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12 $50 million Campaign for Bates gift wows crowds.

44 Why runner Rob Gomez ’05 chose to be second.


56 It’s no time to lose heart, says President Spencer.







“The Diverse BookFinder is about making important work usable, accessible and findable.” Page 48

Comments Bates in Brief Amusements Features Notes History Lesson From a Distance


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Take a closer look at where in Lewiston that we found this happy lion. Page 19

OPENING THOUGHT: KATIE BURKE ’03 CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER OF HUBSPOT Source: Women in Leadership panel sponsored by the Boston Bates Business Network on Sept. 28.

Show, don’t tell. The blessing and curse of a liberal arts education is that we are curious people. We are interested in many things. I want to hire people who have demonstrated their interests, any way they can. So don’t just think about doing things — fill the gap between your ideas and your actions.

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Praise for Purposeful Work Thank goodness Purposeful Work is taking place (“‘Follow your passion’ is bunk advice. Learn why,” BatesNews, May 26). I’ve always disliked hearing people talk about “following your passion.” Few people have just one, and life unfolds over time, as do one’s skills and talents. I’m so proud that Bates is focusing on meaningful life skills and leading the way with Purposeful Work. Josephine Patterson P’08

Ramping Up

He’s a Hatchman

Looking at the Commencement 2017 slideshow, I’m glad to see there’s a ramp leading to the Coram stage. That wasn’t the case in 1974, when I was in a wheelchair — the first Bates student to use one, I was told — the result of an accident during my junior year in Spain. Melvin MacKenzie, who worked in Maintenance, helped me to the stage.

In the Fall 2016 issue, a Sports item talks about team nicknames based on coaches’ names. I am a proud Hatchman, having played under the guidance of Bob Hatch for four years — but not in football: My varsity career was during his time as the Bobcat golf coach. Please recognize my fellow golf Hatchmen with this important bit of Bates sports history!

Tucson, Ariz.

Monumental Mistake

My daughter just finished her first year, and I found this program to be so wonderful, focused, and refreshing. The kind of conversations I get to have with my child would not be taking place without this, and it’s so clear to me how much this is benefiting her. I’m so thankful and grateful for what Bates is doing with Purposeful Work.

Removing Confederate monuments is not about racism (“Removing Confederate monuments is only a starting point, Bates panelists say,” BatesNews, Sept. 21). It is about violent and illegal rebellion against the country, which is unacceptable and should not be honored or promoted. Sorry to see that this important point was missed! But I am not surprised that the extreme liberalism of Bates has blinded people. By the way, other statues honoring bad people should be removed!

Richmond, Va.

The Q&A about how Purposeful Work guides students toward a fruitful work-life approach starts on page 27. — Editor

A Mistake’s Meaning I’m writing about a mistake in your Spring issue. I submitted a class note that I had married “my spouse, Travis Scales.” Seeing this name, the editors edited my text to “husband.” But my words, however subtle or puzzling to you, needed no correction. As an editor myself, I know that language matters. There’s a lot behind it. Behind my announcement was the fact that the marriage equality ruling in 2015 was the reason I could finally marry my partner and secure equal federal rights for ourselves and our child — rights that matter. “Husband” erased that backstory. Laura Allen ’94

Brooklyn, N.Y.

We apologize for the mistake and acknowledge our responsibility to ensure that errors of this sort do not happen again. — Editor 2

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North Haven, Conn.

Laura Thomas Sullivan ’74

Cambridge, Mass.

Terry Douglas P’20

Jamie Kircaldie ’87

Douglas Hayman ’7l

Lawrence, Mass.

Wise Leader The Spring issue of Bates Magazine included a complaint from an alumnus about President Spencer’s statement on the executive order attempting to ban immigration from seven countries. He believes that since “countless” alumni agreed with the order, Spencer should not express her opinion in public. I must disagree. If the president’s official speech is to be limited by the various conflicting positions of alumni, she would never be able to comment on anything at all! While a wise leader of a college always considers the attitudes of alumni (and donors!), her first duty is to the current and future students, faculty, and staff. Beverly Nash Esson ’73

Wells, Maine

Golf coach Bob Hatch (standing, right) poses with his 1987 Hatchmen, including letter writer Jamie Kircaldie ’87 (kneeling, right).

Question about Cups

Can’t Beat BatesNews

Your story about doing away with paper cups in Commons (“Paper coffee cups soon to be an un-Commons sight,” BatesNews, March 30) states that “the same wax or plastic linings that make paper hot-beverage cups leakproof also make them prohibitively difficult to recycle.” So, buy cups that are easier to recycle and make sure to recycle them! I worked 10 years in recycled-paper mills for Jefferson Smurfit Corp., so I know this is doable.

The content in the online BatesNews is upbeat, less ponderous, more fun, and visually beautiful. At the same time, it’s challenging, presenting very different views of the campus and surrounding community. I just read three articles, including “What’s in a name?,” “Campus Construction Update,” and “How Bates helps Lewiston firefighters do their dangerous jobs safer and better.” Every article taught me something. They were short, punchy, intelligently written, and informative. BatesNews is a good read. Better than before. Congratulations, and keep it coming.

Bill Lavallee ’63

San Jose, Calif.

You raise a good question, so we asked Dining Services. Bates could have gone with a more-recyclable cup, but at twice the cost. Also influencing the decision was student desire to achieve environmental benefits from using durable goods instead of disposable, including a lower carbon footprint. — Editor

Dervilla McCann ’77

Winthrop, Maine

Not yet receiving BatesNews? Subscribe at subscribe-batesnews. — Editor

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Saying What? Thank you for speaking out. I think Bates’ focus on educating the whole person is visible in what many Batesies do. Three days ago, I was stuck in Nome, Alaska, where I met a young woman who had just started teaching high school social science there. The conversation pretty quickly turned to the need for teaching citizenship and engaging students strongly in their communities. I wasn’t surprised to discover we are both Batesies. The spirit embodied in your text shone through in her work. Christa Mulder ’88

Lower Hutt, New Zealand What is this Bates alumna referencing? Turn to page 56 for the remarks President Clayton Spencer made at Convocation on Sept. 5. — Editor

Song Sung True On behalf of the Class of 1967, we want to give a big shoutout to the Class of 2012. During our 50th Reunion banquet in Perry Atrium in June, a group of Twelvesters slipped onto the secondfloor landing, leaned over the railing, and serenaded us in celebration of our Reunion. Their thoughtfulness was touching, and their talent was amazing. We hope that the Class of 2057 serenades you on your 50th in 2062. Pam Johnson Reynolds ’67

Boston, Mass.

Keith Harvie ’67

Manchester, Maine Pam and Keith are copresidents of the great Class of 1967. — Editor

Even in the digital age, a print magazine gets attention for who’s on the cover — and who’s not. When President Trump’s attack on the NFL was followed by the league’s various responses, Sports Illustrated ran a photo illustration on its Oct. 2 cover featuring 10 prominent sports figures locked arm in arm. The headline: “A Nation Divided, Sports United.” As many noted, former NFL player Colin Kaepernick was curiously missing from the collage. His kneeling during pre-game national anthems in 2016 — to protest police brutality and unjust killings — is the soul of the story. The athlete’s “inexplicable absence” from the cover is disturbing, wrote Christopher Petrella ’06 in The Guardian. By omitting Kaepernick, the magazine used its pop-culture power to mute Kaepernick’s protest while amplifying the NFL’s “flimsy narrative of ‘unity’” against the president, says Petrella, a Bates lecturer in the humanities who is part of Kaepernick’s inner circle. Closer to home, a few Bates Magazine readers wanted to know why the Spring cover featured Lewiston husband and wife Shobow Saban and Fatuma Aden dressed up for their wedding. It is “difficult to understand the connection with Bates,” wrote one reader. “It’s not the Lewiston Magazine or the Wedding Magazine,” wrote another. “All of the other photos have a direct tie to Bates.” The portrait was taken by Bates photographer Phyllis Graber Jensen as the couple visited Lake Andrews for their post-wedding photos in May 2016. It made the cover because, for one, it was one of our photographers’ favorite images of 2016, and those photos constituted the cover feature. In the story, Graber Jensen explained how she delights in the occasional visual surprise on campus, such as a wedding party, or fresh-faced high school prom-goers, arriving at the Puddle for their photos. To be sure, the Bates campus is more open than ever to our neighbors. As it happens, Graber Jensen knows Saban, who is a Somali immigrant by way of a Kenyan refugee camp. A Lewiston High School and Assumption College grad, he now works in the area. Three years ago, Saban contributed an essay to All Points North, a collection of immigrants’ stories that Graber Jensen helped edit. Old and young immigrants to Lewiston, from Somalia, Russia, Poland, Canada, Vietnam, Iran, Djibouti, and Kenya, told their stories. Lewiston is integral to the Bates story — integral enough that the question of needing to justify a cover featuring a young Somali-American family feels moot. Our students come to Bates expecting to engage with the city and to meet our neighbors. Our grads do important work here, and Bates alumni in the wider world have told us they want to know how Lewiston is doing. When someone receives a Bates honorary degree, they’re granted the “rights, privileges, and responsibilities” pertaining to the degree. If you’re on the cover of Bates Magazine, we extend a simple “welcome, friend.” H. Jay Burns, Editor

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Phillips Professor of Economics Michael Murray, mace bearer for ceremonial Bates occasions, looks every bit the senior faculty member as he leads the academic procession, including President Clayton Spencer and Student Government President Walter Washington, to Convocation on Sept. 5.

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‘The People Right Next to You’ Student Government President Walter Washington ’19 of Fleetwood, N.Y., introduced the Class of 2021 to Bates at Convocation in a strikingly personal way. Washington — a politics major, football player, Deansmen crooner, and aspiring law student — recounted his mother’s battle with cancer during his last year of high school and first two years at Bates. “Her good days were on and off,” he said, but she was able to see his first college sack against Williams his sophomore year. Washington’s mother was declared cancer-free during his second winter at Bates. Before that point, and after, the Bates community sustained him. “Take a moment and look at the people to your left and to your right,” Washington told the firstyears. “This place, the people sitting right next to you, the relationships, friendships and extended family you’ll make during your next four years here — it is that that makes this place so special.”

Learning the Ropes


Annie Gundeck ’21 of Lagrangeville, N.Y., and Esme Goldfinger ’21 of Lexington, Mass., collapse in gales of laughter on the Historic Quad after tumbling out of their hammock.


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First-year students live in small groups known as First-Year Centers.

In a given year, half of Bates students take a community-engaged learning course.

Student workers help to landscape the campus during Short Term.

Deshun Peoples ’I7 received Bates’ first Fulbright Student Study/ Research Award in the arts.


Bars or other structures “facilitating alcohol distribution” are banned from student rooms.

Counting Sheep Phones don’t go on AESOP trips, so all those first-year hikers/surfers/ meditators/community servicers quickly turn to other entertainment. On the first day of his group’s backpacking trip into the White Mountain National Forest, Will Olsen ’21 of Bedminster, N.J., found a battered paperback copy of Baa Baa Black Sheep in a shelter. It’s the memoir of World War II fighter pilot Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, later turned into a 1970s TV series. Olsen devoured several chapters of the book, left behind either as tinder or for reading. “I really enjoy it,” he reported a few weeks later. “But I’ve been caught up in studies lately so I haven’t been able to finish it.” Welcome to Bates, Will!

And Your Classmates Are…

Vexillologist — one who studies flags

At right, check out the fascinating ways members of the Class of 2021 have demonstrated great curiosity about the world around them.

Leader in the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program

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Designer of a solar car who also biked 2,500 miles from Norway to Spain Female hockey player who created New York City’s first interschool GayStraight Alliance Teacher of bike repair to children in lowincome neighborhoods in Gainesville, Fla. Debate champion who protested against religious intolerance in his conservative city in Bangladesh Guinness World Record holder for the youngest person to ski-trek 720 miles to the South Pole

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The public clock above the Hathorn Hall steps was given to Bates by the Class of I93I.

The Bates heating plant shut down for the summer on May I6.




Partial Eclipse, Total Fun “Excuse me,” said Sylvia Deschaine as she interrupted an Admission information session being held in Carnegie Science Hall, where she is the building coordinator. “The eclipse is starting, and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event,” she announced. “The president of the college is here, so come on and follow me.” Temporarily freed from their college search, prospective students and families went outside to search out the eclipse. On the Historic Quad, they joined a few dozen faculty, staff, and students on campus for the summer, plus President Clayton Spencer. Through telescopes, special glasses, welding glass, an old Speed Graphic camera, or a pasta strainer that projected crescent shadows on the concrete outside Commons, the Bates community (safely) watched the moon obscure 58 percent of the sun — Maine’s own slice of the Great American Eclipse.

Striking Gold

A rainbow emerges over a sun-splashed Garcelon Field on Sept. 8.


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Bates received a Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, a widely recognized framework for publicly assessing sustainability. The award recognizes Bates’ strides in sustainability, including emissions reduction, waste diversion, and the student EcoReps program.

A gull takes flight from the finial atop a Chase Hall spire on Sept. 22, the start of Back to Bates weekend.

Ospreys visit Lake Andrews to catch fish.

Chase Hall’s weathervane has the initials of founding benefactor Benjamin Bates.

Tree species on the Historic Quad are beech, oak, ash, maple, linden, and elm.

The red oak and hemlock next to the flying staircase likely pre-date Bates’ founding.

Could It Be? The Oldest Trees?

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The campus was mostly a bare field at the time of Bates’ founding. The trees came later, planted by the college’s founders and 19th-century faculty and students. But the campus wasn’t entirely treeless. A 1942 story in The Bates Student notes that “of the original trees on the campus when the college was founded, the red oak and hemlock at the corner of Carnegie [Science Hall]...are the sole survivors.” Lo and behold: Those two towering trees are still right there, next to the flying staircase that leads to the Ladd Library terrace. The Student story says that the pines behind Smith Hall also predate the founding, and they’re still there, too.



Space permitting, non-degree students may take a Bates course for $I,700.

Astronomy students hosted an “Astronomy Extravaganza” for local schoolchildren in 20I7.


Shedding light on tangled issues of white supremacy and Confederate monuments in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Va., faculty panelists in mid-September agreed that removing monuments to Confederate leaders would mean little without an understanding of why they were created, how racism persists today, and how to move forward. Lecturer in History Andrew Baker said attention on Confederate monuments risks forgetting that racism and white supremacy were hardly unique to the South in the 19th century. And, of course, there are many examples of how the North was complicit in the rise of slavery, one close to home. The Lewiston mills owned by Benjamin Bates, whose gifts to the Maine State Seminary prompted founder Oren Cheney to name the new college for the industrialist, created textiles from slavegrown cotton. In other words, Baker said, we can’t point the blame at any one place, time, or group. The problems are “everywhere; it’s always been a part of America itself, and so that touches all of us.” The panel comprised Bates history faculty and Harvard doctoral candidate Robin McDowell.

Professor of Religious Studies Marcus Bruce ’77 talks with Professor Emeritus of Sociology Sawyer Sylvester after Convocation. “It’s always interesting,” Bruce says, to see what a new group of students will bring to the classroom.

New and Exciting Gathering for the academic procession to Convocation on Sept. 5, a few professors talked about what and why they’re excited to teach this fall. Jane Costlow, the Clark A. Griffith Professor of Environmental Studies

What She’s Excited to Teach: “Lives in Place.“ Why: “Inspired by where we are right now,” she’s shaking up her environmental humanities course. Joining readings by canonical writers like Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey are new and diverse voices, such as those in “Whose Parks Are These?,”essays edited by writer Carolyn Finney for Orion magazine. “I hope my students will discover writers who resonate with them and who are, at some level, very different from them.” Aleks Diamond-Stanic Assistant Professor of Physics

What He’s Excited to Teach: “Race, Gender, and Identity in STEM” Why: To illuminate how race, gender, and identity affect one’s decision to pursue a STEM career, the new First-Year Seminar will include “readings on stereotype threat, on growth mindset and fixed mindset, and how to be successful in sciences,” says Diamond-Stanic. “We’ll have discussions to help students contextualize current events.” Michael Rocque Assistant Professor of Sociology

What He’s Excited to Teach: “Correcting and Controlling Behavior” Why: The new course will look beyond the criminal justice system to examine the “philosophy and social reasons of why we need to control and sometimes correct behavior.” Rocque, who has correctional-system experience, will tap his contacts “on both the inmate and staff sides to show students an inside perspective.” Marcus Bruce ’77 Professor of Religious Studies

Why: “It’s always interesting to see what they bring to the classroom.” As Bruce engages his students in dialogue, “something happens in that moment when you exchange ideas. You tell them a little bit about America’s religious history, and they bring their insights and perspectives. And that keeps it fresh.” 10

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What He’s Excited to Teach: A new group of students!

A December graduate receives a diploma in May.

The Common Read for 20I7 was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.



Students must complete two Short Term courses to graduate. A third is optional.

Authenticity was on Malcolm X’s mind when he said, “You’ve got to get some power before you can be yourself.”

THIS JUST IN A sampling of recent faculty-authored articles.

Truth, the Self, and Political Critique

Publication: Polity • Author: Nina Hagel (politics) • What It Explains: Activists pursued the idea of authenticity (and disputed what it entailed, where it resided, and who could be authentic) as a strategy for advancing progressive social movements in the 1960s and ’70s — though it wasn’t limited to those movements.

PATRICK “ I know you are making the transition from high school to college. The most important thing is to believe in yourself.” As their first class ends, Assistant Professor of History Patrick Otim collects ad-hoc paper nameplates from students in his First Year Seminar, “Beyond Nelson Mandela: Themes and Personalities in South African History.”

The Transcription Factor, Nuclear Factor, Erythroid 2 (Nfe2), Is a Regulator of the Oxidative Stress Response During Danio rerio Development

Publication: Aquatic Toxicology • Authors: Larissa Williams (biology) and coauthors, including four Bates students • What It Explains: A previously unexamined protein may regulate red blood cell production and oxidative stress response during zebrafish development. The Spatialization of Racial Inequity and Educational Opportunity

Publication: Peabody Journal of Education • Author: Mara Casey Tieken (education) • What It Explains: Educational inequality exists not only across race and class but also across space and place. In rural and urban schools, a highquality education is not just an advantage of race and class; it is also an advantage of geography. The Importance of School Attendance

Publication: Crime and Delinquency • Authors: Michael Rocque (sociology) and coauthors • What It Explains: Missing too much school, even at 12 to 14 years old, is associated with later negative life outcomes such as nonviolent crime and problem drinking. Fall 2017





The Bates Campaign was announced in May with $I68 million raised toward a $300 million goal.

Bates Fund gifts count toward the campaign goal.

IT’S OFFICIAL! President Clayton Spencer reveals the $300 million goal of The Bates Campaign at the Boston launch event on May 16.


“I am very optimistic about the future of this institution. Beyond the optimism, I am absolutely convinced that the world is a better place when we put 500 Bates graduates out into the wider world every year.”

‘Something Special About Bates’

Michael Bonney ’80, talking about the impetus for the $50 million gift that he and his wife, Alison Grott Bonney ’80, made to Bates


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Michael Bonney ’80 and Alison Grott Bonney ’80 hope for one reaction to their $50 million gift, the largest in Bates history. “We hope people think, ‘Wow. There’s something special about Bates College, and I want to be a part of it,’” says Michael, chair of the Bates Board of Trustees, co-chair of The Bates Campaign, and retired CEO of Cubist Pharmaceuticals. The Bonneys’ gift, made through their family foundation, will support construction of new and modernized STEM facilities at Bates. Providing students and faculty with state-of-the-art spaces will allow them to take part in the 21st-century explosion of scientific understanding while benefiting from a Bates liberal arts education. “Improved STEM facilities are an area where we can see dramatic gains not only in the experience of our students but in the continued recruitment of world-class researchers as Bates professors in the sciences,” Michael says.

Attended by 700, the Boston campaign launch was the largest off-campus event in Bates history.

The campus launch event included a huge sheet cake baked by Dining Services.

Campaign event host Bryant Gumbel ’70 said Bates taught him to live life authentically.

The Bates Campaign

Campaign 101 The Goal

$300 million in endowment, current use, and Bates Fund gifts over five years. Where We’re At

Gifts and pledges to the campaign total $175 million as of November. The Leaders

The campaign co-chairs are Michael Bonney ’80, Geri FitzGerald ’75, and John Gillespie ’80, all trustees. Spencer Says

President Clayton Spencer says The Bates Campaign “provides us with the opportunity to secure the programs and values that have defined Bates for a century and a half, and to shape new strategies for a new age.”

Where It’s Been Celebrated

Off-campus events in Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine — plus a campus celebration in May — ushered in The Bates Campaign. The Boston launch was the largest off-campus gathering in Bates history. A Worthy Challenge

Announced during the campaign launch, the ongoing Financial Aid Challenge offers a dollar-for-dollar match to donors’ new pledges between $50,000 and $250,000 for endowed financial aid.

Supports Four Key Priorities: Building Financial Sustainability $60 million

Further increase the college’s unrestricted endowment while sustaining annual support for the Bates Fund. Driving Academic Excellence $100 million

Through excellence in its faculty and its academic programs and facilities, Bates actively engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world.

Financial Aid Challenge $60M $100M

$300M $65M $75M

$75 million

Increased endowment will sustain competitive financial aid that allows the college to draw talent from all corners of the United States, from around the world, and from every socioeconomic quarter. Investing in Opportunity $65 million

Bates is distinctive for its attention to the overall experience of its students — including leadership and student programming, inclusivity, athletics, and Purposeful Work — and for giving students a strong bridge to life after college. Catalyzing Student Success From left, campaign co-chairs Michael Bonney ’80, Geri FitzGerald ’75, and John Gillespie ’80 greet the audience at the New York City launch on May 18.

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This page: Jonathan Hsu is a Bates Dance Festival photographer and student. Opposite page: The festival faculty includes, at near middle, Michael Foley ’89, a dance professor at the University of South Florida.


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FESTIVAL FACES photography by phyllis graber jensen When the summertime Bates Dance Festival says, “Let’s dance,” the emphasis is on “us”: a collaboration among teachers, composers, young artists, musicians, and, yes, dancers seen in these photographs.

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Five of 20 Bobcat head coaches are Bates alumni.

In her 24th year, Nordic ski coach Becky Woods ’89 is Bates’ longest-tenured head coach.

Bobcat Bow They know Bobcat greatness when they see it. From left, Delaney Mayfield ’21 of Santa Barbara, Calif., Olivia McCulloch ’21 of Sunderland, Mass., and Jordan Camarillo ’20 of Tucson, Ariz., bow to their teammates on the Alumni Gym court during the Bobcats’ 3-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine.


In the Gray Athletic Building, Director of Athletics Jason Fein snaps a selfie with the Cote family of Wilton, Conn., following his welcome to student athletes and their families on Aug. 28, Opening Day for the Class of 2021. Jackson Cote ’21 (center) will row for Bates.


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The Bobcat kicker since midway through his first year, Grant DeWald ’18, a double major in economics and rhetoric from Duxbury, Mass., pauses during practice.



“It’s weird being a senior. I’m bringing along guys who I have to watch out for and raise up in the same way I was raised. It’s an incredible experience.”

NESCAC teams have won I3 of 16 NCAA Division III women’s rowing titles thus far.

Women’s track and cross country coach Jay Hartshorn holds Colby’s 600-meter indoor record.


Men’s lacrosse achieved the first I0-0 conference record in NESCAC history in 20I7.

20th in the Nation Bates finished a best-ever 20th in the 2016–17 Learfield Directors’ Cup, an annual ranking of the most successful varsity programs based on team performances at NCAA championships. Nine Bates varsity programs contributed points, with women’s rowing (NCAA champs) and men’s lacrosse (NCAA quarterfinalists) leading the way. In all, 325 Division III schools scored Director’s Cup points in 2016–17. The NESCAC led all conferences with five schools in the top 20. Other NESCAC schools in the ranking were Wesleyan (47th), Bowdoin (63rd), Trinity (72nd), Connecticut (125th), and Colby and Hamilton (tie at 169th). 1. Williams 2. Washington (St. Louis)


It’s Totally Fein For Jason Fein, deep into his first semester as Bates’ director of athletics, the work to advance Bates sports begins and ends with communication. “It ties into every administrative thing we do,” he says. “How are our communications affecting our enrollment, our recruiting, and our alumni support?” So it’s no surprise that one of his first moves was to invest in better livestreaming for Bobcat sports. In September, the college reached a deal with Northeast Sports Network to produce Bates sports broadcasts. NSN will provide live online coverage of 98 Bates home games across a variety of sports throughout the 2017–18 school year. Fein’s focus on communications reflects his distinctive rise through the AD ranks. While a common path to being an AD is through coaching, Fein began his career in sports information and media relations. Even as he earned his first AD job (at the College of Staten Island), he also worked post-season gigs in media relations for the New York Yankees in the 1990s and at two Olympics, in Atlanta (1996) and Salt Lake City (2002). Fein most recently worked at Drew University, where he was named the 2016 Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. In his inaugural year, Fein hopes to continue the high achievement that landed Bates in the top 20 of the Directors’ Cup (see sidebar). “And if we can make just a couple of improvements that folks will notice when they come out to a game — either visually or as part of their fan experience that make them say, ‘Oh wow, that was great!’ — then I’ll consider it a well-spent first year.”

3. Tufts 4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5. Johns Hopkins 6. Wisconsin–Whitewater 7. Middlebury 8. Amherst 9. Emory 10. Ithaca 11. MIT 12. Wisconsin–La Crosse 13. SUNY–Geneseo 14. Christopher Newport 15. Chicago 16. Calvin 17. St. Thomas 18. Mount Union 19. Hope 20. Bates 21. SUNY–Cortland 22. Messiah 23. Babson 24. Trinity (Texas) 25. Washington & Lee

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40 Whacks (Or More)

mance pieces that depict a woman’s literal struggles with physical challenges. It’s work that challenges power structures through humor, catharsis, mess, and violence. Gilmore designed the five whackworthy pink and red steel cubes as a viewer-participation component of In Your Way at Bates. (The exhibition otherwise comprised nine videos spanning more than a decade of Gilmore’s work.)

New Bates Dance Festival director Shoshona Currier was born in Fort Kent, Maine.

“The idea of people rising up or tearing down structures that are holding them back is still really relevant,” says Gilmore. “Whether you’re talking about gender, or sex, or race, or class, it’s really about who has the power and who doesn’t.” That said, there was more to the piece than sanctioned attacks on art in a museum. Over time, the battered cubes started to “look pretty spectacular,” she says.


We’ve all felt like it. And from June to October, visitors to the Bates College Museum of Art actually did it: took a sledgehammer to a piece of art. But that was what the artist, Kate Gilmore ’97, wanted. She has drawn international acclaim by undertaking creative destruction on a personal scale, in videos and perfor-

Gibson Fay-Leblanc, the poet laureate of Portland, Maine, presented at Bates this fall.

A Reunion-goer in June whacks one of Kate Gilmore’s five pink and red cubes in the Museum of Art.

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As he toured New England, including a gig at the college during Back to Bates, singer-songwriter Corey Harris ’91 checked in with a reporter, who asked, “How does ‘life’ find its way into your storytelling?” “I express the reality of my past, present, and future as an African living in the Western Hemisphere,” said Harris, who received a Bates honorary degree in 2007 for his brilliant, blues-based exploration of African diaspora music. “Life finds its way into one’s music in the same way that it is in one’s everyday words and actions.”

Corey Harris ’91 plays at Bates on Sept. 24.

A theater course uses apparel to frame issues of culture, economics, and politics.

Bates’ Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection includes 99 Hartley drawings.


The Museum of Art’s life-drawing sessions are open to all artists, on and off campus.

Faculty member Carolina González Valencia (second from right) and her Bates students mix colors for the YWCA mural project.

Walls and Bridges Riddle: When is a wall like a bridge? Answer: When it encourages people to be together instead of apart. “I’m interested in art projects that work like a bridge,” says Carolina González Valencia, assistant professor of art and visual culture. For one such project last spring, González and four of her students offered technical support to Lewiston High School students, all members of a school leadership development program,

as they created a mural in the gym of YWCA Central Maine with the theme “Women of Color Leading Change.” Twelve of the 13 students were girls, and all but two were Muslims from African immigrant families. The Bates team translated the high-schoolers’ ideas into a lines-only layout and helped with the trickier brushwork; otherwise, the Lewiston students “really took charge,” says studio art major Daisy Diamond ’19. A fantastical lion peers out from the middle of the mural, unveiled at the

Y’s Stand Against Racism event in April. “A student wanted to draw a lion, but she didn’t think she had the skill,” explains Natalie Bornstein, the Y’s social justice and advocacy manager. So the Bates team helped the student through the process, and the group decided to make the lion prominent “because it was accomplished by someone who didn’t think they could.” “The lion became a metaphor,” says González. “The students witnessed what happens when an idea materializes and becomes a voice that unifies many.”

The new YWCA mural, designed and painted by Lewiston students with support from a Bates team, was unveiled at the group’s Stand Against Racism event last April.

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‘Mill Town’ The Bates Dance Festival paid spectacular homage to its host community and its retiring director in August. A festival commission, Mill Town was staged at the very heart of the Lewiston culture and history that it celebrated. The brick expanses of the Bates Mill Complex became the stage for an elaborate immersive performance involving more than 50 dancers, live music, historical artifacts from Museum L-A, and sophisticated media installations that conjured up the city’s industrial past. “Dancers’ garb matched the muted colors of the walls and columns, while their movements – rolling, climbing, reaching – echoed both the structure and the human lives of the mills,” wrote a Portland Press Herald reviewer. The vast mill rooms empty, “what remained was intertwined humanity, the mills’ true engine of production.” Mill Town, directed and choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz, was both a gift of thanks to a city that has been home to the dance festival since the start and a deep farewell bow from Laura Faure, who has retired after three decades as festival director. Mill Town used the brick expanses of the Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston as its stage.

ELIZABETH “ Sue was a great role model. I was so lucky that she had established a great classroom culture that I could just step into.” Elizabeth Erbafina ’17 (left) reflects on what it was like working last year with her mentor, veteran Lewiston Middle School teacher Susan Bowditch Weber ’74, An English major and education minor. Erbafina is now a teacher and coach at New Canaan Country School.


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Lewiston allows 6 hens as pets per singlefamily dwelling.

Lewiston defines its “community forest” as trees on public property and ways.

Qualified local high school students may take a Bates course free of charge.



Many of Lewiston’s African immigrants share the French language with longtime residents of the city.

John Kennedy speaks from the park gazebo during a Lewiston campaign rally in November 1960. Joining him at the front of the bandstand are, from left, Sen. Edmund Muskie ’36, Senate candidate Lucia Cormier, and congressional candidate John Donovan ’42.

What’s in a Name: Kennedy Lewiston’s downtown park is named Kennedy Park. Name Lewiston named its park for President John F. Kennedy on Dec. 3, 1963, 13 days after his assassination. Overnight Visit Then-candidate Kennedy visited Lewiston on Nov. 6, 1960, two days before the presidential election. A massive crowd of 14,000 had gathered for his 9 p.m. talk, but Kennedy didn’t arrive until midnight; still, 8,000 remained — a “shivering throng,” according to the Lewiston Daily Sun.


In I9I7, Auburn became the first Maine city to adopt the council-manager form of government.

Colby for Kennedy Over at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport, 4,000 had gathered to greet Kennedy. The crowd, reported the paper, included a “semi-trailer truck loaded with Colby College students,” who sang Colby songs during the long wait for the candidate. Speaking of Monuments One of the first U.S. monuments to commemorate the Civil War was dedicated in what is now Kennedy Park on Feb. 28, 1868. The Soldier’s Monument, a life-size bronze statue depicting a Union soldier, was designed by renowned Maine-born sculptor Frank Simmons.

Entertained by Ed Sen. Edmund Muskie ’36 worked hard to keep the crowd engaged, at one point calling out, “Who invented the light bulb? Give me an E...” Fall 2017




Bates Fall Semester Abroad programs will go to Berlin and Santiago in 20I8.

Bates students, faculty, and staff represent more than 90 countries.


President Spencer: Ending DACA is ‘self-defeating’ In a public statement in early September, President Clayton Spencer said President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy “runs counter to core American ideals and will cause unnecessary fear and uncertainty for thousands of students and families across the country.” She added, “To single out and punish this group of engaged and talented young people, who seek the opportunity to learn and grow into productive members of our society, is a self-defeating action opposed by political leaders of both parties and by a majority of the American public.” Bates, she said, has urged Maine’s congressional delegation “to act quickly to approve legislation that restores the protections of DACA in a meaningful and durable manner.” In the meantime, “Bates remains committed to admitting students without regard to their immigration status and to ensuring the safety and support of all students while on campus.” President Spencer’s statement

Shetland Islands, Scotland “I took this photograph when Richard Grains and Harvey Johnson let me join them on their creel boat while they packed crabs in the sea off the Shetland Islands. The potential loss of fish, due to climate change and marine food web degradation, would be more than a loss of profit. It would be a loss of home.” 22

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Anthropology major Kate McNally ’17 took this photo while on a Bates Phillips Fellowship in 2016, and it was featured in the 2017 Barlow Off-Campus Study Exhibition. A Fulbright recipient, McNally is conducting fisheries research in Newfoundland.

A reader in Denmark recently viewed an archived online honors thesis on the Sasanian Empire.

A 20I7 honors thesis examined Bolivia’s I994 political decentralization reforms.

18 in 2018 A perennial “Top Producer” of Fulbright U.S. Student recipients, Bates had 25 young alumni receive grant offers to travel to 18 different countries in 2017–18, as near as Canada and as distant as Thailand. The multi-month Fulbrights allow recent grads to conduct research or teach English abroad, taking part in intercultural exchange along the way.

Austria Brazil (3) Bulgaria Canada China Colombia (2) Germany (2) Laos Malaysia Morocco Nepal The Netherlands Poland (2) Senegal Spain (2) Taiwan Thailand (2) Uruguay

Studying film in Prague developed a student’s “idea of my place in the world.”



Feeling Weird Whether they had studied abroad, worked or interned for a semester, or taken leaves of absence, the students who gathered at Multifaith Chaplain Brittany Longsdorf’s home in September had all returned to campus after spending time in the world away from Bates. To support and recognize that oftenchallenging transition, the chaplaincy and Multifaith Fellows Keenan Shields ’18 of Rochester, N.Y., and Haley Crim ’19 of Sandy Spring, Md., organized the program “Feeling Weird Back at Bates.” “I see it as really giving a space for students to not only say the things that they’re not able to say, but also to be around other people who are feeling weird coming back to Bates,” Shields said. As the event began, the students formed a circle in Longsdorf’s backyard. Shields and









Crim then brought out a ball of yarn and asked the returnees to think of a word to describe their feelings about being back. If another person felt the same way, they’d pass the ball while holding onto the end of the yarn, creating a link from student to student. As the words tumbled out — “uncomfortable,” “grateful,” “awkward” — the yarn went around and across the circle. One word in particular seemed to reverberate: “alone.” At the end of the exercise, the yarn became a web of common emotions. Raymond Clothier, associate multifaith chaplain, said the loneliness is “partly because students develop new selves or new parts of themselves and aren’t sure where those connect when they come back. “I hope that’s one thing that they are able to do — to connect with other students and feel like there are other people who can understand or share similar experiences.”


During a Short Term trip to Jamaica in 2015, Keenan Shields ’18 is flanked by Shaquille Brown and Ali Rabideau ’17. Shields, who has also studied in Puerto Rico, co-organized the “Feeling Weird” gathering in September.

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am use me n ts


st r i k e ou r fanc y

The Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Suggested by Associate Professor of Biology Lee Abrahamsen A story of myth, magic, and relationships, this book is as fun as it is weird. A seemingly ordinary guy finds a brother he never knew he had, a father he never knew at all, and himself in the process.

Suggested by Professor Emerita Pamela Baker ‘70 It’s a present day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. I can really picture the characters since two of them are scientists working on autoimmunity. That’s a mash-up I never thought I’d see!

Suggested by Associate Director of Institutional Research Tom McGuinness While the book incorporates his comedic voice, Ansari also partnered with sociologists to conduct focus groups and explore quantitative data to explain intergenerational and intercultural differences in how people fall in love.

