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Sentiment Text for HS 16

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HS 16
Sponsored by Representative Brian Hubbell

the Reverend James Gower, of Bar Harbor, a Catholic priest, a peace activist and a cofounder of the College of the Atlantic. Reverend Gower was a 1940 graduate of Bar Harbor High School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was ordained a priest in 1953. Reverend Gower served for 15 years at Sacred Heart Parish in Waterville and also served as chaplain at Bates College, Husson College, the University of Maine at Orono and the Bangor International Airport. Before retiring from full-time ministry in 1992, Reverend Gower also served parishes in Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Castine, Lewiston, Northeast Harbor, Portland, Springvale and Stonington. In 1969, along with high school friend Les Brewer, Reverend Gower helped cofound the College of the Atlantic, with the goal of helping the economy of the Bar Harbor area and focusing on environmental issues. Reverend Gower was active in Pax Christi, the Roman Catholic peace movement. We acknowledge the important contributions Reverend Gower has made to his community and to the State and his lifelong service to humanity. He will be greatly missed and long remembered by those whose lives he touched;

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