Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Neal Kellogg Orr
b: 4/6/1942     d: 2/16/2011

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Neal Orr picture NEAL ORR, Picture from Junior year, no picture or entries in the 1960 Starstone.
Anne Sparks Orr (Wakefield Class of 1960) wrote:
Thank you and the committee for your condolences.  Below are some of my thoughts about Neal for the memorial book.   Neal Orr was a very interesting guy who lived a rich full life, in spite of never making his hoped-for million dollars.  Who else do any of us know who, among other things, once filed a gold claim in Alaska, roughnecked in the oilfields of North Dakota, drove a taxi in New York City, produced summer stock on Cape Cod, pioneered in cable television programming, and operated a tugboat and barge business in New York Harbor?   Neal and I became friends in 1957 when we shared the same homeroom and geometry class.  He was noticeable because of his redheaded temper, keen wit, and propensity for fun.  Somewhere in the haze of adolescent mayhem that is high school, I recognized that he was also incredibly intelligent, kind, and generous.  Years later, when he became my love, I found that these qualities had endured.  To some extent we can define people by what and whom they value.  Neal loved food, drink, smoke, an interesting book, a good joke, his buddies, me, and the family he acquired when we married - particularly the people we referred to as "the kids," who range in age from single digits to the 40s.  All the outstanding young doctors at Johns Hopkins who diagnosed Neal's fatal heart disease gave the same graceful response whenever we thanked them for their expertise and tender care.  When Neal came home under the supervision of hospice, we talked of our good times together, and he thanked me for being his wife.  Courtesy of Johns Hopkins, I knew to reply with the words, "it was a privilege."

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)