Coach Hatch was an influential figure in my development at Bates. As golf coach all four years he had a special way of being able to inspire with a hands-off approach. Never one to micro-manage your game or your life I still always felt he was there to lend a hand or provide guidance whenever necessary. I will always cherish the experiences I had at Bates in large part to interaction with Coach and his ability to drive you to succeed in a gentle way, even if you couldn't take your eyes off his outrageous pants!
Marc McCaffery - Golf Captain - '90
Coach Hatch was the AD and Golf Coach during my tenure at Bates. I always remember him as a supportive coach, who took pride in wearing the most outlanding golf pants at our golf events. It seems that there was a CBB rivalry between the golf coaches about which coach could wear the loudest pants... and in this venue, Coach Hatch held his own... even John Daly would have been proud of some of those pants in Coach Hatch's wardrobe!!
I also remember he and his wife would have some of us over to dinner... for a real home-cooked meal. Not many college coaches do that, I dare say.
Coach Hatch will be remembered by us golfers fondly, and I wish all his family my sincere condolences. Coach Hatch was a man who left a good mark on many a young collegian throughout our formative years and he will be missed.
Dave Larrivee, Golf Captain '88
Whenever I look next door and see the darkened house, I am reminded of when we first moved here 30 years ago, your dad said he was so glad to see lights on in our house which is right next door. It had been empty for awhile. How strange that everything comes full circle. We will miss you Bob. I loved sharing my animal experiences with you. I know you love the critters as much as we do. Lorraine's laughter and your gentle charm will be missed by your neighbors. We love you. Charlie and Gail Allen
Bob was my coach in freshman basketball and then I became manager of his 1953 football team. Over the years he became a dear friend and we would have frequent informal chats in his office as well as a few rounds of golf.
Bob was a man of immense integrity and calm demeanor. He was respected by all and gave a great deal to Bates College.
Lynda,Karen,Mike i have nothing but good memories of both your dad and mom. i remember times at gram's and gramp's big house in melrose as well at aunt hazels in the later years. i never had the chance to visit in maine, once we moved to new york our visits to relatives came to a stop. we spent the summers babysitting on marblehead neck for friends of aunt hazels,so got to stay with her for a day each week. wish we could have all been closer as i adored both your mom and dad i thought that they made a beautiful couple with wonderful children. my sympathey for you all.
Pamela Hatch Hanson (robert l hatch)