Clara Stetson Howard, March 16, 2008
Clara Stetson Howard came to Bates from Dixfield and returned there after leaving the College. In 1932, she married Raymond D. Howard, and together they operated Howard’s Drygoods in Dixfield for nearly 40 years. She served as treasurer of the Dixfield Congregational Church and was active in the Eastern Star. Her husband died in 1993. Among her survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Lucy and Clark Callender; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Charlotte Cutts Wise, Aug. 29, 2007
When her IBM Selectric wore out in 2000, Charlotte Cutts Wise bravely plunged into the world of computers, where, as she put it, she “bumbled around.” Graduating cum laude in English, she earned a bachelor of science degree in secretarial studies from Simmons in 1934 and worked as a secretary at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and then for Kelly Services. Raised in Lewiston, she was the daughter of Oliver Frost Cutts, Class of 1896, a football star who returned to Bates in 1922 to coach football after successful stints at Purdue and the Univ. of Washington. He also served as director of physical education. Her Bates family also includes her sister, Jeannette Cutts ’30, and her daughter, Eugenia Wise Hathaway ’63. As an alumna, she served as class secretary and class agent. She was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church and an avid tennis, golf, and bridge player. Her husband, Robert E. Wise, predeceased her. Along with her sister and daughter, other survivors include another daughter, Barbara Wise Lynch; her son, John O. Wise; and their families, including seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Robert Fitterman, May 22, 2008
“Bob’s name should have been ‘The Developer,’” said Peter Wells in his eulogy to Robert Fitterman, his mentor. “He developed national leaders, local volunteers, and new programs and services.” The greatest portion of Bob Fitterman’s career was spent in Dayton, Ohio, where he was the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Dayton for 30 years. He started work there just after World War II ended and just before Israel’s War of Independence broke out, and a large portion of his work involved fundraising to help the fledgling country. During his tenure, the agency grew from a few dozen employees to several hundred and developed an 84-acre Jewish Community Complex. He was a founding member and president of the Assn. of Jewish Community Organization Professionals. At Bates, he won the Freshman Prize for Speaking and was a member of the winning debate team during his sophomore year. He also ran track and was active in the Outing Club. Besides his cum laude bachelor’s in history and government from the College (and Phi Beta Kappa key), he held a master’s in social work from the Graduate School for Jewish Social Work in New York, where he began his career. Following retirement from the Jewish Federation of Dayton, he received the Rosichan Retiree of the Year award from AJCOP. After moving to Florida, he served briefly as the interim executive director of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach. He served as a Bates career adviser for many years and served on Reunion committees. Survivors include his wife, Mollie Weintraub Fitterman; children Mark Fitterman and Susan Witte; and their families, including four grandchildren. Another grandchild predeceased him.
Doris Ware McAllister, April 25, 2008
“Lucky pupils she’ll have!” concluded the 1934 Mirror about Dot McAllister. An English major, she devoted her life to teaching, first in West Leeds and then in Augusta, at Cony High School, from which she graduated as salutatorian. There, she taught English and was the head of the department. In 1967, she received a master’s in education from UMaine–Orono. She was also proficient in French and was elected to membership in Phi Sigma Iota, an international society recognizing work in a foreign language, as a junior, the first year of eligibility. She was active in many professional organizations in Maine and New England. She was a past president of both the Augusta Teachers Assn. and the Gamma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society of women educators, where she also served as co-editor of its publication, Mainspring. She was a past recording secretary of the Augusta College Club as well as a trustee and secretary of the board of trustees at the Lithgow Library Assn. in Augusta. She also was active in the Zonta Club, the Augusta Nature Club, the Maine Archaeological Society, the Eastern Star, the American Assn. of University Women, and a number of other organizations. She was a member of the College Key. Among her survivors are nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mary Elizabeth York, April 15, 2008
Although her travels, both professional and personal, took her across the country and around the world, Mary York always considered the house where she was born on Main Street in Wilton to be home. She lived there her entire life. She came to Bates as valedictorian of her class at Wilton Academy and left with a degree in English, a Bates sweater, and fluency in three languages. She played hockey, basketball, volleyball, and soccer, and was active in student government and the W.A.A. She taught English, Latin, and French at several high schools in Maine, including Flagstaff, Weld, and Jay high schools, and at Wilton Academy. Her field hockey teams at Wilton Academy were consistent winners, despite playing larger schools. To further her education, she studied at USC, Indiana Univ., Auburn Univ., and UMaine–Orono, where she received a master’s in education in 1962. She was a delegate to national conventions of teachers and was a member of the Maine Teachers Assn., the National Teachers Assn., and the American Assn. of University Women. She was active in both the Weld Historical Society and the Wilton Historical Society. A member of the Wilton Congregational Church, she taught Sunday school for many years. She also served as secretary of the local chapter of the Eastern Star for nearly half a century and was secretary of the Franklin County Bates Club in the 1950s. Her survivors include her sister, Ruth E. York, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Marjorie Coggeshall Bates, May 24, 2008
Marjorie Coggeshall Bates attended the College for only one year, but that was long enough to meet the man who would be her husband for more than 70 years, Kenneth L. Bates ’35. He survives her, as does her niece, Karen Brown Johnson ’65. Her late sister-in-law was Antoinette Bates Brown ’36.
