Oct. 23, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M., at 64. An accomplished poet, he earned an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona and went on to publish seven poetry collections, including his most recent, Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God, which, like much of his poetry, was infused with humor. He was an adjunct professor in Colby’s English Department in the mid ’90s, and later he taught at New Mexico State University at Las Cruces and the University of Houston. His wife, Kathleen Lee, and a brother survive him.
Spring 2019 Obituaries
Jan. 3, 2019, in Readfield, Maine, at 68. Originally from Millinocket, Maine, he was drafted into the Army and then earned a degree in music and recording from the University of Augusta. He worked at Colby as a sound engineer for 18 years, supplying instruments and equipment for College performances as well as to local groups and Grammy Award-winning musicians. His wife, Deanna, two children, and three grandchildren survive him.
Dec. 30, 2018, in Brunswick, Maine, at 59. Originally from Sacramento, Calif., he worked as controller at Colby from 1994 until 2018, when he died from cancer. His wife, Stephanie, a daughter, and two siblings survive him.
Dec. 26, 2018, in Farmington, Maine, at 101. Her adventurous spirit lured her away from early teaching posts in Maine to work at Bausch and Lomb in Rochester, N.Y., to join the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II, and to serve as a social worker in Los Angeles. She married in 1947, had children, and lived in Connecticut for 20 years until 1973 when she moved to Maine. Family, home, and church were her primary foci, but she also loved reading in her library, watching the Celtics, snowshoeing, and knitting. Predeceased by her husband, Ray Stinchfield ’39, and her brother Maurice Towle ’43, she is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Oct. 16, 2018, in Minnesota at 99. From 1942 to 1945 he served with the U.S. Army; later, he established a career in insurance, starting as an area claim manager and advancing to an assistant vice president. He was a member of the vestry of his church and served as president of the St. Louis Park Police Civil Service Commission. Landscaping, gardening, and golfing were his hobbies. He and his first wife raised two daughters.
Feb. 19, 2017, in Chesapeake, Va., at 93. Her life work revolved around her family and home, where she enjoyed reading, knitting, and making quilts and dolls. Five children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren survive her.
Feb. 14, 2019, in Worcester, Mass., at 93. After starting her family, she began teaching English, first at Assumption College—from which she earned a masterís in English in 1968—and then at Quinsigamond Community College, where she eventually became a full professor. A community activist, she served on boards of Jewish organizations and was chair of the board of Common Cause of Massachusetts, which gave her its Distinguished Service Award. She also received the Mary E. Tobin Award from the Massachusetts Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors in 1990. She sat on Colbyís Alumni Council in the 1990s and was the secretary for her class 1986-91. Her three children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive her.
Aug. 15, 2018, in Fairfield, Conn., at 94. He enlisted with the Navy in 1941—leaving Colby as a freshman—attended midshipman’s school at Harvard, became an ensign in 1944, and served in the Pacific. He returned to Colby on the G.I. Bill and gave the farewell address for “Senior Day” graduation weekend. He remained in the Naval Reserves for 19 years, retiring as a lieutenant, and worked as a copywriter and then creative director for ad agencies in New York City. Later, he moved to the client side of advertising, becoming creative director for the international division of Richardson-Vicks. He loved to sail on Long Island Sound, earned his pilotís license in his late 50s, and became a Connecticut auxiliary state trooper in his retirement. He served on the Town of Westport’s planning and zoning commission for nine years, including time as vice chair. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Alice, three daughters, and four grandchildren, including James F. Manning ’17.
April 30, 2017, in Audubon, Pa., at 92. An Eagle Scout, he came to Colby on a track scholarship but left in 1943 to enlist with the Navy, serving as a naval officer in the South Pacific during World War II. After graduating from Colby, he became a chemist and worked for General Electric’s aerospace division, where he was credited with numerous inventions and applications for heat shields on NASA reentry vehicles during the Mercury and Gemini years. Later, he earned a teaching certificate and taught chemistry. He enjoyed traveling, completing the New York Times crossword puzzle, gardening, and creating bas-relief carvings from slate. Four children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive him.
Nov. 10, 2018, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, at 92. She worked briefly as a social worker before adopting children and dedicating herself to her home and family. She was active in her community and became a master gardener. When her husband retired, they traveled globally. Predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Charles ’48, she is survived by two children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Oct. 4, 2018, in Swampscott, Mass., at 91. Family and home were her life’s primary focus. She also enjoyed reading, music, and dance, particularly the jitterbug. Predeceased by her brothers Edward Barron ’29 and Leo Barron ’35 and cousins Edith Barron ’38, Irving Ward ’39, Hanna Levine Schussheim ’48, and Sumner Levine ’53, she is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and extended family, including cousins Burt Silberstein ’49 and Peter ’56 and Paula Lunder.
