Sandy Restrepo ’01 received this year's John B. Diman Award — the school's highest alumni honor — at Alumni Weekend 2019 for her work as an immigration lawyer outside of Seattle and as co-founder of Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, a law firm working to build community leadership and power for migrant justice through legal advocacy and education. Head of School Alixe Callen presented the award (pictured above) and you can watch her speech here.
Howard B. Dean Service Awards were presented to Foxhall A. “Foxy” Parker ’42, Jeffrey “Jeff” J. Kimbell ’89, and Dr. Robin G. Wallace during Alumni Weekend in the Stephen B. Cabot and Archer Harman Ice Center on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Following are the citations read for the honorees:
Foxhall A. “Foxy” Parker ’42*
As a student, Foxy Parker was one of the “First Fifteen,” an honor recognizing top academic scholars. As an alumnus, he ranks even higher for his exceptional service to the school. Foxy was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1989 and served in executive roles as Board Secretary and Treasurer, and as a member of the Buildings and Grounds, Development, Investment, and Executive Committees. After 21 devoted years on the Board, he was elected Honorary Trustee in 2010.
Foxy is equally committed to the Class of 1943, having served on the Annual Giving Committee as Associate Agent and Head Agent, faithfully making calls to his classmates on behalf of the St. George’s Fund, and cheerfully planning and attending reunions.
For as far back as the records go, Foxy has not missed a year contributing to the Annual Fund. When the need has arisen for capital projects, he has generously supported the Art Center, Hockey Rink, Fitness Center, Geronimo, Campus Life Project, Academic Center, and the Chapel. He also joined the Ogden Nash Society by generously making provisions for St. George’s in his estate plans.
Foxy’s wife Helen, an honorary Dragon, has accompanied Foxy to campus for the past 30 years to attend board dinners and other SG events. Her family was connected to the Hilltop when her brother, Ernest Walker Jr., enrolled at St. George’s as a member of the Class of 1955. Other SG connections include Foxy’s father, Morgan Parker, a member of the Class of 1913, and Foxy and Helen’s daughter Mary, a member of the Class of 1980. The beautiful Parker Family Courtyard at the entrance of the Drury/Grosvenor Art Center celebrates what St. George’s has meant to the Parker Family.
A member of the Diman Society, Foxy is one of a small group of individuals who have proven themselves true champions of St. George’s through their exceptional lifetime generosity to the school. Diman Society members are committed to the values of St. George’s and provide extraordinary resources to advance the school’s mission and vision.
It is my great pleasure to present a 2019 Howard B. Dean Service Award to Foxhall A. Parker ’43, a true friend of St. George’s School.
*Please note that Mr. Parker could not attend the ceremony.
Jeffrey “Jeff” J. Kimbell ’89
It is only fitting that on the occasion of Jeff Kimbell’s 30th reunion at St. George’s, we gather to celebrate and honor Jeff for his volunteer work, dedication and enthusiasm for SG. Since graduating from SG in 1989, Jeff has found countless ways to give back to the school with the same passion he approaches all aspects of his life: his love for family, his successful lobbying career in D.C., fly fishing, and gaming, just to name a few.
It is hard to imagine any volunteer role created at SG that Jeff has not enthusiastically raised his hand to take on. Today we will highlight just a few, knowing that it would take us quite a while to go through the entire resume of his volunteer service. Jeff has been a Dragon Weeks caller, a Day of Giving volunteer, Class Correspondent, Reunion Committee member (including this 30th reunion year), and along with his wife Jessica, an event host at their home in D.C. Jeff was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2018, where he served on the Advancement and Operations Committees and the Committee on Trustees, and was the co-chair of the inaugural Alumni Board of Visitors. In addition to his volunteer work, Jeff has been a generous supporter of many of the fundraising efforts of the school including the SG Fund, and several capital improvement projects.
In 1999, Jeff established the William S.R. Rogers Endowment for Public Policy in honor of his St. George’s history teacher Robin Rogers, whose White House class Jeff credits for his professional career. For all the work and generosity Jeff has shown the school for the last 30 years, it is his unique vision and personal investment in this standout program that has made it such a success and has significantly impacted the experience of so many young Dragons. Now in its sixth consecutive year, the Rogers Endowment is perhaps Jeff’s greatest contribution to St. George’s. This four-day immersion program has given a total of 72 students the opportunity to understand politics and to engage with policy makers in our nation’s capital. It has been a great opportunity for many of our students to discover their interest in government and the multitude of careers that D.C. has to offer. The school is fortunate to have been represented so well by Jeff and our Rogers Scholars over the years.
It is a true honor to present Jeff with a 2019 Howard B. Dean Service Award.
Dr. Robin Wallace
In 1971, after a stint in Vietnam serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Robin Wallace returned home to Newport, Rhode Island. Already well-known within the community as a pediatrician at the Aquidneck Medical Association, Robin was asked in 1974 by former head of school, Tony Zane, to become St. George’s visiting physician. He embraced the role, made early morning calls on campus; and then, after a full day’s work in town, returned to the Hilltop at night to check on students in need. He became an avid member of the health group initiated by Jan Buell and was always looking for ways to best care for the students.
In 1995, he deservedly was named the Helen Porter Dyke Chair for the Support of Students, given to “a faculty member or health services staff member whose special care and concern for the health and overall well-being of students transcends the daily labors and helps make St. George’s School a nurturing community in which to grow and learn.”
In 2003, Dr. Wallace left his practice at Aquidneck Medical Association and became even more involved at St. George’s. Ever dedicated to the students, he worked alongside Dr. Judith Owens to complete a sleep study showing the benefits for starting school later, and successfully had the start time moved to 8:30 a.m. Today, this model has been initiated across many independent and public schools.
Beyond the health center walls, Dr. Wallace’s contributions around campus seem never-ending. He was an integral part of the Christmas Festival and Prize Day, a founding member of the Friends of the Chapel group, an Ogden Nash Society member for his generous donations to St. George’s, and after his retirement in 2017, he was designated Faculty Emeritus. Also an avid fan of Dragon athletics, he was
even inducted into the SG Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 for his dedication to the teams on the Hilltop.
Ryan Mulhern ’91, now Director of Admission, remembers Dr. Wallace as an essential part of the SG Hockey team. “He is the guy who never tires, who gives and gives and never asks for anything in return. He is the man behind the scenes. Doc Wallace is one of the original good guys.”
With 43 years of service to the school, Dr. Wallace has shown his dedication to the health and wellness of our community. He took the lead in establishing modern, preventative care on campus, and has represented St. George’s with integrity for decades. Because of his extraordinary service to St. George’s School, it is true honor to present him with a 2019 Howard B. Dean Service Award.