The College Key

  • provides student aid including scholarships and other kinds of financial assistance
  • recognizes outstanding Bates students and faculty
  • supports academics, student life, and campus improvements
  • encourages and recognizes student academic and extracurricular achievement
  • contributes to the general welfare of the college

Members of the College Key include seniors and a small number of juniors who are elected to the Key by virtue of their leadership in academic and extra-curricular work. Alumni are elected each year as well, by virtue of their volunteer work for the college. Submit your nominations here.

The College Key is proud to include such Bates luminaries as the late former Secretary of State Ed Muskie ’36, Dean of the Faculty Pam Baker ’69, Professor Marcus Bruce ’77, novelist Lisa Genova ’92, poet Elizabeth Hobbs ’51, and television journalist Bryant Gumbel ’70.


Executive Committee

Jeffrey D. Sturgis ’69
Minot, Maine
Term 2016-2019
Karen L. Finocchio Lubeck ’92
Vice President
Marblehead, Mass.
Term 2016-2019
Flora Chan ’11
Recording Secretary
Boston, Mass.
Term 2017-2021
Carol Prochazka Spencer ’74
Cedar Creek, Tx.
Term 2015-2019
Kristin N. Barber ’07
Past President
New York, N.Y.
Term 2016-2019
Meredith LaChapelle
Corresponding Secretary and Staff Liaison
Marianne Nolan Cowan ’92

Alumni Committee

  • Casey Andersen ’12
  • Jerry Donahoe ’82
  • Courtney Fleisher ’94
  • Melissa Simones ’06

Nominating Committee

  • Linda Kugblenu ’13
  • Steve Mortimer ’72

Scholarship & Programs Committee

  • Betsy Campbell ’99
  • Donelle Durham ’09
  • Robin Hodgskin ’76
  • Carol Spencer ’74

