Calais Academy

Class of 1933

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Graduates Class of 1933

Mary Anderson Beatrice Andrews Edith Atwater
(Mrs. Hughes)
Robert Barnes Philip H. Bates Florence Beach
Madeline Bell Mary Brown Robert Casey
Arthur Chisholm Ralph Clark Malcolm Cox
John Davis Phyllis Dimitre
(Teacher Calais)
Dorothy Doncaster
Lois Dow Pauline Downing James Eaton
Paul Fitzpatrick Mary Ann Gillis Ruth Gray
Evelyn Greenleaf Avis Hanson Betsy Higgins
Elizabeth Hindley Marian Horton Marjorie Johnston
Marietta LaGue
(Mrs. Frank Frost)
Frances Lee Richard Leonard
Doris Libby Hazel Lunn Harold Mahar
Harriet McDonald Everett McLaughlin Dorothy McLean
Ralph McLean Edwin McNelly Virginia Moffit
Barbara Murchie
(Wellesley College)
Evelyn Nickelson Mabel Perry
Florence Pomeroy Betty Rideout Bernard Rigley
John Rigley Ruth Robinson Norman Ross
Clara Roulston Samuel Saunders Gretta Sherman
(Mrs. Jordon Cambridge)
James Skidds Lawrence Smith Cressida Sprague
Harold Stone Thurber Townsend Philip Trainor
Raymond Waite Harold Wasson Frederick Wilson
Marguerite Wilson Winona Woodruff  
Jean Carter James Curran Pauline Hill
Joseph Leeman Sheldon Lunn Calla Magoon
Everett McLaughlin Gertrude Robinson Virginia Williams

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Lois Dow Tagerman. Lois is currently living in the Wrentham Elderly housing. She was married June 24th, 1946, and now widowed. She has one son named Phillip, 2 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. She is the sole survivor of her immediate family - Her mother and father passed away as have her brothers and sisters -- Clarence Dow, Muriel Stillings, and Ruth Dow. She and her friend Chris traveled to Calais in 2000 and to Florida in 2004. She attends Church at Plainville Baptist Church and is a beloved friend to many. The photos below are a recent photo, Lois in Florida at Fort Myers Beach in 2004,  and at the Wrentham Elderly housing with Rosie. [Provided by her friend Chris C. 12022011] 

 

Hal Mahar. At this age in time, for me, at least, who wouldn't be interested for awhile learning about the fortunes and misfortunes of our classmates from long ago. Would surely appreciate getting in touch with our former classmates, if possible.  I am a retired Army Infantry Officer from ww11.  Living now in Maine, where I was hatched (to say the least).  Been to many places, had lots of trials and tribulations, happenings, whatever.  My residence;  24 Nichols Ln. Hollis Center, ME 04042 tel (207) 929-5604.  halmaharsr@sacoriver.net  

Everett McLaughlin - I am one of Everett McLaughlin's daughters. He has lived in Ft.Worth, Texas since the 1940's. Everett and Rosie have been married for 57 years. They have 3 children - 1 son and 2 daughters. (and of course, grandchildren and great-grandchildren ) If anyone is from the Class of 1933, let me hear from you, and I will pass the message to my Dad. rtgreen@flash.net  

Deceased Classmates

Mary Anderson Mahoney Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 120809

Robert A. Casey Obituary [provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042009

Arthur Chisholm Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  042009

Ruth Gray Brown Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks.] 022811 

Evelyn Greenleaf Rogers. Portland Press Herald  Published on February 12, 1999    Page: 7B. © 1999- Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. Evelyn M. Rogers, 83, formerly of 340 Eastern Promenade died Wednesday in a local nursing home after a long illness. She was born in Concord, N.H., a daughter of Irvin W. and Zella Noyes Greenleaf, graduated as valedictorian from Calais (Maine) Academy and was a graduate of Gray's Business College. She was employed for many years in the Navy Office at Bath Iron Works. In 1940 she married Stanley A. Rogers and they moved to Portland in 1950, where they had lived ever since. [Article provided by Sharon Howland.]

Avis Hanson Cassidy Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Doris G. Libby Baker  passed away in Manchester NH on July 4, 2002 after spending mostly all of her adult life in Calais. She was predeceased by her husband , O. Freeman Baker , 3 brothers and one sister. Surviving are 3 sons, Oliver F. Baker Jr, Gerald E. Baker, and his wife Roxanne, Robert Baker and wife Marie, Edna Mae Baker McLellan and Carol Baker Ham; 2 sisters, 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and is greatly missed. She really enjoyed getting together with her old friends and classmates. [Provided by her daughter, Edna]

Hazel Lunn - Hazel Elizabeth Lunn Townsend passed away October 2003 in Meriden, Connecticut at the age of 89. She was predeceased by her husband Laurence B. Townsend. She has one son, Laurence E. Townsend of Meriden. Hazel taught school in Woodland, Maine for a short period. She earned a Masterís degree from the University of Hartford. She taught business education at East Haven High School for years. Hazel taught over 40 years and retired at 70 years of age when she was forced to retire due to the state retirement requirement. Hazel was a very successful educator, loved by many of her students and respected by her peers. She loved her work. After retirement, Hazel did extensive genealogy research. She was a member of The Mayflower Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Harriet McDonald Pomeroy  Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Virginia Moffitt - I am Virginia Moffitt's daughter, Debbie. Virginia finally passed away on July 24, 2008. She was born in St. Stephen and grew up in Calais, spending much of her winters skating between the 2 towns. Virginia lived in Calais and worked at the Woolworth's for a few years after graduating. Her high school goal of "traveling" drew her first to cook for a wealthy family in Boston, then wanderlust got the better of her when she traveled with the family to California in the early 40's. She met my father, Weldon White, in Pasadena and they married in 1949. They lived in Port Townsend, Washington while my dad was stationed at Ft. Warden for 6 years, and then he was transferred to Ft. Lewis. My parents lived in Olympia from 1955 until long past retirement. The assisted living years have come along since 2001, and my father passed away at 90 in late 2003. I was so thankful that I was able to take my 2 parents and 3 daughters to visit Calais during the summer of 2002 where we actually ran into the daughter of one of Virginia's best friends, Doris Libby. In September of 2006 I moved my mother from Olympia to a short distance from my home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although my mother had memory problems, she still perked up when we discussed Maine, and she could tell me many of her childhood memories from Calais. I am happy to report that Virginia stayed true to her self as an independent woman with a great sense of humor and a heart of gold up until the end of her life. If any former classmate remembers Virginia, you will be happy to know that Virginia never lost the gleam in her eye, her strong opinions, or the grip on her purse! She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Anyone who knew Virginia can feel free to e-mail me (Debbie) at: debbie0413@gmail.com. 082608

