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new work to a vast body of scholarship emerging from Kent Island
Professor Nat Wheelwright adds new work to a vast body of scholarship
emerging from Kent Island
BOWDOINBOWDOINSpring 2003 Volume 74, Number 3
DepartmentsMailbox 2College & Maine 4Weddings 32Class News 35Obituaries 67
A Bird in the Hand 12By Lisa WeselPhotographs by Amy Toensing (Coleman Farm) and Nat Wheelwright
Professor Nat Wheelwright’s database allows him to trace the genealogy ofKent Island’s Savannah sparrows back over 16 years. In the course ofresearch that covers about 6,000 individual birds, he and his students havecontributed a great deal of scholarship to the field of ornithology.
Frank Whittier: Two Sides of a Life 18By Daniel Dorman ’65Photographs courtesy of Pejepscot Historical Society
Frank Whittier, class of 1885, lived two lives. In one, he existed in an Americanidyll: scholar-athlete at Bowdoin, respected college professor, husband to awoman of high social standing, member of all the right clubs and organizations.In the other, he regularly found himself immersed in the nether world of crime,violence, and death.
Blurring the Boundaries with DJ Spooky 26By Michael Miliard ’98
Paul Miller ’92 mixes philosophy with pop culture, art with politics, literaturewith technology, and then wraps it all in music.
BOWDOINeditor’s note staff
Volume 74, Number 3Spring, 2003
EditorAlison M. Bennie
Assistant EditorMatthew J. O’Donnell
DesignPennisi & CompanyFalmouth, Maine
Obituary EditorJohn R. Cross ’76
ContributorsAllyson AlgeoJames CatonSusan DanforthScott W. HoodLauren Whaley ’03
Photographs by Brian Beard, DennisGriggs, James Marshall, Amy Toensing,and Bowdoin College Archives.
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Cover: Fledgling Savannah sparrow.Photo by Nat Wheelwright.
Brunswick is, of course, a fairly small town. Not only will Bowdoin studentsgraduate knowing most of their classmates, they’ll probably know sometownspeople as well. Paul Miller ’92 talks about how that smallness offered“quiet and calm” for the kind of intellectual focus and reflective retreat thathe needed and wanted as a student. Some students leave Bowdoin, after fouryears of knowing everyone on campus, ready for a little noise and anonymity,but most look back fondly on their time in this close community (infusedwith the well-known Maine independence), and it forms the basis of agenuine personal strength.
Some say the state of Maine, too, is kind of a spread out, small town. Andyou might even say that Bowdoin’s community of alumni is something of aroving, amorphous town. We hear story after story, for instance, aboutBowdoin connections found in the bleachers at a major league ball game, inthe meet-and-greets of preschool parents, among hikers in remotemountains, in the ticket line for the Tower of London, or in adjacent loungechairs on cruise ship pool decks. (Wear a Bowdoin sweatshirt in an obscureplace sometime, and you’ll see what I mean.) It happens all the time, and yetit is still kind of weird whenever it does.
Why is it weird? It’s weird because we ponder the fact that Bowdoin alumni,parents, faculty, and staff make up about 20,000 of the 200 million people inthe United States, and of the more than 6 billion in the world, and our mindsboggle at the thought that we would all criss-cross the planet the way we do,occupying this huge diversity of jobs in this enormous multiplicity of places,and somehow actually end up standing next to each other in some line.
I’ve tried to develop a theory about all this — something to do with howBowdoin alumni narrow the range of such possibilities by virtue of theircommon interests or some other socioeconomic or demographic filter — but Ican’t reconcile that notion with the vast range of professions and experiences ofBowdoin alums, or with simple geography. I read recently that there is amathematical model for predicting the likelihood that couples will staytogether (or not), so perhaps there is a mathematician out there who couldsuggest how likely it is that members of the Class of 2003, about to head offinto the wider world, will run into at least one Bowdoin graduate in anunexpected place before their fifth reunion. But that might just take the funout of it.
Let’s leave it at this. It’s going to happen to you, even if you don’t wear thatBowdoin sweatshirt. When it does, send us a note and we’ll say we told you so.
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Interested in the Founding DaysTo the editor:I enjoyed the story in your magazine aboutthe Bowdoin tracts in the Maine woods. Iwould like to see an article about thefounding of the College—whos idea,financing, contributions by James Bowdoinand his son, by Massachusetts, etc.
Ernest A. Lister ’37
Warmest ThanksDear Editor,My fountain of youth! My warmestthank you for many years of unendingcherished memories.
Many blessings,Pat GroverCollege Operator
Ed.: Pat Grover, the voice of BowdoinCollege for 27 years, retired as collegeoperator this spring.
For Whom Tolls the Bell?To the Editor:In your Winter 2003 issue there is themention of the bells in the chapel. Thebells were much more a part of campuslife. One campus job was college bellringer for the large bell. His duty was toring the bell at 7:30 as sort of a collegealarm clock. It was also rung to signal thestart of classes. When we won a footballgame the bell was rung extensively by avariety of undergraduates. The door tothe north tower had carved names,initials, and dates of over a century ofbell ringers.
Another campus job was the chimes.At that time, the chimes were played byusing a series of levers arrangedhorizontally something like an oversizedkeyboard. The levers were attached tothe clapper. The access was (as Iremember) by a ladder above thestaircase to the balcony in the southtower. Before chapel services, the chimes
played hymns for about five minutes andthen the large bell was rung for four orfive minutes. Then the bell ringer closedthe doors to the chapel. Also at four inthe afternoon, the chimes played avariety of songs, some college and oftenpopular tunes. This was discontinuedwhen students complained that thechimes woke them from their naps.
A number of years ago a reunion classmade a gift to provide electronic ringingof the chimes using a simple keyboardlocated in the lobby area. Thisarrangement certainly required lessexercise and skill than jumping aroundpushing levers. However the directmechanical system had much greatercontrol over the ringing, including twobells at once. Of course one drawback ofthe mechanical system was listening to anew bell ringer practicing; it was notprivate. I would urge returning to the oldmechanical system; it has more character.
One alumnus bell ringer told me thaton one football weekend his date wasstaying with the Sills. While walking hisdate over to 85 Federal Street at aroundone a.m., they climbed up the chimesand serenaded the campus. At 85 FederalStreet, they were met by President Sillswho commented, “Was that necessary?”
Elroy LaCasce ’44
It Was Tolled By MeTo the Editor:Thank you for the article “Casting (for)the First Stone” in the winter issue. Ipulled that bell rope in the North towermany times from 1942 through 1944.My job was to ring it for wake-up at 7a.m., for all classes and the call tochapel. The rope was located behind thedoor to the left as you enter. It is now arest room. I did not realize that I wasringing a “massive 4,500 pound bell.”
One day my wrist watch decided tospring the time ahead, and I rang thebell much too early for the chapel call.President Sills came rushing over to the
chapel to see what was wrong. Needlessto say, it did not take me long to buy anew and better wrist watch.
I even got a card from Fred Spauldingwhen I got down to Yale, with a neatdrawing of the bell and rope, saying “wemiss our old Bowdoin bell ringer.”
I do not know who my successor wasor if there was a successor. That would be interesting to find out. It will beinteresting also to see what I rang so manytimes when they get the bell displayed.
Sincerely,The Rev. Clayton F. Reed ’46
Ed.: Our archivists took a look for anydocumentation on bell ringers, to see ifwe could discover who had succeededRev. Reed, but couldn’t find any notes ofwhose job it was to ring the bell when!Any former bell ringers out there whowould like to let us know?
Applause for Hall InducteesTo the Editor:I write in response to the letter of EverettStrong ’58, which appeared in the Winter2003 issue of the Bowdoin magazine.Strong’s critical response to the inductionof two women—Joan Benoit Samuelson’79 and Jill Bermingham Isenhart ’86—tothe Bowdoin Athletic Hall of Honorseemed worthy of rebuttal on twogrounds. First, whether or not the “onlypeople to see her play were her parentsand possibly a roommate or two” doesnot discredit Isenhart’s magnificentaccomplishments as a record-setting,three-sport athlete at Bowdoin. Often,the best sports teams at Bowdoin arewomen’s teams—such as soccer, lacrosse,swimming or cross-country—whichoften do not host huge crowds. Sincewhen does popular support dictate thesuccess of an athletic program at theDivision III collegiate level, which unlikeDivision I, is not driven by a corporatefinancial plan? Since when is an
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athlete—male or female—ultimatelyjudged by anything other than the clock,the race, the fight or the final buzzer?Pheidippides, the warrior-messenger whoran the first “marathon” in ancientGreece, died at the end of his race,without the guarantee of historyremembering his name. Obscurity, andthe humility which attends it, might be acondition of ultimate athletic virtue—butit is also a moral reason for posterity tohonor the humble athlete and recognizeand remember his or her important placein athletic history. Secondly, Strong’sattempt to minimize the globallyrecognized accomplishments of JoanBenoit Samuelson on the grounds thatthey “did not happen at Bowdoin”misrepresents Benoit’s college career (sheis the only Bowdoin athlete—male orfemale—to win the nationalchampionships at the Division I level incross-country, and she is the onlyBowdoin athlete—male or female—towin the Boston Marathon while astudent) but also misunderstands thepurpose of the Hall of Honor, which is torecognize alumni who “have broughtdistinction, honor and excellence toBowdoin through their accomplishmentsin athletics.” There is no Bowdoinathlete who has brought moredistinction, honor and excellence toBowdoin than Joan Benoit Samuelson, in her college years, her Americanwomen’s record in the marathon, and herOlympic victory in ’84. I also know thatthere are many women like myself whodecided to attend Bowdoin so that theycould aspire to the same heights asBenoit Samuelson—as an athlete or ahuman being—after reading her memoiror watching one of her many races ontelevision. Men and boys may want to be like Mike, but I still want to be like Joanie.
Sincerely,Eileen Hunt Botting ’93
Similarly, Tim Love ’66
More Response to Hall of HonorTo the editor:Everett Strong’s letter concerning therecent Athletic Hall of Honor inducteesleft me speechless. I disagree with hisassessment so completely that I hardlyknow where to begin.
The Selection Committee chose fiveoutstanding individuals who representexactly what the Hall is designed torecognize. They deserve nothing butapplause for their achievements.
Anne Davidson Duffy ’86
Learning to Trust the SystemTo the editor:Bowdoin’s new sensitivity and pre-education outlined in “Where ‘Credit’is Due” may decrease the number oftechnical offenses that reach thejudicial board, but fail to correct what Isee as flaws in Bowdoin’s judicialsystem. While Bowdoin should addressall degrees of plagiarism, all or nothingconsequences deny appropriatediscussion. When the punishment fitsthe crime, students and faculty willopen their dialogue since they can trustthe Judicial Board to operate fairly.
The criteria for what constitutesplagiarism leave everyone vulnerable.Academic work should be aboutdiscourse. Our professors should addressthe points where something’s missing, inlogic, development, citation, etc., andurge further exploration. This is not todeny the value of citation or to suggestthat there should be a double standard forpublished works vs. academic study;however, these are works in progress asstudents look to their professors forguidance, dialogue, and criticism. Ratherthan promote a discussion, the currentsystem punishes without effecting change.
I propose that in order to improve thesystem, the College judicial system shouldresemble the standard court system with
standard rules of evidence and sentencing.1) There must be clear listings of crimesand punishments available to all studentsand faculty. 2) Professors should becompelled to confront their students. 3)Professors must draw up charges and trialsmust be heard expeditiously when theirfirst intervention proceeds unsuccessfully.4) The accuser should attend the trials. 5)Sentencing should be regulated andgradated, such that the punishments areconsistent with the degree oftransgression. 6) There should be a rightfor public or private trials, with rights tocounsel. 7) There should be a committeeenlisted to address the accused, such thatthe defendants will be fully educated andinformed about their situation and willhave a systematic support network....Bowdoin needs a fair system of crimeand punishment to provide the tools toteach about academic honesty.
Amanda Karlin ’02
CorrectionIn the Winter 2003 issue, we neglectedto mention that Ann Sullivan’s ’06short piece “It’s an ’04 Alarm!” hadoriginally run, in a slightly differentversion, in The Bowdoin Orient. Weapologize for the omission.
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At its winter meetings oncampus in February, theBoard of Trustees approvedthe college budget for 2003-04 and the tenure appoint-ments of the three membersof the faculty. The totalbudget of $105,763,000includes operating expensesof $91,305,000, and finan-cial aid expenses of$14,458,000. The Boardapproved a 5% increase inthe student comprehensivefee. For the academic yearcommencing September2003 the comprehensive feewill be $37,790 (up from$35,990 in 2002-03).
To support the College’spractice of need-blindadmissions, under whichstudents are admitted with-out regard to their ability topay, undergraduate grantaid will increase by 6.5%,for a total aid budget of justunder $14.5 million. In thecurrent academic year,about 40% of studentsreceive an average under-graduate aid award of$23,000.
In other action, theBoard voted to promotethree Bowdoin facultymembers to the rank ofAssociate Professor withtenure. Effective July 1,2003, the newly tenuredfaculty are CharlotteDaniels, assistant professorof romance languages;Henry C.W. Laurence, assis-tant professor of govern-ment; and Davis R.Robinson, assistant profes-sor of theater.
Trustees Approve 2003-04 Budget;Tenure for Three Faculty
Henry C.W. Laurence
Davis R. Robinson
Captain Robert Evans ’76Chaplain, United States NavyWinter 2002: Recently promoted to Captain, Robert wasabout to begin a master’s program at the Naval War College.Spring 2003: “I’m presently a student at the Naval WarCollege, Newport, RI, but will take on the duties ofCommand Chaplain, Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet withadditional duties as the Command Chaplain for FleetForces Command, the training arm for the entire Navy, aswell as for Joint Forces Command in July. All will haveme back in the Hampton Roads Area. Upon completionof my year long studies at the Naval War College, I willreceive a Masters of Arts in National Security Strategy andInternational Affairs.”
Captain Mike Connor ’80Submarine Commander, United States Navy Winter 2002: Commander Connor was an instructor atthe United States Navy Submarine Commander Course,and had been selected for promotion to Captain.Spring 2003: “I recently assumed command of SubmarineSquadron EIGHT, based in Norfolk Virginia. Thesquadron consists of 6 nuclear powered fast attack sub-marines. Two of these submarines, USS NEWPORTNEWS and USS BOISE played significant roles in therecent action in Iraq, conducting numerous Tomahawkmissile strikes. My job is to train the ships here and certi-fy them for overseas deployment.”
Lieutenant Greg Lennox ’93Pilot, United States NavyWinter 2002: As a member of Navy Squadron VFA-82,“The Marauders,” Greg was flying combat sorties intoAfghanistan in an F/A-18 from aboard the aircraft carrierUSS Theodore Roosevelt.Spring 2003: From his wife, Susie Smith Lennox ’92:“Greg is currently stationed at NAS Lemmore inCalifornia—it’s the Navy’s F/A-18 Base for the west coast.He’s an instructor in VFA-125 (the ‘Rough Raiders’).Currently he’s in Fallon attending the Top Gun course forthe Navy. After completing the course, he’ll return toVFA-125 and continue as an instructor, specializing in air-to-air tactics. He has about 1 1/2 - 2 more years left withthis current squadron, which he joined last May afterreturning home from deployment. This current assign-ment is considered shore duty—Greg won’t be deployingwhile part of this squadron.”
Military Profile Updates
Lieutenant Jamie Hunt ’94Pilot, United States Air ForceWinter 2002: Pilot-in-training at the Euro NATO Joint JetPilot Training School at Shephard Air Force Base in WichitaFall, Texas.Spring 2003: The most recent update we received from Jamieis a January Class News update: “I am completing upgradetraining in the A-10 Warthog. In April, Ginger and I willreport to Fairbanks, Alaska to the 355th Fighter Squadron.”
Lieutenant (jg) Lukas Filler ’97Pilot, United States NavyWinter 2002: Piloting P3-C Orions from Brunswick Naval AirStation. Spring 2002: “This past February to August, I was forwarddeployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (as wellas the continuing Kosovo/Bosnia campaigns, Operations JointGuardian and Deliberate Forge). We were based out of Siciliy,Italy and Crete, Greece (mostly). We did a lot of work withNATO and US Special Forces (SEALS, etc). Since we returnedhome (BNAS), we have sent Combat Air Crews to the MiddleEast, however I was not one of the people chosen. We contin-ue to do Homeland Defense work under Operation VigilantShield, among others, regularly. I am scheduled to go back‘abroad’ this August for six months to who-knows-how-long.We are constantly training to be ready for anything, anytime,anywhere.”
Captain Nathan Iseman ’99Logistics officer, United States Marine CorpsWinter 2002: As a 1st Lieutenant Stationed at CampPendleton, California with the 1st Medical Battalion, 1st ForceService Support Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.Spring 2002: From his wife, Jeannie Chang Iseman ’01:“Nathan is currently serving as a Captain in the United StatesMarine Corps. He is attached to the 1st FSSG (1st ForceService Support Group) Health Services Battalion. Nathan isthe Logistics Officer in the Headquarters Element. He offersall maintenance and logistical support to the 7 surgical com-panies that have been dispersed throughout the Middle Eastduring the Iraqi War. Essentially, Nathan is the point personfor all supplies, transportation, and essentials for health serv-ice support. He recently wrote: ‘My typical work day is any-where from 16-40 hours depending on how things are going.So much planning is going on. I sleep in the GP medium tent,which I am convinced by the number of holes in its roof isKorean War vintage.’
United States Air Force pilot, Jamie Hunt ’94 at the prickly noseof his A-10 Warthog.
In the Winter 2002 issue, we profiled Bowdoin alumni who were at that time serving on active duty in thearmed forces. We caught up with several of these same alumni this spring during the War in Iraq, to learnwhat roles they are serving one year later.
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Commander David Bean ’82Pilot, United States NavyWinter 2002: Executive officer (second in command) ofHelicopter Anisubmarine Squadron Six (HS-6), David waspiloting his H-60 Seahawk helicopter in support of militaryaction in Afghanistan from aboard the aircraft carrier USSCarl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf.Spring 2003: “Much has happened with the HS-6 Indianssince we last corresponded. Will spare you the details; suf-fice to say that our Inter-Deployment Training Cycle wasgreatly compressed. We overcame some significant chal-lenges, and deployed (again) on 03 March 2003 aboardUSS NIMITZ (CVN 68). We have only just arrived on sta-tion here in the Arabian Gulf, where we will be conductingcombat support operations for the ground forces operatingin the Iraqi theater. HS-6 is responsible for a variety ofmissions, including anti-surface warfare, Naval SpecialWarfare support, and Search and Rescue. It has been a dis-tinct honor and pleasure to serve as Commanding Officerof this 200-person squadron throughout the preparationfor, and commencement of this deployment. This is a finegroup of young Americans, dedicated to defending theirnation and demonstrating tremendous pride in the USNavy. I will be sorry to leave them all in June following myChange of Command.”
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Bowdoin Artists Abound in Maine Art Exhibitions
Emily LeVan ’95 fairly floats toward the finish line of the 2003 Boston Marathon.At 2:41:37, she was the fourth American woman to finish and 82nd overall out ofa field of 20,000.
Among 70 artists whose work was selectedfor the 2003 Portland Museum of ArtBiennial, a juried show devoted to the con-temporary art scene in Maine, are ten withBowdoin connections. Present Bowdoin
faculty in the show include Mark Wethli,Lucy Barber, John Bisbee, and Jim Mullen.Former Bowdoin faculty include AnnHarris, Sarah Malakoff, and CelesteRoberge. Bowdoin alumni Steven Albert
’88 and Cassie Jones ’01,as well as soon-to-be-alumnus Eric Legris ’03are also included in theshow.
Wethli’s installation forthe show, “Transom,” ispainted directly on a wallin the Great Hall and isthe first work of art thatvisitors to the museumwill see. The exhibitionseries, presented in alter-nate years, highlights 132works by both emergingand established artistsassociated with the state of
Maine. The Biennial will be on viewthrough June 1, 2003.
Bowdoin was also well-represented inthe “Next Generation” exhibit at theCenter for Maine Contemporary Art inRockport village this spring. Forty-five jun-ior and senior artists from nine Maine col-lege and university campuses were fea-tured, and works by eleven Bowdoin stu-dents were included. Simultaneously, pho-tographer Michael Kolster and painterJames Mullen, both assistant professors ofart at Bowdoin, paired up to present“Coastal,” offering fresh views of Maine’srenowned mid-coast area. Bowdoin stu-dents in the exhibit were Caroline Budney’03, Alexandra Franke ’03, JeremyGoldsmith ’04, Ellen Kenney ’03, EricLeGris ’03, Brian McGregor ’04, MichelleLynn Platt ’03, Arnd Seibert ’04, ElizaStewart ’01, Rachel Tannebring ’03, andElizabeth Wendell ’03.
Emily LeVan ’95 ran to a breathtaking 10th-place finish in thewomen’s 18-39 division of the 2003 Boston Marathon on asunny, if not a little-too-warm, Patriot’s Day. With her time
of 2:41:37, she was the fourth American woman across the finishline (12th woman overall), and 82nd out of an estimated field of20,000 entrants. Emily had run Boston twice before, but this year’srace marked a personal best for the Wiscasset, Maine resident,who, after teaching school for six years, is now studying nursing atthe University of Southern Maine.
Thousands of spectators lined the 26 miles, 385 yards fromHopkinton to Boston, shouting encouragement to the runners, andmore than a few fans were Polar Bears. “I wore a Bowdoin tracksinglet,” Emily remarks, “and I got a ton of ‘Go Bowdoin!’ cheers,so I figure there were a lot of folks there with Bowdoin ties.” In thezone cruising through Kenmore Square, Emily didn’t notice a 10-foot-tall Nike poster of another Polar Bear, two-time race winnerJoan Benoit Samuelson ’79, offering motivation down BeaconStreet. “I was pretty focused that last mile on finishing strong,”Emily recalls. “I did manage to find my family in the crowd, whichprovided me with an extra boost toward the end.” Emily’s highplace in Boston isn’t the finish of her marathon goals. She plans torun the Chicago Marathon in the fall to improve her position forthe 2004 Olympic Trials, which will be held next April in St. Louis.
What a Finish!
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Arthur D. Middleton ‘03 Awarded Watson Fellowship
N. Joel Moser ‘04 Selected as a 2003 Truman ScholarN. Joel Moser ’04 is one of 76 students from63 U.S. colleges and universities to beselected as a 2003 Truman Scholar. TheBowdoin junior from Northport, Maine, isthe first Truman Scholar from the Collegesince 1996 and is the 13th Bowdoin studentto be awarded the prestigious scholarship.
Truman scholars are elected on the basisof leadership potential, intellectual ability,and likelihood of “making a difference.” The76 scholars were chosen from among 635candidates nominated by 305 colleges anduniversities across the country.
Moser, a government and legal studiesand German major, is currently studying inBerlin, Germany, where he is researchingEuropean perceptions to President Bush’s“War on Terror.” Just a month after 9/11,Moser was instrumental in bringing Rear
Admiral Mike Ratliff, retired director ofU.S. Naval Intelligence, to the Bowdoincampus for lecture on terrorism.
Last year Moser served as a senior staffmember of a Congressional campaigndevoted to drawing attention to the nation-al health care crisis. His career plansinvolve state health care policy. A strongadvocate of youth activism, Moser wasrecently invited by Gov. John Baldacci tohelp develop a permanent Working Groupon Maine Youth.
His other activities include hiking inthe Maine woods, singing with theBowdoin Chamber Choir, and serving onthe staff of the American Legion BoysNation Program in Washington, D.C.
Each Truman Scholarship provides atotal of $30,000 — $3,000 for the student’s
senior year, and $27,000 for graduate study.Scholars also receive priority admission andsupplemental financial aid at some premiergraduate institutions, as well as leadershiptraining, career and graduate school counsel-ing, and special internship opportunitieswithin the federal government.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation wasestablished by Congress in 1975 as the fed-eral memorial to our 33rd president. TheFoundation awards scholarships for collegestudents to attend graduate school in prepa-ration for careers in government or else-where in public service.
There have been 2,253 Truman Scholarselected since the first awards were made in1977. A Bowdoin College student wasamong the scholars that first year. In 1992there were three Bowdoin Truman Scholars.
Senior Arthur D. Middleton of MountPleasant, S.C., has been awarded a Thomas J.Watson Fellowship to pursue an independ-ent research project outside the United Statesfor one year after graduation.
An English and government major atBowdoin, Middleton will travel to Ireland,Scotland, Mongolia, Kazakhstan,Turkmenistan, and South Africa for hisproject “Falconry: Ancient and Modern.”
Middleton became interested in wildlifeat a very young age, and eventually becameinterested in falconry through volunteerwork at the South Carolina Center forBirds of Prey (SCCBP) in Awendaw, S.C. (araptor rehab and research facility). Thedirector of SCCBP encouraged him to visita well-known falconer in England, whichhe did after his sophomore year atBowdoin.
He stayed in Gloucestershire andNorthumberland learning falconry methodsfor over a year, then worked for severalmonths in Panama as a field assistant at thePeregrine Fund’s Neotropical RaptorCenter.
When he returned to Bowdoin he wentthrough the falconry licensing process inMaine, and in November 2001 trapped animmature red-tailed hawk near Portland.He lived off campus and hunted with heroff and on until mid-March 2003, when hereleased her. She is now at large, once
again, in southern Maine. In describing his project, Middleton
explained that people practice falconry fora number of reasons. “Where falconry ismost ancient—in Central Asia and in theMiddle East—tradition itself underlies fal-conry’s significance and ensures its ongo-ing practice,” he said. “Where falconry ismost modern, in the Western countries,falconry is practiced less for its historicalsignificance and more for its value to eachindividual falconer. For many Western fal-coners, falconry provides an unusuallydirect relation to nature in an increasinglysynthetic environment. Less commonly,falconry is important as a means ofacquiring food or fur. And to every falcon-er in the world, some element of its sig-nificance is the challenge and the excite-ment it consistently presents.”
His Watson project will takeMiddleton to places where falconry ispracticed for one or all of these reasons.“Perhaps more importantly,” he said, “Iplan to use falconry as a means to exploreplaces I would not otherwise go, or placeswhere the bond of knowledge betweenfalconers can help me to transcend cultur-al and linguistic obstacles—to use falcon-ry as a ‘passport’ to unusual places.”
Middleton is among 48 college seniorsnationally who have been chosen toreceive a 2003 Watson Fellowship, select-
ed from nearly 1,000 who applied. Eachwill receive $22,000 for their year of traveland study. The Thomas J. WatsonFellowship Program was created in 1968 bythe children of Thomas J. Watson Sr., thefounder of IBM Corporation, and his wife,Jeannette K. Watson, to honor their par-ents’ long-standing interest in educationand world affairs. The program identifiesprospective leaders and allows them todevelop their independence and to becomeworld citizens.
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A Day at the Station
It’s 5:30 a.m. on a Wednesday morn-ing and her radio voice is just warm-ing up. The DJ swivels in her greycushioned stool and twirls the curledcord to her headphones as her voice
emanates back into her own ears. She takesa sip of coffee, announces the next song,and slides up the volume faders forTurntable #7. Through bleary eyes, shetakes inventory of her surroundings: thedat board under her hands with its variousbuttons, scales and lights, the CD and tapeplayers to the right, the turntables in thecorner, the machines with windowed dialsand meters. It’s her own private domainfrom which she controls the music in avoice all her own. She looks through theglass window in front, at what seems likethousands of CDs and vinyl stored allaround her. She taps her foot on the stoolrung to the soaring violin solo, writes in
her songlist for the next set, cues a CD,and starts a fast-lick banjo instrumental.
Broadcasting from the basement of theDudley Coe building, WBOR airs 101weekly programs in an attempt to providean alternative to mainstream radio.Student managers facilitate new and var-ied features and encourage unique pro-gramming which make WBOR a uniqueand engaging part of the Bowdoin andcoastal Maine communities. “I thinkWBOR is one of the best connections thatBowdoin has to Brunswick, and our com-munity DJs are fantastic. They have somuch enthusiasm for the station, and theyprovide continuity, because every year,there’s a high turnover rate with studentsgraduating. [The community DJs’] pres-ence keeps a certain familiarity to BOR,”Station Manager Jessica Landis ’03 said.The listeners seem to appreciate both the
community and the noncommercialaspects. Music Director, Drew Coffin ’03,relates, “WBOR does not have the polishedfinish of a professional station. There maybe mistakes on the air, but this adds to theflavor that is college radio.” This collegeradio charm begins with the applicationprocess when people from Bowdoin andbeyond apply for one of the coveted slots.Landis tries to give attention to past DJswhen creating the schedule, but she alsolooks for diversity in the programming. “Ifan application starts with, ‘I have this reallyweird idea for a show...’” she said.“Chances are, I’ll like it.”
Ten student leaders run the stationunder the titles of Station Manager,Program Director, Music Director,Concerts, Publicity, Web, Assistant MusicDirector (Rock), Hip-hop Music Director,and two Assistant Music Directors (non-
Good morning, this begins the broadcast day for WBOR Brunswick. WBOR is licensed to thepresident and trustees of Bowdoin College on an assigned frequency of 91.1 megahertz and at an effective radiated power of 300 watts in stereo.
left: WBOR Music DirectorDrew Coffin ’03; right, Station
Manager Jessica Landis ’03
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rock). Together, they work to broaden therange of musical possibilities and commu-nity involvement. One of the recent proj-ects is webcasting, which allows listenersonline access to the broadcasts. Landis,who facilitated implementation of this newfeature said, “In our first week with it upand running, we had a listener in Argentinaand a listener in Alaska. We actually had1500 connections during the first week,which was really gratifying.” In order toconnect, people just need to go towww.wbor.org/wbor, click on “real audio,”and follow the instructions.
The afternoon Indie-rock DJ nowwatches the phone to his left that flashes
instead of ringing, signaling a call from alistener. Oftentimes it’s his regular callingfrom a cell phone in transit or friends call-ing from their dormroom on campus. Hepulls the clunky microphone closer to readthe public service announcement over thesound of the whining electric guitar, thenpushes it back, adjusting his headphonesand spinning in his chair. He watches thecommon room of the station — which, inthe middle of the day, has the bustle of acafeteria — through the glass. DJs are plan-ning their shows on the turntables whileothers are researching music on the com-puter; a listener walks in to make a request,and a study group discusses poetry on theworn plaid couches, humming along withthe music.
WBOR DJs play shows ranging in genrefrom Electric to Children’s Story Time toBrazilian music to Sports Talk. This year,the station started a rotating faculty slot aspart of the program. President Barry Millshosted a discussion series in which he anda panel of students talked about variousissues facing the College. “It’s been reallypopular because it’s so informal in natureand students like having a chance to inter-
act with the President in that type ofatmosphere,” Coffin said. Professors alsohave their own shows; photography pro-fessor Mike Kolster hosts a rock show andEnglish professor Pete Coviello playspost-punk. The station means somethingdifferent for each DJ, and each contributesand uses it in his or her own way. “I lovehaving a radio show at BOR, and I thinkthe students who run it — who have gra-ciously allowed me a slot for several yearsnow — do a fantastic job. For me, it’s greatto give an hour-and-a-half a week to some-thing that removes me, wholly and reallyquite joyfully, from the normal duties andobligations of my institutional life at the
College. For 90 minutes I’m just playingrecords, nothing else. It’s this little impreg-nable island of time in the middle of everyweek. Some people exercise, or hike in themountains, or commune with the beautyof coastal Maine, or do any number of edi-fying and self-improving things; I have aradio show,” Coviello said.
Besides being the site of such gratify-ing shows, the basement station alsohouses a newly built recording studio.The studio is open to everyone on cam-pus, once they have been trained. “Everytime I go in there, someone is recordingand producing an original song, and thetalent I’ve seen is really impressive. DJscan use the equipment to make promosfor their shows” Landis said. The man-agers have also brought several bands into record station IDs. Mos Def did one, asdid the Damn Personals, Les Claypool andseveral others. WBOR advertises these andother features through events like theannual “WBOR Day” on which stationmanagers set up a table in Smith Union,blast the radio, and give away CDs, stick-ers, t-shirts, and other promotional gear.Managers also research concerts that they
want to bring to campus and publish amini-magazine, a “zine,” in which DJswrite reviews of music and concerts, inter-views with bands and top-20 lists.
The student body and community arelucky to have such a pro-active manage-ment at BOR, who encourage new pro-gramming and provide a venue for inde-pendent music, expression, and fun. SomeDJs even go on to careers in music andradio. “DJ Spooky is of course one of themore well known examples, but there arecountless others playing in bands andworking in radio and other jobs in theindustry. It’s comforting for me to knowthat everything I have loved about WBOR
doesn’t have to end with graduation,”Landis said.
This college radio station provides aninternet site for off-campus listeners, avenue for song recording, an outlet fromhectic schedules, and a chance to hearmusic and talk that would not normally beplayed on commercial radio.
The red digital numbers blink 3:00a.m.The station is quiet again, with nothing butremnants from the day’s activities: CD casesleft open on the counter, paper scrapscrumpled and scattered from unusedplaylists, the trash overflowing with sodacans and lunch bags. The smell of food andbodies and movement mixes with the still-ness of late night broadcasting. The nightowl DJs rev up their voices for one lastspeech.
This ends the broadcast day for WBORBrunswick. 91.1 FM. WBOR loves to hearfrom you whether you’re a listener, a per-former, or a label representative. Visit ourwebsite or email us at [email protected],or write to us at: WBOR Smith UnionBowdoin College Brunswick, ME 04011. Callus at 207-725-3250. Thank you for listening,and have a good night.
“Some people exercise, or hike in the mountains, or commune with the beauty of coastalMaine, or do any number of edifying and self-improving things; I have a radio show.”
By Lauren M. Whaley ’03
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Taking Steps Toward UnityAyidah Bashir ’04 began planning the Bowdoin Unity Step Team before she was evenadmitted to the College. “My desire to come to Bowdoin was triggered by the pleas-ant, small environment, attentive faculty, and the nice people I met during my stayas a prospective student. The only thing missing that would complete my Bowdoinexperience was a Step Team.” In high school, Bashir had been part of such a team —which is a performance group that performs without music by using precision step-ping, clapping, and other motions, in unity — and she had experienced its manypositive results firsthand. “Being on the team served as my stress release, and it was
a fun way toexhibit a talentwhile competingfor originality andstyle.”
Bashirresearched the pos-sibilities of formingsuch a team duringthe weekend shecame to visit theCollege. “I foundout that Bowdoinis such an openplace and wouldhelp me…so Ibegan to thinkabout (ways) tomake something
like this a success. When I was accepted to Bowdoin as a Chamberlain LeadershipScholar, I had to really create a plan to put my dream into action.”
In her first week at Bowdoin, Bashir put together a mission statement for thegroup and began to recruit members. “I wasn’t sure how successful I would be,because step was not popular at all in the state of Maine. But I imagined that theteam would be a way to build new and different bonds, enable togetherness, andserve as a source of entertainment for Bowdoin’s campus.”
Bashir felt that the team would be a good fit for Bowdoin, even though there werevery few people familiar with step at all.“Bowdoin emphasized greatly the importance ofinclusiveness, unity in the community, as well asrespect for differences,” she said. “I thought thatthe step team would be a way that I could con-tribute to Bowdoin’s mission. I developed amotto. It is Knowledge, Power, Respect, andLove with respect to the positive things, which Ihoped the team would represent.”
In the three years of the team’s existence,membership has grown to the point that Bashirhad to recruit other leaders to help with thegroup. Evelyne Tseng ’03 and Kareem Canada’05, who have been with the team since 2001,serve as captains with Bashir. “They work hardto maintain the team’s mission and to keep theteam together,” said Bashir. “Being a part of theteam has made us all realize that we need eachother to create Unity.”
Bowdoin-directed Choirs in ConcertOn April 13th, at First Parish Church inBrunswick, three choirs led by Bowdoindirectors performed together in the finale of a series of joint performances. The ColbyChorale, under the direction of SteveGrives ’91, the Brandeis UniversityChamber Choir, under the direction of Eric Rice ’91, and the Bowdoin CollegeChamber Choir, under the direction ofRobert K. Greenlee performed worksincluding various composers’ settings oftexts from the Song of Songs,. sacred worksfrom the 19th and 20th centuries, and theJ.S. Bach motet, “Jesu, meine Freude.”
“I imagined that the team would be a way to build newand different bonds, enable togetherness, and serve as asource of entertainment for Bowdoin’s campus.”
clockwise from upper left: Robbie Greenlee, Steve Grives ’91, and Eric Rice ’91
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Winter Sports Wrap UpWomen’s Ice Hockey (23-3-2)Achieved the highest-ever finish for a
Bowdoin teamin an NCAATournament,placing third inthe nation.Shelly Chessie’03 became theall-time lead-ing scorer inschool historyand wasnamed first-team All-Americanalong with
Emily McKissock ’03 and BethMuir ’03. Head Coach Michele Amidon wastabbed as NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Women’s Basketball (26-3)Cemented its place as one of the premierteams in the nation by winning their thirdstraight NESCAC title and making a sec-ond straight appearance in the NCAA EliteEight. Kristi Royer ’03 and Lora Trenkle ’04were named District I Kodak All-Americans.
Women’s Squash (19-5)Won the Kurtz Cup, signifying a ninth-place finish in the national tournament.
The Polar Bears defeated Bates in thefinal, 5-4. Merrill Muckerman ’03 won theHalloran Division at the IndividualNationals Tournament, while NikiClement ’06 was named second-team All-American.
Men’s Ice Hockey (13-6-5)Qualified for the NESCAC Tournamentafter ranking high in the nation duringthe regular season. Head Coach TerryMeagher broke Sid Watson’s career winsmark on February 14 witha 7-2 win over SouthernMaine. Ryan Seymour ’03and Sean Starke ’03 werenamed All-NESCAC, withStarke being named theEast MVP of the SeniorAll-Star Game inPlattsburgh.
Men’s Basketball(10-14)Finished with aflurry, winningthree of their finalfour games to qualify for theNESCAC Tournament. Especially sat-isfying was the Polar Bears’ 86-61 winover Colby in the season finale togain the eighth playoff spot. DannyGinn ’03 and Braden Clement ’03were named All-State performers.
Men’s Squash (8-10)Placed 15th in the nation by defeatingNavy 6-3 in their final match of the
year. Greg Clement ’04 reached the sec-ond round of the Individual NationalsTournament.
Men’s Indoor Track Defended their Maine State Crown andplaced fourth at Division III NewEnglands. The team also placed 11th at theOpen New England’s, defeating numerousDivision I squads. High jumper JamesWilkins ’04 placed 10th at Nationals.
Women’s Indoor TrackWon the Maine State Title and placedfourth at New England DIII’s. The women’sdistance medley relay squad of LibbyBarney ’03, Julia Febiger ’03, KalaHardacker ’04 and Kate Walker ’05 earnedAll-American honors with an 8th-place fin-ish at Nationals.
Nordic and Alpine SkiingPlaced 10th overall at the season-endingEastern Championships. The Polar Bears
were led by strong performanc-es by Siri Ashton ’05, who took18th overall in the women’sslalom, and Megan Greenleaf’03, who placed 22nd in the 15KClassic.
Men’s SwimmingPlaced 8th at the NESCACChampionships. Roger Burleigh’06 earned All-NESCAC honors inthe 200-yard butterfly, while MikeLong ’04 took NESCAC honors inthe 50-yard free.
Women’s SwimmingTook 10th place as the host of theNESCAC Championships. Nicole Goyette’05 was All-NESCAC in the 100-yard IM,while Victoria Tudor ’06 was All-NESCACin the 1-meter diving event.
To order photos of Bowdoin College sports teams, visit the Web site of Creative Images Photography at www.ciphotography.com/Sports.html
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Nathaniel Thoreau Wheelwright has spent thebetter part of his career crouched in a field onfog-bound Kent Island in Canada’s Bay of Fundy.Several hours a day, six days a week, from lateMay to early August, he searches for tiny grassnests and watches the comings and goings of
their architects, the humble Savannah sparrow. He watchesas they mate, raise their young, separate, die. He nets them,bands them and gets to know them nearly as well as heknows the myriad students who join him on the island yearafter year.
“I look at birds as individuals,” said Wheelwright, Bowdoinprofessor of biology and director of the Bowdoin ScientificStation on Kent Island. “I know the bullies and the hussies; Isee the nagging and deceit; I watch birds acting younger thanthey are so their parents catch food for them. When I see peo-ple, I see birds; I see sparrows.I go to the dining hall andnotice the optimal foragingbehaviors, the coquetting.”
Each summer, he expandshis and his students’ researchinto a new aspect of the birds’behavior. In 1998, for example,he published in the scientificjournal Ecology the results of anine-year study about how thebirds avoid accidentally matingwith relatives even though theylive on an isolated island withmany relatives close at hand. Of 1,073 nesting attempts, notone was with a sibling, parent, grandparent or uncle. Thesekinds of observations continue from year to year with a proto-col that he and the students memorize and take note of whenthey are out in the field.
Most recently, the Kramer vs. Kramer of the bird world hasintrigued Wheelwright: Just because a Savannah sparrow is afemale, does that make her a better parent? The answer, in aword, turns out to be “no.” Father sparrows care for the kidsas well as mothers during the most dangerous time of thefledglings’ lives — after they leave the safety of the nest butbefore they can care for themselves.
Wheelwright has published his findings, along with co-authors Kimberly A. Tice ’99 and Corey R. Freeman-Gallant’91, in the recent issue of Animal Behaviour, the internationaljournal of the British-based Association for the Study ofAnimal Behaviour. Tice, who is considering graduate school inecology, and Freeman-Gallant, a professor at Skidmore
College, worked with Wheelwright as honors thesis students.Wheelwright and his students filed away data on the spar-
rows’ gender equity over the past 15 summers at the ScientificStation, jotting down notes about parental care as a sideline toresearch about other aspects of sparrow development andbehavior.
“Then I woke up one morning and said, we’re sitting on agoldmine!” Wheelwright said. “We can fill in that two weeksof a bird’s life.”
When the babies first hatch, the fathers look about as ineptas human fathers struggling with their first diaper,Wheelwright joked. “The males really do look dumb. The daythe eggs hatch, the nestlings are these tiny, featherless, sight-less things that look like fried clams. The father will comeback with a huge caterpillar that’s almost as big as the babiesthemselves, try to feed it to them, look confused when they
can’t eat it, then eat it himself.”When the birds are seven days
old and still in the nest,Wheelwright and his studentsmark them on their legs with aninscribed aluminum band thattraces them back to Kent Island nomatter where in the world they arediscovered. They also adorn theirlegs with a unique combination ofplastic colored bands by whichthey are identified inWheelwright’s database.
By the time the birds leave thenest at about 10 days old, the father is quite adept at caring forthem. Within a few days outside the nest, the brood is dividedand each parent becomes responsible for the care of certainfledglings. Wheelwright was able to determine how well eachparent cares for his or her fledglings by comparing which onesare most likely to survive long enough to breed the followingyear. There was no difference in their survival rates.
