Bowdoin College Swimming Pool to be Named in Honor of A. Leroy Greason

Story posted May 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College Swimming Pool will be named in honor of Bowdoin College President Emeritus A. LeRoy Greason at a public ceremony on Friday, May 9, at 6:45 p.m. at the pool.

Chair of the Board of Trustees Frederick G.P. Thorne '57 and President Robert H. Edwards will preside over the ceremonies which will include remarks by Chair of the Board of Trustees Emeritus Merton G. Henry '50 and by Greason. The dedication ceremony will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m.

The pool, which was completed in 1987 along with the Farley Field House, is being named in honor of Bowdoin's 12th president and professor of English emeritus, A. LeRoy Greason. Greason served as president from the fall of 1981 until his retirement in June 1990.

Greason joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1952 as an instructor in English. He was named a full professor in 1966 with a specialty in 18th-century English literature. The third member of Bowdoin's faculty to serve as president, Greason also served as dean of students and as dean of the college. He stepped down from his position as dean of the College in 1975 to return to teaching on a full-time basis. Five years later, he was asked to serve as acting president following the departure of President Willard Enteman.

A native of Newport, R.l., Greason earned his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a sprinter on the varsity swimming team, and president of student government. He earned his master's degree and doctorate at Harvard University, and has taught at both Wesleyan and Harvard. He received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Wesleyan in 1987, from Bates and Colby in 1989, and from Bowdoin in 1990.

During Greason's presidency at Bowdoin, the full-time teaching faculty was expanded from 100 to 125, a $56 million capital campaign was launched and successfully completed, the Farley Field House and Bowdoin College Swimming Pool were constructed, and construction began on the Hatch Science Library. Among the curricular changes effected by Greason were the reinstitution of course distribution requirements, the establishment of the department of computer science, and the institution of the Arctic Studies, Asian Studies, and Women's Studies programs.

Designed by Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Mass., and built by H.P. Cummings of Winthrop, Maine, the Bowdoin College Swimming Pool opened along with the Farley Field House in 1987. It has been used nearly every day since, year-round, with waiting lists of requests for use in every available time slot. With its large size (114 feet by 75 feet) and Olympic-quality equipment, the pool features lap swimming across its width and can accommodate 16 lanes of lap swimming. The pool's preliminary design was prepared by Bowdoin Swimming Coach Charlie Butt.

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