August 1, 2010

Former Portland mayor dies at 95

Dennis Hoey

PORTLAND — Portland’s oldest living mayor died today at the age of 95.

Dr. William L. MacVane, who lived nearly all his life in Portland, served one term as the city’s mayor in 1971.

His daughter, Lesley MacVane of Portland, said her father served on Portland’s City Council for nine years.

A thoracic surgeon, MacVane spent most of his career working at the former Maine General Hospital and later at Maine Medical Center.

He was born on State Street in Portland. His father, William L. MacVane Sr. served as a city selectman.

“He liked everything about the city. All the changes were hard for him because he remembers a city that used to have horses and buggies,” his daughter said.

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