Monday, September 19, 2005

Philip Laurent Poirier

To the Great Class of 1969:

It is with regret that I write you that Phil Poirier (alias "Demon") died September 14th in Santiago, Chile of a staph infection following leg surgery. Phil attended Trinity College following graduation where he played on the Varsity Football and Lacrosse teams. Prior to completing college, Phil joined the Navy and served for three years. Following his discharge, he finished college at the Socorro Technical School of Mining in New Mexico. After graduation he participated for more than ten years on a rugby team that travelled throughout the Southwest. In 1989, Phil moved to Santiago where he worked in the copper mining industry. Survivors include his wife of fourteen years and a son.

Phil entered Deerfield as a Junior where he was an excellent athlete who played on the Varsity Football and Lacrosse teams both years. There is an intense action shot of Phil against Mount Hermon on page 102 of the senior yearbook, for those of you who keep a copy handy.

There currently are still a number of classmates for whom we have no address, as was the case with Phil. (See my Volunteers' Weekend Letter for a list as of a year ago.) Anything you can do to help locate these missing members of the Class would be appreciated. At last count, the list of those classmates no longer among us also includes David Brown, George Burr, Tom Coughlin, Alan Jolis, Tim Marcum, Jeff O'Neil, David Reynolds and Pad Wales.

Be well and stay in touch at Albany Road.