May 24, 2018
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UM to honor Maine’s first lady, film producer

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — Karen W. Baldacci and Lawrence K. Bender are among five University of Maine graduates who will be honored Tuesday at the University of Maine Foundation’s 75th anniversary celebration.

Darryl N. Brown, the chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, will host the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Wells Conference Center. Brown is a UMaine graduate and the president-owner of Main-Land Development Consultants in Livermore Falls.

The rest of the honorees are Joline D. Godfrey, Edward J. Keefe and Patrice M. Krant.

Baldacci of Augusta and Bangor received a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in 1983 and a master’s degree in teaching in 2001. She is a teacher and registered dietitian who focuses on issues related to education, family literacy, wellness and nutrition, the arts, local agriculture and gardening. She is the wife of Gov. John Baldacci, a 1986 UMaine graduate.

Bender, a film producer and political activist who lives in Los Angeles, graduated from UMaine in 1979 with a degree in civil engineering. His films include “Kill Bill Vol. 1,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” and “Reservoir Dogs.”

Santa Barbara, Calif., resident Godfrey is the CEO of Independent Means Inc., which provides families with financial education. She received a bachelor’s degree in child development and family relations in 1972.

Keefe, a 1986 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, is chief financial officer for M/C Venture Partners in Boston. The Belmont, Mass., resident is involved in a recently announced program that offers a tuition discount for recent UMaine graduates who want to return to Orono for master’s degrees in business.

Krant, who lives in Atlanta, is the Director of Global Procurement in Coca Cola’s Global Business Services Organization. He received a master’s in journalism in 1977.

The origins of the University of Maine Foundation date back to June 9, 1934, when the Class of 1909 presented a $1,000 check to the newly formed foundation. The foundation’s assets now exceed $140 million, including more than $100 million of endowed funds that provide scholarships and other forms of financial support for UMaine students, faculty and programs.

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