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Albert F. Lilley '54 Recognized for Alumni Service

Story posted June 07, 2004

Albert F. Lilley of Chapel Hill, N.C., Bowdoin Class of 1954, has been recognized by the Bowdoin Alumni Council with the 2004 Alumni Service Award, presented June 5 during Reunion weekend.

Established in 1932, the Alumni Service Award is the highest honor given by the Alumni Council. It is presented annually in recognition of an individual's record of volunteer service to the College, rather than a single act or achievement.

Whenever Bowdoin has asked, Albert F. Lilley answered the call for service. He has held meaningful leadership roles for his class, for the College, and for his community. In addition, his philanthropic support has strengthened the professional capacities of Bowdoin faculty in developing new coursework.

Lilley has served Bowdoin as a BASIC representative and as a volunteer during The Campaign for Bowdoin. In 1968, he was appointed to the Alumni Fund Directors, serving as chair from 1970-71. In 1972, he was elected to the Alumni Council, and from 1975-76 served as president. In 1976, he was elected to the Board of Overseers, serving two terms; he was elected Overseer Emeritus in 1988. He has frequently been a member of the Class of 1954 reunion committees, including for his 50th Reunion this year.

In 1993, he established the Lilley Family Fund, whose purpose is "to strengthen and enhance the academic program by supporting the scholarly research and professional activities of new and continuing members of its faculty, stimulating course and curriculum improvement, and encouraging faculty renewal and development."

Possessing a deeply held belief in the importance of education, Lilley has served as a member of the Board of Education for Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale and Saddle River, N.J.; and as Class Manager and Alumni Council member at the University of Virginia School of Law. He has also been active in his community, serving a number of civic organizations, including as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., and as president of the Chapel Hill (N.C.) Rotary Club. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Arts Center.

A native of Washington, D.C., Lilley prepared for Bowdoin at Woodrow Wilson High School. At Bowdoin, he was a government major, president of Delta Kappa Epsilon, and business manager of the Bowdoin Orient. He earned his LL.B. and J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law with the Class of 1959. A retired attorney, Lilley lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., with his wife, Judith. They are the parents of three children: Kirk, who is a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1983, Kristin, and Alex.

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