Category Archives: 1950s

Prudence Sandifer Scott ’55

Prudence Sandifer Scott, 84, died peacefully at home on Monday, July 26, 2021.

Prudence was the daughter of the late Agnes Cleveland Sandifer and William Smith Sandifer.

She is survived by her children, Garrett Sandifer Scott and his wife, Kim; Carleton Cleveland Scott and his wife, Sherlyng; Peter Gaillard Scott and his wife, Tracy; a son, Henry Gaillard Scott predeceased her. She is also survived by her sister, Jennifer Sandifer Haas; and her six beloved grandchildren.

The family would like to say a special thanks to all the nurses at Gibbs Cancer Center and Spartanburg Regional Hospice for all of their care.

There will be a celebration of her life at 1 Sandifer Place on Friday, July 30th from 3-5pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to Spartanburg Regional Hospice and Spartanburg Humane Society.

John A. Harvey ’50

John Arthur Harvey, age 91, of Topsfield, MA, an accomplished businessman, tennis player, downhill skier, jazz aficionado, and storyteller, died peacefully on October 7th, 2021 in Harwich. Born in Boston on April 14, 1930 the youngest son of Roger Laighton Harvey and Aagot (Berg) Harvey. John attended Williston Northampton School, Boston University, and Monterey Language School. Later, he served in The U.S. Air Force during the Korean War in Germany. He married “his girl” Linda Gorham of Wellesley. He and Linda proudly raised their four children in Topsfield. There, they played hockey on the backyard pond, despite the thin ice, attended many Red Sox games, despite the Yankees, and hosted numerous Thanksgiving dinners despite the year the electricity went out. John’s business acumen led to his founding Harvey Tool Company, a business he started in the family living room became a leading machine tool company in North America, and is still thriving today as Harvey Performance Company in Rowley. John loved telling stories. Whether it was the one room schoolhouse he attended growing up in Ellsworth, Maine, his days skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, his Club 92 tennis matches or trekking Tuckerman Ravine with lifelong friends, John never ran out of memories to share. As many friends have said, “John Harvey was one of a kind.” He found great joy in helping future generations and loved offering his business and financial advice to young people. He took great pride in watching his granddaughters Kristen and Katie succeed in their careers. Later in his life, he found special meaning mentoring two young men from East Africa and watching them flourish in their new lives in America. John and Linda enjoyed their retirement years with friends and family in Harwich Port, Sanibel, FL and Bridgton, ME. To say that he loved his summer place on Highland Lake in Bridgton would be an understatement. He spent his days puttering around Juniper Lodge and Plumed Thistle painting boards and repairing screens. He delighted in the cry of the loon, drinking his morning coffee on the dock, and paddling around the lake in his Old Town canoe. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Linda; and three daughters Julie and her husband David Carignan of Bradford, NH, Sally and her partner John Richardson of Barton, VT, and Elizabeth of South Portland, ME; as well as grandchildren Kristen and Katherine Doering. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who adored Uncle John. He was predeceased by his son John Jr., and his sisters Virginia Harvey Brett and Priscilla Harvey Churchill. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield, MA on Thursday, October 21st at 12:00 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Lakes Environmental Association in Bridgton, Maine (https://mainelakes.org), or Southern Maine Community College Foundation in South Portland, Maine (https://my.smccme.edu/ICS/Online_Giving.jnz).

Hugh P. Gilman ’57

Hugh P. Gilman passed away peacefully from medical complications on August 24, 2021, aged 81 years. Dearly loved husband of Margaret (Peg) Gilman, married for 53 years. Brother to Emily Hayden ’61 of Wilbraham, MA; father of Andrew, Nathaniel, and Christian, and grandfather to Phoenix, Lakota, Samantha and Michael. Before moving to New Zealand in 1985, Hugh and his family resided in W. Brookfield and Westminster, MA. In his time he was a race car driver, a NASA physicist, a science teacher, an IT guy, an AA sponsor, a hospital chaplain, a puzzle enthusiast, a church sexton, and the greatest of all pancake chefs. Messages to the family may be posted to c/-PO Box 44-176, Lower Hutt 5040. In accordance with Hugh’s wishes a private cremation has taken place.

Sylvia Mason Chisholm Evans ’55

Sylvia Mason Chisholm Evans died Wednesday, September 8, 2021. She was raised at Mass Audubon, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary by her late parents Ed Mason, founding director and Mina Mason, founding mother. Along with her sister Patsy Mason, who died just 5 days earlier, here they formed the foundation for the rest of their lives. Sylvia was at all times at her best as a wife, mother, landscape architect, and a world traveler. She leaves behind her husband Dennis Evans, daughter COL. Lisa Chisholm US Army ret., son Chris Chisholm and his wife Kristin Chisholm, and grandchildren, Nick, Jason and Matt Chisholm. She was predeceased by her first husband Lee Chisholm, former town planner for Farmington. In lieu of flowers or gifts, hold on to somebody you love, they may not always be with you. Goodbye Sylvia, my love Dennis. Our thanks to all our new friends at Avon Health Center.

