Cythera Coburn Davis, Dec. 11, 2006
Cy Coburn Davis graduated cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Columbia Univ. in 1930. She was an accomplished knitter, weaver, seamstress, quilt maker, and gardener. A native of New Hampshire, she steeped her life in its traditions and values. Her husband, Richard, and her daughter, Cythera Jeanette Casciano, predeceased her. Among her survivors are son Richard Jr. and his wife, Susan; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mabel Pauline Hill Nichols, Dec. 29, 2006
Shortly before her death, Polly Hill Nichols realized she was one of four members of her class still living. She contacted her classmate, Cy Davis, and the two enjoyed a brief correspondence before both passed away in December. Fluent in several languages, Polly’s cum laude degree was in German. She earned a master’s in public administration from Case Western Reserve Univ. in 1932 and went on to a long career in social work. She and her husband, Henry, settled in Colorado. In 1990, she wrote, “New England seems so far away — I guess I have become a Coloradan.” In addition to her work, she was active in agencies serving the blind, the DAR, and Eastern Star. She was also a painter and taught Bible studies at her church. “I’m so busy I resent sleeping,” she once said. Her husband and one granddaughter predeceased her. Her survivors include children Allen, Pauline Thomassen, Susan Jung, and Bonnie Carole Lester; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Evelyn Crawford Bruce, Nov. 13, 2006
A French major, Evelyn Crawford Bruce went on to teach French and Latin at a number of high schools throughout Maine, retiring from Deering High School in Portland in 1973. Her husband, Norman T. Bruce ’35 predeceased her. Among her survivors are sons Duncan and Graham; brothers Robert and Charles; and sister Donna Lagasse. Another brother, Kenneth, predeceased her.
Spencer Sanderson Furbush, Dec. 24, 2006
Spencer Sanderson Furbush earned a B.A. in economics, played hockey, and was a member of the band. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, and then launched a successful career in insurance. He owned his own agency in New Hampshire for many years. In 1973 he sold it to Kendall Insurance Inc., the first agency he worked at when starting out. He retired in 1979. He served on the boards of two banks in New Hampshire. He and his wife, Mary, opened their vacation home at Moody Beach to their families, exhibiting a generosity that his cousins still talk about. Along with his wife, he was active in several historical societies. His wife predeceased him. He is survived by his cousins and their families.
Louise Mallinson Jagger, Jan. 24, 2007
Louise Mallinson Jagger walked two miles every day (“unless there was a blizzard”) well into her 80s. Born and raised in Sanford, she returned there after earning a degree in French to teach at the high school. She headed the history department and the social studies department during her tenure there, and retired in 1979. Her fluency in both French and German was put to good use during her worldwide travels. In fact, she was on the last passenger ship to leave England when war broke out in 1939. Her last trip was to Russia in 1995, and, as always, she traveled with just one suitcase. In 1978, she married Winston R. Jagger, who passed away in 1992. She served for 26 years as the organist and choir director at St. George’s Episcopal Church, and also was the organist for the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Among her survivors are a stepson, C. Thomas Jagger and his family, including two step-granddaughters and two step-great-granddaughters.
Frances Tarr Gleckman, Jan. 17, 2007
Frances Tarr Gleckman owned a hardware store in Westbrook with her husband, Maurice, and lived in the same house for over 50 years. They retired from the store in 1981, and she suffered a disabling stroke the next year. She also was the chair of the Library Study Committee for the Portland Public Library and active in the League of Women Voters. She also was a commissioner of the Portland Housing Authority, serving as chair 1973–78. She was instrumental in bringing Section 8 housing to Portland. She was active in Temple Beth El and was the first woman to be elected to its board. Her husband died in 1998. Among her survivors are her son, Harris, and his family, including two grandchildren.
William Stadon Pricher, June 29, 2006
Bill Pricher was a standout football and baseball player. Although he left Bates after two years to finish his studies at Pace Institute, he credited his bum knee to grid play on Garcelon Field. He played professional football for a few years after college, and then officiated for a few more, and played baseball in the storied Queens Alliance, a top-flight amateur league in New York. Into his 90s, he worked at Fort Myers (Fla.) Country Club. He credited his longevity to staying active. “You can’t sit on your butt all the time and watch television.” He and his wife, Edna, had two children, William Jr. and Elizabeth.
Bertrand Bernard Dionne, Oct. 11, 2001
The College recently learned of Bertrand Dionne’s death, in 2001. He attended Bates for two years before transferring to Bowdoin.
Elizabeth Frances Woodcock Grafton, Feb. 19, 2007
Lib Woodcock Grafton credited her Bates education for her successful teaching career. Over the course of 32 years (“would have been 40 had I not taken time out to have children”), she taught English, Latin, and library science in Rockland and Thomaston, where she lived most of her life. When the Thomaston schools did away with Latin, she became a full-time school librarian, having studied library science at Colby and at the Univ. of Maine. Her teaching career kept her from coming to Reunion; the first one she was able to attend was her class’s 50th. She was a lifelong member of the Thomaston Federated Church and served it in many capacities. She was also active in Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary women’s teachers organization, and served the Maine chapter as treasurer for 10 years. In 1939, she married Forrest Grafton; he passed away in 1989. They had two children, Joan Mills and Jon Grafton, who survive her. Other survivors include four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and her brother, Richard Woodcock.
