Maitland DeSormo in his library, c. 1986
Courtesy of the Adirondack Experience
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, January 25, 1993 Born: August 26, 1906

Died: January 25, 1993

Married: Sylvia "Sue" Anderson; Charlotte Bombard

Children: One daughter, Beverly

Maitland DeSormo was an historian and an author.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, January 25, 1993

Maitland C. DeSormo

SARANAC LAKE — Maitland C. DeSormo, 86, of Saranac Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1993 at the Adirondack Medical Center of Saranac Lake.

Born Aug. 26, 1906 in Canton, he was the son of George J. and Ida (Kennedy) DeSormo. He grew up in Malone and graduated from Franklin Academy, where he won a Regents Scholarship. He was also a recipient of a Carnegie Scholarship to Hamilton College.

Besides a master's degree from New York University, he did additional graduate work in speech and drama at Columbia. His teaching career in these subjects and English covered nearly 40 years. He was also a track and football coach for many years.

After Army service in World War II, Mr. DeSormo became the owner of extensive Stoddard and Adirondack Collections which became the core of the "Adirondack Yesteryears," a business he and his first wife, Sue, ran for many years.

Mr. DeSormo was a prolific writer, and published 75 articles in 10 of the nation's most prestigious publications. In addition, he wrote 20 Orientation Articles for the Adirondack Museum and has also logged 385 TV radio and slide show programs, plus participated in numerous autograph parties across the United States.

He was the author/editor of several books on the Adirondack area — "Told Around The Camp Fire," "Noah John Rondeau, Adirondack Hermit," "Old Times in The Adirondacks," "Seneca Ray Stoddard," "Heydays of the Adirondacks," "John Bird Burnham," "Summers on the Saranacs," "Joe Call, the Lewis Giant" and "The Murray Rush."

He served as the historian for the town of Harrietstown, and was past president of the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. He was also active in the Adirondack Mountain Club; the Adirondack 46ers and the Wilderness Society.

St. Lawrence University recognized him with, both its North Country Citation and an Honorary Doctorate.

Further recognition came in 1984 when he was given the Award of Merit by the American Association for State and Local History. This is the most prestigious honor available to Canadian and American historians.

Survivors include his present wife, Charlotte Bombard DeSormo of Saranac Lake; one sister, Lillian Miller of Malone; five stepchildren, Natalie Leduc of Saranac Lake, Douglas Bombard of Manlius, Jon Bombard, James Bombard and Madalain Wells all of Saranac Lake.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Sylvia Anderson DeSormo, and a daughter, Beverly, two brothers, Leland and King, and two sisters, Marion and Kathleen.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the DeSormo family lot in Morningside Cemetery in Malone at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Saranac Lake Free Library in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home.

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