life centered around family, home, and community. She also worked for Sears Roebuck for a period. She loved animals, car rides, gardening, and barbecues with family and friends. Four children, two grandsons, and a great-granddaughter survive her.

Frances Barclay Oxton '45

Feb. 6, 2020, in Silverdale, Wash., at 94. She moved around the country and the world with her husband, an Air Force captain, while raising her four children. Later in life, she became a real estate agent.

Nancy Parsons Ferguson '46

 May 3, 2020, in Worcester, Mass., at 95. She taught school for four years before starting her family, which was her primary focus and love throughout her life. A resident of Holden, Mass., for 68 years, she gave back to her community by serving at her church. She also volunteered for 20 years with Heifer Project International. Later in life, she traveled to all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and to 30 countries. Survivors include her husband of nearly 69 years, Robert, four children, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Shirley Armstrong Howe '46

Feb. 20, 2020, in Torrington, Conn., at 95. A devoted mother and wife, she also volunteered extensively with the Girl Scouts, a junior women’s club, her church, and the Waterbury Junior League. She was an accomplished pianist who played at social gatherings. She leaves three children and four grandchildren.

Louise Boudrot Phillips '47

Dec. 23, 2019, in Moorestown, N.J., at 94. Her adult life revolved around her children and grandchildren, whose activities she supported by volunteering with Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, the local P.T.A., and her church. She had a strong sense of community, enjoyed golfing, and was interested in history. Predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Wendell F. Phillips 44, she is survived by six children, 12 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Robert D. Witherill '47

 Oct. 31, 2019, in Belfast, Maine, at 94. He left Colby in 1943 to train for service in the U.S. Navy, becoming an ensign in the Pacific Theater. He returned, graduated from Colby, and subsequently earned two master’s degrees from the University of Maine. He became a college professor, teaching business and economics at New England College, Nasson College, and the University of Southern Maine. He authored several articles and two books, one on teaching economics in elementary schools and another titled Steamboat Memories, which stemmed from an interest in historical steamboats in Penobscot Bay. Later in life, he owned Penobscot Compass Service. He was active with the Boy Scouts and was a Mason. He leaves his wife of 69 years, Jean, two sons, four grandchildren, including Colin Witherill ’04 and Kara Witherill ’15, two great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Janet Gay Hawkins '48

March 27, 2020, in Greenport, N.Y., at 93. A mother and wife, she was also active in her communities. She belonged to the Junior League of the North Shore, serving as treasurer and sustainer committee member, and was a member of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Janet served on Colby’s Board of Overseers, was an active fundraiser for her class, and was active with the New York Alumni Association, all reasons she was awarded a Colby Brick in 1998. In retirement, she moved to Shelter Island, where she served on the Mashomack Preserve board of trustees and organized a yearly benefit gathering for many years. She was also active with the Shelter Island Yacht Club and Shelter Island Historical Society. Predeceased by her sister, Joan Gay Kent ’45, she is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Melvin Foster '49

April 4, 2020, in Newton, Mass., at 93. He left Colby after one year to join the U.S. Army, where he served as a combat medic in the Philippines. For his heroism, he was awarded the Philippines Liberation Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal. He returned to Colby and graduated then earned an M.B.A. in 1951 and a J.D. in 1971, both from Boston University. He opened a private law practice in Boston, practicing into his 80s. Mel was an avid tennis player who ranked as a New England Amateur, and he was a master duplicate bridge player. Survivors include his wife, Julie, and two sons, including Robert 08.

Ruth Endicott Freeman, M.D. '49

Dec. 1, 2019, in Ogunquit, Maine, at 103. She graduated from Belgrade (Maine) High School in 1933, worked in Waterville and Augusta, then struck out on her own in the early 1940s, eventually working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She earned a pilot’s license, but the onset of World War II prevented her from flying. Instead, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and worked as a court stenographer in England and Paris, earning four medals, including the World War II Victory Medal. After the war, she enrolled at Colby. She went on to earn a medical degree in 1953 from the Philadelphia Women’s Medical College and later became a family physician based in Ogunquit, practicing for 50 years and making hundreds of house calls each year. Reading the Bible and living the gospel were daily devotions, an attitude also evident during service trips to Central America with the Heifer Project and Habitat for Humanity. She also played the violin, practiced photography, and loved poetry and letter writing. Her daughter, Lynne Freeman, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive her.

Patricia Lydon Latham '49

April 12, 2020, in Lynn, Mass., at 92. In addition to raising her children, she was a librarian, first for the Town of Marblehead and later for the law firm Goodwin Proctor. For 67 years she was a resident of Marblehead, where she was an active member of the Star of the Sea Church. Reading, cooking, and traveling were favorite activities. Predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Robert Latham 49, she is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Linda Shaw Maguire '49

Oct. 5, 2019, in Midland Park, N.J., at 90. While moving frequently for her husband’s career, she raised her children and held various jobs: special education teacher, administrative assistant, and office assistant. She was known for her sense of humor and her love of music, playing trumpet and piano, and initiating impromptu sing-alongs. Along with her husband, they established a scholarship fund at Colby in their name. Predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Thomas F. Maguire  ’49, she is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Georgina Alger Mikoleit '49

Jan. 15, 2020, in Farmington, Conn., at 92. Georgie held various positions that satiated her desire to help others: a middle and high school teacher, a manager of a Fanny Farmer Store, a financial consultant to young families, and a water safety instructor at YMCAs, 4-H camps, and church camps. She also worked for 13 years as a tax preparer and six years as an office supervisor for H&R Block. She made her home in Dennis, Mass., where she loved the beach and swimming. Two siblings predeceased her, Walter E. Alger Jr. 50 and Agnes Alger Stephanian 51; a stepdaughter and grandson survive her.

Nancy Ardiff Boulter '50

Oct. 23, 2019, in Berea, Ohio, at 90. A school teacher and a mother early in her adult life, she went on to become a high school guidance counselor in Lakewood, Ohio. She earned two advanced degrees from Kent State: an M.A. in student personnel in 1971 and a doctorate in counseling in higher education in 1979. An expert genealogy researcher, she recorded and collected her family history, and in retirement, she spent winters in the family home in Berea. Predeceased by her brother, Robert Ardiff 54, she leaves three children, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and her sister, Eleanor Ardiff Ormiston 60.

Chester A. Brigham '50

 Oct. 12, 2019, in Gloucester, Mass., at 91. His lifelong love of Gloucester began in childhood when his parents bought a cottage in Goose Cove and culminated in adulthood when he returned to live in that house. There, he wrote five books on Gloucester’s maritime history and art. In between, he served four years with the Air Force in the Korean War and was a business writer in Connecticut. Chet belonged to the Annisquam Yacht Club, the Boston Writer’s Club, and the Boston Phi Beta Kappa Club. His wife, Anthea, predeceased him by 10 days.

