Olin Barker Houghton ’49

Olin Barker Houghton ’49 died on October 25, 2005, in Tucson, Arizona.

Born on January 4, 1925, in Boston, he prepared for college at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, and at Wellesley (MA) High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant and a ball turret gunner in a B-24 plane in Italy. He survived a plane crash in Italy in 1944 and escaped down the Po River. Six weeks later, he parachuted from a disabled B-24, was captured, and became a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft 1 Germany. He was liberated when the war ended in 1945. He received the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He entered Bowdoin in February of 1946 and became a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Following his graduation in 1949, he had a sales position with C.F. Hathaway Company in Waterville and then was an elementary school teacher in Tampa, FL, for a year and in Fort Lauderdale for two years. After a year in sales with the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in Winter Park, FL, he was a high school teacher in Chatham, MA, from 1963 until 1966. In that year, he joined Science Research Associates, Inc., a Chicago-based educational publisher, as a field associate. In 1969, he moved to Arizona and, in 1982, to Eugene, OR, where he did graduate work at the University College of Education, receiving a master’s degree in special education. He also received a master of arts degree in elementary education from Florida State University. For several years, he worked in Idaho with mildly handicapped children from grade 5 through grade 8, and moved back to Arizona in 1991. He is survived by his wife, The Hon. Margaret Musterman Houghton, whom he married in 1967; two brothers, Bruce Houghton and Geoffrey P. Houghton ’53, both of Tampa, FL; four daughters, Christina Kemprecos and Toni Houghton, both of Cape Cod, MA; Perianne H. Munk of Rio Rancho, NM; and Julie H. Mason of Fairbanks, AK; a stepdaughter, Pamela DeMauro of Hickory, NC; a stepson, Richard Bond of San Francisco, CA; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and three step-grandchildren.