Ruth Hamlin Gutowski, Nov. 14, 2006.
Ruth Hamlin Gutowski lived nearly her entire life in New Hampshire. A two-year post in Japan following World War II took her to Yamagata, where she was the program director of the American Red Cross and where she met and married her husband, Stanley, who survives her. After several stateside Army postings, they returned to New Hampshire, where she began a teaching career, specializing in reading. Her undergraduate degree was in sociology, and she earned a degree from NYU shortly after graduating from Bates. She completed the course work for a master’s in reading at the Univ. of New Hampshire. Her sister is Mary Hamlin March ’45, her cousin Charles G. Hamlin ’43, and her great-niece Christie Goss Oberg ’97. Other survivors include five sons, Roy, Walter, David, Robert, and Donald; a daughter, Carol Letman; six grandchildren; and a brother and another sister.
Roslyn MacNish, Feb. 21, 2007
“Camper, camera, collaborator, and cat” — that’s what Ros MacNish traveled with. The collaborator was her long-time companion, Lois Clarke, and together the two toured North America, shooting photos to put together slide shows. They presented the shows to Audubon societies and photography groups, more than 200 programs and seminars. The camper was indispensable; in fact, when visiting campus for Reunion or other special occasions they would spent several nights in the parking lot beside Lake Andrews. Her photography won her awards from a number of photography groups, and she was elected a fellow of the Photographic Society of America. She is listed in Who’s Who in Photography. A biology major at Bates, she went on to earn a master’s in public health from Yale in 1941. She was a research statistician working on TB control and chronic illnesses for the department of health in Connecticut. Following her 1971 retirement, she became a unit head for Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Co. She was active in local, regional, and national photographic societies. Her late father was J. Francis MacNish ’13. In addition to Ms. Clarke, she is survived by a number of cousins.
Estelva Rollins Larrabee, Dec. 15, 2006
Stelvie Rollins Larrabee worked in retail and in insurance before joining the office staff at the Ritzman Animal Science Laboratory at the Univ. of New Hampshire. Her degree from Bates was in French, and she also earned a diploma in retailing from Simmons College. She was an avid clock collector, and was active in several organizations dedicated to antique clocks and watches. Her husband, Erwin Larrabee, died in 1997.
Madene Sweeney Nichols, Feb. 15, 2007
With a degree in chemistry, Madene Sweeney Nichols joined the staff in the laboratory at Maine General Hospital, now Maine Medical Center. It was there she met Dr. Arthur Ames Nichols, whom she married in 1947. Seven years later, the family, which now included six children, moved into an early-19th-century house on a tidal creek in Edgecomb. Restoring it became her life-long task, and sparked her interest in colonial architecture. She was also a passionate gardener. After her husband died in 1966, she returned to school and earned a degree in special education. She enjoyed a successful career in this field until her retirement in 1984. She is survived by five of her children, sons Peter, Joel, and Arthur, and daughters Darrell Nichols and Jane Nichols-Ecker; and their families, including eight grandchildren. A great-grandchild was born two days after she passed away. A fourth son, Azel, died in early adulthood.
Dana Edmund Wallace, April 7, 2007
They called him “Mr. Clam.” Dana Wallace dedicated himself to improving and increasing clam harvests in the Gulf of Maine, part of his work at the Maine Sea and Shore Fisheries Department, now the Department of Marine Resources. After he retired in 1983 as the assistant research director and director of industrial services, he continued this work, volunteering his time and expertise to groups such as Friends of Casco Bay, Brunswick Shellfish Management Council, and the Maine Aquaculture Assn. The educational center at the shellfish hatchery on Beals Island is named for him. In 1998, the Audubon Society named him Conservationist of the Year, and in 1999 he was presented the first Longard Gulf Volunteer Award by the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Twice, in 1996 and 2002, he received the annual conservationist award from the Casco Bay Estuary Project. Although he seemed to know all there was to know about soft-shelled clams (he even wrote a book on them), he was also an enthusiastic athlete. His last run down Sugarloaf was in January 2007. He had earlier worked on the ski patrol and then as a ski instructor there. In 1960, he was a cross-country ski official at the Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, and until last year, he was a timer at Bowdoin track meets. Before he joined the state agency, he taught in Presque Isle, where he coached the cross-country team to a national title. He maintained a section of the Appalachian Trail and co-authored a book about the section of it in Maine. He was predeceased by a son, Kim D. Wallace. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Mary Little Huggins Wallace; two daughters, Valerie Wallace and Kerry-Sue Walters; a stepson, Edward Huggins; a stepdaughter, Sara Caron; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Cortell Jacobson, Sept. 22, 2005
Dorothy Cortell Jacobson left Bates after two years and then completed a secretarial course. But her career was in teaching. She taught at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass. After retirement in the mid-1980s, she volunteered at the Vision Foundation and served as vice president of Boston Aid to the Blind. She also was a certified ombudsman for the nursing home outreach program of the Massachusetts Department of Elder Affairs. She married Clarence Jacobson in 1947; he predeceased her. Her sister and brother, who survive her, are Janet Cortell Bloom ’41 and Shepard Cortell ’49. Her children, Amy Yoffie, David Jacobson, and Joseph Jacobson, also survive her. Other survivors include nine grandchildren.
