David Harkins was born in Lewiston, Maine on January 3, 1929. His mother, whose father was brought over from Italy as a chef, came from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His father’s family emigrated from Ireland to Lewiston. His father, Thomas Harkins, learned the mason trade in Boston and worked for St. Peter’s Church and the Lewiston Public Works, where he worked on the underground system and paving. Harkins attended the Gosselin School, Frye School, Jordan School, and Lewiston High School, where he graduated in 1948. He attended Bates College and graduated in the class of 1953. He attended physical therapy training at Columbia University for one year. He worked at New York State Rehabilitation Hospital in West Haverstraw. He joined the National Foundation for infantile paralysis where he worked at a polio emergency center in Providence, Rhode Island. He established a physical training center at Pineland Hospital in Pownal, Maine in 1957, at Montello Manor Nursing Home in the 1950s, at the Marcotte Home in 1961, and at St. Mary’s Hospital in 1964. He worked at St. Mary’s for 20 years. He had a private practice with Dr. Parisien and Dr. Dumont from approximately 1987-1997.
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