Harold Scott Westerman died December 29th in 2011. He wrote his own obituary, which follows with only minor modification by his children. His history is available on this site as a web version of his book “The Kansas Kid” combined with the Paternal Ancestors page. A memorial service will be organized for summer 2012, and details will posted here.
Obituary — Harold Scott Westerman
Harold Scott “Westy” Westerman died December 29, 2011 of natural causes at his residence in Dirigo Pines Village in Orono, Me. He was born to Harold L. and Elizabeth S. Westerman in Ann Arbor Michigan, December 21, 1917. He is survived by his four children Sandra J. Westerman, Pamela K. Tavelli, David S. Westerman and Gary S. Westerman, and by 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Westy spent his early years as a farm boy in Kansas and Colorado. After losing his mother at the age of eleven, the family moved to Adrian, Michigan, into the former home of his parents. He graduated from Adrian High School in 1936, then from the University of Michigan in 1946. He engaged in graduate studies at Hillsdale College where he coached football and basketball.
In 1949 Westy accepted a position of assistant football coach with Dave Nelson at the University of Maine Orono. Then in 1951 he was appointed head football coach and later athletic director, serving until his retirement in 1982. Along with the University position, Westy and his wife Shirley owned and operated Wavus Camps, a private children’s camp of 200 boys and girls on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson, Maine.
During his career, Westy served on the NCAA rules committee and as vice president of the ECAC. Some of the awards and recognitions presented to him during his career included the following: the Portland Maine Hammer Award, the Maine State Championship Award, the Eastern Division NCAA Coach of the Year Award, the coveted Maine Alumni Black Bear Award, the ECAC Distinguished Career Award, the Lambert Cup, the Maine Sports Hall of Fame Trophy, the John Baronian Award for contributions to College Football, and the Maine Football “Ring of Honor.”
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Dad was enthralled with the Grand Canyon, starting the first time he saw it at age 17 while driving in a tandem car convoy from Detroit to Los Angeles to deliver new cars. This header photo is from the Spring 2010 geology department field trip, looking out over the Little Grand Canyon. It was a classic contrast, with native American flea market-style tables and booths of trinkets and crafts under ratty covers, all in a big dirt parking lot, versus the real Grand Canyon a few miles down the road with squeaky clean pastel pants and outlet store outfits in high end shops. Same rocks.
My professional site at Norwich University can be found at www.norwich.edu/voices/davewesterman/