While Maxene Doty has traveled to all seven continents and has lived in eleven states, it is Maine that holds her heart. For seventeen years after retiring from the University of Maine, Maxene drove 1,000 miles twice a year to be able to live in Maine half the year while remaining connected with her family in Ohio. When she first learned of CCLC, she was thrilled to know that people were working together to focus on providing educational opportunities in Washington County. “Without education you cannot have a civilization,” she said, “What CCLC represents is a community effort to create new opportunities to learn and to improve current ones so that all people have access to enriching education, especially people who would not have it otherwise. It’s so heartwarming.” Maxene has been engaged in CCLC’s development since its beginning due to her close friendship with CCLC Co-Founder Alan Furth’s parents. She has attended many CCLC events, including the opening of Heartwood Lodge, and made a donation in memory of Alan’s father, Don Furth, to support the building of the amphitheater.
Maxene has given a bequest to CCLC because, in her words, “It just made sense to me. I want to help. I care about people and the world and that is one way to express it.” It gives her great pleasure to be able to give to CCLC and “think of all the things possible” into the future of CCLC with her support.