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20 Field Hockey’s Big Picture
In 2007, the Bowdoin field hockey team went a perfect
20-0 in winning the College’s first national championship
of any kind.A tough act to follow. In 2008, the
team went 19-2 en route to a second national championship.Yet
there is a sense in which athletic success is
about more than victory, bigger than any one season,
and in which field hockey can be more than a game.
28 “The Ledge” After 50 Years
Fifty years ago, a short story by Bowdoin professor
Lawrence Sargent Hall ’36 won a prestigious O. Henry
Award. On the golden anniversary of the story’s publication,
author Anthony Doerr ’95 and novelist Margot
Livesey comment on the staying power of “The Ledge.”
30 Not Your Average Joe
Why is the media constantly knocking on the door of
Joe Tecce ’55, a 75-year-old assistant professor of psychology
at Boston College? David Treadwell visits with
Tecce, and in a blink of an eye, finds the answer.
34 On the Air
Early each semester the staff of WBOR conducts the
college radio equivalent of an open casting call:They
invite anyone who’s interested – students, faculty, staff
and community members – to apply for a DJ time slot,
creating new generations of DJs that are keeping college
radio very much alive.
42 Professor Dearest?
English professor William Watterson and Kristina
Dahmann ’10 connect the dots between Parker
Cleaveland, noted mineralogist and eccentric earlynineteenth
century Bowdoin professor, and Nathaniel
Hawthorne’s character Dr. Cacaphodel in Hawthorne’s
short story “The Great Carbuncle.”
FALL 2009
Photo: Shavonne Lord ’10 being photographed for the cover by Bob Handelman.
Volume 81, Number 1
Fall 2009
Alison M. Bennie
Associate Editor
Matthew J. O’Donnell
Charles Pollock
Jim Lucas
Pennisi & Lamare
Portland, Maine
Douglas Boxer-Cook
James Caton
Susan Danforth
Darren Fishell ’09
Selby Frame
Scott W. Hood
Alix Roy ’07
Seth Walder ’11
Dean Abramson, Bob Handelman,
Eric Poggenpohl, Michele Stapleton,
and Bowdoin College Archives
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Getting to Know You
realized recently why living a kind of public life online – through
Facebook, other networking sites, even cookie-enabled browsers – doesn’t
totally freak me out: it’s because I grew up in a town of 500 people that
was not just a suburb of somewhere else, but was 500 people pretty much in
the middle of nowhere.After having endured adolescence in a place where
my every activity, relationship, and opinion was not only common
knowledge but part of the actual news of the day, I don’t get too exercised
over the idea that a couple of hundred people can pretty much guess how I
voted in today’s election. Or know where I live, the names of my children,
and what kind of music I like.
It doesn’t bother me that my co-workers know that I love my husband, that I
stress about deadlines, or that I get a lump in my throat when I walk into the
empty bedrooms of my college-age kids.And I don’t mind, either, that the
people I grew up with in that small town will note the many ways that I am
not the person I was at eighteen. Or that they can see the photos that prove
it.Would I bring any of this up in a conversation over the water cooler or
drag out a whole photo album at the high school reunion? Probably not.
But here is why I am not afraid of any of it: because while knowing everything
about each other can create a few scary scenarios (identity theft comes to
mind), knowing enough is a requirement. It is what connects us. Empathy is a
powerful human emotion, but it doesn’t work well in the abstract.
We need to think of real people who need our help before we are motivated
to do so.We need to know people who are different from us before we see
that they matter just as much and deserve what we deserve.The everyday
details we share – what we are making for dinner, what chores we have
planned for Saturday morning, or how much we loved the sunset – are part
of what makes us human beings just working it out, and that is OK.
Connections that change opinions, even lives, have been forged on much less.
Bowdoin just completed a $250 million campaign that exceeded its goal and
raised $293 million. I believe that its success is in large part due to the
genuine connectedness that Bowdoin graduates feel to this college and
consequently to each other and to its future students.When we ask these
people about their favorite Bowdoin memories, they very often involve
things like meals, music, Saturday morning routines, and a sunset or two.
They always involve people.
I have friends who say if they read one more status update about mundane
stuff, they will scream. I say, it just makes us all neighbors.You don’t always
have to chat over the fence, but when you need something, those are the
people who are more likely than anybody to help. So, go ahead, connect.
A Sustainable Hockey Rink
The Sidney J.Watson Arena, dedicated January 18, 2009, has become the first newly
constructed ice arena in the United States to earn coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council
(USGBC).The USGBC certified Watson Arena’s LEED status July 16, 2009.
A Bigger Picture
Dear editor:
Dr. Jonathan Martin ’92, in the winter
issue, wrote a heartfelt and courageous
piece. I was particularly touched by
his self-analysis around the outcome
of one soldier whose quality of life
was less than Dr. Martin had hoped. I
want to share my experiences with
my father’s neurosurgeries.When I
was a junior in college, my father had
a hemorrhagic stroke in his right
midbrain. It took a highly energetic,
domineering man (ask the Dean of
Women back then) in the prime of
his life and left him paralyzed on his
left side, dependent on his wife, and
demolished his income, a major
source of his self-esteem.Yet, he did
have the joy of his grandkids and was
able to participate in family events.
Ten years later, a second stroke, this
time in the posterior left brain, left
him speechless, bedridden, and unable
to swallow. By then, I was a family
physician, aware of the alternatives,
and I turned on his doctor,“Why
didn’t you just let him die? Why did
you do surgery?” His reply was similar
to Dr. Martin’s thoughts:“We thought
we were soon enough that we could
return him to the quality of life that
he had before, and he did have a
quality of life.” He was right about a
quality of life.
Now, with the perspective of
twenty years, I can also see the benefit
of that year before Dad died.
Although it was a very hard year on
everyone, it was also a year of growth
for my mother. Every day, she would
go sit by his bed and talk with him
about the issues of her life, but she no
longer had him to make the decisions.
She made them herself. During that
year, one evening I sat for six hours
by his bedside, telling him it was okay
to let go, we could make it without
him.That year in the nursing home
was his way of easing us into
independence.We would have had
many more difficulties had Dad gone
suddenly. In many ways, he owed us
that time and, in my belief system, it
was his chance for atonement. Here in
the west, we have moved away from
the concept that things happen for a
reason, but I have come to accept that
this is sometimes the case. Dr. Martin
might consider that perhaps it wasn’t
only his decision, and that he was part
of a bigger picture at that moment.
Each of us can only do our best at
the moment given us, and that is
good enough.
M. Calanthe Wilson-Pant, M.D. ’79
What Mother Says, Goes
Dear editor:
I have been going over the last issue
of Bowdoin magazine, and re-reading
the Longfellow quotations and the
dispute over the rhyme “There was a
little girl, and she had a little curl /
Right in the middle of her forehead;
/ When she was good, she was very,
very good, / But when she was bad,
she was horrid.” My mother told me
that Longfellow wrote these lines to
teach his children to pronounce
“forehead” to rhyme with “horrid,”
the correct way. Mother had us learn
the rhyme so we would know the
correct pronunciation.”
Joan Woodcock Nestler (widow of
John A.Woodcock ’44)
Rhyming “forehead” and “horrid” is
considered a slant rhyme, sometimes called
off-rhyme, a common poetic device.
Whether or not “forehead” should be
pronounced to rhyme exactly with
“horrid,” we feel it’s usually best to listen
to mother! —ed.
Never Stop Believing
Dear editor:
I enjoyed reading the item about
Virginia/Santa Claus—especially since
there’s yet another Bowdoin
connection. I didn’t know about
Edward Mitchell [Class of 1871]. In
any case,Virginia O’Hanlon, in the last
few years before she passed away, was
our next-door neighbor during the
late ’50s, in the West 9th Street
apartment building, Greenwich Village.
She had never stopped believing!
Constantine Karvonides ’50
Give Us More Green
Dear editor:
I wanted to second the idea recently
raised by Joni Bosh re:“Other Green
Grads.” Given Bowdoin’s
commitment to the environment, I
think it would be a perfect fit for the
magazine to highlight green efforts on
a regular basis.
This might also be one way to
foster a “green alumni network” of
sorts (if one does not already exist?)—
both to support those out in the field
as well as encourage those current
college students who are interested in
environmental work and wondering
what’s next... (I recall having a similar
wish when I was involved with the
student environment groups...)
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Dr. Jonathan Martin ’92
As for me, I am presently working
on the last bits of a master’s degree
here at Yale F&ES, a wonderful place
where many green Bowdoinites seem
to pass through. I was able to attend
the UN’s climate negotiations this
winter (the UNFCCC Cop-14), a
fascinating experience, and am
writing about climate change
adaptation and natural resource
management issues.
Heater Amira Colman-McGill ’03
Another Bowdoin and Peary
Dear editor:
There is at least one other Bowdoin
College–Robert E. Peary connection
worth noting during the centennial
celebration of Peary’s attainment of
the North Pole. In 1899, Bowdoin
College awarded an honorary Doctor
of Laws (LL.D.) degree to the
geographer Henry Gannett (1846-
1914), whose distinguished career in
the federal government brought him
into contact with Peary many times.
Most important no doubt was when
he organized the U.S. committee to
arbitrate the competing claims of
Peary and Frederick A. Cook to
attaining the North Pole in 1909, and
when he testified to Congress on the
controversy as president of the
National Geographic Society in 1910
and 1911.
A Maine native son, Gannett was
born in nearby Bath, but did not
attend Bowdoin College as he sought
the technical scientific training offered
by Harvard College’s newly
established Lawrence Scientific School
– his senior honors thesis was the
design for a parabolic arch cast iron
bridge that employed the calculus,
with all computations done by hand!
After receiving bachelor and mining
engineering degrees from the
Lawrence School, he was asked to
join the first North Pole expedition
to be sponsored by the federal
government in 1872 but instead
joined the U.S. Geological and
Geographical Survey of the
Territories, headed by Ferdinand V.
Hayden. From then until his death in
1914, he served the federal
government in numerous capacities,
developing what today we understand
to be geographic information systems
(GIS), which support programs in
both public and private realms, but
in the nineteenth century brought
him the title of Father of American
Map Making.
Gannett created and directed the
nation’s topographic mapping program
at the U.S. Geological Survey; created
and directed geographic operations for
conducting the U.S. Census of 1880,
1890, and 1900, and overseas censuses
in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the
Philippine Islands; delineated the first
national forests; directed the U.S.
Board on Geographic Names; created
the technical standards for the
1:1,000,000 scale International Map of
the World; and directed research for
President Theodore Roosevelt’s pathbreaking
National Conservation
Commission. In addition to his many
responsibilities as a federal official, he
edited several journals, prepared over
two hundred publications addressing
topics in human and physical
geography and society/environment
relations, and was president of the
Cosmos Club and National
Geographic Society. Gannett Peak, the
highest point in Wyoming’s Wind
River Range, was named to honor
him in 1906.
Although Gannett’s response to
receiving an honorary degree from
Bowdoin does not survive, I suspect
that this quiet, extraordinarily gifted
person, who in ways large and small
put as all on the map, was as pleased to
return to Maine to be honored as he
was to travel to the many other places
he was honored both here and abroad.
Donald C. Dahmann P’10
Bearish on the New Bear
Dear editor:
I read with dismay in the winter issue
that the College “recently finished an
in-depth process to unify the look of
the famed Polar Bear.” I’m
wondering what kind of institutional
damage was attributed to the cheerful
galloping bear on my car’s rear
window, what off-message insults to
the corporate culture were delivered
by the goofy, scarf-wrapped bear
leaning on a hockey stick.The new
logo bear looks like a CEO with
indigestion. C’mon, you old farts,
you’re not running a multinational
conglomerate. Let a thousand cartoon
bears romp!
Bruce Griffin ’69
I went straight to the campus
bookstore on reunion weekend, and
bought a fistful of marked-down
galloping bear decals.
Jay Burns ’85, editor of the Bates alumni
magazine, pointed out that Matt Tavares,
whose book we listed in the Bookshelf section
of our last issue, is actually a Bates alumnus!
The publisher misidentified Tavares as a
Bowdoin graduate, and we didn’t catch it.
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issue is December 29, 2009.
American Icon:The
Fall of Roger
Clemens and the Rise
of Steroids in
America’s Pastime by
New York Daily News
investigative reporters
Nathaniel Vinton ’01,Teri
Thompson, Michael O’Keeffe, and
Christian Red. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Bad Girls Go
Everywhere:The Life
of Helen Gurley
Brown by Professor of
Gender and Women’s
Studies Jennifer
Scanlon. Oxford
University Press, 2009.
Ballads and
Songs from
Compiled by Barbara Milewski ’89
and Bret Werb. U.S. Holocaust Memorial
Museum, 2008.
Brunswick and
Bowdoin College by
Elizabeth Huntoon
Coursen. Arcadia
Publishing, 2009.
Buddhism in the
Krishna River
Valley of Andhra
edited by Sree
Pradma Holt,
Administrative Director,
ISLE Program. State
University of New York Press, 2009.
bookshelf BOWDOIN
Robert Smith ’62 is the founder and managing
director of the Boston-based Turan Corporation,
which specializes in trading the debt of emerging
market countries.A noted authority on developing-world
debt, and once described in Fortune magazine as a
“financial Indiana Jones,” Smith is considered a pioneer in
the field of emerging markets investment. His adventure-
filled memoir chronicles a career buying and selling highrisk
securities in some of the world’s most distressed
economies. For an extended version of this Q&A, visit our
Web site,
Bowdoin:When did you get the idea you wanted
to write a book?
Smith: I would say about 10 or 12 years ago. During all
my travels, I took copious notes—particularly about some
of the unsavory characters that I met—so that made it
easier.The reason I didn’t write it before was that such a
frank introspective describing how international
transactions work, would obviously be detrimental to my
business. Even though the book is retrospective, the actual
concepts today are not only alive, but they are very much
in use.
Robert P. Smith ’62 (with Peter Zheutlin)
Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy
When you set out to write the book, did you have
a target audience?
Smith: My target audience was the Liar’s Poker audience. I
wanted to have a book for the general reader who is
interested in international globalization, who wanted
adventure within the context of business.
Do you have a favorite part of the book?
Smith: “Turkey” has to be one of my favorite parts.And
the last chapter,“American Twilight,” where, I must say, I
was perspicacious, in seeing what was
happening to the United States.
As you look back, what do you
envision as your greatest
S:Well, life is not only about taking;
it’s about giving back. I feel like I
have done that through my charitable
contributions.And, you can always
judge people by the children they’ve raised. I think that
I’ve raised well-adjusted children who are not ostentatious,
who have a lot of imagination and a lot of drive.
on my
Tess Chakkalakal, Assistant Professor of
Africana Studies and English
• Like You’d Understand,Anyway: Stories
by Jim Shepard
• The Rise of the American Novel
by Alexander Cowie
• Culture on the Margins:The Black Spiritual
and the Rise of American Cultural
Interpretation by Jon Cruz
• Narrative of the Life and Adventures of
Henry Bibb An American Slave Written by
Himself by Henry Bibb
• The Hindered Hand: Or, the Reign of the
Repressionist by Sutton E. Griggs
Meggan Gould, Visiting Assistant
Professor of Art
• A Field Guide to Getting Lost
by Rebecca Solnit
• Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis
• My Revolutions by Hari Kunzru
• The Eye Club by Fraenkel Gallery
• Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia
by Nancy Martha West
• In the Company of Crows and Ravens
by John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell
Barry Mills, President (On his Kindle)
• Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
• Stretching My Mind:The Collective Essays
of Edward Albee by Edward Albee
• The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
• The Innovator’s Dilemma:The Revolutionary
Book that Will Change the Way You Do
Business by Clayton M. Christensen
• Indignation by Philip Roth
• A Failure of Capitalism:The Crisis
of ’08 and the Descent into Depression
by The Honorable Richard A. Posner
Dysfunctional Sons
of the Brine by Louis
Arthur Norton ’58.
The University of South
Carolina Press, 2009.
And, New England’s Stormalong.
Tate Publishing, 2009.
Creating Great
Town Centers and
Urban Villages by
Prema Katari Gupta
’00. Urban Land
Institute, 2008.
Designing the
Maine Landscape
by Theresa Mattor
and Senior
Publications Editor
Emerita Lucie
Teegarden. DownEast Books, 2009.
The Down and Dirty
Dish on Revenge:
Serving It Up Nice
and Cold To That
Lying, Cheating
Bastard by Eva
Nagorksi ’92. St.
Martin’s Griffin, 2009.
From the Fishouse:
An Anthology of
Poems that Sing,
Rhyme, Resound,
Syncopate, Alliterate,
and Just Plain Sound
Great edited by Camille
T. Dungy, Bowdoin Magazine Assoc.
Editor Matt O’Donnell, and Jeffrey
Thomson. Persea Books, 2009.
Fortune’s Folly by
Deva Fagan ’95. Henry
Holt and Co., 2009.
Getting Away with
Torture: Secret
Crimes, and the Rule
of Law by Christopher
H. Pyle ’61. Potomac
Books, 2009.
Getting Green Done:
Hard Truths from the
Front Lines of the
Revolution by Auden
Schendler ’92.
PublicAffairs, 2009.
Hall of Mirrors, an
album by Robert K.
Beckwith Professor of
Music Emeritus
Elliott Schwartz.
innova Recordings, 2009.
The Happiness
Tree: Celebrating
the Gifts of Trees
We Treasure by
Andrea Alban Gosline
and illustrated by Lisa
Burnett Bossi ’87.
Feiwel & Friends, 2008.
How Peary Reached
the Pole by Donald
B. MacMillan, Class
of 1898, re-issued with
an introduction by
Arctic Museum &
Arctic Studies Center Director Susan
A. Kaplan, curator Genevieve M.
LeMoine, and associate curator
Anne Witty. McGill-Queen’s University
Press, 2008.
Hometown Santa
Barbara:The Central
Coast Book 2009-2010
edited by Nancy
Roberts Ransohoff
’80. Prospect Park Books,
Imperial Subjects as
Global Citizens:
Internationalism, and
Education in Japan by
Mark Lincicome ’75.
Lexington Books, 2009.
Loyal but French:The
Negotiation of
Identity by FrenchCanadian
Descendants in the
United States by Mark
Paul Richard ’82.
Michigan State University Press, 2008.
Medical Genetics:
Its Application to
Speech, Hearing, and
Craniofacial Disorders
by Nathaniel H. Robin
’85. Plural Publishing,
Monstrous Society:
Discipline, and the
Political Uncanny,
c. 1780-1848 by
Professor of English
David Collings.
Bucknell University Press, 2009.
Music 4 Your
Heart; Two Grands
4 Christmas; and 2
Grands 4 Glory
three albums by
concert pianist
Linda Reese ’82 with Adam Chester.
Dr. Linda Reese, 2008.
On Modes of
Other Modes of
Conveyance by
Roger G. Pinette ’51.
Xlibris, 2009.
Performing Kinship:
Narrative, Gender
and the Intimacies of
Power in the Andes
by Associate Professor of
Anthropology Krista E.
Van Vleet. University of
Texas Press, 2008.
The Poems of Mao
Zedong with
translations, introduction,
and notes by Willis
Barnstone ’48.
University of California
Press, 2008.
Purr, poems by James
Servin ’86. Epigraph
Publishing, 2009.
Shaping the Shoreline:
Fisheries and Tourism
on the Monterey
Coast by Assistant
Professor of History and
Environmental Studies
Connie Y. Chang.
University of Washington Press, 2008.
Song for an Unsung
Hero by Erik Lund
’57. Erik Lund, 2009.
A Song In Stone by
Walter H. Hunt ’81.
Wizards of the Coast
Discoveries, 2008.
Spreading Ashes by
Shaun Cooney ’91.
Warhorse Books, 2008.
Tales of Bowdoin
collected by John Clair
Minot ’96 and Donald
Francis Snow ’01,
published by Gordon L.
Weil ’58, and with a
preface by President
Barry Mills. Arthur McAllister
Publishers, 2009.
Teaching What They
Learn, Learning What
They Live: How
Teachers’ Personal
Histories Shape Their
Development by Brad
Olsen ’89, and Making a
Difference: Constructing
Meaningful Careers in Education.
Both from Paradigm Publishers, 2009.
The Torturer’s Wife by
Thomas Glave ’93.
City Lights Books, 2008.
To the Survivors by
Henry S. Maxfield ’45.
Southwick House, 2008.
Tropical Zion:
General Trujillo, FDR,
and the Jews of Sosúa
by Roger Howell, Jr.
Professor of History
Allen Wells. Duke
University Press, 2009.
To order any of these titles from the Bowdoin Bookstore, phone 1-800-524-2225,
e-mail, or visit
Acclaimed novelist Margot Livesey taught fiction
writing at Bowdoin for the past four years as
John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Writer-inResidence.
Livesey is the author of six novels, most
recently, The House on Fortune Street (Harper Collins,
2008), which won the 2009 L.L.Winship/PEN New
England Award and came out in paperback this spring.
Fortune Street is structured upon a central tragedy told
and re-told from the perspectives of its four main
characters, examining the varied lives embedded in each
personal relation of the story. For an extended version of
this Q&A, and to listen to Livesey read an excerpt from
the novel, visit our Web site,
Bowdoin: How did the characters in The House on
Fortune Street come to be?
Livesey: One of my ambitions in writing The House on
Fortune Street was to embody the very different ways
people see the world, and also the very different ways we
come to see people as we get to know them better and
learn their inner lives. For instance, I expected readers to
find my character,Abigail, not very likable in the first
three sections of the novel and then, when they got to
her section, the fourth section, to think,“Oh, well, it’s
actually more complicated than that.” I also think it’s
very interesting how stories often come together from
different sources; you can’t get the entire story from one
source.You have to go to several people, hear several
Margot Livesey
The House on Fortune Street
versions, and then put the whole story together.
William Faulkner said of The Sound and the Fury,
also divided into four different sections from four
different perspectives, roughly, that he had tried to
write the same story four times and had failed in
each. Did you feel the same challenge or that
there was still more to tell?
I think that’s a very complicated question because once
you start opening doors, of course, you realize that there
are more versions of the story. But I always had in mind
that, despite the fractured form, I
wanted to write a novel that offered
a complete arc and told a complete
story, even if that story, like life,
wasn’t entirely resolved. I am not
sure we can know why someone like
my character Dara,Abigail’s best
friend, comes to the edge of despair
and then falls over it? Why are some
people more resilient than others?
Are you working on something else now?
I am working on a new novel. I’m at that stage where I
feel it might be like a t-shirt that you put in the dryer:
you put it in life-sized and it comes out fit for a doll. But
I like having the open page before me.
Under Nuclear Attack
by AJ Cushner ’57.
Parker Books, 2008.
Weapons & Fighting
Techniques of the
Samurai Warrior,
1200-1877 AD by
Associate Professor of
History and Asian
Studies Thomas D.
Conlan. Amber Books, UK, 2008.
Bangor:The Queen
City Before the Great
Fire by Wayne E.
Reilly ’67. The History
Press, 2009.
The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness opened this fall, ushering in a new era of wellness at Bowdoin. Made possible through the
generosity of Dr. Peter Buck ’52, it is an addition to the Morrell Gym complex housing exercise rooms, the College’s health center, athletic
department offices, and flexible space that can seat up to 40 people for academic classes and meetings. Bowdoin has registered the Buck Center
as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building project.
On April 21, 2009, the United
States Senate confirmed
Christopher Hill ’74 to be the
next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, putting
Hill in charge of the largest
U.S. embassy in the world.
When first announcing the
nomination last February, President
Obama said Hill has shown the
“pragmatism and skill” that is
needed now in Iraq.
Hill is a career foreign service
officer who served as Assistant
U.S. Secretary of State for East
Asian and Pacific Affairs in the
Bush administration, and he led
the U.S. delegation to the 2007
six-party talks on the North
Korean nuclear issue. Hill earlier
served as a negotiator in the crises
in Bosnia and Kosovo.
In September, Hill was a guest
on the National Public Radio
(NPR) program On Point with
Tom Ashbrook. John Wihbey ’98, a
producer at On Point who also
blogs for the show, coordinated
the interview and posted an article
on its Web site,
Sensitive to the hard times that have
befallen lobstermen — plummeting
lobster prices amid ever-increasing
operating costs — Bowdoin Dining
Service hosted a special lobster lunch
and sale in August. Inspiration came
when Dining Service Purchasing
Manager Jon Wiley spoke with Bob
Waddell, owner of Quahog
Lobstermen’s Coop, the College’s lobster
supplier.Waddell, who has been a
lobsterman for 60 years, told of his dire
personal situation and how the current
economic pressures may drive him out
of business. In response, Dining Service
bought hundreds of lobsters from
Waddell to serve a lunch for a small
additional fee to the Bowdoin community.Waddell
has been the go-to guy
when the College has needed delivery
of 2,300 lobsters at a time for events
such as commencement and reunion.
He takes in lobsters from many lobstermen
in the Harpswell area.
“We’re not making money on this,
but that’s not the point,”Wiley said to
one of two television news crews that
came to Moulton Union to cover the
event.“The point is to keep lobster on
people’s minds and help the industry.”
Red Hot Lobster Lunch
Helps Local Lobstermen
As part of Bowdoin’s first Climate Awareness Day
last sprint, the College’s Climate Commitment
Advisory Committee (CCAC) sponsored a contest to
solicit ideas for reducing the Bowdoin’s greenhouse gas
emissions in the effort to move the campus towards
carbon neutrality. Five winning ideas were displayed at
a locavore dinner and a Common Hour reception,
where the two top proposals received extra recognition.The
CCAC will consider all contest submissions
it received as it plans for Bowdoin’s transition to carbon
Brett Gorman ’11 garnered praise for his “Up On
the Roof” proposal, which called for utilizing the roofs
of Bowdoin’s 118 buildings as a source of solar energy
in addition to creating gardens on some roofs that
would insulate the buildings, improve the air quality,
and keep the temperatures low during the summer.
Bowdoin Outing Club director Michael Woodruff
’87 proposed expanding the Bowdoin Organic Garden
into an organic farm, incorporating small-scale farming
into the Bowdoin curriculum as well as supplying
additional food to the dining halls.
Last spring, Rusack Associate
Professor of Environmental
Studies and Biology Phil Camill
decided that he and his the students
in his course “Feeding the World:
The Nature and Challenges of Our
Food and Agricultural Systems”
would find out exactly how much
carbon dioxide the Thorne Dining
Hall saves the environment when it
serves local foods.
Camill and his class determined
that on average, focusing solely on
transportation emissions, carbon
footprints were reduced by
33% when local foods were
served.The standard meal
generally used 75 grams of
carbon dioxide per person,
as opposed to 50 grams per
person when locally-grown
food is used.The most environmentally
costly food was
feta cheese, which must travel
from Athens, Greece, to Illinois
to Boston, and finally to Bowdoin,
emitting 9,798 grams of carbon
dioxide per meal along the way.
basketball): Frank Pizzo ’06 (head coach, sailing); and
Trevor Powers ’06 (assistant coach, football). Here’s the
lineup of newbies.
Alison Wade ’98 (men’s and women’s cross country, Siena
Mark Gilbride ’02 (men’s basketball, Clarkson)
Gillian McDonald ’04 (field hockey, Hamilton)
Marissa O’Neil ’05 (women’s hockey,Williams)
Courtney Trotta Ruggles ’04 (basketball, Navy)
Kristen Cameron ’08 (ice hockey, Conn. College)
Amanda Leahy ’08 (basketball, St. Lawrence)
Julia King ’09 (field hockey/lacrosse,Trinity)
Lindsay McNamara ’09 (field hockey,Amherst)
Maria Noucas ’09 (basketball, Navy)
Remembering War Hero Everett Pope ’41
Everett P. Pope, a member of the Class of 1941, and a decorated
World War II hero, died July 16, 2009, during the
early morning hours of his 90th birthday.
“With Ev’s passing, Bowdoin has lost a devoted son, while
America has lost another of the great heroes of the Second
World War,” said President Barry Mills.
Born in Milton, Mass., Pope excelled at Bowdoin, both
academically and in athletics. Captain of the state champion
Bowdoin tennis team, he graduated magna cum laude with a
degree in French and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Shortly after graduation—and just months before the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—Pope joined the U.S.
Marine Corps and began to distinguish himself as a tenacious
and courageous leader.
He fought at Guadalcanal, New Britain, and on Peleliu in
the Pacific, and was awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart,
and the Congressional Medal of Honor—the highest award for
valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed
upon an individual serving in the United States armed services.
He was the fourth Bowdoin graduate to be so honored, following
in the footsteps of Civil War veterans Joshua Lawrence
Chamberlain, Oliver Otis Howard, and Henry Clay Wood.
Everett Pope never forgot about his alma mater.A member
of the Alumni Council from 1955-59, he served for 27 years
on the governing boards of the College, including as an overseer
(1961-77), president of the board of overseers (1973-77),
trustee (1977-88) and chair of the board of trustees (1984-87).
Everett and his wife Eleanor had two sons, Laurence E.
Pope ’67 and Ralph H. Pope ’69.A memorial service for
Everett and Eleanor, who died January 22, 2009, just a month
shy of the couple’s 67th wedding anniversary, was held in the
Bowdoin Chapel on July 31.
Everett Pope ’41 (first row left) at the 1945 White House ceremony, during which he received the
Congressional Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman.
Hey, Coach!
Afull lineup of young
alumni coaches have
recently joined the ranks of
head and assistant coaches at
several colleges and universities.They
join several young
alumni coaches ensconced at
dear alma mater: Jon Jacobs
’96 (assistant coach, soccer);
Colin Joyner ’03 (head
coach, men’s & women’s
tennis);Alison Smith ’05
(assistant coach, women’s
Marissa O’Neil ’05 
The largest fundraising campaign in the 215-
year history of the College has raised a total
of $293 million dollars for financial aid, the academic
program and student life. The total raised far
exceeds the five-year goal of $250 million, and more
than doubles the $136 million raised from alumni, parents,
friends, and foundations during Bowdoin’s last capital
campaign in 1993-98. Of the total raised, approximately
$100 million will be used to ensure access to
Bowdoin for low- and moderate-income students
through financial aid…. The Northern Bites,
Bowdoin’s RoboCub team, took second place in
the World Championships held in Graz, Austria.
After an impressive 7-0 run, the Bowdoin team fell to
the German team,“B-Human.”…Zac Skipp ’11 and
Kaitee Daley ’09 produced a short segment that
appeared on ESPNU, the sister station to ESPN
that focuses on college athletics. The video was
about “the Monster,” Bowdoin’s historic Zamboni.The
segment, which was written by Daley and edited by
Skipp, also appeared on ESPN’s website…. Nick Dunn
’09, Jeremy Fishman ’09 and Tucker Hermans ’09
— all computer science majors — created a computer
program that recovers deleted child
pornography videos from computer hard drives.
Their collaboration came in response to a request for
help from Maine State Police Sgt. Glenn Lang, who
supervises the computer crimes unit, as reported in the
March 19, 2008, edition of the Portland Press Herald.All
three received the Colonel’s Award at the Maine State
Police Annual Awards Ceremony, held May 20, 2009, in
Augusta….In the March 23, 2009 edition of The
Boston Globe, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass
Professor of Natural Sciences Nathaniel
Wheelwright presented an op-ed piece entitled,
“Putting Guantanamo to Good Use.” Wheelwright
The College was one of only eight liberal arts colleges and universities in the
nation to receive a prestigious 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career
Flexibility, sponsored by the American Council on Education.The award recognizes baccalaureate
colleges for leadership in developing best practices to recruit and
retain tenured and tenure-track faculty throughout their careers.
proposed that Guantanamo prison in Cuba, which
President Barack Obama has set to close in 2010, be
converted into a biological research station “where U.S.
and Cuban scientists work together to tackle critical
environmental issues.”… Chief of the Small Business
Administration Karen Gordon Mills was interviewed
on the CNBC program Squawk Box on June
19, 2009..…In the April 15, 2009 issue of Food Service
Director magazine, Bowdoin’s Mary Lou Kennedy
was named as the Food Service Director of the
Month. The article highlights the creation of two student-initiated
organic gardens, the purchase of local food
and produce, and the fact that Kennedy has been able to
successfully implement student ideas such as the latenight
dining option, Super Snack….Associate
Professor of Sociology Dhiraj Murthy’s course “In
the Facebook Age” was featured on the Monday,
April 27 edition of the WCSH newsmagazine 207.
Murthy’s first year seminar focused on the way that people
use technology in the modern age…. Assistant
Professor of Government Laura Henry has been
named the recipient of the 2008 Sydney B.
Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty. Henry is an
expert on environmental issues in Russia. Her teaching
encompasses subjects ranging from Introduction to
Comparative Politics to Social Protest and Political
Change. She is completing work on her first book, tentatively
titled, Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia,
which is forthcoming from the Cornell University
Press…. Max Goldstein ’09 was awarded the
Thomas J.Watson Fellowship, which funds a oneyear
project called “Swimming Around the World:
Creating Bridges between Communities.”
Goldstein, who was on the swimming team at Bowdoin,
plans to swim across bodies of water that divide different
nations.The project will take him to Peru, Bolivia,
Spain, Morocco,Turkey, Jordan and Israel over the
course of four swims.…An interview with Roger
Howell Jr. Professor of History Allen Wells about
his book, Tropical Zion: General Trujillo, FDR and the
Jews of Sosúa, aired on the Maine Public
Broadcasting Network’s show Maine Things
Considered Thursday, April 30, 2009. Tropical Zion
tells the story of 750 Jewish refugees from central
Europe who were offered an unlikely sanctuary in the
Dominican Republic by the brutal dictator General
Trujillo (see Bookshelf, this issue and online)….Alex
McLain ’11 was featured in an article entitled, “A
Dream Coming in Waves,” in the May 6, 2009
edition of the Portland Press Herald. McLain came in
second place in the 2008 U.S. Surfski Championships
and now has her eyes set on the 2012 Summer
Olympics in London….Oluwatobi “Tobi”
Olasunkanmi ’12 has been chosen by Oxfam
America to participate in the international relief
and development organization’s CHANGE initiative.
Students commit to work with Oxfam for an
entire academic year in order to develop their skills and
expand their awareness regarding the subjects of climate
change, hunger, poverty and emergency response. Fifty
students from across the country were chosen….Robbie
Zhang-Smitheram ’11 leads off a
Fortune/ article titled, “Eight
Summer Interns Who Beat the Recession.”
Smitheram is working for Ridge Asia in Singapore, a
marketing company for western companies looking to
expand to Asia…. A national foundation that supports
liberal arts education has awarded nearly
$150,000 to Bowdoin and Bates colleges for a collaborative
effort to strengthen students’ quantitative
reasoning skills. The New York-based Teagle
Foundation has granted the colleges $148,780 for a
three-year project addressing how students learn quantitative
reasoning… California native Tiernan Cutler
’11, having weathered a New England winter as a firstyear,
created a college survival guide for friends back
home who would also be enrolling in colleges in the
East. It caught the attention of the marketing and public
relations director for Clorox (one of her tips included
bringing their disinfectant wipes), who turned it into an
online marketing campaign that gave rise to five college
survival guides tailored to different regions
around the U.S….100% of the trash and food
waste from the annual lobster bake that followed
Convocation this September was composted….
The College was one of only eight liberal arts
colleges and universities in the nation to receive a
prestigious 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty
Career Flexibility, sponsored by the American Council
on Education.The award recognizes baccalaureate colleges
for leadership in developing best practices to
recruit and retain tenured and tenure-track faculty
throughout their careers.
“The secret of [my] profession is that learning is the best part,”
said Associate Professor of English Aaron Kitch. Last spring,
Kitch decided he wanted to learn more than what he taught in
his own classes, and he enrolled in an intermediate Latin course
with Assistant Professor of Classics.
Kitch says that studying Latin, something he did in high
school and graduate school, is directly useful to his own specialty,
English Renaissance, but that he also has a special admiration
for the Classics and simply wanted to expand his knowledge
of the field. He plans to continue his Latin studies at
Bowdoin, and possibly take other classes, ticking off a wish list
that includes biology, art history, and additional languages,
including Arabic.
While technically auditing the class, professor Kitch completed
all of the work and took all of the tests along with the
other students.
“I wanted to.You have to get the feedback,” he explains.
Kitch had nothing but praise for his colleague, and now
teacher, Sobak.
“It was a blast,” Kitch says.“It really was a blast.”
Steve Carlson ’42, sixth from left, in this team
shot from the 1941 Bugle, will attempt to swim his
age this fall.Also in the photo (l to r): Cooper, Fisher,
Harr, Jenkisson, Fenger, Carlson, Keylor, Marston, Croughwell.
One for the Ages
During the swim season of 1941,
the combination of Steve
Carlson ’42,Arthur Keylor ’42,
Edward Cooper ’41, and Coburn
Marston ’42 broke Bowdoin’s 200-
yard relay record. Later that season,
the same four secured a come-frombehind
victory for Bowdoin over
MIT by winning the 400 relay.
Almost 70 years later, Steve Carlson is
still swimming competitively and eyeing
records with the Davis Aquatic
Masters (DAM), in Davis, California.
Carlson, who turned 90 on
was still 89, he fell one second short.
Carlson swam for Venice High
School and then for Bowdoin as a
sprinter, and said he swam the 100-
yard freestyle at 57 seconds, which was
fast for the time period. In a newspaper
interview, Steve says that once he
hit 80 years old, he started slowing
down. Lately, however, his times have
been improving.“I can’t figure out
why [I’m swimming] faster,” he said.
“It’s pretty incredible,” said Kahn,
“given that 99.9 percent of the people
can’t swim their age.”
August 26, will attempt to “swim his
age” at the Huntsman World Senior
Games in St. George, Utah, this fall.
In order to accomplish the remarkable
feat, he must swim a 100-yard
freestyle race in a number of seconds
less than or equal to his age.
If he does it,“his swim will become
part of the lore of masters swimming,”
DAM head coach Stu Kahn told the
Davis Enterprise.“Steve will become
one of the folk heroes for the masters.”
In May, Carlson swam the 100
yards in 90 seconds, but because he
Like many veterans who return
from war zones, Rob Pfeiffer ’67
shouldered the heavy weight of his
experiences in battle and says 13 years
went by before he could speak of his
time in combat.As he can tell you,
bottling up one’s feelings often only
worsens the post-traumatic stress suffered
by many vets. He knows from
experience on two fronts.
Working as a mental health counselor
for more than thirty years,
Pfeiffer helps others deal with their
emotional wounds. Last spring, he
began a new program, holding weekly
counseling sessions for vets in his
office in Camden, Maine, called
Veterans Helping Veterans.
“I’m a disabled vet — I got shot.
But other than that, I came through
with an appreciation for what war
does to us as veterans, and I think
that’s the place where we can connect
that takes other people longer to do,
because we’ve already got a
built-in understanding of
what veterans have experienced.”
So far, 19 other professional counselors
in the Mid Coast area are
donating their time to assist dozens of
soldiers and former soldiers through
Veterans Helping Veterans.The program
has received support through a
grant from Maine’s William Ladd
Chapter of the national non-profit
Veterans for Peace organization.
(Pfeiffer was a founding member of
the chapter, the first in the country.)
According to The Veterans
Administration, around 40 percent of
those returning from war zones in
recent years have sought some kind of
psychological help to deal with the
after-effects of combat. Pfeiffer says
his program has the full support of
the National Guard, which views it as
a pilot project to be expanded into
other states if it proves successful.
