Francis R. Stanton

Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition
The Stanton Recognition was established in 1981 and is given annually at Homecoming/Alumni Weekend to an alumnus/a of North Shore whose life work exemplifies the School’s motto “Live and Serve.” Francis Stanton ’27 was a true model of “Live and Serve.” Among his service to North Shore he taught an architecture class, coached tennis, was a member of the Board of Directors, was president of the Alumni Association and served as a trustee of the Foundation. He died in February 1995.
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  • Liam Davis '86 (2016)

    After graduation from North Shore in 1986, Liam attended Kenyon College, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He first moved to Boston, where he worked as a musician/puppeteer for The Underground Railway Theatre, helping to bring educational theatre to young audiences.
  • Betsy Perkins Hill '70 (2015)

    After graduation from North Shore in 1970, Betsy attended Wellesley College graduating in 1974 Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. She has an M.B.A. from J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern University. She began her career in education as a teacher at North Shore Country Day School and her passion for education has continued throughout her distinguished career in various businesses and educational settings. 
  • John R. (Rick) MacArthur '74 (2014)

    After graduating from North Shore in 1974, Rick attended Columbia University and graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in history. He began his career as a reporter and continues to be a writer while running Harper's Magazine, publishing books and advocating for press freedom and human rights.
  • David Misch '68 (2013)

    Following his graduation from North Shore in 1968, David went to Pomona College. After graduating, he moved to Boston where he wrote political satire, hosted a live music radio show and performed as a comic folksinger and stand-up comedian at colleges, coffeehouses and nightclubs in New England and the Midwest. His song "Somerville" was released nationally by Fretless Records and he was named "Best Comedian in Boston" by Boston Magazine. His career was launched and he returned to California to write for the "Mork and Mindy" television show, which received two Emmy-award nominations. In addition, David co-wrote "Leave It To Dave," the pilot for David Letterman's first talk show.
  • Peyton Young '62 (2012)

    Following his graduation from North Shore in 1962, Peyton Young went to Harvard University, graduating in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in General Studies and from the University of Michigan in 1970 with a PhD in Mathematics where he was awarded the Sumner B. Myers thesis prize for his work in combinatorial mathematics. Thus began his very distinctive, distinguished and accomplished career in the field of education.
  • Dick Meyer '76 (2011)

    Following his graduation from North Shore in 1976, Dick Meyer went to Columbia University graduating in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in religion and from the University of Oxford in 1982 with a master’s degree in politics with a specialty in the history of political philosophy.  He moved into the field of journalism and has had a distinctive, distinguished and accomplished career.
  • Biff Steel '60 (2010)

    William “Biff” Steel’s family roots run deep at North Shore. His mother Miriam Fetcher Steel is a 1933 graduate, his father Bill Steel taught for 20 years at North Shore, (and remains highly respected; the impact on his students has been life-long), and sister Polly Steel is a 1965 graduate. Biff is currently Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research of the University of Ghana, teaching microfinance, and also consulting for the World Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and others. 
  • Pat Blunt Koldyke '54 (2009)

    Patricia Blunt Koldyke is a North Shore “lifer.” She graduated the same year Perry Dunlap Smith retired as Headmaster of the School.  She continued her education at Vassar College, along with four of her classmates from North Shore, and graduated in 1959. Her first job was with Harper’s Bazaar as a gal Friday to the shoe editor, but marriage to a man she credits with values of rural America combined with creativity, ingenuity, humor and a deep commitment outside of his work to political and social activism intervened. These same qualities also describe Pat as she has made a remarkable and significant impact individually and in partnership with her husband Mike in meaningful and influential ways in the greater Chicago-area and global communities.
  • Ellen Rockwell Galland '63 (2008)

    Ellen Rockwell Galland is an architect who has long been committed to the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings that contribute to long-term conservation of the environment. Following her graduation in 1963, Ellen received her BA. from Vassar College and a Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Illinois. She is a registered architect in the states of Illinois and Colorado and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
  • Richard Marx '81 (2007)

    Richard Marx is a musician who has left a powerful mark on the music industry. With a career spanning more than 20 years, he has sold over 30 million records; performed nineteen top 20 singles as a solo artist; written 13 Number One songs; and received the 2004 Grammy Song of the Year, along with Luther Vandross, for "Dance With My Father." Richard is a 1981 graduate of the North Shore Country Day School. As an alumnus he has generously provided his time, talent and knowledge with Morning Ex performances and meeting with students.
  • Georgia Elmes Welles '48 (2006)

    Georgia Elmes Welles has led a life of service to her community through volunteerism and with a strong philanthropic spirit that has significantly impacted educational, social service and artistic arenas. Her contributions of time, talent and resources have and will continue to make a remarkable difference for years to come. Georgia is a 1948 graduate of North Shore Country Day School and attended Vassar College.
  • Linda S. Breuer '69 (2005)

    Linda Breuer graduated from North Shore Country Day School in 1969 and is a North Shore "lifer." She attended Bennington and Goddard colleges where she studied art and preschool education. Linda pursued her artistic abilities as a painter, and then moved into the field of preschool education using art to work with abused children. In 1977 her career path shifted when she took on a new role in her family's industrial vacuum-cleaner business. She learned the business from the ground up, starting in the factory and eventually working her way up to become president of the company. Ultimately, Linda purchased the business and turned it around despite the skepticism of those who felt she lacked a business background.
  • Suzanne Folds McCullagh '69 (2004)

    Suzanne Folds McCullagh graduated from The North Shore County Day School in 1969. From the day she graduated and took her first steps off the NSCDS campus, Suzanne has dedicated herself to the lifelong study, appreciation, exhibition, publication, teaching and acquisition of Old Master prints and drawings, culminating in a career which has had a significant impact on the world of art in Chicago.

