Russell Sprague Hewett ’50

Russell Sprague Hewett ’50 died on September 19, 2009, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor, Maine.

He was born on December 27, 1920, in Rockland, and prepared for college at Rockland High School, where, while still a student himself, he taught mechanical arts when the school lacked a shop teacher. He attended Springfield College for one year before enlisting in the Army in 1940. He served in the Harbor Defenses of Portland and then in France, finishing his five years of service as a technical sergeant. He enrolled in the post-war accelerated program at Bowdoin, where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity, and graduated in 1948. He worked for five years as a foreman at Bates Manufacturing Company in Lewiston before joining Central Maine Power Company, where he worked the remainder of his career. At CMP, Hewett served as a lighting and power engineer in Lewiston before moving to Augusta, where he worked in real estate and claims and then as manager of treasury operations. He led the Winthrop Planning Board and served many years on the Winthrop School Board, where he was chairman of two school building committees. He was a lay reader of the Winthrop United Church of Christ for many years. In his retirement, he was a long-time driver for Meals on Wheels and often drove people to their doctor’s appointments. He was an active member and president of the Winthrop Rotary Club and a 50-year member and worshipful master of the Ashlar Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Lewiston. He is survived by a son, Charles Earle Hewett; a daughter, Martha Jean Hewett; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Marion Ludwick Hewett, and by a brother, Elwood G. Hewett.