Over 90 alumni, parents, trustees and friends of Webb gathered at the Alf Museum on March 1 to celebrate the release of Moment of Time: The Life of Raymond Alf and The History of The Peccary Society. The 350-page biography, written by Museum Director Dr. Don Lofgren and Director of Parent Relations and Special Events Jennifer Liu ’05 is an incredible tribute to Ray Alf, founder of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. The book features interviews with over 80 former students and faculty, as well as members of the Alf family, that help capture the passion and spirit of Alf. The evening was a special way to celebrate the history of the museum and its founder, while also honoring the incredible work that is being done today. During the event, Lofgren read excerpts from the book and spoke about his own experiences with Alf. Click here to watch.
By all accounts Alf was a truly remarkable person. His enthusiasm and energy knew no bounds and were infectious to all those who encountered him. He lived on Webb’s campus for 70 years (1929 to 1999) and during that time, created a paleontology museum and program that has spanned generations. Webb is the only high school in the world that has a nationally accredited paleontology museum on its campus, offering students opportunities for discovery and unbounded learning. With the addition of fully-equipped research and fossil preparation labs, the museum’s ability to support the work of Webb students and museum staff is unsurpassed.
Alf, who passed away in 1999, would be amazed at how his once modest paleontology program has grown into an internationally recognized scientific research institution.
To receive a copy of the book,make a gift of $100 or more designated to the Alf Museum at webb.org/giving.
S. David Webb '53, PhD, a member of The Webb Schools' founding family, passed away on September 12, 2019. Webb was a Distinguished Research Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and a Distinguished Research Professor of Zoology and Geology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was also a past President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. In 2010 Webb was the keynote speaker at the Alf Museum's annual Peccary Society Dinner. Please read more about Webb's long and storied life and career in the remembrance offered by the Florida Museum.
One of the best ways to fully appreciate a Webb education is to look at the lives and achievements of our alumni. Each year, we honor a group of alumni for their accomplishments since graduation and pay tribute to their continued commitment to the mission and success of Webb. These awards recognize distinguished graduates who reflect the character and leadership qualities developed at Webb.
Thank you to the 1,500 alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents and friends who enabled Webb to end the 2018-19 Webb Fund year successfully on June 30. Your generosity helped The Webb Fund to raise over $1.9 million, plus additional support for endowment and capital improvements, bringing total gifts to $7.9 million, including 13 new estate gifts, which has become an ever-increasing and important part of our advancement program. Over 799 alumni, spanning nine decades, participated with gifts received from nearly every class between 1937 and 2018. Thank you for your contributions!
The Los Angeles Timesput together a dreamy four hour itinerary in the "City of Trees and PhDs." A destination it brands "delightfully smart,"is highlighted in a wonderful gallery of 20 photographs. Included in the piece are links to both The Webb Schools and the Alf Museum. Again, read more in the LATimes about the place Sunset Magazine labelled in 2016 "the best suburb in the West." Claremont--Home of The Webb Schools!
Vivian Webb cross country runner, Lily Miller ’21, is on a winning streak this week with two wins in her last two races. Webb’s cross country teams are noted for their exceptionalism. The Vivian Webb team is four-year San Joaquin League Champions and their teammates in Webb School of California have won a League Championship five years in a row. Lily was named Runner of the Year two years in a row and broke her own school record in the 1600m last season on the track team.