March 16, 2005

To Members of the Bowdoin Community,

I write to let you know that I have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

As you know, prostate cancer is an especially common cancer, and treatment is most often very successful. I received the results of a biopsy this week and am in the process of evaluating various treatment options. Fortunately, the results of the biopsy indicate that the cancer has been detected at the very early stages, and is localized to the prostate gland. I'm told that the prognosis for a full recovery is excellent.

Karen and I are now in the learning phase to determine — with the help of outstanding doctors — which of the many excellent and successful treatment choices is best for me. We plan to spend the next month gaining a better understanding of the disease and the options for treatment. It is possible that at some point over the next couple of months I will be out for a few weeks receiving treatment, but this is not definite, since several treatment options may require little or minimal time away from campus. I will let you all know my plans when I determine the appropriate course of treatment.

To members of our Senior Class, I will be at Commencement to celebrate with you all — I wouldn't miss it.

All the best,

Barry