Dana P. Ripley ’50 died on August 21, 2017, in Durham, North Carolina.
(The following was published in The News & Observer on August 24, 2017:)
A beloved and devoted brother, husband, father, grandfather, and professor, Dana passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017, surrounded by his family. Dana was born to Wallace and Helen Ripley on November 23, 1926, in South Paris, Maine. He served in the US Navy during WWII, steering the aircraft carrier Princeton in the Atlantic and Pacific. He graduated from Bowdoin College and received a master’s degree from Middlebury College and a PhD from UNC–Chapel Hill. He spent two years living in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar. A Durham resident since 1958, he taught French at Duke University for twenty-eight years and also served as a dean. He later worked in the area as a realtor. He was predeceased by his lovely wife Rosemary of fifty-eight years and is survived by his daughter Angela Ripley; son Alfred Ripley and his wife Clermont; four grandchildren, Adam, Béa, Rosemary and Thomas; and several nieces and nephews. He was deeply loved and will be missed by all who knew him.