Welcome back to your school! As a fellow alumnus, it is truly an honor to represent the interests of Avon graduates across the globe. Whether your Headmaster’s name was Pierpont, Trautman, or LaRocque, there is one common trait that spans generations: you know what it means to be good men. As sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers, you’ve taken Mrs. Riddle’s motto to heart, Aspirando et Perseverando, and ultimately made your school incredibly proud.
I encourage each and every one of you to stay connected to Avon and take an active role in the future of the School. As alumni, it is our responsibility to not only maintain, but enhance, the Avon experience for future generations of students. Make it a point to visit us on campus; reconnect with friends and former teachers at Reunion Weekend ’13; submit Class Notes to the Avonian; and consider making Old Farms a top philanthropic priority in your life.
The School depends on us, gentlemen! Take a moment and think about the role Avon has played in your lives. Show your appreciation and honor the people who provided you with the opportunity to attend Avon. Never forget the life-long bonds you forged with your Avon brothers or the influential teachers and coaches who made a meaningful impact along the way.
I have yet to hear anyone capture the essence of the alumni experience better than former Headmaster and Avon icon, Mr. Don Pierpont. His honest and beautifully-written message in the 1965 yearbook has always resonated with me:
“Out of this class will come men marked for greatness, men touched with genius, men whose kindliness will be a boon to all who come in contact with it, and men in whom jealousy will expand to withering proportions. You will grow and change, and change and grow some more. By progression and recession, you will move forward, but wherever you go, whatever you do, however you do it, you will always be Men of Avon, and as Men of Avon you are free to return whenever you can, from wherever you are and by whatever means you choose; by letter, by phone call, or by actual visit, you are always welcome- always welcome!”
I share Don Pierpont’s sentiments and look forward to seeing so many fellow Avonians over the course of the year. If you ever have any questions about the School or Alumni and Development activities please do not hesitate to reach out.
Aspirando et Perseverando
Daniel Seiden ’00
Director of Development