Husson University to Hold 100th Birthday Party for Community Leader Clara L. Swan

Husson University to Hold 100th Birthday Party for Community Leader Clara L. Swan

Date of Release: April 24, 2012

Husson University will hold a 100th birthday celebration for Clara Lincoln Swan, Class of 1933, and former director, coach, teacher, assistant principal, academic dean, registrar, corporate officer, assistant to the president and vice president. The event will be held on Saturday, April 28th beginning at 5 p.m. with a reception in the Darling Atrium followed by a presentation in the Gracie Theatre at 6 p.m.

Clara Lincoln Swan was born in Princeton, Maine, on April 28, 1912. She was valedictorian of the Class of 1930 at Brewer High School and went on to attend the Maine School of Commerce. After graduating, she taught for five years in Mexico and Dover Foxcroft, Maine. She earned her bachelor's degree from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and her Master's in Education from UMaine.

In 1939 she returned to Husson as a teacher. For the next 34 years she served the students of Husson in every way possible. On her way to becoming vice president, she served as director of the Secretarial Studies department, assistant principal, academic dean, registrar, corporate officer and assistant to the president. She also coached Women's Basketball for 19 years.

"Clara has shown incredible dedication to the alumni and students of Husson University and to the greater community, and we are humbled and grateful that she is sharing this special day with us," states Husson President Robert Clark.

Husson College honored Clara in April of 2002, on her 90th birthday, when they named their new fitness building the Clara Swan Center. Beyond her work with the college, Clara has been a tireless volunteer with a number of area organizations. Among those organizations are RSVP, St. Joseph Hospital, Altrusa International, Epsilon Delta Alumnae, the Husson Alumni Board, Edith Dyer Library and the Eastern Area Agency on Aging.

Clara has received honorary doctorates from Fort Lauderdale College and Husson College, was named to the Bangor Daily News and Husson Sports Halls of Fame, received the UMaine Outstanding Business Educator Award, the Maine High School Coaches Association Award, the Mother Angela Award for Volunteerism from St. Joseph Hospital and the WLBZ2 To Those Who Care Award.

For more information, please contact Amanda Kitchen at 207.992.4925 or

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