A Centennial Celebration for All

Centennial Memorial Tributes

Each year, as part of our annual reunion weekend, we gather to honor members of our community who have passed away in the last year.

With the school’s Centennial Celebration coinciding with reunion this year, a special Memorial Service is being organized to honor a full century of lives lived by members of the CA community. Given the large scope of this once-in-a-lifetime event, we will not have the opportunity for individual classmates to share reflections of those who have passed. However, we invite you to share your memories on this page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the memorial tributes.

There will also be new ways to celebrate their memories during the memorial service on Saturday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel. Together, we will remember CA friends and classmates who brought joy and meaning to our lives and the world.

In Memoriam 2022-2023

*this list includes those whose passing Concord Academy has learned about in the past year

Sarah Foss ’41
Rosamond Brooks McDowell ’42
Margaret Fenn Borden ’42
Madeline Foote Kirchner ’43
Lee Lawrence Pierce ’46
Patricia Wolcott Berger ’47
Ann McKinstry Micou ’48
Nancy Bird Nichols ’48
Joan Gathercole Rice ’48
Margaret Winsor Stubbs ’48
Nancy Baldwin Manville ’55
Carol Goodspeed Smith ’56
Caroline Adams ’57
Phebe Vance ’62
Nancy Hergert Hurd ’66
Deborah Hyde Baldwin ’67
Dana Denker Semmes ’67
Carolyn Zoller Ritter ’68
Lucy Eddy Fox ’69
Karen Braucher Tobin ’71
Amanda Hayne ’73
Jane Oakes ’74
Philip Keyes ’76, P’02 ’06
Dorothy French ’77
David Emanuel ’83, P’25
John Newcomer ’87
Satapat Rattana ’05

William Frusztajer P’80 ’82, GP’10 ’21 ’23
Prosser Gifford P’74
Francis de Marneffe P’75 ’77
Charles A. Morss Jr. P’81

Faculty and Staff
Nicole Fandel
Wayne Crebo

Dorothy French ’77

Amongst a great lineup of funny classmates from kindergarten through college, Darby -- Darbs -- stands out to me as the most hilarious person of my entire school career. I don't believe there was a single occasion at CA when I saw her and didn't laugh. It was as though she were put on earth to spread good cheer.

John Newcomer ’87

I first met Johnny in 5th grade at the Fenn School. Since that time until we graduated from CA, we were always involved in some of the same school activities, various music ensembles, sports and lots of math classes. Our friendship extended beyond school and as such he was somewhat of a constant in my life during those formative years from age 9 to 18. He was a unique individual, brilliant, socially awkward, keenly observant and abundantly kind. Alas our friendship over the last decade or so consisted of a handful of texts or emails per year. As I write this, I am imagining him looking at me, raising his eyebrows the way he did, keenly observing.

Jane Oakes ’74

Jane Oakes '74 is my big sister, Janie Lyne. My actual big sister (even better than my CA big sister!). With her long hair, peasant blouses, and homemade silver and turquoise jewelry, she was immeasurably cooler than I was at CA. The two years between us felt like eons; the kindness she and her friends showed to me and mine felt like great generosity. I loved hanging out with her in her hippy bedroom on the third floor of our house -- Indian print fabrics on the wall, soldering irons for her jewelry projects in the corner, and one of those fat chianti bottles with a rainbow of colors of candle wax dripping down it on her bedside table. She went on to UVM, fell in love with a Vermonter and lived up there for most of her life. Janie raised a tremendous family, reveling in her kids and grandkids. The creativity that CA encouraged defined her life; she spent most of her work career teaching art to children. She was a quiet but fun and loving nurturer at CA and that never changed.

Service and Sustainability at CA: Highlights from 100 Years

Throughout Concord Academy’s history, our students, faculty, and staff have taken action to care for one another and our earth. In these highlights from CA’s 100 years, we see exemplified a common commitment to service and sustainability.

Service During World War II

During the 1940s, CA students supported war relief efforts by knitting, sending care packages, and staging plays and doing chores to raise funds. They trained as plane spotters on Nashawtuc Hill, practiced first aid, and prepared surgical dressings for local blood banks. Many young alumnae served overseas—Headmistress Wheeler’s scrapbook from 1942 lists 33 in service in the Women’s Army Corps, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, and the Red Cross. Faculty also served in the Red Cross, including English teachers Doreen Young and Mary Manso, who was awarded the Army’s Medal of Freedom. This commemorative painting hangs in the J. Josephine Tucker library.

Good Citizens

In CA’s early years, a coveted white jacket—a prize for citizenship—was awarded annually to one senior. Headmistress Elizabeth B. Hall ended the tradition, placing importance on good citizenship for all students. “We need to serve in order to be our whole selves,” she said in an assembly in November 1960. In the following decade, CA’s curriculum began to reflect that. Ruth Scult, a social worker, taught an influential course in community service, taking students on field trips to the Framingham Women’s prison and what was then called the Fernald State School, where they interacted with children with disabilities. Illustration by Elizabeth M. Corey ’59.

Environmental Conference & Earth Day

Several months before the first national Earth Day, CA students organized an Environmental Crisis Conference. Held in December 1969, the gathering welcomed 230 representatives from 20 public and private schools, along with elected officials and environmental professionals. A few months later, CA celebrated the first Earth Day in 1970 by setting up information-exhibit booths at several locations in downtown Concord. Along with students from Xavier, Concord-Carlisle High School, and Middlesex, they showed their concern about the environmental crisis with exhibits highlighting pollution in the Concord area and urged townspeople to take public transportation.

Joan Shaw Herman Award

In 1976, the Alumnae/i Association established the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service. The only award given by Concord Academy, it was established to honor the life of Joan Shaw Herman ’46. Despite being stricken with polio and often confined to an iron lung, Herman dedicated her life to improving the well-being of others with disabilities. Since it was first given to her posthumously, over 40 alumnae/i have received this award in recognition of their service—they have exemplified generosity and have shared with our community their own visions of a better world.


Decemberfest, the precursor to today’s Winterfest, began in 1982 as a means of raising money for A Better Chance, a nonprofit organization that works to recruit and develop leaders among young people of color in the U.S. Since then, students have continued to organize the fundraising event for financial aid at CA, then in most recent years, for an organization of their choosing. In February 2022, students hosted Winterfest to raise money for the Loveland Foundation, which brings opportunity and healing to communities of color, especially to Black women and girls.

Volunteerism Reinvigorated

The 1990s saw a renewed interest in service at CA. A Centipede article from 1989 acknowledged the influence of Jen Quest-Stern ’90 and Catherine Moellering ’90 in revitalizing the Volunteers in Action (VIA) club, whose members served in soup kitchens, visited area nursing homes, and spent time with disabled adults at Minute Man Arc. In 1993, the club took a different name, United for the Community (UFC), organizing weekly trips to after-school programs for elementary school students, among other activities. From the sale of ceramics to benefit Rosie’s Place to the Needle Arts Club’s knitting of hats for premature infants, CA students used their time and talents to benefit their communities.

Environmental Science Reimagined

A new Environmental Science course introduced at CA in 1993 built on teaching that fostered practical,applied, and experimental learning—getting students out into rivers, fields, and forests as well as the laboratory. The spring 1994 issue of CA Magazine says it “began with a few basic intentions: to place students at the heart of scientific inquiry, sharing with them the wonder and excitement of scientific discovery; to engage students in hands-on work, making them active participants and critical thinkers rather than passive learners; and, to encourage advance study in the sciences, preparing students for the enormous challenges ahead in the 21st century.”

Hurricane Katrina Support

After Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, the CA community channeled empathy into action, raising more than $15,000 for relief efforts through a blues concert, Concord Academy Students in Action (CASA) bake sales, and, most importantly, canceling the annual advisor-advisee dinner and reallocating those funds. CA also welcomed two brothers from Louisiana who had been displaced by the hurricane. In June 2007, a large group of students and faculty headed to the Gulf Coast to help rebuild homes and engage in other relief efforts, and additional groups did the same over the next several summers.

Polar Plunge

In December 2007, several CA students and Academic Dean John Drew braved a frigid Walden Pond in the name of the fight to reduce global warming. The Polar Plunge was part of protests organized worldwide to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali. Environmental actions on campus became sustained during this decade. The year before, CA’s Green Club began a composting program in the dining hall that continues to this day.

CA Service Trips

The first of a series of CA-sponsored service trips began in 2007. Within the U.S., students traveled to help local communities in Kiln, Miss., and New Orleans; Washington, D.C.; West Virginia; South Dakota; and Vermont. Environmental and education-focused trips also brought CA students to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Over seven trips between 2009 and 2016, math teacher and former Peace Corps volunteer George Larivee accompanied a total of 89 CA students who built libraries in small Nicaraguan communities and taught in local primary schools.

Environmental Activism

In 2019, young CA alumnae/i such as Audrey Lin ’19 began taking leadership roles in the Sunrise Movement of young people fighting for climate action in the U.S. That spring, CA students succeeded in urging the Town of Concord’s Select Board to approve a resolution supporting a Green New Deal. On September 30, 2019, some 300 members of the CA campus community protested in Boston during a Global Climate Strike. And CA’s Environmental Symposium—begun decades ago as a local consortium—continues today as a fall-semester course that connects students with climate activists and alumnae/i and experts in environmental science.

CA's Sustainability Plan

In 2019, Concord Academy became one of the first independent schools in the Northeast to release a comprehensive sustainability plan. The plan’s goals include dedicating faculty/staff time to sustainability efforts and reducing campus greenhouse emissions and food and energy waste. Learn more.