Recent Obituaries

As part of Bowdoin Magazine‘s redesign three years ago, we moved the obituaries from the printed magazine to this new dedicated online site. While this move marked a significant change, we believe it is one that serves our entire readership. Updated regularly, the improved obituary format better honors our Bowdoin community members and allows additional features that we can’t offer in print, specifically the ability for classmates, families, and friends to post photos and remembrances. We will continue to print a list of recent deaths compiled between issues and full obituaries will appear online here.

Please note: The obituaries posted here begin with those from our Fall 2013 issue. Earlier obituaries that were printed in Bowdoin Magazine can be viewed in individual issues in our archives. We are in the process of retroactively posting the past ten years of our printed obituaries on this site.

Click on a name below for the obituary. You can also search by keyword or browse by class year using the grid to the right.

W. Phillip Saunders - W. Phillip Saunders, former instructor in economics, 1961-1962, died on May 28, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana.
George F. Phillips Jr. ’54 - George F. Phillips Jr. ’54 died on May 25, 2017, in Buffalo, New York.
John P.S. Handy ’52 - John P.S. Handy ’52 died on May 25, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Richard W. Moll - Richard W. Moll, Bowdoin’s director of admissions from 1967 to 1975, died on May 24, 2017.
David C. Mechem ’64 - David C. Mechem ’64 died on May 22, 2017, in Kensington, New Hampshire.
John R. Lawson ’63 - John R. Lawson ’63 died on April 5, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana.
Cynthia F. Leong G’69 - Cynthia F. Leong G’69 died on May 19, 2017, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
George F. Phillips Jr. ’54 - George F. Phillips Jr ’54 died on May 18, 2017, in Buffalo, New York.
Earl D. Swinson Jr. ’73 - Earl D. Swinson Jr. ’73 died on May 7, 2017, in Bowdoinham, Maine.
W. Ross Hawkins ’60 - W. Ross Hawkins ’60 died on May 14, 2017, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.