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William R. Powell ’61

William R. Powell of Horseheads, NY passed away suddenly of natural causes on January 30, 2023 at the age of 79. Bill was born to Wilkins R. and Anna Powell on October 23, 1943 in Mount Holley, NJ and raised in Worcester, MA.
After graduating from Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, MA, Bill spent an additional academic year of study in England prior to enrolling at Brown University. While earning his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering there, he also nurtured his love of the outdoors by hiking and camping across New England. He took that passion to new heights on the West Coast while working towards his PhD (awarded in 1971) in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Stanford University. After that, Bill spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Zurich.
Living on the West Coast at a very interesting time in history, Bill developed a passion for ’60s Rock that he kept throughout his life. He saw many of the greats at the Fillmore West, and had a memorable day at the infamous Altamont Speedway Free Festival in December, 1969 where he saw Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, Santana, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, among others. A true Deadhead, he also saw the Grateful Dead many times. He regretted never having seen Janis Joplin perform live, but he did get to see Ozzy.
In 1972, Dr. Powell joined the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics faculty of West Virginia University. It was in Morgantown, WV that Bill met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Nelson. They married in 1977 and Bill embraced his new role as a father to Barbara’s son Brandon Wayne Sodomick. The birth of their son Jef in 1979 completed their family of four. In 1981, Bill joined Corning Incorporated and the family to moved to Big Flats, NY. Bill played a variety of roles at Corning, officially retiring as a Senior Engineering Associate in 2002 but continuing his relationship with the company as an Engineering Consultant until 2017. In addition to authoring almost 100 publications both within and outside of Corning Incorporated, Bill was the holder of 11 U.S. patents.
As accomplished as Bill was in his career, he was a humble man who believed that his contributions to the community were equally as valuable as to his profession. He was an Elder in Big Flats Presbyterian Church, a member and past president of the Big Flats Lions Club, and a volunteer for and board member of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. With a group of other retired citizens, he applied his engineering skills and built accessibility ramps for homes. He spent hours every summer basting chicken on the grates for the Lions Club’s chicken barbecues, collected donated eyeglasses for the Club, and otherwise extended a hand to help others in his community where needed.
Bill and Barbara also found time to travel throughout the USA and the larger world. Their travel experiences included many destinations in Europe, Russia, Egypt, and a most memorable East African safari.
Bill is predeceased by his parents, Wilkins R. and Anna Powell, brother-in-law Joe Beard, and in-laws Dora and Ralph Nelson. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, sons Brandon and Jef, sisters Nancy Hatfield and Marjorie Powell, brother Richard Powell (Kathy), sisters-in-law Gayle Nelson (Tom Schmid), and Connie Nelson Elder (John), and many nieces and nephews.
There will be calling hours Saturday, February 11th 10:30 – 12:00 at the Big Flats Presbyterian Church, 95 Main Street, followed by a memorial service at noon. A luncheon will be served after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier (388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira, NY 14903), Big Flats Presbyterian Church (P.O. 454, Big Flats, NY 14814), or any charity of your choice.

