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The Maine Society

Leaving a Legacy at the Library

Photograph of Ruth M. Goldsmith (1919-2007) with her mother Harriet Miner Maine and father Dr. Thurman P. Maine.The Maine Society is named after a beloved Mystic doctor, Dr. Thurman P. Maine, and his wife.

Dr. Maine was a well-respected general pracitioner who died in a tragic car accident in October 1945 enroute home from a house call in Stonington. He was 57 years old. His wife Harriet was an active member of the Mystic community and mother of their four children.

At the time of his death, one local paper reported that Dr. Maine had a 'kindly, gentle manner [...] and his untiring efforts to administer to the sick and dying, together with countless acts of kindness, will never be forgotten, and, in this time of sadness, the sympathy of people in all walks of life is extended to his wife and family, to whom he was much devoted.'

One daughter, Ruth Maine Goldsmith, bequeathed to the Library most of her estate in her beloved parents' memory. To honor this most generous gift, the Mystic & Noank Library has named its planned giving society The Dr. Thurman P. and Harriet M. Maine Society, or simply, The Maine Society. 

Those that join The Maine Society are looking to the future by making provisions for the Library through planned giving. Planned gifts allow donors to continue to support the Mystic & Noank Library after their death, often in a more generous way than what is possible during their lifetime.

By becoming a member of The Maine Society, you will join many others who are a special part of our valued Library community. Your gift will help the Library remain a vibrant, intellectual and important Mystic community resource for another century to come. 

We urge you to consult your financial, tax and legal advisors about the benefits of planned giving. They can give you advice on how best to satisfy your needs and personal situation. Please contact the Director of Development at (860) 572-8191 to learn more about planned giving and other ways to give to the Library.

Should you wish to be identified as a member of The Maine Society, we welcome the opportunity to publically acknowledge your largesse and thoughtful commitment to our institution. 


Photo: Ruth M. Goldsmith (1919-2007) with her mother Harriet Miner Maine and father Dr. Thurman P. Maine. You can read more about Dr. Thurman in an article from The New London Day pubished October 22, 1945 after his untimely death.