Thomas Makinson Swift Spencer ’37

Thomas Makinson Swift Spencer ’37 of Bailey Island, Maine, died on December 13, 2007.

Born on June 15, 1916, in West Orange, N.J., he prepared for college at West Orange High School and attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., before enrolling at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1933-35. He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. From 1935 to 1939, he was a cadet engineer for American Export Lines of Jersey City, N.J., and was a messenger clerk with the FHA in Washington, D.C. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941-45 during World War II, serving as an aerial navigator on B-25, B-32, and B-52 aircraft, and attaining the rank of major. He received the Air Medal and three Air Force Commendation Medals. In 1965, he retired to his home on Bailey Island. He was a member of the Order of the Redmen, Degree of Pocahontas, the Harpswell Garden Club, and the Institute of Navigation. He is survived by his adopted family of Jay Ciarfella, Michelle Bryer, and Michael Ciarfella,
all of Harpswell.