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GAGNE, Richard Homere Longtime teacher and coach at the Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA, died of natural causes in Arlington, Virginia on March 7, 2015. He was 85. Mr. Gagne was born at home in Franklin, NH, on February 5, 1930, second child of Romeo Omer Gagne and Marion Edna Cate Gagne, and brother to Corinne and Kenneth. He attended the Franklin schools as a child, and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1948 and Dartmouth College in 1952. At Dartmouth, he majored in French and was a member of the DKE fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, Mr. Gagne earned his Master's degree in Education from the University of New Hampshire. He afterwards taught at Brewster Academy and at the Hill School Camp, both in Wolfeboro, NH. Mr. Gagne taught at the Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA, from 1958 to 2000. He taught French, and English as a Second Language, and he was chair of the Language Department. Mr. Gagne also served as a dorm master in Waters House, in Sheedy Hall, and in Spaulding Hall; as a student advisor; as an advocate for the Winterim Program; and as a coach of lacrosse, soccer, wrestling, basketball, and golf. He and his wife, Margery, raised their three children on the Lawrence Academy campus. Mr. Gagne lived at learning institutions for fifty-six years, and he was dedicated to encouraging, educating, and thriving with the students and colleagues who were his second family. After his retirement, a Winterim scholarship fund was created in his honor, and for many years featured an annual golf tournament called the Gagne Elm Tree Classic. In December of 2014, Mr. Gagne moved to live near family in Arlington, VA. Previously, Mr. Gagne lived at the Nashoba Park Assisted Living community in Ayer, MA; and before that in Pepperell, MA; Groton, MA; and Brookfield, NH. He was an avid golfer, gardener, and woodworker, a devoted driver for Meals on Wheels, and was a regular for breakfast at Tiny's Restaurant in Ayer, where he led friends doing the Boston Globe's daily crossword puzzle. Mr. Gagne was predeceased by his parents; by sister Corinne Messina of St. Johnsbury, VT; by brother Kenneth Gagne of Boxford, MA; and by a son, Richard Hill Gagne of Clinton, MS. He is survived by son Charles Roux Gagne and wife Laurel Gagne of Encintas, CA ; by daughter Katharine Crane Gagne and husband Geof Hobday of Arlington, VA; by daughter-in-law Elise Morse-Gagne of Clinton, MS; by his former wife Margery ter Weele Gagne of Lexington, VA; by 7 grandchildren; by 13 nieces and nephews; and by thousands of former students, advisees, athletes, and colleagues. A summer memorial service will be planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Richard H. Gagne Winterim Scholarship Fund, Lawrence Academy, Box 992, Groton, MA 01450.

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Published in Boston Globe from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2015.
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March 4, 2020
Best soccer coach EVER! And a great guy!
Steve Zolondick
June 3, 2017
Mr. Gagne, just thinking of you. I remember my LA years fondly with you as my soccer coach.
Steve Zolondick
March 20, 2015
Mr. Gagne almost always had something intelligent to say. When he didn't, he at least said something funny. One relatively simple idea he passed on (and that stuck) was that he was not especially, big or strong or fast, but that he ended up being a good lacrosse player by working at it. I passed the idea on to players I coached years later in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At some point the concept is not just limited to sports--its for all of life. Work at it. Thanks Gags. You were a great teacher and coach. I will never forget you.
James Finlay
March 18, 2015
A great man and a great teacher, he will be missed. Our sympathies to the family members
Harris LeRoy Lawrence Academy 1959
March 18, 2015
You will always be missed, Dick. My thoughts are with your family. You were a great lacrosse coach and an inspiring French teacher. Learned how to do speculative study in anticipation of your dictees.

Curt LeRoy, LA '72
March 13, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with your family--
Dick was a great mentor, coach, teacher and friend. He was instrumental in my attending Dartmouth and was fortunate enough to see him last June in good humor and with his trademark tan windbreaker. We will miss him, but in the Dartmouth tradition, it is not goodbye, but simply "farewell till we meet again".
Peter T. Dunn '64
March 12, 2015
Mr. Gagne was a great example of what made LA special. It would be impossible to count how many people he impacted over his career. My thoughts are with the Gagne family.
Liz Thompson '89
March 12, 2015
My condolences to Katharine and the Gagn family. I will always have fond memories of Mr. Gagn as an advisor, teacher, and symbol of everything that Lawrence Academy stood for.
Al Concemi '85
March 11, 2015
My heart goes out to the Gagne family and friends. Leigh said it, he was a great man. He also never turned me in when he caught me with my hand stuck up the soda machine while I was trying to steal a coke. The Gagne Golf Tournament will be extra special this year.
Ted Bernson
March 11, 2015
Mr Gagne was an incredible man, truly dedicated to education and he touched thousands. This world is a better place for him having been here. May memories and prayers comfort all of you during this time.
Leigh Staffon Durham, '80
March 11, 2015
My condolences to the Gagne family. "Gags" gave us many laughs, taught us well and always had the perfect remark for any occasion. He will be missed.
George Thompson '90
March 11, 2015
The FedEx family sends it's condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the Gagne family for their loss.
Mark Maynard
March 11, 2015
My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the family of this remarkable man.
Taylor Duffy Schneider '01
March 11, 2015
The class of 1970 will miss you. And '71, and '69, and '72, and '68, and '73, and....
Jeff Maclaren
March 10, 2015
A wonderfully detailed obituary. Uncle Dick will be sore missed at family gatherings; especially Thanksgiving. He had a uniquely colorful personality and sense of humor.
Ken Thornton
March 10, 2015
Oh Dick, I will miss seeing you walking in the front door of the alumni office, and sitting down in my rocking chair talking about the good old days at LA. I hope they let you smoke your cigars up there!
Laura LeBlanc
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