World Of Dahlov Ipcar
"I find it hard to explain my art, but then it doesn't really need explanation.
It may seem mysterious or challenging, but all you need to do is to open your
heart to the joy and excitement of a new visual experience, to accept a new
vision of a world full of the unusual, a world of the creative imagination."
Dahlov Ipcar - Seven Decades of Creativity...
On Adolph Ipcar's Passing...
with sadness that we note the passing of Adolph Ipcar at the age of
98 in October of 2003. He was unquestionably Dahlov's biggest fan and
supporter - he cleared the way so that she might be free to create.
Thanks to Adolph, the bright colors of autumn have taken on new meaning
for all of us who loved him.... Charlie & Bob Ipcar
GEORGETOWN - Adolph Ipcar, 98, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at a Brunswick
hospital, after a brief illness. He was born in New York City, N.Y.,
in 1905, a son of Aaron and Rose Ipcar. He moved to Youngstown, Ohio,
with his family and lived there through his teenage years. He returned
to New York City with his family and graduated from City College of
New York in 1926, with degrees in accounting and philosophy. He worked
as a public accountant from 1927 to 1932 and became a math/history teacher
in a model school and resettlement project for unemployed coal mining
families in Arthurdale, W.Va.
He met his future wife Dahlov Zorach while on vacation in Maine, and
they married in New York City in 1936. They moved to Robinhood Farm
in Georgetown in 1937 and ran a successful dairy farm. He was involved
in town affairs, worked for nine years as chairman of the Georgetown
school board, was moderator of the town meetings, spearheaded the creation
of a new central Georgetown School with school bus service in 1948,
organized the purchase in 1973 of the current Town Wharf in Five Islands,
the upper parking lot, and the 33 acres of open-space overlooking the
harbor now known as the Ipcar Natural Preserve. In 1991, he was honored
by the town of Georgetown by being selected "Citizen of the Year,"
and in 2001 he became the proud recipient of the Boston Post Cane.
He was also active in statewide environmental issues. In 1968, he was
co-founder and president of Citizens for Safe Power, an organization
that raised questions about the development of the Maine Yankee Atomic
Power Plant in Wiscasset and secured some important agreements from
the company which lessened the impact of the nuclear plant on the environment.
He worked with other environmental and conservation organizations, including
the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions and the Maine Natural
He retired from dairy farming in 1966. He was director of the Maine
Art Gallery in Wiscasset from 1967 to 1971, co-chairman with Dahlov
of the Maine Scholarship Committee of the Skowhegan School of Painting
and Sculpture from 1972 to 1982, a member of the board of directors
of the Maine Arts Commission from 1980 to 1983, artistic director of
the Maine Festival from 1979 to 1980, and co-founder and president of
the Bath-Brunswick Regional Arts Council. He was recognized for his
work in the arts in 1972 as a co-recipient with Dahlov of the Maine
State Award from the Maine Arts Commission.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Julia and Helen. Survivors include
his wife, Dahlov of Georgetown; a sister, Melvene Dyer-Bennet of Great
Barrington, Mass.; two sons, Robert of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Charles of
Richmond; four grandchildren and one great-grandson, all of New York.
No funeral services are planned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Georgetown
Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 199, Georgetown, ME 04548.
Ipcar: A Man of Vision
By Bob_Kalish@TimesRecord.Com, 10/24/2003
Georgetown loses an environmentalist, dedicated citizen, and advocate
for the arts
GEORGETOWN - Adolph Ipcar was remembered by those who knew him as a
man with an eye on the horizon who was tenacious in his beliefs and
unafraid to speak out. Ipcar died Wednesday at Mid Coast Hospital in
Brunswick after a brief illness. He was 98.
"He was a man of vision," Ed Pert said. "He could look
to the future and act accordingly." Pert, one of Ipcar's successors
as town moderator at Georgetown's annual town meeting, said it was Ipcar
who was largely responsible for the purchase in 1973 of the town wharf
in Five Islands, the upper parking lot and more than 30 acres overlooking
the harbor, an area now known as the Ipcar Natural Preserve. "He
stepped right in, accepting the daunting task of raising $60,000,"
Pert said. "An amount equivalent to 60 percent of our entire town
budget back then."
Bill Plummer, currently the town's first selectman, said Ipcar's legacy
would be the town wharf. "If that wasn't there, there wouldn't
be any fishermen out there," he said. "Not many nowadays can
afford their own spot of shorefront to fish from. I had some doubts
about the wharf before, but it's working now and it's thanks to him
and the others who could think ahead."
Ipcar was born in New York City and graduated from City College with
degrees in accounting and philosophy. He met his wife, the artist Dahlov
Zorach, in Maine during a summer break from his teaching job in New
York City. They were married in 1936 and the next year moved to Georgetown,
where Ipcar ran a dairy farm, delivering fresh milk to the residents
of the town until 1966. Georgetown legend has it that during Ipcar's
years as the local milkman, there wasn't one child in the town who didn't
have enough milk to drink.
During his career as a dairy farmer, Ipcar became deeply involved in
the affairs of the town, especially when they concerned the environment.
In the early 1980s, the town experimented with spraying to control its
notorious mosquito population. They sprayed a test site one year, and
when it came time for the second year of the experiment, Ipcar spearheaded
a vote to discontinue the experiment, which has not been tried since.
It was that same concern for nature that compelled Ipcar to speak out
against the building of a nuclear power plant in Wiscasset, only a few
miles from his farm. "He felt that nuclear power was just not the
right way to go," recalled Maria Holt, one of the founders of Citizens
for Safe Power, a nuclear watchdog group formed shortly after Maine
Yankee opened. "He and Dahlov together gave us such support,"
she said. "When we insisted on putting up radiation monitors around
Maine Yankee, they were the first ones to allow us to put one up on
their property." Holt said it was Adolph who called her one day
to inform her they had a high reading on their monitor. "It turned
out that the plant had released some stuff without telling anyone,"
she said. Holt said she will always remember Ipcar's "love of life
and his interest in science, in how things worked."
Stanley Tupper, former state legislator (U.S. Congressman) and anti-nuclear
activist, said that Ipcar contributed as much as anyone else to the
movement. "We all knew so little about (nuclear power) back then,"
Tupper said. "But Adolph was one of the few spear-carriers who
knew enough about it to be against it."
Once he retired from dairy farming, Ipcar devoted much of his time to
the environment and to the arts scene. In 1968 he was one of the founders
of the Bath-Brunswick Regional Arts Council. He hired Edie Doughty as
the group's first secretary.
"There was no unified arts scene here at that time," Doughty
said. "We became great friends, Adolph and me. He and Dahlov sort
of adopted me, called me their 'favorite daughter.'" Doughty, who
left Maine for several years to live in Barbados, said one reason she
came back to Maine was to be near the Ipcars. She recalled the way they
were instrumental in launching the Maine Festival, a summer celebration
for all types of Maine artists. "I introduced Marshall Dodge to
them one day and that's all it took," she said. Doughty said that
the late-Gov. James Longley called Ipcar "the most powerful man
behind the scenes in the state." "He wore a hat of many colors,"
she said. "He was on so many boards and so many committees. He
was just an amazing man."
It was Adolph Ipcar
who gave Doughty away at her wedding. "His love was constant,"
she said. "What I'll keep from him is his sense of humor, his loyalty,
the way he and Dahlov loved each other, and his brilliant mind."