Anthony V. Orlandella ’56

Anthony V. Orlandella, 83, of Falmouth, MA, formerly of Chatham and Wayland, passed away suddenly on September 8, 2021.

Tony was born on August 21, 1938 in Boston, MA to Felix and Lena Orlandella, and grew up in Newton. He attended Williston Academy. He earned his undergraduate degree and law degree at Boston University. He was the loving husband of Barbara Orlandella (predeceased) with whom he shared 54 years of marriage.

They raised their three sons in Wayland, MA and moved to Cape Cod in the early 1990’s. Tony worked at InnSeason Resorts with coworkers who were his dear friends.

He loved playing cards and golf, but more than anything, Tony loved being in the company of and cooking for close family and friends. His homemade manicotti and the ability to cook a roast to perfection are a few of his many passions, but it’s Tony’s quick wit and distinctive sense of humor that will be missed most. Known to many as Papa Tony, Joe, or Buddy, he had countless friends who were lucky to know him. From his fraternity brothers to close friends who became family. Tony was one of a kind.

Tony is survived by three sons: Lieutenant Colonel Michael Orlandella and wife Cruzkaya of Augusta, Georgia, David Orlandella and wife Lisa of Chatham, and Peter Orlandella and wife Erika of Falmouth and six beloved grandchildren Olivia, Peter Jr., Joseph, Michael Jr., Cecilia, and Georgiana.

A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth at 10am on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held immediately after at the Cape Cod Winery, 4 Oxbow Road, East Falmouth. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tony’s life.

Harold I. Resnic ’52

Harold Resnic, age 88, of Longmeadow, MA, peacefully passed on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Holyoke, April 12, 1933, to the late Sam and Theresa “Babe” (Hendel) Resnic. A life-long learner, Harold was a graduate of Williston Academy, Brown University, Cornell University (MBA), and Western New England Law School (JD). Harold lived in Longmeadow since 1967 and practiced law in Springfield for more than 40 years. He had a passion for jazz, especially Big Band. Harold also enjoyed playing saxophone, tennis, golf, skiing, and traveling the world. Most of all, he loved spending time with his loving family and his many friends in Longmeadow and Quechee, Vt. Harold is survived by an adoring wife of 56 years, Sally Ann (Reback) Resnic; two sons, Steven Resnic of Arlington, Va. and David Resnic and his wife Amy of Sudbury, Mass.; a brother Burton Resnic and his wife Margie of Holyoke, Mass.; two beloved grandchildren, Abby and Ben; and many nieces and nephews. The family thanks Pam, Gertrude, and Sandy for their loving care. Funeral services will be held at Temple Beth El in Springfield on Monday, August 30 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Beth El Cemetery in West Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at 450 Brookline, Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 or a charity of one’s choosing. The Ascher-Zimmerman Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Edwin A. West, Jr. ’53

Edwin Allyn West, Jr., 85, of Fremont, NH passed away surrounded by family, Tuesday morning August 10, 2021. He was born October 28, 1935, in Holyoke, MA, the son of Edwin A. West and Adah E. Dunham.

Allyn graduated from Williston Academy, Easthampton, MA in 1953 and received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA in 1958. He met the love of his life, Joan (“Joanne”) Davis in Boston. They were married 64 years ago in Meriden, CT on July 20, 1957.

Allyn had a long career in the aerospace industry in the Washington DC area. He was very active at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA during that time. For many years he was on the Vestry, served as Junior Warden, Acolyte Advisor, Thurifer and Master of Ceremonies for many festival services. He and Jo retired to Sharon, VT in 1984 to enjoy their special place on 26 acres in the country, where Allyn designed and built a home. There he enjoyed a very large vegetable and fruit garden, logging to provide wood heat for their home, and making his own maple syrup. He was also an accomplished wood crafter making many pieces of furniture and gifts for the family. He worked during these years as an assistant to the Board of Selectmen and served as President of the Sharon, VT Historical Society. In 2004, Allyn and Jo moved to the Sugar Hill Retirement Community where he served as Resident Director to the Board of Directors and chaired the Conservation Committee.

He is survived by his wife Jo and 4 children; Theodore and his wife Susan of Round Rock, TX; Elizabeth of East Hampstead, NH; Christopher and his wife Karen of Londonderry, NH; and Judith of East Hampstead, NH. Eight grandchildren; Tricia and her husband David, Sylvia, Zebulon, Noah, Lauren, Kayla, Madison, and Jacie. And two great grandchildren; Conner and Ryker. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Allyn was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Charles A. West of Pittsburg, PA and Paul D. West of Athens, PA.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please give to a charity of your choice.

