IN THIS ISSUE Breaking Ground on New Sports Center Record Day of Giving 2021 A Successful Year Together
8 6 DEPARTMENTS:
19 Thomas Athletics 22 Class Notes 26 In Memoriam
ON THE COVER: Thomas College celebrated its 127th Commencement on May 15, 2021. Ceremonies were modified to incorporate extra health and safety precautions, including an outdoor procession led by Professor Mark Marsolais, President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. ’92, and the Board of Trustees.
Read the story on page 10.
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A Historic Day of Giving April’s sixth annual Day of Giving was the College’s best to date, with 1,244 donors contributing nearly $664,000. Among the highlights was the level of student engagement and participation, which created a large-scale, fun, and festive atmosphere on campus – one of the first such opportunities since the pandemic began.
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Commencement Graduates and guests gathered on May 15 for the College’s first in-person Commencement since 2019 – marking the beginning of a return to normalcy and the culmination of a long and unusual journey.
Breaking Ground on New Sports Center The Thomas community looks forward to new beginnings with the construction of its sports center. More than 150 guests attended a groundbreaking ceremony on June 17.
THE NEW THOMAS COLLEGE SPORTS CENTER WILL OPEN IN AUGUST 2022, CREATING A HOME FOR THOMAS ATHLETICS. This 18,000-square-foot
building will include training space, coaches’ offices, locker rooms, and an Esports facility. You can make your mark and support construction by engraving a patio brick overlooking the Bernatchez and Smith Turf Fields. With your customized text, you can show your Terrier pride, remember a loved one, or cheer on your graduating class. For a donation of $250 or more, your brick will include three lines of text, with up to 14 characters per line. Characters include letters, numbers, punctuation, and spaces.
BuyBuild A Brick, the Future
FROM THE ENTIRE THOMAS TERRIER COMMUNITY, THANK YOU!
To donate, please visit WWW.THOMAS.EDU/GIVE and choose “Brick for New Athletic Facility.” Or send a check made payable to Thomas College, using the enclosed, postage-paid envelope; simply note “Buy a Brick” in the memo and include your email address. We will follow up to capture your text.
Graduating student Jada Samuels ’21 of Hamilton, Bermuda poses with Athletic Trainer Pat Hubel. Jada’s mother is taking the photo. Following graduation, Jada earned a job as the Women’s Futsal Coordinator at Footy Promotions in Bermuda. At Thomas College, Jada majored in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and was a member of the women’s soccer team.
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College BOARD OF TRUSTEES Conrad L. Ayotte ’77, H’98 Co-Chair Todd D. Smith ’92, M.B.A. ’99, H’19, P’24 Co-Chair Brian M. Bernatchez ’88 1st Vice-Chair Douglas L. Cutchin H’09 2nd Vice-Chair Kenneth P. Viens H’17 Secretary & Clerk Clifford C. Abbott, Jr. Michael D’Appolonia Jim A. Doyle William M. Dubay ’72 Holly Ferguson ’95, M.B.A. ’96 Robin Goodwin M.B.A. ’90 Charles “Wick” Johnson, III Meredith H. Jones Danielle K. Marquis ’99 Joseph B. Moore Cary Olson Cartwright Dorcas B. Riley Greg Savard ’89 Kelley B. Shimansky ’89 Richard F. Spellman M.S. ’80 Laurie G. Lachance M.B.A. ’92 TRUSTEE EMERITI James W. Hennigar H’03 Susan B. Lavenson H’94 Susan S. Roche EDITOR MacKenzie Riley Young COPY EDITOR Erin Baltes CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Erin Baltes Cameron Creamer ’15, M.B.A. ’16 Larry Davis ’70, ’74, M.S. ’78 MacKenzie Riley Young Michael Sullivan
Letter from the
ONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATING CLASS OF 2021!
Looking back at this challenging year, I have never been so proud of our students, faculty, and staff. You all honored your Terrier Pledge, pushed each other to work hard, sacrificed to remain on campus, and continually adapted to an ever-changing pandemic to stay on track. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your dedication to each other and the Thomas experience. This is the ninth graduating class I have had the privilege to see receive their degrees since assuming my role here as President, and the Class of 2021 is perhaps the most adaptable, committed, and persevering I have known during that time. I’m confident that you are all going to go on to do extraordinary things. Readers can see our modified Commencement ceremonies and learn what graduates have planned on page 10. I am also very proud that we united in April for our 6th Annual Day of Giving. The Thomas community mobilized with the help of 1,244 donors in a record-setting Day of Giving – raising nearly $664,000 to provide additional opportunities and resources for students. Thank you to our incredible supporters and volunteers for your enthusiasm and philanthropy. I hope you enjoy the pictures from a festive day on campus that we included in this magazine. In June, we hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Thomas College Sports Center, slated to open in August 2022. With more than 150 guests present for the celebration, the day was a sign of good things to come for Thomas students, our athletics and Esports programs, and our greater community. This uplifting effort was possible thanks to the incredible individuals, foundations, businesses, and friends who invested their talents and gifts in our successful Guarantee the Future Campaign. Please stay tuned as we watch this awesome project progress! As we welcome summer, we also welcome a brighter future wherein Thomas emerges from this past year stronger, more vibrant, and more fully inclusive than ever before. With deep gratitude,
CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Haley Campbell Cameron Creamer ’15, M.B.A. ’16 DESIGN
Laurie G. Lachance M.B.A. ’92 President
O’Brien Design Haley Campbell
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A YEAR TO REMEMBER
HE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR WILL BE
remembered for struggles and uncertainties— and, for the Thomas College community, a year of strength and togetherness. “This past year taught us all about resilience,” says Provost Thomas Edwards, “to expect the unexpected. The students at Thomas College, the faculty, the staff—they all rose to the challenge. They didn’t sit back and wait for their futures. When Commencement came around this year, and we could see what everyone had accomplished, we could not have been prouder. Students like Sydney Pinkham ’22 were grateful to be able to live on campus and learn in person.
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“Being at Thomas this year has allowed me to grow in so many aspects of my life,” says Sydney. “I was able to improve most of my skills with my lacrosse teammates, since we were able to have practices and games. Seeing my friends and playing with my teammates is something I cherished this year especially. I took some of the harder courses I needed to complete, and I excelled in those classes because we were learning in person. I also was thrilled to be able to participate in all the events, like the Day of Giving, BINGO nights, and Deep Freeze Week that helped bring campus to life and allowed people to get out of their rooms for some fun.” The hard work and dedication of students, faculty, and staff is reflected in these snapshots of our academic year. n
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SIXTH ANNUAL DAY OF GIVING SETS NEW RECORDS
HANKS TO an outpouring of support, the Thomas College community rallied yet again for its sixth annual Day of Giving, held Wednesday, April 14. Donors met and surpassed ambitious goals of raising $500,000 with 1,000 donors. In the final tallies, 1,244 alumni, faculty, staff, students, families, trustees, and friends contributed $663,770 – breaking records for both the number of donors and dollars raised. With the help of several donors who stepped up their support, donations to several funds were doubled, including for the Thomas Fund, Student Success Grants, our planned athletic facility, many scholarship funds, and the Dr. Nelson Madore Courtyard. “Our Thomas education provided us the opportunities to build a life that we consider ourselves very fortunate to have,” reflected Harry Monti ’89 and wife Cindy ’89 on their decision to match Student Success Grants. “Not everyone can say that, and I know the importance of my education and the role Thomas played in my life.” Among this year’s special efforts was the Student Philanthropy Team’s and Student Athlete Advisory Committee’s joint work to raise funds in memory of late Class of 2020 member Antonio Martinez, who lost his life in a car accident just after graduating. Beloved by his family, classmates, and baseball teammates, Antonio inspired hundreds of donors to give in his name. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship and gift to the baseball program. “When people care about Thomas, they really show it,” said Erin Baltes, Associate VP of Advancement. “Alumni, families, volunteers – everyone makes it a priority to invest in students, including the students themselves. That’s what the Day of Giving is all about.” n
Day of Giving 2021
were students and 150 were family members or parents
42% of donations were from ALUMNI
280 140 FACULTY and STAFF, subcontractors, and former employees donated
friends, trustees, and businesses DONATED
121 social media
ambassadors spread the message online, THE MOST VOLUNTEERS EVER
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A CAUSE FOR
Celebration Commencement Welcomes Guests to Adapted Event Thomas College’s 127th graduation ceremonies, held on Saturday, May 15, looked very different this year, with the number of guests per graduate limited to two. Yet, the energy on campus was palpable; suddenly, students and their loved ones, including members of the Class of 2020, were able to celebrate together, safely and in person. The result: a high-spirited, festive day that reflected more than 200 graduates’ resilience, perseverance, and achievements. n
STUDENT SPEAKERS Kyle Greene ’21
Tiffany White ’20, M.B.A. ’21
EPRESENTING THE UNDERGRADUATE DIVISION WAS KYLE GREENE ’21.
