Thomas Fleming Dorsey, 98, of Falmouth died March 3 in his home on Nursery Road.
He was the husband of Audrey Jane (Hofmann) Dorsey, who died in November. They had lived on Nursery Road for more than 50 years before he and his wife moved into Atria Woodbriar Place in 2016.
Born in Putnam, Connecticut, he was raised on several farms managed by his father, including Hill-Stead in Farmington, Connecticut, and Mount Loretto on Staten Island, New York.
He graduated from Tottenville High School on Staten Island in 1941. During high school, he was a Sea Scout working aboard the charter schooner S/V Tanager. He acquired a life-long love for the sea while attaining the rank of quartermaster, the equivalent of an Eagle Scout.
In 1942, he attended the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. He later graduated from the US Maritime Service Officer Training School at Alameda, California, with a third mate license and sailed on tankers as a deck officer for Socony Vacuum Oil Company, now known as Exxon/Mobil.
Mr. Dorsey married Audrey Hofmann on June 19, 1954, and they settled in Falmouth in 1962 to raise their four sons.
Prior to their move, Mr. Dorsey obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston College in 1957 and in 1958 began as a social sciences instructor and watch officer at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was the faculty advisor for the school yearbook staff, the muster for many years, and created the placement department at the academy. He served as the director of career placement from 1975 to 1981.
With his love for seafaring and language, Mr. Dorsey casually slipped nautical terminology into his everyday conversation. He read voraciously and kept an eye on politics from the local to the national level. He and his wife together were early and active members of The 300 Committee Land Trust.
In addition to his sons, Thomas F. Dorsey Jr., Michael H. Dorsey, Greg H. Dorsey and Mark S. Dorsey, he leaves his grandchildren, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey, Jeshua Dorsey, Aran Dorsey and Summer Dorsey; and a great-grandson, Whit Smith Pierce-Dorsey.
Graveside services will be Saturday, March 13, at 1 PM at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 407 Gifford Street in Falmouth.