Deceased February 22, 2019
Manny Sargent was born in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 21, 1922. He attended the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass. His Amherst College education was interrupted by service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned to Amherst after the war and received his B.A. degree in 1948. Manny married Joan Comly Harvey in 1946 and had four children with her: Peter ’69, Pamela, Manny Jr. and Amy ’84.
After college, Manny and Joan settled in Wellesley, Mass. Manny spent several years in the sales department of American Can Company. He enjoyed coaching youth hockey and baseball and in 1960 realized that his true calling was to be found in teaching. Manny taught mathematics at several independent schools between 1960 and his retirement in 1988, chiefly at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass.; Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass., serving as head of the math department at each school. In 1968, Manny took a year off from teaching to attend Bowdoin College, where he earned his M.A. degree in mathematics. Manny was a beloved teacher and coach wherever he taught.
In 1975, Manny, by then divorced from Joan Harvey Sargent, married Mary Hallock Wells, a fellow educator. The Sargents lived in South Natick, Mass.., until 1989, when they moved to Bath, Maine, drawn there by Manny’s lifelong love affair with the coast of Maine and with sailing. After he moved to Bath, Manny continued teaching, tutoring and coaching. Over the years, he developed strong friendships with many of his neighbors in Bath, ranging from age 5 to 95. Manny’s zest for life left its mark on many of his friends; he has been an inspiration to us all.
Peter Sargent ’69
Amy Sargent Swank ’84