Miriam Diggery Trafton, March 9, 2008
Mim Diggery Trafton was the third of four sisters to attend Bates, but she wasn’t convinced it was the right choice for her. She wanted to go to art school, but agreed to attend the College for two years and then reassess. At the end of her second year, she knew Bates was the place for her and she went on to earn an A.B. in history and government. She wrote on a Reunion survey that the most important thing she got from her years at Bates was lasting friendships — and indeed she was part of a group of seven classmates that got together yearly. In 1939, she married Harold Trafton, who survives her. They returned to her hometown of Sanford, where she worked as a bookkeeper and secretary in her family’s dry goods store. She was a member of Sanford First Baptist Church, the Searchlight Club, the Sanford Golf Club, and the Bauneg Beg Ski Club. She was also an artist, working in oil and watercolors. Her sisters, Gertrude Diggery Herrick ’36, Dorothy Diggery Higgins ’33, and Velma Diggery Baston ’38, predeceased her. Gertrude’s husband was Horace P. Herrick ’28, and Dorothy’s husband was Laurence F. Higgins ’33. Along with her husband, she is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Dorothy Preston Brouillard, May 26, 2008
Both Dot Preston Brouillard and her husband, Robert Brouillard ’38, said that the best thing about attending Bates was that they met each other. She graduated with a degree in mathematics and taught for three years at St. Joseph’s College before joining Liberty Mutual’s actuarial staff. Following her marriage, she turned her attention to raising their four children. She also volunteered at hospitals wherever Bob’s career in chemistry took them. Through his association with the International Executive Service Corps, they traveled to a number of countries for six- or eight-week residencies. She enjoyed golf, bridge, and dancing. Bob passed away several years ago. Among her survivors are their four children, Robert, Anne, William, and John; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Carolyn Ford Robinson, April 14, 2008
When Carol Ford Robinson retired, she hung up her teacher’s hat for a red one and enjoyed membership in the Red Hat Society, where she nurtured her love of bridge. She also traveled through North America and Europe. A French major, she taught high school in southern Maine for many years. A lifelong resident of Kittery and Eliot, she enjoyed exploring the shorelines of Fort Foster and Kittery Point. In 1948, she married Francis W. Robinson; he and their daughter, Catherine, predeceased her. Her sister is Ann Ford Peaslee ’41. Other survivors include her sister-in-law, Dorothy Ford, and several nieces and nephews.
Constance Goodwin MacPherson, May 11, 2008
Connie Goodwin MacPherson, known as “Mrs. Mac” to her students, taught at Monson Academy and then at Foxcroft Academy until her retirement in 1977. On her last day of teaching, she vowed to be far away when the school bell next rang in September. But even then, she couldn’t leave teaching behind. She served as a director on the board of SAD 68, as a member of the Foxcroft Academy board of trustees, and as president and treasurer of the Piscataquis Retired Teachers Assn. She received the Tillson D. Thomas Award for outstanding former faculty member from Foxcroft Academy in 2007. A member of the College Key and a charter member of Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, she served as Alpha Psi Maine state president of Delta Kappa Gamma. During her years of teaching, she also directed plays, organized the drama club, the winter carnival, and the prom, and was adviser of the yearbook. Her high school class of 1977 dedicated its yearbook to her. In addition, she was active in her community, serving on the Monson Revitalization Committee and the Monson Free Public Library Board of Trustees. She chaired the school building committee in Monson and served as the first moderator at the Monson United Church of Christ. Her husband, Donald, predeceased her, as did her sister, Helen Goodwin Brown ’29. Her daughter is Dawn MacPherson-Allen ’69. Other survivors include two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Robert Inslee Hulsizer Jr., April 30, 2008
The science of black holes isn’t usual dinner party conversation, unless Bob Hulsizer was at the table. His dining companions asked him questions about physics and science, which he would answer in a way that made complex subjects understandable. He was famous for strapping fire extinguishers to an adult-sized tricycle, pulling the pins, and rocketing across the stage in his classroom at MIT. In a letter to this magazine, he credited his enthusiasm for his field and his ability to communicate it to others to his professors at the College. From them, he said, he also found enthusiasm for other fields of knowledge. Along with his B.S. in math from the College, he held a master’s in physics from Wesleyan and a doctorate in physics from MIT. A gifted teacher, he was also a gifted researcher. During World War II, he helped develop radar in the MIT labs, especially on radar-guided bombsights that pilots could use to “see” through cloud cover. He also researched cosmic rays and was one of a group of scientists at the Univ. of Illinois who first thought about a radar air defense system using the early digital computers. After 15 years at the Univ. of Illinois, he returned to MIT to teach physics and continue his research in applying computer technology to military systems. He also developed ways to use computers in teaching science in general and physics in particular. Enormously popular with students, who referred to him as “Mr. Bob,” he and his second wife, Carol, were headmasters of a graduate residence, where they hosted a weekly social that became so popular that the room in which they were held was named in their honor. One of his students called his classes “an oasis” among others that “ground you down.” As director of the Education Research Center, he developed new ways to teach science and to integrate science, the humanities, and social science. In the 1960s, he helped revamp the curriculum used to teach high school physics, and received the Excellence in Physics Education award from the American Physical Society. A few years later, he co-authored a high school textbook, The World of Physics. He was an avid sailor and spent as much time as he could at his house on Martha’s Vineyard, where he served as chair of the zoning board of appeals in Chilmark and tutored high school students. His first wife, Bernice (Bunny) Lord Hulsizer ’40, from whom he was divorced in 1965, predeceased him. His second wife, Carol Kasen Hulsizer, survives him, as do children Stephen Hulsizer ’65, Ann Wymore, Morgan Jenkins, and Cynthia Hulsizer, and their families; his stepchildren, Elizabeth Ascher, Ellen Ascher, and Steven Ascher, and their children; and seven grandchildren.
