Robert H. McDougal

SPRINGVALE - Robert H. McDougal, 88, of Springvale, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the Newton Center.

He was born in Sanford, Maine, on Dec. 6, 1924, to Alva W. and Mary H. McDougal.

He attended Sanford schools, graduating from Sanford High in 1942.

He spent a year at the University of New Hampshire before being appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in the Class of 1947. He served on various ships before being released to inactive duty in 1949, after which he returned to the family farm, McDougal Orchards, to work in partnership with his father. He was recalled to active duty in 1951. He served in the Naval Reserve until his retirement, with the rank of Commander, in 1972.

Bob married his love and partner in everything, Priscilla (Berry) McDougal, in 1952, and they settled on the farm for good in 1953. Bob and his brother-in-law, Clifford Davis, ran the business as partners for a while, after which Bob became sole proprietor.

Bob was active in many agricultural organizations. In 1969, he was honored with the Outstanding Woodland Conservation Award from the York County Soil and Water Conservation District. He served with distinction in many capacities in the Maine State Pomological Society, the trade organization representing Maine's apple growers, and received the Society's Outstanding Service Award in 1977. He served on the board of the New York-New England Apple Association and was a Sanford Town Meeting member for many years.

In 1974, he introduced the pick-your-own method of marketing apples to Southern Maine, after a hail storm decimated his wholesale crop. He was among the first in the state to switch to dwarfing rootstocks. He successfully gambled that smaller trees would be easier to work with and would survive Maine winters.

He and his wife greatly enjoyed traveling to Naval Academy reunions and to visit friends and family in various parts of the country. They also loved to dance and made many friends in the square and round dancing communities.

Robert is predeceased by a brother, A. Warren McDougal, and a sister, Beverly Wright.

He leaves behind two sisters, Marjorie Davis and Mary Louise Matteson. He also leaves his wife of 60 years, Priscilla (Pat) B. McDougal; his daughter, Ellen McAdam, her husband, Jack, of Springvale, and their children, Matthew and Polly; his son, Evan R. McDougal, his wife, Betsy, of Manchester, N.H., and their children, Heather and Ryan; his son, Glenn D. McDougal, and his children, Colleen Levesque and Aaron McDougal; and his son, Gene McDougal, his wife, Triccia, and Gene's children, Amy Demers, Renee and Rory McDougal. In addition, he leaves a former daughter-in-law he loved very much, Jackie McDougal, and four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Ryan, Kyle, and Colin Demers.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale. Visiting hours will begin at 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service. Following the funeral, burial with military honors will take place at Riverside Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations in his memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, N.Y. 10605, or to a .

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Published in Fosters from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, 2012