Deceased July 4, 2014
Ash Eames passed away July 4, 2014, at home in Wentworth, N.H., in the care of his wife, Deborah.
Ash’s compassion and thoughtfulness touched all who knew him. He was an exceptional athlete, student and leader, a committed educator and an effective community organizer for social change and justice.
Born in Newburyport, Mass., Ash attended Governor Dummer Academy (now the Governor’s Academy), where his father was headmaster. At Amherst, Ash served as class president, was elected to SPHINX and SCARAB, was co-captain (and All New England) in soccer, co-captain (and co-founder) of the hockey team and captain of the baseball team.
After naval service, Ash earned an M.Ed. from Harvard and an M.A. in Latin American studies from Boston University. He taught at the Lawrenceville School and then at GDA. Teaching students from inner city Boston in the A Better Chance program ignited his passion for racial justice, starting his long career in community organizing with Community Change in Boston and Friends & Families of Prisoners in Worcester, Mass.
He moved to Wentworth to teach at Baker River Academy, an alternative school. He helped found the Central American Network to coordinate the work of many groups in New Hampshire working for peace and justice, particularly in Nicaragua. Ash led delegations abroad, accompanied people under threat in El Salvador and was tireless in educating New Englanders about conditions in Central America. For this work, Ash was honored as Citizen of the Year in Plymouth, N.H., where for 30 years he was a dedicated member of the Christian Science Society.
Ash is survived by Deborah; children Ned, Polly and Henley; sister Betty; five stepchildren; 10 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren, as well as by all the families and children aided by Compas de Nicaragua, which springs from Ash’s original work in the barrio of La Primavera.
Phil Ransom ’53