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Michael D. Dooman '78

Michael D. Dooman ’78

The Mooreland Hill School community – students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends – has sadly suffered the loss of its headmaster Michael D. Dooman.  Mr. Dooman had a long history with Mooreland, first as a student, then as a teacher and finally as Headmaster in 2006. Mooreland was Mr. Dooman’s passion and he was its heart and soul. The love and respect he demonstrated for the Mooreland family will be honored by us all. Mooreland continues in its tradition of preparing students for their next adventures in life, and continues to honor the tradition of Mr. Dooman in its commitment to its family.


Please click on the links below to access a full obituary and articles in tribute to Mr. Dooman.

Hartford Courant

New Britain Herald

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Dr. Michael Timura, III, ’78

TimuraDr. Michael Timura, III, 51, of North Providence, RI and recently of
Farmington passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014. He was born in New Britain
on August 8, 1962 to Michael and Florence Timura of Farmington and Old Lyme.
He was a graduate of St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol; received his
bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College; MBA from Bryant University and a
PhD in education from UConn. The last position during his career was a
professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence where he taught
graduate courses – thoroughly enjoying his profession and students. Michael
was a very gregarious and compassionate person that loved to be around
people, talk and tell stories. He departed us way too soon and will be truly
missed by all, but we know he is in good company enjoying himself in Heaven
and being with the Lord. Besides his parents, he is survived by his three
brothers: Wayne and Jacqueline of Colorado; Gary and Linda of Unionville;
Brian, MD of Vermont; and his beloved little dog, Trinket. There will be no
calling hours. His final resting place will be in Portage, PA. Donations in
his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association
( The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St, Rte. 4, Unionville
is handling the arrangements. For online condolences or to share a memory,
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Ruth Huber Dery, former MHS secretary

Ruth Huber Dery, 94 passed away on Saturday January 18, 2014. The loving wife of the late LeRoy Dery for 57 years, she was born in New Britain, to the late Ellen and Louis Huber on December 7, 1919 and graduated from New Britain High School. She lived in New Britain most of her life, moving to Berlin and then Granby in her later years. She worked in secretarial positions at D & L Advertising, Nathan Hale Junior High and Mooreland Hill School. Besides her parents and husband, Ruth was predeceased by her daughter, Eleanor Lemanski, her sister, Eleanor Carlson, and her brothers, Louis, Joseph, LeRoy and Harold Huber. She leaves to mourn her passing son LeRoy Dery and his wife Theresa, daughter Marge Dery, son-in-law Joseph Lemanski, grandsons Paul Dery, David Lemanski and his wife Molly, and Mark Lemanski, granddaughters Jennifer Granato and husband Aaron and Jessica Santangelo, great – granddaughters, McKenzie and Haylee Granato , and many special relatives and friends. Many thanks to the MeadowBrook of Granby Staff for their compassionate care of Ruth and their comfort and support of the family.

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Mr. W. Edward Foster, Former MHS Teacher

W. Edward Foster, 74, of Colchester, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Born Aug 24, 1939, in Meriden, he was the son of the late L. Stanley and Gail (Erb) Foster. A talented bass trombonist, Ed earned his Master of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from Hartt College at the University of Hartford. He began his 45-year tenure with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 1961 while teaching trombone to countless students. In his 50′s, he returned to school and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Eastern Connecticut State University. Ed taught Information Processing at Computer Processing Institute and Branford Career Hall while continuing his career in the HSO. He studied and traveled in Italy and had a passion for fine art. Later in life, he developed a love for gardening and bird watching. He was a gentle intellectual and had a quiet but firm personality. He leaves his daughter, Kristin Foster of Colchester, his former spouse, Judith Billingham of Hadlyme and her daughter, Rebecca Risley of Tolland; his longtime friends, Andrew and Feather Spearman of Willington; and numerous other friends and extended family members. A service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra 100 Pearl St., Hartford, CT 06103 - Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester. For online condolences, please visit

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Master Teacher Emerita Joanne Pigott

KENSINGTON – Joanne (Michelini) Pigott, 78, of Kensington, died Friday night (September 13, 2013) at Apple Rehab in Plainville. Born on October 17, 1934, to the late Ronald and the late Frances (Fowler) Michelini, she grew up on the campus of the Westminster School in Simsbury, where her father taught Spanish and math and coached football, hockey, and baseball and served as the Director of Athletics.  She graduated from the Northfield School for Girls and received her B.A. in English from Smith College in 1956, where she worked on the literary magazine with Sylvia Plath, and began her teaching career at Hamden Hall in Hamden, before teaching English, Latin, and history, and coaching for more than 30 years at the Mooreland Hill School in Kensington.  A life-long animal lover, she became very active in Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue, an all-volunteer organization of dogs and handlers who are trained to search for lost and missing persons.  Her love and knowledge of nature also led her to write a weekly column for a New Britain newspaper about her observations of the natural world.  She was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and cheered them on avidly, particularly during their excellent 2013 season. She is survived by her daughters Patricia Fowler of Gorham, Maine and Martha Donelan of Goleta, California, and her grandchildren Jed and Emily Donelan.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday (September 28, 2013) at 2:30pm at the Mooreland Hill School at 166 Lincoln Street, Berlin, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue, PO Box 6, Kensington, CT 06037 or at the website:, or to Mooreland Hill School.





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