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."