Longtime Bowdoin College president Greason dies

Posted Aug. 29, 2011, at 2:12 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A. Leroy Greason, whose career at Bowdoin College spanned nearly four decades and included a stint as president, died early Monday morning at a Brunswick hospital.

He was 88.

“During his 10-year presidency, he expanded and strengthened academic offerings, increased the size and diversity of the faculty, and established strong ties between the College, alumni, and the community,” current Bowdoin president Barry Mills said in a statement. “His greatest gift was his ability to find common ground among disparate people and to inspire them to work together.”

A native of Wellesley, Mass., Greason came to Bowdoin in 1952 to join the college’s English department. He became a full-time professor in 1966, and served as dean of the college from then until 1975.

Greason accepted the college’s presidency in 1981, where he remained until his retirement in 1990.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at First Parish Church in Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Bowdoin College, 4100 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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