Daniel Lincoln
1937 - 2021
BORN
1937
DIED
2021
Daniel K. Lincoln
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daniel Kennedy Lincoln sauntered down the road less travelled one last time surrounded by nature following a warm sun shower. While he may have left this earth, he has gone on to hike many more mountains, fish many more streams, and paddle over many more ponds.
Daniel was born in Schenectady, New York on November 9, 1937 to the late Powell Rogers Lincoln and Margaret Kennedy Lincoln. Soon after his birth his family moved to begin their life in Fairfield, Connecticut along with his brother, Herb Lincoln, who preceded him in passing. His love of learning sprouted at an early age. His love for alternative learning and thinking outside of the box began in his early days at The Unquowa School and carried on with him to Fairfield Country Day School. He attended Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire where he developed a love of boat building and fostered his love for the mountains working the winters on ski patrol. He went on to graduate with the class of 1958. He then attended Emory and Henry College, where he became known for his infamous Angel Food Cake with sprinkles and his love of honey. He graduated from Emory and Henry with a teaching degree and began his teaching career in Staunton River, Virginia where he taught and fought for integration of the school system. During his years in Virginia, he was an active fighter for civil rights, participating in many Civil Rights Movement marches. He later returned to his home of Fairfield, Connecticut with his first wife and two children to build their life and continue his teaching journey in the Fairfield Public School System. Alongside fellow innovative educators- Phil, Peter, Arnold and Joanne - he founded the Whole Earth Learning program for high school juniors at Roger Ludlowe High School to get students to think critically, question the status quo, and get outside to appreciate nature and all its lessons. After years teaching high school students, he transitioned to Tomlinson Middle School where he taught geography and developed lessons that integrated all subjects from Math to English to Social Studies. He became famous for his "Red Writing", which challenged students to utilize both right- and left-brain thinking. Students always remembered him for this, but also the detailed maps that they drew. Weekends were filled with grading poster-sized maps or globes drawn on beach balls. His love of nature was shared with his students during their yearly hikes on the Appalachian Trail.
During his summers off from teaching, early in his career, he worked at Camp ICC in Westport, Connecticut for inner-city children teaching film and photography. He fell in love with the arts and crafts counselor, Kathleen, who later became his second wife. They shared their love of art, learning, and culture. They went on to adopt two daughters from the Dominican Republic. Kathleen and Daniel were married for 30 years before her passing in April 2009.
After retirement he enjoyed more time at his family's home in the Adirondacks. He spent his summers there hiking, canoeing, and fly fishing. He enjoyed the solitude of the North Country and its beautiful landscapes. He made great friendships with fly fishermen, learning to tie flies; foresters, learning about trees and logging; and many more Adirondack characters. The Adirondacks held a special place in his heart as the family home had been passed down for four generations.
He is survived by his four children, Bartlett Lincoln Gowen (Chris) of Lynchburg, VA, Olivia Powell Lincoln of New York, NY, Daniel Dodge Lincoln, of Lynchburg, VA, and Marta "Erika"
Lincoln of Pennsville, New Jersey, and five grandchildren – Evelyn, Jane, Gabe, Mary Kate, and Markhel.
The family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date. It was Daniel's wish that everyone celebrates his life in their own way, whether it be yoga, planting a tree or a saunter in the woods.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local public-school PTA/PTO, the Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, or The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.
Published by Connecticut Post on Apr. 17, 2021.
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I was deeply saddened to hear of Dan's passing. Teachers are saints in all they do, but Dan Lincoln went beyond and was an educator. You could tell he relished in the moment the light came on for you. That you truly got it, You learned. I was happy to call him my friend after leaving Ludlowe. He helped start the spark that became my light. That light became my torch. I now hold up my torch to a great educator, Dan Lincoln. May you look back, Dan, and behold the sea of light you help create in all you touched.
David Baltimore
School
August 1, 2021
I knew Mr. Lincoln as a neighbor, father of my friend Dodge, and soccer coach at Ludlowe. I wish he´d been my teacher too. A gentle, principled, nonjudgmental man - that´s how I remember him. I´m a teacher today and he was one of the great ones who pointed the way. Hi Dodge and Bartlett - so sorry for your loss.
Doug Adams
School
July 15, 2021
I remember him from RLHS. I loved the outdoor classes!
Later on, my daughter was lucky enough to be a student.
