Douglas N. Archibald

Nov. 13, 2020, in Waterville, Maine, at 87. Colby’s Roberts Professor of English, Emeritus, he came to Colby from Cornell University in 1973 following a national search for a chair for the English Department. A nationally and internationally known scholar and editor, he taught and wrote about 18th- and 20th-century British literature and culture and about Irish studies. In 1982 President William Cotter tapped him as dean of faculty, and during his seven years as dean study-abroad opportunities expanded significantly, on-campus curriculum was strengthened, the overall number of faculty grew as he made progress balancing gender scales and making small inroads in expanding the numbers of faculty of color. He also curated the library’s Healy Collection of Modern Irish Literature and edited the Colby Quarterly from 1986 through 2004. He graduated from Vermont Academy in 1951 and from Dartmouth College in 1955. He spent three years in the Air Force as a photo-radar intelligence officer before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He retired from Colby in 2004 after 31 years as a teacher and administrator. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Emerita Professor of Religious Studies Debra Campbell; five children, including Michael Archibald ’87 and Timothy Archibald ’88; his first wife, Marie Thurber Carleton ’87; and 15 grandchildren, including Nicholas Archibald ’17.

Linda Kester Cotter, LL.D. ’00

Jan. 8, 2021, in Concord, Mass., at 83. Colby’s “first lady” from 1979 to 2000, she was a tireless advocate for student internships and a kind, graceful presence on campus. Soon after she arrived at Colby with her husband, William R. Cotter, LL.D. ’00, in 1979, she began volunteering in Colby’s then Career Services Office and quickly assumed the role of associate director of off-campus study coordinating student internships. She forged ties between the alumni community and current students and helped propel Colby to prominence as internships gained importance in the 1990s. She also served as a member of Colby’s women’s studies advisory board and as a Hillel advisor. The Linda K. Cotter Internship Fund was endowed and named in her honor, and she was presented with a Colby Brick Award and the Marriner Distinguished Service Award, given jointly with Bill Cotter. A Wellesley College alumna, she also earned a master’s in teaching from Harvard. She taught in the U.S., Nigeria, and Colombia and worked at several foundations, including the Oak Foundation in Geneva. An active volunteer, she was a founder of the Mid-Maine Global Forum and helped establish Waterville’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Observance. Predeceased by her daughter Deborah, Linda Cotter leaves her husband of 61 years, Bill, children David and Elizabeth, two granddaughters, and a sister.

Suellen Diaconoff

Feb. 12, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M., at 79. A professor of French, emerita, she taught at Colby from 1986 to 2006, serving as chair of the department for several years. She graduated from Willamette University in 1962 and earned master’s and doctorate degrees in French at Indiana University, concentrating on 18th-century France. She published numerous articles and reviews, and she authored three critical books, including one on Moroccan women writers. She was the principal author of a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education titled “Focus on Women in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean,” and from 1999 to 2001 led an interdisciplinary Colby team to redesign the curriculum so that the French major included the Francophone world in all its diversity. An avid hiker and photographer, she published the book The Boomer’s Guide to Hiking in Maine, coauthored with her husband, Peter. She also loved cooking, travel, and literature. Two daughters, Cara and Nicole, survive her.

Mary Dionne

March 29, 2021, in Waterville, Maine, at 86. “Miss Mary” worked as an attendant at Dana Dining Hall for many years, swiping in diners and making friends with scores of students. Born in Waterville, she worked in textile mills and for LaVerdiere’s Drug Store before coming to Colby. She enjoyed visiting the coast, attending county fairs, and playing bingo. She was also an accomplished knitter and cook.
Two sons, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive her.

David H. Firmage

Aug. 28, 2020, in Fairfield, Maine, at 77. A plant biologist, he earned an M.S. in botany from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in botany: ecology and systematics from the University of Montana. He taught environmental studies and biology from 1975 to 2010, becoming Colby’s Clara C. Piper Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Emeritus. He was one of three founders of Colby’s Environmental Studies Program, helping to shepherd the fledgling program to the full interdisciplinary program it is today. He also helped develop Colby research programs on Maine’s Belgrade Lakes. The author of more than 25 publications, he was a project manager for evaluations of proposed natural landmarks for the National Park Service. His other contributions include bringing millions of dollars in science funding to Colby, including from the Olin Foundation, which resulted in the Olin Science Center. He served as a bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a temple worker and missionary internationally. He enjoyed gardening, photography, reading, and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Alexandra, four children, 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two siblings.

Bruce E. Fowles

June 23, 2020, in Washington, Maine, at 80. Born and raised in Belfast, Maine, he completed undergraduate work at Brown University and earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Berkeley. As a botanist and expert on the flora of Maine, he taught courses in the fields of botany and evolutionary biology at Colby for 36 years, beginning in 1967. He held interests in fungi and lichens, edited the 1978 book The Heritage of our Maine Wildflowers, and, during a sabbatical, surveyed aquatic fungi in Maine’s Kennebec River. He also developed an early computer application for population genetics. In his free time, he was an avid runner, a cyclist, a beekeeper, and a fisherman. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary, a daughter and a son, and two grandchildren.

Ryan P. Maguire

Oct. 22, 2020, in Portland, Maine, at 36. He joined Colby’s faculty in 2019 as a visiting assistant professor in music after earning a Ph.D. in composition and computer technologies from the University of Virginia. He was credited with creating “a great new genre of ambient ghost music,” and his multimedia works received millions of digital plays in more than 200 countries and territories. At Colby, he taught a wide variety of courses in music theory, music history, and electronic music. Ryan suffered a fatal heart attack while running. He leaves his mother, Maureen Maguire, his partner, Paige Naylor, and his extended family.

Marilyn Sweeney Mavrinac

Nov. 29, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wis., at 93. “Lyn” taught at Colby from 1963 to 1995, becoming an associate professor of education and history. She served as acting chair of Colby’s Education Program and is credited with establishing the practicum in education here. A European historian, her research and writing focused on the educational experiences of French women. A Wellesley College alumna, she earned a master’s at Columbia then started a doctoral program at Harvard, which she tabled to raise a family. In her mid-60s, she returned to her doctoral research and received her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1991. Active in the Waterville community, she volunteered with various church and civic groups, and she helped organize Waterville’s first annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. An avid tennis player, she competed in tournaments well into her 70s. In 2004 Mavrinac’s family, including her late husband of 53 years, Colby’s Dana Professor of Government, Emeritus Albert Mavrinac, endowed the Mavrinac Prize, given annually by Colby’s Government Department for the best original student research project. She leaves five children and 12 grandchildren.

Fernand J. Michaud

June 13, 2020, in Skowhegan, Maine, at 85. For 32 years, he worked as a groundskeeper at Colby, an ideal job for someone who loved the outdoors as much as he did. He was also a hunter, a fisherman, and a skilled dog trainer, focusing on coonhounds and rabbit dogs. He handcrafted fishing flies and made hand-loaded ammunition. Two sons, a grandson, and a sister survive him.

Nicholas Rohrman

Dec. 26, 2020, in Saco, Maine, at 83. He was hired as chair of Colby’s Psychology Department in 1977 and taught until he retired in 2005. Under his leadership, the department saw improvements in its curriculum, facilities, and programs, including a move to the Roberts Building for offices and human research and to the Arey Life Sciences Building for animal research. He also revamped the curriculum, provided a vision for courses that are still the mainstays of the department, and established both the honors program in the major and the Colby chapter of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honor Society. An experimental psychologist, he earned his master’s from Miami University, Ohio, in 1964 and completed doctoral work in experimental psychology at Indiana University in 1967. He taught at Bucknell University and at Florida State University before joining Colby’s faculty. He wrote or cowrote three textbooks and dozens of papers, and he served as an editorial consultant to numerous journals and publishers. Pastimes included hiking, biking, gardening, reading, and bagpiping, which he did for Colby’s first-year convocation and baccalaureate. He leaves his daughters, Lisa Rohrman Bearce ’82 and Melinda Rohrman Burgess ’91, three grandchildren, and a sister.

Sonya Orleans Rose

Oct. 15, 2019, in Sarasota, Fla., at 84. She came to Colby in 1977 and was an associate professor of sociology, serving also as department chair, associate dean of the college, and associate dean of faculty. A historian of modern Britain and an analyst of culture, she united these two interests into a social theory about which she wrote extensively. She authored six books. A graduate of Antioch College, she earned a master’s and a doctorate, both in sociology, from Northwestern University. When Sonya left Colby in 1992, she joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. In 2002 she was appointed the Natalie Zemon Davis Collegiate Professor of History, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. She is remembered as being dedicated to social justice and civil rights, reportedly casting her ballot in the 2020 presidential election days before her death from lung cancer. She leaves her husband, Guenter, a daughter, three stepchildren, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Margaret V. Wickes

Nov. 3, 2020, in Waterville, Maine, at 97. For 18 years, starting in the early 1970s, “Meg” was the secretary for the Museum of Art and in that role “personified graciousness and goodwill,” according to a note about her 1991 retirement in Colby Magazine. She later became a docent for the museum. She was active in the Waterville community, including with Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, who named her their volunteer of the year in 1994. She also published poetry, short stories, and articles, and she enjoyed throwing pottery, sculpting, and designing and sewing Chinese motif jackets. Born in China to Congregational missionary parents, she came to the United States in 1939 and went on to earn a doctorate in anthropology from Syracuse University. She leaves three children, eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Ruth Emerson Duchacek '40

July 11, 2020, in South Burlington, Vt., at 102. She transferred to Colby from Green Mountain Junior College and then went on to graduate in 1943 as an RN from Boston’s Childrenís Hospital. She became head nurse on the communicable disease ward at Childrenís Hospital for a few years until she married and moved to Vermont, where she made her home, raised her children, and served her community. Through local politics, volunteering with scouts, women’s groups, and a visiting nurse association, and belonging to local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the local historical society, she inspired and helped many. “Every day is a good day,” she said. She also enjoyed gardening, bird watching, reading, and church activities. Ruth leaves three children and three grandchildren. 

