I write to you as the new director of development. I am honored to represent the interests of all Avon graduates, and look forward to connecting with fellow Avonians across the globe.
I am thrilled to be coming home to Avon Old Farms, and I encourage you to do the same in as many ways as possible. For those of you who are frequent visitors to campus, I thank you for your continued involvement. For those who have not been back in a while, I encourage you to re-visit, re-view, and re-create your own memories; to see the school in all its traditional glory, while being dazzled by the innovations designed to serve better this new generation of Avonians. Stop by for a tour of the campus, cheer on your favorite sports team, witness the talents of our boys on stage and in the art studio, and stay connected to the school that has served us all so well.
Come back to your school – in person, whenever possible, but also certainly online and through AOF gatherings in your own area. My goal is to extend the Avon connections near and far, through area receptions, networking opportunities, and alumni involvement with current students. Mrs. Riddle’s goal was to create an indestructible school for boys. In my opinion she has, and it is up to us to care for it so that future generations of boys will take her motto to heart, Aspirando et Perseverando, and become Men of Avon.
I urge you all to take an active role in the future of our school. In today’s world, society has lost a sense of the values and community that Avon Old Farms still holds so dear. As alumni, it is our responsibility not only to maintain, but to enhance the Avon experience for those who come after us. Make it a point to reconnect with friends and former teachers at Reunion Weekend; submit class notes to The Avonian; and make Avon Old Farms a top philanthropic priority in your life, today and in the years ahead.
If there is one thing I have discovered in my own life, it is that there is strength in numbers, and the school depends on us, gentlemen! Take a moment to 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 lifelong bonds you forged with your Avon brothers, or the influential teachers and coaches who made a meaningful impact along the way.
Theodate Pope Riddle founded this institution because, as she stated in her Deed of Trust, “There should be some oases in this country where love of tradition is fostered. Avon shall be one of these oases; one place where, when Avonians return, they will find at least a semblance of permanence.”
That oasis still exists at Avon. I encourage you all to ‘come home,’ and I look forward to welcoming you back.
Aspirando et Perseverando
Christopher Kennedy Hampton, Ed.D '79, P'09,'10,'11
Director of Development