Campus News

Robert L. Morrell '47 Receives Alumni Service Award

Story posted June 03, 2002

To read about other awards presented during Reunion click the links below:
Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff: Kathy Billings
Distinguished Educator Award: Ray Kierstead '56
Common Good Award: Hanley Denning '92

Robert Lincoln Morrell, Bowdoin class of 1947, was presented with the Alumni Service Award June 1, during Reunion Weekend.

The Alumni Service Award is presented by the Alumni Council to the alumnus or alumna whose services to Bowdoin most deserve recognition. The Award honors a record of service rather than a single act or achievement. It is the highest honor given by the Alumni Council.

For 55 years, Robert Lincoln Morrell has been a leader of his class, his college, and his community. He has shown a quiet resourcefulness that has become his trademark. He frequently asks Bowdoin how he can help before the College can ask. When his alma mater has needed him, he has been there.

For the Class of 1947, he has served in nearly every possible leadership role, as a Reunion Planning Chair, a Planned Giving Chair, and as a Leadership Gift Committee Chair. Nearly every class reunion has had his imprint and creativity. He has served as a volunteer track official at Bowdoin meets, as a leader for The Campaign for Bowdoin, as a fundraiser for the Pickard Theater renovation, and as a member of the Alumni Council.

His contributions to the College have been far and wide and have touched many areas - renovations to Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, a sprinkler system for Pickard Field, and a room in the student center all were made possible because of his gifts. Despite his many commitments to family and community, he and his wife Nan are fixtures at campus events, loyal supporters of the students participating in artistic performances and athletic contests. The Morrell family name has long been associated with the College, and he has ensured that it is one that will endure with the creation of a scholarship fund in honor of his father, Allen, of the class of 1922.

A tireless commitment to the community has long been part of his character and, in turn, has strengthened the relationship between Brunswick and Bowdoin. The list of civic and charitable causes that have benefited from his expertise is long and noteworthy. He has served as president, chair, or director of Curtis Memorial Library, the Chamber of Commerce, the Brunswick Humane Society, the Pejepscot Historical Society, the United Way, and the Boy Scouts. As a fundraiser, he has been responsible for helping build a parish hall for the First Parish Church and the gazebo on the town commons. At the state and local level, he has been an advocate for the mentally ill, chairing the Governor's Mental Health Advisory Council.

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