UMaine Hutchinson Center Given $500,000 Gift, Free Press Reports

The Free Press reported the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast has received $500,000 from the estate of Marilyn Duane. The gift was one of four grants totaling $2 million that were presented to local organizations at a meeting of the Belfast Rotary Club at the Hutchinson Center. Duane, originally from Bangor, retired to Belfast in 1987 with her late husband, James T. Duane; James Duane was a member of Belfast Rotary Club, and Marilyn Duane was a member of the Belfast Garden Club and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), according to the article. Marilyn Duane was inspired by UMaine alumnus James Patterson, founding director of the Hutchinson Center and member of Belfast Rotary, who, she said, helped students access affordable higher education in a supportive and flexible environment, the article states.

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