Clement Rich Field, an instrument maker in the departments of biology, chemistry and physics for 28 years, died on April 11, 2008, in Brunswick, Maine.
He was born in Brunswick on June 5, 1913, and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1931. He and his twin brother, Clarence, studied watch making at the Philadelphia School of Horology, and he worked in watch repair in Yarmouth before joining Bowdoin in 1950 as an instrument maker and machinist. Upon his retirement in 1978, he was made an honorary member of the Bowdoin Alumni Association for his many years of service. After retirement, he put his considerable skill to work in a variety of craft media. He built birdhouses, clocks, and furniture, and became adept at stained glass, ceramics, cabinetry, gunsmithing, rug weaving, lapidary, and jewelry. A member of the Berean Baptist Church in Brunswick, church was central to his life. He began teaching Sunday school at the age of 16, and eventually became Sunday school superintendent, a position he held for 16 years. In 1951, the family moved to the farm on Lookout Point Road in Harpswell and became members of the West Harpswell Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent, teacher and church leader. For more than 10 years, he volunteered every summer at “Happy T Ranch,” a Christian camp at Stinson Lake, N.H. He was predeceased by his siblings and a son, Clement Ronald Field, who died in an accident on Aug. 3, 1957, while home on leave from the Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Leona G. Field; daughter Penelope G. Kenney; sons Timothy F. Field, Dennis A. Field, and Jonathan R. Field; 10 grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.