Norwich University


1955 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at 802.485.2300 or inmemoriam@norwich.edu. Please note that we do not have a detailed obituary for all names listed, but those we do are clickable links to the full obituary below. Obituaries that appear below were provided by the family or friends of the deceased to inform the Norwich community.

Robert G. Allan, Jr., 8/17/2010
Richard R. Allard, 1/13/2013
Thomas S. Allison Jr., 5/11/1991
Robert C. Alves, 9/11/2005
John S. Anderson, 3/15/2013
Josephine Barrigan (Vermont College), 1/19/2005
Ralph S. Boyd, Jr., 12/12/2012 
Dr. Wallace W. Bowley, 10/24/1991
Robert C. Briggs, 4/24/2011
George A. Bruns Jr., 3/25/2000
John L. Burke, 1/18/1989
Andrew Anthony Chiesi, Jr., 11/10/2009
Fernand "Fern" L. Cloutier, 3/14/2011
Harvey A. Collins, 3/31/2013
Clark G. Cook
COL David O. Cooksey USA (Ret), 12/23/2001
Harold B. Demick, 12/21/2011
Robert H. Denio, 8/29/2000
LTC Lyle A. Dixon USA (Ret), 5/2/1996
Robert W. Donatellil, 10/26/2013
Albert M. Eastman, 5/5/1994
Edwin R. Emerson, 12/16/2005
Patricia S. Engle (Vermont College), 7/30/2009
Samuel C. Ferguson, 11/30/1980
Gino M. Ferrini Jr., 8/24/2002
Alan J. Fohl, 11/21/2011
Robert K. Fresolo
Raymond G. Gemme
, 2/21/2008
LTC Charles R. Goodrich USA (Ret), 1/29/2006
Philip H. Gould, 8/6/2008
John J. Granfield Jr., 12/13/1994
Jack Hamel
CPT John F. Hamel, Jr., 6/26/1962
Robert K. Hoagland, 6/21/1995
Lester C. Hollis Jr., 8/15/2003
Lane K. Hooker, Sr., 8/1/2007
James M. Jeffers, 4/6/1997
LTC Emil F. Kercsi AUS (Ret), 11/1/1996
Edward E. Kraemer, 11/15/1999
Lester P. Lamm Jr., 11/1/1995
Herbert S. LaRosa, 9/21/2008
Frank W. Lawson, 4/5/2007
John I. Lewis III, 1/23/2005
Barbara B. Lord (Vermont College), 8/2/1985
Peter J. MacDonald, 5/11/2001
Robert I. Matthews, 10/20/1983 
John R. McKinley
George F. McRoberts, Jr., 10/11/2009
Heikki J. Meri
Dale "Doc" Montgomery
, 6/8/2012
Herbert W. Moore, 4/3/2006
Clarence R. Mullen, 4/27/2008
Sarah Nelson (Vermont College), 1/1/1988
Philip B. Paige, 5/18/1992
Floyd Palmer
John Charles Kimball Parker
, 1/18/2013
COL Donald P. Prescott JR., USA (Ret), 1/15/1989
Richard S. Russo, 6/18/2000
Edward H. Rutledge, 4/3/2013
Marcia N. Schaeffer (Vermont College), 3/6/1997
John L. Soderberg
James D. Taylor, 10/5/2001
Alfred "Al" Harold Ward, 9/17/2012
William C. Warnke, 3/8/2000
James K. Young, 12/31/2010

 


Robert G. Allan, Jr.

Robert G. Allan, Jr., 79, of Lufkin, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in a local hospital.

Mr. Allan was born July 16, 1931 in Batavia, New York to the late Ceclia (Miller) and Robert G. Allan, Sr. He worked at Beard's Fine Jewelers for 11 years. Prior to Beard's he was in heavy equipment sales management.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Gibbs Allan of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Gandy Stubblefield of Diboll and Debbie and Doug Jorgensen of Topeka, Kansas; son, Jim Allan of Topeka, Kansas; grandchildren, Gandy IV, Tyler and Kole Stubblefield, Cody Jorgensen and wife Rachel, Lauren and Taylor Jorgensen, Riggs, Emma and Tessa Allan; and sister, Lucille Allan Ehlman of Medford, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Stubblefield Learning Center, 502 College Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904."


Richard R. Allard

Richard R. Allard, 80, of Keene, N.H., died Sunday morning, January 13, 2013, at his home following a period of declining health.

He was born in Lyndonville, Vt., on February 29, 1932, the son of Maurice Allard and Rose (Nault) Allard. He grew up in a family with nine brothers and sisters in Lydonville and was a 1951 graduate of Lyndon Institute. While at Lyndon, Dick was captain of the football and basketball teams, and was also on the track team.

Following high school, he enrolled in Norwich University. He was class president all four years, and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in aviation administration. While at Norwich, Dick was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Who's Who in American Colleges, Skull and Swords, and the football and track teams. He was also a member of French Club, the Honor Committee, the Varsity Club, and the Junior Weekend and Winter Carnival committees.

Dick married his high school sweetheart, Donna Bass, in Lyndonville in 1955. He went into the U.S. Army and served for four years. Part of his time was spent in Okinawa, Japan in the Army Corps of Engineers. Dick worked at the Keene Coca Cola bottling plant beginning in the mid 1960's. After working there several years, he became co-owner and operator of the plant for the next 12 years. He then took what he called a "Sabbatical" for several years. Even after retirement, Dick kept busy and bought the Willoughby Lake Dairy Farm in Orleans, Vt. He then bought a wholesale beauty supply company in Manchester, N.H. Over several years, he took the firm from 5 sales consultants to 25 sales consultants. Through several mergers, the company came to be known as NEKA Beauty Supply Co.

He was very active in the community serving as a volunteer for SCORE, a member of the Board of Trustees in Keene, N.H., which made investment decisions for the city, and as a member of the School Board. He and his wife, Donna, were involved with the start up of the Ashuelot River Park. Dick was also a member of the local American Legion Gordon Bissell Post #4 and the Keene Lions Club. During their active years, Dick and Donna traveled to a number of places including Egypt, Prague, and Hawaii. He also enjoyed the outdoors as a master gardener and taking time to make sure the local deer and turkeys had their cracked corn each morning. Golfing, downhill and cross country skiing, and bowling were all part of his life. Dick was a man from humble beginnings who understood the value of hard work and treating people with respect, regardless of station. His giving spirit was valued by friends and family and seen not only in his community service but also in providing those in need with scholarship money to further their education.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Donna Allard; his sons: Doug Allard, John Allard, and Tom Allard and his wife, Charlene; his daughter, Cindy Hensel, and her husband, James; his grandchildren: Tim Allard, currently a freshman at Norwich, Cory, Lauren, Tiffany, Bobby, Andrea, Jeffrey, Jarred, and Christy and her husband, Robert; his sisters Ruth Ingalls, and her husband, Max, and Sandra Allard; and many nieces and nephews.

Services for Dick will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Keene United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene, N.H. Calling hours will be held the night before on Thursday, January 17, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 33 Marlboro St., Keene, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Mr. Richard R. Allard's name to the Visiting Nurse Association Program, c/o Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene, NH 03431.


John S. Anderson

John S. Anderson, 79, of Wells, N.Y., died March 15, 2013, with his family at his side. He was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, on October 26, 1933. He was the son of Peter and Hedwig Anderson.

John graduated from Norwich University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of the football team, Epsilon Tau Gigma, and Chi Epsilon. A civil engineer, John was the administrator of the Sacandaga Reservoir, working for the Hudson-River Black River Regulating District for 33 years. He retired in October 1996. He was an Army veteran and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers before moving to Wells. In Wells, he served as a councilman, town justice, was a member of Wells Fire Company and Ambulance Squad, and the Wells Central School Board. John was a member and master of the Fish House Masonic Lodge and loved to fish and hunt.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela; four sons: Scott Anderson, John Anderson, Craig Anderson, and William Harrington; two daughters: Bonnie Bailey and Kelly Dombrowski; one sister, Jean Hasslinger; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 11:00 a.m at Northville Funeral Service, 401 Bridge Street, Northville, N.Y. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wells Fire Department or the Mountain Valley Hospice. A spring burial will be held at the Algonquin Cemetery, in Wells, N.Y.


Ralph S. Boyd, Jr.

Ralph Sawyer Boyd, Jr., 79, of Greensboro, Vt., died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. He was born on January 12, 1933, in Tacoma, Wash., the son of the late Ralph S. Boyd, Sr. and Helen (Haugen) Boyd. He graduated from Cranford High School in Cranford, N.J. in 1951. He later graduated from Norwich University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. While at Norwich, Ralph was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and the Spanish Club.

Ralph joined the U.S. Army on November 13, 1955. He served his country in the Signal Corps at Fort Dix, N.J. First Lieutenant Boyd, Jr. was honorably discharged on November 12, 1957. On July 23, 1955, he married Susanne Perry at the First Baptist Church in Barre, Vt. Ralph was employed all of his working years by telephone companies, including Western Electric, Bell Labs, and AT&T. He retired in 1988. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved from Cranford, N.J., to Greensboro, Vt., where he spent his remaining years. Ralph attended the First Baptist Church in Barre, served on the Greensboro Nursing Home Board of Directors, and volunteered many hours installing Life Line to the area elderly. He will be remembered by family and friends as a kind, loving, and generous man with a big heart.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Susanne; four children: Ralph S. "Chip" Boyd, III and his wife, Linda, Laura J. Cote and her husband, Richard, Ellen L. Boyd and her husband, Wally Lene, and Alison Boyd and her husband, Brian McDonald; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two unborn great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Barre. Burial will be at a later date in the Lincoln Noyes Cemetery in Greensboro, Vt. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vt. 05841.


