Just a short note of thanks to all those who made my recent birthday and retirement party such a special time. It was a deeply moving event and it was great to see so many familiar faces. Over one hundred, including Richard Blanco, signed the guest book and I know there were several dozen others who missed this opportunity.
It was great to have State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. there to present me with a University of Maine Chair, which had once been owned by his predecessor, the late Robert M. York, who was once a member of the History Department at the University of Maine before he became Dean of Academic Affairs at what is now the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. It was here that I became acquainted with Dr. York and in my sophomore year took his course in Maine history. He became a lifelong friend and spoke on Maine history several times at the Bethel Historical Society.
I appreciated very much all the remarks made by others and was particularly surprised by the Executive Director Randall Bennett’s announcement that the Dr. Moses Mason Exhibit Hall would be named in my honor.
I am also deeply indebted to all those who worked so hard to make this event such a success. We were blessed with a gorgeous day that unfolded so seamlessly.
As I always emphasize when I am honored, any success I have had is due to so many remarkable people who worked so closely with me and made much significant progress possible. It is to those individuals, some of whom are now gone, that I owe a salute for their outstanding contributions. I shall never forget how well so many people have served the Bethel Historical Society in so many ways through all these many years.