The Scholarship Committee of the Northeast Harbor Library with the support of the Board of Trustees has created a Distinguished Service Award Program to honor long term member Don E. Coates.
Mr. Coates served as a teacher, coach and principal at the old Mount Desert High School in Northeast Harbor from 1951 through 1963. He went on to be a superintendent of schools in Orono and Old Town, then to the University of Maine where he served as professor and dean. Mr. Coates and his wife, Alida, have long maintained a summer residence in Hall Quarry on Mount Desert Island.
Beyond his early work in the public schools on the Island, he has served as a trustee of the Northeast Harbor Library from 1951 through 1983, and as a member of the library’s corporation from 1951 to date. He has served both on the library’s Scholarship Committee and as its chairman. Mr. Coates has served as trustee of Thuya Gardens, a director of the Mount Desert Island Land and Garden Preserve. Mr. Coates was also a deacon in his church and a long time Kiwanian.
The Scholarship Committee hopes that this Award in Mr. Coates’ honor will inspire others to a life of service and commitment to the Mount Desert community. An honorary plaque will be displayed in the library with the names of recipients to be added, and an individual plaque will be presented to the recipient. Recipients of the Don E. Coates Distinguished Service Award will be chosen by a committee consisting of one Scholarship Committee member chosen by the Scholarship Committee chair, two Library trustees to be selected by the chairman of the board of Trustees, and the Director of the Library, ex-officio.