Adeline Kuslansky Shulman, April 8, 2008
With a degree in sociology and economics, Adeline Kuslansky spent the war years working for the U.S. Quartermaster Corps as an economist. In 1948, she married Morris Shulman. She taught in the San Diego schools and later they returned to her native state where she taught in the Lewiston schools. For several years before her retirement in 1974, she worked as a social worker for Family Services in Lewiston. She enjoyed living close to campus and took advantage of the offerings at the Olin Arts Center. She also took classes at USC and the Univ. of Arizona while visiting her sisters who lived nearby, and at UMaine–Farmington. Her husband died in 1983. Among her survivors are her son, Saul Shulman, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Malcolm Pratt Holmes, May 1, 2008
Mal Holmes had three wishes for his latter years: to stay in his own home, to leave his children some money, and to leave 53 years of house “stuff”
for them to clean up. His daughter, Julia Holmes Reuter ’74, reports that he got all three. His degree from the College was in economics, and he was an accomplished athlete in tennis, pole vaulting, track, and cross country. Following graduation, he entered the Navy and trained as a dive bomber. He flew 2,000 hours and made 50 aircraft carrier landings, mostly along the Alaskan coast. Following the war, he was a salesman for several companies and earned a master’s in education from Westfield (Mass.) State College in 1964. That paved the way for him to become a teacher in the Longmeadow, Mass., schools, where he taught sixth grade. During the summer, he taught children how to swim and play tennis; he “could beat you at anything — and not make you mad,” says his daughter. He was active in the local Christian Science church, serving as a reader and treasurer. His wife, Muriel Entress Holmes ’44, predeceased him. Along with his daughter, he is survived by his son, Raymond Holmes, and four grandchildren, including John Reuter ’08, whose father is James Reuter ’75.
Carl Eric Lindell, June 7, 2008
Eric Lindell was tough enough to deal with the Black Panthers in 1969 when they shut down part of New Bedford, Mass. (the only person in town willing to do so), but gentle enough to read to young children six hours a week for 13 years. The peaceful resolution of the situation with the Black Panthers led to the formation of Housing for New Bedford, which rebuilt that part of town. The hours he spent reading to children gave them what he considered the most important gift — the gift of literacy. In the 1950s, he foresaw the need for community mental health services and helped develop them in New Bedford. Despite a successful career with Fairhaven Corp. of New Bedford (he rose through the ranks to its vice presidency), he retired early so he could work full time in many volunteer positions. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, and served on the boards of the United Way of Greater New Bedford, Junior Achievement, and the Whaling Museum. He served as chaplain for the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford and as its president twice. In 1986, he was inducted into the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. The Southcoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education, and Service awarded him its community service award five times, and renamed the award after him. In 2007, he received the Alumni Community Service Award at Reunion. His son, Craig Lindell ’68, called him “the brightest light I have ever known,” and recalled once standing in his father’s office as he instructed his secretary to write out first a rent check and then another for groceries to help a woman and her two children who had been abandoned by her husband. When his father left the room, he remarked to the secretary, “It’s amazing what my father does.” She replied, “Young man, you have no idea what your father does.” His late wife was Lillian Shaw Lindell ’38. Along with his son, Craig, and his wife, Melanie Kocima Lindell ’71, survivors include another son, Carl, and four grandchildren.
Alfred Winslow Morse, April 19, 2008
During World War II, the Army sent Al Morse to Hawaii to work as a plainclothes intelligence officer monitoring Japanese-Hawaiians and other suspected subversives. After the war ended, he was sent to Japan for seven weeks. His wartime experiences formed his interest in human rights, and he soon joined Quaker groups opposing atomic weapons, eventually traveling to Moscow to promote the Conference on Disarmament. Fluent in six languages, he courted his future wife, whom he met in a French class at Middlebury, in French. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in French from the College, and he held a master’s in Romance languages from Brown. He also earned a master’s in library science from the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1950 and worked at the Library of Congress for four years. He then joined the staff at the Free Library of Philadelphia, but left to catalog the library of Pierre S. DuPont at Longwood Gardens. In 1957, he took a job in the library at Temple Univ., where he remained until his retirement in 1981. He and his wife, Dorothea Cloud Morse, traveled throughout the world advocating for peace. A member of the Hockessin (Del.) Friends Meeting, he served on many committees there and for other Quaker groups. He was a near-fanatical swimmer and swam until five months before his death. Besides his wife, survivors include sons Steven, David, and Robert, and four grandchildren.
Francena Pearson Stafford, Nov. 4, 2007
Francena Pearson Stafford added a master’s from the Univ. of Iowa to her bachelor’s in psychology from the College to form her career as a psychologist in schools in New York state. Following retirement in 1995, she worked as a literacy volunteer. She was a member of the American Assn. of University Women, the American Speech Assn., the American Psychological Assn., and the Psychology Club of Rochester, N.Y. In 1950, she married C. Friend Stafford. He predeceased her, as did their daughter, Carolyn. Her brother was Herman Pearson ’28, and her uncle, Frank Plummer Pearson, was in the Class of 1898. Her survivors include her son, Carl; his family, including three grandchildren; and 34 nieces and nephews.
William North Davis Jr., Feb. 26, 2008
Following U.S. Army service in World War II,
William Davis worked as a claims adjuster. With a major in government, he became involved in many areas in his hometown of Southborough, Mass. He was a charter member and past president of the Southborough Historical Society and a volunteer with Little League, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. His Bates family spans three generations: his son is William N. Davis III ’66 and his surviving brothers are Walter M. Davis ’44 and John A. Davis ’40; Kathleen Leonard ’97 is his grand-niece, and Ellen Landry-Rooney ’85 is a cousin. Other survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jeanne Offutt Davis; four other children, Edward Davis, Laura Gould, William Davis, and Margaret Hart; and their families, including seven grandchildren. Another brother was Charles H. Davis ’44, and his sister was Delia N. Davis ’36.
