Elizabeth Leonard

Clues about Benjamin Butler

As Elizabeth Leonard, the John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, pieces together the life of Benjamin Franklin Butler—Colby’s Class of 1838, Civil War hero, governor of Massachusetts, and presidential candidate—she’s done research in the Library of Congress, Colby’s Special Collections, and private collections. On her latest journey, accompanied by Special Collections staff, she inspected a private collection in western Maine that included handwritten family letters and photos she hadn’t seen before. “I’ve never seen him [Butler] with a beard,” she said. “This is what a historian does. Looking for everything out there, teaming up with archivists.” Leonard will be writing Butler’s biography after retiring from Colby at the end of this academic year. The book is to be published by University of North Carolina Press.

 


 

Noteworthy

Kyah Morrissette, an administrative assistant at the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, recently showed her appreciation in a post on ColbyNow, the College’s daily announcements: “I just wanted to let you know that your playing … always makes my day.” So who is the amazing piano player?

Meet Anthony Bundock ’22, a first-year student from Pelham, N.H. He plans on majoring in biology, but has been playing the piano since he was six, following in his mother and grandfather’s footsteps. Although trained in classical music, Bundock enjoys playing soft improvisational jazz. “I consider myself mostly like a background character,” he said. “That’s what the pianist usually is. They’re just kind of building the mood.”

 


 

More than Ringing!

This Jan Plan, 13 students took a class called “Handbell Choir.” The bells—along with tables, mats, and books—were donated by Colby’s longtime supporter Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf, LL.D. ’06 in 2018.

At the end of Jan Plan, all 26 hands moved in harmony to perform 12 songs in Lorimer Chapel. During the concert, the students used numerous techniques like shelley ringing, which is playing two hand bells in each hand; martellato that’s done by hitting a bell against a padded table for a “pop” sound; and gyro, which is rotating the bell after ringing to produce a vibrating sound.

“Each bell is one note,” Choir Director Gail Kelly explained. “Bells are not just rung.”

 


 

Student sailors

Start to Finish

Track scholarships brought William Crowther (left) and Calvin Dolan (right) to Colby. World War II brought them together when, on July 1, 1943, they arrived at Bates College for the V-12 Navy Training Program and became roommates. In this undated photo, we see them at Lorimer Chapel with Janet Jacobs Holden ’45. Crowther and Dolan both served in the Pacific Theater until 1946, when they returned to Colby and graduated in 1947. Their paths diverged as adults—Crowther went into advertising, Dolan became a chemist. Now, as a fitting tribute to a friendship begun at Colby, their obituaries lay side by side in the back pages of this issue.