Kyle, from Claremont, New Hampshire, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. He plans to further his education in the one-year Master’s in Educational Leadership, Principal/ Superintendent program at Thomas College. Representing graduate students was TIFFANY WHITE ’20, M.B.A. ’21 . Tiffany is from Barnstead, New Hampshire, and completed her Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting summa cum laude in August of 2020. Based on her perfect 4.0 throughout her undergraduate career, Tiffany was also the recipient of the Thomas Scholar Award for the undergraduate student graduating with the highest cumulative GPA. Tiffany graduated at this year’s ceremonies with her Master of Business Administration - Accounting degree. After graduation, she will work in the Audit Department of Baker Newman Noyes in New Hampshire, while she works to become a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Public Accountant. Assisting the graduating class this year as marshals were JEN SNEDEKER ’21 from Richmond, Maine, and JOSE AFONSO LUIS ’21 from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Snedeker graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Forensic and Mental Health concentrations and a Sociology minor. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s in social work. Afonso Luis is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sport Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Forensic concentration. His plans after graduation include furthering his education in the field of cybersecurity, while also working to begin a professional career in the United States. n
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GRADUATES ON THE As the Class of 2021 looks to life after graduation, we caught up with a few of our newest alumni to learn about their plans and ask what they will take away from their Thomas experiences.
DUNCAN MCDOUGAL ’21
Finance & Sport Management major Student Senate, Men’s Lacrosse NEW JOB: MANAGEMENT TRAINEE, BANGOR SAVINGS BANK
KENDY OCCEAN ’21
Computer Science major International Club, Art Club, TRIO “I’m most proud that I came to college and I’m graduating. It’s a dream come true, especially coming from Haiti. I never saw myself coming to the United States and graduating with a college degree, so I know I am not only achieving my goals, but I am also making my family proud.”
“Thomas College put me on the right track and helped to make this happen,” says Duncan. “I learned about Bangor Savings Bank’s management training program at our Career Fair here on campus. Camille McGadney and Corey Pelletier in the Professional and Career Development Office helped me prepare for my interviews, and Professor Dan Leland helped me to network. I’m very excited for what the future holds — and I’m grateful that I chose to come to Thomas!”
LAUREN HAY ’21
Elementary Education major Education Club, Women’s Basketball NEW JOB: SECOND GRADE TEACHER AT MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“I think what makes the education program at Thomas unique is how up to date faculty are with the current research around education and instructional strategies. They are always looking for ways to integrate technology into our classes and push us to utilize it in our lesson plans. The program also worked for me because the professors took the time to get to know me personally and helped me develop into a professional.”
KRISTI CARLOW ’21
Business Administration major Director of Unclaimed Property Operations at Kelmar Associates “I am the first one in my generation of my family to earn my degree! It definitely would have been easier to stay on track right out of high school when I started college and earned my degree before real life took over; but this was the next best thing, and I did it – and that is what matters. I try to set the example when I have the opportunity, and, if nothing else, I have proven that it is possible to go off track from time to time but still accomplish your goals.” n
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Honorary Degree Recipients Meredith Strang Burgess is hooded in the May 15 Commencement ceremony.
Awardees Recognized for Impacts in Business and Communities
EREDITH STRANG BURGESS
was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa at this year’s Commencement ceremonies, in recognition of her leadership in and support for Maine’s business ecosystem. Strang Burgess, of Cumberland, ME, is President and CEO of Burgess Advertising & Marketing, a 33-year-old communications company located in Falmouth. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, Meredith is an active and outspoken advocate for cancer awareness and prevention. She is the past President of the Maine Cancer Foundation and helped create the successful Maine pink ribbon specialty license plate program in 2008. She has completed 14 triathlons and has the great honor of being the last finisher at the annual Maine Tri for a Cure triathlon every July, the largest single-day fundraiser in Maine.
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Charles and Nancy Shuman are honored for their business and philanthropic contributions in central Maine.
In addition, she has served in the Maine State House of Representatives and is a dedicated leader and volunteer for numerous organizations, including the Maine Development Foundation, the University of Maine, Hebron Academy, and the Maine Historical Society. She has also served on the boards of the Maine Cancer Consortium, the Maine Public Health Association, and the Portland Ronald McDonald House.
“Answer the door when opportunity knocks. Take smart risks. And when you think you can’t do [something], ask yourself ‘Why not?’” – MEREDITH STRANG BURGESS Additional honorees included Charlie and Nancy Shuman, who were both awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa degrees in recognition of their work and dedication to growing and supporting the Central Maine business and philanthropic communities. CHARLIE SHUMAN began his career at Henley-Kimball Company, a Portland auto dealer, where he rose to the position of Parts Manager. He then moved to American Motors Corporation, where he worked for 17 years before going into business for himself. He developed a passion for auto sales while gathering insights about running a dealership. This knowledge, combined with his penchant for mechanics, helped him launch his own venture when the opportunity presented itself in 1986. What started out as a modest dealership with 17 staff members is now Charlie’s Family of Dealerships, based in Augusta, ME, with nine stores, three corporations, and 250 employees. Charlie and Nancy have a simple philosophy about giving back to the central Maine community: “If the community is good to us, we will be good to the community.” Together, they have volunteered and contributed to
numerous charities throughout central Maine, including MaineGeneral, the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, the Kennebec Valley United Way, and many more. Nancy is known throughout the region for her kind and generous spirit, as well as her hands-on approach to helping people who are less fortunate and animals in need. Charlie served as a Thomas College trustee from 2001 to 2009. This summer, two additional honorees, PETER PRESCOTT and JOHN FALLONA , will be recognized at ceremonies off campus – with both being celebrated for their leadership in growing the central Maine business environment and economy. Prescott and Fallona will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa degrees. John Fallona gained his strong work ethic while working at a sandwich shop and balancing work, school, and sports. With degrees in Industrial Electricity and Business, John advanced in his career from a dispatcher at Central Maine Power in 1964 to managing the ice storm of 1998 as Vice President of Operations to his retirement after 40 years in 2004. Upon his retirement, Fallona purchased On Target Utility Services and grew the business from 30 to 300 employees, selling the business in 2018. John is a community leader in Maine’s Kennebec Valley region, having volunteered and supported organizations including Augusta youth sports and the Capitol Area Recreation Association, the Kennebec Valley YMCA, St. Mary’s School, the Boys and Girls Club, the Augusta Food Bank, and the United Way of Kennebec Valley. Currently a resident of Scarborough, ME, he previously lived in Augusta. Peter Prescott is the owner of E.J. Prescott in Gardiner, ME, which has provided products and services to the water industry for more than 60 years. The company has locations in nine states and employs 300 people nationwide – 100 of those in Maine. In addition, he has started or acquired additional companies, including Team P.E.P. Transportation and Team Red Hed Manufacturing and Supply.
