Sumner Harmon McIntire ’33

Sumner Harmon McIntire ’33 died on December 5, 2004, in Barre, Vermont.

Born on July 7, 1912, in South Essex, MA, he prepared for college at Essex High School and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin.

Following his graduation cum laude in 1933, he did graduate work in the summers of 1933 and 1934 at Harvard, in 1935, 1936, and 1937 at New York University, and at Cornell University in 1938 and 1940, receiving a master or arts degree from New York University in 1937 and another master of arts degree in physics from Boston University in 1954.

He was an instructor at Westbrook Junior College in Portland for two years, at Norwich University in Northfield, VT, for a year and at Thornton Academy in Saco for a year before returning to Norwich in 1938. He remained there until he retired in 1977, after serving since 1972 as dean of that institution. In June of 1977, he received a second honorary degree from Norwich.

A member of the United Church of Northfield, he served Northfield as a member of the school board, as a charter member of the playground committee, as treasurer of the United Church for 20 years, as justice of the peace, as a member of the historical society, and for 18 years as treasurer of the Labor Day celebration. On the state level, he was the radiation officer for Civil Defense for 25 years and was chairman for the state radiation defense course.

He was married in 1936 to Julia W. Woods, who died in 2001, and is survived by two daughters, Nancy Anne Stevens of East Hardwick, VT, and Mary McIntire Moberly of West Townshend, VT; a sister, Rachel Demers of Scarborough; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and three great-great- granddaughters.