Walter Scott Sawyer Jr. ’50 died on May 6, 2009, at his home in Springfield, Massachusetts.
He was born on March 6, 1922, in Portland and prepared for college at Deering High School. He joined the Army Air Corps and, as a first lieutenant, flew B-25s in southern Europe in World War II. After his discharge, he attended Portland Junior College for one year before enrolling at Bowdoin as a sophomore. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1953 and attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked as a design engineer at Pratt and Whitney for 29 years. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling around the United States and Europe, attending reunions of Air Force groups and spending summers at his cottage in Maine. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Murch Sawyer; two daughters, Sandra Williams and Candice Sawyer; two sons, Walter Scott Sawyer III and Alan Sawyer; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.