Geneva Fuller Crockett, April 1, 2006
Ginger Fuller Crockett chose her major, history, because “Professor Sweet made it an ‘unending story book.’” She said history’s causes and effects influenced her throughout her life. Besides her B.A., she also earned four letters in basketball and was active in the art club and the camera club. Her athleticism lasted: In 1988 she was spotted playing golf on ice-covered snow banks. She and her husband owned and operated an electronics store in Rockland, and she also taught briefly at the high school there.
Francis Wilbert Stover, Jan. 30, 2007
Vic Stover was a project inspector with Douglas Aircraft and thus avoided the draft during World War II. But when he learned that his college roommate, Ray Cool, had been killed in action, he quit his high-paying job and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhineland Campaign, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After the war, he earned an LL.B. from Georgetown, and spent most of his legal career working on legislation to benefit veterans, first as the legislative director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars national office in Washington, and then as a staff member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He advocated bills to help World War II veterans and Vietnam War veterans, as well as the 1984 Montgomery G.I. Bill, which provides education funds for millions of military personnel. Among his survivors are his wife, Loretta; their daughters, Christine Stover-Romero and Kathleen Stover; four granddaughters; and three sisters.
Gordon Kirke Wheeler, Jan. 27, 2007
Gordon Wheeler held several patents related to paint, a product of his career as an organic chemist, primarily with W.T. Vanderbilt Labs as leader of the paint research group. He also published several papers on his research. He also published an article on early New Hampshire postal history, a fitting topic for a Granite State native and an avid philatelist. The article was included in the American Philatelic Congress yearly book. At Bates, he was active in every singing group he could find. Survivors include his wife, Amelia, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Thomas Philip Knowles, Nov. 11, 2006
Clifton Daggett Gray came to Thomas Knowles’ wedding to Mary Morris, a nurse he met while working as a potwalloper at Central Maine Hospital. But the president of Bates wasn’t there to join in the festivities. He was deciding if Thomas could remain a student. Fortunately, President Gray and Dean Harry Rowe ’12 decided he could finish out his senior year, even though he was married and thus in violation of College rules at the time. The marriage lasted 65 years, until his death. Following service in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he owned a fuel company in Dorchester, Mass. In 1956, he joined the staff of Boy Scouts of America as a field scout executive. He worked to establish troops, packs, and dens in housing projects in Boston. He was a district scout executive in Boston, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. After 18 years in the Scout organization, he became the first and only full-time employee of the recreation department in Bridgeport, Conn. At the same time, he earned a master’s in education from the Univ. of Bridgeport. He was active in both Rotary and Masons, and volunteered at a local elementary school after he retired, where he was chosen Volunteer of the Year in 2006. His brother was Clive Knowles ’33, the prominent socialist. Survivors include his wife, Mary; his children, Philip and Virginia and their families, including five grandchildren.
Thomas Francis O’Shaughnessy Jr., Jan. 8, 2007
He rarely spoke of it, but Tom O’Shaughnessy rode LCT-209 onto Omaha Beach on D-Day. The landing craft, which carried Sherman tanks, was scuttled four days later after running aground. He had prepared for the Navy by attending midshipman school. Following the war, he became a real-estate and insurance broker, and ran his own company. He was a lifelong sailor and took great care of his boat, the Snow Goose. He was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, Boston Navigators Club, and the Jubilee Yacht Club. His wife, Agnes, predeceased him. Survivors include two sons, David and Paul; four grandchildren; and a sister and brother.
James Albert Ferren, Oct. 10, 2006
Jim Ferren made his mark at Bates during his freshman year when he attempted to crawl through a mountain. A classmate on the geology field trip had told him there was a tunnel that went all the way through. What the classmate didn’t know was that the tunnel narrowed to a little more than a barrel. So Ferren had to claw his way forward in total darkness as slimy creatures slithered across his back and down his shirt. Perhaps that experience was behind his decision to leave Bates after one year. He wrote about the experience for Down East, an essay reprinted in Bates Magazine at http://abacus.bates.edu/pubs/mag/98-Winter/roundtable.html. He died in California, and is survived by his wife, June.
Richard Swain Horton, Feb. 12, 2007
Dick Horton liked to help people make connections, both as a longtime commercial airline employee and in his intellectual life. Living in Dallas, he liked to attend performances of a group specializing in contemporary classical music — not always enjoyable, he said, but a way to keep abreast of current trends. He learned to speak Spanish during time spent in Peru and used that ability as a volunteer teacher of ESL in Dallas elementary schools. He majored in government and history, and in Bates affairs he served on Reunion committees, represented the College at presidential inaugurations, and was a Bates Club officer, career services adviser, and was elected to the College Key. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and he fell in love with Italy, especially Florence. He is survived by nieces and nephews.
