“In my end is my beginning…

..Because old men should be explorers.” For 40 years as an international development consultant, I borrowed peoples watches to tell them what time it was. And then I went back to school to learn again what Eliot taught long ago: “In order to arrive at what you do not know, you must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.” Piled Higher and Deeper was merely an invitation to ask a good question. Now after two bouts with cancer (prostate and colon), my wife and I spend half the year in Mexico, inviting our four children and one grandchild to dig their toes in the sand and listen to the mermaids singing, each to each. Deerfield taught me to honor truth (wherever you can find it), to celebrate language (how frequently abused), and to seek fresh perspectives (the antidote to uncertainty). Now, can someone please tell me how the Second Law of Thermodynamics really works inside a black hole?

Antony A Phipps


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