Who was A. Carolla Haglund? She was born in Waterville, ME in 1919. Carolla graduated from Waterville High School, earned her bachelor’s degree from Gorham State Teacher’s College, and graduated with a master’s degree from Wesleyan University. She worked as a teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts, a professor of history and geography at Framingham State College, and as the Dean of Women, also at Framingham State.
After retirement Carolla and her partner of 57 years, Genevieve Clark, traveled trough Europe and eventually settled in Brunswick, ME. There Carolla enjoyed playing tennis, singing, playing both the trumpet and recorder, creating art with watercolors and calligraphy, and gardening when the Maine weather allowed.
On what inspired the generous gift to USM, Carolla wrote, “A firm belief that global understanding through education will become increasingly important in the 21st century led me to designate a portion of my estate to be used by USM…for the purpose of enabling students to spend time studying abroad. The better we understand and appreciate cultures similar to, and different from our own, the better we can, through education, help develop one world built on a firm foundation.”
We couldn’t agree more with Carolla’s words and look forward to the exciting and enriching opportunities her thoughtfulness will provide.