RUMFORD – Dr. Charles Hersey is retiring as executive director of the Maine Veterinary Medical Association. This is his second retirement. The first was when he stepped down from his veterinary practice in this community in 1989.

His position will be taken by Bill Bell of Hallowell who has worked as MVMA lobbyist for several years.

Hersey and his wife, Jean, will continue to spend their retirement years in Rumford. During his 47 years in Rumford he has served on the school building committee, chairman of the planning committee for several years and has been on the town finance committee, where he is currently active. He is also an active member of SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives), on the board of directors of the Rumford Historical Society and is a trustee of the Rumford United Methodist Church.

Hersey, assisted by his wife, practiced veterinary medicine and had owned the Rumford Animal Hospital in Rumford Center for 32 years after he and his wife bought the old farmhouse from Charlie House and converted it into a modern animal hospital. Their four children were educated in the Rumford school system. Over the years the hospital enlarged into the house itself and the Herseys built a residence behind the former one.

When Hersey retired as a practicing veterinarian, he took the job as executive director of the Maine Veterinary Medical Association. In that task he also served as secretary and treasurer. He set up the training seminars that were held throughout the state, arranged meetings, worked with elected officers and published newsletter four times a year.

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