Spotlight on Reunion 2019
Liz Torrey

St. Andrew's celebrated its annual Reunion Weekend June 7 through June 9, and welcomed more than 400 alumni and their families back to campus for the three-day celebration. This year's reunion honored class years ending in 4s and 9s, from the Class of 1939 to the Class of 2014, but alumni from all years of the School's history were in attendance. The Class of 1969 celebrated its 50th Reunion, while the class of 1994 celebrated its 25th Reunion. Weekend events included a discussion about the School's draft strategic plan; reflections on teaching shared by Arts Department Co-Chair John McGiff, science teacher Peter McLean, and Associate Head of School Will Speers (all of whom retired at the end of this school year), food trucks, karaoke, crew races on Noxontown Pond, and much more.

The most senior alum in attendance at Reunion Weekend was Bill Brownlee ’48 Julius Gunnemann ’09 and Scott Beard ’69, both from Germany, traveled the furthest distance to attend Reunion. The class with the strongest showing at Reunion was the Class of 2014, with 54% of the class attending.

At the all-alumni Reunion Banquet on Saturday night, the Class of 1989 was awarded with the Giving Bowl, which recognizes the Reunion class that has contributed the largest total amount of gifts to the Saints Fund (as of Reunion Weekend) in the current fiscal year. Our 1989 alums have given $114,660 to the Saints Fund in 2018-19, which is a new 30th Reunion record.

The Fishers of Men and Women Plate, another annually given Reunion award that recognizes the two reunion classes (pre-1975 and post-1975) with the greatest percentage of alumni making gifts to the Saints Fund (as of Reunion Weekend) in the current fiscal year. The pre-1975 Fishers Plate was awarded to the Class of 1944 with 100% participation—a 75th Reunion giving record!. The post-1975 Fishers Plate was given to the Class of 1979 with 88% participation by Reunion. This is a new 40th Reunion giving record, breaking a record previously held by the Class of 1954 for 25 years!

Alumni giving is also honored with a third award: the Founders Cup. Instituted in recognition of the School's 75th anniversary in 2004, the Founders Cup recognizes the importance of alumni support of every kind, and is given to the Reunion class that has given the greatest total support to the School (Saints Fund, capital, endowment, and planned gifts and pledges) since the prior reunion. (Prior to 2018, the Founders Cup was given to the Reunion class who had the great total giving to the School during the current fiscal year.) This year's Founders Cup was awarded to the Class of 1989, for their total giving of $849,444 to St. Andrew's since their last Reunion in 2014.

Finally, this year's Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Randy Brinton ’64. The Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates the alumna or alumnus who has distinguished themselves professionally, personally, and in service to the community and country with strength, commitment, and perseverance. The Distinguished Alumni Endowment Fund was created by the Class of 1959 at its 50th Reunion in 2009, and the award brings the recipient to campus during the following school year to deliver a Chapel Talk on Founders Day, and to visit classes and speak with students, teachers, and staff.

In his introduction of Brinton at Reunion, Head of School Tad Roach said:

It is my great honor to announce this year’s recipient Randy W. Brinton, Class of 1964. Randy is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he majored in history. He began his career in the financial industry in 1975 at Ferris, Baker, and Watts, now RBC Wealth Management where he served on the Board of Directors. Randy is a member of the firm’s Chairman’s Council, an honor bestowed on the top 150 RBC Wealth Management financial advisors. 

Randy’s contributions to his Baltimore community and St. Andrew’s are remarkable: He has served for fifteen years as the President of the Maryland SPCA; he is currently a member of the Notre Dame Preparatory School Board of Trustees.

Randy served for 12 years on St. Andrew’s Board of Trustees, first as the President of the Alumni Corporation and later as Non-Classified Trustee. He has served as Class Agent, Annual Fund Chair, Alumni Board member and President, Career Night speaker, Metro Stop host, and Reunion Class organizer.
 
