F. Gardiner F. Bridge

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F. Gardiner F. Bridge (April 10, 1920 - January 23, 2013), died at 92 years old at Liberty Commons in North Chatham, MA, on January 23, 2013. Born in St. Louis, MO, in 1920, Gardiner (Gardie) graduated from John Burroughs School in St. Louis and Dartmouth College in the class of 1942. When in college, his parents moved to Walpole, NH, where his family shared many wonderful occasions. During World War II, Gardie served the war effort by working at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, CT, where he trained new employees and taught advanced blueprint reading to foremen. His decision to work with young people led to six years of teaching and administration at Hebron Academy in Lewiston, ME. He became Assistant Director of Admissions of Dartmouth College in 1952, and moved on to Director of Admissions of Trinity College in Hartford, CT, in 1956. In 1966 he became headmaster of the University School of Milwaukee, merging the city's three independent schools. In 1977 he moved to Oakland, CA, to become headmaster of the Head Royce School until 1984. Before he retired to Cape Cod in 1987 he held three interim positions as head of school. A former member of the Board of the National Association of Independent Schools, Gardie also served as a member of the Headmaster's Association, the Country Day Headmaster's Association, Rotary Club, the Orleans Men's Coffee Club, and The Orleans Yacht Club. He also served as President of the Independent Schools Association of Central States. In 1984 he was publicly commended by the President of Dartmouth College for his service to independent education. A lover of the outdoors, Gardie enjoyed working in his yard, gardening, sailing, and playing tennis and squash. He tended to the neighborhood birds, keeping them well fed and watered year round. One of his great interests was the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra where he served as a trustee and was honored by being named Trustee Emeritus. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit where he served on the Finance Committee. Gardie had the ability to warmly engage every person he met. He was a true family man and loyal friend. He will be missed along with the wonderful stories he told. Gardie is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia (Trish), sons, Gardiner Flint (Elisabeth Townsend) of Shorewood, WI, Gerald Hansen of Madison, WI, Jonathan Eliot (Mary Kathryn) of Shaker Heights, OH, and grandchildren, Hudson, Anna, Christopher, and step-grandchildren, Jessica and Carolyn Davis. He is survived by his two sisters, Sue Blair and Helen Boynton, and is pre-deceased by his brothers, Eliot and Leighton, and sister, Sally. He is also survived by his friend and brother-in-law Gerald J. Hansen, Jr. and his wife, Georgia, and many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and other family members who were an important part of his life. The family wishes to thank Broad Reach Hospice and the staff at Liberty Commons for their special care. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 11 AM at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, MA, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, 1060 Falmouth Road, Suite A, Hyannis, MA 02601 or the Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, MA, 02653.

Published in The Cape Codder from Feb. 2 to Feb. 9, 2013
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