Robert C. Briggs

Robert C. Briggs, 85, passed away on April 24, 2011 in Virginia. He was born on June 7, 1925 in North Dana, Mass., and was the son of Homer and Muriel Feindel Briggs.

Robert attended Norwich University from 1945-1948, fought in World War II, then returned to Norwich in 1953 and graduated in 1955 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Nu, Phi Kappa Delta, the football team, the Glee Club, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Society of American Military Engineers.

He married Modena Bixby, R.N., in 1946 and they enjoyed 64 years of marriage. During various engineering assignments and working for the U.S. Army and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), they lived in Vermont, Massachusetts, Germany, Oklahoma, the Sultanate of Oman, New Hampshire, Grana in West Africa, Florida, Texas and Virginia .

Robert founded Briggs Engineering in 1949 and the firm continues with offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

He later joined the FAA where he served as chief of the engineering branch in New England, was an instructor at the FAA Academy, and a civil aviation advisor for the nations of Oman and Ghana.

His professional organizations included Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Captain of the Society of American Military Engineers, member of the American Society for Testing and Materials and member of the Norwich University Board of Fellows.

He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire and was a guest lecturer at over ten universities including Norwich, Harvard, Yale and M.I.T.

He was a member of the Dewitt Clinton Lodge, No. 15, F.& A.M. in Northfield and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His military assignments included Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Survivors include his wife, Modena; their children, Spencer Briggs of Virginia and Heather Briggs Anderson of Texas; and one grandchild. He was predeceased by a brother, Homer B. Briggs in 2002.

Services were held at White Chapel at Norwich on April 29, 2011 where a Masonic funeral was performed by the brothers of the Dewitt Clintor Lodge in Northfield and he was buried with military honors in Morrisville. A memorial service will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia at a later date.

 


Andrew Anthony Chiesi, Jr.

Andrew Anthony Chiesi, Jr., 76, of Bakersfield California, originally from Binghamton, New York, passed away on November 10, 2009.

Andrew was a Distinguished Military Student all four years at Norwich and made the dean's list two of those years. He was a corporal in the corps of cadets, a member of the football team and participated in many intramural sports. Andrew graduated with a bachelor of science in chemistry.


Fernand "Fern" L. Cloutier

Fernand "Fern" L. Cloutier, 78, of Lewiston, Maine, passed away Monday, March 14, 2011, at The Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice in the presence of loving family members.

He was born in Lewiston on July 21, 1932, the son of Reginald and Alice Bisson Cloutier. He attended St. Peter’s Elementary School and graduated from St. Dominic Regional High School, Class of 1951. He graduated from Norwich University in 1955 with a bachelor of science degree in business. While at Norwich, Fern was a member of the hockey team, Varsity Club, Pegasus Players, Alpha Kappa Psi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and the Newman Club.

Fern was a member of the 1951 St. Dominic RHS hockey team that won the New England High School Championship, scoring the winning goal in overtime. He went on to become an outstanding hockey player for Norwich, where he averaged 3.07 points per game, the best scoring average in Norwich history.

After graduation, Fern married Lorraine R. Provencher on June 18, 1955, and served his nation as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Later, he was a director and coach of the L-A Twins. Fern entered his father’s business, Twin City Packing, Inc., and eventually became the proprietor of the meat-packing business. He also owned and operated the Lafayette Hotel in Old Orchard Beach with his family for 15 years and ran a small personal laser recharge business. Fern’s passion for youth hockey led to the creation of the Lewiston Recreational Youth School Hockey League and was the coach of the St. Peter and Paul’s boy’s hockey team for 20 years. He was the first director of the annual Lions Hockey Tournament and in 1992 was the recipient of the Ronnie St. Onge Memorial Award for longstanding dedication to youth hockey.