Jan. 30, 2019, at 91. She proudly dedicated her life to raising 14 children, making a home, gardening to feed her family, and knitting almost constantly. She welcomed visitors, greeted people with an open hand, and shared vegetables and preserves. Traveling and square dancing were other pleasures. Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Vito, 13 children, 32 grandchildren, and dozens of great-grandchildren.
Nov. 26, 2018, in Portland, Maine, at 91. She worked for the State of Maine as a social worker before becoming a full-time mother and homemaker. Later in life, she was a partner in a Portland antiquarian bookstore, where she specialized in children’s books. She enjoyed music, art, dancing, and writing poetry. In 1961 her poem “No Longer Alone” won third prize in a poetry contest sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi. Four children, three grandchildren, and a brother survive her.
Feb. 25, 2019, in North Kingstown, R.I., at 91. After a brief stint in the U.S. Army, he returned to Rhode Island, where he worked for Chemical Products and eventually founded Development Associates in 1974. An avid sailor and longtime member of Wickford Yacht Club, he cruised extensively and raced in both summer and winter—frostbiting—in his boats, all named Alchemist. He also served as president of the Rhode Island house museum Smithís Castle. He is survived by four children, including Douglas ’77, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Jan. 12, 2019, in Mansfield, Mass., at 91. She extended her role as mother and homemaker into her community through her work as a substitute teacher, a trustee of the Medfield (Mass.) Memorial Library, and a member of the board of the local League of Women Voters. She served on Colbyís Alumni Council in the 1970s and ’80s, and was president of the South Central Massachusetts Colby Alumnae Association until 1991. Predeceased by her siblings Frank Farnham ’40 and Lydia Farnham Johnson ’40, she is survived by her husband of 68 years, Richard, a son, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Feb. 2, 2019, in Brunswick, Maine, at 89. Following service with the Army during the Korean Conflict, he worked in his family’s merchandise business and then became a realtor, restoring old and historic buildings in Boston and mid-coast Maine. Civically active, he was president of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and, as an advocate of responsible urban planning, he belonged to Citizens for a Better New England Life. He served as treasurer on the board of Boston’s Learning Project, from which he received an honorary degree in 2001. Later, as a Maine resident, he was a silent partner in the restaurant Lincoln 22 and served on boards for Cundy Harbor’s Holbrook Foundation and the Brunswick Civic Association. Survivors include his wife, Ann, six children, and eight grandchildren.
March 13, 2018, in Naples, Fla., at 90. He served with the U.S. Army prior to enrolling at Colby, stayed in Waterville for two years, then transferred to Cornell University. He became vice president and treasurer of Henry E. Sanson and Sons Inc. In retirement, he volunteered at a local hospital, supported area organizations, and played tennis. Two daughters, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him.
Oct. 5, 2018, in Naples, Fla., at 89. He enlisted in Army Officer Candidate School and served in Korea as a second lieutenant in the Medical Corps. A businessman, he co-owned Mark Cross, an American leather goods company, for 38 years and became its CEO, expanding the company to national prominence and establishing a wholesale division. He also worked with Chrysler’s Lee Iacocca to introduce Mark Cross interiors to the Le Baron line. His children, Stephen and Leah, three grandchildren, a great-grandson, and his sister survive him.
Feb. 24, 2019, in Glastonbury, Conn., at 90. He served in Korea as a captain with the U.S. Marine Corps and later pursued a career as a bond broker for American Securities in Hartford. Sports, gardening, and time outdoors, especially on Cape Cod, brought him pleasure. Predeceased by his wife, Janet Leslie Douglass ’52, he is survived by two children and five grandsons.
Feb. 12, 2019, in Cape Charles, Va., at 92. Born in Canada, he immigrated to the United States in 1928. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army at Walter Reed Hospital. He went on to work in insurance.
Nov. 17, 2018, in Augusta, Maine, at 88. An Army veteran from the Korean War, he earned a master’s from the University of Maine, taught and coached basketball at Searsport (Maine) High School, and then graduated from medical school at the University of Vermont. He practiced in Augusta as an ear, nose, and throat specialist and surgeon for 25 years. He was an avid sports fan who loved Monday Night Football; he savored time with his extended family; and he enjoyed fishing, dancing, and music. Predeceased by his brother Herbert ’52, he is survived by four daughters, four grandchildren, and five siblings, including John ’52, Norman ’52, Anthony ’54, and Joseph ’68.
