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Robert B. Miller

Inducted May 2001


Robert came to Bowdoin College in 1928 as an instructor in physical training and was named Bowdoin's first swimming coach in 1935.  He coached Bowdoin teams for 29 years with a record of 119-95 (.556).  He coached five All-Americans. 

He was also one of the pioneers in the field of water safety.  He directed the first Red Cross Aquatic School in the country and in 1960 was inducted into the Commodore Longfellow Society's Lifesaving Hall of Fame. 

Robert was co-founder of the Maine Swim League along with Harold Paulson and George Crimmins.  He hosted numerous state championships at the Bowdoin College pool.  He was a lifelong supporter of high school swimming in Maine.  The Perpetual Championship Boys Trophy is named in his honor.

(Photo courtesy of Bowdoin College Archives, Brunswick, Maine)