Elizabeth Smalley Turner, June 26, 2006
Elizabeth Smalley Turner attended Bates for two years and was a graduate of the Univ. of New Hampshire. She had wanted to study art in college but was strongly dissuaded by her father, who wanted her to have an education that would earn her a living wage. She taught for a few years at a private high school in Harvard, Mass., before marrying Stanley Turner. She returned to teaching during World War II to help fill the shortage of teachers. She intended to teach for only a few months, but ended up staying for 24 years, and helped with the high school’s transition to a public school. She and her husband established the Stanley and Elizabeth Turner Scholarship Fund at the school. She retired to Sarasota, Fla., with her husband in 1965, where she was finally able to pursue her interest in art. During her 80s and 90s she conducted a watercolor painting class in her home during summers. Among her survivors are sons Robert of Rockville, Md., and Arthur of Carlisle, Mass; and three grandchildren.
Lillian Hill Jackson, Aug. 12, 2006
Lillian Hill Jackson taught for 30 years in Buckfield, Scarborough, Hollis, and New Portland, with occasional breaks to raise her three children. She was also a musician, and gave piano lessons and played the organ at several churches. She was the organist at the North Anson (Maine) Congregational Church until she was 91. At Bates, she won the freshman speaking prize and an award for excellence in Greek, one of the many languages she studied. Husband Ken Jackson died in 1953. Among her survivors are her three children, Margaret Stone, Barbara Vivian, and Ken II; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Bernice Parsons Paul, July 1, 2006
Bunny Parsons Paul graduated with a degree in math and taught high school math for several years before attending Bliss Business College in Portland. She was a bank teller in Norway, Maine, before joining L.M. Longley & Sons in that town, where she worked as a bookkeeper until her retirement in 1976. She was an avid gardener at her family’s bicentennial farm, where she raised her children in addition to vegetables. Husband Fred died in 1969. Following her retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her daughter, Cynthia Curtis. At Bates, she played nearly every sport available, and remained athletic her entire life. She was president of the House Council during her junior year and served on the Women’s Athletic Assn. board. She is survived by her daughter and son Stephen. Other survivors include three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. An infant son predeceased her.
Jeannette Olivia Stahl, Sept. 13, 2006
Johnnie Stahl augmented her Bates degree with a master’s in education from UMaine in 1945. She taught English for 39 years at schools in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and retired in 1970. As an alumna, she was secretary of her class and was active in both the Aroostook County Club and the Boston Bates Alumnae Club. She was past treasurer and regent of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Peterborough, N.H., past treasurer and regent of the Lady Knox Chapter of the NSDAR, a member of the Mid Coast chapter of the American Assn. of University Women, the Rockland Shakespeare Society, the Knox County Retired Teachers Assn., Maine Genealogical Society, Mid-Coast Genealogical Society, Old Broad Bay Family Historical Assn. in Waldoboro, Mayflower Society of Maine, and the Oceanview chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include brother J. Willis Stahl ’25 and nephews and nieces.
Carol Sylvester Mayo, Dec. 14, 2005
Carol Sylvester Mayo taught for several years in Presque Isle before her husband’s work took them to New York and Michigan. They returned to New England in 1957 and lived in Newburyport, Mass. She was active in the telephone assurance program and the community counseling center. Her husband, Philip, predeceased her. Among her survivors is son Stephen.
Celia Thompson Ames, Aug. 18, 2006
Celia Thompson Ames graduated with a degree in history and taught in Frankfort (Maine) until she married Donald Ames in 1937. She lived her entire life in New Sharon, most of it in a house she and her husband built shortly after their marriage. Although she was active in the Congregational Church, she was known to spend an occasional Sunday morning fishing. For many years, she worked in her father’s factory, Maineline Racquets, making wooden tennis racquets. She was a member of the New Sharon Grange for over 80 years, and was instrumental in directing and coordinating the community orchestra. Her husband died in 1998. She is survived by daughter Marilyn Chandler and sons David and Robert; seven grandchildren including Amy Chandler Foerster ’98; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister Clara Thompson Fitz ’33.
Rebecca Carter Bailey, Jan. 7, 2003
“There is no substitute for brains.” That statement by Professor Brooks Quimby stayed with Becky Carter Bailey her entire life. “Poor speech, awkward social graces, unsuitable clothes can all be remedied,” she wrote, “so don’t judge by superficial standards.” Becky volunteered for the WAVES during World War II, yet soon found that she was constantly judged by superficial standards of what women were supposed to do. She wrote a long feature article for the Lewiston Journal detailing her experiences as a WAVE. “For it still holds true that a woman has to be four times as smart and work four times as hard to get to the same pay level as a man,” she wrote. She also realized what would happen after the war: “We are now committed to a course in which we will have to take an active Christian interest in the other peoples of the world.” At Bates, she was an accomplished debater and active in campus government. Following the war, Becky received a master’s degree from the Univ. of Wyoming and also studied at Ohio Wesleyan and Columbia. She was a published poet, with her work appearing in several regional journals.
Eva E. Sonstroem, June 24, 2006
Eva Sonstroem used her German heritage as a springboard for her career teaching German. After teaching for 15 years in New Jersey, she was forced to retire due to a disability caused by surgery. She kept teaching, however, in adult education in Florida and Connecticut, and developed her own classes to teach “Literature through Paperbacks,” as she called it. She returned to high school teaching in 1970 as a housemother and German teacher at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn. Among her survivors are her brother, Richard E. Sonstroem of Bristol, and nephews and nieces.
Celeste Carver Holloway, May 15, 2006
Celeste Carver Holloway’s favorite hobby was photographing wildflowers, a passion she could indulge at her home in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, where she and her husband, Vernon, moved in 1975. She met Vernon at Yale, while turning her bachelor’s in Latin from Bates into a master’s in nursing and he was studying for the ministry. He died in 1994. She was also predeceased by son Robert. Survivors include son William; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Saunders Smith, Aug. 16, 2006
Elizabeth Saunders Smith grew up in Montana, where her father was hired by the Department of the Interior to build the “Going to the Sun” highway in Glacier National Park. The first mountain road designed by a landscape architect rather than an engineer, it set a new standard for roads in national parks. Just before she was to start college, her father moved the family to Durham, N.H., because his new employer, Standard Oil of California, had assigned him that territory to promote its new product, bitumuls (asphalt emulsion). She attended UNH for two years, until her father moved the family to Lewiston. She transferred to Bates, where she earned a degree in English and met her future husband, Abbott P. Smith II ’34. Following graduate work at Harvard, the Smiths returned to Maine where Abbott developed several companies, including radio station WMTW. They lived in New Gloucester, Yarmouth, and Freeport. Their last house in Freeport is now the office of Wolfe’s Neck Farm. Betty worked as a secretary at a number of companies as they moved to Colorado and then back to New England and New York. They eventually bought a farm in Millbrook, N.Y., where Betty became very involved with the garden club. She wrote its newsletter for many years and also wrote a regular column for the local newspaper. In 1996, they moved to Farmington, where Abbott died of Parkinson’s two years later. Betty continued to write her monthly family newsletter (a 50-year undertaking) and also developed a column for the weekly paper in Farmington. She loved to sit on her front porch overlooking the Carrabassett, where she could keep track of the neighbors. Survivors include children Susan Smith Davis ’65, Carol Ann Robinson, Abbott P. Smith III, Janet Riben, and James Arthur Smith; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons. Her niece is Martha Tillson Pfirman ’68.
