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Retiring Bowdoin Faculty and Staff Honored by College

Story posted May 05, 2000

Bowdoin College honored its retiring employees with a reception Thursday, May 4, at the college.

This year's retirees honored include Charles Butt, Coach (Athletics); Henry Haley, Housekeeper (Facilities Management); Jeanne Levesque, Housekeeper (Facilities Management); Norma McLoughlin, Class News Editor (Bowdoin Magazine); and Marita Miller, Secretary (Communications - Publications). Charles Grobe, Professor of Mathematics, and Louis Tremante, Director of Computing and Information Services, will be retiring. John Ambrose, Joseph Edward Merrill Professor of Greek Language and Literature in the Classics Department, has retired as well.

The reception will also be an occasion to remember the life and friendship of Rick Anderson, who passed away in April. Rick was a steward in Alumni Relations who served the college for sixteen years with outstanding dedication.

John Ambrose began teaching in Bowdoin’s Classics Department in 1966. John complemented his classroom work with efforts to bring Greek and Latin into the Bowdoin community. He created the Institute for Greek Studies at Bowdoin, which brought 40 high school teacher to Bowdoin for a 4-week seminar that encouraged the study of Greek literature in the original and to introduce Greek studies into the curriculum. He was a regular reader at holiday Vespers services, reading Biblical passages in the original Latin.

John last taught at Bowdoin in the fall of 1998. He plans to continue his research in areas such as Euripedes’ "Helen," as well as undertaking an ambitious travel schedule.

Charles J. Butt was hired by the Department of Athletics as Coach of Soccer and Swimming and the Director of Physical Education in 1961. Charlie holds the distinction of being the college’s longest-serving coach. He has served under five college presidents and five athletic directors, has coached more athletes than anyone else in Bowdoin history, and has amassed an incredible record of success.

Charlie has come into close contact with and become friends with more people in the Bowdoin College family than anyone else. He has been the cornerstone of the Athletic Department for many years and has had a phenomenal impact on the lives of Bowdoin’s student-athletes.

Charlie is described by those who know him as humble, generous, caring, balanced, and world-class. "Anyone with whom he has had contact over the years is better off for having known him," Bowdoin soccer coach Tim Gilbride said. On June 30, 2000 he will retire from Bowdoin after 38 years, leaving a lasting and profound legacy.

Charles A. Grobe, Jr. was hired in September of 1964 as an Instructor of Mathematics and became a professor in the Department of Mathematics the next year.

Chuck is famous for his precision and punctuality. From his manner of conduct to his notoriously perfect blackboard writing to his penchant for teaching 8:00 am classes to his passion for Volvo cars, he approaches his work and his life with great care and diligence. Fellow professor Jim Ward notes, "If I’d get in [the office] a little after 8:00, he’d already be going home," weekday and weekend alike. His blackboard writing was a "work of art," always precise and perfect. Chuck has always been extremely pleasant to work with. His dry wit adds much to the department’s personality.

Chuck is an avid photographer and takes beautiful photographs. His post-retirement plans include spending more time at his house on Little Deer Isle with his wife, who is herself a Ph.D. mathematician and the first female faculty member of Bowdoin. Chuck retired on December 31, 1999, after 35 years at Bowdoin.

Henry E. Haley was hired on September 9, 1984 as a Custodian at the Physical Plant. During his 15 years at Bowdoin, Henry worked in multiple capacities and handled various supervisory responsibilities. In addition to his many tasks in Facilities Management, Henry has dedicated time to serve on the Workplace Safety Committee and the Support Staff Advocacy Committee.

Supervisors and co-workers admire Henry’s dedication and work ethic. Henry is truly an asset to the department. He excels at his job by knowing all aspects of his work as well as knowing every square inch of the campus. Henry always goes the extra mile, and he has been called in many times in the middle of the night because he will never say "no."

Henry’s co-workers describe him as a very conscientious, caring, unselfish, and knowledgeable employee and a wonderful human being. He looks for the good in his co-workers and Bowdoin students, and he always does his job with a smile.

Jeanne C. Levesque began her time at Bowdoin working part-time from 1972 through 1977 as a Dining Service Aide at Moulton Union. Jeanne began working full-time in 1984 and has worked for both Dining Service and Physical Plant. She has worked in Housekeeping since 1988.

