UMaine receives nearly $8 million donation from graduate’s estate

Posted June 12, 2012, at 6:50 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine has received a $7.9 million gift from the estate of an alumnus to go toward campus maintenance projects. It’s the third largest gift received by the university in its 147-year history.

The estate of Thomas Hosmer, a 1958 mechanical engineering graduate who died in May 2011, designated more than 90 percent of the gift to the Thomas P. Hosmer Fund. That fund was established in 2005 to provide supplemental income for repairs and maintenance that would otherwise be without funding due to budget limitations, according to University of Maine Foundation President Amos Orcutt.

“The fact that he chose maintenance as his legacy speaks volumes about Tom’s commitment to the university,” Orcutt said. “In fact, Tom said it best himself when he wrote in his fund description that the university is a special place and should look the part.”

The remainder of the gift will support an endowed lab and scholarship to benefit UMaine’s engineering department.

Hosmer was a consulting engineer for Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, Mass., from 1965 to 2002. He spent 2002 through 2004 working as a senior mechanical engineer for Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc., also in Cambridge.

“I am overwhelmed by Tom’s generosity,” UMaine President Paul Ferguson said. “His personal vision for UMaine is clearly captured in our new Blue Sky Plan that seeks to enhance our physical infrastructure through consistent funding for maintenance and repair. It is essential that our campus beauty as well as our classrooms and laboratories reflect the world-class place of learning and discovery that UMaine represents.”

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