Suggested by Charles Franklin Phillips Professor of Economics Michael Murray A rich novel set before and during World War II follows the lives of a blind French girl and an electronics-savvy German boy that become entangled through radio broadcasts by the girl’s uncles.


Another round of book suggestions from the college’s annual Good Reads summer reading list.



How strong is your knowledge of Bates’ quirky, cool, and colorful past?

Forty years ago, the Department of Athletics refused to approve this club sport. What’s the sport, and why the refusal? Answer: In October 1977, Bates gave two reasons to deny club status — and the accompanying benefits of funding and PE credit for team members — to the new Bates Ultimate Frisbee Club: too few schools had teams, and there was “confusion as to just when the ultimate season is,” according to The Bates Student. 24

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Kingpin In August, President Clayton Spencer joined a bowling night at Sparetime Recreation with first-year students involved in Bobcat First! — a program that spares no effort to help first-generation students get rolling with college life.

yo u go t luc ky


Lost & Found 10:23 a.m., Sept. 23 Ladd Library

Hint that it’s a new year: A high school (Bishop Stang) key lanyard, perhaps a first-year’s. Other items: to-do notebook (“update resume, update LinkedIn, apply to campus jobs”); another notebook with book call numbers; glasses and rings; Chinese language workbook; water bottle with whale; Bates cap; and a crafty wood disk with a felt heart.

Striped Bobcat Booties

He’s Up for It



Seeing Double On National Selfie Day, June 21, the Bobcat sought out his best bud: the Bobcat.


Tucker the dog jumps up to say hi to the friendly staff at the College Store on Opening Day for the Class of 2021 as his owner, Nancy Crate P’21, pays for the pooch’s sporty Bates bandana.


Something You Didn’t Know You Needed from the Bates College Store

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INTEREST PAYMENT Telling a college student to “follow your passion” isn’t helpful, says expert Rebecca Fraser-Thill. Her better advice — follow your interests — captures the essence of Purposeful Work at Bates

Around the country, students beginning their college experience are hearing this well-meaning piece of advice: “Follow your passion.” But they don’t hear it at Bates. That’s because the advice is bunk, says Rebecca Fraser-Thill. She should know: A lecturer in psychology who had a lead role in the design of the college’s Purposeful Work program, Fraser-Thill is an expert in how our work instills meaning and wellbeing into our lives. And that’s Purposeful Work in a nutshell. Now in its fourth year of implementation, Purposeful Work gives students a useful and powerful entry into the world of work by helping them figure out — in a highly intentional and programmatic way, from their first through their senior years — what interests them and what they’re good at. In an interview with Bates Magazine editor Jay Burns, Fraser-Thill, who is director of faculty engagement and outreach for Purposeful Work, explains, from a developmental perspective, why “follow your passion” doesn’t work and what Bates and Purposeful Work offer instead.

What’s wrong with the typical graduation advice to “follow your passion”? Passion is an emotional state. It ebbs and flows, just like any other emotional state. So passion is fleeting. Do you want to base your whole future on a passing emotional state? That seems problematic.

You’ve also said that the call to “follow your passion” can be intimidating for those who don’t immediately have a passion. Oh, yes. Many students come to me and say they have no passions. And many say they have too many passions. Either way, focusing on a feeling is not going to help students make decisions about majors, or careers, or what they spend their time pursuing. To say that “you need to have a passion” for any potential interest in order to start exploring it sets the bar way too high for students. But that’s the cultural message we hear: Explore your passion!

What is better advice? A much more stable, strategic, and ultimately fulfilling course of action is to follow your curiosity and what interests you.

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Psychologist Rebecca Fraser-Thill played a lead role in designing the college’s Purposeful Work program.

By following your interests and by paying attention to what gives you a sense of purpose, you are more likely to find a path that you can commit to over a period of time. Following your interests and actively testing them out puts your rational mind into the driver’s seat rather than an emotion like passion, which would turn you this way and that way. That’s what we’re doing with Purposeful Work: supporting and guiding students as they explore their curiosities and interests, and discover what will give them a sense of purpose and a sense of well-being in work and in life after Bates.

It’s been said that if Steve Jobs had followed his passion early in his life, “we would probably find him today as one of the Los Altos Zen Center’s most popular teachers.” Cal Newport wrote that in his book So Good They Can’t Ignore You. I completely agree with his thesis, which is that as we try things out and get better at our work — as in the case of Steve Jobs — we develop more enthusiasm for what we are doing.

When Purposeful Work is implemented across a fouryear student cohort, is it the idea that the exploration habit becomes a formal part of the student experience, so they hit the ground running at graduation? Exactly. Through Purposeful Work, we want students to get better at and more involved in the intentional decision-


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Purposeful Work is more than just the icing on the cake in students’ lives. making process about their work while at Bates. We want them to be aware of how the choices they make — about classes, majors, co-curriculars, athletics, internships, engagement in the community — help them align who they are with what they want to do. The goal is for them to get good at making these decisions, so when they’re in the work world they can say, “I’ve done this before. I am self-aware. I can make good decisions about what my next job will be.”

When you hear that Bates is helping students find “purposeful work,” it sounds like work that has a social benefit. Purposeful work is not a type of work. For example, in 2013, when President Clayton Spencer first outlined the idea of purposeful work at Convocation, she quoted an oral history from a Lewiston shoemaker, who talked about learning to hand-sew shoes: “I used to watch, and I’d say, ‘I can do the same thing.’ And then from there I picked up the tricks that my dad used to show me, then I picked up some others, then after that, I loved it.” That’s an example of purposeful work, because the work has meaning for the individual.

What are first-year students ideally doing? They’re exploring and trying different things out. Exploration is important. From identity development research, we know that people

who don’t go through the exploration stage, who narrow in on something and stick with it without trial and error, are much more likely to have a lower sense of purpose than people who have done exploration. Plus, we all have to explore at some point in our lives. You can’t skip over that stage. And the first year in college is when it’s developmentally appropriate and when there are structures, programming, peer networks, and adults in place to support that exploration.

On the other end, the senior year, what should be happening? From their Bates experiences — their academic major, activities, internships, study abroad, senior thesis — students now have a sense of all their pieces. But they don’t necessarily know how they all fit together. They may be grappling. Now’s the time for students to talk to people. People create their narratives and gain a sense of themselves through social relationships. That’s how we learn where we’ve been, who we are, where we want to go. We want our seniors to talk to people — family, friends, and especially Bates staff, faculty, and alumni — who’ve had these same puzzles and fit them together in different ways. Much of Purposeful Work programming supports these conversations. Talking and having conversations furthers a student’s self-knowledge,

which in turn is valuable in interviews and cover letters and other pragmatic ways. Talking with people is also how we get jobs. It’s been found that about 80 percent of jobs are gained through networking. Talking is about progressing.

I’m curious about the link between finding meaning in work and finding pleasure in work. Can someone say that their work is meaningful but not always pleasurable? Absolutely. That’s key. Pleasure in work does not equate with finding meaning in work. Sometimes your most meaningful activities can be low in pleasure. Parenting is an example: A day with the kids can be incredibly meaningful but not always pleasurable, especially if there’s bickering! There are two concepts of well-being: hedonic and eudaimonic. The former is about finding pleasure, the sense of “happiness” that we all seem to chase. But then we run into the hedonic treadmill: we can’t get enough. We want more and more pleasure. Eudaimonic well-being, on the other hand, is about meaning, purpose, richness, and life satisfaction. It’s different from happiness, and it’s not a momentary “hit.” It comes from building a life that has a variety of layers and textures to it. We know from research that relationships are at the core of eudaimonic well-being. Doing purposeful work, work that is aligned between who you are and what you do, is at the core, too. Eudaimonic well-being is lasting: You’re not constantly chasing it.

How should a high school student incorporate the concept of following one’s interests? Developmentally, a high school student should not focus too deep, too fast because that can cause that

student to foreclose on other pursuits. We tend to take on what’s easiest and what’s closest to you — our parents’ interests, for example. It’s better to be in a “moratorium state” during high school, where you are actively seeking and trying things out and then reflecting on them.

Why are the liberal arts the perfect launching pad for Bates’ brand of Purposeful Work and the alignment of self and work? I believe this to the core. The liberal arts allow you a space to try out a variety of interests and skill sets and explore things you didn’t even know existed until you came to campus. You get to explore with incredibly engaged faculty members who know the content deeply because they have explored and followed their interests and curiosities so far that they are — I’m not going to say “passionate”! — deeply driven. It wakes them up in the morning to teach, do research, and work in the community. The liberal arts enable self-reflection on an ongoing basis and exploration to test that self-reflection and see where it takes you.

Where does the Bates motto, Amore ac Studio, “With Ardor and Devotion,” come in?

PURPOSE MATTERS Finding work that gives us purpose and well-being is a high-stakes quest. In a survey of thousands of people in 150 countries, Gallup scientists found five types of well-being: physical, financial, social, community, and purpose well-being. While the first four make “intuitive sense,” Fraser-Thill says, “purpose well-being” needs some explanation. “It means liking what we do each day, being motivated to achieve our goals, and using our strengths every day.” And, she says, “it’s the key,” because “people who are high in purpose wellbeing are twice as likely to be high in the four other types of well-being.” So, she says, “finding purposeful work in our lives is not icing on the cake. It is not even the cake. It is the meal; it is the sustenance. Purpose matters.”

Purposeful Work is all about making the Amore ac Studio motto a lived reality for our students. By exploring widely, based on their curiosity, and then digging deeply into a topic or field based on their developing strengths and interests while actively reflecting, students can work with ardor and devotion, both while at Bates and long after they leave. n

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GRACE “ My most important role has been forming relationships with women at the center and empowering them to take on this project so it can truly become a business by and for local women.” Politics major Grace Jurkovich ’18 of St. Paul, Minn., holds a selection of herbs and flowers at Lewiston’s Center for Wisdom’s Women, a grassroots collaborative offering safe haven and support for at-risk women. She supported the center’s startup social enterprise, Herban Works, which grows medicinal herbs and flowers, and sells products made from them.

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“College students tend to want to do ‘thought experiments,’ but not real experiments, about their lives,” says Rebecca Fraser-Thill. It’s imperative that students “get out and try something.”

ACHIEVEMENT For students, the summer of junior year is often a key way station on the Purposeful Work trail

This way and that way, but always with a plan. So went photographer Phyllis Graber Jensen’s summer as she photographed Bates students in all sorts of internships, fellowships, and research settings. Up and down the island of Manhattan. To the far reaches of Brooklyn. Into Boston’s financial district, then out to Route 128’s high-tech towns. A day on a South Portland fishing pier, and then back to campus and Lewiston. Everywhere, she says, “I encountered happiness — students doing exactly what they had hoped for.” Which, in most cases, was “to try on something new and consider, ‘Do I want to add this to my life? Can I see myself here for a long run?’” This selection of Graber Jensen’s summer portraits, plus a freelancer’s image from a gorgeous, yet threatened, national monument in California, features mostly juniors, and most were funded by the college’s Purposeful Work program. Of the 221 student interns, researchers, and fellows that Bates funded last summer, 111 received Purposeful Work internships. Those internships are distinctive. Among other things, they ask students to reflect on

their experiences throughout the summer. For example, in Week Six, students were asked to share a moment when they felt a sense of flow, or being in the zone — that mental state where you’re fully immersed in an activity. Ultimately, Purposeful Work helps students discover what will give them a sense of purpose and a sense of well-being, in both work and life after Bates. For students, junior year is a key way station on the Purposeful Work trail. It’s a time to explore and to test, out in the world, what they’ve learned at Bates about their personalities, values, strengths, and interests. The value of a student’s real-world exploration is significant. “College students tend to want to do ‘thought experiments,’ but not real experiments, about their lives,” says Rebecca Fraser-Thill, architect of the college’s Purposeful Work program (see interview on page 27). It’s imperative that students “get out and try something, and then reflect on that experience. It’s where they will gain the most knowledge,” she says. Experience and reflection: It’s all here. — hjb Fall 2017


SUMMER INTERNS JACKSON “ I value the self-starting nature of Sachem’s work culture, and I find that keeping in mind how your work matters in the long run helps to make the work more intuitive and allows you to add meaningful contributions or alterations to your project. “In the government affairs consulting realm you get to see both the public and private sectors. Sachem Strategies is a lean and mean operation — it’s not an internship where you get a coffee mug with the company name on it. What I am getting is a lot of experience. I’m getting a lot of access.”


Politics major Jackson Gray ’19 of Allen, Texas, poses at Boston-based Sachem Strategies, founded by Nate Walton ’08. Jackson worked in government affairs consulting, primarily with clients in the defense industry.

Gray was a Purposeful Work intern.

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Neuroscience major India Lissak ’18 of San Francisco poses in front of the Feil Family Brain & Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine of Cornell University, in New York City. She supported the lab’s research to develop better strategies and improved diagnostics for the therapy of chronic cognitive disabilities resulting from brain injuries.

J.R. “ I applied for this internship due to my curiosity about bluefin tuna. My mom is passionate about sushi, and bluefin tuna was a delicacy in our household. I wanted to learn more about how they are fished, processed, and eventually end up on our plates in a restaurant. “Although I am still pre-med, I would like to explore the world of marine science and try to make it a focus in my major, if possible.” Biochemistry major J.R. Watanasiri ’19 of Bangkok, Thailand, works with Gulf of Maine Research Institute researcher Walt Drolet to take tissue samples from tuna heads during a fishing tournament in South Portland, Maine. By examining a bony inner-ear structure known as an otolith, scientists can determine the age and spawning origin of individual tuna. GMRI scientists are seeking to learn the travels of Atlantic bluefin tuna, information that will inform conservation and management efforts.


Watanasiri was a Purposeful Work intern.



ISA “ A lot of this experience has humbled me, in the sense that you can’t really control everything. You have to be vigilant. You have to make sure the plants are growing OK. Is there yellowing happening? Why is the yellowing happening? “Good communication, and being open to asking many questions, is very important — if I do something wrong it could disturb the whole aquaponics system.” Environmental studies major Isa Moise ’19 of Mount Vernon, N.Y., poses at Brooklyn’s Oko Farms, where she supported a hybrid of aquaculture and hydroponics known as aquaponics to raise freshwater fish along with vegetables and fruits. She also worked at Farm School NYC, which supports urban agriculture to inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues.

Moise was a Purposeful Work intern at both organizations.


YEYMI “ This internship has helped me become more vocal in group settings. I feel more confident about my ideas and more willing to share them. “It’s a difficult time for those who care about the natural world, so it has been thrilling to have been part of this movement this summer. I’ve always been a little nervous to enter the environmental field because it is often perceived as a white cause. “But people of color, such as the Native American tribe that I’ve worked with, often feel the weight of environmental issues the most, yet their voices have historically been sidelined.” Environmental studies major Yeymi Rivas ’19 of Richmond, Calif., and Sam Goldman ’03, director of strategic engagement for the Conservation Lands Foundation, visit the Cotoni-Coast Dairies section of the California Coastal National Monument. Working with Goldman, Rivas supported work to defend 27 national monuments in the West under review by the Trump administration.

Rivas was a Purposeful Work intern.


Politics major Elijah Frater ’19 of Brooklyn, N.Y., poses at the New York City marketing firm Hypr, a search engine that provides information on millions of social-media “influencers” — people and brands with social-media clout. He supported accountmanagement efforts, including research to identify key influencers for Hypr clients.

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“ I got so immersed in a project that I didn’t hear my boss call my name. I’d never been that focused on a task before. It was a weird feeling but also a great one!”




Environmental studies major Sophia Thayer ’18 (second from left) of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, explores East Auburn’s Bobbin Mill Brook for evidence of old grist and saw mills with, from left, Professor of Environmental Studies Holly Ewing, student researcher Ronni Mak ’20 of New Bedford, Mass., and Associate Professor of History Joe Hall. Thayer supported Hall’s efforts to learn more about the area’s Wabanaki tribes by researching the environmental history of western Maine.

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“ I’ve worked with local town histories, scholarly writings, census data, diaries, and other primary sources. We are searching for mills, dams, and other settler-created alterations that influenced Maine’s environment and the Wabanakis who lived there. “One reason this work is important to me is that these alterations have never ceased. From this work, we can attempt to learn why environments and communities are structured the way they are.”

LAURA “ It was intimidating to be here at first. I thought, ‘Oh, they messed up by hiring me.’ “But it’s been amazing how I’ve been able to prove my worthiness. The people I’ve met and interacted with — I don’t think they realize how valuable they’ve been to me. Their insights and advice about my career are superhelpful in understanding how ‘the real world’ works. Not just helpful, but meaningful.” Laura Nguyen ’19 of Paoli, Pa., a double major in politics and in women and gender studies, poses in front of The New York Times Building. A graphic design intern at the Times, she supported a range of projects, including the paper’s homepage redesign project and the Times’ print and online publication on July 2 of an annotated version of the U.S. Constitution.

Nguyen’s internship was funded by The New York Times.

SPENCER & STROUT In a crowd-pleasing Q&A with President Spencer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Strout ’77 talks about writing prose with a heartbeat p ho to g raphy by phyllis g r abe r je nse n The big Reunion crowd who heard Pulitzer Prize–winning author Elizabeth Strout ’77 interviewed by President Clayton Spencer on June 10 was a Strout-savvy group, including Spencer herself. “When I was looking at Bates five years ago, I read the mission statement. I thought, ‘This place is really cool.’ Then I learned that Liz Strout was an alumna, and I thought, ‘Count me in!’” As Spencer welcomed the gathering to the Fireplace Lounge of Commons, she asked how many had read one of the novelist’s books, including her most recent, Anything Is Possible (which Spencer had read twice). Nearly every hand shot up. “Great, then we’re all speaking the same language,” Spencer said. For those not yet fluent with Strout, it’s helpful to know something about her approach 38

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to writing before we begin this Spencer-Strout Q&A, which also includes Strout’s responses to a few alumni questions. While her novels have the usual beginnings, middles, and endings, Strout does not create her works in that linear way. Instead, writing by hand, she fills sheets of paper with various scenes — moments, dialogue, vignettes — as they come to her. Those sheets end up all over her large kitchen table. “I am a very messy worker,” she wrote in an essay for The Guardian last March. “I push these scenes around our table… and over time I realize which scenes are connected.” Strout and her husband, Jim Tierney (a former Maine attorney general), split their time between New York City and Brunswick. The novelist was on campus for her 40th Reunion. — hjb

“That has always been my driving force: What does it feel like to be another person?”

There are many parts of Anything Is Possible where the scenes are just exquisitely drawn. You write this about Kathie Nicely’s daughter Patty: “She parked, checked her lipstick in the rear-view mirror, gave her hair a bounce with her hand, and then heaved herself from the car.”

At Bates, were you a theater major involved in English? Or an English major involved in theater?

I can’t always remember writing a scene — I just write all the time, and a lot of it gets thrown away. But I do remember writing that particular scene, and I think I initially wrote only that “She heaved herself from the car.” Then I went back and thought, “No, no, no. This is Patty Nicely. Let’s think about this. Let’s clarify this. Let’s really get in there and be Patty. She’s going to check her lipstick. She’s going to give her hair a little bounce.” That was a rewrite.

Is there any line we can draw from your theater experience here to how you write about scenes?

As a writer, it seems you’re either this authoritative narrator, or the characters and their conversations are carrying the action forward. You’re never in between. How do you think about that?

What did your English classes contribute to this mix?

I don’t think that I do think about it. At this point in my writing career, I have settled into a situation where I can write scenes. I always write by scenes, and I never write anything from beginning to end. I don’t write a story from beginning to end. I don’t write a book from beginning to end. And I almost don’t write a scene from beginning to end. But, I will sit and start a scene, or a piece of a scene. I’ve learned how to do that, so that it will have a heartbeat to it.

I was a theater major who switched to English in the last year — because I realized that I could read more if I was an English major.

I just loved theater, and I still love theater. The classes I took with [Dana Professor of Theater] Marty Andrucki were wonderful. I loved those classes: Tennessee Williams, Clifford Odets, Eugene O’Neill. I would read those plays with so much interest. My ear might have been beginning training itself for a certain kind of dialogue, or certain use of dialogue.

In my freshman year, I was just 17 years old. I never graduated from high school because I didn’t like high school, so I left. And I got into Bates. I never figured out how I got into this place, but I did and I am enormously grateful for that. My freshman year, I had [the late Dana Professor Emeritus of English] Jim Hepburn for a class on short stories. I read Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson. And I could not believe that such a thing could be done with human language. Jim Hepburn saw me as a writer, which was so important.

Even in that first semester? Yes. He once gave me a B on a term paper, and I went to him and said, “Why didn’t I get an A?” He said, “You know, I don’t think I want to bother teaching you how to write term papers. I don’t think it would be good for you. So, every time there’s a term paper due, give me a short story. It will be our little secret.” Really? Really. And I took every class I could with him. Your books are often about the leavers and the stayers, and there’s not much in between. In this book, there’s a category of leavers that seem especially complicated: mothers who leave. Yes, in this book there are a lot of mothers who leave. I am really interested in time and place. We all come from a place. And we all come from a certain time in history. And those two factors determine much of what happens to us. Anything Is Possible is about women for whom, in that time and in that place, it was unusual to leave. Mississippi Mary leaves after many, many years, but in her generation it was still not something that women did. Kathie Nicely, if she had waited 20 years, would have been fine, but in that time in history, you just didn’t leave your husband. That was what I was interested in exploring in this book.

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“I was unloading the dishwasher, or loading it — something with that dishwasher. And I saw this woman standing by a picnic table.”

Have you thought about a more permissive, contemporary structure regarding staying and leaving? Not yet. Where do you get your character names? Oh, the names. They are so fun — and very, very important. If they are not the right names, the story won’t work. I realized that way back with Amy and Isabelle. Many of the names are from my family. I had a great aunt Olive, and the name Burgess is a family name [The Burgess Boys was her fourth novel]. A Kitteridge was married to a family member. So there are lots of names to mix and match. Otherwise, the names just come to me: “That’s right, that’s what she is. Let’s call her Patty. That’s perfect.” Do you consider yourself a visual person? And is being visual necessary to being a good fiction writer? I can only speak for myself, but I do see a lot. It is important for me. And it’s important to hear. How do these novels come to you? You’ve said that Olive Kitteridge came to you. Yeah, she just showed up.

Can you describe that? I was unloading the dishwasher, or loading it — something with that dishwasher. And I saw this woman standing by a picnic table. And we’ve never had a picnic table in our family. But there she was, standing by the picnic table. And I could hear her, inside her head, thinking, “It’s high time everybody left.” And I thought, “Oh, I better get that down right away.” And I did. And that was Olive. What’s the process by which you were led to unpack all the threads of Olive for the book? Olive shows up, and I realize right away that this will be a book of stories about Olive. I understood what the form was going to be, and that’s important. Then I begin to understand right away that Olive will be too much to take on every page. The reader will need a break. I’ll need a break. I’m so interested in different points of view, and that’s fun to do in a small town. I just love how, in a small town, we think we know someone, but we only know them this way, and someone else knows them that way. That was interesting to me, initially, as a way to give readers a break. But then as I made these characters I realized that they are living people who happen to know Olive in their own way.

Coming out of the unlikely mouth of Vicky, Lucy’s sister, in this book is the sarcastic reference to the “truthful sentence.” Lucy Barton talks about that also. It seems that you are on an inexorable quest for the truthful sentence. It is essential, and I’ve always understood it to be essential. For years I kept thinking, “What is a truthful sentence?” I was trying to write as truthfully as possible but it was not sounding truthful. It took years — and years and years — of practice and rewriting to know that this is a truthful sentence and that is a truthful sentence — to understand it intuitively. Is a truthful sentence saying exactly what you mean? Or does it mean saying exactly what the character means to say? The whole thing. It’s hard to describe what a truthful sentence is; it’s a very awkward thing to discuss. But it has to have all those things in it, and it has to be as direct…as…possible.

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“There was a tremendous amount of solitude in my childhood, and that was a good thing for me as a writer.”

Your writing has the precision of an X-Acto knife. When we read a scene, are we reading the 23rd written draft? Or do you draft 22 times in your head and put it on paper once? It’s something in between, and that’s because I write in patches. Some of those patches come out like the scene of Patty heaving herself from the car. Then there are other scenes that I will rewrite a lot more. Then there are some scenes at this point that come out almost directly. Because I do write in a such a messy way, the problem is getting all the scenes to connect. It’s like, “Hmm, OK, I’ve got all these things that are sort of truthful, now what am I going to do?” I have to make sure I can get them together to present to the reader. But that’s a separate section of writing. Do you have a daily routine? I’ve always been able to write anywhere, which is helpful. My first choice is to have breakfast and get my husband out of the apartment. And then I work for three or four hours and put lunch off as long as possible. That’s my favorite way to work. Do you go back to the writing after lunch? That’s a tricky thing. If I leave the table thinking, “That was a good day of work,” then I’m always tempted to look at it again. And if I look at it again and think, “That was not such a good day of work,” then I feel anxious.


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You never talk about a book in progress. Why? In my mind, there is something furtive about writing. For me, it needs to build pressure. And if I talk about what I’m working on, it leaks the pressure. I have friends who are writers, and they will tell me, “I’m writing a book about this, this, and this.” I’ll think, “Then why are you going to write it? You just told me.” Then they write exactly what they told me they were going to write, which I don’t understand because I don’t know what it is I’m going to write until I write it. But even if I know what I’m working on, I’m not going to tell. So we can assume you won’t be describing your next book. Yes. Is there one? Yes. Last question: Is it hard to write in this distracting moment in our national life? Yes, it is. That’s a serious question. I know it is a serious question, and my answer is a serious answer. I have to just keep my head down and tell myself that this is my job, and that I will continue to try to do what I can to reach people with my work. You have a “now more than ever” sense. Yes.

After the Spencer-Strout Q&A, the Reunion audience asked good questions of their own:

How do you believe your creativeness was created? Honestly, I think I was born with my creativity in me. And I think I was born with intuition. I could understand things even though I didn’t understand much about the world. I could understand things, like about the human heart, from a very young age. Have you ever thought about writing a play? I have never thought about writing a play — but I have thought about why I haven’t thought about writing a play. As a writer, I understood right away that writing a play would require other people to partake — you need actors, you need to be involved in a whole network of people — and it’s not in my nature to do that. I’ve always thought of myself as a novelist. What writers are your major influences? Alice Munro and William Trevor. They are my bookends. Munro writes with such authority, and Trevor has such a lightness of touch. He can flip over a sentence in two seconds to show you what’s underneath it. In their different ways they have been enormously helpful to me.

How did your early experiences in Maine affect your writing and what you write about? I do think I was born with a creative gene, but I could’ve sat there my whole life and not done anything with it. My mother was an enormous influence in my becoming a writer. She would tell me, “Write down what you did today,” and she would buy me notebooks with those big lines. So I was always writing at a young age. There was a tremendous amount of solitude in my childhood, and that was a good thing for me as a writer because it built inner resources from a young age. I have relied on those resources. A writer has to have those inner resources because it’s a lonely job. My mother is very intuitive. We were sitting in a hotel room in Maine, and she looks out the window at a couple and says, “Oh, second wife.” And I said, “Mom, how can you tell it’s his second wife?” And I went over, looked out, and said, “Oh, second wife.” We’ve always been that way. She was always a part of my seeing things.

Do you consider yourself a female writer? No, I don’t consider myself a female writer. I just consider myself a writer. Do you think about different gendered characters differently? For me, from my point of view as a writer, it has always been equally easy to inhabit a man as a woman — if it’s the right man. Or the right woman. It has to be a character I can go into. It has never felt any more difficult to go into the character of a man than a female. Jim Hepburn is quoted as saying to you, at graduation, “Once you’re out of here, nobody will care whether or not you write another word.” How did you take that? At the time I thought, “That’s not very nice.” It still wasn’t nice. But it was true, absolutely true. He was just letting me know the truth of the situation. He was just making an observation. And nobody cared for years and years and years and years.

The New Yorker said, in simple terms, that you can take the girl out of Maine, but you can’t take Maine out of the girl. Since we’re in Maine, what is it that you carry with you, when you are in New York City, from this northern, mostly white, rural state? For me, it is a worldview that is not a worldview. It is the opposite of a worldview, actually. It is the intimate parts of a culture that is not particularly expressive, and so what is going on? What is it? What is it? What is it that they are thinking and feeling or experiencing? That has always been my driving force: What does it feel like to be another person? I am just so Maine whether I’m in a New York City apartment or not. I think there are other people who could have come from a background like mine and actually who could have done a better job pretending not to have been from that background. There are people who can make changes that I can’t. I’m just a girl from Maine. That’s just who I am. n


place first class by h. jay burns p h otography by ann kaplan

With the finish line of the world-class Beach to Beacon in sight — and a coveted Maine title at stake — Rob Gomez ’05 helped a struggling rival finish ahead of him

“that’s robbie,” says Al Fereshetian. Fereshetian, head coach of men’s cross country and track and field at Bates, is talking about Rob Gomez ’05 and the acclaim his former runner earned for creating a defining moment at a prestigious Maine road race in August. With the finish line of the 10-kilometer TD Bank Beach to Beacon in sight, Gomez slowed up to help a stricken fellow runner, Jesse Orach, get up and finish. Although the pair were running in 22nd and 23rd place overall at the time, the stakes were still sky-high for Orach and Gomez: Whoever finished ahead of the other would win the coveted men’s Maine-resident division of the Aug. 5 race.


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That’s what made the scene at the finish line all the more dramatic. Grimacing as he steadied Orach’s nearly dead weight, Gomez kept Orach, suffering from heat stroke, upright as he lurched the last few yards. Just before the finish, Gomez purposefully stopped short and let Orach — whose post-race body temperature was reported to be 107.3 degrees — literally fall into first place. Then Gomez walked over the finish line, in second place. The win was Orach’s second straight in the Maine division. For Gomez, who lives in Windham, the runner-up Maine finish was his best in 10 tries. For helping the fallen runner, Gomez was widely


Gomez, center, runs for Bates as a sophomore in 2002.

praised as a standup guy, and his deed — call it smart sportsmanship — sizzled through social media and the news media throughout August. The post about it on the Beach to Beacon Facebook page has been shared 639 times, prompting 5,895 likes/ loves/wows and attracting 231 comments. An Associated Press story ran in all 50 U.S. states and been seen by millions of readers. Context matters, and this wasn’t your typical community road race filled with baby strollers and dogs. Founded by Olympic-gold marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson, the Beach to Beacon attracts 6,800-plus runners each year, including Olympians and world champions who headline the 35-runner professional field. And Gomez and Orach, both native Mainers, weren’t chugging along in 4,001st and 4,002nd place, either. Orach, a 2017 graduate of the University of Maine, was one of New England’s best college runners, and Gomez has been a top Maine road racer in recent years. He won the 2013 Maine Marathon and has two top-40 finishes at the Boston Marathon. “Rob was running very, very well,” says Fereshetian. “His time, 31:31, is very fast.” Rounding a final bend before the home stretch, Gomez only had a second or two to


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see that it was Orach on the ground. He had even less time to decide to help Orach get on his feet. Still, Gomez’s decision was an informed one. “Rob respects and honors his sport,” Fereshetian says. “He knows exactly who he’s racing against. He and Jesse had just met the day before, but Rob knows exactly who Jesse is, and he knows Jesse’s not just some guy he’s running next to.” Like many great competitors, Gomez is a student of his sport. “Going into the race, you understand the runner’s body of work. You understand what he’s done,” Gomez says. “Jesse had a very good spring track year at UMaine. He was the favorite, and I was maybe his best competition.” The race played out that way. “The first mile, I stuck with him,” Gomez says. “Then he pulled away. As a runner, I’ve done enough of these to know that it wasn’t going to be my day.” Gomez looks at it this way: “Jesse’s performance needed to get the respect that it deserved.” Had Gomez passed Orach by, the result would “have been a hollow victory. I would have lamented the fact that I had won; it would have left a bad taste had I won in that manner.” Since the race, Gomez has played out other scenarios in his mind. Of course, he’d have

“no problem beating the pants off him in normal fashion.” And if the two had been neck and neck, “if I had fought to be that close, and if it was my race to win, I would have won it” and let Orach fall by the wayside. “But within 100 yards from the finish [helping him] was the only thing to do. Because I believed, and still believe, that he had won the race.” Gomez has downplayed what he did, telling the Portland NBC television affiliate that “I’m just a normal representative of what the Maine running community is all about,” and telling the Portland Press Herald that “maybe they don’t carry someone, but everyone wants others to succeed.” Though he professes normalcy, Gomez does run to the beat of a different drummer, and he’s well-known for his distinctively generous, intense, and modest demeanor. As Joan Benoit Samuelson says, “Rob deserves a medal for what he did, but knowing Rob, he’d never wear it.” “He’s very intense and focused about everything, and he was also one of the biggest supporters and cheerleaders for everyone on our team,” says Mike Downing ’05, a fellow runner at Bates who now owns Mount Chase Lodge on Maine’s Upper Shin Pond. And while generous acts like Gomez’s occur on occasion in road races, “it’s not going to happen in most running races,” Fereshetian says. When it does happen, “it’s usually the result of the people and personalities involved.” In that sense, “Rob was a tremendous teammate who cared deeply about the guys on our team,” Fereshetian says. “And I’m sure his teammates would say there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them.”

“I’m speechless with what he did,” he told the Press Herald, especially because the duo “was kind of vying for that No. 1 Mainer spot, and for him to give that up for me is pretty remarkable.” A bit more than bragging rights was at stake. Orach got $1,000 for the win, and Gomez $500 for second. Gomez’s gesture both epitomizes and transcends the sport, says Samuelson, who is a Bowdoin grad, parent of a 2010 Bates alumna, and recipient of a Bates honorary degree in 2015. “It showcases the very best of the human spirit.” To be sure, “winning a race is a feather in one’s cap,” she says. “But carrying one to victory deserves a medal of honor that only a few peo-


Downing agrees. “Rob is a great person and friend, and what he did has to do with the person he is.” In other words, the choice to help Orach is not a one-size-fitsall decision. “While it’s hard to say what I would have done, I would have probably decided to win the race and let the medical staff handle the situation,” says Downing. Alluding to the fact that runners can be DQ’d for helping or being helped, Downing believes that approach would be “the fair thing to do for everyone involved in the race.” To be sure, Gomez’s deed probably reflects a mixture of personality and running culture, which is marked as much by camaraderie as by solo effort. Beginning in high school and continuing to college, runners, especially cross country runners, “gain a strong sense of team,” Fereshetian says. After college, “in open road races, the only way to get that fellowship and that camaraderie is to recognize that in some form or another, that competitor next to you is your teammate, too. And I think that Rob carries that with him.” A native of Waldoboro, Gomez majored in chemistry at Bates and was inducted into the Sigma Xi scientific research society as a senior. He ran for Fereshetian for three years, stepping away from the sport in his senior year to take care of his newborn daughter. (Coincidentally, the day of the race was her 13th birthday.) Today, Gomez is a senior manufacturing engineer at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Saco. For his part, Orach accepted the unusual victory with grace.

ple earn during their lifetime. Rob’s contributions to our sport should have been heralded long ago. His mentoring of young and aspiring athletes has been steadfast, unyielding, passionate, and inspiring.” In addition to his day job at General Dynamics, Gomez has a running business, Eastern Shore Training, that provides online coaching and training plans for runners. He’s served as vice president and president of the board for Dirigo Racing Club, a premier road-racing club. “At Bates, Rob loved running with a passion. And it’s great to see him being so engaged in the running community,” Fereshetian says. n

“rob deserves a medal for what he did, but knowing rob, he’d never wear it.”

Gomez speaks to the Maine media after the dramatic finish of the Beach to Beacon.


























Created by a Bates team, a picture book collection and searchable database are a potential game-changer for anyone seeking diverse books for children.