Nov. 30, 2018, in Chelmsford, Mass., at 88. She earned her bachelor’s from Simmons College, married, and started her life as a mother and homemaker. An active community volunteer, she served in leadership roles, notably as trustee for Lowell General Hospital and as the first elected female senior warden of her church. In 1980 she graduated from Williams College School of Banking and began a 22-year career as a bank trust officer. Her passions were traveling and skiing. Survivors include her three sons, including Steven Mansfield ’82, seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister.
Oct. 25, 2018, in Manchester, N.H., at 88. She earned an M.L.S. degree from Simmons College and worked as a librarian specializing in young adult literature at the New York City Public Library. She took time off to raise her children and then became librarian for the Goffstown (N.H.) High School until she retired in 1983. Traveling, volunteering with the Literacy Volunteers of America, and taking lifelong learning classes kept her busy in retirement. Survivors include two children.
Sept. 30, 2018, in Portland, Ore., at 87. He worked as a radio announcer in Maine, Massachusetts, and Arizona. He and his wife, Margaret, raised a daughter, Brenda.
April 27, 2018, in Kennebunk, Maine, at 85. Initially a housewife and mother, she became a schoolteacher, who, in 1973, earned a master’s in education from the University of Maine, Portland-Gorham. She taught third grade in Auburn, Maine, until she moved to Kennebunk, where she and her husband owned and operated Meserve’s Market. She served on the board of the Gard W. Twaddle Nurses Fund and, in her free time, enjoyed bird watching. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Robert, four children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Oct. 17, 2018, in Dallas, Texas, at 86. He served as a first lieutenant in the Air Force, where he flew the T-33, and was discharged in 1957. He launched his banking career soon after; by 1965 he was managing his own portfolio of companies and served as CEO of the Alpert Companies, where he invested in banking, finance, real estate, and entertainment around the world with a focus later in life on innovative technology and employment. He was knighted by King Carl Gustaf of Sweden for his service as the Honorary Consul of Sweden-Dallas and received the Polar Star in 1997 from the king. He served on numerous boards as a director, was a founding member of the Dallas Museum of Art, and left a legacy of entrepreneurship. An avid golfer and tennis player, he helped spearhead a project that led to the remodeling of Sweden’s old Skansek Hotel into a modern conference center that hosts the Swedish Open. A Colby trustee from 1982 to 1986, he established the J. Robert Alpert Fund in 1986, served as an overseer, and in 2008 was named trustee emeritus. Survivors include his wife, Sidsel, three children, and six grandchildren
Jan. 27, 2019, in Newbury Park, Calif., at 86. He earned his B.S.E.E. from Northeastern University in 1959 after serving two years in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1961 he started working for North American Aviation/Rockwell and went on to become manager of the Apollo Test Operations, manager/director of engineering and launch teams for the space shuttle, and manager of the space station electrical power system, dividing his time between California and Cape Canaveral, Fla., until he retired in 1996. He worked as a consultant in retirement, including for NASA on Project Constellation. Golfing, coaching community basketball and high school softball, and growing fruit trees and roses brought him great pleasure. He enjoyed traveling internationally, and he was a loyal UCLA Bruins fan. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosemary “Penny” Thresher Edson ’54, three children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three sisters.
Nov. 29, 2018, in Kennebunkport, Maine, at 86. Home and family were her priorities until 1972, when she began working in social services at a local hospital. She earned an M.S.W. degree in 1979 and worked as a clinical social worker at Trinity Mental Health in Framingham, Mass., until she retired. She was engaged with her church, the Kennebunk River Club, and the Seacoast Garden Club of Kennebunkport, where she served as president. Her husband of 64 years, William ’52, two children, two grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and a sister survive her.
Feb. 25, 2019, in Yarmouth, Maine, at 85. Her career, beyond her dedication to her family, was spent helping children with learning disabilities. Her work started in 1965 when she earned a certificate in the Gillingham Method to work with dyslexic children, continued at Brookline High School, and culminated when she earned a master’s in education from Lesley College in 1981. In retirement, she worked as an ESL teacher for immigrants in Maine. She loved classical music, followed current events, savored fiction, and delighted in conversation. Predeceased by her brother, Benjamin Sears ’52, she is survived by three children, including Jonathan ’82, her sister-in-law, Nancy Ricker Sears ’50, three grandchildren, and extended family, including nieces Jennifer Sears Supple ’81 and Rebecca Sears Cleary ’87 and nephew Charles Cleary ’86.
