John W. Ambrose Jr., the John E. Merrill Professor of the Greek Language and Literature, Emeritus, died November 7, 2014, in Topsham. He was born on January 23, 1931, in Grafton, Mass., and attended St. John’s Preparatory School in Worcester. Continue reading
George N. Appell died on May 2, 2020 in Phillips, Maine. Continue reading
Thomas R. Arp, a former instructor of English at Bowdoin (1960-62), died July 30, 2015, in Dallas, Texas. Continue reading
Philip Conway Beam, who joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1936 and retired in 1982 as the Henry Johnson Professor of Art and Archaeology, died on December 25, 2005, in Lewiston.
Kit (Christopher) Blake died on February 20, 2020 in Dundee, Scotland. Continue reading
Gerard J. Breault, an Instructor in French between 1957-59 and an Assistant Professor of Romance Languages between 1959-61, died on February 5, 2020, in State College, Pennsylvania. Continue reading
Peter I. Brown, Instructor in Philosophy from 1962-63, died on July 6, 2016, in Syracuse, New York. Continue reading
John C. Burnham, former Tallman Professor of History and Psychology (1982), died on May 12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
Sherri Cooper, Coastal Studies Center scholar-in-residence and adjunct assistant professor from 2006-07, died on November 23, 2015, in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Continue reading
Thomas B. Cornell, Richard E. Steele Artist-in-Residence Emeritus, died December 7, 2012, in Brunswick, of cancer. Continue reading
Herbert R. Coursen, Jr., longtime Bowdoin English professor and literary scholar, died December 3, 2011, at his home in Brunswick. He was born in Newark, N.J., on March 28, 1932, and graduated from Amherst College in 1954. He served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958 as a captain and a ﬁghter pilot before earning a master’s degree in English in 1962 from Wesleyan University, where he was a University Fellow.
L. Dodge Fernald, instructor 1960-61, Professor of Psychology, 1962-67; coach of varsity skiing, freshman soccer, and freshman lacrosse, died on March 1, 2017, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
William S. Flash, a former instructor (1952-1954) and assistant professor (1954-1956) in the government department, died September 9, 2015, in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Continue reading
Richard Sherman Fleming, died on October 21, 2005, in Brunswick.
G. Edgar Folk, Assistant Professor of Biology, 1947-53, died on December 10, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Stephen C. Foster, instructor in art, 1972-73 and assistant professor of art, 1973-74, died on November 26, 2018, in New London, Connecticut.
William D. Geoghegan died on April 25, 2015, in Brunswick. Continue reading
Edward S. Gilfillan Jr., former director of Bowdoin’s Marine Research Station and adjunct professor and lecturer in the environmental studies program from 1977-2001 (emeritus 2001), died on December 14, 2017, in Harpswell, Maine.
Celeste Goodridge, professor of English, died on March 3, 2018, in Scarborough, Maine.
Charles A. Grobe Jr., Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, died on September 29, 2016, in Brunswick. Continue reading
Steven Grover, Instructor in Music, died on July 7, 2016, in Augusta, Maine. Continue reading
Karen B. Halnon, visiting assistant professor of sociology, 1998-99, died on January 21, 2018, in Orange, Massachusetts.
Reginald L. Hannaford died on June 13, 2020 in Brunswick, Maine. Continue reading
Kevin B. Herbert, a former assistant professor of classics at Bowdoin (1955-1962), died February 10, 2015, in University City, Missouri.
Charles E. Huntington, professor of biology emeritus and director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station emeritus, died on January 2, 2017.
Arthur M. Hussey III, Professor of Geology Emeritus, died on July 26, 2016, in Bowdoinham, Maine. Continue reading
DeWitt John Jr. died on October 6, 2020 in Brunswick, ME. Continue reading
Gerald Kamber, an associate professor of romance languages from 1962-1969, died on October 30, 2014, in New Jersey.
Barbara J. Kaster died on May 9, 2020 in Destin, Florida. Continue reading
Richard J. Kattar, ROTC director from 1971-1972, died on April 22, 2017, in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.
Professor Emeritus Elroy O. LaCasce Jr. ’44 died September 8, 2015, in Raymond, Maine. Continue reading
Lian Shu Li died on March 6, 2021 in Ithaca, New York. Continue reading
Richard B. Lyman, Jr. ’57, P’87 died on August 23, 2020 in Norway, Maine. Continue reading
Dana W. Mayo, Charles Weston Pickard Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, died on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at his home in Topsham after a long illness.
