Commencement services on May 26th will honor of the Class of 2015. We are fortunate to have two engaging speakers who are both successful and important social entrepreneurs. Like many of our students who are devoting more and more of their time to community engagement, these speakers have learned the right ways to best impact the course of people’s lives in lasting ways. It is going to be an inspiring series of talks: indeed, a last lesson from Tabor Academy for the Class of 2015.
In September, we were honored to hold the memorial service for Tom Finn ’85 here at Tabor with many of his friends and family present. Mark Aimone ’86 was invited to speak in remembrance of Tom and to share the story of a special effort Tom made on behalf of Tabor before he died. What follows were Mark’s remarks at the service.
David Taylor Johannesen ’64 will be publishing a book through Simon & Schuster, NY, in December. His novel Falcons & Seagulls was begun in 1999 and has undergone four revisions. The story begins in 1959 when at age 13 and a student at Fessenden School the main character spends time with Hollywood mogul, Howard Hughes, also an alum of Fessenden, comparing notes on their school. Using family sources (the author is a 5th generation Mormon from Utah), Johannesen weaves together a story around the completion of Israel’s nuclear capability and its subsequent cover up thirty years later. The rest he says has been “the craft of fiction, creating and sustaining characters, romance and conspiracy within the framework of a thriller. One early review has described it so: ‘complex writing with a lyrical voice; erudite yet accessible.’”
Tabor will be hosting our second annual Graboys Leadership Symposium on November 18, a day long event when we discuss the importance of leadership as a community. The event honors George '50 and Lois Graboys, who have been champions for youth and leadership education their whole lives.
On November 20 at Cipriani on Wall Street, The Christopher Reeve Foundation will be awarding Travis Roy '95 with the Christopher Reeve "Spirit of Courage Award" at their A Magical Evening celebration in New York City. Senator Tom Harkin is the other honorary guest and it is suspected the foundation will be doing something in memory of Robin Williams that evening, a close friend of Dana and Christopher Reeve.