Head of School Sid Rowell recognized Honorary Trustee John Howard’s P ’17, ’21 longtime commitment to Gill St. Bernard’s by presenting him with the prestigious Lindabury-Thomas Award at the Faculty, Staff, and Board of Trustee Year-End Celebration on Friday, May 12, 2023.
John joined the Board of Trustees in 2006 and served as the Chair of the Finance Committee and a Co-Chair of the GSB Classic for many years before becoming Board Chair in 2010. At the board’s helm, he helped spearhead the school’s strategic plan “Delivering the Future,” which was introduced in 2013, and he oversaw the acquisition of 3 St. Bernard’s Road and Home Winds Farm in 2015. Most recently, John and his wife Fran watched with pride as their two daughters, Mary Fran ’17 and Laura ’21, received their GSB diplomas.
“It is impossible to briefly summarize all that John and his wife, Fran, have done for Gill St. Bernard’s School,” said Rowell. “Under John’s leadership, the school completed several major projects and acquired both 3 St. Bernard’s Road and Home Winds Farm. The footprint of the school will forever be changed for the better due to their involvement.”
John’s financial and leadership acumen developed over three decades in financial services, beginning with a BA in Economics from Columbia University followed by an MBA from Duke, and progressing with roles at Alex Brown & Sons, GE Capital, Conseco, Prudential Select, and Truist Financial Corporation. In addition to his time in finance, John served in the United States Navy and earned the designation of Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.
Without question, John’s time with GSB has had a lasting impact on the growth of the school’s enrollment, facilities, and endowment, and the school will forever be positively affected due to his commitment.
Past recipients of the award include:
2022 - Elizabeth “Ebie” Nametz
2021 - Samuel Corliss
2019 - Richard & Susan Markham
2018 - Michael Mandelbaum
2017 - Andrienne Kirby
2015 - Michael Golden
2014 - Brandon Clark
2013 - William F. Conger
2012 - Richard Emmitt
2011 - Joseph F. Behot and Barbara Evans
2010 - Alberta Edwards and Robert Sameth, Sr.