san Miguel Allende, Mexico — Richard Pingree Merrill, born in Haverhill, Mass., died in Mexico. His parents were Coleman P. Merrill and Louise Pingree Merrill. He leaves his children, Dr. Daniel Merrill, architect Patricia Merrill, and Dr. Veterinarian Robert Merrill; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren in the United States and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, his late wife’s hometown.
Richard lived in New England, San Antonio, Texas, and Mexico. He played the organ at church functions. He graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, as a language teacher, and worked at Proctor Academy, Bradford, Masconomet and Waltham high schools. He served in WWII as a Monument Man. See www.monumentsmenfoundation.org/the-heroes/the-monuments-men.
Nicknamed "Don Ricardo," with his wife, María, they organized international programs to Europe and Mexico. In 1968, they opened IMLE in Mexico, featuring teacher training, language, cooking, and summer school for Phillips Academy and private students. He later taught English to senior South Vietnamese military, returning to Haverhill High School, where he retired.
He lectured at adult centers. He was a member of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, and his poems will be at Haverhill Public Library.
Contact Patricia Merrill, 220 North Zapata Highway #11, 607 B, Laredo, TX 78043.