Edward Francis Estle ’32

Edward Francis Estle ’32 died on August 8, 2006, in Franconia, New Hampshire.

Born on February 17, 1910, in Somerville, MA, he prepared for college at Brookline (MA) High School and became a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1932 he did graduate work in philosophy in Germany at the University of Munich and the University of Marburg. He held various jobs in the Boston area before becoming a cost accountant at the Quaboag Rubber Company in North Brookfield, MA, and also did graduate work at Springfield College in Massachusetts. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of captain as a communications officer in Europe.After the war he worked in Littleton, NH, with the Gilman Paper Company and Hadlock Enterprises before becoming a public accountant with E. F. Johnson, CPA in 1949. In 1955 he opened his own accounting practice, which he owned for 21 years, retiring in 1976. He served as a director of the Littleton National Bank, was a member of the Littleton School Board, and was a member and president of the Littleton Rotary Club. He was also a deacon and treasurer of the First Congregational Church in Littleton and a member of the Bethlehem Country Club. In 1965 he organized a fitness and recreational running group called the North Country Athletic Club, which for seven years sponsored the Littleton 10-mile road race.After his retirement he spent winters in South Carolina, where he volunteered with the Federal Tax Preparation Program. In Bowdoin affairs, he became the bequest chairman for the Class of 1932 in 1990, serving for 15 years. Surviving are his wife, Deborah Wills Estle, whom he married in 1941; two daughters, Martha E. Eaton of Hampton, New Brunswick, Canada, and Nancy E. Graves of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada; a son, John Estle of Fairbanks, AK; three grandchildren; and a great- grandson.