Adrian Lord Asherman ’52

Adrian Lord Asherman ’52 died on February 16, 2008, in Portland, Maine.

Born on October 12, 1930, in New York City, he prepared for college at the Friends Seminary in New York and became a member of Delta Upsilon (later Delta Sigma) Fraternity at Bowdoin. From 1952 to 1954, he served in the U.S. Army in a military police guard unit at Arlington National Cemetery. He was a teacher at the Wayneflete School in Portland in 1954-55. He joined the investment banking firm of H.M. Payson & Co. in 1955, was elected a general partner in 1964, and became managing director in 1987. He retired in 2000. Mr. Asherman was active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, serving as president of the Waterville Junior Chamber of Commerce, director of the Waterville Chamber of Commerce, president of the Waterville Area Community Chest, director of the Waterville YMCA, chairman of the Capital Campaign in the Waterville Area, vice-chairman and director of the Waterville Red Cross, chairman of the Youth Committee of the Waterville Area Council of Churches, and treasurer and director of the Bigelow Corporation. He helped establish the Colby College ski program and was an original director of the Sugarloaf Mountain Corporation. He was a member of St. Mark’s Vestry. After he moved back to the Portland area in 1964, he served on the Cousin’s Island Improvement Association, the Yarmouth Community Services Advisory Committee, President of the Yarmouth Hockey Boosters, and was an active communicant of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in Falmouth. He was also a member of the Maine Health Board of Corporators, treasurer of the Victoria Mansion, board member of the Animal Rescue League, advisory committee member of the Maine Humanities Council, and president of the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine. In Bowdoin affairs, he served as 1952’s Class Secretary beginning in 1964, president of the Kennebec Valley Alumni Association, member of the Alumni Council, chairman of 1960’s Capital Campaign in the Waterville Area, and Leadership Gifts Chair for 1952’s 50th Reunion. He is survived by his wife, Ella Tremble Asherman, whom he married in 1962; three sons, Adrian Asherman (Kelly) of Hopkinton, Mass.,William B.Asherman of Cumberland, Maine, and Dirk Asherman ’90 (married to Penny Huss Asherman ’90); and five grandchildren.