The Diverse BookFinder project team comprises, from left, Christina Bell, humanities librarian; Brenna Callahan ’15, Maine Campus Compact civic leadership post-baccalaureate fellow; Krista Aronson, associate professor of psychology; and Anne Sibley O’Brien, author and illustrator.

by d o u g h u bley pho to g raphy by p h y lli s g r abe r je nse n As a Bates student, Brenna Callahan ’15 helped run a literacy program at Montello School, a Lewiston elementary school about a mile from campus. That work often involved reading to the pupils. One day Callahan read the picture book Nabeel’s New Pants: An Eid Tale to a Muslim child. It was the first time that he had seen a book about that Islamic holiday, says Callahan. “He saw himself in that book in a way he hadn’t before. And that was powerful.” There is considerable power in children’s books. It’s a formative power, especially in the case of picture books for younger children with their rapidly forming intellects and personalities. So what’s the formative impact on children of color when most picture books — as many as 90 percent — are all about white people? And if you want to lay hands on one of the few books that feature diverse characters, what happens when the local library catalog can’t help you find them? And what if that library doesn’t even know which races or cultures are represented in its children’s book collection? Krista Aronson, associate professor of psychology at Bates, has devoted considerable time and thought to such questions. And she has an answer.

As part of a team including Callahan, Bates’ humanities librarian Christina Bell, and noted children’s author-illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien, Aronson has created the Diverse BookFinder project: a threefold set of resources that bring new accessibility to the world of diverse children’s books. First, there’s a comprehensive physical collection of some 2,000 diverse books, housed at Bates’ George and Helen Ladd Library, that is nationally unique in that the books are available for anyone to sign out. Second is the Diverse BookFinder itself — — a searchable, public database that went live earlier this fall. The DBF is designed to mirror the evergrowing physical collection and, for the first time, makes diverse picture books findable by both the human characteristics and, importantly, narrative messages that recur in them. Third is an analytical method, based on the DBF resources, enabling librarians and other book curators to understand how diversity is represented in their own picture book collections. Taken together, the resources are a “potential game-changer” for parents, librarians, and teachers — anyone seeking diverse children’s books, says Cheryl Klein, a member of the Bates project’s Fall 2017


Krista Aronson poses in Ladd Library with her daughter Hope, age 2.

To Aronson, picture books are, in part, socio-historical artifacts that capture current thinking and ideas that we want to express to our children.

advisory board and the editorial director for Lee and Low Books, which specializes in multicultural children’s titles. Book Learning Aronson, who is biracial, studies how people, particularly the young, come to understand social constructs like race, and how such understanding affects interactions and psychological well-being. Her dissertation at the University of Michigan focused on identity development among African American teenagers and the role that parents play in the socialization process. The size of the black community in Ann Arbor ensured she’d have a substantial pool of research subjects. But when Aronson joined the Bates faculty, in 2003, that meant a move to the nation’s whitest state and therefore different directions for her research. The inspiration for one new direction came from her daughter, Sophia, and Sophia’s relationships with white and Somali children at school. When Sophia was about 6, “she was bringing home difficult questions around the topics of race and immigration that she was being asked by her friends,” says Aronson, “which gave me insight into some of the issues they were grappling with.” Aronson discovered psychological research in England exploring how picture books affect children’s attitudes towards refugee children. Experiments had shown that when children take in stories about different groups of children getting along well, they in turn tend to get along better with peers who are different from them. Collaborating with Rupert Brown, a prominent social psychologist who studies prejudice and stereotyping, Aronson sought to follow up on and localize that prior research by studying children’s responses to books portraying interactions between white and Somali children in Lewiston. But no such children’s books existed. So one of Aronson’s thesis students, Elizabeth Ellman ’10, created stories under the guidance of two Mainers known for making

diverse children’s books, writer Margy Burns Knight and illustrator-writer Anne Sibley O’Brien. O’Brien illustrated the stories for the research. Conducted in winter 2010 with support from the college’s Harward Center, Aronson’s experiment confirmed that so-called cross-group picture books can indeed promote better relationships among diverse kids. “It was a wonderful learning experience for me and my students, and the community,” Aronson says. She and O’Brien went on to give a series of public workshops on the study. Raised in South Korea by white American medical missionaries, and deeply impressed by her experiences there, O’Brien has made it her mission to use children’s literature, as she says, to “explore and celebrate human difference.” She has illustrated 32 children’s books and written 14 of those books, including I’m New Here, a picture book about immigrant children that was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015. “The work with Krista was like, ‘Eureka!’” O’Brien says, because it provided “data that proved what I was betting on: that these books mattered that much, and that they could actually shift children’s perceptions.” That early work, Aronson says, “got me thinking about picture books more broadly. I wanted to see what we could do with the books that are out there.” And, she wondered, “What is out there?’ “And that’s how Annie and I started collecting the picture books.” The Picture Book Collection For both Ladd Library and the team that created the library’s Picture Book Collection, “it was an early decision that we needed to make this usable for as many people as possible,” says Ladd Library’s Christina Bell. From Aronson’s perspective, as a researcher seeking to translate her work for the public, “it’s important that these books don’t just sit in my lab and get utilized when I teach, or pulled off the shelf to analyze and then shoved back on there. Fall 2017


Yet, even as the proportion of diverse children’s books hasn’t budged, the proportion of diverse children has blossomed in the U.S.

I want my work to have meaning beyond, perhaps, the scholarly or the academic.” The fact that the books of the Picture Book Collection circulate makes the collection nationally unique. Collections of diverse children’s books are not unheard of, but access to them is restricted. Books in the Bates collection, on the other hand, may be checked out in person by anyone with a Bates ID or Ladd courtesy card, or remotely via interlibrary loan. If access to the collection is straightforward, building the collection was anything but. “When we started this project I had no idea that it was going to be so difficult,” Aronson says. For one thing, diverse picture books continue to constitute a small fraction of all children’s titles. Ten to 14 percent of picture books that are published annually feature people of color, “and that number has not budged since the late 1960s,” Aronson says. Yet, even as the proportion of diverse children’s books hasn’t budged, the proportion of diverse children has blossomed in the U.S., as O’Brien points out. The paucity of books depicting people of color, she says, is “a crisis for all of our children, because it’s not healthy or useful for white children to only see reflections of themselves,” or for children of color not to see themselves in books. “It doesn’t help build relationships, and it doesn’t help them function in the world that they’re entering.” The relative scarcity of such books, coupled with the inadequacy of information about them, has made the book search something of an adventure. The Diverse BookFinder team has scoured 111 publisher websites plus other resources, including the I’m Your Neighbor website; online lists of titles, including World Full of Color; the database of Baker and Taylor, an important book distributor; and a list provided by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, the site of a major diverse book collection at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It’s a dynamic, grassroots process. “I learn of new publishers all the time,” Aronson says, “and people bring titles to me,” 52

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including a parent whose daughter had worked on her thesis with Aronson, and who, at Commencement, recommended a book that she proceeded to add. The Diverse BookFinder The Bates team is taking its quest for picture book accessibility to a new plane with the online Diverse BookFinder. Because, after all, how valuable is a book that you can’t find? If you go to your local library looking for multicultural picture books, it’s possible that the catalog won’t recognize the search terms that make most sense to you. Say you’re looking for The Sandwich Swap, a book about two best friends, one white and one Arab American, who have a fallingout over their lunches (peanut butter and jelly vs. hummus). You might use a search term like “Arab American” to find it. And you would come up blank. In the catalogs of the Library of Congress and WorldCat, the word “Arab” does not appear in entries for The Sandwich Swap (whose author, by the way, is the queen of Jordan), although the book’s various subject headings do include “food habits.” Traditional library cataloging doesn’t tend to indicate the race or ethnicity of the people in a book, Bell explains. “It will document in a line or so, very generally, what’s happening in the story, but there’s no indication of who is represented in the book.” Even publishers themselves don’t necessarily make findable their own books featuring people of color. “It seems as though some, when they enter books, just don’t want to use any race, cultural, or ethnic labels,” Aronson says. As they amassed the collection, Aronson, O’Brien, and Callahan identified and refined nine recurring categories that the DBF associates with diverse books. The nine categories reflect various narrative messages that a given book is designed to convey (see page 55). For example, “Cross-Group” books like Anna McQuinn’s My Friend Jamal portray interactions of characters across racial or cultural

The Bates team is taking its quest for picture book accessibility to a new plane with the online Diverse BookFinder.

difference, while “Any Child” books tell stories about characters of color where race, culture, or ethnicity are incidental to the plot. The team, supported during this phase of the project by library cataloging consultant Deborah Tomaras, also created other code sets that indicate where stories take place and what racial or cultural groups the characters represent. The racial-variables coding is unique to the DBF. (Callahan coded the collection’s first 600 books and then wrote about that work for her senior thesis, advised by Aronson.) Deployed in tandem with existing finding aids, the DBF promises to “really help people just cut through to what they’re after — which is the Holy Grail of publishing,” says Klein of Lee and Low Books.

Messages Matter Alongside the Picture Book Collection and the Diverse BookFinder, the third piece of the project has been piloted and will be developed as funding becomes available: an online tool that can analyze a given collection of books for representational balance. The same coding that helps individual users find a book or two via the DBF also allows wholesale analysis of a particular collection or grouping of books — in a library, say, or in a publisher’s new releases for a given year — to reveal what messages the collection is sending and how they might be improved. “One library that we did this with,” Aronson says, “learned that 2.4 percent of their books featured human characters of

Children read books from the Picture Book Collection in Ladd Library during the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance.

“In some ways this is one of the biggest public humanities projects Bates has ever taken on.”

color, and that 65 percent of this small proportion were African American characters” — though 19 percent of the population served by the library was Asian. On most Sundays, Aronson and her team members meet for tea and snacks, vetting new titles for the collection and plotting out objectives for the near- and longer terms. Specifically, they’re pondering how or whether to represent book quality in the search language (“I can’t tell you that every book we have is of high quality,” says a diplomatic Aronson) and, perhaps more important, how to broaden their system’s definition of diversity. “It made the most sense to start with racial and ethnic diversity because that’s where the idea was grounded originally,” Aronson explains, referring to her crossgroup research. But now, with a robust methodology in place, they can think about bringing in other dimensions of diversity. “We’ve talked about gender diversity, sexuality, orientation,” says Bell. “We’ve

talked about socioeconomic diversity, and immigration and refugees.” In fact, the Diverse Bookshelf is as impressive for its potential as for what it has already made possible. “This is not made for an internal audience, and this is not made wholly and completely for scholarship,” Bell says. It’s about “making important work usable, accessible, findable for everybody.” In some ways, she adds, “this is one of the biggest public humanities projects Bates has ever taken on.” Aronson, who worked with students during Short Term 2017 to design a course using the Picture Book Collection as the basis for examining issues around children’s literature, says that she has “come to see picture books as socio-historical artifacts, as well as artistic artifacts. They capture our current thinking, I think, and ideas that we want to express to our children. “Message matters,” she adds. “It’s not just numbers to me. It’s content, it’s message and representation.” n

Launched on Sept. 26, the Diverse BookFinder website,, received 10,400 page views in 24 hours and traffic from nearly 800 cities worldwide. Through mid-October, the Bates Facebook announcement had been shared 167 times, making it one of Bates’ most-shared posts ever.

Supporters for the Diverse BookFinder include the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services and, at Bates, the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, the Faculty Development Fund, and Information and Library Services.


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More than a publicly searchable collection of diverse children’s books, the Diverse BookFinder also makes a book’s narrative messages searchable, thanks to a unique search language that includes these nine narrative categories.

The Messages Within K LO R





















Cross Group Stories that portray interactions of named characters across racial or cultural difference, including those depicting sameage and cross-age friendships; the interactions depicted can be positive, negative, hostile, or ambiguous.

Beautiful Life Stories about a particular racial or cultural group experience that take readers into the everyday lives of characters in countries around the world, with specific cultural components such as food, celebrations, language, and traditions.

Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn


Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Folklore Myths, legends, folk, and fairy tales that are set in a particular cultural context, introducing readers to traditions, activities,languages, and values.

Biography Nonfiction presentations, narrative or non-narrative, about the life of a particular person or group of people from a historical or contemporary perspective.

Incidental Stories that depict a diverse group of non-primary characters, or books with a diverse cast of background characters and a white protagonist.


12 Days of New York by Tonya Bolden

Any Child Stories that depict characters of color but do not make race, ethnicity, or culture part of the plot. Any Child books can be identified as books whose characters’ race could be changed without changing the story line.





The various features of the online Diverse BookFinder include these nine searchable narrative categories that help users find what they’re after. That’s the “Holy Grail of publishing.” Oppression Stories of prejudice, mistreatment, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, or culture, such as stories focused on slavery, the civil rights movement, or internment. Example:

Hope’s Gift by Kelly Starling Lyons



The Orphan and the Polar Bear by Sakiasi Qaunaq

My Friend Jamal by Anna McQuinn

Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown



Race/Culture Concepts Books that explore and compare specific aspects of human difference, inviting children to consider new perspectives related to racial, ethnic, or cultural identity. Example:

Going to Mecca by Na’ima Robert

Informational Nonfiction books presenting factual information, with or without a storyline; may be encyclopedic. Diverse communities are depicted but culture is not always central to the content. Example:

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway

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the work

at hand At no time

in recent memory have matters of context and principle intruded so insistently into the project of teaching the next generation of students. This year, in the midst of opening rituals of welcome and celebration on campuses across the country, we find ourselves confronted with brazen displays of racism, antiSemitism, hatred, and violence in Charlottesville, with frequent accounts of racially motivated killings in cities large and small, and with a national discourse driven too often by impulse rather than informed thought and laced with intolerance, dishonesty, and verbal violence. It suddenly feels urgent to bring to consciousness, for ourselves and our students, the values that shape the liberal arts, and which we take for granted at our peril. Only if we examine our fundamental commitments as educators can we hope to understand what is at stake in the current national context and how colleges and universities can play a part in putting things right. We believe in truth. We believe that knowledge is hard won, and that meaning is a personal struggle that each of us tackles in our own way. We believe that learning is more powerful when it happens in


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community, with the inspiration of dedicated teachers and scholars and the solidarity of friends and fellow travelers. We understand that hard problems do not admit of glib or easy answers. Rather, they are solved incrementally and over time, often with painstaking work that builds on the knowledge of previous generations and gains strength through the insights of contemporary colleagues. This is called expertise. It is developed in institutions like colleges and universities, and it is safeguarded by respect for standards of inquiry and expression. Expertise matters, because it brings the promise of making lives — and life on this planet — better. We teach our students to reason from evidence. We believe that facts matter. A college campus is a culture that depends on persuasion and reason-giving, not on authority derived from power or position. We give reasons for believing that something is true, because we trust in the good faith and agency of others, including the agency to freely disagree. These principles make open and robust discourse on a college campus possible, they make democracy possible, and they make it possible for us to cultivate our common humanity.


by clayton s pencer

We believe that we have a central role to play in helping individuals fulfill their full potential, and we achieve this goal by treating all persons as equal and worthy. An offer of admission to college is a validation of talent and ambition


It suddenly feels urgent to bring to consciousness the values that shape Bates and the liberal arts — and which we take for granted at our peril

and a vote of confidence in the ability of every student to engage the full promise of the education they choose. Where we discover gaps between our ideals and the lived experience of our students, it is up to us to examine our curriculum and teaching, together with the formal and informal structures that define student life, to make sure that we that we are not marginalizing certain groups of students or diminishing their experience. We believe that engaging with difference is a powerful force for good. In education, it is a source of growth and transformation — whether difference

is encountered in the person or point of view of another human being, in a difficult text, or in a problem set or experiment using tools and methods new to us. We encourage our students to approach ideas and each other with openness and generosity. We are explicit, in the liberal arts, that we mean to educate the “whole person.” The liberal arts have always been about head and heart, knowledge and wisdom, expertise and empathy. What we do and the choices we make matter every bit as much as what we know. As we move into the new academic year, we have our work cut out for us. Never has

the humanistic project of the liberal arts been more important. Never has this form of education been more needed — or more challenged. This is not a time to lose heart — it is a time to take up our work with new resolve. It is inspiring to work with students who are learning to find their way and beginning to ask what they can do to make the world a better place. This is the promise of the liberal arts, and it is up to all of us, in colleges and universities across the country, to carry it forward. n This essay is adapted from President Spencer’s remarks at Convocation on Sept. 5.

This is not a time to lose heart — it is a time to take up our work with new resolve.

b ate s not e s and were a great audience as we told our tales of the old days at Bates.”

1948 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class secretary Roberta Sweetser McKinnell 33 Red Gateane Cohasset MA 02025 class president Vivienne Sikora Gilroy

Violet Blanchard Myrvaagnes ’32, shown reading the Spring issue of Bates Magazine, recently moved to a nursing home in Winchester, Mass., where she’s doing very well, reports son Eric. “At 105 years old she cannot move around much and won’t be attending any more Reunions,” he says. “But she is still cheerful, still plays her recorder, and has her sense of humor.”

Royce Miller and Gertrude now live at Granite Hall, a senior living place in Hallowell, Maine, following his rehabilitation from a heart attack. “Our son and friend and our daughter were involved in getting us into this place, which we like very much,” he wrote. He and Gertrude are making new friends and getting involved in various activities. He has continued teaching a Spanish class for free, with a slight break after his operation.

1949 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class secretary Carol Jenkinson Johnson class president Nelson “Bud” Horne

Who, What, Where, When? Send your Bates news, photos, story ideas, comments, tips, and solutions to

1938 class secretary Marion Welsch Spear


1941 class co-presidents Elizabeth Gardner Margaret Rand

1943 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class president Samuel Stoddard

1944 Reunion 2019, June 7–9

1945 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class secretary Carleton Finch

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class secretary Helen Pratt Clarkson

class president Wes Bonney

class president Jane Parsons Norris

Wes Bonney says he and Elaine are lucky they can still live in their own home. “We face the usual challenges of aging with medical problems, energy levels that are waning, and memories that are challenged at times. But who’s complaining!”...Avon Cheel Oakes is “doing well considering the challenges I have.” She teaches a class on painting and enjoys her diverse group of enthusiastic students....Frankie Curry Kerr is coping with the loss of George, her husband of 63 years. She’s happy to have friends in their retirement community....Marjorie Dwelley Reid welcomed six great-grand-babies, making 16 in all....Barbara Galloupe Gagnon has “lots of time to follow politics and worry, a waste of time. So I read a lot, write to a few classmates, and watch TV, little of which is worthwhile.”...Ozzie Hammond now lives in Medway, Mass., with son Ken and family.... Ginny Hastings Gamble, fully recovered from three broken ribs, limits her driving to just around Bethel. “It seems to keep the family happy.”...Lois Keniston Penney and Hugh “are pleased to see our exchequer of ‘Pennies’ continuing to increase with weddings and births.” The entire family now numbers 37 and counting....Sadly, Jeanne

1947 Reunion 2022, June 10-12

class secretary Leonard Clough


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class secretary Jean Labagh Kiskaddon class president Vesta Starrett Smith “The 70th Class Reunion at Bates was a delight,” Petie Labagh Kiskaddon reports. “We told stories; how and why we came to Bates 74 years ago, all about dorm life, our favorite, and not so favorite, professors, what arriving on campus in November 1943 felt like, what the food was like then, oh so different from now, the ups and downs of campus life, what it felt like for a GI to return, and on and on.” Besides Petie, attendees included Dot Disbury Gammans, Bill Ginn, Pauline Tilton Rock, and Vesta Starrett Smith. Their numbers were increased by three daughters, three sons, a couple of sons-in-law, as well as a sister and brother-in-law. “The companions participated enthusiastically in most events

Pieroway Piccirillo lost her husband. She likes her Masonic retirement community where she teaches classes in knitting and crocheting to seniors and occupational therapy students.... Charles Radcliffe says he’s blessed to live near his widowed sister-in-law, her four children, and their families....Faith Seiple Herbert and Herb live in a retirement community near two daughters. Their son is a software engineer “and a great help with my computer research projects!”...Sylvia Stuber Heap says receiving the 2016 Bates Alumni Community Service Award “was a lovely tribute that helped me remember who I am and was, when now, at times, caregiving 24/7 is overwhelming.” Walker’s dementia “poses innumerable challenges, but he can still deliver vestiges of his sense of humor and his charm.”... David Turell had a great trip to Alaska....Bob Wade and Shirley planned a trip to attend a granddaughter’s wedding.

1951 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class secretary Dorothy Webb Quimby class co-presidents Bill Dill Jean McLeod Dill Jim Anderson says reading, watching, and the Internet are his main activities, replacing the three R’s as his primary learning source....Joe Andrew paints, sails, gardens, and audits courses at Bowdoin....Will and Lissa Meigs Barbeau are still in the home they bought 50 years ago. Children and grandchildren are within easy-visit distances....Bob and Elsa Buschner Carpenter ’52 are happy to be in their own home, to get out and about, and watch their four great-grandchildren grow.... Glen and Marion Collins are happy to live in a Christian Care facility in Phoenix....Art Darken welcomed his first great-grandchild....Bill and Jean McLeod Dill have two great-grands.... Lee Faulkner got to cut the cake with the officer’s sword as the oldest Marine present at the Marines’ birthday party. He and Ruth (Parr ’52) enjoyed a Caribbean cruise....Bob Greene and Ellen enjoy life in Williamsburg, Va....Jan Hayes Sterling sang in the Messiah with the Vashon Island (Wash.) Chorale for the fifth year....Jim and Lu Mainland Kelly ’52 enjoy their retirement community’s many activities....Betty Kinney Faella and Tony met up with Glenn Kumekawa ’50 and his wife and son at a retirement home....Karl Koss is reading lots of history and is a slave to TV coverage of politics....Ralph and Mary Louise Perry celebrated their 20th anniversary....Norma Reese

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Jones keeps in touch with her two great-grandsons on her iPad....Joan Seear still drives her stick-shift red Jeep....Grace Ulrich Harris looked forward to becoming a great-grandmother....Ruth Whittier Greim enjoys living in California closer to family....Rob and Jane Seaman Wilson enjoy life in New Mexico even though Rob had a small stroke....Dot Webb Quimby, who still writes the alumni news for Unity College, is asked over to campus frequently to talk about the “olden days” from 1966 on.

1952 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class secretary Marilyn Coffin Brown class president John Myers

1953 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class secretary Ronald Clayton class co-presidents Virginia LaFauci Toner Richard F. Coughlin

With a second corneal transplant, reports Marguerite Thoburn Watkins ’53, both eyes are state-of-the-art. Sally Bidwell McBride and Dick, now in a smaller condo on Marco Island, Fla., still enjoy summers in Duxbury, Mass.... Jean Chapman Neely has emerita status on the boards of two nonprofits she helped found; she also edits a quarterly newsletter for one....George Conklin was elected to the Conference Council of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ.... Dick Coughlin continues to enjoy golf; he made his second lifetime hole-in-one....Barbara Earl Sturgis now lives in Kingwood, Texas, near two of her sons....Ginny Forbush Goddard says her health has improved greatly and a 12-step program helped her lose weight....Joan Fretheim Barlow walks with a cane but still leads an independent life....Joanne Kennedy Murray and Floyd love living in Colorado, surrounded by 13 family members....Nan Lowd Hanby welcomed a second great-grandson....Emmett Morton and Wanda continue to spend 10 months in Florida and two in Vermont....Don Peck lives in a continuing-care facility 40 miles

west of Chicago....Pat Scheuerman Pfeiffer and Bob moved to an independent-living unit in the Saratoga Retirement Community in California. They still use their San Francisco timeshare....Bobbie Swett Pappas and Charlie are no longer snowbirds but year-round residents of Venice, Fla. They see Chris Nast, Sally and Dick McBride, Jim and Marge Moody, and other Bates people....Marguerite Thoburn Watkins writes that with a second cornea transplant, both eyes are state of the art....Mary Van Volkenburgh Kashmanian and Kash stay involved at both church and Heath Village in Hackettstown, N.J.

1954 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class secretary Jonas Klein class president Dwight Harvie

1955 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class president Beverly Hayne Willsey class vice president/ secretary Merton E. Ricker Ken and Lois Stuber Spitzer of Fayetteville, N.Y., celebrated their 60th anniversary.

1956 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class secretary Frederic Huber class co-presidents Alice Brooke Gollnick Gail Molander Goddard Alice Brooke Gollnick has a for-real bobcat photo featured in the Spring issue of Northern Woodlands magazine. She took the photo from the porch of her log cabin home in Thetford, Vt.... Bob McAfee, former president of the American Medical Assn., wrote an essay for the Maine Sunday Telegram about two of his high school teachers who later became his patients. “Teachers are very special people,” he wrote. “They not only share knowledge in their field, but also, along with your family and faith community, create your value system, which lasts a lifetime.” Bob asked a former chemistry teacher who became a patient why he chose McAfee over more experienced surgeons. “He replied, ‘Robert’ — for I was forever first and foremost his student, not just his surgeon — ‘I remember that you could derive the Henderson-Hasselbalch


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Rules to Run By Bud Horne ’49 didn’t start running until he got to Bates. But once he started, he didn’t stop. On July 29, the 92-year-old Horne once again ran the 2.7-mile Chautauqua (N.Y.) Old First Night Run/Walk, sponsored by the Chautauqua Institution, a 750-acre education center and retreat where he lives year-round. A retired Presbyterian minister, Horne wore a Bates sweatshirt as he accepted the Young at Heart Award for being the oldest male finisher. “I wanted to make sure everybody knew I was from Bates,” says Horne, who is president of his class and, as a student, was a track captain and a Maine state champion in cross-country. Horne dedicated his race to his wife, Betty, who died in June after 65 years of marriage, and their late friend, Peggy Ulasewicz. Three of the Hornes’ eight children are alumni: Sandra Horne Marshall ’76, Ian Horne ’80, and Donald Horne ’83. Here are Horne’s unofficial rules for running road races, as published in The Daily Chautauquan: 1. Greet your fellow runners and walkers with

a cheery “Good morning!” If huffing and puffing, throw a thumbs-up.

2. Pick up your puppy’s poop. 3. Pick up trash and deposit it in the nearest can. 4. Get out of the way of faster runners. 5. Occasionally, slow down and enjoy the scenery. 6. If raining, splash through the puddles with

joyous abandon.

7. If on a recreational run with a partner, go

slow enough to carry on a conversation.

8. Wear a cap if the sun is hot. 9. If neither a runner nor a walker, line the

route and cheer on the participants.

10. Do not fail to register for the Old First

Night Run/Walk.

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takeaway: Nate Boone

chemical equation better than any student I ever had, so you must be a good doctor!’”

1957 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 email coordinator Douglas Campbell class co-secretaries Wilma Gero Clapham Margaret Leask Olney


class co-presidents Judith Kent Patkin Richard H. Pierce

Nate Boone ’52 looks on as Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signs a proclamation making Feb. 20, 2017, Nathaniel Boone Day. At left is his wife, Harriet Howell Boone ’52, and behind him are his son, Peter, and daughter-in-law, Gina Dunston Boone.

media outlet: Brattleboro Reformer


Nathaniel Boone Day declared

takeaway: Opportunity needs to be created to be taken advantage of The Brattleboro Reformer followed Nate Boone ’52 and his wife, Harriet Howell Boone ’52, as they attended festivities in Montpelier, Vt., in honor of Nathaniel Boone Day on Feb. 20. One of the first African American Marines, Boone went through basic training in 1946 at the racially segregated Montford Point facility at Camp Lejeune, N.C. In 2012, Boone and his fellow Montford Point veterans received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. Nathanial Boone Day also recognized his years of community service in Manchester, Vt., where he lives. “It was marvelous — a wonderful experience," Boone said of his special day, which included a proclamation by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott.


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Carolyn Cram keeps busy with friends attending concerts, lectures, and Garden Club.... Bob Drechsler reports he and husband James have health issues but both are active in LGBTQI issues in California.... Wilma Gero Clapham took on a Canada-wide position as chair of a standing committee for the Canadian Federation of Univ. Women–Ottawa....Nan Henson Hey is involved in SHUTi, an online course for insomniacs through the Univ. of Virginia. “The techniques are working for me but it is tough to give up naps!”...Judy Kent Patkin reduced her work to three days a week. Action for Post-Soviet Jewry is now feeding around 1,000 pensioners in Ukraine, she reported....Ronnie Kolesnikoff Abraham ’58 is a regular at the Dedham, Mass., Bates lunch.... Peggy Leask Olney is busy with activities such as the church choir, choral society, two book groups, and helping out at the Council on Aging....Suzie Manwell Ames retired from the board of the Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice after being on it since the ’80s. For the last 12 years she had administered The Roe Fund which gives financial assistance to low-income women seeking abortions....In Hollis, Maine, longtime Conservation Commission chairman John Mattor was part of a campaign that bought out a developer and saved pristine land along the Saco River some years ago. “Once it was ours, I designed a three-trail system to showcase its beauty, done with entirely volunteer effort.”...In Lacey, Wash., Helen Milam Staveley and Mike are still pretty active in their community, although he has back problems and she was going on “Round 3” of breast cancer. “I’m optimistic!” she wrote.... Ted Mills is excited about his book project, How Bill Clinton and the Federal Reserve Used the Great Recession and Crippled the Economy. “It will become even more exciting if I ever finish it!”...John Moore enjoys retirement and watching grandchildren grow up....Mary Morse Huntington sold her house and

bought a condo in South Hadley, Mass....Pepi Prince Upton is busy with church work, rug hooking, and bridge....Grant Reynolds reports he and Jo (Trogler) ’58 are active citizens of Tinmouth, Vt., “population 613, so someone has to do it.” Jo is in the church handbell ensemble and organizes a concert series. Grant is the Tinmouth member of the combined school board, edits the historical society journal, and leads a town committee that is restoring an old creamery building.... Although semi-retired, Richard Rowe goes into the office for five or six hours on weekdays when in town. He travels a lot with his peripatetic consultant wife, Sylvia, especially to foreign venues....Bill Ryall planned a family trip to Iceland and then a Norway cruise with brother Larry ’62 and wife Shirley.... Charlie Sanborn continues to sing in his church choir, serves on The Derryfield School board of trustees, and on the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire Education Committee.... David Wilkinson and Ellie had a special May with graduations of twin grandsons Andrew Howard ’17 from Bates and Jonathan Howard from Occidental. They visited daughter Ellen ’82 at her new home in Mount Kisco, N.Y.... New England Patriots fan Bob Williams reports Bill Belichick goes to the same gym in Jupiter, Fla., whenever the coach is in town.

1958 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class secretary Marilyn Miller Gildea class president John Lovejoy Cook and Marjorie Koppen Anderson continue to thrive at a CCRC in Laconia, N.H....Lori Beer and Lyn travel quite a bit, and he works on his model boats and planes....Kay Dill Taylor had open-heart surgery, a long recovery, then fell and nearly destroyed a knee. That meant “more hospital, more rehab, and still more lessons in patience. However, the attitude of gratitude has served me well.”... Charlie Dings and Laurie enjoy life in Cotuit, Mass., and are active in many community organizations....Carol Gibson Smith reads a lot and has caught up with technology enough to get immersed in Netflix.... Myra Guild lives in Parsonsfield, Maine, and spends three months a year in a small village in Puerto Rico. She belongs to the International Friendship Club, a philanthropic, educational, and social club, about half Puerto Rican and the rest from many nations....After being diagnosed with COPD, Cynthia Horton Cooke finally seems to have it under control. She and Ron

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’59 are thinking of moving to a retirement development.... Dottie Hutch still works part time in ministry....Norman Jason misses conversations with good pal Ken Parker, and was sorry to hear of the passing of his old singing partner Wasil Katz. “Maybe he and Ken have already gotten together to sing a few Broadway tunes to all their heavenly friends. I hope that I will be able to join them, but not too quickly!”... Coe Jenkins Huckabee says family and friends have helped her through so many days since the loss of Bill after 58 years of marriage. “Fifty-eight, that has a certain ring!”...Alan Kaplan and Nancy enjoy life in a retirement community in Rockville, Md.... Art and Gail Baumann Karszes took a long RV trip and stopped for a quick but fun visit with Dick ’57 and Sue McNett Walton in Asheville, N.C.... Joan Kennard Michel is cozy with her cat in a senior-complex apartment near her daughter in Walpole, Mass....Tom King writes, “If Shel Sullaway can find himself a tennis partner (his new wife, perhaps?) and is game for a rematch, it might just be enough to entice us to fly east.”... Phil and Pat Baker Main ’59 are involved with community activities, families, and friends, and look forward to the occasional “dull moment.”...Ruth Melzard Stewart lost her husband Dave on Jan. 7, 2017. All her children have softened the suddenness of his passing....Marilyn Miller Gildea still spends most of her time organizing the neighborhood association’s newsletter and events, and editing their website....Miriam Oliver Swartz lost her husband, Dave, just before their 60th anniversary. She continues to go on birding trips with their CCRC group and is very involved with the local Quaker meeting....Peter Post was inducted into the National YMCA Hall of Fame. Jane Anderson Post wrote, “Both of our children were able to be there with us, which made it even nicer.” Peter was involved in the organization for more than half a century, including as head of the YMCA of Greater Boston....Pete Ryers, Jane, and their two daughters planned to travel to Oldenburg, Germany, the family ancestral home, to lay Stolpensteine (memorial stones) to his paternal grandparents, murdered in the Holocaust. “It will be a difficult trip, but particularly necessary in light of the current alt-right emergence in both Europe and the U.S.”... Wendell Small Jr. is heavily involved with family and military history....Carolyn Spencer Baker and her husband are doing the things they love: travel, tennis, golf, and a few good deeds....Rose Stephenson Melvin lost her husband, Bob, after caring for him, a dialysis patient, for 28 years. Many friends and relatives have helped her....Shel Sullaway reports, “After one

year of marriage to my 72-yearold sexy blond, Carol, we are still talking to each other and are very happy. So far we have not produced any children.”...To celebrate turning 80, Jo Trogler Reynolds went to Costa Rica on a Road Scholar trip with her daughters.

1959 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class co-secretaries Jack DeGange Mary Ann Houston Hermance class co-presidents Barbara Van Duzer Babin Christian O. Miller Retired Maine finance commissioner Sawin Millett, who has served five different governors, has returned to government, this time as a budget adviser for the state Senate’s Republican majority. Sawin retired in 2014 after nearly 55 years of state government service when he left Gov. Paul LePage’s cabinet to return to his family farm in Waterford.

1960 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class secretary Louise Hjelm Davidson class president Dean Skelley

Trish Morse ’60 spoke with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during “an amazing trip to Japan.” Marine biologist and science educator Trish Morse had “an amazing trip to Japan.” Traveling with the director of the Univ. of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, she attended an award ceremony for UCLA Professor Stephen Hubbell for his work in biodiversity. “The award was presented by Emperor Akihito. After the ceremony, I was able to speak with the emperor and his wife, Empress Michiko. Emperor Akihito is a scientist who spent a period of time at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in 1953. In 1975 I was part of a 20-minute meeting with his father, the Showa Emperor (Hirohito), at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.” Trish, a former Bates trustee, is one of three founders of a scholar exchange program between Friday Harbor Laboratories and the Misaki Marine Biological Station and

other labs in Japan; participants become part of the Edward Sylvester Morse Institute. “A Maine native, E.S. Morse is a very distant relative who worked with Dr. Louis Agassiz at Harvard, and introduced zoology into Japan in 1877,” Trish wrote.

1961 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class secretary Gretchen Shorter Davis class co-presidents Mary Morton Cowan Dick Watkins Sally Benson and Steve Nichols enjoyed a history cruise on the Columbia River in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark....Brent Bonah spent March and April in Bahrain as the guest of a former student who is a diplomatic attaché for their country. “I was amazed when I looked out of a window of the Bahrain National Museum and saw the twin spikes of their World Trade Center to my right, while to my left a display of hundreds of silver coins with the profile of Alexander the Great spilled out of an ancient pot. A country of vast contrasts, Bahrain has many archaeological sites as well as modern malls and architecturally diverse skyscrapers. I enjoyed meeting with an imam and learning more about Islam as well as hearing the calls to prayer from four mosques in the neighborhood where I lived. It took about 24 hours to fly to Kennedy from Boston, then on to Abu Dhabi and finally Manama. Cultch was the most important series of classes I had at Bates; a framework to integrate life experiences with greater understanding.”...Vera Jensen Bond planned to spend a week with Joel ’62 and Rachel Smith Young touring the New Hampshire and Maine coasts.... Art ’60 and Sara Kinsel Hayes welcomed visitors to the gardens at their historic Belfast, Maine, home for the benefit of the Belfast Garden Club....Dick Larson and Kathy traveled to Utah’s national parks and monuments, New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy, and Cape Cod....Paul and Freda Shepherd Maier attended his 60th high school reunion....Mary Morton Cowan, still writing books and stories for young readers, and Carl enjoyed a visit with Mary’s Merimander friend, Coralie Shaw ’62, and husband Bill Quirk, who were attending Coralie’s 55th Reunion....Joyce Stinson Cote and Gayland went to Puerto Rico to visit friends and to Dallas for the women’s NCAA basketball Final Four.... Dick Van Bree and Gisela completed their move to Las Vegas. He’s consulting in designing and building devices for a new class of CT scanners and radiation therapy machines....Jerry and

Gretchen Shorter Davis looked forward to a Road Scholar Portugal trip.

