DIXFIELD — Douglas A. Lothrop, Sr., 82, of Blayne Street, Dixfield, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 8, following a short illness, with loving family at his side.

He was born in Wilton on July 17, 1935, a son of Lester and Fannie (Magrath) Lothrop. In 1953 he graduated from Wilton Academy where he excelled in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. He continued his education at the University of Maine at Orono where he graduated in 1957 with a BS in mechanical engineering. He was a member of SAE fraternity.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and National Guard for several years. He worked as an engineer for Boise Cascade in the Rumford Paper Mill for 41 years, retiring in 1998. During those years, he worked in the power, recovery and engineering areas. He participated in the startup and operator training processes of two recovery boilers, power boilers, cogeneration plant, filter plants, recausticizing plant, lime kiln, hydro station, and effluent plant. He continued to set standards for operating personnel. He taught evening classes in boiler operation at Central Maine Community College for several years. He was a charter member of BLRBAC (black Liquor Recovery Boiler Advisory Committee and the corporate audit team and for Boise and the Mead Corporation. He was a member of Napoleon Ouellette American legion Post 324 and FOE Aerie 1248 of Rumford. He coached Little League baseball, basketball and ice hockey.

After his retirement, he continued to do consulting work for Power Specialists Associates and Webster, Willamette, Wausau and Groveton Paperboard.

He was married in 1960 to Carolynne Rowe of Phillips. They had three children and later divorced. He later married Mae Arsenault. They had two children. She passed away in 2007.

Douglas is survived by three sons, Douglas Jr. and his wife, Christine, of Dixfield, Steven of Casco and Randall and his wife, Bethany, of Lewiston; two daughters, Deborah Gorham and her spouse, Nicole, of N.C. and Mapleton, and Tania Adams and her husband, Lenny, of Dixfield; 11 grandchildren, Alyssa Foss, Hanson Gorham, Addy Gorham, Kari Lothrop, Michaela Lothrop, Rosemary Lothrop, Brittany Moore, Nina Moore, Noah Adams, Camron Lothrop and Aria Lothrop; and two great-grandchildren, Brody and Paislee; a sister, Bette Anterra of Colorado; and a brother, Wayne Lothrop of Florida. He was predeceased by his second wife, Mae, in 2007; a brother, Robert, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Smith Lothrop. His family invites you to share condolences and tributes on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

Douglas A. Lothrop

Comments are no longer available on this story