“Be mobile”

Mr. Boyden used to tell us to “be mobile”. I guess he was telling us to be more adaptable in our decision making, but I like to think he was telling us to keep moving in our old age. My wife and I live at Kendal at Hanover, a retirement community in this stimulating New Hampshire college town. I’m blessed with good health, and I work at staying fit, so I’ve been able to do some mountain climbing in recent years. We have some challenging climbs here in the White Mountains, and I’ve done a couple of 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. This past summer I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet. They told me that I was the oldest person on record to reach the summit by way of the Western Breach route. My guides started calling me “Babu”, and I can tell you that I was relieved to learn that means grandfather in Swahili.

Deerfield is well represented here at Kendal at Hanover. My classmates, Peter Bien and Robert Binswanger, are here as well as Fred Preston and Charlie Ufford from the class of 1949. Occasionally we “rally, in thoughts of boyhood days”.

Tom Wilson


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.

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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