Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

Father Oliver Hebert, former faculty

HerbertFather Oliver, TOR of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred of Jesus, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, Pa.

Born Dec. 9, 1940, in Worcester, Mass., and given the name John. He was the son of the late Oliver A. Hebert and Maude M. Champagne Hebert. He was a graduate of Park Street Elementary School, Palmer, Mass., and Palmer High School, Palmer, Mass. After high school graduation, Father Oliver attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he received a bachelor of arts in mathematics in June 1961, and received a master of arts in mathematics in June 1963. From September 1963 until June 1965, Father Oliver was an instructor of mathematics at Williston Academy, Easthampton, Mass.

Father Oliver entered the Third Order Regular on Sept. 12, 1965, at Mount Assisi Monastery, Loretto. He professed his temporary vows on July 1, 1967, at Sacred Heart Monastery, Winchester, Va., and his solemn vows on July 1, 1970, at Immaculate Conception Chapel, Loretto. Father Oliver was ordained to the priesthood by the late Bishop James J. Hogan, D.D. of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, at Immaculate Conception Chapel, St. Francis College, Loretto, on May 15, 1971. Father Oliver received his Master of Divinity degree from St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, in 1971. He received a master of arts degree in Eastern Christian Studies from John XXIII Institute for Eastern Christian Studies, Maryknoll Seminary, Ossining, N.Y., in 1976. He did doctoral studies in mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.

During his long and very generous ministry, Father Oliver served as follows: 1971-1973, St. Francis College, Loretto, as instructor in math; 1973-1978, The College of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, as instructor in theology; 1978-1984, Franciscan Renewal Center, Winchester, Va., as director; 1984-1988, St. Francis College, Loretto, as instructor in math; 1988-1990, the University of Pittsburgh, graduate studies; 1990-2001, St. Francis University, professor of mathematics; 2001-2002, St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Northern Cambria, associate pastor; 2002-present, St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Northern Cambria, pastor; 2002-present, SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Patton, pastor.

Father Oliver is survived by his brother, Edward, Nicholson, Pa., and his cousin, Donald R. Hall, Northern Cambria.

Internment will take place at Franciscan Friars’ Cemetery, on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

Nancy Angell DuBois ’49

AngellNancy Angell DuBois was born in Randolph, Vt., July 13, 1930, and died Nov. 25, 2013.

She was the daughter of Wilmer “Dr. Bill” Angell and Margaret Dickie Angell, of Randolph. Nancy grew up in this community and attended its school. She graduated from Randolph High School and  Northampton School for Girls, Northampton, Mass. She graduated from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1953.

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Norman Pike ’49

PikeDr. Norman Bronson Pike, 82, of 326 Main St., Ashfield, died peacefully Friday, November 29, at home surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in Northampton, MA on February 4, 1931, the son of Norman and Merle (Bronson) Pike.

He attended grammar school and Williston Academy in Easthampton and after moving to Ashfield with his parents he attended and graduated from Sanderson Academy.He was a 1949 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Pike and the former Christine Micka were married in June of 1952 at the West Hatfield Lutheran Church.

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Barbara Cheney Ross ’54

Barbara Cheney RossBarbara Ellen Cheney Ross, age 76, of Toms River, NJ, passed away on Thursday morning, August 29th, 2013.

She bravely endured a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and heart problems. Barbara was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was raised by her parents Stanley and Dorothy Cheney.

She attended Northampton School for Girls and then Smith College in Massachusetts and received her BA from Georgian Court College in Lakewood. She later received her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and practiced family law in Toms River for over 20 years. Barbara and a colleague founded a non-profit adoption service, New Jersey Friends of FANA.

Barbara is survived by her beloved husband Robert, a retired USAF Colonel and Pan Am World Airways pilot. They were married for 57 wonderful years and raised four biological children: Elizabeth, Victoria, Stanley John and Ian. They adopted and loved many other children including: Adriana, Jennifer, Katherine, John, Hope, David, and Alec. Barbara and Robert lived and raised their family for over forty years in Toms River. She will be forever loved and missed by her family.

Dr. David L. Kendall ’40

KendallDr. David Leslie Kendall, 93, passed away with his family at his bedside on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. He was born in Montpelier, Vt., in 1920.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Cornelia Vaughan Kendall, and brother, Vaughan. David is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan James; their four children, Jeanie Young, Deborah Kendall-Gallagher, Vaughan and Elizabeth; six grandchildren, Frank, David, Hunter, Margot, Kathryn (Katie) and Colin; and two great-grandchildren, Hawke and Bodie.

David graduated from McGill University and received his medical degree from the University of Vermont in 1953 after serving in World War II. David and Joan moved to Farmington in 1958, where he opened his general surgery practice. Committed to his patients, David served the community for more than 40 years. David was inducted in the San Juan Regional Medical Center Hall of Fame in 2006.

David, known to be disciplined but independent of spirit, was a loving husband, parent and grandparent. David brought a vitality to life expressed through his loyalty to family, excitement of flying, dedication to golf and love of fly fishing on the quality waters of the San Juan River.

David will be buried in St. George’s Cemetery in Trenton, Ontario, Canada.

Robert T. Gabriel ’39

GabrielRobert T. Gabriel passed away on October 21, 2013. Born and raised in New Haven, Conn., he was a former resident of Bedford, Mass. and Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Yale in 1943, he served as an officer in the Navy and took part in D-Day in 1944.

After the war, he joined the Yale Alumni Fund as Secretary of that organization for 13 years. Following that he became Director of Radcliffe College Fund. In subsequent years he worked as a fund raising consultant winding up as Vice President of American Fund Raising Services whose clients consisted of hospitals, colleges and other philanthropic organizations.

He was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church of Lexington where he was a member of the governing council for a number of years. After retirement he joined the Peace Corps and went to Botswana where he became loan officer in the National Development Bank.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Bell (Miller) in 1979, his second wife, Isabel (Maxwell) in 2007, his brother, John C. Gabriel and sister, Susan Cunliffe. He is survived by his one son, Robert T. Gabriel, Jr. and daughter Anne C. Dunn of Long Island. He also leaves three grandchildren: Meghan Durkee, Stacey Gabriel and Heather Dunn.

Frederick R. Stoll ’44

Frederick R. Stoll, a resident of Green Valley, AZ, and formerly of West Hartford, CT, died on Feb. 17, 2013. He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis (Clark) Stoll; sons Robert G. Stoll, David M. Stoll; sister Jeanne Fry Ehinger; sister-in-law, Leah Madigan and brother, James L. Stoll. He is survived by his daughters-in-law, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, his brother-in-law Will (Louise) Ehinger, as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Fred, a 1944 graduate of Williston Academy, served in the Navy on the USS North Carolina and worked in aerospace engineering at Chandler Evans in Hartford, CT for 35 years before retiring to Arizona. Fred was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Haven Golf Club.

His family gives thanks for the life Fred shared with all of us.

Raymond Davis ’60

Ray DavisRaymond E. Davis passed away suddenly at his home in East Falmouth on June 13, 2013.  Ray was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 11, 1941, but spent most of his formative years growing up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.  He graduated from Hastings High School, The Williston School, The LaGuardia Academy of Aeronautics, and received his degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Ray soon became a project engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT, a time highlighted by meeting the love of his life, Linda, whom he married in 1968.  Ray was transferred to Santa Ana, CA, where he was one of the first to work on terrain-following helicopter radar guidance used during the Vietnam war.  He was also deeply involved in the design and testing of helicopter sea rescue technology.

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Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community