We are deeply saddened to share the news of the sudden passing this morning of M. Willard "Wink" Lampe II, Cushing's tenth headmaster.
Wink joined the Cushing community as headmaster in 2000 from Kent School (Kent, CT), following the retirement of Dr. Joseph Curry. A thoughtful scholar, he received his B.A. in History and Greek from Muskingum College (New Concord, OH) and earned his M.A. in Greek from the University of Vermont. His leadership over six academic years encompassed many highlights, including a deep commitment to teaching, a passion for music and the arts, and the construction of a much-needed academic facility, the Joseph R. Curry Academic Center.
Wink and his wife Jody were gracious hosts at Jewett House to the entire Cushing community, and his kindness, good humor, and strong faith are remembered fondly. He and Jody, a beloved Academic Support teacher, were a much-admired presence beyond campus as well, where they contributed greatly to the Town of Ashburnham and the Ashburnham Community Church through their wide involvement.
Wink and Jody joined the faculty at South Kent School (South Kent, CT) in 2006, where he served as Director of Development, Dean of Faculty, Foreign Language Department Coordinator, and Teacher of English and Latin. His obituary can be found here.
The Lampes embraced Cushing, as their son Joshua and his wife Sarah Molly Lampe were members of the faculty and administration, and their son Benjamin and his wife Jamie worked in the Summer Session. He is also survived by their son Joseph and daughter-in-law Sophia, and many grandchildren. It was a special tradition through the years for Wink and Jody, upon the birth of each grandchild, to commission a sterling silver penguin baby spoon crafted by dear friend and Director of Visual Arts Bob Johnson.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, at the First Congregational Church in Kent, with details to be determined at a later date. Wink will also be remembered at Cushing at our memorial service during Reunion Weekend (June 8 - 10, 2018), with additional details to follow.
We know that the thoughts and prayers of the Cushing family will be with the Lampes at this time of great loss, and we send our deepest condolences to Jody and to the entire Lampe family.
We received many heartfelt messages on our Facebook page, and we are in the process of compiling these notes and memories to share with Jody Lampe and their children. We invite you to add your condolences and remembrances to be shared with the Lampes and used in further community tributes. Click here to access the submission form.