Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

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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Carol Somerville Cory ’42

Carol Somerville Cory ’42 passed away peacefully on July 1, 2013. She was 89 years old. Carol was born on December 25, 1923, in Evanston, Illinois, to John and Corinne Patton Somerville. The day she was born, the nurses at the hospital went to her mother’s room with lit candles. Seeing the candles, her mother thought, “I must be in Heaven.” The nurses were there to sing Christmas carols. Carol was named because of that special event.

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Armand Davy, former Director of Food Services

Armand A. Davy, 67, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

Armand was born Aug. 3, 1946, in Haverhill, Mass., to his parents Albert and Margaret (Sherman) Davy.

He was schooled in Worcester, Mass., and then attended the Culinary Institute of America.

He served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. He and his wife raised their family in Easthampton, Mass., for 34 years while he worked at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass., as food service director before retiring to York in 2005, where he and his wife enjoyed their retirement.

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John Keough ’47

John (Jack) Joseph Keough passed away peacefully on July 28th, 2013. He will be lovingly remembered by his three children, John (Deborah), Joy (& Jon Griep), and James. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Jessica (& Pierre Kwan), Michael, Maire, and Elisabeth Keough, Eileen and Robert Evan Griep, and one great-grandchild, Nicholas Kwan.

Jack was born June 12, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas, the only child of Col. John Joseph and Stella Francois Keough. Because of his father’s Air Force assignments, Jack was well travelled by the time he reached Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA. Jack went on to Colby College in Maine where he met our mother, Joy Delong. They were married September 15, 1950. They then moved to New York City where Jack attended Columbia Law School.

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Daniel Carpenter, Sr.

Daniel Dechert Carpenter, Sr., 91, formerly of Easthampton, Mass., and Pembroke, Bermuda, died Aug. 21, 2013, in New Haven.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Jane Conyers Carpenter, and their son William Stratton Carpenter.

Survivors include Daniel Dechert Carpenter, Jr., of Hamden, with whom he resided, Peter Chapin Carpenter of Pembroke, Bermuda, Deborah Carpenter Jerome (Lawrence) of Barrington, R.I., Jennifer Reed Carpenter Reid (Joseph) of Brick, N.J., Kris Carpenter of Albuquerque, N.M., and grandchildren Clare, Jennie, Gates and Sam Jerome.

Born and raised in Pottsville, Pa., Dan was the son of James Stratton Carpenter, III, and Clare Beck Dechert Carpenter.

Survived by brothers James Stratton Carpenter, IV of Salem, Peter Chapin Carpenter of Bethlehem, Pa., many cousins, nieces and nephews and legions of former students and friends.

Dan graduated from South Kent School in Connecticut in 1941 and Dartmouth College in 1945. He served in the United States Air Force as a navigator during World War II.

He taught and coached for 30 years at Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass., retiring in 1985. Dan also had a lifelong association with Keewaydin Camp, Temagami, Ontario, Canada.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements in care of Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT.

Gifts in his honor may be made to Williston Northampton School, 19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027; The Roy Waters Scholarship Fund or The Carpenter Long Trip Fund at The Keewaydin Foundation, 950 West Shore Road, Salisbury, VT 05769; or The Bermuda Maritime Museum, P.O. Box MA 133, SANDYS MA BX, Bermuda.

Douglas Mason Wallace ’49

Douglas Mason Wallace, 84, a resident of Westbrook since 1954 died peacefully July 20, 2013, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He was a kind and gentle person who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Wallace was born April 8, 1929, in Kew Gardens, Queens, NY, the son of H. James and Evelyn Mason Wallace. In his early years he lived in Utica, NY, and St. Albans, VT, graduating from Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans in 1947 and Williston Academy of Easthampton, MA, in 1949. He graduated from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse in 1954 and that year joined S.D. Warren Company in Westbrook as a chemical engineer. He retired from S.D. Warren in 1992.
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Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community