For more information, please see the “getting involved” link at Veterans for Peace/Maine:
Kevin Salatino has been named director of
the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Salatino had served as Head of the
Department of Prints and Drawings at the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
(LACMA) since 2000, following nine years as
Curator of Graphic Arts at the Getty
Research Institute.
At Bowdoin, he oversees the more than
14,000 items in the museum’s collections and
manages its staff, programs, and budget.
“An accomplished scholar and curator,
Kevin brings a breadth of experience, energy
and excitement at this pivotal moment in the
museum’s history,” says Dean for Academic
Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.
Salatino, who succeeds Katy Kline as museum
director, began at Bowdoin in August.
P olar pioneer Admiral Robert E.
Peary (Class of 1877) returned to
the North Pole on April 6, 2009, or at
least a plush version of him did.
Exactly 100 years ago to the day that
Peary, Matthew Henson, and Inughuit
Ootah, Seeglo, Ooqueah and Egingwah
stood at the northernmost place on
earth, Robert Peary’s great-grandson
Robert Stafford Peary stood on the
same spot, carrying with him a Robert
Peary doll from Bowdoin’s Arctic
Dignitaries from around the world,
including relatives of both the Peary
and Henson families, marked the
anniversary with a wreath-laying ceremony
in Arlington National Cemetery.
Representatives from Naval Facilities
Engineering Command (NAVFAC),
the Explorers Club, National
Geographic, Abbott Kominers ’78 for
Bowdoin, the Matthew Henson Earth
Conservation Center, and renowned
British explorer Tom Avery and his
team honored Peary and Henson.
Guest speakers included Cmdr. Edward
Peary Stafford, USN (Ret.), Peary’s
grandson, and Gilbert Grosvenor,
Chairman of National Geographic
Society Board of Trustees. Diane Savoy,
great grandniece of Matthew Henson,
and Robert E. Peary III, grandson of
Peary, participated in the ceremony by
laying wreaths at both grave sites.
Also that morning, Peary doll-carrying
alumni braved the elements to
bring attention of the centennial of the
historic expedition to the NBC
TODAY show’s six million viewers.
Several alumni, armed with Peary dolls
and Bowdoin banners, made a brief
appearance on TODAY.Wearing
matching Bowdoin shirts, Kijan
Bloomfield ’04, D. Kareem Canada ’05,
Samantha Cohen ’07, Ashley Conti ’07,
Kate Geraghty ’07, and Jonathan
Ragins ’08 interacted with TODAY
weatherman Al Roker.
“The doll was the huge hit. It was
also cool since one of the NBC workers
stopped us on our way out to tell
us that they want us to send them
more dolls because everyone on the
team wants one!” said Conti.
The Admiral Peary doll is available
in the Arctic Museum’s gift shop and
the Museum’s Web site. Proceeds from
its sale support outreach initiatives.
Above: Robert Peary’s great-grandson Robert Stafford Peary
(with doll) and Dirk Jensen of Polar Explorers at the North
Pole on April 6, 2009, the 100th anniversary of Peary and
Matthew Henson’s famous expedition.
On Top of the World
Life of the Party, Courtesy of Google
F our freshmen in Maine Hall putting
on formal attire, celebrated
writer and poet Robert P.Tristram
Coffin ’15 at a house party, young
women waiting to see who will be
chosen House Party Queen – these
are some of the images captured on
campus in 1939 by renowned photographer
Alfred Eisenstaedt, whose
most famous photograph,“V-J Day in
Times Square,” depicts an American
sailor kissing a young woman on
August 14, 1945, in Times Square.
The Bowdoin images were published
in the photo essay “Life Goes
to a House Party” in Life magazine’s
January 8, 1940, issue.Through a
partnership between the magazine
and search engine giant Google, these
Bowdoin images and others are now
available online. See the “Life Goes to
a House Party” images at google/; search “bowdoin 1939
Access additional Bowdoin images
in Google’s Life photo archive,
including many never published in
the magazine, at
hosted/life by typing “Bowdoin” in
the search field.
A series of photos, including this one from the Life magazine shoot by Alfred Eisenstaedt also appeared in the 1941 Bowdoin Bugle.
By Edgar Allen Beem Photography by Bob Handelman
Field Hockey’s
unday, November 23, 2008.Two minutes into
the second 15-minute overtime period of the
2008 NCAA Division III National Field
Hockey Championship, Bowdoin’s Shannon
Malloy ’11 deftly intercepted a clearing pass
from a Tufts University defender and sent the
ball ahead to Kara Kelley ’10. Kelley spotted first year forward
Katie Herter ’12 on the left flank and drove a pretty
diagonal pass to her. Herter took the ball, spun around to
her shooting side, and flicked a high wrist shot that
bounced off the Tufts’ goalie’s padded glove.
Waiting to pounce, Bowdoin’s All-American center forward
Lindsay McNamara ’09, as tired as she had ever been
following 87 minutes of play, somehow managed to lunge
ahead of her defender and, with a reverse stick move at a
near impossible angle, tapped the rebound past the Tufts’
goalie. McNamara’s momentum carried her into Katie
(Left to right) Jessie Small ’11, Michaela Calnan ’11, Ella Curren ’12
has an intensity
that makes players
intense as well.”
“I attribute a
huge amount of
our success to
Nicky,” adds Julia
King.“I feel
lucky to have
played for her.”
Since Bowdoin
went coeducational
and the
Polar Bear field
hockey team first
took the field in
1972, there have
been only three
coaches; Sally
LaPointe (1972 to
1991), Maureen
“Mo” Flaherty Minicus (1992 to 1995), and Nicky
Pearson.The three women have led Bowdoin field hockey
to a combined 362-152-17 record with only five losing
seasons, none since 1990.
Nicky Pearson hates to lose, but, while you may find
her pacing the sidelines, she is not a Pat Summit or
Bobby Knight. She is restrained, calm, and confident. She
models the behavior she wants from her players.
“When the game starts, it really is up to the players,”
Pearson insists.“I believe my players walk onto the field
with a sense of confidence in themselves and confidence
in their teammates.They’re having ownership is huge
with me. I want them to feel that this is their team, that
they are important and respected members of the team,
and to feel a lot of pride in the program.”
Bowdoin practices focus heavily on skill drills, one-onone
defense, and team defense. Pearson tends to leave
conditioning up to the players. But the consensus of
opinion about her strength as a coach, the secret to the
success of Bowdoin field hockey, is that she excels at
player development.
Gillian McDonald ’04, now field hockey coach at
Hamilton College, was a record-setting goalie while at
“The biggest thing she does is that she’s really good at
Herter’s waiting arms as their teammates poured onto the
field in triumph.
With that little flurry of action on the frigid turf at
Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Bowdoin
had won its second consecutive NCCA title, defeating
Tufts 3-2. McNamara’s OT goal, her Bowdoin recordshattering
92nd in four years, also capped one of the most
successful athletic careers in Bowdoin College history, not
just Lindsay Mac’s but that of her seven senior teammates
as well – fellow tri-captains Julia King and Kristen Veiga,
goalie Emileigh Mercer,Tamlyn Frederick, Kate Gormley,
Madeleine McQueeney, and Leah Ferenc.
The eight field hockey players from the Class of 2009
posted a 74-5 record (21-2 in post-season play) on their
way to winning four New England Small College
Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships, four
NCAA Final Four appearances, and two NCAA National
Championships. McNamara earned NESCAC Player of
the Year honors in 2007 and was named NESCAC
Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. She and center mid
Julia King were named first-team All-Americans and
defender Leah Ferenc was designated a third-team AllAmerican.
Just the year before, the Bowdoin women had gone a
perfect 20-0 in winning the College’s first national championship
of any kind.A tough act to follow.Yet there is a
sense in which athletic success is about more than victory,
bigger than any one season, and in which field hockey
can be more than a game.
The architect of Bowdoin’s field hockey powerhouse is
Coach Nicola “Nicky” Pearson, a modest, soft-spoken
Englishwoman who has quietly developed a program that
has gone 183-39 since she arrived on campus in 1996.
Twice named NCAA Division III National Coach of the
Year and six times the NESCAC Coach of the Year,
Nicky Pearson is more at home sharing afternoon tea (as
she does daily) with her fellow coaches at Farley
Fieldhouse than she is talking about her accomplishments.
She is notoriously uncomfortable with praise, but suffice it
to say she is revered by her players and by her colleagues.
“Nicky is a very humble person,” explains Trinity
College field hockey coach Anne Parmenter, Nicky’s
mentor at Connecticut College in the late 1980s.“She
has a very quiet disposition, but she has an incredibly
strong technical understanding of the game. She really
dedicates herself to teaching the principles of the game.
She does an incredible job of teaching players to see the
bigger picture and what it takes to win.Those eight seniors
are where I would love our program to go.”
“Nicky is not a yelling coach, but she is very clear
about her expectations,” says Lindsay McNamara.“She
(Left to right) Katie Herter ’12, Lindsay McNamara ’09, Emileigh Mercer ’09
own best competition.”
And one of their own has also been their best inspiration.
NESCAC teams only began competing in NCAA tournaments
a decade ago, but Bowdoin started knocking on
the national championship door almost immediately. In
2000, the 15-2 Polar Bears won the NESCAC but lost to
Springfield College in overtime in the regional semifinal.
In 2005, an 18-1 Bowdoin team lost to Messiah
College of Pennsylvania in the NCAA semifinal.
“But in many ways,” says Bowdoin sports information
director Jim Caton,“the 2006 team was our most
remarkable team.”
The 2006 team was remarkable because they again
made it to the NCAA semifinals while reeling from the
sudden loss of their on-field leader, now their inspirational
When Bowdoin lost 2-1 to Messiah in the 2005 semifi-
nals, a fiery redhead from Bowdoin looked across the field
developing players,” says McDonald, who calls Pearson
her mentor.“She knows what kind of player she wants
and then she mentors and develops them. Every single
player I played with for four years improved.”
“I was nowhere near the field hockey player I am today
when I got to Bowdoin,” attests Julia King.“My parents
were astonished at how much better I became.”
Young women who have played for Pearson say she has
an uncanny ability to read personalities and for giving
each individual what she needs, whether it’s praise and
encouragement, simple instruction, or tough love. She
assesses the strengths and weaknesses in a player’s game,
builds on the strengths, and improves the weaknesses.
“Nicky will take someone who is a walk-on and make
them into a starter,” says King.“Lindsay wasn’t even
recruited for field hockey and look what she’s done.”
Lindsay McNamara, recruited to play ice hockey, is a
three-sport athlete, playing field hockey, ice hockey, and
“Some of our best competition is scrimmages at practice,”
says McNamara.“We’re so good because we’re our
(Left to right) Julia King ’09, Kristen Veiga ’09, Leah Ferenc ’09, Madeleine McQueeney ’09
From Brooks to Bowdoin
No one had to tell Katie Herter ’12 about the impact
that Taryn King, the All-American from the Class of
2007 whose sudden death in 2006 devastated her
teammates, had had on the success of Bowdoin field hockey.
Taryn King was one of the reasons Katie Herter wanted to
play for Bowdoin.
“She was the same thing in high
school,” says Herter of the inspirational
King.“She just had this great work ethic.”
While they never played together,
King and Herter have a lot in common.
Both graduated from Brooks School in
North Andover, Massachusetts, and both
come from prominent Bowdoin families.
Taryn King was preceded at Bowdoin
by her great-grandfather, Leopold F. King ’22; her grandfather,
Peter King ’50; her great-uncle Leopold Firman King ’51; her
great-uncle, Dr. Denis Wholley King ’55; and her
second cousins, Amy King DeMilt ’85 and
Michael W. King ’88.
Katie Herter’s grandmother, Caroline Lee
Herter, was a Trustee of the College, and her
Bowdoin relations include her father, David
Herter ’76; her mother, Lauren Tenney Herter
’82; and her brother James, a lacrosse player in
the Class of 2011.
But Taryn King and Katie Herter had something
else in common, more important than a prep school and
a Bowdoin legacy. A fighting spirit. Guts.
Casey Bobo, who coached both King and Herter at Brooks,
remembers both as being “part of a tremendous group of
young women for whom being tough and strong was particularly
Coach Bobo recalls, for instance, how Taryn King once used an
ice pack to keep her forehead cool before a game so her coach
wouldn’t know she had a fever and keep her out of a big game.
“Her teammates knew she was sick, and that somehow
made them play even harder as a testament to her dedication,”
says Bobo.“We won that day.Taryn would never miss a game,
and certainly her own physical discomfort would not keep her
from supporting her teammates in competition.”
One of Casey Bobo’s key recollections of Katie Herter is
how she struggled academically under the strain of “the most
difficult course schedule I had ever seen.” Her coach, who is
also a history teacher and was Herter’s advisor at Brooks,
encouraged Herter to drop AP courses in favor of honors
courses. Herter refused and persevered to earn, in her coach’s
words,“ a tremendous GPA.”
“The harder the challenge, the more she fights,” says Casey
Bobo.“Taryn had exactly that same spirit and determination. I
absolutely adored that about both of them.While both girls
were as talented as any female athlete we have had at Brooks
School, it wasn’t always their talent that made us better.Their
leadership by example made all of their teams better.”
Katie Herter ’12
Taryn King ’07
at the victors and told her teammates,“That could be us.”
Taryn King, then a junior, was a commanding presence
both on and off the field. She exuded a confidence, a passion,
and a determination that was irresistible. If she said
Bowdoin could be the best in the nation, no one was
going to argue with her. King was the NESCAC Player
of the Year and a first-team All-American in 2005. 2006
was going to be Bowdoin’s year.Then tragedy struck and
struck hard.
In January of 2006, while studying abroad in Galway,
Ireland,Taryn King contracted a deadly bacterial infection
and died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.The
entire Bowdoin community was stunned. Her field hockey
teammates were devastated.And her coach, who to this
day cannot talk about Taryn King without tearing up,
knew she had the coaching job of a lifetime ahead of her.
“What impressed me about Nicky,” says Gillian
McDonald,“was how strong she was for those girls. I
could tell how upset she was, but she kept herself together
for those girls.”
Nicky Pearson knew there would be a temptation to
dedicate the 2006 season to Taryn, to shoot for a national
championship in her memory, but she also knew that was
just too much pressure to put on the backs of two dozen
young women.
“We talked a lot about her,” says Pearson of King,“but
it was more of an unspoken motivation than a public
activity. I didn’t want the players to do that.”
Together with co-captains Burgess LePage ’07 and
Susan Morris ’07, Pearson made an effort to help Taryn’s
teammates grieve together, to share stories, memories, and
coping strategies, and to bring the new first year players
into the process.The women ended up sitting on the turf
field late one evening and pouring out their emotions.
“We decided we’d play with her, not for her,” says
Burgess LePage of her best friend Taryn King.
The field hockey team had the initials “TK” embroidered
on the left sleeves of their uniforms and resolved to
play with the never-say-die fire and determination of the
leader they had lost.That fire led them back to the 2006
Final Four where, despite dominating Messiah in the
semifinal, they lost 1-0.
“We just couldn’t put the ball in the goal,” says LePage,
who had the courage to do a CBS Sports interview about
Taryn King just minutes after losing the Messiah game.
In the wake of the 2006 Final Four loss, the Bowdoin
team, along with friends and families, went out to dinner
together at Belhurst Castle in Geneva, New York, not far
from the Hobart and William Smith campus where the
NCAA tournament was played.At that dinner, Mike
LePage ’78, Burgess’s father, publicly predicted that the
Polar Bears would win the national championship the
following year.
they would not be disappointed. Bowdoin defeated
Middlebury 4-3.
“The entire season I felt I was there with them,” says
LePage.“When they did it, it was a mixture of relief and
pride – for them and for us. I was sobbing at the end of
the game.We did it!”
And that’s how field hockey can be more than a
game. Generations of Bowdoin field hockey players,
not to mention countless fans, friends, and families,
shared in the excitement of Bowdoin’s first national
Though the outcome was the same, the
2008 season was distinctly different.The
defending national champions found that they
were almost expected to win, so when their
39-0 home win streak was broken by a 2-0
Homecoming loss to Trinity, it was something
of a wake-up call.
“We lost to Trinity and we lost to Tufts,” says
Nicky Pearson.“It was incredibly disappointing
to lose those games, but looking back it
was the best thing that could have happened.”
Following the two regular season home
losses, the Bowdoin women refocused, stepped
up their intensity, and went into the post-season
with the pressure off.Tufts, the #1 seed,
was the undefeated team, but Bowdoin would
defeat the Jumbos twice, 1-0 to win the
NESCAC title and the 3-2 OT victory for
their second national title.
“When you get to the Final Four,” says
Nicky Pearson,“all four teams are talented.
For me, one of the deciding factors is
resilience, mental toughness. Our teams are
mentally tough.”
They also still have Taryn King on their
minds and in their hearts. If you don’t believe
it, check out their wrists. Some of those pink
ribbons have been there year-round for three
years now.
“Our class is the last class that played with
her,” says Lindsay McNamara, fingering her
ribbon.“The way she played, she put the program
on the map.Taryn King is what
Bowdoin field hockey is all about.”
“Subconsciously,” adds Julia King,“all of us
think of Taryn every time we step onto the
“The very first day of the ’07 season they had a mission,”
recalls Nicky Pearson.“It was like a high speed
train. If you stood in the way, you had to be prepared to
be bowled over. It wasn’t necessary to stoke the engine.
My job was just to keep them on the tracks.”
The 2007 season was a 20-0 juggernaut.The Bowdoin
women outscored their opponents 76-6, allowing only one
goal in the regular season before knocking off Williams 2-1
and Middlebury 3-1 to win the NESCAC Championship.
In the NCAA tournament they roared through Skidmore
2-1, Rowan 5-0, and Lebanon Valley 1-0 only to face
Middlebury again in the championship game.
Taryn King’s teammates from the Class of 2007 –
Burgess LePage, Susan Morris, Kate Leonard, Sarah
Horn, and Gail Winning – all made the trip to
Collegeville, Pennsylvania, for the big game.This time
(Left to right) Emily French ’12, Elizabeth Clegg ’12, McKenna Teague ’12, Ingrid Oelschlager ’11
With the extraordinary Class of 2009 graduating eight
players, including seven starters, one might expect 2009
to be a building year for the Bowdoin field hockey team,
but don’t try to tell them that.
“We’re obviously going to miss the graduating class of
eight players who have been so instrumental in our success
over the past four years,” says Coach Pearson.“We’re
going to miss their talent and their leadership, but I’m
incredibly excited about the group of returning players.
They’ve had some wonderful experiences.And, because
of the success the program has had, we have a talented
incoming group of six players.”
“Even though we’re graduating eight, a lot of younger
girls will be able to contribute,” insists Katie Herter.
“They’re ready to go. Nicky’s made sure of that.”
field.We didn’t take for granted being on that
And even after four consecutive Final Four
appearances, they don’t take for granted getting
into the NCAA tournament.The conference
is just too tough.
“The hardest part of winning an NCAA
title is breaking out of NESCAC,” observes
Gillian McDonald, whose Hamilton
Continentals play in the Liberty League.
After decades of Mid-Atlantic dominance
by schools such as The College of New Jersey,
SUNY Cortland, and Salisbury University of
Maryland, NCAA Division III field hockey
has come home to roost in New England in
recent years.
Though the high academic standards of the
NESCAC colleges limit the pool of recruits,
those student-athletes who do make the grade
tend to come from families, communities, and
schools that prepare them well for all-round
success.They have often played in the most
competitive developmental programs and benefited
from sports camps of all kinds.They
know how to compete.
In the case of the 2008 field hockey team,
14 of the players were multi-sport athletes.
Key players such as Lindsay McNamara and
Katie Herter play three sports. Indeed, the fact
that six field hockey players also play ice
hockey may have contributed the slow start
women’s hockey got off to this year. Onethird
of the team was missing for several weeks
while they competed in the NCAA field
hockey tournament.
As with the success that the Bowdoin
women’s basketball program has experienced in recent
years (making it to the Sweet Sixteen once, the Elite
Eight five times, and the NCAA Division III
Championship game once since 2000-2001), the field
hockey team’s success has been embraced by the campus
and the community, as many as 700 fans showing up for
games that often draw only parents at other schools.
“I believe to be a strong athletic woman on this campus
is something admired and well respected,” says Nicky
Success tends to beget success, but can they do it again?
“I’m thinking three-peat.Yah!” enthuses outgoing tricaptain
Julia King. But then, come fall, King will be a
conflicted position as a graduate assistant coach at Trinity
under Nicky Pearson’s mentor Anne Parmenter.
(Left to right) Shannon Malloy ’11, Emily Neilson ’11, Phoebe McCarthy ’11
ifty years ago, The Hudson Review published a
short story by Bowdoin professor Lawrence
Sargent Hall ’36 that went on to receive a prestigious
O. Henry Award in 1959.“The Ledge,”
having appeared in over 30 anthologies—John
Updike included it in The Best American Short Stories of the
20th Century—and still widely anthologized, retains its
affect on readers today.
On the golden anniversary of the story’s publication,
author Anthony Doerr ’95, himself a two-time O. Henry
Award Winner, and novelist Margot Livesey, Bowdoin’s
John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Writer-in-Residence for
the past four years, comment on the staying power of “The
Ledge,” which was inspired by an event in the waters off of
Harpswell Neck, on December 27, 1956, not far from
where Hall lived on Orr’s Island.
Larry Hall retired in 1986 as Henry Leland Chapman
Professor of English after teaching at Bowdoin for more
than 40 years, and he died in 1993. Remarkably, he published
only two pieces of fiction, and both won major
awards.Along with the O. Henry for “The Ledge,” Hall
received the William Faulkner Award (now the
PEN/Faulkner Award) in 1961, recognizing his novel
Stowaway as the best American work of fiction that year.
To listen to Hall read “The Ledge,” visit our Web site,
Undoubtedly the fisherman represents Jesus.That’s why he
has no proper name, the story takes place on Christmas,
and his death leaves him “absolved of his mortality.”
Well, hmm, maybe on second thought the fisherman is a
hubristic Greek hero. He has “too much strength,” he’s
“inclined to brag and be disdainful,” and he’s determined “to
lick the element of time.” He flies a little close to the sun, if
you know what I mean!
Err, wait, actually “The Ledge” looks a lot like an ecological
parable.The fisherman scoffs at hunting limits. His shotgun
shells fly into the ocean “unheeded.” Clearly Hall condemns
the fisherman for his irresponsible treatment of nature.
No, no, no, if the fisherman is being condemned, it’s
because he’s a misogynist.Trepidation about bad weather and
cold seas? That’s “no more than woman’s fear.” Nice try, fisherman.
How does your own medicine taste?
Wait, wait—ever read any Montaigne? Here’s the mustachioed
Frenchman from an essay called On Solitude: “...When
Albuquerque, the Viceroy of India for Emanuel, King of
Portugal, was in peril from a raging tempest, he took a boy on
his shoulders for one reason only: so that by linking their fates
together the innocence of that boy might serve him as a warrant
and intercession for God’s favor and so bring him to safety.
Ding! Ding! “The Ledge” is obviously a reiteration of an
older story: an imperiled man in water puts a boy on his
shoulders so that he can shelter under the mantle of innocence!
Why, it’s just like Saint Christopher, a big ogre of a
saint who, legend has it, put the Christ child on his shoulders
“The Ledge”A F T E R 5 0 Y E A R S
and ferried him across a raging river, nearly drowning in the
process.The name Christopher means ‘Christ-bearer,’ after all.
Place yourself under the protection of a child, of a child
you’re supposed to protect.Traverse evil ballasted with a
sacred burden.
Ah, I can hear my English 231 professor scribbling a nice,
fat B+ at the end of my paper.
Here’s the problem. I don’t believe in any of it. Maybe
Hall did intend “The Ledge” to be subjected to big, symbolic
interpretations. But I don’t think such things—metaphor,
allusion, abstraction—explain why his story continues to be
read fifty years after its publication.
As a writer and as a reader, I’m interested first and foremost
in the visceral, sensory impacts of narrative. I want to be
airlifted into the moment-by-moment predicaments of other
people. I want to see little black letters on a white page conjure
up “freezing suds at the water’s edge” and “a black glossy
rib of earth”
standing up
out of the sea.
That’s the
glory and the
miracle of fiction writing: it uses common, abused little structures—words—and
summons whole worlds with them.
Whatever you think about Hall’s most famous story, you
can’t argue that it’s not intense.The tide is always rising, the
cold is always looming.The dusky waste is ever-encroaching.
Good stories are first and foremost about creating an engrossing,
concrete, physical tension. Meaning? It takes every word
of a story to convey its meaning. Meaning, as Flannery
O’Connor suggested, is inseparable from story itself.
The best stories are like dreams.They convince you they
are real, they fold you into their worlds, and then they hold
you there. Only then, when you’re anchored in the momentby-moment
detail of a character’s experience, when the water
is in your boots, when the boy is seated on your shoulders,
can you let yourself rise up into the larger things, into the
great mystery of what it means to turn a last page, read a last
sentence, and reenter your own life.
sat down to re-read “The Ledge” on a wintery afternoon
not unlike the one portrayed in the story, and
from the opening sentence—“On Christmas morning
before sunup the fisherman embraced his warm wife and
left his close bed.”—I knew I was in the presence of a
writer who had a destination in mind.That oddly
ambiguous word “close” sounded the first quiet note of
menace, and summoned me to pay attention, as did the
vivid particulars of the occasion: Christmas day, the new
guns, the weather, the eggs sunny side up.
In the pages that follow Hall proves himself entirely worthy
of that attention.Although the tone of “The Ledge” is,
at times, old fashioned, the meticulous, vivid details are as
fresh as the day he wrote them. By the time I reached the
end of the first half of the story I was ready myself to go
duck hunting in winter. I also knew that tragedy was coming—any
doubts I might have were dispelled by the sentence
“Things were perfect.”—and felt considerable suspense
as to how Hall would play out his dark hand.
From my point of view, one of the most interesting
choices the author makes is not to allow the story to mean
too much, or his readers to know too much. He resists any
impulse to explain or psychoanalyse his characters. By the
last page of the story we don’t know a great deal more
about the fisherman than we do on the first page: he’s a
rough man who keeps his promises; he believes home is a
place to return to after adventures; boys become men
through hunting.And yet in the final pages the father and
son do rise to meet each other with a tenderness that both
embodies and transcends the stereotypes of men and hunting.As
the sleet drove against my windows, I found myself
far from my sofa, battling
the rising waters with the
fisherman and his son.
NAUTICAL CHART: “Heavy black line shows
course Harpswell lobsterman and two youths followed
from Ash Point Cove to Mink Rocks, where
they were swept to their deaths by the rising tide
and heavy seas after a day of duck hunting.” From
The Portland Press Herald, morning edition,
Saturday, December 29, 1956. MANUSCRIPT
PAGE:The first page of Hall’s working draft.
“The Ledge” by Lawrence Sargent Hall, Sr.,
©1959, 1987, Bowdoin College.Typescript page
with edits from the Lawrence Sargent Hall Papers,
George J. Mitchell Department of Special
Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.
PHOTO: Lawrence Sargent Hall ’36
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Okay, just who is this guy Joe Tecce?
And why does the media keep
knocking on the door of this 75-
year-old assistant professor of psychology
to find out why people lie
— or get stressed out or exhibit
road rage or shoot up a high school? And why do Boston
College students still clamor to take a psychology course from
a guy old enough to be their grandfather?
I spent three hours with Joe Tecce to take the measure
of the man and his mind.“Would you please sign my guest
book,” he asked, shortly after I entered his small office on
the 5th floor of the McGuinn Building at BC. Happily
signed in to this dog-eared book, I asked him how he had
ended up at Bowdoin, and Tecce’s answer – like all of his
answers – took delightfully engaging turns, but always with
an end point in sight.
“It was the summer of 1951, and I was reading water
meters and doing other odd jobs. I’d been a good student at
Wakefield (Mass.) High School, but I’d never gotten around
to applying to college. I bumped into the high school counselor
one day and, when I told him that I hadn’t yet applied
to college, he said,‘Come see me in the morning.’The next
day, I sat in his office while he called Bill Shaw (then Dean of
Admissions at Bowdoin), and I was awarded a $700 scholarship
right over the phone - $600 for the room/board/tuition
and $100 for spending money.”
Bowdoin made a huge impact on this first-generation college
student, the son of an Italian family.“We had no books in
the house, but we did have lots of love and lots of food,” he
remembered.While at Bowdoin, Joe held down several jobs,
everything from washing dishes in the Kappa Sigma fraternity
to taking attendance in Chapel, to serving as a proctor; listening
to Robert Frost recite his poetry in Memorial Hall
(“What a wonderfully deep and raspy voice!”); and hearing
famed football coach Adam Walsh give a talk to the Newman
Club, a Catholic organization which Joe himself got reorganized
at Bowdoin.“Bowdoin was so generous to me,” says
Tecce,“and I will be forever grateful.”
Questions about the road that led to a psychology major
yielded another surprising response.“I had originally planned
to major in government, but I hadn’t signed up for any major
by the end of the first semester of my sophomore year. I was
walking by the Chapel and a friend told me that I had only
one hour left to choose a major or I’d be fined $5, an impossible
amount for me to come up with. I remembered that the
psychology department was in the basement of the Chapel, so
I ran downstairs and told Parker Johnson, a psychology professor,
that I wanted to major in psychology. He wondered
why I wanted to major in psychology since I hadn’t taken any
psychology courses. I told him that I just knew I’d love psychology,
and he said I could major in it if I took two courses
in psychology the next semester.”
Tecce admits that his decision to major in psychology wasn’t
quite as random as it sounds.“When I was growing up,
every politician in Wakefield would come to our house and
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ask my mother how they could
get the Italian vote. I learned a
lot about people and psychology
from hearing her discuss
those politicians later at dinner.
In fact, people came to my
mother all the time seeking
advice. Looking back, I can
now give her an official title:
‘The Unofficial Director of
Social Work on the East Side of
Wakefield.’ She taught me how
to be good to people, because
she had such a good heart.”
After Bowdoin,Tecce earned
an M.A. and a Ph.D. from
Catholic University and then
went on to fill teaching and
research positions at Tufts,
Boston University, and Harvard
before joining the Boston
College faculty in 1971.A prolific
researcher with scores of
scholarly publications and professional
presentations to his
credit, he describes himself as a
“health psychologist.” Many of
his papers and lectures have
dealt with brain activity and,
over the last several years, stress
and meditation.
Tecce’s reputation within the media as the go-to guy for
matters related to human behavior began in the blink of an
eye or, more accurately, several blinks of the eye. He discovered
that stress from an uncomfortable situation – such as
lying – usually leads to an increased frequency of eye blinks.
He terms this phenomenon the “Nixon effect,” explaining
that,“When Nixon resigned in 1974, he seemed calm, cool,
and collected, but he was blinking very rapidly.” So Tecce
counted the blinks and found that Nixon was “blinking faster
than schizophrenics.”
Want to know who’s going to win the next presidential
election? Count their eye blinks during a debate.“In U.S.
presidential elections over the past 25 years,” says Joe,“the
candidates who blinked fastest in the one-on-one presidential
debates lost the election, except for 2000 when George W.
Bush, the fastest blinker, lost the popular vote but won the
electoral vote.”
Tecce’s discovery about the blink phenomenon during
presidential elections brought the national media to his door.
Because he is so personable and his explanations are so clear,
the media soon began calling upon Tecce for commentary on
other issues, such as murder cases (O. J. Simpson, JonBenet
Ramsey, Louise Woodward Nanny case) and President
Clinton’s infidelity. He’s been asked to weigh in on everything
from work stress to email
addiction, from terrorism to
reality television.“I’m really
popular every four years during
presidential elections,” he jokes,
“ but in a normal year, I only
get contacted by the media 30
or 40 times in a year.”
When Roger Clemens testi-
fied about whether he used
steroids,Tecce believes that the
ace pitcher exhibited many of
the indicators of less-thantruthful
behavior. Besides a high
eye blink rate and avoiding the
gaze of the questioner, Clemens
would, he says, engage in what
he terms the “three r’s of lying:
redundancy, reliability, and relevance.”
His answers were not
consistent and, often, not relevant
to the questions.And he
often repeated the same phrase,
the sign of a cover-up.
Countless position papers,
each written in clear concise
prose on a particular topic, jam
the file drawers in Tecce’s
office.Their titles reflect society’s
issues:“Violence in
Sports,”“Traffic Stress and Road Rage,”“How Do You
Change a Bad Mood,”“Happiness,”“Addictions,” and
“Video Addiction All Too Real.”
This first-generation college kid who confesses that he
used the word “ain’t” when he talked to President Sills in
1951 has been cited in every major newspaper and magazine
in the United States and several others around the world.This
kid-at-heart who still feels humbled to have gone to the same
college at the same time as such notables as Senator George
Mitchell ’54 and retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering ’53
has appeared on every major television network and most
major cable channels, including CNN and C-Span. He’s even
been interviewed by Katie Couric and Bill O’ Reilly.
At one point during our conversation,Tecce paused, studied
me for a second, smiled, and remarked,“You know, you
and I are really bonding well.We’re both sitting the same way;
mimicking the posture of the person you’re talking with indicates
comfort.And we’re both blinking at about the same
rate.” I seconded his observation, while trying to maintain my
pose and blink rate.
At another point, he jumped up from his chair and said,
“Let me show you one of the things I’m proudest about in
my entire career.” He fiddled with his computer for a
while until the screen lit up with the photograph of a
young girl smiling dreamily at a computer screen, which
contained an electronic image of her “finger painting.”
Although the young girl was paralyzed, she had been able
to “paint” on the screen by controlling the computer
through electrodes placed around her eyes. Joe Tecce was
one of the first researchers to have conceived the notion
that a system could be developed whereby tracking eye
movements could be used to replace a mouse.
While Tecce loves research and basks in the media limelight,
his primary passion remains teaching undergraduates
who are, he notes,“more open and less jaded than graduate
students.” He’s taught courses covering all areas of psychology
over the years, but today he teaches just two perennial
favorites every semester:“Psychobiology of Mental Disorders”
and “Stress and Behavior.”
What he really teaches, though, are lessons that extend well
beyond psychological theory, such as how to live a full,
relaxed and meaningful life; how to lift yourself by lifting others;
and how to focus, really focus, on what’s important. He
teaches all of his students to meditate, for example, as he
knows the powerful impact that meditation has made upon
his own life since he began meditating in 1974.“I’ve taught
well over 5,000 students to meditate,” he notes,“and meditation
will be useful to them wherever they go and whatever
they do in life.”
And then
there’s his innovative
Good Project”
which arose
from his own
life experience.
“I was enduring
a very blue
Monday, and I
came upon this
beautiful flower
arrangement on
campus that
spelled out BC.
I complimented
and he was
totally touched,
telling me that no one had ever commented on it before. So I
created the ‘Do Good Project,’ which requires all of my students
to do something good for another person – preferably a
stranger – every day for seven days.Then they have to record
the activity in a journal, being sure to record how they felt
about doing this good deed and the person’s response.At the
end of the week, they have to write about the impact that the
Do Good Project made upon their lives.Their comments are
truly amazing.’
As we were winding up our conversation,Tecce asked if I
wanted to get a close-up look at a human brain.“Sure,” I
responded, being careful not to elevate my eye blink rate.
“Well, I have a brain in that bucket over there,” he said indicating
a bucket in the corner. From the bucket, which was
filled with a preservative fluid, he extracted a real human
brain. He then put on rubber gloves and proceeded to talk
about the brain and all its magnificent properties.
One might assume that a noted psychologist so wise in
the ways of human behavior and so widely cited in the
media might possess a know-it-all attitude. Not so.What
sets Joe Tecce apart, besides his deep wisdom, is his warm
human spirit. He still savors life’s small offerings, delighting
in new learning, exploring new ideas.”
This first-generation college student, this son of an
Italian immigrant, this tireless worker who once held down
eight jobs in a single semester at Bowdoin, has carved out
an uncommonly productive career. And he has many truths
yet to discover.
In addition to quoting great minds in his Stress and
Meditation Workshop, such as Emerson, Shakespeare
and Nietzsche, Joe’s syllabus weaves in some pearls
of his own.
“A meditation a day keeps the shrink away.”
“Awareness begets freedom.”
“The best cure for stress is to do something for
someone else.”
“People are our greatest source of stress and people
are our greatest resource in dealing with
“When you patiently listen to someone you can’t
help, you’ve already helped two people.”
“When one gives, two receive.”
Early each semester the staff of
WBOR conducts the college
radio equivalent of an open
casting call:They invite anyone
who’s interested – students,
faculty, staff and community members
– to apply for a DJ time slot.WBOR
airs live most days from 7 a.m. to 1:30
a.m.; that’s more than 120 hours to fill
each week, and they rarely fall short. In
fact, they often have to offer a shorter shift
in order to squeeze in another aspiring DJ.
The only artistic restriction they
impose is that DJs break the mold of commercial
radio.The one format they might
reject out of hand is one that emulates
pop radio drivel.This fall, listeners were
treated to hours of jazz, hip-hop, heavy
metal, Renaissance music, nothing-butFrank-Zappa,
soccer roundups, politics and
everything that can be considered “indie.”
“We are an independent college radio
station, and we want our programming to
reflect that,” music director Sarah Wood
’10 told the 80 applicants who packed
Daggett Lounge in September.“Be creative.We
listen to all the music and play
what’s great.This is college, a time for
The whole idea of “college radio” feels
like a throwback to another generation.
Napster burst on the scene when these
Peter McLaughlin ’10
clothes off in the dark and put
them back when we’re done.’
That’s artistic.”
“We have enough with this
sound already,” she said about
another CD.
“I decided no to ‘A Tribute
the Cure,’” Chee said.
“We try to make a nice mix
of things people will like listening
to,”Wood explained.
“Two-to-one it’s music people
don’t know.”
“A lot of it is people’s first
album, so no one’s heard it,”
Chee said.“Stuff we don’t like
goes in a box and the DJs are
free to take it.”
There are six other music
directors who do the same thing each week for releases in
specific genres: jazz, blues, hip-hop, electronic, heavy metal.
McLaughlin loves jazz. In addition to reviewing all the
new jazz music each week, he does a show called “Jazz is a
Spirit” on Friday afternoons.A music major who plays percussion
and composes music, McLaughlin was so interested
in radio that he made a point of checking out the radio stations
at each college he considered applying to.
“I was big into music in high school, I did a bit of acting
and was on the speech and debate team,” he said.“Radio is a
combination of my two great loves. I applied for a show as
soon as I got here. I had a very specific idea for my show: I
wanted it to have mostly modern jazz and also other types
of music that either influenced jazz or were influenced by
jazz, music with a spirit of improvisation and creativity
through performance. I’m not so pigeon-holed into ‘this is
jazz and this is not jazz’ like the Marsalis brothers like to
describe it.”
He arrives for his show with his backpack stuffed with
“Some people plan their entire show,” he said.“I tend to
do it on the fly.”
Yet somehow, the music flows together. He starts with
“Opening,” by Philip Glass, an airy number that’s “not
really jazz at all,” he concedes. He follows that with music
from the title track from Miles Davis’s Nefertiti, which he
describes as a repetitive, minimalist jazz piece. From there
he moves to a couple of “old school” tracks from Bill
Evans – “Gloria’s Step” and “Alice in Wonderland” –
before returning to Nefertiti and the song, “Fall.” Next
come two tracks from local drummer Steve Grover, one
of which is called “Portrait of Tony Williams.”Tony
Williams, McLaughlin notes, was the drummer on “Fall.”
