Down East Community Hospital was presented with a check in the amount of $1 Million on May 23, 2011. The endowment gift was presented by Jeff Lovitt, Esq. and Foster Matthews on behalf of the John Philip Harriman Estate.
“This is really a story about a hometown boy making good and then ensuring his community was also taken care of,” said Doug Jones, interim president and CEO of Down East Community Hospital. This generous gift will go a long way toward helping the people of Washington County, Jones added, and we pledge to be very good stewards of this gift, “All of Down East Maine can be very proud of John Harriman, his many accomplishments, and his unwavering dedication to this region of Maine.”
The late Mr. Harriman graduated from Cherryfield Academy in 1935 and graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. During World War II, he served for three years with the War Department, U.S. Signal Corps, followed by three years in the U.S. Navy as an electronics officer. Harriman was employed as an engineer from 1947 to 1963 as an engineer for New England Telephone Company, and in 1962 he purchased the Cherryfield Motors Ford Dealership and managed it for 20 years until he retired. A self-made millionaire, Harriman donated to numerous charities, and especially the University of Maine Foundation for the purpose of funding scholarships for Cherryfield graduates of Narraguagus High School and graduates of five other towns in SAD 37. Harriman was a long time patient of Dr. Carl Aselton of Milbridge Medical Center. The medical practice also received a gift from the Harriman estate.