Barbara Murchie Abercrombie, 95, daughter of the late Maine Chief Justice Harold Hale and Jessie Ross Murchie of Calais, died April 24, 2012, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Scarborough, after a stroke. Born and raised in Calais, Barbara lived "away" with her husband, Bob for 35 years, but they returned each summer and then moved back home upon their retirement. They had two children, David and Susan; and one grandchild, David Jr. Barb was a person of many interests and talents. A graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in music, she was a singer in various choirs and choral groups, including concert tours in England and Europe and the Soviet Union. She served as the organist at St. Anne's from 1977 to 2003. Toward the end of her tenure at the organ console, she brought in a student assistant, who learned much from her and received the same compensation when he played as she did on her Sundays. She was a silversmith in Boston before her marriage, a potter, an artist with glazes and with ink and with stencils for silk screening. She braided rugs, and taught others the craft. She knitted and sewed, and shared her knowledge of those skills. She could use virtually any tool, equally well with either hand, and helped to build several structures, including her mother's garage. Jessie Murchie was a member of Calais Regional Hospital Board of Trustees, and Barb more or less inherited her mother's chair. Barb took up that position enthusiastically, and served as the secretary to the trustees, and on the quality assurance committee, and on the committee to recruit physicians to come to Calais. She volunteered - among others! - to spend time each week to microfilm the hospital's mountains of old paper patient files, years before the move to digital records. She also donated gallons of blood, of a rare and much wanted type, at the quarterly blood drives at the hospital. Always happy on the water, whether fresh or salt, Barb was introduced to sailing five years after her retirement, on a windjammer schooner, which is a member of Maine Windjammer Association fleet. Embracing this experience with her usual zest, Barb sailed with her daughter at least one week each summer for 25 years. She helped to raise the sails, and to tack the headsails, and also to "crank anchor" in the first 10 years or so. She made friends and gained respect and love on Penobscot Bay as she did everywhere. Her shipmates have missed her since increasing infirmity forced her to give up those adventures at 90. Barb loved the young, and the old, and those in between. She taught children to swim, at the municipal pool. She led a water aerobics group at Motor Inn's indoor pool for several years because she needed it and so did others in Calais and St. Stephen. She reached out to welcome those "from away" who were trying to find their roots in Calais. And to anyone who seemed to be looking for assistance. Whenever she saw a need, Barb was there. When anyone asked for her help, whether for a small favor or the need to move mountains, she was there. Rest in peace, Barb. You will be missed by many, who will try to live by your example. She is survived by her daughter, who enjoyed the privilege of caring for her in Portland for the last few years when she could no longer live alone; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and by yet another expanding generation. A memorial service, to celebrate her life and her love of life is scheduled 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 30, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Calais. In lieu of flowers, Barb's family suggests donations to St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Church Street, Calais, ME 04619; Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074; or Station Maine, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland, ME 04841 - a no-charge rowing program for all ages, but particularly for young people, in the midcoast region. [Bangor Daily News]  

Mabel Perry St. Clair, 91, died Feb. 5, 2008, at Atlantic Rehab & Nursing Center, Calais. Mabel was born Sept. 17, 1916, in Calais, the daughter of Frank and Edith (Hatt) Perry. Mabel was predeceased by her husband, Clyde S. St. Clair Sr.; a daughter, Constance St. Clair; four sisters, Mildred Campbell, Wilma Pomeroy, Phyllis Pierce and Lois Benson; and a brother, Ernest Perry. Surviving are two sons, Clyde St. Clair Jr. and Charles St Clair, both of Utah; and a daughter, Shirley St. Clair of Texas. Private services to be held at a later date. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com. [Bangor Daily News 2/7/2008. Provided by John Adams and Marilyn Strout] 

Samuel A. Saunders, 74, died unexpectedly, Feb. 25, 1990, at a Calais hospital. He was born in Calais, Dec. 14, 1915, the son of Samuel and Annie (Shain) Saunders. He was a graduate of Calais Academy and served in the U.S. Army in Japan and the Philippines during World War II. He was postmaster in Calais for 22 years, retiring in 1982. He was past commander of the Sherman Brothers Post No. 3 American Legion of Calais; past master of the St. Croix Lodge No. 46 AF& AM at Calais; and past president and secretary of the Calais Rotary Club, having been a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He is survived by his wife, Nina (Cookson) Saunders of Calais; one son and daughter-in-law, Samuel and Kristi Saunders of Calais; two daughters, Mrs. Victor (Judith) Antoniello and Nancy Perry, both of Calais; one son-in-law, Ernest Perry of Calais; three sisters, Besse Wilson of Zephyrhills, Fla., Maxine Moore of Williamsburg, Va., and Faye Woodman of Cambridge, mass.; five grandchildren, Victor and Andrew Antoniello, Jamie and Jennifer Perry, and Allison Saunders. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Scott-Wilson Funeral Home, Calais, where Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dana Kadey officiating. Spring burial will be in the Calais Cemetery. Friends who wish may make donations in his memory to the Calais Boosters Club, care of Harley Clark, Calais Post Office, Calais 04619. [A-CHS 5/1990] 

