John M. Day '67
John Day is a 1967 graduate of Fryeburg Academy; and the founding and current Director of The Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art at Fryeburg Academy. He was a town student from Parsonsfield, Maine, when he arrived at Fryeburg Academy in the mid-60s.
John’s parents were Merle F. & Edythe Ridlon Day. His grandmother, Adelia Turner ‘07, also attended Fryeburg Academy for a time and lived across the street from the school (currently the Arizona Zipper ’60 house). John says, “I think what struck me about Fryeburg Academy when I arrived was the incredible sense of history and family continuity. Four of my grandfathers were incorporators of the school, among them Henry Young Brown (for which Brownfield was named) and Thomas Osgood. Daniel Webster actually boarded in one of my grandfather’s houses.” After graduating from the Academy, John went on to attend American University in Washington, DC, in September of 1967 and majored in history, then later transferred to USM. John went to graduate school at UMaine Orono and received his master’s in Canadian Studies. John became a teacher and taught for four years at Oak Hill High School in Wales, Maine; and then for 28 years at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine, where he was the Chair of History. John retired in June of 2008.