1962 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class secretary Cynthia Kalber Nordstrom class president Edmund J. Wilson ed-wilson@kellogg.northwestern. edu

1963 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class secretary Natalie Shober Moir class president Bill Holt

“It takes a tough man to succeed in football. It takes a tender man to know what really matters in life,” a columnist said of Howie Vandersea ’63. Peter Bagley and Elaine had a visit from Doug Smith, who traveled from Montana....June Gustafson Munro and David now live in Harrisonburg, Va., in a great retirement community. They help with daycare for two grandsons....Bill and Jean Cushman Holt ’62 are building a “net zero” solar house near their vineyard project in Cape Elizabeth....Bill LaVallee hoped for a better track season after no competitions last year due to muscle tears/strains....Priscilla Ormsby started a new career at 74 as the bookkeeper at the local animal shelter. “Just two days a week, but lots of fun.”... Due to serious health issues, Loie Payne Lindner and Dick relocated to Denton, Texas, closer to medical care and Dick’s daughter and family....Butch Sampson attends Pensacola (Fla.) Christian College where he plays in the band and pep band, studies flugelhorn and trumpet, and is now the senior pre-med admissions adviser for the college....Dottie Selden Stone and George joined frequent travel companions Debbie Peterson Mawhinney and Alan Marasco on a trip to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and Cape Horn. They also journeyed to Storrs, Conn., to root for the UConn women’s basketball team with friends Jim and Betsy Curtis, Alan and Debbie....Natalie Shober Moir completed her last scientific publication, Pacific Salmon and Steelhead Production in a Changing Climate: Past, Present, and Future, a collection

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of 38 research articles delivered at an international scientific meeting in Kobe, Japan, in 2015. “It is a beauty and it is big: 553 pages. I figure I read every page at least four times! Maybe I am nuts.” The publication was under the auspices of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, headquartered in Vancouver, and is “all about Pacific salmon, life cycles, oceanography, meteorology, genetics, ecology, population dynamics, mathematical models, etc.”...C.J. Snow works with daughter Andrea Snow ’90 and recently joined a new Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty office in Lexington, Mass. Granddaughter Caroline Carreras ’19 enjoys Bates....Howie Vandersea deserves the title “Maine’s Mr. Football,” says David Treadwell, a columnist for The Times-Record of Brunswick. Treadwell devoted a column last November to Howie and his many contributions to Maine football: playing at Bates, coaching at Bowdoin, and establishing Maine’s chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He wrote: “It takes a tough man to succeed in football. It takes a tender man to know what really matters in life. Howie Vandersea, Maine’s ‘Mr. Football,’ qualifies on both counts.”...Arlene Wignall Nickerson continues her decade-long practice of creating a weekly photo-letter to all five of her and Nick’s grandchildren.

1964 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class secretary-treasurer John Meyn class president Gretchen Ziegler

1965 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class secretary Evelyn “Evie” Horton class president Joyce Mantyla

Karen Brown Johnson ’65 and friends are sponsoring a family of 10 from South Sudan who spent 11 years in a camp before coming to the U.S. “Their resilience and resolve inspire us on a daily basis.” Alan Bemiss wrote, “Jean and I, widow and widower, are back from Aruba. We took our com-


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bined six children plus spouses, with their 19 grandchildren, to witness our marriage plus enjoy a blended family vacation. Life can take happy and surprising turns!”...Emily Blowen Brown enjoyed a fabulous sibling reunion on North Hero Island, Vt. At home, she enjoys all that Ely, Minn., has to offer, including helping with the school summer reading program, reading to kids in the library, and volunteering at church. “My biggest expenditure of time and energy is helping with the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. In this uniquely water-rich national wilderness near the Canadian border, the proposed copper/nickel mines would be a disaster.”...Karen Brown Johnson’s latest passion is the refugee crisis. “Four friends and I are sponsoring a family of 10 from South Sudan who fled the country on foot, walking 1,200 miles to camp in Chad where they spent 11 years before finally being vetted by the State Department and allowed in two years ago. Their resilience and resolve inspire us on a daily basis.”...Laura Deming Beckwith moved to Virginia Beach, Va., to be close to son Floyd and her daughter-in-law. “This has been quite a monumental task, but a good one. I’ve done a lot of downsizing and am now starting to make friends and find my way around this new environment. It is a totally new and exciting chapter in my life.”... Bill Goodlatte and Linda retired and moved to Vermont to be close to kids and grandkids. “It’s great to finally be back in New England.”...Pete Heyel spent two delightful days with Ted Foster and his wife Jan, sharing “old — and new — stories.” Ted retired from teaching and 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL commander. Pete also met several times with Joyce Mantyla.... Richard Hillman is working on a screenplay based on his novel Tropical Liaison, which won a Florida Authors and Publishers Assn. 2016 President’s Award. “I also compete in USTA tournaments. Audrey and I cruised the Caribbean to celebrate our 50th anniversary.”...Karen Hjelm enjoys volunteering with an all-volunteer membership organizing drive of the working poor. She coordinates speaking engagements with local churches and organizations “plus anything else that needs doing.” In March 2016, “I took custody of my now 15-year-old granddaughter Olivia and evicted my daughter. It keeps me young to have a teenager to look after. Overall life is very good! I continue to be active with my church working on justice and peace issues. I should be unencumbered by our 55th Reunion and look forward to see you all at Bates then.”... Brynna Kaulback writes a blog, “On Becoming Brynna,” which she says “is about discovering and creating myself as Brynna.” Previously she was known

as Brenda. She and her wife, Rosemary Talmadge, live in Brooklyn, N.Y....Joyce Mantyla splits time between New York City and Florida. “Yes, it’s about warm weather! I’m too old for cold!” She’s thrilled to see her step-granddaughter Sara, who lives in NYC, regularly. “Fun to get into the head of a millennial!” Joyce had a great trip to Belgium and the Netherlands and looked forward to traveling to the French countryside and Paris....Gordon McKinney and Martha, in Asheville, N.C., celebrated their 48th anniversary. She’s very busy despite her fight against eye cancer, a very rare disease, and is deeply involved in local politics. He continues to teach at colleges for seniors at Blue Ridge Community College, Montreat College, and UNC Asheville. He’s also continuing research for a book on the history of northern New England.... Karl Wolf took six international trips in 24 months and several shorter U.S. voyages. He continues to volunteer for the National Park Service, State Department, People to People, National Defense Univ., Fulbright Fellowship Program (Hubert Humphrey Program), and Dulles International Airport. “After 22 years in Washington, D.C., I am considering where to live my life’s ‘next chapter.’”

1966 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class president Alexander Wood Mel and Linda Bartlett Burrowes ’67 hosted a picnic with Jan McEachern Macidull and Judy Marden at their lakeside cabin in Fayette, Maine. Mel, Jan, and Judy were part of the ’66 pre-50th Reunion Katahdin expedition last year which has created some lasting connections among the eight hikers.... Bill Hiss, in his fifth year of retirement after 35 years at Bates, is happy not to be on committees and in meetings. He has “a baker’s dozen of happy commitments: soccer reffing, crewing on sail and power boats, church volunteering, beekeeping, time with family, lots of reading, and a perfectly restored 1915 Old Town sailing canoe.” But he continues with decades of research on optional standardized testing in admissions, in which Bates has been a national leader since 1984. “A 2014 study I co-authored with Valerie Wilson Franks ’98 and a team of Bates student research assistants found that at 33 colleges and universities with optional testing policies, including Bates, there were only trivial differences between submitters and non-submitters in both cumulative GPAs and graduation rates. Since the study was published, over 100 more colleges and universities have adopted test-optional policies.

A second national study, looking at how optional testing policies can change the applicant pools of colleges, is due out within a year.”...Judy Marden received the Helen A. Papaioanou ’49 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. In the employ of the college, Judy served at various times as a development researcher, acting director of development, business manager, liaison officer for college functions — a role in which she administered large Bates events like Commencement and Parents and Family Weekend — and personnel director. The citation for her award reads, in part: “She saved her favorite position at Bates for last — director of the Bates– Morse Mountain Conservation Area, which comprises 600 acres of woods, salt marsh, and Maine’s last undeveloped barrier beach. Largely thanks to Judy’s early planning for what has become an iconic example of Bates’ environmental work, it remains one of the most beautiful, unspoiled parts of Maine.” Judy wrote that she was thrilled to receive the award, “nominated by my dear classmates Alex Wood and Bill Hiss. Helen was a mentor and friend when I first started working at Bates, when she was a trustee chairing one of the college’s first capital campaigns — so the award had extra special meaning for me.” Judy looks forward to planning activities for the BOC’s 100th anniversary in 2020. “If you want to be in on the planning, please get in touch!”... Alex Wood and Barbara spent two weeks hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. En route from Zion to Bryce, they thoroughly enjoyed lunch and a visit with Paul Savello at his home outside Cedar City, Utah.

1967 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class secretary Alexandra Baker Lyman class co-presidents Keith C. Harvie Pamela Johnson Reynolds Keith Harvie received a Bates’ Best award. His citation reads, in part: “Through recruiting classmates for the Reunion Gift, Social, and Yearbook committees, as well as your own efforts, you have played a central role in making all aspects of the 50th Reunion a tremendous success. The 50th Reunion Yearbook Committee, which you co-chaired with Joanne Hayes Healy, produced a keepsake that perfectly captures the spirit of the Class of ’67 and features a wonderful compilation of biographies and memories that will be treasured by your classmates for years to come. Thanks to the biannual ‘rendezvous’ you

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coordinate — one on campus and the other in Mystic, Conn. — as well as your regular humor-filled emails, the Class of 1967 enjoys an exceptional level of camaraderie and connection.”

1968 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class secretary Rick Melpignano class president Richard J. Gelles Betty Millar Maggio has a new job working from home for Boston Medical Center in the Quality Department as a Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set medical chart reviewer. She lives in Windham, N.H., with her husband, two adult sons, and two very cute cats....Dr. Louis Weinstein was honored by his medical school alma mater, Wake Forest School of Medicine, with a Medical Alumni Assn. Distinguished Achievement Award. A specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, in 1982 he became the first physician to recognize and name HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets) syndrome, a severe form of preeclampsia that has substantial morbidity and mortality for pregnant women. He also was the first in the U.S. to write about and initiate the laborist movement, the most rapidly growing specialty within ob-gyn....Bruce Winslow, a three-sport athlete at Bedford (Mass.) High School, was elected to its Athletic Hall of Fame. A standout football player at Bates, Bruce still holds two receiving records. He was the top scorer in the New England college division in 1966, when he was honorable mention All-East and gained attention from NFL scouts.

1969 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class secretary Bonnie Groves class president Richard Brogadir After 43 years, dentist Dick Brogadir sold his private practice and now works part time for the buyer. He still loves dentistry and now has a low-stress experience. Dick and Tina have six grandchildren and three children. They travel a lot, and he enjoys his new passion for playing the guitar.... Kathy Gorton Emerson’s 57th traditionally published book, X Marks The Scot, will be out in time for Christmas 2017. It’s the 11th in the Liss MacCrimmon series of cozy mysteries. “I write this series and another that’s set to launch in June 2018 using the pseudonym Kaitlyn Dunnett. Under my real name, Kathy Lynn Emerson, I’m still writing

Elizabethan-era historical mysteries. The latest of those is Murder In A Cornish Alehouse.”

1970 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class co-secretaries Stephanie Leonard Bennett Betsey Brown class president Steve Andrick Kathy Brown and her husband enjoy the unstructured schedules that come with being retired. “We’ve sold the house and ‘rightsized’ to a townhouse (which we love).” She serves on the board of the Assn. of Retired Faculty at NC State. “We still maintain booths at an antique mall. This is not a profitable endeavor, but it’s usually interesting. This year one of the dealers had an oil painting he had labeled as an Italian villa. I must have looked at this 500 times as I walked back and forth in the mall before I realized it was a painting of the Chapel at Bates. Naturally, I had to have it, and the painting now hangs in a spare bedroom (aka ‘The Maine Room’). The painting was likely done soon after the construction of the chapel (early 1920s?) by someone named S.C. Lawrence. If anyone knows anything about the artist, let me know. Batesies are welcome for a private showing!”...Andy and Susie Spalding Tolman ’68 are both retired. He does “a fair bit of community theater and choral work, along with several town and nonprofit boards.” He’s also been training future drinking water system operators with Maine Rural Water Assn. “We are fitting in some life-list traveling in between.”

1971 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class secretary Suzanne Woods Kelley class president Michael Wiers Susan Emmet enjoys retirement after 40 years of public school teaching in Maine. She lives in West Gardiner with husband Mike Wing and is stepmother to his three and mother to their five. “We’re ‘outdoorsy’ and love to fish at Popham Beach. We paint and clean houses to supplement rather sparse pensions, but like to work when we can. So sorry to have missed Reunion, but it wasn’t in the cards despite living just up the road. So glad to see pictures of so many folks I miss.”...After 10 years as deputy provost for research at Yale, Steve Girvin is returning to his faculty role in the physics department. In May, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Chalmers Univ. of Technology in Goteborg, Sweden, where

Bates Ace In March, John Curtiss ’63 made his first hole-in-one — with (or because of!) his lucky Bates ball — at The Valley at Eastport Golf Club in Little River, S.C. Curtiss used an 8-iron to ace the 135-yard 15th hole. Witnesses were John’s wife, Sue Ellen J. Curtiss ’63 (red hat), and friends Jim and Carol Rooney. “It’s my 55th year of golf, and I’ll be 77 in two months,” he says. “There’s hope for everyone.”

he was a postdoctoral fellow 40 years ago. He and Diane enjoyed the many parties associated with this happy event.

1972 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class secretary Steven H. Mortimer class president Wayne V. Loosigian

1973 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class secretary Kaylee Masury class president Tom Carey Mary Griffin writes, “In year 15 of my career as an elementary school counselor in Maine and I’ve begun fantasizing about daily yoga and travel during

retirement, which is a year or two away.” She joined many other Bates alumni and faculty last year to mourn the passing of Marcy Plavin. “For 46 years, Marcy was my dear friend and my strongest link to Bates.”... Rick Pierson and Donna both teach at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. “We have three grown children, two of whom are currently in grad school — Caitlin at Univ. of Central Florida and Matt at Florida State Univ. We have been in the area for the past 25 years.”

1974 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class secretary Tina Psalidas Lamson class president Don McDade Bill Bresnahan and Carol retired and moved to Tucson, Ariz. “We were thinking of Bates when we saw a couple bobcats

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in our driveway!”...Charlie and Martha Maynard Brisk ’75 moved to Merrimack, N.H., where they share a home with second son Eliot and his son Bradley. “Our three grandchildren keep us busy. Martha continues to run her own multi-media design business while working part time at a high-end consignment company.”...Mark Crowley went to the annual Bates basketball golf outing last year. “Met former Bates stars Erik Bertelsen ’72, John Amols ’72, Steve Keltonic ’73, Mike Wilson ’73, Brad McGrath ’73, Dan Glenney, Jim Gilligan, and Coach George Wigton. The event is sponsored by Bates basketball Coach Jon Furbush ’05 and is always a great time. On another note, I love reading Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s articles in the WSJ.”

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John Jenkins ’74 gestures during a 2013 panel discussion at Bates that focused on using classroom knowledge in the workplace.

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Former Mayor John Jenkins says MLK continues to inspire

takeaway: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words resonate today The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Newark, N.J., as riots rocked the city in 1967. Before King spoke at South Side High School, class president John Jenkins ’74 remained unconvinced by King’s message of nonviolence. Then Jenkins heard King’s actual words. “His words were not, ‘burn baby burn,’ because it doesn’t make sense that you’re burning down your own neighborhoods,” Jenkins told television station WCSH 6 in a news story on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “He said, you need to abandon that idea of burn baby burn, but he said, ‘instead, learn baby learn.’” Jenkins, a former mayor of Lewiston and Auburn and former Maine state senator, said King’s speech “got me thinking more deeply about my dream and what did I want to get out of life. “You find the thing that you’re good at and bring those gifts to bear for the good of the community,” Jenkins said.


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class co-secretaries Deborah Bednar Jasak Faith Minard class co-presidents Susan Bourgault Akie Janet Haines

1976 Reunion 2016, June 10–12 class secretary Jeffrey Helm class president Bruce Campbell

1977 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class secretary Steve Hadge class president Keith Taylor

Stan Dimock ’77 is building a waterfront home in Barrington, R.I., that’s been designed with climate change in mind.

has been very good to me.” Well known locally for his shoreline cleanups and downtown “pocket garden” plantings, he was recognized in 2016 with Bristol’s Hattie Brown Award, an honor generally bestowed upon lifelong residents for their volunteer work. He continues his longtime work at Save The Bay’s headquarters in Providence. “I am very proud of the work we do to protect and preserve Narragansett Bay.”...David Foster and Mina Samuels are in year 23 together, “which is great since the Foster clan is down to me and my homeless brother (living on the streets of Seattle).” A Bates trustee emeritus, he does “a bunch of board stuff — and continuing to grow my data publishing company in the business valuation area. Both of us work from home so we’ve had the flexibility to transport ourselves to Italy, Paris, London, and lots of other places, including another downhill and skate ski season in Truckee, Calif. New York City is still home, though!”...Kevin Soucy celebrated five years since diagnosis and two years since his last chemo. “Maintenance meds are working but disease can’t and won’t ever go away. After working for 37 years, I was clearly not going to be able to continue; not being able to fly when you spend half your life in an airplane fixes this quite fast. I never really realized it but I guess I planned for this 15 years ago, so life is good. Almost 36 years with the love of my life, two fantastic sons with unbelievable careers and wives just as spectacular, and one is making us grandparents.”... Elizabeth Strout’s latest novel drew glowing praise from The New York Times and many other reviewers. Anything Is Possible “might look like a sequel” to My Name Is Lucy Barton, but “it’s actually something far more complex, reaching across space ... and through layers of memory.” Another Times review said the prose is “wrenchingly lovely. It almost always is with Strout.”... Jackie Wolfe and Ray “finally bought a house two blocks from the beach in Waldport, Ore. It’s so much more fun nesting in our own nest!” She’s working on a new business and starting a few “Tai Chi for Better Balance” classes. “My next classes will be ‘Learning How To Fall.’ And I’m learning how to do what I love and make a living in rural America.”

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After 22 years of condo ownership in Bristol, R.I., Stan Dimock is building a new waterfront home in Barrington, R.I. “The house, which has been designed with climate change in mind, should be ready for occupancy in January 2018. While I am looking forward to the move, I will be leaving Bristol with mixed emotions. The town of Bristol

class secretary Chip Beckwith class president Dean M. Berman Peggy Morehead Wilber teaches reading skills to second- and third-graders in a Title 1 school. At night, she teaches reading






Allyson Anderson-Sterling enjoys retirement, traveling, and RVing. She still connects with the Bates group twice a year.... Bill Bogle writes, “Same job for 31 years, same wife for 26 years, same house for 24 years. Very boring!” One son graduated from college; the other will in 2018. “Still living outside of Boston and working hard, but trying to spend some time in Florida. Playing golf, tennis, and paddle tennis.”... Doug Boyle, who retired from Shell three years ago, is an adjunct professor of marketing at Rice Univ.’s Graduate School of Business and does a lot of volunteer work for the American Heart Assn., including chairing the international management committee. He had a golf weekend with Myles Jacob, Neil Penney, and Tom Sherman at his vacation home on Kiawah Island, S.C. “Great to get together and catch up, even if I played the worst!”...After 20 years in the ski industry at Sugarloaf and Sugarbush, Paul Brown and Gayle bought the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in 2000, a major Vermont tourist attraction on the way to Stowe. “We see about 300,000 visitors a year and are one of the largest producers of apple cider in NE. We also have a restaurant, beer store, wine tasting, and a mail-order business. Last year we launched our hard cider, Barn Dance, which has kept us busy with the development of that market. We still ski a lot, spend plenty of time on Lake Champlain fixing up an old house we bought, and kiteboard (our family’s latest passion).”...Susan Calhoun’s son died by suicide on Jan. 1, 2013. “He was a veteran and a very adventurous young


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man. He is being remembered through the Summit Project. I got married late in life, in 2004, to a wonderful man, Jack Cole. He is an ordained minister, energy healer, and master reiki teacher. We love to dance and met at a contradance — we have a wonderful life together. Unfortunately, he had a stroke and is temporarily disabled but is slowly recovering. I work at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine, as an admin/office manager, after 16 years as a high school Spanish teacher. I am very much looking forward to retirement!”...Rob Cramer received the Bruce Stangle ’70 Award for Distinguished Service to the Bates Community. The citation for Rob’s award reads, in part: “As an executive with RBC Wealth Management and now with Oppenheimer, you have for many years provided Bates graduates who are interested in the world of finance with invaluable advice. Beyond offering wise counsel that has set many young alumni on the path to career success and lives of meaningful work, you have also, in a number of cases, played a direct role in placing Bates graduates at your firms.”... Diane Georgeson, a gynecologist at the Gender Wellness Center at Oneonta FoxCare’s Susquehanna Family Practice, was a guest lecturer at the Hartwick College Department of Nursing. She spoke on “Medical Care for Transgender Adults.”...Since retirement, Wendy Kolb Harris has traveled to Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Bulgaria (hiking in the mountains and visiting monasteries). She teaches math part time at Madison (Wis.) Area Technical College....Mark and Leslie Joy Massa ’82 still call Old Lyme, Conn., home but enjoy spending free time at their home in Chatham, Mass. He’s been with AXA Advisors for 34 years.... After a few years in Boston and a couple in London with Fidelity Investments, Chuck McKenzie and his wife are in Tokyo for their next assignment. “Nearly 40 years in the investment management business, and it’s still a lot of fun. And I enjoy playing in the Bates basketball team’s golf outing at Martindale (almost) every year!”...After living in New England virtually his entire life, Chris O’Leary and Jeannine moved to the U.K. for her job in January 2015 and now live in Hertfordshire, 30 miles north of London. “I was fortunate to be able to continue my work with Pegasystems, and am now working with the government of Scotland in Edinburgh. Never in my life did I think that I would have a U.K. government email address!” Now empty nesters, they’ve explored the far corners of the U.K., Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, and Guernsey and have plans for many more adventures. “My son was married in Rockland, Maine, and it was fun to see my classmates’ ‘shingles.’ Passed Gary Gabree’s law office

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skills to adults. “David (’77) and I love living in Colorado.”...Jean Roy was appointed by the governor to the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission as the labor representative for a sixyear term. “There has been a lot to learn, but I am truly enjoying the work involved in this new career!”...Susan Stucke Funk was deeply involved in two major projects as executive vice president and COO of Mystic (Conn.) Seaport Museum. The first was the restoration and subsequent 38th voyage of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, the oldest commercial vessel that can sail under her own power, in 2014. The more recent project was the 2016 opening of a major new facility at Mystic Seaport, the 14,000-square-foot Thompson Exhibition Building. It features a 5,000-square-foot exhibition gallery.


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and Dave Pier’s dental office. Was grateful that I did not need either of their services, but would have stopped in to say hi had I not had a flight to catch!”...Allen Weinberg is still living the dream in San Francisco. “Our 16-yearold payments strategy consulting firm, Glenbrook Partners, is growing, and has me doing more and more work focused on bringing financial inclusion to the developing world (translates to somewhat frequent trips to East Africa, India, Asia, and other faraway places). And I always try to take an extra few days/week or so of sightseeing with my 21- or 24-year-old sons.”

1980 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class secretary Christine Tegeler Beneman class president Mary Mihalakos Martuscello Tony Derosby, an immigration attorney with Pierce Atwood in Portland, Maine, returned to Bates to speak about President Trump’s executive order and related court actions.


1981 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class secretary Katherine Baker Lovell class president Kathleen Tucker Burke The Press in Chester County, Pa., profiled Kathy Baker Lovell, the new executive director of The Mill at Anselma, a National Historic Landmark in Chester Springs. The 250-year-old mill, which still produces flour using 18th-century machinery, and its outbuildings are part of a private, nonprofit preservation and educational trust. Kathy said she’s excited about being part of an organization that brings living history to the public. Her life in public service started as a tour guide at the historic Old Manse in Concord, Mass. “Growing up in Massachusetts, like here, you’re surrounded by history,” she said. Previously she was development director at Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties, a faith-based organization that aids low-income single mothers. She’s drawn to nonprofit work because “it’s necessary. And wanting to help where help is needed.”...Gregory Clancey is in his sixth year as a college master at the National Univ. of Singapore, and his 17th year of teaching there. “In the college role I sometimes fall back on lessons learned at Page and John Bertram Halls, though students here are better behaved than we were. Bates Professor Steve Kemper has been a fellow at my institute this past year, and


he came by my college for coffee. We naturally reminisced about Bates.”...Michael Lugli has been named market president for KeyBank’s northern Indiana market. He has worked more than 25 years with Key....In the wake of Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban from several Muslimmajority countries, Don Mayer published an op-ed in the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press recounting how warmly and respectfully he was treated throughout his one and a half years as a Peace Corps English teacher in Bangladesh in 2000–01. “My Islamic colleagues and friends in Bangladesh always accepted me as ‘Mr. Don, the teacher.’ Why can’t we, as Americans, afford the same dignity to incoming refugees who seek only a safe life and a fresh start?” he asked....The Rev. Samuel Rodman was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Previously Sam was the special projects officer on the Massachusetts diocesan staff and spent 16 years as the rector of St. Michael’s in Milton, Mass.... Lisa Smith was promoted to executive vice president and chief operations officer of Hannover Life Reassurance Co. of America, based in Denver.

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Kee Hinckley ’82 is “still the person responsible for figuring out how all the programming information from your cable company, Netflix, Amazon, and everyone else gets to your TiVo guide.” Frank Aimaro, who lives in Los Angeles with son Luke and wife Jennifer, retired after 30 years as an FBI agent. “I had a dream career and got to do some amazing things....I was involved in hundreds of high-risk arrests. I was in Santa Monica for the capture of Whitey Bulger and brought back one of the embassy bombings suspects from Kenya. I plan on starting a private investigation business, but don’t think the next 30 years will be as fun or exciting.”...Bob Carr reports he channeled experiences in the AIDS epidemic, as well as other life lessons, into poetry and published his first book in 2016, Amaranth, a chapbook. He lives with husband Stephen in Malden, Mass., and serves as deputy

director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.... Heidi Duncanson works at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, N.H. “It’s gotten me back in touch with my love for science (fun fact: I enrolled at Bates as a biology major but my dreams were felled by chemistry), and I learn something new about our world every day.”...Lisa Farrell Wilk is the president and CEO of Capaccio Environmental Engineering Inc., based in Marlborough, Mass. “We were very honored to be named the ‘No. 1 Best Environmental Firm to Work for’ in a national ranking conducted by an independent firm.”... After 19 years at ESPN, John Hassan teaches English at The Forman School in Litchfield, Conn., and works on book projects. He collaborated with Cheech Marin on his memoir Cheech is not My Real Name... But Don’t Call me Chong, and also edited NBA coach George Karl’s memoir....Kee Hinckley writes, “I’m still the person responsible for figuring out how all the programming information from your cable company, Netflix, Amazon, and everyone else gets to your TiVo guide.” He and Mollie now live in La Conner, Wash....Both of Neil Jamieson’s daughters, Ainsley ’18 and Lexie ’20, are at Bates. He was re-elected to another term as a Cumberland County commissioner....Tim Kane and family are settled in Englewood, N.J. He’s associate head of school at The Masters School, a 5–12 boarding and day school in Westchester County. He reports Emma ’14 jumped into refugee resettlement work. Beth George ’85 has an active consulting business helping people who want to open bagel shops around the world, and has launched a health and wellness coaching business....Kim Lawrence Byrd and Chris were proud to see son Kent ’17 graduate from Bates. “Having Kent at Bates has been such a fun way for us to reconnect with many Bates friends.”... Lori Norman Campbell says she and Tom “try to remain engaged and involved with social issues in this uncertain and frightening political climate. We were proud to march with Felicia Garant in the Women’s March in Portland in January.”...Andrew Palmer celebrated 10 years of living in Australia with his Australian wife Annie and son Alex. “Australia is a great multicultural place to live with a universal healthcare system and a wonderful climate.” He works as a certified financial planner....Donna Preli Sonberg stays connected to Bates through Cigna colleagues Kathy Doocy Overbye ’81, Nancy Blackburn Sparks ’83, Lisa Veilleux Piker ’83, and Julie Zyla.... Betsy Schmottlach Solon was chosen as the new director of the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford, N.H. She previously had served for five years as director of the Mary E. Bartlett Library

in Brentwood, named Library of the Year by the New Hampshire Library Assn.

1983 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class secretary Leigh Peltier class co-presidents James D. Tobin Terence M. Welch Attorney Christopher Wellborn of Rock Hill, S.C., was appointed parliamentarian of the National Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers at its annual meeting.

1984 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class secretary Heidi Lovett class president Linda Cohen The Massachusetts real estate firm Conway Country named Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory its Citizen of the Year for his leadership of the newspaper....Lisa Quintal Loeb enrolled this fall in the Univ. of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She’s the language department chair at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn.

1985 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class secretary Elissa Bass class president Lisa Virello

Oceanographer Gregory Johnson ’85 received the Henry Stommel Research Award from the American Meteorological Society for “pioneering studies of the oceans’ role in climate.” Oceanographer Gregory Johnson received the 2018 Henry Stommel Research Award from the American Meteorological Society. Greg was recognized “for fundamental contributions to understanding oceanic variability, from equator to poles and surface to abyss, and for pioneering studies of the oceans’ role in climate.”...Colleen Quint talked with Maine Sunday Telegram

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class president Erica Rowell James Owens anticipates the publication of The World is Just A Book Away, an anthology of stories, collected from various celebrities and world leaders, about the necessity of books and literacy. Fifteen years in the making, the anthology reflects his work as founder and CEO of The World is Just A Book Away, a nonprofit that builds libraries around the world to help children access reading materials. The book comprises personal stories from five Nobel Peace Prize laureates, actors, royalty, world leaders, scientists, humanitarians, and others. An expert in professional management communication, he’s an associate professor of clinical business communication at the USC Marshall School of Business.


Reunion 2021, June 11-13

Reunion 2018, June 8–10

class co-presidents Erica Seifert Plunkett Anne Robertson Bill Walsh Catherine Lathrop Strahan

class committee Mary Capaldi Carr Astrid Delfino Bernard Ruth Garretson Cameron Steven Lewis Julie Sutherland Platt Lisa A. Romeo

From the Fess Parker Winery in California, where Ashley Parker Snider, daughter of the late actor and vintner, is VP for sales and marketing, comes a new label, Addendum, featuring several cabernet sauvignons. While the wine is made from grapes grown in the Napa Valley, the Fess Parker winery itself — where the wine is made — is much farther south, in Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara. It all works very well, says Winethropology. “These wines are massive by every measure. Where some Napa winemakers have recently begun (attempting) to make more restrained cabernets reminiscent of decades past, there is no moderation here. Phrases that comes to mind include full tilt, luxurious, ballsy, velvet hammer — the volume is turned all the way up on these bad boys. All that said, another observation is how surprisingly accessible all these wines are right out of the gate, particularly given their heft.”...The New York Times promoted Carolyn Ryan, who led its politics coverage during the presidential campaign, to the highest leadership ranks of the newsroom. She’s now an assistant editor and oversees the recruiting of journalists to the Times.

Melissa Hackel was promoted to vice president, finance, of Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

1989 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class secretary Donna Waterman Douglass steering committee Sally Ehrenfried Deb Schiavi Cote Wickie Smith Rowland received an Assn. of Professional Landscape Designers Silver Award. The resident landscape designer for the Seacoast landscaping firm Labrie Associates Inc., she was recognized for her work on a “modified rain garden” designed to beautify a problematic low spot and drainage swale in a subdivision in Hampton, N.H.

1990 Reunion 2020, June 12–14

Reunion 2022, June 10-12

class secretary Joanne Walton

class secretary Val Brickates Kennedy

class president Eric Knight



columnist Bill Nemitz about the impact of the Alfond Scholarship Foundation, of which she is president and CEO. For the last four years, it’s awarded a $500 college scholarship, no questions asked, to every child born in Maine. The money, which at current rates is expected to grow to between $2,000 and $2,400 by the time today’s newborn reaches 18, can be used to pay for any qualified higher education expense. Equally as vital as the $500 grant is how the Alfond account signals to that parent, in the most tangible way possible, that “someone else believes in my child. Someone sees potential in my child that I see as well,” Colleen said....Two years ago, Allison Webster Matlack left the consulting group she had been with for 12 years to start her own educational consulting practice, “and am loving it! I’m grateful for all the Batesies my life crosses paths with.”

Dr. Ed O’Neil ’82 gestures to a friend in the audience after President Spencer finishes reading the citation for his Benjamin Mays Medal at Reunion.

‘Recognize and Repair’ At Reunion, Dr. Ed O’Neil ’82 received the Benjamin E. Mays Medal, the college’s highest alumni award, presented to those who have served the worldwide community. A physician, O’Neil is the founder and president of Omni Med, a nonprofit that provides service and volunteering opportunities in African nations for people both with and without backgrounds in healthcare. His citation, read by President Clayton Spencer, said that O’Neil has worked to “recognize and repair the great inequities present in global health” and to “motivate others to follow suit.” Also at Reunion, Judy Marden ’66 received the Papaioanou Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Now retired, Marden directed the Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area; her work helped BMMCA “remain one of the most beautiful, unspoiled parts of Maine.” Robert Cramer ’79, a managing director with Oppenheimer and Co. in Boston, received the Stangle Award for Distinguished Service to the Bates Community. He’s mentored many alumni in finance, including Zak Ray ’07, who said that while Cramer’s mentees may have “never set foot on the Bates campus together as students, we all have two things in common — Bates and Rob. “From the day we met him, Rob was the best of bosses, our career consultant, and our friend.”

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Tony Hurley ’91, Rachel Segall ’91, Erik Mercer ’91, and Amy Geller ’96 pose prior to the campus screening of The Guys Next Door in March.

Family Is Family In 2011, Bates Magazine told how Rachel Segall ’91, who already had three children of her own with husband Tony Hurley ’91, offered to be the gestational carrier for her friend Erik Mercer ’91 and his husband, Sandro Sechi. Mercer and Sechi’s daughter Rachel Maria was born in 2010, followed two years later by their daughter Eleanor — Segall once again serving as the gestational carrier. Their story caught the attention of film and television producer Amy Geller ’96, who teamed with filmmaker Allie Humenuk to film the Hurley-Mercer-Sechi-Segall clan from late 2011 through 2015. The result is the documentary The Guys Next Door, which has been screened at film festivals across the country and abroad since its 2016 release. At a Bates screening in March, most of the film’s principals (except Sechi, who was teaching that evening in Portland, where he and Mercer live) were on hand. The film shows that what makes a family a family is not a question of sexual orientation, says Geller. “They happen to be gay, but they’re happy and healthy and complicated, just like all families are. They have a lot of the same issues that any family has.” The film has a simple message: “Family is family, however it’s formed,” Geller says.


