Three generations of the Benson family, including Richard "Chip" Benson ’61 (right), were honored for their contributions to American art and design at the Newport Art Museum’s “Beaux Arts Ball” this month. The family includes master stone carvers John Benson and Nicholas Benson, as well as several noted artists and craftspeople. Richard, a photographer and printer, served as the Dean of the Yale School of Art from 1996 to 2006, and has taught photography at Yale University since 1979. He was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship — also known as a “genius grant” — in 1986 and a winner of the John B. Diman Award, St. George’s highest alumni honor, in 2004. Watch a video of him discussing the history of photographic printmaking here.
Alumni on Campus This Week
• Gray Ottley ’88 visited the Hilltop Tuesday with his daughter Lola and wife Nadina. Lola was excited to see SG for the first time after her recent three-week trip on Geronimo. Gray and family live in Sun Valley, Idaho.
• Glennard “Pick” Frederick ’55, who lives in Harvard, Mass., visited campus earlier this week to get a tour of the new Academic Center with classmate Bob Ceres. The Academic Center was completed in January and remains a hub of activity this summer with about 30 students and teachers from Salve Regina University using the facility for research, as their own O’Hare Academic Center is being renovated and expanded.
• Aquidneck Island natives Darcey O'Halloran ’06, Charlotte O'Halloran ’14 and Oona Pritchard ’13 (above right) were out on the front lawn of campus this week running a day camp for young girls. Called the Chicks That Rip, the camp teaches lacrosse and surfing. What better setting than SG?!
University of Minnesota Professor of Law Richard Painter ’80 appeared on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” Wednesday night. (Navigate to the July 13 "full episode" to see the show.) An expert on legal ethics, Painter was asked to appear on the program to lend some perspective on the spat between presidential candidate Donald Trump and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week. Ginsburg, who yesterday apologized for her remarks, had publicly criticized the presumptive Republican nominee. Painter told O’Donnell he hopes people remain respectful of the court: “Donald Trump is no ordinary candidate," he said. "He has challenged the independence of the judiciary and he has proposed a number of measures that would probably be unconstitutional. And if the court tells a President Trump that he can’t do something, we need to have everyone willing to back the Supreme Court.”
Congratulations to Johnny Norfleet ’09, who was the first to respond with the correct answer to last week’s trivia question about which major league baseball team was partly owned by the late Craig Watjen ’54. Many responded with “the Seattle Mariners,” but Johnny was back to us in a flash. Try again, all!
This week’s trivia question: Name the Class of 1987 alum and award-winning actor who visited the Hilltop for a Women in Leadership event this spring — and who is best known for her role on “Modern Family.” The first person to reply with the correct answer wins a coupon code for $10 off a purchase from our online school store. Good luck!
Save the dates for:
• Our Nantucket reception: Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. (Please RSVP to email@example.com)
• Our Greenvale Vineyards reception in Portsmouth, R.I.: Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• Our annual NYC reception for alumni and parents at the New York Yacht Club: Tuesday, Nov. 1.
• Middlesex Weekend and Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12
• Alumni Weekend 2017: May 19-21, 2017
To RSVP, or for more information about any of these events, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org