Leslie Mitten Dawson Jr., 80
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KENNEBUNK -- Leslie Mitten Dawson Jr., 80, of Kennebunk, died peacefully on Dec. 3, 2013, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, after a brief illness.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Leslie Mitten Dawson and Helen McNamara Dawson. He lived in Pelham, N.Y., and attended Iona Prep. Les enlisted in the Navy after he graduated from high school and then enrolled in Iona College after being honorably discharged.
While in school, he also went to work for Liberty Mutual, where he met and then married Elizabeth Kidney. They had two daughters, Jennifer and Valerie, and moved from New York to Toledo to open an office there. The family then moved to Michigan where Les received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He became a professor of Business Administration at Northeastern University, and then went to teach marketing at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell until his retirement in 1994. In 2008, he was granted Professor Emeritus status at UMass Lowell for his exemplary 24 years of teaching.
In addition to writing many books and articles, Les taught seminars all over the world including Europe, Latin America, and even behind the Iron Curtain. Most of his articles were published in The Journal of Personal Selling and Sales and The Journal of Business Ethics. His last articles focused on the ethical difference between men and women in the sales world.
Dr. Dawson retired to Cape Cod where he married Joan Manning Brunnick in July of 1999; Les and Joan then moved to Kennebunkport later that year. He loved taking long walks along the Maine coast with Joan and their twin golden retrievers, Scarlet and Melanie. Les continued to be an avid reader, especially nonfiction books about WWII and true crime. He and Joan were lovers of old film noir movies and spent most of their evenings at home
with dinner and a movie.
Les loved to travel and over the years went to many countries for work and pleasure. He loved staying in old New England inns, especially during the winter months. Les loved to dance, and he and Joan went anywhere there was a great band. Les worked out regularly at Quest in Kennebunk until a month ago.
Les is survived by his wife, Joan Brunnick Dawson; his daughter Jennifer Dawson of Yarmouthport, Mass., his daughter Valerie Mitten Dawson and her husband Randall Swanson; and Les' beloved granddaughters, Elizabeth and Caitlin, all of Folsom, Calif. Les was a loving and caring father and a proud grandfather. Les was a true gentle man. Les also leaves Joan's family who dearly loved him: Terry and Ted Witherell, Leo and Cathie Brunnick, Mike and Anya Brunnick, and Colleen and Brian McElhinney, and their loving children. He was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth; and his sister, Suzanne.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, from 4-7 p.m., at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Spirit Parish - St. Martha's Catholic Church, 30 Portland Rd. (Route 1), Kennebunk, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m., followed by burial in Arundel Cemetery in Kennebunkport. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to:
The Animal Welfare Society
P.O. Box 43
West Kennebunk, Maine 04094
or to the Gosnell Memorial
11 Hunnewell Rd.
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 5, 2013