After 90 minutes, he brings the show full circle and ends
students were just becoming
aware of music in middle
download their music more
often they buy it on disk, and
many of the DJs confess that
they’d pretty much stopped
listening to the radio by the
time they got to high school,
except when they could find a
good college station. Now
that they have a chance, they
can’t resist getting behind a
microphone and sharing their
tastes – musical and otherwise
– with a decidedly limited but
loyal audience.
“Radio is ubiquitous, and it’s
extremely cheap,” said station
manager Tucker Hermans ’09.“As great as the Internet is for
finding the next niche genre, it’s not good at local content.”
WBOR doesn’t shun the Internet; the broadcast streams
live on, where families, friends, and Bowdoin
students studying abroad tune in and sometimes call or
email requests.
Peter McLaughlin ’10, the jazz music director, grew up in
the Boston area, surrounded by enough college stations to
satisfy his taste once it veered from the mainstream in middle
“I found those stations kind of cool,” he said.“You get to
know the personality of the DJ, or their lack of personality,
and I could listen to something I’d never listened to before.
That’s what makes what we do so important and special.”
t’s a Sunday afternoon, and Wood and Sean Weathersby
’10 sit hunched over their laptops on a ragged couch at
the station in the basement of the Dudley Coe Building.
The walls are lined with shelves of record albums – big and
dusty and pressed of glorious black vinyl – made obsolete by
CDs before the current batch of Bowdoin students was
born.Yet the station is equipped with two turntables that
still get plenty of use.
Audrey Chee ’09 mans a CD player, methodically playing
snippets from the 40 new releases the station received
that week, as Wood and Weathersby type one-line reviews
of the ones they will recommend to the DJs.Weathersby is
also compiling the top 30 most-played song and albums
from the previous week to submit to CMJ, the College
Music Journal.
“We’re here for two-and-a-half hours every Sunday, and
we’re basically multi-tasking the entire time,” Chee said.
Wood mocks a lyric as it flies past them:“ ‘We take our
Clockwise from top left: Sarah Wood ’10; Images from the
WBOR studio including part of the extensive collection of
CDs; Carolyn Williams’10; Tucker Hermans ’09
orty-nine years after WBOR recorded a Pete
Seeger concert at Pickard Theater, the
Smithsonian Institution is releasing the entire
recording in a two-CD set with full credit
given to the station and the College.Tom
Holland ’62 couldn’t be happier.
Holland was station manager at WBOR in 1960 when
Seeger performed at Bowdoin. Seeger refused to sing
unless the concert was recorded, and the tapes immediately
handed over to him without anyone copying or
even listening to them.
“He was a very demanding guy, really hard-nosed,”
Holland said.“He was a very crusty character.”
Holland clearly remembers the
performance, which was the highlight
of the Campus Chest weekend. It
was a beautiful Sunday – sunny and
unusually warm for mid-March.
Pickard Theater was packed, and
Seeger brought the house down.
“This was a pure solo act, just him
and his instruments,” Holland said.
“He did a version of ‘D-Day
Dodgers,’ a very satiric WWII song
that I’d never heard before, but it
made a terrific impression. He rarely
ever sang that song.”
Students at WBOR broadcast the
concert live and filled eight reel-toreel
tapes with all 30 songs. Holland
hand-delivered the tapes to Seeger
that night, and never gave them a
second thought.
Years later, Holland was living in
New York and browsing a record store when he came
upon a Seeger album that included “D-Day Dodgers.”
Holland was sure it was recorded that night at Bowdoin,
though the liner notes didn’t say so.
“I really didn’t think about the tapes again until I
bought that record,” he said.“I was annoyed that we didn’t
get credit for recording it.”
According to Jeff Place, head archivist for the
Smithsonian’s Folklife Archives, that was typical Seeger,
working outside the system to create his own recorded
legacy. For much of his career, Seeger, now 90, was a pariah
for his outspoken anti-government beliefs, and occasionally
faced imprisonment for contempt of Congress.
Major record labels would have nothing to do with him,
and live performances had to be arranged on the sly with
little advance notice to avoid organized protests. So Seeger
collected recordings of his concerts and handed them over
to Moses Asch, founder of Folkways Records, who pieced
tracks from different performances into compilations of
live music and released them on albums with scant information
in the liner notes.
“I remember the concert being on really short notice,”
Holland said.“We didn’t know about it until a week or
two before. I never really understood that at the time.”
The original tapes spent the next four decades on a
shelf in the Folkways New York office.After Asch died in
1986, the Smithsonian bought the entire collection of
more than 4,000 tapes – more than 300 of Seeger alone
– and Place has been poring through them ever since.
“I’ve listened to thousands of these things over the
years, and the most stellar sound
quality of them all was from the
Bowdoin College tapes,” Place said.
“It is so striking. (Seeger) is banging
on the guitar, and things are
bouncing across my desk from the
The only information Place had
was written on the tapes:“Recorded
by WBOR, March 13, 1960.” A
quick Internet search led him to
Mike Halmo, blues director at
WBOR. Halmo researched the concert
and the radio station in
Archives and Special Collections,
and asked the Alumni Office to
locate Holland for him.
Holland, who now lives in New
Jersey, got rid of all his vinyl records
years ago and, though he still remembers
most of the lyrics to “D-Day
Dosgers,” hadn’t thought much about the Seeger concert
until Halmo contacted him early this year. He was
shocked to hear that the tapes still existed, but was not
surprised that they were such good quality.
“They refixtured the station in the late 1950s, when
it switched to FM,” he said.“Everything was brand new
in 1958 when I got there. It was all first-class Ampex
The tapes recorded at 15 inches per second, twice as
fast as most reel-to-reel recordings, which resulted in
much higher-quality sound, Place explained.
“It has been a dream of mine to put this record out
since the first time I heard it,” he said.
Place is hoping for a fall release, which he promises
will include mention of both Bowdoin and WBOR in
the liner notes.
“I can’t wait to hear it,” Holland said.
Pete Seeger
with “Closing,” another Philip
Glass piece.
As he begins each number,
he types the song title and
artist into his laptop and sends
it to the station’s website,
which promises on the live
stream to be showing what is
“most likely playing.” (Not all
DJs are as faithful with that
part of the job.)
Bowdoin has been “broadcasting”
in one form or
another since at least the
1920s, when communication
was limited to Morse code but
reached destinations around the
globe.A later iteration was called “Bowdoin on the Air,”
which consisted of 15-minute taped performances sent to
WGAN in Portland and aired each Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
In 1947, College President Kenneth Sills approved the
formation of a committee to study the creation of a campus
radio station, which he touted as a way to bring publicity to
the college and train future broadcasters.The cost to convert
the offices of the Orient on the second floor of Moulton
Union to an AM radio station, estimated to be $5,000, was
covered largely by a $4,000 gift from the Class of 1924.The
committee decided not to install a wireless system, because
that would require an FCC license and the installation of
costly special equipment. Instead, they installed a dedicated
telephone line directly to WGAN.
The college catalogue described the station as being
“equipped with every modern device, including a console
board, transmitter, two record turntables, and three tape
recorders. (It) is finished in an attractive blend of sky blue,
neutral gray and salmon red.”
The first live broadcast from Moulton Union took place
on April 16, 1950, on the new WBOA (Bowdon in the
Air): A dramatic workshop performed “The Pot of Broth,”
a one-act play by William Butler Yeats.That fall, the broadcast
was expanded to half an hour, with an experimental
four-hour evening show featuring news, sports, interviews,
dramatic skits, classical “music to study by,” and jazz –
“music not to study by.” It didn’t take long before the
College began looking into obtaining an FCC license for a
full-time radio station.
By the end of the 1950s, the station had gotten its FCC
license and become 91.1-FM,WBOR (Bowdoin on the
Radio).The 10-watt transmitter reached about a mile, just
enough to cover the campus and surrounding neighborhoods.
In 1982, the FCC granted an increase to 300 watts,
which extends the broadcast to
about 15 miles.
Roy Heely ’51 still remember
the first records he played
on the air at WBOA: Eddie
Condon and a few cuts from
Mugsy Spanier and his Ragtime
Band. It was three days before
graduation, and a friend asked
on a lark if he’d like to spin a
little music at the College’s new
radio station.
“It was a very fleeting
moment in my collegiate
career,” he admitted.“Those
records, all 78-rpms, are long
Nearly 20 years into retirement,
Heely is back in
Brunswick, and back at WBOR DJing one of the longestrunning
shows at the station. In his college days, Heely liked
strictly Dixieland, but as a member of the Maine Jazz
Alliance, he plays more traditional mainstream jazz.
“When I graduated, I never dreamed I’d be coming back
to Brunswick,” Heely said.“I took early retirement, and
decided, why live in New Jersey when we could be living in
Maine? I had no idea there would be such a rapport
between the college and the community.”
Acollege radio station serves multiple purposes: It’s a
training ground for aspiring broadcasters, a community
service for listeners and a means of expression
for DJs, said Roosevelt “Rick”Wright, Jr., an associate professor
at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications at Syracuse University, who is writing a
book about college and university radio station operation.
“These stations can serve as the front porch for the college,”
he said.
Free expression, however, has taken a hit in recent years
as more stations adopt what Wright calls “the NPR model.”
College radio stations can form an affiliation with the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting in order to raise money
through sponsorships. In turn, CPB imposes restrictions on
how the station is operated by increasing the level of professionalism.
In some cases, that reduces student influence and
“The influence of the NPR model has taken a lot of the
wind out of the sails of college radio stations,”Wright said.
“They should be haven for innovation and experimentation,
a place to make all the mistakes.”
At WBOR, that spirit is still very much alive.WBOR is
funded through student activity fees, and students control
Clockwise from top left:Audrey Chee ’09; (l to r: Mike
Halmo, blues director; Bill Morse, summer and break manager,
Roy Heely ’51); Part of the extensive collection of record
albums;Akiva Zamcheck ’11
College radio DJs sometimes
seem to compete for the
smallest musical niche.
Margaret Allen graduated
from Bowdoin in 1986 and
now works as the College’s
assistant director of institutional
research. For eight
years, she has hosted an hourlong
program of Frank Zappa
music. Allen initially did the
show as a way to work on her
public speaking skills, but now
it’s all about the music. She
has no idea how many people
tune in each week, but she
concedes that she’s targeting a
narrow niche of listeners who
love and appreciate Zappa as
much as she does.
“Frank Zappa is a bit strange,” she said.“It’s a particular
audience that’s going to listen to him. People do call me at
the station, but most of the people who call me are very
weird. It’s the odd ducks who would listen.”
Akiva Zamcheck ’11 produces a show with the
unlikely title, “Renaissance Dance Party.” He doesn’t
mean dance music for the Renaissance man; he means
500-year-old Renaissance music, something which stirs
in him the same passion as Frank Zappa does in Allen.
He spends hours planning the play list of each show,
tying the music to a particular theme or the anniversary
of a composer’s birth or death.
“I put too much time into it,” he confessed. “It gets
ridiculous. It’s an obsession. But radio is a live performance.
I’m required to be prepared. People are presumably
Despite his preparation and almost professorial air, he
sometimes goofs. One Sunday this fall, he attempted to
trace the entire history of sacred music from Gregorian
chants through Duke Ellington. Shortly after introducing
the first piece – “The Lamentations of Jeremiah the
Prophet” by Thomas Tallis – Zamcheck realized that a
true Gregorian chant would not contain those harmonies.
“Someone’s going to call me on that,” he sighed
as he cued his next selection, “a Gloria you can really dig
on.” Zamcheck’s father, a professional musician, has notified
him of similar mistakes in the past, but Zamcheck
takes it in stride.
“Radio gives me my own pulpit from which I can
express my views of the world. I take it as a given that my
views are worthwhile. I suppose it’s always possible that no
one is listening.Well, I know my parents listen. And my sister.
And one friend in Queens.”
every aspect of the station,
including contributing about
two-thirds of its programming.
The rest is provided by retirees,
high school students and music
buffs from the community, as
well as Bowdoin faculty and
staff.While Bowdoin students
and their varied tastes cycle
through year after year, participation
from community members
offers a level of continuity
that local listeners have come to
expect, and expertise that students
rely on.
The Maine Jazz Alliance, for
example, began broadcasting
from WBOR in 1992. Mike
Halmo, a 57-year-old guidance
counselor at Brunswick High School, launched his blues
show – “The Blues Highway” – in 2002, the first year the
station stayed on the air during the summer.
“That seemed like a good time to break in,” Halmo
said.“I’m a classic wannabe rock musician. I don’t really
play an instrument; I don’t sing.The next best thing is DJing
if you really love music.”
Halmo grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and the
Rolling Stones. He got into the blues when it occurred
to him that much of the classic rock he loved was borne
of that genre.
“When I started at WBOR, there was no new blues on
the shelf,” he said. “I started writing letters to blues labels,
and every week I’d get these packages of CDs. It was like
Christmas. Blues was becoming a lost art, but there’s a
resurgence of people listening to the blues and writing
the blues. I hope I’m educating some of these young college
“We’re so lucky to have Bowdoin as an institution that
gives so much to the community and really lets the community
in,” he said.
The feeling is mutual. Students are particularly grateful
to Bill Morse, a 50-year-old Bath Iron Works employee
who single-handedly took over programming during
mid-year breaks and over the summer so that WBOR is
never off the air.
“I’ve been listening to ’BOR since 1977, because we
have a real affinity for new music,” he said.“Ten years ago,
I saw an ad in the paper for DJs, and I was elated. I’ve been
doing it ever since. My show is always the fastest two hours
of the week for me, and I was always devastated when
school breaks came. I’d go into withdrawal, so I became
the summer manager six years ago. It’s not a paid job; it’s a
labor of love.”
Parker Cleaveland, called the father of
American mineralogy, taught chemistry,
geology, mathematics, and natural philosophy
at Bowdoin from 1805 until his death
in 1858. His Elementary Treatise on
Mineralogy and Geology (1816), some sixhundred
pages in length, proved a groundbreaking
work that soon met with international
acclaim. It was expanded and reprinted in 1822,
when Nathaniel Hawthorne was a sophomore at Bowdoin,
and was no doubt much talked about on the local scene.
According to Leonard Woods, Cleaveland’s first biographer,
this weighty tome soon became “the standard American
authority in this branch of science, and was used as a textbook
in all the colleges.” During his final year at Bowdoin,
Hawthorne studied under Cleaveland, whose notable eccentricities
included fear of dogs and the dark, gephyrophobia
(fear of bridges) and an even more pathological fear of thunder
and lightening. If a storm broke out during class, he
would immediately send the students away, run to his home
on Federal Street, and hide under the bed until the weather
cleared. Hawthorne, rumored to have been enamored of
Cleaveland’s maid and perhaps warned off by the professor,
satirized him as Doctor Cacaphodel in “The Great
Carbuncle” (1837).What Hawthorne remembered most
about him twelve years after his graduation from Bowdoin,
however, was not Cleaveland’s idiosyncrasies but his excessive
zeal for scientific experimentation.
Set in the Crystal Hills in the middle of the seventeenth
century, Hawthorne’s tale is a moral allegory which, in a
series of thumbnail sketches, skewers various characters’
motives for pursuing an elusive gem or carbuncle.The latter,
according to legend, was supposedly protected by an evil
spirit, and mysteriously appears and disappears at random in
the White Mountains of New Hampshire.This bit of folklore
originated with the Indians, but Hawthorne read about
it in James Sullivan’s History of the District of Maine (1795)
and was intrigued by its susceptibility to didactic treatment.
The aptly named Seeker is possessed by a compulsive desire
to obtain the unobtainable and is a caricature of relentless
ambition.An avaricious New England merchant, Isaiah
Pigsnort, wants to sell the stone for an outlandish profit.An
unnamed poet hopes to find stylistic inspiration in its beauty,
while Lord de Vere, an English cavalier of “earthly pride
and vainglory,” covets it as an emblem of his illustrious
genealogy.A character identified as the Cynic denies that the
carbuncle even exists and persistently attempts to disillusion
all the others in their quest. Matthew and Hannah, types of
Adam and Eve respectively, ultimately reject the sought-after
carbuncle on the grounds that for those of humble heart, the
post-lapsarian world, with all its woes, is paradise enough.
Doctor Cacaphodel, a chemist who seeks it for the purpose
of advancing scientific knowledge, is also made fun of,
though he is also the only character who ultimately derives
a positive benefit from the rock.
Hawthorne’s fable excoriates vanity and excess, including
love of science for its own sake, as personified by the obsessive-compulsive
Doctor Cacaphodel.The name seems to
have been borrowed from “Cacafogo,” the apothecary in
Oliver Goldsmith’s The Citizen of the World (1760-62), and is
a composite made up of the Latin “cacare” (to discharge
excrement) and the Spanish “fuego” (fire). Hawthorne also
knew that the Latin “foedus” can signify a foul stench and
derives from a Sanskrit word meaning “smoke” or “fumes,”
of the kind sometimes produced by chemical apparatus
employing high temperatures. Like Cleaveland, Cacaphodel
is also a geologist, so Hawthorne may also have been thinking
of the Latin “effodio,” meaning “I dig up _____.”
Established initially as a figure of Faustian curiositas,
Cacaphodel can also be seen in light of Hawthorne’s numerous
fictional scientists whose presumed faith in material
progress compromises their humanity. Such characters, in
turn, are also doubtless derived at least in part from the foolish
professors deftly lampooned by Swift in the grand
DEAREST? Professor
By William Collins Watterson, Edward Little Professor of English Language and Literature, and Kristina Dahmann ’10
Illustration by Jennifer Dubord
not a narrow specialist but a true polymath, so
Hawthorne’s own fragile ego played a role in his fashioning
of Cacaphodel.When “The Great Carbuncle”
appeared in his first collection
of short stories, Twice-Told
Tales (1837), Hawthorne was
thirty-three years old and far
short of the literary fame he
craved. His only previous
book, Fanshawe (1828), was
self-published anonymously at
the cost of one hundred dollars
and was subsequently
thought by him to be a total
failure. He never told his wife
that he was its author, and
even asked his friend Horatio
Bridge to destroy his copy. In
light of the monumental success
of Cleaveland’s treatise,
the phrase “one of the heaviest
folios of the day” seems
ambivalent, combining, as it
does, both mockery along
with a note of grudging
admiration. It also smacks a
little of the humanist’s envy
of science which deals in the
certainty of empirical truth.
Then as now, undergraduates often differ widely in
their estimation of professors. Longfellow, characteristically
more generous of spirit than his sardonic classmate,
penned a much later recollection of Cleaveland in the
wake of his fiftieth reunion at Bowdoin in 1875. His
verses commend Cleaveland for his completeness as a
human being while at the same time acknowledging his
Among the many lives that I have known,
None I remember more serene and sweet,
More rounded in itself and more complete,
Than his who lies beneath this funeral stone.
These pines, that murmur in low monotone,
These walks frequented by scholastic feet,
Were all his world; but in this calm retreat
For him the teacher’s chair became a throne.
Cleaveland, who died in 1858, would doubtless have felt
flattered by these elegiac lines, which, however fulsome they
may sound to modern ears, serve as an historical antidote to
Hawthorne’s acerbic portrait. Cleaveland himself almost certainly
read “The Great Carbuncle” at some point, though
one imagines only once and without much pleasure. Satire
aside, he was probably wise enough to know that instructors,
for better or for worse, have little control over the general
impression they make on the legions of students who
fall briefly under their sway.
Academy of Lagado in Gulliver’s Travels, one of Hawthorne’s
favorite books as an undergraduate. Cacaphodel wears a
high-crowned hat “shaped like a crucible” and
had wilted and dried himself
into a mummy stooping over
charcoal furnaces, and inhaling
unwholesome fumes during
his researches in chemistry
and alchemy. It was told of
him, whether truly or not,
that at the commencement of
his studies, he had drained
his body of all its richest
blood, and wasted it, with
other inestimable ingredients,
in an unsuccessful experiment
and had never been a well
man since.
A caricature whose medical
symptoms are emblematic of his
spiritual deficiencies,
Cacophodel is the only seeker
of the carbuncle to profit from
the quest, in what amounts to a
brief moment of authorial
largesse extended by Hawthorne
to his former instructor.
Significantly, his interest in stratigraphy leads him to prize the
matrix as highly as the precious gem embedded in it:
He returned to his laboratory with a prodigious fragment of
granite, which he ground to powder, dissolved in acids,
melted in the crucible, and burned with the blow-pipe, and
published the results of his experiments in one of the heaviest
folios of the day.And for all these purposes, the gem
itself could not have answered better than the granite.
The Doctor’s seemingly misguided value judgment clinches
the identification of Cleaveland with Cacaphodel.
Cleaveland’s treatise correctly classifies granite as a crystalline
structure comprised of feldspar, quartz, and mica, but
Cleaveland was also embroiled in a creationist debate involving
the granite found on the ocean floor.The so-called
Plutonists, James Hutton (1726-1797) and his followers,
believed, correctly as we now know, that granite was formed
by magma from volcanic eruptions which eventually cooled
into igneous rock.The Neptunists, on the other hand,
among them Cleaveland, championed the idea that granite
was formed in the ocean all at once by the hand of God as
recounted in Genesis. Identifying Cacaphodel with conservative
religious doctrine would obviously have undermined
the materialist premise on which Hawthorne built his comic
character, so on this point the logic of fiction rightly takes
precedence over biographical accuracy.
Historical evidence makes it clear that Cleaveland was
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alumnotes BOWDOIN
Richard McCann wrote on June 1:
“Recently, my first great-grandchild
arrived and was named in memory of
my late wife, Helen.”
Dan Pettengill wrote on June 1:
“Am slowing down some as I turned
93. I became a great grandfather in
December 2007, with the birth of
Joshua David Petersen.”
Philip Gates wrote on November 18:
“I am feeling good and living well. Still in
touch with some of my old classmates
Hack Webster and others.”
Charles Edwards wrote in midNovember:“I
cherish my memories of
Lendall Knight wrote in early
December:“I am saddened to report the
death of my wife, Mary T. Knight, on
August 19, 2008, in Portland, Maine,
after two years of declining health. She
enjoyed attending our class reunions and
alumni gatherings. She was a graduate of
Mount Holyoke. During WWII, she was
stationed in Washington, D.C., as a
Lieutenant in the WAVES. Naval honors
were rendered at her funeral. She is
survived by her husband, three sons:
Baston, Daniel, and Capt. Lendall S.
Knight, U.S.N. (Ret.) and seven
grandchildren.” The Class extends its
sympathy to Lendall and his family.
Omer McDuff wrote last winter:
“Will be 91 on January 9, going to the
gym three mornings per week and
feeling great! Lost my dear wife last
November 4, but have three very
supporting and loving children, seven
grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren.
I’ve been very blessed.
Would love to hear from ’41 classmates
still around! Email me at ’08
commencement with my youngest
daughter last May and hope to attend
again this year.” The Class extends its
sympathy to Omer and his family.
Bob Page wrote on October 31:
“Moved to Scottsdale,Ariz., from
Carefree,Ariz. Nice city with many
enjoyable amenities. Remained a
member of the Boulders in Carefree,
but the number of times I play golf have
been drastically reduced. Skip and I are
well, although Skip has spent some time
in the Mayo Hospital, where she has
been a volunteer these last 14 years. I
miss the volunteer work I did in Russia,
Czech Rep., and the Ukraine during
the last five years. I now enjoy a less
active life; oil painting and carpentry
work to keep me busy. I did write an
article for ‘Echo,’ a small periodical,
about a climb up Mt. Katahdin in
February when I was 15 years old!
Hopefully, I’ll be alive and able to join
what’s left of my classmates for our next
5th Reunion. Hasta Luego.”
Eula Shorey, widow of Hank Shorey,
reported on their granddaughter:
“Patricia (Trish) Shorey of Bridgton,
graduated summa cum laude from
Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., on
May 24, 2008. She received a bachelor of
science in accounting with a double
Ev Hanke, Cornelia Johnson and Norman Seagrave
have two things in common: they’re all champion swimmers and all homeowners at Thornton Oaks.
Cornelia is a Senior Olympics medalist and logs 20 laps twice a week, while Norm and Ev are practicing
for their next 200 meter relay. Their four-man team holds the FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation)
world record—rock stars of the 90+ group. Norm has been swimming competitively since his days as a
Bowdoin College undergraduate; Ev started competing in his eighties. All three practice in the nearby
Bowdoin pool.
Learn how you can get in the swim of life at Thornton Oaks by contacting Henry Recknagel at 800-729-8033
or at also invite you to visit our website where you can meet more of our residents.
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Brunswick, Maine 04011
In honor of their 50th Reunion, the Class of 1959 gave
more than $2.24 million to the College through combined
Alumni Fund, capital and planned gifts, reaching
an 86% participation rate. Since graduating, their total
gifts to Bowdoin have totaled more than $4,336,006.
Twelve classmates made life income gifts in honor of
the 50th Reunion, and 31 are now members of the
Bowdoin Pines Society.An impressive 44% of the class
returned to celebrate their recent 50th Reunion.
This remarkable 50th Reunion performance happened
under the able leadership of Gift Co-Chairs David
Olsen and Gene Waters, Class Agents Peter Fuller and
Ted Sandquist, Planning Co-Chairs Reid Appleby, Mike
Brown, and Bruce Chalmers, and Gift Planning Agent
Al Ramler. The College extends its warmest thanks to
these leaders and their incredible class.
In honor of their 25th Reunion, the Class of 1984 gave
more than $617,495 to the College through multi-year
Alumni Fund gifts.A record 33% of the class of the class
returned to celebrate their recent Reunion.This 25th
Reunion performance happened under the able leadership
of Gift Chairs Joe Curtin, Karen Walker, and Karen
Fuller and Planning Chairs Martha McLaughlin and
Beth Conrad MacGillvary. Bowdoin is extremely grateful
for 1984’s generosity and loyalty.
Awarded annually to the class making the largest contribution
to the Alumni Fund, the Babcock Plate was presented
in 1980 by William L. Babcock, Jr. ’69 in honor
of his grandfather, Leon W. Babcock ’17.
Class of 1964
Reunion Gift Committee Chair: Howard Hennigar
Class Agent: Michael Wood
Established in 1999 by the Alumni Council, this award
honors outstanding service and commitment to
Bowdoin by graduates of the past 10 years.
Arlyn Davich ’03
Established in 1999 through the generosity of David Z.
Webster ’57, this award recognizes an alumnus or alumna
who exemplifies the role of a foot soldier of
Bowdoin through his or her work for the development
programs, BASIC, and/or other alumni programs during
the prior year.A scholarship will be given in the name
of the recipient to a deserving Bowdoin student or students.
Eugene Waters ’59
Established in 1999 by the Alumni Council, these
awards recognize up to six alumni annually for signifi-
cant personal contributions and outstanding dedication
to Bowdoin through a record of service rather than a
single act or achievement.This year, the Alumni Council
has selected three recipients.
Bruce Chalmers ’59
Robert Lemeuix ’60
Roger Berle ’64
Established in 2004, this award recognizes volunteers for
Bowdoin’s regional clubs program who have demonstrated
enthusiasm, initiative, and outstanding execution
and achievement in the previous year.
William Bao Bean ’95, Bowdoin Club of Asia
Each year, the Alumni Council and the Alumni Fund
Directors select recipients of several awards intended to
honor outstanding achievement by Bowdoin alumni,
faculty, staff, and volunteers.These awards recognize a variety
of outstanding contributions of service to Bowdoin.
Awarded annually since 1932, the Alumni Fund Cup
recognizes the reunion class making the largest contribution
to the Alumni Fund unless that reunion class
wins the Babcock Plate; in that event, the cup is awarded
to the non-reunion class making the largest contribution.
Class of 1976
Class Agents:Anne Ireland
Stephen Maidman
Awarded annually to the class with the greatest
improvement over its Alumni Fund performance of the
preceding year, the original Class of 1916 Bowl was
presented to the College by the Class of 1916 in 1959.
The Class of 1964
Reunion Gift Committee Chair: Howard Hennigar
Class Agent: Michael Wood
Established in 1990, the Robert M. Cross Award is
awarded annually to the Class Agent or Agents whose
outstanding performance, hard work, and loyalty to
Bowdoin, as personified by Robert M. Cross ’45, H’89,
during his many years of association with the Fund, are
deserving of special recognition.
Steve Rose ’79
Established in 1963 by the Class of 1929, the Class of
1929 Trophy recognizes that one of the ten youngest
classes attaining the highest percentage of participation.
Class of 2000
Class Agents:
Jeffrey Busconi
Elizabeth MacNeil Woodcock
Katherine Ragosa
Gretchen Selcke
Jennifer Kirby Tanney
Brian Williams
Awarded annually to that one of the ten youngest classes
making the largest contribution to the Alumni Fund,
the Edwards Trophy honors the late Robert Seaver
Edwards, Class of 1900. It was presented to the College
in 1965.
Class of 1999
Reunion Gift Committee Chairs: Stacey Baron ’99
Robert Craft III ’99
Awarded annually beginning in 1998, the Harry K.
Warren Trophy recognizes the two reunion classes
achieving the highest percentage of participation.
5th–25th Reunion: Class of 1999
Reunion Gift Committee Chairs: Stacey Baron ’99
Robert Craft III ’99
30th–50th Reunion: Class of 1959
Reunion Gift Committee Chairs: David Olsen ’59
Eugene Waters ’59
Class Agents & Reunion Gift Committee Members:
Peter Fuller ’59
Ted Sandquist ’59
Established in 1972 by the Directors of the Alumni
Fund, the Fund Directors’Trophy is awarded annually to
the class or classes that, in the opinion of the Directors,
achieved an outstanding performance that deserves special
Class of 1979
Class Agents:
Mark Bayer
Daniel Lannon
Steven Rose
Established in 2004, the Class of 1976 Trophy is awarded
annually to the class agent, associate agent, or team of
volunteers whose energy, creativity and leadership in a
non-reunion year are deserving of special recognition.
Class of 1947 volunteers:
Bob Morrell
Widge Thomas
major in political science. She is a
member of Sigma Beta Delta Honor
Society, Phi Sigma Alpha Honor Society,
and Hartwick College Honor Society.
She received awards for her participation
in varsity soccer and varsity softball. In
her junior year, she was elected Hartwick
College Sportswoman of the Year. She is
a graduate of Lake Region High School.
Patricia is now attending University of
Maine School of Law in Portland.”
Richard Bye “recently had an art show
in the Matson Gallery in Borrego
Springs, Calif.There were 34 paintings
in the show, which was titled ‘East
Meets West.’ Half of the paintings were
of New England and New York City,
and the other half, western landscapes.
He has painted since he was a teenager.
After retirement from the book
publishing business in ’83, he built a
studio adjacent to his house and has
painted seriously and professionally
since then. He has sold over a hundred
paintings to clients nationwide.” See
accompanying photo.
John Dale wrote on December 16:
“Am now living in an apartment
connected with a senior community and
enjoying a great life here volunteering
and meeting many new friends.Am
now president of a resident council that
serves as liaison with the administration.
I now have eight great grandchildren
scattered from Boston to San Francisco.”
Barry Zimman and his son
Michael ’71 were the subjects of an
article about the 100-year anniversary of
Zimman’s, the Lynn, Mass., furniture
and textile store that Barry’s father
started in 1909. From a Daily Evening
Item article, March 6, 2009. For more, visit
Frank Calderwood wrote in midDecember:“Health
still good and able
to meander to Ariz. and Colo. to visit
the grandkids and great grandkids.”
Henry Maxfield e-mailed on
December 30:“Just released The
Survivors: 8th Air Force Bombing of
Germany WWII, a non-fiction novel by
the author, navigator, and former
POW.” Henry e-mailed again on June
5:“Pre-publication of The Weltschmerz
Plan. How Adolph Von Weltschmerz
tries to get the Russians to install an
atomic bomb of his design – and
manufacture – in a NYC subway. For
its history, my blurb, visit my website,” See Bookshelf
this issue and online.
C. Lennart Sandquist wrote on
June 15:“Missed our 60th in 2005, but
hope to be there next year for the 65th.
Betty is unable to make the trip,
especially sorry, since we met there
when she was in high school. Much
time now spent down-sizing after 53
years in this home.”
William Blaine wrote on May 6:
“Working on my ninth novel—
mysteries and love stories. In golf, I can’t
break 100 anymore.”
Ralph Hughes wrote on November 5:
“Looking forward to winter because
that’s our community orchestra’s season.
Nancy plays violin, and I play cello.Also
looking forward to Board of Visitors visit.”
Ken Schubert updated:“Fortunately,
I’m still able to travel, Egypt and Jordan
This past spring, the Matson Gallery in
Borrego Springs, Calif., featured a show called
“East Meets West,” paintings by Dick Bye ’42.
Part of the “East” portion of the show, this is
Second Avenue at 53rd Street, New York,
acrylic on canvas, 36"x24", 2002.

last November, and the Virgin Islands
last month. Planning a barge trip in
France in August with my four offspring
and spouses.”
Widge Thomas wrote in the spring:
“In August last year I lost my wife to a
sudden stroke; what a change that has
made in my life after over 591
/2 years of
marriage. I am at the correct place, Piper
Shores, a retirement community in
Scarborough, [Maine]. It is just right for
me—nothing like being in the right
place at the right time. JoAnn had lived
there for six years before she passed away
this past summer.” The Class extends its
sympathy to Widge and his family.
Harold Lusher wrote in midDecember:“Nothing
new to report,
apart from the usual aches, pains, and
dilapidations of old age. But, I can still
walk, drive, and live independently, and
for that much I am truly grateful.”
Stephen Monaghan wrote on
December 7:“Was able to get back for
60th along with wife Bette and a dozen
or more classmates.All looked fine, and
we had a most pleasant weekend. It was
delightful to have my grandson
Anthony Blout ’10 act as my taxi
driver. Hope to make it again this year.”
Edward Guen reported in midDecember:“Amy
and I plan to be at the
60th Reunion on May 28, 2009.”
Jim Keefe wrote on December 1:
“Since Blanche’s death, I am living in a
condo we built attached to my son
Raymond’s home in Hollis, N.H. It is
completely self-sufficient, but I am
fortunate to be invited to my son’s house
by his wife for dinner quite often. I also
received a nice note from my Bowdoin
roommate Barney Barton ’50.”
Bill Wadman wrote:“Looking
forward to our 60th Reunion this spring.
Hope to see many classmates there. Still
alive and well in Cape Elizabeth, busy
with church and community activities.
Norma and I will celebrate our 60th in
June, too!”
Bernard Barton wrote in early
January:“My wife, Doris, died on
November 20, 2001.After five years of
bachelorhood and bad meals, I married
Elsa Carpenter, a fabulous cook and
better tennis player, in August 2005.
We’ve since sold both our houses
(without realtors) and now reside in
lovely Plymouth, Minn., a suburb of
Minneapolis. I still remember the
College songs, so stop by for a beer and
a song.”
Norman Rapkin’s family, including
Steven ’82 and Hilary ’88, surprised
him in April in Montreal with a 50th
anniversary celebration for him and his
wife Lenore. See accompanying photo.
Charles Forker wrote in mid-October:
“Lecturing again at Colgate University
this October-November. Gave a paper in
England, Stratford-Upon-Avon, on
Shakespeare in August, 2008.”
Class secretary Roy Heely reported
in late fall:“There were significant
happenings when the College in the
Pines opened for business 214 years
after its original charter: Our footballers
turned in a 4-4 season and for the third
straight year captured the CBB
(Colby/Bates/Bowdoin) title, a feat not
equaled since 1975-1977.And the
queens of the hockey field sported a
20-2 season along with a second
consecutive NCAA Division III title
with a 3-2 win over Tufts.A new mustsee
is the Sidney J.Watson Hockey
Arena, opened January 18, named in
honor of a true icon in Bowdoin’s
coaching and leadership history.The
1,900-seat facility, adjacent to Farley
Field House, is first class and a worthy
successor to the 1956 Dayton Arena.
The dedication ceremony was led by
President Barry Mills after the women’s
team held Middlebury to a 1-1 tie.
The men’s team then proceeded to
thrash Williams 8-3. Chet Homer
and Carolyn were on hand for the
fine afternoon.
“I regret to report the death of seven
classmates:The Reverend Canon
Lawrence Clarke died October 25,
2008, in Portland, Maine.After
Bowdoin, Larry went to General
Theological Seminary. He is survived by
several cousins. Carl Wilken (Carl Roy)
passed away September 22, 2008, in
Pontypool, Ontario, Canada. He is
survived by six children and twelve
grandchildren. His daughter Susan
Gillies would be happy to hear from
classmates: 15 Maitland Pl.,Toronto, ON
M4Y 2x3 Canada.
Eaton Lothrop died in September
2008 in Miller Place, N.Y. He is
survived by a daughter: Susan Fales, 316
Harrison Ave., Miller Place, NY 11764.
Angus Johnston died February 6,
2009 in Westwood, Mass. He was
predeceased by his wife and is survived
by daughter Eleanor J. Kontrimas, 66
Richards St., Dedham, MA 02026.
Robert Frost died February 5, 2009, in
Manchester, Conn. Bob leaves a
daughter Rosemary Kops, 169 Metcalf
Rd.,Tolland, CT. Paul Pelletier died
January 30, 2009, in Atlanta, Ga. He
leaves a daughter Rebecca Gershen,
14612 SW 153rd Court, Miami, FL
33196. Manfred von MautnerMarkhoff
died January 8, 2009, in
Vienna,Austria. He is survived by
Margherita von Mautner-Markof,
Stubenring 18/3, 1010 Wien,Austria.
Our Class extends its sympathy to the
families of Lawrence Clarke, Carl Wilken,
Eaton Lothrop,Angus Johnston, Bob Frost,
Paul Pelletier, and Manfred von MautnerMarkhoff.
“There was a recent piece in the
Winthrop (Mass.) Sun Transcript that
featured an interesting story with photo
on lifelong Winthrop resident Norman
Hubley, who like virtually all of us,
remembers when November 11 was
designated Armistice Day to
commemorate the ending of World
War I, called ‘the war to end wars.’
Norm has attended the town’s
Steven Rapkin ’82, Hilary Rapkin ’88, and
their father Norman Rapkin ’50 in Montreal
in April, where the family gathered for a surprise
50th anniversary celebration for Norman and his
wife Lenore.
ceremonies since his early years and
harbors fond memories of one particular
local soldier, Happy Wentworth, who
returned from the Great War with shell
shock. Included in the article was a
poem Norm wrote fifty years ago in
tribute to his hero Mr.Wentworth,
entitled ‘Thoughts on Armistice Day,’
a well-written and moving
remembrance of a man who returned
home with permanent war scars who,
“whatever he was on other days, he was
a hero once a year.’ Norm became a
First World War buff and traveled with
his late wife to European battlefields.
The article also noted that his youngest
daughter, Pamela Hubley Sullivan,
would be inducted November 22 into
the Winthrop High School Hall of
Fame as a member of their 1983 team.
Norm, who played varsity basketball at
Bowdoin, will be similarly honored by
Winthrop High.
“It is always a pleasure receiving
Christmas newsletters from the
Harrisons, in which Keith and
Marilyn provide vicarious travel
experiences from their excursions both
domestic and across the pond.They took
their four oldest grandsons to a ranch in
Wyoming for a week and were
impressed with the way the young ones
handled horses with care and safety
while the grandparents’ riding showed
‘an even greater understanding of aging
bodies.’There followed a trip to the
Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park that
included water rafting and a rodeo. (Did
this include riding a bucking bronco?)
