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Maine Lawyer, Moderate Republican Leader, Merton Henry, Dies at 92

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Mert Henry, with Sen. Susan Collins

PORTLAND, Maine- Sen. Susan Collins is calling Merton G. Henry, an adviser and long time friend to her family. 
“Mert was a wonderful friend to my husband, Tom, and me for decades,” Collins said Saturday. “In addition to being a tremendous lawyer, Mert worked tirelessly for countless civic and philanthropic causes and was a wise counselor to many of us who served in public office.”

Henry died Friday night, aged 92, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, following a brief illness.
Henry grew up in the Hampden area, and served in the military during WWII, then went on to earn degrees at Bowdoin College, and George Washington University  at the school of law.

Henry served as a longtime adviser and supporter of  moderate Republican Sens. Margaret Chase Smith, Olympia Snowe,  and Susan Collins, but was also known for his friendship with Democratic Sen. George Mitchell, participating in the George J. Mitchell Oral History Project.

Henry was also involved in a number of nonprofits over the years as a supporter and board member, including the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation, the Morton Kelly Charitable Trust, Portland Museum of Art, Hospice of Maine, and the Scarborough Public Library.

Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and former Gov. John McKernan Jr.,  said in a joint statement Saturday, "Mert stood as an exemplar for us to emulate with his voice of reason and moderation; what we like to call the 'sensible center.' "

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland.
 
This story was originally published April 8, 2018 at 6:18 p.m. ET.