Martin B. “Hap” Person, Jr. of Plymouth and Tucson died on August 30, 2015 in Plymouth, MA. Hap was born on October 12, 1929 in Leominster, MA and grew up in Hartland, VT. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1951, he spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard and worked as a marine biologist at the Clapp Laboratory in Duxbury before working in the investment business for fifty years.
Hap and his business partner owned Gage Wiley & Co. and for many years he could be seen daily walking to and from his office in Plymouth. He wrote a weekly column for the Old Colony Memorial called Market Report.
Hap is survived by his wife, Joan; three children from his previous marriage, Mary, Cynthia and David; and two granddaughters.
A highlight of Hap’s college years was sailing to the Arctic with Admiral Donald MacMillan on the research schooner Bowdoin collecting specimens for an Arctic bird study collection at the Dartmouth museum. He also spent a summer collecting fossils in Wyoming.
Hap’s Vermont years spent hunting and fishing, combined with his Dartmouth Outing Club experiences and Woodman’s Weekends, brought satisfactions that lasted a lifetime. His love of the outdoors motivated him to become involved with organizations that protect the natural environment.
Over the years Hap has been active and supportive with local historical, environmental and cultural organizations.
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.