Paul Dalrymple

Paul Clement Dalrymple

November 21, 1923 - April 24, 2020
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PORT CLYDE – Dr. Paul Clement Dalrymple, 96, died peacefully, Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland.

Born in Rockland, November 21, 1923, he was the son of Charles and Marion Skinner Dalrymple. Paul attended and graduated from Worcester Classical High School in 1941. Following graduation, he attended Worcester Academy for one year and then Clark University in Worcester before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Serving during World War II, Paul saw action in several battles in the European Theater and was taken prisoner at the Battle of The Bulge. He spent nearly a year in a German POW Camp before being liberated by Allied forces. He was honorably discharged in January 1946 and received The Silver Star for his service.

Returning to the States, Paul resumed his studies at Clark University, graduating with an AB in 1947. He went on to get a Masters Degree from Syracuse University in 1952 and finally his PhD in Geography from Boston University in 1964. For many years he served as a Geographer and Meteorologist with the US Army Quartermaster Corps and Corp of Engineers, retiring in 1986. During his long career, Paul was involved in research projects in many countries around the world. In 1957, Paul jumped at the opportunity to work in Antarctica for the International Geophysical Year in Little America, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He returned again in 1958 to continue his research and he was honored for his efforts by having a mountain named after him, Mount Dalrymple, in the Sentinel Range in West Antarctica.

Upon retirement, Paul returned to his home on Marshall’s Point in Port Clyde. He maintained his lifelong interest in Antarctica serving as a guest lecturer on more than 25 Antarctic cruises in the 1990’s, he served as editor for the Antarctica Society for over 35 years, publishing their regular newsletters as well as hosting summer get-togethers at his Port Clyde home. He loved all sports, especially baseball, and continued to follow every move of his beloved Detroit Tigers.

Predeceased by his companion Grace Machemer in October of last year; Paul is survived by his daughters, Ann Ackerson of Hamilton, NY, Nancy Keith and her husband Donald of Providence, RI; his nephews and their families, Bruce Dalrymple of Redondo Beach, CA, Jeffrey Dalrymple of Surry, ME and Scott Dalrymple of Brunswick, ME; five grandchildren, Sarah Ackerson, Lynn Ackerson, Elizabeth Keith, Richard Keith, and Maggie Keith; and his brother Dr. Eugene Dalrymple of Port Clyde and Florida.

At Dr. Dalrymple’s request he will be laid to rest privately in his beloved Port Clyde.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Paul’s memory be made to The Antarctican Society, ℅ Thomas Henderson, 35 Cherry Street #701, Burlington, VT 05401.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street Rockland.
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Bruce McDermott

Posted at 04:27pm
Wow. What an amazing life he had. Paul and my dad grew up in Worcester (woostah, to the locals, Ha.). He was friends with my Dad's best man. They remained friends throughout most of their lives until my dad passed in 2008. They corresponded often through the years with great hilarity. And would shed light on their experiences with the War and surviving members. We still have many of those letters and later, emails. When Paul would travel west to California, a visit would be a great moment for them both to reminisce. We spoke with Paul only last year to learn more about my parents early lives in New England. Of course he had a colorful recollection. He was a very entertaining and gifted writer and the world will miss his sense of humor and his contributions to science and to his childhood friends. Perhaps they're speaking to one another again now. Godspeed, Paul. Sincerely, Bruce McDermott and the entire McDermott/Penhall family members. (JP & Candy; Billy and Mariko; Laurie & Bruce Penhall; and Bruce McDermott & Bill Guthrie).

Nate Grindle

Posted at 11:26pm
Paul and I are distant cousins on my Dad's side of the family. After Dad passed when I was quite young, Mum always made sure to take me on the family tour down east every summer so I could visit Marion, Eula and other folks. Eventually I met Paul. No matter how old I got, he always offered me a cookie with the excitement of Santa handing out presents. We reconnected over the last few years. A few phone calls each year and Christmas cards. I wish we'd had more conversations. I'm grateful we were able to meet up a few years ago while I was en route to central Maine. My best wishes to his family.

Nate Grindle

Lee & Tom Szelog

Posted at 09:39am
We extend our deepest sympathy to family and friends with the loss of Paul.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to know Paul and have him as our friend for the past 30 years. It was such a joy to know him, his Mother and Aunt Eula while we resided at Marshall Point Lighthouse. I will always think of you, Paul, when I make chocolate chip cookies!

I truly enjoyed helping Paul with weather readings while residing at Marshall Point Lighthouse. I will always be most grateful for him alerting me to a breaching humpback whale offshore at Marshall Point on a hot, summer day. It was a remarkable experience and cherished memory, thanks to Paul.


Over and out, dear friend, with peace and love,
Lee & Tom Szelog

Michelle and Paul Gill

Posted at 03:23pm
We met Paul when we lived at the Marshal Point Lighthouse. When we brought our first baby home from the hospital in 2004, he would check in on us and tell us stories from when his mother lived there. Our friendship continued as we moved over to the other side of the peninsula, nearer to Gracie's house. It was always a treat when he would stop and chat - he always left us laughing. Paul was humble and quiet about his accomplishments - it took all 16 years of our acquaintance to discover what an amazing life he lived. I have fond memories of my final visit with Paul and Gracie one winter day as they were sitting down to lunch. We stopped by to show him some old pictures and he helped us to discover some historical details as we set out to rebuild the keepers barn at the Lighthouse. He and Gracie took turns telling stories and laughing at their shared memories - it was such a joy to sit amongst their warmth and happiness.

Amy Rickman

Posted at 08:10pm
Rocky & Amy
We met Paul thru Amy's Dad, Dr. Ed Williams. We remained close friends after Dad's passing. We had great times visiting Paul & Gracie in Port Clyde. We're gonna miss ole Paul, he was a great man!! When we would chat on the phone, he would'nt say bye. He would say "over & out". WE loved that! Our Deepest Condolences to the Family.
Rocky & Amy Rickman
Boones Mill, Va

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