ORLAND and Orono
Philip H. Person passed away peacefully on Aug. 12, 2019. He was born on Nov. 26, 1927, to Frances and Philip Person in Madison, Wis. Phil was Pam’s supportive, sweet, kind, brilliant, loving, humble, serene, fun- loving, courageous husband for 46 years.
Phil grew up in Wisconsin. He earned sociology degrees — his BA and MA from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from American University in Washington, D.C. His U.S. government career was in Montgomery County, Md., as a public health statistician at the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse. He co-led the Drug Abuse Warning Network with the Drug Enforcement Agency. At NIDA, he evaluated which treatments worked, and identified indicators to see what and where drug problems were developing. He retired in 1978.
For over 52 years, Phil was a beloved member of AlAnon in Maryland and Maine. In Montgomery County, Md., Phil co-sponsored an Alateen group. He was one of the founders and leaders of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville, Md.
After moving to Orland with his wife in 1989, he had more time to explore his wide variety of interests and expertise in music, furniture making, watercolor painting, budget keeping, traveling, long term planning, camping, home maintenance, photography and boating. He played his viola in the orchestra for many Gilbert & Sullivan Society operettas and Grand Theater musicals, played cello with friends, painted with the Wednesday Painters, served as treasurer and newsletter editor for the UU Church in Ellsworth, as well as sang in the Bagaduce Chorale, Peters Cove Men’s Chorus as well as the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth choir. Their home is filled with his watercolor paintings and photographs capturing their travels and wildlife, and his beautiful Queen Anne cherry furniture.
He was one of the founders of the Coalition for Sensible Energy, the all-volunteer group formed in 1992 to advocate for clean energy solutions after the defeat of the proposed coal-fired power plant in Bucksport. He served as CSE’s treasurer and newsletter editor as well as its representative on the state’s Regional Transportation Advisory Committee for Washington and Hancock counties (RTAC 2), where he led the RTAC 2 to give the initial support for the successful Island Explorer bus system at Acadia National Park.
He leaves his wife, Pam, his son, Richard of Crisfield, Md., his brother, John of Tucson, Ariz., special cousins Nancy Beach and Audrey Atherton of Phoenix, Ariz., Pam’s family and two cats. Phil’s son, Fred, and his first wife, Nancy, predeceased Phil.
We are grateful to our home care team led by Deb Fitzgerald from 2015-2017, and to all the staff at Dirigo Pines and Beacon Hospice for their great care of Phil since 2017. Thanks as well to Nancy Bauer for her beautiful photos sent weekly to Phil. We are so thankful to all our friends and family who have given support and love.
There will be a memorial service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, 121 Bucksport Road, on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. Donations can be made to the Dirigo Pines Employee Recognition Fund or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth.