Ralph P. Hummel
Ralph P. Hummel, 74, died March 20, 2012. He lived on Spruce Head Island seasonally when necessary, year round when possible, beginning in 1976, and considered it his home no matter where he traveled or how long he was away.
His passion was sailing the waters around the island. Ralph was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Aug. 9, 1937. He moved to the United States with his parents in 1951 and became an American citizen in 1959. He graduated from Wayne State University and received his Ph.D. in political science from New York University in 1972. Ralph worked as a reporter and editor for the New York Times and Washington Post, among other papers. He taught at Fordham University, Brooklyn College, University of Oklahoma, and University of Akron. His book “The Bureaucratic Experience” went through five editions and became a classic.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Camilla Stivers of Spruce Head Island; his daughter, Kate Boughton-Hummel of Portland; and a cousin, Doris Ruche-Hummel of Freiberg, Germany. A gathering of remembrance and celebration took place on March 31 at the Community Hall in Spruce Head Village.