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DAVID DOW KETCHUM Obituary
KETCHUM, David Dow 89, died January 26 of complications from a fall taken during Hurricane Sandy at his beloved Ipswich home on Plum Island Sound. Son of the late Kenneth Dow Ketchum and the late Helen Luchars Ketchum, and husband of the late Joan Gray Ketchum, he leaves his former wife, Nancy Wendell Ketchum, seven children and stepchildren, and their spouses and children: Margaret Ketchum Powell and Henry W. Powell, and John Setian Powell and Brittany Elizabeth (Baffer) Powell; Kenneth Dow Ketchum, Donna Horton Williams, and Jennifer Aloka Schoech, David Granger Ketchum, and Winn Addison Ketchum; John Wendell Ketchum and Dinah Lane, and Clover (Devaney) and Geoffrey Bell-Devaney, Oakley David Ketchum and Connie (Poynor) Ketchum, Allegra (Ketchum) Avila and Anawim Avila; Adelaide Lathrop Ketchum and Charles M. Perry, and Nicholas Lathrop Perry, Laura Mereness Perry, and Mark Wendell Perry; Katherine Despard Ketchum Moore, Frank Moore, and Samuel Antaya Moore, Madeleine Despard Moore, and Anne Frances Moore; Raymond and Elaine Thorne, and Michelle Thorne and Kevin Thorne; and Vanessa Gray, Eric Colville, and Nikos Gray and Julian Gray Colville. He also leaves five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, his good friend and helper Francis Fitzgerald, and many other dear friends of all ages. Born on December 10, 1923, in Cohasset, Mass., he attended the Asheville School in North Carolina and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific on the PT tender Orestes, and in Japan during the Korean War. For many years he lived and worked on Cape Cod at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and later at Ocean Research Equipment; he served on the board of the Upper Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical School during its construction. In the 1970s he moved to the greater Boston area to join Electronics Corporation of America, where he worked until his retirement. During his years as an Ipswich resident he was active in town affairs and a member of the Ipswich Democratic Committee; he was known as a prolific writer of Letters to the Editor of the Ipswich Chronicle. A lifelong sailor and an engineer by training and inclination, he spent his retirement improving his Ipswich home and engaged in endless projects beside and upon the sea. The family will hold a memorial gathering later in the spring. Donations in David's memory may be made to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, 1200 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02131.
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Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 3, 2013
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