Calais Academy

Class of 1937

[ Graduates ] [ What's Happening ] [ Return to Home Page ]
Thanks to Charles A. Peirce III for the roster & corrections.

Penink.gif (3623 bytes) Guestbook

Graduates Class of 1937

Clifford Alexander Freda Berry June Bridges
(University of ME)
Louise Burgess Virginia Carpenter
(St. Stephen Business College)
Elaine Carson
Helen Clark
(Holy Rosary Commercial School)
Melva Clarke
(Holy Rosary Commercial School)
Floyd Coleman
Laurence Connell Francis Colpitts Mavis Creamer
(University of ME)
Ethel Diffin Gordon Dwelley Harold Freeman
Willard Fenderson Winifred Gardiner
(Holy Rosary Commercial School)
Geraldine Gay
Jack Goode Phyllis Graham
(St. Stephen Business College)
Lois Groves
Maude Hamilton Fred Hill May Hill
Nina Hill Hilda Holm Wilfred Holmes
Albert Hume Selma Jacobs Pearl James
Nellie Kallenberg
(Holy Rosary Commercial School)
Ruth Kelly
(St. Stephen Business College)
Betty Kerr
Winifred Kyle Anne McArthur Bernard McClure
Ralph McCurdy
(Ricker Classical Institute)
Marguerite McLain May Morgan
Mary Mowatt Freda Mylen Mavis O'Brien
(Holy Rosary Commercial School)
William O'Neill Phyllis O'Neill Catherine O'Neill
(Holy Rosary Commercial School)
Charlene Peterson Burton Phelan Marjorie Porter
Margaret Reed Dorothy Robinson Eldora Russell
Beverly Saunders Harold Seholl Virginia Scott
Jean Smith
(Washington St. Normal School)
Pauline Smith Lois Smith
George Smith Warren Spearin Ruth Stanhope
Helen Stanhope William Simpson Evelyn Stone
Leah Thomas
(Netherwood School for Girls)
Lois Thomas Eugene Townsend
Douglas Trainor Cecil Ward Barbara Young
(University of ME)

Class Flower: American Beauty Rose
Class Colors: Old Rose & Silver
Motto: Patience is the Key to Success

Class Officers:
President - Burton Phelan
Vice-President - Melva Clarke
Secretary & Treasurer - Pauline Smith

Return to Home Page

Freda Berry Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Melva Clarke Keen  Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042209

Francis L. "Panny" Collpitts, 79, of Fessenden Ave. died unexpectedly at a local hospital. He was born in Baileyville, a son of Alpheus and and Annie Steadman Collpitts, and was a graduate of Calais Academy. He moved from Calais to South Portland after high school and was employed in construction before being drafted into the Army in 1942. After the war Mr. Collpitts worked as a mechanic at Cape Shore Garage, and later as an electrician through the Local International Union....[Portland Press Herald 9/3/1998]

William Lawrence Connell, 87, of Monterey, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 at his home. He was born June 10, 1920 in Calais, Maine, son of the late William L. and Leona Linton Connell. On March 8, 1942, he married Hallie Juanita Gilmore, who preceded him in death on July 6, 1994. Mr. Connell served in the CCC. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He taught electronics in Groton, Conn. and retired from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He had also worked at the VEPCO project in Bath County. He was a member of the Marine Masonic Lodge in Falmouth, Mass. and the Highland Masonic Lodge #110. He was an active amateur radio Operator (W1LYV) from 1939 to the present. He was a lifetime student and teacher. He lived in Cape Cod, Mass. from 1946 to 1977 and in the Back Creek section of Highland County for 30 years. He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Berna L. and Garland Carpenter of Bolar, Betty H. and Clinton Gurney of Fountain Hills, Ariz. and Mary Ellen Robitaille of Virginia Beach; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas R. and Penny Connell of Merritt Island, Fla. and John F.W.L. and Jane Connell of Pennsylvania; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis Nevins of Livingston, N.J.; and a brother, Bernard Connell of Bedford, Texas. A graveside service was conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 27, 2007 at Monterey Cemetery with Masonic Rites.

Willard Fenderson Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Harold Freeman. Deceased 1956. Married Marjorie Ruth Vose class of '43. 

