David Warren Laurie ’59, a dedicated Little League coach, died on August 7, 2009, in Cataumet, Massachusetts.
He was born in Boston on January 25, 1937, and prepared for college at Rivers Country Day School. A member of Sigma Nu fraternity, he attended Bowdoin from 1955 to 1957 and 1959 to 1961, but remained a member of the class of 1959. He was an insurance underwriter for Royal Globe, First State, CNA and Reliance Insurance companies before retiring to Cape Cod in 1998, but his passion was coaching Little League Baseball. He coached the Indians Little League baseball team in Wellesley, Mass., for nearly 30 years, mentoring many future high school and college athletes. His specialty was creating winning teams out of a group of enthusiastic kids with average athletic ability. In the late 1970s, he was recognized as one of the 25 outstanding baseball coaches of the year in Time Magazine’s national Coach of the Year contest. In 1985, he won a Gatorade Youth Coach Award, one of 50 presented each year nationwide to coaches who stress fun and education over winning. He was a member of the Cataumet Club and served as its treasurer and member of the board of directors. As a youth, he won the Hurricane Race for the Cataumet Club and played in many of its tennis tournaments, winning the mixed doubles several times as an adult. He served as president of the Wellesley Jaycees and was elected a JCI Senator in 1974, the highest award given by the Jaycees. He was co-founder of the Needham Jaycees, and for five years organized and ran the Alan B. Holbrook Memorial Tennis Tournament. He loved playing the piano and bridge, and nurturing the more than 40 varieties of roses he planted along the driveway of his Wellesley home. He was a member of Wellesley Lodge, AF&AM and of Christ Church, United Methodist, Wellesley, where he taught junior high Sunday school and served as treasurer. He is survived by two sons, Bradley K. Laurie and John H. Laurie; a daughter, Katherine L. Angland; seven grandchildren; and his former wife, Christina Gummere Laurie, whom he married in 1967. He was predeceased by his sister Janice in 1950.