Thomas Martin Libby

Thomas Martin Libby, who retired from the Bowdoin staff in 1987 as associate treasurer and business manager, died on January 8, 2005, in Brunswick, Maine.

Born in South Portland on January 16, 1924, he prepared for college at South Portland High School and during World War II served from 1942 to 1945 in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1948 with a degree in public management. From 1948 to 195 he was the town manager of Oakland (ME). After two years as town manager of Provincetown, MA, he became Brunswick’s town manager in 1955. In 1961, he joined the staff at the College as bursar and remained a member of the staff until 1987, when he retired as associate treasurer and business manager. Upon his retirementhe was named Associate Treasurer and Business Manager Emeritus and elected an honorary member of the Bowdoin Alumni Association. He was the co-owner of the Eagle Hotel in Brunswick and had served as a director of Wright-Pierce, Inc. and as a member of the advisory board of the Maine National Bank. For 30 years he was a public sector fact finder for the Maine Labor Relations Board and remained active in the municipal and business affairs of Brunswick for many years. He was a member of the last town board of selectmen and then became a charter member of the Town Council; he served as its chair in 1978. He was also for five years a charter director and treasurer of the Brunswick Housing Authority. He was a trustee of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, president of the Brunswick Area Student Aid Fund, and a trustee of the McKenney Booker Education Trust. He was a member of the building committee for the Jordan Acres Elementary School and in 1969 was general campaign chair of the Brunswick Area United Way. He also served on the New England Board of Higher Education. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Gibbons Libby, whom he married in 1944; two sons, Thomas M. Libby, Jr. of Pinehurst, NC, and Mark Libby of Woolwich; two daughters, Sarah Libby of Topsham and Jane Libby Macomber of Tucson, AZ; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.