The Darling Marine Center was established in 1965 when Ira C. Darling donated his Walpole farm to the University of Maine with the expressed intent of establishing a marine laboratory on the shore of the Damariscotta River Estuary. To help maintain and improve the property, Mr. Darling also created the largest trust in the university’s history, which included endowments for two chaired professorships.

Other significant contributions followed. The waterfront property and cottage of Mr. George Willett now accommodates visiting researchers; the building that housed the first classroom and lecture hall, now part of the library, was a gift from the Kresge Foundation; Betty Noyce supported expansion of our first flowing seawater laboratory; and Professor John Dearborn and his wife Bethel created a trust to support capstone research and other educational opportunities for Darling Marine Center students.

Thank you for considering us as a recipient of your gift. We greatly appreciate it.

If you are ready to make a donation, you can do so with a check or by using the University of Maine Foundation’s website:  Please make checks payable to the University of Maine Foundation, designate “Darling Marine Center” on the memo line, and mail to:

Elizabeth M. Erickson
Director of Philanthropy
University of Maine Foundation
Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469

If you would like to discuss giving options with our gift officer, please call Liz Erickson at 207-581-1145.