YARMOUTH — Dr. Lee S. Baier, 86, of North Yarmouth, died Oct. 13 of natural causes. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
On May 7, 1924, he was born in Portland, Ore., a son of Ludwig “Stanley” and Amy (Warren) Baier.
After he graduated from high school in 1942, he attended Reed College before enlisting in the U.S. Army.
He served during World War II in the 20th Armored Division in the European Theater until he was discharged in 1945.
Upon his discharge, he completed his bachelor’s degree at Reed College and moved to New York City to study at Columbia University, where he received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in English literature.
In 1958 he met Ursula Howe in New York and they were married in Woodlands-Kent, England, the following year.
They moved to North Yarmouth in 1966 and he taught English at the former University of Maine, Portland, until his retirement.
He was a founding member of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Yarmouth.
His enjoyments included gardening, baroque music and a well-crafted pun.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Ursula; his sister, Dorothy Shindler; and two sons, Matthew and Simon.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24, at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth.
Condolences may be sent to Ursula Baier, One North Yarmouth Woods, North Yarmouth, ME, 04097.
For those who wish, tributes can be shared with the family at lindquistfuneralhome.com.
Memorial donations may be sent to The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY, 10008, or online at michaeljfox.org.