Virginia Tuttle Merrill ’65, who received a master of arts degree in mathematics from the College in 1965 under a National Science Foundation program, died on April 21, 2004, in Skowhegan, Maine.
Born on June 20, 1918, in East Corinth, she prepared for college at East Corinth Academy and was graduated cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maine in 1940. She taught in Maine at Weld High School and Solon High School and substituted at School Union 57 from 1947 to 1960, when she joined the faculty at Anson Academy in North Anson. In 1964, she took part in a 10 week course conducted by the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies in Tennessee, sponsored by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. In 1965, she joined the faculty at Madison High School. After she retired in 1978, she compiled genealogies for the Merrills, the Mansells, the Quinns, and several other families. She founded the Solon Historical Society, was an original member of the Maine Genealogical Society, and was a member of the Solon Sesquicentennial Book Committee. She was also a correspondent for newspapers in Waterville and Bangor and was a feature writer for several other papers, a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in Solon, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also Solon’s town historian and deputy town clerk for old records, as well as the archivist of the Solon Historical Society. She was married to Wilfred J. Merrill, who predeceased her, and is survived by two daughters, Jane Berube of Olympia, WA, and Margaret Merrill of Waterville; and a son, James Merrill of Monson.