Melissa Hope (Dunn) Costello

Posted July 01, 2013, at 7:36 p.m.

GORHAM – Melissa H. (Dunn) Costello, 81, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at her residence. She was born July 9, 1931, in Milford, the daughter of Carl and Helen (Smart) Dunn.

She graduated from Lee Academy, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Gorham State Teachers College, a Master of Education Degree from the University of Maine, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Maine. Melissa began her career in education in 1952 at the Junior/Senior High School in Eliot. In 1953, Melissa began her tenure at Gorham State Teachers College, now the University of Southern Maine, holding positions of assistant dean of Women; supervising teacher/instructor; assistant director of Student Teaching; assistant professor; chairman Department of Education; chairman of Elementary Education Department; director of Clinical Experiences; and chairman of Department of Professional Education-Undergraduate. She retired in June of 1990. Among numerous awards and honors, Melissa was the recipient of the title Professor Emerita of the University of Southern Maine in 1990, outstanding service awards from the Association of Teacher Educators of Maine, the National Association of Teacher Educators, and Phi Delta Kappa USM Chapter. The sports complex on the Gorham Campus of the University of Southern Maine is named for Melissa and Richard Costello. Melissa was a member and leader in many organizations such as Association of Teacher Educators in Maine, Association of Teacher Educators in New England, National Association of Teacher Educators, National Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Maine Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Delta Kappa Gamma International.

In addition to her parents, Melissa was predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, Dr. Richard “Doc” Costello; sisters, Evelyn Carroll, Emily Dunn and Claris Dunn; and a brother, Carl M. Dunn. She is survived by her sisters, Martha Vowles, Veda Madden and husband, Carroll Madden, Irene Haverlock and husband, Edward Haverlock; and many nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service for family will be celebrated 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, after the service. Interment will be at Goulds Ridge Cemetery, Passadumkeag.

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