Joseph F. Boulos ’68 is president of The Boulos Companies in Portland, Maine, northern New England’s largest commercial real estate firm, and chair of the Colby College Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Sheri, made the financial commitment to eliminate loans from aid packages for Colby students from Maine, which was instrumental in the board’s expansion of the “no-loan” financial aid program to all aided students. In addition to financial aid, his philanthropic interests at the College have included the Museum of Art, the Boulos Family Fitness Center, and other projects. He has received numerous honors in Maine, including being named developer of the year by the Finance Authority of Maine and by the Maine Real Estate Developers Association, induction into the Maine Business Hall of Fame, and the Maine State Senate President’s Cornerstone Award. He also was appointed to the New England Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve and was awarded the Patrick Henry Award by the National Association of the National Guard for his service to Maine veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, more than 250 of whom have enrolled in college with financial assistance from Joe and Sheri Boulos. He has been a member of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association board, chairman of the Maine Compact for Higher Education, trustee of Maine Bank & Trust, and board member of the Portland Museum of Art and Portland’s Mercy Hospital and Cheverus High School. Citation and recorded remarks.
Kate Cheney Chappell attended Chatham College in Pittsburgh and studied painting, drawing, etching, and literature in Paris as an undergraduate. She and her husband, Tom, moved to Maine in 1968 and cofounded Tom's of Maine, which remains the leading maker of natural toothpaste and a pioneer in environmental, social, and fiscal responsibility. The Chapells raised five children in Kennebunk and helped start an alternative school where Ms. Chappell taught art and reading. In 1983 she completed her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, at the University of Southern Maine. She began showing watercolor landscapes in the Portland area and joined the artists’ community on Monhegan Island. She has continued her studies at the Charles River Studio Workshop, Maine College of Art, USM, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, embracing printmaking and mixed media. She shows her work throughout Maine and New England and is a member of Peregrine Press, a fine arts cooperative in Portland. Citation and recorded remarks.
Thomas M. Chappell is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, philanthropist, author, and family man. Founder of Tom's of Maine with his wife, Kate, Mr. Chappell is a pioneer in natural personal care products and in proving a business can be environmentally sensitive, socially responsible, and profitable. He is the author of two books on business ethics: The Soul of a Business (1993) and Managing Upside Down (1999). A graduate of Moses Brown School, Trinity College, and Harvard Divinity School, he continues to work at the boundary of business and ethics. He serves his Episcopal faith tradition at local, regional, and national levels, serves on various boards, and consults with small business owners and entrepreneurs. The Chapells, who remain concerned about and who continue to pursue environmental and community sustainability, now produce fine wool on their sheep farm and are launching the fine apparel brand Ramblers Way Farm this year. Citation and recorded remarks.
Margaret J. Geller is a senior scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, who earned her Ph.D. at Princeton, Dr. Geller was a pioneer in mapping the nearby universe, and her current research interests include the structure of the Milky Way galaxy and the distribution of dark matter in the universe. Her long-range scientific goals are to discover what the universe looks like and to understand how it came to have the rich patterns we can observe today. She is a past recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and also has received the Newcomb-Cleveland Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Klopsteg Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the Magellanic Premium of the American Philosophical Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Citation and recorded remarks.
Jack Goldsmith III is Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard. He specializes in international law, foreign affairs law, conflicts of law, and national security law. He is the author of dozens of articles on these and other subjects. His most recent publications are The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration (Norton, 2007), Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (Oxford University Press, 2006, with coauthor Tim Wu), and The Limits of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2005, with coauthor Eric Posner). Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, he served as assistant U.S. attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel and special counsel to the general counsel to the Department of Defense. Professor Goldsmith taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997 to 2002 and at the University of Virginia Law School from 1994 to 1997. Citation and recorded remarks.
Greg Mortenson is cofounder of the Central Asia Institute, founder of Pennies for Peace, and coauthor of Three Cups of Tea, which has been at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for more than 115 weeks. While recovering in a small Pakistani village from an attempt to reach the summit of K2, Mortenson discovered his life’s work – promoting education for children, especially girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has now established approximately 80 schools in the region serving nearly 30,000 children, including nearly 20,000 girls. He has received several prestigious awards for his work, including the government of Pakistan’s highest civilian honor, the Star of Pakistan. Citation and commencement address.