Commencement 2009

For the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.)

Peter Buck

Peter Buck of the Bowdoin Class of 1952 is a nuclear physicist and philanthropist who is perhaps best known as the co-founder of the Subway franchise restaurant chain. A native of South Portland, Maine, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees in physics at Columbia University. From 1957 to 1978 he held positions as a nuclear physicist with several companies. In 1965 he made entrepreneurial history when he loaned a seventeen-year-old family friend $1,000 to open the first Subway Sandwiches and Salads Shop. This endeavor grew to two stores the next year, sixteen shops by 1973, and individual franchise sales by the mid-1970s. By January 2008 there were 28,773 Subway restaurants in eighty-six countries.

For the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.)

Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard is the founder, president, and CEO of Patagonia, Inc., a leader in the field of outdoor clothing and gear. A native of Lisbon, Maine, he is a pioneering climber who participated in a number of first ascents, including the North American Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite without the use of fixed ropes. Patagonia continually seeks ways to minimize the environmental impacts associated with the manufacture, packaging, use, and discard of its products. In 2001 Chouinard co-founded One Percent for the Planet supporting grassroots organizations committed to environmental protection. He is the author of Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, which outlines Patagonia’s business philosophy of encouraging creativity and healthy lifestyles among
its employees.

Special Honorand Events
Friday, May 23

1:00 p.m. - Earle Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will present “The Camera Discovers Bowdoin: Nineteenth-Century Paintings, Prints, and Photographs of the Bowdoin College Campus.”
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

2:00 p.m. - Lucy Lippard, internationally known art historian, cultural critic, and activist, will present a talk titled, “Far Afield.”   Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

3:15 p.m. - Yvon Chouinard, founder, president and CEO of Patagonia, Inc., will discuss his life and book Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman.
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

4:30 p.m. - The Baccalaureate Ceremony with keynote address by Gina Kolata, author and science writer for The New York Times. 
Morrell Gymnasium

For the degree of Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.)

Gina Kolata

Gina Kolata has reported on science news and issues for The New York Times since 1987. In her news articles and books she makes accessible to a wide audience the results of scientific research and the social, political, economic, and environmental issues raised by scientific inquiry. Her books include Clone: The Road to Dolly, and the Path Ahead (1997) and Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss – and the Myths and Realities of Dieting (2007). A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland.

For the degree of Doctor of Arts (D.A.)

Lucy Lippard

Lucy Lippard is an internationally known art and cultural critic, curator, and activist who has made an enduring mark on the world of art, feminist scholarship, and our understanding of cultural geography. Born in New York City, she graduated from Smith College and earned her M.A. at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She is the author/editor of more than twenty books, including On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place (1999) and The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (1998). She is co-founder of artists’ organizations such as Printed Matter, The Heresies Collective, and Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America.

For the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.)

Earle Shettleworth Jr.

Earle Shettleworth Jr. is the director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and is the Maine State Historic Preservation Officer. A native of Portland, Maine, and a graduate of Colby College and Boston University, he has played an important role in the preservation of Maine’s architectural, historical, and archaeological heritage for more than forty years. He became the Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s architectural historian in 1973 and has been its director since 1976. He is the author of numerous books on Maine’s social and architectural history, and the College has sought his wise counsel on numerous occasions.

For the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.)

Barry N. Wish

Trustee Emeritus Barry N. Wish has been a leader in the worlds of finance and philanthropy. Born in Boston, he attended law school at Boston College. He for med Walsh Greenwood Wish & Co., sold his interest in the firm in 1983, and founded the Oxford Financial Group. He is currently chair man emeritus of the successor company, Ocwen Financial Corp. The Barry N. Wish Scholarship was established at Bowdoin in his honor, and Wish established both the Sidney Wish and Bertha Wish Sipkin Scholarship Fund and the Barry N. Wish Professorship in Social Studies. Classes and performances in Wish Theater are daily reminders of the many ways in which he has inspired the Bowdoin community.