Loomis Chaffee's very own Chuck "Bruno" Vernon received a rare and distinguished honor prior to the start of the Boston Blades professional women's hockey game on Saturday for his part in promoting the development of women's hockey. Chuck, along with other honored guests stood at center ice for a ceremonial puck drop after a brief ceremony in their honor.
The fall gathering of the Chaffee Book Club was held on a summery October evening at the home of Head of School Sheila Culbert. Sheila had chosen the political biography of Thomas Jefferson written by Pultizer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.
The Loomis Chaffee Annual Fund raised $3,472,811 this year—a new record. This year's total not only reflected an increase of $600,000 over last year's results, but also exceeded the school's ambitious goal by $300,000 dollars.
Alumni and their guests returned to the Island June 14–16 to celebrate their class reunions and enjoy a variety of events that included a reunion service project, a golf outing, a co-ed soccer game, a mentalist demonstration, and a financial planning discussion.
"Learning as an act of community invigorates us all," said Chris Norton '76 as he and his family dedicated the Norton Family Center for the Common Good on May 9. His words crystallized both the inspiration for the center and its active, daily purpose.
The Math Department recognized 74 of the school's top math students at an honors brunch on Friday and treated them to a talk by someone who sat in their chairs just three years ago. Bryan Rehor '10, a junior at Johns Hopkins, spoke to the group about mathematics-related reasons behind the collapse of the Lehman Brothers financial services firm in 2008.
The Reverend Sean E. Mullen '85, Rector of Saint Mark's Church (Episcopal) in Center City, Philadelphia, has many young admirers: "If it was not for Father Mullen, we would all still be in a bad public school," writes Ainyae (6th grade).
Matt Henderson Ellis '87 returned to the Island on Monday, April 1, to share his recently published novel, Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Café, with Loomis Chaffee juniors and seniors and to talk with students about his journey to becoming an author.
A recent $250,000 grant from the Wallace Research Foundation has led to the establishment of the Gilchrist Environmental Fellowship program at Loomis Chaffee, contributing to the sustainability efforts already in place at the school.