Jane Plimpton Plakias '37


“I loved it. I just adored it,” she said. “Everything I have done since came from the freedom I was given there (at Park) to explore what was around me.”

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As a student here in the 1930s Jane Plimpton Plakias developed a deep sense of loyalty for Park School. Whether serving on the student council or playing field hockey, she made some of her life’s most wonderful memories during the years she attended Park.

“I loved it. I just adored it,” she said. “Everything I have done since came from the freedom I was given there (at Park) to explore what was around me.”

Those fond memories have led Jane to set up the Jane Plimpton ’37 History Chair Endowed Fund as an estate gift along with a commitment to fund the History Chair with annual gifts to Park until the fund is established through her estate. Jane chose this method so that she could know her support was having a positive impact on the History Department at Park immediately. This gives the School a permanent means of support for the salary of the history department chair and awards student achievement in the study of history.

The annual Jane Plimpton ’37 Award is given to the upper school student who has shown the most promise in the study of history and social studies and has been a positive, contributing member to the quality of life at Park School.

The award honors Jane as someone who has led a life filled with adventure – including a close friendship with Eleanor and President Franklin D. Roosevelt – and achievement, serving as the third staff person for the Ford Foundation. In giving this award, Park School is able to honor Jane by reflecting as a school community on the importance of the study of history.

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