Robert C. Shepherd was born in Newton, Massachusetts on February 23, 1935 to Anna and Thomas Shepherd. He graduated from the Newton Public Schools, and then went on to Bowdoin College. He graduated in 1957, and went to work for the Portland newspapers, covering local politics. He left to work for Roger Williams for two years doing public relations. He served as Senator Muskie’s press secretary from 1964 to 1971, then decided to return to Maine where he worked for Ken Curtis’ administration, and then began a career in real estate. At the time of interview, he was still involved in real estate in the Brunswick, Maine area. His political service includes twelve years on the Brunswick Town Council, some of those years serving as chairman.
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