Arnold Cohen – Eli and Bessie Cohen Camps, MA

COHEN, Arnold J. Of Dedham, formerly of Manchester, NH, on Thursday, September 1, 2016. For 66 years, he was the beloved husband of Annebelle (Jacobson) Cohen. Loving father of Etahn & Amy Paller Cohen of IL, Dahn & Claudia Levenson Cohen of Wakefield, Jonathan & Savyon Cohen of Brookline, and Adina & Frank Ziegler of NJ. Adored grandfather of Joshua, Max & Benjamin Cohen, Khari Cohen, and Eliza & Sarah Ziegler. Dear brother of the late Zvi Cohen and Marilyn Perlman; son of the late Eli & Bessie Cohen. 

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Arthur Edwin Farnham – Namequoit Sailing Camp, MA

FARNHAM, Arthur Edwin, Jr. May 5, 1923-May 29, 2016, formerly of South Orleans, Massachusetts passed away on May 29, 2016 after a long illness. Arthur is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Jerauldene Buck Farnham, his brother-in-law Conrad F. Buck and his nephews Jeffrey and Brad Buck. Arthur was the loving father of the late Steven K. Farnham, a proud war veteran of the Marine Corps serving in WW II and Korea and a gifted athletic coach. Arthur was a graduate of Springfield College, Assistant Professor and coach at MIT, and is fondly remembered by many as the Director and Partner of Namequoit Sailing Camp in Orleans Massachusetts. 

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Mary Ann French – Camp Avoda, MA

French, Mary Ann, R.N. 75, of Litchfield, NH, died November 3, 2015. Born in Manchester, NH on September 12, 1940, she was the daughter of Franklyn Herod and Mary (Cronin) Lambrou and her husband, Aristotle "Teddy". She was a longtime, devoted camp nurse with Camp Fatima, Camp Bernadette, and Camp Avoda. She was also an active volunteer with Exceptional Citizens Week. Family members include her husband, Dana French; her son, Luke French and his wife, Barbara, of Waltham, MA; her daughter, Dana "Maggie" Malloy of Hudson, NH; two grandchildren; Aidan and Finn; her sister, Susan MacDonald; four brothers, Franklyn, James, Donald, and Gary Herod; many nieces, nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Kathleen Thornton.

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Jay Stager – Camp Med-o-Lark and Hidden Valley, ME

For almost half a century, Jay Stager profoundly influenced progressive camping in Maine. Coming north from Connecticut's Camp Claire which he directed from 1960-1966, he and his then wife Shirley restarted, grew and directed both Hidden Valley Camp and Camp Med-O-Lark through 1988 at which point he "retired" for the first of many times. 

Jay's time at HVC and MOL featured program innovations that we might now deem commonplace among our programs. Crucially, the camps did something unusual at the time, meeting Jay's ideals of being non-secular, coeducational, non-competitive and multi-racial. The camps also featured fully elective schedules, many in arts such as modern dance, stained glass and theater. In the early 80's Jay imagined and then created Maine Teen Camp (formerly Hiawatha,) the first of it's kind. And importantly - and now familiarly - Jay's camps pioneered participation of international staff and children from all over the world including South America, Africa, Europe and what was then called "mainland China." 

Jay's abiding commitment to internationalism led him to his next great adventure, the Samantha Smith Worldpeace Camp for Teens at the site of the former Camp Pesquasawasis. WPC featured progressive programming that included peace studies, conflict resolution, and world issues. Attracting national attention during its first historic year, WPC hosted 26 Soviet teens and sent additional Soviet campers to other Maine camps. WPC later evolved into Omni Camp which carried on these particular forward-thinking values and is now Camp North Star. 

Jay's final act had him back at Med-O-Lark from 1997-2005. Prior to that he helped open up the USSR to continued international staff and camper exchanges. And he and his wife Karen, who pre-deceased him, founded an adoption program that brought hundreds of Russian orphans to families in the U.S. Three of those children joined Jay and Karen's family; they survive him along with two older children who were central to Hidden Valley many years ago and his wife Devora who has roots at HVC and MTC. 

Jay studied philosophy as an undergrad and received an advanced degree from the Yale Divinity School. His continued interest in other cultures and ways of thought helped to create vibrant and inclusive communities for children and adults. Through the years, Jay's open-mindedness and curiosity became central to many camp lives, as Betsy Roper describes so well: "He had the gift of turning huge dreams and possibilities into meaningful and powerful realities." Many of us remain inspired to follow Jay's generous, adventurous and thoughtful example.

