List of Bates College people

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This list is of notable people associated with Bates College includes matriculating students, alumni, faculty, trustees and honorary degree recipients of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Members of the Bates community are known as Batesies. This list also includes students of the affiliated Maine State Seminary, Nichols Latin School, and Cobb Divinity School. Bates alumni have included leaders in science, religion, politics, the Peace Corps, medicine, law, education, communications, and business; and acclaimed actors, architects, artists, astronauts, engineers, human rights activists, inventors, musicians, philanthropists, and writers. As of 2015, there are 24,000 Bates College alumni.[1] In 2016, two Bates alumni were featured on the Forbes' 30 Under 30 list.[2]

This list uses the following notation:

Distinguished graduates[edit]

Main category: Bates College alumni

Arts and letters[edit]

Literature and poetry[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Tyler Dennett Class of 1890 Historian and author; won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [4]
E. L. Mayo Class of 1924 Poet; winner of the 1982 American Book Award Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [5]
Gladys Hasty Carroll Class of 1925 Author of As the Earth Turns; honorary D.L.L (1945) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [6]
Dorothy Clarke Wilson Class of 1925 Author of Prince of Egypt, a source for the Academy Award-winning film The Ten Commandments Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [7]
Carleton Mabee Class of 1936 Author; won the 1944 Pulitzer Prize Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [8]
Owen Dodson Class of 1936 Poet and playwright of the Harlem Renaissance Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [9]
Robert Rimmer Class of 1939 Author of The Harrad Experiment Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [10]
Nicholas Basbanes Class of 1965 Author of On Paper Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [11]
Ann Turner Class of 1967 Children's author and poet; published over 150 works Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [12]
Pamela Alexander Class of 1970 Poet and professor at Oberlin College; winner of the 1985 Yale Poet Award Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [13]
Lisa Genova Class of 1992 Author of bestsellers Still Alice and Left Neglected; the movie adaption of the former won Juliane Moore an Academy Award for Best Actress Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [14]
Carrie Jones Class of 1993 Author of the Need series, featured on New York Times Best Seller List Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [15]
Natasha Friend Class of 1994 Author of the award-winning young adult novels Perfect, Lush, and Bounce Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [16]
Elizabeth Strout Class of 1997 Author of Amy and Isabelle, Abide with Me, and Olive Kitteridge; winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [17][18]

Journalism and nonfiction[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Emerson Baker Class of 1980 American historian and archaeologist on the PBS show Colonial House Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [19]
Jon Marcus Class of 1982 Author, journalist; Editor of Boston Magazine; member of the adjunct faculty at Boston College and Boston University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [20]
Jonathan Hall Class of 1983 Emmy Award-winning journalist, investigative reporter and news anchor on WHDH TV, Channel 7 Boston (NBC) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [21]
Brian McGrory Class of 1984 Editor of the Boston Globe; White House Correspondent Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [22][23][24]

Film and television[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Doug White Class of 1967 NBC television lead anchor, for which he won an Emmy Award Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [25]
John Shea Class of 1970 Actor, writer, and director; starred in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; played Harold Waldorf, Blair Waldorf's father on Gossip Girl (2007–12)[26] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [27][28][29]
Bryant Gumbel Class of 1970 Award-winning television journalist; 15-year co-host of NBC's The Today Show (1982–1997) and CBS's The Early Show Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [30][31]
John Carrafa Class of 1976 Award-winning dancer and choreographer; best known as a two-time Tony Award-nominated choreographer of Broadway musicals Urinetown and Into The Woods and the Media Choreography Honors Award winner for the Robert Zemeckis film The Polar Express Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [32]
Stacy Kabat Class of 1985 Filmmaker; won the Academy Award for the documentary Defending Our Lives Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [33]
David Chokachi Class of 1990 Actor and writer; starred in Baywatch and Witchblade Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [34]
Corey Harris Class of 1991 Anthropologist and blues musician; featured on the 2003 PBS television mini-series The Blues;on the Watson Fellowship during his time at Bates Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [35]
Maria Bamford Class of 1992 Actress and stand-up comedian; featured on Comedy Central; Netflix's Lady Dynamite is based on her life; won the 2014 American Comedy Award Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [36][37][38]
Andrew Baron Class of 1994 Blogger; founded Know Your Meme and Rocketboom Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [39]
Daniel Stedman Class of 2001 Filmmaker and director; his work has been shown at numerous international film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival; youngest filmmaker ever invited to the Berlin International Film Festival Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [40]

