Class of 1976 Spring 2018 Class Note

David Theoharides

68 Payeur Circle

Sanford, ME 04073

(207) 636-7482


I received an email from Georgia Tuttle, MD, who recently received the key to the City of Lebanon, NH, and a proclamation from NH Governor Christopher Sununu, who honored her as the longest-serving mayor in the history of the city of Lebanon, NH. Georgia stepped down from her elected position in March of 2017 after serving nine years on the city council, one year as assistant mayor, and eight consecutive years as mayor. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA), as a member of the board of directors of COLA, (a medical laboratory accreditation organization), and as a member of the board of directors of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI).

Georgia became just the fifth recipient of the prestigious Josiah Bartlett Award, during the 225-year anniversary celebration of the New Hampshire Medical Society’s 1791 founding. The award is named for the medical society’s founder, Dr. Josiah Bartlett, who was the second signer of the Declaration of Independence, author of the Articles of Confederation, first governor of New Hampshire, and first president of the NH Medical Society. Georgia was joined at the ceremony by her sisters, Lurline Tuttle Buelow ’69, ’72G and Ellen Tuttle Whitcomb ’72, ’00G.

Georgia lives in Lebanon, where she continues to run her solo dermatology practice three days a week and where she relaxes playing recreational ice hockey. She has been spending free time in the summer at her family’s home in Southwest Harbor, ME, playing golf and pursuing occasional hiking and biking adventures with fellow University of Maine field hockey teammate and graduate, Linda Clark Ruman ’78.

Governor Paul LePage ’75G nominated Sappi Paper energy manager Randy Davis to the Maine Public Utilities Commission regulatory board. Randy has worked at Sappi’s Skowhegan pulp and paper mill since 1978. 

Ron Weatherbee was named to the Lee Academy Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner and ceremony held in October. Ron served two stints as basketball coach, the first from 1990 to 1995 and then again from 2004 to 2012. Under his guidance the Pandas’ basketball team qualified for the postseason seven times, winning Class D state championships in 2005 and 2007. The 2005 team had a perfect 22-0 season.

Jane Searles wrote that after a 40-year career, 32 years with New Ventures Maine, she received a big surprise when “my legislator, Rep. Barbara Cardone, wrote a proclamation thanking me for my service.” Jane was particularly honored to be recognized by the legislative body in which her father, the late Paul J. Searles ’23, served in the mid 1960s.

New Ventures offers classes on career building, starting businesses, leadership, budgeting, and other topics. Jane, of Waterville, plans to travel, volunteer, and develop hobbies with her partner, Peter.

Last August, longtime Mount Desert Island newspaper editor Earl Brechlin joined Friends of Acadia as their new communications director. Friends of Acadia is a nonprofit focused on conservation efforts at the national park.

I, David Theoharides, am staying busy as school superintendent. We are building the largest high school and tech center in the state — due to be completed this fall! Also still running and preparing for my next marathon in Boston! Lets me keep up with my students!

Is this the year that many ’76ers start to retire? If so, now is a good time to send your classmates an update to include in this column. Enjoy the spring!