Doris Palm Corliss

d. December 12, 2005

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Doris Palm Corliss, 78, of Bear Hill Farm, died Monday, Dec 12, 2005, at Ross Manor, in Bangor, after a battle with cancer. She was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., daughter of Frederick and Susan Palm. As a young girl, she was not allowed to bike ride in her busy suburban neighborhood, so instead she became an accomplished "pairs" roller-skater competing all over the tri-state area. She graduated with honors from Montrose School for girls in New Jersey and was awarded an academic scholarship to attend Middlebury College in Vermont where she majored in political science. In the summer of 1947, she met her first husband, Robert S. Byam of Chelmsford, Mass., a first lieutenant in the Naval Air Corps and they were married on his birthday Sept. 6. The newlyweds settled in Chelmsford, Mass., where they had the first two of five children. Their love of old homes and Mr. Byam's talent for restoration led them to New Hampshire. There they restored several homes including, the Old Whittemore Tavern in New Ipswich circa 1748, which became the home where they welcomed three more children. In 1968, after more than 20 years of marriage the couple divorced. Doris then returned to night school and a year later received her teaching degree from the University of New Hampshire. For several years she taught high school English and in 1971, married widower, David H. Corliss also of New Ipswich, the proud father of four daughters. In 1973, the couple decided to relocate to Maine. In Dover-Foxcroft, they found not only a large farm to raise livestock but an excellent school system that stressed academics, athletics and musical arts. At that time, Mrs. Corliss was offered a newly created position as career development coordinator through the Dexter regional vocational center. During the five years that she held this position she traveled throughout the region educating teachers and students about alternative career options and educational pathways that could help them achieve success. When the state cut funding for this program, Mrs. Corliss returned to teaching English in the Dover-Foxcroft middle school. An avid scholar and passionate educator, she felt it her duty to keep her curricula fresh and stimulating for her students. So she spent every summer from 1974 - 1987, taking graduate courses at the University of Maine at Orono. In her spare time, often after a busy school day, she worked as a literacy volunteer. When she retired after nearly 20 years as a teacher, she continued to work as an adult and community educator focusing on the prison system, as she felt strongly that literacy could decrease the number of repeat offenders. In her health she was a magnetic and exuberant woman whose zest for life was contagious, outmatched only by her enthusiasm for teaching children. In May of this year, Doris lost her beloved husband, David, after 35 years of marriage. She is survived by her remaining children, Hilary Lukow of Berthoud, Colo., Robert S. Byam of Breckenridge Colo., Jessica Byam Klein of Clarksboro, N.J. and Roger E. Byam of Hyannis Mass. She also leaves behind her four stepdaughters, Diane Speed of Dover-Foxcroft, Corrine Saari of Jaffrey, N.H., Betty Jean Goen of Mason, N.H. and Jill Walton of Atkinson, as well as 18 beloved grandchildren who she prized and adored

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