Clifford Stowers ’51 died on September 27, 2020 in Fairfield, Maine.
(The following was published by The Town Line on October 8, 2020)
Clifford Stowers passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020. He was born May 10, 1923, in Andover, Massachusetts, the son of Dr. Nathaniel and Anna Stowers.
Growing up he attended Andover Public Schools and Phillips Academy. He graduated from the first class of the Maine Maritime Academy in 1943.
During World War II, he served first as a Chief Mate in the Merchant Marines in the Atlantic, and later as a Lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Whiteside AKA-90 in the Pacific.
Following the war, he attended Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, where he earned a BS in Chemistry and met Peggy Smith, whom he married in 1948. Upon graduation from Bowdoin, he moved to Fairfield, and worked as a research chemist at Keyes Fibre Company (now Huhtamaki), in Waterville, for 37 years, and was issued several patents as a result of his work.
Cliff, as many people knew him, was very active in the local community. He belonged to the Fairfield United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir for many years. He and Peggy also performed in numerous local choral and theatrical productions. He was a Scoutmaster and Kennebec Valley District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, over the years he and Peggy mentored numerous local youths. He was one of the founders of the Fairfield Police Athletic League, worked with the United Way, and the Fairfield Council of Churches.
He was a member of the Masons, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Trouts Unlimited, the NRA, American Radio Relay League, and the International Occultations Timing Association.
He loved the outdoors, hunting, fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, RVing, amateur radio (K1QIG), and astronomy.
He is survived by his son George Stowers and his wife Anne, of Altmar, New York; daughter Sandra Grimsley, of Buford, Georgia; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.