John Goode Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Albert Hume Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Selma Jacobs Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Nellie Marie Kallenberg  Russell, 93, passed away peacefully Monday, January 13, 2014 in Calais with her loving family by her side. Nellie was born in Calais on May 26, 1920, daughter of the late Carl and Elsie (Crabbe) Kallenberg. She graduated from Calais Academy and attended Miss Crabbe’s Business School in St. Stephen. Nellie married John Harvey Russell in Calais on August 25, 1942. She enjoyed cooking and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Calais Congregational Church where she sang in the choir. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband John Russell; two sisters, Marion Pignatelli and Hilda Bernier; and a brother Kenneth Kallenberg. Surviving are her three children, David Russell and wife Susan of Bloomer, WI, Janet Greenlaw of Calais, and Jeffrey Russell and wife Lynne of Calais; seven grandchildren, Kristen Smith, Melissa Johnson and husband Dana, Michael Russell, Jackie Levick and husband Keith, Nicole Footer and husband Joseph, Mitch Russell and wife Heather, and Kenneth Russell; seven great-grandchildren, Brooke and Nathan Smith, Kaylee Johnson, Joseph and Jacob Footer, and Kyleigh and Mitchell Russell; three sisters-in-law, Irene and Eleanor Russell of St. Stephen, NB and Hildegard Russell of Moncton, NB; and many nieces and nephews; and her canine companion Goldie. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Calais Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. [Heather Ross] 

Ruth Inez Kelley Pearson died May 15, 2013; she was born to Raymond and Margaret Kelley on September 25, 1920, in Calais, Maine. She had one brother, Paul, who was 4 years younger. Ruth remembered that her parents, Ray and Margaret, cared very much for each other. Her mom died from an elective surgery at age 40 when Ruth was in her 20s. Her dad subsequently remarried Sarah and they had one daughter, Patty (Ruth’s half-sister). Her extended family loved each other very much and would do anything to support one another. Ruth said that they were poor but didn’t know it. She later realized that they were rich because of the close family ties they shared. Ruth, her parents, and her brother lived in a house just down the street from where her father’s family lived. Ruth attended the Convent school her first 9 years and Calais Academy for high school. When Ruth graduated from high school, she went for one year to St. Stephen’s Business School, across the border in Canada. She then moved to Bangor, Maine, to be a secretary. There she met Wesley Pearson and they were married on September 12, 1940. They moved to Washington DC, where Wes worked for the federal government and Ruth worked as a secretary for the National Youth Administration. They later moved to Washington State were his family lived. Margie was born in Seattle, Washington in 1950 and was named after Ruth’s mother, Margaret. Wes’ job required that Ruth pack for the family and move often. Their moves took them to: Washington state, California, Montana, Colorado, and Minnesota where they later moved into Friendship Village in Bloomington [MN], where she enjoyed the last 11 years of her life. Ruth was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She and Wes were married 65 years. Ruth supported Margie as she was growing up doing things like being an assistant Brownie Scout leader. Ruth loved being a grandma and was always looking for things she could do for her grandchildren. She treasured times with them in their home or at the lake cabin. Ruth was thrilled to have met and held her great-grandson, Greyson. Ruth is survived by their only child, Margie (Jeff) Vest; three grandchildren Amy, Ryan, and Eric (Anna); and one great-grandson, Greyson. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Wes. [Loving the Lord Ministries]

