Joel Cartwright ’06 died on June 27, 2008, at his family’s cottage in Tenant’s Harbor, Maine.
Suffering from depression, he committed suicide. Born in Damariscotta, he grew up in Waldoboro, where he read books, played chess, sailed the coast, and hiked Mt. Katahdin and Gulf Hagas. At Bowdoin, he majored in anthropology and environmental studies, founded the Bowdoin Organic Garden, volunteered with disabled people, and was a leader in the Outing Club. He was awarded Bowdoin’s Community Service Award in 2006. An avid musician, he played piano, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and djembe, an African drum. Among his many talents was carpentry, and he designed and built a post-and-beam frame for a solar hot water system at his parents’ home as well as helped build greenhouses at the Bowdoin Organic Garden and the Warren Community School. He is survived by his parents, Steve and Kathy Cartwright of Waldoboro; and a sister, Chelsea, of Berkeley, Calif.