Maurice Shiffer, Aug. 28, 2006
Maurice Shiffer was an office manager at Shapiro Brothers Shoe Co. and Crest Shoe Co. in Lewiston. He was the treasurer of Beth Abraham Synagogue for many years, an avid stamp collector, and a violinist. Wife Reta Solway Shiffer died in 2000. Among his survivors are son Irwin ’64; sister Jacqueline Lelyveld and husband Edward I. Lelyveld ’34; a grandson; and nephews Louis Lelyveld ’66 and Morris Lelyveld ’64.
Delia North Davis, June 27, 2006
Delia North Davis was surrounded by Bates: four of her brothers, a nephew, and a cousin also attended the College. These connections, she said, gave her strong ties to Bates. After retiring from teaching in Massachusetts and Connecticut, she threw open her big, old house in Southborough, Mass., to her 12 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and great-nephews, delighted it could accommodate young and old. She considered herself a watchdog of local government, and deplored the loss of “good, thoughtful, wise leadership on local, state, and national levels.” She was a past president and member of the Southborough Women’s Club and a member of the Southborough Historical Society. Her brother, Charles Davis ’44, predeceased her. Among her survivors are her other brothers, John A. Davis ’40, Walter M. Davis ’44, and William N. Davis Jr. ’41; nephew William N. Davis III ’66; and cousin Ellen Landry-Rooney ’85. Two sisters also predeceased her.
Phyllis Bickford Dow, Sept. 29, 2006
Phyllis Bickford Dow was a wife and mother who was active in her church and organized annual fundraisers for UNICEF at Halloween and Christmas. Her late husband, Harold E. Dow, was a Prudential Insurance Co. executive who, early in his career, managed the construction of the Prudential Center in Boston. Her sister was Catherine Bickford Mitchell ’28. Other Bates relatives, all deceased, include brother-in-law Ashmun Salley ’37 and cousins Bickford Sylvester ’50 and George H. Salley ’30. Among her survivors are children Ronald, Carolyn, Marilyn, and Barbara White; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Courtney Noble Burnap, Oct. 2, 2005
Service in the Army during World War II led Burney Burnap to a career with NATO in France. Following graduation from Bates with a degree in sociology, he started out to build a career in social work by attending the New York School of Social Work and then working at a home for delinquent boys in the city. But the draft sent him in another direction. He was assigned to an engineering general service regiment, and served in London and Paris. Postwar, he was assigned to help close out American forces in France, where he met his future wife, Florence Dallot. After a few years at the Pentagon, he and his wife returned to France, where he was administration officer in a NATO office of the secretary of staff and eventually attained the rank of major. He continued to serve at NATO headquarters after retirement from the Army in 1962. He and his wife retired to Luxembourg. Survivors include his wife and their son, John.
Velma Diggery Baston, Nov. 6, 2006
Velma Diggery Baston followed her three sisters to Bates, but she charted her own course in life. Following college, she studied fashion design at the Chamberlain School in Boston and then worked as a fashion stylist at Filene’s. She returned to her hometown of Sanford in the early 1940s, where she married Lawrence Baston in 1942. She traded high fashion for candling eggs and sorting apples while Lawrence built a career with the Maine Department of Transportation. After his death in 1971, she started to travel the world, until she visited a small village in Portugal that captured her heart. From then on, she split her time between that village and Sanford. She was so much a part of the village that she became the first woman to fish on a local commercial boat. When her declining health forced her to stop traveling, she stayed in contact with her many Portuguese friends to the end with letters and cards. Among her survivors are son Doug; two grandsons; and sister Miriam Diggery Trafton ’35. Sisters Gertrude Diggery Hicks ’32 and Dorothy Diggery Higgins ’33 predeceased her.
Priscilla Houston Menke, July 9, 2006
Her family, heavily laced with Bates grads, told her it was a mistake to move to Texas from Maine, but Priscilla Houston Menke said, “If I had to do it over, I’d make the same mistake again.” She moved to Texas because her husband, Theodore, whom she met while they both served in the Navy during World War II, owned a 2,000-acre farm there. Despite spending nearly two-thirds of her life in Texas, she never lost her Maine accent. On their ranch, the Menkes had 300 head of cattle. She was always eager to see the college rankings in US News & World Report and took great satisfaction to find Bates among the top-ranked. She was active in her church and was a founding member of the Waller County A&M Mother’s Club. She served in leadership roles with the Women’s Study Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her husband passed away in the early 1990s, and their son, Howard, died in an accident on the ranch in 1980. Among her survivors are three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers J.R. Houston ’41 and Harry R. Houston ’52 and his wife, Bette Grierson Houston ’52; nephew David R. Houston ’70; and great-niece Vanessa Houston Howard ’95. Her father, Howard R. Houston ’13, brother John J. Houston ’49, and sister-in-law Marjorie Tourner Houston ’47 all predeceased her.
Barbara Kendall Ireland, Aug. 18, 2006
Barbara Kendall Ireland and her husband, the late Robert S. Ireland ’40, both loved to sail and ski. Happily, so did her grandchildren, so they got to see a lot of them visiting at Ocean Grove and at Stowe, Vt. She enjoyed a career in social service agencies, including several years as executive director of the Retired Service Volunteer Program in Newton, Mass. She was also a research assistant at the New England School Development Council, where Bob was executive director. Even after retirement, she continued her work by volunteering as chair of programming for Vermonters in Volunteer Administration. “Enough to keep me occupied,” she said, “but not tied down.” She also volunteered at her church, the local hospital, and the arts center. In addition to her Bates degree in psychology, she also earned a master’s in adult education from Boston Univ. She was elected to the Bates Key as an alumna. Survivors include children Gerald ’68 and wife Susan Dana Ireland ’68, Robert, and Elizabeth Ireland Dufresne ’71 and husband W.J. Dufresne ’71; grandchildren Hannah Ireland ’02, Sarah K. Ireland ’94, and Ben Ireland Dufresne ’02. Her late father was Ralph L. Kendall 1906.
