John Booth ’83 received the Founders’ Award during a Reunion award ceremony in the Phillips Stevens Chapel on May 14, 2016. Nate Gordon ’16 presented the award.
The Founders’ Award, created by the merger of the Whitaker-Bement Award and the Samuel & Emily Williston Award, honors the founders and principals of The Northampton School for Girls and Williston Academy. It is awarded annually to an alumnus or alumna whose loyalty, devotion and service to The Williston Northampton School has been outstanding.
Booth, a current trustee of the Williston Northampton School, was awarded the Class of 1941 Scholarship at graduation for outstanding service to the school and community. He was the head student representative on the Student/Faculty Discipline Committee and played varsity soccer; ice hockey, where he was a two-time captain; lacrosse; and golf. His favorite memories of Williston include Ann Vanderburgh’s Precalculus class and racing to ring the Victory Bell after hockey wins. After graduation, he earned a B.A. in history from Williams College in 1987 where he was a Herbert H. Lehman Scholar, and a Master’s degree in American history from Fordham University in 1994.
Booth is the upper school academic dean at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, having joined the school in 1991. Before being academic dean, he was chairman of the History/Social Sciences Department from 2000-2013. His first teaching assignment was in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked for two years at the Overseas Training Corporation (OTC).
Booth’s local community efforts include serving on the Greenwich Town Board of Social Services from 2003-2006, including a year as chairman of the Board. He currently serves as a Justice of the Peace and is also a member of the Greenwich 9th District Veterans Association.
He is married to Laura Booth and they have two children, Julia and Aimee.