“The notion that males do as good a job as females contra-dicts what we expected,” Wheelwright said. “This is most sur-prising because fathers, unsure of the paternity ofthe kids they are caring for, were expected to withholdparental care.”
Last year, Wheelwright, working under a National ScienceFoundation grant co-written with Freeman-Gallant, expanded the research to includeDNA fingerprinting. He discovered thatmore than 50 percent of the offspring arefathered by someone other than the moth-
Nat Wheelwright and his students spend a lot of time in that classic birder pose: looking through binocu-lars at far-off feathered creatures. But in truth they are doing much more than looking. With 60 or 70
scholarly publications generated from Kent Island research since Wheelwright arrived at Bowdoin, they areclearly learning — and sharing with the world — an enormous amount about bird behavior. In
Wheelwright’s latest work, he demonstrates that Savannah sparrow dads make excellent Mr. Moms.
By Lisa Wesel Photographs by Amy Toensing and Nat Wheelwright
left: 10 day-oldjuvenile Savannahsparrow; above:Julie Grinvalsky '04at Coleman Farm
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er’s social mate; a male, in theory, could be taking care ofan entire family of “step-children.” Yet these males carejust as well for them as they do for their biological off-spring.
This seems to contradict the laws of natural selec-tion, which dictate that the primary concern of all livingorganisms is to promote the spread of their own genes.In a purely Darwinian sense, it would be a waste of amale sparrow’s energy to care for babies that weren’tclearly his own.
But the life of a Savannah sparrow is treacherous. Only11 percent of the nestlings survive long enough to returnto Kent Island to breed, while 25 percent of the fledglingssurvive that long.
“Parental care makes all the difference in whether thebabies survive,” Wheelwright said. “If you screw up, yourgenes go silent.”
“Males are stuck withuncertainty paternity cou-pled with a short life-span. This may be theironly chance to repro-duce,” Wheelwright said.“Basically, it appearsthey’re making the mostof a bad deal.”
Wheelwright’sresearch has generatedseveral other surprisesthat contradict previoustheories. For example,some researchers hypoth-esized that fathers would prefer to care for male off-spring because sons pattern their male behavior on thebehavior of their father. Others theorized that fatherswould actually care for daughters over sons, becausedaughters won’t grow to compete with the fathers formates and territories.
Wheelwright discovered that, in fact, fathers do notplay favorites between sons and daughters. They care forequal numbers of each, and do as good a job at caring forboth genders. They do tend to care for the smallest of thebrood, presumably because they require more care; if themother has the “easier” children, she can squeeze in asecond clutch in the same season, sometimes caring forfledglings and nestlings at the same time.
All of those children are banded and entered intoWheelwright’s database, which now contains about 6,000individual birds.
“I see a bird and can say, I know your mother, and I
knew your grandmother and her grandmother, too,”Wheelwright said.
His database can trace the genealogy of sparrows bornon Kent Island as far back as 1987. The long-term natureof the study puts Wheelwright in exclusive company: Inthe history of ornithology, only a handful of studies havecaptured data over many generations. Peter and RosemaryGrant of Princeton University, for example, have beenstudying Darwin’s finches on the Galapagos Islands formore than 30 years, and Jamie Smith and his colleagues atthe University of British Columbia have been researchingsong sparrows on Mandarte Island in British Columbiafor nearly as long.
THE PERFECT BIRD FOR THE PERFECT LOCATION
Kent Island is the southernmost vegetated island in theGrand Manan Archipelago inNew Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. Ittakes 5 hours in a car, followedby 2 hours on a ferry, and anoth-er 45 minutes on a fishing boatto travel there from Brunswick.At 200 acres, it is less than 2miles long and only a half-milewide at its widest point. It is out-fitted with a fiberglass work boatand a wooden skiff for trans-portation, and four cabins and abarn converted into a dormitoryto accommodate as many as 16researchers. Two laboratoryspaces are fueled by solar power
and a back-up generator, and equipped with a range ofscientific instruments.
The northern third of the island is forested withspruce and balsam fir. The southern two-thirds containshrubby habitat, a marsh, a stream and old fields, wherethe Savannah sparrows nest. One-third of the summerdays are foggy, and the temperature usually hovers around60 degrees. On the rare day when it reaches 70 degrees, itfeels oppressively hot, said Wheelwright, whose grownchildren spent every summer of their childhood there.
The College obtained Kent Island as a gift from J.Sterling Rockefeller in 1936,with the promise to use it forscientific research and protectthe birds during nesting sea-son. Wheelwright’s ground-breaking research is possiblebecause Bowdoin happens to
WHEELWRIGHT’S GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH IS POSSIBLE BECAUSEBOWDOIN HAPPENS TO OWN KENT ISLAND, AND KENT ISLAND HAPPENS
TO BE INHABITED BY SAVANNAH SPARROWS.
Professor Wheelwright at Coleman Farm
at right, clockwise from upperleft: the Savannah sparrowstudy area at Kent Island;color-banded fledgling; winterornithology trip to ColemanFarm; hatchling; pipped eggsand hatchlings.
“I SEE A BIRD AND CAN SAY, I KNOW YOUR MOTHER, AND
I KNEW YOUR GRANDMOTHER
AND HER GRANDMOTHER, TOO.”
own Kent Island, and Kent Island happens to be inhabit-ed by Savannah sparrows. After all these years, theserendipity still makes him smile.
“It is a stroke of enormous good luck,” he said. “Of9,000 species of birds, the genealogies of no more than ahalf-dozen can be traced back in time in their naturalpopulation.”
“These birds are genetically distinctive,” he said.“There are significant, albeit subtle, genetic differencesbetween these birds and those on Grand Manan Island,which we can see out our back door.”
The sparrows from each island even develop a songdialect as distinct as the accents of someone raised inBrooklyn and her cousin from Queens. Wheelwrightclaims that you could take him blindfolded to any islandin the Bay of Fundy, and he could tell whether or not itwas Kent Island just by listening to the sparrows’ song.
Not only is Kent Island suited for long-term research,but so are the sparrows themselves. Savannah sparrowsare powerfully philopatric, meaning they always return totheir home. Living on an island seems to enhance thattrait, and on an island like Kent, with only three distinctfields, the birds are either there or they’re not. Life on themainland offers too many nearby nesting territories forthe birds to call “home,” making it difficult for researchersto be assured they will return to same spot year after year.But half of Wheelwright’s adult sparrows who migrate inthe fall return the following year not only to Kent Island,but to the same field — within 30 meters on average —of the spot where they last nested.
“They’ll come back and sing from the same tree,”Wheelwright said.
None of these birds has ever been spotted nesting any-place else, so researchers conclude that they are not relo-cating but that only 50 percent survive from one year tothe next.
Savannah sparrows are drawn to flat, grassy areas,which was a jarring departure for Wheelwright. He hadspent five years researching his doctoral dissertation inthe tropical rainforest of Costa Rica, studying resplendentquetzals — large, rare, spectacularly-colored birds.
“They’re endangered, so you couldn’t really capturethem,” Wheelwright said. “They just melt away into theforest. The first time I visited Kent Island in 1986, short-ly after accepting a position at Bowdoin, I found thistwo-dimensional habitat with sparrows everywhere.They’re a very conspicuous bird out there in the field. Itwas laid out like a natural laboratory. I always thoughtsparrows were kind of drab, but they’re even more inter-
esting than quetzals.“And [after teaching at the University of Florida
and Cornell University], it was a great surprise that a small liberal arts college was this serious aboutresearch,” he said.
Research at Kent Island has generated 155 scholarlypublications since the 1930s, 60 or 70 since just since1986. (For a list of publications, see the Kent Island websiteat http://academic.bowdoin.edu/kent_island/public)
It is unusual for a liberal arts college to have such asophisticated and well-established research station, saidJohn Fitzpatrick, director of the Laboratory ofOrnithology at Cornell University.
“It’s a great place, with a long history of serious train-ing for undergraduate biologists, some of whom havegone on to become professionals,” Fitzpatrick said. “Italso has produced important long-term ecological data.”
Fitzpatrick called Wheelwright “a superb and inspir-ing teacher, and a great example of what Bowdoin, smallcolleges, and places like Kent Island can offer.”
Wheelwright and his students are so successful study-ing Savannah sparrows after they fledge – a largely undoc-umented stage in bird life – because the fledglings are soconfined to their breeding area. In mainland populations,the birds have larger territories, and fledglings tend to dis-perse widely, making it difficult for researchers to chasethe parents around and observe them caring for theiryoung. Wheelwright and his students, however, glean anenormous amount of information by sitting in a field andwatching them day after day. The birds simply have noplace else to go.
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF ORNITHOLOGY
Wheelwright and his students band every Savannah spar-row on the island each season. When they first arrive inlate May, they blanket the fields with mist nets, which areas delicate as hairnets, as long as volleyball nets and about7 feet high. The birds get entangled, and Wheelwrightand the students pluck them out, measure their wingsand beaks, weigh them, and take a blood sample. If theyare not yet banded — presumably because they haveflown in from a nearby island — he bands them andenters their colors into the database before releasing them.
“There is not a bird that escapes those fields andfledges without a band on its leg,” he said.
The fields are plotted with mowed paths that create agrid of 50-meter squares. Each day the researchers headout with a clipboard holding field maps on which theymark the location of every bird they spot and every nest
“IT’S A GREAT PLACE, WITH A LONG HISTORY OF SERIOUS TRAININGFOR UNDERGRADUATE BIOLOGISTS, SOME OF WHOM HAVE GONE ON
TO BECOME PROFESSIONALS”
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they unearth. They note their activities and their mates,and if an unbanded bird appears, they immediately set upthe mist nets again.
They need to be adept at seeing life through binocu-lars; these are not ostriches they’re chasing. Savannahsparrows weigh less than an ounce at their most portly —they fit in the palm of your hand with room to spare —and their nests are so difficult to find that they can liveundetected alongside herring gulls, their most murderouspredators.
The females burrow into the grass and spend a day ortwo weaving a nest of fine, fragile grasses. The openinghugs the ground, hidden under a canopy of longer grass.They are so fragile that they disintegrate by the followingseason. It’s the job of Wheelwright and his students tofind as many as 100 of these new invisible nests eachspring.
“I find the nests by observing the female,”Wheelwright said. “If she’s agitated, I know I’m close. Themore agitated she gets, the closer I am to her nest. But I’llnever find it on my own — I can be one foot away from itand not see it. I have to back off until she feels comfort-able enough to fly to it.”
Of course, the researchers must first distinguish thefemales from the males, which sometimes requires themto perfect the art of readingbird body language.
“I can spot females bytheir behavior,”Wheelwright said. “Themales tend to ruffle theirfeathers to form a crest ontheir head, which makesthem look tough. If you seea bird sitting on a branchnot doing anything, that’snot a female. Females arealways busy. They really arelike people.”
It’s not easy to pick outthese nuances in a 1-ouncebird at 50 meters through the fog. As inspiration,Wheelwright tells his students that they should not showup for breakfast until they find at least one new nest thatmorning. “It’s a steep and painful learning curve,” he said.
Wheelwright watches the female as she lands, thenwaits exactly 180 seconds — he sets his watch — to giveher time to settle into the nest. He then rushes to the spotand flushes her out by tapping lightly on the grass with astick. If he’s lucky, he can note the exact spot she takes offfrom when she flees; then he finds her nest by lookingunder tufts of grass. He marks the spot with a surveyor’sflag exactly 3 meters due south of the nest. He’s afraidthat if he marks the nest precisely, the herring gulls willlearn what it means, and the flags will serve as neonrestaurant signs.
The females don’t make it easy. When the nests arecomplete, they lay one mottled tan egg at dawn, then flyaway. They don’t return to the nest until the next day,when they do it again. They repeat the process every dayfor three to five days, never spending more than a fewminutes on the nest until the clutch is complete.
Once the birds hatch after less than 12 days, the activi-ty level ratchets up considerably, with the parents makingas many as 250 trips in and out of the nest daily to keepthe hatchlings fed.
“Every once in awhile I find a nest I hadn’t flagged,and the birds are about the fledge,” Wheelwright said. “IfI don’t have my bands with me, I put the birds in mypocket and take them back to the lab, because they’d begone by the time I got back in 45 minutes.”
Wheelwright’s enthusiasm is contagious.“These students are not getting a grade,” he said. “The
most important lesson they learn is self-motivation.They’re here for the sheer excitement of discovery. It’sremote; it’s foggy; it’s cold; and I have to force them totake Sundays off.”
Sometimes, Wheelwright’s students become his teach-ers. Last year, Freeman-Gallant and Wheelright won a$650,000 NSF grant to study how female Savannah spar-rows on Kent Island decide with whom to mate by meas-
uring how the offspring’simmune response relates totheir survival rate.
“We’re testing whetherthey’re looking for genes thathelp the offspring’s ability tofight disease,” Wheelwrightsaid. He and his students drawblood from all fledglings forDNA fingerprinting, then injectthe birds with a harmless plantprotein and measure the levelof swelling it causes: Thegreater the swelling, the health-ier the immune response. Theywill continue the testing this
summer and conclude the research in 2004 by analyzingthe relationship between who survived and who had thestrongest immune response.
Freeman-Gallant does the DNA fingerprinting at hislab at Skidmore. He also is doing the fingerprinting forWheelwright’s on-going paternity study.
“He’s my former student, and now I’m learning fromhim,” Wheelwright said. “It was his idea to do these stud-ies using my long-term research system.”
“As is true with most research, these DNA studies willcertainly raise even more questions than they answer,” hesaid. So, like his sparrows, Wheelwright will continue toreturn to Kent Island. B
Coleman Farm field trip
Frank WhittierFrank Whittier
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T he Skolfield-Whittier Houseon Brunswick’s Park Row isnot in fact a whole house,but one half of a marvelousItalianate brick structurethat was built between 1858and 1862 by two brothers,Alfred and Samuel Skolfield.
(Alfred settled with his wife and children into thesouth portion, Samuel into the north.) Various mem-bers of the extended Skolfield clan made their fortunesbuilding ships and trading goods across the Pacific andAtlantic Oceans. They were a part of Brunswick’s eco-nomic and social elite in the nineteenth century.
The part of the house owned originally by Alfredevolved into a repository of that branch of the family’spossessions. These people had an aversion to throwinganything away. Over the years, the dwelling turnedinto a shrine to the dearly departed and, in conse-quence, a time capsule of upper middle class life in latenineteenth and early twentieth century America. Abequest from the last surviving family member hasinsured that the Skolfield-Whittier House will be pre-served as a historic structure; it is open today to thepublic for tours.
From 1895 to 1924, the building was the home ofFrank Whittier, who was married to Eugenie Skolfield,Alfred’s daughter. Frank Whittier was born December12, 1861 in Farmington, Maine. His parents wererespected but unpretentious members of the communi-ty. Frank worked as a youth on the family farm, butthe obviously bright boy was eventually sent off toschool. He attended Wilton Academy and enteredBowdoin in 1881.
Frank was an exceptional scholar-athlete. He waselected to Phi Beta Kappa and delivered one of hisclass’s commencement addresses. He was also a mem-ber of the first rugby football team at Bowdoin, but hisfavorite sport was rowing. He was on varsity crew bothjunior and senior years and was captain senior year.Frank led his four-man team to Bowdoin’s first evervictory in an intercollegiate regatta, defeating Cornell,the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown at LakeQuinsigamond, Worcester Massachusetts, in 1885.Beyond the precedent-establishing victory, that groupof athletes and classmates had another distinction —each member’s first name was Frank (Alexander,Brown, Davis, and Whittier).
After graduating from Bowdoin, Whittier studiedlaw from 1885 to 1886. His life turned dramatically in
Frank Whittier, class of 1885, lived two lives. In one, his life was anAmerican idyll: scholar-athlete at Bowdoin, respected college professor,husband to a woman of high social standing, member of all the right clubsand organizations. In the other, he regularly found himself immersed in thenether world of crime, violence, and death. By Daniel Dorman ’65
Photographs courtesy of Pejepscot Historical Society
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1886 when Bowdoin offered him the position of direc-tor of the new Sargent Gymnasium. He accepted thejob and thereafter decided to embark on a career inmedicine.
In Whittier’s day, Bowdoin was home (from 1820-1921) to the only medical school in Maine. He studiedmedicine at Bowdoin (and also for a time at Harvard)and got his M.D. degree from the former in 1889. Hemarried and moved into the Skolfield house on ParkRow in 1895. The Whittiers had three daughters, twoof whom lived to adulthood. The eldest Isabel, BrynMawr 1920, went on to do graduate work in Europeanhistory and taught for many years at Hunter andBrooklyn College. The second child Alice, Bryn Mawr1921, got her M.D. from Yale and became Maine’s firstwoman pediatrician, practicing in Portland from 1930to 1976. In fact, it was Alice (neither she nor Isabelmarried) who turned the family home into a museum.
First in forensics
Frank Whittier’s curriculum vitae is an impressive one.In addition to serving as gym director, he was eventu-ally appointed professor of physical training, lecturerin hygiene, college physician, professor of bacteriologyand pathology, and deputy dean of the medical school.He also held official positions outside the College,most notably milk examiner of the town of Brunswick,
Cumberland County health commissioner, instructorat the Harvard summer school of physical training, and(during World War I) medical officer in the UnitedStates Army. He was, in addition, Maine’s first clinicalpathologist.
Whittier’s significance in forensics was secured bytwo accomplishments. Often, the claim to be the firstto succeed at some important task is a dubious, tenu-ous one. However, Whittier appears most certainly tohave been the first pathologist to use a test which dis-tinguished human from animal blood as evidence in acourt of law. He tried, in fact, to create such a test onhis own, but two German scientists published theirfindings ahead of him in 1901. The procedure was asimple one that involved repetitious injections ofhuman blood into a laboratory animal, most often arabbit. The mixture of rabbit serum with human bloodeventually produced a precipitin which was a species-specific reaction. Whittier readily admitted that hisEuropean contemporaries were first to develop the test,but he was the first scientist to apply this procedure toa criminal disputation.
The Lambert Case began in the spring of 1901 inthe town of Shirley Mills in Piscataquis County. Aneighbor found the remains of J. Wesley Allen, hiswife, and his daughter. The bodies were horriblyburned but were not beyond recognition. The family’shouse and barn were burned to the ground as well, and
Clockwise from above: • The Whittier’s three daughters, (l to r)Isabel, Charlotte and Alice • EugenieSkolfield, (standing) and her sisterAugusta Marie • The Four Franks row-ing at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester,Massachusetts • The Four Franks,(clockwise from lower left) Brown,Davis, Alexander, Whittier • Bowdoin’snew Sargent Gymnasium
Frank was an exceptional scholar-athlete. He was elected to Phi BetaKappa and delivered one of his class’s commencement addresses.
two strange damp spots were discovered in the frontyard. The investigation came to focus on HenryLambert, an itinerant laborer who at one time hadoccupied a camp on the Allen property. Witnesses testi-fied to seeing Lambert in the vicinity of the crime, butit was Frank Whittier’s determination, as the prosecu-tion’s scientific expert, that was most telling in thecase. He proved that one of the suspect’s shirts wasstained with human blood and also that the dampspots in the yard contained human blood. Althoughprimitive in light of current DNA analysis, for its time,the test was a significant breakthrough and usefulcrime-solving tool.
Whittier’s second accomplishment had a more pro-found impact on forensic analysis. Using microphotog-raphy, he was the first to discover that the firing pin ofevery rifle and pistol had unique irregularities on itssurface and that these marks were imbedded into thecap of a shell when a weapon was fired. Presented witha discharged shell, an investigator could, therefore,determine the gun to which it belonged. Ballisticsexperts subsequently applied this microphotographictechnique to the examination of expended bullets andbullet fragments which are, in a similar fashion, encod-ed with unique marks as a bullet moves through therifle barrel of a gun.
“His brains could not be bought.”
Not all the legal cases in which Frank Whittier becameinvolved were criminal. Some involved civil proceed-ings. Typically, these had to do with situations wherebeneficiaries of life insurance policies had to contesttheir inheritances in court against counter claims bythe insurance companies. In one such dispute, Frankwas recruited to conduct an autopsy on behalf of thebeneficiary of a local politician in Eastport. The ownerof the policy had slipped and fallen down some icysteps outside an armory on a cold February night in1914. He appeared to be recovering but died suddenlysix days later. Frank concluded that the man’s deathwas the result of a heart attack which may have beenprecipitated by the trauma from the fall. As a result,any accidental death provision in the man’s policywould still apply.
The incident reveals something of Frank’s basicintegrity. Whichever side paid his bills had nothing todo with how he conducted investigations or interpret-ed facts. The Eastport politician’s personal physicianhad already concluded that his patient’s death wasdirectly attributable to internal injuries suffered in hisfall, i.e. his accident. Frank’s report, while not dismis-sive of this explanation, altered it significantly.
Ballistics photo evidencefrom the Terrio trial, oneof Frank Whittier’s cases.
Newspaper article featuring Whittier’s use of the microphotography techniquethat he developed to match a shell cap with the weapon used in this crime.
Using microphotography, he was the first todiscover that the firing pin of every rifle andpistol had unique irregularities on its surfaceand that these marks were imbedded into the
cap of a shell when a weapon was fired.
1 Letter from James A. Spalding, Bowdoin College Manuscript Collections, Catalog No. M186, Bowdoin Class of 1885, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives,Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.
Frank’s honesty was beyond question. It was centralto his character and defined his reputation. A friend,for example, once said of him, “His brains could not bebought.”1 Nevertheless, there was one particular casewhere his judgment may have been influenced by fac-tors other than a dispassionate search for the truth. Onthe morning of April 11, 1924, the body of ClementSkolfield, a cousin of Eugenie’s, was found washed upon the shore, not far from the ancestral homestead onHarpswell Road. Clement was seventy-two and lived inthe great house built by Master George Skolfield,Eugenie’s grandfather. The most unusual finding regard-ing the discovery of Clement’s body was that a piece ofrope was tied around his neck and attached to the ropewas a crowbar. There were no signs of foul play.
Frank Whittier was called out to investigate andconcluded that it was possible that Clement mighthave been carrying the bar and rope to the shore andthen tripped and gotten tangled accidentally in therope. Frank admitted that there was no definitive proofthat the death was an accident or a suicide, but his
report clearly ameliorated the tragedy for hiswife and her relatives. It also protected theSkolfield reputation. Suicide, in a small NewEngland town early in the twentieth century,could stigmatize a family. At the same time,Frank’s reputation did not suffer. He was not,after all, ignoring evidence that might have let aguilty party escape punishment.
Frank’s purview was the investigation of anydeath that might be considered unusual.Without doubt, he was an insightful analyst, andhis expertise covered several fields, but his repu-tation and work load also benefited from the factthat (until its closing in 1921) he was associatedwith the only accredited medical school in thestate at Bowdoin. If not the preeminent forensicauthority in Maine, he was certainly a preemi-nent authority. Frank saw it all, and in 1918, healso worked through perhaps the most alarmingoccurrence in the history of American publichealth, the flu pandemic.
The armistice ending World War I wassigned in November of that year. The number of mili-tary and civilian deaths directly related to the conflictwas horrific. However, the mortality rates worldwideattributable to the flu pandemic were far higher. Frank
2 Bulletin, Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 2 February 1920, 1. in“Miscellaneous File”, Box 2, No. 21, Frank Nathaniel Whittier, Professional Correspondence,Letters, and Related Documents, Pejepscot Historical Society, Brunswick, Maine.3 Ibid.
…his reputation and work load alsobenefited from the fact that (untilits closing in 1921) he was associatedwith the only accredited medicalschool in the state at Bowdoin.
Bowdoin’s Medical School, Adams Hall (above)Frank Whittier on the steps of Adams Hall (right)
Portrait of Whittier as a U.S. Armymedical officer during World War I
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after complaining of breathing difficulties and a fever.Frank reviewed the man’s case history that had beenwritten by his doctor and then performed an autopsy.He concluded that the individual died of pneumoniawhich was, in turn, induced from his having inhaledsulphurous acid while at work.
Brunswick and its surrounding towns were stillvery rural in character during the first quarter of thetwentieth century. Farming (as well as fishing) was theprimary source of income for most people. As such,many of the cases that came to Whittier emerged outof an agrarian context. There were, for example, occa-sional outbreaks of anthrax poisoning. We associate
anthrax today with germ warfare,but the anthrax poisoning thatWhittier investigated was associat-ed with the naturally occurringmicrobe that is found most oftenin the hides, hair, or feces of cattleand sheep. There was another poi-son, strychnine, that is man-madeas opposed to naturally occurring,which was more ubiquitous thananthrax in the lives of ruralAmericans at the time. Strychninewas particularly useful in control-ling rodent infestations.
One of Frank’s most unusualinvestigations, at least in terms ofthe type of work he had to do,grew out of a woman’s charge thather husband tried to poison herwith strychnine. According toAlbertine Stover, on the evening ofMay 21, 1921, her husband of less
than a year took her to the movies for the first (andonly) time in their relationship. In the course of thepicture, he gave her some candies. She noticed, on eat-ing the third one, that it was extremely bitter. Withinthirty minutes of eating the candy, she became violentlyill, suffering from extreme abdominal pains and dizzi-ness. Albertine returned home with her husband andwas treated there by the family physician who diag-nosed her as suffering from some form of poisoning.She was up on her feet and well again within a day.
Subsequent testimony at the grand jury hearing andtrial revealed a number of incriminating facts thatpointed to Isaac Stover, Albertine’s husband. For exam-
signed up as an army physician during the war. He didmuch less forensic work, therefore, in 1918. In 1920,however, he received a mailing from the Bureau of theCensus in Washington which quantified the horren-dous impact of the pandemic. According to the report,there were 1,471,367 deaths in 1918 which translatedinto a rate of eighteen per one thousand.2 That was thehighest mortality rate on record in the history of thebureau. The actual number of deaths caused byinfluenza and pneumonia were 477,467, over thirty-two percent of the total.3 Most of those deaths cameduring the last four months of 1918, the high point ofthe pandemic. Approximately ten times more Americancivilians died from the flu overfour months in 1918 thanAmerican soldiers did fighting inWorld War I.
Many of the deaths Whittierinvestigated, before and after1918, were respiratory in origin.Tuberculosis was high on the listof diseases contributing to mor-tality rates in Maine. Of course,the fact that people lived inpoorly ventilated houses andbreathed in pathogens daily con-tributed significantly to theproblem. Rooms were oftenpainted with lead based paints.Houses were frequently heatedby coal furnaces and coal fire-places and soot particulatesfloated everywhere. Increasinglytoo, as the country became moreindustrialized, individuals
worked in hazardous environments. Long hours andunsafe machinery made factory labor particularly dan-gerous. In the houses of the period, breathing itselfcould be unhealthful. By 1915, Maine, with the otherNew England states, began to take steps to curb someof the excesses of unchecked industrial growth as ittouched on the health of workers. The state created anIndustrial Accident Commission to investigate abusesin the workplace. The commission recruited Whittierto do work for it. One such case, early in 1917,involved an employee of the International PaperCompany in Rumford. This man who was in his lateforties died within a week of first seeing his doctor
Within thirty minutes of eating the candy, she became violently ill, suffering from extreme abdominal pains and dizziness.
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prominent local citizens. Most owned farms or smallbusinesses and knew the Stover family. Not surprising-ly, Stover was found innocent. Also not surprisingly,Albertine Stover refused to live any longer in the samehouse with her husband. The couple divorced withinthree years.
Burning the candle at both ends
The sheer volume of Frank Whittier’s forensic papers istestimony to the thousands of hours of work he putinto the cases on which he worked. Once he was calledinto an investigation, he had to arrange for and carry
out laboratory tests; travel, whenappropriate, to accident and crimescenes; write autopsy and postmortem reports; maintain corre-spondence with concerned parties;and attend grand jury hearings andtrials. All of these activities, ofcourse, had to be fit into his manyother teaching, administrative, pro-fessional, and social responsibili-ties.
Whittier died, not entirelyunexpectedly, of a heart attackwhich he suffered on a train inUnion Station, Portland, Maine onthe morning of 23 December 1924.In his memorial address, delivered25 January 1925, President Sills ofBowdoin said of him that one finds“… the keynote to (his) career inhard work, in tireless industry. Ofall the men of my acquaintance heworked the hardest and rested the
least… (and) he worked, as few other men work, andlong into the night… Those lights in his laboratoryone could never find out, passed he by ever so late.” 5
Those lights burned because Whittier was fired byhis work. His commitment and energy were exception-al and, at times, undoubtedly excessive. That Sills rec-ognized this almost manic quality in Frank’s behaviorand that others did as well is apparent later in theaddress when he says “… (Frank) worked too when heknew perfectly well the cost. Many of his friends real-ized for some time the precarious condition of hishealth, but he would not stop…And so he went, as hemust have wished, and perhaps have foreseen, sudden-ly, still in the game, still working.” 6
ple, he was at the time clearly infatuated with a youngerwoman who was once his housekeeper. Stover hadarranged several visits with this girl, both away fromand at his house. On two occasions when the youngwoman visited the Stovers, Isaac took her off to a barnon the property and left Albertine behind. In addition,there was a supply of strychnine in the Stover housewhich was used, according to Isaac, for killing rats. Ofcourse, these are circumstantial pieces of evidence.Most serious of all, however, was the discovery by theprosecution that there had been a first Mrs. Stover whohad died unexpectedly six years earlier from some formof gastric distress.
Frank Whittier was calledinto the case by the attorneygeneral’s office to argue thatAlbertine Stover’s symptomswere consistent with strych-nine poisoning. Frank believedthey were and testified as such.However, on learning thatStover had a first wife whodied under unusual circum-stances, the prosecution decid-ed to disinter her body. Theywanted an autopsy performedto see if this woman mighthave died from strychnine poi-soning. Frank was sent, alongwith a group of other courtofficials, to the family cemeteryin Brooksville where the bodywas dug up and where heremoved the head, spinal col-umn, thoracic and abdominalviscera, liver, kidneys, stomach,uterus, and several other organs. He and a chemist fromBoston then tested tissue samples from these parts andorgans. One such test, albeit inconclusive in itself, waspresumptively positive for the presence of strychnine.Several other tests were negative, and Frank was left toconclude that although “…I feel it is probable that (thefirst) Mrs. Stover was poisoned by strychnine…it is notpossible to find the poison after a lapse of so manyyears.” 4
Isaac Stover was a prominent member of theBrooksville community and had served in the localgovernment. He was indicted by a grand jury and thentried in the Hancock County courthouse in Ellsworth.The all-male jury at the trial was made up also of
4 Letter dated 3 August 1921 from Frank Whittier to William Whiting, County Attorney of Hancock County in “Hancock County Stover Case” file, Box 2, No. 26, Frank Nathaniel Whittier,Professional Correspondence, Letters, and Related Documents, Pejepscot Historical Society, Brunswick, Maine.5 Frank N. Whittier 1861-1924, Bowdoin College Bulletin, No. 142, April 1925, 9-10. 6 Ibid., 10.
Frank Whittierscholar-athelete, gymnasium director, professor of physical training, lecturer in
hygiene, college physician, professor of bacteriology and pathology, deputy dean ofthe medical school. milk examiner of the town of Brunswick, Cumberland County
health commissioner, instructor at the Harvard summer school of physical training,medical officer in the United States Army, Maine’s first clinical pathologist.
“Those lights in his laboratory one could never find out, passed he by ever so late.”
Alfred and Samuel Skolfield used approximately 265,000 bricks of two distinct grades to build their Brunswickhouse. The more expensive, finely pointed bricks are in front, the cheaper bricks in the rear. This particular aspectof the house’s construction was not merely a reflection of the Skolfield’s frugality. It was also a manifestation of anarchitectural aesthetic of the Victorian Age, i.e. that which is beautiful and ceremonial should be displayed to thepublic and that which is utilitarian should be kept out of sight. That architectural aesthetic, in turn, expressed amore generic value of the period, viz. a clear division exists between the public, social, ceremonial realm and theprivate, personal, utilitarian one.
I have always been impressed with what first seemed to me a paradox in Frank Whittier’s life. He lived, at onelevel, an American idyll: scholar-athlete at Bowdoin, respected college professor, husband to a woman of high socialstanding, member of all the right clubs and organizations. Yet, Frank’s work also brought him into contact with thenether world of crime, violence, and death, and it was this world of murder and mayhem that helped pay the billsat the Whittier household. I think now that Frank Whittier’s life was not so much paradoxical as it was reflective ofthe zeitgeist, just like the bricks in his house on Park Row. B
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Paul D. Miller ’92 stands alone on the darkened stage of the emptyMiddle East nightclub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Climbing up to meet him, I step gingerly through tangled cables and electronics,wending my way around stacks of PA systems, microphones, and atable on which sit two sleek turntables. He is crouched inconcentration, bathed in the pale glow of his compact laptopcomputer, where an ever-changing, almost stroboscopic stream of
moving pictures flickers: stock footage of 1950s government-issued safety reels, freneticjazz drummers, futuristic computer animation of striding behemoth robots. These, inturn, are being thrown onto a large silver screen behind him.
But Miller is frustrated. The images are projecting instilted, staccato bursts, as if being forced through a conduitthat’s too constricted to handle their propulsive energy.
“We need different cables,” he says. “It plays all theimages really slow, no matter what adjustments I do. S-cables have a tendency to slow things down. I wannatake care of this now.”
I lend him a small jackknife, which he uses to fiddlewith the connection. Meanwhile, music pours forth fromlarge speakers flanking the stage. Syncopated rushes ofsnares and cymbals and churning upright bass arepunctuated with vinyl scratches then overlaid with keeningsaxophone wails and sounds of rushing traffic; cut up andpieced together again, the noise then turns on a dime tothrobbing electronic effects and skeletal beats, then fadesinto placid pools of nothingness before building again toanother crescendo.
This is the world Paul Miller has created, a proteanmicrocosm that draws freely on the detritus of art andmedia and culture that envelops us all — music, film,philosophy, literature, technology — then synthesizes theminto a recontextualized effusion of sight and sound. Usinghis turntables, his computers, and especially his canny,mischievous wit, Miller takes the recognizable andreconfigures it into something entirely new. He’s apreternaturally intellectual performer whose work isinformed by everything from arcane post-structuralisttheory to hip-hop culture to the cartoon characters oncereal boxes.
Miller is most famous as his “constructed persona,” DJSpooky (That Subliminal Kid). But Paul and Spooky aretwo distinct entities, as he’s quick to note when I see him a
Paul Miller ’92 mixes philosophy with pop culture,art with politics, literature with technology—andthen wraps it all in music. By Mike Miliard ’98
few months later lecturing to two rooms of rapt students at the Art Institute of Boston. (His draw is such that anoverflow room had to be set up with a live video feed of his presentation.) Pointing out that he considers himself to be primarily a writer and visual artist, with his music as an extension of those, Miller says simply, “I’m a two-part project.”
That’s an understatement. For most Bowdoin alumni, 11 years of post-college life could be summed up in a fewtidy resumé bullets. But an account of Miller’saccomplishments thus far — in music, visual art, newmedia, writing, teaching — is exhausting. His multifariouscareer has evinced an insatiable intellectual curiosity and ahyper-ambitious drive that’s taken him and his craft fromdecrepit Brooklyn warehouses to trippy desert happeningsto tony museum openings to European classrooms. Ifthere’s such a thing as a living embodiment of the Offer ofthe College, Miller is it.
A unique spin on music is what made Miller famous.The nine full-length albums and many more singles, EPs,soundtracks, and art projects he’s recorded, under both the DJ Spooky moniker and his own name since hisinfluential 1996 debut, Songs of a Dead Dreamer(Asphodel), have been instrumental in the evolution of“turntablism,” the emergence of the DJ — through use ofmixing, phasing, spinbacks, scratching, and sundry othersonic manipulations — as a band unto himself, an artistadept at weaving strands preexisting music into an entirelynew whole.
Early on, Miller gained attention as the architect of“Illbient,” a genre that fuses elements of electronica,drum’n’bass, hip-hop, dub reggae, and musique concrète tocreate an impressionistic aural evocation of the urban
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experience — both its multiethnic vibrancy and itsgrimy decay. As his career has progressed, his albumshave continued to furrow a singular path. The past 12months has seen the release of no fewer than three DJSpooky records, starting with May 2002’s Modern
Mantra (Shadow), a mix-album that finds Millerputting his own spin to tracks from fellow artists likeDJ Krush and Moby. For Optometry (Thirsty Ear),released last July, Miller solicited snatches of liveperformance from jazz titans like William Parker andMatthew Shipp, then patched them together in his own
inimitable way, creating the illusion of a seamlesswhole. This past March came Dubtometry (ThirstyEar), which subjects Optometry’s jazzy explorations to the spacey knob-tweaking of Jamaican dub masterslike Lee “Scratch” Perry and Mad Professor. The vastdifferences between these three records are emblematicof Miller’s quixotic quest to invent and reinvent hisown and others’ music, probing for new and differentsounds.
Then there’s everything else. Miller has contributedto the soundtracks of small indie films like theupcoming Quattro Noza, and Hollywood blockbusterslike Spawn and Scream 2. He’s collaborated on avantgarde music projects with Yoko Ono and Sonic Youth’sThurston Moore, and remixed songs for chart-topperslike Metallica and Sublime. He’s created multimedia artinstallations for Kunsthalle, Vienna and the Whitney
Biennial, but also paid the bills by developing ad workfor Gap and Absolut Vodka. He’s penned columns inalternative rags like the Village Voice and glossy magslike Vibe. Having previously been Editor-at-Large ofdigital arts magazine Art-Byte, last year Miller launched
his own forum for discussions of art, literature andcyber culture, an online magazine called 21C(www.21Cmagazine.com). He’s currently scribblingfuriously at two books — Flow My Blood The DJ Said,which probes the ramifications of intellectual propertyissues on youth culture, and And Now a Message From
Our Sponsors, a science fiction novel thattakes its cues from DJ culture — whichwill be published next year. He alsoteaches a course in “music mediated art”at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
“I’ve been through a lot of differentenvironments,” Miller says plainly.“Tonight, I’m in kind of an undergroundclub. Tomorrow I go back to New York.And then two days after that I’mperforming with the Royal Ballet ofMonaco. I’ll have to dress up for that one.”
Sitting in the Middle East’s spartandressing room, Miller, dressed down in alight blue denim shirt and a navy blueskullcap, explains in a nutshell how fouryears in a tiny pine thicket on the Mainecoast became one of the many stops onhis life itinerary.
“Of every college I checked out,Bowdoin was the most quiet and calm,”he says. “It seemed like a good place to
really retreat, get some breathing room and some timeto consolidate, get my head clear on things. I got a lotof reading done there, let’s put it that way.”
Miller grew up in Washington, D.C. — which he’sdescribed as something of a schizophrenic locale itself,encompassing as it does both the government of the world’smost powerful nation and one of the most segregatedpopulations, in terms of race and class, in America.
His father, who was Dean of Howard University’sLaw School, died when Miller was only three. But heleft his son his enormous and diverse record collection,a bequeathment with obvious import. Miller’s motherwas a clothing designer who would sometimes bringher son with her as she traveled the world searchingfor fabrics. This instilled in Miller an early appreciationfor the diversity of the world, and a fascination withwhat happens when disparate elements are
If there’s such a thing as a living embodiment of the Offer
Paul Miller, (right) with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Yoko Ono
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commingled. (At his Art Institute of Bostonpresentation, Miller shows a slide of himself and hisfamily, which was taken when he was barely a year old,and points out the provenance of each member’sclothes: “Russia. . .Ghana. . .Brazil. . .”)
Another early influence was D.C.’s fertile music scene,which, when Miller was growing up in the early andmid-’80s, boasted everything from frenetically funky,bass- and beat-heavy go-go bands like Trouble Funk toferocious punk acts like Minor Threat and Bad Brains(the latter of whom may have influenced DJ Spooky’sgenre-bending with their equal enthusiasm forsupersonic hardcore and laconic dub reggae).
It was all very enriching. But Miller needed a breakfrom the city’s incessant energy, a place where he couldprocess all this input. Small, quiet Bowdoin seemedjust place for him to clear his head, and foment an ideaof who he was and what he wanted to be; it alsooffered four years to bury himself in books like W.E.B.DuBois’s The Souls of Black Folk and the journals ofFrederick Douglass, or modernist theory like TheodorAdorno’s writings on mass-culture and music, orWalter Benjamin’s essay “The Work of Art in the Age ofMechanical Reproduction.”
“I got a lot of reading done,” Miller repeats. “Ireally enjoyed that.”
Like it is for so many students, theBowdoin campus was ideal for Miller asa locale where ideas germinated, aremoved vantage point from which toponder the world before going out toconfront it.
“Bowdoin had a seminar at Wilson[Woodrow Wilson High School], where Iwent to high school,” he says. “And theyinvited a whole bunch of students to goup and check it out. I thought it was apretty interesting scenario. I grew upnear Dupont Circle, downtown. And bya certain point you just want peace aftera while.”
“I just got a house in the BerkshireMountains,” adds the Manhattandenizen. “I think Bowdoin made meenjoy the country a little bit more.”
So in the fall of 1988, Miller headednorth, moved into a triple in AppletonHall, and set to work. But his initialcourse-work was about as far from his future career ascould be.
“I studied in geopolitics and macro-economic
theory, basically, for the first year and a half,” he says.“I interned at the State Department [during summers].I was studying African studies, conflict resolution incentral and West Africa, terrorism, stuff like that. Justheavy duty, hardcore stuff. I really thought I was gonnago into diplomacy or something. Then I realized, ‘Youknow what? I just can’t deal with this, this is toohectic.’”
By sophomore year, Miller had moved into themural-bedecked digs of the arty Delta Sig fraternityhouse.
He’d also found a double-major that was perhapsbetter suited to his new house. A double major ofPhilosophy and French Literature, especially thewritings of French deconstructionists like JacquesLacan and Michel Foucault, would come to have aprofound bearing on Miller’s approach to art, indeedto life.
“It seemed like philosophy spoke to me a lot morethan macroeconomic theory,” he says. “The economicsstuff was very much governmental policy. I’m moreinto art.”
At his Art Institute of Boston presentation, Millertalks to the students about his unorthodox approach tophilosophy classes.
“I went to school near here, a place called BowdoinCollege, up in Maine,” he tells the students. “And atthe time, the whole deconstruction scene was goingon. So I’d get in debates with my class professor. I’d
say, ‘It’s all about Hegelian dialectics, right? It’s aboutthesis, antithesis, synthesis?’ So I’d bring in a KRS-ONE mix-tape and say, this is dialectics too, right? And
Miller mixing it up at the turntables.
of the College, Miller is it.
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underground culture, and that kind of stuff. But theywere really mainstream. Their relationship to campus[was different], a lot of them wanted to hang out withpeople from the military base [Brunswick Naval AirStation]. I never got so keyed on that.”
By the time junior year rolled around, Miller optednot to study abroad. Instead, he headed back towardshome, enrolling for a year at Howard University, wherehis father had been Dean. (And which was founded byBowdoin alumnus Oliver Otis Howard.)
