Clifford “Bump” Bean ’51, P'77, '81, and Dorrie Bean P’77, ’81

Bump Bean '51
We sometimes do things without knowing the impact for years. Take, for example, Clifford “Bump” Bean. As a student he sang in the Glee Club, played in a dance band, and participated in varsity shows at the Waterville Opera House and sometimes even in Boston. He also founded, with seven other students, an a cappella singing group called the Colby Eight.

As an original member of the Colby Eight, Bump had no idea that more than 60 years later the group would continue to be part of the cultural life and entertainment at the College.

Bump and his wife, Dorrie, are inspirational today in their support of the College and the study of music, much as Bump was inspirational as a student—laying the groundwork for future generations of Colby students to carry on the legacy of the Colby Eight. The Beans are President's Club donors to the Colby Fund and have included Colby in their estate plans with a gift that will add to the Bean Music Student Financial Aid Fund, which they established in 1994. The Beans also have participated in the charitable gift annuity program at Colby, which enhances their incomes while simultaneously helping ensure quality and accessibility of education for future students at Colby.

Bump is proud of what Colby has achieved, is impressed with the leadership of the College, and is dedicated to helping Colby remain among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. He also feels that financial aid endowment is extremely important to the College’s mission of attracting the very best students regardless of their ability to pay.

Bump is a trustee emeritus, former overseer, and Colby Brick Award recipient. He is a retired  senior staff consultant at global management consulting giant Arthur D. Little and is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He majored in business administration at Colby and holds an M.A. and an M.B.A. from Harvard. Dorrie graduated from Colby Junior College (now Colby-Sawyer). The Beans live in Concord, Mass., and two of their children attended Colby, Meredith Bean Eley '77 and Julia Bean '81.

If you would like to learn more about how your inspired gift can make a lasting impact on generations of Colby students, please contact the Office of Gift Planning. Call Susan F. Cook '75, P'11, at 800-809-0103; e-mail; or visit
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