John Newhall Wilson '43 (1986)
A star athlete, a class leader, and an academic achiever, you first distinguished yourself throughout your school days, both at The North Shore Country Day School, from which you graduated in 1928, through Williams College, where you earned 12 athletic letters, the only Williams alumnus with that distinction.
After earning your MA from Columbia University, you taught at the Hotchkiss School for 21 years before being named headmaster at Mercersburg Academy, where through your efforts, endowment for salaries, housing and scholarships was increased from $300,000 to 3 million dollars. Your service to independent education continued with the Edward E. Ford Foundation, where as Executive Director and then President of the Foundation, over 1000 independent schools have benefitted from financial grants. Your efforts in the field of education include being a founder of the Secondary School Admission Test and the SSAT Board which administers the test.
After serving as a trustee at Williams College for 5 years, you were awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from that College. Other honorary degrees awarded you include Doctor of Letters from Catawba College and Doctor of Law from Ursinus College.
William C. Fowle, for your wisdom, service, and dedication to the field of education, The North Shore Country Day School proudly pays tribute to you with the 1985 Francis R Stanton Alumni Recognition.
Presented June 7, 1985, by John A Wing,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees