On Tuesday, Sept. 13, we celebrated our inaugural Founders’ Day, an annual event to honor St. Mary's legacy, perseverance, and resiliency over 176 years. This special day honors the people who brought St. Mary’s into being and those who played a key role in fostering its growth over time.
This year, we dedicated Founders’ Day to former Lower School Principal and First Grade Teacher Gilmore Lynn and the class of 1961. Ms. Lynn was responsible for keeping the school alive following World War II when the school only had four grades. Under Ms. Lynn’s leadership, the school moved to Church of the Holy Communion’s campus and grew into the school we love today.
Ms. Lynn’s legacy lives on through her granddaughter Lynn Hitchings Albano ’77, the event’s guest speaker. Head of School Albert Throckmorton surprised Albano by presenting her with the Gilmore Lynn Award for serving as the director of St. Mary’s Christmas Pagent since 2008.
The class of 1961 was the first graduating class at St. Mary’s since 1949 and the first to graduate from the campus at Perkins and Walnut Grove. These women were responsible for many of the traditions, publications, and symbols that have become part of the fabric of St. Mary’s. The class is known for creating the school seal, launching the Carillon and the Student Council, and setting the foundation for community service.
We had a great time celebrating our history and teaching our community more about the story of St. Mary’s. Thank you to School Historian Dr. Patti Person Ray ’65 for making Founders’ Day a reality. We look forward to celebrating this new tradition for years to come. Click below to watch our inaugural Founders' Day Chapel.