“I came from Washington, which is a very blackcity, so it was just. . .y’know, the pendulum swings indifferent directions at different times,” he says. “Goingto Howard was a really good way to refresh mymemory of things, to sort of recalibrate back to what Iviewed as an ‘African-American’ educational process.
“But,” Miller stresses, “I never felt too muchpressure. All in all, the pressure was over me to do wellin school, to keep cool and relax, and be sure to justwork, figure things out. I wasn’t, how should I put it,strictly an ‘African-American’ at Bowdoin. I was astudent. I could have been student X anywhere.”
“At that time I considered myself very much intothe cultural politics of being hybrid, of checking out allsorts of stuff. I joined a feminist organization, I starteda reading group with a Russian studies professor, I waswriting for the Village Voice before I graduated, Iplayed soccer my first year, I was into tennis, I taughtmyself chess. When I was at Bowdoin I had a 1968Alfa Romeo Spider. I got really into old cars — I’d getthem cheap and learn how to fix them up. The winterswere really harsh on them, though.”
But of all his extracurricular activities, by far themost significant was Miller’s weekly radio show onWBOR, in the old Moulton Union studio.
“It was called “Dr. Seuss’s Eclectic Jungle,” he says.“I would play a lot of experimental pop, electronicmusic, punk, stuff like that. And I had a really goodtime doing it.”
Late nights in the silent station, Miller wouldplunder the station’s vast vinyl archives. Sometimeswith as many as three turntables spinning at once,sometimes with all three revolving at different RPMs,he’d cast his aural spell — weaving genres, tanglingbass lines and beats, overlaying spoken words,transmitting a seductive, ambient pastiche out into thechilly Mid-Coast night.
Miller has called “Eclectic Jungle” an “artmusicprogram.” From the sounds of it, it was as freeform as
he’d say, ‘No, no, that’s urban youth culture.’ But backin Greece, Plato woulda been on a soapbox doing thisthing, right?”
Synthesizing seemingly antithetical forces into anew whole has come to be central to Miller’s art. In a1998 interview with Plexus magazine, he’s more specificabout what he meant in those class discussions.
“I remember even taking a mix tape to one of myphilosophy professors after we had a discussion aboutImmanuel Kant and his critique of rationality. On themix tape were William Burroughs, fragments ofLangston Hughes, fragments of Paul Robeson singing‘I’ve Known Rivers,’ Public Enemy, and NoamChomsky’s discussions on language. The professorthought I was joking. That’s how I started getting intodeejaying, I guess.”
I ask Miller if there are any professors he rememberswith particular fondness.
“Professor VanderWolk in the French department.Professor Denis Sweet in the philosophy department,who was my philosophy advisor. I did my senior thesiswith him.”
What on?“Ludwig Feuerbach. I focused on Feuerbach’s
relationship to Wagner and the Ring Cycle, and howthat fits into total artwork and theater, and. . . reachesout to early urges of pop culture and multimedia.”
Miller was clearly fascinated with plumbing thenature of things, with taking canonical sources,parsing their various components, and thenexamining them alone and together inrecontextualized form so as to gain a new perspectiveon their true natures. He clearly still is. Just fewmonths ago he unveiled a project called Rebirth of aNation at the Massachusetts Museum ofContemporary Art. In it, Miller took D.W. Griffith’sprofoundly influential but horribly racist film, Birth ofa Nation, and applied Spooky’s DJ logic to it —rejiggering some scenes, repeating others, removingsome entirely, inserting still others where theyshouldn’t be — and using this cut-up technique tocast new light on matters of race and society.
Which brings us to another issue: what was it likefor Miller as an African-American student at a collegethat, despite its better efforts at attracting minorities,was still predominantly white?
“You always felt a little under siege,” he says. “A lotof my fellow African-Americans were of a little more ofa conservative vibe than me. I was into art,
Miller’s overarching philosophy is that there arecountless different ways to receive and interpret theincessant chatter of information that surrounds us.
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freeform radio can be. Sometimes he’d take apreexisting hip-hop number, one that relied heavily onsamples from an older song, then burrow in the ’BORarchives, find the song from which the sample wasculled, and play both at the same time. Sometimes he’dswitch on a CD player and a tape player in addition tothe three turntables. Between songs, he might expoundon issues of art and philosophy — with comedyalbums playing beneath his voice-over.
It was also about this time, “the dark ages of theearly ’90s,” that Millerwas making his firststabs at electronic soundmanipulation.
“I made some of myfirst tracks when I was atBowdoin,” he says. “Istudied with ElliottSchwartz.”
Miller’s mind raceswhen he considers whatmore he might haveaccomplished had histenure on campus beenblessed with the sametechnological advantagesthe Bowdoin studentbody now enjoys.
“The world haschanged so much in justa short time,” hemarvels. “I rememberwhen I was at Bowdoin,they barely had Internet.And now, from what I’veheard, it’s wirelesseverything.”
Flash forward 12 years.Now Paul Miller is the teacher, not the student,lecturing to the audience at the Art Institute of Boston.“We’re the first generation to grow up with media allaround us,” he reminds them. Every one of themshould be “able to absorb anything and make yourown version,” he says. He calls the artificial linebetween art and pop culture “a very 20th century” wayof thinking. On more than one occasion he pauses andsays, “I hope I’m not being too non-linear. But, hey, I’m a DJ.”
Non-linear is exactly what he is. But that’s thewhole point. Miller’s overarching philosophy is thatthere are countless different ways to receive andinterpret the incessant chatter of information thatsurrounds us. And he’s shown by example that one can build a unique and rewarding career byexploring them.
“These are all hobbies,” he says when I ask if hehas advice for soon-to-be Bowdoin grads who mightwant to hew to a less traditional career path. Hismusic, his writing, his multimedia installations all juststarted off as “stuff that I was kind of into and thoughtit would be fun to noodle around with.”
It’s even been lucrative at times — “but outside ofthat normal framework of the investment banker in asuit. It allows me to have what I view as a differentkind of cultural environment.
“Most of my friends whograduated from Bowdoinwent into banking,” Millercontinues. “I want to showthat Bowdoin can bedifferent. It doesn’t alwayshave to always be that way,y’know?”
Back at the Middle East, theclub is full. The opening acthas warmed up the crowd,and DJ Spooky is nowholding forth, commandingthe gyrating throngs with aself-possessed assuredness, agentle hand. Throngs contortrhythmically as the musicbobs and weaves and twistsand turns; Miller’s long,dexterous fingers slide acrosshis turntable, scratching,pulling the melody back andpushing it forward. Betweensongs he gives a shout out toslain RUN-D.M.C. DJ JamMaster Jay (“Respect thearchitect!”), then he weighsin on the threat of war in
Iraq. Then, sipping gingerly from a glass of red wine,he goes back to work, weaving great sheets of sound— pulses and sine waves of ambient noise, stutteredwith turntable manipulation, shrouding recognizablesnatches of Prince and U2. First the sound is ebullient,then turns hard and vaguely sinister. All the while, itkeeps pace with the imagery — old cartoons, orbitingspacemen, George W. Bush as a turbaned Taliban —that flit fluidly across the screen. Apparently he foundthe right cable after all.
The whole tableau is as illustrative as can be ofMiller’s inclusive worldview.
“The idea is just to really give no sense of boundaryat all. To just say, ‘Hey, man, it’s all part of the flow.’” B
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Mary Christina Zierak Simpson ’97 and GregSimpson were married on July 13, 2002, Bristol,RI. Bowdoin friends at the ceremony were (l to r): Kelley McGrath Mast ’97, Erin SierakHegarty ’97, Greg and Mary, Todd Weaver ’94,Megan O’Leary ’97, and Liz Jetton ’97.
Leah McConaughey ’01 and Jonathan Shank were married last LaborDay in Rhode Island among several Bowdoin friends (l to r): AdamZimman ’00, Kate Maselli ’01, Amanda McGovern ’01, Jonathan andLeah, Rosanne DeMaio ’01, and Geoff Chamberlain ’01.
Emily Snow Cates ’97 and Matt Cates ’96 (bottom center) were marriedon May 26, 2002, in Scottsdale, Arizona. They were joined by classmates(l to r) Jill Marden ’97, Julia Bonarrigo ’97, John Dickinson ’96, JamesGarner ’96, Lincoln Sise ’97, Sarah Kurz ’96, Ty Smith ’96, Jodi Zagorin’97, Jeff d’Entremont ’96, Jessica Howland d’Entremont ’97, JenniferSnow ’91, and Dave Wilby ’91.
Kevin Petrie ’95 and Jessica Taisey (Bates ’99) were married on June 29, 2002. Bowdoinites joiningthe festivities were front row (l to r): Rob Taisey ’75, Archie Lin ’95, Seth Jones ’95. Middle row (lto r): Andrew Allen ’63, Chris Aidone ’95, Jessica and Kevin, Laura Folkemer ’95, Melissa Mills’95, Carrie Hess ’97. Back row (l to r): Josh Sorensen ’95, Josh Aronson ’95, Tim Poppema ’95, JonWinnick ’95, Warren Empey ’95, Chad Mills ’95, and Brian Wedge ’97.
Alison DiSalvo Ryan ’99 and Brendan Ryan ’99 were married on July 27, 2002 in Kennebunkport, Maine. Present were front row kneeling (l to r):Steve Lafond ’99, Greg Mazares ’99, Alison and Brendan, Chris Day ’99, Patrick Marx ’99, Scott Fox ’00, John McAuliffe ’99. Back row (l to r): HowardVandersea, Mike Farrell ’01, Gretchen Scharfe ’99, Julie DeVincentis Saxton ’99, Kevin Saxton ’99, Katie DiResta Sullivan ’99, Joe Doyle ’01, JessicaScott ’99, Kathleen Phillips ’99, Kevin Meier ’00, Sean Lanigan ’01, Wes Bretton ’99, Phil Lintz ’99, Tim Lawson ’01, Hayes MacArthur ’99, Randy Petit’99, Nicole Carpentier ’01, John Paquet ’99, Jared Pheifer ’99, David Lovely ’99, Rob Brown ’99, Aileen Donohue ’98, Chandler Perine ’99, MollyScharfe ’99, Steve Prinn ’99, Lindsay Russell ’99, Coach Phil Soule, Jamie Moseley ’99.
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Cristina McLaughlin McCullough ’99 marriedMatt McCullough (Fairfield ’93) on September28, 2002. Bowdoin friends joining the celebrationincluded front row (l to r): Laura PalangeRomano ’99, Marcie Cheney ’99, Cristina (groomis missing from this photo!), Lisa McLaughlin ’00,Dana Krueger ’99, and Karen Traister ’99.
Chrissy Booth ’99 married Dan Flicker ’00 in Boston on August 3, 2002. Many fellow Chi DeltaPhi alumni attended the wedding front row (l to r): Andrew Gould ’00, Kim French ’99, Sarah Lange ’99, Mike Bouyea ’99, Elizabeth Hunt ’99. Middle row (l to r) Meaghan Curran ’00,Gennie Marvel ’99, Monica Ares ’99, Michelle Knutson ’99, Dan and Chrissy, Danielle Lavertu ’98,Jon Rechner ’00, Mary Vicki Papaioannou ’00, Jessica Clark ’00, Karen Viado ’00, Kristin SigmondAuffermann ’99. Back row (l to r): Brian Guiney ’00, Tyler Olbres ’99, Genevieve Polk ’99, Matt Maiberger ’98, Ivan Pirzada ’99, Will Herrmann ’99, Paul Aufferman ’99, Matt Davison ’99,Norah Simpson ’00, Jeremy Moberg-Sarver ’00, and Matt Henson ’00.
Jeff Miller ’74 and Abby Casell were married in St. Louis on November 24,2001. Bowdoin friends and family in attendance included l to r: Peter Drake’75, Mason Miller ’05, Daniel Miller ’05, Abby and Jeff, and Chape Whitman’74. “Drake forgot the banner, so we had to improvise,” wrote Chape.
Charlotte Thebaud Hemr ’93 married Kurt Hemr on October 12, 2002in Nantucket, MA in the company of many Bowdoin friends (l to r):Lydia Midwood ’94, Shana Hunter ’93, Charlotte and Kurt, CarolynRussell ’93, Kate Roche ’93, and Nancy Conners Hill ’93.
Sonig Doran Schiller ’96 and Jonathan Schiller ’96 were married on October 5, 2002, inHuntersville, North Carolina. Among Polar Bear friends and family were front row (l to r): MylesSchiller ’68, Alan Schiller ’63, Robert Doran ’67, John Doran ’73, Berle Schiller ’65, Jonathan andSonig, Holly Shaw Michaud ’97, Trista North ’96, Ann Frekko Raffo ’96, Kristi LeBlanc Paquette’96, Jennifer Cain Cross ’93, Benjamin Harrison ’95, Joseph Michaud ’94. Back row (l to r):Michael Berkoff ’95, Brendan Lynch ’95, Jared Paquette ’98. Not pictured: Craig Hopkins ’95,Matthew Furtney ’95, Lindsey Christie Furtney ’97.
Jenna Woodbury ’95 married Brian Lugers onOctober 27, 2002 in Moab, Utah, amongBowdoin friends (l to r): Katherine Gill ’95,Brian and Jenna, and Lindsey Oswald ’96.
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Alison Titus Harden ’97 and John Harden ’98 were married on September14, 2002, in Martinsville, Maine surrounded by Bowdoin friends andfamily Front row (l to r): Richard Horn ’62, Tom Holland ’62, Alan Titus’62, Brad McConky ’58. Second Row (l to r): Eliza Wilmerding ’97, CorenCaisse ’97, Tara Boland ’97, Erin Sierak Hegarty ’97, Alison and John, BetsyJackson ’97, Linsey Furtney ’97. Third row (l to r): Nancy Sacco ’97, DanSaco ’96, Brian Fontana ’97, Lindsay Dewar ’97, Adam Rudiger ’97, MattFurtney ’95, Gerun Riley ’98, Tara Dugan ’97, Bridget Foley ’99. Fourthrow (l to r): Jeff Kurzon ’98, Eric Buxton ’99, Noah Riley ’00, ChrisKondrat ’98, Ian McKee ’98, Rich Maggiotto ’96. Fifth row (l to r): PeterCooper ’98, Art Kirby ’98, Steve Fahy ’99, Tom Casarella ’00, Jay Lessard’98. Absent from photo: Robert Millar ’62 (officiant), Peter Webster ’62.
Robert Anderson ’92 wed Lynn Powers on May25, 2002 at Kilcolgan Castle, Kilcolgan, CountyGalway, Ireland. Polar Bears in attendanceincluded (l to r) Shaun Cooney ’91, Rob andLynn, and Rob’s brother, Dave Anderson ’00.
Erin Hynes ’97 and David Naspo ’97 were married on September 7, 2002.Bowdoin friends in attendance were front row (l to r): Erin and David, Dan Kittredge ’97. Second row (l to r): Mike Treat ’97, Alexis Bailey ’98,Tony Minella ’98, Sage Margraf Minella ’98, Eric Darci ’97, MarkMcCormick ’96, Alethea Walton McCormick ’97, Carrie Ardito Johnson’97, Kris Bennhoff ’97, Nat Wysor ’97. Third row (l to r): Lindsay Dewar’97, Brian Fontana ’97, Paul Hindle ’97, Kerryn Shean ’96, Thekla Olson’96, Christine Kane ’96, Kaitlin Thomas ’97, Paul Johnson ’94, NancyRoman Sacco ’97, Dan Sacco ’96. Fourth row (l to r): John Armstrong ’97,Tyler Sutherland ’97, Mark Ragosa ’97, Katie Hood ’00, John Whipple ’97.Back row (l to r): Adam Taylor ’97, Shawn Markey ’97, Pete Comeau ’97.
Katherine Miller Needleman ’00 and Matthew Needleman ’00 were married on June 30, 2002, inPrinceton, NJ. Bowdoin attendees included front row (l to r): Stew Mackie ’00, Lisa McLaughlin ’00,Michael Miller ’96, Katherine and Matthew, Anne Hackman ’00. Back row (l to r): Jeff Bedrosian ’00, PaulMalmfeldt ’98, Seth Ritter ’00, Charles Gray ’00, Eric Ebeling ’98, and David Lawrence ’00.
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28Evelyn MacLeod Harvey, wife of the late W.Preston Harvey, “died on July 21, 2002 atthe Brockton, MA Hospital after a briefillness at the age of 96. For as many years aspossible she has made gifts to the College inthe memory of my father. She even madeone last gift to Bowdoin, the only specificbequest from her very modest estate,”reports her son, George A. Harvey ’55.
31Class Secretary and Planned GivingAgent: The Rev. Albert E. Jenkins, Merrill Gardens #115, 13250 Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90601-4344
32Planned Giving Agent: Edwin F. Estle
Gilman Arnold, Jr. “died in Scarborough,Maine on December 25, 2002 after a verybrief illness. He was a resident of Floridafor the past 32 years, but spent summerswith his step-daughter, Jacqueline Iaconeta,since the death of his wife, Clara, in 1992,”reported a family member in late January.
33George Pettengill and his family “had areal Bowdoin family gathering forThanksgiving 2002. Three generations ofBowdoin alumni got together: DanielPettengill ’37, Richard Pettengill ’64,Kendall Chenoweth ’90, ChrystalChenoweth (Bowdoin Exchange), withthe potential of yet another generationBowdoin student, Annabelle Chenoweth(2023?). If Annabelle should attendBowdoin, she will be the sixth generationin the family to do so. There are two priorgenerations of alumni in the family:George and Daniel are the sons of Ray W.Pettengill Class of 1905, and thegrandsons of George Thomas Little,Class of 1877.” See accompanying photo.
34 Robert W. Winchell reports: “Thanks to afew pills and doctors, Janet and I are stillupright and enjoying our summers at Orr’sIsland and winters in Brunswick atThornton Oaks. Highlights of our lives, ofcourse, are visits from, and visits to, ourfive children, ten grandchildren, and eightgreat-grandchildren—not all at once, thank
heaven! We are so fortunate to be able toattend so many events here at Bowdoin.”
Blake Wright updates: “Now a resident ata retirement community in Walpole, MA.”
35Class President and Class Agent: Nathan W. WatsonPlanned Giving Agent: Richard V. Kemper
Richard Kemper spent his winter inFlorida after last summer’s cool weather in Boothbay Harbor.
36 Tom Gibb updates: “I am 87 years oldand aging fast because of Lyme disease. I still like the deer that come to the backyard from time to time! I still drive, butnot at night, and not as far as Bowdoin. I retired in 1980 from the faculty at Tufts University.”
Fred Mann writes: “On our autobusfrom Massachusetts to Florida last October,I borrowed a newspaper from a guy acrossthe aisle. After belated introductions, adelightful surprise: Mark Hamlin. We hadnot seen another for more than 65 years.Thereafter, I really enjoyed the trip!”
37Planned Giving Agent: Daniel W. Pettengill
Ernest Lister says: “It was a great pleasureto be back for my 65th.”
38Class Secretary: Andrew H. Cox, 540 Harland St., Milton, MA 02186Class Agent: S. Kirby Hight
Carl Barron updates: “I am working fourdays per week as a partner in CaruAssociates. I sold Putnam Furniture Leasing
Family ties: George Pettengill ’33, DanielPettengill ’37, Richard Pettengill ’64, KendallChenoweth ’90, and (seated on floor) CrystalChenoweth (Bowdoin Exchange), ponder thepotential of yet another generation Bowdoinstudent, Annabelle Chenoweth (2023?).
Co. sixty years after I founded it. Mybeloved wife, Ruth, passed away a year ago.Fortunately, I see and enjoy my fivechildren, nine grandchildren, and fourgreat-grandchildren. Plus, my hobbies andinterests keep me busy. I am nowprocessing 30,700 color slides on mycomputer. They cover over 50 years and arefull of fond memories, joy and sadness.”
Edward J. Brown sadly reports: “My wife,Bernice, died in June 2001. We weremarried for 59 years and were in business inEastham for 50 years. My son, David, nowhas the store and is doing very well. He has15 full-time employees, and in thesummers, there are 45 employees. I heardfrom Al Steeves just today (November 30).”
Howard B. Miller reports: “I am notwell; I have that dread disease, Parkinson’s.”
39Class Secretary: John H. Rich, Jr., RockyPoint Lane, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107Class Agent: C. Ingersoll ArnoldPlanned Giving Agent: Austin Nichols
Milton M. Gordon “received theDistinguished Career Award from theInternational Migration Section of theAmerican Sociological Association at itsannual meeting in Chicago in August,2002. He was cited for theoretical work inassimilation and multiculturalism thatconsisted of ‘bold and pioneeringscholarship that put this subject on theworld’s research agenda.’ Milton isProfessor Emeritus of Sociology at theUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst.”Ed.: Milton Gordon received theDistinguished Bowdoin Educator Award in1992 and was cited in that award as a“sociologist of international repute.” See accompanying photo.
40Class Agent: Harry H. Baldwin III
Philip Johnson updates: “We are now inour seventh year of residency at a seniorsonly condo called ‘Tamaron.’ Enjoying alifestyle where all outside work like lawncutting and snow removal is handled bypaid workers. Our responsibility is theinterior of our unit. I do not miss the city,and the commute by train to Manhattan.My four sons and daughters arehomeowners and working in interestingoccupations. One daughter lives inSweden and is often a visitor here.”
Edward J. Platz reports: “Have had threestrokes and one T/A and am still kicking.”
Brooks Webster says: “Betty and I stillplay golf two to three times per week,although our scores seem to go up alongwith our ages. Just glad to be here.”
Henry Wheeler writes: “After openheart surgery this year, May and I lookforward to our next reunion.”
41Class Secretary: Henry A. Shorey, P. O. Box317, Bridgton, ME 04009 (May 1-Nov. 20);211 Islip Way, Sun City Center, FL 33573(Dec. 1-Apr. 30)Class Agents: Maurice T. Littlefield andThomas J. Sheehy, Jr., M.D.
Robert D. Barton is “enjoying living inWashington during the winter, andBoothbay Harbor in the summer. We nowhave two great-granddaughters, bothliving in Darien, CT.”
Preston Brown writes: “Lois and I arein a continuing care retirementcommunity at Mary’s Woods in LakeOswego, Oregon. Lois is in assisted livingwith evidence of Alzheimer’s, and gettingthe best of care. I am ‘baching’ it in acomfortable villa with more room than Ineed but enjoying it. Oregon is ouradopted state and it is a beautiful place.”
Edward Cooper’s widow, Midge, wrotein late December: “I shall be in Florida forChristmas with our daughter, Lynne, andfamily, and for our grandson’s wedding.”
Garth Good “retired from occupations:sold fire trucks in New England for manyyears; moved to Florida, where I wasinvolved in real estate. I live on a golfcourse and play nine holes with groups afew times a week. Have fished some, andenjoy the weather. Correspond with myfriend and classmate, Ted Hussey,
regularly. Miss seeing Bowdoin’s athleticgames but, can’t have everything.”
Thomas Sheehy reports: “Tom’s ’69daughter, Sara ’93 and husband, JamesMichael Finnerty ’92, had James MichaelFinnerty, Jr. on February 28, 2003—myfirst great-grand. I am keeping busy doingvolunteer work for Nassau CountyMedical Society. Am involved with MedicalQuality Assurance in New York State, andwork hard at being a grandparent.”
42Class Agent: William J. Georgitis
Stevens L. Frost “recently enjoyed a five-week cruise from Spain to all the AtlanticIslands: Canaries, Cape Verdes, Ascension,St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha, St. Georges—ending in the Faulkland Islands.”
Joe McKay updates: “Our grandson,Luke McKay, is a member of the 2007class, and son of Bruce (Princeton ’72)and Phoebe McKay.”
43Class Agent: Edward F. Woods, D.M.D.Planned Giving Agent: Andre Benoit
Edward T. Richardson, Jr. “published amemoir of my war experiences in WWII,called Blood and Candles, and had a 50-year retrospective exhibition ofphotographs at the Westbrook College artgallery of UNE during the summer,sponsored by the Portland Camera Club.”
Wilfred T. Small reports: “Stillsurviving in Florida. Eleven grandchildrenall doing well. Looking forward to our60th in June.”
Eliot Tozer, a New York free-lance writer,wrote an article entitled “Find the LostColony” about the 17th century Englishcolony at Fort St. Georges in Popham,
Milton M. Gordon ’39 received the DistinguishedCareer Award from the International MigrationSection of the American Sociological Associationat its annual meeting in Chicago in August, 2002.
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Frost among the penguins. Stevens L. Frost’42 enjoyed a five-week cruise from Spainthrough the Atlantic islands last year.
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Maine for the magazine Early AmericanLife. Ed.: To read the article in the April 2003issue, visit www.earlyamericanlife.com.
44Class Agent: Walter S. Donahue, Jr.Planned Giving Agent: Balfour H. Golden
Jerrold Hickey quips: “Still editor atBostonia. Is it masochism or inertia?”
W. Robert Levin writes: “I’m spendingwinter months in Boynton Beach, Florida.(561) 736-3148.”
45Class Secretary and Class Agent: Robert I.de Sherbinin, 516 Fearrington Post,Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC 27312Planned Giving Agent: Timothy M. Warren
Norman Barr is “enjoying world travel,fishing, and my retirement village.”
Jesse Corum reports: “We are movingto Penney Retirement Community. Hopeto sell our home on Upper Saranac Lakethis summer and take up our newresidence on or about Labor Day.”
John Curtis updates: “I am still practicingmedicine for the county health department,the Great Fall Public Schools, and a fitnesscenter. Duties include brandishing mymalpractice insurance certificates; all otherduties are inconsequential. Jean and I arestill healthy!”
Frederick J. Gregory “moved to Belfast in2000 and enjoying time here on Swan Lake.”
James MacNaughton writes: “May and Iare still living in Queensbury, NY. I havewritten two historical books since retiring.Our children are all married.”
Adin Merrow reported last winter: “Mywife had cancer almost two years ago,which was surgically removed successfully.The complications have abated, so wehave only begun to enjoy retirement thepast six months. Have been swimmingdaily the past six months but, nocompetition yet—may try in 2003.”
A. Chandler Schmalz reported inDecember: “My new hip and I are a littlemore than a year together and seem to begetting along quite well with each other.Not doing any traveling—maybe in ’03.Gail had a fall on her repaired knee, andthat has slowed us down a bit, too. Thisaging process is a real and attention-getting adventure. Glad to still be a part ofit! Swimming three times a week has donewonders for the arthritic back and knees.Recommend it highly.”
46Class Agent: Campbell Cary Planned Giving Agent: Philip F.M. Gilley, Jr.
Samuel Gross is “emeritus professor at theUniversity of Florida, is living with wife,Ina, in the Chapel Hill area of NC, andstill working as clinical professor at UNCand Duke. Tom ’76 lives in Israel withtwo sons and wife, Liz. Ellen ’84 lives inVA with daughter, son, and spouse, Dave.Sara lives in Ohio, as does Abby, withdaughter, son, and spouse, Bill. They wereeducated elsewhere!”
J. Morgan Heussler updated early lastwinter: “Marti and I left our Bowdoin(town of) and Bowdoin (College) friendsin March ’02 and moved to Elma, NY,where we came from. We have an 1890shouse on two acres and are near most ofour kids and grandkids. Took delivery of18 cords of logs and am busy makingthem into firewood. Still working forMosaic Infoforce, collecting data insupermarkets, drug stores, and massmerchandisers (helps keep one focusedand alert). Marti makes everythingbeautiful with her gardening skills and herpersonality. Looking forward to our 60th.”
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Don Lukens “attended Bates V-12reunion with a number of Bowdoin ladsthis past October. Attended Herb French’s50th wedding ‘surprise’ celebration inVermont. Keeping busy traveling andletting no moss grow yet on my feet.”
John Taussig, Jr. “and Ann have movedback to our home in Wolfeboro, NHpermanently. No more long trips fromWilliamsburg, Virginia.”
Neil Taylor, Jr. “just retired after 50years of medical practice. Deliveredapproximately eight tons of babies—mostlyat 3:00 a.m.”
D.D. Van Soelen writes: “Emmy and Ithoroughly enjoyed the Bowdoin, Bates,Colby cruise on the canals of Holland andBelgium. On our return to Amsterdam, wespent another three delightful days (all inspite of some rainy weather, to beexpected) in Amsterdam and then tookthe fast train to Paris (where the weatherwas warmer) and spent anotherwonderful five days. One of the highlightsof the trip was the Keukenhof Gardens—just beautiful.”
47Class Secretary: Kenneth M. Schubert, 11 Whisperwood Point, Galena, IL 61036Class Agent: Charles A. CohenPlanned Giving Agent: Robert L. Morrell
Bud Gill “recently join40ed the staff ofBetsy Hines, Realtors in Marshfield, MA.Bud and his family are long-term residentsof Marshfield, and over the years havewitnessed the town’s growth from 2,200residents to today’s 27,000-plus. Bud’seducational background includes study atWentworth Institute and the BostonArchitectural Center. The years followingthe educational process traversed careers inthe fields of architecture and architecturalrepresentation of building productmanufacture prior to retirement two yearsago.” From a Weymouth, MA WeymouthNews article, December 25, 2002.
George H. Griffin “is alive and well and living in the Northwest. Justcelebrated 40th wedding anniversary, have two grown children—Nancy, alawyer, and Geoffrey, a corporateexecutive—and two grandchildren,Graham and Hannah Griffin.”
“In 2002, Joseph Holman retired from hislaw practice in Farmington, where he joinedhis father Currier C. Holman, Class of 1906, in 1951, which office was establishedby his grandfather, Joseph C. Holman, in 1864. I plan to do a lot of fly-fishing,
snowmobiling, and some traveling.”Phil Smith invites “all Bowdoin alumni
welcome (two or four at a time). Comeexplore, play golf at R.T. Jones, Jr. courseat Four Seasons or just enjoy sun andbeach. Phone or e-mail: (869) 469-9445or [email protected].”
Widge Thomas updates: “We aregetting settled into our new cottage atPiper Shores, Scarborough, Maine. Joanie’sand my health is quite good. Therefore,we have no complaints!”
48Class Secretary and Class Agent: C. Cabot Easton, 2 Tobey Lane, Andover, MA 01810Class Agent: Robert W. MillerPlanned Giving Agent: Donald F. Russell
C. Cabot Easton wrote last winter:“Ruby and I are enjoying retirement andkeeping very busy volunteering with anumber of local organizations. We will bein California for the holidays with thewhole family, then the two of us onSanibel Island, FL for February. Hope tolink up with several ’48 members andother Bowdoin people. Daughter Marthateaches art history at Bryn Mawr, lives inPrinceton, NJ, and has two children. SonMark is a partner in the law firm ofO’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles in thecorporate department; family (2 children)lives in Palos Verdes, south of L.A.; Markis a Swarthmore and Harvard Law grad.Daughter Margaret is an attorney inBoston, lives in Sudbury in a house builtin 1725; one child. Ruby and I are lookingforward to the 55th reunion of the Classof ’48 in May 2003. We encourage allclassmates to join us in what promises tobe a gala weekend!”
Arthur Hamblen updates: “Pat and Icelebrated our 50th wedding anniversaryin the Canadian Rockies.”
Don Lyons reports: “Joni and I tookthe trans-Siberian in November, with athree-day stop at Lake Baikal. Also visitedmy old home, the marine barracks inTientsin (Tianjin).”
Class Agent C. Cabot Easton reported onMarch 1, 2003 that Gene Martens “hashad a caratoid artery blockage and, duringthe medical procedure at Naples Hospital,had a stroke. He has been in the hospitalfor several weeks and went home (to BonitaSprings) two days ago. He is recoveringslowly, is very weak and tired, and hasrehab exercises to do twice a day. I talkedwith him today, and he is very glad to be at
home. He plans to fly to NH in mid-Apriland hopes to be at our 55th reunion.”
Steve Monaghan wrote in earlyDecember: “All is well here in Naples, FL.Talked to Gene Martens today, and weplan a get-together with Len Saulter ’51and Bob DeCosta ’51 on January 11,2003. Plan to be at reunion.”
49Class Agent: William G. WadmanPlanned Giving Agent: Edward J. Guen
Richard Frye reports: “In my seventy-fifthyear, I finally acquired a daughter-in-law.”
Lloyd Goggin “celebrated 84th onNovember 16, 2002. Enjoying 20 years ofretirement from Miami University.”
Bob Grover says, “my spouse, Gerry,our kids, and grandkids, all doing well.My artistic career is flourishing. Lookforward to 55th reunion.”
O. Barker Houghton updates: “Marriedagain to the Honorable Margaret M.Houghton, retired, after nineteen years offfor bad behavior. Still living in Tucson at6336 E. Via De Lar Verba, 85750.”
Lee Jackson reports: “The highlight ofmy once-a-decade update is my marriageto Ruth in 2001. She is a busy owner of a‘Brighton’ ladies’ accessories store at theMall of America, where I help out a littleduring the Christmas rush. I also workpart time as a recruiter for focus groups.Between us, we have seven children, 10grands, and one great (with another oneon the way), most of whom are scatteredaround the world, so our trips involvemostly family visits, but we did take ahoneymoon cruise last March. As you cansee, she is very beautiful and an awesomeperson, so I wasted little time in thecourting process. We were engaged twoweeks after meeting and married eightweeks later. I’m as impulsive as ever andit has contributed to a wonderful life. Willupdate again in about 10 years, GoodLord willing.” See accompanying photo.
Lee Jackson ’49 and his beautiful bride, Ruth,pictured on their honeymoon cruise in 2001.
James T. Keefe, Jr. is “still working, butspending about six months in Florida,commuting back to New England once amonth. Family is still growing. BetweenBlanche and me, we have 12grandchildren and one great-grandchild.Looking forward to 2004.”
Kendall Warner “retired in July 2002after 50 years with Maine Department ofInland Fisheries and Wildlife.”
50Class Secretary: Merton G. Henry, Jensen, Baird, Gardner & Henry, 10 Free St., P.O. Box 4510, Portland, ME 04112Class Agent: Sanford R. SistarePlanned Giving Agent: William T. Webster
Corydon Hardy is a “retired USNLCDR aviator. First daughter is a teacherat Cony High School. Second daughter isa nurse at the University of Florida,Orlando. First son is a fish culturist atPhillips Hatchery, and is a class 2 wateroperator in Maine. Have enjoyed everyminute since retirement: hunting, fishing,camping, and all other normal sports.”
Donald Henderson “spent the month ofSeptember visiting friends in New Zealandand also tramping many of its spectacularwalks. Did an interim ministry on SouthIsland in 1997. Enjoying biking, tennis,golf, swimming here in Florida. Alsovolunteer visitor and chaplain for hospice.”
Stephen Hustvedt “was ousted from mystudio after 21 years. Had a one-man showin November, and another in February andMarch. Photography, acrylics, and oils.”
51Class Secretary and Class Agent: Leroy P. Heely, 13 Zeitler Farm Road,Brunswick, ME 04011, [email protected] Agent: David F. ConrodPlanned Giving Agent: Robert J. Kemp
Class of 1951 news as reported in lateMarch by class secretary Roy Heely: “Thesenotes are being penned during mid-Marchwith students away on their spring breakexodus. Despite snow drifts still piledhigh (and now filthy) and morningtemperatures sometimes in single digits,spring is upon us. Good riddance to awinter that can be described in one wordthat, alas, is unprintable in a familypublication. (Hint: Check out ChurchillDowns.) These classmates are listed“temporarily lost”: John Bonardelli,
Gerard Forgues, Tauno Navalainen, JohnD. Newton, Walter Prior, Charles E.Watson. Please e-mail ([email protected])or regular mail me if you have a fix onany of these gents. You can also contact:Alumni Relations, 4000 College Station,Brunswick, ME 04011-8431. Chet Homerreports for the Nominating Committee(Chet, Dick Drisko, Bill Nightengale)that ‘70 percent of our classmatesresponded to approve the proposed slateof class officers. The effective date will beas of June 1, 2003; terms of office will runto 30 June, 2006, with subsequent termsof five years to correspond with reunions.President: Keith Harrison, Vice President:Bob Kemp, Secretary: Roy Heely,
Treasurer: Dave Conrod. The objective isto engender greater class enthusiasm andspirit, improve communication within theclass and with the College, and lead tosuccessful class reunions.’ (Rest assuredthat the ballots were unsullied by hangingchads, dimpled chads or other votingirregularities.) Bob DeCosta and Mary areenjoying the Naples, Florida scene withwinters of their native Portland only amemory, and golf just about year-round.They report 23 grandchildren – ‘all ofthem precious.’ Sounds like a class record– can anyone top that? A runner up?Great grandparents? Stand up and becounted! Received a fine Christmas letterfrom Nell and Charlie Neunhoffer. They
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have newfound talents: Charlie is takingoil painting lessons (he says he’ll sign hisfinished pieces ‘Charlie’), while Nell’squilting skills earned a fourth place awardat an Austin, Texas exhibit among 64entries. The Neunhoffers enjoyed a yearof travel – three weeks in France and tripsto Florida, New Orleans (recommended:the D-Day Museum), Tennessee, andSanta Fe. And there’s more: anotherjourney to France this April. Charlie’sretirement is as eclectic as his career: thirtyyears of chemical engineering at TexasInstruments, followed by a stint as a CPAand professor of accounting at SouthwestTexas State University. What’s nextCharlie, Professor of French? Worldfamous artist? The Neunhoffer’s newaddress: 2600 Skipwith Drive, Plano, Texas75023. [email protected] chance et bon voyage mes amis. Andtalk about varied pursuits: Burt Gottlieb –aka the iron man after five bypasses –wasinvolved in hospital administration for 25years in New Jersey. To fulfill a yen forlaw enforcement he joined the localconstabulary and rose through the ranksto chief of police. (‘Just the facts, please.’)Burt retired to his native Auburn, ME andtours the Maine highways and byways on
a spiffy Honda motorcycle. Bud Brownreports from New Jersey having vascularleg surgery recently and may laterundergo a similar procedure on the otherleg. But he and Betsey are thinkingbeyond that and contemplate thefellowship of our 55th reunion. After acareer as a trial lawyer (often representingHartford Insurance) Dick McCarthy hasforsaken the courtroom and devotes muchtime to the Salem, MA school committee.Bob Howard retired from dentistry anddivides time between home baseManchester, MA and his longtime summerretreat at Christmas Cove, ME. Earlier thisyear Bob underwent surgery to replace adamaged heart valve and is now the proudwearer of a replacement courtesy of ananonymous bovine. He’s recuperatingslowly and steadily. A major (andcontroversial) change at Bowdoin hasbeen the phase out of fraternities, as weknew them. A scorecard may be ofinterest: per the College House System,entering students are assigned to theseunits as their social centers and some livethere later: Howell House (Alpha DeltaPhi), Helmreich House (ARU), MacMillanHouse (Theta Delta Chi), Quinby House(Psi U), Ladd House (Zeta Psi), Baxter
House (Sigma NU). Chi Psi is listed as 7Boody Street ‘on loan to the college.’ DeltaUpsilon (later Delta Sigma) was torndown several years ago. ATO wasdemolished long ago and the site is aparking lot for the Harriet Beecher StoweHouse, which was recently acquired bythe College. Kappa Sig and Beta have beenvacant for many years (looking ratherforlorn as a result) with their ultimatedestinies unknown. The Deke House isthe admissions office (Burton-LittleHouse). Meals (first class!) are served inthe central dining area adjacent to ColesTower. I regret to report that David Willeypassed away November 27, 2002 inCarnegie Park, PA. Dave was a retiredsenior vice-president of Payne Webber.Our sympathy to his widow Gail and theirchildren and grandchildren. So guys, feedme news, news, and more news – myappetite is insatiable! Visualize the famousWorld War One recruiting poster withUncle Sam pointing a finger ‘I want you’,followed by a Bowdoin ’51 punchline: ‘tosend me news about yourself.’”
Tom Casey reports: “I plan to jointrustee Dave Olsen, Psi U Class of ’59 ontour of the upper Amazon and MachuPichu, Peru in March 2003.”
Matthew Rogers ’91 reports: “theFourth Annual Edward W. Rogers ’51Memorial Golf Tournament will be heldon Thursday, June 19, 2003 at PolandSpring Country Club (Poland Spring,Maine). The proceeds for this annualevent go toward the Maine Children’sCancer Program and the Edward W.Rogers Bowdoin Scholarship Fund. Toreserve your spot, make a donation, or getmore information, please call Matthew at1-800-451-0382 or (207) 781-2277.” Ed.:All seven of Ed’s children are Bowdoinalumni: Ed, Jr. ’81; Stephen ’82;Christopher ’83; Mary ’86; Andrea ’87;Jennifer ’89; and Matthew ’91!
Frederick W. Willey, Jr. ’47 sadlyreports: “my brother, David Willey ’51,son of Frederick Willey ’17, died at 73 onNovember 26, of a brain tumor.”
52Class Secretary: Adrian L. Asherman, 15 Eben Hill Road, Yarmouth, ME 04096Class Agent: Reginald P. McManusPlanned Giving Agent: Adrian L. Asherman
Claude Bonang writes: “Anne and I arelooking forward to the birth of our firstgrandchild! Son Tim and wife Courtneyare expecting in June ’03.”
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Henry D. M. Sherrerd, Jr. wrote withsadness in February: “I doubt that any ofthe class knew my wife—and hardly me,for that matter, as I graduated with theClass of ’56 after USAF duty—and youmissed it: she was a gentle, sweet-naturedlady much loved by all who knew her.”
53Planned Giving Agent: J. Warren Harthorne, M.D.
Farnham Damon reported in February:“Moving to condo living in Belfast, Maineat the end of February. Looking forwardto our 50th in May.”
David Keene “married Sonna Reinheimeron September 28, 2002. We are enjoyingretirement in Crystal River, Florida.”
Ray Little writes: “New house inNewport, Maine substantially complete.Still working my latest career as a ruralmailman and enjoying life. Expect to makethe 50th.”
54Class Secretary: Horace A. Hildreth, Jr.,Diversified Communications, Inc., P.O. Box 7437 DTS, Portland, ME 04112Class Agent: Herbert P. Phillips Planned Giving Agent: John W. Church, Jr
Ernest B. Johnson, Jr. sadly reports: “Thispast year, I lost my wife. It was a sadevent. I still operate my hobby farm withmy beautiful Scottish Highland cattle.They are a joy. Spent two weeks this fallrevisiting the Civil War battlefields in theSouth. I have six grandchildren who aremy favorite guests.”
Daniel A. Miller “retired from DexterShoe Co. after 27-year association. Withwife Diane, traveling and enjoying lifewith three grandchildren and four sons.Andrew (Hong Kong), Tom (Mill Valley,CA), Matt (London), and Jon (SantaBarbara, CA). Professionally, staying activein my own private consulting business.”
Ernest Roney “retired back in October1997 after 28-plus years as assistantdirector of the San Antonio Zoo. Sincethen I have been active with the SanAntonio Audubon as chairman of theboard and director. I am also one of thefounders and currently president of theMitchell Lake Wetlands Society, whichprovides development and support for a1500-acre wildlife refuge on the southside of San Antonio. I taught computerliteracy at the Alamo PC Organization,
the second largest PC group in the U.S.,for a couple of years. I’ve been active withthe local shooting sports, have been aNRA recruiter for several years and amalso a certified firearms instructor.”
