Harold Roy Fearon ’36

Harold Roy Fearon ’36, died on December 5, 2009, in Dallas, Texas.

He was born on February 27, 1913, in Saco, Maine, and prepared for college at Thornton Academy. At Bowdoin, he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. He taught high school for several years in Lisbon Falls before joining the Navy during World War II and attending radar school at Bowdoin. From there, he transferred to the Navy Research Lab in Washington, D.C., then served as a radar instructor in Annapolis, Md. He followed that with two years teaching radar in Corpus Christi, until January 1944, when he was assigned as a radar officer aboard the escort carrier USS Takanis Bay on the Pacific Coast. He retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander. He received a master’s degree in physics from San Francisco State University and taught physics and electronics for more than 30 years in California. He also taught at San Francisco University, and spent three summers at Lockheed Missiles and Space Center as senior research engineer of Polaris. He and his wife established the Harold R. and Virginia Gilpatrick Fearon Scholarship Fund at Bowdoin. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Gilpatrick Fearon, who died in 1999.