I hope you are looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, which is fast approaching.

As the calendar year closes, we kindly ask for your charitable support of LFA. We rely on gifts from alumni and parents to meet the needs of our students and faculty. Thank you in advance for your philanthropy.

Wishing you all the best as 2022 draws to a close. Please reach out if I can be of assistance to you here at LFA. We'd love to see you on campus if your travels bring you to the Chicago area.

Ruth Keyso
Director of Alumni Engagement
847.615.3268 (office)
847.224.6072 (cell)
Three Veteran Faculty Installed in Endowed Chairs
On November 4, Lake Forest Academy honored three of its veteran faculty members and bestowed on them the title of endowed chair holder. The ceremony took place in Reid Hall at the annual Celebration of Philanthropy and Service event.

History & Social Sciences teacher Chris Dozois ’84, P'17, '21 was named the inaugural Dr. John & Mrs. Loring Strudwick Endowed Chair; Science faculty Dr. Kerry Cedergren P'13, '17, '24 was appointed the Harold H. Corbin, Jr. Endowed Chair; and Science faculty Mathias Kerr was honored as the Edmund J. Rendtorff Endowed Chair in Science.

The trio were recognized by Dean of Faculty Tom Johnson for their outstanding commitment to students and distinction in their academic fields. Endowed chair funds at LFA support a faculty member’s compensation and provide discretionary money for travel and other experiences.

The evening event was also an opportunity to thank the Academy's many donors and volunteers, including Inspire & Invest donors, Health Center donors, Cornerstone Society members (those who support the Academy with gifts of $1,000 and above), Richards & Tremain Society members (those who include LFA in their estate plans), as well as volunteers, such as our Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) representatives.

Congratulations to our endowed chairs, and thank you to everyone!

Caption for photo (l to r): Chris Dozois '84, P'17, '21; Dr. Kerry Cedergren P'13, '17, '24; and Mathias Kerr
Join Head of School Tennyson in NYC
LFA Head of School Chris Tennyson will be in NYC on Thurs., Dec. 1 for a special gathering at the University Club hosted by Charles Galante '84. View the invitation here.

Please note: Must be 21 years old or older to attend.

Thank you to our host committee members for helping with outreach!
Life Trustee Mark Simonian '77, Sean Bryan '89, Trustee Haji Glover '92, Priya Khokha Jacobson '94, Mike Corwin '95, AAB member Elizabeth Alicea '98, Andy Bajt '03, Richard Young '04, AAB member Natasha (Patel) Kennedy '11, Scott Kennedy '11, Katie Zhou '16, Hunter Wolff '17, and Sarah Hershenhorn '17.

This event has reached capacity.
Register here to be placed
on the waiting list.
Alumni Gather in D.C.
Alumni from the classes of 2010-18 gathered at Duke's Grocery Dupont on November 10 for a regional young alumni event. A separate brunch gathering with Head of School Chris Tennyson took place on Nov. 13 at Clyde's in Georgetown as well as a College Dinner Series meet-up with Director of Alumni Engagement Ruth Keyso. Thank you, everyone, for your kindness and hospitality while we were in Washington, D.C.!

caption for photo above (clockwise from bottom left): Maurice Green (guest of Chinara Hill '14), Chinara Hill '14, Rachel Fybel '10, Katerina Salnikova '09, Eswara Somu P'24, Jesse Bradford '93, Head of School Chris Tennyson, Kevin Berto '10, Madeleine Pye '15, Andrea Emshoff Nelson '96 and her son, Miles
Classes of 2018-22: Join Us on Jan. 4
Alumni in the classes of 2018-2022, join Head of School Chris Tennyson and former classmates on campus on Wed., Jan. 4, 2023, for the annual Young Alumni Lunch! A great chance to see campus and visit with your teachers and former classmates before you head back to college for the winter term. We'll eat and play a few rounds of online bingo for Caxy spirit prizes!
Register here.
Caxology Podcast
It's a new episode of Caxology! In this episode, meet math instructor, coach, dorm parent and new First Lady of LFA, Maggie Tennyson. Maggie takes the Caxy Query and talks about the transition of the past few months. Later in the episode, Maggie's husband, Chris, makes an appearance, and together they share some hopes and dreams for the future of LFA.
Save the Date: Alumni Weekend & Reunion 2023 - Oct. 13-14
Please mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend & Reunion 2023! We will celebrate milestone reunions for those in classes ending in 3s and 8s -- including the 50th for the Class of 1973, 25th for the Class of 1998, and 10th for the Class of 2013 -- but all Lake Forest Academy alumni and Ferry Hall alumnae are welcome. Questions? Contact Hannah Shallenberger
Start Today – Impact the Student Experience
Gifts to the Academy Fund impact students in many ways, including supporting student activities and organizations, ensuring these experiences are enriching and that all students have the opportunity to participate.

