A. LeRoy Greason Jr., 88: Former Bowdoin College president

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BRUNSWICK — A. LeRoy “Roy” Greason of Brunswick, 88, a longtime teacher, college administrator and community leader, died Aug. 28 at Mid Coast Senior Health Center.

On Sept. 13, 1922, he was born in Newport, R.I., a son of Arthur LeRoy Sr., and Pauline Brown Greason.

After he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in 1945, he went on to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard University in 1954.

In 1952 he became affiliated with Bowdoin College, and over the years served as an English professor, dean of students, dean of the college, president of the college from 1981 to 1990, and was named a professor of English, Emeritus.

He served on the Society for Values in Higher Education, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, he was a trustee at Westbrook College, the University of New England and the Hyde School.

Community-minded, he served as director and president of Brunswick United Fund and Mid Coast United Way, chairman of the Brunswick School Board, among many other community-based commissions and boards. He was one of the first mediators for the Maine District and Superior Courts and was a member of the Board of Bar Examiners. He was also an active member of the First Parish Church and served as chairman of the board of The Portland Stage Company.

In 1985 he was awarded Citizen of the Year for the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and the Paul Harris Fellow Award with Brunswick Rotary in 1990.

In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Polly, driving for Neighbors, Inc., playing golf, and spending time at their cottage in Harpswell.

He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline “Polly” Schaaf Greason, who died on Sept. 17, 2007.

Surviving are his two sons, Randall Mark Greason and his wife, Marcia of Windham, and Douglas Bradford Greason and his wife, Pegeen Mulhern of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and his daughter, Katherine Greason and her companion, Jay Wiley, of Hallowell; a brother, Bradford T. Greason of Venice, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth Greason and her husband, Joshua Edwards of Portland, Matthew Greason of Anne Arbor, Mich., Nathaniel Greason and Maureen Greason, both of Bainbridge Island, Wash.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the First Parish Church in Brunswick.

Memorial donations can be made to Bowdoin College, Office of Development, 4100 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011-8432;  First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, ME 04011; Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011; or to a charity of choice.  

Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick.  

Condolences can be expressed at brackettfuneralhome.com.

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