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David J. Yarington 1936-2019

DAVID JON YARINGTON, of Farmington, CT, passed away on August 3, 2019 at the age of 82. He was born in 1936 in Auburn, New York, and was a 1954 graduate of The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, his Master’s degree from Cornell University, and his Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Charles Yarington and Florence (Hutchinson) Yarington, his brother, Dr. Thomas Yarington, and his loving wife, Maybelle Yarington.


David was passionate about teaching and education and was a college professor, then a fundraiser at many colleges and universities including University of Massachusetts, Aquinas College (Michigan), Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Maine, and Yale University (CT). He was a mentor to many as a professor, and students with whom he kept in touch, even recently, often talked of how he helped shape their careers. He was a reader, writer, author, and an avid book collector, and enjoyed cataloging and labeling

each book with extensive information. His most prized collections, which all had some personal connection to him, included New England Primers (teaching), Noah Webster (reading and writing), Reynolds Price (Duke), and Tobias Wolff (The Hill School).

If you knew David at all, you knew he was a proud alum and Duke basketball fan and during the season, his life revolved around game times. He enjoyed watching and, in his younger days, playing basketball, golf and football and, in fact, was a member of the famous undefeated ‘53-‘54 Hill School football team that was recently inducted into The Hill School Hall of Fame for a narrow win against the also undefeated arch rival team. Regretfully, “Yar” was unable to make the trip to PA for the induction ceremony.


David and Maybelle spent extended summers in their home on Sebec Lake in Sebec, Maine

every summer for the last twenty plus years boating, birdwatching, enjoying the quiet of the lake, and sharing their home, bunkhouse and “council fires” with family and friends. David moved to Middlewoods Assisted Living in Farmington, CT late in 2018, and became involved in many activities such as bingo, Wii bowling, Penny Poker and most recently, the Drama Club where he played the Doctor in “Oh, Doctor”. He made many friends there over the past year and he was happy and well-liked by both staff and other residents. He was elected President of the Resident Council just weeks prior to his death.


He is survived by his children; John Yarington and his wife Deborah of Bozeman, Montana and Susan McGuigan Stange and her husband Jason of Farmington, CT. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lexie McGuigan, Molly McGuigan, Emily Stange and Adam Stange, as well as his ex-wife Marti Yarington of Grand Rapids, Michigan and several longtime friends. He is also survived by his loyal lap companion, Hazel, who's loving purrs and meows kept him company at Middlewoods.


A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Condolences can be sent in care of Susan McGuigan Stange, 23 Cheryl Drive, Farmington, CT 06032.



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