In Memoriam-Carl Woese ’46

Gerry Lauderdale ’46 writes: “Our classmate Carol Woese died December 30. He was a giant in his scientific field. Indeed many of his peers thought he should have received the Nobel Prize for his work in microbiology in which he defined a whole new class of life forms now called archaea. If you google “Carl Woese” you will find an amazing wealth of information about him and his work.

I think it is safe to say that in the big picture Carl’s life work will be the most outstanding legacy of any member of our class. Carl did not keep up much contact with Deerfield but we were aware that he was doing outstanding work in his field. We can be sure that classes with Mrs. Boyden must have helped steer him towards his brilliant scientific career.

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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7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342