Fern is a member of the Norwich (1990), and Auburn-Lewiston (1998) Sports Halls of Fame. In addition, in 2008 he was inducted into the introductory class of the St. Dominic’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He also played amateur hockey for the Waterville Bruins and Country Kitchen hockey teams. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Prospect Golf Club. He also enjoyed watching St. Dominic RHS hockey practices and was a season ticket holder and fan for the Maineiacs.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine, of Lewiston; eight children, Patricia Mayer and her husband, Paul, of Billerica, Mass., Daniel of Rockport, David and his wife, Elaine, of Billerica, Mass., Richard and his wife, Mary, Gregory and his wife, Carol, of Old Orchard Beach, Lise and her husband, Steven Corson, Jr., of Greene, Celeste Ledoux and her husband, Christopher, of Portsmouth, N.H., and Fernand II and his wife, Maureen, of Lewiston; his 17 grandchildren, Jean-Paul and Andre Mayer, Natalie Cloutier, Stephanie and Gina Cloutier, Christopher, Peter and Allison Cloutier, Christina, Dominic and Justin Cloutier, and Taryn Cloutier, Zacharie, Aurelie and Ranger Ledoux, Brady and Gavin Corson; one sister, Jacqueline and her husband, Paul Deschene, of Lewiston; and one brother, Raymond, and his wife, Lorraine Cloutier, of Old Orchard Beach.

He was predeceased by his mother and father; one brother, Maurice; and two sisters, Pauline Keefe and Claire Mercier.

Visitation will be at the Albert & Burpee Funeral Home, 49 Webster Street, in Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Services will be Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Upper Church of the Ss. Peter & Paul Basilica in Lewiston. Interment will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the at St. Dominic’s Academy Scholarship Fund, c/o the Development Office, 121 Gracelawn Road, Auburn, ME 04210.

Condolences and a photo tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.


Harvey A. Collins

Harvey Allen Collins, 79, a 40-year resident of Los Gatos, Calif., died on March 31, 2013, after suffering a stroke.

He was born on June 15, 1933, in Springfield, Mass., the son of Harvey J. Collins and Beatrice (Matchett) Collins. He was a 1955 graduate of Norwich University, earning a degree in engineering management and graduating as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Engineering Corp. While at Norwich, Harvey was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha, Varsity Club, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Hockey Team. He served during the Korean conflict and in the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of captain. Harvey enjoyed a successful career in the semiconductor industry in the Silicon Valley (Calif.).

Harvey is survived by his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Katie (Chris McClenaghan) Collins; his son, Billy Collins; grandsons Ryan Callahan and Bill Collins (Rachel); his sister, Margaret (Ken) Kondo; and his brothers James Collins and Paul (Nedra) Collins.

Services will be held on April 28, 2013, at 12:30 p.m., at Darling-Fischer Chapel, 615 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, Calif.


Clark G. Cook

Clark G. Cook, 80, of Vestal, N.Y.,passed away on July 4, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Albany, N.Y., on March 19, 1932.

Clark graduated from Norwich University in 1955 with a bachelor of science degree in biology. While at Norwich, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Biology Club, the Outing Club, the German Club, the football team, and the Junior Weekend and Winter Carnival committees.

Clark served as first lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps in Germany until 1957. After his time in the service, he worked for Eaton labs, then later for Vestal Video, when cable television was in its infancy. He also worked for Pioneer Cable and New Channels during his career. He was an entrepreneur who also owned Radio WKOP at one time, as well as Wilson & Fritz Wholesale Building Supplies and National Cable Craft Corp. Clark was a member of the Vestal Jaycees, Vestal Rotary, Vestal Library Board, BOCES Board of Directors, a Boy Scout leader, and belonged to First Presbyterian Church of Endicott. Clark's greatest pride was his three sons, their roles in the family business, and especially the time he spent with them hunting and fishing. He was happy that his sons and grandsons shared the enthusiasm he had for the outdoors and for dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet Rodee Cook; his three sons and two daughters-in-law: Geoffrey Cook, Bruce and Amy Cook, and Darryl Cook and Cathy Schaewe; and his grandsons: Clark and Bruce Cook. He was predeceased by his parents, Grace Clark Cook and George F. Cook.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Vestal Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 283, Vestal, N.Y. 13851 or the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter, 401 Hayes Ave., Endicott, N.Y. 13760.


Harold B. Demick

Harold B. Demick died peacefully in his home on December 21, 2011. Born in Newport, Vt., on February 6, 1933, Harold was the son of Harold B. Demick, Sr. and Elizabeth Henley Demick. Harold graduated from Norwich University with a bachelors degree in aviation administration. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Drill Team, Outing Club, Winter Carnival Committee, Radio Club, and Lambda Chi Alpha. Upon graduation, he entered into military service. Harold spent his career with the US Army Signal Corps and had acheived the rank of Colonel prior to his retirement. He diligently worked for the Town of Potsdam (N.Y.) for 25 years, including 8 years on the town council. He was a man of great dignity and character, and will be missed, not only by his family, but by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; four children: Mark and his wife, Mary, of Reston, Va., Katherine of Concord, N.H., Stephan and his wife, Mary, of Freehold, N.J., and Peter and his wife, Patrice, of Charlotte, Vt. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Elizabeth and her husband, David Moore, Caitlin Sise, Thomas Sise, Jr., Matthew Demick, Evan Demick, Taylor Demick, Palmer Demick, and Oliver Demick.

