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Remembering Trustee Emeritus Vernon R. "Rod" Tate '57

We are greatly saddened to share the news of the passing of Trustee Emeritus Vernon R. "Rod" Tate, on Sunday, January 28 at his home in Charleston.
A graduate of the Class of 1957, Rod spoke movingly about the impact that his year at Cushing had throughout his life. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2000 and led with wisdom, and was proud to be elected a Trustee Emeritus in 2016. All who had the pleasure of meeting him know that his love for Cushing was deep, as was his joy in being with his fellow Penguins, whom he graciously hosted through the years at his homes in Annapolis.  
Rod served the United States with great distinction, retiring from the Air Force as a Brigadier General. His passion and success as an entrepreneur was matched by his commitment and dedication to many institutions, including Cushing. His obituary can be found here.
The Cushing community's deepest sympathies are with Rod's wife Lynn, his children Skip, Will, Maggie and Elizabeth, and his ten grandchildren.  As friend and fellow Trustee Liz Akers (P'10, '13, '17) wrote,  "It was my privilege to serve on the Board with Rod for a few years.  Rod was a gentleman through and through, and his love for Cushing was abundant. He never failed to bring thoughtful insight as well as kind and good humor to every discussion. I am heartbroken.  May Lynn take some comfort in knowing that the impact of his life will long reverberate, probably in places and among people she will never even know.   He will be missed, and he will be remembered."

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.