Impact of Academy Fund Donors
Last spring, LFA Science Olympiad earned a first-place finish at three events in the state competition. The Academy Fund supported the group’s operations, which included preparing to compete in events from creating gravity vehicles and detector building, to forensics and cell biology.
College Care Packs Sent to Alumni in Class of 2022
Each fall, the Office of Alumni Engagement sends out care packages to members of the most recent graduating class who signed up to receive one. Packages were mailed in late October to more than 70 members of the class of 2022.
College Dinner Series
Our college dinner series continued throughout October and November with gatherings at Drake, Northwestern, and universities in the Washington, D.C. area.

These get-togethers are a great chance for LFA to stay connected to our college (and grad school!) Caxys, to hear about their college experience, and to share news from campus today, all while enjoying a meal together. Watch your email and the LFA website for upcoming dinner locations and dates. View photos here.

caption for photo below: Faculty meet up with Caxys at Northwestern University for dinner in Evanston. l to r: Director of Alumni Engagement Ruth Keyso, LFA math and computer science teacher Dieter Villegas '18, Frank Gu '21, Dora Hu '21, Mia Castle '20, Josh Mayberry '21, Elizabeth Campisi '20, Assistant Dean of Advancement Christine Ryder P'15, '17, Diana Borland '22, Maeve Brady '22, Akhil Kommala '22, and Mia Walvoord '20

Alumni Directories To Be Mailed in December
Alumni who ordered the print version of the LFA Alumni Directory are scheduled to receive the directory in December. Those who ordered the e-version should have received that already. Thank you for updating your information with us. We hope you find the directory useful! If you have questions about your order, please contact our directory vendor, PCI, at: 800.982.1590
Have You Claimed Your Funds from the Caxy Legacy Challenge?
The Caxy Legacy Challenge, fueled by Sheri Kersch Schultz '72 (Ferry Hall alumna and 2022 Woman of Distinction honoree) and David Gupta '81 (LFA alumnus, Trustee-elect, and 2021 LFA Hall of Famer), provides immediate challenge funds to individuals who create a new bequest commitment or who verify an existing bequest through documentation. Challenge dollars are directed toward a current endowment fund of the donor's choosing. Eligible estate gift commitments of $50,000 or more unlock 10% of the gift's face value from the challenge pool, up to a maximum of $10,000.

Estate gifts strengthen the LFA endowment, providing stability for the school's future. Endowment funds provide essential resources for student financial aid, faculty professional development and other designated purposes. Click the link to learn more about the Caxy Legacy Challenge or visit LFA's gift planning webpage at
Were You a Scholarship Student at LFA?
Did you receive a scholarship/financial aid to attend LFA? Would you be willing to share your story? 

During the Inspire & Invest Initiative, several alumni shared their experiences with the Academy, particularly how financial aid at LFA changed their life trajectory. As a result, dozens of alumni and parent donors have stepped forward to support scholarships, inspired by these remarkable stories.

If you would be willing to be interviewed about your LFA journey and the impact that a scholarship had on your life, please email Ruth Keyso (
Link In with Us
Alumni, stay connected with us through the LFA Alumni LinkedIn page. As our students graduate from LFA and start building their networks of alumni contacts, we'd like our LinkedIn site to be as robust as possible. Thank you for joining our group.