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Littlefield, Henry Miller 1933-2000

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Monterey County Herald, CA April 4, 2000
Henry Littlefield, educator, dies at 66
Former York School headmaster had lived on Peninsula 24 years

By Kevin Howe / Herald Staff writer
Dr. Henry Littlefield, longtime headmaster of York School and a teacher, coach and actor, died Thursday at his home in Pacific Grove of colon cancer. He was 66. News of his death was announced at York School Friday by the tolling of the chapel bell and a special service for the students, the Rev. Roger Bowen, head of the school, said, adding that Dr. Littlefield “said his goodbyes in a very orderly and graceful way,” distributing his books among the teachers at York. The school plans to name its new entrance drive “Henry M. Littlefield Drive” in his honor. Born June 12, 1933, in New York City, Dr. Littlefield had lived on the Monterey Peninsula for 24 years. He graduated from Trinity School and earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. As a member of the Columbia College Masquers, he played a lead role in the university’s Bicentennial Varsity Show, to which Columbia alumni, including composer Richard Rogers, librettist Oscar Hammerstein and novelist Herman Wouk contributed. He served as an officer in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1968 and began his 40-year teaching career at Mt. Vernon High School in New York, where he taught history and coached football and wrestling. In 1967, his wrestling team, competing among 750 highs schools, won the New York State Championship. Dr. Littlefield himself won club, Metropolitan, Eastern and National titles as a wrestler for the New York Athletic Club, and while serving in the Marine Corps in Japan he earned a black belt in judo and played on the 3rd Marines’ championship football team. He served as dean of students and football and wrestling coach at Amherst College in Massachusetts from 1968 until 1976, when he came to York School, where he served as headmaster and taught American history for 14 years. Bowen described Dr. Littlefield and his wife, Madeline, as “gracious welcomers to us for the past six years” who continued to help in the school’s development office. Dr. Littlefield also taught at Golden Gate University and the Naval Post-graduate School in Monterey, and for the past six years at Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. He had a lifelong interest in the Theater, attended the American Theater Wing in New York and worked with theater groups on both coasts. In Monterey Peninsula productions he played Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s “View from the Bridge”; the title role in the Monterey Peninsula College Shakespeare Festival production of “Macbeth”; Daddy Warbucks in “Annie”; and Father Tim Farley in David’s “Mass Appeal.” With the Forest Theater he appeared as Lenny in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”; Job in Archibald MacLeish’s “J.B.”; and the old Shakespearean actor in “The Fantasticks.” Dr. Littlefield served on the boards of All Saints Episcopal Say School, the Monterey Peninsula YMCA, the Monterey County Library and California Association of Independent Schools. He was a past president of the Monterey Peninsula Rotary Club and Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Old Capital Club in Monterey, All Saints Episcopal Church of Carmel and Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach, where he taught a Sunday morning Bible class. Dr. Littlefield has published articles on American history and culture, science fiction, poetry and education, and was an active lecturer and speaker on the Monterey Peninsula, best known for his lecture on “The Wizard of Oz: A Parable on Populism,” which has been reprinted in a number of anthologies. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Madeline; two daughters, Mary Littlefield of Boston and Kate Brill of San Jose; a sister, Helen Michelson of Glen Rock, N.J., and a grandson. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Keck Auditorium of Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. Mission Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests that any memorial contributions be sent either to the York School Scholarship fund or the Stevenson Library Fund.

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