Citation for Millbrook Medal Award Presented to Kristyn E. Reid '74
When Millbrook initially became coeducational back in 1971, our first female day students arrived on campus and forged a bond with one another and a pathway for future generations of girls to embrace and follow in ways that would enrich and strengthen our school community.
Kris was among these pioneers who called Guest House their “home away from home” and who changed and improved the landscape right away. Their energy, creativity, and enthusiasm fostered a spirit of purpose and respect that instantly turned Millbrook into a more enjoyable and rewarding place to be while bringing the school into balance and the “Millbrook bubble” into the modern world, so to speak.
Kris quickly became a popular and outgoing student, and she and her new band of sisters and brothers set about to make Millbrook a special place and one they have cared deeply about ever since.
Immediately after her graduation in 1974, Kris played an active role in Millbrook affairs. She joined our Alumni Executive Committee right after her graduation from Skidmore College, and she found meaningful ways to interact with our students on a regular basis. Kris returned to campus every year to perform community service—whether it was planting trees or painting the old red stables, she was eager to make a contribution.
She then suggested and became involved in leading “Career Days,” when she and other alumni returned to campus to talk with our undergrads about the unlimited possibilities and rewarding and interesting career options that were just a few short years ahead of them. For a time Kris served as the first female president of the Alumni Association. She has always asked how she could make a difference here, whether it was through her loyal support for the Annual Fund, participating in phonathons in NYC, or serving as a board member for 15 years from 1988 to 2003.
Back in the spring of 1975, Kris pulled together an alumni reception in Florida, which was my first time representing the school solo, giving me the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with her Millbrook classmates and friends from the 1970’s. Her care, friendship, and support of me early on has had a lasting influence and impact on me and my lengthy career here. Forty years later, Kris and her partner, Bill, hosted a second reception for Millbrook in Florida that was very well attended. We are all looking forward to their next reception currently planned for 2055!
Kris, for your long and devoted service to our school and to so many in this community, we are so pleased and proud to present you with a Millbrook Medal for your distinguished service to Millbrook.