Deane L. Hutchins

Jul 11, 2019

Camden — Ninety-four-year-old Dr. Deane Lawrence Hutchins, passed away July 8, 2019, at home in Camden, surrounded by his family. He was the son of Harold and Hazel Hutchins from Kingfield. He married Virginia Bradstreet, of Albion nearly 70 years ago.

After graduating from Stanley High School in Kingfield and Hebron Academy, Dr. Hutchins dedicated his life to public service. Beginning with his service in the Navy, he served at Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II. Afterwards, he attended the University of Maine in Orono and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., where he became a physician. Dr. Hutchins had his own practice in Boothbay Harbor and later provided medical care at the Student Health Center at the University of Maine in Orono. Dr. Hutchins then joined the initial Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Program in West Africa. As an epidemiologist for the Center for Disease Control, he was Chief of Party in Northern Nigeria and again in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Following this he served as Medical Officer with the Department of State in Nigeria, Kuwait, Yugoslavia, Washington DC, Burma and Germany.

Deane served on the Board of the Regional Medical Center in Lubec. He was a dedicated founding member of the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association, actively restoring the lightkeeper's house and creating a visitor center and museum. Additional pastimes included silversmithing, woodworking, gardening, taking walks and keeping up with the ever-changing computer world.

Deane is survived by his wife Virginia; four daughters, Jean Hutchins, of Camden, Sally Merrifield, of Duxbury, Vt., Nancy Libbey, of Littleton, N.C. and Becky Hutchins, of Auburn, and also “Daughter Number 5” Marti Stone, of Rockport. He is also survived by two sons-in-law, Roger Rittmaster and Tom Libbey; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Martha Schelling, of Naples, Fla.; his brother Clement Hutchins, of Londonderry, N.H. and a son-in-law, Tom Merrifield of Duxbury, Vt.

Family and friends are invited to a Drop-in Celebration Aug. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn, 30 Community Drive, Camden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Quoddy Head Light Keepers Association in his honor, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, 973 S Lubec Road, Lubec, Maine 04652. Condolences may be shared with the family at longfuneralhomecamden.com.

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