John Blodgett Stebbins, died peacefully at home, on Thursday, July 25, 2013, after a 15-month fight against lung cancer. Originally from Niagara Falls, New York, he was a graduate of St. Paul’s School (’46) and Harvard College (’50), and became a beloved educator in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. He married the late Mary Emelie Tobias of Charleston, South Carolina while in the Navy there. He is survived by his second wife, Janet Jones Stebbins of Scarborough, Maine; his children, John Blodgett Stebbins, Jr. of Brockton, Massachusetts, George Tobias Stebbins of Craftsbury, Vermont, and Elizabeth Stebbins Torkelsen of Wilton, Connecticut; four grandchildren: Alex, Ben, Emily, and Kristina; and two great-grandchildren: Bella and Chase.
John was passionate about his career as a teacher. Although he briefly tried school administration, he always preferred the classroom. Over the years, he taught subjects as diverse as astronomy, Latin, English and history. Despite his classical education and his ubiquitous bow ties, John never took himself too seriously.