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Gifts in memory of
William “Bill” Joseph Sullivan
the William J. Sullivan Equity Scholarship
“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”
Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
The William J. Sullivan Equity Scholarship has been created in memoriam at the University of Maine Foundation to foster students from Maine in their educational journey. This scholarship is dedicated to the values Bill Sullivan lived by and upheld. Recipients will be those who have demonstrated a need and expressed an interest in civic learning, engagement, and service.
Born in Boston, Bill came from an immigrant family in Fall River, MA. He was a first-generation college student, and he stayed humble to his roots even after he achieved career success. Bill’s daily practice of civility, compassion, work ethic, and commitment to family, community and country allowed him to touch many lives in a genuine and impactful way.
This above all: To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not be false to any man.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Teaching and learning were central to Bill’s value system. His love of learning was infectious; he believed education could transform individual lives. His world view and experiences were vast, yet Bill could always meet a person exactly where they were in life and see them for their unique talents. He stayed open to new ideas, he lifted others up as he stayed true to his values.
Being an engaged citizen was Bill’s civic duty. He had a love and appreciation for history and the arts. He believed freedom of the press central to a healthy democracy. He was committed to supporting libraries, museums and public universities. Bill believed public education, access, equity and democracy to be inextricably linked.
Bill was passionate about the political process; he believed that voting rights to be a privilege and a responsibility. Bill had Maine pride. He often said, “As Maine goes, so goes the Nation.”
He was very involved in local politics. According to a director of the Bangor Public Library, on Meet the Candidates Night at city hall, Bill would be right in the center, welcoming everyone.
When his family heard that he had once met President Kennedy, one of his children asked him “why?” He responded, “Because he was my senator and I wanted to speak with him.”
This scholarship honors Bill Sullivan’s commitment to equity and opportunity through education. Preference will be given to individuals from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented at the University of Maine which includes racial/ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, and nontraditional students. We welcome your participation in making the William J. Sullivan Equity Scholarship a lasting legacy to improve the lives of future students and the citizens of Maine.
Gifts to the
Gerald G. Work Scholarship Fund
in memory of
Gerald G. Work
Gerald G. Work passed at home in Pennsylvania, on his 88th birthday, June 4, 2022, surrounded by family.
Dr. Work was born in Reading and graduated from Reading High School, class of 1952. He received his BA from Albright College in 1960 after serving in the United States Navy. His educational pursuits continued at Ohio University where he obtained an MS and a PhD in Counseling and Higher Education. Upon graduation he became a professor at the University of Maine where he taught and mentored students for his entire career. While there he was instrumental in forming the Associated Faculties of the University of Maine and served as its President. He also helped found and administer the Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship fund.
He married his first wife, Barbara Swartz, in 1955, having met her in middle school in Reading, Pennsylvania. They were married for 49 years until her death in 2004. Together they contributed to many educational programs in the State of Maine. In 2007 Dr. Work and his long-time friend of 37 years, Patricia Muro, embarked on a second marriage.
In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by his son, Dr. Brian Work and his daughter, Amy Work. He also leaves behind two stepsons and four step-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions to the Gerald G. Work Scholarship Fund can be made payable to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 or online at our.umaine.edu/work.
Gifts to the
Dr. Bonnie G. Wood ’57, ‘69G, ‘72 Ph.D. Scholarship
To provide financial assistance to
University of Maine, Orono students who are majoring in medical laboratory sciences
in memory of
Bonnie G. Wood, Ph.D., age 86, of Bangor, Maine, passed away unexpectedly with close friends at her side on Wednesday morning, April 6, 2022, at Northern Light EMMC. She was born January 13, 1936, in Linneus, Maine, a daughter of the late Guy W. and Velma Byron Wood.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her life partner, world traveling companion, best friend and wife, Jane E. McGlauflin; and her sister, Linda D. (Wood) Kennedy. Bonnie is survived by her cousin, Clair Wood of Veazie; her uncle, Wendell Wood of Portland; two nephews, B. Keith Kennedy of Old Town and William H. Kennedy Jr. of Falls Church, Virginia; and one grandniece, Alexandra L. Kennedy of Falls Church. She also leaves many other loving family members and friends.
Dr. Wood was a lifelong student, scientist, educator and patron of the arts. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology from the University of Maine Orono in 1957, a Master of Science Degree in Science Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Science and Doctorate Degrees in Zoology from UMO. Following undergraduate studies, she began her career teaching science to high schoolers in private schools, including the Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE; Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston, ME; and the Children’s Science School at Wood’s Hole, MA. Recognized for academic excellence, she was awarded a one-year academic scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, during which she obtained a master’s degree in science education. Following the award of her Ph.D. and post-doctoral work, she became a member of the Zoology faculty at UMO in 1974, where she remained until her retirement in 1997, serving as Chairperson of the Department of Zoology for many years. In 1978 Dr. Wood was selected by the NIH to participate in its program to promote participation of women and ethnic minorities in NIH supported research.
She also served as a research scientist at Jackson Laboratory conducting cancer research. Additionally, for nearly 25 years Dr. Wood helped lead the partnership in medical technology between the University of Maine and Eastern Maine Medical Center, a program that sent hundreds of expert medical technologists to labs throughout Maine and New England. Many of those graduates went on to become medical doctors, researchers and professors leading their fields. Dr. Wood led by example, held her students and herself to high standards, and taught courage, professionalism and friendship to all who had the good fortune to learn from her.
Bonnie was a much-loved member of the Oratorio Society of the University of Maine, performing as an alto in large choral-orchestral masterworks in conjunction with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra for more than two decades. She was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed drawing and watercolor art. Lucky were the friends and relatives each year who received one of her hand-drawn or painted landscapes or mischievous little mice in a home-made greeting card. She generously supported the BSO financially each year. Through it all, she maintained a sparkling sense of humor and a legendary sweet tooth, often commenting that, “a well-balanced diet consists of chocolate in each hand.” And the books – oh, the books! Bonnie had a contagious appetite for books. Some claim that she never let a book go in all her life. She certainly left an impressive personal library.
Avid travelers, Bonnie and Jane cruised the width and breadth of the United States in their motor home following retirement. They enjoyed visiting national parks in each state and dropping in on their many friends and colleagues around the country. They also traveled the world together, visiting Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and North Africa, making many friends as they went. When she wasn’t traveling, Bonnie enjoyed quiet Maine summers at her cottage in Brooklin, Maine, hosting lobster feeds for friends and family. Those fortunate enough to be present on the 4th of July were always served poached salmon and new peas.
Bonnie, you were a mentor and hero to so many of us, raising our awareness, extending our horizons, shaping and guiding our lives and careers. You were courageous and honest, befriending and teaching, sometimes chastising and always loving. We will miss you, treasure you and remember you always!
Gifts to the
Jerry Ellis Scholarship
in memory of
Jerry Ellis was born on December 5, 1941 in Farmington, Maine. He died May 9, 2022 in Wesley Chapel, Florida with Ronnie, his beloved wife of 45 years by his side.
He faced various challenges in his childhood which led him in his adolescence to running which became a passion and refuge. An accomplished athlete at both Phillips High School and the University of Maine, he won various competitions at the state and New England level in cross country and track. His love of athletics continued throughout his life culminating in riding his road bike from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean and from Canada to Mexico (the latter with his youngest son, Lucas, daughter-in-law, Amy, and wife, Ronnie). In addition to biking, Jerry completed three marathons including qualifying and running the Boston Marathon. His brotherhood in Phi ETA Kappa brought lifelong friendships as did his involvement in the University of Maine M Club. Jerry was inducted into the University of Maine’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
As a young man he walked in protest for civil rights in Selma, Alabama (1965) and later served in Vietnam vowing to serve his country but in his own way in peaceful service. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for meritorious service while serving as a US Army Captain. His service was as an American advisor to a South Vietnamese unit during its Hearts and Minds campaign.
He found his vocation in counseling and eventually returned home to Maine. By this time he had completed his under-graduate degree at UMaine, a Master in Divinity at Boston University and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Counseling. Professionally he worked at UMaine in the Onward Program dedicating his time, energy and love to helping non-traditional students get a college education. Many will remember him for his unwavering kindness and compassion for his students and coworkers.He embodied servant leadership being selected to run Onward as Director at UMaine but was also recognized in New England when he was selected to preside over NEAOPP (an organization focused on support for non-traditional and first generation students). His compassion and leadership will be remembered by many through different aspects of his career but remembered by his son, Nick, during the annual Onward orientation for leaving no one behind during the annual hike of Mount Katahdin. He guided many through treacherous terrain getting them home safely late into the night.
Other favorite pastimes in his life included gardening (master gardening credentialed), reading, traveling, meditation, working with Habitat for Humanity and helping with construction of the Orono Bog Boardwalk. Throughout his life, Jerry gave a helping hand to many people during their most difficult times always with kind, patient, loving support.
If athletics was his refuge and service his profession, his family was his greatest love. He leaves behind his wife, Ronnie (Delano-Ellis), daughter Christine Ann Ellis McLaughlin (mother: Ann Perkins Ellis), two sons Nicolas Gerald Ellis and his wife Angie of Lima, Peru and Lucas Delano Ellis and his wife Amy of Corvallis, Oregon and grandchildren, Maeve Christine McLaughlin, Patrick Matthew McLaughlin, Tomas Santiago Ellis, Benjamin Lester Ellis, Brianna Delano Ellis and little Luca Joaquin Ellis. Jerry is also survived by brother Fred E. Rolfe, Jr. and his wife Noralyn of Bradford, Maine, sister-in-law, Renee Rae Delano of Orrington, Maine, sister-in-law Lauralee Ellis of Nashua, NH, brother-in-law David Morgan of Phillips, Maine and aunt Greta Pratt of Weld, Maine. There are several nieces and nephews who he loved dearly and followed their lives with passion.
