University of Maine Hutchinson Center receives second gift from the estate of Marilyn Duane

University of Maine Hutchinson Center receives second gift from the estate of Marilyn Duane   Orono, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center has received a second disbursement for $450,000 from the estate of Belfast, Maine resident Marilyn Duane to benefit scholarships and outreach efforts. “Funds from these three new scholarships will be available […]

University of Maine Hutchinson Center receives second gift from the estate of Marilyn Duane

 

Orono, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center has received a
second disbursement for $450,000 from the estate of Belfast, Maine resident
Marilyn Duane to benefit scholarships and outreach efforts. “Funds from these
three new scholarships will be available to Hutchinson Center students for the
2015-16 academic year, and for the foreseeable future,” said Hutchinson Center
Director, Patricia Libby

Duane’s attorney and friend Lee Woodward presented an initial disbursement of
$500,000 to the Hutchinson Center on April 15. Woodward, who is handling
Marilyn Duane’s estate with co-personal representative Cindy MacLeod-Klewin,
anticipates that, when the estate is settled, the proceeds will total just over $1
million to the Hutchinson Center for scholarships.

“The Marilyn Duane Scholarships will make higher education more affordable
and accessible than ever before for people in the mid-coast region who want to
start or complete a University of Maine degree,” said University of Maine
President Susan J. Hunter. “Marilyn’s generosity and vision have the potential to
change the lives of countless students.”

Marilyn Johnson Duane grew up in Bangor, the daughter of Dr. Henry and
Dorothy Carlton Johnson. Marilyn and her late husband, James T. Duane, retired
to Belfast in 1987. James was an early computer engineer, who worked for
General Electric and was a member of the Belfast Rotary Club. Marilyn was
member of the Belfast Garden Club and the Daughters of the American
Revolution.

Marilyn was inspired by the work of UMaine alumnus James Patterson, the
founding director of the Hutchinson Center and member of the Belfast Rotary,
who she said opened the door for students to access quality, affordable higher
education in a supportive, flexible environment. With the gifts from the Marilyn
Duane estate, three funds have been established:

  •  The James C. Patterson Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to
    non-matriculated students served by the Hutchinson Center who are
    enrolled in University of Maine undergraduate or graduate coursework.
  •  The Marilyn Duane Scholarship Fund will benefit University of Maine
    System matriculated students with financial need who are served by
    the Hutchinson Center.
  • The Marilyn and James T. Duane Community Outreach Fund focuses
    on creating access to lifelong learning opportunities that otherwise
    would not be available. The fund will be used for educational
    programming at the Hutchinson Center for personal enrichment,
    professional development, continuing education and/or early college
    opportunities at reduced or no cost to participants.

“Marilyn Duane has provided an incredible scholarship legacy for mid-coast
students served by the Fred Hutchinson Center of the University of Maine,”
Patterson said. “I am honored to be mentioned as one of the team working to
develop the Hutchinson Center into the community resource it is today.”

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