Charles Rutter LaCasce ’50

Charles Rutter LaCasce ’50 died on October 6, 2007, in South Paris.

Born on February 25, 1925, in Fryeburg, he prepared for college at Fryeburg Academy. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of petty officer 1st class on the U.S.S. Haraden in the Pacific Theater, a ship that received seven battle stars.After the war, he attended Bowdoin in 1946-47 and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity. For more than 31 years, he was employed by the Carroll County (N.H.) Department of Health and Human Services as a geriatric specialist in the area of adult and elderly services. He retired from this position in 1987. He was one of the founders of the Meals-on-Wheels program in northern Carroll County and was a member of the Gibson Senior Services Center and where, in 1991, he was named “Director of the Month.” In 1971, he created and coordinated the Carroll County Outreach Project, a volunteer service that provides audiotapes of news and entertainment programs for the blind and the elderly. For his work with the Outreach Project, he received the Robert S. Bray Award from the American Council of the Blind. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Quality of Life Award by Carroll County Home and Health Care Services, and he received the Fryeburg Academy Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996. He was a member of the Masons, served as president of the Fryeburg Kiwanis Club, and was a trustee and deacon for the First Congregational Church in Fryeburg. He was married in 1950 to Marjoray Dolly Griswold, who died in 2006, and he is survived by a daughter, Gaye LaCasce ’77 of Grantham, N.H.; a son, C. Brent LaCasce ’82 of Fryeburg; two brothers, Elroy O. LaCasce, Jr. ’44 of Brunswick and Steward LaCasce ’56 of Tucson, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.