Cornelia Porter Ford ’53

Cornelia (Nina) Porter Ford of Stamford, CT, beloved wife of the late Thomas R. Ford, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at her home in Stamford. She was born in Tucson, AZ, to Rutger and Bernice (Walkley) Porter, who operated a nursery and landscaping business on land that is now the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Thus began Nina’s lifelong passion for horticulture, botany, and conservationism. After her graduation from Vassar College in 1957, she and Tom settled in West Hartford, CT, where they raised four children over many happy decades. There, Nina cultivated verdant gardens filled with diverse flowers, herbs, vegetables, and shrubs. The family spent every summer in Center Sandwich, NH, in a setting little changed by modern times. She had a love of music and encouraged it in her children. At the piano she led sing-alongs with family and guests, especially at Christmastime. In the 1970s she played banjo and sang in a folk group. Later she played electric piano in a cover band of popular music. In 1976 she bought Herbs and Whey, a natural-foods store in Avon, CT, of which she was the proprietor for four years. In 1983, She joined the Connecticut Unit of the Herb Society of America, serving as Vice-Chairman in 1989. In 1987, she graduated from Central Connecticut State College with a master’s degree in biology. In 1990, Bat Conservation International received Nina’s permission to publish her teaching unit “A Year in the Life of the Little Brown Bat” in an Educators Activity Book. Nina was a quiet feminist and a life-long spiritual seeker. During 1996-97, she was a student in the inaugural class of the Women’s Leadership Institute at the Hartford Seminary. After the passing of her husband, Nina moved to southern Connecticut to be closer to those children and grandchildren living on the East Coast. Throughout her life, Nina sought personal connection with everyone she encountered, always asking their name and taking genuine interest in their lives. Strangers were simply friends she hadn’t met yet. Nina is survived by her loving family; her children, Becky and Nick Lai of Stamford, CT, Dan and Mary Ford of Ridgefield, CT, Ted Ford and Anne Fitzgerald of Seattle, WA, and Andrew and Molly Ford of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Sarah Ford, Roxanne and Sophie Lai, and Audrey and George Ford; brother-in-law, Richard Hill of Tucson, AZ; sister- and brother-in-law, Mimi and Christopher Stahler of Wenatchee, WA; sister-in-law, Eli Ford of Cape Cod, MA; and several nieces, nephews, cousins as well as an abundance of loving friends. Contributions in Cornelia’s memory may be made to the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Bat Conservation International, or The Miriam Therese Winter Chair in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at The Hartford Seminary.

Susan B. Martula ’58

Susan Barbara Martula, 80, retired principal clarinetist with the Albany Symphony, died on June 28, 2021 at her home in Troy, New York.

Susan, the daughter of the late John and Helen Martula, grew up in Hadley, Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Smith College in 1962, and afterwards studied at the Paris Conservatory and worked for Nadia Boulanger. Upon her return to the States, she studied clarinet with Leon Russianoff at Manhattan School of Music, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in 1964. As a professional clarinetist Susan continued to study throughout her career and was a student of Larry Combs and, in later years, Steve Hartman. In addition to her work with the Albany Symphony she was principal clarinetist of the Berkshire Symphony. She also played with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, the Colorado Philharmonic, Lake George Opera, and others. She has recorded with Albany Records, New World, and Nonesuch.

Susan served on the faculties of Skidmore College and Williams College, where she was artist associate, led the Williams Clarinet Choir and performed with the Williams College Chamber Players. She was adjunct instructor in music at Emma Willard School and was the founding conductor of the orchestra.

Throughout her distinguished career, Susan taught and nurtured scores of young musicians. Her home was fondly referred to as “Camp Martula” by artists who traveled to the Capital Region to perform with the Albany Symphony. She took great delight in hosting her visiting colleagues, and regaled them with legendary dinners precisely timed to get the group to the concert hall on schedule.

Susan was fun to be around. She was charming, gracious, and had a keen wit. People enjoyed her elegant sense of fashion and great smile. She displayed these same qualities during her recent years of treatment for her illness and the pandemic. She stayed as active as possible, even swimming long distances in the ocean which was a lifelong passion, and continuing her Pilates, another passion. Most importantly, she planned and did joyful things like getting ice cream with those she loved. Susan knew how to enjoy every moment that was given to her.

She was predeceased by her husband of 29 years, David A. Perry, M.D. She is survived by brothers Dick (Ann) Martula and David (Tanyss) Martula, nephew Stefan and niece Rose (David), grandniece Brooke, stepdaughter Noelle and stepson Nathan (Amy), goddaughter Deslyn (Alex), and eight grandchildren: Kage, Kevin, Cameron, Mia, MacKenzie, Isabelle, Penda and Charlotte.

Thank you to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County and all the health care workers, especially Bibi, Jennifer, Dee, and Wendy, who assisted Susan during her illness. Special thanks also to Susan’s circle of deeply devoted friends, especially Ellen, Victor, and Mitsuko.

Burial will be private and a memorial service is planned for later this year.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Susan B. Martula to the Albany Symphony Orchestra Inc., 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207, or to the Berkshire Symphony, Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, MA 01267.