Mary Anne Seward Crafts '50

Feb. 14, 2020, in State College, Pa., at 90. She attended Katharine Gibbs College in Providence, where she studied business administration and criminal justice, skills she used during her lengthy career as an analyst with the Department of State in Washington, D.C. In retirement, she traveled extensively. Predeceased by her grandmother, Mary Pray Seward, (Colby class year unknown, but sometime in the 1880s), she is survived by a brother and extended family.

Virginia Davis Pearce '50

 Dec. 24, 2019, in Pittsboro, N.C., at 91. She raised her family in Ware and Hingham, Mass., where she also actively volunteered with the Hingham Garden Club and the Doric Docents, tour guides at the Massachusetts State House. Ginny, knowledgeable about Spanish, also tutored English as a Second Language up until the time of her death. A talented seamstress and gardener, her other hobbies centered on the outdoors: alpine and Nordic skiing, tennis, golf, and kayaking on the lake in New Hampshire where she retired before moving to Pittsboro. She leaves her husband of 69 years, Charles A. Pearce 49, three children, including Sarah Pearce 78, and four grandchildren.

Hildegarde “Penny” Pratt Regni '50

Nov. 4, 2019, in Johnson City, N.Y., at 91. A mother and homemaker, an artist and musician, she taught art in a local school district and earned an M.Ed. from Penn State University in 1963. Later, she owned antique and framing businesses in Binghamton. She played cello in a community orchestra, painted pen-and-ink and watercolor scenes, and, as an animal lover, volunteered with Project PAW. She was known for finding beauty in simple things and expressing those nuances through writing. Predeceased by her father, Ransom Pratt, Class of 1921, and her first husband, Robert Burkhart 50, she leaves a son, David Burkhart.

Russell O. “Tubby” Washburn '50

Dec. 4, 2019, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at 97. After high school in 1942, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific until 1946. He came to Colby on a full basketball scholarship and went on to shatter every Colby record, earning the attention of the Boston Celtics, who drafted him in 1949. Opting not to pursue a basketball career, he finished at Colby and then taught government at Deering High School in Portland, Maine, for 27 years. He also coached at Deering, leading the school to two state basketball championships. He stayed in shape as he aged, enjoying skiing and golfing, shooting his age until he was 77, and winning several senior golf tournaments. Predeceased by his wife, Joyce Edwards Washburn 51, he is survived by three children and a grandson. 

Janet West Williams '50

March 3, 2020, in Crosswicks, N.J., at 91. After college, she worked as a children’s librarian in her hometown of Trenton, and later served as president of the Crosswicks Library, which she helped to resurrect. She was a pioneer in the construction business, operating Williams-BUILDER with her husband. She was named National Remodeler of the Year in 1997 by the National Association of Home Builders, and she was featured in several industry publications, including on the covers of two magazines. She served as president of the PTA and was a vital part of Crosswicks’s Society of Friends. She was appreciated for her ìkind insistence on singing grace and sending postcards. Three children and seven grandchildren will carry on in her absence.

John P. “Crif” Crawford '51

Dec. 2, 2019, in Boulder, Colo., at 90. Born in Beirut to missionary parents, he was raised in Lebanon before coming to Colby, where he played basketball and tennis. He earned a Ph.D. in geology from Columbia University and went on to work with Esso in Libya, with Standard Oil (Exxon) in New York, and, for 20 years, with ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia, focusing on employment and training. He studied and mastered the Arabic language, enjoyed sailing and snorkeling in the Arabian Gulf, and went camping in the Empty Quarter. He retired to Boulder, where he gardened, continued to play tennis, and volunteered in his community. He served as a class agent for his 50th Colby reunion and established a student research fund at the College. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Kate, three children, six grandchildren, and two sisters.

Alyce Moskowitz Domenitz '51

Jan. 27, 2020, in Concord, Mass., at 90. She earned a master’s in education in 1952 from Columbia University’s Teachers College and taught first grade for several years, returning to the classroom as a nursery school teacher after raising her children. She was also a civic activist, volunteering with the League of Women Voters and the Association for the Education of Young Children. She was a court-appointed special advocate for foster children, typed books in Braille, and recorded books on tape for the blind. She leaves two daughters, six grandchildren, and a sister.

Margaret Betsy Stowell Kline '51

Oct. 14, 2019, in Friendship, Maine, at 90. She transferred from Colby to Wellesley College, where she earned her degree in English. She worked as an editorial assistant before marrying in 1955 and starting her family. She did volunteer workóPlanned Parenthood, League of Women Voters, Travelers Aid Society until later in life, when she started and ran two travel agencies. Travel, bridge, and tennis occupied her retirement years, as did reading and watching Jeopardy! Three children and four grandchildren survive her.

Norene Tibbetts Linder '51

Nov. 21, 2019, in Ellicott City, Md., at 89. She worked for a few years before earning her master’s in mathematics education at Syracuse University, where she met her future husband. Her family became her focus, and with her son autistic, she devoted much of her time to his issues and activities. She had an interest in World War I veterans and conducted research to compile a list of all Colby graduates who died in that war. Predeceased by her father, John S. Tibbetts ’26, she is survived by her husband of 65 years, Peter, five children, and eight grandchildren.

Donald D. Maheu '51

Jan. 31, 2019, in Newark, Del., at 89. He studied at the University of Maine’s Pulp and Paper School right after Colby, and later he attended the University of Wisconsin’s Management Institute. His career was spent as a manufacturing engineer for Scott Paper, where he helped build and redesign paper mills in countries such as Spain, Mexico, Malaysia, and Costa Rica. In retirement, he worked to break 80 on the links, and he studied indigenous cultures of the American Southwest. Six children, 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister survive him.

Joan Cammann McIntyre '51

April 13, 2020, in Marblehead, Mass., at 91. She lived for 58 years in the same house in Marblehead, raising her children, gardening, and engaging with the community as a swim coach and official and as a member of the church choir. An outdoor enthusiast, she enjoyed bicycling, ocean swimming, sailing, ice skating, skiing, and camping. She also played several instruments, the trumpet, guitar, banjo, harmonica, penny whistle, and recorder in various bands and at music festivals. Predeceased by her husband, Charles McIntyre  ’51, she leaves four daughters, including Carol McIntyre-Peale  ’75 and her husband, James Peale  ’77; 10 grandchildren, including Caitlin Peale Sloan  ’06; and a great-grandson.  

Gerald A. Michaud '51

Jan. 21, 2020, in Waterville, Maine, at 91. He sold insurance for Allstate for 10 years and then went to work for Keyes Fibre in Waterville, where he served as assistant of operations planning and manager of customer services. Retirement wasn’t for him, so he went to work for his son Gerry Jr., who owned Big G’s in Winslow, and delivered lunch to customers for 21 years. A Boy Scoutmaster for five years, he was promoted to a scout commissioner and established new troops. He also taught CCD, catechism, at Winslow’s St. John Parish. Woodworking and furniture making, French discussion groups, and playing bridge were favorite pastimes, along with running, hunting, and fishing. He leaves four children, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother. 

