News Archive 2009-2018

Richard Frazar White ’12 and The Titanic (Bowdoin Magazine) Archives


One hundred years ago, the sinking of the RMS Titanic caused the deaths of more than 1,500 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg four days into its maiden voyage. In the early hours of April 15, the ship sank, resulting in the deaths of more than a third of those on board.

Richard Frazar White, of the Bowdoin Class of 1912, was sailing back from a journey abroad and perished along with his father in the disaster.

Michele Albion tells of the tragedy and its impact on White’s classmates and his young niece, Matilda White, who would go on to become the first woman to be named a full professor at Bowdoin. Read the story in the latest issue of Bowdoin magazine.