William and Harriet Currie: Providing for UMaine’s Future
William D. Currie, fondly known as Bill, was always full of hope for the future. Bill also planned for the future of a place that was near and dear to his heart: Buchanan Alumni House. In 2013 in his role as Co-President of the Class of 1952 Bill facilitated the creation of the Class of 1952 Buchanan Alumni House Fund, a permanently endowed fund at the University of Maine Foundation that provides financial assistance for the operation and maintenance of the Robert D. Buchanan Alumni House facility.
Bill and his wife, Harriett, spent a lot of time at the place he considered the home of Black Bear alumni. They enjoyed attending Reunions, Class of 1952 meetings, and visiting their friends at the University of Maine Foundation and Alumni Association, both of which are fortunate to have Buchanan Alumni House as their home.
During Bill’s lifetime, he and Harriett consistently donated to the Class of 1952 Buchanan Alumni House Fund. In Black Bear spirit, he asked many of his classmates to do the same. Bill wanted his legacy of exemplary leadership and extensive service to the University of Maine as a proud alumnus to live in perpetuity, so he decided to name the University of Maine Foundation as a beneficiary of an employer-sponsored life insurance policy to benefit the Class of 1952 Buchanan Alumni House Fund.
Bill’s remarkable leadership and service as a Black Bear alumnus were recognized with several alumni achievement awards, including the Block “M” Award (1997), Black Bear Award (2002), Golden “M” Award (2002), and the Pine Tree Emblem Alumni Service Award (2011). Bill was grateful for his UMaine undergraduate experience, which he believed gave him a strong foundation for his success in life – both professionally and personally. Bill was also fortunate to meet his classmate Harriett, and the Bear Pair built a wonderful life together. Sadly, Bill and Harriett both passed away in 2020. They will be missed dearly by all who were fortunate to be part of their Black Bear family.