William B. Moore '51

Feb. 15, 2020, in Orleans, Mass., at 91. He left Colby after two years and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Antietam as an airplane mechanic. He started Orleans Motors in the late 1950s and also joined the Orleans Yacht Club, which furthered his lifelong involvement with boats. In 1963 he won the Day Sailer North American Championship; in 1976 he created and ran the Great Bicentennial Bathtub Race; and he taught sailing to kids and adults. His wife, Nancy, three daughters, and four grandchildren survive him. 

Walter E. Russell '51

 Oct. 11, 2019, in Suffield, Conn., at 91. Prior to entering Colby, he served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army during World War II. A standout baseball pitcher in high school and at Colby, he played for the Hartford Twilight League and was scouted by major leagues. He became a banker instead, starting as a teller then becoming branch manager and vice president in Windsor, Conn. In 1977 he changed course and was elected probate judge in Windsor, winning four subsequent terms until he retired in 1991. Together with his wife, he purchased, winterized, and remodeled a cottage in Ludlow, Vt., where he retreated weekends to ski, kayak, and relax with friends. He was a master woodworker who crafted furniture, treasurer of his Methodist church for 33 years, and an international traveler. Predeceased by his mother, Emily Kelley Russell, Class of 1919, he leaves his wife, Cynthia, four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Marilyn Matthes Silva '51

 Oct. 20, 2019, in Boston, Mass., at 90. She was a spirited traveler and curious woman, visiting all 50 states, traveling abroad, and learning to say “thank you” in almost every language. Her career was spent at MIT’s Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, working as an administrative officer. She followed the Red Sox and tennis in general. Known as a trivia expert, she won many prizes in trivia contests on the many cruises she took. 

Charles P. Curtis '52

Jan. 26, 2020, in Savannah, Ga., at 90. A proud U.S. Army veteran, he became a salesman, working for 32 years at Johnson Matthey Inc., a fabricator of precious metals in Devon. Mass. Following his retirement, he relocated to Georgia’s Skidaway Island, where he enjoyed golf. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jan, three children, and seven grandchildren.

Stephen M. Kenyon Jr. '52

 Dec. 14, 2019, in Mechanicsville, Va., at 89. As a Colby student, he belonged to the U.S. Naval Reserve, and after graduation he spent a few years in the Navy stationed in Brooklyn. He subsequently went to work for Nabisco, supervising and directing production for two of the company’s bakeries. He had two homes, one in New Jersey and another in West Bath, Maine, and he kept sailboats at each. He leaves his wife, Mary, and extended family.

Audrey Morgan Leaf '52

 April 9, 2020, in Chilmark, Mass., at 89. She left Colby after two years to follow her dream of becoming a nurse. She studied at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital nursing program and was capped a registered nurse. A homemaker and a mother, Muffie was active with her church as a communicant and senior warden. She also volunteered at the local hospital and thrift shop, and she helped serve lobster suppers at her church and meals for ice hockey families at a street fair. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Carlton “Carl” Leaf  ’52, four children, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings.

Bruce A. MacPherson '52

Jan. 13, 2020, in Yarmouth Port, Mass., at 89. He served three years in the Korean War aboard the USS Dortch as an operations officer, legal officer, and chaplain. A 45-year career followed at A.A. MacPherson Co., an electrical manufacturer’s representation firm that he owned. He served as national president of NEMRA and the Electrical Institute of New England. He golfed and belonged to several country clubs, sailed a Sunfish, and enjoyed traveling. He also served as a deacon and moderator for his Congregational church. Survivors include two daughters, including Janet MacPherson Younker ’77 and her husband, William D. Younker ’76; four grandchildren, including William D. Younker II ’04; four great-grandchildren; and extended family, including niece Sally Lovegren Merchant ’83. 

Elizabeth J. Smart Merriam '52

Dec. 11, 2019, in Concord, N.H., at 89. Betsey earned a nursing degree from Columbia Presbyterian University in 1955 then moved to Hanover, N.H., where she taught anatomy and physiology to nursing students. While raising a family, she helped her first husband, Thornton Merriam ’51, run his private medical practice in Bangor, Maine. Divorced, she used her master’s degree in expressive art therapy from Lesley College, earned in 1989, to work as a preschool teacher in Portsmouth, N.H. She was involved with the League of Women’s Voters and a Shakespeare acting club, and she loved the outdoors, especially the ocean. Later, she met Frank Weeks, son of a Colby math professor, who was her companion for the final 20 years of her life. She leaves five children, including David Merriam ’81, eight grandchildren, and a brother.    

Paul A. Plasse '52

Oct. 12, 2019, in Lexington, Mass., at 94. He left high school to join the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as a radioman and witnessing the invasion at Normandy, Okinawa, and other sites. As a Colby student, he married during his freshman year, worked at Dunham’s, and saw three of his children born on campus. Summers he worked as a river driver. He became a research chemist, working first for several startups before starting with Polaroid Corporation in 1967. He retired as senior research manager, having accumulated several dozen patents. He enjoyed ocean fishing, diving, and boating and earned his Coast Guard captain’s license in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Merryl, four children, including Peter ’74, two step-children, 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and two sisters.

Mary Scott Jahn '53

 Jan. 23, 2020, in Palm Coast, Fla., at 87. Her life focused on her home and family, but she remained close to her Delta Delta Delta friends and also enjoyed golfing. Predeceased by her parents, Evangeline York Scott, Class of  1924, and Albert H. Scott, Class of  1924, she leaves two sons and three grandchildren.

Harris P. O’Brasky '53

April 3, 2020, in Brockton, Mass., at 89. A veteran of World War II, he served with the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. Later, he worked for Zayre’s Corporation and helped develop its brand TJ Maxx. Four children, two grandchildren, and a brother survive him.

Marjorie Hill Ashman '54

 Dec. 27, 2019, in Littleton, Colo., at 87. She continued her education right after Colby, earning a master’s at Columbia Teachers College in 1955 followed by a diploma certifying her to teach deaf students. She taught special education in middle schools in Mount Laurel, N.J., where she lived for 57 years before retiring in Colorado. In addition to raising her children, she gave generously to her community through volunteer work, including answering calls for a crisis hotline for more than 40 years. She loved animals and nature, and she enjoyed traveling and listening to music. Marge was predeceased by her father, the noted Waterville physician Frederick Thayer Hill, Class of 1910, and two sisters, Virginia Hill Field ’48 and Joan Hill Martin ’52. Her husband of 63 years, Frederick G. Ashman ‘54, three children, six grandchildren, and her sister Barbara Hill Millett ’50 survive her.

Emile A. Caouette '54

Feb. 13, 2020, in Middletown, Conn., at 88. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army 1954-1956. After he earned two graduate degrees, from the University of Maine and the University of Vermont, in mathematics and education respectively, he taught high school mathematics in Connecticut for 35 years. A lover of camping and hiking, he worked in Yellowstone National Park for five years during his retirement. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, four children, three grandchildren, and a sister.