Phyllis Mary O'Neill Graham, 85, of LaGrange was born June 30, 1920, in Calais, Maine, attended Calais public schools, graduated from Calais Academy and Holy Rosary Commercial School across the St. Croix River in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. She married Burleson Graham on October 19, 1952 in Oakland, California. A resident of LaGrange since 1961, she was bookkeeper, secretary-treasurer and director of Texas Timbers in LaGrange retiring in 1985. Member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, she was a 40 year member of the Fayette Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a longtime member and supporter of the Fayette Public Library and Museum and the "Friends of Winedale". Phyllis passed away Sunday, September 25, 2005, at her home in LaGrange at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 25 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bertram and Ruby (Stairs) O'Neill; husband, Burleson Graham and brother, Lloyd O'Neill. Survivors include her son Mark and wife Ann Crosby of Charlottesville, Virginia, son Gary of Austin, Texas, daughter Kara Schneider and husband David of La Grange, sister Marjorie Sleeper and husband Neal of Hampden, Massachusetts, sister-in-law Jean O'Neill of Portland, Maine, grandchildren Bonnie and Kyle Graham, nieces Barbara Graham and husband Dennis, Judy Heidenthal and husband Dennis, nephews John Graham and wife Terri, David O'Neill, and Robert and Richard Sleeper. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, September 29, 2005, at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Walter Lee officiating. Interment will follow in the LaGrange City Cemetery. Friends may call the Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home after 12 Noon on Tuesday and the family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Memorials are suggested for the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, Fayette Heritage Library/Museum/Archives, American Cancer Society, or benevolence of choice. Funeral arrangements by Koenig & Strickland, 208 W. Pearl, LaGrange, TX 78945 (979) 968-3121. [Houston Chronicle TX 9/27/05. Sharon Howland.]

Marjorie Porter Savoy Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  042009

Dorothy M Robinson Francy.  Dorothy was born in Milltown Maine married in 1940 to Augustine Francy - lived in  Calais Maine, Boston MA, Marshfield Ma, and Troy N.Y. Dorothy died on June 26 1997 in  Troy N.Y. She is buried in Marshfield MA. Dorothy had 3 children Sandra, Stella , Michelle. Information provided by Mrs. Michelle Foley 

Virginia Scott Moss Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  120509

Pauline Smith Miller - STETSON - Pauline L. Miller, 82, wife of the late Cecil J. Miller, died June 10, 2002, at an Ellsworth health-care center. She was born Oct. 4, 1919, in Calais, the daughter of Eben and Cora (Glidden) Smith. Pauline and her husband operated St. Croix Music Shop in Calais for 30 years and she had worked for Dr. Meyers Optometry in Calais for more than 10 years. She loved animals. Surviving are one daughter, Patricia A. Button and her husband, Gerald of Stetson; two grandchildren, Lisa Pelkey and her husband, Ronald of Stetson and Christopher Button of Stetson and his fiancé, Georgette Davis of Orono and her son, Patrick of Ft. Campbell, Ky.; two sisters, Doris Christie of Brunswick and Madeline Beattie of North Adams, Mass.; two sisters-in-law, Shirley and Avis Smith; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence and Maurice Smith. Services will be private. Burial will be in the Calais Cemetery, Calais. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor 04401. Arrangements by Kiley Funeral Home, 69 State St., Brewer. [Bangor Daily News 06/11/02]

Ruth I. Stanhope Colbeth, 77, of 6 Christian Ave., formerly of Harard, died yesterday in Deaconess Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, after a long illness. Sher leaves her husband of 52 years, Clinton H. Colbeth; a brother Martin Stanhope of Hudson; nephews and nieces. She was born in Calais, Maine, daughter of Maynard and Ethel Hanson Stanhope, and lived many years in Harvard before moving here five years ago. She graduated from Calais Academy in 1937. [Worcester Telegram & Gazette MA 7/25/1998]

