RAYMOND FORER

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:19 p.m.

RAYMOND FORER ROBBINSTON and ORONO Raymond Forer, 89, died May 13, 2004, at his home in Robbinston. He was born Feb. 12, 1915, in New Brunswick, N.J., the son of Solomon and Celia (Jelin) Forer. For the past 15 years he was the much loved Grandee of his granddaughters, Emily and Honor Wilkinson. Mr. Forer was a veteran of World War II, enlisting in December of 1941. Originally volunteering for a tank destroyer unit, he worked an intelligence position in Brisbane, writing the official history of the Fifth Air Force Command. He then volunteered for the first wave of the invasion of the Philippines, securing Leyte for MacArthur’s “Return.” He also fought at Luzon, Aitape, and with a guerilla outfit in Manila. He was with the first Air Force units to land in Okinawa. In the service he met Howard Bauman, his best friend. After the war, Mr. Forer attended Denver University, finishing a four-year program in 21 months, and graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. While in Denver, he met and married his wife, Valeria Trimble, who predeceased him in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. During his professional career he taught at the University of Connecticut, the University of Kentucky, Albany Medical College, RPI, and served as Chairman of the Sociology Departments at the University of Maine at Orono, and the State University of New York at Albany. He was the first sociologist hired by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, heading socio-epidemiological research. In 1976, he had a distinguished lecture tour, speaking at institutions in Japan, Thailand, Bali, the Philippines, and Australia. After his retirement, Mr. Forer returned to Maine and in recent years lived in Robbinston. He loved being a grandfather. He was present at every even of his granddaughter’s lives, from birthdays to softball games. He will be deeply missed by his family, daughter, Alice Forer Wilkinson and her husband, Peter; and his granddaughters, Emily and Honor. A memorial service will be held on a date to be announced later. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Calais Little League Softball, care of Robert MacMannis, 7 Mahar Lane, Calais, ME 04619 and the Robbinston Reader newsletter, Robbinston Grade School, Route One, Robbinston, ME 04671.

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