BRUNSWICK – Julia C. Pratt, 102, passed away June 23, 2019, at the MidCoast-Parkview Senior Center in Brunswick.

Julia was born in Phillips, Jan. 23, 1917, the daughter of Arno Pratt and Cherry (Bangs) Pratt. She grew up in Phillips with brothers, Leonard and David and many cousins. The Pratts were direct descendants of the Pilgrims who arrived on the English ship “Anne” in 1623.

Following her graduation from Westbrook Junior College in Portland, Julia enlisted in the United State military WAVES. Stationed in Washington D.C. during WWII, Julia worked with the women code breakers.

Following her service in the WAVES, Julia embarked on a career as executive secretary to five presidents of Boston University (1948-1981). Julia had the most celebrated contact with President John Silber and witnessed the vast changes that took place within the University under his administration.

In an interview, during Silber’s tenure, Julia remarked that “having been at Boston University for a long time, I’ve seen many changes. Working with Dr. Silber was never dull. I’ve heard all of the words criticizing him, and they’re just not true. Abrasive? Controversial? Who isn’t controversial if he’s intelligent, and isn’t afraid to say what he believes?”

Julia’s demanding work schedule did not deter her from pursue higher education, earning her Bachelor of Arts from Boston University. Further, in 1980, Julia received the University’s honorary Doctorate degree.

Julia received many tributes upon her retirement from Boston University after thirty-three years of service. Among them were the words of Mary Ellen Kennedy in the Daily Free Press. Ms. Kennedy wrote that “Boston University will never forget Julia Pratt. She’s kind. She’s quick-witted, and somehow, in the special way she serves each President, she holds this University together.”

Julia leaves relatives, Steven and Joanna Morrison of Rockland; and longtime friends: Michael and Bridget Healy of Freeport.

The Healys wish to thank the Staff of Thornton Hall, The Garden, and Chans Hospice for their assistance and support. Arrangements are in the care of Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.