Charles D. Showalter ’46

Charles Dickinson (Dick) Showalter passed away peacefully on March 17, 2024, in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Dick was born on September 3, 1927, in South Windham, Maine, the son of Arthur H. and Marguerite Dickinson Showalter. He was born on the kitchen table when the doctor was delayed one hour on the trolley. Dick spent his early childhood in South Windham and Waban, Massachusetts before moving with his family to Northampton, Massachusetts. He is a proud graduate of Williston Academy and Purdue University. Dick served with honor in the United States Army, 20th Combat Engineers 3rd Army during the Korean Conflict.

Following his military service, Dick married Charlotte Fry in May 1953. Soon thereafter they moved to Lockport, New York, where Dick joined his brother Arthur (deceased) and purchased the S.S. Gooding Co. in Lockport. They ran a very successful printing business for thirty-five years before selling the company in 1989.

Dick and Charlotte spent many happy years in Lockport where they raised their five children. He served the community as President of the Lockport School Board, Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Education, Kenan Center, Lockport Town and Country Club and The Tuscarora Club.

Upon his retirement, Dick and Charlotte moved to Bonita Springs, Florida, for sunshine and year-round golf. They remained there until 2006, when they moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina. Charlotte passed away in 2007, after 53 wonderful years of marriage. Dick volunteered at more than 100 golf tournaments and spent years volunteering at the Reid Heart Center. He was always extremely active in his community.

Dick is survived by his five children, Susan Helander (John), Stephen Showalter (Maria), John Showalter (Nancy), Paul Showalter (Sharon), and Kim Showalter, as well as six grandchildren, Katharine Lange (Christopher), Alexander Rae, Stephanie Payne (Bill), Sarah Showalter, Lindsey Platts (Jordan) and Caroline Showalter (Anthony); nine great-grandchildren, David and Charlotte Lange, Landon and Liv Showalter, Lane and Henry Platts, Christian and Wyatt Payne and Paislee Showalter. He is also survived by his loving companion of 15 years, Sylvia Jansen, her daughter Heidi Spencer (Mark) and nieces Elizabeth Hubbard, Ann Buscemi (Peter), Nancy Clark (Peter) and Judy Slabyk (Steve) and nephew Ed Hubbard (Lynn).

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2024, at Boles Funeral Home, 425 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Southern Pines.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice Foundation of FirstHealth would be appreciated.

James K. Manfield ’88

James “Jim” Kevin Manfield, 54, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 in Nashua. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 12, 1970, son of James J. Manfield and Therese (Gignilliat) Manfield.
Jim attended Williston Northampton Middle and High School, class of 1988; Boston College where he received his BS in Marketing, class of 1992; and the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics where he received his MBA, class of 1994.
Jim was a loving and dedicated father. His pride and joy, Javin, will forever cherish their backyard football, ‘lawn shots’ hockey games, fantasy football battles, grilling sessions, sports bonding, and multi-hour-long Yahtzee tournaments. Javin will miss their father son vacations whether for hockey or fun.
Jim worked as a business analyst and program manager for many years for various companies in Colorado and New Hampshire including Sun Microsystems, Fidelity Investments, Lawson Software, Kronos, and Deloitte Consulting.
Sports were an important part of Jim’s life. As a talented athlete, Jim grew up playing youth sports and spent much time playing football, hockey and baseball throughout high school. He was also a passionate sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the Boston Bruins, the New England Patriots, and all Boston College sports. Through his love of sports, Jim made numerous acquaintances and friends who shared his passion. Over the course of his life Jim spent countless hours playing, attending, and watching sports, creating lasting memories and bonds with family and friends.
Jim is survived by his son, Javin T. Manfield, his father James J. Manfield, and his sister and brother-in-law Christine ’85 (Manfield) and Mike Reading along with many nieces, cousins, and other close family. Jim is predeceased by his mother Therese Manfield. Jim also leaves behind many friends who knew him as a loyal friend, captivating story teller and life of the party.
Services: Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 10 AM to 12 noon at Davis Funeral Home One Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. Family and friends are invited to attend. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution in Jim’s memory may do so to the college scholarship fund for his son, Javin T. Manfield. Checks can be made out to Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC and mailed to Jim’s sister Christine Reading, 89 Maple Street, West Newbury, MA 01985.

Charles R. Donnellan ’69

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Charles Ricker Donnellan on May 5, 2024 at a care center in Sylmar, California. He was a resident at Sunrise at Sterling Canyon in the Assisted Care wing and had his own apartment for the past three years. While there, he gained the title of Jigsaw Puzzle Wizard. He was able to assemble a 1000-piece puzzle within a matter of four hours. Other residents were quite upset to find he had completed all the puzzles set up in the community room while they all slept. He did his best work at 4AM along with a cup of coffee until the puzzles were all completed. He was greeted with open arms at the breakfast table at 7:30AM.

He passed from several health complications, the most recent being liver failure.

He was flown to Hartford, Connecticut and a private internment was held on June 8, 2024 at the Union Hill Cemetery in Middle Haddam, Connecticut.

