Barry L. Wilson ’70

Barry L. Wilson ’70 died on August 22, 2008, in South Portland, Maine.

A native of South Portland with a long family history there, he graduated from South Portland High School. At Bowdoin, he was a French major, a member of the Delta Sigma fraternity, and a member of a jug band called Ben Steele with His Bare Hands. He married Naomi Grotton in 1974, and they lived in the Rockland area. In 1980, the couple went to live on the Navajo Reservation in northeastern Arizona, where he earned is master’s in education from Northern Arizona University and helped to build the Native American Baha’i Institute. In 1991, they moved back to Maine, where he taught at University of New England and Maine College of Art, and was an adjunct professor of English at Southern Maine Community College.A British Morris dancer and a Celtic harp player, he was involved in many different organizations and performance groups. He was awarded the Order of the Troubador by the Society of Creative Anachronism and was involved with Celtic heritage groups and the South Portland Historical Society. He is survived by his wife Naomi; his brothers; and a large extended family.