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Obituary: Douglas Jay Lynch – Portland Press Herald

Douglas Jay Lynch

PORTLAND – Doug Lynch died in the arms of his wife at home in Portland on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. Doug was known as a very thoughtful, kind, and loving person whose number one priority was his family. He believed her to be his source of strength, joy, and meaning.

Born on September 17, 1947 in Tulsa, Okla., Doug grew up in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He earned a BA in Political Science from Colorado College, Colorado Springs in 1970. In 1971 he earned an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From there he moved to Maine, where his lifelong love of teaching and learning took root and flourished. He taught the high school in Bath and in Bangor, where he headed the department of social studies. Doug met his wife, Patrice, who they married in 1977. He later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, earned an MS in Psychology in 1982 and a PhD in Educational Psychology in 1984.

Doug was a full professor at Wichita State University in Kansas, Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, and the University of New England in Maine. He headed the education departments at both Wilkes U and UNE. He flourished as an educator, working from the early 1970s until his retirement in 2014. During those decades he became known and respected for his hands-on teaching and contributions to the field of education, specializing in student learning and leading online learning programs .

In retirement, Doug retained his curiosity and passion for learning with an insatiable appetite for books, magazines, and research articles on a wide range of subjects. He continued to explore new and diverse interests. He attended courses at the USM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; he took guitar lessons and played a variety of musical styles; he helped newly resettled immigrants with conversational English skills; served on the Board of Directors of the Fiddlehead School of Arts and Sciences in Gray; and he has volunteered with political organizations to help restore the democratic balance that has so derailed in recent years.

Doug enjoyed being in the great outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking. He valued self-reflection, meditation, and the pursuit of spiritual ideas and understanding. Over the years, he has enthusiastically participated in several 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreats.

Doug leaves his wife, Patrice; Son Jesse, daughter Jenny, son-in-law, Nick; Grandson, Nolan; Brother Dan, sister-in-law Carol; and many loved ones.

He had recently died of his mother, Jeannette, who was 102 years old.

Doug is sorely missed by his family and many friends who have treasured his generous love and camaraderie.

A celebration of life will be held later when COVID-19 is less of a threat. At his request, Doug’s ashes are to be distributed in the mountains of Colorado and along the Atlantic coast in Maine.

In his memory, donations can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) or the American Cancer Society.

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