Eight Bells

The practice of using bells stems from the days of the sailing ships. Sailors couldn't afford to have their own time pieces and relied on the ship's bells to tell time. The ship's boy kept time by using a half-hour glass. Each time the sand ran out, he would turn the glass over and ring the appropriate number of bells. Each ship “watch” is four hours, or eight bells, in length.

The tradition of Eight Bells pays respect to deceased mariners and signifies that a sailor's “watch” is over.

Submissions for Eight Bells

If you learn of the passing of a MMA classmate, associate, friend or family member, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations so that we may include the information in our Eight Bells listings. Send obituaries or their digital links to alumni@mma.edu.

  • David H. Williams ’61

    Deceased date: March 24, 2014
    David Henry Williams, 74, of Inverness, Florida passed away March 24, 2014 under the care of Hospice of Citrus County. He was born on March 8, 1940 in Norfolk, VA to the late Roger Hargreaves and Lois Evelyn (Hawes) Williams.…read more
  • George G. Martin, Jr. ’50

    Deceased date: March 14, 2014
    George G. Martin Jr. died on March 14, 2014. He was 85. George was born in Auburn, Me., and attended Auburn schools. He graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1950, at which time he was called into the Navy as an ensign, then lieutenant junior gr…read more
  • Terry R. Parker ’64

    Deceased date: February 25, 2014
    Captain Terry R. Parker, 71, Lady Lake, FL died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, He was the son of the late Lunnie H. & Florence Richardson Parker. He grew up and lived in the family ho…read more
  • David J. Billings ’60

    Deceased date: February 21, 2014

    KENNEBUNKPORT -- LtCdr. David J. Billings, USN, Ret., 75, lovingly referred to as the Grand Poobah by his family and a resident of the Mills Road in Cape Porpoise, died on Feb. 21, 2014, at the Maine Medical Center in Portland a…read more

  • Harry M. Reid Jr. ’62

    Deceased date: February 21, 2014

    LEWISTON: Harry M. Reid, Jr. passed away peacefully with his family by his side Friday afternoon, February 21, 2014. He was born in Lewiston at Central Maine Medical Center on July 4, 1938 a son of the late Dr. Harry M. Reid, Sr…read more

  • Francis W. Gerow ’53

    Deceased date: February 21, 2014
    Francis W. Gerow, 81, of Springfield, Va., passed on to his final command station on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, after going into cardiac arrest. He was born Aug. 22, 1932, in Pittsfield, Maine, to William (from Canada) and Louise…read more
  • E. Allen Beem Jr. ’44

    Deceased date: February 6, 2014

    YARMOUTH -- E. Allen Beem Jr., formerly of Westbrook, died on Feb. 6, 2014, at Brentwood Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Yarmouth.

    Allen was born on Feb. 10, 1924, in Warren, Ohio, the f…read more

  • Douglas M. Green ’56

    Deceased date: January 30, 2014
    Douglas M. Green, 79, slipped the surly bonds of this world, with his beloved wife Deborah at his side, after an extended illness, Thursday, January 30, 2014. Born in Camden, April 4, 1934, he was the son of Kenneth M. and Dorothy L. Dolley Green. Educ…read more
  • Kenneth M. Thoens ’62

    Deceased date: January 19, 2014
    Kenneth M. Thoens, 72, of Howell Township died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at MediCenter of Neptune City. Mr. Thoens was born in Jersey City. He served in the U. S. Merchant Marine Service and the U.S. Naval Reserves. Mr. Thoens wa…read more
  • Kenneth M. Thoens ’62

    Deceased date: January 19, 2014
    Kenneth M. Thoens, 72, of Howell Township died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at MediCenter of Neptune City. Mr. Thoens was born in Jersey City. He served in…read more