At the conclusion of the Spring Family Weekend “State of the Academy” address on April 25, Headmaster Torino called to the stage Rich and Jill Henry, who will be retiring after an amazing 33 years at Cushing.
Among his many roles, Rich, our current Dean of College Counseling, has been a dorm head for 33 years -- 7 in Cooke Hall and 26 in Cowell House (after promising Jill that it would be for only 2 years!) He served as Dean of Faculty; Chaired the Academic Support Program, earning the Reitman Teacher
of the Year award in 1984; became the Admissions “Road Warrior” in Asia, Middle East, South America, and Caribbean; and served as teacher, Academic Dean, Social Activities Director, and Director of Summer Session. He coached volleyball, softball, and basketball, and spent one memorable season as Wayne Hancock’s varsity baseball assistant. Rich sold hot dogs and subs in dorms before the advent of take-outdelivery, painted all the white faculty houses and dorm rooms on campus, and even laid the sod behind Jewett House.
About Jill’s 33 years at Cushing, Rich relayed the following to Headmaster Torino: “Jill has worked as a library clerk since we came to CA in the 1981-82 academic year. Back then the library was located on the site of our present Admissions Office. Through much of her career, Jill was the night librarian. She took a special interest in the children's collection, designing the display cases in the library and at the head of the stairs. Jill was especially caring about the decorative plants around the library. Whenever we came home to campus from a vacation away, Jill would rush down to the library to water and prune her babies.
“Since we have always lived in a dorm, Jill came to love our large cheeseburger dorm feeds and exam-week breakfasts out of our kitchen, the late-night talks with homesick adolescents, and my long bus rides for away games on weekends. At one time in my coaching career I was so focused on our varsity girls’ basketball team, staying up late finding practice drills or new plays, that I became fixated, obsessed. Jill brought me back to reality with her sarcastic, ‘Hey, it is only high school basketball!’ When I joined the College Counseling Office, she recognized my need and desire to visit as many college campuses as I could, so she willingly went along each Cushing vacation break to attend college information sessions and tours. Jill became as knowledgeable about college admissions as many school counselors. Jill also was on dorm duty when I was on those Road Warrior recruiting trips to the Middle East, Asia, or South America for Admissions, or when taking students to college fairs or for a college interview. Jill always pitched in as we led student tours to Rome, Paris, London, Athens and Disney World.”
Last, but not least, Rich and Jill raised and educated their two children at Cushing Academy: Kristin ’87 and Matt ’91.
All of us at Cushing sincerely appreciate Rich and Jill’s contributions to the Academy and we will miss their presence greatly. We look forward to celebrating their tenure during the Grand Reunion Celebration event on June 7