June Good Soule, May 5, 2008
June Good Soule loved sports, especially watching her children and grandchildren compete. In fact, the Portland Press Herald named her Sports Mother of the Year in 1972. Her dedication paid off: In 2004, all four of her sons and her husband, William H. Soule, were inducted into the Bowdoin Athletic Hall of Honor. Away from the playing field, she was active in the Portland Junior League, the Ladies of St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, and, after moving to the Soule farm on Montsweag Bay, in the Woolwich Historical Society. Her husband received a master’s degree from the College in 1941. Married in the Bates Chapel in 1940, they enjoyed 67 years of marriage until his death in 2007. One son, Philip, died in 2006. Among her survivors are sons Paul Soule, Morton Soule, and James Soule; and their families, including 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, among whom are Lindsay Soule ’11 and Adam Soule ’05, children of Jim Soule and Lydia Brown Soule ’77.
Joseph Rollins Houston, March 7, 2008
J.R. Houston liked nothing better than fishing for Atlantic salmon on the Penobscot River. He had a camp in Oxbow and fished either there or at the camp his brother, John J. Houston ’49, owned in Argyle. He also liked to hunt and trap and was an excellent swimmer. Following tours of duty with the Army Air Corps in England and France during World War II, he earned a master’s in geology from UMass and worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska and Colorado. From 1960 to 1990, he worked for the state of Maine as a chemist (his degree from Bates was in chemistry). He was a member of the Veazie Salmon Club, the Penobscot Salmon Club, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation as well as the Maine Trappers Assn. and the National Rifle Assn. Among his survivors are his brother, Harry R. Houston ’52, and sister-in-law, Bette Grierson Houston ’53; five nephews, one of whom is David R. Houston ’70; and two nieces. His father was Howard R. Houston ’13. His late brother’s wife was Marjorie Tournier Houston ’47. His sister was Priscilla Houston Menke ’39.
Doris Borgerson Glidden, June 5, 2006
A history and government major, Doris Borgerson Glidden did work at UMaine–Orono toward a graduate degree. She taught at Lincoln Academy for two years before resigning to focus on raising her sons. In 1960, she returned to teaching at Wiscasset High School, where she was also head of the English department. During her tenure, she took a yearlong sabbatical to travel to Norway and study teaching methods there. Active in the Second Congregational Church of Newcastle, she served for many years as its historian and on its board of deacons. She also took a three-year leave of absence from teaching to serve as state president of the women’s fellowship of the Congregational Christian Conference in Maine. Her husband, Bentley L. Glidden, predeceased her, as did her son, Robert. Among her survivors are her other son, David; her brother, Donald Bergeron; and several nieces and nephews.
Malcolm Leslie Jewell, April 15, 2008
Mal Jewell lived for most of his adult life at the place he loved most in the world — a farmhouse his great-grandfather built in Bowdoinham in the 1840s. The 110-acre farm, named Keewayden by his mother, was where he and his wife, Lucille Leonard (“Len”) Jewell ’42, lived for 62 years. It is now under the stewardship of the Maine Farmland Trust, which will preserve it as a farm while allowing his children to construct homes there. Besides running the farm, building it from a small dairy farm into a beef cattle farm, he was a chemist. His magna cum laude degree from the College was in chemistry, and, after serving stateside in the Navy during World War II, he parlayed it into a career. He became a research chemist at Bates Manufacturing in Lewiston, where he developed what he called “disciplined fabric,” the first wash-and-wear cotton. In 1957, he joined S.D. Warren in Westbrook, where he helped develop high-quality paper. He was also deeply involved in town affairs. He served on the Bowdoinham School Board and was part of a unique fundraising effort to finance the construction of Bowdoinham Community School in the 1950s. His knack for investing and his deep commitment to education led him to serve on the Brunswick Area Student Aid Scholarship Committee. He was also a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick and active in the local Masons chapter. He taught himself computer programming and was learning more about computers until his death; in fact, just a few days earlier, he had 23 windows open on his PC. The third of five generations of his family to attend Bates, his connection to the College spans all but 18 years of its history. His grandfather was Leslie Clifton Jewell, Class of 1873, and his father was John P. Jewell, Class of 1909. The tradition continued with his daughter, Nina Jewell Mendall ’65, and granddaughter, Carrie Jewell ’97. Nina’s husband is Peter Mendall ’66, whose parents are Ruth Clough Mendall ’37 and the late George Mendall ’35. His sister-in-law is Nina Leonard Sloan ’44. His sister, Elizabeth (Lee) Jewell Ballard, was a member of the Class of 1945. Other survivors include another daughter, Katherine Fiori, and a son, Stephen Jewell; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Two children, Jeffrey Jewell and Jeremy Jewell, died in childhood.
Muriel Swicker Haggerty, May 8, 2008
The year 1942 was eventful for Muriel Swicker Haggerty. Not only did she graduate with a degree in biology and membership in Phi Beta Kappa, she also married Jasper C. Haggerty ’42 after a four-day engagement, only to see him shipped overseas for three years. While he served in the Pacific, she worked as a metallurgist at Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut. Following his return, they purchased a farm in Harrison, where she lived until 1998. When her children reached their teenage years, she returned to work as a secretary at Bridgton Knitting Mills, becoming a quality control technician. She retired in 1983. She served as chair of the school board in Harrison and as secretary of the Salvation Army drive. She was a life member of Eastern Star and of the Calvary Community Church, where she played handbells. She was the bookkeeper for the family’s farm as well as treasurer of her church. An avid swimmer, she continued to vacation at the family’s camp on Island Pond even after she moved to a retirement community and had her hips replaced. She also enjoyed bridge and gardening. Her husband and her parents, Victor and Marjorie Bradbury Swicker, both members of the Class of 1916, predeceased her. Her cousin is Elinor M. Schulte ’48. Other survivors include her three sons, Albert Haggerty, Bruce Haggerty, and Charles Haggerty; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Barbara Wood White, March 25, 2008
Barbara Wood White was an accomplished equestrian, riding both English and Western styles, and owned and cared for horses her entire life. A double major in German and Spanish, she taught at the State School for Girls in Hallowell before her marriage to Merlin White in 1949. Together they raised two sons, after which she joined the staff at the Kingfield Post Office, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the Kingtown Literary Club, a trustee of the Kingfield Webster Library, and secretary and treasurer of the Kingfield Evening Extension. Her survivors include her husband and their sons, Alan White and Kevin White; one grandchild; and a cousin, Stella C. Gray ’41. Three uncles and two aunts, all deceased, also attended the College: Harold B. Clifford ’16, Gladys Mower Clifford ’16, Earle A. Clifford ’22, Everett W. Wood ’27, and Eleanor A. Wood ’29.