Undergraduate Committee

  • Marianne Cowan ’92
  • Meg Ogilvie ’14
  • Jeff Sturgis ’69

Historical Leadership

2015               Kristin Barber ’07

2012-15           Liam Leduc Clarke ’98

2009-12           Lisa Romeo ’88

2006-09           Roland Davis ’92

2003-06           Heather Chichester Pettis ’97

2001-03           Stuart Abelson ’97

1999-01           Melissa J. Weisstuch ’82

1997-99           Henri J. Sans ’73

1995-97           Leigh Graham ’82

1993-95           Grant C. Reynolds ’57

1992-93           Martha Lindholm Lentz ’64

Bates Key Presidents

1991-92           Rebecca Swanson Conrad ’82

1988-91           Barbara Varney Randall ’46

1984-88           Janice Upham ’62

1978-84           Mary Rogers Barnard ’56

1973-78           Barbara Leadbetter Fitzherbert ’35  ‡

1968-73           Marion Welsch Spear ’38

1961-68           Jane Ault Lindholm ’37

1936-61           Mabel Eaton ’10  ‡


College Club Presidents

1991-92           J. Gregory Shea ’64

1989-91           Allen Harvie ’65

1987-89           William Farrington ’66

1985-87           Peter B. Post ’58

1983-85           Gerald A. Feld ’60

1981-83           Eugene G. Taylor ’56

1979-81           Ted M. Beal ’64

1978-79           Donald M. Russell ’51

1977-78           John J. DeGange ’59

1976-77           David O. Boone ’62

1975-76           Charles F. Toomey ’35  ‡

1974-75           Lynn W. Willsey ’54

1973-74           Frank O. Stred ’53  ‡

1972-73           Robert V. Dunn ’56

1971-72           William D. Crosby ’39  ‡

1970-71           Arthur B. Bradbury ’49

1969-70           John W. Hutchinson ’35  ‡

1968-69           Alan C. Goddard ’53  ‡

1967-68          Joseph A.Underhill ’17  ‡

1966-67           E. Robert Kinney ’39 ‡

1965-66           Donald P. Richter ‘46

1964-65           Bernard R. Marcus ’37  ‡

1963-64           George V. Mandall ’35  ‡

1962-63           Henry L. Lavallee ’33  ‡

1961-62           Donald C. Gautier ’36 ‡

1960-61           Frederick B. Pettengill ’31  ‡

1959-60           John L. Buddington ’30  ‡

1958-59           R. Lee Waterman ’26  ‡

1957-58           Parker Mann ’32  ‡

1956-57           Frederick W. Downing ’40

1955-56           Harold B. Clifford ’16  ‡

1954-55           Norman J. Temple ’44  ‡

1953-54          RandolphA. Weatherbee ’32  ‡

1952-53           Richard F. Garland ’18  ‡

1951-52           Roy U. Sinclair ’26  ‡

1950-51           Edmund S. Muskie ’36 ‡

1949-50           Leverett H. Cutten ’04  ‡

1948-49           Charles H. Abbott ’12  ‡

1947-48           Ralph L. Kendall ’06  ‡

1946-47           Fletcher L. Shea ’27  ‡

1945-46           Raymond D. Stillman ’16  ‡

1944-45           Arthur W. Sager ’26  ‡

1943-44           Frank W. Rounds ’04 ‡

1942-43           A. Allison Wills, Jr. ’27  ‡

1941-42           Leo W. Blaisdell ’12  ‡

1940-41           John L. Williams ’10  ‡

1939-40           Elwood F. Ireland ’22 ‡

1938-39           Delbert E. Andrews ’10  ‡

1937-38           Edwin M. Purinton ’19  ‡

1936-37           John E. Peakes ’11  ‡

1935-36           Robert L. Ross ’18  ‡

1934-35           William L. Parsons ’05  ‡

1933-34           Donald B. Partridge ’14  ‡

1932-33           Bertram E. Packard ’00  ‡

1931-32           Edward H. Fuller ’12  ‡

1930-31           Luther S. Mason ’96  ‡

1929-30           Guy E. Healey ’00  ‡

1927-29           F. Brooks Quimby ’18  ‡

1926-27           Richard B. Stanley ’97  ‡

1925-26           C. Ray Thompson ’13  ‡

1924-25           William B. Cutts ’91  ‡

1923-24           William F. Garcelon ’90  ‡

1922-23           Frank H. Briggs ’78  ‡

1921-22           Fred E. Pomeroy ’99  ‡

1920-21           Raymond D. Stillman ’16  ‡

1919-20           George E. Ramsdell ’03  ‡

1917-19           Ernest V. Call ’00  ‡

1916-17           William H. Whittum ’07  ‡

1915-16           Luther I. Bonney ’06  ‡

1914-15           Clair E. Turner ’12  ‡

1913-14           Oliver F. Cutts ’96  ‡

1912-13          AltonC. Wheeler ’99  ‡

1911-12           Oren C. Boothby ’96  ‡

1910-11           George E. Ramsdell ’03  ‡

1909-10           Harlow M. Davis ’07  ‡

1908-09           Carl E. Miliken ’97  ‡

1907-08           John L. Reade ’83  ‡

1906-07           Frank W. Rounds ’04  ‡

1905-06           Nelson G. Howard ’91  ‡

1904-05           Fred A. Knapp ’96  ‡

1903-04           Oren C. Boothby ’96  ‡

1902-03           Fred E. Pomeroy ’99  ‡

1901-02           William W. Bolster, Jr. ’9  ‡

1900-01           Lewis M. Palmer ’75 ‡

1899-00           Oliver F. Cutts ’96  ‡

1898-99          ShermanI.Graves ’94 ‡

1897-98           William B. Skelton ’92 ‡

1896-97           Scott Wilson ’92  ‡

1893-96           Frederick W. Plummer ’91 ‡

1892-93           Herbert V. Neal ’90 ‡

1891-92           Frederick J. Daggett ’89 ‡



Distinguished Alumni in Residence Program

The Distinguished Alumni in Residence Program was established in 2003 by The College Key to bring alumni of note to campus to interact with students and faculty.  Fellows usually give a lecture, teach classes, and meet with students individually and in group sessions.