Jeanne is an excellent employee. She is conscientious and meticulous when it comes to the cleanliness and maintenance of Bowdoin’s facilities. Jeanne takes great pride in her job as a custodian, and it shows in the quality of her work.

Jeanne is highly respected and well liked by her customers as well as her peers and supervisor. She is a self-motivated, highly reliable employee who frequently contributes ideas, suggestions and solutions to problems encountered by her team. Jeanne is repeatedly characterized by her co-workers as a kind and gentle woman with a big heart. Jeanne recently celebrated 15 years with the college and retired on February 11, 2000.

Norma J. McLoughlin has been a mainstay of the Office of Communications since she was hired in 1982 as the Secretary of Public Relations. Since 1991 she has also served as the Class News Editor of the Bowdoin Magazine.

She is highly respected for her knowledge about Bowdoin and the alumni community. If anyone has questions about the history of the college, they know to ask Norma. It was this skill and her knowledge of Bowdoin lore that made her the perfect person to move into the role of Class News Editor and Magazine Advertising Manager. Always helpful, professional, and "a pleasure to work with," Norma cares about and contributes deeply to the well-being and performance of the Office of Communications.

One co-worker notes, "She has a very big heart and is a wonderful woman, one you can admire." She is sorely missed, though the office continues to benefit from the legacy of her work. Outside of the college, Norma loves her relatively new status as a grandmother, and enjoys flowers, gardening, and watching the wildlife in her Harpswell backyard.

Marita H. Miller was hired by the college in May of 1980 as Mail Clerk for the Service Bureau. She has since served as Clerk/Typist for News Service and Public Relations, and since 1987 had been a cornerstone of the Office of Communications as Secretary.

While working for the Service Bureau, Marita quickly came to know nearly everyone on campus, an accomplishment that has been particularly useful in the Office of Communications. During one Getchell House transition, Marita acquired responsibility for creating the "Sundial," the weekly college calendar.

Marita is a wonderful and highly valued colleague, and an exceptional employee who possesses a great sense of humor, a flexible attitude and a real dedication to serving people well. She is always diplomatic and considerate.

Marita, along with Norma, provided many years of devoted, good-humored service to students, staff, faculty and alumni in the Office of Communications. She is remembered fondly, her work has had lasting impact, and she is truly missed. Getchell alumni who send postcards and holiday cards, or who call or drop by during Homecomings and Reunions, always ask for Marita and Norma first. Marita retired on October 15, 1999 after 20 happy years at the college.

Louis P. Tremante began working with the college on May 1, 1994, and has distinguished himself as Director of Computing and Information Services. Lou is a technical expert in terms of both information technology and management-- a rare combination. He is a campus leader who has made major contributions to information technology at Bowdoin.

Lou first entered the computing field at New York University in 1963 and has witnessed the remarkable revolution in the technology world first-hand over the last 37 years. It is a "Model-T to Stealth fighter" perspective that very few have experienced.

The word that rings above all others as his staff and co-workers describe him is "respect." He is widely regarded among the CIS team as logical, thoughtful, firm, and caring. Lou has plans to buy a farm on the eastern end of Long Island and to grow grapes that will supply area wine makers, which is a return to his earthbound roots and his earlier days as a farmer.

Rick Anderson, a longtime steward in the Alumni Relations department, died on Saturday, April 22 at the age of 75.

Rick began working at Bowdoin in 1984, and became a regular Bowdoin employee in 1989. As steward, Rick was responsible for the day-to-day tender, loving care of the Cram Alumni House. In addition to hiring and training stewards and bartenders, Rick was a mainstay himself behind the bar for many years. At Homecomings and Reunions, Rick was a visible presence, providing a warm welcome to generations of returning alumni.

Rick was fiercely proud of his relationship to Bowdoin. He said recently, "All I want is for people to come to the Alumni House and leave feeling good about Bowdoin."

On April 8, 2000, the Alumni Council unanimously named Rick an honorary member of the Bowdoin College Alumni Association with full rights and privileges. It was an honor that meant a great deal to Rick.

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