“The EA experience, the sound academic education, the inspirational faculty, and my great classmates changed and enriched my life in so many ways.”
Gil Parker arrived at The Episcopal Academy in 8th grade after starting school in the Philadelphia school system. His parents made a decision that his education needed more substance, focus and challenge and arranged for Gil to enter Episcopal. Gil sees his years at Episcopal as the pivotal point in his education, opening many new and exciting career opportunities for him.
Over the years since graduation, Gil returned to campus for his class reunions and continued to feel a strong connection to his classmates and the school. He values his EA experience highly and is particularly indebted to his very knowledgeable teachers. They inspired his interest in many subjects. He notes that Robert Neathery sparked his fascination in the sciences and Gil went on to a successful career in business and industry. Other teachers such as, Kennith Balsley, Anthony Ridgeway and Randy Stone, also kindled his love of learning and created the foundation of curiosity that continues with Gil today.
Gil and his beloved wife, Jeannie, did not have children during their marriage. By establishing a fund to help hire and retain the best faculty, they felt they could benefit future EA students. The Gilbert ’57 and Jean Parker Fellowship Fund was created to help the school recruit a great faculty member in the Lower, Middle or Upper School, each year. It is important that we attract the very best teachers to challenge and nurture our students every day---just as Gil’s teachers did. By documenting this fund now, the school is able to clearly understand how Gil would like his estate gift used when the time comes. It also helps the school plan for the future.
Who are the teachers who inspired you at EA? If you would like to tell us more about your vision for an estate gift to EA, or want to develop your plan for how you may benefit the school, please let us know.