“Life’s been good to me so far”

It was a blessing to trek from Atlanta for our 40th reunion…and a moment of healthy reflection.

After Deerfield, I graduated from Trinity College joined by great DA classmates Bill Dodge, Caleb Koppel and Ty Tregellas. Then off to Columbia University graduate school where I met and married my “mate for life” – Jodi.

In 1985, we moved to “Hot-lanta” to launch a real estate investment/development practice. In 2005, we sold our portfolio. It was time. Since then, I have been doing non-profit work as an Executive Director for the Urban Land Institute. Our mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of the land worldwide. Now, most of my work is “project oriented”, such as advising on the adaptive-reuse of property and highest-and-best-use of land. It’s fulfilling work and I believe my Deerfield Experience led me to this calling.

On the negative side, my wife and I have each had to deal with some health issues over the years, but fortunately we’re both in good shape now.

So I’ll close with lyrics of Joe Walsh… “Life’s been good to me so far”.

Jeff DuFresne


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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:

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