Eaton S. Lothrop Jr. ’51

Eaton S. Lothrop Jr. ’51, who taught high school science for 43 years, died on September 21, 2008.

He was born on April 18, 1930, in Portland, son of the late Eaton S. Lothrop ’23. He prepared for college at Cape Elizabeth High School, and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Bowdoin. He earned his master’s degree at Columbia University in 1957 and spent 1965 studying geology at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. After graduating, he was hired as a teaching fellow in biology at Bowdoin, where he taught from 1952 to 1954. He spent the next 41 years teaching science at the Collegiate School, a private boys’ school in New York City. In addition to science, his passion was the history of photography and cameras. He wrote the “Time Exposure” column as a contributing editor of Popular Photography for 18 years and authored several books: A Century of Cameras in 1973, De Deheimkameras (The Secret Cameras) in 1978, Cyclone and Related Cameras in 1994 and The History of Photography as Seen Through the Spira Collection in 2001. He also co-authored “Photographic Advertising from A-Z” in 1977. He was a member of the Photographic Historical Society of New York and served as a director from 1969 to 1971. He served as president of the Photographic Historical Society of America from 1974 to 1976 and as editor of the “Photographic Collectors’ Newsletter.” He is survived by daughter Susan Fales and son Scott Alexander Lothrop.