The next jaunt was to Venice, Padua,
Vicenzio, and the Veneto region of the
Dolomite Mountains.The local villas
were designed by a self-taught architect,
Andrea Palladio, whose work in Italy was
influential in the design of Monticello,
the White House, and the Capitol.After
that came a cruise along the Adriatic and
Dalmatian coast.‘The tiled roof villages
and central plazas exude old world
charm that begs you to stop for a glass of
local wines…the camaraderie was joyous
and the celebration of 75-85-year-old
stamina unbelievable.’
“I enjoy swapping communiqués with
Jack Cronin’s widow Barbara from the
North Carolina hills.‘I get along fine,
just slow-ow-ow-er.’ Barb writes of a
potential extravaganza she hopes to pull
off next summer as ‘the Steinway people
have asked me to put together around
100 pianists to play together for their
piano sale at the close of the Music
Center season.They usually have about
75 pianos but [will] try for 100 and
make the Guinness Book of World
Records…it should be one fantastic
sound [as] I heard 80 or so played at
Symphony Hall Boston in ’49 or ’50…
not much room for an audience so
you’ll either have to play or be a page
turner to attend.’
“Our Class was distinguished recently
by Al Miller with the creation of the
Alvin H. Miller ’51 Scholarship Fund in
honor of all that Bowdoin means to
him, with preference given to students
from rural areas of Maine.After forty
years of lawyering in Massachusetts and
New Hampshire,Al lives in Arizona,
golfing and exploring the Native
American culture and history of
America’s southwest.
“Tom Casey notes that ‘we should
start thinking of our 60th in 2011; it’s
not too soon. Many of us arrived in
Brunswick by train. I remember it was a
Sunday, and the conductor made us put
away our playing cards when we crossed
into New Hampshire—sinful! We might
try to organize something to do with a
train, if there is one.’ I doubt if train
service to this vicinity will return soon,
but let’s think of some ideas for this
momentous occasion.Tom adds a quip
that will bring knowing smiles of self
recognition to us all:‘Still get up every
day, ears, eyes, taste, and teeth work, but
not as well as they used to.’Amen,
indeed, and right on.
“What are your first memories/
impressions of arriving in a strange
town many had never heard of? Your
oh-so-humble scribe craves news of our
unusual class both fit and unfit to print:
13 Zeitler Farm Road, 207-725-1359,”
Charles Lermond e-mailed on
March 31:“My wife of 60 years,
Martha, died on March 6 from a
combination of Alzheimer’s, coronary
and strokes.” The Class extends its
sympathy to Charles and his family.
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“The enclosed article by Jackson Diehl
of The Washington Post describes a man
who is blessed if ‘Blessed be the
peacemakers.’ Namely, George Mitchell
’54, who has many more
accomplishments.These include U.S.
Senate Majority Leader, Peacemaker in
Ireland, and U. S.Army Service ’54-’56,
something not many in Congress or
glitzy network anchors can claim. Believe
I met him at the Bowdoin Club of
Washington (D.C.) during one or both
of my two terms as president. Here’s
wishing this outstanding individual
continued success! Regards to all.”
George Murray wrote on March
19:“The Sidney J.Watson rink now
after (Danny) Dayton Arena. Sounds like
the NHL compared to Delta outdoor
rink. I remember Jim Fife and other
mere mortals like myself shoveling the
snow afternoons before a home game.”
Roger Pinette wrote on May 16:“It
took nearly five years to write a book,
On Modes of Communication, and nearly
that long again to find a publisher. Stay
tuned. Happy landings!” See Bookshelf
this issue and online.
Claude Bonang wrote last winter:
“Ann and I are grateful for being
relatively healthy, which enables us to be
active in a number of ways.Ann
continues to maintain our extensive
flowerbeds and shrubs, which the public
enjoyed [last] summer as a result of us
being on the garden tour for the benefit
of the local Hunger Prevention
“We play bridge periodically.Ann
belongs to two bridge groups, and I
belong to one.
“I’m still involved with music—
guitar, musical saw, bones, spoons,
and harmonica. During the past year,
I performed at the Topsham Fair,
farmer’s market, Bowdoin alumni house,
assisted living facilities, respite, and
nursing homes.
“During the past couple of years, I’ve
devoted much of my time making
marine motifs (marine mobiles and
quahog people), for which I make the
boxes and paste on the box cover the
picture of the motif with the various
marine specimens identified by their
scientific name and common name.
Many of these items were sold last fall at
four Christmas fairs, one of which was
the Sunsplash fair at Bowdoin.
“After selling out of the two printings
(525 copies) of the first edition of my
book, Memories in Verse, which I selfpublished
in 1996, I decided to write a
second edition rather than have a third
printing of the first edition. I made
some minor revisions in the first edition
and added additional sketches and
pictures.The second edition contains
twenty-eight new anecdotal stories in
verse (with sketches and pictures) having
to do with Bowdoin, events and changes
that the Town of Brunswick
experienced over the years, things that
pertain to my siblings and me, and six
stories in prose involving some of my
life experiences. Because of the added
prose, I changed the title of the second
edition to Memories in Verse and Prose,
and self-published it in December 2006.
There was an article about poetry in the
June 18, 2007 issue of Time magazine. It
mentioned that to hit the bestseller list
for verse, a book has to sell only around
30 copies.Thus far, I’ve sold 450 copies,
so according to Time magazine, I guess I
have a bestseller.
“Son Tim is manager of investor
relations for REIT in Newton, Mass.
His wife Courtney teaches fifth grade at
the Park School in Brookline, Mass.
They have two daughters,Ainsley (5),
who is in kindergarten at the Park
School, and Payton (3), who attends day
care.We enjoy our visits with them at
their home in Natick, as well as their
periodic visits with us in Brunswick.
“Son Chris still lives in San Diego,
where he operates his hair and other
fashion accessories business
( enjoyed [last]
Thanksgiving in Natick, for which Chris
flew in from San Diego to join us.”
John Campbell reported on January
14:“How the College in the pines has
thrived! I continue in the firs and cedars
of Orcas Island,Wash., designing and
developing little self help housing
projects (with lots of help).”
John Handy wrote on November 5:
“Still living in St. Louis and keeping
busy with my sales agency business. My
wife died a few years ago, but my
children and grandchildren live in the
St. Louis area. Recently visited Bob
Wray, who showed me all around
Peter Race wrote in mid-May:
“Another fun trip to Belize (number
10), and made reservations for 2010.
Let’s hope it stays somewhat
undiscovered. Had a bad span of health
April-June, but hoping for a full
recovery. Just learned that Ed Elowe’s
son [Ken ’78] attends our church, but
have yet to meet him.”
John Rowe wrote on November 7:
“Lost my wife Gerry in 2007.We had
been married 58 years.” The Class
extends its sympathies to John and his
William Seffens wrote in midJanuary:“Ruth
and I have had another
good year. In fact, we have gotten into
better shape this year despite several
illnesses we have had in previous years.
We now walk a fairly fast two miles
about three times per week. Retired, of
course, so our main duty now is
interfering with the raising of our five
grandchildren and one great grandson.”
Stuart Cooper wrote in early
December:“Jane and I just celebrated
our fourth anniversary.Traveled to
Chile,Argentina, and Brazil last
February and are planning a trip to
Israel in March. Feeling reasonably well.
Still playing tennis and golf.Very best to
Charles Davis recently reported:
“Pretty good health considering the
mileage. Good year for travel; western
national parks in May, N. Italy and
Switzerland in October, and
Japan/Korea in October/November.
Later trip with Barbara and Tom
Sawyer.They are fine travel
companions, based on several trips with
Tony Kennedy wrote in mid-May:
“Economic times are tough when my
pharmaceutical concern has regretfully
decided to cease matching educational
funds to retirees after this year! Wish I
had a few thousand to toss in as a last
gasp! Carol and I are waiting for the 56th
after a wonderful fall Homecoming and
a memorable Meddie Reunion!”
Ed Lyons wrote in March:“Recent
surgery on my right foot went well, but
limited my skiing [last] season. Playing
the clarinet in the New Horizons Band
is a great pleasure.”
Tim Greene wrote on late December:
“Debbie and I spent a week in London
this past October.The Saengerfest Men’s
Chorus of Weston, Mass., participated,
along with 15 choirs (900 singers) from
around the world in the London Welsh
Festival of Male Choirs at Royal Albert
Hall.Along with me were Pres Keith,
Bob Forsberg ’53, and Tim
Borchers ’80, representing former
Bowdoin Glee Club members. Bob
Ferrell ’62 and Peter Fenton ’64
would have been with us but attended
the Meddie reunion in Brunswick.”
Alan Werksman wrote in early May:
“We hope to leave at the end of April
in the motor home and to arrive in
Maine timely for the Reunion weekend.We
are very much looking forward
to seeing and greeting all our friends.”
Robert Delaney e-mailed on January
21:“Charlie Christie and I spent a
very enjoyable weekend in Brunswick
(12-plus inches of snow) attending the
first games played at the new hockey
arena dedicated to Sid Watson (Jan. 18).
It was a great occasion, and we saw lots
of old friends, and as usual the College
was a wonderful host. I’m looking
forward to seeing some of you at our
fourth ‘off-year’ reunion in May, along
with the guys from 1954.”
LAUDABLE Camille Sarrouf
received a Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Massachusetts Academy of Trial
Attorneys last fall.“His commitment to
both his clients and to the preservation
of the legal system in this country have
made him a leader and a mentor to all
who are fortunate to know him.” From a
Belmont (Mass.) Citizen Herald article,
October 2, 2008.
Harold Beacham writes:“We are
living in Aiken, S.C., on a 30-acre farm
for most of the year with the farm
animals: horses, donkeys, chickens, dogs,
and one cat. I spend a lot of time on the
John Deere maintaining the property,
more time doing trustee work and
traveling to the Turks and Caicos Islands
and Georgian Bay during the summer.
Aiken has a wonderful historical
significance, having been founded by
northerners as ‘the winter colony.’
Many southerners still fighting the
Civil War, which they call ‘the War of
Northern Aggression.’All nine horse
disciplines here in Aiken and a huge
social life.”
Ros Bond wrote on April 20:
“Completed five years on Alumni
Council this year.After participating in
Alumni service trip to New Orleans last
fall, my wife, Jill, and I are now
scheduled for a service trip with a local
Seattle group to Guatemala and Mexico
in May.”
Paul DuBrule wrote on December
5:“Pat and I spend our winters in Avon
Park, Fla., and summers in Bridgton.
Would be pleased to see old friends
Ron Golz recently wrote:“Turned
75 this year. In another 25 years I might
be able to shoot my age in golf. Life
continues to be kind to me and my
wife, Noel; winters in Carefree,Ariz.,
summers in Harpswell, Maine. Last
year, visited with Bama Prater and his
lovely wife Joyce.They live in Fayette,
Ala., which is like living in a time warp.
Expected to see Ozzie and Harriet. Had
a wonderful visit. I was seriously
thinking of joining the astronaut
program, but when I read they now
have a process where you can drink
your urine (in space), I passed on it.
Probably tastes like milk punch at the
PSI U house on Sundays! Play a lot of
golf with Link, Doug Morton ’55, and
Rod Collette. I like to play with
people who are either older than I am
or shorter.”
Steve Morse reported on early
January:“I’m officially retired from the
law but not from our bed and breakfast
in Brookline, Mass. Deanne is
continuing in development at her alma
mater,Wheelock College. Our daughter
Kathy is director of environmental
studies at Middlebury College. (She has
grad school colleagues teaching at
Bowdoin.) Our son Peter, his spouse
and children, live in Annapolis.We hope
to be both at Bowdoin with our
classmates for another reunion as soon
as possible.”
Aaron Shatkin e-mailed on May 17:
“Sadly, Joan A. Shatkin, my wife of 52
years, lost the battle with cancer on May
2. She fought with great courage,
strength and dignity and without
complaint. Joan was a wonderful, caring
person who will be deeply missed by the
many people whose lives she touched.
For more information, please see” The Class
extends its sympathy to Aaron and his family.
Decorated veteran Lt. Colonel John
Collier, U.S.Army Ret., was the Chief
Marshal of the 2009 Battle of Bunker
Hill Parade in Charlestown, Mass. From
a Charlestown Patriot-Bridge article, May
14, 2009.
Steve Colodny wrote on October
23:“Enjoyed our first Reunion as ‘Old
Guard’ [last year while attending] 25th of
son Jeff ’83. Next adventure was Baltic
cruise in July and then our 50th
anniversary celebration in Vail, Colo.,
with children and grandchildren in early
August. Back to Denver early
September to perform ritual
circumcision on newest grandson,
Zachary, born August 27, 2008. Should
get a ‘mileage cup’ for circumcision
having officiated for all three grandsons
in Chicago, London, and now Denver.”
Dietmar Klein reported on
November 23:“The Bowdoin Club of
Germany celebrated its annual meeting
at the home of Bill Haas ’53 to enjoy
giant lobsters flown in from Maine.
Unfortunately, the guests of honor,
Ambassador and Mrs. Thomas
Pickerking ’53, had to call off their
Football captain Tim Keeher ’09 and Ted
Parsons ’57 in Waterville, just after Bowdoin
defeated Colby to repeat as CBB champions
last season.
trip to Germany. Hopefully, the visit can
be made in the course of next year. For
photos of the event, see”
Ed Langbein reported in early
December:“Saddened to learn of the
death, in early November, of Jim
Murdock.An economics major from
Reading, Mass., he is survived by his
wife Beverly and six children. Our
sympathy to his family.
“Fall events were blessed with dry
weather and game attendees included:
Ted Parsons, David and Barbara
Ham, Bruce McDonald, Bill and Ann
McWilliams (plus a number of family
members here for his Sports Hall of
Honor induction). Bill Cooke, Tom
and Carol Needham, Daisy Crane, Hal
and Marcia Pendexter, Steve
Lawrence, John and Ann Snow, and
Art and Jill Perry.Also joining the
Class tailgate were Roy Heeley ’51,
Bill Markell ’54, Dave Humphrey
’61, Kate Chin ’08, Steve and Lois
McCabe ’56, Hugh and Carol Huleatt
’55, Katie Coyne ’08, and Tony
Belmont ’60. Certainly a Whittier
highlight was the 55-14 victory over
Bates (most points scored in 57 years)
and awing many of us who did not
realize the scoreboard could register that
high a number. On the travel circuit,
Bill and Ann McWilliams visited
Croatia in November, and that same
month John and Cynthia Howland
journeyed to South Africa, where
warthog would replace turkey as the
Thanksgiving entrée. Frank and Yolanda
Kinnelly explored the rain forests of
British Columbia and enjoyed
Wickaninnish Beach on the Pacific
Rim. Harry Carpenter spent October
visiting his daughter in Idaho and
Colorado, making it back to Maine for
the opening of the hunting season.
Jackson Thomas recently returned
from a few weeks in Katmai National
Park (Alaska, across from Kodiak island)
where he observed the brown bears
taking advantage of the salmon
spawning. He continues to be active in
the San Diego Zoo, with special focus
on bears, pandas, and (recently acquired)
sloths from India.Though not ‘on
camera’ he was involved in the recent
PBS film feature ‘Panda Tales’ depicting
the first year antics of Giant Panda cub
Zhen Zhen and the zoo’s program on
this endangered species. Steve
Lawrence, John Howland, and Ed
Langbein enjoyed a visit with J.P. and
Louise Dow.And, a number of the
Class, including Jim and Mary
Boudreau, gathered in Boston for the
BoSox ‘Hot Stove’ luncheon.And, good
to receive a message from Caitlin
Stauder ’10 (current recipient of the
Class of 1957 Scholarship), who is
enjoying Switzerland (clean, beautiful,
too expensive) and her work with the
United Nations and World Health
Organization. She’ll be returning (via
Paris) for the spring semester. Al
Cushner writes that after forty years he
has fulfilled the expectations of his
classmates by writing a novel, Under
Nuclear Attack, about an ingenious
psychopath who gets his hands on
Russian nukes and heads for America.
Washington dusts off the unlikely hero,
gray-haired, Josh Parker from Boston
and sends him to intercept the threat.
The book is officially (and only)
available on See Bookshelf
this issue and online.
Ed Langbein reported again in
January: “The Class extends its
sympathy to Bruce McDonald and his
family on the death of his wife Buffy.
“Dave and Sally Seavey checked out,
[last] summer, the southwest as they
explored and photographed New
Mexico,Arizona, Nevada, and
California. Highlights included the 120-
degree heat in Death Valley (mitigated
by the produce of the Napa Valley) and
ascension in a hot air balloon.As I write
this, they are planning a Caribbean
cruise in mid-February and, later in the
year, a trip to eastern Canada. Dick and
Kay Lyman wrote that 2008 marked
Dick’s last class at Brandeis and
(perhaps) Kay’s last two at Simmons.
Between travels to Northern Holland
(by bike and canal barge) and Kobe,
Japan, Kay had a new hip installed.
Clem Wilson reported that Mary Lou
continues to recuperate with her new
knee and that they are looking forward
to returning for Reunion to observe
their son David ’84 celebrate his 25th.
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and Reed Chapman presented a
framed enlargement of our gathering in
1982 on the deck of the Alumni House.
An initial impression is ‘more hair and
fewer eyeglasses.’ Ed and Nancy
Langbein enjoyed luncheon with them
in Brunswick and plan to bring the
picture to tailgate gatherings and the
Old Guard HQs during reunions.
Congratulations to Miles and June
Waltz who were wed [last] August and
celebrated with two honeymoon trips—
to Stowe,Vt., overlooking Mount
Mansfield and, in November, the
Samoset Resort on Penobscot Bay.
From their letter is appears that the
major marital decision was,‘Where shall
we live?’ followed by the challenge of
merging their food stocks (it is rumored
that Miles finds it difficult to resist a
food sale). Earlier, in June, their family
was enlarged by the birth (to Miles’
daughter Martha ’95) of a
granddaughter to join four grandsons.
Congratulations, also, to John and Ann
Snow who celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary. John is heading the
Camden Conference, an annual foreign
affairs symposium. Paul McGoldrick
journeyed south for Christmas with his
New England relatives (who have all
moved to warmer climate) and
celebrated the 97th birthday of Linda’s
mother. In contrast, Bob and Lois Estes
made it back to Maine for a family
Christmas gathering. Bill and Ann
McWilliams back from a great trip to
Croatia and the Adriatic coastline. In
September, Jack and Shirley
Woodward journeyed to western
Canada, going from Calgary to Banff
through the ice field to Jasper and then
took the Rocky Mountaineer train to
Vancouver, winding up in Seattle with
Shirley’s family. Harry and Vicky
Carpenter have yet to slow down,
spurred by family moves which had
them baby-sitting in Alaska, unpacking
umpteen boxes in Boise, Idaho, and
transporting furniture from there to
Maine with a pause to enjoy hiking in
Utah’s Arches National Park.
Unfortunately, no fresh venison this
year, as last year’s harsh winter reduced
the herd. (Note: I’ve asked him to come
to Brunswick and stake out my garden).
Jim and Mary Lou Millar’s year
included time in Hawaii, Florida (with
his brother Bob ’62), Denver for the
Frozen Four NCAA hockey finals, Ohio
for their grandson’s high school
graduation, Memphis, and San Antonio.
In April or May, Mary Lou is to
‘officially’ retire, which will permit them
to mark both that milestone and their
50th wedding anniversary with a trip to
Brussels and Paris. It was good to see
them in Brunswick for the new arena
festivities…unfortunately, [the] heavy
snow marooned them in Freeport and
they missed the dedication ceremonies.
Jack and Sherry Thomas continue
involvement at the San Diego Zoo and
at home where they have been joined
by a Newfoundland dog (from Newf
Rescue) and now ‘have two big black
hairy creatures roaming the house.’They
made it back to New Hampshire and
Maine [last] summer and then up to
Alaska in September to enjoy Katmai
National Park, Mendenhall Glacier, and
Mt. Roberts. Jay Dings spent a chunk
of 2008 on the road. In May, he was in
China: Beijing (Tiananmen Square,
Forbidden City,Temple of Heaven,
Peking Opera, and a walk on the Great
Wall); Shanghai (Museum, Bund, ride
on the Maglev train (280 mph), and a
17-course meal with a local family); a
cruise on the Yangtze River (Three
Gorges Dam); Chongquing (Stillwell
Museum and zoo with many pandas);
Xian (Terra Cotta Carmy) and ended
up in Hong Kong.A wonderful trip
despite taking 29 hours and 11 flights to
return home to rest up for an October
tour of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
David and Janie Webster journeyed to
the Galapagos Islands, which included a
sighting of a Blue-footed Booby with
an hour-old baby. David continues to
lead bike adventures; this past year
included Holland, Quebec, N.H., and
Vt. David and Barbara Ham continue
to divide their time between North
Reading and Bridgton, Maine, while
asking themselves how much longer
they should own and maintain two full
houses.Their 2008 travel was within
continental boundaries from Chicago to
Cheyenne, which permitted them to get
‘their ticket punched’ in six states (only
one more to go) and enjoy Milwaukee,
the Badlands, Black Hills, Mt.
Rushmore, and the Cheyenne Rodeo.
Russ and Mimi Longyear both
enjoyed their 55th high school reunions
before settling in the Berkshires for the
summer. Returning to Dallas in
October, their activities include a
weekly French history and culture
course. Dietmar and Gisela Klein spent
time in Lenzerheide, Switzerland,
around Easter, and in the early autumn
enjoyed the seaside of eastern Crete.
With the Bowdoin Club of Germany,
they enjoyed a memorable annual
meeting (with lobsters flown from
Maine) hosted by Bill Haaws ’53,
during which Dietmar passed the
presidential gavel on to Jeannette
Papendick-Glinski ’85. Steve and
Shirley Colodny write that Steve is still
working two days per week at the
Bayside Medical Center in Springfield
and occupies the balance of his time
with golf, gardening, and yard work, and
serving as sous-chef (i.e., dish and pot
washing) for Shirley. Dick Fickett
provided a ‘look back’ at past
Christmases, which refreshed memories,
from tree lights hung in series (i.e., one
bulb goes, the string is dark) and family
celebrations that featured board games
(remember them?).As he wrote,‘one
doesn’t realize until you grow older that
family reunions at Christmas were
increasingly precious events.’Also
sharing changes in lifestyles and
memories, Art and Jill Perry report
that they have gone nano and digital.
Jill’s walkman has shrunk from
something the size of a pack of
cigarettes to that of a postage stamp. Her
camera no longer has film.There is a
dish on the rooftop and the plasma TV
has something called ‘HD.’With all of
these modern conveniences, living in
Farmington still allows them to stay
close in touch with nature. Sometimes
they are too close. One lovely summer
evening when Flint (son-in-law) was
giving them lessons on navigating
through the displays of the new satellite
TV, an absolutely prime black and white
skunk sauntered through the kitchen
and joined them in front of the screen.
(Note: the drawbacks of watching Wild
Kingdom). Jill grabbed Pepper (a dog)
and headed in one direction, Flint had
Millie (the other dog) and went in
another.Art was left with the critter, no
backup, and no sense of what to do.
With few alternatives available, he threw
a blanket over the disoriented visitor,
tucked it tightly under the hind quarters
and headed for the door where he tossed
the entire bundle as far as he could into
the bushes.The skunk walked away,
but the blanket could not be saved. If
you would like to hear more about
adventures with toads, chipmunks, field
mice, or birds, ask them during the year.”
Ed Langbein reported in April: “Ted
Parsons has been elected vice president
of the Saints’ Medical Center Medicine
Staff, Lowell, Mass. Paul and Eileen
Kingsbury provided a recap of last
year’s trip to Prince Edward Island,
sailing on Lake Cayuga, and a full year
of birthday parties and grandchild
events. Steve and MaryEllen Lawrence
are back from Fla., having guided the
Red Sox and Bowdoin softball teams
through spring development. Dick
Fickett announced the recent purchase
of a chain saw, which should dispel any
suggestion that he is aging and slowing
down.As I write this, looking forward
to our (John Howland, Steve
Lawrence, Bruce McDonald, and I)
spring excursion to Pittsfield for a visit
and lunch with Jay and Louise Dow.
Positive signs for a reasonable turnout to
mark our 52nd reunion—the locals, plus
Dave and Barbara Ham, Clem and
Mary Lou Wilson (to keep an eye on
their son, David ’84, who is marking
number 25), and Daisy Crane.And,
hopefully, many more. Ed and Nancy
Langbein enjoyed meeting Nate and
Marsha Winer in Kittery when they
came east (from Calif.) in March.
Thanks to an article in the [last]
Bowdoin magazine, we had an excellent
meal and visit at Robert’s Maine Grill.
Pleased, too, to meet proprietor
Michael Landgarten ’80, who also
owns Bob’s Clam Shack (a ‘must-stop’
institution) just across Route 1.”
LAUDABLE The Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court appointed Erik
Lund to its Board of Bar Overseers. He
“is senior counsel and co-founding
partner of the Boston law firm of
Posternak, Blankstein & Lund LLP.
Before forming the firm in 1980, he
was a partner at Burns & Levinson for
ten years, and from 1961 to 1969, he
was an associate at Choate Hall &
Stewart. He is a member of the Boston,
Massachusetts, and American Bar
Associations, a director of WalkBoston,
the pedestrian advocacy group, and a
member of Mayor Menino’s Rose
Kennedy Greenway Completion Task
Force. During the past two years, he
has served as a member and as Chair of
Board of Bar Overseers Hearing
Committees.” From a Massachusetts Public
Information Office, Supreme Judicial Court
news release, February 2, 2009.Also see
Bookshelf this issue and online.
Ed Parsons wrote in June:
“Daughter Bliss has been accepted at
and will attend Mt. Holyoke College in
the fall.”
Hal Pendexter wrote on June 16:
“Marcia and I are delighted to divide
our time between Illinois and Maine.
Our three children and six
grandchildren live in greater Chicago
but eagerly anticipate their Maine visits.
What a special treat to have the Maine
State Music Theater present Broadway
musicals in Pickard Theater in the
summer.What could be better than
Bowdoin football games in the fall and
hockey games in the winter? Ed
Langbein (supported by special wife
Nancy) does a terrific job as ’57 Class
Robert Wishart wrote in mid-June:
“Dale and I continue to thrive here in
the land of (almost) unending summer.
Tennis and golf seem to devour most of
our time. Recently travelled to Easter
Island. Otherwise, travels surround kids
and grandkids. If anyone desires to
change their retirement location, come
see us on Dataw Island and we’ll show
you a great place.”
David Gosse wrote in April:“We’ve
had a busy year.Traveled to the Amazon
with the Semester at Sea ship for three
weeks at Christmas, skied in Colorado
in March, and in May we’re going to
Costa Rica and the Panama Canal again
with the Semester at Sea ship. In
between, continue to fill in for math at
the Governor’s and Pingree Academies.
We will be on our sailboat in Maine
all summer.”
Dick Michelson recently wrote:
“Judy and I traveled in Belize,
Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua for
the month of November.We enjoyed
the natural beauty of the region.This
winter the Dolomites had more snow
than in the past decade, and skied there
for a month in the Sella Mountain (Val
Gardena,Alta Badia,Arraba,
Marmalade), Cortina,Alta Pusteria, and
Madonna Di Campiglio. Great time!”
Bob Packard wrote in early
December:“Still aggressively pursuing
my hiking/climbing/high-pointing goals
both domestically and abroad. 2008 has
seen 160 summits and 30 other high
points, 850 miles hiked and 300,000 feet
of elevation gain. Recent foreign
summits include the high points of
Greece, Bulgaria, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica
(July ’08) as well as Yu Shan and Syue
Shan in Taiwan (Nov ’08). On the
horizon are climbs of Ritacuba Blanca
in Columbia (Feb ’09) and Damavand
in Iran (Aug ’09).”
Stephen Rule e-mailed on May 17:
“As I send my annual contribution, I
always reflect on my past year, which has
been good, indeed.A couple of trips
and a couple of cruises are just what
keeps me going! The latest cruise
included my daughters and their
husbands. I think I made four converts
to cruising as a pleasurable vacation!”
Steve Burns wrote to the Physics
department in December:“A late July
CT scan found many small metastasized
melanomas in me, and their treatment
has necessitated many trips to Boston.
Fortunately, they found them early, and I
am among the 10% who respond to the
treatment with IL-2.Two days after we
heard that the October CT showed that
the IL-2 was working well in me, half
our house burned.They were able to
save the ell and the barn. So far, our
medical and home-owner’s insurance
has provided well for us and so have the
people of Friendship and Cushing.”
Carol Bonazzoli, widow of John
Millar ’60 wrote on May 8:“Fred and I
continue to enjoy having our large
combined family nearby! Grandson John
is a freshman at Bryant University in
R.I., and granddaughter Lindsay
graduates from Westboro High School
in June. Had a great visit with Bob ’62
and Chris Millar at their lovely home
in Englewood, Fla., along with Ed and
Judy Fillback and saw Jim ’57 and
Mary Lou Millar for dinner in April.”
Carl Olsson wrote on November 1:
“I have finally retired from academic
medicine, leaving Columbia (where I
still hold a named professorship, emeritus)
in April of this year. Decided I wanted
to continue working and took the
position as Chief Medical Officer of the
largest urology group in the USA,
Integrated Medical Professionals, PLLC.
They allow me one clinical day per
week, so I am keeping my surgical
schedule busy with especially large
cancer cases which I have always
enjoyed the most. Feels strange to finally
on behalf of the Association of
Environmental and Resource Economists.
Despite the many accolades for his
independent research, teaching has
brought Thomas the greatest satisfaction.
“The most pleasing thing is seeing what
some of my doctoral students have
accomplished over the years,” he says.
Tom currently splits his time between
Maine and Wyoming, where he continues
to publish his research on environmental
As a high school student in Maine,
Thomas Crocker ’59 intended to
pursue forestry at the state
university. Instead, the headmaster at
Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield
pushed him to apply to Bowdoin, where
he was accepted “much to my surprise,”
he says.Thus began Tom’s academic
career, which would take him to the
University of Missouri, where he earned a
Ph.D. in agricultural economics, and later
to teaching positions at the University of
Wisconsin, UC Berkeley and UC
Riverside, and the University of Wyoming.
“I have enjoyed school,”Tom jokes.
Former Bowdoin Professor of Economics
Albert Abrahamson helped mold Tom’s
interest in economics, encouraging him to
consider a natural resources approach to
the topic.Tom has published numerous
papers on the subject and received
awards for his research in 2001 and 2008
Dr.Thomas Crocker ’59
Retired Professor of Environmental Economics
become a private practice urologist after
40 years in academic medicine, but the
challenges are quite similar and the new
position is quite enjoyable!”
Dave Cole e-mailed on April 6:“On
December 19, 2008, I was married to
Virginia Kraft Payson of Lexington, Ky.,
and Indiantown, Fla. Fortunately for me,
she is the greatest woman that I have
ever known. She is currently best known
as an owner and breeder of top-level
thoroughbred horses that race primarily
at Keeneland, Ky, and Sarasota Springs,
N.Y. She was previously a feature writer
for Sports Illustrated magazine.”
Mickey Coughlin e-mailed on April
26:“Sally finally retired, and we moved
to the left coast last July to be closer to
our family. Elizabeth ’93 is now a
senior director at Yahoo! and lives in
Santa Monica, Calif. Ben and his wife
and our two grandchildren live in
Hillsborough, Calif. So, this gorgeous
island, Orcas, in the San Juans north of
Seattle, is now our quiet home and close
enough to the bright lights of Seattle
and Calif. Have said goodbye to Maine
winters again (for the second time in
our lives). Life in the Pacific Northwest
is so strikingly different that we wonder
why we didn’t make this move before.
Carry on.”
Newt Spurr wrote on December 18:
“During 2008, I played golf with two
fellow golf team members from 1959-61
teams. Jack Huston, Bill Mason, and I
played at Jack’s course in Ariz., in April
and had a return round at Bill’s course
at The Kittansett.We were rained out
for a third round at my course, Bass
Rocks, in Gloucester, Mass.”
Jim Watson e-mailed on May 1:“I
was invited to give the December ’08
Commencement address in my fortieth
year at the University of Tulsa. I spoke
about books and the book (Faulkner’s As
I Lay Dying) that Dave Kranes ’59 gave
me to read in the Bowdoin infirmary
fifty years ago. It brought me all the way
to Tulsa, where I’ll teach one more year
before I retire.As the poet Emily
Dickinson wrote,“There is no frigate
like a book / to take us lands away.”
David Luce “finally moved to
Harpswell full time on May 1, 2009. It
is great to be back in Maine and see so
many friends on a full-year basis, attend
many a basketball game with Webster
and Prinn ’61. Drop by anytime, we
are in the phone book.”
Fred Rollinson reported in late
December:“Nancy and I visited the
College [last] homecoming weekend. It
was two beautiful days, weather-wise, and
it was just great to be back on campus.
We attended a wonderful dedication
honoring 50 years of men’s varsity soccer.
Shortly before the event, the men’s soccer
team appropriately won a come-frombehind
game. It was an exciting game and
a brand of soccer superior to the early-on
games of the ’50s and ’60s.At the dinner,
we were entertained by the reminiscing
and good humor of the honorary
speakers. Seeing coaches Bruce
Bockmann and Charlie Butt and
teammates Ted Sandquist, John Evans,
Paul Constantino, and Peter Best was
extra special.We were so happy we didn’t
miss this event. Nice going, Bowdoin
Alumni Relations and outstanding
planning, Elizabeth Mengesha ’06!”
LAUDABLE Karl Galinsky, the
Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor
of Classics and Distinguished Teaching
Professor at The University of Texas at
Austin, has been awarded a 2009 Max
Planck Research Award for International
Cooperation for his study of history and
memory.The Max Planck Society, in
collaboration with the Alexander von
Humboldt Foundation, awards the
$965,000 (750,000 euro) prize in
humanities to only two scholars every
four years.The 2009 prize has a
thematic focus on cultural memory,
which Galinsky will apply to ancient
Roman civilization, particularly the age
of the emperor Augustus. Galinsky’s
research also explores connections
between antiquity and its perception in
modern culture.The award committee
credited him with building bridges “to
current themes such as disenchantment
with politics and multiculturalism.
Galinsky will use the award to support
an interdisciplinary group of doctoral
candidates and researchers who will
investigate the role of memory in
Roman civilization. It also will support
Galinsky’s research leave at Ruhr
University in Bochum, Germany, where
he will contribute to research projects
on religion and the study of memory
from a psychological and neuroscience
perspective.” From a University of Texas at
Austin news release, February 16, 2009.
Jeremy LaCasse ’94 e-mailed on
March 15:“My dad, John LaCasse,
recently retired from 40 years at Medical
Care Development, 27 years as the
president of the organization. My dad
did great work, improving the health of
many Mainers and people around the
world.” Bob Sargent ’58, Steven
Barndollar, Steve Crabtree, Charlie
Micoleau, and Bill LaCasse ’78 all
Harrison M. Davis III ’60 (left), new
president of the New England Society in the
City of Brooklyn, presents a silver tray to
Franklin Ciaccio ’63 (right) in appreciation of
his service for seven years as Harrison’s
predecessor.Also pictured is Judy Hazen (far
right), widow of former New England Society
board member and Bowdoin College board
member Bill Hazen ’52, at the home of L.
Blakeney Schick ’04 (front left), under the
gaze of her great, great, great grandfather
Charles N. Ordway (Maine Medical School at
Bowdoin, Class of 1837).
Bowdoin friends and family gathered last spring
for the retirement of John LaCasse ’63. (L to
r): Jeremy LaCasse ’94, Bill LaCasse ’78,
John, Steve Crabtree ’63, and Bob Sargent
’58. (Not pictured): Charlie Micoleau ’63 and
Steven Barndollar ’63.
attended the celebration.“A wonderful
evening with many nice things said
about my dad, and a neat opportunity to
get a great Bowdoin group together.”
See accompanying photo previous page.
LAUDABLE Last fall, Samuel
Ladd,“Chairman, President & CEO,
Maine Bank & Trust received the
National Boy Scouts Award for
Distinguished Eagle Scout (DESA). He
is only the second Mainer in the DESA
Award history to receive this honor.” In
addition, Sam was recognized by Junior
Achievement of Maine as a 2009
Laureate at the 20th Anniversary of
Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of
Fame Recognition Dinner in May. From
a Maine Bank & Trust News Release. See
accompanying photo.
Frank Ronan e-mailed on April 26:
“Sometimes being as old as a member
of the Class of ’63 brings me
unanticipated benefits. I reminisce more
and recently found myself marveling at
a statistical implausibility.After
graduation some of us went off to serve
in “our war;” unfortunately one was Al
Loane. Not all of us wound up in
’Nam. Cappy Ladd, John Lawson
and I spent our war in the Divided City
in Germany.To think that there were
well over 500,000 in uniform at that
time and three of us were assigned to
the Berlin Brigade, a force of less than
5,000, is mind boggling to me.Anne
Mary and I would love to have
classmates drop in to our camp on the
New Meadows anytime you are visiting
Brunswick for some enjoyable
reminiscing.You might even meet some
of our seven grandkids there.”
Johannes Tromp recently wrote:“I
have done some traveling since our 45th.
Jore and I saw all of New Zealand in
December and January, and in February
I sailed around the islands of Cabo Verde
on the three-masted schooner
Oosterschelde. For sightseeing my own
country and for conditional reasons, Jore
and I cycled around the Zuiderzee 300
miles in seven days (there is so much
beauty just around the corner!).We will
do a hiking trip in northwest Scotland
in September.That’s it for this year, and
besides, my hometown Utrecht is the
place to be during the summer.And, it
gives me the opportunity to see more of
my latest grandchildren Bente (Dec.
’08), daughter of Noor ’99, and Sara
(daughter of Maite,April ’09).”
Walter Christie writes:“I’m enjoying
my post-practice life as a psychiatric
consultant and teacher. Ellie and I are
fortunate to be a party of a southern
Maine social group of Bowdoin grads,
largely 1963-65.We enjoy cocktail
parties before music theater
performances and share other special
events.A terrific group!”
Fred Filoon wrote on December 16:
“After buying a home in Hailey, Idaho,
in 2004, Randi and I became legal
residents there in 2007.We also sold our
home in Conn., and have rented an
apartment in Boston. It is a long
commute, but we love both places and
have children and grandchildren to visit
in each.”
Arthur Ostrander wrote in midDecember:“I
retired in May after 37
years serving on the music faculty at
Ithaca College and spending the last 23
years as Dean of the School of Music.”
John Pope e-mailed on December
13:“I am still employed by the
Department of Homeland Security,
while my wife Beverly is teaching at the
Pembroke Elementary School. Son Ian,
a Border Patrol Agent, has recently been
transferred to St.Albans,Vt. Ian and
wife, Roseanne, are now the proud
parents of a one-year-old baby Sophia
Surae Pope. Daughter Allison is a
medical doctor practicing in Concord,
N.C. Our youngest, Eric, and wife
Hannah, are living in Cambridge, Mass.,
while Ian is employed by Harmonix, the
creator of ‘Rock Band,’ a very popular
game for the younger generation.”
William Thwing wrote in late
November:“Joy and I recently visited
our son Mike ’97, his wife Ninna, and
our first grandchild Molli in Fairbanks,
Alaska. Mike is now Chief of Pediatrics
at Fort Wainright.We skied every day in
sub-zero weather and sat by the fire
playing with Molli every night. Mike
recently returned from a tour in Iraq,
where he supervised a medical clinic at
Camp Victory in Baghdad.”
Steve Weiss reports:“I spent a lot of
time in 2008 volunteering for Obama
in various locations and capacities.
Among the many rewards and pleasures
was getting to know Katherine Grand
’09, my field organizer boss for
canvassing in Loudon County,Va.”