Kenneth Raymond Libby Sr., July 26, 2006
Ken Libby was an avid Red Sox fan, and his lifetime (1917–2006) neatly bracketed the span between the team’s World Series championships (1918–2004). He also was a diehard Terps fan, having lived in Maryland for many years while working for DuPont. His Bates degree was in chemistry, one he put to good use at DuPont and also at Mineral Pigments, from which he retired in 1972. Following retirement, he and wife Florence returned to Lewiston-Auburn, where he had grown up. Ken was a past master of his Masonic Lodge in Maryland and lay minister in the Methodist church. Among his survivors are his wife; children Barbara Scanlon, Kenneth Jr., and David; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
William John Mynahan, July 13, 2006
Bill Mynahan’s career as a chemist was spent mostly in Kentucky, where he was employed at the Frankfort division of National Distilleries. He started there as a chemist and retired as resident manager in 1982. Early in his career, he worked for Packard Mfg. Co. in Auburn. He married a hometown girl, Ruth LeBourdais of Lewiston, in 1940; they celebrated their 65 wedding anniversary in November 2005. At Bates, he was president of the Lawrance Chemical Society during his senior year. His survivors include his wife; children William and Pamela Utley; three grandchildren; siblings Maurice, Phyllis Theberge, and Eleanor Bruce.
Lois Philbrick Child, Oct. 19, 2006
“I am proud that my family has been able to benefit from all that Bates has to offer,” Lois Philbrick Child once wrote. “As a Bates graduate, mother of a Bates graduate, and now grandmother of two, I have seen Bates grow and become one of the leaders in education.” Her English degree honed her writing to the point that she knew that adding “wife of a Bates graduate” to that sentence would ruin its meter and line, but in fact she was one. Her husband was the late Ralph Child ’40, her son is Kendrick H. Child ’65, and his children include Jonathan K. Child ’91 and Meredith Child Greenlaw ’95. Lois taught for a number of years in New Hampshire, and then worked in the Weston (Mass.) school system and government in several capacities. She lived in Weston until 2002, when she moved to Derry, N.H., close to son Kendrick. She was a life member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Weston, Mass., and held memberships in the Golden Ball Tavern Historical Society and the Friends of the Weston Public Library. Survivors include sons Kendrick and George; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1975.
Lynn MacPherson Bussey, Aug. 7, 2006
That Lynn Bussey would be successful in life became apparent while at Bates: he was class president all four years. He also showed his independence by going into law despite having two doctors as parents. He graduated from Boston Univ. School of Law in 1948, following service in the Army during World War II. Only reluctantly did he discuss two defining events of his service: He was the only white officer willing to pick up champion boxer Joe Lewis, a black man, at an Alabama railroad depot as he toured the U.S. giving boxing demonstrations to Army troops. And, as a first lieutenant in Patton’s Third Army, he was one of the officers who liberated prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald. He spent a year in practice with his father-in-law in Bath, opening his own office in 1950. It was 30 days, he said, until the first client came through the door. From there his career blossomed, and he became a prominent and beloved attorney in Bath, the “people’s attorney,” as another lawyer described him. He was as passionately involved in the town’s activities as if he had been born there (he grew up in New Bedford, Mass.) and was part of the local cast of characters. He married classmate Janet Bridgham two years after graduation, and they enjoyed an exceptionally strong partnership that lasted until her death in 2001. His care for her during her 12 years of living with Alzheimer’s was considered inspirational. Among their joint interests was football, which involved not only following the professional teams but also an undying passion in the accomplishments of their three sons, all of whom were star quarterbacks at the high school in Bath, as he was in New Bedford. “We never miss an Orange Bowl,” he once said, and friends knew to never interrupt their Sunday pro football afternoons. Survivors include children Robert, John, William, and Anne Bussey Dale; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings Marion Bentley and F. Robert Bussey. His brother-in-law is Edward Bridgham Jr. ’38.
Eleanor Wilson Christie, July 28, 2006
Eleanor Wilson Christie enjoyed life as a faculty wife, first as Princeton and then at Bowdoin, where her husband, Dan, was a professor of mathematics. She worked for several years at Public Opinion Office in New Jersey and did research on fire control using early computers. The Christie Lectures in Mathematics at Bowdoin were established in her husband’s honor following his death in 1975. After his death, she lived in Florida and Tennessee. A Maine native, she returned to the state in 1987. Survivors include son Mark.
Frederick Albert Binder, June 28, 2006
Frederick Binder attended Bates for one year before transferring to Massachusetts State College (now UMass–Amherst). He worked in research for General Electric in Pittsfield, Mass., before joining Electric Supply and Repair Co as a salesman. In 1967, he moved to Crane & Co. in Dalton, where he worked as an electrician for 10 years. In high school and college, he played any sport you can name but his true passion was singing. He sang in the chancel choir at his church and with the Barnstormers Men’s Chorus, the Cordial Greens, and the Orpheus Men’s Chorus, all in the Pittsfield area. His first wife, Virginia Shaw, died in 1991. He married Gerry Gillon Kielman in 1967, who survives, as do children Betsy Koch, Nancy Powers, John, and Thomas; stepdaughter Jess “BJ” Kielman and stepson Richard Kielman; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Noah Israel Edminster, June 7, 2006
Noah Edminster was known as “Mr. Ed” to the students at Mahar Regional School in Orange, Mass., where he was the principal for 17 years. The affectionate nickname spoke of the respect both faculty and students had for him. When he retired in 1980, he was roasted and praised, teased and lauded by more than 200 people crowded into a private home. His career in education was postponed by service in the Marines during World War II, where he served in Hawaii and Saipan. Following his discharge, he earned a master’s in history from UMaine–Orono and then taught in Howland, becoming principal at Mahar in 1963. He was the editor of the Massachusetts Principals Assn. newsletter and served on the Orange Planning Board and the Orange Airport Commission after he retired. He loved to dance with his wife of 60 years, Mildred, who survives him, as do daughters Joan Schmickrath, Jean Mauck, Jennifer Edminster, and Janine Barrett; and seven grandchildren. His daughter, Juliet, and a grandchild predeceased him.
Harry Allan Gorman, Oct. 22, 2006
Harry Gorman played basketball and football at Bates, and went from college right into the Marine Corps, flying B-25s in the South Pacific during World War II. He mustered out as a captain after five years. In 1948, he married Alberta Lamphere, a professional swimmer who toured with Buster Crabbe. He worked his way up to vice president of sales and marketing for a division of Scott & Fetzer. In 1969, he opened his own business, Empire Division, a sales and marketing firm, in Madison, N.J. Among his survivors are children Robert, Cindamarie Coleridge, and Vikki Chipoletti; and five grandchildren. His wife and his cousin, Ellsworth T. Johnson ’52, predeceased him.