Lois McCarty Carlson '54

Feb. 10, 2020, in Haddam, Conn., at 87. She was a fundraiser who worked first in higher education, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Connecticut College, and later as a fundraising consultant with Brakeley, John Price Jones, Inc. In 1960 she earned a master’s in English from New York University. She and her husband, Roy, raised two children.  

Fabia Bowman Chandler '54

Sept. 24, 2019, in Hortense, Ga., at 86. Starting in the mid-’50s, she and her husband operated their family business, Chandler’s Ice Cream, in Peabody, Mass. Later, she earned a teacher’s certificate and taught kindergarten and fourth grade in Peabody. In retirement she moved to Athens, Maine, where she tended a large vegetable garden and became active in the community, fighting against the placement of a debris incinerator there, teaching Sunday school, and volunteering at the food pantry. Survivors include two children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Arthur “Bob” R. Cummings Jr. '54

April 12, 2020, in Poland, Maine, at 87. A Mainer his entire life, he established a career in insurance, starting with the Dunlap Agency and later starting his own business, the Cummings Agency, with his wife, Marlene, first in Portland and then in Mechanic Falls. His hobbies include investing, antiques, golf, and painting. Three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him.

Robert E. Longbottom '54

 Jan. 10, 2020, in South Portland, Maine, at 87. Bob was a legal assistant for the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and later became director of development for the Salvation Army’s Northern New England Division. In retirement, he worked part-time at the South Portland Public Library. Predeceased by his former wife, Betty Latter Longbottom ’54, he leaves three children and a granddaughter.   

Arthur Rothenberg '54

March 27, 2020, in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., at 87. He earned an M.B.A. in accounting from Columbia University in 1956, which allowed him to enjoy a successful career as a certified public accountant, co-founding the firm Rothenberg and Peters CPAs. His wife of 61 years, Nancy, three sons, and three grandchildren survive him. 

Jean Hawes Anderson '55

 Nov. 24, 2019, in Grafton, Mass., at 86. Her life centered around the 1740 Colonial house in Grafton, where she raised her children, created a home, and tended the grounds as a talented gardener. A lover of sports, she played competitive tennis and enjoyed swimming; she taught physical education early in her career and later refereed girls’ basketball and field hockey. She also enjoyed a career in real estate. She leaves her husband of 64 years, Reginald “Archie” Anderson ’55, three sons, including Richard ’85, and seven grandchildren, including Emily Anderson ’14.

Adam F. Berluti '55

May 6, 2020, in Southbury, Conn., at 87. He earned an M.A. in English in 1957 from the University of Connecticut, where he later completed coursework in economics. After two years as an intelligence officer in the Army, he studied French and Italian at Yale’s Summer Language Institute. His career included work in the Library of Congress as an economic analyst, researching and writing speeches and reports for congressmen; as an editor for McGraw Hill compiling reports on federal environmental programs; translating articles for foreign affairs news services; and in positions with the Connecticut Department of Public Safety, including public information officer for the state police. In honor of his Italian heritage, he established the Patsy and Peppa Berluti Memorial Scholarship Fund at Colby for students studying Italian. The last of his large family, he leaves nieces and nephews.

Joanne Stearns Graaskamp '55

Jan. 4, 2020, in Eau Claire, Wis., at 86. After two years at Colby, she left to attend nursing school but changed her mind and attended Katherine Gibbs School instead. Her life revolved around her children, home, and community, where she volunteered, served in her church, and helped found a regional arts center. Her hobbies included knitting, painting, golfing, and collecting art and antiques. Three children and eight grandchildren survive her.

Robert A. Hale '55

Feb. 28, 2020, in Middletown, Conn., at 87. An insurance underwriter with Connecticut General (later CIGNA), he rose through the ranks to eventually become vice president, head of underwriting. He volunteered in his community and was an active benefactor of his Congregational church, where he established the Robert A. Hale Memorial Fund. He was an avid golfer and a fan of the UCONN women’s basketball program. He leaves three children, five grandchildren, and his beloved beagle, Barney.

Robert S. Johnson Sr. '55

Nov. 8, 2019, in Augusta, Maine, at 86. Following service in the Korean War, he enrolled at Colby, graduated, then settled in nearby Canaan, where he farmed, raised pigs and other livestock, and started the Family Sawmill that he ran for 47 years. He loved taking his grandsons to the Fryeburg Fair, faithfully met his friends for weekly lunches, and rooted for the Red Sox and Patriots. He leaves his wife, Nancy, five children, 19 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

Virginia Morra Davio '56

Dec. 4, 2019, in Waterbury, Conn., at 84. After leaving Colby, she completed her studies at Tufts University, where she earned a master’s in education. She taught elementary school in Thomaston, Conn., until her retirement in 1996. She was an animal lover, connecting especially with cats. Her husband, David, and two step-daughters survive her.

Robert C. Erb Jr. '56

March 30, 2020, in Center Sandwich, N.H., at 87. Bob served in Germany with a tank battalion during the Korean War, after which he worked in the textile business until 1978. A second career in land development and construction followed until he retired in 1990, when he focused on what he loved the most: golf. He also devoted himself to restoring and keeping up his 200-year-old home on 36 acres in Center Sandwich. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Judith Merrill Erb ’58, two children, including Susan Erb Pittenger ’80, and four grandchildren.

Donald G. Dinwoodie '57

Nov. 17, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo., at 83. He served with the U.S. Army 1959-61 and was stationed in Germany. A career with multiple jobs followed: director of YMCAs in three states, city planner for Colorado Springs, leadership development coach, and real estate broker. Along the way, he earned two graduate degrees: an M.Ed. from Springfield College and an M.A. from the University of Colorado and stayed active with his community and church. He founded EDUCO Colorado, a school wilderness training and leadership development for youth, participated in a Parkinson’s support group, and belonged to a men’s group for more than 40 years. In 2017 he won an AARP community service award. Gardening, Nordic skiing, and travel were among his other passions. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Gagne, three sons, and 10 grandchildren.  

Richard G. Stratton '57

Oct. 12, 2019, in Getzville, N.Y., at 83. A 1958 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship allowed him to study English at Cornell, where he was also an instructor of English. In 1960 he started teaching English and history at Hebron (Maine) Academy, also coaching swimming and football. He earned a master’s in liberal studies in 1970 from Wesleyan. In 1973 he came to Nichols School and taught English for more than 40 years. Known as a tough but thoughtful grader, he won every award given at Nichols and had the yearbook dedicated to him three times. He served as English Department chair twice and was awarded the first Austin Fox Endowed Faculty Chair in 1997. Drawing from his acting days with Powder and Wig, he directed student plays at Nichols and even had students act out plays in class. Renowned for his yearly recitation of “Casey at the Bat”, he had a scoreboard on the school’s baseball diamond donated and named for him. Survivors include his extended family.

