Irene J. (Carter) Hilton, economics department coordinator for 20 years, died on January 10, 2008, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
She was born and raised in Oakville, Conn., graduated from Watertown High School and attended Post College. She held several positions during her lifetime: summer camp recreational counselor, YMCA swim instructor, real estate agent, as well as various administrative jobs. She retired from Bowdoin in 2001, and was made an honorary member of the Bowdoin Alumni Association. She loved animals, particularly cats. She had a creative side, enjoying ceramics, design and orchestrating home improvement projects. In honor of her mother, Maude Carter, she spent the last 20 years of her life chronicling her family’s history back to the 1600s. She and her second husband, Roger, traveled extensively during his career in the Navy, living in Costa Saracena, Italy, and Agana, Guam. They settled in Maine in 1980. She was predeceased by her brothers Bronson and J. Howard; sisters Catherine Paparazzo, Helen Maloney, Marion Larson and Ruth Therreault; and her first husband, Earl Garthwait. She is survived by her husband Roger; sons Guy and Scott Garthwait; daughter Cheryl King; and three grandchildren.