Arthur Atkins Hamblen ’48

Arthur Atkins Hamblen ’48 died on May 31, 2006, in Portland, Maine.

Born on January 25, 1927 in Lawrenceville, NJ he prepared for college at the Lawrenceville School and at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended for a semester in 1943-44 before serving in World War II in the U.S. Navy for two years as a seaman. After his graduation in 1950 as a member of the Class of 1948, he became a claims adjuster with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in New Jersey. He was with the American Casualty Company in East Orange, NJ, from 1952 to 1955, when he joined the National Union Company. He was the Phoenix Insurance Company in Newark, NJ, from 1959 to 1962 when he became a claims supervisor and bond specialist with the Insurance Company of North America in East Orange. Shortly before his retirement he worked for the American Red Cross in Madison, NJ. He was part of many vocal groups and church choirs throughout the years and sang in the Masterwork Chorus, which made numerous appearances at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City. While living in Florham Park, NJ, he was a member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church with which he served as a deacon and as an elder, sang in the choir, and played in the handbell choir of the church. In Florham Park he was chairman of the PTA Family Fun Day and the Fourth of July picnic and was a member of the local theater group, Florham Park Players. He retired in 1990 and moved to Harrison, Maine, where he was a member of the Harrison Lions Club. He was a member, trustee, and choir member of the First Congregational Church in Bridgton. He also volunteered with the Meals-on-Wheels Program for 16 years and served two terms as a member of the Harrison Planning Board. He was also a trustee for two years for the Harrison Water District. Surviving are his wife, Patricia Whittemore Hamblen, whom he married in 1952; two daughters, Susan A. Egan of Fryeburg and Margaret H. Carlisle of Essex, VT; a sister, Anne R. Hamblen of North Bridgton; and five grandchildren.