Alleen Thompson '40

Alleen Thompson ’40 was born in Waterville into a family of Colbians. She died in Waterville 101 years later, embraced by another Colby family: one of her own making.

In between, she lived heartily, independent and indefatigable, loyal and proud.

Thompson spent her Colby years on the downtown campus, studying geology and working at Memorial Hall Library. Her college scrapbook, crammed with keepsakes, hints at her joie de vivre as a co-ed, attending sorority dances (she pledged to the Alpha Chapter of Sigma Kappa), athletic contests, lectures, and off-campus events.

She wasted no time moving on. In 1941 she earned a B.S. in librarianship from Simmons College. Thompson launched her 40-year career as a “special librarian” shortly thereafter, with a job at Penn State’s Engineering Library.

When World War II broke out, Thompson joined the Navy WAVES as a communications officer. After a stint at Miami’s Naval Air Station, she was reassigned “overseas.” To Hawaii. By the time she left active duty in 1946, she had risen from ensign to lieutenant, one of very few WAVES to attain that rank. Her Navy WAVE memorabilia is on permanent display at the Maine Military Museum in South Portland.

After the war, she resumed her career, first in New York and then in the West. For five years she headed the library at the California State Department of Public Health. Her professional stock began to grow.

In 1955 General Electric recruited her to establish a brand-new library on atomic science. She declined. The salary, she told them, wasn’t high enough. They negotiated, and she signed on. She would work as head librarian at GE for a quarter-century, overseeing the library’s staff and collection of highly technical publications for GE’s Atomic Power Equipment Department in San Jose.

Thompson was a longtime member of the Special Libraries Association; in 1965, she became its president. That same year, President Johnson invited her, as SLA president, to the White House Conference on International Cooperation, heralding her as one of the ì1,200 Most Influential Persons in the United States.î In 1982 the association elected her to its Hall of Fame.

At 79, Thompson drove with two cats from California to Maine. She had returned home. She immersed herself in the life of Waterville and Colby, and she proved a model for alumni engagement as a reliable, friendly, if forthright presence at events across campus.

Faculty and staff became friends, and then like family. Former Dean of Students Janice Kassman called Thompson “a remarkable person: funny, opinionated, outspoken, inspiring, curious, and fiercely loyal to friends, charitable causes, and Colby. It was an honor to know her.”

Thompson received a Colby Brick Award in 2015 at her 75th class reunion. In honor of her 100th birthday, President David Greene hosted a celebration for her at the Osborne House, a fitting capstone for Colby’s daughter who concluded an exemplary life in the arms of her alma mater.

Alleen Thompson died Nov. 13, 2020. Predeceased by her parents, including her father, Mark Thompson, Class of 1917, she leaves no survivors. —Laura Meader

Richard R. Dyer '42

Sept. 27, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla., at 99. He earned his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1945 and then served in the U.S. Navy as a general surgeon. After further training, he began practicing surgery at Rhode Island’s Kent County Hospital in 1952, where he stayed until he retired in 1993, having served as chief of surgery for a period. He also established a surgical group, Tollgate Surgical Associates, which included one of his daughters—they were the first father/daughter surgical team in Rhode Island. Active in his community, he served as deacon at his Presbyterian church, as a board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and as president of the Warwick Country Club. His pastimes included hunting in the Adirondacks, gardening, and participating in tennis, golf, swimming, and skiing. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Natalie Cousens Dyer ’43, with whom he established the Dyer/Cousens Fund at Colby to support financial aid. He leaves four daughters, including Pamela Dyer Turton ’70; six grandchildren, including Jeffrey Turton ’95; 12 grandchildren; nieces and nephews, including Matthew Bacon ’04; and two sisters, including Elizabeth Dyer Brewster ’48.

Theodora “Teddy” Wright Weston '42

Aug. 9, 2020, in Bangor, Maine, at 99. For the first four years after Colby, she worked as a calculator for General Electric at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Schenectady, N.Y. When her husband returned from World War II, they moved to Caribou, Maine, where she focused on mothering and homemaking. Later, she was a substitute teacher, and, in 1970, she began teaching mathematics full time at Hampden Academy, near their new home in Winterport. Teddy was involved with the PTA, local women’s club, and scouting. She was the historian and archivist for the Winterport Historical Society, led walking tours of the town, and wrote two books, including More River Town History about Winterport. In retirement, she traveled in an RV and toured in many countries abroad. She gardened, quilted, played the piano, and read, including an 800-page book a week before her death. She leaves four children and a grandson.

Ralph W. Hilton '44

Sept. 3, 2020, in Rochester, N.H., at 97. He left Colby after three years for military service, eventually spending 20 months aboard the USS Diphda in the Pacific. He was awarded a Colby degree after the war and then earned master’s degrees in math and in education from the University of Maine and Bowdoin College. He taught math and coached basketball and track in Mid-Coast Maine schools, including at Wiscasset High School, where he served as principal. Later, he established a career in sales for the educational publisher Scott Foresman Company. In retirement he divided his time between New Hampshire and Florida, playing golf, tennis, and bridge. Ralph leaves three children and seven grandchildren.

Adele Grindrod Bates '45

Sept. 13, 2020, in Allentown, Pa., at 97. Right after Colby, she worked as a service representative for Southern New England Telephone Company, a position she returned to later in life after raising her children. She supported her children’s activities in scouts and in school, and she also gave her time freely to her local Congregational church. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling, socializing, and sharing her crocheted afghans and blankets with others. Her children say that she loved to tell a good joke. A son and a daughter survive her, as do two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Michael “Micky” M. Nawfel '45

June 10, 2020, in Augusta, Maine, at 97. A year after graduating from Colby, he graduated from Tufts Dental School, then took his first job as a dentist for the Maine Seacoast Missionary Society, working on a floating, mobile dental unit providing dental care to fishing and lobstering communities on Maine’s islands. Two years serving at the U.S. Army hospital in Valley Forge, Pa., followed, and then he returned to his hometown of Waterville. He practiced dentistry for 56 years in his Common Street office and belonged to several professional and civic organizations. He reveled in fishing, scuba diving, and gardening, tilling and planting his garden until age 92. He was also an accomplished violinist and a carpenter. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dolores, four sons, five grandchildren, a great-grandson, and extended family, including Paula Joseph Eustis ’69. 

Maurice M. Whitten '45

Jan. 6, 2021, in Gorham, Maine, at 97. A teacher and professor his entire life, he earned a master’s in 1949 from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. He returned to Maine and taught chemistry and physics at Lewiston High School until 1955, when he joined the faculty of Gorham State Teachers College (now the University of Southern Maine). He taught chemistry and physical science at USM until his retirement in 1983 as professor emeritus of chemistry. He earned a doctorate from Ohio State University in 1971, was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1972, and belonged to numerous professional societies. He was also a historian who conducted extensive research on the gunpowder mills of Maine, writing two booklets and one book on the mills. He enjoyed traveling later in life, and he was a collector of rocks and minerals, bottles, postcards, and stamps. He leaves seven stepchildren and their abundant offspring.

Carolyn Armitage Bouton '46

Jan. 25, 2021, in Centennial, Colo., at 96. The early years of her married life were spent homemaking and raising her children. Later, she volunteered at MetroCareRing, a nonprofit in Denver, and enjoyed playing bridge and traveling. Predeceased by her husband and all four of their children, she leaves six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Carol Robin Epstein '46

April 24, 2020, in Worcester, Mass., at 94. An advocate for children, she worked as a social worker for 28 years at Worcester Children’s Friend Society. She also founded and directed the program School Age Mothers, was an instructor in foster parent training at Quinsigamond Community College, and supervised interns at area colleges. For her work, she was awarded the H. Waite Hurlburt Professional Award in 1989. When she retired, she was a literacy tutor and active with WISE, Worcester Institute for Senior Education. Four children and four grandchildren survive her.

Barbara Pattee Healey '46

May 1, 2020, in Peabody, Mass., at 95. During the post-World War II era, she attended classes and worked as a grader at Harvard Business School for five years. She then married, raised her children, and was active in her community. She served on several boards, including the North Shore Medical Center, where she served as board president. Survivors include five children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Lawrence S. Kaplan '47

April 10, 2020, in Delray Beach, Fla., at 95. He entered Colby in 1941 and then left in 1943 to serve with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the Philippines. He returned to Colby and completed his degree in 1947, followed quickly by an M.A. in 1948 and a Ph.D. in 1951, both from Yale University. He became a professor of history, teaching at Kent State University for nearly 40 years while also teaching as a Fulbright Lecturer in Germany, France, and Malta. A distinguished historian of American foreign relations and on U.S.-European relations following World War II, he lectured at a variety of organizations and universities, including Georgetown University, well into his 70s. He wrote numerous articles and more than a dozen books, including many on the creation and development of NATO. Throughout his career, he was awarded significant fellowships and received awards for his scholarship and teaching. Married for 72 years to Janice Kaplan, who predeceased him by four months, he leaves two children.

