Portrait of Trustee Emeritus Leon A. Gorman ’56, H’83 Presented in Moulton Union

Amid fond recollections of his deep devotion to Maine and to Bowdoin, a portrait of Trustee Emeritus Leon A. Gorman ’56, H’83 was presented May 11, 2017, in Moulton Union.

Gorman, the former president and chairman of L.L. Bean, and the grandson of the company’s founder, died in September 2015 at the age of 80.

President Clayton Rose recalled Gorman’s visionary leadership as a businessman, and his generous and quiet support, with his wife, Lisa, for the arts and culture, for health and medicine, and for community service organizations that change lives. Read more about the portrait presentation and view a slideshow of images from the event in Bowdoin News.

Take a Break: Scheduling Breaks to Increase Creativity (Harvard Business Review)


Researchers from Harvard Business Review have discovered that boosting creative thinking may mean stepping away from the problem. By pausing or transitioning to another problem at scheduled intervals, you are able to refresh your thinking and spark creativity. Do not feel hesitant to take a break between tasks while working: it may be the best use of your time. Read more in Harvard Business Review.

Nature Conservancy Director Kate Dempsey ’88 Recognized for Outstanding Service

Kate Dempsey ’88 speaking with Bowdoin students in 2016

The Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences recently awarded Kate Dempsey ’88 the Alumni Award for Outstanding Career and Service Achievement. At Tufts, Dempsey studied urban and environmental policy and planning.

Dempsey is the state director of the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy, where she emphasizes active engagement with communities to conserve nature and solve resource challenges. Read more about Dempsey and the award.

Reflective Urgency: How to Act Quickly and Think Critically (Harvard Business Review)

In order to combine critical thinking with efficient action, one must practice reflective urgency. By identifying what limits quality thinking time, focusing on the right priorities, and avoiding extreme tilts, one will be able to end counterproductive habits. Read more in Harvard Business Review.