O. Jeanne d’Arc Mayo, current chair of the Association of Bowdoin Friends and longtime physical therapist and athletic trainer at Bowdoin, you were a pioneer, an expert practitioner, and a relentless advocate for women’s athletics and for better training of all athletes, women and men. The first female physical therapist and athletic trainer on our campus, you have been described by the student athletes with whom you worked, first and foremost, as an excellent trainer.
When you arrived at Bowdoin, athletic training facilities existed for men, and none at all for women. You spearheaded major changes to the College’s training capacity and practices, including state-of-the-art facilities in which both women and men could comfortably receive the best care, treatment, and support for their athletic pursuits.
As a former president and active leader of the Society of Bowdoin Women, your advocacy for women’s athletics and for equal access and opportunity in sports was legendary. You have been called “an inspiration to countless Bowdoin athletes, men and women.” Another named you among the vanguard of “women who demanded for Bowdoin women’s athletics the same respect and resources granted the men’s teams.”
Recognizing the deep imprint of your contributions to Bowdoin and Bowdoin athletics and your profound impact on generations of student athletes, the College recently dedicated a training office in your honor. We are proud to honor you as well today, as we celebrate your induction into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor.