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

The practice dates back to the days of the sailing ships, when 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.

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

  • Eli J. Olson ’19

    Deceased date: April 29, 2023
    Eli James Olson, 25, died on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 in a tragic hiking accident on El Capitan mountain in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. Eli was born August 1, 1997 in Dover-Foxcroft, the third of five children born to Scott and Doreen Olso…read more
  • Harold Hugo ’50

    Deceased date: April 1, 2023
    Harold Hugo, of South Portland Maine, went to be with the Lord on April 1, 2023 at the age of 94. He was born in Portland, Maine on September 5, 1928, son of Esther and Morris Hugo. He was the youngest and last surviving of 6 children. He was a 1945 gradu…read more
  • Julian E. Alley ’71

    Deceased date: March 14, 2023
    Julian E. Alley "Dusty," 74, passed away on March 14, 2023, at his home in Addison. Dusty is survived by his companion, Mary Beach of Addison; siblings, Carla Lougee (Roger) of Vallejo, CA, Cynthia (Dale) Kenney of Winterport, Dean (Teresa) Alley of Jone…read more
  • Capt. John Maclean ’58

    Deceased date: March 12, 2023
    Captain John Maclean, 88, of William Street, passed away March 12, 2023 at Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown, where he had been a resident since November of 2020. He was born December 30, 1934 in Buffalo, NY, son of Archibald and Effie Gillies Macl…read more
  • Wilbur S. Langdon III ’69

    Deceased date: March 12, 2023

    Following a long illness, Wil Langdon passed away on March 12,2023. He was born on July 7, 1945 in New London, CT. After completing his high school educ…read more

  • Frederick V. Glidden ’70

    Deceased date: March 8, 2023
    Frederick Victor Glidden passed away peacefully on March 8, 2023, at his home in South China, Maine surrounded by his family. Fred was born in Gardiner, January 15, 1948, to George Burton Glidden and Pauline Winifred (Stimpson) Glidden.  After graduat…read more
  • Stephen W. Perham ’79

    Deceased date: March 5, 2023
    passed on March 5, 2023. Perham graduated from York High School in 1973. He went on to attend MMA graduating in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in engineering. He worked most of his life as a nuclear engineer for the United States government. He retired in …read more
  • Thomas J. Frederick ’66

    Deceased date: February 26, 2023
    Thomas J. Frederick, 78, passed away February 26, 2023, at Northern Light Mayo Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born August 22, 1944, in Waterville, the son of Anthony J. and Evelyn (Gamble) Frederick. T…read more
  • J. Michael L. Findlan ’72

    Deceased date: February 24, 2023
    Joseph Michael Leo Findlan, a resident of New Richmond, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023, at the age of 72. A 1972 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, he was the husband of 35 years to Donise “Doni” Findlan (nee Conley), whom he married in 198…read more
  • Daniel E. Davis ’94

    Deceased date: February 20, 2023

    Dan Davis - yeast wrangler, rum distiller extraordinaire, harbormaster, gourmet cook, house and boat builder, musician, Liberal C…read more