Olin M. Sawyer ’58

Olin M. Sawyer ’58 died on June 25, 2020 in Falmouth, Maine.       

(The following was published by Dignity Memorial on June 25, 2020)

Olin Morgan Sawyer, 83, of Shady Lane, passed away on June 25, 2020, following a long illness.

He was born on December 30, 1936 in Portland, ME, a son of Alden and Gayle (Morgan) Sawyer. Olin graduated from Deering High School in 1954 and Bowdoin College in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Studies, receiving the designation of cum laude.

He attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, in 1959. After graduating, Olin served in the US Navy as a lieutenant JG aboard the USS Durant, an Edsall-class destroyer escort stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from 1959 to 1962.

Olin met his wife of 60 years, Wilma McDonald, while both were in college. They were married on October 3, 1959 in Colchester, CT. He joined Union Mutual Life Insurance Company (later Unum), where he worked for the next 37 years as an actuary, retiring in 1995. He continued to work as an actuary for John Hewitt & Associates until he retired in 2001.

During his childhood, Olin was very musical from an early age, participating in all types of music throughout his life both as a singer and playing instruments, particularly the piano. In college, he was a member of the Bowdoin College Meddiebempsters as well as many other musical groups. Throughout his life, he participated in many different musical activities, including more than 30 years as a founding member of the Royal River Philharmonic Jazz Band, playing the piano and arranging the music. His other passion in life was sailing which he did most recently at his camp on Sebec Lake.

Olin was involved with various organizations during his life including Community Health, The Portland Club, Treasurer of the Unum Retirees, Falmouth Lions Club, Trout Unlimited and a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries. He was also a long time volunteer at Maine Medical Center.

In addition to his wife, Wilma, he is survived by his 3 children, William Sawyer, of Topsham, ME and his wife Cheryl; Pamela Tait of Brunswick, ME and her husband Val, and George Sawyer of Durham, ME and his wife Shelly; brother, Alden (Tom) Sawyer Jr. and his wife Barbara of Falmouth. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Alexander Tait, Emily Tait, Jayson Goranson, Justin Goranson, Fawn Ramlal, and Samantha Rouse.

1 Comment Olin M. Sawyer ’58

  1. David Sherman

    I had the good fortune to see Olin every few years at Meddiebempster reunions. He was always friendly, interested, and charming. In short, a very good guy. He will be missed, but his legacy will continue because the Meddies still sing the songs he arranged for the group. My sincere condolences to his family for your loss.


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