Feb. 15, 2019, in Rockport, Mass., at 85. After Colby, he served in the Army as a chaplain’s assistant in Hannu, Germany. He started teaching history at Rockport High School in 1958 and served as department chair—his specialties were Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and America in the ’20s and ’30s. Many attributed their lifelong love of reading to him. Rich earned an M.Ed. from Salem State College in 1965, and he loved reading, swimming the circumference of the local quarry, and the piano, which he played at weddings, parties, and solo in restaurants. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Nancy Perron Ives ’55; four children, including Geoffrey ’81 and his wife, Barbi Fallows Ives ’82; eight grandchildren; and two brothers, including Philip Ives ’57.
March 20, 2019, in Portland, Maine, at 86. His first job post-Colby was in sales with Hanes Knitting Company, where he earned salesman of the year after getting actress Grace Kelly to model Hanes’s ski pajamas. He later used his entrepreneurial skills to start several businesses, including the Birthday Warehouse—an indoor amusement park—and the bookstore Scrooge and Marley. A larger-than-life figure, he was an avid reader and writer, a sports enthusiast with a penchant for golf, and a lover of dogs. Survivors include five children, a brother, and seven grandchildren
March 20, 2018, in Venice, Fla., at 84. Following her graduation from Colby, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency doing research, serving two years in Japan and three in Washington, D.C. She lived in Honolulu for 10 years while raising her son, then moved to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she worked for the vice president of Vassar College and the president of Marist College. Barbara retired in Florida, discovering new interests in piloting a Cessna 150 and a Piper Cherokee, sailing a 27-foot Catalina, and exploring the U.S. in a travel trailer. Her son, Steve, two granddaughters, and a sister survive her.
Sept. 25, 2018, in Marlborough, Conn., at 84. She graduated from Colby and became an airline attendant for Eastern Airlines, flying first on pioneering shuttles along the East Coast and then traveling the world. She married in 1969, started a family, and poured herself into volunteer activities such as the Girl Scouts and bell choir. She was an avid tennis player, runner, and golfer, kept abreast of current issues, and loved debating politics. Described as a true social butterfly, strong-willed, and an independent thinker, she was at home at cocktail parties and bridge games. Her son and daughter, three grandchildren, and a brother survive her.
Nov. 30, 2018, in Jupiter, Fla., at 84. A veteran with the U.S. Army, he built a career in the auto industry. He started as an accountant at Cadillac Automobile Company in Boston in 1960 and was vice president and general manager by 1971. He later opened Hellawell Cadillac Oldsmobile in The Berkshires. A philanthropist and humanitarian, he supported a mission church in Delray Beach and the Hanley Hazelden Foundation. He also played golf and rooted for New England sports teams. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Patricia, two daughters, and a brother.
Oct. 11, 2018, in Hudson, Wis., at 81. An educator, he began teaching at Marshfield (Mass.) High School before moving to Holderness School, where he taught English and served as department chair. He then went on to Dana Hall School (Wellesley, Mass.), where he led the English department until he retired in 2004. Along the way, he earned a master’s in English from Wesleyan University in 1968, was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at Eltham College in England, and was a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University for a year. He loved the written, spoken, and sung word; received honors domestically and internationally, and took pride in the efforts and success of his students. Survivors include his wife, Judith, three children, including Christopher Cameron ’82 and Heather Cameron Ploen ’87, three grandchildren, and a brother.
Feb. 10, 2019, in Silver Spring, Md., at 83. He served in the Army Reserves and then earned an M.B.A. from American University in 1964. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hansen Marchbank ’57, two sons, and three grandchildren.
Nov. 24, 2018, in Winslow, Maine, at 83. He earned two master’s degrees at the University of Maine, and he also studied at Bowdoin College. He served in the U.S. Air Force and belonged to the 101st Maine Air National Guard, retiring as major after 27 years of active and reserve duty service. He taught history and French, was a guidance counselor, and served as director of adult education in the Waterville School Department. Summers were spent remodeling and building homes, and in 1989 his construction company rebuilt Central Maineís Fort Halifax. He served as president of a local credit union and as general manager of Watervilleís Pine Ridge Golf Course, and for 40 years he officiated local football and basketball games. He earned the designation of ìlife masterî bridge player. Predeceased by his first wife, Mary Story Mathieu ’58, he is survived by wife Janice Mathieu, her eight children, and his five siblings.
March 8, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass., at 83. He worked in advertising and real estate, starting in the 1960s in New York City then moving to Boston, where he founded Charles Smith Associates, which specialized in historic home renovations. Later, he joined Hammond Real Estate as a broker. He was a golfer and yachtsman, and he served as a trustee of the Cambridge Historical Society. A niece and nephew survive him.
Dec. 14, 2018, in Tavares, Fla., at 83. Following service in the Army for two years after Colby, he established a career at Aetna Life and Casualty, working in annuity and pension operations. Retiring in Florida in 1993, he focused on his golf handicap. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathleen, four children, and a grandson.
