Stephen S. Sternberg ’41

May 12, 2021, in New York, N.Y., at 100. He earned an M.D. from the New York University College of Medicine in 1944 and went on to become a renowned pathologist. He held research appointments at Sloan-Kettering Institute, was an attending pathologist at Memorial Hospital, and served as a professor of pathology at Cornell University Medical College. A prolific author of scholarly articles, he also started and edited the American Journal of Surgical Pathology as well as the Histology for Pathology, both still preeminent texts. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon. He was also a talented cook and baker, gardener, painter, and stained-glass maker. He leaves two daughters and several grandchildren.

Nancy Curtis Lawrence ’44

Jan. 26, 2022, in Sequim, Wash., at 99. She was trained as a draftsman at the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics as part of the World War II effort. She worked first on the Corsair, drawing isometrics for the parts catalog, and then for Boston University in the Laboratory for Physical and Optical Sciences in the Department of Upper Atmosphere. Later, she worked for Bendix Aviation and then at AT&T Bell Labs in Illinois for 17 years. Along with her second husband, she founded the Ryall Masters Swimming Club in Illinois and became Amateur Athletic Union Masters Swimming National Long Course Champion. When she moved to Sequim in 1990, she remained active in Masters Swimming. She was also a powerlifter and held four national master powerlifting records. In retirement, she tutored children in reading as a Vista volunteer, and she volunteered at the Sequim Museum and Arts Center, where she helped establish a museum library. Two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive her.

Douglas N. Smith ’45

May 28, 2022, in Ellsworth, Maine, at 98. Before coming to Colby, he was in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1947 and became the owner and operator of the L.S. Thorsen Corporation in Ellsworth, a metal fabrication company. He was a civic leader in Ellsworth, serving as president of its chamber of commerce, Rotary Club, and YMCA in addition to serving on boards of the hospital and school board. He was the second recipient of the chamber’s Top Drawer Award. An avid outdoorsman, he had a passion for golf, sailing, gardening, and travel. Predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Marion White Smith, both Class of 1917, he is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary, four children, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his sister, Joan “Jay” Smith Rogers ’49.

Nancy Burbank Allured ’47

Oct. 12, 2022, in Hickory, N.C., at 97. A few weeks after she graduated from Colby, she started with General Electric Company in Pittsfield, Mass., working as an engineering assistant or “calculator.” She married in 1951 and became a homemaker, mother, and community volunteer. She moved to Hickory in 1972 and was a member of the Episcopal church. She leaves three children, two grandsons, a nephew, and a niece, Ellen Haweeli ’69.

Katharine “Kay” Weisman Jaffe ’48

May 27, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla., at 95. She earned a master’s in library science from Simmons School of Library Science and spent her career as a librarian, specializing in reference work at the library at Boston College. She was also an active volunteer with the League of Women Voters and her local library and historical society. She leaves three children, eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Burton A. Krumholz ’48

July 21, 2022, in Boca Raton, Fla., at 93. He earned an M.D. from New York Medical College in 1953 and went on to a long and distinguished career practicing obstetrics and gynecology. After serving in the U.S. Navy 1955-57, he worked at hospitals on Long Island, including Queens Hospital, where he served as director of ob-gyn, and Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center, where he was associate chair of ob-gyn. He also taught medical students at SUNY Stonybrook and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. A pioneer in treating women with laser surgery, he also worked with women born to mothers who had taken the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES). He was active with professional organizations, notably serving a term as president of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, which now presents annually the Burton A. Krumholz Lifetime Achievement Award. He also enjoyed travel, golf, and playing bridge. He leaves his wife of 71 years, Sheila, five children, and three grandchildren.

Phyllis O’Connell Murray ’48

Jan. 21, 2022, in Kennett Square, Pa., at 95. While raising her children, she earned her teaching credentials and started teaching elementary school in the late 1960s in Williston, Vt. She would go on to teach K-3 for many years at Shelburne (Vt.) Country School. In retirement, she moved to Kure Beach, N.C., where she volunteered at a local aquarium, taught line dancing, and attended cultural events in nearby Wilmington. She leaves three children and at least two grandchildren.

Barbara Grant Doyle ’49

Oct. 9, 2022, in Hanover, N.H., at 94. She earned a master’s in biology from Brown University in 1955 and then followed her husband to Yale, where she worked in the biophysics laboratory, and then to Dartmouth. In Hanover, she raised her sons while working various jobs as an electron microscopist, kindergarten teacher, medical technician, computer programmer, and volunteer at Head Start and Planned Parenthood. She liked picking Maine blueberries for her signature pies, knitting, religiously reading Der Spiegel, reciting classic poetry, and making dry comments about persons, places, or things. She is survived by two sons, five granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren.

William M. Fairley ’49

Oct. 9, 2022, in Gaithersburg, Md., at 93. He earned a master’s in geology from the University of Maine in 1951, shortly before he was drafted into the Marine Corps. During the Korean War, he served for 18 months as a cartographic draftsman in an intelligence office. Using the G.I. Bill, he earned his doctorate in geology from Johns Hopkins University in 1962 and went on to teach geology at the University of Notre Dame for 33 years, retiring in 1991. He enjoyed traveling with Elderhostel, volunteered with his church, played bridge, and collected stamps and postcards. He moved to a retirement community in Gaithersburg in 2010, where he taught his grandchildren about theology, history, and rocks. He leaves two daughters and seven grandchildren.

Mary Chilton Hathaway ’49

Dec. 31, 2021, in Plymouth, Mass., at 93. An educator and protector of the natural world, she was known as a visionary with the courage and strength to make the world a better place. She taught high school English in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, serving for a time as chair of the English Department at Silver Lake Regional High School. In 1963, she earned a master’s in education from Bridgewater State College. She fought to protect natural spaces against development as director of the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts, helping to preserve woodlands and open spaces. She was also active with the F.C. Adams Public Library, serving as trustee. An enthusiast of physical activity, she walked whenever possible, tended extensive gardens, enjoyed brisk swims, and, at nearly 80, took on challenging treks in Switzerland. She leaves a brother, two nieces, and a nephew.

Sidney B. McKeen ’49

Jan. 30, 2022, in Colchester, Vt., at 94. He served with the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II before coming to Colby. A reporter, columnist, and editor, he spent 39 years at the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, where he interviewed four presidents, prominent actors and musicians, and other notable people. His column, “Wry and Ginger,” ran weekly for 55 years starting in 1963 and was one of the longest-running columns in the country. Syndicated in New England and later nationally, it won first prize for humor in the 1985 competition of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He authored two books, Wry and Ginger and No Time for Moss, and he was a commentator on Maine Public Radio during the 1990s. The Academy of New England Journalists awarded him its Yankee Quill Award in 1985 for his contributions to journalism. He was active with civic and professional organizations, serving as president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. Predeceased by his second wife, Anne Fraser Baer ’48, he is survived by two children, including Jeffrey “Smokey” McKeen ’76, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two brothers.

Robert A. Rosenthal ’50

June 7, 2022, in Freeport, Maine, at 93. As a Colby student, he wrote, directed, and produced two musical comedies with Kenneth Jacobson ’50, who was a lifelong friend. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1952 before joining the U.S. Air Force and serving as an officer during the Korean War. He returned to his native Waterville and joined the family business of land development and woolen goods manufacturing until the early 1970s. He then turned his attention to real estate development, owning and managing 800,000 square feet of industrial buildings and more than one million square feet of shopping center space in central and northern Maine. He also built, owned, and managed the Atrium chain of motels in Brunswick, Waterville, and Millinocket. He leaves his wife of 66 years, Rona Kopans Rosenthal ’57, three children, and a sister, Arlyne Rosenthal Sacks ’54.

Catherine Johnston Ruksznis ’50

Dec. 13, 2022, in Guilford, Maine, at 93. She worked as a telephone operator and service representative for a few years until she married and started a family. When her children were grown, she became a clerk at the Guilford Post Office until she retired in 1991. She volunteered at a local nursing home and served on the local school board. She liked to knit and quilt, and she spent winters in Florida and savored more than 70 summers at Maine’s Whetstone Pond. Predeceased by her brother George W. Johnston ’50, she leaves three children, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a brother.


Audrey Bostwick ’51

Jan. 13, 2022, in Perkasie, Pa., at 91. She began at Colby as a junior, transferring from Colby Junior College. She earned a master’s in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953 and spent the early part of her career as a nursery school teacher, as a social worker, and in roles in educational research. An avid horseman and humanitarian, she started riding horses at age 5 and driving them during World War II when gas rations curtailed automobile driving. She participated in the equestrian field as a competitor, instructor, coach, and clinician in disciplines such as hunter/jumpers, side saddle, and carriage driving. She was a licensed judge, steward, and technical delegate for organizations such as the U.S. Equestrian Federation, the American Horse Show Association, and the American Driving Society, of which she was a founding member. For nearly 20 years, she taught at Delaware Valley University in the Equine Science and Management Program. She harbored an affection for her farm in Perkasie with her ponies and dogs, and she was an avid reader who studied tree species, historic barns, and bird watching. She leaves her friend and companion, Elaine Kendig, a goddaughter, and countless students and community members she influenced in her lifetime.

George M. Haselton ’51

July 18, 2022, in Framingham, Mass., at 94. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1958 and worked as a field geologist for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the Canadian Geological Survey. He earned his master’s at Boston University in 1958 and his Ph.D. from Ohio State in 1967, both in geology. He spent 35 years teaching geology at both public and private schools, including Clemson University. He studied glacial geology and geomorphology, conducting fieldwork across portions of the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, the Antarctic, and the western United States. He married the late Priscilla Ford ’51 in 1980, and they had seven children between them. In 1997, the Haseltons established the George M. ’51 and Priscilla Ford Haselton ’51 Geology Department Fund at Colby.

Joyce Hutchins ’51

July 14, 2022, in Wells, Maine, at 93. She began a career as a social worker in 1951, working in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire while pursuing an M.S.W. degree, which she earned in 1959 from Boston University’s School of Social Work. Four months later, she experienced a three-year bout with rheumatoid arthritis that left her hospitalized and bedridden. She relearned to walk, returned to Maine, and continued her career as a consultant for the State of Maine’s programs for the aged, blind, and disabled. In that role, she developed the first prevention of blindness programs in Maine. Later, she became the first executive director of Maine’s Prevention of Blindness Programs, Inc., building a statewide cadre of volunteers. She also developed the Wells High School Alumni Association and served her community through the Wells Chamber of Commerce. She has no known survivors.

John H. Linscott ’51

Nov. 29, 2022, in Raleigh, N.C., at 93. He left Colby to attend the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1951. After serving four years as a Navy musician, he managed his own insurance agency in Boston for 23 years. He taught English and music, and coached track, in Maine and Virginia until 1989, when he became a salesman for Safelite Glass and later for PPG Autoglass. An avid jazz musician, he played clarinet, piano, and saxophone for various big bands, for whom he also wrote and arranged music, scores, and lyrics. He produced the CD Manhattan Lady, with his daughter, Anne, signing his original titles, and he also wrote the original play Love & Lobsters, performed in 2015 by the Freeport (Maine) Players. He loved mountain climbing and ran 19 Boston Marathons. He leaves his wife, Judy, two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Robert W. Peale ’51

Oct. 1, 2021, in Sierra Vista, Ariz., at 91. He earned a B.D. and an M.A. from Southern Methodist University and went on to a 42-year career as a reverend with the Methodist Church, serving congregations in Texas, California, and Arizona. He led his churches to start new ministries, and he helped several congregations build new churches. At the same time, he was active in the peace movement, marching with Cesar Chavez, offering draft counseling to Vietnam War conscientious objectors, and helping establish a home base for runaways and juveniles with drug problems. He liked ice cream, classical music, hiking, and animals, especially his dogs.

