Milt Lindholm was born June 3, 1911 in Collinsville Connecticut to Helen (Hess) and Rev. Lambert Lindholm. His father, a Swedish Congregational minister, died when Milton was one year old. Lindholm’s mother moved her family to Waltham, Massachusetts, to live with her parents, and work at the Waltham Watch Factory. After graduating from Waltham High School, Lindholm worked for two years, and then went to Bates College in the Class of 1935. At Bates, he was on the football team, playing in a scoreless tie with Yale University. He was also part of the Student Council, Athletic Council, basketball team, and was Class President. After graduation, Lndholm taught for a few years at the Kent’s Hill School, then he sold text books for seven years. Milt returned to Bates College as Dean of Admissions in 1944, and stayed there for thirty-two years, retiring in 1976. At the time of interview, Lindholm was Dean of Admissions Emeritus. The Bates College Admissions Office bears his name.
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