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’37 Willis Sanburn passed away at age 91 on October 12, 2011, at his home in Honolulu, HI, surrounded by family and his beloved Labrador retriever, Annie. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 58 years, Marta, and survived by his four grown children: Laura, Kai, Curt, and Peter, and nine grandchildren. He always loved Deerfield and spoke frequently of Headmaster Frank Boyden—and Mrs. Boyden!—as an important influence in his life.
1938 Charles Kennedy reports, “I gave up my appointments at Georgetown University and the National Institute of Mental Health at the age of 75 to find a home in Maine, having had enough of metropolitan life of the DC area with all of its noise and traffic. My wife’s paintings and sculpture adorn our home not far from Freeport. The piano and reading fill my days when not enjoying outdoor life. Bowdoin College in nearby Brunswick
’45 welcomes area residents to audit its courses and also provides magnificent recitals and concerts. Maine Medical Center has gone a long way in keeping me abreast of the fast-moving research in medical science. Our daily companion, a somewhat autistic Papillon, guards the front door. I often reflect on my good years at Deerfield.”
1941 David Cugell was curator of an exhibit that featured the works of Minna and Ray Weiss—“The Art of Traveling Twins”—this past November. It featured the sisters’ awardwinning paintings, etchings, and watercolors from the 1920s and 30s, which are also part of the permanent collections of the British and Fitzwilliam Museums in London and Cambridge, England, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the National Museum of American Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
Thursty Holt’s (Class of ’37) “Maine” point of view. Willis Sanburn ’37—a loyal Son of Deerfield. Paul Didisheim ’45 in center, flanked by his grandson Neal on the left, and daughter Melinda on the right at “le Tour Eiffel” this past October.
Class Captain William W. Dunn The following obituary appeared in the Savannah Morning News on January 31, 2012: Lee Adler, a native Savannahian, born April 18, 1923, died peacefully at The Oaks on Skidaway Island, January 29, 2012. He was the son of Sam G. Adler and Elinor Grunsfeld Adler. His grandfather, Leopold Adler, came to Savannah in the 19th century and founded Adler’s Department Store. Lee Adler attended the Pape School in Savannah, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA, and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He served in the U.S. Naval Air Corps during World War II. He worked at Adler’s for a few years before devoting his business career to investment banking at Varnedoe-Chisholm/Robin-
son Humphrey. His avocation was historic preservation. He served as president of Historic Savannah Foundation for six years and was also a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he received the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, the Trust’s highest honor. He was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, presented by George H.W. Bush in 1989. He spoke on historic preservation in 38 states and in the following countries: England, Ireland, Japan, Ecuador, and Peru. Mr. Adler founded Savannah Landmark, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing safe, affordable housing for low-income residents. In Washington, DC, he gave a presentation on this organization at a meeting arranged for Prince Charles, who was interested in this endeavor. He loved his family and many friends. His enthusiasm and
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