Anne Fraser Baer McKeen '48

Oct. 22, 2020, in Punta Gorda, Fla., at 92. After Colby, she returned to the Philippines, her birthplace, where she married and had children. The family lived in several countries in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, where Anne wrote for and was editor of the Singapore American. Back in the United States, she volunteered at the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda. Following the death of her first husband, she reunited with her Colby sweetheart, Sidney McKeen ’49, and in 2003 married him in Belfast, Maine. Sid survives her, as do two children and two grandchildren. She was predeceased by her mother, Effie Hannan Fraser, Colby Class of 1916.

Frances Hyde Stephan '48

June 6, 2020, in Rowley, Mass., at 93. For many years, she worked as a women’s clothing buyer for New England Trading, and in the 1970s she was a silent partner at the Alice Walker Clothing Shop in Salisbury, Mass. A lover of sports, she was an avid golfer and tennis player, and she also enjoyed bicycle riding. She also traveled, visited museums and the theater, and played bridge as well. She leaves her son, a granddaughter, three great-granddaughters, and seven stepchildren.

Arthur Blasberg Jr. '49

May 9, 2020, in East Orleans, Mass., at 92. He earned a law degree in 1952 from Harvard Law School and then served in the Korean War as a legal clerk in Seoul. Returning to the States, he practiced law in Worcester, Mass., and then spent his career leading corporate restructurings and acting as a judge-appointed mediator for companies in receivership. He had a lifelong love of Cape Cod, where he spent almost every summer in East Orleans, and he was an avid gardener, spending time with friends and children with his hands in the soil. The College Squash Association named its Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his love of squash. Survivors include three sons and eight grandchildren.

Evangeline Chumacas '49

April 3, 2020, in Haverhill, Mass., at 92. A chemistry major at Colby, she worked as a medical laboratory technician for Dr. Ethan Allen Brown, a renowned allergist in the Boston area. In 1958, she accompanied him and others on a tour of European laboratories to study novel methods in their labs. Many extended family members survive her.

Charles Medley Cotton '49

Oct. 13, 2020, in Bangor, Maine, at 99. At age 19, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served with the 12th Armored Tank Destroyer Division in World War II. After Colby, he became an educator, teaching business at Presque Isle (Maine) High School for the bulk of his career. He also co-founded the area’s first adult education program, taught driver’s education, and coached tennis, golf, and winter team sports. In recognition of his work developing athletics at PIHS and his years coaching, he was inducted into the Presque Isle Sports Hall of Fame. Along with his wife, he also started the first commercial apple orchard in Presque Isle. In retirement, he taught tennis and participated in bike tours while wintering in Florida. Predeceased by his brother, David Hunter Cotton ’40, he leaves three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Virginia Young Ellis '49

Oct. 18, 2020, in Saco, Maine, at 93. “Jinny” lived a happy and engaged life as a mother, grandmother, and homemaker, cooking, gardening, and preserving each year’s bounty in their root cellar or in canning jars. She was also active with her community as a Sunday school teacher, literacy and library volunteer, and ballot clerk. Later in life, she visited shut-ins and worked for Meals on Wheels. Her love of entertaining, playing games, and decorating for the holidays made her home a magnet for others. She leaves four children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Norma Egerton Evans '49

Feb. 24, 2020, in Peabody, Mass., at 92. While still a Colby student, she studied at Central Maine General Hospital in Lewiston and became a registered medical technologist in 1949. She worked in two different hospitals in Massachusetts until 1953, when she started her family. In addition to homemaking, she displayed a passion for painting, a love of gardening, and a knack for cooking for family gatherings. She also had a love for animals and reportedly never refused a stray. She leaves her husband of 70 years, Albert, three children, and five grandchildren.

Hope “Toby” Harvey Graf '49

April 30, 2020, in Topsham, Maine, at 94. A mother and homemaker, she taught high school English in Maine for a year and then settled into homemaking and mothering. Toby enjoyed singing and sang in choral groups, and she also enjoyed flower gardening and tending to her indoor plants. In retirement, she volunteered in a fourth-grade classroom in Bowdoinham, Maine, helping reading-challenged children learn to read. She leaves two children, Leslie and Carl.

Mary Bonsall Guptill '49

Nov. 21, 2019, in Westport, Mass., at 91. She loved art, and early in her career, she was a museum assistant at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1953 she started teaching art and the history of art at the newly opened Mary C. Wheeler School in Providence, R.I. Later, she became a goldsmith and worked with jewelry. She supported environmental efforts, engaging in beach cleanups, river water monitoring, and organic gardening.

Jean Maloof Naman '49

June 15, 2020, in Palm City, Fla., at 92. Active in her community and with women’s organizations, she took her passion for travel and international culture and opened a branch of Colpitts Travel Center, a New England travel agency, in Andover, Mass., which she co-operated for a period in the 1960s. While in Andover, she was president of the Colby Alumni Club of Merrimack Valley. She also loved to cook, play golf and bridge, and dance, and she was a frequent patron of theater performances. She leaves two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

Charles A. Pearce '49

July 11, 2020, in Pittsboro, N.C., at 97. He attended Maine’s Ricker College for two years prior to service in the U.S. Army, where he survived the sinking of his transport ship in the English Channel on Christmas Eve 1944. He earned an M.Ed. from Boston University and taught for a period in Ware and Northampton, Mass., before switching careers to banking. He eventually became president of the Quincy Savings Bank, retiring in 1989. Described as a true leader, he served on professional and civic boards, notably as president of state and national associations of a mutual savings bank. He traveled internationally, enjoyed tennis, golf, and skiing, and was a devoted Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. Predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Virginia Davis Pearce ’50, he leaves three children, including Sarah Pearce ’78, and four grandchildren.

Robert C. Rowell '49

May 21, 2020, in Litchfield, Maine, at 94. A Waterville native, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and then transferred to Colby in 1946, his sophomore year. His 40-year career with Boothby and Bartlett, an insurance company in Waterville, began in 1951; he eventually became its vice president and general manager. He embraced active citizenship, serving as president of Waterville’s Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Boy’s Club, and Kiwanis Club; as trustee for Thayer Hospital, Mid-Maine Medical Center, Hinckley School, Good Will, and, from 1961 to 1967, for Colby. In 1973 he was awarded a Colby Brick to acknowledge his enthusiasm and loyalty to the College. Predeceased by his wife, Pauline Berry Rowell ’50, and three siblings, Eleanor Rowell Dorsett ’33, Ruth Rowell Higgins ’40, and Howard Rowell ’43, he is survived by five daughters, including Margaret Rowell Anderson ’75, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Jean Sheppard Silva '49

Aug. 28, 2020, in Camden, Maine, at 92. Following a period of mothering and homemaking, she returned to college and studied library science at Northeastern University. In 1970 she became the librarian at Reading (Mass.) Memorial High School, where she worked for many years. She also worked part time at the YMCA Camp Becket during the summers. A lifelong lover of music, she sang in glee clubs, choral and opera companies, church choirs, and with the Down East Singers. She also volunteered with her church, at blood drives, and with Bay Chamber Concerts. Before and after retirement, she traveled to 30 different countries with her husband, Bernard. Jean leaves three children, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Constance Leonard Hayes '50

May 23, 2020, in Manchester, N.H., at 91. Connie was primarily a homemaker and mother, but she also worked some outside the home, including as an assistant office manager at Filene’s in Braintree, Mass. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Richard, four children, 10 grandchildren, and extended family, including niece Jennifer Scotland Campos ’06.

Charmain J. Rallis Herd '50

April 22, 2020, in Vero Beach, Fla., at 89.

Harold Mercer Jr. '50

May 7, 2020, in Armonk, N.Y., at 93. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II before he came to Colby, where he played football and baseball. He established a career in insurance, owning his own agency in White Plains, N.Y., for more than 50 years. He was active in the community he loved, helping with the volunteer fire department, the parking authority, and the Republican Committee. He also belonged to the local fishing club, serving for a while as its president. He leaves two children, including Ellen Mercer Papera ’80, and five grandchildren.

Nancy Ricker Sears '50

Nov. 23, 2020, in Concord, N.H., at 91. A mother and homemaker following her graduation from Colby, she later was a reading specialist, working in Cambridge and Westford public schools. In 1979 she earned a master’s in special education from Lesley College. She was active with her church, listened to classical music, and enjoyed sewing, knitting, and word games. She also loved to laugh and was a gracious hostess at the family’s second home in Jefferson, N.H., where friends and family often gathered. Predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Benjamin R. Sears ’52, she leaves four children, including Jennifer Sears Supple ’81 and Rebecca Sears Cleary ’87, and four grandchildren.

Myra Mountfort Sinclair '50

May 24, 2020, in Readfield, Maine, at 91. She left Colby early when she wed and had children. She earned an L.P.N. degree in 1962 and went on to a long career as a nurse and surgical technician, working as a surgical assistant at Waterville’s Thayer Hospital for 26 years and for the Maine Organ Bank. Predeceased by her brother, Rev. G. Richard Mountfort Jr. ’44, she is survived by two children, two grandsons, and five great-grandchildren.

