’49 Note

Eighty-two years ago I was born in Chicago. Having attained the age of eighteen in June 1949, I heard Henry Poor shout to me across the Deerfield campus “Don’t forget to register for the draft,” which I did, hoping it would be lost between Deerfield and Buffalo, my hometown. It was not.

Five years later, after a gap year in Europe to meet many relatives and I earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Buffalo, I was inducted into the U S Army, US 51337197. During my tour of duty I met and married Brigitte who has stayed with me for fifty-seven years (still counting). We moved to Buffalo along with her son from a previous marriage. From Buffalo, I entered University of Chicago Program in Hospital Administration and remained in line health administration about ten years, then moved to the Federal Government in a unit that checks quality of State surveys of health facilities funded by Medicare or Medicaid.

Retirement at age 69 in 2000 has been pleasant, as are my periodic visits to Deerfield for reunions. My health remains good and I am looking forward to participating in our 65th reunion one year hence in 2014.

In June 2012, I joined my brother John Robin Allen ’52 for his sixtieth reunion. Celebrating their sixty-fifth reunion were just three souls from the class of 1947. In 2014, we hope that a larger contingent from 1949 will have escaped the final rites and may join Brigitte and me for our sixty-fifth reunion.

David (Day) Allen ’49

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?

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7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342