Anne Temple Witty, Jan. 17, 2007
Her late husband, Delbert Witty ’40, called Anne Temple Witty an expert at bridge, just one of her many interests. Early in their marriage, they lived for four years in Alamogordo, N.M., and then moved to Orange, Mass., where she lived until her death. There, she taught elementary school for 10 years and was an active member of the First Universalist Church. At Bates, she was class secretary for four years and graduated with a degree in English, an interest shown by her extensive book collection and her interest in the English language. She also enjoyed painting landscapes in both oils and watercolors. Her brother-in-law, who survives her, is Erle (“Brud”) Witty ’41. Other survivors include her children, John and Marjorie; two grandchildren; and a sister-in-law.
George Edward Antunes Jr., Dec. 30, 2006
If you can understand your insurance policy, you might have George Antunes to thank. For most of his career, he worked as a technical writer in the insurance industry, turning the typical jargon into understandable English. His gift for language became apparent at Bates when he won the Debate Prize as a sophomore. As a senior, he delivered one of the addresses on Senior Day. A government and history major, he went on to earn a master’s from Harvard in 1949, and then taught for six years. In between, he served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He designed the house on the ridge that he and his wife, Phyllis, built in Hilltown, Pa. He once reported “deer in the north field; wild turkeys in the south field,” as he studied the land around the ridge. An advocate of open space, he helped create the first open-space legislation in Pennsylvania. Along with his wife, his survivors include their two sons, Paul and Mark; their daughter, Jill; their spouses; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Virginia Parsons Leighton, Dec. 31, 2006
Everyone in York, Maine, knew if you wanted Girl Scout cookies, you had to go to Ginny Parsons Leighton’s garage. Her four daughters kept her in the business for years, and her garage was the distribution point for the entire town. She was the first Miss Deering in Portland, in 1939, a biology major at Bates, and found herself as the chief medical technologist at Maine General Hospital, now Maine Medical Center, during the last years of World War II. She said they worked 12 to 18 hours a day for $25 a week. “I loved it,” she recalled. Along with two colleagues, she formed the Maine Society of Medical Technicians. Once settled in York, she turned her attention to her daughters, the Ogunquit Playhouse, and their boat, which they used for fishing and cruising the Maine coast. Among her survivors are her daughters, Katherine Ashley, Melinda Leighton, Rachel Dumler, and Martha Lee; 14 grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Parsons. Her father was Fred Parsons, Class of 1918.
Ruth Thomas Downing, Nov. 1, 2006
Ruth Thomas Downing earned her R.N. degree at Children’s Hospital Boston. From there, she joined the Army Nurse Corps in England. She kept in touch with her unit and attended reunions until the 1980s. After the war, she attended Bates for two years and then graduated from the Univ. of Bridgeport, located in her home town and where she lived until her death. She continued to work as a nurse for many years, and volunteered at Red Cross blood banks until she was 82. She taught English as a second language to immigrants and held many clothing and food drives. Among her survivors are her daughter, Carol Morano; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert.
Donald Bradford Cobb, Dec. 30, 2006
When he returned to Bates after World War II to finish his degree in English, Donald Cobb found he had “a whole new mindset.” He earned a B.A. in English and added a master’s in education, from Boston Univ., and became a teacher. He taught for nearly 40 years at the high school in Lexington, Mass., before retirement in 1985. He spent a year teaching in Sweden in 1966. He co-authored a booklet about the Battle of Lexington and Concord, called “The Celebration of April the 19th from 1776 to 1960 in Lexington” with Doris L. Pullen. As part of the Educational Excellence Work Group, he helped prepare a report for Lexington Vision 2020. He was a member of the Mystery Writers Guild, and was active in civic and fraternal organizations, as well as the Hancock United Church of Christ. Among his survivors are his wife, Ruth; his son, Dana, and his wife; his daughter, Deborah Kennedy, and her husband; three grandsons; and a sister, Mary Johnson. Another daughter, Susan, predeceased him.
Virginia O’Brien Fitzgerald, Feb. 14, 2007
Virginia O’Brien Fitzgerald graduated with a degree in Latin and was president of the Latin Club during her senior year. She was also active in student government, and was secretary-treasurer of the governing body while a senior. Her career was in insurance. From 1946 to 1961 she worked in the actuarial department of Manhattan Life Insurance Co. and then moved to the policy owners service department at United States Life Insurance Co., from which she retired in 1986. Her husband, Francis, predeceased her.
