Greetings from Blair,


The holiday season is upon us and campus is looking as festive as ever! As we approach the end of 2017, we hope you will join us in the new year for a performance, event, or athletic competition if you are in the Blairstown area. Don't forget to check Blair's alumni web page to stay up to date with what is happening on and off campus.

May your holiday season be filled with peace and joy, and we wish you a very happy new year!


Shaunna Murphy

Director of Alumni Relations

Photo: The Arch decorated for the holidays, circa 1985.

Important Dates

January 9

Society of Skeptics: Dr. Vikram Mansharamani '92
Blair Academy: The Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration
7:00 p.m. 


January 19

Blair Wrestling Reception & Wyoming Seminary Match
Blair Academy: Tracy Hall Citation Room & Hardwick Hall Performance Gym
Reception: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Match: 7:00 p.m. 

January 26
Mantegna Court Dedication & Basketball Game against Phelps School
Blair Academy: Hardwick Hall Performance Gym 
Court Dedication: 6:45 p.m.

Game Time: 7:30 p.m.



February 21
Young Alumni Cocktail Reception
Hosted by Jim '65 and Connie Krugman
The Georgian Suite, New York City
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

March 1
Yards Brewing Company Gathering
Owned by Tom Kehoe '83
Philadelphia, PA
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

April 5

Blair Academy 2018 Day of Giving

April 10
Young Alumni Society of Skeptics Panel
Blair Academy: The Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration
7:00 p.m.

June 8-10

Alumni Weekend 2018


Alumnus Returns to Talk 'Blair in Kenya' at Skeptics 


Kelvin Serem '13 joined "Blair in Kenya" founder Quinten Clarke '87 at the Society of Skeptics on November 28 to discuss the nonprofit organization that has provided vital educational, medical and economic opportunities to hundreds of Kenyans over the last 12 years.



Alumni Stories Series Features Jonathan Kruse '05


Jonathan Kruse '05 is a systems mission, analysis and simulation engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Jonathan's day-to-day responsibilities include working with customers on system mission analysis and architecture, leading research and development projects for high-technology solutions, and conducting analysis and simulation of system performance for trade studies.


NYC Regional Chapter Celebrates the Start of the Holiday Season


Several tri-state area alumni gathered at Flatiron Hall in New York City last week to celebrate the inaugural NYC Regional Chapter Holiday Happy Hour. To view pictures from the event, click here. If you are interested in learning more about the NYC Regional Chapter, please contact Shaunna Murphy, director of alumni relations, at (908) 362-6121, ext. 5655, or

Pictured L-R: Emily Collins '11, Dan Smith '09 and Kyle Stevens '09.

Alumni Receptions & Events


Throughout the year, Blair's advancement and alumni relations office hosts numerous receptions and events for past, present and future members of the Blair community. Receptions and events take place across the globe and are great opportunities to connect and engage with Blair alumni, parents and friends. Alumni receptions and events are being planned for the upcoming months. Be sure to check the alumni calendar in Blair's alumni web portal for more details. 

Pictured L-R: John Ahrens '61, Robin Pagotto P'97, Tom Kehoe '83, Carl Cramer '72 and Barry Miller '72


Submit Your Class Notes


The Blair Bulletin informs readers of Blair and alumni happenings through the Head of School column, alumni profiles, feature articles and regular sections. "Class Notes" includes alumni updates by class. For the next issue of the Blair Bulletin, class notes are due by Friday, December 22.

To submit class notes online or read past class notes, visit the Blair Bulletin in the alumni section of the website. You can also contact Shaunna Murphy, director of alumni relations, at or your class rep to share exciting news. If you experience issues logging into the alumni portal, please contact Jane Marvin, director of advancement information services, at

Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations


Members of the Blair community are invited to suggest nominees for the Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2018. Nominations are being accepted through December 31, 2017. To learn more about the Athletic Hall of Fame selection criteria or to make a nomination, click here.

Holiday Happenings


As the temperature drops and the festive decorations go up, everyone on Blair's campus is beginning to get into the holiday spirit. Whether sporting spirited gear or playing holiday music in the dorms, everyone is buzzing with excitement and anticipation of celebrations ahead.


Upcoming Winter Athletic Events


GO BUCS! Support our Blair Buccaneers during our winter 2017-2018 athletic season. To view a list of Blair's winter athletic teams and schedules, please click here. For the latest sports news, follow the athletic department on Twitter (@blairbucs).


Club Encourages Girls to Pursue Work in STEM


For many eager Blair students, opportunities abound in Blair's technology-rich Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration. In recent years, the School has bolstered its technology electives by expanding its computer science offerings with classes such as programming, artificial intelligence, robotics and software design. While those courses are open to all Blair students, a new club on campus is targeting girls and encouraging them to enter fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where they are a minority in the workforce.


Romano Gallery Exhibit Features 2D & 3D Abstract Art


Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, artist Will Rothfuss headlines at Blair's Romano Gallery from November 28 to January 6 with an exhibition of two-dimensional collage and three-dimensional assemblage works. In Repurposing Art, Mr. Rothfuss uses recycled materials—including men's shirts, magazine clippings and glass wire—to create works that appropriate the imagery and vocabulary of modern art while exploring the relevance of image-making in a postmodern era. The pieces on display in The Romano Gallery build narrative meaning and aesthetic form through the juxtaposition of dissimilar elements.



Shop Blair's School Store for Holiday Gifts!


Blair's School Store has stocked its shelves for the holiday season! Visit the store on campus or online for a number of great gift items for family and friends.


Update Your Information & Stay Connected


Have you moved? Are you in college? Do you have a new address or phone number? Please click here to update your contact information so you can stay connected with Blair.

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Year-End Charitable Giving


As 2017 comes to a close, please consider including Blair in your charitable giving with a tax-deductible donation to immediately support students and teachers. Click here to give to the Blair Fund today.

This is also a good time to think about building a bridge to Blair's future by including the School in your will, naming Blair as a beneficiary of an IRA or life insurance policy or looking into the option of setting up a charitable gift annuity to receive income for life! Click here to explore opportunities to create a lasting legacy at Blair and join the John C. Sharpe Society.

Taking a required minimum distribution from you IRA? If you are 70- ½ or older, you may want to minimize your income or take advantage of making a tax-free gift directly from your IRA.

Click here to learn about Charitable IRA Rollovers. (Scroll down the page and click "IRA Rollover.")



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