Sara Stewart Johnson '58

May 8, 2020, in Salem, Ore., at 84. Drawing upon her English degree from Colby, she spent time as an editor for Good Housekeeping magazine early in her career, and then later became a teacher of English and journalism. She taught in Eureka, Calif., and in Bend, Ore., where she was part of the inaugural staff at Mountain View High School. In retirement, she volunteered with Trinity Episcopal Church and with Central Oregon Art Association, helping to restore the Rademacher House into an art gallery. As a single mother, she provided exciting and memorable adventures for her children, including time in Waimea on Hawaii’s Big Island. Pastimes included learning Italian, traveling, reading, watercolor painting, cooking, and entertaining. Left to continue her joie de vivre are three children, four grandchildren, and a brother.

John I. Judson Jr. '58

Oct. 2, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minn., at 89. A prolific writer and poet, a discerning editor and publisher, and a beloved teacher, he delighted in the rhythm and melody of poetry. After serving with the Air Force during the Korean War, he graduated from Colby then went on to earn an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 1965. That same year he started at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he taught creative writing and American literature for almost 30 years. A champion of unrecognized poets, he started Juniper Press and a literary journal, Northeast, in 1960, publishing chapbooks and collections, many of them on cloth, hand-bound, and hand-sewn. He authored several poetry books, had his work published in more than 150 literary magazines, and won multiple awards for his poems. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Joanne, three children, and five grandchildren. 

John F. O’Callaghan '58

Dec. 7, 2019, in Tilton, N.H., at 86. Jack’s education at Colby was interrupted by the Korean War, where he served with the U.S. Air Force. In 1959 he joined his family’s business, Tram Diamond Corporation, an electronics manufacturer, becoming vice president. Later, he opened a satellite dish company, Satellink Corporation, which he operated for 23 years. He was an enthusiast of sports, fishing, boating, and alpine skiing, and had interests in birds, deer hunting, photography, astronomy, and card playing. He also followed Formula One racing and Boston sports teams. He leaves his wife, Nancy, two children, a step-daughter, six grandchildren, and two brothers.  

Deborah Williams Pinkerton '58

Jan. 17, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla., at 83. She returned to her home state of Oklahoma after graduating from Colby, married, and raised her family while volunteering extensively in her community with her church, the American Red Cross, and the Junior League. She also served on local boards, including for the YMCA, Concertime, and Chamber Music Tulsa, of which she was president. Following a divorce, she bolstered her ego with a rugged 15-day Outward Bound canoe trip on the Boundary Waters. A few years later, she earned an M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa and worked in accounting. She belonged to book clubs, played bridge and Mah Jong, and was an expert knitter. Two children, five grandchildren, and a sister survive her.

Judith W. Spall '58

Dec. 28, 2019, in Waltham, Mass., at 83. She put her Colby mathematics degree to work and became a computer programmer, working for Raytheon, MIT, ADL, and finally MITRE Corporation. Traveling the world was her passion; she visited six continents, absorbing the cultures and learning the histories of countless countries. She also played golf, swam, played bridge, and enjoyed seeing movies and plays with friends. Her sister Sally Spall Barnes ’60 survives her, as does extended family, including her niece Amy Hurley ’86.

Gladys Frank Bernyk '59

Oct. 24, 2019, in San Jose, Calif., at 81. She left Colby in 1957 but earned her degree from George Washington University in 1959. She married, had children, and moved around while her husband was in the Army. Her work later in life was as an instructional assistant in special education, helping hearing- and sight-impaired students at Monta Vista (California) High School, which named her employee of the year in 1997. An active volunteer, she was PTA president, involved with Amigos de law Americas, and founded a grocery co-op in her neighborhood. Her husband of 59 years, Alex, five children, and two grandsons survive her.  

Wilbur F. Hayes '59

Dec. 10, 2019, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at 83. He continued his studies right after Colby, earning an M.S. in 1961 and a Ph.D. in 1965, both in biology from Lehigh University. He chose to become a professor, teaching biology at Wilkes College (now Wilkes University) from 1967 to 2000. His research focused on the Atlantic horseshoe crab, limulus, which he studied using electron microscopy and about which he published several articles. He belonged to scientific organizations and was chair of the board of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Heart Association. He also earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1952. Two nephews and a niece survive him.

Louis Leotta Jr. '59

Louis Leotta '59

Louis Leotta lived an extraordinary life—simply because it was so ordinary. Leotta graduated from Colby and earned advanced degrees, found meaningful work, raised a family, worked his property, traveled.

All while totally blind.

Louis Leotta Jr. ’59 died in Olean, N.Y., Feb. 26, 2020. The life of the wry 85-year-old was lauded as a portrait of courage, persistence, and triumph over adversity.

Raised in Malden, Mass., Leotta was born with glaucoma and, until age 15, enjoyed a normal childhood, albeit with impaired vision. One morning, he awoke blind. “The loss happened just like that,” Leotta, snapping his fingers, told a reporter 35 years later.

Leotta attended Perkins School for the Blind before coming to Colby—its first blind student—with his seeing eye dog, allowing him to move freely about campus. Braille books, recorded textbooks, and classmates who read aloud to him helped Leotta succeed at Colby: he graduated with a degree in history in the top 5 percent of his class.

After earning master’s and doctorate degrees from Columbia University, he taught American history, spending most of his 34-year career at St. Bonaventure University, where he chaired the history department and was named professor emeritus in 2001. In 2009 Colby awarded him its Outstanding Educator Award.

Leotta claimed to be consumed with curiosity. He was an avid reader—using the Kurzweil reading machine for the blind—with interests in the Vietnam War and corporate American history. He authored several publications, including a recognized book on America’s Social Security program.

At his country home in Humphrey, N.Y., Leotta and his wife cleared trees and transformed their property, where he relished long walks with his guide dogs and family. He loved jazz and was an audiophile. And, surprisingly, he was a target shooter, a passion first developed at Colby when his KDR fraternity brothers jokingly invited him to target practice at a local dump.

“I’m not a great shot,” he said, “but I’m a careful shooter.” Later, Leotta used a target with a steel-plated, funnel-shaped area and an electronically activated bell in the center. He gauged his accuracy by deciphering the noise made when the bullet hit the target.

Beloved by his students for his sense of humor, Leotta told them that ideas are as elusive to grasp as cobwebs. “If you ever walked in a cobweb and tried to brush it off … it’s a son-of-a-gun to get a hold of,” the Batavia (N.Y.) Daily News reported. “Ideas are like that. They move around, they change.”

Leotta leaves his wife, Lois, two children, four step-children, three grandchildren, and two sisters. —Laura Meader

Mary Kristin Swanson Woodger '59

Oct. 18, 2019, in Plymouth, Mass., at 82. After two years at Colby, she attended the Katherine Gibbs School, married, and raised her children. She volunteered with community organizations and worked bookkeeping jobs in the Berkshire area. She also loved animals, especially dogs; her golden retrievers and shelties were constant companions. Kris leaves two sons, three grandsons, and a sister.