Frances Patricia Donovan Ward, March 21, 2008
Patricia Donovan Ward and her late husband, Joseph Ward, were both native Mainers, but they lived in Texas for most of their adult lives. A history and government major, she was a dedicated educator. Among her survivors are her children, Joseph E. Ward Jr., Ann Ward, Mary Ward, Frances Ward, and William Ward; and their families, including four grandchildren.
Joyce Lord Parkin, Feb. 11, 2008
Joyce Lord Parkin taught high school in Brownville before moving to Presque Isle, where she was a service representative for what was then called New England Telephone & Telegraph. Following her marriage to her second husband, Frank E. Parkin, she moved to the Boston area, where she worked for The Wall Street Journal and raised her two children, Amy Parkin and Jeffrey Parkin. They survive her. Her father was George E. Lord, Class of 1916.
Joyce Yoffa Rudolph Jacobson, July 14, 2008
Twenty-four years separated Joyce Yoffa Rudolph Jacobson’s arrival at Bates and her graduation: She received her bachelor of arts in sociology in 1970. Those years were filled by supporting her husband, Robert P. Rudolph ’46, while he built his Boston-based business, Rudolph & Co., into the largest electrical manufacturers’ representative in New England, and by raising their three children. Her husband died in 1985, and in 1992 she married Murray Jacobson, from whom she was divorced before her death. She was active in many organizations in the Beverly, Mass., area, including serving as president of the sisterhood at Temple B’nai Abraham, as secretary of the Beverly Improvement Society, as chair for the local Red Cross, and as an active participant in all Beverly communal fund drives. She was a member of the College Key. She is survived by daughter Ronda Rudolph Balk ’69 and her husband Louis Balk ’69, daughter Andra Rudolph, and son James Rudolph; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her late sister was Gloria Yoffa Portnoy ’54.
Leonard Harvey Lerner, Dec. 20, 2006
Leonard Lerner received an M.D. degree from Marquette in 1948. Certified as an ophthalmologist in 1954, he returned to his native Michigan, where he was a clinical professor at Wayne State Univ. and formed an ophthalmology practice. He performed surgery for many years and was especially interested in diabetic eye disease and the treatment of glaucoma. His survivors include his wife, Lorraine; his children, Adina Lerner, Rachel Rosenberg, and Joshua Lerner; and three grandchildren.
Herman Francis Anthony Krackenberger, March 17, 2008
Bud Krackenberger’s interest in chemistry never left him. His Bates degree was in chemistry, as was his master’s from North Carolina State. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for more than 50 years. He worked for Thiokol Co. for many years as it transformed itself from a company that made polymer sealants into one concerned with rocket and missile propulsion systems. Survivors include his wife, Norma; children Jeanne Milholland, Michael Krackenberger, Marjorie Krackenberger, and Patrick Krackenberger; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Marion Louise Millett, May 30, 2008
Marion Millett attended the College for one year before transferring to Madawaska Training School. She taught at the Brighton Hill School in Hebron before marrying Leland Millett. An area correspondent for the Lewiston Daily Sun, she was a blue ribbon winner at the Fryeburg Fair and the Oxford County Fair for her ceramics. She was active in the Norway Universalist Unitarian Church and cooked for the Norway Community Lunch program. Among her survivors are her husband; children Rhonda Millett, Deborah Lockie, and Paul Millett; and three grandchildren.
Laura Carolyn Toomey, July 26, 2008
“Toomey” earned a degree in mathematics (cum laude), but had a long, successful career as a psychologist. She held a master’s and a doctorate from the Univ. of Connecticut. A lifelong resident of Bolton, Conn., she was elected as justice of the peace for 40 years and was nominated to the Wall of Fame at Bolton High School for her significant achievements in her field and to the town. Among those were serving as the director of clinical internship training for nearly 20 years at Connecticut Valley Hospital, where she oversaw the training of 120 psychologists and where she continued to volunteer well into retirement. She was instrumental in improving mental health services both locally and nationally, through her work with the American Psychological Assn. and the Connecticut Psychological Assn., from which she received its award for distinguished psychological contribution in the public interest. In the APA, she helped found a section devoted to the particular concerns of women’s mental health and served on the Council of Representatives and the committee on accreditation, among many other offices. She was a strong, vocal supporter of the College and carried on animated conversations with its administrative staff, both at Reunion and via letter. She was especially persistent in arguing, always in the spirit of a loyal alumna, that the College was founded in 1864, not 1855. A member of the College Key, she volunteered as a career adviser as well as serving as a class officer and on Reunion committees. A hot air balloon enthusiast, she was certified as a crew chief by the Balloon Federation of America and often crewed for her brother-in-law. Among her survivors are her brothers, David C. Toomey and Paul Toomey; her sister, Edith Clark; and their families, including her nephew, Steven P. Toomey ’08. She is also survived by her goddaughter, LK Gagnon ’88, and LK’s mother, Barbara Gagnon ’50.
