Prides Crossing — Caleb Loring Jr. died peacefully at home in Prides Crossing, Mass. on November 24, 2013. He had been tenderly cared for by his staff and family. He was the beloved husband of Rosemary Merrill Loring who predeceased him after 60 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by two of his brothers, David and Joseph. He is survived by his four children, Caleb Loring 3rd, David Loring, Rosemary Loring, Keith Loring, and their respective spouses, Bronwyn Loring, Janet Loring, Dr. David Byrne, and Karen Koenig; by four grandchildren, Dr. Caleb Loring 4th, Caitlyn Loring Thomas, William Campbell, and Suzanne Campbell; by six great-grandchildren, Alayna, Emma, Adam, Blair, Merrill, and Jane; and by his sister, Susan Loring; and brother, George Loring.
Caleb was born to Suzanne Bailey Loring and Caleb Loring at home, 20 Hereford St., Boston, Mass. on February 5, 1921. He grew up in Chestnut Hill, and graduated from Dexter School, Milton Academy, Harvard College ('43), and Harvard Law School ('48). Upon graduation from Harvard, he began his working career leaving the docks of Boston to serve aboard the battleship USS Texas. He served in WWII as a commissioned line officer and saw battle in Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Years later, as his civilian career was coming to an end, he returned to those docks in Boston as President of the Board of the USS Constitution Museum and, for a time, Director. He said his working career had come full circle.
Caleb began his business/corporate career at Gaston, Snow, Ely & Bartlett as a litigator and corporate attorney. One of his corporate clients was Fidelity Management Trust Company which soon hired him to be their first internal corporate counsel. He remained at Fidelity for the balance of his professional life, but also maintained an office as a trustee with Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge.
His volunteer and philanthropic endeavors were numerous: supporting and endowing a textile gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts with his wife, Rosemary; working with the Salvation Army, for which he received the “Others" award; generously supporting the Boston Athenaeum, where he endowed two research fellowships as well as acting as the honorary curator of Civil War collections. Caleb’s service on Boston boards included the Executive Service Corps, Operation Able, and Freedom House.
A few of his local community efforts included the North Shore United Way, Hospice of the North Shore, North Shore YMCA, Beverly Historical Society, Wenham Museum, Project Adventure and St. John’s Episcopal Church. He served on a number of local boards including Beverly Hospital and Shore Country Day School.
Physical exercise, Caleb professed, was the key to his good health. He lettered in football, ice hockey, and baseball at Harvard. He felt that doing team sports taught him many lessons, including how to take hits from many directions. Tennis and sailing were lifelong interests and he was able to do both until his most senior years.
Those who knew Caleb most often mention his wonderful character and disposition: kind, generous, appreciative, honest, and humble. He was a gentleman who loved his fellow man and whose stated wish in the last months of his life was that people learn to live in peace and get along with one another, despite their differences.
With advancing age, Caleb enjoyed the companionship of friends, family, and his care givers. He observed nature, listened to favorite music, accessed subjects on the computer and shared humorous exchanges. Caleb brought love and laughter to his every day. How he will be missed!
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham (Route 128 exit 17), on December 22 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Salvation Army (P.O. Box 408, Salem, MA 01970), St. John’s Episcopal Church (P.O. Box 5610, Beverly Farms, MA 01915), or the USS Constitution Museum (P.O. Box 291812, Boston, MA 02129). Arrangements by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.