2016-06-28 / Obituaries

Deane R. Lanphear

TOPSHAM — Deane Roger Lanphear, age 81, of Topsham, Maine, passed away on June 18, 2016.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 56 years Cynthia Lanphear and his younger brother Dennis Lanphear. Deane is survived by his three children: Daughter Karen ( Lanphear) Malinowski and husband Wayne of Livonia, NY; Son Brad and wife Jamie Lanphear of Colorado Springs, CO; Daughter Kristin ( Lanphear) LaPorte and husband Brad of Gorham, ME. He and Cynthia are also survived by their 9 grandchildren: Nathaniel, Rebecca, Hannah, Margaret, Alexandra, Aaron, Abigail, Christian, and Grace and 3 great grandchildren: Shaelyn, Iris, and Stephen.

Deane was born in 1935 to Leonard and Velma Lanphear of Northfield, Massachusetts. He attended Mt. Hermon School for Boys, the University of Massachusetts, and went on to attend the Andover Newton Theolgical School where he later became an ordained minister. His first and most beloved church was Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers, Massachusetts. In 1968 Deane moved his family to Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts where he began a 17 year career in education working with young people. During his time at NMH he held a variety of positions some of which included coaching his beloved sport of hockey, working as dorm parent, Director of Admissions, Director of Summer School, and Head Master to name a few. Upon leaving NMH in 1985 Deane and Cynthia continued their life in education by serving the diverse needs at various independent schools across the Country including schools in Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Alaska.

He finally gave in to retirement relocating to Dataw Island in Beaufort, South Carolina where he ruled the links for many years. In 2006 Cynthia and Deane moved to Maine to be close to family due to Cynthia’s health. Deane remained active on the golf course and served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association and People Plus.

A celebration of his Life will be held at NMH in the Fall. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.

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