For more than a century and a half, Bowdoin has created opportunities for my family. I was the fourth of five generations to attend Bowdoin, beginning with my great-grandfather on my mother's side, Isaac Metcalf, Class of 1847. Isaac was followed by my grandfather, father, me, and most recently by my son Ben '97 and daughter Buffy '99.
The value of education-and of a Bowdoin education in particular—is fundamental to our family. Bowdoin helped earlier generations of my family—some of whom were struggling Maine farmers—to become teachers, librarians and engineers. The college also opened doors and helped me make connections that were vital to my professional development.
In the years after my graduation from Bowdoin, I supported the college because of the opportunities it had provided my family and me. More recently, my wife, Alison, and I have come to appreciate the opportunities that a Bowdoin education provides to students from a wide range of places, backgrounds and cultures, and—even more importantly—the impact that these students later have on their communities and on society as a whole. It has made us eager to support the college in every way we can.
Our support has grown to include annual gifts to the alumni fund, creation of an endowed scholarship fund and an endowed professorship, a charitable remainder trust and a charitable gift annuity, and a provision benefitting Bowdoin in our estate plan. Alison and I are proud to be closely connected with such a special and important place, and we are delighted that we can make it possible for future students to join the Bowdoin family and access all the opportunities that come with that connection. Knowing that each of those students will go on from Bowdoin to make a unique mark on his or her surroundings makes us even prouder.
-Peter Small '64
Peter Small spent his career in commercial real estate development. He is a former chair and current member of Bowdoin's board of trustees, and he has also served the college in many other capacities, including overseer, leadership gift committee chair and class agent as well as maintaining leadership roles in several campaigns. Peter and Alison live in Concord, Mass.