Funeral services for Harold were held on December 26, 2011, at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam. Burial followed at the Bayside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harold's memory to either the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 700, Potsdam, NY 13676 or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.


Robert W. Donatelli

ROBERT W. DONATELLI, 80, of North Providence, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 at home. He was the beloved husband of Carol A. (Daley) Donatelli. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Giuditta (Urbano) Donatelli.

Mr. Donatelli was an Owner and Operator of Donatelli Building Company. He graduated from Norwich University and was honorably discharged as First Lieutenant from the United States Army. He served his community through his involvement with North Providence youth sports. He was a founder of the Buddy Basketball League, having volunteered his time for fourteen years. His proudest accomplishment was his family and being known as “pops” to everyone he met.

Besides his wife of 57 years, he is survived by five children, Julia Donatelli and husband Earl Nichols of East Greenwich, Thomas Donatelli and wife Leigh of North Providence, Carol Ann and Joseph Donatelli of North Providence and Kathryn Donatelli of Jamestown; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Robert W. Donatelli, Jr. and Dr. Anthony J. Donatelli and was the brother of the late A. Edmund, John, Vincent, Anthony, Joseph Donatelli and Ernestine Rocchio.

His funeral will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. from the MACERONI FUNERAL HOME, 1381 Smith St., North Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Mary, Mother of Mankind Church, 25 Fourth St., North Providence. Visitation Tuesday 4-8 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston. In Lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.



Alan J. Fohl

Alan J. Fohl, 78, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2011, following complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Fohl graduated from Norwich University, Northfield, VT, before serving his country in the U. S. Marine Corps, ultimately settling in Nashville where he reared his family in West Meade.

Alan Fohl was first and foremost a family man and a dedicated husband and father. He was an active volunteer in many church and civic projects. Among his most treasured activities was his time spent as an involved member of St. Henry Catholic Church and as an athletics coach, helping mold the values and skills of Nashville's youth.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nell Lumpkin Fohl; his devoted sons, Blake (Carrie) & Jamie (Lori); two grandchildren, Kristen and Zephen; brother, Otto Fohl; numerous nieces and nephews; along with countless caring friends and business associates throughout the USA resulting from a successful 40+ year career in the Medical Industry, (with such leading companies as Johnson & Johnson, American Cynamide, Gould, Litton Industries, Pfizer and Zimmer).

Visitation will be held 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 6401 Harding Pike, Nashville, Tenn. A Funeral Mass will be immediately after at 11:30 a.m. Condolences may be left online at www.afamilylegacy.com.


Raymond G. Gemme

Raymond G. Gemme, 74, of Millbury, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 21, 2008, in UMass-Memorial Healthcare, University Campus, Worcester.

He graduated from Holy Name High School, Worcester in 1951; and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Assumption College, Worcester in 1955, after first attending Norwich University, Northfield, VT. He later earned a Master in Education degree from Clark University, Worcester, where he also completed postgraduate studies. After college, he served in the U.S. Army for two years, during which he was stationed at Ft. Dix, NJ. Mr. Gemme worked for 39 years in the Millbury School System as a teacher, then as a guidance counselor and head of the counseling department at Millbury High School, before retiring in 1996. He also was a teacher of piano and organ for 50 years, right up until the time of his death.

He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Parish where starting in 1971, he was the parish organist and choir director. Prior to that, he had been organist and choir director at St. Bernard's Parish, Worcester for 13 years. He was a member and one of the founders of the Millbury Chapter of the Dollars For Scholars scholarship program. He was also an active member of the St. Pius X Guild, Worcester, and a former member of the Assumption School Parent-Teacher Guild.

He leaves his wife of 49 years, Anita A. (Berthiaume) Gemme; 5 children: Terese M. Gemme of Hamden, CT, Claire G. Messier and her husband, Paul, of North Uxbridge, Marie A. Loftus and her husband, Timothy, of North Grafton, and twin sons: Paul R. Gemme and his wife, Doreen (Porra) Gemme, of Brookfield, and John R. Gemme and his wife, Shelly (Madrid) Gemme, of Fountain Valley, CA; 4 grandchildren: Christian P. Gemme and Elijah P. Gemme, both of Brookfield, and Timothy J. Loftus and Emily R. Loftus, both of North Grafton; a brother, Leo P. Gemme of Webster; 2 sisters: Alice M. Despard and Yvonne J. Beaudoin, both of Millbury; and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by 5 brothers: Louis J. Gemme and Brother Omer R. Gemme, A. A., both of Worcester, Arthur J. Gemme and Roland J. Gemme, both of Millbury, and Joseph P. "Pete" Gemme of Spencer; and by 4 sisters: Marie Anne Gemme of Worcester, Blanche A. Leclair and Dora A. Asselin, both of Millbury and Lillian J. Asselin of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Philip H. Gould

Philip H. Gould, age 75, of Kentwood, MI, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2008. He worked at Ameritech for 35 years and was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon Gould. Surviving are his wife, Jackie; his children, David P. Gould, and John W. Gould; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Gould.


