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Mark Hendrickson '07
CEO, Plancast

Hometown: Menlo Park, California Title: Co-founder and CEO of a tech startup called Plancast Bowdoin ties: None, but my Dad grew up in Kittery, Maine, and almost went to Bowdoin on scholarship. … Read more »

Posted March 07, 2011

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Warren Harthorne '53
Cardiologist

Last May, Dr. Warren Harthorne ’53 returned from a two-week medical mission to Rwanda, where he oversaw operations on 14 patients suffering from heart disease in a country still reeling from the genocide of 1994 … Read more »

Posted May 10, 2010

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Ray "Bucky" Owen '59
Professor Emeritus, University of Maine, Orono

Ray “Bucky” Owen '59 has left his mark on the Maine outdoors through tireless conservation work and policy reform. But while most of his efforts go toward preserving open space, Bucky is also partially responsible for the man-made icon installed atop the summit of Mt … Read more »

Posted May 10, 2010

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Noel Webb '74
Jazz violinist, actor, composer

Noel Webb '74 credits Bowdoin with changing the course of his musical career. A classically-trained violinist, Noel was playing bridge with his fraternity brothers when a friend handed him some earphones … Read more »

Posted May 10, 2010

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Suzanne Fox '87
President, Fox Intercultural Consulting Services, Maine-China Business Center

In addition to the myriad responsibilities that fall upon any small-business owner, Suzanne Fox '87 has one unusual complication – a 13-hour time difference with her closest business partner. Remaining connected to a country halfway around the world has been Suzanne's challenge of choice since she was among the first group of Bowdoin students to study abroad in China her junior year … Read more »

Posted May 10, 2010

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Lisa Lucas '89
Television producer, documentary filmmaker

Lisa Lucas '89 is trying to elevate the reality television genre. Her latest project involves a docu-reality competition surrounding art – not bachelors, not clothing, not food … Read more »

Posted May 10, 2010

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Rahul Bajaj '99
University of Chicago MBA student,entrepreneur, author, actor

From Wall Street to Bollywood, Rahul Bajaj '99 is truly "at home in all lands."  The investment banker-turned-entrepreneur-turned-actor has worn many hats in his short career and crossed the Atlantic to pursue a dream (or two). As the son of an Army family growing up in India, Rahul was "enchanted" with the liberal arts concept of education. That concept, combined with a desire to experience American culture, brought him to Brunswick, Maine, where his dorm's proximity to the hockey rink quickly immersed him in a completely foreign culture … Read more »

Posted May 10, 2010

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Tamara Risser '87
Regional Continuous Improvement Manager, Poland Springs

While some people claim to have known their career paths as mere toddlers, that was not the case for Tamara Risser '87. "I didn't play 'water factory' as a child," she jokes … Read more »

Posted November 18, 2009

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Matthew Volk '03
Manager, Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN

"I was kind of busy at Bowdoin," Matthew Volk '03 understates. An All- New England sprinter in indoor and outdoor track, co-chair of Hillel, admissions tour guide, RA, filmmaker and co-general manager of the Bowdoin Cable Network (BCN), Matt's ability to pull off a major in government and legal studies was part of the juggling act … Read more »

Posted November 18, 2009

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Alison McConnell ’04
Financial reporter, founder and editor of "The Humble Gourmand"

By day, Alison McConnell '04 covers the complex world of financial markets, reporting real-time news out of the U.S.Treasury, Congress, and the White House for a Washington, D.C., wire service. The economic turmoil has made Alison's job exciting, to say the least … Read more »

Posted November 18, 2009

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Michael Wood '06
Stage Actor

As a junior studying abroad in Paris, Michael Wood '06 was a member of the audience for two shows put on by the renowned Théâtre du Soleil. Just a few years later he was on stage himself auditioning for a chance to become a part of the company, an experience Michael compared to a reality television show, in which contestants are eliminated after every round … Read more »

Posted November 18, 2009

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Brad Gillis '08
Co-owner, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop

Brad Gillis '08 is hoping to "turn back the clock," at least when it comes to sandwiches. A self-confessed foodie, Brad and longtime friend Ben Friedman have recently opened Homegrown, a sustainable sandwich shop in Seattle, Washington, that serves local and organic meals with "ingredients you can pronounce." Opening in late March, Homegrown was a project years in the making … Read more »

Posted November 18, 2009

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Dr. Thomas Crocker '59
Retired Professor of Environmental Economics

As a high school student in Maine, Thomas Crocker '59 intended to pursue forestry at the state university. Instead, the headmaster at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield pushed him to apply to Bowdoin, where he was accepted "much to my surprise," he says … Read more »

Posted November 17, 2009

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Sandy Woodhouse Drayton '83
Vice President of Communications,The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

When a former Bowdoin roommate hooked her up with a communications position at Time Inc., Sandy Drayton '83 was just pleased to have a full-time job. "I never thought it was a long-term thing," she says, "but I ended up settling in and being very happy there." In her 21 years with the company, Sandy oversaw public relations for several magazines including LIFE and Entertainment Weekly, which she spent 12 years developing into one of industry's most widely read publications … Read more »

Posted November 18, 2009

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Marcia Barinaga '77
Ranch owner, cheesemaker

Marcia Barinaga has worked as a molecular biologist, journalist, and now, as a rancher and cheesemaker. "I'm trying to use my biology degree in as many different ways as I can before I die," she jokes … Read more »

Posted November 17, 2009