Peter Prescott (top) and John Fallona (bottom) were also awarded honorary degrees at events later this spring.
Peter and his wife Sandra have called the Gardiner, ME, area home for most of their lives. They have provided ongoing leadership support for the United Way of Kennebec Valley, the Gardiner Boys and Girls Club, the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, the Maine Community College System, the Kennebec Valley YMCA, and many other organizations. The family’s love of skating and hockey was instrumental in their rebuilding the Kennebec Ice Arena. n
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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURS at Thomas College THREE THOMAS COLLEGE STUDENTS – a current undergraduate student, a current graduate student, and a recent alum – are all thriving in their entrepreneurial ventures, thanks to their creative concepts, hard work, and support and tools they have accessed through the Harold Alfond® Institute for Business Innovation.
HOMAS COLLEGE IS
known for building business leaders – whether they become innovation managers within a company or become an entrepreneur of their own creation, they’ll graduate fully equipped to enter and thrive in the business world. The rigorous academic curriculum through the H. Allen Ryan School of Business prepares graduates in a well-rounded academic experience. In addition, Thomas College’s Harold Alfond® Institute for Business Innovation gives students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to an entrepreneurial mind set. This allows them to go on to become change agents as business managers or create businesses of their own as entrepreneurs. Our Institute helps students make this happen through one-to-one support and education they need to launch their ideas; by creating a culture and supportive ecosystem here on campus that supports students’ dreams and initiatives; and connecting students through one-to-one counseling to a network of other services to get them to the next level. Jake Warn ’22 is a small business management major who Jake Warn recently started a company called S l e d Tr x . c o m , a website for snowmobile riders.
“Thomas College connected me with people in real-life scenarios. I struggle with a learning disability, so the classroom isn’t always the best learning environment for me. Thomas College helped me connect with people like Mr. Duguay and classes outside of Thomas, like Tortoise Labs, that is more hands-on and more real-life. It’s been super impactful,” said Jake. Jake said Mike Duguay, the Executive Director of the Harold Alfond ® Institute for Business Innovation (HAIBI) at Thomas College helped him immensely in launching his new business: “Mike is incredible. He brings a lot of energy into HAIBI, along with a lot of encouragement and hope. I came to him a year ago with a wild idea, and it felt like he was the only person who supported me in that sense. He provides students with a lot of comfort and support to start these goals that sometimes feel very out there and impossible. HAIBI sparked that for me and encouraged me to explore this idea and make it happen.” Dylan Veilleux ’20, M.B.A. ’21, Founder of TreeFreeHeat, a fire starter company, started his company back in 2019 while an undergraduate student here at Thomas. Dylan started TreeFreeHeat, a company that recycles Maine’s hemp waste into fast-lighting, l ong - l a st i n g fire starters,
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while in school and has been scaling his business since becoming a graduate student. Plus, he just made it to the next round of Greenlight Maine’s collegiate competition. Dylan has taken advantage of numerous opportunities sparked from his studies at Thomas College: being a member of HAIBI’s Entrepreneurship Club; competing on Greenlight Maine’s collegiate competition more than once; competing and winning the Society of Advancement’s (SAM) national Business Pitch Competition; being a member of Brick’s Tortoise Labs classes; and participating in Top Gun. “If it wasn’t for Thomas College and the Entrepreneurship Club this [TreeFreeHeat] would have never started,” said Dylan. Thomas College alumnus Reilly Kons ’17 graduated just as the Harold Alfond® Institute for Business Innovation was beginning but was lucky to have gained a rigorous educational foundation in business here – and made connections with people like Mike Duguay, post-graduation. Reilly Kons Reilly Kons g ra d u a t e d f r o m Thomas in 2017 and has gone on to start his company SubLocal, a subscription app for local businesses. In addition, Reilly currently works at the Roux Institute as an innovation associate. He’s also taken Brick’s Tortoise Labs courses. “I’ve done a lot of things since graduating, and there is always a Thomas College connection. Thomas has a strong brand for networking, and it’s helped me get multiples jobs and make crucial connections,” said Reilly. n Recently Jake and Dylan won first and second place in the finals of Greenlight Maine College Edition. Prize for first place winner was $10,000 and $7,500 for second place. Greenlight Maine is a statewide collaboration of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, designed to promote and mentor the development and growth of business in our great state.
CATCHING UP WITH
CHARLINE “CHARLIE” TIMMINS SIMPSON ’71
By Larry Davis ’70, ’74, M.S. ’78
HARLIE (TIMMINS) SIMPSON ’71 grew up in Waterville until
her dad got a job in Bingham, ME, where she finished her senior year of high school. As a police officer, he made sure that Charlie was savvy enough to recognize trouble and handle herself in any circumstance. With this confidence, she embraced a strong sense of adventure that she carried with her to Thomas College and throughout her life. In 1969, I met incoming student Charlie, who made it clear that she was at Thomas to work hard at her studies in secretarial science and enjoy a great social experience. In the 1970s, most social events were held off campus, including at Bangs Beach in Sidney and downtown Waterville restaurants and bars, with dances at the Benton Grange. Charlie enjoyed them all. During summers, she recruited five students to join her for work on Cape Cod. They hitchhiked every day – an activity more common in that era than it
is today, but still a gutsy move. Charlie says her college goal was to attend a small business school that would lead to well-paying jobs. Thomas fit the bill perfectly, she says, and she especially loved professors Nelson Madore and Liz Geller. After Thomas, she worked for local accounting firm Edward McInnis for 14 years, then moved on to the law firm Nale & Nale. Fellow grad Harry Saunders ’72 soon convinced her to become the Executive Assistant at Saunders Manufacturing, where she handled payroll, 401K administration, and more. I led HR for NorthCenter Foodservice in Augusta when her resume arrived in
response to an opening. Though I had not seen her for years, I knew she would be a good fit; and after an interview, she joined us. In 2010, she was hired by Fabian Oil, where she still works part time. In 1974, Charlie married Paul Simpson, who is as adventurous as she is. They became certified scuba divers and have greatly enjoyed diving in the Caribbean. Charlie has reached depths of 130 feet and swam with barracudas and sharks. In recent years, the two took up motorcycle riding and have taken multiple trips to Quebec and around Maine on their Harley Davidson. She has a passion for riding horses and is accomplished in the sport. Although she incurred two serious injuries when she was younger, including a skull fracture, she continues to love riding. “One of my most memorable rides was in Barbados,” she reflects, “where I took my horse swimming in the ocean. We went deep enough that we could swim freely by each other, while I held onto the horse’s mane.” Charlie and Paul have two children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. n
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Students Take Top Honors at International Collegiate Business Skills Championships
TEAM OF THOMAS COLLEGE STUDENTS
were named the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) International Collegiate Business Skills Champions in the Open Division at the organization’s 76th annual international business conference. This series of competitions, reaching back over 40 years, provides an opportunity for students to showcase existing skills and further develop others for business success. Thomas students Tiffany White ’20, M.B.A. ’21, Steele Young ’22, and Chris Paradis M.B.A. ’21 competed, supported by business professor and team advisor Dr. Dan Leland. “The competition results show that Thomas provides a quality business education and when presented the opportunity, the ability to compete with any From L to R, Steele Young ’22, Tiffany White ’20, M.B.A. ’21, Chris Paradis M.B.A. ’22, and school in the country and beyond,” Professor Dan Leland celebrate the students’ victory. noted Dr. Leland. “The students on this team have inspired and impressed the faculty here at Thomas, second in business pitch (Steele); third in knowledge bowl as well as the judges and professionals at the SAM international (Tiffany); and second in overall points (Tiffany). event. I spent over 20 years coaching high school and collegiate “I am proud of the accomplishments of the Thomas College sports, and this is the first group of national champions I have SAM chapter because we were competing against top talent from had the privilege of working with. I couldn’t be prouder.” across the country, and we were confident in ourselves and our Students competed in five business competitions designed school. We saw this as an amazing opportunity, so we put forth to engage students in the application and practice of classroom our best effort and had fun in the process,” said Tiffany White. learning to real-world challenges. The International Collegiate Steele Young reflected that preparing for the competition Business Skills Championships (ICBSC) is comprised of five took many hours and several long nights, but it was worth it. events: the Extemporaneous Speech, Business Knowledge “The Harold Alfond® Institute for Business Innovation has been Bowl, Business Pitch, Written Case Study, and Presentation a great resource helping with competitions like this and with my Case Study Competitions. Teams are scored by academic and other business inquiries,” said Steele. industry professionals who have real-world experience in Chris Paradis added, “It was nice to compete and get involved, leadership and management. Team and individual awards are but I was much more excited to see where the focus is for given for outstanding performance overall and separately in research in the field right now. Learning from other prestigious each competition segment. institutions and practitioners was extremely beneficial.” The Thomas College team placed first place overall in the Congratulations to our winners and to team advisor open division; first in written case; second in presentation; Dr. Leland! n
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Professors Invest in Students through Teaching and Scholarships STEVE KAHL, Ph.D.