Jack Hamel

Jack Hamel graduated from Norwich University in 1955, as a distinguished military student, with a degree in Aviation Administration. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army, Infantry. Jack and Sue (Henders) were married in Northfield on his graduation day, with many of his Norwich and Northfield friends present. Jack belonged to the Northfield Boating Club and had made friends in the town of Northfield. While at Norwich, Jack was very active and held many offices, and was on the ski team and track team. He also was treasurer of his class and a proud member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Jack’s first assignment was Ft. Benning, Ga., for basic training and Jump School. His next tour of duty was Ft. Lewis, Wash., and then onto three years at Ladd Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was in his element, skiing and winning many trophies and snow-shoeing to work every morning, much to the delight and joking of all his friends. After Alaska, it was on to flight school at Camp Walters, Texas and Ft. Rucker, Ala., where he received his pilot’s wings. Following Flight School, he was assigned to Ft. Devens, Mass., which was to be his last tour of duty. Jack was killed in a helicopter accident, due to mechanical failure, on June 26, 1962, at the age of twenty-nine. He was doing demonstrations in front of a group of West Point cadets at the time of his death, leaving a wife, Sue, and three children, Catherine, John, and Barbara. He also left his parents, John and Bea Hamel, and his sister, Eloise H. Becker. Throughout his seven years in the Army, Jack always found Norwich Alumni wherever he was stationed. He spoke of Norwich in glowing terms to anyone who would listen. Jack’s passion for flying and skiing were only surpassed by his devotion to his family and Norwich. As General Stilwell wrote in a letter, “he was a soldier, a gentleman, and (I always felt) my friend”. Jack had become General Joe Stilwells’ personal pilot and, also flew Governor Volpe to functions. He will be missed by so many, forever, as he was truly a remarkable person. 

 


Lane K. Hooker, Sr.

Lane K. Hooker, Sr., 73, of Peoria, Ariz., died August 1, 2007. Lane K. Hooker Sr., 73, passed away on August 1, 2007 at Hospice Sun Health in Peoria, AZ. Lane was born in Burlington, Vt. He grew up in Goshen, Vt., working on the family farm there. He graduated from Waterbury High School, Waterbury, Vt. During his time at Norwich, Lane was a member of the Basketball team, Grenadiers Band, Sigma Nu, Intramurals, Glee Club, and the Winter Carnival Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering as a 1st lieutenant in the US Army.

Lane worked for many years in the engineering and design field for General Electric corporation, and traveled with his family to G.E. facilities in Syracuse, NY; Wiesbaden, Germany; Rochester, N.Y.; and finally Phoenix, Ariz., where he had resided since 1967. General Electric was absorbed by Honeywell in the late 70's, and Lane became a Senior Design Engineer for their new computer design division. He was a gifted computer design engineer and is a coauthor of a patent for a design process in that field.

Lane retired in 1990 and began a leisurely but fulfilling life playing golf with his treasured friends, tinkering with his computers, and playing music on his choice of instruments that he had mastered including, piano, organ, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, electric guitar, trumpet, double bass, banjo, saxophone, clarinet and flute. He had volunteered for the Sun City Sheriff’s Posse, was a licensed pilot and one time Mooney airplane owner. Lane married his cherished wife Patty in 2003 and spent happy years enjoying her loving and doting companionship. He passed peacefully with Patty by his side after a short and courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife Patty Hooker, children; Dale K. Hooker (Linda), Laurie Freije (Chuck), Julie Hnat (Scott), and Lane K. Hooker, Jr., grandchildren; Taryn, Shayne, Brianne, Chelsea, Megan, Madison, Alison, and Jordyn, great-granddaughter ; Verity, sister; Wanda Gregorio (Roger), brother; Paul Rogers (Meredith). He is preceded in death by his wife Nancy S. Hooker, and parents Keith G. Hooker, and Rita H. Hooker.


Frank W. Lawson

Frank W. Lawson,  74, faithful Catholic husband and father, died peacefully in his sleep, April 5, 2007 with his family around him. His Christ-like charity was an inspiration to all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Theresa (Fennell) Lawson; sons, John and Tim; and daughter, Sr. Joseph Maria, O.P.; daughter-in-law, Lori and children, Kristen, Chelsea and Justin and many well-loved brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, 4597 Warren Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Arr.: Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home


John R. McKinley

John R. McKinley, 76, formerly of Vermont, died peacefully Tuesday in his home with his loved ones by his side after a battle with Lewy Body Disease. He was born in New York, son of John A. and Clairborne (Reynolds) McKinley.

