Richard N. Bail Jr. '64


Citation for Richard N. Bail Jr., 2014 Common Good Award recipient.

"Richard N. Bail Jr. of the Class of 1964, physician whose healing hand has a global reach and a multigenerational impact, you have dedicated yourself to the field of medicine and to the delivery of health care to people around the world who are in greatest need and are at greatest risk. Following your graduation from Bowdoin cum laude with a major in physics, you received medical training at Dartmouth Medical School and an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. Over the course of your distinguished career, you have excelled in the field of medical and public health education at Harvard and Boston University. You have practiced medicine in neighborhood health clinics and major hospitals alike and have created effective health policies that are not limited by international borders. You cofounded Trust Through Health, a non-governmental organization dedicated to Soviet-American cooperation to improve health in developing countries. As cofounder and president of Communities Without Borders, you saw the need to educate orphans and other vulnerable children in Zambia, and you sought a remedy. Through your work with UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, Physicians for Human Rights, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, you are making the world a safer and more just place for all. In its breadth and scope, your life's work reminds us of our shared humanity and our shared responsibility to use a Bowdoin education to promote the Common Good. It is an honor to share this celebration of your extraordinary achievements with your wife, Arlynne; your son, Christopher, a member of the Class of 2002; your 1964 classmates and fellow alumni; and special guests. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are proud to present to you the 2014 Common Good Award."

May 31, 2014