OR THE PAST 36 YEARS, PROFESSOR STEVE KAHL has explored how to connect individuals’ talents with environmental sustainability, including through his work serving on nonprofit boards. He also hosts a radio show on WERU-FM which is an energy call-in show entitled Power for the People. While he finds these activities fulfilling, he feels he makes the greatest impact at Thomas College. “My goal is to create science literate citizens,” Dr. Kahl notes. “I want my students to leave with an understanding of their majors and minors and their impact on the world. From global warming to their personal finances, they have the power to influence great change by incorporating basic science into their daily lives.” Professor Kahl has helped to create a variety of new academic majors and minors, opening the door for students to explore new career opportunities. He also established a scholarship fund for Thomas environmental science and policy students. “Thomas is unlike any other place I’ve ever worked before,” he says. “The students are smart and understand the real world. They work hard and want to make things better. This scholarship is an excellent opportunity to connect their knowledge with action, creating a brighter environmental, social, and economic future both on campus and well beyond Maine.”
DICK WILKINS, Ph.D.
ECENTLY RETIRED Professor Dr. Dick Wilkins enjoyed many career adventures prior to working at Thomas. He began his professional journey as a marine engineer, then in Miami, FL, as a law enforcement officer, before transitioning into the technology sector. After he earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Dick’s wife Christina encouraged him to slow down and consider investing his time and talent in teaching future professionals. Dick took her advice; they relocated to Maine and he spent the next decade as a Thomas Computer Science professor. During his time teaching, Dick witnessed the challenges that students face, especially women pursuing tech careers. When Christina passed away suddenly, he decided to honor her by committing a generous bequest to the College, planning to leave his entire estate to the creation of scholarships specifically designed to empower women pursuing technology-related degrees, but who might need financial support along the way. “Thomas is a special place,” he says of his decision. “The students here provide a meaningful perspective, and if they are willing to pay their dues and work hard, they can change their own lives and the world around them.” n
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Alex Small M.S. ’19 Transforms Career through Cybersecurity Program
HOMAS COLLEGE ALUMNUS ALEX SMALL began
his career as a middle school teacher, working with students in the special education program. While work was incredibly satisfying (Alex long held a perspective of wanting to help others and serve), he was also intrigued by the possibility of information technology. “There’s so much you can do in IT,” he says. “It impacts so many things and so many people.” With that vision, a highly motivated Alex enrolled in Thomas College’s master’s program to pursue an advanced degree in Cybersecurity. After an accelerated academic year of hard work, steadfast effort, and some very long nights, he earned that degree – and opened new doors. “Before I even graduated, thanks to my Thomas connections, I had several job prospects,” Alex says. Alex now works as a security analyst for a growing IT defense company called Active Cyber. “I love my new position; I get to help so many people and so many companies.” When asked what advice Alex might give to someone considering transitioning careers or going back to school, Alex’s response was this: “Thomas College opened doors and provided me with opportunities that changed my life. It was hard work, but anyone who really wants to make a change can do it. I showed up on campus with zero background in IT, and within ten months at Thomas, I had gained a master’s degree; a wealth of knowledge; a strong professional network; and, some truly life-changing opportunities!” n
pursue her passion. Her job in healthcare allowed her to utilize her graphic design, marketing, and public relations talents. She was hooked – and driven to do more, which she knew would require additional education. Amy enrolled in Thomas College’s accelerated MBA program. “It was such a great fit. I had the ability to earn my MBA in one year, and it provided me an opportunity to spend more time working on projects in my freelance graphic design business [A Jose Design].” Amy’s hard work paid off. She received her MBA in 2020, while continuing her graphic design and marketing work, and soon accepted a role as Creative Director for design company Twelve North Agency, based in Auburn, ME. “I love my job,” she reflects, adding that she is grateful to work with a wonderful team. “Every day is different. I could be helping people choose a color palette for their brand or build their visual identity. But in some ways, every day is the same; I get to help people; help their business succeed; and help them make an impact.” n
Amy Jose M.B.A. ’20
ER ENTIRE LIFE, AMY JOSE noticed that she had a knack
for design – and saw that design had the power to influence people. “A design can shape a person’s mood or their decision to buy something; empower a business; or even facilitate large-scale, positive change. It’s fascinating.” Amy, an Oakland, ME, native, knew that she wanted to
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College Breaks New Ground on Sports Center
Athletic Facility Opening in 2022
N THURSDAY, JUNE 17,
community members, including new and prospective students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, and friends celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Thomas College Sports Center, slated to open in August 2022. The much-needed new facility, designed by SMRT Architects and to be built by Sheridan Construction Corporation and E.L. Vining & Son, Inc., will encompass 18,000 square feet for the College’s athletic and Esports programs. Inside, students, staff, and guests will find training space, coaches’ offices, locker rooms, an Esports facility, and more. The strategically planned addition to the Kennebec Savings Turf Field Complex, which will overlook the Bernatchez and Smith Fields, represents more than an expansion to the College’s physical space, remarked speakers [including] President Laurie Lachance M.B.A. ’92, Athletic Director Chris Parsons ’98,
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Jordan Gibson ’17, and student-athlete Aubrey Schaeffer ’22. Schaeffer, a soccer player from Union, ME, encouraged incoming students in the crowd to be active in athletics as either competitors or fans. “This is one of the best ways to show your Thomas pride and get involved in what the campus community has to offer,” Schaeffer said. “Yes, I do find myself
a little jealous that I will only be seeing the new locker rooms and visiting the training room for just one season, but for every step we take as a Thomas community, we help take the next classes of students to an amazing place that is full of wonderful new experiences.” The project is possible thanks to the hundreds of volunteers and donors
who dedicated their time, talent, and philanthropy to the Guarantee the Future Campaign, which generated more than $30 million. The comprehensive effort raised funds for endowed and expendable scholarships, academic and student success programs, strategic partnerships, professional and career development, and the Thomas Fund. n
opportunity for me to tackle obstacles outside my comfort zone and grow into the confident person I am today.” Being a part of the athletics department has also helped them get through difficult times. Kyle, a member of the baseball team, dealt with both injuries and illness during his first year. On top of the pandemic, these hardships helped him put the year into perspective. “These obstacles have helped me appreciate things, like playing baseball or hanging out with friends, so much more than before,” he says. “They also showed me that life isn’t made entirely of good, sunny days – but if you can learn something from the not-sogood days, they were successful.” Maeghan has experienced struggles as well. “Over the years, I have struggled with my mental health; the pandemic did not help me at all,” she says. “Fighting and persevering through this academic year did not come easily, but I earned my spot on the President’s List both semesters.”
Each of their teams was also able to unite, they added. “Even though this was not a typical athletics year, all the practices we had brought us closer,” says Maeghan. Kyle adds, “As a team, we came together with the understanding that it was a privilege to be able to play. It was our job to play hard and understand that the ability to play could be taken away without any warning.” Maeghan is grateful for the effort her coaches put forward to make this year the best it could be. “I am very thankful for the dedication of the track and field coaches. They stuck it out through this stressful year, along with the student-athletes, and motivated us to push forward.” “I was thankful to be able to compete and having the ability to play a full conference season was amazing,” Kyle says. “I am thankful that I got to play baseball one more time with some of my closest friends who graduated this spring, and was also thankful for the new friendships that being a part of the team created.” n
Spotlight on Student Athletes Maeghan Bernard ’22 and Kyle Gleason ’21, M.B.A. ’22
LTHOUGH STUDENT Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) co-presidents Maeghan Bernard ’22 and Kyle Gleason ’21, M.B.A. ’22 each endured their share of hardships before and during the pandemic, they persevered and made it to the capstone of the Thomas Athletics season: the Tommy Awards. The two served as hosts for the event, which celebrated team successes and senior accomplishments. Both Maeghan and Kyle have grown their roles in SAAC since joining the group as first-year students. They take pride in holding leadership roles. “I love to push myself to do new things,” says Maeghan, an accounting major from Winslow, ME. “During my first year at Thomas, I was Secretary. Now as co-president, many students and faculty members recognize my leadership qualities and come to me to volunteer for events or assist in other roles.” Kyle, a sport management major from Danville, NH, adds, “With athletes making up a big portion of our student body, it is important to have representatives from each team come together and raise awareness of issues.” Participating in Terrier athletics and SAAC has helped both grow. “During my first year at Thomas, I was very shy and kept to myself,” notes Maeghan, who plays soccer and runs track and field. “The welcoming community provided an
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HOMAS ATHLETICS was back
in action this spring with a full slate of games for our teams. Men’s lacrosse hosted the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East Division Championship for the first time in program history, after finishing in first place in the regular season standings. Baseball, softball, and men’s tennis also made it to the NAC East Championship games, finishing second in their regular season standings. Women’s lacrosse had a strong season as well, which started with them defeating Husson in their season opener for the first time since 2014. Despite not having a traditional NAC Championship meet to compete in, men’s and women’s track and field had a strong showing at their meet against their conference opponents, with the women finishing second and the men coming in third. Our fall sports teams were able to get on the field this spring as well, after losing their traditional season, with some competing in conference play. Men’s golf hosted the NAC East Championship at Waterville Country Club and finished second at the event. Women’s tennis also competed this spring in conference play. Other fall teams, including field hockey
and men’s and women’s soccer, were able to participate in competitive scrimmages with other schools to sharpen their skills for next season. This spring also saw the return of NAC awards, and the Terriers showed up strong. In baseball, Dylan Copeland ’21 won Pitcher of the Year, while teammate Aaron Young ’23 won Rookie of the Year. Dylan Cunningham ’22 also won Rookie of the Year for golf. Class of 2021 graduates MacKenzie Oberholzer from softball and Jose Afonso Luis from men’s tennis represented their teams as Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year award winners. Softball’s Maddie Rock ’22 and baseball’s Kyle Gleason ’21 were each named to All New England Regional Teams. Overall, Thomas had 18 student-athletes named to the NAC All Conference Team. The school year wrapped up with the annual Tommy Awards banquet, which returned to a limited, in-person ceremony for seniors and award nominees. MacKenzie Oberholzer ’21
took top honors as the year’s Terrier Award winner. Other winners included Jose Afonso Luis ’21 and Nikki Bradstreet ’21 as Senior Outstanding Athletes, Kyle Gleason ’21 and Lilly Friars ’21 as Senior Scholar Athletes, and Duncan McDougal ’21 as the Rob Nutter ’12 Teammate Award winner. Aurora LaClair ’20, M.B.A. ’21 was the David Roussel Unsung Hero Award winner, while Maddie Rock ’22 and Max Irons ’22 both earned Premier Pup as the top first-year student-athletes. n For the latest on Thomas Athletics, follow the Terriers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TCTerriers.
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Alumni Class Notes 1982
Scott Danner recently accepted a new position as the General Manager with C&C Produce, based in Kansas City, MO.
This past March, Mike Adams achieved the milestone of his 300th career win as the Edward Little High School Boys Basketball Coach. Congratulations to Mike Johnson, who recently opened Brewery 44 in Carver, MA!
Chris Ross recently started a new position as a support engineer, development with Insight Global.
Jeffrey Friel recently started a new position this past April with Enbridge. Jeffrey will be working as a pipeline technician in their Natural Gas Transmission and Midstream Operations Division, based out of Westwood, MA.
Cody LeBlanc ’15, M.B.A. ’16 and Kayla Collins ’15 got married on June 26, 2021.
Myranda Dodge ’16, M.B.A. ’17 recently began working as a commercial lines account manager at GHM Insurance Agency. Michael Salas ’16 and Hannah Gagnon ’18 got engaged this past winter. Michael Salas ’16 and Hannah Gagnon ’18
Wendy (Mills) Dyer ’89, M.B.A. ’94 recently accepted a new role as the Branch Manager at Trademark Federal Credit Union located in Augusta, ME.
After 26 years of working for the town of China, ME, Rebecca (Cunningham) Hapgood was recently promoted to Town Manager. Rebecca Hapgood
This past January, Emily and Cory Worcester welcomed their new baby girl Sydney Ann Worcester. Corey and Emily are excited to continue settling in at home with Sydney and their son Brady.
Michelle (McCorrison) Hardy, who works at Camden National Bank, was recently promoted to the position of Quality Assurance and Education Specialist. Also, Michelle and her husband Sam recently welcomed their new baby boy Owen into their family this past winter. Mom, dad, Owen, and big sister Annah are all adjusting well. Lee Sequin was recently named the Wilf Campus Director of University Housing and Residence Life at Yeshiva University in New York City.
Jason Webster was recently hired by Border State Security. Jason Webster
Shawn Knox ’12, M.B.A. ’15 recently started a new job as Director of Operations at RSU 53/MSAD 53 School District.
Lynn (Chaisson) ’13, M.B.A. ’13 recently married Jason
Bryan Riddell recently started a new position as an enrollment counselor at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA.
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Kelly Macomber ’17 and Blaine Guido ’16, M.B.A. ’17 got married in April and moved into their new home in West Gardiner, ME.
Jacob Kendall ’18 and Lindsay (Allen) Kendall ’17, M.B.A. ’18 recently got married.
Back row: Darren Duranceau ’94, Michelle (Gagnon) Duranceau ’94, David Grenon ’19, Joseph Meehan ’19, Ashlea Gerbino ’18, Luanne (Wigley) Morgan ’84, Front Row: Christian Descoteaux ’21, Casey Descoteaux ’19, Abbie (Morgan) Descoteaux ’18, Maura Gallagher ’18
Mike Adams ’94
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Jarrod Ottoman ’20
Lauren Hay ’21
Emma Berube ’20, M.B.A. ’21
Evelyn (Dean) Chabot
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Alumni Class Notes
Makenzie Carlow was recently hired by the Maine Municipal Bond Bank as a program assistant.
Emma Berube ’20, M.B.A. ’21 will be graduating with her MBA from Thomas in December. She has accepted an offer to work at Wipfli, beginning in January. Bethany Dehmer recently secured a job as the Marketing Coordinator for Day’s Jewelers. Bethany says she feels prepared for this role because of the knowledge and support she gained from her professors and internship opportunities. Congratulations to Walker Donovan for landing a job as a client support specialist for JAI Software.
Congratulations to Lauren Hay for landing a job as a second-grade teacher at Madison Elementary School. Duncan McDougal was recently accepted into a highly competitive, 15-month long, paid management trainee program at Bangor Savings Bank. Gabe Merrill was recently hired by the Alfond Youth and Community Center to serve as their Assistant Director of Camps and Trips.
Makenzie Carlow Casey Descoteaux ’19 and Abbie (Morgan) ’18 got married on August 4 (both of their birthdays) in 2019. Kristina Lilley, MBA ’19 will be joining the Admissions and Graduate and Professional Studies team as our new Assistant Director of Graduate Recruiting here at Thomas College. Welcome Kristina! Daniel Tibbs, M.B.A. ’19 recently accepted a new position with the United States Navy as a logistics management specialist. Taylor (Sheley) Webber got married this past December to Matt Christopher. Taylor and Matt are excited to start this next chapter of their lives together as they get settled into their new home in Chester, NH. Annie Young ’19, M.S. ’20 recently secured a new position working for GoodWill Hinckley as an educational tech/BHP (behavioral health professional).
Caitlyn Biegon recently secured a new position as the executive assistant at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Cassidy Glenn was recently hired as the new supervising manager at The River House Restaurant. Amy Jose M.B.A. ’20 was recently hired by Twelve North as their new Creative Director. Jarrod Ottman was recently accepted to the Tracksmith Boston Racing Team. Austen Schutte recently accepted a position as relationship banker for Camden National Bank in Waterville, ME.
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Lovegeurson “LG” Fleurine recently graduated and began expanding his newly opened business, Love Exists. LG’s business specializes in providing custom-made, contemporary clothing. His brand encourages love, not hate, and equality and promotes social justice. Olivia French recently accepted the position of lead bank teller at KeyBank located in Bangor, ME.
Congratulations to MacKenzie Oberholzer, who recently accepted a position here at Thomas College as Graduate Curriculum Coordinator. MacKenzie will also be working as an assistant coach for the field hockey team. Jada Samuels recently secured a position as the Women’s Futsal Coordinator with Footy Promotions, based out of Bermuda. Miranda Williams was recently hired by the Augusta Country Club as their Assistant Event Coordinator. n
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In Memoriam Class of 1955 Mary Christine Fortier, 85, of Winslow, went peacefully to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 18, 2021, at Lakewood Continuing Care in Waterville, with her son by her side. Mary was proud of her immigrant parents and Polish heritage and enjoyed the diverse neighborhood off Clinton Avenue in Winslow where she grew up with her siblings and began many lifelong friendships and traditions. She graduated from Winslow High School and Thomas Business College in Waterville. Mary was employed by Scott Paper Company in Winslow as a secretary in the finishing department. She also served as President of the Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 260. She retired from Scott Paper Company after 37 years of service and never missing a day of work. She later worked as a membership specialist at Champions Fitness Center in Waterville. Mary was a devout Catholic and an Associate of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She visited many shuts ins and people in nursing homes. She loved to be with people; could talk up a storm; and was also quite the mischievous flirt. On a group trip to Hawaii in the 70s, she attended a Don Ho performance and managed to sneak onto the stage and plant a kiss on the crooner, announcing, “This one’s from Maine!” She was an ardent fan of playing the slots at local casinos. Mary had a circle of friends she would share rides to Bangor and Oxford with and rarely missed a bus trip to Foxwoods in Connecticut. She also enjoyed visiting friends and family out of state, taking numerous cruises, trips to Las Vegas, as well as a cross country RV trip she took with friends one entire summer.
Without question, the pride and joy of her life was her son Jon, whom she raised as a single parent. Her proudest day was when she reunited with siblings and family to attend his Maine Maritime Academy graduation. Mary enjoyed spending time at his home, especially walking her grand-dogs Bella and Lyla.
Class of 1961 Richard “Dick” B. Clark, 79, passed away at MMMC on May 1, 2021, with his family by his side. He graduated from Lawrence High School and Thomas College and served his country in the Armed Forces. While on leave from the U.S. Army in 1963, he kidnapped his wife Blanche and returned to Europe to finish his tour while Blanche made spam and eggs in the VW Beatle Bug. After exiting the U.S. Army, Dick entered the work force as a sales representative for Beechnut Baby Foods, until he found his calling at Keyes Fibre/Chinet/Huhtamaki, where he served 35 years before retiring in 2007 as a member of their management team. Dick volunteered coaching youth sports, helping the football and hockey boosters, as well as being a proud member of the PAL Board. In his spare time, he could be found swinging his clubs with close friends Larry Murphy, Gary Ackendorf, and Dale Buzzell at the Waterville Country Club. Dick’s best round was a 66, and he managed a hole in one along his journey. In 1996 and 1997, Dick represented Huhtamaki at the McDonald’s LPGA Pro-Am. Remember always, hit ’em straight. He enjoyed his “do-nothing week” alongside wife Blanche at their Samoset Condo. Forever, they will dance the night away on God’s stage.
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Class of 1964 Guy J. “Joe” Williams died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta on April 13, 2021, at the age of 82. Joe graduated from Waterville High School in 1957. He served in the Army from 1957 to 1961 and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. As part of this assignment, he played for the USASA Big Blue Basketball team, travelling around bases in Italy, Germany, and France to play in tournaments. He remembered fondly the trip he took with friends to see the Olympics in Rome in 1960. During the off-season, he served as the manager of the USASA Big Blue baseball team. Upon leaving the Army, Joe enrolled at Thomas College in Waterville, ME, where he met his future wife, Connie (Hallee) while playing ping pong. He graduated with his associate’s degree in business in 1963 and the two were married. They settled in Belfast where Joe took a position teaching business at Crosby High School. In 1967, he started his banking career at Depositor’s Trust Company. In 1973, Joe took a position with Skowhegan Savings Bank, where he spent the rest of his career, retiring in 2000 having served as Vice President. Joe was an avid athlete and sports fan. A star basketball player in high school, college, and on the “Big Blue” Army basketball team, he continued with the sport as a coach of his four sons’ basketball teams when they were young and then as a licensed referee at high school games around Maine for over 20 years. He was also an accomplished golfer, a longtime member of Lakewood Golf Course and frequent competitor in tournaments. He proudly displayed his hole-in-one and tournament
trophies at work and at home. After physical disability ended his own golfing activities, he continued to help organize tournaments for the Central Maine Seniors Golf Association until 2018. Joe was also involved in community organizations. He was an active member of the Skowhegan Rotary Club, including being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. Joe was also a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th degree) at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Skowhegan, a lifetime member of the Skowhegan State Fair Association.
Class of 1968 William Walter Vincent, 75, of Farmington, passed away unexpectedly in a house fire on February 27, 2021. He was a 1964 graduate of Cony High School and a 1968 graduate of Thomas College. Not only was he a teacher, he was also a coach. With his love of sports, he even worked many summers at a sport camp. He will be missed by his past students which many had nicknamed him “Dad.” It was no real surprise to anyone when he came home without his new jacket, because he saw a man with a thin shirt with holes. Or that he came home with one less pizza when picking up dinner because he left that and a coffee with the homeless man collecting change. He was a caring person, and for the whole year he anonymously would give; never wanting a thank you, just feeling the joy of giving. Always the first to tell a story and putting a smile on one’s face. Words he always lived by, “If you see someone without a smile, give them yours.” He was such a caring person, he took in his 12-yearold nephew and helped ease his journey through school and college of becoming a minister of the Lord..
