Ripples of Generosity
 

Ripples of Generosity

Pomfret celebrates the inaugural Marsh A. Bryan ’51 Head Coach for Crew.


On a beautiful and sunny Saturday afternoon at the end of April, the boys and girls crew teams, members of the Board of Trustees, and alumni gathered at the Blodgett Boathouse to celebrate the establishment of Pomfret’s newest endowed faculty position — the Marsh A. Bryan ’51 Head Coach for Crew. 

(Fourth from the left) Marsh A. Bryan ’51 with crew teammates.

Marsh Bryan came to Pomfret as a second former in 1947. While on the Hilltop, he discovered his passion for crew. He earned the stroke seat and led his team to three consecutive undefeated seasons. The endowed position named in his honor was established in 2020 through the generosity of Marsh’s wife, Helen M. Bryan; daughter, Linda Bryan Brenske ’83; and son, T. Bomber Bryan ’86. 

Linda and Marsh’s granddaughter, Sydney, attended the dedication ceremony, which honored the inaugural recipient of the Marsh A. Bryan '51 Head Coach for Crew, Greg Rossolimo. Rossolimo is an English Teacher who has taught at Pomfret since 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, where he was a four-year member of the crew team. 

Marsh Bryan's daughter, Linda, and granddaughter, Sydney, with the captains of the girls and boys crew team, Coach Greg Rossolimo, and Head of School Tim Richards at the dedication. 

“It is my great pleasure to celebrate the Bryan family and Coach Rossolimo today,” Head of School Tim Richards said in his remarks. “Through their generosity and dedication, we are better able to honor and recognize the passion and hard work of all the crew coaches, student rowers, team captains, and supportive family members who do so much to perpetuate the great tradition and legacy of Pomfret crew.”

After the dedication, the crew teams faced Groton and Taft. The girls fourth boat and boys first, second, and fifth boats' narrow and exciting victories over Taft capped off the memorable afternoon. 
 

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