Edward C. Weaver ’51

Aug. 15, 2022, in North Port, Fla., at 94. He enlisted with the U.S. Navy at age 17, serving in the final days of World War II on a transport ship. After he graduated from Colby, he moved to California, where he raised his family and worked for Pacific Telephone as an engineer. In retirement, he moved to Arizona, worked in an RV park, and reconnected with a former sweetheart, with whom he traveled between their homes in Arizona, Maine, and Florida. His interest in radio began as a Colby student with local stations WTVL and WFAU in Augusta. Later, he was active with the amateur radio club K9TED-SK, publishing its newsletter for many years. Predeceased by his mother, Ruth Crowley Weaver Brandmire, Class of 1924, and his four children, he leaves his partner, Ruth Swift, and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter; and three grandchildren.

Raymond S. Grant Jr. ’52

April 1, 2022, in Helena, Ala., at 91. He earned a B.D. from Yale Divinity School in 1956 and went on to a 44-year career in the ministry, mostly in pastorates in Kansas. He also served as urban ministries coordinator in Kansas City and later as full-time chaplain at a United Methodist retirement home in Topeka. While in Topeka, he served for 13 years with Habitat for Humanity, first as a board member and then as president. Thirty-six houses were built and many renovated during his time there. He loved music, singing in the choir, playing the piano, and ringing with the bell choir. In retirement, he served as president of the homeowners’ association in Helena. Predeceased by his father, Raymond Grant, Class of 1925, he leaves his wife, Marilyn, two children, two stepchildren, and six grandchildren.

William W. Hennig ’52

June 10, 2022, in Kennebunk, Maine, at 92. He earned his M.B.A. from Boston University in 1954. Following two years of service with the U.S. Army, he began his business career in Boston, working for various trust departments and mutual fund companies. He became a portfolio manager and rose to the position of president and CEO of Keystone Custodian Funds and later chief investment officer of Colonial Funds. In retirement, he split his time between Maine and Naples, Fla., played golf, traveled internationally, and gardened. He was also a Stevens Minister at the Naples Congregational Church. Predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Carol Perron Hennig ’54, he leaves two children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Blaisdell Lane ’52

Jan. 18, 2022, in New Harbor, Maine, at 90. She spent two years at Colby before leaving to get married and start her family. Her work in insurance began in the 1950s at her family’s agency, which she managed from 1955 until it was sold in the early ’70s. She continued working in insurance until her 70s, and she was an income tax preparer and notary public. She loved animals, reading, walking, and taking long drives throughout Maine. Colby family members include her father, Burton B. Blaisdell, Class of 1916, and her sister, Phoebe Blaisdell Farrin ’44, both of whom predeceased her. She leaves two sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

George “Lum” Lebherz Jr. ’52

April 17, 2022, in Falmouth, Mass., at 92. He joined the U.S. Air Force to train as a pilot, but a serious car accident early on prevented him from earning his wings. He completed his duties as a clinical psychologist and was honorably discharged in 1954. He earned his law degree from Boston University Law School in 1958 and went on to a distinguished career. He practiced law for 30 years, establishing the firm Lebherz & Sanidas and building its office building. In 1990 then-Governor Michael Dukakis appointed him an associate justice of the Massachusetts District Court, a position he held until he retired at 70. For more than 20 years, he also served his community of Falmouth as town moderator and in other government and civic roles. He was an avid golfer, a scuba diver, a fisherman, and, later in life, a pilot, owning and flying several different aircraft. Keeping his Colby friends connected through gatherings on Cape Cod was a gift to them all. He leaves two children, including Christopher Lebherz ’85, and four granddaughters.

Barbara J. Mellin ’52

July 26, 2021, in Boston, Mass., at 90. She enjoyed a career in hospitality, working first as a secretary for Avis Rent-a-Car and then becoming its first director of customer service. She also worked for the Hertz Corporation, McCann Erickson Advertising, and finally, Sheraton Hotels, where she rose from manager of guest relations to director of quality and guest relations. A 1972 article about her in the Herald Traveler was titled “Office Orchid” and called her the “Dear Abby” of the Sheraton Corporation for her ability to handle customer complaints and compliments. Together with her former husband, she raised two children.

Ann Hawkes Paquin ’52

Sept. 20, 2022, in Canton, Mich., at 91. Her work in libraries began right after she graduated from Colby when she worked at the Maine State Library. Two years later, she moved to California with her Navy husband and worked various jobs while also raising two daughters. Returning to Maine in 1971, her family settled in Windham, and she worked as a children’s librarian for the Windham Public Library and the Warren Memorial Library in Westbrook. She retired from the Maine Correctional Center after 18 years as a records clerk. She was active with Windham’s Friends of the Library and historical society, served as secretary for the town’s 250th-anniversary committee, was a PTA member, and was active with the Girl Scouts. Her interests included reading, gardening, genealogy, historic preservation, and beekeeping. In 1998 she was Maine’s Beekeeper of the Year. Predeceased by her mother, Caroline Rogers Hawkes, Class of 1927, she leaves two daughters and a granddaughter.

Lionel “Lee” Poliquin ’52

March 14, 2022, in Brunswick, Maine, at 91. Born and raised in Waterville, he spent his adult life in the central Maine area, teaching and coaching for 30 years in Hartland, Corinna, Belgrade, and Waterville. In addition to being a playful and caring teacher, he was a dedicated principal who helped kids who were struggling, including by quietly marshaling in volunteers to prepare breakfast for hungry children before such programs existed. He was also a basketball official, traveling around Maine for 35 years sharing his love of the game. As a coach, he used organized sports to teach youth the lessons of hard work, fair play, and having fun. In the summers, he sold life insurance and operated Lee’s Lobster Pound in Skowhegan. A lifelong devoted Franco-American Catholic, he looked out for the little guy and worked to better the lives of boys and girls. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Louise, a son, a grandson, and a sister.

Joyce Maguire Demers ’53

Feb. 16, 2022, in Methuen, Mass., at 90. Dubbed a “wild Irish rose” by her family, she was known for her wit, kindness, and generosity. She earned two associate degrees from the Hartford Indemnity School of Insurance and went on to proudly serve the City of Methuen in her position in the tax collector’s office. She also served as secretary of the Methuen Credit Union and spent many years on their board. Sharing a meal with family and friends brought her much joy, as did gardening. She leaves four children, six grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

John Lee II ’53

March 30, 2022, in Virginia Beach, Va., at 92. He escaped his native China and Chinese Communism in 1949, making his way to Colby with the help of Maine Senator Sumner “Peter” Mills ’34. After gaining citizenship in 1954, he served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years, retiring as a colonel. Read his “Noted” obituary on page 68 in this section.

Miriam “Mimi” Price Patten ’53

Nov. 11, 2022, in Topsham, Maine, at 90. Even though much of her adult life was that of a traditional wife and mother, she forged her own path and formed her own opinions, caring deeply about women having financial literacy and independence. She also relied on good manners and decorum as her bedrock, and she manifested those values as a gracious and generous hostess. She remembered and acknowledged birthdays and anniversaries and was loved for her supportive, listening ear. She loved books and word games and was a devoted library patron. She also loved puzzles, including crosswords (completed in pen) and later Wordle. She leaves three children, including Elizabeth Patten ’78, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Alan C. Whittaker ’53

March 1, 2022, in Midlothian, Va., at 90. Before enrolling at Colby, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He went on to earn an M.B.A. and to work in hospital administration, eventually becoming CEO of Commonwealth Doctors Hospital in northern Virginia. Later, he found success as a realtor in the Philadelphia area and then in Richmond, Va. He was especially proud of his volunteer work with the Virginia State Police Fraud Division. He leaves four daughters and five grandchildren.

C. Arthur Eddy Jr. ’54

Feb. 19, 2023, in Salisbury, Conn., at 90. He worked in Colby’s Admissions Office for a year after he graduated and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean War. His teaching career began in 1958 in Amherst, Mass., where he taught math until 1963 when he began his 30-year career teaching math and coaching at the Hotchkiss School in Salisbury. He earned an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts in 1962 and an M.A. in mathematics education from the University of Oregon in 1969. He leaves a legacy of community involvement in Salisbury, including volunteering with the school board and the Salisbury Association, and was a longtime member of the Unitarian Fellowship. A loyal Colby alumnus, he served for 20 years as class correspondent for the Class of 1954, receiving a Colby Brick for his service in 2014. In retirement, he pursued his passion for golf. He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Guernsey Eddy ’54, with whom he had four children, and his second wife, Anne. He leaves his children, two siblings, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Edwin R. Eisen ’54

May 4, 2022, in New York, N.Y., at 89. He attended Cornell Law School, earning an LL.B. and a J.D. in 1957. He practiced law for more than 60 years, including three years as an assistant U.S. attorney. In his free time, he enjoyed tennis, squash, skiing, and hiking. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Elaine, a daughter, and a grandson.

Robert A. Frank ’54

Jan. 29, 2022, in Ridgefield, Conn., at 89. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer, earned an M.B.A. from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and then joined the radio sales department at CBS, which launched his long and successful career in media. A pioneer in the advertising world, he was cofounder and president of SFM Media Corporation, the most successful media-buying company at that time with blue-chip clients such as Avis, Nike, and the National Football League. SFM also handled media execution for the national campaigns of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, and its production division produced and distributed TV series and network programs such as Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club and Sea World/Busch Family Specials. His personal interests included an appreciation for music and opera, a love of American politics, and the collection of 19th-century historical political campaign artifacts and antiques. He leaves his wife, Cynthia, three children, and a granddaughter.

Virginia “Ginny” Kane Hawrylycz ’54

July 26, 2022, in Surry, Maine, at 89. She was a dedicated elementary school teacher in Southington, Conn., for 27 years starting in the 1960s and earned a master’s in education from Central Connecticut University in 1972. Returning to her hometown of Surry in 1996, she became an engaged community member in town events and politics. Active in the Surry Democratic Party, she served as town Democratic chair for four years and wrote a series of political-themed poems published in local newspapers. She was treasurer of the Surry Garden Club, active in the historical society, and a board and curriculum committee member with the Downeast Senior College. She enjoyed traveling, hosting social, book club, and game events, and supporting the Boston Red Sox. She leaves two children and a grandson.

Barbara Armstrong Mickelson Jorgensen ’54

Aug. 28, 2021, in Rockport, Mass., at 89. She worked as a special-needs teacher for many years, sharing her passion for swimming and the ocean with students through the Marblehead Jewish Community Program. She generously volunteered with the League of Women Voters, the Rockport Public Library, the Gloucester Museum School, and the Rose Baker Senior Center, where she spent 10 years driving. A kayaker and camper, she loved swimming, an activity she did well into her 80s. She was also a reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She leaves four children, six stepchildren, five grandchildren, and four siblings.

Anne Delamater Lovaas ’54

May 14, 2022, in Paxton, Mass., at 90. A mother and homemaker, she also held numerous jobs, including camp counselor, substitute teacher, sales representative at the Scituate Mariner, and secretary at both Webb-Norfolk Conveyor and the Scituate Town Hall. She was also very active with her Congregational church, serving on the board of deacons and the board of Christian education, teaching Sunday School, and co-chairing the church fair. An avid reader, she also enjoyed photography, knitting, gardening, music, hummingbirds, and the Red Sox. She leaves four children, 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Beverly Ambrose Peterson ’54

June 15, 2022, in Hingham, Mass., at 90. Following a period of raising her children, she started teaching elementary school, eventually earning a master’s of education from Northeastern University in 1984. She focused on teaching math and science skills at elementary schools in New Canaan, Conn., Weymouth, Mass., and Hingham. Later, she turned her attention to writing poetry, publishing 27 chapbooks, and having her poetry appear in numerous collections, magazines, and reviews, including the Wisconsin Review, Montserrat Review, Block’s Magazine, and Poet’s Forum magazine. She also enjoyed sailing, singing, and spending time with family and friends. She leaves her husband of 67 years, Roy, two children, and three grandchildren.

