C. (Charles) Cabot's Story
C. (Charles) Cabot Easton, a 50-year resident of Andover, Mass., passed away peacfully on July 12, 2017, following a lengthy illness. During recent weeks, Cabot was continually surrounded by his loving family and the caring staff of Putnam Farm and Care Dimensions Hospice in Danvers.
Cabot, or "Cab" as he was known by friends, was born to Edith Cabot and Charles Easton in Cambridge, Mass., in 1926. He spent his childhood in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1944. Cabot graduated from Bowdoin College in 1948, where he ran track all three seasons and was Captain of the cross-country team. Cabot remained a loyal alumnus of Bowdoin throughout his life. He was the permanent secretary for his class and chaired milestone reunions through their 60th reunion year.
Upon graduation from Bowdoin, Cabot worked at the New England Telephone Company, before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1950 during the Korean War. As a commissioned officer, Cabot was stationed in the Army Security Agency radar base in Japan. An enthusiastic amateur photographer, he returned to the U.S. with over 1,000 slides of Japan. He remained in the Army Reserve, retiring as Captain in 1964.
Most of Cabot's professional life was in educational fundraising, a relatively new field in the 1950s. In 1956, Cabot joined the Office of Development at his alma mater, Bowdoin College. Following six years leading the development program at Nasson College, Cabot joined the capital campaign staff at Harvard's School of Design. In 1969, Cabot was recruited by the Development Office at Harvard Law School and spent the next 27 years and two major capital campaigns supporting the growth of the nation's preeminent law school.
Cabot had a lifelong interest in classical pipe organ music. For many years he was the Vice President of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, running a campaign that funded significant renovations to the recital hall.
An active member of West Parish Church in Andover for 49 years, Cabot supported the outreach activities of the Men's group, chaired the Life Planning Committee, and served on the West Parish Stewardship Ministry as well as the United Church of Christ National Stewardship Council.
Cabot spent his childhood vacations on Cape Ann, but as an adult came to love the Belgrade Lakes area of Maine. Each year he looked forward to summertime gatherings at Messalonskee Lake with family, friends and various dogs who instantly adopted him as their buddy.
Cabot is survived by his beloved wife, Ruby Easton, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage; his devoted children, Martha Easton (Patrick Sullivan) of Princeton, NJ; Mark Easton (Rosa Kwon) of Palos Verdes, CA; and Margaret Watson (Richard Watson) of Sudbury, Mass., as well as grandchildren Aidan and Emily Sullivan; Matthew and Claire Easton; and Caroline and Sarah Watson, whose presence and current interests always delighted their grandfather.
A Celebration of Life service honoring Cabot will be held Sunday, August 13, at 2 p.m. at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover.
Contributions in Cabot's memory would be gratefully received by any of the following: Bowdoin College Alumni Scholarship Fund, 255 Main St., Brunswick, ME; Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452; or the Music Fund at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, MA 01810.
Published on  July 20, 2017