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Commencement 2001 Roundup

Commencement Weekend:
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Read President Adams's Baccalaureate address.

Commencement address by Reverend Peter Gomes

Senior Class Speaker Address by Todd W. Miner

Press Release:
Reverend Peter Gomes,
Commencement Speaker

Read Commencement citations for:
Reverend Peter Gomes
Gerald Dorros
Robert H. Edwards
Linda J. Greenlaw '83

Honorary Degree Recipient Bios:
Gerald Dorros
Robert H. Edwards
Rev. Peter J. Gomes
Linda J. Greenlaw '83

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Gerald Dorros
Robert H. Edwards
Rev. Peter J. Gomes
Linda J. Greenlaw


Gerald Dorros, M.D., P'93, '96, '98, '01
A world-renowned cardiologist, Gerald "Jerry" Dorros, M.D., is president of the Arizona Heart Institute & Foundation, the nation's first freestanding outpatient clinic built solely to combat heart and blood vessel diseases by advanced non-surgical interventional therapies. He also is medical director of the William Dorros-Isadore Feuer Interventional Cardiovascular Disease Foundation based in Milwaukee. He is a former clinical professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and is a consultant, advisor or research affiliate with corporations, including Kodak, Sony, Toshiba, Merck and Pfizer. He is a founding member of San Francisco Science (SFS), a medical technology incubator, and he holds patents on several medical devices. He co-founded Arterial Vascular Engineering, Inc., and is affiliated with a number of medical technology companies. He is the author of several editions of Peripheral Vascular Interventions: A Bibliographic Reference Manual. He earned a bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College and an M.D. at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dorros and his wife, Myra, are the parents of four children, all of whom attended Colby: Ari '93, Eben '96, Isa '98 and Noam '01. They have been active on Colby's Parents Executive Committee since 1990, and Jerry has been an overseer since 1994. They endowed The Dorros Chair in Life Sciences in 1996.

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Robert H. Edwards
President of Bowdoin College since 1990, Robert H. Edwards will step down in July after guiding Bowdoin through more than a decade of growth that included a $100-million program to modernize the physical plant, especially the science facilities. During his tenure Bowdoin's student body and faculty expanded and a new residential life system was established. Bowdoin recently completed a capital campaign that raised $136 million, and during the 1990s the college's endowment increased from $185 million to $450 million. Edwards graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and earned a B.A. and an M.A. at Cambridge University and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Federal Bar in 1961 and worked for the U.S. State Department and the Ford Foundation on policies dealing with African colonies making the transition to independent nationhood. Edwards worked for the Ford Foundation from 1965 to 1977 in Pakistan and in New York, where he headed the foundation's Middle East and Africa Office. For nine years beginning in 1977 he was president of Carleton College in Minnesota. From 1986 until moving to Bowdoin he was the head of the Department of Health, Education and Housing in the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan. In Maine he chaired the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and was a board member of the Maine Science and Technology Foundation, Maine Public Broadcasting and the University of Maine's Board of Visitors.

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The Rev. Peter J. Gomes
The Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Harvard University's Memorial Church, the Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes is regarded as one of America's most distinguished preachers. Gomes graduated from Bates College and earned an S.T.B. degree at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of seven volumes of sermons, including the national best sellers The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart (1996) and Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living (1998). In 1999 he was included in an article titled "The Best Talkers in America: Fifty Big Mouths We Hope Will Never Shut Up" in the premiere issue of Talk magazine. He has preached and lectured throughout the United States and the British Isles, and in England in 2000 he delivered the University Sermon at The University of Cambridge and the Millennial Sermon at Canterbury Cathedral. He participated in the inaugurations of presidents Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush and was named Clergy of the Year in 1998 by Religion in American Life. He holds 13 honorary degrees and is an honorary fellow of Emmanuel College at Cambridge University. He is former acting director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard and past president of The Signet Society, Harvard's oldest literary society. He has been a trustee of Bates and Wellesley colleges, The Public Broadcasting Service, the Plimoth Plantation and the Pilgrim Society of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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Linda J. Greenlaw '83
A third-generation Colby graduate, Linda J. Greenlaw majored in English and government, studied German and played varsity softball. She began a career in commercial fishing as cook on a boat out of Harpswell, Maine, during the summers and, after graduating, worked her way up to captain. She spent 18 years as the only female swordboat captain in the Grand Banks fleet, and she was described in Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm as "one of the best captains, period, on the entire East Coast." She has skippered boats from Newfoundland to Brazil. As captain of the Hannah Bodenduring the Halloween storm of 1991, she achieved celebrity status in Junger's book and was portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the film The Perfect Storm. In 1999 she published her best-selling memoir, The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey, taking the book's title from a Shakespeare sonnet. Greenlaw was named one of Boston magazine's most intriguing women of 1997, has been a board member of the Gulf of Maine Aquarium in Portland and was last year's commencement speaker at Maine Maritime Academy, where she received an honorary doctorate. Now retired from swordfishing, Greenlaw fishes for lobsters on her boat, Mattie Belle, working with her father, James S. Greenlaw '57. She is writing a second bookča memoir about coming home to Isle au Haut on the eastern edge of Penobscot Bay.

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