Edward “Ned” H. Shenton ’54

June 24, 2022, in Falmouth, Maine, at 89. He combined his love of the sea and of geology into a career in oceanography, writing, and exploration. He earned a master’s in oceanographic geology from Texas A&M in 1957, spending a year at sea on various ships while in school. He spent that next year, the International Geophysical Year, traveling to 30 different countries as part of the Smithsonian’s Satellite Tracking Program. He returned to oceanography by joining a Westinghouse-Jacques Cousteau diving operation in California and Mexico, using a two-person submersible to survey the ocean depths. Later, he worked as a marine consultant and, after settling in Maine, started an energy-conservation company. In the 1990s, he joined a National Science Foundation ice core-drilling project working on the Greenland Ice Sheet researching the area’s climate history. He created the video The Ice Core Time Machine from that project. An avid reader, he had an extensive book collection at his home on Peaks Island, Maine, where he lived for 40-plus years. He authored two books on submarines, Exploring the Ocean Depths and Diving for Science, along with his autobiography, Grateful Ned. He loved to sail the waters of Casco Bay, was a longtime member of the Explorers Club, and was an active Colby alumnus. He leaves his daughter, Amie, four stepchildren, and friends far and wide.

Helen Cross Stabler ’54

Jan. 20, 2022, in Syracuse, N.Y., at 90. After many years of caring for her children, she earned an M.A. in elementary education from Syracuse University in 1970 and taught preschool for 20 years. She was active in the Syracuse community, volunteering with a peace organization, literacy group, and Friends committee. She stayed up to date on current events, enjoyed reading, and traveled when she could. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Edward, four children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

William H. Wing ’54

July 12, 2022, in Ooltewah, Tenn., at 90. A standout baseball pitcher at Colby, he played semi-pro ball in the summer for the Maine-New Brunswick League. In 1954 he signed with the Boston Red Sox and played in the farm league for two years. He would go on to a 39-year career in sales with General Electric in Virginia and Tennessee, rising to sales manager. He was active with his church, enjoyed the outdoors, and loved golf. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Sarah, two children, three grandchildren, and a brother.

Jane Millett Dornish ’55

Oct. 25, 2022, in Winslow, Maine, at 89. Known for her warmth, generosity, and hospitality, she was a dedicated mother and homemaker and a friend to many. A dedicated Colby alumna, she served as a class officer for the Class of ’55, worked on fundraising initiatives, served on the Alumni Council, was president of the Colby Club of Waterville, and served on reunion planning committees. For her consistent and deep engagement, the College awarded her a Colby Brick Award and the Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award. She also traveled widely; enjoyed canoeing, skiing, and hiking; loved to entertain and bake; and kept busy with crossword puzzles, reading, knitting, and playing the piano. She was predeceased by her parents, Molly Rollins Millett, Class of 1930, and Ellsworth W. “Bill” Millett, Class of 1925 and former Colby hockey coach and alumni secretary. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Karl Dornish ’54, three daughters, including Katherine Dornish DuGrenier ’81, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

John A. Dutton ’55

Aug. 18, 2022, in Citrus Heights, Calif., at 89. As a freshman at Colby, he joined the Air Force ROTC, a move that would define the first 25 years of his life after graduation. He was commissioned with the Air Force and entered pilot training in 1956. He earned a master’s in geodetic science from Ohio State University in 1967. His years with the Air Force included time as an instructor pilot, assignments in aerial mapping, a four-year stint with the Pentagon, service as commander of the AFROTC at Duke University, and a final year as a C-130E aircraft commander at Pope Air Force Base. All told, he had more than 8,000 flying hours. He retired from the Air Force in 1980 as a lieutenant colonel and spent the next nine years at Duke, holding positions in athletics and the Department of Electrical Engineering. Upon full retirement, he returned to Sacramento and volunteered as a healthcare consultant and tax preparer for the elderly. He enjoyed travel, gardening, flight simulators, photography, and genealogy and had longtime associations with the Masons, Shriners, and Colby’s athletics. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Jane, three children, four grandchildren, and three siblings.

Anne McGowan Kubic ’55

Feb. 6, 2022, in Charles Town, W.V., at 89. She transferred out of Colby to attend Columbia Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, earning a degree in nursing in 1956. Moved by a humanitarian crisis in Haiti following a 1954 hurricane, she worked as a surgical nurse in the operating room at Haiti’s Hôpital Albert Schweitzer for several years. She returned to the United States, spent many years raising her children, and then went back to nursing in Ranson, W.V. She was an active volunteer and devoted parishioner who enjoyed reading and music. She leaves four sons, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Charles W. Macomber ’55

Jan. 19, 2022, in Bow, N.H., at 89. He earned an M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1959 and completed his residency in ob-gyn at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. His 40-year career in ob-gyn medicine included five years at a clinic in Oklahoma City followed by 25 years in Concord, N.H., where he helped usher in the more family-centered birthing process in place today. He was also instrumental in establishing Concord’s first family-planning clinic. He also taught at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and at Dartmouth Medical School as a clinical adjunct professor of medicine. Following retirement, he became a locum tenens physician, filling voids in practices in underserved areas in New Hampshire, Maine, and a Cherokee Nation hospital in Oklahoma, where he delivered his last baby in 2004. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, traveling, and gardening, and he was well-known for rug braiding. Predeceased by his parents, William and Marguerite Chase Macomber, both Class of 1927, he leaves his wife, Patricia, five children, six grandchildren, three siblings, including Susan Macomber Vogt ’60, and numerous cousins.

Germaine Michaud Orloff ’55

June 8, 2022, in York, Maine, at 88. She worked as a chemist at Waterville’s Keyes Fibre Company after graduating from Colby until starting her family. A devoted wife and mother, she later worked as a math and science tutor and as a substitute teacher in Waterville schools. In the 1970s, she became a full-time teacher and taught remedial algebra at Thomas College; she went on to earn an M.B.A. from Thomas in 1988. A loyal Colby alumna, she helped revive and sustain the Waterville Colby Club, sat on the Alumni Council, and served as a class agent and museum docent. In 1985 she won a Colby Brick Award for her dedication to the College. She also volunteered with local Waterville organizations and served for six years on the City Council. She enjoyed skiing, swimming, tennis, boating, and hiking, and she loved to read. Entertaining family and friends at her lake home in Belgrade, Maine, brought her great joy, as did traveling with friends. She leaves five children, including Karen Orloff Maddox ’81 and Glenn Orloff ’84, 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three siblings.

Grace Mainero Andrea ’56

Sept. 1, 2022, in Aurora, Colo., at 87. She worked in personnel for an engineering firm after she graduated from Colby before marrying in 1958 and devoting herself to her home and family. She and her husband owned Magic Touch Cleaners in Glenbrook, Conn., for nearly 25 years, selling it in 1987. She was a superb dancer, performing in competitions and even appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. She leaves her husband of 64 years, Lawrence “Larry” Andrea, four children, and three grandchildren.

Frederick C. Bagnall ’56

Jan. 28, 2022, in Camden, Maine, at 87. He earned a master’s in geology in 1958 from the University of Maine, followed by service in the U.S. Army. He went on to a career as a geologist, working in Maine, West Virginia, Maryland, and Iowa. At every locale, he served his community by coaching his sons’ sports teams, leading Boy Scout troops, and filling civic and church positions. He was an enthusiastic reader, gardener, Red Sox fan, and teller of tall tales. His three sons, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him.

Joanne Whitney Crowell ’56

June 18, 2022, in Dennis, Mass., at 87. Her time at Colby instilled a lifelong interest in writing poetry, which extended to a love of language she drew upon to craft published hymns for the Congregational church and that she instilled in her children and grandchildren. She taught English in schools on Cape Cod and later pursued a master’s in critical and creative thinking at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She explored painting, nurtured her vegetable garden and property in Dennis, traveled extensively, sailed reluctantly, and skied enthusiastically. She supported her community by serving on the 1976 Bicentennial Commission and the Dennis Historical Commission and with the Josiah Dennis Manse. She was also a Christian education coordinator and created a crop table to share the community’s harvest. Those left to continue her legacy of commitment, strength, and joy include her husband of 59 years, William Crowell, four children, including Susannah “Susy” Crowell Remillard ’87 and Aaron Crowell ’90, and nine grandchildren.

Lucy Blainey Groening ’56

Jan. 22, 2022, in Hartford, Conn., at 87. She worked for many years as a conference center administrator in New York, Florida, and Connecticut. Later, she worked for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut as the assistant for clergy deployment. She leaves three children and four grandchildren.

Abbott O. “Peter” Greene ’56

April 29, 2022, in Bangor, Maine, at 89. Upon his Colby graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a fighter pilot stationed in Europe. Later, he was stationed in Limestone, Maine, joined the Maine Air National Guard, and retired as a lieutenant colonel after 28 years of military service. He started working for TWA in 1964 and became a 747 captain. He loved racing cars on the beach and for nine months in 1957 held the world land-speed record, set on Daytona Beach. At home in Maine, he was chair of the board of directors of the MSAD 37 school district, was involved with the Grange and Rotary Club, and was a Mason. Predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Hubbard Greene ’56, he is survived by two sons, seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arline Berry Julia ’56

Aug. 30, 2022, in Fairfield, Maine, at 88. A devoted wife and mother, she owned and operated a family dairy farm and the Julia Family Farm Market, both in Fairfield with her husband, John. She filled many other roles as well, including English teacher, artist, track coach, gardener, horse rider, tractor driver, and world traveler. A longtime member of the Fairfield First Baptist Church, she served as a trustee, deaconess, Sunday School teacher, and youth group leader. She also served on the board of the American Baptists Churches of Maine, the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, and the Lawrence Public Library in Fairfield. She was predeceased by her mother, Ruby Sherman Berry, Class of 1926, and two sisters, Pauline Berry Rowell ’50 and Marilynn Berry Sewall ’59. Survivors include five children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Barbara “Babs” Falting Kinsman ’56

Oct. 10, 2022, in Ellsworth, Maine, at 88. She taught school in Augusta, Maine, for two years before starting her family, settling in Hampton Falls, N.H. She attended the University of New Hampshire, earning a master’s in 1970 and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in 1990, both in counseling. For most of her career, she was a guidance counselor at Winnacunnit High School. She volunteered as a director for the United Way and served on the boards of directors for the New Hampshire Technical College and the Great Bay Foundation. An avid athlete, she enjoyed skiing, swimming, tennis, kayaking, and sailing. In 1999 she and her husband moved to Dataw, S.C., but spent summers at Sunset Park on Green Lake in Ellsworth. She leaves her husband of 67 years, Warren Kinsman ’57, two children, and three grandchildren.

Vernon M. Sorensen ’56

Nov. 27, 2022, in Davenport, Iowa, at 88. A pastor for more than three decades, he earned a master’s in divinity at Crozer Theological Seminary in 1960 followed years later by a master’s in sacred theology from the Iliff School of Theology in 1976. He spent 36 years as a pastor to Methodist congregations in several communities in Iowa. He was also a Paul Harris Fellow with the Webster City Rotary, a member of the Peoples Natural Gas Citizen Advisory Committee, and president of the Webster City Ministerium. He enjoyed reading and also traveling with his wife, Sylvia, who survives him along with four children, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. He was predeceased by his father, Morten Sorensen, Colby Class of 1932.

Rosemary Crouthamel Sortor ’56

March 12, 2022, in Sherborn, Mass., at 87. After a period of establishing her family, she earned an M.S. in occupational therapy from Boston University in 1977 and began working in institutions throughout the Metro-West. She concluded her career working at Framingham’s Day Hospital. In 1988 she and her husband established the Sherborn Inn, which they ran for many years. She was a member of the Natick Audubon Society, the Boggestow Garden Club, and the Pilgrim Church, and she was a friend of the Sherborn Library and the historical society. A prolific knitter, she was also a passionate gardener, shaping and tending beautiful landscapes. Predeceased by her husband of 58 years, David C. Sortor ’56, she leaves three children, including John Sortor ’81, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Richard J. Adler ’57

March 17, 2022, in Beverly, Mass., at 86. He earned a master’s from Boston College and went on to a career in sales. Survivors include two sons, including Alan Adler ’89, and four grandchildren.