Jane Kendall Mollman, July 9, 2008
Jane Kendall Mollman grew up on the Bates campus: Her father, Raymond Kendall ’19, was a professor of education and psychology, and her mother, Edith Chase Kendall (herself a daughter of Herbert Chase, Class of 1891), was legendary as a supervisor of student workers in Commons. Jane’s degree — awarded along with membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the Bates Key, now the College Key — was in English. She won the Dinsmore Prize, given for excellence in poetry or prose, as a sophomore, and was the assistant editor of the Garnet for her last two years at the College. Her election to Phi Beta Kappa came during her junior year, one of only two students thus honored. Her interest in writing lasted throughout her life. She was selected as a guest editor by Mademoiselle while still a Bates student and went on to become the editor of the Harvard Medical School alumni magazine and then a freelance editor for a number of New York publishers, eventually specializing in cookbooks, some of which became classics. She also edited a book by Dr. Robert S. Gould ’59. A gourmet cook, she always knew the best restaurant for out-of-town friends to try. In addition to her never-ending delight in words, wordplay, and British crosswords, she was deeply interested in the arts and endowed a fund at the College to support guest lecturers in music. She was active in the Arts Institute of Chicago and served on the board of Chamber Music Chicago. She helped found the library in Millstadt, Ill. Before that, she chaired the elementary school council in Bronxville, N.Y., and started a newsletter that continues today. She also served on the school board there. She retired as an editor when she was forced to wear a cast on her broken arm for eight weeks and discovered a delightful life without deadlines. Among her survivors are her ex-husband, Peter Mollman; her two children, Sarah Underhill and Eric Mollman; and six grandchildren.
Norma Smith Hinds, June 16, 2008
The records show that her degree was in speech, but it was the theater part of that major that really interested Norma Smith Hinds. She had roles in at least four plays while at Bates, having transferred to the College after a year at Westbrook College (now part of the Univ. of New England), and was vice president of the Robinson Players during her junior and senior years. Only five months after graduation, she married Aurelius Stone Hinds II, a Bowdoin man, in the Chapel, with Dean Harry Rowe ’12 presiding. She worked as a secretary at Central Maine General Hospital, as the business manager of Scottsdale Radiologists in Arizona, and as the manager of Valley General Surgeons Ltd. She was a member of the board of trustees of Wilton (Maine) Public Library. In addition to her husband, she is survived by children Hilary Hinds, Paula Hinds, and Aurelius Stone Hines III; and their families, including nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Another great-grandchild predeceased her.
Alan Joseph Rubin, March 2, 2008
Alan Rubin served in Korea as an intelligence officer, for which he received the Commendation Ribbon. When he returned to the States, he joined the staff of the department store Filene’s and made his career in retail as a buyer and store manager until 1987. During that time, he was employed by Harper’s, Casual Corner, and Sibley, Lindsay & Curr, based in Rochester, N.Y. His degree from the College was in government, and he played both tennis and baseball. In 1953, he married classmate Caroline Rothstein; she survives him, as do their children, Amy Pike and Peter Rubin. Other survivors include six grandchildren.
Anne Stewart Titcomb, April 12, 2008
A librarian, Anne Stewart Titcomb received her master’s of library science from the Univ. of Maryland in 1969. At Bates, she was an English major and an assistant in the library as well as the English department. She worked at the public library in Annapolis, Md., before moving with her husband in about 1974 to Connecticut, where she was the school librarian at schools in New Fairfield and Newtown. She returned to Annapolis in 1987 and became the librarian at the Severn School. She was a member of historical and genealogical societies in Maryland, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and was an archivist at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, R.I. Survivors include her husband, Rodney D. Titcomb; their children, Rodney S. Titcomb, Dorn Fisher, and Elizabeth Biesel; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Marilyn Winslow Dean, Feb. 28, 2008
Marilyn Winslow Dean left Bates to attend the Chamberlain School of Retailing in Boston, from which she received an associate’s degree. Her career, however, was in education and library science. She worked in Maine SAD 24 (Mars Hill) before becoming the children’s librarian at Turner Memorial Library in Presque Isle. In 1970, she became the health sciences librarian at the Aroostook Medical Center, also in Presque Isle. She also served on the human rights and ethics committee there. She was a charter member of the Health Sciences Library and Information Cooperative of Maine and served on the board of the Central Aroostook Assn. for Retarded Citizens. In Presque Isle, she chaired the planning board and served on the board of assessment review. She was also very active in her church, Grant Memorial United Methodist Church. Her husband, Perley, passed away in 2007. Her survivors include children Debbie Coito, William Dean ’79 and his wife, Ann Wymore Dean ’79, and John Dean, and their families, including five grandchildren, one of whom is Melissa Coito ’07; and her sister, Dorothy Winslow Drew ’43. Her father was Percy R. Winslow, Class of 1920, and her cousin was Fenwick Merrill Winslow Jr. ’49.