She came home and told me about this teacher. I asked if his name was Mr. Lincoln. She couldn't believe I knew who he was!
He was a great teacher, and one if a kind for sure.
Honored to have known him.
Rest in peace Mr. Lincoln. You touched many lives.
Glorianne Glorianne Lagnese
Student
May 17, 2021
As a student at Roger Ludlow high school, I was privileged to have Mr. Lincoln as my social studies teacher. During that time which was the late 60s, Mr. Lincoln taught us empathy and caring for others. He was such an all-around person that he even offered us a fencing class which I took and he taught us how to be competitive through that sport. He recognized students that were not having an easy time and with always a mentor to them. I was happy to hear that he had a nice retirement because he certainly earned it. He made a great impression on so many people and I wanted to let his family know that he was a wonderful man that was loved and appreciated.
Elaine Antonio
Student
April 26, 2021
I got to know Dan when we ran the Tomlinson Middle School Peer Mediation Program together for several years. Dan always had interesting ways to interpret situations, and he gave our mediators the confidence they needed in order to help their peers deal with their conflicts. I always learned something new when talking with Dan. He was a brilliant and dedicated educator, a gentle and thoughtful person. I recall that Dan didn't want a party for his retirement, so since he walked to school every day, the staff decided to line up along both sides of the access road to the school on his last day of teaching to surprise him. We all clapped and shouted congratulations to him as he came around the corner, and he was so happy to see us.
My condolences to Dan's family and friends. We will all cherish our wonderful memories of him!
Pat Lowell
Coworker
April 26, 2021
A brilliant teacher and a real influence on me. I'm particularly grateful that he taught the power of critical thinking, asking questions, and how to argue in the classical sense of the word. I was thinking of him recently, for no particular reason, and I wish I'd had the opportunity to thank him.
Linda K Berkeley
Student
April 24, 2021
A brilliant teacher and a real influence on me. I'm particularly grateful that he taught the power of critical thinking, asking questions, and how to argue in the classical sense of the word. I was thinking of him recently, for no particular reason, and I wish I'd had the opportunity to thank him.
Linda K Berkeley
Student
April 24, 2021
Mr. Lincoln was my homeroom teacher- I am sure we drove him crazy hanging out by the backdoor and inviting our friends to come hang out with us. But I can tell you we loved and respected him, because we felt he did the same back. I wish I had been in a class with him other then homeroom. His yearbook signature is infamous....never knew what it meant but it was two fighter planes fighting.
Dawn Ross Olson
Student
April 22, 2021
Thanks Mr. Lincoln for opening my eyes. Godspeed...
Jaimey Perham
Student
April 20, 2021
He was a great man, teacher, confidant. His approach to learning has helped me in life over and over through the years. As a lonely student in the whole earth classes he taught me about
inclusiveness.
patricia voight pell
Student
April 19, 2021
Dan Lincoln was a great teacher and I was lucky know him outside of school as well through his daughter Bartlett . He was loved and respected by anyone who knew him. My condolences to his family
BRUCE PUCKETT
Student
April 18, 2021
As an aside, my children often referred to Dan as Uncle Lincoln. Truly a great man.
Barry M Smith
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Dan was a fellow teacher at Tomlinson. We worked together for several years. To say he was a role model for younger teachers is an understatement. He opened my eyes to interdisciplinary teaching and from there I took off. He was amazing as an educator but more importantly as a person. When I adopted my daughter I will never forget his words...." You bring them here (to this country), give them love and opportunities....that's all you can do. From there they will take what they want and move on". Those words kept me strong during some rough years....I would repeat them to myself over and over. I loved just talking with him. He was like no other person I have met. He made a difference both then, now and in the future to anyone who's life he touched!
A life well lived.....my condolences to his family. But, know you had an amazing person in your life.
Cheryl Kohler
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Dan was a fellow teacher at Tomlinson. We worked together for several years. To say he was a role model for younger teachers is an understatement. He opened my eyes to interdisciplinary teaching and from there I took off. He was amazing as an educator but more importantly as a person. When I adopted my daughter I will never forget his words...." You bring them here (to this country), give them love and opportunities....that's all you can do. From there they will take what they want and move on". Those words kept me strong during some rough years....I would repeat them to myself over and over. I loved just talking with him. He was like no other person I have met. He made a difference both then, now and in the future to anyone who's life he touched!
A life well lived.....my condolences to his family. But know you had an amazing person in your life.