Grace Bears Dailey ’57

April 12, 2022, in Huntsville, Ala., at 86. She earned a master’s in education from Harvard University in 1961 and then moved to Alabama, where she started her family. She taught English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before taking a teaching position at the newly establish Gifted and Talented Program in Huntsville City Schools. She eventually became director of the program, advocating for and supporting students of all ages and abilities. She was active with the Covenant Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher, and Stephen Minister. She also had a passion for the Huntsville Botanical Garden, where she played a role in its early development and, in retirement, served as a docent. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Carroll, three children, and five grandchildren.

Frederick C. Hammond ’57

June 29, 2022, in South Hamilton, Mass., at 87. He earned a master’s in education from Boston University in 1958 and a year later returned to his alma mater, Beverly High School, for a 38-year career as a history teacher. He also coached the school’s men’s and women’s track teams for 20 years. During his tenure, he established Beverly as a power on the North Shore. He was also instrumental in developing the women’s track team. In 1987 he was inducted into the Massachusetts Track Coaches Hall of Fame and was in the first class of inductees into the Beverly High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. His interest in the Beverly Historical Society began in high school, and in retirement he volunteered with the society, giving talks, leading walking tours, and writing Reflections: A History of Mid-20th-Century Beverly. He was awarded the inaugural Beverly History Award in 2010. He enjoyed reading, rooted for Boston teams, played the saxophone in local bands, and maintained a vegetable garden. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Gay, three children, and three grandchildren.

Audrey Wade Hittinger Katz ’57

June 2, 2022, in Silver Spring, Md., at 86. A pioneer in the 1960s and ’70s workforce as a young woman computer programmer, she began her career in 1957 at General Electric programming the IBM 650 and soon began writing software for the California-based company Systems Development Corporation. She would go on to become a custom computer applications specialist, designing and programming an accounting system for the real estate industry through Computer Management Systems, which she founded. Later, she cofounded with her husband Data-Prompt, which provided computerized management of contracts and subcontracts for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A dedicated Colby alumna, she served on the Board of Visitors and later on the Board of Trustees, serving from 1996 until 2001, when she was named a trustee emerita. In 1994 she and her husband established the Katz Professorship for Distinguished Teaching at Colby. Four years later, they established the Sheldon and Audrey Hittinger Katz Campus Beautification Fund. She gave generously to arts organizations and supported local and environmental causes. She enjoyed international travel and summers on Maine’s Thompson Lake. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Sheldon, three children, and eight grandchildren.

Janet Mittelsdorf Lumsden ’57

Dec. 27, 2021, in Mesquite, Texas, at 86. Her life revolved primarily around her home and children, and she was also active with her church. Predeceased by her parents, George and Helen Stone Mittelsdorf, both Class of 1927, she leaves three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Nancy Miller Reale ’57

Sept. 5, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 87. She earned a master’s in education at Central Connecticut State University in 1966 and taught elementary school in Old Lyme for 13 years. Later, she moved to Ticonderoga, N.Y., and worked as an administrative officer at her husband’s construction company. She made friends playing duplicate bridge and tennis, volunteered and/or served on the boards for area organizations, and, in 1978, was elected to the Ticonderoga School Board, where she served for 27 years. Survivors include her son, two grandchildren, and a brother, Douglas T. Miller ’58.

Elizabeth Morgan Salisbury ’57

July 26, 2022, in Basking Ridge, N.J., at 87. She was a homemaker and mother most of her life, and she contributed to her community through volunteer work relating to the environment and animals. Her array of interests included classical music, gourmet cooking, gardening, hiking, walking, and reading. She leaves three children and one grandchild.

Nancy Derderian Bagdasarian ’58

May 31, 2022, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at 85. She raised her two daughters and then established a career as a special education support tech at Brown Elementary School in Wellesley, Mass., after earning a certificate of education from Lesley University in 1978. She was also active with her town council and the Wellesley Conservation Council, belonged to an adult tap-dancing group, skied and figure skated, and took ukulele and voice lessons. She was a hands-on grandmother, traveling frequently between Wellesley and Salt Lake City for many years. She leaves two daughters and five grandchildren.

Elizabeth “Betty” Cooper Cochran ’58

Feb. 19, 2022, in Harrisonburg, Va., at 85. A homemaker and mother, she found time to work as a part-time preschool teacher and later as a bookkeeper. She also volunteered with local charities. Golfing, playing card games, solving puzzles, and traveling were some of her favorite activities. She leaves her husband of 64 years, William Cochran Jr. ’58, two daughters, five grandchildren, a great-grandson, and a sister.

Frank T. Dusty Jr. ’58

Aug. 7, 2022, in Scarborough, Maine, at 91. Before attending Colby, he served in the Korean War with the U.S. Navy, working in communications on submarines. He went on to work in banking, eventually retiring as vice president at Casco Bank and Trust. In 1972 he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine. He volunteered at the American Legion Post 164 in Falmouth, was a devoted Catholic, and spent happy times at the camp he renovated on Little Sebago Lake. He enjoyed working with wood, was an avid reader, and was a devoted Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots fan. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Eunice, six children, 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Marilyn “Lynn” Webber Rand ’58

July 13, 2022, in New London, N.H., at 85. After Colby, she taught English to middle and high schoolers, “retiring” to raise her children. When they were grown, she restarted her teaching career, tutoring at the Huntington Learning Center in Duxbury, Mass. She was a passionate world traveler, visiting five continents and more than 30 countries. She was a voracious reader and an art lover who loved to entertain and cook. She played tennis and golf, and she was an adventurous alpine and Nordic skier, spending her final years in New London near New Hampshire’s mountains. She leaves three children, including David Rand ’88, a sister, and a wonderful gaggle of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Helen Payson Seager ’58

Nov. 28, 2022, in Nantucket, Mass., at 85. A defender of civil rights, a champion for historic preservation, and a singer, writer, artist, and teacher, she received many awards for her work with the Nantucket Historical Association and as a lifetime member of the NAACP. She earned a master’s in education from Harvard in 1962 and moved to Pittsburgh, where she raised her family and became involved in civic activism, especially in regard to environmental and educational issues. She wrote articles and essays on issues relating to religion, feminism, and politics that were published in many outlets. “If we don’t say anything, they’ll think we don’t care,” she liked to say. In the late 1970s, the ACLU hired her to do research and create public support for a case brought to desegregate Pittsburgh’s Public School System, and in 1979, she was appointed director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Her greatest passion was singing. She sang in her Episcopal church choir and with other groups, was the director for chapel chorale at Linden Ponds in Hingham, Mass., and performed in musical theater. She enjoyed painting, drawing, basket-making, sewing, knitting, and other handicrafts, which she sold in stores and craft fairs. She leaves three children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three sisters.

Stephen W. Hayes ’59

Oct. 7, 2022, in New York, N.Y., at 85. After Colby, he studied Russian at the U.S. Army’s Language School in Monterey, Calif., earning a diploma. He moved to New York City in 1963 and lived there the rest of his life, working as a travel agent. He amassed a significant collection of automobile sales literature, starting when he was 9 years old and visiting Maine. His collection numbered some 13,500 brochures, most of which he sent to auction in 2017. He also had an extensive collection of American Flyer model trains, neatly tucked away in his one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. His preferred mode of transportation was rail, and one memorable intrepid trip was in 1971 with Tom Totman ’57 across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. He leaves no survivors.

R. Clive Little ’59

Oct. 19, 2022, in Newton, N.J., at 85. After a successful sales career, he started his own business in wholesale/distributorship, Robert Ross & Co., in Newton. He enjoyed good books, lively political debates, dinner with friends and family, and a good stiff Scotch. He was also an abstract painter, a skill unknown to many. Survivors include his daughter, Dawn Little Rast, and three grandsons.

Anthony D. Ostrom ’59

Nov. 22, 2022, in Amelia Island, Fla., at 87. After college, he served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army and attended Officers Cadet School. From there, he spent 38 years at Tiffany & Co., working up from personnel manager and merchandise manager in New York to division vice president and branch manager of Tiffany’s Chicago store. In the mid-1970s, he joined the executive team and rose from corporate vice president to president and chief operating officer. He volunteered as vice president of the Boston Opera Association, with the USS Constitution restoration group, and on the Amelia Island Property Owners Association board. He loved sports and the outdoors, engaging in ice hockey, swimming, lacrosse, and sailing and sailboat racing. He leaves two sons, including Jonathan Ostrom ’94, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a brother.

Iris Cofman Anderson ’60

May 5, 2022, in Nahant, Mass., at 82. She began her graduate work at MIT, earning a master’s in microbiology in 1963 and completing much of her doctoral work. She paused her studies to marry and start a family, finishing her Ph.D. at the Medical College of Virginia in 1981. She became a leading expert in the pollution of coastal systems by nitrogen and carbon, publishing several papers and teaching at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) at the College of William & Mary, where she became a tenured professor in 2004. She was honored with the prestigious Odum Award from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Foundation, the VIMS Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dean’s Prize for the Advancement of Women in Marine Science. She shared a love of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband, Griffon; was an ice cream connoisseur; loved reading, cycling, Frisbee, and tennis; and was a cat lover. She leaves three daughters, two granddaughters, and a sister.

Ann Dudley Dewitt ’60

March 9, 2022, in Topsham, Maine, at 84. After Colby, she worked for Bell Telephone Labs and RCA in New Jersey as a lab assistant, working on micro-circuitry. She returned to Maine and taught physics at Waterville High School before beginning her 32-year career with Maine’s Department of Human Services as director of Disability Determination Services. In 1977 she earned a master’s in public administration from the University of Maine. She was a member of the Episcopal church, and she belonged to local branches of the American Association of University Women, holding leadership positions. She leaves her husband of 60 years, Charles Dewitt ’61, three children, and nine grandchildren.

Peter E. French ’60

May 23, 2002, in Bradenton, Fla., at 91. He enrolled at Colby in 1951 but left to serve with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He worked as a foreman for Nabisco for two years, and then he returned to Colby to finish his degree. He owned and operated the Peter E. French Insurance Company in Amherst, Mass., where he also was a Little League coach and founded the Amherst Youth Football League. In 1974 he moved to Cape Cod and purchased EEC Swift General Store, working there until his retirement 13 years later. He became a snowbird, enjoyed antiquing in New England, and continued his lifelong love of playing bridge until the very end. He leaves three children and three grandchildren.

Richard G. Lucier ’60

Aug. 24, 2022, in Duxbury, Mass., at 85. Following his graduation from Colby, he studied at Andover Theological Seminary, ultimately deciding to become a businessman. He worked primarily for Xerox Learning Systems, becoming its manager and spending 10 years in London leading its European operations. When he returned to the U.S. in 1988, he managed its international business. He retired in 2001. He was a sportsman who played tennis, skied, sailed, and golfed and who rooted for his grandchildren, Duxbury High School, Colby, and the Red Sox and Patriots alike. He also enjoyed music, playing the trumpet in his youth, singing, and partaking in live jazz and opera. Beginning with his time in London, he traveled extensively, visiting a total of 67 countries and embracing food, culture, history, and art wherever he went. A mentor to many and friend to all, he embraced his community as a justice of the peace, an active member of the Duxbury Yacht Club, and a committed family man. Predeceased by his first wife, Helen “Penny” Martin Lucier ’60, he leaves his wife, Hilary; two children, including Kathryn Lucier O’Neil ’85; and five grandchildren.

Charlotte Wood MacPhetres ’60

Jan. 23, 2022, in Cohasset, Mass., at 82. A full-time mother and homemaker early in her adult life, she later worked part-time jobs, many of which involved working with children with special needs. At age 60, she earned a master’s in special education from Cambridge College. She was also active with the Congregational Church in Scituate, Mass., where she sang in the choir and founded and directed the chime choir. Her favorite pastimes included knitting, reading, gardening, and walking Minot Beach with her dogs. She leaves four children, eight grandchildren, and a brother.

