Class of 1979 Summer 2021 Class Note

Regina C. McCombs
229 Enfield Road
Lincoln, ME 04457
(207) 794-2897

Happy summer! Hope you are all healthy and happy enjoying some fun in the sun!
Dan Warren writes: “My daughter, Sophie Warren, age 25, just got elected to the Maine House of Representatives. It was her first try at political office. She graduated from Brandeis in 2019, then did a Washington, DC, internship with Senator Angus King, and then was part of the national Bernie Sanders for President campaign, working in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and California. Many members of my fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and my class from the University of Maine were helpful in her campaign. Among them: Steve Bishop and Tim O’Neil from the Class of ’79, and Peter Madigan ’81. A fellow member of the Daily Maine Campus student newspaper, Nancy McCallum ’79, also provided valuable advice to Sophie.”          

The Hampden Academy (Hampden, ME) Hall of Fame recently inducted its inaugural class. Among the new members was Tom Stephenson. Tom was a multisport athlete at Hampden, playing football, basketball, indoor track, baseball, and outdoor track. Tom won between six and ten individual state track and field championships in a variety of events. He holds the state of Maine and Hampden Academy record in the 60-yard dash and also held the state of Maine record in the 300-yard run. Tom went on to be a four-year scholarship athlete in track and field at Orono, lettering three years in outdoor track and four years in indoor track.
Richard Erb, president/CEO of the Maine Health Care Association, retired from this position in the spring. MHCA is a non-profit trade association representing 200 Maine nursing homes and assisted living/residential care facilities. Prior to his appointment in 2001, he served as a CEO in local and county government in Maine and New York for over 20 years. He began his career as a town manager at age 21, immediately after receiving a bachelor’s degree in public management from Orono. He received a master’s degree in community and rural development from Cornell University. He was a member of the Beta Class of Leadership Maine and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and legislative commissions. He and his wife, Shannon Feero Erb ’86, plan to stay in Maine.
Congratulations to Joanne D’Arcangelo G, who was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in March. Joanne is a longtime advocate, activist, and leader in Maine’s nonprofit, political, and social justice communities. During the virtual event, Gov. Janet Mills cited D’Arcangelo’s “unshakable belief in social justice,” which has guided her work. 
If you have any news please drop me a line or send me a message through our class Facebook page — University of Maine Class of 1979. We would enjoy hearing from you.