Our Drive-By Publisher

Joe Bete ’55 says that he leads a pretty ordinary life. Not! He lives in Deerfield and was at the helm of The Channing Bete Company for 28 years between 1967 and 1995. The company is located in South Deerfield, and currently employs 230 employees in the community. Two of his sons, Michael ’79, and his brother, Jonathan, continue to lead the company today. The health education publishing company’s mission is “to strengthen individuals, families, and communities by reinforcing healthy behaviors and commitment to positive social values.” Joe used to drive by the Academy every day on his way to work. As the years have gone by he and Marie have been able to see all the new buildings going up and how well the integration into a coed school has progressed. Joe relates that the school, which is practically in his backyard, has always been a great contributor to the community. Joe has been ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church. He relates that it’s a privilege in his mission to be invited into sharing very critical moments in people’s lives. Joe states that we can all be surprised at how the good lessons learned 2,000 years ago pertain to our own neighborhood and surroundings now. Submitted by
Tom L’Esperance Class of 1955

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 Deerfield Clubs in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on specific clubs and their sponsored events. 

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