George Senter ’38, one of Blair’s most enthusiastic and loyal alumni, passed away in July 2011 at the age of 93. He will long be remembered as a dedicated class representative, a beloved teacher and dorm master at The Hill School, and a generous benefactor of Blair Academy. This summer, the School received George’s historic $2 million bequest and in accordance with his wishes, the George D. Senter ’38 Scholars Program and the George D. Senter ’38 Endowed Chair in Mathematics have been established. These two programs will long benefit the students and teachers of George’s alma mater.
Born and raised in Maine, the youngest of eight children, George came to Blair for his sophomore through senior years. He would later reminisce that these were “very happy—if not the happiest—years of my life.” He graduated from Brown University in 1947 following five years of service in the U.S. Army during World War II and began a 36-year teaching career, with 31 of those years spent at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. At Hill, George was a wise and devoted “father” to thousands of students. Described by one former student as “a teacher of mathematics and a teacher of life,” he was recognized for his dedication in 2005 when he became the first non-Hill graduate to have a dormitory, Senter House, named in his honor.
During Blair’s Ever, Always Campaign, George bequeathed a generous portion of his estate to the School and created a legacy that encompasses both his passion for teaching and care for students. The George D. Senter ’38 Mathematics Endowment will support the chairman of the Blair Academy mathematics department, who will be known as the holder of the George D. Senter ’38 Endowed Chair in Mathematics. The George D. Senter ’38 Scholars Program will grant financial assistance to worthy students who could not otherwise afford a Blair education, with preference given to students from George’s native state of Maine.
After devoting his life to education, George so wisely knew that the endowed teaching chair and endowed scholarship would help Blair attract the very finest faculty and students. And no one knew better than George that it is the relationship between faculty and students that is at the very heart of a great School.