The Edward Pulling Community Service Award has been presented to thirteen distinguished graduates of Millbrook since 1981 for their outstanding commitment to service. In Tuesday's assembly, Dr. Oakleigh Thorne II from the class of 1947 joined this special group. From his time here at Millbrook, Dr. Thorne developed a deep care for the natural world. After graduating from Yale, he went on to earn his Ph.D in Zoology from the University of Colorado. With the incredible natural beauty surrounding him Colorado, it was no surprise that he stayed to start the Thorne Ecological Institute, an environmental education group that educates businesses, government, and professional leaders about the principles of ecology. Dr. Thorne continues to spend much of his time serving on boards of neighboring ecological institutes.
After Director of Alumni and Development Bob Anthony and Headmaster Drew Casertano presented him with the award, Dr. Thorne addressed the current Millbrook community and expressed his gratitude for such an honor. He spent the morning visiting biology and animal behavior classes and was able to tour the zoo with science teacher Jane Meigs. Lucy Pulling Cutting, Joan Pulling Shepard, the Honorable James Buckley '47, and Homer '47 and Coverly Rees, and Oakleigh B. Thorne all joined Dr. Thorne and members of the Millbrook administration for a luncheon in Pulling House. It was an honor to present Dr. Thorne with such a prestigious award, as his life's work aligns so appropriately with Millbrook's mission of environmental stewardship and service.
To read Bob Anthony's introduction of Dr. Oakleigh Thorne II '47, click here
Though usually presented during Alumni Weekend, the award was given out early due to Dr. Thorne's busy travel schedule. The Millbrook Medals will still be awarded during Alumni Weekend 2011, which is June 10-11.