Paul Lazarus writes:“Bad year for
boatbuilding. Likewise, publishing about
Last fall, Sam Ladd ’63 received the National
Boy Scouts Award for Distinguished Eagle
Scout (DESA). He is only the second Mainer
in the DESA Award history to receive this
honor. (Pictured l to r):Anthony Rogers, Boy
Scouts of America (BSA), Pine Tree Council
Scout Executive; Sam Ladd; U.S. Senator
Susan Collins of Maine; and Peter Ventre,
BSA Pine Tree Council Board President.
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marine industry since 1975, and can’t
stop now. Son Eli is in Maine again after
being away at schools for over a decade.
Last March he got his Ph.D. in coastal
geology, then added a post-doc, both
from Duke.When he first left home, I
restarted my swimming career (such as it
was), which keeps me in shape; I only
wish I’d brought this training ethic to
the old Curtis Pool, back when.Vickery
and I look forward to the 45th.”
Jim Lister wrote in mid-December:
“Susan and I celebrated our 40th
anniversary with a fun dinner for 90
guests, entertained by live music and
open mic singing (that included several
of our grandchildren).We extended the
celebration by spending a week in
Sedona,Ariz. I was supposed to take my
second retirement at year end but
volunteered to stay with Korea
Economic Institute for another year
after the succession plan fell through.”
Patricia Mages, widow of Gilbert
Mages e-mailed on January 4:“Gil
passed away December 11, 2008, after a
nine-year battle with colon cancer. He
retired from UWSP in 1999 as a
professor of mathematics. He received
his master’s degree in 1965 from
Bowdoin and his doctorate in
mathematics education from the
University of Northern Colorado in
1975. He is survived by his wife, Pat,
and three daughters, along with five
grandchildren.” The Class extends its
sympathy to Pat and her family.
Steve Putnam e-mailed on March
31:“I have moved from EVP at
Raymond James Financial to part-time
to concentrate on increasing mediation
business and my advising of clients. I
hope to spend more time at Old
Orchard Beach, and maybe even take in
some campus events for a change.”
LAUDABLE Dick Whitmore
“became the 52nd coach in NCAA
men’s basketball history and just the
seventh in NCAA Division III to win
600 career games after he and his Mules
took a 65-55 victory over Bowdoin
College in a New England Small
College Athletic Conference opener
before 2,000 fans at Wadsworth
Gymnasium at Colby.Whitmore was
mobbed by his team and given the game
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ball after the win over his alma mater.
He is in his 38th year of coaching at
Colby.Whitmore has a 600-318 career
record with the Mules.” From a Colby
College press release, January 17, 2009.
LAUDABLE Dr. Edwin Bell,“a
Winston-Salem State University
professor of education, is one of 17
faculty members in the UNC system to
be given an Excellence in Teaching
Award.The award is presented by the
UNC Board of Governors. Each winner
receives $7,500 in cash and a bronze
medallion. Over the course of his career,
Bell has won awards for his teaching and
research and has secured grants to train
elementary and secondary teachers in
techniques to improve student learning.
From a Winston-Salem Journal article,
May 1, 2009.
Dick Forté and Bowdoin classmates
Fred Friedman, Charlie Roscoe,
Ben Soule, John Lord, Jeff White,
“Jeff’s parole officer,” Bill Allen, Frank
Yule, and Al Ayer played golf together
in May. See accompanying photo.
Doug Hotchkiss recently wrote:
“Am retiring as of May 31, but will
keep busy as a church sexton and
volunteer work.”
Arthur Kress recently wrote:“Still
practicing internal medicine, but plan
on cutting back. Enjoy keeping track of
our six grandchildren.”
Margot Timson Sullivan, sister of
Barry Timson, wrote in midDecember:“My
brother Barry S.
Timson died April 15, 2007, (yes, he
would be smiling—income tax day!).
He was the Mayor of Hallowell, Maine,
and former just about everything else in
Hallowell, including City Council,
Planning Board, Old Hallowell Day
Committee, and even Santa Claus. He
was the founder of the Hallowell Food
Bank. He was active on Monhegan
Island with ecology and geology. Barry
believed strongly in education and often
visited the school classrooms or took
students on hikes to learn about the
geology of their town.We established
the Barry S.Timson Scholarship fund
(c/o Dawn Gallagher, 27 Union Street,
Hallowell, Maine 04347) to give an
annual $2,500 scholarship to a Hallowell
High School graduating senior going to
college in Maine and majoring in either
science or government.We feel it is a
great way to honor Barry and all he did
for Hallowell and Maine.” The Class
extends its sympathy to Margot and the
Timson family.
Jeff White wrote early in January:
“Continue to work three days per week
in healthcare consulting based in
Concord, N.H. Given the 2008 market
downturn, no plans to fully retire for
foreseeable future, although we will
vacation for February and March in Fla.
Jane works as a per diem RN at a local
visiting nurse agency.”
Bruce Found recently wrote:“In
September I will be entering my 30th
year of coaching and teaching at
Hebron Academy. In my leisure hours I
continue to enjoy activities on (or in)
the water, as well as playing with my
granddaughter! ‘Retirement’ is on the
Stephen Rand reported in midDecember:“I
recently completed my
tenure as President of the New York
Allergy of Asthma Society.The job was
very challenging but quite worthwhile.”
John Scholefield “still doing
poverty pediatrics. Finished an
administrative stint—not worth the
power, nor the bonus. Maybe the future
will bring a Peace Corps-type endeavor
for Kristene (bilingual fifth grade
teacher) and myself.”
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In May, Class of 1966 friends teed it up
together on the Cascades Course at the
Homestead in Virginia (kneeling, l to r): Fred
Friedman and Dick Forté. (Standing, l to r):
Charlie Roscoe, Ben Soule, John Lord, Jeff
White, Jeff’s parole officer, Bill Allen, Frank
Yule, and Al Ayer.
Harvey Wheeler recently wrote:
“Business as usual here in Cumberland,
Maine. My incredible wife Roxanne
continues to help care for my 88-yearold
mother, who has been living with us
since 2000. I am still enjoying my
seasonal work, which alternates between
guiding fly fishermen and coaching
Bowdoin divers.”
LAUDABLE Dave Wilkinson was
“nominated for an Emmy Award for
director of incredibleMAINE. Only three
directors were nominated in all of New
England, and the other two work for
WBZ-TV in Boston.The award
ceremony was held May 30th in Boston.
It is a major honor to be nominated
(whether one wins or not).The
nomination is the only nomination for
Maine Public Broadcasting.”
Bill Botwick e-mailed on May 4:
“After 371
/2 years, including almost 24
years outside the U.S., I retired from
General Motors. Ruth and I decided it
was time to move back to the U.S. For
the time being, we will still be living in
Central Michigan in our home on Lake
Huron. I am not staying totally retired
and will teach at Michigan State Law
School in East Lansing, starting in May.
We are planning to ultimately move to
Alexandria,Va., but have decided to
defer that for a while.”
Bob Corey wrote on June 18:“I had
hoped to have some news about the
‘BBCS’ foursome at the Kullen golf
tournament on June 22 (Noel Bailey
’68, Bob Butkus ’66, Bob Corey,
Newt Spurr ’61), but my class agents
have the patience of a liberal with
unspent funds and I could wait no
longer.The BBCS will again be chasing
the elusive 59.”
David Doughty e-mailed on May
23:“Our 40th class reunion was terrific,
with a very good turnout that included
a number of folks who were attending
their first one. I am already looking
forward to the next one.We are still
living in Fort Collins, Colo., from midOctober
through mid-June with
summers spent in Lanesville/Gloucester,
Mass. Our second granddaughter, Cirie
Alice Doughty, was born in August,
2008, in Acton, Mass.We recently
completed a one-day driving tour of
five national parks, two state parks, and
two national monuments located in
Utah and highly recommend such an
adventure – what a beautiful state!
Retirement is certainly agreeing with
us.We look forward to seeing a number
of our New England classmates this
coming summer. Last summer Howie
Munday and I were able to re-connect
with Rich Benedetto at our summer
place in Lanesville, Mass.Along with
Jack Despres, the four of us were
roommates in 10D of the senior center.”
Robbie Hayes “had a great time at
the Reunion; renewed old friendships,
made new. In Michigan, being able to
say you are still employed is a major
John Isaacs wrote on October 22:
“Mirabal and I had a great time at 40th.
Great to see Tom Roulston again and
Nat Harrison flying in from Paris.
Give a call if you are near Barre,Vt.”
John Mogabgab “just began a new
job as architect of an XML repository. If
anyone out there knows what this
means, please contact me immediately!”
George Nicholis wrote on
December 1:“Barbara and I are still well
in Kansas. Still working for a great
hospital Children’s Mercy doing medical
informatics full time. Six grandchildren
(11 to 17 years).”
Gary Towle wrote in early
December:“I am still enjoying working
at Yosemite National Park. Our family is
healthy and happy. Life is good.”
Bob True reports:“I’m enjoying
retirement, volunteering at the North
Carolina Zoo, and watching my
granddaughter and grandson grow!”
Geff Yancey announces:“I married
Cindy Straitiff this past October.We are
moving to a new home on Lake
Ontario this summer!”
Barry Chandler reported on
December 29:“Debbie and I just
welcomed grandson number four to son
Nathan ’97. Looking forward to seeing
everyone at our 40th.”
Bill Georgitis recently wrote:“We
enjoyed seeing old friends and regret
not reuniting with those classmates who
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missed the reunion.”
Jack Keene “retired in late 2007
from Anne Arundel County, Maryland,
(after 25 years as Chief, Planning &
Construction for the Department of
Recreation and Parks). Have spent the
last year as Trail Program Coordinator
for the East Coast Greenway Alliance,
promoting a Calais, Maine, to Key West,
Florida, multi-use trail.”
Tom Sheehy wrote in early
November:“Betsy and I hope to return
for my 40th! We are now in our 19th year
at Canterbury School, New Milford,
Conn. It has been a great journey.We
now have four grandsons (5, 3, 11
/2 and
/2). Daughter Sara ’93 and Jim
Finnerty ’92 are parents of Jimmy,
Tommy, and Charlie; and son Tom ’96
is the father of Quinn (11
Joel Bradley wrote on December 17:
“It has been another busy year at
Cambridge Isotope Labs.Among other
things, we have been supplying our
isotope labeled melamine standards to
hundreds of labs all over the world who
are trying to prevent more poisonings
from the toxic additive in Chinese food
LAUDABLE John D. Delahanty
“was recently selected by his peers for
inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
2009. Mr. Delahanty is recognized for
his work in administrative law and
government relations law at Pierce
Atwood LLP.” From a Pierce Atwood LLP
news release, December 23, 2008.
Mike Denoncourt reports:
“Following his passion, our son Mickey
is building and selling road, cycle-cross,
and mountain bikes under the brand
Spooky Bikes. Enthusiasts are
encouraged to visit his website.These
bikes are 100% USA made!”
Stephen Devine writes:“Cardiology
practice goes well, very busy and still
doing call. Retirement seems still in the
future. Glad to have our daughter Kelly
’06 back from two years of Peace Corps
in Niger,West Africa.”
Clark Irwin e-mailed on January
20:“After three years on the
professional staff of the U.S. Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs, I have been
named director of communications for
the Federal Commission on Wartime
Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan,
based in Arlington,Va.”
John McGrath wrote in midDecember:“Completed
our retirement
move to Northampton, Mass., and life is
slower and better. Carol and I celebrate
our 40th anniversary in ’09, followed by
the 40th Reunion in ’10. Enjoyed seeing
Tom Walker and George Turner and
spouses this past summer while in
Steve Plourde wrote on November
1:“Fully retired on California’s north
coast since 2005, thanks to Agent
Orange from Vietnam (1971). Gives me
time to spoil my seven grandchildren
(who live in Kansas and Minneapolis)
and to work with my two teenage sons
as they prepare for college. I make an
annual Christmas pilgrimage to visit my
family in New England and see the
Jeffrey Waring and Dr. Candace L.
Croft “were married November 23,
2008. It was a private ceremony with
their children in attendance at the
Lucerne Inn, Lucerne, Maine. Officiating
was the Reverend Robert Carlson. Mr.
Waring and Dr. Croft continue to be at
home in Holden, Maine.”
For news of Michael Zimman, see Barry
Zimman ’42.
Jim Burnett wrote in early November:
“Enjoying forestry in Canaan, N.H., and
playing golf when I can. Daughter
Hedda married July 5, 2008; son Joe to
be married April 25, 2009. Looking
forward to 1970 Polar Bear football
Alan Campbell wrote on October 7:
“I’m hoping to retire in the next two
years now that both kids are out of
college. Daughter Tamara married in
May. Son Douglas works in the office
of Senator Susan Collins in Washington,
D.C. Beth and I celebrated our 35th
anniversary two days after Tamara
got married.”
Peter Cross wrote on January 15:
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Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Boston
College in November ’08.And, Candy,
who did an exchange year at Bowdoin
in 1971-72 and celebrated her 35th
Wheaton reunion this past year, is being
honored as a Massachusetts Literacy
Champion! I hope to absorb some of
this high-achieving magic before I retire
from the Massachusetts Department of
Mental Retardation, where I’ve been
employed as a psychologist for almost
31 years.”
Mark Detering wrote on October
21:“Daughter Meghan ’07 is now
working at Colorado Rocky Mountain
School; enjoyed my visits there to hike
and ski. Son Ryan is running PGA
tournaments in Fla. Ed Keazirian ’73
and Ed Stewart ’73 were recently here
for a get-together.”
LAUDABLE Michael A. Ryan, an
attorney in the Florida law firm of
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor &
Reed, P.A.,“has been selected by The
Best Lawyers in America 2009 in the areas
of banking law, public finance law, and
real estate law.This publication chooses
the attorneys and areas of practice based
on recommendations from clients and
other attorneys. Inclusion in Best Lawyers
is based entirely on peer review.” From a
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed,
P.A news release, July 7, 2009.
LAUDABLE “At this year’s 2008
Junior Achievement of New York Gala
on October 23rd at the World Financial
Center Winter Garden, Kenneth
Chenault, CEO and Chairman of
American Express, was honored as the
Business Leader of the Year. JANY’s
mission to inspire and prepare young
people to succeed in a global economy,
and Mr. Chenault remains committed to
encouraging our youth to achieve.As a
result of his leadership, the American
Express Company has become JANY’s
largest corporate Bowl-A-Thon
fundraiser.” From a DJC Communications
release, December 2, 2008.
JoAnn Chrisman wrote on October
10:“I was sorry to have missed this
year’s big Reunion.This year didn’t
work out, but I’m hoping to make a
trip back to Bowdoin and New England
for either a spring or fall trip in 2009!”
Saul Greenfield, MD, “was
designated as President-elect of the
Society for Pediatric Urology.”
Peter Healey reported in early
November:“Retirement has facilitated
travel. Hawaii, the big island, in
February; Seattle in July where we
caught a Sox-Mariners game;Alaska in
August with son Sean ’11 for salmon
fishing; and Sonoma/Napa in October,
where my wife and I caught the fall
harvest.Aside from that we’re taking
courses at UTexas and I’m still bass
Don Hoenig wrote on December
16:“At the 50th anniversary celebration
of men’s soccer at Bowdoin, Belfast,
Maine was well-represented as Alex
Turner ’70 and I attended the event
and made a lame, futile, attempt to
distinguish ourselves during the alumni
game. Cheering us on were my wife
Lynn, daughter Sarah ’02, and friend
Greg Lovely ’01.”
Edgar Rothschild reported in the
spring:“Susan and I are leaving for
Germany in May, 2009, to meet up with
John Weiss ’70 and his friends from the
Mayo Clinic to bicycle through
Germany.We thoroughly enjoyed
reunion last spring and look forward to
returning to Maine for more lobster
In May, Marty Van Santvoord
hosted a 60th birthday celebration for
husband Buzz Van Santvoord ’71 at
their farm in Orange,Virginia,“and
were lucky enough to gather a few
Polar Bear alumni to celebrate.” See
accompanying photo.
LAUDABLE The Big L Club, the
Livingston High School sports booster
organization, inducted Thomas
Hoerner into its Hall of Fame last fall.
A member of the class of 1970, Hoerner
earned varsity letters in football, hockey,
and track. Recognized in hockey as an
All State skater, he served as captain of
the Lancer hockey team in 1970. He
continued to win athletic awards,
including the Charles Winders Award
and the Yearbook’s Best Athlete. He
played hockey at Bowdoin, where he
earned additional letters in football and
track.” From a West Essex Tribune (N.J.)
article, October 23, 2008.
Allie Middleton “is a yoga educator
and therapist/coach with a strong
background in mind-body approaches
to health and healing, including
wilderness adventure training. I now
work in not-for-profit behavioral health
as a clinical rehabilitation division
director and also see private clients. I
specialize in transpersonal change
modalities, and am strongly influenced
by nature, ecopsychology, the creative
arts and transformative action research,
Theory U. Deployed to New York City
after the 9/11 disaster as a mental health
first responder to work with the rescue
workers as well as families, I am wellversed
in trauma and recovery practices.
I am an avid hiker, cyclist, and kayaker,
and live and work with my husband in
an old house with small garden in
Center Square,Albany.”
Chape Whitman e-mailed on May
12: Bowdoin friends gathered for the 60th
birthday of their good friend Buzz Van
Santvoord ’71.The party was “thrown
by his most excellent wife Marty ’73 at
their farm in Orange,Va., Saturday night.
A splendid time was had by all.”
Douglas Buckley wrote in early
December:“Visited Bowdoin last fall
with Nick, my oldest, but he decided it
Marty Van Santvoord ’73 hosted a 60th
birthday celebration for husband Buzz ’71 at
their home in Orange,Va. Polar bears
celebrating with them were (l to r): Bill Bayer
’74, Eric Baxter ’75, Chape Whitman ’74,
Glenn Bachman ’74, Cynthia George Gillium
’73, Steve Carter ’71, Buzz, Norman
Johnson ’74, Marty,Andy Wiswell ’71, and
Tom Wheeler ’71.
was too cold and too far. So, now he’s a
freshman at CalTech in Pasadena. I still
have one more chance with Jacob, who’s
a sophomore this year and seems to be
much more cold tolerant. I’m now V.P.
of Biochemistry at Excelixi’s in South
San Francisco, and Shelley continues to
thrive at Santa Clara Valley Medical
Center, working with Bill Jensen ’75.”
John Danaher reported:“As the last
of my three daughters graduates from
college, I am turning my full-time
attention (resources) to completing my
straw bale home in the Sangre do Cristo
mountains in Southern Colorado.”
Celeste Johnson recently wrote:
“Turning 55 this year was a huge
disappointment—can we really be so
old? I am very enthusiastic about the
idea of 2010 and our reunion—hope
everyone’s lives make it possible for
many to attend and, as usual, I love
hearing from Leo!”
Francis Mardulier recently wrote:
“Living in Florida, and teaching honors
chemistry and IB environmental systems
at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School. Get
up to Cape Cod during July for some
fishing.Wife Dot is also showing
Egyptian Mau cats across the U.S.”
NEWSPRINT “For more than 20
years, Dan Shapiro has played along
with National Public Radio’s weekend
brain teaser for wordsmiths, the ‘Sunday
Puzzle,’ hosted by Liane
Hansen…Sunday, he aced it. He had the
correct answers for all 10 pairs of puzzle
clues given by ‘puzzle master’Will
Shortz, the editor of The New York Times
Crossword Puzzle—although he had an
assist on the last one. Shapiro was
selected to play on air from among the
people who correctly answered the May
17 challenge:“Think of a six-letter
word in which the third letter is ‘S.’
Remove the ‘S’ and you’ll be left with a
five-letter word that means the opposite
of the six-letter one.What is it? Clue:
The six-letter word has two syllables.
The five-letter one has one.The answer:
Resign, reign. Shapiro said he spent five
minutes pondering the challenge.‘The
next day it came to me in 12 seconds,’
he said during the broadcast. On
Sunday’s program, Shapiro was given
this on-air challenge:‘Each clue is a pair
of four-letter words. Each can be found
inside the first and last names,
respectively, of a famous person. For
example, given ‘rend’ and ‘rase,’ the
answer would be ‘Brendan Fraser,’ the
actor…Shapiro said he was ‘in the zone’
when he answered one challenge after
the next with barely a pause. Clearly
impressed by his stellar showing, host
Hansen joked,‘Do you want my job?’
Shapiro won a dictionary, a number of
crossword puzzle books by Shortz, the
deluxe edition of Scrabble, and a
‘Weekend Edition’ lapel pin marking his
win.” From an Albany Democrat Herald
article May 28, 2009.
Mary Van Arsdel wrote on
December 3:“Mary is creating the role
of ‘the bird woman’ in the first national
tour of the Broadway show ‘Mary
Poppins,’ beginning 2009 in Chicago.”
Peter Bing wrote on May 18:“Despite
being on leave from Emory, it’s been a
busy year.A new edition of my first
book appeared, I finished editing the
section on Greek literature for the new
Oxford encyclopedia of Ancient Greece
and Rome, and saw to press a volume of
my collected essays old and new, which
will appear soon with the University of
Michigan press under the title The Scroll
and The Marble: Studies in Reading and
Reception in Hellenistic Poetry. My wife
Mary is busy combating tuberculosis at
the Centers for Disease Control.
Daughter Anna is about to finish eighth
grade. She makes beautiful music both
on the cello and the trombone, and was
selected for All State on both
LAUDABLE The Harvard Extension
School presented William Clark with
the Thomas Small Prize, “awarded
annually on the basis of ‘academic
achievement and character’ to
outstanding master of liberal arts degree
recipients.” From a Harvard University
Gazette article, June 10, 2009.
Betty Anne Hoehn wrote in the
spring:“Two grandsons; Garrison (21
months), and Leeland (two months).
Having so much fun!”Also, Betty and
Deborah Waugh spent time together
in Paris in April. See accompanying photo.
Fred Atwood e-mailed on March 3:“I
still continue to lead my high school
biology students on summer ecological
study trips, but last year, instead of
heading south to one of our usual
destinations in the tropics, we went
north to the Hudson Bay north of
Churchill, Manitoba, where we saw
polar bears almost every day, swam with
belugas, made plaster casts of wolf
tracks, and photographed nesting Arctic
terns and beautiful tundra wildflowers.
The mosquitoes were thicker than I
have seen anywhere, the temperatures
reached the mid-80s, and though the
sun set late and rose early, it never got
totally dark.A great experience! This
summer we are on our way back to
Kimberly Higgins wrote on May 6:
“My husband Brad, our daughter
Schurler (16), and I are still enjoying our
life here in picturesque New Canaan,
Conn. I am excited to have joined the
New Canaan Office of my brother-inlaw’s
real estate firm, the Higgins
Group. I am also very proud of my
husband, who left Wall Street in 2004 to
serve two tours in Iraq as a senior
advisor to the U.S.Ambassador and
most recently as assistant secretary and
chief financial officer for the U.S.
Department of State in Washington,
D.C.With the end of the Bush
administration, he has now returned to
the private sector as a managing partner
at SOS Ventures, an international
venture capital firm. Our daughter is a
junior at New Canaan High School,
which she loves, and is on their varsity
girls tennis team.”
Martha McCarty wrote in early
spring:“Happy to report Megan ’09
graduates this May majoring in
“Bonjour de Paris!” Betty Ann Hoehn ’76
and Deborah Waugh ’76 enjoy the famous
French cuisine on a trip to Paris in April.
psychology and dance. Caitlin ’11 is
enjoying her time at Bowdoin,
undecided major with minor in dance.
With both kids there, Mark and I have
had many more visits to Bowdoin.”
Glenn Perry e-mailed in midOctober:“Ebo
and MJ huddle cozily
around a wee bonfire of 401(k)
statement, dreaming of a day when
Gwen, UMaine Farmington junior, and
Faye, Deering High School junior, are
outside the groves of academia.Then
the Perrys will jet around the globe
scattering cumshaw to the astonished
natives and reviving the ugly American
stereotype. Glenn’s band, Misspent
Youth, plays regularly in greater
Portland to general consternation. If you
want to start something, call the Perrys
at 207-try-wine.”
Blair Johnson recently reported:“After
26 years in the corporate world, I’ve
finally combined my vocation and
avocation. In April, I joined the
National Wildlife Federation’s staff in
Boulder, Colo., to handle
communications on public lands issues
and help prevent the oil and gas
industry from drilling the entire west.”
LAUDABLE Abbot Kominers
“was elected National President of the
Society of Federal Labor & Employee
Relations Professionals (SFLERP), a
national non-profit membership
organization created in 1973 to promote
cooperative relations between labor and
management professionals in the federal
sector.” From a SFLERP news release,
February 9, 2009.
Beth Logan reports:“I was back on
the College campus in April 2008 with
my son and daughter. It was an
absolutely beautiful day and I could not
believe all of the new buildings and
improvements. It truly is a very small
world as I ran into my freshman
roommate, Sally Clayton Caras. She
was there exchanging cars with her son
who was a senior. It was really special to
see her. I have such fond memories of
my years at Bowdoin!”
Sue Willey McKay writes:“I started
my 27th year in the insurance industry as
an agent, and for the past 14 as an
association exec for an insurance trade
association.This year the Bangor Band,
in which I play trumpet, celebrates its
150 anniversary. I picked up the horn
again a few years ago, having last played
with the Bowdoin Band in 1976!”
David Towle “received a Certificate
of Advanced Graduate Study in Clinical
Neuropsychology from The Fielding
Institute in 2006. More importantly, he
hasn’t had to hear it from Yankee fans
since 2004.”
Fran Jones Philip wrote in the spring:
“I continue to love my role as chief
merchandising officer at L. L. Bean.
Living on the Harraseeket harbor in
South Freeport isn’t bad either. George
and I enjoy skiing, cycling, and paddling
among other activities.”
Marcia’s first batch of raw milk sheep
cheese—aged for 60 days—was ready
for the market in late July.When she’s not
busy making cheese and caring for her
flock, Marcia designs the labels for her
product. She is also crossing her East
Friesian dairy ewes with Katahdin rams,
known for being hardier. Marcia
welcomes the many challenges that come
with more than one hundred animals to
look after.“I’m a big believer in lifelong
learning,” she says.“Every minute I’m
working with the animals I’m so happy.”
Marcia Barinaga has worked as a
molecular biologist, journalist,
and now, as a rancher and
cheesemaker.“I’m trying to use my
biology degree in as many different ways
as I can before I die,” she jokes. Currently
retired from her job as a writer for
Science magazine, Marcia is busier than
ever managing an 800-acre ranch in
Marin County, Calif., that she and her
husband purchased in 2001. Athough the
couple never planned on raising sheep,
they wanted to start a business that
would use the land to benefit the local
economy.“We became quite passionate
about being a sustainable part of the
community,” Marcia says.Their first barn
was raised in 2007 and Marcia visited
other sheep farms and attended
cheesemaking classes to learn about her
soon-to-be trade.“It was brand new to
me. My skills have all been acquired on
the job.”
Marcia Barinaga ’77
Ranch owner, cheesemaker
Barbara Gross ’77, Nancy Donovan ’78,
K.C. Dietz ’78, and Hollis Rafkin-Sax ’78
at the 2007 Head of the Charles Regatta, in
which K.C. competed (finishing 12th in the
women’s master doubles).
Hollis Rafkin-Sax ’78, Greg Johnson ’77, Jill
Shaw Ruddock ’77, Julie Horowitz ’77, and
Ben Sax ’78 at a NYC gathering.
NEWSPRINT “Leslie McGrath’s
poem about butter graces Cabot
packages. No, she did not rhyme ‘butter’
with ‘udder.’And, yes, she’s written
poems about butter before. Several,
actually. Food is a favorite subject for
Stonington poet Leslie McGrath, so the
fact that she has churned out an ode to
butter for the product from Cabot
Creamery is, you might say, poetic
justice. Now, her poem called ‘Butter
Taps’ graces the sides of Cabot pound
packages along the East Coast, from
here (Groton’s Big Y) to Delaware (her
sister-in-law reports seeing them there).
‘They make two million packages.
Never again in my career will I have
two million people reading what I
write,’ says McGrath, who has a great
sense of humor and punctuates this line,
like many others, with laughter.” From a
New London, Conn., The Day article,
February 2, 2009. McGrath, the winner
of the 2004 Nimrod/Hardman Pablo
Neruda Prize for Poetry, is a wellpublished
poet and managing director of
the online art and literature journal
Drunken Boat (
Her first full collection of poems,
Hunger, Opulent Rage, won the Main
Street Rag contest and will be published
later this year.
LAUDABLE “Former Seattle City
Council member Peter Steinbrueck
will spend a year in Cambridge, Mass.,
as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s
Graduate School of Design beginning
September 2009.The Fellowship year at
Harvard will provide him the
opportunity for concentrated research
on U.S. urban policy and global
environmental challenges at the national
level.” From an AiA Seattle news release,
April 17, 2009.
Doug Stenberg’s ‘Our Farm’“is a
supplementary feature in Bryn Mawr’s
Alumnae Bulletin (November 2008) at
LAUDABLE “Secretary of Defense
Robert M. Gates announced Feb. 10
that the President has made the
following nominations: Navy Rear
Adm. (lower half) Michael J. Connor
has been nominated for appointment to
the rank of rear admiral. Connor is
currently serving as commander,
Submarine Group 7,Yokosuka, Japan.”
From a US Navy Press release, February
10, 2009.
Kim MacDonald writes:“I am
preparing to deploy to Ramadi, Iraq,
within a day of writing this note. My
family resides in Baltimore, Md., where
husband Don is busy in community
development and writing. Son Julian
(17) is completing high school and a
pre-professional program in dance and
daughter Kester (22) is a happily
employed Goucher College graduate
(2008) working as a researcher in the
field of immunology. I would love to
hear from friends while overseas. I’d
welcome partnership in the work I will
be doing in community development
and infrastructure transitioning. My
Richard Meyer wrote on December
19:“Published a book in August 2000,
Why We Hate Us:American Discontent in
the New Millennium (Random
House/Crown).” See Bookshelf section,
Winter 2008, and online at
Jocelyn Shaw e-mailed on January
1:“Life continues on in Muskegon.
Megan graduated from Smith [last] May
and is currently working for RDR
Publishing. She is looking for a job with
a larger publisher. Zachary has changed
tracks and now wants to teach calculus
instead of being an engineer. He is
hoping to transfer to the University of
Michigan for the Fall 2009 semester. I’m
just hanging in and being a supportive
mom. Nothing particular new with me;
I’m still working at the library.”
Jordan Van Voast is “acupuncture
clinic, CommuniChi, is now in its third
year and utilizing an innovative
community based model providing
affordable access to acupuncture, was
featured on the evening news in Seattle:
John Miklus and Kathleen Fogarty
(Fairfield Univ. ’85) “were married on
October 11, 2008, at St. Patrick’s
Church in Bay Shore, N.Y., followed by
a reception at Southward Ho Country
Club in Bay Shore.” See photo in
Weddings section.
For news of Steven Rapkin, see Norman
Rapkin ’50 and accompanying photo.
Linda Nelson e-mailed on May 25:
“The summer of 2009 is a double
milestone for me: the 10th anniversary of
Opera House Arts in Stonington, Maine,
the wonderful community arts
organization I helped to found; and the
10th anniversary of my marriage to my
partner Judith.We still don’t have the legal
and economic rights that go along with
this marriage, so we all need to keep on
working for this basic social justice,
especially in our great state of Maine.”
Madeline Hutcheson wrote late last
winter:“In June, Clay Mayhood
(Miami University/Ohio ’79) and I
were married in Charleston, S.C., and
then celebrated with friends and family
at my family summer home in July. I
was thrilled that Bowdoin classmates
Linda Copelas Jones, Wendy
Arundel, and Elizabeth O’Brien
Ward, her husband Jaime ’83, along
with their three boys, Andrew, Ben, and
Sam, headed to Dixie and joined us for
a grand time along the banks of the
Chesapeake. Clay and I are having a
ball merging our homes and lives—I’ve
happily joined the ranks of stepmotherhood
(and rather painlessly, too),
though I heartily acknowledge the
steep learning curve involved. Earlier in
the year, Clay and I made a trip out
west and stayed with Bill Zell, his wife
Margot, and their daughter Twyla (3) in
Bozeman, Mont., where the Zells run
the amazingly successful Montana
Whitewater rafting company. If
anyone’s curious, Bill hasn’t changed
one inch since our Bowdoin days—I
suspect a little less hair is involved, but
the hat (same one from the ’80s
courtesy of the Brunswick Goodwill)
kept it all a mystery. I still spend my
time writing about gardens and the
landscape; much of my focus has been
on historic garden restoration. I sail
whenever I can—Tahiti to Hawaii was
Another generation of Bowdoin potentials (l to r):
Lucy Morrell (actually a member of Class of
2013), Peter Morrell,Tim Hanley, and Dan
Hanley. Lucy and Peter are the children of Jane
McKay ’81 and Bill Morrell;Tim and Dan
are the sons of Sean ’76 and Wendy Hanley.
experience with communications as well
as the world of celebrity.Working for a
non-profit also allows Sandy to use her
skills for a cause that she believes in and
has a personal connection to. Her fatherin-law
lived with Parkinson’s for many
years.“It’s fantastic to be able to take
my experience and channel it into
something so meaningful,” she says.
“We’re a group that comes to work
every day determined to find a cure.”
When a former Bowdoin
roommate hooked her up
with a communications
position at Time Inc., Sandy Drayton ’83
was just pleased to have a full-time job.
“I never thought it was a long-term thing,”
she says,“but I ended up settling in and
being very happy there.” In her 21 years
with the company, Sandy oversaw public
relations for several magazines including
LIFE and Entertainment Weekly, which she
spent 12 years developing into one of
industry’s most widely read publications.
She credits part of EW’s success to the
emergence of the Internet, which
revolutionized the entertainment world.“It
was a very exciting time,” she says.“I was
fortunate to be [at EW] during its prime.”
In 2008, Sandy left publishing to head
the communications team at the Michael
J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s
Research, a position well suited to her
Sandy Woodhouse Drayton ’83
Vice President of Communications,The
Michael J.Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
a recent trip (on a 65-foot former
Whitbred winner), followed by the
Azores to Ireland (aboard a 48-foot
sloop). Both Clay and I are travel fiends
and are scheming our next adventure—
maybe to Australia for a (belated)
honeymoon.” See accompanying photo.
Liz Peters Kaiser wrote on June 4:
“My husband and I have three children,
ages 14, 13, and 2. I’m working fulltime
as a radiologist at Emerson
Hospital in Concord, Mass.We would
welcome any visitors.”
Melissa Cotton wrote on October 7:
“In March, I started a new career in the
foreign service as a diplomat with the
State Dept.Though specializing in
public diplomacy, my first position will
be as Vice Consul in Guatemala. I’ll be
in the U. S. Embassy in Guatemala for
two years, starting in December. Hope
to see Bowdoin folks who find
themselves traveling in those parts;
though, hopefully, not in a professional
Paul Dyer wrote in late October:“I
recently accepted the position of
Director of Admissions for an American
boarding school in the French part of
Switzerland. My wife, ten-year-old
daughter, and I will be moving there
next summer. Look us up if you are ever
in the Alps. Here is the website for
Leysin American School:”
LAUDABLE Donna Bibbo
Mastrangelo’s husband Frank wrote last
winter that Donna was “selected as the
first woman to receive the Alumni
Faculty Appreciation Award at Lawrence
Academy, where she has worked since
she graduated from Bowdoin.”
Jodi Mendelson Feeney recently
wrote:“I am still coaching at Milton
Academy; soccer in the fall, fitness in
the winter, and lacrosse in the spring.
Sue Sorter O’Malley and I are
coaching the teams together.We
recently had a new addition to our
family; Elvis, our second Bernaise
mountain dog.”
Wrenn Compere reports:“I have
been running and teaching Mad River
Valley music together for two and a half
years, and chipping away at a master’s
degree in music therapy. Enjoying the
bittersweet moments of parenting teens.
Life is full!”
LAUDABLE Mona Golub is the
“second annual choice for The Griffin
Report of Food Marketing Women
Executive of the Year. Ms. Golub’s
official title is vice president of public
relations and consumer services for
Price Chopper. She handles public and
media information and customer
relations for the company while
overseeing promotions and several
Pictured with Madeline Hutcheson ’84 and
Clay Mayhood (Miami University/Ohio ’79)
at their post-nuptial bash in July 2008, at
Madeline’s family summer home in Ware Neck,
Va., are (l to r): Clay, Madeline, Linda Lopelas
Jones ’84,Wendy Arundel ’84, Elizabeth
O’Brien and her husband Jaime Ware ’83.
Call Rick Baribeau for complete details
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extremely well maintained home
boasts of updated heating and
electrical systems, recent roof covering
and fresh paint inside and out. The
floor plan allows for a spacious eat-in
kitchen, formal living and dining
rooms, and versatile family room or
study downstairs – with four large
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including a master suite with large
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events. She also helps direct the Golub
Foundation, which supports community
activities through charitable giving. She
is part of a fourth generation of a 75-
year-old American family-managed and
associate-owned business.The Price
Chopper chain, owned by the Golub
family, operates more than 100 Price
Chopper grocery stores in New York,
Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania,
Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.”
From a Griffin Report of Food Marketing
release,April 1, 2009.
E. B. Brakewood reported to the
physics department that he “has been
working for the last two years on a new
secret assignment at Merk exploring the
emerging biologics market.They have
recently gone public with Merk
Bioventures and he has been busy
working on their first product.”
Cynthia Latham and Mark S.Allison
“were married on April 4, 2009, at the
Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Miami
Beach, Fla.” See photo in Weddings section.
Kelly McKinney-Brakewood
reported to the Physics department that
she “continues as PTA president for the
Tewksbury (NJ) schools and was also
busy helping with all the eight grade
activities for Harrison. She also got to
accompany the eighth grade on their
trip to Washington, D.C., which for a
government major was so much fun!”
Phil Morin and his wife and Lynda
welcomed their new daughter Juliette
Aine Cordelia Morin on July 22, 2008.
Juliette was 8 lbs and 19 inches. Philip
also reported to the Physics department
that he “took the California bar exam
in late February, passed in May, and was
sworn in to the California bar in June.”
LAUDABLE Navy Cmdr. Gregory
J. Smith “has been decorated with the
Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
The medal is awarded to individuals
for non-combat meritorious
achievement or service that is
incontestably exceptional and of a
magnitude that clearly places them
above their peers. Recipients are
assigned to or have served with
numerous joint activities in the
Department of Defense, joint chiefs of
staff, joint, specified and allied
commands, military agencies, and other
joint activities as designated by the
secretary of defense. Smith received
the medal for his service as a deputy
staff judge advocate for U.S. Pacific
Command from April 2007 to
February 2009. He now serves with
the Multi-National Force Iraq Staff
Judge Advocate’s office.The
commander has been in the military
for 16 years.” From a Armed Forces News
Service release, April 30, 2009. Also see
Kristen St. Peter-Hoffman ’96 and
accompanying photo.
Watch Gordon Weinberger in
his Infinite Persistence Life Show:
professionals engaged in ensuring the
public has safe drinking water.“I find the
whole engineering/water chemistry
aspects of water treatment fascinating,” she
admits.Working for a private company
presents different challenges but Tamara
considers herself fortunate to work for an
organization that takes environmental
issues seriously and recycles 96% of its
waste.“The whole ethos is that we have
to take care of the land,” she says.“You
have to take it seriously.”
