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Garcelon Society

Established in 2005 to further the close connection between Bates College and the local community, the Alonzo Garcelon Society supports the Androscoggin Scholarship Fund to ensure talented and deserving students from Androscoggin County have access to a Bates College education. Named in honor of the 19th century pre-eminent community leader who persuaded Bates founders to locate their higher education institution in Lewiston in 1855, the Alonzo Garcelon Society includes local business executives, members of the Bates College staff and faculty, as well as other community leaders.

If you would like more information about the Alonzo Garcelon Society, please contact Heidi Allen, Associate Director of Donor Programs, at 207–753-6993 or

Leadership Council

The Garcelon Society Leadership Council is comprised of community and business leaders who are committed to making a first-rate liberal arts education more accessible to the young people of Androscoggin County. Members of the Leadership Council serve as ambassadors for Bates within the community.

Barbara M. Trafton P’00, Garcelon Society Chair
Kathie M. Leonard, Leadership Council Chair
Janet P. Barrett
John B. Cole
William B. Cote
Mary L. Desjardin P’14
Lee F. Griswold
Daniel H. Isaac ’77
Richard G. Kendall
Kathryn G. Low
Elaine C. Makas, ’67
Diane P. McManus P’10
Alice C. Mogensen
Charles A. Morrison
Jon Oxman
Adelaide Trafton
Candace C. Walworth
Edward Z. Walworth
James F.X. Wellehan, Sr. P’99
James L. Wilkins

Meet the Chairs

Barbara Trafton, Garcelon Society Chair


Longtime Auburn resident and Bates parent Barbara Trafton P’00 has led the fund-raising effort for the Androscoggin Scholarship Fund since its conception in 2005.  Trafton, who was instrumental in leading the highly successful $7 million campaign to restore and expand the Auburn Public Library, chairs the Garcelon Society which is dedicated to the financial support of students from Lewiston, Auburn and surrounding communities in Androscoggin County.

“My family has deep roots in the Bates community spanning several generations,” Trafton said. “As a parent I witnessed first-hand the extraordinary effects of a Bates education on my own son, Ben. As a member of the Lewiston-Auburn community I am excited to have this opportunity to make sure that others can benefit from a Bates education.”

Kathie Leonard, Leadership Council Chair


Kathie Leonard, is President and CEO of Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI), having co-founded the company 28 years ago, in 1979. AMI makes and markets a wide variety of specialty heat resistant textile products used throughout the industry to save energy and protect people, plant and equipment from fire and extreme heat. Major industries using AMI products include petrochemical, refining, utilities, shipbuilding, paper, steel, aluminum, glass and marine, in both maintenance and construction operations.

Our local students

The Garcelon Society supports the Androscoggin Scholarship Fund to ensure talented and deserving students from Androscoggin County have access to a Bates College education.


The following students are 2009–2010 Androscoggin Scholarship Fund recipients:

Kathryn DeAngelis is a first-year student from Lewiston, Maine who plans to major in biological chemistry and is interested in pursuing a career as a surgeon. She participated in the 2009 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine where she observed surgeries, practiced suturing and attended the medical ethics caucus. Kathryn is active in rowing, Bates Outing Club, and plans to participate on the track and field teams.

Brittney French is a junior from Auburn, Maine who pursuing a degree in anthropology. She was an intern with the Bates College Office of Communications and Media Relations this summer and was involved in helping to develop the newly released Bates Web site, sparking a new interest in graphic design. Brittney is studying abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia this semester.

Alexander Heldman is a sophomore from Auburn who is interested in economics and is a member of the varsity ski team. He spent his high school senior year and a post-graduate year as a member of the U.S. Ski Team.

Peter MacArthur is a senior from Lewiston, Maine who is a double major in history and French. He spent his junior year studying in Paris, France and is writing two theses this year—one for each major. Peter is also on the planning Committee for upcoming exhibit on the Sisters of Charity at the Franco American Heritage Center.

Kyle Philbrook is a sophomore from Auburn who plans to major in history and is a member of the varsity basketball team. He was a member of the National Honor Society and received numerous leadership and basketball awards as student at Edward Little High School.

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