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Will Cummer, of Wakefield, passed peacefully away at home, on October 25, 2015, with his family at his bedside. He was born in Jacksonville, FL, a son of the late Wellington Willson Cummer and Caroline Stevens Cummer. Will died of cancer at age 76.
Will received his BA from Yale University and his PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, studying at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Between his undergraduate and graduate programs, he was a Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps. In graduate school he met and married Sarah Boll Cummer. They had two children together. He was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a Director of the American Research Institute in Turkey. As a Professor at Cornell University and the Rhode Island School of Design, he taught Classical and Near Eastern Art and Architecture. He worked on Archaeological excavations in Greece, Italy and Turkey (including being a diver/excavator on a Roman shipwreck). In Rome he ran a course, "Illustrating Archaeology", teaching how to survey and draw Archaeological sites, where he met his wife, Whitney, a fellow teacher.
He was interested in everything and did it all with great enthusiasm. A boat-builder and sailor, he restored his beloved 1936 Concordia sloop "Cinderella" back to her former glory, as well as building prams, skiffs and even a colonial punt for Smith's Castle. He created a magnificent garden with ponds, waterfalls, a march, a birch grove, and every imaginable shrub, tree and flower. He loved kayaking, hiking in the Adirondacks, Bluegrass music, building theater sets, soccer (both as his children's coach and as a diehard "Barcelona" fan), and volunteering – for Meals on Wheels, Welcome House, URI Watershed Watch, Hospice Care of RI, and the South Kingstown Land Trust. Will was a Trustee with his sister Cheryl, of the Cummer Family Foundation in Jacksonville, Florida. When he wasn't volunteering, or helping his family and multitude of friends, he was on Narragansett Bay or in his garden. He passed on to all his family and friend show to live with joy, friendliness and humor, and to face illness with courage.
  He is survived by his loving family – his wife Whitney (Powell), his son Willson Cummer and daughter-in-law Michelle Breidenbach, his daughter Clementine Douglas Cummer, his son Samuel Ross Cummer, and his sister Cheryl Stevens Cummer and brother-in-law Jack Lyle. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren Magdalena Cummer  Nacco, and Giuliana Cummer  Nacco. He will be much missed by his sisters and brother- in-law, Deborah Abbott and Ross and Kate Powell, nieces Ada Cummer Chamberlain, Whitney Eno, and Kate and Jon Nazemi, and grandnieces Kate Chamberlain, Chloe and Maeve Nazemi, and grandnephew Ciaran Chamberlain.
 A Memorial service will be held on May 14, 2016 at 2:00pm, at the South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, Matunuck, RI. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Welcome House, 8 North Road, or the South Kingstown Land Trust, 227Robinson Street, both in Wakefield, RI 02879. For guest book and condolences, averystortifuneral home.com.
Published in Southern Rhode Island Newspapers on Dec. 5, 2015
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