1969-2013

LEWISTON —  Theodore Leo Coulombe, 43, died unexpectedly of unknown causes on Saturday, June 8. 

Ted, born on Aug. 12, 1969, in Portland, was the son of Frances Marian and Larry Leo Coulombe.

Ted grew up in South Paris, while spending summers at his family’s camp in Oxford. Ted was the valedictorian of the Oxford Hills High School, graduating Class of 1987. He attended Bates College, majoring in French with a minor in psychology, graduating magna cum laude in 1991. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1991.

After college, Ted worked at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library at Bowdoin College. While Ted spent most of his time in the circulation department, the highlight of his professional work at Bowdoin involved cataloguing volumes from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne collections, along with other projects allowing him to make use of his fluency in French.

Upon leaving Bowdoin in 2003, Ted returned to his alma mater to serve as technical adviser and editor, designing Web pages from concept to execution for E-clectic, the online magazine showcasing student creative endeavors in the humanities. 

As digital technician for the dean of the faculty’s office at Bates College, Ted worked on a range of projects requiring advanced technical expertise, from an extensive website and surveys for students and alumni to technical oversight of the college’s annual student research symposium. The go-to guy for all things Apple, Ted guided many colleagues through conversions to iPhones, iPods, iPads and other emerging technologies. He was immensely generous with his knowledge, helping colleagues in the dean’s office and beyond to solve technical problems and find more efficient ways of working using technology.

Ted loved spending time with his family, friends and his dog, Bailey, summers at his family’s camp, cooking, working with computers, mastering emerging technologies and watching movies.

Ted is survived by his father, Larry and sister, Grace, both of South Paris.  

His mother, Fran; his maternal grandparents, Milton and Marian Hibbard; and his paternal grandparents, Lucien and Yvette Cloutier, predeceased him.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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