Charles F. B. Richardson — senior vice-president, Berkshire Life Insurance Company
Kelton Miller Burbank ("Kim") — attorney in Pittsfield. Born 1935(?); died June 29th, 2015. He was a graduate of the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., and received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in 1956, before graduating summa cum laude from Harvard Law in 1959. He was a law clerk to Justice Harold P. Williams of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for a year before becoming an associate at the Boston Law firm Choate Hall & Stewart. After a year he left Boston to return to the Berkshires where he lived for the rest of his life. In 1961 he joined the firm of Cain, Lewis and Humphrey, and in 1963 became a partner at Cain, Hibbard and Myers. In 1984 he opened his solo practice where he continued practicing until his retirement at the age of 78. Kim served on the board of numerous Berkshire County non-profits and arts organizations, donating countless hours of his legal skills, including the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, the Pittsfield YMCA, the Elizabeth Freeman Center (which assists and counsels victims of rape and domestic violence), the Audubon Society, the Family and Children Service of Berkshire County, the Berkshire branch of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Housatonic River Watershed Association, Shakespeare & Co., South Mountain Association and many others. He also served as a Selectman of the town of New Ashford for nine years. Kim was an avid skier in his youth and well into middle age. He was captain of the Williams Swim Team and his passion for swimming continued throughout his life and he swam competitively at the master's level where he won several events when he was in his 60s. Kim had a wide variety of interests, including but not limited to, hiking, playing tennis, bird watching, reading poetry, and completing the New York Times crossword puzzle (in ink) before anyone else arose. He loved the Berkshires not only for their intrinsic beauty, but for the ready access to art museums, lectures, musical and theatrical performances, and he attended as many cultural events as he could. His chief passion was gardening. He spent the majority of his free time digging in the dirt, pulling weeds, and planting vegetables, flowers and shrubs. Kim enjoyed nothing better than to spend the entire day in his garden, coming in at dusk covered from head to toe in the dirt he so loved. In 1999 the Berkshire Natural Resources Council dedicated a trail on Yokum Ridge in his honor for the then "30 years of mostly anonymous but invaluable service" in ensuring the preservation of vast swatches of land throughout Berkshire County. Kim continued his work for BNRC until his passing. The past president of BRNC noted that the overwhelming portion of Kim's work for BNRC had been without charge, in keeping with his generous nature and dedication to land preservation.
John B. Lidstone — engineer, General Electric Company, Plastics Division. Moved to the Troy, N.Y. area in 1970.
Robert Austin Acly — retired, U. S. State Dept. His posts included Burma and Panama, where he served as counselor of embassy and charge d'affaires, as well as Honduras, France and South Africa. He headed the Burma desk at the State Department in Washington and also served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations. Foreign Service postings: U.S. Vice Consul in Montreal, 1930; Tegucigalpa, 1930-35; Strasbourg, 1935; Johannesburg, 1938; U.S. Consul in Johannesburg, 1940-42; Cape Town, 1942-43; Rangoon, 1949. Born Feb. 25, 1906, died July 1, 1973.
Robert M. Henderson — paper manufacturing executive; died October 16, 2017. Full bio and obit.
