Category Archives: 1940s

Lucy Jobson Wierum ’46

Lucy J. Wierum, age 93, of Boston, Massachusetts died peacefully in her home on July 5, 2022 after a prolonged illness.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Lucy spent the first decade of her life in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Her parents were Katherine Bartholomew Jobson and Edward Russell Jobson.

Lucy attended Northampton School for Girls and then went to Sarah Lawrence College. She transferred to Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing where she attained her R.N./B.S. degrees.

She had a long career in nursing working in hospital units, schools, clinics, and other health care settings. Her last nursing position was at Englewood Hospital Outpatient Clinic in New Jersey. She also did extensive volunteer work at Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Englewood Hospital, hospice organizations, and children’s theater. She was a longtime Demarest and Tenafly resident.

Lucy was first married to Hugh F. Fitzpatrick, a surgeon at St. Luke’s Hospital. She and Hugh had four children, Tracy, Amy, Hugh, and Tim who survive her.

After Hugh’s death, Lucy married Dr. Carl Wierum in 1983 and became step-mother to his three children, Craig, Christopher and Anne.

Lucy has three grandchildren, Katie, Chris, and Anna and is step-grandmom to Isa, Olivia, Elisabeth, Michael, and Dean.

Lucy’s brother, Edward Jobson, pre-deceased Lucy. She is survived by her sister Margaret, aged 97, as well as her children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

In 2019 Lucy and Carl moved Boston to be near her daughter and quickly became veteran Bostonians navigating Fenway for their COVID vaccine and watching the Boston Marathon and July 4th Esplanade fireworks from their apartment window. Lucy made friends easily even in her later years and was known for her zest and wit. She loved reading, crosswords, word games, tennis, and gardening. Until the last days of her life, she took loving care of her husband, Carl, aged 97 with whom she spent 39+ years of married life.

Funeral arrangements are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lucy’s name to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI): https://www.bvmi.org/

James W. Curran ’46

James W. Curran, a resident of Stamford, VT for 87 years died on May 29, 2022 at the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington, under the care and compassion of the VVH staff and the Bennington VNA Hospice. Jim was born in North Adams, MA on October 1,1927, the second of seven children born to William L. Curran, M.D. and Bernice Curran.

The family moved to Stamford, VT in 1935. There Jim learned to swim in the icy waters of the North Branch of the Hoosic River, went tobogganing and sledding on the country roads and gentle hills and skated on the small frozen natural ponds in town. He was given a basic introduction to farming as his physician father had a working farm with milking cows and other livestock.

He attended Stamford Elementary School and Drury High School. He was a graduate of Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army serving with the 25th Infantry, 35th Regiment. He was assigned as a military policeman in the city of Otsu during the occupation of Japan. He was honorably discharged following his service. He attended Champlain College in Plattsburgh, NY and later Denver University in Colorado. His favorite authors were Robert Service and Rudyard Kipling.

Jim was always interested in sports; he followed closely the teams of Northern and Southern Berkshire high schools.

As an employee of Petricca Industries in Pittsfield, MA for 37 years (retiring in 1992), he found many of his coworkers resided in the small towns surrounding Pittsfield so he became familiar with their families and kept track of those youngsters as well as the North Berkshire athletes.

Jim was an excellent skier. He was on the former Dutch Hill ski patrol and later directed the Dutch Hill Ski School on weekends. He also enjoyed golf, living three minutes from the Stamford Valley Golf Course. He always held an annual membership and enjoyed early morning tee times with his golf buddies. He golfed until age 87.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rosemarie, and nine of their ten children; Maureen, Jim, Kathryn, Patricia, John and his wife Cindy, Susan and her husband Jonathan, Jennifer, Robert and his wife Erin, and Neil. Their daughter Andrea died in 1983. He leaves 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are two sisters, Sally Smith and Sandy Johnson. His brothers, William L. Curran, Jr. M.D. and Edward A. Curran and his sisters, Marijane Green and Catherine (Nan) Sanford are deceased. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will take place at the convenience of the family.