While some people claim to
have known their career
paths as mere toddlers, that
was not the case for Tamara Risser ’87.“I
didn’t play ‘water factory’ as a child,” she
jokes. Now a 14-year veteran of the
Maine-based bottled water company,
Tamara splits her time between the
Poland Springs and Hollis plants, figuring
out ways to streamline production and
lessen costs while maintaining ecofriendly
practices. One of her recent
projects resulted in a 42% cut in oil use
at the Hollis plant.
Tamara’s foray into the world of water
quality testing began with the Maine
Drinking Water Program through an EPAfunded
grant on drinking water
disinfection by-products. She enjoyed her
interactions with various municipal water
treatment organizations throughout the
state and gained an appreciation for all the
Tamara Risser ’87
Regional Continuous Improvement
Manager, Poland Springs
Tiffany Poor Lynch ’88 and her family on
April 5, 2009, in front of St. Basil’s
Cathedral, next to the Kremlin, in Moscow.
(Back row, l to r):Tiffany and Greg Lynch.
(Front row, l to r): Haley Lynch (10),Annie
Lynch (8), Page Lynch (7), and Jack Lynch
(6).The Lynches were in Russia to adopt Jack.
LAUDABLE Jessica Kaplan,“a
Maine Prep SAT teacher and a South
Portland High School English teacher,
has been chosen to UNUM’s Maine
Educator’s Hall of Fame.According to
South Portland High School, her
recognition is based on the success that
she has had with her students in
Testwise, the school’s free curricular
SAT prep class.This year, Kaplan’s
students experienced an average 178-
point inrease between PSATs and SATs.
Jessica, a graduate of Stanford University
Law School, has taught for Maine Prep,
the Brunswick-based test preparation
company, for five years. Before joining
the faculty of South Portland High
School, Kaplan worked for the Justice
Department as a prosecutor for white
collar crimes and also as a tax attorney.”
From a South Portland-Cape Elizabeth
Sentry article, December 12, 2008.
Tiffany Poor Lynch e-mailed on
May 14:“In March of ’09 we traveled as
a family to Birobidjan, Russia, to adopt
our new son, Jack Ivan Lynch (age 6). In
the summer of ’08, Jack (then Ivan or
Vanya) came to spend four weeks with
us through a summer camp program
called Bridge of Hope.This program
was set up thirteen years ago to get
older children adopted from Russia.
After a successful summer with him, we
began our paperwork for the adoption.
In February of ’09 we were informed of
our court date.We spent two weeks
visiting his orphanage in Birobidjan
(eight time zones east of Moscow); we
spent one week in China; and then one
week in Moscow before returning
home in April. Every day is an
adventure now, as we teach him to
speak English, ride a bike, use a
computer, learn to swim, and so on.This
has been a life-changing experience for
all of us. Our family now feels
complete!” See accompanying photo.
For news of Hilary Rapkin, see Norman
Rapkin ’50 and accompanying photo.
LAUDABLE Lisa Bossi ’87, sister of
Michael Burnett e-mailed on January
15:“On December 6, 2008, Michael
coached his high school football team to
its first-ever state championship in the
Virginia AA Division.This feel-good
ending, complete with record snowfall,
was the culmination of a stunning
turnaround for the Broad Run Spartan
football program.When Michael left his
head coaching position in Santa
Monica, Calif., for Ashburn,Va., in 2005,
he undoubtedly had his work cut out
for him.The Spartans had just finished a
series of losing seasons, the last one
ending at 1-9. Over the course of three
years Michael’s vision of building more
than a winning team, but an enduring
program, resulted in three winning
seasons, two undefeated and a dedicated
following of passionate players and
coaches. He is this year’s recipient of
seven Coach of the Year awards,
including the Washington Redskins
Coach of the Year, which honors
achievements on and off the field. Most
notably, Michael and his team have been
instrumental in starting a successful
conflict mediation program at Broad
Run. Michael left a successful law career
over a decade ago to pursue his dream
of motivating young athletes and
students. He is equally committed in the
classroom, where he teaches AP
economics and world history. For indepth
coverage of the season, visit:”
Bruce Campbell and Tessa Hadlock
wrote in mid-October:“Life continues
at a dizzying pace. Our four children
keep us running from activity to
activity. Lucky to have Paul Nelsen ’90
coaching McKenzie’s hockey team.
Bruce is busy running the executive and
international health program at Lahey
Clinic, while Tessa runs the Facial Nerve
Center at Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary.”
LAUDABLE “Washington State
University Vancouver professor Susan
Ingram received a $1.6 million, fiveyear
grant from the National Institute
on Drug Abuse at the National
Institutes of Health. Susan, who teaches
Introduction to Addictionology and
Introduction to Neuroscience, will study
how dopamine neurons communicate
with each other in the brain and how
drugs such as amphetamines alter that
process.The goal is finding better ways
to treat addicts or even prevent
addictions.” From a Vancouver,Wash.,
Columbian article, December 8, 2008.
Shaun Cooney’s novel Spreading Ashes
is available in paperback. It is the story
of a man honoring his older brother’s
dying wish by spreading his ashes across
Europe. Signed copies are available at” See Bookshelf
this issue and online.
Alan Parks wrote on October 22:“I
started my own insurance
consulting/brokerage firm, Integrated
Benefit Solutions, and based it in
Portland, Maine.Things are going very
well, and I keep in touch with many
Bowdoin friends. My kids, Mason and
Connor, are keeping me very busy as a
coach of their numerous sports teams,
which is always the best part of any
Petra Platt wrote on December 16:
“Life has been great lately. I married
Michael Platt in December 2007 and
completed an ironman triathlon in July
2008. Plus, my brother Craig and his
wife just had a baby boy, whom they
named Christopher.”
NEWSPRINT Sherin and Lodgen
LLP announced “that Sara Jane
Shanahan has joined the firm as a
partner.An experienced litigator, Sara
represents national retailers,
pharmaceutical and medical device
manufacturers, insurers and insureds, and
shareholders of closely-held
corporations.” From a Sherin and Lodgen
LLP news release March 5, 2009.
Yunhui Singer wrote on December
29:“We are in our third overseas
assignment and are living in Aban
Dhabi, UAE, right now.The girls are
growing up fast. Lulu is eight and
Charlotte is five.”
NEWSPRINT “Maine Street
Solutions, a public affairs and consulting
service of Verrill Dana, LLP, is delighted
to welcome Dana Stanley as the new
Director of Market Research and New
Media.Although Dana’s work will
frequently bring him to Boston,
Washington, D.C. and Augusta, he will
be based in Maine Street Solutions’
Portland office.” From a Verrill Dana news
release, May 4, 2009.
NEWSPRINT Serena Zabin, an
assistant professor of history at Carleton
College, was awarded tenure by
Carleton last spring. She “joined the
Carleton history department in 2000,
where she spent her first two years as a
Mellon postdoctoral fellow.Appreciated
for her intellectual and pedagogical
rigor and ingenuity, Zabin’s excellence
in teaching is matched by her
scholarship. Her published work is
considered sophisticated, ambitious, and
a distinct contribution to the field.”
From a Carleton College Web site article,
March 17, 2009.
Doug Beal wrote on February 9:
“Emily Scott ’04 has been passing
through Amman, Jordan, for work and
used PolarNet to look us up. On
December 5, Emily delivered a Jolly
Jumper for the new Beal, son David,
born August 16.We met up for breakfast
at the Four Seasons Amman–nice!
Thanks PolarNet!” See accompanying photo.
Annalisa Hillis-Ravin e-mailed on
June 19:“I spent the past year as a stayat-home
mom with my son, Zander,
who my husband and I adopted and
traveled to Guatemala to pick up in
February of 2008 (on his first birthday).
Next fall, I will go back to work at
Pembroke Community Middle School
as an eighth grade social studies
teacher.” See accompanying photo.
Eva Nagorski “lives in New York
City with her husband and their
daughter, working as a freelance
writer/producer. Her book, The Down
and Dirty Dish on Revenge: Serving it up
Nice and Cold to that Lying, Cheating
Bastard (St. Martin’s Press/Thomas
Dunne) [came] out June 9.” See
Bookshelf this issue, and online.
John Randall e-mailed on
December 31:“In August 2008, I
married Rebecca Losinno in a beautiful
wedding in New York City. Josh
Brockman, formerly of the Class of
1992 (before transferring to Amherst),
attended the ceremony. Rebecca and I
live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.”
LAUDABLE “Two physicists at the
U.S. Department of Energy’s
Brookhaven National Laboratory,
Mickey Chiu and Hooman Davoudiasl,
were among 68 researchers honored at a
White House ceremony…as recipients
of the prestigious Presidential Early
Career Award for Scientists and
Engineers.The Presidential Award is the
highest honor bestowed by the U.S.
government on outstanding scientists
and engineers who are beginning their
independent careers. Nine federal
departments and agencies support the
honorees, and DOE’s Office of Science
and the National Nuclear Security
Administration (NNSA) provided
funding for the work of eight of the
award recipients. Each Presidential
Award winner received a citation, a
plaque, and a commitment for
continued funding of their work from
their agency for up to five years. Chiu
performs experiments at Brookhaven
Lab’s world-class accelerator, the
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider
(RHIC), to study many different aspects
of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), a
theory that describes the interactions of
subnuclear particles. Chiu studies these
interactions at a RHIC detector known
as PHENIX, which is used for research
by more than 500 physicists from
throughout the world. Chiu, whose
research is funded by DOE’s Office of
Nuclear Physics within the Office of
Science, led the development of a
PHENIX upgrade, which has extended
the detector’s range so that more
particles from RHIC’s collisions of
polarized protons—protons spinning in
the same direction—are captured.The
upgrade enables many unique
measurements in PHENIX that might
lead to a richer understanding of the
substructure of protons. Chiu was also
honored for mentoring graduate
students in building advanced
instrumentation.” From a EurekAlert
release December 19, 2008.
LAUDABLE Last fall,“Business
growth program Count Me In for
Women’s Economic Independence
selected Karen Edwards-Hinds of
Waterbury, Conn., as one of the four
recipients of the Micro to Millions
award during their competition in
Trumbull, Conn., which featured female
entrepreneurs from Connecticut who
competed for business development
packages that include money, marketing,
mentoring and assistance to help their
businesses grow into million-dollar
enterprises. Karen, President/CEO of
Workplace Success Group LLC, works
with corporations and educational
institutions to train young professionals
and youths to be exceptional employees
and future business executives.The
company also works with business
leaders on innovative ways to motivate,
develop and supervise young
Annalisa Bidu Hillis-Ravin ’92 and husband
adopted Zander from Guatemala in February
2008 (on his first birthday).
Pictured (l to r): Emily Scott ’04, Ivi Beal,
holding son David, and Doug Beal ’92.
While traveling through Amman, Jordan, on
business, Emily found David and Ivi on
PolarNet, the Bowdoin alumni database, and
they met up for breakfast.
Rob ’92 and Katie Mandle ’94 saved their
dog, Bowdie, an 11-month-old Chow and
Dobermann mix, from the Washington Animal
Rescue League.
professionals and youths. Some of their
clients include Harvard Business School
Executive Education Program,The
Bank of New York Mellon, and Turner
Construction. In addition to her role as
company president, Hinds is the author
of four business books targeted young
professionals and youth workers.” From
an Orca Communications for Make Mine a
Million $ Business news release, November
12, 2008.
Carolyn Russell and Glen Brock
(Washington & Lee ’87) “were married
on September 22, 2007, in Houston,
Texas.” See photo in Weddings section.
LAUDABLE “St. Lawrence
University Associate Professor of Fine
Arts Melissa A. Schulenberg has been
named the Frank P. Piskor Faculty
Lecturer and will give a presentation on
campus next year titled “Manufactured
Landscape.”The Piskor Faculty
Lectureship was established in 1979 to
encourage original and continued
research among St. Lawrence faculty
members, to recognize and honor
distinguished scholarship and to afford
the opportunity for faculty to share
their learning with the academic
community.” From a St. Lawrence
University news release,April 20, 2009.
Elisabeth Sperry wrote on October
7:“I am well—living in Providence,
R.I., with husband Thad, two children,
two dogs, and a cat. I am a veterinarian,
working part-time, doing a lot of
surgery.Work and Vera (4) and George
(almost 2) keep me busy!”
Jaclyn Cohen wrote on December 19:
“Married Adam Cohen (Tufts ’97) in
April, 2006. Son Harry was born
September 15, 2007.”
Lucie Garnett e-mailed on March
4:“After ten years of teaching first grade
in Saint Louis, I decided I needed a
break, so I quit my job and have spent
this year traveling.While on the Milford
Track in New Zealand, I met Bowdoin
professor Bill VanderWolk. Small world!”
See accompanying photo.
Airami Bogle Bentz and husband
Michael “welcomed their second child,
Jessa Katherine Bentz, on March 20,
2009.At birth, Jessa weighed 7 pounds,
11.5 ounces, and she was 20 inches
long. Her brother, Kole, is five years old
now and loves having a little sister.” See
accompanying photo.
Trelawney Goodell e-mailed on
April 1:“Life is wonderful in Seattle. It’s
hard to believe I’ve been here over 10
years! I continue to balance contract
work at Microsoft with freelance
writing and editing for agencies, small
companies, and individuals
( It’s spring, which
means lacrosse. I play for Barracuda
Lacrosse, a fun group of women who
travel and play throughout the Pacific
Northwest.As the weather improves and
the snow level drops, I plan to do a lot
of hiking with my Maine-raised
boyfriend, Bill.”
Brooke Mohnkern and Amy Carlin
(Boston College ’92) were married at
the Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth,
Maine, on April 30th, 2005. See photo in
Weddings section.
Mary O’Loughlin-Hobson writes:
“We are so happy to announce that
Coleman James Hobson was born on
July 18, 2008. He is such a delight and
keeping us very busy. He enjoys
spending time with his friends Jake Silk
(son of Karin Gralnek Silk) and
Lauren and Brianna Ropacki (Susan
Legendre Ropacki’s daughters).We are
all very excited to have Alison Behr
join us out in Southern Calif. this
summer!” See accompanying photo.
Anathea Powell e-mailed on March
31:“I am finishing up my three-year
surgical oncology research fellowship at
the NIH, and will returning to NYC
for a July 1 start back in my general
surgery residency at NYU (three more
years to go).Also, I am racing my
second Ironman triathlon in Coeur
d’Alene, Idaho, on June 21, 2009 (I
finished my first there last year). I am
racing this year in honor of the people
and patients of Doctors Without
Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières
(MSF). I have been writing about
MSF’s work (and a little bit about
Ironman) at my fundraising site:
Anyone in NYC after July 1, please keep
in touch!”
Stephen Smith and Jacquelyn
Crawford (UC-Berkeley ’96) were
married on January 12, 2008 in Santa
Barbara, California. See photo in
Weddings section.
Joe Fontaine “is a post-doc research
fellowship at Murdoch University Perth,
Australia, at least through 2010. Look
me up!”
Kristen St. Peter-Hoffman e-mailed
on April 27:“Greetings from Baghdad.
The arrival of the Hon. Christopher
Hill ’74, U. S.Ambassador to Iraq,
prompted a Bowdoin alumni photo with
CDR Greg Smith ’87, an attorney with
the Multi-National Forces Iraq Office of
Staff Judge Advocate at Victory Base,
Baghdad, Iraq. He is an active duty Navy
JAG, and is in Iraq for a one-year
deployment. I am an attorney with the
MNF-I Office of Staff Judge Advocate at
the U. S. Embassy, Baghdad and a civilian
attorney with Navy Office of General
Counsel in Iraq for an eight-month
deployment.” See accompanying photo.
Lucie Garnett ’94 bumped into Bowdoin
professor Bill VanderWolk during a trip to
Milford Track in New Zealand.
Airami Bogle Bentz ’95 and husband Michael
Bentz welcomed Jessa Katherine Bentz on
March 20, 2009.
Janet Kane wrote in early April:“On
November 5, 2008, we welcomed
Maura Elizabeth Kane into the world.
She’s a very happy, easy-going baby. Her
big brother Conor just adores her, and
she can’t get enough of watching him
play.We’re all adjusting to the new
happy chaos and couldn’t imagine life
any differently.” See accompanying photo.
Sandra DiPasquale Walker,
“husband Alec, and big sister Isabella are
proud to announce the birth of their
Coleman James Hobson was born on July 18,
2008, to Mary O’Loughlin-Hobson ’95 and
husband John.
On November 5, 2008, Janet ’96 and Patrick
Kane ’96 welcomed Maura Elizabeth Kane
into the world.
On April 27, 2009, (l to r) CDR Greg
Smith ’87,Ambassador Christopher Hill ’74,
and Kristin St. Peter ’96 met up in Baghdad.
Alexandra Hunt, at age three months.
Alexandra was born to Lauren Wise ’96 and
Matthew Hunt on November 15, 2007.
Julianna Trinity Walker, pictured with big sister
Isabella, was born August 4, 2008, to Sandra
DiPasquale Walker ’96 and her husband Alec.
little angel, Julianna Trinity Walker, born
August 4, 2008.” See accompanying photo.
Lauren Wise “and Matthew Hunt
(Miami University ’90) joyfully
announce the birth of their daughter
Alexandra Rachel Hunt on November
15, 2007.” See accompanying photo.
NEWSPRINT Courtney Worcester
“is a member of Pepper Hamilton’s
Commercial Litigation Practice Group
and concentrates her practice on
corporate governance and shareholder
litigation, including associated federal
securities law issues. She has defended
companies, financial institutions and
individuals in securities and consumer
class actions, and has represented clients in
litigation matters ranging from
contractual disputes to the protection of
trade secrets and other business torts.
Courtney is a 1999 graduate of Boston
University School of Law and joined
Pepper in 2008.” From a Pepper Hamilton
news release, February 12, 2009.
Esther Baker-Tarpaga e-mailed in
April:“I was recently hired as a tenuretrack
faculty member in the dance
department at Ohio State University,
and we will be moving from Los
Angeles to Columbus in the fall.We
performed at the International Festival
of Sacred Arts in Delhi, India, in
February and are currently on tour with
David Rousseve/REALITY dance
theatre company.We will be performing
at Jacobs Pillow, Mass., in July 2009, and
at Danspace in NYC in October ’09.”
See Alumnotes cover.
Celeste Rayner Best “and husband
welcomed their daughter,Vivian Marie
Best, on November 25, 2008. She is a
bundle of joy and we love every minute
with her.” See accompanying photo.
NEWSPRINT Ryan Dunn was
recently promoted to Senior Vice
President, Regional Commercial
Lending Manager at Enterprise Bank.
He “began his career at Enterprise in
1997 as a Leadership Development
Participant, and was the first graduate of
the program. He joined the Commercial
Lending team and was promoted to
Bank Officer in 2000, and was named
Vice President in 2004. Ryan is a
trustee of the L.Wyman Trull Bowdoin
Scholarship Fund,Treasurer of the
Trustees of Westford Academy, and CoPresident
of the Lowell Art Association,
Inc.” From an Enterprise Bank news release,
April 28, 2009.
Kate Fahey e-mailed on June 15:“I
recently had a BBQ with a bunch of
Bowdoin alums and their families.” See
accompanying photo.
Bryan Knepper e-mailed on
February 11:“My wife Jennifer,
daughter Sutton, and I were excited to
welcome Margaux Loren into the world
on January 2.As well, I am pleased to be
able to support ‘the common good’ by
joining the External Advisory board of
the Charles Bronfman Institute for
Personalized Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Hospital in New York and the Board of
Governors at The Johns Hopkins
Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute.”
Mark Patterson wrote in midDecember:“I
am currently living and
working in Durham, N.C. I am a health
services research analyst at Research
Triangle Institute (RTI).”
LAUDABLE Chad Rowley was
inducted into the Dover (N.H.) Sports
Hall of Fame last fall. From a
article, November 30, 2008.
Ben Small “and Katie Krein
(University of Richmond ’03) were
married on September 27, 2008, at the
Wequassett Inn in Chatham, Mass.” See
photo in Weddings section.
Palmer Emmitt wrote early
December:“I was married on August
16, 2008, at Lake Tahoe to Michelle
Marie Cardona (University of Southern
California ’02).”
Emily Villagio Grant welcomed
new daughter Matilda Jean Grant on
May 18, 2008. She joins her big sister,
Cassidy. See accompanying photo.
NEWSPRINT A mysterious light
show in the Prospect Heights apartment
of Trevor MacDermid is illuminated
in the column,“Brooklynhenge,” in the
March 30, 2009, issue of The New
Yorker magazine.
Willyanne DeCormier Plosky,
“Daniel Plosky and big sister Ella,
welcomed baby Evan Takemitsu Plosky
to the world September 29, 2008.” See
accompanying photo.
LAUDABLE Tim Ryan was
inducted into the Wells (Maine) High
School Athletic Hall of Fame last
Vivian Marie Best was born on November 25,
2008, to Celeste Rayner Best ’97 and
husband Jason.
Kate Kahey ’97 and her family recently had a BBQ with a bunch of fellow alums and their families
(back row, l to r): Brian Fitzgerald ’99, Mike Fahey, Steve Kerrissey ’98, Mike Nakashian ’98, Lisa
Nakashian, Jenny Post, Jed Sevenson ’95, Dave Morales ’97, Lucy Santos,Tony Teixeira ’97, and
Mason Bragg ’98. (Front row, l to r): Lauren Abernathy Fitzgerald ’00; Mike Sinclair ’97, with son
Cameron; Kate, with daughter Ella and son TJ;Tyler Post ’99, with daughter Anna; Dave Morales
’97, with son Anthony; Michelle Dunn, with daughter Payton; Jed Stevenson ’95, with sons Colin
and Timothy; and Ryan Dunn ’97, with daughters Madison and Emma.
November. Ryan was a quarterback and
linebacker for the football team and a
second baseman in baseball.As a football
player, he helped lead the Warriors to the
state championship his senior year when
Wells lost to Winslow. He was a tri-captain
of that team. In baseball, Ryan led the
team in home runs his senior season while
posting a .440 batting average and earning
a spot in the state’s senior all-star game.”
He is now Associate Athletic Director at
Bowdoin. From a article,
November 13, 2008.
Joanna Tyler “married David Hale
on October 11, 2008, a gorgeous
autumn day, in Alton, N.H.” See photo in
Weddings section.
Tim Baird and Kiyah Duffey ’01
“welcomed their first-born, Eleanor
Linden, into the world on March 9,
2009.” See accompanying photo.
Abigail Greene Goldman e-mailed
on January 29:“Jeff and I are thrilled to
announce the birth of our healthy and
beautiful daughter Mira Lewis Goldman
on August 22, 2008. She is constantly on
the move, with more energy than her
parents combined (which is saying a
lot!), but her constant smiles and cuddles
more than make up for the sleep
deprivation. Mira is very excited to
meet everyone at the Reunion in May!”
See accompanying photo.
Courtney Brecht and Chad
MacDermid “were married on August
13, 2008, in New York City.” See photo
in Weddings section.
LAUDABLE “President Obama
named Kendall C. Burman to be
Associate Counsel to the President. Ms.
Burman most recently served as Chief
Staff Counsel to the Obama for
America campaign. Earlier in her career,
she served as an Associate at Latham &
Watkins, LLP.” From a White House Press
release, January 28, 2009.
Shanna Gagnon and Nathan Curtis
(Carnegie Mellon ’05) “were married
on August 22, 2008, at the Freeport
Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, Maine.”
See photo in Weddings section.
Tobey Horn “has graduated from
medical school at Wake Forest and is
excited to return to New England for
his residency in Psychiatry at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
If you’re in the area, look me up!”
Raegan LaRochelle e-mailed on
January 7:“Mercer L.Wilkinson and
Alden L.Wilkinson were born to Dr.
Jared Wilkinson and Raegan
LaRochelle on September 26, 2007.
Jared works as a podiatric surgeon in
Augusta for Foot and Ankle Associates
of Maine. Raegan, who received her
MBA (Yale ’06), is currently selfemployed
consulting on business and
economic development projects.” See
accompanying photo.
Ferris Lawrence e-mailed on May
6:“After four-and-a-half years in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, developing projects to
fight climate change, I will be returning
to the States to attend the Fuqua School
of Business at Duke University.While I
am sad to be leaving Brazil, my
girlfriend and I will be backpacking
through Brazil for two months to
(re)visit the best Brazil has to offer
before we head to the States.”
Leah Muhm and Kevin Lin (John
Hopkins ’98) “were married March 7,
2009, at the Wright House in Mesa,
Ariz.” See photo in Weddings section.
Katie Davis Westreich and husband
Daniel welcomed their son Elijah David
Westreich on February 27, 2009, in
Chapel Hill, N.C. Katie “will be
graduating from UNC School of
Medicine in May of 2010, after taking a
year off with Eli. Daniel (Yale ’98) is
currently a post-doc in infectious
disease epidemiology at UNC.” See
accompanying photo.
Wayne Chung wrote to the Physics
department in December:“I finished my
Ph.D. in computer engineering at
Dartmouth in August 2006. I am now
working for the Institute for Defense
Analysis/Center for Computer Sciences
as a researcher. IDA is a Federally
Funded Research and Development
Center located just outside Washington,
Peter and Sarah Curran “had twins
Grace Addison and Toby Finn Curran
on November 15, 2008.These future
Polar Bears are excited to visit campus
and check out the Bowdoin scene!” See
accompanying photo.
Matilda Jean Grant, born May 18, 2008, and
big sister Cassidy, are daughters of Emily
Villagio Grant ’98.
Tim Baird ’99 and Kiyah Duffey ’01
welcomed their first-born, Eleanor Linden, into
the world on March 9, 2009.
Willyanne DeCormier Plosky ’98, husband
Daniel, and daughter Ella, welcomed Evan
Takemitsu Plosky into the world on September
29, 2008.
Mira Lewis Goldman was born August 22,
2008, to Abbey Greene ’99 and husband Jeff
Goldman (Stanford ’99).
LAUDABLE Alex Ellis received a
prestigious Dean’s Award from the
Harvard Business School. “Typically,
Harvard Business School courses emerge
from faculty research, but the secondyear
field study seminar Building Green
Businesses is an exception.A team of
four graduating students, [including
Alex], created this new offering, which
debuted in the school’s curriculum this
year.” From a Harvard University Gazette
article, June 10, 2009.
NEWSPRINT Sports Illustrated
featured a bit on Kit Hughes last
spring. Kit, N.C. State’s director of
football operations, organized a group of
NC State football players to travel to
New Orleans on a spring break service
trip to continue the post-Katrina
cleanup. For more, see the Bowdoin
News Archive,“Football Team Inspires
Others to Flex Community Service
Melissa Goodrich and Will Lyons
(Dartmouth ’00) were married on April
19, 2008, in Pinehurst, N.C. See photo in
Weddings section.
Sarah Mountcastle ’05 sent in some
news about her brother Andrew and
the Ph.D. research he’s currently doing
on moth flight.“He studies it through
high-speed photography, and the
pictures are pretty cool.” Check some
out on the University of Washington
news site, in an article titled “Straighten
up and fly right: Moths benefit more
from flexible wings than rigid”:
Lauren Nassiff e-mailed on January
5:“My husband Andy and I welcomed
our son,William Timothy Nassif (Class
of 2030, perhaps?), into the world on
December 16, 2007.Will weighed 9
pounds and was 211
/2 inches long. He is
such a happy and fun-loving baby and
never fails to keep us busy.We just can’t
get enough of him! I am currently
taking a year off from teaching seventh
grade social studies at the DoverSherborn
Middle School in Dover,
Mass., to spend more time with Will
and loving every minute of it.Although
I’m not teaching this year, I still coached
high school field hockey this past fall
and will continue to run my local
elementary field hockey program this
spring.We are looking forward to Will’s
first visit to Bowdoin and meeting some
of his fellow Polar Bear cubs!” See
accompanying photo.
playoffs concluded, Matt explained the
rewards of working in the high-profile
world of sports television.“I love feeling
that I’m a part of something people
really care about,” he says, adding,“I feel
as though I’m living the Bowdoin Cable
Network dream.”
was kind of busy at Bowdoin,”
Matthew Volk ’03 understates. An AllNew
England sprinter in indoor and
outdoor track, co-chair of Hillel,
admissions tour guide, RA, filmmaker and
co-general manager of the Bowdoin
Cable Network (BCN), Matt’s ability to
pull off a major in government and legal
studies was part of the juggling act. But
more than simply keeping him involved,
extracurricular activities are what
prepared and propelled Matt to his
current management position at the
nation’s largest cable sports network.
Matt is currently in charge of all
ESPN/ABC NBA, poker, and volleyball
programming, but has worked with
nearly every sport during his six-year
tenure at ESPN. In addition to planning
every minute of coverage for these
sports that will air on ESPN and ABC
channels, Matt is also responsible for
acquiring media rights. As the 2009 NBA
Matthew Volk ’03
Manager, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN
Mercer L.Wilkinson (left) and Alden L.
Wilkinson (right) were born to Jared
Wilkinson ’00 and Raegan LaRochelle ’00
on September 26, 2007.
Katie Davis Westreich ’00 and husband
Daniel welcomed Elijah David Westreich on
February 27, 2009, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
William Timothy Nassiff (Class of ’30?) was
born to Lauren Fitch Nassiff ’01 and husband
Andy on December 16, 2007.
Lovey Oliff and Matthew Oliff
’02 welcomed their son Elijah Oliff on
November 6, 2008. See accompanying photo.
Kirsten Partenheimer and
Christopher Chesla (University
Minnesota Duluth ’07) “were married
on September 13, 2008, at the Gibbs
Museum in Saint Paul, Minn.” See photo
in Weddings section.
Erik Pletcher and Kate O’Phelan
(University of Wisconsin ’01) were
married on August 9, 2008, in Dana
Point, Calif. See photo in Weddings section.
Jenny Slepian “married James Begg
(University of Tasmania ’02) on June 6,
2008, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in
Lahaina, Maui. Shaun Golding and
Kelly Lawrence were fantastic bridesmates
and the only Polar Bears who
could make it, keeping all of the Aussie
and Kiwi guests very entertained.” See
photo in Weddings section.
Alex Tatum e-mailed on December
4:“I got married [last] June in Rye,
N.H., at the Wentworth by the Sea
Country Club to Marcia Ingraham
(Colby ’02).We are currently living in
Beacon Hill in Boston. I am working
for a private equity fund in Andover,
Mass., called Constitution Capital
Partners.” See photo in Weddings section.
Megan Wardrop and Grant
Morgove (Berklee College of Music
’02) “were married on March 14, 2009,
on Azedinha Beach in Buzios, Brazil.
Bowdoin friend Apolka Totth ’01
traveled down to join the celebration.”
See photo in Weddings section.
Yen-Ching Wu wrote on May 4:“I
married my husband Justin Francis
Thomas (Class of 2002 Maryland
Institute College of Art) on September
27, 2008, at the Historic Oakland
Manor in Columbia, Md.” See photo in
Weddings section.
Samantha Saffir and Seth Barnes
’01 were married on August 16, 2008,
in Park City, Utah.“We live near the
beach in Santa Monica, Calif., where
Seth works in search marketing for, and Samantha is the
founder and culinary coach of Kitchen
Kid (, a cooking school
for kids and families.You can read about
my adventures cooking with kids on my
blog,” See
photo in Weddings section.
Lauren Axelrod “married Matt
Callahan (University of WI ’99) on
August 23, 2008, in Madison,Wis.” See
photo in Weddings section.
Kinga Gawron “and Brian Akerley
were married July 6, 2007, in Riviera
Lovey Oliff ’01 and Matthew Oliff ’02
welcomed their son Elijah Oliff on November
16, 2008.
Real Bowdoin alum Dottie Chalmers ’03 met
Patrick Dempsey, who plays a Bowdoin alum
on TV, in Auburn, Maine, last winter.The
Grey’s Anatomy star and Maine native was
in town for a benefit for his foundation at
Central Maine Medical Center.
Twins Grace Addison and Toby Finn Curran
were born to Peter and Sarah Curran ’01 on
November 15, 2008.
Gourmand, an online food and wine
magazine that offers recipes and advice
to aspiring foodies.The e-zine includes a
blog and restaurant reviews, and also
features the work of fellow alums Lauren
McNally ’03, Jackson Wilkinson ’05, and
Sam Chapple-Sokol ’07. For Alison, it’s a
creative outlet conveniently centered on
one of her favorite topics.“I’ve definitely
always loved good food,” she admits.
By day, Alison McConnell ’04 covers
the complex world of financial
markets, reporting real-time news
out of the U.S.Treasury, Congress, and
the White House for a Washington, D.C.,
wire service.The economic turmoil has
made Alison’s job exciting, to say the
least.“It’s a great time to be a financial
reporter and a bad time to be an
investor,” she says.
An economics major and Orient editor,
Alison interned after graduation at, a politics and policy news
service, but never planned to enter the
world of financial reporting.“I had only a
vague sense of combining the two,” she
says of writing and economics.
Alison’s after-hours work involves
writing and something easier to stomach
these days than financial news. She is the
founding editor of The Humble
Alison McConnell ’04
Financial reporter, founder and
editor of The Humble Gourmand
Maya, Mexico.The ceremony was held
on the Punta Brava Beach and the
reception at the el Dorado Royale Spa
Resort.” See photo in Weddings section.
Rob and Maria Mandle ’94
recently rescued an 11-month-old
Chow and Dobermann mix from the
Washington Animal Rescue League.
They named him Bowdie. See
accompanying photo.
Jessica Mayol and Travis
Cummings “were married on April 23,
2009, in Providenciales,Turks and
Caicos Islands. Our wedding first dance
is also on YouTube!” See photo in
Weddings section.
Sophia Mendoza and Christopher
Lee ’00 and were married in Boothbay
Harbor, Maine, on September 20, 2008.
See photo in Weddings section.
Amory Bradley wrote last October:
“Sorry to miss everyone at the reunion!
Looking forward to the 18th! Big news
here—Eli Barnes and I are getting
married July 18, 2009!”
Dottie Chalmers “got the
opportunity to meet Patrick Dempsey,
aka ‘Dr. McDreamy’ on Grey’s Anatomy,
on Monday, December 29, 2008, at the
Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, Maine.
Dempsey, a Maine native, was in town
to help raise money at a fundraising
event for his foundation,The Patrick
Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope, and
Healing, at Central Maine Medical
Center.All proceeds from the event
went to support the cancer center.
Dottie took the opportunity to inform
Dempsey that she is a Bowdoin alum, as
is Dr. Derek Sheppard, the character he
portrays on Gray’s Anatomy. Dempsey
informed her that he will continue to
proudly display the Bowdoin T-shirt on
the show; however, he informed her that
Bates College has now started a petition
to rival the Polar Bears.” See
accompanying photo.
Megan Greenleaf and Sean
Toussaint (St. Michael’s College ’99)
were married in Woodstock,Vt., on
December 31, 2008. See photo in
Weddings section.
Josh Police and Betsy Hayes ’04
“were married on September 20, 2008,
in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with a
reception following at the Eastland
Park Hotel in Portland.” See photo in
Weddings section.
Eric Walker reported to the Physics
department in December:“Two years ago
I moved to Maryland.With my company
here in Maryland (R2integrated) I was
promoted to Director of Technology. I
manage a team of several programmers
and several designers.”
Kara Oppenheim and Simon
Gerson ’02 “were married on August
31, 2008, in Sebasco Estates, Maine.” See
photo in Weddings section.
Natalie Handel and Guillaume
Meyer (French Fellow at Bowdoin from
2003-2004) “were married on
December 22, 2006, in Paris, France.”
See photo in Weddings section.
Paul Hastings and Debbie Wissel
’03 were married on August 23, 2008, at
the Stonehouse Manor near Popham
Beach in Phippsburg, Maine. See photo in
Weddings section.
Alexandra Ogata and Timothy
McIntire were married on September
27, 2008, in the Bowdoin chapel. See
photo in Weddings section.
Last winter, Blakeney Schick hosted
a gathering where Harrison Davis III
’60, new president of the New England
Society in the City of Brooklyn,
presented a silver tray to Franklin
Ciaccio ’63 in appreciation of Frank’s
service for seven years as Harrison’s
predecessor.The society’s scholarship
committee, chaired by Harrison for the
last thirty years, awards supplementary
scholarships to students from Brooklyn
who attend college in New England.
See photo on page 57.
Chelsea Peters and Matthew
Peters “were married on August 30,
2008, in West Hartford, Conn.” See photo
in Weddings section.
Caitlin Connolly writes:“I am currently
Now back in Maine, Michael is working
in Bar Harbor and unwinding after such
an exhilarating experience. He intends to
pursue theater in the future and is
considering teaching and directing in
addition to acting. Having the Bowdoin
community to come home to was
comforting after leaving behind his Boston
life for the Paris-based workshop.
“Bowdoin was the place that gave me the
courage to go do something like that.”
As a junior studying abroad in Paris,
Michael Wood ’06 was a member
of the audience for two shows
put on by the renowned Théâtre du
Soleil. Just a few years later he was on
stage himself auditioning for a chance to
become a part of the company, an
experience Michael compared to a reality
television show, in which contestants are
eliminated after every round. Over the
course of two months, nine hundred
actors were whittled down to just
eighteen. Although he wasn’t selected to
join the company, contributing to the
creation of the theater’s upcoming
production was ultimately the grand
prize.“It gave me a huge appreciation
and a sense of pride that doing theatre
isn’t something you do in your spare
time,” Michael said.“It enhanced my own
life and the lives of the people and the
community around me.”
Michael Wood ’06
Stage actor
Brad Gillis ’08
Co-owner, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop
Brad Gillis ’08 is hoping to “turn back
the clock,” at least when it comes
to sandwiches. A self-confessed
foodie, Brad and longtime friend Ben
Friedman have recently opened
Homegrown, a sustainable sandwich shop
in Seattle,Washington, that serves local
and organic meals with “ingredients you
can pronounce.”
Opening in late March, Homegrown
was a project years in the making. A
mutual love for good sandwiches and
sustainable agriculture inspired Brad, an
environmental studies/geology major at
Bowdoin and Ben, a Boston University
grad, to discuss the possibility of going
into business together, and when senior
year rolled around, they were ready to
put their plan into action. Appropriately,
the two held their first business meeting
at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, where they
drew up a business plan and discussed the
funding they would need for their venture.
For two recent college grads with no
managerial experience, getting a restaurant
up and running was no small feat.The
toughest row to hoe was figuring out
where to purchase each ingredient, which
involved many trips to local farms and
bakeries and contacting distributors that
specialized in local and organic products.
Each day, Homegrown receives six or
seven separate deliveries.“It’s a juggling
act,” Brad confesses, but says ordering from
individual suppliers is crucial to ensuring
that each ingredient is of the highest
quality and comes from responsible origins.
The practice is quickly paying off, and in
only a few months of operation,
Homegrown has received accolades from
several Seattle publications and culinary
Web sites. A steady flow of regulars
enjoys wild crab cakes, local bacon, and
avocado on a locally baked brioche roll
(Brad’s favorite) and blackened cod
sandwiches with vegetable fries.
Homegrown keeps the menu constantly
changing to reflect seasonal ingredients,
although some favorites remain on the list
year-round. A demand for take-out orders
and catering has prompted Brad to begin
expanding the basement into a full
kitchen.The restaurant already employs 15
part-time employees in addition to a fulltime
executive chef.“It’s definitely turned
into a bigger operation than we thought it
would,” says Brad.