Jerry was predeceased by five younger siblings, Rex Scott Ellis, Lynn “Butch” Ellis, Anita Chase Dunham, Nancy Lee Ellis Morgan and Elizabeth “Snip” Rolfe.
Over the years he had numerous riding buddies who biked hard and long. He respected these riders and will be missed by his Florida riding mate of over 10 years, Alan Gosley (wife Karen) of Cow Bay, Nova Scotia.
Adored by many, one student in particular started a scholarship in his name, the Jerry Ellis Scholarship Fund. In life he supported this fund and in his passing his family asks you to consider support of this scholarship so that the spirit of Jerry will live on helping students on their path at UMaine. Gifts may be made to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, Maine 04469-5792 or online at umainefoundation.org/memorial for the Jerry Ellis Scholarship.His family welcomes others to join them in a celebration of his life on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 101 East Broadway, Bangor, Maine at 2 pm.
Gifts to the
Sheldon and Judy Smith Scholarship
in memory of
Gertraud “Judy” Smith
Gertraud Smith, known as Judy Smith, passed on May 9, 2022 in her home in Raleigh, NC.Gertraud was born on May 4th, 1940 in Munich Germany the daughter of Josefa and Max Gimpl. She attended catholic boarding school in Altoetting, Germany and after graduating moved to Rome, Italy when she was 19. In Italy, she met her later husband while working for General Electric on the construction of Italy’s first nuclear power plant. She married Sheldon D. Smith in Italy in 1963 and they had three children, Susanna Maria Ferguson, Evelyn Marie Smith and Marc Sheldon Smith.
The family lived in Italy, Germany, New Jersey, Alabama, and Poland before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1976 where Judy lived until her passing. In 1986 after the retirement of Sheldon Smith, Judy and Sheldon purchased Smith Seal of NC, and after Sheldon’s death in 1993, Judy took over the management of the company and developed the business to a dynamic, award winning small business. She told a famous story of getting calls after Sheldon’s death from people looking to buy the company cheap, and she answered “This is the grieving Widow, we are not selling!”. At Smith Seal Judy later developed a loving relationship with John Suszko and they became partners. Judy was a compassionate, loving and strong woman, she spoke four languages and had the ideal of wanting her children to grow up to be citizens of the world, which has become reality since her children live in San Francisco, Germany and Austria. She loved to travel, had a passion for antiques and turned her house into a beautiful place for all the family to come together.
Judy is survived by her partner, John Suszko, her children, Susanna Ferguson, Evelyn-Marie Smith, and Marc Smith, her eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
There will be a memorial service at Saint Raphael’s Church 5801 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh on the 18th of May at 1:00 PM. Donations in lieu of flowers or gifts may be sent to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04401 for the Sheldon & Judy Smith Scholarship. Judy will be buried at the Waldfriedh of in Munich, Germany in the near future.
Gifts to the
Karl Webster Scholarship
in memory of
Gifts in Memory of
Leonard E. Minsky
BANGOR – Leonard E. Minsky, 94, long time resident of Bangor, passed away February 21, 2022, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family. Leonard was born July 11, 1927, in Bangor to Myer and Mae Minsky. After Mae’s death, when Leonard was 13, Myer married Bess Minsky. He attended Bangor schools, and following WW2 service as a merchant marine officer, graduated from the University Of Maine. He married Renee Michelson in 1956, and they enjoyed almost 66 years together. He participated with enthusiasm in many family activities with his wife, daughter, Marilyn, and granddaughters, Dani and Maya. The family enjoyed a summer home on the coast of Maine for 35 years, and winters in Sanibel, Florida. Leonard and Renee were avid travelers, visiting almost 90 countries worldwide.
As an undergraduate at UMO he was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi, and later served as an alumni advisor, a member of the Debate Team, the University Band, and Hillel, for which he served as both president and vice president of the local chapter and state board.
Leonard was chairman of the President’s Development Council, Chairman of The Patrons of the Arts, and one of the initial members of the Board of Visitors. He served on the board of the Alumni Association, and with his wife, Renee, was honored as a life member of the University of Maine Foundation. He was recipient of the Alumni Association Black Bear Award and Pine Tree Emblem award, and with Renee, shared the Vincent Hartgen Award and the Stillwater Award. In 2016, Leonard was honored with an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
Upon graduation from UMO, Leonard joined the family business, Superior Paper Products, Inc., of Bangor and Westbrook, retiring as president after 42 years of service. During this time, he was active in civic and business affairs serving as Chairman of Bangor’s Action Committee of 50, Chairman of the 1976 Centennial Committee, Chairman of the board of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. He was a recipient of the Bangor Chamber of Commerce’s Norbert X Dowd Award. Leonard was a founding director of Merrill Merchants Bank and a founding director and chairman of the board of Network Services Company of Schaumburg, IL. He was president of the Bangor Lions Club, a Mason and a Shriner, where he was active for many years playing trumpet in the marching band and the dance band. He was also a member of the Sanibel Big Arts Concert Band. Len was also known to blow reveille to wake up his daughter and her friends!
Leonard served as a trustee of Acadia Hospital, a board member of the Maine Community Foundation, president of the Bangor Jewish Community Council, treasurer of the Bangor Jewish Community Endowment Associates, treasurer of Temple Bat Yam of Sanibel, a longtime member of Congregation Beth Israel in Bangor, and president of Chavurat Shalom of Southwest Florida.
Leonard and Renee have been active donors to many causes and supported civic activities, many of which they have endowed to maintain their support. Naming gifts were established at the University of Maine, Eastern Maine Medical Center, The Bangor Public Library, and the Maine Community Foundation.
Leonard enjoyed tennis and biking well into his 90s.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Renee; his daughter, Marilyn and her husband, Dennis Melton, (Scarborough, ME and Fort Walton Beach, FL); his granddaughters, Dani and Maya; and his brother, Norman.
Contributions may be made to the University of Maine Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
Gifts to the
Plisga & Day SVT Scholarship
in memory of
Stanley J. Plisga, Jr.
VEAZIE – Stanley Joseph Plisga Jr., 78, passed away following a brief illness on February 14, 2022, at a Bangor hospital. Stan was born on March 28, 1943, in Waterville, the son of Stanley J. Plisga Sr. and Florence E. Plisga (Lachance).
He graduated from Waterville High School in 1961 and went on to attend the University of Maine, Orono where he earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and Master of Science in civil engineering. While attending UMO, he met his wife, Barbara. Stan and Barb were married on September 2, 1967, and together they traveled and lived life to the fullest while also pursuing their careers.
Stan started his professional career as an instructor of surveying at the University of Maine in the late 1960’s. He enjoyed teaching his many students. Many former students crossed paths with Stan later, fondly recalling his classes. In addition to teaching, Stan would work on private survey projects. He quickly realized his true calling was helping clients solve land and development issues by providing professional boundary, topography and engineering surveying services. In 1972, Stan teamed up with Richard (Dick) Day and formed Plisga and Day, serving Penobscot, Hancock, and Washington Counties in the state of Maine. This Plisga and Day team started small in 1972 and became incorporated in 1978 with six full time employees. Stan had a mathematical mind and quickly learned to program software that became the foundation of Plisga & Day’s office reduction of precise measurement work. His software programs are still used today by others to reduce their field measurements. Stan always put the client’s budget first and could intimately recall details of most of his jobs even 40 years later. Stan’s company fishing trips are legendary at Plisga & Day. Stan would travel to the Eagle Lake region of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway with 2 or 12, whoever wanted to go fish and freeze, at least once and often twice every spring for the best fishing in Maine. These trips went on for more than 30 years. Stan enjoyed the math challenges of surveying and continued to work up until this past December. Stan was kind and very supportive of his team. He is cherished by his colleagues and will be greatly missed by the 22 employees today and all those whom he had worked with over his 49 years at Plisga & Day.
Surviving Stan in addition to his wife, Barbara (Clukey) Plisga, are his sister, Sheila Maxwell and her husband, Ron, of Winslow; sister, Donna Plisga and her husband, Tony Lee, of Alaska; sister-in-law, Cindy Embelton and her husband, Hubert, of Hermon; and sister-in-law, Gail Clukey, of Florida. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Trisha Souviney and husband, Nick; Jason Maxwell and wife, Karrianne, Kirk Lewis, Stephanie Stewart, Nathan Lewis, Matthew Packard, Kristen Perry and husband, Ben, Jared Embelton, and Jason Trask. Also surviving are great-nieces and great-nephews, Cooper, Bethany, Nixon, Jaclyn, Abbie, Jake, Kennedy, and Aubrey. Stan will also be fondly remembered and missed by many close friends.
In remembrance of Stan’s efforts to the surveying profession, your gift will be appreciated for the students at the University of Maine via the “Plisga & Day SVT Scholarship” ATTN: Gift Processing, University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, Maine 04469-5792, or umainefoundation.org.
A memorial service is planned for late spring and will be announced at a later date. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.
