Daniel North ’42 and Mark Rainsford ’41

Daniel North ’42 and Mark Rainsford ’41

Daniel F. North ’42 and Mark Rainsford ’41 became fast friends at Trinity. Daniel was an English major and a member of both the football and track teams. Mark was a talented studio arts major. They left Trinity to join the armed services as the war in Europe escalated. Daniel enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving with distinction in Africa and Italy. Mark volunteered for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for camouflage training, expecting to put his sketching and painting talents to work hiding U.S. artillery. Tragically, he was killed in a plane crash shortly after being transferred to active duty with the U.S. Air Corps.

Daniel completed his service and went on to a career in the newspaper business, working as the editor of newspapers in Mystic, Connecticut and Cleburne, Texas. In 1955, he and his wife Jeanne settled in Litchfield, Connecticut, where he was editor of the Litchfield Enquirer until his retirement. Daniel generously supported the arts and his community, donating to the Litchfield Community Center, the Litchfield Library, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and construction of the new Willington Library in 2005. He was especially proud to have been able to donate land to the Town of Willington to be preserved as open space for future generations to enjoy. Daniel’s enthusiasm for the arts was evident in his acting in many local theater productions. He was an early sponsor of, and participant in, the widely-popular Litchfield Road Race and Goshen Turkey Trot.

Daniel never forgot his friend Mark. One of Daniel’s favorite pieces of art was a sketch of Mark’s that he had given to Daniel when they were classmates. He donated the piece to the Trinity Library where it now hangs in a study carrel that was donated in Mark’s memory by his parents. “The Library is where the idea for the [Mark Rainsford/Daniel North] scholarship started,” Daniel recalled. “It came out of a desire to present to the College the sketch that Mark had given me. And then one thing led to another.” He hoped the scholarship would give someone the chance to attend Trinity who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Daniel further supported the College by being a member of the McCook and Elms Societies and Life Income Donors.

Daniel passed away in 2008 at the age of 89, leaving behind many friends and family members who will remember his warmth and generous spirit fondly.