The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

A biologist who roams the world's oceans studying endangered whales. A bacteriologist leading efforts to develop a new and potentially crucial source of energy: hydrogen-creating bacteria. A dedicated surgeon who gives transplant patients new life.

By David Treadwell and Alexis Grant '03 | Photos by Mary Levin, Johnny Hansen, and Yulia Ivashchenko


 
A biologist who roams the world's oceans studying endangered whales. A bacteriologist leading efforts to develop a new and potentially crucial source of energy: hydrogen-creating bacteria. A dedicated surgeon who gives transplant patients new life.

Profiles of these three alumni—Paul Wade '80, Caroline Harwood '73, and Patrick Wood '75—were written for Colby in recent months. Though they were assigned and reported independently, a common thread runs through them, and we've sewn them together as a package about scientists who have found their niche.

Wade, Harwood, and Wood are passionate about their professions. They believe fervently that their knowledge and experience should be used improve the world. And they all set out on paths that began in the labs and classrooms of Mayflower Hill.

So here's to success and to the mentors and the experiences that ultimately led all three to specialized areas of science where each has proven both well prepared and perfectly suited.
 
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  • On August 22, 2006, Kate Cone, '76 wrote:
    Thanks for reacquainting me with Pat Wood, whom I knew at Colby as a dedicated "Pit Rat." Back then, '74 - '75, Pat had a permanent desk in The Pit, lower level of the library. He hobbled around with crutches (must have been the football injury), and was as a much more reliable fixture there than the Colby clock. It at once filled me with awe that he studied so much, then his work ethic became an inspiration. I eventually chose a desk in the stacks as "my spot." I somehow knew all these years Pat would accomplish as much as he has. Thanks again for a great profile.


  • On September 12, 2006, Amber wrote:
    Dr.Patrick Wood is one of the greatest men I have ever known. He performed a liver transplant on me when I was 13 years old. I am about to turn 24 and because of him I was able to get married, become a nurse, and have a family. He is my hero.