John B. Grant Jr. ’58

John B. Grant Jr. ’58, who was named a Distinguished Bowdoin Educator in 2000, died April 27, 2014, in Damariscotta. He was born on August 10, 1935, in New Haven, Conn., and graduated from Taft School in Watertown, Mass. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Professionally and personally, he dedicated much of his life to helping others. After earning a master’s degree in art history from the University of Minnesota in 1960, he studied at the University of Oslo, University of London–Surrey, Johns Hopkins University and Seattle University. He had a 38-year career as an educator, teaching nationally and internationally, at the France Hill County School in Surrey, Great Britain; Oldfields School in Glencoe, Md.; as headmaster of Helen Bush-Parkside School in Seattle, Wash., and as a guidance counselor at Lincoln Academy from 1973 until his retirement in 1998. In 1986, he founded the LA Players, a group of actors whose interactive performances address issues relevant to teenagers. He had served on the Central Lincoln County Drug and Alcohol Team since its formation 1983, and was a founding member of the Lincoln County Juvenile Task Force and the Weymouth House Group Homes. He also served on the Bath/Brunswick Mental Health Agency board of directors and the Maine Department of Health and Welfare Community Board. He earned the Governor’s Medal for his work on drug and alcohol abuse prevention. After retiring from education, he served on the Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service and continued his community involvement through work with several local groups supporting at-risk youth. He is survived by his wife, Martha; daughter Peggy James; sons Ian and Patrick Grant; stepdaughter Claire Brassil and four grandchildren.

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