  • Hamilton "Chip" Moses, III '68 (2003)

    Hamilton "Chip" Moses has had a long and distinguished medical career as reflected in the range and depth of his medical experience and accomplishments. Chip is a 1968 graduate of North Shore Country Day School. Before entering medicine, he studied music and English at Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania, where in 1972 he received a degree in physiological psychology. In 1975, he received his medical degree from the Rush Medical College in Chicago. Thereafter, he entered residency training in psychiatry, internal medicine, and neurology at RushPresbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, The National Hospital London and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland.
  • Jessica Harper '67 (2002)

    Jessica Harper's contributions as an artist have reached people of all ages and through several art forms: as an actress, as a writer and performer of award-winning children's music, and as author of a number of award-winning children's books. Jessica is a 1967 graduate of North Shore Country Day School and attended Sarah Lawrence College.
  • Thomas F. Geraghty '62 (2001)

    Tom Geraghty's commitment to serving those in need of advocacy and justice has been pervasive in his legal career, teaching, professional activities and published material. Tom is a 1962 graduate of North Shore Country Day School and received an AB degree in 1966 from Harvard University. In 1970, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
  • Deborah Vainder Edidin '67 (2000)

    Deborah Vainder Edidin is an accomplished physician noted in the field of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. After her graduation from North Shore Country Day School in 1967, Deborah attended Vassar College and received her BA. at the University of Chicago with honors and her M.D. from the Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, University of Illinois. She completed her residency at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics. 
  • Merle C. Chambers '64 (1999)

    Merle Catherine Chambers is a successful business-woman and a true philanthropist. After her graduation from North Shore Country Day School in 1964, Merle received her B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of Law, and a tax law degree from the University of Denver. Merle Chambers owned and managed a successful transportation business and a large, independent oil and gas company. Merle thrives on challenges, not only on the challenges of running a business, but on personal challenges as well. She was the third woman to reach both the North and South Poles. Through Merle's philanthropic endeavors and various foundation board positions, she directs millions of dollars each year to non-profit organizations assisting women and children.
  • Herman H. Lackner '30 (1998)

    In the spirit of his 1930 Mirror quotation "They are lost who have not speech" (applied to Herman by an anonymous classmate)—he still says what he thinks. When not designing buildings as an architect or delivering himself of strong opinions, he has been active in the Chicago Literary Club, traveling, reading and, on occasion, entertaining members of the North Shore Alumni Senior Class (alumni who have passed their 5Oth Reunion). He is, in short, a dynamo.
  • Judge James L. Oakes '41 (1997)

    Dedicated to the study of law since graduating from Harvard College in 1945 followed by Harvard Law School in 1947, Judge Oakes' distinguished legal career began as a trial lawyer. Having served in public office as Vermont State Senator from 1961-1965 and Vermont Attorney General from 1967 -1968, his legal experience led him to the District Court of Vermont in 1970 where he served until he was named to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1971, where he was Chief Judge from 1989 to 1992.


  • Robert A. Jones '55 (1996)

    It is a privilege for me to introduce Robert Jones of the class of '55. Bob is the 1996 recipient of the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition which is presented each year to an alumnus whose life exemplifies the School's motto "Live and Serve."

    After graduating from North Shore, Bob received his Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and MBA from Northwestern. His professional reputation developed first at Bank of America in 1969, where he authored the bank's weekly financial newsletter. He was appointed Vice President and Director of Financial Forecasting for the prestigious firm of Chase Econometrics, a division of Chase Manhattan Bank. He authored numerous articles for trade journals and magazines as well as authoring Power of Coinage, a book on the U.S. financial structure and related monetary theory. He is the founder and chairman of Market News Service, Market Broadcasting Corporation, Jones International, and the founder and chairman emeritus of MNIS International.
  • Dr. Anne Young '65 (1995)

    Before presenting the award this year, I need to say a few words about Franny who was the archetype and first recipient. Franny died in February after a long fight with Parkinson's disease and a shorter but no less valiant one with cancer. As a member of the class of '27 and the parent of alums, Franny directly and indirectly enriched the lives of generations of Raiders; whether as trustee, founder of the Alumni Association, tennis coach, friend or mentor. Now this award will have to be the primary reminder of his remarkable spirit and contribution. A fitting but completely inadequate memorial.
  • Lawrence Howe '38 (1994)

    It is a great personal privilege for me to represent the School in honoring Lawrence Howe of the class of 1938. Larry is this year's recipient of the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition, presented each year to an alumnus whose life work exemplifies the school's motto "Live and Serve." Larry's professional career has been distinguished, and he has contributed his time and wisdom to a wide range of civic organizations. For me, he started as an avuncular family friend, and subsequently became a role model, consultant on school leadership and personal friend.
  • Robert A. Aldrich '35 (1993)

    It is fitting, indeed, that The North Shore Country Day School, a place that exists to educate and nurture young people, should be presenting the 1993 Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition to Robert A. Aldrich '35, a distinguished pediatrician and long-time advocate for children.

