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UMaine Today Magazine

Lasting Impression

Raymond H. Fogler
Raymond H. Fogler, 1915.

Photo courtesy of Fogler Library
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The University of Maine's Raymond H. Fogler Library is the largest research library in Maine, with collections and services supporting UMaine faculty, students and staff, as well as residents of the state. It is named for alumnus Raymond Fogler, in recognition of his service to the University.

After earning a degree in biology from UMaine in 1915 and a master's degree from Princeton two years later, Raymond Fogler launched his career as one of the country's leading corporate executives.

In 1919, the Maine native moved to New York to work for W.T. Grant Co. For the next 13 years, Fogler held various jobs from stock boy to director of personnel and real estate. Fogler then was hired by Montgomery Ward in Chicago, where he worked his way up to the presidency in six years. In 1940, he returned to W.T. Grant to be its president.

After 12 years of overseeing W.T. Grant's 500 department stores, Fogler retired, only to be tapped by the Eisenhower administration to be assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy.

Throughout his career, Fogler often returned to UMaine. For more than 80 years, he led or actively participated in every major fund raiser, including those to build Memorial Gym and the library.

All seven of his children graduated from UMaine.

In 1996, Raymond Fogler died at his home in Exeter, Maine. He was 103.

"Lasting Impression" features a memorable person or event in UMaine history.


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