Dana A. Smith, March 5, 2007
Dana A. Smith was part of the Navy V-12 program at Bates. After two semesters, he was transferred to Yale but remained close to the College as its unofficial liaison with the group of men who trained at Bates under the Navy’s officer training and accelerated college education program. He organized reunions on campus, wrote newsletters, and donated his own collection of memorabilia from that era to the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Ironically, Dana Smith never saw action during World War II; by the time his mechanical engineering training was complete at Yale, the war had ended. Before he was called up during the Korean War, he managed to complete his bachelor’s work in engineering at UMaine–Orono and then a master’s in education. After service in Korea and Japan, he taught in Dexter and Winslow, and then became principal of North Haven High School in 1954. He moved to St. George High School in 1957. In 1962, he became both principal and math teacher at the new Georges Valley High School, from which he retired in 1986. He was a 60-year member of the American Legion and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was instrumental in the restoration of the Marshall Point Lighthouse; the albums of photos in its museum are his work. Among his survivors are his wife, Flora; their four children, Billie Gaudette, Baxter Smith, Bonnie Smith Beaulieu ’79, and Bette Sturtevant, and their families, including nine grandchildren.
Agnes Carter Clark, Nov. 24, 2006
Shortly after graduation, Agnes Carter Clark moved to Portland, Ore. There she met and married Richard Clark, who survives her. She was an office administrator for the Multnomah (Ore.) County Traffic Enforcement Division for a number of years. She also continued her education, adding a B.S. in psychology in 1979 and a certificate in gerontology in 1981, both from Portland State Univ., to her degree in economics from Bates. At Bates, she played basketball and field hockey, and was on the staff of The Bates Student for four years. Other survivors include her children, Irene and David; two grandchildren; and a sister, Lucia Taylor.
Mary Jean Cutts Mankey, Feb. 3, 2007
Jeannie Cutts Mankey could trace her Maine roots back to pre-Revolutionary times. An ancestor of hers was a prominent figure in the early history of Saco, and another was a U.S. congressman and brother-in-law to James Madison. Cutts Island, off the coast near Saco, was once owned by these ancestors. She also had deep ties to Bates, with no fewer than seven relatives who also attended the College. Following college (where she received a B.A. in psychology and sociology) she entered training to become a buyer for Filene’s. In 1950, she married Richard Mankey, and they settled near Hartford, Conn. She pursued her love of music by performing with a number of instrumental groups, including the Hartford Musical Club and the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra. One of her last performances on violin was in early December, two months before she passed away, with the Hartford Musical Club. She and her husband were hikers, and enjoyed hiking the Canadian Rockies. They also bicycled the Loire Valley in France. Along with her husband, her survivors include four children, John, Peter, Peggy Dorph, and Liz Doble ’79; and four grandchildren. Two other children predeceased her. Other Bates relatives include her son-in-law, Kendall Doble III ’79 and her granddaughter, Emily Doble ’09. Her mother was Agnes Graham Cutts, Class of 1918. Two aunts were also graduates: Jeanie Graham McClure ’13 and Lucy Graham Murphey ’21. Her cousin is John McClure ’39.
Robert Carey Vernon, March 5, 2007
A physics major, Robert Vernon was one of many Bates men whose college years bracketed service during World War II. It was when he returned in 1946 that he met his future wife, Arrolyn (Pete) Hayes ’49. He continued his studies in physics and earned a master’s from Wesleyan in 1949 and a doctorate in 1952. He joined the faculty of Williams the same year. In 1958, he moved to Clarkson College of Technology, then became chair of the physics department at Simmons in 1961, a position he held until he retired in 1985. During sabbaticals, he studied at Dartmouth and Arizona State Univ. An avid birder, he was active in several bird clubs and conservation organizations in the Westwood, Mass., area, and did bird surveys for the Hale Reservation. After moving to New Hampshire following retirement, he authored several species accounts for the Atlas of Breeding Birds of New Hampshire, and helped computerize bird records. Active in band and the choral society at Bates, he continued to sing throughout his life, and even dusted off his clarinet in retirement. Along with his wife, he is survived by their two sons, James and Mark, and their families, including five grandchildren.
Jean Kelso Stewart, July 19, 2006
After graduating with a degree in math, Jean Kelso Stewart taught for five years, and then joined her husband at his car dealership in Belfast, Maine, as its bookkeeper. She was active in the Maine Coastal Club, serving as its secretary-treasurer in the late 1960s, as vice president (1972–74), and president (1974–76).
Joanne Currier Daiber, Feb. 16, 2007
Joanne Currier Daiber had the distinction of having an amphipod (a shrimp-like crustacean) named after her: Gammarus daiberi. Perhaps this was some consolation from the scientific world for losing her career when she married Franklin Daiber. They both were marine scientists, and two of the five people who started what became the world-renowned Graduate College of Marine Studies at the Univ. of Delaware. University rules prohibited married couples from working together, and it was Joanne who left. She remained involved in his career until his retirement in 1987, editing his two books and assisting in the lab. She also developed the guide program at the Delaware Nature Society and educational programs at the Ashland Nature Center. After moving to a retirement community, she and her husband collaborated on a book detailing the 57 species of trees on the community’s campus. In 2000, they published a two-volume (his and hers) memoir of their experiences as two of the first marine scientists at the university, which their older son, Steven, designed and illustrated. In addition to her B.S. in biology, she also held a master’s in biology from Vassar. She was recruited by Vassar while working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as part of her Bates degree. Her husband died in 2003. Among her survivors are her two sons, Steven and Gregory, and a granddaughter.
