Joan Shaw Herman Award


The Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service is the only award given in the Concord Academy community. Established in 1976, this award honors Joan Shaw Herman ’46, who was paralyzed from the neck down after contracting polio the summer after her graduation. Although she remained confined to an iron lung for much of the remainder of her life, Joan worked constantly for the improvement of the lives of handicapped persons.

Each year during Reunion, the Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association presents the Joan Shaw Herman Award to a member of the CA community who has demonstrated dedication to service in either a professional or volunteer capacity. Nominees may be of any age and may be recognized posthumously; while Concord Academy is fortunate to be supported by many wonderful volunteers, this award is not for service to Concord Academy but to the world at large.

The Joan Shaw Herman Award nominations are both inspiring and humbling. It is a testament to the values of the CA community that we choose to give our only award in recognition of service. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submission.

Christmastide was painted by Joan Shaw Herman ’46 and copied from a color photo taken by Elizabeth Wheeler. It was painted with the brush held in her teeth and was begun March 1959 and finished October 1960.