Rev. Leo R. Sauvé wrote at the end ofDecember: “Here we are at year end(2002) and even after a few setbacks andtragedies, we are blessed as a family andlook forward to a good 2003. The ’54class list keeps dwindling with every issueof Whispering Pines—but some of us justkeep pressing on.”
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enjoying it. Awaiting the holiday invasionof kids and grandkids. So very excellent!Continue to practice law and stillenjoying the interaction with clients. Loveto all my classmates and happy 2003.”
55Class Secretary: Lloyd O. Bishop, 211 King St., New Bern, NC 28560Class Agent: Harvey B. StephensPlanned Giving Agent: Camille F. Sarrouf
Charles Christie updates: “February ’03,stayed in Ojal, CA and visited with Daveand Val Lavender. Had a wonderful timesocializing and playing golf. See Jerry ’56and Claire Kirby frequently, fellow residentsof Chatham, MA. No skiing this winter of’02-’03—recovering from knee surgery.Active with Habitat for Humanity on CapeCod, and affordable housing in Chatham.”
James D. Cook reports: “Good babynews all around. Peter ’89 and Kristenwelcomed Jonathon on May 19, 2002.Andrea ’93 and Gary will welcome a babyin August ’03 (Bowdoin Class of 2021?).Wife, Marianne, and her tennis partnercontinue to be ranked number one inNew England (seniors). Lastly, Marianneand I built the house of our dreams herein Concord. After 37 years of marriage,we have a.c. and no bats.”
Dave Pyle writes: “In August 2001,after attending my Plymouth High class50th reunion, Linda and I visited theBowdoin campus, had a drink withRupert White, and enjoyed a night at theTopsham Fair. In August 2002, mydaughter, Carolyn, married David Duke inAnnandale, Virginia. They are living inFredericksburg, VA, where Carolyn is anurse at the Mary Washington Hospital.We are enjoying our second year ofretirement in Wilmington, NC, and havevisited with Beryl Glover, Bob Glover’s’56 widow.”
David Wies updates: “My son Edward(named after my father, Class of ’26)announced his engagement to SashaMirochnik of San Francisco. They will bemarried in July 2003. I keep very busy asa child advocate. I am an advocate for twoteenage boys who are both dependents ofthe system. I am also active in theprogram—training new advocates andhelping in recruiting efforts. Anyoneinterested in finding out more aboutNational CASA (Court Appointed SpecialAdvocates), go to www.nationalcasa.org.”
William E. Sonia, Jr. reported inDecember: “Not quite retired yet as I just
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returned from my fourth trip to Asia thisyear. While the trips are physically taxing,we do enjoy the use of the frequent flyerperks. Now have five grandchildren, withthe latest, Michael, born to our daughterDana and her husband, William, lastMarch 21.”
56Class Secretary: Paul G. Kirby, 42 Eel River Road, South Chatham, MA 02659Class Agent: Norman P. CohenPlanned Giving Agent: Norman C.Nicholson, Jr.
Hank Haskell writes: “Pat and I operateS.C. Reperatory Co, a non-profit theater onHilton Head Island, SC. We recently boughta summer house in So. Bristol, Maine. Ourgrandson, Winslow Mohr, has been cast as‘Christian’ in the Maine State MusicTheatre’s production of Hans ChristianAnderson so we’ll be spending some time onthe Bowdoin campus again in June ’03.Winslow lives in So. Bristol with sister,Sayde, and parents Jan and Joss.”
Peter J. Rigby writes: “Shirley and I justwelcomed our ninth grandchild into theworld in October. Emma Rose Foley isdaughter Deborah’s first. Shirley continuesher art, yoga, and writing, along withtennis and golf. I still do a small amountof business consulting and serve on theboard of the DuPont Country Club, inaddition to golf, tennis, and skiing. Ifanyone is interested in playing golf on theDCC LPGA championship course, feelfree to contact me.”
57Class Secretary: John C. Finn, 24 Palmer Road, Beverly, MA 01915Class Agent: Edward E. Langbein, Jr. Planned Giving Agent: Paul J. McGoldrick
Class of 1957 news as reported late lastwinter by class agent, Ed Langbein:“Regarding our 45th reunion—a majorgoof as I omitted listing Ruth and JohnHumphry, who trekked up from NorthCarolina to participate in the revelries. Onthe subject of reunion, Barbara and DaveHam’s Christmas letter contained theobservations: ‘Have you ever noticed atreunions that some of your formerclassmates have gotten so gray andwrinkled that they don’t recognize you?’Just prior to the holidays, they enjoyedsome time on Sanibel Island in Floridaand are now making travel plans for 2003.Hal Pendexter has been elected to the
Jay Johnson ’55Retired business magazine editor
The following is adapted from a letter by Jay Johnson ’55, New York Cityresident, retired business magazineeditor, painter, and author of Aspects of Living with Parkinson’s.
A new sense of calm filled me duringmy first days at Bowdoin. Maybe it wasthe tall dark pines, the ivy-coveredwalls of the old red brick dorms or theteachers and students that made mefeel so welcome. Within a short time, Iknew I wanted to write. After the firstawkward attempts, I began what was tobe a long journey to master the craft. Ihad to leave Bowdoin when my fathersuddenly died, and join the Army to get the necessary funds to continue my education. Thosetwo years gave me a lot to write about. I like Woody Allen’s blithe remark: “I don’t mind death.I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”
In August of 1990, I fell from a six-foot ladder photographing an automotive store in Phoenixfor a business magazine. Two and a half years later, at the age of 59, I was diagnosed as havingthe makings of the mischievous Parkinson’s disease. For years, a cure has confounded theexperts. The aim of my book Aspects of Living With Parkinson’s is to show what it can mean toaffirm life and combat the misery of getting a bad hand. I would say that in spite of dealing withthis disease for more than ten years, it’s good to be alive. At times I still have the suspicion thatit’s one big joke that will end with one mighty guffaw, and then I can return to a healthy andsomewhat normal life.
At least 1.5 million Americans have this disease and 60,000 more are diagnosed with itannually. I write about conventional and unconventional ways to treat Parkinson’s; what mineralsand vitamins to take and what foods to eat, because despite inevitable degeneration, the newdiet helps. At the beginning, one can count on such things as diets helping, especially in thefirst year, but eventually this good luck dwindles. Massages, tai chi, and stretching exerciseshelp. So do long walks. Swimming daily, though, seems the most important.
In the last four years, confining conditions often aroused a sensation of claustrophobia,causing me to freeze, stumble, and fall. Slowly I have learned of ways to minimize theseoccasions but as times goes on, my balance often fails me.
Until two years ago, I still worked as a business magazine editor and never declared I hadParkinson’s. I assumed everyone knew it from the way I moved, particularly when they saw mestruggling like a contortionist to slip my arm into the sleeve of my coat. Retired now, my worldis shrinking. Small things take on particular significance. I have taken up painting, which Ipractice in my routine almost every day.
After swimming, usually in pre-noon hours, I often sit on a bench by the East River, paintingboats and workaday barges going by. Observing the different qualities of light by the river onany given day revives my spirits. The New York bus system, another favorite studio, allows meto paint many different people. As a painter, I am also an explorer discovering something new.My first one-man show will take place in a New York Public Library this September.
It has recently been claimed that Parkinson’s or the medicine taken to overcome its influenceunmasks creative tendencies in the individual. For instance, my painting and writing havedecidedly flourished as a result of my having Parkinson’s; for this I happen to be, strangelyenough, quite grateful.
Mr. Johnson has received acknowledgements for his book, but is still on the lookout foreither an agent or a publisher. — Lauren M. Whaley ’03
P R O F I L E
Jay Johnson ’55, sitting on a balcony in Italy in 1993,the year he learned he has Parkinson’s disease.
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board of the Maine State Music Theatre,so we look forward to seeing him andMarcia more frequently in Brunswick.Sherrie and Logan Hardie report a fullyear of converting a cottage to their newhome. Now they’re focusing on indoorprojects and enjoying their ‘real fire’(cutting for their new drain fieldproduced a 30-foot stack of firewood). Jill and Art Perry continue to be busywith Art at the University of Maine inFarmington and Jill with the Tri Countymental health facility. Golf continues to bethe family game. An instructor told Jill todo some magic thing with her left handand forearm that has added to herdistance and accuracy and enabled her tobring home some trophies and prizemoney. Art’s game remains somewhatbelow tournament level. Pam and DickArmstrong continue to spend their winterin Hobe Sound, FL and the balance of theyear between Greenwich and theBerkshires. Pam had a great year inGreenwich real estate sales and will neverretire (New York Yankees never retire atanything). Dick is retired, but spendsabout 30% of his time on several boardsand more direct involvement with severalbeverage companies in the U.S. andCanada. This past year they made it to theWild West for a friend’s wedding and wereable to see the Grand Tetons andYellowstone Park. Linda and Ollie Honereport ‘Brrrrrrr’ as Florida has had lots of
rain and temperatures dropping to the 30sat night. Between medications and (mostof the time) Florida’s heat, they areconsidering moving back to westernNorth Carolina. Bernice and Ed Bornenjoyed Thanksgiving with all of theirfamily—a rare opportunity to have allfour grandchildren together. Janie andDave Webster are in the process ofconsolidating into one home—their NewLondon, NH site. Dave produced a greatvideo documentary of the ReunionBoston-Bowdoin bike hike for the CharlieChapman Scholarship (for a copy, pleasecontact Dave at: [email protected]).Dietmar Klein writes that ‘…getting oldermeans traveling more and more intouncharted waters.’ Last May, he and Giselawelcomed their fourth grandchild and, inOctober, enjoyed a late summer holiday inCrete. He has nearly finished a book onthe banking systems in Central andEastern Europe, the final manuscript willbe going to the printer early this year.”
More Class of 1957 news as reported inApril by class agent Ed Langbein:“Saddened to learn of the passing, inJanuary, of classmate Ron Wilson. Single,he had been a computer technician withData Key Computer Co. in Boston. The‘locals’ have been joined by Bill Cooke,who recently moved to Topsham (fromBramford, CT) and Mary and CharleyAbbot, who have resettled in Brunswick(from Cumberland, Maine). And, Nancyand Ed Langbein will downsize thissummer to a one-story condo a milecloser to Whittier Field and DaytonArena. The most recent (note: regardingboth grandparental and parentalannouncements, it is more appropriate,with our class, to say ‘most recent’ ratherthan ‘last.’) members of the grandparent’sleague are Shirley and Jack Woodward.October 2002 was highlighted by thearrival of Quenton Russell Convery, inEliot, Maine. Daisy Crane wrote that thisyear’s weather enabled her to get her fill ofsnowshoeing; while in Colorado, DickDavis celebrated 44 inches of snow (as ofMarch) by constantly shoveling hisdriveway so the plow will have a place tofill up. He had a knee replaced last falland indicates it has done wonders for hisgolf game. On the links, he’s known as the‘poster boy for knee replacements.’ Not tobe outdone, in March Ollie Hone hadboth knees replaced—establishing him asthe first bionic member of our class. He’sprogressed quickly from a rehabilitationcenter to home therapy and his last e-mail
reported: ‘Just when I learned to use thetoilet lifter, the sock-putter-on, and thething-that-picks-up-things-I-dropped, Ididn’t need them any more.’ Linda addedthat they’re in good spirits and would bedelighted to hear from friends([email protected]). Dale and Bob Wishartreport that the year was ‘so good’ withfamily visits, out of town guests, andtravel up and down the east coast. No endof activity at ‘Camp Dataw,’ particularlythe incredible wildlife and sunsets. Bob ispondering shaking golf for cerebralcroquet and also is getting good atwoodworking. Dick Fickett continues toclosely monitor his PSA and anticipatesfurther treatment this summer. But,undeterred, he and Shirley are getting onwith spring projects. Note: Nancy and Ipassed through Virginia in early April,which featured four inches of snow atopthe cherry blossoms—so much for theirspring projects. Despite the dismalweather, our annual southern jaunt washighlighted by visits with Nancy andDavid Kessler and Anita, Julia, and JohnAlbert. The Kesslers were just back froma family vacation in the Bahamas, andNancy (keeping her voice in shape for thereunion chorus in ’07) sang with theCommunity Chorale’s performance ofMozart’s Requiem. John Albert, busy asever, will be returning briefly to VirginGorda for some landscaping consultationprojects. On campus to support theoutstanding men’s and women’s hockeyteams and check on the College have beenJill and Art Perry, Barbara and Dave Ham,Jim Millar, Marsha and Hal Pendexter,and Ann and John Snow.”
Jay Howard updates: “I get togetherregularly with Ed Dunn ’60 and have talkedwith Eugene ‘Tut’ Wheeler. Now have fivegrandchildren and I’m continuing topractice urology as assistant clinicalprofessor at the University of MassachusettsMedical Center/Memorial Hospital inWorcester, MA. My best to all classmates!”
John Humphrey writes: “Ruth and Ienjoyed seeing everybody at our 45th. It’salways good to get back to Maine.”
This spring, “Ed Langbein, a U.S. ArmyVietnam veteran, has been assisting toteach a course at Midcoast Senior Collegein Bath. The course, ‘Twentieth CenturyTurning Points: World War II andVietnam,’ focuses not on strictly militaryhistory, but rather on key policy, strategyand human issues. Another spring course,‘Shakespeare on Film,’ is taught byinstructor H.R. Coursen, who taught
Prior to the January hockey game versusMiddlebury, Polar Bears gathered for anindoor ‘tailgate party.’ Front (l to r): TimSeymour, father of tri-captain Ryan ’03; JohnStevens, father of forward Mike ’04, andincoming first-year Sheryl ’07; and ParkerMcLaren ’54. Back (l to r): BarbaraMcLaren, Andrea Seymor, Jim Millar ’57,Clem Wilson ’57, MaryLou Wilson, DaveHam ’57, Barbara Ham, David Shea ’62,Nancy Langbein, Ed Langbein ’57, andLinda Stevens. Attending (but camera shy):Bob ’57 and Joanie Shepard.
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English at Bowdoin for 27 years.”Jackson W. Thomas reports: “I
continue to enjoy full retirement in SanDiego. However, I am kept quite busy as avolunteer in the animal behaviordepartment of the Giant PandaConservation Center at the San DiegoZoo. It is a unique experience to observethese giant pandas and participate inresearch projects that will hopefullyenhance the preservation of the species. Iam sorry that I could not make our class’45th reunion, but a death in the familykept me occupied elsewhere at that time.”
Eugene M. Wheeler, Jr. updated lastwinter: “Sold my business last year butstill working for the acquirer located inthe Berkshires. Spend a lot of time inWilliamstown. See Dave Webster in VeroBeach frequently. Art Perry and Jill arethreatening to visit this winter. Art’sbrother lives in Vero. Still play tennis fiveto six times a week, plus three to fourtimes on the links—now a 12. Greatseeing you all at our 45th.”
58Class Secretary: John D. Wheaton, 10 Sutton Place, Lewiston, ME 04240Class Agent: Richard E. Burns Planned Giving Agent: Raymond Brearey
Al Boone “retired as chief of medicineat Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangorin May, staying on as part-time ad directorof medical education. Wife, Gayle, and Ienjoying trips in our Cessna 172—Labrador, Bahamas, Montana. Would liketo hear from classmates.”
Irwin Cohen is “still at the Grand withthe Marmaxx Group. Having too muchfun to retire. Jan and I becamegrandparents of Andrew Charles Cohen,son of Tom ’90. Jan and younger son Jimare starting a graphic arts business (J & JGraphics) in January 2003.”
Peter Dionne “is still teachingcomputer science. Mary retired severalyears ago. We’re delighted grandparents ofKieran, born 3/10/01 to Lara CrockerDionne ’91 and Martin Dionne ’91.”
A recent episode of the Maine PBS show,Made in Maine, featured Bob Hinckley ofHinckley Yachts, and Captain John Foss’69 of the schooner American Eagle.
Albert F. Marz, Jr. writes: “Both Jeanand I still work part time—Jean as asubstitute teacher and I work three days aweek at a local medical office. We bothlove our jobs and can’t imagine fully
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retiring. Looking forward to seeingeveryone in May.”
Steve Meister “continues to practicecardiology in Philadelphia. Wife Carol is apsychotherapist. Daughters Laura andElizabeth are both in film making.”
Richard Payne reported to physicsprofessor emeritus E.O. LaCasce ’44: “I’mstill working about half time oninteresting projects, mostly involved withmeteorological instrumentation. I just putthe final touches on a report I was firstauthor on describing the results of acomparison between our (Woods Hole)buoy meteorological package and onefrom NOAA Pacific Marine EnvironmentalLab and JAMSTEC, a major Japaneseoceanographic lab. Currently, I’mfinishing up work on data from aprototype longwave sensor I developedand will writer the paper during the nextcouple of months. Beyond that, there arealways new sensors coming on the marketto investigate as well as problems in theones we are using to solve. Keeps thebrains cells from atrophying. Deborah andI expect to attend my 45th—where doesthe time fly?”
Paul Todd updated in December: “Wife, Judy, former professor of nursing,considers herself fully retired. I retiredfrom two university professorships towork at SHOT, a small engineering firm in‘Kentuckiana,’ designing, among otherthings, research instruments for the spaceshuttle and International Space Station.With the help of three smarter guys, I co-authored a chemical engineering textbookthat was published by Oxford UniversityPress in October. Looking forward to our45-year reunion.”
David C. Young is “continuing aspastor of First Presbyterian Church,Bowling Green, Ohio (home of BowlingGreen State University and a great placeto wrestle with the theological issues andto practice ministry).”
59Class Secretary: Brendan J. Teeling, M.D.,35 Lakemans Lane, Ipswich, MA 01938Class Agent: Peter D. Fuller Planned Giving Agent: Alvan W. Ramler
Reid Appleby “visited Phil Kimball, andJanet, in Bangor over the Thanksgivingholidays. I praised his new home on thePenobscot so admirably that he tookDawn and me to a fantastic restaurantthat served true, gourmet food! He and I are both reducing our patient loads
gradually (orthopedics/ophthalmology),but can’t bring ourselves to retire yet.”
Michael R. Brown writes: “Not yet readyto retire, I joined the new Boston office ofSeyforth Shaw in January, 2002. This is anational law firm that is expanding in all of its nine offices. Enjoying the newchallenge, while at the same time enjoyingour five grandchildren.”
Tom Crocker is “semi-retired as J.E.Warren Distinguished Professor of Energyand Environment in the Department ofEconomics at the University of Wyoming.Will be spending June through November inOrland, Maine, and doing pleasure travel.The rest of the year, I’ll be doing a bit ofteaching and continuing research programswhile living in Wyoming’s mountains. A balance of life I am really enjoying.”
John Swierzynski reports: “Sandie andI have moved to Las Vegas, NV.”
60Class Secretary: The Reverend Richard H.Downes, 381 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02167Class Agents: Jonathan S. Green, Robert A. LeMieux, and Glenn K. RichardsPlanned Giving Agent: Don Bloch
Jay Beades “presided over the 15th
annual presentation of the Bowdoin Clubof Boston gavel to the new club president.New president, Kerry McDonald ’99accepted the gavel from outgoingpresident Jen Ahrens Butler ’94. Theproceedings, traditionally held at JacobWirth’s Restaurant in downtown Boston,were enhanced by surprise guest HesperSchleider-Hardy ’02, who is an assistantchef at the restaurant.”
Frank Goodwin, “president of Goodwin’sChevrolet Company, was named a recipientof the 2003 Time Magazine Quality DealerAward (TMQDA). Goodwin is one of only 64 dealers, from more than 19,500nationwide, nominated for the 34th annualaward. Sponsored by Time Magazine inassociation with Goodyear, and incooperation with the National AutomobileDealers Association, the TMQDA programrecognizes outstanding new car dealers forexceptional performance in their dealershipand distinguished community service.”From a Time Magazine news release,February 1, 2003.
Denny Hodsdon is “now working forLockheed Martin as their Army SouthwestOperations manager. Still focuses on ourdefense contracts at Fort Huachuca, AZ.
Sunny Arizona is great, but a trip backhome to Maine is needed to keep thingsin perspective. Rooting for theDiamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals, andCoyotes still doesn’t match the good ol’Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins—but, one adjusts.”
Frederic P. Johnson writes: “Diane andI are enjoying retirement, especiallyspending time with our three children,their spouses, and eight grandchildrenaged 4 to 10. Also, spent 16 busy monthsas chairman of a $1.5 million capitalcampaign to raise money to buy andrehab the former Thomas College campusfor The Maine Children’s Home for LittleWanderers. Thanks to a challenge grantby the Harold Alfond Foundation andassistance of Honorary Chairman, formerSenator George Mitchell ’54, we raisedover $2.3 million.”
Alan C. Peterson wrote at the first ofthe year: “I am retiring in January andmoving to Palm Coast, Florida. Enjoyedthis past year as CEO of the TelephoneWorker’s Credit Union in Boston.”
Robert Spencer reports: “I made it tothe World Seniors Hockey Tournamentagain in 2002 (aka The Snoopy). Myteam, The California Silver Eagles (age60+), took a silver medal in its division.Joyce and I love Colorado—close to thekids and grandkids. We traveled east inSeptember 2002 and connected with theDick Morses and Bob LeMieuxs.”
Bruce Chalmers ’59, and Bowdoin Directorof Donor Relations Kathy Billings, alongwith her son, Will, bumped into each otherat Logan Airport in the middle of the nighton January 4 during a 28-hour return tripfrom Florida due to the big post-New Year’ssnow storm. They happened to be on thesame delayed and re-routed flight.
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61Class Secretary: Lawrence C. Bickford,2083 Sheriff’s Posse Trail, Prescott, AZ 86303Class Agents: Gerard O. Haviland, Edward M. Kaplan, and Joel B. ShermanPlanned Giving Agent: D. Michael Coughlin
Robert S. Hurd reports: “New grandsonborn in September, Covey David ElijahHurd. Total of five grandchildren, threeboys and three girls.”
S. Mason Pratt, Jr., “a senior partnerat Pierce Atwood, has been named afellow of the College of Labor andEmployment Lawyers. The Fellows of thecollege are dedicated to the study andenhancement of professional ethics inthe practice of labor and employmentlaw and to the improvement of thedelivery and quality of labor andemployment legal services. Inductioninto the college is by invitation-only forlawyers who have practiced in the areafor at least 20 years, and who havedemonstrated the highest level of ethicsand professionalism.” From a PierceAtwood press release, April 1, 2003.
Kent Sprigs writes: “Brinnen Carter ’86will receive his Ph.D. in archaeology fromUniversity of Florida on May 3, 2003. Heis my son-in-law and oldest child of ourlate classmate Brinley Carter.”
62Class Secretary: Ronald F. Famiglietti, 9870 S. Rosemont Ave, #208, Lone Tree, CO 80124Class Agent: Peter B. WebsterPlanned Giving Agent: David B. Klingaman
Theodore S. Curtis, Jr. “and David R.Miller have formed a partnership for thegeneral practice of law in Orono (ME).Curtis, an Orono native, is a graduate ofHarvard Law School and has more than30 years of legal experience in Maine. Heis a former state representative andsenator. Curtis and Miller Law OfficeLLP offers a range of legal services,including estate planning, personalinjury, Social Security, bankruptcy, real estate and criminal law.” From aBangor, ME Bangor Daily News article,February 6, 2003.
Mike Farmer is “still living inHeidelberg, Germany, with Dagmar,working for the U.S. Forces here. Wevery much enjoyed the 40th reunion, and
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all the events. Bowdoin has a beautifulexpanded campus and a promisingfuture.”
John Goldkrand “retired from activepractice—working harder as a volunteer.Spending more time in Maine and withmy granddaughter in California. Seeingmore alumni moving to Maine all thetime—the school is a real magnet.”
Andrew Iverson “recently retired andam enjoying life.”
“By the age of 50, John Rex knew what he wanted to be when he grew up: a minister in the Unitarian UniversalistChurch. For 27 years, Rex, now 62 andminister for the First Unitarian Church ofPalm Beach County, had been almost whathe wanted to be all along: a schoolteacher.”From a West Palm Beach, FL Palm BeachPost article, December 5, 2002.
Fred Rollinson wrote in early winter:“This summer we had a mini BowdoinChi Psi get-together in Eastham, MA.Attending were Nils Blatz, Bob Barlow’61, Jim Carnathan ’59, and Barry Walsh’61. And, all of our wives, Leslie, Pat, Sue,Chris, and my wife Nancy, were there; itwas great!”
63Class Secretary: Charles J. Micoleau, 38 Coyle St., Portland, ME 04101Class Agent: Joseph H. McKane, IIPlanned Giving Agent: John Goldthwait
Terry Feiertag “is still in Chicagopracticing law. Daughter Elizabeth ’92gave birth to our first grandchild, Emma,on 6/13/02. Youngest daughter, Kate, is ingrad school in architecture and son,Michael, is our only employed offspring.Wife Judy is contemplating retiring fromteaching in June.”
Jules Lerner writes: “Joyce and I spenta wonderful evening with Holly and DaveCollins and their daughter. We attendedan excellent play, The Aspidistra Code,which featured a role by a friend of Ms.Collins. He is also a founder of Chicago’sSteep Theater Company.”
Steve Russey reports: “As always, I amin the middle of St. John’s graduation sowill miss our reunion. Will try to aim forthe 45th.”
George Williams reported last winter:“I’m retiring from Fidelity Investments onDecember 31, 2002 to Tequesta, Florida,where we purchased our retirement homeseveral years ago.”
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64Class Secretary: David W. Fitts, Jr., 63 Laurel Lane, P.O. Box 341, Newcastle, NH 03854Class Agents: Howard V. Hennigar, Jr. andPeter M. SmallPlanned Giving Agent: Robert S. Frank, Jr.
Steve Haskell updates: “Kids grown up,out of the house, retirement is comingsoon. Gearing up for the nextdevelopmental stage!”
John Hill writes: “My wife and I spentfive wonderful weeks in Europe(1/28–3/8), starting in Germany, then tosouthern France for a week. On our wayto Aberdeen, we met our daughter andher husband in Paris for five days. Afternine days around Aberdeen, we went toYork for five days before back to Germanyfor our return to the U.S. The trains weregreat for travel, and people wereuniformly friendly to us, despite themedia play on antagonisms. Lookingforward to our next trip.”
John R. Hill reports: “My wife, Jean,and I thoroughly enjoyed the AlumniCollege tour to Normandy lost October!”
John A. Pope has “been busy at theborder since 9/11. Wife Beverly stillteaches in Lubec; daughter Allisonbecomes a medical doctor in June ’03; SonIan still in Border Patrol in Las Cruces,NM; son Eric is finishing junior year atWPI in Worcester.”
John F. Reed, Jr., “is CEO of ThePiedmont Medical Care Foundation inAtlanta, which was named one of Atlanta’stop 25 physician group practices byAtlanta Business Chronicle.” From anAtlanta, GA Atlanta Business Chroniclearticle, January 3, 2003.
65Class Secretary: James C. Rosenfeld, 109 Pinckney St., Boston, MA 02114Class Agent: Robert E. PetersonPlanned Giving Agent: Kenneth M. Nelson
Gerry Giesler “took early retirement after 17 years in IT at Chubb. Now activein management consulting. Also providesmore time with my grandsons and to get my golf game to its true potential.We’ll split time between NJ and ReynoldsPlantation in Greensboro, GA.”
Ed Greene is “enjoying retirement back in Maine, doing fill-in work as anEpiscopal priest and some spiritualdirection. I now live in the house I grew up
in, helping my 96-year-old mother. I makeregular visits to my partner, George, inMassachusetts. Reading the Bible, Homer,Virgil, and Ovid—in Hebrew, Greek, andLatin, of course! Doing lots of calligraphyand playing Bach on my clavichord.”
Woody Ives had a “recent tire rotation.”Philip McIntire “married Rita on
February 15, 2002. Instantly got four kidsand three grandchildren along with ‘thewife.’ (Already had three lovely dogs!)”
Berle M. Schiller writes: “One of thespecial perks of being a federal judge isthe high emotion of performing awedding ceremony for my son Jonathan’96 and his bride, Sona Doran ’96(daughter of Bob Doran ’67). Needless tosay, the party thrown by the Dorans waspopulated by several alums from manydifferent classes. We even sang Bowdoinsongs at the reception.”
Clark Truesdell writes: “We are happilyliving in Brunswick and running a bedand breakfast on Middle Bay. Ourdaughter, Rebecca ’92 gave birth to a babygirl in August, Margaret Nelle Besthoff.We are very proud grandparents! Comevisit whenever you get back to theCollege—we are only five minutes away.”
66Class Secretary: Daniel W. Tolpin, M.D., 50 Byron Road, Weston, MA 02193Class Agents: John A. Bleyle and Jeffrey G. WhitePlanned Giving Agent: Peter B. Johnson
Hector Arbour writes: “All is well inMontana. Bowdoin classmates arewelcome any time. My grand-nephew, JacArbour, will be a freshman next year. Heis a good student and a very goodbasketball player. It will be fun to followhis career on the Bowdoin Web site.”
Tim Love writes: “I live in a 1744
house that was a tavern (Lovell’s Tavern)in the 1700s, with two Siamese cats, threedachshunds, and one wife.”
Robert B. Pirie “retired on February 1,2002, after over 30 years of federalservice. Nearly all of that time was inhuman resources management with theDept. of Veterans Affairs in Washington,DC. Much to my wife’s chagrin, I nowlead a life of leisure in Leesburg, VA.”
Jeff White “enjoyed a terrific trip toFrance in October with John Lord, BillAllen, Al Ayer, Charlie Roscoe andmates. Since July ’02, have been serving asinterim president and CEO of NewLondon (NH) Hospital and hope to finishup in spring. Served as pall bearer at DanRalston’s funeral in December. Very sad.We’ll miss him a lot. Smell the roses!” See accompanying photo.
67Class Secretary: Daniel E. Boxer, 10 Mares Hollow Lane, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107Class Agent: Richard P. CaliriPlanned Giving Agent: David F. Huntington
John Scholefield writes: “Life goes on.Coming out of the gloom of grief, I havebeen fortunate enough to find happiness
Jeff White ’66 “enjoyed a terrific trip to Francein October with classmates John Lord, BillAllen, Al Ayer, Charlie Roscoe and mates.”
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again and will be married soon. Kristene andI welcome old friends. Still love teachingpediatric residents. ([email protected])”
68Class Secretary: Roger W. Raffetto, 18 Thompson Ave., Hingham, MA 02043 Planned Giving Agent: Gordon A. Flint
Neil Caruso is “still practicing law in NJ.Son Bobby was married in July 2002.
Sailboat racing—my J29 won the NorthAmerican Championship in 2002.”
Fal deSaint Phalle reports: “I am happyand well living in Westchester, PA andworking as a scorecard manager for aninternational vendor leasing company. Had awonderful opportunity to speak before theBowdoin Outing Club in November in theirnew facility about the walk across America.Son, Robert, is now fully employed andliving in Brooklyn, and I hope to remarrysoon to a marvelous widow from Florida.”
Bob Parker reports: “After 35 years ineducation, I am retiring this coming June.Ellen continues to lead Methuen HighSchool as the principal. Justin is afreshman at Hamilton College.”
Morton Soule writes: “I played baseballlast summer in Bath in an over-45 league.I batted .500, did not strike out, pitched,and was errorless, and lucky. TheSunday-only schedule and no practicesmade it an easy commitment. I’d like tosee my cousin Dave, and Doug Brown,and a few other Polar Bears nextsummer.”
69Class Secretary: James M. Barney, 18 Brown St., Ipswich, MA 01938Class Agents: Kenneth M. Cole III andPeter E. DriscollPlanned Giving Agent: Paul Gauron
Brownie Carson, executive director of theNatural Resources Council of Maine,spoke in March with a reporter for theAugusta, Maine Kennebec Journal aboutthe history of the council, and the role ofthe council in the state, “to protect andrestore Maine’s environment for the longhaul. We work on clean air issues, cleanwater, forestry, land-use planning, toxics,and human health. We work on most ofthe environmental problems that if notaddressed thoughtfully and with a viewtoward the future, will damage Maine’senvironment and harm the health of itspeople.” From an Augusta, MaineKennebec Journal article, February 9,2003.
A recent episode of the Maine PBSshow, Made in Maine, featured BobHinckley ’58 of Hinckley Yachts, andCaptain John Foss of the schoonerAmerican Eagle.
John W. Pierce reports: “I haveopened a second office in the missiondistrict of San Francisco. Seven of us hadthe good fortune to be able to buy thebuilding and fix it up. Being our ownlandlords, we have been able to do a lotto stabilize our overhead and promote ourpractices. I feel like I’m at the top of mygame; hope I can sustain it for the next 20years. Call if you are in town; I’m in thephone book.”
Tom Sheehy reported in the winter:“Son TJ ’96 was married this fall, withplenty of alumni present. Daughter Sarah’93 and Jim Finnerty ’92 are expectingtheir first child in February ’03.”
Rick Smith reports: “Three e-mail
Larry Pope ’67Former United States Ambassador
In a letter to Bowdoin senior profiler Lauren Whaley, Larry Pope shares his chronology of career,politics, and life.
The Bowdoin I attended from 1963-1967 was all male and dominated by the fraternitysystem. It’s a better institution today. I wasn’t a good student. I saw Professor Bill Geohegan at arecent talk I gave on the campus. He was as kind as ever, but it’s an awful thing to be confrontedthirty-five years later with a twenty-two year self.
I had passed the examination for entry into the Foreign Service when I was a senior. My conventional opposition to the war in Vietnam probably didn’t hurt with the examiners, and I went off to the Peace Corps for two years, first to Gabon, then to Tunisia, while waiting for an appointment.
Over the next thirty-one years I was a diplomat, half in Washington, half overseas, workingmostly on the Middle East. It’s an honorable profession, and Couve de Murville was quite unfairwhen he said that “to be a successful diplomat, it’s not enough to be a damn fool; goodmanners are important too”.
Betsy and I were married in 1975. She’s a journalist and writer (www.elizabethpope.com). Wehave two daughters, Eleanor, a 2002 graduate of Macalester College, and Lizzie, a first yearstudent at Columbia.
In 1993, President Clinton appointed me Ambassador to Chad. My instructions called for thepromotion of fair elections, but the dictator who was in power when I arrived is still in powertoday. Down on my luck, having annoyed the senior leadership of the State Department with anoverly colorful telegram about the shortcomings of our foreign aid bureaucracy which fell into thewrong hands, I took a job as political advisor with General Tony Zinni, the new head of the U.S.Central Command. I told him I would stay for two years, and ended up staying for three. We rarelyran out of things to talk about during long flights to the Persian Gulf. He remains a close friend.
In February of 2000, President Clinton nominated me as Ambassador to Kuwait, butpresidents propose, and the Senate disposes. Senators Helms and Lott were furious at Zinni forhis outspoken criticism of the Iraq Liberation Act, and they offered me a deal if I would rat himout. Betsy and retired to Portland instead.
For a while in 2001 I was staff director in Jerusalem for Senator Mitchell’s Middle East fact-finding committee, an international effort which produced a sensible report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to which the Bush administration paid lip service. I went back to work at theU.S. Mission to the UN for a few months after September 11. These days most of my consultingwith various beltway agencies involves Iraq, but it gets harder and harder to do this sensibly. Ithink John Quincy Adams was right to warn that America “might become the dictatress of thewhole world. She would no longer be the ruler of her own spirit.”
I also do some honest work. François de Callières (1645-1717) served Louis XIV as anegotiator at a time when the modern system of resident diplomatic missions was being put inplace, and I’m trying to turn the manuscript of some unpublished letters of his into a book. They deserve a wider audience.
P R O F I L E
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addresses tell the story of 2002:[email protected]. After more than 10years, I’m back with Ticor Title InsuranceCompany, opening their office indowntown [email protected], with ChrisNeagle from Verril & Dana, I’m offeringalternative dispute resolution services,expert witness, referee, and litigationstrategy services in real estate [email protected]. The Hydration EnergyCenter has been increasingly activemoving toward a non-polluting,renewable, sustainable, job-creating,secure, domestic energy economy. Elliot(13) is a boarding student at Rabun Gapin Georgia. Micah (25) is back in Bath,making stained glass from a studio onWater Street. Helen and I sail Sea Fever inCasco Bay, last summer from Mere Point.Still running 25-30 miles each week.”
70Class Secretary: John H. McGrath, 28 Davis Hill Road, Weston, CT 06883Class Agent: Wayne C. SanfordPlanned Giving Agent: Stephen B. Lang
Chip Dewar reports: “My daughterLindsay ’97 and fiancé Brian Fontana ’97will wed on Cape Cod August 15. Lots ofPolar Bears from two generations willenjoy this special time!”
Jeff Emerson has been named chiefinformation officer of Magellan HealthServices, Inc. “In this role, he will beresponsible for all aspects of thecompany’s information technologystrategy and operations. Emerson joinsMagellan with over 30 years ofprofessional experience that includessenior leadership positions in bothinformation technology and health caremanagement and operations. He mostrecently served as president of CIGNAHealthcare’s Mid-Atlantic Region.” From aCBS Marketwatch article, March 21, 2003.
John McGrath reports: “Carol and Icontinue on with our children’spublishing business, looking forward toan exit opportunity. John, Jr. ’92 andCatherine both live in MA and are doinggreat. Mini-highlight of the year wasearning a silver medal in the ConnecticutAmateur Winemaker’s competition; Tesswould be proud.”
Brian Mitchell is “still enjoyingmedicine in the Western NC mountains.Drive a pickup with Bowdoin sticker,which receives some notice. Daughter Kate
is a sophomore at Wesleyan playing rugby.Daughter Anna is a high school freshmanperforming theater and running track.”
Steven Plourde wrote in December:“Sons, Geoffrey (Bowdoin ’14?) andChristopher (Bowdoin ’17?) are active inCub Scouts. Number one son, Marc, is inthe Army on a ‘Bosnia Rotation.’Daughter, Kim, is going to give me mysixth grandchild in February 2003.”
Norbert W. Young “has been appointedto the board of directors of the CivilEngineering Research Foundation andInternational Institute for EnergyConservation (CERF/IIEC). Young is thepresident of McGraw-Hill Construction, aleading source of project news, productinformation, industry analysis, andeditorial coverage of the design andconstruction industries that publishedDodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, andEngineering News-Record. He joined thecompany in 1997 as the editorial vicepresident for Dodge. His professionalaffiliations include membership in theUrban Land Institute, the AmericanInstitute of Architects, and theInternational alliance for Interoperability.He also serves as a trustee of the NationalBuilding Museum, a regent of theAmerican Architectural Foundation, andan overseer of the University ofPennsylvania’s Graduate School of FineArts. He has a master’s degree inarchitecture from UPenn.” From a Reston,VA ASCE News article, January 2003.
71Class Secretary: Owen W. Larrabee, 213 Drexel Road, Ardmore, PA 19003 Class Agent: Craig W. WilliamsPlanned Giving Agent: Leonard W. Cotton
J. Duke Albanese spoke in March with areporter for the Augusta, Maine KennebecJournal as he prepared to step down asMaine’s commissioner of education, a posthe held since 1996. In the article, Dukespoke about the state of education inMaine today. From an Augusta, MaineKennebec Journal article, March 9, 2003.
Rob Carpenter reports: “Stephengraduates this year from Bowdoin. After25 years at the same job, I am joiningSeyfarth Shaw on January 1 as a partner.Deb is still working in her own practicerepresenting retail tenants. Matt is playingvarsity lax at Nobles, and Meredith istaking a semester off to study at TheIsland School this spring.”
Luiz F. Valente says: “I’m currentlyenjoying a one-year sabbatical afterserving a term as chair of the faculty atBrown. It’s nice finally to have time toread and write without interruptions!”
72Class Secretary: William T. Hale, 5 Larrabee Farm Road, Brunswick, ME 04011Class Agents: Thomas R. Friedlander andClifford S. WebsterPlanned Giving Agents: Beverly NewcombeWoodcock and John A. Woodcock
Alan Campbell updates: “I’m stillteaching math in Skowhegan. Beth isworking in the Madison school district.Tamara (21) is at Springfield College inher fourth year of a five-year physicaltherapy program. Douglas (19) is afreshman at Middlebury College.”
C. Mitchell Goldman reports: “Mydaughter Jenna graduates with the Classof 2003. Time really flies. Andrew (17), anationally ranked pairs figure skater,starts in the University of Delawareengineering program. Susan and I lookforward to being empty-nesters. Recentlystarted a new medical malpracticeinsurance company for our law firm,Daune, Morris, to address the crisisphysicians are having in Pennsylvania.”
Michael Walsh reports: “Mary, now 19,is at Wheaton in her second year studyingfilm, theater, and art, and playing lacrosse.I’m at Lincoln Academy teaching poetryand AP literature. Ken Lutte ’69, ChuckDinsmore ’69, Alison Welch Davee ’85,all at Lincoln, manage to make theBowdoin-Colby hockey game each year.”
John A. Woodcock, Jr., “receivedEastern Maine Healthcare’s DistinguishedService Award at the organizations annualmeeting. He was cited for his longstandingdedication and commitment, and for hisgreat vision for maintaining and improvingthe health and well being of the people ofcentral, eastern, and northern Maine. A Bangor (ME) native, he is a graduate ofthe London School of Economics and theUniversity of Maine School of Law. Hepractices law in Bangor. John was electedto the Eastern Maine Medical Center boardof trustees in 1980. He as served as boardchairman since 1990. He also is a memberof the board of trustees at Bowdoin, boardof visitors for the UMO School of Law, andseveral professional service committees.”From a Bangor, ME Bangor Daily Newsarticle, February 6, 2003.
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73Class Secretary: C. Scott Smith, Jr., 13714 Boquita Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014Class Agent: Jeffory D. BeginPlanned Giving Agent: Charles W. Redman, III
In recognition of Black History Month inFebruary, the New York Post named KenChenault, president and chief operatingofficer of American Express, among “20 ofthe most influential black New Yorkers.Chenault joined American Express in1981 in the Travel Related Services andwas instrumental in its turnaround after ithit hard times in the 1990s. He waspromoted to the newly created position ofpresident and chief operation officer ofAmerican Express in 1997.” From a NewYork Post article, February 18, 2003.
Ed Keazirian is “on sabbatical this yearwriting my doctoral dissertation at BostonUniversity School of Theology. Lookingforward to the 30th this spring.”
74Class Secretary: Robert D. Bardwell III, 259 High St., P.O. Box 626, Pittsfield, MA 01202Class Agents: Stuart M. Cohen and Stephen N. GiffordPlanned Giving Agent: Joseph J. Leghorn
Ron Bentley writes: “Louis Kahn oncesaid that architects are worthless untilthey reach 50, so I’m feeling like thepressure is on. I pretty much agree withhim. Went to Steve Weitzman’s birthdaybash recently, and Larry Brown came toNYC in the relatively recent past, regalingme with news of his gigantic family andombudsmanship for NY State. Old friendsare really swell.”
Maurice Butler “spent my summer onthe beautiful island of St. Kitts, workingon my Ph.D. from Berne University. Stillin the struggle in Washington, DC publicschool system.”
Les Clifford “of Pittsfield (MA), gave atalk, ‘How Big is 3.8 Billion?’ to the LenoxFriends Worship Group (Quakers) onMarch 2. The talk was to make largenumbers meaningful to people. Aneducator for 29 years, Les teaches math atBerkshire Country Day Secondary School.He has a master of education degree insecondary school math from theUniversity of Hartford.” From a Pittsfield,MA Berkshire Eagle, article, March 1, 2002.
William Eccleston wrote in the winter: “Iam associate producer of ‘On Frozen Pond,’a one-hour documentary about legendaryprep and collegiate hockey coach, TomEccleston, Jr. Assisting with the project areBowdoin grads, Steve Hardy ’70, TomEccleston III ’62, Dave Coupe ’65, PhilCoupe ’67, and Mark Rabitor ’81. The filmwill air on RI PBS-TV in March, and otherNew England PBS stations later. Go towww.onfrozenpond.com for details.”
On the evening of February 15, whiletraining his sled team for the 250-mileCan Am Crown dogsledding race,Stephen Hessert “heard the high-pitchedwhine of a snowmobile engine behindhim. ‘I didn’t even have time to turnaround,’ he said. ‘The next thing I knew, itwas like an explosion.’ Speaking from hishospital bed at Maine Medical Center,Hessert, 51, a lawyer and amateur dogsledracer from Cumberland, conceded that hewas lucky to be alive. Although it willtake months to recover from two brokenlegs, it could have been worse. Whoeverwas driving the fast-moving snowmachine that had hit him a half hourbefore sunset that afternoon had also lefthim to die.” From an Augusta, MaineKennebec Journal article, February 28,2003. Ed.: On March 5, a 29-year-old NewHampshire man was arrested and charged inthe incident with conduct after an accident,a felony that carries a maximum of sevenyears in prison.
Jeff Miller and Abby Casell weremarried in St. Louis on November 24,2001. See photo in Weddings section.
Joe Tansey writes: “Our daughterMelissa graduated from Bowdoin in May’02. We recently learned that our son, Joey,has been accepted for the Class of ’07.”
Peter Warren recently became amember of the Camden (ME) PublicLibrary board of trustees. He has servedon numerous boards in the Camden area,and has been in private law practice since1981 with the Camden firm of McKittrickand Warren.” From a Camden, MaineCamden Herald article, February 20, 2003.
75Class Secretary: Barbara Tarmy Fradin,101 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023Class Agent: Leo J. Dunn III Planned Giving Agent: Paul W. Dennett
Douglas Buckley writes: “Seventeen yearsand still haven’t worked for a profitablecompany! Nick (12) and Jacob (9) areheavily involved in gymnastics, schoolplays, and choir. Shelley is publishing likemad and has a sabbatical next year. She’sgot a great boss in Bill Jensen ’75.”
Jack Layne, recently named the boroughmanager of Pottstown, PA, was the subjectof a Pottstown Mercury article in February.The article outlined Jack’s path in civicmanagement, and he reported that heknew “exactly where he was when hedecided what to do with his life”—sittingin a classroom at Bowdoin, where thenBrunswick town manager, John Bibber,gave a talk. From at Pottstown, PA Mercuryarticle, February 10, 2003.
Captain Jim Mardulier is “stilloperating the charter fishing boat, CleanSweep, at the tip of Cape Cod May 1 toDecember 30. Quarry: blue fin tuna,striped bass, bluefish, cod, flounder. Tenpercent discount (or longer trip, nocharge) to Polar Bears. 508-487-9426.”
Debo Wheeler Burk updates: “I’ve goneback to school again, and am nowteaching special ed history at FallsChurch High School in Virginia.”
76Class Secretary: Glenn A. Brodie, P.O. Box 1618, Duxbury, MA 02331Class Agents: Anne M. Ireland andStephen P. MaidmanPlanned Giving Agent: Ellen Shuman
Ned Allen recently took over the helm ascurator of the Portland Harbor Museum.“Before he accepted this post, he spentthree years as curator and educationcoordinator for the Berkshire HistoricalSociety in Pittsfield, MA.” From a SouthPortland, Maine Sentry article, February 14,2003. Ed: Martina Morrow ’97 is executivedirector of the Portland Harbor Museum.
Linda Durfee’s “daughter, KatherineHenneberger, attended preschool withAdella Antkowiack, daughter of Andrea‘Andy’ Henrichon Antkowiak ’93, andwith Chloe Boyd, daughter of BritaNieland Boyd ’85 and John Boyd ’84.
Chape Whitman ’74, Margot Miller (2010?),and Jeff Miller ’74 enjoy the festivities atJeff’s wedding in November 2001.
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The parents—alumni from threedecades!—met when the girls were inschool together in ’01-’02. Are there otherPolar Bears in Morgantown, WestVirginia?” See accompanying photo.
Anne Hoehn has been “living in SanDiego since ’76 and is Professor of ArtHistory at the University of San Diego.Been taking annual trips with roommate/best friend, Janet Lynds Rosa! Now thatour kids are grown, we have the time torenew our friendship!”
Thomas Little “of Shelburne (VT) hasbeen named vice president and generalcounsel for the Vermont StudentAssistance Corp. As a partner in theBurlington law firm of Little, Cicchitti &Conrad, Little has handled VSAC’s legalaffairs for many years. He will assume and‘of counsel’ status with his law firm,focusing on legal services needs of certainlongstanding firm clients.” From aRutland, VT Champlain Business Journalarticle, February 2003.
Destry Oldham-Sibley updates: “I haveone son, Calvin, at the University ofVermont, one daughter, Emilia, atMiddlebury, and the two youngest still athome. I am still enjoying my work withfoster families in the Portland, Maine area.I recently obtained my LCPC licensure.”
Karen Schroeder wrote in January: “Myfamily enjoyed a marvelous trip to Chinalast summer, and would highlyrecommend China as a travel destination.It is hard to say which is more fascinating:China’s history (the Great Wall, theForbidden City, the Terra Cotta Warriors,etc.) or its present (a unique combinationof communism and capitalism, primitive
rural areas, and modern cities with astaggering number of high-rise buildingsunder construction). We were inspired togo to China this year because we wantedto see the Three Gorges of the YangtzeRiver before they are flooded by theworld’s largest dam (now underconstruction). The trip was a greatlearning experience for our daughters,ages 15 and 13.”
Chris Wolf updates: “I am findingspecial meaning in my work as chair ofthe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) boardin DC and service in national leadershippositions for the ADL.”
77Class Secretary: David M. Garratt, 7800 Chagrin Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023Class Agents: Gail M. Malitas and James S. SmallPlanned Giving Agent: Keith Halloran
Thomas Aceto writes: “Anthony ’05 isenjoying Bowdoin; Jonathan is a senior atYarmouth High School with engineeringaspirations in college. I’m in my 22nd yearat Bath Iron Works (unbelievable), andBecky is running the show at Estabrook’sNursery right here in Yarmouth.”
Nick Gess reports: “Having left theDepartment of Justice at the end of theClinton Administration, I have joined theconsulting group at Bingham McCutchenin DC. Look forward to seeing more PolarBears as they pass through.”
Annie Gronningsater McKinleyupdates: “Embarking soon on the collegesearch for Kevin (16). Arne (19) bypassedthis milestone by joining the workforce atthe tender age of 16. He’s a carpenter. Leif(13) is not in any rush for the above. Iresigned from the VA. I continue to workas a therapist in the county mental healthclinic half time. I am embarking on a realestate venture—time for somethingdifferent. I loved seeing everyone in June.Already, my intentions to stay in touchhave not materialized.”
In a note to physics professor emeritusE.O. LaCasce ’44, Lee Maheu reportedthat his father died on December 12, 2002.
Meredith Malmberg Anderson reports:“After many years working as a softwareengineer and consultant, changes in theeconomy have give me the opportunity to make a change. This spring, I startgraduate school at the Humphrey Instituteof Public Affairs at the University ofMinnesota, (where my husband is a
professor of mathematics), with aspecialization in economic development.”
Peter J. Moore reports: “Lots of cross-country skiing and running with ourlong-legged seven-year-old son, Ian.Already tough to keep up! We areenjoying living in Maine and still go toBowdoin hockey games. Work takes me toAlaska/Seattle/Europe quite often. Seafoodmarket consulting and businessdevelopment. Good to have plenty ofclassmates around these parts, includingNed Hayes ’78, who recently moved backto Maine from Colorado. I am also activeas board member of Friends of Casco Bay,trying to fill Joan Benoit’s ’79 shoes (shejust retired from the board).”
Michael Popitz is “looking for alumnito sail Buzzard Bay regattas.”
Peter Pressman reports: “We’ve justmoved into a lovely home in Westwood.On the professional front, I’ve beennamed associate director foradministration of the internal medicineresidency at USC, and been appointed asa fellow of the Pacific Center for HealthPolicy and Ethics. My big Los Angelessort of thrill came from serving as aguest medical expert for a NationalGeographic special, tentatively entitled,‘Natural Causes,’ to be aired sometime in 2003.”
Dayl Ratner Rosenthal reported in lateDecember: “A real shocker! This was thefirst time in 20 years that I didn’t have afamily holiday picture taken! Apparentlywith two sons in college—Derek (20)and Justin (19)—and two daughters nowin high school—Amy (16) and Kim(15)—those good times of family photosessions are over. Anyone who still haslittle ones, take as many picturestogether as possible. It’s hard to imaginethat opportunity won’t be forever.However, even though you didn’t receiveour annual color-coordinated familypicture, we all look great! Happy andhealthy 2003.”
John S. Roberts was named managingdirector of Disability ReinsuranceManagement Services, Inc, a subsidiary of CORE, Inc, a leading national provider of disability and employee absencemanagement. “He has 25 years ofexperience in disability, life, and special riskbusiness. Prior to joining Disability RMS, heheld a variety of top positions at Unum andUnumProvident Corporations in the areas of group insurance operations and long-term disability products.” From an InIumenNewsAlert.com release, January 7, 2003.
Fairy princesses Katherine Henneberger(daughter of Linda Durfee ’76), AdellaAntkowiak (daughter of Andrea “Andy”Henrichon Antkowiak ’93), and Chloe Boyd(daughter of Brita Nieland Boyd ’85 andJohn Boyd ’84). Their parents (alumni from three decades!) met when the girlswere ’01-’02 preschool classmates.
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78Class Secretary: Jonathan E. Walter, 3900 Holland St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033Class Agent: Bradford A. HunterPlanned Giving Agent: Geoffrey A. Gordon
Nancy Bryant writes: “I’m still workinghard for our environment, involved in agreat many civic endeavors, and lovingmy walks in the woods with my dog,Tobey. Hope to see folks at our 25th
reunion—yikes! If anyone resides in theSudbury, Assabet, Concord Riverwatershed in Massachusetts, please lookme up. I direct a wonderfulenvironmental non-profit that is doingtremendous collaborative work in thewatershed. New volunteers are alwayswelcome!”
Andrew Eddy “and his wife Ellen haveopened a new commercial fine art galleryin Camden, ME. Élan Fine Arts will jointhe city’s burgeoning arts district, with aplanned opening in spring 2003. Thelocation and architecture of the buildingare ideally suited to the display ofcontemporary fine art, say the Eddy’s. In 1984, Andrew began Élan Bindery, a successful fine book bindery andrestoration business. Ellen joined him in1987 and, for the past eight years, theEddy’s have operated this successfulbusiness from their home in Camden,serving clients throughout the UnitedStates and internationally.” From aCamden, ME Camden Herald article,January 30, 2003.
Tod Gulick is an assistant professor ofmedicine at Harvard Medical School andan assistant biochemist in the DiabetesUnit at Massachusetts General Hospital.“His research program focuses on thegenetic and biochemical regulation ofnutrient metobolite transport between thecell cytoplasm and mitochondria,advancing the understanding of theprocesses as they relate to diabetes andobesity.” From a Mass GeneralHospital/Harvard faculty Web page.
Bradford Hunter, “chairman and CEOof Fleet Bank of Maine, was electedchairman of the board of directors of theMaine State Chamber of Commerce for2002-2003. He joined Fleet Bank ofMaine in 1989 and was named chairmanand CEO in 1999. In addition to beingCEO, he also manages the commercialbanking and financial services group atFleet Maine. He also serves as trustee ofMaine Medical Center, United Way of
Dennis “Denny” Helmuth ’78Psychiatrist/balloonist
When he’s not coaching chess, taking care ofhis two children, or going to work as theonly full-time psychiatrist in his Ohiocounty, Denny Helmuth ’78 can be seenflying above the trees, piloting his hot-airballoon. After a 1990 pleasure ride with hiswife Kathy, Denny got his private license in1991 and then his commercial license in1993. “I’ve had some interestingadventures,” he says modestly. Among hishighest is winning the 2000 Longjump flightfor the Balloon Federation of America. In thiswintertime competition, balloonists see whocan fly the farthest with a fuel limit of 40gallons. Denny won his class when he flewfrom Fort Wayne, Indiana to Columbus, Ohioon 36 gallons.
Although he doesn’t use his commerciallicense to charge passengers, sometimes Denny gives rides away at charity auctions or tofriends. “Once people find out I have a balloon, things like that come up a lot,” he laughs. Themost challenging aspect of ballooning, however, isn’t rationing rides or even the actual flying,but launching and landing safely. “Just the other day my balloon blew into a tree after Ilanded,” he explains. “I’ll be making a trip to the repair station this weekend to fix the twenty-five inch tear.”
Denny’s most “hair-raising experience” occurred in 1996 after a launch from his hometownof Wooster, Ohio took him 140 miles into Northwest Pennsylvania. “There was nothing butforest as far as the eye could see,” he says. With twelve minutes of fuel left, he radioed downto the chase crew and told them that he would inevitably be on the ground soon. Luckily, withfive minutes to go, he spotted a fallen tree that had created a small clearing in which he wasable to land. “But that was only half the adventure,” he says. He was still in the middle of theforest, and “it was a snowy day and it started to get dark.” Denny walked for eight miles out ofthe woods and found a dirt road where the Pennsylvania state police connected him with hischase crew. The next day, a local farmer took them on a tractor into the forest where they wereable to load the balloon and basket on his trailer. “My wife wasn’t very happy that I hadmessed up our social plans for the weekend, but when she heard of the dire circumstances sheretracted her annoyance,” he laughs.
Denny’s interest in unusual activities dates back to his college days. He and his friends setup a Frisbee golf course around campus, he played JV Tennis, was a DJ for WBOR, majored inmathematics, and took courses in environmental science, French, and cinema. He alsograduated magna cum laude. “Bowdoin was a good choice for me,” he says. He came toBowdoin because his high school math teacher had recommended it.” After graduation, Dennyreceived both his Ph.D. in biostatistics and his MD at Case Western Reserve. He finishedschool at the age of 29, completed a four-year psychiatry residency and “entered real life”when he was 33. He is board certified in general, adolescent, and addiction psychiatry andpractices in his rural town. This area of Ohio is also home to a large Amish community, peoplethat make up about 20% of Denny’s patients. With a father whose family came from an Amishbackground, Denny adds that he has enjoyed “getting to know the Amish culture.”
His practice, his involvement with his children’s activities, and his hot-air ballooning are all manifestations of Denny’s larger goal of giving back to the community. He wants to helpout in any way he can. As far as Bowdoin, he comments, “The older I get, the more I appreciatethe liberal arts education I received at Bowdoin. I’m the kind of person who is into a lot ofdifferent things. It’s the way my mind works. Bowdoin encouraged that kind of development.”
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Greater Portland, United WayFoundation, and Maine & Company,among others.” From a Kennebunk, MEYork County Coast Star article, December19, 2002.
Judy Wallingford Kelley “has beennamed chair of the board of directors ofNortheast Bancorp, the parent company ofNortheast Bank, FSB and NortheastFinancial Services, Inc. She is the firstwoman to hold the position in the bank’s130-year history. Judy has worked forConsumers Maine Water Company, or itsaffiliates, for 22 years, the last nine yearsas president. An active member of theRockland Rotary Club, she is also vice-chair of the board of trustees of NortheastHealth and has been on the NortheastBancorp board since 1994. She is also onthe board of the Maine Water UtilitiesAssociation and the Drinking WaterCommission.” From a Rockland, ME FreePress article, January 30, 2003.
79Class Secretary: C. Alan Schroeder, Jr., 454 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117Class Agents: Mark W. Bayer, David G. Brown,Gregory E. Kerr, M.D., Stephen J. Rose andPaula M. WardynskiPlanned Giving Agent: Mary Lee Moseley
Dale Arnold reports: “Son, Taylor, wasjust accepted in Bowdoin Class of 2007.The circle remains unbroken.”
Michael Henderson “was recentlynamed all-school curriculum coordinatorat Sidwell Friends School; I also bought ahouse in the city, closer to work.”
Joseph Taylor “has been appointed tothe board of trustees and executivecommittee of the National Association ofIndustrial and Office Properties. He hasmore than 20 years of experience in realestate. Currently, he serves as presidentand CEO of Matrix Development Group.”From a New York, NY Real Estate Weeklyarticle, February 12, 2003.
80Class Secretary: Deborah Jensen Barker, 20 Adams Ave., Short Hills, NJ 07078 Class Agents: Elizabeth J. Austin and Amy H. WoodhousePlanned Giving Agent: Deborah Jensen Barker
Michael R. Arel “remarried for the thirdtime in 2001 to Donna Roberts. Fourthson, Max, was born March 3, 2002. Twins,
Mark and Matt, will be 18 this May, andDaniel turns 12 in August. I am now theowner of a small family company calledWhat’s Up Docks. Mark is my right handman. Donna does most of our paper workin addition to being a new mom and arural carrier for the post office. I see LeeEldridge and Cole Harris ’78 occasionally.Was happy to hear Tom Costin ’73 is stillalive and well—haven’t seen him sinceHebron Academy days.”
Rick Beveridge “recently joinedBrunswick Gastroenterology Associateswith an office at the new MidcoastHospital near Cook’s Corner. Kay and thekids are doing well and I am beyondexcited to be here. I know it’s the doctorin me, but I must put in a plug to remindyou all to get screened for colon cancer.This is one cancer we can prevent and Iwould feel terrible should any one of myclassmates succumb to this disease. Just alittle advice from a guy who started at ‘thebottom,’ and stayed there.”
Carolyn Dougherty Hines is “managingcommunications and marketing for Aspen Country Day School. Check outwww.aspencds.org. Busy taxi-ing AnnieLaurie (10) to Nordic ski races, and Camy(5) to ballet classes. Enjoy seeing alums RichCalhoun ’00 and Tom Oliver ’64 in town.”
Christopher Egan was promoted to“vice president of e-commerce/technologydevelopment administration for CitizensServices Group. He had previouslyworked at Providence-based Quantifacts,Inc. as director of client relations. He lives in Medford, MA.” From aProvidence, RI Providence Business Newsarticle, March 24, 2003.
Peter Everett is “now senior partner ofKirn, Everett, and Cameron, Optometrists,with Linda Cameron ’93 as juniorpartner. Keeping busy with the Bowdoinwork hard/play hard ethic, with work andfrequent travel to Death Valley, CA forhiking and sunshine.”
Frederick Gould reports: “Max is in hislast year of middle school, and Sarah is asophomore in high school. Next year, wehave to start thinking about colleges—egads! We had quite a travel year in 2002:Cindy off to Paris with friends; Rick andMax off to visit his sister’s family in Alaska;Rick and Sarah off to Japan to reinforce herpassion for Japanese studies in school; andthe whole family off to Idaho to go caving!On top of all that, Max has been movingup in the ranks in his Kung Fu class, Sarahhas started with an Aikido class, Rick builta kayak, and Cindy started a fledgling on-
line bear business!” reported Frederick in anote to physics professor emeritus E.O.LaCasce ’44.
Audrey Gup-Mathews writes: “Whilemany of our classmates are sending theirkids off to college, Brian and I saw ourdaughter Cassie off to kindergarten thisyear. Guess who was so teary-eyed the firstday of school that she was running after herchild’s school bus with the child’s backpackand lunch bag in hand? This mush-mind isstill executive director of River Tree Centerfor the Arts in Kennebunk. River Tree re-located to a much larger building inDecember, where we plan to expandprograms and grow both the Irving Schoolof Art and the Chappel School of Music.Things are hopping!”
Michael Hayes is “living in Vail, COarea. Enjoying the outdoors and the timewith my daughter, Johanna (7). Any timea Bowdoin alumnus is here, call me totake some ski runs on the mountain.”
Peter Honchaurk “is a social worksupervisor with the Jewish Board ofFamily and Children’s Services in NYC. He works with people with mental illnessin a continuing day treatment program. He also practices dance therapy, and isdeveloping a practice based on helping
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people re-connect with the natural world.”Tom Lorish updates: “David and Katie
are now 14 and 11. I continue to enjoybeing a physician administrator forProvidence Health System and a privateclinical practice in physical medicine andrehabilitation in Portland, OR.”
John G. McHenry writes: “Dallas isnow home, where I’m an associateprofessor of ophthalmology at UTSouthwestern, organizing a fellowship inneuro-ophthalmology and oculoplasticsand playing lots of tennis.”
Kurt and Nancy Roberts Ransohoff“are still living in Santa Barbara. Nancy isan editor for a wine-touring magazine.Kurt is CEO at the Sansum-Santa BarbaraMedical Foundation Clinic—a not-for-profit medical foundation with 120physicians. Our kids, Kate (13) and Amy(9) are a joy. We see Tom Kaplan andTom Lorish. Now that Tracy Wolstencraftis in this hemisphere, we hope to see hisfamily this year.”
Jocelyn Shaw wrote last winter:“Megan is a junior in high school thisyear, so we spent some of our summervacation doing preliminary college tours.Zach is a freshman this year. Both kids arestill active in scouts and in orchestra. I amtaking my Girl Scout troop to London inFebruary. All four girls are very excited.We plan to be in London for eight days.”
81Class Secretary: Susan A. Hays, Apt. B-5,104 Oakwood Ave., West Hartford, CT 06119Class Agent: Mary Kate Devaney Barnes
Philippe Frangules “has been nameddirector, business development byCambridge Energy Research Associates(CERA). Philippe advises CERA clients inthe global gas and power industries on thestrategic choices for growth. He earned anMBA from MIT Sloan School ofManagement.” From a Tulsa, OK Oil &Gas Journal article, March 3, 2003.
Huw Jones sends “greetings from thegreat southwest! I and my wife and three-month-old packed up our Connecticuthousehold and moved to sunny Tucson,where the average rainfall is eight inches ayear, and it’s sunny 275 days of the year.Although the pace as in-house counsel fora growing cancer diagnostic company isno different here than anywhere else, thewife and son, Trevor, enjoy it. We’ve hereover three years now and finally feelcomfortable enough, although it’s great tovisit back east on occasion. If anyone is
visiting in the area, give me a shout. Loveto hear from old classmates. Note to DaveBarnes: tremendous showing at the VailShootout—it took me back.”
For news of Edward Rogers, Jr., seeEdward Rogers ’51.
Susan Shaver Loyd writes: “I amteaching Spanish at Westover School inMiddlebury, CT. My daughter Carrie is asophomore there, and Colin is in the fifthgrade at Rumsey Hall.”
Vivian Siegel “resigned as editor ofCell, one of the most prestigious andinfluential journals in the field abiomedical research, to join Public Libraryof Science (PLoS), a non-profitorganization of scientists that aims tomake the world’s scientific and medicalliterature a freely accessible publicresource. She received her Ph.D. ingenetics from the Department ofBiochemistry and Biophysics of theUniversity of California, San Francisco,and worked at Cell for five years beforebeing promoted to the top editorialposition in 1999. She will be executivedirector of PLoS’ recently announcedpublishing venture.” From a CBSMarketwatch article, January 9, 2003.
Charles Vassallo writes: “I continue toenjoy teaching music in public schools inNew York City to professional childrenworking in film, television and Broadway.I’m coming up on twenty years with mylife partner. We’re putting finishingtouches on a country house upstate, andlove leaving the city on weekends.”
Kathie Williamson Terrill announces:“Emily Baird, daughter of Bruce andAmy Patterson Baird ’78, and Jim Terrill,Bob’s ’79 and my son, were this year’swinners of the sportsmanship award forBancroft School’s varsity ski team. They are disappointed to hear that
Bowdoin has eliminated their ski team.”See accompanying photo.
82Class Secretary: CDR David F. Bean, 810 Balboa Ave., Coronado, CA 92118Class Agents: Mark H. Luz and John A. Miklus
Jeffrey Beatrice is “sitting strong with tenkids—yes, 10 kids. My wife Elinor and Ihave six girls and four boys ranging from2-20. We will have four in college thisschool year coming up. I am a partner ina local CPA firm and own 50% of a realestate management and developmentcompany. My remaining free time isdevoted to coaching basketball andbaseball. Elinor is the president of theelementary school PTO. Talking about afull plate—we keep the entire chinacabinet full!”
Chris Bensinger reports: “We areblessed with our children, Ellie (11) andJack (9), both very active in theater andsports. I am still at DBL Realtors as apartner (16 years) in Los Angeles. I seemy good friend Peter Maduro from timeto time.”
Andrea Fish updates: “I am enjoying lifeas a mother of two girls and a part-timelawyer at Lurie & Krupp, LLP in Boston.”
David C. Vazdauskas, a brand identityspecialist was a guest speaker of theMidcoast chapter of the Maine Women’sNetwork of the Maine State Chamber. Hepresented a talk called “Positioning aBrand Called ‘You.’” David “outlined thesteps towards building and maintaining astrong personal brand, integrating identityinto external communications and makingpersonal identity a key part of a marketingplan. He has more than 18 years ofprofessional experience in marketing,brand development, and advertising. Hehas an MBA from the Harvard BusinessSchool.” From a Camden, ME CamdenHerald article, November 28, 2002.
Susan Johnson Currier was “recentlyawarded tenure and promotion toAssociate Professor at the University ofNorth Carolina–Charlotte.”
Donald P. Lombardi is “happy to writethat on May 6, 2000, I married MarziaScortegagna in Padova, Italy. She earned aPh.D. in pharmacology from theUniversity of Padova. We celebrated thebirth of our daughter, Sofia Serena, onMarch 26, 2002. I am a medical oncologistin the division of Hematology-oncology,and Marzia is a postdoctoral fellow, at UT
Emily Baird, daughter of Bruce and AmyPatterson Baird ’78, and Jim Terrell, son of BobTerrill ’79 and Kathie Williamson Terrill ’81were this year’s winners of the sportsmanshipaward for Bancroft School’s varsity ski team.
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Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In December 2002, I won a five-yearphysician-scientist training award from thefederal government (Breast CancerResearch Program of the U.S. ArmyMedical Research and MaterielCommand). The title of the grant is ‘TheTetraspanin Metastasis Suppressor Gene,KAI1/CD82, and the Proto-oncogene,HER-2/neu as Molecular Determinants ofMetastasis in Breast Cancer Patients.’” See accompanying photos.
Dora Anne Mills, Maine State healthofficer and director of the Maine Bureauof Health, was the subject of an Augusta,Maine Kennebec Journal interview inMarch. She spoke about her job, and howMaine is preparing for the possibility ofbioterrorism. From an Augusta, MEKennebec Journal article, March 16, 2003.
Karen Ogren Seder is “living inPortland, OR with my husband, Phil, andour two daughters, Annie (11) and Claire(9). I teach middle school math at OregonEpiscopal School, and love it.”
Leigh Philbrick “and Sadhana wereblessed with Jay Raj on June 24. Oldersiblings Ian and Maya are very excited.”
For news of Stephen Rogers, see EdwardRogers ’51.
83Class Secretary and Class Agent: CharlesG. Pohl, 26 Bemis St., Weston, MA 02193Class Agents: Jeffrey M. Colodny andCharles G. Pohl
Thomas D’Amato is “still living in myhome town of Peabody, MA, coachingthree youth sports (football, basketball,
and baseball). Daughter Jaimie (12) is in7th grade; son TJ (9) is in 3rd grade; son,Mattie (4). Wife Donna is from Peabodyand still gorgeous as ever and love, myfriend, rocks!”
Eleanor Helms is “down in Georgia onSt. Simons Island. After 15 years in salesand management with Turner Broadcasting,I’ve moved over to the public sector. Call ifyou’re in the area!”
Jane Kimball Warren is “lookingforward to catching up with friends at our20th reunion! I cherish the memories Ihave (as well as those I can’t remember!)of my time at Bowdoin. I am still apartner in the same firm I joined aftergraduation from law school—going forthe longevity award! Steve loves buildinghomes, and our kids, Katie (10) and Chris(8) love school and sports of all kinds. Ihope Bowdoin is in their future—thatwould be the 5th generation!”
For news of Christopher Rogers, seeEdward Rogers ’51.
Dan Shapiro briefs: “Blossoming kids,stable life in Atlanta. Very boring. Doingsome international speaking for apharmaceutical company regarding newmethods in IVF medicine.”
84Class Secretary: Steven M. Linkovich, 100 Green St., Melrose, MA 02176Class Agent: Karen Natalie Walker
For news of John Boyd ’84 and BritaNieland Boyd, see Linda Durfee ’76.
Marcus Giamatti is “still working as aseries regular on the CBS drama, JudgingAmy, in L.A. Also working as a sessionbassist, and playing bass professionallywith several L.A. bands.”
Alex Weiner sends “my congratulationsto Steve Laffey on his election as mayorof Cranston, RI (November 2002).”
85Class Secretary: Kemedy K. McQuillen, 150 Spring St., Portland, ME 04101Class Agent: Gail Goldsmith Worthington
David Bonner, “wife Ellen, daughterGrace, and dog Chamberlain, are settledinto life at The Taft School. Dave is thehead football coach, associate director ofcollege counseling, and back to teachingsome history. Ellen (Gettysburg ’91) is acorridor head.”
Marcia Kaplan “has been living inCharlotte, NC for the past five years,
working for First Union (now Wachovia).My husband and I welcomed ourdaughter Sydney Rose Fishman into theworld in March 2002.”
Jodi Mendelson Feeney updates: “I amkeeping very busy with our two kids,Jenny (31/2) and Quin (11/2). Still coachinggirl’s soccer and ice hockey at MiltonAcademy. My girls JV soccer team had anundefeated season this year. Lookingforward to celebrating the big 40 with theFebruary babies: Meredith MarenVerdone, Sue Sorter O’Malley, and NancyShachnow Banker!”
For news of Brita Nieland Boyd and JohnBoyd ’84, see Linda Durfee ’76.
Richard “Diccon” Ong updates: “I amnow in my fifth year of teaching U.S.History and AP economics at my highschool alma mater, Western ReserveAcademy in Hudson, Ohio. I also coachJV soccer, and I am the head coach for theprecision shooting team. My wife,Donalee, teaches drama and directs theplays at the school. We live in thefreshman boys’ dormitory, where I serveas housemaster. All this is on top of ourefforts to raise our three sons, Simon (6),Elliot (4), and Henry (18 months)!Needless to say, we relish the summermonths off.”
Thomas Roos reports: “Divide my timebetween Newport, RI, Palm Beach, FL,and Lake Tahoe, NV. Doing my best tomaintain my single status but fear the endmay be in sight. Completely baffled by thesuccess of several old friends, includingHank Monitz ’86…John Stookey ’86 andTodd Marshman ’86…I guess Bowdoincan perform miracles.”
Scott Roy “recently moved into an oldfarmhouse with our three kids, threehorses, three dogs, and three cats. Continueto watch the bottom line in regard toautomotive production, as I am in theexhaust division of Faurecla in Ohio. TheRed Wings continue to make us smile!”
Peter Thurrell, “appeared on the game show Jeopardy! on January 22. Peter, a resident of Chapel Hill, NC,works in the film industry.” From aFalmouth, ME Falmouth Forecaster article,January 23, 2002.
David Utzschneider reports: “I amspending my working life these daysdoing inpatient medicine primarily with ageriatric population. I feel like I’m amechanic on the island of Cuba,responsible for maintaining an ever-agingpopulation of cars that have lasted longerthan anyone thought possible.”
Donald P. Lombardi ’82 married MarziaScortegagna in Padova, Italy on May 6,2000. The happy couple welcomed theirdaughter, Sofia Serena, on March 26, 2002.
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Ann Pierson, retired director ofprograms in teaching at Portland Arts &Technology High School, who also workedfor more than 25 years in Bowdoin’seducation department, was honored inMarch by the Maine Alliance for ArtsEducation, the governor, and thelegislature with the Bill Bonyun Excellencein Art Teaching Award for the work she’sdone for more than a decade with theBowdoin Upward Bound Bridge Program.“I consider myself very lucky to have beengiven such a distinguished award for doingwork that I love to do! Bowdoin’s UpwardBound is enormously effective as anacademic program for low-income highschool juniors and seniors with potentialfor being first-generation college graduates.(At last count, I believe about 82% of UBgraduates are known to complete collegeover a five-year period.) They take mycourse, and another, taught by a USMEnglish professor, in the summer after theygraduate and before they head off tocollege.” See accompanying photo.
86Class Secretary: Mary Haffey Kral, 5132 Woodland Ave., Western Springs, IL 60558Class Agents: Susan L. Pardus-Galland andCarter A. Welch
William D. Berghoff “recently purchasedand re-opened the Bridgton House Bed andBreakfast in Bridgton, Maine, with fiverooms available during the summer months.Sure beats teaching summer school.”
Peter and Joanne Saint-LouisButterfield “continue to enjoy life inTokyo, Japan with their two children,Samantha (6) and Henry (2). Peter isgeneral counsel of KVH Telecom, atelecommunications company owned by
Fidelity Investments.”Catherine Clark “just had my third child
last summer. I am temporarily on leave frommy career as a midwife and am opening ayarn/fabric store in Brooklyn. If you’re inNYC and need some yarn, come on by.”
David De Lorenzi “looks like a youngRobert De Niro. ‘I was on a plane going toAsia,’ recalls De Lorenzi, 38, who chairsthe intellectual property department ofthe Newark law firm Gibbons, Del Deo,Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione. ‘It was afairly quiet plane. A few stewardessesapproached me in a group and said,‘Excuse me Mr. De Niro, could we pleasehave your autograph?’ As his firm’syoungest attorney to head a majorpractice, De Lorenzi oversees adepartment of 35 lawyers. He and hiswife, Terri, live in Little Silver with theirfour children.” From a New Brunswick, NJNJ Biz article, March 3, 2003.
For news of Moritz Hansen see SuzanneFox ’87.
Erik Johnson writes: “I have beenliving in Boise, Idaho the past 10 years,working at Idaho Legal Aid Services asdirector of our migrant farm worker lawunit. My wife Josie and I have a seven-year-old son. I occasionally catch up withDan Rosner ’87, Phil Fisher ’86, andKerry Burke ’84.”
For news of Mary Rogers McDonald, seeEdward Rogers ’51.
Mitch Sullivan “moved to Gorham, NHbut still work in Berlin. Busy with workand family. Life is good.”
Dale Webber, “shareholder in the lawfirm of Buchanan Ingersoll was recentlyelected to the Buchanan Ingersoll board ofdirectors. Working out of the firm’s Tampa,FL office, Webber practices in the areas ofmergers and acquisitions, health care law,tax-exempt organizations, and corporatelaw. He earned his law degree in 1989 fromthe University of Pittsburgh School ofLaw.” From a Clearwater, FL Tampa BayReview article, January 10, 2003.
87Class Secretary: Martha Gourdeau Fenton,Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover, MA 01810 Class Agents: Harold E. Brakewood,Elizabeth Butterworth Michalski, and Celine A. Mainville
Kelly McKinney Brakewood and E.B.Brakewood reported to physics professoremeritus E.O. LaCasce ’44: “We purchased
a little vacation house in Greenville,Maine—gateway to the North Woods. It islocated just across the street fromMoosehead Lake, the largest lake inMaine. Harrison is now in the third grade,and Eleanor, our baby, started kindergartenlast fall. Both kids added one new activitythis year—piano lessons. Most of the time,they enjoy their teacher, since Kelly is theone teaching them. Kelly continues to stayhome with the kids, but with Eleanor inschool during the mornings, she quiteoften finds herself also at school,volunteering in the art room, the library,and their classrooms. E.B. is in his twelfthyear with Merck, though in a new job,director of market research for theSingulair team. Singulair is a new asthmadrug for the treatment of seasonalallergies. He purchased an 18-footmotorboat last summer and we exploredseveral lakes in Maine and saw a seal whileboating in Penobscot Bay. He has also beenvery busy handling all of the Maine realestate transactions as well as monitoringthe Maine snowmobile Web sites.”
Brad Cushman says: “Manhattan isgetting back to normal, but we will neverbe the same, and we will never forget.”
Hugh Davies is general manager ofSchramsberg Vineyards and Cellars inCalifornia, a vineyard founded by hisparents in 1965. In March, Hugh was thesubject of a Riverside, CA Press-Enterprisearticle explaining how Schramsbergachieves the taste of is various winesthrough the fermenting process. From atRiverside, CA Press-Enterprise article,March 26, 2003.
Suzanne Fox and Moritz Hansen reportthat they are “enjoying our third yearback in Maine. Surprised to find an activeChina community to get involved with.China consulting and teaching an inter-cultural communication course balancethe craziness of raising three kids.”
Kim Hansen Cashin writes: “Myhusband, Bill, and I have a full life here inBedford, NH with our home, jobs, andchildren, Liam (91/2), Hannah (71/2), andColin (5). Instead of teaching children inpublic school, I am teaching fitnessclasses for adults.”
Tamsen Harding Endicott reports:“Dominic and I really enjoyed our visit forReunion. Our kids had a great time, too!”
Sarah Maker Deyst writes: “Myhusband, John, and I enjoy seeing ourdaughter Emily Joyce change and growwith each passing day. I occasionally seeChris Tecce ’84, Joan Stoetzer Deck ’87,
In March, Ann Pierson ’85 was honored withthe Bill Bonyun Excellence in Art TeachingAward for the work she’s done for more than adecade with the Bowdoin Upward BoundBridge Program. She’s pictured here receivingthe award from Maine Governor John Baldacci.
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and Kristen Woodberry ’86. Life is good.”For news of Andrea Rogers Burton, see
Edward Rogers ’51.Bob Ward is CEO of Acclivity
Photonics, a California-based fiber opticscompany that has developed a means ofautomatically thermally fusing a lensdirectly to an optical fiber, significantlybring down implementation costs,reported Bob in a note to physicsprofessor emeritus E.O. LaCasce ’44.
88Class Secretary: B. Steven Polikoff, 610 Cheese Spring Road, New Canaan, CT 06840
For news of Brendan Hickey, see JenniferRogers Hickey.
Laura Lambert, “chief general surgeryresident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock MedicalCenter in Lebanon, NH, was chosen asone of the Outstanding Residents inGeneral Surgery for 2002 by GeneralSurgery News. Laura, who graduated cumlaude from Harvard Medical School, beganher surgical residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1996. She will start asurgical oncology fellowship at the M.D.Anderson Cancer Center in Houston inJuly.” From a General Surgery Newsarticle, March 2003.
Frederick Lipp “has been named ashareholder in the statewide Maine lawfirm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson,one of the largest firms in northern NewEngland. A member of the firm’scommercial and corporate department,Lipp concentrates in the areas of businessstart-up and acquisition, commercial law,and high-tech and internationaltransactions. As a former trial lawyer, healso combines his commercial andlitigation backgrounds in providing legalsolutions to a breadth of individuals andorganizations. He joined the firm in2000.” From a Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer &Nelson news release, January 23, 2003.
Mark Rodgers updated physicsprofessor emeritus E.O. LaCasce ’44: “Ithas been a difficult year. Both my fatherand my mom’s father passed away. We allmiss their love and guidance. Just lastyear, we moved into this home that wethought was bigger than we would everneed. It was twice as big as our formerhome! Nothing like a third child todisabuse us of such silly notions.Architecturally, the year was good. Our(University of Denver) new residence hall
opened with many wonderful ‘ohs andahs.’ My office is now embarking on thedesign of a renovation and addition to ourgraduate school of social work, as well asthe design of a new home for ourhospitality school. Finally, one of themore interesting twists on my career—Iam designing new fraternity homes forour local chapters of Kappa Sigma as wellas Lambda Chi Alpha.”
Matthew Vokey reports: “Life is goodin Rockport, Maine. Renovating an 1850farmhouse with wife Sarah, Richard (4),and Alexander (21/2).
Julianne Williams Dalzell reports: “InJuly, our twin sons, Bryce and Brody, wereborn. Life has been wonderfully busy withfour children!”
89Class Secretary: Suzanne D. Kovacs-Jolley,108 Carolina Club Dr., Spartanburg, SC 29306Class Agents: Kathleen McKelvey Burke,Todd J. Remis, and Scott B. Townsend
Elizabeth Boettcher Yerkes “and herhusband Doug, and their six-year-old son,Will, are celebrating the arrival of theirsecond son, Aidan Thomas, who was bornAugust 29, 2002.”
Wendy Brown Jorgensen and DouglasJorgensen ’91 report: “We were excited towelcome our newest family member,Lauren, on September 20, 2002. Her bigsister, Taylor, likes helping her mom takecare of the baby and is planning onteaching her everything she knows!”
David Scott Drane “recently moved toBrooklyn, where I get a chance to hangout with neighbor Katy Papacosma. Weboth get a chance to visit with EllenPettingill-Wolfe in November. We all lookfabulous and haven’t aged a day!”
“Endocrinologist Wesley Fairfielddiscussed major fad diets, including lowcarbohydrate diets and low fat diets in atalk titled ‘Fad Diets Truth andConsequences’ as part of an AccentingWomen’s Health program at CentralMaine Medical Center on December 11.Fairfield, who began practicing inLewiston last summer, is the region’s firstboard-certified specialist in endocrinology,diabetes, and metabolism.” From aLewiston, ME Sun Journal article,December 9, 2002.
For news of Kevin Haley, see LisaBelisle ’92.
Alan Harris, “a science teacher at
Middleboro (MA) High School, was theforce behind a recent springtime projectto build a birdhouse at the MarionNatural History Museum. A self-proclaimed ‘stay-at-home dad’ onsabbatical this year, Alan arrived at themuseum with his 15-month-old daughter,Ruth, the reason for his winter at home,snuggled into an enormous child carrierstrapped to his back. A former biologyand environmental science major atBowdoin, he sported a full chestnut beard,wire-rimmed glasses, and a patientreassuring manner. On hand to actuallybuild the birdhouse was a second-grader,Oliver Stone. In preparation, Alan had cutout the assorted wooden pieces and hadalready drilled small pilot hoes in thewood where Oliver would hammer in thenails.” From a New Bedford, MA Standard-Times article, March 18, 2003.
Jennifer Rogers Hickey and BrendanHickey “had a great time in Philadelphiawith many Bowdoin alums for ScottMilo’s ’88 wedding! Looking forward toseeing more at our reunion this spring.”See also Edward Rogers ’51.
