William W. Lannon ’63 died on March 25, 2016, in Rockport, Maine.
(The following was published in the Penobscot Bay Pilot, April 5, 2016):
William W. Lannon, 74, died peacefully on March 25, 2016, surrounded by his family, at Sussman House in Rockport.
Born in Manhattan, N.Y., on Feb. 16, 1942, he was the son of John and Barbara Winlock Lannon. Growing up in New York City, Bill was a 1959 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. Following high school, Bill earned a a bachelor’s degree at Bowdoin College in 1963. He later completed his master’s degree at the University of Connecticut.
A dedicated teacher and professor throughout his entire career, Bill began teaching at Rockland High School. He progressed through the professor ranks with Eastern Connecticut State University, ultimately serving as a tenured full professor. He retired after devoting 28 years to the English and communications departments, leaving behind many cherished colleagues and students. During his career he was instrumental in the founding and construction of the Harry Hope Theater, the cornerstone of the University’s fine arts program. Later, in retirement, he continued this dream, establishing the Outlore Theater Company. And, delivered theater to the Midcoast area.
He was an accomplished writer and a regular contributor to the Midcoast Review and numerous other periodicals. He authored four plays, two of which were produced off-Broadway. He was a longtime patron of the arts and was deeply committed to the success of local businesses. Bill was a devoted patriot and loved spirited political debate.
Bill is survived by his sons, David and his wife, Vicenta, Kit and his wife, Renee Comizio, and Will and his wife, Zsanett; his daughter, Kristina O’Brien and her husband, Geoffrey; his longtime companion and friend, Karen Lannon; Karen’s son, Klayton Brewer and his wife, Hilda; his brother, James D. Lannon; his sister, Patricia J. Lannon; his nieces and nephews, Stephanie F. Brown, Mallory M. Brown, Tucker R. Lannon and Bradford H. Lannon; and five grandchildren, Robert and Sophia Lannon, and Liam, Lucas and Grace O’Brien.