The Essence of Things

Karl Robinson contemplates decades of his continual “quest to fathom the essence of things” since our formative boyhood days at Deerfield:
“We speak of the Deerfield ‘bond’ so intimately connected with the beauty of Pocumtuck Valley, a quiet spot set far from the madding crowd. Did we bond more with the school or with the valley? Without the valley with its majestic trees and its great river flowing ‘on its way’, it is hard to imagine the school for the school derives so much from being ensconced in such a magical place. Enter Albany Road and the vibration changes into something (for lack of a better word) holy. Go out the other end, it changes back into that of the frenzied world. The how and why of this Deerfield vibration is now and ever will be a mystery which needs no solving only acknowledging. We who were fortunate to attend Deerfield know in our hearts that ‘… all the valley lies in splendor’ … Yes, truly fortunate. … To think that I got to spend four years and see sixteen magnificent seasons parade through that valley. What a gift! What a great good fortune! The stately old houses, the majestic trees, and above all the heavy tranquility — it filled me with awe and beauty and peace. It has always been with me — a legacy of beauty and peace. Thank you, Frank Boyden, for settling there and creating a great school that pulled me to you and Pocumtuck Valley.”


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