December 31, 2012

Reed, educators, among notable Maine deaths in 2012

By GLENN ADAMS, The Associated Press

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James Franklin Goodrich, 99, a former president of Bath Iron Works and undersecretary of the U.S. Navy under President Ronald Reagan, died July 16 in Falmouth. He served as president and CEO of BIW from 1965 to 1975 and became chairman in 1978. Three years later, Reagan chose him as undersecretary to rebuild a 600-ship Navy.

Phyllis Thaxter, 92, a Portland, native and actress best known for her role as Clark Kent's adoptive mother in the 1978 film "Superman," died Aug. 14 in Longwood, Fla. Thaxter appeared in 17 movies and also had dozens of television roles. She was the daughter of Maine Supreme Court Justice Sidney Thaxter, and her mother had been a Shakespearean actress.

Charles "Charlie" Lyons, 68, of Scarborough, president of York County Community College who also led administrations at other campuses across the state, died of cancer Aug. 22. He had served as president of the University of Maine at Augusta from 2001-06 and president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent from 1996 to 2001. Lyons also served three years as vice chancellor of the University of Maine System.

Capt. Susan Clark, 48, the first female harbor pilot for Portland Harbor, died of cancer Sept. 6. Clark had piloted more than 1,000 ships into Portland Harbor since 2001.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Henderson, 33, a Houlton native, died Oct. 1 of injuries from an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. A Special Forces soldier, he was a 1997 graduate of Hodgdon High School.

Rodney Quinn, 89, a former Democratic Party activist who served as Maine secretary of state for a decade, died Oct. 27 in a Scarborough hospice. Secretary of state for five terms beginning in 1979, he was instrumental in getting Democrats elected to the Legislature and securing their majorities in the 1980s and 1990s.

Richard Spath, 89, the fifth president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, died Nov. 6 in Portland. Spath led the university from 1971 until 1986.

Bryce Bayer, 83, of Brunswick, a retired Kodak scientist and the inventor of a widely used color filter array that bears his name, died Nov. 13. His Bayer filter was patented in 1975 and is incorporated into nearly every digital camera and camera phone, Kodak said in 2009.

Kevin Grover, 40, of Falmouth, a former Maine Teacher of the Year who taught second grade Falmouth Elementary School, died Nov. 22 after a Thanksgiving Day run while visiting relatives in Rangeley. He was the 2010 Maine Teacher of the Year.

Russell Libby, 56, a leader of the organic farming movement in the state, died of cancer Dec. 9. Libby was executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years, growing it into the largest state-level organic association in the nation.

The Rev. James Gower, 90, a co-founder of the College of the Atlantic, died Dec. 17 in Bar Harbor. Originally proposed as Acadia Peace College, the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor has only one major, human ecology. The first classes were held in 1972.

This story was edited on Dec. 31 to correct the name Hattie M. Bickmore.

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