James P. Granger, controller of the College from 1963-1989, died on October 9 2015, in Harpswell, Maine.
(The following appeared in the Portland Press Herald, October 16 to October 17, 2015):
BRUNSWICK & Dexter – James Packard Granger, 85, died on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at The Vicarage by the Sea in Harpswell. Jim was born in Dexter, on Feb. 6, 1930, the son of Frederick J. and Constance (Smart) Granger. He grew up in Boothbay Harbor and graduated from Boothbay Harbor High School, Bentley College, and Boston University, where he was honored by Beta Gamma Sigma.
On Dec. 20, 1952, Jim married Joan Peabody in Manchester, Mass.
He served in the Army, and subsequently the Marine Corps, before beginning his career as a CPA with Baker and Adam in Portland in 1957. In 1963, he became controller of Bowdoin College, retiring in 1989. He served the Brunswick community as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee, treasurer of First Parish Church, and trustee of Coastal Savings Bank, Regional Memorial Hospital, and the Brunswick Sewer District.
In retirement, Jim could often be found on the golf course – any golf course. He and Joan spent springtimes in Pinehurst, N.C. They also ventured to Europe on several bike trips, and especially enjoyed summers at Lake Wassookeag in Dexter, where they were frequently spotted biking the 15 mile “loop” around the lake.
Jim is survived by his wife, Joan of Brunswick; daughter Annie Winchester and her husband Jock of Pemaquid, son Jim, Jr. and his wife Liz of Brunswick; brother and sister-in-law Pete and Anne of New Jersey; grandchildren Jenny Granger of Brunswick and Travis Granger of Texas; six great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
A very special thanks to The Vicarage by the Sea for their exceptional and compassionate care.