As an Everglades student, Susan Matson Lampen ’71 embraced the school’s ethos of community service. Coming of age during a time of great social change, she absorbed lessons learned at home and school and honed a lifelong interest in wellness, social justice and community wellbeing. Whether as a counselor to the medical profession or as co-founder of Casa Valentina, which supports young adults transitioning from foster care to independent living, Susan has worked to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Miami’s population. The importance of this work was passed on to the next generation of the Lampen family, as both Raider daughters, Kate ’99 and Caroline ’06, work in medicine and public health.
Susan and husband, Richard, have also shared their substantial expertise with Ransom Everglades. Dick served on the board of trustees from 2000 through 2015 and as board chair from 2004 through 2006, and Susan currently serves. On the occasion of Susan’s 50th Reunion, the family has chosen to honor Ransom Everglades by naming the newly renovated Lampen Family Wellness Center on the upper school campus. “Caring for the whole person is a core value of our family, and we are thrilled to see how Ransom Everglades has evolved to focus on the emotional and physical wellbeing of our students,” Susan explained. “These efforts are reflected in the programs offered at the new wellness center as well as in the diversity, equity and inclusion work underway that affects the whole community. These efforts go hand-in-hand towards creating a healthy society. It is an honor and a privilege to ensure that the school continues to have the resources to address these critical issues.”
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 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.