Harold T. Gerrish


February 10, 1930
- June 29, 2006

BOWERBANK - Harold T. "Hap" Gerrish passed away peacefully June 29, 2006, at his Bowerbank home on Sebec Lake, with his family surrounding him. Hap was born Feb. 10, 1930, in Milo, the son of Harold L. and Frances (Towne) Gerrish. His family lived in Augusta where he graduated from Cony High School in 1948. He was an Eagle Scout, involved with football, and he played the violin in the orchestra. He attended the University of Maine at Brunswick and Orono, majoring in engineering physics. While there, he was a member of the Sophomore Owl Honor Society. Hap transferred to Tufts College as a junior, but had too many credits and ended up a senior in pre-med. He graduated from Tufts Dental School in 1955, with a DMD degree. While in dental school, he drove a taxi and also played first violin with the Boston Pops for Arthur Fielder for three years. While with the Pops, "Sleigh Ride" was played for the very first time. The years of 1956-1957 were spent in the U.S. Army; he was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was a paratrooper and ran the dental clinic. He also did an internship at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. Hap came to Dover-Foxcroft in 1957, and practiced general dentistry there until 2001, and then at Twin City Dental, Bangor. In 1973, he was elected a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, a dental honor society. In 1992, he enrolled in a 12-month study program in the professor-training unit at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, which led to an appointment in operative dentistry. Hap joined the Kiwanis Club of Dover-Foxcroft in 1957 and enjoyed 49 years of perfect attendance. During that time, he served as club president, lieutenant governor and governor of the New England District. He was a life member of Kiwanis International, a 49-year member of the Legion of Honor, a George F. Hixon fellow of the Kiwanis International Foundation and his name stands permanently at Kiwanis International as a three-time recipient of the Tablet of Honor. Hap served 28 years on the Board of Kiwanis Fou°>Ãwxë ndation of New England and was president for two years. He was a friend of the foundation and a member of the John D. Morton Society. He represented Kiwanis for more than two decades, serving as a trustee of the New England Medical Center in Boston.


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