Irving F. Chipman, who worked for 19 years in the Buildings and Grounds Department at the College as a lead carpenter and locksmith, died on March 2, 2007, in Harpswell, Maine.
Born on March 1, 1922 in Harpswell, he graduated from Brunswick High School, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he served with the military police in Germany. He was employed by Coleman’s poultry farm in Brunswick as a maintenance worker and then worked as a skilled carpenter for Glen Rollins Construction Co. for many years. He began working at Bowdoin in 1968 as a lead carpenter and locksmith and was elected an Honorary Member of the Bowdoin College Alumni Association upon his retirement in 1987. He was one of the founders of Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue and served as chief of the department for 32 years.The town of Harpswell dedicated the Irving F. Chipman Station in 2001. He retired as an ambulance driver in 2002. He was a former master of the Merriconeag Grange, a member and life deacon of the Elijah Kellogg Church, and was one of the founders of American Legion Post 171. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Baker) Chipman, whom he married in 1949; three sons, David I. Chipman, Ronald E. Chipman, and Michael D. Chipman, all of Harpswell; a sister, Edith Marden of Harpswell; two brothers, Lee Chipman and Merwin Chipman, both of Harpswell; six grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.