Cressida Sprague Brownrigg Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Philip Trainor Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Virginia Williams. On Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, Virginia Louise Dyer, 91, died peacefully surrounded by family at her home of 11 years in Rohrersville, MD, and went home to be with the Lord. Known by her family and friends as "Ginny", "Gram" or "KCG-0375 Base," she was born Virginia Louise Williams on August 11, 1916, in Calais, Maine, to the late Marcello and Minnie Mabel Williams. She was raised in the border town of Calais along with 17 siblings by her father, a railroad worker, and her mother, a homemaker. She graduated from the Calais Academy. Virginia was the last surviving sibling of 18, having outlived her 7 sisters and 10 brothers. Virginia is survived by her husband of more than 70 years, Kenneth George Dyer of Rohrersville. They were united in marriage on Sept. 13, 1937 in Westbrook, Maine. Virginia was a wonderful and devoted homemaker who enjoyed caring for husband, children, and grandchildren. She loved to bake and was best known (and will be missed) for her delicious pies and green cake. She also enjoyed being a Cub Scout mom. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed sewing Mr. & Mrs. Claus dolls. She belonged to the Mothers Club of Job's Daughters, Bethel 18, and was an original member of the Universalist Church in Silver Spring, MD. Before moving to Rohrersville, she and her husband lived in Silver Spring for more than 52 years. Virginia and Ken enjoyed spending much of their time traveling, often with the Good Sam's Club on RV camping trips around the country. They actually visited every capital in the United States! In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Pauline Frances, and husband Clifford L. Strobel of Rohrersville; son David Dyer and wife Candi of Fredericksburg, VA; 10 grandchildren, Shari Strobel and husband Glenn Lawyer of Derwood, MD, Donald Strobel and wife Dana Dudley-Strobel of Middletown, MD, Terri Strobel of Germantown, MD, Lisa Mahoney of Mt. Airy, MD, Scott Strobel and wife Carrie of Walkersville, MD, Sean Strobel and wife Teresa of Williamsport, MD, Ashleigh Davis and husband Adam of Walkersville, Sharon Jennings of Woodbridge, VA, and Leah Dyer and Hannah Dyer both of Fredericksburg. Virginia is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, Anne Marie Gaffney, Bethany Joyce, 1st Lt. Matthew Humphries, Shannon Strobel, David Jennings, Megan Jennings, Samantha Strobel, Mikayla Strobel, Tyler Strobel, and Landen Strobel, as well as 2 step great-grandchildren Paul and Maggie. She is also survived by three great-great grandchildren, Tyler Anderson, Isaac Healy, and Davin Healy. Virginia was preceded in death by one grandson Michael David Strobel. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, Oct. 29, at Bast Funeral Home in Boonsboro. The Rev. Dean Pryor will officiate. Interment will be in Brownsville Heights Cemetery in Brownsville, MD. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 5 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 (www.hwcmd.org). Online condolences may be made at bastfuneralhome.com. 

Marguerite Elfrieda Wilson Webb. Died at home on July 6, 2005, surrounded by her family--husband Theodore; daughters Roberta Webb and Christine Webb-Curtis; sons Theodore Ford Webb and Noel Webb; daughter-in-law Jeanne Ford Webb; granddaughter and husband Renee and Jason Cahill; and great granddaughter Jade Cahill. Born in St. Stephens, New Brunswick, at the only hospital available to residents of Calais, Maine, on July 23, 1916, she grew up in Calais and became an accomplished pianist. She studied music at the University of Maine and Juilliard School of Music in New York. She met her husband of 62 years when she was accompanist and he sang in the chorus of the Bangor Theological School in Bangor, Maine. After living many years in New England and New York, she moved to Sacramento in 1971 where her husband served as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society. She was active in church and community activities, especially the Women's Alliance and bridge clubs. She is survived by her husband and four children, 11 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and cousins Lydia DiCenzo of Calais, Maine, and James Marratty of Derry, New Hampshire. Memorial service to be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2005.

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