Gifts to the
School of Policy & International Affairs Fund
in memory of
Penelope “Penny” Stillman Wolfe, a woman with a sparkling spirit, a yen for adventure and a love of chocolate, died peacefully on Feb. 6, 2022, at her home in Southwest Harbor. She was born Sept. 1, 1929, the youngest of six children of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman and his wife, Mildred Whitney.
As a child, Penny spent winters in Manhattan and summers in Seal Harbor, only missing one summer during World War II. Never one to be pigeonholed, Penny studied electrical engineering at Cornell University. She did not graduate, however, for her first marriage to A. Dale McMullan and the birth of Elizabeth, and soon after of Andrew, took precedence. A second marriage to Richard C. Paine Jr. added Diana and Tina to the family. Eventually she completed a B.S. and M.S. in counseling from Florida Atlantic University.
Travel, photography, gardening and cooking were her passions, all of which Penny excelled at. In the late 1950s, Richard and Penny Paine bought Hardwood Island in Blue Hill Bay, where they camped with Liz and Andy while building a home. In 1963, they co-founded the Seal Cove Auto Museum. In the summer, they would tour around Maine in anything from a fire engine to a Packard. Nothing fazed Penny, not even the Duesenberg’s brakes failing as they were coming down Cadillac Mountain.
Later in life, travel took Penny off the beaten path to photograph polar bears in Manitoba, Canada. She returned with a wolf — Dr. Otis Wolfe, that is. They married and lived in Arizona, between photographic expeditions to Africa and Antarctica and around the world. Penny kept up with world affairs, reading widely and listening to the “Sabbath Gasbags,” her term for “Meet the Press.” For all her travels, however, Penny often said that “Maine is the place that I love above all others.” She followed a family tradition of anonymous philanthropy.
The final chapter of her life was spent at the home she built on Clark Point Road, overlooking the busy harbor. Her days were filled with frequent visits from her children and grandchildren. Her wonderful caregivers kept her “fat and happy” until the very end.
Penny is survived by her children Elizabeth McMullan (Kaveh) of Jensen Beach, Fla., and Hulls Cove, Andrew McMullan (Dianne) of Bass Harbor, Diana Paine of Seal Harbor and New York City and Tina Paine Weeks (Brad) of North Yarmouth, by her grandchildren, Nathan, Sylvia, George, Benjamin, Michaela and Ryan, and by her great grandchildren, Grace and Micah.
There will be a celebration of her life in the late spring. Gifts in Penny’s memory may be sent to the “School of Policy and International Affairs,” c/o the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04669.
Condolences may be expressed at www.acadiacremation.com.
Gifts to the
Rear Admiral G. Brian & Roberta Estes Scholarship Fund
in memory of
G. Brian Estes
Brian Estes of Williamsburg,VA, died on January 26, 2022 after experiencing a beautiful 80-year life. Brian was born in upstate New York to Virgil and Dora Estes. When he was a year old, Brian’s family moved northeast to Maine, where he remained through his undergraduate work in civil engineering at the University of Maine.
Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine, he married Roberta Montgomery and joined the United States Navy. Brian served for over 30 years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. In his early years, Brian served at Great Lakes, Illinois, at the Washington Navy Yard, and with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 9, at Port Hueneme, CA. He deployed with the Seabees to Vietnam in 1968. In 1969, Brian attended the University of Illinois where he earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. He became a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois in 1970.
Thereafter, Brian served at a communications station in Puerto Rico; in Guam for two separate tours of duty; in Madrid, Spain where his area of responsibility included the European military theater; and in continental United States in an exchange program with the United States Air Force, at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, and at the Civil Engineer Corps headquarters in the Washington, DC area. Brian served his last tour of duty in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where his responsibilities encompassed the Pacific military theater.
After retiring from active-duty military service, Brian applied his know-how at the Hanford Nuclear Project site in Richland, WA; he served on the National Research Council of the National Science Foundation; and remained active in several community service organizations, including the Rotary Club, Kiwanis, and Habitat for Humanity. After a second retirement, Brian and Roberta moved to Williamsburg, VA, to build their dream home. Brian continued his participation in community groups, including service as an Elder at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, helping build the nature trail at Ford’s Colony, and performing the duties of secretary of the Capital Club of Williamsburg.
Brian is survived by Roberta, his wife of 59 years; a son, a daughter, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 on Wednesday, February 23 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the University of Maine Foundation for the Rear Admiral G. Brian & Roberta Estes Scholarship fund.
Gifts to the Carroll R. Lee Scholarship
in memory of
Carroll R. Lee
Carroll Russell Lee passed away at his Brewer home on January 11, 2022. The Houlton native, son of Delma Mae Lee and Earl Charles Lee, was born on May 23, 1949.
He was well known for his athletic abilities, excelling at high school baseball and basketball for the Houlton Shiretowners in the late 60s. He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, with master’s degrees in electrical engineering and business, and began working at Bangor Hydro Electric Co., completing his 32-year career as President and Chief Operating Officer.
He also served on various boards of directors locally, including the University of Maine Foundation, Community Health and Counseling Services in Bangor, and the Ellen M. Leach Memorial Home in Brewer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Gail Irene Lee of Brewer, and their children, Jessica Lee-Small of Brewer, Laura Eaton of Brewer, and Andrew Lee and his wife, Nicole Lee, of Old Town; grandchildren, Hunter and Evan Small of Brewer, Shane and Macy Eaton of Brewer, and Max Lee of Old Town; brother, Wayne Lee and wife, Chris, of Houlton, sister-in-law, Jennie Lee of Houlton, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and his brothers, Phillip Lee of Houlton and Robert Lee of Waterville.
Visitation hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Brookings Smith Funeral Home, 133 Center St., Bangor, with funeral service to follow at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Carroll R. Lee Scholarship Fund at the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792.
in memory of
Dean Francis Pottle
Dean Francis Pottle, 63, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family, January 5, 2022, at the Carpenter House in Lafayette, LA.
Dean was born July 25, 1958, in Eastport, Maine, the son of James K. and Sandra J. (Morang) Pottle. He grew up on the family farm in Perry, Maine, a place very dear to him. He was a graduate of Shead Memorial High School in Eastport and attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he received a B.S. degree in Survey Engineering.
Upon graduating from college in 1981, Dean worked briefly for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska before joining John E. Chance & Associates in Lafayette, LA as a Survey Party Chief in April of 1982. He left John E. Chance & Associates in 1988 to pursue new opportunities in New Jersey until he returned to Lafayette, LA as Manager of Systems of Development for Fugro USA, Inc. in 1991. At Fugro, Dean and his team worked to develop new, innovative geo-mapping techniques using kinematic GPS satellite technology. In 2004, Dean joined GeoCentury (DOF USA, Inc.) as a Project Manager, giving him the opportunity to apply many of the mapping techniques developed during his time at Fugro while continuing to identify and develop new technologies. Through the years, Dean played an integral role in countless offshore deepwater survey and construction projects for BP and Shell. Prior to his passing, Dean was a survey consultant for Subsea 7 Engineering Company in Houston. He was also licensed as a professional land surveyor for the state of Louisiana. Dean enjoyed his work, especially the most challenging projects. He was a problem-solver, always professional, taking pride in everything he did, and expecting the same of others.
Dean was kind, thoughtful, and wicked smart, with a quick wit and keen sense of humor. He was a great listener and the family’s voice of reason; he was wise and wonderful and always knew the right things to say and do. Dean was devoted to his family and enjoyed just spending time with them at home or on the family farm. He was an avid fan of the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox, and LSU baseball. Many family vacations included side trips to Fenway Park and other MLB ballparks to see a Red Sox game. He loved to cook and was the grill master of the family. Dean will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
He is survived by his mother Sandra, his wife of 32 years, Sue, his son, Seth Patrick and wife Rachel of Baton Rouge, sister Amy O’Neal and husband Darin of Riverview, FL, brothers, Stephen and wife Reneé of Kennewick, WA, and Andrew and wife Debbie of Perry, ME. He is also survived by nieces Katherine and Riley O’Neal, and Kallie (Pottle) Marshfield, nephews Adam, Trevor, and Mitchell Pottle, aunt Mary Helen (Pottle) McDonald, his many cousins, and his sidekick, the family golden retriever, Tucker.
He was predeceased by his father, James K. Pottle, maternal grandparents Archibald and Greta Morang and paternal grandparents Roy E. and Helen Pottle.
A memorial service celebrating Dean’s life will be held for family and friends at a later date in Perry, Maine.
Gifts to the
Denham Ward & Debra Lipscomb Scholarship
in memory of
Debbie, in her 70th year, passed away peacefully at home from type 1 diabetes and chronic kidney disease with her husband and daughter at her side.
She was born in Glendale, California, and lived the first part of her life in Southern California. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Occidental College, she majored in linguistics and Russian. She worked as a graphic designer and typesetter, and started her own business, RighType & Graphics, in Van Nuys, California. After she chose her husband, Denham, she moved with him and their daughter, Hannah, to Rochester, NY. There she worked in the Pittsford schools as a special education aide.
In 2011 Denham and Debbie retired to Bowdoinham, Maine, to the house and land that had been in Denham’s family since 1840. There they enjoyed the close community of friends and family. A highlight was when Hannah married Sam Elliot in 2018 under the ancient oak tree in the yard. Debbie enjoyed photography, dogs, and travel, and had many fond memories of trips with family all over the world, particularly a year’s sabbatical in the Netherlands in 2001, and a wonderful trip to Antarctica in 2015.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Denham S. Ward, MD, PhD; her daughter Hannah Ward, MD and son-in-law Sam Elliot; her niece Rebecca Henning and husband Matt Henning; and dear friends across the country.