Gertrude Libby Beyer, July 8, 2006
Gertrude Libby Beyer was married to William S. Bower in the Chapel just days after graduation. They had three children before his death. In 1957, she married James E. Beyer and welcomed four more children into her life. She lived in New Jersey for many years and then moved to Cape Cod to be near one of her sons. She was born, raised, and educated in Lewiston. She was a member of the Eastward Ho! Country Club in Chatham. Mass., and attended the Federated Church of Orleans. Survivors include children Richard Bower, William Bower, and Trudy Bower; stepchildren Sally Webster, Robert Beyer, Jack Beyer, and Jeffrey Beyer; and seven grandchildren. Her late grandfather was Charles Edgar Bean Libby 1886.
Dexter Brigham Hill, Aug. 5, 2006
Dexter Brigham Hall attended Bates briefly. He was a veteran of the Navy, having served during World War II, and went on to become a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was an analyst at Boston Safe Deposit and Trust and at Babson Reports. His wife of 55 years, Ruth A. Hill, predeceased him. Among his survivors are daughters Mary Canavan and Betsey Fitzgerald; and three grandchildren.
Norman Royal Tufts, Feb. 12, 2006
Norman Tufts was a veterinarian who abandoned clinical practice to specialize in veterinary public health and infectious diseases. He earned his veterinary degree from Pennsylvania and master’s in public health from Yale. He was chief of health mobilization (disaster medicine) training at the National Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta and then became chief of epidemiologic investigations for the public health service in Narragansett, R.I. He joined the FDA’s Bureau of Veterinary Medicine (now the Center for Veterinary Medicine) in 1967 and was appointed regional veterinary medical officer for Region I (Boston) in 1973. In 1979, he returned to the bureau’s headquarters and managed the bioresearch monitoring program. He researched the effects of antimicrobials in animal feed and tracked bacterial resistance to veterinary antimicrobials, along with five other research projects. He was also concerned about environmental issues, and in the early ’50s, while practicing in Auburn, he gathered data and took photos to build a talk he presented to local groups to alert them to the problems with the Androscoggin River. As a result, a statewide group called Citizens for Conservation and Pollution Control was formed, of which he served as executive director, and the group fought early battles to force the paper mills to stop polluting the state’s rivers. Among his survivors is son William.
Norman Joseph Temple, Oct. 10, 2006
Because he talked the talk, Norm Temple walked the walk. He established the Norman J. Temple ’44 Scholarship at Bates for students in debate and always carried a placard paying tribute to legendary debate professor Brooks Quimby in Alumni Parades at Reunion. He was part of the varsity debate squad every year he was at Bates and even became an instructor in speech and debate at the College after graduation, while Quimby was on sabbatical. Norm’s years at Bates were interrupted by World War II, and as an Army Air Corps bomber pilot he flew 34 missions over Germany in a B-24 and served as the briefing officer and assistant group operations officer for the 446th Bomb Group. He returned after the war’s end and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1947 with a degree in economics. He worked for six years as the associate state secretary for the YMCA and then joined the Maine Development Commission, doing state publicity and industrial development under founder Everett Greaton. He was an executive with Central Maine Power Co. until 1984, later serving as a consultant in government affairs for both CMP and Maine Yankee. He served on the advisory board of the Pine Tree Council of the Boy Scouts and on the board of directors of the Maine Publicity Bureau; as commander of the Maine chapter of Military Order of the World Wars; as president of the Augusta-Hallowell Chamber of Commerce (now Kennebec Valley Chamber); and as state chairman of the New England Council (now Chamber of Commerce of New England). He was a founding member of the Friends of the Margaret Chase Smith Library, a member of the Maine Council on Economic Education, and vice president of the state YMCA camp committee. Well into retirement, he continued to raise thousands of dollars for United Way, and was the first recipient of the annual Norman J. Temple Volunteer of the Year award. In Bates affairs, he was a class agent for 40 years, class president, and served two terms as vice president and one term as president of the Alumni Council. He was a member of the College Key and co-chaired Reunion Gift committees. He served as General Fund Campaign chair in the 1950s. Of all his titles, he was most proud of being a professional grandfather. His wife of 57 years, Barbara Smith Temple, died just 10 months before he did. Among his survivors are children Jeffrey, Kim, and Christopher; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Priscilla Eustis Scammon, June 27, 2006
Priscilla Eustis Scammon spent one semester at Bates and graduated from Gorham State College, where she also earned a master’s in English and history. She taught for a few years and then worked as a cardiology technician at Maine Medical Center. Among her survivors are sons Jeffrey, David, and Mason; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and siblings Penn Eustis and Maribeth Parsons. Husband Henry G. Scammon Jr. and son Henry M. Scammon predeceased her.
Pauline MacMackin Cooper, July 4, 2006
Polly MacMackin Cooper devoted her life to her husband and children. She was both a Boy Scout and a Girl Scout leader. She served as president of the Mount Desert Island Hospital Auxiliary, where her husband, Llewellyn W. Cooper, was a surgeon. She was active in church affairs, the local literary club, and the Bar Harbor Warrant Committee. She was an avid sports fan and an enthusiastic golfer. Survivors include her husband and their children, Thomas, Robert, James, and JoAnn Sawyer; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A granddaughter predeceased her.
Floyd Greene Robertson, Aug. 30, 2006
Floyd Robertson left Bates after one year and went on to earn degrees at Pennsylvania and Yale. He served as a psychiatrist in the Air Force and was in private practice and a staff psychiatrist at various hospitals in Connecticut, New York, and California. He retired to his hometown of Vinalhaven. He is survived by sister Phyllis Peterson and nieces and nephews.
Gordon Wells Shaftoe, Sept. 5, 2006
Like so many other men in those years, Bud Shaftoe completed just one year at Bates before he was called into military service, for which he received a Purple Heart. He returned to Bates and graduated with a degree in biology. He built a career in the insurance industry and worked for John Hancock and Factory Mutual Insurance Co. before retiring in 1984. He built a home for his family on Highland Lake in Washington, N.H., first as a summer camp and then as a year-round home, where he enjoyed both water and snow sports. Survivors include wife Priscilla Shaftoe; children Tamara Lacasse and Thomas; and sister Barbara Collins.
Priscilla Bartlett Burnette, April 10, 2006
Priscilla Bartlett Burnette looked back at her years at Bates with pleasure. She also marveled at the changes on campus — the new buildings, the maturation of the trees — and remarked that it was hard to believe how beautiful it was. She worked for Advertising Corp. of America and for National Blank Book. She was active in the South Hadley (Mass.) Historical Society, the Wisteriahurst Museum, and the Geriatric Authority in nearby Holyoke. Husband Ralph “Hank” Burnette died in 2000.