Jan. 13, 2019, in Portsmouth, N.H., at 81. After starting her family, she earned her bachelorís from the University of New Hampshire in 1969. An educator of young children, she owned and operated a preschool in Portsmouth for many years, and later she volunteered in a migrant community in Florida (where she wintered) for a reading program for almost 20 years. A grant allowed her to establish enrichment programs at childcare centers and elementary schools there, earning her accolades and a key to the city of Barefoot Bay. She also enjoyed reading, knitting, and doing puzzles. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Warren, three children, six grandchildren, and two brothers.
March 17, 2019, in Springfield, Mass., at 81. He earned a master’s from Boston University, where he taught history for a period before establishing a career in insurance and loss control management. At the same time, he was a public servant, serving, for example, on the Hampshire County Council of Government and Belchertown Board of Selectmen. In 1993 he was elected town clerk of Belchertown, a position he held until he retired in 2014. Bill was also a Mason who held offices such as district deputy grand master; he also received two distinguished service awards. He was active with six lodges at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Sharon, and two children, including Tamara ’97
Dec. 14, 2018, in Rock Hill, S.C., at 82. After earning a certificate in French at the University of Strasbourg in 1960, he started a career teaching high school French and Latin. He earned a master’s in education from Northeastern University in 1968 and later started negotiating contracts for teachersí unions across the country. Bruce moved to South Carolina in the early 1990s and worked at the Lancaster News, retiring as head of circulation. Traveling and watching sports were his favorite pastimes. His daughter, Heather, and a sister survive him.
March 25, 2019, in Shrewsbury, Mass., at 82. A talented athlete, he was recruited by the Washington Redskins in 1959óbut football didnít define his life. He became a salesman for ANACOMP Corporation, served the Town of Shrewsbury as a call firefighter and as a special police officer, and was a third degree Mason. He stood tall at 6’6″ and had a big personality to match, performing as a clown for community events and serving as a greeter at Shrewsbury High School. He made more than 350 donations to the American Red Crossís apheresis program, and he enjoyed fishing and boating. Three children, a brother, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild survive him.
March 6, 2019, in Pace, Fla., at 81. He joined the Navy in December 1960, served in Vietnam, and became a naval aviator, serving for 22 years and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, and other military awards. Matt later became a flight simulator instructor at Whiting Field in Florida. He attended the Methodist church, enjoyed reading, and played the trumpet, piano, and bagpipes. His two children, a stepdaughter, and two grandchildren survive him.
Jan. 14, 2019, in Rockland, Maine, at 81. He received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1963 and joined his father’s law practice in Hyannis, Mass. Ken later moved to Maine, where he worked for MBNA in Belfast in sales. He served as chair of Colby’s Alumni Council from 1970 to 1972 and was president of the Alumni Club of Southeastern Massachusetts 1972-74. He loved fly-fishing on the Miramichi River and spending time with his family and friends at his cabin on the St. Croix River in Canada. Survivors include his wife, Betty, two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and his two brothers, John M. ’63 and Jim ’67.
Oct. 16, 2018, in Carlisle, Pa., at 79. She was a flight attendant for Pan American until she married in 1969 and became a military wife. Throughout her family’s many moves domestically and internationally, she mentored and guided officers’ wives groups and volunteered in every community. Her son, Christopher, a granddaughter, and her sister, Ellen Larkin Grisanti ’63, survive her.
July 3, 2018, in Mountville, Pa., at 78. He earned an M.B.A. from Rutgers University, which fueled his career path from accountant to financial advisor to CPA to a licensed broker. Active with local organizations such as the Rotary Club, Gene also loved tennis, played bridge, and engaged in singing and dancing. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lourdes Cecelia “Chari,” a daughter, two grandchildren, and three siblings, including James Keddy ’58.
Sept. 27, 2018, in Venice, Fla., at 79. He served as a captain in the Air Force 1961-65, earning his pilot wings in 1962. As a civilian, he worked for Delta Airlines as a commercial aircraft pilot. Survivors include his wife, Joan, two children, five grandchildren, and a sister.
Dec. 9, 2018, in Los Angeles, Calif., at 79. After two years with the U.S. Army, he enrolled at the New England School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 1967. He went on to a 40-year career in law and made partner at a firm in Peabody, Mass. He was active in bar association projects and served as president of the Essex County Bar Association 1994-96. His community benefited from his leadership in educational, medical, and civic organizations, and he was proud to be the 22nd chieftain of the MacLeans of Kingairloch. He loved the ocean and throwing balls to his grandchildren. Malcolm is survived by his wife of 53 years, Deborah, a son, nine grandchildren, and a sister.
