Deerfield in São Paulo

Fifty one years ago, I left New York City on a cargo ship bound for Santos. Deerfield ’54, Yale ’58 and a short stint in the army preceded my decision to accept a job offer in Brazil. It was the beginning of an international learning experience that continues to this day.

For logistical reasons, it is unlikely that I will make it to our 60 th reunion this June. Ten years ago I won the award given to that individual who travelled the longest distance to attend our 50th. On that occasion my wife, Irene, and I were deeply impressed by what we saw. I was particularly pleased to conclude that Dr. Boyden’s mission of character building is still a driving force at the academy. As News Editor of the Scroll in 1954, I wrote several articles on Deerfield’s history–the massacre, the life and values of those early residents. Returning fifty years later, I marveled at the beauty of the Deerfield valley and especially at the small town itself, with its sense of common purpose. When I visit other parts of the United States, I sometimes feel like a stranger in my own country (a lot has changed in fifty- one years ) but, at Deerfield I felt at home.
Congratulations and remember you have a loyal Deerfield alumnus in São Paulo.

John DeMarmon Murray


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 regional events in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on regional engagement. 

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

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342