David E. Sirman ’60

July 19, 2022, in West Simsbury, Conn., at 83. He earned a master’s in education from Central Connecticut State University and then taught at the Pleasant Valley School for seven years. He established and owned his own business, D.E. Sirman Specialty Company, an advertising specialty company, until his retirement. In the late 1960s, he started restoring a 175-year-old house that had been vacant for more than 50 years, converting it into a comfortable home and gaining valuable skills along the way. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Elise, two sons, and two grandsons.

Noted John Lee II ’53

At the end of World War II, when John Huai-tsu Lee was a schoolboy in newly liberated China, a visiting U.S. serviceman made him a promise. If Lee could get to the United States, the serviceman would help him get an education.

Lee held onto that promise, and when Mao Communists swept across China in 1948, he escaped. When Lee, at 19, arrived at Portland’s Union Station in 1949, there to greet him was that serviceman, Colby alumnus Peter Mills ’34, retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and the late father of Maine’s current governor, Janet Mills.

Ret. Col. John Lee II ’53 died March 30, 2022, in Virginia Beach, Va., at 92. He became a true American patriot, earning citizenship and serving in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years.

Born in 1929 in Shanghai, Lee was a student at a Peiping (now Beijing) prep school when Mills came to give students an update on the war and the Allies’ liberation of China. Lee, fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, interpreted for Mills, marking the beginning of their long friendship.

John Lee ’53, left, and Peter Mills ’34 first met in China when Lee was a student and Mills was a serviceman. They reunited in Maine after Lee escaped Communist China and Mills secured admission for him at Colby.
John Lee ’53, left, and Peter Mills ’34 first met in China when Lee was a student and Mills was a serviceman. They reunited in Maine after Lee escaped Communist China and Mills secured admission for him at Colby.

Lee was a year into his studies at Yenching University when Maoist Communists threatened to march toward Peiping. In 1949 Lee left for Shanghai to work for the English newspaper the China Daily Tribune. When the Communists approached Shanghai he fled again, arriving on the U.S. West Coast and eventually in Maine. He would not see his family again for 30 years.

Colby admitted Lee on a tuition-free scholarship and arranged for him to live with a family in Waterville. Cheerful and outgoing, he made friends easily and graduated with a degree in history and government. Mills, an attorney, cleared a path for Lee’s acceptance into the Army, which led to American citizenship on June 15, 1954, a date Lee celebrated for the rest of his life.

Following time in the U.S. reserves, Lee was called to active duty in 1976, serving as the U.S. Army attaché in the U.S. Embassy in China. He retired as a colonel in 1989. He earned a master’s from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate from New York University and subsequently taught American history at Virginia Commonwealth University and Southeastern University.

While visiting Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001, Lee escaped tragedy once again. He had stopped at the Pentagon’s coffee shop but left after a few sips, remembering his dislike for its coffee. Fifteen minutes later, an Al-Qaeda-commandeered Boeing 757 crashed into the shop, killing 125 people on the ground.

In 2013 Lee married his longtime partner, Cheryl Reed ’67, who predeceased him. He leaves three children from his first marriage and eight grandchildren.

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Nancy Tozier Knox ’61

Nov. 28, 2020, in Falmouth, Maine, at 81. After Colby, she settled in Burlington, Mass., and raised her children with her first husband. Later, she began working as an office manager at the Massachusetts Hospital Association, retiring in 1998 from Eastern Hospital in Concord, Mass. In retirement, she wintered in Barefoot Bay, Fla., and spent summers in Maine, mostly at the family camp at Highland Lake, where she hosted family gatherings and doted on her grandchildren. She was a meticulous quilter, crafting a quilt for each grandchild at birth and again at their high school graduation. Predeceased by her mother, Barbara Libby Tozier, Class of 1930, and her sister, Shirley Tozier Huling ’64, she leaves her husband, James Knox, three children, 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and a brother.

James M. Acheson ’62

June 28, 2022, in Portland, Maine, at 84. He received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Rochester in 1970, simultaneously serving in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1960 to 1965. He taught at the University of Maine 1968-2013 with a joint appointment in anthropology, where he served as chair, and at the School of Marine Sciences, where he coordinated the marine policy program. The university honored him with its Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award in 2005 and named him Distinguished Maine Professor in 2009. The American Anthropological Association granted him its Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology in 2004. His research on Maine’s lobster industry had important impacts, including the establishment of a co-management system between the government and the fishing industry that became a national and international model. An internationally recognized scholar who transcended disciplinary boundaries, he authored more than 90 professional articles and wrote five books. He loved his camp in Pemaquid, Maine, where his large family gathered and savored the stories he’d tell. Predeceased by his sister, Joan Acheson Bridge ’52, he leaves his wife of 50 years, Ann, seven children, 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two brothers.

Constance “Connie” Fournier ’62

Sept. 15, 2022, in Farmington, Maine, at 82. Her life as a world traveler and educator began right after she graduated from Colby when she set sail for Europe to study German at the University of Vienna in Austria and travel to Rome and Munich. She married Walter Thomas, a sea captain, in 1968 at Lorimer Chapel and lived in Portland, Maine, where she earned her teaching certificate. She would go on to teach English and ESL around the world, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Singapore, and Hawaii. She divorced, then earned a master’s from the University of Hawaii in Hilo in 1984 followed by a doctorate from the University of Hawaii in Manoa in 1994. Starting in 2001, she began working as a traveling professor for the University of Maryland’s Education Center, teaching courses on U.S. military bases in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India, and Northern Africa. During this time, she was most at home living in Austria, France, Germany, and Spain. She returned for part of the summers to Livermore Falls, Maine, living in her family home on Park Street and hosting her famous “porch parties.” She loved being close to Colby and supported the arts, classical music, and the ballet. Survivors include extended family, beloved cousin Chris Faria, and her dear friend James “Jimmy” Johnson ’62.

Gordon W. Hall ’62

July 11, 2022, in Hingham, Mass., at 84. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, followed by four more years in the Army Reserves. His career was in personal sales for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, from which he retired in 2000 after 34 years of service. He loved sports and was a dedicated father, driving his kids to sporting events and watching them play. Described as a quiet, steady man, he spent weekends tending the yard, cutting trees for firewood, or simply sitting in nature. He played golf in retirement, met friends for morning coffee, and wintered in Florida. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Sally, three sons, and six grandchildren.

Edward E. Kyle ’62

Nov. 24, 2022, in Concord, N.H., at 82. After Colby, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years. He followed that up with a second bachelor’s degree, in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1969. For the next 30 years, he worked for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, retiring in 2000. He was active with his church, was an avid tennis player, and spent time outdoors kayaking, camping, skiing, and hiking. A mountaineer, he climbed all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks twice, once in the summer and again in the winter. He leaves his son, Edward “Ted” Kyle, and two grandchildren.

Robert B. Marr ’62

Feb. 1, 2022, in Bloomingdale, N.J., at 82. He earned an M.Ed. in counseling from Fitchburg State College in 1973 and spent many years as a teacher. He went on to work for the Department of Homeless Services in New York City, managing various education and job-training programs for adult residents at a homeless shelter in Manhattan. He was a member of the Monroe Lions Club, the Monroe Knights of Columbus, the Sacred Heart Church, Chester Seniors, and the Florida Historical Society. He leaves his wife of 52 years, Patricia, two daughters, four grandchildren, and a brother.

Michael N. Westcott ’62

Dec. 1, 2022, in Damariscotta, Maine, at 82. He earned a law degree from Temple University in 1965, relocated to Maine, and spent his career making contributions to the legal and judicial system and striving to make the world a better place. In 1967 he started a law practice in Damariscotta with his wife, Dawn. His practice evolved from there and included working at the Public Utilities Commission, acting as assistant attorney general in the consumer fraud and criminal division, being appointed as Lincoln County district judge, and serving as chief justice of the district court. He devoured reading material of all kinds; enjoyed time at his rustic camp on Louds Island; and spent time canoeing, hiking, kayaking, playing tennis, and bird watching. He leaves two daughters and two granddogs.

Mary Stinneford Andersen ’63

Feb. 20, 2022, in New Hartford, Conn., at 80. After Colby, she took graduate courses at Hartford’s Trinity College, spending a summer in France studying at the Sorbonne. She went on to a long career at the University of Hartford, doing public relations and community affairs. She was an avid reader, lover of crossword puzzles, traveler, and fan of college basketball. She also volunteered with the New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department. Predeceased by her father, William Stinneford ’30, she leaves her husband, Hans, four children, two stepchildren, six grandchildren, and five siblings, including Catherine Stinneford Walther ’58.

Timothy J. Dakin ’63

Dec. 13, 2022, in Dayton, Ohio, at 81. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, becoming a lieutenant colonel and serving as an attorney in the judge advocate’s office. After retirement from the military, he worked as a professor for the Air Force Institute of Technology and later as an adjunct professor for Central Michigan University and other colleges. Along the way, he earned three advanced degrees: a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1966; an LL.M. from George Washington University National Law Center in 1974; and an M.A. in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in 1982. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Irene, two children, 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a brother. He was predeceased by his older brother, Christopher Dakin ’65.

MacGregor Freeman ’63

Oct. 27, 2022, in Cambridge, Mass., at 83. He earned a master’s in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and worked as an architect in Cambridge from 1971 until he retired nearly 40 years later. He played guitar, stand-up bass, and the piano; loved motorcycles and race cars; and adored maps, astronomy, and hiking in Switzerland. He leaves his wife, Joan Sindall, two children, three grandsons, and three siblings.

Mary Stimson Bowie ’64

July 26, 2019, in Washington, D.C., at 76. She worked as a journalist for the Falmouth (Mass.) Enterprise and then became a dog obedience instructor. She wrote columns for Dog World magazine and the Belgian Sheepdog Club of America, and she edited newsletters for other sheepdog clubs. In 1984 she earned an M.A. in computers and education from the University of Maine and worked in administration, finance, and operations for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon Bowie ’65, with whom she had a son.

Sally Page Carville ’64

Dec. 11, 2022, in Gulfport, Fla., at 80. Soon after graduation, she married Al Carville ’63 and moved to Hawaii, where she had her first job in information technology, with the U.S. Navy. In 1967 they moved to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where she took time to start her family and earn an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 1980. Subsequent jobs included with Guy Gannett Publishing, Bankers Insurance, and the American Heart Association. In the early 1990s, she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and later served in Guyana. She was involved with her Unitarian Universalist Church, including serving as president, enjoyed cross-country skiing and sailing in Maine, savored bird watching and long walks in Florida, and loved to travel. She was an avid puzzler, knitted and sewed, and volunteered for hospice. She leaves her children, Gregg Carville and Stephanie Carville Santella ’91, four grandchildren, and two siblings.

Karen M. Eskesen ’64

March 14, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 79. An art major at Colby, she undertook further studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. She became a well-established watercolorist, showing her work in the United States and in Europe. She also taught realist watercolor techniques for more than 30 years, including at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. She also taught art for rehabilitation, especially to head-trauma victims, and offered children’s art classes. She was also coordinator of education for the Broward Art Guild. For many years, she spent summers with her husband, Theodor Beck, on the island of Fanø, Denmark, and winters in Florida. She leaves her extended family.

Charlotte “Bunny” Hatton Fiske ’64

Feb. 10, 2022, in Cornelius, Ore., at 79. She worked as a receptionist and bookkeeper for her husband’s private orthodontics business. Favorite pastimes included reading, playing cards and dominoes, and watching Jeopardy! Their home in Cornelius was dubbed “Camp Cornelius,” and it was her happy place where she loved hosting visitors. She leaves two children, two grandchildren, and four siblings.

