Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 311


Vincent Lee McKusick was born October 21, 1921 in Parkman, Maine on the family dairy farm. His parents were Carroll L. and Ethel (Buzzell) McKusick. His father graduated from Bates College in 1904, as did his sister, Grace, in 1930. His father served with Ed Muskie in the Maine legislature in the early 1940s. Vincent’s twin brother, Victor, is a renowned geneticist. Vincent’s education included attending a one-room school house, Guilford High School, Bates College (class of 1944), MIT (engineering 1947) and Harvard Law School (1950), where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943, and was part of a research group for the Manhattan Project. He has been a member of the Pierce-Atwood law firm since 1952, and was Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1977 to 1992.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Bates College in the 1940s; Great Depression; Manhattan Project; Guilford, Maine; Pierce Atwood law firm history; Willis A. Trafton; large companies he represented; Hal Gosselin; Bates Manufacturing Company; Brooks Quimby; Bates College debating; Frank Coffin; Edmund S. Muskie; and Maine legal services for the poor.

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.