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  • 2018 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.”

    Ransom Everglades bestowed the Head of School’s Award on Henry “Harry” Anderson, Jr. ’38 during his 80th reunion. Anderson joined RE’s board of trustees in 1946 while still at Columbia Law School, then helped usher the school through many challenges, including the decision to close the Adirondack campus. As the decades rolled on, his reach expanded; he helped assemble video and written histories of the school, supported the sailing program, helped stave off the demolition of the Pagoda and gave generously to a number of capital campaigns.
     
    Highly regarded in the world of international amateur sailing, Anderson has used his passion for the bay to stimulate RE’s waterfront programs, through leadership, financial support and mentorship. RE’s waterfront and gymnasium both bear his name.

    “Harry has been a model of our mission,” Head of School Penny Townsend said. “He has been a defender of our history. He has been a protector of our legacy. To be able to honor him is just amazing.”

    Anderson described his seven decades of dedication to Ransom Everglades as repayment for “a life-forming experience, being an undergraduate.” He added that he was determined to “continue the creed laid down by Paul Ransom, the founder, to do for others before you do for yourself.”

    Anderson also said thank you in a way that befits the award he received; minutes after Townsend introduced him as the recipient, Anderson revealed a special reunion gift to Ransom Everglades, and then urged his fellow alumni to follow his lead. Anderson, 96, couldn’t make it to the event, so he addressed the reunion crowd in the gymnasium that bears his name via a pre-recorded video from Mystic, Conn.

    “I’m dedicating $80,000 for my class reunion,” he told the assembled crowd of about 250, many from the Classes of 1968, 1978, 1988, 1993 and 1998. I’m “hoping that some of your classes will emulate this.”

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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.

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.

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.