Recent Residencies

2018: Ed Meloni ’91
2017: Susan T. Dumais ’75
2016: Brian McGrory ’84
2013: Win Brown ’89

Distinguished Service Award

In recognition of the dedication and excellence offered to the college by truly distinguished members of the faculty and staff, the College Key has presented the Distinguished Service Award annually during Reunion Weekend since 1993.

Recent Recipients
2017: Professor Thomas F. Tracy
2016: Stephen Sawyer
2015: Sawyer Sylvester
2014: Scott Steinberg ’86

Senior Gift Match

Since 2008, the College Key has provided matching funds to bolster each class’ senior gift to the Bates Fund as a way to encourage a new generation of philanthropy and engagement amongst our youngest alumni. Funds are offered as a combination of matching gifts for donations of $25 or more, as incentive for seniors to give substantial gifts to Bates, and for a percentage of class participation.

Student Travel Fund

The Key has always provided assistance for students with specific travel expenses for family emergencies, internships, interviews, and other related requests. More recently, the Key has partnered with the Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) to support professional endeavors of students.

Winter Coat Fund

Many students come to Bates from locations where winters are mild or nonexistent. For some of these students and their families, purchasing basic winter gear is a significant burden on top of the start up expenses of a first year college student. The College Key Winter Coat Fund helps to ease part of that burden by providing funds for winter jackets, boots, hats, and gloves. Each year, the Key provides up to $5,000 to cover the cost of cold-weather necessities to help students through Maine winters. Read our student thank-you notes.


Article I.  NAME

The name of this organization shall be The College Key.

Article II.  PURPOSE

Section 1.  The purpose of this organization is to recognize outstanding Bates men and women, to encourage and to recognize student academic and extracurricular achievement; to support academics, athletics, and student life; to provide student aid including scholarships and other kinds of financial assistance, to be a resource for student internships, to support campus improvements, and to contribute to the general welfare of the College in any way that seems advisable.
Section 2.  The members shall act as key people in alumni organizations, as contact people to encourage qualified students to attend Bates, and provide other alumni services to the College in any way possible.


Section 1.  Student Members

(a)  Senior members shall be chosen from faculty and staff recommendations by the Committee on Undergraduate Members.

(b)  Up to 5% of the members of a class may be selected for membership as seniors.  In addition, up to six may be selected as juniors.

(c)  Selection criteria shall include:

(1)  Good academic standing
(2)  Character
(3)  Campus and community service
(4)  Leadership
(5)  Future promise

Section 2.  Alumni Members

(a)  Up to twenty (20) alumni members may be proposed each year by the Committee on Alumni Members for election at the Annual Meeting.  Alumni who did not graduate may be considered for membership on the basis of outstanding lifetime service to the College.  There is no limit on the number of alumni members in a class.

(b)  Selection criteria shall include:

(1)  Service to the College
(2)  Leadership in the community
(3)  Success in chosen field
(4)  Character

Section 3.  Honorary Members

(a)  Presidents of the College will be invited to become honorary members.  Other persons who have rendered extraordinary service to the College may be proposed to the Annual Meeting by the Executive Committee for election as honorary members.

(b)  The selection criteria shall be the same as for alumni members.


Section 1.  The officers of this organization shall consist of:

(a)  President
(b)  Vice President
(c)  Recording Secretary
(d)  Corresponding Secretary
(e)  Treasurer
(f)  Auditor
(g) Immediate Past President

Section 2.  A slate of officers shall be nominated by the nominating committee and presented to the membership each year at the Annual Meeting.  Additional nominations may be made from the floor.

Section 3: The persons filling the above offices, with the exception of the auditor, shall be the Executive Committee during their terms of office.

Section 4. President and Vice President shall be elected for a three year term at the Annual Meeting by vote of a majority of the members present. The Immediate Past President shall serve a one-year term.

Section 5. The Corresponding Secretary shall be a member of the Bates staff and shall serve as the primary liaison with the College.  This position is not subject to the term limits in Section 7.

