Edited by Christine Terp Madsen ’73
Alexis Caron, professor emeritus of French, has co-written It Wasn’t in the Contract, a humorous memoir about his days as a rookie teacher at Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H., in the mid-1950s, as he and fellow novice Robert McClellan experienced the 24/7 experience of teaching at a prep school for the first time. “It only took 50 years [for the book] to see the light of day,” he wrote in a recent letter to Bates. “Four children and teaching, the last 29 at Bates, were mainly responsible!” Since his 1990 retirement, Caron reports he’s “played golf and gardened (vegetables and flowers) in the summer, traveled with Helen in the spring and fall, and written the family history and genealogy in the winter, among other things. But most of all, it has been a time for enjoying our children and now eight grandchildren.