William Weir Dunbar ’32 died on November 2, 2004, in Hallowell, Maine.
(The following appeared in Bowdoin Magazine, Winter 2005:)
Born on September 26, 1911, in Brooklyn, NY, he prepared for college at Adelphi Academy there and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1932, he studied at New York University, where he earned a master of arts degree in educational administration in 1933. He was the assistant principal and coach of athletics at Hallowell High School for three years before teaching and coaching at the Kiski School in Saltsburg, PA, and serving as head of the middle school and varsity coach at the Providence Country Day School in East Providence, RI. In 1947, he joined the faculty at the Trinity-Pawling School in New York, where he worked for 31 years, retiring in 1978 as assistant headmaster. From 1941 to 1954, he was the director of Cragged Mountain Farm in Freedom, NH, during the summer months. During his retirement, he lived in Osterville, MA, and served for six years on a part-time basis as the starter at the Oyster Harbor Golf Club. In 1984, he moved to California, where he was a coordinator for “The Swing’n 40’s” and the Senior Men’s Golf Group. In 2003, he returned to Hallowell. He was married in 1949 to Helen Strout, who died in 2003, and he is survived by two sons, William S. Dunbar of Redmond, WA, and Andrew Dunbar of Augusta; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.