Dr. David Chaplin, life long educator, story teller, sailor, husband, father and uncle, passed away peacefully on July 27th 2017 at the age of 86 at a nursing home in Freeport, Maine. David is survived by his wife, Joyce Whittier Chaplin; his children, Duncan, Scott, and Alexandra Chaplin; his grand children, India-Rose Ngonda-Chaplin, Skye and Ariel Maguire, and Jeremiah Chaplin; his god-daughter Claire Kimball; his sisters, Ellen Chaplin and Linda Beck; and his nephew and niece, Christopher and Susannah Beck. David obtained his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and his PhD in sociology from Princeton University. He worked in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin from 1964 to 1972 and served as Chair of the Sociology Department at Western Michigan University from 1972 till 1989. He retired to Maine in 1992. David's ashes will be interred during a family event in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations can me made in his name to Harpswell Community Television, or the Maine Historical society. Letters to Joyce can be mailed care of Scott Chaplin, PO Box 374, Freeland, WA 98249. Emails can be sent to Joyce.Chaplin@Icloud.com.