John P. Dunstan '60

Dec. 24, 2019, in Port Richey, Fla., at 87. He applied his undergraduate work in physics to a career as a physicist and an industrial hygienist, first with Pratt & Whitney and, starting in 1976, with Picatinny Arsenal, where he worked on optics for Patriot Missiles. He was one exam away from receiving his Ph.D. but refused to take it as he had no interest in being called “doctor”. In retirement, he lived 10 years in Hiram, Maine, where he took up photography, and later settled in Florida. He was also an astronomy buff and a ham radio operator, a skill he learned while serving in the Korean War. He was also active with his church. Predeceased by his parents, Edythe Porter and J. Leslie Dunstan, both Class of 1923, he leaves his wife, Patricia, and four children.

John R. Rafferty '60

 Nov. 1, 2019, in East Granby, Conn., at 81. Finishing what he started at Colby, he earned a B.A. in economics at the University of Rochester in 1962, setting him up for a career in life insurance. He worked for large agencies for 35 years before starting his own life insurance recruiting and consulting business. He never lost his passion for baseball, keeping in touch with Colby’s coach John Winkin and becoming a Yankees fan. He was an active volunteer in his community and church, loved his cottage in Owls Head, Maine, and traveled extensively, including a meaningful trip to Normandy. Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Becky Crane Rafferty  ’60, three children, including John Robert  ’86, and four grandchildren.

Elizabeth “Betsy” O’Connell '61

March 27, 2020, in Staten Island, N.Y., at 80. Described as a scientist and a spiritual warrior, she held an M.S. degree, worked for 49 years as a senior editor at New York University, and, later in life, became a Reiki master who focused her energy on animals, especially those in sanctuaries. She was a docent at the Staten Island Zoo for 20 years and an animal rights activist. She stood for social justice, lived intentionally, and designed a spiritual practice that centered around nature and animals. Her brother, Frederick O’Connell  ’59, survives her, as do mentees and soul-friends.

Norman S. Macartney '61

April 7, 2020, in Newport, N.C., at 81. An active, Christian man, he gave his time and talent to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Running Strong for Indian Youth, and the Katonah Fire Department. He coached young swimmers, started a Boy Scout Troop, volunteered at the local soup kitchen, and raised funds for causes, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee, and he was an educator, teaching in both New York and Texas. He also worked as a geophysicist in the Amazon and for CoreLabs. His personal interests included gardening, motorcycle racing, swimming, writing, painting, and playing the piano and guitar. Survivors include his wife, Armena “Mena”, three children, and three grandchildren.

Norcross E. Teel Jr. '61

April 11, 2020, in Langley, Wash., at 80. Following six months of active duty with the National Guard, he began his career in 1963 at Traveler’s Insurance Company. Seven years later, Pete started working for Mutual of New York and rose through the ranks to retire 20 years later as senior vice president of real estate. In early retirement, he worked part time as a consultant and mortgage loan analyst. He retired to Bar Harbor and then to Blue Hill, Maine, where he was a trustee with his Congregational church and a board member of area nonprofits. He was a sailor who enjoyed racing, and he was a builder, constructing his cottage on Pond Island, Maine. His final years were spent on Whidbey Island, Wash. He enjoyed traveling, hiking, feeding birds, and walking with his dog. He leaves his wife, Elsa, a sister, three sons, and nine grandchildren.

John C. Chapman '62

May 7, 2020, in Topsham, Maine, at 80. After Colby, he attended the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School and spent four years in active duty during the Vietnam War. He served in the Naval Reserves for 24 years, retiring as a captain. He was also an independent insurance agent in Damariscotta, Maine, where he also sold real estate and served on the board of Lincoln Academy, including two years as president. He belonged to Rotary International for 50 years. Described as quiet, wry, and reliable, he joyfully captained his party barge on Damariscotta Lake and equally loved his home in St. Augustine, Fla. Survivors include his wife, Allison, three children, two step-children, eight grandchildren, and a sister, Janice Chapman  ’70.   

Carol Pospisil Morton '62

Nov. 23, 2019, in Ellicott City, Md., at 78. A homemaker and mother, she was active with the Towson Presbyterian Church and its Heartlights group, which provided services for the mentally challenged, and its prayer shawl group. Her interests included knitting, baking, reading mysteries, and following the Maryland Terrapins basketball team. She loved animals, especially the dogs and cats in her life. She leaves three sons, five grandchildren, and a sister.

Susan Comeau '63

Nov. 19, 2019, in Venice, Fla., at 78. She started her 38-year career at State Street Bank in Boston modestly, as a customer service representative, before receiving multiple promotions and rising to executive vice president and head of human resources. Her trailblazing career shattered glass ceilings and placed her at the forefront of change in the ’70s and ’80s. She volunteered extensively for Colby, as a class agent, on the Alumni Council 1979-85, and on the Board of Trustees 1987-2009. She was active in Colby clubs in Boston and volunteered for the regional campaign in Boston 1995-96. For her leadership and commitment to the College, she was awarded a Colby Brick in 1986 and the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award in 2003. She gave generously to many charities, and, at Colby, established two funds, including the Susan Comeau Scholarship Fund in 1993. Although she never married, she surrounded herself with friends and family, whether traveling internationally or in her home. She leaves two siblings and their extended families.  

Douglas R. Johnston '63

Dec. 5, 2019, in Haverhill, Mass., at 77. He left Colby and eventually became a realtor and owner of Stony Brook Realty in Westford, Mass. While living in Naples, Fla., he was a patient advocate and did volunteer work with Parkinson’s patients and the homeless. He played the banjo in a folk group, participated in tennis tournaments, and enjoyed playing backgammon. He leaves his wife, Marjorie, two sons, two step-daughters, nine grandchildren, and two sisters.  

Thomas G. Mayer '63

Nov. 20, 2019, in Camden, Maine, at 79. After managing orange groves in Florida for several years, he became a long-haul trucker, satisfying his love of driving. Later, he owned and operated a limo service in New York City. He was a Life Master bridge player and an accomplished bowler and golfer. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three siblings, including Sandra Mayer Zinman 60.

Stephen W.A. Thompson '63

Jan. 13, 2020, in Marblehead, Mass., at 79. His entire career was spent as an insurance broker for Marsh & McLennan, eventually becoming managing director of the company’s Boston office. Along the way, he completed the executive M.B.A. program at Harvard Business School. He loved to read, and he followed current affairs; he enjoyed traveling with his wife; he was a lifelong boater who belonged to Marblehead’s Corinthian Yacht Club and to Five Islands Yacht Club in Maine, where he summered for 70 years. Predeceased by his wife, Joan Phillipps Thompson ’64, he leaves two sons, four grandchildren, and a sister.

George A. Burks '65

 Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston, Texas, at 75. After serving two years with the U.S. Army, he earned his law degree at South Texas College of Law. He became an attorney specializing in business law, working at the firm Burks Brush.

