Class of 1983 Summer 2020 Class Note

Janet Robbins

Hi, everyone — I hope you are well, and enjoying the warm weather.

How did you deal with the challenges of physical distancing, working remotely, and quarantining? Did you tackle a new hobby or project? Find a new favorite TV series? Did you perfect a dish — and then perhaps get tired of it? Please write and let us know.

Here’s what we have for class news:
Jennifer Williams LeComte has retired from Rhode Island Hospital after 31 years as a registered dietetic technician. She and her husband, David, who have been married for 31 years, now enjoy travel and spend time scuba diving and snowmobiling.

Helen Caswell Watts joined Criterium Engineers as a senior structural engineer. Helen has over 30 years of industry experience and is licensed in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Hawaii.

Another engineer, Lee Swain, recently retired after a career in local government managing various public works departments, and started Swain Consultants in 2018.

Lee used his civil engineering degree working for Los Angeles County, and later “served as director of public works for the fastest growing city in California during the 1990s (Palmdale) and one of the most progressive beach cities in the world (Santa Monica) before I retired from government.

“I am now assisting other city clients like Long Beach, Palmdale, and Culver City with the valuable knowledge and experience I first gained long ago in my beloved home state of Maine. Thank you, University of Maine, for laying such a solid foundation for success!”

Dan Tremble ’87 and Rick Fournier were both elected to three-year terms as Bangor city councilors.

Veteran WABI news anchor Jim Morris has retired.

Susan Peterson has joined William Raveis Real Estate, which serves Mid Coast Maine. She is also a board member and treasurer for the Boothbay peninsula’s Community Center.

Lastly, former ace pitcher Joe Johnson was inducted into the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations!