Thomas Spater ’55 Sports Achievement Award

Many years ago Lou Greer ’55 endowed an award for a senior athlete in a varsity sport who highly signifies the Deerfield ethos. Lou specifies that the recipient of the yearly Thomas Spater ’55 Sports Achievement Award “is presented to a senior participant in interscholastic athletics who through perseverance, team spirit and campus citizenship exemplifies the goals of interscholastic athletics and provides a role model for his/her teammates,” characteristics that describe Tom exactly during our years at Deerfield. The winner from the Class of 2013 was Walter Gahagan of Glen Cove, NY, a member of varsity football, JV hockey and varsity lacrosse, a popular choice who received a standing ovation while he proceeded to the stage to receive his trophy. His football coach shared, “Walt has a great attitude and was always game when it came to supporting his teammates or contributing on the field when he had the opportunity. Our class should be proud to sponsor this recognition of the true spirit of competitive athletics.” Our classmate, Tom Spater, passed away on July 8, 1998.

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