James B. Lappin, Jr. ’49 died on July 18, 2011, in Scarborough, Maine.
He was born on September 18, 1923, in Portland, son of the late James B. Lappin of the Class of 1915, and graduated from Newton (Mass.) High School. He served to second lieutenant in the Army in the European Theater during World War II. A member of Beta Theta Pi, he went on to study at Harvard Business School. He held ﬁnancial positions at several major companies, including U.S. Steel Corp., International Minerals and Chemical Corp., Dewey and Almy Overseas Company, Keyes Fibre Company, and Dynamics Research Corporation. He enjoyed working with his hands, designing and building many pieces of ﬁne furniture, but was most proud of the free- standing spiral staircase that he created in the 1970s as owner of Spurwink Spiral Stairs. He is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Judith Hammett Lappin; ﬁve daughters, Andrea Beresford, Martha Lappin, Melinda Zipin, Camilla Johnson, and Sonya Umstot; 10 grandchildren; two stepsons, Sean Fitzgerald and Matthew Fitzgerald; a stepdaughter, Lindsay Paschal; three step-grandchildren; and a sister, Jeanne Delaney. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Lappin; and a stepson, Karl Paschal.