Douglas Carmichael, 89

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BRUNSWICK — Douglas Carmichael, 89, died on March 26.

He was born in Greenwich, Conn., in 1923, the son of George and Helen Carmichael. He will be remembered for his philosophical outlook on life, gentle humor, delight in good food, fondness for travel, passion for Scottish history, Arthurian legend and love of family.

He married Helen Sanborn Edgerly in 1949 and they had three children together. After her death in 1971, he married Emma Robertson Grant; medical personnel in the Brunswick area and his family will remember him for the devoted care he gave her during her long illness.

He graduated from the Brunswick School in Greenwich and received a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin in 1946, a master’s from Harvard and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University.

After he finished his schooling he taught several subjects at the Loomis School in Windsor, Conn., and St. Mark’s School in Dallas. Later he exclusively taught philosophy at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Mass., Indiana University in Jeffersonville, Ind., and St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where he served as a tenured professor and as chairman of the philosophy department for many years.

He wrote a number of scholarly articles, including a translation of the Italian philosopher Pico della Mirandola’s “On the Dignity of Man,” some short stories and a historical novel, “Pendragon.”

After retiring, he moved to The Highlands in Topsham. He enjoyed performances by the Portland Symphony Orchestra, The Portland Stage Company and the Maine State Music Theater. He travelled extensively throughout western Europe and also made trips to Egypt, East Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti. He had a particular love for Scotland, which he visited at least four times.

He is survived by his children, Douglas A. Carmichael, Megan C. Perry and Elspeth C. Williams; stepchildren Chris Grant, Susie Diachok and Jo Werner; and three grandchildren, Lauren E. Perry, Brandon M. Perry and Alison E. Perry.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Maine State Library Talking Books Program, State House Station #64, Augusta, ME 04333.