Blair Academy alumni are leaders who have made a profound impact in a wide variety of professional endeavors. In fact, you’ll find successful Blair graduates in every field, including banking and finance, education, entertainment, communications, engineering, management and many more!
The Alumni Stories Series showcases Blair Academy alumni and their careers, as well as how Blair inspired their life’s journeys.
Sid Baumann '56 is 81 years old, overcame medical issues and after eight years he has passed the taekwondo test and received his black belt. Sid is a member of The Villages Taekwondo Club at SeaBreeze Recreation Center in Lady Lake, Florida.
Brendan Schaffer '07 has taken building a snowman to the next level, sculpting masterpieces out of snow for the past five years and receiving a fair amount of attention in the process. Most recently, his work was featured on The Travel Channel. To read more about Brendan's inspiration behind his artwork and to view the news story from SNJ Today, click here.
Heather (Resnick) King '92 was recently featured on Pennsylvania's Main Line, The Scout Guide for her floral shop, The Argyle Bouquet, located in Suburban Square in the Ardmore Farmer's Market, Ardmore, PA. Read more about Heather's story and her inspiration for breathtaking arrangements.
Dick Boak '68 was honored through music on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the historic State Theatre in Easton, Pennsylvania to celebrate his 41-year career with C.F. Martin Guitar Company. Dick is most notably known for leading to the formation of Martin's Artist Relations Department and the conception of more than 140 signature guitar collaborations with the top musical talents of our time. The celebration consisted of acoustic performances by Steve Miller, John Mayer, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Laurence Juber, Jorma Kaukonen, David Bromberg, Craig Thatcher, and Trevor Gordon Hall. To read more about "Boak's Bash:" The Last Schmaltz, click here.
Photo caption: (left to right) Nick Forster (Hot Rize), David Bromberg, Ernie Sites, Steve Miller, Laurence Juber, John Mayer, Craig Thatcher, Jorma Kaukonen and Dick Boak '68–on stage for two finales ("The Joker" and "Such A Night!").
To celebrate Forbes' centennial, Forbes' amassed an A-to-Z encyclopedia of ideas from 100 entrepreneurs, visionaries and prophets of capitalism—the greatest ever collection of business essayists and greatest ever portrait portfolio in business history. To read Jack's story, click here.
Community, opportunity, a launching pad for success, an agora of beautiful minds and agents of change coming together to make the world a better place by leading through empathetic philanthropy. I am honored to be part of such a legacy and community that has impacted our world in such a positive way and to have my family legacy part of the Blair Academy story is an honor I am proud to hold. Blair is hope. Blair is excellence. Blair is an opportunity. Blair is love. Blair is home. Thank you Blair Academy. I love you."
Blair is so many things! It's where I learned about time management, it was my first interview, it's where I fell in love and experienced my first heartbreak. I worked hard, saw failure and success, stressed about Sadie Hawkins dates, ate bag lunches while traveling to away games, cheered at pep rallies. I got to be a student, an athlete, an actress, a mentor, a prefect, a musician, a volunteer, a leader, a friend and more. Now I'm just an alum, a donor and a volunteer. Blair is meaningful because it was my home, it still is."
What does Blair mean to me? In times of stress, when I am stuck in horrific traffic or suffering from a bout of insomnia, I close my eyes and imagine I am flying over 3 places: Machu Picchu, Yellowstone or the Blair campus. Blair always does the trick!"
Blair has become one of the most important resources I ever will have. Not only do I continue to make connections through our alumni, but also, the friendships I made while at Blair have only grown and strengthened, both professionally and personally. Just the other day, I was asked to be a bridesmaid for a dear friend whom I met while living in Locke Hall – a friend who I reconnected with during our ten-year reunion. Blair continues to bring likeminded people together throughout all stages of their lives, and I am forever grateful."
To me, Blair is a special place with special memories — memories of growing up in a beautiful space, surrounded by great friends and teachers, having the best kind of fun and excitement both in the classroom and out. It was like a lab for the soul."
Blair will always mean “family” to me. No matter how much time has passed, when I set foot onto campus it feels like coming home."
Blair meant and means the world to me. I never finished my schooling at Bates College, so Blair is about as far as I got, you could say. And, frankly, I am just fine with that. The education, the faculty, my classmates…I really couldn’t be more grateful for having the opportunity to attend Blair.”
Blair taught me how to learn, how to use my resources, and how to be part of a community. I plan to spend the rest of my life applying the skills I learned as a Buccaneer."
Blair Academy built the foundation for who I am today. I learned a lot in the classroom, but just as importantly, learned a lot outside of the classroom. I use the life skills that Blair taught me every day, both professionally and personally and I am incredibly grateful for my four years at Blair."
My overall experience at Blair was both challenging and incredibly rewarding. The more energy, care and hard work I put in, the more I grew as an individual. I believe that’s the essence of a healthy learning environment."
I had a truly wonderful experience at Blair—I grew so much as a student and as an individual. Blair allowed me to explore many of my curiosities, interests and passions while instilling in me the work ethic and standards necessary to be successful in college and my career. I left Blair with a deeper understanding of my morals, the importance of community involvement, and the value of engagement."
Blair is the beginning of my real roots, where, during my formative years, I learned so much about who I was and how to prepare for life in the future. The quality education, students, faculty, sports and campus experiences are ingrained in my memories forever. It is with great gratitude that reflect on my opportunity to attend such a wonderful school on such a beautiful campus. Over the years at reunions and in corresponding as a class representative, I have had the pleasure of keeping up with my classmates as we have all lived through the college years, military experiences and building families of our own. I am a truly lucky person to have Blair in my life."