Allen and Patricia Morell, of Centerville, will receive the Bernard Lown ’42 Alumni Humanitarian Award from the University of Maine Alumni Association for their lifetime of service to others, according to a statement from the university.

The couple, both 1973 graduates, have devoted themselves to improving the lives of impoverished children at the Child Rescue Centre, a residential home for children left without families to care for them after the civil war in Sierra Leone, according to the statement.

Award recipients were selected through a formal nomination and review process conducted by a committee of alumni volunteers, according to the statement. Recipients will be honored at the alumni association’s inaugural alumni achievement awards dinner and celebration to be held April 26. 

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