Philip Castleman '51

Feb. 7, 2020, in Longmeadow, Mass., at 91. His eclectic blend of careers began at Grossman’s Lumber Company, where he worked as a manager for 20 years after college. Pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer, he earned a J.D. from Suffolk University in 1976 and became a member of the bar a year later. He practiced law in Springfield, Mass., for 30 years, joining his son in a partnership for 20 of those years. An avid fly-fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman, his third business was Castle Arms/Fishermans Furs and Feathers; he also developed and manufactured his own fly rods, Heritage Rods. He was active in his community and with state and local politics, advising many candidates in the Republican party. His global travels took him to fly-fishing shows, to Atlantic Canada to fish for salmon, and to Mexico and Venezuela to fly fish for marlin and sailfish. He leaves three children, including Joel Castleman ’81; a sister and a brother-in-law, Paul Joseph ’53; and three grandchildren, including Hali Castleman ’11.

Sebastian J. Cultrera '51

Nov. 23, 2020, in Eliot, Maine, at 93. He enlisted with the U.S. Army Air Force in 1944 and served in World War II before coming to Colby. He settled in Eliot and became an educator, teaching science and marine biology at Traip Academy for 33 years. As a diver and boat owner, he loved the ocean and infused his teaching with that passion. In 1964 he was named the Maine Outstanding Biology Teacher. A year later, he earned a master’s in zoology from the University of New Hampshire. In retirement, he golfed, built toy boxes and rocking horses, and nurtured plants in his greenhouse and garden. He also loved working on cars, rebuilding, buying, and selling Corvettes, Camaros, and Grand Prixes. He valued his Italian heritage, made time for family dinners, and rooted for the Red Sox and Patriots. Four sons, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren survive him.

Chester D. Harrington Jr. '51

May 31, 2020, in Villanova, Pa., at 92. As a high schooler, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served on a submarine chaser crew during World War II. At Colby, he was a standout football player, captain, and MVP of the 1950 team. He established a career in advertising and publishing, starting at N.W. Ayer & Son. He went on to run the Philadelphia headquarters of Look magazine, serve as vice president of Lewis, Gilman & Kynett, and be the publisher of both Golf Journal and Tennis USA magazines. Since 1990, he served as president and CEO of Harrington Advisors. He originated the USGA “Bag Tag Program,” which encouraged USGA membership, with President Gerald Ford and Arnold Palmer as its first members. He was also president of the Philadelphia Indoor Tennis Association and helped develop the Van Allen scoring system for tiebreakers. Chet was a member of Colby’s Alumni Council, president of the Philadelphia Alumni Club, and a dedicated class correspondent for his class. He was an avid golfer, played tennis, and had a knack for connecting people. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Jane, four sons, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Jere L. Hughes '51

Nov. 4, 2019, in Bath, Maine, at 91. He transferred to Colby in 1947 from the U.S. Naval Academy, and after Colby, he worked as an airline executive. For 36 years, he worked for three major carriers on both coasts, retiring as executive vice president of the Arizona-Pacific Airline. Survivors include his wife, Pauline Mange Hughes ’53, two children, a brother, Stephen Hughes ’51, and extended family.

M. Cass Lightner '51

Dec. 21, 2020, in Cochranville, Pa., at 93. An inventor and a salesman, his first career was with the Singer Sewing Machine Company, where he worked in the retail and the research divisions, eventually earning a patent in his name. Later, he worked in sales for the Stevens-Miller Lumber Company in Summit, N.J. Cass was also a U.S. Army veteran. He leaves three children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Stanley L. Sorrentino '51

July 13, 2020, in East Providence, R.I., at 92. He dedicated his career to his family’s Providence business, Uncas Manufacturing Company, starting in 1951 and working there for 46 years in various roles: president, CEO, treasurer, and chairman of the board. Throughout, he was an active leader in numerous community organizations, including the Providence Rotary Club, which named him Rotarian of the Century in 2011 and an honorary member in 2015. He was also a semi-professional magician—the Great Uncle Stanley—as well as a bottle collector, gardener, scuba diver, and spear fisherman. Survivors include four children and four grandchildren.

Anne Magee Burgess '52

July 3, 2020, in Towson, Md., at 90. For the first 20 years following Colby, she dedicated herself to raising her four sons. For the next 35 years, she was an elementary school teacher, earning a master’s degree from Goucher College in the early 1970s. She taught at Pebble Hill School near Syracuse, N.Y., at Buckley School in New York City, and at McDonogh School near Baltimore. Before Alzheimer’s robbed her of so much of her life, she took painting lessons, sang in the church choir, played orchestra bells in concert bands, and served as a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art. A world traveler, she also loved cooking, sailing, tennis, bike rides, and summers on Maine’s Sebec Lake. She leaves her husband of 67 years, Hugh Burgess ’52, four sons, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and three siblings.

Carol Sue Smith Donelan '52

July 5, 2020, in Alford, Mass., at 89. After time as a homemaker and mother, she earned an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and became a certified financial planner, running her own financial planning practice and serving as tax collector for the town of Alford. An avid reader, she worked part time in the Mason Library. Her pastimes included rug making, oil painting, sweater knitting, cooking, gardening, and playing bridge. She loved bird watching, playing golf, cross-country skiing, and swimming in the ocean. She was a lifelong learner who also traveled internationally. She leaves her son, Geoffrey, and two grandchildren.

Patricia Erskine Howlett '52

Oct. 3, 2020, in Concord, Calif., at 90. Born and raised in Waterville, after Colby she taught high school English in Massachusetts and California. After earning a master’s in public administration, she became a communications specialist and information officer for troubled school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Soon, she did communications statewide for the Association of California School Administrators and the California School Board Association, publishing magazines and weekly tabloids and being deployed to handle teacher strikes and other crisis situations at schools around the country. Later, she established and ran the nonprofit School Community Relations Foundation, taught public relations at Golden Gate University’s graduate school, and actively served in community organizations. She earned a plethora of awards, accreditations, and commendations—enough to fill a wall in her home. Pat also played tennis, attended the theater, and wrote and published poetry. She leaves two children and a granddaughter.

Richard G. Streich '52

Sept. 6, 2020, at 90. His initial work in retailing and sales grew into a job as president of Shelton, Ullmann, Smith, & Streich, a design and furnishings firm in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Along with his wife, Carol, he raised two children.

Virginia Falkenbury Aronson '53

March 1, 2021, in Richmond, Va., at 89. Her love of music began in childhood, continued at Colby as president of the Glee Club and director of the Colbyettes, and extended into her entire life. “Ginnie” was a music teacher and a church choir director in New Jersey for 20 years. Along the way, she earned three different music certifications and an M.A. in choral conducting in music education from Westminster Choir College. She sang in choirs and even arranged music, including “Songs of the Rain” in 1952. A lifelong Presbyterian, she participated in eight mission trips in locations worldwide. Described as fun, organized, and athletic—enjoying hiking, Nordic skiing, and tennis—she also loved to travel. A loyal and active Colby alumna, she served as a class agent and helped organize a Colbyettes reunion in the 1980s. Survivors include four children, three stepchildren, five grandchildren, and a sister.

Paul H. Dionne '53

Sept. 14, 2020, in Fort Stockton, Texas, at 90. The summer after he graduated from Colby, he joined the U.S. Army, serving for three years in the Counterintelligence Corps during the Korean War. In 1959 he earned a J.D. from the University of Texas and went on to practice law in Fort Stockton for more than 60 years, both as a partner in the firm Johnson & Dionne and as county attorney of Pecos County, Texas. Survivors include four children, two step-children, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arthur A. Klein Jr. '53

Sept 1, 2019, in Sykesville, Md., at 89. He spent his career as an insurance broker and real estate appraiser in Astoria, N.Y. He was very involved with the New York Colby Club and took pride in helping write and produce the club’s newsletter. In retirement, he was active with the United Way, attended cooking school, and became a home cook and baker. He and his first wife raised two daughters.

S. Nan Murray Lasbury '53

Jan. 28, 2021, in Camden, Maine, at 89. While caring for her home and family, she gave back to her communities through volunteer work. In Maine, she served on boards and committees, including for the Penobscot Bay YMCA, United Midcoast Charities, and the First Congregational Church of Camden. She loved tennis, skiing, and golf, and she also enjoyed traveling. She leaves her husband of 68 years, R. Chase Lasbury ’53, three daughters, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Patricia Morrill Ramsay '53

May 11, 2020, in Brewster, Mass., at 88. A dedicated, doting mother, she served on the Brewster School Board, including as chair, and was a Cub Scout den mother. She was also active with her church and served on the board of the local Cape Cod Baseball League team. Her career included 22 years as a CNA in orthopedics at Cape Cod Hospital. Survivors include her two sisters, four sons, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Timothy M. Herlihy '54

April 13, 2019, in Claremont, N.H., at 86.

Gordon E. Keene '54

Dec. 16, 2020, in Springfield, Mass., at 88. A decorated U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, he served for 21 years as a navigator, clocking 11,000 hours of flight time during his career. He was a Vietnam War veteran who navigated KC-135s into position over war zones to refuel fighter jets. He also was a loyal member of the Chicopee Elks and served as exalted ruler several times. A Mainer by birth and at heart, he loved performing “Bert and I” renditions, telling jokes, and hosting friends and family at his beloved camp in Unity, Maine. He leaves two daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Robert E. Longbottom '54

Jan. 1, 2020, in South Portland, Maine, at 87.

