… Commonwealth School, has died at 97.

Charles Merrill was the son (as was his half-brother, James Merrill) of the co-founder of Merrill Lynch.

Mr UD likes to tell the story of how Merrill (also school headmaster for decades) gathered some students one day and told them he had a brother who was a poet, and they were all going to go on a field trip to hear him read.

“Eyes rolled,” Mr UD recounts. “Oh yeah, he happens to have a brother who’s a poet… Who knew he meant James Merrill??”

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