Congratulations to our graduates, and I’d like to welcome you to the Allen-Stevenson alumni body personally! I hope that you will stay close to the School over the next years. I know that you will remember this year, but I also hope that the rest of your time at Allen-Stevenson was memorable for happy reasons.
As for me: I am Ron Rolfe, class of 1960, with sons Andrew ’05 and Dare ’18. We all had great experiences at Allen-Stevenson. As an alumnus, I served as President of the Allen-Stevenson Alumni Council (ASAC) and am still a member. I hope you will join. This is my 40th year on the Board of Trustees (not a typo), and I also served as president for 22 years (also not a typo). As you can see, I have stayed close to A-S over the years. One might say I never left. I have seen it through three building projects, each making the School bigger and better, increasing our ability to fulfill our mission and enhance our pursuit of Academics, Athletics and the Arts. Fortiter et Recte.
But it is the people who make Allen-Stevenson so special. It has been my privilege to serve three outstanding Headmasters, Henry Tiffany, Desmond Cole, and David Trower. Each has served the School well for a lengthy time. David has just finished his 30th year as Headmaster (also not a typo).
I remember my teachers at Allen-Stevenson fondly, particularly Gerry McGrath (History and Athletics) and Stanley Gauger (Music). I was fortunate enough, as a parent, to get to know another generation of wonderful teachers, including Michelle Demko and Robelyn Schrade-James who inspired a passion for music even in those without any natural ability. I made lifelong friends at Allen-Stevenson and have watched my sons do the same. In fact, the best man at Andrew’s wedding last summer was Christopher Barnes ’05, his friend from Kindergarten.
I have seen A-S evolve over the years, but its mission remains the same: inspiring boys to become thoughtful, responsible, generous, respectful, studious, enthusiastic, determined, and creative.
I believe the School has succeeded in its mission. I learned these traits at A-S, and I hope I have carried them throughout my life. As a Board member and President, I have seen and encouraged A-S to become more diverse and provide financial aid where needed, encouraging a diversity of opinion and cultures which benefits all students. While we have made great strides, it is an ongoing process and it requires our steadfast commitment and financial support. I have found it personally meaningful to support the School in its efforts and will continue to do so. I urge each of you to join me and do the same by making a gift online here.
I am proud to serve with you as fellow alumni of A-S. Stay well and safe in this difficult time.
All the best,
Ron Rolfe '60