George Paradis ’49

George Paradis ’49 died April 11, 2013, in Portland. He was born on April 21, 1923, in Nashua, N.H., graduated from John Bapst High School in Bangor, and attended the University of Maine before enlisting in the Army Air Forces, where he served as a staff sergeant with the 411th Bombardment Squadron in Guam during World War II. After the war, he enrolled at Bowdoin, joined Chi Psi fraternity and graduated in 1948, a member of the class of 1949. He later earned a master’s degree from Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in 1970. He began his career as assistant to the executive director of the sesquicentennial fund at Bowdoin, then worked as a trainee at Woodward and Lothrop in Washington, D.C. In 1950, he joined Young and Rubicam in New York City before returning to Maine as public relations director for the United Fund of Portland. In 1960, he chose a new career path and began teaching English at Portland schools, including Deering High School. He left Deering in 1968 to become chairman of the English department at Southern Maine Technical Institute (now Southern Maine Community College), where he worked until his retirement in 1983. After retirement, George spent numerous years volunteering at Maine Medical Center. He also served on the board of Portland Museum of Art. He is survived by nephews Peter E. Zelz ’80, Eric L. Zelz ’82, and David A. Zelz ’84; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew. He was predeceased by sister Rachel.

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