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Robert "Beau" Bassett, Class of 1967, Inducted in 2002

For Robert "Beau" Bassett, community service is more than a profession; it's also his passion.  He currently serves as the Spirit of Community Youth Leadership Coordinator for Volunteers of America Alaska, where he trains youth and adults in service leadership and service learning. 

Since 1997, Beau has been a national trainer in the Prudential Youth Leadership Institute for the Points of Light Foundation.  And apparently undaunted by his earlier years in the chilly climate of upstate New York, he has lived and worked in Anchorage, Alaska, since 1976.

In 2001, Beau was named a national Daily Point of Light by the Points of Light Foundation for his work in community youth development.  His training has also taken him to communities in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, Washington, and Oregon. 

Beau is a 2001 graduate of the Leadership Anchorage Program, which encourages and promotes the development of diverse community leaders.  He is also the volunteer president of the Charles H. Bassett Youth Foundation, a public foundation based in Tioga County, New York.

Beau Bassett's road to Alaska was paved with many stops along the way.  After receiving a degree in economics from Dartmouth College, and a law degree from Syracuse University, he served in many positions, all related to community service and youth development. 

These included being a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA), lawyer, secondary school social studies teacher, camp and conference center director and a national service-learning peer consultant. 

He went to Alaska to create an outdoor adventure based program for youth that would divert them from the criminal justice system.  In 1992, he received a Master of Education degree from Boston University.


What inspired Beau as a young person?  "My friends" he says.  "They represented diverse individuals, possibilities and opportunities.  I was also inspired by positive adult role models from my family, national leaders such as John F. Kennedy, and successful individuals in education like my teachers and counselors." 

Today, he continues to be inspired by young people who do and accomplish great things regardless of their life circumstances.  Beau also values the strong connection between the resources and opportunities he had during his years at F-M, and his capacity to give back to the community and country in his adult life.


The Bassett family is well represented at F-M.  He has six nieces and nephews who are current or former F-M students.  Beau is a dog lover, and at one point owned and ran a five-dog sled team in Alaska.

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