But despite the long hours
(Homegrown is open seven days a week)
seeing their plan come to fruition has
been an exciting experience for the two
young entrepreneurs.“Sometimes we
look at each other and say ‘is this really
happening?’” says Brad. Homegrown’s
location on the famously bohemian
Fremont Avenue has also provided both
Brad and Ben, who are Seattle natives,
with an opportunity to reach out to a
new part of their city.“Getting to know
the community has been really
rewarding,” Brad says.“We love serving
food to people.”
in my third year of medical school at
UMass and living in Worcester.”
Leo Landrey wrote on October 2:
“Leo is currently a third-year graduate
student at Brown, working towards a
Ph.D. in Classics. Perhaps unsurprisingly,
he is enjoying academia tremendously.”
NEWSPRINT Marissa O’Neil
“was named head women’s ice hockey
coach at Williams College. O’Neil spent
last season as an assistant for Division III
national champion Amherst College.”
From a New Hampshire Union Leader
article, June 6, 2009. See Bowdoin Insider
this issue.
Ahron Cohen “was named an editor
of the Arizona State Law Journal and
will be a summer associate with Dorsey
and Whitney LLP in Minneapolis for
the summer of 2009.”
Rachel Kaplan and Benjamin
Caldwell ’03 “were married July 12,
2008, in Newport, R.I.” See photo in
Weddings section.
Kelly Frey wrote in early October:
“Currently finishing last year of law
school at Emory and accepted an offer
to work with Mintz Levin in Boston
next year. Now have a bulldog (Buddy).
Currently working hard as part of
Emory’s National Moot Court team.”
Katie Swan e-mailed that several
’06ers gathered in May for an “Ivies in
Central Park.” See accompanying photo.
LAUDABLE Luke Wilson,“a thirdyear
JD student at The George
Washington University Law School, was
seleted by the International Court of
Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to serve for
one year as a law clerk under the ICJ’s
University Traineeship Programme.
Kuke has also been named the first
Gruber Foundation International Law
Fellow at GW Law.” From a George
Washington University Law School news
release,April 2, 2009.
LAUDABLE Alexandra Knapp
“entered the KeyBank Vermont City
Marathon free from high expectations.
The 24-year-old Shelburne native had a
modest goal for Sunday’s race: to finish.
So much for simply finishing. Knapp
was crowned the top Vermont woman
Sunday, breaking the line in 3 hours, 2
minutes and 35 seconds…Knapp is a
relative newcomer to the marathon
world. Her first marathon, a race in
Sugarloaf, Maine, was last year.” From a article, May 25,
Katie Forney wrote on May 7:
“I got married on July 5, 2008, to James
Petronio (Ohio State ’07) in Gettysburg,
Pa.We are both presently in Iraq, so
that is why it took me almost a year
to submit my photo.” See photo in
Weddings section.
Rob Reider wrote on December 16:
“My band,The Friday Night Boys,
signed with Fueled By Ramen Records
in September ’08.We have been touring
the east coast and have plans to record
our full-length album in Los Angeles in
January ’09.After that, we will be
touring nationally and internationally
full time! I’m very excited!”
Mattie Cowan e-mailed on January
24:“I have accepted a position at the
International Republican Institute
which is the democracy-building arm
of the party, on the EurAsian desk.
This will utilize my Bowdoin
education in International affairs
and Russian language.”
Katie Swan ’06 and friends from the Class of
’06 gathered for an “Ivies in Central Park”
(back row, l to r): Katie Swan, Ethan Galloway,
Michael Wood, and Eric Davich. (Front Row):
Mindy Chism, Drew Friedmann, Hilarie
Wilson, Ruth Jacobson, Francesca McGowan.
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1 Kara Oppenheim ’04
and Simon Gerson ’02 were
married on August 31, 2008,
in Sebasco Estates, Maine.
Bowdoin friends in
attendance were (back row, l
to r): Doug Stowe ’99,Arlyn
Davich ’03, Peter Eichleay
’04, Peter Carter ’04,Austin
Branson ’04, Mike
Fensterstock ’04, Ryan Naples
’04, Jack Woodcock ’02,
Eileen Schneider ’04, Rob
Percarpio ’02, Patrick
Woodcock ’04, Elizabeth
MacNeil ’00, Brian Matthews
’02, Hunter Walter ’02, Josh
Jones ’04, Ed Pierce ’03, Keith
Baxter ’00, and Sam Devens
’02. (Front row, l to r):
Samantha Hall ’04, Ben
Peterson ’04, Hillary
Fitzpatrick ’04, Shoshana
Kuriloff ’04, Hilary Abrams
Kallop ’04, Leah Chernikoff
’04, Kristin Pollock ’04, Molly
Dorkey ’06, Nora Dowley
’04, Kara and Simon, Elise de
la Selle ’05, Julie Laumont
’05,Travis Buchanan ’02, Jason
Pietrafitta ’02, and Zoe
Zeichner ’02.
2 Jenny Slepian ’01
married James Begg
(University of Tasmania ’02)
on June 6, 2008, overlooking
the Pacific Ocean in Lahaina,
Maui. Friends who attended
were (l to r): Matthew Will
(Tasmania ’02), James Slepian
(Vanderbilt ’02), Jeff Stanley
(Tasmania ’02), James and
Jenny, Kelly Lawrence ’01,
Shaun Golding ’01, and Kirsty
Begg (U of Melbourne ’98).
3 Chelsea Spector ’04 and
Matthew Peters ’04 were
married on August 30, 2008,
in West Hartford, Conn.
Bowdoinites in attendance
were (l to r): Amanda
Burrage ’04, Jarred McAteer
’04, Nick Walker ’04, Chelsea
and Matt,Alison McConnell
’04, Mike Mavilia ’04, and
Jane Cullina ’04.
4 Kinga Gawron ’02 and
Brian Akerley were married
July 6, 2007, in Riviera Maya,
Mexico.The ceremony was
held on the Punta Brava
Beach and the reception at
the El Dorado Royale Spa
weddings BOWDOIN
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5 Rachel Kaplan ’06 and
Benjamin Caldwell ’03
were married July 12, 2008, in
Newport, R.I. Bowdoin
friends, and family, in
attendance were (front row, l
to r): Brooke Haley ’03, Sara
Wiltshire ’03, Fariha Mahmud
’06, Ben and Rachel,Alyssa
Kaplan ’12, and Justin
DeGeorge ’01. (Middle row, l
to r):Adam Caldwell ’06,
Marie Masse ’06, Leigh
Heglund ’03, Joanna Caldwell
’10,Adam Kaplan ’09,
Jonathan Crowley ’07, Megan
MacLennan ’07,Allison
Farmer Russo ’01, Jamie
Russo ’01, and Thomas Ryan
’01. (Back row, l to r):
Edmund DiVito ’02, Joe
Henderson ’10, Michael
Schindelar ’03,William
Loverme ’02, and Jacqueline
Templeton Loverme ’03.
6 John Miklus ’82 and
Kathleen Fogarty (Fairfield
University ’85) were married
on October 11, 2008, at St.
Patrick’s Church in Bay
Shore, N.Y., followed by a
reception at Southward Ho
Country Club in Bay Shore.
Bowdoin family members and
alumni in attendance were (l
to r): Howard Courtemanche
’83, John Corcoran ’82, Mark
Luz ’82, Greg Schumaker ’82,
Matt Burridge ’82, Rick
D’Auteuil ’82, Kathleen, Lisa
Rouillard Miller ’83, John,
Stephen Miklus ’85 (best
man), Linda Miklus O’Brien
’83, James Miklus ’96, and
Mike Quinlan ’82.
7 Alex Tatum ’01 and
Marcia Ingraham (Colby ’02)
were married in June 2008, in
Rye, N. H., at the Wentworth
by the Sea Country Club.
Bowdoin friends attending
were (back row, l to r): Mike
Farrell ’01, Sydney Asbury
’03, Reeves Livesay ’01, Mike
Stevens ’04, Colin Robinson
’01, Kim Mimnaugh ’01,
Brian Losier ’01, Laura
MacBride Surdel ’01, Seth
Barnes ’01, Paul Delaney ’00,
Rob Surdel ’00, Joe Doyle
’01, Jeff Busconi ’00,Tom
Casarella ’00, John Perry ’00,
Joshua Clifford ’00, Brian
Shuman ’02, Patricia
Bohannon Clifford ’00,
Melissa Goodrich Lyons ’01,
Scott Golding ’01, and Alex
Ellis ’01. (Middle row, l to r):
Katy Ranere Hughes ’01,
Meghan Foley Doyle ’01,
Mike O’Leary ’01, Marcia and
Alex. (Front row, l to r): John
Glynn ’01, Kit Hughes ’01,
and Dave Rush ’02.
8 Courtney Brecht ’00 and
Chad MacDermid ’00 were
married on August 13, 2008,
in New York City.
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9 Lauren Axelrod ’02
married Matt (Cal) Callahan
(University of Wisconsin ’99)
on August 23, 2008, in
Madison,Wis. Friends
attending were (l to r): Finley
Alsobrook, Nathan Alsobrook
’97, Melissa Tansey ’02,Andy
Shaw ’02, Jessie Poulin Buckley
’02, Lauren and Matt, Elizabeth
Chew ’02, Cassie Flynn ’02,
Sarah Mockler (Colby ’02), and
Shannon Gilmore ’02.
10 Joanna Tyler ’98 and
David Hale were married on
October 11, 2008 in Alton,
N. H. Pictured in photo (l to r):
Melanie McCoy Gilligan ’98,
Joanna,Aileen O’Connell ’98,
David Loehwing ’98, Mollie
Mulligan ’98,Amy Cameron
’98. Sarah LaChance ’98,
Emily Villagio Grant ’98, and
Laura Dominici ’98.
11 Ben Small ’97 and Katie
Krein (University of
Richmond ’03) were married
on September 27, 2008, at the
Wequassett Inn in Chatham,
Mass. Bowdoin friends
included (back row, l to r):
Ford Gurall ’04, Bruce
McDonald ’57, Peter Small
’64, Hayes MacArthur ’99,
Dave Cataruzolo ’98, Ben
Chaset ’97, Eric Darci ’97, Jim
Cavanaugh ’98, Chris Pachios
’98,Tyler Sutherland ’97, Nat
Wysor ’97, Owen Hall, Scott
Fox ’99, Mike Morris ’03,
Lindsay Fox ’03,Andy Kenney
’98, Elizabeth Small ’99, and
Abby Daley ’06. (Seated, l to
r): Katie Hood Ragosa ’00,
Stu Strawbridge ’98, Mark
Ragosa ’97, Doug Brawn ’97,
Dan Kittredge ’97, Catherine
Forrest ’99, Shawn Bose ’97,
Taylor Bose ’99, Pat Marx ’99,
John Whipple ’97, Ken
Anderson ’68, Megan Reitzas
’01 and Josh Reitzas ’98.
12 Samantha Saffir ’02 and
Seth Barnes ’01 were
overjoyed to share their
wedding on August 16, 2008,
with nearly 30 (!) Bowdoin
alumni, and had an incredible
week hiking, golfing, and
celebrating with our friends
and family in Park City, Utah.
Pictured (back row, l to r):
Reeves Livesay ’01, Brendan
Wakeham ’03,Alex Ellis ’01,
Colin Robinson ’01, Mike
Farrell ’01, Joe Doyle ’01,
Meghan Foley Doyle ’01, and
Tim Lawson ’01. (Middle row,
l to r):Allison Scaduto ’02,
Scott Golding ’01,Anne
Warren ’02, Luanne Krystyniak
McConaughy ’76, Sarah
Banister ’01, Lyndsey Sennott
Wakeham ’02, Michael
O’Leary ’01, Mara Sprafkin
’02, Beth Sherman Jamieson
’02,Whitney Church ’02, Sam
Margolis ’01, Scott Jamieson
’02, Scott Van Arsdell ’77, and
Mitzi Shea Van Arsdel ’75.
(Front row, l to r): Kristi Perine
’02, Kate Labella McGovern
’02, Erin Finn-Welch ’02,
Amelia Stewart ’02,Alex
Tatum ’01, Seth and Samantha,
and John Glynn ’01.
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13 Shanna Gagnon ’00 and
Nathan Curtis (Carnegie
Mellon ’05) were married on
August 22, 2008, at the
Freeport Hilton Garden Inn
in Freeport, Maine.
Bowdoinites in attendance
were (l to r): Matthew
Needleman ’99, Kathy Miller
Needleman ’00, Shanna and
Nate, and Carolyn Sages
O’Boyle ’00.
14 Kirsten Partenheimer
’01 and Christopher Chesla
(University Minnesota Duluth
’07) were married on
September 13, 2008, at the
Gibbs Museum in Saint Paul,
Minn. Bowdoin and other
friends in attendance were
(l to r):Alison Crossley (Smith
’02), Kelly Roberts ’03,
Kirsten, Marie Pahilan ’01,
and Ryan O’Donnell ’99.
15 Melissa Goodrich ’01
and Will Lyons (Dartmouth
’00) were married on April
19, 2008, in Pinehurst, N.C.
Bowdoinites and other friends
sharing in this happy occasion
were (front row, l to r): Jed
Wartman ’01, Kevin Kendall
’01,Alex Tatum ’01, and Stew
Steffey ’01. (Back row, l to r):
Jackson Prentice ’01, Phil
Lintz ’99, Danny Wong ’01,
Katie Dorney Wong ’01,Will
and Melissa, Caroline
Simmonds ’02, Sarah Hoenig
’02, Greg Lovely ’01, Perrin
Lawrence Hicks ’01, Lauren
Fitch Nassiff ’01, Hilde Steffey
’00, Molly Perencevich ’01,
and Jeremy Smith ’00.
16 Paul Hastings ’04
married Debbie Wissel ’03
on August 23, 2008, at the
Stonehouse Manor near
Popham Beach in Phippsburg,
Maine. Bowdoin alumni
attending were (left to right):
Jessica Farmer ’02,Aryeh
Jasper ’02, Charles “Mac” Barr
’02, Kevin Park ’03 (in the
back), Sarah Koteen Barr ’00,
Jeffrey Riese ’02, Jenna
Goldman ’03 (kneeling),
Lauren Collins ’02, Meg
O’Brien Harding ’02
(kneeling in front), Camilla
Yamada ’03, Mason Miller
’05, Nicole Fava ’03, Michael
Northrop ’04, Debbie,
Andrew Daigle ’04, Paul, Jeff
Tillinghast ’04, Jon Staley ’02,
Courtney Gribbon ’03
(kneeling), Daniel Tobin ’04,
Lily Alt ’03 (kneeling),Ashley
Anderson ’03, Marty Brisebois
’04, Joanie Taylor ’03, Nell
Richmond ’03, and Prescott
Hart ’04.
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17 Yen-Ching Wu ’01 and
Justin Francis Thomas
(Maryland Institute College of
Art ’02) were married on
September 27, 2008, at the
Historic Oakland Manor in
Columbia, Md. Friends
attending were (l to r):
Matthew Boersma ’04,
Elisabeth Gruenberg Boersma
’04,Yen-Ching and Justin, and
Andrew K. Evans ’01.
18 Megan Greenleaf ’03
and Sean Toussaint (St.
Michael’s College ’99) were
married on December 31,
2008, in Woodstock,Vt.
Bowdoin friends attending
were (l to r):Wade Kavanaugh
’01, Finley Alsobrook (’29?),
Nathan Alsobrook ’97,
Shannon Gilmore ’02, Barb
Thurston ’01, Sarah Rose ’01,
Tim Piehler ’01, Di
O’Donnell ’03, Sean and
Meg,Anne Barmettler ’03,
Leah Christensen Ottow ’03,
Julie Dawson Williams ’03,
and Brian Williams ’00.
19 Erik Pletcher ’01 and
Kate O’Phelan (University of
Wisconsin ’01) were married
on August 9, 2008, in Dana
Point, Calif. Bowdoin friends
in attendance were (front row,
l to r): Justin DeGeorge ’01,
Kate and Erik, Erin
McDonough ’01, and Steve
Patterson ’01. (Back row, l to
r): Brian Bowe ’00, Mike
Lieser ’01, and Mike Eaton
’01. Not pictured, but
attending: Eric Hinkel ’01.
20 Katie Forney ’07 and
James Petronio (Ohio State
’07) were married on July 5,
2008, in Gettysburg, Penn.
Friends attending the
celebration were (l to r):Trish
Carney (Ohio State), Brandon
Huffman (Ohio State ’05),
Meaghan Tanguay ’07, Ethan
Ross ’08, James and Katie,
Elisabeth Lauritz ’07, Meghan
Gillis ’07, Sheryl Stevens ’07,
Kelsey Wilcox ’06, Lauren
McGrath ’07, and Lydia
Hawkins ’07.
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21 Carolyn Russell ’93 and
Glen Brock (Washington &
Lee ’87) were married on
September 22, 2007, in
Houston,Texas. Pictured
(l to r): Shana Hunter ’93,
Kate Roche Hope ’93,Alex
Grabcheski ’92, Carolyn and
Glen, Nancy Conners Hill
’93, and Charlotte Thebaud
Hemr ’93.
22 Natalie Handel ’04 and
Guillaume Meyer (French
Fellow at Bowdoin 2003-
2004) were married on
December 22, 2006, in Paris,
France. Laura Tatum ’04,
Hannah Tucker ’04, Sophia
Handel ’08,Anton Handel ’07,
Jerome Junisson (also a French
fellow from 2003-2004). Front
row:Ana Conboy ’04, Michael
Wood ’06, Natalie and
Guillaume (French fellow from
2003-2004), and Elaine
Johanson ’04.
23 Jessica Mayol ’02 and
Travis Cummings ’02 were
married on April 23, 2009, in
Providenciales,Turks and
Caicos Islands. Bowdoin
friends in attendance were
(l to r): Mike Mulholland ’02,
Gina Mulholland ’02, Jamie
Suzor ’02,Tony Small ’02,
Brett Bowen ’02,Andrius
Knasas ’02,Travis and Jessie,
Rebecca Cote ’02, Katie
Chalmers ’03, Kristie
Ouellette ’03, Jim Chalmers
’02, Mike Conlon ’02, and
Chris Sakelakos ’02.
24 Leah Muhm ’00 and
Kevin Lin (John Hopkins ’98)
were married March 7, 2009,
at the Wright House in Mesa,
Ariz. Bowdoinites in
attendance were (l to r):
Dorsey Lockhart ’00,
Gretchen Selcke ’00, Kevin
and Leah, and Ted Senior ’00.
25 Cynthia Latham ’87
and Mark S.Allison were
married on April 4, 2009 at
the Raleigh Hotel in South
Beach, Miami Beach, Fla.
Other Bowdoin grads in
attendance were (not
pictured):Alex ’87 and Howie
Powers ’84.
26 27
26 Josh Police ’03 and
Betsy Hayes ’04 were
married on September 20,
2008, in Cape Elizabeth,
Maine, with a reception
following at the Eastland Park
Hotel in Portland. Friends
pictured celebrating the
occasion were (back row, l to
r): Jenna Posey, Ellen Weaver
Berg (Colby ’05), Rachel
Police (Penn ’00), Steffany
Hodge Chisholm
(Middlebury ’04),Alex Watson
(Middlebury ’04), Josh and
Betsy, Ramsey Ramadan
(Trinity ’03), Rich Quincy
(BC ’03),Tom May (Brown
’03), David Costello (’03),
Justin Gaither (Georgetown
’03). (Front row, l to r):Alicia
Magaldi, Savannah Gillie, Nate
Labrie, and Joey Labrie.
27 Brooke Mohnkern ’95
and Amy Carlin (Boston
College ’92) were married at
the Portland Yacht Club in
Falmouth, Maine, on April
30th, 2005.Alumni friends in
attendance were (l to r): Kent
Mohnkern ’68, Kent Lanigan
’98,Amy and Brooke, Stephen
Smith ’95, and Daniel
Sanborn ’95. (Missing from
Photo): John Van Dis ’95,
Jamie Gillette ’94, and Carol
Mallory ’90.
28 Megan Wardrop ’01 and
Grant Morgove (Berklee
College of Music ’02) were
married on March 14, 2009,
on Azedinha Beach in Buzios,
Brazil. Pictured (l to r):
Bowdoin friend Apolka Totth
’01, Megan and Grant.
29 Alexandra Ogata ’06
and Timothy McIntire ’04
were married on September
27, 2008, in the Bowdoin
chapel. Bowdoin Guests
helping them celebrate
included (back row, l to r):
Alexander Rosati ’03, Jon
Knapp ’02, professor Lousia
Slowiaczek, professor Samuel
Putnam,Alexander Bender
’06,Alison Witkin ’06, Erica
Ostermann ’06, Jeremy Katzen
’04,Theo Salter ’07, Paul
Buckland (non-Bowdoin),
Adam Ringel ’04, and Andrew
Fischer ’05. (Front Row l to
r): Sarah Clark ’06, Donna
Trout (staff), Brendan
Mortimer ’06,Vanessa Lind
’06,Alexandra and Timothy
McIntire, Brendan Dickinson
’04, Natalie Craven ’06,
Michael LoBiondo ’06,
Elizabeth Leiwant ’08,
Heather Day ’06, Henry Work
’06, Freeland Church ’05,
Katherine Loomis ’06,
Meaghan Kennedy ’06, and
Luke Monahan ’06.
30 W. Christopher Lee ’00
and Sophia G. Mendoza
’02 were married in Boothbay
Harbor, Maine, on September
20, 2008. (First Row, l to r):
Matthew Bitonti ’99, Monica
Almendarez ’02, Sophia and
Christopher Lee, Paul
Brountas ’54, Scott Schilling
’00,Timothy Saunders ’00.
(Middle row, l to r): India Hill
’02 and Alex Chu ’02. (Back
Row, l to r):Andrew Caplan
’00, Jeffrey Molles ’00, Jeffrey
Gilberg ’00, and Andrew
Gould ’00.
31 Stephen Smith ’95 and
Jacquelyn Crawford (UCBerkeley
’96) were married
on January 12, 2008, in Santa
Barbara, California. Friends
joining them were (l to r):
Kent Mohnkern ’68, Daniel
Sanborn ’95, Jacquelyn and
Stephen, and Archie Lin ’95.
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Gilman C. Ellis ’35 died
September 22, 2008, in Manassas,Va.
Born in Northfield,Vt., he prepared
for college at South Portland
(Maine) High School.At Bowdoin,
he was a member of the Chi Psi
Fraternity and the rifle, track, and
swimming teams.After graduating
from Bowdoin, he earned master’s
degrees from Boston University and
the University of Maine, Orono. He
taught at UMO,Westbrook Junior
College, and South Portland High
School, where he also coached track.
For many years, he ran an
accounting practice in Portland with
his father. In 1967, he earned an
M.Ed. in guidance and was
employed with ManPower Training
in Portland schools.An active
participant in community affairs and
an avid Red Sox fan, his many
interests included the Civil War,
historic preservation, and gardening.
He was preceded in death by his
wife, Muriel, who died in December
2007. He is survived by a daughter,
Beth-Jayne Ellis; a son, Stanley M.
Ellis; four grandchildren; and a great
Raymond P. Pach ’36 died
October 2, 2008, at his home in
Newport News,Va. Born in New
York City, he prepared for college at
Chateau Bures, a private school for
boys in Paris, France.After his
graduation from Bowdoin, he studied
at the Conservatory for Music in
Paris and in San Francisco, Calif., at
the Manhattan School of Music in
New York City, and the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as
well as at the Military Intelligence
School in Maryland and the Marine
Corps Extension School in Quantico,
Va. He served in World War II in the
Army in the Intelligence Division
and retired as a major in the Marine
Corps. He owned a foreign car
dealership in Italy, was a commercial
builder in North Carolina, and sang
basso in various operas in Italy and in
the United States. He was preceded
in death by his first wife, Ruth
Nantkes Pach, and a stepdaughter,
Linda Grainger. He is survived by his
wife, Shirley Jordan Pach; two
daughters, Christina Bowen and
Tjodi Orlandino; two sons, Michael
and Mark; four grandchildren; a
stepdaughter, Sandra Jordan Murray;
two stepsons, Bobby Jordan and
Randy Jordan; seven stepgrandchildren;
seven step-great
grandchildren; and a step-great great
William A. O. Gross ’37 died
September 24, 2008, in Greenwich,
Conn.The son of Bowdoin professor
Alfred O. Gross H’52, he grew up in
Brunswick, where he accompanied
his father on research trips to
Panama, Labrador, and other
locations, cultivating a lifelong
interest in birds and wildlife.After
graduating from Bowdoin, where he
was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity,
he worked for U.S. Steel in
Pittsburgh, Penn. During World War
II, he served as a sergeant on the War
Production Board for the U.S.Army
and was honorably discharged in
1943 from the Investigation
Intelligence Section 1st Service
Command. In 1945, he joined the
advertising firm Ted Bates & Co. in
New York, where he rose to the rank
of senior vice president and handled
obituaries BOWDOIN
For a variety of reasons, we have a very long
list of people for whom the College has had
news of their deaths, but for whom a full
obituary has not appeared. Because we feel
passing that news on to you as soon as
possible is important, we are including all of
those names in this issue, while we work to
create a better system for reporting on the
deaths of your friends, classmates, and
associates and for properly honoring their
lives and connections to Bowdoin.
Hewlett S. Stone ’30 August 3, 2009
Donald F. Prince ’31 October 3, 2009
Harold H. Everett ’34 June 24, 2009
Bertram H. Silverman ’34 July 13, 2009
G. Roger Edwards ’35 June 9, 2009
L. Brooks Emery ’35 January 14, 2009
Richard V. Kemper ’35 May 10, 2009
H. Bickford Lang ’36 January 6, 2009
Donald R. Bryant ’37 October 23, 2009
Horace C. Buxton, Jr. ’37 February 12, 2009
Brion R. Cram ’37 December 21, 2008
Charles F. C. Henderson ’37 August 9, 2009
William D. Levin ’37 July 21, 2009
Robert M. Porter ’37 January 14, 2009
Henry M.Trask ’37 February 25, 2009
William B.Allen ’38 April 20, 2009
Thomas D. Read ’38 March 7, 2009
H.Alan Steeves, Jr. ’38 September 14, 2009
George L. Griffin ’39 September 16, 2009
Albert G. Smith, Jr. ’39 March 13, 2009
Morton P.Trachtenberg ’39 March 17, 2009
Robert W.Armstrong, Jr. ’40 May 4, 2009
Harry W. Hultgren, Jr. ’40 July 7, 2009
John C. Locke ’40 August 8, 2007
Eugene T. Redmond, Jr. ’40 May 19, 2004
Amos W. Shepard, Jr. ’40 August 31, 2009
Wallace A. Campbell ’41 March 4, 2008
Everett P. Pope ’41 July 16, 2009
Norman W.Austin ’42 September 10, 2008
Robet L. Bell ’42 January 15, 2009
Stephen B. Blodgett ’42 January 14, 2009
Franklin W. Eaton ’42 September 27, 2009
Richard B. Lord ’42 April 24, 2009
Winfield A. Peterson, Jr. ’42 Sept 10, 2009
Thomas Anton ’43 January 5, 2009
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many accounts for Carter-Wallace
and American Home Products,
including Colgate toothpaste,
Anacin, and others. Leaving Ted
Bates when the agency terminated
the American Home Products
account in favor of Bristol Myers, he
joined Clyne Maxon Advertising
before starting his own firm, Drug
Copy Associates, where he created
the product “Gas-X” for the Ex-Lax
Company. He was an avid investor,
art collector, and history buff, as well
as an adopter of local dogs. In 1948,
he married Abby Minot, the sister of
the late Otis Minot, who was
married to Bill’s sister, Louise, and
also the Smith College roommate of
Judy Fisk, the wife of Bill’s late
brother,Tom. He is survived by his
wife of 60 years,Abby; his children,
Cynthia Politano of Canton, Conn.,
Bayard Giles of Greenwich, Bradley
Giles of Studio City, Calif., Harriet
“Tinker” Sanford of Greenwich, and
Abby “Baba”Walked of Wilton,
Conn.; a sister, Louise Minot of
Brunswick, Maine; a sister-in-law,
Judith Gross of Lincoln, Mass.; eight
grandchildren; and a greatgranddaughter.
Benjamin A. Karsokas, Sr. ’39
died January 30, 2007, in Los
Angeles, Calif. He was a decorated
B24 bomber pilot flying with the
494th Bomber Squadron and was a
commander of the 60th Bomber
Squadron,“Kelley’s Kobras.”Among
his medals was the Distinguished
Flying Cross.At Bowdoin, he was a
member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
Randall B.Tinker ’39 died
December 13, 2008, in Ocala, Fla.A
resident of Gainesville, Fla., since
1952, he was a former instructor of
pharmacy at the University of
Florida and a former pharmacist and
owner of the Newberry Pharmacy
in Newberry. He was predeceased
by his wife, Pat, who died in 2005,
and is survived by two daughters,
Valerie Taylor of Ocala and Patricia
Burton of Jacksonville; a son, Harry
R.Tinker of Trenton; three
grandchildren; and two great
Franklin B. Comery ’41 died
December 6, 2008, in West
Springfield, Mass. Born in
Cambridge, Mass., on May 23, 1919,
he was the son of Sanford Comery of
the Class of 1913. He prepared for
college at Belmont High School and
Thomaston High School in
Thomaston, Maine.At Bowdoin, he
was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity.
During World War II, he served in
the U.S. Navy Air Corps, training
under Gerald Ford, as a Navy pilot
flying PBY’s in the South Pacific. He
retired in 1991 after 45 years at
Premoid Corp., as vice president of
sales. He was a member of
Mittineague Congregational Church,
where he served as trustee and usher;
a member of the Masonic Fraternity;
a member of all Scottish Rites and
the Melha Temple Shrine, being a
32nd degree Mason. He coached Little
League in West Springfield and was a
former member of Wykoff Country
Club. He is survived by his wife of
65 years,Virginia (Foster) Comery; a
son, Frank B. Jr. of Rock River,
Ohio; three daughters, Sandy Healy
of Lompoc, Calif., Linda Swellie of
Stromsville, Ohio, and Nancy Kelly
of Agawam; nine grandchildren; and
four great grandchildren.
Frederick H. Bubier ’43 January 30, 3009
Andrew B. Carrington ’43 November 8, 2008
Martin H. Clenott ’43 January 17, 2009
Wilfred T. Small ’43 May 25, 2009
Stephen F. Damon ’44 May 30, 2009
Frederick M. Gilbert ’44 November 28, 2006
Richard C. Johnstone ’44 January 24, 2009
Alfred P. Lee ’44 February 11, 2009
Robert V. Schnabel ’44 September 1, 2009
Philip L. Slayton ’44 March 17, 2009
Leroy E. Sweeney, Jr. ’44 February 12, 2009
Robert Threlfall ’44 March 21, 2009
Frederick A.Van Valkenburg ’44 April 21, 2009
Willard C.Warren II ’44 April 13, 2009
David S. Howell ’45 March 11, 2009
Roswell E. Hubbard, Jr. ’45 February 16, 2009
Frederick A. Spear ’45 December 31, 2008
Donald L.Webster ’45 August 12, 2008
George C. Branche, Jr. ’46 April 23, 2009
Robert W. Donovan ’46 April 2, 2009
Don H. Irvine ’46 April 29, 2009
John F. MacMorran ’46 September 8, 2009
Thomas K. Meakin ’46 June 14, 2009
Ambrose A. Saindon ’46 March 18, 2009
Willard C. Salter ’46 February 26, 2009
John L. C. Church ’47 April 2009
James B. Hall ’47 October 2, 2009
Wallace Jaffe ’47 January 9, 2009
Albert C. McKenna ’47 July 15, 2009
Daniel W. Morrison, Jr. ’48 July 4, 2009
George E. Quaile ’48 May 10, 2009
Philip C. Bolger ’49 May 24, 2009
Raymond L. Lebel ’49 September 16, 2009
John L. Mace ’49 June 21, 2009
Lawrence A. Nadeau ’49 September 17, 2009
Irving R. Pliskin ’49 October 6, 2009
Donald W. Reimer ’49 April 13, 2009
Harry E.Waning ’49 August 5, 2009
Richard A.Wiley ’49 June 12, 2009
Gordon E. Beem ’50 May 31, 2009
John G. Feehan ’50 March 14, 2009
Donald W. Hanson ’50 August 23, 2009
Russell S. Hewett ’50 September 19, 2009
John W. Lawless ’50 April 19, 2009
R.Willis Leith, Jr. ’50 March 13, 2009
Lewis P. Mason ’50 January 9, 2009
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Jack I. London ’41 died December
6, 2008. He worked with his father
for 41 years and was the co-owner
of Quincy Furniture Company as
well as the founder and a member of
the board of directors of the
Wollaston Credit Union. He is
survived by his wife of 67 years,
Ruth (Robinson) London; three
sons, Stephen of West Roxbury,
Howard ’69 of East Bridgewater, and
Kenneth of Weymouth; a daughter,
Jayne of Michigan; a sister, Frances
Spivack of Connecticut; twelve
grandchildren, including Andrea
London ’89; and two great
W. Bradford Briggs ’43 died
November 1, 2008, in Vero Beach,
Fla. Born in Jamestown, R.I., he
prepared for college at Deerfield
Academy.At Bowdoin, he was a
member of Psi Upsilon. He was a
Naval aviator during World War II.
After the war, he began a career in
magazine publishing, ultimately
becoming vice-chairman of Ziff
Davis Publishing Co., which
published special interest magazines
such as Car and Driver, Skiing, and
Popular Photography, among others. He
was president of the United States
Ski Educational Foundation, the
governing body of the U.S. Ski Team,
and was a skilled golfer and athlete,
playing both football and baseball at
Bowdoin. He was predeceased by his
wife,“Buffy” Briggs, just two days
earlier. He is survived by three sons,
Scott, Peter ’75, and Barry ’78: eleven
grandchildren; and one great
Norman O. Gauvreau ’43 died
September 22, 2008, in Portland,
Maine. Born on January 16, 1921, in
Lewiston, he prepared for college at
Lewiston High School and Hebron
Academy. He enrolled at Bowdoin
in 1939, where he was a member of
Chi Psi fraternity, but interrupted his
studies to join the Navy as an
aviator. He completed his flight
training at Pensacola Naval Air
Station in Florida and transferred to
the U.S. Marines with the rank of
lieutenant. During his military
service in World War II, he flew over
100 combat missions in the
Solomon Islands and Philippine
Islands, flying F4U Corsairs with the
VMF 222. In 1946, he graduated
from Bowdoin and entered the
University of Vermont Medical
School, where he graduated in 1950.
He conducted his internship at
Chelsea Naval Hospital outside
Boston, and then returned to
Lewiston to establish a medical
practice with his father. He did
specialty training in obstetrics and
gynecology at Cambridge City
Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and a
cancer surgical fellowship at
Pondville Cancer Hospital in
Walpole, Mass., after which he
returned to his medical practice in
Lewiston. He served as Chief of
Obstetrics and Gynecology at St.
Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, was on
the courtesy staff and Central Maine
Medical Center, and was designated
the Maine Section Chairman of the
American College of Obstetrics and
Gynecology. He retired from
medical practice in 1990. He was an
avid athlete and outdoorsman, an
enthusiastic boater, and an excellent
bridge player. He had a deep interest
in civic and community affairs, and
he ran for mayor of Lewiston in
1962. He had continued to fly after
the war, serving as a flight instructor
in Pensacola and flying P-47 fighter
aircraft with the Vermont Air
National Guard, and he regularly
flew his Cessna to his winter home
in the Bahamas. He attained the
distinction of serving as a
commissioned officer in all four
branches of the Armed Services:
Marine Corps fighter pilot,Army
Air Corps Reserve fighter pilot,Air
Force Reserve fighter pilot, Navy
physician, and also as a member of
the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He
is survived by his wife of 64 years,
Dorothy Daniels Gauvreau; a sister,
Claudette Doran; three sons,
Douglas, Norman, and Kenneth; a
daughter, Gayle; and seven
N. Richmond Leach ’43 died
December 12, 2008, in Little Deer
Isle, Maine. Born July 15, 1920, in
Needham, Mass., he prepared for
college at Needham High School.
During World War II, he served in
the Army Corps of Engineers until
1946.After the war, he continued his
education at the University of
Grenoble in France and at Boston
University.After serving briefly as an
accountant for American Express in
Germany, he returned to the U.S. and
began a career as an educator, first as
an English teacher at Gardiner High
School. In 1960, he began teaching at
the high school in Lexington, Mass.,
where he pioneered the formation of
a special education department and
incorporated a remedial reading
program. He taught night courses at
Boston University for several years
and tutored students privately during
the summer months. In 1975, he
retired to Deer Isle. He was a talented
and prolific watercolorist whose
favorite subject was the Maine coast.
He was predeceased by his wife, Jane
(Burton) Leach, who died in 1970,
and by a brother,William F. Leach
’37, who died in 1989. He is survived
by his brother, Harry T. Leach ’38
and by a son, Burt.
DeWitt T. Minich ’43 died
December 13, 2008, in Beverly,
Mass. He prepared for college at
Malden High School and was a
member of Psi Upsilon and the
football and hockey teams at
Bowdoin. He served in the U.S.
Navy as a lieutenant during World
War II, where he captained PT Boat
No.183 and served as a section
leader of Squadron 11 in the South
Pacific.After the war he worked in
the woolen and shoe business. He
co-owned American Stay Mfg. Co.
and had been a manufacturer’s
representative until he retired. He
and his wife moved to Boxford in
1956, and he was active in
community affairs as a coach and
umpire, a member of First Church
Congregational, and where he
served as chairman of the Boxford
Financial Committee for 15 years
and as town moderator for 21 years.
He is survived by his wife, Carolynn
“Lynn” Minich; two sons, Peter of
Lyndonville,Vt., and Andrew ’79 of
Boxford; a daughter, Prudence
Pilkanis of Wenham; and a grandson.
Alec D. Penny ’44 died October
11, 2007, in La Mesa, Calif.At
Bowdoin, he was a member of Delta
Sigma fraternity. Born in
Philadelphia, he was a teacher for
the Grossmont Union High School
District. He is survived by his wife,
Marilyn Penny; two daughters,
Mardi Musick of Encinitas, Calif.,
and Moira Turner of Mountain
View, Calif.; three sons, James and
Thomas of Kamuela, Hawaii, and
John of London; and ten
John T. Caulfield ’45 died
October 20, 2008, in Ashland, Ore.
He was a member of Delta Sigma
Merton E. Ober, Jr. ’45 died on
October 6, 2008, in Burlington,
Mass. Born on May 11, 1921, in
Salem, he grew up in Beverly and
moved to Winchester in 1993. He
prepared for college at Browne and
Nichols School.At Bowdoin, he was
a member of Delta Sigma fraternity.
During World War II, he served as
an Army medic, receiving the
Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
When he returned from the war, he
and his wife moved to Miami,
where he owned and operated a TV
and appliance store. In 1956, they
moved back to Winchester, and he
went to work at Raytheon. During
that time, he returned to college and
earned his degree in electrical
engineering from Boston University.