William A. Cooper, M.A. '65

March 19, 2020, in The Villages, Fla., at 86. Bill earned his B.A. in English in 1956 from Brown University and then studied mathematics at Colby during the summers of 1964-66 and was awarded a master’s in 1966. He taught mathematics at New York’s Trinity-Pawling School, where he also chaired the math department, was head of the disciplinary committee, and coached varsity hockey, JV baseball and football, and intramural tennis. He was inducted into the Trinity-Pawling Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He later became head of school at the Hill School Camp, becoming a trustee in 2005. He enjoyed tennis, golf, biking, sailing, swimming, travel, and theater. Survivors include three children, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Thomas F. Reif '66

April 2020, in Hartford, Conn., at 75. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, then returned to Maine, which he learned to love during college. He homesteaded in Downeast Maine and eventually started practicing psychology, establishing a counseling center in Ellsworth. In 1977 he moved to Richmond, Va., to work at a psychiatric hospital. He trained in Gestalt therapy and later opened a private practice and was on the faculty of the Medical College of Virginia, earning renown and respect in the Richmond therapeutic community. His family reports Tom died unexpectedly from a fatal encounter with his beloved backhoe as he was preparing his garden for spring planting. He leaves his partner, Joan Miller, two children, two grandchildren, and three siblings, including Peter Reif ’83.

Susan Daggett Dean '67

March 15, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at 74. She worked in banking for a period, and later she was co-owner of several business ventures, including SunAmp Power Company, a photovoltaics company that she and her husband acquired after building their own solar home. She played tennis and was a bicyclist who once rode across the country. Singing, cooking, and scrapbooking were other favorite pastimes. She served her Colby class as a class agent and class secretary. Her Colby ties include both grandfathers, Cecil M. Daggett, Class of 1903, and Wilmer A. Mooers, Class of 1914; her parents, John ’41 and Natalie Mooers Daggett ’42, and several aunts and uncles. Those who survive her include her husband, Ross, two daughters, five grandchildren, and two siblings.

Newland A. Lesko '67

Dec. 25, 2019, in Germantown, Tenn., at 74. He joined International Paper in 1967 and worked on manufacturing and business aspects of the company. In 2003 he was promoted to executive vice president, a position he held until he retired. His pastimes included hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Lisa, five children, four grandchildren, and a sister.

Cheryl D. Reed '67

April 26, 2020, in Alexandria, Va., at 75. She transferred to Colby from Wheaton College; at that time, her father, John H. Reed, was governor of the state of Maine. She attended the Katherine Gibbs Legal Secretary Program, and then she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was a legal secretary until she retired in 2013. She enjoyed European travel, spent summers in her home state of Maine, and adored cats. Survivors include her husband, John Lee ’53, and a sister.

Jane Morrison Bubar '68

Dec. 17, 2019, in Dixfield, Maine, at 73. Following graduate work in English at UNH, she worked and volunteered in the disabilities field, writing newsletters and grants and serving as president of Very Special Arts Maine. Later, she worked as director of public relations for Rumford Community Hospital, where she also ran their volunteer program. She was also an active member of the local Rotary club and the historical society. Canoeing and camping were her passions, and she enjoyed restoring houses, commenting once that there was “always an unfinished bathroom in my life.” Jane perished in an accidental house fire, leaving two sons, including Joshua ’93 and his wife, Beth Cronin ’93, three grandchildren, and a brother.

Brenda Cornfield Roberts '68

Sept. 11, 2019, in Halifax, N.S., at 71. She was a nurse in the geriatrics and mental health fields known for playing the piano and singing for patients. She also played the organ for churches to which she belonged. Later in life, she established Copperleaf Antiques with her husband. She’s survived by her two children, three grandsons, and a sister.

James A. Barys '69

Nov. 4, 2019, in Worcester, Mass., at 71. A master teacher of mathematics, he started his teaching career at Wachusett Regional High School then moved to the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science in 2000. His teaching was interrupted for service in the U.S. Army 1971-72. He earned a master’s in mathematics from Clark University and continued his professional training at Bowdoin and Harvard, presenting frequently at mathematics conferences. He taught kettle ball classes, made time for hiking and paddle-boarding, and traveled frequently. Gardening and reading were other pleasurable activities. His wife, Elizabeth, and two children survive him. 

Virgil W. Hervey Jr. '69

Dec. 10, 2019, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, at 75. Originally slated to graduate from Colby in 1965, he dropped out after his sophomore year and joined the Coast Guard, where he served as an electronics technician. He returned to Colby and graduated, then earned a law degree from St. John’s University School in 1972. He practiced law for the Legal Aid Society of New York City, as a law secretary in the New York State Supreme Court, and, for 20 years, in private practice. In 2000 he moved to Yellow Springs and focused on writing, where he wrote poetry, short stories, and news, publishing widely and being nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Later in life, he discovered hockey and played for an adult league, and he also took up the ukulele. He leaves his wife, Amy Lee, her two children, his two children, a grandson, and two sisters.

James L. Osborne '69

March 10, 2019, in Belmont, Vt., at 72. 

Lynne Curtis Caswell '70

Nov. 6, 2017, in Topsham, Maine, at 69. She transferred from Colby to the University of Maine, where she earned a B.A. in art. She homesteaded for almost a decade while raising her children, then moved to Topsham, where she worked as a substitute teacher, reading tutor, and office manager. She was an environmentalist who also loved dancing, reading, and gardening. Her husband, Edward, two children, four grandchildren, and four siblings are among her survivors.

Elizabeth Mann Hight '70

March 18, 2020, in Washington, D.C., at 72. Known for having artistic and literary talent, she worked various jobs: a reporter for UPI, a legislative assistant for the late California Senator Alan Cranston, and a contractor for the Educational Testing Service. She volunteered in local schools and lived with a strong social conscience. Survivors include her husband, Alfred Harf, with whom she conceived and established a woodland garden that serves as her legacy, a daughter, and a sister. 

Joanne Gordon Sampson '71

April 24, 2020, in Branford, Conn., at 71. A lifelong educator, she earned a master’s in special education from New York University in 1972. Her career involved work with autistic children at Kings Park State Hospital on Long Island, in Boston public schools, and, for 40 years, as an early childhood educator in a number of Jewish institutions in Norwalk, Conn. First and foremost a mother, she was also an advocate for social justice who volunteered for causes in which she believed, an active member of Temple Shalom in Norwalk, and an accomplished baker. Two children survive her, as do two grandchildren, a sister, and her former husband, David Sampson  ’73.

