Philip W. Leighton ’53

Philip W. Leighton ’53 died May 19, 2007, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was born on November 23, 1928, in Houlton, Maine, and prepared for college at Gardiner High School, where he excelled in academics, athletics, and music. He was class president for four years and played quarterback for the Gardiner Tigers football team. After high school, he served in the Navy and completed a year at Ricker Junior College before enrolling at Bowdoin. He played football for the Polar Bears for four years and was a member and president of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was employed by State Mutual and then Unum for 29 years, retiring in 1989. He was awarded the National Salesperson of the Year in 1984. Golf was his passion. He was president of Augusta Country Club and a member of the Purpoodock Golf Club in Cape Elizabeth. He loved the annual golf matches with his sons, sailing with his daughter, tending to his roses, and reading. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Jeanne (Higgins) Leighton; a brother, Richard Leighton; sons Peter Leighton, Timothy Leighton, and Kerry Leighton; daughter Polly Darasz; and seven grandchildren.