Nancy Atwood Gordon Brewster ’43

Nancy Atwood Gordon Brewster, 96, died peacefully on May 11, 2022 with her family nearby.
She is survived by her daughter The Rev. Elizabeth (Gordon) Meade of Ballwin, Missouri, son Geoff Gordon of Norwell and daughter Carol (Gordon) Stone of Duxbury, six loving grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and five nieces and nephews. Her beloved husband, Bill Brewster, passed away in February. She loved this country and loved all the birds and all the flowers that grow between its Atlantic and Pacific Northwest shores.
Nancy was born in the summer of 1925, raised in Litchfield and Madison, Connecticut. She graduated from Northampton School for Girls and Smith College, a longtime active alumna of both. She taught grade school at Derby Academy and in Marshfield.
She married Andrew Gordon in 1950 and moved to Norwell to raise their three children. The family spent time in Freedom, New Hampshire where they enjoyed skiing, hiking, swimming and socializing with friends. She and Andy then pivoted to Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas for many winters into springs, enjoying the flora, boating, swimming and friends.
Nancy was an active member of the Norwell community, including the North River Gardeners, the Community Club, the VNA Rummage Sale and other Norwell community magnets. Nancy was among the original group that conceived a Congregational Church in Norwell, signing as an esteemed Charter member of the United Church of Christ, Norwell.
Nancy moved to Seattle in 1991 and immediately became involved in the Washington Beaches cleanup campaign. She continued to play a lot of tennis with friends near their home in Innis Arden, not giving up the game until age 88.
After her husband Andy died in 2005, Nancy reconnected with her childhood friend William Brewster, also of Litchfield, Connecticut. Nancy and Bill married on July 2, 2021, and lived in Duxbury tackling crossword and sudoku puzzles together daily, and enjoyed watching tennis, golf, Jeopardy and football.
Nancy loved travel, gardening, bird watching, her family and friends, and all kinds of music, especially the Hallelujah Chorus. She loved collecting things, including shells from Abaco, and clearing debris from Washington coast beaches, and found joy on the community tennis courts.
Friends and family will miss her, but she knows not that she is gone: “Do not weep for me, child of my womb. Do not weep for my life gone by; my agony, my pain. For I am with you.”
Special remembrances to the caring and compassionate team at Newfield House, to Cranberry Hospice and to Always Safe at Home, most notably Laura, Maxine, Chrissy and Guerline, for their tender care.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Nancy’s name may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon at massaudubon.org.

Phoebe Taylor Lansdale ’43

Phoebe Lansdale, 95, of Woodbridge, CT, beloved wife of the late Richard Hyatt Lansdale, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2022. Born on November 12, 1926, in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late William S. Taylor and Phoebe L. Smith.

Phoebe was infinitely generous, gregarious, idealistic, literary, spunky, and ever the optimist. She attended Smith College and received a graduate degree from Columbia University. She worked for many years in foreign aid, including at the U.S. Department of State, the Organization of American States and at the Pan American Foundation; her work at PADF led to the planting of one million trees in Haiti.

Her love of life and appreciation for words, art and music has influenced her children, who survive her: Elizabeth Hyatt Lansdale (partner James Modula), Katherine Taylor Lansdale (husband Peter Alexander), and Steven Ballard Lansdale; and her grandchildren, Zoë Elizabeth Lansdale-Alexander, and Jasmine Olivia Lansdale-Alexander. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Dr. Cicely Taylor Buckley ’46.

All services will be private at this time.

Rebecca Abraham ’49

Rebecca Abraham of Ithaca, NY, died on March 29, 2022. She is survived by her loving family: Elisabeth Hinchcliff, John (and Robin) Moss Hinchcliff, and Sarah Hinchcliff; amazing grandchildren, Shannon (and Barry) Cuzzola, Meghan Hinchcliff, Stephen (and Becky) Faatz, Abby (and Jeremy), Kate (and Grant), and Emily Hinchcliff, and by her precious great-grandchildren, Lloyd, Dorothy, Nate, Zachary, and Alex.

For those who wish to make donations, Rebecca asked that they consider Temple Beth El, Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, and Southern Poverty Law Center (information will be available at the Temple).

Burial services will be held at Greensprings Natural Cemetery, 293 Irish Hill Road, Newfield, NY on Friday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Rebecca asked that her obituary end with this poem by Emily Dickenson:

I had no time to Hate
Because the grave would hinder me –
And Life was not so
Ample I
Could finish – Enmity

Nor had I time to Love –
But since
Some Industry must be –
The little toil of Love –
I thought
Be large enough for Me.

