NEWARK, Del. – Ann Cobean McIlhenny Harward died Thursday, June 18, at her home in Newark, Del.

She was born April 12, 1941, to Hugh and Helen McIlhenny of Gettysburg, Pa. She moved to Lewiston, in 1989, where she took great interest in the well-being of students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Bates College.

She took particular delight in hosting the Board of Trustees of the College and their spouses and partners and in introducing them to the strengths and culture of the region and its citizens.

Though most of her obligations arose from being the spouse of the president, Don Harward, she extended well beyond that to serve the community – particularly the Lewiston Public Library and Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary.

With integrity, understatement and admirable poise, she was most responsive to the needs and interests of others. Even as she accepted and excelled in her various roles and responsibilities, she was able to express her own identity, professional and familial, for which she was both admired and loved.

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