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  • Summer Fellowship Recipients Announced

    Four Woodberry Forest School students have been selected to receive the Grills Fellowship for the summer of 2015.

    Andrew Holmes ’16 will travel to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana to work with the tribal council for two weeks. Richard Madden ’16 will intern in the office Congressman Charles Rangel, who represents New York's 13th district, for a week; he'll then spend a week with a law firm specializing in public defender work. William von Hassell ’16 will intern at Montpelier, the home of James Madison, in Orange, Virginia, for four weeks. William Hunt ’16 will intern with Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for a week and with the Museum of the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond for one week.

    The fellowship supports students who wish to pursue summer work in any area of national, state, or local government, or in public history venues such as museums or national historic sites. It is funded by Joe and Marge Grills of Rapidan, Virginia. Mr. Grills, a member of the Woodberry Forest School Board of Trustees since 2007, chair of its Investment Committee, and chairman emeritus of the Montpelier Foundation, is devoted to highlighting the significance of the US Constitution, not only in this country, but also in civilized societies around the world.
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  • Career Symposium Brings Alums to the Forest

    Fifteen Woodberry Forest School alumni returned to campus on February 27, 2015, to share career advice and experiences with fifth and sixth formers as part of the inaugural Woodberry Forest Career Symposium.

    The day began with a large group meeting in Bowman Gray Auditorium, where students heard from a handful of alums on topics like risk-taking, networking, and pursuing a passion. "Graduating from Woodberry equips you well," said Boyd Steinhoff ’04, "to become your own coach, your own adviser, and even your own headmaster." Boys also learned that they would graduate into a large network of supportive fellow alumni. Ed Testerman ’02 spoke of the importance of Woodberry connections; they often prove to be an important asset in finding a job. "A Woodberry Forest grad will pick up the phone when a Tiger is on the line," he said.

    Afternoon small-group breakout sessions gave students a chance to talk with alums about specific careers they were interested in. And a keynote address from Perrin Chiles ’95, an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer with a background in private equity, finance, and entrepreneurship, concluded the event.

    See the list of Woodberry Forest Career Symposium speakers.
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  • Woodberry Forest Remembers John Stillwell ’45

    Woodberry Forest School is sorry to report that John Stilwell ’45 died on February 27, 2015, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Woodberry Forest alumnus and former faculty member is remembered fondly for his years of commitment to the school.

    John was born in 1926 in Quincy, Illinois, and came to Woodberry as a member of the class of 1945. Because of World War II and the draft, John earned his diploma at the end of his fifth-form year, forgoing his sixth-form year to enlist in the US Navy. He served as an aerial gunnery instructor and went on to graduate from Williams College in 1949. He was called back to military service in the Korean War and then returned to Quincy and his job with an agricultural machinery manufacturer, married Gay Miller, and started a family.

    In 1957, John returned to his alma mater as a teacher, and during his thirty-year career at Woodberry Forest School, he earned an MA in English at the University of Virginia, taught English, founded the Bengal Book Club for third and fourth formers, and coached football, wrestling, lacrosse, and track. He served in the school's administration as director of admissions and was the founding director of the financial aid program. He was the first recipient of the Camp Family Chair, holding it from 1983 until his retirement in 1986.  John was honored in 1990 with Woodberry Forest School's Distinguished Service Award. He served two terms on the board of trustees. In 1999 John received the prestigious J. Carter Walker Award.

    There will be a memorial service to celebrate John's life on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Ivy, Virginia. A reception will follow at the church.

    Read John A. Stillwell's obituary in the Charlottesville Daily Progress.
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