Graduates understand precisely what they mean when they say, “That’s so CA!” So I was not surprised when, in answer to my questions, alumnae/i would often say something like this: ‘I don’t know exactly how to answer that one. But let me tell you a story.’”
In conversation with nearly 300 Concord Academy alums over the past few years, Lucille Stott has been quietly amassing a treasure trove of memories from the CA community. The resulting book that this former CA faculty member and author has created is not a formal history, rather a cultural narrative that centers the recollections of alums from every generation and speaks to CA’s ongoing influence in the world. Concord Academy at 100: Voices from the First Century has just been printed, and CA will make online ordering available as soon as possible. Learn more about the book here.
Stott’s personal experience at CA spans four of the recent decades into which the book is divided. From 1978 to 1990, she served at various times as French and ethics teacher, academic dean, and interim head of school before departing to pursue writing projects. In 1999 she returned, and over the next 15 years contributed to the life of the school as CA Magazine editor, writing tutor, English teacher, and interim dean of faculty, before retiring in 2014. Though she now lives with her husband, former CA faculty member Sandy Stott, in Brunswick, Maine, she remains steeped in the history and community of Concord, Mass., publishing her book Saving Thoreau’s Birthplace: How Citizens Rallied to Bring Henry Out of the Woods in 2018.
Her latest endeavor, on behalf of Concord Academy, has been a labor of love and a gift to the entire CA community.