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~2002 & Prior~
~ 2002 ~
PARKER F. HARRIS M.D. (PEK '63)
BANGOR and SUGARLOAF USA - Parker Fred Harris, M.D., 62, of Bangor, and Sugarloaf USA, died Nov. 17, 2002, in Portland, Ore., surrounded by his loving family. He had fought a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma, and spent the last weeks of his life living it to the fullest, enjoying friends and family from coast to coast.
Parker was born in Presque Isle, Aug. 4, 1940, the son of Dr. Malcolm D. and Grace B. Harris. Parker was a graduate of Presque Isle High School, the University of Maine, where he was a member of Phi Eta Kappa fraternity, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
He was a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served in Vietnam. He was honored for his service with Army Commendations, including the Bronze Star for Achievement.
Dr. Harris was an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in Bangor for 27 years, who delivered thousands of babies, helped thousands of women and families, and was an invaluable advisor to family planning providers throughout the state of Maine. He was a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and was currently serving as the Chair of the Maine Section. He was former Chief of the Gynecology Service at St. Joseph Hospital, and from 1996 until his retirement, due to illness, in 2001, he served as Chief of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Service at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Maine Medical Association, working actively for legislation to the benefit of families and reproductive choice. He served as the Medical Director for the Family Planning Association of Maine's statewide family planning system; as the Medical Director for Penquis Health and Family Planning in Bangor; and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Family Planning Association.
His vast contributions to his community also included two terms as a member of the Bangor School Committee. In 1996, Parker received the Ruth Shaper Award from the Maine Public Health Association and the David and Sherry Huber Award from the Family Planning Association of Maine. In 2001, he received the Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Achievement Award. In October, the Family Planning Association of Maine announced that they will rename the Institute for Reproductive Health in Augusta the Parker F. Harris, M.D. Institute for Reproductive Health.
Parker is survived by his wife, Linda, of Bangor; his daughter, Susan, and her husband, Bob MacKay, and their children, Sophie and Max MacKay, of Portland, Ore.; his daughter, Nancy and her husband, Sean Keenan of Atlanta, Ga.; and his stepdaughter, Julie Jenkins, and Scot Crichton, of Portland. He is also survived by his sisters, Martha H. Haskell, of Burlington, Vt., and Karla H. Downs, of Auburn; an aunt, Margaret Stephenson of Edgewater, Md., and several nieces and nephews. Nellie Knox, of Presque Isle, a special family friend, also survives. He was predeceased by his parents, and by his brother, Malcolm D. Harris, II.
A memorial service to celebrate Parker's life was held Dec. 7, 2002 in Hutchins Concert Hall, Maine Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono.
Merton F. Morse (PEK ’29)
Merton Francis Morse, 94, died Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at St. Andrews Hospital, Melbourne, FL. Born in Litchfield, Maine, he was the son of the late Walter and Louisa Dowling Morse.
In 1925 he graduated from high school in Gardiner as valedictorian of his class. At the University of Maine he was a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Scabbard and Blade Honorary Military Society and Phi Eta Kappa Fraternity.
In 1929 he graduated and was commissioned as a reserve officer in the Army Signal Corps. For 44 years he was employed by the New York Telephone Company and Bell Telephone Laboratories where he was widely recognized for his expertise in telephone traffic studies.
For many years he and his family lived in Rockville Centre, New York, then Middletown, N.J. In 1994 he moved to Melbourne, Fla. For the last 57 years he had summered on Capitol Island.
Mr. Morse had many interests and hobbies. He enjoyed gardening and raising orchids, woodworking, and traveling throughout the United States and Europe. He was also a genealogist, and contributed to the research for the Morse Genealogy Society. He was a member of the Red Bank United Methodist Church in New Jersey and Suntree United Methodist Church in Florida.
He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Agatha Thayer Morse; brother, Alton Morse; and sister, Evelyn Morse Allen. Survivors include two daughters, Audrey Morse Garnett and her husband James of Satellite Beach, Fla. and Meredith Morse Petrie and her husband Wayne of Gales Ferry, Conn.; five grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 7 at the Southport United Methodist Church. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardiner. Arrangements are by Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home in Boothbay.
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter” -- E. E. Cummings
~ 2000 ~
Joseph P. DiGiovanni (PEK ’55)
Copy from the Belmont Citizen-Herald
Courtesy of Mark DiGiovanni
Joseph P. DiGiovanni, 66, of Belmont, MA, died April 4, 2000 after an extended battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was the husband of Karen C. (Grigoreas) DiGiovanni.
Born in Belmont, he was a 1951 graduate of Belmont High School, and graduated from the University of Maine in 1955.
A real estate developer, he was a former Belmont Town Meeting member, a member of the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, the Seabury Country Club, and Hobe Sound Country Club in Florida.
Beside his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Joanne DiGiovanni of Sudbury, Barbara Jean DiGiovanni of Rockport, and Diane Berman of Potomac, MD; a son, Mark A. DiGiovanni of Rockport, and two grandchildren. He was the brother of Vincent V., Guy P., Rocco J., Silvio V. “Skippy”, and Charles J. DiGiovanni of Belmont, Louis F. of Florida, Anna Maguire of Belmont, Anthony R. of Lexington, and Mary DeStefano of Belmont. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Church, Belmont. Burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to M.G.H., the DiGiovanni Fund for Research in Gene Therapy in ALS, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114.