Music[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Alice Swanson Esty Class of 1925 Soprano; arts patron; donated her collection of music manuscripts to Bates College in 1994 and 1995 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [41]
Mark Erilli Class of 1996 Singer-songwriter Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [42]

Art, architecture, and design[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
William R. Miller Class of 1891 Chief Design Officer appointed to steel magnate Andrew Carnegie; built the Carnegie Library; Carnegie Library, Colby College; the Gerald Hotel; and others in the New England area Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [43]
Michael Aram Class of 1969 Award-winning metal worker and designer Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [44]
Kate Gilmore Class of 1997 Fine artist; has exhibited at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Brooklyn Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, White Columns, Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati), Artpace, J. Paul Getty Museum, Rose Art Museum, and PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [45]

Government[edit]

U.S. governors[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Carl Miliken Class of 1897 Governor of Maine (1917–1911); first directly elected governor of the state Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [46]
Edmund Muskie Class of 1936 Governor of Maine (1955–1959); served until his election to the U.S. Senate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [47][48][49]

U.S. senators[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Edmund Muskie Class of 1936 Senator from Maine (1959–1980) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [50][48][51]

U.S. representatives[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
John Swasey Class of 1859 U.S. Representative from Maine (1908–1911) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [52]
Carroll Beedy Class of 1903 U.S. Representative from Maine (1921–1935) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [53]
Charles Clason Class of 1911 U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1937–1949) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [54]
Donald Partridge Class of 1914 U.S. Representative from Maine (1931–1933) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [55]
Frank Coffin Class of 1940 U.S. Representative from Maine (1929–1933) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [56]
Leo Ryan Class of 1943 U.S. Representative from California (1973–1978) V-12 Degree (V-12) [57]
Robert Goodlatte Class of 1974 Chairman of the Judiciary Committee; U.S. Representative from Virginia (1993–current) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [58]

U.S. Cabinet secretaries[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Edmund Muskie Class of 1936 United States Secretary of State (1980–1981) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [48]
Robert F. Kennedy Class of 1945 Attorney General of the United States (1961–1964) V -12 Degree (V-12) [59][60][61]
Constance Berry Newman Class of 1956 United States Assistant Secretary of State (2004–2005); Assistant Director of the United States Agency for International Development; Under Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [62]

Other prominent federal government officials[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Thomas Carey Class of 1973 Director of the FBI's Domestic Terrosism Unit Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [63][64]

Ambassadors and other diplomats[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
John Abbot Class of 1871 U.S. Minister to Columbia (1899) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [65]

State senators[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
George Edwin Smith Class of 1873 President of the Massachusetts Senate (three terms in total) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [66]
Henry Chandler Class of 1874 State Senator from Florida (1880–1994) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [67]
Albert Spear Class of 1875 President of the Maine Senate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [68]
Jeffrey Butland Class of 1984 State Senator from Maine (1992–1996) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [69]
Kevin Raye Class of 1988 State Senator from Maine (2004–2012) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [70]
Gerald Davis Class of 1989 State Senator from Maine (2008–2010) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [71]
Nate Libby Class of 2007 Member of the Maine Senate for the 21st District Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [72]

State representatives[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Sawin Millett Class of 1873 State Representative from Maine (1969–1974); served multiple times on the Maine Executive Cabinet Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [73]
Jeffery Roy Class of 1874 State Representative from Massachusetts (2013–present) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [66]
Marianne Brenton Class of 1955 State Representative from Massachusetts (1991–1997) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [74]
Ben Cline Class of 1994 Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (2002–present) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [75]

Mayors[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
George Edwin Smith Class of 1873 Mayor of Everett (founded the city and served as its first Mayor) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [76]
Art Agnos Class of 1960 Mayor of San Francisco[77] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [77]
John Jenkins Class of 1880 Mayor of Auburn, Maine (2007–2009), Mayor of Lewiston, Maine (1994–1998) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [78]

Royalty[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Louis Penick Clinton (Lewis Clinton) Class of 1897 Prince Somayou of the Bassa tribe of West Africa Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [79]

Law and legal studies[edit]

