Today, Nov. 3, is a Head of School Holiday! Head of School Craig Bradley made the surprise announcement last night in honor of Douglas Campbell ’71, P’01, a loyal friend of Hotchkiss who has exemplified tireless dedication and extraordinary leadership. He was recently honored as the recipient of the Armitage Award in recognition of his service to The Hotchkiss Fund. We are grateful for his enduring love of Hotchkiss and are proud to honor him again today.
During his time at Hotchkiss, Campbell was very active in community service. He was a member of Hotchkiss’s Big Brothers program, and he tutored kids in the Hartford area. He also played on four JV teams and earned eight JV letters at Hotchkiss. "He has enjoyed a deeply interesting life," Bradley told the crowd of Bearcats in Katherine M. Elfers Hall. After leaving Hotchkiss and graduating from the University of New Hampshire, he began working for the U.S. State Department. Later in his career, he wrote a textbook, Major Issues of the Law of the Sea, which discussed the United Nations’s effort to define rules and regulations for the world’s oceans. He went on to engage in significant international collaborations and eventually worked with the U.S. Congress to establish guidelines to manage fishing in international waters.
Campbell's commitment to community service has been lifelong and includes extraordinary service to Hotchkiss since he graduated in 1971. He served as a class agent for his class and consistently sought to strengthen and maintain the relationship between alumni and the School. His work contributed significantly to the success of The Hotchkiss Fund, and, thanks to his leadership and that of many of his classmates, at their 50th reunion the Class of 1971 established an endowed Class of 1971 Scholarship.
"Each year, we honor a graduate in recognition of their distinguished service to The Hotchkiss Fund. I had the pleasure of attending an event in New York recently at which we honored Doug Campbell with the Armitage Award. A large number of Doug’s classmates from the Class of 1971, his family, and other friends to the School were gathered to celebrate his being awarded the Armitage Award. It was a wonderful evening," Bradley said. The Armitage Award is named for Thomas Armitage, Class of 1925, in recognition of tireless work for The Hotchkiss Fund. "As I believe you know, The Hotchkiss Fund is incredibly important to the School’s ability to provide you with the quality of learning you experience here," Bradley continued. "We simply could not operate the school at the level you experience day in and day out without the generous support of all who give to The Hotchkiss Fund."
Grateful Bearcats gave three cheers to Campbell, sang Fair Hotchkiss, and started their holiday.