An impressive 315 alumni, spouses, faculty and friends returned for this year’s Alumni Reunion on May 31 at 583 Park Avenue, a gorgeous domed space ideal for the occasion. Faculty members were animated in conversation as they caught up with former students, sharing memories from the classroom, performances, and sports practices and games.
In his remarks, Headmaster David Trower H‘95 encouraged the room to reflect on the rich history of our institution and the many experiences that they all shared as members of this school family. There are countless faculty and staff who have contributed immensely to Allen-Stevenson, and we celebrated several of them on May 31.
“It is an honor to work in such a vibrant, fulfilling environment each and every day,” said Mr. Trower. “Our boys, their parents, our alumni, and of course our faculty make each day memorable and meaningful.”
For their impressive 25 years of service to Allen-Stevenson, Chris Brozyna, Susan Etess, Thomas Sullivan, and Pete Haarmann were recognized for their dedication to the community.
Next, President of the Allen-Stevenson Alumni Council Jamie Magid ‘91, P‘27 presented the Ron Rolfe '60, P'05, P'18 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. This award recognizes outstanding alumni who are pillars in their chosen field and have shown exceptional civic leadership or made significant contributions benefitting their school, community, or nation.
This year’s recipient, Dr. Andrew Burger ‘59, P‘87, P‘91, P‘89, GP‘24 has been a practicing physician in NYC for almost 50 years and has given tremendously to his patients and to the residents and students he teaches. As a member of the Allen-Stevenson community, Mr. Burger is an alumnus, parent of three A-S graduates, and grandparent of a current A-S fourth grader. He is a devoted member of the Alumni Council and has always been a long-time supporter and advocate of the School.
Susan Etess took the stage honor retired Food and Nutrition Director Monica Matthew. Ms. Matthew spent 30 years teaching countless A-S boys the importance of a balanced diet. On behalf of the whole A-S community, Ms. Etess presented Ms. Matthew with a token of our appreciation for her decades of impact on our community.
Mr. Trower returned to the stage to bid farewell with our grateful appreciation to the important faculty who will be leaving Allen-Stevenson after a wonderful 25+ years of educating young boys - Phil Amplo P'15, Randy Schrade ‘76, Glenn Lieberman, Bonnie Tucker, and John Zufall.
Mr. Trower then gave a special presentation honoring David Kersey h‘98, who is celebrating an unbelievable 50 years of service at Allen-Stevenson.
“Mr. Kersey epitomizes teaching and learning at Allen-Stevenson. He has had many roles at A-S: Math Teacher, History Faculty, Athletic Director and Alumni Liaison,” said Mr. Trower. “This has allowed him to touch the lives of hundreds of boys throughout his time here. Over his half-century at A-S, he has never stopped learning or adapting to be the best teacher he could possibly be for the boys.”
Mr. Trower’s appreciation for Mr. Kersey is truly felt throughout the A-S community – as evidenced by a special announcement by Jamie Magid '91, P'27. With a leadership gift by Louis Rose '86, this year the Allen-Stevenson Alumni Council created the David W. Kersey h'98 Half-Century Scholarship Fund to honor Mr. Kersey’s 50 years of teaching at A-S. This fund will provide general scholarship support for admitted boys with demonstrated need. We are so incredibly grateful to have such a strong, caring network of alumni who are invested in the education of generations of A-S boys to come.
Mr. Magid closed the award portion of the evening with a simple statement. “Reunion is a special time for the School – it encourages us to reflect on the rich history of Allen-Stevenson and the many experiences we all share as members of this community. Let’s all raise a glass to Allen-Stevenson. Fortiter et Recte!”