The Alumnae Award was established in 1967 to honor Rosamond Cross on her 25th anniversary as Head of School. It is given annually to an alumna who has distinguished herself in her field of endeavor and whose life reflects a dedication to the principles of The Baldwin School.
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2019 Winner: Paula Boyer Kennedy ’74
Paula Boyer Kennedy was a vice president at Cammack Retirement Group in Manhattan, where she ran the investment practice and advised on $50 billion in assets. She also designed, developed and helped deliver financial education programs to more than 10,000 executives and employees.
Prior to Cammack, Paula was a senior manager and practice leader in financial planning at Ernst and Young and Deloitte. Paula was named one of the top retirement plan advisors by Plan Advisor Magazine2012-2014, one of the most influential advisors on defined contribution plans by 401(k) Wire in 2009 and one of the best financial planners in the U.S. by Worth Magazine1999-2002. She was recognized by CityBusiness as one of Minneapolis’s most innovative women in 2000. She was profiled in the spring 1999 issue of Cornell Enterpriseand the September 1998 issue of Dow Jones Investment Advisor. She has co-authored two books: Ernst & Young’s Financial Planning for Womenin 1999 and The True Cost of Happinessin 2007. She contributed to a third: The Entrepreneur’s Transition, published in 2004.
Paula has been featured on National Public Radio, PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and local radio stations across the U.S. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Financial Planning, The Journal of Retirement Planning, RealSimple,O Magazine, Woman’s Day, Working Mother,Parents, The Associated Press and Reuters.
Paula earned her A.B. in English and her M.B.A. in Finance and Consulting from Cornell University. She was given The Baldwin School Centennial Award in 1988, inducted into The Baldwin School Circle of Achievement in 2014 and served on the Baldwin National Board of Advisors in 1995.
Paula currently lives in The Villages, FL, where she speaks frequently on technology and financial planning topics. She also works with inner-city high school students on college essays, and is part of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Network.
Distinguished Young Alumna Award
The Distinguished Young Alumna Award was established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has graduated within the last 25 years and has made significant contributions in her profession, avocation or volunteer services.
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2019 Winner: V. Paige Pratter ’94
Paige Pratter has focused her legal career on anticorruption and criminal justice. Paige leads Microsoft Corporation’s Corporate Investigations Team, a group of attorneys who direct anticorruption and business ethics investigations for one of the world’s largest public companies.
Before moving to Seattle, Paige served the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In that role, Paige prosecuted a wide variety of federal crimes, focusing primarily on economic crimes, violent crimes and child exploitation offenses. Paige tried seven jury trials to verdict, including an undercover sting of a violent drug gang.
Prior to her government service, Paige served as a law clerk to the Hon. Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia. She then practiced as an attorney with law firms in Washington, D.C., Seattle and Philadelphia, specializing in white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations.
Public service has been a theme throughout Paige’s career and in her personal life. Her pro bono representations include assisting in the trial defense of a Guantanamo detainee, representing veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and handling numerous applications for permanent U.S. residency under the Violence Against Women Act. Paige also volunteered for the U.S. Army Family Readiness Group while her husband served as a U.S. Army Ranger. Paige actively volunteers at her children’s school, Epiphany School in Seattle, and has served on the steering committee for One Parish One Prisoner, a program that focuses on prisoner reentry and anti-recidivism initiatives.
Paige has served on the Baldwin School Board of Trustees since 2013, including chairing the Trusteeship Committee, and serving on the Head of School Search Committee that recruited Dr. Marisa Porges ’96.
Paige earned her B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, where she was also the captain of the Polo Team, her M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from University College Dublin and her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School where she was the articles editor for the Journal of Constitutional Law.
Alumnae Award for Life Achievement
The Award for Lifetime Achievement was established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has either demonstrated a lifelong dedication and commitment to helping empower those who have struggled with challenges and societal barriers or who has had a significant impact on an institution or community.
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2019 Winner: Martha C. Nussbaum '64
Martha Nussbaum is one of the best-known philosophers in the country and was recently awarded the prestigious Berggruen Prize, bestowed annually upon someone who has “profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world.” Dr. Nussbaum currently teaches at the University of Chicago, where she is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department. She is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program.
Martha has previously taught at Harvard University, Brown University and Oxford University. She has been active in the American Philosophical Association, holding multiple leadership positions, including a year as one of three association presidents. Martha received her B.A. from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. She has also received 62 honorary degrees from colleges and universities throughout the world and has won multiple awards and prizes for her work in education, philosophy and humanities. Martha received the Baldwin Alumnae Award in 1990 and participated in the Alumnae Speaker Series as part of Baldwin’s 125th anniversary.
Also a prolific writer, Martha has authored or co-authored 23 books on topics including philosophy, politics, education and aging.
Athletic Hall of Fame
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1968 Varsity Field Hockey Team
The 1968 Baldwin Varsity Field Hockey team was an exceptional group of girls who used the combined strengths of their athleticism, intelligence and work ethic to deliver an unforgettable season for the Baldwin Bears. The team was so unforgettable, in fact, that it spawned the creation of a field hockey award the following year named for the team’s captain,Tracy Tunnell Fryer ’69.
The Varsity team, consisting of Bebo Andrews ’70, Joelle Attinger ’69, Frances Davis ’70, Martha Knip DeWire ’69, Tracy Tunnell Fryer ’69, Lee Armstrong Mann ’70, Lisa Burns O’Brien ’69, Dianh Seiver ’69, Beth Shipley ’69, Diana Hole Strickler ’69, Nancy Stewart Weiss ’69 and Wendy Tunnell Wolper ’70, was undefeated in the 1968 season with eight wins – no losses, no ties. The team was the first Baldwin squad to best Agnes Irwin in more than five years. One of the contributing factors to the team’s success, no doubt, was the well-rounded athleticism of so many of its players. Several members played three varsity sports and were even captains of those other teams. While women’s sports were not as common at the university level at the time, a number of these women did go on to play field hockey and other sports in college and continued to pursue sports like golf, tennis and squash throughout their lives.
Like so many Baldwin girls, a number of this team’s members went on to make significant contributions to their professional fields, from publishing, to nursing, to education and beyond. Many of these alumnae have also remained active in the Baldwin community, with memberships on the National Board of Advisors, class agents, reunion planning committees and even teaching stints at the School.