Eugene Townsend. CALAIS - Eugene M. Townsend, 89, beloved husband of Patricia Smith Townsend, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at a Bangor hospital. Gene was born Feb. 7, 1920, in Calais, son of the late Albert J. and Elizabeth Markee Townsend Griffin. Gene grew up in Calais and graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1937. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the outbreak of World War II and served in England, North Africa and Italy. During his years of service in the Air Corps and while being qualified as a B-17 engineer, his artistic talents were soon discovered and he was enlisted to put the names and art work, known as "nose art," on many of his squadron aircraft. Several Web sites featuring much of his work have been created by military historians. After discharge from the service in September 1945, he attended Randolph School of Art, Hartford, Conn., and later worked in the experimental jet division of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Gene and his wife, Pat, enjoyed traveling and they spent a number of years in the south, where he was employed by Florida Advertising Co., St. Augustine. He also established his own sign business in Calais and continued with that work for many years. Later, Gene and Pat spent many winter seasons in Florida and maintained a home in St. Augustine Beach, Fla., returning to Maine each summer. Gene, along with his friend, Jay Hinson, purchased the Machias Valley News Observer in 1967 and as co-owners and co-publishers of the newspaper, enjoyed many years of a great and successful business relationship. Gene was a longtime member and past president of Calais Lions Club, Frontier Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Baileyville, and a life member of Sherman Bros. Post No. 3 American Legion, Calais. Throughout the years he enjoyed many outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, boating and camping. He had a special love of the St. Croix River and the many lakes in the area. Gene was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather, Leo Griffin; a brother, Verne of Denver; sister, Erdine Claridge of Calais; and a very special great-uncle and great-aunt, Grafton and Eunice Grearson of Calais, with whom he spent many years of his youth. Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia (Smith) Townsend; sister, Lois Hardy and her family of Enfield, Conn.; brothers-in-law, Alan Smith of Calais and Donald Smith of Lake Worth, Fla.; a special niece, Gayle Lindsay and her family of St. Stephen, New Brunswick; many nieces and nephews. At Gene's request, there will be no visiting hours. A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Calais United Methodist Church, 849 Main St., Calais, with Pastor Ray Morse officiating. Burial with military honors will be afterward at Calais Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com. Published in Bangor Daily News on December 21, 2009. Aircraft Nose Art,  Nose Art, Nose Art

Dr. Barbara Alice (Young) Pullen, 91, formerly of Veazie and Augusta, went to be with the Lord, March 18, 2012, at Orono Commons Nursing Home, Orono. She was born April 23, 1920, in Calais, daughter of Arthur I. Young and Anna (Coe) Young. She was a graduate of Calais Academy and the University of Maine, class of 1941. Barbara later went on to do advanced math and science studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Later she did advanced study at Boston University, Boston. In 1960 Dr. Pullen earned her Master of Education degree from the University of Maine, Orono. Later she participated in the Study of the British Primary Schools, London and Oxfordshire, England. Dr. Pullen earned her Doctor of Education degree, majoring in administration, from Heed University, Hollywood, Fla. During the early 1940s she worked in the Department of Structural Engineering and Design for the Boston & Maine Railroad. Dr. Pullen also worked as a mathematician in the Actuarial Department at John Hancock Insurance Co., Boston. She later worked as child welfare worker for Maine Department of Human Services, Augusta. Dr. Pullen has an extensive background in elementary and secondary education. She taught grades fourth through sixth in the Gardiner school system and served as an educational psychologist for grades kindergarten through third in the Monmouth school system and as a guidance counselor for grades seven through 12th in the Waterville school system. Barbara is a former assistant to the president of the University of Maine, Augusta, and a former adjunct professor at St. Francis College, Biddeford. She taught at college undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1970 she co-founded and became president of American Institute for Creative Education, an in-service teacher training institute. For the next 30 years she developed hundreds of seminars, workshops and graduate credit courses held throughout New England and Mid-Atlantic states, as well as England, Australia, New Zealand, St. Thomas and the Grand Cayman Islands, serving several thousands of teachers, indirectly benefiting tens of thousands of children. Dr. Pullen was a member of "Who's who of Women Executives." She was a former member of the Governor's Advisory Board of Education and a former member of the Governor's Advisory Board of Mental Health. Barbara was also past president of American Association of University Women, Augusta Branch. She was recently a member of Order of the Eastern Star. Barbara was a very outgoing individual with a warm and uniquely pleasing personality and had a great sense of humor. She was adored by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. Her son, also co-founder of American Institute for Creative Education, once commented that throughout the 30 year period of operating the business, many educators had come up to him and commented about what a special person Barbara was. He would always reply with a smile, "Thank you, I've been told that before, and I agree." Barbara was predeceased by her second husband, George E. Pullen of Augusta, in 1993. She is survived by her business partner and son, Charles A. Peirce III of Bangor; her adoring daughter, Catherine A. Hopper and her husband, Edward C. Hopper; and her special grandson, Christopher C. Hopper, all of Orono; as well as many friends and colleagues. Barbara's family thanks the staff at Orono Commons Nursing Home for the special care given to her during the past one and a half years. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, March 23, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher, officiating. Those who wish to remember Dr. Pullen in a special way may make gifts in her memory to a charity of choice. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www..BrookingsSmith..com. [Published in BDN 3/20/12.]