A dedicated alumnus, past parent, and trustee
Chet Lasell '54 passed away on September 12, 2021, in Vero Beach, Florida. As a dedicated alumnus, past parent, and trustee, Chet’s support of Pomfret School was unwavering. He established the groundwork to keep Pomfret alumni well informed, well connected, and more involved in their alma mater. He served the School with sincere devotion for over eighty cumulative years – sixty-seven as class agent for the Class of 1954, ten years as a trustee, and five years on the Alumni Association Executive Council, with two of those as President. In 2009, Chet was named an honorary life trustee. For all of his dedicated years of service and support to the School, Chet was honored with the William Beach Olmsted Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
Chet’s commitment to the School was not only evident in his volunteer activities, but also through his generous philanthropy. Chet’s father, Pomfret Class of 1926, and also a trustee, was Chet’s inspiration for leading and supporting the effort to build the Lasell Alumni House on the Pomfret School campus. He was instrumental in starting the Lasell Visiting Alumni Program, which brings prominent alumni back to Pomfret to interact with students and faculty in the classroom. And, he established the Lasell Family Scholarship Fund to financially assist a deserving student to attend the School, taking great joy in keeping in touch with each recipient of the scholarship. Chet also hosted many receptions at his home in Vero Beach, Florida, bringing together alumni, parents, and trustees in their shared connection with Pomfret.
The Pomfret School community shares the sorrow of losing such a valued alumnus and friend. Chet’s wonderful spirit, kindness, loyalty, and generosity will be missed by so many. I offer my heartfelt sympathies to his wife, Katherine, and sons Chet, John '82, and Jeff '86, and to the entire Lasell family.
We will publish the news of Chet's passing in the Memoriam section of an upcoming Pomfret Magazine. Along with others in the School community who have passed away this year, Chet will also be remembered during the Service of Celebration and Remembrance during Alumni Reunion in May 2022. You can view Chet's obituary here.