Vital Statistics

Recent Passings

As Bates learns of the deaths of community members, we will include their names and dates of death below. Alumni who wish to make contact with the next of kin can obtain this information by e-mailing Alumni Relations or phoning 207-786-6127.

John E. Frazee ’26, Dec. 7, 2001
Barbara Austin Kavanagh ’28, Dec. 23, 2001
Lorna Lougee Crittenden ’28, June 25, 2001
Doris M. Chick ’29, Feb. 3, 2002
Dorothy Nutter Green ’29, March 25, 2002
Carl H. Whittier ’30, March 6, 2002
Belmont Adams ’31, March 16, 2002
John S. Rand ’31, Dec. 25, 2001
Dorothy Barton Tripp ’34, April 9, 2002
Milton S. Brown ’35, Dec. 27, 2001
Joseph Biernacki ’36, Jan. 15, 2002
John C. Crockett ’36, Dec. 1, 2001
Katharine M. Emig ’37, June 29, 2001
Jason L. Lewis ’37, April 3, 2002
Nicholas R. Pellicani ’37, May 10, 2002
Evelyn Walton Randall ’38, April 13, 2002
Willard H. Whitcomb ’38, Jan. 12, 2002
Ruth Allen Webster ’39, Oct. 14, 2001
Russell E. Sawyer ’39, Jan. 23, 2002
Evelyn Stinchfield ’39, March 12, 2002
Virginia Pump ’39, Feb. 19, 2002
Richard M. Hoag ’41, Dec. 19, 2001
Richard M. North ’41, Feb. 7, 2002
Daniel A. Sullivan ’41, March 2, 2002
James R. Scott ’42, May 3, 2002
Dorothy Petrie Fein ’45, Feb. 4, 2002
Paul M. Downing ’48, March 6, 2002
Theodore G. Hunter ’48, Feb. 19, 2002
Clayton C. Curtis ’49, Jan. 26, 2002
Rosalyn Fleishman ’49, Nov. 28, 2001
Charles J. Lohfeld ’50, Dec. 5, 2001
Natalie Conner Young ’52, Dec. 2, 2001
Charles R. Everett ’52, March 22, 2002
Charles A. Bucknam ’53, April 24, 2002
Nowell Blake ’54, March 26, 2002
Rachel Collins Hylan ’56, Dec. 25, 2001
William F. Wyman ’56, Feb. 14, 2002
William J. Hoadley ’58, Jan. 17, 2002
George W. Pickering ’59, May 11, 2002
Carol Gilbert Lincoln ’60, April 16, 2002
Anne Sevin ’68, Feb. 27, 2002
Joseph E. LaChance ’70, Feb. 21, 2002
Susan Majeski McKnight ’70, Jan. 28, 2002
Cheryl Crispin Segal ’72, Jan. 20, 2002
Paul C. Jagla ’75, March 19, 2002
Peter J. Pappas ’77, Dec. 29, 2000
Mary Jo St. Amour ’78, April 24, 2000

Susan B. Fereshetian, wife of Bates track coach Albert Fereshetian, Feb. 16, 2002
Marguerite F. Larock, longtime secretary to President Reynolds, Feb. 19, 2002


These members of the Bates College community recently represented Bates at presidential inaugurations.

  • Robert G. Baal ’50 at the inauguration of Donna E. Shalala as president of the Univ. of Miami, Nov. 2, 2001.
  • John B. Davis ’56 and Jill Farr Davis ’56 at the inauguration of Christopher Meredith Thomforde as president of St. Olaf College, April 29, 2001.
  • Katherine Segal Frekko ’95 at the inauguration of John Joseph DeGioia as president of Georgetown Univ., Oct. 13, 2001.
  • Philip M. Isaacson ’47 at the inauguration of Christine J. Vincent as president of Maine College of Art, Oct. 13, 2001.
  • Henry C. Kelly ’51 and Lucille Mainland Kelly ’52 at the inauguration of Harold G. Jeffcoat as president of Texas Wesleyan Univ., Sept. 28, 2001.
  • John D. Moore ’57 at the inauguration of Jean Florence MacCormack as Chancellor of UMass-Dartmouth, Sept. 28, 2001.
  • Hugh B. Penney ’50 and Lois Keniston Penney ’50 at the inauguration of Heidi Hadsell as president of Hartford Seminary, Sept. 30, 2001.
  • Ralph T. Perry ’51 at the inauguration of Barry Mills as president of Bowdoin College, Oct. 27, 2001.
  • Jill Reich, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, at the inauguration of Lawrence H. Summers as president of Harvard Univ., Oct. 12, 2001.

