John F. Kennedy '35: A Living Legacy

Students, faculty, and staff have been working on several initiatives to help Choate honor and celebrate the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy ’35 and the Civil Rights Movement, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of many major events, including John F. Kennedy's assassination (November 22, 1963).

This week there will be index cards placed all over campus asking all faculty, staff, and students to respond to the prompt: "In his day, John F. Kennedy fought for social change. In my day, I want to fight to change …." These will be collected and displayed on a banner in the Hill House Dining Hall and at our Celebration Site outside of the Mellon Library. There will be a special display in the library on the Civil Rights Movement and John F. Kennedy.

On Sunday, November 3, an interfaith service, Light, Life & Legacy: Reflections from Various Traditions, was held in the Seymour St. John Chapel. On Sunday, November 17, School Archivist Judy Donald and Tom Yankus will be reflecting on the President’s days at Choate and his impact on the nation in a Face the State segment on WFSB Channel 3 Connecticut.

And on Friday, November 22, Choate’s recent Service Day held in conjunction with Kids Against Hunger will be featured on the JFK Presidential Library and Museum website as part of the video series An Idea Lives On, based on a quote from the late President, “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

Among the highlights of the Reunion Weekend last May were remarks given by Edward “Ted” Kennedy, Jr., the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the President’s official school portrait seen here.

Those in attendance were privileged to hear a seldom-heard recording of remarks from Reunion Weekend 1963 (posted here) sent to The Choate School in which President Kennedy reminds us that “the inheritance of wealth creates responsibilities; so does privilege in education.” The Kennedy legacy of service continues to be celebrated at Choate Rosemary Hall today.

Posted: November 22, 2013

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