90Class Secretary: Penny Huss Asherman, 12 Hemlock Dr., Cumberland, ME 04021Class Agents: Hillary M. Bush and Eric F. Foushee
Geoffrey Dugan says: “2002 was quite ayear! I bought a house in Seattle, gotmarried (Laura Bales, Whitman ’89) andlearned that we are expecting a child inJune 2003.”
Julia Henderson Gibson updates: “OnAugust 4, 2002, I married Michael Gibsonof Newport Way, MA. We’re currentlyliving in the Ballard neighborhood ofSeattle. I’m in an all-woman Cajun danceband named Les Femmes d’Enfer, andwe’re releasing our second CD, Femmes!this spring.”
Kevin L. Stoehr “finished editing twobooks that were published in 2002: Filmand Knowledge (McFarland & Co.) andJung’s Psychology as a Spiritual Practiceand Way of Life (University Press ofAmerica). I co-authored the latter bookwith Bill Geoghegan, Emeritus Professorof Religion, as a tribute to his forty yearsof teaching and service to Bowdoin. Anyroyalties from book sales will go to theGeoghegan Scholarship Fund. The bookcan be ordered through www.univpress.com.”
Thomas Tunny has been hired as an
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associate attorney in the San Franciscooffice of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble &Mallory LLP, a leading California businessand real estate law firm. Previously withSanger & Olson, Thomas, joins AllenMatkins’ prominent land use,environmental and natural resourcespractice group.” From a BlattelCommunications news release, February 27,2003.
91Class Secretary: Melissa Conlon McElaney,6 Buttonwood Road, Amesbury, MA 01913Class Agents: Judith Snow May and Scott S. Stephens
For news of Douglas Jorgensen, see WendyBrown Jorgensen ’89.
Erika Kelley Cusack and Joe Cusack’92 “had our third son on February 27,Griffin Kelley Cusack. He joins bigbrothers Aidan (4) and Jake (21/2). Theyare all keeping us very busy!”
Steven Grives reports: “I am spendingthe 2002-2003 academic year as a visitingprofessor of music at Colby. It’s been niceto be back in Maine and reconnect withold friends in Maine, Boston, and NewYork.”
Chris Linkas and his wife, Danielle,“announce the arrival of Louisa, joiningThomas (2) and Sophia (4). Chriscontinues to enjoy work with GoldmanSachs and they’ve settled in Larchmont,NY. They live next to my sister,” reportsEd Langbein ’57 “and we met themduring a recent ‘southern tour.’”
For news of John McClelland, see KarenMcCann McClelland ’92.
Matthew Rogers “and his wife Staceywelcomed the arrival of their secondchild in March—a baby girl namedElizabeth Grace Rogers.” Matt alsoreports “the 4th Annual Edward W.Rogers ’51 Memorial Golf Tournamentwill be held on Thursday, June 19, 2003at Poland Spring Country Club (PolandSpring, Maine). The proceeds for thisannual event go toward the MaineChildren’s Cancer Program and theEdward W. Rogers Bowdoin ScholarshipFund. To reserve your spot, make adonation, or get more information, pleasecall me at 1-800-451-0382 or (207) 781-2277.”
Wendy Warford Amato and MichaelAmato ’93 “were happy to see theirdaughter, Elizabeth (6), perform in theShenandoah Civic Dance Company
Nina Roth-Wells ’91Painting conservator
When Nina Roth-Wells ’91 took professor Clif Olds’class, East Asian Art, during her first year at Bowdoin,she knew she wanted to pursue study in the field. “It wasso hard,” she said. But the subject excited her. And,when she studied away in Paris, she was able to takeboth art and architecture courses. Nina attributes her artconservator beginnings, however, to a poster for agraduate school program. She was intrigued by thecomplexities of painting from the types of brushes usedto which pigments were in the paints. “I was interestedin the nitty gritty of it all,” she said.
After graduation, Nina took a position as aconservation intern at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (in herhome town of New York City), which had a largecollection of printed textiles. “I got a lot of practicerolling them and storing them,” she said. Nina attendedgraduate school the following year in Ontario, whichproved to be “grueling.” She was interested in “everyaspect of painting”; she learned about the support, thestructure, the chemistry, physics, and aesthetics involved in producing and maintaining pieces of art. After receiving her degree in 1994, she worked ata firm in upstate New York while her husband, Andrew Roth-Wells ’93, went to graduateschool in Syracuse. “Andy always wanted to move back to Maine,” she said. So, after fiveyears in upstate New York, they returned. Coming from the inner city of New York, Ninalaughed at this decision. “I really liked Bowdoin but never thought I would go back.”
Nina’s dream of opening her own business was put on hold while she earned moneyusing skills that she had gained both as a student and avid horseback rider at Bowdoin.During her first years back in Maine, she worked as a vet, nurse, tech, and accountant at alocal animal hospital and taught horseback riding lessons. In the meantime, she startednetworking in the art conservation circle. “It took about two years to get a big job.” Andnow, her business is running smoothly, with herself as the only member. “It’s great!” shesaid, of owning her own business. “I recommend it highly.” She also added, “it’s neat tohave a field that’s fairly specialized.” Nina has an on-going contract with the Maine StateHouse and a job-by-job relationship with the Portland Museum of Art. Her project at theState House occupied most of her winter and, in December, she worked every day to get sixpaintings finished in one month. “Things get fixed when it becomes necessary,” she said.For example, “Governor Baldacci chose different paintings than Governor King.” And that’swhen they call her in.
Her goal is to make each painting look like it is not damaged. “The most rewarding feelingis to step back and know that you’ve made it look 100%, and you can’t even tell where yourrepairs are.”
Although Nina never pictured herself living in Maine, she now enjoys the intimacy of hersmall community and rural landscape. This summer, she plans to go sea kayaking, “pendingbabysitter,” she laughed. Nina thought she would be more productive than she has been withthe addition her daughter, Emma (now one-year-old). “[Emma] spent hours in the swingwhile I was working. I am always setting up entertainment, yet containment, systems for her.”
Reflecting back on her Bowdoin experience, the mother, the art conservator and Mainer wishes that she had done more outing club activities, but felt that her inner city background made her very presence in Maine a challenge. Her advice to graduating seniors: “Don’t let the shock of the real world get you down.” She didn’t, and now she’s living in a small community in Maine doing what she loves on her own clock. — Lauren M. Whaley ’03
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Photo: Kennebec Journal/Joe Phelan
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production of ‘The Nutcracker.’”Kristin Waterfield Duisberg published
her novel, The Good Patient, with St.Martin’s Press in February 2003.
92Class Secretary: Christopher P. McElaney, 6Buttonwood Road, Amesbury, MA 01913Class Agents: Samantha Fischer Pleasantand Benjamin M. Grinnell
Robert Anderson “wed Lynn Powers(Villanova ’91) on May 25, 2002 atKilcolgan Castle, Kilcolgan, CountyGalway, Ireland. Other Polar Bears inattendance included Shaun Cooney ’91and Rob’s brother, Dave Anderson ’00. Roband Lynn honeymooned through Africa,covering seven countries and finishing byclimbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We are living in downtown D.C. in AdamsMorgan, and welcome all DC Polar Bearsto contact us. [email protected]”See accompanying photo and photo inWeddings section.
Lisa Belisle and Kevin Haley ’89“continue to live in Yarmouth, Maine withtheir three children, Campbell, Abigail,and Sophie (born 2/14/01). Lisa is a familyphysician with the New England WomenCenter in Portland. Kevin is a partner withBrann & Isaacson in Lewiston.”
For news of Joe Cusack, see Erika KelleyCusack ’91.
Hanley Denning, director of SafePassage, a program to help local childrenwho live on the edge of the GuatemalaCity garbage dump, was the subject of a
lengthy article in the Washington, DCpublication, World & I. In 2002, Hanleyreceived Bowdoin’s Common GoodAward, an award that “honors thoseBowdoin alumni who have demonstratedprofound, sustained commitment to thecommon good, in the interest and for thebenefit of society, with conspicuousdisregard for personal gains.” From aWashington, DC World and I article,January 2003. To read the article, visit:www.worldandi.com/newhome/public/2003/January/lfpub2.asp
Matthew Feinstein and “Vicki Axelrod(Michigan ’92) were married on July 28,2002 in Palo Alto, CA. Vicki is a financemanager at Altamar Networks, an opticalnetworking company. Matthew is a seniorproduct marketing manager at Emuzed, amultimedia products manufacturer. We arecurrently living in Mountain View, CA.”
For news of Kevin Foster, see KathleenAdams Foster ’93.
Lynne Manson Gawtry and MikeGawtry ’95 “moved to Vermont to workfor The Orvis Company—another outdoorretailer specializing in hunting, fishing, andcountry living lifestyle! Orvis is located insouthern Vermont between Manchesterand Bennington (approximately two hourssouth of Burlington and four hours west of Portland). We’re hoping we’ll get plentyof visitors.”
Karen McCann McClelland reports:“John ’91and I welcomed our daughter,Sarah Ashlin, in March 2002. I am stilldirecting the summer programs at SidwellFriends School in Washington. Johncontinues to work at the TreasuryDepartment. While we are both stillplaying soccer, John has been sidelinedafter breaking his collarbone in a game in September.”
Susie Pedersen Lennox and Greg Lennoxreport, “We had our first child, February 20.His name is Peter James, and he was sevenpounds, 14 ounces, and 20 inches.”
Holly Pompeo Rayder was “married inCohasset, MA to Shawn Rayder (UVA ’83,Tufts Med ’87) on September 1, 2002. We live on Cape Cod and I’m still sellingpharmaceuticals for Sanofi-Synthelabo.”
Amy Smith Bell and Sean Bell “areenjoying Seattle. Sean just started a new jobrunning product management for a smalltechnology company. We are expecting oursecond child in April (Sophie Laura Bellwas born on April 13, 2001). Amy workspart time as a book editor.”
Joseph T. Thompson announces: “On November 3, my wife, Susan, and I
became the proud parents of IanFrederick Thompson, our first child.”
Elka Uchman is “still living in JamaicaPlain and teaching in Boston’s Chinatownat a youth agency serving Asian teenagerswho have dropped out of school.”
Scott Vaillancourt “is the new musicdirector at SS Peter and Paul Parish inLewiston. He received his master’s degreein music composition and in performancefrom the University of Michigan. He hasbeen a composer, arranger, performer, andteacher in the central and southern Maineareas. He will serve as organist and choirdirector at the church as well as providemusic education at St. Peter and SacredHeart School.” From a Lewiston, ME SunJournal article, March 14, 2003.
93Class Secretary: Mark C. Schulze, 1823 15th St., Apt. 4, San Francisco, CA 94103Class Agent: John A. Sotir
Kathleen Adams Foster writes: “Kevin’92 and I are happy to announce thearrival of Owen Patrick Foster, born onMarch 8, 2003, 7 pounds, 2 ounces, inCincinnati, OH.”
For news of Michael Amato, seeWendy Warford Amato ’91.
Daniel Berwick reported to physicsprofessor emeritus E.O. LaCasce ’44: “I finally finished up the graduateprogram in computer science andengineering in September 2001. Mydissertation focused on object recognitionusing color under varying illuminationconditions. I like to tell people that I try toteach computers to recognize objects inpictures. Obviously, finding a job inSeptember 2001 was not easy. Ended upaccepting a position just down the road ata company called Veridan. We doprimarily defense contract work. I get touse some of my color background, but ambranching out into radar and polarimetricimaging. The biggest news is that my wife,Darcy, and I are expecting our first child inApril. We’ll be having a girl and areworking on feathering the nest. Getting allthose annoying house problems out of theway before the big arrival.”
Christopher Coutu reports: “My wifeJenny and I just welcomed JacksonSamuel Coutu (1/9/03) into the world. At birth he was 9 pounds, 4 ounces, and21 inches. He is our first child.”
Michele Marie Greet is “currentlyworking on my Ph.D. dissertation in 20th
Honeymoon high: Rob Anderson ’92 andnew bride, Lynn Powers, take a 20,000-footbreather on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaroin June 2002, during their seven-countryhoneymoon tour of Africa.
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century Latin American art at NYU, andjust gave birth to a beautiful daughter,Sienna Marie, on October 5, 2002.”
For news of Andrea HenrichonAntkowiak, see Linda Durfee ’76.
Katie Jalbert Kelley says: “My husband,Ray, and I are thrilled to announce thebirth of our second son, Nathaniel MichaelKelley. Nate was born on December 16(one month before we expected him) andhe weighed five pounds, 13 ounces.Jonathan is almost three now and, so far,really enjoys being a big brother.”
For more news of Greg Lennox, see SusiePederson Lennox ’92.
Kari Primo-Liddy “and her husbandBrian are enjoying the adventures of beingnew parents. Their daughter, Jordan, wasborn on November 29.”
Keri Saltzman Bahar announces: “Wewelcomed our first child, a son, ZacharyCohen Bahar, on February 4. He arrived 6weeks early, but is doing great and we arecompletely in love with him!”
Jennifer Singer Palmer writes: “We arethrilled to announce the birth of oursecond, Colin James, on March 3, 2002!”
Heather St. Peter Dunne reports: “Timand I are thrilled to announce the birth ofour son, Toby Michael Dunne, who wasborn on New Year’s Day 2003. We areamazed every day by the wonderfulexperience of being parents! Our otherbig news is that, after nearly seven yearsin England, we have been lucky enoughto get the opportunity to move back toMaine. Tim has a new job as director oftechnology at Carrabassett ValleyAcademy in the Sugarloaf region, while Ihave left investment management firmThe Capital Group to be a full-time mom.So, we have exchanged daily traincommutes to London for occasional
moose sightings along Route 27. Needlessto say, it is quite a change of lifestyle butwe are loving every minute of it!”
Charlotte Thebaud Hemr “marriedKurt Hemr (University of Michigan ’91,Harvard Law ’94) on October 12, 2002 inNantucket, MA. Kurt and I live in Boston,where he practices law at Skadden, Arps,Slate, Meagher & Flom, and I practice atRopes & Gray.” See photo in Weddingssection.
Alison Vargas is “living and working inBoston, finishing residency inanesthesiology at Brigham and Women’sHospital.”
94Class Secretary: Katherine L. Young, Apt 3528, 42 8th St., Charlestown, MA 02129Class Agent: Michael T. Sullivan
For news of Jen Ahrens Butler, see JayBeades ’60.
Jason Breitweg completed his Ph.Dwork in physics at the University ofWisconsin at Madison in August 2001.“So with Ph.D. in hand, I decided not tocontinue doing physics any longer. I hadhad enough of working at DESY and Iknew I wanted to stay in Hamburg,Germany with my girlfriend of seven-plusyears, so I started to look for a ‘normal’job. I am a support engineer for EssnetDeutschland GmbH in Hamburg, one ofthe leading companies in the worldsupplying hardware and softwaresolutions for the gaming industry. In myspare time, I am still the Webmaster for ahugely popular German heavy metal bandnamed Blind Guardian,” reported Jason ina note to physics professor emeritus E.O.LaCasce ’44.
Christine Cappeto reports: “I had thetremendous opportunity to live in EastAfrica for six months and open achildren’s library. Now, I am back living inNYC teaching third grade again, which Ilove, and traipsing back to Kenyawhenever I can to visit.”
Brian Dirlam reported to physicsprofessor emeritus E.O. LaCasce ’44:“Ruth gave birth to our first child,Hannah, on August 6. Hannah is growingwell and developing rapidly. It has beenreally great having her. I am currentlyworking as a multi-engine (flight)instructor in our area.”
Lisa May Giles updates: “I am currentlyworking on my Ph.D. in Americanliterature at Brandeis University.”
Ebitari Isoun is “teaching earth science at
TC Williams High School in Alexandra, VA.”Jeremy LaCasse and wife, Diana,
report: “Eleanor Diggs LaCasse, ‘Ellie,’was born on March 18, 2003. She was sixpounds, four ounces, and 20 inches long.Big brother Jack will be 2 in June. We’ll bemoving to Colorado this summer, whereJeremy will be the dean of students at theFountain Valley School.”
Gillian MacKenzie “has spent the lastsix years working as vice president ofcreative affairs for Jane Startz Productions,a New York City-based film and televisionproduction company that specializes infamily entertainment. She visited NausetRegional Middle School (from which shegraduated) on March 21 to talk tostudents about the process of turning anovel into a movie. Two books Gillian’scompany have recently adapted intomovies are Tuck Everlasting, and EllaEnchanted.” From an Orleans, MA CapeCodder article, March 21, 2003.
Angela Merryman Bangs and BenBangs “welcomed Gavin Lawrence Gangsinto our family on November 7, 2002. Hejoins big brother, Benjamin (21/2).”
Jeff and Becky Coad report: “Last yearwas extremely busy for us. We sold ourold house, moved into an apartment forfour months, and built a new house muchcloser to Jeff’s office. Becky continues toenjoy her time at home with Nathan, whowill be turning two in February. He’sgrowing up so quickly and definitelykeeping his parents busy!”
Michael Starr “has formed the law firmof Belcher, Kerwin & Starr, LLP in Boston.He will continue to practice in the areasof estate planning and real estate.”
Marc van Zadelhoff “has beenappointed vice president of marketing andstrategy at Consul risk management, aleading worldwide provider of eventmanagement software. In this position,Marc, who previously served as Consul’sdirector of corporate development, hasresponsibility for the company’sworldwide strategic marketing, productmarketing, and marketing communicationactivities.” From a Folsom, CA InterestAlert article, March 10, 2003.
95Class Secretary: Deborah A. Lifson, 221/2 Bolton St., Waltham, MA 02453Class Agents: Jonathan C. Cirome, Warren S. Empey, and Sean M. Marsh
Anne Burkett is “very happy practicinglaw as a commercial litigator with Schiff
Professor of Music Emeritus Elliott Schwartzcomposed this photo in Berkeley, Californiaon a February visit. (l to r): Tanya Freedman’99; Priscilla Birge (Berkeley resident andProfessor Emeritus John Howland’s sister-in-law), Elliot Schwartz, Noel Verzosa ’99; andAshley Pensinger ’95. Tanya is a Ph.D.student in biochemistry and Noel is a Ph.D.student in music, both at UCal. Ashley is afreelance violinist in the San Francisco area.
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Hardin & Waite in Chicago.”Nathaniel S. Cormier cryptically briefs:
“Salvador da bahia.”Kristen Ekman writes: “Lauren
Deneka, Sarah Soule Way, and I spentMemorial weekend back in Maine. A greattime was had by all! I will graduate frommy ob/gyn residency this June, and havejoined a private practice in Lakewood,OH.” See accompanying photo.
For news of Mike Gawtry, see LynneManson Gawtry ’94.
Elise Juska writes: “My novel, GettingOver Jack Wagner, will be published byPocket Books in April 2003. Since Igraduated from Bowdoin I’ve beenpublishing short stories in literarymagazines (most recently, The HudsonReview and Harvard Review) but this willbe my first book. Some readings/signingsare scheduled in the NY/Philly area thissummer, and in New England in the fall.If you want more info, I’d love to hearfrom you at [email protected]. Inthe meantime, I am teaching fictionwriting at The University of the Arts inPhiladelphia and working on book #2.”
Kevin Petrie and Jessica Taisey (Bates’99) were married on June 29, 2002. Seephoto in Weddings section.
Daniel Sanborn is “entering my secondyear of law practice in Houston, Texas.”
Jenna Woodbury “married Brian Lugerson October 27, 2002 in Moab, Utah.” Seephoto in Weddings section.
96Class Secretary: Cara H. Drinan, 1300 Oak Creek Drive #411, Palo Alto, CA 94304Class Agents: Terence M. Crickelair andPatrick S. Kane
For news of Matt Cates, see Emily SnowCates ’97 and photo in Weddings section.
Sonig Doran Schiller and JonathanSchiller “were married on October 5,2002, in Huntersville, North Carolina.”See photo in Weddings section.
Michaela Fettig McCabe announces:“Jack and I gave birth to a beautiful babygirl, Abigail Claire McCabe, on November29, 2002. Enjoying every minute with her!”
Stefan Gutow writes: “I am nowhalfway through my urology residency inKansas City. In my small free time, I oftenhang out with James Garner, who isalmost done his residency in pediatrics. Ifanyone is driving across the country andneeds a place to stay in the middle, giveme a call.”
Julie T. Johnson “has joined NorthStarAsset Management, Inc. as portfoliomanager. Previously, Julie worked forPublic Interest Research group directingcampaigns for environmental concerns.She began working in social investingwith Trillium Asset Management asportfolio associate, and later becameportfolio manager at Lowell, Blake &Associates.” From a NorthStar AssetManagement news release, March 10, 2003.
Shawn Ryan reports: “I am in myfourth year of teaching Latin and in mythird year of coaching swimming at a highschool outside of Columbus, OH. I wasable to be part of a program in Rome thispast summer—the last time I was therewas my junior year abroad. It was great tovisit again. Old classmates, drop me anote! [email protected].”
Elizabeth Schneider Dollhopf “andJohn Dollhopf are happy to announce thattheir first child, William Harold Dollhopf,was born on December 16, 2002,weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces.”
97Class Secretary: Shannon M. Reilly, 45 Sandy Brook Dr., Durham, NH 03824Class Agents: Ellen L. Chan, Andrew L. Stevenson, and Michael L. Volpe
Sarah Blackwood is “in Gainesville, FL inmy second year of veterinary school at theUniversity of Florida. It’s a big changebeing a Gator after all these years as aPolar Bear, but I am enjoying everyminute. This summer, some of my closestBowdoin friends—Lillie Mear, CarrieArdito Johnson, Kaiya Katch, SusanGaffney Rowley, Shannon Reilly, AletheaWalton McCormick, Jen Hannon Stuker,and Nancy Roman Sacco—all met in LasVegas to celebrate the upcoming weddings ofNancy and Jen.” See accompanying photo.
Ellen Chan is “enjoying my fourth yearin medical school and look forward toreturning to the east coast for myresidency in Pediatrics. I have had a goodtime catching up with Bowdoin friendswhile on externships or whileinterviewing for a residency position.”
Lindsey Christie Furtney reports:“Matt and I recently left New York Cityand moved to Maine. It feels great to beback and we’re having fun catching upwith other Bowdoin alums who havestayed or been drawn back to the area.”
Robyn Gerry Pavan and John Pavan’98 send “greetings from Tallahassee.Robyn has finished her master’s and innow administering databases for herschool. John is still working on his Ph.D.but have recently submitted a paper toPhysics Review C and have an experimentfor early next year,” reported John in anote to physics professor emeritus E.O.LaCasce ’44.
Erin Hynes and David Naspo “weremarried on September 7, 2002.” See photoin Weddings section.
Eliza Moore, “a graduate of Guild HallSchool of Music in London, performed asolo concert at the Johnson State CollegeInternational Chamber Music Series inJohnson, VT in December. She performeda variety of musical styles that are basedon classical, Celtic, or bluegrass andcontemporary music. Although trainedclassically in both voice and violin, sheexpanded her musical experiences bytouring Europe and performing withmusicians in England, Ireland, andFrance. Moore is perhaps the firstmusician to combine both singing andviolin playing together at the same time.Much of her performance included herown compositions which are based on her
’95-ers Lauren Deneka, Sarah Soule Way,and Kristen Ekman spent Memorialweekend ’02 back in Maine catching up withother Polar Bears.
Lucky ’97: Friends from the Class of ’97 met inLas Vegas last summer—front row (l to r) LillieMear, Carrie Ardito Johnson, Kaiya Katch. Backrow (l to r): Susan Gaffney Rowley, ShannonReilly, Alethea Walton McCormick, Jen HannonStuker, and Nancy Roman Sacco, and SarahBlackwood—to celebrate the upcomingweddings of Nancy and Jen.
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own lyrics and poems of the great poetssuch as Yeats and Donne.” From a Barre,VT Barre Montpelier Times article,December 6, 2002.
Martina Morrow updates: “I amworking as Executive Director at PortlandHarbor Museum in South Portland, andjust bought a house in Bath. I am lookingforward to marrying Roger Duncan onMay 3, 2003!” Ed.: Ned Allen ’76 iscurator of the Portland Harbor Museum.
Sarah Ross updates: “I’m living inChicago now and finishing my doctoratein history at Northwestern University(just can’t stay away from the ivorytower). I’d love to hear from any fellowBowdoin grads—my email address is [email protected]. And, if you’rein the area, it would be great to gettogether. Memory Lane always serves as agreat study break—especially if itinvolves recalling adventures at Camp Bo-Bo!”
Emily Snow Cates and Matt Cates ’96“were married on May 26, 2002, inScottsdale, Arizona.” See photo inWeddings section.
Alison Titus Harden and John Harden’98 “were married on September 14,2002, in Martinsville, Maine.” See photoin weddings section.
Mary Christina Zierak Simpson “andGreg Simpson were married on July 13,2002, Bristol, RI. I am finishing upmedical school at Temple UniversitySchool of Medicine in Philadelphia in2004 with hopes of heading back to NewEngland.” See photo in Weddings section.
Jackie Zinn reports: “I am currently inmy fourth year of medical school and willbe graduating in May. After about onemonth of traveling, I will begin myresidency in the field of PM & R.”
98Class Officers: Peter Sims, president;Joanna Hass, vice-president; Kim Pacelliand Maireade McSweeney, class reporters
Christine Chiao is “enjoying my secondyear in medical school. Miss all myfriends.”
Levin Czubaroff updates: “In spring2003 I will graduate from IndianaUniversity School of Law–Bloomington.After graduation, I will move back to thePhiladelphia area where I will beworking.”
For news of John Harden, see AlisonTitus Harden ’97 and photo in Weddings
Meighan E. Rogers ’98Public Health Prevention SpecialistCenter for Disease Control and PreventionNCCDPHP/Health Care and Aging Studies
Meighan Rogers ’98 was recently appointed to assist theCenter for Disease Control’s (CDC) emergency operationteam on the SARS outbreak. “[While working on theteam,] I really gained an understanding and appreciationfor how public health agencies at the state and federallevel need to deal with the public and the media in orderto make sure that they are safeguarding the public’shealth, while not causing widespread panic,” she said. In addition to aiding the CDC in their goals to provideguidance and possible treatments for this global virus,Meighan works for the National Center for Birth Defectsand Developmental Disabilities in their health policyoffice. Her appointment is part of a three-year fellowship from the Public Health PreventionService that allows Meighan experience in both the CDC offices and in the field.
Her current employment resulted from a long interest in public health. Following hergraduation from Bowdoin, Meighan spent two years working at Massachusetts General Hospital,doing clinical research in endocrinology. During that time she also volunteered at a rape crisiscenter. It was through these two experiences that she first became interested in public health andepidemiology. “I think that I had always been fascinated by public health type concepts, such asdisease prevention, and the tracking of epidemics, but just didn’t realize at first that these thingsactually were ‘public health.’” She completed a master’s at Yale in public health with aconcentration on epidemiology.
Her interest in community health issues, however, began even before graduate school. Duringher senior year at Bowdoin, as part of a child development psychology class, she volunteered atthe Bath-Brunswick Child Care Center, where she worked with pre-schoolers who haddevelopmental disabilities. “I found that really rewarding and interesting, and in a way I thinkthat kind of work has transferred over into my public health career.” In addition to communityservice, Meighan sang in the chorus, played rugby, went on outing club trips, and enjoyedtaking English courses. “Bowdoin not only taught me analytic skills and how to synthesize ideasand information, but also how to formulate my own ideas and opinions, and how to articulateand present them to people,” she said. “Ultimately, I have found that utilizing the skills Ideveloped and strengthened at Bowdoin is what has given me access to CDC and publichealth.” These skills were honed in places like the library, the lab, and even the Giant Steps ona marine biology field trip: “Learning about developmental biology with our Medaka fish—thosewere fun days!”
Now, in Atlanta, Meighan swims, hikes, cooks, and goes to the movies. “I am doing a coupleof sprint triathlons this summer, so that is keeping me pretty busy.” Oh, and if her involvementin making budgets for CDC autism programs, participating in a SARS think-tank, and competingin three-sport races weren’t enough, she has also been taking pottery classes this year. Shesaid, “I think playing with clay is a big stress reliever and a lot of fun!”
For the next couple years, Meighan will be working as a CDC employee assigned to thehealth department in a state of her choice. “I couldn’t be happier right now with where I am inmy career.” She hopes to be able to use her skills in epidemiology to work closely withcommunity-based public health programs. Looking into the future, Meighan sees herself in thisfield for the long haul: she is interested in mental health, HIV/AIDS and injury/domesticviolence, and may go back for her PhD in social epidemiology. Outside of these institutionalgoals, she said, “I love that public health attempts to integrate such different disciplines asepidemiology, psychology, sociology, health education, basic science, and clinical medicine toattack problems. I think that it really keeps you thinking outside the box in order to findsolutions to promote good health.” — Lauren M. Whaley ’03
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section.Christa Jefferis is “finishing up medical
school in Seattle and waiting to see whichcoast I end up on for residency.”
Jill Mackay wrote in December: “I’mworking at WGBH in Boston, and will becelebrating my birthday in Costa Rica thisDecember! Hello to all my friends!”
Michael Merenda, who plays in severalbands, “is one of the trio, along with RaoRodriquez-Seeger and Ruth Unger, whocomprise the band The Mammals. Sinceforming in early 2001, they have quicklymade a name for themselves on the folkcircuit, both for their vibrant,accomplished sound and musicalpedigree. Their excellent new CD,Evolver, (see Bookshelf, Bowdoin Fall2002), was recorded in Michael andRuth’s living room, and although Evolverwas released last June, it hit stores nationallyin November—no small feat for a modeststring band.” From an Allentown, NJMessenger-Press article, December 5, 2002.
Alexandra Morbelli Laverty writes:“Just a quick note to let you know that Ihave gotten married and have since had ason, born February 13, 2003. His name isJack Gerald Laverty.”
Lorne Norton has “formed a band inBrooklyn and am in the process of liningup some shows in 2003. To hear someMP3s, you can go to www.mp3.com andsearch for ‘The Lowdown NYC.’ If youlike what you hear and would beinterested in checking us out, drop meline; I definitely would appreciate it!”
John Pavan updated the Department ofPhysics: “I’m still working on my Ph.D.from Florida State University. However,I’ve finished my work in Niobium-87 andpublished a paper in Physical Review C(March 2003) on it. My current focus inon the sd-shell region of the chart of thenuclides, Forine-22 and Florine-23 inparticular. I hope to graduate in less thana year (guessing spring, 2004).” See alsoRobyn Gerry Pavan ’97
Dan Pollard reports: “I heard from Chris‘Toph’ Niemeyer recently. He is living inPhiladelphia, working in a computerbusiness and is DJ-ing a lot. He was invitedby a Russian production company to go toMoscow and DJ Christmas and New Year’scelebrations there. I’m sure he had a blast.My band, Spouse, made up of MichaelMerenda and José Ayerve ’96, released itssecond album Love Can’t Save this Love inJanuary 2003. We’ll be touring theNorthwest in the spring.”
Ranjit Rauniyar, a graduate student at
the Wharton School at the University ofPennsylvania, is editor-in-chief of theWharton Journal, a student newspaper. Hisarticle, “Leaving Behind Yak and Yeti:Four Students Journey from Nepal to theIvy League,” was reprinted this winter inthe Asian Wall Street Journal.
Keri Riemer writes: “I’m finishing mylast year at Boston College Law Schooland moving to New York City inSeptember to begin my job as a corporatelawyer at Strook & Strook & Lavan. Nohusbands or kids yet, but I did adopt anadorable mutt named Bailey from ananimal shelter. While in Boston, I enjoyseeing Faiza Mujtaba Riaz ’99 andKristen Doughty ’99. While in NYC,Dave Martines ’97 is still one of myfavorite friends. I hope all is going wellfor my classmates, and I look forward toseeing them at the 5th year reunion.”
Meighan Rogers “just finished my MPHin May and have moved down South toAtlanta to start a three-year fellowship atthe Center for Disease Control. I’d love tohear from anyone heading down this way!you can reach me at [email protected].”See profile this section.
Ted Wells “is teaching 4th grade at ThePark School in Brookline, MA and isliving with Bowdoin roommate Dan Schiffin Cambridge, MA.”
Allison Zelkowitz is “currently going tothe University of California at San Diego,working on a master’s of Pacific andinternational affairs. I’m learning BahasaIndonesian and hoping to eventually workoverseas in the human rights field—noplans yet to ever make any money but, I dohave a three-bedroom beach hut in mind.”
99Class Agents: Michael L. Bouyea,Melissa W. Braveman, Laura G. Enos,Jennifer E. Halloran, Tariq Mohammed, andAmy H. SteelClass Officers: Sarah Bond, president;Lauren Key, vice-president; Melissa Bravemenand Maria Pistone, class reporters
Mason Barney “just started at BrooklynLaw School in fall 2002 and will begetting married in June!”
Chrissy Booth “married Dan Flicker’00 in Boston on August 3, 2002. Manyfellow Chi Delta Phi alumni attended thewedding.” See photo in Weddings section.
Sarah Canders Thrall announces: “Myhusband, Spencer, and I just welcomedour second daughter Jillian, on October
16, 2002. She joins her 18-month-oldsister, Abigail.”
“A large gathering of Bowdoin alumnitook place on July 27, 2002 inKennebunkport, Maine for the wedding ofAlison DiSalvo Ryan and Brendan Ryan.”See photo in Weddings section.
Laura Enos “just started my fourth yearat St. Paul’s School, teaching chemistryand Biology. Enjoying coaching soccerand ice hockey. I stay in touch withMelissa Braveman, who is applying tomed schools. Enjoying life as a teacher,especially summers. I was able to travelacross the country last summer, as well asspend time in Colorado, New Jersey, andMontreal. Enjoyed seeing the Bowdoincrowd at Kristin Sigmond and PaulAuffermann’s wedding out in Minneapolislast summer.”
For news of Jared Liu, see KristinAwsumb Liu ’00.
For news of Kerry A. McDonald, see JayBeades ’60.
Cristina McLaughlin McCullough“married Matt McCullough (Fairfield ’93)on September 28, 2002. We bought a houseon the South Shore, which we’re lookingforward to.” See photo in Weddings section.
00Class Agents: S. Prema Katari, Emily M. Reycroft, Scott M. Roman, Jessica L. Rush, Michelle A. Ryan, Gretchen S. Selcke, and Jonathan C. SpragueClass Officers: Sarah Roop, president;Meaghan Curran, vice-president; NaeemAhmed and Karen Viado, class reporters
Gwen Armbruster is “currently living and working in San Francisco, where I’ve been spending a lot of time with a fellowBowdoin classmate, Johanna Babb, who isin her first year of law school at Hastings.”
Kristin Awsumb Liu and Jared Liu ’99are married. “Thanks to Eli Orlic andKevin Wesley ’89 for helping toquickstart the Bowdoinites of Milwaukee.”
“The wedding of Lara Blackburn andDaniel Seaver took place September 21 atFirst Parish Unitarian UniversalistMeeting in Portland. The reception washeld at The Pavilion. Among thebridesmaids was Maria Chi ’99. Laraworks at The Portland Radio Group andDaniel works for WPXT and WPME. Theyare residing in Portland after a trip toGreece.” From a Portland, ME MaineToday.com article, January 18, 2003.
Christina Buckheit is a “math teacher
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and coaches volleyball and basketball atSt. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE.”
Lael Byrnes reports: “This pastsummer, a couple of us made up alacrosse team to participate in the CapeAnn Charity Lacrosse Tournament inIpswich, MA, an annual charity eventsponsored by Metro Lacrosse. Our team,‘Bowdoin,’ won the tournament! Bowdoinparticipants included Heather Hawes ’00,Lael Byrnes ’00, Sage Orr ’01, AmandaBurrage ’04 and Elizabeth MacNeil ’00.”See accompanying photo.
Meredith E. Crosby “enjoyed meetingfellow alumni at a recent gathering atScott Emerson’s ’77 house in ShakerHeights. I am glad after two full years tosee a friendly face passing through on herway to Minnesota, as Jenn Dodd isbeginning her graduate training. I amnow in my third year at CWRU School ofMedicine going for the Ph.D. Progresscontinues jointly with my research at theCleveland Clinic Foundation. I amlooking forward to my qualifier in theearly spring, which will then allow me topursue my research full-time. My workhas been focused on understanding thekinetics of gene regulation followingDNA damage and characterizingtranscription factor binding accessibilityin radiation-response genes throughchromatin immune precipitationexperiments. Enjoying the challenges ofbasic research. If anyone is in theCleveland area, be sure to look me up atCWRU or CCF.”
For news of Dan Flicker, see ChrissyBooth ’99 and photo in Weddings section.
Dan Goldstein writes: “This year hasbeen a wonderful mix of Euro-tasties.Taught snowboarding in Switzerland,outdoor education in Southern France,and have now ‘settled down’ to teach
English in the wonderful city ofBarcelona. Learning Spanish, playingUltimate, and planning more actionadventures. I miss Bowdoin. Hope all iswell. Keep in touch!”
Leigh Hoenig writes: “I am currentlyliving in Boston and working at TheGifford School, in Weston, MA. I’m alsoworking on a master’s in special educationfrom UMass-Boston.”
Katherine Miller Needleman andMatthew Needleman were married onJune 30, 2002, in Princeton, NJ. See photoin Weddings section.
Rebecca Nesvet has “won a grant fromthe Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation,the 2003 Playwriting Award, for my playThe Shape Shifter. The grant is awarded to‘historical’ plays on LGBT themes. I willreceive the award at the 2003 LambdaLiterary Awards, in Los Angeles in lateMay. Another of my plays, The Offensive,has won second place (full-length playcategory) in Sonoma County Rep’s 2003New Drama Works competition.Productions and staged readings ofvarious works of mine have beenpresented this year in New York City(Vital Theatre, 42nd Street) and inCardiff, United Kingdom.”
Amy Trumbull is “working at FaySchool as the director of public relationsand coaching basketball as well. I livewith Bowdoin friends Michelle Ryan andRachel Keefe in Brighton, MA.”
01Class Agents: Ashley C. Cotton, Peter G.Curran, John V. Curtin III, Elizabeth E. Feeherry, Elissa L. Ferguson,Kenneth S. TempletonClass Officers: Jed W. Wartman, president;Stephanie R. Mann, vice presidentClass Reporters: Peter G. Curran,Nathaniel L. Waters, Sarah L. Wheeler
Emily Coes is “working in admissions atLoomis-Chaffee School in Windsor, CT.”
Peter Curran reports: “I’m living inBaltimore and teaching for the secondyear at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. I’mplanning to move to an Apachereservation in Arizona next year with mygirlfriend, Sarah Farmer. I’m hoping toteach on the reservation.”
Leah McConaughey “and JonathanShank (UNH) were married last LaborDay in Rhode Island, and are currently inKazakhstan with the Peace Corps.” Seephoto in Weddings section.
Adrienne Oakley, a graduate student inthe Department of Geology andGeophysics at the University of Hawaii,was honored by the AmericanGeophysical Union (AGU) with anOutstanding Student Paper award for herpresentation at the AGU annual meetingin San Francisco.
Caroline Thompson “recently joinedBayer Properties Incorporated inBirmingham, AL as a marketing assistant.She previously worked for CourtTelevision Network in New York City.”From a Bayer Properties news release,February 10, 2003.
Catherine Wheeler reports: “I becameengaged on December 15, 2002 to CharlesMichael Mushlin (Indiana University atBloomington ’97/Kelley School ofBusiness, IU ’99). Things are quite hecticas we are planning our wedding forSeptember 20 this year! The wedding willbe held in Arcadia, CA at the EmbassySuites. On another note, Michael and I arelooking forward to visiting Bowdoin thissummer as we will be in Portland for hiscousin’s wedding.”
Carol P. Woodcock updates: “I’m livingin Raleigh (NC), sharing an apartmentwith Maya Hunnewell ’01, and working atSt. Timothy’s-Hale School with Janet Lien’00. I teach world geography to fifth-graders and I coach the Battle of the Booksteam. Even though my students are young,I make sure they’ve all heard about theBowdoin Polar Bears before they graduate.”
02Class Secretaries: Emily K. Shubert andShaina L, ZamaitisClass Agents: Christine M. Cloonan,Thomas A. Costin, Laura M. Hilburn, Sarah L. Hoenig, Sara R. Kaufman,Margaret E. Magee, Simon A. McKay, Claire E. Newton, Eric C. Wiener, John A. WoodcockClass Officers: Conor R. Dowley, president;Katherine E. Donovan, vice presidentClass Reporter: Sara R. Kaufman
Marshall R. Escamilla proclaims: “I am arock star!”
Shellie Gauthier “teaches earth scienceand environmental science and is alsoassistant field hockey coach at NorthReading High school in North Reading,MA.” From a Woburn, MA Woburn DailyTimes article, February 5, 2003.
“Web designer Matt Mellen, whostarted a small but growing business in
Lax Bears: Team ‘Bowdoin,’ composed inpart by Heather Hawes ’00, Lael Byrnes ’00,Sage Orr ’01, Amanda Burrage ’04 andElizabeth MacNeil ’00 (not pictured) wonthe Cape Ann Charity Lacrosse Tournamentin Ipswich, MA, last summer.
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downtown Portland, said he and hispartner are keeping ahead of thecompetition by putting to use the latestcutting-edge technology, for instanceXHTML as the computer language tocreate Web pages. Mellen and a co-presenter were among 39 speakers whovolunteered in January to talk abouttheir careers, how they got where theyare, and way to prepare while in highschool, at the fourth annual WesternMaine Career Fair for high schoolstudents, held at the University of Maineat Farmington.” From a Portland, MEMaine Today.com article, January 10, 2003.
For news of Hesper Schleiderer-Hardy,see Jay Beades ’60.
Rebecca Sears “performed three musicrecitals at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College (NorthAndover, MA), one in February, one inMarch, and one in April.” From a NorthAndover, MA North Andover Citizen article, January 17, 2003.
Former Faculty and StaffFormer Assistant Professor of Physics,Tom Bohan (’69-’76) reported to professoremeritus E.O. LaCasce ’44: “I sold my lawfirm as of October 1, and am nowconcentrating on the forensic work Ibegan with (while still putting in somehours each week drafting patentapplications). In September, I gave aninvited talk to the First U.S.-TurkishConference, in Istanbul. It was onscientific evidence and I gave it the title‘Forensic Science Since Daubert and DNAAnalysis: Who Would Have Thought SoMany Emperors Were Naked?’ There was asimultaneous translation (how well, whoknows? I did confirm that the Turks werefamiliar with The Emperor’s New Clothes).”
Richard West, former director of theBowdoin College Museum of Art from1967 through 1982, will retire August 1,2003 as executive director of the Frye ArtMuseum in Seattle, WA. “West, who washired in 1995, had the distinction of beingthe first professional director to head theFrye Art Museum. As executive director,he played a key role in the planning anddevelopment of the ‘new’ Frye facility,which opened in 1997 as a completevisual arts center, with an education wingand two art studios, an auditorium, amuseum store and café, and expandedgallery spaces.” From a Frye Art Museumpress release, February 14, 2003.