Marjorie V. Saporita '71

May 10, 2020, in Skowhegan, Maine, at 92. A Maine native, she came to Colby when her children were in school, earning her degree at age 43. She enjoyed a 27-year career teaching at schools in Waterville, Winslow, and Fairfield. She volunteered at the Vassalboro Food Pantry, and she found pleasure in golf, music, good food, and trips to Maine’s coast. She leaves two sons, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren

L. Fleming Fallon Jr. '72

March 28, 2020, in Bowling Green, Ohio, at 70. A Renaissance man and lifelong learner, he earned numerous post-graduate degrees: an M.S. in microbiology, an M.B.A., M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and a Dr.PH in 2000. His professional field was public health, and he taught that subject at Slippery Rock University and Bowling Green State University, where he was named a distinguished teaching professor. He wrote a weekly column, “Health Thoughts”, authored more than 480 peer-reviewed works and more than 750 other publications, and served on the Wood County Board of Health. He was also a stained-glass artist, a kaleidoscope collector, a blue-ribbon counted cross stitch artist, a baker, an Eagle Scout, a percussionist, and an active member of his church. He leaves his wife, Rebecca, four step-children, and a sister.

Richard A Kaback '72

Nov. 23, 2009, in New York at 58. He had interests in travel and tourism, working for various agencies in New York. In 1978 he earned a master’s in tourism administration from the New School in New York City. Together with his wife, Ursula, he raised a son, Alexander.

Brian L. Clark '75

Dec. 12, 2019, in Worcester, Mass., at 66. After a career in computer sales, he worked in customer service at L.L.Bean, where, by chance, he connected with a long-lost friend on a call. He moved to Worcester to marry her, working at Home Depot until his death from cancer. A lifelong fan of Boston teams, he also enjoyed golfing, visiting Cape Cod, and vacationing on Sanibel Island. Survivors include his wife, Mary “Vicky” van der Linden, his daughter, three step-daughters, six grandchildren, and two siblings, including Sandra Clark Jonassen ’74.

Moira Shea, M.D. '75

April 29, 2020, in West Falmouth, Mass., at 66. A pediatrician, she earned her medical degree from New York Medical College in 1979. She offered compassion and medical expertise to patients at Bramblebush Pediatrics in Falmouth, Mass., from 1985 until she retired in 2014. She was an avid reader, an excellent baker and cook, and a rescuer of monarch caterpillars that she raised to become butterflies. She died from ovarian cancer, leaving her husband, William Wittman, two daughters, two grandsons, and three siblings, including Emily Shea Leone ’81.

Deborah J. Cohen '77

March 13, 2020, in Erie, Pa., at 65. Her studies in Spanish began at Colby and led her to a 20-year career as a professor of Spanish at Slippery Rock University, where she was also actively engaged in the theater community, served as faculty advisor to the LGBTQ club, and hosted an international radio hour as Dr. Deb. Recently retired from Slippery Rock, she was pursuing a degree in theater and was training to be a set designer, scenic artist, and lighting designer. She earned a Ph.D. in Central American theater studies from the University of Kansas. Deb leaves her mother and two brothers.

Alice Bassett-Jellema '78

Nov. 2, 2019, in Baltimore, Md., at 62. A city priest with a commitment to social justice and compassion for everyone, she served as pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Guardian Angel in Remington, Md., for 22 years. There, she initiated a reading camp, a food pantry, and outreach programs for vulnerable and high-risk populations. She earned a master’s in divinity from the General Theological Seminary in 1992 and served churches in Virginia and Townson, Md. She also served on the boards of the Episcopal Housing Corporation and St. Mary’s Outreach Center. Famous for her red high-top sneakers, she was called an “old-school street priest who met people where they were.” She leaves her wife, Christine, three step-children, and two siblings.

Elizabeth H. Bowen Chase '81

Feb. 5, 2020, in Belfast, Maine, at 61. Liz earned a master’s in French literature from Brown University in 1984 then returned to Colby to teach French and run the Colby in Dijon program for two years. She worked for Fleet Bank briefly then returned again to work in Colby’s Student Financial Services Department administering financial aid. She drew inspiration from the earth’s beauty, and she held a deep interest in Zen Buddhism. Liz played the organ, joined the “Come Boating” crew to row her ocean shell, and volunteered administrative time with Belfast Senior College. In 2015 she married John Chase, who survives her, as does her brother, John W. Bowen 75.

Deborah Holmes Beam '83

Jan. 10, 2020, in Brunswick, Maine, at 58. Her love of singing and acting began early in life and brought her joy throughout adulthood as she performed in church choirs and local theater productions. She also discovered a passion for working with children and spent 27 years as an education technician working with special-needs children at Edgecomb Eddy School. Her father and two brothers survive her, as do her husband, James, two daughters, and a step-daughter and her two children. 

Karen Heilman Muth '88

April 19, 2020, in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., at 54. Artistically gifted, she created jewelry and was an emotive singer. She was lead singer in a folk band early in life, then later sang with her church. She also started a voiceover business, SunVocals. Most recently, she was business manager for an architectural inspection firm in Philadelphia and had just earned her drone pilot’s license. She loved being a mother, and she had an affection for Labrador retrievers. She leaves her son, Hayden, her father, and four siblings. 

Stephen E. Webb '88

Dec. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nev., at 53. He lived in China for a period and traveled around, then settled in Las Vegas, where he worked as a dealer in several casinos, including Palms, Orleans, and Caesars. He was a reader and a writer of stories and poems, and he collected gaming memorabilia, chips, cards, and matchbooks. He also loved sports, especially soccer, baseball, and hockey. His daughter, Stephanie, his mother, and two siblings survive him.

Brian K. Boykins '89

Dec. 14, 2019, in Hanoi, Vietnam, at 52. Naturally curious and drawn to learning, he studied at several institutions beyond Colby: Vincennes University, DePauw University, and Saint Augustine’s University. He also served in the U.S. Army. He spent the last decade of his life living abroad in Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, where he sold real estate, taught ESL courses, owned a Jamaican cuisine restaurant, and provided food to underprivileged children. He leaves a daughter, his mother, and two sisters.

Jason S. Angell '94

March 31, 2020, in Redwood City, Calif., at 48. He transferred from Colby to the University of Delaware, where he earned a B.A. in 1995. A J.D. followed in 2002 from the University of California Hastings College of Law. He practiced law in California, most recently as of counsel for Hopkins & Carley in Palo Alto. He died of a heart attack while out on his evening run. Survivors include his wife, twin daughters, three siblings, and his parents.

Deanna Huston '94

March 24, 2020, in Farmington, N.H., at 47. Deanna worked as a production manager for Coed Sportswear. No other information about her was available other than she died of cancer. Predeceased by her father, Frank Huston 65, survivors include her mother, Dee-Ann Harris Bean 65, her partner, and four siblings.

Matthew D. Danziger '03

April 18, 2020, in San Anselmo, Calif., at 38. Matt’s life ended suddenly when he collapsed while on a trail run near his home. A varsity soccer player at Colby, he remained active throughout his life: skiing at Tahoe, surfing off Wellfleet on Cape Cod, or sailing in San Francisco Bay. He was also a volunteer and a participant with the Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride. In his career, his capacity for human connection elevated his success in the field of investor relations, most recently with Pure Storage and previously with LinkedIn. Matt leaves his wife, Kate, two children, his parents, and three brothers, including Andrew ’03 and Michael  ’00.