On the Friday of Reunion Weekend, more than 120 alumni and friends gathered to mark a historic occasion: the groundbreaking for the Bill ’67 and Peter ’71 Alfond Coastal Research Center, named for trustee and lead donor Bill Alfond and his late brother Peter, and establishment of the Bass Institute, named for lead donors Bob ’67 and Anne Bass.
“Today is a meaningful day for Joni and me, and for our family. We are grateful to be together for this special event in the company of my classmates and my brother Peter’s classmates,” said Alfond. “I know Peter is looking down on us today, happy and smiling, because this is exactly what he would have wanted to do for Govs.”
“We are deeply grateful to Bob and Anne Bass making our dreams theirs, too,” added Board President Jim Pierce ’72 P’08 of the Bass’s gift to endow the Bass Institute. Erika Mitkus was hired this spring as the inaugural Director of the Bass Institute.
“When Bill and Joan get excited about something, it isn’t just the immediate outcome that draws them in,” says Head of School Dr. Peter H. Quimby ‘85 P’14. “It’s the potential of their support to do something transformational.”