William A. Selke — paper company chemist. Born in Newburgh, N.Y., June 16, 1922, died in Pittsfield, Mass., February 25, 2013. He received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering, from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the class of 1943. He entered the Naval Reserve, and served with a motor torpedo boat squadron in the Pacific theater. He returned to M.I.T.for a master's degree in 1947, and received a doctorate in engineering from Yale University in 1949. In 1952, he married Martha Whitney Floyd, a native of Pittsfield, then living in New York. Their weekend trips to the Berkshires introduced him to the many pleasures of the Berkshires, including skiing and Tanglewood. He joined the faculty of Columbia University, where his research and publications were in the fields of ion exchange kinetics, thermodynamics and heat transfer. In 1951 the U.S .Atomic Energy Commission established its Heat Transfer Research Facility at Columbia. After working for the DuPont Corporation on the design of the Savannah River reactors, Mr. Selke became the manager of that Columbia laboratory. In 1955, he moved to the Berkshires to establish a research and development department for Peter J. Schweitzer Inc. manufacturer of specialized technical papers. The laboratory was built at a mill site in Lee. The work that he did with his colleagues resulted in a number of U.S. and foreign patents on specialized papers, and novel applications of the papermaking process. The company was acquired by Kimberly-Clark Corp. in 1982, and was merged with other portions of the company. In 1982, Mr. Selke moved to Atlanta to be Vice president of the Corporate Science and Technology Group. He retired in 1986, and returned to Stockbridge. From 1986 through 1996, he was a consultant for several major companies, and served as a professor of environmental Engineering at The Lenox Institute for Research. He served as Chairman of a United States committee of the International Standards Organization, and represented that committee at meetings in Beijing and Berlin. He was a member of the board of investment of The City Savings Bank in Pittsfield. In 1966, Mr Selke became a member of the newly formed Massachusetts Board of Education. In retirement, he taught reading and English as a second language with the Southern Berkshire Literacy Network, and read science books for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic here in the Berkshires. Mr. Selke served the town of Stockbridge on a number of committees, including chairing an attempt to establish an historic district in Stock bridge Village. He was chairman of the committee on Affordable Housing, which promoted and helped develop the Pine Woods project in Stockbridge. He served on the Planning Board for eight years, and was chairman from 1976 through 1980. He was also a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1993, he was elected to the Stockbridge Housing Authority, and was a member of the committee which formed the Berkshire Hills Regional School District., and built the Monument Mountain Regional High School. Twenty years later, after retirement, he became a substitute science teacher at that school. After serving as co-chairman of the Council of Tanglewood Friends in 1974, he became an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and from 1979 to 1985 served as a atrustee of the orchestra. In 1984, while living in Atlanta, he joined the board of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the boards of The Laurel Hill Association and The Berkshire Museum, and served as president of the Old Corner House-Stockbridge Historical Society, and the Stockbridge library Association. He was a member of the Western Regional Committee of The Trustees of Reservations, and on the Advisory Council of the statewide organization. He had a lifelong love of music, especially classical music and "good" jazz. He also loved sailing, and spent a lot of time on the water, both here and in far off lands. He loved traveling. He and his wife saw a good deal of the world together. [Berkshire Eagle obituary]
George W. Low — actuary, Berkshire Life Insurance Company
Rev. Arthur L. Teikmanis — minister, First Church of Christ in Pittsfield. Born in Ranka, Latvia, April 8, 1914, son of Roberts and Marija Apsha Teikmanis. He was educated in both Latvia and the United States, and ordained into the ministry in 1941. He received a doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1953, and a B.D. degree from Andover-Newton Theological Seminary in 1949. From 1941 to 1944, he was minister of the First Baptist Church in Priekule, Latvia. Thereafter he served the Refugee Church in Augsberg, Germany (1945-1946); the Community Congregational Church, West Peabody, Massachusetts (1950-1952); the Highland Congregational Church, Lowell, Massachusetts (1952-1957); the Sayville Congregational Church, Sayville, New York (1956-1961); First Congregational Church, Winter Park, Florida (1961-1967); First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio (1967-1969); and First Church of Christ in Pittsfield (1969-1980?). He served in the Latvian Army as a telegraphist, being honorably discharged as a corporal in 1936. During the Russian occupation of Latvia he served as a superintendent of government buildings in Riga.
R. Michael McNaught — headmaster, Berkshire Country Day School. Originally from England, McNaught attended Trinity College at Oxford, receiving an undergraduate degree in history. He then did his post-graduate study at Oxford University in the education department. In 1961 he came to the US to teach. In 1968, he became the Headmaster of the Berkshire Country Day School. In 1976, he became the new upper school Headmaster of the New Canaan Country School in Connecticut. After 20 years there, he stepped down to become the Dean of Faculty and Math Department Chairman of the upper school. He retired in 2004 and moved to Falmouth, Mass., where served on the board of the Oyster Pond Environmental Trust board. He was also Vice-chairman of the Berkshire Choral Festival, and a US Civil War authority and a genealogy expert.
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Albert Easton — actuary, Berkshire Life Insurance Company
Arthur Waring "Skip" Paddock — teacher, Pittsfield High School. Born in Orange, N.J., on Aug. 7, 1926, son of Arthur H. and Helen Rochelle Paddock, he graduated from Colgate University in 1946 and his master's degree in education in 1965 from Springfield College. He died June 26, 2006. He served in the Navy as a V12 candidate. He taught English at Pittsfield High School from 1966 to 1996.
Ronald A. Trabulsi — real estate investor. Resigned 2016, awarded Honorary Member status.