Chauncey Lauriston Fish ’25 died onJanuary 4, 2003, in Sandy Spring, MD. Bornon June 7, 1903, in Freeport, he preparedfor college at Freeport High School andbecame a member of Delta UpsilonFraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation in 1925 he was a teacher, coach,and administrator at high schools in Yorkand Rangeley and at Plainfield (CT) HighSchool before joining the faculty at WilliamHall High School in West Hartford, CT, in1928. After seven years there, he joined thefaculty at Hamden (CT) High School, wherehe taught mathematics and was anadministrator until 1942, when he joinedthe U.S. Navy. He served until January of1946 and attained the rank of lieutenantcommander as an instructor in navigation.He received a master’s degree from BatesCollege in 1935 and a 6th year degree ineducation administration from TeachersCollege of Columbia University in 1939.After the war, he was for 11 years a memberof the faculty at the University of Bridgeportin Connecticut as a dean in the division ofstudent personnel and as chairman of thedepartment of secondary education. He thentaught and was a guidance counselor inHicksville, NY, and New Fairfield, CT, untilhis retirement in 1971. For many years hewas active in the Bowdoin Alumni Schoolsand Interviewing Committee (BASIC),especially in Maryland and Florida, and formany years he was 1925’s Class Secretary.He was a member of the Venice (FL) UnitedChurch of Christ, the New England Club,and the Maine Breakfast Group. In the1950s he was a president of the BridgeportLions Club and was active in local chaptersof the Sons of the American Revolution, theMayflower Society, the National Society ofthe Magna Charta Dames and Barons, andthe National Hugh Huguenot Society.Surviving are his wife, Clarice Hogan Fish,whom he married in 1984; a son, WilliamW. Fish ’66 of Rowayton, CT; a daughter,Mardrey Swenson of West Lebanon, NH;two stepsons, John Hogan of Silver Spring, MD, and William Hogan ofAlexandria, VA; 11 grandchildren, includingAmy M. Fish ’94 and David W. Fish ’98; and two great-granddaughters.
Don Marshall ’27 died on December 5,2002, in Kalamazoo, MI. Born on November8, 1905, in East Lansing, MI, he preparedfor college at Amherst (MA) High School
and became a member of Alpha Delta PhiFraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation cum laude in 1927, he enteredthe University of Michigan Medical School,from which he received his M.D. degree inophthalmology, ending as an assistantprofessor. He was chairman of the newdepartment of ophthalmology at theGeisinger Hospital in Danville, PA, until1939, when he moved to Kalamazoo, wherehe practiced ophthalmology until hisretirement in 1981. During World War II heserved in the U.S. Army Medical Corps andwas chief of the Ophthalmology section ofthe 298th General Hospital in England,France, and Belgium from 1942 to 1945,attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel andbeing awarded three Bronze Stars. He was aregional consultant to the VeteransAdministration from 1946 to 1957 andserved on the medical staff of BorgessHospital and Bronson Hospital. He served aspresident of the Kalamazoo Academy ofMedicine and the Kalamazoo Rotary Club,was president of the Michigan RegionalMedical Program from 1968 to 1970, andwas director of the Kalamazoo Civil DefenseHospital from 1962 to 1964. He was amember of the Kalamazoo Academy ofMedicine, the Michigan State MedicalSociety, the American Medical Association,the American Ophthalmological Society, theAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology, andthe American College of Surgeons. In 1932he was married to Evelyn Weeks, who diedin 1989. Surviving are two sons, Don S.Marshall ’58 of Mathews, VA, and Bruce S.Marshall of Bellaire, MI; four grandchildren;and four great-grandchildren.
Walter Merrill Hunt, Jr. ’29 died onNovember 6, 2002 in Hightstown, NJ. Bornon July 9, 1906, in Burlington, NJ, heprepared for college at Blair Academy inNew Jersey and at Portsmouth (NH) HighSchool and became a member of DeltaKappa Epsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin.Following his graduation in 1929, heentered Harvard Business School, fromwhich he received a master of businessadministration degree in 1931. In 1932 hejoined Elbrook, Inc., an export and importfirm in New York City, which changed itsname in 1944 to G.R. Coleman Company.He later became president of the firm andheld that position until his retirement. Hedid a great deal of business with mainland
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China until 1949 and then with Hong Kong,
Taipei, and Singapore. During World War II,
he did business with Central America and
South America. He was married in 1935 to
Isabel Kemp, who predeceased him, and is
survived by a daughter, Millicent H. Solum
of Westbrook, CT; a son, David Hunt of
Charlotte, NC; five grandsons; and a
brother, John Hart Hunt of Cincinnati, OH.
Robert Waite Gray ’31 died on November
17, 2002, in Augusta. Born on December 2,
1908, in Gardiner, he prepared for college at
Gardiner High School and Deerfield
Academy in Massachusetts and became a
member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity at
Bowdoin, which he attended in 1927-28. He
also attended Cornell University in 1930
and worked as a clerk at the Hotel Statler in
Boston. Returning to Maine in 1932, he
joined the Gray-Hildreth Company, of
which he eventually became the president
and at which he worked until 1967. He
served as a trustee of the Gardiner Water
District and as a trustee and a corporator of
the Gardiner Savings Institution. He was
married in 1939 to Doris Newman, who
died in 1996, and is survived by two
daughters, Nancy G. Rogers of Cornish and
Karen G. Lothridge of Richmond; six
grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
William Henry Gray ’31 died on January
18, 2003, in Southbridge, MA. Born on
February 21, 1909, in Dixfield, he prepared
for college at Dixfield High School and
Deering High School in Portland and
attended the University of Southern
California for a year. In the fall of 1928, he
transferred to Bowdoin as a member of the
sophomore class and became a member of
Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Following his
graduation in 1931, he was a clerk in a
wholesale grocery for several years and then
operated an antique business in Portland,
the Maine town of Weld, and Cohasset, MA.
He worked in the social services field and
the sheltered workshop field and also was a
member of the host and interpretive staff at
Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts for
many years. Surviving are a sister, Clara G.
Maynard of Annapolis, MD; a niece, Nancy
Maynard of Annapolis; a nephew, Elliott
Maynard of Sedona, AZ; and his caregivers,
James Houghton and Timothy Rector, both
Gilman Lyford Arnold, Jr. ’32 died onDecember 25, 2002, in Scarborough. Bornon July 4, 1911, in Dover-Foxcroft, heprepared for college at Foxcroft Academyand Hebron Academy and became amember of Chi Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin.Following his graduation in 1932 he studiedfor two years at the Harvard GraduateSchool of Business Administration,receiving his M.B.A. degree in 1934, whenhe became a salesman with Timberlake andCompany in Portland. During World War IIhe served from 1942 to 1945 in the U.S.Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Hewas a treasurer of Timberlake and Companyuntil 1948, when he and Stanley Pattenpurchased that firm and it became Patten,Arnold and Company. A few years later hemerged the firm with the Maine SecuritiesCompany in Portland, of which he was thepresident. He retired in 1971. He had servedas a director of the Maine InvestmentDealers Association and as treasurer of thePurpoodock Country Club. A member ofthe Springhill Country Club in Florida, hewas married in 1941 to Clara Williamson,who died in 1991. Surviving are astepdaughter, Jacqueline Iaconeta of OldOrchard Beach; a step-grandson, RobertGardner of Methuen, MA; a cousin, BonnieNelson of Falmouth Foreside; and two step-great-grandchildren.
John Crossland Rosenfeld ’33 died onJanuary 30, 2003, in Needham, MA. Born onDecember 12, 1908, in Somerville, MA, heprepared for college at Phillips Academy inAndover, MA, and The New PreparatorySchool in Cambridge, MA, and became amember of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity atBowdoin, which he attended from 1929 to1932. He graduated from the BostonUniversity School of Law in 1935 and forsome years was treasurer and a director of JayConstruction Company. As a custom homebuilder for more than 25 years, he built manyhomes in Massachusetts, in Needham, Dover,Newton, Wellesley, and Dedham, as well asthe parsonage of the Carter MemorialMethodist Church in Needham. He was thebuilding inspector for the town of Needhamfrom 1971 to 1985 and then was the buildinginspector for the town of Dover until heretired in 1994. He was a member of theMassachusetts Building Commissioners andInspectors Association, the SoutheasternMassachusetts Building Officials Association,
and the Needham Retired Men’s Club and hadserved as a town meeting member inNeedham. He was active with the CarterChurch bowling league and Men’s Club.Surviving are his wife, Janet WalkerRosenfeld, whom he married in 1941; threesons, James C. Rosenfeld ’65 of Boston, JohnRosenfeld of Mount Desert, and Jordan S.Rosenfeld of Seattle, WA; a daughter, Janet R.MacLeod of Needham; a sister, Dorothy Dyerof Raleigh, NC; and three grandchildren.
Charles William Allen ’34 died onFebruary 7, 2003, in Falmouth. Born onNovember 14, 1912, in Portland, heprepared for college at Deering High Schoolthere and became a member of Alpha DeltaPhi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation in 1934 he graduated from theUniversity of Michigan Law School in 1937and was an associate with Sullivan &Cromwell in New York City for four years.During World War II he served in the U.S.Navy from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rankof lieutenant commander. After the war hejoined the Portland Law Firm then knownas Hutchinson, Pierce, Connell, Atwood,and Scribner, now Pierce Atwood, focusinghis practice on securities and financialmatters. He became a partner in 1948. Heserved as a member of the Portland CityCouncil from 1964 to 1970 and as its chairin 1965-66 and was a trustee of thePortland Public Library from 1971 to 1984and its president from 1980 to 1982. He wasalso a director and treasurer of the MaineCivil Liberties Union, a trustee of PortlandSavings Bank, and a trustee and treasurer ofHebron Academy. During the Vietnam warera of the late 1960s and early 1970s he wasan advocate for peace, as an anti-waractivist and as chair of the Portland chapterof SANE. In Bowdoin affairs he wastreasurer and a trustee from 1959 to 1967and an overseer from 1967 until 1976.From 1961 to 1974 he was a trustee of theColby-Bates-Bowdoin (WCBB) EducationalTelecasting Corporation. He also served as amember-at-large of the Alumni Council andreceived an honorary doctor of laws degreeat Bowdoin’s commencement in 1982. In1990 he was the recipient of the JusticeLouis Scolnick Award from the Maine CivilLiberties Union for his commitment tofreedom of speech and assembly andcontributions to civil liberties. He wasmarried in 1936 to Genevieve Lahee, who
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died in May of 2001, and is survived by twosons, Thomas H. Allen ’67 of Portland andWilliam N. Allen of Hallowell; a daughter,Ruth W. Allen of Norcross, GA; a brother,Franklin B. Allen ’45 of Portland; and three grandchildren.
Nathan Charles Miller ’34 died on January21, 2003, in Lewiston. Born on August 23, 1912, in Lisbon Falls, he prepared forcollege at Brunswick High School andattended Bowdoin from 1930 to 1932,becoming a member of Alpha Tau OmegaFraternity. He was a self-employed brickmason in Bath and Durham for many yearsand was a missionary in Israel from 1975to 1989. He also worked at the GordonConwell Seminary in Hamilton, MA. Hewas a member of the Assembly of GodChurch in Lewiston and the SeniorCitizens Club in Greene. He was marriedin 1934 to Florence Parker, who died inJune of 1989, and is survived by hissecond wife, Arlene Parker Field Miller,whom he married in December of 1989;five daughters, Faye Hobart of LisbonFalls, Gwendolyn Street of Meredith, NH,Sylvia Springer of Tampa, FL, NatalieKuchta of Crystal Lake, IL, and JoannaMoore of Gloucester, MA; two sons, DanielMiller of Durham and Norman Miller ofCarrollton, GA; four stepsons, MaynardField of Killingworth, CT, Ray Field ofGreene, Percy Field of Augusta, and LloydField of Shelby, NC; a sister, EvangelineSparks of Bath; 19 grandchildren; and 20great-grandchildren.
Edward Carl Uehlein ’34 died on January14, 2003, in Yarmouthport, MA. Born onJuly 29, 1911, in Lawrence, MA, heprepared for college at Lawrence HighSchool and The Tilton School in Tilton,NH. At Bowdoin he became a member ofDelta Upsilon Fraternity. After graduatingin 1934, he attended Harvard Law School,and graduated in 1937. He was aninvestigating trial attorney with theTravelers Insurance Company in Boston forten years, and then joined the legaldepartment of the Liberty Mutual InsuranceCompany in Boston in 1947. In 1953 heopened a private legal practice in Bostonand, until he retired, practiced in theBoston area. He was a longtime resident ofWaban, served on the Newton Board ofAldermen, was president of the Newton
Republican Club, and was active with theEpiscopal Church of the Good Shepherd,where he was a member of the vestrycommittee and served as junior and thensenior warden. He was a member of theNewton-Waltham and Massachusetts Barassociations, a trustee of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a director of theAuburndale Cooperative Bank, and amember of the Brae Burn Golf Club.Following his retirement in 1992 he movedto Cape Cod. He was married in 1939 toElizabeth Thatcher, who died in 1995, andis survived by two sons, E. Carl Uehlein, Jr.’62 of Alexandria, VA., and W. FrederickUehlein of Weston, MA; a daughter,Margaret U. Suby of Jamaica Plain, MA; sixgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Earle Hastings Beatty ’35 died onDecember 3, 2002, in the Maine town ofWinthrop. Born on July 20, 1911, inSpringfield, MA, he prepared for college atWinthrop High School and attended theUniversity of Maine for a year beforeentering Bowdoin, where he became amember of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.Following his graduation in 1935, heworked as a credit investigator for Dun &Bradstreet in New York City, as areservation clerk with Eastern Airlines,also in New York City, and as a traffic clerkwith Western Electric in Kearny, NJ. In1937 he became an advertising clerk withthe Esso Touring Service in New York. In1951 he joined the Standard Oil Companyof New Jersey as an advertising clerk,beginning a career that lasted until hisretirement from Exxon as an advertisingspecialist in 1973. He lived in Plainfield,NJ, until 1956, when he moved toNorwalk, CT. After living and working inHouston, TX, from 1966 until hisretirement, he and his wife spent summersat their camp on Lake Maranacook inWinthrop and winters in Fort Myers, FL.He served as a trustee of the Grant AvenuePresbyterian Church in Plainfield and ofthe Community Baptist Church inNorwalk. He was the author of a bookabout the Beatty family genealogy, was amember of the Winthrop United MethodistChurch, was an honorary member of theWinthrop Lions Club, and was a formermember of the Fort Myers Lions Club. Hewas married in 1937 to Barbara Graham,who died in 2001, and is survived by two
sons, Richard M. Beatty of Denton, TX,and Bruce G. Beatty of Norwalk, CT; histwin sister, Helen Bergkuist of Exeter, NH;and four grandsons.
Robert Swift Sherman ’35 died on January15, 2003, in Ipswich, MA. Born onOctober 26, 1912, in Belmont, MA, heprepared for college at the Belmont HillSchool and became a member of BetaTheta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Aftergraduation in 1935 he worked for a yearwith the W. T. Grant Company inPhiladelphia and Lancaster, PA, andanother year with Skinner and Sherman inBoston. In 1937, he became a purchasingagent with Bennett Inc., a chemicalcompany in Boston, where he became avice president and general manager in1941. During World War II, he served inthe U. S. Navy, attaining the rank oflieutenant. After the war he returned toBennett, Inc. He then was a sales managerwith J. H. Westerbeke and J. D. CahillCompany and in 1960 became a qualitycontrol engineer with Sylvania ElectricCompany, which later was known as GTESylvania. He retired in 1977. He hadserved as a member of the IpswichWaterfront Advisory Committee and theIpswich Government Study Committeeand was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.Also a Crane Castle guide, he was forsome years treasurer and commodore ofthe Ipswich Bay Yacht Club. He wasmarried in 1938 to Carolyn White, whodied in 2002, and is survived by two sons,Thomas Sherman of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, and Michael B. Sherman ’64 ofMarblehead, MA; a daughter, Sarah S.Hardcastle (wife of Y. Fitzhugh Hardcastle,III ’65) of Bloomfield, CT; and eightgrandchildren, including Nathaniel S.Hardcastle ’95.
William Fowlie Kierstead ’36 died onDecember 8, 2002, in Waterville. Born onJuly 21, 1914, in Bangor, he prepared forcollege at Coburn Classical Institute inWaterville and became a member of KappaSigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation in 1936, he entered HarvardUniversity Dental School, from which hereceived his doctor of medical dentistrydegree in 1940. After practicing inWaterville for two years, he served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps for three years during
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World War II, attaining the rank of major.After the war, he resumed his practice inWaterville, which he continued until hisretirement in 1979. He served as presidentof the Maine Dental Association and for 17years was its executive secretary. He servedfor two terms as a member of the MaineBoard of Dental Examiners, and from 1957until 2002 was a member of the board ofCoburn Classical Institute, including 10years as its chairman, from 1957 to 1967.For many years he was a board member ofthe Sunset Home in Waterville, a member ofthe Universalist Unitarian Church inWaterville, and a member of the WatervilleKiwanis Club. He was one of the originalincorporators of the Sugarloaf MountainCorporation, served as a director of itsboard for many years, and was president ofthe Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Club in 1956.He was married in 1940 to Emily Kelley,who predeceased him, and is survived by ason, Mark S. Kierstead of Canaan; a brother,Stephen Kierstead of Fairfield; a grandson;and two step-granddaughters.
Spencer Baldauf Reynolds ’36 died onNovember 17, 2002, in New Britain, CT. Bornon April 8, 1914, in Harwinton, CT, heprepared for college at Terryville (CT) HighSchool and became a member of Beta ThetaPi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation in 1936 he became a statisticalclerk with the New Departure Division ofGeneral Motors in Bristol, CT. He was a costclerk with the Eagle Lock Company inTerryville from 1938 to 1940, when he joinedthe Stanley Works in New Britain as a costestimator. He became assistant to the salesmanager of the R.L. Carter division of StanleyWorks in 1943, manager of customer servicewith the Power Tools Division in 1946,assistant service manager there in 1956, andservice manager in 1958. From 1970 until hisretirement in 1975, he was the customerservice manager with the Stanley ToolsDivision. He served as president of the NewBritain Musical Club, as treasurer of the NewBritain Lions Club, and as a member of theboard of directors of the New BritainSymphony. He was also for many years acemetery commissioner for the City of NewBritain and was active in the New BritainSymphony Society and the New BritainCommunity Concerts Association. He wasmarried in 1943 to Janet Lane, who died in1994, and is survived by a daughter, Jane
Pallokat, of Harwinton, CT; a daughter-in-law,Barbara T. Reynolds, of Burlington, NJ; fourgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Edward Potter Bowen ’38 died onSeptember 4, 2001, in Youngstown, NY.Born on September 6, 1915 in Buffalo, NY,he prepared for college at Niagara FallsHigh School and attended Bowdoin in 1934-35, becoming a member of Delta KappaEpsilon Fraternity. He attendedMassachusetts Institute of Technology from1935 to 1937. He is survived by a daughter,Sylvia A. Snell of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Kenneth Vernon Gray ’38 died on February23, 2003, in the Maine town of Norway.Born on June 4, 1906, in Bucksport, hegraduated from Portland High School in1924 and for some years worked as acarpenter before entering BangorTheological Seminary, from which hereceived his diploma in 1935. He was fortwo years a minister at the LimerickCongregational Church and then was forseven years the pastor of the Congregationalchurch in Boothbay. During that time hestudied for two years at Bowdoin andreceived his bachelor of arts degree cumlaude as a member of the Class of 1938.After serving as a minister in Calais from1944 to 1949, he became the pastor of theFirst Congregational Church in South Paris,which he served until his retirement in1971. He received his bachelor of divinitydegree in 1948 and a master of divinitydegree in 1971, both from BangorTheological Seminary. He was a master ofthe Paris Masonic Lodge, was a foundingmember of the National Association ofCongregational Christian Churches, andwas active with the Boy Scouts of Americafor 45 years. He was married in 1936 toBernice Hamm, who died in 1985, and wasmarried again to Harriet Tuttle, who died in1997. Surviving are a daughter, Judith Grayof Burlington, VT; a son, George M. Gray’62 of Nashua, NH; four grandchildren; andseven great-grandchildren.
Charles Willard Small ’40 died on January19, 2003, in Bangor. Born on October 12,1914, in Orland, he was graduated fromBucksport Seminary in 1933. After twoyears as a fireman and oiler on the S. S.Belfast of the Eastern Steamship Line, heattended Bowdoin in 1935-36 and became a
member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was
for several years a stationary steam plant
oiler at what became St. Regis Paper
Company in Bucksport and then worked as
an operating engineer at the Bath Iron
Works for several years. He was employed
as an engineer on a number of different
ships between 1943 and 1948 in the U.S.
Merchant Marine. For some years he
worked for the Bangor Hydroelectric
Company and from 1967 to 1969 was an
engineer with the U.S. Merchant Marine on
ships that traveled to Danang, Japan,
Saigon, and European ports. He also
managed the guest house for Standard
Packing Corporation. A member of St.
John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, he was
married in 1950 to Margaret Pennings, who
died in 2001, and is survived by a son,
Douglas Small of Encinitas, CA; a daughter,
Elaine Small of Oceanside, CA; a
stepdaughter, Phyllis Bianco of South
Hamilton, MA; a sister, Mura Herrick of
Rockland; and two grandchildren.
Jean Guenard Auperin ’41 died on August
25, 2002, in Fitzwilliam, NH. Born on
September 19, 1920, in Passaic, NJ, he
prepared for college at Richmond Hill (NY)
High School and became a member of
Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity at Bowdoin.
Following his graduation in 1941 he
studied at the Harvard Business School for
a year before serving in the U.S. Navy
during World War II from 1942 to 1946,
attaining the rank of lieutenant. After the
war he returned to Harvard and received
his M.B.A. degree in 1947. During the next
four years he did additional graduate work
at Ohio State University, where he was also
a lecturer in economics. He was an assistant
professor at Antioch College in Yellow
Springs, OH, for a year and then joined the
Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Division of
United Technologies in East Hartford, CT,
with which he was a personnel adviser
from 1952 to 1968, when he became a lead
personnel adviser. He retired in 1986 and
moved to Fitzwilliam. In Connecticut he
was a director of the Tolland Historical
Society, the Tolland Public Library, and the
Hockanum Valley Community Services
Center. He was married to 1951 to
Elizabeth Lincoln, who died in June of
2002, and is survived by a son, Lincoln
Auperin of Tolland.
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Philip Whittlesey ’41 died on February 13,2003, in Baltimore, MD. Born on October19, 1918, in Pittsfield, MA, he prepared forcollege at Newton (MA) High School andthe Lenox School in Massachusetts andbecame a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternityat Bowdoin. Following his graduation in1941 he entered Johns Hopkins UniversitySchool of Medicine, from which he wasgraduated in 1944. He interned at JohnsHopkins Hospital for a year and then servedin the U.S. Army Medical Corps for twoyears, attaining the rank of captain. He wasan assistant resident at the MassachusettsMemorial Hospital in Boston for a year andthen was an assistant resident and a residentat the Bellevue Hospital in New York Cityfor a year. In 1949 he became a fellow andan instructor at Johns Hopkins Hospital.Beginning in 1955. he was an internist inBaltimore until shortly before his death,operating a solo private practice. He wasalso an associate professor of medicine atJohns Hopkins, teaching a class indiagnostic techniques, was a member of theMaryland Motor Vehicle Administration’sMedical Advisory Board, and was aconsultant at the Social SecurityAdministration in Woodlawn, MD. He issurvived by his wife, Virginia KingWhittlesey, whom he married in 1952; threesons, Markell Whittlesey of Baltimore, P.Christie Whittlesey of Farmington Hills, MI,and John T. King of Beijing, China; abrother, Emmet Whittlesey of Hartford, CT;a sister, Frances Rushforth of Ottawa,Ontario, Canada; and five grandchildren.
Roscoe Cunningham Ingalls, Jr. ’43 diedpeacefully on February 14, 2003, inAntigua, West Indies. He was born onDecember 10, 1920, in Pelham, NY, and wasa resident of Bonxville, NY. He prepared forcollege at Pelham High School and DeerfieldAcademy in Massachusetts and became amember of Psi Upsilon Fraternity atBowdoin. Following his graduation inJanuary of 1943 he served as a gunneryofficer in the U.S. Navy for three years inWorld War II, attaining the rank oflieutenant junior grade. After the war, in1946, he joined the investment form ofIngalls & Snyder in New York City. Hebecame a partner in 1949 and remainedwith the firm until his retirement as seniorpartner in 1999 at the age of 79. He was adirector of the First Westchester National
Bank and a trustee of the Bronx SavingsBank, treasurer of the Reformed Church ofAmerica’s Board of Pensions, and a memberof the church’s General Synod ExecutiveCommittee. A trustee of the NationalRecreation and Park Association and vicepresident of the National RecreationFoundation. He was also a member of theBronxville Zoning Board of Appeals. Heserved as governor and later as vicepresident of the Lawrence Hospital inBronxville, NY. For many years he was amember of the board of the Eastern SavingsBank, which merged into the Apple Bankfor Savings, and also served on the board ofApple Bancorp, Inc., Riegel Paper, RexhamCorporation, and Barclays Bank of NewYork. In Bowdoin affairs, he was presidentof the Alumni Council and the AlumniAssociation in 1967-68 and was a memberof the Board of Overseers from 1968 until1973, when he became a member of theBoard of Trustees. He served on the Boardof Trustees until 1989, when he was electeda trustee emeritus. He was married in 1947to Marjorie G. Davis, who died in 1979, andwas married again in 1983 to Paula M.S.Verbeek, who survives him, as do two sons,Andrew R. Ingalls ’73 of Dummerston, VT,and Roscoe C. Ingalls III of Malvern, PA; adaughter, Levana Fraval of Seattle, WA; asister, Shirley I. Thackara of Carmel, CA;and four grandchildren.
James Holmes Bagshaw ’44 died onDecember 14, 2002, in Gloucester, MA.Born on April 20, 1923, in Lowell, MA, heprepared for college at Lowell High Schooland became a member of Alpha Delta PhiFraternity at Bowdoin, which he attendedfrom 1940 to 1943, leaving to serve in theU.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.Because of the meteorological course that hetook while in the service, he was awardedhis Bowdoin degree in June of 1944. Heremained in the Air Forces until August of1946 and attained the rank of captain.Following his graduation from Harvard LawSchool in 1951 he served as assistantcounsel for the Massachusetts House ofRepresentatives for two years and thenbecame a self-employed lawyer inGloucester. From 1953 to 1956 he wasGloucester’s city solicitor. After being in thegeneral practice of law as a sole practitionerfor 25 years, he formed a partnership,Bagshaw and Babson, with David E. Babson
’66. He was for many years president andgeneral counsel of W.H. Bagshaw Company,Inc. (textile machinery) and a trustee, clerkand general counsel of the Cape AnnSavings Bank. He had served as a director ofthe Gloucester Sawyer Free Library, as atrustee of various charitable funds, and as amember of the vestry of St. John’s EpiscopalChurch in Gloucester. Surviving are hiswife, Hope Bradley Bagshaw, whom hemarried in 1947; and two sons, Bradley H.Bagshaw ’75 of Seattle, WA, and Tory S.Bagshaw ’82 of Gloucester.
Peter Anthony Angeramo ’45 died onDecember 4, 2002, in Peabody, MA. Born onSeptember 2, 1923, in Lynn, MA, heprepared for college at Lynn English HighSchool and became a member of DeltaUpsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin, which heattended from 1941 to 1943. During WorldWar II he served for three years in the U.S.Navy, attaining the rank of pharmacist’smate third class. He returned to Bowdoin inJune of 1946 and, following his graduationin February of 1948, joined Armour &Company in Lynn in a sales position. Hewas in sales with the National DrugCompany from 1957 until 1963, when hebecame an investigator with the U.S. Foodand Drug Administration in Boston. Forseveral years in Washington, D.C., he was acompliance officer with the U.S. Food andDrug Administration. From 1973 to 1981 hewas chief of laboratory liaison for theConsumer Product Safety Commission’sBureau of Biomedical Sciences before hereturned to New England to become deputydirector and director of operations of theBoston area office of the U.S. ConsumerProduct Safety Commission. After retiringfrom that position in 1981, he became thefirst director of the Peabody Department ofHuman Services. He retired in 1993. He wasa member of the Knights of Columbus inLynn and served as its Grand Knight in1968 and 1969, and was a director of theItalian Community Center and theValladolid Building Association, both inLynn. Surviving are his wife, Rosemary FayAngeramo, whom he married in 1968; asister, Mary T. Mondello of Lynn; and abrother, Charles Angeramo of Salem, MA.
John Alfred Grondin ’45 died on September11, 2001, in Norwich, CT. Born on July 27,1921, in Danvers, MA, he prepared for
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college at Holten High School in Danversand at Saint John’s Preparatory School thereand attended Bowdoin from 1941 to 1943,becoming a member of Chi Psi Fraternity.During World War II he served in the U.S.Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, becominga first lieutenant. After the war he returnedto the College and, following his graduationin 1947, did graduate work at BostonUniversity for a year and received training inthe William K. Filene’s merchandising coursein Boston. After five years with Filene’s aswomen’s coat and suit buyer, he joined theJ.N. Adams Company of Buffalo, NY, wherehe was the buyer of dry goods, coats, suitsand dresses. In 1954 he joined Reid andHughes in Norwich, CT, where he was thebuyer for all the merchandise departments.He retired in 1985. Surviving are his wife,Dorothy Moreau Grondin, whom he marriedin 1956; a son, John A. Grondin, Jr., and adaughter, Patricia Grondin.
Elias Cornelius Atkins III ’46 died onJanuary 20, 2003, in Indianapolis, IN. Bornon May 30, 1923, in Indianapolis, heprepared for college at the Park School thereand at the Taft School in Watertown, CT,and attended Bowdoin in the summer andfall of 1942, becoming a member of PsiUpsilon Fraternity. During World War II heserved from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Armywith the 87th Division, attaining the rank oftechnical sergeant and being awarded thePurple Heart with Cluster. For 15 years hewas vice president of E. C. Atkins &Company, a saw manufacturing firm inIndianapolis. He then founded and waspresident of Ace Supply, Inc., inIndianapolis, from which he retired in 1988.He was a member of Trinity EpiscopalChurch, the Army and Navy Club, and theDramatic Club. Surviving are a son, BillAtkins; three daughters, Anne Young, MissyKennedy, and Elizabeth Rudolph; a sister,Ann Paxton Clark; and ten grandchildren.
Brooks Russell Leavitt ’46 died on February3, 2003, in Martinsville, VA. Born onJanuary 16, 1924, in Hartford, CT, heprepared for college at the KingswoodSchool in West Hartford and theWestminster School in Simsbury, CT, andattended Bowdoin in 1942-43, becoming amember of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.During World War II he served in the U.S.Navy in the Pacific for three years, attaining
the rank of yeoman second class. Afterreturning to Bowdoin in October of 1946, hewas graduated in 1948 as a member of theClass of 1946 and spent a year as a salesmanwith Previews, Inc., in Philadelphia, PA, andNew York City, a year with Burch-Hodges-Stone in Martinsville, VA, and four yearswith T.J. Burch and Company inMartinsville. He was the owner of Brooks R.Leavitt Real Estate from 1955 to 1957, whenhe joined the Virginia Glass ProductsCorporation in Martinsville (later theVirginia Mirror Company), with which hebecame a vice president and then executivevice president, a member of the board ofdirectors, and a consultant. He was therecipient of the Jaycees DistinguishedService Award in 1954, was named HenryCounty Man of the Year in 1957, had servedas chair of the deacons of the FirstPresbyterian Church, was the City ofMartinsville real estate agent, and was amember of the local Kiwanis Club and theJaycees. He also served as chair of theMartinsville-Henry County March of Dimesand as chair of the Court ProceduresCommittee of the Mayor’s Commission onHuman Value. In January of 2003 hecompiled The Leavitt and Allied Families,based on 25 years of genealogical research.He is survived by his wife, FrancesShackelford Leavitt, whom he married in1946; three sons, B. Russell Leavitt II ofSeattle, WA, Spencer S. Leavitt of Greenville,SC, and Dana H. Leavitt of Greenville; adaughter, Frances L. Lee of Durham, NC; asister, Mrs. Jane Leavitt Bartholomew ofSimsbury, CT; and five grandchildren.
Ian MacInnes ’46 died on January 10, 2003,in Bangor, ME. Born on July 1, 1922 inStewart Manor, Long Island, NY, heprepared for college at Kennett High Schoolin Kennett Square, PA, and Stony BrookPreparatory School, Long Island, NY, andattended Bowdoin from 1942 to 1945,becoming a member of Beta Theta PiFraternity. After serving in the U.S. Army in1945-46, he returned to the College inFebruary of 1947 and graduated inSeptember of 1948. Following hisgraduation from Boston University LawSchool in 1951 he practiced in Bangor andRumford before becoming assistant countyattorney for Penobscot County in 1957. In1962 he was appointed to the FederalDistrict Court, and later became a Superior
Court justice. In 1981 he was appointedpresiding justice of Region III of the MaineCourt System. In 1983 he became an activeretired justice, and he served in thiscapacity until 1999. He was helpful inestablishing the Big Brothers program in theBangor area, which became the BigBrothers/Big Sisters, was a director of theYMCA, and was a coach in the Little Leaguebaseball program. Surviving are his wife,Elizabeth Smith MacInnes, whom hemarried in 1947; a daughter, MargaretMacInnes of Bangor; a son, John MacInnes,also of Bangor; and a granddaughter.
George William Burnett ’47 died on January31, 2003, in Falmouth. Born in Brighton,MA, on April 15, 1919, he prepared forcollege at Everett (MA) High School andHebron Academy and attended ColbyCollege from 1939 to 1941, when he enteredthe U.S. Army. He served during World WarII until January of 1946, attaining the rankof first lieutenant. He entered Bowdoin inFebruary of 1946 as a member of the juniorclass and, following his graduation in 1947,he joined the Leigh Textile Company inBoston, which became Leigh Fiber. He livedin Lynnfield, MA, until moving to Scituate,MA in 1983. Following his retirement in1986, he moved to Maine and lived inFalmouth. Surviving are his wife, MadelineAnderson Burnett, whom he married in1948; a daughter, Leslie B. Berne ofSouthport; a son, Nicholas Burnett of CapeElizabeth; and three grandsons.
Colby Martin Ward ’47 died on December3, 2002, in Sandwich, MA. Born on August22, 1919, in Limestone, he graduated fromLimestone High School in 1938 and fromRicker Junior College in Houlton in 1940.During World War II he served in the U.S.Army Air Forces from 1941 to 1946,attaining the rank of first lieutenant andbeing awarded the Soldier’s Medal and theBelgian Fourragere. He entered Bowdoin inFebruary of 1946 and became a member ofDelta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Followinghis graduation in June of 1947, he workedfor a year in Rockland as a representative ofP.W. Brooks & Company of New York. In1948 he joined the Singer ManufacturingCompany in New York City, where he wasan assistant purchasing agent, manager ofpurchasing, and corporate manager ofmaterials. In 1974 he became manager of
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corporate distribution with the Xerox
Corporation in Stamford, CT, where he
remained employed until his retirement in
1985. He moved to Cape Cod in 1990 and
was a member of the First Church of Christ
in Sandwich. Surviving are his wife, Rachel
Partridge Ward, whom he married in 1947;
a daughter, Deborah W. Schietinger of
Columbia, SC; two sons, Martin C. Ward of
East Sandwich, MA, and Douglas J. Ward of
Franklin, MA; a brother, Luther J. Ward of
Limestone; a sister, Juanita Ward, also of
Limestone; four grandchildren; and two
George William Miller ’48 died on
November 11, 2002, in Andover, MA. Born
on April 15, 1923, in East Boston, MA, he
graduated from East Boston High School
and spent the next four years working with
the National Shawmut Bank of Boston and
then the Sprague Steamship Company in
correlation with the War Shipping
Administration. During these four years, he
took courses at Boston University in the
evenings and the Bentley School of
Accounting and Finance. After attending
Bowdoin in 1944-45 and becoming a
member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, he
served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for a
year, attaining the rank of sergeant and
returned to the College in the fall of 1946.
He received his degree cum laude in June of
1948, graduated from the Boston University
School of Medicine in 1951, and during the
next five years had surgical residencies and
internships at Boston City Hospital, Peter
Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston Veterans
Hospital, and the Beverly (MA) Hospital. In
1956 he began the practice of surgery at the
Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway and
the Central Maine General Hospital in
Lewiston. In 1961 he was appointed to the
surgical staff at the Memorial Hospital for
Cancer and Allied Diseases in New York
City, part of the Sloan-Kettering Institute for
Cancer Research. In 1962 he moved to
Michigan, where he practiced in Detroit,
Grosse Pointe Park, and other communities
until his retirement. He was also for some
years the medical director with the Bower
Roller Bearing Division of Federal-Mogul
Corporation in Detroit. Surviving are his
wife, Charlotte Miller; two sons, John E.
Miller and Mark W. Miller ’83 of Atkinson,
NH; and a daughter, Mary P. Miller.
James Sands ’48 died on March 31, 2002, inWawa, PA. Born on May 21, 1913, in Wawa,he attended Portsmouth Priory School inRhode Island and the Landon PreparatorySchool in Bethesda, MD, and was a studentat the University of Pennsylvania and theSchool of Foreign Service at GeorgetownUniversity in Washington, D.C. He workedas an administrator at the PortsmouthPriory School before serving from 1941 to1947 in the U.S. Navy during World War II,attaining the rank of lieutenant commanderand being awarded the Navy and MarineCorps Medal. He entered the junior class atBowdoin in June of 1947 and, afterreceiving his bachelor of arts degree cumlaude in 1948, became manager of thetextile chemicals division at the AmericanViscose Corporation in Philadelphia, PA, arayon manufacturer. He was also aninvestment banker and manager with W.C.Langley & Company before joining theinvestment firm Elkins, Morris, Stokes &Company in 1964. He retired in the late1970s. He had served as president of theWilderness Club of Philadelphia, thePhiladelphia chapter of the Explorers Club,and the Chester Ridley Creek WatershedAssociation. He was an emeritus member ofthe Explorers Club of New York. Survivingare his wife, Adele Griffin MacCoy Sands,whom he married in 1946; three daughters,Priscilla Watson of Chestnut Hill, PA, AdeleBerking of South Egremont, MA, andElizabeth Sands of Malvern, PA; astepdaughter, Marguerite Borden ofCohasset, MA; three sons, James Sands, Jr.of Haverford, PA, William Sands of VeroBeach, FL, and Geoffrey Sands of Rye, NY;and 13 grandchildren.
John Whitcomb, Jr. ’48 died on February 1,2003, in Bristol, CT. Born on February 11,1927, in Ellsworth, he prepared for college atBar Harbor High School and attendedBowdoin during the summer and fall of1944, becoming a member of Delta KappaEpsilon Fraternity. During World War II heserved in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank ofaerographer’s mate third class. After the warhe returned to Bowdoin and, following hisgraduation cum laude in June of 1949 as amember of the Class of 1948, joined thefaculty at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft. He then taught for four years atCape Elizabeth High School before movingto Bristol, where he taught history at Bristol
Eastern High School from 1957 to 1988. Healso became head of the social studiesdepartment and coached the freshmanbasketball team. During the summers from1950 to 1967 he was a ranger at Maine’sAcadia National Park. He received a masterof arts degree in history from the HarvardGraduate School of Arts and Sciences in1954 and did graduate work in guidance atthe University of Hartford in 1960. He was amember of the Bristol Historical Society andthe Asbury United Methodist Church inForestville, CT, where he served as a memberof many boards, was superintendent of theSunday School program, and sang in thechoir. He is survived by his wife, MarianBacon Whitcomb, whom he married in 1949;two sons, John H. Whitcomb of Ellsworthand Dr. Michael L. Whitcomb ’76 of Duluth,MN; two daughters, Nancy Peterson ofBristol and Carol Orie of Harwinton, CT; asister, Mary Stover of Perkinsville, VT; 15grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Homer Fay ’49 died on December 16, 2002,in Amherst, NY. Born on August 3, 1928, inBrooklyn, NY, he prepared for college atTottenville High School in Staten Island, NY,and became a member of Alpha Tau OmegaFraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended in1945-46 before serving in the U.S. Army fortwo years, attaining the rank of technician4th grade. He returned to Bowdoin in 1948and was graduated cum laude and as amember of Phi Beta Kappa in June of 1949.In 1953 he received his doctor of philosophydegree in analytical chemistry at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology andjoined the Linde Air Products division of theUnion Carbide Corporation in Buffalo, NY.During his 32 years with that company, hewas a research associate with the CrystalProducts Division in Indianapolis from 1963to 1968 and was a senior scientist with thatdivision in San Diego, CA, from 1968 to1970. In that year he joined the CorporateResearch Laboratory in Tarrytown, NY. Afterhe returned to Linde in 1979, he continuedhis work as a research chemist until heretired in January of 1986. While withUnion Carbide he worked on gas separationprocesses, high temperature growth ofcrystals, and applications of magnetic fluids.He was granted eight patents and receivedthe Niagara Frontier Inventor of the YearAward in 1982 for a machine used fordetecting fluorescence under ambient light
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conditions. A 50-year member of theAmerican Chemical Society and Sigma Xi,the scientific research society, he was amember of the American Physics Societyand the American Association for theAdvancement of Science. For 10 years hewas the secretary of the Buffalo Yacht Club,and in 1982 he was honored as a 10-gallonblood donor to the American Red Cross afterdonating blood 80 times. He was a memberof the Buffalo Silver Band for 20 years andits president for 15 years, and he played thetrombone with the Amherst SymphonyOrchestra and the Orchard Park SymphonyOrchestra. Surviving are his wife, MarionKidd Schwaneflugel Fay, whom he marriedin 1955; a son, Frank Fay of Seattle, WA; adaughter Elizabeth Fay Daly of Charlotte,NC; and three grandchildren.
William Lewis Rich ’49 died on February 1,2003, in Brunswick. Born on September 2,1925, in South Portland, he was graduatedfrom South Portland High School and fromthe Admiral Billard Academy Coast GuardPreparatory School before joining the U.S.Navy in 1943 during World War II, in whichhe served as a gunnery officer, attaining therank of ensign. He entered Bowdoin in 1947and became a member of Sigma NuFraternity. Following his graduation in 1949,he joined the Providence WashingtonInsurance Company in Rhode Island. Duringthe Korean conflict he served on active dutyin the Navy from 1951 to 1953 and thenbecame an agent with the HartfordInsurance Company. Continuing to be activein the Naval Reserve, he was commander ofthe mine sweeper USS Grouse andcommanding officer of the destroyer USSTills before becoming group commander ofthe Naval Reserve unit in the Maine area in1962. In 1966 he was promoted to the rankof captain. He began working at the BathIron Works in 1964 as a trials and portcaptain and, by the time he retired in 1987,he had guided more than 400 ships downthe Kennebec River. He was a member of anumber of Masonic organizations, the Orr’sIsland and Bailey Island Fire and Rescue, theMaine Maritime Museum, the U.S. NavalInstitute, the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust,and the Harpswell Historical Society. Hereceived the Navy Medal in 1962 and theNavy’s Commendation for the Berlin Crisisin that year. Surviving are his wife, CorinneJohnson Rich, whom he married in 1970;
three sons, John Rich of Buxton, C. PeterRich of Cape Elizabeth, and Ronald Merrillof Brunswick; five daughters, Victoria Richof Saunderstown, RI, Jennifer Rich ofScarborough, Jackie Merrill of Bailey Island,Shirley Stetson of Brunswick, and LouiseMerrill of Greenville; a sister, Dorothy Gillisof Williamsburg, VA; 12 grandchildren; andtwo great-grandchildren.
