SEDGWICK – Maine resident, yachtsman and all-around Renaissance man, Arthur Adams Swanson died at 80 in his home in Sedgwick on Dec. 4, 2011. He was born on June 8, 1931, in Terre Haute, Ind., to Emmet and Marjorie (Adams) Swanson.
He attended South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., graduating in 1948. He studied chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, belonged to the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and graduated with the class of 1952. Mr. Swanson worked for the federal government in Washington, D.C., from 1952-54 and then returned to Boston to work for the National Research Corporation through the 1950s. A great enthusiast of life’s many opportunities, Mr. Swanson explored and mastered racing automobiles, bobsleds and go-carts, astronomy, pyrotechnics, skiing, archaeology, woodworking, ham radio, sailing and navigation, sewing and playing the tuba. His entrepreneurial endeavors included restaurant and nightclub ownership, founding a NYC limousine service and building classic yachts. He was a prolific reader, enjoyed film, opera and theater and was a member of the International Mensa Society. Mr. Swanson’s love of adventure and powerful sense of humor have spawned stories that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Arthur Swanson is survived by his daughters, Alisand Louetta Swanson of Eastport, Maine, and Leslie Rachel Swanson of Durango, Colo. He is also survived by the children of his late brother, Carl Swanson of Denver, Colo., and Scottsdale, Ariz. Special thanks go to his caregivers: Sharon Dunbar, Mick Milinovich, Maxine Smith, Kathy Billings and Victoria Rivard, who provided comfort and much loving support through his last years.
A memorial service will be held in Cambridge, Mass., in June of 2012. Family and friends will gather for visitation from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.