Rev. Richard L. Floyd — Pastor Emeritus of the First Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Congregational (UCC) in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Previously he had two pastorates in Maine and was Chaplain at the Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine. Floyd holds a B.A. from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1971), a M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School (1975) and a D.Min. from Bangor Theological Seminary in Hanover, New Hampshire (1994). During sabbaticals he has done post-graduate study in Britain at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrews.
He was selected to be a member of the Pastor-Theologian program at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton from 1999 to 2001. He has lectured widely on the Christian understanding of the atonement both in the United States and Britain. He is the author of A Course in Basic Christianity (Birch Hill Press, 1997) and When I Survey the Wondrous Cross: Reflections on the Atonement (Pickwick Press, 2000, Wipf and Stock, 2010). His articles, book reviews and sermons have appeared in a number of anthologies, periodicals and journals. (Full list of publications)
He is a writer of hymn texts, many of which have been set to original music and sung in churches. He has been an occasional contributor of book reviews and op-ed articles for The Berkshire Eagle. He has been an active participant in the theological renewal movement in the United Church of Christ, was on the drafting committee of the first Craigville Colloquy, and is a founder and member of the convening committee of “Confessing Christ.” He served as president of the Pittsfield Area Council of Churches and the Central Berkshire Clergy Association. He represented the Massachusetts Conference of the U.C.C. on the Massachusetts Commission on Christian Unity from 1984 until 1996. In 1989 he was an official ecumenical observer of the United Church of Christ to the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church in Great Britain. He was a convener for the Lutheran–Reformed dialogue in the mid 1980's. He was a theological consultant to the Ecclesiology Subcommittee of the General Synod Committee on Structure of the United Church of Christ. He was moderator of the Berkshire Association of the United Church of Christ, and a delegate to the General Synod of the United Church of Christ
In the Berkshires, he was a member of the Patient Ethics Committee at the Berkshire Medical Center, and a member of the Human Rights Committee of the former Berkshire Mental Health and the Psychiatric Unit at Berkshire Medical Center. He helped found the chapel at Berkshire Medical Center and was chairman of the pastoral care department when it was approved as a Clinical Pastoral Education site. He was chaplain to the Berkshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and preached the opening sermon at the 1997 New England Regional Convocation of the AGO in Pittsfield.
In 2004 he stepped down from his pastorate of 22 years because of disability from traumatic brain injury as the result of a bicycle accident. Since that time his ministry has been chiefly as a writer and blogger. In 2010 his popular blog “Retired Pastor Ruminates” (now renamed “When I Survey . . .”) was one of the 50 top theological blogs on Facebook’s Networked Blogs. He is a contributor to the United Church of Christ’s StillSpeaking Daily Devotional, an e-mail service with 30,000 subscribers. He also contributes to the UCC's versions of Advent and Lenten Devotionals.
Dr. Thomas Spurr Morse — pediatric surgeon, Lenox. Died August 26, 2012 the age of 87. He was raised on Green Meads Farm in Richmond, Mass., the son of Darwin and Kate Morse. He ttended The Eaglebrook School, where he served as trustee for many years, and Deerfield Academy. He served in the U. S. Marines and planned to return and study agriculture. His experiences in the Marines set him on a different course and he went on to medical school at Cornell University. He rained at Bellevue Hospital, New York City in pediatrics, and then moved to Boston, MA where he decided to train in pediatric surgery. He then took a job at Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio where he spent most of the rest of his career. He was very interested in trauma, running the Emergency Room, training pediatricians in emergency care and working on the delivery of emergent care both at the hospital and with the City of Columbus. He was the author of over 60 articles on various topics in pediatric medicine and surgery, and was a founding member and President of the American Trauma Society. He was a member of numerous other medical and surgical societies as well. He was the author of "A Gift of Courage" (Doubleday, 1982). Berkshire Eagle obituary, Oct. 12, 2012.
Dr. David T. Noyes — urologist
John M. Fuchs — librarian, Berkshire Athenaeum. Later director of the library of Burbank, California.
Richard W. Nunley — poet, writer, professor at Berkshire Community College. Richard Whitlock Nunley, born July 31, 1931, in Scituate, Massachusetts, died from a brain hemorrhage on March 3 in Portland, Oregon. Dick was a teacher, poet, cook, gardener, and lover of the natural world. Childhood mentors fostered a love of books and learning, which led him to Dartmouth College and Kings College, Cambridge in England. There he met Susan Stroud, whom he married on December 19, 1965. They spent the majority of their lives together in New Lebanon, New York, where Dick was a teacher at Darrow School. They raised two daughters, Diana and Felicity, at their "Garden Hill" home, surrounded by flower and vegetable gardens with a spectacular view across Lebanon Valley.
