1925 – 2015

PEABODY, Mass. — Dr. Alexis A. Caron, 89, of Danvers, Mass., died Friday, Feb. 13, in Peabody.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1925, in Indian Orchard, Mass., the son of Adelbert and Laura (Pelletier) Caron.

He was a graduate of Springfield Technical High School, and served in World War II with the 87th Division Infantry Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop in the Ardennes, Rhineland and central Europe campaigns.

He attended Middlebury College Summer School of Languages and received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Alex taught French at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H., Arizona State University (Tempe), Bowling Green State University (Ohio), the Colby College Summer School of Languages and for 29 years at Bates College.

During his 12 years on the Durham School Board, he served as a member of the Maine School Boards Association and was on numerous educational committees at the state and national levels.

As he and his wife, Helen, raised their family, they lived in Lewiston, in Durham for many years and then in Auburn, before moving to Danvers, Mass., in 2011.

He is survived by his four children, Amy Pierce and her husband, Jack, of Winchester, Mass., Elise and her companion, Charles Proulx, of Hebron, Philip and his wife, Donna, of Rockport and John and his wife, Alicia, of Boxford, Mass.; eight beloved grandchildren, Ian, Lindsay, Caroline, Nathan, Mallory, Thomas, Will and Maggie; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Alex was predeceased by Helen (Stark), his wife of 53 years; and his five sisters.