Robert M. Furek ’64

Oct. 13, 2022, in Marco Island, Fla., at 79. Shortly after he graduated, he joined the Marines and then paid his way through Columbia Business School, earning an M.B.A. in 1966. His 30-year career in marketing for the wine and spirits industry began in Napa Valley that same year at the E. & J. Gallo Winery. He moved on to United Vintners Inc., where he became president in 1980, and shortly thereafter started with Heublein, a Hartford-based wine and spirit company, retiring as president and CEO in 1996. Simultaneously, he served as director of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, the Dexter Corporation, and the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company. The Hartford Courant named him its 1992 Business Leader of the Year. He was tapped in 1997 to chair the board of trustees of the troubled Hartford Public School System. Three years later, the board had lifted the system up and righted its course. Later, he joined the board of Grace Place for Children and Family Services in Golden Gate, Fla. A trustee emeritus, he served on Colby’s Board of Trustees 1990-99, endowed the Furek Scholarship Fund at Colby in 1991, and was awarded a Colby Brick in 2001. Survivors include his wife, Susan, two children, including Nicole Furek Mullin ’00, and seven grandchildren.

Francis “Frank” H. Parker ’64

March 29, 2022, in Portland, Maine, at 80. He enjoyed a long career in banking, beginning as a teller and rising to senior management at Casco Northern Bank (later First National Boston Corporation). In 2001 he was named president of Bath Savings Bank in Maine, retiring in 2007. The love of sports he developed in his youth followed him through adulthood with skiing, tennis, and golf dominating his later years. Two daughters, four grandchildren, and a sister survive him.

Barbara Flewelling Swanson ’64

Aug. 24, 2022, in Ipswich, Mass., at 80. A lifelong educator, she first started teaching in 1964 in Wells, Maine, before transferring to Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in South Hamilton, Mass., where she would meet her husband and teach for many years. Later, she taught for 26 years at the Pingree School in South Hamilton. She also coached softball, led a Girl Scout and Brownie troop, and taught Sunday School. She loved to read and was skilled with needles, spending hours knitting, crocheting, quilting, and sewing. She also gardened and loved cooking. Predeceased by her father, Arthur A. Flewelling, Class of 1931, she leaves her husband of 56 years, Norman, two daughters, and extended family.

Gary W. McKinstry ’66

April 22, 2022, in Longboat Key, Fla., at 78. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1968 and then joined the U.S. Air Force, serving as a captain. His professional career took him from coast to coast, working in sales for a graphics company, owning a florist shop, and finding success as a real estate agent in Sarasota. He loved and supported the arts, enjoyed sailing on Crystal Cruises, solved crossword puzzles, and was known as a great raconteur. He leaves a sister and a cousin.

Philip “Butch” Proulx ’66

Jan. 7, 2022, in Fairfield, Maine, at 77. He joined the U.S. Air Force after his Colby graduation, serving as a navigator. In 1970 he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico and worked as a loan officer for Maine’s Small Business Administration. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid sportsman. He leaves his wife, Jocie, a son, two grandchildren, and a sister.

Penny Fertel Altman ’67

Aug. 4, 2022, in Sharon, Mass., at 77. Following a period of homemaking and mothering, she earned a master’s in library science from Simmons University in 1977. Self-directed, she undertook studies to become a licensed social worker and for many years worked at Geri-Day Care in Rosindale, Mass. Later, she worked as a discharge planner for the Jewish Memorial Hospital in Roxbury. Committed to her faith, she belonged to the board of directors for Temple Beth Am and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston. She was president of the Striar Jewish Community Center in Stoughton and a generous contributor to environmental and social causes she believed in. She leaves her husband, Jonathan, four children, and five grandchildren.

Lucien “Lou” Champagne ’67

Dec. 15, 2021, in Kennebunkport, Maine, at 76. He worked as a sales representative in the pharmaceuticals industry, including for Searle, which awarded him its CEO Incentive Award in 1989 for outstanding sales performance. He would go on to work for and retire from Pfizer. He had a love of mountaineering, climbing, and the outdoors in general. For 20 years he was a part of the Sugarloaf Mountain ski patrol and rescue services. He was also a firefighter in the Kennebunkport Fire Department in addition to being a dedicated coach during his sons’ childhoods. He leaves his wife, Marilyn Joan, and two sons.

Robert “Guppy” Goldstein ’67

Dec. 14, 2022, in Vero Beach, Fla., at 77. After Colby he earned a law degree from Suffolk University and practiced in the Boston area for 28 years, retiring in 2001. He purchased a catamaran named OnWatch in 1991 and enjoyed cruising the coast from Florida to New England, as well as the Bahamas, most of the time with friends on board. He particularly enjoyed his car/boat trips to New England for the yearly summer reunion with four or five couples, all friends from Colby. His humor and “Guppyisms” were a high point of the gatherings. Back in Florida, he enjoyed playing golf and in the senior softball league. He leaves his wife, Chris, of 50 years.

Walter L. Procko ’67

Dec. 1, 2022, in Columbia, S.C., at 77. He served in the U.S. Army for two years after graduation, earned an M.Ed. from the University of Hartford in 1971, and then received his doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina. He spent his career working for the South Carolina Department of Education as an educator, school-improvement analyst, and researcher, retiring in 2001. A member of the South Carolina Orchid Society, he grew orchids in terrariums in his home, keeping some of them living for years. He also enjoyed the antics of hummingbirds at his backyard feeders. He took pride in his family’s Ukrainian and Polish roots, researching and compiling a vast family history. He leaves his extended family.

Stephen A. Canders ’69

Oct. 18, 2022, in Kennebunk, Maine, at 75. He earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1972 and returned to Maine to practice law. For many years, he served as general counsel for the Finance Authority of Maine. Predeceased by his father, Robert V. Canders Jr. ’39, he is survived by his partner, Joan Cook, four children, two grandchildren, and a brother.

Benjamin G. Mague ’69

July 4, 2022, in Londonderry, N.H., at 74. His career revolved around organs, the first of which he built as a Colby student. He received a master’s of music in organ from the University of Wisconsin in 1970, followed by four years in the U.S. Navy as a chaplain’s yeoman. He started working for the Andover Organ Company in 1975 and spent the next 47 years there working successively as a designer, project team leader, and shop manager. He served as company treasurer from 1995 to 2012 and then as president until 2021. For more than 52 years, he served as an organist at several churches and naval chapels. In 1985 he became minister of music at the First Congregational Church of Milford, N.H., after overseeing the mechanical design and installation of an Andover Opus 93 organ there, retiring in 2019. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, three children, and three grandchildren.

Curtis G. Schneider ’69

March 16, 2022, in Boston, Mass., at 74. After two years of teaching junior high English, he went to work for his father as the fourth generation of his family’s beer distributorship. When the business sold, he worked for Genesee Brewery and became the New England regional sales manager. A lifelong resident of Manchester, N.H., he was a genealogist and “amateur” Manchester historian who also loved to read. He was an Eagle Scout, an area basketball coach, and a devoted fan of local high school soccer and basketball teams. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Kathleen, two children, two grandchildren, and two siblings.

Carol Swann-Daniels ’69

Feb. 13, 2022, in New Brunswick, N.J., at 73. After integrating the previously whites-only Chandler Junior High School in Richmond, Va., at the age of 12, she went on to a career as a special education teacher and an expert in technology for public schools. Read her “Noted” obituary on page 75 in this section.

Peter Yakawonis ’69

Dec. 24, 2022, in Lewiston, Maine, at 75. He spent his working career entirely self-employed, working for many years for two surveyors in Greene, Maine. He collected and traded sports cards, and in the 1990s he opened Card Collectors’ Connection, a card shop in Waterville. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Bruins. He leaves his wife, Celeste, and two stepdaughters.

Judith M. Freedman ’70

April 3, 2022, in Needham, Mass., at 75. She earned a J.D. from Suffolk University in 1974 and became an accomplished attorney, advocating for the underserved. A lover of nature and bald eagles, she possessed an unwavering inquisitive mind and was an avid reader. She leaves extended family and two beloved dachshunds.

William P. Hardy ’70

July 16, 2022, in Portland, Maine, at 77. His college education was interrupted while he served in the U.S. Air Force, which included a year as a filmmaker in Vietnam. After a brief stint as a news producer, he returned to Colby and finished his degree. He turned his attention to law, earning a J.D. from the University of Maine Law School and practicing law for 35 years. He founded the firm Hardy, Wolf & Downing, representing only plaintiffs in civil cases and criminal defendants against business and government. In 2003 he moved to Napa, Calif., where he joined the Napa Valley College Foundation and served as president for six years. He also mentored and coached mock trial students at Justin Siena High School, leading them to county and state mock trial championships. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Lona Eldridge Hardy ’66, their son, a grandson, and two siblings.

William H. Hill ’70

Jan. 28, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn., at 74. He made his home in Boston for a period, working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Later, he moved to Maine and eventually to Nashville. He was involved in human rights organizations, including ACT UP, collected art, and loved obscure musical theater. Despite a debilitating stroke in 2002, he continued traveling, drove with adaptive controls, and lived a full, independent life. He leaves four half-siblings.

Philip C. Wysor ’70

Jan. 19, 2022, in Marblehead, Mass., at 74. He earned a J.D. from the New England School of Law and established a successful career as a lawyer. He specialized in real estate law and litigation, working the last 20 years with Glovsky & Glovsky in Beverly, Mass. He volunteered actively for Colby and Salem Hospital, and he sang with the Old North Church Festival Chorus. His favorite activities included skiing, golfing, and European travel. Predeceased by his parents, Philip B. ’42 and Marie “Chris” Merrill Wysor ’42, he leaves his wife of 52 years, Deborah Stephenson; three children, including Adam Wysor ’95 and Jessica Wysor Chamberlin ’03 and her husband, Nathaniel Chamberlin ’03; and eight grandchildren.

Noted Carol Swann-Daniels ’69

As Carol Swann and another young girl approached Chandler Junior High School in Richmond, Va., on a September morning in 1960, photographers swooped in to capture the historic moment. When the girls entered the building, they would be the first Black students in Richmond to integrate the all-white school.

What appeared to be a peaceful moment of racial desegregation was anything but. Since the girls had been assigned to the school, their families had endured harassing phone calls. Inside the school walls, the girls braved hostilities, name-calling, and social isolation that continued at John Marshall High School, which they desegregated in 1961.

Carol Swann, right, and Gloria Mead are accompanied by Swann’s father and Mead’s mother on their walk to Chandler Junior High School on Sept. 6, 1960, the day they desegregated the school. (Courtesy Anderson Collection, The Valentine)
Carol Swann, right, and Gloria Mead are accompanied by Swann’s father and Mead’s mother on their walk to Chandler Junior High School on Sept. 6, 1960, the day they desegregated the school. (Courtesy Anderson Collection, The Valentine)

Carol Swann-Daniels ’69, an early foot soldier for civil rights, died Feb. 14, 2022, in New Brunswick, N.J., at 73. Her story of courage during the South’s tumultuous period of desegregation recently resurfaced in the Richmond Free Press, which called the girls “heroines” who blazed a trail for others.

Swann-Daniels chose Colby because it was as far away from Richmond as her parents would allow her to go. She was quiet and studious, one of only three Black students who graduated in 1969. Swann-Daniels majored in psychology and during her junior-year Jan Plan worked at a private school for special needs children in New York City. The school offered her a job, contingent upon completing education courses, which she did in the summer of 1969, “missing Woodstock,” she said. In 1978 she earned a master’s in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Portrait headshot of Carol Swann ’69 (Courtesy of Colby Oracle)
Carol Swann ’69
Colby Oracle

Swann-Daniels went on to a respected 30-plus-year career as a special education teacher and computer technologist helping teachers in suburban New Jersey public schools incorporate technology in their instruction. But she never forgot what she described as “torture” in the Richmond schools.

“Lunch was horrible because they would throw things like half-filled milk cartons that would splash all over you,” Swann-Daniels said in a 2018 interview. She also remembers the weight of responsibility she felt. “There was a lot of pressure on us from our community to show that Black people were smart.”

Later in life, Swann-Daniels followed progressive political issues, which linked her civil rights days with her devotion to immigration reform. For the role she played in the history of school integration, she was invited to participate in symposia, museum exhibitions, and interviews, including for the 2004 book My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience.