In 1970 Dick became a professor of English at Berkshire Community College in nearby Pittsfield, Massachusetts. An exacting teacher with high expectations for all, many former students credit him with changing the course of their lives. For 25 years beginning in 1980 Dick wrote a weekly "Our Berkshires" column for The Berkshire Eagle. His columns challenged readers to connect the dots between vignettes of Berkshire life and his favorite poets and thinkers, and revealed the thoughtful, caring and generous man that he was. For the last 12 years of his life, Dick and Sue lived near Felicity in Portland, Oregon, where he turned his eye on the lush environment of the Pacific Northwest and enjoyed the city's art and musical offerings. He delighted in his grandchildren, Helen and Norris Meigs of Portland and Hanna and Elena Johnson of Minneapolis. "How simple happiness is, really," concludes one of Dick's poems. That lesson may be Dick's greatest legacy to all who remember him whether it's to be found in a delicate spring bloom, a morning walk, or a fresh-baked loaf of bread.
Charles F. Sawyer — attorney, real estate professional
John H. Spencer — teacher, principal. Born September 15, 1936 to John Haines Spencer and Pauline Simmons Spencer, Jack was raised in Adams, Massachusetts. After graduating from Williston Prep School and Amherst College, he received a Masters in Education from Purdue University. While teaching at Williams High School in Stockbridge, he had the good fortune to meet and fall in love with Social Studies teacher Judith Leahey. On February 20, 1965, he had the good sense to marry her and continue a love affair that spanned more than fifty years.
Mr. Spencer was an educator for 47 years. He taught Social Studies at Williams High School and Monument Mountain Regional High School and was Principal of Searles Middle School. He encouraged students to be conscious seekers and doers, to be disturbers of the universe. He was chair of the Monument Social Studies department from its inception in 1967. The department created the first Holocaust curriculum for high school students in the country. Jack and Roselle Chartock coedited the anthology that came out of that curriculum.
Jack had a love of Stockbridge and its citizens, community activism and participation in government. He served on numerous committees and boards, including the Stockbridge Planning Board (chairman) and Zone of Appeals, The Stockbridge Library (president and member of the Board of Trustees), The Fund for Excellence and School Center, Inc. He was instrumental in writing the zoning bylaws for Stockbridge.
Jack died on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Stockbridge.
Peter C. Webber — bartender at the Red Lion Inn, Massachusetts state senator (1981-1991); Massachusetts commissioner of environmental management (1991-2004)
Ronald B. Latham — librarian, Berkshire Athenaeum. (Resigned about 1999.)
Dr. Michael A. Shirley — anesthesiologist
Lawrence J. Yerdon — executive director, Hancock Shaker Village; later of Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth N.H.
Martin C. Langeveld — newspaper executive. Graduated with an MA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970) and an Master of Professional Studies degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University (1975). Innkeeper, The Flying Cloud Inn, New Marlboro, Massachusetts, (1975-1978). Marketing director, general manager of Eagle Publishing Company (1979-1995), publisher of The Berkshire Eagle (1995-2000); North Adams Transcript (2000-2006); Brattleboro (Vermont) Reformer (2006-2008); independent marketing consultant and newspaper industry analyst, 2008-present. He served twice as chair and once as treasurer of Hancock Shaker Village. Founding trustee of the Colonial Theatre Association, director of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, and director and treasurer of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association. In Vermont, he serves on the boards of SeVEDS (Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies), the Windham-Windsor Housing Trust, Brattleboro Community Television, the Resilient Design Institute, and on the Vernon Planning Commission.
Erik Bruun — journalist, investment manager
Craig F. Smith — nonprofit fundraising manager
Stuart Chase — executive director, Berkshire Museum
William J. Bartz — engineer, Crane & Company. Resigned, 2015
Brad Spear — radio personality, marketing executive
Rev. Robert G. Anderson —certified hospital chaplain supervisor and ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. Resigned, 2013.
Rev. James Lumsden — minister, First Church of Christ in Pittsfield. Resigned 2016.
Ethan J. Berg — management consultant, investment manager, owner/manager of The Lenox Athenaeum and The Winthrop Estate
Rabbi Joshua Breindel — Temple Anshe Amunim
William P. Densmore — media consultant
Richard Felver — librarian, Berkshire Community College