Virginia Fedor Poole, March 5, 2008
Even Steven Spielberg recognized the talents of Jini Fedor Poole: When he filmed Jaws near her home on Martha’s Vineyard, he called on her to find the right local people to play parts in it. Whether it was reading one-on-one with students, inventing puppets and puppet shows, or directing church pageants, Jini threw her entire self into life on the island. “She was the closest thing to an islander that an off-islander can possibly be,” said one friend. She arrived on Martha’s Vineyard after marrying islander Everett Poole (whom she met through her College roommate, Frances Crandell Flanders ’56) a year after graduating with a degree in English. Her strongest interest at the College was in theater, and she played the lead in several productions. On the island, in addition to the puppet shows, she played roles in summer theater, produced and directed children’s plays in schools and libraries, and successfully campaigned for a theater program in the high school. In 1982, she attended Bentley College, planning to study business communication to assist with her husband’s business, but a journalism course there changed things: She fell in love with writing. She joined the staff of the Tisbury Gazette, reporting on matters large and small on the island. Her love of travel took her away from the island, and Fran Flanders often joined her on these trips. On one trip with Fran and another friend, she boarded the plane for home with an empty backpack while her friends’ were stuffed with knitting and reading material for the long flight. Such was her interest in people that Jini was happy observing others and chatting with strangers. Beyond theater and writing for the Gazette, Jini was involved in island groups. She was on the board of directors of Hospice and served as its publicity director. She was a member of the Island Community Chorus, the Want to Know Club, and the Stitch and Bitch Club. Despite being ill with Parkinson’s disease, she continued to sing with the chorus until a month before her death. Her survivors include her husband; children Joan Cottle Poole Nash, Katharine Poole Murray, and Donald Fedor Poole; and their families, including three grandchildren.
Robert Frank Lucas, July 11, 2008
Bob Lucas had such a strong presence in Melrose, Mass., that the mayor ordered the flags flown at half-staff on the day he passed away. He was chair of the board of appeals for 20 years, past solicitor for the city, and a founding trustee of the high school’s permanent scholarship fund. One of his proudest accomplishments, says his daughter, Jennifer Lucas ’96, was being named Melrose Babe Ruth Coach of the Year. “He believed that every person should dedicate their talents to their community,” said his son, David Lucas, in The Boston Globe. This commitment carried over to the College: He was a class agent, chaired a Reunion Gift Committee, served as a class officer and on the Alumni Council, and volunteered as a career adviser. As a student, he was involved with the Robinson Players and sang in several groups. Active in WVBC radio (“Voice of Bates College,” now WRBC), he set out to be a play-by-play sports broadcaster, but a Bates professor steered him into law. With a degree in economics from the College, he earned a J.D. from Boston Univ. School of Law in 1959. Shortly after, he married Regina Abbiati ’59. He enlisted in the Army and clerked in the judge advocate general’s office before settling down in Reggie’s hometown of Melrose. He practiced law for 45 years and was a principal partner in the Wakefield, Mass., firm of Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas. He served the community by the positions he held in the Massachusetts Bar Assn. (vice president), the Middlesex County Bar Assn. (vice president), and the Malden Bar Assn. (president). A 33rd degree Mason, he received the Henry Price medal, the highest honor his local lodge awards. He also held a number of offices at the district level and was on the board of directors of the Scottish Rite Learning Center for Dyslexia in Lexington. Along with his wife, daughter, and son, he is survived by another son, Robert F. Lucas Jr., and their families, including three grandchildren. Jennifer Lucas’ fiancé is Steven Young ’96.
Byron Linwood Haines, May 28, 2008
“I feel fortunate to have been able to make a living doing the thing that I most like to do,” wrote Byron Haines in a class note. After graduating with a degree in philosophy, he served in the Army and then headed to the West Coast, where he earned a master’s and then a Ph.D. in philosophy at the Univ. of Washington. He then took a position at Portland State Univ., where he was a professor for 43 years. During that time, he chaired the department and organized the first Northwest Conference on Philosophy. In retirement, he continued to teach one class a semester until his death. His wife of 40 years, Leslie, passed away in 1999. Among his survivors are a daughter, Malinn L. Haines, a foster daughter, Cecilia Orphan, and a grandchild.
Park Jarauld Pratley, Feb. 1, 2007
Jerry Pratley left Bates to join the Air Force and then went on to a career in computer technology with Radio Shack. In 1980, he married classmate Elizabeth Dunn Hills after the death of her first husband. She survives him, as do children Dale Pratley, Erica Pratley, Susan Hills, James Hills, and Stephen Hills. His father was Edward B. Pratley ’26.
John Eugene Alexander II, March 6, 2008
Gene Alexander left Bates after a year and went on to graduate from Morehouse College. He received an M.D. from Meharry Medical College in 1965 and completed his internship while a captain in the Air Force. Following a residency at the Univ. of Illinois, he returned to his hometown, Charlotte, N.C., to establish a practice, becoming the first African-American orthopedic surgeon there. His 30-year career was marked by his desire to treat underserved patients and his community service. He volunteered as an on-field physician at high school football games and performed physical exams for the Police Athletic League. He was active with the Morehouse College Alumni Assn. and the Charlotte Medical Society. Among his survivors are his wife, Diane Young Alexander; his children, John Eugene Alexander III, Tamara Alexander, and Stacey Alexander; and one grandchild. Another daughter, Teresa Abdum-Muyaymin, predeceased him.
Sara Cahalen Webb, March 14, 2008
While she was a student at Hillhouse High School in
New Haven, Conn., Sally Cahalen Webb listened to
her high school Spanish teacher, Florence Frost ’22, “extol the virtues of Bates for three years.” She was one of three students from that Spanish class to attend Bates (the other two are Steve Hotchkiss ’60 and Sarah Rubin Blanshei ’60). She said that Miss Frost was one of many reasons she was “proud to be a Bates graduate.” Following graduation with a major in English, Sally worked as a secretary at General Life Insurance Co. before raising her two children. In 1987, she became a marketing coordinator at Fellows, Read & Associates, until 2002, when she joined Fox Rothschild LLP as a legal assistant. She worked there until her death. As an alumna, she served as class secretary and on Reunion committees. She was a parishioner at St. David the King Church in Princeton, N.J. Among her survivors are children Susan Ciarrocca and Brendan Webb, and their families, including two grandchildren.
