Donald Lockey Philbrick ’44

Donald Lockey Philbrick ’44 died on September 4, 2005, in Scarborough, Maine.

Born in Portland on May 3, 1923, he prepared for college at Cape Elizabeth High School and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. He served on active duty with the U.S. Army during World War II from March of 1943 to the end of December of 1945, attaining the rank of corporal and being awarded four battle stars and the Purple Heart. In February of 1944, he was awarded his bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Bowdoin, and after the war he was graduated from Harvard Law School in 1948 and joined the Portland firm now known as Verrill and Dana. In 1951, he was commissioned in the Marine Air National Guard and served for two years as a first lieutenant, retiring eventually as a lieutenant colonel. After many years in the private practice of law, specializing in real estate and probate law, he retired in 2000. He was a member of the Cumberland County Bar Association, the Maine State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association and a past president of the Maine State Bar Association Mutual Title Insurance Company. He was also a selectman and a town meeting moderator for the town of Cape Elizabeth, a member and president of the Maine Historical Society, and a member of the National Guard Association of the United States, the Retired Officers Association, the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, and the Fraternity Club, a literary club. Surviving are his wife, Janet Mitchell Poole Philbrick, whom he married in 1982; two daughters, Deborah P. Peiser of Rochester, NH, and Sarah P. Shick of West Orange, NJ; three sons, Paul S. Philbrick of Boca Raton, FL, Mark W. Philbrick of Seattle, WA, and Andrew H. Philbrick of Princeton, NJ; a stepdaughter, Dr. Lindsay M. Johnson of Santa Cruz, CA; two stepsons, Robert W. Poole of Beijing, China, and David Poole of Portland; a sister, Jean P. Strout of Ithaca, NY; a brother, John W. Philbrick ’58 of Portland; five grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.