The forests and fields have lost a loyal steward. Naturalist, activist, and environmental educator Warren P. Balgooyen ’63 died Jan. 11, 2019, in Augusta, Maine. Balgooyen, who left his legacy in trails and nature areas in New York and Maine, was 79.
His childhood in Briarcliff, N.Y., gifted him with self-described Huck Finn experiences along the Pocantico River, setting him up to study biology at Colby, where he belonged to the Outing Club and was a woodsman. He returned to New York after graduation and worked as a technician in the forest pathology lab at Kitchawan Research Laboratory, a field station owned by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. When 200 acres in Teatown, N.Y., were donated to the garden, Balgooyen took up residence in an abandoned barn on the property, converted it to a nature center, and built trails around the lake, thus creating Teatown Lake Reservation. He served as naturalist and founding director of the reservation, oversaw a doubling of its land, and managed its increasing popularity as a respite from encroaching suburbia. His final project before leaving his post after 20 years was establishing a wildflower island in the lake.
In 1982 he moved with his wife and two children to Norridgewock, Maine, and the 180 acres he bought cheap in 1970. He became a freelance naturalist and landscaper, developing and establishing trails, study areas, and parks in Rangeley, Skowhegan, and Norridgewock. He ran a landscaping business, sold maple syrup, and expanded his farm to 390 acres, on which he created an arboretum and increased the diversity of native shrubs and wildflowers. He wrote a nature column for a local paper and in 1999 was recognized for ìexcellence in environmental journalismî by the Sierra Club of Maine. Balgooyen lent his extensive knowledge and dedication to the boards of numerous environmental nonprofits, including Maine Audubon Society, Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, and Lands for Maine’s Future, to which he was appointed by Governor Angus King in 1997. “He has been a conservationist all his life in deed as well as in philosophy,” wrote the Somerset Gazette upon his appointment.
Balgooyen was a longtime member of the Somerset Grange, the Norridgewock Historical Society, and the Congregational church, where he sang in the choir. Hiking, canoeing, mowing fields, creating ponds for water lilies and salamanders, and teaching adult ed were other activities to which he brought his thoughtful passion. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen (a nurse in Colby’s Health Center), two children, four grandchildren, and two siblings.
Oct. 8, 2018, in Morgantown, W.V., at 77. A musician, women’s rights advocate, linguist, and yogini, she earned two advanced degrees in history: an M.A. from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She cofounded West Virginia’s first rape and domestic violence crisis shelter and was instrumental in building the University of West Virginia women’s and gender studies program. She won a Mary Catherine Buswell Award for her leadership on the WVU Women’s Centenary project in 1991. A lifelong cellist, she held the first chair with the WVU Community Arts Orchestra, and she practiced yoga faithfully while helping students with theirs. Predeceased by her father, Robert M. Waugh ’27, she is survived by her husband of 46 years, David Yelton, two sisters, including her twin Lucille Waugh ’63, her daughter, and her granddaughter.
June 28, 2018, in New London, N.H., at 76. She earned a master’s in education from Southern Connecticut State University in 1968, going on to teach primary school in Watertown, Conn. In 1993, she was named Watertown Teacher of the Year. She sang in the Watertown Chorale and was a faithful member of her Methodist church. Summers were spent on Lake Sunapee, N.H., where she partook in boating, early morning swimming, baking, and hosting visitors on the porch. Four children, 12 grandchildren, and two sisters survive her.
Nov. 8, 2018, in Hopkinton, N.H., at 76. She had many interests focused around home and community: gardening—joining garden clubs and working in the garden department for Home Depot for more than 20 years; animals—raising puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind and being involved with a pony club; and sewing—creating historically accurate clothing for living history groups. She also belonged to the Hopkinton Historical Society and volunteered for a woman’s club. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Norman Miner ’65, two sons, five grandchildren, two sisters, and extended family, including her niece Rebecca Downing Tynan ’01.
Feb. 21, 2019, in Worcester, Mass., at 75. He left Colby the fall of his sophomore year following a car accident in Vassalboro, Maine. He went on to earn a bachelor’s in finance from Boston University and a master’s in sports administration from Ohio University. He used his education working in his family business, Midland Supply, and as a youth basketball coach. Survivors include his brother, Thomas, cousins, and nieces and nephews.
summer 2018, at 73. He served in the U.S. Air Force for two years after Colby and then earned an M.B.A. from Boston University in 1970. His career involved positions with Xerox Corporation in New York and London and as controller of Mira Lanza, Italy’s leading detergent manufacturer. He then served as director of planning and business analysis at Barilla S.P.A., an Italian food subsidiary in Italy. He is survived by his wife, Lena.
