Class Notes

In Remembrance of Mark Ewing

June 7, 2012

Bill (Moose) Morton sadly relates: “Our Classmate, Mark Ewing, passed away due to a bout with cancer on May 8th at home in Hanover, New Hampshire . There was a lovely memorial service for Mark on Saturday, May 26th, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover….. In addition to his family: his wife Mikie, two of his three children: Mark and Sarah, and his granddaughter, Carly——-three of Mark’s Deerfield Classmates were in attendance: Wheldie and Don Jenkins, and me. Mark was, first of all, a world-class, deep-water sailor——and many stories of his life on sailboats surfaced during the day. He was a part of several victories in both the Chicago-Mackinaw Island and Newport-Bermuda races. He finished fourth in a cross-Atlantic race to England——completing the last 1500 miles without rudder——steering by sail trim only!! In nearly everything he did, he displayed a true love of nature, and spent much of his last twenty years or so canoeing, fishing and hunting—-mostly in the New England north country. His business life was centered around his love of the outdoors at yacht builders Palmer Johnson and Nautor Inc.—- a firm he founded as US agents for Swan sailboats—- and later at another firm he founded—-Lyme Angler—-an Orvis fly fishing and guide business in Hanover. Mark was my roommate at both Deerfield and Dartmouth, and we remained lifelong friends. Our Classmate Wheldie Jenkins was very close to Mark, and sailed with him in many ocean races and on several different boats. Mark was a great guy with a terrific sense of humor who lived life to the fullest!! One word to describe him that was bantered about in recent days was that Mark was someone truly “HEMINGWAYESQUE” in character. No compliment—-I think—–would have made Mark happier!!”
Tom L’Esperance Class of 1955