Harold A.D. Roberts, class of 1915, was known as “Mr. UCC.” His service to UCC stretched over eight decades. In their own inimitable way, each of the five inductees into this year’s Harold A.D. Roberts Circle has earned, likewise, the title of Mr. or Ms. UCC.
The annual award recognizes substantial contributions ”above and beyond” service by members of the UCC Association, either through short- or long-term commitment. Factors include length and nature of the volunteer service, including diversity of roles and consistency in providing service.
The following five winners received their award at the volunteer reception on Wednesday, May 17. Congratulations to all.
A UCC volunteer for almost 15 years, no one’s prouder of Laurie’s involvement than sons Ryan ’12, Lucas ‘15, Bradley ’17 and Sean ’19. Her generosity, kindness and willingness to give so freely of her time is her “natural instinct,” says Ryan. Over the past decade and a half, Laurie’s roles have included class rep, volunteering for multiple Association Days and May Days, membership on the Association Council for six years and involvement on both the Prep Parents’ and Parents’ Organizations from 2003 through 2016. “She’s never one to brag about all she does, but my mother loves UCC,” says Ryan.
Nominated for this award by a cheering squad of 18 (!), Laura is mom to twins Benjamin and Nathaniel McLean ’17. Known for her role in championing all that’s arts-related, Laura has played a huge role in the success of such Arts Booster Club (ABC) events as Nuit Bleue and the mother-son dinner theatres. She was the ABC chair for two years, in which she launched the student “arts captain” position, and contributed well-written and enthusiastic news reports for the UCC website and Old Times. Her positive outlook and sense of humour was also a huge asset in her roles as co-vice-chair of debating, supporting the Horizons swim program on-deck early every Wednesday morning, and the Association Day and Believe in Blue Gala.
Susan Farrow Hutcheson
Susan is the embodiment of the phrase, “If you want a job done, give it to a busy person.” Mother to Trevor ’17, Susan has left a legacy of initiatives over the past eight years. Her eye for beauty transforms each Arts Booster Club event, from the front foyer at Nuit Bleue to the décor at the mother-son dinner theatre — a signature scattering of rose petals down the front halls. She launched the inaugural UCC spirit band, spent countless hours compiling the “Farewell to Cookie” book and initiated the “arts tie” for boys. She worked tirelessly as this past year’s ABC co-chair and has been a Blues Booster Club photographer, Festive Marketplace co-chair, and long-term member of both the Prep Parents and Parents Organization, among other roles. Nominated for being “wise, intelligent, gracious, and kind,” she will be missed.
Alexander C. Pathy ’51
Alec’s lifelong affiliation with the College dates back to 1940, when he became a boarder in Form 1 at the Prep. However, it wasn’t until 60 years later than he started giving back so generously, encouraging former classmates to contribute to two scholarships named for former teachers, and endowing another in his own name. Alec joined the Association Council in 2011 and rarely misses a UCC event — wearing a UCC bow-tie custom-made from two silk, UCC-crested ties. Alec has also been an Association Council taskforce volunteer, a mentor for the Common Ties program and a great friend to the Advancement department.
Martin Abell ’81
One of the key driving forces behind UCC’s $14 million boarding campaign, Martin Abell deserves much credit for ensuring its success. As one of the campaign co-chairs, he helped raise the money to ensure generations of future boarders have enhanced facilities, access to weekend programs and more financial assistance awards. He was also chair of the boarding reunion planning committee and a member of its recruitment advisory committee, and has served as a Common Ties mentor. Ultimately, more than 550 donors contributed to surpassing the $14 million goal, thanks in no small part to Abell’s role in mobilizing the commitment of Old Boys and parents, along with volunteers, faculty and staff. Says Abell of his desire to give back? “UCC boarding gave me one of my most treasured possessions—the friendships I’ll have for life.”