On Friday, April 8, more than 180 alumni and guests returned for Browning's annual Alumni Reunion, a full day of festivities. Alumni from the Classes of 1950 through 2013 attended along with their guests, as well as a number of faculty and staff. The Alumni Association's highest distinction, the Charles W. Cook '38 Alumnus Achievement Award, was presented to Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner, Jr. '71 during the evening reception.
The day began with an Alumni Career Panel featuring four alumni: Benjamin D'Innocenzo '06 (Environmental Protection Agency), Max Levai '06 (Marlborough Chelsea), Alexander Sheridan '04 (Riverdale Country School) and Alexandros Theodorou '93 (Virgin America). These alumni spoke to Upper School boys about their lives after Browning, shared words of wisdom and advice, and proudly discussed how well their Browning education has served them. They also expressed gratitude to a number of faculty members who still work at Browning. Following the Career Panel, the annual True Grytte Society and Consecutive-Year Donor Luncheon was held for the 10th year in a row at a nearby private club. The highlight of the luncheon was a special performance from the Upper School Chorus, led by Music Department Chair David Prestigiacomo. Please click here to watch.
The main Reunion event, a cocktail reception held in the Lower Gym, saw a record turnout of alumni and guests. The Stephen S. Perry '76 Memorial Class Representative Awards were presented to three outstanding alumni: Sanford Pelz '71 (Most Outstanding Class Representative), Justin Kingson '98 (Most Outstanding Class Correspondent) and William Selden '65 (Most Outstanding Class Fundraiser). Following the Alumnus Achievement Award presentation to Mr. Gardner, Headmaster Clement was made an Honorary Member of the Alumni Association in recognition of his final year as head. President Michael Beys '89 led the special presentation and was joined on stage by past presidents Jeffrey Landes '83 and Richard Weaver '75.
Throughout the day, alumni visited classes and toured the newly renovated facilities. A special archival display in the lobby was also popular. The Alumni Association is grateful to the many alumni, faculty and staff who made this event possible!