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2010 Heritage Award Winner: William Zinsser ’40

communications – October 13, 2010
2010 Heritage Award Winner: William Zinsser, Class of 1940

Congratulations to Mr. William (Bill) Zinsser, class of 1940, who was awarded the 2010 Heritage Award at school meeting on Tuesday, October 5th.

Mr. Zinsser is a renowned author and has crafted 18 books, ranging in subject from writing to baseball. In the 1970’s, he wrote his best known work, “On Writing Well,” which after over one million copies sold, The New York Times described as “a bible for a generation of writers looking for clues to clean, compelling, prose.” In addition to writing, Mr. Zinsser has lived as a teacher, mentor, editor, critic, and even, part-time jazz pianist.

The Heritage Award was initiated in 1984 to recognize a Deerfield alumnus/a whose professional and personal achievements represent a special contribution to the betterment of society. In short, someone whose life exemplifies the academy’s motto, “Be Worthy of Your Heritage.” In addition to honoring the recipient, it also makes the current Deerfield student body aware of the scope and substance of the accomplishments and contributions of the academy’s alumni. Deerfield is proud to number Mr. William Zinsser among its alumni, and is honored to present him with the Heritage Award.