Bates College has had thousands of graduates pass through its doors in 150 years. Among the more recognizable alumni:

Benjamin E. Mays, Class of 1920, national civil rights leader, gave eulogy at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral

David Chokachi, Class of 1990, “Baywatch” actor

Robert Goodlatte, Class of 1974, Republican congressman from Virginia, currently in seventh term

Bryant Gumbel, Class of 1970, former “Today” show host, news anchor

Elizabeth Strout, Class of 1977, authored best-selling novel “Amy and Isabelle”

Linda Erickson Rawlings, Class of 1976, former president of Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies

Stacy Kabat, Class of 1985, won Academy Award for producing documentary “Defending Our Lives”

The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Class of 1965, chaplain of the Memorial Church at Harvard, authored best-seller “The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart”

Jim Moody, Class of 1953, retired CEO of Hannaford Bros. grocery chain

Vincent McKusick, Class of 1943, former chief justice of Maine Supreme Judicial Court, serves as special master for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Source: Bates College


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