Robert Bates ’29, an accomplished mountaineer and former English Instructor of Philips Exeter Academy (1939-1976), is the subject of a new exhibit now on display in The Class of 1945 Library’s Commons.
Bates was part of the National Geographic Yukon Expedition (1935-1936), the first American expedition to K2 in 1938, and President of the American Alpine Club. His life of adventure in the mountains inspired many young climbers. His contributions to education and the world of climbing is recognized with the Robert Hicks Bates Award, given annually to an outstanding young climber by the American Alpine Club. At Exeter, The Robert Hicks Bates Mountaineering Fund provides ongoing support for the Library’s Robert Bates Collection, as well as programming and student activities. This past winter the Bates Fund provided support for new snowshoes as a way to foster student interest in the outdoors and the environment.
Before the term comes to a close, we encourage you to stop by the ground Floor Library Commons (open to students, faculty and staff) to check out this wonderful exhibit created by Library Assistant Hana Bartosova.