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Dr George Farrington Dow
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Birth: Jul. 22, 1905
South Portland
Cumberland County
Maine, USA
Death: Jun. 9, 2006
Lincoln County
Maine, USA

SPECIAL NOTE: Grave stone shows birth year as 1901, but he died in 2006 as a celebrated 100 year old patriarch and renowned son of Maine, only 3 weeks shy of his 101st birthday, so grave stone was incorrectly carved. His wife, Myrtle, has a death year noted on her grave stone of 1988. However, several publications state she died in 1992. Town of Nobleboro celebrated it's bicentennial in 1988 with leadership from Dr. George Dow.

BIO: George was the son of J. Henry Dow and Abbie (Farrington) Dow. He grew up on a dairy farm in Fayette, Maine. After attending Kents Hill Seminary, he obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Maine, at Orono, and his doctor's degree from Cornell University.

In 1930 he married Myrtle Walker of Alna, Maine, the same year Myrtle published her Master of Science degree thesus in Home Economics at Univ of Maine, Orono.

He spent 42 years, from 1927 to 1969, at the University of Maine. His focus was research and teaching the economics of milk production and marketing. Member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity (20 years its Faculty Advisory), also member of honor societies of Alpha Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi. Active and awarded in University of Maine Alumni Association, the local church, and the state YMCA.

Retired in 1969, and designated Director Emeritus of Maine Agricultural Experiment Station. Awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Moved to Nobleboro with his wife Myrtle and sister Ruth Dow. Helped organize the Nobleboro Historical Society, which he served as President and Curator. He provided active leadership for efforts to restore and care for Nobleboro cemeteries. He was also highly involved with the First Baptist Church of Nobleboro. Co-author of "Nobleboro, Maine -A History." He wrote over 760 history articles for publication in the Lincoln County News. His book: "Nobleboro's War Time Involvements" was published in 2005.

The town's George Dow Scholarship Fund, set up in 1995 and enriched by celebratory donations in 2005 in honor of his 90th and 100th birthdays, awarded its first scholarship in May 2006.

George died only a few weeks before his 101st birthday.

Predeceased by his wife Myrtle (Walker) Dow in 1992, and his sister Ruth Dow in 2005. Survived by three daughters, Margaret Ricker and husband George of Windham, Barbara Turner and husband James of Cary, N.C., Elizabeth Scott and companion Maurice Furbush of Bangor; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Interment in Dow/Walker family plot in the Alna Cemetery.

Fom Obituray - Published in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on 6/13/2006; Nobleboro Historical Society online at, accessed 7-12-2007 
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  Myrtle Walker Dow (1908 - 1992)
Alna Cemetery
Lincoln County
Maine, USA
Created by: L Pritchett
Record added: Jul 12, 2007
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Your work lives on in hearts and history. Thank you, dear Cousin
- L Pritchett
 Added: Mar. 22, 2010
I never met you, George, but your hard work in preserving and sharing Nobleboro history has influenced me greatly. Thank you for keeping history alive for future generations :-)
- Lynn
 Added: Jul. 12, 2007

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