In 1990, Randy wrote a letter to Board Chair Felix duPont expressing his gratitude for his St. Andrew’s experience. He wrote: 

“Through the generosity of St. Andrew’s, I was able to attend St. Andrew’s on a scholarship. It was a major turning point in my life… I am deeply committed to showing my gratitude to St. Andrew’s… I have made a stipulation in my will that a full St. Andrew’s scholarship is to be endorsed from my estate.”

The Edward and Virginia Brinton Scholarship honors the legacy of his parents and helps assure that current and future generations of St. Andrew’s students can afford the same educational experience that Randy and so many other alumni had. 

For both Jon O’Brien and me, Randy was a friend, advisor, mentor, and supporter. He cares deeply about you, the alumni, our faculty, staff, and current students. 

Thank you to all of our alumni who made the trek back to campus for Reunion Weekend 2018! If you weren't able to make it, please know that you were sorely missed by your fellow Saints.

To view photos from Reunion Weekend 2018, visit our Flickr page.
 

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Summer Reading & 2019-2020 Visiting Authors
Elizabeth Roach

Summer reading assignments and suggestions have been posted to the SAS library website. In addition to this year's all-School read—Transatlantic by Colum McCann—you are asked to read two other books from the required reading list, all of which have been recommended by St. Andrew's faculty.

Next year, we have several brilliant visiting writers coming to campus. We're excited to announce that Colum McCann, who won the National Book Award in 2009 for Let the Great World Spin, will visit St. Andrew's for a day next year. At the end of the school year, we gave all current students a copy of TransAtlantic. Students should bring their book back to school with them - we will be studying the novel in all English classes next year before McCann's visit.

In fact, as you read TransAtlantic, and get to know the fictional version of Frederick Douglass that McCann creates in its pages, students may also want to dip into the work of renowned historian David Blight, whose recent biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018), which just won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes, among many others. Since we are always interested in how different disciplines can learn from one another—something you can see in the vast array of books suggested by the faculty—Professor Blight will be visiting on campus this year as well and will engage in a conversation with Colum McCann.

Additionally, in the fall, Richard Blanco—an American poet, author, civil engineer, and President Obama's second inaugural poet—will spend a day with our students. I strongly recommend reading his poetry collection In Looking for the Gulf Motel and his memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. In these works, he explores his Cuban heritage and his role as a gay man in Cuban-American culture. We are thrilled that he will be one or our visiting writers next year!

There is no summer homework beyond the required reading, but fun enrichment resources can also found on the summer work website, if you wish to keep in practice in your favorite subjects for the fall.

Summer reading assignments and suggestions have been posted to the SAS library website. In addition to this year's all-School read—Transatlantic by Colum McCann—you are asked to read two other books from the required reading list, all of which have been recommended by St. Andrew's faculty.

Next year, we have several brilliant visiting writers coming to campus. We're excited to announce that Colum McCann, who won the National Book Award in 2009 for Let the Great World Spin, will visit St. Andrew's for a day next year. At the end of the school year, we gave all current students a copy of TransAtlantic. Students should bring their book back to school with them - we will be studying the novel in all English classes next year before McCann's visit.

In fact, as you read TransAtlantic, and get to know the fictional version of Frederick Douglass that McCann creates in its pages, students may also want to dip into the work of renowned historian David Blight, whose recent biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018), which just won both the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes, among many others. Since we are always interested in how different disciplines can learn from one another—something you can see in the vast array of books suggested by the faculty—Professor Blight will be visiting on campus this year as well and will engage in a conversation with Colum McCann.

Additionally, in the fall, Richard Blanco—an American poet, author, civil engineer, and President Obama's second inaugural poet—will spend a day with our students. I strongly recommend reading his poetry collection In Looking for the Gulf Motel and his memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. In these works, he explores his Cuban heritage and his role as a gay man in Cuban-American culture. We are thrilled that he will be one or our visiting writers next year!

There is no summer homework beyond the required reading, but fun enrichment resources can also found on the summer work website, if you wish to keep in practice in your favorite subjects for the fall.