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Arthur W. Leavitt died peacefully in Kennebunk, Maine, on September 19, 2017, at age 87. Born and raised in Lynn, Mass., he enjoyed lifelong friendships with the “Tower Hill Gang” and his teammates from the legendary Lynn Classical football teams of the 1940s. Art graduated from the University of Vermont where he pursued his love of language and learning while a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After serving in the Air Force, he obtained his Masters degree from Tufts University and embarked upon a 40-year teaching and coaching career (Marblehead High School, Kimball Union Academy, North Yarmouth Academy) during which he instilled his students with a passion for Latin and Greek and inspired track/cross-country athletes: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster! Higher! Stronger!). Outside of the classroom, Art enjoyed gardening, restoring his antique colonial farmhouse in Ipswich, traveling in pursuit of Odysseus and Aeneas, and spending countless hours exhorting his children while they pursued their academic and athletic dreams. He leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth Burn of Kennebunk, Maine; son, Richard of Manchester, Mass.; daughter, Janet Fenker and her husband, Tom of Santa Cruz, Calif.; granddaughters, Lizzie and Gwynne Leavitt; and many great friends, including Fred Smith, Clem Calder, Alan Carlson, and Susan Baker Leavitt.
A celebration of the life and times of this American Classic will be held on Saturday October, 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Manchester Yacht Club. All are invited to raise a glass. Donations in his memory may be made to Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools (www.friendsofmarblehead.org).
Published on  October 4, 2017
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