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Harris Award Winners University of Maine Foundation honors six alumni for career achievement

As part of its 80th anniversary celebration this fall, the University of Maine Foundation presented the President Abram W. Harris Award to one graduate from each of UMaine’s colleges. The Harris Award was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 2003 by President Harris’ grandson Abram “Pete” W. Harris III ’50 and his friend Marion Waterman Meyer ’51. This year’s Harris Awardees were scholarship recipients as UMaine students. They were honored for exemplary leadership, contributions to community and service to UMaine that reflect the essence of Dr. Harris’ efforts as the president of the University of Maine, 1893 to 1901. To honor their legacies as successful scholarship recipients, the University of Maine Foundation presented the University of Maine with $1,000 scholarships in the name of each of the Harris Award recipients. The scholarships will be awarded in the next academic year.  Photos courtesy of the University of Maine Foundation.

Christopher P. KeatingChristopher P. Keating
Investment Management Executive
B.S. Business Administration, 1979

Chris Keating played for seven years in the National Football League, spending six years with the Buffalo Bills, and one with Washington. In his last three off-seasons from football, Keating worked as a registered stockbroker. Upon retirement, Keating earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1991. Combining his experience and education allowed Keating to transition into the investment management industry, where he continues to work today.


John K. Veroneau John K. Veroneau
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
B.A. English, 1983

John Veroneau practices international trade law at Covington & Burling LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based global law firm, where he co-chairs the international trade and investment practice group. He has served in U.S. Senate-confirmed positions in republican and democratic administrations. Under President Bush, he was deputy United States trade representative (USTR) and USTR general counsel. Under President Clinton, he served as assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs. Veroneau was legislative director to former U.S. Sen. Bill Cohen and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.


C. Ann MerrifieldC. Ann Merrifield
Life Sciences Executive and Board Member
B.A. Zoology, 1973
Master of Education, 1975

Ann Merrifield works with a number of small technology businesses as an independent board member, adviser or investor. From 2012–14, she was president and chief executive officer of PathoGenetix Inc., a commercial stage developer of an automated system for rapid identification and typing of pathogenic bacterial strains. Prior to joining PathoGenetix, Merrifield spent 18 years at Genzyme Corporation, a diversified global biotechnology company. Earlier in her career, Merrifield was a partner at Bain and Co., a global strategy consulting firm, and she was an investment officer at Aetna Life & Casualty.


Dr. Debra A. GervaisDr. Debra A. Gervais
Division Chief of Abdominal Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
B.S. Chemistry/Honors College, 1986

Dr. Debra Gervais attended Tufts Medical School and completed an internship year in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. She completed her residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served one year as chief resident in radiology. She also pursued subspecialty fellowship training in abdominal imaging and intervention. Prior to her return to Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gervais was a private practice radiologist and attending radiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.


Mark “Rookie” A. LetendreMark “Rookie” A. Letendre
Director of Umpire Medical Services
Office of the Commissioner, Major League Baseball
B.S. Physical Education and Health, 1978

In 2000, Mark Letendre was selected by Major League Baseball’s Office of the Commissioner to develop and oversee the first comprehensive athletic healthcare program for the 74 umpires in the major leagues. Letendre served as a major league baseball head athletic trainer for 14 years with the San Francisco Giants, and eight years as a minor league and assistant athletic trainer with the New York Yankees. Letendre was honored to serve as national league athletic trainer at the 1987 and 1994 MLB All-Star Games.


Calen B. ColbyCalen B. Colby
President, Colby Company Engineering
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1985
M.S. Civil Engineering, 1991

Calen Colby spent the first part of his career overhauling nuclear attack submarines. For 15 years, Colby worked for a national contractor designing and constructing power plants, and then became a project manager in the paper industry in the United States and Europe. He then worked in the A/E consulting engineering field. Colby is a registered professional engineer in 27 states and five Canadian provinces. In 2008, Colby and his wife founded Colby Company Engineering, a Portland, Maine-based firm with 26 employees.

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