Richard W. Bartlett '55

Feb. 15, 2020, in Waltham, Mass., at 88. Following two years of active duty with the U.S. Army, he became a credit manager for Jordan Marsh Company in Boston. He and his wife, Donna Rae, had three children.

Brenda “Taffy” Mahoney Beckman '55

Sept. 29, 2020, in Sunapee, N.H., at 86. After Colby, she taught elementary school for 12 years, spending nine of those years at Wellesley Elementary School and earning an M.Ed. from Boston University along the way. In 1971, now a wife and mother, she volunteered as a reporter for the Carlisle Mosquito and was active with the PTA and as a classroom volunteer. Later, she settled in Sunapee, near where she and her husband ran a small manufacturing business. She developed a love of bridge at Colby and played throughout her life, crediting the game for her mental sharpness. She also loved swimming, rowing, and skiing. Taffy leaves two children and two grandchildren.

Jane Whipple Coddington '55

April 22, 2020, in Murray Hill, N.J., at 86. After Colby, she earned an M.L.S. degree from Rutgers University and helped nonprofits catalog and organize their libraries, including the Summit (N.J.) Speech School and the Summit Child Care Center. She served as a board member of the New Providence Historical Society and the Memorial Library, the area YMCA, the Family Service Association, and her local AAUW. In 2000, Jane and her husband, Chandler, were named Citizens of the Year by their area United Way. At Colby, they established the Whipple-Coddington Chair in Geology. Jane served on Colby’s Board of Visitors from 1991 to 1993 and then on the Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1998, when she was named a trustee emerita. The College presented her with a Colby Brick Award in 2000. A self-described “dabbler” in archeology, she volunteered at Drew University’s Archeological Institute and participated in digs around the world. Other interests include skiing, swimming, scuba diving, boating, and traveling. She leaves three daughters, seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a brother.

Estelle Jacobson Ostrove '55

Jan. 7, 2021, in Roslyn, N.Y., at 87. Following a period in the 1950s working a secretarial job, she became a mother and turned her energies toward raising three children and tending her home. Together with her husband, she established two funds at Colby to support student research and financial aid. She enjoyed travel and also played golf. Predeceased by her husband, Paul Ostrove ’53, and a brother, Kenneth Jacobson ’50, she leaves three children and eight grandchildren.

J. Ethel Shirlaw Parsons '55

June 27, 2020, in Mystic, Conn., at 88. Born in Québec, she emigrated with her family to Winslow, Maine, and attended Colby for two and a half years. She dedicated the next portion of her life to home and to family, all the while playing the piano and savoring music. When her children were in college, she enrolled at Wellesley College and earned her bachelor’s in music in 1987 at age 55. Two sons, six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren survive her.

David L. Roberts '55

Jan. 23, 2021, in Rochester, Minn., at 87. A distinguished graduate from his Air Force ROTC detachment, he built a 22-year career as a meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at several U.S. Air Force bases as well as stations in Greenham, England, and the Panama Canal Zone, he rose from second lieutenant to colonel to his final position as vice commander of the 7th Weather Wing at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Along the way, he earned an M.S. in meteorology from MIT in 1960. He won numerous military awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He also supported U.S. intelligence efforts as a nuclear weapons advisor. Retired from military service, he came to Colby in 1977 and served as the College’s first director of planned giving until 1991, playing a key role in the Colby 2000 campaign. Together with his wife, he won a Colby Brick Award in 1995. He was dedicated to community service and to his Congregational church, where he served as deacon and trustee. His personal interests included bridge, crosswords, woodworking, golf, and gardening. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Arad E. Linscott, Class of 1898, and Grace Farrar Linscott, Class of 1901; his parents, Wayne E. Roberts ’31 and Alice Linscott Roberts ’31; a brother, John M. Roberts ’60; and his wife of 54 years, Ruth McDonald Roberts ’55. Survivors include his daughters, Susan Roberts Dangel ’86 and Linda Roberts Pagnano ’88, and five grandchildren.

Joan M. Sandberg '55

May 23, 2020, in Arizona, at 87. Joan was a certified medical records technician, working for the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Chicago for more than a decade. Later, she worked as a consultant for the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Crippled Children’s Program. She kept busy in retirement by serving on local community boards in Mesa, Ariz., and attending numerous city activities. Joan never married nor had children.

Richard W. Tripp '55

Feb. 7, 2021, in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, at 87. He was drafted into the U.S. Army right after his Colby graduation, serving as an operating room surgical assistant at Fort Hood, Texas, until 1958. He returned to Maine and worked as a caseworker for the Augusta Mental Health Institute (now Riverside Psychiatric Hospital). Later, he worked for the state of Maine departments of personnel and of human services. He was a dedicated and active member of Belgrade Lakes Union Church. He found pleasure in playing the piano, square dancing, traveling in his camper, and attending summer fairs and family gatherings. Noting his kind and caring demeanor, his children said they “won the dad lottery.” Those three children survive him, as do three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Diane Reynolds Wright '55

Jan. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn., at 85. Following graduation, she married and worked as a programmer for the Rand Corporation until she started a family. She was an active volunteer in local schools, churches, and social service agencies, and for more than 30 years she was a docent at the Milwaukee Public Museum. She skied and biked, was an enthusiastic bridge player, and traveled extensively in her retirement years. Upon hearing of her inoperable cancer diagnosis, she said, “How irritating. I was having such a good time.” She leaves her husband of 63 years, Richard, three sons, and six grandchildren.

Robert M. Raymond '56

Oct. 13, 2020, in Hulls Cove, Maine, at 86. Promptly after Colby, he began a 22-year career with the Air Force, becoming both a pilot and a computer specialist. He completed two tours at the Pentagon, spent a year in Vietnam, and eventually transferred to NORAD in Colorado Springs. Along the way, he earned a master’s in statistics from Stanford in 1965 and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired in 1978 and turned his attention to becoming an Episcopal priest. Ordained in 1982, he served as associate rector in Lakewood, Colo., then moved to Hulls Cove, where he served as vicar and then rector at Church of Our Father. Favorite activities included hiking, singing and playing trumpet with local groups, volunteering in the community, and participating in the Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Frances Wren Raymond ’58, he is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

Nancy Wormuth Thomas '56

Sept. 30, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y., at 85. She lived her life centered on family, her faith, and community volunteerism. An Episcopalian, she served on altar guilds and vestries, taught Sunday school, and volunteered with other church activities. She also served on boards in support of numerous organizations relating to education, the arts, and healthcare, especially mental and behavioral health. A gracious hostess, she played the piano for visitors and loved gathering people for tea, wine, or a meal. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, John, three children, three grandchildren, and a sister.

Richard D. Merriman '57

Dec. 28, 2020, in Aiken, S.C., at 86. He enjoyed a long career with AT&T, first as a manager and then as a district manager in New York. An avid golfer, he also enjoyed playing games with his family and friends. He was the last survivor of a family of Colby graduates: his parents, Earl Merriman ’25 and Laurice Edes Merriman ’28, and three siblings, Robert ’50, Ruth ’52, and Frank ’59. Richard Merriman leaves his wife of 63 years, Betty, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

John S. Baxter Sr. '58

Oct. 22, 2019, in East Providence, R.I., at 82. A veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserves, he was a middle school educator for 28 years, also serving as vice principal for a period. He was a member or chair of several school committees, a teaching team leader, and past vice president of the Barrington Teachers Association. In 1967 he earned an M.Ed. from Rhode Island College. He was also active with regional and national education associations and with his community, serving as commissioner for the housing authority and for the economic development commission. An actor for more than 50 years, he appeared in numerous productions and founded the Fairlawn Drama Guild, an amateur community company in Pawtucket. He was also a Registered Maine Guide and a charter member of the Rhode Island Canoe Association, for which he served as the first editor of the association’s newsletter. He was a dedicated Colby alumnus, attending every class reunion, serving as president of the Rhode Island Colby Alumni Club 1970-75, and being an admissions interviewer. Predeceased by his father, John P. Baxter, Class of 1917, he is survived by his wife, Diane, three children, and two grandsons.

Jean French Eaton '58

Sept. 30, 2020, Damariscotta, Maine, at 84. Her 34-year career in special education began in 1966 when she was tutoring junior and senior high students who were struggling with their courses and continued when she cofounded the Longfellow School in Bristol Mills, Maine, for students with disabilities. She retired as special services director of Maine’s Union 74 school district in 2000. In retirement, she volunteered for the town budget committee, sat on the board to build a new fire department, and addressed envelopes for Lincoln Academy’s development office. Predeceased by her husband, George Eaton ’58, she is survived by two children, five grandchildren, two great-grandsons, and two siblings.

John C. Edes '58

March 8, 2020, in Warwick, R.I., at 83. As a Colby student, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and stayed active until 1962. He launched his career at the former New England Telephone Company and then became an insurance executive. Service to his community included leadership roles in the Lions and Kiwanis clubs and active participation in his local chamber of commerce and United Way. A standout basketball player at Colby, he was a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and also a basketball official for local leagues. Survivors include three children, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Sally Howes Hansen '58

Feb. 6, 2021, in Cambridge, Mass., at 84. A working woman, she spent 34 years at MIT in administrative roles in both the career planning and the human resources departments. She was a longtime member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, enjoyed hiking and climbing in the White Mountains, and found pleasure at Maine’s Sebago Lake at a summer home built by her grandfather. She was also active with her church. She leaves her husband, Theodore, a stepson, and a sister.

Robert M. Saltz '58

March 8, 2021, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at 84. Following a stint in the military, he became an automobile dealer and, after training from GM, received a Chevrolet franchise in Salem, Mass., in 1962. Eighteen years later, he sold and began working in administration for a research firm, eventually making his way into sales. In 1986, he cofounded AMR Research, which grew to include offices in Boston, London, and Irvine, Calif., and 300 employees. He possessed a delightful sense of humor and was endeared to his Colby TDP fraternity brothers. Survivors include his wife, Lynne, three children, a grandson, and a sister.

Melba Metcalf Boynton '59

June 25, 2020, in Damariscotta, Maine, at 83. After 10 years living in western and central Maine, she settled near the coast, in Nobleboro, where she was an elementary school teacher for 28 years. She also volunteered at the Skidompha Library, the Lincoln Home, and at the adult education program as a tutor. She traveled throughout Europe and North America, played tennis and golf, was an expert bridge player, and performed in a group called Hearts Ever Young. Three children survive her, as do six grandchildren and a brother.

Donald W. Gunn '59

June 5, 2020, in Kingwood, Texas, at 83. A geology major at Colby, he earned an M.S. from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington with the goal of becoming a geology professor. Instead, he worked for Exxon for 30 years, overseeing international drilling in locations in the U.S. and Brazil. He belonged to several professional organizations, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Daring and adventurous, he explored the ocean depths in two-man submarines and soared the skies as a pilot. He was a talented woodworker, played hockey and the piano, and loved a good meal, a workout, and animals—especially cats. Don leaves his partner, Hettie Tetzlaff, three sons, a granddaughter, and a great-grandson.

Robert W. Kopchains '59

Oct. 9, 2020, in Pawleys Island, S.C., at 83. After Colby, he joined the U.S. Navy, served during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and then continued in the reserves for six more years, honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander. He spent his civilian career with Mutual Benefit Insurance Company, retiring as senior vice president in charge of real estate investments. An active Colby alumnus, he represented his class on the Alumni Council in the 1980s and also worked as a class agent. In his retirement years, he traveled around the globe, visiting almost 100 countries and all 50 states. Bob leaves his wife of 60 years, Mary Twiss Kopchains ’59, three children, and six grandchildren.

Mary L. Martin '59

June 25, 2020, in Gorham, Maine, at 82. She started teaching right out of college and taught mathematics for at least 10 years before becoming an elementary school teacher. In 1967 she earned an M.Ed. from the University of Maine; that same year she was named to the “Outstanding Young Women of America” list. She taught for 39 years in Maine, retired for one year, and then returned to the first town she taught in, Brunswick, now as a Title I tutor. Mary Martin was predeceased by her father, Charles Martin ’30. She had one daughter, Patricia Hargraves.

James R. McIntosh '59

Nov. 11, 2020, in Bethlehem, Pa., at 84. He earned his M.A. from the New School for Social Research in 1963 and his Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University in 1970. A lifelong advocate for social justice, he marched in Selma in 1965 and participated in many public protests for equality. In 1966 he began a 50-year career as a professor of sociology at Lehigh University. His expertise was in the field of alcohol and drug use, particularly among college students, and he spent sabbaticals in England researching drinking habits. At the time of his death, he was compiling some of his courses into a monograph. At Lehigh, he chaired his department for 14 years, served as mace bearer at graduations from 1996 to 2018, and was faculty representative to the NCAA from 2003 to 2016. Upon his retirement, he received the Asa Packer Walking Stick for his service to the university. In the Bethlehem community, he served on many boards addressing drug abuse and mental health. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Sally Phelan McIntosh ‘59, three children, and four grandchildren.

Helen B. Moore '59

Nov. 15, 2020, in Northborough, Mass., at 82. She continued her education post-Colby at Boston University, where she earned an M.Ed. in 1961, followed by an A.S. in nursing from Quinsigamond Community College. She was a nurse at Leonard Morse Hospital for 21 years, retiring as assistant head nurse in 1993. A fierce activist, she was active with the nurses’ union, protested the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, and advocated for women’s rights, reproductive rights, and children’s welfare. She also enjoyed playing cards, working on puzzles, and reading the Boston Globe and a good novel. In retirement, she went line dancing every week with her college roommate and lifelong friend, Joanne Woods ’59. Helen leaves a sister and extended family.

Ruth Freeman O’Neill '59

Oct. 24, 2020, in Harbor Springs, Mich., at 83. She transferred to Colby after two years at Michigan State University, and, after moving around the country with her Navy husband, settled in northern Michigan. There, they owned and ran a small weekly newspaper, Harbor Light, and Ruth was responsible for typesetting, billing, subscriptions, and the writing of social news. Her Boston roots made her a lifelong Red Sox fan and a keen sports fan in general, impressing others with her observations and insights. She was also an avid tennis player. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Kevin, five children, six grandchildren, and three sisters.

Stanley “Mickey” L. Painter Jr. '59

Dec. 19, 2018, in Winthrop, Maine, at 81. Mickey earned a D.O. degree in 1966 from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed an internship at the Waterville Osteopathic Hospital, then started his private family practice in 1967 in Winthrop, Maine, and worked there until 2011. He served as a State of Maine medical examiner, and he was a ring-side doctor for boxing in Maine. He was active with the Masons, the Kora Shriners, and the Augusta Scottish Rite group. For 60 years, he served in the Maine Gladiolus Society, and he also belonged to state and national iris and orchid societies. There are no survivors.

James C. Ainger '60

July 31, 2020, Damariscotta, Maine, at 84. After high school in Ohio, he worked in a steel mill, hitchhiked to California, and then enrolled at Colby, where he fell in love with Maine. His 37-year career was spent as a buyer for Jordan Marsh department store in Boston, where he introduced Christmas ornaments from Europe in the 1960s, small appliances from Japan in the 1970s, and major appliances after that. He loved to travel internationally and lose himself in World War II movies and spy novels. He retired in 1999 to Western Maine, where he swam, fished, canoed, and sailed. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara.

Caroline “Pat” Walker Knowles '60

May 6, 2020, in Rehoboth, Mass., at 81. A teacher, community volunteer, mother, and homemaker, Pat gave generously and frequently. In Rehoboth, she took active roles in the garden club and its scholarship committee, the Junior League, a local nursing home (chairing a capital campaign), and the Stephen Hopkins House historical site. She was a substitute teacher in the Rehoboth public schools and held retail jobs in the area. A loyal Colby volunteer, she served as a class representative to the Alumni Council, as a regional club officer, and on two regional campaign committees. For her service, she was honored with a Colby Brick Award in 2005. In 2017, along with her husband, she established the Caroline “Callie” Knowles Clapp ’89 Memorial Fund at Colby following the death of Callie in 2016. Pat leaves her husband of 59 years, Jonathan “Jock” Knowles ’60, three children, son-in-law William Clapp ’87, and eight grandchildren.

Margaret Hibbard Miller '60

May 21, 2020, in Gardner, Mass., at 81. In addition to her job as a homemaker, she worked a variety of jobs in her life: as a laboratory technologist at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, as an EMT for Woods Ambulance, as a certified ski instructor, and as a realtor in Gardner. An outdoor enthusiast, she skied, golfed, played tennis, and hiked. She was also musical, playing the clarinet and singing in a community choir, and became a passionate, talented quilter. Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Donald, two daughters, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother.

Roger A. Richardson '60

April 28, 2018, at 79. He followed up his Colby degree with a master’s from the University of Maine and a doctorate in psychology from Louisiana State University. A psychologist, he primarily spent his professional life caring for patients at the Institute of Mental Health in Cranston, R.I. He taught briefly at the University of Rhode Island and worked in private counseling as well. His personal joys were playing the piano, gardening, being in the outdoors, and studying his genealogical roots. Survivors include five children, five grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

Peter J. Stevenson '61

Aug. 7, 2019, in Lewes, Del., at 79. He lived and worked the bulk of his adult life in Pennsylvania, enjoying a career as an independent sales consultant for logistics management companies. An English literature major at Colby, he always dreamed of writing a novel in the style of John Grisham. After retiring and moving to Lewes, he wrote that novel, leaving just the last three chapters unedited at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Judy, and extended family.

John Hooper Cutler '62

June 21, 2020, in Marblehead, Mass., at 81. He left Colby to serve in the U.S. Navy aboard the submarine USS Tunny. He later became a firefighter and captain with the Marblehead Fire Department, serving for 33 years. Engaged with numerous professional and civic organizations, he was a strong advocate for firefighter training and education, and he believed in giving back to his community, which he did generously. Hooper leaves his wife, Joan, two daughters, three stepchildren, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Bruce C. Ferguson '62

Oct. 12, 2020, in East Greenwich, R.I., at 80. After Colby, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS America. He went on to work at Ferguson Perforating, a manufacturing company in Providence founded by his father in 1938. Bruce eventually became president of the company, remaining at the helm until the company was sold in 2017. An avid sailor, he was a past commodore of the Wickford Yacht Club who enjoyed racing, cruising, and mentoring young sailing enthusiasts. He leaves a son and two granddaughters.

Peter D. Leiser '62

Dec. 12, 2019, in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 79. Originally from Brazil, he returned to his native country and worked in merchandising for Avon for many years. He also worked in the travel industry. Along with his wife, Miriam, he raised four children.

