Richardson Scholarship Reaches Endowment
THANK YOU to the dozens of alumni, staff, Board members and friends who helped Brewster endow a new scholarship (established just one year ago) honoring Bob and Shirley Richardson.
Bob and Shirley influenced the lives of hundreds of students, faculty and Wolfeboro community residents. For more than four decades, they dedicated their lives to strengthening the Academy and wider community.
Bob wore many hats at Brewster, as Academic Dean, history department chair, college admissions director, dorm parent and coach of football and tennis. He was one of the longest serving faculty members, and in 1993 became the first Team Leader to sign up for The Brewster Model. A natural at student-centered and project-based learning techniques, he received the Teacher of the Year Award for American History from the State of New Hampshire in 1986.
Shirley brought panache to campus in 1974; she had a gift for recognizing the best in every student and honoring their individuality. In addition to being the Dean of College Placement for 15 years, she has been the campus conscience that “appearances matter”. She appreciates that Brewster looks good to everyone who passes by, continuing as the spirit of Christmas who hangs wreaths on all its doors. Shirley knows this matters to Wolfeboro, and it matters to her. She served in many roles including as a teacher of English and Instructional Support. Much loved beyond the campus, Shirley has been a dedicated leader of Hospice, and given many service hours to the Hospital Street Fair and “Friends of Music”.
Together they inspired students both in and out of the classroom by bringing history and culture alive through study trips abroad. Testimony of their devotion to Brewster is the generations of their own children and grandchildren educated here. The Board recognized their dedication by naming the Richardson House in their honor. Bob and Shirley never really retired, nor will they be forgotten. They replaced classroom and office with writing the Academy’s history. They tackled the task of scouring hundreds of documents and photos to capture each generation’s efforts in building the Academy into the school it is today. Published in 2011, “The Brewster Story” honors those who have passed through its doors.
Although Bob passed away in 2014 at the age of 83, his and Shirley’s passion for life and for serving and building a better tomorrow continues to inspire us.
This new scholarship, in their honor, will provide support to a student each year from 2018, in perpetuity! Their wish is for it to be designated for a New Hampshire student with demonstrated financial need (with preference to a student with a family legacy at the Academy).
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