David Russell Matlack

Orono and Southwest Harbor


David Russell Matlack, 99, died at his residence at Dirigo Pines, Orono, on April 19, 2022. David was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 25, 1922, the son of David Johnson Matlack and Elizabeth Emily Fawley Matlack.

He served in World War II as a gunnery officer on a destroyer in the Pacific Theatre. He was awarded the Bronze Star with a combat V, and his ship was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. He earned an S.B. from Harvard University (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.Div. from the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass., and some years later an M.B.A. in health care administration from City College of New York.

In 1950, he married Margery Ruth Anderson of Worcester, Mass. They had three sons, Timothy, Christopher and Paul. Their family grew to include eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who have been a source of pride and love and joy for David, as well as for Margery until her death in September 2020. As an Episcopal priest he served as rector of churches in Penn Yan, N.Y., Arlington, Va., and Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y.

He made a career switch to health care and served in administrative posts in acute and long-term care medical institutions. As executive director of the Washington Home in Washington, D.C., he helped to establish the first inpatient hospice in the Washington area. In 1979, David and Margery moved to Mount Desert Island, where they and their boys had spent many happy vacations. David worked at Mount Desert Island Hospital until retiring. Among the friendships developed on MDI was the special one with their great friends and travel companions, Leza and Jim Colquhoun.

Margery and David highlighted many of their retirement years with a trip or walking tour to a country of Europe. They also enjoyed hiking, skiing and canoeing. David’s main volunteer activity was with the Southwest Harbor Public Library. For some years he was treasurer, and for many years the daily bookkeeper and accountant.

David was predeceased by his wife, Margery; his sister, Ann Matlack Bucher; and his brother, William F. Matlack. He leaves his sons, Timothy (Cynthia) of Arlington, Va.; Christopher (Margaret) of Exeter, N.H.; and Paul (Nancy) of Villanova, Pa.; as well as eight grandchildren (Alexander, Claire, Ryan, Laura, William, Charlotte, Anna and Nicholas), and six great-grandchildren. The family is most grateful for the loving care provided by Janice Hatch and Tricia Clukey of Northern Light Home Care & Hospice.

Services will be private for the family. Memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to the Southwest Harbor Public Library (swhplibrary.org) or Northern Light Health Foundation (Home Care & Hospice). Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.

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