A private celebration of her life will be held in the Spring. Donations in Debbie’s name can be made to the Debra Lipscomb and Denham Ward Scholarship fund at the University of Maine Foundation.
Nancy Kittredge Jellison passed away peacefully on December 7, 2021 at the age of 83, after a long battle with dementia.
Nancy was a gifted artist whose paintings and drawings were informed by her spirituality and faith. She believed, as she wrote in her artist’s statement, that the role of the artist is to make “the light of our purpose a bit more visible, by stimulating the viewer to see one’s own personal universe, with a new range, of inner, and even mystical, perspective.”
Nancy was born in Ellsworth, Maine to Milton and Beatrice Kittredge. Nancy graduated from Calais Memorial High School, and attended the University of New Hampshire where she studied fine art. After her mother’s death she moved back to Maine to be closer to family, and transferred to the University of Maine, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater, because there was no art major at the time. While at the University of Maine, she performed in numerous plays, and was a Dean’s List student, as well as a member of the National Honor Society.
Nancy later attended the University of Miami where she earned a master’s degree in theater. She then moved to New Orleans, living and painting in the French quarter for five years. In 1969, Nancy moved to San Diego to be closer to her family, and for the next decade, she painted professionally while also teaching art and theater in area high schools. It was in San Diego that she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Jellison. They married in 1979, and Nancy became a devoted stepmother to Bob’s two children, David and Jennifer.
In the 1980s, Nancy retired from teaching and devoted herself full time to her art. Her paintings and drawings were shown in art galleries from San Diego to Boston. Nancy’s art is in many private collections including the San Diego Museum of Art, the Laguna Beach Museum of Art, and the Archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Her work is also in the collection of the University of Maine Museum of Art.
Nancy was a devoted member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar. She was also passionate about the welfare of animals, and she adopted many fortunate cats over the years. Throughout her life, Nancy also enjoyed attending plays at the Old Globe theater, and attending Southern California area art exhibitions.
Nancy leaves behind her devoted husband, Bob, her loving sister, Patricia K. Hagan ’61, her two stepchildren David and Jennifer, their respective spouses Erica and Troy, and two step-grandchildren Katie and Anna. Nancy will be lovingly remembered by all for her exceptionally loving and caring spirit.
Gifts in memory of
Prof. Samuel E. Sides
The Sarah C. Dubay Scholarship fund was established in 2021 with gifts from the University of Maine Alumni Association Board and staff, family, colleagues, and friends to honor Sarah C. Dubay `97, `00G. Sarah, who passed away on November 12, 2021, earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Maine as well as a master’s degree in medical education leadership from the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Sarah was deeply connected to the greater Bangor region. She lived with her husband Jeff Teunisen in Bangor, where she served as an elected member of the Bangor City Council. Her election to that post reflected the community’s wide admiration of her.
Sarah was a volunteer and supporter of Black Bear Athletics, one of her many passions. Additionally, Sarah served on many boards and committees, including the UMaine Alumni Association Board of Directors; Penquis CAP Board of Directors, Chair; Penquis Steering Committee – Penobscot County, Chair; Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Government Affairs Committee, Chair; Maine Municipal Association, Executive Committee Member; Fusion: BANGOR – Past Chair; and as a University of Maine Alfond Ambassador.
The Sarah C. Dubay Scholarship Fund shall be used to provide financial assistance to deserving University of Maine (Orono) students who graduated from a Skowhegan or Bangor-based high school.
Gifts in memory of
Dr. Doug Ruthven
to create a fund in support of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Douglas Morris Ruthven passed away on September 23, 2021 at the age of eighty-two. Doug was born in Ernakulum, India, on October 9, 1938, to Joseph and Beryl Ruthven.
There is a framed poster on the wall in Doug Ruthven’s office from a 2017 ceremony honoring the Department of Engineering’s emeritus faculty at the University of Maine. There’s a headshot of each honoree, their department title, and a nickname. Some are serious, some are silly, and Doug’s nickname was “Global Legend.” While in some ways, that was probably done with tongue firmly planted in cheek, as were many stories from that day, there was absolutely no denying Doug’s impact in his field of science. The calls and emails flooding in from former students and colleagues at the news of his passing testify to his impact outside of academia as well.
Doug was educated at Christ’s Hospital school and at the University of Cambridge. After he earned his first degree he worked in industry for two years but realized that he wanted to study further, and he earned a Ph.D from Cambridge in 1966.
Gifts in memory of
Mark R. Shibles
to support the Mark R. Shibles Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Gifts in memory of
Robin W. Hartford
to support general scholarships at UMaine
Gifts in memory of
Diane Wiseman Linscott
to support the Diane Wiseman Linscott Art Scholarship
Gifts in memory of
Dennis ‘Red’ Gendron
to support the Grant Standbrook Maine Hockey Forever Fund
Gifts in memory of
Cheryl Ann Pinkham
to support the Cheryl Ann Pinkham Nursing Scholarship
Cheryl Pinkham passed peacefully to be with the Lord, her Savior, on March 23, 2021, with her devoted family by her side. She was born on February 26, 1947, to Muriel and Charles Gardner in Bangor, Maine. Cheryl was a devoted mother with unwavering faith in God, who worked three jobs to send all four of her children to Bangor Christian School. Cheryl was a compassionate and dedicated Certified Nursing Assistant at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for 42 years. She faced every day in her career with purpose and radiated love on patients in her care.
She is survived by her husband and soul mate, Dennis Pinkham, the love of her life for the past 33 years; their beloved dog, Oliver; and her children, Todd Pinkham and his wife, Angelika, Troy Pinkham and his husband, Scott, Tina Pinkham and her husband, Curtis, Toby Pinkham and his wife, Stephanie, Tony Pinkham and his partner, Jackie, and Lance Pinkham and his husband, Jeff. She loved and adored her 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The family sends a heartfelt thank you to the caretakers at Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, Maine, where she spent her final days. The team surrounded her with respect and love through the very end. One of her last statements before she left earth was, “God blessed me with good nurses.”
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Cheryl Pinkham’s memory may be made at umainefoundation.org/memorial. The fund is established to provide financial support for Certified Nursing Assistants employed at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center to support their pursuit of a nursing career.
A celebration of life will be held 3 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Messiah Baptist Church, 985 Union St., Bangor, where a visitation time will be held from 2 p.m. until the service begins. In compliance with CDC guidelines, please observe social distancing and wear a face covering. Please be aware that space may be limited at times to maintain state-mandated limits on the number of people allowed for an indoor gathering. Arrangements trusted to Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer. Condolence messages and memories may be shared with her family at kileyandfoley.com.
Gifts to support the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department
Mark Jean Lamarre, 63, of Mebane passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Mark was born in Biddeford, ME., to Maurice and Rita Bellefeuille Lamarre, both deceased. He attended the University of Maine with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was the Senior Plant Engineer for Aramacell LLC for 25 years. Mark attended Integrity Community Church in the past and was involved with the youth group. He traveled with the youth group and staff to several countries on service opportunity trips. Mark enjoyed hiking, camping, traveling and being with friends and those he loved. Mark is survived by his wife, Susan Marchionna Lamarre, Children: Amber Lamarre, Josiah Lamarre and his wife Kimberly Lamarre, Cory Lamarre, and Hannah Lamarre. Grandchildren: Braydon, Cole, Sylier, Aurora, Raylan, and Soren. Sister, Patricia Rowe.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made In Marks memory to the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, payable to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469 or online at umainefoundation.org/memorial.
Gifts to support the Maine Folklife Center or the Sandy and Bobby Ives Fund
Barbara Ann “Bobby” (Herrel) Ives – loving daughter, wife, mother, mother-in-law, friend – passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 28, 2020.
Bobby was born Sept. 3, 1930 in Medford, MA to Henry John and Ruth Lillian (Mount) Herrel. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Edward D. “Sandy” Ives.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Stephen and Joyce Ives of Thornton, NH; Nat Ives and Julie Russell of Portland, ME: and Sarah Ives-Lewis and David Lewis of Belfast, ME. She also leaves behind her beloved and adoring cats, Charlie and Alice.
Bobby grew up on the outskirts of Boston and later lived near New York City. She met Sandy on a blind date while she was still in high school. They were married in 1951. When Sandy was hired at UMaine in 1955 they moved into on-campus faculty housing at “South Apartments”. After enduring several drafty Maine winters there, they relocated to Veazie where they spent the next 32 years. Following a year abroad, they then settled into a home in North Bucksport. 16 years later they moved to Dirigo Pines in Orono, where Bobby resided for the final 13 years of her life. Along the way she accompanied Sandy and his academic pursuits to Jacksonville, IL; Bloomington, IN, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Cooperstown, NY; Finland; Edinburgh; Scotland; Slovenia; Santa Fe, NM; and New Orleans, LA.
Bobby received a Bachelor of Science degree in Language & History from Northwestern University in 1951. She went on to do Graduate work in History at Columbia University. In her later years, she attended many courses offered by UMaine’s Senior College.
Bobby worked at the University of Maine in Orono for 31 years. She was Program Adviser for the Memorial Union Activities Board (MUAB), 1968-1976; Program Adviser to Student Entertainment & Activities (SEA), 1976-1981; and Program Coordinator & Assistant Director at the Memorial Union, 1981–1999. Bobby was the founder and guiding force behind the Creative Craft Fair, one of Maine’s first juried crafts fairs, from 1970 to 1985. For her many years of service, she was awarded Program Coordinator Emerita status. A scholarship fund was established in 2014 to honor Bobby and Sandy’s contributions to the University.
