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Reicher to Receive Bowdoin College Common Good Award

Story posted May 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Andrew J. Reicher of New York City, a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1972, will receive the 1997 Common Good Award from Bowdoin College on Saturday, May 31, during the Reunion Convocation in Farley Field House.

The Common Good Award is presented annually by Bowdoin to alumni/ae who have "...demonstrated an extraordinary, profound, and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest and for the benefit of society, with conspicuous disregard for personal gains in wealth or status."

As executive director of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB), Reicher oversees New York City's "oldest and most respected" non-profit organization devoted to combating homelessness, poverty, and poor housing conditions. Under principles of democratic decision-making, self-help, and empowerment, UHAB provides training and technical assistance to tenant associations and cooperatives. Among his many other activities, Mr. Reicher is also chair of the Green Gorillas, a non-profit organization responsible for turning abandoned city lots into gardens, and is a representative to the Task Force on City Owned Property.

Established in 1993 as part of Bowdoin's bicentennial celebration, the Common Good Awards bestow high distinction on those Bowdoin alumni who personify the idea of the common good as set forth by Bowdoin's first president Joseph McKeen.

In his inaugural address on September 2, 1802, McKeen reminded his audience that "It ought always to be remembered that literary institutions are founded and endowed for the common good and not for the private advantage of those who resort to them for education. It is not that they may be able to pass through life in an easy and reputable manner, but that their mental powers may be cultivated and improved for the benefit of society."

Only individual, living alumni/ae of Bowdoin are considered for Common Good awards and those who have been widely recognized and honored by the College or by other organizations are not, generally, eligible.

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