Gardner Chase Pope ’34

Gardner Chase Pope ’34 died on November 26, 2006, in Brunswick, Maine.

Born on June 22, 1912, in East Machias, he prepared for college at Washington Academy in East Machias and became member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1934, he joined the faculty at Washington Academy, where he was a teacher and coach. In 1939, he became the principal of the school, a position that he held until 1952, when he moved to Portland and became a science teacher and coach at Falmouth High School. In 1961, he became principal of that school, a position that he held until his retirement in 1972. In 1947, he received a master of arts degree in education from the University of Maine. He also did graduate work at Bates College in the summers of 1934 and 1935. He served as president of the Washington County Schoolmasters Club, the Washington County Teachers Association, and the Cumberland County Triple-C Principals organization, and he was a member of the SAD #77 school board and a trustee of Washington Academy. He also was chair of the Maine State Science Fair Committee. In Portland, he was a member of the Woodfords Club and the Sixty Plus Club and was a deacon of the Woodfords Congregational Church. In East Machias, he was a deacon of the First Congregational Church, Grand Master of the Warren Lodge of Masons, and a patron of the Warren Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, as well as a member of theVictory Lodge of the Odd Fellows and the Schoodlewecook Rebekah Lodge. He moved to Brunswick in 1986 and became a member of the Fifty-Five Plus Center and attended the Unitarian Universalist Church. He was the 1999 recipient of Washington Academy’s Distinguished Educator Award. He was married in 1935 to Lillian Davis, who died in 2002, and is survived by two daughters, Carole A. Pope of Brunswick and Susan Michaud, also of Brunswick; a son, John A. Pope ’64 of East Machias; and seven grandchildren.