From The Portland Press Herald: Payson attended Bowdoin College and received a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in California. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Maine College of Art and an honorary doctorate of laws from Pepperdine.
In addition to his devotion to the arts, Payson loved vintage cars and organized several car shows in Florida. He also enjoyed wing shooting, fishing, sailing and motor sports.
Payson is survived by his wife, Joanne; their daughter, Joan Whitney Payson; a daughter, Heather Lee Payson, and a son, Charles Sherwood Payson, from a prior marriage; three grandchildren and two sisters.