We thank all our planned gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.
“An extraordinary education, both inside and outside the classroom, and lifelong friendships with both my classmates and the faculty--that is what an Episcopal education means to me and why the school deserves our support.
Curt Young ’54 credits The Episcopal Academy for molding his character.. While his college experience was positive and gave him an excellent education, he considers his time at Episcopal most valuable, in terms of academics and character building. What stands out for him most are his positive memories of the many great teachers who taught him at EA.
On the occasion of his 50th Reunion, Loyd Pakradooni wanted to make a meaningful contribution on behalf of his class and opted for a planned gift which allowed him to make it more significant. “This is important to me---for my family, my class, the school, and my legacy,” Loyd commented. The Pakradooni family has been involved at EA since Loyd’s uncles and father were students at the school, and that legacy carried on to the next two generations.
“The EA experience, the sound academic education, the inspirational faculty, and my great classmates changed and enriched my life in so many ways.”
It is hard to describe how Episcopal has impacted my life. My first experience with EA occurred in September of 1962 when I arrived at Merion for my first day there. Throughout my 14 years as a student, EA continually shaped my life and helped to mold me into who I am today (for better or worse). During those chaotic teenage years of the early 1970’s, it was EA that offered me a positive way to be me. To say I made life-long friends there is an understatement, but my attraction goes way beyond that.
Among my memories of my father, Percival van Roden Harris ’10, are his fond reminiscences about his years at The Episcopal Academy. It is my belief that being enriched by the Episcopal experience inspired him to give of his many athletic and academic talents to the school.
As a couple, we have been affiliated with EA since 1975, the year Kim '88 enrolled in kindergarten! Jamie '86 joined the mix in 6th grade in 1979. Needless to say, those nearly 40 years of Episcopal Academy involvement have brought incredible experiences, growth, learning, and lifelong friends. We have always felt like part of a very unique community at EA and, of course, it holds a particularly special place for us since it is where we met. Now, as EA parents -- Kelsey '20 and Eloise '21 (entering 6th grade this fall), plus Sydney '24 and Simon '26 aspiring to future matriculation at EA! We are delighted to be passing along the Episcopal experience to our own children.
For the last 14 years, Nancy Taylor, Hon. has been a stalwart of the Alumni & Development Office. Every day Nancy pours her heart into her work with EA Alumni by planning their reunions, organizing events to honor their accomplishments, and sharing their joys and sorrows with their classmates. She proudly displays her honorary alumna certificate above her desk, and it is plain to see that she loves Episcopal as much as any graduate. This year, Nancy took a new step in cementing her place as part of the Episcopal community. She joined the Bishop William White Society.
There are times in life when the care, support and interest of one person can have a huge influence on the person we become. For me, that person was Richard Boekenkamp, Head of the Science Department at Episcopal. I entered Episcopal in the Second Form (8th grade) and it soon became apparent that academically, I lagged behind my classmates. I recall being called into his office, where he inquired about my school work. In hindsight I recognize that he was a very good listener and as a counselor, he gave me the support I needed to persevere. He was the one person I felt able to confide in. I know it was through his constant attention and support that I made it through EA.
Sandra and I are delighted that we participated in the Ever Episcopal Campaign. Our "naming opportunity" at the new campus honors those devoted and patient masters who put up with us boys and egged us along through the years. My father, I , three nephews and a great nephew were all given the "Episcopal Experience," something I deeply value.
Sadly, RT Toland passed away on August 10, 2012. He was a loyal and devoted leader of the Class of 1940, a man with boundless enthusiasm for his alma mater, his family, and his friends. We shall miss him terribly.
Back in 1985, when this venerable school was celebrating its 200th anniversary, I chaired Episcopal's Century III campaign. The goal of the campaign was to build the school's endowment, then in its infancy, in order to better compensate an excellent faculty and increase financial aid.
John Hentz ’48 credits Episcopal with providing him with a solid foundation for life. “Much of what I know about integrity and morality came from examples demonstrated by EA faculty and classmates. I was certainly well prepared for college, but more importantly, prepared for life. All I came in contact with I learned from, although I may not have known it at the time. It gives me great satisfaction to include the Academy in my estate plans because it is an institution that shares my values.”
Len and Edna Haley have influenced the lives of hundreds of students during their time at The Episcopal Academy. Len, who has been at EA for 43 years, has held every job from Spanish teacher to Acting Head of Middle and Lower Schools to Facilities and Operations Director. For the last 28 years, Edna has been a dedicated and tireless first- grade teacher in the Lower School.
Chip Bromley ’00 is one of the youngest members of the BWW Society. As a professional wealth manager, Chip is very familiar with investments, retirement strategies, and estate planning, including charitable gifts. As he worked with his clients, he witnessed how many had charitable gifts as part of their overall financial goals and how they were fulfilled.