Peter F. McGuire '62

Citation for Peter F. McGuire, 2007 Common Good Award recipient.

"Peter F. Maguire of the Class of 1962, visionary physician dedicated to the delivery of high-quality healthcare, entrepreneur, and founder and medical director of the Oasis Health Center, we celebrate the spirit and the substance of your accomplishments with the 2007 Common Good Award.  A native of Danbury, Connecticut, you knew at the time of your graduation from high school in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, that your future would be in the field of medicine.

The path to your chosen career led from Bowdoin to McGill University School of Medicine, from which you graduated in 1966.  Following your marriage to Marcy in that year you served an internship at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal.   Your entry into the U.S. Army in 1967 took you to Vietnam as a captain commanding the 61st Medical Detachment of the U. S. Army Medical Corps, where you received the Bronze Star and also the Vietnamese Armed Forces Honor Medal for your medical treatment of civilians during the Tet offensive.  You returned to Maine in 1969 from Fort Hood, Texas, and served in the residency program in adult and child medicine at Maine Medical Center until 1971, when you opened a private medical practice in Brunswick.

As a physician you have always sought to improve the delivery of healthcare in your own family practice, first with your pioneering efforts to create and administer Healthsource Maine in the 1980s, the first physician-run health maintenance organization (HMO) in the State of Maine.  Through your insights into the needs of patients and the physicians who treat them, your entrepreneurial creativity, and your administrative skill as its medical director, Healthsource Maine became a model for the delivery of healthcare.  Acting in the spirit of service to the Common Good as described by President McKeen nearly 205 years ago, you continued to seek improvements in health care systems for the benefit of society.  In 1992 you began a healthcare program at a homeless shelter in Brunswick, recognizing that access to medical care was beyond the reach of many who needed it the most.  Your efforts to restore health, dignity, and hope to the homeless have grown into the Oasis Health Center, which serves a broad segment of the population of midcoast Maine who do not have--and cannot afford--medical care for themselves and their families.  The center's mission is "…to provide free, quality health care with dignity, confidentiality, respect and equal access to persons of limited means."  Your understanding of the interpersonal, communications, social, and economic dimensions of the practice of medicine earned you the Maine Medical Association's Humanitarian Domestic Service Award in 2005 and the gratitude of countless patients.

Through the example of your life's work you have inspired – and continue to inspire – the medical community, the Bowdoin family, and society at large to serve the Common Good.  On behalf of the Trustees of Bowdoin College, I am proud to present to you the 2007 Common Good Award."

June 2, 2007