    Bob Aldrich has practiced medicine, done important scientific research, written numerous articles and books, lectured around the world and served as a national leader on children's issues.
  • John Nash Ott '27 (1992)

    Over sixty years ago, while working by day at the First National Bank of Chicago, John Ott, NSCDS Class of 1927, began his evening and weekend experiments that would lead to the development of time-lapse photography. As Ott and others refined this process, the applications turned out to be enormous, ranging from the laboratories of plant biologists to the studios of Hollywood filmmakers. Most of us probably know the process best from the famous Walt Disney nature films, on many of which Ott worked. Or we may recall, Barbra Streisand's movie, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, where Ms. Streisand's singing seems to bring a plant to full flower before our eyes. But John Ott was the real magician.
  • Edward L. Glaser II '47 (1991)

    Ted Glaser is surely one of the most remembered and loved graduates of The North Shore Country Day School. It was not so much his blindness which had such an impact on people as the way he coped with it. His energy, optimism, warmth and insatiable curiosity simply overwhelmed the fears and insecurities that he might have faced, as well as any possible discomfort of those around him. Add to these qualities his great intelligence and deep religious convictions and you can easily understand why he accomplished so much.
  • Dr. Katherine Sanford Mifflin '33 (1990)

    We are pleased to welcome Dr. Katherine Sanford Mifflin '33 to the 71st commencement ceremony of The North Shore Country Day School to receive the 1990 Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition Award.

    In her work and in her life Dr. Mifflin has embodied the School's motto, "Live and Serve." Her long and distinguished career as a research scientist with the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, has produced important contributions to the understanding of the complex mechanisms of cancer.
  • Fisher Howe '31 (1989)

    While most of us might be satisfied with one distinguished career, Fisher Howe has had what he refers to as multiple incarnations. He was a textile salesman. Then, following twenty-five years as a foreign service officer, he was dean at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Recently, he has been involved in fundraising programs for a number of non-profit institutions, mostly as a consultant.
  • Roger Fisher '39 (1988)

    Born in Winnetka, Roger graduated from The North Shore Country Day School in 1939. He earned a B.A. degree from Harvard College, served for four years in the United States Air Force and, in 1948, graduated from Harvard Law School where he was Editor of the Law Review. Returning from an administrative post in Paris, he joined the law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., working primarily on issues of public international law for foreign governments. In the late '50s he became a lecturer at Harvard Law School, soon to become a Professor of Law.
  • John A. Howard ’39 (1987)

    We are pleased to welcome you, John A. Howard ’39 to The North Shore Country Day School to receive the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition given to a graduate of the School whose lifework has enriched the larger community.

    After graduating from North Shore in 1939, you attended Princeton University where your studies were interrupted by World War II. Having been highly decorated for heroism during that conflict, you returned to Northwestern University to receive B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.
  • 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.
  • William C. Fowle '28 (1985)

    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.
  • John W. Macy, Jr. '34

    John W. Macy, Jr. '34 (1984)

    We are proud, indeed, to welcome you, John W. Macy, Jr., to The North Shore Country Day School for the second time in a two week period. First, to celebrate the 50th reunion of your Class of 1934, and now, to receive the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition given to a graduate of the School whose lifework has enriched the larger community.

    Of your eleven-year attendance at North Shore, you recently stated: “ln terms of my own life’s goals and satisfactions, North Shore played a preeminent role and I particularly gloried in opportunities it offered to generate a broad scope of interest in many fields.”
  • Phyllis Babb Perkins '46 (1983)

    The Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition for 1983 is conferred upon Phyllis Babb Perkins, Class of 1946, who gave so much of her energy, wisdom, values and loving nature to this School. She provided exceptional leadership as Chairman of the Board, President of the Alumni Association, Chairman of the Education Committee and Chairman of the Future Goals Committee.
  • Laura B. '33 and Francis D. Moore, M.D., '31 (1982)

    The Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition was established last year as an annual tribute to a graduate of this School whose life and work have enriched the School and the larger community. Today we have chosen to honor two graduates of North Shore, a man and woman, each distinguished in several fields of service.
  • Francis R. Stanton '27

    Francis R. Stanton '27 (1981)

    Today marks the closing exercises of the 63rd year of our School’s history and a new class of alumni. Among the 2,300 alumni of North Shore, many have distinguished and enriched both the School and the larger community. We have paid tribute and recognized some of these men and women in various ways but had hoped sometime to formalize this honor and record the rich history of our School. Today we begin that record with a man for whom the Alumni Recognition will be named, a man whose personal commitment to The North Shore Country Day School is beyond measure.
North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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