Sept. 12, 2018, in Worcester, Mass., at 73. He worked in business, starting as manager of the MTA Credit Union and eventually becoming president of the Waterford Corporation. He was a sailor and storyteller, helped anyone needing assistance, and enjoyed golfing with friends. His wife, Arlene, three children, and several grandkids survive him.
March 25, 2019, in North Haven, Conn., at 74. Walter spent nearly three years in India with the Peace Corps after Colby, and then he earned a master’s in anthropology from the University of Kentucky. He settled in North Haven and established an organic farm, Mill River Valley Gardens, which was New England’s first community supported agricultural farm (CSA). Two children, their mother, three grandchildren, and three siblings survive him.
Nov. 18, 2018, in Williamstown, Mass., at 70. The first of his two careers began in 1974 when he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and became a chef for the Hilton hotel chain. Progressing from banquet to sous chef, he ultimately became executive chef at the Meadowlands, N.J., Hilton. In 1981 he started Catering by Kenworthy and 10 years later opened Amarillo Grill, both in Hartford. His second career began in 2000 when he returned to his love of classics and started teaching Latin and Greek, primarily at the Williams School in New London, Conn. A voracious reader and wordsmith, he did the New York Times crossword puzzle daily. Skilled at tennis and squash, he also followed professional hockey and football, and he loved to golf. Survivors include his partner, Patricia Wilk, two children, his former wife, and three brothers.
March 10, 2019, in South Burlington, Vt., at 69. After Colby, she traveled and worked abroad for eight years with her friend Nancy Hammar Austin ’71, visiting countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She returned to the U.S. and settled in Vermont, earning a master’s in nutrition from UVM and spending the next 27 years as a registered dietician for the State of Vermont helping families in the WIC Program. In her spare time, she enjoyed alpine skiing and writing stories and poems. Her brother, a niece, and a nephew survive her.
Oct. 13, 2017, in Montréal, Québec, at 69. An economist, he earned a Ph.D. from McGill University, taught for many years at Vanier College in Montréal, and held short appointments at Colby and at Isik University in Istanbul. An activist, he lent his energy to the Vanier College Teachers Association, where he served executive roles, including that of president; the Québec Fédération Autonome du Collégial, which he cofounded; and a movement in Turkey to save endangered sea turtles and fight pollution in Lake Bafa. He possessed formidable culinary skills, was personable, and sought solitude and beauty. Two sisters survive him.
Feb. 28, 2019, in Oxford, Md., at 68. President and founder of AMI Capital, he was a prominent multi-family mortgage banker, growing his business for 20 years until its sale to Wachovia Bank in 2003. In retirement, he became involved with civic and charitable organizations, including the Talbot Preservation Alliance and the Avalon Foundation. He was a conservationist, a traveler, and an outdoorsman who loved to sail, hunt, and fish. Inspired by the loss of his brother in the Vietnam War, he hosted hunting outings on his farm for the Wounded Warrior Project. He served as a Colby Overseer 2005-13, and he endowed three funds at Colby, including the Louise and Tom Sullivan Scholarship Fund, named after his parents, and the Michael D. Sullivan and Jamie Garner Student Research Fund. His wife, Jamie Garner, survives him, along with two grandchildren and a sister.
Feb. 15, 2019, in Harrison, N.Y., at 65. The law degree he earned in 1978 at Fordham University was put to use at the private law firms for which he worked, at General Electric as their real estate general counsel, and in his private practice. His avocations included collecting antique Japanese art and involving himself in the International Netsuke Society; singing and performance art, including roles in the Westchester Gilbert and Sullivan Society shows and as chair of the board for the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players; and a dedication to Judaism and his work at the Jewish Community Center. Survivors include his wife, Andrea, two children, and a brother.
Nov. 30, 2018, in Brunswick, Maine, at 65. A healer and teacher, he earned his doctorate in medicine in 1991 from the University of New Englandís College of Osteopathic Medicine and established an independent practice in Freeport, Maine, with interests in the cranial field and embryology. He enjoyed carpentry, photography, landscaping, and basketball; he also loved to sing and learned to play the guitar later in life. His partner, Sherry “Gem” Britton, a son, and two siblings survive him.
Nov. 27, 2018, in Bridgton, Maine, at 65. He was a pilot and the chief instructor at King Aviation in Mansfield, Mass., until he retired in 2014. His father and his stepmother survive him, as do many cousins, including Janet Peel Thompson ’77, Frances Palmer Christopher ’78, and Peter Lee ’80.
