Paul A. Riemann

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:45pm

Paul Alfonso Riemann, a Boothbay resident since 2001, died peacefully in the company of his family on Aug. 31, 2019 at the age of 85.

He was married to Joy Reber Riemann, having recently celebrated the 59th anniversary of their marriage on June 25, 1960.

Mr. Riemann was born Nov. 12, 1933 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. His parents were Alfonso Otello Riemann and Alice Irene Moon – his father was of German heritage but born in Buenos Aires and his mother was of English-Canadian heritage.

Paul A. Riemann was a graduate of Wheaton College, Princeton Seminary, and Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D. His field was Hebrew Bible and Old Testament Literature — its history and religion. He taught at Harvard for five years, and then at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey until his retirement in 2000. He loved to teach, especially enjoying the bright and gifted.

He taught himself to sail from a book, and particularly enjoyed days spent sailing on the Damariscotta River with his wife in their 17-foot day sailor, Caprice.

Paul is survived by his wife Joy; a daughter, Rachel Irene of Grafton, New York; a son, Paul Randall of Atlanta, Georgia; and four grandchildren, Jessica, Seiji, Christopher and Kai. He has one brother, Robert G. Riemann, who currently resides with his wife Arlene in Portland, Maine.