Serving the Common Good Among 'The Few, The Proud'

Story posted June 11, 2010

For three recent graduates, Commencement was truly a day of new beginnings. Mike Dooley, Luke Flinn and Boomer Repko sat on the Quad waiting with the Class of 2010 to receive their diplomas, officially ending their college career.

But unlike most of their classmates, the next chapter of their lives opened almost immediately.

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Commissioning ceremonies for graduates enlisting with the U.S. Marine Corps take place following Commencement exercises. Mike Dooley, Luke Flinn and Boomer Repko, all members of the Class of 2010, take part in the ceremony in front of the Chapel.

Following Commencement, the three young men proceeded to a commissioning ceremony near the Chapel, each one entering the U.S. Marine Corps at the rank of Second Lieutenant.

"We speak often about the Common Good at Bowdoin and should not fail to acknowledge that service to our nation is among the most powerful ways in which our graduates can seek to serve the Common Good," said President Mills during his Commencement address, having singled out each of the three by name.

The trio joins a host of Bowdoin alumni who have answered the same call. Among those currently serving in the Marines are many members of the Class of 2009. Ian Merry — whose father, Peter Merry '67, also served in the Marines — is joined by Jack Dingess, Katie Petronio (formerly Forney), Edward Yoo, and Pack Janes, whose father, Bill Janes, is a trustee and a member of the Class of 1976, and whose sister, Maxine Janes, graduated this year.

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Former football teammates 2nd Lt. David Donahue '07 (left) and 2nd Lt. Brendan Murphy '07.

Former football teammates David Donahue '07 and Brendan Murphy '07 also count themselves among "the few, the proud."

Donahue is currently stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Murphy returned from Afghanistan in November 2009 and in late June departs for the Republic of Georgia.

Gilman Barndollar '04, whose father, Steve Barndollar, is a member of the Class of 1963, and whose grandfather, Hugh Barndollar, was a member of the Class of 1936, is also on active duty.

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