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Carol "Raccoon" Pierce – Camp Pennacook, MA

Carol Greene Pierce died on March 8, 2017 in Newburyport, MA. Born on January 29, 1935 in Ware, MA, she was formerly a resident of Haverhill, Georgetown and Bellingham, MA. Carol graduated from Millis, MA High School in 1953, and Northeastern University in 1958 with dual degrees in English and Education. Carol was named Woman of the Year by Northeastern University in 1958. She later earned a graduate certificate as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired from Boston University, and Masters in Education from Lesley University. She began her teaching career at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA and also served as a teacher of the visually impaired in the Georgetown, Amesbury, Triton, and Pentucket School Systems. Carol had many interests including hiking, mountains, reading, braiding, cooking, gardening, animals, environmental issues, and local history. Her favorite trip was to Alaska. She loved the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Carol was an active Girl Scout for many years, serving as a troop leader, camp director, and Board member of the Merrimack River and the Spar and Spindle Girl Scout Councils. Her camp name was Raccoon. She also served on the board of the Childrens Aide and Family Society in Haverhill, and was active in churches in Bellingham, Georgetown, and Plaistow. Carol was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Norman E. Pierce, in 2012. She is survived by her terrific family: Erica Pierce and her husband Michael Nagle, Andrew Pierce and his wife Dawn Ayotte Pierce, and Arthur Pierce and his wife Robyn Jennings Pierce. She also leaves nine grandchildren: Joshua, Erin, Liana, Madison, Olivia, Kayleigh, Kara, Carly and Taylor. Her brother Jon lives in Northfield, Maine. 

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Helen Strauss – Camp Wigwam, ME

From Camp Wigwam: We in the Camp Wigwam world would like to share some sad news, but at the same time celebrate the amazing life of Helen Strauss, Bobby Strauss’s mother, who passed away of natural causes on Tuesday evening. Helen and Ned Strauss purchased Wigwam in the fall of 1964, from founder Abraham “Mandy” Mandelstam, and were instrumental in the ongoing success of this prestigious camp, indeed its very legacy. Generations of young men will fondly recall Helen as their “camp mother” who, for decades, rooted for every Wigwam squad, scored countless basketball games, and ran the Wigwam office on Bear Lake.

WATERFORD - Helen Mary Benesch Strauss died on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at the Maine Medical Center, in Portland. She was the daughter of Blanche Koshland and Jerome Benesch, and devoted wife of 54 years to Ned Heilbrun Strauss.Helen will be sadly missed and forever remembered by her children Margery Strauss Stalch, Jerome Benesch Strauss, and Robert William Strauss. She was grandmother to Michael Allen Eng, Richard Matthew Eng, Aaron Ben Strauss, Marc Daniel Strauss, Jesse Delois Strauss, Hannah Sarah Strauss, and Rachel Elizabeth Strauss; and great-grandmother to eight beautiful children, five girls and three boys.

Born in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 16, 1926, a devoted sports fan, Helen was a constant presence at all of her children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Helen served the Sisterhood at Temple Oheb Shalom in her hometown of Baltimore, and drove and delivered for Meals on Wheels, also in Baltimore, for 30 years. Helen and Ned Strauss purchased Camp Wigwam, in South Waterford, in the fall of 1964, and operated the prestigious boys' camp for 10 years until handing the business operation to their youngest son Bob, who directs the camp to this day.

Helen Strauss will be remembered as a vibrant and energetic "Camp Mother" to generations of young men at their summer camp on Bear Pond, and leaves many close friendships in southwestern Maine; in Baltimore, Maryland; and throughout the Camp Wigwam world. 

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Sandy Tattersall – Camp Timanous

From Timanous: On Friday, March 3, 2017, Timanous lost a dear friend, colleague, mentor and leader. Sandy Tattersall died in Florida after his existing pulmonary fibrosis was complicated by recently contracting pneumonia.. His impact on Timanous over his 53 years was immeasurable as he progressed from a homesick 9 year old in Eagles to Crows Head Counselor to Program Director and staff supervisor. His wise counsel, wry humor, and positive encouragement have influenced thousands of campers and staff. Timanous celebrates its 100th year in 2017 and Sandy was a vital part of the camp for over 1/2 of those years. We will recognize his many contributions to Timanous this summer.

Samuel C.Tattersall RAYMOND, ME Samuel Cook "Sandy" Tattersall, 64, of Raymond, ME, died peacefully on March 3, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. Born Aug. 16, 1952 in Princeton to Martha Holding and Samuel Leslie Tattersall Jr., Sandy attended Princeton Country Day School and graduated from St. George's School in Newport, RI, and Babson College. Sandy spent his career in education, first at the Eaglebrook School and then for three decades at The Peddie School, where he retired as dean of students in 2012. For 53 years, he spent his summers at Camp Timanous in Raymond, ME, first as a camper and then as a counselor and program director. Sandy's love of the beach, Springsteen, Twinkies and Pepsi was obvious to all who had the great fortune to know him. Sandy is survived by his sister, Martha T. Giancola (Paul); his brother, Stowe H Tattersall (Peg); his nephew, David Giancola; his niece, Edie Tattersall, and by the best friends anyone could ask for. 

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