Peter Adams Garland ’45 died on January 26, 2005, in Brunswick.
Peter Adams Garland ’45 died on January 26, 2005, in Brunswick. Born on June 16, 1923, in Boston, he prepared for college at Thornton Academy in Saco and the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, and became a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1941 to 1943. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for three years, attaining the rank of corporal, and in 1946 he joined Garland Manufacturing Company in Saco; he remained with the firm until 1963 as secretary and assistant treasurer. From 1956 to 1963, he was also secretary and assistant treasurer of Snowcroft Company in the Maine town of Norway. He was mayor of Saco from 1956 to 1960, and from 1961 to 1963 he represented Maine in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. From 1963 to 1970, he owned and operated Merrymaking Farm Recreational Resort on the shore of Merrymeeting Bay in Topsham. He was town manager of Gorham from 1967 to 1969 and town manager in Claremont, NH, before serving as community assistant director of client relations with Wright Pierce Engineering Company in Topsham from 1970 to 1972. He was community manager of Ocean Pines, MD, in 1973- 74. After serving for seven years as Searsport’s town manager he became city manager in Bath, a position that he held until he retired in 1989. He received the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Service Award and was a member of the National Board of Field Advisors of the Small Business Administration. He served as a director of the New England Council and Associated Industries of Maine and as treasurer of the Pine Tree Society in Bath. He also served as president of the York County Fish and Game Association, as vice chairman of Ducks Limited, and as a registered Maine guide. Surviving are his wife, Lardina Caverly Garland, whom he married in 1970; two daughters, Nancy G. Garland of Brunswick and Kimberly Clark of South Portland; two sons, James E. Garland of Columbus, OH, and Peter A. Garland, Jr. of Oaxaca, Mexico; and four grandchildren.