John Lunt '61 to Receive 2011 Distinguished Educator Award

Story posted January 31, 2011

John S. Lunt, of Southport, Maine, a member of the Class of 1961, has been honored by the Bowdoin Alumni Council with the 2011 Distinguished Educator Award, to be presented June 4 during Reunion Convocation.

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John Lunt '61

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

Almost half of Lunt's career was spent in private education, first at Hebron Academy in Maine, and later at Providence Country Day School in Rhode Island. His years in public education began with his return to Maine as a teaching principal in Southport, and it was there he developed his interest in educational technology.

Lunt has been a leader in that field for decades, helping introduce computers and other technology into classrooms across the state of Maine. In the 1980s, when computers in schools were still fairly new, Lunt was the computer coordinator for the Boothbay/Boothbay Harbor Central School District. Later, he was technology coordinator for Freeport Middle School, and during those years played a key role in Maine Governor Angus King's initiative to provide laptops to every seventh- and eighth-grader in the state.

In 2005, the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine, of which Lunt had been president (1996-2002), recognized his special contributions to Maine schools by creating the John S. Lunt Friend of Technology Award, to be presented to others demonstrating similar dedication.

Lunt, whose father, Alden P. Lunt, was a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1932, was born in New Haven, Conn. He graduated from Hopkins School before coming to Bowdoin, where love of song and a voice to deliver it led him to join the ranks of the Chapel Choir, Glee Club and the Meddiebempsters.

Lunt was a government major, a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, and was winner of the Class of 1868 Prize.

Lunt went on to earn a master of arts in teaching degree at Brown University, and in 1989, a master of education degree at Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.

Lunt remains active, volunteering with non-profits, serving as harbormaster for the town of Southport and as the webmaster of no fewer than three websites in his community. He has also remained connected with the College, working with his 50th Class Reunion Committee.

Lunt and his wife, Jane, have two daughters: Holly Lunt Houston, a member of the Bowdoin Class of 1989, and Lisa Woodward Lunt.

Registration for Reunion 2011 (June 2-5) begins at the end of February. More information here.

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