MX2 Far Exceeds Campaign Goals

When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2017, Middlesex celebrated the official close of a historic capital campaign that has enhanced nearly every aspect of our community. This milestone was over a decade in the making, as the campaign truly began in 2005 when longtime trustee and Middlesex benefactor Victor Atkins ’63 launched a financial aid challenge that provided the momentum necessary to initiate a more extensive, long-range campaign. Soon after, a small group of campaign leaders, including Bob and Anne Bass P’93, Victor and Victoria Atkins, and Head of School Kathy Giles, conferred to establish Mx2: The Campaign for Middlesex. The steering committee set a target of $150 million towards the needs within four pillars of the School: financial aid, endowment, faculty support, and campus improvement.

 Today, we are thrilled and honored to announce that Mx2 has met—and far surpassed—its $150 million goal!

The profound impact of Mx2 is easily seen throughout campus. Faculty members have moved into new campus homes, students are forming lifelong friendships in beautifully renovated common rooms, and this past fall 36 boys moved into our newest dorm, Landry House. Soon students will be creating art in the Rachel Carson Music and Campus Center and gathering together for school assemblies and performances in a new, state-of-the-art theater. The intangible effects of the campaign are just as powerful, as hundreds of talented and deserving students have received the financial aid necessary for them to attend the School. Support for faculty compensation and benefits was also extraordinary, reflecting an unprecedented level of commitment to the teachers, coaches, and advisors who have dedicated their lives to the intellectual and ethical growth of our students.

 We cannot be more grateful for the unwavering support of the entire Middlesex community. From the instrumental, behind-the-scenes gifts in the early stages of the campaign, to the nine matching gift “Challenges” that were completed with tremendous energy, to our more recent public phase of the campaign, we have asked our community of alumni, parents and friends to stretch their generosity, and each time they have answered the call with heartfelt enthusiasm.

 Though we are now past the closing date of Mx2, there are still more exciting opportunities to come. Soon we will break ground on our new theater, and for those still wishing to contribute to the campaign, we are offering a unique opportunity to dedicate an auditorium seat in honor of your family, a loved one, or a faculty member who had a impact on your time at Middlesex. We also hope you will join us on campus June 9th and 10th  for what will be a spectacular campaign celebration. Finally, we look forward to sharing the full campaign report with you in late 2017. This report will provide us with the appropriate space to acknowledge and offer our sincere gratitude to the hundreds of benefactors who contributed to Mx2. The campaign has been a success in every sense of the word, and we cannot wait to give you a closer look at the finances—and more importantly, the people—that helped Mx2 fulfill its promise.  Thank you so very much and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Heather Parker P '16 '18
Director of Development

George Noble
Director of Advancement

Take a Seat!

Mx2 is set to transform the Middlesex Arts program for generations of students, and we are thrilled to introduce a unique opportunity to join this historic campaign. With our “Take a Seat” program, you can honor your family or someone special by naming a seat in our beautiful new auditorium, which will be completed in 2019.

“Take a seat” in the lower level for $5,000, or a seat in the balcony for $2,500. You can make a pledge and pay it off in as many as five years.

If you are interested in learning more about this special opportunity, please contact Chris Woodford in the Development Office at 978-369-5110 or cwoodford@mxschool.edu.

We hope you will take this opportunity to secure your family’s Middlesex legacy and leave your mark on our new community gathering space!

Landry House Dedication

Three generations of Landrys celebrated the opening of Landry House

Three generations of Landrys celebrated the opening of Landry House

            On Friday, September 23rd, over 150 alumni, trustees, faculty, family and friends gathered on campus to celebrate the opening of the School’s newest dorm, Landry House, which has been named in honor of the late Kevin Landry ’62, an alumnus, parent, longtime board member, and generous benefactor of the school.

The guests, which included three generations of the Landry family, were introduced to Landry House by the 36 boys who had moved into the dorm a few short weeks earlier.

            Following a reception in Landry, guests continued the celebration over dinner. Mx2 Honorary Campaign Co-Chair Victor Atkins, Jr. ’63 addressed the attendees and reflected on the transformative experience both he and Kevin Landry had while students at Middlesex. He continued to explain how this transformative experience later inspired the longtime friends to pursue truly transformative upgrades to the campus.

