The last time he modeled was in 1964, after Rockwell had moved about 65 miles away to Stockbridge, Mass., now home to the Norman Rockwell Museum. Edgerton appeared as a Scoutmaster with his son, then 9, in a painting called ‘‘Growth of a Leader,’’ showing four profiles of a Scout progressing from a child to an adult with a graying sideburn — much like Edgerton has today.
‘‘He was a wonderful guy,’’ Edgerton said. ‘‘He made you feel you were the most important person in the world when you were doing it.’’
Hill reported from Bennington, Vt.