Christopher L. Yates ’45

Christopher L. Yates ’45 died December 27, 2012, in Arlington, Mass. He was born in Waterville on May 15, 1922, and graduated from Walpole (Mass.) High School. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. In 1943 he joined the Army and was assigned to Coast Artillery. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and transferred to the Army Air Forces. In 1944, he received his wings and joined the 489th Bomb Squadron (12th AF; 57th Bomb Wing–“The Bridgebusters”; 340th Bomb Group) on the island of Corsica. He flew forty-five missions, including an April 11, 1945, attack on enemy troop concentrations near Argenta, Italy, for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He graduated from Bowdoin in 1947, remaining a member of the class of 1945, and began a thirty-five-year career with Aetna Casualty & Surety Company. He retired in 1982 as general manager of the Portland, Ore., office. He was also an active member in the Players Club and the Masonic Lodge in Westborough, Mass. He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Virginia Bott Yates; daughters Sherry Casey, Linda Flint, and Nancy Madrid; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Robert Yates; brothers John, David, Sherbrooke, and Pierre; and sisters Margaret, Lucy, Theodora, and Phoebe.

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