Beyond Deerfield.

DEERFIELD ACADEMY ALUMNI

His Majesty King Abdullah II 80

world leader

A member of the Hashemite dynasty and king of Jordan since 1999, Abdullah II is one of the more respected figures in Middle Eastern and global politics alive today. His time at Deerfield inspired him to pursue significant education reforms in Jordan, including the opening of King’s Academy.

Gigi Parris ’99

attorney

Gigi has long been fighting to keep families together as a public defender in the New York City family court system. She served as supervising attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. Now she is a principal court attorney at the New York State Unified Court System.

Libby Leist 97

Television Producer

Over nearly two decades with NBC, Libby Leist has traversed the world  and covered politicians, presidents, celebrities, and royalty. She has been a researcher, a foreign affairs producer, a political producer, a senior producer for the TODAY show, and since January of 2018, executive producer for TODAY.

David Childs ’59

architect

Chairman emeritus of the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, David Childs may be best known for being the architect of One World Trade Center in New York City. In his storied career, Childs has served as chairman of the US Commission of Fine Arts, received the Rome Prize, and served on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art and the American Academy in Rome.

Angel Abreu ’92

artist

A senior instructor in the Fine Arts department of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Angel Abreu is part of  Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival (K.O.S.), an artist collaborative based in the South Bronx that has work residing in permanent museum collections around the world including MOMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Tate Modern.

Michael Sucsy ’91

filmmaker

As a Golden Globe, Emmy, and PGA Award-winning film director, screenwriter, and producer, Michael Sucsy has lived up to Shoot! Magazine‘s description “as one of the industry’s crop of new directors to watch.” He directed Every Day and The Vow, and wrote, directed and produced the HBO film Grey Gardens.

Julie Deffense ’91

cake artist + author

Inspired by her art classes at Deerfield, Julie Deffense has become on of the world’s most acclaimed luxury cake artists. Based in Portugal, she is the author of several cookbooks, teaches classes, and creates gorgeous cakes for her clientele. 

Dehdan Miller ’89

government + law

Dehdan Miller is a board member of Developing Minds Foundation, an organization supporting educational programs in poor and war-torn communities around the globe. He previously worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Miller has also served as a consultant and staff member to multiple Presidential campaigns, the State Department, and the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

There are Deerfield Clubs in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on specific clubs and their sponsored events. 

Of course! Be sure to read the latest issue of From Albany Road in your email’s in-box for current news of what is happening on campus. As we also send out periodic invitations, it’s always best to make sure we have your current physical address. And if you do plan on visiting campus, why not tell us ahead of time?

Contact the Office of Advancement

alumni@deerfield.edu
413-774-1474

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342