Section 6.  The remaining officers shall be elected for a five year term at the Annual Meeting by a vote of a majority of the members present.

Section 7.  No individual shall serve a term on the Executive Committee longer than 10 consecutive years.

Section 8.  Duties

(a)  The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization.  The President is responsible for seeing that the officers and committees fulfill their duties in a timely manner.  The President shall preside at Annual Meetings and Executive Committee meetings; and serve as an ex officio member of all committees.

(b)  The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President if the President is not able to act or if the President resigns, and shall be responsible for the encouragement and coordination of organizational activities.

(c)  The Recording Secretary shall keep minutes of all proceedings of the organization and record the same; notify each member, at least two weeks before its date, and where the Annual Meeting is to be held; and perform such other duties as are customary for such an officer.

(d)  The Corresponding Secretary shall conduct the organization’s correspondence, annually prepare one or more newsletters for the membership, and perform all duties pertaining to that office.

(e)  The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds belonging to the organization, and shall disburse the same according to the directions of the Annual Meeting or the Executive Committee.  The Treasurer shall submit an account of receipts and disbursements during the past year at each Annual Meeting.

(f)  The Auditor shall conduct a yearly audit of books of the organization and present a report to the membership at the Annual Meeting.


Section 1.  Each standing committee shall have four members, three to be appointed by the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee shall designate an officer as ex officio member of each Committee, with full voting power, unless otherwise provided. Elected committee members shall serve staggered five-year terms; the Chair shall serve for a year at a time.  The Nominating Committee annually shall propose nominees to fill any expiring or vacant terms as required. The Executive Committee shall designate one elected member of the Committee as Chair.

Section 2.  The Committee on Undergraduate Membership shall consist of four members of the organization who are also members of the College Faculty or staff, if available and qualified.  None of them are required to be an officer.  They shall elect the undergraduate members.  Undergraduate members elected as Juniors may be asked to serve as ex officio members of this committee in their Senior year.  If four members are not available and qualified, the nominating committee shall propose persons who are not members of the faculty or staff.

Section 3.  The Committee on Alumni Membership may present at the Annual Meeting the name of not more than twenty Alumni, to be elected into membership.

Section 4.  The Committee on Scholarships and Programs shall serve in an advisory capacity in directing the service and funding activities of the Key, subject to any instructions, conditions, or votes of the Annual Meeting, or directions of the Executive Committee.  It will monitor the choice of recipients of the College Key Scholarships, the Mabel Eaton College Key Scholarship, and such other scholarships as the organization may offer; shall recognize the recipients of the Lindholm Awards, and may propose recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards and such other awards as the organization may offer for approval by the Executive Committee.   The Treasurer shall serve as the Executive Committee member ex oficio.

Section 5.  The Nominating Committee shall present nominations of officers to be elected at the Annual Meeting, as provided in the Bylaws.  The Nominating Committee may also present names for appointment to committee membership to the Executive Committee.

Article V, Section 6: The Executive Committee, consisting of the President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and the Immediate Past President shall conduct the business of the organization between annual meetings, including authorizing expenditures of funds.

Section 7.  In the event of a tie vote in a Committee, the vote of the Chair of the Committee shall control.

Section 8.  The Executive Committee may constitute and disband ad hoc committees, and shall elect the members and chairs thereof.

Section 9.  The Executive Committee shall conduct a review of the Bylaws every three years.

Article VI.  DUES

Section 1.  Membership shall be for life.  However, members (other than Life Members) whose dues are not paid for a period of two consecutive years will be notified that their membership will lapse if dues for the current year and arrears of up to two years are not paid.  Members may be reinstated upon payment of arrears, up to two years dues.

Section 2.  Annual dues shall be thirty dollars, except for Junior year electees (no dues for Senior year), and for the first five years after graduation, fifteen dollars.  The amount of dues may be changed by a majority vote of the members present at the Annual Meeting.

Section 3.  Dues shall be paid by all members until they reach their 50th Reunion, at which point they become Life Members.  Life members are not required to pay dues, but are encouraged to contribute any amount they wish.


