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!
Summer is a busy time at the Alf museum. During the first half of June, a small crew comprised of museum staff and Bob Stoddard ’15 closed out the Cripe Site in southern Utah. This quarry was discovered by Jeff Cripe ’08 back in 2005 and has been the museum’s main dig site ever since.
Talking to entrepreneur Blake Johnson about The Webb Schools makes for an easy interview because his answer to almost any question about Webb’s impact on his personal life, his business acumen, even his day-to-day comportment, is a resounding, “everything!”
Monica Atiyeh Whitaker ’96 is a presiding Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings for the State of Oregon. The role of her office is to provide an independent and impartial forum for citizens and businesses to dispute state agency action against them.
On the evening of May 21, 2019, The Webb Schools hosted its first ever Innovator’s Edge event at the Techstars office in Los Angeles, Calif. The evening was an opportunity for students, educators and professionals in the field to listen, learn, connect and collaborate with leaders and visionaries related to today’s tech scene.
The Peccary Society met for its annual Alumni & Friends Peccary Trip in Barstow, Calif. May 3-5, 2019. Over 75 alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, staff and their friends were in attendance with alumni representing 5 decades of Webb (1954-2007).
In April, Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale, Mrs. Anne Stockdale, Director of College Guidance Hector Martinez and Director of Institutional Advancement Dutch Barhydt headed to Asia for five major receptions and many individual meetings and appointments.
Are you looking for the perfect collar for your pooch? How about a bow tie for that special occasion? Or a “Modern Mud Cloth Dog Bandana?” Something so unique, you might find it at retail boutiques such as Anthropologie, DOG & CO., Fideaux, CB2, or White's Mercantile? Well, look no further because VWS alumna Rose (Roll) Shattuck ’99 has set her sights on disrupting the pet industry by combining great design with essential dog products to produce an exciting new line of accessories for pet owners wanting to splurge on high-quality, made-in-America beds, toys, collars, leashes, and more.
Webb’s second annual Giving Day was a tremendous success, with 565 donors giving over $194,000 in a 24-hour period from April 25-26 (noon to noon) to support The Webb Fund, the Alf Museum, scholarships and more.
Please join The Webb Schools at Techstars LA for an evening of storytelling as leaders and visionaries involved in today’s tech scene share the blueprints to their success. Learn from them what give innovators an edge.
Wilson Parnell '13 was a featured speaker at the TEDx University of Redlands event on March 23, 2019. In his talk, Parnell talks about promoting the disability spirit in a positive way. "It's simple. Focus entirely on your capabilities, rather than on your disabilities."
John Stuver ’89 has been accepted into the sound branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has been fortunate to work on a lot of great movies, but among the highlights was getting to do the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, the first of which won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
During his tenure, Robert Connolly, Sr. was a friendly and supportive presence on campus, an inspirational educator to many students, including his own son. He is remembered not only for his service inside the classroom, but as a teacher they could relate to beyond math. Bob Connolly Jr. connected to his father through athletic and academic pursuits, and now he and his wife Nancy Tung have created an endowed fund in his father’s memory. “Dad always said that of all his teaching experiences, Webb was the best experience of his career,” said Connolly Jr.
Webb's advancement office received a silver award at the 2019 CASE District VII awards ceremony on February 21 in Anaheim, Calif. in recognition of its endowment donor stewardship program. Other category winners included California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, UC Irvine, UC Davis and UC San Francisco.
In January, five alumni returned to campus for our first ever "Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni" session. Students spent Saturday afternoon with our talented alumni learning about vital skills they'll need to effectively network and succeed in the increasingly competitive and complex job market.
During the first week back from winter break, students and parents had a chance to hear from young alumni about their experiences at college including managing academics and being away from home, maintaining a healthy mind and body, as well as a panel on college athletics.