Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 085


Robert “Bob” Dubord was born in Waterville, Maine on November 19, 1925. His father was an attorney and active in the Democratic Party. His mother was a housewife and pianist. His parents were Roman Catholics and attended St. Francis. Robert Dubord attended St. Francis School and then public school in Waterville. After high school, he attended Holy Cross for one year, then attended Ohio University and University of New Hampshire. Dubord joined the service during World War II. He then went to dental school. He practiced as a dentist for 48 years.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: F. Harold Dubord’s relationship with Ed Muskie; his parents’ political backgrounds; Knights of Columbus; playing saxophone to save money in high school and college; China Lake; parental influences on Richard and Robert Dubord; the 1954 campaign; Waterville political and ethnic make-up in the 1930s; Colby’s move from downtown to up on the hill; election between Joe Jabar and Spike Carey; fishing with Don Nicoll; qualities of Ed Muskie; Frank Coffin; Maine’s progression from an extremely Republican state to more Democrat with Muskie and Coffin; and playing golf with Muskie.

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.