State supreme court justices[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Enoch Fostor Class of 1860 30th Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Court Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [80]
Albert Spear Class of 1875 39th Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Court[80] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [80]
Scott Wilson Class of 1892 50th Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court (1925–1929); Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Court (1918–1925) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [80]
Randolph Weatherbee Class of 1932 80th Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Court (1966-1976) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [80]
David Nichols Class of 1942 86th Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Court (1977-1988) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [80]
Vincent McKusick Class of 1943 87th Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court (1977–1992) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [80]
Louis Scolnick Class of 1945 94th Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Court (1983-1988) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [80]
Morton Brody Class of 1955 98th Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Court (1990-1991) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [81]

Federal and state judges[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Scott Wilson Class of 1892 United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1929–1942) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [82]
Alonzo Conant Class of 1936 Judge on the Auburn Municipal Court (1946-1958); appointed by Maine governors Horace Hildreth, Frederick G. Payne, and Burton M. Cross Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [83]
Frank Coffin Class of 1940 United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1965–2006) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [84]

Legal academics and other legal figures[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Ella Haskell Class of 1884 Suffragist, first woman to argue in front of the United States Supreme Court; first woman to practice law in Montana Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [85][86][87]
John Davis Class of 1926 Clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court; defense attorney for Soviet agent and alleged Communist Alger Hiss Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [88]
James Nabrit Class of 1952 Civil rights attorney; argued Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham before the U.S. Supreme Court Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [89]
Karen Hastie Williams Class of 1966 Clerk to Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall, Chief Counsel to United States Senate Committee on the Budget Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [90]
Nora Demleitner Class of 1989 Clerk to Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Dean of Washington and Lee University School of Law Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [91]
Mark Helm Class of 1992 Defense attorney in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [92]

Academia and administration[edit]

College founders and presidents[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Ransom Dunn Class of 1840 President of Hillsdale College and Rio Grande College; attended the college's divinity school Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus (S.T.B) [93]
Grenville Emery Class of 1868 Founder of Harvard-Westlake School in California Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [94]
George Colby Chase Class of 1869 Second President of Bates College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [95]
George Washington Flint Class of 1871 President of University of Connecticut (1898–1901) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [96]
James Baker Class of 1873 President of University of Colorado (1892–1914) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [96]
Walter Ranger Class of 1879 President of Rhode Island College and Johnson State College; Rhode Island State Board of Education Secretary Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [96]
Benjamin Mays Class of 1920 President of Morehouse College (1940–1967); mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [97][98]
Gordon B. Cross Class of 1931 President of Nichols College (1966–1973) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [99]
Val H. Wilson Class of 1938 President of Skidmore College (1957–1964) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [100]
William Rankin Dill Class of 1951 President of Babson College (1981–1989) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [101]
Warren H. Carroll Class of 1953 Founder and President of Christendom College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [102]
King Virgil Cheek Class of 1959 President of Shaw University (1969–1971), Morgan State University (1971–1974) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [103]
Robert Witt Class of 1962 Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, President of University of Alabama Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [104]
John Strassburger Class of 1964 President of Ursinus College (1994–present) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [105]
Valerie Smith Class of 1975 President of Swarthmore College (2015–present) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [106]
Scott Bierman Class of 1977 President of Beloit College (2009–present) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [107]

Professors and scholars[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Mary Mitchell Class of 1869 First woman to graduate from a New England college; professor of English at Vassar College Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus (S.T.B) [108][109]
Edward C. Hayes Class of 1897 President and founding member of the American Sociological Association Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [110]
Louis R. Sullivan Class of 1914 Anthropologist who wrote Essentials of Anthropometry (1928) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [111]
Meredith Burrill Class of 1925 President of the Association of American Geographers; United Nations geographer Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [112]
John Preston Davis Class of 1926 Intellectual, author and National Negro Congress activist Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [113]
William Stringfellow Class of 1949 Peace activist, human rights lawyer, theologian Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [114]
Gerald Zaltman Class of 1960 Author, professor at Harvard Business School (1991–present) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [115]
William H. Tucker Class of 1967 Psychologist and author Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [116]
Richard James Gelles Class of 1968 Dean of University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice (2003–present) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [117]
Jeffrey K. Tulis Class of 1972 Author of The Rhetorical Presidency; served on faculties of Princeton University and University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [118]
Ronald W. Monroe Class of 1978 Upper School Director, Kingswood-Oxford School Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [119]
Jamie Merisotis Class of 1986 President and founder of the Institute for Higher Education Policy Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [120]

