December 31, 2013

Former senator, Maine high court justice, among deaths in 2013

Bill Hathaway and Caroline Glassman and are just two of the prominent state residents who died in 2013.

By David Sharp
The Associated Press

The first woman to serve on Maine’s supreme court, a former U.S. senator, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a pioneering magazine editor and a corporate executive who popularized fish sticks were among Mainers who died in 2013.

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President Jimmy Carter, right, talks with Sen. William D. Hathaway of Maine as Carter wears a Hathaway button at a fundraising dinner in Portland on Oct. 29, 1978.

1978 Associated Press File Photo

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Caroline Glassman was appointed to the state’s highest court in 1983, two years after the death of her husband, Harry P. Glassman, also a state supreme court justice.

1983 Press Herald File Photo

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Hathaway was a World War II prisoner of war and liberal Democrat who upset Maine legend Margaret Chase Smith in 1972 before losing his seat after one term to Republican William Cohen, one of the House Judiciary Committee Republicans who backed President Richard Nixon’s impeachment.

Hathaway was 89 when he died June 24 in McLean, Va.

Caroline Duby Glassman became the first woman on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court after starting her climb to the top of the male-dominated legal profession during the 1950s.

A role model for women, Glassman was appointed to the state’s highest court by Gov. Joseph Brennan in 1983, two years after the death of her husband, Harry P. Glassman, also a state supreme court justice.

She died July 10 at age 90.

Kenneth Wilson, a physicist who retired to Maine, won a Nobel prize for pioneering work that changed the way scientists think about phase transitions while at Cornell University. He and his wife moved to Gray, Maine, because of their love kayaking.

He died at 77 on June 15.

Judith Glassman Daniels, another transplant to Maine, blazed a trail for women in the publishing world and became the first woman to serve as top editor of Life magazine. Daniels served in senior editing positions at The Village Voice, New York magazine, Time Inc. and Conde Naste before she retired with her husband to Maine.

She died Sept. 1 at age 74 at her home in Union.

E. Robert Kinney, who grew up in Pittsfield, graduated from Bates College in Lewiston and started a canning business before helping to make Gorton’s of Gloucester frozen seafood a mainstay on the supermarket frozen food aisle, partly through marketing the brand’s popular fish sticks.

After Gorton’s was bought by General Mills, Kinney eventually worked his way up the corporate ladder to serve as chief executive. He was 96 when he died May 2 in Arizona.

Others with ties to Maine who died in 2013 included:

• Robert Rheault, an Army colonel in the Vietnam War who was accused of killing a double agent in what became known as the Green Beret Affair, died Oct. 16 at his Owls Head home.

• Maj. Gregory Sanborn, the second-in-command of the Maine Warden Service, died Feb. 5 at age 47 after battling cancer for more than a year.

• Stephen Longley, known by Appalachian Trail hikers as “The Ferryman” for taking thousands of hikers across the Kennebec River in Caratunk and son of a former Maine Gov. James Longley, died March 2 at his home in Solon. He was 56.

• Bar Harbor native Garry Davis, who renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1948 and for the next six decades led a movement for global citizenship, died July 24 at 91 at his home in Williston, Vt.

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