Maine Public staff

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Mainers are expressing grief over the loss of one of the state’s most famous summer residents. It wasn’t unusual for Maine residents to encounter former first lady Barbara Bush, who spent most summers at the family compound at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport. And while she was here, she was active in the community, devoting time to local causes, especially those aimed at improving the lives of children.

Courtesy Isaacson family

Irving Isaacson has died. A World War II veteran, he was an Auburn native who practiced law in Lewiston for 65 years.  He also did metalworking and blacksmithing — and he was a spy.

Isaacson was assigned, for a time, to the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the CIA. After the war, he spied on the Soviets, for a time, in eastern Europe.