Richard W. Levesque '62

Nov. 14, 2020, in Lancaster, Ohio, at 80. Born in Waterville, he participated in the ROTC as a Colby student and then joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation. He served as a captain and fought in the Vietnam War. His career was in sales as a manufacturing representative in the packaging industry, earning him the nickname the “Paper Maven.” He was active with his Catholic church, followed youth and high school sports, and volunteered in his community. His wife of 53 years, Nancy, two children, six grandchildren, and two sisters survive him.

Ency Schick Richardson '62

May 15, 2020, in Bloomfield, Conn., at 79. Leaving Colby in her junior year, she returned to school later in life and earned a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Trinity College in 1986. She was also a homemaker, mother, and hostess who created a “Magic Kingdom” at her property in Harwinton, Conn., and welcomed friends and family to parties, solstice celebrations, and numerous events there. She also loved to cook, volunteered extensively in her community, enjoyed writing, and traveled around the world. She leaves her companion, Neville, three children, and many grandchildren.

Charis Storms Davis '63

Dec. 15, 2020, in Hopkinton, Mass., at 79. She earned a master’s in education from Smith College in 1964 and went on to a career as a teacher for the hearing impaired in the Rochester (N.Y.) City School District. She found joy in music and played the piano and organ. Traveling in retirement and time at the lake and in the garden were also joys. She leaves a son, a daughter, and a brother.

Anita Nourse Largent '63

May 24, 2020, in Venice, Fla., at 78. Her experience working with deaf children while a Colby student led her to a career in education, which included teaching hearing-impaired children as well as students from preschool through college. She earned a master’s in deaf education from Southern California University in 1964 and an education specialist degree from Florida State University in 1987, retiring in 1999 from the Leon County Public School System. She was active in her church and enjoyed quilting and gardening. Survivors include her husband, Wayne, two children, three grandchildren, and three sisters.

Richard A. Varney '63

Nov. 17, 2020, in Fernandina Beach, Fla., at 79. He built a career working in personnel and human resources, including 10 years as personnel manager at Mobil Oil Corp. and as vice president of industrial relations at Compo Industries. In 1995 he started his own human resources consulting firm, the ChangeCrest Group, located in Morristown, N.J. He loved following sports and rooting for his children and grandchildren. In retirement, he volunteered in his townhouse community and in the emergency department of his local hospital. Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Donna, three children, and four grandchildren.

Deane G. Minahan '64

Aug. 29, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minn., at 77. After graduating from Colby with a major in English, he earned a master’s from the University of Illinois-Champagne Urbana in 1967. An avid reader, he had a long career as a professor of English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He found pleasure in traveling, good food, and fireworks. He leaves his wife, Kay, three children, and a grandson.

Robert D. Brody '65

Sept. 3, 2019, in Schertz, Texas, at 76. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years, retiring in 1988 with the rank of major. Called a groundbreaking leader, he tackled challenges around social issues, including creating the first drug and alcohol program for the Air Force. During his service, he earned two master’s degrees—one in Hispanic studies from Temple University and one in human relations from the University of Oklahoma—and a doctorate degree in counselor education and counseling psychology from Auburn University. From 1989 to 2008, he was an employee relations advisor for the United Services Automobile Association. A lifelong athlete and sports enthusiast, he played basketball his entire life, won numerous medals in the Senior Olympics, and was a diehard San Antonio Spurs fan. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, two children, five grandchildren, and extended family, including cousin Judy Levine Brody ’58.

S. James Foxman '65

June 3, 2020, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., at 77. He earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and then joined the Air Force, where he served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Alaska. Following an honorable discharge, he practiced law in South Dayton, Fla., until he was appointed a circuit judge in 1979, eventually becoming chief judge for the 7th Circuit and a revered leader in the legal profession. When he retired in 2011, the justice center in Dayton Beach was renamed the S. James Foxman Justice Center”in his honor. An advocate for mental health services, he was chair of the board for a local mental health agency and presided over the merger of the agency with a treatment center. In 2010 he was named Volunteer of the Year by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. He leaves his wife, Terry, a sister, three sons, and six grandchildren.

Diane Terry '65

Dec. 23, 2020, in Lexington, Mass., at 77. She taught French in secondary schools right out of Colby until her daughters were born, when she turned her focus on raising them. In 1988 she earned a master’s in education from Boston University and spent the rest of her career teaching English as a Second Language to new Americans, helping them learn English and prepare for citizenship. She loved music, singing, and reading, was physically active, and enjoyed world travel. A cat lover for most of her life, she savored a great love for one dog, her yellow lab Luna. Diane leaves her husband, Ernest “Van” Seasholes, two daughters, Elizabeth Kowal ’92 and Susannah Kowal LaCroix ’96, a stepson, and two granddaughters.

Britt Carlson Anderson '66

April 6, 2020, in Fort Pierce, Fla., at 75. She earned two degrees from the University of Denver: a J.D. in 1973 and an M.A. in international relations a year later. She practiced law in Denver and Vail for 25 years, specializing in business and commercial litigation. In the 1970s, she was editor-in-chief of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. Britt spent her retirement years in Florida, where she spent many years sailing her 50-foot sailboat in the Caribbean.

James C. Helmer '67

June 1, 2020, in Wilmington, N.C., at 74. After Colby, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, including three tours in Vietnam, and stayed active as a reservist, retiring in 1994 as a lieutenant colonel. Later, he worked in sales and management. He settled in Boulder, Colo., where he savored rafting, hiking, skiing, and biking, participating in the Ride the Rockies event. In his retirement, he worked as a volunteer park ranger for the City of Boulder. He traveled extensively, became a master gardener, and loved watching the sunset over the Flatirons of Boulder while sipping a single malt Scotch. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren, and two brothers.

Robert E. Hughes Jr. '68

July 19, 2020, in Providence, R.I., at 74. His lifelong love of trains and photography began while a student at Colby, where he photographed trains on the Maine Central Railroad. He joined the U.S. Navy and was a photographer’s mate on the USS Intrepid, following with stints working for the New Haven Railroad and the Long Island Railroad. He moved to publishing and established a long career in operations and production for magazines such as Life, Newsweek, Time, and Reader’s Digest, which included international travel and the opportunity to photograph trains abroad. In retirement, he worked on the Barrington (R.I.) Harbor Patrol, was treasurer of the Steamship Historical Society of America, and volunteered as a tour guide for the South Norwalk Switch Tower Museum. He also loved to sail, having both a sailboat and a trawler, and was a frequent contributor to the Trackside Photographer website. His wife, Lynn, two children, including Katherine “Kate” Hughes ’03, and two siblings survive him.

Walter E. Young Jr. '68

Sept. 24, 2020, in Standish, Maine, at 74. He stayed in Waterville for a period after he graduated from Colby, earning an M.B.A. from the University of Maine in 1975 and working for the Hathaway Company. His work eventually took him to Texas, Georgia, and Connecticut, where he settled in Newtown and worked for Warnaco and Gerber Garment. A standout decathlon athlete in high school and at Colby, he played softball, basketball, and golf as well as horseshoes and hockey. His family reported that he was great at trivia and loved silly jokes. Other interests included Civil War history, the Yankees, and margaritas. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Kathleen, four daughters, including Amy Young Kops ’93, eight grandchildren, and two brothers.

Constance E. Gates '69

Oct. 19, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 72. She was a world traveler who worked on issues relating to public health for farmworkers, migrants, and others in developing countries. She lived and worked in Geneva, Hong Kong, Zaire, Kenya, and Australia, often affiliated with the World Council of Churches. She earned an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina in 1978 and, starting in 1993, did freelance and volunteer work from Carrboro, N.C.

Otto Paul Wielan '69

Oct. 6, 2020, in New York, N.Y., at 73. He put his Colby English degree right to work after graduation, teaching English in Tunisia with the Peace Corps from 1969 to 1972. Back in the U.S., he earned a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Georgia in Athens before settling in New York, where he taught graduate courses in reading education at St. John’s University for nearly 30 years, retiring in 2005. He traveled internationally—France was his favorite country—and domestically, including to Santa Fe, N.M., where for many years he held season tickets to the Santa Fe Opera. A connoisseur of the arts, he attended the New York Opera and symphony concerts, was a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was a loyal attendee to music and drama performances in his Chelsea neighborhood. He also owned a camp in Hope, Maine, and spent many summers there. Otto leaves no survivors.

John T. Crabtree '72

Oct. 30, 2020, in Poland, N.Y., at 70. He spent his career working in sales and management with St. Johnsbury Trucking and Teals Express. He also had a business on the side, Gipetto’s Surf Plugs, a mail-order business for wood lures for bluefish that he created in his basement shop. Using discarded shovel ends and junked chair legs, he shaped, carved, and sanded each one-of-a-kind lure by hand. He was also a Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, two sons, a grandson, and two siblings.

Robert A. Pike '72

March 3, 2021, in Methuen, Mass., at 70. He dedicated his career to high schoolers, teaching history at Haverhill High School and coaching football at Haverhill as well as at other Massachusetts schools, including Central Catholic, Austin Prep, and Amesbury High School. He enjoyed reading, playing Jeopardy!, and vacationing in Florida. Survivors include his wife, Christine Hanley Pike ’72, two children, four granddaughters, and five siblings.

Stanley J. Pozerycki '72

March 23, 2019.

