Mary Jean Regan died Dec. 24, 2021, at the age of 97 at Birch Bay Village, Bar Harbor. She was born in New London, Conn., on Oct. 22, 1924, the daughter of Joseph Phillip Regan and Nellie Foran Regan.
Mary attended Harbor School and graduated from Williams Memorial Institute (WMI) in 1942. She received a B.A. from Our Lady of Good Counsel College in White Plains, N.Y., an M.A. in Modern Irish and British Literature from University College, Dublin, Ireland, and a Ph.D. in Modern British Literature from New York University.
Mary taught at the Williams School in New London and several high schools and colleges in New York City. Before retiring as a teacher, she was a professor in the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Living by the water in New London and Maine, Mary developed a love of the sea and while residing in New York, the sights and sounds of the city left haunting images, which she expressed in poetry. A collection of her poems from the Periplum Notebooks was published in 2008.
Mary was an avid sailor on the waters off the coast of Mount Desert Island in her sloop “Periplum.”
She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Joseph Foran Regan. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Christine Gomes Regan, and several nieces and nephews.
Burial arrangements are private.