Bobby’s other activities included volunteer work with Dial HELP, the John R. Graham School (Veazie) Library, Cub Scouts, and Friends of Fort Knox, as well as serving on the boards of the League of Women Voters, Maine Crafts Association, and UMaine Orchestra.
Bobby enjoyed many leisurely walks with Sandy and their beloved dogs, Osprey, Molly and Summer. She loved music, collecting wildflowers, gardening, hiking, canoeing, bird watching, and countless other pursuits. She was a regular at the Orono Farmers’ Market, where many vendors knew her by name and preferences. One of her great joys was singing with the Oratorio Society, especially the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. Bobby and Sandy had the opportunity to journey with the Society to Prague and Vienna.
Bobby and Sandy were avid travelers. In addition to journeys previously mentioned, they ventured to England, France, Sicily, and the Magdalene Islands, as well as many trips to Northern California. An important aspect of their lives came about due to Sandy’s research in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. There were numerous trips to the Maritimes, with and without children in tow, often camping out in tents and a Volkswagen bus. Bobby and Sandy’s connections with the people of PEI were a great source of happiness for both of them.
The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Northern Light Health; nurses and aides at Northern Light Health Hospice Care; and the staff at Dirigo Pines. Boundless gratitude and respect go out to the caregivers of New England Home Health Care – “Charlie’s Angels” – whose professionalism, care and love sustained Bobby and allowed her to remain in the comfort of her home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bobby’s name to the Maine Folklife Center and/or the Sandy and Bobby Ives Fund, payable to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 or online at umainefoundation.org/memorial.
Gifts to support engineering student scholarships in memory of Robert Blick '61
Robert G. Blick, age 81, died Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Cadigan Lodge in The Highlands.
Robert was born January 22, 1939 in East Jaffrey, NH the son of Gustaf L. and Laina L. West Blick. He lived in several towns across New Hampshire and Maine and graduated high school in Dixfield, ME. He married Janice C. Boehne on October 23, 1965 in Schenectady, NY.
After graduating from the University of Maine, Orono, he started his career at the General Electric Company. He retired in 2000 after 39 years with GE, where his last 16 years were spent licensing technology to international companies. He and his wife, Janice, enjoyed the international travel that came with that work and they retired in Camden, ME.
He especially enjoyed the skiing and hiking near the coast and mountains, and opportunities to connect with his Finnish heritage. In 2016, they moved to The Highlands in Topsham, ME.
He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, John Gerdes; a son-in-law, Dwight Ozard.
He is survived by his wife, Janice, of Topsham; his sister, Marjorie Gerdes, of Oro Valley, AZ; his son, Jeffrey Blick, and his wife, Sandy, of Newton, PA; a daughter, Sheri Ozard, of Philadelphia, PA; and a grandson, Sam Blick.
A future committal will be take place at Conant Cemetery, Jaffrey, NH. Memorial contributions can be made to the University of Maine, Orono, College of Engineering.
Gifts to support the Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Scholarship Fund in memory of John Singer
John Thomas Singer passed away on October 7th, 2020, at home surrounded by family after a long battle with lung cancer. He was born on May 7, 1953, in Canton, Ohio, the son of John R. and Janice E. (Fitzpatrick) Singer.
John graduated from Lincoln High School in Canton, Class of 1971, and attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, graduating with a BS in Biology in 1975. After attending the University of Dayton in a Master’s Program for two years he transferred to a Ph.D. program at the University of Georgia in Athens. While at UGA he met his wife Patricia Barrineau. John graduated in 1983 with a Ph.D. in Microbiology and went on to a Post Doctoral position at Burroughs Wellcome In Research Triangle Park North Carolina. John and Patty were married while living in North Carolina.
They settled in Old Town, Maine in 1985 where John took a job as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Maine in Orono. John remained at the university until his retirement in December 2019. While there he rose to the level of Professor and served as department chair for eight years. John was an avid outdoorsman and animal lover and thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor activities Maine had to offer. He particularly loved his time at their camp on Stetson Pond, fishing, and spending time with their dog Daisy.
John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia Barrineau Singer; son, Patrick Singer and his fiancée, Monica Hetzel, of Saco; daughter, Amy Downing and her husband, Justin, of Hermon; sister, Joan Keeper and her husband, Rich, of Canton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Lindsey Jackson and her husband, Andy, of Brooks, Georgia; brother-in-law, Bill Barrineau and his wife, Donna, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents.
There will be no public services. Those who wish to remember John may make a donation in his memory to the Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Scholarship Fund, care of the University of Maine Foundation, online at our.umaine.edu/singer.
Gifts to support the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Scholarship Fund or the Chamber Music Society in memory of Virginia Nees-Hatlen, Ph.D.
Virginia Nees-Hatlen (b. January 24, 1947) of Orono, Maine, died on October 11, 2020, after a series of illnesses that drained her body, but not her spirit.
One of those people who could connect with everyone and anyone she met, Virginia created a sense of welcome and empathy for people across all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Whether it was helping the many first-generation college students whom she assisted over the years navigate the structures of higher education, leaning into political activism, or testing out a new recipe on family and friends, she was—simply put—considerate, classy, and kind.
Born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, to Lawrence Paul and Anne Morrow Nees, she grew up in the western suburb of Riverside with her two siblings. A lifelong teacher, writer, and advocate for students, she studied History at Denison University in Ohio, then English at Webster College in St. Louis (B.A. 1969).
Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa (1980) focused on theoretical approaches to understanding and teaching composition. She then came to the University of Maine to develop and teach courses in what was then a new field in higher education English departments, and served as a dedicated faculty member and administrator at UMaine from 1979 until her retirement in 2014. During her tenure she was coordinator of college composition, as well as undergraduate studies for the English Department. She worked in multiple roles, including Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Associate Dean of the Division of Lifelong Learning, and Director of the Lifelong Learning Advising Center. Additionally, Virginia was newsletter editor, conference chair, and president of the Maine Council of English Language Arts, the statewide K-College organization for English teachers, and for several years edited a journal, The Writing Teacher, for K-college teachers in Maine.
Gifts to the Suzanne Kay Hart '68 Fund in memory of Suzanne K. Hart '68
Suzanne Kay Hart, 74, passed away October 9, 2020, at a Bangor hospital, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 6, 1946, in Bangor, the daughter of Gerald F. and Marjorie (Thompson) Hart.
Suzanne graduated from Brewer High School in 1964. She received a BS in political science from the University of Maine in 1968, graduating summa cum laude. She excelled on the University of Maine debate team, making lifetime friendships with her debate teammates. She then moved to Ann Arbor, MI, and enrolled in the University of Michigan doctoral program in political science, completing all advanced degrees but the dissertation. She taught in the criminal justice program at Stockton State College, NJ, before returning to Maine in the late ’70s. During her career in Maine, she was employed in various public policy and data analysis positions at Medical Care Development in Augusta, The Muskie Institute in Portland, and the Social Science Research Institute and Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at UMaine.
Suzanne served for close to twenty years on the University of Maine Alumni Board and enjoyed the many friendships and associations made over those years. In 2008, she was named chairperson of the board and dedicated countless hours of service to her beloved University of Maine during that two-year term.
In this role, she was delighted to offer the welcome address to new alumni at commencement ceremonies in 2009, as her nephew, Ryan Collins, received his master’s degree. She also served on the Black Bear Board of Advisors (athletics) and supported UMaine’s athletic programs for many years. After retirement from UMaine in 2010, Suzanne continued to enjoy concerts, lectures, receptions, and sporting events at the University. Her friends and colleagues there were always considered family.
Suzanne is survived by her sister, Marilyn Hart Collins and her husband, Tom, of Augusta; nephew, Ryan J Collins and his wife, Danielle Sullivan Collins, of Bangor; niece, Valerie Collins Pellin and her husband, Mike Pellin, of Glastonbury, CT; and cousins, Jill Irey, and Janice Irey Fate and her husband, John Fate, of Michigan. Suzanne leaves her cherished cat, Lily Belle, who meant the world to her and comforted her during her final months. Suzanne was predeceased by her parents. The family owes our deepest gratitude to Barb & Bill Dalton, Sally Spencer, and Cathy Reynolds, for their invaluable help and support during Suzanne’s illness, as well as Dr. Milburn and sixth floor nurses at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, and her many other caregivers over the past few years of her illness.
Due to COVID-19, services will be private at this time. A celebration of Suzanne’s life for friends and colleagues will be held at the University of Maine in 2021.
Suzanne will be a proud Black Bear forever. If you wish, donations may be made in her memory to the Suzanne Kay Hart ’68 Fund, University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 or online at umainefoundation.org/memorial. Condolences to the family may be expressed at brookingssmith.com.
Gifts to support engineering student scholarships in memory of Norman F. Maxim Sr. '62 (B.S. Chemical Engineering)
Gifts to support student scholarships in memory of Harry W. Stanhope
Harry William Stanhope, 86, quietly passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Hospice in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was born on the Ridge Road family farm in Robbinston on December 26, 1933. He was proud of his Maine heritage and never lost his accent, even after living for years in the south. He was the kind of character that only Downeast Maine produces. He was kind and generous, but not much for government help or support. He loved to tease, but in a good-hearted way (mostly). He was well traveled, very smart and well read, but didn’t worry much about his clothing, general personal appearance or the model car he drove. He believed strongly in the power of education and quietly provided many young relatives with college funds.
