James Lytle Babcock ’55

James Lytle Babcock ’55 died on November 10, 2005, in Scarborough, Maine.

Born in Natick, MA, on April 13, 1933, he prepared for college at Wellesley (MA) High School and became a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation he attended Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in Connecticut, where he earned a master of divinity degree in 1958. In that year he was ordained at The Church of St. Mary of the Harbor in Provincetown, MA, and, in 1960, he became rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, MA. In 1965, he became rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Canton, MA, where he remained until 1977. In 1995, he was elected rector emeritus of Trinity Episcopal Church when he returned to Canton to preach at the 25th anniversary of the building of a large new church and parish hall. He was the rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Cape Elizabeth from 1977 until 1980, when he left the parish ministry and entered the life insurance profession. During every year that he was in the insurance business, he earned the distinction of being a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. His career was spent with the Connecticut Mutual Life and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Companies. He was a member of the Maine Association of Life Underwriters and the Southern Maine Association of Life Underwriters. He was an incorporator, member of the board of directors, and clerk of the corporation of Camp O-At-Ka in East Sebago, which he attended as a camper and counselor in his youth. Surviving are his wife, Constance Hurley Babcock, whom he married in 1980; two children, Bruce A. Babcock of South Portland, and Jennifer L. Babcock of Bangor (a second son, David B. Babcock, died nine days after Mr. Babcock’s death); two stepchildren, Bryant J. Nicholas II of Cape Elizabeth and Melissa C. Rosati of North Reading, MA; and six granddaughters; a sister, Marjorie Stanwood of Williamsburg, VA; and his former wife, Nancy P. Babcock of Cape Elizabeth.