At Norwich, John participated in regimental band, concert band, glee club, and fraternity sports: football, softball and basketball. He was a member of the mountain and winter warfare team and in the honor tank platoon.

After graduation, John served in the U.S. Army as a tank unit commander receiving an honorable discharge as a Captain. He was a self employed insurance broker until 2003, when he retired. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and snowmobiler. His sense of humor and quick wit will be sadly missed by those who knew him.

He leaves his sweetheart of 40 years and primary care giver, Nancy V. Graber; two sons, Keith McKinley and his wife, Pam and James McKinley and his wife, Kathy all of Shrewsbury; four grandchildren, Brian, Kelly, Madison and Megan; a sister-in-law, Christine Robbins of Worcester; two nieces, Corrina Poole and Tricia Leto, who also deeply cared for him.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Assoc., 912 Killian Hill Rd. SW, Suite 202C. Atlanta, GA 30047.


George F. McRoberts, Jr.

George F. McRoberts, Jr., 78, passed away October 11, 2009.

While George was a quiet individual, he was an active student here at Norwich. He managed the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a member of the Chess club and the Canterbury club. George was also a Lambda Chi Alpha brother, assuming many responsibilities within the fraternity. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Following graduation, George worked for a short time at Minneapolis-Honeywell's Micro Switch Division before moving on to Texas Instruments, Inc. as a sales engineer for their Semiconductor Components Division in Dallas, Texas. George took an executive position with Sangamo Electric Company in Washington, D.C. in 1970. Eight years later he moved his family to the Seattle area.

George is survived by his wife of 28 years, Dolores, and all five of his children: Diane Powers of Alaska; George F. McRoberts III of Idaho; Jean Hanks of Arizona; Ralph McRoberts of Arizona; and Scott McRoberts of Alaska. He also leaves four grandchildren and many other close family members.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite charity.


Dale "Doc" Montgomery

Dale "Doc" Montgomery, 78, died peacefully at home on June 8, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Dale was born on October 20, 1933, in Morrisville, Vt., to the late Daniel and Ellen Montgomery.

In 1951, he graduated as valedictorian from Peoples Academy, where he played varsity baseball, soccer, and basketball. Also in 1951, Dale won the Vermont Jaycee Golf Tournament. In 1955, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Norwich University with a bachelors degree in biology. While at Norwich, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, Epsilon Tau Sigma, the Biology Club, the French Club, the Glee Club, the Varsity Club, the Regimental Band, and Skull and Swords. He also excelled in golf, baseball, and especially basketball. Dale was captain of the baseball team his senior year and also vice president of his class. In basketball, he was named All-State four times and was one of Norwich's all time leading scorers. Dale was inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. Dale graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1959, where he gained the senior award in Children's Dentistry. After graduation, he was stationed in Germany with the Army Dental Corps.

On June 25, 1955, Dale married the love of his life, Shirley McCuin. They spent 57 wonderful years together. Dale practiced pediatric dentistry for many years in Burlington, and Colchester, Vt. Dale was a former president of the Champlain Valley Dental Society and the Vermont State Dental Society. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Burlington. He was an avid duck hunter, fisherman and golfer. He was a member at the BCC for many years and in 1967, he and Jim Barton won the Burlington Invitational Tournament.

Dale is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Shirley; his children, Jeff and Mary, Holly and Peter, Beth, and David and Rita; his grandchildren, Holly and Andrew, Katy and Nick, Justin, Ellie and Alex, Nick, Megan, Kassy, Thomas, Darian, and Lauren; his great-grandchild, Levi; and his brother, Weldon and his wife, Doris. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, his aunt, Helen, and many close friends. His sister, Judy, predeceased him.

A celebration of Dale's life was held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church on Winooski Avenue in Burlington, Vt. Family and friends are invited to gather at the family home on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 24 Shore Acres Drive in Colchester, Vt. Arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. in Winooski.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Dale's memory to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.


John Charles Kimball Parker

John Charles Kimball Parker, 80, died Friday, January 18, 2013, at Emory Hospital from complications following cancer treatment. He was born in Claremont, N.H., on November 4, 1932, to the late Katharine Ryan Parker and Clarence Perkins Parker.

After graduating from Stevens High School in 1951, he attended Norwich University, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. While at Norwich, John was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Drill Team, S.A.M.E., A.S.M.E., A.S.C.E., and the Junior Weekend and Winter Carnival committees.

John served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a captain. After his military service, he moved to Baltimore, Md., and worked for Bethlehem Steel. He married Diane Marguerite Williams on September 10, 1960. He then moved to Atlanta, Ga., where he started his own railcar business.

