Legendary Prof. “Sandy” Ives Dies at 83

Contact: Joe Carr at joecarr@maine.edu

ORONO — Edward “Sandy” Ives, a UMaine English and anthropology professor from 1955-1999, died on Sunday at the age of 83.  A renowned expert on folklore and folklife, Ives founded UMaine’s Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, now known as the Maine Folklife Center, in 1971.

“I was saddened to hear of Sandy Ives’ death,” says UMaine President Robert Kennedy.  “He was a seminal figure in UMaine history who influenced generations of students and contributed to our academic community in innumerable ways.  The impact of his remarkable scholarship is enhanced by the invaluable record of our state and regional culture that he leaves as part of his legacy.  Sandy was a UMaine legend whose impact will continue for years to come.”

A Tuesday Bangor Daily News story on Ives’ life and impact includes comments from Pauleena MacDougall, director of the Maine Folklife Center.  An obituary is online at

A memorial service is planned for the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ives’ name to the Maine Folklife Center, care of the University of Maine Foundation, Buchanan Alumni House, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 or New Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 757, Holden, ME 04429.