Kibbe, Dr. Frank W.

April 08, 2004

DR. FRANK W. KIBBE, 88, formerly of Lincolnville and Owl's Head died in his sleep at Windward Gardens on April 3, 2004. Born in Hartford, Conn., April 29, 1915, he completed studies at Johns Hopkins Medical School, graduating in 1941. While there he met Lucy Kimberly, whom he married Sept. 7, 1940 at Catonsville, MD. He served in the US Army in Burma, Figi and India from 1943 to the end of the war. Dr. Kibbe did his residency at Children's Hospital in Boston. In 1947 the family moved to Lincolnville, Maine, and settled into the house they would live in for the next thirty years. He practiced medicine in Rockland, ME. Growing out of his laboratory work was an interest in the development of embryo implants in farm animals. In the late 1970s he moved to New Zealand continuing his laboratory work, exporting sheep embryos to third world countries. With his wife, Doctor Kibbe returned to Maine to live in Owl's Head in 1989. After Lucy's death in 2001, he returned to New Zealand for a visit in 2002. He remained in his home in Maine until September of 2003. His love for Maine found two focal points in the Bay Chamber Concerts and Bowdoin College. Music was always a major element of his life. His concern for talented young people carried over into his long-standing support for his alma mater. He established two endowed scholarship funds at Bowdoin, as well as the Kibbe Science Lecture Fund which supports an annual talk by visiting scientists in the fields of astronomy or geology. He rejoiced in the growth of the college and its expanding position as a leader among small colleges. He was married to Lucy Kimberly Kibbe for 61 years and is survived by his three sons, Frank, Jr. and his wife Ellen of Harpswell, Maine, David and his wife Marilyn of Bangkok, Thailand and Union, Maine and E. Peckham of Pittsfield, NH and four grandsons. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 10th at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. Interment in Maplewood Cemetery, Lincolnville, will be at a later date. A reception will follow the service at Owls Head Community Center, South Shore Drive. His family requests contributions in lieu of flowers be sent in his memory to Bay Chamber Concerts, Box 228, Rockport, Maine 04856.

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