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Democrat David Aarestad is running for Congress in Colorado’s 6th District. A clinical trials contract attorney for the Univ. of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, he lives in Aurora with wife Karen Andersen Aarestad, assistant vice chancellor for advancement at the same campus, and their children, daughter Sofia (14) and son Brynn (12).... Kathryn King Byrn, husband John, and daughter Kelly (18) moved to Columbia, S.C., three years ago and have decided to stay. “Our new home needs love but has features that we adore as well as a few oddities. We have Jesus in the garage — seriously, we have a window from the first Greek Orthodox church in Columbia set in the back wall. The home has room for the food forest we are planning, so after many years of leaving our gardens behind it is exciting to plan a garden we won’t be leaving. Kelly is going to the Univ. of South Carolina Honors College in the fall to pursue degrees in international business and German.”...J.P. Fingado, president and CEO of HealthcareSource, answered questions from Bates students and discussed his work as a chief executive of several companies. He spoke as part of Purposeful Work Unplugged, a series of conversations with notable alumni and friends, faculty, and staff about their career trajectories and the traits that support meaningful work.... Laura Hillier continues to work at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., as the director of community partnerships in the School of Education and Social Policy. She works with organizations throughout the region, coordinates student internships, teaches occasionally, and plays an active role on the Social Justice Coalition on campus. “Sarah Barber, Christine Wood, and I had a mini-reunion at Fort Foster in Maine with our families. Our kids were as happy to see each other again as we were!”...Catherine Meoni Ringling, husband Justin, and children Tyler and Tabitha love living in Powhatan, Va., where they moved in 2012. She works at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School, her daughter’s school. Last season, in her first year coaching volleyball, “we made it to the semifinals; a first for Blessed Sacrament’s 13-year girls volleyball history. Go Knights!”... B.J. Prendergast was promoted to brigadier general of the Oregon Army National Guard. His new assignment is as the guard’s assistant adjutant general. The ceremony last April was attended by longtime friends Lauren Holden Kilbane, Jane Goodell Bartholomew ’89, and Greg Bartholomew. B.J. works for Nike as the director of manufacturing logistics and planning for air manufacturing innovation....In July, Matt Rigney and Kristin Stockmayer Laverty connected at the International Affairs Conference on Star Island, off the coast of New Hamp-

shire and Maine. Kristin was an organizer of the conference, centered on the theme of the world’s oceans, and invited Matt to speak after reading his book In Pursuit of Giants: One Man’s Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish. Matt spoke about his experiences while writing the book and helped the audience of more than 125 get a feeling for his passion about protecting the sea and all of its creatures.

1991 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class secretary Katie Tibbetts Gates class president John Ducker Michelle Ashley Hart, a digital marketing consultant, guided Bates students through their first foray into online advertising in her Short Term course on digital marketing. It was offered under the auspices of the college’s Purposeful Work initiative. Doing business as Ashley Hart Marketing, the Manhattan-based consultant has more than 25 years of marketing and branding experience, specializing in the digital realm.

1992 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class committee Ami Berger Kristin Bierly Magendantz Kristen Downs Bruno Roland Davis Peter Friedman Leyla Morrissey Bader Jeff Mutterperl

For the last performance of his new one-man show, actor Richard Sautter ’92 performed for one man. “Fortunately he liked it.” DeDe Alexander and Jeff Agans were married in April 2017. She’s now DeDe Agans-Alexander. They live in Tucson, Ariz. “I continue to teach third-grade Spanish immersion and love my school and kids! We sent our oldest daughter, Chandler, to Syracuse as a freshman. One down and only three more to go! In anticipation of an empty nest, we have a bunch of little dogs to keep everything slightly nuts.”...Amy Bass was “thrilled to have seen so many classmates

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at Reunion and hang out in Lewiston, where I’ve been spending so much time working on my new book about the LHS soccer team. And even more thrilled to report that this fall, yet another Bass is at Bates. My niece Emily ’21 joined her brother Sam ’18 — now a senior! — as a Bobcat!”... Kristen Belka Rosenfield’s family wrapped up their seventh year living overseas — five in New Delhi followed by two years in Buenos Aires — as she and her husband have taken their careers in education to the international school scene. “So far, our sons — Asa, 12, and Liam, 10 — are enjoying the ride. In August, we moved to Luanda, Angola, for the third chapter in our life abroad. I’ve been blogging about our adventures at Holy Sacred Cow. When school is out for summer, we hunker down at our U.S. home base on the south coast of Massachusetts and catch up with family and friends while getting our fill of fried fish sandwiches, sushi, and microbrews.”...Jere Calmes was “sorry to miss everyone and all of the fun of Reunion weekend. Ironically, in Russia until Trump leaves office.”...Lydia Griffith Jilek finished her first year as a senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson’s Boston office. She spent two weeks trekking and horseback riding in northwestern Mongolia....Aya Murata received a Bates’ Best award. Her citation reads, in part: “Aya joined the Alumni Council in fall 2015 and made an immediate impact. She led the council’s Second Decade subgroup in developing and executing an informative survey that gave Bates a better understanding of how to offer alumni of the 1990s more meaningful programming and communications. As associate dean of college counseling at Phillips Academy, Aya is perfectly positioned to serve the college as an Alumni in Admission interviewer, something she has done for the past 17 years. She also has been a class agent and was instrumental to the Reunion committee’s efforts to make your 25th a splendid event.” As a testament to her dedication to the college, she and her husband, Mike Charland ’93, named their first-born son after the college — Aki Bates Charland....The Carroll County (Md.) Times caught up with actor Richard Sautter to talk about his new one-man show, “12 Steps.” Combining humor and “professional agony,” it builds on the premise that the desire to be an actor can be defined as an addiction. Richard attempts to “cure” himself by going through a 12-step program in front of an audience, making a show out of his quest to stop doing shows. He premiered the piece at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington in 2016 and has gone on to perform it at colleges and theaters in several states. Although he found the Fringe Festival performance enormously rewarding, “the last performance was a one-man

takeaway: Greg Guidotti

show for one man. It was a strangely intimate bond between the two of us because I was doing it all for one guy. Fortunately he liked it, and I could tell, so that made it a lot easier than if he had just stayed still.”

1993 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class secretary Lisa A. Bousquet class co-presidents Michael F. Charland Jason R. Hanley David Bloom recently joined The New York Times, where he builds digital products for its website Wirecutter. “The family and I are temporarily relocating to Seattle where my wife took a new job. I’ll earn a lot of frequent flyer miles before we move back to Brooklyn next summer.”...Mike Charland had a blast attending the 25th Bates Reunion of his wife Aya Murata ’92. “Looking forward to our class’ 25th on June 8–10, 2018.” He enjoyed playing golf recently with Chris Plante, Jason Hanley, and James Alandydy.... Colleen Donahue McCretton finished her master’s degree in human factors in information design (designing how computer “stuff” works) from Bentley Univ. She left IBM after almost 17 years and started working at Vistaprint. “It was a big change but has been wonderful!”...Mark Gilboard joined a New Mexico nonprofit, WESST, in 2017 after 16-plus years as a marketing and advertising research professional with Nielsen Media Research and Clear Channel Outdoor. “As a consultant/trainer, I focus on helping women and underrepresented populations achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and help make Albuquerque a great place to be. I live in the highly social and friendly Ridgecrest area of town with wife Kristen, daughters Anneliese (13) and Nola (9), plus a bevy of beasts, canine, feline, and reptilian.”...Meredith Godley Hanamirian, who has spent more than 20 years of her life in Quaker schools, was named director of the Upper School at Moorestown (N.J.) Friends School....Prashant Gopal is a reporter for Bloomberg News and lives in the Boston area with wife Yvonne and two young sons....Heidi Johnson and Neil Bray live in St. Paul, Minn., with Jonas (14) and Eliza (8). Neil teaches middle-school Chinese and serves as the foreign language chair at Saint Paul Academy. He’s taken high school students to China twice and looks forward to leading another trip with Jonas on board. Heidi’s an assistant principal in the Minneapolis Public Schools, serving a school community composed of students from East Africa, Asia, and Latin America. “Neil and I probably spend too much of our

media outlet: PR Week


Oscar Mayer’s marketing head gets controversial: “a hot dog is a sandwich.”

takeaway: It takes a Bates grad to (try to) settle an age-old debate In a Q&A last spring with PR Week, Greg Guidotti ’92, head of marketing for Oscar Mayer, dropped this bombshell: In his opinion, a hot dog “is a sandwich.” Credit a Bates education for Guidotti’s frank perspective. “The dictionary defines a hot dog as a sandwich consisting of a frankfurter in a split roll,” he said. “I was an English major as an undergrad, so I’m taking the contrarian view that it is a sandwich.” Guidotti is relishing his latest project, a $10 million effort by Kraft Heinz, owner of Oscar Mayer, to reformulate its hot dog in a bid to stop the slowdown of U.S. dog sales. “We are making radical changes to every single one of our dogs," Guidotti told Fortune, by removing artificial preservatives and ditching added nitrates and nitrites. “Hot dogs, like mac and cheese, are universally loved,” said Guidotti, who also led a 2016 marketing campaign for Kraft Mac & Cheese. “But like mac and cheese, there are some concerns about ingredients.”

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media outlet: NPR’s The Salt


Matzo makeover: Can the bread of affliction become a snack addiction?

takeaway: A fresh look can make traditional foods pop Kevin Rodriguez ’95, a product developer, wanted a career change, so he and friend Ashley Albert decided to go into food, according to NPR’s The Salt. After some back-and-forth, they decided to add flavor to matzo, the traditional unleavened bread eaten during the Jewish Passover. The Matzo Project was born, its signature product matzo chips in flavors such as salted rosemary and “everything.” The matzo is kosher, but not kosher for Passover, which has stricter rules. Getting made-over matzo to shelves was no easy task. They had to find the right oven and buy an “antiquated salter” so that each sheet would be evenly flavored. In the end, the simpler, the better. "I feel more connected to my own background," Rodriguez told Salt reporter Larissa Zimberoff.

time working, but we also try to get to our families’ cabins, travel, play tennis, and dance as much as possible!”...Kevin Moore and family will relocate back near his hometown of Allendale, N.J., once he sells his home in Manchester, Vt., because he has a new job at Toys “R” Us. He leads the Agile Transformation office and enjoys playing with as many of the toys as they let him....Keith Nordstrom has many updates since he last saw most Batesies. He got a Ph.D. in physics, left physics for computers, got married, raced bicycles semi-seriously in Colorado for a number of years, founded a cycling team, left the team, quit racing, became the CTO and a founding partner of a high-speed data company in 2013, and had a son, Finn, in 2015. “Also a thousand other things that I would love to tell you about at the next Reunion, in the event you don’t bore too easily.”...Zohra Saifee Haziq lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Lena is almost 11 and Naveed is 18.... Jeff Smithson reports, “Still Clowning after all these years.”...Eli Spanier lives in the Raleigh, N.C., area with his beautiful, smart, fun wife Kate (a Mainer), daughters Gwen (9) and Claire (7), and Cliff, a rescued black Lab mix. Eli is a senior HR director for Teleflex Inc., a medical device company.... Kristin Swartz Sorani published her first children’s book, I Wish I Were an Animal.

1994 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class co-presidents Courtney L. Fleisher Jonathan M. Lewis Alicia Hunter Warner, senior public health analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, returned to Bates to talk with students as part of the college’s Purposeful Work series....Skip and Candice Wilson belatedly announce the birth of their third child, Levi James Wilson, who was born in the front seat of Skip’s Honda Civic on July 6, 2015.

1995 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class secretary Philip Pettis class co-presidents Jason Verner Deborah Nowak Verner

1996 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class co-presidents Ayesha Farag-Davis James D. Lowe


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Education Week published a blog post by Sacha Bulted Garcia-Mailloux, assistant principal of the Springfield (Mass.) Renaissance School. The public school, with 707 students in grades 6–12 from diverse backgrounds, is committed to providing a rigorous academic program for college-bound students. Sacha recalled her own experience growing up in Holyoke, a paper-mill city with a Latino population of close to 50 percent, and attending Bates as a first-generation college student. “I attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and traveled to France, Spain, Italy — including Sardinia — and Mexico. As the student speaker for the Bates graduating Class of 1996, I spoke about my trip to Senegal, West Africa, and to the city of Dakar and the Island of Gorée. I was now a student of the world, but knew I needed to ‘carry the torch’ and return to my community to give back.”...Chris Holmes received tenure and was promoted to associate professor of English at Ithaca College.

1997 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class co-secretaries Chris Gailey Leah Wiedmann Gailey class president Stuart B. Abelson Kate Gilmore returned to Bates during Reunion for a lecture and a performance, part of the exhibition Kate Gilmore: In Your Way. It featured eight performances — seven video and one live, commissioned by the Bates College Museum of Art. An artist who synthesizes multiple mediums including performance, video, sculpture, and painting, her works explore feminist themes, modern and contemporary art tropes, and relentless determination....Todd Rainville joined JMC Capital Partners in Boston as a partner. He heads its business development team.... Leah Wiedmann Gailey, who played key roles in the Bates Office of College Advancement for 16 years before leaving this year to devote herself full time to raising her two sons, received a Bates’ Best award. Her citation expressed gratitude “for helping fellow alumni understand that Bates is forever their home; for your patience, grace, and generosity to all who work with you; for tackling challenges head-on with poise and assurance; for serving as a role model to so many colleagues over the years, and in that capacity helping to guide them on their professional paths; for leading teams that are inspired by your work ethic, innovation, creativity, and positivity; and for your tireless commitment to achieving ‘best in class’ in all of our programs.”


class committee Rob Curtis Douglas Beers Liam Leduc Clarke Renee Leduc Clarke Tyler Munoz

Last year, 20 years after Mike Ferrari ’98 visited Cuba during a Bates Short Term, he went to the island nation three times for his work with Northeastern Univ. Petulia Blake-Scontrino was appointed an assistant teaching professor of management in Quinnipiac Univ.’s School of Business. She also published her first novel, In the Midst of Shame.... Mike Crocker works as the communications adviser for the Alliance of Small Island States at the United Nations. He was appointed a 2017 climate change fellow at NYU School of Law’s Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law.... Twenty years after traveling to Cuba during a history/Spanish Short Term, Mike Ferrari has been back to Havana three times in the last year, working to set up student co-ops and joint faculty research partnerships as part of his government relations and public affairs work at Northeastern Univ. in Boston....Ben Levy moved to the Washington, D.C., area in December 2016 with wife Katie and son Charlie. In March 2017, they welcomed Sasha Beatrice. Ben is senior counsel to Bloomberg L.P., where he has worked since 2012....Melanie McGarry Cutler teaches environmental science and lives in Andover, Mass., with husband Mark and their two girls. “We’re now part-time Mainers, spending our summers at our house in Kennebunk.”...Nils de Mol van Otterloo spent 2016 and 2017 in Kochi, India, doing research on dementia for a Fulbright grant. He’s now doing research at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

1999 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class secretary Jennifer Lemkin Bouchard class president Jamie Ascenzo Trickett Tamara Bucknell-Pogue Drangstveit was named a citizen member of the editorial

2000 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class secretary Cynthia Macht Link class co-presidents Jennifer Glassman Jacobs Megan Shelley

Vets First Choice founder and CEO Ben Shaw ’00 was the only Mainer to receive an Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year award. Jay Beyer and Jessica Healey ’02 welcomed Vivienne Noelle Beyer on April 3, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C. Jay completed an M.B.A. at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business....Peter Dalrymple was named a partner at William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm. He’s based in Boston.... Nick Deysher and his wife,

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board of the Summit Daily News of Frisco, Colo. A Dillon resident, she works as the executive director of the Family and Intercultural Resource Center.... Investment News named two alumni from our class — Dynasty Financial Partners President and CEO Shirl Penney and financial-planning guru Michael Kitces — to its select list of 18 “Icons & Innovators who have shaped and transformed the financial-advice profession.” Dynasty, an integrated platform company, focused on the specialized needs of top registered investment adviser firms across the country. In six years, Shirl’s company has grown to about 40 members with more than $25 billion in assets under management. Michael, a partner and director of research at Pinnacle Advisory Group, is well known for writing and commenting on all things related to financial planning. His Nerd’s Eye View blog goes to 150,000 readers each month....Alana Watkins married Blake Meservey in December 2015, “and shortly thereafter my beloved Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl (coincidence?).” In 2016, she competed in her first National Physique Competition, bringing home three second-place trophies and one third place. She and Blake bought their dream home in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. She also celebrated the 10th anniversary of starting her public relations agency, VOCA PR. “It’s been a busy couple of years, but life could not be sweeter here in the Rocky Mountains.”

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Moonshot At 10:17 a.m. on Aug. 21, when the eclipse hit totality in Keizer, Ore., NASA scientist and baseball fan Noah Petro ’01 began his moment in the sun. A deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Petro represented NASA at a local minor league baseball game that had the first eclipse delay in professional baseball history. Of the four minor-league games in the path of the total eclipse, the game between the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and the Hillsboro Hops was first, getting started around 9:45 a.m. Pacific time. The game was then stopped after top of the first inning due to, of course, darkness. Petro, accompanied by his wife, Jennifer Giblin ’01, and their two young children, joined a team of NASA scientists and outreach specialists at the game who spoke about the science behind the eclipse. “Gene Clough would be proud,” he says, referencing the beloved Bates physics and geology faculty member, now retired. “It was amazing,” says Petro, who lives in Alexandria Va., and works at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Tracey Freitag, welcomed a daughter, Virginia Ruth, on Dec. 1, 2016....Nicole Rom, executive director of the Minnesota-based nonprofit Climate Generation, was interviewed with author Terry Tempest Williams on Minnesota Public Radio about environmental activism in the age of President Trump. In the interview, she reflected on Williams’ visit to Bates in 1997 and its inspiration for her environmental career path....Ben Shaw, founder of Vets First Choice, was recognized by Ernst & Young as a New England Entrepreneur of the Year. Ben, whose growing company provides veterinarians with online pharmacy services, was among 17 regional winners selected and the only one from Maine. The company was founded in 2010 as a way to give veterinarians more control over how medications are dispensed for their clients’ pets....Carlie Tuggey McLean is now senior counsel in the corporate regulatory department of Avangrid, Central Maine Power’s parent company....Andrew Watterson married Randy Lanoue on July 30, 2016.

2001 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class secretary Noah Petro class co-presidents Jodi Winterton Cobb Kate Hagstrom Lepore On Sept. 1, Amanda Meader opened a law firm in Augusta, Ellis & Meader, with Elisa Ellis, a business law expert. Amanda practiced law at one of Portland’s largest firms and has over a dozen years of experience in municipal and real estate law.

2002 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class secretary Stephanie L. Eby class co-presidents Jay Surdukowski Drew G. Weymouth

Elizabeth Berkey Cathles ’02 consults with businesses and cities seeking to manage the transition to self-driving cars. Elizabeth Berkey Cathles and Mac welcomed their second daughter, Susanna Hayden Cathles, in February 2017. She joins older sister Tegan. Elizabeth


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spent maternity leave renovating their 1870s farmhouse in Ann Arbor, Mich. She returned to work in September as a senior manager with Deloitte Consulting, focusing on helping businesses and cities understand and manage the transition to self-driving cars....Jenny Blau welcomed her third child, Penelope. She joins sister Emma and brother Bryce. Jenny still works as a physician-investigator at NIH with a specialty in endocrinology....Laurel Col Smith and Brian welcomed a second boy, Braden Lee Smith, on July 16, 2016.... John Dubzinski is a history teacher and head football coach at North Andover (Mass.) High School. “I am truly blessed to have the opportunity each day to be a positive influence and play a role in the development of young student-athletes’ lives.” He and Alyson, who is also a teacher in North Andover, have a young son with a daughter on the way....Albert Haber, wife Kate, Elsie (3), and Callie (1) moved to Chicago. “We lived in NYC for 10 years, but looked for a new change.” He left his job in finance at JetBlue Airways and now works at Gogo Inflight in sales strategy and operations....Matt Royles earned an M.B.A. from Temple’s Fox School of Business. By day, he’s marketing director for Aeris, a rating agency for impact investments. By night, he performs with his band, Man About a Horse, whose album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard chart for bluegrass albums in May....Dr. Jeff Vachon and Diana welcomed their second child, Ryan, in January 2016. He joins sister Joanna. Jeff is now sole owner of Vachon Dental in Manchester, N.H., and the family moved into a new home in Bedford. He also received his fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry....Ed Walker is a volunteer board member and chair of the applications committee for the Alray Scholars Program, an advisory board member to both the Wily Network and the Univ. of Pittsburgh, and an authorized servant in ministry. “All of the above are voluntary works, which were born from a desire to give back to those who will not stop until they have made a positive difference in the world, in true Bates fashion,” he wrote....Drew Weymouth reports that while the Class of 2002 15th Reunion group was small, it was “particularly cool that we could enjoy time together as a whole group. Some came for a night, some a day, others for the whole weekend. Regardless of the time spent on campus, it was fabulous to connect with old friends. Bates put on quite a show with outstanding meals, camp for the kids that went well into the night, events that packed the weekend, and even a beer garden with local breweries. We truly felt wined and dined, and we appreciated the friendly staff as we did when we were students (albeit many staff are different). If you’re reading this,

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please consider two things that we will all benefit from: Join our Facebook page and be active so we can connect online if not in person (Bates Class of 2002), and join us for our 20th Reunion in 2022. Cheers to the last 19 years since we connected with each other and to another 55 plus (this year’s 70th Reunion crowd was inspiring).”

2003 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class co-presidents Kirstin Boehm-McCarthy Melissa Wilcox Yanagi Elizabeth Cunha Wright was recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” and by Engineering News-Record New England as a “Top Young Professional” for 2017. She’s a member of Robinson+Cole’s Construction Group....Matteo Pangallo is now an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth Univ., teaching Shakespeare, book history, and early modern drama....Financial planner Mark Pojednic joined Steward Partners, an independent firm affiliated with Raymond James.... Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, chef/co-owners of three Portland, Maine, restaurants, received a James Beard Award, regarded as the Oscars of the food world. They won in the Best Chef: Northeast category. With their manager, they own and operate Eventide Oyster Co., The Honey Paw, and Hugo’s.

2004 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class co-presidents Eduardo Crespo Tanya Schwartz Stephanie Borges Folarin and Tope Folarin welcomed a daughter, Oluwatofunmi Temitobi Folarin, on Dec. 7, 2016. “Oluwatofunmi means ‘my God is enough for me.’ And Temitobi means ‘my destiny is grand.’ We call her Funmi (foo-mee). Tope’s father named her per Nigerian tradition.”...In Brooklyn, N.Y., Hedda Burnett and Ben Schippers celebrated their little guy’s first birthday in June. Ben continues to work at his software development company HappyFunCorp, and Hedda is a vet at Hope Animal Clinic....On the eve of March Madness, Mike Lopez, assistant professor of statistics at Skidmore College, spoke with WRGB-TV in Albany, N.Y., about bracketology, the strategy of finding surprise teams that keep your bracket alive while busting everyone else’s. Mike touted Gonzaga as an undervalued bracket pick in the men’s tourney. Gonzaga ultimately lost the title game to North Carolina....Emily

Marsters welcomed Nathan on May 17, 2017. Brother Wesley is 3. Emily works as a primary care physician near her home in Amherst, Mass....Ryan Sparks got married June 10, 2017, in Santa Fe, N.M. He still did not vote for Donald Trump.

2005 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class co-presidents Kathryn Duvall Melissa Geissler

Groundbreaking research by Michaela Patterson ’05 suggests that “not all individuals are destined for permanent heart muscle loss after a heart attack.” Sports agent Sam Duvall plans to get his firm into the golf tourism business. Crains’s Cleveland Business said that while Topnotch Management may appear to be “a boutique sports marketing agency” — whose roster includes John Isner and other tennis players and golfers — the firm is “really an events, tourism, and marketing company.” That’s due to Sam’s partnership with Vermont-based Grand Slam Tennis Tours, which brings an average of 2,000 clients each year to prestigious tennis tournaments. Sam said Grand Slam has tennis tourism “down to a science.” Now Topnotch wants to do the same with golf tourism. James Beres ’15 is an agent with the firm, overseeing client management.... Rob Gomez won acclaim for creating a defining moment at the prestigious TD Bank Beach to Beacon Maine road race on Aug. 5. With the finish line of the 10K race in sight, he slowed up to help a stricken fellow runner, Jesse Orach, get up and finish the race ahead of Rob. Although the pair were running in 22nd and 23rd place overall at the time, the stakes were still very high: By helping Orach finish ahead of him, Rob helped Orach win the coveted men’s Maine-resident division of the race. Rob said later if the two had been neck and neck, “if I had fought to be that close, and if it was my race to win, I would have won it. But within 100 yards from the finish [helping him] was the only thing to do. Because I believed, and still believe, that he had won the race.” Rob works as a senior manufacturing engineer at General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems in Saco. He also has a running business, Eastern Shore Training, which provides online coaching and training plans for runners....Katie Hawkins, still practicing consumer finance and

bank regulatory and compliance law in Portland, Maine, joined the Bates Alumni Council. She will marry Rob Vail (Colby ’04) next August in Cape Elizabeth.... Betsy Hochadel Flaherty and her husband welcomed Joseph Ambrose Flaherty on March 24, 2017. Caroline is 3....Dave Metz and Juliette welcomed a son, Paxton Jacob Simon Metz. Dave sees a handful of Batesies in NYC. He planned to attend Jon Horowitz’s movie premiere and hopes to see creative sports mogul Noah Davis. He also hangs out with Deirdre Grant, his favorite and best concert buddy. He misses Margaret Haskell working nearby. He finds it quite difficult to write class notes in the third person.... Michaela Patterson, who finished her Ph.D. at UCLA in 2012 and is now a postdoc fellow at USC, published groundbreaking research in the journal Nature Genetics suggesting that “not all individuals are destined for permanent heart muscle loss after a heart attack.” A story on the USC Stem Cell website explains how Michaela and her colleagues focused on a regenerative type of heart muscle cell called a mononuclear diploid cardiomyocyte. Zebrafish and newborn mammals have lots of MNDCMs — and thus a relatively robust ability to regenerate heart muscle — while adult mammals typically have few MNDCMs and a limited capacity for regeneration. The researchers’ “exciting finding” was that some strains of adult mice have a high percentage of the helpful cell. By blocking this gene, the researchers successfully produced a higher percentage of MNDCMs in adult mice....Dr. Jason Rafferty graduated from the “Triple Board” Residency Program at Brown Univ., which combines pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He received the prestigious Haffenreffer Family Housestaff Excellence Award. He’s now working for Thundermist Health Centers of Rhode Island focusing on integrated care, adolescent health, LGBTQ health, and substance abuse among youth.

2006 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class co-presidents Chelsea Cook Katharine M. Nolan John Ritzo Chris Petrella is now the associate director of programs in Bates’ Office of Equity and Diversity....Brenton Pitt, a financial professional with Centinel Financial Group in Marshfield, Mass., was named a Five Star Wealth Manager by Five Star Professional for 2017....The Portland, Maine, school board unanimously backed three resolutions, all proposed by board member Jenna Vendil, committing the district to being a “safe haven”

for all students and families, condemning hate speech, and supporting employees’ speaking out on political issues. Jenna proposed the resolutions after four ninth-graders at Casco Bay High School said a man, who was later arrested, made racist remarks and threatened them with a weapon. The resolutions do not have the force of policy or regulations, but they are the first step in possible changes, officials said.

2007 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class co-presidents Keith Kearney Rakhshan Zahid Aina Begim and Andre celebrated their first anniversary on July 23 and are Oslo-bound. She got a postdoctoral fellowship at the Univ. of Oslo. They are excited to be closer to their families, explore Scandinavia, and reconnect with Batesies in Northern Europe....Dustin Jansen ’06 and Windy Black Jansen welcomed their third son, Tucker, in April....Allison Caine is finishing a Ph.D. in anthropology at the Univ. of Michigan, writing a dissertation on the impacts of global climate change on high-altitude pastoralist communities in Peru. She completed two years of fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes last year and now lives in Ann Arbor. “I got engaged to my longtime partner, Nik Sweet, in April 2017.”...Ben Chin and his wife had a second child, Rajan. Ben is running for mayor of Lewiston again.... Alana Corbett, an experienced designer based in San Francisco, is leading the executive production and design of Generators Summit, the inaugural creative tech thought leader conference based in SF. She’ll also begin production on Google’s Cloud Next conference....Katy Corrado received a Bates’ Best award. Her citation reads, in part: “Katy, as a member of the Reunion Committee, you were instrumental in the Class of 2007 setting a new Bates record for 10th Reunion attendance. As a loyal class agent and a member of the Reunion Gift Committee — and even stretching back to your senior year, when you made your first foray into higher education advancement as a BatesStar class fundraising volunteer — you have helped your classmates understand the importance of philanthropy in strengthening the college for generations to come. Those who nominated you say they have never met a bigger cheerleader for Bates.”...Last July, Sara Culver finished six years working at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, the final three managing its health center in Old Saybrook, Conn. Now a full-time student at the

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media outlet: MassLive


Iraq War veteran find his match at UMass Match Day

takeaway: Personal experience makes a motivated doctor Gregory Foos ’07 knew when he was at Bates that he wanted to be a doctor, but a desire to serve his country took him first to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine. “It was the height of the Iraq War, and I felt almost guilty that I was a healthy young guy, and there are all these other people serving, and why am I not," Foos told Alban Murtishi of the online news site MassLive for a story about Match Day at UMass Medical School, the annual ceremony where graduates like Foos learn where they will serve their residencies. Foos’ passion for helping others developed both during his service, when he helped save the life of a boy injured in a cooking accident, and afterwards, as he watched fellow veterans struggle with opioid addiction. Foos has begun his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in order to be able to work on pain issues, Murtishi wrote. He also is working on a bill in Massachusetts to help veterans study STEM fields.


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Yale School of Nursing, she’s working to become a women’s health nurse practitioner/certified nurse midwife. She expects to graduate in 2020....Kat Farmer and Nate Eichelberger relocated to Oakland, Calif., with daughter Claire in 2016. Kat is an emergency physician with Kaiser Permanente; Nate is a structural geologist for a small software company....Stuart Foster launched Hustlemore, a behavior-based creative agency in Chicago. Major clients include Keyo, Innovative Express Care, and Rescue Cell Phone.... Alexis Grossman earned an M.B.A. in sustainable systems from the Presidio Graduate School in 2016. She lives in San Francisco....Lauren Jacobs successfully defended her thesis and graduated from UMaine with a master’s of science in kinesiology and physical education. She started teaching KPE at UMaine as a lecturer this fall....Adam Kayce was named vice president of Home Show Management Corp., producers of the Fort Lauderdale and Miami Home Design and Remodeling Shows, of which he is show director. He also is president of Perl Advertising Group....John Klumpp and Teresa welcomed their first child, Samuel Thomas Klumpp, on Oct. 23, 2016. John got a Ph.D. from CSU and works at Los Alamos National Laboratory in radiation protection and CTBT monitoring. “My home and office are both about 10 minutes from the nearest crag and 20 minutes from the nearest ski hill, so I get to play outdoors a lot.”...Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed into law a bill by state Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, that brings increased transparency and consumer protections to the competitive electricity supply market....Kate Liston Smith bought a house with her husband, Doug, in Hyde Park, Vt., and adopted Macy, a spirited mutt....Fabio Periera released his first book of essays, The Public Wire: Essays from Medialand, on Amazon Kindle. He applied to law school and expects to matriculate at UMass–Dartmouth.

2008 Reunion 2018, June 8–10 class co-presidents Elizabeth Murphy Alison Schwartz Egelson Sean Bach joined DeSilva+Phillips, a NYC-based investment banking firm, as a vice president....Anthony Bégon started with a new law firm in Dallas, Bell Nunnally & Martin, and welcomed his first child, Ayden Anthony Bégon, on Jan. 31, 2017....Eliza Behrsing and her husband, Aaron Burley, welcomed their second child, Alden Robert, in August 2016. Big sister Theodora Elliott is 4. Eliza primarily stays home with

the children but has a private practice offering mental health and substance abuse counseling to adolescents and adults....Jon Brennan and Melinda Bottesini were married in August 2016. They live in the Fox Point area of Providence, R.I. He works for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island in Medicare compliance; she works at The Judge Group in Providence.... Pete Dennehy married Christina Islas on May 28, 2016. They bought a house in Sacramento, Calif., where he works as a hydrogeologist and she as an agricultural scientist....Fatima Diaz began a new job as a bilingual special education teacher. She earned a master’s in education in June....Amber Edwards and her husband, Richard Jorgenson, welcomed a baby girl on July 9.... After 13 years affiliated with NESCAC, Bill Jack left to join the Univ. of Maine at Farmington as a senior associate director of admissions. “At the helm is Jared Cash ’04, who was one of my supervisors when I worked in the admissions office at Bates as a student, and who serves as UMF’s vice president for enrollment. Also here is Chris Yardley, admissions counselor, father of Kelly Yardley ’14.”...Matt Lopez bought a house with his fiancée in Milton, Mass. They planned to be married this September.... Bethany Mitchell took over an HR consulting company in May 2016 and got married in September 2016....Jon Blanchard and Liz Murphy have relocated from Washington to Boston. He works as an entrepreneur in residence with the Search Fund Accelerator; she’s the legislative director for a professional union of scientists and engineers. They adopted a boxer mix named Oscar....Chris Nelson now lives in Charleston, S.C., with his girlfriend and dog. He works at Lou Hammond Group as a senior account executive....Mary Sachs Lewin and her husband, Eitan Lewin, welcomed their first child, Amelia Jane Lewin, on May 16, 2017....Nick Stamas and his wife welcomed Eva Taisia Stamas on April 18, 2017.... Eleanor Yee got hitched to S. Olano on April 8, 2017, and is now Eleanor Yee-Olano.

2009 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class co-presidents Timothy Gay Arsalan Suhail Nyan Aung earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton in 2015, specializing in semiconductor lasers. He’s now a scanner application engineer at GlobalFoundries’ most advanced semiconductor chip plant in Malta, N.Y....Aaron Bobik works at United Way of the National Capital Area as a philanthropic engagement manager. He and

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Joanna celebrated their fourth anniversary in September....Mira David and Jack Murphy ’08 live in Philadelphia with their cat Taft. Mira finished her fifth year of teaching; Jack is completing his Ph.D. at Princeton in geosciences. “In our free time, we fix up our little house, travel whenever possible, and persuade as many Batesies to move to the City of Brotherly Love as we can.”...Zachary Demma started an emergency medicine residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center....Meagan Doyle is now the Bowdoin College Library’s digital archivist....Daisy Hackett started a private practice family therapy group, Willa Family Counseling, in Newburyport, Mass. “It has begun to grow rapidly, and I am serving primarily teenage girls in the North Shore area for psychotherapy.”...Brian Klein and Ricki Feldman were married in 2016. They live in Waltham, Mass., with their dog, Nestle. Brian is now a staff scientist in microbiology at Vedanta Biosciences in Cambridge.... Celeste Ladd and her husband, Gordon Ober, moved to Southern California after he accepted a post-doctoral research position at the Claremont Colleges. Celeste now works at Claremont McKenna College as the assistant director of institutional philanthropy and enjoys being back in a liberal arts environment....Gillian Leibach married Justin Regan on April 29, 2017. She earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth Univ. with a concentration in pediatric psychology. She and her husband moved to Charlotte, N.C., for her to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology....Ariane Mandell was promoted to deputy managing editor at The Jerusalem Post. She lives in Tel Aviv....Hank Mastain sells real estate in his hometown with Sotheby’s International Realty. He traveled to Berlin with Lexi Kirsch to visit Tim Howard and Maddy McLean, who recently moved there.... Nick Mazuroski got married to Rose Milliken. He was promoted to vice president of operations at Biomass Power Assn. in Portland, Maine, an organization that works to expand the use of clean, renewable biomass power....Rachel Ogilvie graduated with a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Univ. of Minnesota in July and started working as a post-doctoral scholar in sleep medicine at the Univ. of Pittsburgh in August....Eric Pier graduated from NYU College of Dentistry in 2016 and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He completed a general practice residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and is stationed on the USS Emory S. Land, homeported in Guam.... Jeremy Rogalski got engaged in December 2016 to Melissa Stuart. They live in downtown Boston and plan to marry in summer 2018. Now in his ninth season with the Boston Bruins, he was

promoted to director of hockey analytics....Arsalan Suhail, management consultant, digital strategy at IBM Global Business Services in Chicago, was named one of Consulting Magazine’s 2017 “35 Under 35 Rising Stars of the Profession for Excellence in Leadership.” He has over seven years of experience advising public- and private-sector institutions in 11 countries.... Paul Suitter finished two years in beautiful Portland, Maine, clerking for judges on the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Although he loved living back in his home state and hopes to return, he moved to Washington, D.C., this fall to work as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP....Chloe Tennyson and Peter Houston were married June 17, 2017. They live in Brooklyn. She teaches middleand upper-school math at The Nightingale-Bamford School.... Elise Walsh Bennett, a licensed acupuncturist, joined Dr. Christopher Hollis’ staff at Integrative Health in Randolph, Vt.