Donald R. Tench ’41

Mr. Donald R. Tench, formerly of Hinsdale, MA passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2022, shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday. His wife of 60 years, Edna E. Tench (nee Snedeker) of Nyack, NY predeceased him in 2006. Born in Brooklyn, NY on January 21, 1922, the son of Warren R. Tench and Daphne Tench (nee Bellows). Don attended the world-renowned Saint Thomas Choir School in NY and was a top performer in the Saint Thomas Boys Choir. He went on to graduate high school from Williston Academy (now The Williston Northampton School) in Easthampton, MA before enrolling at Syracuse University. Like so many of his generation, his college career was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. Following basic training at the Mojave Desert Training Center, Don served in the Allied Expeditionary Force in Iran, where he was an Armed Forces Radio alert and message operator as well as disc jockey for the troops.

Although Don owned and operated a Purina supply store in Pittsfield, MA for many years, he retired as a well-known antiques dealer. His love of antiques was sparked by his even greater love for his wife, and their substantial antiques business began as a small corner in their supply store many decades ago. Don loved to golf and fish and was a member of the Hinsdale Congregational Church for many years.

Don is also predeceased by his brother, Bob, his nieces Judy, and Nancy and his great granddaughter, Molly O’Keefe Alden. His niece Robin Tench lives in Calif. Don and Edna are survived by their children, Kathleen J. Adams, and Newton Bollinger Tench, as well as their beloved grandchildren, Jessie R. Alden, Nathan D.T. Robinson-Alden, Philip D. Alden, Jay Tench and James Tench as well as eight other great grandchildren, Aaron, Aidenne ’18, Jameson, Julianna, Philip, Maevyn, Jacob, and Benjamin.

Don’s family would like to thank the entire staff at HospiceCare in the Berkshires for their outstanding kindness and care throughout this difficult time.

A small graveside service will be held at Clarksburg Cemetery at a later date. Donations can be made to 1st Congregational Church of Hinsdale in lieu of flowers.

William B. Grant ’45

William Grant, known to friends and family as Bill, passed away November 19, 2021 at the age of 93, following a brief illness. A Harvard-educated lawyer and historian, Bill served the United States as a Foreign Service Officer for over 25 years, providing political analysis from US consulates and embassies in Italy, Belgium, Vietnam, Jamaica, Malaysia and Singapore. When posted to Washington DC, Bill performed similar work for the State Department and National Defense University. Upon retirement in 1981 he maintained his interest in domestic and foreign policy as an adjunct professor of international law at the Vermont Law School; attended OSHER courses, and participated in various political committees and current event discussion groups. Other pursuits included various choral music ensembles, frequent domestic and international travel, tennis, golf, hiking, bridge, gardening and volunteering for the Lyme town library. He was also an active member of the Lyme Congregational Church and its choir.

The second son of Williams College professor Elliott Grant and Evelyn Nay Grant, Bill grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, but spent vacations and summers in Lyme after his parents purchased and modernized the 1770s-era Hews farmhouse in 1937. He worked at Loch Lyme Lodge and Camp Pinnacle for several summer seasons before entering Harvard University. While in law school he met his future wife, Joan Gulick (‘Jo’), who was attending Radcliffe College, and whom he married in 1954. Prior to his appointment to the Foreign Service in 1955, Bill briefly practiced law with a firm in Boston. Together they raised 4 children overseas but maintained Lyme as their legal residence throughout his career until he retired in 1981 and returned to live in the Hews farmhouse for 36 years. In 2017 Bill and Jo moved to The Greens in Hanover after making sure the Lyme farmhouse would remain in the family.

Bill is survived by his brother James (of West Lebanon); his four children, Jennifer (of Lyme and Tucson, Arizona); Jefferson (of Bowie, Maryland); Ellen (of Coral Gables, Florida); and Nicholas (of Reno, Nevada) and their respective spouses Jeffrey Prileson, Linda Murphy, Anthony Alfieri and Theresa Garcia; nieces Elizabeth, Raingard and Sigrid; nephews Stephen and Henning; grandchildren Jason, Katherine, Vanessa, Eric, Amelia, Adrian, Elliott, Alexander, Kaitlyn and Sarah; great-grandchildren Ella and Hazel; great-nieces and nephews Amalia, Charlotte, Aven, Mavie and Simon; and cousins Barbara and Liz.

To better facilitate the attendance of community members, friends and family, a service will be held in summer of 2022 to celebrate both his life and that of his wife Jo, who passed away in July of 2020 at a time when the pandemic prevented more public participation and travel. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Bill’s passing may do so through a donation to Doctors Without Borders (doctorswithoutborders.org) or to the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org), two of many organizations he supported.

June Ramsey Atwood ’48

June Ramsey Atwood, 91, of West Falmouth, MA, died on Monday, February 7, 2022, unexpectedly in her home. A descendant of the Henry Swift family, she was born in Worcester, MA in 1930, daughter of the late Webster Kimball Ramsey and Chrystella Swift Ramsey.