            Kevin Landry’s daughter, Kim GwinnLandry ’89, also took the podium and extended heartfelt gratitude to Victor Atkins and the Class of 1962: “If even a fraction of the vibrant spirit of the class of 1962 attaches itself to Landry House,” she said, “then I am sure there will be many generations of wonderful reunions for future Middlesex graduates. To me, Landry House will always be the house that friendship built, and it will stand as a powerful reminder of just how deeply the roots of friendship extend. To have my father’s legacy entwined with his classmates and his friends in this way is incredibly meaningful.”

 

            With former Heads of School David Sheldon P '81 and Deirdre Ling in attendance, current Head of School Kathy Giles P ’06 ’09 ’11 offered some final words of recognition to the many supporters who made Landry House possible:

           “We cannot thank you all enough.  Our hope is that our students will learn much here that makes them better people, as well as accomplished intellectuals and academicians and sports and arts people; but one of the most important things they will learn, from living and working in this place, is the power of optimism and investment in youth and in education.  ‘Education turns mirrors into windows,’ said the journalist Sidney J. Harris; whether those mirrors take the forms of computer screens, cell phone screens, sunglasses, or any other ways we and particularly adolescents are tempted to look at ourselves without seeing a fuller picture of life, education -- learning about the wisdom and experience of others -- is the window through which we actually see a world in which the contributions we make can produce good. “

           “Students who live in the buildings, who live in Landry House, who see the Class of 1962 plaque, who see the plaque in honor of the Beatons and in honor of families, will get the message that leadership and generosity and optimism and faith in young people are among the most important investments in humanity we each can make during our lives.  For me, that is the best message Landry House sends; it is a blessing now and it will be a blessing for the future.” 

Middlesex Announces Completion of Two Successful Matching Initiatives

The Residential Life Challenge

Middlesex is proud to announce the completion of the Residential Life Challenge and the culmination of the Residential Life portion of the Mx2 Campaign. Thanks to a matching challenge (dollar-for-dollar)from the generous Victor Atkins '63, the school's long term planning goals with regard to campus life were met with the help of sixty-four generous donors. The goal of the campaign was to increase the availability of boarding beds for current and future students and ensure that every dorm offered an inviting and central common area for students to enjoy. Thanks to the $15 million raised, Middlesex was able to completely renovate Clay House, including adding the Beaton Common Room. Additionally, the challenge raised funds necessary for the construction of Landry House, the School's tenth dormitory. Landry House will be complete and ready for students in September 2016. 

Renovations in Clay House included adding the Beaton Common Room, updating facilities, and creating a more prominent entry into the dorm. 

The Howe Common Room created additional space in Robert Winsor House for dorm gatherings and relaxation amongst the students. 

Renovations to LeBarron Briggs House added a beautiful new common space for students, as well as increased flow throughout the dorm with a new central entrance and significant upgrades to outdoor landscaping and structures. 

The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Challenge

On the heels of the success of the Residential Life Challenge, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Challenge was completed in April 2016. The Bass Family Challenge began in 2012 with a pledge of $25 million to Mx2 from Anne and Bob Bass P '93. Within this pledge was a $5 million challenge. The Basses matched all donations to the arts by 50 percent and supporters answered the call enthusiastically. The Challenge garnered 45 gifts, totaling $15 million. Forty three families (25 parents and 21 alumni) responded to the Challenge and its completion allowed Middlesex to repurpose and renovate the former facilities building and begin creating a magnificent Music and Campus Center, which will open in spring 2017. Generous gifts from 25 families will go towards this new sustainably "clean" building, which will provide a much needed home for the robust music programs at Middlesex. The remaining 15 gifts will go towards the School's next project, which will create exponentially improved Theatre and Visual Arts facilities. Thanks to the leadership and generosity of our community, especially Anne and Bob Bass, we have secured a bright future for Middlesex. 

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The Music and Campus Center will transform the north entrance of campus into a beautiful new building that will help extend the circle. 

The Music and Campus Center will include practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, recording studios, and a recital hall, all in addition to classrooms and common spaces. 

We would like to extend a major thank you to Mx2 Honorary Chairs, Victor Atkins '63 and Victoria R. Atkins and Anne and Bob Bass P '93, for their extraordinary leadership, commitment, creativity, and knowledge. They have inspired a depth and breadth of involvement. We would also like to thank the many alumni, parents, past parents, and friends of Middlesex who answered the call and through their generosity made these projects a reality. 