Swann-Daniels leaves her husband, Jeffrey Daniels, and her daughter, Shaate, whom she fostered as an abused, multi-disabled 6-year-old in 1980 and adopted in 1984.

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Frank O. Apantaku ’71

Feb. 22, 2022, in Wilmette, Ill., at 75. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, he became a noted trauma surgeon in Chicago. He earned an M.D. from Northwestern University in 1975, spending the following year in India and England on an IBM Watson Fellowship studying native cultural implications on the development of tropical medicine. He returned to Chicago for his residency, first at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and then at Chicago Medical School, where, in 1984, he earned an M.Sc. in biochemistry. He was a dedicated surgeon, chair of surgery at multiple Chicago hospitals, and a member of the surgical faculty at Chicago Medical School; had a private practice; and served as surgeon in chief and president of the medical staff at Provident Hospital of Cook County. A mentor to Colby students, he served on Colby’s Board of Trustees 1987-93 and again 1994-97 and was named trustee emeritus. He established the Elyse Apantaku ’09 Endowment Fund at Colby, and he received a Colby Brick Award in 1991. A standout tennis player, he won numerous championships at Colby and several semi-pro tournaments in New England. Following graduation, he joined the Nigerian Davis Cup team, playing in the 1971-72 season. In life, he led with the core values of kindness, respect, and humor, believing “to whom much is given, much will be required.” He leaves his three daughters—Elyse ’09 and her husband, Ben Hauptman ’09, Elora, and Erisa—and four grandchildren.

Charles J. Abbott ’71

June 25, 2022, in Grand Junction, Colo., at 74. He melded his interests in music and photography into various jobs, including staff photographer for the Gidon Kremer’s Lochenhaus Festival in Austria and the Aspen Music Festival, producing the book Reflections of Music as a result. His photographs also appeared in the Dostoevsky Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, following trips he made there. He studied Russian and Chinese at Columbia University and found meaningful work translating these languages. He also established the company Digital Arts Aspen, through which he contributed to Shining Stars, an organization ministering to children with cancer. An interest in spirituality led him to attend prayer breakfasts, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and events at Aspen Chapel. He was predeceased by his mother, Kathryn Caswell Abbott ’36, but has no known survivors.

Thomas E. Gallant ’71

June 30, 2022, in Wausau, Wis., at 72. A diagnostic radiologist, he earned his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in 1974, was the first cardiac radiology fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, and then practiced and taught in Vermont, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and at MGH/Harvard Medical School. He then joined the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic and practiced interventional and cardiac radiology for 31 years. He also served as medical director for hospital radiology, chaired the radiation protection committee, and taught in the school of radiography. He published several scientific papers and book chapters, presented his work at conferences, served as an examiner for the American Board of Radiology, and earned a fellowship as a cardiac radiologist with the American College of Cardiology. He served on the vestry of his Episcopal church and was a junior warden there. In retirement, he traveled North America in camper vans and RVs, enjoying fishing and boating as well as regional cuisines. He leaves his wife, Suzanne Tuszka, two children, two stepchildren, four grandchildren, and his former wife, Christiana Holzer ’72.

David J. Cohen ’72

July 8, 2019, in Medford, Mass., at 69. He taught for many years at Medford High School and did graduate work in education at Tufts University in the late 1970s. In 1991, he married the late Ellen Gould ’72.

Ellen Gould Cohen ’72

May 6, 2022, in Medford, Mass., at 70. She continued her education at the State University of New York, Buffalo, earning a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1976, and at Simmons University, earning an M.S. in library science in 1985. She went on to work for 23 years as director of financial services at Harvard University, retiring in 2009. She was predeceased by her mother, Ann Rodney Gould ’49, and her husband, David Cohen ’72.

John Si Nahra ’72

Aug. 21, 2020, in Plymouth, Mich., at 70. A job right after Colby, with the State of Maine conducting Medicaid research, led him to an interest in large-scale health data and analysis. In 1973 he began advanced study at Michigan State University and earned his Ph.D. in political science in 1985. During that time, he worked as director and vice president for the Detroit Area Health Council while also lobbying the state legislature on behalf of the uninsured. Later, he founded Health Decisions, which offered innovative services from medical claim databases, and other business ventures that transformed business practices with respect to healthcare. He had an interest in sports and loved Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, where he built a second home. He leaves his wife, Judy Mardigian, two children, and two siblings, including Nancy Nahra ’68.

Douglas W. Gorman ’73

March 21, 2022, in Newton, Mass., at 70. A businessman and entrepreneur, he earned an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He built several businesses during his career, including Information Mapping Inc., a consulting and training company designed to help corporate employees communicate better. Most recently, he served as CEO of the technology company Simply XML. He was a dedicated alumnus and served the College in various roles, culminating in being honored with a Colby Brick Award in 2013. Predeceased by his twin brother, Kenneth Gorman ’73, he is survived by his wife, Cheryl Booker Gorman ’74; his children, Katherine Gorman ’12 and Robert Gorman ’08 and his wife, Jennifer Reilly ’08; a grandson; and his sister, Janet Gorman ’76.

Libby E. Kesner ’73

June 8, 2022, in Cohoes, N.Y., at 70. She remained in Maine after graduating from Colby, working as a cook and later as a watch officer on the pulling boats for Outward Bound on Hurricane Island in Rockland. She was also part-owner of the Night Kitchen Bakery in Rockland. Later, she earned a degree in occupational therapy from Utica College, Syracuse University, and went on to a 30-year career in OT at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes, where she was also a staff educator. She also bred Bernese mountain dogs—69 litters—and became an AKC breed judge. She leaves two sisters and her extended family.

Richard L. Randazzo ’73

Jan. 27, 2022, in Warwick, R.I., at 70. He earned his M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1980. He went on to become a radiologist specializing in diagnostic and pediatric radiology and was affiliated with the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Mass. He enjoyed skiing and also boating in the waters of southern New England to places such as Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Potter’s Cove on Narragansett Bay. In 2019 he fulfilled a lifelong dream of retiring to his boat. Survivors include two children, two grandchildren, and two siblings.

Lucia W. Whittelsey ’73

Aug. 6, 2022, in Waterville, Maine, at 70. She established a successful career in higher-education financial aid, working at Brown University, Notre Dame, and Colby, where she joined the Admissions Office staff in 1986, eventually becoming director of financial aid and retiring in 2012. She established the Whittelsey Family Financial Aid Fund at Colby to help level the playing field for students. She was dedicated to social justice and committed to making a difference in the world in word and action. Devoted to her family, she also loved gardening and was respected for her backbone, tenacity, and heart. Survivors include her sister; three granddaughters, a grand-stepson, and their mother; and her dog, Koko.

Linda “Lindy” Krohn Kildow Lund ’74

Aug. 24, 2022, in Bloomington, Minn., at 70. She earned a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1980, attending school at night while working as a public defender. She continued as a public defender for three years with the State of Minnesota and then rose to the position of welfare appeals referee. Later, she passed the bar in Colorado and had a solo general practice in Vail, where she moved to support her daughter Lindsey Vonn in her skiing career. Lindy also maintained a home in Minneapolis and later worked at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation after earning her license as an alcohol and drug counselor. She was a 20-year medallion holder with Alcoholics Anonymous and sponsored adult women in AA and Al-Anon, one of many ways she supported and engaged with her community. A star squash player early in life, she led an active life swimming, gardening, and traveling internationally following a stroke at age 32 giving birth to her first child. She possessed a charitable spirit and general positivity even in challenging situations, which included her final battle, with ALS. Survivors include five children, three grandchildren, her husband, Todd Lund, and three siblings.

Karen D. Sawitz ’74

July 2018, in New York, N.Y., at 65. After serving as class marshal for the Class of 1974, she went on to earn an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She worked as an instructor in clinical pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College, and she was also an attending pediatrician at Presbyterian and St. Barnabas hospitals in New York. Together with her husband, she raised two children.

Nancy P. Adams ’75

June 7, 2022, in The Villages, Fla., at 69. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, her ministry was as a hospital chaplain. She received a master’s of divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary and did extensive training for hospital chaplaincy at the Lehigh (Pa.) Valley Hospital and at Columbia Presbyterian (N.Y.) Medical Center. For the entirety of her 30-year career, she served as coordinator of pastoral care at St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, in Bethlehem, Pa. She received numerous awards from professional organizations and her faith group for exemplary and unfailingly compassionate work. She is remembered for her wisdom, commitment, social justice work, passion, and the many cats she rescued. She leaves her wife, Donna, and three siblings, including Lawrence Adams ’69 and Scott Adams ’76.

Gale Rooney Brigham ’75

Oct. 21, 2022, in Cincinnati, Ohio, at 69. She held various jobs—with Fidelity Investments, Ohio National Life Insurance Company, and, most recently, Professional Planning Associates—but her passions were advocating for the welfare of animals and world travel. She leaves her husband, James, two daughters, five grandchildren, and four siblings.

Gary H. Jones ’76

June 29, 2022, in Bend, Ore., at 68. His career in sales began with Brown & Morrison followed by 30 years as a sales leader at ifm efector, a sensor and controls automation company, where he was recognized for creating a culture of optimism, drive, and respect. He started the first branch office for ifm in Chicago and then relocated to Oregon in 2001, expanding the company’s territory and making the most of the outdoors by hiking, skiing, kayaking, and golfing. His faith was an important force in his life, and he served his church as a parking greeter and on the church council. He enjoyed cooking, dancing, and music and was known for his sense of humor. He leaves his wife, Mary Lynn, two children, three grandchildren, and two sisters.

Ligia Campaña Chadwick ’77

Feb. 13, 2022, in Ellicott City, Md., at 67. She came to the United States from Ecuador at 15, finished first in her high school class in New York, and then earned her degree at Colby—significant accomplishments for someone with no prior English-language knowledge. Following a period focused on raising her children, she became an educator. For several years, she taught Spanish to elementary and middle school students in Maryland. She was also a gifted artist who painted images on furniture that was often auctioned at charity events. Gardening was another activity at which she excelled. She leaves her husband, Jerrold “Jerry” Chadwick Jr. ’77, two children, four grandchildren, and two sisters.

Christina Pesek Glen ’78

March 23, 2022, in Osterville, Mass., at 65. She earned an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1986, starting her career first in banking. Later, she transitioned to real estate. She involved herself with civic and educational organizations, volunteering with the Weston Public Schools and the Osterville Trustees of Reservations, among other organizations. She had a passion for fashion and design, and she was an enthusiastic alpine skier, tennis player, and golfer. Survivors include her two children and three siblings.

Rene Martinez ’78

July 19, 2022, in Mashpee, Mass., at 68. He worked for IBM and Digital Equipment Corporation before becoming an entrepreneur and cofounding two businesses: VitalSensors Technologies, which developed inline infrared smart sensors, and IntraServer Technology Inc., which he grew from zero to an $18-million run in less than four years. He augmented his career by attending the Harvard Executive Education Program and the IBM Management Development Program. He sailed and cruised New England in his boat Glory and was a longtime member of the Barrington (R.I.) Yacht Club. Later in life, he turned his attention to golf and was a member of Willowbend Country Club. Born in Cuba and moving to Miami at a young age, he enjoyed international travel, German lager, Albariño wine, and quality pastry. He leaves his wife, Barbara, two children, three grandchildren, and four siblings.

Richard C. Perling ’79

April 8, 2022, in Melrose, Mass., at 64. He spent the majority of his career working on the business administrative team at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a federally funded research and development center. He loved to travel and did so widely, acquiring treasures along the way that he displayed in his home, a Victorian house he restored to its period grandeur. He earned the moniker “mayor of the neighborhood” from helping others whenever he could, a trait he employed as the primary caregiver for his mother from 1986 to 2010. He leaves two sisters and five niblings.

