Douglas Carmichael ’44

Douglas Carmichael ’44 died March 26, 2012, in Brunswick. He was born in Greenwich, Conn., on July 24, 1923, and prepared for college at the Brunswick School in Greenwich. He graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, with high honors in English and honors in philosophy. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He served to sergeant in the Army during World War II, and graduated from Bowdoin in 1947 but remained a member of the class of 1944. He earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in 1948 and a doctorate in philosophy from Indiana University in 1954. He began his career teaching several subjects at the Loomis School in Windsor, Conn., and St. Mark’s School, Dallas, then taught philosophy at Indiana University in Bloomington and Jeffersonville, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and St. Lawrence University, where he served as a tenured professor and chairman of the philosophy department for 28 years. He wrote a number of scholarly articles, including a translation of Heptaplus by the Italian philosopher Pico della Mirandola, which was included in On the Dignity of Man, and Other Works. He also wrote some short stories and a historical novel, Pendragon. In 2001, he started teaching King Arthur: Romance and Reality for the Mid Coast Senior College. He is survived by a son, Douglas A. Carmichael; two daughters, Megan C. Perry ’76 and Elspeth C. Williams; three grandchildren; a stepson, Chris Grant; and two stepdaughters, Susie Diachok and Jo Werner. He was predeceased by his wife of 22 years, Helen Sanborn Edgerly Carmichael, in 1971, and in 1999 by his second wife, Emma Robertson Grant Carmichael, to whom he was married for 24 years.