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Special Collections: Guide to the Robert W. Coon Papers

Collection title: Robert W. Coon Papers
Collection number: MS 540
Dates of collection: 1970-2001
Size of collection: 2 boxes
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage building. One week's notice required for retrieval


Dr. Robert Coon had a distinguished career in Vermont as Chief of Service and Director of Laboratories at the Medical Center Hospital. He was Associate Dean of the University of Vermont Division of Health Services, Director of the Northern New England Regional Medical Program, Director and President of Vermont Health Systems, Inc. and Director of the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Vermont. Dr. Coon was appointed Assistant Chancellor of Health Education at the University of Maine in 1973. He was responsible for planning a new medical school for the University of Maine (1973-1976). Governor Longley vetoed the bill that would have established the medical school. Dr. Coon went to the Chancellor's Office of the University of West Virginia. He established a medical school in that state on the Marshall University campus. He retired to Vermont in 1989.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes clippings, proposals, and other materials relating to the attempt to establish a medical school at the University of Maine in the 1970's. It also contains reports, publications, etc. concerning various health care issues.

Contents of Boxes

Box 756


1 Contents/introduction to collection

2 Report to the Chancellor of the University of Maine on the Feasibility of Starting a Medical School, Oct. 24, 1972

3 Application to Veterans Administration for Assistance in Establishing a School of Medicine; submitted by the University of Maine, Aug. 29, 1974

4-5 Resubmitted Application to Veterans Administration for Assistance in Establishing a New State Medical School, Feb. 25, 1975 (2 copies)

6-7 Documents concerning establishing a medical school, 1973-1975

8 Maine Senate documents dealing with proposed medical school, 1975

9 Journal of Martha Levy concerning development of school of medicine, 1974-1975

10 Correspondence, 2001, to Sen. John Martin concerning medical school plan

11 University of Maine Institute for Health Science Education, Dec. 15, 1975

12 Documents concerning health education in Maine

13 Report to the Ad Hoc Academic Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine on Health Science Education by Kenneth Allen, June 30, 1976

14 Statewide planning for nursing education in Maine, 1970-1985

15 Continuing Education for Maine's Nurses via Telelecture: A Statewide Plan, Sept. 15, 1975

16 State University College at Utica/Rome School of Nursing, Oct. 10, 1975

17 A Five Year Plan: Nursing Education, University of Maine, Apr. 27, 1977

18 Cooperative Health Manpower System Survey, Oct., 1974

19 Eastern Maine Medical Center Annual Report, 1972-1973; Clinical Clerkship Programs, 1975-1976

20 Family Nurse Associate Project, Continuation Application, Medical Care Development, Inc.

21 Governor Longley's address on “New England” (audiotape)

22 Mental Health Manpower Workshop Conference Proceedings, sponsored by the Department of Mental Health and Corrections, State Program Development, National Institute of Mental health and the University of Maine, Apr. 4-6, 1973

23 New Directions for Maine's Developmentally Disabled: State Plan FY 76, Aug. 20, 1975

24 New England Regional Student Program: Undergraduate Level, 1974/75

25 Proposal to the Robert Wood Foundation. A Regional Program for Service/Teaching, the Teaching Community, submitted by Dartmouth School, Jan., 1974

Box 756a

26 Remarks made by Charles D. McEvoy, Jr., M.D., Medical Director, Eastern Maine Medical Center, at a forum on “Medical Education in Maine, Feb. 9, 1977

27 Tufts University medical school evaluation materials, Dec. 3, 1975

28 Publications and news clippings, 1973-1975, 1979, 1988

29 Personal and business correspondence, 1973-1979

30 Photographs of Robert W. Coon

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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