Class of 1982 Fall 2018 Class Note

Andy Paul

7 Laurel Wood Drive

Temple, NH 03084

(603) 878-3508


Hope everyone had a great summer. Fall is my favorite time of year with the crisp days and cool nights signaling that it’s time to get that firewood stacked. It’s also a good time to catch up on what the Class of ’82 has been up to.

We heard from John Merrithew ’87G of Bangor, who reports that his granddaughter Lauren May Potter will enter UMaine as a first-year Honors student in the marine biology program. This marks the fourth generation of John’s family attending UMaine, a tradition that started with his grandfather, John Moran ‘30 and extended to his daughter, Kristi Merrithew Potter ’98. What a great family legacy!

Thirty-five years after earning his MBA at Maine Business School (MBS) at UMaine, George Violette G has returned to swap roles, joining the faculty as associate professor of accounting. His teaching career to date has taken George from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Southern Maine to Wake Forest and Arizona State University. Welcome back to Black Bear country, George!

Biologist and professional mycologist Alan E. Bessette, Ph.D., recently co-authored A Field Guide to Mushrooms of the Carolinas, providing information and color photos of more than 650 mushrooms found in the Carolinas. If you plan to hunt mushrooms down south, I’m sure you’ll want to take Alan’s book along.

Jeff Hart was one of 16 basketball luminaries inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. A Farmington native, Jeff has coached the Camden-Rockport/Camden Hills Windjammers for more than 35 years, racking up an impressive 500 wins — one of just nine state basketball coaches to achieve that milestone — including five state championships and nine regional titles. Congratulations, Jeff!

Speaking of Maine sports, my former Maine Campus colleague, Ernie Clark of the Bangor Daily News, was a finalist for the Maine Sportswriter of the Year Award by the National Sports Media Association. Bangor-area sports fans know Ernie for his true passion for sports, his encyclopedic knowledge of Maine athletes and coaches, and his clear writing style. Great to see him receive some well-earned recognition.

Have any news of your own or just want to share what’s new in your life? If you have anything to share, or just want to give a shout out to your classmates, please drop me a line.