Michael Bowie King, 82, died peacefully Sunday November 20, 2016, surrounded by his three sons, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born in Binghamton, NY, on June 7, 1934 to William Clarence King and Eleanor Bowie King, he was raised in Marshfield Hills, MA. Michael was a loving father, husband, teacher, mentor and friend. A graduate of Vermont Academy ’53, and Dartmouth College ’57, he also received a Master’s of Fine Arts at Boston University after studying at the American Academy of Art in Rome, Italy. He was a visual artist that was deeply involved in promoting the arts, and founded and directed the Art Department at Brooks School in North Andover for 40 years. He was an avid collector of movie memorabilia and spent his life sharing his passion for film with the world around him, starting at the age of 12 when he purchased a 16 mm projector and turned his basement into a moviehouse for local youth. After retiring from Brooks, he moved to Dublin, NH, and became active in the campaign to restore the historic Park Theater in Jaffrey, NH. He was kind, generous, sensitive, loving and profoundly influential in the lives of generations of people, young and old. Michael is survived by his sons: Matthew Draper King and wife Sara Russell of Amherst, MA, Charles Carter Bowie King and wife Regina King of Ipswich, MA, and Stephen Whitin King and wife Ashley King also of Ipswich, 9 grandchildren, his sister Sheila Giles King of Dublin, NH, his brother Ward King of Middleboro, MA and his former wife Rebecca Draper King of Greenfield, MA. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday December 10th at 11:00 am at the Second Congregational Church of Boxford 173B Washington Street, West Boxford, MA, a reception will follow. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Michael’s name to: the Park Theater 19 Main St., Jaffrey, NH 03452.
Mike was a long time faculty member of the Brooks School. You can read their tribute to him here.