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Charles Bridge ’61 Receives Alumni Service Award

Story posted June 14, 2001

Charles G. Bridge, Class of 1961, is the recipient of the Alumni Service Award, presented at Reunion Convocation Saturday, June 2.

The Alumni Service Award is the highest honor given by the Alumni Council to a Bowdoin volunteer. Established in 1932, it is presented annually to the individual whose volunteer service to the College is most deserving of recognition.

Mr. Bridge served as a member of Bowdoin’s Commission on Residential Life from 1996 to 1998. As a member of the Commission, he played a critical role in developing a new system of campus life at Bowdoin.

Upon his retirement to Brunswick, Mr. Bridge continued his long-standing participation as a member of the fraternity alumni corporation. With his deep respect for the fraternity’s traditions and history, he served for many years as a mentor to fraternity officers. Upon his appointment to the College’s Commission on Residential Life, he was among those charged with exploring the viability of the fraternity system at Bowdoin. He was a passionate and reasoned advocate for a system of residential life that was modeled on the best aspects of fraternities—self-governance, leadership and independence. He worked for three years on the Commission and was one of the principal architects of the College House system that exists today.

In 1997 Mr. Bridge accepted an appointment to fill an unexpired, two-year term on the Alumni Council. In addition, he worked with the fraternity corporation to assist in the transfer of the Delta Kappa Epsilon/Kappa Delta Theta property to the College. Today, the property is the site of the Burton-Little House, which houses the new Office of Admissions.

Born in Portland, Mr. Bridge was an English major at Bowdoin, a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, and performed with the College Glee Club. Upon graduating from Bowdoin, he served as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. As a civilian he worked as a commercial pilot and later became a flight instructor with Trans World Airlines and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University.

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