Obituaries
— Class of 1959

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Jan, 2019

Margo Aramian Ragan ’59, of Doylestown, Pa.; July 31. She was a homemaker and community volunteer. She enjoyed time spent on both coasts with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; a daughter; a son; a son-in-law; three grandchildren; and a sister.

 

Jan, 2019

William D. W. Grimes ’59, of Rumney, N.H.; Aug. 10, after a brief illness. He served 31 years in the U.S. Air Force. Before retiring from active duty in September 1990, he commanded several organizations related to special projects and was instrumental in the success of the Big Safari program, which is responsible for the acquisition, modification, and worldwide logistic support of special-purpose weapon systems for the United States Air Force. He re-entered government service in October 1990 as deputy to the assistant to the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) Commander for Special Projects. He earned major awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Association 2002 Civilian Senior Manager of the Year, and a “Peace Mate” award from the Royal Australian Air Force. He served as an Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Ad Hoc Member, was inducted into the Big Safari Hall of Honor in San Antonio, Tex., and was named an honorary U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. He enjoyed traveling to six out of seven continents with his wife, gardening, fishing, hunting, woodworking, jigsaw puzzles, and practical jokes. He is survived by his wife, Judy Darling Grimes ’61; three daughters; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Sep, 2018

Charles M. Trammell III ’59, of Chevy Chase, Md.; Apr. 14. He was a junior officer in the U.S. Navy and later an instructor at the Navy’s nuclear prototype at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory site in New York. In 1967 he joined Public Service Electric and Gas Co. in Newark, N.J., and assisted with the licensing of the company’s Salem Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey. He joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Bethesda, Md., in 1975 and was a licensing project manager for numerous nuclear facilities. He retired from NRC in 1993. He was a member of the West River Sailing Club and served as commodore in 2002. He enjoyed playing the flute, piano, and clarinet. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three children; and six grandchildren.
 

 

Sep, 2018

Carroll Trainor Stein ’59, of Sedona, Ariz., formerly of Chicago; Mar. 11. She taught English and social studies in Chicago, was a residential fellow at the Univ. of Chicago, and then raised a family. She later returned to teaching and was a professor at Washburn Univ. in Topeka, Kans. Phi Beta Kappa. She is survived by her husband, Robert ’59; two daughters, including Leah Kimmet ’98; a son, Adam ’93; and six grandchildren.

 

May, 2018

Dana G. Willard ’59, of York, Me.; Jan. 5, after a brief illness. He worked for High Voltage Engineering in Boston and then for the Willard-Daggett Fish & Lobster Co. in Portland, Me. He returned to Massachusetts in 1978 and worked in the software industry until retiring from Lucent Technologies in 2001 and moving to York. In retirement, he painted and volunteered, helping with shoreline profiling and with educational programs at the Laudholm Farm in Wells, Me. He spent winters at Amelia Island, Fla. He is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, and a sister.

 

May, 2018

Lewis Roberts Jr. ’59, of Stratham, N.H.; Jan. 12. He was director of the Thompson School of Applied Sciences at UNH before he became dean of UNH Manchester. He and his wife created the nonprofit Mill Pond Center for the Performing Arts in Durham, N.H. In retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and helped found the Common Table Ministry at St. John’s Church in Portsmouth, N.H. He is survived by his wife, Judy Bell Roberts ’62; two daughters; a son; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; five grandchildren; and a brother.

 

May, 2018

Hope Owen McMahon ’59, of Portland, Me.; Dec. 21. She taught art in K–12 school districts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Maine. She retired from the Brunswick (Me.) School Department in 2000. She is survived by a daughter, a son-in-law, two grandchildren, and two nieces.

 

May, 2018

Joan Cobb Boyce ’59, of Eugene, Ore., formerly of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Dec. 6. She was a homemaker and volunteer for the Flagstaff Summer Festival, where she regularly sang in the Flagstaff Oratorio Choir. In Eugene, she volunteered every year with the Oregon Bach Festival. She enjoyed hiking, camping, and visiting family in Rome, Me. She is survived by two sons, four grandchildren, and a brother.

 

May, 2018

Sheila McHale Bailey ’59, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Dec. 22. She was a substance abuse counselor for the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services in Chattanooga, where she also helped establish a halfway house. She was a member of the Tennessee Assoc. of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. She enjoyed swimming and entertaining. She is survived by a daughter, a son, a son-in-law, and three nieces.

 

Feb, 2018

William B. Thompson ’59, of Philadelphia; June 27, of cancer. He joined Philadelphia’s Coordinating Office of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Programs in 1973 and retired in 2004 as deputy director. In 1964 he joined the Peace Corps as a member of the public health group, serving in Malawi for three years. He went on to lead volunteers in Somalia as assistant director for three years, returning to the United States in 1973. While in Africa he hiked Mount Kilimanjaro twice. In retirement he joined the Friends of the Wissahickon as a volunteer building projects in Wissahickon Valley. He was a lifelong weightlifter and coached novice weightlifting. He is survived by his wife, Louise; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; and a sister.

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