During Alumni Weekend, the Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Brooksian, Alumni Shield and Alumni Bowl. This year, we will recognize Esmond Bradley Martin Jr. '59, Jim O'Connor '99 and Ashley Wightman Scott '84, P'11, P'14 for their achievements post-graduation.
Distinguished Brooksian Esmond Bradley Martin Jr. '59
Noble character and usefulness to humanity
Esmond Bradley Martin (1941-2018) was a well-known, widely-respected researcher and conservationist who actively fought to protect numerous animal species, most notably elephants and rhinos. He authored a substantial number of groundbreaking investigative reports on rhino and ivory smuggling and trade from African nations into countries including China, Vietnam, Laos and the United States. These reports were instrumental in curbing illegal wildlife trafficking and made him a hero in the conservation world.
REMEMBRANCES FROM FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ADMIRERS
Alumni Shield Recipient Jim O'Connor '99
Significant accomplishments within 25 years of Prize Day
Through his position as an investment advisor, Jim O'Connor promotes economic growth and foreign direct investment into Afghanistan, and advances climate change mitigation and adaptation with a variety of governments, banks and private financial institutions.
Alumni Bowl Recipient Ashley Wightman Scott '84, P'11, P'14
Loyal school volunteer
Ashley Wightman Scott has volunteered her time to the school through numerous positions over the years: trustee, class chair, class correspondent, reunion chair, phonathon participant, admission volunteer and reception host. Most notable, however, were her recent, tireless efforts to help the school raise $60 million during a five-year window as the chair of The Campaign for Brooks.
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The Distinguished Brooksian award honors individuals whose life and contributions to society exemplify the nobility of character and usefulness to humanity embodied in the spirit of the school. Dr. Joseph Sherer '37 presented the first Distinguished Brooksian award to Frank Davis Ashburn on Prize Day, May 27, 1991.
The Alumni Shield award celebrates early achievement by a Brooks alumnus/a within 25 years of leaving Brooks. The concept of this award developed from the interest of the Alumni Board to recognize a member of the Brooks community who, through the devotion of his/her resources, has had significant accomplishments in the field of his/her endeavor.
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