Mary Louise Duda, July 26, 2006
Mary Lou Duda majored in history and government, and received a master’s in guidance and a sixth year certificate of administration from Fairfield Univ. She took classes at the Univ. of Bridgeport, Hawaii Univ., and Yale. She taught history for a few years at the high school in Milford, Conn., and then served nearly 30 years as a secondary school administrator there. She traveled extensively and loved skiing, sewing, gardening, and building homes. She belonged to the National Assn. of Secondary School Principals and the Connecticut Retired Teachers Assn. She was president of the Southwest Connecticut Bates Club for a number of years and served as interim president of the Fairfield (Conn.) Bates Club. Among her survivors are sister Elizabeth Bell of Caldwell, N.J., and nephew John Bell. She was predeceased by longtime friend George Bauby.
Lucille LaSalle Mills, July 15, 2006
Lucille LaSalle Mills taught in both elementary schools and high schools in Norwich and Montville, Conn. She augmented her bachelor’s degree in history and government with work at the Univ. of Hartford and Eastern Conn. State College. She volunteered at The William W. Backus Hospital and New London Women’s Rape Crisis Center. An accomplished poet, she received the Winchell Poetry Award from the Conn. Poetry Society and had work published in many journals and periodicals. She won the Winchell Poetry Award from the Connecticut Poetry Society. Her late husband was Ralph W. Mills ’51. Survivors include sons Jeff, Fred, Chris, and Jon; and six grandchildren.
Norman Randall Card, April 5, 2003
“Card may be a David fighting Goliath,” wrote the Portsmouth Herald in 1965, “but he’s got an awfully powerful slingshot.” The paper was writing about Norm Card’s fight against what he saw as an unfair tax law for small businesses, a fight he took to Congress before the Treasury Department called for a truce, believing the issue could be worked out without legislation. A dean’s list student with a degree in English, Norm owned a succession of small businesses in Maine and New Hampshire before moving to California and serving as president of Shaffer Assoc. Inc., which did executive searches and small business consulting. Among his survivors are wife Jeanne and daughter Kathleen. His father was Pliney H. Card 1919, his mother Hazel Linnie Seavey 1917, and sister Claire Fogarty ’46. Bates learned of his death in July 2006.
Irene McKenzie Lathrop, Oct. 2, 2006
Bates provided Irene McKenzie Lathrop with a solid foundation for her many academic and professional pursuits, her family says, and she often spoke fondly of her experiences here. She was proud that two of her daughters, a niece, and two grandnieces followed her to Bates. She married John C. Lathrop a year after graduation, and they settled in Rhode Island, where he built a career as an oncologist, gynecologist, and obstetrician. Their four daughters grown, Irene earned a master’s and doctorate in library science from Simmons, along with a master’s in the history of science from Brown. She was elected to Beta Phi Mu, a library science honor society, and was part of the leadership list of the hospital library section of the Medical Library Assn. She was a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and served as director of information services at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence and at Lifespan, a health care system, also in Providence. She was published in several library and academic publications and served in a number of professional organizations. She is survived by her husband; daughters Joan Lathrop ’77, Diane Lathrop, Lou Truslow, and Catherine Lathrop Strahan ’86; and six grandchildren. Her niece is Maggie Lathrop ’83 and grandnieces are Sarah Baldwin ’05 and Martha Klemm ’08.
William Leonard Ferguson, Oct. 7, 2006
After a Navy career, including V-12 training at Bates and service in World War II and the Korean War, and marriage to Patricia Dunn ’51, Bill Ferguson built a career with Alcoa International. He started as a credit manager and in 1962 moved his family to company headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he became the treasurer of Alcoa International. In 1968 he became the assistant treasurer of the Aluminum Corp. of America in Pittsburgh, of which Alcoa is the overseas sales organization, retiring in 1988. Survivors include his wife; daughter Katherine Charapko; and a grandson. His son, William F. Ferguson Jr., predeceased him.
Jack Sinclair Ketchum, Oct. 21, 2006
Jack Ketchum had left Bates after two years, driven by guilt at wasting his father’s money, and was selling furnaces and living at the YMCA when an elderly man at the Y’s pool told him he was a “damn fool” if he didn’t get his degree. So he earned his bachelor’s from UNH and business degree from Dartmouth’s Tuck School, financing graduate school by making sandwiches in his dorm room and selling them to other students. He worked as a production manager at Procter and Gamble before purchasing a farm in Kennebunk. But after a few years, he realized that 2,000 hens and 100 sheep weren’t enough to support a family of four children, so he went to work for Union Mutual, eventually becoming senior vice president and chief investment officer. He left the company in 1974 to become an independent business and financial appraiser. One of his clients was a failing college, St. Francis College in Biddeford. He advised them to close down. Instead, the college offered him its presidency, which he turned down — three times — before accepting and becoming the first layperson to head a Catholic college. He served as president for 10 years and chairman of the board for another 10. He married his Bates sweetheart, Ruth “Tootie” Bunten ’51, who died in 1980. Among his survivors are his second wife, Theresa Skaling Fortin Ketchum; his four children with Tootie, John, Bruce, Peter, and Caroline; his stepchildren Anne Marie Reilly, Michele Baranowski, Debra Knight, Simone Lachance, Nicole Farrell, and Richard Fortin; seven grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren; and sister Constance Ketchum.
Robert Paul Rudolph, Sept. 21, 2006
Rudy Rudolph practiced law and taught celestial navigation. He earned a law degree from Cornell and a captain’s license from the Coast Guard. He sailed, played golf, shot archery, and served his church and his community of Georgetown, Mass., where he maintained a private law practice. He served as general counsel for the Whittier School District, the Georgetown Town Council, and Georgetown Savings Bank. He was also district commander of the Merrimac Power Squadron. His oldest son, Paul, predeceased him. Survivors include wife Nancy; children Christian, Tracy Davis, Jonathan, Kelly, and Grace; two grandchildren; and sister, Virginia Crandall, and her husband, Robert ’51.
Robert Prince Atkins, Aug. 16, 2006
Following graduation, Robert Atkins found himself in the Army, stationed in Germany, along with two other classmates, all of them English majors. Their unit dealt with public information. After 20 months, he mustered out and began a career in marketing, sales, and management with seven companies in eight states, including Procter & Gamble, The Beacon Co., M&M/Mars, and International Playtex. He was also president of Berkshire International. In 1979, he bought a truck leasing business, sold it 13 years later, retired, moved to Florida, and opened an investment advice business. He was an avid golfer. Survivors include wife Nancy; children Debra ’79, Thomas, and Daniel; and six grandchildren.
Alan Curtis Goddard, Nov. 24, 2006
Four weeks before his death at home in New London, N.H., from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alan Goddard made what would be his final trip back to Bates, to watch the Homecoming football game versus Colby. Around the country, dozens of other former football players were making the same trip, but for a different reason: They were returning to campus to see Alan. The alums were former winners of the Alan C. Goddard ’53 Award for Achievement in Football, and their loyal act of homage reflected the man Goddard was. “Everyone thinks of Al as a giant, a friend with towering integrity,” said one of his best friends, Lynn Willsey ’54. “He’s the gold standard.” Goddard was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and tennis at Bates, a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude math major and all-around model of sportsmanship and upbeat tenacity. After Army service, he earned his master’s in actuarial mathematics from the Univ. of Iowa. A member of the Society of Actuaries and American Academy of Actuaries, he worked at Massachusetts Mutual from 1957 to 1965 and spent 13 years at Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Hartford, Conn., as a pension actuary before starting his own private pension company, ACG Associates, which he ran for 18 years. Throughout his life, he enjoyed many sports and particularly reveled in the camaraderie and friendship to be found when games are played with skill and class. He took great pride in his gardening and landscaping. In Bates affairs, he served as class president and as a Reunion committee member, and volunteered on capital campaigns and for the Office of Career Services. In 1995, he helped the College develop a new table for gift annuity rates. Among his survivors are wife Gail Molander Goddard ’56; children Rhonda Green of Boston, Mass.; Jeff of Kensington, N.H., and his wife Sydnee Brown Goddard ’84; Nancy Anderson of Dallas, and Brian of Woburn, Mass.; six grandchildren; sister Carolyn Goddard Reid ’51; and nephew Dwight S. Bell ’77. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert.
Daniel Charles Learned, Aug. 17, 2006
One of attorney Daniel Learned’s favorite things was to see his paralegals become attorneys — especially if they were awarded their degrees by his alma mater, the Michigan Law School. During his four years as a Marine, he served in the Judge Advocate General’s office. He then set up his own practice in East Lansing, Mich. He was the city’s attorney from the mid–1960s to 1973 and later deputy U.S. Attorney General in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1980, he returned to East Lansing and re-opened his immigration law practice. His clients included professors, researchers, and athletes, whom he helped obtain temporary or permanent work visas under the “extraordinary ability” and “national interests” waivers provisions of immigration law. He served as an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing and represented clients at many American consulates. Despite his worldwide travels, he never forgot his childhood on Martha’s Vineyard, where he learned to live off the land and sea during lean economic times. He is survived by children Pamela, Jeffrey, and Douglas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Harry Theodore Zorbas, Sept. 14, 2006
Harry Zorbas augmented his bachelor’s in economics with a master’s from Tufts and taught business education at the junior high school in Seymour, Conn. Following retirement, he returned to his hometown of Woburn, Mass. He was active in the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association; in fact, the local chapter in Woburn is named after his father, Theodore Zorbas. He is survived by stepsister Kaye Bibilos and nieces and nephews.
Norma Tennett Snider, July 12, 2006
Norma Tennett Snider graduated in 1956, and joined the Class of 1958, her husband’s class, as an honorary member. Her husband was William Snider, who passed away in 1999. She worked briefly as a math and French teacher following graduation, and then at Bell Labs in New Jersey. She was a licensed lay reader in the Episcopal Church. Survivors include children Michael, Edward, and Margaret Nieman; and three grandchildren.
Jacqueline Gillis Fennessy, July 24, 2006
Jacquie Gillis Fennessy left Bates after two years and graduated with honors from UCLA. She lived most of her life in Altadena, Calif., where her husband, the late William J. Fennessy, was a doctor. She served as chair of the town council and as executive director of the Patron Saints Foundation. She was a member of the board of trustees for the Altadena library district and a member of the boards of directors for Altadena Heritage, The Scripps Home, and the Sheriff’s Support Group. In 1998, she received the Citizen of the Year award from the Altadena Chamber of Commerce. In 2003 she was recognized as woman of the year by the 29th Congressional District. Among her survivors are sons William Jr., Brian, Michael, David, and Daniel; and 13 grandchildren.
Valarie Gail Clark, July 2, 2006
Valarie Clark recalled standing in the dark on campus, trying to catch a glimpse of Sputnik. She knew in that moment that things would never be the same. Valarie married classmate Jay Curry shortly after graduation, and together they traveled to Uganda, where they witnessed the hopeful first years of that country’s independence and its struggle to establish a free press. After three years there and four on the East Coast, Valarie and Jay moved to the Netherlands. They divorced in 1983, after which she established a translation agency. She also wrote fiction, and her daughter, Willow Curry, is podcasting her novel, A Time to Love at www.atimetolove.btpodshow.com. In 2001, she married Bob Spruit, who survives her. Other survivors include children Adam Curry, Tiffany Curry, and Willow Curry; and four grandchildren.
George Harding Riley Jr., Aug. 9, 2006
George Riley Jr. was active in baseball and intramural sports while at Bates. He turned his degree in English into a career teaching high school English at Bridgton High School and Lake Region High School, where he was head of the department. He also coached baseball there. Following retirement, he worked as a real estate appraiser. He was a member of the Shawnee Peak ski patrol for more than 20 years and attained the rank of senior patrol. During the warmer months, he captained his sailboat in Casco Bay and attained a lifelong dream of sailing a bareboat in the Caribbean with his wife Carol (as his first mate) and sons in 2005. He also served four years in the Navy during the 1960s. Survivors include wife Carol; children Samantha Riley Sherman ’90, Colin, and Devin; two grandsons; and brothers Paul Riley and David Parker.
Ellen Sweeney Smith, Aug. 29, 2006
Ellen Sweeney Smith attended Bates for three years before she married Wayne H. Smith, who had just graduated from Bowdoin. She was employed for many years as a residential counselor at Amesbury (Mass.) Adult Residential Home. She was active in her church’s youth ministries, and enjoyed ice skating and swimming. Her marriage ended in divorce. Survivors include children Margaret Ann, Catherine, Marian, Amy, and Matthew; and four grandchildren.
Jean Ellen LeSure, Aug. 31, 2006
Jean Ellen LeSure credited her acting experience under Lavinia Schaeffer’s tutelage for sparking her interest in the performing arts, and she enjoyed participating in amateur theatricals throughout her life. “And, of course, as a teacher I’m constantly on stage,” she wrote. She taught English and was a dramatic coach at the high schools in Vernon and Rockville, Conn. She retired in 2000. Jean Ellen was also an accomplished artist, especially pen and ink drawings, and had “occasional” exhibitions. She spoke both French and Italian, learning the latter in an intensive five-week course. She also wrote of how important “Cultch” was to her, and how it colored her approach to teaching. “It taught us that the past is part of us, and we are part of our past,” she wrote. It also taught that the arts are interrelated, she said, and these two concepts became an “integral part” of her own philosophy of education. While she liked the physical improvements on campus, she lamented the loss of the old Bobcat Den. Survivors include sister Jeannette LeSure and nieces and nephews.
