BANGOR -- Eugene Mawhinney, a former University of Maine political science professor and adviser to hundreds of students at the Orono campus, died during the weekend at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor. He was 84.
Mr. Mawhinney taught political science and prelaw at Maine and advised more than 800 students who went through the law program at the school.
He joined Maine's History and Government Department in 1959 and became chairman of the Department of Political Science when it was established in 1966. A prelaw adviser for 17 years, he retired in 1990.
Governor John Baldacci called Mr. Mawhinney ``a real leader on legal issues" who ``had a unique way of looking at problems and offering solutions."
He was given the Distinguished Maine Professor Award in 1982; in 1987 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Maine Bar Association.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 21, at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono.