The North Wing at Bartlett Woods will be named after Rick F. Ewing, who served as the executive director of the retirement community from 2005 to 2009.

A dedication ceremony will be held Friday, June 28, at 1:45 p.m.

Ewing was committed to the dignity and rights of children, the disabled, and the maturing population. Having begun his career as a social worker for children in Portland, his profession spanned more than 30 years working as an advocate for senior citizens. Ewing was one of the founders of Port Resources, a Portland-based agency for the disabled, and was a 15-year member of the Long Term Care Council at St. Joseph's College.

Having just retired as healthcare administrator in 2004, Ewing was encouraged to accept the position as Bartlett Woods' executive director by a longtime friend on the board of directors. He commuted from Gray to work a four-day work week and developed a set core of values that remain as the foundation of the Bartlett Woods mission statement.

He consistently worked toward filling the Bartlett Woods apartments while lowering overall business costs; which included keeping rents and services thousands of dollars lower than other retirement communities.

His commitment to respect, dignity, and honesty was felt by everyone he met, and he is most remember for his legendary good cheer. Although Ewing's time was limited, the retirement community celebrates his courage, commitment, and vision for the North Wing expansion.