Douglas Cameron White, Aug. 15, 2006
“I wanted to be a shrink!” Doug White once told a newspaper. Indeed, he majored in psychology, but his junior year coincided with the start-up of WCBB-TV. One of the experts hired to set up the station stopped him in Commons and asked if wanted to do some voice-overs. From that $2-an-hour job, he went into a master’s program at Boston Univ., which included work at WGBH. He worked as a newscaster at television stations in Bangor and Worcester, Mass., before joining WPRI in Providence, R.I., in 1972, then WJAR, also in Providence, in 1978, where he became the face of the news for thousands. His no-nonsense delivery belied his prankster side (he liked to balance his checkbook when the camera wasn’t on him), but he built a solid, trustworthy reputation. “The important thing is to be dependable,” he said in an interview. “We are not out to ‘grab’ the audience, we are out to inform the public.” He never let his local celebrity get the better of him. For his 25th Reunion, he wrote, “I’m reminded often of Bates as alums pass through Providence and call the station with queries such as, ‘Is the fat guy with the gray hair on the six o’clock news really that turkey who sat next to me in Cultch?’” His hair was famous: a thick mat of darkness that gradually faded to silver over the years, inspiring an unknown number of bar bets as to whether or not it was real (it was). His charisma was apparent to his classmates: He served as class president for three of their four years on campus. He was a member of the Silver Circle of the New England Chapter of the National Television Academy, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to broadcasting for 25 years or more. He also won a regional Emmy award in 1980, as a reporter. Among his survivors are his wife, Barbara Capuccio White; children Matthew and Jonathan; three grandchildren; and his brother, Randall ’70.
Peter Michael Fleming, Oct. 6, 2006
Peter Fleming graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in philosophy. A native of Boston, he enjoyed being a part of it his entire life. He was a supervisor at the Kennedy Hope Academy at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, a facility that helps children with developmental challenges. He was a writer and student of the science of religion. Among his survivors are sister Janet E. Fleming and several nephews.
Sumner Wallace Webster, July 10, 2006
Chum Webster left Bates after one year, completed an associate’s degree at Cape Cod Community College, bachelor’s of science from Salem State, and master’s from Worcester State College. He taught at Quabbin Regional High School in Barre (Mass.) for 32 years. Survivors include wife Martha Kingsbury Webster; children Andrew and Allison; and sister Barbara Smith.
Thomas Patrick Doyle, Nov. 4, 2006
World War II veterans-turned-students were embraced by their colleges. A generation later, Vietnam veteran Tom Doyle found college life more challenging. A Marine at Bates, Tom was proud to defend his establishment point of view when other students were speaking against the war and honing counter-culture perspectives. Born in Lynn, Mass., “he was brash, scrappy, hardheaded, physical, and blue collar in a setting created to prepare people to become subtle, sophisticated, intellectual, and professional,” recalls Neill Miner ’71. “And yet Bates was better for his presence. He taught those around him what one could achieve by sheer force of will and determination — and what it looked like to never give an inch.” That will and determination was apparent in everything he did, such as during a 2-mile race in the Gray Cage, when he refused to back down from a Boston Univ. runner who shoved and elbowed him as they jostled for the lead. Before the race was over both runners were off the track throwing punches. In fact, Tom was coach Walt Slovenski’s No. 1 runner in many races for Bates squads that won consecutive state championships from 1968 to 1970. He earned a bachelor’s in history, then a law degree from the Univ. of Maine. He later worked at various times for New England Telephone and for Owens-Corning. He was a self-employed sales representative and had contracts with several companies. Survivors include his mother Eileen Doyle; his daughter Leah Doyle; stepchildren Julian Doyle and Doreen LaPierre; three grandchildren; and sisters Mary Doyle and Constance Colella. Two brothers predeceased him. He was formerly married to Lynn Bradbury ’70.
Alan Shavarsh Gardner, Nov. 16, 2006
Al Gardner shared his life with his partner of 35 years, Suzan Steer ’73, and with thousands of others through the two main interests of his life: martial arts and music. His expertise on the oud, an ancient Middle Eastern stringed instrument, put him on the world stage. His skills in martial arts earned him national and international titles while still in high school. He was a teacher, friend, and mentor to every student who came to his school of martial arts in Bath, which he opened in 1975. He crossed cultural boundaries with his music, uniting Armenian and Turkish musicians despite centuries of animosity. In fact, Al was the first Armenian composer commissioned to write music in classical Turkish forms since the Ottoman Empire. Those works were part of his 2003 ReOrientalism, a “pocket opera” that contrasts the way the Middle East is portrayed in the media to the real experience of American artists of Middle Eastern descent. Proud of his Armenian heritage, he used his grandparents’ Armenian name, Bardezbanian, as his stage name. He came to Bates to play football but was much better known for his music. He founded and led the Bates College Big Band and was the musical director of the Bates College Theater Orchestra. He studied for a year at Berklee College of Music after his junior year and studied composition with the prominent composer Elliott Schwartz at Bowdoin. He graduated with a major in theater and courses in religion, art history, and music. Al was the director of the Bowdoin College Middle East Ensemble and a faculty member at the Arabic Music Retreat at Mount Holyoke, the premier festival of its kind. His band, the Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian Middle Eastern Ensemble, played at cultural and folk festivals and recorded a critically acclaimed CD. In martial arts, he was master of both the internal and external forms. He held the titles of Renshi Shihan Kaiden and the rank of 8th Dan in Shotokan Karate-Do and 3rd Dan in Hakko Ryu and Jiu Jitsu. He also held the titles of SiGung (teacher of teachers) in the Kung Fu arts of Tai Chi, Pakua and Hsing-I, and the title of Sifu (instructor) in Wing Chun. He was the martial arts instructor at Bates, Bowdoin, and Harvard. He also was the assistant director of the National Martial Arts Assn. His large physical presence masked a gentle man, one with a ready wit and enormous modesty. In addition to Suzan, he is survived by his father, Alfred. Other survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.
Bruce Datesman Tacy, Aug. 9, 2006
In 1983, Bruce Tacy walked away from a banking career to enter divinity school. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1987. He was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Darby, Penn., for 12 years before becoming the pastor at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Annandale, Va., in 1999. He was the principal author of “Presbytery 2000,” a study charting the path of the Presbytery of Philadelphia into the future. He served on several denominational committees, and worked with local police and social service agencies to strengthen and renew the communities in which he lived. He was chaplain for two local fire companies and was chairman of the board for the Sharon Savings Bank. His hobby was collecting trading cards, and he was well known (as “Radar”) in online trading communities, especially for the day after church when he found two rare Presidential signature cards in two boxes of baseball cards. He played miniature golf ruthlessly. He wrote music and poetry, and followed his beloved Redskins passionately. At Bates, he was a member of the Deansmen in their do-wop years as the Hubcaps. Survivors include his sister, Julie Crosby.
