Bowdoin Announces Six New Inductees to Athletic Hall of Honor

HOH_2012Bowdoin College has announced the 11th class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Honor on Homecoming Weekend this fall.

The six individuals to be welcomed on Saturday, October 18, span in class years from 1968-2000 and include some of the most recognizable names in the history of Polar Bear athletics. The 2014 Bowdoin Athletic Hall of Honor class is as follows:

— Men’s basketball trailblazer Bob Patterson ’68
— Three-sport athlete Joe Bonasera ’73 (football, men’s lacrosse, track & field)
— Men’s ice hockey playmaker Joe Gaffney ’95
— Women’s basketball star Laura Schultz Landry ’96
— Two-sport All-American Heather Hawes ’00 (field hockey, women’s lacrosse)
— Legendary women’s soccer head coach John Cullen

More information about the induction ceremony will be available in the coming weeks. The Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor was founded in 2002 to perpetuate the memory of those persons who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to Bowdoin through their accomplishments in athletics. For a complete list of past inductees, visit the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor web page.


  1. Martha Lentz says:

    Please let me know when this event is scheduled.

  2. Bill Gibson '69 says:

    Great news, and very much deserved, for Bob Patterson!
    Should not have had to be posthumous, but better late than never.

  3. Ken Green says:

    I played on the basketball team with Bob from ’66-’68. Often I covered him in practice. He was an exceptional basketball player. He had this quickness, this timing and this amazing accuracy with his shooting. In tight spots he never faltered. The team owed much of its success those years to him. We were greatly fortunate he was on our team. This honor is most certainly highly deserved. His untimely passing was deeply felt by us and all who knew him.

  4. John Erikson says:

    Joe, congrats and thanks for the wonderful opportunities to see you do your thing. John Erikson

  5. Ken Rowe says:

    Bob was the individual who the players from the class of 1969 looked up to, and had the utmost respect for. He was a true class act. Nothing better than to sit on the bench, watch Bob drive left in a tight game, pull up, and swish a 15 foot jumper. Over and over again.

    Proud to have played with him. A great and deserving selection.

  6. Derry Rundlett says:

    Bob Patterson, basketball inductee, was not only a great athlete. He was the ideal friend and classmate. His smile and laugh were a delight to behold, and he became a very successful real estate lawyer at Verrill and Dana, a law firm with many Bowdoin connections. The song that played at those 1968 games was “Keep The Ball Rollin'” because Bowdoin was playing so well that year. I dedicated my radio show at WBOR and that song to our pal Bob who had just beat the 1,000 point mark in scoring. Our class misses him but his legacy lives forever. Derry Rundlett, ’68

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