Potash Hill

In Memoriam

Hope Drury Goddard, former trustee

A member of the board of trustees for 15 years, from 1971 to 1988, and an honorary trustee for many years after, Hope Drury Goddard died in June, in Providence, Rhode Island. Hope was born in Newport, in 1915, and lived her whole life in Rhode Island except for a year studying art and languages in Florence, Italy, and a year in New Orleans during World War II. She was married for 65 years to Robert H.I. Goddard of Providence, a businessman and philanthropist, described at his death
in 2003 as “a giant in the state’s volunteer community.” She was the mother of Marlboro alumnus Tom Goddard ’68, who also served as a Marlboro trustee for many years.

Hope was an artist, having attended Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and the University of Florence. Her paintings, typically of landscapes in the New England mountains, the West Indies, and Greece, were exhibited at the Providence Art Club and the Newport Art Association as well as in shows and galleries in Boston, New York, London, Paris, and elsewhere. She was a volunteer art teacher in the Providence public schools for several years.

She was also a philanthropist herself and served as trustee on the board of a number
 of educational and cultural institutions in Rhode Island, including the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, The Mary C. Wheeler School, Moses Brown School, Gordon School, and Meeting Street School. She was a founding member of Lippitt Hill Tutorial and the Public Education Fund
as well as the Grandparents’ Guild of the Children’s Museum of Rhode Island, now the Providence Children’s Museum. In her role as trustee of Marlboro, she helped launch a capital campaign to improve the art facilities at the college. Among other things, the generous support of her family led to the 1995 construction of Drury Gallery, named for Hope’s father and brother, William Holland Drury and William Holland Drury Jr.

An avid skier, Hope told her children that she would have been on the 1936
U.S. Olympic Ski Team had her father not disapproved. She had a lifelong love of
art, music, sailing, and gardens and was an enthusiastic speaker of Italian, which she learned while in Florence. She had the reputation among those who knew her of being able to remember the names, relationships, and life histories of anyone and everyone she had ever met. Hope leaves a daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Keith Brown ’06
In September, Keith Nathan Brown died 
in his Brattleboro home, surrounded by his loving family. Keith was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, graduated from Shelton
High School, and received his bachelor’s degree from Marlboro College. His Plan of Concentration was in physics and philosophy of science, including a general overview of physics with a focus on microscopic physics and the philosophical issues inherent therein. He reported that some of his fondest memories from Marlboro were the peacocks, listening
to jazz in the record room, and “performing
as a smoke-exhaling dragon in the cabaret.”
In recent years Keith’s hybrid texts and visual poetry appeared in Word For/ Word, elimae, Unsaid, and elsewhere, and a book of his work, Embodied: A Psycho Soma in Poetry
and Prose, was published in April 2012. He
is survived by his parents and sister, as well 
as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Glenn Pike
Glenn J. Pike, formerly of Wilmington, died in August at the Vermont Veterans Home, surrounded by his family. Glenn worked at Marlboro as the outdoor maintenance staff person from 1971 to 1988. “He was a one- of-a-kind sort of person, and an important part of a Marlboro education for many of us, perhaps especially those of us who worked
on his crews,” said Dan Toomey ’79. Glenn graduated from Wilmington High School, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked at Dunham’s Shoe Factory and Emerson’s Furniture, in Brattleboro, before joining the staff at Marlboro. “He made many friends among his work-study students, and could always be counted upon to come up with rational solutions to most problems,” said retired history professor Tim Little. Glenn enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting and fishing, hiking Haystack Mountain, and time spent with family and friends. He is survived by his two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Franklin Reeve
Author, scholar, neighbor, and friend to Marlboro College, Franklin Reeve died in June, at the age of 84, after a long illness. Franklin was the husband of retired fac-
ulty member Laura Stevenson, had served
as outside examiner on many Plans of Concentration, and taught a course called The Artist and the Revolution in spring 1999. Franklin lived in Wilmington since 1995, and for a number of years he commuted twice weekly from Vermont to Wesleyan University, where he taught. Franklin published more than 30 books, including translations of Russian authors, as well as 10 books of poetry. He gave several readings of his work at Marlboro over the years. “In a final sense,” he wrote in an essay, “all writing, all painting, all music, and all art are only efforts to get closer to defining the one, ultimate place where we suppose we’ll know exactly who we are.” Besides Laura, Franklin’s survivors include four children by previous marriages, a brother and sister, and 18 grandchildren.