Nearly 70 Blair parents and alumni who graduated over the course of seven decades attended a special “Skeptics on the Road” event in New York City in April. The event focused on Blair’s founder, John I. Blair, and was presented by Blair historian and former history department chair Elliott Trommald Hon. ’65, PhD. A loyal member of the Blair family who has remained connected to the School over the last 50 years, Dr. Trommald taught at Blair from 1962 to 1985, during which he helped history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, form Blair’s Society of Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate.
“Elliott is a great speaker and highly knowledgeable about John I. Blair,” noted Alumni Director Jenny Maine, who organized the event at the Yale Club in New York City. “He sincerely loves Blair and its alumni. In fact, several of his former students attended the event, a testament to his strong connections to this School.”
All attendees appreciated the chance to learn about the School’s founder from someone “who is so passionate about Blair and its history,” Mrs. Maine added. Following his formal address, many alumni enjoyed the opportunity to wrap up the evening reconnecting with Dr. Trommald and casually mingling at the reception.
For Mrs. Maine, who will leave Blair this summer after more than 20 years at the School, hosting the event was a bittersweet affair. “Over the years, I’ve created so many special bonds with this School and its graduates. I’m so glad one of my final receptions was with the loyal alums who reside in and around New York City, and I am absolutely looking forward to my Blair finale at Alumni Weekend this June.”