John W. Ambrose Jr.

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

Philip Conway Beam

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.

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Sherri Cooper

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

Herbert R. Coursen Jr.

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.

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L. Dodge Fernald

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.
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William S. Flash

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

Dana W. Mayo

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.
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Richard E. Morgan ’59

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

Paul Luther Nyhus

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.

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Edward Pols

Edward Pols, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Emeritus, died on August 14, 2005, in Brunswick.

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Eugene C. Royster

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

Carl N. Schmalz Jr.

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

Leslie C. Shaw

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.

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William D. Shipman

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

James E. Ward III

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

William Bolling Whiteside

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.

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