GUILFORD, Maine —The Guilford Medical Building will be rededicated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, when a new sign will be unveiled in honor of the late Charles “Harry” Lightbody, a family doctor who served the community for decades from his home office.
Lightbody, who opened his practice in Guilford in the mid-1950s, was instrumental in getting town support for the construction of the medical building on Park Street. Although Lightbody had retired long before the building was constructed, he always pushed for the concept because he didn’t want the community to ever be without a family doctor, according to Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette.
“He knew he was the last of the doctors with offices in their homes,” Goulette said Wednesday. Lightbody believed that if the town had a medical building, new doctors would come to the area, Goulette said, and he has been right.
Voters approved the construction of the building in 1983. Local industries stepped to the plate during the first phase of the construction and provided the town a no-interest loan, which has been repaid. Mayo Regional Hospital helped fund an addition a few years later, according to Goulette. The building is leased to the hospital, which staffs it through the week.
Goulette said the idea of naming the new building after the popular doctor occurred to him at Lightbody’s funeral last year. He said Lightbody played such a key role in the community that it was only fitting the building be named in his honor. Goulette’s idea later was embraced by selectmen and the community.
The Abaris Club, a local women’s group, offered to raise the funds for a new sign for the building, which quickly was realized through a major donation from the Haley family.
Goulette said the ceremony on Saturday will feature the unveiling of the sign recognizing the building as the C.H. Lightbody Medical Center. Tours of the medical building will be offered and refreshments served by the Abaris Club.