Calvin Voorhis Vanderbeek, III ’49 died onJuly 28, 2002, in Carrollton, GA. Born onDecember 7, 1927, in Patterson, NJ, heprepared for college at Ramsey (NJ) HighSchool and attended Bowdoin in 1945-46,becoming a member of Chi Psi Fraternity.After serving in the U.S. Army for 18 monthsand attaining the rank of sergeant, hereturned to the College in September of1948, and was graduated in June of 1951 as amember of the Class of 1949. After doinggraduate work in biology at the University ofSouthern California, he joined the PrudentialInsurance Company, where he became anunderwriting approver and an assistantunderwriter before being promoted tounderwriter in the company’s Newark, NJ,home office. He was later an underwriter anda senior underwriting consultant with thePrudential in Boston before joining theGeneral Life Insurance Company inCleveland, OH, where he became a seniorvice president. In 1967 he became a vicepresident with Maccabees Mutual LifeInsurance Company in Southfield, MI, wherehe remained employed until his retirement in1990. In 1992 he moved to Villa Rica, GA,where he was active in the FairfieldRecreation and Future Developmentcommittees. He was also a member of theHolland Society of New York, president ofthe Michigan Stingray (AAU) Swim Club, theWoodside Athletic Club, and the NorthwestSuburban Swim Association, and founder ofthe AAU Swimming Officials Association forthe state of Michigan. Surviving are his wife,Elizabeth Larson Vanderbeek, whom hemarried in 1953; two daughters, Susan B.Brown of Villa Rica, GA, and Carol L.Nickerson of Utica, NY; a son, Calvin V.Vanderbeek, IV Huntington Beach, CA; andthree grandchildren.
Richard Dirk Van der Feen ’49 died onJanuary 24, 2003, in Bath, NY. Born onApril 11, 1924, in Montreal, Quebec,Canada, he prepared for college at Scarsdale
(NY) High School and attended the Collegeof William and Mary in Virginia beforeserving in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946during World War II, attaining the rank oflieutenant junior grade. He enteredBowdoin in February of 1947 as a memberof the junior class and joined Psi UpsilonFraternity. Following his graduation magnacum laude in 1948 as a member of the Classof 1949, he was a reporter with theEconomic Cooperation Administration(Marshall Plan) in western Europe. Hebecame a copywriter with the New YorkTelephone Company in 1953 and was aneditor at the University of Chicago from1954 to 1957, when he became a free lancewriter and editor in Chicago. He was apublic relations director and editor with theSports Car Club of America from 1962 to1971, when he became the promotiondirector with General Racing, Inc., inSouthport, CT. From 1975 until hisretirement in 1989 he was the publicationsdirector for the International Motor SportsAssociation in Bridgeport, CT. Surviving arehis wife, Janet Bell Van der Feen, whom hemarried in 1957; two daughters, Julie Vander Feen Doyle of Sudbury, MA, and JessicaVan der Feen of West Hartford, CT; twograndchildren; and a sister, Lois V. Noetzelof West Palm Beach, FL.
Phillip Taylor Young ’49 died on December9, 2002, in Victoria, British Columbia,Canada. Born on March 2, 1926, in Milton,MA, he prepared for college at MiltonAcademy and Thayer Academy in SouthBraintree, MA, and served in the U. S. ArmyAir Forces in World War II from 1944 to1946, attaining the rank of corporal. Heentered Bowdoin in 1946 and became amember of Delta Upsilon Fraternity.Following his graduation in 1949, he joinedthe faculty at the Taft School in Watertown,CT, where he became chair of the musicdepartment in 1964. He received a master ofmusic degree from the Yale UniversitySchool of Music in 1962 and in 1965became executive officer of that school. In1969 he joined the faculty at the Universityof Victoria as chair of the musicdepartment, a position that he held until1977, continuing to teach and to write untilhis retirement in 1991. An internationalauthority on historic woodwindinstruments, he was the co-author of ASurvey of Musical Instrument Collections in
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the United States and Canada and 2500Historical Musical Instruments: An Inventoryof the Major Collections. He organized majorexhibits of musical instruments at theVancouver Centennial Museum (1960-61)and the University of Victoria (1968), andwrote the exhibit catalogs for the exhibits.In 1983 he received the Curt Sachs Awardof the American Musical Instrument Society,and served as the society’s president from1991 to 1995. In 1993 he was the recipientof an honorary doctor of humane lettersdegree from the University of South Dakota.Upon his retirement in 1991 the recital hallat the University of Victoria was named inhis honor. Surviving are his wife, CatherineMcFadden Dunning Young, whom hemarried in 1966; three sons, Thomas Youngof Danbury, CT, James Young of Waterbury,CT, and Phillip T. Young, III of Dallas, TX;two daughters, Mary B. Young of Medford,MA, and Carol Young of New Milford, CT;and three grandchildren.
Charles Woodside Carruthers ’50 died onNovember 22, 2002, in Burlington, MA.Born on March 31, 1919, in Brunswick, heprepared for college at Brunswick HighSchool and during World War II served inthe U.S. Navy’s Seabees from 1943 to 1945,attaining the rank of electrician’s matesecond class. After the war he enteredBowdoin and graduated in 1949 cum laudeas a member of Phi Beta Kappa and as amember of the Class of 1950. He didgraduate work in physics for a year andthen was an instructor in physics at BatesCollege for two years. He taught atBrunswick High School in 1952-53 and atBowdoin in 1953-54. From 1954 until 1965he was employed by the Raytheon Companyin Bedford, MA, as a section head, a chiefengineer, and a department head. After ayear at Brookline (MA) High Schoo,l hejoined the faculty at the Massachusetts BayCommunity College in Watertown, MA. In1961 he received a master of science degreein electronics engineering fromNortheastern University and during thenext five years completed the course workfor a doctorate in science education atBoston University. He was a member of theAmerican Association of Physics Teachers, asenior member of the Institute for RadioEngineers, and a member of the board ofmanagers of the North Suburban Y.M.C.A.and a member of the American
Rhododendron Society. In 1967 Mr.Carruthers built a backyard skating rink forhis son and daughter, the first of many stepsthat led them to a silver medal in pairsfigure skating in the 14th Olympic WinterGames. Surviving are his wife, MaureenSheils Carruthers, whom he married in1953; a son, Peter W. Carruthers; a daughter,Kitty C. Conrad; and six grandchildren.
Sidney Spalding Nichols ’50 died onJanuary 5, 2003, in Spartanburg, SC. Bornon April 14, 1926, in Lowell, MA, heprepared for college at the Lenox School inMassachusetts and served in the U.S. Armyduring World War II from 1944 to 1946,attaining the rank of first lieutenant. Heentered Bowdoin in February of 1947 andbecame a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.Following his graduation in 1950 hebecame a trainee with Pacific Mills inLyman, SC, and then was a departmentmanager with that firm for four years. Hejoined Milliken & Company in 1957 as anindustrial engineer and through the yearswas a plant manager, director ofmanufacturing for Milliken’s industrialknitting department business, technicalassistant to the president of the MillikenIndustrial Division, and general manager ofraw material procurement. After hisretirement in 1991, he worked as aconsultant for Milliken and Company andas executive director of the MillikenFoundation, which supports non-profitorganizations in the South Carolina area.He served as president of the SouthCarolina Textile ManufacturersAssociation. He was a member of thevestry of the Episcopal Church of theAdvent in Spartanburg and a member ofthe board of York Place, a children’sresidential treatment center for theEpiscopal Diocese of Upper SouthCarolina. He was a member of theMayflower Society and the Piedmont Club and a member of the board of SouthCarolina Independent Colleges andUniversities and the South Carolina StateMuseum. Surviving are his wife, MarionGuest Nichols, whom he married in 1951;two daughters, Virginia C. Nichols andCaroline S. Nichols, both of Winston-Salem, NC; a son, Charles G. Nichols of Charlotte, NC; a brother, David M.Nichols of Center Conway, NH; and two grandchildren.
Richard Allan Stacy ’50 died on December9, 2002, in Tierra Verde, FL. Born onNovember 16, 1925, in Springfield, MA, heprepared for college at Newton (MA) HighSchool and attended the MassachusettsMaritime Academy in 1944-45 beforeserving in the U.S. Navy in 1945-56 as anensign. After attending Newton JuniorCollege for a year, he entered Bowdoin inJune of 1947 as a member of the sophomoreclass and became a member of Delta KappaEpsilon Fraternity. Following his graduationin 1949 as a member of the Class of 1950,he joined the Aetna Life and CasualtyCompany, where he was employed until1984, when he retired as a senior accountexecutive. He was located in Springfield,MA for a year serving in the Navy againduring the Korean conflict, when heattained the rank of lieutenant junior grade.He was with Aetna in Detroit, MI, from1952 to 1954 and then spent three years inPortland before working for 23 years inPeoria, IL, followed by four years inChicago, IL. After his retirement from Aetnain 1980, he moved to Florida where he wasan employee benefits consultant withVeghte Insurance Agency and then withHilb, Roga, and Hamilton Company inTampa. Surviving are his wife, Lynne JonesStacy, whom he married in 1984; two sons,Richard A. Stacy, Jr. of San Francisco, CA,and John M. Stacy of Chicago; twodaughters, Patricia J. Anderson of Tampaand Nancy M. Strawderman of Dallas, TX; astepdaughter, Courtney Kinzer of Stuart,FL; and 10 grandchildren.
Roger Norris Boyd ’51 died on November29, 2002, in Fairfax, VA. Born on September17, 1929, in Washington, D.C., he preparedfor college at Georgetown PreparatorySchool in Garrett Park, MD, at GonzagaHigh School in Washington, and atFalmouth High School in Maine andbecame a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternityat Bowdoin. Following his graduationmagna cum laude as a member of Phi BetaKappa in 1951, he was a Fulbright Scholarat the University College of NorthStaffordshire at Stoke-on-Trent in England,studying economics. After serving in theU.S. Air Force for six years and attainingthe rank of captain, he entered YaleUniversity Law School in 1958. Followinghis graduation in 1961, he practiced law inWashington, where he became a member of
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Sellers, Conner and Cuneo in 1967. In 1979he became a founding partner in the firm ofCrowell and Moring. He was a councilmember of the American Bar Association’spublic contract law section and also chair ofits cost committee and special committee onfraud. He specialized in the area ofgovernment contract costs and compliancewith the Truth in Negotiations Act and wasa visiting lecturer at the George WashingtonUniversity School of Law. He was a memberof the National Security IndustrialAssociation and the Metropolitan Club.Surviving are his wife, Barbara Hunter Boyd,whom he married in 1952; two sons,Michael Boyd of Tampa, FL, and John Boydof Charleston, SC; a sister, Beverly, ofCalifornia; a brother, Michael, of California;and four grandchildren.
David Charles Willey ’51 died onNovember 27, 2002, in Carnegie Park, PA.Born on May 11, 1929, in Pittsburgh, PA, heprepared for college at Shady Side Academythere and became a member of Chi PsiFraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation in 1951, he served in the U.S.Army for two years during the Koreanconflict. He was an investments salesman inNew Jersey and in Philadelphia with Stroudand Company for some years and thenjoined Arthurs, Lestrange & Company inPittsburgh. He was also a senior vicepresident with Paine, Webber, Jackson, andCurtis in Pittsburgh. Surviving are his wife,Gail Williard Willey; a daughter, Anne E.Harvey; a son, David C. Willey, Jr.; abrother, Frederick W. Willey, Jr. ’47 ofCambridge, MA; a sister, Diane W. Green ofSylvania, OH; and four grandchildren.
Truman Neal Wilder ’52 died on January 26,2003, in Anderson, SC. Born on December29, 1930, in New Brunswick, NJ, he preparedfor college at the Kent School in Connecticutand became a member of Alpha Delta PhiFraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation in 1952, he served in the U.S.Army during the Korean conflict and didgraduate work at Yale University School ofDrama and New York University. He wasassociated with Ted Bates and Company andBatten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, Inc. inNew York City and was a television programsupervisor with D’Arcy Advertising Companyin New York. In 1971 he was named vicepresident-sales for Computerworld, Inc, in
Newton, MA, a division of International DataCorporation. In 1976 he moved toCalifornia, where he was the regional salesmanager and vice president for three hi-techpublishing companies, including SoftwareMagazine, published by Sentry PublishingCompany of Westborough, MA. He retired in1998 and moved to South Carolina, where hewas market director of the Stone Creek CoveAssociation and a member of RobertsPresbyterian Church in Anderson. Survivingare his wife, Dorothy Frances Wilder, whomhe married in 1976; a son, Mark R. Travis ofMurrieta, CA; three daughters, KenlinWilder-Busser of Groton, MA, KimberlyWickham of Margaretville, NY, andBernadette Travis of Stoughton, MA; a sister,Shelia W. Beebe of Coconut Grove, FL; andten grandchildren.
Harry Fraser Forman ’53 died onNovember 22, 2002, in Honolulu, HI. Bornon July 25, 1931, in Newark, NJ, heprepared for college at South Side HighSchool in Newark and Columbia HighSchool in South Orange, NJ, and became amember of Alpha Rho Upsilon Fraternity atBowdoin. Following his graduation in 1953,he served in the U.S. Army for three years,attaining the rank of private first class andthen did graduate work at the University ofHawaii School of Social Work, receiving amaster of social work degree in 1958. Hewas a social worker with the Child andFamily Services in Honolulu for two years,with the Salvation Army Facilities forChildren for three years, and with the Stateof Hawaii Department of Social Services fora year. In 1964 he returned to the Child andFamily Services, where he remainedemployed until his retirement. He was amember of the Academy of Certified SocialWorkers and had served as vice chairman ofthe Hawaii chapter of the NationalAssociation of Social Workers. He had alsoserved as president of the Bowdoin Club ofHawaii, as a BASIC representative, and as arepresentative member of the AlumniCouncil. Surviving are his wife, KiyokoHonda Forman, whom he married in 1956,and a son, Stephen Forman.
David Michael McGoldrick ’53 died onFebruary 7, 2003, in Wellesley, MA. Born onMay 7, 1931, in Boston, he prepared forcollege at Boston College High School andbecame a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity
at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in1953 he entered Cornell University MedicalSchool, from which he received his M.D.degree in 1957. He did a surgical internshipat the Albany Medical Center in New Yorkand was a resident in pathology at St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, MA. From1959 to 1961 he was in the U.S. Air Forceas a captain and a consulting physician tothe Mercury Space Program. For many yearshe was a pathologist and director of theblood bank at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and aconsulting pathologist at St. John of GodHospital in Brighton and the EuniceKennedy Shriver Center for the MentallyRetarded. He was also chief of pathologyand director of laboratory services at SaintsMemorial Medical Center in Lowell, MA. Hewas an instructor in pathology at BostonUniversity School of Medicine and alecturer in histology at Boston College. InBowdoin affairs he was an admissions aide,a participant in campus career conferences,a director, secretary and president of theBowdoin Club of Boston, chairman ofseveral Class of 1953 Reunions, 1953’splanned giving chairman for some years, amember-at-large of the Alumni Council, anda capital campaign volunteer. Surviving arehis wife, Edythe Sullivan McGoldrick,whom he married in 1954; three sons, Dr.John M. McGoldrick ’77 of Brunswick,Mark E. McGoldrick ’81 of Hong Kong, andKevin F. McGoldrick of Carlsbad, CA; threedaughters, Mary E. McGoldrick of Fairfield,CT, Ellen M. Kiely of Cotuit, MA, and AmyP. McDevitt of Medfield, MA; two brothers,Paul J. McGoldrick ’57 of Littleton, NH, andRichard McGoldrick of Cape Elizabeth;three sisters, Mary Ellen McGowan ofLockhaven, PA, Betty Ann Trought ofWintersville, NC, and Susan Moore ofLouisville, CO; and 14 grandchildren.
Gordon Woodburn Stearns, Jr. ’54 died onJanuary 17, 2003, in Winchester, VA. Bornin Hartford, CT, on August 13, 1932, heprepared for college at the William H. HallHigh School in West Hartford and became amember of Delta Sigma Fraternity atBowdoin. Following his graduation in 1954cum laude and as a member of Phi BetaKappa, he did graduate work at UnionTheological Seminary in New York, fromwhich he received a master of sacred musicdegree in 1956, and at the HartfordSeminary Foundation, which granted him a
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master of divinity degree in theology in1959. He also received a diploma inecumenics from the University of Geneva inSwitzerland in 1965 and a certificate in thehistory of worship from Mansfield Collegein Oxford, England, in 1966. He was alecturer and organist at the HartfordSeminary Foundation from 1956 to 1958,when he became assistant minister at theFirst Congregational Church in Chappaqua,NY. He was an associate minister at the FirstChurch of Christ in West Hartford from1959 until 1972, when he became a tutorand counselor at Portslade CommunityCollege in Sussex, England. From 1975until 1986, he was a minister at the FirstCongregational Church in Springfield, VT,and then was at the First CongregationalChurch in Burlington until 1990. In 1990he became the executive director of CPAsfor the Public Interest in Chicago, IL, adivision of the Illinois CPA Society and anaffiliate of Accountants for the PublicInterest. He retired in 1997. He was amember of the American Guild ofOrganists, had served as the chair of theWest Hartford Culture Task Force and as asecretary of the Connecticut Council ofChurches, and was a member of theCommunity Services Committee of theUniversity of Sussex in England. He issurvived by his wife, Marilyn Tarpy Stearns,whom he married in 1958; two sons,Gordon S. Stearns ’81 of Winchester, VA,and William L. Stearns; and a daughter,Jennifer M. Stearns.
Ronell Francis Harris ’56 died onNovember 16, 2002, in Portland. Born onJuly 18, 1934, in Portland, he prepared forcollege at South Portland High School andbecame a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternityat Bowdoin. Following his graduation in1956, he joined the Southern New EnglandTelephone Company in Connecticut, wherehe held a number of positions. For sixmonths in 1956 he served as a secondlieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 1966 hejoined the Harris Oil Company, a familybusiness started by his grandfather in 1921.He became president of the company in1971 and retired in 1994. He was a directorof the Maine Chamber of Commerce andIndustry, a director of the Greater PortlandChamber of Commerce, and president ofthe Maine Oil Dealers Association and theNew England Fuel Institute, which chose
him as one of the Legends of Oil Heat in1996. He was also named Oilman of theYear by the Maine Petroleum Association.He was a member of the South PortlandLions Club and a lifetime member of theGreater Portland YMCA, for which heserved as treasurer and a director. Hereceived the South Portland City CouncilAward and the Governor’s Award forAlcohol and Drug Prevention and Educationand served as a member of the SouthPortland Board of Education. Surviving arehis wife, Betty Lou Lyons Harris, whom hemarried in 1956; and two daughters, StacyL. Harris of South Portland and Kimberly H.Jespersen of Marblehead, MA.
Peter Karl Holmes ’56 died on January 24,2003, in Augusta. Born in Brunswick onJune 18, 1934, he prepared for college atBrunswick High School and became amember of Delta Upsilon Fraternity atBowdoin. Following his graduation in 1956,he received a master of arts degree in 1958from Wesleyan University and a doctor ofphilosophy degree in microbiology from theUniversity of Illinois at Champagne-Urbanain 1964. After conducting research on thebacteria of extreme environments at the U.S.Army’s Natick Laboratories, PioneeringResearch Division in Massachusetts, hejoined the faculty at the University ofSouthern Maine in 1968 and taught biologycourses there for nearly 30 years, retiring in1997. During summers he traveled a gooddeal in Central America, where he helped tobuild a school in Nicaragua. He gave muchof his time and financial support to theMaine group Let Cuba Live, which shipshumanitarian aid supplies to Cuba. He issurvived by two daughters, Ellen Holmes ofAptos, CA, and Hannah Holmes of SouthPortland; a son, Chip Holmes of Newcastle;two brothers, Julian C. Holmes ’52 of Wayneand David W. Holmes ’56 of Blue Ridge, VA;and a sister, Janet H. Carper of Cornish.
James Mark Fawcett III ’58 died on November26, 2002, in Portland. Born on September 18,1936, in Brooklyn NY, he prepared for collegeat Polytechnic Preparatory County Day Schoolin Brooklyn and became a member of DeltaSigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation in 1958, he attended BostonUniversity School of Law before serving in theU.S. Army from 1960 to 1962, attaining therank of first lieutenant. For five years he was
associated with the King’s County LafayetteTrust Company and then was with the MarineMidland Grace Trust Company beforebecoming president of Fawcett Enterprises,Inc. in New York City. He was also presidentand a director of New England Ventures, Inc.of Locks Mills in Maine before becomingmembership director for the Greater PortlandChamber of Commerce and sales manager forthe Maine Trade Exchange in 1976. In 1983 hebegan representing in hotel marketing HolidayInn by the Bay in Portland, Eagle MountainHouse in Jackson, NH, and AscutneyMountain Resort in Windsor, VT. In 1990 hebegan New England Ventures, an independentconvention planning organization.
In Bowdoin affairs, Mr. Fawcett was amember of the Board of Overseers from1969 to 1979, was chair of the 1971-72Alumni Fund and Class Agent in the Fundin 1958-59 and again from 1967 to 1972and was chair of the Alumni Division in the175th Anniversary Campaign Program in theearly 1970s. While living in Brooklyn, hewas a director of Cybernectic Applicationsand Delray Dunes, was secretary and adirector of Retention CommunicationsSystems, and was vice president and adirector of Mark III Charter Corporationand Channel Construction, Inc. He was alsoa regent of Long Island College Hospitaland a trustee of Caledonian Hospital andPolytechnic Preparatory Country DaySchool, and a member of the MetropolitanOpera Association, the Friends of LincolnCenter, and the Park Association of NewYork City. He is survived by his wife, ShirleyThayer Fawcett, whom he married in 1980;two daughters, Lise van Meter of BocaRaton, FL, and Dierdre Peters ofMinneapolis, MN; a stepson, Richard L.Thayer III of Falmouth; two stepdaughters,Marion Thayer and Victoria Thayer, both ofPortland; and five grandchildren.
Wayne Gamage Anderson ’59 died onJanuary 24, 2003, in Old Orchard Beach.Born on April 25, 1938, in Damariscotta, heprepared for college at Lincoln Academythere and became a member of Delta KappaEpsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin, which heattended in 1955-56. After serving in theU.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. he returnedto the College and was graduated in 1963 asa member of the Class of 1959. He taughtEnglish at Limestone High School for someyears, received a master of arts degree in
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counseling from Syracuse University in1966, and did other graduate work atBoston University and the University ofSouthern Maine. For many years he was aguidance counselor in the Scarboroughschool system. He retired in 2001. Survivingare a son, Eric Anderson of Kennebunkport;a daughter, Ingrid Anderson of SouthPortland; a brother, G. Wells Anderson ’54of Concord, NH; and two sisters, Susan A.Reed of Manchester and Kristin A. Johnsonof Belgrade Lakes.
Richard Melville Johns ’60 died on January4, 2003, in Portland. Born on April 9, 1937,in New London, CT, he prepared for collegeat Bridgton High School in Maine andattended Bowdoin in 1956-57, becoming amember of Zeta Psi Fraternity. Following hisgraduation from Hobart College in 1961, hejoined the First National Bank of Portland’smanagement training program, becamemanager of its credit department in 1962,and was elected an assistant cashier in 1964.He was promoted to assistant vice presidentin 1966 and by 1970 was an assistantcommercial loan officer and a vice president.He was a member of the Portland Club, andthe Val Halla County Club and was active inthe Greater Portland United Fund. A formerowner of the Bridgton Highlands GolfCourse, he had served as president of thePortland YMCA and as treasurer of thePortland Yacht Club in Falmouth. Survivingare two daughters, Elizabeth von Felten ofCazenovia, NY, and Sarah Woodman ofMiddleport, NY; a son, Richard E. Johns ofDarien, GA; a sister, Jenifer Johns ofBridgton; and three grandchildren.
Kenneth Chatfield Smith ’64 died onDecember 7, 2002, in Boothbay Harbor.Born on August 14, 1942, in Bridgeport, CT,he prepared for college at Roger LudloweHigh School in Fairfield, CT, and became amember of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity atBowdoin. He will be remembered as thecaptain of Bowdoin’s winning College Bowlteam during his senior year. Following hisgraduation in 1974, he did graduate work atthe University of Connecticut whileteaching freshman English classes there.After receiving his master of arts degree inEnglish in 1966, he did graduate work atIndiana University in Pennsylvania andtaught English at the State University ofNew York at Albany. In 1973 he joined the
faculty at Norwich University in Vermont,where he taught courses in literature andwriting. For three years he was the directorof continuing education at Norwich and in1984 was the acting dean. He also served asexecutive assistant to the president therebefore retiring in June of 2002. He hadserved as treasurer of the Wilson MemorialChapel at Ocean Point in Maine and aspresident of the Ocean Point Colony Trust.Surviving are his wife, Ann Fulton Smith,whom he married in 1966; two sons,Matthew Smith of Boston and Geoffrey C.Smith of Portland; a brother, Christopher L.Smith ’66 of Greene; and a sister, CynthiaSmith of Gorham.
Kerry Michael McCollister ’65 died onJanuary 10, 2003, in Burlington, MA. Bornon April 28, 1944, in Lawrence, MA, heprepared for college at Lawrence HighSchool and became a member of KappaSigma Fraternity at Bowdoin, which heattended from 1961 to 1964 and also in the1965-66 academic year. He served two toursof duty in the U.S. Army during the Vietnamconflict and was the recipient of the BronzeStar, the Vietnam Service Medal, theRepublic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, andthe Aircraft Crewman Badge. As a civilian heworked with the U.S. Department of Stateand the Defense Department. He wasgraduated from the Woodrow Wilson Schoolof Diplomacy at Princeton University.Surviving are his long-time partner andcompanion, Maura Aumais of Andover, MA,and two cousins, Hugh C. Donahue ofPhiladelphia, PA, and John Donahue.
Daniel Edward Ralston ’66 died onDecember 13, 2002, in Pittsfield, MA. Bornon December 2, 1943, in North Adams, MA,he prepared for college at Drury HighSchool there and became a member of PsiUpsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Followinghis graduation in 1966, he did graduatework at Springfield College inMassachusetts, from which he received amaster of education degree in 1967. He didfurther graduate work at Springfield inclinical psychology and worked at theHampden County Detention Center inWestfield, MA, and as a cottage supervisorand a psychological assistant at theNorthampton (MA) State Hospital beforeserving in the U.S. Army for two years,attaining the rank of first lieutenant.
Beginning in 1970, he was employed at theSouth Forty Alternative School in NorthAdams and then was adjustment counselorat the Williamstown (MA) ElementarySchool. He was also for several years aguidance counselor at the St. JosephParochial High School in Pittsfield andtaught psychology courses at North AdamsState College. In 1979 he and his wifefounded and became the owners andoperators of the Ralston Auto PartsCompany in North Adams. He had servedas president of Trout Unlimited, was anorganizer and a coach in the North AdamsYouth Soccer League, and was one of thefounders of the Berkshire SoccerAssociation. He was a communicant of OurLady of Mercy Church in North Adams, wasa member of the Waubeeka Golf Links inWilliamstown, and coached the Drury HighSchool women’s varsity soccer team from1983 to 1987. He is survived by his mother,Mary June Blanquart Ralston ofWilliamstown, MA; his wife, ElizabethGorczakoski Ralston, whom he married in1965; two sons, Steven Ralston of NewFairfield, CT, and Shaun D. Ralston ’94 ofHouston, TX; a daughter, Jennifer R. Kingof North Adams; a sister, Frances Jette ofSunrise, FL; and three grandchildren.
James Richard LeBlanc ’68 died onFebruary 11, 2003, in Monterey, CA. Bornon April 17, 1945, in Gardner, MA, heprepared for college at Fitchburg (MA) HighSchool and Deerfield Academy inMassachusetts and became a member ofZeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Followinghis graduation in 1968, he became anassistant physical director and was in chargeof the aquatic program at the YMCA inWesterly, RI. A year later he became anassistant physical education director at theNew Britain, CT, YMCA, responsible for thescientific fitness program for men. He alsoworked in Maine for the Fidelity Union LifeInsurance Company before serving in theU.S. Army from 1972 to 1975 and attainingthe rank of first lieutenant. For some yearshe was a computer programmer for theCalifornia Mutual Insurance Company inMonterey and in 1986 received a master ofbusiness administration degree ininformation systems from Golden GateUniversity. Later on he was a self-employedsystems analyst before becoming theadministrator of the Monterey Peninsula
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Surgery Center in 1991. He also taught atMonterey Peninsula College and was arestaurant reviewer, a photographer, andtreasurer of the California Association ofOutpatient Surgery Centers. Surviving arehis wife, Connie, whom he married in 1983;a daughter, Kimberly Morris of Pittsfield,MA; two stepdaughters, Karen Kessler ofMonterey and Janet Alonso of Yreka, CA;two brothers, Jude LeBlanc of SouthernShores, NC, and Dennis LeBlanc ofWestminster, MA; a sister, Joyce Starr ofLeominster, MA; and two granddaughters.
Mark Kent Malconian ’76 died onNovember 25, 2002, in Exeter, NH. Born onAugust 21, 1954, in Boston, he prepared forcollege at Needham (MA) High School andbecame a member of Delta Kappa EpsilonFraternity at Bowdoin. At his graduation in1976, he was commissioned a secondlieutenant in the U.S. Army, was designateda Distinguished Military Graduate, andreceived the John Pershing Presnell Awardof the ROTC. In 1980 he was graduatedfrom the Kansas City College of OsteopathicMedicine and interned in internal medicineand did his residency in anesthesiology atthe Walter Reed Army Medical Center inWashington, DC. He served on active dutyin the U.S. Army for six years, during whichhe was a flight surgeon in the 101st AirborneDivision at Fort Campbell, KY, and attainedthe rank of major. He was a medicalresearcher at the U.S. Institute ofEnvironmental Medicine at the NatickLaboratories in Massachusetts, served onthe staff of the New England RehabilitationHospital in Portland, and was co-author of anumber of articles and books on highaltitude medicine. Surviving are his wife,Ann MacPherson Malconian, whom hemarried in 1977; a son, Daniel R. Malconianof Exeter; a brother, Richard G. Malconian’74 of Kennebunk; and a sister, Jayne M.Sweetser of Wellesley, MA.
William Davidson Geoghegan II ’78 died onNovember 19, 2002, in Brunswick. Born onMarch 25, 1956, in Bath, he prepared forcollege at Brunswick High School andattended the University of Maine for a yearbefore transferring to Bowdoin as a memberof the sophomore class and becoming amember of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity.Following his graduation in 1978, he studiedat the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
from which he received a master of sciencedegree in naval architecture and marineengineering in 1980. After working as anaval architect in Crystal City, VA, hereturned to Maine in 1982 and worked for13 years at the Bath Iron Works Corporation,becoming manager of technical services.Beginning in 1996 he was employed at theDisability Consulting Group in Portland. Heis survived by his wife, Abbie Brown, whomhe married in 1980; a daughter, Caroline D.Geoghegan of Brunswick; a son, William D.Geoghegan III of Brunswick; his parentsWilliam D. and Sarah Phelps Geoghegan ofBrunswick; two sisters, Grace G. Wilson ofElizabeth City, NJ, and Emily Geoghegan ofConcord NH; and a brother AndrewGeoghegan of Cape Elizabeth.
Matthew John Steuterman ’98 died onJanuary 27, 2003, in Weymouth, MA. Heprepared for college at Boston College HighSchool and became a member of Alpha KappaSigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following hisgraduation in 1998 he taught history and wasa football coach at Weymouth High Schoolfor three years and then taught social studiesat Taunton (MA) High School. He is survivedby his parents, John P. and Jean FoleySteuterman of Weymouth; a brother, JamesM. Steuterman of Andover, MA; and twosisters, Ann E. Steuterman and MarySteuterman, both of Weymouth.
John Knight Moulton G’62, Honorary ’70,died on February 4, 2003, in Portland. Bornon July 8, 1914, in Hartford, CT, heprepared for college at Wellesley (MA) HighSchool and was graduated from HarvardCollege in 1936. He received a master ofeducation degree from Harvard in 1940. Hetaught in the public schools of Hanover andAbington in Massachusetts and also inMaine in Rockport before joining the facultyat Brookline (MA) High School. He wasnamed Massachusetts Teacher of the Yearfor 1967, when he was also honored as oneof the top five secondary school teachers inthe country. He was a member of Bowdoin’sfirst class of graduate alumni, receiving amaster’s degree in mathematics in 1962. In1968 he joined the faculty at whateventually became the University ofSouthern Maine. Following his retirementin 1978 he was active in volunteer work forGreater Landmarks, the Maine MedicalCenter Emergency Department, the
Museum at Portland Head Light, and the
Portland Marine Society. He wrote four
books of local history, including Portland
Marine Society, 1796-1996: A Bicentennial
History (with Nicholas Dean) and Captain
Moody and His Observatory, the only history
of the Portland Observatory. He was a
member of the Portland Observatory
Restoration Trust, the Maine Historical
Society, the Portland Marine Society, the
Maine Maritime Museum, the Greater
Portland Landmarks, and the Laudholm
Trust. In 1970 Bowdoin conferred upon him
an honorary doctor of education degree, the
citation for which said, in part, “In a career
of service to education, you have
demonstrated that you understand well the
obligations which accompany the privileges
and dignities of your degree. Quiet and
devoted leadership deserves no less than a
reward.” He was married to Miriam
Hoagland, who died in 1985, and is
survived by two daughters, Miriam A.
Moulton of Chebeague Island and Deborah
K. Moulton of Gray; a sister, Margaret M.
Sullivan of Middlebury, VT; four
grandchildren, including Kathryn M. Tyler
’92; and a great-grandchild.
Arthur Frederick Smith G’65 died on
February 11, 2003, in Middletown, RI. Born
on May 5, 1933, in Newport, RI, he
prepared for college at Rogers High School
there and was graduated from the
University of Rhode Island in 1955. After
serving in the U.S. Navy for two years and
attaining the rank of petty officer third class
he taught at Millikan High School in Long
Beach, CA, at Lakewood (CA) High School,
and for two years in Ludwigsburg, Germany,
before studying at Bowdoin in a National
Science Foundation program, receiving a
master of arts degree in 1965. He began
teaching mathematics at Rhode Island
College in Providence in 1965 and was
honored in 1998 with that institution’s
Alumni Faculty Award. In 1973 he earned a
Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of
Connecticut. He was a member of Phi
Kappa Phi and Tau Beta Phi (math and
engineering honor societies). Surviving are
his wife, Marjorie Coblentz Smith, whom he
married in 1960; a son, Kurt Smith of New
York City; a daughter, Lisa S. Bohner of
Winchester, MA; a sister, Carol Ann Smith
Boyes of Rickville, MD; and two grandchildren.
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John James Pullen H’58, died on February25, 2003, in Brunswick. Born on December17, 1913, in the Maine town of Amity, heprepared for college at Ricker ClassicalInstitute and was graduated from ColbyCollege in 1935. He was newspaper reporterfor the Daily Kennebec Journal in Augusta andthen spent five years with Baker Advertisingin Hartford, CT, before serving in the U.S.Army from 1941 to 1946 during World WarII, attaining the rank of captain. In 1946 hejoined N.W. Ayer and Sons in Philadelphia,PA, with which he became a vice presidentand head of the creative writing departmentin 1957. He resigned in 1965 to devotehimself to writing. The author of TheTwentieth Maine, published in 1957, he alsowrote Shower of Stars: The Medal of Honor andthe 27th Maine; Patriotism in America; TheTranscendental Boiled Dinner; Comic Relief:The Life and Laughter of Artemus Ward; andChamberlain: A Hero’s Life and Legacy. InBrunswick he was a member of the Civil WarRound Table, the Joshua Chamberlain StatueCommittee, and the First Freewill BaptistChurch. He was a frequent contributor offeature articles for the Country Journal. Hewas married to Jean deLong, who died in1982, and survived by his second wife,Margaret Rogers Pullen, whom he married in1989; two sisters, Olive P. Palmer ofBrunswick and Ruth Pullen of Camden; threestepchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and fourstepgreat-grandchildren.
He received honorary degrees from ColbyCollege, Ricker College, and Bowdoin. Thecitation for the doctor of letters degree thathe received from Bowdoin in June of 1958said, in part, “Even the busy life of theadvertising world could not subdue the urgeof scholarly research and creative literaryeffort. He has kept faith with the highestideal of the liberally educated man, withmemory of his Maine forebears, and with hisexperience as a private and captain in theUnited States Army. His remarkably ablehistory of a famous regiment has made theTwentieth Maine live once again. Thisgroup’s heroic defense of Little Round Top,saving the Union Army in the Battle ofGettysburg, is but a part of a portrait whichis lively from the first musterings to themagnificent tribute paid a surrendering armythrough Joshua Chamberlain’s command‘Present arms.’ He has earned a deservedplace in this company of scholars, itself onceheaded by the Twentieth’s famous leader.”
Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson H’75
died on December 11, 2002, in
Washington, DC. Born on October 2, 1905,
in New York City, she was graduated from
Vassar College in 1927. In the words of the
citation for the honorary doctor of humane
letters degree that she received from the
College on Commencement Day in 1975,
“from her days as a schoolgirl in New York
City, she has been deeply interested in the
affairs of the Frontier Nursing Service, a
pioneering Kentucky organization bringing
good medical and health care to residents
of a remotely rural area of Appalachia…. In
1973 she and her husband with great
vision and generosity established
Breckenridge Public Affairs Center of
Bowdoin College through the gift of River
House in York. In doing so, she has made a
major contribution to the College’s
capacity to contribute to the future of this
state and nation. Because she has vision
herself, she has given the College an
untold capacity to make dreams of service
Mrs. Patterson was graduated from
Vassar College in 1928 and studied at the
Clarence White School of Photography
before traveling the world as a
photojournalist. Her work appeared in Life,
Look, The New York Times, The Washington
Post, and The National Geographic. For two
years at the start of World War II, at the
invitation of Edward R. Murrow, she made
radio broadcasts from Berlin, Paris, and
London for CBS’s “World News Roundup.”
While in Berlin in 1940 she married
Jefferson Patterson, a career U.S. Foreign
Service officer. She became the owner of
River House in 1961, when her mother
died, and in 1973 made the decision to
give the estate to the College, so that it
would “go on living, breathing, and
serving human beings, as she said in her
dedication address on July 27, 1974. The
23-acre estate is used for classes, seminars,
and meetings of educational, cultural, and
civic groups. Business and professional
organizations also use the facility, which is
on the National Register of Historic Places,
for planning sessions and staff
Mrs. Patterson’s husband died in 1977,
and she is survived by a daughter, Patricia
M. Patterson of Manchester, NH; and a son,
Mark J. Patterson of Telluride, CO.
Catherine M. Chase who worked in foodservice at the College from 1963 to 1979,died on November 25, 2002, in Bath. Bornon August 8, 1917, in Brownville Junction,she was a graduate of Brownville JunctionHigh School and also attended the MaineSchool of Commerce, now known asHusson College in Bangor. She worked foreight years at the Alpha Delta Phi Houseand then for the Dining Service in theMoulton Union, retiring in 1979. A memberof the United Methodist Church inBrunswick and the Order of the EasternStar, she was married in 1940 to Aubrey H.Chase, who died in 1996. Surviving are twodaughters, Phyllis E. Beede of Corona, CA,and Nancy C. Theriault of Westbrook; twosisters, Vernice MacKenzie of Sun Valley,CA, and Evelyn DeKemper of Charlotte,NC; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Juliette E. Messier, who was elected anhonorary member of the AlumniAssociation in 1970 and who worked atthe College for 46 years, died on February6, 2003, in Freeport. Born in Brunswickon April 30, 1908, one of 12 children inher family, she was graduated fromBrunswick High School in 1927 afterstarting work at Bowdoin in 1926 in theBursar’s Office. For many years she was asecretary in the Moulton Union andworked on the information desk. She wasa founder and corporator of the RegionalMemorial Hospital in Brunswick, co-chairof the membership committee of theHospital Auxiliary, and co-chair and avolunteer at the Second Hand Rose Shop.She was a director of the BrunswickCouncil for Senior Citizens, secretary ofBrunswick’s Bicentennial Committee, andan associate member of the BrunswickWelfare Appeals Board. She was a memberof the board of directors of the PejepscotHistorical Society, a past president of theBrunswick Altrusa Club, and acommunicant of St. John the BaptistCatholic Church. She was also a memberof the Village Improvement Association,the Harpswell Garden Club, the BrunswickChoral Society, the Bowdoin ChamberChoir, and the Madrigal Singers. Her manysurvivors include Jacqueline Antil Minott,who also worked at Bowdoin for manyyears, and Phyllis Bisson Little, the widowof Clifford C. Little ’46.
For many years, Chester Cooke’57 — known by most in theCollege community as Bill —
has owned a summer place a shortdrive from campus. A few months ago,however, Bill became a year-roundresident when he moved to a new golfcommunity being developed inTopsham, Highland Green, from hishome of thirty-five years overlookingLong Island Sound. Bill didn’t sell hisConnecticut home, but rathertransferred it to Bowdoin in exchangefor a commitment from the College to pay him a fixed annual lifetimeincome. In making this transfer instead of selling his home, Billavoided significant capital gains tax. In addition, he is also entitled to asubstantial charitable deduction againsthis income tax liability, and is able tosupport an endowed scholarship fundhe recently created here at the College.“It makes a lot of sense for me and atsome point it will help a few Bowdoinstudents each year in need of financialaid,” says Bill. “I set up a scholarship inmemory of Professor Nate Dane ’37with a preference for those studying inthe fields of music, classics, andenvironmental studies.”
Bill has always had a broad networkof Bowdoin connections and friends,and these relationships will only growwith his move to the Brunswick area.He’s already a regular visitor to campus,especially Gibson Hall, and the musicfaculty, and Quinby House, the formerhome of his fraternity, Psi U. Word hasit that he is also a frequent visitor tothe Humble Gourmet, anotherBrunswick favorite.
Bill Cooke ’57Back at Bowdoin
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BOWDOINBowdoin CollegeBrunswick, Maine 04011
summer starts in earnest sometime after
students have left campus
for jobs, research, and other
pursuits. So any warm day
(even when the ground is
still partly frozen!) brings out
the hardy and the sun-starved.