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Alumni Recognition

Tabor Academy’s Circle of Excellence

Tabor Academy is proud to announce the establishment of our new Circle of Excellence. As Tabor’s Athletic Hall of Fame pays tribute to Tabor's outstanding athletes, Tabor’s Circle of Excellence is a newly formed honor, established in the tradition of the school’s past Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards, to celebrate members of our school community for their contributions and service to Tabor and the world. The Circle of Excellence recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through professional, academic, artistic, and personal achievements, as well as leadership, service, and philanthropic impact. This unique recognition honors those who personify Tabor’s mission through their life-long love of learning, passion for high achievement, committed citizenship, personal responsibility, and care for others.
This year on Tabor Day, Saturday, October 5, 2019, Tabor Academy will honor and induct all previous recipients of Tabor’s Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards, along with newly selected awardees, into the new Circle of Excellence. The next Athletic Hall of Fame induction will take place on Tabor Day in October 2020 and each event will remain a biennial celebration.

Honoring the Awardees of 2019

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  • Elizabeth Taber*

    Mrs. Taber was Tabor Academy’s visionary founder and first philanthropist. We honor her passion and generosity.
  • Walter Lillard*

    Mr. Lillard was the fifth Tabor Headmaster, whose leadership and vision embraced the school’s proximity to the sea by adopting the motto, All-A-Taut-O, moving the campus to its waterfront location, and transforming Tabor’s athletic and academic programs. We honor his vision and values.
  • William Phelps '74

    Mr. Phelps is co-founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels, Blaze Pizza, and Dave’s Hot Chicken. A successful entrepreneur whose innovative approach has led him to turn new businesses into profitable franchise networks. A former trustee, Bill’s energy and vision were critical to Tabor’s transformational growth. We honor his passion for excellence and ingenuity. 
  • Jacqueline Shire '84

    Ms. Shire works for the U. N. Security Council in a role involving preventing the financing of terrorism. Throughout her career, Jacqueline has sought to promote diplomatic solutions to problems, while maintaining and strengthening international peace and security. We honor her commitment to fostering world peace.
  • Jonathan Callaghan '87

    Mr. Callaghan is a co-founder of True Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that has partnered with leading companies like Fitbit, Peloton, Blue Bottle Coffee, Sweetgreen, Ring, and Goodreads. Jon is driven by his deep belief that the power of human creativity is necessary to improve our world. We honor his pursuit of innovation. 
  • Amy Richards '88

    Ms. Richards is an author, producer, and organizer on issues of gender, racial, economic, and social justice. Amy is a leading voice for feminist issues and an advocate for women as she shapes policies, practices, and conversation around women’s rights. We honor her devotion to human rights, equality, and inclusion.
The call for nominations is open for the 2021 Circle of Excellence. A candidate must have distinguished themselves through their contribution to society as evidenced by leadership in and service to the world around them, displayed through outstanding contributions in one or more area of society, including but not limited to, professional, academic, artistic, social, or personal achievements. Above all, the nominee shall serve as a role model for current and future students of Tabor Academy.

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  • Distinguished Service Award Recipients

    NameAward Year
    R. William Blasdale '612001
    John W. Braitmayer '481993
    Keith N. Browning '792013
    David J. Cheney '671997
    G. Bruce Cobbold2014
    G. Richard Duffy '562006
    Paul B. Fireman '621992
    John F. Fish '782008
    Dennis S. Hager '562006
    William E. Hitchcock Jr. '29*1994
    William T. Hurley III '572007
    Charles C. Ives '532003
    Robert B. Jones '552000
    M. Vance Munro '56*1996
    Lee Pokoik '631998
    Joan & Rich Roller2016
    Nicholas Sarris '49*1999
    Philip C. Simmons '542004
    Phillips G. Smith '652015
    Jonathan F. Swain '52*2002
    John F. Swope '562011
    John L. Taber '652005
    Tudor H. Tiedemann Jr. '45*1995


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  • Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

    NameAward Year
    Philip E. Benton Jr. '46*1995
    John C. Decas '531993
    Paul B. Fireman '622007
    Albert Fried Jr. '482013
    George Graboys '50*2005
    Thomas B. Graboys '62*1992
    Joseph S. Heyman '612001
    Douglas T. Hsu '611996
    Shosuke Idemitsu '521997
    Karl D. Jackson '602010
    Thomas E. Karam Jr. '541994
    James R. Leo '52*2002
    Roderic B. Park '49*1999
    Jay S. Stroud2013
    John F. Swope '562006
    Tudor H. Tiedemann Jr. '45*2003
    Kevin H. White '48*1998



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