BROOKSVILLE – Marcia W. Chapman, 83, passed away at home on September 14, 2015, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Beverly, MA, to Claude and Hilda Whitaker in 1932. An accomplished sportswoman, she was a Jr. Wightman Cup tennis player. She captained the Tennis and Ski teams at the University of New Hampshire. She was among the “founders and surveyors” crew who cut the first trail at Sugarloaf Mountain. As a life-long sailor, she raced at the Eastern Yacht Club and in later years skippered her sailboat on Penobscot Bay. She held a Maine
Harbormaster’s License for 16 years.
In 1967 Governor Curtis presented her the first Maine State Award for outstanding contribution to Maine cultural life. She founded and directed Music In Maine, presenting musical ensembles in every elementary school. Many musicians remained in Maine, including the Portland String Quartet. Marcia helped create the ME Arts and Humanities Commission. She and Polly L. Thomas established the Maine State Ballet Co. As Arts Chair. for the 1969 Bangor Bicentennial, she produced the “Strange Woman” Ballet, and commissioned the FitzGerald sculpture.
She served on many Boards: BSO, NE River Basins Comm., PSO, USOE Idea Fellow, Brunswick Music Theater, ME Hospital Budget Review Comm., the Skowhegan School of Painting, UMO Housing Foundation, The Christian Herter Center, Fox Island Assoc., New England Music Camp, Chair of the ME Ed. Adv. Council, Brooksville Harbor Comm., founding Trustee of Hampden Regional Library and the Bagaduce Chorale. She was a member of the Bangor Junior League.
In 1983 she co-founded the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, now located in Blue Hill,
with nationally recognized musicians, Fritz Jahoda and Mary Cheyney Gould. Marcia served as Executive Director of the BMLL for its first 11 years, then volunteered until 2011. She was named a lifetime Trustee of the Library.
In 1996 Marcia and Mary Gould built a championship croquet court in Brooksville. Marcia became a nationally ranked player, winning several major tournaments. After cancer curtailed her activities, she coached croquet and conducted many clinics.
Marcia is survived by: four children, John Whitaker Chapman and wife Leanne Robbin of Brunswick, ME; Mark Weston Chapman and wife Martha of Nashville, TN; Susan Chapman Gilroy and husband John Gilroy of San Diego, CA; and David Chapman of Incline Village, NV; her long-time housemate, Mary Cheyney Gould; 10 grandchildren; her brother, Norman A, Whitaker and his wife, Eleanor of Hudson, NH. She will be missed by her many friends in the Bagaduce Chorale, USCA, Gutter Club, Flash In the Pans, Woodlawn Croquet, Ewes, and the Bagaduce Music Lending Library.
There will be a celebration of her life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the Bagaduce Music Lending Library , P.O. Box 829, Blue Hill, ME 04614.