John was an active member of the Cathedral of St. Philip, and was involved in economic development, serving on several trade missions to Latin America and the Caribbean. He was also an avid skier and artist. Although he lived in the south, John was always a New Englander at heart. Since retirement, he had spent most of his time with friends and family, to whom he was deeply devoted.

John is survived by his children: Tom and Hayley Parker, Stephen and Kathy Parker, and Alston and Philip Watt; his grandchildren: Katherine Page Parker, Thomas Williams Parker, Jr, Justin Harris Parker, Christopher Cargill Watt, Parker Vance Watt, Katlyn Ann Parker, and Elijah Charles Kimball Parker; and his siblings: Marilyn Parker Rice, and Robert Tufts Parker. He was preceded in death by his brother, Clarence Perkins Parker, Jr.

Private family memorial services will be held in Thomasville, Ga., and Claremont, N.H. Visit www.allenfh.com to leave online condolences.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s memory can be made to the Stevens High School Alumni Association (Scholarship Fund), 24 Opera House Square, Box 29, Claremont, NH, 03743 or a charity of your choice.


Edward H. Rutledge

Edward H. Rutledge, 78, of Leesburg, Fla., passed away April 3, 2013, after many years of battling prostate cancer. Ed was born on July 27, 1934, in Lookout, Penn. Following his graduation from Honesdale High School, he attended Norwich University and received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1955. Ed was commissioned in the US Army as a second lieutenant. He served six months active duty and six and a half years inactive reserve. He received an honorable discharge in 1965 with the rank of Captain.

Ed had many interests over the years: fishing, hunting, bowling, skiing, dancing, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and his favorite pastime, golf. He was retired from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as Chief Construction Engineer after 38 years. Ed and Mary moved to Florida in 1995, where Ed pursued his golf game with vigor.

Ed is survived by his wife Mary; daughter, Cheryl Rossing (Will); sister, Nancy Bonnetti; two stepchildren: Craig Amundson (Kathy) and Theresa Picton (Troy); Brother-in-law Dan Durand (Phyllis); and two grandchildren: Mollie and Thomas.

A celebration of Ed's life will be at the Lakes At Leesburg Clubhouse. Memorials in Ed's name may be made to Hospice of Lake and Sumter Counties. Online condolences can be left at www.orlandosentinel.com/obituaries.

 


Alfred "Al" Harold Ward

Alfred "Al" Harold Ward, 79, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 17, 2012, at Hospice House with his wife at his side, after a long slow decline due to cerebrovascular disease.

Al was born in Providence, R.I., on August 28, 1933, the son of Luther H. Ward and V. Christine (Nyberg) Ward. Growing up he lived in East Providence, R.I., and was a graduate of East Providence High School, Class of 1951. On July 28, 1956, Al married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Johnson. In 1962 they moved to Burlington, Vt., and in 1965 Bow, N.H., became their home.

During Al's junior high and high school years, he was active in band and orchestra and was also drum major of the marching band. At Norwich University he continued playing the French horn for the Concert Band, and was drum major in the Regimental Band. He was a member of the First Army ROTC national championship rifle team and was a distinguished military student. He was also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, Mountain Cold Weather, the Drill Team, and the War Whoop staff. Al graduated from Norwich University in 1955 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. He served six months active duty and six and a half years active reserve. He received an honorable discharge in 1965 with the rank of captain.

Al went to work for New England Telephone and Telegraph in Outside Plant Engineering and worked as a manager in Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire. He retired in 1986 after 31 years of service. He enjoyed working in retirement as a courier for Waste, Inc. and as a school bus driver for the Bow School District. His punctuality endeared him to the parents on his routes. His long-time crew cut and military bearing helped him with discipline, but he had a soft place in his heart for all the kids.

Al was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and was active at Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord until his illness. He was very involved in the Bow community as a member of the Bow Men's Club, president in 1970, and a charter member of Bow Rotary Club, president in 1979. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on numerous town committees and was elected to the budget committee for 16 years, serving as chairman for 11 years. Al served one term as Selectman 1987-1990 and was named Bow's Citizen of the Year in 1987. Al was a 32nd degree Mason and 50-year member of Blazing Star Eureka Lodge 11 F&AM Concord and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Concord and Nashua. He was a member of the Bektash Shrine and a lifetime member of the Bektash Temple Drum & Bugle Corps., Shriners International. Al was also a life member of the Fairpoint Pioneers and a member of the Association of BelTel Retirees Inc.


James K. Young

James K. Young, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2010.

Jim graduated from Norwich University in 1955 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, Epsilon Tau Sigma. He was also on the basketball and football teams.

He was the loving husband of 54 years to Susan T. Young; beloved father of Kimberly Green, James K. Young, Jr., and his wife, Karen, and Jennifer S. Peacock, and her husband, Jim; adoring grandfather of five; loving brother of Janet Witter.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association, 1025 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.


   

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