Landry House Nears Its Finish

All year faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus have seen Landry House transform before their eyes. What was once the extended lawn of the Head's house, soon became a hole in the ground in late summer 2015. By fall, there was a structure, and despite cold temperatures and some snowfall, crews continued to work to keep construction on schedule. Indeed, it has become "real" that Middlesex will soon welcome another dorm to campus. With bricking almost complete, but scaffolding still in tact, members of the Middlesex community are anxiously awaiting the disappearance of the scaffolding and fencing to see what the new dorm will look like as a permanent member of campus. 

Landry House, nearing the completion of the bricking process, in early May 2016. 

Landry House, nearing the completion of the bricking process, in early May 2016. 

Major strides have been made to both the interior and exterior this spring in anticipation of the dorm's opening this summer. While the brick laying process continues on all elevations, crews are almost complete on the East, North, and West elevations. Installation of the roof cornice is around 85% complete and slate installation on the roof has just begun. 

Another view of Landry House. 

Another view of Landry House. 

The interior continues to develop, as well. The drywall process has begun and the first and third floor of the dorm are nearly 100% complete. Second floor rooms have been taped up and mudded and all walls have been boarded up. The entire dorm has ceiling grids in place. Crews have just begun the drywall process in the faculty apartments. Lastly, shower and tub bases are in place in all student bathrooms and all bathrooms have moved on to the final installation phase. 

Interior walls and framing have brought the floor plans to life. 

Interior walls and framing have brought the floor plans to life. 

Ceiling grids and other fixtures move Landry House one step closer to completion. 

Ceiling grids and other fixtures move Landry House one step closer to completion. 

The entire campus is thrilled with the progress and will soon be celebrating the completion of the project when students move into the dorm in late August. To keep up on all construction updates (of both Landry House and the future Music and Campus Center) make sure and read our Construction Corner blog posts. To see our hopes and dreams for the Campaign, check out the rest of the Mx2 website

The Danoff Family Faculty Challenge

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Will and Ami Danoff P '17 '19, Middlesex recently announced The Danoff Family Faculty Challenge. The challenge is an exciting opportunity for alumni, parents, and friends to join the Campaign for Middlesex. This dollar for dollar match allows donors to double the impact of their gift of $25,000 or more. There are various ways to support faculty endowment, including, but not limited to, faculty funds, faculty chairs, and general support for faculty compensation. This remarkable Challenge will complete the faculty pillar of the Campaign, which is a significant accomplishment as we near the end of Mx2. With $500,000 (out of $1.75 million) of matching funds currently available, there is ample opportunity for involvement, but funds are going fast! 

Learn more about our goal for faculty endowment and our hopes and dreams for the Campaign. 

Please contact Heather Parker or George Noble with any questions at 978-369-5110.

MX2: Moving Forward

Opportunities Open in the Arts

“We have made tremendous progress,” says Advancement Director George Noble. “Next on the horizon are music and theatre.” Here again, Trustees Bob and Anne Bass have stepped up to encourage others with their Bass Family Challenge to Benefit the Arts, a $5 million effort which matches half of any contribution made toward the School’s arts initiatives. Now nearing completion, the challenge is bringing the School closer to providing arts facilities that are worthy of the creativity and talent at Middlesex.

One part of the plan that is already underway is the Music and Campus Center, an ingenious idea that came about when the School converted its centralized heating plant from oil to natural gas, making the sizeable boiler room obsolete. That single, sustainability-driven change in 2012 has had cascading benefits. Not only has it reduced Middlesex’s carbon footprint by more than 20 percent and lowered its overall fuel costs, but it has also led to the envisioning of a wonderful home for music – a first for the campus.

The former facilities building, now well on its way to becoming the most environmentally sustainable building on campus.

The former facilities building, now well on its way to becoming the most environmentally sustainable building on campus.

A lead gift from an alumna, and several subsequent donations, allowed the transformation to commence last winter. Once the little-used Paine Barn had been converted into the new headquarters for Facilities and Operations, preparations could begin in earnest for the repurposing of the old steam plant. In keeping with the School’s ongoing sustainability directives, geothermal wells were installed this past summer to provide the heating and cooling system for the building. With continued work and a bit more fundraising over the next year, the Music and Campus Center will eventually include practice rooms and a piano studio, seminar and ensemble spaces, music and academic classrooms, and a 150-seat performance hall – with the latter fashioned from the empty boiler room.

The soon to be Music and Campus Center will be a welcome addition to Middlesex, completing the north side of campus.

The soon to be Music and Campus Center will be a welcome addition to Middlesex, completing the north side of campus.