Radcliffe G. Mitchell Jr., a former assistant professor of military science from 1965-67, died February 19, 2015, in Scarborough, Maine. Continue reading
Richard E. Morgan ’59, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Constitutional Law and an esteemed and active member of the faculty for 45 years, November 13, 2014, at the age of 77. He was the husband of Jean Yarbrough, Bowdoin’s Gary M. Pendy Sr. Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of Government and Legal Studies. Continue reading
Robert Raymond Nunn, associate professor of romance languages emeritus, died on March 16, 2017.
Paul Luther Nyhus, former dean of students, former dean of the college, and Frank Andrew Munsey Professor of History Emeritus, died in Brunswick on August 17, 2005.
Clifton Cooper Olds died on April 8, 2021 in Massachusetts. Continue reading
D. Scott Palmer, Assistant Professor of Government from 1972 to 1976, died on April 28, 2018, in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Duane A. Paluska, an Assistant Professor of English (1968-73), died on January 28, 2020, in Lewiston, Maine. Continue reading
Mary Brown Parlee, former visiting professor of women’s studies on the Tallman Foundation, 1992-93, died on June 27, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ronald M. Pike, a visiting professor of chemistry from 1983-1984, died on February 26, 2019, in Mapleton, Utah. Continue reading
Edward Pols, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Emeritus, died on August 14, 2005, in Brunswick.
A. Raymond Rutan IV ’51, director of theater emeritus, died on June 16, 2019, in Portland, Maine.
Peter Riesenberg, research associate in history from 2003 to 2006, died on May 14, 2018, in Harpswell, Maine.
Olin S. Robison, former Bowdoin provost, dean of the faculty, and senior lecturer in government from 1970-1975, died on October 22, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland.
John E. Rogers, an instructor of music from 1964-1967, died on April 6, 2016, in Dover, New Hampshire. Continue reading
Eugene C. Royster, Ph.D., former professor of sociology at Bowdoin, died in March 2013 in St. Louis, Mo. He was born in New Haven, Conn., and prepared for college at Hillhouse High School. He earned a doctorate in sociology at Yale University and enjoyed a long career as a college professor and researcher. Continue reading
Robert C. Sanford, who ran the Moulton Union dining hall for nine years, died on May 11, 2018, in Boynton Beach, Florida.
W. Phillip Saunders, former instructor in economics, 1961-1962, died on May 28, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana.
Carl N. Schmalz Jr., former Bowdoin art professor and art museum director, died February 22, 2013, in Saco. He was born on December 26, 1926, in Ann Arbor, Mich. He earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate of fine arts from Harvard University, and was awarded an honorary degree by Amherst College. He studied watercolor painting with Eliot O’Hara in 1943 and 1944 and began a long teaching career while instructing at the O’Hara School at Goose Rocks Beach in 1946 and 1947. Continue reading
Elliott S. Schwartz, Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music Emeritus and renowned composer, died on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, in Brunswick.
Leslie C. Shaw, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, died August 29, 2012, in Portland, from complications following surgery at Maine Medical Center. She was known as an especially effective teacher and valued mentor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
William D. Shipman, Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics Emeritus and a member of the Bowdoin faculty from 1957-1991, died on April 10, 2016, in Seattle, Washington. Continue reading
William L. Steinhart died on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Continue reading
Clifford R. Thompson, Jr., professor of romance languages emeritus who taught Spanish at Bowdoin for 34 years, died March 4, 2010, in Portland. Continue reading
Robert J. Toft, a former biology department faculty member, died January 28, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
William F. Vassar, professor of military science from 1963-1966, died on April 8, 2017, in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Andrew J. Von Hendy, Instructor of English from 1960 to 1963, died on June 6, 2018, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
James E. Ward III, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, dean of the college, and former director of the Senior Center program, died November 11, 2013, in Brunswick, following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He embodied the spirit of the liberal arts. While his head was in mathematics, his heart was with the students of Africa—where he taught as a Fulbright scholar on two separate occasions—and with the people of midcoast Maine, whom he served as a board member for organizations supporting middle-income elderly housing, vocational education, community mental health services, Head Start, regional anti-poverty efforts, behavioral and mental health services for children and adults, healthcare, and musical theater. Continue reading
Lawrence M. Washington, Instructor in German, 1954-56, died on April 23, 2019, in Weybridge, Vermont
David A. Wheatland, Assistant professor of Chemistry from 1967 to 1973, died on February 13, 2020, in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. Continue reading
William Bolling Whiteside, Bowdoin’s Frank Munsey Professor of History Emeritus and an honorary member of the Bowdoin College Alumni Association, died on November 25, 2007, in Yarmouth, Maine.