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company, which eventually became Home Bistro, a frozen foods catalog delivering “chef prepared meals, right to your door.” With a processing plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., he and his family chose to live across Lake Champlain in Vermont. His passion for sports led him to help develop the South Burlington Youth Lacrosse program and to coach the local youth football team. Survivors include wife Bernadette O’Brien Thompson; and children Caroline, Andrew, and William.

1982 Nancy Jane Beckwith March 19, 2018 Nancy Beckwith enhanced her Spanish major with a junior year in Spain while at Bates. She was a member of the faculty at Gould Academy, where she also coached soccer. Prior to that she was the program director and a unit leader at Camp Calumet in West Ossipee, N.H.

1983 Alexander William Banks December 18, 2017 Without exception, everyone describes Alex Banks as a kind and gentle soul – except on the tennis or basketball court. A lifelong Quaker, in a court of law he was always fighting for the poor and disadvantaged. He earned a law degree in 1987 from Vermont Law School, where he was a member of the National Lawyers Guild and Women’s Law Group. Until 1995, he served as staff attorney and then managing attorney at Northwestern Legal Services in Pennsylvania. He returned to Vermont and became a professor at VLS and served as a staff attorney at the South Royalton Legal Clinic. His numerous awards included the Outstanding Victim Advocate Award in 2000 from the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services and Vermont Domestic Violence Network. Survivors include sons Carter and Cole Banks; and their mother, Sheilagh Smith. Elizabeth Cowan Kelley August 21, 2017 Liz Cowan Kelley left Bates for the Univ. of Rochester. She remained in upstate New York as a marketing manager in Buffalo. Survivors include husband Brian Kelley. Her cousins are Carolyn Webber Nelson ’62 and Meredith Webber Stockwell ’65. Her other Bates relatives, all deceased, were her father Philip W. Cowan ’55; great-uncle Randall E. Webber ’36; and great-aunt Priscilla Walker Webber ’36.

1986 John Duane Daley January 14, 2018 With his degree in history, JD Daley taught history at Noble High School in North Berwick and for the last 20 years, until his death, at Kennebunk High School. He traveled to China


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every summer for many years, teaching and building. He was a fisherman and a sailor who loved working on his tractor. Survivors include wife Danelle Corbett Daley ’87; children John Paul and MingGe Rose Daley; and father Richard D. Daley ’58. Other Bates relatives, all deceased, were grandmother Joyce Foster Daley ’35, great-grandfather Eugene S. Foster 1907, and great-uncle Eugene S. Foster ’39. Charlotte Koudijs Taverna December 12, 2017 Charlotte Koudijs Taverna was an active resident in Wilton, Conn., chairing youth field hockey and lacrosse and teaching knitting at the continuing education center. Tireless and dedicated, she volunteered for numerous causes, including the Family & Children’s Agency and A Better Chance. A French and German major who was born in the Netherlands, she was passionate about cooking, knitting, and art. She served on four Reunion Committees, most recently her 25th, and was an Alumni-in-Admission volunteer and class agent. Survivors include husband John T. Taverna ’85; and children Willem ’17, Beatrice, and Caroline.

1987 Rebecca Anne Whitten January 30, 2018 Becky Whitten cherished her Native American heritage as a member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. A psychology major, she was an assistant librarian at UMaine Augusta for many years, and worked at Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth before that. She enjoyed trips to botanical gardens; as a child, she planted an acorn and today that oak tree grows at the family farm in New Portland. Survivors include husband Jamie Plourd; parents Donald and Faye Whitten; and four sisters, including Sarah J. Whitten ’94. Her late aunts were Rae Bryant Parsons 1905 and Kathryn Thomas Becker ’37. Her late uncle was Howard E. Thomas ’31; and her late great-uncle was William L. Parsons 1905.

1988 Patrick B. McNamara March 10, 2018 Patrick McNamara loved sports. He played intramural football and baseball at Bates, where he majored in political science. He continued his love of football at the Garibaldi Club in Haverhill, Mass. He worked as a federal customs agent and spent his free time golfing and skiing. He was a former Alumni-in-Admission volunteer for Bates. Survivors include wife Dana; daughter Courtney; and stepdaughter Elise Maher.