Sept. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas, at 62. An entrepreneur, he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1980 and worked for businesses in Massachusetts and Austin. His passion was running, which he began in high school and continued at Colby and in road races as an adult. He was out for a run in Austin when he unexpectedly passed away. Survivors include his wife, Joann Barry Getchell ’78, daughter Zoe ’20, and extended family, including niece Sarah Getchell ’04 and cousins Judith Dionne Scoville ’68 and Mark Fortier ’81.
Feb. 15, 2019, in Bridgehampton, N.Y., at 63. A law librarian, she belonged to the New York County Lawyer’s Association and worked for many years in the law library of Davis Polk Wardwell in New York. In 2012 she started Kirkbride Cataloguing, which cataloged and arranged small public and private collections. She earned two master’s degrees: in library science from Columbia in 1985 and in public health and nutrition from Hunter College in 2011.
Jan. 16, 2019, in Scarborough, Maine, at 63. He worked for Maine Health, the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School, and, most recently, at the University of New England as assistant director for the health informatics program. In 1993 he earned a master’s from the Muskie School of Public Service. Friends, family, and hobbies enriched his life. An avid fly fisherman, he also played morning hockey, loved to hike, and savored long-distance road cycling and completed many charity rides. He read voraciously and lost himself in music. His son, Michael, survives him, as do six sisters and his former spouse, Susan J. Levine.
Sept. 12, 2018, in Northeast Harbor, Maine, at 58. A lifelong learner, educator, environmentalist, and community volunteer, she earned the first of three master’s at Brown University, in geology, and her second at the University of Maine, in oceanography. She worked as an environmental and regulation specialist for Bigelow Laboratory and Maineís Department of Environmental Protection before moving to Mt. Desert Island and shifting her energy to teaching. She taught math, coached, developed curriculums, and served on the board of the Bay School, the Acadia Wildlife Foundation, and the Mt. Desert Nursery School. She was a trustee of the College of the Atlantic, from which she earned her third master’s, in human ecology. She co-owned Moss Gallery in Northeast Harbor with her husband, Christiaan van Heerden ’82, who survives her, along with her daughters and a brother.
Oct. 9, 2018, in Reading, Mass., at 58. He worked as a programmer shortly after Colby and then became an IT manager. He enjoyed traveling to Ireland, had a passion for music, and was a loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews, who survive him, along with his mother and two brothers.
Sept. 23, 2018, in Norwood, Mass., at 58. He earned an M.B.A. from Anna Maria College in 1986 and a J.D. from Southern New England School of Law in 1992, and then he established a career in contract management. His unexpected death leaves behind three daughters. Survivors also include his parents and three siblings.
March 1, 2019, in Knox, Maine, at 55. She worked as a veterinary assistant and appreciated the natural world. Jane died at home following a brief illness. Survivors include her husband, Don, two sons, her parents, and three siblings.
Nov. 9, 2018, in Rochester, N.H., at 53. A Spanish teacher, he taught at Ithaca College 1990-2003 and also at New York’s Ross School and at Hobart and William Smith College. He earned a master’s from Cornell and also studied at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. Known for kindness and generosity, he served as a Eucharistic minister, taught religion classes, and volunteered at a food pantry. He was teaching part time at Ithaca College when he died due to a medical emergency. His mother, his aunt Juanita, and extended family survive him.
July 30, 2018, in California at 51. Pursuing a lifelong dream to become a doctor, he overcame numerous obstacles to earn his M.D. in 2002 from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. He went on to become a physician, specializing in internal and pediatric medicine, at Charleston (W.V.) Area Medical Center. He was working in California at the time of his death from a heart attack. Survivors include his wife, Anne Burger Abdul-Jalil ’89, three children, and two sisters.
Oct. 13, 2018, in Texas at 46. She passed away after seven months in the ICU suffering from sepsis.
Jan. 13, 2018, in Lynnfield, Mass., at 39. Michael loved sports and family, valued traditions, and was an avid reader. He died suddenly from an opiate overdose while in outpatient treatment, after which his family established the nonprofit “Think of Michael” to support families dealing with addiction. Survivors include his son, Mason, his parents, a brother, and a sister.
November 2018, at 28. He worked as an EMT and also in various administrative jobs—most recently at MCPHS University—both of which supported his desire to become a physician assistant. An actor, he also performed in several productions at Piper Theater in Boston. Survivors include his parents and his stepmother.
Nov. 23, 2018, in Bellaire, Texas, at 28. An athlete, musician, and artist, he had worked as a high school football coach and as a youth camp counselor following his Colby graduation. Later, he worked in sales. He loved to read, write poetry, play the guitar, and sing; he told jokes and loved to laugh; and he recently started attending church in Houston. Predeceased by three months by his father, he is survived by his mother, Linda Sugarbaker, and five siblings.