Athletics[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Harry Lord Class of 1908 Professional baseball player; founding member of the Boston Red Sox (1901–1914) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [121]
Frank Keaney Class of 1911 URI coach of basketball, baseball, and football, credited with inventing the fast break Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [122]
Charles Small Class of 1912 Professional baseball player with the Boston Red Sox (1930) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [123]
Arnold Adams Class of 1922 Runner, member of the 1932 Olympic Team at Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [124]
Dan Doyle Class of 1972 Founder of the Institute for International Sport at University of Rhode Island Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [125]
Nancy Ingersoll Fiddler Class of 1991 Skier, member of the 1988 Olympic Team at Calgary[126] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [127]
John Henry Williams Class of 1991 Minor league baseball player, son of Ted Williams Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [128]
Michael Ferry Class of 1991 Rower in the double sculls at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [129]
Justin Freeman Class of 1998 Skier, member of the 2006 Olympic Team Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [130]
Andrew Byrnes Class of 2005 Gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics for the men's eights, 2006 FISA World Rowing Championships for Canada Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [131][132]

Business[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Albert Newman Class of 1860 Founder of Newman's Dry Goods Company Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [133]
Daniel Collamore Heath Class of 1863 Publishing magnate, founder of D. C. Heath and Company, part of Houghton Mifflin Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [134]
Robert Kinney Class of 1939 President and Chief Executive Officer of General Mills Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [135][136]
James Moody Class of 1953 Executive Chairman of Hannaford Brothers; Lead Director of Staples Inc Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [137]
John Douglas Class of 1960 President and Chief Executive Officer of AIM Broadcasting; founder and Executive Chairman of Douglas Broadcasting Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [138]
James Wallach Class of 1964 President and Chief Executive Officer of Central National Gottesman Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [139]
Rick Powers Class of 1967 President and Chief Executive Officer of Playtex Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [140]
Joseph Willit Class of 1973 Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch; and Chairman of Bates College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [141]
Bruce Kupper Class of 1975 Co-President and founder of Black Twig Communications Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [142]
David Snow Class of 1976 President and Chief Executive Officer of Medco Health Solutions, Cedar Gate Technologies; company ranked 35 on the Fortune 500 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [143]
Paul Kazarian Class of 1978 President and Chief Executive Officer of Japonica Partners Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [144]
Jamie P. Merisotis Class of 1978 Chief Executive Officer of the Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [145]
Carles Prast Class of 1979 CEO of AMEX Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [146]
Rick Thompson Class of 1980 Vice President of Microsoft Inc Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [147]
Michael Bonney Class of 1981 President and Chief Executive Officer of Cubist Pharmaceuticals; Chairman of Bates College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [148][149]
Louis Vachon Class of 1983 President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank of Canada Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [150]
Michael Chu Class of 1980 Partner at Catterton Partners, a Greenwich-based private equity fund Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [151]
Darrell Crate Class of 1989 Chief Financial Officer of Affiliated Managers Group; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Easterly Government Properties, Inc.[152] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [153]
Joshua Macht Class of 1991 Group Publisher of the Harvard Business Review Group Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [154]
Michael Kitces Class of 2000 Partner at Pinnacle Advisory Group Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [155]

Religion[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
John Dunjee Class of 1867 Baptist preacher; son of the U.S. President John Tyler Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [156]
Alfred W. Anthony Class of 1885 Author; religious scholar Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [157]
Frank Sandford Class of 1886 Religious leader and founder of "The Kingdom" Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [158]
Peter J. Gomes Class of 1965 Prominent theologian, Baptist pastor, and Chaplain of Harvard University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [159]

