Geneva Frost Scholarship set up at UMM to honor former faculty member


MACHIAS, Maine — When the faculty and staff at the University of Maine at Machias recently learned of the passing of a retired faculty member, they were saddened but immediately began planning for a memorial gift in her honor, to be presented at 2017 Honors Convocation.

Geneva Frost, 81, of Mariaville, died February 18. She taught at UMM for 38 years. In 1959, she was recruited by UMM, then Washington State College, and initially served as a junior high school teacher and librarian. She began teaching English at UMM in 1968. She was extremely active on campus, serving on many committees and advisory groups. After her retirement, she served in a wide range of positions within her community and worked with Habitat for Humanity.

Frost was described by former colleagues as “a great teacher and a grand person with a zest for life.” UMM Professor Bernie Vinzani said “She was always interested in UMM, family, farming and flowers. She was always a joy to talk with and had a great humor about life.”

Dr. Gayle Kraus, who has spearheaded the memorial gift planning, asks that checks to support the Frost gift should be made out to UMM with a note indicating “Frost scholarship” in the memo line. They can be left with Amy Lentz at the President’s office or mailed to University of Maine at Machias, Geneva Frost Scholarship, ℅ Amy Lentz, 116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias, ME 04654.