Coffin, Gregory C.

Gregory C. Coffin U.S. Army WWII
Gregory C. Coffin U.S. Army WWII

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Date of Birth: 1/14/1926
Died On: 3/20/2002
Street Address: Hix Avenue
Service Number: 11133028
Branch of Service: U.S. Army - Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer

Veteran Code: USARMY-112

BIOGRAPHY Extended Information
Gregory C. Coffin was born in Connecticut in 1926. In Rye his family lived on Hix Avenue. Gregory was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1943. He enlisted in 1944 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Gregory Carleton Coffin of Marblehead, a professor and veteran, died unexpectedly at the Hong Kong airport while returning home from vacation in Singapore. He was 76.

Born in Meriden, Conn., Mr. Coffin grew up in Rye, N.Y. In 1943, he enrolled at Harvard College and, after serving in the Army, returned home to graduate in 1947. He received a master's degree from Boston University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Connecticut in 1963. Mr. Coffin was an Army veteran of World War II and served as an officer in the Medical Administrative Corps (MAC).

Mr. Coffin worked as a faculty member at the Middlesex School for Boys in Concord. where he taught English and coached crew for three years. He returned to Marblehead to teach one year before becoming the principal of Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, Conn. He then worked as superintendent of the new Narragansett Regional High School and moved to the North Reading school district for two years as superintendent.

In 1966, he became superintendent of District 65 schools in Evanston, Ill., and led the first district to desegregate all schools. Mr. Coffin joined the faculty at Northeastern University in 1970 as full professor and director of the Urban Schools Collaborative. Mr. Coffin was an active member of the Civil Rights Movement. He was a lifetime member of the AASA, NAACP and many other organizations. In 1959, he was the recipient of the S.D. Shankland Scholarship from the American Association of School Administrators.

He was survived by his wife, Nancy (Stackpole); two sons, Gregory C. Jr., of Wisconsin, and Geoffrey S. of Leominster; two daughters, Cynthia Wall Coffin and Emily Ruggles, both of Marblehead; a sister, Laurett Coffin Maroney; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Old North Church in Marblehead. Arrangements by Eustis-Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead. (Published Wednesday, April 10, 2002 in the Boston Herald)

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