September 20, 2013
Under bright blue skies on Friday, September 20, Walker’s faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumnae and invited guests gathered at the site of the new dormitory on campus to celebrate in a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. Head of School Bessie Speers, Town of Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life Elyssa Michael, Vice President of the Student Body Madison G. ’14, and James W. Kinnear S’47, P’69, ’71 all gave remarks about how special a milestone the new dormitory is for the School’s history and its residential community.
The ribbon was cut by James W. Kinnear, the husband of the late Mary Tullis Kinnear ’47, P’69, ’71, after whom the new dormitory’s Common Room is named. Mrs. Kinnear served on the School’s Board of Trustees from 1984-1987. A devoted student and alumna of Walker’s, Kinnear was a member of the Campaign Council of the One Vision, Many Voices Campaign, chair of her 45th and 50th reunions, and a Class Correspondent. Mary and James Kinnear had four children, including two daughters who attended Walker’s.
A lunch reception for the participants and guests followed the ceremony.