James E. Mahoney '74

Aug. 8, 2020, in Newton, Mass., at 67. After earning a master’s in public health policy from Harvard in 1979, he worked as district director for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and, starting in 1991, as secretary of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He used the expertise in public policy and government affairs he gained in these jobs as an influential policymaker for Bank of America, where for 25 years he led the bank’s public policy, strategy, media relations, and communications globally. He displayed particular leadership with the bank’s environmental initiative. He served on the boards of the New England Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets, was a trustee of the University of Massachusetts, and was inducted into the PR News Hall of Fame in 2019. Recently, he earned a counseling certificate and worked with men with addiction at an area correction’s house. He died from complications related to a July 2019 bicycle accident. He leaves his wife, Margaret McLoughlin, three children, four stepchildren, and seven siblings.

Gregory M. Downs '75

July 14, 2020, in East Sandwich, Mass., at 67. A lover of the sea, he spent the first five years after Colby as a deckhand and cook on fishing boats in Alaska, living the off months in Seattle, where he developed lifelong interests in sailing, traveling, and scuba diving. He studied law at Rutgers University, clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court, and later became partner at the firm Losordo and Downs in Sandwich. He performed pro bono work for nonprofits and volunteered with charities in his community. Survivors include his brother, a stepdaughter, and two grandchildren.

Roger D. Morse '76

Sept. 5, 2020, in Foley, Ala., at 68. Throughout his post-Colby life, he practiced primary care medicine after earning his physician assistant’s degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He loved travel and languages, and he was active with his church. Roger died after a short bout with Covid-19. He leaves his wife, Cindy, three sons, and two siblings.

Karen Page Chapman Rigsby '76

Aug. 17, 2020, in Dade City, Fla., at 66. She earned a master’s in accounting and became a businesswoman, owning and operating All Auto in Ft. Myers, Fla. She was active in her church, and she enjoyed listening to and performing in orchestras, symphonies, and theater productions. Survivors include her husband, Everett, two stepchildren, and two half-brothers.

Susan Robertson Kuzia '82

Aug. 26, 2020, in Evans, Ga., at 59. Creative and artistic, she was an involved mother, wife, friend, and crafter who created magical celebrations for those in her life. She earned a master’s in mass communications from Boston University in 1986 and worked for several years at Waterville’s Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a newsroom clerk. For a period in the 1990s, she owned Kuzia Creations, selling her handmade products at craft shows and local shops. An active volunteer, she supported her children and community in the arts, education, and theater. A survivor of breast cancer, she succumbed to a two-year battle with stage IV glioblastoma. In addition to her Colby MOMS friends, she leaves her husband, Stanley Kuzia ’85, two children, and two siblings.

Heather Morrill Nelson '82

Dec. 12, 2020, in Manchester, N.H., at 60. She worked as a senior program manager for IBM and previously was a manager at Progress Software. A lover of the outdoors, she savored long walks in the woods, extended bicycle rides, camping trips, and skiing. She also traveled internationally to visit friends and family. Heather died following a battle with cancer. Her husband, Jeffrey Nelson ’83, two children, a sister, and her parents survive her.

Barbara Wilkes Sheehan '85

Sept. 12, 2020, in Concord, Mass., at 56. She turned her love of fashion, creature comforts, and hand-crafted objects into her career, working in retail stores throughout her adult life. She spent 20 years at Eileen Fisher in Boston and, most recently, worked on “The Avenue” at J. Miles in Cambridge. She supported local artisans, promoted “shopping small,” and satiated her sweet tooth with selected handmade treats. She leaves her husband, T. “Andy” Sheehan ’85, two children, and three brothers, including Lyndon Wilkes ’69.

Thomas “Dutch” J. Boyd '86

Nov. 11, 2020, in Westwood, Mass., at 57. He worked at Raytheon in Waltham, Mass., for a period of time, and then he worked for the Harvest Trading Group as a food broker. He continued to play hockey, and he also played basketball and became a golfer. Survivors include two children, including Owen Boyd ’23, his father, and a sister.

Stuart D. Babb '87

Feb. 9, 2021, in Milton, Mass., at 55. Using his M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, he built a successful career in consumer marketing, working for Polaroid, New Balance, Dorel, and, most recently, SharkNinja, where he was VP of global marketing. He enjoyed traveling—Mexico, the BVI, and Switzerland were favorites—and spending summers in Sunapee, N.H. He loved bad jokes, playing pranks on his daughters, and taking long walks with his dog, Ben. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, two daughters, a brother, and his mother.

Mary Birgit Uehling Caliandro '87

April 29, 2020, in Concord, Mass., at 54. An environmentalist and dedicated mother, she worked primarily as an independent environmental consultant before and after her children were born. She also earned a master’s in environmental and urban policy from Tufts University in 1994. She raised her children to be independent, educated, and capable, and she was a loyal, dedicated friend. Four and a half years after a diagnosis, she died of breast cancer. Survivors include her husband, Paul, three children, two siblings, and her parents.

Shannon Hamilton McDonald '87

March 26, 2021, in Southborough, Mass., at 55. She earned an M.S.W. from Boston University and focused her career helping at-risk children, working in the field of early intervention at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. She loved horses and dogs, and she enjoyed crafts, knitting, reading, and funny movies. She died following a five-year effort to overcome cancer, and she leaves her husband, Howard Rosenstein, two sons, her parents, and a sister.

Ronald L. Jackson '88

Dec. 14, 2020, in Chester, Vt., at 54. He used his math and computer science majors at Colby working as a programmer and analyst, first for Central Maine Power and then for UNUM in Maine. He later moved to Vermont and worked for ARIS Solutions in the IT department, eventually becoming IT manager. He also helped run his family’s farm, and he belonged to the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group, where he served as treasurer. Survivors include his parents, two siblings, his wife, Laurie, and two daughters.

Christine King '88

Dec. 2, 2020, in Wiscasset, Maine, at 55. She worked for Dietl International Services coordinating the safe movement of priceless fine art and antiques for museums and private collectors. She was also an artist who created collages, sculptures, and paintings, a gardener, and a gourmet cook. She leaves her mother, her father and stepmother, three siblings, and two stepsiblings.

James B. Richardson '88

June 24, 2020, in Portland, Maine, at 54. For a year after Colby, he indulged in his passion for sailing, working as an instructor in the Caribbean. A 32-year career at Maine’s Bath Iron Works followed, where he was the director of planning. He continued to love sailing, and for the last two years he traveled the world with his wife and daughters in their 48-foot sailboat. He ran marathons, relished the hard work at the family farm and at his home, and loved playing Scrabble and cribbage. Jim took his own life after falling into depression after Covid-19 hit. He leaves his wife, Sara, three children, two stepsons, and a brother.

William A. Sieberg '89

Aug. 1, 2020, in Teaticket, Mass., at 54. After Colby, he spent time in Europe, traveling to 10 countries. Back in the U.S., he worked as an environmental chemist for two years before finding employment at Cape Cod Healthcare, working at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals, where staff witnessed and experienced his warmth and caring personality. He enjoyed walks and bike rides, loved reading and music, and was a faithful Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. His mother and two siblings survive him.

John C. Hayworth '90

Sept. 8, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn., at 52. He earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1993, completed a year as a federal district court clerk, and then went into private practice in Nashville. He was a commercial and business litigator for three different firms in Nashville, approaching cases with determined and thoughtful judgment. Most recently, he taught business law to undergraduates at Belmont University. John was also a community leader, serving on several local boards, and was a communicant at the Episcopal church. He was well-read, had a sense of humor, and loved telling stories. Survivors include his wife, Martha, two children, a sister, and his stepmother.

Lorelei Apriceno Platt '90

Sept. 17, 2020, in Northport, N.Y., at 55.

J. Tremaine Cooper '91

March 13, 2021, in Bluemont, Va., at 52. An equestrian from an early age, he began building and designing cross-country courses for the sport of eventing (an equestrian triathlon) in high school and college. He built courses throughout the U.S. and also in New Zealand and the UK. Later, he focused on course design and designed some of the country’s most premier equestrian sites. The profession heralded him for making advancements in the sport, especially in regard to safety. In 2006 the U.S. Eventing Association awarded him its Neil Ayer Course Designers’ Award for his service, which included involvement on its board of governors. Tremaine was felled by a tree while working outside near his home. He leaves his wife, Marion, two children, his parents, and a brother.

Robert M. O’Neil Jr. '93

Nov. 8, 2020, in Whitefish, Mont., at 49. He moved to Whitefish the year he graduated from Colby. An avid skier, he worked at the Big Mountain Ski Resort and groomed trails for the Glacier Nordic Club. For the last 25 years, he owned and operated O’Neil Painting. In addition to his passion for skiing, he loved hiking, biking, running, and playing basketball. He was also a reader and a music lover, and he kept up with current events. Rob died of cardiac arrest. He leaves his wife, Christy, a son, his mother, and his sister and her husband, Keith Turley ’85.

Hokuala Kari Johnson '01

July 2, 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 41. A native Hawaiian, she returned home following graduation and worked to protect Hawai’i’s natural resources. She coordinated projects for the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i. Later, at NOAA, she worked on policies and programs to protect the Papahãnaumokuãkea Marine National Monument. She loved the ocean—surfing, paddling, rowing, swimming, and sailing—and belonged to the Hui Nalu Canoe Club, where she served as secretary for 10 years. She was also a member of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu. Hoku leaves her wife, Lasha Salbosa, their two daughters, her parents, and a brother.