I was enormously touched by the outpouring of love at the retirement party and retrospective celebration on June 17. It was a thrill to reconnect with so many former colleagues and former students and their families. I confess that the celebration reminded me a little of the television show I used to watch as a child , “This is Your Life.” The memory of the event, the beautiful book of tributes and the surprise scholarship fund in my name, was overwhelming. I am still processing it all and the journey we have shared.
To all of you who attended and/or remembered me with emails, cards, or phone calls, you must know that you have been and always will be my second family. I hope you will continue to support the school financially with donations, and spiritually with your attendance at school events, so that no qualified child is ever denied the opportunity to study because of his or her family’s inability to pay; so that every child is free to be himself or herself as she or he makes the journey from childhood to adulthood. I fervently implore everyone to help financially whenever you can. No donation will ever be too small nor too large! I ask that you make a contribution to the Suellen Newman Scholarship Fund so that The Hudson School can continue to serve many more generations of students.
Thank you again for your presence at the celebration of the school we built together. I felt your love. I hope you felt mine. To quote Oliver Sacks, “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return…Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure.”