This past weekend, alumni from all over returned to the Hill for Alumni Weekend, a weekend full of laughter, friendship, and memories. Together, we celebrated the milestone reunions of classes ending in “3” and “8”: 1968’s 50th reunion, 1993’s 25th, 1998’s 20th, 2013’s 15th, and 2008’s 10th. In addition to all alumni, we welcomed friends and family to join in the celebration!
Friday kicked off with a welcome cocktail reception in Skinner Tower complete with a pasta bar. While most made their way to Kettlehead Brewing, the Class of 1968 was treated to a 50th reunion celebration dinner at the home of Head of School Peter Saliba P’17, ‘19, ‘19.
On Saturday morning, alumni chose between sunrise yoga on the quad or a guided hike through the Back 40. After breakfast, each class paraded through campus with their class banners on the way to the chapel where it was then time for a “School Meeting” for old times sake. Many alumni are celebrated, but the four award winners from this past weekend are now in a group of those recognized for their achievements in life beyond the Hill.
Alumnus of the Year
Bob Finch ‘58 (in absentia)
Created in 1966, this award is presented to an alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her alma mater. Such contribution can be that which has had an impact on the school within a relatively short time or perhaps a less dramatic but substantial impact over a long period of time.
John Charles Daly Award
Patsy Lynch P‘02, Former Staff
Presented by the Head of School to a friend or alumnus/a of Tilton whose pursuit of excellence and deep commitment as a member of the School family resembles that of John Daly’s involvement with Tilton: continuous and widely known expressions of support in word and deed, inspiring others to reach goals that common experience dictates are impossible.
George L. Plimpton
Mark Fabian ‘93
The George L. Plimpton Award is named for George Lincoln Plimpton, who served as Headmaster of Tilton School from 1896 to 1929, and was a member of the Board of Trustees until 1945. His leadership and vision shepherded Tilton School through a half century of incredible growth. Since 1953, Tilton School has recognized the outstanding achievements and significant contributions to society of its alumni with the George L. Plimpton award.
Artist Hall of Fame
Maya Lauren Grant ‘09 (Maya accepted this award at Tilton’s Prize Night in May)
New in 2011, the Artist Hall of Fame Award looks to celebrate the achievements of Tilton School alumni/ae in the visual, performing or literary arts and looks to inspire current students who aspire to live and work in these fields.
School meeting was followed by pick up tennis, games on the quad, and the all-class reception on the MARC patio. During the reception, Tilton honored those who could not attend the weekend with a #TributeToTilton. The tribute started earlier in the week where alumni not in attendance were encouraged to post photos or videos of their tribute using the hashtag #TributeToTilton on social media.
A bonfire closed out the evening, and all alumni shared breakfast in the dining hall Sunday morning before check out. Alumnus and photographer Charles George '87 was in attendance and captured the weekend in photos.