2010 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class co-presidents Brianna Bakow Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan vantielelizabeth.duncan@ Claire Beers McIntosh and husband Matt bought their first house, a 100-year-old fixer-upper in Buffalo, N.Y....Leah Carr graduated from a pediatrics residency program at Seattle Children’s Hospital/Univ. of Washington Medical Center and is excited to start a neonatology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.... Taylor Carr married Charlie Holm in June 2016. She works as the director of brand onboarding at Promoboxx, a commerce platform that connects and aligns national brands with independent retailers to increase local awareness and sales....Kelly Gollogly was invited to be a keynote speaker at the &Action Animation Festival at Nord Univ. in Steinkjer, Norway. Her husband, Mark Sperber, also participated after finishing his role as head of story on The Emoji Movie. Back in Hollywood they work for DreamWorks TV Animation and Sony Pictures Animation, respectively....Ryan Mannelly graduated from the Univ. of Michigan’s business school, got married to Alia Raschid, and moved to Chicago to start a new job....Alberto Means has a new job as senior strategist at SYPartners, a design consultancy that focuses on leadership and transformation....Holly Noyes, who is with ReVision Energy in Portland, Maine, was quoted in a Lewiston Sun Journal story about solar power advocates who have asked Maine utility regulators to reconsider a

ruling they say will crimp solar’s growth by phasing out certain incentives for homeowners and businesses that install rooftop solar arrays. She and another solar power advocate said they are examples of the way more reliance on solar can help Maine keep and attract college graduates. Holly returned to her native state because “a great job in solar energy made that possible.”...Freelance journalist Laura Poppick, who writes about science, technology, and environmental change, gave a Bates Geolunch talk on “Science Communication: Opportunities and Career Paths.”...Molly Radis moved to Hanoi, Vietnam, to work as a nurse, PE teacher, and soccer coach with her fiancé. They’ll come back in July 2018 to get married on Peaks Island, Maine....Ali Spangler now works at The Museum of Modern Art in New York after several years at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

2011 Reunion 2021, June 11-13 class co-presidents Theodore Sutherland theodoresutherland89@ Patrick Williams Caroline Barr graduated from Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 and completed a one-year internship in small-animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Mass. She has a new job as a general practitioner at PawSteps Veterinary Center in Northbridge....Diane Brackett is in her second year of pathology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Enjoying being a Bostonian and living in the North End! Planning to pursue a pediatric pathology fellowship after residency.”...Sarah Charley lives in France and works in Switzerland at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, as the U.S. press officer. “Something cool happened this year: A parody I made of the song ‘Collide’ by singer-songwriter Howie Day was actually covered by Howie Day. So he covered a parody of himself.”...Taylor Cook finished her first year at Boston Univ.’s Questrom School of Business part-time M.B.A. program. She and Mike Nadler ’10 got engaged last December and plan to marry in June 2018....Katie Dobbins lives and teaches in Boston while pursuing her passion for songwriting and performing. In May, she released her debut album, She Is Free, and celebrated with a “Let The Music Set You Free” tour around New England, sharing stages with a variety of singer-songwriters to promote themes of setting yourself free, empowerment, and self-love.... Rob Friedman is a policy advocate at the Natural Resources

Defense Council working on environmental justice and antifossil fuel advocacy. He is also a licensed organizational behavior coach. He and his fiancée live in Queens, N.Y....Megan Guynes, program director at Tree Street Youth, and state Sen. Nate Libby ’07 were among the “40 Under 40” honorees recognized by Uplift LA, an affiliate of the L/A Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Both were recognized in the “Local Heroes” category. Megan’s nominator wrote, “Megan is a silent leader of the L/A community (who) serves as a mentor and role model to hundreds of youth through her role at Tree Street,” co-founded by Julia Sleeper ’08. Nate, as assistant Senate Democratic leader, enacts public policy, negotiates the state’s two-year, $7 billion budget, advocates for constituents who need services, and helps manage the day-today operations and professional staff of the Senate Democratic Caucus. As a consultant, he works with businesses, nonprofits, and local governments to make projects happen, whether that’s raising money, constructing a building, or planning a project or program....Nathan Kane’s on-demand private tutoring company, Smart Alec, launched in the San Francisco Bay Area after a successful first year in the New York metro. “We offer in-home private lessons with the world’s best tutors for about half the cost of a traditional tutoring company, and have raised $700,000 in angel funding to date.”...Monthe Kofos began his final year at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and was awarded Student of the Year for Underserved Care at his rotating hospital. He’s researching psychopharmacogenetics and its application to patients with specific enzyme deficiencies. He also planned a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic....Tim Molnar lives in Boulder, Colo., where he’s working on a Ph.D. He studies renewable energy for developing economies, work that takes him to Honduras, Ghana, and Bolivia. In his free time, he’s trail running, skiing, and biking....Eliott Morgan is in his fourth year of medical school at VCU School of Medicine in Richmond, Va. He’s pursuing a combined medicine-pediatric residency and hopes to remain on the East Coast. He also had marriage plans....Alexandra Steverson graduated from Northwestern Univ. medical school with an MD/MPH and started an internal medicine residency at UCSF.

2012 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class co-presidents Mikey Pasek Sangita Murali

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Sam Goldstein ’12 organized 400-plus people to do a simultaneous handstand in San Francisco’s Dolores Park to set a new world record.

media outlet: Nylon


Ali Vingiano makes videos that show what it means to be a millennial woman

takeaway: Portraying women as they are sends a powerful message Ali Vingiano ’11 creates short videos that “capture brief but important moments in our lives, junctures where we confront large topics,” writes Naomi Elias of the fashion and lifestyle magazine Nylon. The films portray female characters “who are insecure and who are flawed and who are strong and who are funny,” Vingiano told Elias. Vingiano’s videos range from the funny-butpoignant (“If You Talked to People the Way You Talk to Yourself,” about a woman’s self-esteem) to the serious (“When I Saw Him Again,” about a woman encountering her rapist years later). Vingiano, who worked for BuzzFeed Video until this year, found a gratifying reception among both men and women. “There were people relieved to see nuanced and honest portraits of their stories on screen, who could relate to the characters I created, and who were eager to keep seeing content in that vein,” she said.


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In December 2017, Kiely Barnard-Webster will finish a 2.5-year-long project to better understand new approaches to fighting corruption in the criminal justice sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “Since starting this work (at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects in Boston), I’ve gotten to know some wonderful colleagues in Lubumbashi, DRC. I’ve traveled to Lubumbashi several times to help collect and analyze qualitative data in an effort to better understand how corruption operates in the CJS.”...Henry Butman has been “living out of a backpack since January.”... Rebecca Clark is in her last year of vet school. She’s planning her wedding for May 2018, the same month she graduates.... Tess Glancey was promoted to deputy director of communications at the House Committee on Homeland Security. She traveled to Aspen, Colo., for the Aspen Security Forum with the committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul....Sam Goldstein reports he helped set the world record for the largest group handstand. It happened on July 15 in San Francisco’s Dolores Park when 400-plus people simultaneously turned upside down. Sam is the CEO and co-founder of Handstand, which he established in 2015 “because I wanted to create a company centered around inspiring, delighting, and pushing people. Handstand creates events that embody those characteristics. We create adventure events for the public and world class team-building events for companies.” He also created an event and app for running live Mario Kart races...Passionate outdoorswoman Kerry Gross created and launched a cross-country interview project, Women Who Dare, seeking stories of inspirational women. She planned a five-part zig-zag route across the U.S. — 6,400 miles of biking and 1,300 miles on Amtrak — from late April to late September, interviewing inspirational women and sharing updates on her blog and Instagram. Upon returning to her hometown of Camden, Maine, she plans to compile and release the interviews as a podcast.... Luke Harmeling is getting a DPT at UMass Lowell. He lives in North Andover....After wrapping up three years as the logistics manager for Outward Bound California, Kellen MacFadyen packed up for some serious summer adventures. First it was a monthlong trip through Chile, Peru, and Colombia where she

got to practice her high school Spanish and deeply regret not taking additional classes at Bates. Then it was on to a three-week bike trip from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Rochester, N.Y., which made her fall madly in love with bike touring. Now, she’s landed in Boulder, Colo., where both biking and hiking are plenty.... Haley Manchester got engaged to Brendan Small ’10....Pamela Mejia and Justin Adams were married July 15, 2017, near Quito, Ecuador....Leena Nasser is now the executive director of a new nonprofit startup, the Chopra Mind Brain Institute, dedicated to transforming health care in the 21st century....Mikey Pasek received a Bates’ Best award. His citation reads, in part: “As class co-president and Reunion chair, you keep your classmates and the college informed and connected through your steadfast and savvy management of the class Facebook page. Through your work with Alumni in Admission — as an admission fair representative, an interviewer, and an event host — you help the best and brightest high school students find their way to Bates, thereby strengthening the college with future generations of successful and highly engaged alumni. And in your senior year you launched Bates Night in Town, a vital town-gown partnership that introduces students to the diverse dining options and cultural opportunities offered within their host community of Lewiston-Auburn.”...Jessica Plate teaches special education at The Noble Academy, a charter school in Chicago. She’s also the external affairs point person for her campus, the reading department head, and the varsity volleyball coach....Matt Pope lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he started a program this fall to become a family nurse practitioner. In his free time, he jets off to the Sierras to explore as much as possible....Monica Rodriguez joined the law office of Melissa Needle as an associate. She concentrates in the area of family law in Westport, Conn.... Jack Schneider is helping Baltimore City transform into Washington’s humble powerhouse of a little brother. “During the day I explore various ways of becoming the world’s preeminent street musician; during the evening I tutor high school kids on how to crush their college readiness tests. I have also developed quite a taste for extended summer expeditions to Italy to mine the soil for truffles.”...Kelly McManus and Andrew Scichilone were married May 6, 2017. They now live in Topsham. Kelly coaches field hockey at Bowdoin College. Andrew, who graduated from physician assistant school, works with an orthopedic trauma group at Maine Medical Center in Portland....Hope Staneski entered her last year at Duke Law School. Last summer she worked for a law firm in Portland.

class co-presidents Ryan Sonberg Megan Murphy Allie Beaulieu started an emergency medicine residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center....Molly Bruzzese started a graduate program in school psychology at Tufts Univ....Kate Carlucci began a combined master’s and doctoral program at Columbia Univ. to become a family nurse practitioner....Annie Cravero is in her third year of medical school at Dartmouth.... Kate Fetrow graduated from Stanford Law School and moved to Boston to start a new job....After finishing a master’s degree in adolescent education, chemistry, and teaching science in Brooklyn public schools for a few years, Aly Goldstein is back in school earning a doctorate of clinical psychology and school psychology as well as an M.B.A. Through a community-based scholarship she does educational consulting focused on restorative justice and teacher/administrator leadership development....Michael Hanley and Allie Skaperdas ’15 moved to Hanover, N.H. He started an M.B.A. at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business this fall.... Dan Hines lives in Boston and works in the commercial real estate business as a broker on the Colliers International investment sales team....Hansen Johnson started year three of a Ph.D. in biological oceanography at Dalhousie Univ. in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He’s working on a project that uses robots to study the habitat and acoustic behavior of whales in the Northwest Atlantic....Ashley Lepre interned at an architecture firm last summer after completing her first year of graduate school for architecture....Emmelyn Leung received an MPA in environmental science and policy from Columbia Univ.’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2015 and has been working as an energy consultant in NYC....Elise Levesque moved to Philadelphia to start law school at the Univ. of Pennsylvania....AnnaMarie Martino lives in the Minneapolis area with her girlfriend Kelsey. She works at Morgan Stanley and is the assistant varsity softball coach at Wayzata High School....Pamela Ross still lives in Boston after earning an M.S. in advertising at Boston Univ.’s College of Communication in 2015. By day, she’s a marketing assistant at Harvard Business School. By night, she writes and performs comedy. “This year I performed standup in the Women in Comedy Festival and was published on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. I see lots of Batesies around Boston, so I never feel far from Lewiston. I was recently able to catch up with fellow English major Kelly Coyne over dinner, which was

2014 Reunion 2019, June 7–9 class co-presidents Hally Bert Mildred Aroko Ben Bogard started at Brooklyn Law School part time this fall while continuing to work in NYC government....After returning from a Paleoclimate Research Fulbright Fellowship in Norway, Ashley Braunthal started working at Columbia Univ.’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as a lab assistant and was promoted to a research staff assistant for 2017–18. She researches global paleoclimate signals and temperatures through sediment variability and oxygen isotopes in microfossils. Last spring she attended a TakeNote a cappella reunion with Boston-based Batesies from 2012–15....In the summer of 2016, Lucy Brennan led a bike trip across the country, from Charleston, S.C., to San Diego, Calif., for high school students. “It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have been lucky enough to have. Now I have happily returned to Bates for work and have enjoyed settling in Maine.”... Mira Carey-Hatch and John Records were married June 24, 2017....Lexie Carter joined EF High School Exchange Year in 2014 and moved to EF College Break as a consultant in 2016.... After three years working in the Earlham College admissions office, Helen Chyz returned to her Seattle hometown to pursue a master’s in leadership in higher education at the Univ. of Washington starting this fall....Hadley Dawson lives in San Francisco and works at Lyft on the healthcare team to provide transportation to patients who otherwise can’t get to their appointments. “Enjoying all that California has to offer, including Tahoe, the Sierras, and Karl the Fog.”... Colleen Fitzgerald has been living in Buenos Aires where she works as an independent dance artist, choreographing her own work, performing, collaborating

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‘Positivity and Excitement’ Freelance photographer Will Strathmann ’13, watching and photographing the Aug. 21 eclipse in the Sawtooth Wilderness of Idaho, was struck by “the positivity and excitement” created when millions of people share a stunning and beautiful natural experience. “It’s simply incredible.” This image is a composite of photographs that Strathmann took during the eclipse; the sequence starts at the top and moves clockwise. The center image shows the Baily’s beads effect, where the moon’s rugged topography allows beads of brilliant sunlight to shine through in some places and not in others. Will’s work on Instagram @willstrath

with other artists, and teaching. Activism, especially as it relates to issues of race, gender, and class, is an important part of her life. In 2016 she completed a New England tour that brought her back to Bates as a guest artist and teacher. She was invited to perform her latest solo work in the Temporal Festival de Arte in Asunción, Paraguay, and hopes to perform it in other Latin American countries in 2018.... Logan Greenblatt ended his job at Massachusetts General Hospital as a study coordinator and traveled in Iceland with girlfriend Ashley ’17. He’s heading off to St. George’s Univ. School of Medicine....Tessa Hathaway started a master’s in English at the Univ. of Maine and accepted a teaching assistantship in which she’s teaching her own English 101 class each semester. She finishes her degree next year.... Daniel Jordan started this fall at Virginia Commonwealth Univ. School of Medicine on the family medicine scholars training and admission track, class of 2021.... Claire Kershko began an M.B.A. at Clarkson Univ. where she’s also the assistant alpine ski coach for the duration of the M.B.A. program....Natalie Shribman, who began studying to be a rabbi in 2015, spent the summer directing a day camp in Cincinnati for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim middle school students. This school year she is serving as the rabbi for Temple Israel in Marion, Ohio. She continues to run and train for half-marathons and dreams about New England and Bates in her spare time.... Melanie Sklar moved to Keene, N.H., to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. She’s also conducting evaluation research at Antioch Univ. with students and her psychology professors. She completed a 15K road race with Ashley Braunthal and Sarah Kornacki in central New York....Amanda Solch graduated with a social policy degree from the Univ. of Pennsylvania.... Chelsea Thompson Russell and Ben moved to Madrid to study Spanish and teach English.

2015 Reunion 2020, June 12–14 class co-presidents James Brissenden Benjamin Smiley Jenna Armstrong works at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, India, as the Mabelle Arole Fellow.... Nicki Brill works for Level Up Village, a social impact company based in Old Greenwich, Conn., that delivers pioneering Global STEAM (STEM + Arts) enrichment courses to promote design thinking and one-to-one collaboration on real-world problems between students from around the world. LUV runs courses for students at more than 250 U.S. schools, with 40+ Global Partner


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organizations in more than 25 countries. She developed and runs the Professional Development Teacher Training program for educators from around the world....Matthew Cannone works as an account executive for Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, Mass....Connor Cerniglia switched jobs and moved from Chicago to New York City....Sara Cuddeback loves working as an analyst at a social media management software company in New York City. She works with clients such as Visa and Comcast to help their social and digital teams use software to analyze what people are saying about them. “I still see my Bates friends every week in NYC and always make an effort to meet up with other friends when I am traveling.”...Roch De Silva started a Ph.D. in chemistry at Georgetown Univ. He worked briefly on clinical trials for a dengue vaccine in Colombo, Sri Lanka....Michelle Devoe is now marketing coordinator at Fluid Imaging Technologies, a lab instrumentation manufacturer in Scarborough, Maine.... Shoshana Foster completed a two-year commitment with Teach For America in Hartford and earned a master’s in elementary education from Johns Hopkins. “I am excited to continue teaching and to contribute to ensuring that children have access to an excellent education, no matter their zip code.”...Paul Fourgous is finishing a master’s at ESSEC Business School in Paris and has moved temporarily to Singapore for study and work in consulting....Audrey Grauer is attending graduate school at USC’s Rossier School of Education, planning to earn a master’s degree and credential in multiple subject teaching for the state of California....Reed Lewallen started a business development position with a Portland, Ore.-based tech startup, CrowdStreet....Talia Mason teaches dance to preschool-kindergarteners at Greene Towne Montessori School, a leading independent school in Philadelphia. She also planned to perform and premiere a dance show called Onion Dances at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.... After two years of teaching in Santa Barbara, Calif., Jessica Nichols moved to Boston and works as a research assistant at the Harvard Graduate School of Education....Courtney Parsons works as a clinical research coordinator in ophthalmology in Atlanta. She’s also pursuing a master’s in clinical research administration at George Washington Univ....Minh-Tam Pham started a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.... Courier Publications caught up with Graham Safford, a basketball standout at Camden Hills Regional High School, Hampden Academy, and Bates. Now living in Nashville, he talked about his experience as a coaching

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intern with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets in 2015–16. He was expected to know all of the plays and terminology on the court for the Hornets and when he was not helping out in practice, he was “in the video room cutting film.” He also played pickup basketball with NBA players such as Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin. “It was awesome,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for more” in terms of the opportunity. Hornet coach Steve Clifford said of Graham, “If he decides coaching is what he wants to do, he’d have a bright future.”...Matthew Silverman is enrolled in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, class of 2021....Shelby Sullivan lives in Paris and is getting a master’s in marketing at ESCP Europe Business School....Patrick Tolosky is beginning medical school at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine....Alexandra Zink started a dual master’s program in social work and public health at Columbia Univ.

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Toby Myers ’16 got a job at an SF tech startup and moved into a bus with three friends. “The plan is to live in SF and work for another six months and then hit the road.” Fola Ade-Banjo works as a product manager for the Experience & Innovation Division at, an ecommerce tech company in the New York metro area....Jack Aherne works in commercial real estate at Cushman and Wakefield in NYC.... Ashley Bryant lives in Belém do Pará (in the Amazon), Brazil, where she’s teaching English at a local university on a Fulbright until November 2017. “When I am not in the classroom, I am sampling unique Paraense cuisine, attempting to master the local dance of carimbó, learning about Belém’s indigenous and colonial history through my involvement at an anthropological research institution, volunteering at an after-school program, and exploring as much of this diverse country as my bank account will allow!”... Katrina Buchta is now director of education at Portland (Maine) Community Squash....Nate Henneman works as a biological research scientist at the VA Hospital and Emory Univ. in

Atlanta....Jessie Jacobson is a photographer and food stylist in New York City....Clara Jessup is on a Princeton in Africa fellowship to work on The Kasiisi Project, based in Fort Portal, Uganda, which seeks to conserve Kibale National Park through programs that support education, health, and care for the environment....Grace Kenney is an environmental educator for the Connecticut Audubon Society in Glastonbury....Detmer Kremer started as a Dean’s Fellow at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, where he works in student life and the writing center. He also works part time for the indigenous rights organization Amazon Watch....Nate Levin works at Fusemachines, a New York– based tech startup founded by Sameer Maskey ’02, which uses artificial intelligence to automate the sales process....Hannah Loeb is in her second year as a post-baccalaureate IRTA research fellow at NICHD/ NIH in Bethesda, Md....Javier Morales started a master’s in physics at Lund Univ. in Sweden....Toby Myers moved to the Bay Area and got a job at a tech startup in the city. He moved into a bus with three friends. “The plan is to live in SF and work for another six months and then hit the road.” ...Christopher Pelz was finishing a master’s in carbon management at the Univ. of Edinburgh, then moving to London. He’s looking for sustainable development organizations and environmental consultant firms to work with in the U.K....Noah Riskind is in his second year teaching seventh-grade math as a Teach For America Corps member in Fall River, Mass....Sarah Stanley is now development and administrative manager of the Kennebunk Land Trust.... After working in Jerusalem for 10 months, Alex Tritell planned to travel in Southeast Asia for three months and then return to the D.C. area....Katharine Wick enrolled in the Yale School of Nursing to become an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.

2017 Reunion 2022, June 10-12 class co-presidents Jessica Garson Matthew Baker On May 28, the day he graduated from Bates, men’s lacrosse standout Charlie Fay was drafted by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. He is Bates’ first player to be drafted by an MLL team....Identical twin brothers Marcus and Malcolm Delpeche signed contracts in August to play professional basketball in Europe with the Grevenbroich Elephants. They flew to Germany on Aug. 11 to start their professional careers.

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takeaway: Entrepreneurism and sustainability can go hand in hand Mitch Newlin ’17 tells Study Break contributor Kaitlyn Peterson that his entrepreneurial zeal is not for refrigerators, the appliance at the core of Re-Fridge, the business he started at Bates. “I really have no passion for mini-fridges,” he said. Instead, he has a “passion for environmental preservation and a passion for fixing deficiencies in the economy.” For Newlin, it’s all about buying low — purchasing unwanted refrigerators from students during the spring move-out season — and selling high, offering them at a profit to students in the fall. Re-Fridge now serves 27 different colleges. At Bates, Re-Fridge makes the annual moveout less wasteful, as does the college’s gigantic yard sale of student stuff, Clean Sweep, which benefits local nonprofits. In that spirit, Re-Fridge donates 20 percent of its profit to charities.

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Please email your high-resolution Bates group wedding photo to Please identify all people and their class years, and include the wedding date, location, and any other news. Wedding photos are published in the order received. Matteau ’03 & McNinch Danielle Matteau ’03 and Jim McNinch IV (Middlebury ’11), June 24, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H. Annie Taylor Douthit ’04, Ian Stevenson ’03, Cate Murray Stevenson ’03, Leana Nordstrom ’03, Danielle and Jim, Lauren Sterk ’03, Kim Rogers ’03, Carole Caldarone Glass ’03, Rob Fallon ’03, Olivia Ester ’03, Jamie Gifford ’03, Tim Kirkman ’06, Jake Garber ’03, Nate Richards ’03, Christopher Speers ’12. Mejia ’12 & Adams ’12 Pamela Mejia ’12 and Justin Adams ’12, July 15, 2017, La Merced, near Quito, Ecuador. Brendan Riebe ’13, Jayme Gough ’13, Will Furbush ’16, Jim Moody ’12, Paul Heffernan ’12, Canice Ahearn ’13, Reid Christian ’12, Justin and Pamela, Daniela Velasco ’13, Ernest Corvese ’12, Lorena Bustamante ’12, Emily Cull ’12, Matthew Brady ’12, Corey Creedon ’12, Javier Hernandez ’12, Sylvia Staneva ’12. Cottery ’12 & Love Josalynne Cottery ’12 and DeJuan Love (Yale ’12), May 28, 2016, Memphis, Tenn. Holding Bates sign: Josalynne and DeJuan; behind: Anthony Phillips ’10, Tomisha Edwards ’15, Shabrina Guerrier ’13, Ashley Booker ’12, Victoria Lowe ’12, Christopher Boyd ’13, Jessica Clergeau ’15, Raina Jacques ’13, Benjamin Hughes ’12, Jasmine Black ’12, Courtney Parsons ’15, Porsha Winters ’12, Jessica Washington ’13, Angeleque Hartt ’14, Jennifer Glass ’16, Eunice Anderson ’14, James Watkins ’12, Marissa Phoenix ’15. Martinez & Martinez ’05 Cassandra Martinez and Luis Martinez ’05, wedding Dec. 31, 2016, Catalina Island, Calif., reception May 20, 2017, Boston. Photo taken at Bates Chapel. Front row: Alex Maximilien ’05, Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05, Patrick Boyaggi ’03, Cassandra and Luis, Rob Maguire ’04, Uriel Gonzalez ’11; back: Mike Hartnett ’05, Jamie Chafel ’05, Kevin Madden ’05, Jon Beatty ’05, Chris Felton ’05, Jason Patterson ’02, Kayla Patterson.


Doble ’09 & Spicer Emily Doble ’09 and Matt Spicer (Georgia Tech ’06), Oct. 8, 2016, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. John Adams ’09, Caitlin Murphy Dufault ’09, Brian Klein ’09, Charlotte Coulter Bowden ’09, Gabri Vannoni ’09, Tom Bowden ’09, Sarah Young ’09, Chloe Tennyson ’09, Tatum Fraites ’09, Susan MacDonald ’80, Jendia Marlowe ’09, Julia Merriman Traggorth ’09, Ted Stein ’79, Dan Welling ’78, Tracy Howe Welling ’79, Kim Doble ’79, Jim Doble ’80, Liz Mankey Doble ’79, Beth O’Day Riley ’81. Tennyson ’09 & Houston Chloe Tennyson ’09 and Peter Houston (Williams ’10), June 17, 2017, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Front row: Peter and Chloe, Jendia Marlowe ’09, Cecily Tennyson ’17; back: Tyler Infelise ’09, Emily Doble Spicer ’09, Tom Bowden ’09, Charlotte Coulter Bowden ’09, Gabri Vannoni ’09, Tatum Fraites ’09, Margot Webel ’09, Carson Lappetito ’08, Kylie Johnson ’17. Rosania ’08 & Rodriguez ’07 Amy Rosania ’08 and Luis Rodriguez ’07, Sept. 12, 2015, Riverside Farm, Pittsfield, Vt. Front row: Rachel Katz ’08, Avalon Dibner Fennessey ’08, Taisy Conk ’07, Luis and Amy, Ray Alicea ’07, Christine Wicks ’08, Alison Schwartz Egelson ’08, Emily Concannon ’08; second row: Frank Saccomandi ’07, Allison Marshall ’07, John D’Ascenzo ’07, Missy Coito ’07, Katie Boccard Pearce ’07, Alex Smith ’07, Matt Ziino ’07, Mark Strobel ’07, Maddie Rubin Ziino ’07, Alex Egelson ’08, Katie Rocklin Donnelly ’08; back row: Bryan Laverriere ’07, Tim Buckley ’07. Traverse ’13 & Jylkka ’10 Danielle Traverse ’13 and Zachary Jylkka ’10, Aug. 6, 2016, Rockport, Mass. Mark Stehlik ’10, Sarah Lokitus-Ewing ’10, Lucas Feinberg ’07, Mary Bucci Feinberg ’07, Peter Linsley ’10, Sam Guilford ’10, Nathan Winebaum ’10, Gina Petracca Julian ’10, Brendan Julian ’10, Sarina Rosenthal ’10, Nathaniel Johnson ’10, Will

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Robinson ’10, Evan Procknow ’10, Christine Grover ’10, Daniel Himes ’10, Jason Tsichlis ’09, William Prins ’09, Custer Cook ’10, Christine Hayek ’10, Eleanor Gourley ’10, Will Strathmann ’13, Laura Traverse ’11, Fergus Moynihan ’13, Connor Abernathy ’13, Meaghan Doyle ’12, Harold Poole ’10, Meredith Legg ’11, Hank Woolley ’13, Caroline Cook ’13, Anna McCabe ’13, Ethan Hirshberg ’13, Emma Reichart ’14, Ali Millard ’14, Ellie van Gemeren ’13. LaPierre & Grater ’08 Courtney LaPierre (Bowdoin ’09) and Patrick Grater ’08, July 30, 2016, Scarborough, Maine. Bryan Frates ’08, Allegra Timperi Wilson ’08, Nithya Sabanayagam Grande ’08, Mark Grande ’08, Alex Connor ’08, Travis Granger ’08, Dan Ricciardi ’08, Courtney, Aaron Schleicher ’08, Pat, Brent Morin ’08, Cary Gemmer Blake ’07, Zach Wilson ’08, Craig Blake ’08, Lindsey Ferguson Warren ’08, Willy Warren ’08. Carey-Hatch ’14 & Records Mira Carey-Hatch ’14 and John Records, June 24, 2017, Gilford, N.H. Katie Courtney ’16, Jake Nemeroff ’16, Kallie Nixon ’14, Mira and John, Andrea Fisher ’14, Elena Jay ’15, Lindsay Cullen ’13, Hannah Zeltner ’16. Lovely ’07 & Jones Ann Lovely ’07 and Matt Jones, March 18, 2017, Wellfleet, Mass. Andy Lovely ’75, Laura Kling Lovely ’76, Kate Luddy ’07, Erin Bougie ’07, Julie Jackson Flynn ’84, Ann and Matt, Norm Graf ’75, Akiko Doi ’07, Kay Gonsalves O’Neill ’07, Russ Keenan ’75, Donna Davis Keenan ’75, Chris Theile ’07. Marsh ’88 & Dixon Carrie Marsh ’88 and Bruce Dixon, June 18, 2016, Boston. Front: Andrea Combes ’88, Heather Koball ’88, Marianne Mahon Menesale ’88, Bruce, Eva Dixon, Carrie, Nancy McAllister Tabb ’88, Michael Schecter ’86, Sharon Curry Schecter ’88, John Tabb ’88; back: Cheryl Turner Schneider, David Larrivee ’88, Ron Schneider ’88, Norma Jean Stetson Larrivee ’88.

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Arthur Jeremiah Latham Jr. January 11, 2017 Jerry Latham served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS New York, which provided gunfire support at the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the war, he started a 40-year career with the former Providence (R.I.) Gas Co., retiring in 1975. An elder and pastor at the Warwick Community of Christ church for over 20 years, he volunteered for the New England Mission Center of the Community of Christ as camp registrar and camp business manager, and ran its bookstore every summer. He was also a member of the John Birch Society. Survivors include wife Dorothy Salisbury Latham; children Nancy Lee Cornish and Peter M. Latham ’66; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

1935 June Sawyer Wallace Stevens January 17, 2017 June Sawyer Wallace Stevens drove cross-country many times, between Maine and Montana: once on two-lane roads, some of them unpaved, shortly after graduation; a second time in 2011 in an RV with three of her children and her cat. The first trip undoubtedly went better. On that trip, she and her friend were invited to climb the workers’ stairs up George Washington’s face at Mount Rushmore. It had just been completed, and the view from his 22-foot nose stayed with her forever. She worked for her father’s company before marrying, then split her time between Maine and her native Montana until moving to a ranch in 1960. After her first husband’s death in 1986, she moved back to the ancestral home in Maine. She eventually returned to Montana. Survivors include children John Wallace, Barbara Thares, Diana Roberts, and Susan Lyons; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and stepchildren David and Rick Stevens. Her late brother was Robert H. Sawyer ’31.


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Charlotte Stiles Kuhn July 22, 2016 Charlotte Stiles Kuhn was a teacher to blind children, at the Blind Children’s Institute in Summit, N.J., as well as in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Florida. She prepared for this career by studying at Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard, to bolster her degree in history from Bates. Survivors include a daughter, Pamela.

1938 Dorothy Kennedy Prince January 20, 2017 A diplomat’s wife is always employed, Dorothy Kennedy Prince found out, whether or not she is paid for the work. She lectured at the Univ. of Budapest, served on the national board of the YWCA in New Zealand, tried to start a branch of the YWCA in Iran, taught English-language courses, and organized countless bazaars and formal dinners, sometimes cooking them herself (she could compute how much food she needed for 85 people in her head). Prior to this, she worked for five years in Washington as secretary to the Foreign Service Examining Board, where she met her husband, Edward. Despite living in Budapest, Montreal, Wellington, N.Z., Helsinki, Ankara, Tehran, and Dublin, her experience at Bates, she said, was one of the highlights of her life. She was a career adviser for Bates late in her life. In retirement, she sang in a community chorale in Tamworth, N.H., where she was a member of the library board. Survivors include children Jonathan, Philip, and Anthony Price, and Noelle Shear; and four grandchildren. Her great-niece is Rebecca Alane Morgan ’95.

1939 Dorothy Adler Bridges December 20, 2016 Homecoming Queen and Snow Queen — it’s no wonder Dottie Adler Bridges was an

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active member of several Bates Reunions, as well as a member of the committee that organized an annual high school reunion in Sanford. A French and Latin major, she taught for a few years before marrying Donald E. Bridges ’39. He was a very busy ob/gyn doctor in Bangor; he passed away in 1988. She was a member of the Hammond Street Congregational Church, past president of the Junior League of Bangor, and the Good Samaritan Home. She also was a member of the medical auxiliary and an active volunteer at Eastern Maine Medical Center. A lifelong athlete, she took aerobics classes until she was 90. Survivors include daughter Donna Ames and one grandchild. Sherman George Shapiro December 30, 2016 Sherman Shapiro, a native of Auburn, studied chemistry at Bates before getting a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston Univ. His family operated J.J. Shapiro & Bro. in New Auburn for more than 60 years. He and his brother formed the accounting firm of Ernest M. Shapiro & Co. in Lewiston, where he was instrumental in the founding of Temple Shalom Synagogue Center; he also served as president of the L/A YMCA and was active in Kiwanis. Survivors include children Susan Williams, John Shapiro, and Gary Shapiro; and four grandchildren.

1940 Esther Strout Allen December 13, 2016 Esther Strout Allen used her Bates degree in sociology to pave the way to a master’s in social work from BU. She worked as a social worker for the American Red Cross, Tri-County Mental Health, and SAD 17 as a home/ school counselor. She served as class secretary in the 1990s and on her 55th Reunion Committee. Her first husband, Everett W. Kennedy ’37, was killed in action during World War II. Survivors include children Robert and Brian Allen, Sandra Vasquez, Louise Kennedy Hackett ’65 and her husband, David S. Hackett ’64, Bonnie Rotenberg, and Deborah Alden; 21 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Her late parents were Lillian Jose Strout 1911 and Roy M. Strout 1911. Her late stepdaughter was Patricia Allen Renaghan, ’59, whose obituary is also in this issue. Virginia Yeomans Ansheles April 16, 2017 Jini Yeomans Ansheles augmented her degree in English with a master’s in guidance and counseling from Seton Hall Univ. She taught for a few years in Sanford before returning to her native New Jersey and teaching there,

where she was head of the math department at Columbia High School in Maplewood. She lived for over 20 years in Fairfax. Va., before retiring to Myrtle Beach, S.C. A devout Catholic, one cause near and dear to her was the anti-abortion movement. A member of the College Key and a former class agent, she served on her 60th Reunion Committee and as a class officer. Survivors include children Joan, Carole, Robert, Cathy, Beth, and Nancy Ansheles, and Jill Checkoway; and four grandchildren. Leslie Linwood Thomas February 25, 2017 “The best teacher I ever had.” Les Thomas heard that comment often during his 27-year career as a high school English teacher. He taught first in Biddeford — interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Army Air Force — then in South Deerfield, Mass., and finally in Amherst. He was a trustee of the Deerfield library for 28 years and a volunteer for 25 more. When Deerfield residents voted to create a historical commission in 1972, he was appointed co-chairman and held the post for 14 years. After retiring from teaching in 1979, he became a docent at Historic Deerfield, working with both adults and school groups. He was active in the Friends of Historic Deerfield and was a strong supporter of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Assn. museum and library for 50 years. He was a Reunion volunteer, class agent, and alumni club officer for many years. Survivors include son Peter A. Thomas; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His late wife was Jean Fessenden Thomas ’40.

