Perham “Perry” L. Amsden, 90, died after a brief illness March 18, 2018 at Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Jackson, ME on July 6, 1927, Perry was the son of the late Annie (Littlefield) and Perham W. Amsden. He graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast, ME and the University of Maine at Orono. He started his career as a history teacher. After teaching in several Maine communities, most of his career was in the Bangor School Department, retiring as the principal of Union Street Junior High School. Following this, he taught education courses at the University of Maine.
He was also active in the community, being elected chair of the Brewer School Committee, serving on United Way committees, and as a member of the Bangor Kiwanis. He was also a leader of the Maine Education Association and the National Education Association (NEA), serving as Maine’s Director to the NEA, and as President of the Maine Education Association. During his retirement of over 35 years, he served as the president of the Maine Education Association- Retired and chaired numerous committees at both the state and county level. He also served on the National AARP Legislative Council, the Executive Committee of the National Practitioner Data Bank, President of PRONET, Board Member of the Northeast Health Care Quality Foundation, and the Vice President of the Citizen’s Advisory Council. As a 60-year member of Hammond Street Congregational Church, he is most proud of his service as a trustee and as a member of the Investment, Stewardship, and the Futures Committees.
He enjoyed traveling, particularly to all parts of Maine and internationally with his wife, Marilyn. He was frequently seen attending performances at the Collins Center. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots’ fan. He was not up for another frustrating Red Sox season.
Perry was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn (Seekins) of 55 years. Perry is survived by his daughters, Deborah Amsden Micklos and husband John, of Newark, DE and Rebecca Amsden of Brewer; son, David Amsden and wife Susan of Atlanta, GA; and grandchildren, Amy and John Micklos, Jenny Amsden Quick, and Halleigh Amsden.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate healthcare professionals at St. Joseph's Hospital and Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A celebration of Perry’s life will be held 3:30pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Hammond Street Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Perry’s life may make a donation to Hammond Street Congregational Church, PO Box 1106, Bangor, ME 04402. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.