David Bennett Laing

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Stockton Springs - David Bennett Laing passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in his home in Stockton Springs, Maine, with his wife, Margaret, at his bedside, after a long battle with cancer. David was born in 1940 and was a true Dartmouth man, son of a Dartmouth English professor, Alexander Laing, and poet Dilys Bennett Laing. He grew up in Hanover in an academic environment that included a close relationship with Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, and attended Hanover High. At Dartmouth he majored in Geology and became an avid guitarist/folk singer, mountaineer, skier, sailor, and later took up spelunking. He lived a fascinating life, full of adventures, some of them life-threatening. After obtaining his master's degree from Harvard, David entered a variety of professions, from park ranger naturalist through forest ranger, preparatory school teacher, college professor, consulting geologist, and environmental educator to technical copy editor. David was a prolific author, and notes on six of them can be found in the Class of '62 Authors/books. Introducing his autobiography, The Dartmouth Man: A Charmed Life and published in 2018, David wrote what may well be a good epitaph: "At some early age, I came up with a motto that pretty well characterizes my life. It states that 'I live my life in defiance of dullness."'Things have certainly worked out that way."
Published on March 24, 2019
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