Loring Edward Hart, 88: Educator and Army veteran

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FALMOUTH—Loring Edward Hart, 88, died Oct. 19 in Falmouth after a full and eventful life. Hart was born in Bath in 1924 to Joseph Edward and Elizabeth Hayes Hart.  

Affectionately known as “King of North Road,” he spent 27 years with his wife, Marilyn, in North Yarmouth. Earlier in his life Hart served in World War II with the U.S. Army 4th Armored Division, led by Gen. George Patton.  

Upon his return to Maine in 1946, he graduated from Bowdoin College Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned a master’s in English at the University of Miami, and received a doctorate in American literature from Harvard University in 1961.  

Moving to Vermont, he spent 25 years at Norwich University, eventually serving as president for 10 years. He worked for the Bowdoin College Development Office and then served as president of St. Joseph’s College in Standish for eight years. As an educator and college administrator, Hart mentored thousands of New England students. He was also a committed collector of books, primitive antiques and collectibles.

Hart was predeceased by a brother, Frederick, who was a Bath resident.

Hart is survived by his wife, Marilyn Cummings Hart, of Bath; two children, Ellen Louise Hart and Matthew Cummings Hart; and three grandchildren, Frederick, Zola and Spenser.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St. in Bath.

Donations in Hart’s memory may be made to the Phippsburg Land Trust, 1042 Main Road, Phippsburg, ME 04562.

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