Casimir Joseph Kolaski Jr., May 19, 2008
Casimir Kolaski was the only student who was a member of both Bates teams that together reeled off a record seven straight victories — two in the spring of 1961, five in the fall — on the College Bowl TV quiz show. Teammate Alan Schwarz ’61, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale, said that Kolaski was a good guy who “knew far more about far more things than any freshman could be expected to know.” He completed his bachelor’s degree in three years by transferring to Boston Univ. He joined the Peace Corps immediately after, teaching English in the slums in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica. In 1968, he became the director of the Waterbury (Conn.) Housing Authority, and in 1971 he joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development as an urban revitalization specialist. As manager of the Providence, R.I., field office, he transformed it from an underperforming agency into one of the highest-performing HUD agencies in the country — a transformation so dramatic that in 1988, HUD Secretary Jack Kemp selected him as HUD Manager of the Year, and in 1989, Rhode Island Gov. Edward D. DiPrete declared July 28 to be Casimir J. Kolaski Recognition Day. In 1993, he served as special assistant to the Federal Housing Administration commissioner and was the key liaison to more than 80 HUD field offices. Before his retirement from HUD, he also oversaw the revitalization of more than 2,000 rental units in Boston. Known as a passionate advocate for affordable housing, he was able to bring together owners and renters to solve many problems. In 1998, he started his own company to consult on matters affecting the affordable housing industry, helping create or restore thousands of affordable housing units throughout New England. His survivors include his wife, Linda Kolaski; children Casimir III and Jennifer Kolaski; and their families, including six grandchildren.
Laura Hoyt Mahoney, April 14, 2008
Laura Hoyt Mahoney’s career started when she was 4 years old, stuffing envelopes at Purity Springs Resort in Madison, N.H., which her family owns. It ended some 60 years later with her as matriarch, presiding over evening games and breakfast cookouts. She married John P.S. Mahoney while still a Bates student and graduated a year later with a degree in psychology. She and her husband returned to New Hampshire to help run the resort, which was started in the late 19th century by her grandfather. It includes a ski slope as well as a boys camp and a lakeside family resort, and has won a number of awards, including 2008′s “Best of New England” from New England Travel magazine. Some of her children are now involved in running the resort. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Andrew Mahoney and Kevin Mahoney, and their families, including four grandchildren. Her grandfather was Archibald L. Hayden 1909, her mother was Frances Hayden Hoyt ’35, and her sister was Katherine Hoyt Morong ’76.
Dennis Paul Albert, May 2, 2008
When Dennis Albert became the public works director in Coventry, R.I., in 1984, he prepared for the job by driving around town counting potholes. This gave him an idea of the size of the task ahead and dovetailed nicely with work he had done a few years earlier researching new paving techniques for the Massachusetts Turnpike. Following graduation from Bates with a degree in French, he enlisted in the Army and completed a master’s in civil engineering at Louisiana State Univ. before deploying to Vietnam. There, he received a Bronze Star and an Air Medal as a forward observer and a scout helicopter pilot. Upon his return, he earned a second bachelor’s and second master’s degree, both in architecture, at the Rhode Island School of Design. He also served in the Rhode Island National Guard until 1983. He was instrumental in the restoration of many Rhode Island landmarks, and in 1979 he co-authored Fixing Up: A Bilingual Handbook for Older Homes, in Portuguese and English. He served as chair of the Cranston (R.I.) Historic District Commission and held leadership positions in a number of community organizations. He hosted Bates interns and was active in alumni affairs. His wife is Sharon Overholt Albert ’68 and his sister is Pauline J. Albert ’74. They survive him, as do children Suzanne Copping and David Albert.
Stephen George Sherman, March 22, 2008
After earning a bachelor’s in biology, Steve Sherman received a master’s in environmental and community health from Hunter College in 1974 and later completed work toward a doctoral degree in public health at UNC–Chapel Hill. While in New York, he helped start the East Harlem Experimental and Bilingual Institute and served on the boards of several nonprofits involved with health and housing. In 1983, he joined the North Carolina Department of Public Health as chief of the health care section. Remaining involved in issues concerning low-income and at-risk people, he was outspoken about matters of disparity throughout his career. He also became an activist in issues surrounding AIDS and served on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Timely and Appropriate Care of People with HIV Disease published by the AIDS Drug Assistance Protocol Fund. He was especially involved with the Southern AIDS Coalition and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program Advocacy Assn., which dedicated its 2008 Southern States Manifesto to him. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services presented its Dr. Nicholas Rango Award for State Services posthumously to him. Among his survivors are his wife, Fabiolo Medina-Sherman, and their two daughters, Rachel Sherman and Rebecca Sherman.
Gwyneth Jones Spangler, April 24, 2008
Gwyn Jones Spangler always took a chance: Given the choice of a seat next to an elderly woman or a good-looking young man, she chose the latter — and ended up marrying the guy. Her life was full of taking risks. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant, she filled her life with sports, outdoor activities, and dance rather than medical paraphernalia. Her degree from the College in environmental science led to a career as a hydrogeologist with several firms in Maryland. While at Bates, she ran track, hiked and skied, and qualified for the Maine Search and Rescue team. She did field work in the Southwest and participated in the SEA Semester program in Woods Hole, Mass. She contributed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s study on Casco Bay through field work in Freeport. It was also while at Bates that she learned her cystic fibrosis was terminal. Her health forced her to stop working in 2000, and she waited four years for a lung transplant. After a successful double lung transplant, she and her husband, Christopher Spangler, hiked in Scotland, at Mount St. Helens and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, in Yellowstone National Park, South Africa, California, and Massachusetts. She volunteered with the Washington (D.C.) Regional Transplant Commission and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In August 2007, she was diagnosed with and treated for acute myelogenous leukemia; she suffered a relapse seven months later. Along with her husband, survivors include her parents, Earl Penuel Jones and Drusilla Park Jones, and her brothers, Jon Giles Jones and Robin Penuel Jones.
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