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Gifts in memory of
Robert Blick ’61
to support engineering student scholarships
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 in memory of
to the Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Scholarship Fund
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 in memory of
Virginia Nees-Hatlen, Ph.D.
to College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Scholarship Fund or
the Chamber Music Society
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 in memory of
Suzanne K. Hart ’68
to the Suzanne Kay Hart ’68 Fund
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.