Savage Portrait Added to Board Governance Room


The Eastern Maine Medical Center Board Governance Room has for years displayed portraits of current and former board chairs. However, until recently those portraits only dated back to Robert Haskell, who was board chair from 1957 to 1969. An effort is now underway to add as many portraits of former board chairs as possible.

The newest addition is the portrait of Boutelle Savage, who served as board chair from 1956 to 1957, subsequently resigning due to health reasons. In December, Mr. Savage’s son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Sally Savage, provided EMMC with his portrait. The portrait was put in place beside other former board chairs just before Christmas. At the portrait presentation, current and long-time EMMC board member Arthur Comstock and chief medical officer Jim Raczek, MD, on behalf of Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, president and CEO, thanked the Savages for their generous donation.

Dr. Raczek spoke of the vital leadership of EMMC’s board chairs. Debbie Johnson added that this chain of leadership has brought EMMC to where it is today. “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to put another piece of history in its rightful place in this Governance Room. As EMMC board chair, Mr. Savage gave generously of his knowledge, leadership, and time. For that we are, and forever will be, most grateful.”

In addition to serving on the Eastern Maine General Hospital Board of Trustees from 1953 to 1962, Mr. Savage gave generously of his time to many other civic and service organizations, including the Bangor Chamber of Commerce, Bangor YMCA, Bangor City Council and School Committee, Bangor Public Library, and the Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. He was chairman of the board of Hannaford Brothers Company after his company, TR Savage Company of Bangor, the largest wholesale grocery company in eastern Maine, merged with Hannaford in 1955.