June attended the Northampton School for Girls, the Bancroft School, Colby-Sawyer College, and the Katherine Gibbs School. June spent almost every summer of her life in West Falmouth with her extended family and many dear friends.

She married Joseph R. Atwood on October 11, 1952, and after residing in Farmington, CT, they moved to Sudbury, MA to raise their family. After retirement, June and Joe moved to West Falmouth where she was active with the West Falmouth Library, Colonial Dames, Woods Hole Golf Club, Harbor Head Tennis Club, Bowerman’s Beach Club, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory, Cahoon Museum, Heritage Museums and Gardens, and the Royal Megansett Nursing Home, where she founded the Scherettes, who kept the residents singing and moving.

June was a classy, well-dressed lady who enjoyed skiing and tennis and loved the arts. She also loved meeting people and socializing. In her late years, she would often be seen cruising around the village in her Highlander, stopping to chat with people. She loved talking with everyone, from the oldest residents to the youngest of children.

June was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Rowen Atwood and the devoted mother of Dr. Steven Webster Atwood and his wife Sandra Bittermann Atwood of Vineyard Haven, and Carol Atwood Reynolds of West Falmouth. She was also the adored grandmother of Jeremiah Webster Atwood and his wife Beth Nicole Atwood of Dover, Tristan Owen Atwood and his wife Cassandra Liberty Atwood of Vineyard Haven, and Whitney Christine Reynolds of Cold Spring, KY, and great-grandmother of Hallie Leigh Atwood of Dover. She is survived by her dear sister, Carol Webster Rice of Hubbardston.

A Celebration of June’s life, and Joe’s also, with family and friends, will take place later in the spring in West Falmouth. (which will be announced in the paper)

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the West Falmouth Library, P.O. Box 1209, West Falmouth, Massachusetts 02574.

John E. MacElwee ’47

John Emery (“Jack”) MacElwee passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at the age of 93. He was a resident of Essex Meadows in Essex, Connecticut.
Jack was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who continued to share his love of sailing and fine art with family and friends after his retirement to Essex. He previously lived in Norwalk and commuted to New York City during a successful 40-year career in commercial art. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander on Korea’s front lines.
Born and raised in Babylon, New York, Jack went on to attend the Williston Academy in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and the New England School of Art in Boston. After his service in the
U.S. Army, he started his career in New York City at the Biow Company. When the company closed due to a tax scandal, Jack made a decision that would change the course of his life. He decided to explore the West Coast, moved to San Francisco, and met Carol, his wife of 64 years. They married at Grace Cathedral two years after they met. Because New York City offered more career opportunities in advertising, Jack and Carol moved east after four years and settled in Norwalk, Connecticut. Commuting to New York, Jack specialized in point-of-sale design. Among his displays were the Uniroyal Tiger Paws, the Fleetwood Mac “Rumors” album, the Florida Lottery, Chiquita Banana, Almaden Wines, and Schaefer Beer. In the mid-1970s, he moved to the other side of the business, selecting displays for Revlon.
Jack’s life was filled with activity. He hiked, biked, camped, and sailed. At the age of 50, and before running had skyrocketed in popularity, Jack began doing laps at the local track in his
work boots before moving on to running sneakers and joining the local Lightfoot running club. He went on to complete 17 marathons, which included running the famed New York City Marathon ten times. Living in Norwalk at the time, he served the community by sitting on Norwalk’s Planning & Zoning Commission for five years, and serving as Chair his last year.
When Jack retired in 1994, he and Carol moved to Essex, prompting the purchase of a Pierson 28’ sailboat, which they cruised for 15 years. They sailed as members of the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, the Baldwin Yacht Club, and the Pettipaug Yacht Club. Jack became a steward of the Essex Land Trust, and he pursued his natural talent in painting and drawing. He attended classes at the Lyme Art Academy and the Lyme Art Association, and exhibited frequently as a member of the Essex Art Association.
In addition to his wife, Carol, Jack is survived by his son, John Alexander MacElwee, his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Bill Jones, and his grandson, Banning Jones. He also leaves his brother, Thomas Hart MacElwee, who celebrated his 100th birthday in January, as well as many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his younger son, Douglas Stewart MacElwee, in 2000.
All friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday March 5th at the Essex Yacht Club, 13 Novelty Lane, Essex, CT at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Essex Land Trust, the Ivoryton Playhouse, or the Essex Historical Society.