Section 1.  The Annual Meeting shall be held yearly on the Bates campus during Alumni Weekend, unless the Executive Committee selects a different date.

Section 2.  Notice of the Annual Meeting must be given either separately or as part of a newsletter, and shall be mailed at least 15 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Section 3.  A quorum for the Annual Meeting or any other meeting of members shall consist of 25 members.

Section 4.  The officers, and alumni members shall be elected at the Annual Meeting.

Section 5.  The Treasurer and all standing committees shall make their reports at the Annual Meeting.

Section 6.  Any decision, including any election, may be made by mail ballot or electronic means of the members, notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws.  The Executive Committee shall determine what issues or offices shall be voted on by mail or electronic means.  An electronic or mail ballot shall be dispatched to all members at least 15 days before the Annual Meeting.  Ballots shall be counted the day of the Annual Meeting, and the results shall be announced at the Annual Meeting.

Section 7.  The Executive Committee may offer a means of remote participation (phone/webcast) for the Annual Meeting.


Section 1.  These Bylaws may be amended by vote of a majority of the members present at an Annual Meeting; or at a special meeting subject to rescission as provided in the restated articles or incorporation.

Section 2.  Notice of a proposed change in the Bylaws must be mailed to the membership at least 45 days prior to the meeting at which they are to be voted on.

Copyright 2012 © The College Key of Bates College.


The College Key

On June 5, 1992, the College Club, an alumni service group, and the Bates Key, an honorary alumnae organization, dissolved to form a new joint association.  The decision to merge resulted from several years of careful thought on the part of both groups.  Members of the College Club and Bates Key agreed that Bates’s spirit of inclusiveness, as well as their shared goal – support for the College – would be best served by a common association.  The two groups met separately and voted to come together.  Joining names, the College Club and the Bates Key became the College Key.  A transition committee, consisting of members of both original groups, was appointed to draft the bylaws, reassess membership dues, and ensure that the original mission of each group would be preserved within the new whole.

Membership to the College Key is awarded to juniors and seniors who distinguish themselves in academic performance, athletic or extra-curricular pursuits, service to the community, and strength of character.  Nominations are secured from faculty and staff, and each year a group of students comprising less than ten percent of the graduating class is inducted.  New members from the alumni body are also recommended by a committee on alumni nominations.

The College Key’s official meeting is held each year during Reunion Weekend.  Reports on the progress of the special and standing committees are given, and goals for the upcoming year are determined.  The annual meeting also serves as special time to recognize new members, to socialize, and to reconnect with friends, classmates, and the College.

The College Club, 1891 – 1992

The College Club was organized on June 26, 1891, by a group of young Bates alumni who had been outstanding in loyalty and constructive campus leadership.  Originally conceived of as a “Service Group of Bates Men,” the objectives of the College Club as stated by the founders were, “To take an active interest in the current affairs at Bates College; to encourage and stimulate work in literary and athletic lines; and to promote in any way that may seem desirable the general welfare of the institution.”

In a class letter written in 1891, William F. Garcelon, a member of the Bates class of 1890 and the College Club’s founding secretary, implored each of his classmates to donate $1.00 for “a prize for some oratorical or other contest or as the nucleus of a library building.” He explained, “By contributing our mite for several years, we might see great things come of it.”  Mr. Garcelon’s words exemplify the philosophy of the Club, which is based on a sense of collective contribution and motivated by a concern for Bates that is both expansive and forward-reaching.

Celebrating its centennial in 1991, the College Club updated its programs to better serve the needs of Bates while preserving much of its original vision.  Dean of the College James Carignan ’61 stressed the need for the Club to “not only raise priorities for the College, but to bring these into fruition.”  Accepting this challenge, the College Club sponsored both national and international debate tours, funded a major endowed scholarship, and established the Career Discovery Internship Program.

The Bates Key, 1936 – 1992

On May 18, 1936, Dean Hazel Clark, Professor Lena Walmsley, Librarian Mabel Eaton ’10, and a group of women students met to discuss the value of forming an honorary society for Bates alumnae comparable to the College Club.  Members were to serve as “key people” in organizing activities for graduates and to “influence young women of the best type to come to Bates in the future.”