Cheryl Kohler
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Dan was an inspiration to all students and teachers with whom he shared his life. He will be sorely missed. Taking our students on hikes (on the Appalachian Trail, of course) helped the students bond and gain a love of nature. His "red writing" will be remembered by all of our colleagues as well as all of our students. Rest in peace, my friend. I will think of you every time that I walk through the woods, be it the AT or just the woods in my back yard.
Barry M Smith
Coworker
April 18, 2021
You made a huge difference in my life being a teenager in whole earth. I learned so much!! Rip Mr. Lincoln
Nancy Caruso
April 18, 2021
In my 25-years of teaching thus far, one thing I will always feel most grateful for is that I was blessed to have started off my career teaching alongside Dan for several years. He was a mentor, a friend, and one of the most beautiful human spirits I have known. Working with Dan or being one of his students meant that every day you were guaranteed good conversation (on a range of topics one could never predict), moments of laughter, inspiration, curiosity, as well as a steady calmness. I remember very clearly the day he retired, watching him walk down the path that led from our school to his home. I felt so sad, but I also realized the gift I had been given and have always treasured. I will always remember him.
Diana C.
Coworker
April 18, 2021
I met Daniel in the fall of '53 at Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. We became fast friends and we were roommates for two of the four years at Proctor. Daniel was elected "School Leader" in his last year. Our homes were fairly close in CT so we got together often. He was a very strong skier and we took several ski trips together. I shared many times with him at his summer house in Elizabethtown, NY. Anybody that knew Daniel would certainly say he was quite a character loved by many!
Michael M. Boyd
Friend
April 18, 2021
It was my privilege to learn to free draw a map of 25 great river systems of the US from Dan in the last year whole earth learning was offered at FFHS. I would have walked a very different path in life without that class. 20 years later and I still fondly remember the hikes, the outdoor lessons, canoeing, biking, and ultimately learning how to enjoy life again. Thank you for sharing your love of life and nature so broadly. Thank you for not simply teaching a "lesson", but teaching how to think, question, grow, and love the world. Rest in peace and God speed.
Bethany (Rowe) Grosso
Student
April 18, 2021
Dan was a groundbreaking teacher. He was innovative, imaginative, and always was an inspiration to his colleagues and his students. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Milton Jacoby
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Mr. Lincoln left an indelible print on my life. He helped me view the world in a different way, an amazing gift. I was so happy to have him as my teacher several times at Roger Ludlowe High School. Prayers, strength, and love to his family, friends, and all his students.
Jane DeWitt
Student
April 18, 2021
Dan Lincoln was my teacher and my neighbor and I have find memories of him both at school and hanging out at his house with his daughter Bartlett. He will be missed
Hilary
Friend
April 18, 2021
I never had Mr. Lincoln as a teacher. But, when I became a teacher in the 90s, I knew OF Dan Lincoln and the legendary track record that he set in breaking new ground as an educator. The bar that he set for teachers is still the high water mark to to which I strive. His ability to flow with nature, yet to be a force within it, continues to radiate outward to his students, as a ripple in an endless pond. Thank you, his family, for sharing him with us.
Chris Parisi
Coworker
April 18, 2021
Mr. Lincoln planted a seed during my junior year at RLHS’s WEL program that has flourished into a love for hiking and nature today. I am sure his passions were passed along to so many others. I am grateful and better for having had the experiences of his instruction & guidance.
May you Rest In Peace Mr. Lincoln
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Danielle Stavnitski
Student
April 17, 2021
Beautiful legacy, beautiful obituary, beautiful life and so much love. We remember Dan, and the energy he brought to the team of Whole Earth Learning, and to generations of students and beloved colleagues. Thank you, Dan, for your friendship to Phil Meiman and our family. Forever grateful, Anne Meiman Hughes, representing:)
Anne Meiman Hughes
Friend
April 17, 2021
Wow so sad a great teacher, great friend, great mentor
Brendan quinn
Friend
April 17, 2021
Dan was my teacher in RLHS in 1967 or 1968. He was a great guy, funny, smart, easy to talk to... a superior teacher. There was no one who didn't like him. All my sympathy and deepest condolences to his family.
Al Sirois
Student
April 17, 2021
1971 PAD class. He and Mr. Strauss really taught critical thinking and prepped us well for college.
Mary Noonan Meunier
Student
April 17, 2021
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