1941 Olympia Frangedakis Conant August 22, 2016 Olympia Frangedakis came to Bates from Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer). She was brought to a halt while entering Hathorn one morning. “That’s the man I’m going to marry,” she told her concerned friends while pointing to Professor of Greek Joseph M. Conant. And indeed they did marry, mere hours before her final exams. (Her Bates diploma does not bear her married name, an arrangement she made with a flustered Dean Harry Rowe.) A psychology major, she went on to teach in progressive elementary schools in Georgia where her husband was a professor at Emory. She also enjoyed living and traveling through Greece and Europe when her husband had fellowships abroad. She taught art students in Atlanta, and was one of the original members of the Atlanta Contemporary Dance Group — “the birth of modern dance in a ballet city,” she called it. Her cousins are

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George P. Frangedakis ’74 and Elizabeth Frangedakis ’65. Her late uncle was Pandaleon E. Frangedakis ’35. Jeanne Bertocci McVeigh March 6, 2017 A French major, Jeanne Bertocci McVeigh taught French, Spanish, and English in Norway and Claremont, N.H., before turning her attention to her growing family. She volunteered for the Vermont Assn. for Crippled Children during this time, and returned to teaching in Vermont when her children reached school age. Her teaching methods were deeply impacted by her realization that English was a “foreign” language to many of her students and that they hated studying it. She taught at Green Mountain College, Otter Valley Union High School, Proctor High School, and schools in Rutland. She retired from Rutland High School in 1973. Survivors include children Julie Parsons and Scott McVeigh; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Her nephews are Paul V. Bertocci ’66 and Peter J. Bertocci ’60.

1942 Ruth Ulrich Coffin March 7, 2017 She dared to leave New Jersey to attend Bates, and Ruth Ulrich Coffin called it the best decision she ever made. All four of her siblings followed her example. “The four years at Bates for me were a great combination of academics, social life, and physical activity,” she said. Not only that, she met the man she would marry, Frank M. Coffin ’40. He passed away in 2009. Ruth saw her job as managing the household and family as Frank’s career evolved. This took her to Washington and Paris, among other places, but happily back to a house on a cliff overlooking Portland Harbor. Ruth was deeply involved with “Coffin Clever,” a loose association of the 70 or so law clerks who served under Judge Coffin, hosting parties at their oceanfront home, visits to the Coffin summer cottage, hikes, and other outings. The group most recently gathered in 2015 to celebrate Ruth’s 95th birthday. She developed lasting friendships with judges, clerks, and their spouses at judicial conferences and during the times the court met in Boston. She maintained lifelong friendships with her freshman roommates from Wilson House. She was a class agent and volunteer at Reunions, and a member of the Alumni Council in the 1970s. Survivors include children Nancy Kurtz, Douglas Coffin, Meredith Coffin, and Susan Babb; six grandchildren, including Morey Daniel Hallett ’07; and one great-grandchild. Other survivors include sisters Helen Ulrich

Coorssen ’43, Grace Ulrich Harris ’51, and Muriel Ulrich Weeks ’46; brother W. Arthur Ulrich ’55; and nephew Gary C. Coorssen ’78, whose father was the late George E. Coorssen ’41. Other relatives include Margaret Bartlett Ulrich ’55 and the late Prescott W. Harris ’52. Armand Gabriel Daddazio September 30, 2016 Armand Daddazio — “Daz,” as he was known — was a veteran of World War II. He was one of a group of officers tasked with off-loading the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima. He left the Marines only to re-up for another 22 years when the Korean War came about. A colonel, his personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with V, and Army Commendation Medal. The Legion of Merit, the nation’s second-highest award, was given to him for his “highly significant contribution to vital problems affecting the national security.” He commanded a field artillery battalion, and organized and trained the first Marine Corps air defense Hawk missile battalion. He also taught nuclear weapons at the Marine Corps School in Quantico, Va., and in Sandia, N.M. After retirement from the military, he enjoyed a 21-year career in investment advising. Survivors include wife Margaret Hansen; daughters Candi Vaughn and Terri Wilson; and stepson Patrick Crowley. Jane Veazie Nelson March 25, 2017 Jane Veazie Nelson left Bates to complete her degree at Simmons. She later received a master’s in education from UMaine; she was a teacher and later a reading supervisor in Gorham. Survivors include children Susan Carver and Lars Nelson; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

1943 Edward Law Thomas March 21, 2017 Ted Thomas was called away from Bates by U.S. Army service during World War II, and the college awarded him his diploma while he was in France. His first back-to-Bates trip was to marry Ida-May “Holly” Hollis ’43. After holding several jobs that didn’t satisfy, he earned a master’s in history from the Univ. of Rhode Island so that he could teach. He taught on Martha’s Vineyard, long a family sailing destination. He continued to sail: He was a member of Sail Martha’s Vineyard and sailed three times down the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida. When he was 80, he purchased a Herreshoff 12½-foot keelboat, which he had dreamed of owning since he was a little boy. His wife died in

2010. Survivors include children Nancy Monckton, Roger, and Carl; and six grandchildren. Harold Deroy Wheeler April 1, 2017 When the Rev. Harold Wheeler arrived at the Baptist church in Ridgefield, Conn., attendance at services hovered around 50. When he left 11 years later, it had reached 250. When he started at Bates, he thought he would go into research biochemistry, but he felt the need to turn to the ministry. He switched his major to religion, and went on to Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (now Palmer Seminary) for a bachelor’s in divinity. Just as the church called out for him to minister, so Maine kept calling: He served in three churches in Maine, in between Ridgefield and Merrimack, N.H. After retirement in 1986, he served as interim pastor at many churches throughout Maine. Survivors include wife Marylou Bailey Wheeler; sons David and Daniel; three grandchildren; and nephew Norman R. Briggs ’68. His late niece was Clara Blodgett Hammond ’49.

V-12 Raymond Harden Fogarty May 16, 2017 Ray Fogarty left Bates to join the U.S. Navy during World War II. He returned to his hometown of Rockland where he joined the postal service. He left to try his hand at lobstering, but soon found that he enjoyed it only on days when the sea was flat and calm, not that common eight miles out. He returned to the postal service, eventually becoming postmaster in Belfast. Survivors include sons Daniel and Kerry; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

1944 Ann Bradley Dearborn Brewitt March 4, 2017 Bradley Dearborn Brewitt always drove the boat on Lake Winnipesaukee, and she taught everyone to water ski. She was class president at her high school in Epping, N.H., and president of her class at Bates. A debater, she was part of the teams that won the freshman and the sophomore debate prize. She also chaired the Chase Hall Committee in her senior year, and chaired the spring formal. She and her husband operated a funeral home in Exeter, N.H., for nearly 30 years. She served on several Reunion committees and as a class officer, most recently for her 60th Reunion. She helped to organize and was the first president of the Exeter Jr. Women’s Club; she was a lifetime member and past president of the Exeter Women’s Club. She was active with Strawbery

Banke, the Exeter Lions Club, and Lane Library in Hampton, N.H. Survivors include children Peter, Robert, Nancy Jane West, and Mark; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her nephew is Thomas J. Brewitt ’88. Her late mother was Elizabeth Wood Dearborn 1915.

1945 Ruth Kennedy Becker December 18, 2016 Ruth Kennedy Becker was at Bates long enough to meet the man she would marry, Richard H. Becker ’43. She eventually graduated from Framingham (Mass.) State College and later earned a master’s in divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She was an ordained minister in Massachusetts and Kennebunk. Her husband died in 2011. Survivors include sons Douglas and Stephen; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her niece is Carol Becker Olson ’65; Carol’s husband is David R. Olson ’65, and their son is Peter S. Olson ’92. Kathryn Thomas Becker ’37 was the late sister-in-law of the deceased, and Howard Becker ’38 her brother-in-law.

1946 Marianne Ryon Felmet February 12, 2017 Marianne Ryon Felmet’s degree was in English, but she did so much with the Robinson Players that it might as well have been in the dramatic arts. She taught for several years in Lewiston before working for the Institute of Living in Hartford. Eventually, she moved to North Carolina, where she was a corporate documents editor for AT&T for 25 years. She loved bagpipes and Pavarotti, as well as literature and folk music. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Ruth Stillman FernandezHerlihy May 26, 2017 After raising five daughters, Ruthie Stillman FernandezHerlihy signed up for more by teaching science at Newton (Mass.) High School. She previously helped with the French program in a Newton elementary school. In addition to her Bates degree in biology, she held a nursing degree from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. She chaired the Newton Charter Commission through the League of Women Voters, and volunteered with Friends of Newton Library. In her senior year at Bates, she was president of the Outing Club, manager of the Debate Council, and Carnival Queen. She was a member of her 50th Reunion Committee and the Alumni Fund Committee in the 1970s. Survivors include husband Luis Fernandez-Herlihy;

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daughters Chrissy Carvajal, Sarah Wiseman, Katie Donovan, Betsy Sugai, and Martha; 10 grandchildren, including Luisa Ruth Carvajal ’03; and five great-grandchildren. Her nephew is Charles D. Kolstad ’69. Her late parents were Raymond D. and Harlene Kane Stillman, both 1916; her late sisters were Christine Stillman Kolstad ’45, who was married to the late George A. Kolstad ’43, and Rae Stillman Weber ’51. Her late uncle was Harold L. Stillman 1919.

faith. A devout Catholic, she was a Eucharistic minister and a member of Opus Dei. She worked as a real estate broker for several firms before starting her own agency in 1970. She retired so that she and husband Glen ’48 could travel. Along with her husband, survivors include daughters Sally Hansen, Margaret Churchill, and Elizabeth Weeks; sons Stephen, Jim, and John; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her late brother-in-law was Arthur C. Hansen ’48.

Anthony Bernard Kunkiewicz December 15, 2016 “Whitey” Kunkiewicz was at Bates before he volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the 16th Fighter Group. When the war ended, he graduated from Trinity College. A stellar baseball player, he made it as far as Pittsburgh’s Double A team in Albany, N.Y. He went on to a career of coaching and teaching in Connecticut. Survivors include wife Jean Sarog Kunkiewicz; children Suzanne Kunkiewicz, Rachel Bowles, and Michael Kunkiewicz; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bernadine Opper Ray November 30, 2016 A sociology major, Bernadine Opper Ray tutored children with learning disabilities in the Longmeadow (Mass.) school system. She also volunteered at the East Windsor library and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Survivors include children Scott and Patricia Ray, and Lauren Georges; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Gracie Hall Stone January 8, 2017 Gracie Hall Stone never knew who paid her college tuition. An Edward Little graduate, she had to work nearly full time to pay for her books and board, but she never forgot that stranger who paid her way. She and her late husband, John, established the Stone Scholarship to benefit a student from Auburn who chooses Bates. A chemistry major, she zoomed through Bates in three years. She put her degree to good use, working for Uniroyal Chemical Co. for 40 years, where, as a senior research scientist, she oversaw work and reports to register the agricultural chemicals at the EPA. She also represented the company before the U.N. code meeting of the Food and Agriculture Committee and World Health Organization. She was inducted into the College Key in 2002, served on several Reunion committees, and was a career adviser for many years. She was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Assn. of University Women of Naugatuck, Conn., holding several positions including president, as well as a member of the Naugatuck Women’s Club and a board member of the Naugatuck Chapter of the American Red Cross. Survivors include a brother and two sisters.

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Janice Prince Washburn April 21, 2017 Jan Prince Washburn was a writer. She published four novels, countless articles, and numerous poems and short stories. She was active in the South Florida chapter of Romance Writers of America, where she encouraged and assisted young writers. She also taught English and German in several schools in Florida; her proficiency with languages led to her translating documents for Holocaust survivors seeking reparations from Germany. She also taught swimming for many years. When she left teaching in the 1970s, she worked her way up through the ranks at Southeast Bank, from lowly word processor to vice president of human resources. She was active in her community’s civic association and a founding member of her church. A member of the College Key, she served on many Reunion committees and as a longtime Alumni Club officer. Survivors include children Linda Becker, Heather Tarpley, and John Washburn; and seven grandchildren. Her late brother was Richard M. Prince ’52, whose wife, Florence Dixon Prince ’52, also survives her. Her niece is Diane Prince Shages ’69, whose husband is John D. Shages ’70. Her nephew is Samuel E. Murphy ’07.

1948 Frances Briggs Stinson May 1, 2017 Frances Briggs Stinson worked outside the home both before and after her five children came along. She worked for Child Welfare Services after graduation and later as a social worker at Bath Memorial Hospital. She was responsible for bringing

Meals on Wheels to Bath. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Bath, where she served in various ministries, especially overseas missions. Survivors include children Everson, Glenn, and Gregg Stinson, Andrea Lebel, and Christine Collamore; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Robert Crozier Woodward March 29, 2017 Robert Woodward intended to be a history teacher and was preparing for this career by pursuing a master’s at Boston Univ. While there, he answered a help wanted ad from the Boston Public Library, and his career path suddenly changed. He said from his first day at the library, he knew he wanted to be a librarian. After five years there, he moved to the Dedham (Mass.) Public Library, serving as director until his appointment as director of the Bangor Public Library in 1962. He remained there until retirement in 1990. The library increased circulation by 20 percent under his tenure, making Bangor’s circulation the highest of any city in New England on a per-capita basis. This was something he was very proud of, that and the skill and competence of his staff. He also shepherded the library into the computer age, digitizing the more than 1 million cards in the catalog. His time at Bates was interrupted by three years in the U.S. Army during World War II. The first chairman of the Maine Library Commission, he was also an officer of state and regional professional organizations and served as president of the New England Library Assn. He was active with Bangor Rotary, the fine arts commission, United Way, and Family and Child Services. Survivors include children Mark, Edson, Matthew, and Nancy; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

1949 James Francis Facos May 14, 2017 Was Jim Facos a writer who happened to teach or a teacher who happened to write? He preferred the latter, although his writing career was long and varied. He wrote a novel, two books of poetry, and four plays. He also was recognized for his academic contributions, including Who’s Who in American Education, The Directory of American Scholars, and Who’s Who in Child Development-Professionals. His novel, The Silver Lady, is based on his own experiences as a ball-turret gunner during World War II, flying 30 combat missions over Germany and central Europe. By the time he was 19, he had received the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. After receiving his bachelor’s

from Bates, he earned a master’s from Florida State. He joined the faculty at Vermont College in 1959 and taught there for three decades. In 1975, he was recognized as an Outstanding Educator of America. Upon retirement in 1989, Norwich Univ. (successor to Vermont College) awarded him a doctor of humane letters degree. For his combat record in operations related to D-Day and the liberation of France, he was recently named chevalier in the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur by the president of France. Survivors include wife Cleo Chigos Facos; children Theresa Casolo, Elizabeth Facos, and Anthony Facos; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His inlaw is Russell E. Keenan ’75. Nellie Alma Henson May 5, 2016 Nell Henson left Bates with a degree in biology and started a long career as a physical therapist. She served in the U.S. Army for five years during the Korean War, retiring as a captain. She worked in clinics in North Carolina and New Hampshire, “retiring” at times to pursue activities such as traveling to Haiti to build organic gardens for missionaries. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Deirdre Kapes Hiebert September 21, 2015 DD Kapes Hiebert’s career ranged from assistant curator at the Bowdoin Museum of Art to international representative for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom to alumni secretary for Bates. She also was a development officer for Community Media Foundation in New York and the program director of the American Women’s Club in New Delhi, as well as supervisor of Literacy City in India. In 1978, she was a member of a 16-women U.S. delegation that spent three weeks on a fact-finding mission to countries in the Middle East. She was a member of the College Key and Alumni Council. Her granddaughter is Cynthia Hiebert Harvey ’05. Edward Robinson Hill Jr. June 16, 2016 A trombonist, Ed Hill served in an Army band during World War II. When stationed in Grenoble, France, he met his future wife, Eleonore. He came to Bates after the war, majored in French, and went on to teach in Quebec and the Denver area, where he became the headmaster of a private school. Survivors include children Donald and Linda Hill; and four grandchildren. Barbara Muir Moore December 15, 2016 Barbara Muir Moore was a bookkeeper and accountant for a real estate firm. Survivors include children Kathy McMil-

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lan and John, Alex, and Bobby Moore; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Bruce Caldwell Ogilvie August 24, 2008 Bruce Ogilvie joined the Marine Corps shortly after graduation and served for 20 years. He retired as a lieutenant colonel. He foresaw the coming revolution in data processing and sought opportunities in that field after the military. Elaine Harvey Somerville February 18, 2017 To say that Elaine Harvey Somerville was instrumental in founding Gardiner Federal Credit Union is an understatement: She ran it out of her living room with one file cabinet until it found a storefront. Before children came along, she worked for the telephone company in Lewiston and Augusta. One of her many hobbies (when she wasn’t swimming in Lake Cobbosseecontee) was making pierced lampshades. Survivors include children Rob Somerville and Jan Emerson; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her late husband was Alex Somerville ’50.

1950 Rae Walcott Blackmon January 28, 2017 Rae Walcott Blackmon loved to garden, and she and her late husband, Lee Blackmon ’51, often joked about moving to the Maine coast where she could open a small garden shop. Instead, they remained in Connecticut, where Rae was a member of the Simsbury Garden Club for 40 years. She was also involved with the Connecticut Horticultural Society and the UConn master gardener program. Add her skills as a photographer and seamstress, coupled with a love of travel, and she rarely was idle. She had an active volunteer life, including scouting organizations and the humane society. A class agent at the time of her death, she served on many Reunion Committees, most recently her 65th, and also volunteered as a career adviser and an alumni club officer. A math major and president of the Women’s Council, she was involved in numerous activities at Bates, everything from the Jordan Ramsdell Society to managing the archery team. She worked as a medical statistician for Aetna and for the National Academy of Science. In New York, she worked on a major statistical study for the Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute. Survivors include daughter Diane King and a granddaughter. David Warren MacArthur August 31, 2016 Dave MacArthur fought in three wars, with a noteworthy event in each of them. During World

War II, he was shot down over Greece in fall 1944 and spent the rest of the war in prison camps, including Dachau. He was liberated in May 1945 from Stalag Luft III when his father, an Army chaplain, stood outside the fence and called his name. During the Korean War, he flew F-51s but was captured by the Chinese; he led an escape of 126 men, traveling some 60 miles south to friendly forces. For this he earned the Distinguished Service Cross. During the Vietnam era, he was chief test pilot for his fighter wing. While on assignment in Hawaii, he played the role of a fighter pilot in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! He retired from the Air Force in 1971 and worked selling airplane simulators until moving to Cushing, Maine. Survivors include wife Sharon Kinne MacArthur; children Pamela Tetley, Kristin MacArthur, David Mosher, and Bethanie Williams; and five grandchildren. His late father was Vaughn H. MacArthur ’29; his late brother and sister-inlaw were Charles E. MacArthur ’50 and Marjorie Wilkinson MacArthur ’50 Harold Ellingwood Porter April 3, 2017 Bud Porter had a chance to play baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, not surprising since he lettered in baseball, football, and track at Bates, following a similarly successful high school career. He was a member of the 1946 Glass Bowl team, and was inducted into the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame. He came to Bates after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years, at one point owning his own agency. He also worked for the Springfield (Mass.) Library & Museum Assn. He served on the Wilbraham Board of Registrars and was a past director of the Springfield Exchange Club and Springfield Ski Club. He was an alumni club officer in the 1970s. Survivors include wife Nancy Sullivan Porter; son Jeffrey R. Porter; and two grandchildren. Phoebe Jones Samelson April 21, 2017 Phoebe Jones Samelson earned a bachelor’s in biology from Bates and a master’s in nursing from Yale. The degree in biology was practically a given: Both her parents were plant pathologists. She met her husband through the outing club at the Univ. of Michigan; they honeymooned by canoeing at a provincial park in Ontario. She built a career for herself as an academic adviser for prospective nursing and physical therapy students at Kansas State Univ. She was instrumental in starting the docent program at Konza Prairie, a native tallgrass prairie preserve owned by The Nature Conser-

vancy and KSU. She served on the Manhattan-Riley County board of health and the Kansas State Nurses Assn. board. She was especially committed to the Peggy Bowman Second Chance Fund, a women’s contraceptive organization. Survivors include daughter Karen. Her late father was Fred R. Jones 1909; her late brothers were Fred R. Jones ’45 and Francis S. Jones ’43.

1951 Roger Hodgkin Briggs May 22, 2017 A lifelong resident of Auburn, Roger Briggs went to work for his father following graduation and continued to operate J.P. Hutchinson & Co. long after his father’s death. He was a Shriner and a member of Kora Temple. A talented piano player, he was part of The Varsiteers, a swing band, in his youth. He and his family enjoyed summers on Lake Cobbosseecontee. Survivors include former wife Eileen J. Paine; daughters Kelly Higgins, Kimberly Odishoo, Krista McCormick, and Kara Briggs; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Robert Russell Crandall Sr. January 9, 2017 Bob Crandall spent nearly all of his working life in sales with Johnson & Johnson, rising to become the district manager for the busy Northeast division in health care products. In 1980, he won an award from the company for his sales accomplishments. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard for several years following Bates. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Rudolph Crandall; children Robert and Mark Crandall and Carolyn Mauger; five grandchildren; and brother-inlaw Robert Paul Rudolph ’52. Elisabeth Ann Dagdigian February 23, 2017 Betty Dagdigian was an educator who taught education. She started out as a junior high English teacher, got a master’s from Northeastern, and became head of the department at a junior high in Reading, Mass. While pursuing a doctorate at the Univ. of Arizona, she became a faculty member in the reading department, and soon found herself a part of the group that was establishing the Univ. of Texas at Dallas. However, she decided to give up her assistant professorship in Dallas and brave the Maine winters again. She moved to Machias, where she met the man she would marry, Robert Maxell, who died in 2000. Nancy Brandes Flewwellin February 6, 2017 Nancy Brandes Flewwellin was at Bates for two years before transferring to the Univ. of Connecticut and graduating with a degree in psychology.

An active volunteer, she ran the gift shop at Lawrence (Mass.) General Hospital for 15 years. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Cares Program for the South County School System in Rhode Island. Survivors include husband Ernest; and daughters Barbara Flewwellin and Janet Gschliesser. William Hendricks Jr. February 13, 2017 Bill Hendricks left Bates for Newark College of Engineering, and was employed by Northern Utilities for 33 years. He also owned a small market on Lake Street in Auburn. Survivors include wife Leona Davis Hendricks ’54; daughters Debra Bellemare, Donna Alexander, Diana Tucker, and Dayle Boucher; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. His sister is Shirley Hendricks Revello ’54. His sister-in-law is Marjorie Peltz Davis ’49; his late brotherin-law was Lester E. Davis ’47. Ralph Sheridan Hoyt March 21, 2017 Ralph Hoyt came to Bates after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. His career as a chemist ranged from 10 years in the leather industry to many years in the pressure-sensitive tape industry, where he developed a fully automated computer-controlled manufacturing process. He retired in 1990 as a plant manager from what is now the Nashua Corp. He and his wife, the late Dorothy Fryer Hoyt ’51, taught Sunday school and advised the youth programs at their church in Burnt Hills, N.Y. They also led a club for college-bound young adults that centered on their love of the outdoors. He was a member of the College Key and an alumni club officer. Survivors include children Ralph and David Hoyt, and Cheryl Smith; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His late sister was Myra Hoyt Buonocore ’42. Naomi Imogene McKee Purkis February 13, 2017 Mickey McKee Purkis promised her father that she would finish college before marrying. She planned ahead: She graduated in the morning and was married to John W. Purkis ’50 that afternoon. (He passed away in 1987.) A math major, she worked as a statistician for Harvard Univ. School of Public Health before turning her attention to raising their soon-to-be five children. She was active in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and sang in her church chorus. She later worked at Braman’s Screw Machine Co., and was in the bowling league. After her husband’s death, she traveled extensively with a cousin, covering six continents. Survivors include

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children John, Arthur, Allen Purkis ’80, Susan Purkis ’82, and Gail Purkis Luck ’87; and 14 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Allen’s wife is Nancy Herriott Purkis ’79. Her late relatives include in-laws Burton W. Irish 1918, Rachel Irish Purkis 1915, and Walden C. Irish ’39. Richard August Westphal March 16, 2017 Dick Westphal was a successful commercial insurance broker, but his energy was directed at sports. He played tennis and table tennis; he skied and golfed. He continued to throw the discus well into his life, and became captivated by flat water canoe racing. (He said it’s a great sport to keep in mind if your knees give out.) He served in counter-intelligence in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned an M.B.A. from Wharton in 1956 and by 1960 had started his own insurance agency. Straddling the line between work and hobby, he enjoyed restoring 19th century residences and converting them to commercial rental properties. Survivors include wife Joan Murray Westphal; sons Keith and Kirk; and five grandsons.

1952 John Maurice Dooling January 5, 2017 Jack Dooling attended Bates after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, then transferred to Boston Univ. He returned to his hometown of Beverly, where he owned and operated the Morgan-McPherson Insurance Agency before he retired in 1992. He was executive director of the Beverly Housing Authority in the 1950s, and served on the school committee and on the board of Salem Country Club, where he indulged his passion for golf. Survivors include wife Connie Bernasconi Dooling; children Karen Guidi and Kevin Dooling; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Barbara Ellis Hennessy April 26, 2017 Barbara Ellis Hennessy met the love of her life, Michael A. Hennessy ’52, at Bates. She lived in the Boston suburbs and worked for various insurance companies, including Aetna and Allstate, before becoming a teacher at Holliston (Mass.) High School. She retired in 1988 and enjoyed traveling the country with her husband. He passed away in 1994. Survivors include sons Peter and Thomas; and four grandchildren. Mary Berryment Needham December 16, 2016 Mary Berryment Needham was a Latin scholar at Bates who actually used her degree in the ancient language: She taught for a number of years in West 86

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Hartford, Conn. She also was an excellent cook who taught classes and produced a cookbook with her closest friend. She graduated from the Cordon Bleu School in New York and later studied at the Cordon Bleu in London and La Varenne, Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. She always spent summers at her childhood home on Sebago Lake. Inducted into the College Key in 1992, she served on several Reunion committees. Survivors include daughters Deborah Cagenello Sexton ’76 and Lisa Richardson; one granddaughter; nephew Ronald B. Cagenello ’83; niece Linda Martocchio Hart ’72 and her husband, P. Joseph Hart ’72; and cousin Deborah J. Hansen ’86. Her late first husband, Robert H. Cagenello ’52, was a Bates trustee and president of the Alumni Assn. She was predeceased by nephew Robert P. Schmidt ’72 and aunt Emma Abbott Mosher ’24. Arthur Forrest Thurber March 30, 2017 Art Thurber served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and in the occupation forces in Sendai, Japan, before coming to Bates for a bachelor’s in philosophy, which he completed cum laude and with a Phi Beta Kappa key. He went on for a second bachelor’s, this one from Crozer Theological Seminary. He was a Baptist minister for many years, in Point Pleasant, Pa., and Hackensack and Kearny, N.J., before pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at NYU. From the late 1960s through the 1980s, he worked in various roles in counseling psychology, including founding and serving as executive director of Cape Counseling Center in Hyannis, Mass. Survivors include wife Margaux Thurber; children Steve, Cliff, Debie, Tim, and Lisa; and six grandchildren. William Mathew Valinski Jr. February 18, 2017 Bill Valinski attended Bates before joining the U.S. Army and serving in the Korean War. On returning home, he opened the Bill Valinski Service Center in Worcester, Mass. He was a star pitcher in high school, and continued to coach youth sports. Survivors include wife Mary Keating Valinski; and sons William, Paul, and Steven. Robert Kingsbury Williams July 18, 2012 Bob Williams graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in physics, and went on to earn a master’s from Wesleyan. He worked for Raytheon for over 30 years as a senior development engineer. He kept up his interest in tennis by playing in Raytheon’s league and by serving on the board of the Walpole (Mass.) tennis club. His late father was Meredith G. Williams 1905; his late brother was Meredith G. Williams ’44.

1953 Robert Edward Lennon December 8, 2014 Bob Lennon, a government/ political science major, worked for AT&T for his entire career, retiring as a district manager. He was a semi-professional hockey player, a noted hockey coach in Montclair, N.J., for years, and an active community volunteer who received the distinguished service award from the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the Montclair Hockey Club and the Lions Club and was active in Kiwanis and Boy Scouts. He was president of his class for two years while at Bates. Survivors include wife Emma; daughter Chris Baker; stepchildren Gary and Richard LaSasso; and five grandchildren. Edward E. Malefakis August 22, 2016 Edward Malefakis was a prominent historian of Spain and modern Europe. He won the American Historical Assn.’s prestigious Herbert Baxter Adams Prize in 1971 for his book on the Spanish Civil War, Agrarian Reform and Peasant Revolution in Spain: Origins of the Civil War. He also was a member of the panel of experts commissioned by the government of Spain to advise over the notorious Salamanca Papers, papers and photos confiscated from the Catalan government after the war. A Phi Beta Kappa philosophy major, he held a master’s from Johns Hopkins and a doctorate from Columbia. He taught at Wayne State, Northwestern, and Columbia as well as the Univ. of Michigan. Raymond Drew Mutter November 29, 2016 Ray Mutter graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology and went on to receive his M.D. from Columbia. His medical career began with two years in the U.S. Army; afterward he opened a private practice in Ossining, N.Y. Later, he joined Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., where he served on the hospital’s board and from 1991–93 as president of the medical staff. He retired from medical practice in 2001. Survivors include wife Mary Magai Mutter; children Jeffrey, Barbara Elsworth, and Kathryn Manning; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His cousin is John B. May ’88; another cousin, Nancy Norton-Taylor Tomson ’50, predeceased him.

1954 Joan Anderson Bowen April 2, 2017 Joan Anderson Bowen left Bates for Wheaton College, and then returned to her home in Connecticut, where she worked as a library assistant. She became

an elementary school librarian in Florida and earned a master’s in education from Stetson Univ. Even after she retired, she continued to volunteer at her school library in Florida. She is survived by children Pamela and Scott. Patricia Lawrence Humphrey December 2, 2016 Pat Lawrence Humphrey never stopped learning. She took courses in wood carving while in her late 60s, and taught herself piano, trumpet, and painting. She also was an accomplished marimba player. A five-year nursing student at Bates, she earned a master’s from Columbia in 1960. She recalled joking with classmates that no one wanted to end up in teaching, but in fact that is where she landed after a nursing career in New York City. She taught at Rutgers and Duke before starting a 20-year career at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was especially active in diabetes education and research, leading a major study to track the accuracy of nurses in taking glucose readings. She served on the board of the North Carolina Diabetes Assn. as well as the American Diabetes Assn., including several years as national secretary. In the 1990s, she volunteered at the North Carolina Zoo, assisting with research at the polar bear exhibit and applying her nursing skill in the neonatal unit by monitoring, feeding, and exercising infant chimpanzees. Her late mother was Maude Hayward Lawrence ’22. Mario Benedict LoMonaco February 5, 2017 Mario LoMonaco graduated from Albany Medical College after serving in the U.S. Army. He did his internship in Rochester, N.Y., and liked it so much he lived there for his entire career. A surgeon, he became a fellow of the American College of Surgery in 1967. He worked at several hospitals, including Rochester General and Park Ridge. He also was an assistant professor of surgery at the Univ. of Rochester. In 1984, he became president of the Monroe County (N.Y.) Medical Society. In 1990, he partially shut down his practice and went to work for the New York state department of health, retiring in 2002. He was active in youth baseball as coach and medical adviser, and a member of the local fire department. He served on several Reunion Committees, including his 50th. His wife, Jill Durland LoMonaco ’54, died in 2015. Survivors include sons Michael, John, and Mark. His niece is Karla J. Vecchia ’93. His late mother-in-law was Marjorie Fairbanks Durland ’36. Robert Edward Simons December 7, 2016 Bob Simons’ career was in insurance. He was president of

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S.G. Simons Insurance Agency in Longmeadow, Mass. and president of the Springfield Assn. of Insurance Agents. He was also director of Twin Hills Country Club and Realty and a former member of the Western Mass. Football Officials. Survivors include children Richard, David, and Leslie; and five grandchildren. Raphael Vena December 7, 2016 Raphael Vena served in the Marine Corps. for three years before starting his career at Uniroyal (now owned by Michelin), where he was an executive until retiring in 1995. An economics major, he was an accomplished athlete at Bates, playing football and baseball. Survivors include wife Sylvia Agnes Vena; children Deborah Gabes, Ann Marie Baron, and Joanne Vena; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

1955 Myrna Milton Cook January 4, 2017 Jail ruined ordinary life for Myrna Milton Cook, she maintained. She and husband Bill volunteered for years at Cumberland County Jail, and said that time with the inmates was “profoundly meaningful.” A five-year nursing student, she also held a master’s in counseling. Once she and her family settled in Cape Elizabeth, she worked as an RN in skilled-nursing facilities in the Portland area, and helped to develop the training program for geriatric nursing aides at Westbrook College before becoming a social worker with Holy Innocents in Portland. In later years, she led support groups for people suffering from chronic pain, sharing leading-edge techniques in mindfulness and breathing, which helped many participants enjoy richer and more fulfilling lives. Her experiences at the jail led directly to her founding the local nonprofit My Sister’s Keeper in collaboration with the United Methodist Church of Cape Elizabeth, which works to meet the immediate needs of women struggling to transition from jail or prison to home, family, and community. In 2012, the Portland Press Herald featured her as one of 10 Mainers to be thankful for. In 2005, she fulfilled a longtime dream when she was ordained as an interfaith chaplain through the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. Survivors include children Peter, Mark, and Heidi Cook, and Heather Hodgin; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Sally Emery Edmondo February 17, 2017 Sally Emery Edmondo took her biology degree and moved to New York right after graduation, working as a research technician

for Cornell’s medical school. She switched gears the next year by becoming a hematologist at Roosevelt Hospital for Diseases of the Chest in New Jersey. Her husband’s work took them to California a few years later, where she earned a real estate broker’s license. Eventually they retired to a home they built on Lake Tahoe. Survivors include sons Doug, Clark, Gary, and Jon; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Her father was Philip L. Emery ’24; her sister was Eugenia Emery Taylor ’52. Walter Rudolph Koball March 10, 2017 He even caught a few bank robbers, joked Walter Koball. As a special agent for the FBI, his work focused on protecting the civil rights of vulnerable people and protecting Americans from extremist groups. He also worked in the foreign counter-intelligence field. He began his FBI career after serving in the U.S. Navy for three years and earning a law degree at American Univ. After retiring from the FBI, he practiced law with the Legal Aid Society, providing low-income people with affordable legal services. He also volunteered as a legal guardian for adults with disabilities. Survivors include children Mary-Margret, Gretchen, Heather Koball ’88, and Jed; and five grandchildren. Eugene Soto May 24, 2016 Gene Soto married Jean McDaniels ’57 shortly after he graduated, and they moved to Baltimore, where he worked for over 40 years as a port operations manager. Always a baseball fan (he played baseball and football at Bates), he continued to play softball and tennis. Jean’s brother-in-law was an opera singer, which gave the two of them, opera buffs, access to opera festivals around the world. He also was a needle worker and an avid photographer, even making the switch to digital (and dismantling his darkroom). He and Jean enjoyed visiting his family in Spain. In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters Linda Frantz and Lesley Soto; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

1956 Marjorie Connell Moore December 11, 2016 Marjorie Connell Moore worked for a real estate agency for over 25 years. She then went on to volunteer at a health care facility. She served as a class agent and Reunion committee member in the early 2000s. Survivors include sons Michael, Tim, Steve, and David; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Her late husband was Thomas M. Moore ’56.

