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Richard Stanley Hale


ORLAND and CASTINE–Dick Hale died at home in Orland with family, Friday, October 5, 2018, after an adventure-filled 89 years.

Born December 27, 1928, in Lake Placid, N.Y., to Edward and Marguerite Stanley Hale, moved to Lakeville, Conn., where he spent most of his youth on the campus of Hotchkiss School. He attended Salisbury and Hotchkiss schools, Hobart College, and received his B.S. 1952 from St. Lawrence University.

He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Tokyo. His careers included, among others, teaching at Hotchkiss, office work at an Ohio gas company, hutmaster at Tuckerman Ravine, two winters at Mt. Washington observatory, ski trail crew at Aspen, cabinet builder in N.H. In 1960 he came to his family home in Castine where he later established a lawn-care business. He built a home on family land off-neck.

Dick was a champion ski racer during and after college, winning a number of local races and a gold medal in the 1952 National Cross Country race.

His travels took him to Japan, Panama, Germany, and Canada. He was among the founding members of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and worked with many environmental conservation groups.

He leaves his companion of 27 years Sharon Bray and her extended family, sons Thomas (partner Robin Mendenhall) and Theodore Hale and their mother Judith, and many loyal ski, kayak and hiking friends. His sister Nancy Helmers predeceased him.

A gathering for remembrance will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to HOME Inc., PO Box 10, Orland 04472, Hancock County Hospice, Northern Lights, PO Box 931, Bangor 04402.

Carole Ann Larson

PORTLAND—Carole Ann Larson, 82, died October 3, 2018, at Barron Center in Portland. She was born in London on August 27, 1936, daughter of Albert and Victoria (Graves) Hill.

Carole met David Henning Larson in 1952, whilst he was stationed outside of London with the U.S. Air Force. They were married in New York City in 1956. In 1971 Carole and David moved into the Penobscot Canning Company building with their three sons, Adam, Soren and Anders. Artists and craftspeople, they met and collaborated with other creative people on the Hancock County peninsula, forming partnerships, opening multiple businesses, and over time turning The Factory space into studios, gallery and home.

As a mother and as a friend, Carole provided the structure around which the Larson family—and those many others whose lives she touched—lived and thrived. In The Factory loft, young and old found art and music, comfort and acceptance, billiards and Bouillabaisse. Carole brought a worldly palette of tastes and a kind, supportive temperament into all our lives.

Carole was predeceased by David in 2007. She is survived by her sons, Adam and wife Cynthia, Soren and wife Agnieszka, Anders and wife Barbara; four grandchildren, Linnea, Nathaniel, Victoria and Soren Jr; sister Mary; nephew Marc and niece Joanne.

A celebration of Carole’s life will be held at a later date.

James B. Spaulding, M.D.


James Burton Spaulding, M.D., June 28, 1925 – August 24, 2018. Born East Lansing, Mich., and died peacefully at his Eichler home in Oakland, Calif. Drafted by the Navy in 1943, and served as a radio tech at Treasure Island and in Washington, D.C., maintaining code-breaking computers. Attended medical school in Ann Arbor, Mich., on the GI bill and returned to San Francisco for his internship.

After a whirlwind courtship, married Gudrun (Mei Mei) Robinson in 1960 whom he met on a blind date in 1955. Employed at Army Induction Center but quit in the mid-1960s to avoid sending men to Vietnam. In 1965 completed psychiatric residency and began private practice in San Leandro. After retirement spent summers with Mei Mei in Deer Isle, Maine, entertaining friends and family with lobster dinners.

Enjoyed photography, movies, wine, and good food. Disdained sports on TV, but was an avid fan of his three grandsons’ Little League games and often attended with a thermos of Irish coffee in hand. Despite his varied accomplishments: attending medical school, serving on medical team at the Squaw Valley Olympics, working with groundbreaking family therapists, and becoming an early devotee of Transcendental Meditation, he affirmed that the best education he ever had was raising three daughters. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Mei Mei, and daughters Barbara (Mike Anglin), Diana (David Dodd), and Gwen (Josh Hebert), and six grandchildren, Mitchell, Wyatt, Rosemary, Alexander, Athena, and Eliza. Donations to Planned Parenthood. Memorial service Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. at Sequoia Lodge, 2666 Mountain Blvd., Oakland.