Nancy Hill Class of 1971 Ronald “Ron” Arthur Bazinet, 71, of North Attleboro, MA, and Boothbay Harbor, ME, passed away on May 2, 2021, in Providence, RI, after a brief illness. Ron graduated from Cony High School in 1965 in Augusta, ME, and received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Thomas College in Waterville, ME, where he was also a proud member of the fraternity Kappa Delta Phi. After graduating from college, Ron moved to Burlington, MA, and was accepted into the managerial program offered by Sears Roebuck and Company, leading to a managerial career at Sears. Following a successful tenure at Sears, he left and worked for two Massachusetts based start-up companies: BJ’s Wholesale Club and Staples. Being at Staples during the technology boom quickly led him to lead the company’s corporate store where many new products and programs were tested for the company. Towards the latter part of his career, he transitioned into field management and loss prevention, overseeing 29 stores in the greater Boston area. After 15 years with Staples, he retired in 2012. Ron loved spending summers with his family and friends at his parent’s cottage in Boothbay Harbor, ME. He enjoyed boating trips with his best friend and his wife, Scott and Ginny Vaitones, eating delicious seafood and taking in beautiful sunsets over Linekin Bay. Every year he looked forward to family reunions in Boothbay Harbor with his aunts, uncles, and many cousins. During the past ten years he traveled to Europe, Willamette Valley, Walt Disney World, and most recently he went on a long-awaited Disney cruise with his family and long-time
partner, Kathleen. An avid New England Patriots fan, watching Sunday games with friends and family on his big screen TV was a highlight, and living so close to the stadium, he enjoyed seeing the players who live nearby. Spending time with his family and seeing his four grandchildren experience many first moments in their lives such as trips to the zoo, boat rides in Maine, and making icebox cake were stories he loved to share, and he took pride in having everyone “home” for the holidays.
Class of 1972 Donna E. Greenlaw passed away at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House on May 23, 2021. After graduating from North Haven Community School in 1970, she attended Thomas College and University of Maine at Farmington, where she graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Education focusing on Secondary Social Science. Donna loved her family, friends, and pets. She had the most infectious laugh. She was always reading and never stopped learning. She attended the United Baptist Church in Saco where she sang in the church choir and played in the hand bells choir for over 20 years. She was a lifelong sports fan and an avid golfer.
Class of 1976 Margaret Ann Bowzard Marden left us March 27, 2021, from her home on the lake with her husband and children by her side. After graduating from Holly Hill High School, Ann entered the Orangeburg County Regional Hospital School of Nursing, acquiring her Registered Nurse diploma in 1958. Invited by Ann’s roommate’s mother, a German National, and her stepfather, a U.S. Army Major, to come to
Ann “Nancy” Gilbride Hill died peacefully of complications from dementia on April 13, 2021, in Dedham, MA. She was 90 years old. Nancy graduated from Lowell High School in 1947 and the Columbia University School of Nursing at Presbyterian Hospital in 1952. While in NY, she began her nursing career and met Kevin Hill, a medical student from Waterville, ME. The two were married and settled in the old West End close to her work at MA General Hospital and his residency at MA Eye and Ear Infirmary. In the early 1960s, Nancy and her family moved to Waterville. It was here that she became active in local and state politics, chairing the Democratic City Committee in 1964, serving as a delegate to multiple Democratic Party state conventions, and chairing the Maine Milk Commission. Nancy was an engaged citizen, playing leadership roles in numerous organizations including the Waterville Boys Club, the Kennebec Valley Girls Club, the Cub Scouts, the Maine Municipal Association, the National League of Cities, the Kennebec Federal Savings Bank, and the Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center. In 1972, she attended the Democratic National Convention as a delegate for Sen. Ed Muskie. At the convention Nancy was elected to chair the foreign policy subcommittee. In that role she presented and defended the committee’s work on national television from the convention floor. That experience changed her sense of herself. She went back to school, earning a BS degree in Professional Studies from Thomas College. Five years later, she entered elective politics when she ran for and won the first of two terms on the City Council. In 1981, she made history as the first woman elected mayor of Waterville (and the third in Maine’s history). She was reelected in 1983 but, after Kevin’s sudden death in January 1984, decided to retire from politics at the end of her second term. She then embarked on a career in the private sector, working as an executive at Maine Yankee for 15 years. A lifelong, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic basketball fan, Nancy attended Bill Russell’s first and last games at the Boston Garden for the Celtics. For as long as she could speak, she would argue vehemently with anyone who claimed Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player ever. She loved to cook, bake, knit, and travel, and was a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in Waterville and Sacred Heart Parish in Roslindale, serving on the parish councils of both churches. Few things gave Nancy as much joy as being a grandmother. (In a threeway tie for second place were the sound of Ella Fitzgerald singing, the sound of Louis Armstrong’s trumpet, and the first spoonful – or lick from a cone – of ice cream.) According to her daughter Mary Ann: “Having been a nurse and community leader and raising four children, she entered Thomas in the late 1970s and completed her degree. I recall her studying at the kitchen table alongside me and my siblings. One evening, she told us about a lively class discussion about something related to World War II, which took an unexpected turn when she shared her personal experience of living during WWII -- her classmates, mostly in their teens and 20s, were amazed. She valued her Thomas education and the people she met there, some of whom she worked with when she became Mayor of Waterville in 1982.”
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Germany and work as nurses for the Department of the Army, the girls moved to Wurzburg. During the few months of looking for clinical nursing openings, they organized and managed the first Army dependent Wurzburg Day Care on the military base. They then became employed at the U.S. Army’s 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. During her service at the 97th, she had the pleasure of caring for Elvis Presley. At the Hospital Officer’s Club, Ann met Lt. Don Marden where they “Carolina shagged” the evenings away. She married Don in 1961 during his first year in Boston University School of Law. While in Boston, Ann continued her career as an operating room and ICU nurse at the U.S. Public Health Service, Brighton Marine Hospital. Upon Don’s graduation from law school, they moved to Waterville where she spent the next nine years caring for the family of four sons. In 1976, she acquired her BS degree (summa cum laude) in Professional Studies from Thomas College. Ann was a state nursing supervisor, sales representative, and nurse examiner for Hooper Holmes/ Portamedic from 1982-87. She was an agent for Dennis and Beedy Real Estate between 1987-89. In 1990, she was appointed Director of the Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services by Governor McKernan. In 1993, she became Director of the Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Clinic of Thayer Hospital, located at the former Seton Hospital, a position from which she retired in 2003. Along the way she, along with a group of friends, formed an Antique Club, a group which continues to meet (subject to the pandemic) on a regular basis. Ann was active in Republican Party activities working to support her husband’s successful campaigns for Mayor of Waterville and then Kennebec County Attorney. She organized Governor
McKernan’s first inaugural ball. While serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Waterville Area Boys/Girls Club, she established a Thrift Shop to increase revenue. While her husband was a member of the Board of Directors of Good Will-Hinckley, she originated the Festival of Trees as a Christmas celebration. For many years Ann was a Docent at the Colby College Museum of Art. Her book “PERSONAL RECORDS: The New York Times Book of Lifetime History” was published in 1979. In 1981, DownEast published her “Shopper’s Guide to Northern New England” and in 1983, her “Shopper’s Guide to Southern New England.” Commencing in 2003, she fabricated and sold women’s jewelry under the name of Classic Jewelry by Ann Marden, primarily using imported and domestic beads. Through it all, she was a true “southern lady.”
Class of 1977 Eileen Mary Turner, 64, of Washington, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Portland after a long illness. Eileen was a 1975 graduate of Hall-Dale High School and a 1977 graduate of Thomas College. Eileen was employed by International Paper Company and later in the banking industry for MBNA Corporation and Bank of America. She was very dedicated to her profession and was highly regarded by everyone she worked with. After her retirement, she took great interest in politics and was always ready and willing to discuss the events and issues of our time and was fearless and unwavering in her beliefs. In her later years, Eileen enjoyed watching Urban Explorers as she loved watching people uncover amazing history in the most random of places. Eileen was a kind, loving and free-hearted person who enjoyed people and
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gave generously of her time and talents to her friends and family. She was entirely devoted to her family and her faith. She was an especially proud grandmother and her two grandchildren gave her tremendous joy and pride. She was a loyal friend, a great listener with a remarkable sense of humor, and expressed great joy and wonder at the natural world and animals.