1990 Martin John DeFelice III November 30, 2017

Marty DeFelice was an economics major who worked at Yale New Haven Hospital as a financial analyst. A big fan of Walt Disney World, he told countless stories of every Disney trip he made with his family, even spending his honeymoon there. He was a devoted husband and father whose daughters, Emma and Isabella, considered him their best friend. Survivors also include his wife, Michelle Franco DeFelice.

1995 Justin Blair Shein December 6, 2017 Justin Shein majored in economics and went on to earn an MBA from the Univ. of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. His career in business strategy included work for Arthur Andersen, AOL, GE, and Amcor. He and his wife, Erica Fish ’95, lived in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, and Illinois during their 21 years of marriage. He was most proud of his family, his travels, and the 19 marathons he completed. Whether he was in Africa with the family, running a marathon on the Great Wall of China, or supporting his children at athletic events, he carried a camera and a smile. In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters Julia, Katherine, and Laura. John Keith Waskiewicz April 14, 2018 John Waskiewicz was an avid athlete: He skied, he ran, he cycled, and played tennis and soccer. He held an MBA from Boston College and worked at State Street Corp. as an analyst for 18 years. Survivors include fiancée Erin Colman; and parents Dennis and Rosalind Tepper Waskiewicz.

FACULTY James Hepburn September 23, 2016 Jim Hepburn, genial and generous, once brought a faculty meeting to an uproar when he made a motion, perhaps humorous, to abolish the physical education department. The equally genial and generous track coach, Walter Slovenski, had to be restrained. The motion failed, Bates found money to fund both academics and athletics, and the two remained friends. (Hepburn even rented a room from Coach as he neared retirement.) Chair of the English Department for all of his 16 years at Bates, 1972–88, Jim Hepburn taught previously at the universities of Cornell, Yale, Leicester, and Rhode Island. Between earning a BA from Yale and a doctorate from the Univ. of Pennsylvania, he served as a radio operator in an infantry battalion in France and Germany during World War II. “We remember him as the outstanding teacher, accomplished scholar, experimental playwright, and person of endless generosity,” said Associate Professor of English Sanford Freedman. One of his students, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Elizabeth Strout ’77, recalled taking a class on short stories with him as a freshman. “Jim Hepburn

saw me as a writer, which was so important.” Whenever a paper was due in his class, he allowed her to submit a short story instead – and then he’d critique it. “I took every class he taught for two years,” she said. He died in Surrey, England, at the age of 93. Survivors include wife Margaret; son Jamie; and four grandchildren. Theodore Walther June 2, 2018 Ted Walther traversed his 43 years on the Bates economics faculty with a New Yorker’s wry bemusement, leavened with a Navy sailor’s equanimity and undergirded by great devotion to teaching and his students. He grew up in New York City, served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952, received a bachelor’s degree from Mexico City College, and earned a doctorate from the New School for Social Research. When he arrived, the college was half its current size, 875 students, and the in loco parentis model was firmly in place at schools of Bates’ ilk. “I think there were a lot of people who were attempting to tell the young people what to do,” he recalled for the Bates Oral History Project in 1998. He described his first courses as “bombs.” But he would get much better. An international economist, he taught statistics, international macroeconomics, and monetary policy, and served as department chair. His textbook, The World Economy (Wiley), was published in 1996. He retired as professor emeritus of economics in 1998, then taught Bates courses until 2002, by which time the department had grown to 10. A second-floor classroom in Pettengill Hall is dedicated to Walther: “in honor of a professor and a friend.” Walther’s survivors include daughters Pamela Walther Felber and Susan Walther; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased in 2013 by his wife, Joan Mirandon Walther, who worked as a registered nurse in the Bates Health Center from 1974 to 1993.

FRIEND Grace Ten Eyck Tagliabue March 29, 2018 Grace Ten Eyck Tagliabue was an artist accomplished in calligraphy, puppetry, pottery, and especially silk screen printing, which often featured the verse of her late husband, the poet and Bates professor John Tagliabue, who died in 2006. Together, they traveled the world, always visiting local museums. Three years ago, at age 92, she published (with Henry Majewski) a book of ekphrastic poetry, John’s poems that flowed from their museum visits. They served as each other’s muse; wherever their travels took them, they befriended local artists and were inspired by them. In Lewiston, she taught elementary school, developed her own art, and raised their two daughters, Francesca Gould and Dina Tagliabue. They are among her survivors, along with four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...