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David D'Angelo Memorial Bench Placed on Cleaveland Quad

Story posted August 11, 2005

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The bench in honor of David D'Angelo has been placed on the Cleaveland Quad, a spot considered "quintessential Dave."

The College has placed a memorial bench and granite marker on the Cleaveland Quad in honor of David D'Angelo, the former director of facilities management, who died tragically last fall in a motorcycle accident.

A brief dedication ceremony was held August 8, 2005, with the D'Angelo family and a large group of friends and Bowdoin colleagues in attendance.

"We all miss Dave," said S. Catherine Longley, senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer, as she welcomed the gathering. "And today we celebrate his life with a lasting tribute to his time at Bowdoin. With this bench, his memory will not be forgotten."

Don Borkowski, capital projects manager, described what a pleasure it was working alongside Dave for nine years. He noted that the Cleaveland Quad was the perfect location to place the bench. "Cleaveland Quad is quintessential Dave," he said, recalling that nearby Cleaveland, Druckenmiller, and Kanbar halls account for the first and last projects the two friends worked on together.

Dave's wife, Alicia, gave the College - "a big, huge family" - her heartfelt thanks. She promised that she and Dave's family, including children Tony, Elizabeth, and Nicole, would visit the bench often.

"I see Dave everywhere I look on campus, zipping along with his cowboy boots and big bushy moustache," Alicia said, echoing the thoughts of many who had come to see the bench installed.

The marker in front of the bench reads: "In Memory of David A. D'Angelo, 1958-2004, Director of Facilities Management, Compassionate Leader, Proud Husband and Father, Caring Friend."

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