Drawn to the concept of the center’s dual purpose, Beau and Jennifer Coash – parents of Cassie '11 and Drew '14 – are funding a practice room and an academic classroom. “Cassie never sang before she came to Middlesex,” Jennifer remembers, “but Dr. Wetzel made her into a singer, and she got a lot of joy out of that while at Middlesex, and she continued singing throughout college. The academic classroom applies to Drew and all the other kids who might not do something musical. At Middlesex, students who aren’t particularly musicians support those who are, so it’s nice that the building is not solely a space for music.”

Moreover, Beau adds, “It’s such a neat space; students who are in the building for classes might get inspiration from seeing another student who is performing. At Middlesex, it’s OK to be who you are – students can inspire each other in their own way, whether in arts, athletics, leadership, or academics.”

The Music and Campus Center will not only be a home for music, but will provide study and social spaces for students. 

The Music and Campus Center will not only be a home for music, but will provide study and social spaces for students. 

Spotlight on Theatre


The new Theatre and Visual Arts building will complement a refurbished courtyard.  

The new Theatre and Visual Arts building will complement a refurbished courtyard.  

Another perspective of the Theatre and Visual Arts building depicts how the courtyard will be leveled off and the buildings will have greater flow into one another. 

Another perspective of the Theatre and Visual Arts building depicts how the courtyard will be leveled off and the buildings will have greater flow into one another. 


Donors have been similarly appreciative of Middlesex’s programs in the visual arts and theatre. “The extended Middlesex community has really responded to the needs of the School in a way that has been so encouraging,” Director of Development Heather Parker notes. “Support from alumni, parents, and past parents has been nothing short of humbling.” Through naming opportunities or outright gifts, she says, they have provided much of the amount that will be necessary to relocate the visual arts to the former science wing of Eliot Hall. Impressive headway has also been made in fundraising for the extensive renovation of the Wood Theatre. The Bass Family Challenge was instrumental in helping to secure the $3 million naming rights for the theatre’s new main stage and has augmented other gifts from alumni and families. As Middlesex past parent Tom Kreitler says of the Bass Challenge, “It’s a wonderful way to give, knowing that it’s going to be an increased gift.”

A piano studio, with an amazing view, fulfills Beau Coash's P '11 '14 vision that "students who are in the building for classes might get inspiration from seeing another student who is performing." 

A piano studio, with an amazing view, fulfills Beau Coash's P '11 '14 vision that "students who are in the building for classes might get inspiration from seeing another student who is performing." 

Although only his eldest son, Charlie '08, performed in Middlesex main stage productions (perhaps most memorably as Jean Valjean in the School’s production of Les Miserables) Tom’s younger children – George '10, Isabel '13, and Will '13 – were all introduced to acting by Performing Arts Department Head Tom Kane during the beginning-level course called Elements of Style in Theatre. “We love the faculty at Middlesex,” Tom Kreitler affirms, “but Tom Kane is a particular favorite of ours.” Given that fond connection and the shared enjoyment of performing skits as underclassmen, the Kreitlers decided that underwriting the theatre’s new greenroom was the most appropriate way to give to Mx2.

A dozen other contributions are currently earmarked for features such as the theatre’s expanded seating, which will allow the entire student body and the faculty to fit comfortably as an audience for performances, guest speakers, and all-school assemblies. A black box theatre, dressing rooms, and classrooms – both for studying theatre and for learning the practice of mindfulness – are among other elements within the building that may still be named with specific donations and matched with remaining Bass Family Challenge funds.

The small concert hall, complete with a comfortable viewing space, will provide a wonderful home for practicing, concerts, and collaborations.

The small concert hall, complete with a comfortable viewing space, will provide a wonderful home for practicing, concerts, and collaborations.

Campaign Checklist: Remaining Needs

From the creation of the Mary Mae Village, the conversion of the Paine Barn, the renovation of RW, LB, and Clay, and the initial construction stages of both Landry House and the Music and Campus Center, it is evident that much has been accomplished thus far through Mx2: The Campaign for Middlesex. With one major pillar of the campaign – residential life – now completely financed, attention will focus on the remaining priorities: the arts, financial aid, and faculty compensation.

In this final year of Mx2, the School will seek to raise another $10 million to realize fully its comprehensive plans for music, visual arts, and theatre. Another $7 million will be sought for financial aid and $5 million for faculty compensation, areas that benefited early in the campaign from two different Atkins Challenges and that still require additional endowment in order for Middlesex to continue to attract and support dynamic, talented students and faculty.