Christopher S. Diamond ’64

Christopher S. Diamond, 76, of Steamboat Springs, CO, died peacefully in his home on January 12, 2023, a perfect bluebird day and fittingly, the 60th anniversary of Steamboat Ski Resort. Chris was born in Danbury, CT, but spent his childhood in Easthampton, MA. Chris graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton, where he proudly warmed the bench for Williston’s undefeated 1964 football team. After Williston, Chris attended Middlebury College on scholarship. He served as the social chair and cook for his beloved fraternity, Alpha Sigma Psi, also remembered fondly as “the slughouse.” Chris graduated from Middlebury with a commission from ROTC and he received his notice to report for active duty in January of 1970, interrupting his masters from UMass Amherst. He served in Vietnam with the US Army as a first lieutenant and became platoon leader in a joint unit formed between the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and the 510th Signal Company. As a result of his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the bronze star and commendations. Upon returning from active duty in 1972, Chris completed his master’s at UMass. His interest in academics waning, Chris took a role as the assistant to Killington Mountain Resort founder Preston Smith. In 1977, he became the general manager of Mount Snow in West Dover, VT. Chris would go on to hold multiple leadership positions for S-K-I Ltd. and American Skiing Company before assuming the role of managing director at Steamboat Ski Resort in 1999. He continued his career as president and chief operating officer of Steamboat Ski Corporation until his retirement in 2015. During his career, Diamond also served as chairman of the National Ski Areas Association and of Colorado Ski Country USA. In 2013, he was recognized with an NSAA Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame in 2017. After retiring, he consulted with resorts ranging from the Sun Valley Company to Schweitzer. He also became an award-winning author, writing two books (Ski Inc. and Ski Inc. 2020) chronicling the resort business and his career in it. Chris served on numerous boards in the Yampa Valley including the Routt County Airport Advisory Commission, the Steamboat Chamber (past president), the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and Strings Music Festival. In addition to Chris’ passion for skiing and the ski industry, he was an avid cyclist and sailor. He took up sailing in his 20s and went on to compete successfully nationally and internationally. Chris is survived by his wife of 44 years Eileen Diamond; his sister Barbara Diamond; his two children Keenen Diamond and wife Mandy, and Elizabeth Diamond and husband Peter; and his two grandchildren, Kaden and Makayla. Chris was preceded in death by his father James Diamond, a World War II veteran who landed on Omaha Beach; and by his mother Mary Diamond, a social worker who played a lead role at Children’s Aid and Family Services in Northampton, MA. Chris was a beloved father and husband, a faithful friend, a thoughtful leader, and a true visionary in the ski industry. The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Strings Music Festival or to the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Colorado.

Marlin G. Howard ’63

Marlin G. Howard, 78, of Enfield, CT, beloved husband of Karen (Schlanger) Howard, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Sunday, January 15, 2023. Born in Huntington, WV on August 31, 1944, he was the son of the late Dr. Arthur Howard and Minna (Galewski) Howard and grew up in Johnstown, NY. He attended high school at Williston Academy, graduated from Yale University, class of 1967 and received his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1969. He moved to Enfield in 1970 where he raised his family. Marlin worked as a Certified Public Accountant and Financial Planner, retiring just in November 2022. He had a great sense of humor that got him in and out of trouble over the years. In his earlier years he enjoyed playing racquetball and pool competitively. He had a passion for working and connecting with his clients, but more than anything he had a love for his family and loved spending time with them and vacationing with his children and grandchildren. Besides his wife of 56 years, Karen, he is survived by 2 loving daughters, Stephanie Howard and her husband Benjamin Beck of Boston, MA, and Amy Howard Andrews of Matthews, NC; his pride and joy, his 3 grandchildren, Hannah Andrews, Sarah Andrews, and Ellen Beck; 2 siblings, Barry and Ronda Howard; 5 nieces and 1 nephew. A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Friday, January 20, at 3:00 PM at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd. Enfield. Memorial donations may be made to Enfield Fire Fighters Association, 200 Phoenix Ave, Enfield CT 06082.

Harvey E. Goldberg ’71

Harvey Goldberg, beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, husband, uncle, cousin, and friend was tragically struck by a car and killed while out walking in his neighborhood on January 5, 2023. A friend to all, Harvey was a kind and loving soul, devoted to his family and friends, full of humor and contagious laughter. He had many and varied intellectual interests and had an unusual gift for listening.

The son of Albert and Judith Goldberg, Harvey grew up in Holyoke Massachusetts, attended public schools there through eighth grade, and then spent his high school years at Williston Academy in Easthampton, Mass, where he was the editor in chief of the school newspaper. He attended and graduated from Yale University, where he studied philosophy and economics, and where he sang in the famed Yale Russian Chorus. He later earned a second undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his interest in computers and computer technology became the focus of his early career.