Harry graduated from Calais Memorial High School in 1951. During high school he was active in 4H and was selected to attend the Maine Boys State Program. Harry was a 1955 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering. He started his working career with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company designing rubber components for farm machinery. Eventually, Harry was hired by Celanese Corporation, a large chemical and fiber manufacturer, where he worked for over 25 years. He was internationally known as an expert in the technology of reinforcing rubber with polyester fiber. His work led to the development of improved, longer lasting radial tires, fire hose, automobile V-belts and reinforced rubber conveyor belts for mining and warehousing industries. Harry developed new fiber reinforcement products, and traveled extensively throughout the U.S.A., Asia and Europe providing technical support to Celanese customers. He held six patents in the field and retired as a Senior Research Associate.
Harry was committed to raising his two sons, David and Mike, and was a very active leader in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He spent a lot of time working on pinewood derby cars and at Tuesday night swim meets. He was also there for his step-daughter Elisabeth during her high school years supporting her cheerleading at Friday night games and weekend competitions. Harry’s passions included woodworking, gardening and outdoor activities like fishing, camping and hiking. His love for the outdoor life spent on the farm in Maine never left him, and every summer the family would load up the car and return there to help out. Harry’s love for the land and his many skills as a woodsman, learned on the Robbinston farm, even led to an appearance on a public access TV show where he demonstrated proper chain saw use.
Later in life Harry’s greatest joy was working daily in his garden. He was a master gardener, and in 2017 was awarded The Grand Oak Award for his leadership, generosity, dedication and loyalty by the Cabarrus County, North Carolina Extension Master Gardner Volunteer Association (EMGVA). Over his retirement years he raised and donated many dozens of Lenten roses (for which he was especially known), gave away hundreds of pounds of beautiful tomatoes, and built and donated hundreds of bluebird houses. Harry donated his time and skills to Habitat for Humanity, the Cabarrus County Fair and Meals on Wheels. He was a generous contributor to the Robbinston School Library Fund which he helped organize in memory of his parents, Harry Edward Stanhope and Marion Gray Stanhope.
Harry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jean Harwood-Stanhope of Concord; his sisters Anne Rider of Winston Salem, North Carolina and Harriet Burke (Alan) of Skowhegan, Maine; his brother Richard Stanhope (Jessie) of Glenburn, Maine; his sons Michael (Donna Latham) of Atlanta, Georgia, and David (Jeni Cunningham) of Apex, North Carolina; his grandchild Michelle Campbell (Kenzie) of Greensboro, North Carolina; his stepchildren Kelly Harwood (Anna) of Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, and Elisabeth Bryson (Scott) of Honolulu, Hawaii; and his beloved golden retriever, Buddy. Harry was predeceased by an infant brother, Gray; and his parents Harry Edward and Marion Gray Stanhope of Ridge Road, Robbinston, Maine.
Due to current circumstances, a private memorial service for immediate family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made at umainefoundation.org/memorial or by mail to: University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 for general scholarship aid to students at the University of Maine.
Gifts to the Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center in memory of Elizabeth Pierce Cross '55
Gifts to the John A. and Nancy Cameron DeWilde Fund in memory of Nancy DeWilde
Gifts to the Patricia and John Strickland Scholarship Fund in memory of Joan Strickland Beach
Gifts to the Hon. John Lisnik Memorial Fund in Memory of Hon. John Lisnik
ORONO – The University of Maine System is mourning the passing of the Hon. John Lisnik, a tireless advocate for Maine students who served as the System’s liaison to the Legislature for more than two decades.
UMS Chancellor Dannel Malloy and UMPI President Ray Rice issued the following joint statement:
“John Lisnik was a true and selfless public servant, who dedicated his life to the betterment of our country, the County and our campuses. Few people who have spent their careers in and around politics are as well-respected and well-liked as John remains to this day.
“The affordable access tens of thousands of Maine students have had to our public universities is owed in large part to John’s highly effective representation of our System in the State House. On behalf of the entire University of Maine System and especially the campus community at UMPI, we extend our condolences to John’s family – especially his beloved wife, Donna – and our great gratitude for his legacy of service to our students, the System and the state.”
Gifts to the College of Engineering or the Alfond Fund in support of Men's Ice Hockey in memory of Michael Eremita
Michael Eremita, 89, passed away on March 31, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. To Michael, his family was his life and he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marilyn Giberson Eremita of Bath, New Brunswick, Canada.
Michael grew up in Dedham, MA and received a B.A. in Business from Boston University and was a brother of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity. He joined the Air Force in 1953 as a Navigator and became a First Lieutenant. He was stationed with the 71st Air Refueling Squadron at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, ME and did a tour of duty in Thule, Greenland. While serving in the Air Force, he met his business partner Tom Valley and together in 1957, they started Eremita & Valley, a residential building company that has built hundreds of homes and apartments in the greater Bangor area. Together they created the slogan “Eremita & Valley, Building a better Maine.”
One thing is for sure, Mike lived life on his terms and in the words of Frank Sinatra, “I did it my way.”
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Michael Eremita the University of Maine College of Engineering or Athletic Department.
Gifts to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in Memory of Franklin E. Woodard, Ph.D.
Frank “Woody” Woodard died from complications of pneumonia in Carrabassett Valley, Maine on March 14, 2020, at the age of 80.
Frank is survived by his siblings, Barbara Garnett, Neil Woodard, and Greg Woodard; his wife, Jean McNeary Woodard; sons, Craig and Steve, Craig’s wife Martha and Steve’s wife Donna, and three grandsons, Matthew, Benny and Lewie. He is preceded in death by his siblings Edith Sarah and Bruce.
Frank was born on July 1, 1939 in Augusta, Maine to Kenneth Woodard and Florence Taylor Woodard. Frank graduated from Bingham High School in 1957. He graduated from the University of Maine in the Class of ’61 with a BS and in 1963 with a MS in environmental engineering. He received his PhD at Purdue University, also in environmental engineering. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Frank married Jean Louisa McNeary, the love of his life, on January 27, 1962. They raised their two boys, Craig and Steve, in Veazie, Maine. Frank was an avid skier, both Nordic and alpine, and was a Sugarloafer since 1953. He loved running, canoe racing, fishing, cycling – anything to experience the outdoors. He loved spending time at the family’s completely off the grid, 100-year-old camp at Dead Stream Pond, so much so, that he and Jean had their honeymoon there, despite the January temperatures dipping below -50 degrees!
In his later years, he became part of a running group that, unbeknownst to him, was otherwise made up entirely of younger women. Frank and Jean had taken over 100 nordic skiing and cycling trips with a close group of lifelong friends. Besides his family, Frank’s greatest love, however, was music; he was an avid musician, played the guitar and upright bass. He was one of the founding members of the Windy Ridge Band, and was most recently with the band, “Running Loose.” Frank’s love and passion for music was an integral influence in his 3 grandsons’ career choices to become professional musicians.
Following two years of service in the U.S. Army, he joined the faculty at the University of Maine as a professor of engineering. After 12 years of teaching, he co-founded Woodard & Curran, an environmental engineering consulting company that has since grown to 1,100 employees at 100 locations across the country. Frank was loved as the original spiritual soul and moral guiding beacon for the culture of the firm and was also admired as the technical leader setting W&C’s standard of excellence for all. Having started his professional career as an educator, he was a lifelong learner and teacher devoted to supporting and empowering everyone he worked with to be the best that they could be.
Gifts to the Senior Alumni Scholarship in Memory of Carol Prentiss Mower '53
Gifts in Memory of Richard G. Kelson '50
Dick Kelson started playing pond hockey at the age of 10 and continued throughout his adult life, at least until he was 84. He played on the University of Maine’s club team in Orono, the Black Bears did not have an intercollegiate hockey team at that time. He skated for the UMaine club team from 1946-1949. Dick played pick up games in Bridgton, Portland with the Greater Portland Old-Timers and Falmouth with the Old Boots Hockey club. Some of those players he skated with at 83 included Pete Everest (a younger 83), Lucien LeBel, Tom Stockwell, Charlie O’Brien, Dave Roop, Bob Montgomery and Ryan Rush.
His biggest thrill was when Coach Shawn Walsh invited him in 2001 as an alumni for the Black Bear hockey team at UMO. Dick was able to attend these games proudly. Coach Tim Whitehead continued encouraging Dick even at the age of 80 to play saying, “as long as you’re still playing, you’re on the roster.” There he skated and rubbed elbows with former UMO stars now NHL players. A few teammates were Eric Weinrich, Scott Pellerin, JeanYves-Roy, Niko Dimitrakos, Mat Martin, Mario Thyer, Steve Teppe and a special time with Paul Kariya. They treated him like one their own. Once a Black Bear, always a Black Bear is a saying that would make Dick Kelson smile!
Gifts in Memory of Myrna Hill Lamb '75
Myrna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the University of Maine in 1975. She started her career as a medical technologist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, eventually joined the microbiology section and passionately remained in this specialty for the remainder of her 30 year career in Maine, North Carolina, Connecticut, and New Mexico.
Myrna was born and attended schools in South Paris, Maine, and graduated from Oxford Hills High School in 1971. Myrna married her high school sweetheart, Allen, in 1973 and they journeyed together for 46 years. She died on September 8, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, following a 5 month struggle with secondary complications of a traumatic brain injury resulting from a fall.
