John Harold Jenkins ’32 died on June 8, 2005, in Rockland, Maine.
Born on January 19, 1910, in Salem, MA, he prepared for college at Skowhegan High School and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1932, he was a teacher and coach at Skowhegan Junior High School until 1940, when he became a member of the faculty at Needham (MA) Junior High School, where he taught English and Social Studies for seven years. He was the principal of the Dwight School in Needham from 1947 to 1953, when he became principal of the Broadmeadow Elementary School in Needham. He retired in 1975. For the next five years, he was a supervisor of student teachers for Northeastern University. He was also director of the Needham Y.M.C.A. Camp for three years and head counselor of the Cub unit at Medomak Boys Camp in the Maine town of Washington. In 1940, he received a master of arts degree in English from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City, and in 1955 he received a certificate in administration from Boston University. He was a member of the Charles River Association for Retarded Citizens in Needham and in Maine was a board member with the Coastal Workshop for Handicapped Citizens in Camden and the Golden K. Kiwanis Club in Rockland. In the field of music, he was a member of the Highland Glee Club of Newton, MA, the Down East Singers, the Needham Baptist Church Choir, and the Rockland Congregational Church Choir, as well as the Thomaston Community Band and the Lincolnville band. He was married in 1939 to Justina Harding, who died in 2004, and is survived by two sons, James D. Jenkins of Owls Head and Peter J. Jenkins of Prospect; a daughter, Martha E. Jenkins of Thomaston; a sister, Esther J. Norton of Concord, NH; five grandchildren, including Benjamin W. Jenkins ’97 of Portland; and four great-granddaughters.