He was a member of the Winchester
Congregational Church, active in
the Winton Club stage crew, and a
director and avid sailor at the
Winchester Boat Club. He was
predeceased by his wife, Charlotte
Burr Ober, who died in 1999, and
by a daughter, Carol Anne, who died
in 1955. He is survived by three
daughters, Judith Ober and Merily
Swanson of Winchester and Patricia
Barr of Enfield, N.H.; a sister, Janet
Robert M. Merrill ’50 January 29, 2009
H. Berkley Peabody, Jr. ’50 February 22, 2009
Peter T. Poor ’50 October 11, 2007
Walter S. Sawyer, Jr. ’50 May 6, 2009
Sanford R. Sistare ’50 December 22, 2008
Richard C. Stanley ’50 April 17, 2009
Peter Arnold ’51 September 23, 2009
Robert H. Frost ’51 February 5, 2009
Robert A. Johnston, Jr. ’51 February 6, 2009
Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. ’51 September 21, 2008
Paul M. Pelletier ’51 January 30, 2009
W. Frederic Thomas, Jr. ’51 Sept 24, 2009
Manfred von Mautner-Markhof ’51 Jan 8, 2008
Peter A. Southwick ’52 July 19, 2009
Louis A.Wood ’52 September 10, 2009
Raymond M. Biggs ’53 September 14, 2009
George R. Dunn ’53 March 8, 2009
Joseph R. Robinson ’53 June 5, 2009
Robert E. Cleaves III ’54 February 26, 2009
Harvey S. Levine ’54 June 19, 2009
John C. Newman ’54 August 6, 2004
Christian B. J. von Heune ’54 January 19, 2009
David W. Morse ’55 March 27, 2009
Frank J. Scalera, Jr. ’55 December 10, 2008
Robert E.Walsh ’55 April 25, 2009
Robert A. Keay ’56 May 1, 2007
Herbert S. Shimmin ’56 July 7, 2008
Thomas L. Spence ’56 March 25, 2009
John H. Stearns, Jr. ’56 May 15, 2009
Charles H.Abbott ’57 June 12, 2009
John P. Dow ’57 October 11, 2009
John L. Howland ’57 October 18, 2009
Herbert A. Ramsden, Jr. ’57 May 28, 2009
William O.Wagner ’57 September 22, 2009
Thomas J. Butler ’58 December 8, 2008
Richard A. Hillman ’58 February 14, 2009
Andrew T. McMillan ’58 August 21, 2009
Richard G. Balboni ’59 March 11, 2009
Kenneth A. Berlandi ’59 March 8, 2009
David W. Laurie ’59 August 7, 2009
Christopher C.White ’59 January 14, 2009
Edmund Miles Keefe, Jr. ’60 July 22, 2009
Nicholas G. Spicer ’60 September 4, 2009
W. David Usher ’61 April 26, 2009
Joseph A.Augustini ’62 April 14, 2009
Taylor N. Gaither ’64 August 2009
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Ober Callowhill of Maine; his
companion of the last nine years,
Ann Miller; and nine grandchildren.
Richard C. Perkins ’45 died
October 30, 2008, in Cape
Elizabeth, Maine. Born in Lewiston
on Aug. 7, 1922, he prepared for
college at South Portland High
School and Hebron Academy and
was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity
at Bowdoin. After retiring from
active duty in the Navy as a
commander during World War II,
he remained with the Navy as a
civilian employee with the Naval
Defense Investigative Service at the
Brunswick Naval Air Station. He
was involved in many organizations,
including The Navy League,The
Pejepscot Historical Society, the
Harpswell Garden Club, and the
Topsham Public Library, for which
he served as treasurer. He is
survived by a son, Randall, of
Medford, Ore.; two daughters,
Sandra and Pamela, both of
Portland; and a sister, Margaret
Skillings of Holden, Mass.
René L. Boudreau ’46 died
September 19, 2008, in Yarmouth,
Maine. Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., on
January 25, 1925, he prepared for
college in New York City public
schools and at the New Hampton
School in New Hampshire. He was
a history major at Bowdoin, and a
member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon
Fraternity. He interrupted his studies
to enlist in the Army, where he was
first enrolled in the Army
Specialized Training Program in
Charleston, South Carolina.When
the Army closed the program, he
was shipped overseas, where he
fought with the 273rd Infantry,
Company G. He returned to the
States in April of 1946 and reenrolled
at Bowdoin, graduating in
1948 as a member of the Class of
1946. He worked as a sales
representative for Stuart
Pharmaceuticals, for Barnes &
Nobles’s College Outline Series, and
later in medical publishing for
McGraw Hill and Lippincott. He
enjoyed camping with his family,
one year taking the family all the
way from Philadelphia to
Yellowstone and back. He ran the
Chicago Marathon twice while in
his fifties, and he completed a 300-
mile bike ride across the state of
Wisconsin. He had grown up
spending summers in Maine at his
family’s “gentleman’s farm” between
Newcastle and Boothbay Harbor,
and he and his wife retired to
Maine. He is survived by his wife
Barbara, whom he married in 1947;
his sons James Karle and Robert
Addison; five grandchildren; and
four great-granddaughters.
Laureston C. Dobbrow ’46 died
December 3, 2008, in Westerly, R.I.
A third generation Weekapaug
resident, his career included working
at Xerox, Royal, and Sharp
Electronics. He was a member of
Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at
Bowdoin.A veteran of World War II,
he was an active participant in such
Weekapaug community
organizations as the Foundation for
Conservation, the Yacht Club, the
Tennis Club, and the Croquet Club.
He is survived by five children,
John,Alicen, Christine, Matthew, and
Annie; seven grandchildren; and one
great grandchild.
William T. Hume ’46 died
October 21, 2008, in Syracuse, N.Y.
Born August 27, 1924, in
Millinocket, Maine, he prepared for
college at The Choate School.After
his graduation from Bowdoin, where
he was a member of Alpha Delta
Phi, he enrolled in Stanford
University, but his studies were
interrupted when he was drafted
into the U.S.Army Signal Corps.
When he returned from his service,
the veterinary program had ended at
Stanford, so he transferred to
Cornell University School of
Veterinary Medicine. Following his
graduation, he operated his own
small and large animal veterinary
practice, first in Dryden and then in
Freeville. He was predeceased by his
wife, Dorothy Hume; a son, Scott
Hume; a brother, Robert Hume, Jr.;
and a grandson. He is survived by
three sons,Town Hume of Boston,
Mass., John W. Hume of Elkton,
Md., and William T. Hume, Jr. of
Freeville; a daughter, Jane Hume
Short of Baltimore, Md.; a stepson,
Eugene P. Moon of Lansing; and six
Clement A. Hiebert ’47 died July
3, 2008, in Portland, Maine. Born
June 7, 1926, he grew up in
Lewiston. He was a member of
Theta Delta Chi and graduated from
Bowdoin magna cum laude and as a
member of Phi Beta Kappa, studied
at Harvard Medical School, and
completed his internship and
residency at Massachusetts General
Hospital. In 1958, he continued his
training by spending a year at the
Strangeways Laboratory in
Cambridge, England, as a Harvard
research fellow, and another in
Bristol, England, training in thoracic
surgery. In 1960, he returned to
Maine and began a 40-year career as
a cardiovascular and thoracic
surgeon at Maine Medical Center in
Portland. He served as staff president
of the hospital in 1984, as chief of
surgery from 1986 to 1989, and was
chairman emeritus, department of
surgery, until his death. He served
two tours on the hospital ship S.S.
HOPE, traveling to Guinea,West
Africa, and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
as part of a program to bring health
education and improved medical
care to communities around the
world.Among the many awards and
recognitions of his work that he
received were the Surgeon Teacher
of the Year at the Maine Medical
Center, the Gold Heart Award from
the American Heart Association, and
the annual Clement A. Hiebert
Student Teaching and Resident
Teaching Award at the University of
Vermont.A highly-regarded speaker
and writer, he published an
autobiographical book of anecdotes,
scores of surgical publications and
several chapters in thoracic surgery
textbooks, and served as co-editor of
the two-volume Pearson Thoracic and
Esophageal Surgery. He served on the
boards of Opportunity Farm, the
Portland Symphony Orchestra, and
Goodwill Industries. He represented
the American Board of Surgery in
the inaugural Board of Surgery
examinations in Baghdad, Iraq, in
1986, and was permanent vice
president of the Harvard Medical
School Class of 1951. He is survived
by his wife, May Cameron Hiebert
of Yarmouth; two sisters, Ruth
Hiebert Davis of Brookville and
Dorothy Hiebert Odell of Belfast; a
brother, Gordon Hiebert of
Alexandria,Va.; his children, from his
former marriage to Maryanne
Tremaine Hiebert of Keene, N.H.,
Timothy Hiebert ’79 of Providence,
R.I., Sarah Hiebert Flowers of
Oakland, Calif., Kristi Hiebert
Morse of Yarmouth,Amy Hiebert
Murphy of Warren, R.I., and Dr.
John Hiebert of Wayland, Mass.; and
seven grandchildren.
Joseph F. Holman ’47 died
October 12, 2008, in Farmington,
Maine. Born August 15, 1925, he
was the son of Currier C. Holman
of the Class of 1906. He prepared
for college at Farmington High
School, where he was a member of
the state championship basketball
team of 1942, and at Hebron
Academy. He was admitted to
Bowdoin as a member of the class of
1947, but volunteered for the U.S.
Navy pilot training program in
October of 1993 and attended
Middlebury College and
midshipman’s schools, obtaining his
commission.The V-5 pilot program
was cancelled, and he was discharged
in 1946 as a lieutenant.A member
of Delta Sigma fraternity, he
graduated from Bowdoin magna cum
laude and then attended Boston
University School of Law, graduating
in 1950. He was admitted to the Bar
of the Supreme Court of Maine in
1951 and joined his father at the
family law firm in Franklin County.
He served as president of the Maine
Medical-Legal Society, was a
member of the Maine Trial Lawyers
Association and the Association of
Trial Lawyers of America, as well as
the American Bar Association.A
member of the Maine State Bar
Russell E. Miller ’64 April 10, 2009
Thomas F. Smith ’64 October 27, 2007
Alan C. Clark ’66 March 25, 2009
Edward V. Bush ’67 August 8, 2009
A. Charles Lane ’70 September 20, 2009
Donald E.Woodward ’71 June 11, 2009
John L. Myers ’72 October 6, 2009
Patrick J. McManus ’76 July 10, 2009
Michael H. Oshry ’78 October 4, 2008
Benjamin H.Walker, Jr. ’80 April 25, 2009
Christopher D. Zarbetski ’80 May 13, 2009
Jeffrey L. Beatrice ’82October 23, 2009
Jennifer Beck Fry ’84 October 20, 2009
Aditya Behl ’88 August 22, 2009
Maria A. San Antonio ’89 October 23, 2009
Leonidas C. Seferlis ’89 October 2009
Marc E. Guerette ’94 August 1, 2009
Crystal L. Dewberry ’95 September 16, 2009
Martin Moskowitz G’63 January 25, 2008
James E. Long G’64 January 1, 2009
Philip W. O’Neil G’67 December 6, 2008
David W.Thombs G’68 October 17, 2009
Hazel P. Hobin G’69 February 14, 2009
Thomas H. Reynolds H’69 Sept 22, 2009
Andrew Wyeth H’70 January 16, 2009
Robert L.Woodbury H’88 Sept 12, 2009
Richard A. S.Arnell – Faculty April 10, 2009
William D. Brewer – Faculty Feb 10, 2009
James S. Lentz – Staff July 22, 2009
Georgettte D. Belanger – Staff Aug 21, 2009
Heidi D. Brown – Staff July 6, 2009
Andrew J.Alexander, Jr. – Staff May 25, 2009
Joseph J. Derbyshire – Staff January 4, 2009
Edwin Fenimore – Staff September 5, 2009
Cyrille Hamel – Staff May 7, 2009
Joseph Jefferson – Staff April 2, 2009
Jean L. Lee – Staff January 18, 2009
Jeanne C. Levesque – Staff October 4, 2009
Catherine L. McIntyre – Staff Dec 27, 2008
Emily M. McMahon – Staff February 23, 2009
Saeed A. Mughal – Staff May 16, 2008
Maria J. Parker – Staff March 26, 2009
Felix O. Pinette – Staff October 20, 2009
Roger E.Tanguay – Staff December 8, 2008
Nancy A.Wagner – Staff June 3, 2009
Aaron Weissman – Staff August 30, 2009
Marion M.Winkelbauer – Staff Oct 6, 2009
Association executive committee, he
served as its president, a position also
held by his father and grandfather, in
1971. He served local and state
government positions over the years,
including three terms as county
attorney and service as state senator
from Franklin County. He was
active leader and member in his
community, Old South Church, and
the Republican Party. He enjoyed
skiing and was an original
stockholder of Sugarloaf Mountain
and an organizer and director of
Saddleback Mountain ski area.An
avid fly fisherman and a registered
Maine master guide, he was clerk and
member of the Megantic Fish and
Game Club for over 40 years. He is
survived by his wife, Brenda Hart
Holman, whom he married in 1977.
Wayne M. Lockwood ’48 died
November 30, 2008, in Cape
Elizabeth, Maine. He graduated from
Deering High School in 1940,
worked as a census enumerator, and
then entered Portland Junior
College. He was called to active
duty in March 1943 and served
three years in North Africa and Italy
with the Headquarter Squadron of
the 316th Air Service Group. Upon
his discharge from the service, he
enrolled at Bowdoin, where he was
a member of Alpha Kappa Sigma
fraternity.After graduating, he
worked for 37 years in the
underwriting department for the
Travelers Insurance Company in
both the U.S. and Canada, retiring in
1985. He was involved in many
community organizations, including
serving 37 years as a member of the
Meetinghouse Choir at the South
Portland First Congregational
Church, where he also served as
president of the church, chairman of
the trustees, elder, deacon, and
treasurer of the Eskimo’s Club. He
sang bass in the Bowdoin Glee
Club, Bowdoin Chapel Choir,
Meddiebempsters, several church
choirs, and Choral Art Society; and
was a board member and treasurer of
the Friends of the Kotzchmar
Organ. He is survived by his wife of
58 years, Patricia A. (Melcher)
Lockwood; two daughters, the Rev.
Diane E. L.Wendorf of Sanford and
the Rev. Joyce A. Long of
Raymond; two sons, Peter A.
Lockwood of Raymond and Bruce
M. Lockwood of Cape Elizabeth;
eight grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
Arthur H. Showalter, Jr. ’48 died
November 24, 2008, in Lockport,
N.Y. Born in South Windham,
Maine, he served in the U.S.Army
Air Forces for four years during
World War II. He was stationed in
Alaska and reached the rank of
corporal.After the war, he graduated
from Bowdoin and then moved to
Lockport to take a job at the former
Harrison Radiator Division. He
married Sally Gooding, the daughter
of the owner of S.S. Gooding, a
printing company that is one of
Lockport’s oldest businesses, in 1952.
After working at the company for
two years, he bought it, continuing
as president of the company until
1990. He served on the city Police
Board in the 1970s, was a member
of the Rotary Club, the Tuscarora
Club, and the Lockport Town and
Country Club.At Bowdoin, he was
a member of Theta Delta Chi
fraternity. He is survived by his wife
Sally; two daughters, Judy Slabyk
and Nancy Clark; a bother Charles;
and a sister, Sarah Hubbard.
Robert C. Alexander ’49 died
September 4, 2008, in Largo, Fla. He
was a member of Alpha Kappa
Sigma fraternity at Bowdoin.
Raymond L. Chick ’49 died on
his 81st birthday, November 22,
2008, in Tampa, Fla. He prepared for
college at Portland High School and
was a member of Chi Psi fraternity
at Bowdoin. In 1948, he went to
work in his father’s business, P.S.
Chick and Sons, and retired as
president and treasurer of the
company in 1986. In retirement, he
and his wife enjoyed traveling,
achieving a goal of visiting all 50
states.A deacon in Riverside Baptist
Church in Fort Meyers, Fla., while
he and his wife lived there, he was
active in Gideon’s International. He
was also a member of the Bald
Eagle’s Club and the Maine Pilots’
Association. He is survived by his
wife of 45 years, Marjorie Chick of
Palm Harbor, Fla.; a son, Raymond
Chick, Jr. of Aurora, Colo.; a
daughter, Paula Wehmeyer of
Gorham; two step-daughters, Linda
Kimball of Portland and Nancy
Collard of Saco; nine grandchildren;
and nine great grandchildren.
Henry C. Reardon ’49 died
October 29, 2008, in Phoenix,Ariz.
An aviator in the U.S. Navy, he
began his career with General
Electric. He left there in 1970 and
joined the Arizona Joint Legislative
Budget Committee as an economist,
retiring in 1999.At Bowdoin, he
was a member of Alpha Delta Psi
fraternity. He was predeceased by his
wife, Joan Reardon, in 1984, as well
as by a son, John, and a daughter,
Rosemary. He is survived by a
daughter,Ann K. Mullis of
Tallahassee, Fla.; a granddaughter;
and three great grandchildren.
Arthur R. Bonzagni ’50 died
October 8, 2008, in Lynnfield, Mass.
Born in Melrose, he prepared for
college at Melrose High School and
was a member of Psi Upsilon
fraternity. He served in the U.S.
Navy during World War II. He
retired as a district sales manager for
Nynex Yellow Pages, where he had
worked for 37 years. He served as a
Eucharistic minister and lector at
Our Lady of the Assumption
Church in Lynnfield and was a
former member of Laconia Country
Club, the Thompson Country Club,
Tedesco Country Club, and the
Ferncroft Country Club.
Paul C. Brown ’50 died September
13, 2008. Born December 2, 1925, in
Wakefield, Mass., he attended public
schools there and joined the Army
Air Forces, serving in World War II
and the Korean War.While in the
Army, he attended East Tennessee
State Teacher’s College and Bowdoin,
where he was a member of Beta
Theta Pi fraternity. He worked in
insurance, sales, and merchandising
businesses, including General Electric
Riverworks Plant in Lynn, where he
managed the Employees Store. He
served on the planning board in
Stoneham, and also on the planning
board in Barnstable. In 1973, he was
elected selectman-assessor of the
town; in his second term in that post,
he served as chairman. He was also
elected to the Town Charter
Commission.When he left office, he
continued work in the insurance field
and became a respected real estate
appraiser and a leading expert on the
complexities of Cape Cod’s zoning
by-laws. He was a 32nd Degree
Mason, a Shriner, a member of the
American Legion, the DeWitt
Clinton Lodge in Sandwich, and
Weary Travelers in Bourne, and a
former member of the Lion’s Club of
Hyannis. He is survived by his wife,
Trudy (DeWolf) Brown and his two
children, Dianne Brown Davis of
Boylston and Dana A. Brown of
Topsham, Maine.
Robert J. Beal ’51 died May 31,
2008, in Phillips, Maine.After his
graduation, cum laude, from
Bowdoin, he served in the Army’s
Counter-Intelligence Corps in
Germany during the Korean War.
He studied law at Boston College
and then practiced as a partner and
owner of Noyes & Beal in Rangeley,
and a member of the Maine Bar, for
more than 50 years. He was active in
many area organizations, including
the Phillips Historical Society, the
Phillips Library Association, the Mile
Square Cemetery Association, and
the Sandy River Railroad. He is
survived by his brother, Frank S.
Beal of Wilton; four nieces and
nephews, including Kevin J. Beal
’86; and three daughters of his
longtime companion, the late
Barbara Romines.
Lawrence D. Clark, Jr. ’51 died
October 25, 2008, in Portland,
Maine. Born April 9, 1927, he
prepared for college at South
Portland High School and Portland
Junior College.After graduating
from Bowdoin, where he was a
member of Alpha Kappa Sigma
fraternity, he earned a degree from
the General Theological Seminary of
the Episcopal Church in 1953. He
began his career as vicar of St.
Barnabas Church in Rumford and
was ordained as a priest in 1954. He
was elected rector at St. Barnabas in
1966 and remained in that position
until 1974, when he was elected
rector of St. Dunstan’s Church in
Ellsworth, where he served until his
retirement. He was a trustee of the
Rumford Public Library, a board
member and later president of the
Rumford Community Center, a
director of the Tri-County Mental
Health Association, and a member
and officer of a local professional
men’s literary club. In Ellsworth, he
was a member and president of the
Hancock County Mental Health
Association, was a charter member
of the Susan W. Stinson Memorial
Scholarships, and served as vice
chairman of the Diocese of Maine’s
Acadia Regional Council. He also
established Merestead summer camp
and, later, Camp Bishopswood.
Carl L.Wilcken ’51 died
September 22, 2008, in Pontypool,
Ontario, Canada. He graduated from
Bowdoin cum laude, as a member of
Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member
of Sigma Nu fraternity.
Henry Lamoreau ’52 died on
December 12, 2008. Born in Castle
Hill, Maine, he prepared for college
at Presque Isle High School. He
married Adeline L. Park in 1941,
and together they raised 10 children.
He worked as a riveter at Bath Iron
Works, at local textile mills, as a
construction laborer, and as a right
of way agent for the Maine
Highway Department. He served in
the Army in France and Germany
during World War II.An amateur
archeologist, naturalist, rock hound,
and local historian, he contributed
his knowledge and discoveries to the
Maine State Museum and the
Bowdoinham Historical Society. He
was a lifetime member and past
board member of the Maine
Archeological Society and a member
of the Knights of Pythias and the
Maine Chapter of the American
Chestnut Foundation. Predeceased
by his wife, he is survived by two
sisters, Elizabeth Lamoreau of
Richmond and Lois Tapley of
Stratford, Conn.; a brother, Herman
“Mike” Lamoreau of Hudson; seven
daughters, Elaine Diaz of
Bowdoinham, Judith Marden of
Weld, Carol Clark of Alameda,
Calif., Laurel Lamoreau of
Richmond, Constance Jackson of
Durham, Cynthia Lamoreau of
Bowdoinham, and Sandra Tuck of
Oakland; three sons, David
Lamoreau of Lewiston, Michael
Lamoreau of Manchester, and
Malcolm Lamoreau of Livingston
Manor, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; and
19 great grandchildren.
Paul B. Kenyon, Jr. ’53 died
September 24, 2008, in North
Conway, N.H. Born March 6, 1931,
in Newton, Mass., he was proud to
have been a Mayflower Descendant
on both sides of his family. He
prepared for college at Gloucester
High School in Gloucester, Mass.
After graduating from Bowdoin,
where he was a member of Theta
Delta Chi fraternity, he attended The
University of Pennsylvania School of
Dental Medicine. He served in the
Army Medical Corps and was
stationed in Germany before starting
his dental practice in Gloucester. He
loved to sail and was a lifelong
member of the Annisquam Yacht
Club. He is survived by his wife of
48 years, Sandra (Shigo) Kenyon; a
brother, Peter T. Kenyon of Belfast,
Maine; a son, Paul B. Kenyon III of
Gloucester; two daughters,Ann
Seiler Ullmann of Beverly and Sara
Tomlinson Kenyon of Gloucester;
and five grandchildren.
Donald E. Landry ’53 died
September 20, 2008, in Fort Collins,
Colo. He was a member of Delta
Kappa Epsilon fraternity at
Russell J. Folta ’54 died
September 8, 2008, in Green Valley,
Ariz. He was a member of Alpha
Tau Omega fraternity at Bowdoin.
Louis Schwartz ’54 died
September 26, 2008, in West
Hartford, Conn. Born in Peabody,
Mass., he graduated valedictorian
from St. John’s Prep in Danvers. He
graduated from Bowdoin summa cum
laude, as a member of Phi Beta
Kappa and of Alpha Rho Upsilon
fraternity, and went on to earn his
medical degree from Tufts University
in 1957.After an internship at
Hartford Hospital, and a residency in
obstetrics and gynecology at
Maimonides Hospital in New York,
he began a forty-year career in
private practice in Hartford. He was
on the staff of several hospitals and
served as a medical director at MD
Health Plan until his retirement in
1997.A life-long sports enthusiast,
he coached youth basketball and
football in the 1960s and 1970s and
was a team parent and physician for
Kingswood-Oxford boys and
Loomis-Chaffee girls lacrosse and
ice hockey team in the late 1970s.
He was a former member of the
Emanuel Synagogue in West
Hartford and a member at his death
of the Congregation Beth Israel
there. He is survived by his wife
Judith; two sons, Scott and Jeffrey; a
daughter,Amy Bernheim ’86; and
six grandchildren.
Pertti O. Lipas ’55 died September
22, 2008, in Jyvaskyla, Finland.
James M. Murdock ’57 died
November 5, 2008, in Port Clyde,
Maine. Born July 17, 1935, in
Chelsea, Mass., he prepared for
college at Reading High School.At
Bowdoin, he was a member of Zeta
Psi fraternity. Before retiring to
Maine in 1989, he was president of
The Murdock Corporation, a
family-founded business that he
owned and managed with his
brother, George Jr. He is survived by
his wife Beverly of Hampton, N.H.,
whom he married in 1954; four
sons, James Michael Murdock, Jr. of
West Palm Beach, Fla., Peter
Murdock of Peaks Island, Robert
Murdock of Aspen, Colo., and
Stephen Patrick Murdock of
Gloucester, Mass.; two daughters,
Lisa Arnold of Babylon, N.Y., and
Leanne Sacco of Andover, Mass.; a
brother, George “Bud” Murdock of
Port Clyde; a sister, Patricia Ann
Murdock of Port Clyde; and twelve
F.Warren Gibson ’58 died
December 7, 2008, in Worcester,
Mass. Born in Portland, Maine, he
prepared for college at West Paris
High School.After graduating from
Bowdoin, where he was a member
of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served
in the U.S.Army from 1960 to
1962, then graduated from Williams
College school of banking.A banker
for all of his career, he worked for
several firms in Maine and
Massachusetts before retiring from
Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. He
was predeceased by his wife, Patricia
(McWhirter) Gibson, who died in
March 2008. He is survived by a
daughter, Kathryn Gibson-Torres of
Shrewsbury; a son, Paul A. Gibson of
North Dartmouth; two brothers,
Edwin and William, both of South
Paris, Maine; a sister, Joan Wheeler
of McKenny,Texas; and five
Peter D. Lawrence ’58 died
November 28, 2008, in Westminster,
Mass. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., on
November 12, 1935, he lived in
Stow, Mass., for 35 years. He had
been living with his daughter in
Westminster for a year before his
death. He served in the U.S.Army
and had worked for Digital
Equipment Corporation as an
electrical engineer for many years.
His wife, Caroline (Sibley) Lawrence
predeceased him. He is survived by
two sisters, Joan Cizek of Va. and Sue
Yankowski of Wis.; two sons, Charles
K. Lawrence of Fremont, Calif., and
David Lawrence of Memphis,Tenn.;
two daughters, Barbara Lawrence of
Northfield, N.H., and Jean L.
Couture of Westminster, Mass.; and
seven grandchildren.
Carl Mayhew ’58 died September
25, 2008, in Gardiner, Maine. Born
in Augusta in 1936, he prepared for
college at Gardiner High School.
After graduating from Bowdoin,
where he was a member of Alpha
Tau Omega fraternity, he attended
Tufts Dental School, graduating in
1960, and began his 45-year career
as a dentist by working in his father’s
dental office in Gardiner. He served
as a captain in the Army in Korea
from 1962 to 1964. In the 1970s, he
was active in the Pittston
Republican Committee and the
town Planning Board. He was a
lobbyist for the Maine Dental
Association and dedicated much
time to campaigning for fluoridation
of Maine’s drinking water.A
dedicated Rotarian, he cooked
breakfasts for the club for several
years. In 2003 and 2004, he traveled
to Romania to donate his time and
dental expertise to children in
orphanages.An avid outdoorsman,
he spent time building a sailboat,
growing trees, hunting, fishing, and
working in his garden. He is
survived by a brother, Phillip
Mayhew of East Machias; a
daughter,Abby Elizabeth Mayhew
Waddleton; a grandson; and his
friend, Mona McKay Stromberg.
Floyd B. Barbour ’60 died
September 11, 2008, in Boston,
Mass. He was a member of Alpha
Rho Upsilon fraternity at Bowdoin.
Emile R. J. M. Jurgens ’60 died
November 29, 2008, in Ottawa,
Ontario. Born in Nijmegen,The
Netherlands, he served two years in
the Royal Dutch Air Force before a
Fulbright Scholarship brought him
to Bowdoin. He was a member of
Delta Sigma fraternity. He emigrated
to Canada in 1958 and began a
career with Corporation House as a
customs and tariff consultant. He is
survived by his wife of 48 years,
Jacqueline (van Leynseele) Jurgens;
two children, Philip and Sabine; and
three grandchildren.
Lambertus H. A. Quant ’61 died
May 15, 2008, in Bilthoven,The
Netherlands. He was a member of
Alpha Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Robert L. Freeman, Jr. ’62 died
in Delray Beach, Fla., on November
17, 2008. Born in Worcester, Mass.,
on June 18, 1940, he prepared for
college at Classical High School in
Worcester.At Bowdoin, he was an
English major and a member of
Delta Sigma fraternity.After
graduation, he served several years as
an officer in the U.S.Air Force, with
postings to Portland, Ore., and
Aomori, Japan. Following military
service, he earned an MBA from
Harvard Business School, and then
spent a number of years working in
the banking, financial, and insurance
industries in Boston and New York,
as well as in overseas assignments in
the Bahamas and the Dominican
Republic. Later, he returned to
Maine, living in Saco for many
years. He served as the budget
director of the Council of
Governments in Portland and the
chief financial officer of the
Administrative Office of the Courts
for the State of Maine.Among the
benefits of his relocation to Maine
was the opportunity to visit
Bowdoin more often for
homecomings and reunions, as well
as the chance to spend more time at
the family summer home on Basket
Island near Biddeford Pool. In
recent, years, he and his wife, Nancy,
lived in Delray Beach, Fla., where he
was a member of the First
Presbyterian Church of Delray and
served as a Deacon and a Stephens
Minister. He also was active in the
English Speaking Union of Palm
Beach and the Society of Colonial
Wars in the State of Florida. In
addition to his wife of forty years,
he is survived by a son, Matthew, of
Fort Lauderdale; and two brothers,
Richard of Vienna,Va., and Bruce of
Akron, Ohio.
Robert C. Fay ’63 died October
20, 2008, in Fitchburg, Mass. Born
in Worcester, Mass., he grew up in
Worcester and Sterling and
graduated from Wachusett High
School.After graduating from
Bowdoin, where he was a member
of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he
attended the University of Kansas,
New York University, and the
University of Mainz in Germany. He
attended the Monterey Army
Language School and served the
U.S.Army in West Berlin as an
expert in the German language. He
was a long-trail hiker, and he hiked
the complete Appalachian Trail six
different times. He served for a time
as a hut staff member in the White
Mountains, and he hiked the
complete Continental Divide and
the complete Pacific Crest Trail. He
settled in Fitchburg in the early
1990s, owning and managing two
apartment houses there. He is
survived by two brothers, Richard
Fay of Falmouth, Maine, and Chapin
Fay of Garden City, N.Y.
James E. Byrne ’65 died
September 19, 2008, in Bath, Pa.
Born on November 27, 1942, in
Bryn Mawr, Pa., he attended
Northwestern University Dental
School and Medical School after
graduating from Bowdoin. He was a
member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
He was a founding partner of
Carbon Oral Surgery Associates.
After retiring from his medical
practice, he devoted time to his
avocation, wood turning. He was
known as a superb photographer, a
skilled gardener, and a maker of
Windsor chairs. He was the secretary
of Moore Township Zoning Board
of Appeals, past president and
newsletter editor of the Lehigh
Valley Wood Turners, and served on
the board of directors of Gnaden
Hutten Hospital. He is survived by
his beloved, Judith Rodwin; a sister,
Pamela; a stepson, David Austin; a
nephew, J. Britton Good; and a
John R. Rapp G’64 died
September 25, 2008, in Roanoke,Va.
Born in Rochester, N.Y., on January
5, 1923, he prepared for college at
West High there. In World War II, he
served as a navigator for what was
then the Army Air Corps, 390th
Bomb Group, flying missions in
Europe until his plane was shot
down near Dresden, Germany. He
crash-landed, was wounded, taken
prisoner, and held in Germany until
Russian troops liberated his camp
near the end of the war. He was
awarded the Purple Heart. Upon his
return home, he completed
undergraduate work at the
University of Rochester, later
earning a master’s degree at
Bowdoin. He was a director of math
instruction for the Rochester school
system and a teacher of math at
Monroe High School. He continued
to serve in the Air Force reserve,
retiring with the rank of Lt.
Colonel. He spent much time in
Maine and purchased a cottage in
South Harpswell. He was
predeceased by his first wife,
Elizabeth Ann Vierhile Rapp, who
died in 1990. He is survived by his
wife, Emily Hickey Rapp, whom he
married in 1993; two daughters,
Carla Rapp of Victor, N.Y., and
Linda Jones of Beaufort, S.C.; two
sons, John Rapp of Ionia, N.Y., and
Philip Rapp of Hampden, Maine;
three stepchildren; six grandchildren;
and two great grandchildren.
Gilbert G. Mages G’65 died
December 11, 2008, in Dewey,Wisc.
He earned a degree in mathematics
and education at St. John’s
University in Minnesota and then
taught high school math at Eielson
Air Force Base in Alaska for three
years before earning his master’s
degree in mathematics at Bowdoin.
He went on to teach at University
of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and then
earned his doctorate in mathematics
education at the University of
Northern Colorado. He then
returned to his teaching career at
the University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point, retiring as professor emeritus
in 1999. He is survived by his wife,
Pat of Stevens Point; three
daughters, Lisa Mages-Greene of
Wausau, Sherry Houben of Stevens
Point, and Darcie Mueller of
Plymouth; five brothers; a sister; and
five grandchildren.
the whispering pines
The beginning of a new academic year – Bowdoin’s
208th – triggers in each of us a personal emotional
response, as images, sounds, and memories crowd into our
consciousness. Saying good-bye to family members, meeting
classmates for the first time, and adjusting expectations
to the realities of college-level classrooms leave vivid
impressions on memory. Recollections may be jogged by
the feel and smell of walking through a pine grove after a
rain, or by the audible differences in pitch between shuf-
fling through piles of oak leaves and maple leaves.
Autumn also is the season when many oral traditions
about the College’s history (both wildly fictional and factually
accurate) are passed along to first-year students.
What follows are a few favorite myths that I have heard
repeated over the years.
Myth 1: Ivies Weekend celebrates the College’s decision
to decline an invitation to join the Ivy League. In
fact, the term “ivy league” was first used informally by
sportswriters for The Christian Science Monitor on
February 7, 1935.The Ivy League was formed for athletic
competition in 1954. Ivies Weekend at Bowdoin began as
a spring celebration in the nineteenth century, with athletic
competitions, awards, speeches, poems, and the
planting of the class ivy. Marble markers still identify
where ivy once flourished by the Chapel (1876, 1877,
and 1881) and Memorial Hall (1894). Ivies Weekend has
become one of the major social weekends at the College,
and it taps into the excitement for the end of the academic
Myth 2:The walkway through the Visual Arts Center
was required by the deed of gift of the Class of 1895,
which stipulated that the walk from the granite Class of
1875 Gateway to the Chapel could never be obstructed.
The walkway itself was rebuilt in 1945, and it replaced an
earlier path that connected the gate and the Chapel.
There is no evidence that there was a restriction on
blocking the walkway, nor is there any proof that the
architect for the VAC, the late Edward Larrabee Barnes,
was limited in his design for the building.
Myth 3: The Senior Center (Coles Tower) was targeted
by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.With the
Bath Iron Works shipyard, a North American Aerospace
Defense Command radar installation in Topsham, and the
Brunswick Naval Air Station nearby, it seems unlikely that
a tower filled with undergraduates would be a high-priority
target for a military attack. If the tower had been on
such a list, then who was the intrepid spy who retrieved
the information from the Kremlin’s files?
Myth 4:A regular October tradition is the appearance
of stories in local newspapers (including The Orient)
about ghosts at Bowdoin, often drawing on information
from Internet sites on haunted New England. For those
in search of a spellbinding narrative, the Bowdoin stories
are disappointing, mostly consisting of disembodied
bumps, cold breezes, and voices in the night.While there
is a “great hook” at the top of the stairwell in Adams Hall
for block-and-tackle hauling of cadavers to the fourth
floor for dissection, it is a mechanical device, not a supernatural
object. However, there is no question about the
use of cadavers; an 1835 letter written to Professor Parker
Cleaveland from a Baltimore physician suggests obtaining
bodies from Maryland, where laws about grave-robbing
were lax. Despite an abundance of raw material for ghost
stories – the proximity of Pine Grove Cemetery, a long
history of fraternities and secret societies, the Medical
School of Maine, and a great literary tradition – there are
few, if any, such stories about the College.
While there may be scant evidence for ghosts, there is
a presence here – a spirit – of those who have gone
before. In his speech at the dedication of the 20th Maine
monument at Gettysburg in 1889, Major General-Maine
Governor-Bowdoin President Joshua Chamberlain
[1852] spoke words that continue to inspire:“In great
deeds something abides. On great fields something stays.
Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits
linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.”
The same may be said about the cumulative and collective
contributions and sacrifices of the Bowdoin community
to make the College what it is today – and what it
will be tomorrow.
With best wishes.
John R. Cross ’76
Secretary of Development and College Relations
For help with your philanthropic planning or to learn more about how you might structure a gift to the College,
please contact Bowdoin’s Gift Planning Office at (207) 725-3172 or at
or Cam Sarrouf ’55, giving back to Bowdoin is the
best way to say “thank you” to the professors and
mentors he can no longer thank in person.When
the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers recently
presented Cam with its Lifetime Achievement Award,
the event left him thinking of all the people who have
influenced his life and contributed to his success; mentors
like Bowdoin Professor John Sweet, who taught
public speaking Cam’s first year. Professor Sweet took
Cam under his wing after a difficult first semester, and
Cam went on to take the freshman prize for oratory
and later starred as Richard III in the first production in
Pickard Theater.The oratory skills he developed under
Professor Sweet’s guidance became central to Cam’s
career as one of Boston’s top ranking trial lawyers.
In 1997, Cam and his wife Joyce founded the
Sarrouf Family Scholarship Fund in memory of Cam’s
parents, providing the opportunity for students from
the Middle East to receive the benefits of a Bowdoin
education. “I was the first of my family to go to school,
let alone college,” Cam explains. “My immigrant parents,
who never had an opportunity for
even a rudimentary education, instilled
in me the value of an education, and I
feel an obligation to honor the heritage
they passed to me.”
Cam and Joyce have continued to
build the Sarrouf Family Scholarship Fund
through gifts of cash and appreciated stock.Working
with the Gift Planning Office, they also created a charitable
remainder unitrust that pays them quarterly income
during their lifetimes and will provide a final legacy gift to
the College. So far, the Sarrouf Family Scholarship Fund
has helped six students attend Bowdoin. Joyce and Cam
have supported many other projects at Bowdoin as well,
including the renovations of Pickard Theater.Their spirit
of giving back has become a family affair, with their children,
Camille Jr., Leza ’86,Thomas, and John ’93, all
deeply involved in philanthropy.
In a distinguished career of public and professional
service, Cam has made Bowdoin
a priority for more than fifty
years.“Without financial aid
and College interest-free loans,
I could not have had a Bowdoin
education. I have to give back.”
Camille Sarrouf ’55
Photo: Cam ’55 and Joyce Sarrouf
gathered with their family for the
wedding of their daughter Leza ’86
to Marc Guillemette, including
(back row from l to r) Thomas and
Daniel, Sherri, and Camille, Jr.; (middle
row) Dawn, John ’93 (holding
Esme), Marc and Leza, Joyce and
Cam; (front row) Elijah, Sarah,
Thomas, Jr., Elizabeth, and Stephen.
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million dollars raised.
The Bowdoin Campaign, a five-year
effort to raise $250 million to preserve
and enhance the unique strengths of
the College, has concluded successfully
and has substantially exceeded the initial
goal, raising a total of $293 million for
the academic program, student life, and
financial aid.
Thank you to the donors, volunteers,
and all who made The Bowdoin
Campaign a resounding success!
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