Roger F. Duncan

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Roger F. Duncan, 93
Educator, Author, Seaman
EAST BOOTHBAY -- Roger Fenn Duncan died peacefully on May 15, 2010. He was the son of Robert F. and Dorothy Fenn Duncan, and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y. He was 93.
Roger was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard College. He was a teacher, coach and administrator at the Fenn School in Concord, Mass., and the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass. He was the author of numerous books including: 'A Cruising Guide to the New England Coast,' 'Coastal Maine,' 'Eastward' and 'Ashore and Afloat.'
Roger with his wife Mary sailed their Friendship Sloop Eastward extensively along the coast from New York to St. John's New Brunswick. They sailed parties for many years in the Boothbay Harbor Region. He was a member of the Cruising Club of America, and the Friendship Sloop Society where he raced Eastward very successfully. Roger and Mary were recognized throughout the coastal communities of New England. Roger was known for his seamanship, knowledge, and history of the coast. One could not spend a day afloat with them without having some friend sail by with a cheerful, 'Hi Ya Roger' floating across the water from another cockpit.
Roger was a master educator, Headmaster of the Belmont Hill School, and chairman of the School Committee in Concord, Mass. Roger set high standards, not by demanding them but by demonstrating them. His moral compass was as steady as the North Star. As a founding member of the Mid-Coast Maine Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist, he lived his principles out every day and shared them with countless students, colleagues, and friends.
Roger was a beloved soccer, hockey and crew coach. He coached with a vibrant competitive spirit but demanded respect for the opposition and fair play at all times. Into his early eighties as a single skull oarsman he competed in the Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge and showed the competition his wake on most occasions.
He is survived by his wife Mary Duncan of Boothbay; his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Joyce Duncan of Southport; his three sons, Robert and his wife Lucinda of Concord, Mass., William and his wife Lizbeth of Burke, Va., and John and his wife Carol of Charlotte, N.C.; also by eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Roger Duncan was a steadfast man, sensitive and careful with words; always willing and eager to lend a hand to others. The people he touched, taught, entertained, inspired are richer for his presence.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, in the Congregational Church in Boothbay Harbor. Arrangements are entrusted to Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 975 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay.
In lieu of flowers contributions
may be sent to:
The Fenn School in Concord
516 Monument St.
Concord, Massachusetts 01742
The Belmont School
350 Prospect St.
Belmont, Massachusetts 02478-2662
or Doctors Without Borders, USA
P.O. Box 5030
Hagerstown, Maryland 21741

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 19, 2010
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