Richard Garland Purinton ’48 died on October 20, 2004, in West Bowdoin, Maine.
Born there in October 18, 1917, he prepared for college at Lisbon Falls High School and the Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. He attended the University of Virginia in 1940-41 and served in the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. After the war he entered Bowdoin in 1946 as a member of the Class of 1948 and was graduated in June of 1947. For many years he was a civil engineer and inspector with Edward C. Jordan, Inc., in Portland. He also worked for the Eastern Shore Dredging Company in Maryland. His wife, Audrey, died in 1990, and he is survived by three sons, Jonathan Purinton, William Purinton, and Matthew Purinton; two daughters, Kathryn Purinton and Stephanie Purinton; four stepchildren, Raymond, Cheryl, Susan, and Sarah; a brother, Harold Purinton; a sister, Ruth P. Hall; and his companion of some years, Ruth Dean of West Bowdoin.