Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.
Read some of their stories below:
Although Ben Wright '40 had an unusual journey through BB&N, his loyalty to the School has remained strong throughout the 75+ years since he attended both Buckingham and Browne & Nichols.
It is often said that the most unassuming people are those whose thoughtfulness and generosity can have an impact on others in quiet but powerful ways.
Since graduating in 1950, Ed has been an ongoing supporter of the School, serving as an Annual Fund volunteer and attending many events over the years.
This seems to me the very best way to recognize that incalculable debt and the impact that my Buckingham experience has had on my life, and I hope that other alumni/ae will choose to do the same."
"As we grow older, we reflect on the things that were most meaningful to us in our lives, helped us to grow, and taught us things that brought us pleasure and the successes that we have had in life. For me, Browne & Nichols is foremost in my reflections."
Arnie Singal was a recipient of the Nichols Prize for his outstanding academic and athletic contributions to the School when he graduated in 1954.
A loyal Browne & Nichols alumnus for many years, Richard (Dick) Chalfen ’60 recently reflected that “B&N crept up on me in ways I can never repay. Becoming a member of The Almy Society is a step in that direction.”
For nearly 130 years, the Buckingham School legacy has provided a strong foundation for the BB&N of today, helping to shape its commitment to academic excellence and launching many traditions that continue to this day.
The path that Deirdre McCloskey ’60 has taken since Browne & Nichols might well be described as “the road less traveled,” but it is certainly a road that exemplifies the confidence and academic foundation that the School provides its graduates. In a recent interview, Deirdre shares some highlights of her journey.
The School is a member of my family. The Lower School was my neighborhood.
When Jim Donovan reflects on his 13-year education at Buckingham and Browne & Nichols, he recalls lifelong friendships, a superb education, and particularly the outstanding teachers who far surpassed those he had in college and graduate school.
Cynthia Chace '70 is a dedicated Buckingham alumna. Not only has she dedicated her time to reaching the goals of the Opening Minds Campaign, she has included BB&N in her will, making her a member of the Almy Society.
When Mark Satterfield '73 arrived at Browne & Nichols in ninth grade from the Lincoln Public Schools, he says, “I really was the definition of ‘average’. OK-not great student. Moderately coordinated athletically. A bit on the shy side..”
"I choose to give back to BB&N because of the impact I'm making at the school with my gifts."
Karen Kalina’s ties to BB&N go back nearly 50 years when she came to the Buckingham School as a pre-Kindergartener. As she was moving into the Upper School, the School offered her financial aid which was not only a tremendous help to her family but also an indication that BB&N cared about her.
Across the decades, the experiences and memories of BB&N alumni/ae are often remarkably similar to those shared by Mark Leeds '83: caring teachers, lasting friendships, and preparation for further education and life.
Meg Barry’s love of rowing dates back to her time as a BB&N Middle Schooler. Entering in seventh grade following her older sister Jennifer Barry Donovan ’91, Meg had strong academic skills but was particularly drawn to the school’s athletic program, participating in soccer, volleyball, and crew.