Ronald Graydon Torrey ’33

Ronald Graydon Torrey ’33 died on January 10, 2005, in Windsor, Vermont.

Born on May 16, 1912, in North Weymouth, MA, he prepared for college at Weymouth High School and the Tilton School in New Hampshire and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin.

Following his graduation in 1933, he did graduate work during summers at the University of Maine and at Harvard Graduate School of Education, from which he received a master of education degree in 1949.

He was a teacher and a coach at Fryeburg Academy from 1934 to 1947, except for service as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II from July of 1942 to November of 1945.

In 1947, he joined the faculty at Northbridge (MA) High School and in 1948 became principal of Hanover (MA) High School, where he remained until 1955. After a year as principal of Traip Academy in Kittery and two years of principal of Ashland (MA) High School, he became principal of Windsor (VT) High School. There he remained until his retirement in 1977.

In Windsor he served as a justice of the peace and as a member of the Board of Civil Authority. He served as president of the Windsor Rotary Club and the Windsor Country Club, and a member of the Vermont Headmasters Association and the Vermont Education Association. The Windsor High School gymnasium was named for him.

He was married in 1944 to Esther Pike Bessey, who died in 1999, and is survived by a stepson, Edward Bessey of Tucson, AZ, and a brother, Allen Torrey of Amherst, MA.