UMA Employee Wellness Program
Events & Happenings
Calendar & Resources
Wellness Tips & Resources
Employee Assistance Program
Capital Area Economic Development Union
CAP-EDU March 9th Meeting Notes
University Advancement
Alumni
Alumni Newsletter
Alumni Upcoming Meetings & Events
Alumni Association Board
Join the Alumni Association
Alumni Contact Info Update Form
Advancement Project Proposal
YoUMA
Senior College
Senior College Exchange Programs
Senior College Fees
Senior College Network
Senior College Financial Assistance
Senior College Possible Future Courses
Senior College Information
Senior College Instructors
Senior College Vision
Forum on the Future
Forum on the Cooperative Economy
Forum on the Future: Capitalizing on the Creative Economy - April 2
The Future of Health Care in the US - Sept. 23
Forum on the Future: Questions about Health Care?…Best Available Answers
Forum on the Future: Agriculture in Maine
Forum on the Future with Paul Kando - March 4th
Forum: Better Health Care At Lower Cost -Oct. 21
Forum on Education Reform September 15
Six Feet Under: Funeral Choices
Senior College Board of Directors
Senior College By-Laws
Senior College Course Offerings
Senior College Events
Research and Pedagogy Series
Community Partnerships
Partners in the Parks
Storm Water Protection in Maine
Women, Work and Community
UMA Board of Visitors
Employment Opportunities
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine
EPSCOR Turkey Research Project
Project Home
Peter Milligan
Turkey Project Gallery
Chris Lage
Joseph Szakas
Kate Turcotte
French At UMA
AATF Maine Conference
Calendar of Events
French at UMA News
French Club
French Conversation Table
Cultural Events
French Minor
Frequently Asked Questions
Fun in French for Kids
French Language Materials - Lithgow Library
Fun in French for Kids - Registration Form
Related Links
Study/Teach Abroad
Subscribe to French @ UMA
French@UMA Unsubscriber
Maine French Heritage Language Program
MFHLP Curriculum
French Courses
Women, Work and Community
The Campus Green
Climate Action Plan
PCES Members
UMA's Greenhouse Gas Inventory
President's Council for Environmental Sustainability
Reduce Fossil Fuel Consumption
Maine Women's Hall of Fame
Honorees - Chronological List
Sharon H. Abrams
Mary R. Cathcart
Patricia M. Collins
Sharon Barker
U.S. Senator Susan Collins
Lyn Mikel Brown
Elizabeth Crandall
Linda Smith Dyer
Laura Fortman
Mary Farrar
Ethel Wilson Gammon
Caroline Gentile
Dorothy Murphy Healy
Karen Heck
Nancy H. Hensel
Judith Magyar Isaacson
Theodora June Kalikow
Chilton R. Knudsen
Laurie Gagnon Lachance
Gail H. Laughlin
Dale McCormick
Ruth L. Lockhart
Elizabeth Mitchell
Gilda E. Nardone
Chellie Pingree
Judy Ayotte Paradis
Katherine Ogilvie Musgrave
Lois Galgay Reckitt
Ninetta May Runnals
Elizabeth S. Russell
Patricia E. Ryan
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Mildred Brown Schrumpf
Margaret Chase Smith
Senator Olympia J. Snowe
Marti Stevens
Thelma Swain
Eloise A. Vitelli
Mabel Sine Wadsworth
Florence Brooks Whitehouse
Esther Elizabeth Wood
BPW Hall of Fame
Patricia Carol Patti Bourgoin
Jeanne Littlefield Hammond
Arline Rebecca Andrews Lovejoy

The late Dorothy Murphy Healy 

Dorothy Healy

Among Dorothy Murphy Healy's roles in life were those of turkey farmer, teacher and Director of Development for Westbrook College. But she is most noted and best remembered for her tireless efforts to collect and preserve the novels, stories, diaries, journals, letters and memorabilia of noted Maine women writers; and most especially for her loving diligence in uncovering the writings of many, many unsung Maine women who, in fact, were pioneers in many fields of literature.

From 1967 until her death in 1990, Mrs. Healy was curator of The Maine Women Writers Collection which she co-founded in 1959. Each year she gave between 50 and 60 public lectures on the Collection, and annually ran several conferences, book openings and literary receptions at the Collection's house in Westbrook College.

The extent and importance of the Collection cannot be overstated. From a modest beginning, it has expanded to more than 4,000 volumes. These volumes represent the work of over 400 Maine women writers and 200 additional authors whose publications are closely related in focus. In 1986, Down East magazine described the Collection as "...an extraordinary contribution to Maine's literary heritage ... probably the finest assemblage of its kind in the United States today." Of Dorothy Healy, Down East declares: "(this) literary treasure would never have been as valuable without the wisdom, energy and enthusiasm devoted to it over the years by its co-founder and (since 1967) its curator, office staff, and public relations director, all rolled into one."

Indeed, Mrs. Healy dedicated herself for over thirty years to securing rare and valuable materials, cataloging and caring for them and making their availability and existence known to the public. And while her great personal interest was in discovering writings from the nineteenth century, she eagerly acquired the latest works of many women who are currently enhancing Maine's literary reputation. But perhaps the most unique acquisitions in the Collection are the many works by Maine women who, though their names may not be familiar today, were true pioneers in a variety of literary fields. These authors were rescued from obscurity by Dorothy Healy.

Dorothy M. Healy is honored here for her dedication to the Maine women who wrote and the world of women who are now able to read and study these authors. Mrs. Healy has rescued women of the past, enlightened women of the present, and bequeathed a treasure to women of the future.

1988 Photograph

Inducted March, 1993