Myrna was dedicated to her family and loved visiting with her children, Amber and Aaron, her three siblings and their children and grandchildren, and her other extended family members. She cherished her brief time with her two granddaughters. Myrna was very active and enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, watching birds and other wildlife, especially on frequent visits to Yellowstone National Park.
Gifts to the Herbert and Patricia Doten Scholarship Fund in Memory of Patricia "Pat" Doten '56
Patricia “Pat” Doten peacefully passed away on August 22, 2019 at BaySquare at Yarmouth Assisted Living with her family by her side. She was 86 years old. Pat was born in Manhattan, N.Y. and lived there until the age of five. Her mother died of a serious illness and Pat moved to be with her uncle in Dover Foxcroft. There she was adopted by Alfred and Rachel Fortier who became her parents. They moved to Orono, Maine where Pat graduated from high school and also met her future husband, Herbert R. Doten.
She was accepted to the University of Maine at Orono where she received her degree in Home Economics Education and was member of Phi Mu Sorority. Pat remained an active member of the National and State Home Economic Associations. After her graduation from UMO in 1956, Pat married Herb, who was serving as an Army Officer stationed in Fort Campbell, Ky. The young family moved to Germany where Herb was stationed for two years. During this time they traveled all over Europe. After returning to Maine they made Augusta their home for 50 years, raising five children and making numerous volunteer contributions to the community.
Pat was an involved member of the South Parish Congregational Church for most of her adult life. With her creative flair, the church suppers, holiday services, and especially the Holly Mart were always a success. Pat also served as the Secretary to the Board of Diaconate and other leadership roles throughout her years of service to South Parish.
In 1977, Pat was elected to the Augusta Board of Education and served with dedication until 1984. It was during these years that she became known for her fiscal and policy planning abilities. She was often on the phone with members of the Board, the City Council, the Cony High Student Council, and parents and teachers late into the evening, making sure that she had the full perspective of educational challenges facing the Augusta Schools. She was one of few women in local government at the time.
Gifts to the Stanley E. Walker '62, '66G Civil Engineering Excellence Fund in Memory of Stanley E. Walker '62, '66G
Stanley Edson Walker, 79, of Fairport, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, after a long illness.
Born on May 8, 1940, in Minot, Maine, to Lewis and Florence (Larabee) Walker, and raised in Auburn, Maine, by Florence and Francis Keene. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1958, and earned a bachelor of science and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine, where he was a member of the Phi Eta Kappa fraternity and the Phi Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. Also a member of the school’s ROTC program, Walker served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam.
Stanley married his high school sweetheart, Meredith Osgood, in 1962, and they were together for 57 years. The couple had three sons, Scott, Andy, and Jim, who were raised in Orono and Cumberland, Maine.
Stanley’s long career in civil engineering starting with Woodward, Clyde, Sherard, in Montclair, NJ. After returning to Maine, he served as president of Jordan Gorrill Associates, of Orono and Bangor, before joining the executive teams at Edward C. Jordan Company, and then CE Environmental, both of Portland. He was later a vice president at Haley & Aldrich in Rochester, NY, before retiring in 2002.
Throughout his career, Stanley was an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Soil and Foundation Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Maine Society of Professional Engineers.
An avid student of history, Stanley extensively researched early New England and was a member of the Maine Historical Society, the Yarmouth Historical Society, and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Boston. He also had a deep interest in genealogy, documenting the Walker, Larabee, and Osgood families across many generations.
Throughout his life, Stanley enjoyed many outdoor activities with his sons, including hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and tapping trees to make maple syrup.
Stanley and Meredith traveled extensively for both work and pleasure, visiting nearly every state in the U.S. and many countries in Europe. Stan’s favorite trips, however, were back to Maine, which was always home.
In Stanley’s memory, the Stanley E. Walker ’62, ’66G Civil Engineering Excellence Fund has been created to benefit civil engineering education at the University of Maine. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the University of Maine Foundation at 2 Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469 or made online.
Gifts to Men's Ice Hockey in Memory of John Gabarra '77
John David Gabarra, 64, died June 16, 2019, in an automobile accident in Buckfield, Maine. Born August 9, 1954, John grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island. He was the youngest son of Edward and Lavinia (Jacques) Gabarra.
A lover of trees from an early age, John studied forestry at the University of Maine and at Duke University, where he earned a master’s degree in Forest Management and Business. He started his career at International Paper in Clayton Lake. For the last 30 years, he worked at Bangor Hydro, now Emera Maine, on various land-management issues. John redefined “jack-of-all-trades” as a licensed forester, licensed real estate broker, commercial drone pilot, private pilot, and notary public.
John loved Maine Black Bear football and hockey. He was a goal judge, season ticketholder, and contributor to Friends of Maine Hockey. He lived his passion for hockey as a youth hockey referee and mentor to other refs. Though his loyalties remained with the Black Bears, he and his wife traveled nationwide to the Frozen Four NCAA Division I Championship every April, no matter who was playing or where the playoffs.
A devoted husband of 35 years, John and Lisa (Cook) Gabarra lived in Orrington and enjoyed summers at camp on Holbrook Pond where he loved to jet-ski, canoe with his dog Molson, and skipper his Boston Whaler purchased at age 11 from paper-route earnings.
In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by a brother, Edward Gabarra; brother-in-law, Sammie Clifton; and father-in-law, Gilbert Cook. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; twin sisters, Margaret Clifton and Marilyn Nastari; mother-in-law, Donna Cook; three brothers-in-law and spouses, Don (Autumn) Cook, David (Kim) Cook, and Dan Cook; many nieces and nephews; and three godchildren.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Gifts in John’s memory may be made to the University of Maine Foundation designating Men’s Ice Hockey and sent to University of Maine Foundation.
Gifts in Memory of Llewellyn "Lew" Evans Clark, Ph.D.
Llewellyn “Lew” Evans Clark, Ph.D. passed away peacefully at his home in Ocean View, Falmouth, Maine on June 5th. Lew was born on July 30, 1932 in Brunswick, Maine to Reverend Clarence and Beatrice Wright Clark. Lew graduated from Westbrook High in 1950 and enrolled in the University of Maine. While at the U of Maine Lew earned several academic honors including the Tau Beta Pi award and the Washington Watch Award, played varsity football and joined the Sigma Chi fraternity, where he made lifelong friends. Lew was a loyal member of the Class of 1954, and completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Certificate in 1955. He stayed at UMaine as an associate Engineering Professor until 1968 and was an assistant Varsity Football coach through 1959. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1966.
In 1953, Lew married Dorothy Ann Stone and they had a child, Charles Stone “Rocky”. Dorothy passed away shortly after the birth of Rocky in 1954. In 1956 Lew married Martha Jo Trefethen. Together they raised Rocky and had Susan Elizabeth, Deborah Jo, and John David. In 1993, Lew’s daughter Deborah Jo Dennison predeceased him.
In 1968 Lew and family moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts to work for the Beloit Corporation where he spent the next 12 years as Director of Research and Development. Lew became passionate about waste to energy and was responsible for design, construction and operation of the Pittsfield Resource Recovery Facility for which he was recognized through several awards. He was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Francis Crowe Society in 2007 and received the ASME Pioneer Award in 2018, for outstanding contributions in his field.
In 1988 Lew married Shirley Mahony. Together they lived in Massachusetts, summered at Lew’s beloved camp on the coast of Maine and traveled the world. Shirley predeceased him in 2015.
Lew was an avid conservationist and builder. At his father’s side, and during the years of the Depression, he began his life long passion for building and using resources wisely. He ultimately built 3 homes, 3 camps, 3 tennis courts and countless toys and tables for his children and grandchildren.
Lew earned his pilots license in the early ’80s and logged hundreds of hours for business and pleasure. He was an avid skier, sailor, tennis and pickleball player. He sang with the Berkshire Hillsmen and was part of numerous church choirs.
In 2016 Lew returned Maine to live at Ocean View, Falmouth with partner Priscilla Simm. There he joined the Chorus and participated in various activities.
Lew is survived by his children Rocky (Anne), Susan Henderson and John (Missy), son in law Rick (Shannon) Dennison, 12 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren, Shirley’s children Jill (Nicola Bell) and Craig (Marge) Mahony, his brother Richard (Julie) Clark, sister in law Margery Clark, several nieces and nephews and his partner Priscilla Simm. His brother Charles also predeceased him. There will be a private memorial service at the family camp on Sebago Lake at a later date.
The gifts made in memory of Lew will be used to establish the Dr. Llewellyn E. Clark ’54 Memorial Scholarship at the University of Maine Foundation to be awarded to engineering majors with preference for scholar athletes.
Gifts in Memory of Melvin T. McClure, Ph.D.
Dr. Melvin T. McClure, Professor Emeritus of Accounting, University of Maine, 89, died May 8, 2019, at a Bangor healthcare center where he had been a resident for the past several months. He was born April 2, 1930, in Dover-Foxcroft, son of Smith and Marjorie (Bliss) McClure.
Mel attended Dover-Foxcroft schools until his beloved mother moved to Bangor. He graduated from Bangor High School where upon he joined the United State Navy and was stationed with the USS Storm that saw combat duty during the Korean War. Following his discharge he used a Steven’s Scholarship and his veteran’s benefits to continue his education, first attending the University of Maine, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1957. Determined to further his education he went on to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana, receiving his Master of Science Degree in Accounting in 1960, followed by his Ph.D in 1968.