Donald Hubert Robertson February 6, 2017 Donald Robertson enlisted in the Army following graduation, a move that would prescribe the rest of his life. As a chemist, he took advantage of a program the Natick (Mass.) Labs, an Army research facility, had with the Univ. of Glasgow to study chemistry in Scotland, a country he visited many times after receiving both his master’s and doctorate there. He also made five trips to Japan to visit his college roommate, the late Dick Bryant ’56. Passionate about classical music, especially opera, he was a devoted attendee at the Wexford Opera in Ireland and the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y. He worked for over 30 years for Natick Labs as a civilian. Survivors include several cousins.

1957 Janet Neal Allen March 25, 2017 Jan Neal Allen was a sociology major who was just as interested in behind-the-scenes community theater. She worked for many years as a supervisor of food services for the Windsor (Conn.) Public Schools, serving up to 1,400 meals a day. She also was active in Poquonock Community Church, serving on many boards and commissions, before joining First Church in Windsor. While her husband was in the service in the 1960s, she wrote a weekly column for the base newspaper and was welfare chairman for the NCO Wives Club. She was a member of her 50th Reunion committee. Survivors include husband Bill Allen; son Neal W. Allen; and one grandchild. Audrey June Wass March 1, 2017 Audrey Wass skied every slope she found, from the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest to the Alps. She trekked in Nepal and Peru and led hiking trips in Turkey. She lived in Oregon and Washington for nearly 40 years, working as an electron microscopist at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center and the Univ. of Washington pathology department. Survivors include husband Steve. Philip Andrew Xaphes February 8, 2017 His blazingly hot fastball attracted the attention of the Red Sox while he was in high school, but Philip Xaphes put education first and came to Bates. He worked in real estate and banking for his entire career. He is survived by cousins.

1958 Peter Stewart Alling May 16, 2017 An economics major, Pete Alling became interested in industrial

coated fabrics (think car upholstery), an industry in which he would remain as a salesman for 63 years. He served the town of Boxborough, Mass., on its recreation commission, personnel board, and council on aging. He was a member of his 50th Reunion Committee. Survivors include children John and David Alling and Jane Bresnahan; and three grandchildren. Robert Leon Blackwell May 13, 2017 It was while Robert Blackwell was playing the tuba as part of the U.S. Army in Germany that he had the idea that he should become a librarian. Once stateside, he earned a master’s in library science at Rutgers. This led to a job at Newark (N.J.) Public Library, the largest in the state, where he rose to become principal librarian. Upon retirement, he returned to his native Maine and volunteered for many years at Portland Public Library. He continued his interest in music by singing with churches and community groups in New Jersey and in Portland. Survivors include brother Peter Blackwell. Wilbur Leigh Bridges January 30, 2017 Leigh Bridges left Bates for UMass where he earned a bachelor’s in wildlife management. He also held a master’s in marine biology from Southern Illinois Univ. He worked for most of his career in Massachusetts’ department of marine fisheries as an assistant director. Survivors include wife Sonja Anderson Bridges ’58; children Scott and Kristen Sidman; and four grandchildren. John Charles Carbone March 25, 2017 From the moment the curtain first went up, John Carbone was hooked on opera. He was 11. His passion, and his subscription to Opera News, continued throughout his life. An English major, he taught at his hometown junior high school in Salem, Mass., for six years before seizing an opportunity to write advertising copy for Houghton Mifflin in Boston. He spent 27 years there, retiring as the advertising manager for the college textbook division. In addition to opera, his passions included the Red Sox and rooftop gardening. While teaching in Salem, he also served in the National Guard, including six months of active duty with the U.S. Army. Survivors include partner Morton Pierce. Peter Victor Jodaitis Jr. January 5, 2017 Peter Jodaitis took his degree in economics, added a master’s from the Univ. of Connecticut, and went on to a successful career as a painter. He was well known in the Chico, Calif., community. Survivors include partner Ellen Walker; children

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George and Nancy; and three grandchildren. His late wife was Ellen Rosenfeld Jodaitis ’59. His niece is Kathleen C. Greener ’90. Wasil Katz August 17, 2015 Wasil Katz was a singer. He sang at the Stratford (Conn.) Congregational Church for many years. This gave him the opportunity to tour Europe, especially Scandinavia, with the group. He also visited Russia, thanks to his connection with the Univ. of Bridgeport where he earned a master’s in teaching. He taught at Shelton (Conn.) Intermediate School for 30 years. Survivors include sisters Helen Narowski, Julia Demanchyk, and Mary Karkut. David Sheets October 5, 2016 David Sheets was an investment banker who served on many charitable boards; a good number of his investment clients involved not-for-profit institutions. He was a trustee of the Howes Fund in Boston and of Bradford College. As an alumnus, he served on several Reunion Committees, most recently his 55th. Survivors include wife Gretchen Good Sheets; children Andrew and Emily Miskelly; and one grandchild. Kunchoon Yu December 14, 2016 Kunchoon Yu arrived at Bates from North Korea, unable to speak English. He made dean’s list his first semester by taking only math classes, which spoke the universal language of numbers. His family had fled North Korea by walking 150 miles to safe haven in South Korea, but only after losing a son to a Russian soldier and a daughter to exhaustion after she ran in fear all the way to Seoul. He transferred to and graduated from Washington Univ. in St Louis. He was the president of Yu Engineering Inc. and Rokus, Inc., both international structural steel detailing firms. He became a U.S. citizen in 1961. Survivors include wife Deanna Axtell Yu; children Jerry Yu and Jacquelyn Starodub; and four grandchildren.


Kathleen Hager Marsland December 10, 2016 Kathleen Hager Marsland left Bates to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cornell. She also held a master’s from the Univ. of Colorado. She enjoyed a long career in nursing and teaching nursing, ending up as an assistant professor of nursing at West Virginia Univ. Survivors include children Susan Hagens and David; and two grandchildren. Patricia Allen Renaghan December 8, 2016 Patricia Allen Renaghan left Bates and her hometown of Lewiston for Boston Univ., eventually graduating from Framingham State College. She taught in Holliston, Mass., for 25 years. A talented singer, she turned down a scholarship to Juilliard as a young girl. She continued to sing with local choruses, and taught music as well. Survivors include husband Robert B. Renaghan; children Kristin Alpert, Kim Powers, Jim Freeman, Peter Freeman, Jill Kirk, Caroline Engvall, Rob Renaghan, Lisa Renaghan, and Glenn Renaghan; and 15 grandchildren. Her stepsister is Louise Kennedy Hackett ’65, whose husband is David S. Hackett ’64. Her stepmother was Esther Strout Allen ’40, whose obituary is also in this issue; her mother- and father-in-law were Lillian Jose Strout ’11 and Roy M. Strout ’11.


Susan Burrill Boleyn February 11, 2017 Susan Burrill Boleyn left Bates before graduation and worked at Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Co. She enjoyed volunteering at Brockton (Mass.) Hospital, and facilitated a support group for arthritis patients. Survivors include children Stephen C. Boleyn and Betsy Pinheiro; and two grandchildren. Marion Mears MacFarlane November 29, 2016 “MJ” Mears MacFarlane and her husband Bob threw away


their life in Massachusetts after their children were grown and boarded their 42-foot sailboat for the adventure they’d always dreamed of. They sailed the Intracoastal Waterway and the Caribbean for several years before resettling in North Carolina. That didn’t stop their travels, though. Most memorable was a sailing cruise to Antarctica where they saw penguins. And penguins. And penguins. Always eager to help others, she was active in the local Methodist church. Before the sailing adventure, she worked as a college administrator at Smith and earned an M.B.A. from Western New England College. Survivors include children Stephen, Lindsey, and Laurie Miller; and two grandchildren.

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Anita Ruf Geanakos January 23, 2017 Within two hours of graduating, Anita Ruf married James J. Geanakos ’59 in the Bates Chapel. They wrote their own marriage ceremony, and “this was before the hippie era began,” her husband recalled. She taught high school biology, was headmistress of a private kindergarten school, and owned a women’s clothing boutique. She was also selected from several thousand women to participate in an accelerated program at the Univ. of California, Irvine,

earning her M.B.A. in one year while raising her children. She served as office manager for her husband’s company for 30 years. He survives her, as do children James, Maria, and Steven. Julia Shermeta Jones February 10, 2017 Julia Shermeta Jones left Bates to start a family. When she re-entered the workforce, she went into human resources and ended her corporate career managing that field for Hoffmann-LaRoche. She then formed her own company, Human Resources Systems Alternatives. Survivors include partner Fred Osterholtz; sons Christopher and Jonathan Jones; and five grandchildren. Phillip Owen Keirstead April 4, 2017 Phil Keirstead transferred from Bates to Boston Univ., where he majored in radio and television. He spent 20 years in broadcast news, concluding at CBS News in New York, then had a second career teaching broadcast journalism. He held a doctorate from City Univ. of London, England. The author of nine books and nearly 1,500 articles, he taught at Florida A&M for 29 years. Survivors include wife S.K. Keirstead. Roderick Kenneth Potter February 7, 2017 Roderick Potter came to Bates after serving in the U.S. Air Force. He turned his degree in philosophy into a master’s in divinity at General Theological Seminary in New York City, and became an Episcopal priest in 1963. He was the vicar of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Farmington, Maine, for 17 years. He then switched career direction, received training at the Hazelden Institute, and became a chemical dependency counselor. He continued his religious calling by assisting at Christ Episcopal Church in Gardiner and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hallowell. Survivors include wife Barbara Jones Potter; children Susan and Thomas Potter; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

1961 Joseph Carroll Bond Jr. January 2, 2017 For many years, Joe Bond was a CPA in New Jersey, working variously for Price Waterhouse, Johnson & Johnson, and Raymond International. He earned an M.B.A. from Rutgers to supplement his economics degree from Bates. After moving to Houston, he worked for 24 years for Stewart & Stevenson, becoming its international controller. He was a member of the National Assn. of Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs. He enjoyed square dancing and was a Scout leader

in New Jersey and Houston. He served as an Alumni-in-Admissions volunteer and on his 45th Reunion Committee. Survivors include wife Vera Jensen Bond ’61; son Joseph C. Bond III; and five grandchildren. His sisterand brother-in-law are Nora Jensen Goodwin ’64 and Arthur V. Goodwin ’63.

1962 Arthur Clayton Hoelzer March 11, 2017 Art Hoelzer left Bates to follow in his father’s footsteps in the trucking industry. His company, Total Distribution Services, received one of the first 50 transportation brokerage licenses ever issued, and he was regarded as an industry leader and pioneer. Survivors include wife Marlea; daughter Melissa; and two grandchildren. Cynthia Hunt Young April 5, 2017 Cindy Hunt Young was a French major, but she tutored Spanish. She retired in 2016 as executive assistant to the commissioner of the Nassau County (N.Y.) Department of Health. She had worked there for 31 years, returning to the work force as soon as her youngest child reached school age. She also worked part time for the division of continuing education in Baldwin, N.Y.

1963 Richard Wainwright Jeter March 23, 2017 Dick Jeter summed up his approach to set and lighting design this way: “As the audience views the completed effort on stage, they should only see a single picture in which acting, directing, and design have been so well fused that the eye and ear of the audience experience only one positive, complete, entrancing reaction.” His degree from Bates was in speech (Bates’ theater major would arrive in 1970), and he added an M.F.A. from Yale in 1970. His career ranged from designing lighting for plays for summer stock productions to teaching and directing at Dartmouth and Williams colleges to winning an award from the International Interior Design Assn. for lighting a butterfly house at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. In between all of that, he was the director for Bates’ Summer Theater for a year. He also designed theaters for Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) Regional High School, Plymouth (N.H.) State College, and The Lyric Stage in Boston. In 1983, he left academia to become resident lighting designer at the Alley Theater in Houston. Four years later, he established a studio in his name and worked with various architects to design lighting for Houston’s museums, parks, statues, offices, parking lots, gardens, fountains, airports,

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mosques, and churches. In 2000, he was struck by a rare neuromuscular disease that seriously affected his ability to work and left him largely home-bound for the last 17 years of his life. Survivors include wife Elizabeth Chatterton Jeter; son Jeffrey Jeter ’86 and his wife, Joan Fiske Jeter ’83; and one grandchild. His late sister-in-law was Sara Chatterton Snoek ’60. Joan Mills Jurgensen February 18, 2017 Joan Mills Jurgensen’s hobbies of needlework, gardening, and reading took a second seat to her passion for volunteering. At one point, she found that she was active in three different capital campaigns among her four main charities in Carlisle, Pa.: the community health center, the library, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Episcopal church. She chaired the building committee at the church and was deeply involved in the others. She taught for five years before changing paths to raise her children. She once mused about her hectic schedule, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if busyness kept us from aging?” Survivors include husband Craig; children Heather, Susan, and John; and four grandchildren.

1965 Louise St. Laurent Kelly November 15, 2016 Louise St. Laurent Kelly majored in economics, but it was the liberal arts courses that fed her heart. She lived for 11 years in Europe, including Paris, where tours of the Louvre nurtured her love of art. When she and her family (including two children) returned to the states, she volunteered at a local art gallery, becoming such a valued volunteer that she was asked to produce its largest fundraiser.

1967 William Michael Hine December 17, 2016 Mike Hine served in the U.S. Air Force for four years as a Morse code intercept operator in Taiwan before joining United Nuclear Corp. in Montville, Conn. He was a career adviser for Bates for many years and served on his 30th Reunion Committee. He played basketball and soccer at Bates but his true passion was sailing; he sailed every summer to Block Island from his home in Connecticut. Survivors include a brother, Douglas.

1968 Howard Bernard RodgersMelnick December 16, 2016 It took until he was an adult before Howard Rodgers-Melnick got an accurate diagnosis of his neurological problems (Tourette

syndrome), but he immediately became an advocate for those with this disease, as well as disability rights in general. He worked on behalf of the Orphan Drug Bill and Americans with Disabilities Act. A Phi Beta Kappa history major, he started a doctoral program at Brandeis in the comparative history of the Middle East, but his health prevented him from finishing it. He taught high school in Belmont, N.H., before moving to a career in hotel management. He went on to teach this subject at Johnson & Wales College. Following his marriage in 1984, he moved to Florida where he was an aide to pregnant girls and new mothers. He was a superb cook and an active member of local theater groups, often snagging the lead role. Survivors include sons Eli and Samuel; and former wife Ann Rodgers Redd.

1969 William Anthony Kopta October 9, 2016 William Kopta graduated from Goddard College with a bachelor’s in design and construction after a brief time at Bates. He founded Coastal Woodworking Inc. of Bridgeport, Conn., and later worked as a project manager at Innovative Display & Design. He is survived by his wife Diane Reid; children Rachel and Joseph; and one grandson. Michael Ira Wallans March 15, 2017 His rendition of the final C sharp, a full octave above high C, often sent chills through the audience when Mike Wallans sang the doo-wop classic “In the Still of the Night” with the Deansmen. A biology major, he was the leader of the singing group in his junior and senior years. He taught biology at Hartford (Conn.) High School for eight years and then taught biology at the Univ. of Hartford’s College of Basic Studies for another eight. He and his wife, Marty Grenon Wallans ’72, then moved to Florida, where he eventually became the director of the environmental health department for Lee County, a position from which he retired. His wife is among his survivors.

1970 Michael Ernest Gosselin December 23, 2016 Mike Gosselin loved teaching physics, loved it so much that he organized intensive summer courses for high school teachers to help them brush up on the subject. He was the chair of the science department at Waterville High School, and was a member of the school board in nearby Oakland. He also was active in S.A.D. affairs. An Alumni Club officer for many years, he was a member of the College Key for nearly two

decades. Survivors include wife Polly Hubbell Gosselin ’71; sons Anthony and Nicholas; and three grandchildren. Edward Sullivan May 14, 2017 Edd Sullivan worked for many years as a mail handler in North Reading, Mass. He loved the outdoors and looked forward to his canoe trips on the Allagash. He was also an accomplished artist, painting in both watercolors and oils. Survivors include wife Maryan Pike Sullivan; children Tammy Foster, Jo-Ann Bellavance, Joseph Titone, and Michael Titone; five grandchildren; brother Robert Sullivan ’74; and cousin Arthur Valliere ’66.

1971 Carolyn Scott McDonald March 15, 2017 Carolyn Scott McDonald left Bates for the higher mountains of Denver, graduating from the Univ. of Denver in 1971. She had decided at a young age to become a physician, and went on to get a master’s from UCLA and a medical degree from Tufts. She practiced in New York and Connecticut and was on the faculty at the Univ. of Louisville and the Univ. of Pittsburgh. She joined the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Fla., in 2005 as a neuroradiologist.

1972 Kathleen Lynch Schulz March 14, 2017 Kathy Lynch Schulz was very involved in education in Readfield, where she and husband David Schulz ’70 raised four children. She was a substitute teacher, tutor, volunteer coordinator, and trainer. As a speech and debate coach at Maranacook High School she coached several students (including her daughters) to national meets. She held a master’s in teaching from the Univ. of Maine. She later headed a statewide AmeriCorps program to improve computer access and literacy across Maine; she also worked for the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board. A religion major, her faith was very important to her and she organized and led a Christian parenting course in Winthrop, which had the added component of expert child care. Along with her husband, survivors include children Erik, Gregory, Grace, and Liz Hariton; and three grandchildren. Kathleen Hurley Sevigny May 7, 2017 A Phi Beta Kappa graduate in French, Kathy Hurley Sevigny earned an M.B.A. in accounting from Babson College in 1975, an M.S. in accountancy from Bentley College in 1980, and an M.S. in finance from Bentley in 1989. She received professional licensure as a CPA, and was also

a certified management accountant and a certified internal auditor. Her interest in education took her to Bridgewater State Univ., where she helped found the accounting and finance program. She was a professor there for 32 years before retiring in 2015. In 2002, she received the university’s DiNardo Award for Excellence in Teaching. Survivors include husband Arnold Sacks; daughters Erin and Alissa Sacks; and two grandchildren. Her first husband was Michael N. Sevigny ’71.

1975 Mary Beth Neitzel Willhoite January 5, 2017 Beth Neitzel Willhoite’s family called her a force of nature. She biked, she hiked, she walked, she ran, she skied. She summited Katahdin a dozen times. She kept meticulous gardens. With a degree in sociology from Bates, soon to be augmented by a master’s from the Univ. of Iowa, she started her first career in Maine as a consultant for the Maine Diabetes Control Project. In 1983, she became an educator, first as a teacher and then as the principal of Mast Landing Elementary School in Freeport. She loved being with the students, and could hold her own in foursquare and kickball. She maintained tight ties with a group of high school friends from Marblehead, Mass. At Bates, she played a variety of sports, earning certificates in both basketball and volleyball, and was a dean’s list student. She served as a career adviser and on Reunion Committees. Survivors include husband John T. Willhoite ’75; children Peter and Sarah ’06; and one grandchild.

1976 David Gardner Leland May 4, 2017 David Leland worked as a marketing rep for a flooring company before joining Advest (now Merrill Lynch) as a financial adviser, where he worked for 35 years. Active in the Winchester (Mass.) community, he was a 25year member of town meeting and a corporator of Winchester Savings Bank. He also was active with the Winchester Sports Foundation and the community music school. The Financial Times recognized him as one of the top 400 financial advisers for 2017. Survivors include wife Karen Schaeffer Leland ’76; children Michael, Katie, and Jeffrey; and one grandchild.

1977 Douglas Pettee MacSwan April 18, 2017 When Doug MacSwan was applying to business schools for a master’s degree, he was wait-

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listed at Harvard. Undeterred, he set about strengthening his application. Result: He was admitted the next year. He worked as an economist with several companies, including Charles T. Main Inc., where he was a senior economist. He also ran his own career promotion and consulting company. He was active in town government and GOP politics; he was treasurer of a gubernatorial campaign in the 1980s. He was a class agent for Bates in the 1990s and served as an internship sponsor. Survivors include wife Sally, and daughters Juliana, Emily, and Erica.

1978 Daniel Lucien Lacasse January 31, 2017 Where’s Calais? That was the question Dan Lacasse asked when he accepted a job at a law firm there. He’d just received his law degree from UMaine after graduating with high honors in government from Bates. The youngest of eight boys, he grew up in Auburn and, at Bates, quickly distinguished himself as a debater and was the New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine representative in a regional competition at the national Bicentennial Youth Debates in 1976. His career in Calais was devoted to real estate, municipal, and probate work, along with a specialty in bankruptcy. When the law firm disbanded, he took over the responsibility as primary counsel for the Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative. He was a dedicated advocate for the cooperative, active in the Lions Club, served as a trustee of the Calais Free Library and on the Calais school board. Survivors include wife Rebecca Van Voorhis Lacasse; sons Matthew and Dominic; and parents Arthur and Lorraine Lacasse. Edward Forrest Saxby Jr. May 6, 2017 Ed Saxby left Bates after one year to hike the Appalachian Trail with two buddies, an experience that deepened his lifelong love of nature and passion for the preservation of public lands and resources. He completed his B.A. at UMaine-Orono, then his J.D. at Univ. of Maine School of Law. He specialized in elder law. Survivors include wife Jill Job Saxby; daughter Shannon Saxby; and two granddaughters.

1984 Colin Thomas Kelley April 3, 2017 Colin Kelley was a habitual resident on the dean’s list and a Dana Scholar. He graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in biology. He knew he wanted to enter the field of medicine when he started at Bates, and he fulfilled that ambition, earning an M.D. from


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the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, part of the Uniformed Services School of Medicine. He worked in several states and countries, including Mississippi and Georgia, as a psychiatrist. He was a class agent and an Alumni-in-Admission volunteer, and had recently resettled in Maine. Survivors include children Braeden and Thomas; sister Megan Kelley Dworkin ’86; and brothers Gavin ’87, Brian, and Justin. His late grandfather was Richard N. Anketell ’26.

1986 Enid Marie O’Donnell December 12, 2016 Enid O’Donnell majored in psychology at Bates, but decided to go on to law school. She became a skilled retirement planning professional. Survivors include husband Armando Vergara; and sisters Meagan McLean and Maura O’Donnell.

1987 John Michael Budrewicz March 23, 2017 An English major, John Budrewicz was a top lineman on the Bates football squad, following a successful career in high school. Survivors include wife Antoinette and two children. William Freiday York November 29, 2016 Bill York transferred to Bates from UMaine-Orono intending to go into medicine, but he was waylaid by his interest in business. His degree in economics got him into Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He held positions as senior manager for international marketing at L.L. Bean, as marketing director at Dell Corp., and as acting president of Vermont Teddy Bear. He also was senior vice president of marketing for Camping World Inc. He was on the board of Outward Bound, and indulged his love of fly fishing as often as possible. In fact, he helped pay for his Bates education by working summers in Bean’s fly-fishing department. Nothing beat fishing near his childhood home on Cousins Island, though. Survivors include mother Dorothy M. York; and partner Walter L. Erdman.

1990 Neva Arno Weber February 6, 2017 As a person whose life was impacted by cancer, Neva Arno Weber devoted herself to the American Cancer Society, founding her own team, the Westport (Conn.) Babes, that walked yearly in support of ACS. In 2015, she was the top fundraiser in the country for ACS. She traveled widely to inspire others to walk in their local fundraisers.

A religion major, she earned a master’s from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She then earned a second master’s, in elementary education, from Hunter College. She was the school librarian and taught third grade at the Beekman International School in New York City. Survivors include husband Seth R. Weber ’88; and children Jacob and Julia.

2000 George Alexius Whitney December 18, 2016 Alexi Whitney died while serving in Afghanistan. He previously served as a captain in the 3rd Marine Reconnaissance Battalion in Anbar, Iraq, in 2005. A cum laude graduate in classics at Bates, he was a starting fullback in football and a starting midfielder in lacrosse. He joined the Marines directly after graduation and was assigned to Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Va. An avid reader and lover of history and horror movies, he enjoyed spending time outdoors and with animals. Survivors include parents Caryn Whitney and George Whitney III; and sister Larissa and brother Maximillian.

honorary Dahlov Ipcar February 10, 2017 Visitors to Georgetown Central School can view a mural painted by renowned Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar, who received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bates in 1991. The mural, one of 10 or so on display in Maine, is one of the more tangible ways she affected the residents of Georgetown, where she lived since 1937, settling on a farm her parents had owned since she was a child. It’s not fair to call her a Maine artist; rather, she was a nationally known artist who loved living in Maine. Her artwork of colorful, kaleidoscopic painting of farm animals and imaginative creatures are her best known, and she illustrated dozens of children’s books. The child of artists, she had her first solo show at the Museum of Modern Art at 21 and made murals for the Works Progress Administration. She rarely left Maine, being too busy; in fact, she didn’t visit a show of hers in New York in 1939 because she had too much going on at home. She was fond of telling people who asked about her age, “I hope I die before I run out of vermilion.” The interpretation is up to you. Survivors include sons Charlie and Robert Ipcar; their children; and their grandchildren.

faculty John William Creasy June 21, 2017 Professor of Geology Mike Retelle recalls how his mentor John Creasy “gently” taught him how to teach in the field. Creasy marched his group of Short Term students to the rim of a canyon, gave them a brief overview of the wide-open space, then sent them down to map the features. “We sat on the rim watching them move around,” Retelle remembers. “Even from a mile away, by how they moved around you could see the light bulbs go on when they figured something out.” That was the essence of Creasy’s teaching method: experiential, hands-on data collection, not lectures. He was a member of the Bates faculty for 39 years, retiring as professor emeritus in 2014. Under him, the department grew to achieve the stature it holds today: Geology is cool. He earned a B.S. with high distinction in geology from Colorado State in 1967 and completed a Ph.D. at Harvard in 1974. Creasy’s signature course was a five-week Short Term trek to map the geology of the U.S. Southwest. The van rides, upwards of 15 hours a day from Maine all the way to Arizona, were not idle hours: Students were expected to report nightly on the terrain they had passed during the day. As important as his students were the junior faculty members in his department. He helped them build teaching and research careers by giving them the freedom to follow their interests. As a doctoral student at Harvard, he studied ancient volcano craters, known as calderas, within the White Mountains. Through field mapping and laboratory analyses, he identified two major periods of volcanic activity 100 to 200 million years ago, associated with the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean. In retirement, he worked at L.L. Bean in the camping department, sharing his love of the outdoors. He and his wife, Kathy Bither, enjoyed two winters of walking the beaches and birding in Florida, where he looked for rocks between the “mossy places.” Besides his wife, survivors include children Matthew Creasy, Kris Konecki, and Ruth Konecki; and four grandchildren.

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In 1921, Assistant Professor of Forestry Bernard Leete, left, led aspiring Bates forestry majors during summer fieldwork in the Bates Forest.

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a century ago, Bates took possession of 11,000 acres of Maine timberland, thus beginning the 17-year saga of the Bates Forest, a story of noble ambitions that ultimately couldn’t withstand the triple whammy of bad luck, high taxes, and the Great Depression. The land had come to the college from Benjamin Clark Jordan, a successful lumberman with extensive ties to Bates. He had died in 1912, and his will invited Bates to take over about 18 square miles of land in several parcels in and around the southwest Maine town of Alfred, about 60 miles from campus. Jordan’s bequest had a few stipulations. The big one required that Bates create a new academic department in forestry, to be funded by income from lumbering, an industry that was enjoying good times thanks to the economic boom created by U.S. spending during World War I. Bates readily agreed; then, as now, colleges look for ways to stand out from the crowd, and The Bates Student noted that the new major, a fouryear “professional” course of study, would make

Bates the only college in New England offering a bachelor of science degree in forestry. Besides, adding a new academic program made sense in those heady times for the college. For one, Bates was blossoming under President George Colby Chase. During his 25-year presidency, Bates had added a dozen buildings, and the faculty had grown from nine to 38 and the student body from 167 to 500. The Bates name would soon spread around the globe thanks to international debate. Plus, the donor, Benjamin Jordan, was a revered member of the Bates community. A Freewill Baptist, longtime Bates trustee, and temperance worker, he was one of Maine’s “most prominent and useful citizens,” in the words of Alfred Anthony, author of Bates College and Its Background. Jordan’s two daughters, Nellie Belle and Dora, had both graduated from Bates. A brother, Lyman, was an 1870 Bates graduate who, by the early 1900s, achieved legendary status as a chemistry professor nicknamed “Foxy.” The original terms of Jordan’s will gave daughter Nellie Jordan control of the forest land and Fall 2017


h ist o ry l es s o n income from lumbering operations until her death. Then, Bates would take over. But in 1917 she offered the land to Bates in return for a lifetime annuity of $3,500 per year, plus another $500 annually for her sister. Bates accepted the offer on Dec. 21, 1917. By 1921 the forestry program was well underway. That summer, four aspiring forestry majors did their required summer work at the Bates Forest under Assistant Professor of Forestry Bernard Leete. They learned about scaling logs at the Jordan mill in Alfred; estimating the volume of lumber on an acre; compass surveying and blazing woodlot boundaries; and studying rate of growth by stump measurements. But there were troubles in the Bates Forest. Though the 1920s are remembered as “Roaring,” that famous economic boom took place only after a severe depression in 1920 and 1921, one that came down hard on the Maine lumber industry and the college’s investment in its lumbering business. Around this time, Leete, no doubt influenced by his fieldwork at the forest, urged Bates to take a more active role in the business. Bates agreed,

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hiring an experienced forester, Raymond Rendall, to join Leete in a “cruise” of the property in late 1921 to measure trees and collect other data. Rendall was a graduate of the University of Maine and the Yale School of Forestry. Described as a “two-fisted, square-jawed” veteran of World War I, he’d gotten forestry experience of a different kind in the Great War. Part of an engineering company running a sawmill to create trench timbers and railroad ties, Rendall left his company to fight at the front, including the epic Battle of the Argonne Forest. The results of Rendall and Leete’s 1921 cruise were sobering. The land was “understocked,” Rendall noted, with only a quarter of it supporting “merchantable stands of timber.” The rest had been “excessively cut over or was nonproductive.” There are hints that the land had been over-lumbered from the time of Jordan’s death in 1912 to when Bates took over in late 1917. President Clifton Daggett Gray, who succeeded Chase in March 1920, sounded the alarm in his 1921–22 annual report. “Instead of having sufficient pay taxes, annuities, and the expenses of management as well as a modest department of forestry at Lewiston, we find ourselves facing an annual deficit for the next 10 years of approximately $10,000,” he wrote. Today, such a loss would be a hit of several millions dollars annually. With the news, the college pivoted quickly. Leete was let go, and Bates vastly downsized the academic program. Gone was the four-year program — Bates would never graduate a forestry major — replaced by a general forestry course in the geology department. Meanwhile, efforts at the Bates Forest turned toward restoring the timberland and creating Maine’s first demonstration forest to display for the public, woodlot owners, and Maine forestry officials the value of “scientific management” and “the feasibility of conservation and applied forestry,” said Gray. Lumbering would continue, but only under Rendall’s careful watch. Gray was hopeful. “The careful and exact management of Mr. Rendall has resulted in a much happier outcome than was anticipated in the survey two years ago,” wrote Gray in his 1924 report. Still, it would be a race against time. “While it is true that after 20 years we shall begin to see a much larger income from these forests, it will be necessary during this long interval to administrate this trust with the utmost economy,” Gray wrote. Rendall established a nursery at the Bates Forest, annually planting upward of 39,000 white pines and selling thousands of others to raise funds. He thinned overcrowded stands and pruned trees to improve growth. A second cruise in 1927 showed that the amount of land with marketable timber had increased to 30 percent.

This undated photo may show logs from the Bates Forest being milled in Alfred.

By 1928, Gray noted in his annual report that “there is at least a little light.” but then came the whammies. More good news followed as the Maine legislature gave timberland owners tax relief by allowing them to list lands as “auxiliary state forests,” thus paying yearly tax on the land (not the growing trees) and paying tax on timber only when harvested. By 1928, Gray noted in his annual report that “there is at least a little light.” But then came the whammies. In April 1930, fire swept through 460 acres of the forest, destroying $4,500 worth of timber. Gray struck a sober note in his 1930 annual report, wondering if “the owners of any other forest can win out in the race between fire and taxes on one hand and natural growth on the other.” But it was the Great Depression that would do in the Bates Forest. Lumber prices and demand slumped, and cheaper wood products from the West Coast made inroads in the East. Meanwhile, taxes jumped yet again, and Maine towns refused to acknowledge the new auxiliary forest law. “It became apparent to the trustees of Bates College... that the undertaking was hopeless,” The Bates Alumnus reported. After 17 years of trying mightily to make the Bates Forest work for Bates and for the donor, the

college asked the Maine Supreme Court to relieve Bates of its ownership, and in January 1934 the court agreed. The land was sold — most to the federal government — with Nellie Jordan receiving funds to continue her annuity. The court appointed Rendall as receiver; he would go on to become Maine’s forest commissioner. Today, about 3,600 acres of the original Bates forest remains public land, operated as the Massabesic Experimental Forest by the Northern Research Station of the Forest Service. The rest is owned privately. While Bates never graduated a forestry major, one could say that the program did have a profound, if indirect, influence on the college. In 1922, a would-be forestry major, Norman Ross, graduated from Bates with a double major in physics and math. He rejoined the college as assistant bursar and, 44 years later, retired as treasurer. More than anyone, Ross helped Bates maximize its financial resources in the middle part of the 20th century, during periods of both expansion and caution. Under Ross, Bates developed a famously savvy and careful mindset that continues to this day. (Ross once drove to Presque Isle for a military-surplus potato peeler, refrigerator, and dishwasher for the college kitchen.) As his successor, Bernard Carpenter, once said about Ross, “He instilled upon me the absolute necessity of never making a commitment to spend a dollar unless you knew where it was coming from.” Because, after all, money doesn’t grow on trees. n Fall 2017


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Perched above the Slovenski Track entry is this taxidermy bobcat donated by Thomas Vail ’58 and Carole Carbone Vail ’58. Its lair was the one-time Alumni House on Campus Avenue until that building was razed to make way for Chu and Kalperis halls.




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A live bobcat, owned by a local resident who saved it from a Montana pelt farm, watches a Bates baseball game in 1996.

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Displayed in the Alumni Gym lobby, this taxidermy bobcat — donated by the late Marsha Graef, a longtime Bates coach and administrator — shows visiting teams that a tussle is in store.


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Unveiled in 2009, the bronze Bobcat sculpture quickly became part of a Bates sports ritual: Football players tap the cat en route from Underhill Arena to Garcelon Field.

o u t ta k e I usually ask Bill Bergevin, landscape architect extraordinaire, if I may photograph him. This time, I did not. Driving on Campus Avenue in July, I ditched the car when I saw Bill pruning a bush next to the Class of 1929 Gate. His exquisitely timed movements — trim, toss, repeat — suggested the hands of a clock. And with every picture of him, permission or not, it always seems appropriate to add: Thank you. — Phyllis Graber Jensen

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Photographer Phyllis Graber Jensen captures details large and small at the President’s Regatta, hosted at Bates’ new boathouse this spring.


The tent is staffed by Bates parents, who grill for attendees and all the teams (about 500 people).



This pine is a favorite haunt of bald eagles.


Oars are 13 feet long, and the boathouse holds a stock of about 80.


Hauling boats up the “dreaded hill” is well known among rowers as a killer for legs fresh off a 1.5-hour workout.



Eight-person boats are 60 feet long and weigh only 205 lbs.


Sandbags will be added if a coxswain doesn’t meet minimum weight requirements (110 lbs. for women; 120 lbs. for men).




The 120-foot dock is still put in each spring and hauled out each fall by the athletes themselves.


In the stern, the coxswain is in charge of controlling the boat and the team’s power and rhythm.


Once the inspiration for Ed Muskie ’36’s Clean Water Act, the Androscoggin today is a favorite for recreation.

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French professor Kirk Read (left), who oversees new-faculty mentoring at Bates, and Tim Dugan, a just-arrived theater professor, sport Green Dot T-shirts after training for the community’s bystander-intervention program in October. “We look after each other at Bates,” Read says.

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This issue's cover story looks at the Bates people behind the creation of the Diverse BookFinder, an innovative and searchable online collec...

Bates Magazine, Fall 2017  

This issue's cover story looks at the Bates people behind the creation of the Diverse BookFinder, an innovative and searchable online collec...