A gift with a view of the Atlantic

College of the Atlantic News

Sidney Bahrt’s land bequest generates COA scholarship, conserves prime land

PEMBROKE, Maine — The gift of land from a noted photographer will provide dual environmental benefits: helping preserve a key Down East wildlife sanctuary while endowing a College of the Atlantic scholarship for Washington County high school students.

A native New Yorker born in 1915, Sidney Bahrt started his own company, Agency Arts Associates, that specialized in automotive advertising. With a client list that included Buick, General Motors, GMC, Frigidaire, Goodyear, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, Better Homes and Gardens, Texaco, Bulova and Duncan Hines, Agency Arts was later sold to ad agency giant J. Walter Thompson.

Meanwhile, Bahrt won several prizes for his personal artistic pursuits. His books included bird photos that explored the beauty of birds in nature rather than species identification.

In 1973, Sid met Hazel Margaret Demott, his second wife, on a Botswana safari and the two married…

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