Dear Alumni and Friends,
We’re looking ahead to Founders’ Day (Oct. 24), the day which honors LA’s heritage. In 1992, as part of our bicentennial celebration, former Head of School Ben Williams chaired a committee to look at ways to celebrate our past. Founders’ Day was introduced to recognize stewardship of the school and contributions to the greater good.
Our three highest awards for service all have deep LA connections. Leaders like Albert Stone, Ronald Ansin, and Jeanne Lacroix Crocker have received our Founders’ Day Award for extraordinary service to the school, as have former faculty Rich and Edie Baker and Dick and Bev Jeffers.
On Founders’ Day, we also give the first of two annual Greater Good awards, conceived by Jay Dunn ’83. The first is awarded on Founders’ Day to a student who strives to use his or her education to benefit the greater good of humanity, and the second goes to a member of the alumni body and is presented at our spring Cum Laude ceremony.
Our third award for service, the Kathy Peabody Memorial Book Award, recognizes a non-teaching member of the faculty who helps to create a secure and positive environment in which all members of the community may achieve their best. Kevin McDonald ’70, another Founders’ Day Award recipient, established the book award to commemorate Mrs. Peabody, who had been dorm mother in Pillsbury House where he and his classmates lived while they were students at LA.
The day we celebrate what’s best in us is always a great day for LA. I’ll be back in touch again in November when we’re getting ready for final fall performances in the arts, athletics, and academics.
Assistant Head of School
BTW: Thanks to all who participated in the survey on “Firsts” conducted by Amadu Kunateh ’15. Amadu was overjoyed with the response and will report some results soon...I also wanted you to know that the LA Alumni Council is thriving under the leadership of Sue Meenan Barron ’86 and Catie Floyd McMenamin ’97. Seven new members have been added and the mission of the group is being refreshed with an eye on boosting alumni involvement with the Academy and improving giving...This weekend at Parents’ Weekend, we will have a strong alumni presence and we’ll be taking a Legacy Picture at noon on Saturday. Parents and alumni are welcome at games and then a reception on the Spaulding Hall Green starting at 2:30 p.m...If you have an iPhone or Android, please visit the App Store and upload the free “Lawrence Academy Alumni App” which will connect you to LA alumni around the world, as well as to LA news and info...Lastly, if you know you’re going to be in the Boston area on Thursday, November 20, mark your calendar and plan to join us for cocktails at an establishment in the Fenway neighborhood known as Church. It should be a great night for making LA connections!
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