Class of 2004 Leonil B. Giroux, Jr., 81, a devoted husband father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, June 27, 2021. He was a graduate of Waterville High School, class of 1957. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Air Force, serving in many areas around the world including the Republic of Vietnam. After a military career of 21 years, he completed his college education at Thomas College of Waterville. He worked for the state of Maine for 20 years in various capacities within the accounting and financial departments., Lee married Sheila Hapworth on September 30, 1967, in Winslow. He was active in volunteer work at Saint John’s church and school, the Knights of Columbus, the Winslow VFW, and about any other charitable organization that needed his help. Lee had a passion for good food, but his greatest joy in life was spending time with his wife, two sons, and grandchildren. Christopher A. Lavigne, 39, passed away April 23, 2021, at Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, with his loving family by his side Chris graduated from Greenville High School and went on to receive two bachelor’s degrees at Thomas College, where he both studied and excelled in competing for his school in the sport of golf. He worked in logistics and sales and quickly created close bonds with everyone in his office,
as he did wherever he found himself in life. Working in Maine also allowed him to return to his friends and family in the Greenville area, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and boating. He loved being a homeowner in Auburn and cherished the relationship he made with his two neighbors. Chris will be most remembered for his big heart and positive outlook on life. He was everyone’s cheerleader and never hesitated to lend an ear when asked. His quick wit was unmatched, and he could always find a way to fill the room he was in with laughter. Faithfully following his Grandfather George Irvine’s mantra to “root, root, root for the home team,” Chris was a superfan of New England sports. He loved the Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins. But it was the Red Sox that always held a special place in his heart, binding him to his grandmother, Inez Lavigne, and aforementioned “Grampy George.” His “Nan” (Duddy Blanchard) introduced him to one of his favorite pastimes, cribbage. Chris was well known, and beloved, in Portland’s competitive cribbage scene, seeing success in both singles and doubles play. He also had a very special place in his heart for animals and recently became the proud owner of Zoe, a lab mix rescue puppy. As a devoted son, brother, nephew, cousin, and proud uncle; family meant everything to Chris.
Former Staff David Henry Arsenault, 72, passed away May 5, 2021, at Maine Veteran’s Hospital in Augusta. He attended schools in Winslow and was self-employed for many years as the owner of Arsenault Tire Company. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1971 until his honorable discharge. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and hanging out with his grandkids
Clarence “Ray” Boudreau of Waterville passed away March 13, 2021, in Bangor at the age of 93, with his wife and stepdaughter by his side. Ray worked in shipping and receiving for McLellan’s Department Store, custodian at Thomas College, and custodian at St. Joseph Maronite Church. Ray was a kind man who loved to tease others and enjoyed others teasing him. He was a one-of-a-kind man who was a real “character.” Richard Arthur Boudreau, 89, died May 3, 2021, after living a faith-filled, compassionate, authentic life. He spent his final days being tenderly cared for by his children, family, and very close friends. Richard is best remembered for his devotion to community, his deep faith in God, and as a loving father to his children. After graduating from Waterville High School in 1949, he served for four years in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. During the Korean War, he was stationed in Japan. He was very proud of serving his country. With help from the GI Bill, Richard earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from University of New England in 1959. He met many friends there with whom he always remained in touch. After college, he met the love of his life, Madeline (Rossignol) Boudreau, when he returned to his hometown of Waterville to work at the Depositors Trust Bank. They shared a blessed life together, enjoying 52 years of marriage that saw many classical music concerts, trips to the Maine Coast for lobster feeds, lively picnics, and fall foliage trips throughout Maine. Because of his love of philosophy, books, and the desire to start a new career, Richard decided to go back to college in 1968. After earning a master’s degree in Library Science from the
University of Maine at Orono, he became the librarian at Thomas College in Waterville. During 27 years of service, he befriended students who, long after graduating, often visited him and Madeline at their home. Retirement gave Richard more time to devote to the community and those in need. For 15 years, he and Madeline delivered Meals on Wheels for the Muskie Center in Waterville. They loved helping others; this was a direct link to their strong Catholic faith and devotion. For 64 years (67 years of Franciscan study), Richard was a member of the Saint John the Baptist Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order and served as president, secretary, treasurer, and several other roles for the local fraternity council. Maybe it is no surprise for a librarian, but Richard loved books, especially the classics and Charles Dickens. An appreciation for classical music led to an extensive record collection and his children’s memories of their home filled with the sounds of Saturday Afternoon Metropolitan Opera. Richard also enjoyed model railroading and spent years building his own. Richard especially loved the Boston Red Sox. Like many in his generation, he waited his whole life for them to finally win the World Series. The joy of that win in 2004 was something he was able to witness three more times. He coached his children and took them to see the Maine Guides, and eventually the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the church of baseball. His children have fond memories of listening to the Sox games under the large willow tree in their backyard, as Richard smoked his cigars, playing catch, and hitting thousands of pop flies to them. He was a loving, sweet, giving, compassionate and caring father and grandfather, as well as a mentor. He would often say, “There is only one decision: make the right one. Don’t be afraid of the
decisions you make; do what you think is right.” He loved his children and grandchildren more than anything. Ever committed to public service and the greater good, Richard donated his body to science to the University of New England’s medical school.
Former Faculty Raymond E. Stineford, 86, died on April 26, 2021, at his home at assisted living, Mineral Springs in North Conway, NH. He earned an undergraduate degree at Nasson College and graduated from Bangor Theological Seminary and from the Graduate School in English at the University of New Hampshire and taught at Thomas College and Nasson College and served pastorates in Maine and New Hampshire. At the time of his retirement in 1994, he had been affiliated with the Gibson Senior Center as a member of the first board of directors and later as an employee. For many years, he was the organist for the First Church of Christ Scientist in North Conway and was a guest minister in area churches. At the time of his death, he was a member of the North Sandwich Society of Friends (Quakers). His poetry and essays were published in The Christian Science Monitor, Yankee, and many other publications. In 1968, American Weave Press published a collection of his poems. For over 30 years, he and his wife, Helen Prince, Ph.D., resided in Madison, NH, where they restored a 200-yearold former inn. He served as chair of the Madison Library board of trustees and had been active in the Madison Historical Society. Throughout their marriage the couple spent part of each year at a home they owned on Monhegan Island, Maine. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Former Subcontractor Wayne Joseph Delaware, Sr., 82, of Waterville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at MaineGeneral in Augusta. Wayne attended Waterville schools. He worked for Fred’s Vending for many years, as well as Colby College and Thomas College in dining service. He also attended Sacred Heart Church in Waterville. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.
Subcontractor Jonathan George Joseph passed away peacefully at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough on June 15, 2021. Jon graduated from Waterville High School and attended Thomas College. He was a well-liked waiter whose customers followed him to jobs at several local restaurants. Later, Jon took over Joseph Vending at Colby College. He was a bartender at the Colby Pub and events, most recently worked at Thomas College under the Sodexo umbrella. He was a long time Waterville Country Club member and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed golfing adventures with his brother Duke in San Antonio and beach days with his brother Chris and family in Kennebunk. Jon also enjoyed continuing the family weekly tee time with Dave Burbank. After his father passed, he took over as primary caregiver for his mom. He was known for his jumbo shrimp platters and his secret cocktail sauce he prepared for all holiday gatherings. Jon had an easy laugh and was the life of the party. n
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