Lake Forest Country Day School notes
Updated: January 14, 2013 2:24PM
New Head of School
The Board of Trustees at Lake Forest Country Day School is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Whelan as the next Head of School. Whelan grew up in New Jersey and attended Phillips Andover Academy and Brown University, and earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. He is serving as the Associate Head of School at Rippowam Cisqua, a pre-kindergarten through ninth grade school in Bedford, NY. He has worked at Rippowam Cisqua since 2007 and has served as a senior administrator, teacher, and coach, and is the Associate Head of School. Whelan’s wife, Annie, is a veterinarian, and they have two children. Chloe will enter fifth grade and Ben will enter second grade at LFCDS next fall.
The appointment of Whelan caps an extensive eleven-month search led by a committee of LFCDS parents, teachers, alumni, and board members. Whelan will begin his tenure at Lake Forest Country Day School on July 1, 2013. He will succeed Michael Robinson, who has served as Head of School at LFCDS since 2005.
Through a wonderful assembly comprised of musical performances and short speeches, Lake Forest Country Day School expressed gratitude and appreciation to local Armed Forces veterans at its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Nov. 7. The morning’s ceremony began with a processional by the Lake Forest American Legion Post 264 Color Guard, followed by a trumpet performance of Taps and several spoken reflections, all delivered by eighth-grade students. After the eighth-grade presentations, Tom Marks, Commander of the Lake Forest American Legion Post 264, read the Roll Call of the veterans present for the ceremony. Twenty-eight veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces stood for a round of applause. The veterans present served in World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan, with one veteran having completed a tour of duty— WWII, Vietnam, and Korea.
The assembly’s guest of honor was Capt. Stanton Cope, whose children Kemmer (’09) and Stanton (’11) are both LFCDS alumni. Capt. Cope served in the Department of Defense for over 23 years, four of them as the self-titled “Head Bug Guy,” protecting deployed military personnel from diseases spread by insects. During his tenure with the DOD, Capt. Cope performed research and insect control for troops in 18 countries, authored or co-authored 80 scientific and technical publications, and was awarded 24 ribbons and medals, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the sixth-highest medal in the Department of Defense. The assembly ended with the first- through eighth-grade students singing a moving rendition of “Thank You, Soldiers” to the veterans in attendance.