After working for a number of years in the Boston area, Harvey moved to South Florida, where he lived until his death. In Florida he continued working as an electronic engineer until he gravitated to working with family business interests. There he met his wife, Cindi Goldberg (Tresser), and they were married until she pre-deceased him.

Harvey maintained his lively intellectual interests throughout his life as an avid reader of nonfiction books, periodicals, and documentaries- especially around history, economics, and current events. He had a love of music and especially opera, and he was a world traveler. But family was his greatest interest of all. He was beloved by all for his warmth, sense of humor, dry wit and humor, and his interest and helpfulness. Universally, upon hearing the tragic news, the reaction was some version of “Harvey- one of my very favorite people in the world.”

Harvey is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Goldberg and Mara Feil; his son-in-law Brian Feil; his brother, Steven Goldberg ’70; his sister in-law, Sandee Blechman; his sister, Michelle Marcus; his brother-in-law Robert Sherman; and his nieces and nephews Abby Goldberg (Scott Hechinger), Maryl Sackeim (Alex Sackeim), David Goldberg, Seth Marcus (Dayna), Jaimee Wold (Ryan); his grandchildren Clay and Dakota Feil; and his grand nephews and nieces Jonah Hechinger, Cooper and Rami Sackeim, Ava and Aven Wold, and Leighton Marcus. He is also survived by his cousins Louise Citron, Debbie Goldberg and Seth Waxman, and Janet and Richard Greenfield; Stephanie’s partner Jake; and his companion, Pam Kagan. He will be sorely missed by all.

Funeral Services and Burial for Harvey will be held 2:30pm, Sunday, January 8, 2023 at IJ Morris at Star of David of the Palm Beaches, 9321 Memorial Park Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33412.

John A. Ernst ’62

In loving memory of John A. Ernst of Brookhaven, GA, his family is saddened to announce his sudden passing on November 11, 2022 at Emory St. Joseph’s hospital. A man of deep Christian faith, John lived a full life guided by John 13:34 “Jesus said, ‘Love one another even as I have loved you”.

John was predeceased by his parents, Anne and Arthur Ernst; and sister, Judith Ernst. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Suzanne Ernst; and three children, Mayor John A. Ernst, Jr. (Monica Vining) of Brookhaven, Elizabeth S. Ernst of Brookhaven, and Timothy J. Ernst (Bobbi) of Chamblee. John is also survived by his sister, Barbara Plezia (Norman) of East Aurora, New York; four grandchildren, John A., III (Jack), Evan, Norah and Ellie Ernst; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation and Vigil will be held on Thursday, November 17 at H.M. Patterson and Son Oglethorpe Hills Chapel in Brookhaven from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with the Vigil beginning at 7:30 PM. A Funeral Mass is planned for Friday, November 18 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Brookhaven at 1:00 PM followed by inurnment and reception at Moylan Hall. Gifts may be made in John’s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference at OLA Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319, or to the charity of your choice.

Marc L. Goldstein ’69

Marc L. Goldstein, 72, of Delray Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Jan. 1st, 2023 in the arms of his loving wife and best friend Janine Goldstein. Marc was the son of the late Selden Goldstein and Iris Krintzman. He was born and raised in Longmeadow, MA and attended Williston Academy and the University of Vermont. He had a successful career in the water purification industry before retiring to Florida. Marc is also survived by his sister Marjorie (Barry) Berg, nephews Zachary (Michelle) Berg, Jeremy (Rachel) Berg, grandnephews Joseph Berg and Jesse Berg and grandnieces Leslie Berg and Blake Berg. Marc was predeceased by his step-father Edward Krintzman, his brother Steven Goldstein, and his brother-in-law Gary Geoffroy. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Glenn (Jennifer) Geoffroy and nieces Danielle, Rachel, Nicole and Alexa. He will be missed by his faithful companion Bandit. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Sunday January 8th at the Ascher-Zimmerman Funeral Home in Springfield, MA with burial in Beth El Cemetery. Shiva will be observed at the family home in Delray Beach, FL on Tuesday January 10th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The family requests donations in Marc’s memory be made to the Janine, Marc, and Steven Goldstein Scholarship Fund, c/o National Council of Jewish Women, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108.