Mel started teaching at the University of New Hampshire but the call from his beloved university was too strong, returning to the University of Maine where he was Professor of Accounting for the next 28 years. During his tenure at the University he received in 1967 the Nicholas Saigo Award, in 1991 the Steve Gould Award, followed by the prestigious Black Bear Award, all of which cited his devotion and loyalty to the university, the students, its ideals and highest traditions. Dr. McClure was involved in many activities outside of academics his entire lifetime, starting during his student years and continuing well into his retirement.
As a student, Mel was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. While being a Professor he participated in the following: honorary member UMAA Board of directors, treasurer of honor society Phi Beta Kappa, vice president of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, faculty advisor for UM Account Club, member Board of Trustees for UM Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in 1993. Mel served on the University Credit Union Board of Directors for 22 Years.
One of his most significant civic contributions was his work in bringing the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), bringing the Chapter to UM in 1981. He was most proud of his tax assistance to the International students. He volunteered his time with his assistance well after he had retired to Florida with Jean, his wife of 31 years.
Gifts in Memory of John Cameron Bridge '57, '63G
John Cameron Bridge, 86, passed away peacefully April 30, 2019. He was born September 25, 1932 to parents Chester and Helen Bridge. He was raised in Hazardville, CT with his four siblings until they all moved to Maine when he was a teenager. John then went on to graduate from the University of Maine with a BS and then MS in Civil Engineering, and also enjoyed teaching classes there along the way. During that time, he took a hiatus in 1955 and served two years in the Army as a Radioman. In 1964, he joined the family business, The Bridge Construction Corporation, working himself up the ranks eventually becoming President and CEO. His math aptitude served him well and he enjoyed the projects as well as the people he worked with. He managed the heavy and highway construction firm of over 100 employees, selling the renamed Bridgecorp in 2004 after a strong 40 year career and 129 years as a Bridge family business.
During John’s 50+ year residency in Augusta, he served in many leadership capacities for his industry, and most importantly to him, his community. From civic posts such as school board, city council and mayor of Augusta to the many Kennebec Valley non-profit boards such as the YMCA, United Way, Historical Society, Kents Hill School, Boy Scouts and more, he exuded constant enthusiasm and a “can-do” attitude. John was an active member of the Green St United Methodist church in Augusta where he was involved with their board and fundraising activities. In addition, his involvement in the construction industry was strong, serving as the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Northern New England Chapter president in 1980 as well as treasurer for 7 years.
Gifts in Memory of Mohamed Ali Makhlouf
Mohamed Ali Makhlouf died April 17, 2019 at his home in Bangor after a brief illness. Born December 26, 1926, he was 92 years old. Like all Americans that came before us, Mohamed was an immigrant and proud to be a citizen of our great nation. He, his family and his neighbors fled their homes from the attack on Haifa, Palestine in 1948. He was the oldest of the family of ten and they settled in Cairo, Egypt.
Mohamed later worked in Libya as a translator and teacher. He originally came to the U.S. only to learn a new trade – TV repair, but always inquisitive, kept studying and eventually received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975. He was a non-traditional student, being much older than any of the rest of the class. Mohamed worked his way through college, including as the Sears TV repairman, based out of Bangor.
After graduating from the University of Maine, he taught in Algeria, translated technical journals, and had a 20-year career at Wang Laboratories in Massachusetts designing computer systems. Before beginning his technical studies, he had varied jobs including working for the United Nations as an interpreter. Mohamed was a polyglot, speaking as many as 8 languages.
Gifts in Memory of Suzanne (Sue) Estler
Activist, scholar, mentor, and friend, Suzanne Estler died April 10, 2019, of pancreatic cancer. She was 74 years old. Sue was known for her zest for life, her love of family and friends, and her commitment to social justice, especially gay rights. Sue loved life, lived it fully, and died in peace.
Sue was born September 16, 1944, to Calder and Beatrice (Vandervoort) Estler. She attended Douglass College of Rutgers University, where she made friendships that lasted her lifetime, cemented her enthusiasm for women’s sports, and earned a B.A. in History/Political Science. Sue earned a M.A. in Human Relations from Ohio University and a PhD. in Educational Administration and Policy from Stanford University.
Sue held teaching and administrative positions at the University of Washington, Claremont Graduate School, Stanford University, the University of New York at Binghamton, Dickinson College, and Ohio University. After joining the University of Maine faculty in 1984, Sue gave tirelessly to the community in many capacities, including as Associate Professor of Higher Education (1994-2009) and Director of Equal Opportunity (1986-1997). As teacher and role model, Sue changed the course of many, many students’ lives for the better.
A huge fan of women’s basketball, Sue served for many years as official timekeeper for the University of Maine’s Division 1 women’s basketball team the Black Bears.
Sue was predeceased by her loving wife and life-partner, Paula Day Johnson. After 25 years together, Sue and Paula married on the first day gay marriage was legal in Maine, having fought passionately for marriage equality in the state.
Gifts in Memory of Mary-Helen Oak Thorne '52
Gifts to the Page Farm & Home Museum in memory of Mary-Helen Oak Thorne ’52
Mary Helen (Oak) Thorne, age 88, died on March 23, 2019, at home in St. Albans surrounded by family. She was born in Hammond, Indiana, May 18, 1930, the daughter of Philip Tracy Oak and Louise Mattern Oak. She graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in Whiting, Indiana, in 1948 and from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1952, where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority.
In September 1952, she began a one year internship from the University of Chicago at Billings Hospital. On February 1st 1953, she married Lt. Allan Thorne (USAF). After she finished her internship in September 1953 as a registered dietitian, she flew to Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska, to join her husband. She worked at Providence Hospital in Anchorage as its dietitian.
The couple moved to Maine in 1954 to look after her father-in-law and the family farm. They raised 3 children. She went back to college to earn a teaching certificate in elementary education after the youngest was old enough to go to school. She taught 4th and 6th grade at St. Albans Elementary School (SAD #48) for twenty three years before retiring in 1990.
Gifts in Memory of Gary E. LaGasse
Gary E. LaGasse Memorial Scholarship
To honor his memory, this scholarship was established in 2019 as a tribute to Gary LaGasse by his loving husband Tim, family, friends, and colleagues. Gary was a brilliant computer scientist and esteemed colleague, with more than 45 years of exemplary service to the University of Maine System.
Gary attended the University of Southern Maine where he graduated with degrees in Marine Biology and Computer Science. At the time of his passing, Gary was the Director of Software Development, for University Services: Information Technology, supervising 3 managers and 20 developers. Gary embodied a kind and selfless disposition both in his tireless work and personal life.
Gifts in Memory of Joyce Vorakiarthy Emery
Joyce Vorakiarthy Emery and Larry L. Emery Scholarship
Larry L. Emery ’70, ’72G lost the love of his life on Wednesday morning January 2, 2019. Their long journey spanning 53 years together has come to its end. Larry met Joyce at a New Year’s Eve party in Los Angeles on December 31, 1965. They married at the University of Maine Episcopal Mission on January 27, 1968. Joyce served the University of Maine as a secretary for Dr. Kenneth Wing, Director of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics during Larry’s undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Forest Resources ’70, ‘72G. Joyce also was licensed to type Doctoral Dissertations by the Dean of the Graduate School. She went on to serve students in her Distinguished Service career at the Northern Virginia Community College January 1975 – June 1998. Joyce was truly a gift from God. The Emery’s were blessed with a daughter, Chandra, and son, Jeffrey, and five granddaughters: Reagan, Emery, Joy, Rebecca, and Jocelyn, who mourn her passing and celebrate her life and time together. Over the past two years, Joyce battled a series of illnesses that were too much in the end, and she went peacefully in her sleep. A celebration of life and memorial service is planned at Baan Rim Nam, the family cottage, on the banks of the Wilson River near Tillamook, Oregon this summer. Her ashes will be interred in Bangkok, Thailand, in a memorial wall (alongside two sisters who predeceased her) at Christ Church where she was raised. The family encourages friends to hug and hold on to their loved ones as we all are only on loan here in this life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469 for a scholarship fund in Joyce’s memory.
Gifts in Memory of Carol L. Wood
CAROL L. WOOD NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
The Carol L. Wood Nursing Scholarship fund was established at the University of Maine Foundation in 2019 for the benefit of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine with a gift from the family and friends of Carol L. Wood. Dr. Wood was a highly regarded faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Maine from 1987 until her retirement in 2010. There, she served as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Rural Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She was founder and editor of the peer reviewed journal Issues in Health Care Research, and contributed a chapter on management of postdate pregnancy for Varney’s Midwifery 4th edition, the 2005 American Journal Nurse Book of the Year.
Dr. Wood began her nursing career in 1977 at the Yale School of Nursing where she made significant contributions toward postdate pregnancy management and was appointed director of the Yale Nurse-Midwifery Practice, a nationally unique public clinic administered by the school of nursing. Throughout her more than 30-year nursing career Dr. Wood mentored and taught hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students and delivered hundreds of babies. She has left a lasting legacy at the University of Maine, among the nursing and family health community, and among those who knew her.
The principal shall be endowed and the distributions, as established by the University of Maine Foundation Board of Directors, shall be used to provide financial assistance to University of Maine students majoring in nursing who demonstrate both academic merit and financial need. Preference shall be given to students who are assisting in teaching others through the nursing program.
To set up memorial giving please visit the Memorial/Honorary Gifts page.