New Endowments

Generous donors have established the following new endowed funds to meet the specific needs of the College.

Bernard R. Carpenter Employee Emergency Fund
Given by the friends and colleagues of Bernard R. Carpenter, treasurer emeritus of Bates College. For support of Bates employees who experience unexpected financial hardship due to illness, accident, or other personal adversity.

George S. Hammond ’43, H’73 Eminent Scientist Lecture Fund
Given in honor of George S. Hammond by his students and associates from Iowa State College under the leadership of Jay K. Kochi. For support of lectures by eminent scientists in the Department of Chemistry at Bates.

Tina and Joe Barsky Scholarship Fund
Given by Joseph M. Barsky III ’71 and his family. For scholarship assistance, with preference for Bates students from the state of Minnesota.

Richard H. Brown ’63 Chemistry Equipment Fund
Given by Richard H. Brown ’63 in honor of his 40th Reunion. For support of the purchase of equipment for the Department of Chemistry.

Class of 1941 Memorial Fund
Given by Dorothy Dole Johnson ’41, Margaret Hubbard Rand ’41, and other members of the Class of 1941 in memory of their classmates who were killed in World War II. For scholarship assistance for Bates students.

Ellis W. Cole Scholarship Fund
Given by Jennifer L. Guckel ’88 in honor of her father, Ellis W. Cole. For scholarship assistance for Bates students.

Penelope L. Ellis Fund
Given by Allison Johnson Hall ’83 in memory of her mother, Penelope L. Ellis. For support of student research and thesis projects in the sciences.

David Foster and Mina Samuels Fund
Given by David L. Foster ’77 and Mina Samuels. For support of the general purposes of the College.

Helen A. Papaioanou Professorship in the Biological Sciences

Given by Ralph T. Perry ’51 and Mary Louise Seldenfleur in honor of Helen A. Papaioanou, M.D. ’49. For support of an endowed professorship in the biological sciences.

E. Ward and Carolyn Smith P’91 Fund
Given by E. Ward Smith and Carolyn Smith P’91. For support of the general purposes of the College.

Thomas Sowell Professorship

Given by Joseph T. Willett ’73 and Janice M. Willett. For support of an endowed professorship in economics or economics and social sciences.

Frank and Betty Doran Stangle Chair in Applied Economics
Given by Emily Siegel Stangle ’72 and Bruce E. Stangle ’70 in honor of Bruce E. Stangle’s parents. For support of an endowed professorship in applied economics.

Sturgis Family Scholarship Fund
Given by Jeffrey D. Sturgis ’69, Susan F. Sturgis, and their family and relatives. For support of scholarship assistance for Bates students.

George L. Wigton Fund

Given by the alumni and friends of George L. Wigton in recognition of his 30 years of coaching at Bates College and his many contributions to Bates scholar-athletes. For support of scholarship assistance and travel stipends for Bates students in the field of education and athletics.



Myrtle Peterson Root, Feb. 5, 2001.
During her career as a high school math teacher, Myrtle Peterson Root taught in Colebrook, N.H., and in Beverly, Mass., before marrying Frank Root in 1932. During World War II she was a military substitute teacher in Manchester, then for 10 years she taught at Danvers High School, retiring in 1961. In Beverly she was director of the Improvement Society, past president of the Visiting Nurse Assn., member of the Women’s Republican Club, a driver for Red Cross Motor Corps, an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and belonged to state and national teachers associations. For five years in the 1970s she served as class secretary. Among her hobbies were mountain climbing, travel, crocheting, cooking, and working crossword puzzles. Her survivors include daughters Mary and Gail, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband in 1988, two sisters, and a brother.

Florence Pennell Gremley, March 27, 2001.

