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Owen W. Wells was born in Kittery, Maine in 1943. He attended the University of Maine, graduating in 1965 and subsequently graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1968. He served as a Captain in the United States Army in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.
From 1972 to 1997, Mr. Wells was a Partner, Director and Shareholder of the Portland law firm of Perkins, Thompson, Hinckley & Keddy. On January 1, 1998, he became of counsel to that firm, retiring on December 31, 2011. He is admitted to the Bars of the State of Maine, United States District Court and United States Supreme Court and is a charter Fellow of the Maine Bar Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Wells formerly served as the President of the Cumberland Bar Association, President of the Portland Museum of Art and Chairman of the President's Advisory Council of the University of Maine, President of the Board of Overseers of Berwick Academy and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. From 1990 to 1995 he served as a Trustee of the University of Maine System. He has also served as a Trustee of Maine Public Broadcasting, Colby College, Westbrook College and the University of New England.
Mr. Wells is a former Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Maine Medical Center and a former Trustee of MaineHealth. He is formerly President and CEO of the Libra Foundation where he presently serves as Vice Chairman and Trustee, Trustee of the Fisher Charitable Foundation and formerly President of October Corporation. He is a former Director of Chittenden Corporation, Maine Bank & Trust Company, Irving Oil Corporation, Ocean Investments and Irving Oil Terminals, Inc. He is also a former member of the Board of The Hauser Center of Harvard University. He presently serves as Director of PC Construction in Burlington, Vermont and a Director of FHC Corporation in Bowdoin, Maine.
Publications include: "Investing in Maine's Higher Education"; "Maine Choices: 1995"; Maine Center for Economic Policy.
Mr. Wells has received several honorary degrees and awards.
Mr. Wells is a member of the Cumberland Club, Portland Country Club and Bridgton Highlands Country Club. He is married to Anna Hosmer Wells and resides in Falmouth, Maine.