Science[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Frank Haven Hall Class of 1862 Inventor of the modern typewriter; revolutionized Braille typography Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [160][161][162][163]
John Irwin Hutchinson Class of 1889 Mathematician; wrote Differential and Integral Calculus (1902) and Elementary Treatise on the Calculus (1912) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [164]
Herbert Walter Class of 1892 Marine biologist; founded new biology curriculum at Brown University; principal biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [165]
William Spear Class of 1937 Pioneer in emergency medicine; first president of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians; chairman of the Maine Governor's Advisory Board for Licensure of Ambulance Services; first Chief of the Emergency Department at now Central Maine Medical Center Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [166]
Frances Carroll Class of 1939 Manhattan project scientist; part of the research and development committee that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [167]
Edith MacRae Class of 1940 Biochemist at M.I.T.; first woman on the biology faculty[168] Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [169]
John A. Kenney Class of 1942 President of National Medical Association Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [170]
George Hammond Class of 1943 Chemist, professor, researcher; recipient of the Norris Award in 1968, the Priestley Medal in 1976, the National Medal of Science in 1994, and the Othmer Gold Medal in 2003; created Hammond's postulate, a hypothesis in physical organic chemistry which describes the geometric structure of the transition state in an organic chemical reaction Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [171][172][173]
John Googin Class of 1944 Manhattan Project scientist (1944–1945) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [174]
Zanvil Cohn Class of 1948 Cell biologist and immunologist; National Academy of Sciences trustee; upon his death was described by the New York Times as being "in the forefront of current studies of the body's defenses against infection" Bachelor of Science (B.S.) [175]
Robert McAfee Class of 1956 President of the American Medical Association (1994–1995) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [176]
Suzanne Hurd Class of 1961 Director of Division of Lung Disease National Institutes of Health Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [177]
Michael Falk Class of 1970 Biochemist, Director of Life Sciences Research Office Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [178]
Steven M. Girvin Class of 1974 Physicist, known for his theoretical work on quantum many body systems, such as the fractional quantum Hall effect; professor at Yale University; Deputy Provost for Research of Yale[179] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [179]

Military[edit]

American Civil War[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Aaron Daggett Class of 1860 Attended 1860, Civil War Brigadier General of the volunteers, abolitionist, last surviving Civil War general, died in 1938 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [180]
Frederick Hayes Class of 1861 Received the Medal of Honor with the 27th Maine Regiment in the Civil War[181] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [181]
Josiah Chase Class of 1861 Received the Medal of Honor with the 27th Maine Regiment in the Civil War[182] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [182]
Joseph F. Warren Class of 1862 Received the Medal of Honor with the 27th Maine Regiment in the Civil War[183] Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [183]
Holman Melcher Class of 1862 Civil War hero at the Battle of Gettysburg with the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [184][185][186][187]
James Ezekiel Porter Class of 1862 Killed at Little Bighorn at "Custer's Last Stand" Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [188]

Modern-day military alumni[edit]

Name Graduated Notability Degree Cite
Lewis Millet Class of 1949 Received Medal of Honor for actions in the Korean War Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [189]

Notable trustees[edit]

Main article: Lane Hall

There are currently 37 members of the Bates College Board of Trustees since the beginning of the Spencer Administration.[190]

Notable faculty[edit]

Sociology[edit]

1863 Jonathan Stanton (faculty member, 1863 to 1918)[191]

Religious studies[edit]

1864 Jon Jay Butler (faculty member, 1864 to 1879)[192][193]
1950 James Gower (Visiting Lecturer)[194]

Economics[edit]

1910 William Trufant Foster (faculty member, 1910 to 1919)[195]
1983 Leonard Burman (faculty member, 1983 to 1985)[196][197]

English[edit]

1923 Porter H. Dale (faculty member, 1923 to 1933)[198]
1980 Fred D'Aguiar (Visiting Lecturer)[199]

Debate

1935 Brooks Quimby (faculty member, 1935 to 1966)[200]

Political science

1968 Douglas Hodgkin (faculty member, 1968 to 2000)[201]

Philosophy

1977 David Kolb (faculty member, 1977 to present)[202][203]

History

1979 Steve Hochstadt (faculty member, 1979 to 2005)[204]
1989 Margaret Creighton (faculty member, 1989 to present)[205][206]

Visual art

1970 William Pope (Visiting Lecturer)[207]

Theater

1979 Carolyn Gage (Visiting Lecturer)[208]

Music

1973 Jody Diamond (Visiting Lecturer)[209]
1990 Thomas Snow (Visiting Lecturer)[210]

Anthropology

1978 Leoring Danforth (faculty member, 1978 to present)[211][212][213]

Presidents of Bates College[edit]

President term Profession Cite
1 Oren Burbank Cheney (1863–1894) Abolitionist and Freewill Baptist preacher [214]
2 George Colby Chase (1894–1919) English scholar [214]
3 Clifton Daggett Gray (1920–1944) Theologian and author [214]
4 Charles Franklin Phillips (1920–1944) Economist and professor [214]
5 Thomas Hedley Reynolds (1967–1989) American historian [214]
6 Donald West Harward (1989–2002) Philosopher [214]
7 Elaine Tuttle Hansen (2002–2011) English scholar [214]
- Nancy Cable Interim Academic and academic administrator [214]
8 Clayton Spencer (2012–present) Lawyer, policy-maker and academic administrator [215][216][217]

