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Walter E. Bartlett '53 Recognized for Alumni Service

Story posted June 02, 2003

Walter E. Bartlett, Bowdoin Class of 1953, was recognized by the Bowdoin Alumni Council with the Alumni Service Award, presented May 31 during Reunion weekend.

The Alumni Service Award is the highest honor given by the Alumni Council and is presented annually to the individual whose record of volunteer service to the College is most deserving of recognition.

Bartlett, a resident of Naples, Fla., who summers in Cape Neddick, Maine, has been a leader for Bowdoin from his earliest days at the College. Raised in Waltham, Mass., Bartlett came to Bowdoin where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, served as a dormitory proctor and fraternity steward and excelled in athletics, particularly baseball and basketball. As a senior, he was captain and earned honorable mention to the All-New England basketball team.

In 1965, Bartlett became Class Agent and for 11 years led the Bowdoin Class of 1953 to remarkable levels of giving to the College. In 1984, Bartlett was elected to the Alumni Council, and served as its vice president and president. His service to Bowdoin continued in 1988 when he was elected to the Board of Overseers, a position he held until 1996, when he was appointed to the Board of Trustees. He was elected Trustee Emeritus in 2001.

In 1986, in honor of a favorite coach and his wife, Bartlett established the Edmund L. and Shirley Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide future students with the means to attain a Bowdoin education. In recent years he supported the renovations to Bowdoin's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, helping to create the Bartlett Electronic Classroom.

As an executive at New England Telephone, NYNEX, and AT&T, Bartlett was an active volunteer for a number of Boston-area community organizations, serving as a director of the Greater Boston Arts Fund as a fundraiser for the United States Olympic Committee. Despite his many other responsibilities, Bowdoin has always been close to his heart. He has volunteered for numerous capital campaigns and class reunions and in 1991 represented Bowdoin at the presidential inauguration at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

For his 50th Reunion this year, he enthusiastically chaired the Leadership Gifts Committee, once again steering the Class of 1953 to record-breaking success.

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