Wood, died peacefully at her home at Friend’s Corner, East
Blue Hill, Dec. 1, 2002. She was born Sept. 2, 1905, in Blue Hill,
the daughter of John Friend Wood and Lizzie Maddocks Wood.
She began her
education at the Friend’s Corner
School, which is still standing, going on to graduate from
Stevens Academy, Class of 1922,
and from Colby College, Class of 1926, with Phi
Beta Kappa honors. Esther’s teaching career was a very full and
rewarding one. From 1926-1928 she first taught in Stonington
High School. Later in 1928, Esther attended
Radcliffe College and graduated with a master’s degree. In 1929, she taught at Miss Hall’s
School in Pittsfield, Mass.
From 1930-1972, Esther taught at Gorham Normal School, Gorham
State Teacher’s College, Gorham State College and the University
of Southern Maine, these all being on the same campus grounds. In
1936, she interrupted her Gorham teaching for a second year of
study at Radcliffe.
lifetime, she had many honors bestowed upon her, which included
being the assistant Dean of Women from 1934-1941 and Dean of Women
from 1941-1945 at Gorham. In 1972, Esther received an honorary
degree from Colby College. In June 1987, she
received the Maine School Superintendents Association Award “In
appreciation for Distinctive Service to Education in Maine.”
Esther won the Blue Hill Woman of the Year Award in 1985, the
Community Service Award from the University of
Southern Maine Alumni Association
in 1991, and the Maine Federation Business and Professional
Women’s Club “Maine Women’s Hall of Fame Award” in 1994.
A very busy
schedule never kept Esther from being an active participant as a
trustee for George Stevens Academy, secretary and
charter member of the Jonathan Fisher Memorial, member of the
local Cemetery Association, member of the State Cemetery
Association, and a member of the Blue Hill Garden Club. A
columnist for The Ellsworth American for 24 years, she wrote “The
Native” column, and she also wrote articles for various magazines
and periodicals throughout the years. She was a member of the
Blue Hill Historical Society and the Blue Hill Baptist Church, was
the author of four books, “Country Fare,” “Hannah,” “Saltwater
Seasons” and “Deep Roots,” and in 1998, she was made an honorary
member of the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club. Esther kept a daily
journal from 1973 through nearly all of 2002, following the
example of her mother who kept a daily journal from 1893 to 1971.
She will be remembered most for her love and devotion to dogs.
service was held Dec. 4 at the Blue
Church, with the Rev. Paul Comeau
officiating. Interment was in Seaside
Cemetery, Blue Hill. In lieu of flowers, Esther requested that donations in her
memory be made to the First Baptist
Church, Blue Hill, the Jonathan Fisher Memorial, Blue Hill; or the S.P.C.A.,
Harbor. Arrangements by Healey Funeral
Home, South Street, Blue Hill.