FAIRFAX, VA - Hugh Dwelley, 82, died April 10, 2014, at Fairfax Hospital, of a heart attack. He graduated from Kents Hill School, Readfield in 1950 and went on to Boston University.
He was a retired Foreign Service officer whose career included tours in Turkey, India Sri Lanka and Italy. Upon retirement he received USAID's Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Mr. Dwelley maintained close ties to his home village of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island. He and friends founded the Islesford Historical Society to preserve island history. In 2000 he published A History of Little Cranberry Island Maine. In 1995 he became an active member of the Advisory Council of the Island Institute, devoted to the viability of 14 offshore Maine Island communities. The James R. Dwelley Scholarship Fund was founded in memory of his grandfather and set up to help graduates of Cranberry Isles Schools get a good high school education. As president of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. Scholarship Foundation, he helped youths throughout Maine with the costs of higher education.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Shirley of 58 years; a half brother, Gerard Fernald; two sons, James and John, wife, Angie and grandson, Raymond.
He will be buried on Little Cranberry Island. A celebration of Hugh's life will be held 11:30 a.m. Aug. 9, at Islesford Congregational Church, followed by a light lunch at the Neighborhood House. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to the Islesford Scholarship Fund, Islesford, ME 04646.