He is survived by two older siblings, Mary Ricker Leao-Martin, NSFG class of 1965 and Virginia Donnellan Eberhard, NSFG class of 1967.

Robert D. St. George, Former Faculty

Robert Dodge St. George, a former faculty member, died on June 4, 2024, at the age of 93 after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth (Simpler) Newlin St. George from 1991 until her death in 2018 and the late Joan Gustafson St. George from 1962 until her death in 1989. He is survived by his sons, David Emery St. George, WNS ‘81 (Jill) of Tustin, CA, and Robert Anderson St. George, WNS ‘82 (Lucia) of Placerville, CO, his stepdaughter, Lisa Newlin Galeano (Roman) of Montclair, NJ, and eight grandchildren.

Born in Newton, MA, on February 24, 1931, to Captain Emery St. George, US Army, and Jennie Dale St. George, he was educated in Newton and graduated from Newton High School, class of 1948. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, class of 1952. While at Harvard, he was a member of the crew team, Hasty Pudding Club, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Navy ROTC. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in 1952 and served in the Korean War aboard the USS Guadalupe (AO-32), stationed in Long Beach, CA, and Sasebo, Japan. After completing his US naval service, he worked in commercial sales for the American Brake Shoe Company (later Abex) in Philadelphia, PA, from 1954 to 1961.

Upon receiving a master’s degree in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, he joined the faculty of the Williston Northampton School, then Williston Academy, in Easthampton, MA. He served on the faculty at Williston Northampton in various teaching, coaching, and administrative positions from 1962 until his retirement in 1991 as Dean of the School. He received several honorary degrees from graduating classes at Williston Northampton, Cum Laude Society induction, and the award for Eminent Service to the school upon his retirement.

He enjoyed a lengthy retirement in Haverford and Berwyn, PA, filled with family gatherings, world travel, ski trips, and summer months spent at his home in Chatham, MA. He was also active in several Philadelphia clubs, including the Right Angle Club, British Officers’ Club, and the Society of the Sons of St. George, as well as the Harvard Club of Boston.

William F. Armstrong ’44

William Frederick “Bill” Armstrong died Friday evening, May 19th, 2023 – a week shy of his 98th birthday – at Shrewsbury Crossing in Shrewsbury, MA, where he had lived for the past 14 months. His three children were with him that night and, while the last several years had had its challenges, his final days were peaceful.

He was born in Worcester on May 29th, 1925, and spent his early years in Shrewsbury and Worcester with his parents and two brothers. From the stories we have heard, those were good – and often boisterous – years, and up until the week he died, he enjoyed touring the streets of Shrewsbury. Following a stint in the U.S. Army, he returned home, spent a year at St. Mark’s in Southborough before heading to college at Harvard, where he met Nancy Rice who he married in July, 1950.

His middle years were focused on his career and on raising a family. His career focused on all things related to the manufacturing of felt and we never lacked for a felt tablecloth or a Christmas tree skirt. His jobs took him to Wrentham, MA; Newburgh, NY; Ridgefield, CT; New York City; and, finally in 1970, to Grafton, MA, after taking a job with the Felters Company in Millbury. During those years, he and Nancy raised their family and gave their children a wonderful upbringing, with lots of outdoor activities, Cape Cod vacations, ski trips to Vermont, animals galore, and holidays full of family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy (Rice) Armstrong, in 1975 and never remarried. He spent the last 50 years based in Grafton but maintained strong ties to Falmouth, where he loved to sail, golf, and vacation. He also enjoyed trips to Vermont where he served as the center for the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game, a role that he played into his 90’s. He was thrifty….really thrifty, loved animals (particularly dogs), and was very happy puttering around his yard, tending to the lawn, cutting down trees, and keeping his equipment in working order, without spending any money on it. If he could do it himself, he did. If it could be fixed with duct tape, it was. That willful spirit remained until the end, with him insisting that he did not need help and he could manage things on his own.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, Stuart and Dorothy (Bickford) Armstrong, and his brothers, Richard Armstrong and John Armstrong. He is survived by his children, William F. Armstrong, III (Becky McCullough), of Falmouth, MA, Abby Armstrong of Sharon, VT, and Halley Allen (Gus) of Holden, MA as well as by his grandchildren, George Armstrong, Emma Armstrong, Sarah Allen Neidhardt (Kyle) and Elizabeth Allen (Michael Boller), and his great granddaughter, Ada Elliott Neidhardt. He is also survived by his nephew, Stuart Armstrong (Mike Levesque), and his nieces, Leslie Armstrong (Jeff Bacon) and Susan Armstrong. He also always enjoyed seeing his numerous nieces and nephews on the Rice/Gainey side of the family when he was on the Cape.

Over the past few years there were many visits from friends and family and an abundance of kindness from the wonderful nurses and staff at Shrewsbury Crossing and Notre Dame Hospice, which made such a difference and for which we are so appreciative. Thank you very much!

Calling hours will be held at the Roney Funeral Home in North Grafton, MA from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 30th. He will be buried with Nancy in Falmouth at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Smile Train – – an organization our father supported over the years.