Robert H. Pfeiffer ’67

Robert H. Pfeiffer ’67

Robert H. Pfeiffer of the Class of 1967, Bowdoin’s first-ever All-American in lacrosse and a standout athlete in hockey and football as well, you led and excelled as a player and then later as a beloved and deeply respected coach and official. As captain of the football and lacrosse teams your senior year, you were named a North-South All-Star and a Division III All-American in lacrosse, and your influence on the sport and its players continued to grow in the decades that followed. 

After helping Bowdoin establish an elite lacrosse program and coaching Division I University of New Hampshire in 1971, you moved on to lead two other schools, Middlebury and Colby, where you laid the groundwork for long-term success. In four seasons as head coach at each college, you posted substantial winning records, winning the ECAC Championship with Middlebury in 1975. But your impact went far beyond your many wins on the field. As a former Middlebury captain told you, “Your most important contribution was your steadfast example of integrity. Your honesty, candor, humility, and commitment to hard work and simple living spoke volumes to us about what it is to live a responsible life.”

Throughout the 1980s and ’90s you officiated interscholastic lacrosse in Maine and intercollegiate Division I, II, and III lacrosse across New England, including a Division III New England Championship game between Middlebury and Bowdoin. You were highly respected for your acumen in the sport, your fairness, and your personal decency. You are among an elite few who have engaged and excelled in a sport at the highest level as a player, a coach, and an official.

For your unique contributions to lacrosse at Bowdoin and throughout the region, and your leadership as a player, coach, and official of great character and integrity, we proudly join your teammates, players, classmates, friends, and family in celebrating your induction into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor.