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Kathryn Graff Low '78 Receives Distinguished Educator Award

Story posted June 07, 2004

Kathryn Graff Low of Auburn, Maine, Bowdoin Class of 1978, has been honored by the Bowdoin Alumni Council with the 2004 Distinguished Educator Award, presented June 5 during Reunion weekend.

The Distinguished Educator Award was established in 1964 to recognize outstanding achievement in education (teaching or administration) by a Bowdoin alumnus in any field and at any level of education.

Kathryn Graff Low is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bates College and the chair of the Psychology Department. She has been a key member of the Bates Psychology department since she joined their faculty in 1990, and was recently granted her full professorship effective in August 2004.

A clinical psychologist, she specializes in clinical health psychology, women's health, psychotherapy, and cardiovascular disease. At Bates, she has been an inspiration to her students to engage in important research projects and to publish their results in the department's Journal of Student Research, which she founded. For her outstanding work with her students, in 2000 Low was selected as a finalist for the first Pizzagalli Construction Company Celebration of Excellence Award.

A native of Swansea, Mass., Low attended Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Mass., and matriculated at Bowdoin in 1975. In her time under the Pines, she participated in varsity lacrosse, junior varsity field hockey, club soccer, Chorus, and Glee Club. A member of Theta Delta Chi, Low completed her Bowdoin education in three years, with a double major in history and Russian. She graduated magna cum laude with high honors in Russian.

Before coming to Bates, Low taught biology and chemistry at the Dublin School in Dublin, N.H., and at the Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif.; served as Dean of Students at the Cate School (1981-85); as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and therapist at Stanford University (1985-89); as a school counselor and therapist at the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, Calif. (1987-89); and as an intern in the Department of Behavioral Medicine at the Brown University School of Medicine (1989-90).

Along with her classroom teaching at Bates, Low is a clinician in the children's psychiatry unit at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston and also directs student service learning projects at St. Mary's.

She was a Klingenstein Fellow at the Summer Institute at Columbia University and holds a master's degree in Counseling from Harvard University and a doctorate in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford.

During her years in California she served Bowdoin as a BASIC interviewer. She is also on the advisory board to the Bowdoin College Rowing Association.

Low is the daughter of Dr. William Howard Graff, Bowdoin Class of 1953. She lives in Auburn, Maine, with her husband, Bill, and their two children, Nick and Harriet.

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