The numbers may seem ambitious, but those who have become part of the School, whether through their own experience or that of their children, know the lasting value of a challenging academic environment. In small classes led by exceptional teachers and filled with equally engaged peers, lifelong lessons and friendships are deeply established. “The sense of place and community is really important at Middlesex,” says Jennifer Coash, “and giving to the campaign is one way to show our gratitude for being part of this community.” 

Mx2: Meeting Goals, Moving Forward

In the year since the public launch of Mx2: The Campaign for Middlesex, substantial gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, and friends have raised the total committed funds to more than $170 million – a landmark sum for the School that is already making a difference to its people, places, and programs.

Visible signs of the ongoing success of Mx2 are everywhere on the Middlesex campus, from the graceful new entrances on LeBaron Briggs House and Clay House to the bright Howe Common Room that completes the western face of Robert Winsor House. On the northeast end of the grounds, a major transformation is underway as the School’s defunct steam plant – now surrounded by colorful, pictorial scrims – is being sustainably repurposed as the much-needed Music and Campus Center. On the southern end, near Higginson House, similar scrims encircle the site of a new dorm, which will bolster residential life with additional faculty apartments and student rooms. These and many other improvements, some tangible and some subtle, have been made possible by Middlesex’s generous supporters, people who believe in the School’s mission and are turning campaign aspirations into real achievements.

The newly renovated LeBaron Briggs House (LB)

The newly renovated LeBaron Briggs House (LB)

Residential Life Goals Reached

In strategic plans dating back to The Campaign of a Century, it has long been the intent to renovate the School’s older dormitories. In addition to updating the buildings’ utilities and systems, other objectives included trying to add faculty apartments; increasing the number of student beds where possible to shift the enrolled percentage of boarders toward 75 percent; and creating common rooms in dorms that lacked any such gathering space. The success of the last campaign made considerable progress toward these aims, resulting in the refurbishing of Bryant-Paine, Higginson, and Hallowell Houses, and in the construction of the Oates Lane faculty homes.

The Howe Common Room now completes the western face of Robert Winsor House (RW).

The Howe Common Room now completes the western face of Robert Winsor House (RW).

Now, thanks in large part to the leadership of the Mx2 Honorary Co-chairs – Board Vice Presidents Bob and Anne Bass (parents of Chris ’93) and former Trustee Victor Atkins ’63 and his wife Victoria – all of the campaign’s residential life goals have been realized.

A significant gift from the Basses accomplished the summer 2014 renovation of LeBaron Briggs House (LB) and Robert Winsor House (RW) – two major projects that clearly inspired further developments. Parents and alumni responded enthusiastically to Victor’s Residential Life Challenge, which offered a 1:1 match of donations up to $7.5 million in order to build a new dorm and make other residential improvements. The steady flow of contributions led to the Howe Common Room becoming part of the overhaul of RW – and helped establish the Beaton Common Room within Clay – at last providing these dorms with places to meet, relax, or study. This past April, the challenge’s successful culmination resulted in the summer renovation of Clay and the site preparation for the new dorm: Landry House, named for the late C. Kevin Landry ’62, longtime Board treasurer and generous benefactor.

The LB Common Room, Howe Common Room (in RW), and the Beaton Common Room (in Clay) provide great social and study spaces for students.

Campus Homes Created

In fact, Kevin’s own fundraising initiative – the Landry Family Challenge, a collaborative effort with his wife Barrie and daughters Kim GwinnLandry ’89 and Jen Landry Le ’94 – also deserves credit for the attainment of the campaign’s residential life goals. When the School received a $500,000 grant from the Mary Mae Foundation in 2012 to build faculty housing, it soon became apparent that the project’s construction costs would exceed that amount. Because of the Landry Challenge, which matched parents’ gifts to any of the School’s strategic objectives, sufficient funds were raised to build five efficient, new faculty homes across from Middlesex’s main gate.

Completed in 2013, Mary Mae Village added five new faculty homes to campus. 

Completed in 2013, Mary Mae Village added five new faculty homes to campus. 

Landry House will include three more faculty apartments, too, achieving another long-term priority of adding seven faculty homes by 2017. This would likely please Kevin, as Jen recalls that her father considered strong faculty support key in retaining good teachers. “It would have been important to him to have three more families right on campus,” she reflects.

Landry House will be complete for the 2016 academic year.

