Noted philanthropist, Kathryn Davis, dead at 106

Kathryn W. Davis cuts the ribbon at the opening of a new research facility at the MDI Biolab in Salisbury Cove in August of 2012.

MOUNT DESERT — Kathryn Wasserman Davis, Ph.D., scholar, artist, and one of Mount Desert Island’s leading philanthropists who donated millions to local charities has passed away. She was 106 years old.

Davis died on April 23, at home in Hobe Sound, Florida. She was a long-time summer resident of Northeast Harbor.

Among the more notable projects she supported on MDI were the Kathryn Davis Village at College of the Atlantic and the new research facility at the MDI Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove as well as initiatives by Friends of Acadia, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the Jackson Laboratory.

Davis, who was predeceased by her husband in 1994, is survived by her son Shelby M.C. Davis of Jackson, Wyoming, daughter Diana Spencer of Washington D.C., eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

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Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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