A member of the Bates Key, Florence Pennell Gremley served on the Alumni Association Executive Committee, as a class officer, and as president of the Lewiston-Auburn College Club, which she helped organize. From her interest in art and music, she endowed an annual concert at Bates that bears her name. For several years after graduation, she taught English at Edward Little High School until her 1932 marriage to Robert Gremley. Florence Gremley was involved in many local organizations including the Women’s Hospital Assn., Historical Society, YWCA board, corporator of Central Maine Medical Center, Friends of Auburn Public Library, Stanton Bird Club, the Women’s Legislative Council of Maine, and the Parish Guild of High Street Congregational Church. She had studied at Bryant Stratton in Boston prior to attending Bates. She and her husband traveled extensively and while he was in the Army Air Force in Texas she was active in Officers Wives Club. Later in Boston she belonged to the Women’s City Club and Bates Alumnae Club. Following her husband’s death in 1971, she continued to travel to many parts of the world. During summers at the Isle of Springs in Boothbay Harbor she was president of the Ladies Improvement Society for several years. She is survived by sister Edith Pennell Tibbetts ’33 and two nephews. Her parents were the late Walter 1890 and Lelia Goff Pennell, 1893. The late Otis Tibbetts ’32 was her brother-in-law.


Fannie Tucker Bushey, June 16, 2001.
Several years after she graduated from Bates, Fannie Tucker Bushey taught in Liberty and at Shrewsbury (Mass.) High School. She was then an auditor and bookkeeper for 15 years at Stone & Webster, Boston, and worked at both Roper Bros. in Winter Park, Fla., and at Paris Tanning Co. in South Paris. In 1947 she married George Bushey and they made their home in the Norway area. A member of the Clara Barton Guild, Women’s Club, Historical Society, and Nature Club, Frances Bushey was also a volunteer at Stephens Memorial Hospital. She leaves brother Arthur, three nieces, and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. An aunt, Ada Tucker Stiles 1885, and cousin, Ruth Stiles ’21, predeceased her.


Ruth Chesley Bonney, March 25, 2001
Ruth Chesley Bonney was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She taught English in the high schools of Orange and Gardner (Mass.) and earned her master’s at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School English in 1937. Following her marriage to classmate Linwood Bonney in 1929, she raised two daughters, then returned to teaching in Stratford (Conn.) where she founded the gifted and talented program for advanced students in the high school. Later in New Hampshire, she taught in Tilton and Franklin and in a one-room rural school in East Sumner, Maine. She was a member of the Sanbornton (N.H.) Congregational Church, UCC. Her survivors include daughter Barbara B. Akerman ’62 and her husband Dennis ’62, daughter Priscilla Bonney-Smith ’65, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and sister Constance C. Kimball ’31. She was predeceased by husband Linwood in 1995, brother Paul ’29, and sister Dorothy C. Lecrow ’30.


Catherine Bickford Whitten Mitchell, Aug. 6, 2001.

A teacher for many years, Catherine B.W. Mitchell taught at Rangeley High School after she graduated and then was at Kennebunk High School for 16 years. She taught French and Latin, coached girls’ basketball and cheerleading, directed school plays, and started French and dramatic clubs. While in Kennebunk she attended the Congregational Church and was a member of Schubert Club. In 1937 she married Paul Whitten, moved to a farm in Auburn, raised a daughter, and returned to teaching French and English at Webster Junior High for 20 years, and coached as well. A member of the Women’s Literary Union, Church Women United, she also helped reactivate the Republican Women’s Club. Surviving are her daughter, Martha, stepdaughter Penny, and sister Phyllis B. Dow ’38. She was predeceased by husband Paul Whitten in 1960, her second husband, Coleman Mitchell, in 1994, and sister Emma Bickford Salley and her husband, Ashmun Salley ’37.

Robert M. Bloom, Jan. 27, 2001.

Robert Bloom received an M.Ed. from Boston Teachers College in 1939 and a master’s from Boston Univ. and Harvard. In World War II he served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Shamrock. During his 38-year career, he taught in the Boston public school system and served as principal at Winthrop Elementary School in Dorchester and principal and sixth-grade teacher at Garfield Middle School, Brighton. As principal emeritus, he was involved in Retired Professionals Assn., and the Boston Center for Adult Education and was associate editor of Guiding Children’s Language Learning (1968). He also taught religion classes at Temple Israel. Survivors include his wife, Anne, whom he married in 1947, daughters Judith and Naomi, a granddaughter, and a sister.

