Spry might be a word to describe Muriel “Mim” Walker Dubuc ’34. This retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserves commander still does errands on foot, teaches tai chi, line dances, and directs the Wednesday night duplicate bridge game at theFlorida retirement community where she lives.
Muriel attended Colby as a State of Maine scholar from Skowhegan, enjoying all of her classes so much that she had difficulty choosing a major. She ultimately chose a double major in English and sociology with minors in French and history, and she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mim later earned her master’s degree and taught high school English for many years.
“A wonderful aspect of Colby were the small classes,” Muriel recalled. “The professors knew you by name. When you were a senior you took seminar courses, and there was real interaction.”
Muriel's mother and two aunts also had attended Colby, so Muriel is particularly grateful for the scholarship support that allowed her to attend. She and her husband decided in 1994, while driving to Muriel’s 60th reunion, to create a fund that would allow other Maine students to attend. “Both of us were very interested in helping kids who didn’t have much money so they would not be deprived of an opportunity to reach their aspirations,” Muriel explained.
With the proceeds from a municipal bond, the Dubucs established a charitable gift annuity, which will fund the J. Alfred and Muriel Walker Dubuc Scholarship. The annuity provides a steady income and a tax deduction for Muriel, and eventually it will provide financial aid for worthy students.
“It was simple,” Muriel said. "In fact the first annuity worked so well that we've established eight more."