SCARBOROUGH – Carleton Ashley, 89, died peacefully April 26, 2008, with his wife and children at his side, at Holbrook Center, Piper Shores, Scarborough. He was born Sept. 2, 1918, in Bronxville, N.Y., son of Allen Ashley and Cornelia Mercer Smith. “Ash” was a graduate of Berkshire School and a 1941 graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of Saybrook College, Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and Scroll and Key. After his graduation from Yale, Ashley spent five years in the U.S. Army, initially as a captain in the Coast Artillery and subsequently as a major in the Military Intelligence Service, assigned to Military Attach duty in the River Plate area of Latin American. Upon completion of his military service, he joined the Coca-Cola Export Corp. and returned to Latin America. In 1951 he joined E.R. Squibb & Sons in their foreign operations and lived in Argentina, Spain and the Philippines. For 30 years, his career focused on the international pharmaceutical business and when he retired in 1981, he was president of Carter-Wallace International and resided in Princeton, N.J. He and his family lived for many years in Bronxville, N.Y. Maine was always an important part of Ashley’s life. He spent his teenage summers in Christmas Cove and continued to summer in Maine throughout his adult years. He retired to live fulltime in Castine, where he was very active in the community, serving as the treasurer of Castine Hospital and Conservation Trust, a volunteer counselor for seniors at Maine Maritime Academy, and supporter of Castine Historical Society. In 2003, Ashley and his wife moved to Piper Shores, Scarborough. An avid camper, woodsman, fisherman, chef, baker and martini drinker, Ashley could always be found wearing some distinguished headgear, most recently his beloved Red Sox cap. He was fluent in four languages, was particularly interested in history, of almost everything and loved sports. At Berkshire, Ash was the captain of the football team and the track team and continued to participate in both at Yale. He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Marilyn Menke Ashley; three children, Allen Ashley and his wife, Anne, Frances A. Rubacha and her husband, Paul, and Julia Lynn Ashley and her husband, Philip Hocking; five grandchildren, Teryn, Carleton and Ali Ashley and Chris and Elizabeth Rubacha; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Charles Allen Ashley of Cooperstown, N.Y. A memorial service will be held later this spring in Castine. Arrangements made by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Contributions may be made in Carleton’s name to Castine His-torical Society, 17 School St., Castine, ME 04412. Online con-dolences may be expressed at