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[Yearbook] Martha Shoemaker

Martha Shoemaker

“Marty”… Likes a good laugh … loathes hillbilly music … usually pleasant personality … full of ambition … a definite asset for college.


From Martha’s 50th reunion greeting to classmates…


The state of Maine’s slogan: “The way life should be”, has certainly proved true in my case.

Took an early retirement six years ago to buy an 1835 ocean view cape on Orr’s Island, ME. I had been widowed two years before so it was a big adventure to take on a huge old house in a whole new state. But I had close friends in Brunswick and Boston friends just a couple hours away.

Within 15 months I had met and married Wil Meacham, and life has taken off since then. Actually we sold the cape after getting tired of driving up and down the 12-mile peninsula that provided that ocean view. A year ago we moved to Topsham after designing and building a home for the way we live now. It’s perfect!

Before Maine I had worked for 12 years in downtown Boston. My favorite work during those years was editorial development of a variety of publications (hooray for V. Louise Higgins’s English classes!). I lived at first right in the city and later in a condo in a western suburb.

Prior to that I lived in the Albany, NY, area for over 20 years. Raised one daughter, Wendy, who is married and living in Empire, MI. She is art director for Cherry Republic, a delicious company selling over 120 cherry-related products. Her husband is in real estate. Wil has a son in Sacramento who works in computers for the Army Corps of Engineers. Wil has yet to retire from his work as associate director of the Wiscasset Bay Gallery where he has worked for 13 years.

We’ve enjoyed two art history elder hostels to Chicago and Philadelphia. Regularly go to Boston and New York for gallery shopping and museums.

The summers find us out on our small motorboat cruising around local islands. Somehow we always wind up docking at a waterfront restaurant for crab rolls.

Winter, when the gallery is open fewer days, gives us time for trips—this year it was a week long bareboat charter of a 33′ sailboat out of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. It was also a good winter here for snowshoeing on the 235 acres of preservation land just out the back door of our new home.

Plan to attend the Saturday night dinner on reunion weekend. Thanks to all who are doing the planning.

—Marty
Topsham, ME

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