During the initial meeting, the group agreed that such an organization was both necessary and long overdue.  A quick succession of meetings followed, and within one month, the Bates Key was formed, complete with a constitution written by Miss Eaton and Edith Milliken ‘36.  The first annual meeting of the Bates Key was held on June 13, 1937, with Miss Eaton presiding.  The women decided to meet once a year at Commencement, to send out quarterly letters, and to make scholarship aid their group’s focus.

Twenty years later, Miss Eaton, having continued as president, happily reported that the Key met the goals they established in 1937.  In that time period the Key had awarded 47 scholarships totaling $10,250.  In the years following, founders Dean Clark and Professor Walmsley retired from service.  On the club’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the inimitable Miss Eaton, once described by Edith Milliken as “the wittiest and most charming of leaders,” passed the presidency on to Mrs. Jane Ault Lindholm ’37.

By 1992, the Key had grown from eight charter members to more than 800 alumnae located throughout the United States, Canada, and in several other countries.  In a 1992 letter addressed to members, President Rebecca Swanson Conrad ‘82 described the entire membership of the Bates Key, while commending the distinct and independent characteristics of the women who comprised it.

Our membership lives throughout the world.  Many of us work outside the home; all of us, I am sure, work inside the home.  We are represented on all parts of the economic, political, religious, and professional spectra, and what all of us have accomplished in our lives has been in a small or large part due to our years spent at Bates.  It is, after all, Bates College that makes us who we are, “The Bates Key.”  What we have brought into our community, in a sense, what has made us “key” members of our communities is the common thread among us — Bates.  

The College Club and Bates Key:  A Brief History in Letters

In the early days of the College Club and the Bates Key (before such easy access to telephone, fax, and electronic mail), letters and updates were awaited eagerly by both groups’ members.  So beloved were the letters of Brooks Quimby ’18 that demand for them spread outside of the Club’s membership.  To satisfy the curiosity of entire campus, his letters were republished in the Bates Alumnus.

Equally interesting were the quarterly Key letters written by Mabel Eaton ’10.  In addition to being warmly received, these epistles also arrived with stunning regularity.  In any given year, she was known to handwrite more than 100 letters to Key members.

The letters of the College Club and Bates Key accurately display the organizations’ warmth for the College, as well as the camaraderie that individuals felt within the organizations, in a way that historical accounts of events and names cannot reflect.  Beyond that, the letters offer a telling glimpse into the College’s development over the better part of this century.

The letters of the College Club from 1935 on can be found in Special Collections in the George and Helen Ladd Library.  Letters from the Bates Key, beginning with its formation, can also be found there.

In a letter to Bates Key in October 1938, Mabel Eaton ’10 glowingly endorses the opening of Wilson House: “Wilson House is finally open and is most attractive in its maple furnishings, and how the girls do love that spinet piano.  The whole house is most artistic, and presents a very homelike atmosphere.  Miss Lavinia Schaeffer is the fortunate lady to live there.”

In his letter entitled “Campus Chat – A Call To Converse,” Brooks Quimby ’18 addresses the question “Does Bates Meet the Needs of Women?” (January, 1941):  “Yes, I think it is doing an ever increasingly good job of it.  Practice teaching is a help to the prospective teacher.  Professional courses in Physical Education open up a new field of teaching for the women. . . . This year more informal social life is being worked out.  And, even better, a ‘charm specialist’ visited campus and had a series of whirlwind interviews with the girls, commenting on such matters as posture, voice, dress, etc.”

Bates Key Secretary Edith Milliken ’36 describes her impressions of the campus during  Commencement in June 1941:  “It takes a few days after one of our grand Commencements before I get my breath . . . . Once in a while I meet someone who hasn’t been back for ten or fifteen years and hear them say variations on the theme: ‘Is this marvelous campus really Bates?  That velvet lawn, the sheltering trees, and flowers, flowers everywhere don’t just happen’ . . . . Honestly I feel sorry for the graduates who come Back-to-Bates only once in a Rip-Van-Winkle.  They get a thrill all right, but I like my thrills on the installment plan.”