Valerie Ross Homan, July 5, 2006
Valerie Ross Homan was killed in a plane crash along with her husband, William Homan, and her mother-in-law. She attended Bates for one year before transferring to UMaine–Farmington. She earned advanced degrees from Fordham and Columbia and worked as a psychologist and social worker in her husband’s practice at White Plains Hospital. She was also an adjunct professor of sociology at Mercy College, where she specialized in the impact of trauma on children. Among their survivors are nephew Charles Antin ’02 and niece Elizabeth Antin ’06.
Carol Sara Mamber, July 9, 2006
In the last years of her life, Carol Sara Mamber made some significant changes. She returned to New England from Washington, D.C., and adopted a daughter, LiLi Fengqiu Mamber. She devoted her time to counseling cancer patients. She herself was one, having developed cancer of the tongue that metastasized to her lungs, despite having never smoked. Previously, she was senior vice president of development for American Psychiatric Systems in Silver Springs, Md. She had considered a career in ministry while in college, including an internship with then-chaplain Garvey MacLean ’57. After graduating with a double major in sociology and political science, honors in both, and Phi Beta Kappa, she received a master’s in counseling psychology from Lesley College. She was the director of sexual assault services for the Greater Lawrence (Mass.) Mental Health Center and director of Alternative Home Inc., in Newton (Mass), a community residential program for adults with mental illness. Survivors include her daughter, who has since been adopted by a family in the Midwest with another Chinese daughter about her age; parents Philip and Mary Mamber; sister Dorothy Byrne-Hite; and a niece.
Donna Marie Anderson, June 19, 2006
Donna Marie Anderson moved herself cross-country three times in her “luxury liner,” a 1969 Buick, finally settling in Colorado with her husband, Christian Andresen, where she had her own counseling service. The first trip came shortly after graduation, when she and Deb Gage ’80 meandered their way to Denver. A side trip to Idaho earned her a degree in master’s in clinical psychology from the Univ. of Idaho. She returned to the East Coast in 1984, where she accepted a job as a child and family therapist in Montpelier and met her future husband. Her longing for the West got the better of her, and she crossed the country (third time), to Steamboat Springs, Colo., where she worked in a community mental health center and coordinated the sexual abuse treatment team. In 1991, she and Chris spent six months cycling in New Zealand. Upon return to this country, they moved to Wenatchee, Wash., where she became the clinical supervisor at Children’s Home Society before she opened her own practice in nearby Cashmere. In 2000, they returned to Pagosa Springs, Colo. Besides her husband, survivors include sons Kyle and Colby; parents Donald and Phyllis Anderson; brother Bruce Anderson; two nephews; and aunt Lorraine Anderson.
Gail Susan Bartlett, June 26, 2006
“Just another progressive liberal devoted to the overthrow of the present dictatorship in 2004,” Gail Bartlett once described herself online. Her wit came through clearly in her writing, which was published in several magazines. Following Bates, she received a master’s in English from Smith and a master’s in technical writing from Miami (Ohio) Univ. She spent most of her career as a technical writer. She supported many liberal causes and animal rescue organizations. She was an organ donor. Survivors include companion Mike France; parents Charles and Charlene Bartlett; siblings Erik, Brian, Heather Bartlett, and Patrice Methieu; and nieces and nephews.
James Howard Goldsmith, July 8, 2006
Jim Goldsmith finally got tired of seeing a beautiful building falling to pieces in downtown Sharon, Mass. When the town had no interest or money to redevelop the property, Jim got involved with the Wilber School Redevelopment Committee. It was typical of Jim. When his son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, he and his wife, Elisa Fisher Goldsmith ’88, became active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “He was the kind of person who would see a problem and say ‘Let’s not talk about the problem, let’s find a solution,’” said his wife. Jim worked his way through Suffolk Law School, holding down a full-time job and attending night classes. He was a former associate with Robinson and Cole, and a partner with McDermott, Will and Emery. In 2004, he was named a “rising star” by Law & Politics magazine. He and Elisa were about to fulfill a long-time dream of returning to Maine, where he had accepted a position with Bernstein Shur in Portland. Jim was a skier, cyclist, and fisherman. He delighted in skiing with both his oldest son and his parents, and enjoyed sailing in Boothbay Harbor with Elisa’s parents. The James H. Goldsmith ’87 Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established by alumni, friends, and members of the Boston Bates Business Network, of which James was a founding member. Survivors include his wife and their three children, Jason, Brian, and Alexander, who was born a few weeks before Jim died; parents Philip and Carol Goldsmith; and brother Mark.
Ruth Gevalt Glazer, Sept. 7, 2006
Ruth Glazer was the wife of Bates artist-in-residence Frank Glazer. Like her husband, she had a long career in music and the arts. A soprano, she performed with the Boston Symphony and the Dallas Symphony, among many others, and taught at Vassar College and Bennett College. For her 1946 debut at Jordan Hall in Boston, she hired a pianist to accompany her — and married him six years later. She was an associate professor and concert manager at Eastman School of Music, where her husband was a professor. When they “retired” to Maine in 1979, she founded several popular concert series, including the Saco River Festival in Cornish and the Thursday Noon Day Concerts in Portland. She was a member of the Maine Arts Commission. In 1998, Ruth and Frank endowed the Frank and Ruth Glazer Music Scholarship Fund. She is survived by her husband; three nephews; and five grandnieces and grandnephews.
Rudolph Haas, Aug. 9, 2006
Rudolph Haas served as a physician at Bates from 1947 to 1973 and chief of staff and president of the staff at Central Maine Medical Center. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he left after completing his medical studies, just as Hitler was coming to power. He worked in Switzerland and France before coming to the U.S. in 1938. After short stays in New York and Boston, he came to Lewiston, where he met Gerda Schild, a nurse and a concentration camp survivor, whom he married in 1946. Mrs. Haas is a member of the Class of 1971 and worked in the College library for many years. In 2002, they moved to Minneapolis to be near one of their daughters. He is survived by his wife and their four children, Pauline, David, Hedy, and Leonard; and 11 grandchildren.
Ruth E. White, Aug. 21, 2006
Ruth White, who received a master of arts in 1948, graduated from Colby in 1934 and earned a second master’s at Boston Univ., in 1938. She taught English in Winchester, Mass., for many years.
Clifford Geertz, Oct. 30, 2006
Clifford Geertz was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College in 1980 for his work in the field of cultural anthropology. He joined the faculty at Princeton in 1970, and founded its school of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Dorothy Constance Stratton, Sept. 17, 2006
Dorothy Stratton, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1955, created the Women’s Reserve of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. She received the Legion of Merit medal for her contributions to women in the military and retired as a commander in 1946. She coined the common name of the Women’s Reserves, SPAR, as an acronym of the Coast Guard’s Latin motto and its English translation: Semper Paratus — Always Ready.