Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 334


Catherine (Epstein) “Kay” Cutler was born September 19, 1913 in Bangor, Maine. Her father was an immigrant, who came to this country from Eastern Europe at age thirteen. She grew up on Grove Street in Bangor, which was part of the Jewish community. She lived her whole life in Bangor, except during her college years at Wellesley, where she majored in economics. She married Dr. Lawrence Cutler, who was a doctor and member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Maine (Orono), and for whom the Cutler Health Center at the University of Maine, Orono is named. She was actively involved with social service and mental health issues in Maine. She was awarded the University of Maine’s Hartman Award in 1986, along with May Sarton and Berenice Abbott. She passed away on February 5, 2003. Her son, Eliot Cutler (MOH 337, 355 and 401), was interviewed three times for this project.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: political awareness and social responsibility in the Depression era; World War II; Bangor Evening Commercial and Bangor Daily Commercial; Wild Stein Club; Eliot Cutler’s political development; Margaret Chase Smith’s “Declaration of Conscience”; Ralph Owen Brewster v. Fred Payne; Bangor’s Jewish community; Whit and Charlie McAvoy; Ewing/Brown/Cutler/Nicoll camp at Hatcase Pond; and mental health issues in Maine.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.