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Ragan Lewis Cary ’60

August 30, 2020, in Union, Connecticut. 

Mentor to generations of children and a gracious host, Ragan was born in New York City. She and John Whittier Cary ’60 met as Reed students. It was not long before Ragan confided to friend Anne Wood Squier ’60 that here was the man she would spend the rest of her life with.  Oh, was she ever right!

Ragan and John married in 1958. Together they raised a family in Vermont and New Hampshire, spending time many summers in midcoast Maine. Ragan adored children and made them—both family and students—a very special part of her life. After moving to Rockland, Maine, in 1990, Ragan taught gifted and talented students in Shapleigh, Alfred, and Waterboro; volunteered at the Rockland Public Library; and helped organize the Mid-Coast Maine Artist’s Tour for several summers.

John and Ragan owned and hosted the Old Granite Inn in Rockland for seven years, after which they split their time among Texas, Maine, and Connecticut. Ragan made beautiful gardens and delicious food, and could always be located by following her easy, contagious laugh. This last blueberry summer in Union will be remembered as a treasured time of laughter, joy, and love.

Predeceased by her son, John, and her brother, Lawrence Lewis, Ragan leaves behind her husband, John; four beloved daughters, Ragan Bartlett, Catharine Cary, Sarah Cary, and Susannah Perkins; and her sister Lucy Lewis Johnson, as well as nephew William Johnson ’02.­ —submitted by Anne Squier ’60.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2021

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