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Quarter Century Club inductee Kathryn Edmondson receives non-traditional gift

Their faces are known to generations of UCC students. The Quarter Century Club counts many beloved staff and faculty members in its ranks. And, for the first time ever, an inductee has declined the traditional gift of a captain’s chair — and requested a piece of student art instead.

“I wanted something that would really allow me to remember the College each time I looked at it,” says Kathryn Edmondson, head of Prep music. She received a framed portrait of the College in a special presentation, Jan. 14 at the Upper School. Edmondson has an appreciation for painting; her father was an amateur artist and her daughter attended Parsons The New School For Design in New York.

The talented artist who produced the painting is IB1 student Jordan Young. He worked on the oil painting of the Upper School last summer, clocking many hours to produce the keepsake. Andrew Turner, director of the Quarter Century Club consulted with Upper School art teachers Anne Kaye and David Holt to choose a worthy painter for the project. (A commemorative plaque, which is traditionally affixed to the chair, is on the picture frame instead.)

“Kathryn taught Jordan at the Prep from Grade 3 to 5,” says Turner. “So things have come full circle, with him giving back to her in this way.”