John F. Schumacher ’65

John F. Schumacher ’65 died March 19, 2012, in Damariscotta. He was born on April 26, 1928, in Guttenberg, N.J., and prepared for college at Lincoln Academy until he was asked to leave at the age of 16. He eloped to New York with the 21-year-old nurse he had met at Miles Memorial Hospital and who would remain his wife for the next 67 years. The young couple worked in the shipyards of the Hudson and eventually at Bath Iron Works, and they traveled the country hawking magazines until they returned to Maine in 1951. They built their own home in a hayfield overlooking Great Salt Bay and adopted their three children. He began working as a house painter and eventually had his own painting business with 25 employees. He passed his high school equivalency test in the early 1960s and entered Bowdoin with a partial scholarship by earning seven A’s at the University of Maine Portland (now the University of Southern Maine). He went on to earn a master’s degree in English at the University of Maine Orono in 1967, and then taught English there, transferring to the University of Maine Augusta when it opened in 1968. He earned a master’s degree in U.S. History from the University of Maine Orono in the late 80s. He taught for 33 years, retiring in 1996 as a full professor. He and his wife started practicing Transcendental Meditation in 1975, and he became a teacher of T.M. in 1977. He was made a Doctor of the Science of Creative Intelligence from Maharishi International University and operated a T.M. center in Damariscotta for several years. He is survived by two daughters, Gloria Elizabeth Schumacher and Jennie Margaret Hoffman; a son, John Michael Schumacher; and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Schumacher, in 2011, and by a sister, Gloria Bishop, in 2008.

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