John F. Davis, July 18, 2000.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Rho, and the 1928 World Debating Team, John F. Davis received his LL.B. cum laude from Harvard in 1932. Prior to World War II, when he served as chief counsel for the U.S. Coast Guard, he worked in the Interior Department and at the Securities and Exchange Commission. During private practice in Washington, D.C., he assisted in the defense of Alger Hiss. While working for the Justice Department in the 1950s he was lead attorney in the landmark DuPont anti-trust case argued before the Supreme Court. He had argued many cases before the court while in the Solicitor General’s office from 1961 to 1970 and was appointed Supreme Court clerk by Chief Justice Earl Warren. In the early ’70s he taught law at Georgetown and was a professor at the Univ. of Maryland law school until 1988. Survivors include his wife, Jane Mason Davis, son Marcus and daughter Susan, stepchildren Clint and Timothy Keeney Jr., five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. His first wife, Valre, predeceased him in 1978.


Doris David Brookes, July 22, 2001.
A biology major, Doris David Brookes was an authority on marine biology, birds, and minerals, subjects she taught to hundreds of children in her lifetime. A particular interest and concern of hers was the Audubon Scarborough Marsh Nature Center, often the subject of lectures she gave. For 20 summers she was a nature counselor at Med-O-Lark Camp for girls in Washington, Maine. She taught adult education at the National Audubon Camp in Medomak and later conducted a summer program for adults at the Univ. of Southern Maine. During her professional life, Doris Brookes was a medical technician at Columbia Univ. Medical School, and received her teaching certificate in elementary education from Adelphi Univ. Always interested in Bates, she was president of the Long Island Bates Club in the early ’60s. A member of First Parish Church of Portland and the Black Point Congregational Church of Scarborough, she belonged to the Josselyn Botanical Society for many years. Sons David and Paul survive as well as nephew John G. David ’64, great-nephew John David ’96, sister-in-law Muriel Gower David ’34. She was predeceased by her husband, William, and brother John David ’34. Her parents were John A. and Emma Bray David 1904.

Eunice McCue Ireland, April 5, 2001.
A native of Berwick, Eunice McCue Ireland taught English and Latin at Berwick High School, at Robie Junior High School in South Windham and later in Orleans, Mass. A member of First Baptist Church in Hyannis, she was an officer in the Women’s Fellowship. She leaves sister-in-law Gertrude McCue. She was predeceased by her husband, John, sons John and William, sister Eleanor McCue ’25, and brother Allen ’27.


Mildred Beckman Myhrman, June 18, 2001.
A magna cum laude graduate, Mildred Beckman Myhrman was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Bates Key. From 1957 to 1964 she served the College as a Trustee and for many years was secretary of her class. Following graduation she went to Cleveland where she earned her master’s in social work from Western Reserve School of Applied Social Services in 1934. She returned to Lewiston in 1935 and married the professor under whom she majored, Dr. Anders Myhrman, and for a short time was an instructor in the sociology department. She remained active in her field: she had been a psychiatric social worker with Androscoggin County Mental Health Assn. and later with local and state family mental health services. A willing volunteer, she was an officer in many service organizations, chairing the Lewiston-Auburn Red Cross Disaster Committee and serving as vice chair of the Maine White House Conference on Children. A loyal member of the United Baptist Church, she served on various boards and well into her later years sang in the choir. Throughout their lives, she and Professor Myhrman served Bates and the community well. Their home was always open to international students and they kept in close touch with them after they graduated. The Myhrmans traveled extensively, making many trips to the Scandinavian countries where they visited Anders’s relatives. When she moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1995 to be near son Matts and wife Judy, she left behind a host of friends. Typically, she adjusted to new surroundings, embracing a different lifestyle and making friends of all ages. In addition to son Matts, she leaves a daughter, Brita, and granddaughter, Maria. She was predeceased by her husband, her twin sister, Muriel Beckman Swett ’30, and brother-in-law Robert Swett ’33.

Dorothy Small Gullong, Feb. 5, 2001.

A member of Phi Sigma Iota at Bates, Dorothy Small Gullong earned her master’s