Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

Robert N. Hennessy ’36

HennesseyRobert N. Hennessy died peacefully Friday July 26, 2013 at his beloved home in Westborough at the age of 95.

Bob was born November 18, 1917 in Holyoke, MA. A life long resident of Westborough, he graduated from Westborough High School, Clark University, and Harvard Dental School. He later trained as an orthodontist at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While at Harvard he enlisted in the Navy and served as the dentist aboard the USS Starlight, a WWII naval transport ship operating in the Pacific.

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Donald Morse ’38

MorseDonald Ray Morse, 93, of Parkwood Beach, Wareham, passed away at home Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. He was the husband of Katharine (Boyce-Hinman) Morse. Donald was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Brockton, the son of the late Warren P. and Laura (Wagner) Morse.

A 1937 graduate of Brockton High School. Donald furthered his education graduating from Williston Academy in 1938 and then Tufts College in 1942 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at college Donald was a member and belonged to the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. A U.S.Navy veteran of WorldWar II, Donald served in the Mediterranean Theatre and attained the rank of Lieutenant.

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Daniel Lucier ’77

0134Daniel deForest Lucier, 55, passed away peacefully at home on October 3, 2013 surrounded by his wife, children, brother, and much-loved chocolate lab, Sophie, after a valiant 5-year battle with cancer.

He was born on October 2, 1958 in Hartford, CT to Joseph and Priscilla Lucier. Dan was raised in Foxboro, MA. He loved tennis, skiing at Okemo, VT, and yearly treks to Chatham, MA for summer vacations, where he developed a deep love of the ocean. He graduated from Foxboro High School, and did a post-graduate year at the Williston Northampton School. Dan received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont in 1981.

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Margaret Clifton Shute ’32

CliftonMargaret Clifton Shute, 99, a resident of Granite Farms Estates in Media and former resident of Swarthmore (1949-1989) passed away on January 8, 2013 at Crozer Chester Medical Center.

Margaret was born in 1913 at Methodist Episcopal Hospital, NY, NY. She was the daughter of Capt. Alfred Lee Clifton and Gladys Burgess Clifton. She was married in 1940 to the late Capt. Corben Clark Shute, USN, highly decorated veteran of WWII.

Mrs. Shute was a world traveler visiting 38 different countries during her lifetime. She was an active supporter and former Treasurer, Secretary, Chairman of volunteer services/blood programs and President of the Swarthmore branch of American Red Cross. She was also a member of Providence Garden Club from 1964 – 2008. In 1962 she was invited to Hoboken, Belgium to christen the launching of a large oil tanker, Atlantic Competitor, for Atlantic Refining Company.

After the death of her husband in 1988, Margaret moved to Granite Farms Estates. She served as President of Granite Farms Estates Residents Association from 1995 – 1997. At Granite Farms Estates she made many dear friends, played bridge and hosted many parties and celebrations. She will be remembered as “The Hostess with the Mostest”, and for her wonderful flair for humor and a talent for leadership.

Frances Rousmaniere Storrs ’31

Frances R StorrsFrances Rousmaniere Storrs of Oyster Bay, New York died April 22, 2013 peacefully at home at the remarkable age of 100.

Her charitable life began in 1929 at the age of 16, when she worked for the summer in Hyden, Kentucky, where her mother’s family had funded the Frontier Nursing Service three-room hospital, and rode horses through the back hills to help provide medical care. For the rest of her life, she devoted much of her energy to helping others through a multitude of charities, including Planned Parenthood, Visiting Nurse Services, the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Boys and Girls Club, the Oyster Bay Waterfront Center, Friends of the Bay and many others.

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Conrad Philipson ’33

PhilipsonConrad A. (“Connie”) Philipson passed away on Oct. 8, 2011. Husband of Elizabeth (Johnson) Philipson. Son of the late Ida and Sven Philipson. Brother of the late Ethel Miller of Troy, New York. Also survived by many nephews, and nieces and dear friends. Conrad grew up in Pittsfield, Mass. He was a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, and Boston University. Conrad served with the Twelfth Air Force in Africa and Italy during World War II, and served in the Air Force Reserve for over 30 years.

George James Anthony McKitis ’44

George McKitis passed away on September 4, 2013 at his home in Tucson Arizona.

George was born on the 17th of April, 1927 in Auburn, New York. George’s family (including his parents George & Martha and sister Lucille) subsequently moved to Torrington where both of George’s parents had family. In his youth, he often spent time with his cousin in Cornwall whose family owned a gas station that was located opposite their home at the intersection of routes 4, 43, & 128 which was known as McKitis Corners; providing the basis for his life-long capacity for tinkering with cars.

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Robert Wallace Riedel ’39

Robert Wallace Riedel, 92, passed away on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer following a short illness. Born on June 2, 1921, he was the son of the late Wallace Edwin and Marjorie Smith (King) Riedel of Easthampton.

After graduating from Williston Academy, he earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Yale University in 1943.

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Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community