Deceased May 12, 2019

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In Memory

Kirk and I lived in adjoining suites on the second floor of Psi Upsilon in our junior and senior years. We rose every morning at 5 a.m. to deliver The New York Times, Herald Tribune and Boston and Springfield newspapers to every fraternity, dormitory and the “G.I. Village” and still make our 8 a.m. classes. We did this with the aid of his antique green pickup truck.

Kirk was the oldest member of the class of 1949 and planned to attend the 70th reunion in 2019 but unfortunately died on May 12 at the age of 99½.

Kirk majored in economics and graduated with honors. He wrote a successful thesis on the government subsidy program on Maine potatoes. His capitalist theory was that Maine potatoes would do better on a free-market basis. Some time later, the subsidy was removed, and Maine potatoes thrived.

Kirk retired to Naples, Fla., after a successful career in sales in newspaper, radio and TV stations. He left three surviving children, Dorcas, Ronald and Kirk Jr. His concept of life was, “It’s always a game, and you play it to the hilt.”

Linn Perkins ’49

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