Dalton F. McClelland, Jr. ’48

Dr. Dalton Finley McClelland, Jr. shuffled off his mortal coil on Saturday, December 3, 2022. He passed at peace and without pain, surrounded by family, just shy of his 92nd birthday.
His message: In Dalton’s final years, you may have heard him say we need to “put an end to all war” and “get on top of climate change.” All his life he was adventurous and inquisitive. Anyone who met Dalton became a friend, and he was generous to a fault. He worked and hoped for peace and to live a life of service, and to do his part to provide health care as a human right for all.
Life: He was born December 30, 1930 in Madras. India, where his father served as secretary for the International YMCA. In 1945, at age 14 he came to the United States, studied at Williston Academy in Easthampton, Massachusetts, then on to college at Oberlin and ultimately attended medical school at Case Western Reserve in Ohio. In the years between high school and medical school he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in England. He moved to the southwest to practice medicine first at the Presbyterian Mission Hospital in Embudo, NM, then at the Eastside Community Health Center in Denver, CO. After returning to New Mexico, to Española for a brief stint in private practice, he loaded up the Volkswagen van in 1973 with wife Beth and 6 children, and took a job at the new El Rio Neighborhood Health Center. There are a multitude of stories in the intervening years-some happy, some sad, during which time he became an active member of Southside Presbyterian Church and eventually a regular at the U.S. federal building on Friday afternoons, protesting US intervention in Central America, and other wars and aggression. He was also a devoted Red Sox fan, but in all other sports he would inevitably root for the “underdog”. When he retired from El Rio in 2001, he began a life of activism and volunteering with Samaritans, Clínica Amistad, Veterans for Peace, Women in Black, and countless others.
Survivors/Legacy: Dalton is predeceased by his parents, Dalton Finley McClelland, Sr. and Maud Kelsey McClelland, and his sister and brothers Marion Cramer, Harry and William McClelland, and his beloved daughter Amy Lynn McClelland. He is survived by his nine wonderful grandchildren, and by his children Jody Elizabeth Wilkens, Andrew Christopher McClelland, Karen Denise Cameron, Margaret Kay McClelland, Deborah Jean McClelland and Lee Ann Chamberlain, and numerous dear nieces, nephews and sisters in-law. He also leaves behind a multitude of friends and admirers. In his final years he lived independently at the Fountains at La Cholla community, where many will remember him fondly.
Memorials: In person celebration of Dalton’s life will take place in the early part of 2023, at a time and place yet to be determined. In the meantime we ask that you share memories here, and go out into the world and do something that reminds you of him (a nice hike in the desert, making a new friend, sitting down to a delicious meal with loved ones, something to make you or others smile).
Gifts in his memory: In lieu of flowers please consider contributing to Clínica Amistad, Casa María, Tucson Community Food Bank, Veterans for Peace-Jon Miles Chapter, Pima County Public Library, or any organization you feel embodies the Dalton that you knew & loved.

