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Bowdoin to Name 85 Union Street Building in Honor of J. Houghton McLellan Jr.

Story posted November 15, 1999

The Trustees of Bowdoin College have voted to name the office building under construction at 85 Union St. in downtown Brunswick in honor of the late J. Houghton McLellan Jr., a native of Bath, a graduate of Morse High School, a 1920 graduate of Bowdoin College, and a major benefactor of the College. The building is expected to be completed in mid-December and dedicated after the first of the year.

McLellan’s career in the insurance industry in New England spanned 52 years. Upon his death in 1989 at the age of 91, he left over $8 million to the College for an endowed scholarship fund in the name of his cousin, Emma McLellan Duncan, and for an endowed memorial fund in honor of Marshall Perley Cram and Philip Meserve, two professors of chemistry who each taught at Bowdoin for more than a quarter of a century.

In announcing the vote of the trustees, William A. Torrey, Bowdoin’s vice president for planning and development, said, "Mr. McLellan was related to the Baxter, White and Morrell families – families whose connections to Bowdoin, the Bath-Brunswick area, and the state of Maine have been both broad and deep over the years. Naming this building for a native son of the Bath-Brunswick area is particularly appropriate because of the extraordinary partnership between the Town of Brunswick and the College that made it possible."

The 35,000-square-foot, three-story building at the rear of the former Maine Street Station property, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. It will house the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, the Controller's Office, the Human Resources Department and the Upward Bound Program. It also will contain art studios and darkrooms, as well as a 49-seat "multi-purpose" room available for College and community meetings.

The building is the tangible result of cooperation between the College and the Town of Brunswick, which worked together with the neighbors to develop the last major parcel of land in downtown Brunswick.

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