Worth the Wait
Reunion returns to the Hilltop.
More than 250 alumni, former faculty members, friends, and family returned to the Hilltop for the first in-person Reunion since 2019. The weekend celebrated class years ending in 0, 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7. It was extra special and — Worth the Wait — for the Classes of 1970–1972, who observed their 50th Reunion, and the Classes of 1995–1997, who attended their 25th Reunion. Everyone had the opportunity to kick back and relax with friends, classmates, and teachers in the place where it all began.
"What a great weekend for the Class of 1970," said Char Miller ’70. "Invigorating hikes in nearby state parks; long, conversation-rich meals off campus; schmoozing everywhere; and, in what has become a tradition for us, an intense, seminar-like discussion in the Jahn Library. All so very good. Cheers to you and the larger crew who did so much we did not see so that we could have all these special moments."
During Reunion, alumni had fun exploring the campus they used to call home. Current students gave alums a tour of the newer buildings, including the newly renovated Hard Auditorium. Archivist Walt Hinchman shared secrets of Clark Chapel — most of which the former students never knew about, despite all the time they spent there. Other alumni opted for a return to the classroom. Some took a STEM class with Science and Math Teacher Ellen Browne and Associate Head of School Don Gibbs, while others got creative in art class with Artist-in-Residence JP Jacquet. Many returned to Olmsted Observatory to gaze at the stars before spending the night in Dunworth or Pontefract — two of the dorms that make up the “Bricks.”
After taking classes and sleeping in the dorms, they might have felt like students again, but our alums learned what it was really like to be a student at Pomfret in 2022 during a panel discussion featuring three current students. In his State of the School address, Head of School Tim Richards introduced a new comprehensive fundraising campaign — Amplify — to support the School's new strategic plan Change Makers and Problem Solvers.
During the reunion festivities, the Alumni Association held its annual meeting. Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) President Sarah Howie ’09 thanked AAEC Co-Vice President Jim Seymour ’65 for his ten years of service. With Seymour stepping down from his position, 2021–2022 AAEC Secretary Hadley Rosen '97 assumed her role, joining the other co-vice presidents, Toyin Moses '98 and Etienne Vazquez '04, and President Howie as the 2022-2023 officers of the AAEC.
The Alumni Association also recognized the accomplishments of five individuals and one team during an annual alumni award dinner. Cooper Hastings ’01 received the S. Prescott B. Clement Cup for his service as a class agent. The 2009–2010 Girls Basketball Team was inducted into the Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame for their undefeated 28–0 season and NEPSAC Class B Championship win. The Honorable Eric Coleman ’69 received the Pomfret School Alumni Award for his service as a Connecticut state legislator, a Connecticut Superior Court judge, and an active alum. Dolph Clinton ’92 accepted the William Beach Olmsted Distinguished Service Award for his three decades of service to Pomfret School, including as a student, faculty member, and class agent. While they were not present at the award ceremony, Chelsea Cutler ’15 and James C. Goodale ’51 were also honored. Culter received the Alumni Association Achievement Medal for her success as a singer, songwriter, and producer. Goodale was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments at Pomfret and Yale.
Reunion was also a time to honor the alumni, faculty, and staff we lost this past year. A Service of Celebration and Remembrance was held in Clark Chapel and featured readings from Director of Spiritual Life Bobby Fisher, Olivia Kremer ’17, David Warner ’72, and Richards.