Richard G. Montville ’61

Richard Gunnar Montville, 80, of Middlebury, CT, died November 20, 2022 at Middlebury Convalescent Home. Rich was the husband of Ellen (Reifschneider) Montville. Rich was born August 6, 1942 in Waterbury, son of the late Walter G. and Lois (Truelove) Montville. A lifelong resident of Middlebury, he cherished his years on Lake Quassapaug. He was a member of the Middlebury Congregational Church. Rich was a graduate from the Williston Academy and Nichols College. At a young age, he served in the Army branch of the National Guard. A well-known insurance broker, he had a long career in Woodbury at the W.J. Burton Insurance Agency. Rich volunteered at the Waterbury Hospital and served as the head of the Child Guidance Clinic in Waterbury. He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed reading and re-learning to play the piano. He appreciated fine art and music. Ever gregarious, Rich had many friends and acquaintances. When he began traveling on Ellen’s airline passes, it seems he always knew or befriended someone on the plane or in the destination city. He adored dachshunds Lily and Addie. Besides his wife, he is survived by his son Samuel H. Montville, sister Karen Albini, and brother Jeffrey Montville. He leaves behind grandchildren Donovan and Molly Montville and Mary Kate and Shannon Fitzsimmons-Montville. At Rich’s request there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lake Quassapaug Association, P.O. Box 285 Middlebury CT 06762 or Lakequassapaugassociation.org

Bert H. Abbey ’60

Bert Howard Abbey, a longtime resident of Guilford, CT and Vero Beach, FL, most recently of Raleigh, NC, passed away peacefully at home on October 31, 2022. Bert was born in Portland, CT on February 22, 1942, son of the late Leeland Abbey and Merlene (Noonie) Abbey. Loving father of Hayden Holt (Jeremy) of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by grandchildren Jack Arrick Holt and Reed Thayer Holt. Predeceased by sister Donna Abbey. Bert proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a 1960 graduate of Williston Academy and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford. Before retirement, Bert worked as an entrepreneur designing watches for Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed clamming, sports, family and history. Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. in Alder Brook Cemetery, 375 Boston St., Guilford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Fisher House Foundation, Inc, 12300 Twinbrook Pkwy, Suite 410, Rockville, MD 20852; https://fisherhouse.org/

David H. Beach ’48

David Henry Beach, 92, of Dover, New Hampshire and formerly of Portsmouth, Newmarket and Byfield, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 31, 2022 at his home surrounded by loving family. David was born in Northampton, MA on February 19, 1930, a son of the late Galen H. and Lillian (Keith) Beach. He shared over 40 years of beautiful marriage with his late wife, Loretta (Gleason) Beach, who died in 2020. Previously married for 25 years to his first wife Norma Powell formerly Norma Dargie Beach.

He was raised in Southampton, MA and graduated from Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA in 1948. David went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Northeastern University in 1954 and shortly after graduation he enlisted in the United States Army. David served his country honorably for 3 years in post-war Germany, returned home and settled in Byfield, MA to raise his family. An avid family man with all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren throughout the years. He attended Byfield Parish Church in the earlier years serving as a deacon and singing in the choir for many of those years. He accepted a position as a Systems Analyst with Western Electric where he worked for over 31 years until his retirement. Many of those years were with Bell Labs in Andover, Mass. where he was instrumental in research and development of new phone communication systems.

David married Loretta in 1980 and they settled in Newburyport, MA. David and Loretta met while performing with the former New Essex Players of Newburyport and had acted in 11 theatrical shows together. David was also an avid barbershop quartet singer and enjoyed it immensely. Singing many barbershop and patriotic songs at random until his passing. After both retired, David and Loretta purchased an RV and toured the United States for the next 3 years, making 4 round trip excursions around the country. They relocated to Portsmouth, NH in 2012 after 14 years in Newmarket and then moved to Dover, NH in 2018.

David is survived by his two sons, James Beach of Salisbury, MA and Jeffery Beach and his wife, Jane of Deerfield, NH, his daughter, Lauren Nauman and her husband, Paul of Hopkinton, MA, his stepdaughter, Nancy Vawter and her husband, Brian of Dover, his stepson, Jim Doyle and his wife, Stacie of Denver, CO. David also leaves 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, his sister, Leona Hendrick of Southampton, MA and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, David was predeceased by siblings, Warren Beach, Hazel Polis, Verna Slocum and Mabel Emerson.

Services will be private. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Friends In Action friendsinactionnh.org in his name.