Date Posted:10/23/2003, 11:30AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - This weekend, the Bowdoin College Athletic Department will celebrate the second annual Hall of Honor ceremony. The five distinguished members of the Class of 2003 are Dr. Daniel F. Hanley '39, H '80; Robert A. Kullen '71; Lissa McGrath Millett '83; Charles J. Butt; and Philip G. Good '36.
A pioneer in the field of sports medicine, Dan Hanley spent his career helping athletes at Bowdoin College while becoming an internationally famous physician. Although they may not know his name, nearly every amateur and professional athlete in the world has benefitted from Dan Hanley's work.
A graduate of Governor Dummer Academy, Mr. Hanley came to Bowdoin in the fall of 1935 and worked his way through college by sawing wood for the kitchen, waiting on tables in the faculty dining room, and monitoring the pool hall in the student union. In his free time, he played football, baseball, and captained the hockey team. He graduated in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and proceeded to get his medical degree from Columbia University in 1943. Hanley then served two years as a U.S. Army physician in World War II in Burma and China. The very day he returned from the war, he received a call from Bowdoin President Kenneth C.M. Sills asking him to become the college physician. He accepted the offer ... and remained for 33 years.
At Bowdoin, Hanley expanded the role of college physician by investigating the causes of athletic injuries rather than merely treating them. One of the products of these investigations was the creation of new football cleats - the first of their kind and the model for generations to come. Hanley served on the U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff for a remarkable five Olympiads in the 1960s. As the chief physician for the U.S. Olympic team (1964-72), Hanley led the charge in creating standards against steroid use and doping in Olympic competition, many of which are the basis for Olympic drug testing today.
Hanley's medical legacy lives on with his family. Three of his children became doctors and another works in the medical insurance field. In 2002, to remember the important difference Dr. Hanley's work made to so many people, friends and family established the Dan Hanley Memorial Trust, which recognizes courageous and innovative work on the part of individuals or organizations to achieve sustainable improvements for patients.
Dr. Hanley lived with his wife, Maria, in Brunswick for 53 years and raised four children. His son Sean (Class of 1976) is a Bowdoin alumnus and his grandson Michael Vitousek is a member of the Class of 2007. Dr. Hanley passed away in 2001. Mrs. Hanley now lives in Falmouth, Maine.
If the true measurement of athletic greatness is that your records stand the test of time, perhaps there has been no greater athlete at Bowdoin than Phil Good. An incredible track athlete who specialized in the high hurdles, Good still holds records that are the oldest on the books, having stood for nearly 70 years in a sport in which records are seemingly made to be broken.
Phil Good was the headliner on legendary coach Jack Magee's greatest teams. It was truly a "golden age" for the Polar Bears as the track squad won a remarkable four consecutive state titles and a New England Championship. In the spectacular New England Championships of 1934, Good led Bowdoin to the crown, taking the victory in the 120-yard high hurdles and tying the New England record in 14.8 seconds. In the 1935 New England Championships, Good won both the 120- and 220-yard hurdle events and was honored as the outstanding performer as the only double-winner of the day. In his last two years at Bowdoin, Good never lost a heat or a final in a New England meet.
Good seemingly performed his best in front of tremendous crowds, capturing the ICAAAA hurdle championship in Philadelphia in front of 60,000 spectators. He also competed in world-renowned events at Madison Square Garden, the Boston Garden, and in Tokyo. During his career he tied the 40-, 45-, and 50-yard hurdle world records. Perhaps the most notable non-victory of his remarkable career came in 1936 when he narrowly missed making the Olympic team headed to the pre-war Berlin Games. He earned his M.D. at Harvard in 1940, and after serving more than three years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II he returned to Maine and became a distinguished pediatrician in Augusta, Maine.
Phil Good's accomplishments on the track are awe-inspiring. The hurdles have been run at the same height and distance for nearly 100 years and no one at Bowdoin has come within 4/10ths of a second of Good's school mark in the 120-meter high hurdles. A native of South Portland, Maine, Dr. Good graduated Bowdoin cum laude with a degree in chemistry. He married the late Eleanor Munson, and together they raised four children. Dr. Good has eight grand children and still resides in Augusta.
In a remarkable five decades - from the early 1960s to the turn of the new millennium - Charlie Butt was a constant in the Bowdoin Athletic Department. There can be few individuals who were involved with as many Bowdoin athletes as Coach Butt, who served as the Polar Bears' swimming coach for 39 seasons and men's soccer coach for 23.
A native of Shanghai, China, Butt was a part of China's Olympic basketball and swimming teams for the 1948 summer games in London. Due to Cold War politics he forfeited the chance to compete in those Olympics, and soon afterward made his way to the United States. Butt graduated from Springfield College in 1953 and received his master's degree there in 1956.