Louis Levine, Nov. 21, 2006
Louis Levine left Bates to attend Long Island Univ., from which he graduated in 1949. He had also been part of the V-12 unit stationed at the College during World War II. His career was in retail, and he served at various times as a vice president of Abraham & Strauss, chief financial officer of Pinstripes, which eventually became part of Sears, and as president of L.C.A. Inc.
Nancy Norton-Taylor Tomson, Jan. 5, 2007
Nancy Norton-Taylor Tomson credited a botany class at Bates with laying the foundation of her lifelong fascination with plants and nature. An English major, she was editor of The Mirror as a senior and active with The Bates Student the other years. She taught English and history in Maryland for a few years following graduation, and worked as a file clerk for Time magazine, where her father was senior editor. Once her five daughters were old enough, she began a career in library science, and earned a master’s in the field from Rutgers in 1972. She was the children’s librarian for the New York Public Library on Staten Island before moving to Hazlet, N.J., where she eventually became senior librarian. The seaside town also offered sailing opportunities; she had become an expert sailor as a young girl. She also enjoyed hiking, gardening, and photography. She once said ruefully, “I took more pictures of plants than of my daughters.” She retired in 1991, and a few years later discovered the sport of curling, which she lamented she hadn’t discovered earlier. She is survived by her husband, Robert, and their five daughters: Ellen Tomson-Moylan, Patricia Laudati, Elizabeth Ennis, Jennifer Emslie, and Kristine Thorn. Other survivors include two sisters and 15 grandchildren.
Frederick Roebling Slocum, Jan. 6, 2007
“As long as the sun keeps coming up, I’ll continue with tennis six days a week and let other matters take care of themselves,” Frederick Slocum said a few years ago. Tennis and a trip to the beach made a perfect day to him. After high school, he was immediately drafted into the Army and served in Europe with the 76th Division. He transferred to Bates after two years at the Univ. of Connecticut and graduated with a degree in English. At Bates, he met Florence (“Lindy”) Lindquist ’50, and they married in 1951. He was the business manager for a geriatrics hospital in Waterford, Conn., and then at a center for children with mental disabilities, from which he retired in 1989. A passionate Yankees fan, he was a Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach. His wife passed away in 1997. Among his survivors are their children, Peter, Bill, and Judy, and their families, including eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion, Florence Robinson.
Lincoln Wane Barlow, Jan. 9, 2007
Linc Barlow shipped out with the U.S. Navy before and after his years at Bates. In World War II, he was stationed on mine sweepers. After Bates, he was recalled to active duty to serve in the Korean War. His degree was in psychology, and he later earned a master’s in education from Springfield College in 1972. He also did graduate work at Westfield (Mass.) State College. His song won the competition for Winter Carnival in 1949. He was employed for over 30 years by the former Aetna Casualty Insurance Co. as a claims adjuster. He was active in his children’s sports events. He coached baseball and judged swim meets. He also loved to play the piano. His wife is Joan Fretheim Barlow ’53. Other survivors include their children, John Barlow, Wendy Barlow, and Leslie Bergen; and four grandchildren. Another son, Andrew, died in April 2006.
Carlene Fuller Moore, Oct. 12, 2006
They had no honeymoon, said Carlene Fuller Moore’s husband, Raymond ’51, “but we’ve been on one ever since.” They married six months after graduation while he was on a three-day pass from the Army. Active in student government, she earned a degree in sociology and went on to work as a case worker for the Department of Public Welfare in Baltimore. She also worked as a substitute teacher. Her father was Carleton S. Fuller, Class of 1915.
Carl Bernard Holgerson, Jan. 27, 2007
Bernie Holgerson devoted his career to working with young people, first as a teacher and then as a school psychologist. Even following his retirement in 1992, he continued his work, serving on the board of a Hartford, Conn., organization aiding abused children and as a parent advisor for the Learning Disabilities Assn. of Connecticut. In addition to his bachelor of science in sociology from Bates, he held a master’s in education from the Univ. of Connecticut and a sixth year certificate in psychology from the Univ. of Hartford. He was a World War II veteran. His career in education started in North Conway, N.H., where he was principal of an elementary school. From there he moved to Wethersfield, Conn., where he taught high school science. In 1955, he joined the faculty in the West Hartford, Conn., school system, first as a teacher and then as a school psychologist. He also coached baseball and basketball. He remained in West Hartford until his retirement. He also was an adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State Univ. and served on the board of Youth United for Survival. His wife is Carolyn Hobbs Holgerson ’49 and his niece is Cynthia Hobbs ’81. His wife’s parents, Blanche Wright and Walden Hobbs, both belonged to the Class of 1918. Two of her brothers were also Bates graduates: the late William F. Hobbs ’54, and Raymond W. Hobbs ’47. Along with his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Connie Held, Laurie Lachant, Debbie Anthony, and Carrie Lombardi and their husbands; 11 grandchildren; and a sister.
