Newman Celebrates Mr. Prescott’s 50 Years of Service at Founder’s Day
Today at Newman’s annual Founder’s Day celebration, we honored and thanked H. Davis Prescott for 50 years of service to Newman. Head of School Dale M. Smith read the following as Mr. Prescott accepted his certificate:
It is impossible to describe in this short amount of time what Mr. Prescott has meant to our School. He is nothing less than a Newman legend, a tremendously dedicated educator who has shaped the lives of generations of Newman students since he arrived here in 1966. H. Davis Prescott came to Newman as an English teacher. He also taught civics and served as Middle School principal before becoming our librarian in 1976 upon the retirement of Erminia Wadsworth. There he has stayed for 40 years, holding down the fort with warmth, caring, a sharp intellect, and a unique sense of humor.
Over the years, Mr. Prescott’s dedication to the library and its collections has never waned. We know the enthusiasm with which he responds to even the humblest research question. His commitment to the library as a vital repository of information and knowledge sends a powerful signal to students. In Mr. Prescott’s world, learning is about digging, uncovering, comparing sources, and drawing conclusions. In our technology-steeped culture that promises easy answers, but rarely delivers, Mr. Prescott and his library remind us that learning is hard work. He reminds us daily of the importance and value of rigorous intellectual endeavor. We are deeply grateful for his commitment to our School. I am not sure there is anyone who loves Newman more. Ladies and gentlemen, for 50 years of service, please give a round of applause for… H. David Prescott, Jr.
Old and New Traditions at Founder’s Day
For the first time in Founder’s Day history, students from Green Trees Early Childhood Village attended the celebration, and a faculty member from Green Trees, Kelly Block, was honored with the Stephen B. Lemann Award for faculty. Other Lemann Award winners were Caroline Goyette (Upper School), Lisa Mauthe (Middle School), and Oskie Creech ’92 (Lower School). Middle School English teacher Bobby Carey ’86 was named the next David L. Stone Chair for Distinguished Teachers.