Stephen J. Fogg ’80

April 24, 2022, in York, Pa., at 64. He built a career in insurance, operating Arnold + Fogg Insurance Agency and later partnering with the Glenn Insurance Agency and Comprehensive Insurance Agency. Peers and clients alike admired and respected his services. He was a proud father and actively engaged with his children’s lives, especially coaching them during their youth. He cherished his friendship and bonds with his Colby fraternity brothers, rarely missing their annual “Chopper Open” golf outings. He leaves his wife, Jessica, two children, and three siblings.


Alvin D. Arevalo ’82

June 16, 2020, in Roseville, Calif., at 60.

Ruth Harkins Lawler ’82

July 20, 2022, in Wellesley, Mass., at 63. Children, friends, horses, travel, humor, and wit defined her life. Her love of horses started in childhood and continued throughout her life, including the gap year she took before Colby. Later in life, in 2007, she joined the Norfolk Hunt Club and took up the sport of foxhunting, becoming the master of foxhounds at the club. She was also active in her community through a mothers forum, a junior women’s group, a garden club, and a therapeutic riding program, where she volunteered. She leaves her husband, Christopher Lawler, and her twins, Hannah and Geoffrey.

David W. Worster ’82

July 5, 2022, in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 61. He pursued several interests and careers in his life, including restaurant manager, educator, admissions officer, and author. He earned a master’s from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a doctorate in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He found joy in Shakespeare, poetry, theater, and history, and he loved to travel and experience new places and cultures. Deeply committed to his parish, he led a 20-year project to develop the church campus, guiding a committee in building a new nave and undergoing renovations. During the final phase, his cancer developed, leading to his death. Survivors include his wife, Lisa, two children, his mother, and three siblings.

Wendy Runstadler Keith-Hardy ’83

Jan. 14, 2022, in Georgetown, Maine, at 61. In her years immediately after Colby, she worked as an interpreter/researcher at Old Sturbridge Village; a fundraiser for the Williams/Mystic Program in Maritime Studies, where she also studied; and as a ski instructor. Later, she became a mariner, serving as a mate and educator with the Sea Education Association aboard large research schooners that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and the waters around Spain, Portugal, and Newfoundland. She was also a chief mate with the Nautical Heritage Society aboard the replica SV Californian. She came ashore to marry, raise her sons, tend her gardens, and be close to her parents and family. She was diagnosed with stage four metastatic small-cell lung cancer and lived her final months simply, planning her end in a way that honored her values. She was buried near her apple trees in a pine coffin her husband fashioned. In addition to her husband, Alistair “Noah” Keith-Hardy, she leaves her sons, Joshua ’19 and Padraig ’22, and extended family.

Stephen A. Warshaw ’83

Nov. 3, 2022, in Danbury, Mass., at 61. He owned and operated a successful public relations firm, first called the Cheers Group and later morphing into Linchpin at Large. He believed in converting strangers into friends and then into customers with his marketing acumen and ability to solve short-term objectives. He was also an emergency responder for the Warren (Mass.) Fire Company, spent time as director of Boston’s Make-a-Wish Foundation, and was a trustee of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. He leaves his parents, his wife, Cynthia, two children, and a sister.

Laurie A. Clark ’86

May 11, 2022, in Augusta, Maine, at 57. She left the workforce early to raise her children, committing herself to supporting them, their schools, and her community. A confident and accomplished woman, she earned a master’s in organizational leadership in 2010 from Southern New Hampshire University and resumed her career in human resources, eventually becoming director of compensation for the University of Maine system. She was an avid golfer, a late-blooming alpine skier, and an enthusiastic home renovator. She leaves two children, her mother, three siblings, and her partner, Nathaniel Herron.

James A. Feeley III ’87

Dec. 28, 2022, in Darien, Conn., at 57. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in 1994 and enjoyed a successful career in finance, building and restructuring private equity and debt vehicles for global entities. He worked for Fleet Bank, JP Morgan Chase Securities, FriedbergMilstein, where he was a partner, and, most recently, Investcorp Credit Management US LLC. He loved rooting for sports teams—those of his children, friends, and beloved Boston alike—and was an exemplary host who believed that more was indeed merrier. He leaves his wife, Alison, two children, and two siblings.

Jeffrey A. Wheeler ’87

Dec. 27, 2020, in Belmont, Mass., at 55. He earned a master’s of planning at the University of Virginia and spent 30 years as Belmont’s town planner, specializing in land use, economic development, and zoning. He was most proud of increasing the town’s number of affordable housing units. His greatest joy was his son, Francis Rodrigo Wheeler-LaRusso, whom he raised as a single parent following the 2006 death of his partner, John LaRusso. He was a proud lacrosse dad, lifelong sailor, and graceful skier in his beloved New England. Exuding positive energy and often sporting his signature bow tie, he lived by his motto, “It’s just as easy to put a smile on your face as a frown.” His interests included mentoring young people, cooking, collecting antiques, and playing lively music. He fought cancer courageously with his spouse, Craig, by his side. He also leaves his son and five siblings.


Lorin S. Knell ’94

Feb. 2, 2023, in Pasadena, Calif., at 50. He worked as a managing director for KCB Management and was known for being kind and generous. He passed away from cancer, leaving his wife, Amy, and two children.

David B. Jones ’99

Feb. 27, 2022, in Fayetteville, N.Y., at 45. He earned a J.D. from Syracuse University in 2003 and practiced law for many years. Survivors include his son, Noah, his parents, and his former wife.


Charles S. Wilson ’07

Feb. 13, 2023, in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 37. He worked in the securities industry as a hedge fund trader in New York City, mostly with Hunting Hill Global Capital LLC. He played competitive softball, on as many as four teams in a season, and was twice named defensive MVP as a center fielder. He loved the outdoors, dogs, birding, singing, reading, and solving puzzles. He leaves his parents and brother.

Faculty / Trustees

George L. Coleman II

April 1, 2023, in Waterville, Maine, at 89. Colby’s registrar for 40 years, from 1966 to 2006, he was trained as a geologist, earning his master’s in geology from the University of Kansas in 1960. Three years later he began teaching in Colby’s geology labs, worked in the Admissions Office for a semester, and then settled into the Registrar’s Office, where he was a capable and student-centered leader. His work was central to many aspects of growth and change at the College; most notably, he led the transition from in-person, paper course registration to online registration in 1999. His community involvement included service to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, decades of bird counts with Maine Audubon, and volunteering with the United Way. He enjoyed a long involvement in music and performing arts, including performing in more than 50 shows at the Waterville Opera House, where he served for 25 years on the board. He leaves three daughters, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

William R. Cotter

March 9, 2023, in Concord, Mass., at 87. Colby’s 18th and longest-serving president and visionary leader who elevated the College to national prominence. He served Colby from 1979 to 2000, during which time he raised academic standards, diversified the student body and composition of the faculty, and dramatically increased the endowment. He constructed new buildings and added more than a dozen academic disciplines and two dozen endowed faculty chairs. He enjoyed an interesting professional life before and after Colby and was a lifelong learner, traveler, optimist, and teacher. Read more about his life and career in the following pages. Predeceased by his wife, Linda Kester Cotter, LL.D. ’00, and his daughter Deborah, he leaves his children David and Elizabeth and two granddaughters.

Norma Boom Marin

Feb. 22, 2022, in Addison, Maine, at 91. A generous benefactor of the Colby Museum of Art and a life member of its Board of Governors, she was a staunch advocate and caretaker of the artwork of distinguished American artist John Marin, her father-in-law. In 1973, she and her husband, John Marin Jr., gifted the Colby Museum with 24 works, called the John Marin Collection. More recently, she bestowed the museum with a transformative gift of the Norma Boom Marin Collection of German Expressionist Prints. Her affiliations with other museums included the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Zillman Art Museum at the University of Maine. An enthusiastic collector of American modernist works, she built her own gallery in Addison, was an early collector of women artists and artists of color, and supported young and emerging artists. An avid reader and world traveler, she was also a boater, pet lover, and loyal friend and family member. She leaves a daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Carl E. Nelson

Feb. 23, 2023, in Waterville, Maine, at 92. A trailblazing athletic trainer who introduced sports medicine to Colby and central Maine, he served four years in the U.S. Navy and then earned a physical therapy certificate and a bachelor’s from Boston University, where he worked before coming to Colby. With experience in physical therapy, athletic training, and massage—and a strong sense of service—he blended expert diagnostic skills with effective treatment approaches as Colby’s head athletic trainer from 1959 to 1993. In 1966 he became Colby’s director of health services. He was tapped to be an Olympic athletic trainer in Sapporo, Japan, in 1972 and in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria, and for the 1980 Lake Placid, N.Y., games. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1986, an athletic trainer’s highest honor, and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. He was named Colby’s C Club Person of the Year in 1981, and in 1988 the C Club created the Carl Nelson Sports Achievement Award. For more than 15 summers, he served as director of physical therapy for disabled children and adults at the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine. In 2015 the camp honored him with the naming of the Carl E. Nelson Wellness Center on its North Pond campus. His legacy is commemorated in Colby’s Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center with the state-of-the-art Carl E. Nelson Hydrotherapy Room. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean, and his daughter-in-law Heather (Morrill ’82). He leaves his sister, Lorraine Williams; three sons, Douglas and his wife, Diane (Jacques ’81), Jonathan and his wife, Cara, and Jeffrey ’83; and four grandchildren.

Stanley A. Nicholson

Sept. 13, 2021, in Missoula, Mont., at 85. He served Colby as administrative vice president from 1981 to 1990. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University in 1964 and then served in the U.S. Army for two years. His distinguished career included working in Nigeria for USAID, in Colombia as an advisor to the Colombian government, and in Brazil with the Ford Foundation. During the 1970s, he was the director of administration for the Brookings Institution and a director of the Fulbright Program. When he left Colby, he returned to his home state of Montana and worked on behalf of Montanans and Seeley Lake, where he lived in a log home he built. He created and directed a grant-funded Fiscal Forum program to support tax-policy discussions, was founding director of the Seeley Lake Community Foundation, and served on several area boards. An outdoorsman and environmentalist, he enjoyed backpacking, birding, and introducing others to the beauty of Big Sky Country. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Colleen (335 McLeod Ave., Missoula, MT 59801 or; four children, including Bruce Nicholson ’84; 11 grandchildren, including Sawyer Nicholson ’21; and two great-grandchildren.

Priscilla Sargent

July 11, 2022, in Brunswick, Maine, at 88. A lifelong nurse trained at the Montreal General Hospital, she served as head nurse at Colby from 1968 to 1990. Affectionately known as “Sarge,” she had a gruff but caring way of getting students to follow doctor’s orders, seeing them through common colds, sports injuries, and the occasional hangover. Alumni may remember her sheltie, Simon. Described as a globetrotter and an independent spirit, she captured her travels through photography, especially drawn to birds. A dual Canadian and American citizen, she always returned to Brunswick, Maine, where she chose to live the last years of her life battling cancer. She leaves a brother and extended family.

Sonia Chalif Simon

Feb. 4, 2022, in Jaca, Spain, at 96. An art historian specializing in Medieval, Baroque, and 19th-century art, she taught at Colby from 1982 to 1996, retiring as an associate professor of art, emerita. Her scholarly work focused on one of the most important Carolingian manuscripts, the Drogo Sacramentary (c. 850), and the Romanesque capitals of the cloister of Jaca Cathedral and their iconography. She earned degrees from Boston University: a B.A. in fine art in 1966; an M.A., also in fine art, in 1970; and a Ph.D. in art history in 1975. She authored a dozen papers and published them in leading journals, including the prestigious Cahiers de Saint-Michel de Cuxa. Her teaching career included positions at UMass Boston, campuses of the State University of New York, and the College of New Rochelle. She was director of the Ruth E. Dowd Fine Arts Gallery at SUNY Cortland and, more recently, a member of the Bishop’s Commission for Jaca’s Diocesan Museum. Survivors include her husband, David Simon, the Ellerton and Edith Jetté Professor of Art, Emeritus, four sons, and three granddaughters.