DAVID HUNTER COTTON

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:17 p.m.

HOULTON – David Hunter Cotton 86, died June 14, 2005 at a local healthcare facil-ity. He was born Aug. 11, 1918, at New Glascow, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of the Rev. Canon Percy G. and Evelyn Davida (Smith) Cotton. Hunter served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a life long member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal. He graduated from Colby College receiving a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education. He taught psychology and government at Ricker Junior College during which time he served as headmaster and academic dean of the institution from 1946 to 1966. During his career he also served as acting president and registrar. Hunter left in 1974 to teach in Fryeburg, returning to Houlton in 1982. He held a 14-year position as executive director of the Ricker College Board of Trustees Scholarship and Endowment Committee awarding around $150,000 in scholarships each year to Aroostook and Washington County students. During his career, he wrote over $1.5 million in scholarship checks to various institutions. He was given an honorary doctorate upon his retirement. With a life of dedication to Ricker College, he was sometimes called “Mr. Ricker” and will be remembered as the backbone of the school. Hunter was a collector of military memorabilia figurines and a proficient wood carver. He is survived by his wife, Norma F. (Dow) Cotton, of Houlton; his daughter, Ellen Cotton, of North Yarmouth; one brother, Charles Medley of Hermon; one sister, Pauline Cotton, RN of Houlton; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Dunn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal with the Rev. Leslie Nesin, officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Gifts may be made in Hunter’s memory to the Church of the Good Shepherd care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, 04730. <>

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