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Olga “Sunny” Sturtevant Toulmin

Olga “Sunny” Sturtevant Toulmin died at Carlton-Willard Village in Bedford, Mass., on September 3, 2016, at the age of 83. She had been battling the progressive long-term complications of corticobasal degeneration.

Sunny Toulmin was born in Washington, D.C., on December 27, 1932. She was the daughter of Charles Lyon Sturtevant and Olga Bayne Sturtevant (later Painter), and step-daughter of Frances Carter Sturtevant. Sunny attended the Holton Arms School in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1950. Receiving a full piano scholarship, she attended Smith College and graduated in 1954.

After marriage in 1956 to Peter Noyes Toulmin, moving to Providence, Rhode Island, and raising four children, Sunny completed the gerontology program at Rhode Island College. She worked in two nursing homes over many years as a musical accompanist and activities director.

A long-time summer resident of Brooklin, Maine, Sunny and her friend Jane Hooper co-wrote a book in 1985 called Memories of Haven Colony. In the 1990s, they taped oral histories of older Brooklin residents and co-produced two slide shows on the town’s coastal history.

Sunny was predeceased by her husband Peter Toulmin. She is survived by her son John and wife Anne Jones and their children Sarah and Samuel, daughter Elizabeth and husband Timothy Parson and their children Benjamin and Margaret, son Charles and his daughters Lila and Hannah and their mother Heather Peske, all of Massachusetts, and son Steven and wife Heather and their sons Jacob and Seth of Lyme, N.H. Also surviving is her half brother Albert Sturtevant and his wife Lee of Washington, D.C., and three nephews.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Friend Memorial Library in Brooklin, Maine or to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Providence, Rhode Island.

James Ivan Scroggy


Blue Hill—James Ivan Scroggy, 81, passed away at his home in Blue Hill on September 8, 2016, after a brave three-year battle with lung cancer. His wife and daughter were at his side.

Jim was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on January 13, 1935, the son of the late Ralph and Rita (Murphy) Scroggy. Predeceasing him were two sisters, Mary Altenburg and Martha Karas, and one brother, John Franklin. He graduated from West High School in Waterloo and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, the final year at Dow Air Force in Bangor where he met his future wife of 57 years, Ardene Rae Delano.

He received his B.A. in English at the University of Maine, and after teaching English for several years, he returned to college at the University of New York in Albany and received an M.S. in education with certification in counseling. Until he retired, he worked as a psychotherapist in private practice with a psychiatrist in Glens Falls, N.Y.

He loved nature and was an advocate for animals, wild and tame. He loved to read, write prose and poetry as well as Letters to the Editors regarding politics, which he followed daily. Towards the end of his life, he spent hours at his computer and television. His favorite football team was the Minnesota Vikings.

He is survived by two children: John Delano Scroggy of Lake George, N.Y., and Rebecca Dene Scroggy Gould. Rebecca and her husband, William Edgar Gould, reside in Ellicott City, Md. He has five grandchildren: Brittany Scroggy Townsend, Ashley Scroggy Bellevue, Courtney Rae Scroggy, Nicholas (Nico) James Scroggy, and Cody James Gould. Lillian Nico Townsend is his 13-month-old great-granddaughter. Jim was predeceased by Nicholas.

The family gathered to celebrate his life on September 11 at the family cottage on Cape Rosier, Maine.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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Matthew J. Cullen Jr.


Blue Hill—Matthew J. Cullen Jr. died September 13, 2016, in Blue Hill. He was born in Boston, Mass., February 3, 1923, the son of Matthew J. and Sarah C. (Tobin) Cullen Sr.

Matt was an independent consultant in planning and management. Since 1967, his practice was specialized in long-range planning, financial analysis, management studies, and organizational development activities to achieve institutional change. His clients included colleges and universities, foundations, manufacturers, banks, utilities, insurance companies, social and community organizations, cultural and research institutions, professional firms, and a television station.

During the Truman Administration he was Staff Assistant to the Budget Director of the United States, and later served as legislative assistant to United States Senator Henry M. Jackson (D-Washington). He was active in the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson and served as Deputy Floor Manager at the 1960 Democratic Convention. He was selected by President Kennedy to be deputy director for his 1964 re-election campaign.

He was Vice Chancellor of the State University of New York; program associate in the public affairs, international affairs, and education staffs of the Ford Foundation; and staff to, and co-author of, the reports of The President’s Committee on Education Beyond the High School, and the President’s Committee on Scientists and Engineers.

On loan from the Ford Foundation, he served as Director of Scientific and Technical Manpower at the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD) in Paris in 1960-61.

In the 1970s as consultant to the Lincoln Foundation, he was responsible for bringing into existence the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where he served as Editor of the papers of the Land Policy Roundtable, and worked on natural resources policy development with the Western Governors Conference, the Western Legislative Conference, and the Western Association of Attorneys General. He later served as Executive Director of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and organized and chaired the First and Second World Congress on Land Policy.

In the 1980s Mr. Cullen became President of the Hartford Graduate Center, a school offering instruction in engineering, science, and management to 2,500 working professionals in more than 400 Connecticut Valley industries. He had helped found the organization in 1955 when it was established as a branch of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

At HGC he established one of the country’s first programs designed to improve the management of nonprofit organizations; inaugurated a Leadership Development Program with the Center for Creative Leadership; and developed a program in Japanese management methods for U.S. corporate leaders, jointly with the Kaisen Institute.

He was an honors graduate of Harvard College (1945) and held a law degree from George Washington University (1958). He had been a Littauer Fellow at Harvard (1951-52) and a Visiting Fellow at the Battelle Seattle Research Center (1970-72).

Following his service in the Army Air Corps in WWII, he was a member of the faculty in Political Science at the University of Maine at Orono, and research fellow at the Institute of Public Administration in New York City.

He is survived by three sons, Brian Cullen of New Jersey, Mark Cullen of Washington, and Matthew Cullen of Iowa; daughter, Louise Cullen Robinson of New Jersey; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Julie Cullen; and daughter, Laura Cullen Griswold.

Services for Mr. Cullen will be private. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 49 Main St. Blue Hill.

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