Eugene Van Norstrand Roundtree, Oct. 8, 2006
Gene Roundtree intended to turn his interest in chemistry into a medical degree, but he got sidetracked into his parents’ new business and never left. His mother and stepfather founded All-Stainless Inc., which manufactures stainless steel components for industries ranging from nuclear power to automotive to textile. In fact, the camera that took the first photos of Mars was held together with screws manufactured by his company. The business is headquartered in Hingham, Mass., the town his great-grandfather moved to after slaves were freed in the 1860s, and where he became chef to the governor of Massachusetts. Gene was very proud that five of his seven children worked with him over the years. He was a member of numerous boards of directors for local agencies and financial institutions, including serving on the executive committee of the National Minority Purchasing Council and attending the White House Conference on Small Business, hosted by President Carter. He is survived by his wife, Camilla; their children, Eugene M., Christopher, Nicholas, Philip, Nancy, Steven, and Anne Marie; and 13 grandchildren.
Walter Swanson Reuling, March 10, 2007
“Comfort, convenience, and coast” — that was Walt Reuling’s mantra during retirement. It was a retirement well earned after a long career in education, including positions as a high school teacher and a dean and president of several colleges. At Bates, he was an unsuccessful Mayoralty candidate during his junior year. But he was part of a so-called spectacular during the campaign: Classmate Tom Halliday drove his 1936 Ford sedan through a wall of flames on Bardwell Street. His first job after graduating with a degree in psychology, though, was with the Army, which he likened to Cultch: “not particularly pleasant at the time but immensely important in framing my personal and professional life.” After a brief stint in the industrial world, he became a history teacher in Brattleboro, Vt. He also coached tennis and cross country, and was the teaching pro at the local tennis club. He earned a master’s and a doctorate in education from the Univ. of Massachusetts and in 1970 became a professor at Castleton (Vt.) State College. He soon became involved in administration, and 10 years later left the college as dean of graduate studies. From there, he moved his family to Missouri to become the vice president for academic affairs at Culver-Stockton College. He became the college’s president in 1989. Three years later, he became the first provost at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. He was appointed president of the college in 1997. He and his wife, Marjorie Terani Reuling ’57, retired to Vermont in 1998. He had stick-built their first home there years earlier, but this time they opted to restore an 1840 Greek revival house. Along with his wife, his survivors include his three daughters, Allison Reuling, Leslie Thayer, and Jennifer Homer, and their families, including four grandchildren.
Robert Emmett Atwater, March 17, 2007
Robert “Em” Atwater knew the value of a solid work relationship. As two-year captain of the Bates baseball team, he and Spence Hall ’55 were considered one of the top keystone combinations in Maine. In his business career, the economics major worked in sales with the Behr Manning Division of Norton Co., a coated and bonded abrasives business, with Standard Paper Co., and with Volkswagen. He also served as a head counselor at the Gavin House in South Boston, a residential program helping men with substance abuse issues begin their recovery. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959 in Hawaii and Japan. From the Boston area, he moved to Vernon, Conn., in 1996. He married Sylvia Hanson Atwater ’55 in 1961; they divorced in 1975. Survivors include daughter Tracy Gray of Vernon, Conn., and sons Scott G. Atwater of Madison, Conn., and Stephen C. Atwater of Kew Gardens, N.Y.; three grandchildren; two sisters; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles Atwater.
Therese Estelle Frenette, Aug. 27, 2006
After receiving a degree in French from the College, Therese went on to earn an M.L.S. from the Pratt Institute in 1963. She worked as a librarian for the next seven years, and then joined the staff of Consumer Reports as a market analyst and information scientist. She also served as chair of the special libraries section of the Westchester Library Assn. In the 1970s, she studied for the ministry in the Spiritualist Church. Her interest in psychic phenomena led to her activism with Discovery, a fellowship in spiritual exploration, an organization she served as president. She remained in New York for 40 years, returning eight years ago to Lewiston, where she had grown up. She is survived by a brother, Conrad, and a sister, Sally Dumont; and many nieces and nephews.
Merton Arcadus Pearson, Jan. 3, 2007
Midway through his military career, Arcadus Pearson won the Bronze Medal for meritorious service in the U.S. Navy. During the Vietnam War, he served in combat for nearly a year and then oversaw the care of 80 ships, including supply, safety, and staffing issues. He served in Turkey and Japan as well as Vietnam. His wife, Beverly, was also a Navy officer. He retired with the rank of commander in 1983 and then started a second career as the registrar at Paul Smith’s College in New York’s Adirondack Park, a position he held until 2001. He and Beverly then retired to Topsham. Along with his wife, he is survived by their two daughters, Abby Jane and Lesley Anne Warren.
Wayne Stanley Crooker, Aug. 3, 2006
In 1984, Wayne Crooker “returned to his roots” on Cape Cod by building a house on land his family had owned for over 300 years. By then, he had left his radio career far behind and was very successful in automobile sales. He broadcast on stations from Maine to North Carolina using the name Stan Wayne, a moniker he liked so much he continued to use it as an online persona for the rest of his life. He was a music aficionado, and regularly contributed online reviews of musicians, especially pianists. His taste was broad enough to include classical musicians as well as the Dixie Chicks. A Boston native, he considered Maine his home and retired there. His wife of 51 years, Lucy, survives him, as do their son, Wayne S., a granddaughter, and a great-grandson.
