From the Development Office
Dear St. Marker,
Some of the highlights from this year are as follows:
- An Annual Fund increase of 10.7% from last year and a two year increase of 24.9%.
- A successful response to a VI Form Parent Challenge to increase top level gifts to the Annual Fund.
- In addition to the above, SM received more than $3 million in capital purpose gifts, including the completion of funding for a new endowed faculty chair in technology and computer science.
- The Class of 1950 generously contributed $100,000 in memory of their classmate, Jeff Coolidge. This fund will be used to completely renovate and refurbish the Faculty Room.
- A foundation has made a grant to support the renovation of a student bathroom in a manner which will be environmentally responsible. It is our hope that this will be a model for future renovation.
- More than $28,000 was received in memory of Andrew Sheridan ’05. Income from this fund will create a new prize to be awarded during each fall’s Convocation.
- Working with John Warren during his first year to both introduce him to our alumni/ae and parents and to begin to examine some future challenges and opportunities.
Of course none of these successes would not have been possible without the many gifts from the individuals listed on the pages that follow and all of the work by our Class Agents, Reunion Committees, Parents Fund volunteers, Founder’s Associates Committee and all of our other helpers. We are grateful to you all and hope that you are justifiably proud of the work you do to make our school stronger.
Speaking of volunteers, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the exceptional dedication and clear direction provided by our Board President, George Putnam ’69, P’10 over the last six years. George’s leadership was celebrated by the Board during their June meetings. He has been a tireless advocate for the school, and our office has enjoyed working with him on many significant initiatives including the successful conclusion of the 21st Century Campaign and the remarkable growth in the Annual Fund, as noted above, during his tenure as President.
We are very much looking forward to the same sort of leadership from George’s successor, Tom Martinson ’80. We hope that Tom will be able to attend some of our regional receptions over the next year or two, so that many of you will have the opportunity to meet him. Tom has been Vice President of the Board, dedicated Class Agent and former President of the Association of St. Mark’s. Tom, his wife, Polly, and three children live in Milton, MA. Tom’s sister, Anne, and brother, Patrick, are also St. Mark’s graduates.
Another example of a valuable volunteer was Tommy Schwiezer ’41, who, sadly, passed away early this summer. Tommy was a long-time and successful class agent for 1941 whom all of us in this office will miss. His cheery greeting and infectious optimism will always be remembered.
Kingsley C. Norris
Executive Director of Development
And Alumni/ae Relations