Gift Establishes The Thomas R. King ’60 Family Teaching Chair

Kathy and Tom King '60

The Frederick Gunn School will have a new endowed faculty chair beginning in fall 2022, established through the leadership and generosity of Trustee Tom King ’60 and his wife, Kathy. The gift of $1 million to the School’s endowment was given to honor esteemed Frederick Gunn School educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and entrepreneurship.

The new Thomas R. King ’60 Family Teaching Chair will be bestowed on a rotating basis, once every three years, to an exemplary member of the School’s faculty, after which the title will be awarded to another recipient. Each will receive an immediate $10,000 stipend that the School will renew annually for as long as the honored faculty member remains employed by the School. The Head of School, or his designee, will announce the first recipient at Convocation in September 2022.

When asked what led to this generous gift, Tom replied: “When I look back at my years with the Class of ’60, at what was then called The Gunnery, and now 60+ years later assess the current Frederick Gunn School environment, what stands out as the most consistent and valuable asset we have is the excellent faculty. In order to attract and retain such highly qualified educators requires a sound and attractive compensation package.”

“Growing the endowment and providing additional revenue to support our faculty is our highest priority right now, and we are grateful to Tom for recognizing the importance of the teaching faculty, and for his leadership and generosity to the School,” said Sean Brown P’22, Chief Development Officer.

Tom was appointed to the Board of Trustees in April 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston University and earned his MBA from Boston College. Following service in the U.S. Air Force and New York Air National Guard, he worked at Lehman Brothers as a security analyst following the metal industries. Tom later joined Merrill Lynch, where he was a Vice President of Merrill Lynch Asset Management. In 1984, he joined the Trust and Estates  Department of Chemical Bank as an Investment Manager. Following several mergers, the resulting organization became known as J.P. Morgan Chase, from which Tom retired in 2004 as Vice President of Investments in its Personal Asset Management Division. He and Kathy have two children and four grandchildren and reside in Stamford, Connecticut.

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