Commencement speakers and honorary recipients[edit]

Name Degree conferred Date Profession
James Blaine Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1869 Commencement U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State
Nelson Dingley, Jr. Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1874 Commencement Governor of Maine, Congressman
Eugene Hale Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1882 Commencement Abolitionist, U.S. Senator
Lillian M. N. Stevens Magister Artium (M.A.) 1911 Commencement American temperance worker
Calvin Coolidge Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1920 Commencement 30th President of the United States
Robert Frost Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D) 1936 Commencement New England poet
William Vanderbilt III Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1940 Commencement Billionaire philanthropist, Governor of Rhode Island
Lester B. Pearson Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1951 Commencement 14th Prime Minister of Canada
Sylvia Porter Litterarum doctor (D. Litt) 1959 Commencement Newspaper editor and influential financial columnist
Margaret Chase Smith Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1967 Commencement U.S. Senator
Buckminster Fuller Sciential Doctor (Sc.D) 1969 Commencement Inventor and architect
Coretta Scott King Litterarum doctor (D. Litt) 1971 Commencement Civil rights leader, wife of Martin Luther King
Amory Lovins Doctor of Science (Sc.D) 1979 Commencement Physicist; environmentalist, author, CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute
Julia Child Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A) 1983 Commencement Television show host and chef
Jimmy Carter Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1985 Commencement 39th President of the United States
Paul Vocker Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1989 Commencement Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Freeman Dyson Doctor of Science (Sc.D) 1991 Commencement Physicist and mathematician
Elie Wiesel Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D) 1995 Commencement Holocaust survivor and historian
Olympia Snowe Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1998 Commencement U.S. Senator
John Updike Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 1998 Commencement Novelist and art critic
Desmond Tutu Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D) 2000 Commencement South African Chairman and peace activist
Ken Burns Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D) 2002 Commencement Documentary filmmaker
Brian Williams Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D) 2005 Commencement NBC news anchor
David McCullough Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D) 2006 Commencement American historian
Geena Davis Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A) 2009 Commencement Actress
Fareed Zakaria Litterarum Humanarum Doctor (L.H.D) 2009 Commencement Indian-American journalist, television host, editor of Time Magazine
Robert De Niro Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A) 2012 Commencement Actor, director, producer
John Lewis Legum Doctor (LL.D.) 2016 Commencement Civil rights leader, U.S. Representative

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bates in the News: Jan. 8, 2016 | News | Bates College". www.bates.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
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  • Alfred, Williams Anthony. Bates College and Its Background. (1936) Online Deposit.
  • Stuan, Thomas. The Architecture of Bates College. (2006)
  • Chase, Harry. Bates College was named after Mansfield Man. (1878)
  • Woz, Markus. Bates College – Traditionally Unconventional. (2002)
  • Bates College Archives. Bates College Catalog. (1956–2017). 2017 Catalog.
  • Bates College Archives. Maine State Seminary Records. Online Deposit.
  • Bates College Archives. Bates College Oral History Project. Online Deposit.
  • Clark, Charles E. Bates Through the Years: an Illustrated History. (2005)
  • Smith, Dana. Bates College – U. S. Navy V-12 Program Collection. (1943) Online Deposit.
  • Eaton, Mabel. General Catalogue of Bates College and Cobb Divinity School. (1930)
  • Larson, Timothy. Faith by Their Works: The Progressive Tradition at Bates College. (2005)
  • Calhoun, Charles C. A Small College in Maine. p. 163. (1993)
  • Johnnett, R. F. Bates Student: A Monthly Magazine. (1878)
  • Phillips, F. Charles Bates College in Maine: Enduring Strength and Scholarship. Issue 245. (1952)
  • Dormin J. Ettrude, Edith M. Phelps, Julia Emily Johnsen. French Occupation of the Ruhr: Bates College Versus Oxford Union Society of Oxford College. (1923)
  • The Bates Student. The Voice of Bates College. (1873–2017)
  • Emeline Cheney; Burlingame, Aldrich. The story of the life and work of Oren Burbank Cheney, founder and first president of Bates College. (1907) Online Version.

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