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  • 2019 Head of School’s Award for Distinguished Service to the School

    The Head of School’s Award recognizes alumni whose commitment and service to the school serve as an inspiration, and who have lived out the Ransom Everglades mission. Recipients must have demonstrated commitment to the school’s mission by fostering a sense of “community, personal integrity and values,” and following Paul C. Ransom’s belief that people are “in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it.”

    Head of School Penny Townsend named Lili Krech Neale '69 the 2019 recipient of the Head of School's Award during the Class of 1969 50-year reunion luncheon on April 12. Townsend thanked Neale for her leadership and decades of devotion and service to Ransom Everglades.

    Neale volunteered to help organize her 50-year reunion, stepping up as she so often has since departing the Everglades School for Girls in 1969. Her passion and participation have been fueled by a long and proud connection to RE. She grew up under an educator father who worked at the Ransom School and Everglades School for Girls. She married an alum, sent her son to RE and has been an active alumna since she graduated.

    "Lili is a kind and unassuming person who delights in elevating others," Townsend said. "She brings good cheer, enthusiasm and great competence to every undertaking. It is truly a privilege to recognize her for her years of joyful dedication to Ransom Everglades."

    Neale, now retired, served as a critical care nurse at Mercy Hospital after earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Miami. She studied pre-nursing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She married Andy Neale '69, son of Ransom School board member David Neale, and they sent son Grady Neale '98 to RE. Her late father, M. Chapin "Hafey" Krech, served as an administrator and math teacher at both schools. Her two sisters, Cherry Krech Fulcher '76 and Carol Krech '74 also attended.

    "I am so very honored and grateful to receive the Head of School Award for 2019 and to have celebrated the 50-Year Reunion with the Everglades Class of 1969," she said. "I am very grateful to Penny Townsend, the Head of School, and the Everglades Class of 1969 for your support and for the fabulous turnout. It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of the Ransom Everglades community since first attending Everglades School for Girls as a seventh grader in 1963."

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  • 2018 Founders' Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community

    Each year the Founders’ Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community is given to an alum who has helped to fulfill the vision of the founders of the Ransom and Everglades Schools. It is awarded to individuals who have been deeply concerned about their communities and have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership. Through their loyal attitude, inspired spirit and unselfish action, they have fulfilled the mission of the Ransom Everglades School.

    Rudy Prio Touzet '76, the chair of the Ransom Everglades Board of Trustees who has guided the school to the doorstep of an exciting reinvention, was named 2018 Commencement speaker and recipient of the Founders' Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the Community.

    Prio Touzet, the founder and chief executive officer of Banyan Street Capital, has served on RE's board for nine years and been actively involved in the Miami community for decades. His two-year tenure as chair of the board has been characterized by decisive and visionary leadership. He has worked tirelessly to secure the future of Ransom Everglades, sharing his passion for his alma mater at events on campus or at meetings, hearings and functions across the city.
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Previous Award Honorees

Founders' Award for Distinguished Service to the Community

The Founders’ Alumni Award recognizes alumni who through service and commitment to the community, has made a service impact at a national level. It is awarded to individuals who have been deeply concerned about their communities and who have demonstrated honor, courage and leadership, fulfilling the vision of the founders of Ransom and Everglades Schools.

2018 - Rudy Prio Touzet '76
2017 - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders '70 
2016 - Maurice R. Ferré '79
2015 - Richard Freeman '99
2014 - Willy Foote '86
2013 - Janet Wu '83
2012 - Curtis D. Porterfield '74
2011 - Michael T. Malinin '85
2010 - Andre Williams '85
2009 - Alison Deutsch Schonwald '87
2008 - Captain Curtis DeLoach '81
2007 - Beverly Knight Olson '68
2006 - Dr. Ken Broad '84
2005 - Laurinda Spear '68
2004 - John Flickinger '74 and Doug Weiser '74
2003 - Harry H. Anderson, Jr. '38

Head of School's Award for Distinguished Service to the School

The Head of School’s Award recognizes alumni whose commitment and service to the school serves as an inspiration to all alumni. Recipients must have demonstrated commitment to the school’s mission by fostering a sense of “community, personal integrity and values,” and following Paul C. Ransom’s belief that people are “in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it.” Through their leadership, honor, attitude and dedication, they have made an irreplaceable mark on Ransom Everglades School and its future.

2019 - Lili Krech Neale '69
2018 - Henry H. Anderson, Jr. '38
2017 - Elana Oberstein-Harris '93 
2016 - Greg Glass '82
2015 - Ben Quevedo '98
2014 - Melissa Krinzman '86
2013 - Daniel Lafuente '05 and Wifredo Fernandez '05
2012 - John K. Shubin '79
2011 - Alice Jacobson Lash '78
2010 - Henry Stavisky '85
2009 - Debby Bussel '79
2008 - Matthew Greer '96
2007 - Ray Zemon '66
2006 - Debi Braman Wechsler '78
2005 - William Holly '86
2004 - Eric Buermann '69
2003 - Hal Kendall '54
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.