Mark P. Alford ’67
Mark Powers Alford died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 26, 2018 following a battle with cancer.
Mark was born on July 10, 1945 in Southampton, NY, the son of Frank and Mary Alford. He graduated from Southampton High School, class of 1963 and went on to study marine engineering at Maine Maritime Academy, class of 1967.
Mark retired after a 33 year career as a Chief Engineer for the United States Merchant Marine. He traveled the world keeping the engines running on steam vessels and later on diesel container ships. When not at sea, his favorite place to be was his home on the North Branch Road in East Middlebury, Vermont. Mark enjoyed alpine skiing, sailing, and was a licensed ham radio operator. He was known for his quick wit, his ability to fix anything, and his quiet strength. He was devoted to his family and a true friend to many.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Emmy; his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Paige Alford and their children, Lily and Luke; his daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Carl Vickerson and their daughter, Mya; his sister, Carroll Chandigian; brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Betty Alford; many nieces, nephews, and friends.