Sherman David Spector ’50

Sherman David Spector ’50 died on March 16, 2008, in Branford, Connecticut.

Born on May 7, 1927, in Andover, Mass., he prepared for college at Portland High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946 and again from 1952 to 1955 as a lieutenant in Naval Intelligence. He attended Bowdoin beginning in 1946, becoming a member of Alpha Rho Upsilon Fraternity and graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He did graduate work at Columbia University, earning a master’s degree in history, a certificate from the Russian Institute, and a Ph.D. in East European History. He retired as Professor of History at Russell Sage College for Women in Troy, N.Y., after 32 years of teaching. He had also taught at NewYork State College for Teachers in Albany (now SUNY- Albany) from 1957 to 1960, had been a Fulbright-Hays visiting professor at the University of Bucharest, Romania, in both 1964 and 1970, and a visiting professor of political science at Colorado State University in 1968. He was the author of several books and was the recipient of Bowdoin’s Distinguished Educator Award in 1987. He was an uncle to three Bowdoin alumni: Mark S. Levine ’70, Mark S. Bergman ’78, and Philip G. Bergman ’81. He was married to Beryl Ruth Stern Spector, who predeceased him. He is survived by his second wife, Cynthia Crocco Spector; a son, Garry; two daughters, Nancy and Susan; and three grandchildren.