Celebrating the Flagship R/V Folger

The sunny, breezy day was made to order as friends, family and former students gathered to celebrate oceanographer and past professor David Folger on the shores of Lake Champlain. The shining focus was the spectacular and highly technological newest floating laboratory, the Research Vessel David Folger.

In noting what tremendous opportunities this new facility will provide, President Liebowitz underlined the importance of both the sciences and experiential learning, while others, including Lake Champlain Maritime Museum director Art Cohn and CEO of Terry Precision Cycling Liz Robert ’78, offered enthusiastic remarks on the benefits for the local community. And former student Debbie Hutchinson Gove ’74 shared memories and reminiscences from other classmates who couldn’t be there. Middmag was on hand to capture it all.

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  1. Thank you for posting this very nice review of the launching of the RV David Folger. Tell us what will become of its predecessor – the RV Brewster Baldwin.

  2. I enjoyed watching this and seeing Dr. Folger looking so young–hardly seems possible how many years it’s been since I took Oceanography under him. What a lovely tribute to a great teacher … I wish both my professor and his namesake vessel many years of useful life!

  3. The R/V Baldwin is still in service and has a new mission, that of assisting in the underwater archeology program at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM). The Baldwin was donated to the museum a year ago. She was used this past summer on Lake Champlain as well as on one of the FInger Lakes as the diving platform for their research team. There is a strong tie between the LCMM and Middlebury College as they also have on display Middlebury College’s first research vessel the Bruno Schmidt which Dave Folger was instrumental in obtaining.

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