Lydia Davies Talcott, Dec. 24, 2006
Lydia Davies Talcott was a dedicated quilter. She worked for many years in the textile industry, which contributed to her skill not only in quilting but also in hand stitching and beadwork. She also was a talented piano player and gardener. She also worked for the Mental Health Assn. of Connecticut. Her husband, who survives her, is W. David Talcott ’57. Other survivors include her children, Ellen Polak, John Talcott, and Anne Talcott; and three grandchildren.
Frederick Charles Graham, Dec. 22, 2006
Fritz Graham went on to earn a master’s and a doctorate in German from the Univ. of Cincinnati, finishing his degree in 1968. He was a professor at Colgate for five years, and then joined the faculty of Slippery Rock Univ. in Pennsylvania, where he served as chair of the foreign language department and later as chair of the communications department. At the time of his death, he was living in Southport, N.C.
Thomas Stephen Wyatt, Nov. 13, 2006
The day after he graduated with a B.A. in psychology, Tom Wyatt started teaching science at Montello Junior High School in Lewiston. Three years later, he found himself in Frankfurt, Germany, teaching math at the Frankfurt International School. Three years after that, he was back in Maine, teaching and coaching in Auburn. Returning to Germany two years later, he was soon appointed assistant principal of the middle school there. His future wife, Jayne, was also a teacher there, and a year after their marriage, they moved to Copenhagen to teach at the Copenhagen International School. Their time there was cut short by a family emergency in New Jersey, but they had experienced enough of life in a social democracy that the transition back to public schools in the U.S. dismayed them. In 1981, Tom quit teaching and became a computer programmer, first with New York Life Insurance Co. and then with Computer Assoc. International before moving to Continental Airlines seven years ago. An avid opera fan, he enjoyed watching his older son perform walk-on parts with the Metropolitan Opera when he was a boy. Among his survivors are his two sons, Jason and Jordan, and his sister, Deborah Wyatt.
Lawrence Francis Delmore, Jan. 31, 2007
Larry Delmore always wanted to do better, whether it was polishing his golf game or parenting his children, perfecting a story (written or oral) or resolving disputes as part of his work. He also challenged the College to do better in preparing its students for later success, whether personal or professional. In fact, despite his own successful career, he insisted that teaching and parenting were the most important jobs. After he earned a law degree from Western New England Law School in 1975, Larry devoted 30 years to the international construction industry, specializing in resolving disputes and reducing claims, work that took him to six continents. In some circles, he was known as “Big Dig Larry,” because he served as the lead claims analyst on the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston (the “Big Dig”). He gave a presentation about the project at Reunion 2005. He was also the first executive director of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, an organization dedicated to avoiding and resolving disputes in the construction industry. The goal of the foundation is to anticipate and resolve conflicts as they develop, rather than wait for them to reach settlement stage. Among Larry’s survivors are his wife, Judy; their three children, Jonathan, Carrie ’00, and Katherine; two grandchildren; and his brother, Donald ’64. In Bates affairs, he helped plan Reunions and was an Alumni-in-Admissions volunteer.
Leslie Mason Langley, Dec. 8, 2006
It took three tries but Leslie Mason Langley finally made it to the top of Mount Sherman in Colorado, a 14,000-foot peak, in 2005, following a remission from breast cancer a few years earlier. This sort of determination was typical of Leslie, friends and family say. She and her husband, David, spent their honeymoon cycling across the United States. Leslie graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin with a degree in history after two years at Bates. She went on to earn a master’s degree in education at the Univ. of Southern Maine, and was near earning another in New England studies from the same college at the time of her death. Her career was in teaching. She was the director of the gifted and talented program in the Windham (Maine) public schools for many years, and also taught language arts and social studies in the middle school. She had taught previously in Freeport and Minot. Leslie, David, and their son, Nicholas, enjoyed cycling and hiking together throughout the U.S. and Canada. Together, through a nonprofit agency, they sponsored a boy in Colombia, with whom they developed a close bond. Her mother is Edith White Mason ’54. Other survivors include her father, Clint Mason; her brother, David, and his family; her sister-in-law, Cindy Langley-Wilbur, and her family; and her close friend and walking partner, Holly Chandler.
Ronald James Hemenway, Aug. 26, 2006
Following several years at Millipore as a financial analyst, Ron Hemenway went into business for himself as a lecturer and business/tax consultant. He was passionately connected to his hometown of Bedford, Mass., where he ran for office several times. A double major in economics and political science, he also was active in both varsity and intramural sports, including pitching for the baseball team. He took part in the contemporary politics forum and the legal studies club, serving as president of the latter during his senior year. He also received an M.B.A. from Western New England College in 1982. Among his survivors are his mother, Kathryn, his brother, Richard, and his sister, Kathy Smith.