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Meet Our Donors

On behalf of Choate Rosemary Hall, we would like to thank all of our donors for their generosity and support. Here are some of their stories.

Steve Monroe

Steve Monroe

Because my father, Perry Monroe ’41, was an only child (something he really did not like), Choate became very important to him as a “greater family” with the many “brothers” at school that he did not have at home. He actually kept in touch regularly with his Choate roommate until he died in 2015 at the age of 91.

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Gilbert Lieb ’47

Gilbert Lieb ’47

As a student, Cadwallader Evans III 34, or “Bro” as he was known on campus, was a member of the dramatic club, debating council, French Club, The Lit, and The News. When he died tragically in a shipwreck off the coast of Palestine in 1939, his parents wanted to ensure that his legacy would endure, so they created the Cadwallader Evans III ’34 Memorial Scholarship Fund. They also donated his journal from 1938-39 to the Andrew Mellon Library hoping that, “It might be of interest to have the student who received this scholarship know something of the boy in whose memory it was established.”

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Ed Fox '54

Ed Fox '54

Ed Fox, Choate Class of 1954, grew up in Jamaica Estates, Queens, in a city with a seriously overcrowded school system. "Our school ran triple sessions," he remembers. "I went to classes from noon until six at night." Knowing that the local schools did not provide a great path to college, Ed's father, a dentist, suggested they look at private schools in the Northeast.

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John Smyth '83

John Smyth '83

John Smyth '83 is a great example of the growing number of alumni with young families who are remembering Choate Rosemary Hall as they begin the process of planning for their futures. Ask him about his days at Choate and he will tell you about several extraordinary teachers and a very special woman in the Admissions Office.

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Bob Gaines '56

Bob Gaines '56

Bob Gaines has never been one to shy away from participating. At Choate, he was involved in a wide range of activities, from camera club and debate to soccer and tennis. In fact, George Steele, a revered teacher, warned Bob that he had exceeded the school's policy on activities. "I was surprised," says Bob. "I never even knew there was a policy."

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Richard Boynton '52

Richard Boynton '52

Choate inspired a meaningful personal transition for Dick Boynton, Choate Class of 1952. "I was like an ugly duckling," he says, "and only discovered I was a swan when I got to Choate."

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James S. Macgregor Jr. '33

James S. Macgregor Jr. '33

"My experiences at Choate had a tremendous influence on my life," says Jamie Macgregor. "This gift was a way I could give back, and I feel very good about that." Jamie's parents enrolled him at Choate in 1929, the same year his cousin, Roger White, graduated from the school. Like many others families, Jamie's had a connection to Choate.

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Anne Marshall Henry '62

Anne Marshall Henry '62

Anne Henry is an educator, a legacy she shares with her mother, Margaret Marshall James—who retired from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1979 after a career that began in 1954 at Rosemary Hall—and daughter, Megan, Dean of the Middle School at St. Johns School in Houston. During her career, Anne taught at such schools as Milton Academy, Agnes Irwin and Lawrenceville.

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The Iglehearts: The Legacy of a Family

The Iglehearts: The Legacy of a Family

What makes a school? You could well ask the members of the Igleheart family. James Igleheart '41—whose brothers Austin, Jr. '35, and John '45, also attended Choate and who passed away in 2007—believed the school was a little slice of heaven. "From the very first day, when George St. John and his wife greeted us by our first names," he said," it felt like home."

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Chris Holinger '96

Chris Holinger '96

As a freshman in a Chicago-area high school and wanting more for his education, Chris Holinger began a search for a better experience. Although, in a real sense, he says, Choate Rosemary Hall found him. He remembers the day he visited campus as wet, cold and dreary, but the people he met elevated his spirit and the school became his first choice.

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