Landry House will be complete for the 2016 academic year.

The dorm’s 36 beds will also bring the boarding population closer to becoming 75 percent of total enrollment, progressing toward that long-range benchmark. And, of course, Landry House has been designed with great communal spaces that would have been particularly meaningful to Kevin. The Class of ’62 Common Room was given as a 50th reunion gift by his class, an especially close-knit group; and, the 1989 Commons area was a collective 25th reunion gift from his daughter Kim’s cohesive class.

With its foundation now poured and set, Landry House will take shape in the coming months on the slope next to Higginson. “By September 2016,” confirms Head of School Kathy Giles, “we will have renovated three dormitories and built a new house. We have to thank all of the people involved – Victor and the Basses and the Landrys and many others – and use the momentum they have generated to kick off the last part of Mx2.”

Landry House construction is well under way with the foundation poured and the structure beginning to take shape. 

 

 

 

 

Early Supporters of MX2

Although MX2: The Campaign for Middlesex was introduced to the public in October of 2014, there have been many alumni, parents, and friends of the school who have supported the campaign since it's inception.  Without these early supporters, the enhancement of Middlesex traditions would not be possible.  Below we've highlighted several members of the Middlesex community who have helped to support the goal of the MX2 campaign.

Corey B. Hajim '90 and Edmund A. Hajim P. '90

"To Corey, as a student, the landscape of the school, the Olmsted-designed Circle, meant getting involved in all that Middlesex had to offer.  The Circle also means giving back, knowing that Middlesex's ideals can only be reached with external support, passing on the experience she was so generously offered by her father.  As an adult, what Corey learned as a student is a reminder to continue to foster multiple interests and facets of life, which she tries to maintain as an equity analyst at Diker Management, wife of artist Jim Sperber, and mother to three boys."

Edward "Ned" Gruener '52

"Ned is a firm believer that when given the gift of an elite education, it becomes one's responsibility to return it to others.  This maxim, Ned says, is the driving force behind his decision to start an [endowment] fund, one that reflects his ardent support of female education.  Ned's respect for the wealth of precocious young women in Maine, coupled with his admiration of the work of Head of School Kathy Giles, a Maine native herself, inspired a new fund that helps ensure that young women are never held back in their pursuits.  Given in honor of Kathy, this scholarship targets talented young women in isolated Maine towns, granting the opportunity for students to come to Middlesex and experience an educational breadth and rigor that would have been otherwise unavailable."

Jeffrey and Margaret Pierce  P'06'08'10

"Middlesex provided transformative support for Jeff and Meg's daughters [Avery '06, Caroline '08, and Wally '10] over the course of eight years, and they are thrilled to reflect support back on the School.  "We like to focus our giving on places and people that are special to our family," Jeff explains.  "And no one has touched our family quite like the Middlesex community."

Meg agrees wholeheartedly, and as a member of the Board of Trustees she has provided invaluable support and guidance to the School.  her role as a trustee also allows Meg a closer insight into the needs of the School, and specifically, the needs of the group that influenced her daughters the most: the faculty.  Together, Meg and Jeff jumped at the opportunity to support the Mary Mae Project that built five much-needed faculty homes.

But even with the construction of these elegant new faculty homes, the Pierces are quick to advocate the true value of the School.  "Middlesex is known for having such beautiful buildings," Jeff notes. "But what truly makes the school special are the people inside.""

John F. Brooke '81 P '12

"The Brooke Chair in Ethics and Spirituality was founded by John's family and provides the community with opportunities to find balance and perspective in a rigorous environment.  Through the establishment of classes in mindfulness and an expansion of the beloved chapel program, it's John's hope that the highly motivated and talented students of Middlesex will find an additional source of strength within themselves.  In order to succeed and sustain it, he explains, there must be a fundamental balance in mind and soul.

John Believes that Middlesex is the perfect environment for the cultivation of internal awareness because of the openness and sensitivity if the community.  And in a school that rigorously seeks to achieve as well as nurture, this commitment to mindfulness is especially significant because, as John puts it, "while achievements in academics, athletics, and arts are wonderful, without a sense of spirituality and meaning, they are, at the end of the day, hollow victories."

John's favorite part of the Ethics and Spirituality Chair is the scope of its impact.  All students, regardless of their personal interests, can feel the benefits of internal reflections.  Spirituality and ethics are universal, and John hopes that when the sun sets in the evenings, students will have a certainty of self on their mind."