“Eight will be Honored During Reunion Weekend 2019”. “Worcester Academy will honor eight members of the Academy community during Reunion Weekend, May 3-4, 2019. Those being honored include Dr. James Salzer ’69, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, and Courtney Pelley ’04, who will receive the Young Alumnus/a Award. The Cole Porter, Class of 1909, Arts Recognition Award will go to Benjamin Sato Ambush ’69. Worcester Academy Hall of Fame inductees will include WA Board of Trustees Secretary Brian A. O’Connell ’67 and former teachers Helge and Linda Duemmel P’94, as well as two others who are being recognized posthumously: Former WA Board of Trustees President Bayard DeMallie II P’82,’85,’87 and longtime administrative staff member Eleanor Such P’66.
Congratulations to all those being honored! You have “Achieved the Honorable.”
2019 Hall of Fame Inductee:
Bayard DeMallie II, P’82, ’85, ’87 (posthumously awarded)
As a trustee, president of the board of trustees, and parent of three Worcester Academy alumni (Paige DeMallie Rockett ’82, James DeMallie ’85, and Craig DeMallie ’87), Bayard DeMallie II was an important school leader during the 1980s and 1990s. Before his untimely death in 1997, he was managing partner of Worcester law firm Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie and Lougee with a focus on business and banking law. He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Williams College, and the University of Virginia Law School.
Bayard served as a member of the Worcester Academy Board of Trustees of from 1983 to 1993. He was president of the board during his final three years as a trustee. He focused initially on student life issues, especially bridging the gap between boarding and day students. Bayard encouraged expansion of WA’s commitment to co-education. He worked to bring WA through challenging times of enrollment decline, helping to stabilize the WA student population and pursuing vigorous recruitment and programmatic development which did much to place WA back onto a firm growth track. Colleagues recall him as the board president who provided all trustees an active participatory role and set a collegial precedent for all head search and appointment processes that have occurred since then. He was renowned for running a no-nonsense, on-schedule board meeting.
Bayard was very involved in community affairs. He was a former director of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Goddard House, Family Services of Central Massachusetts, and the Bank of Boston-Worcester. He was also an avid golfer and longtime member of Tatnuck Country Club, where he served as a board member.
Bayard DeMallie is survived by his wife, Betsy, their four children, and 11 grandchildren.