Lieutenant Allison Wills ‘27, naval medical officer and president of the College Club from 1942-43, sends a Christmas message to Club members from his post overseas (December 1942):

“My thoughts today of necessity are concerned primarily with the war.  It is a beautiful clear day here as I sit on the deck of my ship. . . .  All of us realize that our men fighting in distant corners of the earth have time to think of home, family, and college days.  If any of you have not been writing to these men, do take a minute to drop them a line.  May this war soon be over so that they can come home again to their loved ones and a richer, more abundant life.”

An excerpt from “Campus Commentary,” sent to the Club by Harry Rowe ’12 on the last day of 1947:  “Administrative Headaches:  Please pass the aspirin bottle to President Prexy Phillips.  If there is any left, he will pass it on to Bixler of Colby, Stratton of Middlebury, and Bewkes of St. Lawrence.  Where are small colleges to get money?  Men and women of real wealth are now paying for two World Wars and are trying to bribe Mars so he won’t start another.  With the cost of living advanced 50-60% over 1939, what is going to be the end of the rat race between prices and wages? . . . How are campuses to be kept in balance between educational goals and a constantly mounting pressure for more and more activities, diversions, hoopla, roller coasters, and snap the whips?”

Beatrice Burr Sawyer ’18 vividly recounts the activities of Reunion 1948 in her letter to the Bates Key (June 1948): ‘The costumes for the Alumni parade on Saturday morning consisted mostly of gay headgear, parasols, and huge lapel pins, but ’03 did produce gorgeous robes and a shepherd complete with two live sheep.  The luncheon in the gym was really good – the caterers most efficiently served a delicious meal and received an ovation when two large bobcats, molded in ice cream, were carried to the head table for dessert.”

In her letter of March 1958, Florence Pennell Gremley ’25 recounts the events of that year’s lively Winter Carnival:  “This year the carnival was called Winter Olympics – 1958, and a truly international spirit was gained through costume contests, with the Japanese group winning out over the Dutch, German, and Scandinavian divisions.  The ancient Greek custom of lighting a torch to mark the beginning of the festivities was carried out by having Governor Edmund Muskie light a torch and hand it to the first of the relay team, who ran with it, in turn, all the way from Augusta to campus, arriving just as the opening parade was progressing to the front of Hathorn Hall.”

Key President Jane Ault Lindholm ’37 assesses Bates’s reaction to the tragedy at Kent State, where student protestors were fired on by members of the National Guard (May 1970):

“Since you have received a full account of recent Bates activities in a letter from President Reynolds, I need not elaborate on them.  Speaking personally, I was proud of the responsible and constructive ways in which our students chose to express concern during a time of crisis on campus.  At all times the rights of the whole college community were respected and differing points of view were allowed expression. . . .  I would like to think that the quality of their Bates experience contributed, in some measure, to their conduct during a troubled week.”

Rebecca Swanson Conrad ’82 reviews the changes at Bates in her letter of May 1984:

“The anticipation of a new Art Complex is still in the air, and evidence of further change can be seen in the new language labs and classrooms in Hathorn Hall and a complete renovation of Rand dormitory.  The gymnasium, dining hall, and Fiske Lounge will be entirely converted to two new floors of living space by this September.  The classes of the 1990s will never believe that some of us played basketball or ate dinner in their rooms!”

As December 1989 draws to a close, Allen N. Harvie ’65 remarks on the campus mood and anticipates the beginning of President Harward’s tenure at Bates:  “Ed Muskie and his fraternity of former secretaries of state have come and gone; Lindholm House has been dedicated; the Carnegie Science addition is open; our nationally ranked and undefeated women’s volleyball team won the ECAC Championships hosted by Bates. . . .  Needless to say, it is a very exciting time to be part of the Bates community, particularly as we welcome Donald W. Harward as our sixth president.”