Eric Grinnell, 73, died Tuesday, December 25 of complications from Parkinson's disease
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Born in Ohio in 1939, he was the son of the late Gordon and Janet Grinnell
His higher education was at Princeton University and North Adams State College. He worked for ten years in the 1960s in New York City for a dealer in ancient works of art. From 1960-1967 he was a member of New York City's Seventh Regiment, earning the rank of first lieutenant.
He moved to Heath in 1966, later teaching at Mohawk Trail Regional High School until 1981. As one of six founders of The Academy at Charlemont, he was the impetus and inspiration behind it as well as its first headmaster, retiring from the school in 2002. He was a member and past president of Mohawk Trail Concerts, and a member of both the Heath Historical Society and the Heath Historical Commission. Among his many interests were opera, the study of Latin and Greek, history, foreign travel, antique lamps, clocks and carriages.
He leaves his wife of 32 years, Dianne, his mother-in-law Dorothy Dewhurst, brother and sister-in-law Milton and Diane Dewhurst and a multitude of friends.
No services are planned at this time.
Messages of condolence can be sent to: www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to that which was most important in his life, The Academy at Charlemont, 1359 Route 2, Charlemont MA 01339.
Published in The Recorder on Jan. 1, 2013