After joining Bowdoin's staff in 1961, he made an immediate impact as his 1962 soccer squad won a share of the first Maine Intercollegiate Athletic Association soccer title and his '65, '66, and '68 teams won the crown outright. When he retired as head coach of the men's soccer program in 1984, he had set a new school record for career wins with 120 - a mark that still stands.
It was in the pool where Butt made his greatest contributions to Bowdoin. After taking over the men's swimming program in 1961-62, he guided Bowdoin to its first-ever unbeaten season as the Bears went 8-0 in dual meets and placed second at the New England Championships. His men's teams captured second place four times. He helped begin a women's program in 1976-77 and quickly turned it into a powerhouse, winning the New England Championship just 12 years after establishing the team. Overall, Butt accumulated an incredible 132-65 record in dual meets with the women's team and 198 wins with the men's squad. More than 50 of his swimmers earned All-American honors, including one (Lissa McGrath '83) who won three national titles.
Butt resides in Harpswell, Maine, during the academic year. In the summertime, as he has for nearly 50 years, Charlie directs the aquatic program at the Piping Rock Country Club on Long Island, New York. He has two children and two grandchildren.
The 1970-71 Bowdoin College hockey season was magical. A 19-4-1 overall record and a 16-2-0 mark in ECAC Division II play climaxed with a first-ever ECAC Championship in a legendary 5-4 overtime victory against the University of Vermont. Although Bob Kullen only scored one goal that year, it was his leadership and inner strength that carried his team to the crown. It was that same character that carried him later in life as he exhibited tremendous courage in the face of daunting odds.
One of the most decorated players in the history of Bowdoin hockey, Bob Kullen was a quiet superstar and an inspirational leader on and off the ice. A hard-nosed defenseman and co-captain his senior season, Kullen set new school records for most assists in a single season (21) and most assists in a three-year varsity career (45) by a defenseman.
Kullen captured All-American honors and the Joseph Tomasello Award for being the "Unsung Hero of New England Hockey" his senior year. In addition, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the ECAC Championship game victory over Vermont and made ECAC All-East that same year.
After graduating from Bowdoin he finished his playing career with the Braintree Hawks of the New England Hockey League. In 1973 Kullen began his coaching tenure at Lawrence Academy and in 1977 was hired as a graduate assistant to legendary coach Charlie Holt. When Holt retired in 1986, Kullen was tabbed as his successor. In the spring of 1987, after one season behind the bench, Kullen was sidelined with a rare form of heart disease. He received a heart transplant and aspired to return to coaching, often showing up at practices before returning for the 1988-89 season. His health forced him to step down again after a 17-17-5 season - New Hampshire's best mark in almost a decade.
Kullen passed away in November 1990, and the American Hockey Coaches Association subsequently honored his generosity, commitment, and dedication to the game of hockey by naming their National Coach of the Year Award in his honor. In 1991, Kullen's #19 became the first uniform number to be retired in the history of Bowdoin athletics.
A Dean's List student, the Milton, Massachusetts, native graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in history. In December 1987 - on the 19th of the month, in recognition of his uniform number at Bowdoin - he was wed to the former Catherine Derrick. Catherine Kullen Leach now lives in Durham, New Hampshire.
Few athletes have so thoroughly dominated their sport as Lissa McGrath Millett of the Class of 1983. Her prowess in pools across the country brought national recognition to Bowdoin's swim program and established records that remain unbroken to this day.
While today's swimmers often compete in a handful of events at most, Millett's skills were comprehensive. She was an All-American 19 times in 9 different events. Lissa, the daughter of Bob McGrath '52 (Bowdoin's second All-American swimmer), captured an incredible 11 New England titles, 3 national titles, and held 20 Bowdoin records upon graduation. Twenty years later, she still holds Bowdoin records in the 100 Freestyle, 100 IM, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Her career marks, however, pale in comparison with her senior season of 1982-83.
That year, Millett was quite simply unbeatable. She won every race she entered, accumulating 29 straight victories including five New England titles. She was especially dominant in the individual medley races as all three of her national crowns were won in the IM. At the New England Championships in 1983, she was awarded the Kay Fromer Award for the most career points scored in the Championships. Millett also contributed significantly to the establishment of the women's program at Bowdoin as the squad's 8-1 record in 1983 was the best to that point in the team's history. Her final year at Bowdoin, Millett was awarded the Lucien Howe Prize for the senior demonstrating the "highest qualities of conduct and character."
In the estimation of current and former coaches and athletic directors at Bowdoin, there has been no more complete, balanced, versatile, or talented swimmer in the history of Bowdoin's programs.
Millett was a Dean's List student who graduated with a degree in government. Along with her father, her brother Peter (Class of 1979) is a Bowdoin alumnus. Lissa is a native of and currently resides in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with her husband, C.J., and their four children.